Disabled party members have given overwhelming bac

first_imgDisabled party members have given overwhelming backing to the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party.Corbyn was elected with 62 per cent of the vote, in a result announced on the first day of Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool, easily beating former shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith.Nearly every disabled party member approached by Disability News Service at the conference welcomed that decision.Ken Audin, a member of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said: “He’s got very good ideas. His heart is in the right place.“He thinks a lot about the needs of disabled people. I’m hopeful that he pulls the Labour party together and they get themselves in a position where they will win an election.”Janet Blackwell also welcomed his re-election.She said: “I hope it will lead the Labour party away from austerity, so there will be fewer cuts in benefits.”But she warned: “I have heard a lot of words but we will wait to see if we get into government to see what the action is.”Another supporter, Sarah Finlayson, said: “He’s very passionate about people with disabilities, people on benefits, [and opposing] austerity measures.”And she said his focus on trade union rights would give more rights to disabled people in the workplace.Dave Allan, chair of Disability Labour – the network of disabled Labour party members – which nominated Corbyn to be leader because of his record on disability, said: “It will be a fundamental step forward for disabled people’s rights in the UK if Jeremy is elected prime minister.“He has supported disabled people for decades. He has been with us on virtually every demo. He has supported all our campaigns.“I think it’s going to make a tremendous difference.”He pointed to the disability rights manifesto that Corbyn put together in the last weeks of his re-election campaign, which both Disability Labour and Disabled People Against Cuts had fed into.The manifesto includes a commitment to implement fully the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ensure that the 12 pillars of independent living inform Labour policy-making, and to develop an inclusive education system.The manifesto also says that investing £500 billion in infrastructure and other public spending, backed by a publicly-owned national investment bank, would lead to progress on equality and ensure “accessible public transport and housing”.One disabled delegate, who asked not to be named, said she was disappointed with Corbyn’s victory.She said: “Jeremy is a lovely man but he’s not a leader.“People need a leader who can provide the leadership and a shadow cabinet that shows depth, quality and experience.”She said the current shadow cabinet did not demonstrate those qualities.Austin Harney, who was due to speak at a fringe event being held to launch the development of a Labour manifesto on neurodiversity, welcomed Corbyn’s victory and said he hoped it would lead to “breakthroughs” in rights for neurodiverse people.But he particularly praised Corbyn’s shadow chancellor and close political ally, John McDonnell.He said McDonnell had worked closely with families with autistic children in his London constituency, and had even been instrumental in his own decision to be open about his autism.He said: “I would never have come out in the open if it was not for John McDonnell.”He also praised McDonnell’s call in May this year for Labour to appoint a shadow minister for neurodiversity.Anne Pridmore, a party member and former chair of the British Council of Disabled People, said she was “very glad” that Corbyn had been re-elected.She said: “If we have got any hope, we have got hope in Jeremy.“He has given a statement that he is going to make independent living a right, so let’s hope that he sticks to his manifesto promise.”Another disabled party member, Jan Turner, also welcomed his re-election.She said: “I am really glad he’s got in. We just have to hope that the other MPs will support him in parliament. I hope they will get united.“I think he’s a man of principles and honesty. I believe I can trust him. I can’t say that about many politicians.”last_img read more

Photo Essay Art in Small Packages

first_img 0% There is something that draws me to the Mission District. Whether I just walk up 24th St and check out Balmy Alley to see if any new murals have gone up or just a leisurely stroll embracing the cultural artistry and shops of this vibrant yet changing neighborhood. As a photographer, I love documenting the little things that people may not see or notice as they walk about their daily business.Photo by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa Panagopoulos Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Photo by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa Panagopoulos last_img read more

