KPL All Stars narrowly lose to Sevilla Atletico

first_imgChristian Gonzalez scored the lone goal of the match on the quarter hour mark, but the margin would have been bigger were it not for the astute performance of Sofapaka keeper Mathias Kigonya.The Ugandan who came in as a substitute in the Cordoba match had been drafted into the starting team replacing Boniface Oluoch in goal and he justified his start with a decent performance.Within the first minute, Kigonya was called into his first save, when he did well to block a shot from Marc Gual. The Sevilla Atletico winger had broken into the box from a swift move from the Spanish side straight from kick off, turning away from his markers before shooting at goal.The hosts were faster off the blocks and their short passing game was working well, opening up spaces to play the ball behind the Kenyan defense.On the quarter hour mark, Gonzalez broke the deadlock with the easiest of goals, tapping into an empty net after Kigonya had slipped and bumped into the ball from a freekick, Gonzalez only picking up the spills and dumping the ball home.KPL All Stars’ Vincent Oburu wheels away from Sevilla Atletico’s Bilal Bouttoba during a friendly match in Malaga on July 22, 2017. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego (Sportpicha)Four minutes later, Kigonya did well to race off his line to prevent the All-Stars from sipping in a second. Gual had been sent through on goal with a sleek through pass from midfield, but Kigonya came all out to pluck the ball off the forward’s feet as he attempted to side step him.The Ugandan shot stopper continued with his superb performance in goal and in the 22nd minute, he fully stretched to his left to parry away a freekick from the edge of the area curled in by skipper Curro.The Kenyans had struggled to create anything infront of goal with Vincent Oburu who was playing as the lone man upfront in a 4-5-1 formation being isolated and frequently running into traffic when he got the ball.Jackson Macharia had All-Stars’ first opportunity of the game with a shot from inside the box from a Boniface Muchiri cutback but the effort bounced off one of the defenders with another clearing for a corner.Cameroonian international keeper Fabrice Ondoa remained quiet in the Sevilla Atletico goal as the Kenyans never gave him much to work on.In the second half, the Kenyans picked up pace but still the decision making in the final third was always wanting. They did well to win the ball in midfield and played forward, but when it came to the business end, nothing gave.In the 62nd minute, Macharia was gifted with another opportunity on the counter with Muchiri once again cutting back the ball but the former’s shot was pale and rolled out of play without troubling Ondoa.Towards the end, Sevilla Atletico had three chances go begging. Amo’s shot from inside the area coming off a well executed counter rolled wide while Bilal Bouttoba also had two chances inside the box slapped wide.The team returns home on Monday with plenty of lessons as Okumbi continues to build up a team for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KPL All Stars’ Samuel Onyango vies for the ball with Sevilla Atletico’s Christian Marcelo during a friendly match in Malaga on July 22, 2017. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego (Sportpicha)NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 22- The Kenyan Premier League All-Star team wound up their tour of Spain with a slim 1-0 loss to Segunda Division side Sevilla Atletico at the El Maulí Stadium in Antequera, Málaga on Saturday night.The All Stars exhibited an improved performance from their show in the previous friendly against another Segunda Division side Cordoba CF on Wednesday where they lost 4-0.last_img read more

