New funding for free schools worth hundreds of mil

first_imgNew funding for free schools worth hundreds of millions of pounds shows the government has an “utter disregard” for the human rights of disabled children and young people, say campaigners.Yesterday’s budget saw the government announce £320 million in funding to set up 140 new free schools.Many of them are likely to be selective institutions, because the government plans to lift the ban on creating new grammar schools.But there was confusion over the figures, as the budget documents refer to both an “investment of £320 million in this Parliament to help fund up to 140 schools” and also to an investment of just £100 million extra by 2020.As well as the money in this parliament, the budget documents also show there will be an extra £935 million in new money for more free schools in the two years after the next election*.Earlier this week, the Department for Education (DfE) also announced an extra £215 million to increase school capacity for disabled children and those with special educational needs.Every local council has been allocated at least £500,000 from the £215 million of capital spending to “expand and improve” their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision.DfE said the money would be used for academies, free schools, grammar schools, special units attached to mainstream schools, special schools, early years and further education settings, and “other provision”.It could be used, DfE said, to build “new specialised classrooms for children with emotional, social and mental health difficulties, expand existing classrooms to increase their size for those using mobility aids, purchase mobility equipment and even create new storage facilities for wheelchairs”.In a letter to directors of children’s services, Edward Timpson, minister for vulnerable children and families, says: “Local authorities will need to consider the range of specialist provision available, and how the places available in special schools, special units and resourced provision meet the changing needs of children and young people.”He says the £215 million will “help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities”.Tara Flood (pictured), director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education, said the free schools announcement was “the work of a government that seems utterly obsessed with segregating young people they think are not suitable for their vision of education”.She said it was a “shameless” breach of article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which demands an “inclusive education system at all levels”, and showed “an utter disregard for human rights”.And she said she feared that the £215 million fund would be used mostly to increase segregated, specialist provision, rather than “building the capacity to be more inclusive” in mainstream schools.Flood said: “The government made a UNCRPD commitment to ‘building the capacity of mainstream education’ but instead has created an anti-inclusion climate that seems to incentivise segregation and exclusion.“So without a clear inclusion steer from government we are deeply concerned that schools will use the funding to build more segregated provision within mainstream and larger special schools.”She said that the total funding for both creating new free schools and expanding SEND provision was “going into exactly what schools do not need”.And she pointed out that the new funding comes after unions have warned that schools in England faced a real-terms £3 billion funding cut by 2020.Flood said both announcements were further moves towards fulfilling the promise in the Conservative party’s 2010 manifesto to “end the bias towards the inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream schools”.Flood said: “There isn’t a single thing that the 2010 and 2015 governments have done that isn’t in line with ‘reversing the bias’.”Last month, Disability News Service reported that DfE had finally admitted that it had failed to assess the impact on disabled children and young people of its plans to expand grammar schools in England.Laws currently ban any new selective schools and prevent existing non-selective schools from becoming selective, but the government wants to expand existing grammar schools, create new selective schools and allow non-selective schools to become selective.Inclusive education campaigners say that expanding grammar schools – secondary schools which select pupils via an entrance test – will discriminate against disabled children and lead to more segregated education in special schools.New UN guidance – through a “general comment” on the UNCRPD, adopted last August – has made it clear that all segregated education should end and be replaced by “inclusive classroom teaching in accessible learning environments with appropriate supports”.Disabled children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) or statements of special educational needs represent only 0.1 per cent of grammar school pupils, despite making up 1.8 per cent of the secondary school population, while disabled children without statements or EHCPs still make up only 4.2 per cent of grammar school pupils, but 12.4 per cent of all secondary school pupils.*The Treasury had not been able to clarify the funding situation by noon today (Thursday)last_img read more

