first_imgThe Conservative party are refusing to say which vital protections they would scrap if they win the election and abolish the Human Rights Act (HRA).The party’s manifesto says a Conservative government would replace the act – introduced by a Labour government in 1998 – with a British bill of rights, which it claims would “restore common sense to the application of human rights in the UK”.But although the manifesto promises that such a bill of rights would “protect basic rights”, such as the right to a fair trial, and the right to life, which are “an essential part of a modern democratic society”, it does not say which other existing rights might be at risk.And this week the party (led by prime minister David Cameron, pictured) has made it clear to Disability News Service that it will provide no information about what rights might be scrapped until after the election.A party spokesman said: “You are going to have to find that out when we publish our draft UK bill of rights.”But he confirmed that the bill of rights would not provide “an exact replica” of the rights included in the HRA.Among the articles included in the Human Rights Act, many of which have been used to secure vital improvements to the lives of disabled people, are the rights to: freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment; freedom from slavery and forced labour; respect for private and family life; the right to marry and start a family; the right to education; and the right to participate in free elections.Last July, the government was forced to back down in a legal dispute with the disabled owners of two small businesses, over whether they had to file their VAT returns online.A judge had found that mandatory online filing was a breach of the right to privacy, the right to be free from discrimination, and the right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions.The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has compiled a series of cases in which the HRA has helped people in practice.It tells of Balbir, a disabled woman who, with the help of an advocate, persuaded her local council to build her an accessible downstairs bathroom after she was no longer able to access her upstairs bathroom.The advocate had warned the council that, under the HRA, it was in danger of breaching Balbir’s right to be free from degrading treatment.BIHR also describes the case of Peter, whose advocate used the right to liberty, under article five of the act, to persuade the mental health hospital where he was an informal patient to back down after staff refused him permission to visit his sister and friends.In another series of case studies, BIHR describes how the parents of a man with mental health problems, who had been placed in short-term residential care, noticed unexplained bruising on his body.After the home’s managers dismissed the couple’s concerns and banned them from visiting, they took part in a BIHR training session and used their son’s right not to be treated in an inhuman and degrading way, and their right to respect for family life, to force the home to revoke the ban and investigate the bruising.Meanwhile, an audit of the effect of the main political parties’ manifesto policies* has concluded that neither the Conservatives nor Labour are offering a “robust strategy to address poverty”.The Greens score consistently the highest (with an average of 3.9 out of five) across 12 policy areas, followed by the Liberal Democrats, with 3.2, and Labour with 2.6. The Tories score just 1.7, while UKIP trail in last with 1.4 out of five.On disability, the Greens and Lib Dems both score five, Labour four, UKIP three and the Conservatives two out of five.The report by Academics Stand Against Poverty UK was put together by academics from 21 UK universities, as well as peer reviewers, students, and communications and policy experts, and provides “an audit of the main political parties’ manifestos, measuring their policies’ impact on UK and global poverty”.It concludes that a common theme of the Green manifesto was that “unlike other parties – their policies were more far-sighted, addressed the structural causes of problems (like housing) and looked systematically at the impact on different parts of UK society”.On disability, the Lib Dems and Greens score very highly “because of their comprehensive response to disability and explicit commitment to disability rights, followed closely by Labour”, while UKIP “scores moderately”, followed by the Conservatives, who score poorly.The authors of the report include two prominent disabled academics, Tom Shakespeare, of the University of East Anglia, and Nick Watson, of the University of Glasgow, who co-wrote the chapter on disability.They conclude that “overall, the Liberal Democrats have the most comprehensive response to disability of all the parties”.*The SNP manifesto was published too late to allow it to be analysedlast_img read more

