Kenya departs Friday for French boot camp

first_imgMigne, who conducted his near full house training on Tuesday at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, said the squad he handpicked for the tournament, would benefit from the change in scenery and intensity of the regimen in Marcoussis, France’s national rugby training facility just outside Paris.His selection early May of the 30-man preliminary squad for the Cup — an Africa-wide tournament held every two years — attracted considerable attention from Kenyan football pundits and fans, not all of it positive.Harambee Stars head Coach Sebastien Migne issuing instructions during training. RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe head coach said it was “difficult to stay in the country” and focus with these distractions weighing on his players.“There were a lot of comments at that time, and we need some peace and quiet to prepare for this competition,” Migne told AFP after a training session in Nairobi ahead of their departure for France.“And the weather was very important to me. During this preparation, we will have many sessions, sometimes three times a day and you can’t do that in a hot country.The 46-year-old Migne added he was “really proud” to bring the team to his home turf for preparation.– No looking back –Harambee Stars midfielder Johanna Omollo dribbles past team-mate David Owino during training. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAFootball is hugely popular in Kenya but the Harambee Stars, the national team, have often been found wanting.They enter the Cup as underdogs, having only qualified six times since its inception in 1957. They have only ever won one game and never reached the knock-out stages.Their passage to Egypt for this edition was capped with a surprise victory on home soil over Ghana, one of the continent’s top performers.Gor Mahia striker Samuel Onyango (Right) and winger Clifton Miheso (Left) during training. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYABut Migne has urged his men not to dwell on the past, and focus instead on emerging from the group phase for the first time ever.Last year is the past. What is important now is to confirm (our performance)… we’re not going to go to Egypt as tourists,” he said.He is banking in part on star Victor Wanyama, the Tottenham midfielder and Kenyan captain, who could play in the Champions League final against Liverpool just days before training for the Cup is to begin.Harambee Stars striker Duke Abuya controls the ball with teammates during training. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“The (Champions League) final takes place on June 1. I will let him celebrate his trophy for two days, and on the morning of the 4th, he must be in Marcoussis,” said Migne.“He knows it, it’s a pact we’ve made,” the Frenchman added with a grin.Kenya’s faces Algeria in their first Cup match on Sunday, June 23.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gives instructions away from Johnstone Omurwa during training at Kasarani Stadium. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – Harambee Stars will depart Friday for a boot camp in France, where head coach Sebastien Migne plans for a distraction-free training blitz before their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 15 years when the continental showpiece will go down in Egypt June 21-july 19.Migne, a Frenchman, has designed the three-week programme to prepare the Kenyans — ranked 108th in the FIFA world rankings — for their grueling group phase with Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania.last_img read more

Photos: Former Oakland Raiders star Khalil Mack buys Chicago-area mansion

first_imgFormer Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack has purchased a mansion on Chicago’s North Shore in Glencoe, Ill. for $3.75 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The former Raiders defensive phenom traded to the Chicago Bears a week before the start of the season chose a six-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bath newly constructed estate.It features a sport court, media center, wine cellar and yoga studio among many other amenities. Completed …last_img read more

49ers Garoppolo officially onto injured reserve, Mullens promoted

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo officially went on injured reserve Wednesday because of a torn anterior cruicate ligament in his left knee, opening a roster spot for the 49ers to promote quarterback Nick Mullens from the practice squad.“Obviously I’ve gotten the backup job under very unfortunate circumstances,” Mullens said. “Since I’ve been here, whatever my role is, it’s to help the team win, and this week it’s as the backup.”Garoppolo’s franchise-numbing exit also means that C.J. Beathard …last_img read more

Live updates: Kittle sets record, but 49ers lose to Rams 48-32

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us to get in-game insights and analysis Sunday as the 49ers look to ruin the Rams’ playoff seeding when the teams meet in Los Angeles at 1:25 p.m.The Rams (12-3) have lost two of their last three and need to beat the 49ers in order to ensure the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, and a first-round bye. Los Angeles beat the 49ers 39-10 at Levi’s in Week 7 on the strength of Todd Gurley’s three touchdowns. …last_img read more

