The Department for Work and Pensions DWP has tol

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has told a disabled woman whose benefit claims repeatedly went missing that thousands of other claimants have lost their applications in the same departmental black hole.Vicky Pearson, from Lincolnshire, had to survive for nearly two weeks without food over Christmas and the new year, a distressing experience that she believes caused significant long-term damage to her health.When she asked a DWP civil servant what she should do over Christmas, she was told to “rest a lot and drink a lot of water”.Despite being alerted to the concerns on Monday afternoon, DWP had not been able to comment by 1pm today (Thursday).Pearson (pictured) first tried to claim income-related employment and support allowance (ESA) last October, after learning that her partner had been made redundant.The former marketing manager was originally told to apply for the mainstream jobseeker’s allowance instead, and it was only when she arrived at the jobcentre for her first back-to-work session in early November that she was told she was too ill to claim JSA.She delivered an ESA50 health questionnaire – which had to be filled in with assistance, as she is not strong enough to fill in lengthy forms herself – to the jobcentre later that day.But there was no written response to her claim, and when she asked DWP what had happened to it, she was told it must have been lost in the post, even though it had been hand-delivered.The form was eventually tracked down and she was told it had been mistakenly registered to someone else’s account.She was told to try again and submitted a second ESA50 form. Again it went missing, despite it again being hand-delivered to the jobcentre.A third form also went missing, and Pearson had still not received a single letter from DWP acknowledging her claim by mid-December, even though she was receiving letters to the same home address about a separate claim for personal independence payment.By the time she called DWP two days before Christmas she was beginning to panic because she and her partner had no money to buy food.She was told by an adviser that DWP’s offices were about to close for Christmas and new year and she would have to call back in January, and that there was no emergency financial support available because her ESA claim had still not been officially registered.When she told the adviser that she could not use the local foodbanks because they only offered processed foods – which she cannot eat for health reasons – she was advised to take plenty of rest and drink lots of water.As Pearson’s local authority, Lincolnshire County Council, does not offer emergency financial support, she had to send out a plea for help on social media, and begged for help from friends and family.After the new year break, she was told again that DWP had not received her form.Yet again – for the fourth time – she had to fill out the ESA50 health questionnaire and provide another sick note from her GP.This time, she was able to secure an emergency loan of £70 from DWP as her claim had finally been accepted.But it took another two weeks until she received a backdated payment for £600.She had also lodged a complaint about her treatment, and weeks later DWP finally told her what had happened.A DWP adviser told her there was an online “document drive” that contained thousands of ESA50 forms submitted by other claimants.She was told that all these claimants had also been told their forms had not been received, because of a flaw in the IT system.But she was also told that there were too many of these cases to deal with individually, so DWP had just left them there.Despite receiving a compensation payment of just £70 and DWP admitting that it was responsible for the problems she had faced, Pearson has still not received a single letter about her ESA claim. For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… At least two disabled people have died while others have been admitted to hospital following the short-notice closure of a residential home by a disability charity.Leonard Cheshire faced allegations of “insensitive and abusive” behaviour in May over the way its executives told disabled residents that they were about to close their care home because they could not afford to keep it open.About 20 residents and other service-users were given less than three months’ notice of the charity’s plans to close Greathouse (pictured), near Chippenham, Wiltshire.Leonard Cheshire blamed staffing problems, a drop in the demand for places and the cost of repairs for its decision to close the home on 27 July.But the charity confirmed this week that two former residents of Greathouse have died soon after being forced to leave the home.One had been a resident for 15 years and died soon after moving out, while the other had moved to Greathouse more recently and was said to have had a stroke after having trouble settling at his new home.A third former service-user, a disabled woman who used the home’s respite service and was said to have been deeply upset at not being able to visit Greathouse, is also believed to have died, and other former residents have had to be admitted for hospital treatment.Anne Keat, whose son Richard was a resident at Greathouse and has now been moved to another home nearby, said she and other relatives were convinced that the deaths and other health problems were connected to the closure.In addition to the deaths, she said, as many as five or six former Greathouse residents had been hospitalised, including Richard.He lost more than 20 kilogrammes – more than a quarter of his bodyweight – after learning of the closure and had to be admitted to hospital for three days.She said: “He literally disappeared before our eyes. It was a pure grieving process, it was horrible to see.”She said the Greathouse chef had commented several times on how much less food he was cooking in the weeks leading up to the closure, because residents had lost their appetites.She said: “Leonard Cheshire have a lot to answer for. I just think they have behaved appallingly.”Earlier this month, Leonard Cheshire was also criticised over its decision to sell 17 residential homes to other care providers and was accused of making “a complete mockery” of its supposed commitment to service-user involvement.Disability News Service has heard from three separate sources that three former Greathouse residents have now moved to Leonard Cheshire homes that are among the 17 listed for sale next year and so are likely to go through a further period of uncertainty and upheaval.One source, who has friends among ex-staff and relatives of former residents, said the deaths were “so distressing”, and added: “This is a scandal, but no-one cares.”Doug Paulley, who lives in a Leonard Cheshire home in Wetherby and has publicly criticised the way the charity is run, said the deaths were “very sad” but predictable.He said: “Leonard Cheshire knows that people die if they are forced to move from their care homes, but they did it anyway.“These actions that devastate disabled people who live in their homes – it is disgusting.“It is difficult to prove but I have no doubt that people being moved forcibly against their will when they have severe impairments has caused deaths.”He said the charity had given the residents of Greathouse the minimum possible notice – three months – of its intention to close the home.Although it is impossible to prove that the deaths and health problems were caused by the sudden closure of Greathouse and residents being forced to move to new homes, some research has suggested a link between involuntary relocation from residential homes and a negative impact on residents’ health.A Leonard Cheshire spokeswoman said: “We are aware that two former residents of Greathouse have sadly passed away.“Our heartfelt thoughts are with the families at this difficult time. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this point until the facts are established.“Care was taken in supporting all residents of Greathouse with their individual moves, including health checks and the transfer of records around complex conditions so that continuity of care was properly managed.“Continuity and quality of support, and the welfare of all residents is our top priority during the coming months as we look to secure a new provider for the services that we have taken the difficult decision to sell.“Any sale is unlikely to occur before the end of March 2019 and could take longer. We will support residents and their families throughout this process.”She said the charity was not aware of the death of the woman who used the respite service.She added: “With regard to the other residents you refer to we will not comment on the health of individual residents beyond our statement.“If residents have transferred to other providers, any queries about the care and wellbeing of residents who transferred to other providers need to be addressed to them.”She declined to comment further.Picture: Google last_img read more

