Underdog Candidate Kicks Off SF Mission Supervisor Campaign

first_img 0% “I’m frustrated with the neighborhood, and over the years I’ve seen supervisors come in and make peace offerings to the residents, institutionalizing themselves,” said España. Earlier this month, he called his opponents “well-established attorneys with the same lines” and took particular aim at Hillary Ronen and Edwin Lindo – two of his opponents with connections to Campos.“If Edwin Lindo and Hillary Ronen worked or have worked for Campos, then what can we expect from them in the upcoming years [?]” he wrote at the time. España moved to the United States from Guatemala when he was 11, living in Potrero Hill and the Mission for most of his time in the city. He has lived on 24th and Bryant for the past six years.Though España has never held elected office – like all three other contenders – he did volunteer for a handful of supervisorial and state ballot campaigns in the mid-1990s. Since then, he has worked for various social service agencies, including the Human Services Agency, where he now works as a job training officer.His work with social agencies informs his criticism of the status quo. Supervisors for the district have ignored local problems in favor of solving the “global issues” facing San Francisco, he said, and he thinks the district wants a representative who will return focus to local topics.“There’s a lot of issues that we’re dealing with,” España said, citing youth crime, education, and small businesses as areas of particular concern.His supporters emphasized España’s caring character, citing his work with youth while at the Human Services Agency.“He has always demonstrated integrity, and I think that’s a character that a supervisor has to have when representing a community,” said Allen Nance, an old coworker of España’s. “He’s such a compassionate person,” said another old coworker, Jermaine King. “He has one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen.”Big heart aside, some supporters acknowledged the odds against him.“It’s a hard fight,” said Heather Horsfield, a friend of España’s. “He has to be out there and doing a good job.”“Is it enough to have passion to win an election? Absolutely not,” said Nance. “He will definitely need to develop the financial support and capital to get the message out.”España’s three opponents – Ronen, Joshua Arce, and Lindo – are all better-connected, better-funded, and more experienced. Ronen is the current chief of staff for incumbent Supervisor David Campos and has received weighty endorsements from the progressive half of the Board of Supervisors, while Arce has a background in labor unions and serves on the board of nonprofit housing developer Mission Housing. Lindo is a relative newcomer to the scene as well, but interned with Campos’s office for four months and has been involved in neighborhood campaigns in support of the Mission moratorium and against police shootings.España seems unfazed, however.“It doesn’t really take much money to go to a meeting and check in with people,” he said. He had raised some $450 in a GoFundMe as of Sunday night – a pittance compared to the tens of thousands raised by the other candidates – but said he expected the donations to start coming in after Friday’s launch party.The November 2016 election is critical for San Francisco politics. Progressives just won a 6-5 majority on the Board of Supervisors last November, and with the supervisors for Districts 1, 9, and 11 termed out – three left-leaning districts – moderates need just one victory to make the recent progressive dominance a short-lived affair. At the campaign kick-off for Iswari España – the least known of four candidates in the District 9 supervisorial race – supporters talked of their frustration with the status quo.“I want someone who can fight for us, the Latinos,” said Maria Freyo, a Mission District resident and España’s neighbor, who came to Sunrise Restaurant for the Friday night launch party. Freyo said incumbent Supervisor David Campos had done little for the neighborhood itself, and she wanted someone who would refocus on local issues. “He knows all the problems that are happening here [in the neighborhood],” she said of España.España declared his intent to run for supervisor in December but has flown under the radar since then. His status as an outsider will help him, his supporters believe, because the neighborhood has not had adequate representation from more establishment candidates. center_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Police Commission to SFPD Why is use of force on men of

first_img‘Numbers don’t lie,’ concurs SFPD captain. The San Francisco Police Department continues to disproportionately use force on black men, despite an overall 14-percent drop in use-of-force incidents in 2018 compared to the prior year. “My issue is, why are the total uses of force against black males so high?” asked Police Commissioner Cindy Elias at Wednesday night’s commission meeting. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Elias was referring to the department’s most recent use-of-force stats, released in February, which cover the fourth quarter of 2018 and provide some year-end totals. The SFPD is required by local laws to report these numbers quarterly. Black men were on the receiving end of 35 percent of the use-of-force incidents from October to December of 2018, while white men accounted for 21 percent. The most recent Census data pegs San Francisco’s black population at 5.3 percent, while whites make up 47 percent of the city. Latinos make up 15.2 percent of the population and accounted for 20 percent of the use-of-force incidents. The most common manner of force used against black men was officers pointing their guns, which occurred 127 times in the reporting period, compared to 50 times against white men. Officers pointed their guns at Latino men 72 times.  “These numbers are disturbing and I want to know what the logical, reasonable explanation is for the numbers,” Elias said. “Numbers don’t lie.” “Numbers don’t lie, I agree,” replied Captain Steven Ford of the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau, a 3-year-old unit established to oversee the department’s Department of Justice Reforms. “If you look at the numbers, I think they clearly illustrate a disparity at minimum,” he continued. Ford, an African American, recently served as captain of the Bayview Station, which serves a large African American community. While he agreed with Elias he also suggested that an analysis of the numbers could tell them more and offer some direction and answers. “At this juncture, in this form, I don’t have the answer.” Ford said that definitive answers on the statistics require academic analysis, which is being undertaken by researchers at John Jay College. He said that analysis should be available in November.Police Commissioner Cindy Elias questions Capt. Steven Ford on the SFPD’s disproportionate use of force on black men. March 6, 2019.Elias, however, was not satisfied. “… what else are we doing to explain or find a solution that comports with 21st century policing and [the fact that] there’s a huge disparity in numbers when it comes to black males and the use of force?” Ford said that officers undergo a “tremendous amount” of training that exposes them to different scenarios that “get them more sensitive … with persons of color.” SFPD trainees take eight hours of “implicit bias” training, in addition to a four-hour “racial profiling” course, according to a recent SFPD academy syllabus. Furthermore, trainees do an eight-hour “principled policing” course and four hours of “Blue Courage,” a course designed to have officers approach their work as “guardians” as opposed to “warriors.”  The entire SFPD training is 1,280 hours. Regardless, throughout 2017 and 2018, the demographics of who was on the receiving end of police use-of-force remained largely unchanged. Black men accounted for 35 percent of all incidents, with white men and Latino men hovered at around 20 percent each. Moreover, white police officers are using the most force. The SFPD is composed of 41 percent white male officers, and 18 percent of those officers used force at some point in the fourth quarter of 2018, the highest of any officer demographic. Roughly 15 percent of male Asian officers used some kind of force, while some 13 percent of male Latino officers used force. Meanwhile, roughly 12 percent of male black officers used force. “That’s concerning to me,” said Commissioner Petra DeJesus, adding “… because that’s also a lopsided number.”“I agree,” Capt. Ford said. Commission Vice President Damali Taylor quickly followed DeJesus. “As I think you recognize, this is a problem,” she said to Ford. Black people “are less than 6 percent of the population of this very small city and it cannot be — it is not — that we are committing all the crimes.” She continued, “So the question is, as investigators, where is the Police Department looking?” Taylor said she realized that there are a disproportionate number of calls to police on black men — 42 percent of calls for service were on black men, compared to 18.2 percent on white men. “The question is: How do you respond?” she said. “And [when] the response is with a weapon drawn to such a degree when you’re dealing with black subjects as opposed to white subjects … that’s a problem.” Read the full report here. last_img read more

