Update 1008am An EHRC spokesperson said We be

Update 1008am An EHRC spokesperson said We be

first_imgUpdate, 10.08am: An EHRC spokesperson said: “We believe Labour may have unlawfully discriminated against people because of their ethnicity and religious beliefs.”The Jewish Labour Movement last night decided to stay affiliated to the Labour Party, but it was revealed at the same time that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission may be set to investigate the party over its handling of antisemitism.JLM held two meetings on Wednesday evening, both of which included an indicative vote to remain a Labour affiliate. According to JLM sources, the results were not unanimous but overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the link in order to “stay and fight” within the party.Dame Margaret Hodge, who delivered a speech at the London meeting, said the situation had improved in the party since the MP resignations last month, according to one source. Many JLM members, as previously reported on LabourList, also want to ensure that Jewish Voice for Labour does not replace JLM as the sole affiliated Jewish group or become the voice of authority on issues of antisemitism.An official decision will be made on affiliation at JLM’s annual general meeting next month, where members could also elect a new parliamentary chair. Luciana Berger, who recently left Labour to form The Independent Group, cannot stay in the role if JLM is affiliated and she wishes to stand against Labour candidates.But the news of JLM deciding against disaffiliation came shortly ahead of the Jewish Chronicle reporting that the EHRC will announce an investigation into the Labour Party today. The equality watchdog, set up under a Labour government, last year received dossiers of Labour antisemitism submitted by JLM and the Campaign Against Antisemitism.A JLM spokesperson said: “In early November 2018, the Jewish Labour Movement made a submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission asking them to investigate the allegation that the Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic.“We did not take that decision lightly. After years of anti-Jewish racism experienced by our members, and a long pattern of denial, obfuscation and inaction by those with the power and ability to do something about it, we felt there was little choice but to secure a fully independent inquiry, not encumbered by corrupted internal practices. Everything that has happened in the months since our referral supports our view that the Labour Party is now institutionally antisemitic.“Our 99-year affiliation to Labour was born from the solidarity shown to our community by a party that held social justice and equality as its core values. Democratic socialists stood side by side with the Jewish working class, and promised them a haven in Britain, free from the persecution they experienced in mainland Europe.“Sadly, a century later that solidarity is lacking from all too many within the party. This evening Jewish Labour members made clear that we will not unconditionally stand by whilst we are treated with such intolerance and contempt. We, in our history have loved and respected the Labour Party too much to let this continue.”Tags:Labour /Antisemitism /Jewish Labour Movement /JLM /EHRC /last_img read more

Mission bakers in no hurry to discriminate against LGBT customers

Mission bakers in no hurry to discriminate against LGBT customers

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “It sidesteps the main issues we’ve been focused on and leaves them for another day,” confirms Jenny Pizer, the law and policy director for Lambda Legal. “There are some reassuring parts of today’s decision, and some that are very worrying.” On the plus side, Pizer says, Kennedy’s decision “rejects the idea that people can evoke religion and get a free pass” to discriminate. But Kennedy and the seven-justice majority “express a lot of concern” for the viewpoints of people like Phillips. “We have argued in our brief and in similar cases that if you are choosing to operate a business that interacts with the general public, you have to offer the same services to everybody. If you can’t offer it to everyone because of religious or other beliefs, you should not be in that business.” This view matches the opinion of Gwyneth Borden, the executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. “The choice by Jack Phillips strikes me as being the opposite of what the hospitality industry is all about,” she says. “San Francisco is a place of inclusion and ideas. If you don’t feel that way, you shouldn’t open up a business here.” Left unsaid is that discriminatory behavior, or even the perception of discriminatory behavior, would not play well in this city. The unfortunately named Mexican restaurant Bandidos opted to change its name to Hecho after an angry backlash. Local’s Corner closed following accusations that Latino guests were discriminated against by a staffer. Samson Yohannes, a cooperative baker at Arizmendi on Valencia, says he feels his profession has been denigrated by this Supreme Court case. “We would never refuse anyone because of sexual orientation or any preference they have,” he says. “We’d only refuse someone based on how they treat someone here. Treating people with respect and being inclusive is, by definition, who we are.” Down the road, the proprietor of Kings Bakery Cafe — who declined to give us his full name — said he would make a cake for anyone. But not for free. “Whoever comes to my store, I will make the cake for him or her — so long as he pays!” says the baker. “We are in business, man. We don’t care about religion. Can you pay me? That is what we care about.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address center_img The United States Supreme Court yesterday sided with a Colorado baker who claimed his First Amendment religious freedoms were impinged by a same-sex couple hoping he’d bake them a wedding cake. Locally, bakers in San Francisco and, specifically, the Mission, told Mission Local that they’re not itching to exercise a newfound right to claim their religious beliefs enable them to discriminate against customers. Which is good, because that’s not what the Court’s decision yesterday enabled. “My conclusion is, this is a case that the result will virtually never be used again in any place,” said UC Berkeley law professor Jesse Choper. “This decision came very specifically on the facts of the case.” Specifically, members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not display the “neutral and respectful consideration” plaintiff Jack Phillips was due, per the decision penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy and signed onto by six other judges. Those commissioners “endorsed the view that religious beliefs cannot legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, implying that religious beliefs and persons are less than fully welcome in Colorado’s business community.”So, this case did not constitute the Warriors vs. Cavaliers showdown between First Amendment freedom-of-religion rights and the civil rights of a protected class that observers anticipated, hoped and feared. Rather, the ostensibly inappropriate commentary of state commissioners has essentially short-circuited the case, leaving the underlying issues unresolved. Further test cases await. 0%last_img read more

