Ministers have withdrawn much of their support for

first_imgMinisters have withdrawn much of their support for a disability network they set up just three years ago, casting fresh doubts on the government’s disability strategy and the future of the Office for Disability Issues (ODI).ODI announced this week that it would no longer provide the four part-time members of staff who run the secretariat for the Disability Action Alliance (DAA), and would instead hand a one-year grant of £69,500 to the user-led charity Disability Rights UK (DRUK) to run the network.DAA was set up specifically to create partnerships between disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), government departments and other public, private and third society organisations.The move to end ODI’s involvement with the secretariat – which civil servants have described as a cost-cutting measure – raises questions about the government’s commitment to its Fulfilling Potential disability strategy, and even about ODI’s continuing existence.Last year, doubts were raised about ODI’s future when the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claimed it was unable to calculate how much of its budget had been cut since 2012.The majority of DAA’s 400-plus members are not user-led organisations, but a significant number are, including the British Deaf Association, Disability Equality (North West), Disability Wales, Equalities National Council, Inclusion Scotland and Shaping Our Lives.Andy Rickell, a member of the DAA steering group, and until last month chief executive of Action on Disability and Work UK (ADWUK)*, said ODI had explained that the decision to cease secretariat support was because of the need for “further budgetary savings”.He said it was important to the DPOs that joined DAA that ODI remained involved in its work, and that there were “senior civil servants around the table that actually make the thing work”.Rickell said DAA was “a means by which we can talk to the [civil servants] we need to talk to to make things happen, people who can get things done on a daily basis”, and was about developing practical projects rather than affecting government policy.He said ODI had said it would still be involved in DAA, but he warned that “the proof of the pudding might well be in the eating”.Before DAA, he said, DPOs involved in employment issues did not even know the names of the civil servants leading on disability employment issues for DWP.Liz Sayce (pictured), chief executive of DRUK, insisted that steering group members – including Rickell – were “quite excited” about “taking the alliance out of government in order for DPOs (who form the majority on the steering group) with allies to take more control of how the alliance develops”.She said: “However, we want ODI to remain involved in order to open doors to other government departments and public sector bodies. They state that they will do this.”She said she was “not aware of ODI itself being at risk”, and added: “The DAA has shown that when DPOs and organisations from the public and private sector get together, this can generate tangible improvements.”She pointed to the non-user-led English Federation of Disability Sport, which has “brokered new relationships with local DPOs which have linked more disabled people into opportunities for accessible physical activity”.And she highlighted how in Blackpool, and nationally, “improvements have been made to transport services through inclusion of disabled people in training of bus drivers, train drivers, conductors and though the wider input of DPOs”.She added: “The alliance acts in some ways as a matchmaker – putting people in touch with each other who can increase disabled people’s equality of participation.”There was criticism from some DPULOs of the government’s decision to set up the new network three years ago, with fears that it could prove to be “tokenistic” and concerns over a lack of strategic thinking about what it would do.As part of Fulfilling Potential, the government also set up the Fulfilling Potential Forum, a smaller network of disability organisations – a majority of which were DPOs – that was tasked with examining strategy across government, and providing a “community-based route into government” and a “route out to local disabled people”.The forum and DAA were two of three bodies the government set up to replace Equality 2025, its high-level committee of disabled advisors, although it provided a collective budget of just £80,000 a year for the three new networks.The third network, the Fulfilling Potential Policy Advice Service – a body of expert, independent advisers on disability – has since been scrapped by ministers.But Sayce said: “The DAA has made a good start, achieving new collaborative projects both locally and nationally.“We will be building on this through engaging the members of the DAA in deciding on top priorities for the next three years and enabling the wider membership to link up with each other more easily, to get most benefit from the alliance.”       DWP had not been able to comment by 11am today (18 February).*On 1 February, ADWUK became part of West of England Centre for Inclusive Livinglast_img read more

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The Conservatives Liberal Democrats and Labour ha

first_imgThe Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour have all spoken publicly – apparently for the first time in the general election campaign – about what their parties would do to address the social care needs of working-age disabled people.Their comments follow concerns raised by leading disabled campaigners that the election campaign had focused exclusively on the funding of social care for older people, with all three parties ignoring the needs of younger disabled people.They were speaking at a disability hustings event in Westminster organised by the Disability Charities Consortium, the Disability Benefits Consortium and the Care and Support Alliance.Labour’s Kate Green (pictured, centre), a former shadow minister for disabled people, said there had to be “urgent action” because the social care system was “falling apart right now” as a result of nearly £5 billion in cuts to social care since 2010.She said a new long-term system should recognise not just those with high needs but also that investments in even small amounts of social care “can produce big dividends and enable people to live independently for longer, and to work and participate” in society.She said a Labour government would inject money “urgently” into the system while beginning the work to “put in place a long-term national care system”.And she said that the needs of working-age adults had to be considered because they have the highest lifetime care costs.She told Disability News Service (DNS) afterwards that working-age disabled people potentially have far higher lifetime care costs because they are spread over a longer period, while they have not had the chance to build up assets, as a retired person might have been able to.Green said that some of the immediate injection of funding by a Labour government would help address the care charges being faced by working-age disabled people, which one disabled campaigner said last week was “almost out of control”.Green said that social care helped disabled people’s participation in many areas, including employment, housing and community life.She said: “The investment in working-age people is a matter of justice, obviously, but it’s also a matter of enabling their maximum participation in all aspects of society, and that’s obviously going to be for the common good.”Baroness [Sal] Brinton (pictured, right), the disabled president of the Liberal Democrats, told the hustings event that her party would in the short term add one penny to income tax to fund increases in spending on health and social care “to help the current crisis”, which she said would produce about £7 billion.The party would then wait for the conclusions of an independent commission on the long-term funding of health and social care, set up earlier this year by its health spokesman, Norman Lamb.She said the Tories’ social care plans failed to recognise the needs of working-age disabled people, which she said was “a real problem”.She said she had become increasingly concerned about local authorities that were saying that independent living arrangements for disabled people were now too expensive and instead were “looking at going back to hospital-like large home accommodation”.She said this was a “retrograde step and we will bitterly oppose that and we will fight it, especially if it is being done for financial reasons”.Baroness Brinton told DNS after the event that some of the extra short-term funding produced by the extra penny on income tax would help to reduce the care charges being faced by working-age disabled people.Penny Mordaunt (pictured, left), the minister for disabled people, told the hustings that the Conservative party had “taken some tough decisions to move some of the responsibility for paying for care to the individual”.The policy in the party’s manifesto revolves around allowing every older person to retain at least £100,000 of their assets and savings, while the value of people’s homes would now be taken into account – when calculating charges – for those receiving care in their own homes as well as those receiving residential care.But following widespread criticism, the prime minister announced that there would also now be a lifetime cap on care charges.Mordaunt confirmed the government’s U-turn, telling the audience that there would now be “a limit on the amount an individual has to pay”, although she said there would be a consultation to decide what that limit would be.Mordaunt – who refused to be interviewed by Disability News Service – said that in order to pay for the necessary “step change” in the provision and quality of social care and to ensure that “all need is met”, the government has to “get more money into the system”.Although she said she had been doing some work with the government’s joint health and work unit on “looking at social care for people of working age and support for independent living”, she gave no clue as to what ideas they had produced and what a Conservative government would 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New Hospital For SFs St Lukes To Open in 2019

