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Melbourne in control at Sabina

first_imgMelbourne Cricket Club are in a commanding position entering the second day of the 2016 Jamaica Cricket Association’s Senior Cup final after claiming first innings points from St Thomas yesterday. Led by a topscore of 63 from national batsman Andre McCarthy, and 55 from Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith, many-time champions Melbourne posted a modest 181 in their first innings on a pitch that was flat and good for batting. National fast bowler Keno Wallace, who bowled impressively in his second spell from the downhill northern end, claimed four for 39 for St Thomas with support coming from leg-spinner Kenroy Williams, with three for 36. Playing in their first final, St Thomas were bundled out for 111 in reply with left arm spinner Chris Lamont bagged five for 38 and Melbourne’s captain Nikita Miller, four for 21. Promising teenage pacer Oshane Thomas, who was recently picked up by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, ended with one for 19. Williams, 28, was the top scorer for St Thomas. Jamaica Scorpions representatives, captain Carlton Baugh Jr and Devon Thomas, made nine and five, respectively. Batting a second time, Melbourne closed on 38 for two for an overall lead of 108. “Our batting was a bit disappointing,” said Melbourne’s assistant coach, Ray Stewart. “However, at the end of the day, our bowlers came back and did a fantastic job for us. “The aim now is to try and bat as long as possible, and, hopefully, bat them out of the game.” Baugh said his team will be hunting early wickets today. “We are down but not out,” he said. “We have come from behind after losing first innings before and the aim is to try and do that on the final day, weather permitting.” Griffith, 15 not out, and McCarthy, 11 not out, will resume batting for Melbourne at 10 a.m. today. The left-handed Brown has so far taken two for 22 for St Thomas. 108 LEADlast_img read more

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De Jesus: I just want those invited to tryouts to show interest

first_img“I understand that they can’t leave, and I just tried if the players can escape for one day and join the tryouts.”De Jesus will meet with his assistants to determine if there’s a need for a third day of tryout.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast There were some, though, who attended Wednesday’s session even though they weren’t included in the invitees.Generika’s Bang Pineda and Cocolife’s Denden Lazaro, who both play the libero position, joined the pool to the satisfaction of De Jesus.“I’m happy because they showed interest even though they weren’t included in the master list,” said De Jesus, whose pool would have the players who will compete in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Cup.De Jesus, however, understands the absences since the collegiate players are still playing in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament  while the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix is on going.“It can’t be helped that some players can’t come because the other tournaments are still not finished like the UAAP and the PSL,” said De Jesus, who is also coaching De La Salle, which is looking for a third straight title in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. and De Jesus, who was officially named the coach at the start of the tryouts last week, sent out invitations to 34 players both in the collegiate and professional ranks but the second day of tryout at Arellano gym failed to draw a complete cast.Of the 34 players, only nine showed up for both the two sessions—mostly current or former players of De Jesus’ in La Salle along with University of Santo Tomas’ Cherry Rondina and Sta. Lucia’s MJ Phillips—while 18 attended at least once.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I just want those in the master list to show interest,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “I’d be happy if they show up because if they don’t that would be a predicament for us, because even though you were invited but you didn’t show up, then that’d be useless.”Ateneo’s Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, Jhoana Maraguinot, University of the Philippines’ Isa Molde, National University’s Jasmine Nabor, Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons and Kyle Atienza, and Cignal’s Rachel Anne Daquis didn’t participate in the tryouts. MOST READ National team head coach Ramil de Jesus wants to see more interest from the players who were invited to join the tryout for the women’s volleyball team pool, which wrapped up its second session on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC PH U18 team scores stunner in handball tilt Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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Millikan can’t overcome 18-point deficit