Concussion could end Green’s career at 37

first_imgFrom news services Thanks to a conflict in sports schedules at the Trent Green household, his wife was spared the scary sight of him face down and motionless on the field Sunday in Houston. When the Miami Dolphins quarterback was knocked unconscious by a severe concussion that could end his career, wife Julie was back home in South Florida at a tennis match with their children. “She was listening to the game with an earpiece, but she didn’t have to sit and watch,” Dolphins coach Cam Cameron said Monday. “So that’s a blessing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGreen’s concussion was diagnosed as grade three, the most severe, and he’ll undergo further tests to determine his future. He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Cleveland, and Cameron declined to discuss the possibility the injury will force the 37-year-old Green to retire. “I don’t think we really know the full extent, because there are some ongoing tests,” Cameron said. “Right now I just think there are too many unknowns.” Cleo Lemon, who replaced Green at Houston, will make his second NFL start against the Browns. Second-round draft pick John Beck becomes the backup. Green took a knee to the head blocking 315-pound tackle Travis Johnson on an end-around, then crumpled to the ground. Teammates kneeled in prayer while medical personnel revived Green, and he was strapped to a stretcher before being carted away. But he took a flight home with the team, and A.J. Feely said it was difficult to tell he had been hurt. Pittman out two months Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman could be sidelined up to two months with an ankle sprain that has the Buccaneers scrambling for experienced help at running back. Coach Jon Gruden said the team was waiting for the results of an MRI exam, but that it appeared Pittman, injured during Sunday’s 33-14 loss at Indianapolis, will be out six to eight weeks. A knee injury ended star running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams’ season, but Pittman was doing well before his setback. Delhomme out for year Jake Delhomme last week called surgery on his strained right elbow “a last resort.” After experiencing pain trying to throw on Monday, the Panthers quarterback decided the worst-case scenario couldn’t be avoided. Delhomme will have season-ending ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow next week, leaving the Panthers without their leader on offense and scrambling to find another quarterback. Originally injured two weeks ago, Delhomme didn’t show any improvement when trying to throw Monday. A day earlier he threw briefly on the side while sitting out Carolina’s win over the Saints. “I think (Sunday) he was just trying to see how it felt,” Coach John Fox said. “Today he really pushed it.” Goodell weighs decision Commissioner Roger Goodell will review next week whether to reduce Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tank Johnson’s suspension from eight to six games. “I did talk to Tank about a week ago and I’m going to be reviewing his case shortly,” Goodell said. “He has been doing some very positive things about changing his life and making better decisions going forward.” Around the league Seahawks: Longtime Seattle fullback Mack Strong has a neck injury that will end his career. It won’t require surgery, but Strong told reporters that it will end his career. The two-time Pro Bowler turned 36 this month, and has spent 15 seasons with the Seahawks. Broncos: Center Tom Nalen tore his right biceps muscle and will be out for the season. The five-time Pro Bowler was injured in the first quarter of a 41-3 loss to San Diego on Sunday, but kept playing. Eagles: Star running back Brian Westbrook said the stomach muscle he injured on Sept. 23 is getting better. He might play Sunday. 49ers: Former San Francisco 49ers president Carmen Policy has been tapped by Mayor Gavin Newsom to lead efforts to keep the team from moving to a new stadium in Silicon Valley. Jaguars: Rookie coach Bobby Petrino insisted that Joey Harrington is still the No. 1 quarterback, but former Jacksonville starter Byron Leftwich is waiting in the wings for his chance. Browns: Cleveland anxiously awaited MRI results on running back Jamal Lewis’ sprained right foot, an injury that knocked him out after one play in Sunday’s loss to New England. Chiefs: Quarterback Damon Huard is awaiting test results on his bruised shoulder that will determine if he can play this week against Cincinnati. Vikings: Sidelined for the last two games with a groin strain, Tarvaris Jackson is expected to return Sunday as the starting quarterback against Chicago.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

RBC will refinance TCI UK Bail Out loan

first_img RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:royal bank of canada, uk tci bail out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jan 2015 – Royal Bank of Canada, RBC is the bank the Government will go with to refinance that UK-backed bail-out loan of 2009. The Loan Refinancing Ordinance passed on December 17th and took effect the next day. The new law lays out the who, the how, the how much and the how long among other things of the bridge loan refinancing which will do away with the UK guaranteed loan of $170 million dollars. It is outlined in the ordinance that the loan with RBC cannot exceed $28 million dollars, must be repaid at the end of three and a half years, at a rate initially of 1.2% and that it will be repaid in fourteen equal installments of two million dollars every ninety days. It is explained that in order to keep that borrowing rate, the Turks and Caicos will have to maintain a BBB+ rating for at least the duration of the loan; if we lose ground there, it will cause a hike in the borrowing rate. This also means that if the TCI secures a better credit rating, then the rate of the loan will decrease. Included in that ordinance is that the TCI can repay the RBC Loan early without penalty and that the first payment would be due ninety days after disbursement of the money. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Roll Out of EZ Pay in TCI today 16 Graduate from Save The Bays International YEA Leadership Training Programlast_img read more

