Disabled activists say they are deeply concerned

first_imgDisabled activists say they are “deeply concerned” by the “troubling” decision to appoint an outspoken supporter of legalising assisted suicide as the new minister for disabled people.Penny Mordaunt was appointed minister for disabled people, health and work, in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) this week after the sacking of Justin Tomlinson.In an expanded brief – and at the level of minister of state, rather than junior minister – she will have responsibility for a string of divisive policy areas, including employment and support allowance (ESA), the government’s Disability Confident employment campaign, and personal independence payment, as well as for cross-government disability issues.But Mordaunt (pictured) is a long-term advocate for changing the law to allow assisted suicide, an issue that will cause deep concern among large parts of the disabled people’s movement.In 2010 she was appointed to the Commission on Assisted Dying, which was criticised for its bias after it was set up by the pro-assisted suicide charity Dignity in Dying with money from author Terry Pratchett and River island founder Bernard Lewis, both supporters of legalisation, and chaired by the Labour peer Lord Falconer, also a supporter of legalisation.Mordaunt, a former director of the charity Diabetes UK, made it clear on her appointment to the commission that she was in favour of changing the law to allow assisted suicide, telling her local newspaper in Portsmouth: “My personal view is that assisted dying should be allowed for the terminally-ill.”She was also founding chair of the pro-legalisation All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, for which Dignity in Dying – formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society – provides secretarial support.Mordaunt’s appointment is causing alarm and shock among disabled people and their organisations.Brian Hilton, campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), said: “GMCDP is deeply concerned by the appointment of Penny Mordaunt MP as the new minister for disabled people. “The minister is a well-known supporter of legalising assisted suicide, which is opposed by all leading disabled people’s organisations in the UK. “At a time when disabled people are still facing huge cuts to their support, services and benefits we need a minister who is willing to champion our right to live.”Journalist and presenter Mik Scarlet, a prominent member of the disabled people’s campaign network Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), which opposes assisted suicide, said her appointment was “very troubling”.He accepted that some disabled people were in favour of a change in the law, but he said Mordaunt’s strong support for legalisation meant that she should withdraw from the debate around assisted suicide or resign from her new post.He said: “She can’t represent the people she is meant to be representing if she continues to have an outspoken view on something which a large percentage of the disabled community are not in favour of.“It’s another example of a government that doesn’t understand disability trying to claim it represents us, and it just doesn’t.”Another disabled activist and anti-euthanasia campaigner, Deborah Caulfield, said Mordaunt’s appointment was “bad news”.She said: “It fills me with dread. I don’t see how she can consider herself a friend of disabled people.”Caulfield said she believed Mordaunt’s role as minister, to support people to lead fulfilling lives, was “incompatible” with “arguing about making provision for people to end their lives early on the basis that they are severely disabled and need lots of help”.A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman said that Mordaunt’s views on legalising assisted suicide were “an issue of individual conscience and a matter for parliament”.Despite a private members’ bill proposed by the Labour MP Rob Marris being heavily defeated in a Commons vote last September – although Mordaunt did not vote – the Tory peer and former MP Lord Hayward, treasurer of Dignity in Dying, launched another push for legalisation last month by introducing a new assisted dying bill in the House of Lords.Meanwhile, work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb has left the government and has been replaced by former home office minister Damian Green, while employment minister Priti Patel has been promoted to international development secretary, with her role – minus responsibility for ESA and issues of “health and work” – taken by Damian Hinds, who was formerly exchequer secretary to the Treasury.Welfare reform minister Lord Freud, one of the most divisive members of the department among disabled activists, has kept his ministerial job, although he will be joined by Caroline Nokes in a new post, minister for welfare delivery.When asked whether Crabb’s plans to publish a green paper this year on supporting disabled people into employment were still on course, a DWP spokeswoman said: “Government business continues as normal.“We will provide further detail on forthcoming announcements in due course.”The Department of Health has yet to announce its new minister for social care, although health secretary Jeremy Hunt has retained his post.The government frontbench will include at least two disabled ministers, with Paul Maynard appointed as a junior transport minister – in charge of the rail system – and Robert Halfon, previously a cabinet minister without portfolio and the first MP to hire a parliamentary apprentice, appointed as minister of state for apprentices and skills in the Department for Education.Maynard appeared before the transport select committee yesterday (20 July), just three days after his appointment, to give evidence on the experience of rail passengers.Justine Greening, previously international development secretary, replaces Nicky Morgan as education secretary and minister for women and equalities.Last month, Greening announced on Twitter that she was in a same-sex relationship, becoming the first openly gay female cabinet minister.last_img read more

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More than 160000 people are in debt to their loca