Facebook Fund REV Graduation Day: Backlight, Thread and More

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web dana oshiro After a summer of hard work, Facebook’s 24 fbFund REV incubator companies presented their products to a room full of investors, entrepreneurs and journalists. Created by Accel Partners and Founders Fund, the fbFund REV program is meant to foster innovation and test the boundaries of app development on the Facebook platform. The groups have certainly come a long way from concept to creation, below are just a few of our favorites:Backlight: Backlight is a community that allows members to share inspirational digital assets from across the web. The community puts art into context by illuminating upon it with a background narrative. Backlight offers a StumbleUpon-style bookmarklet, Facebook Connect integration through page updates and notes, and the group plans on developing a point-based credit system entitled “social currency.”Thread: Thread is a tool that allows Facebook friends to leverage their social graphs and make romantic connections. Formerly Frinto, the company recently raised $1.2 million dollars from Sequoia Capital. It is perhaps best described as Linkedin for dating as friends search each others contacts and request introductions. GeckoGo: GeckoGo is a tool that leverages Facebook data and pushes it back to sites like Expedia and Voyij. Users add their travel information to maps and travel wish lists, receive a snapshot of their destinations as well as a quick look at their friends who’ve also traveled to these locations. FriendRadio: FriendRadio is a Facebook application that allows users to rank and listen to their friends’ music playlists. The tool lets you set favorites, vote on tracks and even assigns music matching scores – a music compatibility rank for your friends. The group is exploring revenue strategies including “song gifting” and the artist-to-fan appreciation model popularized by sites like Bandcamp and Topspin Media. RentMineOnline: RentMineOnline is a resident referral program that offers property managers a chance to leverage social networks to secure better tenants. Managers create campaigns and pass the info on to their favorite residents. From here, residents distribute rental openings to their friends via Facebook Connect. Given the nature of the Facebook platform, social startup presentations were no surprise; however, this year, the fund chose to work with 2 nonprofit organizations – Samasource and Vittana. Interestingly enough, both companies work to help individuals in developing countries. Vittana: Vittana is best described as Kiva for student loans. While financial aid programs are well established in countries like Canada and the US, few programs exist for education in the developing world. Vittana offers 6-24 month student loans to students interested in pursuing advanced education. The project hopes to raise $650,000 in philanthropic venture donations. The majority of loans are awarded to vocational students and amounts range between $500 – $1500. Loan recipients are screened by on-the-ground microloan organizations and preference is given to students who are the children of microloan recipients. Visit Vittana for more information. Samasource: In Sanskrit, Samasource means “equal”. The company works with men and women in developing countries to provide work-related activities via the internet. Similar to Mechanical Turk, Samasource connects corporations, nonprofit organizations and small businesses to complete “microwork” tasks. The group launched App Test early this morning before the fbFundREV demo. Available at Apps.Facebook/Samasource, the product allows Facebook application developers to outsource their QA testing to those in need. The company has helped more than 500 individuals in Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana and Pakistan. To find out more about this program, visit Samasource. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Spammy Ads That Hijack Your Smartphone Are Now A Virtual Plague

