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KCCA, Vipers share spoils in thrilling encounter

first_imgKCCA’s Muzamir Mutyaba tries to control the ball under pressure from Vipers’ duo of Tadeo Lwanga (left) and Moses Waiswa (right). (KCCA FC Photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League KCCA FC 1-1 Vipers SCStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Thursday, 04-04-2019LUGOGO – A football team fields 11 players but it takes a character to decide the end result.Uganda Premier league log leaders KCCA FC’s definition for the terminology is attacking midfielder, Sulaiman Mutyaba.The forward has found the back of the net in their last two outings guiding them to a 1-2 win over Jinja Kirinya and was on the score board as they maintained a four points lead after drawing one all with Vipers on Thursday.With the visiting side, Vipers going into the break with a 0-1 lead, KCCA FC returned with vigor and on 50th minutes, Mutyaba leveled maters.Both teams started on a high note in the first half of the game.Brian Nkuubi gave Vipers an early lead in the 29th minute assisted by Hamis Diego.KCCA had the more chances in the game but Vipers’ goal keeper Derrick Ochan denied them.Muzamiru Mutyaba would have scored a winner for KCCA but he missed two chances to score in both halves.The first scenario, his header beat the post and his second was denied by Vipers skipper in the 70th minute.Vipers packed the defence with three defenders and didn’t give KCCA a chance to score.Halid Lwaliwa got injured and was replaced Ibrahim Tembo in the 14th minuteKCCA made a double substitute at the beginning of second half by removing youngster Saddat Anaku for Patrick Kaddu and Jackson Nunda came out for Gift Ali.Speaking to the press Vipers head coach Nam Puma said Halid Lwaliwa’s injury disorganized their game plan that’s why they did not win.“Our game plan was disorganized when Halid Lwaliwa got an injury because I was sure we would get a win. Ouma said.Ouma’s counterpart, Mike Mutebi’s said the his team played well though in the final third of the pitch but the players were not patient to score the golden goal.“The players had a good game, they played well but in the final third of the pitch they were not patient to score the winner. Mutebi said.KCCA is still the table leader with 53 points while Vipers has 49points.Comments Tags: Brian NkubiKCCA FCMike MutebiMike MutyabaNam OumaStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetopvipers sclast_img read more

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Walker announces pay raise for troopers

first_imgGov. Bill Walker announced today that Alaska State Troopers are getting a pay raise at the start of next month.Listen nowWalker made the announcement at the troopers’ Mat-Su West post near Wasilla, which he says has been hit hard by vacancies as troopers have left for better pay and benefits elsewhere. There and elsewhere, troopers have been stretched thin.The 7.5 percent raise takes effect Sept. 1. That’s for more than 300 troopers, all except the two colonels in charge. Walker says this raise does not require legislative approval because it’s an amendment to an existing contract, but his administration is seeking an additional 7.5 percent increase officials say would require legislative approval.Asked about the timing, Walker says the troopers have been facing a retention crisis. They now have more than 50 vacant trooper positions, and they need to be a competitive employer.“It’s now, because as we’re going into another winter season, we have a big class coming out of the academy,” Walker said. “This is the culmination of about a year-and-a-half of sort of getting to this point of what’s the right number, what’s the right amount.”Walker says the increase fits legislative intent in the state operating budget to increase trooper pay by 15 percent total.The troopers union says the closest pay comparison was to the Anchorage Police Department. Depending on how long they’ve been with the department, comparable positions make 16 to 19 percent more.Walker says losing recruits or longtime troopers to departments like APD or, say, King County in Washington, means wasting the money spent training them and the loss of a great deal of experience.“This is about fixing what we have now,” Walker said. “I get a lot of input around the state about ‘We need more troopers.’ And we certainly do. And I have nothing against King County, but I don’t necessarily want us to do the training for King County, and that’s what we’ve been doing.”Walt Monegan, Walker’s public safety commissioner, says the administration will pursue increasing the overall number of trooper positions, while it addresses the vacancies.A campaign spokesperson for Walker’s Republican opponent for governor – Mike Dunleavy – said the campaign had no comment on the trooper pay increase.last_img read more