Disabled campaigners have launched a new charter t

first_imgDisabled campaigners have launched a new charter that aims to persuade organisations – and individuals – in their local area to treat people with dignity and respect.Ken andTracy McClymont have spent four years working on the Dudley Dignity Charter,which lists 10 key principles for how people should be treated, focusing on areassuch as communication, privacy, choice, control, advocacy and fairness.TheMcClymonts, both key figures in Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living(Dudley CIL), have worked on the charter with another local disabled people’sorganisation, Disability In Action,with support from Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and Healthwatch Dudley.The couplehave spent years seeking the views of disabled people in Dudley on what shouldbe in the charter, by visiting council-run community forums, day centres, youthclubs for disabled young people, libraries and the local hospital.They weretold how disabled people were being rushed by care workers who had to hurry totheir next appointment; how service-providers were failing to listen to whatservice-users were telling them and not giving them time to explain theirneeds; and how schools were failing to provide support to their disabled pupils,among many other examples of disabled people not being treated with dignity andrespect.Patternssoon began to emerge from what they were being told, which they worked into thecharter’s 10 key principles.TheMcClymonts now plan to take the charter “out on the road”, explaining its 10principles by running stands at local events and locations such as supermarketsand libraries.They alsohope – by setting up a new Dudley Dignity Council – to be able to monitor theimplementation of the charter, hold service-users to account, and even awarddignity charter marks to organisations that show a commitment to the 10 principles.KenMcClymont, who chairs Dudley CIL, said: “Dignity is something we all want,along with respect, but it is a very hard thing for people to explain anddefine.”He said he was “buoyed up” by the launch event (pictured), which was attended by three of the four local MPs, the council’s deputy leader and chief executive, and representatives of the local transport authority, mental health trust and the three emergency services.He added: “Thischarter is unique in that it has been created by the local people themselves.“We do hopethat many local people, businesses, voluntary groups and others with connectionsto the borough will sign up to the charter to encourage everyone to makedignity a thing of importance. “We all wantto be treated with dignity and respect, and hope that this charter will start aconversation.”Cllr Judy Foster, deputy leader of Dudley council,said: “It is an honour and a privilege to have joined those at theDudley Dignity Charter launch event today. “By workingtogether, we can rightly put dignity at the heart of care here in Dudleyborough.“The charterhas been over four years in the making and it is a testament to the dedicationand hard work of everyone at Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living and Disabilityin Action.”last_img read more

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It was a really pleasing result he said We kn

first_img“It was a really pleasing result,” he said. “We knew how hard it was going to be coming here so to come away with a good win was very pleasing.“It was a good start to the game by both sides and there wasn’t much in it. To go in at half time leading 16-0 was fantastic. It was important for us to start well as we haven’t done that over recent weeks and it has made it hard for us.“It was good to get some concentration back and be ready to play. To Wakefield’s credit they made it hard for us but in the end I was pleased to come away with a good win.”He continued: “Tommy Makinson took his finishes well and with Luke Thompson out it was good to see us come up well against a team the size of Wakefield.“Our defence showed some character too and I was really happy defensively, particularly in that first half.”Saints next Super 8s fixture sees them host Wigan Warriors on Friday August 31.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

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Brunswick county woman suing Chemours and DuPont

first_img “You know, knowing that we’ve been drinking all this water all this time. What’s going to happen to us? What’s our future going to be like,” Carey says.She claims the contamination in the Cape Fear River led to her family’s medical issues. She had a private lab test the water in her hot water heater because she and her husband developed the same thyroid disorder.“We both were treated with biopsies for enlarged nodules on our thyroid. And it just was so strange that both of us have the same type of symptoms and problems and everything and we had been drinking the water for 15 years in this area,” Carey says.Related Article: Wilmington-area gators, fish show high levels of contaminantsShe says the test revealed high levels of GenX in the sludge of her hot water heater. Now, she is suing and wants to hold the companies responsible.“They need to be held accountable for what they’ve done to everybody’s health, their homes,” Carey said.While there are other class action lawsuits against Chemours and DuPont, this is the first lawsuit for medical claims. The law firm representing Carey is ready to fight and is ready to bring them to justice.“Our job and responsibility is to fight them very hard and make sure that the full measure of justice is provided to all the citizens of this area of North Carolina and that DuPont takes full and complete responsibility for their actions,” Ted Leopold, an attorney with Carey, says.While this is happening, the state is not suspending Chemours discharge permit, for now. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Chemours and DuPont now face four lawsuits and one woman is suing over the discharge of GenX in the Cape Fear River.“Shocked, surprised and scared,” is how Victoria Carey describes what it was like when she first learned of GenX.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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FEMA trailers and benefit concert to provide relief for flood victims