first_imgMore than 160,000 people are in debt to their local authority because of the charges they are having to pay for their own social care, new figures have revealed.The figures, which came from freedom of information requests by the GMB union, also show that nearly 1,200 people in just two years were taken to court for non-payment of these debts.The number taken to court rose from 530 in 2015-16 to 648 in 2016-17 across England, Scotland and Wales, an increase of more than a fifth (22 per cent).More than 78,000 people have had debt management procedures started against them by their local authority over social care debts.The true figures are likely to be even higher because some local authorities did not respond to the freedom of information requests.Ken Butler, welfare rights adviser for Disability Rights UK, said: “This high level of debt among social care users shows the urgent need for [reform] of the whole social care system.“Many disabled people are told that their care needs are not high enough to receive social care.“Disabled people have been the worst hit by welfare benefit cuts. The introduction of personal independence payment (PIP) has led to 25 per cent of people losing their disability living allowance and many with a reduced award.“Around half of new PIP claimants receive no award at all. One consequence of this is that disabled people have even less money to fund what is often an inadequate care package.“The situation uncovered by the GMB shows the need for urgent reform of both the welfare benefit and social care systems.“Good social care should be a right to all that need it and should not mean falling into a spiral of debt in order to pay for it.”Sharon Wilde, GMB national officer, said: “These stark figures show the UK’s social care ticking timebomb has now blown a gaping hole in families’ finances.”The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) refused to say if it was concerned about GMB’s figures.But a DHSC spokeswoman said in a statement: “This government is committed to ensuring everyone receives affordable and dignified care, which is why we backed the sector with an extra £2 billion of dedicated funding, and will shortly outline the government’s plans to reform social care to ensure it is sustainable for the future.“The current social care means testing ensures people are charged for their care based on what they can afford.“We changed the law so legally the local authority must ensure that people have a genuine choice of accommodation by making at least one option available and affordable within the person’s budget.”Meanwhile, a survey of people with care needs and carers by the Care and Support Alliance has found that one in five had gone without meals, and more than a third had not been able to leave the house, because of a lack of care and support.One of those surveyed said: “I can’t prepare meals so don’t eat properly and haven’t taken my medication properly in years. I’m very depressed and have no social life.”Another said: “Although I am in a care home, I receive no attention other than being washed and dressed.“I am left to walk myself to the toilet even though I’ve had falls in this care home before. I have food put in front of me that I can’t see, can’t cut, and can’t balance on cutlery.”Another care recipient said: “I haven’t been washed for over two months. My bedroom floor has only been vacuumed once in three years.“My sheets have not been changed in about six months, and my pyjamas haven’t been changed this year. My care workers don’t have time for cleaning, washing or changing me.”More than a third of those who took part in the survey said they had felt lonely and isolated because of a lack of support, and a third said their health had deteriorated because they had not received the care they needed.The survey of nearly 4,000 people was released in a bid to pressure the government to secure a long-term funding settlement “that addresses the shocking levels of unmet need and takes unnecessary pressure off the NHS” as ministers prepare to publish a green paper on social care for older people by the end of July.last_img read more

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Ronen Pledges Housing Fights Mayor in Announcement for SF Mission Supervisor

first_img 0% The district already won $50 million for affordable housing in November’s bond, and some 480 units have been planned for construction in the last eight years under Supervisor David Campos, Ronen pointed out. But that is only 10 percent of the pledge Ronen is making, and for her to live up to the campaign promise Ronen would need to build more than 600 affordable units every year of her tenure.“For her to be talking about building housing is rich,” said political consultant David Latterman, who recently worked with Julie Christensen’s losing campaign in District 3 and helped David Chiu defeat Campos for State Assembly in 2014. Hammering Campos’s housing record was a key strategy in the 2014 campaign, he said, and Latterman predicts Ronen will have to juggle Campos’s endorsement against this legacy.“She’s going to try to embrace ‘I am Campos’s chosen successor’ and slowly back away from his housing record,” he said.Ronen says she will be “laser-focused” on her district and building these units, while Campos was “more of a supervisor for the entire city.”“He worked on big initiatives that are going to make change for all San Franciscans,” Ronen said. “I am going to be a supervisor with a laser focus on District 9. I am going to build 5,000 units and that requires an attention to the district like never before.”While neither side of the political aisle is against rapid construction of affordable housing, all acknowledged it would be a tremendous task.“It’s a great idea, but it’s going to be very difficult,” said Tommi Avicolli Mecca, director of counseling at the Housing Rights Collective. The lack of funding from city hall is the major factor, and Ronen would be a reliable vote at the Board of Supervisors for pushing such construction, he said. “You gotta go for it.”Ronen is running against three other candidates. Joshua Arce is the more moderate of the four, with ties to labor unions and friendly to the mayor, the latter a possible detriment in the Mission and Bernal Heights but perhaps a boon in the Portola, with its more moderate Asian voting bloc.Sharing most of Ronen’s political positions is Edwin Lindo, vice-president of external affairs at the Latino Democratic Club, whose campaign lacks the resources and heavy backing of Ronen and Arce — though he does split Supervisor Mar’s endorsement with Ronen. Instead, Lindo has underscored his status as a Mission native and emphasized an impoverished background in the neighborhood. Though Ronen has worked in the district for 13 years and lived in the Mission previously, she moved to the Portola just four months ago from Sunnyside.A fourth candidate is Iswari España who is running on a platform to “stop playing politics and focus on accountability of services for residents of District 9.” A Guatemalan immigrant who settled in the Mission in 1987, España is a little-known candidate who characterized his opponents as “well-established attorneys with the same lines.” He has a background in non-profit and government work and is currently at Success Center San Francisco, a non-profit that educates juvenile youth.Despite the full field, Ronen’s kick-off has been the most momentous so far. More than 100 people braved the downcast weather to hear Ronen’s speech outside St. Luke’s Hospital, a venue chosen for its symbolic value as a victory of Ronen’s against Mayor Lee’s plan to shut it down in favor of a Cathedral Hill hospital.“Unfortunately, this is what we have come to expect from this administration,” said Ronen, lambasting Lee for “shortsighted thinking” and “shutting out community voices” while simultaneously garnering praise from a crowd that included local nurses. An obligatory moment of political awkwardness accompanied Ronen’s speech when she asked how many in the crowd had been born at St. Luke’s and just one raised his hand. Ronen quickly revised her question to how many had been treated at the hospital — and dozens shot up.Ronen’s supporters unequivocally viewed their candidate as a competent, connected choice.“I think she’s a political superstar,” said Karen Gee, a Portola resident since 1983. “She’s young, she has work experience, and she’s a mother so she has family values.”Juana Flores, a Mission resident who met Ronen when she was an attorney at La Raza Centro Legal, said Ronen “always supported the immigrant community and the female community” and praised her work with laborers and domestic violence victims.“I know she has a lot of community support,” she said. The District 9 race is key for future city politics. Not only will its outcome affect the Board of Supervisors in an election when the progressive majority is in question, but with the Mission as ground-zero in San Francisco’s gentrification wars, a progressive loss there would be both an embarrassment for and hindrance to progressive housing plans city-wide.All of which will bring street canvassing and donor money. Whether or not infighting marks the discourse between the two progressives, Lindo and Ronen, or there is an attempt to tackle the more moderate Arce — and what role España will play in shaping the debate — the District 9 race is heating up to be one of the most important in the 2016 elections.“From an ‘I like watching San Francisco politics’ point-of-view, this is going to be a fun one to watch,” said Latterman. “Sit back with your thing of popcorn and just watch the show.” Tags: Board of Supervisors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Standing in the drizzle outside of St. Luke’s Hospital, Hillary Ronen officially announced her candidacy for District 9 supervisor Thursday afternoon, pledging the construction of thousands of units of new affordable housing and attacking Mayor Ed Lee for ignoring community input.“I will build 5,000 units of affordable housing in District 9 in 10 years,” she said, flanked by supervisors David Campos, John Avalos, and Eric Mar. Ronen, who has worked as Campos’s chief of staff since 2010, outlined her plan to Mission Local a day before the announcement, saying she would build up empty lots and raise heights when feasible to accomplish her goal. Funding, not space, will likely be the main obstacle, however, and Ronen’s commitment to fight for state and federal funds, as well as her position that corporations should contribute to solving the affordability crisis, presents an uphill climb for a city supervisor.last_img read more

