Burundi president orders coup plotters to be arrested

first_imgPresident Pierre NkurunzizaIntensive gunfire and heavy explosions have been heard in the streets of Burundi’s capital Bujumbura according to eye witnesses.This comes after president Nkurunziza said he had ordered troops to arrest those alleging to have deposed him.Meanwhile the head of Burundi’s army has said that an attempted coup had failed and forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza were in control, a day after another general said he had sacked Nkurunziza for seeking an unconstitutional third term in office. This is accprding to reports by Reuters.“The coup attempt failed, loyal forces are still controlling all strategic points,” said Army Chief of Staff General Prime Niyongabo in a statement broadcast on state radio.President Pierre Nkurunziza’s attempt to return to ‪#‎Burundi‬ following reports of a coup on Wednesday evening failed.Nkurunziza has returned to Tanzania where he was attending a summit by East African Heads of state to solve the political crisis in his country.The coup was announced by Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare on Wednesday which sent citizens  into celebrations after several days of unrest.Burundians are opposed to president Nkurunziza vying for a third term after he was nominated by his party.The outcome of the coup remains unclear while fighting rages on in Bujumbura.Heavy gunfire was heard early on Thursday morning near the radio and TV station in the capital, Bujumbura, Reuters news agency reports.There has been mounting unrest in Burundi since President Nkurunziza, who came to power in 2005, announced he was seeking a third term in office – apparently in contravention of the constitution.A Reuters witness reported a journalist at the state broadcaster had said there was still heavy gunfire being heard around the state television and radio station in the capital on Thursday morning.Two private radio stations and a television station were attacked by unknown men in police uniforms.The two stations were among those that carried Major General Godefroid Niyombare’s announcement on Wednesday that he had sacked Nkurunziza.last_img read more

Syracuse’s five scorers ignite strong second half in 72-62 comeback win over Drexel

first_img Published on December 9, 2017 at 9:33 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham For the fifth time in 10 games this season, Syracuse trailed at halftime. Drexel shot an efficient 47.4 percent from the field and had outscored SU in the paint, 20-10. Senior guard Megan Marecic finished 5-of-6 from 3.Syracuse, meanwhile, didn’t have a double-digit scorer after 20 minutes and had hit only nine shots from the floor. If not for an 11-of-12 mark from the free-throw line, the Orange would’ve headed for the locker room trailing by much more than eight.“First half we were sluggish,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said.Five players did all the scoring for Syracuse, combining for 39 second-half points, and SU (10-0) came back and topped Drexel (6-4), 72-62, Saturday evening in the Carrier Dome. Digna Strautmane led the way with 19, while usual suspects Miranda Drummond and Tiana Mangakahia chipped in 17 and 16, respectively. Gabrielle Cooper and Isis Young added 10 each. Midway through the third quarter, Hillsman “shortened” the bench to keep the hot hands on the floor.“We had a really good second half,” Hillsman said. “… Got five players in double-digit scoring, shortened our rotation a little bit.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first quarter, the 1,471 fans in the Dome stood and clapped in rhythm for 2:51 until Drummond hit a 3 for Syracuse’s first field goal of the game. The slow start served as a microcosm for the struggles SU endured offensively for the first 20 minutes of the contest.Just like the Orange, the Dragons employ a 2-3 zone scheme on defense. In the first half, though, DU’s on-ball defense was frenzied.Mangakahia couldn’t find edges to slip past a defender because another arm waited on either side of her to impede progress. Shooters, like Cooper and Young, were closed out with a hand in their face before they locked onto their target. Strautmane and fellow freshman big, Amaya Finklea-Guity, struggled to find enough space to receive an entry pass and when they did, challenges from Drexel bigs forced awkward, low-percentage shots.“We didn’t scramble … we missed some matchups,” Hillsman said.But in the second half, the offense opened up.“Shots were dropping,” Mangakahia said of the second half, “first half we couldn’t hit anything.”In the first 3:24 of the third quarter, SU blitzed DU for 10 points and opened up the second half with a 12-2 run. In that run, Cooper and Strautmane both hit 3s. Cooper hit from the corner, Strautmane from the wing. To counteract, Drexel stretched its defense further out, opening up space for Strautmane to operate down low.By the end of the third quarter, Strautmane had added nine points to her total. Drexel as a team managed just eight in the period. The Orange found something that worked.“We were making a really good run,” Hillsman said, “so we got everything settled and locked into that unit and they did an excellent job of closing the game out.”With Strautmane (nine points) and Drummond (five) starting to warm after stagnant first halves, Hillsman subbed less. Jasmine Nwajei and Raven Fox, who average more than 10 minutes a night each, didn’t play in the second half.The only substitution Hillsman made at all in the second half was Young for Finklea-Guity and vice versa. The other four starters — Mangakahia, Cooper, Drummond and Strautmane — never came off the floor. For the final 5:16, Hillsman didn’t sub at all.Paring the rotation down to six players kept the hot hands on the floor for longer. Cooper scored eight of her 10 points in the second half.Not even a minute into the fourth quarter, SU swung the ball around the outside. Young caught a pass and saw a hand in her face, so she made the extra pass to Cooper, who with just enough breathing room, elevated and canned a 3 right in front of Syracuse’s bench to put SU up 12.Cooper’s teammate, Desiree Elmore, had already risen from her seat and stuck three fingers in the air while the ball arced toward the hoop. When it ripped through the net, Elmore hopped on the court and swung her right fist across her body.It was SU’s largest lead of the night, and one that shrunk to as little as three, but never went away.“We just push through,” Drummond said, “even when we’re down. I guess we just have a totally different mindset in the second half.”After playing one of its worst halves of the season, SU needed to be a different team in the second half. Thanks to some timely shooting and a tighter rotation, it was. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ivo Marinovic, NSoft: How Lucky Six is proving enduring appeal in time of crisis