SAINTS progressed to the Fifth Round of the Challe

first_imgSAINTS progressed to the Fifth Round of the Challenge Cup courtesy of a 52-26 win over Sheffield Eagles… but are once again counting the cost.Injuries to Andrew Dixon, Kyle Eastmond and Nathan Ashe took the gloss off the victory and the trio are unlikely to play in next Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield.“Dicko has a hip injury – it is bruised and we couldn’t get him back on,” Royce Simmons said. “Kyle has a groin strain and had to come off and Nathan a knee problem which flared up again.”He continued: “You have to give credit to Sheffield – they can play some footy and like running the ball. They have also been playing well so we were wary of them.“We comfortably led but seemed to try to survive the last few minutes to avoid injuries and they ran in some points.“We had great field position in the first half and they had to come off their line a lot. But that wasn’t the case in the second half. You have to give them a big rap for their effort. They had nothing to lose and came to play that way.“I thought Jon Wilkin and Francis Meli did well. Jon does things at speed and gets results. You cannot fault his workrate and he’s still learning to be a half back.“Franny did some good things again today. Generally you know if your centre is playing well because your winger is scoring. Jamie Foster is doing that at the moment and a lot of that is off the back of Franny’s work.”The Cup Draw is after the Halifax-Bradford match on Sunday.last_img read more

GOAL kicking sensation Jamie Foster has signed a n

first_imgGOAL kicking sensation Jamie Foster has signed a new two-year deal with St. Helens.The wing/three-quarter made his debut against Toulouse in 2010 and has gone on to record 574 points in 48 games.Foster, 21, stated: “I’m really happy to re-sign with my home town club for a further two seasons. I’ve benefited a lot from the first team experience that I’ve gained in my first two seasons in Super League, which has involved me in two Grand Finals already.“There’s a lot of competition for places in the first team this season and the squad is raring to get playing in our new ground, Langtree Park.”Coach Royce Simmons added: “Jamie is one of the best goal kickers in the world. He already has a great amount of first team experience for a 21-year-old and this new deal gives him the opportunity to continue his progress and development as a wing three quarter.“He is more than capable of doing this.”last_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Super 8s clash with Hull FC.Theo Fages, Oliver Davies (pictured) and Shannon McDonnell are all included in the side once more, with Jack Ashworth also called up.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Greg Richards, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 24. Matty Fleming, 26. Oliver Davies, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles.Lee Radford will choose his 19 from:1. Jamie Shaul, 2. Mahe Fonua, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 6. Leon Pryce, 8. Scott Taylor, 10. Liam Watts, 13. Jordan Abdull, 14. Feka Paleaaesina, 15. Chris Green, 16. Jordan Thompson, 17. Dean Hadley, 19. Steve Michaels, 20. Curtis Naughton, 21. Sika Manu, 22. Josh Bowden, 23. Frank Pritchard, 24. Kirk Yeaman, 25. Jansin Turgut, 30. Danny Washbrook.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is C Campbell.Ticket details can be found here.last_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgHolbrook named his 19 man squad earlier today with Joseph Paulo coming back into the 19 man squad in place of Zeb Taia who has been ruled out for 6 weeks with a dislocated shoulder in the only change.And at a joint press conference with our hosts, we asked him if Friday night’s clash will be the biggest game of the season so far:“Yes definitely, said Holbrook. To go into round 20 with first against second is the biggest game you are going to get this year to date and it is going to be a cracking game.“It is a massive game and it is looking to be a sell out which will mean it will be a terrific atmosphere here and it is going to be an awesome game.”Warrington have told us the ‘Wolves are waiting’, but the Saints wait for no one as we fly high at the top of the Betfred Super League table as both clubs exchanged words ahead of the big game.“I am a fan of the social media build up as long as it doesn’t go over the top,” said Holbrook. We need a bit more publicity in rugby league and I don’t think any club has overstepped the mark so it is good promotion for the game.”Holbrook believes the Wolves have threats all over the field whilst he doesn’t believe Saints’ win earlier in the season will mean we have any physiological advantage over our opponents come Friday.“The whole side have threats. Whenever you are sitting first and second there are no weaknesses in either side so I think both sides know that and we have got to play our best to win on Friday.“No I don’t think it does [give us a physiological advantage] because it only motivates them even more to try and get one over us. It was great to win back in round 10 and it was a similar build up with first against second and we were good enough to win so we want to be good enough to win again on Friday.”Zeb Taia was ruled out of Friday’s clash with an injury he picked up in the win over Leeds Rhinos last week and Holbrook admits it could hve been worse for our big forward.“In the end it is probably good new for Zeb avoiding surgery. We knew it was bad after the game so we weren’t expecting any better results so the fact he is only out for six weeks is a good result and we will have Morgan Knowles and Joseph Paulo coming back in so Zebby was  playing terrific, but we will be OK.”Tickets for Saints top of the table clash with Warrington on Friday are still available and are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online here.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