IT is sad to announce the passing of Saints oldes

first_imgIT is sad to announce the passing of Saints’ oldest player, John Nolan, at the age of 100.He reached this milestone on June 16 and, as far as we know, is the first player to do so.John played regularly in the A Team in the early 1930s and was a teammate of many greats, such as Walter Groves and Les Fairclough.He was a full-back, who also turned out in the second-row. Tall and well-built, he also captained the team on many occasions.Outside rugby, John was employed at Stoves in Rainhill, selling gas cookers. He also worked in the stores at Burtonwood air base. His last place of employment was at Neill’s in Bold, where he worked for quite a number of years in the stores.John’s wife Elsie, passed away several years ago, but they were married for more than60 years. They have three children, Frank, John and daughter Pat.Despite his advancing years, John was always prepared to talk about the oval ball game – especially about his hero, Alf Ellaby! We send our sincere condolences to his family.last_img read more

Two Brunswick Co school buses involved in wreck 20 kids taken to

Two Brunswick Co school buses involved in wreck 20 kids taken to

first_imgBOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Two Virginia Williamson Elementary School buses were involved in a crash in Brunswick County Friday afternoon.According to officials, the accident is at Southport-Supply Road and Hewettown Road SE near Bolivia.Two school buses were involved in a crash on NC 211 on Oct. 27, 2017. (Photo: Viewer contributed)- Advertisement – Brunswick County Schools says buses 251 and 253 were involved in the crash. Sixty-four students were on the buses at the time. Twenty-six students have been transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, the school district says.Parents of children who were on the buses should report to Virginia Williamson Elementary School. Students not being transported are being taken back to school to reunite with parents. Emergency officials are waiting at the school and will let parents of students who were hurt know which hospital they were taken to.New Hanover Regional Medical Center says 28 people were transported there and are being assessed right now. No word on the extent of injuries. A Novant Health spokeswoman says three kids, all have which been released, who were involved with the crash were treated there. The conditions of those patients are still unknown.Related Article: Brunswick Co. inmate dies after attempted suicideWWAY spoke to parents and a student who was on one of the buses, all were a little shaken up but glad everyone is going to be ok.“Oh it was scary, my little girl she was, we were tore up. It was terrible,” one concerned parent said.Brantley, a kindergartner at Virginia Williamson was on one of the buses, he said it was scary.“I just fell and I didn’t know what happened,” Brantley said. “And they said come on. And I didn’t know what happened. And people was crying, then I cried. Then I got off on the very back.”One father had two of his three kids on one of the buses. His daughter was checked out for a minor head injury. He said buses desperately need seat belts.“Well I was hoping everyone was ok obviously. You never know with these things,” another concerned parent said. “We tell the children all the time behave on the bus because there’s school bus accidents all the time. And boom here we are. It happens. So I’m hoping they’re not too traumatized from it.”Highway Patrol is investigating to determine what exactly happened.Please check back as this story is developing.last_img read more

DOT to repair sinkhole near Bellamy Elementary School

DOT to repair sinkhole near Bellamy Elementary School

first_img The work will continue through Tuesday.US 421, Cathay Road, and River Road will serve as detours while the work is being completed. Sanders Road sinkhole (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sanders Road in New Hanover County will close once again to repair a sinkhole by Bellamy Elementary School.Beginning Monday, at 8 a.m. crews will repair the road between Bellamy Elementary School and Motts Village Road.- Advertisement – last_img

Lanvale Forest annexation takes next step

Lanvale Forest annexation takes next step

first_img Tonight town council approved a resolution of intent for the involuntary annexation.The town agreed last year it would maintain the subdivisions crumbling roads if voters approved the move.Mayor Brenda Bozeman says the next steps are public hearings in February and May.Related Article: Could a helipad be coming to Leland?If all goes as planned property owners would vote on annexation during November’s municipal elections. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A neighborhood near Leland is one step closer to becoming part of the town.Residents of Lanvale Forest off Lanvale Road have been working for nearly two years to have the town annex them.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jury convicts driver who had to be revived with Narcan in crash

