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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The Home Office has been unable to explain why the number of disability hate crime cases referred to prosecutors by the police plunged last year by nearly a quarter, and why successful prosecutions of such offences fell even more sharply.In a week when the Home Office published its updated hate crime action plan, and its own figures showed a significant rise in the number of hate crimes recorded by the police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) figures are likely to embarrass home secretary Sajid Javid.In publishing his refreshed action plan, Javid said that hate crime “goes directly against the long-standing British values of unity, tolerance and mutual respect” and that he was “committed to stamping this sickening behaviour out”.But his department has been unable to explain this week why the new CPS annual report on hate crime showed the number of disability hate crimes referred by police forces in England and Wales to CPS fell from 988 in 2016-17 to just 754 in 2017-18, a drop of 23.7 per cent.This is likely to have contributed to a fall in completed prosecutions of disability hate crime cases from 1,009 to 752 last year (an even steeper fall of 25.5 per cent) and a slump in the number of disability hate crime convictions from 800 to 564 (a drop of 29.5 per cent).Only last week, Disability News Service reported how the work of police officers in more than half of disability hate crime investigations had been found to be “unacceptable”, following a joint inspection by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).The new CPS figures came as the Home Office’s own figures showed the number of disability hate crimes recorded by police forces rose sharply from 5,558 in 2016-17 to 7,226 in 2017-18.There is continuing debate over whether the latest significant increase in recorded hate crimes is due to more disabled people willing to report such offences to the police or third-party reporting centres; because of an actual increase in disability hate crime; or because of a combination of the two.As incidents can take several months for the police to investigate, crimes reported in 2017-18 may not have been referred to the CPS in that period, so the Home Office and CPS figures are not directly comparable.Separate Home Office figures – taken from the Crime Survey of England and Wales, but less statistically significant than those recorded by police forces because of the survey’s sample size – suggest that the number of disability hate crimes may have fallen slightly.They showed an average of about 52,000 disability hate crimes per year from 2015-16 to 2016-17, compared with an average of about 56,000 a year during the period 2011-12 to 2013-14, and 77,000 per year during the period 2007-08 to 2009-10.Anne Novis, chair of Inclusion London and the Metropolitan police’s disability hate crime working group, said it was “very disappointing” to see statistics showing such a steep fall in police referrals to CPS and subsequent prosecutions and convictions.She said possible explanations included the lack of training for police officers and “a lack of senior police emphasising the importance of recording and investigating appropriately”.But she also blamed government cuts, which she said had hit police forces hard, including their training budgets.She said: “Hundreds of staff have gone from the police in London, including many senior staff.“It is unrealistic that they could provide a service to all of us, let alone a community that finds it hard to communicate with the police because of the barriers that we have to face.”Despite the cuts, she said, police forces were still letting disabled people down with their performance on disability hate crime.A Home Office spokeswoman was unable to explain the fall in police referrals and failed to say if the department was concerned and what action it was going to take.But she said in a statement: “We expect all incidents of hate crime to be taken seriously and we are committed to making sure that police and prosecutors have the powers they need to bring offenders to justice.“We will continue to work with stakeholders to address what more can be done to tackle disability hate crime, particularly increasing reporting, and how we can support the police response to this vile crime.”A CPS spokesman said: “The CPS is only able to prosecute cases which are referred to us by the police.“We note the fall in the number of disability hate crime cases prosecuted this year and will continue to work with the police to understand any emerging trends.“The recent HMCPSI report on disability hate crime praised the work of the CPS and particularly our hate crime co-ordinators, so we can be confident the CPS is prosecuting these cases appropriately.”Two years ago, the then home secretary Amber Rudd was heavily criticised when she published her hate crime action plan for a “totally disrespectful” failure to address problems around disability-related hostility.The government’s updated hate crime action plan bragged this week of how its efforts since 2016 had “delivered success, including examples of strong police practice in response to hate crime and dealing with perpetrators”.Among new measures announced this week in the action plan, the Law Commission has been asked to review current hate crime legislation – as the commission recommended four years ago in a heavily-criticised report – following concerns that it does not offer disabled and LGBT people equal protection to that given to other protected groups.The review is likely to include examining the possible extension of aggravated offences – which have higher sentences and currently can only apply to crimes linked to race and religion – to disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.There will also be a national hate crime communications campaign, while the government will work with local groups to raise awareness of disability hate crime and examine how best to promote third party reporting centres, as well as attempting to “increase and broaden our engagement with stakeholders representing disabled people”.A separate report detailing progress made on the 2016 action plan reveals that a piece of research that aimed to identify the motivation behind disability hate crime had to be “abandoned” because they could not find enough perpetrators willing to work with academics.Meanwhile, a disabled people’s organisation has welcomed a £373,000 grant from the National Lottery that will further its work in tackling disability hate crime over the next three years.Disability Equality (nw), which is based in Preston, Lancashire, will use the money to develop disabled-led programmes and partnerships, focusing on the night-time economy, hate crime hot spots and “recruiting more disabled people who have been victims of hate crime to be ambassadors” so they can “spread the word” about how to report disability hate crime.last_img read more

