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Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Disabled people and their organisations have reacted to Boris Johnson becoming the new prime minister with alarm and scepticism, but also an appeal for “honest engagement”.Johnson (pictured) has already concerned many opponents – both within his party and among opposition parties – by filling key ministerial posts with Brexit-supporters and right-wingers such as Dominic Raab as foreign secretary and Priti Patel as home secretary.And although Johnson mentioned the need to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all” in his first speech as prime minister yesterday (Wednesday), he mentioned only older people – like many ministers and other politicians before him – and ignored working-age disabled people, even though about half of local authority spending on social care is on working-age adults.Johnson said he had “a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve”, but there will be a suspicion that this is merely the much-delayed adult social care green paper promised by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock.Hancock, who has kept his post under the new prime minister, has already suggested that his green paper is unlikely to include a definitive plan for how to reform adult social care funding, but instead will simply “bring together the debate… behind a direction of travel where we can make progress”.Alan Benson, chair of Transport for All, the user-led charity which campaigns on accessible transport in London, said that during Johnson’s time as mayor of London “he not only failed to engage with disabled people and their organisations but he dismantled the structures that were already existing.“This sets a worrying precedent. We hope that a similar pattern is not now seen across government.”He said that Theresa May and London mayor Sadiq Khan had been “at odds” during May’s time as prime minister, resulting in “huge budget cuts” for Transport for London and “an unwillingness to devolve rail services”.Benson said: “This has hit London’s travellers hard and particularly impacted disabled and older people.”He warned that the relationship between Boris Johnson and Sadiq Khan was even worse than that between May and the mayor, “so we can only see the situation deteriorating”.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, president of the Liberal Democrats, said Johnson’s record on equality – particularly around race – was “not encouraging”.She said: “The problem is he is just unthinking and the worry is that, particularly with disability, we may have the legislation but we don’t have the culture.“I would hope he will demonstrate a genuine delivery of the Equality Act to make disabled people’s lives better, but I am not holding my breath.“My worry is he is more concerned about a snappy message than he is about the underlying issues. He has to prove himself to the disabled community.”The crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell said she hoped Johnson would build on one of the “few positive moves” made by Theresa May, in the last weeks of her premiership, to set up a new strategic, cross-government disability unit in the Cabinet Office.She said: “This is an opportunity for him to engage honestly and realistically with disabled people on building a society inclusive of all people.“Better engagement with all sectors of society and parliament is something that he did mention in his acceptance speech – let’s hope he is serious about the ‘everyone’!”Sue Bott, head of policy and research for Disability Rights UK, raised concerns about the impact of a potential no deal Brexit under Johnson.She said: “Given the stated commitment of Boris Johnson to take the UK out of the European Union (EU) on 31 October with or without a deal, we are very concerned that the rights disabled people currently enjoy as members of the EU will continue post-Brexit, particularly given the impossibility of passing the necessary legislation on time.”There is already frustration with Johnson from The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), after he told a journalist during his leadership campaign that he wanted to increase the number of free special schools.Simone Aspis, ALLFIE’s policy and campaigns coordinator, said he had also ignored a letter from ALLFIE during the campaign that asked how he would implement the recommendations to the UK made by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities in 2017, when it called for a “coherent strategy” on “increasing and improving inclusive education”.Aspis said: “We understand Boris Johnson is looking to fund more special schools.“This is a clear violation of disabled people’s human rights, and non-engagement with disabled people’s organisations like ALLFIE is not a good start.”There was particular anger and frustration with the new prime minister from disabled people’s anti-cuts groups, which have been fighting Tory-led austerity policies for nearly a decade.Bob Ellard, of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said, before yesterday’s ministerial appointments were announced: “He’s a Tory and whoever he makes work and pensions secretary, chancellor and minister for disabled people will be Tories.