A national disabled peoples organisation has had

first_imgA national disabled people’s organisation has had to make cuts of nearly 20 per cent to its staff, in a further sign of the financial difficulties facing many user-led organisations across the country.DisabilityRights UK (DRUK) is making four of its 22 posts* redundant, although as two of the posts arevacant it will be losing two members of staff.DR UK toldDisability News Service yesterday (Wednesday) that it was set for an annualdeficit of about £165,000 for 2018-19 against a backdrop of “particularlyfierce” competition for funding.DR UK’s chief executive, Kamran Mallick (pictured), said the charity was “facing bigger challenges than we had hoped” but that “the future of the organisation is not at risk”.He said: “Weplanned for a small deficit but like many voluntary organisations, we arefeeling the impact of a shortage of statutory and public sector funding andgrants.”He said DRUK had not generated as much income from activities such as training andconsultancy as it had hoped, and would now be focusing more on its research,policy and campaigning work.Mallicksaid: “This restructure will help us get on a sound financial footing and focusmore on our research, policy and campaigning work. “This is allsupported by plans for generating income.”Lastmonth,leading disability networks warned that user-led organisations were continuingto close across the country, with the sector even facing a “real threat ofextinction”. The news ofthe redundancies comesonly two years after Mallick’s predecessor as chief executive, LizSayce, said DR UK was in a “sustainable financial position”, and was expectingto report a financial surplus, following past concernsabout the charity’s pensions deficit.That deficitarose unexpectedly following fluctuations in the financial markets, as a resultof a final salary pension scheme which had been closed to new members yearspreviously by RADAR, one of the three disability organisations that merged toform DR UK.In2014, DR UKstaved off the threat of closure after reaching an agreement with the PensionProtection Fund to take over its defined benefits pension scheme, afterdeveloping an unsustainable pensions deficit of more than £3 million.Mallick saidhe and colleagues had been working to make DR UK “more efficient” and trying toincrease income, while it had halved its office rental costs by moving lastJanuary from Shoreditch to the Olympic Park in east London and had made savingsby changing its IT and auditing service-providers.He said: “Wehope and expect the changes we have made will solve the immediate financialproblems and put us on the path to surplus budgets for the year 2020-21.”*Last year’s accounts showed an average of 22.2 full-time equivalent staff in 2017-18 A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

SROs train at middle school for active shooters

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –When a gunman is on a rampage, a few minutes can mean life or death.“I’m a parent and I want to know that in that school, we’ve got somebody capable that if we have an active shooter situation, that they’re absolutely going to be able to go in there and knock down that problem, with no issues,” FBI special agent Jack Moore said.- Advertisement – School resource officers in Brunswick County trained with the FBI Thursday in an active shooter drill at Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply. The program, known as ALERRT, started at Texas State University and is happening all over the state.“We’ve done this all across the state of North Carolina. We’ve probably talked to around 600 officers so far and we’re bringing it down to Brunswick County,” Moore said.After a review of procedures, they split up to take on a hostage situation in one of the school’s hallways. It may be a simulation but this is as realistic as it gets. SROs have to wear protective gear, like a heavy duty helmet and body armor, just in case they get hit.Related Article: Law enforcement finds body while following leads on kidnapped girl“I have been hit with sim rounds before and it does not feel good,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Captain Brian Chism said.This program will have SROs ready if the unimaginable becomes reality.“We can’t let our guard down because we never know when it could be that real one that we’re investigating and you never know. I hope that I never see it in my career. I would never wish that on any county, but for us to have this training, like I said it’s just another tool on our belt to keep us prepared and to keep your kids safe,” Chism said.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has done training with their SROs before and they say they would be happy if the FBI could come back for another session.last_img read more

