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Siraje Ssentamu returns to Vipers SC

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first_imgSsentamu impressed in his two years at URA FC. (PHOTOS/Vipers SC)KITENDE – Vipers Sports Club continues shaking up the transfer market this off-season.The Venoms who earlier unveiled both Paul Willa and Allan Katiwa, have signed another player.The player in question is Siraje Ssentamu who was one of the standout midfielders of the just concluded StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.Ssentamu is only making a return to Vipers SC having initially featured for the side before moving to URA in 2017.His first spell at the Venoms was a success, winning three titles including the League in the 2014/15 season.Upon signing a two-year contract, Ssentamu could not hide his delight to be returning ‘home’.“It feels good to be back home. Said the combative midfielder.‘I have come to work, win and further my career.”Ssentamu claims he wants to further his career at Kitende.His first spell saw Ssentamu as a regular in the Vipers set-up but he will have to work his way into the starting line up as Vipers boost of one of the deepest squads in terms of numbers and quality.As Vipers continue their work in the transfer window, they are expected to announce Rashid Toha as their fourth signing in the next few days.Vipers had an average season, last, and going into the market with a bang is one of the moves they are taking as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming 2019/20 season.The Venoms came into last season as the defending league champions and finalist in the Uganda Cup but could not replicate such form.Representing Uganda in the CAF Champions league, the Venoms were eliminated at the second round of qualification and hence dropped to the Confederation Cup. While there, they also failed to make it to the Group stages as they fell immediately.In the League, they came second to KCCA FC while a humiliating exit to then-Big League side, Proline FC, ended their Uganda Cup campaign at the quarter-final stage.Comments Tags: Allan KayiwaPaul WillaRashid TohaSiraje SsentamutopURA FCvipers sclast_img read more

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California Needs to Rethink Urban Fire Risk

