Paralympians heading to Rio next week have lost th

first_imgParalympians heading to Rio next week have lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed as part of the government’s programme of benefit cuts and reforms, a member of the ParalympicsGB team has revealed.Some Paralympians have spoken previously of the importance of the support they receive from the benefits system particularly through disability living allowance (DLA), but this is the first confirmation that any of them have lost that support as a result of the government’s austerity programme.The concerns were raised by wheelchair-racer Ben Rowlings, one of the young track stars of the British team, who is set to compete in the T34 100 metres and 800 metres in Rio, and holds the British record at 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres.He currently receives the higher rate mobility component of DLA, which has allowed him to use that payment to lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme.But like hundreds of thousands of other disabled people, he has been told he will be reassessed for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP) – introduced in 2013 in a bid to cut working-age DLA spending by 20 per cent – and that an assessment of his eligibility will take place next year.The Shropshire resident does much of his training 50 miles away in Coventry, alongside fellow Paralympians Kare Adenegan and Mel Nicholls, and told Disability News Service this week that the PIP reassessment could put his career in jeopardy if it results in him losing his Motability car.He said: “It is something that’s on my mind because without the access to having my Motability car… I wouldn’t be able to get to any of the training that I do.“I need my car, I need the support to get me around to places, and training and work, because racing is my job, and without the support of the Motability [car] and the DLA, I wouldn’t be able to get to training.”The 20-year-old said he knew of fellow Paralympians who have already lost their Motability cars after being reassessed for PIP.He said: “There have been Paralympians who have been told that they are too able to claim Motability and they have had to fight to get the cars back because they have been taken off them.“I don’t know too much about it, I haven’t spoken to them about it because that’s a personal matter for them, but it’s something I’m a little bit concerned about.”He said he was not comfortable providing further details about colleagues, and could not say how many fellow team-members had lost their Motability vehicles, but added: “All I know is anyone with disabilities is getting assessed at the moment, so it’s a possibility for any of us.”Last month, another ParalympicsGB star wheelchair-racer, Hannah Cockroft (pictured with Rowlings), told DNS she was “scared” that she would lose her independence when she was reassessed for PIP.Cockroft, who won double gold at London 2012, has also yet to be assessed for PIP, but she said that she was dreading her eventual reassessment, the possibility of having her support cut, and potentially losing the car she leases through the Motability scheme.Motability has said that it expects 35,000 vehicles will have to be returned by disabled people during 2016 as a result of the PIP reassessment programme.Of Motability customers reassessed for PIP so far, 44 per cent of them have lost their entitlement to the scheme and have had to hand their vehicles back.Activists who took part in a national day of action last month – organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), WinVisible and the Mental Health Resistance Network – said they believed PIP was “rotten to the core”, and pointed to growing evidence of the “shoddy nature” of PIP assessments, which are carried out by the government’s contractors, Capita and Atos.The British Paralympic Association – which manages the ParalympicsGB team – has not responded to a request for a comment.Asked how removing a Motability vehicle from a Paralympian training for Rio would have helped their medal efforts, a Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “This question is unfounded.“Decisions on Motability are made based on claimants’ individual needs and after consideration of all the evidence, including an assessment and information provided by the claimant and their GP.“All claimants have the opportunity to appeal their decision.”Asked how many Paralympians had lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed, she said: “We do not ask PIP claimants whether they are Paralympians, and they are not required to disclose this information when making a claim.“Therefore, we are unable to answer this question.”But she said there were now more people on the Motability scheme than before PIP was introduced*, while the “majority of people leaving the Motability scheme will be eligible for a one-off payment of £2,000**, which will help ensure their mobility needs continue to be met”.Asked if DWP accepted that DLA and PIP played a vital part in providing the support that disabled people need to live independently and contribute to society, she said: “Yes. DLA and PIP provide important support for those who have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the benefit(s).”Meanwhile, research by the MS Society suggests that up to one in 10 of the 100,000 people with multiple sclerosis in the UK could lose the highest rate of mobility support as a result of the PIP reassessment process.The charity has estimated that more than 1,000 people with MS have already had their benefits cut since PIP was introduced.Under DLA, 93 per cent of people with MS who received the benefit [not everyone with MS claims DLA or PIP] were awarded the highest rate of the mobility component, and of the 4,349 DLA claimants with MS who have so far been reassessed and awarded any kind of PIP award, only 70 per cent have received the equivalent rate. The charity is calling on people with MS to share their experiences of the reassessment process with the government’s second independent review of PIP.*The Motability scheme is still growing slowly overall, at about 1.5 per cent a year, because of the number of new members joining, and currently has 651,000 vehicles (636,000 through the car scheme and 15,000 powered wheelchairs and scooters). Motability expects the overall number of customers to start falling at some stage in the reassessment process but does “not expect the number of vehicles to fall below 600,000 over the next few year”.**This payment applies to those customers who joined the scheme before January 2013.last_img read more

