Disabled activists are calling on the UN to take a

first_imgDisabled activists are calling on the UN to take action after elections to the 18-strong committee that oversees the implementation of its disability rights convention left it with just a single female member alongside 17 men.The committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) currently has six women members, but from January next year that will fall to just one, the German representative Theresia Degener.The elections were held at the UN in New York to replace nine expert members of the committee whose four-year terms are due to expire at the end of the year.All 160 states that have ratified the convention voted in the election, and each of them voted for nine out of the 18 candidates in a secret ballot.But many disabled activists were appalled when it was revealed that all nine of the candidates who were successful in the election were men, although they welcomed the election of the committee’s first panellist with learning difficulties, Robert Martin, from New Zealand, and its first sign language-user, Valery Nikitich Rukhledev, from Russia.The UK representative on the committee, Diane Kingston, is believed to have fallen just three votes short of the number she needed to be re-elected.From 2008 to 2010, there were five women out of 12 CRPD members, and in the following two years there were eight out of 18, but since then the proportion of women has gradually fallen.The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities says (article 34, paragraph four) that countries who sign up to the treaty should elect committee members with consideration to factors including “balanced gender representation”.Kingston declined to comment this week, but a spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said: “The UN Human Rights Office has promoted gender balance in the election of treaty body members, but the elections are in the hands of the states parties.”But she pointed to a speech made last week by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, who said that the “undermining and denial of women’s human rights is the most widespread form of discrimination around the world”.He added: “We even see it in the Human Rights Council, where women speak considerably less than men, and at the highest level of virtually every decision-making body in the private and public sector – including the United Nations.  “We saw this only two days ago in New York, when out of nine people elected by member states to the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, not one was a woman.  “This means next year the committee will have only one woman member.  How is this possible?”Eleanor Lisney (pictured), a member of the steering group of the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, said she and her colleagues were “concerned” at the election results.She said: “Some disabled people have told me that there is no gender difference in disability and that disability discrimination is gender neutral. But that is not true.“At Sisters of Frida, we work on the gaps for disabled women – on violence against women, on health and sexual provisions, in employment, and the intersecting factors. Article six [of the convention] is very clear on that.“On the CRPD committee, it is imperative we have disabled women who would work on those issues.“We hear from disabled women in the global south and those in the [black and minority ethnic] communities here (from Southall Black Sisters, for example) how those disabled women are left without voices because disabled people’s organisations are not in touch with those communities.“We need to work with our disabled sisters globally so that come the next election the committee will be more gender balanced.“And we can only do that by ramping up our own voices – to have the role models for young disabled women.”Both the International Disability Alliance and the International Disability and Development Consortium have expressed concern at the “disquieting” drop in the number of women on the committee.Maryanne Diamond, IDA’s chair, told Disability News Service: “In 2016 it is something that I was really shocked that we found ourselves with.”She said it was vital that the interests of disabled women were “always at the forefront” of the committee’s work.She added: “When you have a committee pretty much of all men it operates differently: the way conversations happen, the way dialogue happens; it’s a different dynamic.“The next elections are two years away; we can’t wait to start thinking about how we ensure this doesn’t happen again in a year or 18 months; we need to start thinking about it now.“We need to think about the women in all our countries who are suitable, appropriate, skilled, and then lobby governments to make sure governments think of women when they even put their candidates forward, because there were only three women in that list of 18.”She said the responsibility lay with member states to ensure that more of them put forward women as candidates in two years’ time, and that they vote for women candidates in 2018.She said: “I suspect that gender balance may not have been high on their list of priorities when determining who they were going to vote for.”Diamond had said earlier in a statement that the new make-up of the committee “signals a serious disconnect between the convention’s principles of non-discrimination and gender equality within the nominations and elections procedures, as well as an objectionable disengagement on the part of states to ensure and promote gender parity”.Munazza Gillani, country director for Pakistan for the UK-based disability charity Sightsavers, which works in developing countries, said the convention makes clear, in article 34, that “as they vote for committee members, governments must consider balanced gender representation as well as the inclusion of experts with disabilities”.She said: “With only one female member in the newly elected committee, this measure has clearly fallen short.“No-one can take inclusion for granted.“We believe there should be processes in place to ensure gender balance on all UN bodies to better reflect the global vision we all share – one where the voices of women with disabilities are heard in top levels of governance, and one where no-one speaks on their behalf.”last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham said he was disappointed with th

