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The aunt of a disabled man who was imprisoned and

first_imgThe aunt of a disabled man who was imprisoned and tortured to death is asking the attorney general to appeal against the judge’s failure to treat his murder as a disability hate crime.James Wheatley, 29, from Kenton Bar, Newcastle, repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on Lee Irving (pictured) in attacks that took place over nine days, leaving him with multiple broken bones and other injuries.After he died, Irving’s body was taken on a pushchair through a housing estate and dumped on a patch of grass near the A1.Wheatley was found guilty of murder earlier this month, and was sentenced to life in prison, where he will have to serve at least 23 years.Three other defendants – Wheatley’s mother Julie Mills, 52, girlfriend Nicole Lawrence, 22, and lodger Barry Imray, 35 – were also jailed for offences connected with Irving’s death, Mills to eight years, Lawrence to four years, and Imray to three.But although Northumbria police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) treated Irving’s death as a hate crime, Mr Justice Soole, who sentenced the four, decided there was not enough evidence to prove that any of the offences were motivated by disability-related hostility.Instead, he increased Wheatley’s sentence because of Irving’s “vulnerability”.Lee’s aunt, Lisa Irving, told Disability News Service (DNS) this week that her nephew’s murder had left the family “traumatised” and with “little faith in society”.She said the family “fully appreciated the verdicts” but were “devastated about the sentence and how the judge did not accept that it was a disability hate crime. How is it not?” She said the family were equally disturbed by the failings of social services and the police.Newcastle City Council has launched a serious case review into the circumstances that led to her nephew’s death.Lee Irving’s murder is just the latest in a long line of brutal killings that the criminal justice system has failed to treat as disability hate crimes, despite legislation intended to provide longer sentences in such circumstances.They include the killings of Brent Martin, Peter Hedley, Albert Adams, Stephen Hoskin, Kevin Davies, Michael Gilbert… and now Lee Irving.Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty on the court to increase sentences for offences motivated by disability-related hostility, while the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 doubles to 30 years the starting point for sentences for disability hate crime murders. Lisa Irving is now working with members of the Disability Hate Crime Network (DHCN) to persuade the attorney general to appeal the sentence handed to Wheatley.She also wants the offences committed by Mills and Lawrence to be treated as hate crimes, although she believes that Imray, who himself had learning difficulties, was probably a victim of disability hate crime himself and was forced by Wheatley to help him cover up his crimes.The Disability Hate Crime Network has now written to the attorney general, the Tory MP Jeremy Wright, to ask him to seek a tougher sentence from the court of appeal.The letter was written by Katharine Quarmby, on behalf of Lisa Irving and the network, and she told Wright that the police and CPS had “presented good evidence of disability hate targeting”.Quarmby, one of the network’s coordinators, and the author of Scapegoat, a pioneering investigation into disability hate crime, told DNS that she was “disappointed” by the failure to increase the sentences for those involved in Lee Irving’s murder.She said she was not aware of a single case in which the LASPO 30-year tariff had yet been used.Quarmby said she welcomed apparent signs of progress in sentencing some lower-level disability hate crimes, but said this could be a sign that magistrates were starting to take the issue seriously, while judges were failing to do so.But she added: “However, when very serious crimes such as murder are sentenced, there seems to be a block in sentencing them as disability hate crimes.“The law, as it currently stands, could be said to be set up to fail – it has to be investigated, prosecuted and sentenced as a disability hate crime.“If one person in that chain – investigating officer, CPS prosecutor or judge – fails to view the crime as disability-related, there is no sentence uplift.“This fails the victim, the family and wider society.“Sentencing such crimes as disability-related would send a strong ‘declaratory effect’ to society that we do not tolerate such crimes and they are sentenced accordingly.“I would like to see a discussion of possible law reform, if the current law is not fit for purpose, which I feel it is no longer.”Anne Novis, a DHCN coordinator who leads for Inclusion London on disability hate crime, added: “It is more than time now for all cases where if a person perceives their experience as disability hate crime, as well as police and CPS, then this should be treated as such by judges.She said: “To repeatedly read of cases where this aspect is ignored, ruled irrelevant, and no enhanced sentencing re hate crime applied gives a message that we as disabled people do not experience hate crime, and that the perpetrators get away with a sentence far less than they should get.“The message given is that our human rights as victims of crime are less than those of others. This is not acceptable and must be changed.“Via Inclusion London and the DHCN we will campaign to see this does happen.”Meanwhile, a third DHCN coordinator, Stephen Brookes, has written to the solicitor general, the Tory MP Robert Buckland, asking for a meeting to raise the network’s concerns about “the all too frequent failure of the court system (in particular the judiciary) to fully understand and implement appropriate sentences for cases of disability hostility”.He welcomed Buckland’s work on encouraging the reporting of hate crime by disabled people, but added: “The successful work we have done along with police forces and CPS prosecutors in jointly pressing for disability hate crime to be treated as such has been thwarted in most cases by court decisions.”He pointed to the Lee Irving case as an example of how, despite improved confidence in police forces and CPS, “we are facing a total and unacceptable brick wall in courts in that the judiciary only seem to consider vulnerability as a cause, which means that disability hate is often not considered as part of a sentence uplift”.He told Buckland: “It is about time that judges were given some real awareness training in what… disability actually means, rather than categorising us all as poor vulnerable victims.”last_img read more