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Google Reveals Plans to Tap into SFs Fiber Cables

first_imgGoogle announced plans last week to bring high-speed broadband internet to San Francisco to serve disconnected communities throughout the city by plugging in public and low-income properties at no cost to residents. The company will use existing fiber optic cables that are largely owned by third-party companies. It is also talking to the city about leasing access to some of the city’s high-speed cables.  “We’re just starting to reach out to property owners and managers today, so we don’t have specifics to share just yet about where we’ll be able to offer service,” said Google spokesperson Lauren Barriere.For years, different companies have talked about offering free Wi-Fi in San Francisco, but none of the plans have managed to succeed. The Mission-based internet service provider Monkeybrains, for example,  has long tried to tap into the city’s unused fiber network to make high speed internet accessible to all, but without success. Owner Rudy Rucker said he has reached out to the city “multiple times over the past four years,” but “we have had no traction.” The Department of Technology told him that fiber for non-government projects is not a priority.  “They could extend that fiber and allow us access to it, to allow higher speeds to those residents,” added Rucker. “Historically, the city has been reluctant to work with us, but they will work with Google. It’s a political issue, not a technology issue.”Department of Technology spokesperson Kathleen Clark confirmed that the city is not currently leasing to any local providers, but said the department is “exploring what that could look like.”Last December, the city made some strides in preparing for expanding its fiber assets, when District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced legislation directing various city agencies to map their fiber optic wires. These assets are largely built and owned by the Department of Technology but also belong to other city agencies, such as the Public Utilities Commission and the transit agency. Some “dark fiber,” or unused cable, belongs to private companies, such as PG&E, according to Miguel Gamiño, the Department of Technology’s executive director.Some 260 miles of fiber wires currently run through various areas of the city, including parts of District 9, where cables run along Valencia, Folsom, 16th and 26th streets, according to Clark.Farrell’s legislation passed at the Board of Supervisors earlier this year, and soon the city will have, “a better idea of where all fiber assets are,” said Jesse Montejano, Farrell’s legislative aide. This mapping, he said, is a crucial step in engaging in any future discussions about broadband expansion and in bridging the digital divide.A 2013 survey by the City Controller’s Office found the digital divide most affects people of color, low-income, uneducated, and elderly populations, but ranked the Mission as fairly well connected compared to other neighborhoods, with 87 percent of its population having access to the internet at home.Data collected by Mission Promise Neighborhood found that 46 percent of households in the Mission did not have a home computer with internet access in 2014. As for the Google program, the neighborhood could be included in the coverage area, said Gamiño.  At 1,000 megabits per second, fiber optic cables provide the fastest internet in the country. For technology advocates working to bridge the digital divide in low-income communities, the question of digital equity is at the forefront with the prospect of fiber service. “The speed is higher, the bandwidth is humongous, and you have the ability to connect more families to that type of bandwidth,” said Leo Sosa, technology training coordinator at the Mission Economic Development Agency. “There still are a lot of families that live in the dark.” Sosa has been involved in helping some 1,000 low-income homes get connected through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, a $10-a-month plan at 10 megabits per second for eligible families. That is decidedly lower than the 1,000 megabits per second that Google is promising.Excited about Google’s announcement, Sosa called the expansion of fiber in the city a “next-level opportunity” for disadvantaged residents, including the Mission’s low-income families and seniors, to improve their lives.Local nonprofits and digital equity advocates say they are ready to jump on board to help underserved communities connect at high speeds, when the time comes. “[Fiber] needs to be rolled out in partnership with trusted community partners…to ensure the resource gets into the hands of the people,” said Stevon Cook, CEO of Mission Bit, a nonprofit that aims to eliminate the digital divide in low-income communities through coding courses.“This is not an ‘if you build it they will come’ type of environment,” added Cook. “Access to the internet is an economic justice issue. With Google Fiber, we have an opportunity to fully integrate low-income communities in San Francisco to all the resources the internet has to offer.”In a blog post, Google said that it will tap into San Francisco’s existing infrastructure when it comes to selecting the properties that will be connected to fiber, following a similar model used in Huntsville, Alabama. Rather than building “organic” fiber infrastructure from the ground up, as Google has done in other cities, using San Francisco’s existing networks will speed up Google Fiber’s availability.“A city like San Francisco, where the infrastructure is really challenging and difficult, the opportunity to leverage existing fiber assets is the component that makes this deal possible,” said Gamiño. If this happens, Gamiño said, the city could have a more active role in which locations and properties will have access to fiber. “If Google strikes a deal with a private entity, we may not be in that conversation in a formal way. But if they ever do come to us and want city fiber, we can  certainly be the stewards of that equity component.” 0%center_img Tags: mission • San Francisco • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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WE have received hundreds of messages of support a

first_imgWE have received hundreds of messages of support and well wishes for Luke Walsh following his injury on Friday.Luke is comfortable as he can be at the present time and the Club will update fans as soon as it can on his progress.We will pass on any messages we receive for Luke and have set up a special post on our Facebook site.Feel free to log on and leave your ‘get well’ and we will make sure the scrum half gets them as he begins his recovery.last_img

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KEIRON Cunningham paid tribute to Saints resilien

