first_imgA summary report of the investigation that was published this Wednesday, the activists said, “raises more questions than it answers” and “contains a number of inconsistencies.”On the heels of  the report’s release,Gascón announced his decision to not charge officers Eric Reboli and Craig TIffe in the deadly February 2015 shooting of the 21-year-old Guatemalan immigrant.“We do not accept the report’s conclusions,” said Smith, who for the two years has led the movement to pressure Gascón – who has never filed charges against officers in police shootings – to hold Reboli and Tiffe accountable in a court of law.“The DA clearly has some explaining to do,” said Smith. “We want him and his lead investigators to meet with us at a mutually convenient time for a townhall meeting in the Mission.” 0% At Friday’s press conference, Smith said that he has not received a response from Gascón.Max Szabo, the spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office, said that Smith declined Gascón’s invitation for a personal briefing. Szabo did not comment on the possibility of a townhall meeting in which Gascón would be subjected to questions from the community.Szabo wrote in an email that protocol forbids public access to the full investigative files in any case, not just officer-involved shootings, as they include “identifying information of undocumented immigrants and witnesses.”“Effectively, releasing the files could chill future participation from victims and witnesses,” wrote Szabo. “ There are also investigative techniques that could be disclosed.”Still, Szabo said that the information provided in the summary report is a “thorough summary of the investigation,” and that it is the “most in-depth and lengthy report of any [officer-involved shooting] investigation provided to date.”The full investigation, he said, will be forwarded to the State Attorney General’s Office.Activists gathered at 850 Bryant St. on Friday disagreed. Many said that Gascón’s decision to to exonerate the officers further exacerbates the trauma and fear that the death has instilled in the community.“With each instance that justice is denied, the heart of the city will grow stronger,” said Reverend Wanika Stephens, of the St. John Coltrane Church. Every Friday for  the past 25 weeks, she has met with the mothers of the victims of police violence at 850 Bryant St. to hold space and demand justice.Ben Rosenfeld, an attorney based in the Mission District who has analyzed the summary report, pinpointed several inconsistencies.“This report doesn’t pass the sniff test,” said Rosenfeld, adding that it omits the chronology of events leading up to the shooting and showcases instances in which the officers did not follow protocol.The report, said Rosenfeld, fails to provide contradictory evidence that Reboli and Tiffe, who responded to a dispatch call about a knife chase involving Perez Lopez and another man, properly identified themselves as police officers.“This is hugely important – we have the officers’ insistence that they did so, but no independent witness who the summary report lists, corroborated that account,” he said.The report states that Reboli detained the man that Perez Lopez, who was armed with a knife, was allegedly chasing on the evening of Feb. 26, 2015, while Tiffe grabbed Perez Lopez. The report goes on to say that Perez Lopez managed to free himself and then lunged at Tiffe with the knife, prompting both officers to shoot.But before the bullets made contact with Perez  Lopez, investigators concluded that he quickly turned around. Two independent autopsy reports revealed that Perez Lopez was shot six times from behind.“They claim in this feat of utter mental gymnastics that [Perez Lopez] somehow managed to spin around while a bullet was travelling through the air,” said Rosenfeld. The attorney also pointed out that if taken at face value, the report reveals misconduct by both Reboli and Tiffe.“They took no effort to de-escalate the incident according … or wait for backup – instead, they physically engaged a man who they had every reason to believe may have been armed with a knife,” he said. “This is fundamentally contrary to most basic police training and practices … and a recipe for disaster.”Deputy Public Defender Rebecca Young called the investigation “illegitimate” and criticized a new unit formed by the Gascón to investigate police shootings and misconduct, for which Gascón received $1.7 million in funding.“You know who he has hired to be on the [Independent Investigation Bureau]? Police officers,” said Young. “It is the fox guarding the hen house.”Drivers passing the Hall of Justice honked and raised their fists in a show of support as the activists called for police reform and scrutiny of ongoing police shooting investigations.Members of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition and the Justice for Luis Gongora Pat Coalition said they will continue to press for police accountability and charges in the police killings of both men.“We are up next,” said Darrell Rogers, a member of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition. The group is seeking charges against the officers involved in the contentious 2015 Bayview shooting that was caught on video. “What are you going to tell us? We got it live and in living color.”Reverend Wanika Stephens, of the St. John Coltrane Church. Photo by Lola M. ChavezMaria Cristina Gutierrez of the Frisco Five. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPictures of the victims from police shootings lined up against the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez Tags: police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Activists from several coalitions seeking justice in high-profile police shootings united their movements on the steps of San Francisco’s Hall of Justice on Friday to denounce what they say was a biased investigation into the death of Amilcar Perez Lopez.“The report reflects the DA’s clear bias towards protecting the officers that killed Amilcar rather than seeking the truth of what happened,” said Father Richard Smith of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an organizer leading the Justice for Amilcar Perez Lopez Coalition.“He clearly defers to the police version of the events, a version very different from what community members heard and saw.“The group demanded that District Attorney George Gascón face them and the community in a town hall meeting to be held in the Mission District, and that he provide them with a full report of the investigation that has been over two years in the making.last_img read more

