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first_imgAzam Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC 0-0 SC Villa Mutessa II War Memorial Stadium, WankulukukuFriday, 11-05-2018.Allan Kyambadde (right) was one of a few players who got decent chances in the gameExpress and Villa played out a goalless draw at Wankulukuku on Wednesday, a result that doesn’t favour any of the two sides.The game of few goal mouth action saw Juma Ssebaduka pounce onto a poor Bernard Muwanga headed clearance but the forward shot straight at Samson Kirya in the Villa goal inside the first two minutes.Three minutes later, Villa’s Allan Kyambadde was played in through on goal by Yubu Bogeere and with Godwin Bule in the Express goal beaten, the day’s captain for the Red Eagles, Julius Ntambi saved the day with brilliant last ditch clearance.The rest of the opening half was played in a casual manner until two minutes to the mandatory break when Henry Katongole and Kirya connived to bring down Express’s big centre forward in the area but all claims of offside where waved away by the referee.Two minutes into the second half, Express should have taken the lead but only for midfielder Ayub Kisalita to hit the cross bar inside the six yard box after SC Villa had failed to clear their lines following a Micheal Birungi corner.Both teams traded half chances from there after with no clear desire to win the game and it ended in a calm manner unlike the past Kampala Derbies.What the coaches said after the game:Mubarak Kiberu, SC Villa goalkeeping coach.“It was a game we knew we had to win but unfortunately came short.“Our chances of winning the league are pretty much over but we will try to win our remaining games to finish as high as we can on the table.“The day Wasswa Bbossa was suspended, is the day we lost the league title because he was the heart beat and driving factor.Mubarak Kiberu was deputizing for the suspended Wasswa Bbossa (photo by Shaban Lubega)Shafic Bisaso, Express FC.“We were unlucky not to win the game today because we clearly created the better chances and we were the best side on the day.“Unfortunately that has been how our season has paved out from day one.“Despite the draw, a will keep on believing until the very last day.Express FC coach shafic Bisaso maintained that the team will not lose hope in their battle to beat the dropExpress FC remained in the relegation zone with 28 points from as many games.The Red Eagles seat only a point away from safety after UPDF lost at home to Soana.For Villa, they remain third on the log with 54 points from 28 games played and currently seat five points behind leaders Vipers with only two games to play.Express will be back inaction away to already relegated Masavu FC at the Training Institute in Bugonga, Entebbe next week.For Villa, they will be away to Proline on Monday at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.The other matches played on Friday:UPDF FC 0-2 Soana FCMaroons FC 0-1 Police FCBul FC 1-2 Bright Stars FCComments Tags: Azam UPLExpress FCmubarak kiberuSC Villashafic bisasolast_img read more

first_imgBy signing the pledge, people commit torejecting corruption and speaking upabout illegal activities.(Image: Nicky Rehbok)MEDIA CONTACTS • Corruption Watch+27 11 447 1472Nicky RehbokThe fight against corruption got some heavy artillery today with the launch of Corruption Watch, an independent civil society institute formed to enable South Africans to report and confront corrupt activity in both the public and private sectors.The launch, held at the Women’s Gaol at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, was attended by a range of government, civil society and business leaders, including Jay Naidoo, Mark Haywood, Mary Metcalfe, Njongonkulu Ndungane and public protector Thuli Madonsela, as well as a large contingent of news media.Corruption Watch’s work includes a newly launched website and an SMS hotline to receive reports of corruption, as well as a pledge which people can sign online to signify their rejection of corruption.The website will be a repository of stories from the South African public, a secure portal for evidence-based whistle blowing activity, and a resource for information about corrupt activities in South Africa.In his keynote speech, Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi lauded Corruption Watch as a “critical resolution of Cosatu and civil society” and a “dream come true to empower our people”.“We will not succeed in our quest to defeat this fast advancing enemy unless we can successfully mobilise and empower ordinary people, strengthen and build a people-centred developmental state, led by honest men and women, build independent state institutions that battle against corruption daily and transform the judiciary and media,” he said.The public can tell Corruption Watch about their experiences and sign the pledge on the website.To SMS, send the text “BRIBE” to report corruption or, to sign the pledge, type “PLEDGE” plus your first and last names to the number 45142 (the SMS costs R1).People can also talk about it on Facebook and Twitter (@corruption_sa).No more abuse of power and positionCorruption Watch director David Lewis said that by gathering, interpreting and acting on information gathered from the public, the media and other sources, the organisation would be able expose the corrupt misuse of public money.“We have formed this organisation to enable citizens to report and confront public and private sector individuals abusing their power and position.”The data collected by the organisation will be used to reveal hotspots of corrupt activity around the country at municipal, provincial and national level. Where corruption is rife, Corruption Watch will seek partnerships with powerful organs of civil society to effect change.