370000 Rohingyas flee Myanmar enter Bangladesh

first_img.An estimated 370,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in neighboring Myanmar since late August, a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, Vivian Tan, said on Tuesday.At least 457,000 hungry and traumatized refugees have sought refuge in Bangladesh since October 2016. They have joined many thousands of refugees from previous violent episodes in Myanmar.Here are details gathered from UN sources working in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh, on the Myanmar border, where many of the refugees end up.- The jump in the number of arrivals from Sunday to Monday was fueled by the movement of many refugees from so-called transit sites into new settlement areas, where they are counted.- Authorities have been broadcasting messages along crowded roads telling people to move to a proposed camp at a settlement called Kutupalong.- An area of about 1,500 acres (607 hectares) to 2,000 acres (809 hectares), north of Kutupalong, has been set aside for new arrivals.- A survey to identify children aged 4 to 14 has been started, so as to enroll them in learning centers.- People, in particular, children, are becoming susceptible to waterborne diseases due to an acute shortage of clean water and sanitation facilities, as well as the common cold and fever.- Facilities are improving gradually, for example, two 5,000-litre (1,100-gallon) water tanks have been installed at a settlement called Unchiprang.- Some rice is now being distributed, in addition to high-energy biscuits.- The World Food Programme (WFP) has provided more than 68,800 people with high-energy biscuits since Aug. 27 as they arrive seeking shelter in Cox’s Bazar.- About 77,600 people have received warm meals through community kitchens run by aid agency Action Contre la Faim. These kitchens provide meals for about 5,300 people a day.- The WFP is especially concerned about women and children arriving hungry and malnourished. Nearly 3,000 pregnant women, new mothers and children under five have received a special, high-nutrient porridge made of wheat and soya flour.- Some families have taken children out of school, fearing they will get lost in the throng of people, but teachers are trying to reassure them.last_img read more

Symptoms of 74like famine in sight BNP

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviThe Awami League government has created a situation of lawlessness by plundering public resources, especially looting money from banks, insurance companies and the share market, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party has alleged.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has said the activists and beneficiaries of the ‘mandateless government’ are ruining the financial sector and the country as a whole.The BNP leader, during a briefing on Sunday, pointed out that the economy is in the doldrums and the people are suffering for the price-hike of essentials added to the lack of economic opportunities in society.”Reports say many people are living, banking on personal loans… Symptoms of the famine of 1974 are being visible,” Rizvi told newsmen at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.Referring to the recent scams in the private commercial banks, he observed that corruption and anarchy in the banking sector have turned epidemic.He listed the names of state-owned Sonali, Rupali, Agrani and Janata banks, and also specialised Krishi Bank, and NRB Commercial Bank and Farmers Bank that are plagued by fraudulent practices.”Those of the mandateless government have grabbed 56 out of 57 banks… Due to massive looting in the banking sector the commoners as clients are living in panic (about their deposits),” the BNP leader said. “However, the government’s ministers are now buying homes abroad.”On takeover of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited earlier this year, he regretted that the foreign shareholders of the banks were withdrawing from the bank due to such unwarranted interference in the activities of the financial institution. “Most recently, the Social Islami Bank Limited has also been occupied by the Awami League’s people,” he said.Rizvi blasted the finance minister, AMA Muhith, for failure to publish the probe report on US$81 million cyber heist of the Bangladesh Bank.The BNP leader also criticised Muhith for downplaying the figures of poverty-ridden people in the country.Rizvi alleged that the moment the absolute number of poor is increasing, the AL’s men and their families are in a competition to grab public resources.”Looting, tender manipulation, extortion and politicisation are all affecting the entire society. As a result, law and order has broken down across the country,” he said.”There is no sector in the country where the ruling party men did not try to make money from,” he added.The BNP leader also dwelt on the rising unemployment, stagnation in investment and slowdown in remittances inflow.”If the situation continues, a catastrophe is likely and the people would be compelled to lead the life of animals,” he said.The BNP joint secretary general expressed his conviction that the nation would not get rid of the situation, until the fall of the ‘government without mandate’.last_img read more

