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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… User-led organisations have played a key role in two major new projects that aim to improve access for disabled tourists and ramblers.In Oxfordshire, Natural England has opened the National Land Access Centre (NLAC), which will provide training for landowners, farmers and rights of way officers on how to ensure that gates and other countryside obstructions are accessible to disabled people.And in Lancashire, Blackpool-based disabled people’s organisation (DPO) Disability First is celebrating a government grant of nearly £1 million for a project that will improve access to the Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool coastline.NLAC, based at Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, will offer training courses that show how to use, maintain and install fences, barriers and stiles that meet a new British Standard, which was published in February.Natural England, the government’s advisers on the natural environment, has worked closely on the plans with the user-led charity Disabled Ramblers, and project partners The British Horse Society, the specialist gate supplier Centrewire and the Pittecroft Trust.John Cutherbertson (pictured at the new centre), chair of Disabled Ramblers, told Disability News Service (DNS): “There is a huge swathe of the population who cannot clamber over stiles.“What we found is the main thing that stops people accessing the countryside is the lack of understanding by those people who are putting these gates in.“Some of them still think that the less able would prefer to stay at home and watch the telly.“They don’t realise that people want to get out there and need to get out there for their mental health as well as their physical well-being.”He said Disabled Ramblers was trying to educate these groups, such as farmers, landowners and rights of way officers, about the “least restrictive” way to enclose land, and ideally install gates that disabled people can open and close on their own, without needing someone with them.He said he hoped that the selection of gates and barriers on show at the centre would grow and would be joined eventually by accessible versions of other equipment, such as bridges and boardwalks.Disabled Ramblers has provided an off-road mobility scooter to the centre so people who take the courses can use the vehicle to see how difficult it can be to manoeuvre through such obstacles.Cuthbertson said that Centrewire, which was founded by Tom Bindoff, a non-disabled member of Disabled Ramblers, had been keen to modify its products to make them more accessible.Bindoff has even designed a “kissing gate” that can be opened by a scooter-user using a RADAR key, he said.The disabled Tory peer Lord Blencathra, deputy chair of Natural England, said: “Improved access will help to connect more people with their natural environment, giving them a chance to enjoy our countryside, its open space and fascinating wildlife – all key aspects of the government’s 25 year environment plan.”Meanwhile, funding of £985,000 has been awarded to a consortium led by Disability First through the government’s Coastal Communities Fund.Alan Reid, chief executive of Disability First, said his organisation was “thrilled and very proud” to be awarded the funding in its 25th year as a charity.He said he wanted the Fylde, Blackpool and Wyre coast to “strive to become a more truly inclusive resort”.The Access Fylde Coast project is supported by Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre councils, Blackpool Transport, Marketing Lancashire, Lancaster University, the access information provider DisabledGo, Blackpool’s Coastal Community Team and the area’s local Volunteering Centre.Reid said the project, which will last nearly two years, was “exciting and unique”.He told DNS the scheme would improve access for both visitors and residents by offering free access audits and disability awareness training to local shops and businesses.The project will also develop a culture and heritage mobile phone app, linked to existing apps offered by Blackpool Transport and DisabledGo, and which will include a British Sign Language interpretation service.He said: “This will support people with a variety of disabilities with tram and bus access once they step off the train station in Blackpool and venues will have details of their particular disabled facilities and heritage information on the app.”The project also plans to showcase professional disabled performers at Blackpool Opera House theatre and disabled artists in a local art gallery, and improve access at existing events including the Blackpool Illuminations switch-on and Lytham Festival.He said there was also the possibility that a disabled performer could perform at, or even switch on, the illuminations next year.On a visit to Lytham Saint Annes, coastal communities minister Jake Berry said: “It’s really exciting to see money from the Coastal Communities Fund help kick-start these shovel-ready projects, which have the potential to unlock the barriers to development and growth in our coastal communities.”The Coastal Communities Fund was established to support coastal projects in the UK to deliver sustainable growth and jobs.Picture by Annette Venterslast_img read more

