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Tanzania’s opposition now settles on ex-PM Lowassa

first_imgHe will run for the top post for Chadema, as well as the Civic United Front, NCCR-Mageuzi and the National League for Democracy. Mr Lowassa had joined the race earlier this month to run as the CCM’s presidential candidate, where he was seen as a frontrunner among 42 candidates, but lost out to government minister John Pombe Magufuli. And without mentioning any names, the President, who is also the ruling party chairman, added: “Those who have quit CCM are now on our crosshairs and the right side for us to strike them.” But President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday chided his defection, equating it to that of an “errant child who runs away from his family to join the enemy.” President Kikwete said the ruling party will not give the former PM room to defeat it. Mr Lowassa was Prime Minister between 2005 and 2008, when he resigned over corruption allegations. He denies the charges. President Kikwete was addressing the members who had turned out to escort the CCM candidate for the presidency, Dr John Pombe Magufuli, to collect the National Electoral Commission nomination forms.center_img Tanzania’s four main opposition parties have picked former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa as a joint presidential candidate three months ahead of a General Election scheduled for October 25. Mr Lowassa, 61, defected last week from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party to join Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema). Following his defeat, Mr Lowassa said the ruling party was infested with leaders who are dictators, undemocratic and surrounded with greedy power mongers. In his first remarks since Mr Lowassa’s defection from CCM, Mr Kikwete said: “Even in life when your child wrongs you by joining the side of your opponents you deal with him or her as you would have dealt with the group to show that you are the father.”last_img read more

NetEnt AB confirms job cuts at Stockholm home office

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share The governance of industry games developer NetEnt AB has confirmed that it has undertaken its first organizational streamline, which has resulted in job-losses of 55 positions within its Stockholm headquarters.   The Stockholm-listed enterprise released a statement, outlining that it has taken action to ‘optimise its operations’ with a viewing of enhancing its game production output.The restructuring of NetEnt’s home operations has been undertaken at a cost of circa SEK 25 million (£2.2 million).Focusing on game/content output, NetEnt governance further confirmed the company would close its virtual reality projects, booking the initiative as a SEK 5 Million (€500,000) ‘write-down’Issuing a short notice,  Therese Hillman, Group Chief Executive of NetEnt AB  commented on the update:“By decentralising our operations we take another step towards a new NetEnt, where customers and players are in focus. The new organization will have clearer responsibilities and more emphasis on value-creating initiatives.“We are pleased to see the performance of our new game releases so far in the fourth quarter as we continue to diversify our game portfolio. Going forward, we increase the pace of output and expect to release 30-35 new games in 2019.” Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020last_img read more

Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell break out for Cubs in NLCS Game 4

first_imgAnthony Rizzo and Addison Russell came into Game 4 of the National League Championship Series hitting .119 in the postseason.As in … .077 for Rizzo and .042 for Russell.Small sample size or not, those were ugly numbers, but manager Joe Maddon insisted he was not worried about two of his key players.They proved him right, as they provided some of the biggest hits in the Chicago Cubs’ series-evening 10-2 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Addie’s fine,” Maddon said. “He’s 22. He’s experiencing the postseason for the first time.”Russell had been injured when the Cubs were in the postseason last year, so this is his first shot. Maddon said he talked to Russell on Monday’s workout day about taking a new approach, keeping it simple.Perhaps to help Russell relax, Maddon dropped him to eighth in the lineup on Wednesday, after he’d hit fifth when the series began.Russell said he didn’t need to relax, but the homer certainly helped.“I’ve been struggling this postseason a little bit but didn’t panic,” Russell said. “My confidence was still there. I have been seeing the ball. Been taking some good swings. I definitely wasn’t panicking. Just frustrated more than anything else. It’s definitely a sigh of relief.”Russell hit a flyout to left in his first trip, then had the homer and single, and then hit a flyout to deep center in the seventh. He collected his third hit of the game in the ninth.As for Rizzo, he came into the game with two hits in 26 at-bats in the postseason, and one of those was a shattered-bat single late in Tuesday night’s game. The slump showed no signs of ending after he struck out in his first two trips on Wednesday.So then, Rizzo switched bats, grabbing one that belongs to teammate Matt Sczcur.“I hit well with his bat,” Rizzo said. “It has hits in it. Same size, just a different model, different name.”The first assignment for the new bat was right-hander Pedro Baez, and Rizzo crushed a 3-2 fastball 401 feet out to center field. It left his bat at 106 mph, the hardest ball he had hit since Sept. 23, according to StatCast.In Rizzo’s next trip, he smoked another ball, this one 108 mph for a two-run single. He also singled in the eighth, his third hit of the night.“It should help their confidence, no question about that,” Maddon said of Rizzo and Russell. “When they show up at the ballpark, there’s going to be a good balance about them. Probably going to see the ball better, slow things down a little bit.”center_img Russell hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run fourth inning, and then Rizzo hit a solo shot in the fifth. In the five-run sixth, Russell started it with an infield hit and Rizzo added a two-run single.They had three hits apiece and a combined five RBIs.Just like Maddon expected.“This is our lineup,” Maddon said. “We had 103 wins. This is the lineup that got us there. We had two tough nights. So what? … These are our guys, and they showed up tonight.”Asked before the game about Russell, Maddon cited a number you won’t see on the stat sheet: his age.last_img read more

