first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A second national disability charity has joined Mind in backing a petition that calls for an independent inquiry into links between Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failings and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.Disability Rights UK (DR UK) and Mind are the only two major charities to have supported the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition*, in contrast with others such as RNIB, Leonard Cheshire, Sense and Scope, which have refused to back its demands.The petition calls for an inquiry and for any evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants and ministers to be passed to police.It also calls on MPs to brand DWP institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for the department to take urgent steps to make the safety of benefit claimants a priority.Earlier this month, 12 disability charities – none of which are led and controlled by disabled people – rejected a request from Disability News Service (DNS) to back the petition.Only Mind agreed to back the petition and its four demands.But now DR UK, which is run and controlled by disabled people and works with many of the charities as a member of the Disability Benefits Consortium, has said it supports the petition and all its demands.Jodey Whiting died in February 2017, 15 days after she had her out-of-work disability benefits mistakenly stopped for missing a work capability assessment.The Independent Case Examiner concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case.Kamran Mallick (pictured), DR UK’s chief executive, said DWP’s failure to follow its own procedures in the case of Jodey Whiting “highlights the need of a root and branch change to our system of social protection for disabled people in this country”.He said this system should “meet the needs of disabled people and provide safety and support in the way it is administrated”.Mallick said an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP’s actions “would create the opportunity to gather robust evidence on the way the benefits system is administrated and how it impacts on people who need to use it”.He said: “It could also be used to make recommendations for structural changes to the way the system operates now.”And he said that any evidence of misconduct that led to serious harm or death “should be examined by the police to see if a criminal prosecution is appropriate”.He added: “There’s a growing evidence base that the DWP is struggling to provide the services required.“It’s been the subject of a series of very critical reports from select committees, for example, as well as other independent organisations such as Demos.“There have been well documented problems with employment and support allowance, the changeover from disability living allowance to personal independence payments and of course universal credit.“Transferring current responsibilities to different organisations, whether statutory or otherwise, could help solve the problem.“But we must make sure there is a fundamental change in approach – without that, disabled people’s experiences are unlikely to improve much.”  *Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeelast_img read more

first_img Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “I’m a taxpayer who doesn’t have a home, and we helped pay for Super Bowl City? That pisses me off,” Jones said. According to Department of Public Works spokesperson Rachel Gordon, some 65 tents had been on Division Street Tuesday morning, and only a handful remained by 10:30 a.m. By noon, all were gone. “We’re doing everything from hand sweeping to raking to flusher trucks…we’re being very mindful and respectful of people,” Gordon said. During sweeps, Public Works staff either discard refuse in a garbage truck, bag and tag it for storage at a facility where the owners may retrieve it by giving a description of the item and when it was collected, or transport it to the shelter where the owner is moving to. Tuesday’s goal was a Division Street completely cleared of items – as well as rats, feces, urine and needles.“When it’s the dense encampments, that’s when the big public health problems occur,” Gordon explained.Jones also shares business owner and resident frustrations over hygiene problems. “We agree with Mayor Lee as far as needles and feces and urine,” she said. “I say, give us porta-potties and give people who use needles a biohazard box.”Kagan, with the Department of Public Health, said she has no knowledge of such proposals.“This week’s priority is to ameliorate the situation that had become so unsafe for the people who are living there,” Kagan said. “The main solution that we’ve been using is to help people to relocate to better, safer environments.”This post has been updated to reflect new information from Sam Dodge about the frequency of check-ins required to keep a bed at the shelter at Pier 80. Department of Public Works has been sweeping the area routinely, collecting and crushing abandoned items, bagging and tagging belongings for later retrieval, and telling people to move along. But homeless individuals and their advocates continue to ask – where should they go?“Many of the folks are just further destabilized and just moving a block away,” said Jennifer Friedenbach of the Coalition on Homelessness. Reports about availability of shelter beds at Pier 80 and the Navigation Center have varied, in part because availability fluctuates. But Friedenbach estimated that at its peak, the Division Street encampment sheltered some 300 people.  “They don’t have near enough beds for everyone,” she said.Rachel Kagan, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Health, said as of Tuesday morning 17 beds remained open out of the 160 existing at Pier 80, and 11 beds are available at the Navigation Center. At both facilities, individuals are only accepted by referral from service workers.   Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano ValliBut even if space were ample or there were no referrals required, not everyone wants to go to Pier 80 or the Navigation Center. Tony Machado said she has been homeless for 10 years and takes work with climate-control systems and sheet metal where she can. She said she is working on getting her high school diploma equivalent. Packing up her belongings on Division and Potrero streets Tuesday morning, Machado said she didn’t know where she would go, but she had no intention of going to Pier 80. “I won’t go to the FEMA camp. It’s like jail,” she said. “It takes me back to when I was a kid in foster care.”Still, what she needs most urgently is a place to stay, where she can keep her belongings and then leave to go to work and come back. On Tuesday, she wasn’t sure where she’d go.Machado is not alone in her distaste for the city’s newest shelter. Chanell Jones and Linda Fuchs were moved from Division Street on Tuesday morning and also have reservations about going to Pier 80. Jones said the shelter posts an armed guard at the entrance and requires regular check-ins with staff throughout the day to keep a bed, though Sam Dodge, the Mayor’s point person on homelessness, said later that the shelter requires check-ins every 48 hours. That doesn’t fit with Jones’ and Fuchs’  schedules – Fuchs worked in retail and Jones was a cook until recently, and both are trying to find work again. They have started a Gofundme in the meantime. 