On 16th Day of Hunger Strike Frisco 5 Taken to Hospital

first_imgOn day 16 of their hunger strike, the group of activists refusing to eat in an effort to unseat San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr are growing increasingly weak and, by 1 p.m. on Friday, were driven to the hospital by doctors who have been monitoring them.The so-called ‘Frisco Five’ were picked up by a group of medical professionals that include UCSF’s Dr. Rupa Marya and medical students who are volunteering their expertise under the organization White Coats for Black Lives.“It’s starting to get really serious, and on top of that its raining,” said Liam McStravick, a supporter of the strike.The medical professionals have been observing the strikers out of concern for their deteriorating health, administering daily check-up that includes taking their vitals as the strikers enter week three of their hunger strike. Tags: Mission Police Station • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Citing client confidentiality, Mayra would not comment on the group’s health conditions or how long the strikers would be hospitalized.The hunger strikers depart in a van for the hospital. Photo by Laura Waxmann“We are just getting checked on, but there is reason for concern,” said hunger striker and candidate for District 9 supervisor Edwin Lindo, while gathering several items from a tent pitched outside of the Mission Police station where he has been camping for over two weeks. This morning, Lindo was unusually terse, and said that he has lost 20 pounds. “We are growing weaker by the day.”Other strikers also showed visible signs of frailty. Rapper Equipto (Ilych Sato) was the first to enter the white van that transported the Frisco Five to the UCSF for treatment, his head leaning against a back window and a scarf pulled snugly to conceal his gaunt face.Rapper Sellassie Blackwell, who was checked into the hospital on May 4 because doctors were alarmed by his previous blood tests, was also uncharacteristically mum. The strikers gathered some of their belongings and entered the vehicle, giving no word on when they’d be back or what prompted their pick-up by the medical team.It is unclear if the strikers will be hospitalized overnight, but Blackwell said that this could “most likely” be the outcome of today’s checkup.Aside from a lack of solid food, the elements have also contributed to the strikers’ hardship. On Friday morning, the sidewalk where they have been been camping at 17th and Valencia streets glistened from a spell of rain during the morning hours, and the campers have pulled tarps over their tents for additional protection.“The Frisco Five are visibly weaker than I have ever seen them,” said Nancy Pili Hernandez, an educator and supporter of the hunger strike. “Just talking to them and seeing how they are behaving, they are a lot weaker than they were on the 14th and 15th day. They are not really themselves right now.”The strikers have received an outpouring of support from their community that includes daily visits from community members and the press. These interactions, though welcomed, have proven to be stressful for the weakened strikers.“They are sleeping out here on this busy street, I can see that they are fatigued and exhausted,” said Pili Hernandez. “I respect and admire their dedication to putting their bodies on the line…to hope to protect the lives of black and brown men of this neighborhood from future police violence. But it hurts me to see them this weak and this sick.”According to supporter Victor Picazo, he and others began to pack up the strikers’ tents on Friday afternoon, saying that while protestors would be welcome to continue gathering at the site, the tents would be removed until further notice. last_img read more

Religious Groups Continue Push for Police Reform

first_imgReligious organizations in San Francisco and Oakland continue to organize small but persistent actions to express their support for police reform and dismay at police shootings. Two consecutive vigils were held Wednesday evening to commemorate police shooting victims and call for action from city officials.Father Richard Smith of St. John the Evangelist church on 15th Street, along with some 30 supporters, stood in front of Mission Police Station to demand that District Attorney George Gascón bring criminal charges against the officers who shot Amilcar Perez Lopez in 2015.Since hunger strikers left the encampment there at the end of last week, police have erected barricades in front of the station.The vigil is the fifth consecutive weekly event of its kind. Smith and other supporters, many from his church but some from other activist groups, had also been organizing monthly “night walks” from the church to the station to keep Perez Lopez’ death in the public eye. Tags: City Hall • Mission Police Station • protests • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Gascón’s office is expected to make a decision on charging the officers in the coming two weeks. Police shot Perez Lopez to death nearly a year ago, but recently two witnesses to the shooting, who spoke with Mission Local immediately after the shooting,  were convinced to come forward and give statements to investigators. Previously the two witnesses, who are undocumented, feared coming forward.Smith’s church, in affiliation with an organization named Faith in Action, is one of many spiritual organizations that have added their voices to the movement toward reform and accountability in the police department. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has also held several prayer ceremonies to honor the victims of a variety of violent deaths on San Francisco streets.A small altar honoring victims of police shootings and the hunger strikers known as the Frisco Five set up in front of City Hall. Photo by Laura WenusRefugio and Elvira Nieto, the parents of 2014 police shooting victim Alex Nieto, stand at a vigil for Amilcar Perez Lopez in front of Mission Station. Photo by Laura WenusIn another show of support on Wednesday evening, religious leaders arranged for a prayer circle of some 18 people to meet in front of City Hall and honor the Frisco Five hunger strikers and recent police shooting victims. Participants of the prayer circle said a group of Buddhists had demonstratively meditated in front of City Hall the evening prior, also in protest of police use of force.“I’m here because as a person of faith it is not okay with my god for me to be silent,” said Vanessa Riles, an organizer with the faith based activism group Second Acts. “Five people went hungry for justice and the mayor and chief of police allowed them to starve until they were in the hospital.”Both vigils, though organized by practicing Christians, were diverse in their representation of faiths – many at Wednesday’s prayer circle said they did not adhere to any particular religion, or drew from teachings in Buddhism or other traditions.Gerardo Marin, for example, is an Aztec dancer and one of several people who attended both vigils. As members of the prayer circle spoke in front of City Hall, with only some addressing a deity, Marin coaxed deep, haunting tones from a shell horn he sounded in the four cardinal directions. He said he attended the vigil in part as a healing for himself to express his gratitude that his friend and hunger striker Edwin Lindo had ended and survived his strike.Healing was a theme shared across the vigils.“We pray for healing, healing and wellness and wholeness for those who gave up their food,” Riles prayed.Reverend Harry Louis Williams II told a story of his encounter with NYPD officers in which he said officers drove up onto the curb and exited their car with guns drawn, then kicked and searched Williams.“That was an awakening for me,” he told the circle. “We have seen so much suffering…it seems that people don’t care in power.”“My neighbors’ blood is on my hands. I know that my salvation comes with collective liberation,” prayed Alex Haider-Winnett, a student at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. last_img read more