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham paid tribute to Saints’ resilience after they progressed to the Grand Final.Five tries and a 30-12 win over Catalan saw them ease into next Saturday’s showpiece and a date with either Wigan or Warrington.“We knew if we stuck to our gameplan and were resilient we could grind them down,” he said. “They have had a difficult task and all credit to them for what they have done over the last few weeks.“But we knew if we stuck in there and kicked the ball well, chased hard and made tackles, we would get the result in the end.“We started a little nervous but defensively we were great and fronted up well. We scrambled so well again and James Roby proved he is superhuman. He saved tries and tracked back when he didn’t really need to.”Saints had stand out performances all over the field and Cunningham paid tribute to the youngsters in the squad.“We have always had that thing at this club, had young kids coming through,” he continued. “I came through at 17. The theory is if you are good enough it doesn’t matter about your age. The kids are the future of this club. Both Luke Thompson and Greg Richards have massive careers ahead of them and are future internationals in my eyes too. They will get better and better.”He continued: “Six weeks ago was a real pivotal moment for us. After the Hull game… we had lost Luke Walsh the week before and the coaches came in on the Saturday morning and came up with a masterplan that would make or break us.“Working with this group of players has enabled us to do what we have done. They have all bought into it and the victory over Castleford at home was the stamp on it. We believed it could work and it did and now we are at the big dance.“This group of young players have finished first and to make a Grand Final is the making of them and the building blocks of the future.“I am proud as punch for the lads, because I know what it means for the club and the players going forward.“The easy option would have been to lie down and take the adversity. There would be 1,000 excuses not to do it and they could have said let’s wait until next season. We lost three of our best players but the boys have stood up and going forward that shows special things will happen at this place.”last_img read more

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SAINTS seek their first home win over Warrington s

first_imgSAINTS seek their first home win over Warrington since Knowsley Road when the sides lock horns tonight.The Wolves have won their last five away meetings with St Helens, including all four fixtures between the sides at Langtree Park.Saints’ last home win against the Wolves was a 28-12 play-off victory at Knowsley Road on 10 September, 2010.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14)St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)St Helens 16, Warrington 29 (SLR26, 30/8/13)St Helens 22, Warrington 48 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12)St Helens 12, Warrington 22 (SLR23, 6/8/12)Warrington 16, St Helens 28 (SLR9, 30/3/12)Super League Summary:St Helens won 39 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)Warrington won 9 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:James Roby needs one appearance to reach 350 for his career. Roby has played 316 games for St Helens since 2004, to go with representative appearances for Great Britain (7 Tests, 2006-2007) and England (26 games, 2008-2013).Super League Milestones:Jamie Peacock needs one appearance to overtake former Leeds teammate Keith Senior and move into third place in the list of all-time leaders for Super League games played.1 Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-present) 4372 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-present) 4333 = Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011), Jamie Peacock (Leeds/Bradford, 1999-present) 4135 Lee Gilmour (Wakefield/Castleford/Huddersfield/St Helens/Bradford/Wigan, 1997-present) 4076 Leon Pryce (Hull FC/Catalans Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-present) 4037 Andy Lynch (Castleford/Hull FC/Bradford, 1999-present) 3988 Danny Orr (Castleford/Harlequins/Wigan, 1997-2012) 3829 Keiron Cunningham (St Helens, 1996-2010) 38110 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 380Tommy Makinson – 1 appearance away from 100 (99 for St Helens, 2011-2015)Paul Wellens – 1 try away from 200 (199 for St Helens, 1998-2015)Winning Runs:St Helens have won their last eight Super League matches. Their last league defeat was 17-16 at Huddersfield on September 12 2014.Consecutive Appearances:Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 49. Westerman last missed a Hull game on May 25 2013 – a 22-16 Magic Weekend win against Hull KR at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium. His streak then started on May 31 2013 – an 18-6 home win against Leeds.1 Joe Westerman (Hull FC) 492 Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons) 393 Morgan Escare (Catalans Dragons) 374 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 355 Ben Pomeroy (Catalans Dragons) 32First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 63 = Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 55 = Michael Oldfield (Catalans Dragons), Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Tom Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos), Jacob Miller (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Chris Riley (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Lloyd White (Widnes Vikings), Joel Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 4Goals:1 = Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 233 = Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons), Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 175 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 14Goals Percentage:1 = Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 85.18 (23/27)3 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)4 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 80.95 (17/21)5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 80.00 (12/15)Points:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 552 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 543 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 404 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 385 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 35last_img read more

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Residents encouraged to stay out of flood waters

first_img Of particular concern is the risk of infections from vibrio bacteria, which is naturally occurring in coastal waters. The bacteria may be present in brackish waters and flood salt waters following Hurricane Florence, and in some seafood.“Everyone should stay out of flooded water if possible,” said New Hanover County Public Health Director Phillip Tarte. “If you have a cut or scrape, or have a compromised immune system or liver disease, you are more susceptible to a bacterial infection from those waters.”If contact with flood waters cannot be avoided, protect yourself with these CDC and Public Health tips:Wear clothes and shoes that protect you from cuts and scrapes when in brackish or salt waterWear protective glovesWash wounds and cuts thoroughly with soap and water if they have been exposed to brackish, salt, flood waters, or even raw seafood or seafood juicesCover your wound with a waterproof bandage if there’s a possibility it could come into contact with brackish, salt, flood waters, or even raw seafood or seafood juicesIf you develop a skin infection, tell your medical provider if your skin has come into contact with brackish, salt, flood waters, or even raw seafood or seafood juicesAlways wash your hands with soap and water after handing raw shellfishAvoid contaminating cooked shellfish with raw shellfish and its juicesFor further protection, residents should have the following vaccines: Hepatitis A, Td (Tetanus & Diphtheria), and Tdap  (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis). New Hanover County Public Health will have these vaccines available to the public, through insurance or self-pay. Residents check out the flooding in a Leland neighborhood after Hurricane Florence on Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (Press Release) — New Hanover County Public Health is encouraging all residents to use caution and remain out of flooded areas.According to the Center for Disease Control, “flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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EPA drops 26 North Carolina counties from emissions program

first_img According to the EPA, the state showed that the counties comply with ozone air quality standards. It said removing the requirement won’t interfere with their ability to remain in compliance with any air quality standards.The counties approved for removal from mandated vehicle emissions testing include: Brunswick, Burke, Caldwell, Carteret, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Craven, Edgecombe, Granville, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Lenoir, Moore, Nash, Orange, Pitt, Robeson, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Wayne, Wilkes and Wilson.(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) (Photo: MGN Online) ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped 26 counties from North Carolina’s requirement for vehicle emissions inspections.A statement from the EPA said it finalized a rule approving the state’s revision of its air quality plan. The agency said the action removes regulations that are no longer needed and is expected to save consumers money.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Crews fight 14acre fire near Holly Shelter Game Lands