first_imgFlip open the slender leather-bound volume on the bar at Monk’s Kettle and you’re liable to find yourself awash in beers — but if you’re like me and you haven’t been swept up by the IPA craze and aren’t sure what a Trappist is, never fear. Monk’s Kettle set out a decade ago to become a neighborhood tavern and, for the past week, it has been in the midst of celebrating 10 years of successfully accommodating eager drinkers interested in learning about the possibilities of beer.   Unlike most neighborhood joints, this one has a cellar stocked with “whales” (a beer-nerd reference to rare varieties), a staff with Cicerones (the beer equivalent of a sommelier) and that aforementioned weighty beer list. Christian Albertson, who owns Monk’s Kettle, saw an opportunity when he arrived from Boston to open a place that serves good beer when “beer culture” wasn’t really a crowded field in San Francisco. Ever the cheap boozehound, I asked: What’s a good beer?“The one that you like,” was the simple reply. Well. Yes. “Our job is to find the best beer for the person in front of us,” Albertson added.The concept of Monk’s Kettle hasn’t changed. Come in, sit down, say hello. Have a beer. If you don’t know what you like, ask — the staff is at the ready to educate or simply serve and retreat, to your preference.Owner Christian Albertson in the cellar of Monk’s Kettle.The specifics, however are in constant flux. Albertson rotates the menus just about every week, so what’s available changes a dizzying 50 times a year. The clientele, too, has shifted, and Albertson is staying on his toes: The restaurant and industry workers who once lived in the Mission and came to the tavern in two waves at the beginning and end of the evening have drained away, so the late-night hours are now limited to the weekend. But even with the newcomers who have flooded the city, consumers haven’t managed to develop a taste for posh. They want something good, but they want a deal. So Albertson lowered the prices and added to the menu. “People want burgers, and we don’t have to outpunch our class,” he observed. At the same time, the spread of beer culture has meant that good beer can be had in many more places. “Beer culture” is a bit like “wine culture,” except perhaps slightly younger, slightly more male, and less expensive. “Ten years ago, you would go to any fine dining place and the wine collection was half a million dollars and the inventory for beer was $500. Now they’ve got the whole gamut,” Albertson said. And: “If you have a $9 beer, people scoff. But a $14 wine glass, people will accept.”But as more brewers arrive, more varieties of businesses are selling more kinds of craft beer, and rare bottles are becoming less so. Aficionados have developed a habit of picking up a few bottles of something interesting to take home, share and Instagram.“The biggest thing is how much good beer is around,” Albertson said.People know the names of beers now. IPAs (bitter and hops-strong) are widely adored, but people now also ask for sour beers (more tart than sour, really) or a saison (sparkly and fruity). Beer culture, in its different interpretations, has grown so much that Monk’s Kettle can do a whole 10 days of tribute to various methods and makers from the ancient and distant to the modern and local, and attract aficionados who form a line outside of its location at 16th and Albion. This advent culminates in an event on the actual to-the-day 10-year anniversary — Monday, Dec. 18 — that will showcase beers from five bay area brewers and a “kick the kegs” party.“We wanted to pay homage to showcase what we do well,” Albertson said.Outside Monk’s KettleAlbertson, 43, is married and has children now, and a few years back left the city to move to Marin with his family after the building where they lived in San Francisco was sold. He’s worked in the restaurant industry in some capacity since high school. On Monday, with ten years of Monk’s Kettle under his belt, he’ll throw two parties, one of them already sold out, to celebrate a restaurant that constantly has lines out the door.So the real question is, how to get a seat and a sense of that neighborhood-tavern feel? Go early. Go in the early evening (or even for lunch — perhaps the tavern’s best-kept secret is that it has been open for lunch every day for 10 years). On one such early evening, a few people were sipping on beers at the bar. One patron was getting coached through the beer list, ready to get an education. Another returned specifically for Pliny the Elder on tap. A third called the place a “neighborhood treasure.” 0%center_img Tags: beer • Business Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgTwo tries in the first eight minutes were a sign of things to come. John Hutchings opened the account for the Saints diving over in the left corner after Josh Simm had earnt a penalty.A drive from Simm and one from Sam Royle put the Saints on the front foot allowing Matty Foster to burst through the defensive line before feeding Nico Rizzelli in support inside to score by the posts.From the restart Lewis Dodd was denied a try when knocking on under the posts before a penalty resulted in a first and only try for the visitors.Saints responded instantly as Josh Simm took advantage of a ball steal to touch down for his first of the night.Rizzelli and Tom Nisbett both had tries disallowed for forward passes and in between Josh Simm had gone 90 metres for his second and Hutching’s had repeated his dive in the corner for his brace.Five Dodd goals made it 30–6 at the break before Saints ran riot in the second half.Straight from the kick off Dodd broke down the left finding Matty Foster who finished it off to signal the end to any lingering Hull hopes.Lewis Baxter scored with his first touch of the game off the bench going the final 30 metres after Welsby had weaved his way around the cover on the right side.Royle and Brooks had two great drives with the ball which resulted in Welsby given the chance to put Nisbett in at the