“We want to help move the national conversation about corruption from resignation to action,” said Lewis.The website will be the main interface between the public and Corruption Watch, though the organisation can also be reached via SMS, Twitter and Facebook.Through social media, people can share their stories about all manner of corruption, including but not exclusive to bribery, kickbacks and graft; influence peddling and patronage; and corruption in the work place where they’ve witnessed or been victims of favouritism, nepotism, ghost workers and illegitimate absenteeism. People may be able to report instances of bid-rigging, price-fixing, arbitrage and profiteering, cartels and collusion and tender and procurement irregularities.The personal details of anyone reporting an incident will be kept confidential, but the information collected will be aggregated, enabling Corruption Watch to analyse the data, spot patterns and draw a “heat map” of when and where corruption is occurring.“Information from crowd-sourcing offers a clear understanding of what is happening on the ground,” said Lewis. “While we won’t be in a position to investigate each and every report, the combined knowledge of people coming to our site will provide us with a powerful tool to build alliances with other institutions and NGOs. Strengthening the scale and voice of civil society will help South Africans defeat corruption.”From some of the aggregated information – and occasionally a personal story that is representative of an endemic form of corruption – Corruption Watch will initiate research, commission reports and compile sufficient documentation to refer matters to the appropriate investigative or prosecutorial authority, or engage in policy-based advocacy work.“Our first campaign,” said Lewis, “is asking people to sign a pledge online, or via SMS, refusing to participate in corruption and, if they are civil servants, committing to treating public resources with respect.”‘Nowhere to hide’Justice minister Jeff Radebe also took to the podium, decrying corruption as a “cancer” in South African society.“This cancer of corruption can only be defeated by the concerted efforts of all South Africans … therefore the launch of Corruption Watch is highly commended,” he said.The minister added that the organisation would help transform many South Africans from being passive recipients within a democracy into “important role-players who actively combat corruption”.“We’d also like the media to continue in its tireless efforts to expose corruption whenever it rears its ugly head.”He added: “We are confident that Corruption Watch will be an independent voice and barometer showing the strides we as a nation are making to fight corruption. Everyone must know that there is nowhere to hide as far as corruption is concerned.”United front against corruptionPublic protector Thuli Madonsela said the initiative “couldn’t have come at a better time” and that the Public Protector team was honoured to be part of it.“Many sectors of society can learn a lot from this development. As a country we need a united front against corruption and central to this is active citizenship.”Accountability and transparency are also central to the organisation, she added.“I’m encouraged by Corruption Watch’s understanding that corruption is a societal problem – it’s not an isolated problem.”Corruption is also rife in the regulatory environment, service delivery, as well as the public and private sector, she said.“It is time that all of us as patriotic South Africans stand together to fight corruption with courage and resilience.“We look forward to working with Corruption Watch in taking the process forward in terms of awareness-raising, protecting and encouraging whistle-blowing and promoting transparency in the government’s legal framework.”Madonsela called on all sectors of society to throw their weight behind the initiative, adding that actively fighting corruption would help alleviate poverty, boost service delivery, and promote safety and justice.“Each of us has a responsibility to fight corruption in the public and private sector to ensure that we build a society where there is public accountability, integrity and responsiveness to all the people of the country.”Taking actionFunded principally by donations from charitable foundations, Corruption Watch was initiated as a non-profit organisation by Cosatu’s office bearers, who were receiving an increasing number of complaints about corruption from its membership and the general public.Its board of directors is made up of Bobby Godsell, Adila Hassim, David Lewis, Mary Metcalfe, Mavuso Msimang, Njongonkulu Ndungane, Kate O’Regan, Zwelinzima Vavi, with Vuyiseka Dubula in the chair.last_img read more

first_imgProjects developed by the GetOn Foundation are created with the intention for them to become self-sustaining and to enrich their targeted communities. (Image: GetOn Skills Development Centre)Unemployment is one of the major ills plaguing South Africa. This is partly the result of a lack of skills among the working age population, those who can actively contribute to the country’s economy.This prompted GetOn Skills Development to take action and provide skill-specific and market-related training to ambitious and promising young individuals in Pretoria West and its surrounding areas.The organisation gives young people a chance to realise their potential. Yet it also aims to develop its protégées socially and emotionally in order for them to lead happy and productive lives as independent and self-supporting adults.South Africa’s unemployment rate sits at 25.5% among the working age population, according to data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for the third quarter of 2015, the latest available data. This shockingly high figure highlights the need for more measures to be taken to empower unemployed citizens.The unemployment rate has risen steadily in recent years, posing a potent threat to the wellbeing of the country as a whole, with individuals living in rural and informal settlements bearing the brunt.This makes creating jobs a key challenge that has to be addressed, with a firm eye trained on alleviating the pressure on youth. It also ties in neatly with the aims of the National Development Plan, which sets out to achieve a crucial reduction in the unemployment rate from 25% to 6% by the year 2030.