first_imgSuddenly, the psychological advantage Santa Margarita High girls basketball team had over Millikan for nearly three quarters disappeared. The Eagles’ big front line of three 6-foot-plus players didn’t seem so intimidating to the Rams, as the visitors from Long Beach cut an 18-point lead to five on Danielle Leigh’s 3-pointer with less than 15 seconds left. But Millikan couldn’t get any closer as it lost 61-56 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs and ended its season with a 13-13 record. “We knew we could out-pressure them and out-run them,” Millikan coach Lorene Morgan said. “That was the plan. (My girls) finally executed it, but it was a little too late.” With the Rams down five, the clock oddly kept running while the Eagles tried to inbound the ball, and finally with 1 second left, the referees stopped the clock. Santa Margarita threw a pass over the Rams defense to a streaking player to end the contest. Kalena Tutt, 6-foot-2 forward started alongside Samantha Marez (11 points, 10 boards) to match up against 6-2 Whitney Woods (23 points), 6-3 Georgia Mollmer and 6-foot Lauren Osyka (12 points), Melissa Zornig (16 points). Tutt, who had 12 rebounds, scored eight of her 15 points during the Rams’ 13-2 run in the fourth quarter to cut Santa Margarita’s to 11 points with under 4 minutes remaining. She added another two points during Millikan’s final 14-10 push. “Coach Morgan wanted me to come out and be the leader that I am supposed to be,” Tutt said. “In the beginning, I didn’t. We always start out slow. I looked up at the score, and I said to myself, ‘Man! We can’t lose to this team. … I had to give my team a little pep talk. You have to look into the post. And they finally listened.” Bishop Montgomery 55, center_img Jordan 45A poor shooting performance in the third quarter by the Panthers (15-12) and the hot shooting by Brittney Brewer of Bishop Montgomery negated Jordan’s strong play in the first half. The visitors scored only three points in the third quarter, two of them by freshman Danesha Long who finished with 18 points, as Jordan lost in the first round of the CIF-SS Division I-AA playoffs. Gianna Woods scored six of her 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Panthers cut a 17-point lead to 10. “We need to take care of the ball,” Jordan coach Adara Newidouski said. “Our lack of execution during certain parts of the game – it hurts us. Turnovers, missed box outs, free throw percentage – nine for 21 is nothing to be proud about. It has hurt us all season. We have to mature.” Jordan was up 14-10 after the first quarter, but in the closing minuets of the second quarter, Brewer hit two back-breaking 3-pointers during a 11-2 run that put Bishop Montgomery up 43-27 at intermission. Earl Williams can be reached at earl.williams@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Tail of two canine emotions: Wag direction is pet’s tip-off

first_imgDog tails are interesting, Davidson said, because they are in the midline of the dog’s body, neither left nor right. So do they show emotional asymmetry, or not? To find out, Vallortigara and his colleagues recruited 30 family pets of mixed breed that were enrolled in an agility training program. The dogs were placed in a cage equipped with cameras that precisely tracked the angles of their tail wags. Then they were shown four stimuli through a slat in the front of the cage: their owner; an unfamiliar human; a cat; and an unfamiliar, dominant dog. In each instance, the test dog saw a person or animal for one minute, rested for 90 seconds and saw another view. Testing lasted 25 days with 10 sessions per day. When the dogs saw their owners, their tails all wagged vigorously with a bias to the right side of their bodies, Vallortigara said. Their tails wagged moderately, again more to the right, when faced with an unfamiliar human. Looking at the cat, a four-year-old male whose owners volunteered him for the experiment, the dogs’ tails again wagged more to the right but in a lower amplitude. When the dogs looked at an aggressive, unfamiliar dog – a large Belgian shepherd Malinois – their tails all wagged with a bias to the left side of their bodies. Thus when dogs were attracted to something, including a benign, approachable cat, their tails wagged right, and when they were fearful, their tails went left, Vallortigara said. The experiment suggests that the muscles in the right side of the tail reflect positive emotions while the muscles in the left side express negative ones. While some researchers have argued that only humans show brain asymmetry – based on the evolution of language in the left brain – strong left and right biases are showing up in the brains of many so-called simpler creatures, said neuroscientist Lesley Rogers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is an intriguing observation,” said Richard J. Davidson, director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. It fits with a large body of research showing emotional asymmetry in the brain, he said. Research has shown that in most animals, including birds, fish and frogs, the left brain specializes in behaviors involving what the scientists call approach and energy enrichment. In humans, that means the left brain is associated with positive feelings, such as love, a sense of attachment, a feeling of safety and calm. It is also associated with physiological markers, such as a slow heart rate. At a fundamental level, the right brain specializes in behaviors involving withdrawal and energy expenditure. In humans, these behaviors, like fleeing, are associated with such feelings as fear and depression. Physiological signals include a rapid heart rate and the shutdown of the digestive system. Because the left brain controls the right side of the body and the right brain controls the left side of the body, such asymmetries are usually manifest in opposite sides of the body. Thus many birds seek food with their right eye (left brain/nourishment) and watch for predators with their left eye (right brain/danger). In humans, the muscles on the right side of the face tend to reflect happiness (left brain) whereas muscles on the left side of the face reflect unhappiness (right brain). Every dog lover knows how a pooch expresses its feelings. Ears close to the head, tense posture and tail straight out from the body means “don’t mess with me.” Ears perked up, wriggly body and vigorously wagging tail means “I am so-o-o happy to see you!” But there is another, newly discovered feature of dog body language that might surprise attentive pet owners and experts in canine behavior. When dogs feel fundamentally positive about something or someone, their tails wag more to the right side of their rumps. When they have negative feelings, their tail-wagging is biased to the left. A study describing the phenomenon, “Asymmetric tail-wagging responses by dogs to different emotive stimuli,” appeared in the March 20 issue of Current Biology. The authors are Giorgio Vallortigara, a neuroscientist at the University of Trieste in Italy, and two veterinarians, Angelo Quaranta and Marcello Siniscalchi, at the University of Bari, also in Italy. last_img read more