Mission seniors complain rent requirements for new affordable developments leave them out

first_imgDignity and respect were the main themes that emerged Sunday afternoon during a standing-room-only congregation, as community leaders demanded that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors deliver on the promise of truly affordable housing for low-income seniors in the Mission. The turnout at St. Anthony of Padua Church’s parish hall on 3215 César Chávez St. amazed organizers, and the uncomfortably warm room did not discourage the nearly 200 people — seniors, youth and clergy — who wanted to hear the stories of those affected. Last June, Casa Adelante, a 100 percent affordable, 94-unit housing project for seniors at 1296 Shotwell St., broke ground, after the community advocated for its construction for five years. The nine-story building is expected to be finished by mid-2020. Community leaders are asking for rent to be set at 30 percent of seniors’ income, which the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determines as fair market rent. Presently, the rent at Casa Adelante is based on 50 percent of the area median income of $7,200 a month, meaning residents will be earning $3,600 a month maximum. But, since rents cannot be more than 50 percent of income, there is a minimum income as well, in the vicinity of around $2,000 a month — causing the housing project to be out of reach for nearly “70 percent of senior renters in San Francisco,” according to Faith in Action, a community-based organization. Olinda Orellana did not mince words when she stepped up to the podium to share her thoughts.“If we do not get what we are asking for, we will be living on the streets very soon, because we do not have the money to pay for this,” she said in Spanish. “Claro como el agua,” said Esperanza Navas, one of the hosts of the event. “[It’s] clear as water. This is the reality. Here, we don’t filter ourselves. Here, we speak the truth. We know the pain. We know the suffering. We know that we can either eat or pay rent.” Overcome with emotion, Patrona Orellana, who has worked and lived in the city for more than 30 years, said she had hoped to apply to the Casa Adelante project, but later realized she would not be able to qualify with what she receives from her pension. “Who here has an income of $7,200 a month?” asked Deisy Camey, a parishioner of the church. The crowd responded with a loud chorus. “Nadie!” they said. “No one!” “Well,” continued Camey. “That’s why we are here. The city does not know exactly how we are living.” “Our rapidly growing senior population is among the most impacted and we urgently need solutions,” said District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.An additional testimonial was read on behalf of Raul Vazquez, who is currently hospitalized. A former baker at La Victoria, Vazquez has lived in San Francisco for more than 40 years. “I believed I lived in a sanctuary city,” he wrote, “but a sanctuary city does not exclude. A sanctuary is inclusive of everyone, including the elderly — who deserve to live with dignity.” The final speech came from Rosario Garcia, who said she wishes that they are able to live their remaining years in tranquility. “Please, help us,” she said. “We need it to move forward.” A set of questions was then posed to the public officials in attendance: Supervisor Gordon Mar, as well as Jen Low and Amy Beinart, legislative aides who represent Board President Norman Yee and Supervisor Hillary Ronen, respectively. “I understand that the housing affordability crisis and the displacement crisis is the biggest issue facing everyone in our city, in every district, in every community,” said Mar. “Our rapidly growing senior population is among the most impacted and we urgently need solutions.” And while he’s proud of the $600 million affordable housing bond slated for the November ballot, the largest affordable housing bond in the city’s history, “it’s not nearly enough for what we need.” He added that it is critical elected officials work with the community to ensure that the wealthy, as well as the booming tech and corporate sectors, pay their fair share in taxes. Referencing his proposal for the November ballot to increase the corporate tax on stock-based compensation for San Francisco-based companies, like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb, Mar said “it would create $100 million revenue every year that we could use to expand truly affordable housing for low-income seniors.”Overcome with emotion, Patrona Orellana, who has worked and lived in the city for more than 30 years, said she had hoped to apply to the Casa Adelante project, but later realized she would not be able to qualify with what she receives from her pension. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.Having taken care of his parents and aunts, and as the only senior on the Board of Supervisors, Yee relayed the message that he “knows full well what it means to have a home” and understands the concern of being displaced or exploited in the last years of life. “Only 12 percent of the housing pipeline is meant for seniors. We were completely floored,” said Low, speaking on behalf of the supervisor. “President Yee, as part of the housing bond that Supervisor Mar talked about, ensured that there was going to be a dedicated source within the housing bond for senior housing: $150 million of the $600 million will be for senior housing.” This is just a start, she said, for a problem that is systemic. Beinart, who is Ronen’s legislative aide, said her office is working alongside Yee’s on the Senior Operative Subsidy program that would lower rent for senior housing. “It came as a surprise to us to understand that the affordability level was higher than we had expected,” she said. “More importantly, higher than what was actually affordable higher to seniors in this district.”She added that it’s urgent that the subsidy program is applied to Casa Adelente, as well as the next 45-unit housing project for seniors in the Mission. Nodding their heads, it was clear that the crowd gathered at the Catholic church’s parish hall — nearly two hours later and still standing-room-only — were in agreement. “We hope that [the public officials] don’t forget about the declarations made today,” said Navas, one of the co-hosts, at the conclusion of the event. “Because we won’t let them.”  Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