first_img 0% Cranes fill the air, and cement trucks line the streets for new improvements on Cesar Chavez and Valencia streets are steadily underway as the new replacement hospital for St. Luke’s is expected to open by 2019, according to hospital officials.During a community meeting Wednesday night, organizers, construction directors and mostly neighbors filled the hospital’s first floor conference room to discuss updates and community concerns. Neighbors listed parking, noise, and garbage as potential problems.  Paul Klemish, the project director, offered a look at all in a powerpoint presentation that showed a timeline of upcoming events. Neighbors can expect daily noise and traffic rerouting on Cesar Chavez, Valencia and 27th Street as construction continues well into April 2016, he said.  The projected new building will be seven stories, approximately 215,000 square-feet, and will have two lobbies, a new emergency room and about 120 rooms for patients. Klemish also touched on plans for another new building, to the right of where the new site is currently sitting now. However, he said, that will be later, in roughly 2020.Paul Klemish, project director, stands in front of his powerpoint presentation for the replacement hospital at St. Luke’s. Photo by Meira Gebel. Tags: health care • St. Luke’s Hospital Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Other construction updates included the future work for widening the sidewalk to make the hospital campus more accessible to pedestrians.Neighbors returned to the noise and traffic rerouting. One neighbor said that the site has produced unnecessary noise, while another noted that the traffic detours were helpful for vehicles, yet not so much for bicyclists. Klemish took note, and added, “We have a very constricting site, I know you’ve seen it. Once the hospital is enclosed, it will be pretty quiet.”Until then, the Mission can expect to see more concrete trucks, the erection of a large, steel frame by spring 2016, and hear it all while it’s happening.Find more information here.  last_img read more

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Hoverboards Merge Uneasily onto SFs Streets

