Almost two thirds of trade unionists support the i

first_imgAlmost two thirds of trade unionists support the idea of another EU referendum, rising to three quarters among 2017 Labour voters, according to a new YouGov poll of 1,813 members.But Unite the Union – led by Len McCluskey, who has been critical of the proposal to hold another public vote on Brexit – dismissed the survey conducted for the People’s Vote campaign as “not credible”.The party-affiliated union responded to the research by pointing out that YouGov’s sample size was small and that Unite has regularly undertaken its own polling involving tens of thousands of members.A Unite spokesman said: “We don’t need a poll of a handful of our members to try to tell us what we know. For the past three years, since the referendum result, we have been polling 20,000 of our members regularly. This conversation has been conducted through our transparent and democratic structures.“It it the views of our members, and nobody else, who guide us in this matter. We know that they are fed up with Tory chaos and are now concerned about the very real prospect of the governing party crashing us out of the EU without a deal.“Polls that profess to speak for our members yet are not conducted by our union cannot be considered credible. This tactic has never worked before and won’t work now.”Jeremy Corbyn is set to meet trade union leaders this morning as part of the further consultation on Labour’s Brexit policy that the leader promised at a special shadow cabinet meeting last week.Labour has shifted its stance on Brexit and now supports another referendum in all circumstances, not only to prevent a “damaging Tory Brexit” or no deal – but the party has so far resisted calls to declare backing for Remain.Labour backbencher Jo Stevens, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, commented: “When Jeremy Corbyn meets with trade union general secretaries, I hope he hears the strong message from working people, trade union members up and down the country, that we want a People’s Vote just like his constituents do in Islington – because now, more than ever, we need those voices to be heard.”Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Jo Stevens /Brexit /Unite the Union /last_img read more

Two new Mission District housing projects pass planning hurdles

first_imgTwo buildings proposed for the Mission came before the Planning Commission on Thursday afternoon for design reviews – the developer of 1924 Mission St, near 15th, left with instructions to make more changes while commissioners critiqued but approved 1298 Valencia St. The seven-story, 11-unit building on Mission that would replace a former auto body shop had already gone through one redesign, but on Thursday the planning staff wanted the building “to reflect a more traditional design…in keeping with the neighborhood.” Carlos Bocanegra, who had requested the discretionary review on behalf of  Our Mission No Eviction, said the group wanted the ground floor commercial space dedicated to trade shop space (an earlier owner concession) to be expanded and kept affordable. This, he said, would ensure that a neighborhood-serving business, rather than a luxury goods manufacturer, could set up shop there.Renderings for 1924 Mission Street by architect Gerry Ramsey, with the previous design on the left and the new design on the right. Bocanegra also asked that a mural be considered for an empty wall on the proposed building and that the in-lieu fees for affordable housing required by the city be paid into a fund for small sites acquisition rather than the general affordable housing fund. But that wasn’t all. “I look at this building sometimes and am confused whether I’m standing in front of a Miami beachfront summer home or an Airbnb in San Diego,” he said. He wasn’t alone.“We recognize that the design of the exterior could continue to evolve, [and] that changes to the fenestration and roof line and other things can happen,” said Rich Sucre of the Planning Department.And that, it seems, is what will happen.  Commissioners voted unanimously to have the developer continue to work on a redesign with the Planning Department, allocate additional space to trade shop use instead of a different business use in the ground floor, consider a mural on the building, and send their fee money to a small sites fund.For his part, Gerry Ramsey, the architect, said earlier in the meeting that he and the property owner would keep working with neighbors.“We want to be part of the community, we want people to say, ‘hey look, we’re glad you’re here,” he said. “We want to be proud of what we’re doing.”Several blocks to the south, at 1298 Valencia St at 24th, the review process played out differently. “I just wish it was a little more of a kumbaya moment like we had in the last project,” remarked Commissioner Dennis Richards. Neighborhood activists had similarly requested a discretionary review, but this time for a much larger project that would replace a gas station with 35 units of housing, only one of them below market rate. The developer promised to pay $2.3 million in in-lieu fees for affordable housing to be built elsewhere and add a $720,000 as a gift to the city. That was a point of contention with Peter Papadopoulos, a neighborhood activist who had asked for the Discretionary Review on behalf of the Mission Economic Development Agency. The single on-site affordable unit in the building had been added as a concession to neighborhood activists who had earlier criticized opting for the fee.“We appreciate the additional fee money, but it’s not going to be spent for five to ten years, long after the peak of this crisis has gone on,” Papadopoulos said. But the allocation of affordability fees is not within the Commission’s purview, so the conversation turned to design. “Regarding the design, I think it speaks for itself and it speaks poorly,” said neighbor Rick Hall. The 35-unit building, 55 feet tall at six stories, sports a dark facade with bright white and orange accents, as part of a modern and boxy appearance with irregularly spaced and sized windows.Representatives of several neighborhood business groups said they liked it. “I think this is going to be a beautiful design. I love it, I really like it, and it will better the neighborhood,” said Martha Vaughan, president of the Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce of Northern California. “My dad used to say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” said Carlos Solórzano, CEO of the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce San Francisco, before reading a letter in support of the project from the group’s Board of Directors.Some of the Commissioners had their own reservations about the design.“I really regret…the fact that you are intentionally creating this as a standalone design. I think is really unfortunate,” said Commissioner Kathrin Moore.But others wanted to avoid too much conformity. Papadopoulos had raised a concern that the building was just barely outside the Calle 24 Latino Cultural corridor – what he called a “literally over the line” and thus “a sensitive area” – which Commissioner Christine Johnson described as a good thing. “At some point, there’s a boundary, and then there’s the other side of it,” she said. “This is a good project to have on the other side of that border.”As far as context goes, not everyone was convinced that buildings should be designed to look like what came before them.“Should we make things look like they were built today, or should we make them kind of in the Victorian contextual?” asked Commission President Rich Hillis. But then he added: “I don’t understand the orange that’s creeping up in every building we see these days.”“Are you guys requiring that in lieu of bay windows?” he jokingly asked Planning staff.On that, architect Ian Birchall was willing to concede.“It’s been in the works for four years, [the colors] are four years old. Maybe it’s past their time,” he said. Commissioners unanimously approved the project without making any changes, though Hillis did suggest toning down the colors a little. 0%center_img Tags: construction • development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Suspicious package shuts down 16th and Mission proves not hazardous