JONNY Lomax has been named in Saints 19man squad

first_imgJONNY Lomax has been named in Saints 19-man squad for the trip to Hull KR on Sunday.He returns from injury and is joined by winger Tom Makinson and young forward Scott Hale.But ruled out is James Graham who has a dead leg, whilst Gary Wheeler looks set to play in the Reserve’s match at Hull KR on Saturday.Therefore, the squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Leon Pryce, 9. James Roby, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 22. Jamie Foster, 24. Tom Armstrong, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Tom Makinson, 29. Scott Hale.Justin Morgan, Hull KR’s Head Coach, will choose from:1. Shaun Briscoe, 3. Kris Welham, 4. Jake Webster, 6. Blake Green, 7. Michael Dobson, 9. Ben Fisher, 11. Clint Newton, 12. Ben Galea, 13. Scott Murrell, 14. Liam Watts, 15. Scott Wheeldon, 16. Jason Netherton, 18. Josh Hodgson, 19. Craig Hall, 20. Michael Vella, 21. Sam Latus, 22. Scott Taylor, 27. Jordan Cox, 30. Liam Salter.The match kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Steve Ganson.If you can’t make the match it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Stats:Hull KR have won their last three home Super League meetings with St Helens. Saints’ last league win was 40-0 on 17 June, 2007 – they also won a Challenge Cup Quarter Final (24-18) on 1 June, 2008.2011 Meetings: St Helens 54 Hull KR 6 (CCQF, 24/7/11)St Helens 34 Hull KR 16 (SLR8, 1/4/11) Super League Summary: Hull KR won 4St Helens won 6Hull KR highest score: 28-24 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 26-10, H, 2009)St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)last_img read more

SIA Soliola scooped Saints Player of the Year awar

first_imgSIA Soliola scooped Saints Player of the Year award at the Club’s Annual Dinner on Sunday afternoon.The 26-year-old second rower was nominated by the Chairman and coaching staff for his outstanding season in the red vee.Paul Wellens was runner up – but he took home the Founder Members’ Player of the Year.Josh Jones won Young Player of the Year whilst Tom Makinson was given the Founder Members’ award.James Roby was the Players’ Player of the Year.Adam Swift was named u20s Player of the Year, James Tilley u18s Player of the Year and Dave Hewitt won the Scholar of the Year.last_img