A new guide – written solely by autistic people –

first_imgA new guide – written solely by autistic people – aims to show care providers, commissioners and inspectors how to provide “quality care” for other autistic people.An Independent Guide to Quality Carefor Autistic Peoplehas been written by members of the National Autistic Taskforce (NAT) and has a“heavy emphasis” on developing choice and control for service-users.The guidesays: “The more autonomy a person has, the less support services need to relyon external authorities such as good practice guides, instead looking to theperson themselves as the primary source of information, instruction andguidance.”Among itsrecommendations is that care providers should make the protection of service-users’autonomy “a core priority” and ensure they have choice and control over “majorlife decisions and not just everyday choices”.The guideadds: “Respect the rights of all people to privacy, dignity and the maximumpossible control over their own lives.”It also saysthere should be respect for the right of autistic service-users to make “unwisedecisions”, while their human rights should be prioritised over any “perceivedrisks to organisational or personal reputations”.The guide,which has been endorsed by organisations including the autistic-led AutisticUK and the non-user-ledcharity the National Autistic Society, warns that even “well-meaning approachesto care may be negative experiences for some autistic people when these do notrespect an autistic perspective”.This couldinclude being subjected to “treatments” that seek to “normalise” theservice-user or that try to include them in social activities they do not wantto participate in.The guidesays service-providers should carry out regular “sensory reviews” of the placeswhere autistic service-users spend time, ensure “prompt and effective” accessto advocacy, and embed “rights-based thinking” in day-to-day practice.And it saysthat any “physical intervention, pharmaceutical control of behaviour or anyother forms of restraint” should be viewed as service “failures”.The guidesays: “A good service for autistic people is one where staff try to putthemselves in an autistic person’s shoes, get to know each person as anindividual, and maintain a relationship with the person based on trust andrespect.”And it adds:“A good service for autistic people recognises autistic identity and does not assumethat what is ‘normal’ or ‘good’ for non-autistic people is necessarily rightfor an autistic person.”Thetaskforce hopes its new guide will be part of a growing move beyond the idea ofco-production of services and “towards autistic leadership”.Its mainauthor was trainer and consultant Yo Dunn, a member of the NAT executive.NAT was launched in December 2017 and has received two years’ funding of £100,000 from the Shirley Foundation, with its focus “to help empower autistic adults, including those with less autonomy and higher support needs, to have a stronger voice in the decisions and direction of their own lives”.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Deputies Kids living at Whiteville home with meth lab

first_img When deputies got to the scene, they said they discovered a meth lab in an outbuilding. They found drug paraphernalia, more than 28 grams of methamphetamine, and precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, including ammonium nitrate, lithium metal, and Sudafed.The State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Lab Response Team was contacted to assist Columbus County Sheriff’s Office to remove the material.Huggins was book into the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center with a $426,000 secured bond.Related Article: Autopsy planned after decomposing body found in Columbus CountyCharges:1 misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia2 felony counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine1 felony count of Manufacturing a Schedule II Controlled Substance3 felony counts of Possession of a Precursor with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine1 felony count of Maintaining a Vehicle for Use, Storage, or Sale of a Controlled Substance WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A man is behind bars after Columbus County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered two young children living at a Whiteville home with a meth lab on the property.Deputies were dispatched early Friday to a home on Gore Trailer Road in Whiteville. The call was in reference to a domestic dispute between Johnathan Huggins, his girlfriend and her mother.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police investigating multiple overnight shootings