0% San Francisco crews have completely removed the encampments that previously stretched along Division Street from Mission to Harrison streets and beyond, leaving behind signs and barriers to prevent homeless campers from returning to the area. The sweep, which began at around 4:30 Tuesday morning, came four days after a 72-hour deadline to vacate set by the city, which had deemed the area a public health hazard. Residents and businesses had been complaining about needles, feces, urine and garbage for weeks. “People get scared, even my workers,” said Jason Huang, who has run an auto body shop on Division street for six years. “It’s hard right now.”Huang said his business dropped by about 20 percent in the time the encampments were at their peak in recent weeks, and said he believes the encampments will come back.last_img read more

first_imgSuhr said officers from Mission Station responded to the scene at 10:01 a.m. Two officers, one a sergeant, went up the block on Shotwell Street where they encountered an adult Latino man with a 10- to 12-inch-long kitchen knife.Suhr went on to say that the officers first fired bean-bag rounds to disable the suspect, but that the man then got up and charged at them with the knife, at which point the officers fired. Seven casings were recovered from the scene, the chief added. Albie Esparza, a police spokesperson, later added that four bean-bag rounds were fired followed by seven handgun shots.But two residents of the homeless encampment where the victim reportedly stayed said officers shot the man as he was sitting down, unable to understand their commands.John Visor, another resident of the encampment, said he knew the man — who he called Jose — and that he never brandished the knife at officers. Visor said the weapon had been tucked into the man’s waistband, with the blade pointing down, throughout the incident.“To me it was a kitchen knife, one of the ones we use to cut with,” said Visor. “I lost my best friend. People shouldn’t be dying like this…I want him to get his rights, he wasn’t hurting nobody, all he did for a living was pick up trash and bottles.”Stephanie Grant, another resident of the encampment, agreed that the man never pulled out his knife. She added that the man is a monolingual Spanish speaker who did not speak a word of English.“We would have to go through somebody else who speaks Spanish o translate to him,” said Visor. He also said the man had been living in the encampment for several months. Grant and Visor expressed surprise that a homeless outreach team member would contact the police to report a man with a knife, saying it is common for homeless individuals to have knives and that outreach team members know this.Below are video excerpts of Visor’s statements: Tags: shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Meanwhile, a user on NextDoor — the neighborhood network app — posted on Thursday that he witnessed the shooting and said the man was no threat.“To be clear, the victim was on the ground the entire time, head down, visibly shaking. There was no visible aggressive behavior,” the user wrote.“It’s always tragic when this happens. We’ve been working very hard to contend with folks with edged weapons,” Suhr said. “This event unfolded very quickly.”Suhr said he wasn’t sure whether the officers who responded had received Crisis Intervention Training, but that ideally those officers would be called to the scene first. Witnesses told police that the man had been living in the homeless encampment there for several months.No officers were injured in the incident, Suhr said.“We heard at least nine shots. They were loud and really fast,” said Gary Segel, who works at nearby SF Auto Repair. “One after the other – it didn’t even sound like two guns.”Segel said he noticed a homeless encampment sweep early this morning when he parked his car on Folsom Street, and noted that he often sees fights breaking out at encampments but that he has never seen any involving weapons.Demetrius Charlestown, who said he lives in a tent next to the one belonging to the man who was shot, said the man was prone to verbal outbursts, but that Charlestown himself did not perceive him as a threat.“He didn’t speak much English but carried a big knife. Like a butcher knife. Of course, the officers, they see that, it’s over,” Charlestown said. “Any kind of weapon like that, you’re threatening. But he was cool, he was a good guy. I wasn’t afraid of him, but I knew how to handle him.”Charlestown said he plans to leave the encampment by tomorrow.“The cops are going to come back and shut this down. I know that. I’m getting out of here.”This is a developing story and we will update with new information as we get it.  Update: The Medical Examiner identified the shooting victim on Friday as 45-year-old Luis Gongora, a San Francisco resident. The Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death.San Francisco police officers shot and killed a homeless man who police say was brandishing a knife at 18th and Shotwell shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday morning — though witnesses say the man never brandished a knife and had it tucked into his waistband when he was shot.The homeless man — a regular known to nearby residents — was taken into surgery at San Francisco General Hospital but died at around 1 p.m., according to a hospital spokesperson.Officers were called to the scene by members of a homeless outreach team who reported a man on Shotwell Street waving a long kitchen knife, Police Chief Greg Suhr said. 0%last_img read more