NASA specialist ambassadors host eclipse party for Brunswick County schools

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A Calabash man brought NASA to Brunswick County to join students and teachers watching the solar eclipse.We shared with you the story of NASA members bringing the viewing party to Brunswick County Academy. They want to use events like this once in a lifetime phenomenon to attract more North Carolina schools and students to including space science in their curriculum.- Advertisement – “Oh it’s wonderful, it’s a wonderful experience, it’s not an experience you get to do everyday. Obviously when you’ve got something like this going on it’s incredible to get the kids together, enjoy it, and teach them all about it,” says Chris Rabon whose family attends the academy.It’s that teaching lesson that motivated NASA specialist Keith Duclos to reach out to the school to host the event.“These kids that are coming back to Brunswick schools next week will have experienced the eclipse and now in their classrooms, with a science emphasis that the schools have here, they’ll be talking about ‘why did we see that?’,” says the Texas State University NASA education specialist.Unfortunately for these kids it was a brief glimpse at the partial eclipse. Cloud cover interrupted the eclipse right after the 2 o’ clock hour when it was reaching totality.“We’ve been able to enjoy live feeds inside on all of the other points of totality across the United States. We’ve learned a lot of information and even though it’s a little cloudy right now our spirits aren’t dampened,” says school district spokesperson Jessica Swenski.Even a partial glimpse catches the excitement of everyone young and old.“I was thinking about what’s going to happen today and I think it’s pretty cool,” says one young viewer.Science being cool, something Duclos is happy to hear coming from the next generation.“These are incredible events that will undoubtedly stay with us for the rest of our lives, to be able to share it with my new neighbors, it doesn’t get any better than this,” Duclos says.Teachers anticipate the solar eclipse will be the talk of the hallways when students head back to class next Monday.last_img read more

Southport Police chief lieutenant arrested following state federal investigation

first_imgSOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Southport’s police chief and one of his lieutenants have been arrested after a long-term probe by state and federal investigators, according to the Brunswick County District Attorney.According to the Brunswick County Detention Center’s website Chief Gary Lee Smith was booked at 11:23 a.m. District Attorney Jon David said Smith is charged with obtaining property by false pretense, obstruction of justice and willful failure to discharge duties of office. David said Lt. Michael Simmons is charged with obtaining property by false pretense. Gary Smith (Photo: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office) At a news conference this afternoon, David said the charges stem from Smith and Simmons allegedly working with a trucking and shipping company while on the clock for the City of Southport, including at times leaving the city, county and state. The arrests, David said, came after an investigation by the NC State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Mayor Jerry Dove, who was the city’s police chief before Smith, said he was shocked at the news of the allegations. He said Smith and Simmons are on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.In the meantime, Dove said the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will step in to take over leadership and enforcement functions in Southport.Related Article: Man accused of decapitating mother found not guilty by reason of insanityDavid said the police department was “a ghost ship,” as officers were working often without leadership. The DA said some of those officers were the ones who tipped off investigators about what was allegedly going on.David said he has already put in place a process to review pending cases from Southport that his office is prosecuting.The SBI says it got involved in May at David’s request. The agency then asked for help from the FBI’s office in Wilmington. Both agencies’ investigations continue.Investigators executed several search warrants today at the police department, city hall and the trucking company.According to a StarNews profile on Smith in 2016, he is a native of Bolivia and 1990 graduate of South Brunswick High School. He worked for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office from 1994 to 1997 before he started as a patrol officer with the Southport Police Department, where he worked his way up through the ranks. Smith became chief in 2015, when Dove retired.In May 2017 Smith was appointed to an unexpired term on the Dosher Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. That term was set to expire in 2019, but Smith resigned from the board in August 2017.Stay with WWAY for more information as it becomes available. – Advertisement – center_img Michael Christian Simmons (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) 1 of 2last_img read more