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Heads Up Major Traffic Changes Coming to Mission St

first_img 0% The changes are intended to reduce travel times for the estimated 65,000 transit rides taken on Mission corridor bus lines every day. SFGate reports an especially high concentration of Mission street transit riders are dependent on public transportation to get around. The agency hopes to reduce total travel time along the corridor by five minutes in each direction. Transit riders and drivers alike should brace themselves for some significant changes coming to Mission Street’s traffic rules, some coming as early as this month.As of Friday, 14 and 49 buses have eliminated stops at 15th, 19th, 21st and 23rd streets. Over the next two months, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will paint red transit-only lanes all along the corridor. Finally, between March and April, left turns will be prohibited all along the Mission Street corridor, from 14th Street to Cortland Avenue, and right turns will be required at some intersections.Starting in March, the agency will calm traffic along Mission Street by rolling out forced right turns away from Mission Street. Northbound car traffic (buses and bikes are exempt) on Mission Street will be required to turn right at 26th, 24th, 22nd 20th and 16th streets.Until then, as the transit agency paints the red transit-only lanes, parking and loading zones along the curb will be temporarily unavailable in the stretches where crews are working. Bus stops may also be temporarily relocated, and though through traffic will be allowed, alternative routes are encouraged. The transit agency will post signs and notices for parking restrictions and bus stop changes prior to beginning construction.center_img Tags: 14-Mission • 49-Van Ness/Mission • mission street • public transportation • transit Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Thrift Town shoppers arrive too late for one last bargain

first_img 0% Like most of the customers of Thrift Town who arrived on Thursday for one last visit, Lupé Cabrera felt cheated. The front door was locked.“It came out of nowhere it’s so shocking, said Cabrera who had been visiting the store since she was a child and wanted one last roam through its two floors of used clothes, kitchen gadgets, electronic equipment and toys.Some news reports said the family-owned store would close on Friday, propelling dozens of old and new customers to arrive at 17th and Mission Streets on Thursday only to find a letter on the store saying that after 45 years the store closed on Wednesday evening. “I put two hours in the meter, bought an espresso and was all ready,” said Wendy Brummer of her planned farewell visit to Thrift Town. Brummer and her 18-year-old daughter, Francesca Kocks, were both decked out in earlier Thrift Town buys – sweaters, shirts, and wraps. “Oh my god, we thought it was open until the 31st,” said Brummer, who has shopped at the door since before her daughter was born.“If I have or had a special event, I just came here and bought a new outfit and I looked like a million bucks,” she said.Mother and daughter also had fond memories of shopping there together. “I was always in the children’s corner looking at the bags of toys they sold, begging my parents to buy them,” said Kocks. A lot of my stuffed animals came from here,”A woman who called herself Showing looked startled to see the shuttered store. “I guess I took time off to come here for nothing I thought it was closing tomorrow,” she said. “I like getting my random shirts here. The random stuff is really fun.”Collette, a pre-school teacher, said Thrift Town was a place where she could find pants that fit and kitchen equipment that she could use with the kids she teaches.Hoa Du, who was born in Vietnam, and lives in the Mission, also talked nostalgically about the kitchen equipment and the one time he found a trove of beautiful pottery.He loved the daily sales and all of the inexpensive decorations offered for Halloween and Christmas, he said.Dharma too had been going to Thrift Town for a lifetime. “My parents bought me my clothes from here my whole life,” said Dharma, holding her skateboard in one arm. “It’s one less spot to get good quality cheap clothes. I don’t know what’s going take its place but I doubt it’s going have as much benefit to the community as this place did.”Alec Chakroff agreed. “It’s a little bit sad. I don’t know how many other good shops there are around here but this was a good one.”A few customers like Kathy Phan had never been to the store, but travelled in today from the North Bay to experience it before it closed. That was not to be.Brummer, who seemed to know her thrift stores, had one bit of advice: Check out the Goodwilll at Bay View Plaza.center_img Tags: mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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HAVE you downloaded the In Touch Podcast yetPerfe

first_imgHAVE you downloaded the In Touch Podcast yet?Perfect for listening on your way to a match, work, in the gym, out for a wander… it features all the latest from the Saints and Super League.In this edition we preview our trip to London Broncos with Nathan Brown and Jordan Turner.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.The podcast, which is partnership with 105.9 City Talk, also features an interview with Allan Rooney from BBC Radio Merseyside.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email podcast@saintsrlfc.comYou can hear in-depth interviews with Nathan and Jordan as well as all the latest from Super League on City Talk 105.9’s In Touch show between 6pm and 7pm on Thursdays.And Jon Wilkin is also a guest on tonight’s show.last_img read more

