Month: July 2019

  • Anticuts activists have called for disabled peopl

    first_imgAnti-cuts activists have called for disabled people to vote tactically at the general election, in a bid to remove the Conservative party from power.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) launched a campaign this week to “unseat” the Tory government, with a protest outside the party’s election headquarters in Westminster (pictured).Although they failed to achieve their aim of occupying the building, they blocked traffic near Westminster Abbey for about an hour, in one of a series of DPAC protests likely to take place in the lead-up to the general election on 8 June.Among DPAC’s plans for further protests during the election campaign is to make a “social visit” to the Maidenhead constituency of prime minister Theresa May on 3 June.The campaign will draw attention to last November’s damning report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, which found the UK government’s social security reforms had led to “grave or systematic violations” of the UN disability convention.Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, the grassroots network of disabled people that persuaded the UN to carry out its inquiry, said: “The government are supposed to make sure it is highly publicised [but] they have buried it.”She said the report “vindicated everything we had been saying for the last seven years.“It is an international body saying it, this time, not just us, and it is proof that it has happened and is happening: the cuts to social care, the loss of a right to independent living, the loss of satisfactory income levels.”DPAC says the cumulative effect of seven years of Conservative cuts has left disabled people “at the mercy of degrading and flawed testing regimes, while a growing number are trapped in their homes without access to food and water for hours, reliant on foodbanks to eat and expected to rely on incontinence pads as a substitute for support to use the toilet with dignity”.Burnip said DPAC would be asking disabled people to vote tactically to defeat Tory candidates, which would include backing some Liberal Democrats.She said: “There are so many people who just could not take another five years [of Tory government].”She said another five years would lead to “further dismantling and privatisation of the NHS”, including cuts to wheelchair services and mental health services, longer waiting-lists and fewer accident and emergency departments, as well as further cuts to benefits, worsening working conditions, and “more attacks on young people, women and disabled people”.She said: “What we are really saying to people is you need to vote, you need to use your vote.“We need to make sure the voting power of disabled people is recognised and political parties take our views into account.”Graeme Ellis, a disabled campaigner who quit the Conservative party in disgust last year over George Osborne’s spring budget, said he agreed with DPAC’s calls for tactical voting to oust Tory candidates.Ellis had previously run the Conservative Disability Group’s (CDG) website and had been a Conservative voter for nearly 50 years, but left a message on the CDG home page after the Osborne budget saying: “This website is temporarily closed owing to Disability Cuts.”Ellis, who founded the Lancaster-based welfare rights advice social enterprise Here2Support, said this week: “No disabled person or family and friends should vote for any party that threatens to make our lives unliveable through draconian health, care and welfare measures.“The number of disabled citizens using food banks is beyond belief.”He said voters should abandon any party that flouts international treaties on disability rights, as the Tories have done with the UN disability convention.Ellen Clifford, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said: “The cowardly bully Theresa May wants us to believe that she offers strong and stable leadership but there is nothing strong or stable about persecuting disabled people.“DPAC are not surprised that May has chosen to avoid debate in this election as she would be called upon to defend the indefensible actions of her nasty government.”last_img read more

