A campaigning alliance has called for disabled peo

first_imgA campaigning alliance has called for disabled people and their organisations to join its fight to use the UN disability convention to defend attacks on their rights by the UK government.The Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) was holding its third national conference in the five years since it was founded by a small group of disabled people’s organisation (DPOs) and grassroots groups.Last week’s conference (pictured) was attended by more than 50 representatives of DPOs and groups.The conference heard that ROFA had campaigned over the last year on issues such as cuts to Access to Work; the impact of the closure of the Independent Living Fund; cuts to employment and support allowance and personal independence payment; proposals to legalise assisted suicide; and the government’s planned cuts and reforms to disabled students’ allowance.Over the next year, ROFA will continue to campaign on welfare reform, independent living, disability hate crime, employment and education.This will include campaigning on the social care funding crisis; developing a disabled-led vision for independent living; continuing to campaign against Department for Work and Pensions contractors Atos, Maximus and Capita; and developing a vision for community and welfare support that delivers choice and control to disabled people.Tara Flood, chief executive of The Alliance for Inclusive Education, one of ROFA’s founding members, told the conference: “It feels like the movement is coming together in a way we haven’t seen before.”But she said there was still a need to “strengthen and broaden our movement”.And she said: “ROFA isn’t going to be rich anytime soon, but we are rich in terms of experience and history and commitment to disability rights.”Flood called for more to be done to find and work with younger disabled people.She said: “I worry about the cumulative impact on disabled young people of austerity as they move into adult life.“Children’s services are far from perfect, but the reality is things are being decimated.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said the conference – which was hosted by Disability Sheffield, with the venue at Sheffield town hall provided free by Sheffield City Council – was “a real achievement”.He said: “When we lost UKDPC [the UK Disabled People’s Council], when that collapsed, DPOs and disabled people didn’t have a national voice in England, and now we do.“Change starts from us, it’s not going to come from anywhere else.“We need to build inclusive, diverse disabled people’s organisations and we cannot do it at a local level, that’s why we need ROFA, a national voice of DPOs in England, to join our voices with those of the representative voices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”He said this would provide a “real voice to fight for the UN [disability] convention” and use it “as a weapon” against a government that “tries to take our rights away”.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said there was a need to build the alliance, despite there being no funding to do so, and added: “We have a big informal membership but we need to formalise it.”Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, pointed to comments made by Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who said in May at the launch of Beresford’s book All Our Welfare: “We know the media is hostile to the kind of values we have.”Beresford told the conference: “We must have conversations with each other, we need to think of ourselves as kind of Jehovah’s Witnesses and have the confidence to go and talk to people and tell them our truths.”Simone Aspis, from Changing Perspectives, said she was concerned about the risk of disabled people’s campaigns working too closely with left-wing political groups and unions, which might not understand or support vital issues such as inclusive education.She said: “It’s really important that when we work with allies we are really clear, nothing is left unsaid, because anything left unsaid is maintaining the status quo unless we challenge it.”Andrew Lee, from People First (Self Advocacy), said: “It’s important that local groups come together.“It’s really important that we have the alliance coming together so that we can build up our strength and give ourselves some confidence.”Roger Lewis, from the steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, said there was a “huge amount of fear” among disabled people about how they were being targeted, which meant there was a need to be “united and strong” in the face of “any attempt to divide us or any other group that could be scapegoated”.After the conference, Andrew Crooks, development and engagement worker for Disability Sheffield Centre for Independent Living, which helped organise the event, as it did last year, said: “We feel it’s important for local disabled people and disabled people’s organisations to feel part of the collective voice of disabled people and we truly value the idea behind ROFA, where disabled people can unite and defend our rights together.“They say there is strength in numbers and that is true but for disabled people in Sheffield and all over the UK I think disabled people need to know they are all in this together and can at least seek strength from other like-minded people.”He said that Disability Sheffield feels that it is “fire-fighting” and is “constantly hearing from disabled people who are in fear of their very existence” and “really fear for their basic rights”.He said disabled people were facing the pressures of losing benefits through the government’s personal independence payment reforms, concerns about the work capability assessment, and problems with discrimination at work and access to the built environment.Crooks said: “In Sheffield I think we are now beginning to see the effect of swingeing austerity cuts where Sheffield City Council, with a 50 per cent loss in government support, is now taking its toll on disabled people in relation to social care.”He said there were about 200 people in Sheffield who lost their access to the Independent Living Fund after it was closed and now “see no guarantees of being able to live their lives the way they need to”.He said: “The feeling in our city is that there are moves back to more institutionalised methods of care and people are fearful it’s beginning to affect their ways of living.”Disability Sheffield’s chair, Kate Whittaker, a public law solicitor who has taken high-profile legal cases in areas such as community care, disability discrimination and human rights, said: “It’s more important than ever for us to work collaboratively all over the UK where we can campaign for stronger rights, build the capacity of DPOs to deliver vital services like advocacy and support with direct payments, and tackle the barriers disabled people face to equality and full inclusion in society.”last_img read more

Updated 427 people do handstands in Dolores Park to break a world

first_imgAn organizer from Handstand leads the crowd as the picture-taking drone hovers overhead.Although at first they were about 50 people shy of the 400 mark, the crowd recruited extra members from the hills of the park by chanting “Come do a handstand!”Erin Conn, a representative from AcroSports, was optimistic that they would succeed. She coached participants beforehand, telling them to have strong arms, and to “keep reaching up to the sky with your feet.” 0% Update: After completing their personal count, Handstand believes they have broken the world record and are waiting for the approval of Guinness World Records.Did 427 volunteers in Dolores Park this afternoon break the Guinness world record for most people doing handstands at once? The verdict is still out.The event organizing company Handstand, who orchestrated the attempt, said they were conducting their own count and would release the findings this evening or tomorrow. If they are successful, they will send the photographs to Guinness, which will recount the numbers itself.To break the current record — 399 people in Belgium in 2007 — Handstand needed as least 400 people whose feet were all in the air at the same time. They used a drone to photograph the scene from above.center_img Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

