The government has rejected three key recommendati

first_imgThe government has rejected three key recommendations by a cross-party committee of MPs that were aimed at improving the safety and transparency of its benefits sanctions regime.In its response to a report published earlier this year by the work and pensions select committee, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) this week rejected a call for a full, independent review of the sanctions regime and the conditions placed upon benefit claimants.DWP also rejected a call for ministers to state how many secret “peer reviews” had been carried out into the deaths of benefit claimants who were subject to a sanction at the time they died, and to say what measures were taken by ministers as a result of those findings.The existence of the internal DWP reviews was only exposed by Disability News Service last autumn, and ministers have refused so far to publish their content, summaries, conclusions or recommendations, even with personal details redacted.The government rejected a third key recommendation of the committee, to set up a body modelled on the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that would carry out a review – if requested by relatives – into all deaths of working-age claimants of out-of-work benefit claimants.DWP said it had already made improvements to the system of sanctions – where benefit payments are stopped for a period if a claimant has not met a particular condition – following recommendations made last year in a review of jobseeker’s allowance sanctions by the former Treasury advisor Matthew Oakley, and that it now wanted to “focus on embedding those changes and improvements”.It added: “As with all our policies, we are keeping the operation of the sanctions system under constant review to ensure that it continues to function effectively and fairly and that, where we identify an issue, we act to put it right.”DWP said it was unable to say how many reviews there had been where the claimant was subject to a benefit sanction at the time they died, because of “the high risk that the disclosure of that information may lead to identification of one or more of the individuals concerned, and thus breach the department’s obligations of confidentiality”.It also argued in its response to the committee’s report that a new IPCC-type body was not needed because of existing routes open for relatives to seek reviews, through their MPs, the court system, benefit tribunals, complaints to DWP, and through the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.The department also said that it would be “simply unworkable and disproportionate” to investigate “what might amount to every death of a working age benefit claimant”.Iain Duncan Smith (pictured), the work and pensions secretary, did accept some of the committee’s recommendations, including an agreement to trial a system in which benefit claimants would be warned that they were facing a possible sanction, and given 14 days to produce evidence showing why they should not be punished.DWP has also issued “comprehensive guidance” to staff on how restrictions on availability and the type and hours of work that people on jobseeker’s allowance can do “can be varied to take account of the claimant’s physical or mental health conditions and caring responsibilities”.And it has developed new guidance for Work Programme providers on sanctioning disabled claimants of ESA.Duncan Smith said he would also “consider” extending the definition of groups seen as being “at risk” to include people with mental health conditions and those who are homeless – it already includes all ESA claimants – which allows them to seek access to hardship payments the moment a sanction is applied.But the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), which represents Work Programme providers, was critical of the government’s changes.Kirsty McHugh, ERSA’s chief executive, said: “We welcome the recognition by the secretary of state that the sanctions system is in need of reform, but are concerned that the changes today don’t go far enough. “For some jobseekers, receiving a sanction can act as a ‘wake up’ call. However, for the majority, the sanction system is more likely to hinder the journey to employment. “Jobseekers move into work quickest when they feel positive about work and thus sanctions should only be used as a last resort.”last_img read more

Some parents are being asked to educate their disa

first_imgSome parents are being asked to educate their disabled children at home because their schools claim they cannot meet their needs, the education watchdog’s annual report has warned.Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, said in her report that the proportion of disabled children needing support who had been excluded from their schools was “typically high”.She said that some disabled children and young people who need support were having “a very poor experience of the education system”.She said that some parents “have been pressured to keep their children at home because leaders say they can’t meet their needs. This is unacceptable.”Her report also says that there are now about 1,000 state-funded special schools, three-quarters of which are maintained by local authorities, while a quarter are academies.And it says that the proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or a new education, health and care plan attending a state-funded special school, rather than mainstream provision, has risen from 40 per cent in 2010 – when the new coalition government pledged to “remove the bias towards inclusion” – to 45 per cent of pupils.Tara Flood, director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said: “The government is in complete denial that there is a crisis in the support that disabled children and young people should be receiving.“The alarm bells are ringing everywhere apart from in the Department for Education.”She said ALLFIE had heard from parents who had been told to educate their disabled children at home.She said: “It highlights what ALLFIE has been raising the alarm about for a long time now, that disabled children and young people are being forced out of mainstream education by a tightening of the [Ofsted] inspection regime and a narrowing down of what is considered to be educational success.”She said that the increasing Ofsted focus on academic attainment and discipline “gives a reason for schools to remove children considered to have challenging behaviour”.As a result, there had been a rise in the number of disabled children being viewed by schools as having challenging behaviour, with that being used as a reason to exclude them and avoid “putting [the school’s] academic results into jeopardy”.She said: “We have noticed in the last two years the real increase in parents being told that their [disabled] children are no longer welcome in school and in college.”She said there was also an increasing “disconnection” between schools and local education authority support services for disabled children, because of the education reforms brought in by the government.Flood said: “The real worry for us is not only the government’s denial that there is a crisis in education for disabled children and young people but that their response to that is to build more segregated provision rather than taking a human rights approach and building the capacity for inclusion.”And she said there was also anecdotal evidence of children being excluded from school while on the waiting-list for support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).This has led to children being denied any kind of education “for months and months” while waiting for an assessment.She said the report in August by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities on the UK’s progress in implementing the UN disability convention “set out clear recommendations for the UK government in terms of what it needs to do to make fundamental changes to the education system”.The report was highly critical of the UK government’s approach to inclusive education, and the “persistence of a dual education system” that segregates increasing numbers of disabled children in special schools.It called instead for a “coherent strategy” on “increasing and improving inclusive education”, which would include raising awareness of – and support for – inclusive education among parents of disabled children.Picture: Representatives of UK disabled people’s organisations at the UN in Geneva in Augustlast_img read more