  • James Bentley grabbed a hattrick whilst Dom Peyro

    first_imgJames Bentley grabbed a hat-trick whilst Dom Peyroux, Regan Grace, Jake Spending, Adam Swift, Jake Spedding, John Hutchings, Josh Eaves, Chris Follin and Kyle Amor all crossed in a pleasing performance.Up 24-0 at half time, a youthful Saints took to the field in the second half and, backed by some experienced players in the latter stages, ran up 40 more points.Matty Fozard crossed against his former employers early in the half too, but the Eagles round Saints in a ruthless mindset.Saints almost opened the scoring within the first three minutes when Regan Grace broke down the field to set Adam Swift away.But two minutes later, Dominique Peyroux got on the end of Theo Fages’ chip to give his side the lead.Danny Richardson added the extras and was unlucky not to put Grace over in the corner with a floated kick moments later.Sheffield were holding their own but Saints undid their defensive work on 13 minutes when Grace crossed thanks to the work of the lively Matty Costello.Kyle Amor’s offload then saw Jake Spedding race off for a fine solo try before James Bentley bagged the first of his three.And what an effort it was too – Peyroux and Ryan Morgan combining to create space for Matty Smith to set Costello free in the centre of the pitch. The fullback then turned it over to Spedding who offloaded into the welcoming arms of the new signing from Bradford.Justin Holbrook made a number of changes for the second half with Kevin Brown, Alex Eckley, Aaron Smith, Jorge Lewtas and Liam Cooper all featuring.It took only four minutes for the new look side to click too as Swift crusied over in the corner.Richardson locked in his fifth kick of the afternoon before former Saint Matty Fozard scored a good try to put the visitors on the board.Bentley nabbed his second as he ran the perfect angle – and then completed his hat-trick as he backed up a break to the left of the posts.Sheffield were giving it their all in the freezing conditions but their task wasn’t made any easier against the red-hot Saints when Daniel Igbinedion was sent off for a spear tackle on Amor.And he mustn’t have been off the pitch more than a minute before John Hutchings scored with his first touch of the ball – much to the delight of his watching family and friends!Josh Eaves polished off another fine move for Saints’ eighth – then Chris Follin and Amor completed the strong showing.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Peyroux, Grace, Spedding, Bentley (3), Swift, Hutchings, Eaves, Follin, Amor Goals: Richardson (6 from 7), Fairclough (4 from 4)Sheffield: Tries: Fozzard Goals: Thomas (1 from 1)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 3 Sheffield: 5HT: 24-0FT: 64-6REF: J McMullenTeams:Saints: 30. Mathew Costello; 19. Regan Grace, 22. Jake Spedding, 3. Ryan Morgan, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 20. Matty Lees, 7. Matty Smith, 10. Kyle Amor, 24. James Bentley, 17. Dominique Peyroux, 21. Jack Ashworth. Subs: 1. Kevin Brown, 2. Cameron Brown, 4. Chris Follin, 8. John Hutchings, 12. Jorge Lewtas, 13. Callum Hazzard, 14. Tom Nisbet, 16. Alex Eckley, 25. Aaron Smith, 26. Liam Cooper, 27. Ben Morris, 28. Josh Eaves, 29. Rob Fairclough.Sheffield: 1. Ryan Millar; 2. Iliess Macani, 3. Daniel Igbinedion, 4. Josh Toole, 5. Ben Blackmore; 19. Oscar Thomas, 7Matty Fozard; 8. Jon Magrin, 9. Greg Burns, 10. Mark Offerdahl, 11. Oliver Davies, 12. Shaun Pick, 13. Matt James. Subs: 14. Kieran Moran, 16. Jordan Tansey, 17. Max Garcia, 18. Blake Broadbent.last_img read more

  • Surf City food truck debate causes high tensions

    first_img Some food truck operators say they should be allowed to operate in town limits, but brick-and-mortar restaurant owners say it wouldn’t be fair.When the Salty Turtle Beer Company opened in December 2017, Owner Daniel Callender Callender said there were limited food options in Surf City opened late. When he first asked about food trucks, he said the town told him food trucks were not allowed. In May, he asked the town for the ordinance that banned food trucks but, the language was unclear.Monday night, a meeting was held where residents and business owners could share their thoughts.Related Article: NCDOT announces when new Surf City bridge will openBrenda Golder, who lives in Surf City and says she is not for or against food trucks, says the debate has gotten ugly, dividing the town.“There were threats on Facebook, on social media against some of our local business owners and their establishments, vulgar language was used, hatred. I don’t think that’s the way,” said Golder. “If you can’t get your way, you don’t threaten with an attorney. You don’t go on Facebook. We’re trying to rebuild our town that makes people want to come. This type of confusion and controversy is not good for anyone,” she said.Golder says she just wants a decision to be made so city council can get back to focusing on hurricane recovery.Callender said he said he saw breweries in Wilmington bringing in food trucks and said Surf City is progressing.“Breweries and food trucks are like a picture perfect duo kind of thing,” said Salty Turtle Beer Company Owner Daniel Callender. “They go hand and hand. ”The vote on food trucks will take place December 4th. Surf City town council will hold a meeting Monday night to discuss food trucks within town limits (Photo: WWAY) SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Should food trucks be allowed to operate within Surf City town limits? It’s a topic that’s stirred lots of debate among many restaurant owners there.The town has historically banned food trucks in Surf City but, the Salty Turtle Beer Company had the first food truck on their property in late August. – Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Im dreaming of a world without food waste