first_imgBURGAW, NC (WWAY) – Recovery efforts continue across Pender County as residents clean up from Hurricane Florence which damaged and destroyed homes in coastal and inland communities.“Our first responders were amazing,” said Pender County Spokeswoman Tammy Proctor, “We had 1,870 rescue missions and they pulled more than 3,700 people out of the water.”- Advertisement – Two weeks after the massive storm, residents in Burgaw, Topsail Island, Canetuck, Currie, and other communities continue to clean up from the Category 1 storm.Proctor says residents across the county are working hard to get their lives and their property back in order.“They want to get back to their homes, they want to muck out those homes, they want to rebuild, they’re very, very resilient,” she said.Related Article: Charges dismissed against woman who sheltered animals during FlorenceUnfortunately, some residents suffered complete or partial loss in recent years during Hurricanes Floyd and Matthew, and now they’re facing the same challenges again with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.“This hurricane surpassed all those benchmarks as far as rainfall and river risings, so it is the new record,” Proctor added.For residents who sought refuge in an emergency shelter at Pender High School, there may be relief coming in the form of temporary trailers.“Those folks will be transitioned into some sort of housing or they can go live with friends but we want to keep folks in the community so the lives of children aren’t disrupted and they can go to their own schools,” Proctor said.Meanwhile, a number of groups including volunteer organizations and agencies have come to the county to assist with relief efforts.“Right now, we’re trying to make sure distribution centers have what they need and that those volunteers that are servicing those areas in Currie or Highway 53 are able to get those supplies to those homes that are in need,” said Pender County Volunteer Coordinator Olivia Dawson. “We still need volunteers and hands that are able to work–there are a lot of homes that need to be cleaned out.”If you would like to donate items to flood victims or volunteer, call 910-259-0311.Due to Florence, Pender County Tourism has postponed some activities planned for October like its annual Ghost Walking Tour at the courthouse, but other things are in the works including a flood relief benefit concert.“The director of Pender County Emergency Operations has some connections with Nashville so we are looking to see if we can have a pretty good benefit concert,” said Dawson.Pender County Tourism hopes to host the event in November in downtown Burgaw but details are incomplete at this time.This fall, community and business leaders in the eastern portion of the county plan to host the annual Autumn in Topsail which is a major boost to tourism.“They are so excited, they feel they are providing something to give everyone a little entertainment and respite on the island,” Proctor said. “It is the largest festival on the island.”last_img read more

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Wilmington business owner facing additional charges

first_img In December 2017, a boat was stolen from Gore’s boat shop in Wilmington. Investigators say Gore went searching his missing boat after receiving a tip that it was in Bladen County. He found two men at an abandoned lumber mill.Sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Larry Guyton said Gore allegedly shot Blanchard, 34, in the head and he later died from his injuries.A trial date of February 18, 2019 has been set. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County business owner originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Kelly man last December now faces additional charges after being indicted by the Bladen County grand jury.According to the District Attorney’s Office, David Gore, 57, was indicted Oct. 1 for one count each of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping in the death of Allen Blanchard.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Jelly Beans skating rink officially closes doors skaters enjoy the final night

first_img For nearly ten years, Jelly Beans Family Skate Center has played host to parties, after school programs and more. For the first time in more than 30 years, the Oleander Drive space will not be home to a skating rink.For those skaters young and old, it was more than a skating rink, and they made sure to enjoy the most of its final night.“It’s all happened here in this one big special place,” said skater Madiyn Craft.Related Article: 2 men injured in drive-by shooting in WilmingtonIt’s where many of them honed their skills.“I was pretty embarrassed because I didn’t know how to skate I was on the wall the whole time,” said Jayce Ritter skating with his young sister Madiyn. “I was busting my butt a lot, but as long as you know you’re having fun that’s all that matters.”Monday night was a night dozens were fretting. None more than Jelly Beans general manager Ava Bromeier. She was one of the first people who got a job there 9 and a half years ago working the concessions.“I love everything about this place. I actually learned how to skate before I learned how to walk,” said Bromeier.It’s safe to say she has spent more hours at Jelly Beans not only working but off the clock, for her it was a calming place.“You see a lot of emotions with people that come in here. Everybody is going through something and when they come in here and when they walk out of the door you don’t see that anymore,” said Bromeier. “It’s kind of like relief.”Skating on a Monday night came as a sweet relief for many both young and old.“Normally I don’t get to come on Monday nights so I was really glad that I got to come,” said Katelyn Brosser.It’s not the fun night skates that Wilmington will lose after Jelly Beans goes, the rink played a setting for so many events.“It’s after school, it’s summer camp, it’s birthday parties, it’s fundraisers,” said Bromeier.Now those groups and organizations will have to look towards places like Scooters skating center or the maybe the Wilmington Ice House. For several skaters, there is no replacement.“I was crying when I found out that it was closing because I had been going here for so long,” said Ashlyn Johnson.Monday night does not mark the complete end to Jelly Beans. The staff is working out sales of equipment to places like Scooters, however, whatever is left over will be sold to the public.Bromeier tells us that items like skates and more will be open for public sale Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday afternoon around similar times. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s the end of a skating era in Wilmington.Jelly Beans announced it was sold earlier this month and Monday night was the last night locals could lace up and hit the rink.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Castle Hayne woman accused of insurance fraud