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Illegal Gambling Den in SF Mission Shuttered

first_imgEn Español.Capp Street Crap reports that the illegal gambling den and brothel located at the former site of the Fizzary was shut down after its tenants were evicted by the sheriff’s department. Eviction notices were posted today, and Capp Street Crap reports that a neighbor saw two men leaving with a cardboard box full of items shortly before the notices went up.The space served as an after-hours gambling club and brothel that saw one shooting incident last October and multiple calls to the police in recent months. Nearby business owners said the late-night noise was a nuisance and considered it a blight on the block, but despite frequent police raids the den remained active for months.Taylor Peck, a residential tenant of the building where he also ran the Fizzary, first sub-leased the space to a couple claiming they would open up a vitamin shop. He was duped, and shortly after leasing the space Peck found himself with a full-scale gambling operation on his premises that law enforcement, despite significant presence, seemed unable to shut down.He eventually graffitied his own facade in a bout of frustration, and was evicted by his landlord last month in an attempt by the property owner to shut down the den. Peck’s ouster allowed for a sheriff’s lock-out on the building, a move that apparently succeeded in physically barring the gambling den’s operators from the premises. 0% Peck said he was tired of the whole affair, adding he would be glad to “read about it from a distance.”“I’m evicted and I’m done, and I was out before them,” Peck said of the den’s closure. He declined to comment on his current living situation, but said he was already imagining the next space the den’s operators would occupy.“I pretty much feel horrible for whatever property owner or tenant gets them next, which they inevitably will, because law enforcement has no solution to this,” Peck said.The police did not immediately return requests for comment on any criminal charges against the den’s operators. Illegal gambling dens are a citywide problem that so plagued the Excelsior in the fall that Supervisor John Avalos held a hearing on the issue at the time. center_img Tags: crimes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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What percentage of San Franciscos firefighters actually live in San Francisco