first_imgA disabled campaigner is accusing his council of years of neglect and discrimination, after its failure to provide him with a support package left his home so full of rubbish that firefighters said it was too dangerous to enter.Mark White says he was told by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service in September that it will not allow any of its firefighters into his home for safety reasons.He is terrified that he will not be able to escape if the bags of rubbish stacked around his home (pictured) catch fire.He lives in a three-bedroom terraced house which he said was supposed to be “temporary, emergency accommodation”, but he cannot leave the house because he would need an electric wheelchair or scooter and cannot get one into the building.White, from Hayle, Cornwall, has spent years advocating for other disabled people in Cornwall, and across the country, and believes he is being punished for that work by his local authority, which he accuses of being “incompetent”, “intransigent” and “abusive”.Cornwall County Council insists that White has been unwilling to “engage” with its services, and that it is trying, alongside other agencies, to persuade him to do so.White told Disability News Service (DNS) that he has been asking the council to assess his needs for four years, but that it refuses to provide him with the necessary forms in an accessible format.He has several impairments, including diabetes and mobility and sight impairments, and has asked the council to provide him with the assessment forms on a CD or a USB stick.But he says the council has refused to do so, and instead sent him a 150-page document in a huge font (72 point) and demanded that he read it with a magnifying glass, something he would be unable to do because of the size of the stack of paper.He says the council even refuses to send him the form in normal 12-point print so that he can scan and view it with the electronic equipment he has had installed, which magnifies text to a size he can read comfortably.He also says that he is unable to pick his post off the floor, and so cannot respond to the council’s letters, has no money or food because his benefits have been stopped since March, and has had no access to a bath or shower for more than three years.He said: “It seems that Cornwall council hate those who advocate for disabled people and seek to punish them in any way they can.“I’m now so desperate I have nothing to lose and no shame left.”White believes the way he has been treated by the council amounts to serious criminal neglect, and he has accused it of disability hate crime, lodging a complaint with the police through the anti-hate crime organisation Stop Hate UK.A spokeswoman for the council, which also runs the county’s fire and rescue service, said in a statement: “The council and its partners take their responsibilities very seriously. “Where a person has complex needs and is not willing to engage with services that have been offered, a multi-disciplinary group, which includes social workers, housing officers, representatives from the fire service, the police, health professionals and voluntary organisations will work together and with the resident to try and offer alternatives and solutions. “In this case, many services are involved in attempting to engage with him and have been for some time.”She said the council had “tried to engage in undertaking an assessment and support plan but have been unable to do so despite numerous attempts”, and was “happy to discuss with him other forms of technology”.She said: “With regard to the property itself, it has been adapted for the needs of the resident and the structural element of the property and internal fire safety detection system meet requirements, however we continue to work with the resident to ensure his safety and security at the property.”When asked about concerns raised by the fire and rescue service, she said later that “services continue to try to work with him to address issues with the property”.She also said that the council was “unaware of any history of his work as an advocate.“As we have said, many professionals continue to try and engage with him in challenging circumstances.”A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police received a complaint from Stop Hate UK on behalf of Mr White, and enquiries were made into this matter.“Mr White has been informed that this does not appear to be a criminal matter.“His complaints in relation to a number of public bodies and their perceived withdrawal of services needs to be raised directly with them, through their appropriate complaint channels.”White insisted that he had not been contacted by the police since he lodged the complaint through Stop Hate UK.last_img read more

first_imgAfter the programme aired, a Labour spokesperson issued a full response, which read: “We completely reject any claim that Labour is antisemitic. We stand in solidarity with Jewish people, and we’re taking decisive action to root out antisemitism from our movement and society.  “The Panorama programme was not a fair or balanced investigation. It was a seriously inaccurate, politically one-sided polemic, which breached basic journalistic standards, invented quotes and edited emails to change their meaning. It was an overtly biased intervention by the BBC in party political controversy.“An honest investigation into antisemitism in Labour and wider society is in the public interest. The Panorama team instead pre-determined an answer to the question posed by the programme’s title. No proper and serious attempt was made to understand our current procedures for dealing with antisemitism, which is clearly essential to reach a fair and balanced judgement. And Panorama distorted and manipulated the truth and misrepresented evidence to present a biased and selective account. “We complained in advance to the BBC over the way the programme was put together and its choice of a presenter who has expressed overt personal and political hostility to Jeremy Corbyn’s politics. We will be pursuing complaints at every level.