THERE are just SIX days to go until the start of t

first_imgTHERE are just SIX days to go until the start of the Super League season!The Saints will be beginning the march for their SIXTH Super League title when they kick off their league campaign on Saturday February 2 (4.45pm).Huddersfield Giants lie in wait for Nathan Brown’s side and hopes are high following a good showing in pre-season.Saints have scored 13 tries and conceded just two in their two games to date and combinations all over the field are starting to gel.Tickets for Saturday’s match are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.New signing Jordan Turner said: “I have settled in well here and I am looking forward to the new season. I have made some great friends already and Saints play an attacking brand football I’ve loved watching since I was a kid.“The attitude around the club is good; it’s almost like there is a different aura when you come into training. I think we can only go upwards from there.“Centre is my positon but if Browny (Nathan Brown) wanted me to play elsewhere I would give it my all, but centre for now at this time in my career is right for me.”last_img read more

CLADDING work is now taking place in the Totally W

first_imgCLADDING work is now taking place in the Totally Wicked North Stand.On track to be completed by the time Australia faces Fiji in the World Cup at Langtree Park on November 2, the project is continuing at pace.A high percentage of the works in the Hattons Solicitors West Stand and East Stand have also been completed too.In his programme notes at the Warrington game club Chairman Eamonn McManus wrote: “The cladding continues to go up on schedule and is due for completion in early October.“It will be complete in all respects for our hosting of the Australia v Fiji fixture in the World Cup. We can then proudly showcase our improved new stadium to the international game and an international audience.“I hope that the entire town of St.Helens gets to this game show the game that we are a true rugby league town and are truly proud of the best stadium in the sport.”last_img read more

THE fantastic success of Rugby League World Cup 20

first_imgTHE fantastic success of Rugby League World Cup 2013 was put into sharp perspective today with the publication of the official Tournament Review.The Review was launched at an event at MediaCityUK in Salford and details the sporting, social, economic and cultural impact made both during and since the 14-nation tournament was staged in the autumn of 2013.Speaking at the launch, RLWC2013 Tournament Director Nigel Wood said the tournament had provided a platform that will allow the whole sport to grow, both in the UK and across the globe over the next decade and beyond.“We believe that the success factors identified before the opening game of Rugby League World Cup 2013 were comprehensively delivered against,” said Wood.“From the opening games beneath the closed roof of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium to the final at the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford, RLWC2013 fired the imagination of fans and the wider public like no Rugby League tournament before it.“As a sporting spectacle, it was truly wonderful; I’m also delighted that the impact of RLWC2013 stretched beyond the field of play thanks to hugely successful arts, dance and education programmes which touched the lives of thousands of young people.“The success of RLWC2013 was made possible by the passion, the vision and the commitment of a great many people, including hundreds of volunteers, the dedicated staff who worked tirelessly throughout the tournament and those involved in the host towns and cities.“Above all the tournament came alive thanks to the supporters from the UK and around the world who ensured that this great celebration of international Rugby League was enjoyed by all who came into contact with it.”Wood also revealed that the bumper crowds and commercial success of RLWC2013 had allowed the tournament to deliver a record financial return in excess of £3.7 million to the Rugby League International Federation.The tournament featured 28 games at 21 venues over a five-week period between October 26 and November 30 and was watched live by over 450,000 spectators. It was also watched by an audience of 18.8 million television viewers in the key territories of UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.The direct economic impact of the tournament for the hosts England and Wales was £9.6m. However, the host towns and cities also benefited significantly, particularly the hosts of the showpiece occasions of the tournament.The direct economic benefit to Cardiff of hosting the Opening Ceremony was £8.5m; the semi-final double header at Wembley generated a direct economic impact of £12.3m for London; and as a result of staging the final, Manchester experienced a direct economic benefit of £8.4m.The tournament reached new areas and attracted new fans to the sport with 14 per cent of tickets purchased by people gaining their first experience of Rugby League whilst 38 per cent of ticket sales were to people residing outside the North of England.Rugby League’s reputation as a family friendly sport is reflected in the attendance statistics which show that 73 per cent of people watched matches as a family. One third (32 per cent) of the attendees were women and 35 per cent attended with children whilst two thirds (65 per cent) belonged to socio-economic groups ABC1.The inspirational nature of RLWC2013 is also highlighted in the feedback from fans following the tournament, more than 12,500 of whom indicated they have been inspired to begin playing Rugby League, or play more than previously.Over 30,000 people said that they had been inspired to become involved in Rugby League in some capacity and almost 14,000 people who had no previous engagement with the sport now intend to become involved.The event experience provided for fans at the matches was highly rated, with 91 per cent of spectators rating their RLWC2013 experience as 8+ or more out of 10 and 73 per cent of fans stating it was better than any other sporting event they had attended in the past.RLWC2013 General Manager Sally Bolton said: “After the excitement and euphoria of the tournament and what we felt we had achieved in terms of fan engagement and reach, it is very satisfying to have that reflected in the research findings.“The staging of the tournament was always focused on generating increased interest in and engagement with the sport and these findings show the opportunity that the sport now has to grow.”Rugby League World Cup 2013 Tournament Review at a glance:28 matches played at 21 venues with a total attendance of 458,463834 hours of television coverage in four key markets of UK, Ireland, Australia and New ZealandUK TV audience of 13.3m, with a peak of 2.8m for the England v New Zealand semi finalTournament broadcast into 114 territories with a worldwide audience reach of 134m viewersDirect economic impact for the hosts England and Wales was £9.6mDirect economic impact to Cardiff (Opening Ceremony at Millennium Stadium) of £8.4m; to London (Big Hit Semi-final at Wembley) of £12.3m; and to Manchester (Final at Old Trafford) of £8.5mFinancial return to the Rugby League International Federation in excess of £3.7mAverage 76 per cent spectator occupancy at matches14 per cent of ticket purchasers attended their first Rugby League match during the tournament38 per cent of tickets were purchased by people living outside the North of England92 per cent of ticket purchasers attended as a group; 73 per cent watched live with their family32 per cent of fans were female35 per cent of ticket purchasers attended with children65 per cent of ticket purchasers were from the ABC1 socio-economic range96 per cent of attendees agreed that the tournament had enhanced the perception of host towns and cities were they had attended a match91 per cent of fans said they were excited to be part of the event91 per cent of fans gave the tournament an ‘event experience’ rating of eight or more out of 1073 per cent of spectators felt RLWC2013 was better than any over live sports event they had attended beforeOver 12,000 ticket purchasers were inspired to play Rugby League for first time or play more oftenMore than 30,000 people intend to become involved or more involved Rugby League in some way, of which 13,800 people who had no previous engagement with the sport have been inspired to become involved for the first timeRLWC2013 utilised over 650 volunteers in England and Wales. 52 per cent of those had not volunteered previously and 72 per cent rated their experience as 8 or more out of 1083 per cent of spectators said the tournament gave them pride in their country whilst 77 per cent of spectators said the tournament helped to enhance community spiritlast_img read more

Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Daniels serve

first_imgStrength and Conditioning Coach Matt Daniels served up a frosty breakfast before the team went to NG-UP Fitness in Liverpool for a high energy session.Memberships for the 2017 season are on sale from the Saints – with all prices frozen for the forthcoming campaign.Click here to find out more – and you could win a trip to the 2017 State of Origin too.last_img

The challenge with a difference sees the Radio Mer

first_imgThe challenge with a difference sees the Radio Merseyside breakfast team of Tony Snell and Steve Coleman ride to venues across the North West in the build up to this Friday’s Children in Need.When they arrive, they busk alongside the community and the Sing Me Merseyside Choir.They joined Boots in reception at the Totally Wicked Stadium to bang out some classic tunes before heading off to The Dream.To donate to the cause text BUSK to 70405 to donate £5.You can follow the ride itself at @bbcmerseysidelast_img read more

It is a joint investment partfunded by Department

first_imgIt is a joint investment part-funded by Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport and the Big Lottery Fund.Saints welcomed YouthFed to launch their 4REAL programme at the match against Widnes Vikings at the beginning of July with support from the young people who will benefit from it.It aims to provide activities to develop skills, improve their wellbeing and promote engagement with their communities.Sharon Vaughan, Project Coordinator for the 4REAL programme said: “YouthFed are delighted to be partnering with Saints and are looking forward to hearing about the impact the programme has on the young people.”Commenting on the partnership, Saints’ Coaching and Education Manager, Craig Richards, added: “We look forward to working in partnership with YouthFed to support our young people aged 11 to 15 in the town.“We will be working with them to develop crucial life skills through sport, such as leadership, team work and emotional intelligence.”For more information on the 4REAL project please visit To be a part of any future 4REAL programmes contact craig.richards@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

UPDATE Brunswick County man dies at hospital after Friday evening shooting

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night in the area of Carlon Rd. NW and George Daniels Rd. NW in Longwood. The BCSO says the shooting happened around 6:30 in the evening.The victim was 30-year-old Anthony Scott Beers. He was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury earlier Sunday morning.- Advertisement – This is an ongoing homicide investigation. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons responsible for the shooting of Anthony Scott Beers.Anyone with any information should contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-253-2777 or call 911.Detectives believe this to be an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.Related Article: Brunswick deputies honor veteran who died alone———————————————–BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man was taken to the hospital after being shot in Longwood Friday evening, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.They say it happened in the area of Carlon Road NW and George Daniels Road NW in Longwood at approximately 6:30 p.m.The 30-year-old male victim was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.Detectives believe this was an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.last_img read more