The ties start with Huddersfield Giants v Catalans

first_imgThe ties start with Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons on Sky Sports on Thursday May 31 (7:35pm).Betfred Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos will then go head-to-head with the only remaining Betfred Championship side, Leigh Centurions in the second fixture to be shown live on Sky Sports on Friday June 1 (7:35pm).BBC Sport will broadcast two games over the weekend starting with Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors on Saturday June 2 (2:30pm) and followed by our match up with current Ladbrokes Challenge Cup holders, Hull FC, on Sunday June 3 (3:30pm).The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final draw will be conducted live on BBC Sport at the Totally Wicked Stadium following the conclusion of the St Helens v Hull FC fixture.Confirmed Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter-final schedule:Thursday, May 31 – Huddersfield Giants v Catalans Dragons (7.35pm, Sky Sports) Friday, June 1 – Leeds Rhinos v Leigh Centurions (7.35pm, Sky Sports) Saturday, June 2 – Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors (2.30pm, BBC One) Sunday, June 3 – St Helens v Hull FC (3.30pm, BBC Two)Ticket details will be released shortly.last_img read more

The Saints resumed their league programme after th

first_imgThe Saints resumed their league programme after the mid-season break looking rusty for their three weeks off.It’s never easy to play the Giants home or away so any win is a good one but there is much more to come from the Saints, writes Graham Henthorne.The teams traded missed opportunities in the opening few minutes. The Giants would have taken the lead after only three minutes but for a forward pass then the Saints spurned their own as Alex Eckley dropped the ball over the line.As the drizzle cleared it was the Saints who opened the scoring. A penalty and a repeat set had kept the Saints camped in the Giants red zone. On the fourth the ball was worked left for Jack Welsby to show his vision spotting the winger creeping inside and his three person miss pass to the returning Kev Brown saw the winger in for the score.The Saints doubled their lead 10 minutes later scoring a rare penalty try. The referee adjudged that Jorge Lewtas was impeded in his chase of Jake Wingfield’s grubber and stopped from scoring a certain try. Callum Hazard’s second conversion made it 12.But as often happens the tide turned. Chris Follin was harshly penalised for walking off the mark, the Giants started to take advantage of the Saints inability to slow the ruck and it took some resolute defence to keep them out.Tom Nisbet and Welsby combined to save a try holding the man up in-goal but with two minutes to go to the break the pressure tolled as the Giants scored on the overlap on the left.The Saints started the second half the brighter but poor handling resulted in the pressure being released.In fact on the hour the Giants narrowed the gap to one try as they took advantage of a Saints forward pass in our half to score again in the corner but this time down the right.The Saints responded well with Welsby making a break down the middle but on reaching the fullback he seemed in two minds as to what to do and the chance petered out with Josh Simm being held up.With five minutes to go some quick thinking gave the Saints a bit of breathing space. Down the left wing on the last Jake Wingfield spotted the winger off his touchline so threw a fine miss pass direct from the play the ball to Brown. The winger knocked it down but Brown reacted quickest picking up the loose ball and diving over.Eight points clear the Saints just needed to shut up shop but sleeping at the short kick off allowed the Giants to retake possession and pulverises the Saints line.The defence held out until the final minutes when a Giants knock-on was swooped on by Welsby who went 90 metres to score under the posts converting his own try to complete the scoring.The best that can be said is that the Saints are back on the horse after the lay-off but will need to up their game before next Friday’s visit of the Broncos.Match Summary:Huddersfield U19s: Tries: Ben Tibbs (38), Dominic Young (62). Goals: Jacob Wardle 0 from 2.Saints U19s: Tries: Kevin Brown (15 & 74), Penalty Try (25), Jack Welsby (80). Goals: Callum Hazard 2 from 2, Jack Welsby 1 from 1.Half Time: 4-12 Full Time: 8-22Teams:Huddersfield: 1. Louis Senior; 5. Dominic Young, 3. Innes Senior, 4. Jack Richardson, 2. Ben Tibbs; 6. Jacob Wardle, 7. Oliver Russell; 8. Jon Luke Kirby, 9. Jack Flynn, 20. Thomas Hugill, 11. Lucas Hallas, 12. Sam Hewitt, 19. Connor Murphy. Subs: 10. Ben Bamber, 14. Finley Bruce, 16. Thomas Mayoh, 17. Callum Cameron.Saints: 1. Tom Nisbet; 5. John Hutchings, 3. Sean Croston, 4. Josh Simm, 22. Kevin Brown; 6. Jack Welsby, 18. Ryan Horne; 8. Alex Eckley (C), 9. Jake Wingfield, 10. Callum Hazard, 11. Kye Siyani, 12. Chris Follin, 13. Sam Royle. Subs: 14. Paul Nash, 15. Ben Sims, 16. Jorge Lewtas, 17. Chris Kellett.last_img read more