District 9 Candidates on the Media and Homelessness

first_img 0% Last week, the New York Times reported on a plan led by the Chronicle to blanket San Francisco in news on homelessness for a day, an effort that Mission Local will take part in.Given the feeling that media outlets are not often the most sensitive when it comes to news on homeless people, we asked our District Nine candidates to weigh in on the issue.Do you think homeless people are portrayed fairly in the media? What do you think of the homeless coverage plan spearheaded by the Chronicle?Respuestas en español aquí.  Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposTension over street encampments has never been higher — the Mayor’s failed policies have pushed homeless encampments into the doorways and streets of our neighborhoods forcing the people of District 9 to bear the brunt of the crisis. We need to work immediately to move people out of encampments, into navigation centers, and into housing solutions.Unfortunately coverage of homelessness in San Francisco often focuses on the tragedy and conflict of people living on the streets.I hope the day of homeless coverage focuses on solutions and specifically:– What has worked in other Cities and why isn’t it being implemented here?– How are funds controlled by the Mayor’s departments currently being spent?– Why is the legislation put forward by the Board of Supervisors to address homeless encampments being stifled by the Mayor?Melissa San Miguel, education advocatePeople experiencing homelessness deserve to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect. It’s disappointing the media can’t focus on the humanity of our neighbors who are homeless. But the problem, our problem is much bigger. What happened to our humanity that when we see someone laying on the ground, we don’t stop to ask, “how did you get here, how can I help you?”Many people who are homeless are veterans who have served our country. Others are LGBTQ youth who were kicked out of their home. Some are people who have mental illnesses. Some are victims of abuse. Our leaders and our society are forgetting that these people are our brothers, our sisters, our Moms and Dads. These aren’t failed people.The real failure is the lack of leadership by our elected officials to develop a system that can provide the housing, medical and mental health treatment, as well as other services our fellow human beings deserve. Government can’t solve every issue, but our city has many resources. We must hold our elected leaders accountable for serving and supporting the most vulnerable members of our community.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261Too often the media doesn’t do enough to humanize homeless families and their children in their coverage. Next weeks coverage provides an opportunity to highlight more of the human tragedy that leads to homelessness, and I hope that opportunity isn’t lost.High rates of homelessness are yet another tragic consequence of our housing crisis and continue to be one of the greatest policy failings in our city. Too often we here a lot of talk and not enough action from City Hall to fix the problem.I am supportive of any efforts to raise awareness on this issue and it is my hope that the increased awareness will finally see some of the policy solutions that many of us have been calling on, such as the recommendation of the Coalition on Homelessness’ report into family homelessness, or the expansion of the homeless navigation centers.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyYes, I believe that media outlets negatively portray homeless people at times. In my opinion, city officials are to blame. They often cast a shadow on their situation by placing a positive spin on how “great” their services and plans are in San Francisco. However, it is all talk as there is no follow-up. These notions render the reader with apathy and place blame on the homeless population; instead of creating genuine concern and awareness that this population is still in need of permanent housing, permanent employment and they are tired of empty proposals. Therefore, I support the effort of all media outlets to raise awareness on the issue.Neither Edwin Lindo nor Darcel Jackson responded to this week’s question.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. center_img Tags: election 2016 • Elections Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Balompie to Close Until 2017 for Retrofit

first_img 0% Tags: Business • food • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The pupusa purveyors at Balompie, located on 18th and Capp streets, have announced must close for at least six months while seismic retrofits are performed in the building, potentially costing the staff of around 20 people their jobs.May 29 will be the business’ last day of operations, until the restaurant reopens sometime in 2017.center_img Business owner Amadeo Gonzalez said his landlords notified him at the beginning of the year that the city mandated retrofit needed to be performed, and let him know several weeks ago that Gonzalez would need to move the business out by June 1. He said he will try to reopen the business after repairs are done, but the interim will be hard. The landlords could not immediately be reached for comment.Gonzalez has run Balompie on 18th Street for 28 years. His employees at that location will be out of a job for the meantime, and Gonzalez said he will be too — though he has partner ownership of another Balompie location at 3801 Mission St. — his main source of income was the 18th Street location. For now, he said, he would take a few weeks off while deciding what to do next.José Lopez, a Balompie employee, said he would have to start looking for a job, and that his roughly 20 coworkers would have to do the same. He expected the retrofit to take well over six months, more likely a year.Rumors of a relocation to a building on 17th and Capp streets may not pan out – Gonzalez, formerly the owner of that building, sold it last September. It’s currently undergoing major reconstruction, slated to become a four-story, three-unit mixed use building with a commercial space on the ground floor. Gonzalez said he wasn’t sure when that ground floor would be ready for a restaurant to move in – and even once it is, the price might be too steep. last_img read more

TIME is ticking for supporters to renew their seas

first_imgTIME is ticking for supporters to renew their season tickets.Existing fans have until 5pm on September 15 to secure their place for the 2013 Super League season at Langtree Park before they are released for general sale.Thousands of fans have already renewed theirs and that means demand will be at a premium when tickets are released to general sale.BUT AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 15 DEADLINE YOUR PLACE WILL BE RELEASED FOR EARLY BIRD PURCHASERS.Season Ticket Prices have been frozen for the third consecutive year meaning you can watch the likes of Willie Manu, Jordan Turner and some of the best talent in the competition for the same price as Knowsley Road.That’s a saving of 40 per cent on comparable full price Match Day tickets, again rewarding you for your continued support.To find out more click here to download the Season Ticket Brochure. You can also view in our 2013 Season Ticket section.You can renew now by calling into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or via 01744 455 052.last_img read more