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said he was disappointed with the way Saints acquitted themselves in their Karalius Cup clash with Widnes Vikings.He saw his charges lose 30-16 at Langtree Park.“I’ve always said trial games aren’t about the result but about you do out there on the field,” he said. “So I am really disappointed tonight. I’m not upset with the result but the way we went about it and did things. I thought we went about things a little soft at times.“We started well and played with a little bit of freedom. But after seeing that we seemed to decide we were on the training field and we started playing touch footy. You cannot play rugby league like that as it goes against what the sport is about. It is a tough, simple game and is about winning the energy battle – and we didn’t do that.“Widnes looked a game ahead of us, which they were, and we decided to chase the game in the wrong manner. That is what trial games are for I suppose and we have a lot of learning to do.”He continued: “We tried some different combinations because I haven’t decided on the final side. Before the game I said to the boys make it difficult for me to pick my side for round one… well a few of the boys have made it quite easy for me.“I thought Morgan Knowles went well and when we had to change the halves around Jordan Turner did a good job at 6. I was happy with my halves but I thought my junior middle men were poor though. We tried to play football when we didn’t earn it and we put the ball down.”Cunningham said that Travis Burns came off with a little bit of concussion whilst Luke Walsh rolled his ankle a little. Both will be monitored over the next few days.last_img read more

HULL FC will be travelling to Langtree Park in lar

first_imgHULL FC will be travelling to Langtree Park in large numbers on Sunday if latest sales are anything to go by.Close to 15 coaches have been booked by the Airlie Birds ahead of the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie between the two sides.It’s therefore time for Saints fans to reply and back the boys!Keiron Cunningham says the fans have been like an 18th man in the last two weeks for his side – roaring them to victories over Leeds and Castleford.In fact, during that win over the Rhinos KC said: “It was like Knowsley Road of old and they brought us home. It meant a lot to myself and the players to see and hear that.”It’s time to be in that number.Tickets can be bought from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455052 or by logging on here.Prices are:Members: West Terrace: Adult – £15, OAP / Young Adult – £11, Junior – FREENorth and South Stands (Gold): Adult – £22, OAP / Young Adult – £15, Junior – FREENorth and South Stands (Silver): Adult – £20, OAP / Young Adult – £14, Junior – FREENorth and South Stands (Bronze): Adult – £18, OAP / Young Adult – £13, Junior – FREENon-Members:West Terrace: Adult – £18, OAP / Young Adult – £13, Junior – £5North and South Stands (Gold): Adult – £25, OAP / Young Adult – £17, Junior – £5North and South Stands (Silver): Adult – £23, OAP / Young Adult – £16, Junior – £5North and South Stands (Bronze): Adult – £21, OAP / Young Adult – £15, Junior – £5Junior Members must collect their FREE tickets before match day.Membership discount pricing will end on Saturday May 7 (4pm).Membership Cards are not valid for this game.For details of Hospitality for the match click here.last_img read more

Grand Jury indicts woman charged in adoption scam

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1503700418-9a0e62f57f4f37121a0a7bab5ac7f9d02c1dc4c5_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Carolina Beach woman at the center of an alleged nationwide adoption scam has been indicted.The District Attorney’s Office says a Grand Jury indicted Wendy George on six charges of obtaining property by false pretense and two charges of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.- Advertisement – Investigators say George used online groups and targeted moms looking to adopt by promising they could have her baby. According to some of the alleged victims, George sent photos of sonograms and of her pregnant body. She would also ask for help with rent and other finances.At least 15 people have come forward claiming to be victims.According to warrants, victims rented hotels for George and sent her money orders.Related Article: Mom: Cops need better mental health training after son’s fight with officersGeorge remains in jail under $570,000 bond.Gelast_img read more