“The Labour Party will fully investigate any complaints concerning the antisemitic incidents reported by party members in interviews in the programme. Labour stands in solidarity with Jewish people and is fully committed to the support, defence and celebration of the Jewish community and its organisations.“Despite claims made in the programme, Labour is taking decisive action against antisemitism. Since Jennie Formby became general secretary the rate at which antisemitism cases have been dealt with has increased more than four-fold. We will build on the improvements to our procedures made under Jennie Formby, and continue to act against this repugnant form of racism.”Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Antisemitism /BBC Panorama / The Panorama episode titled ‘Is Labour antisemitic?’ aired tonight on BBC One. It chronicled incidents relating to antisemitism within the Labour Party since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader in 2015, covering both previously reported news stories – such as the Kayla Bibby case – and new claims by members and former staffers, covered in detail on LabourList earlier.The claimsThe programme focussed on Corbyn’s communications director Seamus Milne, who was quoted as writing in an email to HQ that “something’s going wrong, and we’re muddling up political disputes with racism… I think going forward we need to review where and how we’re drawing the line”.However, a Labour spokesperson said Panorama had “deliberately misrepresented this correspondence” as the full sentence read: “But if we’re more than very occasionally using disciplinary action against Jewish members for anti-Semitism, something’s going wrong, and we’re muddling up political disputes with racism.”The email was interpreted as “an instruction” and “the leader’s office requesting to be involved directly in the disciplinary process”, according to Sam Matthews, who was head of disputes at the time. Matthews also told Panorama that he had considered attempting suicide at Southside HQ as a result of the working environment.Particular attention was also paid to the role of Thomas Gardiner, the head of Labour’s governance and legal unit. It was claimed in the film that he was given a veto over which antisemitism complaints were investigated, and former staffer Dan Hogan described him as a “representative” of the leader’s office in Labour HQ. But Labour strongly denied any suggestion that he was a ‘political overseeer’.The contributorsJeremy Corbyn did not contribute to the programme himself. Instead, frontbencher Andrew Gwynne – often seen as one of the more ‘centrist’ shadow cabinet members (in Labour terms) – was sent as a representative of the party. When asked whether 15 expulsions of antisemites over three years was sufficient evidence of Labour having “dealt with this crisis”, Gwynne explained that many cases are still ongoing and that some members going through the disciplinary process leave the party before their case is concluded. “15 fewer racists and people who hold obnoxious views, I think, is important,” he said. “We are serious about getting shot of this problem.”On the subject of whether the Labour leader is personally antisemitic, the frontbencher said: “I don’t believe that Jeremy is antisemitic… He is a passionate believer in equality, in ensuring that hatred and intolerance is tackled.” Gwynne was criticised by a Labour councillor on Twitter for his contribution to the episode. He replied to the tweet with an extract of the interview transcript, but this only attracted further reproval.The programme also featured Louise Ellman MP and author Dave Rich, as well as Labour activists including Izzy Lenga, Rachel Megan Barker, Joshua Garfield, Rebecca Filer and Phil Rosenberg, who spoke about antisemitic behaviour at local party meetings such as Holocaust denial. Some Corbynites such as Umaar Kazmi commented that these contributors were not on the left of the party, while many other members and MPs including Stella Creasy praised them for speaking out.The reactionsEarlier on Wednesday evening, Huffington Post UK’s Paul Waugh revealed a memo apparently sent to the Labour leadership’s media ‘outriders’, which included a recommendation to “Amplify. Amplify. Amplify.” the Channel 4 Dispatches on Tory Islamophobia also airing tonight. It also advised recipients to refrain from criticising “the Labour right or [Tom] Watson”.A number of Corbyn supporters doubted the authenticity of the briefing, but Waugh reported that it was “sent to ‘digital outriders’, who are a network of… Corbyn’s most loyal and active ‘grassroots’ supporters online” and not to journalists or commentators such as Owen Jones.High-profile Corbynites such as Matt Zarb-Cousin dismissed the claims made in the programme, accusing it of misrepresenting facts and doctoring leaked emails. In contrast, deputy leader Tom Watson reacting to the episode saying he was “shocked, chilled and appalled” and stated that there were “very serious questions to be