first_imgA disabled lawyer could seek a judicial review of the Scottish government’s draft budget, which he claims discriminates against disabled people by cutting hundreds of millions of pounds from local authority funding.Daniel Donaldson (pictured), director of Legal Spark Law Centre in Glasgow, is discussing a possible legal action with disabled people and their organisations concerned about the implications of this month’s budget.He said Legal Spark was being contacted by increasing numbers of disabled people who have faced “unfair reassessments” of their support packages by cost-cutting councils, even before the SNP budget saw proposed cuts of £350 million to council funding, a reduction of 3.5 per cent.Donaldson said: “We cannot see how the Scottish government’s current budget complies with their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.“It is reasonably foreseeable that if you cut services within the public sector, that the people who rely the most on those services will be adversely affected.“Disabled people and the carers of disabled people rely on the support they receive from the public sector.“It is therefore arguable that the budget proposed by the finance secretary discriminates against both disabled people and their carers.“No-one should have to face discrimination, or have their dignity violated as a result of cuts in the public sector.”Donaldson pointed to last week’s statement by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), which described the budget cuts as “totally unacceptable” and “catastrophic for jobs and services within Scottish local government”, including those for older and disabled people.He is hoping to avoid a judicial review by obtaining a written pledge from finance secretary John Swinney that support for disabled people and carers will not be cut as a result of the budget.A Scottish government spokeswoman said its budget “does not discriminate” and that its budget equality statement had been an “integral part” of the budget process.She said: “Despite ongoing cuts to our budget as a result of the UK government’s continuing austerity programme, the Scottish government is continuing to protect people and treat local government very fairly with settlements maintained on a like-for-like basis over 2012-16.“This is part of an overall budget which has protected the third sector and equality budgets, maintained welfare mitigation funding, invested in energy efficiency and fuel poverty measures, and will see us boost the supply of affordable homes and homes for social rent.“Local government in Scotland starts from a healthy base, especially compared to the position in England where councils faced a significant real terms cut in funding.“This funding proposal delivers a strong but challenging financial settlement for local government which will be strengthened by our joint working to improve outcomes for local people through health and social care integration.”But Donaldson said that the Scottish government’s Fly the Flag for Human Rights campaign and its consultation on implementing the UN disability convention were meaningless unless it took positive action to give “tangible meaning” to words such as “equality, human rights, dignity and respect”.He is now hoping to hear from more disabled people interested in taking legal action against the Scottish government*.*Daniel Donaldson can be contacted via email at read more

first_img 0% As any structure built to divide, artist Sita Bhaumik’s wall has already been vandalized by graffiti from the Mission District’s youth and guest artists – this time by invitation. Hovering over the floor of Southern Exposure’s gallery, the wall is the main feature of the exhibition “We are against the wall/Estamos contra el muro,” a direct reference to Trump’s promise to build such a barrier between the United States and Mexico.Walls are erected to protect, segregate, and enact power. People relate to them in constant flux, moving over and around them and, in Bhaumik’s case, activating them through art. But, eventually, walls will be torn down. Bhaumik has made such a feat accessible for everyone: all of her bricks are made of piñata.The Eighth SinBorn in Los Angeles to a West Bengal father and a Japanese-Colombian mother, Sita Bhaumik had other, more classical plans for her exhibition, originally scheduled for earlier in the year. Used to bring scent, touch, and sound to the gallery scene, she noticed that the talk around Trump’s proposal for a border wall was not going away. She had to address it.“If not for this election season, we would have done everything in the walls [of the gallery], not in the wall,” she said.During the creative process, she figured that, if she was going to build something that should not even exist, she might as well do it in a material that exists to be destroyed.Looking to support her own Latin American community, she found Víctor Martínez and Francisco León, partners at Piñatas Las Morenitas Martínez, near the Fruitvale Bart station.“A 400 bricks order was very different from what we have ever done,” said Martínez, a soft-spoken piñata maker, more accustomed to the classical seven-pointed star, Disney characters, and even bachelor and bachelorette party favors.Still, it made sense to him. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, the artisan was already a piñata expert before he came to California a decade ago, and he knows his piñata history well.“It began as a religious tradition of Christmas, where Spaniard friars and indigenous Mexicans would smash the seven points that represented the seven deadly sins,” he said. “It was the absolution of all the sins of that year.”Colonialism and migration have changed that meaning and the piñata’s materials. The smashing of it is now a more playful celebration and, in the case of the political piñatas, a cathartic moment. With her wall, Bhaumik wanted to bring all that history together again.