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Ulster Senior League chairman delighted at Harps’ success in staying up

first_imgThe Chairman of the Ulster Senior League, Mr Johnny McCafferty, has welcomed the confirmation that Finn Harps have secured a place in the Premier Division of the League of Ireland for the 2017 season.Last night, Cork City’s 5-0 win over Wexford Youths means that Harps have been guaranteed Premier Division survival with a game to spare.It means top flight senior soccer will again be played in Donegal next year. “I would like to congratulate Ollie Horgan, his players, staff and everyone associated with Finn Harps Football Club,” Mr McCafferty said.“For the development and promotion of football in Donegal, having Finn Harps playing in the Premier Division is a massive boost.“It is a fantastic achievement by Finn Harps to retain their Premier Division status and should give everyone involved in the game locally a lift today.“Finn Harps Reserves have recently returned to the Ulster Senior League and we are delighted to have the two senior clubs – Harps along with Derry City – competing in our League.” Harps players Ciaran Gallagher, Packie Mailey, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll, Tony McNamee, Sean Houston, Gareth Harkin, Ryan Curran and Kevin McHugh have all played in the USL at some point.The likes of BJ Banda, Gareth Doherty, Mark Coyle and Lee McCarron can be expected to feature in the USL this season.Mr McCafferty said: “Having Finn Harps in the Ulster Senior League is important to the club’s development and we are only delighted that they have returned to our League.“The League has served Derry City well since their return and both senior managers, Ollie Horgan and Kenny Shiels, are strong supporters of the Ulster Senior League.“We look forward, again, to supporting their efforts in the Premier Division next season.” Ulster Senior League chairman delighted at Harps’ success in staying up was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The first team players Man United could be forced to sell and why

