first_imgWith the result, Sofapaka remained seven points behind leaders Gor who have a match at hand with six rounds of games remaining this season.With Gor held to a second consecutive draw by Stima in Kisumu, onus was on Sofapaka to close down the gap between the two sides to five points and they had just the start they yearned for scoring after four minutes.-16th goal of the seasonKasumba headed home his 16th goal of the season when he rose unmarked at the backpost to connect to a Titus Achesa freekick.Batoto ba Mungu kept their pressure on and should have gone 2-0 up after 16 minutes but Kasumba could not get a clean shot at goal after some good movement by the side saw him released out on the left by Elli Asieche.Five minutes later, the Ugandan had another chance when a long throw from George Maelo wasn’t cleared, but his final shot at goal was tame, Emery Mvuyekure gathering easily.Tusker came close off a quick start on the other end when David Majak headed the ball over an advancing Justin Ndikumana, but Achesa who was running behind to cover cleared the ball before it crossed over the line.Sofapaka continued their dominance and on the half hour mark, but Avire could not shoot into an empty net after taking too long on the ball when Kasumba beat Mvuyekure to the ball and headed it back to the danger area.-Aswani chanceFive minutes to the break Sofapaka had another chance when Avire turned provider setting up Kepha Aswani but the veteran striker could only watch as his strike sailed wide.Four minutes on the turn Avire had another chance when he found a pocket of space at the edge of the box, went in for a shot but Mvuyekure provided an equally good save stretching all out to his left to turn the ball behind for a corner.In the second half, Sofapaka needed just three minutes again to go into the lead, this time Magonya running in to the near post and heading past the keeper off an Elly Asieche corner.Going 2-0 down prompted a reaction from Tusker who suddenly had more urgency and went on the offensive to try and get back into the game. Majak forced a good save from Ndikumana in the 55th minute when the Burundian keeper beautifully tipped the forward’s curling effort behind for a corner.-Waruru in for AswaniSofapaka made changes, Stephen Waruru coming on for Aswani and the former Ulinzi man should have taken the game to comfortable distance for Sofapaka when he beat the offside trap to face the keeper one on one, but instead decided to cut back for Magonya whose shot was blocked.They were made to pay for that miss seven minutes from time when Muchiri tapped into an empty net after beating the offside trap to connect to a Sammy Mejja cross from the left.And Muchiri delivered the assist for the devastating goal, curling in the corner that Aloro headed strongly in added time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC players celebrate Boniface Muchiri’s goal during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on March 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – Sofapaka threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Tusker FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday evening, their former player Rodgers Aloro heading home in added time.Sofapaka looked on course to make the most of drop in points by Gor Mahia who were held to a 0-0 draw by Western Stima in Kisumu, but Boniface Muchiri scored with seven minutes remaining with Aloro heading home in added time to break Sofapaka’s hearts.last_img read more


first_imgSome well-known local ladies enjoy the tea party.They drank tea by the bucket at Burtonport Community Centre on Mother’s Day.And they raised buckets of money for charity in the process.The Vintage Tea Party, organised by some brilliant local ladies, managed to raise a staggering €4,009.87 for the Donegal branch of MS. Well done to everyone involved! TEA PARTY RAISES MORE THAN €4K FOR MS CHARITY was last modified: March 11th, 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) Tags:burtonportdonegalMSTea partylast_img read more


first_imgAt a packed meeting in Gallagher’s Hotel, Lettekenny, Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy outlined how water charges on domestic properties could be avoided.Mr Murphy said a precedent had been set in the Six Counties and that Phil Hogan could replicate what was done there.Mr Murphy said: “In 2007, the 6 County Executive inherited a water and sewerage system that had not received any investment from decades of British direct rule. In some instances it was at the point of collapse. “The British Government had also paved the way for the introduction for domestic water metering while claiming, like the current Irish Government, that it was an EU directive.“Upon my appointment as Minister for Regional Development, with responsibility for water, I questioned this course of action and ruled out water charges. With agreement from the Executive, the idea of water charges cannot even be discussed until 2015.“We instead chose to invest in water and sewerage and spent £1billion upgrading the system to the point where the water quality has never been better. This course of action created thousands of jobs, with the Belfast sewerage works being carried out by a group from Donegal.”Conor Murphy also ruled out the notion that water metering reduces water usage. “The idea that water metering will conserve water is a fallacy. While it may do so initially, the dip in usage will be short-lived. The evidence can be seen by comparing the average domestic water use in London and Dublin. London, which pays for domestic water, uses more water per household than those in Dublin,” he claimed.“If your intention is to reduce water usage then domestic water metering is the wrong way to go. If you intend to tax working families then it is the correct plan.“This government has many other options available to it and Sinn Fein has mapped out those options to them.” NORTH MP ADDRESSES DONEGAL MEETING ON WATER CHARGES was last modified: May 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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