“The wall is the eighth deadly sin: xenophobia and hatred.”Back to the pastNearby, a miniature of the candidate looks at a scale model of Donald Trump’s proposed 55-foot border.“What a fucking moron he looks like,”said Isaías Rodríguez, the mini-piñata artist who made the little wall and the piñata souvenirs.By artist Isaías Rodríguez. Photo by Liliana Michelena“I made this to reflect the absurdity of such a notion,” he added.The disgust with the Republican candidate runs high among the artists and people attending, but there was no Trump around to smash. Martínez, who had enough papier-maché Trumps to offer, was surprised by the absence at first. But Bhaumik wanted the discussion to be even bigger than the man.“Under Obama there have been more people deported, Hillary [Clinton] is also proposing a reinforcement of the border wall, so the problem doesn’t start or end with him,” she emphasizes.“It has a lot to do with xenophobia and dividing people, which is the old strategy of colonialism: to pit people against each other. And politicians are resurrecting this idea of walls to separate all over the world.”Martínez, still impressed by the wall he helped build, calls it a “symbol of destruction,” of what they don’t want.“This guy wants to separate us with walls, but we break another wall by being united.”Artists and guests will break this particular wall with the same anger they dedicate to the Trump piñata-smashing. On a party to be held on October 15 at 4 p.m., surrounded by loved ones and Latin American music and food, all the guests, young and old, will line up to bash the wall until it no longer stands.Video from KQED Arts is here.  Tags: southern exposure Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img The writing on the 8 by 10 foot wall — inspired by Donald Trump’s proposed 55 feet border wall — is pretty clear.“Hi mom, I’m on the other side.”“Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed, mami and papi.”“We’re not criminals, we’re buddies,” another person has written in Spanish.last_img read more

first_imgMission Local is told that the bone unearthed from the yard is a single skull, and was located roughly 18 inches deep near the roots of a recently felled eucalyptus tree that once stood 60 or 70 feet tall. The skull was purportedly free of skin, hair, or fabric, and was aged in appearance. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter This is a breaking story. We will update this post when more information becomes available.  The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that a bone unearthed from a yard at 3025 21st St. on May 23 is human in origin, confirmed the San Francisco Police Department.The case is now being handled as a “suspicious death,” said Officer Adam Lobsinger, a police department spokesman.Robin Whiteside, who owns the property where the remains were discovered, told Mission Local last week that police instructed her not to talk about the bone until investigators figured out what, exactly, was found. She said the remains were discovered during gardening work.This home, per city records, was built in 1875. Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img Tuesday morning, a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said it would close until further notice because of “extensive water damage.”They say they do not know the extent of the damage or how long they will be closed, but water cleanup and restoration company Servpro was seen at the restaurant Wednesday.The restaurant has not responded to our messages.Related Article: River Place using different method for flood proofing WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  A popular restaurant in Downtown Wilmington has been forced to close its doors because of water damage.Black Sea Grill is in the Seigler Building on South Front St. which it shares with Barbary Coast.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A teenager from Castle Hayne was in the spotlight at the Wilmington Sharks game Wednesday night.Over the last two years, we have told you a sweet story about Dante Brown and his birthday wish for cards from around the world. Brown has autism.- Advertisement – Last night, he was in the spotlight for a different reason. Brown got to throw the first pitch or three for the Wilmington Sharks.We first told you Brown’s story in 2016. He asked for birthday cards from around the country and got a few dozen. Last year, his story reached people around the world and he got more than 500 cards.He and his mom said last night was such a proud moment for them.Related Article: Bitty of ‘Bitty & Beau’s Coffee’ invited to appear on Sesame Street“Did you enjoy it?”“Yes,” Brown said.“I think it was awesome, very pleased, very proud that he was given this opportunity and we are really proud of him for what he’s accomplished and what he’s going to accomplish,” Brown’s mom Linda Lee said.Brown’s birthday is right around the corner on August 1. You can probably guess what he wants.If you want to send him a birthday card, here is the address:14 Apple Rd Castle Hayne NC 28429last_img read more

first_img They had positions open for clinics in Wilmington, Brunswick County and Jacksonville.People were able to walk right in and speak with representatives from the Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for a job, the Fayetteville VA is looking for medical support assistants around the region.The Fayetteville VA’s Wilmington Health Care Center hosted a job fair Tuesday, looking for medical support assistants.- Advertisement – last_img