first_img Around 1 a.m. Tuesday, officers received an alert of shots fired in the 500 block of Barclay Hills Dr. Police said a short time later, New Hanover Regional Medical Center informed them a 45-year-old Wilmington man arrived for treatment. A witness told police that the victim was arguing with the suspect when the suspect pulled out a gun and fired shots. Police said the 45-year-old victim is in stable condition.WPD said the shootings do not appear to be related and both investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are asking for any information in relation to two separate overnight shootings.According to a release, police first responded to the 110 block of Campbell St. around 11 p.m. Monday after an alert of shots fired. Officers arrived and found a 19-year-old Wilmington man with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Neighbors exchange gunshots during Tabor City home breakin

first_img Deputies responded to  Tillman Avenue in Tabor City in reference to shots fired.The couple who live in the home told investigators that Edward Deron Riggins, 28, who also lives on Tillman Avenue, attempted to enter their residence.Riggins then allegedly began firing shots into the home.Related Article: Dropped wallet leads to arrest in Carolina Beach car break-insOne of the homeowners fired back and shot Riggins.Riggins was driven to the hospital.After being treated for his injuries, he was arrested. Riggins is currently in the J Rueben Long Detention Center in Conway, South Carolina.No word yet on the charges he will face in Columbus County. Edward Riggins (Photo: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and then exchanging gunshots with the man who lived there.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says it happened just before 11:30 Thursday night.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hunting temporarily restricted on portion of Bladen Lakes State Forest

first_img The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission has changed the designation of the land to a temporary restricted zone.The commission says it will reevaluate the designation after hunting season ends. Bladen Lakes State Forest signs on NC Highway 53. (Photo: Facebook) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A portion of the game lands at Bladen Lakes State Forest is now off limits to hunting.Due to safety concerns, around 72 acres of the game land adjacent to Sweet Home Church Road and Sweet Home Trail will be closed to hunting until further notice.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Empie Park expands into largest tennis facility east of I95 in NC

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One Wilmington park got a makeover just in time for perfect outdoor activity weather.The City of Wilmington held a ribbon cutting Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the $1.425 million Empie Park Improvement Project. The park is located at 3405 Park Avenue.- Advertisement – Improvements include five additional hard tennis courts with LED lighting, 61 new parking spaces, landscaping, sidewalks that connect to the newly completed Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, and connectivity between Wrightsville Avenue and Park Avenue via a second access from Caswell Street.Lisa Estep, who plays in two Wilmington recreation leagues, says this is a great new edition.“It’s amazing to have these facilities right here,” Estep said. “It’s been a long time coming because this was phase three. We’ve had those courts for a while and we’ve been really lucky to have them and now to have these and it’ll just make tennis available to so many different people.”Related Article: Price gouging victims scammed during storm to get paid backIt is the largest tennis facility east of I-95 in North Carolina.The improvements began in July 2018 and were funded by the city’s multi-year construction program approved as part of the city’s annual budget.This project was a continuation of the Empie Phase 1 Improvements completed in 2010, which consisted of an additional 10 hard tennis courts with lights, a clubhouse, basketball courts and additional parking spaces.The Althea Gibson Tennis Complex now has 24 hard courts with lights to allow for more public play and larger scale tournaments and events.If you would like to book a time slot to use any of these courts visit here.last_img read more