    first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Dalibor Matijević has founded some six start-ups in the last eight years, combining lasting social innovation for people and for the environment. He embarked on this path as a child, helping all those who needed it. He is the founder and owner of the Robin Food store and trademark, which tackles global issues relating to social responsibility.“I thought about Robin Hood, how he and his men in tights helped people in difficult situations. The story inspired me to begin a social enterprise and I opened the Robin Food store, through which we facilitate access to food.”Dalibor Matijević,29-years-oldStart-up founderWhere did the idea to start the Robin Food social enterprise come from?“On average we throw out around a third of our food, which in Europe amounts to 88 million tonnes a year. This figure is shocking. Since I learnt that, I started to think about how I can help the EU achieve its goal of halving the amount of food waste by 2030.I wanted to create something new and different. I thought about Robin Hood, how he and his men in tights helped people in difficult situations. The story inspired me to begin a social enterprise and I opened the Robin Food store, through which we facilitate access to food. We’ve also launched a website with the team, which is associated with the external FoodPlusX project and allows people to shop for food at low prices. In this way, even less food goes to waste. We help people and promote more responsible treatment of food storage, to put our vision of a world without food waste into practice. Why should edible food which is close to its expiry date or has only had the packaging damagedby the producer end up as waste?”Where does your business experience come from?“I studied business, and that’s how I learnt what works and what doesn’t. I found myself solving problems in the area of waste food and social responsibility.Cooperation with local communities is important for me, so we connect with local fruit and vegetable producers, supporting Slovenian products and produce. We collaborate with suppliers from other EU member states such as Italy, Austria, Croatia and Poland, as well as with partner charity institutions that process waste goods. Through them we also obtain raw materials which we can process and use again.”What are your aims for the future?“I’d be happy to develop in the areas of social responsibility and expand Robin Food to other EU markets, getting involved with their food banks. I think the issue of excess of waste food exists everywhere, so it’s important that we strengthen the awareness of correct processes, something which is already being dealt with at an EU level. Waste food is the result of a number of factors, but the decisions we make and the responsible treatment of food is up to us.”Do you have any advice for young people who want to make the world a better place and strengthen social responsibility?“Fighting against the irresponsible treatment of food and the environment is a problem that I want to solve. Nothing is impossible with a little persistence, a positive attitude and with the right team which fully supports you every step of the way. So I’m looking for those that bring joy and help us develop. Only then can you make your dreams come true, find yourself and make positive changes for the next generation.”This content was supplied by Corporate Identities / EU and MeWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

  • Cassola accuses Muscat and Delia of hypocrisy

    first_img SharePrint Independent European Parliament election candidate and former Chairperson of Alternattiva Demokratika Arnold Cassola described the latest moves by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia against racism as acts of hypocrisy.Cassola explained that a man that a few years ago had augured that a Somali migrant would kidnap EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is now being presented by Joseph Muscat as a star candidate for the Labour Party for the St. Paul’s Bay Local Council.Cassola also spoke of a PN MEP candodate who, according to Cassola, has long been criticising the taking over of shops in Marsa and Ħamrun by migrants and was describing such a ‘take over’ as something that was affecting the Marsa and Ħamrun communities.Cassola said that it was shameless hypocrisy that now suddenly Muscat and Delia wanted to present themselves as the paladins against racism.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