Alexander: Fans respond on how to fix baseball

first_img• Heil also suggested a seven-second pitch clock; hitters entitled to one timeout (i.e., stepping out of the box) per at-bat; relievers getting from the bullpen to the mound in no more than 30 seconds to make the next pitch, with no warmups; one baseball per half-inning (rather than a new ball every time one hits the dirt); and an All-Star Week that would also encompass the trade deadline and maybe the draft, too.Time, it seems, is of the essence.• Tom Cryer, maybe with Shohei Ohtani in mind, suggested allowing a player to be listed as both a pitcher and DH, similar to the NCAA rule, or alternatively allowing a DH for any player, not just the pitcher. Further, he favors limiting extra innings to a three-inning limit and then going to a home run derby to break ties. He didn’t specify whether the losing team would get a pity point, as do overtime losers in hockey shootouts.• Tim Mellin of Highland Park suggested an “open” DH rule: Five or six DH slots available, to be used wherever the manager deemed appropriate, similar to the softball rule where the player who is pinch-hit for can return in the game.• Russ Allison is awaiting expansion to 32 teams and a universal DH, and is in favor of radical realignment based on geography: Imagine a West Division with the Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Padres, A’s, D-Backs, Mariners and a Portland expansion team, for example. “Yes, maybe one step backwards (won’t feel ‘special’ to have LAA-LAD 4 times a year) but several steps forward,” he wrote. “And an attendance rocket straight up … total upside. LONG overdue.”• Vince Scipioni would bypass both the Commissioner’s office and Players Association: No more corporate ownership of teams; players’ base salary limited to $1 million a year (with advertisers making up the rest), maximum ticket prices at $25 and parking at $12, elimination of all cable/internet broadcast deals in favor of over-the-air telecasts, elimination of replay review, uniform changes only at 25-year intervals … well, you get the point. And so much for baseball’s version of capitalism.• Fred Singer of Huntington Beach wrote: “Have each team bat for three innings at a time. After three outs in the first inning, clear the bases and keep going, rinse and repeat. So much time is wasted getting players on and off the field 18 times a game.” Trust me, with all of the advertising dollars involved, there’s as much chance of that happening as of me becoming President.• Edward Lamoureaux, an Angel fan who is also a professor in the Department of Interactive Media and Department of Communication at Bradley University, has the same gripe I do with MLB.TV’s home market blackout policy, but a particular beef: “I do mind being blacked out of Angel games when they play in Chicago or St. Louis … when the Angels go to Chicago, I don’t want to be forced to go to a TV in my home with cable so I can watch the Sox or Cubs broadcast. Sometimes I’m not at home by a TV, often I’m not in a room with a TV, and I never want to listen to their calls.”Sounds fair.He also suggests altering the umpire rotation so umpires who are weak on balls and strikes don’t work the plate; making arguing balls and strikes no longer an automatic ejection, and not legislating shifts, writing: “Anyone who can’t bunt or hit the other way, and who isn’t hitting over .275, should be punished.”• Lamoureaux and Dirk Wilder of Trabuco Canyon take aim at hitters’ habit of messing with their batting gloves between pitches. “Velcro is responsible for slowing the game down,” Wilder wrote.Related Articles Actually, it’s all Nomar Garciaparra’s fault, but I get the point.