Dozens form ribbon to raise awareness money for Going Beyond the Pink

first_img Throughout April, there will be several events include tennis and pickle ball tournaments and a golf tournament to raise money for the non-profit organization.The main event is on April 21 which will include include silent auction, raffles, dunk tank, wine wall, luncheon, baked sale and more.Going Beyond the Pink serves as a breast health education and resource center. The group’s education programs address breast health before, during, and after cancer. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Dozens came together this past weekend to kick off a month full of activities to raise money for Going Beyond the Pink.The Pink Parade fundraiser on Sunday was held in Compass Pointe in Leland. A drone captured nearly 100 people joining to form a human ribbon at the event.- Advertisement – last_img

Santa and firefighters deliver toys to kids on Pleasure Island

first_img 1 of 3 Santa delivers toys to children via firetruck in Carolina Beach on Dec. 17, 2018. (Photo: CB Fire Dept.) – Advertisement – Old Saint Nick and his crew were making deliveries to dozens of homes.They’ll be out again Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Santa delivers toys to children via firetruck in Carolina Beach on Dec. 17, 2018. (Photo: CB Fire Dept.) Santa delivers toys to children via firetruck in Carolina Beach on Dec. 17, 2018. (Photo: CB Fire Dept.) Santa delivers toys to children via firetruck in Carolina Beach on Dec. 17, 2018. (Photo: CB Fire Dept.) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Santa and some helpers were out and about Monday night in Pleasure Island to help give children a wonderful Christmas.The Carolina Beach Fire Department and Santa Claus was out delivering presents to kids in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach via fire truck.last_img

Volunteers needed to build living shoreline with oysters in Sunset Beach

first_imgSUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Coastal Federation wants your help Thursday to build a 60-foot oyster reef along the shoreline of the Sunset Beach Town Park.Volunteers will be placing the bags along the shoreline at low tide to build one of the oyster reefs for the living shoreline project. The reef, along with additional oyster dome reefs and salt marsh plantings, will form a living shoreline to help protect the park from erosion and create valuable habitat.- Advertisement – According to NC Coastal Federation, volunteers are needed to haul and place the bags of oyster shells and granite along the shoreline and stack them to form the new reef. The event is suitable for adults, organized groups and supervised children over the age of 12.The event will be Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd North. Sign up to volunteer here.There will be activities to accommodate a wide range of physical abilities and snacks and lunch will be provided.Related Article: Fire crews battle house fire in Brunswick CountyVolunteers should dress in layers for the weather and in clothes that are comfortable but can also get dirty. You should also wear closed-toe shoes or boots that fully cover their feet and can get wet. Additional boots will be available. All project supplies, including gloves will be provided.NC Coastal Federation may schedule an additional volunteer time on Friday or January 30 to finish the oyster reef construction if needed.For more information on living shorelines, visit the Living Shorelines Academy.last_img read more

Man grievously wounded after fight in St Julians restaurant

first_imgA fight between two men in a St Julian’s restaurant left one of them grievously injured.The incident happened during the early hours of Tuesday morning, on St George’s Road. From the preliminary investigations by the District Police, it was revealed that a 24-year-old man from Swieqi was injured after he was allegedly assaulted during an argument.A 34-year-old British national was arrested while the 24-year-old was taken to Mater Dei Hospital where he was found to be suffering from grievous injuries.The Police is investigating the case.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

Woman fighting for her life after Paola road accident

first_img <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> SharePrint A 52-year-old female motorcyclist was grievously injured and is now in a critical condition after crashing with a car in Paola.In a press release, the Police said that the road accident happened in Triq Għajn Dwieli at around 12.10pm. The woman is a Kalkara resident, whilst the car driver is a 36-year-old Afghan national.The accident also created traffic congestion in the streets nearby.WhatsApplast_img