answered urgently”.Watson tweeted: “Hearing the testimony of party members and former staff was harrowing. They are not “disaffected”, they have been incredibly brave. Very serious questions now have to be answered.”Similarly referring to the Labour spokesperson quotes issued in response to the programme, ‘soft left’ backbench MP Lisa Nandy tweeted: “I know some of the staffers on tonight’s Panorama. They joined the Labour Party, like me and most party members, because they hate racism as much as they hate poverty. A statement accusing them of having “political axes to grind” is deeply wrong and indefensible.”Mike Katz, chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, sent an email to all members of the organisation with the subject line ‘Panorama: racism laid bare’. He wrote: “After seeing tonight’s programme, no one can doubt that Labour is institutionally racist against Jews… We must see action – sackings, suspensions and CLPs put in special measures.”During the programme, Labour Press Team tweeted: “We completely reject any claim that Labour is antisemitic. We stand in solidarity with Jewish people…” and added: “Allegations of interference in Jackie Walker case are entirely untrue. Former staffer delayed, Jennie Formby urged speed.”As it came to an end, the same official account also tweeted that the programme was “proof… that the Labour Party IS institutionally racist”. The tweet was soon deleted and another was posted saying that the account had been hacked.last_img read more

first_imgST.HELENS have sold more than 15000 tickets for the Official Opening Game at Langtree Park.As it is expected that the attendance limit will be 17000 – as it is the first competitive game at Langtree Park – fans are urged to secure their tickets as soon as possible.The entire East Stand has been reserved for St.Helens fans, in addition to the West Stand which is sold out, to accommodate demand.The match kicks off at 8pm on Friday February 10 and you can secure your ticket by calling into the ticket office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 050 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comYou can save £1.50 by buying in advance.The game is ALL TICKET.last_img read more

first_imgA Super League Press Conference today unveiled Robert Elstone as the newly appointed CEO of Super League.Saints Chairman, Eamonn McManus participated in the press conference in his capacity as a director of Super League. He commented as follows.“Super League is thrilled to announce the appointment of Robert Elstone as our new CEO. His proven professional background at the highest levels of sport, the media and commerce is complemented by a burning passion for, and deep knowledge of, our sport. I have never known Super League clubs to be more unified and to have such a sense of purpose to improve the quality, performance and value of Super League.“To achieve this we must have a dedicated senior professional staff whose only focus is to improve Super League in every respect, and also to work with our governing body, the RFL, in ensuring that the wider game benefits consequently.“The vast majority of Super League clubs strongly believe that the previous singular and overreaching management of the RFL of all aspects and all components of rugby league, including Super League, resulted in too many serious conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency and adequate accountability. This has resulted in a consequent commercial underperformance of the principal commercial driver of our sport, namely Super League.“Very constructive discussions have taken place between the boards Super League and of the RFL in recent months. The RFL recognises that a new and more focused approach will be adopted by Super League and that a new direction of travel has justifiable merit. We continue our collaborative approach with the RFL in the interests of both Super League and rugby league.“The appointment of a new, highly capable, respected and experienced senior executive in Robert Elstone represents a first and critical step to produce a bigger, better and brighter future for Super League. He and his team will be dedicated to improving every aspect of Super League including higher playing standards, a better spectacle, more spectators, more and better commercial partners and a higher media valuation. He has the full support of the board of Super League who appointed him, and who are absolutely confident in him and in the dedicated focus which he will bring to our business.“Our vision and strategy will be unashamedly Super League led, as it is by far the principal commercial driver and funder of our sport: it needs to be strengthened and maximised. A dedicated management, led by Robert, is critical to the delivery of a thriving and more strongly funded Super League which in turn will benefit the wider game.”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Bitty and Beau’s Coffee opened its doors less than two years ago. Amy Wright and her husband opened it to honor and empower people like their kids who both have Down Syndrome. Tonight, their effort to empower those with disabilities earned her the CNN Hero of the Year award.Wright was named the 2017 CNN Hero of the Year for her efforts as an advocate for disabled people.  