Vipers complete Hamis Diego signing

first_img Tags: dan sserunkumaHamis Diego KiizaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetopvipers sc Diego, signing for Vipers on Sunday (Photo by Vipers Media)KITENDE – StarTimes Uganda Premier League defending champions, Vipers SC have completed the signing of Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza.Diego who is understood to be in his final months at Ethiopian side, Fasil Kenema, put pen to paper on a six months deal that will see him at Kitende until the close of the current season.The striker still has a running contract with Fasil and he will see out the rest of it so as to activate a permanent deal at Vipers.Diego becomes the club’s second signing in the January transfer window after Kenyan defender-Innocent Wafula who joined from Gor Mahia.With Vipers struggling to find the back of the net lately, scoring only once in their last 4 competitive matches, Diego who was 2010/11 UPL top scorer is expected to help cub the issue alongside another proven goal scorer-Dan Muzei Sserunkuma.The 29 year old striker, arrives at Kitende with an impressive goal scoring record and a vast amount of top flight league experience, his footballing career began at Nalubaale FC in 2007 before URA snatched him in 2009.The moments of brilliance at the tax collectors where he won the League in 2011, caught the eye of Tanzania’s Yanga who eventually signed him later that year.In 2015, Kiiza left Yanga to join bitter rivals Simba where he played for one year before moving to Free State Stars of South Africa.He re-joined URA in 2017 enroute to El Hilal Obeid of Sudan the same year.A series of issues disrupted his short lived stay at the Sudanese club hence he moved to Fasil Kenema FC where he has been at the time of recruitment by the three time league champions.Comments last_img read more

Bombardier of the Sea

first_imgCreationists have made much of the bombardier beetle (#1, #2) whose firing chambers would explode if the timing and mixture of ingredients did not work perfectly together.  Now, here is a similar case in the lowly sea slug.  EurekAlert described research by Georgia State University scientists, who found that the sea slug Aplysia mixes three inert ingredients to produce a sticky secretion, dyed purple, for defense:“Aplysia packages these innocuous precursors separately and then releases them simultaneously into its mantle cavity at the precise time when they are needed,” explained [Charles] Derby.  “This mechanism insures the secretion’s potency against attacking predators to enable sea slugs to escape.”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The secretion seems to contain a healing compound.  “The antimicrobial property probably evolved to work against predators,” said Derby.  “But it might also function as an antimicrobial salve for Aplysia’s own wounds.”The evolutionary mythoid contributes nothing of substance to this story.  On grounds of intellectual honesty and scientific integrity, we need to call Darwinists on the carpet for simply claiming evolution blindly made irreducibly complex systems without telling us how.  This is more of the BAD strategy (bluffing assertions of dogmatism) that lets Darwinians escape while secreting a sticky dyed goo that obscures understanding.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Video Gear I Can’t Travel Without