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first_imgWhat is missing from these maps, however, is extreme weather patterns. The Santa Ana winds of Southern California are a notable example. Strong, hot, and dry wind episodes are associated with nearly all of our largest and most destructive wildfires, including the 1964 Hanley fire in Northern California that burned an almost identical footprint to the Tubbs fire, yet relatively little is currently known about how often they occur across a landscape.New methods are becoming available for mapping and modeling winds, and future versions of the Fire Hazard Severity Zone maps will therefore include such weather conditions. Similar maps are also needed for fire-prone areas outside California.Despite technical advances, a key problem with most mapped approaches to fire danger is that the focus is almost exclusively on characterizing the hazard — flame lengths, rates of spread or fire intensities of an oncoming wildfire — and much less on the vulnerabilities of what is actually exposed. The “wildland-urban interface,” where developed lands are exposed to natural, flammable areas, is thus often mapped and assumed to be where the exposure ends.Clearly this is not always the case. Analogous to when a levee fails, after a wildfire manages to ignite homes along the wildland-urban interface, many homes farther inside the neighborhood can quickly become exposed.Depending on the building codes in place during their construction, these newly exposed structures may or may not be very fire-resistant. Their vulnerability to ignition can also be especially high if they are spaced closely together and the winds are strong, because that is when fire spread transitions to a structure-to-structure domino effect.Better fire risk mapping means we should be able refine our notion and approach to assessing vulnerability.Reducing human exposureThere are numerous reports of how difficult and deadly it was to evacuate during the Tubbs fire. Apparently many people had almost no warning at all. This highlights the importance of both evacuation planning and evacuation communication systems, as getting out in time is what Americans tend to rely on in wildfire situations.Although evacuation preparedness is nearly always mentioned in Community Wildfire Protection Plans and standard guidance for homeowners, the overriding message is typically to “leave early” whenever possible.While absolutely correct, this advice minimizes the importance of pre-fire evacuation planning and the short time there may be to get out. It takes quite a bit of thought and effort to anticipate being in such a crisis situation!What should one take, and where might one actually go?On short notice, how does one account for pets, children, or the elderly?Is there a place one should retreat to, if evacuation orders are received too late or not at all?This last question may be the one that gets the least attention, and the many fatalities in the Tubbs fire suggest that it requires much deeper consideration. Firefighters are often given specific training about what to do with limited evacuation options. For homeowners, however, guidance can be sparse.When it is too late and too dangerous to evacuate safely, fallback options must be considered and communicated ahead of time. In an urban conflagration situation, local details dictate whether “safety zones” actually exist as places to take refuge. Given the real potential for such disasters, many communities should consider identifying (or building) key “hardened” structures to act as local-scale refuges.Reducing human exposure involves more attention to what people must do during a wildfire, or even the rare urban conflagration. Safe evacuation deserves as much emphasis as reduction of fuels, such as creating defensible space around homes or larger scale fuel breaks by thinning vegetation around communities.A safer built environmentFrom the scale of individual home construction up to the location and arrangement of development on a landscape, our communities should be better able to survive the natural hazards that occur there. This requires both short- and long-term strategies for achieving a safer built environment.As a starting point, we must acknowledge that we currently have tens of thousands — possibly even hundreds of thousands — of homes constructed according to building codes that leave these structures vulnerable to ignition. Amazingly, however, there are very few examples of grant programs to mitigate such vulnerabilities through retrofit programs to, for instance, replace wood shake shingle roofs or to upgrade attic and crawlspace vents to block embers from entering homes.In contrast, there are millions of dollars in public funds spent annually on community-scale fuel reduction projects. These are common activities pursued by Fire Safe Councils in California and similar organizations in other states.The recent Tubbs fire in northern California was the most catastrophic in the state’s history and underscores the need to update policy and planning to minimize risk in the future.The same level of support should be available for mitigation of fire-related structure vulnerabilities as there is for hazards.Over the long term, land use planning is probably the most effective tool available for creating safer communities. We must be more deliberate about how we develop on fire-prone landscapes, taking advantage of emerging hazard-mapping techniques.The goal here is not necessarily to build fewer homes, but to design and site developments that avoid the highest hazard regions and concentrate development in the lowest hazard areas. This logic applies, to varying degrees, to constraining development with respect to other natural hazards.Despite an aversion by some to land use planning, this strategy is simply common sense. It will also save lives and massive amounts of public resources over the long term.Where we do choose to develop and inhabit hazard-prone environments, it may be necessary to design communities with “passive survivability” in mind, or the ability to withstand the event and have water and power for a few days. This provides both the built environment and the people within some basic protection for a limited time.Strategies exist to lower the risk of fire in the current housing stock and to more carefully design and site future development where wildfires are possible. With increasing extremes expected as climate continues to change, officially recognizing this link and creating a safer built environment will only become more urgent.Max Mortiz is a Cooperative Extension specialist in wildfire at the University of California at Santa Barbara. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. By MAX MORITZWe recently witnessed the wind-driven Tubbs fire blast its way through densely urbanized neighborhoods in northern California, causing dozens of fatalities and thousands of home losses. This tragic event easily ranks as the most catastrophic fire in modern California history. Stories of how fast the fire spread and how little time people had to evacuate are stunning.Despite how unusual the devastation appears, we need to recognize that these structure-to-structure “urban conflagrations” have happened in the past and will happen again. Yet these fires revealed that we have key gaps in our policy and planning related to assessing risk in fire-prone environments.What is increasingly clear to fire researchers like me is that losses on the human side are often driven by where and how we build our communities. This means we must learn to coexist with fire, if we are going to inhabit fire-prone landscapes, just as we adapt to other natural hazards. An essential step is to shift our perspective from a focus on hazard to one that more comprehensively includes human vulnerabilities.Mapping riskCalifornia is leading the way in mapping the danger that wildfires pose to human communities and, in particular, linking building codes to fire severities that may be expected in given location. The state’s Fire Hazard Severity Zone maps are an essential step in recognizing fire as an inevitable process that must be accommodated, similar to how we plan for floods, landslides, earthquakes, and hurricanes. 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Zika cases in Rajasthan monitored

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U.P. BJP leader’s father killed in road accident

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Deontay Wilder KOs Dominic Breazeale in 1st round to defend heavyweight belt