Wilmington veterans react to California bar shooting

first_imgMarine Corps Veteran Kristen Wilkerson discusses PTSD.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two days after 12 people lost their lives at the hands of a Marine Corps veteran in California, some are wondering if post traumatic stress disorder is to blame.Authorities say Ian Long, 28, had a previous run in with police back in April after reports of a disturbance.- Advertisement – They say a crisis team had concerns that he might be suffering from PTSD but he was cleared anyway.Two veterans gave their thoughts on the issue during an event at Cape Fear Community College this morning.“Just because someone’s been in the military doesn’t necessarily mean that they should be a threat,” said Marine Corps veteran and CFCC student Kristen Wilkerson. “They’re still human, we’re all human. And I think that life is just really hard. And I think that after having that stability in the military, coming out of it can make life just seem even more unstable than it already is,” she said.Related Article: Burgaw man uses farming as therapy for veteransJacob Aceret, president of CFCC’s Student Veterans Organization gave his thoughts as well.“Probably the biggest factor I think with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is that alone feeling, of not feeling like they either fit in or there’s something wrong with them,” said Aceret. “There’s nothing wrong with them. It is what happened to them and the unfortunate circumstances of what happened to them that was wrong in the first place,” he said.The shooter was never formally diagnosed with PTSD.last_img read more

House passes bill to honor first World War II City

first_img Local Historian Wilbur Jones has been working with the congressman to recognize Wilmington and other cities for their contributions during World War II.If the bill becomes law, each year, a new city will receive the designation.The bill now heads to the Senate. Liberty ship Zebulon B. Vance on riverafter launch at NC Shipbuilding Co. with tugboat on left. (Photo: Wommack) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The push to get Wilmington honored as “an American World War II City” is one step closer to reality.Congressman David Rouzer’s bill has passed the House.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Nearly 1000 grams of meth seized and several arrested in drug investigation

first_img Tyler Justin Demas (Photo: BCSO) Brandon Wayne Perdue (Photo: BCSO) – Advertisement – Carrie Ann Simmons (Photo: BCSO) Police tape (Photo: LWP Communications / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) BRNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit have charged seven following a investigation stemming from community tips and complaints.Carrie Ann Simmons, 35, of Blue Ray Drive, Leland was arrested on November 12 and charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine, two counts of PWIMSD methamphetamine, maintaining a residence used for keeping and selling controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Simmons is currently in the Bladen County detention facility on additional charges under a $225,000 bond. James Allen Hannel (Photo: BCSO) Daniel Joseph Villalobos (Photo: BCSO) Robert Clinton Henry (Photo: BCSO) Juan Franciso Moreno (Photo: BCSO) 1 of 7 Tyler Justin Demas, 35, also of Blue Ray Drive, Leland is charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine, two counts of PWIMSD methamphetamine, maintaining a residence used for keeping and selling controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Demas is currently wanted on these by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.Robert Clinton Henry, 38, of Pineview Lane, Gastonia was arrested on October 15 and charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle used for keeping and selling controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he remains under a $500,000 bond.Brandon Perdue, 34, of Confederate Drive, Wilmington was arrested on October 4 and charged with possession of heroin, PWIMSD methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was booked into the Brunswick County jail where he too remains under a $55,000 bond.Related Article: Police: NC man steals car, doesn’t realize 2 children insideJames Allen Hannell, II, 35, of Deerfield Place, Winnabow was arrested on October 4 and was also charged with possession of heroin, PWIMSD methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was processed into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released under a $30,000 bond.Daniel Villalobos, 39, of N. Wane Stree, Arlington, VA was arrested on October 1and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. He is currently being detained at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $5,000 bond.Juan Francisco Moreno, 49, of Sheringham Way, Charlotte was also arrested on October 15 and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. He was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released under a $5,000 bond.BCSO says a traffic stop in early October led to the arrests of Perdue and Hannell. Further investigation led to a search warrant being obtained and conducted on October 4 at the home of Demas and Simmons at the Blue Ray Drive address in Leland.Additional investigative efforts led detectives to the main methamphetamine source and supplier which resulted in an additional traffic stop and the arrests of Moreno, Henry, and Villalobos, according to BCSO. 988 grams of crystal meth, a small amount of heroin, a stolen firearm, and nearly $600 in cash were reportedly seized as a result of the investigation.The investigation in on going and more arrests are possible.last_img read more