  • ISPS Still Mislead On Broadband

    first_imgAdvertisement Ofcom’s biannual report into the state of the broadband market urged changes to advertising.Virgin Media accused rivals of misleading the public.The report found that the average broadband speed has increased 10% in the last six months as more people try out fast services. – Advertisement – But the gap between advertised and actual speed has widened in the same period. The average advertised speed was 15Mbps, 8.2Mbps faster than the average actual speed.It also found that more than a third of customers on services advertised as “up to” 24Mbps actually received speeds of 4Mbps or less.“The research is still telling us that some consumers are not receiving anywhere near the speeds that are being advertised by some ISPs,” said Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards.The watchdog is urging changes in advertising guidance “so that consumers are able to make more informed decisions based on the adverts they see”.Superfast broadband is now available to 57% of UK homes, the report finds.But three-quarters of broadband services are still delivered via copper-based ADSL technologies, which will always have speed limitations based on the distance between the home and the telephone exchange.Other factors that slow down a connection include the quality of the wiring in a house and the time of day that the service is used.Virgin Media is the only ISP able to come close to advertised speeds because cable services are not influenced by distance.It has spearheaded the campaign to change the way broadband is advertised.Jon James, executive director of broadband for Virgin Media, said: “The gulf between what’s advertised and what speeds customers get continues to grow.”“We remain concerned that people paying for fast broadband are still being misled and believe it is absolutely essential that consumers have all the information they need to make an informed choice,” he added.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is currently reviewing broadband advertising. Its report is expected in the next few months.In a bizarre twist, last month it ruled that Virgin Media’s campaign against false advertising itself broke advertising rules.Andrew Ferguson, co-founder of broadband news site ThinkBroadband thinks more needs to be done to explain the differences between cable and ADSL but is not sure changes to advertising is the correct way.“Adverts will shift to lifestyle advertising rather than actual facts, and some people may be denied access to products because they would drag the average speed down,” he said.Ofcom has introduced a code of practice to help inform the public about their likely speed before signing up to a service.It recommends that broadband customers should be given a speed range rather than a single estimate of the maximum speed on their line.It also suggests that users be allowed to leave their provider without penalty if they receive a maximum speed which is significantly below estimates.So far, Virgin Media, BT, O2 and Sky have signed up to the code.Michael Phillips, of comparison website broadbandchoices, is not sure the code goes far enough.“Ofcom’s code of practice has made some steps in the right direction, but without some more careful thought, there’s still room for a lot of confusion.How will my mum know if a service offering 1Mb – 6Mb is better or worse than one providing 2Mb – 5Mb? She needs to know what speed she’s most likely to receive most of the time,” he said.He thinks that ‘typical speeds’ should be made “the gold standard for speed advertising in the same way that banks use ‘typical APR’ percentages”.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

  • Popes Twitter account to close

    first_imgAdvertisement Pope Benedict XVI’s Twitter account will close when he leaves office, according to the Vatican Radio.The @Pontifex account will be closed at 8pm Vatican local time on February 28, to coincide with the time the Pope’s resignation becomes effective. “From choice, the Pontifex profile was not personalised, but it clearly refers to the person of the pope,” Vatican Radio said, according to CNN.Pope Benedict XVI has been the first leader of the Catholic Church to initiate a presence on Twitter, amidst efforts to revitalise the Catholic religion and engage with young generations. The Pope currently has in excess of two million followers on the social networking site, and many will remember him as the first tech-savvy Pope. – Advertisement – “It seems unimaginable that one could continue to use a communication tool so popular and powerful during the ‘sede vacante’ [vacant seat] period,” Vatican Radio said, referring to the upcoming period between the current Pope’s resignation and the election of a new Pope by the cardinals. Presumably, the next Pope who is chosen through the papal conclave process will choose whether or not to resume papal tweeting.The Pope has only tweeted twice since he announced his resignation due to advanced age, which he says is preventing him from dispensing his duties properly. Both of these Tweets referred to the period of Lent which is currently being observed by the Church.Credit: HumanIPOlast_img read more