Jury convicts driver who had to be revived with Narcan in crash

first_img Jonathan Hayes (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) 1 of 3 Hayes was accused of crashing into a family’s car and killing 2-year-old Mason Richardson while high on opioids in November 2016.Hayes allegedly crashed his truck into a car killing Mason and sending his mother Alexandria Williams and his brother to the hospital. It happened at the intersection of Oleander Drive and Independence Blvd. in Wilmington.Investigators say Hayes, who was 24 years old at the time, needed multiple doses of Narcan after the crash. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office told us Hayes had been arrested and put in jail 13 times prior to his latest charge for second degree murder.Related Article: Police: 5 fatally shot inside Florida bank, suspect arrestedThe defense gave its closing arguments earlier in the day. Hayes attorney claims Hayes fell asleep at the wheel and that evidence does not show an overdose on opiates. The defense said there was no malicious intent, so Hayes can not be guilty of murder.Last week, a forensic scientist from a crime lab in Raleigh said Hayes blood tested positive for cocaine, Xanax, and diphenhydramine, which is found in over the counter drugs like Tylenol PM and Benadryl.We’ll have more on this story tonight on WWAY. Mason Richardson (Photo: Family)center_img Jonathan Hayes in court (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A jury has convicted a Wilmington man on multiple charges in a car crash that killed a 2-year-old boy.The jury late this afternoon found Jonathan Hayes guilty of second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, driving without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia.- Advertisement – (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY)last_img read more

Watch President Emeritus Coleiro Preca sceptic of proposed increase in number of

Watch President Emeritus Coleiro Preca sceptic of proposed increase in number of

first_imgPresident Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is sceptic on the proposed increase of the number of members, to augment the female representation numbers in the Maltese Parliament.In her first interview from the end of her term as President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said that Parliament will still not be offering anyf amily friendly measures if its keeps its current structure.During her contribution on Newsline which was presented by Fr Joe Borg on RTK 103FM, she also said that apart from the exception of the Judiary and the University of Malta, there is still a “democratic deficit” towards females across the board.Coleiro Preca stressed on the need for female input if the country truly wants to create holistic policies. She also said that women cannot work three shifts in a day and and at the same time cater effectively towards their full-time professional, familiar and parental obligations.“Two females and two males from each district”Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca suggested that the voting ballot should be divided in two sections and that out of five candidates to choose from, the voters have to choose at least two male and two female candidates. According to her, this will assure that no female is taking a male’s place in Parliament.The President Emeritus would also like to see that this exercises results in a change of mentality where women are acknowledged for their substance and not just on physical appearance.During her contribution, the President Emeritus also said signing the Embryo Protection Act was the most difficult moment of her life.“The most difficult moment in my life was when I signed the Embryo Protection Act” – Coleiro PrecaWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Customs officials seize €27m in cocaine at Freeport

Customs officials seize €27m in cocaine at Freeport

first_imgdwanadwana Cocaine with an estimated street value of €2.7 million has seized by customs officials at the Freeport Terminal.Officials explain that the 20 packets weighing a total of 24kgs were found during checks on a number of containers passing through the port today.It is understood that the container which was hiding the drugs was on route to Tirana Albania from South America.The discovery is less than two days after Customs officials discovered 91.2kg of cocaine in a previous investigation.Customs officials seize over €10m in cocaine at FreeportAccording to officials, this means that in 14 weeks since the New Year, the Customs department has managed to find just over half a tonne of cocaine (515.2kgs) worth €58 million.This is almost double the total amount seized during last year (287.4kgs).Read more:Estimated €5.8 million of cocaine discovered at FreeportCustoms officials make €32.4m cocaine seizure at FreeportThe current investigation has been handed over to the Police Anti Drug Squad with the Duty Magistrate now leading an inquiry with members of the Police Forensics Unit. SharePrint Dwana 1 of 4 <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> Dwana Dwana WhatsApp dwanalast_img read more