first_img According to the arrest warrant, the offense occurred on Nov. 1, 2018.Powell was arrested on March 14. An Onslow County magistrate gave Powell a $2,800 unsecured bond.Powell was charged with felony insurance fraud.Related Article: Board: NC lawmaker didn’t disclose $140K in activityNorth Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey says fraud is felt every time consumers pay their insurance premiums. Causey estimates fraud costs North Carolinians between 15 and 20 cents on every dollar paid on insurance premiums.“Insurance fraud affects our economy.  Not only does it damage insurance companies, it cheats businesses and consumers too,” Commissioner Causey said. “This kind of white-collar crime is unacceptable. That’s why I’ve doubled the number of Special Agents to investigate insurance fraud. Cracking down on fraud will put more money in the pockets of businesses and consumers.”To report suspected fraud, contact the NC Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A 25-year-old Castle Hayne woman is accused of insurance fraud.Jeneva Powell allegedly lied to Nationwide Insurance Co. about how her SUV was damaged. Investigators learned it happened during a fight between her and her boyfriend.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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New Hanover senior Blake Walston drafted 26th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks

first_img He was the second high school player selected by the Diamondbacks on Monday night in the first round of the draft.Walston has signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at N.C. State. New Hanover senior Blake Walston pitching against Hoggard. (WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The Arizona Diamondbacks made a splash on Monday night by drafting New Hanover High School senior Blake Walston with the 26th pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.Walston was dominant in his senior season for the Wildcats. The southpaw went a perfect 12-0 on the mound with a 0.20 ERA. He struck out 129 hitters in 68.2 innings pitched.- Advertisement – last_img

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Watch Can Christian and Muslim communities coexist