corner. From the kick-off he scored his second again from a Welsby cut-out pass after Hutchings had broken the line.The tries were coming thick and fast now and Simm completed his hat-trick taking a difficult high ball from Welsby to streak away from the cover over 50 metres and Hutchings completed his version diving in at the corner.Sam Royle then burst through on half way before selling an outrageous dummy to the full back to cruise under the posts.With 10 minutes to go Welsby gave the ball to Simm 70 metres out and he scored his fourth of the game before the final try from captain Royle on the final whistle again came courtesy of Welsby this time from a break from the elusive full back.Dodd unfortunately missed with the last kick of the game as we fell just short of 80 points, but it was another impressive Saints win.Match SummarySaints U19’s:Team: Jack Welsby; Tom Nisbet, Josh Simm, Nico Rizzelli, John Hutchings; Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd; Jamie Pye, Paul Nash, Kye Siyani, Matty Foster, Sam Royle (C), Jake Wingfield.Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Harry Brooks, Lewis Baxter, Warren Smith.Tries: John Hutchings (3, 39 & 64), Nico Rizzelli (8), Josh Simm (24, 32, 61 & 71), Tom Nisbett (53 & 56), Matty Foster (41), Lewis Baxter (48), Sam Royle (69 & 79).Goals: Lewis Dodd 11 from 14.City of Hull U19’s:Team: Mikey Lewis; Ryan Johnston, Jude Ferriera, Will Tate, James Driver; Harrison Merrow, Morgan Cutforth; Callum Stark, Charlie Cavanagh, George Cooke, Jay Lennon, Kai Tyson, Richard De Oliveira.Interchanges: Ben Ellis, Ewan Badham, Marcus Walker, Brandon Leggett.Tries: George Cooke.Goals: Mikey Lewis 1 from 1.Half Time: 30-6Full Time: 78-6.last_img read more

first_img The 1300 block of the area of S. 13th Street in Wilmington was evacuated and nobody was harmed.The Wilmington Police responded to reports of the man barricaded inside his home at the Houston Moore Terrace on S. 13th Street in Wilmington.According to a WPD spokesperson, more than a dozen officers were on the scene outside of the home after first responding to a call about a weapons incident Saturday morning around 6 a.m. Wilmington police on the scene of a stand off at Houston Moore Terrace (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna, WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After a man barricaded himself inside his home Saturday morning, the SWAT team arrived and after a few hours the man was arrested by Wilmington Police.According to WPD two shots were fired and negotiators were trying to talk the man down before the standoff ended.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Castle Hayne Elementary hosted their first career day highlighting African-Americans in our community for Black History Month.WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick was there and said she was lucky enough to talk to more than a dozen classes.- Advertisement – Social Worker Candy Robbins put together this years career fair and said she wanted students to realize there are a lot of community leaders from all nationalities.Students learned about careers in radio and also heard from judges, law enforcement and bankers. Everyone spoke to students about setting goals and dreaming big.“It’s never to young to start thinking about your career. We want to make sure that students understand what you have to put into it because you put into it what you expect to get out of it,” Robbins said.Related Article: Could upcoming teacher rally affect your student’s classtime?Robbins said all students can do anything they set their minds to and she hopes the career fair next year will be even bigger.last_img read more

first_imgJeff Rivenbark and Hannah Patrick accept award for Best Daytime Newscast in Charlotte LELAND, NC (WWAY) — WWAY received several awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas and Associated Press over the weekend.Good Morning Carolina was named best daytime newscast in the carolinas for tv division II.- Advertisement – WWAY’s Hannah Patrick also won an RTDNAC award for best series for #Unsolved.Former WWAY reporter Basil John took home the RTDNAC Award for multi-media journalist of the year for his time here at WWAY.last_img read more

first_imgA new law addressing European Border security concerns, has been endorsed by European Member States today.The ‘Metsola Law’, named after the MEP Roberta Metsola, will see a strengthening of European borders as well as the increased staffing of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.This is the latest development in the law which has been founded and negotiated by the Maltese MEP. Today’s endorsement was also followed by support from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE).The MEP explained that the new law is aimed at being the EU’s response to the concerns by citizens in Malta and Gozo and further afield, over border security.‘This really is a huge win for Malta and for the rest of Europe. I am glad that what many thought was something impossible to achieve, we have managed and we have managed in record time. This new law will come into force soon and will result in an overhaul of Europe’s border management. Significantly, it will mean the addition of 10,000 new border and security guards and operational staff, an efficient mechanism to return those migrants who are not eligible for protection, as well as new and improved tools to fight cross-border crime.’Metsola is confident that the law will be implemented before the European elections.‘Each family I visit and each businessman I speak with, the topic of security is always raised. People are concerned about their security, they are looking to Europe to respond and we responded in record time through this new and important law. This means that we will have the law in place before the European Parliament elections.’What is needed now, is for the law to be approved by the MEPs across the European Parliament Plenary by the end of April.