Bitty and Beau’s employs upwards to 40 people, most with some form of disability. Amy Wright has just been named CNN Hero of the Year. She’s a mom to two kids with Down syndrome who employs 40 people with disabilities at her coffee shop #CNNHeroes— CNN Heroes (@CNNHeroes) December 18, 2017“People with disabilities have been in the shadow for too long. But no more. Thank you CNN for this incredible honor,” Wright said.She will receive $100,000 to grow her cause. All of the top 10 CNN Heroes for 2017 will receive a $10,000 cash award. Donations made to nonprofit organizations designated by each Hero are also being matched up to $50,000. Many people from the community came out to congratulate the shop.“It was unbelievable. Everyone came in. It was really packed. Everyone was congratulating us. And it was just really, really awesome,” Christina Dinardo, a barista, said.“My employees are not broken; 200 million people across the world living with an intellectual or developmental disability are not broken,” Wright said Sunday night as she was accepting her top 10 CNN Hero award.last_img read more

first_img Hill has struggled with eating disorders herself and she wanted to bring awareness to the issue in her hometown.She says about 150 people showed up and she saw a lot of emotion on their faces as she told her story.“I think it helps for people to see somebody who’s been through it and gotten to the other side and seeing that there is hope,” Hill said. “Also for family members, to see my mom up there talking about her experience, it can give them some hope for their child as well.”As a ceremonial end to the walk, attendees were invited to grab a baseball bat and smash body weight scales.Hill says she plans to make the NEDA Walk an annual event. NEDA Walk coordinator Lauren Hill leads attendees around Wrightsville Beach Park (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — People braved the cool and windy weather Saturday morning at Wrightsville Beach Park to go for a walk, all in support of the National Eating Disorders Association.This was the first walk of its kind in the Wilmington area and it was organized by Port City native Lauren Hill.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds came out for the 15th annual Leland Under the Lights car show Saturday at Brunswick Forest.There were more than 200 cars at the event. Some for show. Some for sale.- Advertisement – Organizers gave out 14 awards all sponsored by local business.The event is sponsored by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.last_img

first_imgKevin Costner (left) and Woody Harrelson star as detectives hunting down Bonnie and Clyde in “The Highwaymen.” (Photo: Netflix) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Netflix is making a big push for its film “The Highwaymen,” which stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as 1934 lawmen hunting down the notorious robbers and killers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.While the big-name actors command the lion’s share of the screen time, a couple of Wilmington actors landed prominent roles, and multiple lines, in the film as well. “The Highwaymen” shot about a year ago, largely outside New Orleans.- Advertisement – Longtime Wilmington actor and director Steve Vernon plays a bemused gun shop owner who must assemble a comically massive order for Costner’s character, a retired Texas lawman pressed back into service to hunt down the outlaws. Vernon, who’s also the artistic director for Big Dawg Productions, recently hosted the StarNews Wilmington Theater Awards with Randy Davis.And Wilmington actor and restaurateur Justin Smith, who’s also the artistic director of Opera House Theatre Co., scores a prominent role as a rural gas station attendant roughed up by Costner and Harrelson.Read more here.last_img read more

first_imgKelly Dwayne Hamilton (Photo: District Attorney’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County man will spend up to 26 years in prison for shooting and killing a woman inside his home in Bladenboro.According to a news release from the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office, Kelly Dwayne Hamilton, 47, pleaded guilty to second degree murder on Wednesday. He received his sentence following a hearing that lasted more than three hours and featured emotional testimony.- Advertisement – The case stemmed from a 2016 shooting. Investigators say at 3:00 a.m. on February 11, Hamilton called 911 and said his friend, Crystal McLamb, had been accidentally shot.Authorities arrived and found McLamb dead on the couch with a gunshot wound to the face. Hamilton maintained that he had left a loaded Taurus Judge revolver on the coffee table and that McLamb accidentally shot herself while picking up the gun.However, a crime scene investigation revealed that two shots had been fired within the living room. Evidence collected from the scene indicated that Hamilton had replaced one of the two spent shell casings with an unfired round.Related Article: WikiLeaks’ Assange arrested in London; US charge unveiledA spent shell casing was later found hidden underneath a mattress in Hamilton’s bedroom. Ballistic testing confirmed that the hidden shell casing had been fired from the murder weapon.Hamilton was taken in for questioning regarding the shooting and gave statements to law enforcement that conflicted with the physical evidence found at the home. Following further investigation, Hamilton was arrested and taken into custody for McLamb’s murder.