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Tusker Malt Golf Series winners heading to Thailand

first_imgSome of the winners pose with officials (Photo by Abraham Mutalyebwa)The Tusker Malt Golf Series 2018 teed off last year on 12th October with over 1500 players taking part in  Competition from 6 courses around the country that included; Kigo at Serena, Palm Valley Kakungulu, Fort Portal, Jinja, Mbarara and the  Uganda Golf Club in Kitante. The series took 17 weeks and comprised of 7 tournaments.The six winners from the best teams both female and male together with the best individuals will head to Pattaya, Thailand, one of Asia’s best Golf destination for a four-day expedition on some of the 19 Courses in the city.“Last year I gave a golf challenge that we would like to see more golf upcountry than in Kampala. We have had 7 tournaments from 6 courses and next year we shall add one or two courses that are ready to host us and not forgetting I give gratitude to all our Co-sponsors and everyone who has made this possible”. Said Mark Ocitti Ongom Managing Director Uganda Breweries.“It has been a cruel and fun for the players that have traversed the country. We have been in action since 12th October and we are not only crowning Pattaya people but also those that have been with us in the 7 events of the long Tusker Malt Golf Series Journey,“ said Juliana Kagwa Marketing and Innovation Director.She added, “This is to thank you and please don’t abandon us in the next round, this is the beginning of a very fruitful long journey with Tusker Malt and the Golffraternity.We respect each other and are in this relationship together because both of us understand what discipline represents and hopping over the next 5 – 10 years we shall still have the golf series.The Tusker Malt Golf Series  attracted  big sponsors that included ; Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Ports Authority , MTN, Serena Group , Pepsi, Shell ,  Commercial Bank of Africa ( CBA)  and Let’s Go Travel.Winning Teams.Male -Bwafu Collins and Owach Geofrey (both 51)Female -Nabirye Dorothy and Kawanyi Sharon (both 51)Best Series individuals-Men-Ndaguma Paul (237)-Female-Kabasweka Peace (196)Subsidiary ladies Group A.-Maraka Brenda (42)-Kansiime Elizabeth (40)-Nasimolo Jenina (37)Subsidiary MenGroup A. -Marino Lawrence (42)-Ngobi Joseph (42)-Gaita Rodell (41)Professional Winner -Rugumayo Ronald (95)Group B -Orach Geofrey (43)-Rugamba Silver (41)-Hakiza Harry (41)Group C. -Ndayaguma Paul (45)-Waweru Robert (42)-Mugarura Edwin (41)Comments Tags: Juliana KagwaMark Ocitti OngomTusker Malt Golf Series 2018last_img read more

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Photos: Last Oakland Raiders game played on dirt

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view this gallery on your mobile device. When the Raiders host the Chiefs Sunday, it will be the last time the Coliseum has an NFL game with a dirt baseball infield. The Raiders leave town after Week 2 and aren’t back until Nov. 3 against the Detroit Lions. The World Series concludes Oct. 30, so even if the Athletics were to win at home in seven games, there would be enough time to get an all grass field ready for the remainder of the Raiders’ NFL home season.W …last_img read more

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Here’s A Heavy Dose Of Reality For New Mobile Payments Startup Clinkle