It took nearly five years for these Mission residents to move back

first_img Email Address He needn’t have bothered. Iyengar is a trained structural engineer, and one look at a Twitter live-feed from a helicopter hovering over the blaze told him all he needed to know: this was serious, and his presence on-scene could accomplish nothing. But Iyengar is a smart man; he did what his wife told him to do. Kallerud, Iyengar and dozens of others huddled outside the building. Day turned to night as firefighters drenched the roof; the water cascaded throughout the architecturally significant 1928-era building, and the soot and filth wafted into residents’ open windows. That was four years, eight months, and nine days ago. And, only this week will the displaced residents begin moving back in. Perhaps half of the building’s original residents couldn’t stick it out in this city’s brutal rental market and won’t be returning. At least one has died. And yet, when it comes to fires in the Mission, the tenants at 87 Dolores can consider themselves lucky. Four years, eight months, and nine days is a long time to wait to go home. But it’s less time than forever.  An errantly discarded cigarette may be to blame for the fire that displaced 50-odd residents at 87 Dolores. Photo courtesy of Displaced 87 Dolores Facebook page.The first thing to happen after the fire was nothing. And nothing happened for a long time. For more than a year, the gorgeous, ivory-colored six-story building was boarded up, thanks to a holdup in payment from the building owner’s insurance company. Permits couldn’t even be obtained. Let alone actual work being done.  San Francisco is a place that purports to venerate mom-n-pop entities — stores, businesses, landlords. But in this case, the tenants of 87 Dolores were actually harmed by the fact that their landlord, Ray Guaraglia, is a small-time independent.“He’s a working-class man. A sheet-rocker his entire life,” says Janan New, the executive director of the San Francisco Apartment Association. “This building is his only asset.”Your humble narrator’s calls to Guaraglia’s lawyers have not been returned. New served as his intermediary, even in his interactions with the city.  For all the negatives of living in a building owned by a massive corporation, massive corporations tend to have cash on hand. Unless done so intentionally in hopes of shedding rent-controlled tenants, it wouldn’t have taken a massive corporate landlord more than a year to even begin scoping out work on this building. But that’s what happened here. And, in that time, the situation festered. Rather literally. “What wasn’t lost on me, since the waterproofing on the roof is made of asphalt, that leaves a lot of smoke and soot and there was a lot of smoke damage,” said Iyengar, the structural engineer and displaced tenant. “And water damage is what far exceeds fire damage in any partial fire.” For more than a year, this toxic mixture sat and fermented within the aging building. Iyengar hired professionals to do what, in the business, is known as a “dirty pack-out.” When he next visited his home, he did so in a hazmat suit. Almost exactly two years to the day after the fire, nine frustrated tenants sued Guaraglia, claiming, among other charges, that he failed to install and maintain fire suppression and prevention systems in the building and failed to enforce the ban on smoking on the building’s roof (a smoldering cigarette is believed to be the cause of the fire). That case settled last year and the tenants are forbidden to discuss the terms. But wait, there’s more. A lack of coordination with PG&E, the building owner, and the contractors “stretched things out another year,” says the Apartment Association’s New. It wasn’t until November of this year that letters with move-in dates and acceptance deadlines arrived. Of the 50-odd residents in the 30-unit, rent-controlled building, only around 12 people have been showing up to meetings organized by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. There are, currently, Craigslist ads for at least three apartments in the building. If half of the old tenants move back in, it would come as a surprise to everyone involved. And, sadly, when it comes to fires in the Mission, 50 percent is actually not a bad return rate at all.   Multiple units in 87 Dolores are being flogged on Craigslist, at rates far exceeding what prior, burned-out tenants once paid.Four years, eight months, and nine days is a long time. A long time to fix this level of structural damage. A long time for renters to fend for themselves. When asked how to prevent the next burned-out tenants from waiting so long, nobody in the city had a comprehensive answer. Tenants like Kallerud and Iyengar vouched for obtaining rental insurance — which paid for their temporary lodgings, paid the difference between their previous rent and the rent at long-term apartments, and also assumed moving costs, which could have run into the thousands. They also benefited from heavy city involvement, especially from the offices of Supervisors Scott Wiener and Rafael Mandelman.  Beyond that, however, the best thing to do is proactively keep fires from happening. Mandelman gave a shout-out to legislation from former Supervisor David Campos that requires greater scrutiny over safety conditions and mandates landlords to present displaced tenants with a timeline for repairs. The Castro supe also pointed to an ordinance from Supervisor Hillary Ronen, which allows fire inspectors to demand landlords install or improve sprinklers or fire safety systems. In the four years, eight months, and nine days since 87 Dolores burned, many more structures in the Mission have also gone up in flames. That’s why we have that legislation from Campos and Ronen. What a view Kallerud would’ve had from his window.And now he’ll have it again, along with his rent-controlled monthly payments at 2004 rates. “I am fortunate,” he says. Damn right. San Francisco is a city that has, on several occasions, risen up from its own ashes. Individual tenants, however, rarely do.  Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img From Roger Kallerud’s fourth-story window at 87 Dolores Street, he had a glorious view of the rest of the Mission — rain, shine or ablaze. “You could see the fires throughout the Mission all the time,” he recalls. At around 4:30 p.m. on April 15, 2014, Kallerud noticed thick, black smoke outside his window. Except, disturbingly, it was actually billowing downward. He put on his shoes, grabbed his phone, and walked up the stairs to the roof of his six-story apartment building. Which was on fire. He pulled the alarm and ran like hell. Not long thereafter, Bharathwajan Iyengar received a text message at work from his wife: Their apartment building was on fire. “I took this to be a joke,” he says. But it wasn’t, and she wanted him to get there, ASAP. last_img read more