first_imgA LAST gasp Jamie Foster penalty from 30 yards handed Saints a deserved point at Odsal.The youngster kept his nerve to seal a 14-14 draw and keep his side right in the hunt for top spot.But Saints probably should’ve sealed the win as they were much the better team throughout the soggy match.They were level at half time despite dominating the opening 40 minutes.James Roby put in Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to get Saints underway before Bulls went ahead after they took advantage of two high balls.Saints had two tries disallowed – dubiously – but pulled level in the final minutes of the half through Tom Makinson.In the second half, both sides struggled to make headway in appalling conditions but Patrick Ah Van put the Bulls ahead with a penalty from 35 metres out.And that almost proved to be the eventual winner before Foster’s late intervention.Five of Saints’ six exiles backed up from Friday’s game, with only Francis Meli missing out with a leg injury.That meant Kyle Eastmond coming into the centres, whilst Chris Flannery and Josh Perry both returned on the bench.Saints got off to a good start with Jon Wilkin, Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax all penning the Bulls back with strong kicks.But once they got a set in Bradford’s half they were deadly. The home side conceded a penalty and once James Roby had broken the line, LMS was on his shoulder to get Saints on the board.Foster with the easiest of conversions.From the restart, Gaskell hit a huge forty twenty… and when the ball came out of the scrum, Kyle Eastmond slid over under pressure.But Ian Smith, the video referee, ruled he had lost the ball despite him having downward pressure.Bradford hit back straight away. A massive high ball went up from Marc Herbert and Brett Kearney profited – out-jumping Paul Wellens.Patrick Ah Van levelling it up.Jamie Foster added a penalty to put Saints back ahead before Jonny Lomax side stepped his way to the line and used the wet ground to slide over.But this time it was ruled off for obstruction.And like the last decision, it looked harsh.So ironically, it was no surprise that Andy Lynch benefitted from another high ball to drive over the line – Ah Van giving them a four-point lead.But Saints were not going to let nearly a full half of constant pressure go to waste – Roby firing a long ball to Makinson for his fifth of the year.Foster missing the conversion off the touchline.Half Time: Bradford 12 Saints 12Both sides struggled to get any sort of territorial advantage early doors with the driving rain and slippery conditions making a mockery of summer rugby.After Saints should have been given a penalty of their own in front of the posts, Patrick Ah Van forged the Bulls ahead by banging over one of his own – off the post.Saints bombed a couple of chances to put pressure on Bradford’s line; dropping the ball three or four times as the clock ticked down.And with 10 minutes to go Saints had another chance – forcing a drop out but not getting any joy from Bradford’s defence.Four minutes left on the clock Saints had six in Bradford territory once more and then grabbed a repeat set – again to no avail.But with seconds to go Lee Gaskell chipped ahead, was taken out by Andy Lynch, and Jamie Foster cooly slotted over from 30 yards.Saints would be happy with the point, but know they can do so much better on a day they dropped too much ball.Still, in those conditions…Match Summary:Bradford:Tries: Kearney, LynchGoals: Ah Van (2 from 3)Saints:Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, MakinsonGoals: Foster (2 from 3)Penalties:Bradford: 7Saints: 6HT: 12-12FT: 14-14REF: James ChildATT: 13224Teams:Bradford:6. Brett Kearney; 24. Jason Crookes, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 19. Gareth Raynor; 33. Ben Jeffries, 7. Marc Herbert; 10. Andy Lynch, 14. Matt Diskin, 16. Craig Kopczak, 11. Olivier Elima, 17. Ian Sibbit, 13. Jamie Langley.Subs: 9. Heath L’Estrange, 20. James Donaldson, 23. Tom Olbison, 29. Tom Burgess.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Thomas Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 8. Josh Perry, 13. Chris Flannery, 19. Andrew Dixon, 24. Tom Armstrong.last_img read more

first_imgThe money raised will enable the Veterans of the Foundations and SAMS continue their work in the community.Final Bids Luke Douglas – £40 Jon Wilkin – £60 Morgan Knowles – £65 Matty Lees – £70last_img

first_imgFirst team squad members Josh Simm and Jack Welsby (pictured) have been selected alongside Jake Wingfield and Tom Nisbet.Head coach Dave Elliott said: “Games against the Australian Schoolboys are always special, and we’re all really looking forward to what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks.“The Aussies are a strong, athletic and talented group, as always. But Yorkshire and Lancashire both acquitted themselves really well in their games against the Australians in the last week or so, and I’m excited about the talent and the ability we’ve got in our England squad.“It’s always exciting to bring together a group of lads from different clubs – that experience alone makes Academy internationals like this really valuable in terms of the different experience it provides.”Dave also sent his best wishes to Joe Sharratt, who could have been in line for a call-up: “Joe is a popular and respected lad among the group who was exemplary in everything he did with the Lancashire squad last week, and he was a key figure in their team performing so well against the Australians.“We’re all thinking of him, and I’d like to send our best wishes on behalf of the whole squad and everyone else at the Rugby Football League to Joe and his family.”England Academy squad:Ben Davies (Widnes Vikings), Cameron Scott (City of Hull Academy), Corey Johnson (Leeds Rhinos), Callum McLelland (Leeds Rhinos), Ethan Havard (Wigan Warriors), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors), Innes Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Muzzi Mustapha (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Welsby (St Helens), Jake Wingfield (St Helens), James McDonnell (Wigan Warriors), Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors), Josh Simm (St Helens), Louis McConnell (Leeds Rhinos), Louis Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Wilson (Bradford Bulls), Owen Trout (Leeds Rhinos), Sam Walters (Widnes Vikings), Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos), Tom Nisbet (St Helens).Ticket details for the match are here.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington city leaders will vote tomorrow to give police a new mobile command center. It’s the department’s vital tool for disaster situations or at crime scenes.Leaders will vote on a resolution Tuesday to set aside more than $512,000 for the new mobile command unit. The department’s current unit dates back to 1999 and has logged more and 360 hours at scenes.- Advertisement – WPD is requesting specific resources and designs of the vehicle from the Wisconsin based developer.“It’s time to replace it and I think anybody would say for us to get as much wear and tear out of a vehicle, it’s the right time,” says police public information officer Linda Rawley Thompson.If council approves the new mobile command center, Wilmington police expect to bring the vehicle into its fleet by the end of the year.last_img read more