Trump to block refugees restrict Muslim visitors

first_imgMaya Casillas, 7, joins migrant rights group during a vigil to protest against US President Donald Trump’s new crackdown on “sanctuary cities”, outside the City Hall in Los Angeles. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump is on Thursday poised to suspend the US refugee program for four months and to halt visas for travellers from seven Muslim countries, according to US media.A draft executive order published in the Washington Post said refugees from war-torn Syria will be indefinitely banned, while the broader US refugee admissions program will be suspended for 120 days as officials draw up a list of low risk countries.Meanwhile, all visa applications from countries deemed a terrorist threat—Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen—will be halted for 30 days.Alongside this, the Pentagon will be given 90 days to draw up a plan to set up “safe zones” in or near Syria where refugees from its civil war can shelter.It is unclear whether the published draft is the final version, or when Trump will sign it, but it would make good on his campaign promises.Trump told ABC News late Wednesday that his plan to limit the entry of people from Muslim countries was necessary because the world is “a total mess.”“No it’s not the Muslim ban, but it’s countries that have tremendous terror,” Trump said. “And it’s countries that people are going to come in and cause us tremendous problems.”Trump refused to say which countries were on the list, but he did say he believed that Europe “made a tremendous mistake by allowing these millions of people to go into Germany and various other countries,” describing it as “a disaster.”Trump was asked if he worried that the limits would anger Muslims around the world.“Anger? There’s plenty of anger right now. How can you have more?” he said.“The world is a mess. The world is as angry as it gets. What, you think this is going to cause a little more anger? The world is an angry place. … We went into Iraq. We shouldn’t have gone into Iraq. We shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out. The world is a total mess.”Playing into IS hands?Trump’s hardline attitude towards what he calls “radical Islamic terrorism” was one of the most controversial themes of his election campaign.Rights groups have accused him of stigmatizing a global faith, and some experts warn that offending America’s Muslim allies will hurt the fight against extremism.“Turning our back on vulnerable refugees doesn’t protect the United States,” said Michael Olsen, former director of the US National Counterterrorism Center.“In fact, it plays into ISIS’s false narrative that we are at war with all Muslims instead of terrorist organizations,” he told watchdog Human Rights First.Trump also vowed to “eradicate ISIS from the face of the earth”, which proved popular with US voters.Ryan Crocker, former US ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, told the group that the executive order would threaten refugees who risked their lives to help US troops.“Banning the admission of Syrian refugees contradicts American values, undermines American leadership and threatens American security by making the ISIS case that we are at war with Islam,” he argued.No ‘major negative’ in Trump refugee planOther former officials, however, were not worried by the pending order—suggesting that while it has little use as a security measure, anger would blow over.James Jeffrey, who was deputy national security adviser under former president George W. Bush, said: “I don’t think there’ll be much of a change in anything.”Jeffrey argued that even under former president Barack Obama, the United States had allowed in very few Syrian refugees—only 18,000 since the war began in 2011.Meanwhile, allies in the Sunni Muslim world are far more concerned by the immediate threats posed by Iran and the Islamic State group than by US visa law.“So I don’t see a major negative in foreign affairs from this,” said Jeffrey, now a fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.“We had a bad reputation no matter what we did even when we were being at our very very tippy-toe best with Barack Obama. It doesn’t matter,” he told AFP.“In populations there is a great deal of skepticism about the United States. It’s hard-wired, regardless of the president, no matter what we do.”The possible draft signing on Thursday would be the latest in a daily series of executive orders rolled out by Trump’s administration since he took office on Friday—touching on national security, immigration, and health care.Also Thursday, Trump is to speak before Republican lawmakers at their winter retreat in Philadelphia—an opportunity for him to reassure some of his party faithful about the actions of his provocative first week at the White House.last_img read more