Threat rising of storm surge inland flooding from Florence

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Florence (all times local):6 p.m.- Advertisement – Forecasters are warning that the threat is rising of life-threatening storm surge and freshwater inland flooding from prolonged heavy rains once Hurricane Florence nears the Southeast seaboard in coming days.The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Florence is expected to become a major hurricane Monday and remain extremely dangerous and powerful as it nears the U.S. Atlantic coast on Thursday. While forecasters say it’s too soon to determine the exact timing and a possible landfall for the storm, people from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the approaching storm.Click here for more information on the WWAY HURRICANE CENTER pageRelated Article: State tax credit proposed for repair of historic buildings damaged during natural disastersThe center says Florence is expected to strengthen further as it moves over the southwester Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. It says the hurricane should approach the U.S. coast on Thursday.___5 p.m.The National Hurricane Center says Florence is expected to become a major hurricane within a day as it crawls closer to the U.S. Atlantic seaboard.The Miami-based center says Florence is gaining strength and is expected to become a major hurricane Monday and keep that status as a powerful and extremely dangerous storm until Thursday. At 5 p.m. EDT Sunday, Florence had top sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) and was centered about 720 miles (1,160 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda while moving westward at 7 mph (11 kph).The center says it is still too early to predict the hurricane’s exact path, but a huge coastal area from northern Florida to North Carolina has been urged to remain on guard for the possibility of a hit by Florence as a major hurricane. Forecasters say__4:30 p.m.Naval Station Norfolk says its employees should not leave their vehicles parked at the sprawling Virginia base in coming days because of the possibility of flooding from approaching Hurricane Florence.The station, the largest naval complex in the world, said in a Facebook post that much of the base is prone to heavy flooding, especially the parking lots adjacent to the waterfront. It posted photos showing heavy flooding from previous storms.Florence turned into a hurricane Sunday morning and was swirling toward the U.S. for what forecasters said could be a direct hit on the Southeast toward the end of the week. The National Hurricane Center says it’s still too early to predict the storm’s exact path.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Saturday, saying it was becoming increasingly likely that the state could see significant impacts.___2:50 p.m.South Carolina’s governor says residents should count on “a lot of wind and a lot of rain” from Hurricane Florence this week.Gov. Henry McMaster told a news conference Sunday that people should “pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore.”The National Hurricane Center says Florence could make landfall by Friday in the Southeast U.S. and that residents from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic need to get ready.In South Carolina, Charleston city officials were offering sandbags for residents to fill. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged residents to secure their homes, but said it’s too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.___1:40 p.m.Cruise lines are redirecting their ships to avoid the path of Hurricane Florence as it begins to bear down on the United States.Carnival Cruise Line said Sunday that it had changed the schedule of its cruise ships to accommodate tropical weather threats. Carnival Pride was scheduled to leave Baltimore and head to Bermuda during a week-long cruise. Instead the ship will now head to The Bahamas.The company also said that Carnival Horizon has cancelled plans to visit San Juan in Puerto Rico on Sunday. It is expected to arrive in New York on Sept. 13.In addition, in order to avoid Tropical Storm Isaac, the cruise line reversed the schedule for Carnival Vista. The ship will call on St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber Cove before returning to Miami on September 16.___12:15 p.m.Authorities in the Carolinas are warning residents to prepare for a potential disaster as Hurricane Florence gains strength ahead a potential landfall later in the week.North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement Sunday that coastal and inland residents alike need to get ready for potentially heavy rainfall and flooding from the storm. Cooper urged residents to “review your emergency plans and gather your supplies now.”The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted Sunday that officials there are “preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster.”The National Hurricane Center said Florence had re-strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Sunday as it was located about 710 miles (1,142 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda. Forecasters predicted it would become a dangerous Category 4 storm before a possible landfall Friday.___11 a.m.Forecasters say Tropical Storm Florence has turned into a hurricane and is swirling toward the East Coast for what could be a direct hit toward the end of the week.The storm’s sustained winds reached 75 mph (121 kph), just over the threshold for a hurricane, on Sunday morning as it was swirling across the Atlantic, about 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda. It was moving west at 6 mph.The National Hurricane Center says it is still too early to predict the hurricane’s exact path, but a huge coastal area from northern Florida to North Carolina should prepare for a major hit.last_img read more

