Disabled peoples organisations DPOs have accuse

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have accused ministers of attacking freedom of expression and trying to muzzle their critics, after announcing new rules that will ban charities from using government grants to lobby politicians and civil servants.DPOs say that the new rules, announced by the Cabinet Office, will make it even harder to campaign to promote the rights of disabled people.The new rules say that all government grant agreements from 1 May will forbid charities from spending money on work that is intended to influence “parliament, government or political parties”, or “legislative or regulatory action”.But there has been Cabinet Office confusion over whether the new rules would apply to charities responding to government consultations, or trying to improve proposed legislation as it passes through parliament.And the Cabinet Office risked ridicule after it told Disability News Service that government departments would be holding their own consultations on the new rules in the lead-up to their introduction on 1 May.This holds out the prospect of charities being asked to comment on a policy that could prevent them taking part in such consultations in the future.Asked whether this suggested “double standards”, a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: “I don’t really see a problem at all.”Henrietta Doyle, policy office for Inclusion London, said the new rules showed that the government “dislikes criticism” and was “trying to clamp down on the voluntary sector highlighting the damage their policies are causing”.    She said: “For [Cabinet Office minister] Matthew Hancock to call it ‘the farce of government lobbying government’ shows little understanding that charities provide government with an independent opinion about the impact of their policies on the population.“The proposal inhibits the democratic process. Government policy should be examined by the third sector, which includes disabled people and their organisations.“If a policy is damaging disabled people’s lives then government should be informed of this and voluntary organisations play a vital role in providing this feedback to government and it should not be inhibited in any way, regardless of where the funding comes from.”Tara Flood, director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said the new clause was “appalling”.She said it was already becoming more difficult for campaigning organisations like ALLFIE to secure meetings with government decision-makers, and to find the time and resources to respond to the frequent consultations sent out by government departments, such as the Department for Education.She said: “There is a real resistance, particularly among politicians, to meet with those of us who are going to challenge what politicians say.”Flood said the new clause would also intensify the competition for grants from the few organisations that still fund campaign work, while some charities may just decide to stop campaigning completely.Disability Rights UK said the new clause “fundamentally undermines the value of the third sector in bringing insight and feedback from the people we represent”. Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “It goes against open policy-making and is counter to the ideas of co-production where those affected by a policy have the opportunity to help shape it. “We think this attack on the freedom of expression undermines good policy-making and in the end, far from being good for taxpayers as it is claimed, will do the exact opposite, as poor policy will result.”She said the new clause also contradicts the Compact, the agreement between the government and voluntary organisations across England to ensure that they “work effectively in partnership”. Clause 1.1 of the Compact states that the government will “respect and uphold the independence of civil society organisations to deliver their mission, including their right to campaign, regardless of any relationship, financial or otherwise, which may exist”.Picture: Social care minister Alistair Burt speaking at a meeting organised by the charity-funded Care and Support Alliance at the 2015 Tory party conferencelast_img read more

Open House for Unit in Amilcars Building Met with Protest

first_imgHowever, no one there knew why the tenants left the rental unit or even if the unit being offered was the same one where Perez-Lopez and two roommates lived. At the time of the shooting, Perez-Lopez and his roommates were in the process of being evicted, though it is unclear under what grounds.Florencia Rojo, another neighbor and the main organizer of the event, said on Facebook that the tenants had gone to court to avoid eviction and that one had taken a buy-out. No one at the protest, however, could confirm the details.“We do know for sure that the tenants in this unit were pushed out of a home,” said Schiff. “Less than a month after Amilcar was killed by the cops this apartment was pushed out.”Fred Sherburn-Zimmer, an activist with the Housing Rights Committee, added that “We know they [the tenants] were originally fighting [the eviction].”Schiff added that the tenants were traumatized by the shooting of Perez-Lopez and that the unit was “flipped while under a time of great stress” for them.The shooting of 21-year-old Perez-Lopez sparked outrage because of conflicting accounts between witnesses and the police, police claiming he lunged at a plainclothes officer with a knife while some witnesses said he had dropped the knife and was running away.An independent autopsy found Perez-Lopez had been shot six times, four in the back and once each in the head and right arm.A lawyer for the family has filed a lawsuit pressing charges against San Francisco, the police department, Police Chief Greg Suhr, and the two officers involved.A memorial for Amilcar Perez-Lopez located where he was killed by police, just steps from his old house. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Aaron Zambrano, who put up the Craigslist posting, said he wasn’t the building’s owner and that he had “no idea” whether the unit being offered was the one where Perez-Lopez lived.Schiff said the specifics didn’t matter and that the larger issue was how gentrification was contributing to police violence.“The person that called the cops [on Perez-Lopez] was someone else [not involved in the situation] who called because he looked suspicious,” Schiff said.She added that new residents call the police more often on “suspicious-looking” people and referenced the Alex Nieto case. Nieto was killed by police after someone mistook his taser for a gun and called the cops.Rojo called for the action after noticing a Craigslist ad for Perez-Lopez’s apartment building and posting it to the “Justice 4 Amilcar” Facebook group on Friday. Rojo then created an event to coincide with the unit’s scheduled open house.Two people had come to the apartment around 11:45 a.m. for the open house, but they left well before the main crowd formed. During the protest, no one came for the open house.Organizers marked that as a victory.“We have successfully shut down this open house,” said Schiff through a bullhorn. “We want to let landlords know they cannot evict members of this community without anyone knowing. We’re not going to let this go silently. We’re not going to let that history be erased.”Correction: An earlier version of this article attributed the quote “We know they [the tenants] were originally fighting [the eviction]” to Carrie Schiff. It was said by Fred Sherburn-Zimmer and has been updated. A hastily assembled group of 25 people gathered outside of 2348 Folsom St. at noon today to protest the open house of a unit in the building where Amilcar Perez-Lopez lived.Perez-Lopez was shot and killed by police in February, and protesters called attention to the link between gentrification and police violence.“We don’t want to let the folks who are displacing our neighbors do that quietly,” said Carrie Schiff, a neighbor and organizer of the event. “We want to let people know how police violence and displacement are all related.”The high-cost of the unit – the lease was listed at $4,295 with parking offered for an additional $300 monthly – caused many to associate the event with displacement and gentrification. 0%center_img Tags: alex nieto Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS kept up the pressure at the top of the Supe