Distillations A dark and stormy night at Lone Palm

first_imgI took a breath. “Let’s talk cocktails. What do you recommend?”“I’ve been making a lot of cosmos and Manhattans lately.”Those were a good pick for a place like this, but I wasn’t feeling it. “What’s the cocktail that, if I didn’t drink it here, I’d be missing out?”A long pause. “I honestly don’t know how to answer that. I’m sorry, I don’t.”“Okay.” I nodded. I’ve encountered this before, but rarely with an apology. Usually bartenders just tell me to shut my pretentious mouth and get with the program. But I like asking it anyway. How they answer this is the difference between a “cocktail bar” and a “bar that serves cocktails.” Lone Palm is definitely the latter. She hadn’t given up, though. “Is there a base liquor you’re looking for?” she asked. “A flavor?”I considered. “I have just returned, tempest tossed, from a long a long and precarious trip.”“Welcome back.”“Thank you. Whatever that makes you think of, make that drink.”She considered. “I’ve been drinking a lot of mescal lately.”“Mescal will work.”“Okay … Let me make you what I’ve been drinking lately.”See? This can turn out very well after all.She came back a moment later. “This is basically a mescal Collins,” she said. I offered her a “cheers” with the glass. It was good but unspectacular – a “table wine” of cocktails. “It’s an expat bar…”Another regular joined us, who knew both the bartender and the other person I was next to. An older man, he started talking about an artist residency he’s applying for in Kentucky. A chance to get away and focus on his work without being distracted. The city can be distracting. Both men, it turned out, were artists, and as the bartender left to talk to other customers, they talked about the benefits of staying up late versus getting up early. “I’m naturally nocturnal, but … the advantages of being awake in the mornings when everyone else is are just too good these days,” the first one said. However distracting it may be, the city has gone from being hospitable to night owls to favoring to early risers. It’s unfair to expect it, but I’m always disappointed whenever I eavesdrop on artists talking about anything other than art.I turned my attention to the snack bowls, five of which were spaced periodically along the bar. Lone Palm is locally famous for the quality of its bar snack mixes, and it’s easy to see why: Not only was everything I tried delicious – kind of a “Chex Mix” collection of salty-savory items, if Chex Mix actually gave a damn – but each bowl had different ingredients in it. That … that is amazing. Someone puts real time into this. A labor of love. The artists moved on to talking about how much they hate writing artist statements. It’s hard to verbally describe what you’re doing with visual mediums, and if you try, you often end up being overly technical. “I might end up paying somebody to write it,” one finally said. The other agreed that might not be a bad idea, then stepped outside for a cigarette. I never saw them again.The bartender was chatting attentively with a group of regulars at the other side of the bar, being sure to call them by name. So far she’d known literally everyone who’d come in, except me. This place pulls regulars, and keeps them. Not surprisingly, it didn’t seem like she was paying any attention to me at all. But the moment after I was finished with my drink — literally the moment after — there she was, asking if I needed anything.“Okay,” I said. “That’s what you’re drinking now. What’s the cocktail you were drinking before you shifted over to this?”She smiled at me crookedly. “Rosé.”WWED? (Where Would Ernest Drink?)I laughed. We are booze-incompatible, but we seemed to be making this work anyway. “Okay, I’m looking for some kind of cocktail sequence ….”She was there with me now, all traces of her earlier hesitation gone. “I can make you something else I’m drinking a lot, which is tequila, lime, and Campari with sweetener. ““Yes, let’s do that. Although …”“It’s pretty bitter.”“That’s just what I was going to ask about. Can we up the sweetener?”“Sure! But I’m trying to keep you in the agave family, since I think if you mix them it’s not so great the next day.”“I’m glad you’re on my team.”I looked around again as she made the drink. I could imagine Hemingway drinking here. Dark and foreboding but also welcoming, with an easy vibe that plays well against the sense that this is a place you would go to hide out. The name evokes exactly the right spirit for the place. It’s not a San Francisco bar: It’s an expat bar that appears at the beginning of a noir movie set in Cuba.The new drink was balanced just about right for my taste, and was a delightful improvement over the first. This was working well. Two guys in suits sit down on the other side of me. “The usual?” The bartender asked one of them“Yes.”“What kind of vodka do you like?”“Gray Goose.”As she made the drink, they started talking in rapid-fire German. They were clearly talking about how somebody’s Valentine’s Day had gone, but I couldn’t understand any of the details. I hate it when that happens. Why don’t I speak more languages? The place was starting to fill up. It wasn’t “packed” yet, but it was on the verge. “Get you anything else?” The bartender asked at exactly the moment I’d finished. She is SO good! “How about one more in the sequence? Where do we go from here?”“Ummmm … ” She wracked her brain. “How do you feel about spicy?”“I can do spicy.”She nodded, we trusted each other now, and a few moments later came back with a drink. “It’s pretty much a spicy mescal margarita, but instead of lime it has lemon.” This was the best of all. Still, at $10, I’m conflicted. If I’m just paying for the drink, that’s too much. They’re tasty, but this is simple, no-frills, mixology. But if I’m paying for the atmosphere with the drink, that’s just fine. And it’s probably not an accident that most people here had been ordering wines and beers, all of which are cheaper. Whether you’d call Lone Palm’s beer and wine list “predictable and pedestrian” or “comfy” is your call, but again, it’s not really the point. You don’t go here for the booze, you go here to step into a moment from the beginning of a noir movie, where you get the sense that everybody has a story and that, for all the darkness, everything just might turn out okay. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img I walked into Lone Palm on one of those days we’ve been having where San Francisco can’t decide if there’s going to be a thunderstorm or not. Crossing the threshold, I went from “cloudy” to “dark” – Lone Palm is a “forget we have windows, drink by candlelight” kind of place. It’s also the kind of place that seems larger than it is. Though only the size of a tech billionaire’s other walk-in closet, Lone Palm uses its space well, with about a third devoted to a long bar with lots of seats, and the other two-thirds all tables and chairs. The lone TV was set in a corner, silently playing a black-and-white movie. There were only a few people there when I arrived, all of whom were obviously regulars. “… I’ve been working in bars a long time, so, there are things I understand that people might not immediately understand,” the bartender was telling the customer I sat down next to at the bar. “But some things seem really simple to me, and I don’t know how some people don’t get them. Like, ‘Don’t swing up the counter to get behind the bar when there are things on it.’ ‘Don’t unplug stuff.’ These are things you should just know.”A moment later she turned to me. “Hi. What can I get you?”last_img read more