first_img 0% “I got afraid when I saw the wires and heard the noise,” he said. “That’s when I got away from it.”Oropeza said officers, too, discovered a ticking sound, but did not specify whether it indeed emanated from the suspicious package or was an indication of anything amiss.By 10:15, pedestrians who had been barred from the scene by crime scene tape began to amble back onto the empty plaza.This story has been updated to reflect new information. Tags: 16th Street BART • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Police have determined a suspicious package at 16th and Mission streets to be non-hazardous, according to Sgt. Jesse Oropeza.Sometime before 10 a.m., police responded to a call about a possible pipe bomb in the vicinity of the plaza. BART spokesperson Cheryl Stalter said police asked BART to shut the station down as they investigated.The investigation also prompted the rerouting of several Muni lines.Matt Burdon, a restroom monitor on the plaza, said he was cleaning the restroom when, around 9:30, someone told him that there were wires hanging out of a newsstand nearby. When he went to look, he found an aluminum bar which was buzzing and ticking. So Burdon called the police.last_img read more

IF preseason is anything to go by 2013 could be a

first_imgIF pre-season is anything to go by 2013 could be a very special year for the Saints.Willie Manu, Jordan Turner and Alex Walmsley have impressed in pre-season and with a mean defence that’s only let in two tries, the signs are very encouraging.Nathan Brown’s charges have trained well in pre-season and the squad has been together as a unit for the first time in many years.Saints will be helped by the fact no-one was on international duty and that means the likes of Jon Wilkin and James Roby have also had a full off-season.But the proof is in the pudding… and Saints will take to the field in anger for the first time on Saturday February 2 (4.45pm) when they host Huddersfield Giants.A large crowd is expected as Saints begin their quest for Super League glory and tickets are on sale now.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 050 or online here.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham says he is relishing the chance