Watch Delia is not the problem – Ivan Bartolo

Watch Delia is not the problem – Ivan Bartolo

first_imgIvan Bartolo said that there are no internal discussions amongst those that do not agree with the current PN leadershipPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) Executive Committee member Ivan Bartolo said that the problem is not Adrian Delia but those around him.Bartolo who was one of the first to sign the petition asking for the leader of the PN to carry political responsibility was talking during the programme Newsline which was transmitted on Saturday on RTK 103FM. Fr Joe Borg who led the radio programme read out a message sent by Thomas De Martino who could not attend to the programme. De Martino is one of a group of persons that are collecting signatures from the PN members asking Adrian Delia not to resign.Callus does not want Delia to resignDelia’s backers launch counter petitionFrom his end Bartolo added that he had supported Adrian Delia from the September 2017 leadership election until three weeks ago. When asked why he (Bartolo) stopped supporting Delia, the PN executive Committee member replied that the pledged New Way was not materialising, and things remained the same as before within the party.Watch: Petition with 200 signatures calling for a vote on Delia’s leadership presented to…During the same radio programme, Ivan Bartolo added sternly that there is no internal discussion amongst those that are opposing to Adrian Delia at the helm of the party. He said that Adrian Delia could have chosen people who were professionals and could provide him with constructive cricism on the way forward for the party.Touching on the financial aspect of the party, Bartolo said that the discussion should not have been focused on the debts but on the party’s assets which include the brand image and its members. He added that Delia had approved his strategy however others had objected.When asked on why he decided to sign the petition for Delia’s resignation, Bartolo replied that there was the need for a strong message to attract the attention of all the stakeholders. He added that things are moving as there are two opposing petitions and Delia has also spoken to the Councillors of the part.Meanwhile, the President of the General Council, Kristy Debono said that some of the people that signed the petition are not PN members for various reasons and will call for a General Council meeting. A date has still not been communicated. The two PN deputy leaders, David Agius and Robert Arrigo had been quoted saying that discussion on such will be taking place in the next Executive committee’s meeting which is planned for Thursday, which will also has an internal election on the agenda.To watch Newsline click here.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

Domestic violence – check out who can help

Domestic violence – check out who can help

first_img SharePrint <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> A booklet in Maltese listing contact details of entities that offer services to people experiencing domestic violence has been published by the Domestic Violence Commission.The Maltese version of Who is Who was presented in front of the House of Representatives by Equality Affairs Minister Helena Dalli after PN MP Ivan Bartolo had tabled a parliamentary question on the issue.In the book’s introduction, Minister Helena Dalli says that domestic violence affects individuals directly and society in an indirect manner. She explains that there are various entities that offer services where specialised people negotiate with aggressors, provide shelter to their victims, promote gender equality and provide information and legal assistance.Where can you seek help? AppoġġAppoġġ offers social services to adults and children who have suffered abuse in the family unit thanks to their Domestic Violence Unit. They also offer emergency shelter for women and children who suffered violence at home, as well as offering treatment from abusive behaviour.Telephone: 22 959 000Email: appogg@gov.mtWebsite: fsws.gov.mtFondazzjoni Kenn u Tama Dar Emmaus welcomes the homeless and people who need to stay away from their abode because of domestic violence or other issues in Gozo.Telephone: 21 552 390, 99 866 673 and 77 603 330Email: kennutama075@gmail.com or kenntama@go.net.mtWebsite: kennutama.orgLegal Aid Malta Legal services for low-income individuals.Telephone: 25 674 330Email: legalaidmalta.mjcl@gov.mtWebsite: mjcl.gov.mt/en/LegalAidMalta/Pages/home.aspxMental Health MaltaTraining related to domestic violence.Telephone: 21 415 183Website: health.gov.mt/en/mch/Pages/hme.aspxFondazzjoni Dar il-HenaEmergency refuge services for males at Dar Papa Franġisku and emergency refuge services for females at Dar Maria DoloresTelephone: 22 788 211 (Dar Papa Franġisku), 21 445 431 (Dar Maria Dolores)Email: ernest.cherret@darpapafrangisku.com, ian.galea@darpapafrangisku.com, ana.johnson@darpapafrangisku.comGozo Social Unit Helps people improve their lives after being referred by the Court or the Police.Telephone: 21 556 630Email: miriam.c.cfarrugia@gov.mtKellimni.comOnline counselling service via request for urgent supportEmail: info@kellimni.comWebsite: kellimni.comMen against Violence An organisation that believes in gender equality and the prevention of violence.Telephone: 99 452 835Email: menagainstviolence13@gmail.comIl-Kunsill Nazzjonali tan-NisaLife-long learning for individuals risking domestic violence.Telephone: 21 248 881, 21 246 982Email: newmalta@camline.net.mtWebsite: newsmalta.comProgramm Sebħ – DarQalb ta’ ĠesuOffer support services to women, mothers, children, youths who have experienced domestic violence.Email: programmsebhjs@gmail.comRainbow Support ServiceSupport and information offered by social workers to individuals and families who are facing issues on homosexuality, sexual health, interpersonal challenges, etc.Telephone: 21 430 006, 79 430 006Email: support@maltagayrights.orgWebsite: maltagayrights.orgSOARServices for women and children victims of domestic violence.Telephone: 21 808 981, 27 672 367, 99 927 872Email: soarmalta@gmail.comWebsite: antidemalta.orgFondazzjoni Dar Merħba Bik Shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.Telephone: 21 440 035Email: darmerhbabik@gmail.comWebsite: darmerhbabik.orgWomens’ Rights Foundation Information, education and empowerment training for women.Telephone: 27 970 8615Email: info@wrf.org.mtWebsite: wrf.org.mtVictim Support Malta NGO that provides help and support to victims of criminal acts; also provides medical help to sexual abuse victims.Telephone: 21 228 333Email: info@victimsupport.org.mtWebsite: victimsupport.org.mtVictim Support Unit within The Malta Police Corp. Unique point of contact for victims of criminal acts.Telephone: 22 942 160Email: victimsupport.police@gov.mtAnti-Vice Squad Criminal investigations on drug abuse and related offences.Telephone: 112 , 21 224 001WhatsApplast_img read more