first_imgOnce El Niño subsides, “hoverboards” are expected to swerve onto the Mission’s streets and some fear that neither pedestrians, nor cyclists nor government regulations are quite ready for the new traffic from the motor-powered devices that resemble a handle-free mini-Segway.A new state law that went into effect on January 1 requires the self-balancing electric scooters to use bike lanes, but many hoverboard riders and the independent retailers that sell them seem to be unaware that sidewalks are off limits and even police officers appear ready to give riders some leeway.“Segways aren’t allowed to be on sidewalks, and neither are regular skateboards,” said Officer Grace Gatpandan, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department, adding that under this law, hoverboards are treated just like skateboards.“San Francisco sidewalks are extremely congested, and if you are riding on the sidewalk at whatever time at night, it’s different than if you are going down a busy sidewalk during business hours. Riders have to take that into account,” said Gatpandan, adding that the enforcement of regulations is at the discretion of individual police officers. Owners who ride on the sidewalk may find themselves getting a warning or a ticket. 0% Tags: mission • tech • traffic • Transportation Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Skateboarder Jamal Morris sees problems in sharing the bike lanes with hoverboards.  “They are trying to make them go in bike lanes? That’s where it’s going to get dangerous,” said  Morris. “I’m not hating on hoverboards, but I heard they go like 5-10 miles an hour. They should make a lane for them on the sidewalk.”Already popular in places like London, hoverboards have been slow to take off here but stores reported that they were a popular gift item this year.  Chris Vaital, a sales representative at Cyber Iman at 2705 Mission St., said the business sold about 30-40 hoverboards in the last two months, with a majority of the sales taking place during Christmas week.“We stocked up because we saw that there would be a high demand for the hoverboard,” said Vaital. When the business advertised 10 boards on Craigslist for $300 a pop, the market-rate price in the Mission, Vaital said they sold in just two days. “We’ve had parents coming in asking about them for their children, as well as other interested customers. So we had to get more.”But the new technology comes with a handful of unanswered questions. How the sidewalk restriction will be enforced is still unclear to many local riders and law enforcement alike. Recent media reports of faulty equipment and whether the devices will add an additional danger in traffic congested neighborhoods are also causes for concern for some Mission residents.“I use it all the time, it’s so convenient,” said Bill Davey, standing on top of his hoverboard on 19th and Mission streets. Davey, who works in building maintenance, said he uses the device while leaf blowing. “It makes my life a little easier.”Equipped with electric motors, tilt-and-speed sensors, and gyroscopes that keep the rider upright, hoverboards run on battery power and don’t actually “hover.” For many, they are the latest “fun” gadgets in transportation innovation.“They are so cool because you don’t have to keep pushing on a skateboard, you just stand on it,“ said Aditya Narayanan, a student. “I think it’s convenient. I would buy one if I had the money.”Steven Barcikowski, an employee at Freewheel bike shop at 914 Valencia St., said that he’s seen them around in the Mission and in downtown bike lanes, but also on sidewalks. “Those boosted skateboards go pretty fast, but the hoverboards don’t. I also see them ‘hover’ on sidewalks, while boosted skateboards must stay in bike lanes.”Grouped in the same category as electronic skateboards that are fashioned with motors and brakes and can reach speeds of 16-25 mph, the same rules apply – helmets must be worn by individuals under 18, and riders must adhere to traffic law.The new law also allows local agencies to “adopt ordinances, rules, and regulations, respectively, for the use of electrically motorized boards,” though there is currently no legislation specific to hoverboards in front of  San Francisco Board of Supervisors.“This is the first I’ve heard of this,” said David Campos, the Mission’s supervisor. “The issue has not yet been presented to the board.”And some Mission commuters are equally baffled by the new technology and its uses.“It seems like they just take the place of walking,” said Theresa, a cyclist in the city, adding that she is not opposed to alternative modes of transportation, but sees the hoverboard as potentially unsafe. “I’ve gotten into bicycle accidents, and I would imagine that being on a hoverboard is even more dangerous. There’s nothing to hold onto.”“The trend makes me feel like, ‘man, don’t kids walk anymore?” said Scott Thompson of Mission Skateboards, at 3045 24th St. “Also, I read about those things exploding.”Media reports of hoverboard “explosions” and malfunctions, allegedly because of the lithium-ion batteries, have been circling in the past year, with the latest combustion taking place in the East Bay.Though there are many different brands of hoverboards, Razor USA is the company behind the Hovertrax, the original hoverboard that sells for $600-700. In regards to the malfunctions, the company’s CEO, Carlton Calvin, told CNN that hoverboards priced as low as $200 are “knock offs” and may not meet the device’s safety requirements.Davey, the hoverboard enthusiast, said he’s owned several and advises to shop for quality. “Don’t get a cheap one! The cheap batteries have a chance of catching on fire.”Vaital has certainly fielded safety concerns from customers interested in purchasing, but said that so far, none of the boards his store has sold have been defective. He said that upon purchase, he and others at his store walk the customer through the hoverboard’s usage, but that he too, is unaware that the devices are now legally prohibited on sidewalks.Vaital acknowledged that he probably would not buy one for himself.“It doesn’t go fast, it’s heavy, you can’t do tricks, it’s kind of pointless,” said Vaital. “I don’t see myself riding one of those down Mission street to go buy a bag of chips or catch up with my friends.”Others wonder if safety issues will ultimately outweigh the technology’s novelty and convenience factor. As a driver, Larry Liu strongly opposes the new transportation technology.“I don’t trust that — they are very dangerous for drivers and for pedestrians,” said Liu. “How are you supposed to see those things at night, if the lights are on their feet?”Colby Goodman, a bike messenger, points out that riders not versed in San Francisco street traffic should be extra cautious of their surroundings. “I’ve seen a lot of people just kinda cruising with no regard to their surroundings, which is pretty common off and on those things,” he said. last_img read more

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Pigeon pedicure Doing the nails of the Missions pigeons

first_imgAn informal group of animal lovers have taken it upon themselves to help city-dwelling pigeons keep their feet clean. The group, known online as the “San Francisco Pigeons Stringfoot help” find flocks of pigeons and treat them for stringfoot, a condition that can deform the bird’s feet, while also working to break birds’ dependence on humans for food. Mission Local Spotlight: San Francisco Pigeons Stringfoot Help from Mission Local on Vimeo. Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

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JAMES Graham says Saints consistency over the las

first_imgJAMES Graham says Saints’ consistency over the last few seasons is an achievement but he would obviously trade it all for Grand Final medals.The 26-year-old is 80 minutes away from his sixth Grand Final on the trot and could be playing in his last game for the club on Saturday.“It would be an achievement to reach a sixth final, but I’m not going to lie… I would have liked to have come back with more winners medals than the current return,” he said. “Teams can have two or three good years and have a couple off whilst rebuilding. But we have consistently reached every Challenge Cup Semi Final and the Grand Final for how many years…“It is an achievement for a club to maintain that level of consistency. At the end of the day though, we want a bigger return than we have.”Between Saints and that sixth final are Wigan – and they will be smarting from the defeat Jammer and his teammates handed out a couple of weeks back.“It’s all about this weekend,” Graham continued. “The win at the DW is in the past and we move on from it. It is a bit weird to be playing a side six times in one season but once we had beaten them at the DW I knew we had to play them again at some point if we wanted to win the competition.“That’s no disrespect to the other teams but I knew if we were going to progress, we would have to beat them.“It is always great to beat Wigan, especially at Wigan… yet we need to improve from that performance even though we were pleased with most aspects of that.“I know it could be my last game… or it could be the week after… but I’m not worried about it. It was my choice to go to Australia and no one forced me to do it. I have been aware it has been coming but have tried to forget about it to concentrate on doing my best for the Club.“I have learnt a little this year as Captain especially in trying to control myself and being more encouraging. Sometimes it still boils over but I do realise I can’t do that as skipper.”Tickets for the match are still on sale from the Saints Superstore, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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JAMAHL Lolesi has been reflecting on a busy Easter