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says he is relishing the chance to take on Warrington this Friday.Saints travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to face the table topping Wolves – and these games usually bring “fireworks” according to the club’s head coach.“Every game is tough and nothing changes this week,” he said. “Warrington are the form side in the comp and sat on top of the table.“We certainly enjoy playing against them; it is a local derby and we always get some form of fireworks. We have to be ready on the night and I’m sure we will.“We played well against Widnes and Hull and I thought Friday was an entertaining game. We deserved something out of it. We were the better team for large periods. Hull came at us loaded with players who hadn’t played on the Monday but we did a good job against them.“The effort in the last two games has been better than when we won some games earlier in the season. If we keep doing that then we won’t be far off.“We deserved the victory both occasions, but it didn’t go our way on Friday. All teams are spending salary cap now and therefore it is a more even competition. We need to keep working hard, pick up some wins on the way and hopefully get some of those stars back too.”He continued: “The injuries are stacking up but it does give someone else an opportunity to stake a claim. Everyone is in a similar boat though. The Easter period has taken its toll on us and others but that is rugby league and you have to get on with it.“Joe Greenwood will be out. He spent the night in hospital last week so has to be cleared by the experts before we can bring him in.“He has been doing well and scoring a lot of tries. Unfortunately, he isn’t available and that gives other people the chance to play in that position.“Luke Walsh should be fine but there is no one else imminently returning. Jonny Lomax is week by week. His knee is 100 per cent but there is another little issue at the moment. I would love for him to be back; we are desperate for him to be back but we can’t force the issue.“The two Welsh players we have – Regan Grace and Calvin Wellington – are going well but we have to be patient with them. Calvin is probably a little ahead of Regan and it would be him if anyone gets a chance. I’m sure both will play Super League if they keep on developing… and the way we are going with outside backs then it could be sooner rather than later.“As a result it’s unlikely to be Matty Dawson and Jack Owens on the wings this week. We’ll bring someone in as we have plenty out.“We’re full on salary cap so there is nothing we can do to bring people in. We have plenty of good juniors so they will get a shot at some point.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, via 01744 455 052 or online here.Members can save on matchday prices by purchasing their ticket in advance. Details are here.last_img read more

Day 7 – Sunday October 15Once they awoke first on

first_imgDay 7 – Sunday October 15Once they awoke, first on the agenda, writes Ste Marsh, was a light recovery session in the pool, led by Neil Kilshaw and Johnny Skinner.Still buzzing after the result, a lot of boys turned up in their new Bulldogs kit, with some being lucky to be given some gear and others swapping with the Bulldog boys.When arriving back the boys were treated for a second time of the day, with a BBQ breakfast cooked by BBQ King Talbot… well that’s what he calls himself anyway… and his beautiful assistant Woodsy (Dave Woods).The bacon, egg and Australia sausage eggs barms went down a treat.Next for the boys was a few hours of free time in the city to shop and have dinner on their own away from coaches, at ‘The Rocks’, the home of the first settlers in Sydney.However, some of the lads who aren’t too keen on shopping and ended up on a basketball court challenging some local lads to a game. Unfortunately, our basketball skills are not as good as our rugby skills and they ended up getting beaten.The afternoon was another opportunity for our tour ‘shopaholic’, Shaun Ryan, to fill his boots. We are already having to enquire about excess baggage costs as he certainly has an eye for a bargain!On the way back from the city we stopped off for a light training session, a few skill drills to get rid of the last bit of the soreness in the boys’ legs.After training, we headed to a local steakhouse for a great feed before heading back for lights out ready for early training in the morning.Thank you for all your support back home!last_img read more