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement London, Feb. 11, 2011 – Nokia today outlined a new strategic direction, including changes in leadership and operational structure to accelerate the company’s speed of execution in a dynamic competitive environment. In connection with this new strategic direction, Nokia has set new financial targets and forecasts for Nokia and the mobile device industry and for Nokia Siemens Networks and the mobile and fixed infrastructure and related services market.Targets and forecasts for Nokia and the mobile device industryNokia expects attractive mobile device industry revenue growth in 2011 and over the longer-term, driven by the further adoption of smartphones by consumers globally and the further adoption of mobile devices and services, particularly in emerging markets.  Over the longer-term, Nokia expects mobile device industry gross margins to come under pressure due to competitive factors.Due to the initiation of Nokia’s strategic transformation on February 11, 2011, the full-year prospects for its Devices & Services business are subject to significant uncertainties, and therefore Nokia believes it is not appropriate to provide annual targets for 2011 at the present time. However, Nokia expects to continue to provide short-term quarterly forecasts to indicate its progress in the company’s interim reports as well as annual targets when circumstances allow it to do so. – Advertisement – Nokia expects 2011 and 2012 to be transition years, as the company invests to build the planned winning ecosystem with Microsoft. After the transition, Nokia targets longer-term:•    Devices & Services net sales to grow faster than the market.•    Devices & Services non-IFRS* operating margin to be 10% or more.Targets and forecasts for Nokia Siemens Networks and the mobile and fixed infrastructure and related services marketNokia and Nokia Siemens Networks expect overall industry revenue to grow slightly in 2011, compared to 2010.  While growth is expected in certain areas, such as mobile broadband and services, this is expected to be offset to some extent by declines in certain areas and a continued challenging competitive environment.Due to Nokia Siemens Networks’ solid position in industry growth areas, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks target:•    Nokia Siemens Networks net sales to grow faster than the market in 2011.•    Nokia Siemens Networks non-IFRS* operating margin to be above breakeven in 2011.Additionally, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks continue to target Nokia Siemens Networks to reduce its non-IFRS* annualized operating expenses and production overheads by EUR 500 million by the end of 2011, compared to the end of 2009.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Roadconexion is a new mobile web application that lets you access real-time traffic information on all major roads (currently in Uganda only)The mobile web App which first won the Tech4Governance hackathon in November has been launched today by a team of 8 developers and graphic designers at Hive Colab which is a co-working space for innovators in Kampala.Lynn Asiimwe, the lead developer on the project said she hates being in traffic and that’s the reason why they built the App. – Advertisement – The App currently runs on all major mobile browsers and lets mobile road users submit road status such as road repairs, accidents, traffic jam on almost any road mapped on Google maps. Users simply login using their Twitter or Facebook accounts for the first time, after which they receive real-time traffic information from other road users.The App goes head-on against traffic Apps like Waze which as recently bought by Google at $1B and Kenya’s Ma3route except that Roadconexion has started out with a mobile web App to cover even the most basic feature phones.However, the team hopes to roll out a native Android and iOS version of the App in the coming weeks and monetize once they reach critical mass of users.Get started by visiting on your mobile device or tweet your traffic updates with the hashtag #rdxug and the App will automatically pick them up. Also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement News coming in indicate that Google is reportedly planning to unveil Android TV at its Google I/O developer conference in late June.This follows a a report from Gigaom, citing “multiple sources familiar with the matter,” claims.The news about Google’s current plans was first broken by The Verge. – Advertisement – According to Greenbot, Gigaom ‘s report provides three new pieces of key information, which includes Google’s interest in an interface code-named Pano, which puts content first and the second being the company’s big focus on gaming.The third key information is that the Android TV is a platform, not a piece of hardware.It’s meant for vendors to build their own devices that run it, to be built into TVs and set-top boxes, the report adds.We will keep you posted on any new developments.Source: ANIlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement At the Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama in Kenya this weekend, IBM announced a new innovation and collaboration space at iHub – the heart of Nairobi’s tech community.IBM will tap expertise from its existing Innovation Centre and Research Lab in Kenya for the new innovation space, which will be an open working environment for software developers and startups.