“Why this is so real for me is because on a monthly basis we get new students coming in to GetOn and I see a lot of these students shrinking with the burdens and a lot of stress,” said Brenton Cryer, the general manager of the GetOn Skills Development Centre.“When I look at them I smile because I know that after a few weeks they’re standing up tall, confident and ready to take on the world, and that’s really where I see GetOn making a lot of change in people’s lives, through the life skills [we provide].”PARTNERS FOR CHANGEThe GetOn Skills Development Centre was set up by the GetOn Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation working to empower developing countries and close the gap between them and their developed counterparts.Projects developed by the GetOn Foundation are created with the intention for them to become self-sustaining and to enrich their targeted communities.The organisation is partnered with a number of groups whose goals are aligned with its goals, such as Learn to Earn and the Mr Price Foundation, both aimed at developing youth from disenfranchised communities and helping them to break into the job market.“It was a challenging time in my life when I came here [to GetOn]” says former GetOn trainee Thabo Mokhonoana. “I was unemployed and discouraged at not knowing which direction I should take in my life.“I’m glad that when I came here GetOn opened its arms to me and it embraced me like a son. I’m glad to say that today I’m working. It has been six months that I have been working and I have seen a lot of progress in my life financially.”Like many of the GetOn graduates, Mokhonoana aspires to open his own business at some point in the near future and make full use of the skills he has acquired.“I’d love to open my own business because GetOn gives us skills so we can start businesses. It doesn’t just give us skills so that we can work for people, but it gives us skills so that we can be empowered to go out there and make a difference.”GETON AND GET INVOLVEDGetOn offers a number of options to those looking to contribute to bringing about the change the organisation is working towards.These options include campaigning for the organisation, raising funds, donations to ensure the longevity of the programme as well as getting directly involved in the day-to-day happenings at the GetOn centre.For more information on how you can get involved, visit GetOn’s get involved page.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgIqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has clarified that India’s posture on the Rohingya refugees would not impact the friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.“Our relations are based on mutual trust and cooperation at all levels, and so an external problem cannot disturb it,” Mr. Chowdhury said during an interaction with journalists here on Saturday. He conceded that there was an initial confusion about India’s position on issues of ‘persecution of Rohingyas’ in Myanmar and massive influx of refugees in Bangladesh. “Now we see India is calling for permanent resolution to conflicts in Myanmar and adopting a humanitarian approach by sending relief to refugees stranded in Bangladesh,” he said.Mr. Chowdhury said that 5.5 lakh Rohingyas had so far entered southeastern districts of Bangladesh since the latest cycle of violence erupted in Rakhine province of Myanmar. Over six lakh Rohingya refugees were already stranded in Bangladesh and that took the total number to 12 lakh, he said.The veteran journalist stated that the present crisis was different from what had happened in the past. “Earlier there was turmoil and tension, resulting in Rohingya exodus, but now they are being driven out in a planned manner – killing, burning villages and crops, terrorising people with rapes and torture,” he said.During interaction with newsmen he supported apprehension that external forces and terrorist cells could try to exploit sentiment of ‘stateless Rohingya’ to engage them in subversive activities.“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has time and again made it clear that Bangladesh was providing relief and shelter to the evacuees on humanitarian ground and any rebellious activities in the relief camps would be tolerated”, Mr. Chowdhury stated.last_img read more

first_imgAs Madhya Pradesh continues to reel under frequent and unscheduled power cuts, officials of the state electricity company are holding bats responsible for the woes, claiming that the flying mammals are causing faults in the supply lines, especially in the state capital. They say bats hanging on the power supply lines sometimes cause short circuits, which ultimately lead to outages. This claim has triggered a fresh round of blame game between the Kamal Nath-led Congress government and the opposition, BJP. The saffron party said instead of giving these excuses, the power utility and the state government should work in a responsible manner, while the ruling Congress said there was no crisis as MP is a power surplus state. State Energy Minister Priyavrat Singh, however, contended that overloaded power transformers and not bats could be the main reason behind the problem. Talking to PTI, the minister said, “In a review meeting of Bhopal district (held on June 14), an official of the power company had said that bats are creating faults in the supply lines along the lake (Upper Lake)…But I don’t think this is a major reason. I pulled up the official, who had said so.”