first_imgSAINTS kept up the pressure at the top of the Super League table with a 28-12 victory over Crusaders.Breath-taking and irresistible in parts, they were skilful in attack – Jonny Lomax’ solo effort a real class above – and keen in defence when it mattered.They led 10-0 at the break thanks to the clinical finishing of Jamie Foster.He bagged all his side’s ten points; scoring in the first 32 seconds after a contortionist like twist in the corner and adding another right on the stroke of half time.In the second, Jon Wilkin increased the lead further before Jonny Lomax stole the show with a wonder try.Coming back from an ankle injury, he stepped off both feet to turn Clinton Schifcofske inside out and bring the crowd to its feet.Jarod Sammut pulled one back for the Crusaders but led superbly by Sia Soliola, Saints were in no mood to let them begin a comeback.Lee Gaskell signalled his return to the side with a nice dummy that had the Crusaders all at sea, before Lloyd White finished off the scoring to give the the visitors a deserved consolation.Welcoming back five players from injury, Saints ripped into the Crusaders and scored on their very first play.After just 32 seconds in fact.From the kick off, they won the ball back, sent it left and Jamie Foster twisted over in the corner as he was falling down. Superb – and his 200th point of the season.Twelve minutes later they were nearly in again after a strong defensive set.Jon Wilkin broke down the field following a fine sidestep and fed Foster – but the winger delayed his pass just a second too long and that meant James Roby’s scamper to the line was closed down.Ade Gardner left the field with a serious looking ankle injury – replaced by Kyle Eastmond – and moments later Ben Flower and Josh Perry explained blows in the centre of the field.The referee opting to penalise Perry and let the game run.Saints continued to throw away a couple of half decent chances and when Meli forced Stuart Reardon to bang the ball in touch, they looked like they would score again.A strong Kyle Eastmond kick gave Saints a drop out, then a penalty gave them yet another set. But Crusaders held firm once again – denying the homester’s four sets on their own line.With five minutes to go, Crusaders had a great set right on Saints’ line but the scrambling defence was just too good; a last gasp tackle on Sammut the highlight.But Saints were always on top and a fast passing move that involved Eastmond, Lomax and Meli saw Foster fly in from 20 metres.Foster converting his own try from the touchline.Half Time: Saints 10 Crusaders 0Saints begun the second half like the first – with a strong set resulting in points. This time a drop out was forced by some tenacious tackling and two drives later, Wilkin was adding to the scoreline. Foster making it 16-0.And it got better moments later as Jonny Lomax went on a amazing run to increase the lead further.The youngster stepped off both feet to totally bamboozle the defence… and his own teammates… bringing the crowd to its feet.Jarod Sammut pulled one back for the Crusaders but Saints continued to be mean in defence – withstanding three sets on line as the game headed into the final quarter.Lee Gaskell brought up Saints’ fifth of the night with a cheeky dummy as the ball flowed right, before Lloyd White pulled back a late consolation.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Foster (2), Wilkin, Lomax, GaskellGoals: Foster (4 from 5)Crusaders:Tries: Sammut, WhiteGoals: Schifcofske (2 from 2)Penalties:Saints: 9Crusaders: 4HT: 10-0FT: 28-12REF: Ben ThalerATT: 6752Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham; 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 21. Shaun Magennis.Subs: 7. Kyle Eastmond, 8. Josh Perry, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon.Crusaders:1. Clinton Schifcofske; 5. Stuart Reardon, 12. Jason Chan, 4. Vince Mellars, 18. Elliot Kear; 6. Michael Witt, 17. Rhys Hanbury; 8. Ryan O’Hara, 19. Lloyd White, 22. Richard Moore, 11. Hohepa (Hep) Cahill, 13. Frank Winterstein, 23. Peter Lupton.Subs: 7. Jarrod Sammut, 10. Mark Bryant, 16. Ben Flower, 27. Jordan Tansey.last_img read more