“Since 2010 not one single Tory has done or said anything that benefits disabled people and that ain’t going to change now. The cruelty and the harm it creates is set to continue.”Michelle Maher, from WOWcampaign, said she believed a Boris Johnson government would see the UK become a “vassal state” to Donald Trump’s United States and would “wave goodbye to the NHS, which for sick and disabled people is our lifeline as no one will insure us”.She said: “Nowhere in the discourse are disabled children, adults and their carers.“We are completely ‘othered’ now by 10 years of austerity and hate speech aimed at us. This will only get worse for us, as a far-right Tory ideology takes hold.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said: “As humanitarians, of course we welcome his statement at the steps of Number 10 this afternoon that his government will try to do more for animal welfare.“As for the human catastrophe that has befallen disabled people under successive Tory prime ministers since 2010 – absolutely nothing.”McArdle also raised concerns about Johnson’s comments about mental health, in an article earlier this month, in which he claimed that the only way to really treat depression was through the “cure” of work.McArdle said: “Disabled people will now, and with good cause, be living in fear of what rash decisions this entirely unpredictable prime minister may take next with regard to mental health and social policy.”Rick Burgess, from Manchester DPAC, said: “Considering Boris Johnson’s voting record on social security and his total disinterest in disability rights indicates this will be a continuation of Tory disablism along with more hostile policies for all minority groups.“Only regime change through a general election will end this era of abrogation of rights, immiseration, and death.”Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said: “We have a new prime minister but it appears no new ideas.“Brexit is set to dominate the political agenda for the foreseeable future, all of which distracts from the ongoing problems facing disabled people.”He called for a “clear timescale” for the publication of the social care green paper and a consultation which “actively engages with and listens to disabled people”.He said: “We also need Boris Johnson to signal that his government is going to tackle the devastating effects that universal credit is having on disabled people and their families.“It is no good tinkering around the edges with this failed endeavour, it needs replacing.”Fran Springfield, co-chair of Disability Labour, raised concerns about the NHS, and said that “Boris Johnson’s obsession with leaving the EU, with or without a deal, is a disaster for disabled people and everyone who uses the NHS”, and warning of the impact on the supply of vital drugs, appliances such as stoma bags, nutritional feeds, and on recruitment.
Holbrook also paid credit to the “cracking” atmosphere the Saints fans created in the win over Warrington last Friday and believes Saints have another big task ahead this coming week.“The support was brilliant last Friday. It was a cracking atmosphere down at Warrington with both sets of fans really passionate and it was great to see. It’s another massive challenge for us Friday to travel up to Hull FC who are sitting third, so it doesn’t get any easier.“Hull FC were in red hot form up until their derby defeat and they have got some key troops back and that’s what makes them such a dangerous side. They have good halves, strong outside backs and a big forward pack so it’s going to be a really tough game up there on Friday.“[They have] Albert Kelly, Jake Connor, Mark Sneyd and Jamie Shaul at the back and they have some really key play makers that are very good players and the rest of the sides pretty strong as well.”There was also an update on the injured Aaron Smith who Holbrook revealed has been ‘struggling’ this week and is a doubt for Friday night’s clash in Hull.“Aaron Smith’s struggling, he’s still really sore there so we’ll have to see how he goes over the next couple of days. If he doesn’t play there Bentos [James Bentley] will play. I think did a really good job for us. He came on after three minutes and played the majority of the game at hooker so he’s a really versatile player and it worked out well for him on Friday.”You can grab your tickets for Friday night’s clash as well as our derby clash with Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium in a ‘Bad Friday’ repeat online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket OfYou cfice at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot another person in the mouth and arm over the weekend.New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office arrested Juan Sanchez Rebodello for attempted first-degree murder. Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 222 Flemington Road Lot #7 at approximately 3:00 p.m Sunday in reference to a reported shooting. When deputies arrived, they found Manuel DeJesus Silva-Bonilla, with a gunshot wound to the mouth and another to the upper left arm.- Advertisement – Manuel was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery. Detectives immediately began their investigation tracking down the suspect.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office arrested Juan Sanchez Rebodello Monday on attempted first-degree murder. Pender County Deputies noticed a vehicle traveling on Union Chapel Road matching the description of the suspect and conducted a traffic stop detaining Rebodello for New Hanover County.Rebodello is in the New Hanover County Detention Facility is under a $800,500 bond.