Homeless Shower Provider Returning to Art to Shift Perceptions

first_imgLately, Doniece Sandoval has been been in the spotlight for bringing showers to the homeless by truck, a program known as Lava Mae. Now, she’s exploring the possibilities of changing perceptions about the homeless through art. On January 13, Sandoval and the Market Street gallery Fouladi Projects will open an exhibition of artwork reflecting on the experience of homelessness. Though the artists themselves haven’t experienced homelessness, the idea is to move viewers to empathize by employing sculpture, photography, sound, and other media. Sandoval’s latest project takes her back to the world she started in – art, as Chief External Relations Officer for ZER01: The Art & Technology Network and Director of Marketing for the San Jose Museum of Art. She set aside her work in the art world to create Lava Mae in 2014 after encountering a homeless woman on the street crying out that she would never be clean.“Our goal with Coming Clean: SF is to experiment with and understand how artistic insight could be a useful tool in shifting the broader community’s relationship with people moving through homelessness,” Sandoval wrote in a statement. Amy Wilson Faville, whose work will be exhibited in the show, began photographing and later creating collages depicting homeless people’s carts of belongings. She had started to notice them outside her Mission District art studio, seeing them as a kind of mobile sculpture.Faville said she hopes her work attracts attention initially because it is beautiful, and then provokes thought with its content. “I think that beauty can be a way into considering a subject that is difficult or ugly, or something that maybe you would maybe rather not normally think about,” she said. “I hope that after seeing my work that maybe when somebody sees [a cart] on the street, that they will kind of look at it that way…rather than just seeing it as blight.” While the shower program has enjoyed community support, said Deborah Schneider, a spokesperson for Lava Mae, the art element is intended to reach people who aren’t yet involved. “Our goal is to engage new audiences. We have a wonderfully supportive community and we’re also hoping in addition to engage new people who are not familiar with our work,” Schneider said. During the exhibition’s run, through February 23, Fouladi Projects will also host six live art events including a participatory art installation, a listening party, and a crochet jam. Coming Clean: SF opens Friday, January 13 and closes February 23. More details here. Fouladi Projects is located at 1803 Market St. Tags: arts • Events • homeless • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img read more

From the Archives After the Apollo Program Ended NASA Settled on a

first_imgEnter your email address The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly When the Shuttle Was YoungBy Gregory CurtisFrom “Behind the Lines,” originally published in January 1984The glory of the space program is that in fifty years we have gone from setting off rockets with matches to sending up laboratories where six men can live for ten days and return to Earth as gently as a jetliner pulls into DFW. The shuttle’s takeoff is an exhilarating spectacle because it is incontrovertible proof that all the problems that stood in its way were solved by human energy and intelligence.Capitalizing on the Right StuffBy Helen ThorpeFrom “Can John Glenn Do It Again?,” originally published in October 1998It is easy to understand why John Glenn wants to go back into space. But why would NASA, a multibillion-dollar agency with important things to do, want to send him? Like John Glenn, NASA itself longs for a return to its former glory days. Employees dream like fading starlets of future leading roles, above all, a manned mission to the Red Planet. Getting anybody there would be a monumental undertaking and would cost billions. How better to generate public support for such a quest than to remind the nation of the first time it fell head over heels for an astronaut? One Giant Step for LogisticsBy Stephen HarriganFrom “Heaven & Earth,” originally published in April 2003Spaceflight has changed in ways that have inevitably leached some of the glamour away. The shuttle is a vehicle less for exploratory voyaging than for near-shore exploitation of space. Its primary job these days is the servicing and maintenance of the International Space Station. Compared with the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María, the shuttle is more like a crew boat ferrying personnel and supplies to an offshore drilling platform. When those supplies are unloaded in the weightlessness of space, astronauts, like grocery stockers, keep track of the inventory with bar code readers. In orbit, they receive a per diem of just $2.The United Colors of NASABy Al ReinertFrom “The Last Blast,” originally published in April 2011More than 350 people have now gone into space on the 133 space shuttle missions, and they represent our species probably better than we deserve. There have been female commanders and farmworker’s sons, schoolteachers, heart surgeons, senators, astronomers, biologists, geologists, psychologists, jet pilots, and enough engineers to construct a space station the size of a shopping mall. And that’s just the Americans. [They have been joined] over the years by the citizens of fifteen other countries, from Mexico and Switzerland to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, men and women who took salsa music and sashimi into outer space and gave other cultures a taste of the dream. This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. Photograph by Dan Winters Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. First Name Last Namelast_img read more