IBM launches Mainframe Innovation Hubs in Kenya and South Africa

IBM launches Mainframe Innovation Hubs in Kenya and South Africa

first_img(From left) Deon Newman, Vice President, System z Marketing and Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya, Vice President, IBM Research Africa follow closely as Nik Nesbitt, Country General Manager, IBM East Africa explains the functions of the Mainframe and how it works at the official launch of the Mainframe Linux & Cloud Innovation Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (courtesy: IBM) Advertisement Following on from last month’s 50th anniversary of the mainframe, IBM has unveiled two new client-facing centres for developing applications and systems for the technology in South Africa and Kenya. Located in Nairobi and Johannesburg, the Mainframe Linux and Cloud Innovation Hubs will serve as both demonstration facilities and support centres.(From left) Deon Newman, Vice President, System z Marketing and Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya, Vice President, IBM Research Africa follow closely as Nik Nesbitt, Country General Manager, IBM East Africa explains the functions of the Mainframe and how it works at the official launch of the Mainframe Linux & Cloud Innovation Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (courtesy: IBM)The two new sites form part of a network of 40 similar centres globally.IBM South Africa general manager Abraham Thomas says that the company views African expansion in general as a priority, and is also investing in smaller research centres Nigeria and Morocco. – Advertisement – “Africa is an important market for IBM,” Thomas says. “We are making big investments in this marketplace. Over the last two years, all of our senior leaders have visited the continent.“[These hubs are] for clients and partners to come in and experiment on Linux and System z to develop new applications and to reach out to new partners too.”The company has a $100m, 10-year plan for pan-African investment known internally as Project Lucy. Thomas says that demand is huge for infrastructure that can support cloud services and mobile and that key IBM clients in the region include FNB Bank.FNB says that it now processes more than a billion transactions a month — around 15 percent of which come from mobile phones – using mainframe-based datacentres.The demand for always-on services, such as banking, is set to skyrocket as smartphone adoption increases across the continent. Both Vodacom and MTN — the two largest mobile operators in South Africa — recorded increases of more than 40 percent year-on-year for data revenue in their latest results.According to figures from IDC, server sales in the region increased by 5.1 percent year-on-year, despite a hefty decline in South African sales — which it attributes to a 20 percent depreciation in the value of the Rand since the start of 2013. Worldwide, server sales fell by 4.4 percent in revenue over the same period.Jacques Loubser, GM of ICT provider Business Connexion, says that mainframe-based datacentres are a realistic replacement for x86 applications because of the relative simplicity of infrastructure and power efficiency System z offers. “Electricity supply remains a big problem for us,” Loubser says. “We focus on low power consumption.”Business Connexion is the only non-carrier company in Africa to operate two Tier 4 datacentres, both of which are built around System z technology. It is also currently offering ‘mobile datacentres’, which are built into shipping containers and operate off of the energy grid for rapid deployments in difficult areas.“With mainframes, anything can run on the one installation,” he says. “We are able to take a single instance and put it down in a country and provide everything a customer can require.”Credit: IBM and ZDNet.comlast_img read more

UCC approves two firms to maintain price comparisons websites in Uganda

UCC approves two firms to maintain price comparisons websites in Uganda

first_imgUCC ED Godfrey Mutabazi (Center) and other top managers at a press conference Advertisement The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has approved two firms to maintain price comparisons on price comparisons websites in Uganda. The accredited firms are Ostosho Media Ltd and Addmaya Motion Pictures Ltd who will be in charge of developing and maintaining Price Comparison Websites (PCWs) for retail communication services for a period of one year. It is now regulatory best practice for regulators to accredit or support independent PCWs to enhance the availability of up to date, comparable, reliable and dynamic tariff information.These companies will maintain websites to provide comprehensive and up-to-date sources for prices of various communication services and products. According the press release, the websites: www.price-check.co.ug and www.kompare.ug will be loaded with all the needed information that will enable consumers to compare prices of different service providers so that they can make informed decisions.The inaugural PCWs are one-stop portals providing comparative pricing of different services such as prepaid and postpaid mobile voice, mobile broadband, fixed broadband, mobile value added, mobile financial, domestic and national courier rates, Pay-TV subscription rates, TV and radio advertising rate cards. Other services include consumer/user service reviews and ratings similar to hotel ratings, broadband speed tests, frequently asked questions on emergent services and industry news. – Advertisement – The commission will maintain the supervisory control of the sites through an accreditation scheme to provide assurance on accuracy of tariff information, accessibility for the visually impaired, data comprehensiveness and transparency.  The UCC shall establish and oversee minimum guidance on site uptime and accessibility, pricing data accuracy, third party advertising, independent reviews, service ratings and ratings methodologies, user feedback and complaints.Promoting consumer wellbeingUCC aims to promote consumer wellbeing and stimulate market competition through the regulation of communication service rates and services. This mandate is premised on Section 5(1) (e) of the Communications Act 2013. Previously, UCC undertook retail price comparisons for select services and disseminated the same through print media. While the assessments have been well received by the customers, they deprive them of the flexibility offered by emergent online price calculators and comparison services. They are static and cannot be easily updated.Via Techjajalast_img read more