first_img‘Contingency plan’ in place to ferry firefighters into S.F. when disaster strikes Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “New hires have difficulty finding housing in such a difficult market,” said Shon Buford, president of International Association of Firefighters Local 798. He says the overwhelming majority of new hires live outside the city since they come in making significantly less than San Francisco’s median wage of $96,000.Fire Department spokesman Jon Baxter says that department personnel want to live in San Francisco, but high prices can put the city out of reach for public employees. “It took me personally 20 years to save up enough money to buy a house in the city,” he said.In the case of a large-scale disaster — such as an earthquake that disables the bridges into San Francisco — the city says it has contingency plans in place to deal with situations that might arise.“Bringing first responders is one of the considerations that we plan around,” said Francis Zamora, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Emergency Management. He said the city has emergency measures to transport rescue workers to the city via ferries and smaller vessels, potentially in conjunction with the Coast Guard. Depending on how widespread the disaster, the city could also draw on mutual aid from less-affected areas.Baxter added that the fire department runs drills quarterly that simulate recalling workers to their stations from wherever they may be living. “Recall is going to be very speculative, either inside the city or outside the city,” he said. Firefighters inside the city may take longer to be recalled than those outside the city in some cases, depending on how affected they and their families are by a disaster.A majority of Fire Department employees would be affected by closures on the city’s bridges, having to find alternate routes or arrive by water. In the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, an upper section of the Bay Bridge collapsed and the San Mateo Bridge was closed as a precaution, although the Golden Gate Bridge remained open. However, the epicenter of that 6.9 earthquake was about 75 miles south of the city, near Santa Cruz. A more severe and/or closer earthquake could obviously do more damage.In the great earthquake of 1906, a magnitude 7.9 temblor with an epicenter only a couple of miles from San Francisco, fires burned for days afterward, destroying tens of thousands of buildings.Presumably, in ’06 — before any of the bridges were built — the vast majority of firefighters lived within city limits.  Email Addresscenter_img In 2010, 66 percent of city firefighters lived outside of the city.Firefighters have been pushed from the city and the Peninsula toward far outlying areas. San Francisco and San Mateo counties have both seen declines in fire department employees over the last decade. As workers move to more affordable areas, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties have seen increases in the number of San Francisco firefighters living there. But the biggest increase has been in the number who live outside the Bay Area entirely. Now, at least one of every eight San Francisco Fire Department employees lives beyond the nine-county Bay Area, many of them in the direction of Sacramento. That’s an increase of 50 percent in the past decade.Nearly 60 of the department’s workers live in far-flung Placer and El Dorado Counties, at least a 100-mile drive from the city. For 54 more workers, the department only lists their county of residence as “Other.” San Francisco’s crushingly expensive rental and housing markets have been pushing people out of the city for years. Few workaday employees can lay out, say, $3,500 for a typical one-bedroom apartment in the city.And in San Francisco, that includes many of its most important workers: firefighters. According to public records requested by Mission Local, 71 percent of San Francisco firefighters live outside of San Francisco. Only about 500 of the department’s 1,756 safety workers reside within city limits. last_img read more

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ADE Gardner has agreed to join Hull KR on loan for

first_imgADE Gardner has agreed to join Hull KR on loan for the next month. The 30-year-old winger, who has made 286 appearances for the Saints, has found first team opportunities limited this season. Saints CEO Mike Rush said: “At this stage of his career it’s clear Ade needs to be playing week in week out and going out on loan to Hull KR will enable him to do that. “Ade has worked hard in training, has proved to be an utmost professional and needs to be playing regularly. He has been on dual registration but this will enable him to continue ply his trade at the highest level.”last_img read more

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BIG prop Alex Walmsley will take confidence from h