Guardrail work delays Beasley Road reopening

first_img The $603,000 project involved the construction of a modern concrete structure with a span 35 feet longer and 10 feet wider than the former bridge to allow for improved drainage.The reopening is now delayed until Friday so crews can install a guardrail on the new bridge. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Beasley Road was scheduled to reopen tonight, but now it’s been delayed until later this week.New Beasley Road bridge (Photo: City of Wilmington)In March, the city closed Beasley Road between Wilton Court and Chelon Avenue so crews could  replace the bridge as part of a larger $4 million drainage improvement project in the Brookshire Lane/Beasley Road area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick County fire crews respond to multiple home fires Sunday

first_imgSeashore Hills Road SW home fire. PHOTO: Coastline VRS BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  Several late evening house fires have displaced multiple people in Brunswick County.The first fire was in Supply at a home off of Seashore Hills Road. Crews responded around 10:30 in the evening Sunday.- Advertisement – Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner says that home was heavily damaged from the fire that was accidentally started in the kitchen. Garner says at least three different crews responded to the scene. The family has been displaced.Later that evening multiple crews responded to a house fire near Ash off Big Neck Road. Garner says it was an electrical fire and that the home was a total loss.last_img read more

People on the fence over President Trumps alleged comment

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The allegations surrounding President Donald Trump have been a hot topic across the country today including right here in our area. While many take issue with what he may have said, others understand what the president may have meant.“There’s just certain things you just generally don’t say about other people and other countries,” UNCW International Studies Director Herbert Berg said.- Advertisement – “I don’t necessarily feel like that it’s wrong to use that kind of language when you are conveying passion or you want to add emphasis to your points’” once UNCW student said.President Trump denies he made a vulgar slur about Haiti and Africa.“If he didn’t say it that’s a completely different matter but it’s just something that you generally don’t say,” Berg said. “I mean it doesn’t make for good national relations.”Related Article: UNCW’s Weiss takes weekly CAA baseball honorBerg said either way the comment will become part of his lesson plan.“I have a few international students in my classes and they aren’t from the countries that were referred to so I don’t know how much it will effect them, but this will certainly come up in class,” Berg said.“If your point is what you want is high quality immigrants coming in, people who have advanced degrees, educational people who can come in an contribute and fill in some holes in the economy that we have in different ways, that’s perfectly valid. But to sit down and assume that because a person comes from say Nigeria or comes from Haiti that they don’t meet the standard it’s going to trip upon racism,” UNCW International Studies Professor Daniel Master said.Both professors agree students will probably bring up the topic in class, but said the alleged comment it is not a good example for their students.last_img read more

Woman identified after body found in sound at Ocean Isle Beach

first_imgBlaire Whitney Anderson (Photo: Facebook) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman drowned in the Intracoastal Waterway at Ocean Isle Beach, according to deputies.According to a spokesperson for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the victim has been identified as Blaire Whitney Anderson.- Advertisement – Authorities say the 25-year-old was found Friday around 11:30 a.m. near 2067 Inland Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.The official cause of death is pending an autopsy, but detectives say it appears to be an accidental drowning.last_img read more