Makerere Innovator Alvin Kabwama Lands Training Deal With NASA

Makerere Innovator Alvin Kabwama Lands Training Deal With NASA

first_imgAlvin Kabwama (L) with State Minister for Works, Gen. Katumba Wamala. Advertisement Ugandan Young innovator and founder of innovex, Alvin Leonard Kabwama has landed a training deal with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research centre in Silicon Valley, USA.Kabwama, a graduate Electrical engineering from Makerere University will be joining researchers at Singularity University for a period of 8 weeks.The youthful Kabwama is famous for a number of innovations in Uganda including a bomb detection robot, an automated disinfection chamber, and novel radiation-based urine diagnostic tests. – Advertisement – He, together with his colleagues at Makerere University’s iLabs, have been at the forefront of automation technology, developing and assembling devices ranging from drones among many others.Their innovations have seen a development in Uganda’s automation, with some of their locally made drones used for live coverage by local televisions on hire.Kabwama’s innovations have seen him scoop a number of local and international awards, ranging from recognition at UCC’s annual ACIA awards, East Africa robotics competition among others.He has developed solutions for monitoring energy systems, custom-built drone and robotics applications, as well as medical diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic systems.While at NASA, Kabwama will get an opportunity to interact and rub shoulders with other world class innovators as well as share ideas with them to better his products back in Uganda.About Alvin Kabwama Kabwama is one of the co-founders at Innovex, and the Sales and Trainings Director.He started programming from his high school days at St. Mary’s college Kisubi where he was exposed to robotics.Kabwama trained robotics at Nakawa Vocational training Institute and Afrosoft IT consults.He is a certified drone pilot.He has held various positions in different technology projects through which he has immersed invaluable contact.last_img read more

Jumia Uganda in New Campaign Prices Mobile Phones at UGX 5000

Jumia Uganda in New Campaign Prices Mobile Phones at UGX 5000

first_imgStacey Mwesezi Marketing Manager, Jumia Uganda. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter @iam__one) Advertisement Valentine’s month is upon us and Jumia Uganda is spreading love in the form of free delivery for customers in Kampala, plus irresistible deals and prizes for customers across the country.The eCommerce firm on 5th this month launched their valentine’s campaign dubbed “Jumia Loves You” scheduled to run till 11th February with discounts of up to 60% off their products including daily flash sales – where popular products are discounted even further for a limited number of hours.The firm has gone to an extent of giving away mobile phones at unimaginable prices UGX 5,000. However, to get mobile phones at this price, customers are required to have ‘sort of’ a treasure hunt. Since they’re hidden in the wrong categories on both the website and the application. The treasure hunts have resulted in 3 lucky customers finding a Tecno Spark K7, Infinix Hot 5 Lite and Nokia 3310 priced at just UGX 5,000 this week. – Advertisement – Jumia Uganda told this website that, “they hardly miss a reason to offer deals to its customers – and the Valentine’s period is no different.”Jumia Uganda on the other hand has given its customers the opportunity to win vouchers worth up to 100,000 UGX every day by spinning the Wheel of Love. Furthermore, customers will ended up getting their products delivered to them by Uganda’s socialites Anita Fabiola and Douglas Lwanga.[related-posts]last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 8 March HORSE RACINGCLICK HERE FOR OUR CHELTENHAM 2017 ANTEPOST PRICES3.30 LingfieldPadrinho 11/2 > 5/23.50 CatterickFrankie Ballou 9/1 > 9/26.15 KemptonNew Rich 9/1 > 4/1FOOTBALLLa Liga17:45 Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports 2 HD11/10 Deportivo La Coruna 11/4 Real Betis 9/4 DRAWUEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD1/2 Barcelona 5/1 PSG 7/2 DRAWUEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport 3 / BT Sport 3 HD1/3 Borussia Dortmund 8/1 Benfica 4/1 DRAWPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD2/9 Man City 12/1 Stoke City 5/1 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Swansea City v Leeds United

