Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of the DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was chosen as the ninth pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he played his entire 21-year National Basketball Association career. Listed at 7 ft 0 in, Nowitzki is regarded as one of the greatest power forwards of all time and he is considered by many to be the greatest European player of all time. Nowitzki led the Mavericks to 15 NBA playoff appearances, including the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2006 and its only NBA championship in 2011. Known for his scoring ability, his versatility, his accurate outside shooting, his trademark fadeaway jump shot, Nowitzki won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2007 and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2011. Nowitzki is the only player to play for a single NBA franchise for 21 seasons, he is a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, the first European player to start in an All-Star Game, the first European player to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

Nowitzki is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history. He is the first Maverick voted onto an All-NBA Team and holds several all-time Mavericks franchise records. On December 10, 2012, he became the first non-American player to receive the Naismith Legacy Award. Following his retirement, Nowitzki stood sixth on the list of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders. In international play, Nowitzki led the German national basketball team to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and silver in EuroBasket 2005, was the leading scorer and MVP in both tournaments. Born in Würzburg, Dirk Werner Nowitzki comes from an athletic family: his mother Helga Nowitzki was a professional basketball player and his father Jörg-Werner was a handball player who represented Germany at the highest international level, his older sister Silke Nowitzki, a local champion in track and field became a basketball player and now works for the NBA in International TV. Nowitzki was a tall child.

He played handball and tennis. He managed to become a ranked junior tennis player in the German youth circuit, but soon grew tired of being called a "freak" for his height and turned to basketball. After joining the local DJK Würzburg, the 15-year-old attracted the attention of former German international basketball player Holger Geschwindner, who spotted his talent and offered to coach him individually two to three times per week. After getting both the approval of Nowitzki and his parents, Geschwindner put his student through an unorthodox training scheme: he emphasized shooting and passing exercises, shunned weight training and tactical drills, because he felt it was "unnecessary friction". Furthermore, Geschwindner encouraged Nowitzki to play a musical instrument and read literature to make him a more complete personality. After a year, the coach was so impressed with Nowitzki's progress that he advised him, "You must now decide whether you want to play against the best in the world or just stay a local hero in Germany.

If you choose the latter, we will stop training because nobody can prevent that anymore. But if you want to play against the best, we have to train on a daily basis." After pondering this lifetime decision for two days, Nowitzki agreed to enter the full-time training schedule, choosing the path to his eventual international career. Geschwindner let him train seven days a week with DJK Würzburg players and future German internationals Robert Garrett, Marvin Willoughby, Demond Greene, in the summer of 1994 16-year-old Nowitzki made the DJK squad; when Nowitzki joined the team, DJK played in Germany's 2nd-tier level league, the Second Bundesliga, South Division. His first trainer was Pit Stahl, who played the tall teenager as an outside-scoring forward rather than an inside-scoring center to utilise his shooting skills. In the 1994–95 Second Bundesliga season, ambitious DJK finished as a disappointing sixth of 12 teams. In the next 1995–96 Second Bundesliga season, Nowitzki established himself as a starter next to Finnish star forward Martti Kuisma and soon became a regular double-digit scorer: after German national basketball coach Dirk Bauermann saw him score 24 points in a DJK game, he stated that "Dirk Nowitzki is the greatest German basketball talent of the last 10, maybe 15 years."In the 1996–97 Second Bundesliga season, Nowitzki averaged 19.4 points per game and led DJK again to second place after the regular season, but could not help his team gain promotion.

In the following 1997–98 Second Bundesliga season, Nowitzki finished his "Abitur", but had to do compulsory military service in the Bundeswehr which lasted from September 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998. In the promotion playoffs, DJK broke its hex, finishing at first place with 14:2 points and earning promotion to the next higher league. Abroad, Nowitzki's progress was noticed. A year the teenager participated in the Nike "Hoop Heroes Tour", where he played against NBA stars like Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen. In a 30-minute show match, Nowitzk

Catching Fire

Catching Fire is a 2009 science fiction young adult novel by the American novelist Suzanne Collins, the second book in The Hunger Games series. As the sequel to the 2008 bestseller The Hunger Games, it continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem. Following the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the oppressive Capitol has begun, Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the Hunger Games; the book was first published on September 1, 2009, by Scholastic, in hardcover, was released in ebook and audiobook format. Catching Fire received positive reviews, with reviewers praising Collins' prose, the book's ending, the development of Katniss's character. According to critics, major themes of the novel include survival, authoritarianism and interdependence versus independence; the book has sold more than 19 million copies in the U. S. alone. A film adaptation, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was released on November 22, 2013.

After winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12, the poorest sector of Panem. Six months prior to Katniss and Peeta's "Victory Tour" of the country, President Snow visits and tells Katniss that her televised acts of defiance in the previous Games have inspired rebellion among the districts. Snow demands that Katniss convince the country that she was acting out of love for Peeta, not against the Capitol, or her entire family and best friend Gale Hawthorne will be executed. Katniss reveals this threat to Haymitch Abernathy, but not to Peeta; the tour's first stop is home of Katniss' Hunger Games ally Rue. Peeta announces that he will give part of his winnings to the families of Rue and fellow tribute Thresh, Katniss delivers an impromptu, heartfelt speech expressing her gratitude to the fallen tributes. An old man salutes Katniss, joined by the crowd. Katniss tells Peeta of Snow’s threat, they continue the tour as normal. Hoping to placate Snow, Peeta proposes to Katniss during a televised interview in the Capitol.