Police identify body recovered from Sunset Beach

first_img Klamar said officers responded shortly after 6 a.m. and helped to pull the body of a white male from the water. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.In an updated release today, police identified the body as Matthew J. DelBuono, 30, of Calabash.The preliminary cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted wound, police said. The coroner is conducting an investigation into the official cause of death.Related Article: Sunday early voting offered for first time in Brunswick, Pender SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police have identified a man whose body was recovered from along the shore at Sunset Beach on July 5.According to a news release from Sunset Beach Police Chief Ken Klamar, someone reported a male who was unresponsive in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the Sunset Beach commercial fishing pier.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Toothless and dependant – PD on proposed state advocate

first_img SharePrint <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> The Partit Demokratiku described as a ‘farce’ the bill to implement a separation between the roles of the Office of Prosecution and that of the State Advocate. Calling it worse than window dressing, it slammed the proposed bill as “a bad joke”.The PD said that the State Advocate is an advocate to the whole State, including Parliament and Constitutional Bodies, and not just Government. Such an office, maintained the PD, should be independent and its interest should be to uphold the Rule of Law and the Constitution while refusing to adopt partisan positions.The bill is a sieve and a bad joke – PD“The amendments noted in the Bill are open-ended, vague and incorrect. The appropriate checks and balances are just not there,” stated Opposition PD Hon Godfrey Farrugia.“This bill is a sieve. It has major problems as it has poor personal, functional, institutional, financial and legal independence. If these are not entrenched by effective amendments, the Office may be bypassed, disabled or controlled. Furthermore, the independence of the Office must be balanced by accountability. Where is that?” stated Opposition PD Hon Marlene Farrugia.Partit Demokratiku asked government to put its cards on table and immediately publish the first readings of the other recently tabled bills in response to the Venice Convention. “One cannot study such a scenario in isolation” insisted the PD, adding that the Constitution is a social contract of the people of Malta and Gozo where all stakeholders must be consulted.WhatsApplast_img read more

Gozo to Airport metro journey could take 32 minutes – architect

first_imgArchitect Konrad Xuereb said that a metro line from Victoria to the Malta International Airport (MIA) would allow passengers to complete the journey in 32 minutes.Xuereb said this during an event organised by NGO Wirt Għawdex in the Ministry for Gozo. Xuereb is also the director of an engineering company. Expats living in Gozo made up the bulk of the audience.Xuereb stated that the metro is a vital mass-transportation method and should be implemented even if it’s not viable. He went on to say that a metro may be compared to a hospital, in the sense that if a hospital is not financially viable it should still be built.Xuereb said that his concept involved 20 hotspots which included stops in Buġibba, Paceville, Msida, Valletta, MIA, and Victoria and Xewkija in Gozo. According to the architect, the Malta line would take five years to be completed while the one in Gozo could be finished three years later. The costs were estimated at €1.85 billion for the first part while the extension to Gozo would cost a further €900 million.While some doubts were raised in the audience about its viability, Xuereb explained that this would better connect the around 30,000 people living in Gozo with the rest of Malta.He explained that the project was inspired and based on the London metro system while maintaining a speed of about 80km per hour voyage.According to the architect, the Malta line would take five years to be completed while the one in Gozo could be finished three years later. The costs were estimated at €1.85 billion for the first part while the extension to Gozo would cost a further €900 million.Xuereb compared the amounts and timings for construction to the Government’s €700 million for road extensions in Malta.  He said that the same investment could be made each year towards the metro project. He added that the portion linking Malta to Gozo may qualify for EU funding. The rest of the budget could financed by government bonds.Who will use it and how will it recoup the cost?On the use of the tunnel, Xuereb estimated that by 2025, the population will have risen to 525,000. He said the company also estimates that there would around a quarter of the population using the service, 130,000 passengers daily.With these estimates, the company says that the metro would be able to earn back  upto €300 million a year including travel tickets, revenue from advertising in stations and in runways and even retail shops in the stations.He added that this figure is just the entry price adding that the additional costs of the metro, primarily maintenance of the metro, the workers and also for energy fees to operate initial system.AdvantagesXuereb said that the primary advantage of the metro is time. He stated that workers will commute more efficiently and this will lead to a financial advantage. Apart from workers, Xuereb said that the metro has advantages for businessmen both local and foreign, because now they can travel more easily.WasteXuereb also explained how the project will generate an estimated 4-mega Cubic tonnes of waste in its construction. This he says could be used for strategic land reclamation which could form a nature reserve or for the placing of solar and wind farms. This would not exclude housing development.Referendum on this?Asked whether there would be a referendum for the Government to listen to citizens about this project’s proposals, Xuereb said that he personally opposes a referendum campaign saying that a referendum debate may struggle to avoid spin in favouring of protect the national interest.What is being done to sell the idea to the Government?The architect said that his work on this goes back a number of years ago when it was realised the traffic problem in Malta. He said he began by publishing an article which outlined the concept and continued to study this concept and identify its feasibility. He said that this year was invited by the Chamber of Commerce to present the project to the local entrepreneurs. He did not however mention any contact made with the authorities.Overground or Underground?He stressed that because of the road situation in Malta it was already difficult to do this project over-ground. He said that it is instead possible to start underground mining and the creation of the metro stations can be done easily with existing technologies.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