  • Rwandas ICT Bill in Final Stages

    first_imgAdvertisement The draft Information Communication Technology Bill is set to be tabled before the plenary session for deliberation and possible approval, after a lengthy period of scrutiny by a parliamentary committee.The Bill provides inclusive legal, regulatory and institutional structure that will allow the country to adapt to the global technology.“It took us so long to adopt it because it was heavy. Most of the Bills we have examined are light, within a range of 35 articles, but the ICT Bill has about 450 articles, which required more time,” said MP Agnès Mukazibera, the chairperson of the parliamentary Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Youth. – Advertisement – There is no legal framework that governs the ICT sector, including the new development of technologies and international best practices.A law enacted in 2001 regulates telecommunications networks and services, but it does not take into account the convergence of technologies and as well as address all legal issues relating to ICT.The draft law is composed of ICT legal framework, electronic communication, information society, broadcasting and postal services.Mukazibera said they have finished examining and aligning the draft Bill with other legislations.“It will be tabled in plenary session between June and August and it is expected to go directly to the Head of State for approval,” she said.The Bill, that was approved in 2010 by Cabinet, aims to harmonise with East African Community and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa ICT laws and regulations. It will be line with International Telecommunication Union agenda.The revised Bill is expected to enhance Rwanda’s position as a major player and hub for communication and multimedia information and content services in the region.Claude K. Migisha, the general manager of kLab, said key issues such as giving a chance to local start-ups (ICT entrepreneurs) and encouraging the trust in local solutions should be addressed in the Bill.“Promoting quality education especially encouraging the computer science education in our high learning institutions should be made a priority in the bill,” he said.kLab, an open technology hub for IT entrepreneurs located at Telecom House in Kacyiru, provides a platform for developers, IT enthusiasts and interested parties opportunities to collaborate and innovate.“As Rwanda moves ahead to compete globally in ICT development, the Bill should lay favourable ground for the country to achieve its technological development agenda,” said Sylivie Mukunde Mboyo, the director of ICT at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.The Bill is expected to ensure the interests of consumers are protected, including cyber security, privacy, and protection from inappropriate content.Credit: New Timeslast_img read more

  • Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 Finalists Announced

    first_imgAdvertisement The African Innovation Foundation (AIF)  has announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014 .Ten African innovators have created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment.Chosen from almost 700 applications from 42 countries, the finalists for the IPA 2014 represent Africans’ potential to address the challenges that are unique to the continent. – Advertisement – The winners of the IPA 2014 will be announced at an awards ceremony on 5 May in Abuja, Nigeria, where keynote speaker, the Honourable Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Minister of finance, will highlight the importance of innovation to unlock Africa’s potential for sustainable development and economic growth.The winner will receive USD 100 000 for the best innovation based on marketability, originality, scalability, social impact and clear business potential.  A runner up will receive USD 25 000 for the best commercial potential and another winner will receive USD 25 000 as a special prize for innovation with the highest social impact.Prior to the awards ceremony, a round table featuring innovation experts will take place, to address the theme “A Path to Building Industrial Nation Skillsets in Africa”.“As global leaders gather for the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa to discuss approaches to inclusive growth and job creation, the IPA 2014 innovators demonstrate that the best way to achieve equitable economic growth for all Africans is to invest in local innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, founder of the African Innovation Foundation and the IPA.The IPA 2014 finalists are:•Ashley Uys (South Africa)OculusID Impairment ScreeningThe OculusID Impairment Screening device is designed to measure pupil response to light emissions. The pupil response can then be measured against pre-determined benchmarks. These benchmarks are applied to measure substance abuse, physiological defects and even fatigue. The device is a far less invasive procedure than existing methods.• Daniel Gitau Thairu (Kenya)Domestic Waste Biogas SystemThe Domestic Waste Biogas System is a new type of biogas digester which utilizes any material capable of decomposing instead of relying on animal dung to generate gas. Materials that can be used include dirty water, leftover food, spoiled grain, and vegetable and fruit peelings. This makes biogas usable even by households that cannot afford animals.• Elise Rasel Cloete (South Africa)GMP Traceability Management Software CCThis software is programmed to capture, store and trace data about livestock and enables data to be captured in real-time. The data is then stored in an ear tag placed on livestock and backed up on a remote server.• Joshua Okello (Uganda) WinSengaThis innovation is a low-cost mobile phone based antenatal diagnosis kit that captures foetal heart beat sounds and provides diagnosis which is sent to the mother through SMS. The data can also be uploaded to cloud storage.• Logou Minsob (Togo)FoufoumixThis is a device designed to replace the mortar and pestles used in preparing the popular West African dish, foufou. The “FOUFOUMIX ” is a small electrical food processor that allows generates discreet, quick and hygienic foufou in 8 minutes, substantially reducing the amount of time needed to prepare the dish, while also enhancing the hygienic conditions during production.•Dr. Nicolaas Duneas (South Africa) Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (Altis OBM™)Altis OBM is the world’s first injectable bone-graft product containing a complex mix of various bone growth compounds derived from porcine (pig). It is used to stimulate the host’s own tissue regeneration system in a way that leads to the healing of a fracture or bone void, much in the same way as occurs in a normal unassisted fracture healing processes.•Maman Abdou Kane (Niger)Horticultural tele irrigationThe “Horticultural Tele-Irrigation system is a technological process that allows growers to remotely control their market garden irrigation system through a mobile or landline regardless of geographic location.•Melesse Temesgen (Ethiopia)Aybar BBMThe Aybar BBM is a low-cost farming device that can be used by farmers to plough fields that are usually waterlogged and helps them easily drain the water. This turns soils or fields that were otherwise unavailable for farming into high yielding fields.•Sulaiman Bolarinde Famro (Nigeria) Farmking Mobile Multi-crop ProcessorThe innovation uses centrifugal forces to process cassava, sweet potatoes, soy, she-nuts, grains and cereals. It helps to separate the tubers from liquid, particles and impurities/toxic elements. The extractor is designed to replace the present crude fermentation and pressing technology which is extremely slow and wasteful and offers limited output and profitability. The extractor reduces a process that normally takes 3 – 4 days into a 5 minute process offering higher quality product outputs.•Viness Pillay (South Africa) WaferMatTMWaferMatTM is a tasty paediatric formulation of ARV therapy in the form of a wafer that dissolves within 3 seconds of being placed in the mouth. The wafer makes the process of administering the drug to children easier and also makes absorption more efficient.The AIF believes that the best solutions to the challenges Africans face on a daily basis can and will come from Africans themselves and innovation is the key. The IPA selection committee represents private equity investors, seed funders, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, innovation catalysts and development leaders who are looking for ideas that move Africa forward.  The call for applications for IPA 2015 will be announced in July.last_img read more

  • Matchstick and Mozilla announce Firefox OS dongle which costs 25

    first_imgAdvertisement Matchstick and Mozilla have announced an open-source take on the Chromecast.It is a $25 Firefox OS-powered HDMI dongle for streaming Internet.The media stick will be available first through Kickstarter, in the hopes to drive down the price tag. – Advertisement – Jack Chang, Matchstick General Manager in the US, described the device to me as “essentially an open Chromecast.” He explained that while the MSRP is $25 (Google’s Chromecast retails for $35), the Kickstarter campaign is offering a regular price of $18, and an early bird price of $12.The startup has set a goal of raising $100,000.Since the Matchstick runs Firefox OS, Mozilla is playing a big role in its debut. It is part of the company’s plan to push the operating system onto more than just smartphones, namely tablets and TVs too.The two companies share the same vision: the first streaming stick “free of any walled garden ecosystem.” That means the constraints of Google Play don’t exist.At the moment, Matchstick and Mozilla need developers to create apps, from video to games, for the living room. As such, there is a developer site, a full API library, as well as example sender and receiver apps.The sender APIs let developers build Android or iOS apps (or edit their existing apps) that can discover a Matchstick device and communicate with a receiver app. There are no plans to support Windows Phone or BlackBerry sender apps, but the architecture is there, so it’s certainly a possibility. Firefox OS sender apps, however, are coming.Source: TNWlast_img read more