first_imgJAMAHL Lolesi has been reflecting on a busy Easter period and the positives that can be gained.Saints blooded a number of youngsters over the last three matches and the Club’s Assistant Coach says they will be better for the experience of three games in nine days.“Easter was tough with the number of players we have and we were happy with the effort but at times our execution was poor,” he said. “We have to look to the next match now – that is important.“It’s always tough going to Hull KR and getting them after their defeat to Wigan wasn’t good for us. We had a lot of tired bodies but the younger players will benefit from that period.“That is a positive we have to take; it tested our depth and the youngsters we have. It is credit to the Saints junior academy system that these players are ready to come through and ready to play Super League. It is the best set up I have seen and holds us in great stead for the future.“It is a big game for us on Friday, they are a great side, their coach has done well and they have a lot of talent. Scott Dureau, Zeb Taia, Leon Pryce, they are hard to handle players.“It’s all about what we have to do as a group though. The young kids have learnt a lot – that has been forced on them really – and we are happy with what they have tossed up. They will try their hearts out that is what they always do.”He continued: “I’m really enjoying my time at Saints, it’s fantastic. I was told by a good friend what it was like here but I have been overwhelmed by the support. We’re still learning about the players and the fans have been understanding. I am really enjoying it.”Tickets for Friday’s home game against Catalan remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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JAMES Roby is expecting a backlash from Ireland wh

first_imgJAMES Roby is expecting a backlash from Ireland when the two sides meet at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday (2.30pm).Ireland lost their opening game against Fiji on Monday and must beat England to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals, but Roby feels prepared for what the Wolfhounds have to offer.“We know a little bit about what to expect from them,” said Roby. “A lot of their players play in England, so we’ve seen them quite a lot over the last few years.“We watched some of their last game, and both Ireland and Fiji were very physical, and with there being a bit of a rivalry there too, they’ll come at us fired up.“It’s probably fair to say that we’re expected to get the win, but I’m sure they’re not thinking like that. They’ve got a very good coach in Mark Aston, who’ll be getting them up for it.“Their defeat to Fiji probably makes it harder for us. They’ve got to win so they’ll make it as tough as possible. We’ll have to be at the top of our game. There are no opportunities to slip up.“Ireland have a point to prove. They surprised everyone at the last World Cup, so you can’t write anyone off. It’s going to make for an exciting tournament for everyone watching.”England relinquished an early lead to go down 28-20 to Australia on Saturday, but Roby says he was happy with the overall performance.“We started well,” he said. “We had the 10-point lead and let it slip which was disappointing. We made a few handling errors at the back end of the first half and made mistakes early on with our tackles which gave them territory.“But on the whole, when you look at the statistics from the game, they suggest that they should’ve won by more, so we did well to defend our line and make it as close as it was.“Unfortunately we let our guard down. If we could’ve maintained that high standard, stuck to our game plan and completed more sets it might have been different.“Everyone’s feeling good at the moment,” he said. “The appearance against Australia was a step up from the Italy game and it’s what we needed. To only lose by eight showed how close we were.“We looked at some pointers and statistics to see where we let ourselves down with errors and penalties, and now we’re all looking forward to Saturday.“We’re not looking at outside expectations. It’s a long tournament that we’ve just got to take week by week. Every game will be a tough game so we’ll be taking it all as it comes.”England Squad:Carl Ablett (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Parkside)Tom Briscoe (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Rob Burrow (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers, Dannevirke Tigers)Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers)Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants, Smawthorne Panthers)James Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs, Blackbrook)Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Spring Lions)Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook)Kevin Sinfield (captain) (Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead)Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton Knights)Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm, King Cross)Ireland Squad:Dave AllenLuke AmblerBob BeswickDamien BlanchDanny BridgeBen CurrieLiam FinnSimon FinniganKurt HaggertyJames HassonRory KostjasynStuart LittlerTyrone McCarthyJames MendeikaAnthony MullallyApirana PewhairangiPat RichardsJoshua TooleBrett WhiteYou can buy Rugby League World Cup Tickets here.last_img read more

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WEVE hit the campaign trailSaints have launched

first_imgWE’VE hit the campaign trail!Saints have launched a billboard campaign to coincide with the release of the 2016 Home and Away shirts.You’ll see our huge posters opposite Langtree Park, at the bottom of Elephant Lane and on Park Road, heading towards the Town Centre from Blackbrook.These are all busy roads and close to two of the Club’s heartland areas of Thatto Heath and Blackbrook.They will be on display for the next two weeks – with more billboards coming soon at the junction of Shaw Street and Standish Street.Tweet us a selfie in front of the posters and you could win!Send your pics to @saints1890 and we’ll pick the best.First prize will be a 2016 home or away shirt of your choice.Second prize – a smartphone from our partners Alcatel OneTouch.Third prize – a pair of tickets to the first home game of the 2016 First Utility Super League season.You can get your kit now by calling into the Saints Superstore or logging on here – and don’t forget to send us your selfies!last_img read more