AC Milan sign Piatek

first_img SharePrint Krzysztof Piatek has joined AC Milan in a £31m deal from Genoa and has been handed the shirt number 19. The Poland international has signed a four-and-a-half year contract worth €2m per season and is expected to fill the void left by Gonzalo Higuain who has moved to Chelsea.The 24-year-old striker, who joined Genoa for £3.6m from Polish side Cracovia in the summer, scored 19 goals in 21 games for Il Grifone.AC Milan are currently fourth in Serie A, six points behind Inter Milan in third and 22 points behind league leaders Juventus.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Africas Leading Technology Firm Opens Shop In Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement “The innovations and strengths of CWG will be replicated in Uganda and across East Africa, allowing us to service clients and enable them to improve their business operations significantly through the application and deployment of our solutions. CWG Uganda is run by highly tested and skilled professionals from Uganda, and will be supported by our West African operations,” Okere added.CWG commenced operations in Nigeria in 1992 as a hardware sales company, and was the first partner to the DELL Corporation in Nigeria. The firm has grown over the years into a fully integrated ICT firm offering Systems Integration of hardware and infrastructure solutions, communications and networking solutions and software applications and deployment across West Africa, and now Uganda.CWG currently runs partnerships with global ICT Companies across the world, including DELL, CISCO, Infosys technologies, Oracle, NetApp, Gilat and many more world-class ICT brands.CWG Uganda Country Manager, Michael Manzi, said the firm would place emphasis on training and developing professionals in ICT as part of its contribution to the sector in Uganda.  – Advertisement – “We will also highlight our strong belief in good business ethics and strong corporate governance as essential components of our operations. Our commitment to high quality will not be limited only to our ICT solutions,” he said.‘We are in this business to provide long term customer loyalty through innovative services, that ensure enterprise development and sustainable delivery of services. Because this is at the core of our business module, we firmly believe in retention of quality services to customers, a much needed element in provision of ICT solutions for this region,’ Manzi added.Computer Warehouse Group CWG are currently poised to provide high-level ICT enterprise development and support solutions, with a customer care focus in providing these solutions. About CWGCWG Uganda is a member of the Computer Warehouse Group. The CWG Vision is to deliver the best customer experience in ICT solutions globally, and our Mission is to provide total ICT solutions that add value to the operations of private and public enterprises, using a highly skilled and motivated workforce and working with best-in-class partners and technologies.For more details and clarifications, contact Chidi Okpala on chidi.okpala@cwlgroup.com or cwguganda@cwlgroup.com, www.cwlgroup.comlast_img read more