Pender health officials issues measles info after outbreak

first_img “Vaccination with MMR vaccine is the best way to protect against measles,” said Kim Trotman, Pender County Health Department immunization nurse. “One dose of measles-containing vaccine administered at age 12 months is approximately 93 percent effective and the effectiveness of two doses of measles-containing vaccine is greater than 97 percent.”At this time, North Carolina law regarding measles vaccination has not changed. All children attending school in North Carolina must have two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days between doses.The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) released the following guidelines for citizens wondering if they should be revaccinated:Related Article: NC health department confirms 23 flu deaths so far this season• Adults born after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity (either proof of measles vaccination or a titer showing that they are immune to measles) should receive one dose of a measles containing vaccine.• Adults who fall into the high-risk category should have two doses of measles containing vaccine separated by at least 28 days. High-risk category includes healthcare workers, international travelers, and students attending post high school educational institutions.People born before 1957 are considered to have immunity to measles and generally do not need to be vaccinated. Birth before 1957 provides only presumptive evidence for measles, mumps, and rubella. Before vaccines were available, nearly everyone was infected with measles, mumps, and rubella viruses during childhood. Most people born before 1957 are likely to have been infected naturally and therefore are presumed to be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella. Healthcare personal born before 1957 without laboratory evidence of immunity or disease should consider getting two doses of MMR vaccine.Pender County Health Department offers measles vaccine as well as MMR titers. Contact Pender County Health Department for questions regarding cost. You do not need an appointment to receive vaccination or titers. Walk in hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed from 12-1 daily for lunch and holidays). We are located at 803 S. Walker Street, Burgaw.You may call 910-259-1230 or visit the health department website www.health.pendercountync.gov.If you live in the Hampstead area, you can visit the Immunization Clinic at the Hampstead Annex which is open every Wednesday from 12:00 -5:00 PM. No appointment is necessary. The Hampstead Annex is located at 15060 US Highway 17, Hampstead. Measles vaccine (Photo: Matthew Lotz / U.S. Air Force) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — With recent news about the increasing number of measles cases in the United States, people are asking if they should be revaccinated.On Monday, U.S. health officials say this year’s count of measles cases has surpassed 800, a growing tally that is already the nation’s highest in 25 years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Thousands attend 2019 Ocean City Jazz Festival

first_img The organizer, Kenneth Chestnut, said that about 2,000 people attended this year’s festival in total. 00:00 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 NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Ten years in a row, Ocean City Jazz Festival has brought people together through the power of music.Singers, bands, vendors and guests gathered at North Topsail Beach for history, music and food this whole weekend.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Malta ratifies agreement improving satellite navigation in the EU

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Credit: NASACredit: NASA Malta has signed an agreement ratifying it cooperation over systems to satellite programmes.The ratification of the Instrument was signed by Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela, is aimed at providing better navigation services for citizens across the European Member States and of Switzerland.The move follows the original creation of the Cooperation Agreement back in December 2013.This effort sees long term cooperation between the European Union and Switzerland in the area of satellite navigation within the civilian remit as well Swiss cooperation with programmes operated by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems.WhatsApplast_img read more

Maltese Pension entitlements reached €5bn in 2016

first_img SharePrint While total pension entitlements have gradually risen €5 billion over the four years between 2012 and 2016, their share as a percentage of GDP has dropped.According to new figures from the National Statistics Office, the four year period saw a gradual increase of €5 billion in pension entitlements, from over €20 billion to €25 billion. However, this increase is marked by a large drop as a percentage of GDP.While this figure sat at 280% in 2012, above entitlements, this dropped drastically to 250% four years later. That 30% drop only registered a slight increase in 2013 where there was an almost 10% rise.Social security tops entitlementsWhile total entitlements rose in the four year period, Social security is understood to have been the biggest part of this.The NSO figures show that there was an almost €5,000m increase (4,799) between 2012 and 2016 (17,755 and 22,553 respectively). This accounted for an almost 30% decrease over the period (29.6%), from 247.7% to 218.1%.When measured against the amount of treasury paid pension entitlements, there is a definite difference of around 89% between the Social Security and Treasury payments made in 2016 (Treasury €2,505m). Four years previous this was only around 86% (2012 – Treasury €2,559m). This shows that Social Security payments have increased while Treasury payments have decreased.This is consistent with further data which shows that pension entitlements have increased due to social contributions over the four year period. This reflected an increase from €1,213m in 2012 to €1,639m in 2016. This also shows a doubling with added social contributions and pension benefits (2012 – €438m / 2016 – €917m).Malta averaging on entitlementsWhen compared to the rest of the EU member states, Malta comes out as having an almost average level of pension entitlements.While Denmark’s percentage sits at around 95% of GDP and the United Kingdom sits at around 402% of GDP, Malta sits at just over 250%.This places it above the levels of newer members of the European Union, like Hungary and Latvia but also below more established members like Germany and Finland.Interestingly, Malta is the second to last country from the Southern European nations with a low level of entitlements to GDP percentage.Cyprus comes directly after Malta with less that 250%. Spain (around 380%), Portugal (around 330%) and Italy (almost 350%) are much higher.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Apples plans in motion for iPad Mini