Safaricom to Reduce Roaming Costs Between Kenya and Rwanda Effective today

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday, Safaricom announced that it is set to lower the cost of calls and roaming rates between Kenya and Rwanda, with effect from the October 1, 2014.The move which comes ahead of the East African Community Heads of State initiative dubbed “One Network” set to officially launch in 2015, will see the roaming rates for Safaricom customers visiting Rwanda slashed by 60 per cent, from Kshs 25 to Kshs 10.With this development, Safaricom customers visiting Rwanda will make calls to local Rwandan networks at Kshs 10, which is a 43 per cent drop from the initial rate of Kshs 17.50 per min. Customers making international calls from Kenya to Rwanda, and vice versa, will be billed at a rate of Kshs 10 per min.“These are the early wins of the joint lobbying initiative between operators in both countries and their respective governments over the last one year. We believe that by having affordable regional calling rates, we will be playing a crucial role in boosting regional commerce and social integration within the EAC”, said Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom. – Advertisement – The move which comes on the back of intense discussions by the East African Community ICT Ministers has been enabled by the scrapping of prohibitive taxes and levies enforced by Rwanda for receiving calls while roaming in Rwanda – which previously stood at Kshs 25 per minute.Collymore explained, “This is a significant milestone towards enabling people within the region enjoy affordable ICT services, in line with other aspirations of developing the EAC to become a formidable economic block within the continent”.The last tariff review between Kenya and Rwanda was an increase effected in October 2013, when governments within the region introduced taxes to international calls forcing operators to revise their rates upwards.Source: CIOlast_img read more

Windows 10 Three months later

first_imgAdvertisement As most of us already know, Windows 10 was officially released on July 29th this year. For most Microsoft/Windows users, it’s been an exciting time. Microsoft didn’t just release an OS. In addition to the all-new Windows 10 Apps, they also released a series of Windows 10 devices, the most exciting being, of course, the Surface Book – Microsoft’s first ever laptop. Much as I’d like to talk about how breathtaking this laptop is, I think I should really focus on Windows 10 – the OS.Windows 10 update wasn’t immediately available to all users, but I’m sure within 3 weeks after its release, everyone that had the Get Windows 10 App was able to download it. If you’re still wondering, you can get the Get Windows 10 App by installing your Windows updates. Of course your version of Windows must be activated with a genuine license. The download is about 2GB, and the process of upgrading takes about 40 minutes to an hour at most, which, I’d say, is the first plus.The second thing I love the most about Windows 10 is the color themes. By default, most of the OS is dark(black). Starting with the Start Menu, to the major apps. You can change this in Settings > Personalization. The start menu color theme also sets itself depending on your background image. Again, you can change this. – Advertisement – Groove Music: ITunes was always my Music App, then Windows 10 happened. All you have to do is to add places(directories) where Groove Music can search for music, and you have all your music in one place. As most of Windows 10 apps, Groove Music has two color themes: dark and light(black and white), but I prefer dark. The rest of the app is really what you’d expect; albums, artistes, songs, etc on the left, with the songs/albums displayed on the right. It also does a vertical cover flow with the album artwork at the top of the playlist but that’s not really a big deal.Groove Music has one downside. If you open any folder with music and select more than one song, even if Groove Music is the default music player, it still only gives options to play with or add to Windows Media Player list.Mail for Windows 10. I don’t intend to rank every feature, but this is my second best app, after Groove Music. Besides the dark and light theme, you also have different color options to choose from under Settings > Options > Personalization, as well as different background images (or you can browse for one from your local files), or you can just make it a solid black, as I have done with mine. The cool thing about Mail App is that you can add all your email accounts so it’s more like all your mail in one place: Hotmail, Google, Yahoo, iCloud, etc. The app also puts every email in one thread in the same place on the left, which you can expand or minimize. This means that you can just scroll down to the email you want and click it,  instead of having to go through the entire thread. I liked this app so much that for the first few days I sent my emails with the default signature: Sent from Mail for Windows 10!Microsoft Edge: I have to say, it’s a significant upgrade from Internet Explorer. It’s main feature is called Make a Web Note, the notebook-and-pen icon at the top-right. This feature allows you to write on a web page, make highlights and add comments with different colors. When you’re done, you can crop out the part of the web page that you want which automatically copies it, and you can paste it somewhere(most likely Paint), and save it. Otherwise, there isn’t much else to this browser. Default search engine keeps resetting itself to Bing, which is expected. Worst of all though, it does not support extensions – yet. Microsoft has said that they’ll add this feature in 2016 though. Cortana: As most Computer Assistants, I find this more fancy than necessary. You’d mostly use it to search for things on your PC(mostly apps) which is really the same as pressing the windows button and then typing the first, second, third… letters of the app you’re looking for till it shows up. It also has reminders, and a Notebook, and other features you’ll hardly need. Photos: This comes with the basic tools for editing photos; basic fixes, filters, lights, color, effects. Windows Spotlight: This is the Windows 10 feature that changes your screensaver every 24 hours(as I have noticed). It was really exciting at first because most of the images are really gorgeous, but with time, some of them keep getting repeated and well, you get over it. The feature can be turned off in Personalization settings. If you really like an image and you want to save it before it disappears, you’ll find all the images here; C:\Users\\AppData\Local\ Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets. Windows sends new images at that location every couple days so you’ll even find the ones that didn’t appear as your screensaver. Action Center: The icon for this is in the bottom right corner of your screen. It almost looks like a comments icon. If you have a touchscreen device, just swipe your screen from the right. What you’ll mostly see here are notifications – all desktop notifications: which torrents have finished downloading or your new Telegram messages(if you have enabled that). Otherwise, it has shortcuts to several features such as all settings, tablet mode(for touchscreen devices), notes, bluetooth, Wi-Fi, screen brightness, etc.Windows Updates: Windows 10 does not allow you to turn off updates. When updates are available, it gives you a notification to schedule a restart. If you ignore it, a restart will be scheduled for you during a time when you usually don’t use your device. This is obviously hardly accurate. The main disadvantage of this is that some of the updates are not compatible with existing drivers on your device. An update of the drivers is easy but can also be frustrating. In the first month, I had to update my mouse and touchpad, audio, bios and chipset, and bluetooth drivers. Actually, a lot of the problems you face after upgrading can be fixed by updating respective drivers. Movies and TV: This is the one Windows 10 App I have failed to use. For the first few days, it worked just fine. Then it started to crash. Then it did not just crash itself, but it actually froze all other processes. I haven’t checked on it lately because I’m more comfortable with VLC, but don’t hesitate to check it out. It might be working fine by now.last_img read more