STOBART Super League action returns to Langtree Pa

first_imgSTOBART Super League action returns to Langtree Park next Friday as Saints take on London Broncos (Aug 31).Kicking off at 8pm Mike Rush’s men will be looking to record back to back wins and continue that form into the playoffs.The action gets underway when the Under 20s take on their counterparts at 5.45pm before the main event.And tickets for the East Stand are just a fiver for juniors.Tickets are on sale now from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.You can also use the Cash Turnstiles on the night in the North (unallocated) and East Stands.last_img

THE success of Rugby Leagues commercial portfolio

first_imgTHE success of Rugby League’s commercial portfolio was brought into sharp focus today when Specsavers agreed a multi-year partnership as an Official Partner of Super League.Specsavers, the UK’s most trusted optician, will also be game-wide sponsors of the sport’s match officials.The company’s distinctive logo will appear prominently on match officials’ kit in the First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championships, Tetley’s Challenge Cup and the community game.RFL Commercial Director James Mercer said: “We are delighted to welcome such a prestigious and successful brand to the sport.“We enjoyed a very successful relationship with Specsavers throughout Rugby League World Cup 2013 and it is fitting now that they will be moving into Super League and the domestic game.“We are excited about their creativity that they bring to all their ventures and this approach fits nicely with the innovation which is synonymous with Rugby League.Specsavers Marketing Director Richard Holmes added: “This builds on our existing sporting pledge to help the experts to see. Following our great sponsorship of the Rugby League World Cup we are delighted to be able to continue our relationship with the sport.“Technological advancements in recent years have certainly helped match officials but we’re glad to do our bit where we can to help ensure that they get the best possible support to do their job.”The partnership with Specsavers is the latest in a series of commercial successes for the sport, which has seen ALCATEL ONETOUCH and First Utility join as partner and title sponsor, respectively in the last 10 days.last_img read more

ANOTHER edition of the Saints InTouch Podcast is n

first_imgANOTHER edition of the Saints InTouch Podcast is now available to download.We preview our match at Catalan with Sia Soliola and Nathan Brown, Mose Masoe and Jamahl Lolesi.The weekly Podcast is the ideal way to keep up to date with the Saints and can be found on iTunes.It is in association with our friends at Citytalk 105.9.To listen? Click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.You can also hear past episodes there too.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email us here.last_img