first_img Martial doesn’t appear to have a future at United who plays? Blind’s last appearance for United came against Watford on the final day of the 2017/18 season Chris Smalling: defender (option of another year)Leicester, West Ham and Everton are some of the clubs said to be interested in Smalling. Mourinho is reportedly keen to add more quality to his back line this summer and, according to the Manchester Evening News, up to eight centre-backs are being looked at, including Tottenham and Belgium’s Toby Alderweireld. 11 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT RANKED Chris Smalling faces a fight for a place in defence gameday cracker Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 11 Phil Jones: defender (option of another year)In spite of the eight-man shortlist United are said to have, the Manchester Evening News also report the plan is to keep their current crop unless someone asks to leave. Previously Mourinho has said he would not stand in the way of want away players, just like he did with Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, who left for Everton and Lyon respectively. “I don’t think it’s human to stop them to go, only a bad offer or no offer stops them to go but when the offer is correct and we know how to evaluate that I don’t think it’s human to stop somebody to go. So if one of the players are not happy again I will not stop them to go.” Matteo Darmian: defender (option of another year)Darmian has been included in the pre-season tour of America even though he is likely to be on his way out of the club this summer. Both Inter and Juventus have been linked and it is understood the defender is keen on returning to Italy. United are happy to let him go, but may ask for £15m, according to some reports. Darmian, 28, has been at the club since leaving Torino in 2015. Luke Shaw: defenderHe needs to win his place back off 33-year-old Ashley Young first and there are rumours Jose Mourinho has earmarked one of Kieran Tierney (Celtic), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) and Danny Rose (Tottenham) as potential replacements for Shaw on the left. The Sun reports that Mourinho is ready to give him another chance to impress him during pre-season training. According to the Manchester Evening News, United have had no serious interest in the 23-year-old and it’s possible he could leave for free next summer.  Darmian is angling for a return to Italy 11 Valencia has Diogo Dalot to keep him on his toes 11 Juan Mata: midfielderMata’s contract was set to expire this summer, but the club triggered a year’s extension in January, tying him to the club until 2019. Mourinho called him an ‘important player’ at the time. However, United have been linked with Chelsea’s Willian, who would likely play on the right of an attack where Mata operated last season. The one year extension could mean the club just didn’t want to lose the 30-year-old for free. REVEALED Ander Herrera: midfielderIn April, Herrera said this about his current contract situation: “I am going to fulfil the year that I have left but I don’t know if I will renew. We have started talking, although nothing has been decided yet.” Basically, he wants to play more and hasn’t been able to, with Nemanja Matic getting more minutes than him last season. Herrera was Man United’s Player of the Year in 2017. De Gea has reportedly agreed a new contract at United Herrera has been non-committal on his future possible standings So who else do United sell now or risk losing for free if they cannot get them to agree to sign a new contract? Andreas Pereira and James Wilson are two players whose deals are up soon and both have the option of an additional year, however, talkSPORT.com is looking at current first team players whose time at the club is almost up.David de Gea: goalkeeper (option of another year)The goalkeeper is believed to have agreed a new five-year deal, but there is no official confirmation from the club yet. On 29 June, Man United tweeted it had been seven years since De Gea joined them, which was retweeted by the player along with the words: ‘proud to be part of this great family’. If he does put pen to paper then it is said he could earn around £350,000-a-week. Only an administrative error on deadline day in 2015 prevented him joining Real Madrid. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Anthony Martial: forward (option of another year)Martial is on the pre-season tour of America even though his agent claims he wants out of Old Trafford. Juventus and Tottenham have both been linked with the player, who was left out of France’s World Cup winning squad. He started last season well, but then Alexis Sanchez was brought in to add extra competition for places where Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford can both operate. Martial arrived in 2015 for an initial £36m fee. Earlier in the season it was reported in The Times that Mourinho and his staff were concerned about the 22-year-old’s application in training and his concentration levels. Central defence seems like it’s going to be a crowded place at Old Trafford deals 11 11 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January And in case you’re interested, here are the first team players whose contracts end in 2020.Marcus RashfordMarouane FellainiEric BaillyNemanja MaticContract info courtesy of transfermarkt.co.uk REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Ashley Young’s current deal runs until 2019 Juan Mata’s contract has a year left to run smart causal Latest Man United news 11 Will Shaw finally force his way into Mourinho’s first team plans? silverware 11 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 11 It’s decision time for Man United this summer with a number of first team players’ contracts expiring in 2019.Daley Blind is on his way to Ajax. He had his contract extended by a year in February, but this was obviously to avoid losing him for nothing when his current deal ends next year, as the defender was omitted from the club’s pre-season tour of America. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has also been sold. 11 11 Antonio Valencia: defender (option of another year)Valencia’s best years are behind him and he will be 33 when the new season begins. Diogo Dalot has been brought in, but it seems Mourinho is likely to keep faith with Valencia initially and ease 19-year-old Dalot into the side. Ashley Young: defenderThe 33-year-old’s form on the left for Man United last season earned him a place in England’s World Cup squad and he was even rewarded with a new one-year contract in March. That runs out in 2019 and the club are believed to be looking at younger players to eventually take over on the left, though it could be a case of Young and Shaw this season. IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haalandlast_img read more

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DELAY IN INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH CASE ‘SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH’ – JUDGE

first_imgA JUDGE has said delays in the trial of a man accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of eight people in County Donegal were ‘simply not good enough’ when the case was called at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.Shaun Kelly (24) from Hill Road, Ballymaggan, Buncrana, (above) appeared today after the case was adjourned last week to allow the DPP to identify a psychologist to carry out an assessment of him.However prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin said the psychologist identified by the DPP was no longer providing assessments for court. She said the State had made extensive enquiries since Judge Keenan Johnson had adjourned the case a week ago.Two experts at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin had been identified but the State had been unable to contact them despite phone calls and letters being sent.Judge Johnson said the delay in finding an expert was “simply not good enough.”He ordered the DPP to find an expert by Thursday.The judge also said the expert should be in a position to carry out a psychological assessment “within seven to ten days” of this Thursday to allow a fitness to plea hearing to take place.Judge Johnson said it “just beggars belief” that the case was continuing to “drag” on.Ms McLaughlin said the State had only received medical reports from the defence before last week’s hearing.She said she wanted to “apologise to the court” for the delays.Judge Johnson adjourned the case until Thursday.The men who died in the crash in Clonmany, Co Donegal, on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.DELAY IN INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH CASE ‘SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH’ – JUDGE was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Express vs URA: Sam Simbwa worried about players’ fatigue