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE The Surprise Serenader

first_img Raymond immediately lit up the room with his voice in a surprise serenade,”What a day it has been. What a rare mood I’m in. It’s almost like being in love.”There’s no mistaking that deep, heavenly voice of Raymond Greene. “I started that gift and didn’t recognize who gave me that Gift,” he said of the early years. “I was just singing and having a good time. Hip hop, bee bop, and whatever you wanna say. I love it I love it I sing because I’m happy because I know where my joy comes from.”That joy comes from his deep faith that he says helped conquer his fear.“So now,” Raymond said, “I examine myself, I say God, what would you have me do. He says use the gift that I gave you.”The gift was there in high school. He also sang in a college choir. Now he goes solo, singing at nursing homes, businesses, and special events. He says he prays before he sings to help settle any nervousness he might have before performing.“I have more faith and confidence now at 83 years old. I’m 83 years old,” he said.“You mean 83 years young,” Daniel replied. “83 years young, I like that even better,” Raymond laughed.Raymond’s wish for the community? “What the world needs now is love sweet love.” he said. “So this Christmas and Thanksgiving, we should light a candle of love. Spiritual love that is, because there is no greater love than having the love of God.”Raymond Greene, you are bringing that love, sweet love, and that’s what makes you Extraordinary!Raymond bounced around country before settling down in Wilmington. He taught school and worked closely with kids who have special needs. Nowadays, you never know where he’ll pop up next singing songs of joy. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We first crossed paths with our Extraordinary Person of the Week last year when a viewer sent us video of someone randomly singing patriotic songs in a Wilmington Walmart.WWAY’s Daniel Seamans caught back up with the voice of an Angel at a local restaurant where he’s been known to serenade the crowd.“You deserve every moment of recognition you get,” a Golden Corral employee said to Raymond Greene as Daniel Seamans brought in the camera.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pedestrian struck and killed in Wilmington

first_img Carolina Beach Road was closed in both directions.No word yet on charges against the driver.We will have more information as it becomes available. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A pedestrian was struck and killed on Carolina Beach Rd. near legion stadium Saturday.According to Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron, a call came in around 5:25 p.m. regarding a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian did not survive.- Advertisement – last_img

Alan Cutler takes crowded GOP primary for Pender Co Sheriff

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — When Carson Smith announced he would not run for another term as Pender County Sheriff and instead run for the General Assembly, it set off a mad rush to the Board of Elections in Burgaw to register to run for the office.In all, eight candidates, including seven Republicans signed up to run. In the end, though, that crowded Republican field did not lead to a narrow race. In fact, one candidate wound up with more votes than all the other candidates combined.- Advertisement – Alan Cutler made easy work of his six opponents garnering 50.07 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary. The next closest contender, Randy Burton, finished with less than 18 percent of the votes cast.“We tried to concentrate on the number one concern of the community, which is the opioid crisis that we are suffering in our area,” Cutler said. “We’ve said if that’s the number one concern in the community, then it needs to be the number one priority of the Sheriff’s Department.”Cutler now heads to the general election in November, where he will face Lawrence Fennel, who is the only Democrat to run for sheriff.last_img read more

Leland couple meets Vice President Pence at Arlington Cemetery

first_img 1 of 11 Leland couple meets Vice President Pence in DC Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Leland couple has quite a story to share this Memorial Day weekend. Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Anna Glaeser said she and her husband Jason traveled to the Washington, DC, area to see her brother graduate from the US Naval Academy.- Advertisement – center_img Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) On Thursday, they stopped at Arlington National Cemetery to visit the grave sites where Anna’s grandparents are buried. At the same time, some soldiers were there placing flags on each grave site. They gave Anna a quarter to place on her grandparents’ headstone.“My grandfather retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the army and of course his wife, my grandmother is buried there with him,” Anna said.While they were at the cemetery, Vice President Mike Pence arrived to pay his respects to a fallen soldier. Mr. Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country.Related Article: Memorial Day event at Wilmington National Cemetery honors fallen“You know you get butterflies in your stomach when the vice president of the United States is approaching you, but he was very kind and very gracious and completely reverent and respectful of, you know the atmosphere of the Arlington Cemetery commands and it was just really neat,” Anna said.Pence also thanked Glaeser’s mother, who recently retired after 32 years of military service.“He was happy to be there and he actually said he was honored to be in the presence of you know my family has had a long history of military service. My mom is retired Colonel. She was in the Army for 32 years and um yeah it was just really neat,” Anna said.She said it’s a memory she’ll never forget.last_img read more

Stretch of eastbound I140 closed for days as crews fix bridge

first_img The DOT says it anticipates the eastbound lanes to reopen later this week. First, equipment and materials must be delivered to the site, then repairs will be done and the interstate will reopen following a safety review.“The safest action we can take is to close the bridge and make the necessary repairs as quickly and safely as possible,” NCDOT Division 3 Engineer Karen Collette said in a news release. “A contractor and our bridge team have done a nice job of developing a solution that will serve drivers for years to come.”The DOT says the temporary closure provides an opportunity for bridge teams to assess additional locations on the bridge.Related Article: Driver in critical condition after rollover crashThe NCDOT says Saturday night an employee noticed an unusual bump on the bridge. An inspection today revealed a shift in sole plates between two of four girders, the agency said. The inspection also found that structural elements including the cap, columns and foundation are sound. The repair plan calls for shifting the sole plates back into place.Westbound lanes will remain open during the repairs. Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies block the eastbound entrance to I-140 at US 74/76 on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Facebook/Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Transportation says a a stretch of I-140 in Brunswick County will be closed until later this week as crews try to fix a bridge.Late Saturday night the DOT said it had closed a bridge on eastbound I-140 at the Cedar Hill Road exit to do the work, which means a detour for drivers. The DOT says the best alternative route requires drivers to take Exit 5 for US 74/76 East to US 421 North and then back to I-140 East.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police break up clashes in east India Mumbai votes in fourth phase