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2018 Downtown Lifestyle Tour kicks off Saturday

first_img Haven Holsinger of WDI says this year the tour is bigger and better.  “It will include neighborhoods outside the riverfront,” she says, “by showcasing places like Castle Street, The Brooklyn Arts District and North Fourth.”The tour gives you the chance to view some of Wilmington’s finest lofts, townhomes and houses.Tickets can be bought by clicking here or at Bijoux Park Saturday morning.Related Article: Pier 33 apartment construction to begin before year endsThe tour is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Downtown, Inc. is inviting the world to find out exactly how much fun it is to live in downtown Wilmington.The Downtown Lifestyle Tour kicks off Saturday morning and showcases two dozen properties that demonstrate the unique way of life you’ll find as an urban dweller.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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PA is abusing the land adjacent to quarries – PD

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> Facebook / Saving Wied Għomor -NO to Quarry and other DevelopmentFacebook / Saving Wied Għomor -NO to Quarry and other Development PD has stated that in the process of granting permits so that unused quarries are turned into solar farms, the “Planning Authority (PA) is abusing this policy” by extending the permits to adjacent agricultural land.Party Leader Godfrey Farrugia said that “We have a PA who does not value our natural capital and an Environmental Resource Authority that is too weak to counteract its abusive decisions”.Although the PD welcomed the implementing of solar farm policy, it added that it categorically deplores the manner by which the Planning Authority processes these permits. Quarries which in the past have been rehabilitated to agricultural land cannot be applied for such approval, stated PD.PD MEP candidate Martin Cauchi Inglott has said that a solar farm permit has been issued in an Mgarr quarry just beneath Falka Gap ridge. He said that due to the minimum design requirements, the screening of such solar farms is going to be ineffective, adding to the negative impact the construction waste will leave on the soil.“Normal houses will only be afforded by millionaires” – Cauchi InglottPD MEP candidate Martin Cauchi Inglott asked the public if it feels comfortable living in a country where normal houses are only afforded by millionaires.Cauchi Inglott added that in the next decades, the hard-working majority will become the working poor, while investors destroying what’s left of our beautiful nature and historical heritage.The European Parliament candidate believes that Partit Demokratiku will “bring change to Malta”, as he encouraged the general public to “be part of the change and vote Oranġjo”.“We do not question our loyalties, be they red or blue”Cauchin Inglott said that Saturday’s election will test whether the public wants more of the same politics, or whether Malta opts for untainted third parties. He explained how most families are born into a political party, and don not question their loyalty. The PD candidate there are few shades between PL and PN, and encouraged the public to reflect and consider moving out of their comfort zones.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Report 80 per cent of Kenyan websites vulnerable to cyber attacks

first_imgAdvertisement Unlike other proprietary software such as Microsoft or IBM programs whose codes are only available to the vendor and the client, open source software source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge.William Makatiani, the managing director at Serianu Ltd said that the weak internal and external IT security system has highly exposed local businesses and government to hackers.The report says that in February alone 103 government websites were hacked into without disclosing the damage caused. – Advertisement – “Government websites and banking institutions remain the most vulnerable targets, most of their websites are developed externally but they rarely do a check on their security settings or update them” said Mr Makatiani.“During our research, we came across a credit card shop that was selling credit card data issued by banks located in Kenya.”The study which was done between the months of January and April lists bank account, credit and debit card details as the most looked for data by cyber criminals.It also notes that most firms do not update their software in tandem with those of software vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle.This provides an opportunity for cyber criminals to send software that has the ability to squat in computers and steal vital information such as business strategies or business plans especially from banks, insurance and telecommunication firms.“Increasingly, these organisations are becoming primary targets of insider and outsider attacks with cyber criminals targeting businesses to gain access to intellectual property in form of software and business secrets stored in files and databases that are inadvertently leaked”The study findings show how Kenyans organisations are vulnerable to cyber-theft or computer-related fraud with most financial institute and consumers adopting online banking.In Kenya online fraud has been growing steadily and commercial banks are estimated to lose Sh3 billion(US $35m) to smart thieves every year.Last year, Deloitte East Africa released a report indicating that the majority of East African firms are not compliant with international standards for electronic payments exposing them to high levels of ATM-related robberies and fraud cases.Another survey by PricewaterCoopers (PwC) Global Economic crime survey found that countries such as Kenya, South Africa and UK had recorded a 40 per cent increase in fraud cases in 2011 threatening the drive towards a cashless economy.Latest Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) data shows that the value of plastic card transactions in Kenya jumped 40 per cent to Sh214 billion (US $2.5 billion) in the first three months of 2012, despite rising insecurity and fraud cases.The CBK data indicates that the number of cards in circulation rose to 9.6 million in March 2012 up from 8.2 million in March 2011, benefiting from a growing middle class in the country that is increasingly using plastic money in place of cash. Debit cards were the most popular among consumers accounting for about 82 per cent of transacted values. Source: Daily Monitorlast_img read more