SAINTS are back on the top of the First Utility Su

first_imgSAINTS are back on the top of the First Utility Super League following a hard fought 32-12 win over Salford Red Devils.Nathan Brown’s men turned in a defensive performance built on passion and stamina as they rose above Leeds at the top.Losing Tommy Makinson, Jon Wilkin and Anthony Walker to injury – and rolling one sub for at least 50 minutes – they kept a good Salford side at bay and scored five tries in the process.Mark Flanagan tackled all in front of him – as did Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Luke Walsh – who was excellent with the ball in hand – and the ranks of youngsters.Saints retained the same side that beat Huddersfield last week whilst Salford had Francis Meli, Tony Puletua and Andy Dixon – all formerly of this parish.But that mattered little at the end as Saints were down to 14 men.The hosts made a good start when Sia Soliola broke through the centre of the field and almost sparked the first try.Salford defended it but Saints came again and Niall Evald had to defend a sharp Walsh kick.But it was the Red Devils who had a real first glimpse of the line.Rangi Chase forced a drop out and then Tim Smith almost unlocked the defence was a cute pass.Saints’ defence did the trick though and on 17 minutes they broke the deadlock.Luke Walsh forced a knock on from Greg Eden after an innocuous looking chip and on the resultant set he sent a wonderful delayed short pass to Paul Wellens for his fourth of the season.Saints lost Tommy Makinson in the first half which forced a reshuffle and then Anthony Walker took a hit in a tackle and had to leave the field.The disruption didn’t alter Saints attack though and on 28 minutes Mark Flanagan’s fleet of foot gave the space for Sia Soliola to barge over.Walsh converting.And it got better as moments later Jon Wilkin’s break was polished off by Lance Hohaia.Wilkin later joined Saints walking wounded with a shoulder injury but they headed into the sheds 16-0 to the good.Saints rolled just one sub in the second half with the impetus on the visitors to unlock the defence.Evalds twice broke down the left hand side in the first five minutes – felled both times by Walsh – but the third time a grubber to the corner brought them right back into it.There was a hint of a knock on in the build-up as a pass from Tim Smith went to ground, but the winger, who started the half so well, deserved the score.Smith converting from the touchline.Saints hit back in the 50th minute when Paul Wellens drew in the defence and sent a great chip down the right-hand side for Gary Wheeler to pick up, hand off, and go in under the posts.Five minutes later Luke Walsh hammered home a penalty and then a sweeping move was polished off by Wellens for his second.Walsh was again involved after a strong Sia Soliola run, combining with Masoe to set the captain away – his 223rd in the Red Vee.Salford got one back through Gareth Hock – one the visitor’s probably deserved – but it couldn’t dampen a great night for the Saints.Walsh capping off the night with a penalty at the death.As it happened: Match CentreMatch Summary: Saints: Tries: Wellens (2), Soliola, Hohaia, WheelerGoals: Walsh (6 from 7)Devils:Tries: Evalds, HockGoals: Smith (2 from 2)Penalties:Saints: 6Devils: 2HT: 16-0FT: 32-12REF: Robert HicksATT: 10391 Teams: Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 24. Gary Wheeler, 26. Matty Dawson; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Mark Flanagan, 11. Sia Soliola.Subs: 23. Joe Greenwood, 25. Anthony Walker, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson.Devils: 37. Greg Eden; 2. Danny Williams, 4. Junior Sa’u, 5. Francis Meli, 26. Niall Evalds; 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Tim Smith; 11. Tony Puletua, 35. Logan Tomkins, 10. Lama Tasi, 16. Andrew Dixon, 12. Gareth Hock, 18. Steve Rapira.Subs: 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Tommy Lee, 15. Darrell Griffin, 21. Jordan Walne.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham expects his side to feel no ill

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham expects his side to feel no ill effect from their World Club Challenge loss when they face Castleford on Friday.In fact, Saints will be “spurred on” by the disappointment.“It was a bitter pill to swallow but when you watch the game back it is evident we weren’t far off in some departments,” he said. “We let ourselves down though and have things to work on.“I think the occasion got to certain players in the team. I really feel for them, I wanted nothing more than them to do well. I wasn’t really concerned with winning; I wanted them to perform well and do themselves proud for the town. We all felt a little down afterwards.“To do well in these big occasions, the only way to be prepared is to play in them and I’d like to think in the years to come events like Sunday will set the young players in good stead.“Composure comes with age and wisdom but sometimes learning can be ugly.“It was a one off event against the greatest side in the world. Our record before that was good; our form was good so Sunday shouldn’t have any bearing on what happens from now in. If anything it should spur us on.”He continued: “Our confidence is fine; it is our pride that has taken a battering. But we have a good bunch of players who are professional and committed to the cause.“We will want to put in a good performance this week and do each other proud. Some players owe their teammates after Sunday and they will want to repay that.”Saints have omitted Jordan Turner from their 19-man squad for Friday’s game, whilst the fixture is still too early for the return of Luke Walsh.“Jordan has concussion and we have to play by those rules for him,” Keiron added. “Luke will be fit when he is fit. I can’t give anyone a deadline or a guideline. It would be foolish of me to bring him back sooner than he is ready.“His grumbles are nothing to do with the fracture site – everything is good there.”Tickets for Friday’s game with Castleford (8pm) remain on sale form the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or logging on here.last_img read more

A special Good Friday win over Wigan backed up by

first_imgA special Good Friday win over Wigan, backed up by a professional show at Widnes, has Justin Holbrook’s men four points clear at the top of the Betfred Super League.With the Steve Prescott Cup up for grabs too, Hull FC arrive in St Helens in good form.They have won their last three games; Marc Sneyd’s 50+ metre drop goal sealing the win over Wakefield on Monday.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img

Ticket

first_imgBoth teams have set the pace and currently command the top end of the Betfred Super League table and it will soon be the time to see who are the Champions-elect, as the two sides go head-to-head for the first time in 2019!The Wolves will head to the fortress of the Totally Wicked Stadium, a venue at which the Saints are undefeated in 2019, and where they have only lost three times since the beginning of last season. The six-time Super League winning veterans will be ready and waiting for the Wolves.Both teams bristle with firepower across the field, with the Saints’ armoury stocked with the likes of Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama, Regan Grace and Jonny Lomax battling against the Wolves arsenal of talent, including Blake Austin, Stefan Ratchford and Josh Charnley.The fixture has bred one of the greatest rivalries in the Super League era, with countless last-minute dramas littering the fixtures throughout the seasons. From Sean Long’s pair of match-winning drop goals in 2005 and 2008 at Knowsley Road, to Keiron Cunningham’s after-the-hooter barge over try to win the game at Warrington, also back in 2005.The Wolves have also had their share of big moments in recent times, including a gutting defeat for Saints in last season’s Super League Semi-final.That result needs to be put right…Both Club’s will strap on their armour, and go all out for bragging rights, two competition points and to write another page in the history of this great fixture.Whether it’s military precision passing, a barrage of explosive attacking rugby or dominant defence, this fixture will be a WAR on all fronts.Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults.You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Here is a little taster of what’s to come…last_img read more