New DroidDream malware infects 24 Android apps

first_imgAdvertisement Experts at the security firm Lookout Mobile have detected a new variant of DroidDream, the dangerous Trojan that in March was found lurking in the official Android Market, infecting more than 50 apps with rogue data-stealing code.This time it’s called DroidDreamLight, but don’t let the name fool you, this Trojan is just as nasty as its heavier predecessor.Spotted this past weekend (May 28 – May 30), DroidDreamLight has already wormed its way into 24 Android apps, affecting between 30,000 and 120,000 customers. – Advertisement – DroidDreamLight works much the same way as the original DroidDream, harvesting users’ sensitive phone data and downloading malicious code to affected phones from remote servers.Infected Apps Found in Google’s Android MarketThe apps infected by DroidDreamLight include Super StopWatch and Timer, System Info Manager, Floating Image Free and System Monitor, all made by Mango StudioFrom the developer E.T. Tean, the Call End Vibrate app is corrupted, and from BeeGoo, the bad apps include Paint Master, Quick Photo Grid, Super Photo Enhance and Super Color Flashlight.In addition, DroidDreamLight has hit several more salacious apps from Magic Photo Studio, including HOT Girls 1 and Sexy Legs.Lookout Mobile urges Android customers to take extra precautions when downloading apps, and recommends reviewing the developer’s name, reviews and star rating, and checking the permissions each app requests before installing it.“Use common sense to ensure that the permissions an app requests match the features the app provides,” Lookout wrote on a company blog.Lookout also warns users to be aware of any “unusual” text message or network activity on your phone, as these could be symptoms that you’ve accidentally downloaded DroidDreamLight.Source:  msnbc.msn.com.last_img read more

Apple Watch leading the smartwatch market with 75

first_imgAdvertisement Research firm Strategy Analytics, has revealed that the Apple Watch is sofar the ‘star performer’ in the smartwatch market, as they more than quadrupled to 5.3 million units in the second quarter of this year when compared to the same period in 2014.Strategy Analytics director Cliff Raskind said that the predictions of (Apple CEO) Tim Cook’s first product flopping have been greatly exaggerated.“While existing smartwatch vendors held their own and even grew modestly in some cases, the story in the second quarter was really all about Apple raising the tide for all.”Apple has not disclosed its smartwatch sales figures yet, but Raskind estimated that some four million units were shipping during the second quarter of this year giving it about 75% of an overall market that grew 457% in a quarter-over-quarter comparison. – Advertisement – However, other analysts, have offered lower estimates of Apple Watch sales while Apple has remained mum about those numbers.A total of 4.6 million smartwatches were shipped globally last year, according to Strategy Analytics.“Apple Watch has clearly raised the bar for the global smartwatch industry,” Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston said in a release.The research estimated that South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung was the second-place smartphone seller in the second quarter, shipping 400,000 units.In a quarterly earnings report released on late Tuesday, Apple folded smartwatch revenues into an ‘other’ category that included money made from sales of accessories such as Beats headphones.Revenue posted for ‘other’ doubled to $2.6 billion from the same quarter last year. Apple reported that its profit jumped 38% to $10.7 billion on surging iPhone sales, compared to $7.7 billion in the same period last year.The Apple Watch is the first new product line introduced since 2010.Via TOIlast_img read more