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Windows 8 outsells Windows 7

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in a month, outselling the pace set by Windows 7 three years ago. Sales of the Windows 8 operating system, which was launched on October 26, were driven by upgrades rather than users purchasing the software on new machines, according to Reuters.Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in two months, compare to 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month.Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of Microsoft’s Windows division, said yesterday: “Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7,” speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse.Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP shipping 8 million units in the month following its launch in 2002, and Microsoft Vista selling around 10 million licenses in the first 30 days following its introduction in 2006. – Advertisement – In raw figures, Windows 8′s first month has been around twice as strong as for Windows Vista, and four times as strong as that of Windows XP.Source: Telegraphlast_img read more

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Snapchat Users experiencing Porn Spam

first_imgAdvertisement Snapchat has released a statement on its blog to respond to users’ complaints about seeing increased porn and weight loss spam.The blog contains an apology for the increase in the amount of spam users are finding in their inboxes.Snapchat assured its users that they were “working on resolving the issue” and that as far as they know, the increased spam is not related to the hack of its user database earlier this month, which resulted in 4.6 million user names and phone numbers being posted online. – Advertisement – Snapchat allows users to send pictures and videos that are deleted from the recipient’s phone as well as the company’s servers 10 seconds after they are opened.A recent update has been released that will help with the problem of increased spam, but Snapchat warns its users they will see increased porn and weight loss spam, which is to be expected because of the rapidly rising popularity of the service.  To avoid unwanted photos, users have the option of receiving only videos and pictures from their friends in the application’s settings.  Under “Who Can…”, select “Send Me Snaps” and then select “My Friends.”In addition, a new feature added to Snapchat after the hack of user information allows users to not link their user name to their mobile phone.  This option can also be found in the settings.  Click on the cell phone number and then change “Link username to mobile #” to off.For those who have lost their faith in Snapchat due to the hack of their personal information as well as the increased porn and weight loss spam messages they are receiving, it is possible to delete accounts.  Because Shapchat does not store users’ videos or pictures, you can do so without leaving a trace.In the application, access Settings, and scroll down to “Support.”  Once in the Support screen, click on “Learning the Basics.”  At the bottom of the screen, tap “Delete an Account.”  Enter password and the account will be permanently deleted.Source: Liberty Voicelast_img read more

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Florida court convicts Derek Medina over Facebook photo murder

first_imgDerek Medina admitted shoting his wife in their home in Miami because she was threatening him with a knife arguing that it was self-defense. Image Credit: ABCLocal Advertisement A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the body on Facebook has been found guilty of murder.Derek Medina admitted taking the picture on his phone and uploading it onto the social media site.He failed to convince the jury that he had shot Jennifer Alfonso eight times in self-defence after years of abuse. – Advertisement – He said his wife was threatening him with a knife when he shot her in their home in Miami, but prosecutors said she was cowering on the floor.When he posted the picture, he wrote on Facebook that he expected to go to prison or be sentenced to death for the killing.Prosecutors successfully argued that the 27-year-old wife in fear of her life when she was shot in August 2013.He had vowed to kill her if she left him and she had told friends she intended to do that, the court heard.[related-posts]Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Rundle said: “No family should ever have to see their daughter killed and then exhibited worldwide on the internet like some macabre trophy to a husband’s anger.”Medina, 33, could face a life imprisonment over the murder.[BBC]last_img read more

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Does Apple want to buy Tidal

first_imgAdvertisement A report in The Wall Street Journal, has revealed that Apple is in talks to acquire TIDAL.According to the report, they are having discussions which may not lead to a deal, though Apple is interested in TIDAL’s relationship with artists.Currently, there are news that Apple is engaging in unfair business practices meant to stifle competition, with the main culprit being spotify. – Advertisement – However, TIDAL is not yet doing well, with even promised exclusives to the platform.This is not the first time TIDAL is alleged to be on the market. Samsung was previously rumored to be interested in snapping it up.TIDAL executives have denied an acquisition is being discussed.However, it this is true, Apple would most likely integrate Tidal in Apple Music.last_img read more