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts In the past two weeks I have been forced into Apple’s App Store not once, not twice—but five times from a handful of different websites.At first I thought it was a human error—like, maybe my large thumbs just accidentally tapped on a game ad. When it happened again, I assumed it was just a bug. After a third time, I realized it was intentional—an advertisement deliberately sent me to the App Store to buy a mobile game.I never play mobile games, I’ve never downloaded Candy Crush, and I hate spammy advertisements. So the third time I was sent to the App Store to download Bingo Blitz, I wanted to take my phone and smash it to bits. Instead, I emailed The Awl, a website I read frequently and whose mobile site kept forcing me into the App Store, to ask what the problem was. Were they intentionally allowing advertising networks to place spammy ads on their site so poor souls like me would download Bingo Blitz and Candy Crush?Turns out The Awl was just as frustrated as I was. A representative for the company told me it’s an insidious problem that’s been plaguing the site for a couple weeks.The Awl is not alone. These ads have been hitting websites all over, and publishers are struggling to take them down. NBC Sports had a similar problem earlier this year. The company claimed the ad product came from Google, and to remedy it, NBC blocked all mobile game ads from its mobile site.What Are These Spammy Ad Redirects?Just like we’ve seen on the desktop Web, mobile apps and browsers can inadvertently serve up malicious advertisements and annoying popups.As mobile apps take over our devices, advertisers are beginning to use so-called “deep links” to encourage users to download even more applications. When someone taps on a deep-linked ad, it takes them from an app or mobile browser directly to a separate application or a download page in the platform’s app store.These types of advertisements are becoming increasingly popular. Deep-linked ads account for a large portion of Facebook’s ad revenue.Mobile ad redirects result when malicious—or maybe just faulty—JavaScript in a mobile ad runs on a Web page. When you’re browsing your favorite website and suddenly find yourself in an app store, it’s the result of a bad deep link. (Sometimes you can end up on porn sites, or even on a porn site masquerading as an app store.)Alex Calic, chief revenue officer at The Media Trust, an advertising verification company, said that while some ads are nefarious—intentionally booting you out of an app or website—much of it is just bad code.“When the Web was launched, there was a lot of creative, shady activity people produced; we’re now seeing a lot of that on mobile—but there’s also just bad coding,” Calic said. “Desktop Web is standardized, like script code and iframe code, and they work when you put them into the system to scan. On mobile, there are a lot of different ways to do things.”Who’s At Fault?Don’t go angrily tweet that your favorite site is serving up shoddy ads as soon as you’re thrown into an app store. It’s not the publisher’s fault. It’s not the fault of Apple, Google or Microsoft, either.  Most publishers use third-party advertising networks to distribute ads. These networks are responsible for delivering redirects. Websites buy inventory from networks that are in charge of delivering advertising content, thus forced to display whatever they get. One user of the social new site Reddit noted that three different ad networks were serving up these spammy ads on his site and he couldn’t prevent it.Sometimes these ad networks verify the ads before they’re distributed, but often, malicious or annoying advertisements can slip through the cracks, either because there wasn’t a quality check, or because an advertiser added redirect code after the ad was screened. It’s very difficult for a publisher to prevent spammy redirects—they don’t know it’s an issue until someone like you or me experiences it on the client side. “Most prevention has to happen on the server side,” Calic said. “You don’t know if something is a problem until it occurs. It’s hard to stop at the point of delivery.”Because some ad networks charge by the click or install, an advertisement that redirects someone to a download page could make more money for the company. Most app makers frown on this kind of behavior, and some don’t know when it’s happening.King, the maker of Candy Crush (whose game I’ve been redirected two twice in the last couple of weeks), disapproves of this type of advertising. “King does not condone this practice and we do everything in our power to prevent it,” a spokesperson from King told ReadWrite. “Our contracts forbid it and we will terminate contracts with any suppliers found in breach of contract by creating these redirects.” How Can They Be Prevented?Publishers can use products like the Media Trust’s Mobile Scanner that can automatically detect ad redirects, but unfortunately, there’s very little users can do to prevent seeing them.The next time you’re forced into an app store from a mobile website, screenshot the app, copy the link to the ad and send both to the publisher. Websites can’t do anything to stop these ads from appearing if they don’t know the ads are there.Every mobile advertisement is tagged with a code, so if the publisher figures out the ad tag, it can go back to the ad network and tell them to kill the ad, or not run it on their site.If you’d rather not see these ads at all, there are a handful of ad-blocking apps that prevent popups on mobile, just like they do on the Web: Adblock Plus for Android, and Weblock and Adblock for iOS. Alternatively, you can disable JavaScript in your mobile browser. It’s not the best idea because it could render much of the Web useless, but it will effectively stop the redirect ads. You can turn off JavaScript on your iPhone by scrolling to Safari in the Settings app, tapping “Advanced,” and toggling JavaScript off. For Google Chrome on Android and iOS, find “Settings” in the Chrome menu, then select “Content settings.”We’re still suffering with spammy popup ads on our desktop computers, so it’s likely we’ll continue to be frustrated on mobile in the foreseeable future. But if users start complaining to publishers, they can then pressure ad networks to do something to stop these redirects—and make the mobile Web a much better experience. Lead image illustration by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite Tags:#Ad Redirect#advertising#App Store#Google Play#mobile#Spam What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img selena larson The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Minister sets six-month target for coastal project

