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One of Britains greatest Paralympic athletes has

first_imgOne of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes has called on wheelchair-users to back a new push to transform wheelchair services across England.Retired Paralympic legend Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, now a crossbench peer, said that wheelchair-users had been fighting for more than 30 years for improvements to NHS wheelchair services, and were “really angry and want change”.She said: “Unless you have tried to get a wheelchair, you don’t know how hard it is.”She is heading the latest NHS initiative to secure improvements to wheelchair services, as chair of the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance, set up last November.She told Disability News Service (DNS): “If I can get 90 per cent of the people 90 per cent happy, it would be a huge result.”She said its profile within the NHS “needs to change”, because “this is a tiny part of their budget so it is not on their list of priorities”.She added: “If I could have 50 wheelchair-users saying, ‘We need change,’ that would be a massive step forward.“We need numbers of people having a voice and saying what they want to change, even emailing their MPs.“An MP is not going to know it is an issue if a lot of people haven’t told them. People tweeting and emailing about this would help a lot.”Baroness Grey-Thompson (pictured) pointed to the complexity of wheelchair services, with problems such as lengthy waiting-times, a postcode lottery in provision and different eligibility criteria.She said: “If you live one side of a border, they will buy you power-assisted wheels. On the other side of the border, they won’t.“I didn’t think it was going to be easy, but the fact that it is so different everywhere…”But she said that she would not have accepted the challenge if she did not think that wheelchair services could be improved.She said: “Are we going to revolutionise the whole of wheelchair services? Maybe not. But unless we make people feel ever so slightly uncomfortable about what is happening to disabled people right now, then we are not going to change anything at all.“We have just got to have a go to try and change it, but we need a lot of people arguing for change.”She had earlier told an audience at the Naidex 2015 independent living exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC that the motto of the alliance’s new campaign to secure change would be “right chair, right time, right now”.She said there was a need to persuade the NHS that the right wheelchair was “a necessity” and not a “luxury”, and that spending on wheelchair services should be a priority.She said: “If they don’t see it as a priority, we are not going to be able to bring about change.”The disabled peer suggested that it would be useful if there was a wheelchair-user “quite high up in decision-making” in the NHS who understood about the equipment itself, the “low-level discrimination” faced by wheelchair-users, the broken pavements they had to deal with every day, and “how all that fits together and that without the right wheelchair you are left at home with nowhere to go”.Baroness Grey-Thompson said the alliance would produce a short charter that describes “what we want wheelchair services to look like”, rather than a “120-page document that no-one is going to read and certainly no-one in government is going to read”.She also told the audience that it was “really difficult” to find out how much money was spent on wheelchairs every year by the NHS, and added: “There are lots of things we need to know in order to push the service on.”Dr Jeremy Gibson, a consultant who works for the NHS in rehabilitation medicine in Derby, told the audience that a typical experience would be for him to refer a patient to wheelchair services, only to see them for a follow-up appointment six months later and be informed by the patient that they had been told they would be getting their wheelchair “in a month or two”.He said: “This is just for a bog-standard wheelchair. I find it incredibly frustrating.“Sometimes I get so annoyed that I give my patients a phone number and tell them to phone every week until they get a wheelchair.”He told DNS afterwards that he had been working in rehabilitation medicine since 1999 and had not seen any improvements in wheelchair services in that time.He said: “Occupational therapists are really helpful, but somehow the system doesn’t work.”last_img read more

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Westminster is still fixated on The Independent Group: who will be next to join, could it succeed as a new party, what is its central message. We got a few insights yesterday at the press conference of the “three amigos” – former Conservatives Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry, who struck a remarkably jubilant tone (unlike the seven Labour splitters on Monday).As usual, Allen bemoaned the impact of austerity, which she voted for. Later, the MP said she only wanted “two or three” more Tory defections, otherwise there would be a general election. Similarly, Soubry confirmed she didn’t want a vote of no confidence in the government to take place. And the Broxtowe MP put a nail in the TIG coffin when she told journalists that the austerity inflicted by her government was “absolutely necessary”. Chris Leslie, meanwhile, revealed to The New Statesman that he is sceptical about cutting the top rate of tax and about scrapping tuition fees. Inspiring stuff.It’s clear that Soubry’s reasons for quitting her party centre on Brexit and immigration, which hardens the Independent Group as an anti-Brexit force. This pitch for the Remain ground makes some sense electorally, but will surely restrict the group’s size by putting off potential Labour defectors such as John Mann and Ian Austin, who are anti-Corbyn but pro-Brexit. And Soubry’s pro-austerity stance will put off voters. All of this hangs heavy over the group’s future as a new party.Nonetheless, Momentum has announced plans to hold mass canvassing sessions in the splitters’ seats. Even if no by-elections take place as the MPs refuse to stand down – a decision described by national coordinator Laura Parker as “unfair, undemocratic and dishonest” – a general election could well be on its way. And activists will be providing a public service by making sure constituents know their MP has left Labour to join a coalition with former Tories.Also preparing to win power, Jeremy Corbyn will meet EU leaders including negotiator Michel Barnier today. He is joined by Labour frontbenchers Keir Starmer, Shami Chakrabarti and Rebecca Long-Bailey. Ahead of the visit, Corbyn said: “Labour respects the result of the referendum, but we do not support the Prime Minister’s damaging approach.” He will presumably try to convince Barnier et al that there is a Commons majority for Labour’s plan, but not for ‘no deal’ nor Theresa May’s deal – which should be easy, as the EU already agrees.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Labour /Chris Leslie /Jeremy Corbyn /Momentum /Brexit /Heidi Allen /Anna Soubry /The Independence Group /last_img read more

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THE final match of the Headingley triple header sa