first_img 1 of 3 Wilson says that’s when the proposal will be back for public comments.Currently, the property owner is proposing to renovate the existing building, which was last used as a Scotchman convenient store, and turn it into a restaurant with an outdoor detached deck seating area. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Concerns about noise, traffic, and alcohol are some of the reasons why the proposal to turn a vacant building in Wrightsville Beach into a restaurant is temporarily on hold.According to Planning Director Tony Wilson, after hearing concerns from the planning board and residents, the applicant decided to pull their request for a conditional use permit until  the April meeting.- Advertisement – center_img A commercial pier with 9 boat slips is part of the plan, as well as a floating dock, which will be located on Kenan’s Creek. The dock was also one concern that was brought up.Related Article: East vs. south facing beaches: Which are more dangerous for swimmers?According to the property owner’s application, restaurant seating would end at 10:00 p.m. and no alcohol would be served after 11:00 p.m.There would also be 21 parking spaces on the site.The next meeting is April 3.last_img read more

first_img Crews dug trenches around the park in an effort to prevent moisture buildup this week, but the Director of New Hanover County parks says it did not fix the problem.The next step is to drill holes in the bottom of the bowl and snake run for the water to spill out.Click here to read more. Drainage problems at the concrete Ogden Skatepark forced crews to close the park. (Photo: WWAY) OGDEN, NC (WWAY/StarNews) — Skaters, listen up! You have a chance to drop in to the Ogden Skatepark before it will close for repairs again.The skate park opened Friday and will stay open for the weekend before it will close again to fix persistent drainage problems, according to New Hanover County Parks and Garden.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img SharePrint Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Mediterranea – Saving Humans stated that the migrants on board the MV Alex have not as yet been picked up by the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) to be transferred to Malta on their way to Italy.In a tweet by an Italian journalist, that had been retweeted by the NGO, it seems that the migrants are still waiting for help from Malta in the scorching sun without any source of substance.#migranti Sole a picco, niente cibo. E nessuna nave di Malta per il trasbordo da@RescueMed#igiornidellavergognaDi @ila_solaini @Avvenire_Nei— nello scavo (@nelloscavo) July 5, 2019The Maltese and Italian authorities have made an agreement to exchange 55 migrantsThis was stated in a press release, that continued saying that the 55 migrants which Italy will send to Malta have been rescued at sea off Tunisia, whilst Italy will take 55 migrants that are currently in Malta.It was also explained that this agreement was made without prejudice to the situation in which this operation has taken place, and in which Malta had no legal responsibility, but as part of an initiative fostering a European spirit of cooperation and goodwill between Malta and Italy.From information received by the MV Alex was approaching Italian territorial waters 12 miles from Lampedusa. However, the Italian Ministry for Internal Affairs did not allow the vessel to enter port. It was explained that such order is illegal and Mediterranea, the NGO that manages the MV Alex cannot understand why a vessel flying the Italian flag was not allowed in the territorial waters of the state in which it is is also informed that the Maltese Rescue Coordination Centre had made contact with the vessel at 5.17am on Friday and made it be known that “as a sign of good will” the Maltese government was willing to allow the saved souls to disembark in Malta. The crew of the MV Alex explained that due to the conditions of the migrants and the vessel’s characteristics, they cannot berth for the migrants to disembark in Malta and therefore asked for assistance from the AFM patrol boats or the Italian coast guard.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung Electronics Co. is developing a wristwatch as it races against Apple Inc. to create a new industry of wearable devices that perform similar tasks as smartphones. This was disclosed by Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business in an  interview with Bloomberg.Less than a week after it unveiled the Galaxy S4, its upcoming flagship smartphone, Lee told the news agency that a smart watch has been in development for some time, he did not disclose specific product information or a launch date. However, that’s notable since Apple has remain tight-lipped despite fervent speculation that its own watch will be powered by iOS and will launch this year.“We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”The disclosure comes after people familiar with Apple’s plans said last month the U.S. company has about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform similar functions to the iPhone and iPad. The global watch industry will generate more than $60 billion in sales this year, and the first companies to sell devices that multitask could lock customers into their platform, boosting sales of phones, tablets and TVs. – Advertisement – Apple seeks to introduce its wristwatch device as soon as this year, said one of the people familiar, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The features under consideration by the Cupertino, California-based company include letting users make calls, see the identity of incoming callers and check map coordinates, one of the people said. It would also house a pedometer for counting steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data, such as heart rates, this person said.Samsung may be able to undercut Apple on price because the Korean company makes its own displays and chips, Samsung also is the world’s largest maker of TVs and memory chips.Credit: Bloomberglast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung has overtaken Apple globally for the first time to take number one spot in terms of Internet usage. The latest data comes from website analytics firm StatCounter, which charted the changes between all different devices, operating systems, and browsers over the last 12 months (between July 2012 and June 2013).Nokia led globally in terms of Internet usage 12 months ago, although Apple surpassed it in February. In June 2013, however, Samsung (25.47 percent) leapfrogged both Apple (25.09 percent) and Nokia (21.96p percent) to take the lead. Those numbers are for worldwide use: in the US and UK, Apple remains the clear leader, at least according to StatCounter. As you can see in the chart above, however, Samsung’s lead may not