first_imgGoa Tourism will complete the first phase of the Coastal Circuit Development Plan, covering beaches of North Goa, within six months. It also proposes to complete projects under the second phase covering beaches in South Goa within a year.Tourism Minister Manohar A. Ajgaonkar, who chaired a high-level meeting of the Department of Tourism on Monday, said it was unanimously resolved to complete all tourism-related infrastructure development projects under Swadesh Darshan within a year.Mr. Ajgaonkar said, “Goa Tourism has received ₹200 crore from the Centre under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme for setting up tourism infrastructure. It is important that we utilise the money and complete the projects expeditiously.”Areas that will get a fillip under Phase I include Morjim-Keri, Anjuna-Vagator, and Sinquerim–Baga in North Goa. Areas under Phase II include Miramar, Dona Paula (in North Goa) and Baina, Colva, Agonda, Palolem,Benaulim, Cavelossim, Mobor and some others in South Goa.last_img read more

Lucknow, where potato farmers face problem of plenty

first_imgPotato farmers in Uttar Pradesh have a twin crisis on their hands — they brought in a record production of the crop but that has led to a slump in rates.What happened?On January 6, several quintals of potatoes were found strewn outside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly as well as near the Chief Minister’s residence, in what appeared to be a mark of protest by distressed farmers. The BJP government dismissed the incident as a politically motivated conspiracy and filed an FIR against unknown persons. It also suspended five policemen for negligence. A few days later, the police arrested two persons linked to the Samajwadi Party from Kannauj on charges of conspiracy. However, the entire fiasco brought the much-needed focus on the dilemma faced by potato farmers.Why have prices fallen?Uttar Pradesh is the largest producer of potatoes in the country and in the 2016-17 season, it broke the previous records, growing 155 lakh metric tonnes. A record 120 lakh tonnes was also stored in the 1,708 cold storages in the State. But rather than bringing cheer, the bumper crop led to a fall in prices. The newly elected Yogi Adityanath government stepped in to launch a market intervention scheme in April, under which one lakh tonnes of potatoes would be purchased from growers at the minimum support price of ₹487 a quintal. However, farmers are not satisfied.What are the problems?The grievances of farmers revolve around high input costs and low and unpredictable rates.First, farmers say the minimum support rate set by the government is too low; the cost of growing a quintal of potato, including expenditure on transport and cold storage rent, comes up to ₹800-900. They are demanding that the minimum support price be increased to ₹1,000. Second, farmers claim the government did not actively purchase their produce as promised. Even in cases where the State purchased the potatoes, the farmers complained that the purpose was counter-productive due to the grading system, under which only the best quality was selected by government agencies. The bulk of average-poor quality potatoes was left with the farmers, who had the option of selling it in the market and dumping the rest in cold storages. Horticulture Department Director S.K. Joshi, however, says the State purchased 12,937 tonnes from farmers during April-May, causing the market price to increase by ₹100 a quintal.Where to store the excess?The new produce from 2017 is already in the market even as cold storages are still flush with last year’s yield. Already bearing the loss of the input costs, farmers are faced with the dilemma of letting their produce rot in the storages or attempt to sell the old produce at throwaway prices in markets, while competing with the new potato. Many farmers chose to let their produce rot in the cold storages or threw them in their fields for cattle to eat, as the costs of transporting them to the market to sell at low prices was unfeasible. As farmers are unable to repay the cold storage rents, they too face losses as they have to incur operational costs.Authorities, however, say the potatoes being dumped by farmers are the rotting old stock, which would have been cleared from the cold storages sooner or later.What happens next?The State has sent a proposal to the Centre for purchasing 2 lakh tonnes from farmers under the market intervention scheme for the new season. Once the Centre approves the rates proposed by the State, the Horticulture Department will start buying potatoes from farmers in districts where rates are lower than the minimum support price. Last year, purchasing was done in 41 districts. Potatoes for the new season are still being dug out and the situation will be clear by February-end.last_img read more