“I told the official to repair the supply lines by insulating them. This work had already been carried out. I asked the officials to consider installation of ultrasonic devices, after due environment clearances, in the areas where bats are creating problems,” he added.Mr. Singh said there were several others reasons that might be behind the faults in supply lines.“At some places, a squirrel may create a problem. But the main reason of fault is overloaded power transformers. Maintenance of power supply lines was neglected for years. I asked the officials to carry out proper maintenance of the distribution lines,” he said. Spokesperson of Madhya Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Ltd, Manoj Dwivedi, said, “The faults in power supply lines in the vicinity of Upper Lake (in Bhopal) were reported due to bats. This largely happens due to short- circuits caused by bats hanging on the power supply lines.” The company carries out work of insulation in such cases, he said.“That area of Bhopal had bats earlier too, but power supply used to be uninterrupted. Instead of giving excuses, the power company as well as the government should work responsibly. Were the bats born only after the Congress came to power?” state BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal said. The Congress government had earlier said that poor quality of transformers purchased during the previous BJP dispensation was the reason behind the electricity issues. During the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in April this year, Chief Minister Kamal Nath had alleged that there was a conspiracy behind the power cuts in the state. At that time, state Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot had also said that some officials of the power distribution company were working against the ruling Congress, resulting in power outages.“During the campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, Nath, in order to hide his government’s failure, used to blame the BJP and certain officials for power cuts. But even after the polls, outages continued in every part of the state despite it being a power surplus state,” Mr. Agrawal said. He said that inept handling by the Congress government has created this crisis. However, the state Congress said that the BJP had run out of issues and was raising hue and cry over such “non-issues“.“Pre-monsoon maintenance is a routine process and it was happening during the BJP rule as well. The technical faults are being repaired. MP is a power surplus state and there is no crisis. Opposition is spreading lies,” state Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said.“Due to factionalism within the BJP, the leaders of that party are trying to outdo each other and levelling false allegations,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra has lightweight Mahindra as a final elimination round foe on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and a win—regardless of how Star and San Miguel Beer fare in their last games—will give the Kings top ranking after having beaten both sister teams.Tenorio and Justin Brownlee scored 22 points each to pace the Kings, while Meralco got 21 points from Baser Amer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAt 7-4 the Bolts are still assured of playing in a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals.Earlier, TNT KaTropa found it hard shaking off a determined Rain or Shine side, needing some big buckets inside from huge import Joshua Smith in eking out a 105-102 decision. Alaska and Star will clash on Wednesday, and if the Hotshots defeat the depleted Aces, there’s a strong chance the Painters could avoid the seventh or eighth positions.GlobalPort, which battles San Miguel Beer at the end of the elimination round on June 2, would also need another win to make it to the next round without a hitch, in case Alaska loses.“I don’t know if we still have a chance [at a top two finish],” TNT coach Nash Racela said. “All I know right now is that we are not at a twice-to-win disadvantage.” Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Throwing his weight around inside the paint with the Elasto Painters losing import Duke Crews at the halfway mark of the third quarter, Smith hit two critical lay-ins before Ranidel de Ocampo canned two free throws with 3.6 seconds left for what turned out to be the final count.The Texters thus closed out with an 8-3 record and qualified safely in the upper half of the quarterfinal draw.And with two more playdates remaining, TNT still has a chance at making the top two if some of the leaders lose their remaining games.Rain or Shine, which won this tournament last season, ended its elimination round stint with a 5-6 record after a second consecutive defeat.The Painters are assured of at least a playoff for the last quarterfinal slot and could even get a free ride to qualify in the middle of the pack depending on the results of the last two game days.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Read Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—Fan-favorite Barangay Ginebra crept closer to the No. 1 ranking in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs after pulling out the stops on both ends in a gripping endgame and surviving Meralco on Sunday night, 90-89, before a boisterous crowd at Ynares Center here.Joe Devance and LA Tenorio scored the Gin Kings’ final four points inside the last 38.9 seconds before Meralco sealed its fate with a blown fastbreak play which could have turned things around as Ginebra claimed a piece of the elimination round lead with idle Star at 8-2.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa lifts Creamline Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more