“Africa has millions of entrepreneurs who are experts in their own markets and who are now looking to technology to differentiate and compete on the global stage,” said Nick Nesbitt, Country General Manager, IBM East Africa. “With the IBM Innovation Space at iHub, we are extending our presence right into the heart of the local technical community so that entrepreneurs and start-ups have access to the tools and expertise to succeed in this exciting new era of Africa’s economic development.” – Advertisement – The space will provide early-stage entrepreneurs and start-ups with access to IBM expertise, education and technology tools – especially in the areas of cloud, Big Data analytics, mobile and security. The IBM Innovation Space at iHub – the first of its kind in Africa – is set to give a boost to the fast growing tech entrepreneur ecosystem in Kenya and beyond.“iHub and IBM are passionate about supporting and empowering the success of African entrepreneurs,” said Erik Hersman, co-founder of iHub. “By setting up an IBM Innovation Space within the iHub community, we are giving local developers and startups unique access to IBM’s expertise, business connections and resources which will help propel them to the next level.”The Innovation Space will be open to any of iHub’s 17,000 members, who will be able to drop in and get insight, advice and training from IBM experts in business and technology. IBM will conduct monthly workshops and events for developers, who will also be able to join the IBM Global Entrepreneur programme.The IBM Innovation Space at iHub, Nairobi will be open from August 2015 and follows in the footsteps of similar spaces in New York,Boston, Uberaba (Brazil), Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Bangalore, New Delhi and Singapore. Nairobi marks the first IBM Innovation Space in Africa with others to follow in the coming months in line with IBM’s investment into innovation ecosystems across the continent.IBM has operated in Africa for almost 100 years. Today, its operations span 24 countries, including South Africa, Morocco, Egypt,Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Kenya and Tanzania. Nairobi is also home to IBM Research – Africa: IBM’s 12th global research lab and the first industrial research facility on the continent of Africa. With facilities in Kenya and South Africa, IBM Research – Africa is driving innovation by developing commercially-viable solutions to transform lives and spark new business opportunities in key areas such as water, agriculture, transportation, healthcare, financial inclusion, education, energy, security and e-government.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement South Africa-headquartered technology company, Dimension Data, and worldwide leader in networking, Cisco, have today announced an initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa.The two companies have deployed some of the world’s most sophisticated technology in an unnamed private game reserve adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park to monitor and track individuals from the time they enter the reserve gates, until they exit.The goal is to proactively intervene and stop people entering the reserve illegally – whether it’s cutting fences, being dropped onto the ground by helicopters, or simply driving in through the entrance gates. – Advertisement – Over time, the technology will be replicated in other reserves in South Africa, Africa, and globally, to not only protect rhino, but conserve other endangered species including elephants, lions, pangolin, tigers in India and Asia, and even sea rays in the ocean.According to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs’ Report 2015, a staggering 1,215 rhinos were killed by poachers in 2014 alone. This equates to three rhinos being killed every day.If the rate of poaching continues, rhino deaths could overtake rhino births by 2018, and the rhino could be non-existent in South Africa by 2025.Dimension Data executive, Bruce Watson explains: “Every day, hundreds of staff, suppliers, contractors, security personnel, and tourists enter and exit game reserves.”The human activity in these environments is not monitored because, typically, the reserve is in a remote location with basic IT infrastructure and access control, manual security processes, and very limited communication.