first_imgTHE final match of the Headingley triple header saw the Saints U18’s going into the game trying to salvage some pride for the Saints Academy system with all the other three teams having already been beaten by their Rhinos counterparts.But no-one should have worried as, despite fielding an inexperienced side, Derek Traynor’s boys did the Saints proud coming away with a fine 42-22 win.In a total turnaround to the previous action in the day it was the Rhinos who started nervously coughing up possession and the Saints punishing them roundly.Two good sets saw the Saints on the home side’s line when a neat grubber from Dom Speakman saw Corey Lee dive over for the first of his hat-trick.A knock on from the home side in Rhino’s territory led to a good drive from James Tilley and when the ball was spread right James Hill went in at the corner.Good defence on the line from Connor Dwyer and Callum Welsby saved a try only for Jordan O’Neill to drop the ball over the Rhinos line for what would have been Saints third try.The Rhinos big substitute prop, who caused problems for the Saints all day, then scored the first of his hat-trick after a Saints knock on.The Rhinos were on a roll and it took a fine tackle from Nathan Skupski and debutant Jamie Tracey to keep them out.Dom Speakman found himself in just the right place to accept a Rhino’s pass snuffing out the threat before starting back down the other end. Three tackles later and Corey Lee showed his pace running around and through the defensive line to score.The lead was pegged back with a piece of individual flare from the Rhino’s full back who regathered his own chip before passing out of the back of his hand to the supporting scrum half on the outside.There was still time for James Tilley to be held short of the line when a dive might have yielded the try.Having spotted a way back into the game the home side took it with a vengeance. Two tries to the rampaging prop completed his hat-trick and put the home side eight points up and seemingly in control.But that was as good as it got as the Saints dug deep, found their character and with Brad Ashurst and Connor Dwyer to the fore they turned the tide.Welsby and O’Neill both drove the ball deep before the ball found Jamie Tracey wide on the right for a well deserved try.The diminutive Lewis Sheridan then followed his own neat chip and helped Tilley force a repeat set with a good tackle in goal.From the drop out O’Neill charged to the line and Ashurst put the Saints back in front charging on to Welsby’s pass from dummy half for the score.That score was the turning point as the final 20 minutes were all Saints.Ashurst was again to the fore from the kick off and it was his pass to Dom Speakman that gave the scrum half the space to exploit. He went on a weaving run to the right before shooting a bullet pass out to Hill and the winger outpaced the cover for his second.Corey Lee got his third and Saints seventh after the impressive Tracey had got free down the right. His inside ball found the supporting Lewis Foster on the inside who in turn fed Lee to streak away to the posts.James Hill was denied his hat-trick by a forward pass before we were treated to a fabulous bit of Brazilian football Speakman-style. He chipped the defensive line and when the ball stood on its end flipping back over the defenders, he dribbled it on then with the outside of his boot “passed” it sideways to Hill. He took it on the flung a hopeful pass over the covering Rhinos player inside, Speakman hacked it on to the sticks only to see Foster streaking up to touch down at the posts for a great try.This was a victory steeped in character. To go behind at Headingley with a big home crowd at the Rhinos backs and then to come back in the manner that they did shows exactly what this team can do.There was a fine debut for Jamie Tracey, the back three of Dwyer, Tilley and Skupski were great and Corey Lee is elusive and has the pace to back it up. But none of that is possible without the organisation of Dom Speakman and the work of Brad Ashurst who was outstanding for every minute he was on the pitch.Match Summary:Leeds:Tries: Marcus Elliott, James Davies 3Goals: Marcus Elliott 3Saints:Tries: Corey Lee 3, James Hill 2, Jamie Tracey, Brad Ashurst, Lewis FosterGoals: Adam Barber 5Half Time: 14-10Full Time: 42-22Teams:Leeds:1. Josh Sunley, 2. Mo Agoro, 3. Henry Mingham, 4. James Duckworth, 5. Gerry Lee-Pierre, 6. Kyle Quinlan, 7. Marcus Elliott, 8. Mathew Blake, 9. Luke Teasdale, 10. Jay Leary, 11. Alex Foster, 12. George Clarke, 13. Colton Roche.Subs: 14. Ryan Smith, 15. Ben Finder, 16. Dan Patrice, 17. James Davies.Saints: 1. Corey Lee, 2. James Hill, 3. Jamie Tracey, 4. Adam Barber, 5. Leon Tatlock, 6. Jack Jones, 7. Dom Speakman, 8. Brad Ashurst, 9. Callum Welsby, 10. Jordan O’Neill, 11. Nathan Skupski, 12. James Tilley, 13. Connor Dwyer. Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. Adam Hesketh, 16. Chris Webster, 17. Lewis Sheridan.last_img read more

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JAMAHL Lolesi has been reflecting on events at the

first_imgJAMAHL Lolesi has been reflecting on events at the Saints as they prepare to face Wigan this Friday.He joins a set up that includes Sean Long and Derek Traynor who have been put in interim charge until a new coach is in place.“The events of the last couple of days have been sad and hard as KC is such a good person who has given 24 years of his life to the club. It was hard for everyone at the club, the chairman Eamonn McManus and Chief Exec Mike Rush.“Results haven’t been what we have wanted them to be – we haven’t been good enough and that includes myself and the playing group. No one was working harder than Kez to turn it around but it didn’t work out. We all have to take some responsibility for what happened over the course of the season.“The players were visibly upset but understand it is a business and the show must go on. We face a tough game on Friday.“I wouldn’t think they need any motivation for the game. They have always been good tussles. Our role is to make sure the players understand their roles and we give them a nice gameplan to go and get the win.“If I was playing I would have preferred to have a tough game after what has happened and Wigan, and then Cas, it doesn’t get any harder than that. It will be a good test of the squad and the players. We will get a look at who wants to stand up and fight for the badge.”He continued: “It is quite hard to change this things in a week. It’s unfair to say you can come in and play a totally different style. Changes like that don’t happen in a week. Myself, Sean and Derek are there to make sure they are focused on the game coming up. We want no confusion and a nice and simple gameplan which we can go out and try and execute the best we can.“We haven’t changed a whole lot, only a couple of things that will allow the guys to get more momentum coming out of the back end of the field – and get us up the other end and score some points.”Jamahl, Sean and Derek could be in the coaching role for the rest of the season as the club won’t be looking for a short term fix.The only appointment will be one for the longer term and not just for this season.Jamahl added: “We all bounce our ideas off each other. There are no disagreements; we just work with each other and try and figure out what is best for the squad. We have to play a style that suits the players we have and we might not figure that out in a week. It might take longer.“If you look at the season, the style didn’t have us off too many games. We were in a tight tussle in all of them but it might not have been good enough to win games, or for the standards at the club because of the success in the past. We can change it little bit but it won’t be a quick fix – it is something that needs to be done over a period of time.“Our job is to get the squad playing the best they can over the next couple of weeks or until the next man comes in.“It’s important not to lose sight of what we are trying to do as coaches. We are paid to make them play the best they can to win games and finals. If we are here for a week, two weeks or six months until a new guy comes in then the plan doesn’t change.“It is to get this group to play to a standard to win games and trophies. That is what we are trying to do as coaches.”Jamahl said that Sean Long will probably take more control over the attack given his experience as a half back whilst he will look at defence and bounce ideas around the coaching team.Derek Traynor will oversee that and Paul Wellens will be “another set of eyes in video review work and on the sidelines.”Saints take on Wigan this Friday at the DW Stadium (12:15pm) before hosting Castleford Tigers on Monday (3pm).Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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An inability to create pressure at the end of sets