first_imgFor the past few years, Balzan Parish Church has been organising a session of prayer and reflection, which has seen Catholics and Muslims coming together. Those in attendance include representatives from the Islamic Centre, clergy from the parish and members of the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, among others. This year, the event took place at the Islamic Centre for the first time. Newsbook.com.mt interviewed Rev. Dr Joseph Ellul who lectures at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. He also heads the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue which was founded in March 2011, with the aim to establish ties between the Catholic Church in Malta and non-Christian communities in Malta. One of its principal aims is to contribute towards the formation of the Roman Catholic community in Malta so that it may better recognise its mission in a society which is becoming more multi-ethnic and multi-religious.Rev. Ellul said that its role also includes updating and advising the Archbishop on situations or challenges which the community may face. Currently, he explained, the Commission, in collaboration with the University of Malta, is preparing a handbook on various religions aimed at professionals such as doctors and social workers.During the interview, Rev. Ellul was asked various questions relating to the similarities and divergences between Catholicism and Islam, and whether the two communities can co-exist. Rev. Ellul referred to Nostra aetate, which is the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council, saying that both communities have co-existed for many centuries. He said that while each religion begins with God, the religions are then made up of human beings, and therefore there are good and bad elements. He explained that in societies where you have the two communities co-existing, one can witness a lot of collaboration among the different communities. Rev. Ellul explained that this has happened since forever, citing examples of Catholic communities in predominantly Muslim countries such as Egypt, Iraq and Syria. Asked about the similarities between the two religions, Rev. Ellul said that in both Catholicism and Islam one finds the belief in one God. He further explained that one finds several similarities especially if one reflects upon the Old Testament. He explained that various attributes to God can be found in both the Quran and the Bible, such as God as the creator, God as the judge and God as the merciful. Rev. Ellul further explained that various messages pronounced by the prophets are found in both the Bible and the Quran. When asked where the two religions diverge, Rev. Ellul said that there are two main points of divergence. The first was on the question of God as a Trinity, explaining that while the Quran speaks about a trinity, in the Quran God is the father, Jesus the son, and Mary the mother. He explained that this influence could have easily come from Christian communities present in Arabia at that time, which were on the periphery, adding that, “it is not a big deal that heretic communities existed which may have believed so”. The second point, Rev. Ellul added, was that for Islam, it is inconceivable that God became man. He explained that for a Catholic, the Quran cannot be recognised as a holy scripture in the same sense as the Bible. For the Catholic, the Bible was ‘closed’ when the last apostle died, meaning that there are no more scriptures after that. Rev. Ellul added that Catholics believe that Jesus is the revelation of God, saying that if one who is Catholic had to consider the Prophet Muhammad as a prophet in the Biblical sense then it would mean that Jesus is not the complete revelation of God, and therefore it would mean that something is lacking in the Catholic revelation. Rev. Ellul explained that this does not turn the Prophet Muhammad into a ‘false prophet’, as he was referred to in the dialogues between Timothy I of Baghdad, a Patriarch, and Caliph al-Mahdi in the Eight Century (781CE), when Caliph al-Mahdi had asked the Patriarch what he thought of Muhammad. The Patriarch had replied that Muhammad deserves all the praise he gets, because he followed in the footsteps of the prophets, and those who love God. Rev. Ellul said that through that answer, Timothy I had recognised Muhammad and his message; however he could not refer to him as a prophet in the biblical sense. When asked about the difference between Muslims and Islamists, Rev. Ellul said, “there is a huge difference between the two”, explaining that a Muslim is one who believes in Islam, while an Islamist is one who has transformed his religion into an ideology. He underlined that in the latter case, it is dangerous. Finally, Rev. Ellul referred to a decision by the Council of Ministers in Lebanon, which had declared the feast of the Annunciation of Mary as a national Islamic-Christian holiday. He explained that even at the peak of the crusades, many Marian sanctuaries were visited by Catholics and Muslims alike. WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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22 Medals for Maltese Artistic Gymnastics in Liverpool

first_imgFourteen gymnasts from ISC Gymnastics Club (Malta), as well as four coaches, recently returned from a competition in the UK where they won 22 medals in all.The City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club hosted their annual Summer Sparkle Invitational – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Competition featuring the four main types of equipment (Vault, Bar, Beam and Floor).The Maltese gymnasts took part in this competition and competed against girls hailing from: Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics Club (Manchester); SA Gymnastics (Stockport); City of Newcastle Gymnastics Academy; Gymfinity (Knutsford, Cheshire), Wigan Gymnastics Club (Manchester); Burnley Gymnastics Club (Lancashire) and Bebington, Cheshire.According to coach David Micallef, this was a huge, if not an overwhelming, success for this group of gymnasts.The awards included a first place – overall score by Nicole Polidano, and Sarah Azzopardi placing 3rd. Kaya Leonardi placed second in a separate category with her overall score.Other gymnasts placed first, second or third on specific equipment.Anyone interested in starting artistic gymnastics may contact Audrey Sultana on tel. no: 99892694 or check out the ISC Gymnastics Club (Malta) Facebook page.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Brawl breaks out between two men in Gozo

first_imgArkivjiArkivji A brawl broke out between two men at St Francis Square, Victoria on Tuesday afternoon.Two individuals can be seen engaged in a bare knuckle fist fight in footage which has been circulated over social media.St Francis Square is currently closed due to ongoing roadworks.A spokesperson for the Police said that the incident was reported at 3.15pm.A 46-year-old from Victoria was slightly injured during the argument.The police is investigating the case.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Apple adds more gender diverse emoji in iOS 10

first_imgAdvertisement More than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters will be available to iPhone and iPad users this coming month with iOS 10.This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options.[related-posts]Apple is working closely with the Unicode Consortium to ensure that popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere.last_img