last for long. – Advertisement – Almost every mobile market share study shows that the iOS browser is used significantly more than the Android browser, meaning mobile traffic cannot be reliably used as a metric for device adoption. Nevertheless, these studies are mainly focused on the US market, and StatCounter is claiming here that Samsung has surpassed Apple globally in Internet usage share.Source: TNWlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Orange is launching the 2014 edition of the Orange African Social Venture Prize. A new category has been introduced for the fourth edition: the “Orange Partner” which award will recognize the best project that integrates an Orange application.The Orange African Social Venture Prize once again rewards entrepreneurs developing products or services that use ICT in an innovative way to meet the needs of Africans in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or trade.Over the past three years, more than 1,500 projects have been submitted for the Orange African Social Venture Prize reflecting the dynamism of African entrepreneurs and the potential of the telecommunications sector. – Advertisement – Operating in 18 countries in Africa, Orange serves close to 100 million customers. Given the impact that digital services can have on peoples’ daily lives, this presence means that the Group plays an important role in the continent’s economy and its future development. As a result, one of Orange’s main priorities is to improve connectivity, particularly in rural areas, and to introduce innovative mobile-based services.Related Stories[related-posts]To achieve this, the Group supports entrepreneurs, small and middle-sized firms by facilitating access to finance, supporting structures for incubation and giving access to tools for digital development. Since 2010, Orange is a partner of the CTIC Dakar incubator, a reference in Western Africa in terms of ICT development. In April 2014, the CIPME Niger incubator, initiated by Orange, opened its doors to start-ups in the fields of ICT, renewable energy and the environment.The prize will recognize four projects: three projects with grants of 10,000 EUR, 15,000 EUR and 25,000 EUR, and a new special prize of 10,000 EUR will be awarded to the finalist who presents a project using an Orange API.In addition, the four winners will benefit from a six-month support package from entrepreneurship and ICT experts and, the first prize will be offered a patent submission in the country of the project’s deployment.Once again this year, internet users can vote online for their favorite project on Orange’s entertainment portal in Africa, The winner of the “favorite project” will have its project submitted to the jury along with the others finalists shortlisted by the experts and will therefore have the maximum possible chance of being among the top four winners for 2014.Any entrepreneur (aged 21 or over) or legal entity that has been in existence for fewer than three years at the time of the competition may participate at no cost and with no restriction on nationality. Submitted projects must be designed to be deployed in at least one of the African countries in which Orange operates and must use information and communications technology in an innovative way to help improve the living conditions of the populations in these countries.Applications are accepted from 22 May to 19 September 2014 on Orange’s pan-African web portal.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement M:lab East Africa has entered into an agreement with SoftLayer to offer the Catalyst programme to start-ups in m:lab East Africa’s accelerator program “Mobile Impact Ventures Program” (MIVP) and the community at large.The start-up program provides highly scalable infrastructure, technology guidance and mentoring, business insight, and more to qualifying start-ups.The partnership with SoftLayer through its program the Catalyst start-up program will see start-ups in the mobile impact ventures program take advantage of the generous IT credits of up to $1,000 worth of hosting per month on the SoftLayer platform for one full year. – Advertisement – The Mobile Impact Ventures Program is m:lab East Africa’s accelerator program for ventures with innovative solutions in agriculture, health & water and education.It is backed by the Rockefeller and Tony Elumelu Foundations, through the Global Impact Investment Network’s (“GIIN”) Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (“IEIF”).A call for applications is open for new ventures to join the program in the second cohort. Start-up teams of two or three mobile impact entrepreneurs are eligible. One of the team members must be a Tech Co-founder with an orientation to mobile software development.A second team member with working experience in education, agriculture, health or water will be an added advantage. An entrepreneurial instinct or experience running a business venture among the founders will also be an added advantage.Each of the admitted ventures will be required to dedicate time to complete program milestones associated with their business progress. A commitment fee of Kshs 7,000 will be required from the impact ventures that get admitted to the program. Kshs 5,000 of the commitment fee will be refundable upon the venture’s completion of program milestones.Soure: IT News Africalast_img read more

first_imgThe Royal Bank of Scotland plans to have 30,000 workers on its Facebook at Work network by March of next year, and its entire workforce of 100,000 using the platform by the end of 2016. Advertisement Earlier this year, Facebook took the wraps off Facebook at Work: an enterprise version of the social network that Facebook had designed for businesses that want to build social networks for their employees. After months of pilots, Facebook today is announcing its biggest customer yet: the Royal Bank of Scotland, which plans to have 30,000 workers on its FB@Work network by March of next year, and its entire workforce of 100,000 using the platform by the end of 2016.The deal signals a new phase for Facebook at Work. It demonstrates Facebook’s ambitions to scale this B2B service just as it has its consumer product (which now has 1.5 billion monthly active users on desktop, 1.3 billion on mobile). And it demonstrates how enterprises are taking Facebook’s effort seriously.Julien Codorniou, the London-based director of global platform partnerships at Facebook who leads Facebook At Work, says that there are now around 300 businesses using Facebook’s enterprise version. – Advertisement – They include some well-known names like drinks company Heineken, whose U.S. workforce is trialling the product; 4,000 employees from real estate firm Century 21 are also on the platform.Facebook is not yet charging businesses to use it, but it plans to.