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A DEPLETED and injury ravaged Saints produced thei

first_imgA DEPLETED and injury ravaged Saints produced their best performance of the season to beat Warrington Wolves 25-22 in their own back yard.Missing eight first team regulars they battled back from 10-0 down to take the points.Theo Fages was outstanding throughout – as were the youngsters Jack Ashworth, Morgan Knowles and Jake Spedding who was on debut.But this was a real 1-17 dig that not only defied the odds and the form book but proved no you can’t write off a side coached by Keiron Cunningham.Warrington’s early ascendancy arguably came against the run of play – but Saints’ response was breathtaking.The visitors looked handy early doors until Stefan Ratchford’s inch perfect kick to the corner was collected by Kevin Penny.Moments later Ryan Atkins caught Ashton Sims’ pass for a simple try.But Saints steadied the ship and hit back almost immediately.The excellent Jon Wilkin offloaded to Shannon McDonnell within 20 metres of the Wolves’ line and he slipped the ball to Kyle Amor on a devastating run.Luke Walsh with the simple extras.The try rocked the Wolves and to the surprise of the home support, on the visitor’s next set they were ahead.Strong runs from the forwards got them close before Fages ‘double pumped’ to sell the dummy and sent Ashworth over for his first in the red vee.Walsh with his second conversion of the evening.Saints came once again and were unlucky not to increase the lead before they repelled a Wolves’ attack. Jordan Turner at the right place at the right time.And with five minutes to go a high kick won another set on Warrington’s line – Tom Lineham knocking on from Walsh’s excellent hoof – but Saints couldn’t get their numbers right.It was a chance they were left to rue as right on the half time hooter Ben Currie crashed over in the corner with three around him.Saints began the second half on the back foot – an error handing the Wolves the impetus from the outset.Walsh then somehow saw the ball come off his legs for a drop out but the home side bungled the kick to hand the ball back to their opponents.Jack Owens immediately forced a drop out and it gave the space for Saints to score once more.It came from Fages – who was head and shoulders man of the match – once again and he caught Matty Dawson in acres of space for his sixth of the season.Andre Savelio went close on 55 minutes, before more immense defence kept out the league leaders.On 64 minutes, Wilkin left the field after a hit from Ryan Atkins and Walsh knocked over a penalty to quell the nerves.But the killer try – right in front of the Club’s excellent away support – was to come from one of those kids.In his fourth appearance for the Saints Morgan Knowles took full advantage of a kick through to put Saints clear.Walsh added a drop goal to take it out to 25-14 before Kevin Penny added his second with five minutes to go.It looked a mere consolation but when Tom Lineham collected it kick to the corner with two minutes left, it really was game on.But anything other than a Saints win would have been a travesty – especially to Fages – and Saints defended the Wolves’ last set to send the fans home jubilant.Match Summary:Wolves:Tries: Penny (2), Atkins, Currie, LinehamGoals: Westwood (1 from 3), Gidley (0 from 1)Saints:Tries: Amor, Ashworth, Dawson, KnowlesGoals: Walsh (4 from 5)Drop: WalshPenalties:Wolves: 6Saints: 3HT: 12-14FT: 25-22REF: Ben ThalerATT: 13,678Teams:Wolves:5. Matty Russell; 20. Kevin Penny, 11. Ben Currie, 4. Ryan Atkins, 2. Tom Lineham; 1. Kurt Gidley, 6. Stefan Ratchford; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 13. Ben Westwood, 12. Jack Hughes, 14. Joe Westerman.Subs: 3. Rhys Evans, 18. George King, 25. Joe Philbin, 29. Benjamin Jullien.Saints: 23. Shannon McDonnell; 22. Jack Owens, 3. Jordan Turner, 21. Matty Dawson, 33. Jake Spedding; 19. Theo Fages, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 16. Andre Savelio, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 27. Jack Ashworth, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

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HULL FC have won on their last four visits to Lang

first_imgHULL FC have won on their last four visits to Langtree Park with Saints last win coming in 2014.Last Ten Meetings:Hull FC 32, St Helens 24 (SLR16, 28/5/16)St Helens 18, Hull FC 47 (CCR6, 8/5/16)St Helens 16, Hull FC 17 (SLR9, 1/4/16)St Helens 22, Hull FC 32 (SLS8-R2, 14/8/15)Hull FC 10, St Helens 17 (SLR15, 22/5/15)St Helens 20, Hull FC 28 (SLR9, 6/4/15)Hull FC 19, St Helens 12 (SLR23, 1/8/14)St Helens 34, Hull FC 22 (SLR2, 21/2/14)Hull FC 12, St Helens 38 (SLR27, 6/9/13)St Helens 22, Hull FC 22 (SLR3, 15/2/13)Super League Summary:St Helens won 26 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)Hull FC won 153 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)Head to Head (Regular Season): SaintsHull FCTries103106Goals8996Metres29,62830,357Breaks125141Tackles7,6937,585Penalties192181Career and Club Milestones Involving Tonight’s Teams:Iafeta Palea’aesina needs one appearance to reach 250 whilst in the British game. He has played 48 games for Hull FC since 2014, and was previously with Salford (45 games, 2011-2012) and Wigan (145 games, 2006-2010). Whilst with Hull, he has also made dual-registration appearances for Doncaster (11, 2015-2016).Adam Swift needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career. He has played 89 games for St Helens since 2012, to go with dual-registration appearances for Rochdale (5, 2013-2014) and Whitehaven (5, 2013).James Roby needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. Roby has touched down 90 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015). He also has non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:(League games & Super 8s)Tries: 1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 322 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 213 Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons) 194 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves) 176 Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 167 Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 158 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC), Adam Swift (St Helens), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 14Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1042 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 983 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 824 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 775 = Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 697 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 608 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 569 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 5510 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 51Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 84.37 (27/32)2 Thomas Bosc (Catalans Dragons) 84.21 (16/19)3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 83.87 (104/124)4 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 81.08 (60/74)5 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 78.84 (82/104)6 Mark Percival (St Helens) 77.77 (28/36)7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 77.00 (77/100)8 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 76.74 (33/43)9 = Jamie Ellis (Huddersfield Giants), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 76.47 (13/17)Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 2292 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 2183 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 1884 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1745 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 1626 = Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1588 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Luke Walsh (St Helens) 13210 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 128last_img read more