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first_imgDeontay Wilder, right, knocks down Dominic Breazeale during the first round of the WBC heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 18, 2019, in New York. Wilder won in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Deontay Wilder believes they are coming, the mega matchup with Anthony Joshua and the rematch with Tyson Fury.Until then, he moved onto some business with Dominic Breazeale.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew He looked like a picture of peace as he carried his young daughter into the arena about three hours earlier, but was back to making his case as boxing’s baddest man once the fighting started.In the other title fight on the card, Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) defended his piece of the featherweight title when the referee stopped his bout with Kiko Martinez (39-9-2) late in the fifth round on the advice of the ringside doctor because of a bad cut over the challenger’s left eye.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Warriors rout Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too An immediate rematch was expected before Fury surprisingly went another route.“I understand what Tyson Fury did. When you get dropped on the canvas like that, I understand you have to get yourself back together,” Wilder said. “But the rematch will happen, like all these other fights will happen. The great thing is all these fights are in discussion. The big fights will happen.”And Wilder won’t need any more pounds as long as he still has one of the most feared right hands in boxing.Breazeale had downplayed Wilder’s power, saying heavyweights are supposed to hit hard. But he should certainly be a believer now.He was challenging for a heavyweight title for the second time, having been stopped by Joshua in the seventh round three years ago in Britain. He said he had learned and grown from that fight, but there’s nothing that could have prepared him for what faced in landing just two punches before 13,181 fans in Brooklyn.“This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did,” Breazeale said. “I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again.”Wilder and Joshua was the fight just about everyone in boxing would prefer to see, but so far it’s been all talk without seriously moving close to action.Joshua will be making his U.S. debut at nearby Madison Square Garden on June 1, so perhaps they could try again afterward to negotiate a bout.Wilder easily put aside the letdown of not fighting Joshua or Fury again because of his anger toward Breazeale over an altercation involving family members at an Alabama hotel in 2017. He went as far as to tout his ability to kill a man in the ring, remarks for which WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said would be addressed by the organization in a hearing.Wilder was coming off tough tests in his last two bouts, getting rocked by Luis Ortiz in their March 2018 fight in this arena before stopping the Cuban in the 10th round, and needing a knockdown in the final round to secure the draw with Fury. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ “When I hit him with the right hand the first time, his body language changed,” Wilder said.And with the last one, Breazeale’s body language crumpled.Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) was coming off his draw against Fury in December, the first fight of his pro career that wasn’t a victory. He wanted a rematch with Fury or a unification match with fellow champion Joshua, but settled for a mandatory defense of his WBC title when those couldn’t be made.He ended it quickly, finishing off Breazeale (20-2) after being pushed hard in each of his last two fights.Wilder weighed in at a little more than 223 pounds, a gain from the 209 he was at for the Fury fight, but still well below the 245 he set as a goal after feeling he was too small in that bout, in which he dropped Fury with a huge combination in the 12th round but had to settle for the draw when the challenger was able to get up and finish the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess He took care of it quickly and emphatically.Wilder got back into the win column Saturday night, knocking out Breazeale with an overpowering right hand in the first round to defend his heavyweight title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“There’s been a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were said and it just came out of me tonight,” Wilder said.Wilder hurt Breazeale with a right to the head early in their fight at Barclays Center, but the challenger had recovered from that early onslaught. But there was no coming back from the right later in the round that immediately dropped Breazeale, who was trying to get up as referee Harvey Dock counted him out at 2:17 of the round. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

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10 months agoLeicester ponder contract offer to Bohemians forward Ali Reghba

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first_img Van Persie a fan of Arsenal whiz Martinelli Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech Hong Kong: New WiFi Booster Stops Expensive Internet Promoted5 decades ago8fit Skip the Gym, Do This 10-Minute Workout Instead Leicester ponder contract offer to Bohemians forward Ali Reghbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBohemians forward Ali Reghba is interesting Leicester City.The Irish Independent says Leicester are mulling over a contract offer for Reghba after he came under the spotlight for the Foxes last night.The Ireland U19 cap is in demand after a successful season where he made his Premier Division debut for Bohs and also helped the Gypsies win the U19 league title.Championship sides Middlesbrough and Brentford have had Reghba on trial but Leicester are very keen on the forward and he was involved in an U23 game away to Brighton last night, starting the game on the bench.As the 18-year-old is out of contract with Bohs, the Phibsboro club will only be entitled to compensation if he does move abroad, with former club Shelbourne also due compensation. De Visser: I told Chelsea – do not lose Hudson-Odoi Promoted5 decades ago8fit How to Burn 300+ Calories in 10 minutes? Try this workout Promoted5 decades agoBabbel Teach yourself Spanish using the ’15 min a day’ rule Have your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores a fan of Howe’s Bournemouth Promoted5 decades agoU.S Green Card – Free Check Can you get a US Green Card? Check now Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech How to Stop Dog Barking in Seconds? Redknapp slams Pochettino Spurs exit claims RECOMMENDED FOR YOU TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the love Wilder: Time for Sheffield Utd, West Ham fans to move on Recommended by WATCH: Pepe wins three points for Arsenal with stunning free-kick doublelast_img read more