The couple began looking for spaces in February. When they heard about the house through the Historic Wilmington Foundation, they knew it was perfect for their planned downtown eatery.“We’ve been working in Austin and Denver recently and have fallen in love with some of the reused spaces and we just really loved it,” Walker said. “We really wanted something that would stand out.”Walker says they plan to open the restaurant by mid summer 2019. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Big changes are coming for a historic home in Wilmington and they look to be tasty! It’s all thanks to one couple and the Historic Wilmington Foundation.The 120-year-old house is moving from Bladen Street to 4th and Swann streets where husband and wife Matt Walker and Jennifer Concklin plan to transform it into a southern seafood restaurant.- Advertisement –
According to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, 59-year-old Wayne Corbett was indicted on numerous charges stemming from a March 14 traffic stop in Pender County.- Advertisement – Wayne Corbett (Photo: Pender County Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — No law enforcement officers will be charged after an Atkinson man was injured during an encounter with Pender County sheriff’s deputies earlier this year. Corbett was stopped for a vehicle registration violation, and during that traffic stop he tried to run from the deputies, according to the sheriff’s office. When the deputies reportedly tried to catch Corbett he physically resisted and assaulted two deputies.“The conduct of several Pender County Sheriff’s deputies in relation to these injuries was investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation at the joint request of my office and Sheriff Alan Cutler,” District Attorney Ben David wrote in a news release. “In reviewing the accounts from several civilian witnesses, my office has determined that the injuries that Corbett suffered were a result of his assaultive conduct and non-compliance with officer commands. With the information my office has received to date, no law enforcement officer will be charged in this incident.”Corbett is charged with assault on a government official/employee, resisting a public officer, felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana and canceled/revoked tag.Related Article: NC school closes after senior prank causes thousands in damagesHis next court date is June 24.
Advertisement Microsoft Corp. on 1st Oct. announced seven new African startups to receive funding, technical support and mentorship to fast-track their growth and provide a roadmap to highlight Africa’s ‘future growth pole’. The announcement was made at the Microsoft 4Afrika Advisory Council meeting in Nairobi and is the second round of grants to be issued under the 4Afrika innovation grant programme, following the five startups selected at the beginning of 2014.One of the goals of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is to accelerate African innovation, ensuring that entrepreneurs continue to grow their businesses and solutions. In turn, they will create jobs, encourage skills development and grow the continent’s knowledge economy. “The world is looking for the next growth pole and Africa is positioned to be exactly that. As investors assess industries and sectors to fund, there is a keen interest in exploring the future multinational companies that will come out of Africa. These are the startups and SMEs of today, which we aim to help grow to their full potential through smart financing,” says Fernando de Sousa, General Manager of Africa Initiatives at Microsoft.Each innovation grant winner will receive financial endowment and access to Microsoft platforms. Microsoft will also provide each startup with one-on-one mentorship. “It is critical to provide individualised support over and above funding. All startups have different needs, speeds at which they scale and unique market challenges that require tailored, individualised support,” adds Fernando de Sousa. – Advertisement – In addition, to ensure the scalability of these startups, Microsoft will also connect grant winners with relevant partners to enable them commercialize their solutions.The following startups have been selected: Ukall (Kenya) – Ukall is an ICT company that automates business processes, allowing companies and businesses to run more efficiently. Their mobile application ‘Akida’ addresses the challenges of staff attendance verification.Cojengo (East Africa) – Based on the Swahili word ‘Kujenga’, Cojengo creates mobile and cloud solutions that address animal and human health issues. Their ‘VetAfrica’ app helps farmers diagnose livestock disease and share disease surveillance data.MobiPay (Kenya) – MobiPay facilitates commerce and trade through mobile devices in the SME, agricultural and remittance sectors. Their AgriLife solution helps farmers access market opportunities, receive financing and get information on how best to grow, manage and market.iTaxi (Morocco) – iTaxi is a mobile application that lets users book, track and rate taxis within Morocco. The app uses geo-location technology, allowing users to send their location and transport details to available taxi drivers in the area and track their progress.AfNov (Rwanda) – AfNov is a software development company. Their mobile application ‘Ikaye y’umudugudu’ allows users to report their community challenges and conflicts to government. In addition, users can track development and progress within government institutions, ensuring accountability and enhanced development.BookNow (Kenya) – BookNow is a mobile system that allows Kenyan’s to buy bus tickets online, providing secure mobile money and card payment options and enabling customers to avoid long.MMINDZS (Uganda) – MMINDZS is a leader in the development and exploitation of technology and technology-driven processes for African business.