GLOW academy plans 4building campus in Wilmington

first_img According to plans submitted to city planners Wednesday, the new school will contain four buildings: a middle school wing, a high school wing, a media center and an administrative building with a 250-seat cafeteria. Combined, the four buildings will cover 57,531 square feet. The plans also include a bus loop and two parking lots with 140 spaces.Cary-based CLH Design is the project’s designer, and architecture firm LS3P is also attached.Click here to read more. WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Wilmington’s all-girls charter school has submitted plans for its “forever home” on Manly Avenue.The StarNews reports the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW) plans to build a 700-student school on donated land near Maides Park. GLOW, which has been operating out of a temporary home at 606 S. College Road since 2016, announced in March the donation of 28 acres from Wilmington businessman Scott Sullivan and other members of the local Cameron family, through their holding company Dry Pond Partners.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick population increased by nearly 22 percent since 2010

first_img Brunswick County is a part of the Myrtle Beach, SC metro area, the second fastest growing metro area in the country from 2016 to 2017, according to the Census Bureau.Census estimates show that as of July 1, 2017, 10.3 million people called North Carolina home and the state remains the ninth most populous in the country.“North Carolina is a wonderful place to live, work, start a business and raise a family, so it’s no surprise that our state continues to welcome new residents,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “We want to encourage growth for all parts of North Carolina-urban and rural, from the mountains to the coast.” Pender County also saw a jump in growth. They came in fourth overall, growing by 16.7 percent behind Wake and Mecklenberg Counties.According to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 10.3 million people in North Carolina as of July 1, 2017.North Carolina remains the 9th largest state in the nation. Home construction Generic (Photo: MGN Online) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina saw growth in 66 out of 100 counties last year and the fastest growing county is right here in our area.According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today, since April 2010 to 2017, Brunswick County was the fastest growing county, increasing in population size by 21.8 percent, or 23,466 people.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington driver charged after van hits pole parked car then flips

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A driver faces charges after he flipped his van on Dawson Street in Wilmington this afternoon.It happened around 1 p.m. Wednesday.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say the driver, Robert Walker III, was looking down when he hit a utility pole and a parked car forcing his van to flip.EMS took Walker to New Hanover Regional with minor injuries.He’s charged with no operators license and careless and reckless driving.last_img