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Albert Mucunguzi takes Chairman Role as ICTAU Announces Interim Board of Directors

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda’s ICT Industry organization yesterday announced changes in its leadership team, following an extraordinary meeting of its members held in Kampala earlier this week.The ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) in a press release announced an interim Board of Directors of seven (7) members who will take office with immediate effect, led by Albert Mucunguzi.“The Association remains committed to building a strong, unified ICT industry voice that will promote a competitive ICT sector in Uganda, with greater impact within the country and the region,” said Albert Mucunguzi in a Statement issued by the Association.ICTAU issued Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda (then Min. of ICT) a complimentary membership – Advertisement – In 2013, the Association was officially launched by the then Minister of ICT, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at a ceremony also attended by key stakeholders including Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), and various sector players.“[We believe] this [launch] will see prosperity and competitiveness of the IT Industry players and increase growth and development of the ICT sector,” said NITA-U’s Executive Director, James Saaka at the launch.Indeed, the Association has gone on to contribute to competitiveness in the sector, including striking a key partnership with the International Trade Center (ITC) and other stakeholders in which the partners are implementing a USD 1million ICT export competitiveness project.NITA-U Executive Directory with Interim Chair Albert Mucunguzi at the launch of the NTF III ProjectCurrently, the Association has a cumulative membership of over 400 members, according to information obtained from the Secretariat.Mucunguzi, 30, is a founding member of the 5-year old Association, having served as Secretary General between 2012 and 2015.Executives from MTN Uganda at the Association’s launchThe Full Board of DirectorsChairman – Albert Mucunguzi Secretary General – Maureen Agena Treasurer – Ronald Sebuhinja Director – Simon Kaheru Director – James Makumbi Director – Steven Kirenga Director – Boaz ShaniIn the same press statement, the ICTAU also thanked outgoing board for their effort and commitment.“The ICTAU sincerely appreciates the time and effort of the outgoing Board and appreciates the hard work and commitment given to the Association thus far.”[related-posts]last_img read more

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Opinion Top predictions for FinTech Mobile Money in Uganda in 2017

first_img41933845 – close-up photo of african man holding cellphone Advertisement 2016 perhaps saw the biggest jump in Mobile Money use cases ever since the service started gaining popularity in the region.Mobile Money became a backbone for other innovative financial products like insurance cover, interest-bearing savings accounts for non-banked customers, instant personal and small-business micro-loans. MTN Uganda pioneered the mobile micro loans and savings systems in MoKash, which has since seen a high growth rate.A high percentage of Ugandans are still using cash for daily transactions which does not allow for them to be part of the formal economy. According to GSMA Intelligence reports, mobile money usage continues to be dominated by two use cases: person-to-person (P2P) transfers and airtime top-ups. – Advertisement – So what does 2017 hold for us in this Industry? Let’s see what industry experts have in mind:PredictionsFinTech Startups to receive huge fundingsAlmost 80% of Africa’s adult population lacks access to financial services, and companies that find a way of providing them have a huge opportunity to make significant profits. Startups that are working on finding innovative ways of providing access to things like savings and remittances, will prove very attractive to investors.Industry expert TMS Ruge is optimistic about the FinTech industry, boldly predicting a high growth in startups building products for this: “Continuing a trend I’ve observed in 2016, I think we’ll continue to see a lot more fin-tech focused apps that are trying to make it easier for consumers to take advantage of our growing digital economies.” “More apps making easier to pay for services like electricity and water, buy tickets for entertainment, transfer money, etc.”Stone Atwiine, CEO & Co-Founder of Remit UG hopes to see more players in the mobile lending space both USSD and apps.Hubs and Accelerators will be focused on backing up FinTech StartupsIncubation Hubs and Accelerators will put more focus on backing up FinTech Startups as seen with Kenya’s Nest Ventures who are providing a hands-on approach in working with FinTech startups to help raise money, customer acquisition and general industry expertise.Uganda’s Hive Colab has also tailored programs specific to FinTech startups with two already being housed at the Hub; LipaMobile and AirSave, both registering good growth.Further reaching the UnbankedWith the rise in number of FinTech startups, will come the ultimate result of financial services reaching the unbanked and unbankable in rural Uganda.MTN Uganda’s MoKash service played a very big role of extending financial services to the unbanked population last year. Within a period of three months, the service had signed up more than 1,000,000 customers with an average of 13,500 subscriptions per day.Remit UG a service that provides affordable & convenient international remittances to people sending money to Africa especially to un-banked and under-banked rural dwellers, has reached great heights in achieving financial inclusion in Uganda and Africa at large.[related-posts]Interoperability in International RemittancesStone Atwiine predicts that interoperability will continue to grow, by the end of the year. And users should be able to send money across networks in the same market and also internationally to facilitate remittances.TMS Ruge however is cautious about the current state of structures in the FinTech industry as put up by the dominant players: “The quagmire that is our mobile money minefield isn’t making it easy without true interoperability within our networks. That won’t be fixed this year, but that means there’s a ridiculous amount of energy and innovation going into trying to make this easier.”TMS Ruge envisions Mobile Money in a new light: “The golden dream of course is for mobile money to be declared a true digital currency where you can send it/recieve it from anyone regardless of network you are on. But I don’t see digital walled gardens going down anytime soon. 2017 is when that conversation begins in earnest though.”Regulations will relax on FinTech StartupsStone Atwiine firmly believes that a FinTech startup should not be regulated like a bank; “Regulators will understand innovators more and relax regulatory pressure especially on startups.”Focus on Mobile & Online BankingRemit UG CEO also believes that in 2017 and the near future, mobile and online banking will continue to grow, progressive banks will not increase branch network but will maintain or even reduce while pushing mobile and online heavily.Please share your predictions with us in the comments section.Photo Credit: Digital Trendslast_img read more