We have a whole host of entertainment both on and

first_imgWe have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open 4pm.Turnstiles – Open 5:15pm.Academy – The 19s take on their Wigan counterparts at 5:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Air Factory – Two trampolines from our partners Air Factory St Helens will be at the ground – jump on and enjoy!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints.Member Offer – If you’re a member, and you buy a burger, we will double it up for you!Contactless Payment – will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side and Marching Inn bars to speed up your service.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!Zoe Unsworth will be peforming three songs before the game.Respect – There will be a minutes silence in respect of those who lost their lives in the tragic events in Manchester on Monday.Match Sponsors: The match is sponsored by Reilly Concrete Pumping with Fleet Dynamic our Corporate Sponsor. O2 Rainford are sponsoring the Match Ball.Team News:Saints have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore is open until kick-off and we will also be open for 45 minutes after the game.Programme:Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale. Featuring an interview with James Roby it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there? There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiSecurity:At the Saints we take the safety of our fans and supporters very seriously.We have a highly trained ground safety and stewarding team to ensure that every visit to the Totally Wicked Stadium continues to be an enjoyable, safe and comfortable experience.In light of recent events, there will be additional security checks at our game with Wigan on Thursday May 25 and going forward. We advise fans to arrive early and not to bring anything into the ground which is unnecessary.All bags will be searched on entry and there will be additional security checks to ensure the match proceeds as safely as possible. We also ask that fans remain vigilant at all times and if they spot something that is suspicious alert a steward.We thank everyone for their assistance in ensuring gameday at the Totally Wicked Stadium is the best possible experience for all.Travel:Fans travelling to the game by car are advised to set off early to avoid delays.Two way traffic signals are still in place in Peasley Cross Lane, which is just outside the Totally Wicked Stadium, as essential gas repair works continue.last_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgTries from Coote, Makinson, Knowles, Grace, Taia, Percival, Lomax and Naiqama secured the dominant win and you can watch all the tries in the video below.Next up for Saints is a clash with London Broncos on Sunday. Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img

Local law enforcement say they are always ready

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A gunman open fires on an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas. As people tried to escape, law enforcement acted as quickly as possible and that left and impression on local officers.“It’s a horrific event, one in which, it’s pretty tough to train for. No one ever would consider that someone could inflict that sort of carnage on the general public,” Ralph Evangelous, Wilmington Police Chief, said.- Advertisement – “Our job is to prepare for the worst. So, you know, we are training all the time, we are trying to prepare for these things,” Ed McMahon, New Hanover county sheriff, said.If there’s something that comes out of this, it’s education. Both the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover county sheriff’s office use what happened in Vegas and the the Pulse Night Club in Orlando as learning experiences.“I think that’s important that we look at what has happened and try to dissect it and learn from it. I mean we should always be learning from one another,” Evangelous said.Related Article: Woman gets 8 years in prison for heroin deathThey adapt their protocols and make sure officers are aware at all times, if anything were to happen in the Cape Fear.“Every deputy, every officer has specific training for active shooting, and we also of course have our emergency response team. We have a civil disturbance unit, so you know we prepare and train for these things and we pray that it never happens,” McMahon said.But they say despite all their training, it’s you, the general public, who help them do their job.“We have to have your help. We cannot do it alone. You have to be our eyes and our ears,” McMahon said.“When they see something they need to call. When something doesn’t look right or feel right, call. That’s what we’re here for,” Evangelous said.Both the New Hanover county sheriff’s office and the Wilmington Police Department want to reiterate to the public: there is no need to worry as they stay vigilant and everyone should still go out and enjoy any events coming up.last_img read more

Cape Fear Community College president resigns after less than 3 years

first_img Executive President Jim Morton will serve as interim president starting January 1, 2018.“I have valued my time at Cape Fear Community College, and I am thankful for all of the opportunities provided to me over the years,” said Lee. “I am confident that the College will continue to serve as a leader in higher education.”“The College will benefit immensely by Mr. Morton’s willingness to step into this role,” said Mr. Mat White, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “He will provide steady and consistent leadership, so the College can continue to serve our students and our community. Our faculty, staff, and Trustees have great respect for Mr. Morton.”Related Article: Wilson Center collaborating with actor BD WongDr. Lee first joined Cape Fear Community College as an instructor in 2003. She then served as the College’s Vice President for Instructional Services and later as its Interim President prior to accepting the role of President in 2015. Dr. Amanda Lee has resigned from CFCC President (Photo: CFCC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College President Dr. Amanda Lee announced Thursday evening that she has decided to resign.Lee had been the president for less than three years. CFCC’s Board of Trustees announced Lee’s resignation which is effective December 31.- Advertisement – last_img read more

