FIFA on Monday lifted its suspension of Cameroon’s football association, saying the organisation had addressed its concerns over government interference.In a statement, FIFA said that Cameroon’s Fecafoot association had met “conditions previously set” after a normalisation committee began running the organisation Monday.Earlier this month, FIFA banned Cameroon from international competition due to state meddling in Fecafoot.FIFA statutes require that the game’s national governing bodies be able to conduct their affairs free from official control, and it said it would not lift the ban before a special committee created to organise elections for a new Fecafoot governing body next year had taken over the reins.“The lifting of the suspension means that Fecafoot’s clubs, officials and other representatives can immediately resume their activities, which had been interrupted,” FIFA said.This means Cameroon will be free to play in an all-important 2014 World Cup qualifier in Yaounde in September. Cameroonian club Coton Sport will also be permitted to take part in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League, after being barred from hosting Sewe San Pedro of Ivory Coast at the weekend due to the ban.FIFA however said it and CAF “will continue to closely monitor the situation, particularly in relation to the revision of the Fecafoot statutes.”
Tags: CAF Champions LeagueCAF Confederations CupKCCA FCMike Mutebimorley byekwasoParadou AC KCCA FC and Paradou AC drew in the first leg last Sunday. (PHOTO/KCCA FC)CAF Confederation Cup-Playoff RoundParadou AC vs KCCA FC (Agg: 0-0)Stade du 5 Juliet 1962, AlgiersSunday, 03-11-2019 @10:45pmKCCA FC will be hoping to secure qualification to the CAF Confederations Cup group stages on Sunday when they take on Paradou in the second leg of their play off qualifier at the Stade du 5 Juliet 1962 in Algiers.The Kasasiros failed to take care of the Algerian side in the first leg played last Sunday at Lugogo as they were held to a 0-0 draw.It was a disappointing result for Mike Mutebi’s side who are usual strong at home.On Sunday, they will have to forget all that as they bid to reach the group stages of the competition for the second time in their history.The first came in 2017 when the overcame Egyptian side Al Masry on penalties at this stage after a 1-1 draw in two legs.To get here, the Kasasiros were dumped out of the Champions League by Angolan side Petro de Luanda who progressed to the groups on away goals.KCCA FC had to endure a long and tiresome journey to reach Algiers and they will be hoping the fatigue doesn’t show come match time on Sunday.“The journey was so long as we had to travel for 12 hours to get here and the players are a bit fatigued and tired, noted KCCA FC assistant coach Morley Byekwaso ahead of the match.“We think we have trained well and ready to do what brought us in Algiers so as we qualify to the group stages.“We are well prepared as usual and the good thing is that the players are in good health without any injuries.“The boys are injury free and we are optimistic of a good result.“The training session was ok and we hope to put up a good fight in the match.”KCCA FC travelled with 18 players of which 8 are defenders and just 7 attack minded players.They are still missing the services of summer signings John Revita, Erisa Ssekisambu, John Odumegwu and Kezironi Kizito who are all ineligible. The Kasasiros are also without ling term absentees Saddam Juma and Julius Poloto.Paradou will most definitely pose a huge threat to KCCA FC’s desires to reach the group stages of the Confederations Cup like all North African clubs tend to do.The Algerians are extremely strong at home and will be hoping to make home advantage count on Sunday.To get to this stage, they have had to overcome two rounds. They have gone past CI Kamsar and CS Sfaxien with the latter side one of the giants of the competition.Match FactsThis will be the second meeting between the two sides after the first ended scoreless 7 days ago.Paradou come into the game having won two of their last five CAF Confederations Cup games (D2 L1).At home, the Algerians have a 100% record in the competition after winning two in as many matches ao far.For KCCA FC, this will be their 16th CAF Confederations Cup game since 2019.In the first 15, they have won 7 (D1 L7).Away from home, they have been horrible so far, winning just once in 7 matches (D0 L6).The KCCA FC squad in AlgiersGoalkeepersLukwago Charles (Captain) and Jamil Malyamungu.DefendersPeter Magambo, Ssenjobe Eric, Kato Samuel, Fillbert Obenchan, Kizza Mustafa, Achai Herbert, Musana Hassan, Musa Ramathan.MidfieldersMuzamiru Mutyaba, Gift Ali Abubakar, Kasozi Nicholas, Serunkuma Simon Peter, Allan Okello.ForwardsSadat Anaku, Mike Mutyaba, Nunda Jackson.Comments