60 countries without embassies in Malta represented by Honorary Consuls

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 DOI / Pierre SammutDOI / Pierre Sammut 60 Honorary Consuls represent 60 countries which do not have an embassy in Malta.The first conference was organised by the Council of the Honorary Consular Corps was organised in Malta on Friday, during which the honorary consuls discussed their work with the citizens of the countries they represent.The conference was also addressed by Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela who remarked that their work goes beyond issuing of a passport or a visa, legalizing documents or offering consular assistance. In his address Abela said that consuls are the bridge with international communities of the countries of representation, both on the commercial and cultural front.Abela said that Malta is becoming a global hub, which is attracting foreign workers to the island, commenting that it is the role of the consuls in assisting them in their needs.The Foreign Affairs Minister explained that Malta has been increasing its efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa not only in trade and bilateral relations, but has also showed its commitment towards sustainable development. He also mentioned the opening of a Maltese embassy in Tokyo.WhatsApplast_img read more

Somalias AlShabab Militants Issue Internet Ban

first_imgSomali men parade as members of al Shabaab in the capital Mogadishu Advertisement Islamist militants in Somalia have issued a directive banning companies from providing internet services.The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has given firms 15 days to shut down mobile internet and fiber optic services, which are due to launch soon.Those who do not comply would be seen as “working with the enemy” and dealt with according to Islamic law, it said. – Advertisement – Correspondents say the group often executes those it accuses of spying for Somalia’s government or Western powers.Al-Shabab was driven out of the capital, Mogadishu, in August 2011, but still controls many southern and central areas of the country.According to Internet World Stats, in June 2012 Somalia had more than 126,000 internet users, about 1.2% of the population.Analysts say this is set to grow as more internet services come to Mogadishu, with a returning Diaspora and the imminent connection to fiber optic cables.The BBC’s Mohamed Moalimu in Mogadishu says telecom firms have begun advertising cut-price deals ahead of the broadband launch.They currently provide internet services via dial-up or satellite.Al-Shabab’s statement was issued on the Facebook page of its Al-Andalus radio station.“Services known as mobile internet and fiber optics must be stopped in Somalia,” it said.“Any firm or individual who does not comply will be seen to be working with the enemy and will be dealt with in accordance with Islamic law,” it said.African Union (AU) and government troops have been battling Al-Shabab fighters for years.They have been driven out of some key cities, but still hold sway over many small towns and much of rural Somalia where they have imposed a strict version of Sharia.Source: BBClast_img read more

Smart chopsticks which can detect whether food is unsafe unveiled in China

first_imgAdvertisement Chinese tech company Baidu has unveiled electronic chopsticks that can detect whether food is unsafe to eat.This was at its annual conference in Beijing where the search giant said the utensils could detect unsanitary cooking oil – a common concern in the country.Baidu also unveiled its own wearable headset called Baidu Eye which is a rival to Google’s Glass. – Advertisement – The Baidu Eye has an in-built camera but no screen, and conveys information to the user via an earpiece or by connecting to a smartphone.Baidu EyeBoth new products are not yet unavailable to consumers, and the company did not specify a date on which they would go on sale.The sticks, which also include a sodium analyser to help users regulate their daily salt intake, can connect to any computer via wi-fi and Bluetooth.“Chopsticks are the embodiment of Chinese wisdom,” a Baidu executive said. “And we have combined it with our advanced technology.”Source: BBClast_img read more

Googles Messaging App Allo Reported to Launch on 21st September

first_imgImage Credit: 9to5google.com Advertisement After releasing it’s video calling app Duo in August and was also reported later this month to have over 10 million users and downloads on Android, the search engine tech-giants Google Corp. is apparently looking forward to launch its next big messaging app dubbed, Allo, on September 21st, according to famously known online leaker Evan Blass.According to Android Authority, Google announced their brand new Allo messaging service at I/O, this year, where the Search Giant did mentioned it was coming “later this summer”. With fall kicking off at the end of next week, that leaves only a few days until Google can meet that self-imposed deadline.Google Allo is a messaging service that promises self-expression, Google Assistant features and security/privacy.Hello, Allo (launches this week).— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 18, 2016 – Advertisement – If you’ll recall, Allo is coming, not as a replacement to Hangouts, but as a new standalone messaging option with deep integration with Google Assistant among many other features.[related-posts]last_img read more