first_imgTHERE was a massive turn-out tonight for the 20th running of the Ballyare 10k. More than 350 people took part in either the 10k race – or the 5k fun walk.Run from Carr’s of the Diamond and taking in one of the toughest 10k routes in Co Donegal, hundreds of local people turned out to cheer on the runners and the walkers.Local legend Patrick Hegarty, a multiple Irish champion, is race director these days (and of course still a runner.)His astonishing record for the course at just over 30 minutes still stands after tonight’s event, which was won by Derry man Declan Reid who led from the front but couldn’t break Patrick’s record. Congratulations to all those who took part and a special mention to Carr’s of the Diamond where once again tea, coffee, sandwiches and enough cakes and buns to feed an army were laid on for participant and spectator alike.We will have a video of the walkers – and all the results a bit later on. DONEGALDAILY TV VIDEO: LOCAL LEGEND’S RECORD STILL STANDS AFTER 20TH BALLYARE 10K was last modified: August 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:DONEGALDAILY TV VIDEO: LOCAL LEGEND’S RECORD STILL STANDS AFTER 20TH BALLYARE 10Klast_img read more


first_imgTags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The best advice we can give you is to know your audience. You don’t try to sell booze to pregnant women, you don’t make God-jokes in Utah and you don’t get a term sheet without tailoring your pitch. Investors are already blogging about what they want from potential portfolio companies, so if you’re looking for funding you should be reading their blogs. While we know there are plenty of useful investment-related blogs, here’s a list of five to get you started. 1. BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE, @msuster: Investor, entrepreneur and blogger Mark Suster is a partner at GRP VC and recently created Launchpad LA – an incubator for Southern California-based companies. Suster has an 11 part series on what makes an entrepreneur successful and it’s a great primer for first time startup founders. 2. PAULGRAHAM.COM: Best known as the co-founder of YCombinator, Graham and his partners revolutionized the investment model. The entrepreneur popularized both the incubator-style program model and the term ramen profitable to describe lean startups. To look at what Graham is interested in, YCombinator publishes Requests for Startups on an ongoing basis. 3. A VC, @fredwilson: Perhaps one of the most well-known blogger/VCs, Fred Wilson is a principal with NYC-based Union Square Ventures. He has a 15-year track record and some of his investments include Twitter, Disqus and Etsy. Wilson is an avid blogger and offers insightful commentary on emerging tech trends as they happen. 4. VENTURE HACKS, @venturehacks: Run by startup advisors Babak Nivi and Naval Ravikant, Venture Hacks offers great advice for early stage startups. The two have raised more than $100 million dollars for companies like test prep site Grockit and open source music company Songbird. With connections to major firms such as Sequoia, Benchmark and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, the duo’s blog also features guest posts from top-tier VCs. 5. VENTURE BLOG, @ventureblog: August Capital’s David Hornik is a former lawyer who has celebrated successful investments in Evite and PayCycle. During the winter of our financial apocalypse, Hornik was one of the first investors to offer a hopeful message to startups. Entitled Innovation Doesn’t Take a Vacation in an Economic Downturn, Hornik’s post inspired many to continue in their pursuit of great products. Photo Credit: Flickr user Alistair and Andrew Magill Related Posts dana oshirocenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgEarlier this week I sat down with a startup working on an iPad app for news discovery. For several hours the talk revolved around user interface and experience, user acquisition and retention and the difficulty in penetrating a mobile market that is so flooded with apps that individual apps find it almost impossible to stand out. The mobile app industry has grown to mammoth volumes so quickly that even terrific products can’t make an impact among the chaos. And without impact, there are no users and without users there is no business model. This startup is entering a field dominated by the likes of Flipboard, Pulse, Zite, News.me, News360 and several other new aggregation/curation apps. It is going mobile first (tablets specifically) and plans to roll out to the Web next.  I looked at the CEO of this startup and asked, very pointedly, “So what? What makes you think you can cut through all clutter to not only grab my attention, but keep it?”The question was rhetorical and a bit unfair. I was not really talking about his specific product, but about any mobile app getting ready to launch. Several years ago, the call to action among venture capitalists and startups was to build new products “mobile first” and for the Web second, if at all. As it becomes increasingly hard to compete in the app market, some people are starting to rethink this strategy.Rethinking The Mobile First MantraProminent venture capitalist Fred Wilson was one of the first to endorse the mobile first movement, in a blog post in September 2010. Nearly two years later, Wilson has revised his views on the matter in a new blog post called What Has Changed. His new position: “think mobile first, but do not neglect the Web.”Wilson