first_imgAdvertisement target for it. And we know that it’s for Apple,” Richard Shim, an NPD DisplaySearch analyst, told CNET. “I don’t know the name of the product, but I know it’s going to be a tablet,” he said. – Advertisement – NPD DisplaySearch talks to companies in the “supply chain” — firms that make the components and assemble products.And Shim said production is likely imminent. “Everything is getting set up. We know the lines. We know how many panels are going to come out of the sheets of glass.”That said, Shim added that certitude is elusive until he has confirmation that production has actually begun.“These are supply chain indications. By the very nature of the supply chain, these plans can be altered,” he said.And there were more supply chain indications today in the form of a report on a Chinese-language Web site.That report says the iPad Mini will use an IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) display, tech that yields thinner displays, among other merits.Though Shim couldn’t confirm an IGZO display for the iPad Mini, he did say Apple is telling its suppliers that it wants to move products to that technology.Related reports have claimed that the iPad Mini will be priced at $299. Estimates for production runs are about 35 million units in 2013.Source: CNETlast_img read more

Orange and Emmaüs International launch their 5th African mobile telephone recycling facility

first_imgAdvertisement The fifth mobile collection facility was inaugurated today in Abidjan, the Côte d’Ivoire, in the presence of the Ivoirian Minister for the Environment, Urban Cleanliness and Sustainable Development, Mr Kouadio Remi ALLA and the CEO of the Orange Côte d’Ivoire Télécom group, represented by Mr Joseph PITAH, Director of Networks and Information Systems. To mark the event, a first container loaded with 10 tonnes of mobile waste will leave the Côte d’Ivoire for recycling in France.The first of these collection and dismantling facilities for mobile phones was opened in March 2010 in Burkina Faso. Others followed in Benin, Madagascar and Niger. Mobile use is growing fast in Africa, making it a major environmental issue. There are already 500 million mobile devices on the continent, as well as millions of discarded handsets which are often simply thrown away or burned due to the lack of recycling facilities in the majority of African countries. For Orange, which is present as a network operator in 20 African countries, the recycling of mobile phone waste is one of the major commitments of its CSR policy. Thanks to the workshops set-up by Orange and Emmaüs International, this waste is now being collected for transport to France for recycling. – Advertisement –  Recycling, a responsible initiativeAt each facility, which is run by six local employees, more than 10 tonnes of mobile waste is collected each year and sent to France for recycling.In total, since 2010, more than 140 tonnes of mobile waste have already been sent to France for recycling, and over 30 long-term jobs have been created at the African facilities. Over the next five years, Orange and Emmaüs International plan to continue opening new collection facilities, confirming their partnership on this project, which contributes to local economies and social welfare while protecting the environment.Morphosis processes the waste from AfricaIn France, a young company called Morphosis takes direct delivery of containers of waste from the five African collection facilities at the port in Le Havre. On receipt of the containers, Morphosis sorts the waste into different types by material. The next step is to process the waste, extracting the rare metals that can be re-used in the manufacture of new products and devices. Morphosis is a particularly inventive and effective player in this new market in France.recycling mobiles: a virtuous circle linking France and AfricaSince 2009, Orange has been working in France with Ateliers du Bocage (members of Emmaüs International), which recycle used mobile devices collected from Orange stores or internally in France. This social-reintegration organisation aims to give work to vulnerable people, bringing them back into the jobs market. The mobile devices collected are sorted into two categories in the workshops run by Ateliers du Bocage:Those which can be re-used are reconditioned and then sold in developing countriesThose which no longer work are recycled Since 2010, Orange has been organising an annual collection event in France for used mobiles, chargers and batteries through its 1,200 stores in mainland France. All profits from these large-scale actions are then paid into the “Africa Project” run by Emmaüs International.In 2013, Orange recycling initiatives in France (collections at Orange stores and premises, collections from Orange’s major corporate clients, defective devices returned by customers and devices recovered through the “mobile second life” offer) have led to the collection of nearly 750,000 mobile phones.last_img read more