first_imgAn inability to create pressure at the end of sets and the almost manic will to force the ball on first or second tackle meant the visitors started their sets in Saints territory far too often, writes Graham Henthorne.The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute after two successive penalties had piggybacked them into the Saints 10.They could and should have doubled their lead five minutes later but the pass was dropped.This spurred the Saints into 10 minutes of domination started by Faye Gaskin. On the last she chipped over the defensive line into space then put pressure onto the advancing full back regathering the knock-on.Unfortunately, the ball was knocked on two tackles later but the Saints had at least had the ball in the visitors half.A poor kick on the next set allowed the Saints to set up to score the try of the game. Good work by the pack, especially from Izzy Rudge down the left, put the Saints into the 20 metre area. On the last the ball was moved right where Zoe Harris and Naomi Williams both drew their opposite numbers putting Alex Simpson over in the corner.Against the stiff breeze Gaskins kick fell short but the scores were level.The Saints had their tails up and led by Lizzie Gladman were charging into the opposition.On the half hour the Saints took the lead through Jade Ward’s first try in the red vee.A big drive from Roxy Mura finished with her held up 10 metres from the left edge on the second, then Channy Crowl was held short on the third. From the play the ball Harris again took control passing the ball right to Ward who bobbled it before securing possession and touching down. Agonisingly Gaskin’s conversion hit the post.That was as good as it got for the Saints as a missed tackle down the middle allowed the visitors to retake the lead going into half time.The Saints started the second period big but Gaskin’s last tackle cross kick was missed by the Saints left edge but picked up and returned 60 metres. Gaskin showed the urgency and desire required by tracking back from the right to save the day down the Saints left flank.The Saints drew level with a Gaskin penalty on 56 minutes but it could have been so much better had Ward’s pass gone to a Saints hand on the previous set instead of being intercepted.The crucial try came on a chip on the last down the visitors left which Simpson failed to knock dead and was pounced on for the score.Entering the last quarter the Saints inability to respect possession again came to haunt them as they panicked a bit and pushed the pass too much with plenty of time left on the clock.Both matches against the visitors this year have been eminently winnable but on both occasion’s poor game sense has resulted in the Saints beating themselves.Crowl and Emily Rudge along with Gladman and Izzy Rudge off the bench ran hard. Harris and Gaskin tried to move the team about but too many had off days.Match Summary:St Helens: Tries: Alex Simpson (23), Jade Ward (29), . Goals: Faye Gaskin 1 from 3.Wigan: Tries: Michelle Davis (13), Sarah Harrison (33), Rachel Thomson (61). Goals: Michelle Davis 1 from 3.Half Time: 8-10 Full Time: 10-14Teams:Saints: 1. Becca Rotheram;2. Alex Simpson, 3. Naomi Williams, 4. Roxy Mura, 5. Leah Burke; 6. Zoe Harris, 7. Faye Gaskin; 8. Sarah Lovejoy, 9. Tara Jones (C), 10. Vicky Whitfield, 11. Jade Ward, 12. Emily Rudge, 13. Channy Crowl. Subs: 14. Pippa Birchall, 15. Isobell Rudge, 16. Lizzie Gladman, 21. Carys Marsh.Wigan: 1. Rebecca Greenfield; 20. Alison Burrows, 3. Rachel Thomson, 4. Georgia Wilson, 5. Michelle Davis; 6. Gemma Walsh, 9. Charlotte Foley; 19. Hannah Goodwin, 26. Claire Hall, 10. Joanne Aspin, 24. Vanessa Temple, 25. Amanda Sibbald, 7. Sarah Harrison. Subs: 8. Chloe Hammond, 16. Emma Dwyer, 22. Jade Gregory, 23. Lucy Baggaley.last_img read more

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Pender Co School Board member stepping down after nearly three decades

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After nearly three decades in office, a member of the Pender County School Board is stepping down.Katherine Herring announced today she will not seek reelection to the board. She was first elected in 1990.- Advertisement – “I would like to thank everyone for all the support they have given me over the years as a Pender County Board of Education member,” Herring said in a statement. “Since 1990 I have served the county with dignity and the assurance of providing our children the quality education they deserve. I pray future board members continue to provide equality and fairness to all Pender County Schools students and employees. Our children deserve the best and our employees deserve a good working environment with trusted leadership. These factors help to build the network of success in Pender County.”Herring last won election to a four-year term in 2014.“I have enjoyed my service to the children of this county and will continue to keep them in my prayers,” Herring said in her statement. “I will continue to work with the children as a servant of God and as a concerned Pender County citizen. Thank you again for all your support. May God bless each of you and God bless the children.”Related Article: GOP leader McConnell says ‘case closed’ on Mueller probeCandidate filing for the 2018 elections runs Feb. 12-28.last_img read more

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Deputies Mother turns herself in after taking child from Hampstead home

first_imgAshley Marie Canady and Atreyu Canady (Photo: PCSO) UPDATE: The mother has turned herself into the authorities in Fayetteville. The child has been found and is safe.PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a child who was taken from his Hampstead home last night.- Advertisement – Atreyu Canady, 12, was taken from his home on Leeward Lane in Hampstead around 11 p.m. by his biological mom who doesn’t have custody.Deputies say Canady was last seen wearing a black in color zippered hoodie with the word Vans in white lettering. He had on a pair unknown color athletic shorts and a pair of all black in color Nike Air Jordan tennis shoes.Canady is a white male, approximately 5’ tall and weighing 130 lbs. He has Blue or Hazel colored eyes and Brown hair.Canady is with Ashley Marie Canady and may be en-route to Fayetteville or Charlotte areas.Canady is operating a Dark Blue 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 4 door bearing NC registration FBM-7409. Canady may currently have blonde hair.last_img read more

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Facebook tool helps charities find evacuees who need help

first_imgRobeson County, NC on Sept. 27, 2018 after getting hit by Hurricane Florence. (Photo: Rodd Baxley) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — During a disaster like Hurricane Florence, many emergency responders need to pinpoint the trouble spots so they can rescue people. For others, it’s more important to know where evacuees fled to escape the danger.Some of those charities are using a disaster mapping tool recently developed by Facebook to help do that in North Carolina. The tool provides anonymous data to show locations that are shedding people and those that are gaining them. It tracks the movements of groups, but not individuals.- Advertisement – A nonprofit called Direct Relief provides medicine and supplies to health centers that serve the poor. Direct Relief uses the data to anticipate which community health centers will get more evacuees and what their medical needs will be.A spokeswoman says Facebook provides the information at no charge.last_img read more