Meet The Winners Of The Acia Awards 2016

first_imgPhoto Credit: Nathan Ernest Olupot Advertisement Winners of the Acia Awards 2016 take a group photo at the ACIA Awards gala at Serena Hotel, Uganda on Friday, 20th May, 2016. Photo Credit: Nathan Ernest OlupotThe ACIA 2016 Awards gala that graced a number of people including; Businessmen, Innovators, Facilitators, CEO’s, Managing Directors, Executive Directors, ICT enthusiasts, Universities, Primary & Secondary Schools, to name a few, took place at Serena Hotel, Uganda, on the evening of Friday, May 20th, 2016 organized by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).It was preceded by an Exhibition which was also held on the same day from 9am to 5pm before the award gala kicked off at 8:30pm.PC Tech Magazine managed to meet some of the exhibitors during the show casing, where we witnessed a number of innovative ideas that can really change the living of many people today. – Advertisement – 1. Young ICT innovators Award: a) Uganda’s rising stars This award shall recognise extraordinary application of ICTs by secondary school students towards the reduction of the digital divide in Uganda. This may be with regard to ICT access, affordability, availability and/or it’s applicability.  Winners Presented By Grand Winners *Kako Seconday SchoolNetwork Director, Airtel Uganda, Mr. Rajesh Agrawal 1st Runners-upMary Hill High School 2nd Runners-upDr. Obote College, BoroboroGrand Winners * : Each student was given a laptop and unlimited 4G Airtel Routers.b) Uganda’s Explorer  Winners Presented By Grand Winners Bushenyi Parental CareAirtel Uganda, Legal Director, Mr. Dennis Kakonge 1st Runners-up Happy Hillside Academy 2nd Runners-up Green Hill Academyc) Uganda’s ICT Visionaries This award shall recognize an ICT based innovation developed by students in tertiary or a vocational institution that seeks to make a city or town of their choice.  WinnersAdditional Awards Presented By  Grand WinnersNatalsys 1500 USD Dr. Ian Ssekatuka  1st Runners-upSign Langauge Tutor 750 USD 2nd Runners-upVisual Plus 500 USD2. ICT for Development Award This award recognized the extraordinary use of ICTs to improve the livelihoods of communities by facilitating Uganda’s achievement of any of the millennium development goals.  WinnersAdditional Awards Presented By Grand WinnersTambula2500 USDDirector of Huawei Technologies, Uganda, Stanley Chyn 1st Runners-upProtecting Infacts Through SMS 1250 USD3. Digital Content Award This award recognized the outstanding compilation of text, images including video, or sound into an application or product that enhances the value and use of communication networks and services within local communities in Uganda.  WinnersAdditional Awards Presented By Grand WinnersMixakids2500 USDCEO, NBS Uganda, Mr. Kin Kariisa 1st Runners-upKampala Smart Schooling1250 USD4. E-Governance Award According to the organizers of the Acia awards, there was a public voting for this award by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).This award aimed to recognize the Government of Uganda’s development efforts, especially in the promotion of e-Government. Voters decided on what they feel is the best MDA with regard to the use of ICT in providing government services to the public.Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) won the award and it was presented to them by the Executive Director of NITA-Uganda, James Saaka.5. Service Excellence Award This award recognized the outstanding innovative approaches by licensed telecom providers to eliminate barriers to ICT inclusion in Uganda.Airtel Uganda took home with them this award from their on-going, “Tugabane” and it was presented to them by the Executive Director of Uganda Communication Commission, Mr Godfrey Mutabazi.6. Judge’s choice Award The judge’s choice award was given to “Yaka KO”, a service platform that let’s you borrow power units for your yaka in case you run out of power and can’t be able to pay at the moment. This award was presented to them by one of the judges, Eng. Dorothy Okello.7. Business Excellence Award This award recognized the outstanding use of ICT by an organisation, whose core business is not ICT, but to improve the organisation’s performance efficiency, effectiveness or both.The “UMEME mobile application”, managed to grab this award beating some of their competitors; National Water and Sewerage Corporation and Kafuna – a web-based, easy-to-use, and affordable loan management information system. This award was presented to them by the Hon. Minister of ICT, John Nasasira.Let us know your views in the comment section below.last_img read more