Vodafone Launches A Digital School In A Box For Refugees In Africa

first_imgAdvertisement The Vodafone Foundation has announced the Instant Classroom initiative, a digital ‘school in a box’, which according to Vodafone, can be set up in a matter of minutes.The initiative is intent on helping pupils in refugee camps as well as offer them the opportunity to continue their education. The Instant Classroom has been designed for areas where electricity and internet connectivity are unreliable or non-existent, and will be deployed in partnership with UNHCR’s Innovation and Education units.The Instant Classroom comes in a 52 kg case which contains a laptop, 25 tablets ready-loaded with educational software, a projector, loudspeaker and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity. After six to eight hours of charging, the Instant Classroom can be used for a full day. – Advertisement – Over the next year, the Vodafone Foundation Instant Classroom will be deployed to twelve schools in refugee settlements in Kakuma in Kenya, in the Nyarungusu refugee settlement in Tanzania and in the Equatorial Region in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Instant Classroom will provide up to 15,000 children and young adults aged 7 to 20 years with advanced teaching aids that are currently only available in a minority of schools in developed nations.Credits: ITNewsAfricalast_img read more

Marie Stopes and Hive Colab to launch the Reproductive Health App Challenge

first_imgMarie Stopes Uganda to launch their Reproductive Health App Challenge at Hive Colab. Advertisement Marie Stopes Uganda shall today Tuesday 1st December, 2015 launch their Reproductive Health App Challenge at Hive Colab.The challenge launch will call for applications from reproductive health and technology experts and young people from around Uganda: innovators, developers, healthcare workers, academics, software developers, entrepreneurs, designers and partners who will, in February 2016 gather for a three day hackathon to develop mobile app solutions, create mobile and web-based solutions, to address real healthcare challenges in sexual and reproductive health.Ugandan startups will be tasked to demonstrate the use of existing Marie Stopes resources API (SMS, USSD and Hotlines) in their app development and submit their app development ideas for the Marie Stopes Developer Challenge. These startups stand a chance of being supported by various partners. The developer challenge will give startups an opportunity to harness their skills and showcase to the rest of the world game changing ideas and products. – Advertisement – This is a great platform to showcase great ideas and provide solutions using the availed resources as well as interact with other great minds and we’d encourage all of you to take part and invite your friends to participate too.Sponsored by MSU’s Innovation Fund, the hackathon responds to a growing commitment to leverage information and communication technologies to empower young people, complementing MSU’s ongoing work to promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people.Using methods drawn from design thinking and creative problem solving, the hackathon will encourage participants to think outside-the-box and design unconventional solutions to promote young people’s health. The hackathon will follow principles of “user-centred design”, actively engaging young people in the development of solutions that are based on their real needs and experiences.[related-posts]The opportunityThere is a high and increasing use of mobile phone technology in the access of health information in Uganda basing on the research by Incite, 2014. Phones are the second means of reaching our clients second to the use of radio in Uganda.Ugandan startups will be tasked to demonstrate the use of existing Marie Stopes resources API (SMS, USSD and Hotlines) in their app development and submit their app development ideas for the Marie Stopes Developer Challenge. These startups stand a chance of being supported by various partners.  The developer challenge will give startups an opportunity to harness their skills and showcase to the rest of the world game changing ideas and products.The challengeTechnology has developed in ways that we can now use a toll free hotline to reduce the reproductive health disease burden. How can we use phone applications to increase the use utilization of the toll free hotline?There is low male involvement in family planning in Uganda, how can we use phone applications to increase male involvement in family planning and promote maternal health?There is a high teenage pregnancy in Uganda where 1/3 girls are at risk of falling pregnant and failing to complete their secondary education. How can we solve this problem with the use of mobile technology?Life guard has been proven to be the best socially marketed condom brand in Uganda that has been listed as the ladies choice due to its high quality and unique features namely; the dots and studs. How can mobile technology be used to promote the demand and awareness?How can we utilize mobile app technology to increase the uptake of approved videography content and photography as IEC materials for use by community health workers by making them readily available even in remote places?KEY ACTIVITIES– Launch – 1st DecemberApplications open – Immediately after Launch ( Submit Ideas)– Hackathon – February 2016Winners announced – February 2016 ( End of Hackathon)You can register on Evenbtrite if you’d like to attend the event. Registration is free.last_img read more