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img SharePrint Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that he is seeing contradictions in the proposals for the EP election that have been issued by Partit Nazzjonalista (PN).Muscat said this whilst replying to a question made by following a news conference on Monday morning. The Prime Minister said that whilst the PN is scaring the population with foreigners in the country, it also wants Malta to become a migrant centre. According to Muscat, Partit Laburista (PL) of whom he is also the leader, neither wants Malta to become an open Mediterranean centre nor does it frighten the Maltese with the foreigners’ scare.Last week, the PN executive approved their electoral manifest for the EP elections. Amongst its proposals, the PN is pledging to protect the right for life, improve work conditions and to send people that are not eligible for protection back to their homeland.Joseph Muscat also said that in this manifest, the PN had missed he opportunity to mention anything on its visions relating to the development of the Maltese economy.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Funding for the project, is coming largely from the the European Regional Development Fund, which is supplying 80% of the €5 million budget. The remaining 20% is coming from national funds.The sum is understood to cover the studies, implementation and the educational aspects of the valley’s restoration.WhatsApp 1 of 6 SharePrint Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke ZerafaChadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa A €5 million project to regenerate the valley system at Chadwick Lakes has been given the go-ahead to start, the Energy Ministry has announced.The implementation of the project follows a two year study into the hydrological and ecological aspects of the area, which as informed the best approaches to staving off further degradation and the impact of invasive species on the ecosystem.The project which is being coordinated by the Energy & Water Agency, is set to regenerate and rehabilitate an area of 5,000m2 along with the repair of the river banks and walls.The organisers also state that the removal of detritus and silt deposits from the current dam system would also increase the valley’s capacity for rain harvesting by around 40,000m3. Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that Partit Laburista is supporting a Spitzenkandidat who is in favour of tax harmonisation, referring to European Commissioner Frans Timmermans. Referring to the first leader debate held on Thursday, Delia claimed that Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat found it difficult to be have his party labeled as ‘Socialist’ and that his party forms part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) at a European level.Addressing a political activity at the Party club in Għargħur, Delia explained that Timmermans supported tax harmonisation, a process which adjusts tax systems of different jurisdictions in the pursuit of a common policy objective, and had even placed it on his manifesto saying that this means that Partit Laburista supports tax harmonisation as a party at a European level, which would see a common policy that would affect Malta’s tax regime.Delia explained that if tax harmonisation was to become law, Malta would lose its sovereignty over regulating its own tax regime, saying that the Partit Nazzjonalista had worked tirelessly on building the sector and the country’s reputation. The sector, Delia explained creates thousands of job opportunities in the financial services sector and the jobs created are quality jobs. According to the PN leader Timmermans wants to remove Malta’s competitive advantage.READ: Watch: ‘PN always believed in the capabilities of the Maltese’ – Delia‘Creating a wider divide’Referring to Muscat’s comments during the leader debate on Thursday, during which the PL leader said that he does not want to see Maltese workers doing certain unskilled jobs such as picking up rubbish, Delia claimed that Muscat ‘clearly stated’ that he wants ‘to import slaves from abroad’. He continued by saying that such an approach would create different classes of people which are treated differently. Delia told those gathered, that Muscat treats Maltese and Gozitans differently as well as distinguishes between men and women.READ: Why shouldn’t Maltese workers pick up rubbish?Delia further said that the PL leader was mocking unskilled workers whilst thanking various categories of workers.READ: First political debate between Muscat and DeliaREAD: On faith, religion, surplus and deficits – Adrian Delia‘We want a young-spirited party’ Referring to a 16-year-old candidate who will be contesting with PN in the upcoming local council election, Delia thanked him for putting himself at the service of his locality and country while he said that the PN does not want youths to only be part of the party, but wants the party to be oriented towards the youths. Delia reiterated that the Party believes in the talents and capabilities of youths. Delia admitted that the youths active within the party are helping the party to change its ways.‘Muscat does not want to accept that this election is not about him’Referring to Workers’ Day mass meeting organised by Partit Laburista for which the stage was set up on the stairs of the Office of the Prime Minister, Delia said that Muscat ‘used Castille as his backroom’. He claimed that the PL leader does not want to accept that the upcoming elections were not about him. Delia referred to claims made by Muscat when he said that EP elections and Local Council elections were not his favourite elections, reminding that Muscat had campaigned against Malta’s accession to the EU. Delia reminded that the upcoming election was about have a stronger voice within the EU.Video – Facebook / Adrian DeliaWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_img(% of total debt)80.780.981.1 2018Q12018Q42019Q1 (% of GDP)81.680.080.7 Memo: Intergovernmental lending in the context of the financial crisis(million euro) 232 747 231 176 230 776 (% of total debt)16.316.115.8 Of which: Currency and deposits(million euro) 297 394 301 275 305 568 Government debt(million euro)9 853 2429 860 22910 010 173 Of which: Currency and deposits(million euro) 518 254 526 887 541 727 Debt securities(million euro)7 949 1137 976 1428 122 307 (% of total debt) Government debt(million euro)12 666 91812 716 31012 928 956 (% of total debt)14.314.213.9 (% of GDP) Loans(million euro)1 606 7361 582 8111 582 299 Loans(million euro)1 809 8691 808 9261 797 450 Debt securities(million