13 athletes sign letters of intent at Topsail and Hoggard

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Every year, many of our athletes put pen to paper as they take their next step in their athletic career. Today was the first day of the Fall signing period at the schools of Hoggard and Topsail.Over in Vike-Town, seven Hoggard athletes signed their National Letters of Intent to play college athletics.- Advertisement – Lola Lovitt is going to play basketball at Georgia Southern, Alyssa Cooke will play lacrosse, volleyball for Caroline Kirby Smith and Anna Moore hits the links.Then there’s Parker Nolan, Logan Adams and Matthew Suggs who will all get their college education while on the baseball diamond.Most will be heading outside of the area, but Suggs will trade his Hoggard blue for UNCW teal and play for Coach Scalf and the Seahawks.Related Article: Road access cut off to Wilmington after Florence“It’s a dream come true,” Suggs said. “All the work that I’ve done to this point is amazing. I just can”t believe I’m here. Wilmington is just such a great school and I love their baseball program and their coaches. It’s just amazing and I’m so thankful for this opportunity that I have.”Topsail High School celebrated six athletes themselves as Tanesha Williams, Alyssa Randal and Lauren Drew Marshall will all head to Campbell.Christina McLean and Hannah Jones will play softball and lacrosse respectfully and Caroline Harris will play tennis at Queen’s University. All thirteen of these athletes are continuing their career, something they have all dreamed of.“I’m so excited,” Harris said. “I’m just pumped to play in college next year. I have always wanted this, it has been my main goal. I’m super excited.”Congratulations to all the athletes! Represent the area well!last_img read more

Ministry holds Thanksgiving meal for first responders and military

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Serving those who serve. That’s what Warrior Family Ministries set out to do Thursday.The non-profit held its fourth annual Thanksgiving dinner for all first responders. Veterans, active duty military, law enforcement and other first responders were welcome at the event.- Advertisement – Warrior Family Ministries was founded by a veteran and his wife. The organization offers support to all first responders.One chaplain explains how this year’s event was a little different.“The twist that we put on it this year was to ensure that all of our first responders did get food. Last year we noticed we didn’t have as many coming in. So this year, we were able to come up with the idea of delivering. So we’re making to-go boxes we have almost 400 to-go boxes going out all throughout New Hanover County,” said Lyndsay Millard.Related Article: He’s made the list: North Carolina man is hall-of-fame SantaMillard says they are also delivering to-go boxes to responders in Whiteville and Brunswick County.last_img read more

Inaugural Untappd Beer Festival to be held at Bank of America Stadium

first_img The event will be held on May 4.Beer enthusiasts and brewers from around the world will have the chance to assemble at the stadium to celebrate beer and breweries from across the United States. Over 100 brewers will pour samples of between two and four beers at booths stationed on the field at the stadium.The event will also highlight dozens of Charlotte-area and North Carolina and South Carolina breweries.Related Article: Serena Williams sings, goes topless for breast cancer videoPanthers’ owner David Tepper has said in the past that he wants to draw major events to the stadium.“We are delighted to be working with Untappd to bring this great new festival to uptown Charlotte,” said Carolina Panthers President Tom Glick. “The beer and brewery scene continues to be a beacon for the growth of our region, and we can’t wait to welcome many local and national brewers to our stadium. Bank of America Stadium is very much open for business. Attracting the best national sports and entertainment events to Charlotte and contributing to the rich quality of life in our city and region is a priority and of great importance to our organization.”Tickets go on sale to the public March 1 at 9 a.m. For more information on the event, click here.“We sought out a world-class facility and supportive partner to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our first Untappd Beer Festival. We were fortunate to find both in the venue and team at Bank of America Stadium,” said Untappd President and Chief Operating Officer Trace Smith.“While this event represents the first of a series of festivals throughout North America and Europe, we are a North Carolina-based company with offices in Wilmington, Charlotte, and Durham and wanted a ‘home’ for a recurring annual event in the Carolinas.” Bank of America Stadium (Photo: WSOC) CHARLOTTE, NC (WSOC/WWAY) — Mark your calendars, beer lovers — Bank of America Stadium is getting set to host an inaugural beer festival this spring.Untappd, which is one of the world’s largest beer apps with over 7 million users globally headquartered in Wilmington, and Bank of America Stadium announced on Tuesday a partnership to host the first ever Untappd Beer Festival.- Advertisement – last_img read more