MTN Awards Second Group of MTN Gaggawala Mobile Money Kiosks Winners

first_imgSecond group of the MTN Gaggawala Winners for the “Win a Kiosk” promotion, takes a group photo with the General Manager Mobile Financial Services, Phrase Lubega. Advertisement MTN Uganda on 18th April, 2016 launched the second phase of the MTN Gaggawala promotion with more cash and more life changing prizes, creating employment opportunities to their customers who win in the Gaggawala “Win a Kiosk” promotion.Earlier last month, the telecom company gave away twenty five Mobile Money Kiosks with a start-up capital worth over 400 million UGX to the first set of winners during the five weeks promotion.Commenting on the significance of the promotion, MTN Uganda General Manager Mobile Financial Services, Phrase Lubega said, “through the Gaggawala win a kiosk promotion, MTN is an enabler and is providing a platform for their customers to start businesses and establish themselves as business owners within the mobile money industry.” – Advertisement – MTN on Tuesday again gave out more twenty five Mobile Money Kiosks, just as prizes won in the recently ended MTN Gaggawala Win a Kiosk promotion to another set of gaggawala winners from five regions of Uganda.Second group of the MTN Gaggawala Winners for the “Win a Kiosk” promotion, takes a group photo with the General Manager Mobile Financial Services, Phrase Lubega.“Today we hand over mobile money kiosks to 25 winners and start-up capital worth 2.5million ugx. The winners will also be receiving training, point of sale material and other related proprietary information that is fundamental in getting them started as competent Mobile Money Agents.” Phrase said during the give away.[related-posts]The winners are now guaranteed a chance to start a business and become SMEs when they receive a mobile money agent starter kit including; training, point-of-sale collateral and other pertinent information and materials to kick start their MTN mobile money agent business.The “win a kiosk” promotion was the second of two MTN gaggawala promotions aimed at giving back to the society and creating meaningful ways to provide a source o income for those lucky winners and those associated to them through family and business.The winners are spread across the five regions of Uganda with the profiles of winners ranging from police officers to teachers and others already involved in other forms of trade or business.Phrase concluded by saying that the future of the promotion mean that with this opportunity, winners can go on to establish themselves in business to the benefit of their families, communities and one day hopefully become renowned and successful entrepreneurs.last_img read more

NITAU gets Clearance from Parliament World Bank and PPDA to Rollout NBI

first_imgJames Saaka Executive Director, National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) Advertisement The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has been cleared to proceed with the roll-out of the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) – Missing Links Project by the Parliament of Uganda, PPDA and World Bank, this morning.The project that aims to connect all major towns across the country including Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies via an optical fiber cable network so as to reduce the cost of public administration, support delivery of secure e-Government services as well as enhance communications services in the country.The Authority reports on the successful completion of Phases I – III of the NBI/EGI Project, as part of a deliberate effort to ensure the network is able to consistently provide 99.9%, and the Missing Links project was started upon. – Advertisement – Following up on queries raised by the Budadiri County West Member of Parliament, Hon. Nandala Mafabi, specific to the Missing Links project, NITA-U was requested to provide responses to the queries raised.During this morning’s discussion, the Chairperson of the ICT Committee, Hon. Annette Nyakecho welcomed views from the committee members on how to proceed in light of two letters from the World Bank and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority that provided guidance that the procurement was ongoing and the Evaluation the report wasn’t available to enable the investigation into the allegations made. It was further noted that according to Paragraph 24.7 of the World Bank Guidelines 2014, NITA-U is barred from sharing information in any form relating to the evaluation until the publication of the award of the contract.It was therefore against this background that the Parliamentary ICT Committee Chairperson directed that NITA-U is excused from the meeting and would be invited back once the Missing Links procurement process had been concluded.[related-posts]NITA-U welcomed this guidance from the Parliamentary ICT committee, World Bank and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) as it will allow for the conclusion of the procurement process of the national strategic project, Missing Links.The expected benefits of this project include:Improve redundancy for the existing National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) by creating more rings on the NBI and create redundant routes across the country geographically.Extend the reach of the NBI/EGI to other major towns and regions that are not covered under the current scope of Phase I – III. It was a process undertaken over several years and borne out of existing high-level requirements to cover the West Nile and some of the Northern Uganda Regions not covered in previous phases.Extend connectivity to the major border points across the country and achieve the objective of regional connectivity.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_imgRACING MOVERS3.55 AscotWashington DC 13/8 > 5/44.20 PunchestownWoodland Opera 9/1 > 4/14.30 AscotArod 9/4 > 7/45.10 WolverhamptonCapo Rosso 5/1 > 3/15.25 PontefractSwirral Edge 9/2 > 9/45.50 CheltenhamTemplebraden 4/1 > 2/16.05 PunchestownMoon Racer 6/1 > 2/1CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD9/4 Atletico Madrid6/4 Bayern Munich21/10 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 27 April What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