PHOTOS Wilmington Police need help identifying hitandrun driver

first_img The car has a spare tire on the rear passenger side of the car.The victim suffered a fractured knee and broken clavicle bone.If you have any information you are urged to call Wilmington Police or Text-A-Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police need your help identifying a driver involved in a hit-and-run in downtown Wilmington.Police say the Nissan Altima seen in these photos struck a pedestrian around 1:30 a.m. on August 19 in front of Ibiza Nightclub.- Advertisement – last_img

Public meeting for proposed improvements to Carolina Beach Road

first_img(Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Let your voice be heard! NCDOT will hold a public meeting Monday for the proposed improvements to Carolina Beach Road.State transportation officials want to hear your thoughts on the proposed improvements to Carolina Beach Road (U.S. 421) between Burnett Boulevard and Shipyard Boulevard in Wilmington. The improvements include upgrading Carolina Beach Road into four lanes with a divided median to improve safety and traffic flow.- Advertisement – You can view a map displaying the location and design of the project on the NCDOT website.The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sunset Park Elementary School. Interested residents may attend at any time during the meeting, as no formal presentation will be made. NCDOT representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions. The meeting will offer the opportunity to provide written comments.If someone is unable to attend the meeting, they can still provide comments on the proposal through November 30.Related Article: Sewer work to close lanes on 701 in Whiteville Tuesday nightPersons who speak Spanish and have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.last_img read more

Egrant Cardona Mizzi and Scicluna have access

first_imgA heated argument characterised the parliamentary session on Wednesday afternoon. The reason for the quabble was the publication of the full Egrant report.Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) MP Jason Azzopardi asked Minister for Justice Owen Bonnici on why do Minister Chris Cardona, Minister Konrad Mizzi, and Minister Edward Scicluna each have a full copy of the much contested report.Azzopardi said that these ministers have quoted part of the report that were not made public in Court. From his end Minister Bonnici appealed to the Opposition to allow the judiciary to work in serenity. He also added that the Courts have already denied the request of the leader of the Opposition to receive a full copy of the Egrant report.Jason Azzopardi kept insisting on a reply to the supplementary question that he had made in front of Minister Scicluna . The Speaker of teh House Anġlu Farrugia said that Azzopardi cannot keep repeating the same question. Minister Bonnici then said that the lawyers that are party to the case have access to the acts and therefore the MPs may access such through their lawyers. He also asked again for caution and respect so that the rule of law can be applied.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> SharePrintlast_img read more

Survey shows enormous demand for the iPhone 5

first_imgAdvertisement “Advance demand for the ‘iPhone 5’ is strikingly higher than we’ve seen for any previous iPhone model,” said Paul Carton, ChangeWave’s vice president of research, in an abbreviated report sent via email.Of the people polled, 14% said they were “very likely” to buy a new iPhone for themselves or a family member, while 17% asserted that they were “somewhat likely” to do so.ChangeWave described the next iPhone in broad terms, incorporating the speculation that’s centered on a slightly-larger screen and a connection to the faster LTE (4G) mobile data networks, as well as the near-certainty that it will be powered by iOS 6, the next version of Apple’s operating system. – Advertisement – Apple’s current model, the iPhone 4S, does not support LTE, although the company added it to the new iPad, which debuted last March.The 31% total of those who said they were likely to buy the iPhone 5 was 44% higher than the 21.5% who answered the same way in a survey ChangeWave conducted last year just before the launch of the iPhone 4S.“The biggest finding of the survey is the unprecedented level of advance demand for the next generation Apple iPhone, which based on these survey numbers easily dwarfs the advance demand of any previous iPhone launch,” said Carton.Apple does not disclose individual iPhone model sales, but in the two quarters reported since the Oct. 4, 2011, launch of the iPhone 4S, the company has sold 72.1 million iPhones, its best-ever six-month stretch.ChangeWave also asked consumers their thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, which went on sale last month.Of the people polled, 2% said they were very likely to buy a Galaxy S III “in the future,” with another 7% acknowledging that they were somewhat likely to do so.According to Carton, the top reason why those consumers said they would buy the Samsung smartphone was the size and quality of the screen.Yesterday, Samsung revealed that it had sold 10 million Galaxy S III handsets globally in its first two months of availability, a mark the preceding Galaxy S II took five months to reach.When all Samsung phones are taken into account, the Asian company’s fortunes are even brighter: 19% of those polled who said they were planning on buying a smartphone in the next 90 days selected Samsung as the maker.That’s an all-time high for Samsung in ChangeWave’s tracking, and nearly four times that of a year ago.Other smartphone makers scored poorly in ChangeWave’s latest survey, with just 4% of those polled citing Motorola and 3% HTC as their vendor of choice. Motorola, which is now owned by Google, was down two percentage points from a March poll, while HTC was flat.Nokia, which has tied its success to Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile operating system, was up one point from March to 2%, said Carton.The dominance of Apple and Samsung — especially the former — among consumers planning future smartphone purchases pointed to a two-horse race at this point, said Carton.“The huge wave of pent-up demand for the coming iPhone launch has important implications for the rest of the industry … and puts a number of second-tier smartphone manufacturers at increased risk of coming in below plan for the year,” Carton said.Apple has not announced when it will launch the next iPhone, much less its name or feature set. Most experts, however, expect the company to follow the same schedule as last year. Apple introduced the iPhone 4S on Oct. 4, 2011, and started selling the device on Oct. 14.If the company follows the 2011 timetable, it would announce the new iPhone Oct 2, 2012, and kick off sales Oct. 12. Source: computerworld.comlast_img read more