As population grows some Hampstead residents push to become real town

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A rapidly growing Pender County community could become a real town if some of its residents have their way. But having more control could mean spending more money.“As you turn around, every place you look, there’s a new development going up. New homes being built, new apartments being built.”- Advertisement – Hampstead is growing.  It only takes up four percent of Pender County’s land, but makes up 27 percent of its population.A US census report lists Pender County as North Carolina’s fourth-fastest growing county.Now some residents think it’s time the community takes control of itself.Related Article: Part of Hampstead to have water temporarily cut off“This was attempted before in 2007 and it was voted down,” said Pender County State Representative Bob Muller.In order to incorporate, 15 percent of registered voters in Hampstead would have to sign a petition. From there, a bill would be drafted, and it would be voted on by the public in 2019 or 2020.Rep. Muller, who is working as an unbiased adviser to the committee that’s trying to incorporate Hampstead, says the town would have to provide at least four out of eight services.“Police protection, fire protection, solid waste collection, water distribution, street maintenance, street construction, street lighting, and zoning,” listed Muller.Residents would then pay an additional tax based on which services are provided.“Generally, people are really for it or really against it,” said Hampstead resident Hugh Harrison.Harrison has lived in Hampstead for eight years. He says although some services could be beneficial, he doesn’t like the idea of paying more taxes.He just wants voters to be informed before they make a decision.“If there’s a petition going around that ends up being in the election, people should find out what it’s all about and what the benefits and cost is going to be to them before they cast a vote for it,” said Harrison.Rep. Muller says if incorporated, the town could decide which government positions it deems necessary.last_img read more

Lawyer No basis for congressional race ballot fraud hearing

first_imgMark Harris (Photo: WBTV) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawyer for the Republican in the country’s last undecided congressional race says he doesn’t think a hearing that aims to find evidence of alleged ballot fraud can happen.Attorney David Freedman of Winston-Salem says he hasn’t called witnesses for the January 11 hearing because an elections board hasn’t been authorized to examine evidence or take action.- Advertisement – Freedman represents Mark Harris, the front-runner in the race to represent North Carolina’s 9th congressional district. Democrat Dan McCready trails Harris by a small margin.The elections board was dissolved on Friday by judges who months ago declared its form unconstitutional. A revamped board takes effect January 31.Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper claims he can re-establish the state elections board in time for the hearing. Republicans are threatening to sue if he tries.last_img read more

UPDATE State BOE postpones election fraud investigation hearing candidate to file suit

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The State Board of Elections is officially postponing the evidentiary hearing previously scheduled for January 11. This is because Governor Roy Cooper has not named new members to the State BOE, saying republicans refuse to provide a list of nominees.The current state Board of Elections will not be named because the chair of the state Republican Party has refused to put forward nominees to the state Board of Elections, obstructing action on the ongoing investigation into election irregularities in the 9th Congressional District, the Governor’s Office said Wednesday.- Advertisement – “All North Carolinians deserve to have confidence in a system of voting that ensures honest and fair elections,” Gov. Cooper said. “If politicians and the people they hire are manipulating the system to steal elections, all of us should pull together to get to the bottom of it and stop it — regardless of whether the candidate who finished ahead in a tainted election is a Republican or a Democrat.”Under the current state law now in effect, the governor is to name five members to the North Carolina State Board of Elections selected from among a list of names provided by the two political parties with the highest number of registered affiliates.Republican leaders call the Governor’s actions “unlawful”. We heard from GOP party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse.Related Article: Sunset Beach Mayor Greg Weiss announces resignation“We will appoint members at the end of the month for the constitutionally derived, legislatively prescribed board of elections that begins on January 30th,” said Woodhouse.Since the structure of the Board that exists today is exactly the same as the structure starting January 31 under the new law, Gov. Cooper envisioned appointing the same people to both Boards—the current one and the one to be formed Jan. 31.Gov. Cooper intended to name members to the Board quickly so it could continue without interruption its investigation into alleged election fraud in the 9th Congressional District race.The State Board of Elections continues its investigation into irregularities affecting absentee voting in the 9th Congressional District, but says the hearing for January 11 has been postponed.“State Board staff will continue to interview witnesses and pursue leads as part of this investigation,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “This agency remains steadfast in its obligation to ensure confidence in the elections process.”Woodhouse says if the board had conducted the initial December hearing, this situation would never have happened.“They kept delaying the hearing and they failed to act,” said Woodhouse.There’s no word yet on when it will be rescheduled.Last week, Governor Cooper called on the chairs of the Republican and Democratic parties to provide their lists of nominees. The Democratic Party put forward a list of nominees but the governor’s office says the Republican Party has refused to provide any names and has discouraged Republicans from accepting any appointment to the Board.To “ensure that the Board remains fair and bipartisan and to make sure all North Carolinians have confidence in its decision,” Governor Cooper has declined to appoint a Board with only three members selected from the names put forward by the Democratic Party.The governor’s office says this failure could obstruct an ongoing investigation into disturbing allegations of election fraud and prevent a duly appointed, constitutional Board of Elections from being able to hear evidence and make an informed decision.Under a new law passed by the General Assembly last month, the Board of Elections is returned to a constitutional structure—the same structure previously in effect for more than 100 years until 2016 when legislators made changes since deemed unconstitutional.This same constitutional structure is in effect for the Board today, since a panel of judges allowed the stay on an unconstitutional iteration of the board to expire.“Quickly rooting out real election fraud should be a bipartisan effort. Today in North Carolina, we have a Board of Elections with five empty chairs because Republicans are blocking the way,” Gov. Cooper said.Now the Mark Harris campaign intends to ask a judge to certify the election. His campaign and attorney’s announced that he will file a Writ of Mandamus petition in Wake County Superior Court Thursday.“The state has refused to act and has lost its ability to act. So Mr. Harris is going to go to court to try to force certification of this race,” said Woodhouse.last_img read more