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GSMA Announces Speakers for Mobile 360 Series – Africa 2017

first_imgAdvertisement The GSMA today announced the first speakers for the 2017 Mobile 360 – Africa conference, which will take place 11 – 13 July 2017 at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Following the success of last year’s event, Mobile 360 – Africa has been extended to three days, with the GSMA’s Mobile Money Global Event taking place on the third day.“The positive transformational impact of mobile is being felt more profoundly in Africa than anywhere else in the world, with more than half a billion people across Africa now subscribed to a mobile network. This connectivity provides them with a gateway to a range of other essential services in areas such as digital identity, healthcare and financial services,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “The region continues to undergo exciting development and change and this dynamic will be reflected across the entire Mobile 360 – Africa agenda.”At Mobile 360 – Africa, CEOs and senior executives from leading companies in the mobile industry and throughout the digital ecosystem will address the most pressing trends and issues in mobile. The event will formally be opened on 11 July, with speeches by H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA. Additional speakers confirmed to present at Mobile 360 – Africa include:Adam Wolf, CEO, ArableStrive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, EconetShalu Umapathy, Managing Director, IDEO.orgTonee Ndungu, Founder and CIO, KytabuSamira Negm, CEO, Raye7Dr Gilbert Saggia, Managing Director, SAP East AfricaDr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director, Smart AfricaNazar Arabi, Chief Strategy Officer, SudatelCaine Wanjau, CTO, Twiga FoodsH.E. Makame Mnyaa Mbarawa, Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, United Republic of Tanzania, – Advertisement – The conference will comprise thought-provoking keynote addresses, fireside chats, and panel discussions. Each session will tackle a different aspect of the empowerment story such as; ‘Mobile as a Platform for Achieving SDGs in Africa’, ‘Growth and Innovation’, and ‘Creating Local, Relevant Content for All’. The event will explore questions such as ‘What Does a Digital Future Look Like for Africa?’ which will examine how to leverage mobile to advance a digital Africa, alongside much more. The full conference agenda is available at www.mobile360series.com/africa/#agenda.In addition to the main conference, Mobile 360 – Africa will highlight the initiatives and activities undertaken by the GSMA Mobile for Development programme. The event will focus on its work to increase access to and use of life-enhancing mobile services, acceleration of socio-economic improvements for the underserved, especially women, rural and youth, and particularly digital and financial inclusion and identity for the unregistered.last_img read more

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Airtel Uganda invests 50M to achieve countrywide 3G mobile broadband

first_imgUCC’s Fred Otunnu, Ministry of ICT’s Bageire Vincent, Prime Minister of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Airtel MD V.G. Somasekhar and board Chairman Hannington Karuhanga at the launch of Airtel’s Data blasta bundles Advertisement Airtel Uganda has today announced a major milestone in its operations; becoming the first telecom operator in Uganda to have all its sites across the country 3G mobile broadband enabled. The upgrade in technology to 100% mobile broadband means that all Airtel Uganda subscribers will now have access to high-speed internet, regardless of their geographical location.The announcement was made this morning at an event presided over by the Prime Minister; Honorable Ruhakana Rugunda at the Kampala Serena Hotel.Addressing guests, Airtel Uganda Managing Director, VG Somasekhar said that the network upgrade to countrywide broadband coverage is part of the company’s vision to empower Uganda with connectivity to high-speed internet access which will drive economic growth and social development. – Advertisement – “Airtel Uganda has invested $50m USD in this financial year 2017/18 with a goal to ensure Uganda is 100% mobile broadband in the next 4 months. Currently, 154 new sites are being rolled out. An additional 165 sites are under implementation with an objective to enhance rural capacity and coverage thus providing an unmatched internet experience to our customers”.1 of 2 the P.S Ministry of ICT Bageire Vincent, Prime Minister of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and Airtel Uganda MD V.G. Somasekhar at the launch of Airtel’s Data blasta bundles The Prime Minister Of Uganda Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda addresses guests during the press conference to launch Airtel’s data blasta bundlesConcluding his remarks, Somasekhar also noted that the company had recently launched new data blasta bundles that will give Airtel users a customized, simplified and affordable internet experience. “The new data blasta bundles are priced to meet the different needs of all Airtel customers; whether daily, weekly or monthly,” he said.The Prime Minister who was the guest of honor at the announcement commended Airtel Uganda for what he called “…a remarkable development both for the ICT sector and for the country.”“By enabling national broadband internet connectivity, Airtel Uganda will empower millions of Ugandans by granting them access to both the basic functions of mobile telephone technology and the advanced functions which include internet connectivity.”“The government of Uganda has taken on several projects aimed at expanding and improving the ICT sector. While it is our mandate to enable these advancements, we are aware of the role played by strategic partners like Airtel Uganda. We are honored to witness your efforts as we move to modernize our country through digital advancements,’ he concluded.[related-posts]last_img read more