Google Play Music for Android Crash Issue Fix Rolling Out

first_imggoogle-play-music. Image Credit: droid-life Advertisement Online reports earlier reported that Google Play Music for Android in an update brought along an issue that was causing the app to crash for several users. The Mountain View-based internet firm according to reports by Gadgets 360 says the reason behind the crashes appears to have been found, and Google has already started rolling out a newer bug-fixing update for the app, which is reported said to carry along the fix for the problem.In its testing, 9To5Google figured out that the Google Play Music app was crashing for users only when a Bluetooth device was already connected to the device. When the device was connected after launching the app, it seemed to work just fine, as per the report. While this fix seems simple, Google has already rolling out the version 7.9.4921 update, said to bring a fix for the issue.The latest update appears to fixes the crashing issue that plagued the earlier version. According to Gadgets 360, “while the issue should not have existed in the first place, the search giant should be commended for acting quickly and issuing the fix right away for the problem.” – Advertisement – Notably, Google Play Music started offering a four-month free subscription for new subscribers, allowing them to scan up to over 50,000 songs from their music library.source: Gadgets 360 and 9To5Googlelast_img read more

Safeboda Gives 50 Discount on Every Ride For its Customers Credit or

first_imgPioneer moto-taxi ride hailing firm; SafeBoda has been in the business since 2014. A rider is seen wearing a reflective jacket, and helmet carrying an extra one passenger who does have a helmet as well.(Photo Credit: Technology Review) Advertisement As safeboda customers were expecting the usual ‘monthly madness’ offer where they are given 100% bonus on what they deposit on their safeboda credit account, the Bukoto-based moto-taxi ride hailing firm had something new planned. In a tweet thread that was surfacing ending of May, the company said the new offer would be much better than the monthly madness offer and will affect both credit and cash customers.For those that have been using safeboda, you come to notice that customers who pay using credit get more benefits/offers than those that pay in cash. They are always given a 20% discount off each ride they take while cash customers pay the full amount. So this might not seem fair. However, safeboda has always encouraged and asked its customers to ride cashless and avoid issues/problems of looking for change. (HOW TO RIDE CASHLESS)In the new offer from the company, they have given a 50% discount for every ride their customers take. This will affect both customers; credit or cash. But Safeboda didn’t mention whether this would be a forever offer or its limited to a given period of time. However, their did mention that the new offer will be replacing the monthly madness. Which mean – if this is the case, then it will be done every first of each month, but if it’s not the sake, then well and good. – Advertisement – On the other hand, in one of the tweets they came out to mention that the offer would not effect its riders as they will receive their full pay.But still those that are paying using credit are still on the advantage side, they still have the 20% discount on the already reduced price making it even better for them.Everyone deserves a safer ride in Kampala!Order your Safeboda NOW and pay 50% LESS on EVERY ride! It’s better than Monthly Madness. Cash or credit? Just order using your app and BOOM!!! #Tofaayo #Peipar #Mamipodo #Otakafayo #KiziraBuzibu #WeGatchu #YourCityRide pic.twitter.com/OieqcbvgLK— SafeBoda (@SafeBoda) June 1, 2018We guess the change comes to the rising competition from TaxifyBoda and UberBoda who launched early this year in February, and March respectively. Safeboda still tops the moto-taxi hailing firms although the company isn’t supposed to get more comfortable since its competitors are picking up gradually.last_img read more

First draw of the season at the Etihad

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]appy Christmas everyone and we had a nice pre-Christmas boost on Monday with the Arsenal v Chelsea finishing a draw – as predicted !!There’s every reason why today’s big match could end up the same way – particularly when you look at the recent head to head record between Man City and Liverpool….HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Feb 2013 Premier Man City 2-2Aug 2012 Premier Liverpool 2-2 Man CityJan 2012 Carling Cup Liverpool 2-2 Man CityJan 2012 Carling Cup Man City 0-1 LiverpoolJan 2012 Premier Man City 3-0Nov 2011 Premier Liverpool 1-1 Man CityApr 2011 Premier Liverpool 3-0 Man CityAug 2010 Premier Man City 3-0 LiverpoolFeb 2010 Premier Man City 0-0 LiverpoolNov 2009 Premier Liverpool 2-2 Man CitySix of their last nine Premier League meetings have been draws, with City’s two wins and Liverpool’s solitary victory all coming by a 3-0 scoreline at home.Just one point separate the two in the table, in favour of the visitors but the odds point towards City with home advantage.They have a pristine home record at the Etihad this season, winning every single game but Liverpool will fancy their chances given their own current form and the injury problems facing City who remain without injured leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero and defenders Matija Nastasic, Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards.For Liverpool Luis Suarez is getting better. He’s scored 36 goals in his last 34 games for Liverpool in all competitions and 29 in 26 Premier League matches in 2013.I can’t see Man City losing but Liverpool might have enough to force a first draw of the season at the Etihad.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)5 points DRAW at around 3/1 with Star SportsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [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.Tuesday 23 JuneRACING3.00 BrightonExtrasolar 11/2 > 11/45.00 BrightonSuper Icon 8/1 > 9/25.30 BrightonSnow Conditions 6/1 > 100/305.50 LeicesterRed Invader 4/1 > 3/1FOOTBALL7.45pm BT SPORTUEFA Under-21 Championship Group Stage100/30 Czech Republic U21 5/6 Germany U21 13/5 DRAW7.45pm BT SPORTUEFA Under-21 Championship Group Stage11/8 Denmark U21 2/1 Serbia U21 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgHORSE RACING2.00 DoncasterOuja 9/2 > 2/12.45 CheltenhamBaron Alco 9/1 > 7/23.35 NewburyCloudberry 9/4 > 13/87.20 WolverhamptonNatural Scenery 5/1 > 11/48.05 DundalkLondon 7/2 > 5/4LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD15/8 Burton Albion 13/8 Birmingham City 11/5 DRAWSATURDAY EARLY KOPremier League12:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Mix HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD3/1 AFC Bournemouth 20/21 Tottenham Hotspur 5/2 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [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.Friday 21 Octoberlast_img