McDonalds hosts candlelight dinner for Valentines Day

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you were looking for a cheaper option for a sit down dinner with your special someone for Valentines Day, how about some McDonald’s?The McDonald’s on Monkey Junction switched gears from their normal service style on Valentines Day and held a sit down dinner with wait staff service for the holiday.You were able to enjoy that Big Mac over fresh table cloths, but it didn’t stop there with roses and Hershey’s kisses. Customers got to enjoy their Valentines Day dinner by candle light.- Advertisement – “McDonald’s doesn’t do table service like a full service restaurant for them to come in, we sit them down, we are giving out roses, we have necklaces for them, we have candy for them,” Area Supervisor Patty Owen said. “So we just make it a really special day so our guests remember this and want to come back next year.”The customers also appreciate the event.“It’s very special with all my friends,” Gordon Wilkiem said. “Very nice what McDonald’s is doing.”Related Article: Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionaryThis is the fifth straight year that the Monkey Junction McDonald’s has held this dinner. They plan on doing it again next year.last_img read more

NCDEQ to begin testing New Hanover County groundwater for PFAS

first_img This action came after CFPUA staff presented results of recent testing of its wells to NCDEQ. Results of CFPUA’s testing included detections of PFAS compounds in six of 25 wells that provide water to the Richardson Water Treatment Plant.PFAS compounds found only downstream from the Chemours’ chemical plant near Fayetteville constitute much of the PFAS detected in these wells, in most cases making up more than 90 percent. Total PFAS levels in those wells ranged from 25 parts per trillion (ppt) to 65 ppt.Richardson, the second-largest of CFPUA’s three drinking water-distribution systems, serves customers in northern New Hanover County, including Murrayville, Wrightsboro, Porters Neck, and parts of Castle Hayne and Ogden.Related Article: CFPUA denied $47M state grant to help pay for treatment plant upgradesRecent tests show Richardson continues to be effective at filtering PFAS compounds. No PFAS were detected in finished drinking water sampled in March, while a trace amount – 0.6 parts per trillion (ppt) – was detected in a sample taken April 16.Richardson WTP is sometimes referred to as the Nano Plant because it contains state-of-the-art membrane technology recognized as one of the best available filter options. Its source is groundwater drawn from wells tapping the Castle Hayne and Peedee aquifers.As with similar membrane-based filters, constituents removed during Richardson’s treatment processes end up in a side stream, typically called “concentrate.” Concentrate sampled April 16 had total PFAS concentrations of 60.9 ppt.The concentrate is piped to a discharge point into the Intracoastal Waterway. Results from testing of the concentrate have been shared with NCDEQ staff. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (PRESS RELEASE)– State regulators this week said they plan to begin testing groundwater from monitoring wells in New Hanover County for the presence of PFAS compounds.Officials and staff from New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington, and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority discussed PFAS affecting groundwater in the County during a conference call Thursday with representatives from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ).- Advertisement – last_img read more