first_img Shared Vision: Sportradar backs NSoft’s new AI-powered product June 3, 2020 Submit NSoft adds virtuals onto EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 5, 2020 Igor Vasilj: Making sure the price is still right for NSoft May 22, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Number-based games have always provided a bridge between the sportsbook and casino sectors for NSoft, whose unique offering includes Roulette, Next Six, Lucky X and Keno, as well as Lucky Six – still its most lucrative game despite launching almost a decade ago.Now more than ever, NSoft has seen the advantages of number-based games acknowledged by sportsbook operators left short by the huge drop-off in live sports action.SBC News took the opportunity to speak with NSoft’s Product designer Ivo Marinovic, a creator of Lucky Six and many other NSoft games. We asked him a few questions about the history of Lucky Six and why it is still so popular amongst operators and players.SBC: Thanks for talking to us, Ivo. First of all, how did you get into product design?IM: At that time, 12 years ago, NSoft was a small company. I had been interested in art and design from an early age and motion design was just an extension of that. 3D design, modeling, animation, processing followed by after-effects compositing are the things that caught my attention immediately. One thing was leading to another. I found myself in front of a challenge when Igor (NSoft founder) gave me a sketch in a few sentences of what is now NSoft’s Lucky Six. There is an interesting story behind it. Immediately after a sketch, we had a client, and a deadline, an impossible one – a month. Of course, nobody believed we would make it – hence the deadline. In the beginning, I could do a couple of key-frames and would get lost. Tommy, our genius but silent developer, was very patient and after a few exhausting and sleepless nights we managed it, the client got the MVP and what was even more crazy – he liked it. SBC: The successful launch of a gaming product is no small feat – even after you’d managed to meet this “impossible” deadline. How did it get recognised on the market? What about the first trade-show and the initial feedback from clients?IM: Every company is different. Every market is different. But every successful product launch example has one thing in common: a story behind it. Our first trade show participation was a real road trip to ICE London in 2011. We had only heard about it, but four of us packed a couple of PC’s with Lucky Six – created in June 2010 – and some other products and off we went. To London, by car, with no marketing materials. We were fascinated with the variety of offered products but managed to gather a few leads. We were in the game. And suddenly, there were 30+ people in the company. The business extended and income multiplied. Players loved it, but so did the competition. It was necessary to keep the pace in front, to make frequent upgrades. Version after version, Lucky Six has become the industry standard.SBC: Why do you think Lucky Six has held its appeal for such a long time? Have you made significant upgrades to the product over the years?IM: When you’re launching a new product, it’s critical to keep key internal project managers and users in the loop, asking for feedback along the way. Asking a few trusted clients to test your product will give you incredibly valuable insight and will tell you a lot about your product. You’ll get feedback on the product appearance, usability and performance that is better learned before launch than after.Lucky Six was launched before the aforementioned procedures that NSoft now has. Luckily it worked out. However, Lucky Six is indeed a great product. It is optimised to run on almost every low-end machine as well as on the top quality ones. It was an amazing adventure of discovering different components and their improvements; we have added specials, introduced a fancy 3D graphic, realistic look and finally extended it to multiple channels. Lucky Six literally runs on everything from mini PC’s to android devices, tablets, notebooks, kiosks and the web – every channel and on every device. It is constantly undergoing architectural improvements, automation, modularity improvements and design polishing, while we are also adding special bets, extending multi-language offering and boosting the product responsiveness. SBC: What do you think players would recognise as the key features?IM: I’m certain that a game that’s kept is the allure for such a long period of time has to have that x-factor. Lucky Six experience feels simple, natural, not manufactured. It is easy to play, customizable, fast and offers great chances to win. You know, when a player realizes that a computer is behind the interaction, whether due to the bad programming or bad design choices you lose them, the UX becomes crucial. It must be crucial in any industry, especially in ours. SBC: Is there anything else you can add about the Lucky Six story?IM: There were millions of little things that I didn’t mention. But I hope I gave you a glimpse of what was to build and maintain one of the most popular products in the business.Lucky Six is definitely NSoft’s most popular draw-based game. To find out why more than 840 million Lucky Six tickets were played in 2019, contact NSoft’s sales team at sales@nsoft.com.last_img read more