ICT Minister BPO Industry in Uganda still faces big Challenges

first_imgAdvertisement BPO is a new strategy the governments use to outsource for services in distant localities using the ICT and it reduces on time wastage.  Meanwhile the minister has revealed that the country will soon launch its first national fiber optic cable networks that will make Internet available in all districts of Uganda, UG Pulse reported.Business Process Outsourcing as an Industry has its challenges which have to be addressed in order to fully utilize and benefit from it. India has done it and through thick and thin, it has ripped big from the industry. Let’s take a closer look at what India as a case study has done to successed in Business Process Outsourcing industry:Entry of IT majors – Advertisement – In 2002 Spectramind was bought by software major Wipro, and BPO by then had become mainstream like the IT Industry in India. The team that had set up Spectramind went on to start Quatrro in 2006, a BPO specializing in high end BPO services. By 2002 all major Indian software organizations were into BPO, including Infosys (Progeon), Inforlinx, HCL, Satyam (Nipuna) and Patni. By 2003 Daksh was bought out by IBM, and later in 2006 MphasiS was acquired by EDS. Even international 3rd party BPO players like Convergys and Sitel had set up shop in India, swelling the BPO movement to India. Then service arms of organizations like Accenture, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Dell also set up shops in India.Emergence of Rural BPOsBooming India Inc has led to skyrocketing real estate and infrastructure costs in Tier-1 cities. BPO industry has thrived all these years because of its ability to deliver services at a low cost. Increasing infrastructure costs, real estate costs, and salaries have raised BPO costs significantly and as a result Indian BPOs in Tier-1 cities are looking at Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities for operation.Few entrepreneurs who had a vision of bringing the rural India into the mainstream of knowledge economies have found an opportunity here – setting Rural BPOs. The transformation of rural India started with the emergence of these Rural BPOs.Future of outsourcing services to IndiaAnalysts believe that India remains a vital destination for outsourcing and expect its annual GDP to grow at 8-10% for the next decade. In addition, outsourcing efforts to India are held up as an effective remedy for concerns about both Chinese government policy and labor force issues, such as increasing costs and shortages. Size of industryThe industry has been growing rapidly. It grew at a rate of 38% over 2005. For the FY06 financial year the projections is of US$7.2 billion worth of services provided by this industry. The base in terms of headcount being roughly 400,000 people directly employed in this Industry. The global BPO Industry is estimated to be worth 120-150 billion dollars; of this the offshore BPO is estimated to be some US$11.4 billion. India thus has some 5-6% share of the total Industry, but a commanding 63% share of the offshore component. The U.S $7.2 billion also represents some 20% of the IT and BPO Industry which is in total expected to have revenues worth US$36 billion for 2006. The headcount at 400,000 is some 40% of the approximate one million workers estimated to be directly employed in the IT and BPO Sector.The related Industry dependent on this are Catering, BPO training and recruitment, transport vendors, (home pick up and drops for night shifts being the norm in the industry), Security agencies, Facilities management companies. From a PricewaterhouseCoopers surveyTable 1: Global BPO Market by Industry IndustryPercentage Information Technology43Financial Services17Communication (Telecom)16Consumer Goods/ Services15Manufacturing 9           Table 3: Size of Global Outsourcing Market YearSize (USD Bn)200011920052342008 (est.)310      Table 4: Size and Growth of BPO in IndiaYearSize (US$ Bn)Growth Rate (%)20032.85920043.945.320055.744.4      Table 5: Call Center Employee cost CountryCost (USD/yr.)United States19,000Australia17,000India<7,500       During financial year (2005–2006) Indian BPO Industry employed over 245,100 people and another 94,500 jobs were expected to be created.Nearly 75% of US and European multinational companies now use outsourcing or shared services to support their financial functions. 72% of European multinational companies have outsourced financial functions over the past two years.Additionally, 71% of European companies and 78% US companies plan to use these services in the next 12–24 months. Overall, 29% of US and European companies expect to increase their use of outsourcing of financial functions, with spending expected to be nearly 16% higher than current levels.Growth in this sector will get a further impetus as Indian BPO companies have robust security practices and emphasis is laid in developing trust with clients on this score. While earlier there were varying quality standards on this aspect, today there is focus on standardization of security, such as data and IP security.last_img read more