first_imgBIG prop Alex Walmsley will take confidence from his side’s impressive start to the season into their Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth round tie away to the Huddersfield Giants on Sunday (2.15pm).He believes that whilst the Giants will pose a difficult challenge on their own ground, Saints can head into their first Cup match of the season ready for the challenge, on the back of their impressive league form.“It couldn’t have been a much tougher draw,” said Walmsley. “Huddersfield were consistently the best team last year. In terms of the play-offs they probably didn’t do themselves justice but it’s going to be tough, it is a challenge we are relishing as a team and it’s going to be a great game, I am sure.“You are not going to win the Challenge Cup final without beating some very good teams along the way. It’s a very tough first hurdle and it’s something that we are looking forward to testing ourselves with.“We have played some very good teams this year already and every game has been tough on its own. Every team we have played has posed a massive test for us and fortunately we have managed to overcome those tests.”Walmsley, who signed a contract extension with the Saints in the off-season, believes that while the younger players in the squad are beginning to make their mark in the first team, the presence of the more experienced players is just as important.“Last year a lot of young lads were blooded into the team because of injuries and as a team we are better for that,” he added. “But it is pivotal for our success having the likes of Paul Wellens, Jon Wilkin and James Roby around the squad every week. They have been in the Saints team for a lot of years and have success behind them.“They have the experience and the pedigree to win and succeed, and to have them in the squad is massive for us. They lead by example and are squad members who everybody looks up to.”Tickets for the Huddersfield Giants v St Helens Tetley’s Challenge Cup tie at Huddersfield on Sunday Aril 6 (2.15pm) can be purchased from as little as £10 for adults and £5 for children – up until 5pm today.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, here or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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An offload is when a player holding the ball is ta

first_imgAn offload is when a player holding the ball is tackled but passes the ball to a team mate before the tackle is completed. Offloading is not an easy skill to master, but time it right and you can achieve sensational results and your team will score some fantastic tries.Offloading in life is not an easy skill to master, but when under pressure, if you time it right you can achieve great results and prevent a problem building or getting worse.By offloading and telling others about your problem or concern, you can relieve the pressures and start solving the problem and build a winning mindset.The Offload Programme is currently run in partnership between State of Mind, Rugby League Cares and the club foundations at three Super League clubs.Over the course of the 10-week ‘season of fixtures’, men build their own mental fitness, whilst having fun, in a relaxed atmosphere and develop coping strategies to challenge difficult situations and learn how to recognise when people close to them may need their support.Mike Cooper, the Warrington and England prop forward, said: “You have to be able to talk about your feelings with someone. When I moved to Australia to play for St George-Illawarra a couple of years ago, it was a tough time and I couldn’t have got through it without my wife.“There was a little bit of homesickness and anxiety about the challenge ahead but we got through it together using tactics like setting ourselves goals.”You can find out more about the Offload programme by clicking here.last_img read more

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Castle Hayne Fire Department donates fire truck for CFCC training

first_imgWilmington, NC(WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College students and others will get more hands on fire training, thanks to a donation from the Castle Hayne Volunteer Fire Department.The department gave CFCC a fully equipped 1989 Suburban Pumper fire truck.- Advertisement – This truck will be used for CFCC’s fire training, including the bi-annual First Responder Academy and weekend Fire/Rescue Colleges.Previous fire truck donations to CFCC were from the Wrightsboro Volunteer Fire Department and the Wilmington Fire Department.The newly donated fire pumper will be used for hands-on training that involves proper procedures for riding and working around fire apparatus, to include advancing hose lines, ground ladder work, driver training, pump operator training, and service testing of fire apparatus.Related Article: Trump says Special Olmypics will be funded after fallout with DeVos“This truck is fully equipped,” said Public Safety Training Director Becky Porter, “so it will allow students to train with equipment that will be similar to what they will utilize at their own fire department.”“This apparatus has been very well maintained and we are extremely fortunate to have it as an addition to our facility. We are very grateful for this donation,” said Fire Rescue Training Coordinator Chris Nelson. “This is a great example of how important community partnerships are in providing excellent service and quality programs for the citizens of New Hanover and Pender counties.”or more information fire training at Cape Fear Community College, click here.last_img read more

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Bald Eagle fully recovers and will be released

first_img He was in surgery for about six hours and went through rehabilitation for months, starting from three days a week and working up to five.‘Once they progress through that and they’ve got full range of motion back in their wing again, then we’ll begin to take them out and do physical therapy, flying with them on a tethered line,” Scott said.The staff watched Rocky vigorously, in hopes that his rehabilitation would pay off, and thankfully it did.Related Article: Man winds up in jail after scuffle with bail bondsman“When we flew him for the first time, we need to make sure that they get lift up in the air. Lots of birds can fly forward, but they can’t necessarily get lift and he got lift right away so then we knew he’s going to be able to be released, it’s just a matter of time,” Joni Shimp, the medical director, said.Now, Rocky will get to take off back into the wild, into his natural habitat.“Although he may not actually be able to think that it’s our facility and our organization that’s saved them, the minute he sees the wild open air, he is ready to fly and that’s enough said for me,” Joni said.Rocky will be the fifth eagle released since May. But according to the staff, he sustained the worst injuries they saw this year among eagles. He will be released on Saturday at 8 a.m. at 131 Via Dolorosa Road, Rocky Point. The public is invited to attend.If you want to learn more about the center, click here. ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — It’s almost time for Rocky, the bald eagle, to fly high. Rocky came to the Cape Fear Raptor Center in January with severe injuries, like broken bones, after being shot.“He was found on the ground. Broken radius and ulna. Fractured as a result of a gun shot wound from a shotgun,” Scott Shimp, rehabilitation director, said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Emergency bill proposed for students teachers in wake of hurricane Florence