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Michael forces some flight cancellations delays at ILM

first_imgAmerican Airlines jets on the runway at Wilmington International Airport. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Michael brought some wind and rain to the area which has forced some flights to be canceled or delayed at Wilmington International Airport.A handful of flights were canceled Thursday as the main impact from Michael was felt in the Cape Fear.- Advertisement – According to Deputy Airport Director Gary Broughton, American has canceled their first three departures to Charlotte, Philadelphia, and LaGuardia Friday. That means American’s first departure will be at 7:09 a.m. to Charlotte. After that, they are running a normal schedule.Delta Airlines and United Airlines both reportedly running a normal schedule Friday.The latest on ILM’s arrivals and departures.last_img read more

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Teacher of the Week pursues passion for teaching during his golden years

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you think you’re too old to pursue your lifelong passion, meet Phil Mansfield. He’s a teacher assistant at Walter L. Parsley Elementary School in Wilmington.“Its the chapter I always thought I would write but I just waited a while to write it,” Mansfield said. “Sometimes, careers get in the way and mine certainly did for a while.”- Advertisement – Mansfield retired four years ago after a long career as a car salesman which spanned more than 30 years. Following his retirement, he soon realized he needed to find something constructive to do to fill his time and he decided to pursue his lifelong passion to teach.“I thought I would be a coach and a teacher when I was going through school like so many of these kids and [I] just went down a different path,” he said.He took a class at Cape Fear Community College to be certified as a teacher assistant and then applied for a job at Walter L. Parsley Elementary School, where his own children attended many years ago.Related Article: Teacher uses real-life problems to introduce math concepts to students“I feel like its more of a retirement in some ways because I get to spend time with these kids and they keep me young and up to date,” he said.Mansfield works in a classroom with at least three other teacher assistants who provide one-on-one instruction to children with special needs.“Every day can be a challenge to some extent,” he said. “We have kids you don’t know what they’re going to bring to the table, but they give us joy and so much of the things they accomplish and sometimes its the little things.”Trying to determine what each students needs, is like putting together a puzzle.“At times, you feel like that may be part of it, makes you wonder what piece of the puzzle are they missing and you want to help them find it,” he said. “Some days we do, some days you wonder what you could have done different.”So why did he trade retirement during his golden years to pursue a second career teaching?“I think my faith in God, my family, the belief that children are our future no matter what that child is and they bring a lot to the table, every day is a joy to be able to get up and come to work with them,” he said.Dr. Robin Hamilton is the principal of the school. She says providing a high level of instruction for all children regardless of any physical or mental challenges they face is important.“It gives so much assurance to a parent to be able to know your child has a specific medical need and then you can send them to school and you know the person with them has been working with them for several years,” she said.She says they’re glad to have Mansfield serving on staff at the school.“He is a part of our community and we are so glad he’s here and part of our team,” she said.Mansfield says he even rides his bike to work some days and that its rewarding to have a place to go where he knows he’s making a difference.“I think its what keeps us all going in some ways, you’ve got to have… a purpose and this is my purpose right now.”He’s a man not only with a purpose, but a big heart for helping the students kids in his class achieve their personal best.Because of his dedication to the students at this school, we’re delighted to feature him as WWAY and Mattress and Furniture Liquidators’ ‘Teacher of the Week.’If you would like to nominate someone for Teacher of the Week, click here. Each week’s winner receives a $100 gift card.last_img read more

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DMV express services available at the Azalea Festival

first_imgDepartment of Transportation encourages NC residents to obtain Real ID. (Photo: WTVD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People heading to the North Carolina Azalea Festival on Saturday will be able to receive express driver license services from the NC Division of Motor Vehicles.NCDMV will park their 40-foot mobile driver license office in front of the U.S. Post Office on Front Street in Wilmington to provide REAL ID license and identification card services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.- Advertisement – On Saturday and Sunday, NCDMV examiners, staff from vehicle services and License and Theft Bureau inspectors will be available at the festival to answer questions about driver licenses, vehicle registrations and titles. The staff will also help citizens learn how to skip the trip to the NCDMV by using the NCDMV’s online services. Staff will also inform people of how they can get their REAL IDs.Starting in October 2020, people will be required to have a REAL ID or valid U.S. passport for flying, entering federal facilities and visiting military installations. Some military installations already require a REAL ID.Anyone with an expiration date before Oct. 6 is eligible to renew their driver license or ID card now. To obtain a REAL ID, residents will need to bring the following documents (no photocopies) to the driver license office:One (1) proof of identity/date of birth: certified birth certificate or unexpired U.S. passportOne (1) proof of full Social Security Number: Social Security card, W-2 or 1099Two (2) proofs of current physical address: driver license, vehicle registration card, voter registration card, utility bill, cable bill, bank statementProof of name change (if applicable): certified marriage license, divorce decree and/or court document indicating the name change (number of documents depend on number of name changes)Related Article: Insulation under car sparks suspicious package call at CostcoAdditional documents are available at NCREALID.gov.NCDMV officials encourage residents to double-check their documents before arriving at any driver license office for a service. Photocopies of certified birth certificates, Social Security cards and marriage licenses or divorce decrees will not be accepted. NCDMV only accepts certified birth certificates and marriage licenses issued by a county Register of Deeds or state vital records office.Since March 2, NCDMV has provided additional opportunities for residents to obtain N.C. REAL IDs quicker through REAL ID Express Days held in select cities across the state. More than 1,600 REAL IDs have been issued during REAL ID Days in Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Kernersville. The next REAL ID Express Day will be held in Raleigh on April 13.More than 1 million North Carolinians have obtained a REAL ID since its debut in May 2017.Residents who visit the NCDMV booth at this weekend’s Azalea Festival will also be able to learn about Donate Life and the NC Moves 2050 project that develops North Carolina’s long-range multimodal transportation plan.More information on the NCDMV Mobile Offices, including a schedule of stops, is available at MyNCDMV.gov.last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi files election candidacy from Indias south in bid to stop