first_imgTags:#Mobile Payments Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Humor me for a moment with this tale of two startups, both focused on mobile payments. See if you can spot the similarities:Startup A: Founded by a young, smart guy who briefly attended a prominent university. The startup eventually moves into the mobile-payments space and raises money in the realm of $40 million. It deploys an interesting new technology to process mobile payments and says it won’t take a cut of transactions, instead planning to make money via incentives and marketing. Business starts to bog down amid a growing realization that new payments are really hard.Startup B: Founded by a young, smart guy who attended a prominent university and hires a bunch of his smart college friends. The startup deploys an interesting technology to process mobile payments and says it won’t take a cut of transactions, instead planning to make money via incentives and marketing. It raises $25 million in funding, but is about to realize that payments are really hard.Company A is LevelUp, the Boston-based mobile payments specialist that was started by Seth Priebatsch and used to be called SCVNGR. Priebatsch went to Princeton for a semester before dropping out and founding his startup. SCVNGR, a location-based check-in game along the lines of Foursquare and Gowalla, did well for a time before the company shifted its focus to payments with LevelUp. The service links QR codes to users’ credit or debit cards and lets merchants scan the codes in a smartphone app.Clinkle founder Lucas DuplanCompany B is a San Francisco-based startup called Clinkle, which raised a $25 million seed round from a variety of venture capitalists. It is founded by Lucas Duplan, a recent graduate of Stanford University and reportedly uses high-frequency sounds to process payments. Maybe Duplan should give Priebatsch a call. Because, in case you missed a theme here, payments are hard.(See also: Startup Clinkle Has A High Frequency Plan To Push Mobile Payments)Why Are Payments Hard?On the surface, payments look deceptively simple. You need a secure, transactional method—actual currency, credit cards, Near Field Communications, QR codes, etc.—and some way to transmit money from point A to point B, just like you would with any other form of data.On the surface, all currency is is data. This is why startups like LevelUp and big companies like Google think they can disrupt the payments space. It’s simple technology and fundamentally a data problem. Geeks, by nature, are good at technology and data. So they apply their big brains to the problem and figure that in no time at all, they’ll make a difference.And then they enter a world of shit.“The general inertia, and lack of traction in the emerging payments market within North America, is not something that one solves with a better market strategy and a mobile app,” said Cherian Abraham, who oversees mobile commerce and payments at Experian Global Consulting.See also: Mobile Payments’ Cashless Utopia Is Not Coming Any Time SoonAccording to reports, Clinkle will handle transactions via high-frequency sounds that smartphones, tablets and computers can pick up on and deliver the necessary information it takes to make a payment. While that’s generally a cool idea (and something the advertisers and marketers have been trying to institute through televisions for years now), it’s not conceptually all that different from any other payment method.In fact, that similarity points up an endemic problem for mobile payments in general. Which is that it’s basically no easier or faster to activate the NFC or QR code in your phone or open an app than it is to dig out some cash from your pocket or pull a plastic card from your wallet. Try it. They’ll each take you basically the same amount of time. “Payments are supposed to be boring and predictable. That’s a feature, not a bug,” said James Wester, editor of Mobile Payments Today.The Immovable Object: Existing Payment ProcessorsThen there is the reality of American business, which exerts a huge drag on innovation in this space by virtue of an established payment infrastructure that connects just about everyone in the economy. Payment innovations like NFC haven’t taken off because (a) they don’t really solve any problems better than cash and cards and (b) the payment processors would need to update software and hardware to payment terminals all over the world. That is not an easy task.(See also: LevelUp Is Building A Mobile Payments Groundswell)Clinkle thinks it can sidestep all that. Theoretically, using high frequency sound to transmit data over short distances could eliminate the need to create a new payments infrastructure. The idea is that consumers’ smartphones could communicate directly with the microphones on merchants’ computers, smartphones and tablets, routing around the existing payment infrastructure entirely.Businesses, however, are skeptical of these new technologies and slow to change. Why? Because the benefit is not readily apparent. The question of “how” to change payments is right in front of us with all the technologies listed above. The question of “why” is really what nobody yet has been able to answer.Adoption Is The KickerThe first thing a mobile payments company is going to need to do is convince the masses—businesses, consumers, financial processor companies and banks—that its service is original, easier and provides better data than the established players. That’s difficult but not impossible with the right service. The next thing to do is get those same entities to actually institute their service. That’s where it gets difficult.Partnerships are essential in the payments world. The right partnership can vault a company from also-ran to ubiquitous in days. The fact of the matter is that these companies are intensely competitive with each other and do not really like to provide third party solutions on their platforms.Google spent nearly half a billion dollars on its Google Wallet mobile payments plan only to see it shut out of consumer smartphones by the likes of Verizon. If Clinkle thinks it will be able to waltz in and put its software onto existing point-of-sale systems, it’s taking its first steps on a very hard road.“If it could have been solved by $25M in VC money, then Google shouldn’t have had to spend (rumored) half a billion to find that throwing money, their brand, and a 100m phones could not get it to inch a bit,” Abraham said. To get Clinkle onto existing, ubiquitous point-of-sale systems—those computers with microphones that are key to what we know of Clinkle’s business model—the startup will need a large sales force working in markets across the world. Clinkle, by contrast, wants to spread through university campuses like Facebook did.Lessons From (Recent) HistoryWhat LevelUp’s founder and team eventually realized is that good software, an interesting business model based on incentives and a burning desire to take over the world weren’t enough. To expand into new markets, LevelUp needed sales people to strike critical partnerships that would convince business owners to adopt its technology.That sales force has probably been LevelUp’s single biggest cost sink. The startup is doing moderately well, but it’s still very small, and its prospects of taking over the world of payments appear rather slim.Like LevelUp, Clinkle is about to get a first hand look at how muddy the mobile payment waters really are. Lead image by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite. Image of Lucas Duplan via Crinkle. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Heynckes: De Bruyne is Europe’s outstanding player