first_imgSam Simbwa led Express to their last league crown in 2012 (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC vs URA FCMutessa II War Memorial Stadium, WankulukukuTuesday, 02-10-2018 @04:30pmWANKULUKUKU – Express FC will host URA in their first league game of the season at Wankulukuku on Tuesday afternoon.The Red Eagles had to wait a little bit longer than everyone else after their opening fixture away to Mbarara was postponed following the Ankole Lions’ failure to present a home ground to the FUFA Licencing committee.On Tuesday, a familiar name will be in the opposite dugout as Sam Simbwa, who led Express to their last league title in 2012 returns as URA FC head coach.Many Express fans would have loved if he was the one in charge of the Red Eagles under the new management of Kiryowa Kiwanuka but will have to bear with the fact that he is gunning for three points with another side.Simbwa who masterminded a 2-0 matchday one victory over Paidah Black Angles travels to his beloved Wankulukuku stadium with several concerns as up to eight of his players have not had the best of rest building up to Tuesday’s encounter.“We have already prepared well for the game, said Simbwa in an interview on Monday morning.“My major concern is player fatigue as eight of my players were involved in the FUFA Drum game on Sunday on top of featuring in our league opener last Friday.“We did not train properly for the game but i will not use that as an excuse.On Express as Tuesday’s opponents, the former KCCA FC tactician had this to say.“Express FC are fresh than my side because unlike us, they did not play on Friday.“It will be a tough game because they have a good team, good coach and good administration but our target is to win and we shall fight for not less than a point.Meanwhile, Kefa Kisala is confident his side will triumph but admits being a new team playing their first competitive game, the gelling may not be superb.“We play a side that won their first game but our target is three points, said Kisala.“We are a new team in terms of squad and that may affect us in the first game but we have a squad stronger than one we had last season.Kisala took over at Express in June, just over a month after Shafic Bisaso had saved the Red Eagles from relegation.Match Facts:Express defeated URA 1-0 in the reverse fixture last win.The victory at Wankuluku last season was the Red Eagles’ first at home to URA since 2009 (D5 L2).However, URA has not defeated Express in a league game since May 2015. In that period, the Tax Collectors have lost two and drawn the remaining four fixtures.Express have won four of their last seven league home games (D2 L1).URA on the other end go into the fixture having won only one of their last eight away fixtures (D2 L5).The other fixtures on Tuesday:KCCA FC vs Kirinya JSS – Lugogo @04:00pmMaroons FC vs Vipers SC –Luzira @04:30pmBul FC vs Tooro United – Jinja @04:30pmComments Tags: Express FCSam SimbaStarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguetopURA FClast_img read more

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Dear Android: It Is Now Perfectly Okay To Go Out And Do Donuts In The Parking Lot