Dont Blink Whos following you

first_imgAnne Kansiime as a widely popular entertainer may not have to audit her followers like a regular person, it would be too difficult. For the rest of us, we need to often look over our shoulders. Advertisement My mind falls back often these days to that scene in the Julia Roberts movie where a guy was chasing a chick and the chick was chasing another guy and then someone asked the first guy, “But who is chasing you…?”That scene, back then when the movie was newly released, caught the attention of my girlfriend and she used it to illustrate some point I had missed and cannot possibly recall even now.But it comes to mind often these days because I keep asking myself who IS following me. – Advertisement – Not in the sense of a narcissist tweep who keeps checking to see his rating, as a method of self-affirmation and establishing a sense of self-worth, but actually checking who the people that consume one’s content actually are.Unlike a public speaker or an artiste or public performer of any kind, who puts their work on display for just about anybody that constitutes “the general public”, people who express themselves on social media are just ordinary people.The public speakers, artistes and public performers have good reason to be followed – whatever their actual occupation. So if you clicked ‘Follow’ and began reading their posts, there is rarely a question in anyone’s mind as to “Why?”But as an ordinary person, you have to be exceptionally interesting in order to attract a steadily growing number of followers. Those followers are people and organisations who, by clicking ‘Follow’ by your name, are stating that they are quite happy to receive any and every type of information you might wish to impart.As a citizen of any social media platform, you make no promises that will make followers click the relevant button.Besides your profile and the last couple of twenty posts that you did, people make the decision to follow you without a clear (to you) motivation for doing so.Of course, this does not apply to the likes of Yoweri Museveni, Anne Kansiime and all the other celebs that we are always hoping will follow us for some reason or another.Some of us write our profiles out in such a way that if anyone reads it they will be compelled to follow us; but most social media users are just being on the social media platform in question and not doing much to increase their followers.These days, though, I have noticed a steady rise in the number of followers (most of them unknown) that I find behind my name, and I strongly suspect that there is a thick link to political activity.Whereas every week I have averaged a consistent number of new Twitter followers and Facebook friends, since about February this year that number has increased significantly.[related-posts]My issue, though, is not with the numbers themselves, but with the identities of many of the new followers: for some reason, many of them have just joined Twitter or Facebook, have zero followers – or less than ten, at any rate – and have never tweeted or posted anything that says who they actually are.On Facebook, I keep seeing awkwardly airbrushed profile photographs and a couple of entries in their photo albums that have no link whatsoever to their profile pictures, even though we sometimes have many “mutual friends”.And that was before all those Facebook “ladies” who started sending loose greetings into my inbox, sometimes even pre-fixing them with my name as if we are well acquainted.There are contacts who insinuate themselves into your life by doing all the ordinary friend things – wishing you good morning and good night, a happy birthday, and congratulating you on this and that for so long that you forget you actually don’t know them offline.Some people call all these “stalkers”, others “trolls”, others yet, “bots”.I don’t care what they get called provided that I can identify them and avoid getting stung by them one way or another – now or in the future. They may seem harmless sitting around watching your time line right now, but these are the chaps who could be gathering clues about you from your different posts and building up a databank of information to use in hacking into your life later on.Or, enough of them could gather round you one of these days and rollick you to no end of distraction, or engage you on a matter that might not be on your agenda or of any interest to you.That’s why if you’re an ordinary user, in the sense that you are NOT a celebrity with hundreds of thousands of followers that would make the following difficult, you should spend time every so often to audit your followers.Auditing your followers does NOT mean deleting the ones you don’t like (though you certainly have the right to do so), but it does mean being clear about who you are having a conversation with (Twitter, for instance).It’s the same as establishing who’s in the audience at a public event one is scheduled to speak at – so that you appropriate your thoughts and delivery.But auditing your followers MAY involve deleting or blocking the ones you don’t know or wish to speak with. That’s the same as walking away from a person you don’t want to talk with, at a party or something.It’s easier at a party, of course, because you get to say something like, “Excuse me while I go to wash my hands…” or you pretend to be receiving an urgent phone call and walk off while attending to it.On these platforms we occupy, though, it is a little harder to be polite unless one employs a few social hacking tricks.When you come across that strange contact whose identity is very unclear to you, initiate a conversation to draw them out a little bit or to get to know them – and feel free to copy in a couple of other people who might help evaluate your suspicions.Look out for the timelines of activity that these persons engage in, to give you a clue as to what time zone they might be located in.And also observe what they talk about and who they associate with most – that gives you even more clues as to who they might be.Some of them are more active or aggressive than others, and might engage you with much more confidence than you would expect, but go back into party mode where you would think twice before sharing certain details with someone you don’t really know.In fact, when dealing with people online one should follow more or less the same rules that we follow off-line.Without being paranoid, it’s good practice to look over your shoulder every so often as you head home, just to see if there’s anyone following you and if so, to identify who’s following you.last_img read more

Vodafone Uganda Appoints its New Chief Executive Officer

first_imgJohn Ndego, appointed as the new CEO of Vodafone Uganda with effect from 11 July 2016. Advertisement Vodafone Uganda appointed John Ndego as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective from 11th July, 2016, replacing Allan Richardson, who returns to the Afrimax Group office in preparation for the next market launches following the recent launch of operations in Ghana and Zambia.John is a driven, passionate, people oriented and entrepreneurial business leader whose experience spans twenty-six years in telecoms, FMCG, Advertising and Public Relations in seven countries.He has previously worked as Managing Director of Airtel Congo Brazzaville and Airtel Burkina Faso, Group Commercial Director at Zain Africa and also held various senior management positions within Nestlé in Nigeria, Benin and Togo. – Advertisement – John has a proven track record of transforming businesses, acquisitions, integrations, and building winning management teams.John Ndego, appointed as the new CEO of Vodafone Uganda with effect from 11 July 2016.His appointment is coming one year into the entry of Vodafone in Uganda and at a crucial time in the telecommunications industry in Uganda, with data services poised to dictate the pace of growth in the years ahead.According to Vodafone Uganda, it’s well placed to take advantage of the opportunities and to benefit more broadly from John’s considerable commercial and strategic experience.[related-posts]last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Catches Fire on Plane