“We’re still in beta but we do plan to monetize, based around a freemium business model,” Codorniou said in an interview. “We are also building sales and marketing teams for Facebook at Work across the globe right now.”Along with that will come an evolution in the service that will see it competing squarely with other enterprise communication platforms such as Yammer, Chatter at Salesforce, Hipchat, and the very fast-growing Slack.It seems like more than just a coincidence that Codorniou notes that “every time someone sends an email to more than one person or a list, we see an opportunity for Facebook at Work.” Email overuse and misuse is exactly the thing that Slack CEO and co-founder Stewart Butterfield has said his product is tackling.[related-posts]How FB@Work WorksTrying to spin a very consumer-friendly product as a secure and safe enterprise collaboration platform may sound odd, if not impossible.But it’s a lucrative gamble for the social network. Enterprise services can be a high margin game, and collaboration software specifically is forecast to be worth over $8 billion in revenues by 2018.For Facebook, which largely bases its business model around advertising, if it can get Facebook at Work to fly, it could prove to be a way to diversify and expand the company’s business model to entirely new areas.Today, Facebook at Work is like a very basic, secure, very walled-garden version of Facebook — conceived originally and used initially by Facebook itself: users on a Work network can follow/friend each other to see general updates posted by them in their work life.They can also join Groups within their Work account, pending approval. Those Groups, for example, can focus on marketing or a particular project that some people are working on. Users can also directly message each other, and make voice and video calls, as well as share screens with each other.At RBS, while employees may have Groups that focus, for example, on customer care issues, everything that happens on RBS’s Facebook at Work network will be ringfenced from the company’s customer-facing operations, as well as from an individual workers’ private Facebook profile (they are essentially be treated as two unlinked, separate accounts).What you can’t do yet on Facebook at Work is link up other kinds of applications to expand functionality and make different services useable through their Facebook at Work service. It will be that kind of extra functionality — Office 365 support is one example cited by Codorniou — and the support around it that will be likely targets for how Facebook will eventually charge for Facebook at Work usage, rather than for the basic product itself.RBS is among the companies that has been running an early trial of Facebook at Work, and the company says that its decision to get more involved grew directly out of that:“The pilot we’ve been running demonstrated we were ready for more,” said Simon McNamara, Chief Administrative Officer at the Royal Bank of Scotland, who oversees the bank’s rollout of the service. “The adoption rate was a phenomenal 90%.”As with other early adopters of the service, RBS’s use is predicated on the bigger idea of “the consumerization of IT” — people in the working world today use a lot of technology outside of the office, and they want their business software and hardware to be as easy (and fun) to use as what they use away from their desks.“Almost everyone uses Facebook outside of work. That means I don’t have to train anyone. Some nuances are different but there are more similarities.”At the same time, the company is trying to get people to communicate in a more engaged way, not just reading what other people are saying but responding to things, too.McNamara said that the kind of information being shared by RBS teams in their Facebook at Work network might have in the past been posted in on the company’s internal website, or on email. He says he wanted to “dampen email usage” as a platform for sharing ideas with a group. “Email has become a broadcast mechanism where people are not reading much.”[techcrunch]last_img read more

first_imgChina’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd aims to become the world’s third-largest data storage provider by 2018. Image Credit: Indian Express Advertisement Yesterday, Huawei Enterprise Business Group launched innovative solutions and partnerships under its new marketing slogan — “Leading New ICT, Building a Better Connected World” at CeBIT 2016, the world’s largest ICT trade fair, which is being held from March 14 to 18.The lead theme of CeBIT 2016 is “d!conomy: Join – create – succeed”. Digitalization is impacting every area of business and society, and far from being a short-term phenomenon, it will continue to create new opportunities. To succeed in the future, companies need to develop a customer-driven digital business now that can respond rapidly to changes digitalization is bringing.In this new era, enterprise ICT systems are shifting from siloed support systems to mission-critical production systems that enable efficient production, operation, and decision-making. – Advertisement – To address these powerful changes, Huawei launched a new marketing slogan defining its position for the enterprise market: “Leading New ICT, Building a Better Connected World”.Speaking at the CeBIT 2016 Global Conference, Mr. Yan Lida, President of Enterprise Business Group, Huawei, said:“As new ICT including Cloud Computing, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Software-Defined Networking mature, a cloud-pipe-device integrated new ICT architecture is emerging to help enterprises accelerate digital transformation. Based on technology innovation, Huawei aspires to build a sustainable and win-win ecosystem by developing an open, flexible and elastic platform. In line with our Business Driven ICT Infrastructure (BDII) guiding principle and strategy of ‘Focus’ and ‘Being Integrated’, Huawei is committed to innovating jointly with partners to create value for governments and enterprises across industry sectors, helping them lead the new ICT age. Together we build a better connected world.”At CeBIT 2016, Huawei hosted a series of activities including innovative solution demonstrations at its exhibition area, industry summits, product and solution launches, a press conference and a signing ceremony. During these activities, Huawei provided insights and best practices of new ICT and demonstrated its capability of empowering customers to lead the new ICT era.Huawei Builds Business Driven ICT Infrastructure with Partners and CustomersDigital transformation is taking place across enterprises in virtually all industries. Leading enterprises are putting digitalization at the core of their business strategies to meet their customers’ evolving