Teen juvenile charged with murder in death of Wilmington man

first_imgDevontae Mitchell (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two teens face murder charges and another is dead following a shooting Tuesday night in Wilmington.Police arrested Devontae Mitchell, 18, and a 15-year-old late Wednesday night for the murder of Tomar Bloodworth, 19.- Advertisement – Bloodworth was shot in the 2800 block of Chestnut Street around 8:50 p.m. Tuesday.Police say the investigation is ongoing.If you have any information, contact WPD at (910) 343-3600 or use Text-A-Tip.last_img read more

Hundreds flock to 15000th Dollar General grand opening

first_img “My aunt, she was so excited cause they were giving away gift cards,” said one young boy.A $10 gift card and goody bag to the first 500 customers, as well as complimentary donuts and coffee.“We’ve had folks lined up as early as 5:30 this morning to get all the great goodies and gift cards and everything,” said Crystal Ghassemi, Dollar General Director of Public Relations.Related Article: Residents evicted after alleged mold outbreak at Wilmington complexThe company also awarded $3,000 checks to five local schools.Kim Clark, assistant principal at Williston Middle School, says all donations are a big help.“It’s exciting! It’s going to be fun to take this money back and talk with our team about how we can use this money to increase literacy in our building,” said Clark.For those who missed out on the gift cards and goody bags, Dollar General began giving out other items.“Even something as simple as toilet paper and water, all that adds up when you give it away to the community,” said Wilmington resident Moses Canty.Canty, who lives near the store, says he was excited to be a part of the store’s grand opening.“It’s good for the community to see everyone coming out for something that was needed in this area for a while,” said Canty.If not for the Dollar General sign, and Dollar General merchandise, you might think you were at a fair.“We got food, music, everything,” said another young boy.With plenty of vendors giving away food, drinks, and merchandise, and mascots to entertain the kids, the event was definitely a celebration.And people seemed to enjoy the store as well.“It was beautiful inside, and I enjoyed it, and I will be coming back,” said one woman. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo declared July 14 Dollar General day after the company opened its 15,000th store in our very own Port City.Dollar General celebrated the milestone in Wilmington by giving back to the community.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Fenech Adami will stay as regional president and resign from local council

first_img SharePrint Birkirkara councillor for Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Michael Fenech Adami will keep his position as Central Region President and will therefore not be sworn in as local councillor when the new legislature begins on the 1st of July.This was announced in a PN press release which also explains that Fenech Adami has informed the Director General at the Department for Local Councils that he is forfeiting his post on the Birkirkara Local Council.Michael Fenech Adami had been Central Region President since 2017 and will continue will his mandate until 2022. He had also served as a mayor and as a Minority Leader within the Birkirkara Local Council.PN explained that Fench Adami had to take these actions following the introduction of the amendments made in the Local Councils Act (Chapter 363) that stipulates that a Regional President cannot also sit at a local council.PN thanked Micheal Fenech Adami for his contributions within the Birkirkara Local Council and wished him further success within the Regional Council and the PN.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Benchmark Report had sat on a shelf for a year – MUT

first_imgMalta Union of Teachers (MUT) has stated that the report presented yesterday by theMinister of Education Evarist Bartolo is dated June 2018, suggesting that it sat on shelf for a year.The report states that the benchmarks should be gradually removed for primary schoolstudents.MUT said that in this specific report there were 25 proposals, which include proposals thathad to be carried during this scholastic year. Amongst these proposals are a few that directly effect grade 6 students, such as that the gradual removal of benchmarks and that the maths exam should be also offered in Maltese.MUT also mentioned that they want to see the gradual removal of grade 6 exams by 2021.The union added that the Ministry ended up contradicting itself as firstly it wanted students to sit for their exams but now they have decided to remove the Maltese, English and Mathsexams from grade 6.“We are shocked about the benchmark situation” – UPEUPE – Voice of the Workers were shocked with the news that the Minster of Education tookthe decision to remove the benchmark exams. Both UPE and MUT said that were notconsulted about the changes, with UPE adding that they were not informed about the 25proposals.Read More:Maths paper should be in English and Maltese from Year 4 <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more