first_imgImage Credit: BBC News Advertisement A replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device, deemed safe by the firm, has reportedly caught fire on a Southwest Airlines plane.The airline confirmed one of its planes, due to fly from Louisville, Kentucky, to Baltimore, Maryland, was evacuated before take-off on Wednesday.The Note 7 was subject to a mass recall in September, but Samsung said it had identified and fixed the problem. – Advertisement – Samsung said it was investigating.“We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause,” the company said in a statement.“Once we have examined the device we will have more information to share.”A Southwest Airlines spokesperson told the BBC, “A customer reported smoke emitting from an electronic device. All customers and crew deplaned safely via the main cabin door.”[related-posts]source: BBC Newslast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

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.Saturday 29 NovemberRACING12.20 NewburyCarrigmoorna Rock 5/2 > 7/41.50 NewburyHammersly Lake 7/2 > 5/22.35 BangorLower Hope Dandy 3/1 > 15/87.45 WolverhamptonPersonal Opinion 11/4 > 15/8What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Southampton v Swansea

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother nice profit yesterday thanks to the draw recommendation at Stamford Bridge and the column’s profit is now approaching the lofty heights of 100 points since the start of the World Cup !!!The 4pm SKY game on Sunday comes from St Mary’s where fourth placed Southampton play host to 10th placed Swansea.Southampton will no doubt be relishing taking on a Swansea side who appear to be coming off the rails at the moment and have only won one of their last six games.They were thrashed 5-0 by Chelsea and then had two players sent off in their 2-1 defeat by Blackburn in the FA Cup last weekend.Southampton’s own form turned sour in December but they have bounced back well, winning six of their last nine games with the only loss being in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace.Southampton get a further boost by the return of Maya Yoshida and Sadio Mane who are both back from international duty but that’s countered with the news that forward Shane Long has joined the lengthy injury list which includes Toby Alderweireld, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin.Southampton v SwanseaPremier League4pm LIVE SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2014 Premier Swansea 0-1 SouthamptonMay 2014 Premier Swansea 0-1 SouthamptonOct 2013 Premier Southampton 2-0 SwanseaApr 2013 Premier Swansea 0-0 SouthamptonNov 2012 Premier Southampton 1-1 SwanseaJan 2009 Championship Southampton 2-2 SwanseaOct 2008 Championship Swansea 3-0 SouthamptonMar 1983 Div 1 (old) Southampton 2-1 SwanseaOct 1982 Div 1 (old) Swansea 3-2 SouthamptonApr 1982 Div 1 (old) Swansea 1-0 SouthamptonI’m keeping it very simple today and am taking the odds-on with Star Sports about a Southampton win.A win today will send the column over the 100 point profit barrier. Onwards and upwards followers.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK SOUTHAMPTON for 10 points at around 8/13 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 95.36 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

£25 FREE BET Spurs v PSV

first_img£25 FREE BET IFHARRY KANE SCORES 2 OR MORETo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site starsports.bet we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if HARRY KANE SCORES 2 OR MORE.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 9am on Tuesday 6 November and 8pm on Tuesday 6 November. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 9am on Tuesday 6 November to 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 6 November.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 6 November. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if HARRY KANE SCORES TWO OR MORE (Spurs v PSV 8pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Percy back with a bang