Shelter still accepting people conditions continue to worsen

first_img “No, he was having a seizure. So I yelled for Gabe. Gabe rushed over and hit some pressure points because he’s in military. I ran and got a nurse. It seemed like EMS was outside the door,” said Donna Starling, who lives down the street and has been trying to help out with as much as possible as the shelter.The shelter lost power in their main building, but they have a generator in a smaller building to keep house people who have oxygen tanks and other special health needs.“We’ve had five people that need daily dialysis, that we’ve just been trying to keep calm, keep fed, keep water. We have three people on oxygen. The electric went out. We had to make sure their oxygen is good. One thing after another really,” said Gabriel Wong, who was evacuated from his own home in Shallotte.Related Article: Hundreds in shelters 3 weeks after Florence reached landThe Red Cross says they expect dozens of more people to come Sunday, but the conditions on the road leading to the shelter are getting drastically worse.Old Fayetteville Road, which leads to the school, is falling apart because of major flooding. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/f709125d95e0bf77cc67271534fb096377bcab41_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Surf City will not resume dune restoration until November2:24Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery0:55School supply giveaway aims to help those affected by Florence1:41Northside Pool repairs almost complete0:30Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant0:56Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence0:55HOPE NC INTERVIEW3:25Hampstead woman loses home in Florence, surprised with help 10 months later2:04Tropical Integrated Warning Team meeting helps agencies prepare during hurricane season1:56US 421 bridge work continues after Florence washout0:47Teens help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Matthew2:08Florence victims face 100-degree days in FEMA trailers1:04Volunteers desperately needed to assist with building efforts after Hurricane Florence3:39Hurricane shifts sand in coastal waters, could increase swimming threats2:13First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts0:59Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday0:25Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day0:30Possible return date for Jervay community released2:18New Hanover Schools hourly employees won’t get paid for five days2:14Hurricane Recovery round table gives residents access to mroe help post-Florence2:10Brunswick Town Historic Site museum reopens Saturday1:00Wilmington man meets paramedics who saved his life hours before hurricane2:20Rep. David Rouzer talks Mueller report, storm recovery4:24Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw0:47RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds rubbon cutting0:54Students say “Thank you” to first responders1:25AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington2:14’Cross Creek Hero’ continues to lend a helping hand2:17USO shows appreciation to the coast guard, shutdown, hurricane0:52Proposed tax credit could assist repairs for historic homes in disaster zones2:04Two New Hanover schools to move into new buildings next month1:26NC students write book about experience with Hurricane Florence1:22Luncheon highlights ’growth and transformation’ in downtown Wilmington0:32Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ’revitalized’ after Florence2:02Community rolls together to get topsail beach skating rink back open after storm1:36Cape Fear Garden Club plants the seed for Airlie Gardens’ Florence recovery0:57Wilmington firefighters honored for rescue during Hurricane Florence1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County1:40Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation2:13Neighbors fight to stop construction of ’essential’ hospital water system2:31County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement1:51Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talks Florence recovery 6 months after storm1:51Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane2:26Owner moves to new location after Florence wipes out iconic restaurant1:06Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm1:27ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-Florence7:42’This is a miracle’: Whitestocking community gets help to rebuild church2:19Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence1:22800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic hurricane1:58Are some homes worth the renovation after Hurricane Florence?1:17Free seeds offer easier start to families replanting0:54Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes0:53Florence survivor finds new housing, not out of the woods yet0:31Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence1:35Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence2:19Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country2:07How can we improve for next time? Pender reviews storm response to Florence1:40USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature1:54Will Carolina Beach businesses reopen in time for start of season?2:05FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homes2:07New Hanover County issues Hurricane Florence after action report1:22Veteran forced out of garage after Florence moves into camper0:31Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence1:44Florence clean up efforts ongoing1:54Pender Co. ends Hurricane Florence state of emergency0:16Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland0:30University breaks ground on new student housing0:57Topsail Island is back open post-Florence1:38Barfield: ’State of the county is strong’2:17Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington0:54Volunteer attorneys could help homeowners denied help from FEMA4:06Pro bono FEMA clinic for those affected by Hurricane Florence4:06First ever pender county state of education and economy held in burgaw1:52Wrightsville Beach restaurant closed since Florence starts rehiring staff0:53Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation0:55Are you ready for breakfast?1:00Historic grounds reopens after shutdown1:27Hurricane Florence recovery summit brings survivors together1:31New Wrightsville Beach school planned with storms, floods in mind0:33TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey1:04Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from Pennsylvania3:06FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns3:39University still repairing classrooms and apartments four months after hurricane0:30Cooper to Trump: End shutdown so NC can rebuild after Hurricane Florence0:33Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following Florence0:58Stranger drives across country to reunite NC boy fighting cancer with his dog2:19Will a $2M flood plan save the Battleship North Carolina parking lot?1:05Woman says Florence damage is severely affecting her health1:54When you can learn more about applying for buyouts on flood-prone homes0:25Pender County students to receive free meals through January 310:20Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft1:02Duke energy wants customers to help with $760m storm cost0:44Find out how you can help the environment by getting rid of your Christmas tree1:02New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies2:16Ward gives back to his community during the holidays1:32Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence3:14Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris0:38Businesses team up to host Hurricane Florence recovery fundraiser0:56Rain lowers ’Christmas on the Square’ turnout0:54XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — People continue to flock to the shelter at North Brunswick High School. The shelter did start seeing water leaking in the cafeteria from a clogged drain.They lost power in their main building, but they have a generator running in a different room for people with special health needs. Volunteers have stepped up and even saved lives.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Operation BBQ Relief to end operations Sunday

first_img Operation BBQ Relief will end operations in Wilmington Sunday.They have given out more than 260,000 meals.Organizers say the one thing that stands out from Wilmington is the number of people from the area who have stepped up to help those impacted by the storm.Related Article: Verizon works to restore service to customers“It’s always amazing to me that the community, how many volunteers come out to help each other and Wilmington has been probably the biggest single volunteer base that we had from the community that we’ve ever had,” Relief Site Coordinator John Wheeler said. “These guys came out to help their neighbor and you talk to people and their house is underwater and they’re still out here helping us cook because they’re saying ‘there’s nothing I can do there. Just gotta wait till the water goes down.’”Wheeler also says the volunteers were a big reason why they were able to get bulk orders of food to some of the farther out areas. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A number of organizations have come to the Cape Fear to help people impacted by Hurricane Florence like “Operation BBQ Relief.”It has been hard work helping thousands of people get hot food, but as much as they love helping their time here is running out.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cooper vetoing bill with congressional race redo