PC Tech Awards Ugandas Top 5 Websites of 2012

first_imgAdvertisement It’s that time of the year again. Over the next four weeks, PC Tech Awards will look at this year’s most outstanding performers in the Technology industry. The Top 5 Websites of 2012 is the first in a series that’s going to rank just about everything that matters in our editorial line.Based on design, content and usability, here are Uganda’s best 5 websites this year!#1. New Vision ( Category: News, Local Content – Advertisement – Twelve months ago, the website of “Uganda’s leading daily” was voted the worst website in the country. New Vision had attempted to overhaul a site they had had for over 10 years, reportedly spending big in the process. The ads they run ensured people held their breath in anticipation of the new face of what was, until that point their favourite website.When it was finally unveiled, the website on a black background completely failed to live up to its billing, and the company was soon criticised over, among other things, the decision to hire a foreign firm. While the initial response was that of defiance, the company has since proved that the criticism was taken into consideration.Mid year, they quietly unveiled a more improved version and have been further improving it since. While last year’s glitch cost them the top spot in the country’s traffic rankings, there’s no doubt that New Vision will soon regain that position. At this rate, anyway.#2. UGO ( Category: Web PortalsLaunched 15 months ago, Uganda Goes Online promised to be the leader of Uganda’s internet revolution, committing teams on the ground to sensitize organizations and individuals to the need to embrace online media.“Everyone will remember that we are the ones who started the revolution. That’s what’s important,” said founder, Boaz Shani in an Interview with PC Tech Magazine soon after they launched. He had been asked how the company was benefiting from “doing everything for free”.While the first edition of the website didn’t impress that much, the company soon after re-launched a version that has helped it stay in the top 5 local websites by traffic all year.#3. BigEye ( Category: News, EntertainmentThe domain name was registered on April 19th, 2012. Usually, websites less than a year old don’t get to make the cut for such lists. But this is unusual. This spot was, for a long time, occupied by“We are simply Africa’s number one entertainment website with a bigger focus on the Ugandan music and entertainment industry which was rated as one of the fastest growing industries,” reads a line from their About page.Of course, they’re not Africa’s Number One entertainment website. But a growth such as theirs – number 3 in Alexa rankings for some time – and over 10,000 Facebook fans in under 6 months is definitely remarkable. At least by Ugandan standards.#4. State House, Uganda ( Category: GovernmentThe government of Uganda is not known for having the best looking websites, let alone the most up-to-date ones. But this is different. In addition to the sleekness of its design, the last update was made less than 48hours ago, and the ones before that were made at even shorter time intervals.In this area, at least, they’re leading by example!#5. Bell Lager ( Category: CorporateThis website has a very sleek design. That has been a big contribution to its appearance on this list. Like most top sites in Uganda, is less than a year old.We, however, did not understand why the website has a huge notice that reads “YOU MUST BE 18 YRS AND ABOVE TO ENTER”. We thought kids under 18 may need to know about the Bell Super League – Uganda’s top-flight football league.[divider]Just missed the cut (in no particular order).1. Urban Legend Kampala 2. Red Pepper 3. Meka.ugYou think we missed something? You can contribute to this list by commenting below. We’re compiling a bigger list of the Top 100 sites.last_img read more

Yahoo Secretly Scanned Emails for US Authorities

first_imgAdvertisement Yahoo secretly scanned millions of its users’ email accounts on behalf of the US government, according to a report. Reuters news agency says the firm built special software last year to comply with a classified request.“Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States,” the tech firm said in a statement provided to the BBC.The allegation comes less than a fortnight after Yahoo said hackers had stolen data about many of its users. – Advertisement – Yahoo is in the process of being taken over by Verizon Communications in a $4.8bn deal. The telecoms provider declined to comment on the report.‘Upset workers’ Reuters reports that the scans were requested by either the National Security Agency (NSA) or the FBI, according to three sources – two of whom it says were ex-Yahoo employees.The news agency says that the software scanned for a string of characters within all incoming emails, but adds that it was unable to determine what information was handed over or if other internet companies had received a similar demand.US law allows the country’s intelligence agencies to order the release of customer data that they believe could prevent a terrorist attack, among other reasons.Companies can challenge such orders behind closed doors in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.But Reuters reports that Yahoo decided not to fight the matter because it thought it would lose. It adds that some Yahoo employees were upset by that decision.The whistle blower Edward Snowden, who previously revealed details about the US’s cyber-spying efforts, has tweeted in response to the unverified allegations: “Use @Yahoo? They secretly scanned everything you ever wrote… close your account today.”Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

Makerere DVC Officially Opens 2nd Edition of Health Innovation Conference

first_imgDr. Umar Kakumba keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Health Innovation Conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday 19th, March 2019 | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest. Advertisement Deputy Vice Chancellor at Makerere University, Dr. Umar Kakumba on Tuesday officially opened the second edition of the Health Innovation Conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel.As the Chief Guest of the event, he commended the organizers — stating such events are so fundamental for a country’s development. During his keynote speech, Umar asked participating innovative companies to provide innovative teaching to Ugandan youth.Organized by the Ugandan Academy for Health Innovation and Impact (UAHII) , the event will go till Mar. 21st, under the theme “Sustainable Health for all: Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. This generally focusing on how various aspects of — new, old, high and lo-tech can effectively be used to improve health. – Advertisement – The 3 day event will see a number of topics discussed on health including; Blockchain Technology, Entrepreneurship, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Machines for Health, Data Analytics, Virtual Reality, among others.The conference on the other hand will create opportunities to initiate collaborative efforts in health innovation with representatives from different health sectors.Umar urged on key players to always carry out research to help the generation population in health. He said, quote, “Research has become the end factor of production.” He Umar further said that, in order to be innovative, you need to carry out research first, because it’s a prioty.Umar ended the opening together with the events partners by signing on a commemorative painting by Ronald Tibirusga, — renowned live events artist.Dr. Umar Kakumba signing on a commemorative painting by renowned live events artist Ronald Tibirusga at the opening ceremony of the Health Innovation Conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday 19th, March 2019 | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.The event later continued with a panel session on — Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health and What the opportunities for health are. The panel was moderated by Andrew Kambugu; Executive Director of IDI to panelists; techpreneur; Kwame Rugunda, Steve Ollis; Co-chair at Global Digital Health Network, Mike Tartakovsky; CIO at OCICB, and Brian Woodfall; Senior Director at Johnson & Johnson.last_img read more