STAR PREVIEW Swansea City v Leeds United

first_imgThe two in-form sides may cancel each other out so the DRAW makes most appeal with starsports.bet at around 5/2.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW for 8 pts at 5/2 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 112.23 points(not including Test series recommendations, 3rd Test and Premier League ante-post) Plenty of live Championship action on SKY tonight. If Swansea v Leeds doesn’t float your boat then just hit the red button for Derby v Ipswich, QPR v Bristol City or Rotherham v Hull. TV viewers have never had it so good. At a price though with Eleven Sports the latest subscription channel to emerge this season and look out for Amazon covering live Premier League football (yes, Amazon) later this season.Swansea have made a solid start to life back in the Championship after being relegated last season. Opening wins against Sheffield United and Swansea were followed up with a pretty dire 0-0 draw against Birmingham on Friday.Leeds have made an even better start though with a perfect three from three wins against Stoke, Derby and Bolton and they have netted nine times. Their clash with Middlesbrough (top of the early table) at the end of the month is already shaping up to be a thriller.Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is expected to name an unchanged starting XI.For Swansea, their goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt remains sidelined so Erwin Mulder will continue to deputise in goal.Swansea City v Leeds UnitedChampionship19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main EventHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Swansea 3-0 LeedsSep 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-1 SwanseaDec 2007 LEAGUE ONE Swansea 3-2 LeedsSep 2007 LEAGUE ONE Leeds 2-0 SwanseaMay 1984 DIV 2 (OLD) Swansea 2-2 LeedsFeb 1984 DIV 2 (OLD) Leeds 1-0 SwanseaJan 1982 DIV 1 (OLD) Leeds 2-0 SwanseaAug 1981 DIV 1 (OLD) Swansea 5-1 LeedsJan 1970 FA CUP Leeds 2-1 SwanseaApr 1964 DIV 2 (OLD) Swansea 0-3 Leedslast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW England v West Indies with RYAN SIDEBOTTOM

STAR PREVIEW England v West Indies with RYAN SIDEBOTTOM

first_imgThere is nothing like an English summer….. and this is nothing like an English summer After the first few matches in the Cricket World Cup were bathed in sunshine, the rain just had to come along and be a spoilsport.I’m hoping it doesn’t cause too many problems to the fixture list and especially that Duckworth-Lewis doesn’t come into play. I’ve never been a fan and think it gives a big advantage to the batting side in this format.Away from cricket, I’m honoured to have been asked to draw the finalists for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby on Monday 24 June. It promises to be a right grand affair with afternoon tea at The Ritz but being a Yorkshireman, I’ll be the judge on whether they get the tea right !!! Good luck to all the dogs and connections left in the competition and I look forward to meeting the finalists in London.It was great this week to see England’s Lionesses get their World Cup campaign off to the best possible start against Scotland.Manager Phil Neville gave his side a stern talking to on the pitch after the match but as long as it’s positive criticism the players need to take it on the chin and they will continue to improve. Same as every sport, the managers are there to improve your game.Back to the cricket and it was a much more positive display from England against Bangladesh, You never quite know what you are going to get with Bangladesh but full marks to England who batted and bowled well.The team moves on to the Rose Bowl on Friday for the highlight match so far for me against the West Indies.The Windies were my outsiders to keep an eye on at at the start of the tournament as they have five or six players that can turn any side over. No surprise to see England as warm favourites with starsports.bet but it might just be a little closer than the odds suggest.It’ll be a carnival atmosphere with plenty of talent and showmanship on display and the crowd will play their part.CARDIFF, WALES. 08 JUNE 2019: Eoin Morgan of England batting hits the ball and is caught out during the England v Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup match, at Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff, Wales.(Photo by ESPA/CSM/Sipa USA)Boundaries can be tough to find at the Rose Bowl and even more so when there’s been some rain about. The outfield was very slow on Monday before rain stopped played when West Indies took on South Africa who were 29/2 after 7.3 overs. It’s definitely a ground where the bowlers fancy their chances.It might be time for a captains innings. Eoin Morgan (pictured) makes appeal at 4/1 to be England’s top batsman at a ground he likes. He’s going under the radar a bit at the moment but is in consistent enough form.For England’s top wicket taker my vote goes to Adil Rashid – the Windies don’t play leg spin that well.For the top West Indies run scorer I’m splitting stakes on Evin Lewis and Andre Russell at 7/2 and 6/1 respectively with starsports.bet.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK EOIN MORGAN TOP ENGLAND BATSMAN 4.5 pts at 4/1 with starsports.betBACK ADIL RASHID TOP ENGLAND WICKET TAKER 3 pts at 7/2 with starsports.betBACK EVIN LEWIS TOP WEST INDIES BATSMAN 3 pts at 7/2 with starsports.betBACK ANDRE RUSSELL TOP WEST INDIES BATSMAN 3 pts at 6/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 188.66 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post and Belgium v Scotland)last_img read more