first_imgBy EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor said Tuesday he’s vetoing legislation that directs fully rerun elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race, saying the hastily approved bill also adds new cover for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws.- Advertisement – Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said he’ll sign the legislation if state lawmakers remove the section that includes details like requiring that state elections officials refer apparent campaign finance crimes to a separate commission for a confidential review on whether prosecutors are notified. The section raising Cooper’s ire also requires that new rules regulating lobbying to go through a time-consuming review process.“This bill makes it harder to root out corruption in elections and campaign finance,” Cooper said at a news conference. “These new provisions can shield wrongdoers by adding broad confidentiality requirements, limiting those who can file a complaint, handcuffing investigators on how far back they can look and by requiring a re-investigation by a second committee before evidence can be turned over to prosecutors.”The legislation also reworks who oversees the enforcement of state elections and ethics laws and would require new primary elections if last month’s results in the 9th Congressional District race are abandoned.Related Article: Rep. Walter Jones remembered for deep convictions at funeralThe current elections board is investigating absentee ballot problems in the district, where unofficial results show Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes.An evidentiary hearing is scheduled on Jan. 11, after which the board could have called for a new 9th District general election, but not necessarily Republican and Democratic primaries.North Carolina’s three U.S. House Democrats last week objected to potentially re-running the 9th District race from the beginning, but Cooper said he didn’t have a problem with that part of the bill. The legislation passed by broad legislative support.The measure also sought to end a two-year power struggle between Cooper and GOP legislators over elections board control. The legislation would largely return elections, ethics enforcement and lobbyist reporting to how it was before Republican lawmakers shifted authority away during a December 2016 special session just before Cooper took office.Cooper fought the Republican move, saying they were only trying to erode his power and cause gridlock on where to put early-voting sites and in corruption investigations.Cooper sued successfully three times over GOP versions of a combined ethics and elections board that Republican leaders argued would help produce bipartisan results. Judges ruled the GOP’s previous efforts to rework the board were unconstitutional since they failed to give the governor control over an executive agency by preventing Cooper from choosing a majority of board members.The governor’s veto announcement indicates what Cooper really wants is partisan control of the elections board’s investigatory power, said a spokesman for state Senate Leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican.“Governor Cooper’s failure to act is holding the entire Board of Elections hostage, including the NC-9 investigation, in his effort to achieve unchecked power to launch corrupt and unfounded partisan attacks on legislators,” spokesman Patrick Ryan said in a statement.last_img read more

Vote counting starts for Local Council Elections

first_imgMiguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb From 2PM, the process of sorting and counting the votes in the Local Council elections, will take place.Counting will split the 23 localities across Malta and Gozo, into three groups of localities; the first taking place today with the second and third set for Thursday and Friday.Today, the votes will be counted in the following localities; Birżebbuġa, Ghajnsielem, Dingli, Balzan, Tarxien, Zebbug, Valletta, Fontana, Marsa, Mellieha, Qrendi , Nadur, Xewkija, Zejtun, Zurrieq, Ghasri, Iklin, Mqabba, Pembroke, St Julian’s, St Paul’s Bay, Santa Venera, and Ta ‘Xbiex.From 5 pm the counting process is expected to begin.So who led the local councils in the previous legislature?Birżebbuġa PLGhajnsielem PNDingli PLBalzan PNTarxien PLZebbug PLValletta PNFontanaPNMarsa PLMellieha PLQrendi PLNadur PNXewkija PLZejtun PLZurrieq PLGhasri PNIklin PNMqabba PLPembroke PLSt. Julian PNSt. Paul’s Bay PLVenera PLTa ‘Xbiex PLVoters in the local council elections were also selecting their European Parliamentary representatives last week.  The Labour Party managed to elect 4 candidates to the European Parliament, the returning Miriam Dalli and Alfred Sant of the previous legislature and two new candidates, Josianne Cutajar and Alex Agius Saliba.The Nationalist Party managed to return Roberta Metsola and David Casa.  In terms of vote share, the PL managed to achieve 54.29% of the votes while the PN scored 37.90%.WhatsApp SharePrint <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>last_img read more

Google Unitel to build submarine fibre network

first_imgAdvertisement Angolan operator Unitel has entered into a partnership with Google to launch a fibre optic submarine cable that will connect Africa to Brazil and Brazil to America, according to Diario Economico.The communication was revealed by Isabel dos Santos, the CEO of Unitel.Telecom Paper reports that the president of the company, who spoke during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, said that the project has launched, with the first km built two weeks ago. – Advertisement – On the telecommunications sector in Africa, the CEO said the big challenge was broadband connectivity, in order to implement high-quality fibre in Africa to support mobile communications and business.Via IT News Africalast_img