Govt Through NITA Uganda Extend Internet Connectivity to West Nile

first_imgPresident Museveni shakes hands with World Bank Country Manager, Antony Thompson as, NITA Uganda ED; James Ssaka, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze; Minister of ICT and State Minister for Investment and Privatization, Hon. Evelyne Anite look on during the launch of the Phase Four of the NBI in West Nile on Saturday May, 11th 2019. Advertisement The Government of Uganda through NITA Uganda finalized the extension of internet connectivity in the West Nile region on May 11th with President Museveni officially launching the Fourth Phase of the National Back bone infrastructure project (NBI) at an event held in Koboko district.In the Fourth Phase, NBI extends to the districts of Pakwach, Nebbi, Arua, Yumbe, Koboko, Adjumani, Katakwi and the boarder points of, Oraba, Vurra and Mpondwe. NITA Uganda has successfully completed the implementation of three phases of the NBI project connecting 39 districts.James Saaka, Executive Director at NITA Uganda at the ceremony said, “Phase Four will bring public services closer to the people with 100 government offices in the areas of West Nile and Karamoja connected.” – Advertisement – President Museveni noted it was important for West Nile to have underground internet cables because the facility would make work faster, efficient and easier.“These computers that work like human brains need to be connected by underground cables. We already did this in Kampala. We need to have the same done for West Nile. This is very important because it will help auditors and accountants get international jobs without moving to other countries,” said Museveni.The offices to be connected include; local governments, hospitals, schools, universities that are within a 1km radius from the Missing Links cable route or Point of Presence.In addition, the phase will provide new international connections to neighboring countries including South Sudan and eastern DRC which will improve access, reliability and competitiveness of broadband services both domestically and regionally.The phase will also help to position Uganda as a regional communications transit hub, including laying the groundwork for an eventual backbone connection between the submarine cables on the east and west coasts of Africa.NITA Uganda with funding from the World Bank has implemented the National Backbone Infrastructure and eGovernment Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) project to connect districts and towns across the country. This will include government offices via an optical fibre cable network so as to reduce the cost of the internet.As a result of these connections the cost of internet of across government entities has progressively reduced from USD$1,200 per Mbps monthly USD$70 per Mbps monthly.NITA Uganda claims it is providing the cheapest internet at a cost of USD$70 per Mbps monthly — translating to 70% cheaper offering than what other ISPs in the Ugandan market.The overall objective of the project is to; create a secure high-speed network that connects all Government MDAs, District Local Governments, Municipal Councils, Hospital, and Schools — lower the cost of communication across government and spur the development of online Government services.[related-posts]last_img read more