first_imgA woman holds her baby as she leaves after casting her vote at a polling station at Sirohi district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan, India April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Amit DaveA woman holds her baby as she leaves after casting her vote at a polling station at Sirohi district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan, India April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave Police broke up clashes between rival groups of voters in a key eastern state on Monday as some of India’s richest families and Bollywood stars also cast their ballots in Mumbai during the fourth phase of a massive, staggered general election.In West Bengal, a populous eastern state crucial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid, supporters of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clashed with others from the regional Trinamool Congress, police said.TV footage showed armed security forces chasing away people wielding sticks, although it was initially difficult to determine the scale of the clashes.There were no immediate reports of any poll-related injuries in West Bengal, where at least one person was killed and three injured during the third phase of voting last week.The BJP is in a direct, and sometimes bloody, fight in West Bengal with Trinamool, whose chief Mamata Banerjee is one of Modi’s biggest critics and a potential prime ministerial candidate.More than 127 million people are eligible to vote in this round of the seven-phase election held across 71 seats in nine states. Modi’s coalition won more than 75 percent of the seats in the previous election in 2014.Many of the constituencies are in Uttar Pradesh state in the north and western India’s Maharashtra, where the financial capital Mumbai is located. Uttar Pradesh elects the most lawmakers, with Maharashtra next. Both states are ruled by the BJP and its allies.However, political analysts say the BJP may struggle to repeat its strong showing this time due mainly to a jobs shortage and weak farm prices, issues upon which the main opposition Congress party has seized.‘SOME PROGRESS’First-time voter Ankita Bhavke, a college student in Mumbai, said she voted for economic development.“I want the country to be at par with the best in the world,” she said. “There’s been some progress in the last five years.”India’s financial markets were closed on Monday for the election.Mumbai is home to the massive Hindi film industry, as well as Asia’s wealthiest man, Mukesh Ambani, and India’s richest banker, Uday Kotak.Ambani, who heads Reliance Industries, and Kotak, managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank, created a stir this month by publicly endorsing an opposition Congress party candidate from their upscale South Mumbai constituency.Mumbai, which has six seats, is India’s wealthiest city but ageing and insufficient infrastructure is a major concern. Six people were killed last month when part of a pedestrian bridge collapsed, recalling memories of a 2017 rush-hour stampede that killed at least 22 people on a narrow pedestrian bridge.The election, the world’s biggest democratic exercise with about 900 million voters, started on April 11 with Modi in the lead amid heightened tension with long-time enemy Pakistan.The last phase of voting is on May 19, with results released four days later.There are a total of 545 seats in parliament’s lower house.Modi sent warplanes into Pakistan in late February in response to a suicide attack by an Islamist militant group based there that killed 40 Indian police in the disputed Kashmir region.Modi has sought votes on his tough response towards militancy and in recent days has evoked the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in nearby Sri Lanka.Maidul Islam, a professor of political science at Kolkata’s Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, said long queues outside polling stations would indicate whether Modi’s national security pitch was working.“Whenever there is a BJP kind of a wave, you see a higher voter turnout,” he said. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Uganda Broadband and Internet Market Convergence – 2011

first_imgAdvertisement By 2010, prices for international bandwidth had plummeted to a fraction of their original cost. In parallel, wireless technologies such as WiMAX and 3G mobile services have brought the Internet within reach of a much wider part of the population than the limited fixed-line DSL services ever have. These improvements in infrastructure will revolutionise the market by making broadband access more affordable and enabling converged voice, data and video/entertainment services.Companies covered in this report: – UTL Online (Uganda Telecom) – Infocom (Altech) – Africa Online – Spacenet – The Broadband Company (TMP) – MTN – Wateen Telecoms – Smile Telecom – Foris Telecom – Talk Telecom – Mo Telecom – Goal Technology Solutions (GTS) – UMEME – WBS Television – NTV Uganda – MultiChoice – Jump TV – Wananchi Key Topics Covered: 1. Synopsis 2. Internet market 2.1 Overview 2.2 Public Internet access locations 2.3 Personal computer market 2.4 Dial-up 2.5 International bandwidth 3. Uganda’s ISP market 3.1 Overview, licensing 3.2 Selected ISPs 3.3 Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UiXP) 4. E-services 4.1 E-commerce 4.2 E-banking 4.3 E-government 5. Broadband market 5.1 Overview 5.2 ADSL 5.3 WiFi 5.4 WiMAX 6. Convergence 6.1 VoIP telephony 6.2 Next generation Networks (NGN) 6.3 Broadband over powerlines (BPL) 6.4 Smart grids 6.5.(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dublin – Research and Markets ) has announced the addition of the “Uganda – Broadband and Internet Market, Convergence” report to their offering. Keep fingers crossed for any latest technology news in Uganda as it happens.last_img read more