digital needs and gain a competitive advantage.Together with its partners, Huawei is dedicated to enabling enterprises to achieve business innovation and growth while increasing operating profit by providing industry specific business driven ICT infrastructure.Huawei hosted three industry summits at CeBIT 2016, including the Global Safe City Summit, Global Financial Services Institutions (FSI) Summit and Global Internet Service Provider (ISP) Summit, bringing together industry experts to exchanges views and ideas on digitalization challenges and opportunities facing vertical industries.In recent years, Huawei has grown rapidly in vertical industries, including public safety, finance, transportation, and energy. At the end of 2015, Huawei Safe City Solution has been adopted by over 100 cities in more than 30 countries including Middle East, Africa, andAsia Pacific, serving a population of 400 million. Huawei Omni-Channel Banking Solution has been used by over 300 financial organizations, including 6 of the world’s Top 10 banks. Huawei Digital Railway Solution has been deployed for more than 100,000 kilometers of railway. Huawei has helped Spain deploy an IP railway communication system and signed an agreement with Deutsche Bahn to establish a future-oriented train-to-ground communication system. Huawei has served 15 of the world’s 20 biggest energy companies, covering over 100,000 transformer substations and 38,000 km of oil and gas pipelines. Huawei has also helped ISPs move their businesses forward. For example, Huawei enabled EVRY, the second largest ICT service provider in Northern Europe, to build a software-defined networking (SDN) based cloud data center.Huawei Committed to Integrated Strategy and Joint Innovation, Establishing New Ecosystem Based on Open TechnologyAs businesses accelerate their digital transformation, new technologies, new players, and new cooperation models are emerging. The ICT industry has shifted to a “developer defined” development path, where customers have the power to influence the advancement of business platforms. In this environment, companies need to engage with partners in the entire ecosystem as no one company can achieve digital transformation alone.In line with its strategies of “focus” and “being integrated”, Huawei is dedicated to building an open “developer defined” new ecosystem through joint innovations with customers and partners.At CeBIT 2016, Huawei announced new partnerships that will accelerate digital transformation globally. Huawei announced its partnership with global leading robotics provider KUKA and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Under the new agreement, the two companies will focus on the use of small cell Internet of Things (IoT), wireless and 5G network, as well as big data solutions in manufacturing and factory environments, to develop smart manufacturing solutions for the industrial market in Europe andChina. In addition, Huawei and Deutsche Telekom announced the commercial launch of Open Telekom Cloud, an enterprise public cloud based on German data and privacy protection laws. Huawei provided innovative hardware and software, including server, storage, network, and cloud operation systems to build flexible and convenient cloud services, helping Deutsche Telekom accelerate its position in Europe’s cloud service market.At Huawei’s booth, the company showcased innovative ICT solutions with 51 partners, including strategic partners SAP, Intel and Accenture, solution partners such as HEXAGO and Infosys, channel partners such as COMNET, WOHLER, and PDV. In addition, Huawei also demonstrated innovative solutions designed for industry customers together with carriers including Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom. Huawei Enterprise Business Group in Western Europe has developed over 1,000 partners, jointly serving customers including Mercedes-Benz,and Deutsche Bahn.At CeBIT 2016, Huawei signed a series of significant partnership agreements, covering areas of smart city, cloud computing, channel cooperation, system integration, as well as training and certification.Huawei Showcased One-stop Innovative ICT Products and Solutions Based on Cloud Architecture to Enable Agile Innovation for CustomersLeading New ICT with cloud computing at the core is helping enterprises simplify business processes, improve business agility and respond quickly to market changes while reducing costs.Huawei showcased a range of innovative products and solutions using new ICT including cloud computing, big data, SDN, and IoT. Solutions included eight flagship products for high-end storage and data center switches, seven products covering cloud data centers, the IoT, agile networks and SDN, as well as industry solutions for smart city, finance, and smart manufacturing.In addition, Huawei announced the world’s first 32-Socket x86 mission critical server delivering superior performance, reliability and cost efficiency to support enterprises’ mission critical applications on a huge scale. Huawei also introduced the industry’s first multi-level smart control lightening IoT solution which is capable of precisely controlling every street lamp based on need, saving up to 80% energy, and its All-Optical Campus Solution that delivers easy-to-deploy new campus networks with service integration by adopting the all-optical network as the access layer of the campus. Additionally, France-based IMS Networks shared its experience of using Huawei NE40E high-end routers and WAN solutions SDN to build a next-generation IP backbone network.CeBIT 2016 is held at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany, from March 14 to 18, 2016. The main Huawei booth is located in B54 of Hall 2. For more information, please visit online at:last_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: Google Advertisement In May, Google proposed a set of new emoji to the Unicode Technical Committee that represent a wider range of professions for women (as well as men), and reflect the pivotal roles that women play in the world.The Google team presented the designs of 13 new emojis on Tuesday at the Unicode Consortium, a Silicon Valley not-for-profit group that runs an “emoji subcommittee” overseeing the creation of new emojis.“No matter where you look, women are gaining visibility and recognition as never before,” the four Google workers wrote in their proposal. “Isn’t it time that emoji also reflect the reality that women play a key role in every walk of life and in every profession?” – Advertisement – Today this proposal came to life when the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee agreed to add 11 new professional emoji, in both male and  female options and with all the skin tones.What’s more there is an addition of a male or female counterpart to 33 emojis that already existed in only one gender. Now emoji men can get haircuts too! Image Credit: googleThese new emoji re-affirm Google’s efforts to better represent women in technology, and to connect girls with the education and resources they need to pursue careers in STEM.last_img read more