first_img They have drafted a bill that would forgive time students and teachers at public schools lost in any district affected by Hurricane Florence.  The district does not have to be declared a disaster area to be protected.The bill will also make sure teachers do not have to lose pay or use any vacation time to make up for lost days.Superintendent Johnson says he knows “things in Raleigh don’t move quickly,” but he says representatives know they have to move fast on this.Related Article: UNC Board of Governors member: UNC plan for Silent Sam ‘cowardice’“We heard from local districts,” Johnson said. “We heard that they needed the flexibility. We heard the concerns that teachers were not going to get paid, and this is immediate action we can take as a first step in order to make sure we do what is right for our students and teachers”The draft does not address charter schools, but Johnson says they will be addressed soon.The General Assembly is slated to convene a Special Session about Hurricane Florence in Raleigh on October 9. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A bill to be introduced in the General Assembly could ease the strain on schools, students and teachers affected by Hurricane Florence for going on two weeks now.Sen. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) joined Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union), the co-chair of the NC House Education K-12 Committee, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson today to announce the state is moving quickly to get schools back on track and to make sure students and teachers are not penalized for time missed.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Hurricane Florence victims Heres how to get a free Christmas tree

first_imgChristmas Ornaments (Photo: USMC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Salvation Army and King of Christmas have partnered together to provide new, artificial Christmas trees for residents of Cape Fear who were impacted by Hurricane Florence.The two organization will distribute 500 trees, while supplies last, on Wednesday, December 5, from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Christmas Center located at 6840 North Market Street.- Advertisement – Families requesting a new, artificial tree will need to bring verification of involvement with Hurricane Florence such as their FEMA number or insurance paperwork.“Many Cape Fear families continue to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Florence,” says Major Mark Craddock of The Salvation Army of Cape Fear. “A part of the rebuilding process involves re-establishing family traditions such as Christmas Trees. By providing Christmas Trees we help Cape Fear families free up needed resources for other parts of the rebuilding process.”“King of Christmas is a Pennsylvania based Artificial Christmas Tree Company,” states Seth Taylor of King of Christmas. “Every year we organize a Christmas tree give away to underprivileged families or areas affected by a natural disaster. This year we are interested in organizing a giveaway in Cape Fear for the families affected by Hurricane Florence. There is no cost involved. We are pleased to work with The Salvation Army to organize the Christmas Tree giveaway.”last_img read more

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Sheriff warns public about phone scams

first_img “The caller wants the victim to go purchase gift cards for a certain amount of credit on them and then mail the cards to them,” McVicker said. “Or some even want the victim to go to a Wells Fargo location and wire them money.”The sheriff’s office wants to remind the public that these calls are scams and that the United States government will never call somebody and scare them into making a payment.If you are unsure about a call, ask for a callback number and a person to ask for, then hang up and contact your police station or sheriff’s office. (Photo: MGN / Pixabay) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about phone scams in the area.Sheriff James McVicker says people have been reporting calls from someone pretending to be a United States Marshal. The caller then allegedly tells the victims that they owe the IRS money or that they missed jury duty and have to pay a fine immediately.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Updated 24 immigrants expected to enter Malta – AFM