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crews say a fire near the Holly Shelter Game Lands is under control.Bryan Haines with the NC Forest Service says a 14-acre blaze broke out Wednesday afternoon near Pinnacle Parkway. As of 5:15 p.m., the fire was under control.- Advertisement – Haines says seven tractors put lines in and a single engine air tanker did air drops.Crews from across Pender County responded, but have since been given the all clear.No injuries were reported.Related Article: Lightning hits at least two Leland homesThe cause of the fire is still under investigation.last_img read more

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Experts say seafood production is declining in North Carolina

first_img As the demand goes up, supply tends to go down. Entrepreneurs like Romano are trying to change that with the help of Fish 2.0.“Our seafood production in North Carolina has actually been going down for a variety of reasons,” Romano said. “But shellfish is something that’s new and up and coming.”Entrepreneurs came out to a two-day workshop hosted by UNCW and Fish 2.0. At the workshop they pitched business proposals and new technology for the fishing industry.Related Article: Historic payout given to tipsters who led to murder suspect’s arrest“It’s a really important place for the seafood industry in terms of shellfish production and fisheries,” Co-founder of Fish 2.0 Monica Jain said. “Also, there is so much technology bubbling up here because you’ve got such a vibrant biotech industry, and a lot of the biotech that comes is really applicable to the seafood field.”Jain says Fish 2.0 is a global community. She says their goal is to increase the number of sustainable seafood companies and increase investment into them.“We’re starting to see the lion fish in this area,” Diane Durance said. “We’re having water quality issues. We have a difficult environment for oyster aquaculture because of the storms and water quality.”Durance is with the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and says these are just a few issues fisheries face in the Cape Fear region.Romano hopes the workshop will help his business grow alongside the sustainable fish industry.“Expanding on what we have already,” Romano said. “And to add value, cook seafood, improve our shellfish leases. Also, just honing our retail that’s growing.”Jain says Fish 2.0 holds workshops with entrepreneurs around the country to build on sustainability. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s not hard to find seafood here in the Cape Fear, but where does our local seafood industry stand in terms of sustainability?“We have a lot of new growers,” Seaview Crab Company Co-owner Sam Romano said. “It’s an exciting time to grow oysters in North Carolina.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Topsail High graduate survives cancer beats odds to walk across stage

first_img In 2015, Tavish went to an eye doctor because he was experiencing double vision. It’s then that doctors discovered a tumor in his brain. Tavish was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery to remove the tumor.“The surgery went wrong, so now I’m like, I’m like this,” Tavish said. “And it’s been a journey.”Tavish had to relearn how to walk, talk, swallow, and write, all while battling brain cancer.Related Article: Pender Co. Schools delays opening Tuesday due to weather concerns“The hardest part of the past few years is how everyone treats me differently,” Tavish said. “It’s something to get used to.”Todd Matthews was Tavish’s drafting teacher before he got sick.“He just overcame so much. A lot of times you hear that teachers inspire students, but he has inspired me since the day I met him,” Matthews said. “He’s been through more in four years than most people ever go through in a lifetime.”While Tavish was undergoing treatment and physical rehabilitation, Matthews came to his home to keep him caught up on schoolwork. On Friday, he handed Tavish his high school diploma.“I didn’t think it was going to be an emotional thing. I was excited, but when I went to hug him, I almost lost it,” Matthews said. “To see him walk across the stage when we had to get him out of his wheelchair to sit in the seat just to do classwork with me. He couldn’t walk. He’s just a miracle walking.”“I was determined to walk across that stage today. It’s been a big goal of mine, thanks to my trainer,” Tavish said.In the fall, Tavish is headed to Appalachian State University. It’s the beginning of a new journey, one he’s excited for.“I’m really looking forward to the relationships I make in college, and the academics of course,” Tavish said. “It’s going to be a fun adventure.”As a member of the National Honor Society, Tavish had to maintain a GPA of 3.9 or higher. His teacher Mr. Matthews says he plans to keep in touch with Tavish as he moves on to this next chapter of his life. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Graduating high school is a milestone in anyone’s life. But for one Topsail High School Student, walking across that stage was a milestone in itself after he had to relearn how to walk.“It’s been really difficult at times. But you know, you just keep going,” said Topsail High School graduate Tavish Wetherill.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Manchester United return to winning ways

first_imgManchester United managed to bounce back from consecutive defeats against Brighton and Tottenham Hotspurs thanks a 2-0 win against Burnley. Jose Mourinho’s team created numerous attacking opportunities throughout the whole match and opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Romelu Lukaku headed past Joe Hart.Lukaku scored his second before the first half was over with a low shot from inside the penalty area. Hart then stopped Manchester United from adding another goal when he saved Paul Pogba’s strike from the penalty spot. Marcus Rashford, who replaced Alexis Sanchez in the 61st minute, was sent off ten minutes later after making contact with Phil Bardsley’s head.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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5 million users downloaded BBM for Android and iOS in 8 hours

first_imgAdvertisement Within 8 hours after rolling out,  BBM messenger for iOS and Android has been downloaded by over 5 million users, the company claims.  They are using a unique reservation system presumably designed to prevent its servers crashing out again.This is the tweet Blackberry sent out 3 hours back.Next 5 million in line – your turn! Open up BBM and click “I got the email” to get started on #BBM right away!— BBM (@BBM) October 22, 2013  – Advertisement – It’s not clear how many others are waiting for access but the initial figure — racked up eight hours after launch — is pretty impressive. BlackBerry said earlier that six million people had signed up to get updates about the app in ahead of its launch, while an apparent one million Android owners were “using the unreleased version of BBM for Android” following the partial launch in September.Source: TNWlast_img read more