Mobile use is soaring across the African continent, with every second person now reachable by phone.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica)Africa is claiming its place at the forefront of telecommunications.According to new research by Informa Telecoms & Media, the continent has exceeded the 500-million mark for active mobile subscriptions. Every second person living on the African continent can now be contacted by phone.A fast-growing mobile region According to Informa analyst Thecla Mbongue, these figures mainly show growth in the use of mobile phones used for basic voice telephony. Data connections represented about 8% of total subscriptions in 2010. Mbongue says that the African continent represents 10% of global mobile subscriptions.There are still many opportunities in the mobile market for investors in growth areas such as the voice segment in under-penetrated markets, and the non-voice segments with mobile broadband and mobile money services. Mbongue says that these services would apply to both business and private markets.She says that, to some degree, high computer prices still restrict the use of mobile broadband services to the top end residential and business segment.The mobile money service targets the mass market, as this is mainly unbanked. She says that the difference between mobile money and Internet banking is that customers do not need a bank account to access the former. Access is possible via the menu on a mobile phone.“Mobile money services make it possible for customers to send and receive even very small amounts, and sometimes it also enables them to pay for basic services such as utility bills and school fees,” says Mbongue. By 2014 the number of mobile money users in Africa will have risen to almost 360-million.South Africa’s MTN, France Telecom (Orange), India’s Bharti Airtel, Vodafone/Vodacom and UAE based Etisalat have all expressed interest in gaining a bigger footing in the African mobile market.Rapid growth “The expansion of networks and the decreasing price of handsets are key drivers to more people using mobile phones,” Mbongue says. The Informa report also says that the landing of new submarine cables on the east and west coasts of Africa over the past 18 months is boosting the continent’s international connectivity. It has also created more possibilities for data services.According to an Ernst & Young telecommunications study titled Africa Connected: A telecommunications growth story, many operators and governments have also embarked on projects to build national and metropolitan fibre networks to enable easy access to new services.The findings of Ernst & Young’s research, conducted in the third quarter of 2008, are based on interviews with 28 senior role-players in the African telecommunications industries. The telecommunications study shows that from 2002, the French telecommunications market grew at a compound annual growth rate of 7.5% and the Brazilian market at 28%. In comparison, the African market experienced 49.3% growth.Growth in the African economy, fuelled by a commodities boom and increased liberalisation, is believed to be the main reason for the increase. The Ernst & Young study foresees that the African telecommunications market will grow faster than any other region in the next three to five years.Data market set to soar Ernst & Young also expects data to become a revenue generator in Africa, even though voice services are likely to remain the largest contributor to operator revenues in the medium term.The provision of internet access is a big market, but Mbongue says much work still needs to be done to expand it. She says that at the beginning of 2010, the rate of household broadband access in Africa was only 2.5%. The Informa report findings predict that by 2015, there will be 265-million mobile broadband subscriptions in Africa – a significant increase from the current figure of about 12-million.The Ernst & Young survey indicates that as competition in the mobile market escalates, innovation and operational efficiency will become more important. It also appears that even with the worldwide recession, new licenses were still being issued and mergers and acquisitions were still taking place in Africa in the past year.Nomalanga Nkosi, GM for Business Marketing at MTN Business, says that mobile subscriptions are changing the way business works.“Gone are the days when mobile subscriptions were only used to receive and make calls,” she says.Today, mobility is one of the fastest growing trends in business. Many companies have become more aware of the business value that mobile technology brings in terms of productivity, integration and return on investment.