Rice scientist recognized as pioneer in tissue engineering

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Rice scientist recognized as pioneer in tissue engineering Mikos wins Orthopaedic Research Society’s Marshall R. Urist Award Rice University bioengineer Antonios Mikos has been awarded the prestigious Marshall R. Urist Award by the Orthopaedic Research Society. Mikos is the John W. Cox Professor of Bioengineering, professor of chemical engineering and director of the John W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering at Rice. In addition, he also serves as director of Rice’s Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering. The Urist Award was established in 1996 and is sponsored by Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. It is given annually to one researcher who has established a reputation as a cutting-edge researcher in tissue regeneration. The award includes a $5,000 prize. Mikos will receive the award at the society’s annual meeting next month in Washington, D.C. ”This prestigious award reflects the hard work of past and present undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral research associates in my group over the years,” said Mikos. Over the past 13 years, Mikos’ laboratory has developed extensive expertise in fabricating synthetic materials with tailored chemistries for specific tissue-engineered repair of orthopaedic injuries. For example, Mikos and his associates have created several novel materials based on fumaric acid, a natural product found in mammalian cell metabolism. The new materials are non-toxic to surrounding cells and tissues, and they degrade over time into products that are excreted from the body. When used as surgically implanted scaffolds, these materials act as a template, guiding the body’s cells as they form new tissue to replace flesh or bone that’s been lost to disease or injury. Since the scaffolds break down naturally, no further surgery is needed to remove them once they are implanted. Mikos lab has also developed techniques for growing new bone and cartilage tissue by seeding the scaffolds with cells. Because the Mikos group’s scaffolds are highly porous and contain a large surface area, they allow seeded cells to receive nutrients from the body while the new tissue forms, thus overcoming one of the major roadblocks to tissue engineering. In addition, Mikos and his associates are developing non-surgical approaches for scaffold implantation. In this case, the scaffold material is injected as a liquid at the site of an injury, and it is exposed to light or other chemicals that cause it to harden within a few minutes. Once the material sets, it acts as an immediate aid in the body’s efforts to form new tissue and heal itself. In developing its scaffolding materials, Mikos’ group has focused on chemical modifications that control material properties like stiffness as well as the function of seeded cells. They’ve accumulated strong experimental evidence that show their methods can be used to tailor implanted materials to attract certain cell types and direct their migration and differentiation to aid in the regeneration of specific tissues in desired areas. Recently, the Mikos laboratory has been working on composite materials that support and guide developing tissues through the controlled release of bioactive molecules, and they are investigating nano-structured materials that can enhance the strength and load-bearing properties of scaffolds for orthopaedic applications. They are also developing new fumaric acid-based polymeric carriers for targeted delivery of signaling molecules including peptides, proteins, and plasmid DNA. A pioneer in the field of tissue engineering, Mikos is a founding editor of the journal Tissue Engineering and member of the editorial boards of the journals Biomaterials , Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews , Cell Transplantation , Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition , Journal of Biomedical Materials Research , and Journal of Controlled Release .   He is also the organizer of the continuing education course Advances in Tissue Engineering offered annually at Rice since 1993. Founded in 1954, the 1,700-member Orthopaedic Research Society is dedicated to improving patient care through research and education in orthopaedic surgery, musculoskeletal diseases, musculoskeletal injuries and related disciplines. AddThislast_img read more

Geronimo debuts at Rice Universitys BRC March 29

first_imgAddThis ShareB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduHOUSTON — (March 27, 2012) — The opening reception for John Sparagana’s “Geronimo” exhibition at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), 6500 Main St., will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 29.Sparagana, professor and chair of visual and dramatic arts at Rice, has pursued several series over the past decade that deconstruct and repurpose media-derived pop-culture images. In the series “Between The Eyes,” Sparagana enlarged his selected media image, copied it multiple times, painted an iconic modernist or pop composition into each copy, and then sliced and remixed the parts in a systematic way.“The result is a dizzying and dense tapestry-like collage that mixes two disparate visual languages, generating a new, visually and conceptually rich condition,” said Molly Hipp Hubbard, Rice University art director.The exhibit at Rice, “Geronimo: NYC Crowd, May 2, 2011/Morris Louis ‘Unfurled’ Series: ‘Mu’ (1961) & ‘Beta Kappa’ (1961),” is part of Sparagana’s “Between The Eyes” series and illustrates the artist’s process on a massive scale. Viewers will be able to experience the work, which spans 10 feet high and nearly 16 feet wide, both up close on the first floor of the BRC and at a distance through the main lobby window.“From afar, tonal variations will reveal the fatigued iconography of Sparagana’s source media image, while up-close viewers will see his meticulous system of slicing and remixing,” Hubbard said. “The incorporation of brightly pigmented acrylic paint further creates a compelling tension.”Since receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree from Stanford, Sparagana has exhibited his work around the globe; his work can also currently be viewed in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibition “Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage.” Sparagana’s work resides in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Nelson Atkins Museum, among others. Sparagana lives and works in Houston and Chicago.The Rice exhibition was organized by Hubbard and sponsored by Rice Public Art. The exhibition will be on view at the BRC through the fall semester and accompanied by a forthcoming publication with an essay by Yasufumi Nakamori, associate curator of photography for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.For more information about Rice Public Art, visit http://publicart.rice.edu.# # #last_img read more