East Africa 16 Billion Tech Fund Awaits Entrepreneurs

first_imgAdvertisement growth Web and mobile start-ups will get $25,000 (about 40m/-) for 15 per cent equity. “They will then have three to six months to prove themselves. Successes will have a chance of follow-on funding in the region of $100,000 to $200,000,” he said. – Advertisement – The fund was founded by Mr Erik Hersman, Mr Paul Bragiel and Mr Mbwana Alliy from Tanzania, formerly a product manager for Microsoft, and funded by several limited partners from Kenya and Silicon Valley, including folks from Zynga and Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson.Savannah Fund will initially focus on a few countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, East Africa, though it may eventually consider opportunities in other African regions in the not-too-distant future.The fund’s partners aim to bridge the gap in early stage and venture capital investment that currently exists in Africa by providing start-up entrepreneurs both with monetary capital and access to a vibrant mentor network comprising African and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, he said.It would find and invest in early stage, high growth web and mobile start-ups addressing the Sub-Saharan Africa market. The new fund will typically make investments in the region of $25,000 to $500,000.Mr Mbwana says the thing that makes Savannah special is that it’s “a fund for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs.”The fund has caught the attention of a number of US-based investors including Yelp co-founder Russ Simmons, Tim Draper, Dave McClure and Roger Dickey and Dali Kilani of Zynga.“I can say that companies interested should be focused on building regional and continent wide ICT business (web or mobile space) at least across East Africa and for those early stage start-ups who want to be in the accelerator, be prepared to move to Nairobi – first cohort of start-ups is in September, applications are now open,” he said.originally BY ORTON KIISHWEKO, TanzaniaDailyNewslast_img read more

How Social Media is Giving Kids New Ideas on Healthy Foods

first_imgThe social media universe is becoming an increasingly important source of information especially for kids Advertisement There are various perspectives on the issue of childhood obesity, and there are definitely some rich and powerful organizations with a vested interest in swaying public opinion. However, as awareness of the problems associated with childhood obesity continues to grow, the social media universe is becoming an increasingly important source of information – especially for kids.There’s good in this. According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years, and between 1980 and 2008 the percentage of children who were obese grew from 7% to more than 20%. In addition, the effects of childhood obesity can be severe, including:Increased risk factors for heart diseaseIncreased likeliness of developing diabetes or pre-diabetesGreater risk of joint problems and sleep apneaGreater risk of being obese as an adultThe mainstream discussion of obesity, unfortunately, is largely influenced by special interest groups that have a lot to gain by obscuring what constitutes a good diet. Fast food companies, for example, make billions of dollars every year selling products that are anything but healthy. – Advertisement – And because fast food companies are such important customers for agricultural corporations, America’s farmers have vested interest in keeping the country fat.Various social media sites provide a way around the mainstream media and, as a consequence, a way around the mainstream discussion.For example, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a school for holistic nutrition that might not be mentioned on the nightly news, has over 61,000 likes on facebook. Other programs that deviate from the accepted concepts of good nutrition are also gaining widespread attention.And as young America becomes increasingly weight-conscious, they are communicating more about eating right. Sites like foresquare allow them to check in at restaurants they like, which helps to bring health-conscious young diners to healthy restaurants.However, there is a flip side. The marketing-heavy dynamic of Facebook in particular has turned social networking into a playpen for new-media marketers.This has caused an explosion of multilevel marketing concepts, many of which focus on health and nutrition. Some of these new diets are effective, whereas others can represent a real health risk.For parents who see their kids getting caught up in dieting trends, it’s important to keep the basics of good health in mind. What are those basics?Eat enough proteinEat vegetablesDrink waterGet sufficient exerciseIt’s also important to remember that there are no shortcuts to good health and that “health” is a lifestyle more than it is a state of being. When kids want to start a diet that involves taking pills or that promises to melt the fat off, there is probably a catch. And while obesity is a certainly a problem, rapid weight loss and becoming too thin can have a negative health impact as well.Source: social media todaylast_img read more

India rejects Apples plan to import used iPhones

first_imgIndia denies Apple to import used iPhones to their country. Image Credit: geeky-gadgets Advertisement India has rejected a plan by Apple Inc to import used iPhones, government officials said on Wednesday, a blow to the U.S. tech giant that has been seeking to revive waning sales of its flagship smartphones.Apple sells what it calls refurbished iPhones at a discount in some countries, including the United States. Extending this practice to India would have likely helped it increase its share in one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets against competitors with much cheaper offerings.But India, which is pushing a ‘Make in India’ initiative to boost the competitiveness of its manufacturing sector, rejected the proposal citing rules against importing used electronics. – Advertisement – “India does not encourage dumping or recycling of hazardous materials,” NN Kaul, a spokesman for the telecom ministry said.Apple’s proposal was opposed by domestic phone makers who claim selling refurbished iPhones – devices that have been returned by buyers or repaired to factory condition after damage – would breach India’s anti-dumping rules. The Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association had written to India’s telecom ministry to stall the move.An Apple spokeswoman in Singapore did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.The news comes at a time when Apple posted its first-ever drop in iPhone sales amid weakness in China, its most important market after the United States.In India, Apple only has about a 2 percent market share but its sales there surged 56 percent in the first three months, driven mainly by cheaper older-generation devices such as the iPhone 5S while demand for the new iPhone SE disappointed.“The 5S’ success in India has more to do with affordability of a premium brand than a preference for smaller phones, and the move to the more expensive SE will discourage budget buyers,” said Wilmer Ang, an analyst at research firm Canalys.The newly launched iPhone SE retails at $585 in India, almost $200 higher than its U.S. price.To successfully tap into India’s smartphone boom, where sales are expected to grow 25% this year. Apple will need a better retail presence and cheaper versions of the iPhone given the average smartphone in the country sells for less than $150, according to analysts.Apple, which currently retails in India through local partners, is already seeking government approval to set up its first store in the country.[Reuters]last_img read more