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ICT Innovators Trained on Intellectual Property

first_imgAdvertisement The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) through the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance (MoICT) and the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) on Thursday organized a Workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) for ICT innovators at the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance Information Access Centre (IAC).The workshop aimed at enhancing awareness and building capacity for IP among ICT innovators. Intellectual property is intangible property that is as a result of creativity such as patents, copyrights and others.The training focused on promoting ICT innovations, addressing challenges created by violation of Intellectual Property for ICT innovations, empowering innovators to safeguard their solutions/products and Promoting transfer of technology through patents. – Advertisement – Speaking at the Workshop, Arnold Mangeni, Director Information Security, National Information Technology, noted that Intellectual Property is a product of innovation, which is tied to Uganda’s strategic objective to propel the country to middle income status.“Government of Uganda  is aware of the benefits and role that Intellectual Property can play for accelerating the socio-economic development of our country. We know, for certain, that effective and strategic use of Intellectual Property has assisted many countries across the globe to attain rapid economic development,” Mangeni said.Arnold Mangeni Director Information Security at NITA-U addressing participants.Mercy K. Kainobwisho, Director, Intellectual Property at Uganda Registration Services Bureau urged innovators to be innovative whilst protecting their ideas.“Business enterprises irrespective of size must be innovative to remain relevant and competitive locally, regionally. However innovations cannot survive without intellectual property,” she said.Mercy Kainobwisho, Director Intellectual property at URSB.The training comes at a time when the Government of Uganda has put in place an e-citizen Portal with citizen centric e-Services including among others, the key sectors of Education, Health, Judiciary and Agriculture. These services are being implemented in close collaboration with the ICT innovators in Uganda. Innovators have been urged to develop and protect their innovations if they are to benefit Government and its citizens.The Government of Uganda through the National ICT Initiatives Support Programme (NIISP) continues to support ICT innovators and further aims to facilitate the creation of a digital ecosystem and market place for exposing innovative digital products and enable innovators reach new markets.Training these innovators in Intellectual property is a timely Intervention[related-posts]last_img read more

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Tanzanias Digital Firm Nala Wins Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2018

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement On Wednesday 8th, August 2018, Ecobank announced 11 finalists for its second annual Ecobank Fintech Challenge – a challenge that gives African Fintech startups a chance to promote their Fintech solutions, and potentially to partner with Ecobank in rolling-out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets.The 11 finalists; Lypa (Kenya), Wallet.ng (Nigeria), Nala (Tanzania), Litee (Benin), SESO Global (South Africa), InvestED (Sierra Leone), Eversend (France), Secapay (Nigeria), Virtual Identity (South Africa), MojiPay (Togo), and Awamo (Germany) pitched and presented their business Fintech ideas to business men and women, funders, sponsors, journalists, to mention a few at an Awards and Innovation Fair that was held at Ecobank’s HQ in Togo where on three winners, emerged winners and we rewarded a cash prize of USD$10,000, USD$7,000, and USD$5,000 to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places respectively.Tanzania’s digital firm; Nala; that is building smartphone-based mobile money products that will simplify mobile money transactions for Africans everywhere, starting in Tanzania, emerged winners, while while Virtual Identity and Wallet.ng came in second and third places respectively. Nala was rewarded with a cash prize of USD$10,000 while  USD$7,000, and USD$5,000 were given to Virtual Identity and Wallet.ng respectively. – Advertisement – Ecobank took the privilege to enroll the winners, and the other eight (8) finalists to their Ecobank Fintech Fellowship that will run for a period of six months where they will further explore partnerships with the Ecobank Group including; Multinational product roll-out support, Service provider & ecosystem partner deals, and Technical & mentoring support from Ecobank’s global network of technology leaders, Fintech experts, investors and management coaches.Last year, Nigeria’s IroFit won the 1st Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The Fintech company provides a mobile Point of Sale (P-o-S) that helps small retailers process card payments in real-time.last_img read more