first_imgIn Pictures (L – R): Jamila Mayanja; CEO at Smart Girls Uganda, Richard Okuti; Represntative from NSF 3 Project ITC, Niles Cole; Cultural Affairs Officer at the American Embassy, Uganda, Peace Kutessa; Chief Operating Officer at Zimba Women, Elizabeth Kasujja; Communications Manager at Zimba Women, Stellah Nassali; Finance and Project Manager at Zimba Women and Fadlula Saad; Emerging Projects, Outreach & Community Manager at Zimba Women, during a ‘Zimba Women Technology for Business Summit’ press conference at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala on Tuesday 20th September, 2016. Advertisement Zimba Women, a flagship project of Zimba Group – a leading IT solutions provider specializing in provision of technical and software solutions for SMEs, on Tuesday held a press conference at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala to officially launch it’s first annual 2 day summit, dubbed “Breaking Business Barriers” which will bring together more than 300 women who are building and running women-led businesses.These women are to come and share their stories, practical advice and act as an example to other fellow women.Zimba Women is working together with tech and governmental institutions such as; NTF III Uganda, Uganda Investment Authority, the American Embassy, Facebook, Smart Girls Uganda, to name few, to create opportunities for women to actively, safely and fairly participate in the economy by providing access to skills and training for women on projects activities include but not limited to entrepreneurship training, business coaching, mentoring, knowledge transfer, customized business training, access to networks and resources, as well as increased business exposure and business to business linkages. – Advertisement – Zimba Women has established a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs that could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an alarming gender income gap seen on the African Continent.The Two day summit is scheduled to take place at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala from 28th to 29th September, 2016.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement TECNO Mobile has announced the unveiling of its latest smartphone series – the SPARK. The series which will give birth to a set of twins that is being named the SPARK and SPARK Plus.Twin Devices tailored to give More than ExpectedAccording to the people privy to the matter, the devices are designed to give tech savvy social lovers the utmost mobile experience and are equipped with state-of-the-art features. The devices will however differ in specs, the SPARK will spot a 5.5HD screen while the SPARK Plus will rock a 6.0HD display. – Advertisement – The devices spots ultra-modern cameras that help users get better imaging results. They both come with a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP selfie camera with flashlights and a multi-purpose fingerprint scanner that can be used as a shutter for taking photos, recording videos and of course as a security feature for unlocking the device.As for the internals, the details are as juicier. Both devices will run on android Nougat 7.0 with 1.3GHz Octa-core MediaTek CPU and about 2GB of RAM for multitasking, 16GB RAM and a battery of 3000mAh on the SPARK and 3400mAh on the SPARK Plus with the USB fast charging port.[related-posts]last_img read more

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement You may have recently seen one of your favorite celebrities vouching for a product or brand in one of their social media posts. Chances are, they may be part of an influencer marketing campaign. Influencer marketing seems to be the new wave for businesses, and this could be because of how effective it is proving to be. It could also be because, in some instances, it is a cheaper alternative to traditional forms of marketing. You may be reading this because you’ve been thinking about using an influencer and need some tips regarding how to start.This article is going to give you a few useful tips that you can use when choosing an influencer for your marketing campaign.Do Your Research When thinking about choosing an influencer for a campaign, one of the first things you may consider is choosing the most popular person you can think of. However, you should know that this isn’t always the most effective method. Before choosing an influencer, it’s imperative that you do research. What you should be looking for in an influencer is someone who adequately represents your brand, has influence amongst their audience, and shares similar views and values as your brand. Once you’ve identified someone who fits this description, then you can go on to getting in touch. If they happen to be located somewhere outside of the country, consider getting in touch by using social media, video calling, or Viber Out, seeing as they have relatively low international calling costs. – Advertisement – Set Goals   When deciding to carry out an influencer marketing campaign, another key thing you need to do is set a goal. This should outline what the purpose of the campaign and the influencer is as well as what message you’re trying to get out there. Some things that you should be looking out for are whether you hope to gain visibility, whether your goal is to increase sales, and what you hope to get from your relationship with the influencer. As with any relationship, it’s good to think about what you can give them and what they can give you. By thinking about these things, you should be able to set specific goals and choose an influencer that you believe can help you achieve them. Also, remember that any goal you set should have metrics that can be used to measure success.Produce the Right Content Once you’ve chosen your social media influencers and set goals, the next step is to create content. Whatever you choose should be engaging enough to attract likes as well as drive traffic to your website and get them to purchase products if that’s your end goal. It’s also key that you ensure the content your influencers produce is natural and authentic so that their audiences are more open to listening.Influencer marketing can be extremely effective when done in the right way. It can extend your reach to new audiences, help improve your branding and create positive impressions about your brand. By following some of the tips above, you should find that your next influencer marketing campaign is a success or something close to it.last_img read more