Cortana For iOS Gets the Ability to Remember Things for You

first_imgImage Credit: tuapplemundo Advertisement Microsoft has brought a new feature to its voice-controlled virtual assistant Cortana on iOS that allows the digital assistant to remember things for you.You can now tell Cortana to remember things like where you parked the car, according to the listing on the App Store. The update to version 1.9.0 also brings along improved feedback input experience.Cortana for Android and iOS devices was launched in December last year. Since then the app has been updated multiple times to add new features. – Advertisement – Earlier this year, Microsoft announced several new features for Cortana on Windows and said that the virtual assistant will now be able to “pro-actively make suggestions” for users throughout the day such as offering to buy lunch or arranging transportation. The company also said that Cortana will be available above the lock screen, and will be available to users for tasks without unlocking the PC. Most of these changes will be available via the Windows Anniversary Update on August 2.In April, Microsoft made a bold move by blocking Cortana from using Google Search on Windows 10. Cortana now performs all its searches from Microsoft’s own Bing search engine.Cortana was initially released in April 2014 and is currently available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft Band, Microsoft Band 2, Xbox One, Skype, and Cyanogen OS.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more

UCC And Sponsors Name Winners of the 2017 ACIA Awards

first_imgAdvertisement Following their past ACIA annual summits, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on Wednesday May, 24th 2017 kicked off their 7th annual edition of the Annual Communication Innovation Awards (ACIA); that aims to foster greater local involvement in the development and provision of innovative products, services and content in Uganda, and this has become a signature tune in Uganda’s ICT landscape and communications sector in general.Established in 2010, the ACIA provides a platform upon which outstanding ICT innovations can be showcased and propelled to further success.Unlike their past ACIA events, this time around the competition had a change of theme where two more activities were introduced i.e. the Smart Transport Hackathon; where Team Sonnet emerged winners walking away with USD$500, and the finally the Innovation Clinics, and then as usual, the ACIA Exhibition were great innovations and startups including prototypes were showcased. – Advertisement – Following the evening of Friday 27th, May 2017, one of Uganda’s leading hotels; the Kampala Serena Hotel hosted the awards gala where at the climax winners and runners-up were recognized for their outstanding innovations under the categories – Young ICT Innovators Award, Digital Content, ICT for Development (ICT4D), Service Excellence, ICT Innovation Start-Up, and Business Excellence by UCC alongside its other sponsors.Winners were awarded with prizes including certificates, trophies, cash prizes, and post-ACIA support including incubation of their ideas and seed funding for certain categories to further development of their innovations.Category 1: Young ICT Innovators Award (Explorer) This award shall recognized extraordinary application of ICTs by school students towards the reduction of the digital divide in Uganda. This may be with regard to ICT access, affordability, availability and/or it’s applicability.Overall Winners: Busenyi Parental CareRunners Up: Kabalenga Primary SchoolYoung ICT Innovators Award (Explorer)1 of 2 Busenyi Parental Care Kabalenga P.SchoolYoung ICT Innovators Award (Rising Star)Overall Winners: Katikamu SDA.Runners Up: Mbarara High School.Young ICT Innovators Award (Rising Star)1 of 2 Mbarara High School Katikamu SDAYoung ICT Innovators Award (Young Visionaries)Overall Winners: Busitema University.Runners Up: Makerere University.Young ICT Innovators Award (Young Visionaries)1 of 2 Busitema University Makerere UniversityCategory 2: ICT for Development Award This award recognized the extraordinary use of ICTs to improve the livelihoods of communities by facilitating Uganda’s achievement of any of the millennium development goals.Overall Winners: Team M-Voucher.Runners Up: Team AADS (Automatic Accidental Detection System).ICT for Development Award1 of 2 Team AADSCategory 3: Digital Content Award This award recognized the outstanding compilation of text, images including video, or sound into an application or product that enhances the value and use of communication networks and services within local communities in Uganda.Overall Winners: Team Radio Basket.Runners Up: The MyChild Information Portal team.Digital Content Award1 of 2 Team Radio Basket Team My Child Info PortalCategory 4: Judge’s Choice Award Team Mzee Ddiba emerged winners and the award was awarded to them by the Head Judge: Dr. Dorothy Okello.Judges choice winning team: Team Mzee Diba.Category 5: Business Excellence Award Team Intel-World who are building a cashless Uganda emerged winners. This award recognized the outstanding use of ICT by an organisation, whose core business is not ICT, but to improve the organisation’s performance efficiency, effectiveness or both.Team Intel World.Category 6: Service Excellence Award Team Snap emerged winners and their accolade was awarded to them by the Minister of ICT, and National Gudiance; Hon. Frank K Tuwembaze along side the Executive Director at UCC; Godfrey Mutabazi. This award recognized the outstanding innovative solution that eliminates barriers to ICT inclusion in Uganda.Category 7: ICT Innovation Startup Award Team Blood Finder who recently participated in the 2017 MTN App Challenge, won the accolade.Photo Credits: @nathyjrernestlast_img read more