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#iOS#mobile#smartphones dan lyons Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Android now holds 75% share of the smartphone market, according to new numbers from IDC, while Apple in the most recent quarter had 15% share. That means Android is outselling Apple five to one. Last quarter Android was outselling Apple only (only!) four-to-one, when they had 68% and 17% share, respectively.Android Is No Longer The Plucky UnderdogYou know what blows my mind? Despite these numbers, tech bloggers keep talking about Apple as a market leader and portraying Android as a plucky underdog that’s trying to catch up.Are you kidding me? Look, when three out of four phones sold worldwide run your operating system, I think it’s safe to declare victory.The lack of respect must drive Andy Rubin nuts. He’s the co-creator of Android, the guy who runs the Android business inside Google. His relatively tiny team of developers has done something truly amazing. They’ve come of out nowhere and created a smash-hit product in a market (mobile computing) that represents the biggest and most important opportunity in our lifetime.Android sales grew 91% last quarter, nearly double the rate of the overall smartphone market. This is an incredible feat. The folks on the Android team should be taking a victory lap. They should be hailed as heroes.But here in the U.S., at least, people still talk about Apple as the market leader.Apple Is Now Stuck Trying To Catch UpSure, there was a time when Apple was the top dog in smartphones, and Android was way behind both in terms of market share and in technology.But those days are over. Apple now is trying to keep up with Android, and not always with much success. With Maps and with Siri, Apple now lags way behind Google’s maps and voice applications.The user interface on iOS looks dated and tired compared to the latest version of Android. (Which may partly explain why Apple just booted the guy who was in charge of running iOS development.) And the iPad Mini was a follower in the small-tablet space, not the leader.In terms of market share… at this point, Apple is a niche player. I’m sorry, but that’s what you call it when you have one-fifth the share of your main rival. And does anyone really expect that Apple’s share of the smartphone market will ever be substantially better than it is today? Of course not. From PCs To Smart Phones – Deja Vu?If this sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve seen this movie before, only in the original version Apple was losing out to Microsoft in personal computers. Now Google is using the same game plan in smartphones: Come in late with an alternative product and gobble up market share by licensing the OS to loads of hardware makers instead of trying to do everything yourself.Apple fanboys used to swear up and down that this would never happen. By some kind of magical thinking these people convinced themselves that somehow the smartphone market was different, or Apple was different – or something.But consider this: Apple’s 15% share in smartphones is only a little bit better than the 12.5% share IDC says Apple holds in U.S. PC market. That’s right. Apple’s share of the worldwide smartphone market has fallen almost as low as its share of the U.S. personal computer market.Nobody considers Apple a market leader in PCs. So why do they view Apple as a leader in smarphones?You could almost argue that Apple is better positioned in PCs than in smartphones, since in the U.S. PC market Apple’s share isn’t that far behind the two market leaders – HP, which has 26%, and Dell, which has 20.7%, according to IDC – whereas in smartphones Apple is getting smoked. (Ever wondered why Apple is suing everybody in sight? Yeah. That’s why.)To be sure, Apple is one company selling a few smartphone models, while Android runs on hundreds of devices from dozens of handset makers. So maybe it’s not a fair fight.And yes, Apple still rules in the tablet market. But even there its share has slipped dramatically over the past year, from 81% to 52%, according to the Pew Research Center. From Market Share To Profit Share?Most important, Apple still grabs the lion’s share of the profits in the mobile phone market, but here too Apple’s share has declined since last year, according to analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco, who tracks this statistic.Thing is, Google with Android isn’t trying to make a profit in smartphones. It’s just trying to get as many handsets into the world as possible.Apple and Google are playing different games – one about profit, one about market share. A generous description would be that both companies are winning.Nevertheless: Android has 75% market share. That’s up from 4.7% in 2009, and less than 1% in 2008.Three years ago, in November 2009, when I wrote an article about Android for Newsweek, Gartner was predicting that by 2012 Android would have slightly more market share than Apple.A year later, in October, 2010, when I wrote a Newsweek cover story about Android, I cited IDC predictions that Android would have 25% share by 2014.Back then those predictions seemed pretty daring. Now here we are, in 2012, and Android has 75% share.Andy Rubin seems like a pretty low-key guy. Nevertheless, if you see him out spinning donuts in a parking lot at the Googleplex, cut him some slack. He’s earned it.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

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Watch Out, Television: Pinterest Wants To Pin Down Your Ad Dollars