Hornets storm back from 18 down, trounce Bucks

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Khris Middleton had 31 points, while John Henson and Eric Bledsoe each had 16 for the Bucks, who had beaten the Hornets the night before in Milwaukee. All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play on the second night of the back-to-back because of right knee soreness.The Bucks led by one at halftime and appeared ready to break the game open after starting the second half on a 19-2 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut Charlotte, which missed its first six shots from the field in the third quarter, stormed back to take the lead with 3:46 left in the game after Howard backed down Henson in the lane and scored on a 3-point play and Marvin Williams converted two free throws.The Bucks had a chance to tie it with 10 seconds left, but Middleton couldn’t get to the rim while guarded by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and had to settle for a fade-away 18-footer, which rimmed out. Michael Carter-Williams grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. He converted both free throws to make it a two-possession game with 8.4 seconds left. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, right, drives against Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova, of Australia, in the first half of an NBA basketball game. APCHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Dwight Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Kemba Walker had 19 points and the Charlotte Hornets battled back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-106 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Treveon Graham and Frank Kaminsky each had 14 points as Charlotte’s bench shot 16 of 27 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DeRozan scores 29, Raptors beat slumping 76ers Middleton knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner with 6.4 seconds remaining, cutting the lead to 1. Walker, who had missed three of his previous five free throws, calmly stepped to the line and made two more free throws to push the lead to 3.Milwaukee didn’t take a timeout after Walkers made second free throw and Bledsoe missed 3-pointer from the left wing that would have tied the game. Walker added two more free throws to put it away.Antetokounmpo played against the Hornets in Milwaukee on Friday night and had 26 points and seven rebounds while playing 36 ½ minutes in Milwaukee’s 109-104 victory. But Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Antetokounmpo developed soreness in the knee after the game. Antetokounmpo entered the game second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 29.6 points per game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PSL: Sta. Lucia blanks Cignal to gain share of third place

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sta. Lucia reached prime real estate after balancing its act with a sweep of Cignal, 32-30, 25-22, 25-21, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Realtors evened out their record at 2-2, the same card as the HD Spikers, and created a three-way tie for the third seed Foton.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Venus hopes to one day experience motherhood Sta. Lucia crawled back from an 18-15 deficit in the third set and tied the set at 19-all after MJ Phillips’ kill.Phillips then took part in the Realtors’ taking of the 22-20 lead when she joined Marisa Field for the block on Sonja Milanovic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBohdana Anisova then scored two straight kills to finish off the HD Spikers.Sta. Lucia head coach George Pascua, who was at the helm for Cignal the previous season, said his familiarization with his former team helped his current one seal the victory in just three sets. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “Of course there’s the familiarization aspect, we knew whom to target and the imports became our priority,” said Pascua in Filipino as he pertained to Milanovic and Jeane Horton.“For me it’s quite easy to adjust because this is still volleyball and the players have already adapted to my system.”Anisova led the Realtors with 23 points while Phillips added 16 points.Horton had 21points to lead the HD Spikers with Milanovic pitching in 16.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more