NITAU boss urges Ugandans to buy genuine electronics

first_imgRed Dot Distribution Head of Product Asif Jeraj (R), briefs Mr James Saaka (L), the executive director of National Information Technology Authority (NITA), at the launch of the first touch screen Dell laptop in Uganda on October 8. Looking on is Tapinder Dev Gariya, the marketing manager Red Dot Distribution. Advertisement Red Dot Distribution Head of Product Asif Jeraj (R), briefs Mr James Saaka (L), the executive director of National Information Technology Authority (NITA), at the launch of the first touch screen Dell laptop in Uganda on October 8. Looking on is Tapinder Dev Gariya, the marketing manager Red Dot Distribution.Mr James Saaka, the Executive Director National Information Technology Authority has urged Ugandans to buy genuine electronics to scale back the constant e-waste produced by cast off electronic products such as computers and laptops.Mr Saaka was officiating at the launch of the latest Dell 14R Inspiron laptop with touch option this evening at Red Dot Distribution Night of Champion event held at the Sheraton Kampala Rwenzori Ball Room. The Laptop is distributed by Red Dot Distribution Ltd through re-sellers in Uganda.“The technology era is growing faster than ever. As a country we continue to consume more electronics especially computers than we ever did. This though comes with related challenges of environmental degradation through e-waste. Buying from authorized distributors can easily address this challenge through longer shelf life and warranty of servicing”, he said. – Advertisement – Related Stories[related-posts]About 15 percent of all computer imports in Uganda are used computers while the majority are clones. The importation of affordable genuine computers such as the Inspiron 14R therefore gives more value to consumers while at the same reducing the digital divide.Red Dot Distribution Head of Product Asif Jeraj said,” Our work is well within the government’s Vision 2040 of transforming Uganda into a knowledge based society by leveraging Information Technology as a strategic resource. We are therefore proud to partner with the Ugandan government in its e-government infrastructure.”Mobile computing is changing the innovation and work platform not only in Uganda but worldwide. Attraction of world-renown IT products therefore can only serve to improve Uganda’s competitiveness.last_img read more

This Taliban App has Been Removed From Play Store

first_imgAdvertisement Google has most recently removed Alemarah, an Android phones created by Islamist fundamentalist group the Taliban.The app was taken down for violation of Google’s App Policy which prohibits Hate Speech.Alemarah App featured content like official videos and statements of the Afghan movement, all in Pashto language.The App was discovered and reported by US -Based organisation, Site Intel Group which monitors jihadist activities, shortly before it was taken down. The group however maintains that the App became unavailable due to technical errors. – Advertisement – There’s been no official comment from Google regarding this particular issue but in a general statement they say, “Our policies are designed to provide a great experience for users and developers. That’s why we remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies.”last_img read more

Ransomware Technologys most devastating cyberattack and one mans accidental break

first_imgAdvertisement If you’ve been following recent happenings in the technology world, you must have heard the news about some “virus” that attacked and disabled health systems in the UK, leaving thousands of patients stuck in limbo.Running under the name “WanaCrypt0r” or WannaCry, the ransomware demanded that users pay $300 worth of cryptocurrency Bitcoin to retrieve their files, though it warned that the “payment would be raised” after a certain amount of time.The orchestraters of this malware were creative enough to craft translations of this ransom message in at least 28 languages. – Advertisement – Ransonmware, for the uninitiated, is a type of malicious software that carries out the (cryptoviral) extortion attack from cryptovirology that blocks access to data until a ransom is paid.It displays a message requesting payment before it can be unlocked. Simple ransomware may lock the system in a manner that is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse (Wikipedia).Around the globe, Wannacry continued to wreak havoc in many a system, harvesting estimated hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.This was until one security expert inadvertently stopped the malware in its tracks. The tech world’s latest hero, a 22-year old reclusive security specialist who chooses to hide behind his tech blog – Malware Tech – is as a security researcher at Los Angeles-based Kryptos Logic.Malware Tech studied the malware’s behavior and noticed that as soon as it installed itself on a new machine, it tried to send a message to an unregistered Internet address, or domain name.The malware contained code that pinged an unregistered web address, and if it didn’t get back a message saying the address didn’t exist, it would turn itself off.The bulk of his work was done as soon as he had identified this. His next step was to register the domain and see what would follow. Little did he know that by doing so, he had inadvertently stopped what is believed to be one of the world’s biggest cyber-attacks in recent times.Computers that were already infected with the ransomware weren’t protected but the ransomware stopped spreading except in isolated systems, said Craig Williams, a senior technical leader at American security company Cisco Talos.Are we out of the woods yet?Not yet, Malware Tech says. “This is not over. The attackers will realize how we stopped it. they’ll change the code and then they’ll start again. Enable windows update, update and then reboot”, he adds.Obviously the guys that did the first code aren’t – in Ugandan speak – “sleeping”. One slight modification of the code and the world’s rear will be on fire again.The folks at Microsoft certainly foresaw this when they released a security patch a couple of months back – March 14, 2017 – to be exact, though computers that have not installed the security update remain vulnerable.I had been stubborn of late, procrastinating deployment of my Windows fixes (because I was trying to avoid the several restarts that come with these), but I have finally been cornered after the VPNs I use got locked until I have the required fixes in place.Is your system protected?last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 13 JuneBusier morning with some top class racing at Newbury this afternoon and Leopardstown tonight (two Group races) attracting the interest of our punters.On the golf front we’re underwaay today with the US Open and we’ve laid Tiger Woods today after yesterday’s drift. Bits and pieces of interest on Tiger who is now 11/2 as we head into battle.Newbury 1.50Plenty of money flying around for Toast Of The Town (6/4 > 11/10) who was only pipped at Ascot last time behind a smart sort.Newbury 2.20Richard Hannon runs two debutants but the money horse has been Showpiece – we’ve laid 11/4 and is still that price.Newbury 2.50Plenty of money for the Sir Michael Stoute debutant Astonishing (4/1 > 100/30).Newbury 3.25No surprises that Lady Nouf is proving very popular (7/4 > 5/4) given she was second to subsequent Oaks winner Talent at Newmarket last time out.Godolphins runner Music Chart is friendless.Newbury 4.00We’ve seen plenty of interest in the Luca Cumani trained Pleasure Bent (7/2 > 5/2) who was also well backed when winning at Warwick last time out.Leopardstown TonightPlenty of support for the market leaders already. Bracelet (6/4 > 11/10) in the opener, Reply (6/4 > 11/10) in the first of the Group 3 races and Tickled Pink (11/4 > 9/4) in the second Group 3 which would be a poignant winner for Lady Cecil.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