Downtown Business Alliance wants standards for street fair events

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The outcry from Downtown Wilmington business owners about festivals and how they are handled is gaining momentum.“He’s tired. He’s tired of asking to be heard,” Downtown Business Alliance of Wilmington President, Terry Espy said.- Advertisement – Hunter Ford sparked controversy when he threatened to file a lawsuit against Riverfest claiming the big event cost him business. And he is not alone on this matter.“These types of fairs downtown actually hinder their business, it does not help them,” Espy said.WWAY went to the monthly Downtown Business Alliance meeting in Wilmington to find out their stance on the matter. Espy said the lack of consistency when it comes to street fair events has been an issue for years.Related Article: 2019 Azalea Festival did not disappoint“We are asking that the city set standards for every event,” Espy said. “That we don’t have to worry about that Riverfest is going to behave one way and, you know, the Azalea Fest a different, but that it be set in stone.”With each festival comes various challenges. But organizer of American Craft Walk Wilmington NC, Joan Loch, said she received positive feedback from local business owners after her event in Wilmington.“I had some businesses that don’t like anything that happens downtown that came up and gave me a thumbs up and said this is the way these need to be done,” Loch said. “We start our tents at the center line of the road and the ten feet goes back so there’s plenty of room behind and no one is cluttering. No vendor clutters any sidewalk or curb with boxes, or tupperware containers, and trash.”It is a team effort to make sure both visitors and local businesses have space during events. It is an effort the Downtown Business Alliance wants worked out for future events.“Just do what’s best for the businesses, you know, they’re the ones paying the taxes. And they’re down here paying rent, you know, 52 weeks a year. Not one weekend,” Loch Said.The DBA said they have talked to three city council members since Sunday, all three agree city guidelines need to be implemented for future street fair events.last_img read more

Pender Co deputies investigate after 5yearold girl dies from assault

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A 5-year-old child has died from her injuries following an assault earlier this week in Watha.Pender County Sheriff’s Office say Monday at approximately 6 a.m., deputies were contacted by medical staff at Pender Memorial Hospital regarding a 5-year-old girl who was present in the Emergency Room with injuries consistent with an assault.- Advertisement – According the incident report, the victim had been strangled and raped.The child was in critical condition. She died as a result of her injuries Wednesday.The case is being investigated as a homicide. No one has been arrested in connection to the assault at this time.Related Article: Two arrested in Family Dollar armed robberyMeanwhile, deputies are also investigating after a Willard woman shot herself and her 14-year-old son late Thursday.last_img read more

Planning commission split on short term rental changes approve controversial development amendment

first_img This was requested by the city of Wilmington but neighbors think it could take away the thorough permit process.Planners told the commission it actually opens up for more debate on proposed builds. Former Mayor Harper Peterson led the charge against the amendment. He said it would go hand in hand to make it easier for the Carroll Company development of “The Avenue” that was once set to break ground along Military Cutoff Road.The commission decided 4 to 1 to approve that change and now it will go to city council.Related Article: Free rain gardens to help reduce pollution in waterwaysThe commission was stuck however on the proposed changes to defining and regulating short term rentals.City planners want to bring forward new rules to regulating short term rentals.They want to define them separately as a “homestay”, where the renter lives in that same home, or a “whole house” where it is someone renting a house they do not reside in.The commission could not come to a conclusion after three votes, one against the proposal with changes, and two tying votes for the proposal with changes that surrounded parking requirements being removed.The new rules will now go to city council.Wilmington city leaders will meet February 6th.  It’s not certain if they will talk short term rentals because the council has asked to hold a workshop with the planning commission. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Tonight the Wilmington Planning Commissioners met to tackle new rules for short term rentals and another hot button issue over development.The change in zoning law would let developers seek a special use permit or a development agreement. This would be for building 75 foot tall buildings in Urban Mixed Use areas.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Will Hollands Shelter Creek recover

first_img Holland says he has reached out to FEMA but, he was told they do not help businesses.“The more successful you are the less help there is for you so, I don’t know if we are going to be able to build back or not,” said Holland. “[I’m] getting ready to turn 71 years old. I can’t afford to go but so far in debt.”Holland says he can’t afford the million dollar rebuilding project. BURGAW, NC — After 37 years of serving good eats and camping fun, one well-known Burgaw restaurant and campsite may never open its doors, again.Holland’s Shelter Creek owner Stephen Holland says his restaurant, nine cabins and a camping ground were completely underwater. He says the water rose about twelve feet.Even though the restaurant stood through Hurricane Floyd, which brought 5 1/2 feet of water inside. Holland says this time the restaurant floated up and moved off it’s foundation.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Oral surgeon back in court investigators say youngest victim was 14