Pres Julius Maasa Bio Arrives in Uganda Prior the Africa Blockchain Conference

first_imgPresident of Uganda; H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni welcoming H.E. President Julius Maasa Bio of Sierra Leone at the State House in Entebbe a head of the African Blockchain Conference. Courtesy Photo/PPU Advertisement The President of Sierra Leone; H.E Julius Maasa Bio has arrived in Uganda prior to the second annual Africa Blockchain Conference he will be attending hosted by the Pres. Museveni.The conference is slated to happen from July 3rd to July 4th at the Kampala Serena Hotel.H.E Julius Maasa Bio arrived in Uganda on Monday and he was officially received by the Pres. Museveni at the State House in Entebbe. A 45 second video of him welcoming his fellow President was posted on his Twitter account. – Advertisement – In a separate tweet, Pres. Museveni, wrote; “I am happy to receive and welcome H.E. Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone. I am certain his visit will strengthen the warm and cordial relations existing between our countries.”Pres. Museveni will officiate the conference that will see, experts, panelists, industry leaders — discuss, and exchange ideas on a range of topics including; Africa’s readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution, Fintech, Emerging Technologies, EdTech, SDGs & Technology for impact.On the sidelines of the Africa Blockchain Conference, will run the Africa 4.0 Tech Expo — an experiential journey showcasing the leading technology, innovations and applications in Africa.Among the technology companies that will participate in the expo include; MTN, Ubuntu group, Yo Uganda, KLF Coin, Kwiksy, Century Group, Huobi, among others.Sophia the world’s first robot citizen of Saudi Arabia will be at the expo as well. Being perfect for this conference, Sophia is an artificially intelligent (AI) human-like robot developed by Hong Kong-based humanoid robotics company Hanson Robotics.During the expo, visitors will experience — IoT functioning within a smart home, 5G connectivity, the impact of AI, drones & robotics capabilities, how AR and VR are changing healthcare, autonomous vehicles, to mention a few.At the same conference, innovators shall be awarded for developing sustainable digital solutions leveraging technologies in Blockchain, Big Data Analytics, AI, Robotics & Drones — to solve pressing challenges across their communities.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 28 FebruaryRACING2.00 LeopardstownPotters Point 5/4 > 10/112.10 SouthwellTrapper Peak 7/2 > 5/23.10 SouthwellAqua Dude 5/6 > 4/63.20 FontwellUbak 12/1 > 13/23.50 FontwellSaucysioux 4/1 > 3/14.00 LeopardstownUnic De Bersy 14/1 > 9/15.20 FontwellNelson’s Victory 10/1 > 6/1CHELTENHAM MOVERSZUBAYR 7/1 > 11/2All the rage for Triumph after impressive debut win in the Adonis at Kempton yesterday – the race that has such a solid pointer.LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League14:05 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD12/5 Man Utd 13/10 Arsenal 23/10 DRAWCapital One Cup Final16:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD21/10 Liverpool 7/5 Man City 23/10 DRAWTO LIFT THE TROPHY6/5 Liverpool 8/11 Man CityLa Liga19:30 Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports 2 HD1/5 Barcelona 12/1 Sevilla 13/2 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Champions League Special

first_img[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hampions League quarter-final action tonight and as regular readers will know I usually focus on just one game but at prohibitive odds will need to look at the double tonight.Star Sports have obliged with a ‘blog special’ rate of 10/11 for the ‘DOUBLE B’ to oblige – Barcelona and Bayern Munich and it looks pretty tempting.I can’t see there necessarily being plenty of goals but fully expect these heavyweights to make most of their home advantage to take a lead into the 2nd leg.The bad news is you will need two TV’s to follow the action !Bayern Munich (2/11) have the simplest task on paper against Benfica. Two of the previous four meetings have finished 0-0 but they haven’t met since 1981 !!Bayern have only lost once at home this season and despite being short of their best in their most recent Bundesliga wins (both by 1-0) should outclass Benfica who have a two point lead in the Portuguese Liga.Bayern Munich v BenficaUEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 1981 EUROPEAN CUP B Munich 4-1 BenficaOct 1981 EUROPEAN CUP Benfica 0-0 B MunichMar 1976 EUROPEAN CUP B Munich 5-1 BenficaMar 1976 EUROPEAN CUP Benfica 0-0 B MunichBarcelona were a long way short of their best in their surprise El Clasico defeat on Saturday and haven’t had much time to regroup.It’s worth noting though Atletico have only won one of their last 18 games against Barcelona.Barcelona v Atletico MadridUEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2016 LA LIGA Barcelona 2-1 Atl MadridSep 2015 LA LIGA Atl Madrid 1-2 BarcelonaMay 2015 LA LIGA Atl Madrid 0-1 BarcelonaJan 2015 COPA DEL REY Atl Madrid 2-3 BarcelonaJan 2015 COPA DEL REY Barcelona 1-0 Atl MadridJan 2015 LA LIGA Barcelona 3-1 Atl MadridMay 2014 LA LIGA Barcelona 1-1 Atl MadridApr 2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Atl Madrid 1-0 BarcelonaApr 2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 1-1 Atl MadridJan 2014 LA LIGA Atl Madrid 0-0 BarcelonaSo it’s the Blog Special at a ‘tips on’ 10/11.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BARCELONA / BAYERN DOUBLE for 33 points at 10/11 with Star SportsMonday: NO BETWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Interview JOHN MORRIS

first_imgSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS MEETING JOHN MORRIS: PART 2 Simon Nott from Star Sports catches up with punter and ‘Jumping Prospects’ author JOHN MORRIS about his memories of the game and the highs and lows of punting.John Morris hails from Liverpool and has been punting since well before he was really supposed to. He soon found that he had an acumen for picking winners and became the scourge of his local bookmakers. 26 years ago he decided to turn his passion for backing horses into something tangible and embarked on writing ‘Jumping Prospects’. Over the years he has spoken to most of the UK’s top trainers and gathered information on their stables stars as well as the beasts lurking in the shadows and in the process pointed punters in the direction of many a winner. Despite some setbacks along the way, what started as a labour of love still is one, but now also one of jump racing’s literary success stories. Given that the book runs tandem with a lifetime of successful punting that some achievement . Meet John Morris.MEETING JOHN MORRIS: PART 1last_img read more