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.Friday 22 MayRACING6.20 WorcesterDeadly Sting 3/1 > 2/18.50 WorcesterIktiview 9/1 > 11/29.00 PontefractArc Cara 11/4 > 7/4(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Stoke v Liverpool

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he last time Liverpool visited the Britannia (on the final day of last season) it resulted in utter humiliation for the Merseysiders who were slammed 6-1. A result that was pretty unfathomable given the context of the match and the farewell to Gerard. It was Liverpool’s heaviest defeat in the top flight for 52 years.It’s pretty hard to say for certain what to expect this afternoon bar that it won’t be an easy ride for Liverpool who look too short at around 5/4.This has never been an easy hunting ground for Liverpool who have won just two of their last eight games at the Britannia.Liverpool started last season very poorly and could never recover and a similar lethargic start will see the knifes out for Brendan Rodgers sooner rather than later.Ahead of the new season Rodgers said: “Our first objective is to arrive in the top four. We’ll look to put up a greater fight than last season. I need to gain the supporters’ trust again. It has been an absolute privilege to manage this club and have the supporters behind us. But of course, you have to do well to earn that, and I know I need to earn that again.”Stoke manager Mark Hughes said: “We’ve managed to improve in each of the past two years and would love to do that again this time. The aim is to try to get into Europe. I like to set the bar high. Having worked with the new signings I must say that I have been even more surprised by their ability than I thought I would be.”Stoke will be without captain Ryan Shawcross as he continues to recover from a back injury. Marko Arnautovic and Marc Wilson are also absent through injury.For Liverpool Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Jon Flanagan are all injured.Stoke City v LiverpoolPremier League4pm Sky SportsHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(maximum 10 matches)May 2015 Premier Stoke 6-1 LiverpoolNov 2014 Premier Liverpool 1-0 StokeJan 2014 Premier Stoke 3-5 LiverpoolAug 2013 Premier Liverpool 1-0 StokeDec 2012 Premier Stoke 3-1 LiverpoolOct 2012 Premier Liverpool 0-0 StokeMar 2012 FA Cup Liverpool 2-1 StokeJan 2012 Premier Liverpool 0-0 StokeOct 2011 Carling Cup Stoke 1-2 LiverpoolSep 2011 Premier Stoke 1-0 LiverpoolA good result from the Chelsea v Swansea game with the ‘over 2.5 goals’ bet being landed last night. For this match Stoke at 11/5 makes plenty of appeal.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK STOKE for 5 points at 11/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 85.47 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Neighborhoods on Houstons east side highly susceptible to gentrification

