*Kenya vs Uganda*Sunday 8th September 2019 *Venue – Kasarani Stadium*4PM Nairobi, Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT | Kenya’s Harambee Stars will battle Uganda Cranes in an international friendly at the Moi International Stadium, Kasarani on Sunday.The two teams are using the FIFA International weekend to prepare their players ahead of 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.In the absence of South African based goalkeeper Dennis Onyango, striker Emmanuel Okwi will captain the team. Abudallah Mubiru, Uganda’s interim coach told URN that playing Kenya will give his players a good build-up. Share on: WhatsApp “These International matches are very important for players to get playing time,” he added. Some of the foreign based players who will feature in the match include; Okwi, Timothy Awany, Khalid Aucho, Allan Kyambadde, Tadeo Lwanga and Kizito Luwagga among others.Kenya will miss the services of England based skipper Victor Wanyama, but Michael Olunga who plies his trade in Japan will captain the Harambee Stars.The Uganda Cranes will face Burundi later this month in the first leg of the 2020 CHAN qualifier in Bujumbura before the return leg in Kampala next month.*****URN
A decision made by the Orlando, Florida Police Department appears to be a victory for privacy advocates. The city announced yesterday police have stopped using Amazon’s facial recognition program after 15 months of testing. But due to bandwidth problems the program never went live.Orlando says it will stop testing Amazon’s facial-recognition tool. The city wanted Rekognition to alert if anyone on a police watchlist passed one of their surveillance cameras, but they never made “any noticeable progress” https://t.co/SUJxJZk3W2— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) July 18, 2019 The program was designed to find suspects by scanning public spaces with facial recognition software. The ACLU was among those who criticized the program, but Mayor Buddy Dyer says the decision not to pursue the program was based on a lack of resources. The technology is designed to automatically identify and track suspects in real-time using facial recognition algorithms.“At this time, the city was not able to dedicate the resources to the pilot to enable us to make any noticeable progress toward completing the needed configuration and testing,” Orlando’s Chief Administrative Office said in a memo to City Council, adding that the city has “no immediate plans regarding future pilots to explore this type of facial recognition technology.”The American Civil Liberties Union brought Orlando’s pilot with Amazon to light in May 2018, triggering nationwide pushback from civil rights groups concerned about privacy breaches, the technology’s potential for abuse and its tendency to misidentify dark-skinned women more frequently than white men. Plus there is still the uncertainty over whether the controversial face-scanning technology “actually works.”
A mentally-ill Seattle man has been sentenced to five years in prison for making threats against President Trump’s family, as well as toward synagogues and media figures.Chase Bliss Colasurdo was sentenced on Friday, after he plead guilty last May.He was arrested after posting a photo that showed a gun pointed at a picture of Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law. In addition, 27-year-old Colasurdo made online threats to kill Donald Trump Jr.According to court documents, he purchased ammunition but was blocked from obtaining a handgun after the Secret Service flagged him.Colasurdo has a history of paranoid delusions. For that reason, his attorney requested that he serve less than a year in prison followed by five years of supervised release and mental health treatment.U.S. Attorney Brian Moran says the case sheds light on the “frightening intersection of mental illness and weapons.”
Amazon says its package deliveries are back on schedule, after bad weather in the Midwest a rush of orders caused delays earlier in the week.Officials at the Seattle-based company explain they received a record amount of orders on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when they offered significant holiday deals.Much of the Midwest experienced strong winds and snow during Thanksgiving weekend, which resulted in hundreds of flight cancellations and difficulties making deliveries.The company has been working to cut delivery times in half to one day from two for Prime members, who pay $119 a year for faster delivery and other perks.
Authorities are investigating reports of multiple vehicles being fired upon Wednesday on I-4 between northern Seminole County and southern Volusia County.Officials say that no one was injured, although at least 13 cars were struck. The Florida Highway Patrol announced Thursday they have located a vehicle that was possibly involved, although they did not provide details.Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood tweeted that it appeared as if a small caliber, pellet or BB gun may have been involved, although that remains unconfirmed. He does not believe it was a targeted sniper situation.One victim says his driver-side back window was struck with either a pellet or BB gun, but he did not hear anything until his window actually cracked.Multiple law enforcement agencies are now investigating the incident.
The amphitheater located at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach formerly known as the “Coral Sky Amphitheater” is now named “iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre.”iTHINK Financial announced a multi-year deal with Live Nation to become the new name-in-title-sponsor of the amphitheater on Thursday via Twitter: New Year, NEW NAME, New Shows! Introducing iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds! We’re gearing up for an epic 2020 Concert Season, & we’re proud to be partnering with iTHINK Financial as our new name-in-title sponsor.#iTHINKFiAmp pic.twitter.com/sfDSjtOFuH— iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre (@ithinkfiamp) January 16, 2020
Rocky Johnson, a World Wide Wrestling pioneer and the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has died at age 75, according to reports.Johnson passed away on Wednesday in the Tampa Bay area.Nicknamed “Soul Man,” Johnson began his career with the National Wrestling Alliance in the mid-1960s. He joined the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) in 1983, and found success there until his retirement in 1991.Even during retirement, Johnson continued to train up-and-coming wrestlers, including his son.The International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame announced last month that Rocky Johnson had joined the organization as a board member.Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his son in 2008.
Police are currently investigating an incident in which a Pompano Beach elementary school teacher allegedly kicked a 5-year-old boy with autism.The father of the 5-year-old, Michael Faloney, told reporters that McNab Elementary School staff members informed him about the incident. The allegation was made anonymously last week by a person who reported seeing the teacher put his foot on the child’s face while he was napping on the ground.School staff members also told Faloney that Child Protective Services were called and pictures were taken to document any marks.A Broward County Public Schools spokesperson has since released a statement on the incident: “The school is communicating and working with the family and will take the administrative actions that are deemed appropriate.”