Southport officers back on patrol New chief has deep roots in the

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — More than three months after the entire department was put on leave and it’s two top officials were arrested, Southport Police have returned to duty.Southport’s newest police chief Todd Coring has deep roots in the city.- Advertisement – “I was walking and talking to folks and you know, they were just talking about how I used to run the streets as a kid, and my dad being a chief, and riding in the car with him growing up,” Coring said.He was born and raised in the town he now watches over.“My grandfather was police chief probably mid to late 60s and then my dad came along in the 80s,” Coring said.Related Article: How the FBI used science to identify mail bomb suspectCoring says he looks forward to reconnecting the department with the community after former Police Chief Gary Smith and Lieutenant Michael Simmons were fired and accused of working a second job while on the clock.“Law enforcement today has enough negative impact already, just from peoples’ perspective. But we’re going to work hard as a team and gain the citizens trust back,” said Coring.“It’s always nice when they are visible in a positive way,” said Southport resident Jan Tremon.Tremon says she likes that Coring has such a strong connection the city.“That’s kind of comforting, that this is like his home,” Tremon said. “And that, he would have, maybe had some good examples before him.”Coring, who previously worked for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, says it will be a bit of a change but he’s ready for it.“I’ve served with the county for 20 years, so I’m excited about just focusing my efforts here in town,” Coring said. “A home town that’s been so good to me.”Coring says the department is currently in need of six officers who left while the department was on paid leave.last_img read more

Man wanted for 2017 murder turns himself into deputies

first_imgDavid Lee Billings (Photo: CCSO) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man staying at Camp Clearwater in Bladen County turned himself into deputies after finding out he was wanted for a 2017 murder.David Lee Billings, 58, was staying in White Lake with a friend, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.- Advertisement – Deputies say he came to the sheriff’s office on December 10 to turn himself in and meet with investigators after learning he was wanted for murder in Georgia.Billings, of 136 Twin Acre Court, Bryon, Georgia was interviewed and arrested for a murder that occurred on June 9, 2017 in Peach County Georgia.Billings was charged with a fugitive warrant and has since been held under no bond pending his extradition to Georgia.last_img read more

Crews almost finished with dredging in Carolina Beach Inlet

first_img Once it’s finished, the United States Coast Guard will be able to get in there and move buoys to provide boaters safe guides through the inlet.USCG removed navigational markers from the inlet due unsafe conditions for boaters at the beginning of the month. Carolina Beach Inlet on April 28, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Carolina Beach Inlet dredging project should wrap up this week.Since the second week of April, a dredge from the US Army Corps of Engineers has been working in the inlet.- Advertisement – last_img read more