Workout with the family at Leland Health Fitness Day

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — You can get your fill of fitness, and feel crafty at the same time this summer in Brunswick County.This Saturday is Family Health & Fitness day in Leland. The event includes stroller strides, zumba, yoga, disc golf, and more.- Advertisement – Saturday afternoon, kids can participate in a bike rodeo, supported by Leland Fire and Rescue. It’s a great opportunity for younger ones who are getting on a bike for the first time or learning to ride. They’ll have the opportunity to learn hand signals and get safety tips from the safest people in Leland. The whole family can join in on a bike ride around the park so kids of all ages can get involved.The event is free. All you need to bring is a yoga mat, bike, helmet, comfortable clothes, and a water bottle.If you forget your helmet, don’t fret, Safe Kids Cape Fear will provide one for those who want to participate and make sure it fits perfectly.Related Article: Boys Scouts work on merit badge with visit to WWAYFamily Health & Fitness Day is being held at the Leland Municipal Park.Here’s more information.If you’re busy this weekend, you could instead enroll your kids in Camp Create that runs all summer!Camp Create is an arts based camp held at the Leland Cultural Arts Center in Brunswick County. Throughout the week, campers get to join in on art classes taught by amazing teachers.They can learn clay, painting, dance, and more. This year, Opera House Theatre Company is partnering with the Town of Leland to offer more theatre and dance classes.Here’s more information on Camp Create.last_img read more

Brexit Will the gamble pay off

first_img SharePrint 1 of 4 <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>center_img The British press seems to be on the same wavelength with the welcoming of Theresa May’s pledge to step down following Brexit on Wednesday.The Times argues that “she was dealt a near-impossible hand with Brexit and played it astonishingly poorly”.The Daily Mirror is of the view that she will be remembered as a leader who augmented divisions and will leave the country to face an uncertain future.The Financial Times’ view is that Theresa May tried the impossible with a fragmented cabinet, a non-existent majority and a defiant party. It also says that the announcement of her resignation was a “desperate” attempt to make Brexit her legacy.Parliament on Wednesday The British papers also discussed how an exercise which was supposed to find out how Parliament wanted to approach Brexit has still left everyone wondering what MPs really want.Wednesday saw the MPs unable to agree on an alternative to May’s deal. Over 249 backed her deal whilst 264 voted for a customs union and 268 for a second referendum.What’s next?Theresa May now have just a few hours to decide whether to hold a third vote on her deal on Friday or not. If things stay as they are Great Britain has until the 12th of April to agree on a deal or risk leaving the European union without a deal in place.On Thursday Theresa May will make a final attempt to secure the Democratic union Party (DUP)’s backing, as her pledge to resign following Brexit has created new issues with the party.Damien Green, who was May’s former de facto deputy, said that there could be a deal with the party at the last minute. In his contribution to a BBC Today programme, he said “i don’t know if they’ve taken a permanent decision or whether they are really negotiating until the last minute.”If the deal is approved this week, the European Union has already agreed that the new exit date will be that of the 22nd of May, and May will stay on as Prime Minister only to administer the passing of the withdrawal agreement bill. Her resignation will then initiate a leadership race that threatens to fragment the Conservatives on Europe as there is no consensus on the relationship terms that they would seek with Brussels in the future.WhatsApplast_img read more