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PREVIEW Man U v QPR

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]urned out well for the column yesterday with a profit 10 points thanks to the recommended DRAW bet in the Arsenal v Man City game.Back to the quandary that is Manchester United this afternoon as they take on QPR at Old Trafford.They sang Old Lang Syne at the end of the Last Night Of The Proms and for Man U this afternoon it really is a case of out with the old and in with the new.Their new formidable signings of Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw could all make their debuts. Less good news for United is that defender Phil Jones is out after his hamstring injury while playing for England but surely this game will see some can of order restored in the Louis van Gaal era ?QPR manager Harry Redknapp could give debut starts to midfielders Sandro and Niko Kranjcar.Man U do have a formidable record against QPR and are unbeaten in their last 15 league and cup matches against QPR.MAN U v QPRPremier League4pm (LIVE ON SKY)HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2013 Premier QPR 0-2 Man UtdNov 2012 Premier Man Utd 3-1 QPRApr 2012 Premier Man Utd 2-0 QPRDec 2011 Premier QPR 0-2 Man UtdNov 2008 Carling Cup Man Utd 1-0 QPRMar 1996 Premiership QPR 1-1 Man UtdDec 1995 Premiership Man Utd 2-1 QPRMar 1995 FA Cup Man Utd 2-0 QPRDec 1994 Premiership QPR 2-3 Man UtdAug 1994 Premiership Man Utd 2-0 QPRThere should be plenty of goals and I am going for over 3.5 at around 6/4.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS at around 6/4 for 8 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 32.76 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Royal Ascot Day Four

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ine margins.There are 95,040 inches in the Gold Cup trip of 2m 3f and 210 yards, yet in the end it came down to just the four inches that Big Orange nudged out Order Of St George in the most dramatic of finishes.Winning or losing is binary but yesterday proved just how fine the balance can be.Aidan O’Brien leads the trainer challenge going into day four on countback but will surely be mightily disappointed not to see his total increase by at least plus two today.The unbeaten Caravaggio and the dual Guineas winner Winter will once again make or break the day for bookies and punters alike.Ben asks Big Mac below which of the pair he would be more likely to lay. It’s a good question.I’m of the belief that they will both win but of the pair suspect the odds are right and Caravaggio is the most suspect.He’s done nothing wrong, unbeaten now in five starts and winner of the Coventry here last year over the same six furlongs but on official ratings is rated only a pound clear of Harry Angel from the resurgent Godolphin team.So, on ratings alone there is too much of a disparity in price. There is also the question of whether he will be as good on this quicker ground. It was good too firm when he won the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh but he was a 1/8 shot that day and I’m not sure whether we got a complete answer to the ground question.There is also a continuing question mark about Aidan’s horses – he’s had a couple of horses run very poorly and he’s not dominating like usual so there are glimmers of hope for layers.Backers will take the view that Caravaggio has done nothing wrong, is a potential superstar and capable of improving further. That’s all entirely possible too – but also factors I feel that are already built into the price.I was really impressed with Harry Angel at Haydock and will back him each-way as an insurance.I can’t seem him being out of the frame and if the fine margins go against Aidan again we get the bonus win.I’ll settle for a one inch win today.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK HARRY ANGEL (3.40 Royal Ascot) 10 points each-way at SP with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: -60.10 points BET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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£50 FREE BET Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

first_img£50 FREE BET IFIF WILDER WINS BY DECISION OR TECHNICAL DECISIONTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site starsports.bet we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if WILDER WINS BY DECISION OR TECHNICAL DECISION.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 9am on Saturday 1 December and 4am on Sunday 2 December. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 9am on Saturday 1 December to 4am (GMT) on Sunday 2 December.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 4am (GMT) on Sunday 2 December. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if WILDER WINS BY DECISION OR TECHNICAL DECISION. The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