13 technology trends that will dominate 2016

first_imgThe one accessory to look out for 2016 is wireless earbuds which can fit inside the ear. Image Credit: Intel Advertisement From 3D printing of prosthetic arms to investing billions in virtual reality handsets, in 2015 technology saw many milestones reached and barriers overcome.And developments are about to get more cutting edge. In its 2016 global technology trends outlook report, research firm IHS has listed several key themes that are likely to dominate the landscape.Here they are: – Advertisement – 1. Thinner, lighter, flexible displays Flexible displays have been a much talked about subject in 2015 and new developments, especially in organic light emitting diodes (OLED) technology are ushering in innovation in wearables and other, newer products which use fold-able screens.OLED screens comprise thin films of organic molecules that create light when electricity is applied to them. This makes them more energy efficient than traditional LCD screens and enables thinner and bendable displays on smart devices.Reports suggest consumer electronics giant Samsung might launch a fold-able smartphone in the first half of 2016.But, IHS warned, the highly specialized nature of the industry will mean “many panel makers may not be able to survive the tough market situation expected in 2016, which will lead to further consolidation in the industry.”2. Wearable earbuds Smartwatches and activity trackers, such as Fitbit, have continued to dominate the wearable technology space in recent years. The one accessory to look out for 2016 is wireless earbuds which can fit inside the ear and have battery life to operate over a week between charges.IHS said this will let users enjoy hands-free calling, music streaming, and other traditional audio applications. They will also have the capacity to provide audible notifications for activities including monitoring heart rates. Apple and Samsung are expected to bring this type of device to the market, using Bluetooth technology.Previously, CNBC’s “The Rundown” spoke to a US-based technology startup, Doppler Labs, which already offers something similar in the market. CEO Noah Kraft spoke about the company’s Here Active Listening, a pair of digital ear buds, that can be controlled using a smartphone app to adjust volume, add special audio effects, and block out unwanted noises.“It allows you to hear the world the way you want to hear it,” said Kraft.3. Mobile networks will evolve The mobile industry is working to create third-generation-partnership-project (3GPP) connectivity standards optimized for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. 3GPP is an international collaborative project that helps develop globally acceptable specifications for third generation (3G) mobile systems.It will compete with proprietary low-power wireless wide area network technologies that IHS reckoned will gain traction in the market next year. Low-power wireless wide area network (LPWAN) is a technology that uses less power to connect mainly IoT enabled devices to one another. IHS predicted LPWAN technology will enjoy a head start on 3GPP in 2016.Meanwhile, demand for fourth generation mobile telephony (4G), also known as long-term evolution (LTE), network equipment, which reached its peak in 2015, will flatten in the New Year as the big Chinese telcos finish rolling out their 4G networks. 4G networks allow for higher speed mobile internet access.4. Sensors become widespread Sensors will become a key technology feature with widespread use.Fingerprint sensors, IHS said, will become the new standard offering in premium smartphones in 2016 even as the market continues to experiment with retinal scans and other forms of bio-metric scans.In China, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will adopt and install gas sensors into smartphones to measure air quality and also to be used as breath analyzers for alcohol detection. In the latter half of 2015, Beijing has had to deal with hazardous levels of air pollution.Sensor technology will also provide an extra level of protection for athletes. Reebok is working to produce a sensor-based skullcap that can detect impact of a head injury during sports competitions.5. Security and data mining take center stage in the cloud The ability to mine large volumes of internally generated data to determine future behavior patterns and trends can provide businesses with competitive advantage. This is called predictive analytics.In 2016, there will be a proliferation of companies using predictive analytics, which will drive greater use of cloud computing. This technology allows users to store and access these datasets online, thus eliminating the need for local storage.Keeping such large volumes of data protected is always a priority for companies. IHS reckoned cloud security solutions will also provide a big source of revenue for the cyber security technology market.6. Semiconductor makers consolidate There will be further consolidation in mature semiconductor markets such as smartphones, tablets, TVs, PCs, and routers, for better efficiency and profitability through cost savings.China will also push to become a major force in semiconductor manufacturing. IHS said, “China seeks to assert itself strategically on the global stage and also achieve greater control over key components and technologies that are critical to its electronics manufacturing economy.”However, China’s push for more investments in the semiconductor manufacturing space will also create overcapacity in 2016, which will drive down prices and affect revenue.7. Internet of Medical Things Advance in technology has set the stage of a new generation of wearable healthcare devices which allow for continuous monitoring of a patient’s health. In 2016 this will lead to what IHS called a greater “democratization” of healthcare via Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).This will lead to greater access to medicine, more devices to measure vital signs and enable continuous health monitoring using wearable devices.“Multifunctional healthcare devices have only recently become available through retail channels,” said IHS, adding it expects “significant growth in this market.”Interoperability among the increasing number of mobile health apps and digital health platforms with existing hospital information systems will let healthcare providers to use patient-generated data for predictive analytics to manage population health more effectively.8. The Connected Home ecosystem grows Connected home products will reach the mass-market due to a fall in prices that make them more affordable. As a result, in 2016 there will be a plethora of apps and devices that will bring the benefits of networked homes for consumers. These include home appliances and connected audio systems that link up with smartphones, tablets, and PCs.9. Cyber conflict between the East and West Hacking and other forms of cybercrimes have long been a strain on Sino-U.S. relations. Adding to the list in 2016, IHS said, will be China’s continued push against the World Wide Web, which is governed on the principle of free speech – something championed by the West. It has led some to see the internet as an untamed entity.While China has condemned all forms of cybercrime in the past, it has also pushed for a “diametrically opposed view” of the Internet for several years. China has called for a global governance system to curb abuse of information, oppose network surveillance, and prevent only a select group of people from controlling the internet.[related-posts]10. From cord-cutting to virtual reality The pay TV market will see reshaping with more content owners breaking away from cable operators to offer programs to consumers directly.At the same time, virtual reality will step up from Google’s Cardboard-based headset to more complex features in the Playstation VR and Oculus’ Rift, both launching in 2016. But IHS reckoned adoption of this technology will be slow as they are dependent on other, often expensive, hardware.11. Facebook to dominate mobile advertising Online advertising, in 2015, was driven by mobile and online video ads which grew a combined $39 billion. A key driver of mobile advertising was Facebook, which accounted for 53 percent of all ads on this platform. That number is expected to grow to 60 percent in 2016 as the social networking giant continues to dominate other leading tech companies such as Google, Yahoo, and Twitter.12. Tech companies to drive the push for driverless cars Smart, driverless cars have been talked about for several years now with some of the biggest technology names – Google, and more recently Apple – involved.Next year, IHS said, will reveal the “defining role” these tech companies will play in autonomous driving and new mobility. Both large-cap companies and ambitious new startups will be involved in the various research and development aspects of this technology.IHS also expects major announcements from transportation or taxi companies on plans to utilize autonomous cars to pick up and drop off clients. The firm said one likely candidate could be Uber, which could potentially announce a partnership with one of the tech giants who have already poured money into this technology.13. Solar energy will light the way The historic agreement to reduce carbon-dependence at COP 21 opens up the door for solar energy to take center stage.IHS predicted 2016 will be a “record-breaking year” for the industry, forecasting solar installations to reach the milestone of 300 gigawatts (GW) of installed global capacity. That said, it is likely some major governments such as China or Japan may reduce their support for solar energy due to higher costs.[CNBC]last_img read more