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MTN Uganda unveils the first ever CallerTunez Online Awards

first_imgMTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer Mapula Bodibe (C) poses for a group photo with Bebe Cool (R ) and Lillian Mbabazi ( L) at the launch of CRBT awards Advertisement MTN Uganda has today announced the launch of the MTN CallerTunez Online Awards, an interesting Call Ring Back Tone (CRBT) promotion; the first of its kind in Uganda. In this campaign, trending artistes and producers of content like recorded quotes, jokes, skits speeches or other sound bites will be rewarded for their work. Fans and customers that participate in downloading this content as CRBT’s will also be recognized as part of this campaign.As part of its vision of delivering a bold new digital world, MTN is focusing on transforming society through digital innovations. For artistes, CRBT’s are fast becoming an alternative business model, complimenting other revenue streams like concerts and album sales. And for customers, “they are constantly finding new ways of entertaining themselves”, commented Ms. Mapula Bodibe, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Uganda. “The phone is one channel that we’re enhancing to serve that customer need in simple and affordable ways.” She added. All this comes at a time when CD sales are waning and paving way for Digital Content consumption with CallerTunez being one of the major revenue streams for industry stakeholders. – Advertisement – While unveiling the Awards, MTN Chief Marketing Officer, Mapula Bodibe explained that the MTN CallerTunez Online Awards was a platform created to recognize and reward Artistes and Content Producers with the most downloaded CallerTunez on the MTN Portal while giving interested customers the awareness and opportunity to use this entertaining and engaging service.We are in a fast paced world with digital innovations at the forefront of influencing the way we live. The mobile phone accounts for a lot of what customers consume digitally and innovations like CallerTunez are a convenient way of delivering lifestyle benefits through it. “This campaign is about creating opportunities for stake holders and awareness for customers about these new opportunities in a digital world,” stressed Ms. Bodibe. MTN believes that today and in the future, online and digital in particular is the quick and effective way of distributing, sharing and engaging with content.Mapula added that all content available on the MTN CallerTunez portal will be eligible for both the monthly and annual awards.On her part, Susan Kayemba, the MTN Senior Manager- Retention and Social Media said that the Awards will include monthly recognition of artistes with the most downloaded CallerTunez every month and customers with the most CallerTunez downloads.At the end of the year, artistes and customers will be invited to the unique and first ever online awards in which artistes and content producers with the most cumulative CallerTunez downloads will be recognized.Artistes or content producers will get up to UGX 2,500,000 in monthly rewards while customers with the most downloads will win up to UGX 1,000,000 and Huawei devices every month.In the grand finale, the artistes or content producers of the month on month downloads will be receive an award and prize money plus branded gifts from MTN. The categories to be recognized include;Most Downloaded Zouk & Band CallerTuneMost Downloaded RnB CallerTuneMost Downloaded Religious CallerTuneMost Downloaded Afro-Beat & Afro-Pop CallerTuneMost Downloaded Dancehall & Ragga CallerTuneMost Downloaded Reggae CallerTuneMost Downloaded Hip-Hop CallerTuneMost Downloaded Traditional CallerTuneOthers are;CallerTunez Customer of the Year – This will go to the most outstanding MTN CallerTunez Customer. He/she will be the one who downloaded most MTN CallerTunez in the period under review. The winner will get UGX 1,000,000/-.CallerTunez Content Provider (CP) of the Year – The category will recognize the CP whose CallerTunez dominated the year. Dominance will be determined by the number of awards a particular CP’s CallerTunez won. The prize will be Award.Most Popular CallerTune from an MTN Holla Life member – This category is specially created for Hollalife customers with the most popular CallerTunez. These customer numbers will be entered into a draw to UGX 1,000,000/-.MTN CallerTunez FactsheetMTN CallerTunez is a service which allows a mobile subscriber to personalize the conventional ring-back tone that the calling party will hear while waiting for the called party to accept the call.MTN has made it possible for the subscriber to personalize this tone with interesting content including music, personal recordings and other sound clips of the customers’ choice. Types of CallerTunez include music, comedy skits, sounds and sound bites.MTN launched the CallerTunez service in April 2010 and is currently subscribed by over 1,400,000 customers.To subscribe to MTN CallerTunez;SMS the word Join to 170 or dial *170*1# or visit mtn.co.ug/callertunez for details.To download MTN CallerTunez;SMS the word Tune and the code of the callertune to 170e.g. to download the Nkola Byafayo by Bebe Cool, please SMS Tune5024479 to 170.orDial *170*2# and the follow the promptsEach MTN CallerTune downloaded will cost UGX 550 and is valid for 30 days.For further information, please dial *170#, visit www.mtn.co.ug/callertunez for more on MTN CallerTunez or call our Customer Care helpline on 100 for assistance.last_img read more

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4chan has been sold to 2channels founder

first_imgAdvertisement Image based bulletin board 4chan has been sold to Japanese messaging board 2Channel‘s founder, by 4chan’s Christopher Poole.Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2Channel has acquired the site which now sees more than 20 million monthly users and will act as president of the site.It should be noted that 4chan has had no venture capital money and never employed any staff full-time. – Advertisement – Poole will no longer be associated with the site, as 2Channel owner Hiroyuki Nishimura will take his place. He had retired from the site earlier this year.4chan didn’t disclose how much the site sold for.Via TNWlast_img read more