euro)10 338 79710 380 49710 589 779 At the end of the first quarter of 2019, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA19) stood at 85.9%, compared with 85.1% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.In the EU28, the ratio increased from 80.0% to 80.7%. However, compared with the first quarter of 2018, the government debt to GDP ratio fell in both the euro area (from 87.1% to 85.9%) and the EU28 (from 81.6% to 80.7%).At the end of the first quarter of 2019, debt securities accounted for 81.1% of euro area and for 81.9% of EU28 general government debt. Loans made up 15.8% and 13.9% respectively and currency and deposits represented 3.1% of euro area and 4.2% of EU28 government debt.Due to the involvement of EU Member States’ governments in financial assistance to certain Member States, quarterly data on intergovernmental lending (IGL) is also published. The share of IGL in GDP at the end of the first quarter of 2019 amounted to 2.0% in the euro area and to 1.5% in the EU28.These data are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union: (% of total debt) Memo: Intergovernmental lending in the context of the financial crisis(million euro) 236 435 234 782 234 535 (% of total debt)81.681.681.9 EU28 (% of GDP) SharePrint EA19 Government debt at the end of the first quarter 2019 by Member StateThe highest ratios of government debt to GDP at the end of the first quarter of 2019 were recorded in Greece (181.9%), Italy (134.0%), Portugal (123.0%), Belgium (105.1%) and Cyprus (105.0%) and the lowest in Estonia (8.1%), Bulgaria (21.2%) and Luxembourg (21.3%).Compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, twelve Member States registered an increase in their debt to GDP ratio at the end of the first quarter of 2019 and thirteen a decrease, while the ratio remained stable in Germany, Lithuania and Slovakia. The highest increases in the ratio were observed in Belgium (+3.1 percentage points – pp), Cyprus (+2.5 pp), Ireland (+2.0 pp) and Italy (+1.9 pp). The largest decreases were recorded in Sweden (-2.5 pp), Slovenia (-2.3 pp), the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (both -1.5 pp) and Bulgaria (-1.4 pp).Compared with the first quarter of 2018, five Member States registered an increase in their debt to GDP ratio at the end of the first quarter of 2019, twenty-one a decrease and Spain and the United Kingdom recorded no change. An increase in the ratio was recorded in Cyprus (+12.2 pp), Greece (+4.1 pp), Latvia (+1.7 pp), Italy (+1.0 pp) and France (+0.3 pp), while the largest decreases were recorded in Slovenia (-7.6 pp), Austria (-4.4 pp) and the Netherlands (-4.2 pp).WhatsApp (% of GDP) <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Simon Kaheru, Chairman of the ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAUg) issued a statement about how ICT can contribute to the efforts towards the Westgate Mall Tragedy for Ugandans in Kenya.As of writing this a number of people are dead and others still trapped in the mall with hostages who claim to be members of AlShabab.  We are not yet sure how many Ugandans were in the Mall and are still there.Simon Kaheru posted and said the best ways to use social media and he shared a message which can be sent out by everyone who uses social platforms. You can send this message and it’s variation;All Ugandans in Kenya right now, please confirm your whereabouts by calling each other up and sending details either to the FB Group: Ugandans_in_Kenya or twitter with @jnabwire or by emailing (if you’re a registered member). (Share this on your Wall). – Advertisement – For Ugandans who may have traveled to Nairobi and are roaming, the telecommunication networks should have records of them. Simon suggested that the networks should send them messages to have them confirm their status and whereabouts. This is because as for now all Ugandan Mobile numbers should have been registered and the networks should be able to provide an accurate list of subscribers who may have been in Nairobi and even right at Westgate during the attacks. He also added another suggestion that ISPs could cooperate and implement a location check service to verify people’s locations.For the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, he suggested that they should ideally have a database complete with contact details of all Ugandans in Kenya and Nairobi, though he called for techies and members of the ICT sector in Uganda to identify ways of how they can help with the above idea.With all the above and more ideas, ICT sector in Uganda can be seen as helpful and relevant to the country and its citizens.Credit: UGOlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement A study by the Business Software Alliance(BSA) for the global software industry has revealed that unlicensed software in Nigeria exceeded is approximately at 81%Globally, according to the study, unlicensed software use continues to be a major problem with 43 percent of the software installed on PCs around the world not properly licensed. Emerging markets which now account for 56 percent of all PCs in use globally and nearly three-quarters of all are unlicensed software installations (73 percent).The survey further reported that computer users cite the risk of security threats from malware as the top reason not to use unlicensed software. Among their specific concerns are intrusions by hackers and loss of data. – Advertisement – One of the concerns for Nigerian businesses is “accidental piracy.” As methods to manufacture and sell counterfeit software become more sophisticated, there is an urgent need for greater awareness of this critical problem. “Unsuspecting companies are at risk of downloading or purchasing counterfeit software that can expose them to spyware, malware and viruses that can lead to identity theft, loss of data, and system failures,” Haman said.One of the alarming trends revealed in the study was the significant gap between workers’ and IT managers’ awareness of company software policies. A full 42 percent of workers say their companies either do not have a policy on licensed software use or they don’t know, while 86 percent of IT managers claim that their companies have either a written policy or an informal one.The Middle East and Africa has the third highest regional rate of unlicensed software tied with Latin America at 59 percent. Asia-Pacific has the highest rate in the world (62 percent) followed by Central and Eastern Europe (61 percent).Source: Vanguardlast_img read more