Four killed in a series of Nepal blasts

first_imgNepalFour men died and seven were injured Sunday in three separate explosions in Kathmandu, Nepali police said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspect involvement of a Maoist splinter group whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place.A powerful blast inside a shop killed three people and injured four, while the explosion at a home about four kilometres away left one dead and another injured.Two more were injured when an explosive they were carrying on a motorcycle in the outskirts of Kathmandu exploded.Security personnel also defused explosives in other areas.”We are investigating all incidents and have stepped up the security,” police spokesman Bishwa Raj Pokharel told AFP.Pokharel said that seven people have been arrested so far.The incidents come on the eve of a nationwide strike called the same Maoist splinter group, protesting death of their cadre in a police encounter over a week ago.Nepal has enjoyed a relatively peaceful environment since the end of a decade-long civil war which concluded with a peace deal struck in 2006.But some former guerrillas, have broken away, accusing its leaders of betraying their original revolutionary ideals.In February, the group was implicated in an explosion that killed one person outside the office of a telecom company Ncell, part of Malaysia-based Axiata Group Berhad.The government outlawed the group following the incident, banning their activities.last_img read more

What Living On 100000 A Year Looks Like

first_img Share Photo via FlickrSix-figure salaries for some single-person households don’t necessarily furnish financial security.A central question of debate leading up to the Senate’s passage of a sweeping tax overhaul plan asked which Americans need a boost. Economists say the Republicans’ selling point for previous iterations of their legislation, that the plan is designed to benefit the middle class, has a shaky foundation — that the rich are the big winners.And the middle class is already struggling. The median household income is roughly $59,000 a year. But around the country, even six-figure salaries for some single-person households don’t necessarily furnish financial security.“People feel like they haven’t been getting ahead for a long time,” says Jim Tankersley, who covers taxes and the economy for The New York Times.People whose upper-class salaries are not keeping pace with their upper-class standards of living, Tankersley says, are often experiencing a lingering effect of the 2008 financial crisis.NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro spoke to a variety of people in different cities about what their lives look like on $100,000 a year. On paper, that kind of salary is considered well-off. But as we heard from many, it often takes just one major expense for that to not feel like enough: student loans, health care, childcare or housing costs.Stephanie Culp of Gaithersburg, Md.For the Culp family, a living on $100,000 a year is “far from destitute — it’s just not enough,” Stephanie Culp says.Credit card debt, hospital bills and cut work hours led the Culps to declare bankruptcy. So she moved to Gaithersburg, Md., with her husband, a software programmer, so he could take a higher salary.Courtesy of the Culp familyStephanie Culp and her husband live in Gaithersburg, Md., on $100,000 a year, but still struggle to make ends meet after years of mounting debt.With years of mounting debt and no savings, Stephanie Culp continues to make tough choices for her family. “It’s either pay these bills or it’s — we don’t eat,” she says. That sometimes means cutting back on electricity bills or temporarily giving up the cellphones.Culp grew up in a trailer home with her parents, but she says she didn’t exactly feel poor. “I mean I knew I didn’t have the best clothes like everybody, but we always had Christmas,” she says.