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UNECA calls for using mobile technology in Africas data collection

first_imgAdvertisement The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has been pushing to strengthen Africa’s capacity towards enhanced utilization of mobile technologies to collect data for effective policy and decision making.Though there has been progress in statistical capacity on the African continent, the statistical systems in Africa still cannot meet demands placed on theme due to multi-faceted problems.UNECA says though information and communication technology (ICT) has affected every aspect of human life including data collection, Africa is still facing data collection challenge due to low technology base and reliance on paper-based method. – Advertisement – Organized by the UNECA, a four-day regional conference that deliberates on the use of mobile technology for statistical processes in Africa kicked off on Tuesday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.Preceded by a workshop, the regional conference is part of the programmed activities by UNECA of the development account (DA) project on the use of mobile technology for statistical data collection.Speaking at the opening of the Workshop at UN Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Dozie Ezigbalike, Chief Data Technology Section of the African Center for Statistics at UNECA, noted that the Development Account (DA) project has been designed to address one of the perennial problems of data collection.He also stated that almost all African statistical offices have some experience with using mobile devices in their statistical processes, with the Cape Verde census being the most acclaimed use so far.Realizing the advantages of using mobile technology for data collection and statistical production, UNECA has implemented a series of pilot projects on strengthening the capacity of African countries to use mobile technologies to collect data for effective policy and decision making.The project is a parallel funded implementation of a Development Account (DA) project involving five countries in Phase I, and an additional five in Phase II.The five selected pilot countries are distributed in the five sub-region of Africa; the Gambia from West Africa, Kenya from East Africa, Tunisia from North Africa, Cameroon from Central Africa and Zimbabwe from Southern Africa. Ethiopia was added to phase I with the generous contribution of the Irish government, according to UNECA.The main objective of the DA project is to improve the capacity of countries in using mobile technology to make statistical data available and accessible to support evidence-based policy making, according to UNECA.The conference proceedings will be compiled into a set of guidelines for countries to adopt when introducing mobile technologies in statistical processes, said UNECA.last_img read more

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Review Huawei Y3 II and Y5 II

first_imgHuawei Y3 II (Left) and the Huawei Y5 II (Right). Advertisement Huawei Corp. who recently won the award for ‘Best Smartphone Brand in Africa,’ at the DIAA 2016, earlier this year in April announced the Huawei Y3 II and Huawei Y5 II to their Y-series generation of smartphones collections, which were made available in Uganda in July, during an exhibition held at the 5th Daily Monitor Thought Leaders Forum.Jean Baguma; Marketing Manager at Huawei Device Uganda commented that the, the company continues to develop innovations, advanced technology, outstanding features and strong functionality based on customer needs with an aim of enhancing their experiences and creating maximum value on every single device.The company pointed out that the two entry-level smartphones (Y3 II and Y5 II) are primarily meant for that first-time smartphone owners, or to that person that is upgrading from a feature phone to a smartphone and as well are meant for that person on a budget but would like a quick. – Advertisement – The phones have great features that are really meant for first-time smartphone owners. I might add that the Huawei Y3 II looks like the Huawei Y330 while the Huawei Y5 II resembles the Huawei P9. However, after a thorough testing of both smartphones, here’s our review:Display Huawei Y3 II features a smaller 4.5 inch FWVGA screen as compared to Y5 II that comes with a 5.0 inch HD display. The Huawei Y3 II’s 4.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen show has 218 ppi of pixels thickness that gives the 854 x 480 pixels of screen resolutions. The Huawei Y5 II’s 5.0 inch of IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen show has 294 ppi of pixels thickness which gives the 1280 x 720 pixels of presentation resolutions.On the front, the proximity sensor are present at the top front and on the bottom has nothing but Huawei mark, and the function keys are placed inside the Y5 II display panel while the Y3 II function keys were still left outside with the Huawei mark seen at the top just below the speaker.Hardware We did get a black Huawei Y3 II and a white Huawei Y5 II, but the phones also come in different colors including; Gold, Rose Pink, Sky Blue but only available in Black and White colors in Uganda.1 of 4 The only buttons on the smartphones are the ‘Power Button and Volume Buttons’, ‘Easy Key Button’ which appear at the right side and left side of the phone respectively which comfortable enough to use and easier to locate by touch.Both smartphone have a dual sim option and come with a 1GB RAM including 8GB internal memory that can further be expandable up to 32 GB with the microSD card and powered by a quad-core processor which is a good news for average smartphone owners.Interface When press on the power button, the phones start with the lock screen, time and date visible on the top of the lock screen for the Y5 II and bottom left for the Y3 II, and by default camera shortcut is present right bottom of screen user can use camera without opening the lock screen.The Huawei Y5 II1 of 2 Slide as preferred to unlock the screen, attractive icons wait for you. The Smartphone has built in Google search bar on the top of the front screen stunning icons are optimized.Drop down menu divide into two parts one is notification menu and other is shortcut menu.Camera Huawei Y3 II sports a 5MP rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera while the Huawei Y5 II comes with an 8MP rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera with flash.The Y5 II front camera comes with a flash adding a new dimension for selfies. And on the other side, the video camera can record 1080p videos at 30 frame per second.1 of 2 A photo taken using the rear camera of the Huawei Y5 II at the zimba women technology in business summit. A selfie photo taken using the front camera of the Huawei Y3 II.Battery: Huawei Y3 II Li-Po 2,100mAh and the Y5 II Li-Po 2,200mAh removable batteries provide better battery performance. The Smartphone battery performance calculate on its usage, the more you use the phone for playing games, web browsing, social messaging and use of 4G, more battery performance will be drained/consume yet it can work for all day long if you use 3G network for 4 hours daily.The more you use the phone for playing games the more battery performance will be drained/consume.Most first time smartphone owners would really want to use these phones to their fullest, since probably they’ve heard of their friends who own these phones and use them for social messaging, gaming, web browsing, to name a few,  they would really also want to use it for such activities, which will really be draining their batteries so fast.Connectivity Both phones are 4G supported devices, you can enjoy 4G network with them. They grant a facility of Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0 and have a built in function of Hotspot where users can share his mobile data with other users or perhaps on their other gadgets like laptops, tablets and so forth.However, both smartphones don’t support NFC while the wired connectivity is handled by a microUSB of 2.0 which is used to transfer data to other devices.What we likedJust like any other Huawei smartphone, we really love the Ultra Power Saving mode for conserving what is left of the battery when you are running out of power, this can really save you when you need it the most.We also loved the “EASY KEY BUTTON” which provides a shortcut to your designated application with a simple press, double-press or press-and- hold of which most smartphones don’t have.The LED flash on the front camera, at least it’s in position to bring out a picture out of the dark (It’s a really good feature for the phone).What we didn’t likeThe battery life.No notification LED.Device Specs:Huawei Y3 IIHuawei Y5 IIBodyDimensions (mm):Weight (g):134.2 x 66.7 x 9.9150143.8 x 72 x 8.9135DisplaySize (inches):Resolutions (pixels):4.5480 x 8545.0720 x 1280Platform Operating System:CPU: Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)Quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 – 4G model Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 – 3G model Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 – 4G model Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 – 3G modelMemoryCard Slot:Internal Storage:microSD, up to 32 GB8 GB with 1 GB RAMmicroSD, up to 32 GB8 GB with 1 GB RAMCommsWLAN:GPS:Bluetooth:USB:Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nYesv4.0, A2DP, LEmicroUSB v2.0Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nYesv4.0, A2DP, LEmicroUSB v2.0CameraRear:Front:5 MP with dual-LED flash2 MP8 MP with LED flash2 MP with LED flashBatteryRemovable Li-Po 2100 mAhRemovable Li-Po 2200 mAhBoth smartphones are affordable and available countrywide at all Huawei affiliated dealer shops and distributors, with retail prices ranging from 240,000 to 260,000 UGX for the Huawei Y3 II and 330,000 to 360,000 UGX for the Y5 II.Finally Huawei Uganda is set to release its latest Y-series entrant, the Huawei Y6 II, on Tuesday 4th October, 2016 at their head offices at Rwenzori Toweres, boasting as the only smartphone at the moment with unbeatable cut throat lightning speed in Uganda.The Huawei Y6 II, with its premium features is targeted to the mid-range customer.last_img read more