Makerere Lecturer Dr Stella Nyanzi Charged with Cyber Harassment

first_imgStella Nyanzi arrives at Buganda Road Court on Monday (Courtesy Photo) Advertisement Makerere University Research fellow Dr. Stella Nyanzi has been charged with cyber harassment and offensive talk against President Yoweri Museveni and the first family.The charges arise from a series of Facebook Posts that the controversial researcher has been running, most of which attack the person of the President and the First Lady, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni.Dr. Nyanzi was arrested on Saturday and detained at Kiira Division Police from where he was arraigned before the Buganda Road magistrates Court on Monday Afternoon. – Advertisement – State argues that she, in her publications acted in contravention to Section 24 of the Computer Misuse Act of 2011 and Section 25 of the same Act that controls use of Offensive Communication.Stella Nyanzi arrives at Buganda Road Court on Monday (Courtesy Photo)According to the court charge sheet which PC Tech Magazine is in possession of, Dr. Nyanzi “on January 28 this year used a computer to post on her Facebook page, a suggestion or proposal referring President Yoweri Museveni as among others, a pair of buttocks, which proposal is obscene or indecent.”“Stella Nyanzi between January 2017 and March 2017 in Kampala District willfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post messages offensive in nature via Facebook, transmitted over the internet to disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of the President,” the statement further reads.The same cases have led to the suspension of Dr. Nyanzi from Makerere University, for the second in a period of less than one year.He has not been allowed to make any plea as per the charges read to her although state argues that she suffers a mental disorder.They have since prayed for an order of detention for a fortnight to check her mental state.[related-posts]last_img read more

Chelsea v Everton Both blues to score

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]undee United started my weekend with a smile last night with their comfortable 3-1 home win against an injury hit Motherwell. The Scottish project nicely ticked off.I’m an early bird today concentrating on the lunchtime kick off between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge (12.45pm, BT SPORT).Mourinho still opens his mouth too much for my liking with his increasingly tedious ‘mind’ games. Wenger being a ‘specialist in failure’ and Barcelona ‘no where near the side they once were’ being his latest proclamations.However, I can’t really accuse him of talking the talk and not walking the walk. Chelsea are top of the Premier League and a win at lunchtime would take them, even if just for a short period, four points clear.Indeed, their FA Cup exit at the hands of Man City may prove to be a blessing in disguise as they can concentrate full on their title ambitions.Standing in their way today are another set of Blues – Everton who have proved quite resilient for Chelsea to get past in recent seasons and also won the reverse leg at Goodison earlier this season:HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Sep 2013 Premier Everton 1-0 ChelseaMay 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-1 EvertonDec 2012 Premier Everton 1-2 ChelseaFeb 2012 Premier Everton 2-0 ChelseaOct 2011 Carling Cup Everton 1-2 ChelseaOct 2011 Premier Chelsea 3-1 EvertonMay 2011 Premier Everton 1-0 ChelseaFeb 2011 FA Cup Chelsea 1-1 EvertonJan 2011 FA Cup Everton 1-1 ChelseaDec 2010 Premier Chelsea 1-1 EvertonEverton have scored at least once in all of their last 13 matches against Chelsea but that has to be set against the fact that Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 18 Premier League home matches against Everton (W9, D9).Chelsea also have the only unbeaten home run left in the Premier League this season and that doesn’t look in any danger today.It’s not a market I usually play in – but I’m with ‘both teams to score’ today at around evens with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at around evens with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (FEBRUARY): LOSS 31.91 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 21.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG A message to Facebook from the UK Government