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Luke ZerafaLuke Zerafa A spokesperson for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) has said that a group of 24 immigrants were sighted near Malta. They are expected to enter Malta tonight.The spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that an AFM patrol boat was dispatched after the immigrants were spotted on a boat from land at around 6:00pm.Earlier today, Open Arms, an organisation which rescues people from the sea, stated that it sighted a wooden boat, originally departing from Libya. It is believed that 40 people, four babies and three pregnant women are on board the vessel.Read: Boat headed to Lampedusa; babies and pregnant women aboard – NGOWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Airtel starts offering free access to Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement Starting today, Airtel Uganda will start offering free access to Facebook. It joins other Telecommunications who already have it on their internet offerings.This was revealed through a post on their Facebook page announcing the offer.The limit however is that it will only be accessed through www.0.facebook.com www.o.facebook.com or www.Zero.facebook.com. – Advertisement – Using those sites enables one to only view posts but not images.At the moment MTN offers free Facebook chat using the Facebook messenger app.last_img read more

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Google Photos to retire Picasa

first_imgJosephine-Opar. Image Credit: ThisIsAfrica. Advertisement A lot of questions were raised up about the future of “Picasa” since the launch of Google Photos in May 2015. After much thought and consideration, Google Photos has decided to retire Picasa, a photograph and video sharing service, over the coming months to focus entirely on a single photo service. They believe they can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktops.Therefore, if you have photos or videos in a Picasa Web Album today, the easiest way to still access, modify and share most of that content is to log in to your Google Photos account, and all your photos and videos will already be there. For those that have no interest in using the service or those that might still want to be able to view specific content such as comments, Google Photos plans on creating a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums that will enable you to view, download or delete your Picasa Web Album, but you won’t be able to create or organize or edit albums.According to Google Photos blog, the update isn’t happening today and if you have a Picasa Web Album you can keep using it as normal. The updates will start rolling out on May 1, 2016. – Advertisement – Head of Google Photos Anil Sabharwal pointed out that, “As of March 15, 2016, we will no longer be supporting the Picasa desktop application. For those who have already downloaded this or choose to do so before this date it will continue to work as it does today, but we will not be developing it further, and there will be no future updates. If you choose to switch to Google Photos, you can continue to upload photos and videos using the desktop uploader.”[related-posts]last_img read more

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Tecno Rumored to Unveil a Premium Spark 2 Smartphone

first_imgAdvertisement After successfully launching the Tecno Camon CM, Tecno Camon X, and Camon X Pro, Transsion Holdings-owned; Tecno Mobile is rumored to have new flagship up their sleeves and might launch the product to market anytime from now.The smartphone is rumored to be premium version of the Spark smartphones that were launched last year in August. The name isn’t official, so we predict it could be a Tecno Spark 2, and has been said to come with premium functions, from extended battery life, to upgrade in camera performance, to Full display, to mention a few.For one thing we are sure of, is Tecno being the leading smartphone brand in Africa, and the firm will do whatever it takes to stay on top. – Advertisement – Taking a glimpse into the smartphone market in Africa, it’s hard not to notice the increasing anticipation of smartphone users about the latest mobile trend, since various OEMs have decided to wow their users by rolling out exciting series of smartphones with top-notch specifications to cater to different consumer preferences.What has been said about the Tecno Spark 2The Tecno Spark 2 is said to be launched with a notable upgrade in the camera performance. This is no suprise considering the fact that the Chinese firm puts a lot of time working on its cameras. So this wouldn’t come as a surprise to Tecno handset holders because Tecno have made a big impact in smartphone photography. We have seen and witnessed the likes of a 24MP front camera smartphone for the recent launched CAMON X Pro, 20MP for the Camon X, the Phantom series, to mention a few.One of the phones leaked, shows a horizontal dual rear camera setting with a three ring flash light.Therefore, the Tecno Spark 2 might as well feature a 24MP front facing camera, and 18MP rear camera. It’s reported said that the all new Spark 2 will flaunt an upgraded mix flash which we guess would be in the region of 2.0 and a proactive brightness increase of up to 10 – 20%. With an increased brightness, the aperture would be wider.While looking at the battery, the flagship might come with a 4,000mAh non-removable battery. The predecessors featured 3,000mAh and 3,400mAh on the Spark and Spark Plus smartphones respectively. The extension on the battery life, is to allow its holders to use the phone at a single charge a day, even during the heavy usage of the phone, as well as multi tasking.We’re expecting the phone to run on Android 8.1 coupled with great processors, and storage. While on the other hand, recent leaks claim the upcoming device will retain the same big HD screen display as that of the CAMON series – the 6.0-Inch along with an ultra-slim body and other features like the face identification and fingerprint scanner.[related-posts]There are no mentions/comments for launch dates.last_img read more