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington oral surgeon accused of at least 17 sex crimes against patients as young as 14 years old made his first court appearance today on his newest set of charges.Michael Lee Hasson appeared in court today via video conference from the New Hanover County Jail.- Advertisement – His new attorney Buddy Allard was in court representing him.Hasson’s bond remains at $1 million.Wilmington Police say the alleged incidents happened between 2009 and this year. Investigators say the youngest victim was 14, and the oldest 64.Related Article: Woman charged for damaging neighbor’s racy Easter displayPolice charged Hasson, who owns Wilmington Oral Surgery, last month based on allegations involving four patients. Yesterday they announced 13 more charges.The NC State Board of Dental Examiners has suspended his license.Hasson is due back in court in one week.last_img read more

New Hanover Schools hourly employees wont get paid for five days

first_img In November, the school board voted to recover five of those days at the end of the year, meaning employees had been overpaid.Hourly employees will not be paid for those days unless they use leave time to receive pay while still working those days.Lavonda Williams has been driving a bus for 24 years and been with the county for eight.Related Article: Small business denied help from SBA after Hurricane Florence“It’s just a hardship on a lot of the single parents at this time that counts on that last paycheck to get them through summer months,” Williams said.Williams says she wasn’t told until April 25 that she wouldn’t be paid for the make-up days.“Some people say they’re not even coming the last week of school,” Williams said. “But everybody wants to be there with their children the last week of school, no one wants to stay out. You want to come, but you think about, ‘Well I’m here, I’m not getting paid for it.’”She says she was told that missing those days would cause her pay to be docked next year.She also says buses and bus routes are based on attendance, meaning missing those days could mean the difference between having a bus with air conditioning and potentially losing her kids.“Last year, I had a very good bus, but I was out because my mother passed away,” Williams said. “So therefore I went from slot six to slot 32.”Bus drivers have been given the option to use leave time to receive pay for those days, but they will still have to work.Williams says many drivers don’t have that leave time left this late in the year.Here is the summary from New Hanover County Schools Representatives:“Following the immediate days after Hurricane Florence, one of the district’s primary goals was to support our employees by ensuring that they were paid for the days that they had missed. The majority of our schools were closed for 17 days. Given the number of student days missed, NHCS Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley recommended to the Board of Education to recover five of the days, which included adding four days to the end of the school year. The calendar change was approved during the November Board meeting.The make-up days and payroll changes were communicated to all principals, directors and payroll operators in November upon the Board’s approval. The information stated that hourly employees would need to make-up the days missed in September, for which they had already been compensated. Unfortunately, the information about the approved make-up days was not communicated to NHCS bus drivers in a timely manner.Last week, Dr. Markey also approved an additional leave option for Hourly staff allowing them to apply available leave time towards the missed days, thereby giving them the option to receive additional pay for the make-up days in June.”Before the school board meeting began Tuesday, WWAY asked Superintendent Tim Markley if he could explain how this fell through the cracks. He refused.Here is the summary from Dr. Markley, Ms. Small and the Transportation Department WWAY received via e-mail:“Following the immediate days after Hurricane Florence, one of the district’s primary goals was to support our employees by ensuring that they were paid for the days that they had missed. The majority of our schools were closed for 17 days. Given the number of student days missed, NHCS Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley recommended to the Board of Education to recover five of the days, which included adding four days to the end of the school year. The calendar change was approved during the November Board meeting.The make-up days and payroll changes were communicated to all principals, directors and payroll operators in November upon the Board’s approval. The information stated that hourly employees would need to make-up the days missed in September, for which they had already been compensated. Unfortunately, the information about the approved make-up days was not communicated to NHCS bus drivers in a timely manner.Last week, Dr. Markey also approved an additional leave option for Hourly staff allowing them to apply available leave time towards the missed days, thereby giving them the option to receive additional pay for the make-up days in June.” NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bus drivers are a vital part of the public school system and those who work in New Hanover County recently found out they would not be paid for the last week of school.After Hurricane Florence, the school system paid employees for 17 days missed.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NEWSLINE guests spar on need vs safety of Gozo tunnel