MTN selling off 30 Business stake in Namibia

first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunications provider MTN Business Namibia has issued a public invitation to sell off a 30% stake to local investors.The company last year generated  USD5.3 million from internet, networking and infrastructure services.Manfred Engling, the managing director of MTN Namibia said that the company, which was granted a new Internet Service Provider (ISP) licence last year, was initially told by the Namibian government to sell a 51% stake but this was later reduced to 30%. – Advertisement – ‘We have not yet determined what the value of the stake will be,’ Engling said, adding the company is looking for investors ‘who will add value to the company and help it expand,’ in order to expand its range of services.Expressions of interest are due by 20 April. ‘We have enough money already,’ the MD added, stressing that the stake sale was not motivated by any need to raise funds but part of the licensing requirements.Previously, MTN Business Namibia has been a reseller of various ITC solutions, but with the ISP licence, it now offers other services including fibre network solutions.Via Telegeograpghylast_img read more

Facebook shares smash through investors expectations

first_imgMark Zuckerberg pictured at their headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Image Credit: Dontgetserious Advertisement Another quarter, another conquest.If it sounds like a broken record, it’s because Facebook continues to do just that break financial records.Wednesday, it reported a whopping $5.84 billion in its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue, up 52% from the same three-month period a year ago, and its first $1 billion quarterly profit (79 cents per share). The financial performance bested the projections of analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ, who expected $5.4 billion in revenue and earnings of 68 cents per share. – Advertisement – By any measure mobile user growth or advertising revenue Facebook is proving to be the template for Silicon Valley success story in the face of a roiling worldwide economy. While Apple CEO Tim Cook cautions of “extreme conditions” in Brazil, Russia and other markets, Facebook has retained its sheen.For the past decade, Apple was the valley’s Teflon company, racking up record sales and profits that sent its market valuation into orbit. It was a phenomenal run that was a testament to compelling products, astute management and calculated risk-taking.Yet with Apple facing a slow down in iPhone sales and its top-secret car project stuck in neutral, there is considerable angst over the company’s near future, reflected in a stock nose-dive of nearly 7% on Wednesday.What’s happening to Apple now is what ailed IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard before it: trouble maintaining breakneck growth in established markets popular with consumers and businesses while investing (betting?) on the next big things that are just a product cycle or two away. It’s nearly an impossible balancing act that even Google in all its glorious moon shots grapples with.Facebook finds itself in the position Apple has been in: Benefiting fabulously from a strong product mix, fiercely loyal customers and the dynamic management duo of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.As Yahoo and Twitter struggle, Facebook  now has more than 2.5 million advertisers and is expected to haul in $9.9 billion in display ad revenue this year, extending its lead in the U.S. market, by percentage, to 31%, according to market researcher eMarketer.Facebook has extended its tentacles into virtual reality, messaging and photo-sharing and thus expanded its marketing and financial horizons through canny acquisitions that at the time were questioned as being too pricey (Exhibit A: Its $19 billion purchase of mobile-messaging service WhatsApp in early 2014.)Photo-sharing site Instagram, called Facebook’s “story of the year” by RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney, is likely to ring up $2.4 billion in ad revenue in 2017, eMarketer says. Facebook snapped up Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.Facebook’s success in drawing large crowds has endeared it to marketers and advertisers, and for good reason.[related-posts]The social network’s dominance in mobile grew: Monthly active members accessing Facebook via a mobile device soared to 1.59 billion in its recently-completed fiscal fourth quarter, or 90% of its members. That’s more than the most-populous country, China, with 1.3 billion people. Twitter, by comparison, has 320 million members.Facebook isn’t likely to rest on its digital laurels.It has big plans for virtual reality. The first headsets from Oculus, the VR pioneer Facebook acquired for $2 billion in 2014, are scheduled to ship in March. By the end of the year, SunTrust analysts expect Facebook to sell 3 million of them for $1.8 billion.Before handing the tech crown to Facebook, however, remember that the stock market can paint tech companies with the same brush, regardless of their stellar past quarter: Facebook shares are down 8% this year, just a bit better than the Nasdaq Composite.[USA Today]last_img read more

A New All In One Casino Game Launched For The iOS Gamers

first_imgEgypt Way Slot is an easy game, which can be played by any iOS user. Advertisement Antonet Roajer recently launched a comprehensive gambling app for the iOS users. This app is going to be the perfect facilitator of jackpot loving gamers. A treasure of Egypt casino game is now available in app store.This is a specially designed gaming app that combines all the facilities of top rated casino games. This app is free for the iPhone and iPad users. After the unmatched success of many other apps and games, Roajer said, “She is so proud of the quality of the game, everything from graphics to the never ending challenges.”“I couldn’t find a similar app in the app store.” – Advertisement – A Treasure of Egypt game is offered with amazing graphics of HD quality. Other than that, it is loaded with fascinating features. The option of complete slot machines, roulette, blackjack and video poker are available in this game.Earned coins from this game can be used in several other games as well. Players are going to get the opportunity of winning jackpots and bonus on regular basis in this game. Gamers can challenge the contemporary players in the game center, while playing this casino game.[related-posts]1888PRlast_img read more