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Three African Startups Make Finalists for the 2019 Seedstars Global Competition

first_imgThe 2019 finalists for the seedstar global competition | Photo By: Seedstar. Advertisement Seedstars toured over 80+ cities globally in search for promising startups to compete in their 2019 global competition. After months of tours, 64 startups were selected to represent their respective countries in the competition. Uganda in particular was represented by Agro Supply who have developed a unique mobile layaway platform that allows farmers to save money for the seeds and fertilizer using their mobile phoneThe finalists traveled to Switzerland where they attended a 2 day bootcamp. After the bootcamp, 12 startups were selected for the final pitch and being crowned the winner of this year’s competition. Out of the 12 finalists, 3 were African startups i.e. Bluewave Insurance Agency (Kenya), Benefactors (Rwanda), and Cowtribe (Ghana).The 12 finalists will pitch to a panel of select judge at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland – where the overall winner shall be announced and receives a USD$500,000 in equity investment. – Advertisement – On to top-up on the USD $500,000 prize, Seedstars partnered with Enel Green Power (Renewable Energy), BBVA Open Talent (FinTech), Merck (Health), HEG Fribourg & TRECC (Education), and Tag Heuer (Women entrepreneurs) to provide mentoring and financial support in their selected works.18 regional winners of Seedstars World Africa tour pose for a group photos at the Seedstars Africa Summit 2018 conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday 13th, December 2018.Bluewave Insurance Agency – KenyaThe startup is creating innovative mass markets, microinsurance products accessible via mobile phones.Benefactors – RwandaHelping SMEs manage their cash flow by offering tailored factoring services, thus increasing SMEs’ growth and creating new job opportunities.Cowtribe – GhanaThe first last-mile animal vaccine delivery platform in Africa. Founded in 2016, it safely delivers the vaccines to farmers in the remote arealast_img read more

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Ugandas Design Hub Joins AfriLabs PanNetwork

first_imgA group of people seen seated outside Design Hub Kampala. File Photo Advertisement Pan-Afrikan Innovation Hub Network; AfriLabs announced 27 new tech incubation hubs to their network, prior to their 4th annual gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The addition to the network — sums it to a total of 158 Hubs. Having extended to six new African countries .i.e. Guinea, Mauritius, South Sudan, Libya, Tunisia and Botswana, makes it to 45 countries. Thus, 158 hubs in 45 African countries.Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs welcomed the new hubs as well commenting on their extension to six new countries. He is quoted saying “Extending our reach to these new countries, brings us closer to our goal of having our community span across all 54 African countries”. – Advertisement – Ekeledo further says, “We believe that in reaching this goal, we’re moving closer to an integrated and prosperous continent fostered by open collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship, and driven by hubs and their communities across Africa.”Of 27, 9 hubs come from West Africa, East Africa (8), North Africa (6), Southern Africa (3), Central Africa (1).Notably, from East Africa included one tech incubation hub; Design Hub Kampala.Design Hub founder; Jantien Zuurbier said being a member of AfriLabs gives them a great opportunity to expand their network beyond the creative sector and across Africa.Design Hub now joins Hive Colab, Outbox Hub, the Innovation Village, and Mawazo Innovation Hub.The Full ListWest Africa : Nigeria Hub, Ennovate Lab, Nicademia Hub, TVCLabs, Devamplify Hub, Grassroots Hub, Burkina Business Incubator, Incubateur Saboutech, and Mali Business Innovation & Incubation Centre.East Africa : Ndoto Hub, Smart Lab, FabLab Winam, Pangea Accelerator, Mt Kenya Hub, Mauritius Business Network, Design Hub Kampala, and HarHub.Southern Africa : Impact Hub Harare, Startup Bulawayo, Botswana Innovation Hub.North Africa : GESR- MEK Cairo, Maamal for Development, Le Wagon, CoZi Coworking Cafe Djerba, Tatweer Research, Benghazi, and Ataka Hub.Central Africa : Ocean Innovation Centre.last_img read more