first_imgTransfers Heynckes: I would give De Bruyne the shirt off my back Nicholas McGee 05:01 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) KevinDeBruyne-Cropped Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Manchester City Premier League Bundesliga Kevin De Bruyne The Belgium international has no desire to leave Manchester City, but one top coach would go to extremes in order to bring him back to Germany Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has described Kevin De Bruyne as “the outstanding player in Europe”, saying he would give the shirt off his back for the Manchester City star.Attacking midfielder De Bruyne has been in scintillating form for runaway Premier League leaders City this season, the Belgium international scoring six goals and providing nine assists in the top flight.De Bruyne has insisted he has no desire to leave City and, given the recent signings of Neymar for €220million and Philippe Coutinho for a fee that could rise to £142m (€159.5m) by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona respectively, it would likely take an eye-watering offer to prize him from the Etihad Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked by Kicker if Bundesliga leaders Bayern were in need of a “super transfer” of over €50m, Heynckes – who took over from Carlo Ancelotti until the end of the season – replied: “What does super transfer mean?”Paul Pogba cost Manchester United €105million. Does he play like this? Many alleged top players can and have still to learn. Bayern have to go their way with [Niklas] Sule, [Joshua] Kimmich, [Corentin] Tolisso or [Kingsley] Coman.”For sure there has to come a player again for €40million or €50million, but today for €50million you don’t get a finished player.”For example Kevin De Bruyne. He did not play this well last season, but for him I would give shirt off my back. On this position you need such a player. De Bruyne is clearly the outstanding player in Europe at the moment.”last_img read more

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Club Med last minute summer deal

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September 23 2009 The foundry crew constructed

first_imgSeptember 23, 2009 The foundry crew constructed a set of new furnaces by building a form and using a type of concrete that can handle an intense amount of heat. Here we see the new furnaces surrounded by an old metal plate platform. For each ‘Heat’ the furnace heats up 80 to 90 lbs of bronze to about 2100 degrees Fahrenheit. [photo & text: sa] Welding master Brent Scott is working on a custom made new set of metal grids to replace the old furnace platform. We see bolts welded in place that will be used for leveling. [photos & text: sa] Foundry crew members Peter and Brendan Siegl carry one of the new grids to be installed around the furnaces. [photos & text: sa] Foundry manager Andy Chao, Brendan Siegl and Brent Scott. [photo & text: sa] Andy is leveling each grid by adjusting the leveling bolts. One of the new furnaces. The crew normally pours three heats per day with an average of 50 bells a heat. That works out to 39,000 bells a year with a 93% success rate of pouring. The Arcosanti bronze Foundry supplies not only all the bells for the Arcosanti Gallery but also helps supply the Cosanti Gallery and wholesale orders. [photos & text: sa]last_img read more

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Rep Brett Roberts supports legislation to safeguard first responder retirement benefits

first_img Categories: News,Roberts News State Representative Brett Roberts today said he will continue to support reforms protecting retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other municipal employees as bills move through the Michigan Legislature.“Our first responders provide an irreplaceable service to our communities, and we can’t take their sacrifices for granted,” said Roberts (R-Charlotte). “This issue deserves plenty of careful attention. We must make sure we find the best way to preserve retirement benefits and public services.”Roberts voted in favor of reform legislation related to municipal employee retirement plans last week. Roberts said he will continue to support the package as it progresses through the Legislature, as long as it remains limited to implementing recommendations of Gov. Rick Snyder’s task force from earlier this year.Thanks in large part to residents making their opinions known to legislators, the bills solely focus on the task force recommendations. The legislation emphasizes information gathering and reporting to help each individual municipality determine the financial health of their retirement plans. In cases where retirement plans are financially stressed, a municipal stability board would be created to help local governments find their own solutions.The reforms set up a system to help guide local governments with underfunded plans to solid financial footing, so they can continue to pay for promised retiree benefits and public services.“I was proud to stand with 104 of my colleagues in support of police officers and fire fighters across the state,” Roberts said of last week’s House vote. “This package will ensure that municipalities have the information necessary to adequately fund pension and benefit obligations for our first responders, without the state forcing them into potential fiscally irresponsible decisions.”House Bill 5298 and its companion bills have been referred to the Senate for further consideration.### 11Dec Rep. Brett Roberts supports legislation to safeguard first responder retirement benefitslast_img read more

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Multiscreen TV specialist QuickPlay Media has chos

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Content security specialist Verimatrix has acquire

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