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Mr Franco Mercieca, Chairman of the Strategic Committee responsible for the building of a tunnel connecting Malta to Gozo on Saturday morning engaged in a strong verbal exchange with Ronnie Camilleri a member of the Church Environment commission and with Peppi Azzopardi, the presenter of Xarabank. The three were participating in RTK’s current affairs programme Newsline hosted by Fr Joe Borg.The main bone of contention was whether or not all the reports Government carried out on the tunnel project should be made public in their entirety. Mercieca said that all studies would ‘eventually’ be published. Strong comments were also exchanged during the programme about whether the decision about the tunnel should be made exclusively by  Gozitans or by all the taxpayers of Malta and Gozo. Another hot potato: where should the debris resulting from the construction of the tunnel, be dumped?“Geology safe but publication can raise doubts”The Chairman of the Committee said that geological studies and the seismic studies showed that it was safe to build the tunnel. He said that the studies were passed over to a Glaswegian company of experts which confirmed that there was no problem. The other participants then queried the reason why that study was not published.Mercieca expressed his belief that people are not equipped to understand and interpret correctly a geological study. He added that the publication of all the geological details could raise doubts and increase the anti-tunnel sentiment. He said that the study would form part of the tender document on which contactors would bid.This brought a strong reaction from the other participants. Peppi Azzopardi said that he was shocked by the statement that people would not understand geological studies. He said that information is power and that government was in duty bound that to publish these studies in such a way that people could understand them. Ronnie Camilleri said that there were other Maltese geologists who could give their opinion if the studies were published. He kept on insisting that the Kummissjoni Ambjent was not against the tunnel but was saying that all studies had to be published so that people could take an informed decision. Besides, enough time had to be given for a public analysis of these studies. “No need of a referendum”When Peppi Azzopardi asked Mr Mercieca whether he was in favour of a referendum, the latter said that he saw no need for such a referendum. All polls showed that people were in favour while both main political parties supported the building of a tunnel, said Mercieca.Where to dump the rubbish?At the beginning of the programme, Peppi Azzopardi said that the decision for or against the tunnel should be taken only by Gozitans. When asked why not all Maltese should be involved since they would have to foot the enormous bill for the construction, Azzopardi said that the Gozitans were the people who were most disadvantaged by not having a tunnel.It was pointed out to Azzopardi that according to reports the construction debris resulting from the tunnel would be dumped near Xaghjra, Zabbar for land reclamation. Should not the people of Xaghjra also have a say? Azzopardi said that in that case the construction debris should be dumped in Gozo.WhatsApplast_img read more

Two prominent Chinese Tai Chi Instructors in Malta later this month

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Between Monday 15th April and Sunday 26th April, the China Cultural Centre in Malta in collaboration with the Malta Martial Arts Association, the Network of International Cultural Entities, the Ministry for Culture and Tourism of China, Wang Zhanjun Tai Chi School, and P.R. China will be hosting two prominent Chinese Tai Chi Instructors in Malta.Tai Chi is gaining encouraging popularity. Master Classes are aimed for individuals practising Tai Chi on a professional level and also classes can be of interest  to mature people, helping them to gain co-ordination and balance, thus enhancing their quality of life.The two instructors are Ye Xuan and Ye Feng. Ye Xuan, instructor of Chen – style Taichi – was born in Taixing, Jiangsu and has practised Tai Chi since 1995. He has been awarded several prestigious awards, both on a national and international level. Ye Feng, who was also born in the Jiangsu Province of Taixing, started practising Tai Chi from a very early age and has also been awarded several prizes for various initiatives, amongst which the coveted award ‘Excellent Promoter of Tai Chi in Wang Zhanjun’.For more information please visit their website.Should one wish to attend any of these classes, which will be held in different venues around Malta, one may contact Adrian Axisa, President of the Malta Martial Arts Association, on 99256363 or Sonia Young on 99442935.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Live Blog EGov Africa Forum 2013