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Tide Pod challenge spawns culinary trend Wake N Bake creates Tide Pod

first_img Inspired by the alarming trend, Wake N Bake Donuts in Carolina Beach, N.C., and the Missouri-based chain Hurts Donut, have introduced “Tide Pod donuts.” The deep-fried pastries are topped with the detergent packet’s iconic orange and blue swirl made from a sugary creme — not a poisonous detergent.“One of our Millennial employees (Caitlin) decided to take a moment to teach the youth the difference between what to eat and what not to eat,” Wake N Bake Donuts wrote on its Instagram page, along with a photo of the edible treat. “This is a Donut….you can eat this! Tide is for laundry silly. Available at our Carolina Beach location today! #donutsarebetterthandetergent #wakenbakedonuts #carolinabeach #northcarolina #bestdonuts #saynototidepods.”A Hurts Donut location in Springfield, Missouri, posted a photo to Facebook of its take on the Tide Pod donut next to a photo of the detergent packet. “YES” was slapped over the photo of the donut, while “NO” was slapped across the photo of the detergent pods.Related Article: Chicago’s top prosecutor subpoenaed in Jussie Smollett case“I thought this might clear up any confusion there might have been but now adults are throwing donuts in the washer,” the photo was captioned.Another photo was captioned, “Stop eating laundry detergent! Laundry Detergent = Not Food. Donuts = Food. We will even fill them for you. With FOOD. Not laundry detergent. In the case at both locations today and tomorrow.”Trista Patterson, owner of Hurts Donut, told Wichita, Kansas, TV station KSNW, “We just kind of put out the post as just a funny alternative to a more serious topic. We see so much heavy stuff everyday that we’re just putting a little lighter approach on a serious subject.”The American Association of Poison Control Centers warned of a spike in teenagers eating the laundry product, which it says can cause seizures, respiratory arrest and even death. Poison control centers said that they handled 39 cases of intentional misuse among 13 to 19 year olds in the first 15 days of the year, compared to about 50 for all of last year.Proctor & Gamble, the parent company of Tide, has been getting the message out there that the “Tide Pod challenge” is dangerous. It also said it is working with social media companies to stop the spread of videos featuring the “challenge.”“Ensuring the safety of the people who use our products is fundamental to everything we do at P&G,” the company’s chief executive, David Taylor wrote in a company blog post earlier this week. “However, even the most stringent standards and protocols, labels and warnings can’t prevent intentional abuse fueled by poor judgment and the desire for popularity.” Wake N Bake Donuts in Carolina Beach, N.C., posted this photo of its “Tide Pod donuts” on its Instagram page. (ABC News) — The dangerous “Tide Pod challenge” has inspired a culinary trend: Tide pod donuts.The “Tide Pod challenge” is a social media-fueled trend, which involves typically teenagers eating the single-load laundry detergent packet. The detergent is not for human consumption.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Pender County rejects aerial spraying for mosquitoes for now

first_imgMosquitoes (Photo: Franco Patrizia) PENDER COUNTY, NC (Press Release) — Pender County Health and Human Services, department of Environmental Health, is actively spraying for mosquitoes following Hurricane Florence.“We started spraying immediately,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services director. “We are using a larvicide that kills mosquito eggs and we are spraying to kill adult mosquitoes.”- Advertisement – Some counties are opting for aerial mosquito spraying. According to FEMA, counties using aerial spraying must meet specific requirements including restrictions on spraying state and federal managed areas, water bodies, rivers and streams, schools, organic farms, bee hives, and aquaculture sites.“We value our beekeepers, organic farms, and our natural resources,” said Moser. “An aerial spray may not provide the targeted treatment Pender County needs right now.”“A vector (aerial) spray would be costly,” said Moser. “The aerial spray may last four days, depending on weather, and it kills adult mosquitoes only. It doesn’t include larvicidal applications that kill mosquito eggs.”Related Article: Get ready to pay up even more to park in Wrightsville BeachSpraying by truck offers both the chemical and larvicidal applications. The chemical applications work for seven days.The environmental health department started spraying as soon as the storm ended in accessible areas and increased the treatments as roads began to open to travel.“We have received additional state funding to continue our program,” said Moser.“However, residents can help control mosquitoes by ‘tip and toss’,” said Moser.Tip and Toss is a process of tipping standing water in birdbaths, buckets, wading pools, old tires, and items where water gathers and becomes stagnant and tossing old items that you don’t need such as outdated children’s toys, old tires, and cans.”“We’re addressing the mosquito problem,” said Moser. “We are spraying all areas of the county, four hours in the morning and four hours in the evening.”last_img read more

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BY THE NUMBERS FEMA gives more than 80M to Cape Fear storm