DAVID HADDRELLS Kings Stand Preview

first_imgTuesday sees the King’s Stand Stakes, a group one sprint over Ascot’s 5 furlong course. This race is often plundered by foreign raiders with Australian, Spanish and Hong Kong horses winning 7 of the last 10 renewals of the race.This year sees another country trying to get in on the act with South African champion sprinter Shea Shea looking likely to start favourite for the race. Australia also are having a crack with the usual faces from the UK lining up. Let’s go through the field in racecard order…1. Ballesteros – First time hood for this lad who’s only won handicaps although did manage a fourth in last year’s Abbaye at Longchamp. Two runs this year have been disappointing and it’s easy to pass over him.2. Doc Hay – Another handicapper trying to make it pay at the top level but another one that has failed when he’s tried in pattern company. He has won at Ascot but on soft and he’ll need a lot of rain to get anywhere near winning a race at this level imo.3. Heeraat – Another one that was running in handicaps last year but managed a fourth in the Palace House Stakes behind Sole Power at the Guineas meeting and looked as though he might be capable of moving up to better things. However, got beat as even money favourite at Beverley at the end of last month. I can see him outrunning his price if he gets the run of things as he has plenty of pace but I think he’ll be playing for place money.4. Jack Dexter – Extremely talented horse who’s won races from 5f-7f at handicap and listed level but all on soft-heavy ground. Will be unlikely to see those words in the going description at Ascot and therefore couldn’t consider backing him. Definitely one to keep an eye out if he lines up in a race like this in heavy ground though.5. Kingsgate Native – Looks as good as ever at the tender age of 8 after winning the Temple Stakes last time out at Haydock and has won at Ascot before when a surprise winner of the Golden Jubilee. On this year’s form, he’s very dangerous to underestimate and I certainly couldn’t put anyone off backing him at 14/1 but I personally think he might just fall short as he did when going off favourite for this race in 2010 and 2011 (6th both years).6. Medicean Man – Won three handicaps at Ascot in the past and posted arguably his best performance to date last time out at Haydock when beating Jwala. He came fourth in this race last year and arguably looks in better shape this year and 25/1 looks a bit big for him in a field where there isn’t much between the main UK sprinters.7. Move In Time – Won his first two races this year (handicaps) in good style before placing in two group threes (at Newmarket and Chantilly). The Chantilly race has been used as a prep for winners of this race before (Equiano) and he’s a dangerous horse to rule out at a massive price. He’s won and finished second at Ascot and goes on most ground so 50/1 makes no sense to me and I can see him running a huge race and potentially causing an ups et.8. Pearl Secret – It would be cruel to label him a talking horse as he’s won 4 of his 5 races and only came up short on his run in a group one as a 3 year old in a very good Nunthorpe. He has long been thought highly of and plenty of well respected judges seemed to think he was a sprinter going places last year. He’s an interesting runner and I’d be very tempted to back him at around 14/1 but he has had an interrupted prep for this race. I predict he’ll just get beat in this before going on to win the Audi Stakes at Goodwood and the Nunthorpe but again, very hard to put anyone off at the price.9. Prohibit – The 2011 winner of this race has only been seen once since last July and he really looks to have gone off the boil as he’s matured in age and was beat fair and square at Maisons-Laffitte last week and that looked like a bit of a rushed prep for this race. He’s only 33/1 because he’s won this race before and there are plenty of rags with better recent form and better claims at bigger prices.10 – Shamexpress – Australian sprinter in the King’s Stand. Wins.No? Well apparently not. The Aussies seem to think this one is a long way behind their previous winners of this race and the ratings would agree too as the RP only rated him 108 for his win in the Newmarket Handicap off a feather weight. The horses he beat that day have all been smashed since too. It’s very dangerous to rule out a sprinter from down under but the talk and form suggests this one will need to step up on what it’s done round Melbourne’s tracks to even take care of our modest sprinters.11. Shea Shea – A champion sprinter in South Africa, winning a group one at Turfontein last year in good style. He then travelled to Dubai and disappointed on debut in a handicap (behind Medicean Man) before improving beyond all recognition in his next two starts winning a listed sprint and the G1 Al Quoz Sprint beating some very very good horses from Hong Kong. I can’t help thinking that those two runs, as impressive as they were, might have been exaggerated by the conditions out in Dubai. If he runs to the same level of form as he did in Dubai, he will bolt up but it’s a massive question as to whether he does. Dubai has a very different climate and until recently, different medication rules and it’s worth mentioning that Mike De Kock bought another one very similar to Ascot a few years ago in JJ The Jet Plane and he got found out when he came to Europe to compete in the top sprints. Plenty of other impressive Dubai winners have lined up at Ascot before and not troubled the judge. You’d be a very very brave man or woman to take 2/1 about this horse repeating that form here IMO and he’d count as one of the lays of the week.12. Sole Power – Ultra consistent group one sprinter who was beat at Haydock as odds on favourite but his record speaks for himself. You could see him turning round the form with Kingsgate Native last time out but my concern about Sole Power is the track, he’s been beaten the three times he’s ran here and I see no reason why you should take 10 about him where there is 14 about Kingsgate Native out there, unless the ground gets very quick.13. Spirit Quartz – Another consistent sprinter who won at Chantilly two weeks ago and came fifth in this race last year. His second places to Ortensia last year read very well and repeating of those would see him go very close but there is a cigarette paper between him, Sole Power and Kingsgate Native on numerous runs and he’s another which will just come up short.14. Stepper Point – Not won since two year old days and whilst he’s ran well in two French group races the last twice which doesn’t put him far behind quite a few of these, he’s still a few lengths off them and I aren’t rushing to take the 100/1.15. Swiss Spirit – Another one that keeps finishing close to the usual UK sprinter crew and could be called an unlucky loser behind Kingsgate Native last time out at Haydock as he had a rough passage through the race. That aside, you’re still betting the same form line again but at 10/1 because he was unlucky LTO and as crude as it sounds, in my experience, you don’t see many folks driving Rolls Royces because they kept backing horses that were unlucky in their previous runs because they’re very often… underpriced.16. Angels Will Fall – Looked a sprinter to follow when winning a listed race at Ayr last year before finishing fifth behind Ortensia but really gone off the boil since and firmly put in her place at group level since then. Efforts this year have been lacklustre and the only hope of her getting close is if her new jockey buries her in the pack and if she travels, he could fly at the death but she’d be a real shock winner given her form.17. Bungle Inthejungle – Very good two year old but always looked a two year and whilst he’s ran very well (won once) on his two runs at Ascot, he just looks like a horse that hasn’t trained on and he’s easy to leave out of the reckoning.18. Reckless Abandon – The fly in the ointment for me. He was a fantastic two year old, winning all 5 races at sprint distances in good style and connections decided to send him sprinting rather than tackle the Guineas this year. He was beat on debut in the Temple behind Kingsgate Native and Swiss Spirit but if anything is going to improve and cement itself as a top UK sprinter then it’ll be this one but I’m not sure there’s much juice in the price.19. Hoyam – Another decent two year old who’s been found out since and has at least a stone to find to get competitive. His trainer has managed it before though at this meeting with a similar type (Art Connoisseur) but even so, he’s 66/1 with justifiable reason.ConclusionThis has boil over written all over it to my eyes. The flashy favourite has it all to prove in a new country coming from somewhere where plenty before him have disappointed when they’ve reached the heady heights of European group racing but the home challenge is very exposed and really, only two UK sprinters have won this in ten years (if you count Equiano as being Spanish for his second win). Kingsgate Native, Swiss Spirit, Sole Power and Spirit Quartz know one another inside out but they keep beating one another and all of them bar Swiss Spirit have failed in this race in the past and I can’t see why that will change on Tuesday. The young pretender that chased them home that day is the most likable of the main domestic contenders but his price reflects that.With a weakened or questionable foreign challenge and an exposed domestic defence at the top end of the market, it makes sense to look outside the box in this race and I think course form is more important at Ascot than at most tracks. Medicean Man and Move In Time bring great course records to the table and both have hinted at being capable of running well at this level and I’m much happier having them on my side at 25/1 and 50/1 respectively over the front end of the betting.AdviceBet Medicean Man EW at 25/1 Bet Move In Time EW at 50/1last_img read more