notes that only a few apps have done extremely well going mobile only. Wilson quotes Vibhu Norby, co-founder of Everyme and Origami, who lists Instagram (which parlayed its mobile photo sharing app into a huge acquisition by Facebook), Tango, Shazam and, “maybe 2 or 3 others” as companies that have truly succeeded on a mobile-first basis. Mobile only social network Path might belong on that list, but “successful” in terms of user acquisition and retention might be a stretch for Path. If we look at success from a gaming standpoint, several mobile game makers have found success, most notably Angry Birds maker Rovio.Norby continues, “I use my phone more than anything else. I just don’t think that an entrepreneur who wants a real shot at success should start their business there. The Android and iOS platform set us up to fail by attracting us with the veneer of users, but in reality you are going to fight harder for them than is worthwhile to your business. You certainly need a mobile app to serve your customers and compete, but it should only be part of your strategy and not the whole thing.”Therein lays the rub. The acceleration of the Mobile Revolution makes developers and entrepreneurs eyes pop and rush to their favorite IDE to build what they believe in their heart of hearts will be the next big thing. Once the design and development work is done, they hit “publish” for the iOS App Store and Google Play, hope for positive TechCrunch reviews and wait for the users to come rolling in.And are disappointed. Bitterly. The Staggering NumbersEarlier this week, mobile analytics company Flurry reported on the massive growth it sees in the mobile app economy. Flurry tracks 250,000 apps from 85,000 developers, a massive slice of the app industry. In November, Flurry recorded a trillion app events (an event is when someone completes an action within an app, like recording a song). Flurry also recorded 60 billion user sessions (tracked by when a user opens and then closes an app). This data produces the classic “hockey stick” that charts explosive growth.  dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#app development#App Economy#Web Development Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Developers see these metrics and tell themselves, “I can build an app and take advantage of all these eyeballs. It will be easy.”The problem is that Flurry equates this massive growth with opportunity. In reality, this growth can actually make it more difficult for mobile app developers to succeed. The barrier for entry for a significantly successful mobile app has never been higher. There are more than 1.4 million apps between Android’s Google Play and the iOS App Store. Add in another 200,000 or so on between BlackBerry World and the Windows Phone Market and, well, those are staggering numbers. Of course, there are duplicates among and within the app stores (you can find Instagram on both iOS and Android, for instance) but the amount of unique apps vying for attention is immense. “Mobile and apps are gobbling up the Web and consumer Internet, and that’s where the opportunity is. And the opportunity has never been bigger,” Flurry’s CEO Simon Khalaf notes in the blog post. But Khalaf also notes the very problem plagueing would-be app makers. “Traffic acquisition is still an art more than a measurable science. No one has defined a set of metrics that the venture industry can use to universally compare the value of one app property to another, and business models on mobile are still new,” Khalaf writes. The app economy is incredibly top heavy – the biggest and brightest taking the lion’s share of revenue. Research firm Canalys reports that the top 25 app developers in the United States account for nearly 50% of all revenue. Most of those are gaming companies like Zynga, Electronic Arts, Disney, Rovio and Glu. Games accounted for 145 of the top 300 apps in the iOS App Store and 116 of the top 300 in Google Play. This covers only app sales and not necessarily advertising revenue or in-app purchases, but it makes sense that games dominate the app economy. Flurry’s data supports this, with 43% of time spent on mobile apps being some form of gaming. Flurry’s analysis from July shows that 32% of revenue for apps on iOS and Android go to the top 100 apps. The paid download economy for mobile apps is likely to be in the vicinity of $10 billion in 2012. That’s big enough that the long tail of the app economy can make money – but with anywhere from 32% to 50% of revenue going to only a handful of app makers, the chances of big success in the long tail (where 99% of apps live) is slim.Wilson also notes that the cycle inherent to gaining users in the mobile first world is difficult to master on any type of large scale.“… [D]istribution is much harder on mobile than web and we see a lot of mobile first startups getting stuck in the transition from successful product to large user base. strong product market fit is no longer enough to get to a large user base. you need to master the ‘download app, use app, keep using app, put it on your home screen’ flow and that is a hard one to master,” Wilson wrote. Mobile First Or Multi-Channel From The Start?The problem with the mobile first approach is user acquisition and retention in the face of immense volume. Even the best built, most beautiful apps will fail if their creators cannot rustle up enough eyeballs.So, we come back to the original question: Do you build for mobile first from the beginning or do you build for multi-channel distribution knowing that it might take more time to get the service off the ground? A mobile-first approach implies that, for a significant period early in your apps life, it will be mobile only. And that can be a problem.To a certain extent, it depends on what you are