STAR PREVIEW Hoffenheim v Liverpool

first_imgOther birthday stats of interest:MOST GOALS: Man U (1,856)MOST RED CARDS: Everton (86)MOST YELLOW CARDS: Chelsea (1,536)CENTURY OF GOALS: Chelsea (103, 2009-10), Man City (102, 2013-14), Liverpool 101 (2013-14)LOWEST ATTENDANCE: 3,039 (Wimbledon v Everton 1993)Hoffenheim v LiverpoolUEFA Champions League Play-Off 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 2HEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Never playedLiverpool will be on the look out for goals tonight too as they bid to reach the Group Stage of the lucrative Champions League.They face a tricky trip to Hoffenheim who were unbeaten at home last season and are making their Champions League debut.The young side continue to impress under coach Julian Nagelsmann and face a Liverpool side who didn’t exactly get off to a flying start against Watford at the weekend. They fell behind after just eight minutes, got themselves 3-2 in front after 57 minutes but then conceded a last minute goal for the draw.Of tonight’s match Jurgen Klopp said: “For three months we have been looking forward to this game.”“We are here, in a good mood, looking forward to the game but aware of the qualities of the opposition and the difficulty of the game.“But it is just good to be here and to have the chance even though we know it is really hard.”Liverpool will again be without forward Philippe Coutinho.Both sides score goals for fun but it might be a case of cancelling each other out with so much at stake and as a two-legged affair it could get very tactical.As such, the DRAW at around 12/5 with Star Sports looks the call for tonight.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 4 points win at 12/5 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFOT 18.05 points [dropcap]A[/dropcap] profit on Sunday with the HT/FT recommendation at Old Trafford and for once never in doubt !Champions League qualifying action tonight but before that……. it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.The Premier League is 25 years old today and have they missed an opportunity by not holding over one of the weekend games until tonight to celebrate the landmark?BBC viewers have been voting on the best of the 25,799 goals in the Premier League’s history and the winner is……Dennis Bergkamp for his sensational turn and finish against Newcastle in 2002.We’ve searched the YouTube vaults to bring you a reminder. BET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Interview MATTHEW MANTLE

first_imgMEETING MATTHEW MANTLE (part 3 of 3)Professional home-based in-running punter Matthew (Matt) Mantle continues to explain how he makes a living betting from home. He explains how he juggles the stresses of his profession and working often seven days a week with a young family. He talks staking, he also tells of how he’s helped mentor people in the past but that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing and his final advice if you fancy giving it a go. MEETING MATTHEW MANTLE (part 2 of 3)We revisit Matthew (Matt) Mantle who elaborates on how he makes a living betting in running from home. He explains that everything is important in a race and that your pre-race conception has to be reevaluated as soon as a race is off. Is the pre-race market important does it know what is coming? His interface software of choice but how he used the ‘fingers and thumb’ method for years before he discovered what he’d been missing. Matthew Mantle is a professional in-running punter. He doesn’t work from a box on the racecourse or in a super fast trading room but from a cottage in remote and rural Devon. He has made it pay from a position that most people would imagine impossible, at home. It isn’t. Matthew explains how he beats the in-running book day in and day out with tips for those who might want to emulate him.MEETING MATTHEW MANTLE (part 1 of 3)center_img BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more