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Hard look at hurricane strategy

first_imgAddThis ShareNAME: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduHard look at hurricane strategy SSPEED conference eyes practical issues, solutions when storms hitTwo years after Hurricane Ike slammed into the Gulf Coast, the storm’s impact is still being evaluated. While officials have focused a great deal of effort on long-term protection from hurricanes, including a much-discussed “Ike Dike,” there has been too little discussion of short-term planning.On the storm’s anniversary, researchers and managers from public, private and academic institutions will gather at Rice University to discuss what has been learned in the years since Ike. The annual conference held by Rice’s Center for Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) will focus on strategies to help Gulf Coast communities respond rapidly to stem the devastation caused by storm surges and inland flooding.The conference will take place two years to the day after Ike’s Texas landfall on Sept. 13 at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. It will begin at 8:30 a.m., and end with a reception at 4:30 p.m.Speakers will include experts on storm surge, flood prediction, transportation systems, civil engineering, homeland security, flooding and storm mitigation, and structural and nonstructural strategies for protecting Galveston Bay.“Our research indicates that for capital-intensive structural solutions, it is clear that the community will be left vulnerable by the extended time it takes to design, fund, permit and construct such a major feature as the Ike Dike,” said Phil Bedient, director of the SSPEED Center and Rice’s Herman Brown Professor of Engineering. “There are better ways to address storm surge and inland flooding, such as a mix of structural and non-structural alternatives that can be employed in less time and at a lower cost.”SSPEED, Rice’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the office of the dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering are sponsors of the conference. The cost to attend is $50.For details on the conference and a list of speakers, go to http://hydrology.rice.edu/sspeed/sspeed_conference_2010/sspeed_about.html. Register at https://cohesion.rice.edu/Services/EventReg/?event=WHWL.last_img read more

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United States should execute new strategy toward Syria Baker Institute special report

first_imgShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduUnited States should execute new strategy toward Syria, Baker Institute special report saysHOUSTON – (March 20, 2013) – As Syria’s raging civil war approaches the two-year mark, the United States should prepare a more focused strategy that strengthens the moderate political forces in Syria and engages Syria’s regional and international stakeholders, according to a new special report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The report also recommends that U.S. strategy should buttress Syria’s neighbors, address the deepening humanitarian crisis and plans for a post-Assad Syria.The special report, “Syria at the Crossroads: United States Policy and Recommendations for the Way Forward,” was co-authored by Edward Djerejian, founding director of the Baker Institute and a former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel, and Andrew Bowen, the Baker Institute’s scholar for the Middle East. It highlights the deepening challenges Syria faces and provides substantive policy recommendations for the U.S. government in securing a multi-ethnic, democratic Syria.“Given the absence of a negotiated political settlement and the prolonged military stalemate on the ground, the U.S., engaging its partners in the international community, should act to preserve the multi-ethnic and multi-confessional nature of the Syrian state and help the Syrian people transition to a broadly representative government and a country at peace with its neighbors,” Djerejian said. “While a renewed U.S. and EU engagement with Russia is needed to help reach a political solution in Syria, immediate steps should be taken to support and to buttress both the moderate forces in Syria and Syria’s neighbors, who are vulnerable to the continued crisis.”The special report recommends that the U.S. should consider supplying military assistance to vetted leaders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in an effort to support the moderate opposition, protect Syrian civilians and abate extremists. In addition, the U.S., in conjunction with NATO, should form a joint special operations command in Turkey to monitor the distribution of this assistance and provide logistical support, communications and training to vetted commanders. “What is needed is to combine military assistance with a coordinated strategy of capacity building within the opposition, which can then have measurable results and importantly, not lead the U.S. into any overextended commitment,” Bowen said.“In taking these steps, the U.S. and international community can potentially create an opening for a political dialogue to bring an end to the civil war and to secure the territorial integrity of Syria,” Djerejian said. “As Syria faces this critical hour, American leadership is needed to prevent this state from collapsing in the heart of the Middle East and upending the stability of the region. An unstable Syria that becomes a base for extremism could eventually threaten U.S. national security interests.”The assessment and recommendations in this report were drawn primarily from extensive consultations that Djerejian and Bowen conducted both in Europe and the Middle East. Djerejian held discussions with the former and current U.N.-Arab League Special Envoys, Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi. Djerejian also traveled to Israel this past December to discuss the deepening crisis in Syria. During the fall of 2012, Bowen traveled to the U.K., France, Belgium, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt and held consultations with government ministers and advisers, U.S. government representatives, U.N. officials, former members of the Syrian political regime, the leadership of the Syrian National Coalition and other political opposition groups, members of the FSA and regional analysts and war correspondents.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Djerejian or Bowen, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“Syria at the Crossroads: United States Policy and Recommendations for the Way Forward” special paper: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/publications/BI-pub-SyriaReport-031813.pdf.Djerejian bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/edjerejian.Djerejian on Twitter: @EdwardDjerejian.Bowen bio: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/abowen.Bowen on Twitter: @abowen17.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.    FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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