UNICEF To Invest US100K in Data Science AI Startups Through its Innovation

first_imgUNICEF Innovation Fund. (Photo Courtesy: UNICEF) Advertisement UNICEF through its Innovation Fund, is looking to invest up to USD$100,000 (roughly UGX372,765,000) seed funding in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence startups—that have the potential to benefit humanity.The call of applications is limited to startups registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a working, open source prototype showing promising results. The submission date should not be later than Feb. 28th—application will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Only shortlisted companies will be contacted and then requested to submit a more in-depth proposal.Startups that are currently using data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence or similar technologies are welcome to submit their applications. Women led projects are strongly encouraged to apply. – Advertisement – Innovators applying for the fund, should have startups that are—applying deep learning to analyze satellite imagery and automatically map infrastructure such as schools, health centers, roads or cell towers. On the other hand, using digital footprints from sources like social media or mobility patterns to understand public spaces. And finally exploring ML/AI techniques to help users better understand the physical world that they live in and its rapidly changing environments.Selected startups will receive a shared seed fund of USD$100,000 (roughly UGX372,765,000). In addition, receive technical assistance from the UNICEF Ventures team to help validate and improve their solutions. The emerged winners will as well have access into the funds network of mentors who help them develop their business model and strategy to grow their companies and ultimately profit.Applicants can send in their submission FOLLOW LINK not later than Feb. 28th.Notably, the UNICEF Innovation Fund since its inauguration—has made 72 investments in 42 countries with an eye to invest in 20 more startups this year.last_img read more

Uganda Startups Dominate Finalists Count in AgriHack Competition

first_imgA female innovator pitching at the AgriHack competition. File Photo/CTA Advertisement Last week we reported ten (10) Uganda startups were among the 104 selected startups for the 2019 AgriHack pitch competition, awaiting further screening by a panel of judges to draw out the finalists.According to a statement seen by PC Tech Magazine, 50% finalists will go to be women led companies/startups.As of Monday evening, the list of finalists was unveiled with Uganda dominating the count with six (6) selected startups. Kenya followed with five, Ghana and Nigeria with each having four. – Advertisement – In a total out of the 104, 22 emerged as finalists and their startups were grouped in Mature Platform and Early Stage Platform Categories. The mature category had 9 startups with two from Uganda. The early stage category had 13 with 4 from Uganda.The six selected for Uganda, include; Akaboxi, Jaguza Tech, Efamu Company, Endelea Uganda, FootMo Kit, and Technoplus IT Solutions ltd. Out of these six, three were women-led startups — which include; Akaboxi, Efamu Company, and Endelea Uganda.Akaboxi, and Jaguza Tech were selected as Mature startups while,Efamu Company, Endelea Uganda, FootMo Kit, and Technoplus IT Solutions LTD were selected as Early Stage startups.All finalists of AgriHack will pitch their innovations to ICT4Ag and business experts at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra, Ghana scheduled for Sep. 3rd to 7th 2019.Up to €15,000 (approx. UGX62.2 million) will be awarded to seven startups in different categories including three new special prize categories: data analytics services, public choice and the Greentec Prize.In addition to the money, winners will as well benefit from a financial management and investment readiness bootcamp, grants & access to investments, capacity building, and promotional opportunities.Before the AgriHack final pitching, finalists will first attend a training session on investment readiness and will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions to development partners and potential investors.AkaboxiThe startup is a digital financial inclusion system that enables smallholder farmers manage and monitor their savings. It provides communities with the most secure way of keeping smallholder farmers savings that are kept in boxes to be managed and monitored by use of Digitalized Financial Inclusion system.Sarah Atuhaire Baryaija; Co-Founder and Finance Manager & Operations at Akabox Uganda, representing their team at the 2018 Africa Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda from 6th to 9th June 2018 at Kigali Convention Center. (Photo Courtesy: Akabox)Jaguza TechThis startup helps farmers with their farming problems, especially people who are socially or economically disadvantaged. It helps them with farming problems about disease, Market, Farming Methods, information sharing, Livestock Monitoring, social security and Reporting.Pictured Jaguza Tech CEO and Founder; Mr. Robert Katamba during a field work in Entebbe. Jaguza Tech is among the ten Ugandan AgriTech startups selected for the 2019 AgriHack pitch competition. File Photo/Jaguza TechEfarmuThis startup enables farmers to generate daily and monthly reports about the farm. It will have lactation records that will enable assessing profitability of each cow.The app has data of average performance of a particular breed in the country which helps farmers compare performance of their dairy herd and those in the region. This is vital in establishing if the farmer is under performing or over performing.EndeleaThe startup designs and develops services and applications to improve productivity of African smallholder farmers.Endelea team testing out their application. File PhotoFootMo KitThe startup is a low cost hand held device that diagnoses Foot and mouth disease in livestock in remote and low resources areas by enabling local farmers to do testing of the viral diseases on their own without relying on the veterinary doctors.FootMo Kit diagnoses Foot and mouth disease in livestock in remote and low resources areas. File PhotoTechnoplus IT SolutionsThe startup wants a fair and inclusive global agriculture market system inspired by the advancement in financial inclusion, caused by the proliferation of ICTs in low-income farming communitieslast_img read more

BENS BLOG Only FlatEarthers think the Greyhound Derby should not go to

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his year, we have enjoyed two fabulous turn-ups for the books; in the Brexit and Donald Trump victories.‎ However, this does not now mean, we should start gambling with something far more important; the next home of the Greyhound Derby.Sittingbourne have entered the race, because Roger Cearns has a go at everything (and that’s a great way to be).Sheffield have really been entered into the race, late on, because some think the big race should be run, in the North of England, just for the reason of it being in the North, rather than the South. ‎Err, does this ACTUALLY need to be commented on, Blog?Towcester have the best facilities. The most invigorated management-team. And they also have some stuff called; ‘money’ (HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?).In other news:Blog, I recently recommended “Rules of Modern Life” to you. Well, it’s proving to be a delicious holiday read, and I’d like you to watch this interview, with it’s writer; Sir David Tang.‎ Sir D, is a gambler, and says that we should all embrace risk. As nobody has ever become a GREAT person, without taking risks to do so. What a wonderful attitude he has. AND WHY ARENT THERE MORE PEOPLE LIKE HIM?Over and out, B xlast_img read more