Japanese company offers 3D model of foetus

first_imgAdvertisement Expectant parents in Japan who can’t wait to show the world what their baby will look like can now buy a 3D model of the foetus to pass around their friends. The nine-centimetre resin model of the white foetus, encased in a transparent block in the shape of the mother’s body, is fashioned by a 3D printer after an MRI scan. “As it is only once in a lifetime that you are pregnant with that child, we received requests for these kind of models from pregnant women who… do not want to forget the feelings and experience of that time,” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of FASOTEC, the company offering the service. The “Shape of an Angel”, which costs 100,000 yen ($1,200), comes with a miniature version that could be a nice adornment to a mobile phone, he added. Many young women in Japan have decorations attached to their cellphone strap.The company said the ideal time for a scan is around eight or nine months into the pregnancy.For those who would like a less pricey version, the company will start offering a 3D model of the face of the foetus at 50,000 yen in December. It will use ultrasound images taken at a medical clinic in Tokyo that has forged a tie-up with the company. FASOTEC, originally a supplier of devices including 3D printers, uses a layering technique to build up three-dimensional structures. The technique has been touted as a solution to localised manufacture on a small scale.Credit: GulfTodaylast_img read more

Yahoopowered Nokia Chat beta available for all Lumia Windows Phone devices from

first_imgAdvertisement Nokia has announced that its Nokia Chat messaging application is now available to download on all Lumia devices, bringing the service to a number of new countries for the first time.Like many other messaging apps, the version of Nokia Chat for Lumia phones allows for person-to-person messaging across its own platform and Yahoo Messenger, push notifications and live updates – whether the app is running or not.[related-posts] – Advertisement – “Connect with Nokia Chat friends who use Lumia, Asha, S40, and Symbian devices, and those using Yahoo! Messenger on other mobile devices and platforms.  Our cross-platform support lets you reach millions of people across a wide range of mobile devices and computers,” the Nokia Beta Labs team said in a blog post today.It’ll also let users do things like share a specific place or location (if the other person is using a Lumia they’ll see a preview of the location with contact details, directions, reviews etc. which is pretty neat), and Tap + Send via NFC, although only on devices running Windows Phone 8.Windows Phone 8 users also get a couple of other features, such as lock screen notifications and the option to speak a message that will then be translated into text.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Microsoft discontinues Facebook Google chat in Outlookcom

first_imgAdvertisement Today, in an email to Outlook.com customers, Microsoft announced that it will be discontinuing support for Facebook Chat and Google Chat on the service.The company blames the Google Chat removal on Google changing its chat protocol but doesn’t mention why it’s removing Facebook support. – Advertisement – Going forward, the only chat service available in Outlook.com will now be Skype.One of Outlook’s big drawcards was integrating all these separate chat services into one stream, so it’s disappointing Microsoft wasn’t able to keep it going.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

The First Search Engine Developed in Kenya to be Launched this August

first_imgScreen Shot by: Nathan Ernest Olupot Advertisement My Finda, the first search engine developed in Kenya was activated in January 2016 and has almost 400 businesses registered on it and at least 5,000 downloads.Developed by Finda Mobile Application Limited Company which was formed in 2015 by Maliha Sheikh, it’s main objective is to bridge the gap between the consumer and the seller and to provide visibility and accessibility of local Kenyan Businesses.This application provides “Free Business Listing and also Paid subscriptions” which are packaged differently as per the need of the user i.e. basic, bronze, silver, gold and platinum. – Advertisement – The different subscriptions have different added values. Paid subscriptions range from Kshs 1500/- (roughly 5,000 UGX) to a maximum of Kshs 6,000/- (roughly 200,000 UGX) per year making it affordable for all types of Businesses, a service that is parallel to none otherBusinesses can register on my finda by simply logging in on to their website and choosing the Package that meets their Business needs/requirements.The application also provides online payments and is available on Google Play Store and App Store.last_img read more