first_imgAdvertisement Entering its 7th year, e-Gov Africa is a series of events created by the CTO to assist African stakeholders in identifying ways to improve efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of governance through e-enabling. The Forum is acknowledged by all parties, including NEPAD and ITU, as the foremost platform in Sub-Saharan Africa for sharing knowledge and best practices.Earlier this morning, the Forum was officially opened by government officials, Hon. Amama Mbabazi – Prime Minister of Uganda, Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda – Ministry of ICT, Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi – Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission.1158hrs: Panel Discussion – Resolving Issues limiting effective e-Governance administration in Africa – Advertisement – Panelists Include: Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana (Rwanda), Hon. Sheka Tarawalie (Sierra Leone), Katherine Getao (Kenya), Dr. Jabiri (Tanzania) and Dr. Francis Tusubira, the Chairman of the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda  #eGovSee more tweets on Twitter via the hashtag #eGov1237hrs: Happening now – Q&A  – (We shall highlight key questions) Q. If IT agencies report to the Office of the president, do you get the necessary timely response?This question has been responded to by Katherine Getao. She explains that the country has both the Ministry of ICT and the Directorate of e-Government. The e-Government Directorate is meant to improve efficiency of service delivery, and it under the Presidency.One delegate asks Sierra Leone why they would “trust government’s service security with a foreign company” (ZTE).In response, Hon. Sheka uses the example of printing of money which is done by foreign companies, yet it’s very sensitive. He explains that it is not a vote of no confidence to the African companies.Side Discussion: If government agencies are reporting to the president, won’t they focus more on impressing the president, rather than the people?In a perfect world situation, the president represents the people. So if a matter is of public interest, the President should be able to ensure that it is done. But in most of our African countries, the is no vision as to what is good for the people. Government agencies are more focussed on not being investigated than achieving tangible outcomes. They aren’t giving value to the tax payers, but are busy writing reports…last_img read more

Kipochi launches first Bitcoin wallet in Africa with MPesa integration

first_imgAdvertisement Kipochi Ltd has launched a groundbreaking solution that allows people to send/receive BitCoin and convert it to and from an M-Pesa balance.This enables Kenyans to receive money transfers from the diaspora in an easier, faster and cheaper way, compared to using banks and money transferring services such as Western Union and MoneyGram. – Advertisement – Kipochi is a light weight easy to use BitCoin Wallet that allows users to receive and send BitCoin all over the world. Even for people using simple low cost feature phones.Now with Kipochi, the remittances into Kenya has a faster and cheaper way to reach even the most remote areas in Kenya, villages with no banks or Western Union services – in an instant.Imagine a world where your dear grandmother in northern Kenya suddenly does not have to travel 1 day to reach a bank, only to find out transfer has not yet arrived. Kipochi, M-Pesa and BitCoin can together assist the developing countries in creating faster remittances and growth on GDP, M-Pesa currently accounts for 31% of Kenya’s GDPKipochi works on all mobile phones, having SMS, USSD and HTML5 frontends, as well as a desktop computers.About Kipochi: The founders of Kipochi are veterans in providing billing platforms worldwide.Kipochi is privately owned and has offices in amongst other places Kenya and Nicaragua.Credit: Kipochilast_img read more

Microsoft launches third white spaces pilot in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft announced its first white spaces project in Kenya earlier this year, as part of its 4Afrika initiative, and now the company has expanded its focus with a new program in South Africa to explore the potential to deliver broadband Internet at a lower cost.‘White spaces’ is a term for using unused frequencies for television broadcasters to deliver wireless Internet services. Microsoft says it will use TV white spaces and solar-powered base stations in order to deliver low-cost wireless broadband services to five schools in South Africa’s Limpopo province.Microsoft is not simply providing Web access, it says the schools will be kitted out with Windows-based tablets and projectors, while teachers will get laptops and training. Since access to power can be an issue, there will be solar panels for charging devices where the main electricity is not available. – Advertisement – The South Africa project is Microsoft’s third such initiative in Africa — alongside pilots in Kenya and Tanzania — and Mteto Nyati, managing director of Microsoft South Africa, outlined its importance in bringing the Internet to remote areas and new users.“Technology holds enormous potential for many aspects of development, but it is particularly key to areas such as education and healthcare,” Nyati said. “Reducing the cost of broadband access means millions more South Africans will get online. This will create new opportunities for education, healthcare, commerce and the delivery of government services across the country.”[related-posts]Nyati tells ZDNet that white space broadband could become available for $2-$5 for 4Mbps of uncapped usage each month. That considerably cheaper than the $35 that ISPs charge for 1Mbps ADSL services each month, and could help open the door to greater social change and increased prospects for youngsters.Microsoft isn’t the only one exploring white space potential in Africa. Google launched a pilot of its own in South Africa in March.The technology isn’t solely for emerging markets, and it could have potential right across the world. Google’s TV white space database got approved for operation in the US just last month, while Google and Microsoft reportedly expressed interest in piloting the technologies in the UK last year. Credit: THE NEXT WEBlast_img read more