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint MEPs David Casa and Ana Gomes have rejected a request for a meeting made by two of the three men accused of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder.In a bizarre request on Thursday’s court hearing, Alfred and George Degiorgio, through their lawyer William Cuschieri have asked the court to authorise a meeting between the two accused and MEPs David Casa and Ana Gomes in the presence of a journalist or foreign journalists. The murder compilation in respect of Alfred Degiorgio, George Degiorgio and Vince Muscat continued on Thursday.The request was verbalized at the start of the sitting as the compilation of evidence against Alfred Degiorgio, George Degiorgio and Vince Muscat continued in court.The request took the prosecution and parte civile lawyers by surprise, with the AG’s assistant Philip Galea Farrugia saying that he was ‘bewildered’ upon hearing the request. Parte civile lawyer Jason Azzopardi was not present when the request was verbalized only to enter the courtroom later and arguing that the request should be discussed behind closed doors.Galea Farrugia stated that the case was subject to a judicial process and politicians, the media and other third parties, were to be left out of it.Azzopardi argued that after such a meeting were to happen, the news would be divulged by press whose duty is to do so, this might lead to a situation where the defence would institute proceedings claiming that certain rights had been breached.Defence lawyer William Cuschieri told the court that he had only been informed by this request in the morning and was not fully aware of what the accused wished to discuss with the MEPs, thus he sought authorisation from the court.Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit who is presiding over the court, observed that such a request could have possible constitutional repercussions.The court granted the prosecution and parte civile lawyers until Monday to file their written replies to the Degiorgios. The court would then decree on the matter accordingly.MEPs David Casa and Ana Gomes reject requestIn a reaction to the request made in court, a joint statement was issued by PN MEP David Casa and Portuguese S&D MEP Ana Gomes whereby they informed that they would reject such a meeting. In a reaction, the MEPs stated that politicians have no place negotiated with suspected murderers being in held in custody. Further Casa and Gomes said that “if the accused want to make a confession they should do so to the magistrate and if they want to make a public statement claiming innocence they can do so in court or by releasing a statement via their lawyer.The MEPs reminded that their only role in a criminal case is to hold authorities to account saying that they could not perform the role of a magistrate, the police or the prosecutor.More witnesses take the stand – contravention photos missing from the systemA LESA representative took the witness stand on Thursday. He presented copies of two contraventions related to the car which had been leased by Alfred Degiorgio. One of the contraventions presented in court had a photo attached, while the second ticket which was given because the car was parked on double yellow lines in Triq it-Tonn, St Paul’s Bay in August 2017.The witness told the court that while there were photos attached to this contravention, for some reason, the photos were never found on the system, nor were they ever archived, reiterating that no photos were found on the system.Prosecuting Inspector Keith Arnaud said that five police reports retrieved from the police database following a search using Caruana Galizia’s ID card number. Three of the reports were presented on Thursday. The fourth report concerned an anonymous caller calling from a telephone booth and informing the Police’s control room of a bomb being planned at Caruana Galizia’s residence by two men in 2008. The police had spoken with the men indicated by the anonymous caller however nothing had come out of it. The fifth report concerned the murder itself.The compilation continues on 15 July.The Prosecution was led by Police Inspector Keith Arnaud.Lawyer William Cuschieri appeared for Alfred Degiorgio (il-Fulu), lawyer Josette Sultana appeared for George Degiorgio (iċ-Ċiniż) and lawyer Martin Fenech appeared for Vince Muscat (il-Koħħu).Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit presided over the court.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgThe Diocese of Gozo has announced that it will be offering another year of subsidized accommodation for Gozitan students and young people, in Malta.The families of those who want to use this service are requested to write a letter to the Administrative Secretary of the diocese at the Curia. All requests will then be submitted to an appointed board who will evaluate requests. Anyone can apply but preference is given to those cases of people in need of help.This service was announced by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech in a letter read at Mass. The Bishop said the Augustinian Fathers and the Sisters of Saint Joseph, had made two houses owned by diocese available for this, one in Gwardamangia which will house men, and one for women in the Island.Church opens two hostels for Gozitan students in MaltaFor this accommodation, students are charged € 100 a month between them, to cover the costs of electricity bills and water.Applications will be accepted until the end of June, and those selected will be notified by 15 July.WhatsApp SharePrint <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_img SharePrint By the end of 2018, Malta still had over 2000 pending applications for asylum while having rejected over 1500 others.According to the collected findings published in the European Asylum Support Office’s ‘Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the EU 2018’ Malta still had 2,020 asylum applications still pending and outcome. The