KTRU Takes an Alternative Format to the Internet

first_imgShare CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: mcinelli@rice.edu KTRU TAKES ALTERNATIVE FORMAT TO THEINTERNETFans of KTRU no longer need a radio totune in–the station is just an Internet connection away.KTRU, Rice University’s 50,000-watt radio station, is nowbroadcasting online. Listeners can visit the station’s Web site, at www.ktru.org, tohear the best in music from underexposed artists and genres.Listeners can also follow along to Rice Owls baseball and LadyOwls basketball games when they visit the site. The KTRU and Rice athleticsstreams are separate, so neither will interfere with the transmission of theother.“KTRU Webcasting will be beneficial both to students at Riceand to the rest of the world,” said Heather Colvin, KTRU station manager. “Sofar, the feedback has been tremendous.”The Webcast is available in RealAudio format, and the KTRU sitegives listeners the ability to download a free copy of a RealAudio player ontotheir computers.While at the site, listeners can view the newly updated KTRUWeb page, which features general station information, including an up-to-dateprogram schedule and information on KTRU’s specialty shows.The RealAudio project comes in response to a growing number ofrequests from the community that KTRU be made available to people outside of thelistening area. It would not have been possible without the cooperation andsponsorship of Student Affairs, Information Technology and Athletics.Other programs of interest include:Scordatura, KTRU’s modern classical show, airing Saturdays from11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Navrang, Sundays, 9-11 a.m.; the Jazz Show, Sundays, 11a.m.-1 a.m.; the World Music Show, Mondays 10 p.m.-1 a.m.; as well as manyothers.Typically, KTRU broadcasts 24 hours per day. KTRU is run byRice students and two paid staff members. For further information call (713)527-4093.### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Physiological traits predict political attitudes

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu  Physiological traits predict political attitudes Is America’s red-blue divide based on voters’ physiology? A new paper in the journal Science, titled  “Political Attitudes Are Predicted by Physiological Traits,” explores the link. Rice University’s John Alford, associate professor of political science, co-authored the paper in the Sept. 19 issue of Science.  Alford and his colleagues studied a group of 46 adult participants with strong political beliefs. Those individuals with “measurably lower physical sensitivities to sudden noises and threatening visual images were more likely to support foreign aid, liberal immigration policies, pacifism and gun control, whereas individuals displaying measurably higher physiological reactions to those same stimuli were more likely to favor defense spending, capital punishment, patriotism and the Iraq War,” the authors wrote. Participants were chosen randomly over the phone in Lincoln, Neb. Those expressing strong political views — regardless of their content — were asked to fill out a questionnaire on their political beliefs, personality traits and demographic characteristics.  In a later session, they were attached to physiological measuring equipment and shown three threatening images (a very large spider on the face of a frightened person, a dazed individual with a bloody face and an open wound with maggots in it) interspersed among a sequence of 33 images. Similarly, participants also viewed three nonthreatening images (a bunny, a bowl of fruit and a happy child) placed within a series of other images. A second test used auditory stimuli to measure involuntary responses to a startling noise. The researchers noted a correlation between those who reacted strongly to the stimuli and those who expressed support for “socially protective policies,” which tend to be held by people “particularly concerned with protecting the interests of the participants’ group, defined as the United States in mid-2007, from threats.” These positions include support for military spending, warrantless searches, the death penalty, the Patriot Act, obedience, patriotism, the Iraq War, school prayer and Biblical truth, and opposition to pacifism, immigration, gun control, foreign aid, compromise, premarital sex, gay marriage, abortion rights and pornography. The paper concluded, “Political attitudes vary with physiological traits linked to divergent manners of experiencing and processing environmental threats.” This may help to explain “both the lack of malleability in the beliefs of individuals with strong political convictions and the associated ubiquity of political conflict,” the authors said. Alford’s co-authors were Douglas R. Oxley, Kevin B. Smith, Jennifer L. Miller, John R. Hibbing and Mario Scalora, of the University of Nebraska; Matthew V. Hibbing, of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and Peter K. Hatemi, of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.  FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more