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Huawei The Only Company That Can Bring 5G to SA – Ramaphosa

first_imgSouth Africa President; H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa. File Photo/dailymaverick Advertisement Amidst all the problems Huawei could be facing now, the biggest could be the Trump Administration persuading countries not to allow the Chinese telecommunication network to roll-out its 5G in their respective countries. Well! South African Pres. H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, sees this otherwise.Ramaphosa during the 4IRSA digital economy summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday last week, backed Huawei where he outlined his government’s strategy to unlock economic opportunities in the digital era.During his speech he turned his attention to multilateral relations, which he said should also reflect an enabling posture for the global digital economy. – Advertisement – Ramaphosa said the U.S. action against Huawei was an example of protectionism which would affect South Africa’s telecommunications sector.“This standoff between China and the U.S. where Huawei is being used as victim because of its successes is an example of protectionism that will affect our own telecommunications sector, particularly the efforts to roll out the 5G network, causing a setback on other networks as well,” he said.He claimed a number of telecom companies wrote to him to express their concerns about trade restrictions that had been imposed on Huawei by the U.S. government.“Telecom companies got together and wrote to me a letter saying that this tussle between the U.S. and China around the company called Huawei is going to hurt us because we can’t go to 5G and only Huawei can lead us to 5G,” he said.With the trade discussions between the U.S. and China set to resume, Ramaphosa said the Chinese telecom giant was a victim.“We support a company that is going to take our country and indeed the world to better technologies, and that is 5G,” read the speech.He concluded saying the country can’t afford to have their economy held back because of the fight between the U.S. and China.During the G20 summit held in Osaka, Japan, Pres. Donald Trump met with the Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping where they agreed to relax on some of the rules that were imposed on the Chinese firm.“We are pleased that at the G20 Summit, China and U.S. were able to meet and they said they will relax some of the constraints being imposed on Huawei, so that it can continue to deal with other various companies,” Ramaphosa said.To recall, Huawei was put on an entity list that bans it from conducting any business with U.S. companies. The most that would affect the company was Google, since all Huawei phones run on Android operating system.Huawei claimed they saw this coming and in some of its statement said, it was working on its own mobile OS, it called Hongmeng for nearly 7 years. Huawei says it saw it’s reliance on Google as a ‘bad’ thing and resorted to develop its own mobile software.Meanwhile, president of Huawei’s carrier business group Ryan Ding on Tuesday at an industry conference, said the company’s equipment is now behind two-thirds of the commercially launched 5G networks outside China.TechCrunch reports, Huawei has nabbed 50 commercial 5G contracts outside its home base from countries including South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Finland and more.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ell done Leicester City !!There’s not much to add to the story of all stories except that their win has been throughly deserved in a season of abject failure from their higher profile rivals. And that in no way is meant to diminish what they have achieved.Yet again, Spurs came up short when it really mattered – although I was quite happy to see four goals go in last night to land the recommended over 3.5 goals bet with Star Sports – two decent wins in a row now for 60 points profit – the pressure is on tonight !!Champions League action tonight and tomorrow with the semi-final 2nd legs and first up tonight is Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena.The match is delicately poised at 1-0 to Atletico but Bayern are usually a different side at home. They have won 22 of their last 24 home games and should not only be able to win – but I fully expect them to qualify for the final.Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2016 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Atl Madrid 1 – 0 B MunichMay 1974 EUROPEAN CUP B Munich 4 – 0 Atl MadridMay 1974 EUROPEAN CUP B Munich 1 – 1 Atl MadridSTARTING XIBayern Munich1 Neuer21 Lahm8 Javi Martínez17 Boateng27 Alaba14 Alonso11 Douglas Costa25 Müller23 Vidal7 Ribéry9 LewandowskiAtl Madrid13 Oblak20 Juanfran24 Giménez de Vargas2 Godín3 Filipe Luis6 Koke14 Gabi12 Fernandez17 Ñíguez7 Griezmann9 TorresAs five-time European champions Bayern have a wealth of experience to call on against an Atletico side trying to win for the first time.Atletico coach Diego Simeone is insistent that his side will not sit back and try and preserve their 1-0 first leg lead.He said: “We are going to be true to our style. We will be ourselves. Whatever happens will depend on the mental strength of both teams. In the first leg we played in a way that feels good for us. On Tuesday we will see how strong both Bayern and we are.”I’ve hit a run of form and am going to take BAYERN / BAYERN at around 11/8 with Star Sports tonight.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BAYERN / BAYERN on the HT/FT market for 14 points at 11/8 with Star SportsMonday: PROFIT 24.5 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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