Katniss accepts, but Snow is dissatisfied with her performance, leaving her fearing for her loved ones. Returning to District 12, now overrun with harsher Peacekeepers to enforce the Capitol's rule, Katniss discovers an uprising has broken out in District 8. Gale is whipped in the town square until Haymitch intervenes. While hunting in the woods, Katniss meets Bonnie and Twill, refugees from District 8 whose uprising has failed, they plan to reach District 13 – believed to be destroyed in the first rebellion against the Capitol – in the hope that the residents are underground. Katniss is injured climbing back over District 12’s now live electric fence. Preparing for her upcoming wedding, Katniss learns that Districts 3 and 4 have risen up against the Capitol; the Capitol announces the 75th Hunger Games, with a twist – tributes will be selected from the surviving victors of the previous Games. Katniss realizes she must compete alongside either Peeta. Haymitch is unable to stop Peeta volunteering in his place.

At the Capitol, Haymitch urges Katniss to find allies but she bonds with the weakest tributes. In the televised interview, Katniss' stylist Cinna transforms the white wedding gown Snow insisted she wear into a black dress of feathers resembling a mockingjay, a symbol of the rebellion. Before Katniss is sent into the arena, she watches helplessly as Cinna is killed by the peacekeepers. Katniss and Peeta ally themselves with Finnick Odair from District 4 and Mags, his 80-year-old mentor. Peeta is knocked out by the jungle arena’s force field, the party has to flee from a poisonous fog. Mags sacrifices herself to allow Finnick to save the weakened Peeta, they join up with Johanna Mason from District 7 and “exceptionally smart” Beetee and Wiress from District 3. Wiress reveals that the arena is arranged like a clock, with each danger occurring at a fixed time and place for one hour. However, Wiress is killed, in retaliation Katniss and Johanna kill the tributes of District 1; the remaining tributes work on Beetee's plan to harness lightning to electrocute the District 2 tributes, who interferes and disrupts the plan.

Katniss uses her bow and arrow to direct the lightning into the force field, destroying it and knocking her unconscious. Katniss wakes up en route to District 13 with Finnick and Haymitch, she learns from Haymitch and Plutarch Heavensbee, the Head Gamekeeper, that there has been a plan to rescue Katniss, now the living symbol of the rebellion. Enraged that Peeta, along with Johanna and tribute Enobaria, have been captured by the Capitol, for not being confined with the plan, Katniss attacks Haymitch, she learns from Gale that, though her family and some other residents have escaped, District 12 has been destroyed. The main themes of Catching Fire include survival and the conflict between interdependence and independence; as reviewer Margo Dill noted, "In, Katniss and Peeta are interdependent. They are both helping each other to survive; as a matter of fact, they want the other one to survive more than they do themselves." Dill goes on to explain how this increases the chances of each character dying.

Government control is another important theme, both within the book and throughout the entire trilogy. After suppressing the first rebellion, the Capitol establishes rules in order to restrict and control the citizens' lives. Examples noted by Dill include that, "the 75th annual Hunger Games have'new' rules that cause Katniss and Peeta to be in danger once again. More'Peacekeepers' are placed in districts to diminish any hope t

Ephraim Bagenda

Ephraim Kalyebara Bagenda is a Ugandan aeronautical engineer and business executive, who serves as the Director of Engineering and Maintenance at Uganda National Airlines Company, the revived national airline of Uganda, effective October 2019. Before that, from January 2018, until October 2019, he served as the managing director and chief executive officer of Uganda's national airline, he assumed that position in 2018, having served as the Director of Maintenance and Engineering at Rwandair, until late 2017. Bagenda is a professional aircraft engineer. In 2017, he served as the Director of maintenance and engineering at Rwandair, serving there for nearly six years. In 2018, he was appointed as the managing director and CEO of the revived national carrier, Uganda Airlines, although a different member of the team had been considered for the job. In July 2018, while at the Farnborough Airshow, he signed two memoranda of understanding, with aircraft manufacturers for six jets to re-open the airline.

The first agreement was with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft of Canada for a firm purchase order of four CRJ900-ER aircraft at an estimated total price of US$190 million. The four jets will feature the Bombardier Atmosphère Cabin; the second agreement was with the European aerospace conglomerate, Airbus SA for a firm purchase of two A330-800neo aircraft, featuring the improved and fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000. The long-haul jets will feature three-class cabins with maximum capacity of 261 passengers, comprising 20 seats in Business Class, 28 in Premium Economy and 213 in Economy Class. In October 2019, he was named director of engineering and maintenance at Uganda Airlines, was replaced as CEO in acting capacity by Cornwell Muleya. Transport in Uganda List of airports in Uganda Michael Etyang Website of Revived Uganda Airlines Careers Website Of Uganda Airlines Uganda Airlines Orders Two A330neo