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MTN Uganda Eases Mobile Money Transfer to All Networks

first_imgA customer pictured on a mobile money stall. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement In the year 2017, Bank of Uganda directed all Mobile Money operations in Uganda to be interoperable between the telecommunications companies operating in Uganda. This move was aimed at ensuring that customers from different networks would be able to seamlessly send and receive funds directly across all networks. MTN Uganda embarked on this integration with other operators starting with Phase 1 which involved the onboarding of Airtel followed by Phase 2 which involved the onboarding of Africell.MTN Uganda on Thursday Dec. 27th, announced that it has completed (the final) Phase 3 which has seen UTL being switched on, making MTN the first telco in Uganda to fully comply with the Bank of Uganda initiative. – Advertisement – Speaking at MTN Offices at Nyonyi Gardens, Elsa Muzzolini, MTN’s General Manager Mobile Financial Services, expressed joy at the momentous move which was aimed at customers experiencing simplicity and efficiency in mobile money transactions across all networks.   “Now that we have completed this third and final stage, we believe that the winner in all this is the MTN Mobile Money customer who will experience a seamless user experience because they will now be able to send money to all mobile money networks in Uganda without extra hustles,” said Elsa. “We further believe, in line with our group strategy, that this move will drive financial inclusion and ensure digitization of cash transfer in the ecosystem while also fostering efficiency of payments. Because everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life, mobile money transfers should neither be prohibitive or discriminatory,” Elsa added.With this move, it means that MTN Mobile Money customers can now send and receive money from MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money, Africell Money and now M-Sente customers, directly on their mobile phones. In a related development, MTN Uganda has also integrated with regional operators in Kenya and Rwanda to enable MTN Mobile Money customers to send and receive money around the East African region – specifically to MTN Rwanda and Safaricom MPesa – with Tanzania to be on boarded in early 2019.To send money the customer dials *165*1# and selects International Transfer. This is another first from MTN Uganda. Notably, MTN Mobile Money has been at the forefront of driving financial inclusion in Uganda. As 2019 approaches, the popularity of mobile money transfer services will continue to rise amongst Uganda’s social and business population. This will largely be supported by increasing adoption of mobile payments as well as an increasing need for cashless transactions.last_img read more

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BENS BLOG Punter Stories I swear on my childrensmothers lives

first_img[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne piece of advice, for any aspiring bookmaker, is that as soon as they hear the words uttered, from a Punter; “I swear on my children’s/mother’s lives” – it is almost certain to not be true.Two examples from Towcester Dogs last night:Attempted Liberty Taken No 1: (UNSUCCESSFUL)“Lay me 100/1, this dog you’re 80/1, because you knocked me back on an ante-post bet”“Not true. Nobody has been knocked back, at all, on the ante-post dog-derby.”“You did. You did. I called your office. They knocked me back. I swear on my children’s lives. So lay me 100/1 this one.”“No. Not true. Nobody has been knocked back on the dog-derby.”“You did. I swear on my children’s lives.”“You weren’t knocked back. I don’t believe this in any way. It is not true.”“I was. I called your office and asked for a grand each-way on a dog. It was 50s and 33s. But you only quoted the 33s.”“So you weren’t knocked back. You were just quoted a price you didn’t want.”“Err. Well, anyway. Will you lay me 100/1 this 80/1 shot?”“No. We’re 80s. And by the way, are your children still alive after swearing on their lives?”Attempted Liberty Taken No 2: (SUCCESSFUL)Very busy round the pitch. A few big bets coming in on the Favourite and 2nd Favourite in a race.An annoyance. Always looks to get round me asking silly questions etc etc. Comes in..“Two grand the four-dog, cash after the race.”(I didn’t want this. I DIDN’T WANT THIS. Why cash after?? But it’s getting very busy around me. The guy’s played before at The Dogs and The Races. Never “cash-after” though. Never.)Anyway, in the moment. It’s busy. I’ve accepted he’ll pay “cash-after” .I FELL, BLOG. I DID IT TO MYSELF. I TRUSTED AND BELIEVED THE SOUNDS THAT CAME OUT OF THE FRONT OF A PUNTER’S FACE.A quarter of an hour later – I’m feeling a bit nervous. I think I know what I’ve done. Only stabbing myself could take away the pain of what I know is to come.Two races pass. He comes over.“Don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten about you. I’m bringing that two grand over in a minute.”15 minutes later. It’s obvious that it’s on me. So I’ve gone to the bar.“The two grand. I want it now.”“I’m getting it for you in a minute. I’ve never knocked anybody. I swear on my mother’s life I’ll give you the two grand.”I spend the whole evening chasing the guy round the track, being forced to listen to Punter Stories. The police are called. They won’t come out. (THANKS FOR ALWAYS HAVING TIME TO GIVE ME THREE POINTS FOR SPEEDING THOUGH).The Gambing Commission. The Government. Any other type of Punter-Sympathiser. They all disgust me. They have never had to deal with such creatures.NEVER FEEL SORRY FOR A PUNTER.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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£25 FREE BET Serena Williams vs Simona Halep