first_imgNow it’s time to take a look at the best productivity apps out there and they will make your life easier and help you get things done. Image Credit: FitsMallBusiness Advertisement Tech Insider has combed the far reaches of the App Store to bring you the 100 best and most innovative apps in the world.Now it’s time to take a look at the best productivity apps out there. These 10 apps will make your life easier and help you get things done.Keep in touch at work with Slack: Available on: iOS, Android, webLog in to communicate with your colleagues in public channels or private groups. Image Credit: SquareSpace – Advertisement – Think of Slack like the modern equivalent of an internet chat room that eliminates the need for email. Log in to communicate with your colleagues in public channels or private groups, share files, and more.The app is geared toward businesses large and small that need a way for their employees to communicate internally, and it’s hugely popular. Other apps and services can integrate directly with Slack too, which makes it kind of like a command center for getting stuff done at work.Thousands of companies use Slack, including Tech Insider. Your team should be using it too.Get things done with Outlook: Available on: iOS, AndroidOutlook app integrates Office 365,, Apple’s iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail with a built-in calendar. Image Credit: NDTVLeave it to Microsoft to take one of the most despised corporate email platforms, Exchange, and give it one of the best mobile email apps.Thanks to its acquisition of the email app Acompli late last year, the Microsoft Outlook app has become quite good. It integrates with Exchange (of course), Office 365,, Apple’s iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. There’s a built-in calendar view, quick access to files stored in attachments, and some smart filters that once you use, you find hard to live without.It’s simply the best email app you can use.Manage web logins with 1Password: Available on: iOS, AndroidManage your web logins and sensitive information. Image Credit: IDownloadBlogIt seems like there’s another massive customer data breach every day, and it’s more important than ever to make sure your passwords are not only strong but also unique for each service you use.The problem with passwords is that they can be easy to forget, especially if you have more than a few, which you should.But thankfully there’s 1Password. It’s the best app for managing your web logins and sensitive information. It has a user-friendly interface and it’s available on whatever device you have with you at the moment, whether it be your desktop, phone, or even Apple Watch.1Password will generate secure passwords for you and fill them in on websites using its free Safari and Google Chrome extensions.Go paperless with Scanner Pro: Available on: iOSScan documents and create a clean, editable PDF. Image Credit: IMoreIf you’re trying to go paperless or even just manage a growing mountain of receipts, Scanner Pro is a godsend. It uses your iPhone’s camera to scan documents and create a clean, editable PDF.You can save and share files, or even upload them to cloud storage providers like Dropbox.Manage your tasks with Wunderlist: Available on: iOS, AndroidIt’s easy to use and can do collaborative task management. Image Credit: WunderlistThere’s no shortage of capable to-do apps in the App Store, but for most people, Wunderlist is the best option. It’s easy to use, offers a nice mix of customization, and can do collaborative task management. It’s also available as an app on just about every modern phone, tablet, and PC imaginable.Wunderlist, which is owned by Microsoft, is free to use, but there’s a pro version with more features for businesses that costs a small monthly subscription.[related-posts]Store your files with Dropbox: Available on: iOS, AndroidReliable and well-designed cloud storage app. Image Credit: AndroidNextWith cloud storage services like Apple’s iCloud Drive and Google Drive, it may seem like the biggest tech companies have the cloud storage market cornered.But Dropbox is a reliable and well-designed cloud storage app that works well on multiple devices.You can automatically upload photos from your phone and store them in Dropbox, comment on documents you have shared with other people, and of course browse everything you have stored online.Record your memories with Day One: Available on: iOSRecord your memories with photos, videos, links, and more with Day One. Image Credit: LifeStreamBlogDay One is a beautiful journaling app that lets you record memories with photos, videos, links, and more. It supports syncing with iCloud and Dropbox and will even let you publish entries online to be shared with others.Capture ideas with Paper: Available on: iOSCreate visual notes, make a checklist of things you want to buy with Paper. Image Credit: 9to5macPaper by FiftyThree was one of the first hit iPad apps, and with the recent release of its iPhone version, it’s no longer just an app for drawing or making charts.You can use your iPhone’s camera to create visual notes, make a checklist of things to buy at the grocery store, or use your finger to draw up a quick sketch and share it to get feedback from your other friends who use the app.Automate tasks with Workflow on your iPhone and iPad: Available on: iOSDrag and drop “actions” together to make apps talk to each other in creative ways. Image Credit: SlashGearWorkflow lets you do all kinds of things on iOS that aren’t possible with individual apps alone. It’s tagline is “powerful automation made simple.”You drag and drop “actions” together to make apps talk to each other in creative ways. Examples of what you can do with Workflow on the iPhone include: turn multiple photos in your camera roll into an animated GIF, download the audio from a YouTube video as a MP3, get an Uber to your next calendar appointment, and much, much more.It’s pretty incredible that one app is able to tap into so much unused potential in the iPhone. Free up storage space with Gallery Doctor on your phone: Available on: iOS, AndroidRecover precious space on your smartphone. Image Credit: WpIf you’re running out of storage space on your smartphone, then you need Gallery Doctor.The app uses algorithms to scan your camera roll and show you photos that are blurry, duplicate, or just not good looking. It then lets you batch delete them so you can recover precious space.[BusinessInsider]last_img read more