• Lastly, Greg Johnstone of Ladera Ranch suggested that games could simply end in ties after four or five extra innings, and no gimmicks such as starting each extra inning with a runner at second. “Neither team wins when a game extends to 18 innings, and how many fans are left in the stadium at this point.”Those of us who witnessed Game 3 of last year’s World Series – with Dodger Stadium still nearly full in the 18th – might feel differently. Then again, the Angels exhausted their pitching staff in a 16-inning loss to Baltimore last month and went on to lose 12 of 14 and pretty much spiral out of the wild card race.At this point, they probably wouldn’t [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter There seem to be some common threads in the responses to last week’s “Fixing Baseball, Part II” column:I received 20 emailed responses and a couple via Twitter. The majority were from, shall we say, veteran fans. There seemed to be common agreement that games take too long, and that analytics and their spawn (such as shifts, launch angles, homers and strikeouts at the expense of putting the ball in play, and the nightly parade of relief pitchers in the late innings) have made the game less appealing.Oh, and ticket prices are too high and the TV coverage leaves something to be desired. That about cover it?By the way, the idea that older fans seem most willing to care, and to comment, should be a loud wakeup call to MLB executives. It says either (a) the younger generation is perfectly fine with the game as it is played today, or (b) younger fans don’t care enough to weigh in. My suspicion is (b), and if that’s the case nicknames on the backs of uniforms aren’t nearly enough. (Especially when you can’t see them, as will be the case this weekend, but enough of that rant.) Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Along those lines, the most intriguing suggestion came from reader Mark Heil: “Hire WWE writers. WWE understands that story lines drive interest. Baseball has become too much of a hometown sport. People don’t care the way we used to about other teams … What’s missing? The stories to make us care about the different cities. Matchups. Who is pitching against who? Add drama. Hire people to call up talk radio stations and ask the brainless homers if they saw what happened in Los Angeles last night? Root, Root, Root for the hometown – yes, but be realistic about how your team compares.”My only hesitancy would be that 162 games worth of “Monday Night Raw” would wear everyone out, players and fans alike. That said, this goes back to the sport’s inability to tap into personalities and promote its best players to a wider audience.And maybe the issue isn’t so much how they advertise, but where – specifically, maybe promoting the game to people who aren’t already watching it. Heil suggested slipping players or teams into video games or hosting “a contest on Minecraft about designing the best stadiums or replicating a stadium.”I’d hire him.Anyway, some other ideas: Horse dies after injury during workout at Del Mar On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead last_img read more

Wellington police notes: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, December 04, 2012•5:12 a.m. Christopher A. Johnson,42,Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 66 mph in a 55 mph zone.•7:04 a.m. Karen S. Evans, 34,Wichita was arrested and confined charged with disobeying a stop sign and driving while driver’s license suspended.•Roy Cox, 56,Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with control of animals. (occurred 12-3-12 9;30 p.m.)•1:30 p.m. Officers investigated criminal deprivation of property in the 900 block of W. 7th.•10:15 p.m. Erin O. Davis, 33, Derby,Kans.was issued a notice to appear charged with wrong way on one way street.last_img read more

Gardai launch investigation after man dies after fall at house

first_imgGardai are investigating the sudden death of a man in his 30s at a house in Letterkenny.The man suffered a serious injury after apparently falling down a flight of stairs at a house at Sylvian Park.Gardai sealed off the scene of the incident and launched a full investigation into the incident. The victim was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but died later from his injuries.The man, who is originally from Poland, had been living locally for a number of years.A Garda spokesman said “A full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a man in his 30s.“He was found at a house in Letterkenny but died later as a result of his injuries at Letterkenny University Hospital.” Gardai launch investigation after man dies after fall at house was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 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:bodyGardaiinvestigationletterkennylast_img read more