first_imgA Mobile Registration Intake Center opened at 801 S. Walker St., Burgaw, N.C. inPender County on Sept. 28 and is tentatively slated to close Oct. 6.A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center was located at Caswell Presbyterian Church, 318W Church St. in Atkinson (Pender County) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4.A longer-term Disaster Recovery Center site for the county will open soonNew Hanover County:More than $9.4 million of the more than $38 million in state and federal grants have gone to more than 3,700 homeowners and renters.More than 1,300 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $10 million in claims have been paid to date.As of Oct. 15, more than $18.8 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 521 homeowners and renters and 43 businesses.Individual Assistance: As of Oct. 19, more than 12,000 home inspections have been issued. Nearly 99 percent of home inspections have been completed.Forty-six inspections have an “inaccessible” status. This is the number of applicants who had an initial meeting with an inspector who determined the dwelling was inaccessible. These applicants need to contact FEMA to reschedule an inspection when their homes are accessible. Individual Assistance:As of Oct. 19, nearly 6,200 home inspections have been issued.Nearly 99 percent of home inspections have been completed.24 inspections have an “inaccessible” status. This is the number of applicants who had an initial meeting with an inspector who determined the dwelling was inaccessible. These applicants need to contact FEMA to reschedule an inspection when their homes are accessible.Transitional Sheltering Assistance:Current number of households checked in: 24Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA):DSA has had more than 3,200 interactions with survivors.As of Oct. 20, there is one DSA crew working in Brunswick County. Related Article: Fix a Friend reopens after Florence flooding     Transitional Sheltering Assistance:Current number of households checked in: 93Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) DSA has had more than 17,200 interactions with survivors.As of Oct. 20, there are three DSA crews working in New Hanover County. DSA has made 942 interactions with survivors.As of Oct. 4, there are 2 DSA crews working in Pender County. New Hanover County has been approved for FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Assistance.Travel trailers and manufactured housing units may be provided for eligible applicants.The Disaster Recovery Center for New Hanover County is located at Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It opened on Sept. 28 and has assisted 2,853 visitors.     Public Assistance: New Hanover County was approved for assistance to local governments for debris removal and emergency protective measures on Sept. 14, and for categories C-G on Oct. 12.As of Oct. 20, 11 Requests for Public Assistance have been received and three approved.An applicant briefing was held Oct.18. Residents check out the flooding in a Leland neighborhood after Hurricane Florence on Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Since Hurricane Florence, residents across the Cape Fear have received more than $80 million of state and federal funding.According to FEMA, Brunswick County has received more than $23.6 million, more than $38 million in New Hanover, and more than $20 million in Pender County.Brunswick CountyAs of Oct. 20, more than $6.2 million in state and federal grants have gone to more than 1,650 homeowners and renters. As of Oct. 17, more than 900 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $6.3 million in claims have been paid to date.As of Oct. 19, more than $11 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 294 homeowners and renters and 25 businesses.- Advertisement – Brunswick County has been approved for FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Assistance. Travel trailers and manufactured housing units may be provided for eligible applicants.The Disaster Recovery Center for Brunswick County is located at the Virginia Williams Event Center, Odell Williamson Auditorium at 150 College Road NE, in Bolivia, and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It opened on Sept. 29 and has assisted 961 visitors.Public Assistance:Brunswick County was approved for assistance to local governments for debris removal and emergency protective measures on Sept. 14, and for categories C – G Oct. 12.An applicant briefing was held Oct. 15.Pender County:More than $9.2 million in state and federal grants to nearly 1,900 homeowners andrenters. More than $2.8 million in claims paid to more than 1,000 National Flood InsuranceProgram policyholders.More than $8.2 million in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interestdisaster loans approved for 142 homeowners and renters and five businesses.Individual Assistance:5,631 home inspections issued90 percent of home inspections complete490 inspections have an “Inaccessible” status. This is the number of applicants whohad an initial meeting with an inspector who determined that the dwelling isinaccessible. These applicants need to contact FEMA to reschedule an inspectionwhen their homes are accessible.Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA):last_img read more

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PuttPutt for a cause at the 7th annual Pizza Putt

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Join The Children’s Museum of Wilmington for pizza, beer, mini golf and more at the 7th Annual Pizza Putt On Saturday March 23.Bring your friends to play putt-putt and enjoy live music at The Children’s Museum in downtown Wilmington all to raise money for the museum.- Advertisement – Then, you can attend the after party at The Husk.Tickets are $30 each for the event.Here’s more information.last_img

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More girls than boys obtain pass mark in O levels

first_imgGirls did better at O level exams when compared to boys, according to statistics published by the MATSEC office after students started receiving their results. More girls have sat for exams than boys in 2019.READ: MATSEC results out today98.6% of 16-year-old girls sat for their O level exams, an increase of 9% over the previous year. 47.9% have successfully obtained results which would make them eligible to enroll in a post-secondary school.READ: SEC exams: failures on the increaseAccording to the statistics published by MATSEC, female students are inclined to choose biology, chemistry and physics as their options. They are also inclined to choose one to three foreign languages. Male students on the other hand have a tendency to opt for vocational subjects.READ: Free SEC revision classes for students re-sitting exams in September895 results for vocational subjects were published in 2019, compared to 543 in 2018 and 92 in 2107. 76.3% obtained a mark between 1 to 5, and 84% between 1 to 7. The results are similar to those obtained last year.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Ugandas IGP Kale Kayihura Wants Social Media Regulated

first_imgInspector General of Police Kale Kaihura addressing a meeting Advertisement Inspector General of Police Kale Kaihura addressing a meetingThe Inspector General of Police, Lt Gen Kale Kayihura has  opened the East African Police Chiefs Organization (EAPCCO) Permanent Coordinating Committee with a call on the participants to chart out ways of making the region safe and a better place for everybody.Lt. Gen. Kayihura said that community policing is the only way to stamp out crime in the region.He said that a new trend of crime is coming up in Africa where politicians who fail to win elections turn to street protests.“Rioting in our streets is a new phenomenon where some forces think that when they fail to win elections, they have to cause chaos, and then NATO will come and bomb their way to power,” Lt. Gen. Kayihura remarked while opening the meeting at Speke Resort Munyonyo. – Advertisement – “They get unemployed youths; give them little money, marijuana, our local gin (waragi) to cause chaos in the streets and call it Arab spring but it has not succeeded,” said Kayihura.The police boss was possibly referring to Walk-to-Work protests that recent put the country on tenterhooks.Kayihura has also in the past accused opposition of trying to topple government through riots.He said that Africans have started solving their own problems without depending on Western countries.“Its Africans who have solved the problems in Somalia, congratulations the people of Somalia, congratulations AMISOM, Congratulations the people of Africa for this achievement,” he said.Kayihura emphasized that Police is very vital in the running of a State.“Police is very critical in terms of survival of any State; we adhere to the rule of Law,” he said.He called upon members to come up with ways on how to combat crime, road accidents, drug, and human trafficking in the region.He urged the participants to come up with recommendations on how to tackle the misuse of the social media.East African Police Chiefs Co-operations Organizations (EAPCCO) is composed of 12 countries. The meeting will run up to October 19.Source: Chimp Reportslast_img read more