first_img[dropcap]f[/dropcap]acebook have been encouraging their members to vote in the upcoming UK election. Oh, great. Thanks for that, Facebook. I’m so glad that we’ve got you here, to tell us how to live properly, and lead more deserving lives.WHAT A SHOWER OF HYPOCRISY YOU ARE.Rather than the government, sucking-up, to the likes of Facebook and Starbucks, the whole time, saying ‘we are in talks’ with them, why not deliver the following message?YOU HAVE ONE WEEK TO PAY YOUR TAX OR WE WILL BE CLOSING YOUR SHOPS AND WEBSITES AND DONATING THEM TO THE NSPCC AND BRITISH RED CROSS.Ask yourself this, Blog: When have the UK Government and Inland Revenue EVER been ‘in talks’, with SMALL businesses, to pay their taxes?This CORPORATE SCUM have raped our economy – and they bring NOTHING to the party.In other news:What ever happened to great films like Jerry Maguire, Wall Street, Schindlers List, Jaws, and Rain Man?The Lefties moved in an ruined cinema, that’s what happened.They even destroyed Wall Street 2.I went, this evening, to see American Sniper. THANK GOD that someone’s (Clint Eastwood – the best) chosen to make a film about a REAL HERO for once, rather than the usual drone, of politically-correct, sympathy-case/bandwagon rubbish. American Sniper.An inspiration. 10.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

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.Sunday 20 SeptemberRACING2.20 HamiltonOrion’s Bow 6/1 > 11/42.30 PlumptonHalling’s Wish 12/1 > 8/13.50 HamiltonSur Empire 3/1 5/2PREMIER LEAGUE13:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD19/20 Tottenham Hotspur 3/1 Crystal Palace 13/5 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD11/5 Southampton 6/4 Man Utd 11/5 DRAW16:008/13 Liverpool 5/1 Norwich 3/1 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

SIMON NOTT BLOG Royal Ascot Thursday

first_imgSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS SIMON NOTT reports from the betting ring at Royal Ascot on Thursday.Ben takes counsel from Big Mac on the pivotal horse of the day – Order Of St George in the Gold Cup …Royal Ascot Day ThreeLadies DayThe Racing Blogger came to visit the joint prior to racing. To be fair the Blogger did say he’d tipped a big priced one in one of the handicaps but then said he thought Order Of St George was a certainty in the Gold Cup. I’m sure I saw a twinkle in Ben’s eye at that news.Norfolk StakesThe competitive 2yo opener was not the ideal heat to start with us betting around 7/1 the field. We took respectable money but all painfully small. You know you are in for a day of graft when the most frequently asked question is ‘What’s your minimum bet?’ By necessity of the business the day the answer is £5 or £2.50 each way. Back in the office they laid £40,000 Mcerin and £10,000 It Don’t Come Easy so 14/1 winner Sioux Nation was a very welcome middle pin and a fair winner in a small staking on-course book to start the day.Hampton Court StakesBy the second race it was mayhem in the ring with winning punters trying to collect and others to bet – all exacerbated by the confused ‘new to betting’ asking us to check if their horse won, it hadn’t. Ricky and Ben got their heads down and waded on. Once again betting to around a rouf (4/1) the field it was hard for the punters so generally a plethora of shrapnel bets.After looking promising, business lulled towards the off with the book small and made by the punters.Then just as they were going into the stalls in they came with £50,000 – £6,000 each way (that’s 8/1 with the fractions, come racing) Taj Mahal. Aye Aye out of the frame, just fourth – one for the Gentleman’s Bookmaker. The 9/2 winner Benbatl was a winner in the cash book too, just the way things came in. Now we’re rolling.Ribblesdale Stakes The firm were tapping away nicely then a punter came in for £60,000 at 11/4 Alluringly and £60,000 at 5/2 Mori, we were right in it and needed them both beaten. Then the office called, they’d laid £2,590 each way Hertford Dancer at big prices. I didn’t film the race after yesterday but needless to say it was heart stopping but 9/1 winner Coronet was a stunning result – despite the each-way money landed.The Gold CupIt was always going to be about this race. Ben anticipated a some lumps, but they kept us waiting. Then the office called, they’d laid £105,000 and £33,000 Order of St George then with seconds to go we laid £100,000 – £110,000 on course. What a race Big Orange held on by a short head to get us the money. What a rush.Britannia StakesThe race came alive despite its difficulty to solve fielding plenty of modest bets, then wallop the biggest bet of the race £40,000 – £3,200 each way Afaak and got it out the frame so happy days with one race to go. King George V Stakes The final heat was a very quiet betting race compared to the excitement of earlier races. Atty Persse lost us £300. A tame end to a nerve shattering day. We’re now marching into Friday.Lofty summarises the day …last_img read more