first_img SharePrint WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img Rahul Gandhi, President of India’s main opposition Congress party, and his sister a leader of Congress party Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, wave to their supporters after Rahul filed his nomination papers for the general election, in Wayanad in the southern state of Kerala, India, April 4, 2019. REUTERS/StringerRahul Gandhi, President of India’s main opposition Congress party, and his sister a leader of Congress party Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, wave to their supporters after Rahul filed his nomination papers for the general election, in Wayanad in the southern state of Kerala, India, April 4, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi filed his papers on Thursday to run for parliament from a southern constituency, aiming to strengthen his Congress party’s prospects in a region where the ruling Hindu nationalists have a limited presence.Although surveys show Congress is trailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the elections that begin next Thursday, the race is tightening.Gandhi, the fourth generation of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for much of its history since independence from Britain in 1947, picked Wayanad in Kerala as his second constituency, in addition to the family borough in the north.“I am here to send a message that south India is important,” he told reporters as thousands of party members lined the streets of the small town in welcome.Modi’s BJP has its core base of voters in India’s north and west, playing second fiddle to regional parties across the south, except for Karnataka, home to the technology hub of Bangalore.But the party has been trying build its presence in the region, especially Kerala, where the Congress and a communist party are the main players, and where Gandhi is looking to galvanise party workers through his candidacy.He was accompanied by his sister, the charismatic Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who plunged into active politics in January in another move Congress hopes will add momentum to its campaign.Gandhi said his candidacy emphasised the unity of India and contrasted with the Hindu-first vision of the nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that Modi was tied to.“There is a feeling in south India that the way the government, RSS and Narendra Modi are working… many people in the country feel that their culture, language and history are under attack,” he added.Kerala has a significant population of Muslims and Christians in a predominantly Hindu India. Muslims form nearly 27 percent of the state’s population of about 33.4 million, and Christians roughly 18 percent, census figures show.Congress has accused Modi and aligned right wing groups of pursuing a partisan agenda of attacking Muslims and changing school textbooks in efforts to shape the national identity to reflect their view, that India is a nation of, and for, Hindus.The BJP denies bias against Muslims, but says it opposes appeasement of any community. Muslims account for 14 percent of India’s population of more than 1.2 billion, which is almost 80 percent Hindu, census data shows.Gandhi is also running from Amethi, in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, which sent his father, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi to parliament, as well as his grandmother Indira Gandhi, another former prime minister.Indian election rules allow candidates to run for more than one seat in parliament. But the BJP was quick to attack Gandhi for running in two constituencies, saying he was not sure he would win.However, Modi himself ran from two constituencies in the 2014 election, Varanasi in the north and Vadodara in his western home state of Gujarat, carrying both.last_img read more

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Expolice sergeant fined €10000 for supplying images of police reports

first_imgLuke Zerafa Luke Zerafa A magistrate has fined a police sergeant €10,000 for supplying sensitive information from police computer systems, which ended up on murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s blog.PC Roderick Sammut was obtaining information from the police computer systems in Qormi police station between June and August 2017, and subsequently passing this on to a third party.This was particularly prevalent when it emerged that information had been supplied about the PN Leader Adrian Delia.Sammut is understood to have taken pictures of the police reports which were sent as Whatsapp messages.When the images were compared with those found on the ‘Running Commentary’ blog, it was determined that they were identical to those found on Sammut’s phone.In deciding the punishment for the crime, it was agreed to fine PC Sammut given his esteemed record with the Police Force.Sammut was fined € 10,000 and his phone was confiscated.Inspector Justin Camilleri led the prosecution, Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech oversaw the case.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Windows Phone Mango Can it Really Compete