Affordable gadgets for travelers in 2017 and where to buy them online

first_imgAdvertisement There are people that were blessed with intellect that surpasses the ordinary, people that easily see through how something works and create an even better accessory.These very people create gadgets that will make traveling such an easy breezy hat you even forget the fatigue that comes after; some of these gadgets are very important especially when it comes to long journeys and most of them are available on online shopping sites here in Uganda.Fitness Tracker – Advertisement – You love traveling but also are a regular gym buddy which makes it hard to keep up with your exercise regiment; not all the places you will travel to will have gym access meaning you will need something to keep you on track.Gadgets like Excelvan Smart Bracelet, Diggro Smart Bracelet, and Xiaomi Smart Watches are among some of the affordable gadgets fitted with fitness apps which can help you stay on track while traveling.Check out some of the best trackers available on Kilimall here.Solar ChargerThis is one of the best inventions one can have especially when traveling to remote areas where it will be hard for you to charge your other vital gadgets such as phones and laptops. Solar chargers are not as new but because very few people realize how important they are.All you need is to put it in the sun for a day and you have charging power for almost a day depending on how many gadgets you have.Be careful not to purchase the roadside ones, look through Kilimall’s online shop and secure yourself the most genuine chargers that will make your travel experience worth while.E- Readers and TabletsFor anyone who loves reading books, you can go through a 600 page in hours meaning you are going to need a new book to replace the excitement of the previous, so you will need to carry your “preciouses” wherever you go and they can be quite many.E- readers like Kindle can give you over a 1000 books all easily accessible whilst your Tablet can act as a surrogate laptop, camera worktop and phone for any urgent business ideas.These are also available on Kilimall; be sure to check it out.[related-posts]Unlocked MifiThe growth of social media and other modern communication tools makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your family even if you are thousands of miles away from them.All that needs internet connections and with so many service providers who can avail you with portable MiFi, it makes it easy for you to get in touch. It is only easier to move with one across borders if you unlock it.Portable Bluetooth Speakers and HeadphonesEveryone needs music in their life wherever they go. So why not get yourself portable speakers/ headphones for the time when you need a theme song, maybe going for a run or when you are watching a good movie and need good sound. Check Kilimall for the best prices.See the best deals on outdoor bluetooth speakers available on Kilimall.Solar LED LightsThese are so easy to find around Kampala so you do not have to stress yourself on where to find these since they are almost available at every petrol station. These lights can shine and last up to 16 hours if fully charged.last_img read more

The South African Companies Harnessing Artificial Intelligence

first_imgAdvertisement Almost 40% of businesses are using artificially intelligent programmes to manage some aspect of their business, with South African companies like Sage and Clevva innovating the market. A.I. programmes allow a business to examine massive amounts of data very quickly, finding patterns or displaying behaviors based on the information it receives. Put simply, it enables businesses to automate and speed up traditionally mundane tasks, and, with the number of businesses using A.I. set to hit 60% across the globe by 2018, South African companies are embracing the advantages that machine learning and data mining can bring.1.   AbsaAbsa bank is South Africa’s fourth largest bank and recently made the decision to use chatbots: A.I. programmes capable of analyzing human text requests, using the keywords to mine relevant data, and writing responses as though inscribed by human beings. The technology has helped revolutionize customer care, and Absa were the first company in the world to offer chatbot services via Facebook, enabling customers to do their banking without leaving the social media platform. – Advertisement – 2.   SageSage is an international consultancy with offices in South Africa that have provided organizations with the advice, information, and tools to continuously remain relevant and to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of modern business. Sage have produced the world’s first accountancy chatbot, Pegg, which monitors users’ bank accounts and accountancy to track real-time figures on income and expenditure, as well as forecasting and recommending actions, via an intuitive and human-like chat messaging system.3.   The Center for Proteomic & Genomic ResearchHospitals across Africa are now using an A.I. called SOPHiA, by Swiss-based Company, Sophia Genetics, to integrate patient data and speed up analysis of “genomic data to identify disease-causing mutations”. South Africa’s Center for Proteomic & Genomic Research (CPGR) has joined a network of 260 hospitals across 46 countries. Now, any data uploaded into the system is automatically analyzed by SOPHiA using information correlated from every other hospital in the network, just as those hospitals will now benefit directly from CPGR’s own research.4.   Isazi ConsultingWhile the other companies and organizations in this article are those which have adapted to embrace A.I., Isazi Consulting is one of the many South African start-ups that are taking advantage of combining emerging technologies with machine learning to solve long-standing problems. This data science and software development company is using data collection and machine learning to develop solutions not only plaguing Africa but the world, from predicting financial statement fraud to an accuracy of 80%, to collecting data on students to advise teachers the best way to optimise their classes.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 RACING MOVERS3.05 FakenhamQuinsman 13/2 > 4/13.20 BrightonIce Slice 5/1 > 5/28.15 ExeterLynn Creek 6/1 > 5/2LIVE CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD4/7 Bayern Munich11/2 Atletico Madrid3/1 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) [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.Tuesday 3 Maylast_img read more