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#“We’re Moving In#A&E Networks#DIY#e-commerce#FYI Network#online advertising#Pinterest#visual web Related Posts Pinterest is making the leap from the computer screen to the small screen—and television networks may not know what’s coming for them.The image-sharing site, which people use to search and discover objects of interest they can’t name or didn’t know they wanted, is revving up its advertising products at the same time it has struck its first notable placement in a TV show.It’s not the first social network to explore partnerships with television shows. But where Twitter and Facebook have sought a role in news and live events to cement their centrality in information sharing, Pinterest may be able to make serious bank on its TV placements. In the long run, if it’s successful, it may steal business from the TV networks it’s partnering with.Pinterest And TV—A Not-So-Odd CoupleFYI, a channel owned by A&E Networks—which you may recognize as the home of Storage Wars and Duck Dynasty—is creating a Pinterest TV series, “We’re Moving In.” While Pinterest is the inspiration for the project, it isn’t a formal partnership as much as a use of Pinterest to which the social network has given its blessing. (Say Media, which owns ReadWrite, operates Biography.com and LifetimeMoms in partnership with A&E.)On “We’re Moving In,” blended families, married couples, and roommates turn to Pinterest to plan and design new spaces together. They’ll take virtual inspiration to hardware and home-decor stores, and turn a collaborative Pinterest board into reality. “Pinterest is a visual discovery tool people use to find the things they love and go do those things in real life,” said Everett Katigbak, a brand manager at Pinterest, in FYI’s announcement. “‘We’re Moving In’ is a creative look at people taking that mission offline.”Let’s Take It Offline (And Go Shopping)That statement suggests that online activity on Pinterest—pinning images of objects to boards and sharing them—somehow stands apart from offline activities. Of course it doesn’t—if anything, Katigbak is being strategically modest.Pinterest just launched a new phase of its business, with a paid test of Promoted Pins. Gap, Lululemon, Kraft and other prominent brands are participating, paying Pinterest to expose relevant pins to a broader set of users.Big brands have traditionally advertised on television, a proven way of driving consumers into stores to buy things. But as Google showed, it’s far easier to establish a connection between someone searching for an object, seeing an ad online, and clicking to purchase it. That accountability is a big part of what has driven billions and billions of dollars of advertising Google’s way.Pinterest can now do something Google can’t: Connecting consumers who have some notion of what they’re looking for but can’t name it in a set of keywords with an advertiser’s product.Television executives have long dreamed of a click-to-buy button: See something on a popular TV show, click a button on your remote, and get it shipped to your home. Aside from home-shopping channels, that’s never really worked out.Imagine, though, if every show about home improvement, gardening, crafting and fashion had a corresponding pinboard on Pinterest. (This is not a stretch: Manyalready do.) Pinterest could be the place where consumers go to find all the items they see online—and it could take the lion’s share of advertising dollars associated with driving those purchases.Twitter and Facebook have stumbled trying to establish a similar link. Most social commerce efforts don’t work because people want to connect with friends or celebrities, not buy things. But as a leader in the Visual Web, Pinterest is a very different beast from most social networks.The Trojan HorseIt’s no surprise that people aren’t talking up this scenario. Pinterest has never stopped surprising the technology industry. It was the network nobody “got.” In 2012, it became the fastest-growing social network ever, simply because it appealed to an extremely underserved audience in social media: middle-aged, middle-American moms. Maybe app inventors don’t consider them to be early adopters, but they have a lot of purchasing power. See also: Mindboggling Facts That Will Make You Care About PinterestThe community has expanded significantly from that original audience, but Pinterest’s heartland remains the Midwest. Eighty percent of users are still women. Pinterest’s most popular topics are crafts and recipes. And those just happen to be the kind of people who A&E and other networks target for advertiser-friendly shopping shows.Pinterest’s TV EdgeThere’s been lotsoftalk about partnerships between social media and TV, but not much in terms of concrete business results.In a time when the Internet allows for instant interactivity, TV producers have been looking to social media to add a sense of community to TV. But so far, with Facebook and Twitter, it’s all about joining a conversation. When TV shows share Twitter hashtags or Facebook fan pages, they’re not adding to the conversation—they’re simply moving it somewhere else. Unlike most social networks, though, Pinterest is about actual things, not nebulous socializing, which gives the producers physical objects to show on TV. This is an edge unique to the Visual Web. “We’re Moving In” has the potential to let viewers visit the show’s actual pinboards and follow along in a meaningful way. TV has never had a “click to buy” option as effortless and seamless as the Internet’s. Pinterest could be that missing link. Imagine this: viewers watch an episode of “We’re Moving In,” and follow the episode’s pinboard. From there they have a direct line to respond to it—or click to instantly acquire anything they just saw. Pinterest could be the missing link between TV advertisements and viewer purchases. And like Google, it could capture a large part of the advertising business connected with this commerce.The fact that Pinterest is about objects to begin with has made it attractive to brands, which drive an estimated 30 percent of the network’s total traffic is driven by brands, who generally consider the site to be the Internet’s gift to Web commerce.Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Pinterest has just begun offering Promoted Pins, opening up paid advertising for a very small set of approved advertisers. And it has just recently started hiring salespeople—whom it delicately calls “partner managers.”Still, Pinterest has an intriguing opportunity ahead of it with television. It may need to come up with a clever way to split TV-driven revenues with the networks, or show that it can drive large audiences back to television. “We’re Moving In” is an experiment for a reason.And if TV-driven pins take off? It wouldn’t be the first time the social network has surprised us.   lauren orsinicenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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