“It is easy to see why investments in mobile applications and technologies will increase through 2011, as organisations begin to ramp up both business-to-employee and business-to-consumer mobile spending,” Nkosi says.In the next five years Informa expects the strongest growth rates in mobile subscriptions in East and Central Africa. Mobile subscription numbers in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Madagascar are likely to more than double by 2015.Africa still a challenging environment Telephony services are now widely available in Africa, but Mbongue says that there are still many more markets to develop. For example, in rural areas the rate of mobile access is less than 10%.Operators still face many challenges such as regulatory and political uncertainty. Ernst & Young’s study says there is a big need for regulatory independence. Although political stability in Africa has largely improved, operators are cautious of government interference in the regulatory process.The absence of reliable infrastructure such as power is another concern. Operators also find it difficult to draw the right candidates to fill important technical and management positions, and retain this talent. However, findings suggest that this challenge is not seen as unique to African operators.Operators also have to keep in mind that African markets are at different stages of economic, social and telecommunications development. Only six countries – Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Gabon, Seychelles and South Africa – have penetration levels of more than 80%, while 24 countries fall below the 20% penetration mark and 17 have mobile penetration levels of less than 10%.Demographics also play a role. Countries such as Seychelles and Gabon, with penetration rates of 108% and 91% respectively, have smaller populations and higher mobile uptake levels. Larger countries such as Nigeria, with a population of almost 150-million people, should take longer to reach high penetration levels.The role of SMS Short-format text messages have become part of our day-to-day lives, but the experts say that it is no longer only a means to keep in touch with friends and family. Dr Pieter Streicher, MD of BulkSMS.com, says short message services (SMS) are also taking on a new role and improving communication globally. These days, SMS is used in crime fighting, reporting on political unrest and weather reports.Streicher says figures released earlier this year by former Nokia executive and mobile expert Tomi Ahonen show that 53% of the world’s population and 78% of the world’s mobile phone users send and receive SMSs.“If you look at the overall number of users, SMS eclipses email by 2.6 times, despite email having been around for 39 years and SMS for only 17,” says Clay Shirky, a respected digital media commentator.Thanks to SMS, farmers in rural Kenya can obtain market prices for their goods using their mobiles. This allows them to decide beforehand which market will be paying more for their produce. Shirky says that this is a good example of how access to information via SMS is helping previously economically disadvantaged people.Increased access to mobile phones in Africa has made it possible for more people to make use of SMS services. He says a lack of other communication channels such as fixed lines and email has led to the rapid adoption of SMS in Africa and other third world regions. The other advantage of SMS is that it is user friendly, readily available, and relatively inexpensive.“It isn’t surprising, then, that many grassroot innovations, and clever ideas that the phone manufacturers almost certainly never dreamt of, take place in Africa,” he says in a report. These days, mobile phone users can even get SMS reminders to take anti-retrovirals and other important medication.Africa is on its way to becoming a success story in all aspects of telecommunications. The Ernst & Young study reports that there are many expectations and the continent is set to become a central focus of global telecommunications operators and vendors in the next five years. The good news is that Africa is shaking off its reputation as a market only for brave investors, to being seen as a region open for business and investment.
24 January 2011After a day of high drama on a full Umzimkulu River in KwaZulu-Natal, defending champions Hank McGregor and Abby Adie retained their titles in the Global Trader Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon on Sunday, capitalising on mishaps that derailed their challengers.McGregor started the 38 kilometre final stage from Swartberg Road bridge outside Underberg to the Hopewell farm, close to the Coleford Resort, side by side with two former winners of the race, Len Jenkins and Ant Stott.The trio quickly reeled off the first eight kilometres into Underberg before setting off into the notorious Underberg Gorge.Tripped upMcGregor was the first paddler to be tripped up by the feisty river, when his paddle wedged between some rocks and almost flipped him out of his kayak. Against the odds, however, he managed to recover and the front bunch remained intact and shared a laugh about McGregor’s close call.The race was effectively reduced to a two-horse race when six-time champion Stott fell out of his boat at the end of the Underberg Gorge, leaving McGregor and Jenkins to race away on the second half of the stage.Both got through the Lower Gorge unscathed, before McGregor made his break a kilometre-and-a half from the finish.