first_imgSamsung Chromebook Plus. Image Credit: Gadgets 360 Advertisement Tech-giants all over the world made it to the CES 2017 event to showcase what they have for it’s end-users, ranging from electronics, self-driving cars, smartphones, computers & tablets, to mention a few. Along with other tech giants, South Korean-based tech-firm, Samsung Corp. wouldn’t miss a chance to showcase a lot of great goodies at the CES 2017.The company unveiled two fresh Chromebooks Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus built to support Android apps. They are also the first Chromebooks to support a stylus and enable inking on screen.Samsung in collaboration with Search-engine giants, Google Inc. took upon the stage to announce Chromebook Pro and Chromebook Plus at CES this year. The Chromebook Plus is expected to be available in next month priced at $449 while details (availability and price) for the Chromebook Pro will also be announced.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Specs The Chromebook Pro sports an Intel Core M3 processor, while the Plus has an ARM-based chip inside. Apart from this, both the devices have the same innards, and sport a 360-degree hinge for switching it into tablet mode, tent mode, or stand mode.The devices feature a 12.3-inch (2400×1600 pixel) LED display. They have 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, sport USB Type-C ports, and support 4K video output.They weigh 1.07kgs and are easy to manoeuvre in one hand when in tablet mode.The stylus is tucked on the edge of the laptops, and clicks out just like on Samsung’s Note smartphones.last_img read more

first_imgBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [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.Wednesday 29 JuneRACING MOVERS4.10 PerthTangolan 8/1 > 5/15.55 WorcesterKentford Myth 12/1 > 7/17.40 KemptonQuality Song 9/1 > 11/28.00 BathCloudberry 10/1 > 7/2EURO 2016 OUTRIGHT3/1 France3/1 Germany4/1 Belgium13/2 Portugal13/2 Italy16/1 Poland28/1 Wales40/1 Icelande/w 1/3 1.2QUARTER FINALSTHURSDAYUEFA EURO 2016 Quarter-Final20:00 ITV11/4 Poland 5/4 Portugal 2/1 DRAWFRIDAYUEFA EURO 2016 Quarter-Final20:00 BBC One / BBC One HD / S4C / S4C HD9/2 Wales 8/11 Belgium 5/2 DRAWSATURDAYUEFA EURO 2016 Quarter-Final20:00 TV ITV5/4 Germany 11/4 Italy 2/1 DRAWSUNDAYUEFA EURO 2016 Quarter-Final20:00 ITV2/5 France 8/1 Iceland 10/3 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

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.Monday 15 August RACING MOVERS2.15 ThirskKoropick 3/1 > 2/14.15 ThirskLastmanlastround 7/2 > 11/84.30 ChelmsfordVale Of Flight 6/1 > 7/25.50 RoscommonMassif Central 4/1 > 5/2FOOTBALL PRICESPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD4/7 Chelsea5/1 West Ham3/1 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_imgWelcome 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.Friday 18 MayDAILY SPECIALS HORSE RACING4.45 NewburyStarcaster 11/2 > 3/14.50 CorkEmpire State 2/1 > 6/54.55 NewmarketAlmoreb 5/1 > 9/45.55 HamiltonYousini 7/2 > 13/8PLAY-OFF LIVE SKYLeague Two Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event13/8 Notts County 15/8 Coventry City 23/10 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_imgLooking at the weather forecast it gets pretty cold overnight ahead of the first day of the Dublin Racing Festival, so fingers crossed it warms up enough and we get the green light. One thing for certain is that the event organisers will be doing all they can to get the meeting on and hopefully all their efforts will be rewarded.Looking at the declarations over the two days and they have been rewarded with some quality fields and it looks like being a terrific spectacle. I’m just delighted to be back in the saddle after a sore week following that spill back at Gowran over a week ago now….SATURDAYLEOPARDSTOWNDEFI BLEU (12.50pm Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Hurdle)The first Grade One action of the two days where I ride Defi Bleu for Gordon (Elliott). I guess the big positive with him is that he will have no problem with the trip and it just comes down to whether he is good enough. It looks a hell of a race and I cannot remember many Grade One races in Ireland in recent years with 16 runners.Willie Mullins obviously holds a strong hand with the likes of Champion Bumper winner Relegate, not to mention the useful mare Salsaretta who also gets a handy 7lbs. What makes it even tougher is that plenty of these are coming out of maiden company for the first time and have the potential to improve dramatically. Embrun Mitja looks a nice one with a bright future for Henry (De Bromhead) while Magnium is another who will love the step up in trip. There is a danger I could write my whole blog on this race so I will conclude with the fact that my fella will hopefully be competitive as stamina is his forte.TOMBSTONE (1.25pm BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle)All eyes will be on Apple’s Jade as she steps back to two miles for the first time since November 2016. She is some mare and has been in unbelievable form this season. I suppose 2 ½ miles looks to be her ideal trip, but she is pretty versatile. This will be a real test with Melon as well as last year’s winner Supasundae in the mix, but she will still take plenty of beating. I ride Tombstone who finished third behind Espoir D’Allen and needs to step up massively to get involved. Farclas is also in the race and could surprise a few as he seems in great form at home.WONDER LAISH (2.00pm Ladbrokes Hurdle)The quality races keep coming quick and fast and next up it’s the valuable 19-runner Ladbrokes Hurdle where I ride the rapidly improving Wonder Laish. Look, I suppose we are always quick to have a moan about the handicapper being too hard on our horses and I felt the 17lbs rise after Navan in November was harsh. Since then he obviously won off that revised mark in Fairyhouse (pictured left, below) so