highest share of these pending applications had come from Syrian nationals (20%).This reflected an over 66% increase in pending applications since 2014 and 35% more on 2017 (1,500).RejectionsThis is also interesting in terms of the number of first instance decisions made by the Maltese asylum authorities. They state that this has gradually declined from 1,735 in 2014 to 1,500 in 2018. Somalians made up to 44% of those receiving the first instance decisions.At the same time, there were 1,525 combined asylum applications which had been denied at the first and second instances. Interestingly, the numbers of first instance rejections in 2018 were more than double those recorded for 2017. While 2017 recorded 345 rejections, there were 855 in the following year. In the second or more instance rejections, 340 cases were rejected compared to almost double in 2018, at 670.In both cases Somalians made up the majority of the rejected applications, but more so in the second instance cases. This is reflected as 38% in the first instance and 53% in the second.EASO/EurostatStatus awards reducedThe numbers also show that the applications for Refugee (RS), Subsidiary Protection (SPS) and Humanitarian Protection (HPT) had all dropped between the 2014 and 2018 reporting period.The numbers of people successfully receiving Refugee Status had dropped to 150 in 2018 from 190 in 2014, with a peak in 2015 of 265. Subsidiary Protection Status granted on the first instance had dropped by almost half from 900 in 2014 to 475 in 2018. Equally, with HPT granted on the first instance, this had dropped by almost 85%, from 165 in 2014 to 25 in 2018.Except for HPT, the previous statuses also saw a spike in 2015, RS – 265 and SPS – 915 respectively.Improvements and space for improvementThe EASO report on 2018 also highlights that Malta was one of the top five receiving countries for asylum seekers. This included Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Sweden and Luxembourg.Malta received only 2,130 applications for asylum last year compared to 1,840 in 2017.This was a very small proportion of the 664 480 application for international protection, Europe received in 2018. This is understood to reflect a 10% decrease on 2017. Those who were applying for asylum were coming mostly from Syria, from Afghanistan, and Iraq.This is while Germany (184,180), France (120,425), Greece (66,965), Italy (59,950) and Spain (54,050) were the member states which received the most applications.EASOMalta was also identified as one of the countries criticised for poor reception living conditions by civil society organisations. One civil society organisation respondent also told EASO that there were difficulties and delays for migrants to access education in Malta. This was inspite of improvements to education provision to applicant’s children, provided through the Migrant Learners’ Unit.EASO also pointed out on the sector of protection that Malta was moving towards enforcing laws on children protection which governs all children even in the asylum context. Added to this were more resources to increase the capacity and competence of workers working with minors.You can read the full report here: 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 Google is planning to launch a “buy” button to enable you to purchase merchandise online from some of its retailers.The “buy” button will let shoppers search for products and purchase them direct from the search results page. It’s a similar concept to Amazon’s “one-click ordering” system.This will keep traffic on Google’s own home page rather than sending them away to retail websites following a Google product search. – Advertisement – Google won’t follow Amazon’s lead in establishing vast warehouses of goods though. This would simply be a front end for selling goods from third party retailers.Reports indicate that these plans are in the preliminary discussion stage at present, and there’s no guarantee that anything will come of them. The report claims that some retailers who have discussed the plans with Google are cool on the idea.Via: Trusted Reviewslast_img read more

first_imgThe newly elected ICTAU board. In Picture: (Left-to-Right): Boaz Shani, James Makumbi, Joseph Kaizzi, Joanitah Nalubega, Colin Asiimwe, Joshua Twinamasiko, Evelyn Namara, Micheal Niyitegeka and Brian Senogga. Advertisement The ICT Association of Uganda is a multi-stakeholder initiative that was founded on May 16th, 2013 by a group of private individuals from Uganda to provide professional guidance and advisory services to individuals & organizations in the private sector and Governments respectively. They conduct and disseminate research and the advocacy and establishment of projects and policies concerning the adoption and usage of development informatics in Uganda.Their vision of contributing to Uganda’s technological development by organizing key ICT stakeholders under one body capable of promoting ICT research & advocate projects and policies concerning the adoption and usage of ICTs by the underserved & unreached in Uganda and with a mission of creating an effective network between all practitioners, researchers, policy makers, government & industry to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration in development informatics in Uganda, the association seeks to become the foremost and largest forum for ICT practitioners, managers, researchers & policy makers to share their knowledge and experience on the technology, adoption, localization, management and policy of development informatics in Uganda.The newly elected board takes a group photo with the out-going board.The newly elected board of ICTAU: – Advertisement – James Makumbi – Chairman James is a software developer. He develops software’s to manage/share/store business information based on the Microsoft operating systems, with all popular databases, the .Net Framework and a healthy serving of Developer Express tools and controls.He is also the founder of Billable Ltd.Evelyn Namara – Vice Chairperson Evelyn is passionate about Technology for Development (ICT4D), Social Innovation, Education Technology (EdTech) and empowering women in technology.  