first_img£25 FREE BET IFHALEP WINS 2-1We are giving all starsports.bet NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if SIMONA HALEP WINS 2-1.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 3.35pm on Friday 12 July and 2pm on Saturday 13 July.TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 3.35pm (GMT) on Friday 12 July to 2pm (GMT) on Saturday 13 July.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 2pm (GMT) on Saturday 13 July. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site, excluding specials or enhanced odds markets.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if SIMONA HALEP WINS 2-1 (Serena Williams vs Simona Halep 2pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed. Any bet placed can only qualify for one free bet promotion, in situations where a bet is applicable for more than one offer the bet will qualify for the first free bet triggered.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

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How To Create Your Own Internship and More – Boston News

first_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Related regions: Boston How To Create Your Own Internship, and More – Boston Newscenter_img Last Updated Jun 14, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week.How to Land an Internship That Doesn’t Exist Yet – D’Amore-McKim BlogThe D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University recently published an account of how Matheus Dos Santos, DMSB ’19 created his own internship at Brazilian bank branch Banco Bradesco.Dos Santos, a Brazilian native, sought out an internship at Banco Bradesco as an opportunity to “learn more about the industry” while he spent his summer back home in between his first and second years at D’Amore-McKim.Dos Santos reports, “When I was talking to them about a summer job, they didn’t have any process in place. They weren’t sure at first how to hire me formally, and since I’ve started, all sorts of people have come up to me to say that I’m the first one the bank has hired for this kind of position.” AP Photo via Victor R. CaivanoDos Santos helped Banco Bradesco “develop an online trading platform to reach millennials.” Edilson Fontenele, head of customer experience at Bradesco and Dos Santos’ supervisor, writes that Dos Santos’ appeal was his unique perspective as a “millennial who knows the Brazilian environment and also had exposure to international markets.”You can read the full article here.The Big Leap – Sawyer Business BlogSawyer Business School student Jennifer Wiens writes candidly about the precise moment she decided to transform her life and career. After being laid off from her job at a Seattle biotech company, Wiens chose to move cross-country to Boston in part to “go where the jobs were” but also because she thought Sawyer “could help me capture that sense of control in my career.”Wiens simultaneously began her Sawyer EMBA and a stint as Charles River Labs’ global product manager where she coordinated “multiple teams and meeting with clients all around the world.” She writes about how the two fed into each other.“Because of my Suffolk experience, I don’t feel like I’m out of my element. I’m explaining business concepts to people who’ve been in business for 20 years. I’m teaching them current approaches to certain things.”Then Wiens pulled another 180 by leaving the Charles Rivers Lab gig. As part of her EMBA capstone course, she created a business strategy and marketing plan for Advanced Dental Sleep Medicine, which offers “alternative, non-surgical ways to reduce sleep apnea.” According to the article, both of which worked so well that the “owner convinced her to leave Charles River Labs and come work for him [as] full-time employee number three.”Wiens writes, “The company’s gotten a lot of good buzz, so the business is poised to explode and franchise out. And that’s where I come in.”You can check out the full article here.3 Steps Toward Safer and Sounder Software – MIT Sloan NewsroomDeutsche Bank CIO and head of safety and soundness Frédéric Véron recently gave a talk at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, where he shared 3 pieces of wisdom for making software “safe and sound.”Véron said “safe and sound” software is about a “mix of hyper-awareness, good planning and foresight, and learning quickly from mistakes.”According to the article, “hyper-awareness” involves knowing “how all your software is actually being used day-to-day, ensuring all stakeholders in development understand the full scope of the product, and continuously taking baseline metrics to understand what can be considered normal operating conditions for a system.”Good planning and foresight entails that “all of the different procedures that will be necessary to maintain the system in production mode need to be thought through ahead of time. You can always bolt it all on later, but it will cost you more money and it won’t be native or work as well.”Véron advocates “failing and adapting fast” by adopting agile and DevOps. “The whole point of agile is about adopting the philosophy where you break down major efforts into smaller efforts, allowing you to do incremental releases so that you can make a small change, and if it isn’t working you can pull it out of production quickly without impacting the whole thing.”He elaborated, “Safety and soundness is about ‘How do we make the enterprise safer and more sound, right from the get-go?’ Not just when things happen, but before things happen.”The full article can be found here.last_img read more