Smart scaffolding aims to rebuild tissue from the inside

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2012/11/1109_SCAFFOLD-2-web.jpgAt top, a graphic shows multidomain peptide self-assembling into a nanofiber. The scanning electron microscope image at bottom left shows formed nanofibers; at bottom right, a histological section of cells (blue dots) grows in a dentin cylinder, where they mimic the desired dental-pulp regeneration. (Credit: Hartgerink Lab/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/11/1109_SCAFFOLD-1-web.jpgA team at Rice University is creating an injectable scaffold that can repair damage inside the body. From left, postdoctoral researcher Vivek Kumar, professors Rena D’Souza and Jeffrey Hartgerink, and graduate student Marci Kang. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. AddThiscenter_img ShareSUMMARY: Smart scaffolding that can guide cells, proteins and small-molecule drugs to make new tissue and repair damage inside the body is in development at Rice University with support from the National Institutes of Health.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduSmart scaffolding aims to rebuild tissue from the insideNIH funds tissue engineering project at Rice University to test peptide hydrogels, starting with teethHOUSTON – (Nov. 12, 2012) – Smart scaffolding that can guide cells, proteins and small-molecule drugs to make new tissue and repair damage inside the body is in the works at Rice University.Scientists at Rice and the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry received a $1.7 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a hydrogel that can be injected into a patient to form an active biological scaffold.Rice bioengineer Jeffrey Hartgerink and co-investigator Rena D’Souza of Baylor won the grant to continue their groundbreaking work on self-assembling, multidomain peptide hydrogels that not only physically support but also encourage the growth of specific kinds of tissues.Bioengineers use scaffolds to mimic the body’s extracellular matrix, which supports the growth and maintenance of living cells. Synthetic scaffolds are used as frameworks to form replacement tissues and, perhaps someday, regenerate entire organs from a patient’s own cells. Once their work is done, the scaffolds are designed to degrade and leave only natural, healthy tissue behind.While much of the work to date has focused on creating tissue in the laboratory for implantation, Hartgerink’s aim is to inject scaffolds infused with living cells that will allow the repairs to happen inside the tissue’s natural environment.The peptides designed and prepared at Rice self-assemble into nanofibers that can be triggered to form a hydrogel. “We can then deliver cells, small-molecule drugs and proteins to bring everything together properly in one place,” said Hartgerink, an associate professor of chemistry and of bioengineering at Rice. Hydrogels could be designed to interact with stem cells and “get them to do what we want them to do,” he said.Hartgerink and D’Souza, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor currently on a working sabbatical at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, have been pursuing the project for five years. The NIH grant will allow them to focus on the regeneration of the dentin-pulp complex found inside every tooth. The pulp, D’Souza said, is the soft tissue in the roots and crown that keeps the tooth vital and responsive to injury. “If you have a toothache, it’s the tissue that’s inflamed and has no place to expand. That’s why it hurts so much,” she said.Currently, dentists remove inflamed pulp and replace it with an inert rubber-based filler, she said. But injecting stem cell-seeded hydrogels would allow natural pulp to regenerate into the chamber while stimulating new dentin formation. “Hydrogels have key advantages,” D’Souza said. “We can deliver them in a syringe to small spaces that are difficult to access, and the material does not get damaged. Developing this material as a restorative therapy is advantageous to patients as, unlike all other dental materials, this one is biologically active.”The researchers reached a milestone in 2010 when they found a way to have the fibers degrade rather than stay in the body. With the new grant, they hope to start trials of their dental hydrogel within two years, D’Souza said. “I can see potential applications for hydrogel, for example, for spinal cord regeneration or for various eye conditions, where we can restore the vitreous humour,” she said.Hartgerink is glad to have the NIH on board, but noted the grant would not have been possible without initial support from the Welch Foundation. “I’ve had Welch funding since the day I got here, and it has allowed me to do the preliminary work for all the grants we ended up getting,” he said. “It’s good to have them in Texas.”D’Souza said the seed grant money provided by the International Association for Dental Research in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline enabled her laboratory to perform proof-of-concept stem cell experiments. “This is a great example of the huge benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration where, by combining expertise, we can push the frontiers of translational and clinical research forward.”The NIH grant is administered by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.-30-This news release can be found online at news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Hartgerink Group: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~jdh/A Customized Self-Assembling Peptide Hydrogel for Dental Pulp Tissue Engineering: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/ten.tea.2011.0222Images for download:last_img read more

Official 5 Stolen Absentee Ballots Were Cast in Central Florida

first_img Official: 5 Stolen Absentee Ballots Were Cast in Central Florida By The Associated Press November 2, 2016 Updated: November 2, 2016 When a central Florida couple didn’t receive their ballots in the mail, they called the elections office to find out what was going on.Lawrence Halperin tells the Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2eWZ4cg ) he was stunned to learn their ballots had been stolen and had already been cast.Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel says the mail ballots were stolen from five voters in three homes in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Altamonte Springs near Orlando. Ertel says they were fraudulently submitted, dated Oct. 12.Ertel said Tuesday that none of the fraudulent ballots were counted. He said that at least two of them had already been flagged and set aside because the signature on the ballot did not match the voter signature on file with his office.After election officials found out was going on Ertel ordered his election workers to check every mailed-in ballot that came from an address within two miles of the stolen ones.“The good news is that it’s just these five voters,” Ertel said.Ertel says he’ll notify law enforcement after the election because he can’t release the ballot until after then. Meanwhile, the Halperins and other victims, including registered Republican Joy McGahey, were given new ballots.Florida Department of State spokeswoman Meredith Beatrice says there’s no indication it’s a widespread issue.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article US center_img Share A sign lets voters know they can cast early ballots for the Floriday primary election at the South Creek Branch Library in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 27, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Show Discussionlast_img read more