first_imgAdvertisement This fall, Microsoft will release its first major update for Windows Phone, bringing more than 500 new features to the OS. Known up till now as Mango, the update will formally go by the name of Windows Phone 7.5; it focuses on improving three key areas: communications, apps, and Internet.We got a brief look at some of the enhancements during a preview event in late May, but recently, Microsoft gave us a chance to dive deeper into Mango with a technical preview of the OS. Since the software wasn’t final, we weren’t able to test out everything, but below you’ll find our hands-on impressions of some of the more major features you can expect from Windows Phone 7.5. (To see our final thoughts, skip to the end.)Contacts – Advertisement – When developing Windows Phone 7.5, one of Microsoft’s main goals was to deliver an experience that was “smarter and easier.” In the area of communications, this meant offering a simpler way to connect with contacts and share information, and part of the solution was to add support for group contacts and dynamic live tiles.Group contacts is pretty straightforward. Setup simply requires going into the People hub, tapping the + icon, and following the prompts to create a group. Once saved, you can e-mail and text all the members of the group. What’s even nicer is that group contacts allows you to see the status updates and photos of just those members in the group and not everyone in your entire address book, so it acts as a great filter if you have a large number of friends in Facebook.Like an individual contact, you can pin a group to the Start screen for easy access, and with Mango, you’ll be able to see more real-time information in these tiles. So, for example if you pin a contact to the Start screen you can see the contact’s real-time status updates or any notifications, such as a missed call or message from that person. The tile is much more useful in that sense and no longer serves just as a shortcut to an individual’s contact card.The enhanced features also extends to the Me tile (your profile), where you can now post a message, check in to places, see notifications, and set your chat status, instead of only seeing what’s new in your profile. It’s a welcome addition but more than contacts, we’re excited that developers will also be able to tap into the new dynamic tiles for their apps.A couple of final notes about contact and social networking in Mango: Facebook support has expanded to include check-ins and integration of Face book events into the phone’s calendar. Also, Windows Phone will finally fold in Twitter and LinkedIn into the People hub once Mango is released this fall. This was one of the features that wasn’t enabled for our technical preview, so we weren’t able to take it out for a test-drive. However, we’re told by Microsoft that the integration will work much like Facebook, where you can see and respond to your contacts’ tweets and LinkedIn updates in the What’s new section of the People hub.Messaging Windows Phone 7.5 addresses a couple of issues we had with the platform’s handling of e-mail and messaging in the original release. The first is the addition of conversation view. E-mail threads are now grouped together, so you no longer have to scroll through every single message trying to find a response. Each thread is clearly marked and shows the number of messages in the thread and the number of unread messages. Expanding and collapsing the conversation is done with single touch–very simple, very clean.Threaded view is carried over to text and instant messages as well. You can see all messages sent to a contact in a single thread, whether the message was a text, MMS, or an IM from Windows Live or Facebook chat. Microsoft says you can even start a thread on your PC and then switch over to your phone and continue the conversation choosing a method of your choice. The setup process should be seamless and automated when Mango is released, but again, since we weren’t given final software, we had to manually sync our Facebook account. Even then, we had to wait a few hours for our contacts to sync in order to use Facebook chat.A unified inbox also makes its debut on Mango. This certainly isn’t new to other platforms, but it’s appreciated nonetheless. Microsoft allows you to choose which accounts you want to link together, so if you prefer to keep your work e-mail separate from your personal e-mail, you have the freedom to do so. That said, there isn’t an easy way to identify which message came from which account, unlike Android where it color codes messages by account. It’s a small point of contention, but we wouldn’t mind seeing that added in the future.There is added Exchange support, including the ability to search for e-mails on the server, out-of-office reply setup, to-do list syncing, and PIN support. All that said, Microsoft has not changed its policy on direct Outlook sync, so if you’re not connected via Exchange ActiveSync, you must sync through the cloud (via Windows Live/Hotmail) in order to get your calendar and contacts synced to the phone.AppsMicrosoft’s 18,000 apps can’t possibly compete against much larger markets like Android’s 200,000 titles and Apple’s reportedly 500,000 apps. Instead, Microsoft wants to better integrate your apps into other areas of the phone.For example, app suggestions will now pop up in Bing search results when you search for places, movies, or products, like books. This happens two ways. In the first scenario, you swipe to the new “apps” section (Microsoft calls them “pivots”) to see a list of compatible apps, like those for Amazon or Best Buy if it’s a product, or for Open Table or Yelp if it’s a restaurant. In addition to finding information online, you can also open the related apps from the Bing results Apps menu. In the second scenario–the two can occur alongside each other–Bing suggests a relevant app that you don’t have at the top of the results, with an option to download it.Windows Phone Mango Part 2: Apps We give Microsoft points for the novel concept, but because this is a limited technical preview, it was hard to put into action. For the suggestions to appear, application publishers need to take advantage of Microsoft ‘s API, called App Connect. Unfortunately, while we can see an example of the app suggestions at the top of the Bing results page (to download the IMDb app), Bing’s new Apps section won’t be able to show us related apps we do have, certainly not until those third-party publishers make their apps Mango-friendly. So although it works in theory, we have yet to see the feature’s nuances play out in practice.Bing isn’t the only place where apps will appear in Windows Phone 7.5. They’ll also surface as separate sections in the Music + Video and Photo hubs as well. For instance, we were able to launch AT&T Radio from the Apps pivot in the Music Hub.Hopefully the concept will live up to the promise, but there are still some unanswered questions, like how many suggestions you’ll see in the Bing results at a given time, and if you’ll be able to manage the list of apps from the dedicated Apps pivot page. Although Microsoft has released beta tools, the final developer tools are still in production, so we’ll have to reserve our final critique until the real deal arrives. What we do know is that App Connect for Places and Movies will be limited to the U.S. for now, and results for Products will be available for just the U.S., U.K., and France until further notice.Bing (Local, Vision, Music ID)Bing is home to some of Mango’s most interesting new features. The Windows Phone 7.5 update gives it an additional menu, and four new icons along the bottom: Local Scout, music search, Bing Vision, and voice search (this already existed in Windows Phone 7, but is highlighted now).Local Scout channels Yelp and other restaurant and business databases to serve up dining, events, and retail stores in your immediate area. Tap the sliver of a map above to expand it and plot your course. The map hooks into reviews, events, and details of the establishment. Scout is a fine idea that seemed to suffer some hiccups during our tests. It was slow to load at times, and although we later discovered filters for ratings and distance, the feature was hidden and unintuitive (we even mentioned it twice before Microsoft told us filters existed). We’d also like to see other management options that take you beyond the 20 listed results.Bing Vision, conceptually one of Mango’s most exciting additions, is a visual search app that mashes up traditional bar code readers with image-identification software. Press the eye-shaped button and move the phone so the entire bar code, QR code, Microsoft tag, book, magazine, poster, DVD, or CD fills the view finder. Without pressing a single other button, Bing Vision will return search results that you can drill into. It will also scan text that you can opt to translate into a number of languages. Bar code scanning will work for U.S. items only, and text translation won’t work in all regions.As with Local Scout, Bing Vision needs some work done for it to live up to its considerable promise. Search success was hit or miss. The database didn’t match to a new hardback that’s being aggressively promoted in book stores, though it did register the bar code and it did succeed in identifying some other books. It also didn’t recognize any of the common magazines we tried scanning (including Wired, Scientific American, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek), serving up a Not Found message. Translation worked well enough, but the software rarely captured the entire text. We’d also like the option of setting a default translation language for longer-term translation requests.Bing in Windows Phone 7.5 MangoBing’s new music identification feature is also neat. Like Shazam and other music ID apps, if you launch itwhile next to a source of recorded music (tunes playing through Google Music on our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in this case), the Redmond-built Bing tool will attempt to identify the song title and cover art, giving you the option to open the record in the Marketplace app.We experienced some problems in this camp, too. An incoming meeting notification killed the listening feature, and the app didn’t recognize everything we threw its way. At times, it didn’t always have a Marketplace record for every identified song.Music + Video One of the things we love most about Windows Phone is the Zune integration, and it only gets better with Mango. There’s a new feature called Smart DJ that creates a playlist similar to the artist, song, or album you’re currently listening to using the content available on your phone.If you happen to be a Zune Pass subscriber, Smart DJ will expand its search to the Marketplace and include content from there when creating a playlist. You can even save playlists and share them with friends via e-mail. We can’t say we always agreed with the grouping of artists or songs, but it’s still a great source of entertainment, and a fantastic way to discover new music and artists.Podcast lovers will be happy to hear that Windows Phone 7.5 brings the ability to browse, download, and subscribe to podcasts right from your phone, instead of having to first connect to your computer and Zune software. To do so, simply go to the Marketplace under Music + Video and then select Podcast. You can search by genre, top or feature podcasts, or simply by entering a specific title. If a call comes in while listening to a podcast, it will hold its place and resume once you hang up the phone.The video player also now offers a way to skip ahead or go back to any point in the clip.Voice-to-textThe first thing we noticed about the enhanced voice-to-text app is that the voice software, powered by Microsoft’s TellMe division, sounds slightly less robotic when it confirms our voice prompts to open apps and launch Web searches. Although Microsoft is pushing these features to reviewers, this variety of prompts already existed.Composing a text message and instant message with just your voice is a new Mango feature, but accuracy was only so-so. Punctuation and capitalization are absent, and formatting was often bizarre, with spaces between a word and a contraction. The voice-to-text software will work in a pinch for hands-free texting, but it isn’t the most satisfying implementation, mostly because humans are still much more accurate than computers at transcription. Press and hold the Home button to get started.Being able to hear incoming messages read aloud makes the feature truly hands-free when you combine it with voice-triggered texting. In the Settings, you can choose how and when you want them read, like through Bluetooth, wired headsets, or both.Rival software vendors create apps for voice prompts, too. Many are built into the system software like this one is, and we’re always glad to see seamless integration here, especially since Microsoft wholly owns and develops the TellMe software after acquiring it in 2007.Multitasking in Mango.Like the other mobile platforms, Windows Phone 7 runs multiple system programs simultaneously, but it won’t be until Mango that you’ll be able to seamlessly switch among open programs. To switch, just press and hold on the Back (arrow) touch-sensitive button beneath the screen. The program you’re in will shrink to a thumbnail size, and you’ll be able to swipe left and right to see thumbnails of other open programs. You can open any other by tapping it; Mango will keep your place so you won’t have to reload every time you leave and return to the app.While it’s technically more accurate to call it app-switching than multitasking, we’re glad that Microsoft is taking a cue from rival platforms and adding this useful, easily used feature.Internet Explorer 9The differences in Internet Explorer are more subtle than those found in other new and enhanced Mango features. Microsoft tinkered the interface a tad, moving the address bar to the bottom of the screen, for example, and hiding certain icons to increase page real estate.More importantly, however, is that this version is based on IE9, rather than the IE7 bedrock of the previous OS release. Hardware acceleration (powered by the GPU) is touted to help Internet Explorer render content faster and more efficiently. Behind the scenes, there’s support for the HTML5 Web standard (but not for Flash or Microsoft’s Silverlight). Indeed, the Samsung Focus with Mango loaded graphically rich pages significantly faster than the original Samsung Focus we placed right beside it in simultaneous tests (both phones were also on the same Wi-Fi network).Another welcome addition is the ability to share content from the browser with social networks like Twitter and Facebook; before you could share via e-mail or texting. We were able to post messages to Facebook this way; they took just a minute to appear.Protected browsing mode and new “hang” protection were two other features Microsoft has added behind the scenes, but we were unable to test their efficacy.Office Hub Microsoft teased some of the new business features of Mango early on, and there is quite a bit of added functionality in the Office hub. This includes the ability to share and store documents through Office 365 and Windows Live SkyDrive cloud services and a new locations pane to access documents from various locations (SkyDrive, Office 365, SharePoint, and so forth). At launch, Microsoft will also make available a Lync app in the Windows Marketplace that allows for meetings and instant messaging capabilities across companies.Xbox Live The Xbox Live experience is set to get richer and more connected with Windows Phone 7.5. Currently, you have to download the Xbox Live Extras pack from the Marketplace in order to customize your 3D avatar, track achievements, and connect with friends. However, this will all be available to the user from the get-go with Mango. A more visually appealing and descriptive Spotlight section in the Xbox Live hub and improved Marketplace also makes it easier to discover and search for games.MarketplaceThe Windows Phone app Marketplace also gets a little face-lift in Mango, in the form of search suggestions for apps and games, music, and podcasts when you first begin typing. It also adds a new soft-key search button to make it easier to search within categories. Search results will now be organized by type (music, podcasts, etc.) on separate pivot screens. If you search from one of the narrowed-down categories to begin with, you’ll see results for just that category, not for all content.Microsoft earns some better-late-than-never credit for its plans to overhaul its first-generation Marketplace Web site with a version that will let you buy and download games from your computer to your Windows phone. We still don’t have details beyond the continued promise that the revamp is set for the fall release. We’ll revisit just how seamless it is to use and navigate when the feature debuts.Final thoughtsWindows Phone 7.5 Mango is a work in progress, and that’s not to Microsoft’s detriment (yet) since this is a preview and not the final release. The features aren’t necessarily new, but Microsoft’s approach embraces the company’s idea of the smartphone as more than just an app launcher, and instead as a device that fluidly takes a task, a game, or any other experience from start to finish. From our vantage point, both the incremental and more ambitious changes are fairly successful at doing this. However, some of Mango’s features are so zealous that the gaps and inconsistencies tend to seem glaring. Never mind that similar features and services on other mobile platforms usually perform about the same, with mirrored mistakes, but with Microsoft trailing Android and iPhone, critical eyes are especially sharp.Part of Microsoft’s challenge is getting customers to see Mango’s smart integration as a new way, one that gives them an edge over the status quo–this has been one of its biggest trouble spots from the get-go. Bright ideas like app integration, Bing Vision, and voice-to-text don’t and should not paper over the weak points like inconsistent search results. We hope Microsoft inspects and overcomes every flaw we found. Taken as a whole, however, Mango is a satisfying upgrade from the original Windows Phone OS, and one that brings the platform closer to the competition.As it stands, there’s a lot to like in Mango, and we remain cautiously optimistic about Microsoft’s mobile prospects. For its part, Microsoft will need to continue bulking up the features, wooing developers, educating consumers, and thinking outside of the box–posthaste.www.cnet.comlast_img read more