first_imgYou will have noticed that I’m not booked for any rides this weekend and that’s because I’m recovering from the spill I took in the last at Gowran on Thursday. I’m penning this now as I sit in hospital having just had an x-ray on my ribs. There doesn’t seem to be anything broken, but I’ll still take a few days off to recover and will hopefully be back in action again on Tuesday.Percy back with a bangThe one bit of good news from Gowran was PRESENTING PERCY’s performance in the Galmoy Hurdle on his first run back of the season. It was a magical day and he got such a lovely reception from the knowledgeable crowd going out, as well as coming back in. He did everything perfectly throughout the race and as I said afterwards, he always seems to just do enough and pull out that bit more when asked. I am just very lucky to be asked to ride him and his trainer Pat Kelly is a master of his trade. The plan will probably be to come back to the Red Mills here next month, but I’ll leave that one to the trainer. It was the perfect stepping stone towards the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March and it’s exciting to have him back on course.Cheltenham Trials DayThere is some cracking racing to look forward to at Cheltenham this weekend with the feature being the Cotswold Chase (2.25pm). It will be interesting to see how Frodon gets on with the step up in trip as he is so good around the track. However, I reckon he will be doing well to beat ELEGANT ESCAPE who looks to be a horse on the upgrade. He looked all about stamina when he won the Welsh National last time and will run all the way to the line. As for the Cleeve Hurdle (3.35pm), it looks a fascinatingly competitive race between the old guard and the potential new one. The likes of Unowhatimeanharry fly the flag for the old-timers whilst you have to respect some of the rising younger talent like Midnight Shadow and Paisley Park. That said, the one I’d like to be on is BLACK OP as he returns to hurdles after failing a little over the bigger obstacles. He was a good second to Samcro at the Festival last year and I’ve always felt he was worth a try at this trip.GOOD LUCKDAVYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

Geologists Study How Beachfront Property Turned Mountainous

first_imgShare CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713)831-4793E-MAIL: unrau@rice.edu Geologists Study How Beachfront Property TurnedMountainousU.S.,German Scientists Look into Collision of Ancient Land Masses, Rise of U.S.RockiesA modern cowboy would feel right athome along the Rocky Mountains in southern Wyoming, but if he could have beenthere 2 billion years ago, he would have needed a swimsuit—he’d be on thebeach.A team of scientists is studying how North America formedalmost 2 billion years ago along the Rocky Mountain range from Laramie, Wyo., toAlbuquerque, N.M.Geologists are mapping the earth beneath North America totry to understand how ancient pieces of land collided with what is now Canadaand Wyoming, which scientists believe was once a coastline, to form ourcontinent.They are particularly interested in the transitionboundaries between the ancient land masses, formed as island arcs collided withthe proto-North American continent between 1 and 2 billion years ago to makesouthwestern North America, says Alan Levander, a Rice University geophysicist,one of the principal investigators of the project.They will look for clues as to why mountains popped up incertain areas and how the modern Rockies formed, telling information about howthe land masses came together. The ancient sutures along which the continent wasconstructed appear to provide strong control over more modern deformations thatproduced the relatively young Rocky Mountains. A team of 19 researchers from 13 American universities andGermany, led by Karl Karlstrom of the University of New Mexico, are undertakingthe project together. Funded with a $2.7 million grant from the National ScienceFoundation, the active source seismology experiments for the ”ContinentalDynamics of the Rocky Mountains” project began in late July and run throughOctober.The team’s research techniques provide the equivalent of anultrasound image of what lies beneath the American Rockies, allowing them tolook at the different types of old rock layers—the boundaries created as piecesof Earth’s crust were added to North America. Along the Rocky Mountains fromWyoming to New Mexico, sensitive seismic equipment records manmade shaking ofthe Earth, created by controlled explosions, buried deep within the Earth, andlarge vibrating trucks, frequently used in oil exploration, which inject 250,000pounds of force into the Earth. The measurements will reveal the density of therocks and material that the seismic waves pass through, allowing researchers tovisualize the structure of what lies far under the Earth’s surface, about 25miles down, where the Earth’s crust meets the mantle.”In doing this we hope to image the ancient suture zonesalong which the continent was constructed, and which are now controlling activetectonics,” Levander says.Geological and earthquake seismology studies began over ayear ago, and will continue into next year.The Continental Dynamics of the Rocky Mountains project is athree-year, multi-institutional project funded by the Continental DynamicsProgram of the National Science Foundation.### AddThislast_img read more