has gone up another 8lbs. I suppose you cannot grumble again for going up for winning a valuable pot, but it just makes life tougher again. He’s improving, but he will have to be to defy this latest rise and the fact that he’s rated only 1lb behind Jezki says it all. I’m hoping he can go in again, but fear one being a little bit better handicapped beneath us. Éclair De Beaufeu sneaks in off a light weight being a novice and I suppose it’s a case of sink or swim with him. He could thrive in a race like this or it may come a little too early. Another one to keep an eye out for is Hearts Are Trumps who could go well too.2.35pm Matheson Flat RaceNo ride for me here but it will be great to see how Gordon’s three get on in what looks another red-hot bumper. The obvious one is Envoi Allen who has done nothing wrong all season and is a lovely big brute of a horse who never lets anyone down. This will be his biggest test though and he has to shoulder a 3lbs penalty too. Stablemate Abacadabras is smart enough too and is one to keep an eye on.3.10pm Ladbrokes Dublin ChaseMore Grade One action and sadly no ride for me. There was no Footpad in amongst the final declarations, but the Mullins team are still represented by Min who looks the one to beat. Having said that, don’t rule out English raider Simply Ned who seems to be a different horse around Leopardstown. I can see him putting it up to the likes of Min and outrunning his odds again. I rode Castlegrace Paddy the last day and even though he can go well, would prefer it a bit softer.DUCA DE THAIX (3.45pm Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle)My final ride of the day comes in a brilliant renewal of the Irish Arkle. I ride Duca De Thaix for Gordon who has really got his act together recently wining two handicaps off 133 and 143 respectively. He is now rated 151, so this seems the obvious race for him as life in handicaps will be very hard off that new mark. He’s in good form and will hopefully go well despite the jump up into Grade One class. On paper, Le Richebourg looks the one after his impressive win here at Christmas. The drop in trip helped him that day and he looks very smart. This won’t be a walk in the park for him though with the likes of Mengli Khan and Paloma Blue in attendance.GOOD LUCKDAVYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice expert available to discuss new book on Houston’s transportation historyHOUSTON – (Jan. 24, 2018) – A new book from a fellow at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research explores the history of transportation, politics and development in the Bayou City. Author Kyle Shelton, the director of strategic partnerships and a fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is available to discuss the social and political history of Houston’s transportation decision-making and how those decisions shaped the city.“Power Moves” (University of Texas Press, 342 pages, $29.95) covers the growth of highways after World War II and the debates about the building of public transportation starting in the 1970s. Each chapter delves into a different element of Houston’s transportation past — from the building of Interstate 10 through the Fifth Ward to the creation of the toll roads in the 1980s. Within each of these topics, Shelton looks at how residents understood the debates around transportation infrastructure and how they were able to participate in the process of shaping it.Shelton said that decisions made around these transportation systems are incredibly formative to the structure of cities.“Everyone moves each day or relies on the mobility of goods and services,” he said. “So this is a system that’s crucial to the functioning of a city.”The way Houston’s infrastructure was built enabled a particular brand of growth, Shelton said.“There’s no doubt that highways were a crucial underpinning to the city and the region’s residential form and expansion into the suburbs,” he said. “They were built to both encourage outward growth and connect suburban commuters to the city.”However, the Houston area faces a number of challenges because of previous choices, such as the disruption of key communities for highway space and the encouragement of auto-based growth versus public transportation, walking and biking, Shelton said. Those choices were made as city officials faced enormous pressure from citizens who wanted to drive. But, Shelton said, the commonality in all of this is that people need a seat at the table in making these decisions and need to have a voice in the conversation about development.“While conversations about infrastructure have always been part of the daily discourse of Houstonians, they are not elevated enough,” Shelton said. “Houston has spent billions of dollars shaping our system of infrastructure, and the decisions made can last for 40 to 60 years. Most of how we talk about transportation orbits around individual experiences. For example, the need to get out of traffic has been a constant refrain since the 1950s, but the choices are creating huge macro issues — everything from economic development to the way residents experience our city. I think we need more and broader-ranging, inclusive discussions about how our transportation system shapes Houston and each of our lives and where we want it to go.”Shelton was motivated to write the book because of the lack of work devoted to the history of Houston’s transportation systems, relative to peer cities.“Houston is one of the most important cities in the country, and while there are numerous scholars working on the history of civil rights and the environment and a number of economic and business histories, there is little other work,” Shelton said. “My book adds to the published material about Houston’s history and brings other crucial topics — infrastructure and transportation — to the fore.”Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.To schedule an interview with Shelton, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations representative at Rice, at or 713-348-6777.-30-This news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Kinder Institute website: information: link: credit: Rice UniversityLocated 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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to read more