Pay TV in Africa to Double in Size by 2021

first_imgSouth Africa based MultiChoice, owned by Naspers remains the biggest pay-TV operator. Advertisement According to new research, the number of pay-television subscribers in Africa will reach 30 million by 2021, almost double 2015’s 16 million.Data published by Dataxis suggests digital satellite pay-TV subscribers will reach 20 million in five years’ time, compared to 8 million for digital terrestrial services.The company estimates that TV households, which stand at 114 million in 2015, will reach 159 million in 2021, still far below penetration rates elsewhere in the world. – Advertisement – “The low TV penetration rate is attributed to various socioeconomic factors that hinder adoption,” said Dataxis Africa research analyst Priscilla Tirvengadum.“Despite advances, statistics show that Africa still has a long way to go in terms of household TV penetration,” she said. “This low rate is explained mainly by lack of basic economic infrastructure like electricity. Moreover, poverty in developing African countries make it impossible for its citizens to afford for television sets.”[related-posts]English-speaking Africa is forecast to drive much of the growth over the next five years. Total pay TV subscribers in Anglophone countries is expected to double from 10 million in 2015, while Francophone Africa will grow from 3.5 million subscribers in 2015 to reach 6 million in 2021.Satellite pay-TV subscribers in English-speaking countries reached 8 million in 2015, and will grow to 12 million five years from now. South Africa-headquartered MultiChoice, which is owned by Naspers, remains the biggest pay-TV operator, followed by StarTimes and Zuku.“MultiChoice has been the key player in the Anglophone African pay-TV market since its launch in 1995. Despite facing competition from StarTimes and Zuku, MultiChoice continues to add new content and innovative services to maintain its appeal,” said Tirvengadum.In French-speaking Africa, France’s Canal Plus Overseas is the dominant player.Total pay-TV revenue was about 4 billion USD in 2015 and is expected to climb to 6 billion USD in 2021, with satellite contributing up to 5 billion USD.Digital migration, competition and cheaper terrestrial pay-TV packages will bring average revenue per user for broadcasters down in most African countries, Dataxis said.Credit: Tech Centrallast_img read more

A New WhatsApp Scam Tricks Users into Paying Subscription Fee

first_imgAdvertisement Last month, TheNextWeb Website reported, a scam that was tricking WhatsApp users into downloading the app in their favorite color. When clicked, it installs adware on your smartphone instead. Like many other fake URLs, this one also consists of letters from the Cyrillic alphabet. So it can be easily differentiated if one is extra careful.In other news today, the messaging platform is said to have been hit by another scam, this time around tricking users into paying charges by saying their WhatsApp subscription has expired.According to reports by the Independent Website, People are being targeted by a message that reads your subscription has expired, and to verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 Pounds (Roughly 4,578 UGX) simply tap on this link. – Advertisement – By encouraging people to click on the suspicious link, scammers are tricking people into providing their payment details. However, people who have received the WhatsApp message have been encouraged to delete it immediately.Notably, WhatsApp, of course, is free for download and use, and has been for some time, though the service used to charge a nominal amount as annual subscription fee when it had initially launched.IANS has also encouraged those that might have clicked on the link, to safeguard themselves by running an antivirus software on their device to ensure they aren’t being infected with malware.And one other option is to block the sender.last_img read more

Government Makes UTurn Orders MDAs to Procure Internet from NITAU

first_imgUTL offices in Kampala | Photo by : East African Van Guard. Advertisement Government through the Ministry of Finance has ordered all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to buy internet services from the National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U).The order was issued by the Secretary to the National Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi in a response letter to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, Vincent Bagiire.On September 14th, government had ordered all MDAs to procure airtime and internet services from bankrupt Uganda Telecom Limited, a decision that was disputed by many in the ICT Ministry. – Advertisement – Bagiire would later write to the Finance Ministry, protesting their directive which he said would leave uncertainty on the future and purpose of the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) in which government has invested in excess of USD$140 million.He argued that the directive was in contravention with the NITA-U Act of 2009 which envisaged that the NBI (which is run by NITA-U) be used as a primary vehicle for all internet services for government.Bagiire further clarified that the NITA-U Act is still in place and has never been rescinded before outlining a new pricing model for MDAs and an offer to provide internet bandwidth at USD 70 from the former USD 190 per month.“On account of proposals contained in your letter, therefore, this is to inform that the earlier instruction to purchase internet services from UTL is hereby set aside,” Muhakanizi wrote.“The contracts with NITA-U for IT services therefore remain active and should be maintained,” he further wrote before ordering all Accounting officers to adhere to contracts for ICT services with NITA.The New NITA-U pricing model (USD$70 per month) will take effect on Wednesday November 1st.[related-posts]What Next for UTL? The new directive casts a lot of uncertainty about the future of UTL and the possibility that it can get back to its feet as is hoped.PC Tech Magazine understands that part of the reasons why government had opted to transfer the service to the struggling telecom was to help it gain stability.UTL which is currently under government receivership had made a proposal to supply the same services at a cost of USD$100 per month although NITA’s offer outmatched them.This leaves them with the option of providing voice and sms services only.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 12 MayRACING2.40 DoncasterUnion Rose 9/2 > 3/13.30 LingfieldTrinity Lorraine 12/1 > 6/14.05 LingfieldGreat Wave 11/1 > 5/14.50 MusselburghZain Zone 9/1 > 7/2What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Leicester City v Chelsea