New SMS Platform mOmulimisa helps rural Ugandans address poor service delivery

first_imgAdvertisement Residents of rural Northern Uganda, in the districts of Apac, Kole and Oyam, will be able to use a new revamped version of the SMS platform, m-Omulimisa, to easily report service delivery issues, pursue the resolution of problems, and to hold their leaders accountable, after its launch yesterday.Whilst m-Omulimisa (mobile Omulimisa) has existed since 2013, it has now been improved for easy reporting and receipt of feedback about issues of poor service delivery, via SMS. Anyone can report a problem by sending an SMS to 8228 or visiting www.wougnet.org/ushahidi/. The platform is integrated with the crowd mapping platform Ushahidi. Messages submitted via the platform are forwarded to the relevant local authority.m-Omulimisa is an initiative by Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) who have worked since 2000 to promote and support the innovative use of ICTs among women, as tools to collectively share information and address local problems. – Advertisement – Despite tremendous growth in Uganda’s ICT sector, the uptake of new technologies is hampered by poor infrastructure, low literacy levels, high access costs and lack of local online content, particularly in rural areas. 80% of Ugandans live in rural areas and have very little access to information and decision-making about local service delivery and information about the performance of their leaders.Ms Grace Acheng, a local resident from Chegere Subcounty in Apac district says, “Our districts face regular service delivery problems, such as impassable roads, bridges that have washed away, absentee school teachers, low quality building construction at schools, and lack of medicines at our health centres. m-Omulimisa gives us a way to report these problems, as well as corruption issues.”Ms. Goretti Amuriat, Programme Manager Gender & ICT Policy Advocacy Program, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), says, “Historically, information about service delivery and accountability has been in the control of the district political and civil service leaders.  We want to show how ICT tools such as mobile phones, radios and internet can be inclusively used as tools for engagement in which local communities hold their leaders accountable on service delivery and corruption. Via m-Omulimisa, sending stakeholders SMS messages about service delivery issues increases the pressure on local authorities/duty bearers and will stimulate action.”In recent years WOUGNET has already made substantial progress in fostering citizen engagement and government accountability, via various different projects.  Just two examples include the repair of poorly maintained borehole pipes at Awiri Parish in Chegere Subcounty, Apac district and the construction of new toilets at Amilo Primary School in IIbuje Subcounty, both in response to community reports which were then escalated to relevant officials.last_img read more

Scientists Have Developed an Artificial Intelligence System That Predicts the Lifespan of