“The Microsoft 4Afrika initiative gives startups like BookNow access to smart capital, helping startup businesses to grow without needing to relinquish control of their company or seek expensive capital,” says Francis Gesora, co-founder of BookNow. “This helps us improve our competitive factor and achieve our scaling targets faster.”Craig Taylor, CEO of Cojengo adds: “The innovation grant puts Cojengo in a very strong position for the future. It helps us continue to deliver innovative solutions that address global challenges.Through Microsoft’s partnerships with accelerators and innovation hubs – including 88mph and AfriLabs, a pan-Africa hub network which launched a new Microsoft sponsored ‘Collaboration Challenge’ at DEMO Africa last week – it has been able to nurture local innovators and identify top solutions. The seven solutions were selected based on their uniqueness and scalability among other factors. “We’re supporting startups that have developed their solutions beyond the idea stage. They are either in the process of acquiring their first batch of clients or well under way in expanding their existing portfolio of clients,” says Fernando de Sousa. “All startups have created solutions that are addressing key sectors fuelling growth across the continent.” Ends-
Advertisement Uganda’s President Museveni has ordered Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to block an imminent approval of an additional loan to a Chinese firm implementing government’s fibre optic cable project.Mr Museveni made the directive after finally reading the Auditor General’s letter which shows that the project cost had been inflated and poorly procured.In April 2012, Mr Museveni asked Auditor General John Muwanga to conduct an audit of the project being implemented by Huawei Technologies with a loan from Exim Bank of China, following queries about the cost and quality of work done. – Advertisement – Mr Muwanga contracted international consultancy firm Ernst & Young to do the audit and reported back to the President. But Mr Museveni said he had not seen the report until one-and-a-half years later.The Auditor General’s report shows that during the implementation of the first two phases, the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) and the Electronic Government Infrastructure (EGI) projects, “the approximate loss or amount of money or savings that could have been made if better advised is $41.9m (about Shs116b).”From consultations with different telecoms and reviewing of the bills of quantities for the project, Mr Muwanga said he reached an inevitable conclusion that “the project price was grossly inflated.”“There was a lot of unnecessary equipment that was deployed to different transmission stations, some of which is still not being used to-date. We also noted that the cost of fibre per kilometre was significantly higher than that for many of the local operators in Uganda based on the review of the bills of quantities, some of whom have also had Huawei Technologies implementing their optic fibre cable projects,” the Auditor General observed in his report.Linking the region The project, by weaning the government off using the satellite link for telephones and other forms of data transmission, were supposed to reduce related costs for the government by half.The project is part of an East African Community terrestrial fibre optic cable covering 15,600km, which is supposed to link all the five EAC countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, to the rest of the world through the under-sea cable in Mombasa.The project was to be implemented in four phases, three of which were to be financed by a $106m (about Shs293.5b) loan from China.Phase one seeks to link all government departments and agencies whereas the second phase would link Uganda to Kenya in the east and South Sudan to the north.The third phase would connect to the border with Rwanda.The Auditor General recommended that different players, including Huawei Technologies, rectify faults identified by an earlier forensic audit by National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) before proceeding to the next phase.Museveni pulls plug on loan After finally reading the Auditor General’s letter, Mr Museveni wrote to Dr Rugunda the same day, instructing him to act promptly.“Apparently, the Auditor General wrote back to me on June 20, 2013, but I only saw the letter today [December 5, 2014] pointing out that the project was overpriced by $41m (about Shs116b),” he wrote.“I have now received complaints that Exim Bank of China is approving another $9m (about Shs24.9b) for this company even before the other rectifications are done. Call the minister of ICT, Attorney General and others to sort out all this. Let your experts read the Auditor General’s report and recommend corrective measures,” Museveni instructed Rugunda.When contacted, Dr Rugunda, who headed the ICT ministry at some point as the project was being implemented, only said: “Government is addressing the issues and the fibre optic project is on course.”Attorney General Peter Nyombi said upon receiving instructions to look into the matter, he asked for a copy of the Auditor General’s report, which he said his team would study and advise accordingly.Auditor General’s findings The Auditor General noted in his report that the procurement process was not done effectively and the initiation and conceptualisation of the project was not properly undertaken. He further noted that the use of single sourcing for a project of this magnitude and complexity denied government the benefit of competition.In the report he also said many weaknesses were identified with the way and manner in which the process was done, many of which he said resulted from the initial processes of planning and requirements identification not being properly undertaken. The project inception, he further noted could not be handled by a ministry [ICT] which was in a formative stage.Mr Aggrey Awori, the former ICT minister, said he learnt after he had taken on the ministry that Huawei Technologies was single sourced because preparations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) in 