Joanitah Nalubega – Treasurer Joanitah is a qualified Industrial Chemist with a deep passion for technology, with specific interest in the finding solutions for the health sector using technology. She has worked as a website developer and content manager at Node Six and a content editor for PC Tech Magazine.She’s also a holder of a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied ICT In Health and Leadership and is currently working with Afrigal Tech, a team of young women to design and develop an alternative and mobile diagnostics tool for sickle cell Anemia.She is skilled in operation of digital communications platforms, social media and likes to travel in her free time.Colin Asiimwe – Secretary General Colin is a communications and advertising strategist passionate about the evolution of communication. He has worked on various brands across the East African region on ideas and campaigns across multiple categories to deliver richer, fuller impact.Strong on the ideation narrative and keen on insight mining, Colin’s passion to disrupt things has also led him into the start-up scene and is currently working with other young people across the region to build what they envision the future of East Africa to be; connected, African and smart.Brian Ssenogga – Director in charge of education and training Brian is passionate  about all things  ICT, Health and Training. He is a co-­founder and Director of The Uganda Center for Open Source Software. He is an experienced Trainer in ICT Concepts, Open Source Solutions, and Linux Courses with serves the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa, as Secretary General and has co-authored an LPI study with FOSSFA and GIZ’s ict@innovations’ project.Boaz Shani – Director in charge of Administration Boaz is social media Coach, ICT Consultant, Founder of ICTAU and also the PRO AV Consultant at Technet East Africa Solution Ltd; the leading distributors of Professional Audio Visual manufacturers in Eat Africa. Joshua Twinamasiko – Director in charge of Human Resources Joshua is passionate about the power that technology has to transform the way we do business in Uganda and to change people’s lives. He is the Co-founder and Managing Director of PC Tech Magazine, one of the top websites in Uganda.He has over 8 years of working online in web development, digital communications and marketing. Joshua who calls himself a “serial entrepreneur”  also runs Ora, an online store that sells themed and custom made T-Shirts and often speaks on the opportunities that the internet brings to young innovators doorsteps.Joseph Kaizzi – Director in charge of Development Joseph is a mentor, teacher, tech-enthusiast and technical advisor. He is leveraging IoT to address development challenges.He is also the founder and CEO of ThinVoid. Dennis Kamugisha – Director in charge of Audit Denis is a telecommunication engineer with certification in computer security and networks. He is currently working with Saracen Uganda as Technical Manager and ICT support.  Michael Niyitegeka – Members’ representative Michael is an ICDL Africa Accreditation Consultant for Uganda, an expert in Leadership Development, and Business Technology Strategy, a Franklin Covey Certified Facilitator.He possesses 17 years of working experience in both the private and public sectors. He has also worked with Makerere University for 12 years in varied capacities as a researcher, trainer and head of Corporate Relations.last_img read more

first_imgStanbic Bank’s Head Corporate and Investment Banking Edwin Mucai (Right), Chief Marketing Officer MTN Olivier Prentout (centre) and the MTN Manager corporate services Anthony Katamba pose for a photo after Stanbic Bank handed over its contribution worth UGX225 million towards the upcoming 2017 MTN marathon. The money will be used to combat the exposure of school going children to cancer caused by asbestos roofing in Kampala and improving maternal health services at Kiswa and Komaboga Health centres. Advertisement Stanbic Bank Uganda, a partner and supporter of the MTN Kampala Marathon, has contributed UGX 225 million towards this year’s activity.The money will be used to combat the exposure of school going children to cancer caused by asbestos roofing in Kampala and improving maternal health services at Kiswa and Komaboga Health centres.The contribution was presented by Stanbic Uganda’s Corporate Investment Banking Head, Edwin Mucai during an official handover ceremony held at the Stanbic Bank Head Office. Speaking at the occasion, Edwin said, “Once again, we are extremely proud and excited to partner with MTN in what has become a world class event attracting fun runners and elite athletes from across the country and the globe. As a bank, we have supported the MTN Kampala Marathon since its inception and are proud to be associated with the various causes over the years which have supported the vulnerable in our communities.” – Advertisement – “Our objective as Stanbic is to build on the 14 years of success not only through our financial support but through the participation of our staff. I am pleased to announce that we contribute the largest number of runners from a single company with over 200 staff members who participate annually. We encourage the public to participate, run and support this noble cause.” Edwin added.Anthony Katamba MTN’s General Manager, Corporate Services thanked Stanbic Bank for its continued and steady support of the MTN Marathon over the years. He said, “We appreciate the partnership Stanbic Bank has provided through the years by proving shared effort is what’s needed to transform lives in our communities. This year’s proceeds from the Marathon will be used to fight cancer among children caused by asbestos and improve maternal Health services at Kiswa and Komaboga Health centres.”“We encourage and look forward to more numbers in supporting this cause.”  Anthony concluded.last_img read more