‘I pushed the pace’“I pushed the pace in the last 25 minutes so that Len (Jenkins) didn’t have the jump on me. Messed up in the FastDrak (a race over the same course but run on a single day), and I didn’t want that to happen again,” explained McGregor, who got his nose ahead for the sprint finish to win the race by just two seconds from Jenkins.Stott completed the stage alone to wrap up third almost three minutes behind the leaders.“Today was my day,” said a delighted McGregor. “I was lucky and I am stoked with the win.”Jenkins was generous in defeat, and said he had battled with his fitness so early in the season. “I have also been doing a lot of mountain biking, which has eaten into my paddling training,” he said.Seasoned Gauteng racer Jacques Theron wrapped up fourth place by holding off under-21 star Brandon van der Walt who, despite recovering from a bout of tick bite fever, constantly hounded Theron and his Gauteng ally Piers Cruikshanks.DelightedJust as delighted as the men’s winner McGregor was Howick racer Abby Adie, who retained her title in the women’s division, after starting the final stage nearly a minute behind Robyn Kime.The lead was unchanged when Kime approached her nemisis, “The Mineshaft” chute, down Scotstons Weir on the outskirts of Underberg. It was the same place where she took the second of the swims that scuttled her 2010 title challenge.Once again, she saw her chances of winning the GT Drak disappear in the churning water at the foot of the weir as she took another swim.“Two guys went into the chute ahead of me and I had to slow right down, losing all my speed going into the weir,” said Kime. “I then made a silly mistake. It was a stupid rookie error.”Comfortable victoryAbby Adie, on the other hand, didn’t put a paddle wrong on the tricky river and coasted home to a three-and-a-half minute victory over Kime. “I am thrilled to defend my title and I look forward to trying to make it three in a row next year,” she said.“I was cautious in the rapids once I took the lead,” she continued. “I had done my homework at Glenhaven Rapid, even though my line wasn’t the recommended line, but I backed myself, and it worked.“The other rapids were brilliant. Heaven and Hell Rapid was heaven!”Amanzimtoti surfski ace Michele Eder hung hang onto third place, despite also taking a swim at “The Mineshaft” chute. “I am still nervous of the rocks as I am quite new to river racing. I try to picture them as a foamie in the sea,” said Eder.Adie was touched to be the first recipient of the new Margie Oliver Memorial trophy, which honours the “mother of canoeing” who passed away five weeks ago.RESULTSMENHank McGregor 3:45.01Len Jenkins 3:45.03Ant Stott 3:47.43Jacques Theron (Gau) 3:51.32Brandon van der Walt (U21) 3:52.34WOMENAbby Adie 4:09.40Robyn Kime (WP, U21) 4:13.08Michelle Eder 4:23.14Hilary Jean Pitchford 4:26.36Alex Adie (EC) 4:33.23SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Tags:#international#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The current unrest in the Middle East is a complex, unfolding story – but to technologists it’s clear that tech and the Web are a key point of contention and enablement of contentious expression.Technology companies are making efforts to help the Egyptian protesters express themselves and self-organize. How can technologists seeking to help do so most effectively? This is likely to be a type of story we hear about many other places in the future. Sometimes using technology to help people across borders and cultures can be challenging. We spoke with a number of technologists that serve international constituencies every day and asked them for their best advice.This series is supported by Dell The Power To Do More, where you’ll find perspectives, trends and stories that inspire Dell to create technology solutions that work harder for its customers so they can do and achieve more.Companies large and small are getting on board to help information flow in and out of Egypt, contrary to the wishes of the government there. YouTube is pointing to videos about Egypt on every page on its site. Google and Twitter collaborated last weekend to build a speech-to-text service for Egyptians to post messages by phone. The independent media organization Alive in Egypt is working to translate those messages into English. Facebook, widely believed to be central in the protests, has not felt comfortable taking public action in support of them.As Cecilia Kang and Ian Shapira wrote in The Washington Post wrote yesterday:Facebook, which celebrates its seventh birthday Friday and has more than a half-billion users worldwide, is not eagerly embracing its role as the insurrectionists’ instrument of choice. Its strategy contrasts with rivals Google and Twitter, which actively helped opposition leaders communicate after the Egyptian government shut down Internet access.Though these questions are being asked by the press and the public because of the high-profile nature of events in Egypt, doing business across borders is a part of everyday life for many technologists and each day sets the stage for the future. Aaron Fulkerson, of enterprise collaboration and publishing service MindTouch, says he’s been “ecstatic” to see his open source technology used from Iran to Syria, China and Nepal.