“With my husband and I now, we haven’t been able to do Christmas in 10 years. We don’t even have a tree,” she says.Theresa Sahhar, Olathe, Kan.Theresa Sahhar lives just outside of Kansas City, Kan., where the cost of living is relatively very reasonable. CNN Money estimates a comparable $100,000 salary in Manhattan, for example, would be almost $250,000.Her husband is a mechanical engineer, and she works in sales part-time. To afford educational opportunities for her high-school-aged son, she also picks up odd jobs within the gig economy.Courtesy of Theresa SahharTheresa Sahhar, from Olathe, Kan., works in sales part time. But to afford the education she wants for her son, she’ll sell her chickens’ eggs or, as a beekeeper, sell honey at farmers’ markets.While she had accounted for expenses of having a family, she didn’t expect her salary to stagnate. “It’s embarrassing to say that you have to work overtime in order to make enough money to live on,” she says. But in her community, her family isn’t alone in struggling to keep up.“I was really surprised because from the outside, it looks like we have plenty of money,” she says. “But then when you really look underneath it all, you see that people are working overtime. They’re working second jobs and even third jobs to try to put together the money just to stay in the middle class where they’ve been in the past.”Sahhar and her husband don’t plan to retire. “I expect to work until I’m dead.”And she doesn’t think her kids’ generation, while working to chip away at “crippling student loans,” will have it any easier. “Having experienced both privilege and poverty, I’d much rather live a privileged life,” she says. “And that’s what I want for my children. I want my children to be able to access a few of the better things in life. I don’t expect them to be rich, but I would like them to not be poor.”Taylor Haby, Seattle, Wash.For a single young man, it might seem that $100,000 could furnish a more-than-comfortable lifestyle. But to Haby, who sells scientific equipment for a living, it doesn’t feel like a fortune.Now in Seattle, he says “it’s been a big lifestyle change, having grown up in a small, rural Texas family.” He’s also sitting on a lot of student debt. Haby’s already paid off $15,000 of his $30,000 in loans.“And now I’m one of those coastal elites, a term, you know, that people in Middle America use. And it feels like betrayal,” he says. “But what I’ve learned in moving to the coast is there’s real inequality. And the biggest driver of that inequality is the tax code. The biggest social welfare has been to the rich and powerful, giving them loopholes and abilities to keep money from the government and keep money from the rest of us.”Jacob Hugart, St. Paul, Minn.Hugart, a supervisor for 3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing), talked about how budgeting for a family of five forced a tough decision: “Have two incomes, and one is essentially dedicated to daycare, or have one income and a stay-at-home parent.”Courtesy of the Hugart familyJacob Hugart, pictured with his wife, says, “The ones who are trying to do the one-parent thing — there’s a stretch. They’re like us.”They chose the latter: His wife stayed home to take care of the kids. Looking back, Hugart says, he probably would have tried to keep that two-parent income.“The ones where both parents are working seem to be doing fairly well,” he says. “They will remodel a kitchen. They have multiple cars. The ones who are trying to do the one-parent thing — there’s a stretch. They’re like us.”Hugart says he makes enough to meet his family’s day-to-day needs, but bigger and unexpected expenses are a squeeze — such as his son’s college funds or, Hugart says, a recent roof repair: “We ended up cashing out an IRA in order to pay for that because the other alternative was to put it on a credit card.”NPR’s Ian Stewart, Adelina Lancianese and Barrie Hardymon produced and edited the audio for this story.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Top frameworks for building your Progressive Web Apps PWA