“With our Connected Conservation technology, we don’t touch the animals by darting them with tranquilisers to insert sensors into their horns, or insert a chip under their skin. This can be extremely stressful and risky for the animal and we’ve seen a number of rhinos either dying, or going blind, and having to be euthanased.In phase one, Dimension Data worked closely with Cisco to gather information from the game rangers, security personnel, technology, and control centre teams. The first step was to create a highly secure Reserve Area Network (RAN) and install Wi-Fi hotspots around key points, which is completed.Phase two of the Connected Conservation project will incorporate CCTV, drones with infrared cameras; thermal imaging, vehicle tracking sensors, as well as seismic sensors on a highly secure intelligent network. Dimension Data has also deployed the Reserve Area Networks (RANs) using Cisco technology which will be one of the first installations of its kind in the world.Chris Dedicoat, executive vice president of Worldwide Sales for Cisco said: “South Africa is currently home to about 70% of the remaining rhinos in the world, most of which are located in the Kruger National Park, which drove the decision to pilot Connected Conservation. In close collaboration with Dimension Data, the teams moved rapidly to study and build a highly secure digital solution that provides those who are protecting the rhinos with the valuable insights, transparency and visibility they need to make effective and informed decisions against poaching.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Information coming in indicates that that WhatsApp is working on a native desktop client for Mac and Windows operating systems.From images tweeted by WABetaInfo, the project is looking for translations for specific phrases in the documentation, including what looks like confirmation of multiple clients being developed for the desktop.If the rumors are true, this would further expand its already ridiculously popular messaging service. – Advertisement – A full desktop client would introduce the potential for voice or video calls, and would  remove the need to keep a browser open or to scan the WhatsApp Web QR code to connect your account to your browser.This will also make WhatsApp an alternative to services like Skype.We will be on the look out and keep you informed incase of any new developments.last_img read more

first_imgSTAR EVENT: Barcelona v Bayern MunichNou CampTIME: 7.45pm TV: SKYA small profit on the recommended advice last night after the DRAW – ‘ANYTHING’ recommendation in the Real Madrid game. It’s a nice bet when it comes off as you get to watch the second half for free !In terms of the game it was a thrilling first ten minutes, electric last 10 minutes but the middle 70 minutes was frankly dull.Post-match was fun though….. can Mourinho drop any more hints about Chelsea ???Dortmund are in the final and of course it’s widely expected that it will be an all-German affair at Wembley for the final as Bayern look to book their place tonight at the Nou Camp. They bring a, still hard to believe, 4-0 lead from the first leg.So what are the angles in for a bet ??At first glance, odds of a shade of odds-on with Star Sports look attractive for Barcelona but…..Barcelona are not firing on all cylinders at the moment, mainly due to Messi’s lingering fitness issues and the effects of a long season which can be leveled at Bayern as well but it seems to be affecting Barca more.But the single most important factor is….. if you think Barcelona could be considered value at odds-on tonight then you are also saying there was an element of fluke about Bayern’s first leg win and that’s a tough call. Two of their goals were questionable refereeing decisions but they bossed Barca and even with home advantage might well find it tough again tonight.One stat, above all, speaks volumes…. Barcelona have only won ONE of their FIVE Champions League encounters with Bayern Munich (one draw, three defeats).It might just be that Bayern are a better team, yet you are being offered around 3/1 for a team that beat their opposition 4-0 only a week ago.Then there’s also the possibility that Barca will get frustrated if they don’t get an early goal and get increasingly desperate or worse still drop their heads and fail to believe. Even our maths can work out that they have to score at the rate of a goal every 22.5 minutes without conceding to reach the final.It might be a time to swim against the tide tonight. The odds reflect a superiority of Barcelona that isn’t backed up by either recent or historic form.Sometimes a polar opposite bet can work for insurance purposes and as a cover tonight the BARCA/BARCA HT/FT looks appealing at nearly 2/1 to save our Bayern stake – particularly if Barca manage to grab an early goal then it really will be game on.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)3 points win BAYERN MUNICH to beat BARCELONA 2 points win BARCELONA / BARCELONA on the HT/FT market(+1.75 points Tuesday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more

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first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 20 MayRACING2.20 AyrBirkdale 100/30 > 5/24.10 WarwickMagic Magnolia 11/4 > 6/44.20 AyrSalford Dream 9/2 > 11/47.20 SouthwellRoad To Freedom 12/1 > 5/1LIVE FOOTBALL7.45pm LIVE SKYPremier League3/10 Arsenal 9/1 Sunderland 9/2 DRAW7.45pm LIVE BT SPORTScottish Premiership Play-Off Semi-Final 1st Leg5/4 Rangers 2/1 Hibernian 5/2 DRAW19:45 LIVE SKYCoppa Italia Final11/10 Juventus 13/5 Lazio 23/10 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

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.Saturday 6 May HORSE RACING1.55 ThirskJust For The Craic 11/2 > 100/302.35 CorkMamba Noire 13/2 > 3/15.20 NewmarketEagle Creek 4/1 > 5/25.50 DoncasterJim Rockford 11/2 > 9/47.05 HexhamWestend Theatre 33/1 > 11/2PREMIER LEAGUEPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD13/8 Swansea City 7/4 Everton 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more