building. Games are much easier to make mobile because they are self-contained units specific to the device they were downloaded on. Yes, it would be nice if I could pause a game of Angry Birds and move from my tablet to my PC and pick up at exactly the point I left off, but this is not really necessary. WIth a news app or a social network or a photo app or a music app, users very much want to move from their smartphone or tablet to their computer and back again with as much ease as possible. For every Instagram that survives the mobile-only world, there are startups like Path where mobile only might be one of its biggest detriments. Norby gets to the heart of the mobile-only conundrum: It’s much easier to get new users on board a service on the Web than on a mobile device. “… [T]he experience of signing up for a service is superior in every way. Typing is easier. Sign-up with OAuth is faster. Tab to the next field. Provide marketing alongside sign-up as encouragement. Auto-fill information is a feature in every browser. The open eco-system of the web and 20 years of innovation has solved many of the most difficult parts of onboarding. With mobile, that kind of innovation is lagging significantly behind because we create apps at the leisure of two companies, neither of which have a great incentive to help free app makers succeed,” Norby wrote. Developers need to think of more than just the product they are creatiing. “Will it work on Android? iOS? Windows Phone?” is an important question, but it’s secondary to “What do I need to do to turn this into a viable business?” That business question is often lost among excited developers building a great app. Ironically, it is one reasonswe end up shedding tears for all the crappy startups that can’t raise any more money. It is not enough to build a great app, throw it into the celestial ether, maybe do some press outreach and marketing and hope for success. There are too many startups building apps, not businesses. Mobile apps that come to the fight with the appropriate tools in place give themselves the best chance of success. That means a website to easily onboard mobile users and give them information, a plan for marketing that offers a chance to reach the top lists on the app stores, and a consistent message to the press and consumers.Sound like a lot of work? It is a lot of work. It takes time, money and patience – on top of everything that goes into creating the app itself. The era of easy riches in the mobile app economy is over. The first movers have consolidated their positions. Sure, there are still a few lucky stories (like this Dental Surgery app that came out of nowhere) or outliers that fall into success without the requisite groundwork – but they are increasingly rare.That doesn’t mean the mobile market still doesn’t offer immense potential for riches. And designing a business with a mobile-first mentality is definitely the way to go. But make no mistake, rising above the noise with a mobile-only product is getting harder and harder – no matter how good the app may be.Top image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img Related Posts Flurry then notes the amount of time people spend with their mobile apps per day in relation with the Web and television. Apps are catching up, Flurry says, with 127 minutes of app usage per day, in comparison with 70 minutes of Web and 168 minutes of TV (I would like to meet some of these people who use apps for more than two hours a day). Gaming dominates mobile usage (one reason Rovio does so well with Angry Birds) followed by social networking then entertainment and utilities.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more


first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Apr 22 (PTI) China is edging closer to building its first floating maritime nuclear power platform with the prospects of deploying it in the disputed South China Sea, a state-run daily said today even as the Foreign Ministry declined to react, saying it had not heard of the plans.The Global Times in a report said the nuclear platforms could significantly boost the efficiency of the countrys construction work on islands in the strategic South China Sea.It said the nuclear power platforms could “sail” to remote areas and provide a stable power supply.China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, the company in charge of designing and assembling the platforms, is “pushing forward the work”, said Liu Zhengguo, the director of its general office.”The development of nuclear power platforms is a burgeoning trend,” Liu told the paper when asked to comment on a previous media report that China plans to build 20 maritime nuclear power platforms.”The exact number of plants to be built (by CSIC) depends on the market demand,” he said, without confirming or denying the reported number.”Judging by various factors, the demand is pretty strong,” Liu said, adding the construction of the platforms is “based on mature technology.”He emphasised that the plants are mainly for civilian use, such as providing electricity for oil drilling platforms.The daily quoted a report published by eworldship.com, a Shanghai-based shipbuilding industry website, that Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Company (BSHIC), a ship assembly enterprise under the CSIC, will be responsible for building Chinas first maritime nuclear power platform, and the CSIC will build about 20 such platforms “in the future.”advertisementThe report said a group of experts has reviewed and discussed the technical plan on the construction of the platform proposed by Institute 719, which is also under the CSIC, and reached a unanimous conclusion.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, however, declined to react and played down the story as a media report.”What you said is a media report. I have not heard about that,” Hua said, when asked about the report the Global Times.The construction of the first maritime nuclear power platform, which serves as a demonstration project, is expected to be completed by 2018 and be put into use by 2019, China Securities Journal reported in January. PTI KJV PMS AKJ PMSlast_img read more