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s much more pressure on Leicester than Chelsea tonight IMO despite the defending champions dangling just one point above the relegation zone. Even Newcastle are now in front of them !!Leicester’s stunning start to the season has confounded all of the experts and a win tonight will send them back to the top of the table with a two point cushion. A loss could easily be the turning point for their momentum to fade as quickly as it came.Chelsea, on the other hand, have almost gone past the point of pressure and expectations on them are now greatly realigned. For whatever reason, and nobody really seems to know why, Mourinho’s men have not gelled this season and whilst going into this match as favourites can hardly be backed with any degree of confidence.So it’s the revelation of the season v the desperation of the season.Interestingly, the Foxes’ last win against Chelsea came in February 2001 when Claudio Ranieri was the Chelsea manager !!Now the Leicester manager, Ranieri said: “Chelsea for me means a lot because I worked there for four years. I’m very proud to have been their manager. But that’s an old story and now my focus is on Leicester. Their record does not mean anything as Chelsea are Chelsea and Mourinho is Mourinho. I’m sure at the end of the season they will be in the top four.”Chelsea could name an unchanged side from the team that beat FC Porto in the Champions League. Mourinho revealed: “I said a couple of weeks ago I don’t believe they [Leicester] can be champions. Maybe I have to think twice before saying that again. One thing is to be top of the league in September after a beautiful start. Another thing is to be top of the league in December.”Leicester City v ChelseaPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2015 PREMIER Leicester 1-3 ChelseaAug 2014 PREMIER Chelsea 2-0 LeicesterMar 2012 FA CUP Chelsea 5-2 LeicesterOct 2007 CARLING CUP Chelsea 4-3 LeicesterJan 2004 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 0-4 ChelseaAug 2003 PREMIERSHIP Chelsea 2-1 LeicesterFeb 2002 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 2-3 ChelseaOct 2001 PREMIERSHIP Chelsea 2-0 LeicesterFeb 2001 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 2-1 ChelseaSep 2000 PREMIERSHIP Chelsea 0-2 LeicesterI’m definitely in the DRAW camp on this game at around 12/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 8 points at around 12/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 95.66 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Barron wins NASKeck Futures Initiative funding

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: 713-348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Barron Wins NAS/Keck Futures Initiative Funding Rice-NC State Project To Study Fullerene Interaction With Cell Membranes A research team from Rice University and North Carolina State University have received $75,000 funding from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative to study one of the critical questions in the biology of nanomaterials: how such particles cross membranes to allow for their interaction with cells. The program is a collaborative project between Nancy Monteiro-Riviere, p rofessor of investigative dermatology and toxicology at NC State, and Andrew R. Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science at Rice. Monteiro-Riviere and Barron’s research will explore the transport nature of specific fullerenes with different substituted amino acids and their interactions with skin cells. The proposed studies are a direct extension of work conducted by the researchers defining the interaction of multi walled carbon nanotubes with human epidermal keratinocytes, and the synthesis on new nano-biohybrid materials by Barron. The researchers are interested in a range of different fullerene-amino acid sequences that could allow uptake into keratinocytes without adverse effect. They will explore physiochemical properties such as solubility and hydrophobicity, which are often used to predict uptake and activity of traditional hydrocarbons but which have not been extended to fullerenes. They will also try to determine what properties correlate to cell uptake and what properties correlate to cellular activity. Barron and Monteiro-Riviere’s project was one of 14 interdisciplinary research programs in nanoscience and nanotechnology that were funded this week by the Futures Initiative. Funded by a $40 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative is a 15-year effort to catalyze interdisciplinary inquiry and to enhance communication among researchers, funding agencies, universities, and the general public – with the object of stimulating interdisciplinary research at the most exciting frontiers. Launched in 2003, the initiative is designed to enable researchers from different disciplines to focus on new questions upon which they can base entirely new research, and to encourage better communication between scientists as well as between the scientific community and the public. The grants allow researchers to start developing a line of inquiry by recruiting students and postdoctoral fellows, purchasing equipment, and acquiring preliminary data – all of which can position the researchers to compete for larger awards from other public and private sources. AddThislast_img read more