first_imgThe hype and rise of progressive web apps are tremendous. A PWA is basically a web application that feels like a native application to the user. By making your app a PWA, not only do you acquire new users, but you can also retain them for longer. Here’s a quick rundown of all things good about a PWA. Reliable: Loads instantly even under poor network conditions. Lighting fast and app-like: Responds to the user’s actions with speed and with a smooth interaction. Engaging and responsive: Gives the feeling that it was made specifically for that device, but it should be able to work across all platforms. Protected and secure: Served over HTTPS to make sure the contents of the app are not messed with. If you’re not already developing your next app as a PWA, here are 5 reasons why you should do that asap. And if you’re confused about choosing the best framework for developing your PWA, here are the top 3 frameworks available to make your next app a PWA. Ionic Ionic is one of the most popular frameworks for building a progressive web app. Let’s look at a few reasons why you should choose Ionic as your PWA framework Free and open-source:  Ionic is open source, and licensed under MIT. Open-source means developers can manage the code structure easily, saving time, money and efforts. They also have a worldwide community forum to connect with other Ionic developers, ask questions, and help out others. Cross-platform and one-codebase: Ionic allows seamless building of apps across popular operating systems, such as Android, iOS and Windows. It has a one codebase feature. This means apps are deployed through Apache Cordova with a single code base, and the application adapts automatically to the device it is functioning in. Rich UI: Ionic is equipped with pre-built components that are used to customize design themes and elements. It is based on SASS UI, with rich features to create fast, robust, interactive, native-like applications. Powerful functionality: Ionic is supported by Angular. The component API of Angular helps developers create interactive hybrid and web apps. Ionic is equipped with Cordova Plugins for accessing various native features, like Camera, GPS, and so on. It also features a powerful CLI for building, testing and deploying apps across multiple platforms. Read our Hybrid Mobile Development with Ionic to build a complete, professional-quality, hybrid mobile application with Ionic. You can also checkout Hybrid Mobile apps: What you need to know, for a quick rundown of all that is to know about a Hybrid mobile app. Polymer Google’s Polymer App Toolbox is another contender for the development of PWAs. It is a collection of web components, tools, and templates for building Progressive Web Apps. Blends PWAs with Web components Polymer allows developers to architect a component-based web app using Polymer and Web Components. Web components can form encapsulated and reusable custom HTML elements. They are independent of the frameworks because they are made of pure HTML/CSS/JS, unlike framework-dependent UI components in React/ Angular. The web components are provided through a light-weight Polymer Library for creating framework-independent, custom components. More features include: Responsive design using the app layout components. Modular routing using the elements. Localization with . Turnkey support for local storage with app storage elements. Offline caching as a progressive enhancement, using service workers. Build tooling to support serving the app multiple ways: unbundled for delivery over HTTP/2 with server push, and bundled for delivery over HTTP/1. Each component whether used separately or together can be used to build a full-featured Progressive web app. Most importantly, each component is additive. For a simple app one only needs the app-layout. As it gets more complicated, developers can add routing, offline caching, and a high-performance server as required. Read our Getting Started with Polymer book to create responsive web apps using Polymer. Angular Angular, probably the most popular front-end web application platform, can also be used to make robust, reliable, and responsive PWAs. Before the release of version 5, supporting progressive web apps in Angular required a lot of expertise on the developers’ part.Version 5 comes equipped with a new version of the Angular Service Worker for built-in PWA support. Angular 6 (released a few days back) has two new CLI commands. Both these versions make it very simple to make web application downloadable and installable, just like a native mobile application. Service Worker Updates With Angular 5 the development of Service Workers is becoming significantly easier. By using Angular CLI developers can choose to add Service Worker functionality by default. The Angular Service Worker functionality is provided by the module @angular/service-worker. Service worker can power up an application by only providing some JSON configuration instead of writing the code manually. The key difference with other service worker generators (like Workbox, sw-precache) is the fact, that you do not re-generate the service worker file itself, you only update its control file. New CLI commands Angular 6, also introduces two new commands apart from the service worker updates. The first, ng update, is a CLI command for updating dependencies and code. The second command, ng add, supports turning applications into progressive web apps, which support offline web pages. Apart from these frameworks, React is also a good alternative. Backed by Facebook, it has a Create-React-App generator which is the official scaffolding tool to generate a Reactjs App. Get started with Scott Domes’s Progressive Web Apps with React as your first step for building PWA applications. Yet another popular choice, would be Webpack. Webpack plugins can generate the service worker and manifest required for a PWA to be registered. It uses a Google project called Workbox which provides tools that help make offline support for web apps easier to set up. The bottom line is that the frameworks for building progressive web apps are growing and expanding at a rapid rate with regular updates every couple of months. Choosing a particular framework thus doesn’t make much difference to the app behavior. It only depends on the developer’s area of interest and expertise. Read Next Windows launches progressive web apps… that don’t yet work on mobileHow to Secure and Deploy an Android AppHow Android app developers can convert iPhone appslast_img read more

PEOPLE Calgary agent wins dream trip to Kenya

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by [PEOPLE] Calgary agent wins dream trip to Kenya Tags: Kenya, Peoplecenter_img Share TORONTO — Tracey Zipp from AMA Travel has won a dream trip to Kenya, courtesy of the Kenya Tourism Board. Zipp was drawn as the winner of Travelweek’s Live the Dream contest that ran earlier this year.As the winner, Zipp has received a safari in Kenya that includes roundtrip, economy-class air transportation, two nights in Nairobi, one night in Amboseli, two nights in Laikipia, two nights in Maasai Mara, private meet-and-greet service at Nairobi Airport and services of a professional driver/guide throughout.The contest ran in August and September to accompany the Kenya Tourism Board’s newest supplement that came out on Aug. 18. It can be found at travelweek.ca/media/digital-editions.For more agent contests, go to travelweek.ca/contests. Wednesday, November 16, 2016 last_img read more