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a month agoReal Madrid have Jan plans for Tottenham midfielder Eriksen

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid have Jan plans for Tottenham midfielder Eriksenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are pushing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to sign a pre-contract in January.And the Mirror says Real are then ready to follow up with a move for Mauricio Pochettino.Tottenham midfielder Eriksen is into the final year of his contract and has rejected a new deal worth £200,000-a-week as he waits for Real Madrid to make their move.But Real Madrid are ready to wait until January, get Eriksen signed up and then get him for free next summer.That will only add to Pochettino’s frustrations because the current uncertainty over the Denmark midfielder’s future will drag on.The Spanish giants have also made Pochettino their No.1 target to replace Zinedine Zidane with the Real Madrid boss already under pressure despite their solid start in La Liga. last_img read more

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Report: Leonard Fournette’s Family May Have Broken NCAA Rules

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first_imgLeonard Fournette talks during an interview.YouTube/LSU Tiger TV YouTube/LSU Tiger TVYouTube/LSU Tiger TVLSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy this year, given the fact that he’s rushed for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns in just seven games. But according to USA TODAY, his family could be in a bit of trouble with the NCAA regarding a website that was launched back ahead of the 2014 season.According to the publication, a website dedicated to “BUGA Nation” – which stands for “Being United Generates Attitude” – was launched with the intent to sell tee shirts and hats to the public. Fournette “helped develop” the acronym. Here’s more:Paul Price, described by Fournette’s mother as the family’s manager, made payments of about $10,000 to build a website and produce the merchandise to be sold, the owners of three companies involved told USA TODAY Sports. The owners said they gave Price and the Fournettes more than $20,000 in discounts because they expected strong sales driven by the star running back’s popularity. Even with the discounts, one of the business owners said he has yet to be paid in full.The website launched the week of LSU’s 2014 season opener, but the business went no further — sales of T-shirts and hats were stopped within 24 hours after the NCAA learned of its existence, according to Lory Fournette.Clearly, the issue here is that players and their families are not allowed to profit off of an athlete’s likeness, image or name.Will this lead to NCAA issues for LSU and Fournette? At this point, it’s hard to say. You can read the entire article over at USA TODAY.last_img read more

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Inzaghi ready for a big team – Eriksson

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first_imgSven-Goran Eriksson is convinced that his Lazio protégé Simone Inzaghi is “ready for a big team” after an impressive spell in charge of the clubThe former Italian forward, who is the younger of AC Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi, has been linked with Juventus recently after establishing Lazio as a top-four contender in the Serie A in his two years in charge.“Inzaghi is ready for a big team,” said Eriksson, according to Football-Italia.“As a player, he was very good tactically. He lives and thinks for football. He can coach any team in the world and he’s shown that he can do a great job.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The 70-year-old, who led England to the quarter-finals in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, believes that Roberto Mancini would do “very well” if he is to be the new manager of the Italian national side.“Mancini? I don’t know if it’s confirmed, but I’ve heard the rumours. If he were to sit on that bench, it’d be a good opportunity for him and he’d do very well, I’m certain of that,” said Eriksson.“We’re talking about Inzaghi and Mancini, two top Coaches in today’s football.”last_img read more

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Jordan Houston thankful for words of wisdom from Rangers veterans

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first_imgRangers defender Jordan Houston says he is thankful for the words of advice from the club’s former defenders Lee Wallace and Gareth McAuley.Houston says he hopes to make his mark at Ibrox adding that he is pleased with his level of progress so far.Houston told SportTimes via Evening Times: “I have known Lee a lot longer than I have known Gareth having been fortunate enough to be involved with the first team previously.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Lee has given me great advice on how to help different aspects of my game and has taken me under his wing when I have been with the first team and helped me get involved.“Gareth was with the 20s when he was returning to fitness and he has been great and given me some really good advice. I really appreciate that from both of them.“Gareth has had an incredible career so it was great for me to be able to play alongside him. I was delighted to get that chance and he really helped me and all the young lads through the game.”last_img read more

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