“I think that’s why most of us that came from an engineering background got into software. We wanted to change the world,” he says. Fulkerson argues that its everyday support for open technology that provides a foundation that can be relied upon in times of crisis. “Open standards and open source have been doing just that,” he says. “Things like TOR, HTTP, TCP/IP, REST, etc… this is why we all owe it humanity to use open and contribute to open source.”More Than Tech HerosIt’s not just about the technology, though. Providing meaningful support across cultures is also an exercise of will, self-awareness and communication skills. Tunisia, Jan. 19.“What Google and Twitter did over the weekend is spectacular,” says Lidija Davis, one of the human editors at the largely machine-driven international technology news portal Techmeme and a former Australasian television producer. “It just goes to show what a couple of days, some smart coders and brilliant technology can do to bridge this gap.”It’s not just about the tech heroes, though. There are everyday pitfalls that need to be watched out for, Davis says. “Don’t make any assumptions about the technological landscape in countries other than your own,” she says. “And be mindful of any misunderstandings when English is not the primary language.”Ultimately, the best strategies will no doubt be informed by both technical and human considerations. Thomas Vander Wal, a leading social technology consultant who focuses on effective collaboration, cites both hard and soft concerns.“First [step] is using a platform that does internationalization well,” he says. “Using technology that fits the region and capabilities is important. Currently the Google solutions are really good given what technology is available (due to other tech being shut down).“You should plan for cross-platform options: text, audio, video. Text-to-speech is good as well for those who are not literate. Sharing MP3 files of info is really helpful.“Another big thing though is to sort out what is a cultural no-no, that will save a lot of grief. Find somebody from the region to check and test what has been set up.”That all sounds like good advice, but it’s important to consider your efforts in the context of long-term efforts for self-determination that people around the world have been engaged in for a long time.“Enable Sustained Communication”John Smith, a consultant in co-ordinating international communities of practice, emphasizes that there are no simple solutions:“Remember that real change takes a while. We’re all moved by the big protests in the streets, but enabling sustained interaction and communication is more important than being there to capture the headlines. The time to pitch in and help is probably after the headlines have died down.“To enable sustained communication (locally and globally) we have to ask people what they want: how and what they want to make visible needs to be under their control. They may need secrecy or maximum visibility. People who are seriously working on social change have their own creative and effective sense of accountability to each other and to history. It’s our job to support it — as they see it.“Any help we can provide is just an ingredient: giving too much credit to one tool or one intervention is not only simple-minded, it’s probably plain-old deluded. People working in difficult situations have a lot of choices about what tools to use: anything we offer has to fit into a context that’s incredibly complex and locally coherent.“Often we need to make sense of what’s happening using multiple channels: both satellite TV and Twitter are useful, but they see different facets [of the situation].”Everyone always said that the Internet would shrink the world we live in. That has proven true; we’re likely just at the beginning of a period of intense internationalization and it makes sense to begin discussing now how to best deal with both historic and everyday changes.Lead photo by monasosh; Tunisia flag photo by Nasser Nouri. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Live at the International Builder’s ShowThe team originally considered using structural insulated panels for the roof, exterior walls, and floor, but instead went with a stick-frame system because of concerns that re-channeling SIPs to accommodate modifications in the home’s wiring or plumbing might prove too cumbersome. The R-41.2 walls are insulated with 3 in. of spray foam on the inside and 4 in. of rigid foam outside the oriented strand board sheathing. Exterior paneling is a composite – 60% rice husks, 22% common salt, and 18% mineral oil – that the team says can be personalized with different finishes. The bays of the roof’s 10-in. trusses, which are tapered a quarter-inch per foot to give the top surface a slight drainage pitch, are filled with 6 in. of spray foam that is covered on the inside with 5/8-in. OSB and 5/8-in. drywall. A 5/8-in. layer