The Weinstein Company Facing Civil Rights Probe by NY Attorney General

first_img Eric T. Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York state, has opened a civil rights inquiry of the Weinstein Company in response to numerous complaint of sexual harassment aimed at co-founder Harvey Weinstein.Schneiderman is investigating whether there was a general atmosphere of gender discrimination or other civil rights violations.“No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment or fear,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement on Oct. 23. “If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know.”The Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau has subpoenaed personnel files, hiring, promoting, and firing criteria, and records showing formal or informal complaints about any kind of discrimination or harassment based on gender or age, and how those complaints were resolved.The office is also seeking documents about prior private out-of-court settlements made with any accusers, according to a person familiar with the details of the case.Harvey Weinstein faces allegations regarding unwanted sexual activity stretching back several decades. Several well-known actresses have come forward. He has reportedly previously reached settlements with at least eight women who claimed he molested or pressured them or behaved lewdly in their presence, in an attempt to hide his actions. David Boies, a lawyer representing The Weinstein Company and Weinstein himself, has admitted that the company’s board of directors knew of at least four women who took money to remain silent.One board member, Lance Maerov, said he knew of only one settlement to silence a woman’s complaints.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his Civil Rights Bureau is investigating Weinstein Company. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his Civil Rights Bureau is investigating The Weinstein Company. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Harvey Weinstein is also facing criminal investigations for sexual assault by three police departments, in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Complaints against Mr. Weinstein stretch back more than 30 years.So far about 30 actresses have accused Weinstein of lewd or inappropriate behavior, sexual assault, and rape. The list includes such well-known actresses as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette, Heather Graham, Asia Argento, Mira Sorvino, and Kate Beckinsale.Some of the victims have said Weinstein tried to hurt their careers when they resisted his advances.The Weinstein Company fired Harvey Weinstein after media broke the story of his sexual assaults and harassments. The majority of the company’s Board of Directors have since resigned.Weinstein’s brother Bob Weinstein is working to save what is left of the company he co-founded with his brother.At the same time, company employees are asking Bob Weinstein to release them from their nondisclosure agreements so they can testify about working conditions under Harvey Weinstein.The Weinstein Company could face heavy fines if the Attorney General’s office determines that the company allowed discrimination or harassment in its offices.Such legal and financial liability could possibly affect the company’s sale value.From NTD.tv Share US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlecenter_img Producer Harvey Weinstein speaks onstage at The Weinstein Company’s Pre-Oscar Dinner in partnership with Bvlgari and Grey Goose at Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 25, 2017. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company) The Weinstein Company Facing Civil Rights Probe by NY Attorney General By Chris Jasurek October 23, 2017 Updated: October 23, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Father Who Claimed Cheerleader Daughter Shot Herself to Face Murder Trial

first_img Father Who Claimed Cheerleader Daughter Shot Herself to Face Murder Trial By Jack Phillips January 18, 2018 Updated: January 18, 2018 Crime and Incidents Share this article Kailee and Ronald Lee McMullen Jr. (GoFundMe) (Cleveland County Jail) Share An Oklahoma father who claimed that his daughter killed herself will face a murder trial, according to reports.Ronald Lee McMullen was ordered to stand trial by Cleveland County Judge Steve Stice, who said there was probable cause, the Norman Transcript publication reported.The 43-year-old is being held without bond on first-degree murder charges after his daughter, Kailee, 22, was found dead on June 29 in Norman.The father is said to have called 911 to report that his daughter killed herself.Officers pronounced her dead at the scene, determining that the shooting was suspicious.McMullen was found covered in blood, and he tried to keep wiping it from himself. Officers were then forced to physically restrain him from doing so several times, People magazine reported. He initially told officials that he had witnessed Kailee shoot herself while “playing with a wheel-gun,” with a revolver pointed to her face and her thumb on the trigger, a detective testified in the case. McMullen then said the gun went “pop” when he tried to take it from her, the detective said.As crime scene photos were taken, court documents said Ronald got on the ground and “began covering himself in dirt,” CBS News reported. When an officer picked him up, the man “had dug a small hole.”Police asked him about cleaning the blood, and the police, “I don’t know why I did that,” the report said.He also allegedly moved the woman’s body from the kitchen to the living room following the shooting.Police claimed that he was accused of abusing his daughter in 2009 but wasn’t charged. They also said he was a “very controlling father,” and his wife said he would track her phone, according to the CBS report.The gun was shot 18 inches from the victim, police Detective Brian Franks told the judge.“It tells me it was fired outside of her reach,” he said, People reported.McMullen hasn’t yet entered a plea in the case.KFOR reported on the 911 call, made Thursday, June 29 at 5:45 a.m. when he told the dispatcher his daughter was shot in the face:“Did she do it?” asked the 911 operator.“Yes,” answered Ronald.An obituary published in the Norman Transcript on Monday says Kailee “cherished her family and always had time for them.”“Kailee had a zest for life and a bubbly personality, was quick witted, and had a quirky sense of humor,” her obituary read. “Always the entertainer, she loved making people laugh and was famous for the elaborate costumes she would put together when the occasion arose.”It says, “Kailee was a good and loyal friend, and all who knew her were better for it.”She was working to become an EMT in Norman when she died.From NTD.tv  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Recommended Video: Corvette Chase Show Discussionlast_img read more