first_imgSouth Africa took control of the second Test against England and saw a way back into the series after a tumultuous second day on Saturday when 15 wickets fell and the Proteas emerged with a 205-run lead and nine wickets in hand.South Africa was 75/1 in its second innings after weathering a blistering 78 from 76 balls by England captain Joe Root to bowl the English out for 205 in their first innings.The Proteas’ lead grew to beyond 200 at stumps with an unbroken 57-run stand between Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla.It was a roller-coaster day, though, and South Africa took command only in the final session.Before that, South Africa lost its last four wickets for 26 runs in 6.2 overs at the start of the day to be all out for 335 under a blistering spell of 4-4 by James Anderson.England was 3-2 before Root’s innings made batting look easy on a swinging, bowler-friendly track at Trent Bridge.Root’s departure began a collapse of 7/62 for England, and South Africa was left with three days to press for victory and a good chance to level the four-Test series.last_img read more


first_imgAustralia’s domestic Sheffield Shield tends to open sleepily, with spring sunshine warming the few diehard fans that turn up to regional venues but auditions for coveted Ashes places have given the start of this year’s tournament additional spice.Australia may be comfortable on their own pitches and confident of fending off an England side likely to be without all-rounder Ben Stokes, their most valuable player, for at least part of the five-test series.However, the question of who will bat at six in the order has become an increasing bugbear for a team desperate for a quality all-rounder of their own while also needing some starch in the middle after a worrying string of batting collapses.Queries over the best man behind the stumps have also grown in volume since the incumbent Matt Wade was dropped for a single one-day international in India earlier this month and then reinstated in the next game.With less than a month before the first test kicks off at the Gabba on Nov. 23, the opening matches of the first-class Sheffield Shield will also be a battle-ground for the pacemen as they look to replace the injured James Pattinson as first understudy to Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.One player desperate for red ball form will be Victoria state’s Glenn Maxwell, who scored a fine century at number six against India in March but has failed to surpass 50 in seven test innings since.With selectors keen to have a part-time bowler able to provide relief for the pacemen over the course of a long campaign, Maxwell’s ability to soak up some overs with his off-spin would be valuable.advertisementThe hard-hitting 29-year-old is under pressure from Western Australia’s uncapped Marcus Stoinis, a medium pace-bowling all-rounder who has averaged 86.25 in his eight ODIs and impressed during the recent tour of India.Another Western Australian in Hilton Cartwright is also a contender after his surprise selection at number six for the second test against Bangladesh in Chittagong last month.”In an ideal world you’d want someone like a Ben Stokes who can give you the ideal balance, bat and bowl,” selector Mark Waugh told Sky Sports Radio earlier this month.”But I think your number six as it stands is probably going to be a batsman and ideally he bowls a bit.”The wicket-keeper position has troubled Australia since Brad Haddin’s retirement after the last Ashes in 2015 and Wade’s reinstatement at the expense of Peter Nevill in the last home summer proved divisive.Seemingly favoured for his niggle over the more subdued Nevill, Wade has not justified his selection with the bat and compiled just 17 runs from his three innings during the two-test tour of Bangladesh.Nevill, considered a technically superior keeper to Wade, will captain New South Wales in the absence of regular skipper Moises Henriques as he looks for a weight of runs to dislodge the incumbent Tasmanian.South Australia’s uncapped Alex Carey, who posted an all-time record 59 dismissals in the 2016-17 Shield season, is seen as a dark horse to dislodge the seasoned campaigners.last_img read more


first_imgLleyton Hewitt is set to make a temporary return to tennis for next month’s Australian Open in Melbourne. The former singles world No. 1 will team up with compatriot Sam Groth in men’s doubles event.Hewitt called time on his career after his home grand slam in 2016 but made a return to the court to play doubles at Davis Cup and Wimbledon last year. Hewitt though has won two grand slams at U.S. Open and Wimbledon in singles competition.”It’s going to be a bit of fun. That’s what the Australian Open is about,” Hewitt told News Corp Australia on Friday.”I’m going to really enjoy it. We’ve been hitting a lot of balls, hitting every day, and we’re not just going out there making up the numbers.”We want to give it a fair crack.”Groth, who is retiring after the season-opening grand slam and is hoping for a wildcard for the singles draw, will also play mixed doubles with Sam Stosur.”It’s something Lleyton and I have talked about and it’s perfect for me,” Groth said.”I was there when Rusty retired in 2016 and it’s great that he’ll be there with me when I bow out. He’s not just someone I know through tennis, he’s a great mate.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more