first_imgUganda Communication Commission (UCC) sets ‘tough’ guide lines for sim replacement/swaps. (Photo Credit: Advertisement Communication regulatory body; UCC on March 9th temporarily halted simcard sales or replacement following the murder of a Kampala-based cashier Suzan Magara, whose kidnappers reached the family to demand a ransom using simcards that were unregistered and couldn’t be traced. The body asked all telecom companies to hold on until they recieved ‘Electronic Biometeric Card Readers’ from the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA).After almost 2 months of wait, NIRA handed over 50 electronic biometeric card readers to UCC on Friday last week that are to assist the verifying of citizens’ national identification cards during sim replacements/swaps. NIRA claims that the new technology will help telecom companies verify simcard ‘rightful’ owners with the personal details submitted to them (NIRA).UCC came out and set ‘tough’ guidelines for those that will be replacing/swaping simcards. Under the new rules, the simcard holder has to present a vaild letter from the Uganda police confirming loss of their simcard, present an original national ID to the operator where the operator will have to retain a copy of its, the operator as well as to first verify the authentic of the national ID using the electronic biometeris card readers provided to them. And finally, the operator will have to re-register the applicant for the sim swap/replacement and obtain a fresh photography from them. – Advertisement – MTN Uganda has already resumed with the process and still limited to a few of its service centers.last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 3 MarchRACING1.45 LingfieldCataria Girl 8/1 > 9/22.30 SouthwellGreen Wizard 6/1 > 4/12.40 KemptonDivine Rule 12/1 > 13/23.10 KemptonMount Shamsan 11/4 > 15/83.45 KemptonIntomist 11/1 > 5/15.15 KemptonPeace Seeker 5/1 > 100/30What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood news from Goodison yesterday. The draw recommendation was a nice win for the column which is now 96 points up since the start of the World Cup last year.Three Premier League games on Sunday and it’s the final match at 4.15pm that makes most appeal with West Ham hosting Man U.It’s 8th v 4th in the table, so plenty to play for and a win for Man U today would lift them into third spot.Man U are still looking vulnerable away from home but their record over West Ham over the years is hard to ignore. They are unbeaten in their last 12 top-flight games against West Ham, winning 11 of those matches.The Hammers are playing well this season and have 17 more points than they did at the same stage in the last campaign, however, their form is just starting to dip and they have only won one of their last six Premier League games. They will also be without central defenders James Collins, Winston Reid and (possibly) Andy Carroll after his recent ankle injury.For Man U Louis van Gaal is again without Michael Carrick but Ashley Young is fit again after a hamstring strain.There should be plenty of drama – it was in this fixture last season that Wayne Rooney scored from the halfway line !!West Ham v Man UPremier League4.15pm LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2014 Premier Man Utd 2-1 West HamMar 2014 Premier West Ham 0-2 Man UtdDec 2013 Premier Man Utd 3-1 West HamApr 2013 Premier West Ham 2-2 Man UtdJan 2013 FA Cup Man Utd 1-0 West HamJan 2013 FA Cup West Ham 2-2 Man UtdNov 2012 Premier Man Utd 1-0 West HamApr 2011 Premier West Ham 2-4 Man UtdNov 2010 Carling Cup West Ham 4-0 Man UtdAug 2010 Premier Man Utd 3-0 West HamI’m sticking with a DRAW recommendation – this time at around 13/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 6 points at around 13/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 96.42 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]an City get the chance to strike first this weekend, safe in the knowledge that a win away to Stoke in the lunchtime kick off will keep them top of the table – irrespective of what else happens.It’s a fixture City won 4-1 last season and the hosts will be hopeful of avoiding a similar score, given they are starting to find some form and have lost just two of their last 12 games – including a good run in the Capital One Cup where they have reached the semi-finals and will play Liverpool.Stoke will welcome back captain Ryan Shawcross who missed the Capital One game through suspension but will be without Peter Crouch who has a hamstring injury.Man City appear to have steadied the ship after their 4-1 home defeat to Liverpool which was swiftly followed by Juventus beating them 1-0 in the Champions League. City have bounced back with a win against Southampton and an impressive 4-1 defeat of Hull in their Capital One Cup quarter final game.Manuel Pellegrini has his fair share of injury woes. Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure are injured and join captain Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Samir Nasri who are also out. Eliaquim Mangala is suspended.Goalkeeper Joe Hart has recovered from his recent hamstring problem.Stoke City v Man CityPremier League12:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2015 PREMIER Stoke 1-4 Man CityAug 2014 PREMIER Man City 0-1 StokeFeb 2014 PREMIER Man City 1-0 StokeSep 2013 PREMIER Stoke 0-0 Man CityJan 2013 FA CUP Stoke 0-1 Man CityJan 2013 PREMIER Man City 3-0 StokeSep 2012 PREMIER Stoke 1-1 Man CityMar 2012 PREMIER Stoke 1-1 Man CityDec 2011 PREMIER Man City 3-0 StokeMay 2011 PREMIER Man City 3-0 StokeDRAW / MAN CITY at around 7/2 with Star Sports appeals most on the HT/FT market.