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Twitter cofounder Biz Stone leaves company

first_imgAdvertisement During this time—especially lately, it has come to my attention that the Twitter crew and its leadership team have grown incredibly productive. I’ve decided that the most effective use of my time is to get out of the way until I’m called upon to be of some specific use.”Stone’s departure is the latest in several management shake-ups at the microblogging company, which has a valuation of $7.7bn and celebrated its fifth birthday earlier this year.In March Dorsey returned to Twitter in a full time position leading the site’s product development, having been a part time chairman for several years. He directly replaced Williams, who had already stood down last year from the chief executive role to make room for the current chief Dick Costolo. – Advertisement – From March onwards Williams has had no daily involvement with Twitter as a business, but remains on the company’s board.Stone’s exit sees him assume the same position as Williams.“My plan is to take a bit more time to focus on helping schools, nonprofits, and company advisory boards as well as The Biz and Livia Stone Foundation. I’ll still commit part of my time to hands on help with Twitter wherever and whenever I can be of assistance,” he wrote.Williams and Stone are also rejoining forces with Jason Goldman, one of Twitter’s former product engineers, to reform ‘The Obvious Corporation’, which was the name of Twitter’s original parent company.Stone said of the reformed company: “Our plan is to develop new projects and work on solving big problems aligned along a simple mission statement: The Obvious Corporation develops systems that help people work together to improve the world.”However, he did not expand upon what particular projects the company will look to create or invest in.Earlier this year The Huffington Post hired Stone to head up its ‘social impact strategy’.He has been tasked with developing a platform for the AOL-owned site to help people share their work in their local community and is also going to create a video series focused on companies and executives who are at the ‘forefront of philanthropy and corporate responsibility’.Source: The telegraphlast_img read more