first_imgIf you’re new to the road and traveling internationally anytime soon, here are some recommendations on how to master the art of packing light.Top image via ShutterstockIn our globalized and mobilized world, it’s easier than ever to shoot high-quality video in some of the world’s most remote places. But just as much as we have the world at our fingertips, we also have a mountain of gear that we assume we need to make our projects shine. Spare your back and your luggage fines by taking a more practical and thoughtful approach to shooting remote.Below you will find a comprehensive packing list for video pros, as well as a few tips to streamline your ultra-sleek and incognito camera package. The Packing ListTravel-Friendly Camera BodySony a7S ($2,998), Canon 5D Mark III ($2,599), or a Canon C300 ($11,999) or C100 ($2,499) are a few of my top recommendations for the most quality per square inch of camera.Prime Lens KitIf you prefer the look of primes like me, make space for a basic set of four. I always run with 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm kit. The Zeiss CP.2 ($3,990) is my first pick and Rokinons ($1,996) are my budget backup.Zoom LensesWhen there’s no time to be switching between lenses, I make sure to always have two zooms. The Canon EF 24-105 mm ($999) and Canon EF 70-200 mm (above, $1,999) are what usually make it into my bag.Spare Camera BatteriesDo not skimp here. You’ll need lots of juice if you’re away from power sources for long periods of time. And don’t forget plenty of spare chargers as well, so you can knock out your nightly recharge in one punch.Power StripsMake sure you have the correct outlet style and wattage. Here is a list of what is compatible by country.On-Camera Shotgun MicThe Rode VideoMic Pro (above, $199.95) or the Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter Kit with Microphone ($598) if you’re shooting on the a7S. A perk to shooting on the Sony a7S with the Sony XLR Adapter is that you have an extra XLR input for your lavs or your shotgun. Same perk applies to the c100 or c300, which have XLR inputs built into the camera.LavaliersI have worked most frequently with Seinheisser Lavs ($679). I usually travel with a minimum of three sets of transmitters and receivers to cover my interview subjects and the translator.Shotgun Mic and Boom PoleI work most frequently with a Sennheiser MKE 600 (329.95) and a boom pole. Don’t forget your XLR cable as well!Video TripodThe Sachtler Ace ($621) is a travel-friendly size. I also recommend all your baseplates between all your support be seamless. Keep this in mind when picking out your gear. This makes it easier to move quickly between each support system.Small SliderThe Duzi Slider (above, $439) might not give a ton of range, but it’s super lightweight and compact and will at least give you a little extra clean movement in your shots without weighing you down. If you’re on a larger budget, check out the latest lightweight slider that’s changing the game: Rhino Slider ($500).Simple Handheld RigSay goodbye to your shoulder rig with the ten-pound counterweight. Strip it down to something with a plastic cage, rods and a follow focus. I throw a baseplate on the bottom of my rig and it lives on my camera and I just snap the whole rig into a monopod, sticks, or a slider when shooting documentary style.GlidecamIf you absolutely need something a bit more stable for tracking shots, throw a Glidecam ($469) into your checked bag.MonopodsThese Manfrotto Monopods ($279.88) are my best friend when shooting international documentaries.Small ReflectorRaya makes a great 5-in-1 Reflector ($23.95) for a fair price. And it comes with its own carrying bag!FiltrationA good Variable ND like the one Tiffen ($129.95) makes will save you time and space. Toss in a Polarizer ($93.90) and some step-up rings to sync all your lens diameters to the same size (for ease and speed when moving your filters between lenses) and you’re golden.Panel LightsPair a panel light ($159.95) with a GorillaPod, some gaff tape, and your reflector and you can give a pop to any scene.Carry-On BagLowePro Roller x200 ($284.19) is my favorite roller board camera bag. If the airlines hassles you about overhead space, you pop the main compartment of the bag out into a backpack and check the shell. This has saved me from having to send expensive gear rattling down into the bottom of the plane many times.Large Checked BagI recommend a bag by someone like Tenba ($599.95) versus the popular Pelican Case. It’s more discreet and calls less attention to itself, while still providing great protection.Shooting BagI toss a Think Tank Sling ($99.75) into my Tenba to carry my lenses, filters, cards, and spare batteries once on the ground shooting.AccessoriesLet us not forget our roll of gaff tape, spare batteries (AA, AAA, 9V, etc), clamps, GorillaPods, a small tool kit with your necessary flat head and allen wrenches, etc. Most of these items do better in your checked bag.LaptopMake sure all necessary updates are complete and all needed software is downloaded, incase Wi-Fi is spotty where you’re shooting.3x Portable HardrivesLacie Rugged Hardrives ($139) are compact and their name says it all. I always backup my footage between three drives every night and spread the drives between people and bags when traveling.This is a package that has worked great for me across several continents. I was able to capture competitive documentary footage in India, Cambodia, and all across Africa with this exact kit.Note: The opinions expressed in this guide are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of PremiumBeat.Got any secrets for traveling light? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.last_img read more

Goa tightens ban on gutka, pan masala

first_imgThe ban on consumption of tobacco products such as gutka and pan masala has been tightened in Goa with the State Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) banning the products under the Food Safety Standards Act (FSSA), 2006. The Act came into force in 2011.Salim Veljee, Goa Director of FDA, said the gutka lobby was trying to exploit loopholes in the ban under Public Health Act by separating Ghutka from pan masala using packaging gimmicks. “By banning the products under the FSSA, the loophole has been fixed. This ban makes everything consumed orally associated with tobacco as food.”As per Food and Safety Standards Authority of India, under the Act, gutka and pan masala consumed in any form and used in any type of containers for production, sale, consumption and storage will be banned for one year.last_img read more