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Experts Say Government Report on Russian Hacking Is Inadqeuate

first_imgThe US Capitol is shown October 11, 2016 in Washington DC. House and Senate Republicans are in a close race with Democrats to keep control of both houses of Congress. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) US Experts Say Government Report on Russian Hacking Is Inadqeuate By Jack Phillips January 1, 2017 Updated: January 1, 2017 Late last week, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI published a report that alleged there was evidence of Russian hacking that swayed the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.“The activity by [Russian intelligence services] is part of an ongoing campaign of cyber-enabled operations directed at the US government and its citizens,” authors of the government report wrote. “This [joint analysis report] provides technical indicators related to many of these operations, recommended mitigations, suggested actions to take in response to the indicators provided, and information on how to report such incidents to the US government.”However, some experts said the Joint Analysis Report (JAR) had serious issues or was too-little, too-late.“This ultimately seems like a very rushed report put together by multiple teams working different data sets and motivations,” Robert M. Lee, the CEO and Founder of the security company Dragos, wrote in an analysis published Friday in reference to the to U.S. agencies’ Joint Analysis Report.“It is my opinion and speculation that there were some really good government analysts and operators contributing to this data and then report reviews, leadership approval processes, and sanitation processes stripped out most of the value and left behind a very confusing report trying to cover too much while saying too little,” Lee wrote.The JAR, he added, “reads like a poorly done vendor intelligence report stringing together various aspects of attribution without evidence. The beginning of the report (Figure 2) specifically notes that the DHS/FBI has avoided attribution before in their JARs but that based off of their technical indicators they can confirm the private sector attribution to RIS.” Lee said that the JAR made mistakes in its report, conflating APT28 and APT29—which are known as CozyBear, Sandworm, Sednit, and Sofacy—with malware names like BlackEnergy and Havex and capabilities like “Powershell Backdoor,” as Ars Technica reported.Ars Technica, a noted tech website, says the report, meanwhile, “does little to end the debate,” and “it largely restates previous private-sector claims without providing any support for their validity.”Related CoverageRussia Urges UN Security Council to Endorse Syria Cease-FirePutin Says Russia Won’t Expel US Diplomats in Hacking FlapErrata Security CEO Rob Graham said that the alleged indicator of compromise, or IOC, that shows Russian hacking “are of low quality.” He added: “They are published as a political tool, to prove they have evidence pointing to Russia. They have limited utility to defenders, or those publicly analyzing attacks.”Even Salon.com, the liberal-leaning publication, described the JAR as “woefully inadequate.” It reported that the 13-page report seems to be more an advisory for government server administrators, noting that private security firm assessment about hacks against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign have been more “thorough.”Thomas Rid, a professor at the University of London, further wrote on Twitter: “It would’ve helped, really, to publish a thorough, precise, historically informed and technically honest attribution report in plain English.”The report was released as President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for allegedly interfering in the election while expelling 35 Russian diplomats. Show Discussioncenter_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more

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Children Receive Chemical Burns at Ind Water Park Officials

first_img Children were reportedly burned a northwestern Indiana water park–with officials updating the injury count.Porter County Health Department Administrator Keith Letta told CBS News said that the total number of children who were injured is now 44. He said that 11 children are getting treatment for burns they got at Seven Parks Waterpark Duneland in Porter, Ind.“She played in there for awhile, and we started hearing other kids crying and saying that parts of their bodies hurt and there was a mom in the bathroom saying her kid’s skin was on fire, so I pulled my daughter out of the water and she started screaming,” parent Stacy Bethel told CBS.The department ordered the park closed on Monday—just four days after it opened. Apparently, the park’s equipment malfunctioned, leading to an over-abundance of chlorine in the water.“It’s sickening to me to know that they would do something like that and risk the safety of the children,” Carey Howard said. “It’s their responsibility to make sure that those levels are OK and they clearly did not do that.Seven Peaks reportedly didn’t have an inspection or its water tested before it opened, which are both required under Indiana state law. US Children Receive Chemical Burns at Ind. Water Park: Officials By Jack Phillips June 25, 2017 Updated: June 25, 2017 Share Share this articlecenter_img Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Police car. (Nick Starichenko/Shutterstock) last_img read more

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