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW / MAN CITY on the HT/FT market for 7 points at around 7/2 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 91.46 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_imgHORSE RACING3.35 ThurlesAskari 7/2 > 5/25.30 KemptonClematis 4/1 > 100/30LIVE FOOTBALLUEFA Europa League Group Stage17:55 BT Sport 215/4 Vorskla Poltava3/4 Arsenal14/5 DRAWUEFA Europa League Group Stage20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD1/3 Chelsea17/2 PAOK17/4 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 29 NovemberJULIE COLLIER Introduces the afternoon daily specials and offers on Thursday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

first_imgShareDavid Centennial video series: The owl and the shieldRice University’s weekly centennial videos run through Oct. 12HOUSTON – (May 31, 2012) – If the news media had had it their way back in 1912, the “Grays” would have been the nickname for Rice University’s athletic teams. But even with a fair amount of ink to spread the news, the name didn’t stick and the “Rice Owls” has lived on for nearly 100 years. This week the Centennial video series explores Rice’s owl moniker and the university’s shield. Who knew that the “coat of arms” for families with the name “Rice” and “Houston” was taken into consideration by the designers of Rice’s shield? Many of those families were found to have been using chevrons and birds, so the designers tasked with creating the university’s shield used those influences when they created what has become the enduring official mark of Rice University.Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Rice’s mascot and shield. To learn more about Rice’s history, visit Kean’s blog at help celebrate the university’s centennial Oct. 12, Rice University is producing weekly videos exploring the school’s unique history.The video, available on YouTube at, is also available to media in high quality and without music for editing purposes. For higher-quality video, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.-30-Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduNew York Philharmonic musicians visit Rice Shepherd School of Music for Global Academy auditionsHOUSTON – (Oct. 26, 2015) – Musicians from the New York Philharmonic will be holding auditions at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music Nov. 1-3 for the Philharmonic’s Global Academy. Members of the media are invited to observe as Shepherd School students rehearse with members of the New York Philharmonic.The academy is a fellowship program that includes customized collaborations with partners worldwide that offer intensive training of pre-professional musicians by New York Philharmonic members. The Shepherd School has the distinction of being the first school of music selected for this prestigious partnership.These auditions are the first in a multiyear partnership between the New York Philharmonic and the Shepherd School. A group of student string players will be selected to travel to New York in May 2016 for immersive coaching, outreach and performance opportunities with the New York Philharmonic.The Nov. 1-3 visit includes a rehearsal of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, during which the visiting members of the New York Philharmonic will play and coach onstage alongside the students.What: New York Philharmonic musicians Michelle Kim (violin), Cynthia Phelps (viola), Eric Bartlett (cello) and Max Zeugner (bass) will rehearse with and coach Rice’s Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra.Interview opportunities include Matthew VanBesien, president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic, and Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School.When: Monday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m.Where: Stude Concert Hall in Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Rice University, Entrance 8 or 18.For more information about the Shepherd School’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic, visit more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at 713-348-6327 or Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more

first_img Caleb Bashor Return to article. Long DescriptionThe prototype 16-chamber version of eVOLVER cost under $2,000, which is less than a lab might pay for a single continuous culture bioreactor. (Image courtesy of C. Bashor/Rice University)The prototype 16-chamber version of eVOLVER described in the new paper cost less than $2,000, cheaper than what a lab might pay for a single continuous culture bioreactor, Bashor said. eVOLVER comprises three modules: a customizable “smart sleeve” housing and interface for each culture vessel, a fluidic module that controls movement of liquid in and out of each culture vessel, and a modular hardware infrastructure that simplifies high-volume bi-directional data flow by decoupling each parameter into individual microcontrollers.“The idea was to make it cheap, open source and totally customizable so that anybody could make it as long as they have access to a machine shop, a 3D printer and a McMaster-Carr catalog or RadioShack catalog,” he said.In proof-of-principle experiments described in the study, the researchers used eVOLVER to individually vary the level and timing of temperature, media inputs and outputs and other features of the environment in more than 450 yeast cultures over a period of 500 hours. Sensors continuously reported how each culture performed, allowing the researchers to gauge how well particular strains of yeast adapted to specific levels of stress.Bashor said he plans to build an even larger, 96-chamber version of eVOLVER in his own lab at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative this fall with help from visiting collaborators. While the device won’t be used in every experiment he plans for the lab, he is planning for some of the synthetic biology experiments he originally envisioned for eVOLVER.