first_imgAddThis Share3Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduNeighborhoods on Houston’s east side highly susceptible to gentrificationHOUSTON – (Dec. 13, 2018) – Virtually all of the neighborhoods on the east side of Houston inside the Interstate 610 loop — including Old Spanish Trail/South Union, Fifth Ward, Denver Harbor, Kashmere Gardens, Eastex/Jensen, Near Northside, Second Ward and Pleasantville — are susceptible to gentrification in the future, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Photo by 123rf.comcenter_img Return to article. Long DescriptionPhoto credit: 123rf.com“Neighborhood Gentrification across Harris County: 1990 to 2016” by Kinder Institute researchers Wendie Choudary, Jie Wu and Mingming Zhang documents recent changes indicative of gentrification and discusses strategies that would support equitable revitalization.“Gentrification is a problem in more than just Houston, but our city’s specific combination of socioeconomic and cultural diversity and sprawling residential patterns has some unique challenges,” Choudary said. “Affordable housing is diminishing, and environmental shocks like Hurricane Harvey exacerbate housing challenges, moving neighborhood change in unintended directions.”The report defines neighborhoods vulnerable to gentrification as areas that exceed Harris County’s average number of renters, average non-white population, average percentage of low-income households and average number of people over 24 without at least a bachelor’s degree. To be defined as gentrified, neighborhoods need to show greater changes than the county changes in median income, population with at least a bachelor’s degree, non-Hispanic white population, median rent and home values. The researchers used data from U.S. censuses, American Community Surveys, the Neighborhood Change Database and other surveys.In addition to identifying the high susceptibility for gentrification in the future on Houston’s east side, the researchers found that the state of gentrification across the city overall has accelerated since 2000.“Very little gentrification occurred from 1990 to 2000, while the period between 2000 and 2010 saw the greatest change,” the researchers said. “And growing gentrification patterns emerged from 2010-2016.”The report found Houston has more gentrified neighborhoods outside the 610 loop (144 out of 783 census tracts) than inside the loop (73 out of 783). Civic leaders trying to take control of gentrification in their neighborhoods have used local land use policies, deed restrictions, homestead exemptions, land trusts and strategies that include community members in the development process, the researchers found.The report also includes three case studies, chosen for their relatively high susceptibility to gentrification in the future, that reveal unique housing and demographic differences among the Fifth Ward, Old Spanish Trail/South Union and Greenspoint neighborhoods.The researchers hope their work will not only shine a spotlight on the prevalence of gentrification and the problems it causes, but also help cities and communities think about how they can help low-income residents remain in their neighborhoods.Two subsequent reports — one examining the link between transportation and gentrification and the other detailing the changes in housing stock in selected gentrifying neighborhoods — will be released in 2019. A web-based data tool developed by the researchers that illustrates neighborhood gentrification is available online at www.datahouston.org/story/gentrification.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 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 lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker 78 will be Rices 2019 commencement speaker

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionFormer Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78. Photo credit: City of Houston.A native Houstonian, Parker graduated from Rice with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, psychology and sociology. She served as Houston’s 61st mayor, elected three times, from 2010 to 2016 after spending six years as a City Council member and six more as city controller. Her career spans the private sector, entrepreneurship, government and not-for-profit leadership.Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010. She also was ranked No. 7 on the City Mayors Foundation’s 2014 list of the world’s top 10 mayors.“We’re delighted to welcome one of our very own Rice Owls back to campus to deliver this year’s commencement address,” Rice President David Leebron said. “Mayor Parker’s remarkable commitment to public service is an inspiration for our students and we look forward to the insights she will share with our graduates.”“The greatest honor of my life has been to serve the citizens of Houston in elective office,” Parker said. “But I became an active volunteer in my teens and have served multiple community organizations in many capacities throughout my adult life, and that passion was strengthened and nurtured by my experiences at Rice. Rice’s commitment to preparing students to be leaders both in their fields of study and as engaged citizens in a rapidly changing world keeps inspiring me.”In addition to her duties as mayor, Parker was a member of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Criminal and Social Justice Committee, was a steering committee member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, served on the board of FirstNet and was a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.Parker is currently the president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory Institute. She serves on the Policy and Global Affairs Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and the boards of the Houston Botanic Garden, Houston BARC Foundation, Patient Care Intervention Council and Climate Disclosure Project.Prior to her role with the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory Institute, Parker was senior vice president and chief strategy officer of BakerRipley, a community development nonprofit, where she assisted with the Houston area’s response to Hurricane Harvey. She spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Co. She also co-owned Inklings, a lesbian/feminist bookstore, for 10 years. She is a past fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice. She also previously served as a professor in the practice for Rice’s School of Social Sciences.Parker has received numerous awards during her career, including Scenic Houston’s Scenic Visionary Award, the Guardian of the Human Spirit Award from Holocaust Museum Houston and the Guardian of the Bay Award from the Galveston Bay Foundation. She was a Local Arts Leadership honoree by Americans for the Arts in 2015 and recognized as a Rice University Distinguished Alumna in 2011.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:High resolution photo for download: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/news-network.rice.edu/dist/c/2/files/2016/05/image1-1v31mz1.jpgPhoto credit: City of HoustonLocated 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 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 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 lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78. Photo credit: City of Houston. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThiscenter_img Share3Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduFormer Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 will be Rice University’s 2019 commencement speakerHOUSTON – (March 19, 2019) – Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 will deliver the 2019 commencement address at Rice University May 11.last_img read more