first_img(Image Credit: TechCrunch) Advertisement According to sources from TimesOfIndia, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) system, developed by researchers from University of Adelaide in Australia, analysed the medical imaging of 48 patients’ by simply looking at the images of their organs and were able to predict which of them would die within five years, with 69 percent accuracy.This is comparable to ‘manual’ predictions by clinicians, researchers said.The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, has implications for the early diagnosis of serious illness and medical intervention. – Advertisement – “Predicting the future of a patient is useful because it may enable doctors to tailor treatments to the individual,” said Luke Oakden-Rayner, PhD student at the University of Adelaide.“The accurate assessment of biological age and the prediction of a patient’s longevity has so far been limited by doctors’ inability to look inside the body and measure the health of each organ. Our research has investigated the use of ‘deep learning’, a technique where computer systems can learn how to understand and analyse images,” he said.“Although for this study only a small sample of patients was used, our research suggests that the computer has learnt to recognize the complex imaging appearances of diseases, something that requires extensive training for human experts,” he adds.[related-posts]While the researchers could not identify exactly what the computer system was seeing in the images to make its predictions, the most confident predictions were made for patients with severe chronic diseases such as emphysema and congestive heart failure.“Instead of focusing on diagnosing diseases, the automated systems can predict medical outcomes in a way that doctors are not trained to do, by incorporating large volumes of data and detecting subtle patterns,” Oakden-Rayner said.“Our research opens new avenues for the application of artificial intelligence technology in medical image analysis, and could offer new hope for the early detection of serious illness, requiring specific medical interventions,” he said.The researchers hope to apply the same techniques to predict other important medical conditions, such as the onset of heart attacks.last_img read more

Ongoing regulatory reforms in wholesale USSD and SMS Markets A public readership

first_imgAdvertisement UCC has concluded a review of wholesale Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and SMS markets in Uganda. This is in line with the Commission’s ethos of consultation-based regulatory reforms across various communications markets.The Study focused on the provision of wholesale USSD and SMS access services by mobile network operators (MNO’s) to third-party mobile financial service providers and other VAS providers. The focus was on, how current commercial, legal and regulatory policies and practices are relating to the SMS and USSD channels, and how they affect the development of mobile financial services in Uganda.The review was premised on the increasing role of USSD and SMS services in key services like Mobile Money and related financial services. The exploratory review on key commercial bottlenecks in these markets and subsequent recommendations shall form the cornerstone of a number of regulatory amendments including;Guidance on wholesale USSD/SMS contracting between aggregators and MNO’s.Shortcode Number Allocation Procedures.Quality of service/experience in USSD and SMS services.Competition enforcement and market regulation in USSD and SMS Services. – Advertisement – Draft findings and recommendations of this review were presented to a cross-section of ecosystem stakeholders including; banks, aggregators, Mobile Network Operators and Development partners in a consultative forum this week at the Commission.These findings are now available on the UCC website and can be accessed by following the link: http://www.ucc.co.ug/data/smenu/118/Public-Consultation-Version-of-the-USSD-and-SMS-Market-Review-report.htmlMembers of the public are invited to review the report and submit comments to the address below by 12th January 2018.Comments may be sent to ucc@ucc.co.ug or any of their social media channels.[related-posts]last_img read more