“We can put synthetic circuitry into the cells, and then we can evolve the cells to see how they change to accommodate the circuitry,” he said. “Stress, from factors like heat or starvation, can put pressure on cells to evolve, and putting synthetic circuitry into a cell can act as a pressure too. The cells don’t normally have the genes from these circuits, so there’s natural pressure to evolve to get rid of them.“But some of the cells might evolve a way to keep the circuits, and we would want to know how they did that. That would be something we’d want to be able to engineer.”Additional co-authors include Christopher Mancuso and Szilvia Kiriakov, both of BU. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Institutes of Health.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: eVOLVER combines the control of automated, continuous cell-culturing systems with the scale of high-throughput systems that grow many cultures at once. (Image courtesy of C. Bashor/Rice University) The prototype 16-chamber version of eVOLVER cost under $2,000, which is less than a lab might pay for a single continuous culture bioreactor. (Image courtesy of C. Bashor/Rice University) Caleb Bashor is assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The DOI of the Nature Biotechnology paper is: 10.1038/nbt.4151A copy of the paper is available at: release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to Return to article. Long DescriptionCaleb Bashor is assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“I was aware of the do-it-yourself electronics culture, and I kept thinking, ‘There has to be a way to make this that’s not terribly difficult and would be relatively cheap,’” he said. “I started looking at microcontrollers. I started looking online at electronics catalogs and materials, and I thought about, ‘Okay, what are the materials we could use?’ ‘How do we keep this simple?’”The earliest collaborators on the project were study co-authors Ahmad “Mo” Khalil, assistant professor of bioengineering at BU, and Brandon Wong, a graduate student in Khalil’s group. Together, the three and other collaborators worked on eVOLVER in their spare time, designing the electronics, fluidics, culture chambers and the software that would both control each chamber and report results.“The software was a challenge,” Bashor said. “I wrote a little loop in MatLab to control like a half-dozen cultures, and better coders took it from there and elaborated on it. The code got quite enormous actually.”The group struggled to find code that could report, record and track all variables across all time scales in each culture chamber but eventually struck gold with software that was originally designed to track stock prices.“It allows us to track data, as it accumulates, live, and we can look at the timeline of the data on any resolution. It also stores all the data on a server,” he said. AddThis Return to article. Long DescriptioneVOLVER combines the control of automated, continuous cell-culturing systems with the scale of high-throughput systems that grow many cultures at once. (Image courtesy of C. Bashor/Rice University)In a paper appearing online this week and on the cover of July’s issue of Nature Biotechnology, Bashor and colleagues from Boston University (BU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveil eVOLVER, a system that combines the control of automated cell-culturing systems that can run continuously for months with the scale of high-throughput systems that grow dozens of cultures at once.Bashor, assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice, first thought of the idea for eVOLVER three years ago while working as a postdoctoral researcher at BU.“One thing we were working on was antibiotic resistance,” he recalled. “A lot of times, antibiotic resistance shows up when you administer the drug continuously. So I was thinking, what if you administer it in pulses? How long are the pulses? Where do you see antibiotic resistance evolve? Where do you see it not evolve? Is there a way to systematically see what the temporal features of antibiotic administration gives you?“If you plan a time course and say, ‘I want to do this one every 15 minutes, I want to do this one every hour,’ and so on, you quickly realize that it’s impossible without automation,” he said. “Not to mention that antibiotic resistance often shows up in time scales of weeks rather than days. You need something automated that can run for several weeks, with dozens or hundreds of samples that are individually controlled and monitored.”Bashor, a trained biochemist and synthetic biologist, knew that no off-the-shelf device existed for such an experiment, and combining standard bioreactors in a high-throughput setup would require entire rooms of space and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.center_img schematic of the eVOLVER continuous cell-culturing system prototype 16-chamber eVOLVER continuous cell-culturing system Share3David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduDIY brings high throughput to continuous cell culturingOpen-source eVOLVER can support 96-chamber automated growth experimentsHOUSTON — (June 11, 2018) — Rice University’s Caleb Bashor never planned to be an inventor or do-it-yourselfer, but there was no other way to do the microbiology experiments he envisioned.last_img read more