Microsoft launches free tool to help teachers and school staff collaborate effectively

first_imgAdvertisement Software giant Microsoft has launched a free tool, OneNote Staff Notebook for Education to help teachers and school staff to collaborate more effectively on curriculum development, administrative duties and internal policies.The tool lets education staff leaders set up shared work spaces for teachers and administrators and enable them to organize and share internal information, event and meeting schedules, student progress, parent feedback, lesson plans and more.The service can be set up and synced using Office 365 or SharePoint 2013, and users can access all content on the OneNote note-taking app across desktops and mobile devices. Microsoft says it is also working on similar initiatves for business users in the next few months. – Advertisement – Via TNWlast_img read more

Huawei Sues Its Tech Rival Samsung Over Patents

first_imgImage Credit: Turner Advertisement According to Huawei Inc., it was pursuing its South Korean rival, Samsung, in two courts; one in California, the other in Shenzhen where the Chinese company is headquartered. The company added saying several of its cellular communications and software inventions had been used in Samsung’s phones without its permission. The company says, at least some of them are classed as Frand – an acronym referring to “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory”. Meaning, the Chinese company has committed itself to offering anyone a licence so long as they agree to a non-excessive compensation, BBC reports. – Advertisement – This kind of agreement is common in the tech sector as it makes it possible for different companies’ products to communicate and share data formats with each other.Huawei’s intellectual property chief indicated it was seeking permission to use some of Samsung’s technologies in return rather than seeking a payment.“Huawei believes that industry players should work together to push the industry forward through open, joint innovation,” Ding Jianxing, President of Huawei’s Intellectual Property Rights Department said in a statement. “While respecting others’ patents, we will also protect our own.”“We hope Samsung will respect Huawei’s R&D investment and patents, stop infringing our patents and get the necessary licence from Huawei, and work together with Huawei to jointly drive the industry forward.” The specific patents involved have not been disclosed.last_img read more

ProInterns aims to connect and upskill students for internship opportunities

first_imgVanessa Atim CEO Pro Interns with the Hon. Betty Engora and Sam Ogwal the Common wealth Youth Council Representative for East Africa (Credit: CampusBee) Advertisement ProInterns, a platform that aims at connecting and up-skilling Ugandan students and fresh graduates to best position them for internship and employment opportunities was launched yesterday.ProInterns aims to help empower graduates and students to become better informed about opportunities available, gone are the days where you have to walk around the city to look for internships. It also organizes interactive workshops to boost employ-ability skills amongst students, graduates and young professionalsThe startup fronted by Ms Vanessa Atim, is very ardent about talent development, holding the belief that every graduate and student has the potential to thrive and deserves the opportunity to better their chances of being gainfully employed. – Advertisement – “We want to provide graduates who are readily qualified but lack skills and work experience with internship opportunities in order to successfully kick start their careers, and give students the chance to engage in on the job training to ease the school to work transition, boost employability skills and become career ready.” she remarked.Vanessa Atim CEO Pro Interns with the Hon. Betty Engola Woman MP of APAC District and Sam Ogwal the Common wealth Youth Council Representative for East Africa (Credit: CampusBee)How it worksFor InternsCreate an intern account for FREE (Offer lasts until 30th September – after this a sign up fee of 10,000 UGX will be required)Search and apply for internship opportunities across UgandaBoost your employ-ability skills and gain real hands on work experienceFor EmployersAdvertise internship opportunities for FREESearch through graduates and students eager to internFilter by university, education level and course – simple!last_img read more