Texas electricity providers minimizing costs to meet market demands

first_imgShare6Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduTexas electricity providers minimizing costs to meet market demandsHOUSTON – (June 8, 2017) – Residential electricity rates in competitive areas in Texas have declined relative to wholesale electricity prices, which suggests that Texas electricity providers are minimizing costs to meet market demands, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.In “Electricity Reform and Retail Pricing in Texas,” the researchers examine the impact of Senate Bill 7, legislation enacted in 1999 to reform Texas’ electricity market, unbundling market structure away from monopoly utilities and introducing competition in wholesale and retail electricity markets. The paper’s authors are Ken Medlock, director of the Center for Energy Studies (CES) at the Baker Institute; Peter Hartley, economics professor and faculty scholar at CES; and Olivera Jankovska, nonresident scholar at CES.The study focuses on retail competition and considers monthly residential billing data for both competitive and noncompetitive market areas in the state of Texas between 2002 and 2016. In 2002, when competition was initially introduced, the average price paid by residential customers in competitive areas was between 2 and 3 cents higher than the rates paid in noncompetitive areas. This was before market reforms and retail competition could have had a material impact. However, by 2016, the average price paid by residential customers in competitive market areas had declined to a point of parity with, and in some cases below, the average price paid by customers in noncompetitive market areas. In fact, the price has generally moved in opposite directions across competitive and noncompetitive market areas, and average price in 2016 was higher in noncompetitive areas and lower in competitive areas than it was in 2002.“The question of whether introducing competition in electricity markets has been successful is often raised,” Medlock said. “When considering metrics for success, it is important to look at the dynamic behavior of pricing, not just averages over a selected time period. Only considering averages through time ignores the dynamic impact that transitioning from one market structure to another may have. In our study, we see clear indications that in the 15 years since competition was formally introduced, electricity service providers have seen cost reductions beyond the costs of wholesale power and labor. This is consistent with what economic theory suggests competition will bring.”Medlock also noted that wholesale electricity prices increased through 2006 before declining after 2008, which reflects the shale gas revolution and associated reductions in natural gas prices. Overall, the study noted that observed retail price changes clearly reflect shifts in wholesale prices and labor costs in competitive market areas. Moreover, relative price movements are consistent with the realization of cost-reducing efficiency improvements by electricity service providers. In sum, the results suggest that competition has delivered what was intended, Medlock said.He noted that, as is often the case with any such endeavor, questions remain. In particular, he said he hopes his study will encourage further research on commercial electricity use and pricing across competitive and noncompetitive market areas, as well as a more micro-oriented look at electricity use and pricing to individual households. The major caveat is data availability, although the CES has begun collecting data under confidentiality from large commercial electricity users in Texas.The paper was funded by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and is available online at http://www.bakerinstitute.org/accounts/login/?next=/research/electricity-reform-and-retail-pricing-texas/.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Ken Medlock bio: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/kenneth-b-medlock-iii/Peter Hartley bio: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/peter-hartley/Olivera Jankovska bio: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/olivera-jankovska/Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/Center for Energy Studies: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/?research=5Paper link: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/accounts/login/?next=/research/electricity-reform-and-retail-pricing-texas/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/10/1005_ENERGY_REVISED-b.jpgHeadhot: http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/08/0817_MEDLOCK-b.jpgPhoto credit: Rice UniversityFounded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThis,Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

Lehigh Panel Surveys Future of Commercial Real Estate Industry

first_img RelatedRutgers Real Estate Clubs Prosper with Help from Center for Real Estate StudiesThe Rutgers Real Estate Club was established with the purpose of educating the student body on the Real Estate industry. The Club is a place for people interested in Real Estate, Internships and Business in general to come together and learn from experienced speakers in the industry and from each other. Over…March 30, 2015In “Featured Home”Real Estate MBA Opportunities in PhiladelphiaWith 2.7 million payroll jobs, Philadelphia ranks as the eighth-largest job market in the nation. And recently, the city has shifted to a service-based economy, making it an excellent location for MBAs looking for a job in real estate. As for the real estate market in the City of Brotherly…October 14, 2016In “Advice”Lehigh Integrated Real Estate MBAs Get Schooled at WTCLehigh University College of Business and Economics’ blog recently published an article by Dawn Thren on a presentation 25 of its Integrated Real Estate (ire@l) students who studied at One World Trade Center this past April in an effort to understand how to increase real estate value. Cushman & Wakefield’s Executive…May 13, 2016In “Featured Region” About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Lehigh Panel Surveys Future of Commercial Real Estate Industry Last Updated Apr 14, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img regions: New York City In late March, around 100 Lehigh College of Business and Economics students convened for a speaker series hosted by several esteemed Lehigh alumni, bringing together senior real estate executives and their children to unpack new developments in the commercial real estate industry.Sponsored by MHP Real Estate Services and the Stacom Family Executive Speaker Series, which Tara Stacom ’80, executive vice chairman, Cushman & Wakefield, established in 2009 to connect ire@l students and alumni with notable figures in the field, Commercial Real Estate: The Rise of a New Generation hosted more than 300 attendees in Lower Manhattan. The 13-member intergenerational panel was co-hosted by Brad Eric Scheler ’74 ’05P ’08P ’09PG and Jonathan Mechanic ’12P, partners, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Stacom, whose credits include the One World Trade Center commercial space, explains, “The dynamics of commercial real estate have changed dramatically from one generation to the next. By bringing together multiple generations within the same real estate families, we’ll gain insights into where the industry is heading.”Current student Max Weiss ’17, who is double majoring in finance and accounting with a real estate minor, spoke of how literally getting his hands dirty as an intern at Manatus Development Group impacted his decision to pursue a career in real estate:“I got to see my boss take a dirt lot in the Bronx near Yankee stadium and convert that into a nice charter school for the kids in South Bronx. It kind of opened my eyes to what power real estate developers have. They can influence a neighborhood and can really shift how a community works.”last_img read more