of OSB on top of the roof trusses is covered with Sure-White EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), bringing the total R value to R-37. A flood, tornado, hurricane, or earthquake might dissipate relatively quickly, but the damage it causes can last for years. That concern is at the heart of Re_home, the Solar Decathlon project developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Re_home is essentially two rectangular modules compact enough for transport on a single-flatbed truck. Photovoltaic panels preinstalled on the modules’ flat roofs can be lowered to make transport easier and, once the modules reach their destination, the panels can then be raised on their mounting racks for optimal solar exposure. The modules themselves can be assembled quickly into a 780-sq.-ft. two-bedroom single-family home. The University of Illinois team says the rapid-deployment strategy for Re_home, and its affordability and energy efficiency, make it “an immediate and sustainable solution for a family left without a home. By combining good design, smart planning, and low-cost solutions, the Re_ home responds to the physical and emotional needs of impacted families while bringing environmentally aware living to the forefront of a community-led recovery effort.” Land of Lincoln, tornadoes, and a prefab prototype With its front porch and canopied entry, Re_home is a linear, modernized take on Midwestern architectural tradition. Canopies also shade deck areas on the east and west sides of the structure, whose two main modules were built in part at a plant operated by prefabrication specialist Homeway Homes, based in Peoria. In mid-May, the modules were trucked to the Urbana-Champaign campus, where construction continued. MORE INFORMATION Re_home Web page DOE Web page for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon The R-40 floor also is built on 10-in. trusses (minus the taper), with 3/4-in. rigid foam on the underside. Should it prove necessary, a layer of spray foam could be added to the system to further insulate and seal the floor, the team points out. Power, comfort, and price Twenty-four SunPower E18:230 photovoltaic modules and six Sanyo HIT Double bifacial modules provide a total capacity of 5.52 kW and 1.17 kW, respectively. Some of the panels double as a shading canopy on the south-facing portion of the house. An air-source heat pump and an energy recovery ventilator will serve the home’s HVAC needs. Because Illinois is among the nation’s most tornado-prone parts of the country, there is a real possibility that, after its debut in the Decathlon, Re_home could be offered to a family displaced by one of the storms. That, at least, would fulfill the team’s primary vision for the house, the second Decathlon entry for University of Illinois, whose Gable House took second place overall in the 2009 contest. Another goal for the current project is to come in strong in the Decathlon’s affordability contest, which awards as many as 100 points for homes whose construction costs come in at $250,000 or less. Back in January, the Team Illinois project manager, Beth Newman, told Fine Homebuilding that Re_home costs were at that point well under the $250,000 mark. “The lower we can get our price, the better,” Newman said.
WATERTON, Alta. – Parks Canada issued a precautionary evacuation alert on Tuesday evening for all of Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta due to potential danger from an expanding wildfire.Parks officials called it “a pre-emptive action” so they can be fully prepared if fire conditions change, saying “safety is paramount.”They said there was no immediate threat.The Alberta government called the evacuation “voluntary” and said it includes not just the National Park but the community of Waterton, which has a population of about 100 people.Waterton park officials said should a mandatory evacuation be ordered, “you must leave the park within one hour of formal notice” and suggested people ready themselves by gathering their medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers and keepsakes.“Travel will only be permitted out of the park,” said a warning on the park website. “Admittance to evacuated areas will be limited to emergency vehicles.”The government’s emergency alert noted that “cottagers, campers and visitors are encouraged to leave the area.”Parks Canada said the so-called Kenow fire, which was sparked by lightening in British Columbia, has started some small spot fires in the national park near Sage Pass.A Parks Canada national incident management team is on site, along with three initial attack crews and five helicopters, with another crew expected on Wednesday.The fire was about 65 square kilometres in size.Waterton National Park is located in the province’s southwest and borders Glacier National Park in Montana.The townsite includes a historic railroad hotel called the Prince of Wales, which was construction in the 1920s by the Great Northern Railway of the U.S. to lure tourists during the prohibition era.