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SimbaPay launches mobile money transfer service to Ghana and Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement SimbaPay (www.SimbaPay.com) a London based digital money transfer provider – today announced the launch of its money transfer service to Ghana and Uganda. Using the SimbaPay app or website, Ghanaians and Ugandans living in Europe can now send money to mobile phones in Ghana or Uganda instantly.“This is the perfect Christmas gift to Ghanaians and Ugandans living in Europe who have been asking when SimbaPay will expand coverage to their home countries” said Nyasinga Onyancha, CEO for SimbaPay. “By delivering money via existing mobile money wallet services, many recipients who previously could not access formal financial services can now do so”.Ghanaians and Ugandans living in Europe (UK & European Union countries) with a bank account, debit card or credit card will be able to use the SimbaPay app from any mobile phone, tablet or computer. Transfers made using SimbaPay are credited within seconds to recipients’ mobile money wallets such as MTN Mobile Money. This eliminates the inconvenience of queues and old school paperwork. – Advertisement – SimbaPay also delivers money transfers via mobile money and bank account to other African countries such as Nigeria and Kenya with more destinations and partners being sought for addition in 2017.Accolades In April 2016, SimbaPay was selected as one of 10 companies to join the first ever Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars in Africa. The app continues to disrupt the cross-border remittance industry with its focus on extreme speed and convenienceIn 2015, SimbaPay was named the Overall Winner at the prestigious Demo Africa 2015. SimbaPay also launched free, instant transfers from Europe to all Nigerian banks last year.How SimbaPay WorksTo send money via SimbaPay, Africans living in Europe with a bank account or debit card simply download the SimbaPay app from the Apple AppStore or Google Play. App users can then proceed to securely make money transfers straight from any smartphone, tablet or computer.last_img read more

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Uganda Female Entrepreneurs Called to Participate in the LEAP2 Women in Tech

first_imgAfrican Women Entrepreneurs. (Photo Courtesy: Afrika News) Advertisement Following its success in Kenya, Leap2 a challenge that enables innovations to jump the digital divide and LEAP to a next level will be the first of its kind ever in Uganda targeting female entreprenuers in form of a ‘Tech challenge for Women’. Scheduled for March 2018, it has been supported and powered by GoodUp, Close the Gap, and WITU.By closing the digital divide we mean the use of ICT for economical development.LEAP2 aims to facilitate the digital transition, create (self-) employment and promote socially responsible entrepreneurship in emerging countries. The LEAP2 Tech Women Challenge Uganda will focus on female entrepreneurs who’s business is changing the digital field in Uganda. – Advertisement – An example of a participant could be a business that creates a solution for tracking boda boda’s to safeguard the security of boda drivers, or developing an app which serves cross border traders to safely do their job or vending machines for sanitary pads in slums which also collect data through SMS, to mention a few.The sponsors will support the female entrepreneurs boost their innovation by:Raising capital through a crowdfunding campaign with match funding of up to 2000 EUROs (approx. 9 million UGX) per campaign.Attending professional training’s in crowdfunding and pitching.Creating a network and the opportunity to showcase their innovation and create the perfect pitch for their business..Thus, interested applicants can send in their application form (FOLLOW THIS LINK) before the April 1st 2018. Selected innovation to join the LEAP2 Ugandan Women challenge will be contacted directly on the 3rd of April 2018.The 10 innovations selected from all the applications, guided by a professional coach, will work on a business case of their choice and this digital revolution will enable them have equal access to basic services and be financially and economically stable through Crowd funding and GoodUP.How does the LEAP2 Challenge work? ApplyYou can apply with your business/ (innovation idea) to enter the challenge not later than 1st April 2018 while on 3rd online selected innovations will be contacted. Training After the selection crowd fund training will be organized in Uganda. In April there shall be one day training at a venue in Kampala that will be communicated where GoodUP experts together with WITU will share all the ins and outs about crowd funding and make sure you are ready to start the campaign month. The goal is to have you walk away with a full set campaign plan. Campaign monthAfter a full day crowd funding training, there will be a meet up on April 18th were they will flag off crowd funding campaigns. During the campaigns, participants will crowd fund their project within their own business. And will make use of the LEAP2 platform as guided by the WITU experts!Close the Gap will match the amount you raised once you are at 50% with a maximum of 2000 EUROs (approx. 9 million UGX). FinalAll ten crowd funding campaigns will run until 18th of May. The challenge ends with a pitch training in Uganda. During the final the ten innovation teams learn how to perfect their pitch and have a final chance to give their campaign a boost during the campaign period.last_img read more

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