MSI GS65 Stealth A Great Addition in Gaming Laptops

first_imgThe MSI GS65 Stealth crams an Nvidia VR-ready GeForce 1070 GPU Max-Q in a slim chassis. (Photo Courtesy: The Verge) Advertisement Nowadays, computer gamer looks for special devices with extra storage and high-end graphics. Heavy games need a big processor and ram, so gaming laptops are specially designed for gamers. If you are looking the best gaming laptop, the MSI GS65 Stealth can be a good choice for you. This slimmest gaming laptop hasn’t stinted on gaming power. The laptop crams an Nvidia VR-ready GeForce 1070 GPU Max-Q in a slim chassis.The notebook delivers smooth VR (virtual reality) experience and high frame rates. MSI GS65 Stealth notebook is a striking attempt to link the gap between play and work. There is no need to worry about data loss because you can recover deleted files freeware to get your misplaced files.Unique Golden TouchDecorated with gold accents, it looks beautiful without an ostentatious touch. The sleek chassis of this laptop is made from matte sandblasted black aluminum alloy. MSI equipped this laptop with flexible hinges to support a flat display for quick collaboration. To flip the orientation of the screen to 180 degrees, you have to press Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow. It is a simple method to provide an excellent view to people sitting across you. – Advertisement – The stately laptop features black aluminum interior. The touchpad and power button are lined in gold with a gilded, glowing keyboard. Top mounted vent gives an edge to this stylish laptop with floral designs. The thin frame has plenty of ports. On its right side, you can find a 3.1 Type-A USB port, a Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3, a power jack and HDMI.The laptop comes with a pair of Type-A 3.1 USB ports, a lock slot, Gigabit Ethernet, an S/PDIF jack and a jack for the microphone for high-res audio. Its extensive storage allows you to keep RecoverIT software. The free data recovery software mac will be an excellent solution for your smart devices.The GS65 features a six-core i7-8750H Intel Core processor (3.9-GHz), 16GB of RAM, and GTX 1070 Nvidia GeForce Max-QGPU (8GB of RAM). With $2,999 iteration, it doubles the SSD capacity and RAM to 1TB and 32GB respectively, in a RAID Super 4 configuration.Great Display and AudioThe 15.6-inch Stealth display offers a 1920×1080 resolution. With sharp details, you can see the scales in snakeskin jackets along with grime and dirt in the crevices and cracks of red garment. The laptop can reproduce almost 150% of the sRGB color gamut. The penal of Stealth averaged 293 nits and 288-nit gaming score. The speakers are great to fill your bedroom with clean synths, sharp percussion, and feisty guitar sound. With surround sound effects, you can keep disturbing people away from you.Touchpad and KeyboardWith this slim laptop, the keys of the keyboard are shallow. The island-style unique keys feature a 77-gram strong actuation. The spring keys allow you to type 70 words in a minute. The incredibly powerful laptop comes with VR support. This laptop is exceptional for its power consumption and efficiency. The system runs quietly than conventional systems.last_img read more

How to Set Up a New PC

first_img(Photo Courtesy: Pexel Images.) Advertisement Bought that new PC you always wanted but wondering howyou can set it up?Buying a new computer is definitely a cause forcelebration. No more is your PC going to hang up on you midway during acritical update. It’s going to be smooth sailing from now on, and you can eventry out new things like a Betwayonline casino anytime. So, how can you get things started?The Top Tips to Set up a New PC – Advertisement – Yes, the primary challenge is to know how to set upyour PC. Don’t worry –we can help you.1.    Update Windows on your new PC:This is the most important, yet the most tiresome stepof the process and can sometimes take up to hours. Connect your PC to theinternet and click on the start menu. In the settings option, click on checkfor updates. The windows update will now take place automatically.2.    Install a browser:Of course. How else are you going to dive into thevast world of the internet without a browser? Choose from the likes of GoogleChrome, Mozilla Firefox and more.3.    Install and update the security system on your PC:Themost essential task once you get an internet browser is to have goodquality updated security systems on your PC. Use of antivirus is mandatory ifyou don’t want the data stored on your computer to be hacked using a virus,only for your personal information to be used for malicious intent.4.    Clean your new PC:Often, the company that makes your PC puts inunnecessary updates and software on your computer that you have no use of. Thissoftware only ends up using the space that might have otherwise have been usedfor better purposes. Thus, cleaning up your new PC is mandatory to help savespace on your computer.5.    Install new software:Now that you have deleted all unnecessary files andfolders from your laptop, it is time for you to install new software that youmight actually need for your day today working with the computer. MS Office,Adobe Reader, maybe an Adobe Photoshop, depending on the kind of work you do onyour computer, you can install the necessary software, as per your will.6.    Back up:The last and final step which is also very crucial.Many of us tend to forget taking a backup only to end up crying when they loseimportant data when their system fails to function. To avoid a situation likethat, it is advisable to always keep a backup of your computer ready with youat all times.Now that you know all the steps to set up a new PC,don’t just linger. Go get your new baby all shiny and fixed up. Your computeris going to be your constant companion in all spheres of work, and it is onlyin your best interest to look after it well.last_img read more

RBS Six Nations – Preview Video

first_img(Note: Prices are correct at time of publication, but are subject to fluctuation. Many more markets are available.) Right, the RBS Six Nations will be upon us very soon! For all the Rugby fans, the joint favourites are England and France at 2/1. Wales are recent champions, but can they do it again? In terms of England, is there a question mark about the backs line up? Luke Tarr, and Trevor Harris analyse where they think the value is in this years tournament and whether or not the favourites will it see through competition.last_img read more