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Microsoft has brought Skype bots to Mac and the Web

first_imgImage Credit: sigmalive Advertisement Last Month, Microsoft introduced its skype bots during its Build 2016 conference, and now these same bots are coming to the Web and Mac too.If you are using a Mac, you can add them the same as any other contact, except you’ll now see an option to “Add Bot” in addition to real live humans.When it comes to the Web, there’s a new “Discover bots” section. – Advertisement – At the moment, these bots include three for Bing Search, one for Getty Images, one to help you ‘summarize’ Web pages and articles, and a regular old chatbot named Murphy.Skype bots are now available on the Windows, OS X, Android, and iOS.last_img read more

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New Report Pokes Holes in Ugandas Cyber Security Capacity

first_imgAdvertisement A new report by the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) has exposed loopholes in Uganda’s cyber security capacity; indicating that it’s at an embryonic state and that no concrete action has been taken to help the situation.The report was compiled after a three day consultation with different government and private sector stakeholders who included; Government Ministries, National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U); Academia; Civil society; Law enforcement; Internet governance representatives; Internet Society chapters; Criminal Justice; Intelligence Community; National Security representatives; CSIRT team; Commercial sectors and SME’s; Finance Sector; and Telecommunications Companies.According to the report, all Uganda’s indicators lie in the start-up and formative levels which are the lowest on the indicators chart. – Advertisement – The consultations were based on the GCSCC’s Cyber Security Capacity Maturity Model which is composed of five distinct areas of Cybersecurity Capacity: Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (Startup level)This dimension explores the capacity of the government to design, produce, coordinate and implement a cybersecurity strategy as well as policies upholding the strategy.The survey discovered that there is no official document on Uganda national cybersecurity strategy. Instead, Uganda has a National Information Security Policy (NISP) and a National Information Security Strategy (NISS)Cyber culture and society (Startup level) This dimension assesses important elements of a cyber-culture on an individual and organizational level and their perception by various stakeholders. It determines the level of trust in e-government and e-commerce services and adherence to privacy standards by the entities that engage in provision of these services.In Uganda, the report says, “there is an absence or at best minimal recognition of a cybersecurity mind-set within most of the government agencies. However, there is recognition of cyber risks and threats, and efforts towards cybercrime awareness campaigns have been initiated.”Cybersecurity Education, Training and Skills (Startup level)This dimension assesses the availability and quality of cybersecurity education, training, and skills in Uganda for various groups of government stakeholders, private sector, and population as a whole. It evaluates existing educational offerings and national development of cybersecurity education; training and educational initiatives within public and private sector; and corporate governance, knowledge, and standards.In Uganda, there is gradual increase in information-security education and training.The report notes that “a number of information Security training initiatives are starting to focus towards increasing the attractiveness of cybersecurity as a career and its relevance to both the private and public sector.”Legal and regulatory frameworks (Formative level)This dimension looks into the Government’s capacity to design and enact national legislation and accompanying by-laws directly and indirectly relating to cybersecurity, with a particular emphasis placed on the topics of ICT security, privacy and data protection issues, cybercrime, and on the stakeholder groups represented by law enforcement, prosecution services, and courts.The report observes that “Uganda has a number of legislation in place, which address Internet misuse.”“The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT) in conjunction with Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MoJCA), Uganda Communications Commission and National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) of Uganda have jointly coordinated the drafting of the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, which is currently due for debate in Parliament. It was suggested that in future the East African Community (EAC) countries should have a harmonized Data Protection and Privacy Law for all member states,” asserts the report.Standards, organisations, and technologies (Formative level)This dimension brings forward the importance of implementation of cybersecurity standards and minimal acceptable practices; existence of well-functioning and high capacity organisations coordinating cybersecurity with formal authority over multiple stakeholders; and existence of a vibrant cybersecurity marketplace of technologies and cyber insurance services.The report indicates that in Uganda, information security standards are being adhered to by the Government.“There have been some initial signs of promotion and take-up across the public sector and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) organisations. There is no total compliance to ISO standards or certification yet in a number of Government institutions,” the report further states.[related-posts]last_img read more

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UTAMU University to host 4th International Conference on Technology and Management

first_imgAdvertisement The Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) will play host to the 4th International Conference on Technology and Management scheduled for the 7th to 8th August, 2017. Under the theme, “ICT, Governance and Management in Africa: Trends, Issues and challenges”.The 2017 ICT conference comes at a time when most economies in globally are being driven by different ICT innovations.The conference is set to provide a distinctive environment where authors, practitioners, researchers, professionals and academicians from the Technology and Management disciplines can engage in the future developments in terms of service provision. – Advertisement – “Today, we understand that technology drives all what we do irrespective of service domain. Therefore managing service provision and the technologies integrated within the organizations is very important for development,” said a Press Release.Under the ICT sector the participants will discuss various topics related to the utilization ICT in the economy such as E-governance, E-services (e-business, e-agriculture) Technology and economic transformation among other topics in the sector.[related-posts]On management science, the conference will focus on key areas such as Public Administration and Human resource development, Regional integration and regional projects and Public policy design and implementation challenges.last_img read more

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