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Airtel appoints Christopher Kassami as Board Chairman for its Uganda operations

first_imgAdvertisement Mr. Christopher KassamiBharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the appointment of Mr. Christopher Kassami as Board Chairman for Airtel’s operations in Uganda.Speaking on the appointment, David Ssegawa, the Chief Human Resources Officer, Airtel Africa, said: “I am delighted with Mr. Kassami’s appointment. Mr. Kassami has worked in the Ugandan public service for the past  41 years and has an exceptional track record of accomplishments. I am confident that with his vast experience, he will guide our organization in the right direction.”Mr. Kassami started his career as an economist and rose up to the level of Permanent Secretary in 1991.  For the last 15 years, he has served as a Permanent Secretary for various Ministries, such as the ministry of Education, the ministry of Planning and Economic development, among others. – Advertisement – While at the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, he started the Road Formation Unit (RAFU), which is the precursor of the Road Agency. Mr. Kassami has also chaired the Road Sector Coordination Committee..Mr. Jayant Khosla, CEO (Airtel Africa Anglophone Region), commented: “Airtel is committed to Uganda and is here for the long term. I firmly believe in the continued growth of our Uganda operations and am confident that the team, under Mr. Kassami’s strategic guidance, will continue to deliver innovative and best-in-class mobile services to our customers.”Mr. Khosla added, “We also welcome Warid customers to the Airtel global network and assure them of a world-class experience. This acquisition will create a superior and wider network and we will invest more in key areas such as technological innovation and customer service. Further, the existing Warid customer will also take advantage of all Airtel services such as the widest 3G coverage, Blackberry services and a superior roaming service.”With presence across 17 African countries, Airtel is the largest telecom service provider across the Continent in terms of geographical reach and had over 63.7 million customers at the end of quarter ended March 31, 2013. Globally, Airtel is ranked as the 4th largest mobile services provider in terms of customer base.last_img read more

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Tigo Rwanda launches TV streaming service

first_imgAdvertisement Tigo Rwanda has announced an exclusive partnership with iROKOtv, which is the largest legal distributor of African movies.Under the agreement, iROKOtv  will provide a subscription-based digital entertainment service for Tigo 4G wireless customers.Subscribers will have unlimited access to IROKOtv’s Video on Demand archive. – Advertisement – The streaming service was  launched at the same time with TIGO’s 4G LTE internet service.Prepaid customers will part with Rwf 20,000 monthly for two gigabytes (GB) of internet data while the postpaid clients will be paying Rwf 50,000 and Rwf 215,000 for 4.5 GB and 20 GB respectively.The 4G technology was commercially launched in October last year through a private public partnership between government and Korea Telecom (KT) to deploy a high-speed 4G broadband network covering 95 per cent of Rwandans in three years.Subscribers can sign up for 4G services at iROKOtv at Tigo’s Kigali City Tower service centre.last_img read more

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Official Samsung to Unveil the Samsung Note 7 on August 2

first_imgSamsung Note 7 unpacked invite. Advertisement Three-weeks from now, South Korean tech firm, Samsung Corp. will be unpacking its latest phablet flagship Note-series, the “Samsung Note 7” on August 2 at an event in New York at 11:00 am EDT (6:00 pm East African Time).According to Zdnet, the company on Tuesday sent out invites for an August 2 launch event, and it actually named the device. To align the new Note with the other Galaxy devices, the company has skipped the number six this year.However, we’ve probably seen leaked images of the Note-7 all around the web, its specs, and other possible features, but we’ve to wait a bit longer to see what the company will server us on the table.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The Note 7 will have a S Pen and large display, perfect for the enterprise market.Samsung Note 7 unpacked will be on August 2, 2016.According to the statement, the company issued out today say:“With added functionality of the S Pen and large screen, the Galaxy Note 7 is a powerful instrument for achievement and self-expression, and is made for those who want to get the most from their phones – and their lives. Galaxy Note 7 will help people do more in work, at home and everywhere in between. We can’t wait to tell you more about it!”“First and foremost though, you might be curious as to why it’s called Galaxy Note 7 instead of Galaxy Note 6. There are a couple reasons why. First, the Galaxy Note 7 will  complement our Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and unify our product portfolio. Second, the Galaxy Note 7 will minimize confusion about the latest mobile technology from Samsung, and provide full alignment with Galaxy S smartphone.”The Galaxy Note 7 to be unveiled in August will have upgraded software and “significantly improved” note features, Samsung Mobile Chief, DJ Koh confirms.last_img read more

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Microsoft reveals the Xbox One X will deliver 4K Gaming coming November

first_imgAdvertisement One year after Project Scorpio was announced at E3, Microsoft finally revealed that the new Xbox One X is coming out on November 7. The system will cost $500 roughly UgX. 1,795,000.The design is similar to the Xbox One S, but shinier and even smaller, Microsoft says that the One X is the smallest Xbox ever made.When you pick it up, all of your Xbox One accessories will work with the new console. The Xbox One X also comes with additional features such as Dolby Atmos, a 4K Blu-ray player, and supersampling technology to bring your 1080p games to 4K resolution. – Advertisement – Inside, it features a 1.172 GHz GPU with 6 teraflops. 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a memory bandwidth of 326 GB/s. The 16nm CPU features seven billion transistors with a 384-bit wide memory bus.In terms of cooling it features a “liquid-cooled vapor chamber.”  In comparison, PlayStation 4 Pro’s GPU can provide 4.2 teraflops, has 8 GB of GDDR5 of memory, and 218 GB/s memory bandwidth. Watch the space for more details after its launch.Credit: TomsGuide[related-posts]last_img read more

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Sim Box Fraud Convict Sentenced to 12 Months Imprisonment

first_imgKasule (L) has been sentenced to 12 months in Jail (Courtesy Photo) Advertisement Buganda Road Court Magistrate Eremye Mawanda has Friday June 16th sentenced Geoffrey Kasule to 12 months in Jail over sim box fraud against Airtel Uganda.Kasule, 30, was convicted of three cases including Unauthorised use of interception of computer services contrary to Section 15 of the Computer Misuse Act, Electronic Fraud contrary to Section 19 of the Computer Misuse Act, and Establishing, operating and providing telecommunications services without a licence from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) contrary to Sections 78 and 22 of the UCC Act 2013.While appearing in court on June 8th, the accused pleaded guilty to all the counts and he was convicted on his own plea of guilty. – Advertisement – State had prayed that court gives the accused a constraining sentence although the accused’s defence lawyers submitted that the accused was a first-time offender and, by pleading guilty, had saved court time.[related-posts]Unauthorised use of interception of computer services attracts life imprisonment while Electronic Fraud attracts fifteen years’ imprisonment.Magistrate Mawanda however made a decision to sentence the accused to 12 months on each counts, which sentences he will serve concurrently.Kasule was arrested together with five others in an operation by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Airtel Uganda and the Police. His other counterparts were however released on bail.Kasule (L) has been sentenced to 12 months in Jail (Courtesy Photo)The operation was mounted after a tipoff by Airtel officials who had intercepted an uncharacteristic call from United Kingdom to Uganda.The call, on the receiver’s handset, indicated a local dialing code yet the caller was abroad and their phones were not roaming.This is the first time such a case is appearing in Uganda.last_img read more