2007 could not allow time for competitive bidding.He said, however, this could not have been an excuse for the concerned officials to inflate the cost of the project.BackgroundIn 2006 government acquired a loan of $106m ((about Shs293.5b) from China to build a 2,11km optical fibre cable for the National Backbone Infrastructure, the laying of the optical fibre to link all government offices and the supply and installation of communication equipment to enable transmission of voice, data and conferencing services.The project was to be completed in four phases over a period of 27 months and the loan was to cover only three of these phases. The project commenced on October 11, 2006 and was scheduled for completion on March 10, 2010, but by the time the Auditor General did the review mid-2013, only the first phase had been completed, with phase two nearing completion.The President in April 2012 asked the Auditor General to probe queries about quality of cables used, and the cost and quality of works undertaken thus far, for which purpose the Auditor General contradicted the international consulting firm Ernst and Young.Tit bits The contractors. The Shs300b project was contracted to Huawei Technologies through the Ministry of ICT and NITA-U. Completion. The project, which commenced on October 11, 2006 had been scheduled for completion on March 10, 2010, however, eight years later the project is just in its second phase.[Source: Daily Monitor]
Advertisement Prison Break, which is one of the most pirated series is coming back to our screen, together with its stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell.This has been confirmed by Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman saying it has been rebooted and refreshed with executive producer Paul Scheuring at the helm.Miller and Purcell will be reprising their roles as expert prison breaker Michael Scofield and his brother Lincoln Burrows. – Advertisement – It is going to be a 10-episode series and has been described as ‘a bit of a sequel’ that will pick up with Miller and Purcell’s characters several years after the events of Prison Break: The Final Break.Despite fans knowing that Michael was killed off in The Final Break, Fox are finding away around that – by ignoring it entirely.Walden has also revealed that ‘some of the iconic characters’ will be back too.[Via]
Image Credit: kqed Advertisement It’s an emporium of music videos, movie and series Trailers, study videos, home made clips and so much more , but YouTube was almost something very different way back then. When YouTube was launched in 2005, the site had totally different aims other than just uploading music videos or movie trailers or filming yourself playing with your pets, the site was officially made for “dating.”That’s not exactly what comes to mind when you think of the world’s largest video site, which welcomes a billion visitors a month. But that’s how the video-sharing website, that Google Inc. bought in 2006 for 1.65 billion USD (5 Trillion UGX), got its start, said co-founder Steve Chen.According to Co-Founder Steve Chen, YouTube was designed in a way a single person had to make a video introducing themselves and saying what they were looking for. – Advertisement – Despite offering to pay women 20 USD (67,440 UGX) to upload videos of themselves to YouTube, nobody had uploaded a single video after 5 days, forcing Chen and his other Co-Founders Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim, had to come up with a different strategy. The Guardian reports.“We always thought there was something with video there, but what would be the actual practical application?” Chen said during a film and music conference in Austin, Texas. “We thought dating would be the obvious choice.”The matchmaking element, though short-lived, was perhaps always in the cards. Chen said the founders registered the domain name YouTube on February 14, more than a decade ago.“OK, forget the dating aspect, let’s just open it up to any video,” said Chen at South by Southwest (SXSW). YouTube’s first official video was Karim’s Me At The Zoo. Eighteen seconds of elephants, and the rest is history – including a $1.65bn acquisition by Google in 2006.
Snapdragon-821 made official. Advertisement Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 has been a leader in the mobile industry with over 115 premium smartphones and tablet device deployments, supporting the latest in cutting-edge mobile applications, and helping create more immersive user experiences while also being deployed in new and innovative ways, like supporting safer driving and navigation in cars.“One of the main reasons the 820 processor has been so successful in so many designs is because it introduced multiple new technologies, all tightly integrated and power optimized, designed to bring user experience innovation to the mobile industry.”Earlier this week, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. announced, Snapdragon 821 a success. – Advertisement – Snapdragon 821 is engineered to deliver faster speed, improved power savings, and greater application performance, ensuring all the 821 powered devices keep pace with the growing performance demands of users to deliver the unmatched user experiences the Snapdragon 800 tier is known for.The processor is also engineered to deliver a 10% performance increase over the 820 with the Qualcomm Kryo quad-core CPU, reaching speeds up to 2.4GHz.The Snapdragon 820 currently powers some of the most advanced, feature rich smartphones today, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Xiaomi Mi5, LG G5, HTC 10, LeEco LeMax 2, and Sony Xperia X to name a few.And because the Snapdragon 820 helped improve the user experience for mobile imaging, virtual reality (VR), battery life, and connectivity speed all the updates we’ve included in Snapdragon 821 will help keep devices powered by Snapdragon 800 premium-tier processors at the top of people’s shopping lists into the foreseeable future.