Hannon and Hughes standing order

first_imgBritish Stallion Studs E.B.F. Maiden Fillies’ Stakes Windsor6.20pm, ATRBACK TO THE RACING AFTER BEING LOST IN WOODSThe thinking was right in opposing Westwood – just the deployed strategy of backing Woods and Mahan was wrong.In the end Mickelson deserved it, playing some superb golf in the final round. If you birdie four of the last six holes on the final day of an Open you REALLY do deserve to win. Incredible looking at the leaderboard going into the final round that he came away from Muirfield with a three shot victory.As for Woods, I thought he was disappointing yesterday having got himself into such a good position.The racing was kind to me last week so we’ll head to Windsor tonight in search of another winner by the Thames.Djinni looks really hard to oppose in the opening maiden fillies race at 6.20. She ran a really good race on debut at Newbury to finish fourth, despite going left at the stalls and should improve on that to take this race.We’ve got quite a few in the race to hold the price up including the Sir Mark Prescott trained Bewitchment who has been placed in all three starts to date but in nothing like the quality of the Newbury maiden that Djinni was fourth in.So it’s the Hannon and Hughes standing order being activated again at Windsor tonight.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points win Djinni (6.20 Windsor)(-13 points Sunday)HERE COMES THE RAIN…It was nice while it lasted….The highest temperature of the year is set to be recorded later today, with parts of Britain expected to bask in 33C sunshine.The Midlands and the south of England are the likely contenders for the hotspots of the day, before violent thunderstorms bring an end to the heatwave.The UK has seen its longest prolonged heatwave in seven years, although temperatures dipped slightly over the weekend.Sky weather presenter Isobel Lang said: “Today could be the hottest day of the year so far with a high of around 33C (91.4F).“The weather is set to break and violent thunderstorms are forecast over the next 48 hours across many parts of Britain and Ireland.“These thunderstorms could bring around 50mm (2in) of rain in just a few hours leading to some flash flooding.“Temperatures will ease down to into the mid-20s but it will continue to feel rather warm and humid.”The hottest day of the year so far had been last Wednesday at Hampton waterworks, southwest London, with highs of 32.2C (90F).last_img read more

Never felt more like singing the blues…

first_imgCAN LOO BELIEVE IT ?A man has been seriously injured after a toilet exploded in his face when he was checking the water pressure in his New York apartment.Michel Pierre needed 30 stitches after his face, arms and legs were struck by shards of porcelain.The 58-year-old, who was temporarily knocked unconscious by the blast, is now so scared his loo will burst again that he flushes it using a rope while hiding behind his bathroom door.“Obviously there is a serious problem in the building,” his lawyer Sanford Rubenstein said.“Clearly toilets are supposed to flush, not explode.”Mr Pierre is seeking compensation from the management company of the 16-storey block, which was built in 1964 and contains 275 flats. Coventry v Sheffield UnitedLeague One4pm SkyUNITED TO BE SENT TO COVENTRYThe Sky cameras are at the Sixfields Stadium at 4pm on Sunday for Coventry v Sheffield United – two clubs who are shadows of their former selves and now battling it out in League One.It’s a fixture that, in recent years at least, has produced few goals and three of the last four meetings have resulted in a stalemate.Feb 2013 League One Sheff Utd 1-2 CoventryDec 2012 JP Trophy Coventry 1-1 Sheff UtdAug 2012 League One Coventry 1-1 Sheff UtdJan 2011 Championship Coventry 0-0 Sheff UtdOct 2010 Championship Sheff Utd 0-1 CoventryApr 2010 Championship Sheff Utd 1-0 CoventrySep 2009 Championship Coventry 3-2 Sheff UtdMar 2009 Championship Coventry 1-2 Sheff UtdSep 2008 Championship Sheff Utd 1-1 CoventryMar 2008 Championship Sheff Utd 2-1 CoventryBoth teams are already languishing at the lower end of the table but in fairness to Coventry they had a 10 point deficit to overcome after entering administration.Sheffield United play their first game since Friday’s sacking of David Weir. Hardly surprising given they have picked up just two points out of a possible 27 since winning on the first day of the season.The managerless Blades’ team will be picked by Under-21 coach Chris Morgan, goalkeeping coach Darren Ward and academy chief Travis Binnion.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win COVENTRY at around 10/11last_img read more