The head of the governments national suicide prev

first_imgThe head of the government’s national suicide prevention strategy has refused to call on the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to highlight the high risk of suicide faced by people who receive out-of-work disability benefits.Louis Appleby, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Manchester and chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy advisory group, has declined to act, even though he admits that employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants “are a high risk group”.Disability News Service (DNS) has now asked him twice, via email, if he will use his influential position to ensure that ESA claimants are highlighted in the national strategy as a high-risk group, and to ask local authorities to include the information in their own suicide prevention plans.Figures published in September 2016 by NHS Digital – from a report written by NatCen and the University of Leicester – showed that 43 per cent of ESA claimants had said they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.This compared with 27 per cent of those on out-of-work benefits, including ESA, and 20 per cent of those receiving housing benefit.But DHSC  has refused to explain why it fails to mention these figures or to highlight ESA claimants as a high-risk group in the latest version of its suicide prevention strategy for England, published in January 2017, for which Appleby wrote a foreword.DNS reported last month that local authorities in England were – like DHSC – refusing to use their own suicide prevention plans to highlight the “shocking” figures. Appleby (pictured) has now told DNS that although suicide “is rarely caused by one thing”, he did accept that a “protracted stressful benefit claim, feelings of being treated unfairly and of course financial problems themselves can all contribute”.Despite including a section on “people in receipt of employment benefits”, which mentions ESA and describes how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) supports staff to deal with “vulnerable people”, there is no attempt in the national strategy to highlight the particularly high suicide risk faced by ESA claimants.Appleby said in an email to DNS: “I appreciate [the updated strategy] may not have been as forthright about the risk as some people would like but it was important that a Govt department was acknowledging suicide risk in claimants and setting out what it would do about it.“Inevitably DWP has been sensitive about the issue but my impression is that there is greater willingness now to address it.”He said the NHS Digital/NatCen report does show “that ESA claimants are a high risk group, probably… because of a combination of factors, though I’ve no doubt that for some people the experience of claiming is damaging and a causal factor”.But he said he believed “the need [is to] make people aware of the vulnerability rather than the specific statistic”.His words, and the failure of DHSC, appear to contrast sharply with a statement by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.In his foreword to the updated national strategy, Hunt said he wanted to strengthen the strategy through “better targeting of suicide prevention and help seeking in high risk groups” and by “improving data at national and local level and how this data is used to help take action and target efforts more accurately”.But when DNS asked, in response to Appleby’s email, whether he would call on DHSC, DWP and local agencies to highlight the high risk faced by ESA claimants, and ensure this message was passed to frontline officers and included in the next refreshed versions of the national and local suicide prevention plans, he declined to do so.He said he was “disappointed” that DNS had “made the same points as before” and had ignored his “slightly different perspective”, but added: “I genuinely wish you well, it’s an important topic, but I can’t help any more.”last_img read more

Valencia Street Salsa Venue El Valenciano For Sale

first_imgPart dance hall, part bar and tapas restaurant, Valencia Street’s Latin music and dance venue, El Valenciano, is now for sale. As Capp Street Crap reported on Monday, owner Victoria Vides has put the 4,500 square-foot space on the market for $525,000. The purchase comes complete with food and alcohol licenses and the venue’s rent and lease are negotiable, according to the Craigslist ad.The ad lays out a “fantastic opportunity” to purchase the venue that hosts regular weekly DJ nights and dance parties at 1153 Valencia St., describing the venue as a “prime thriving location in the heart of the bustling Mission nightlife scene.”“[The owner] wanted to retire – they’ve been in business for a long time,” said Jeff Appenrodt, a realtor at Laurel Realty and Investments, the firm that is handling the sale. Appenrodt added that Vides also owns the building that houses El Valenciano. 0% El Valenciano – or “El V,” as some patrons have lovingly dubbed it – opened on Valencia Street sometime in 1996. In 2010, owner Edgardo Vides, from El Salvador, died from a heart attack – the establishment has since remained in the Vides family, who also own and operate El Zocalo Restaurant in South San Francisco. For years, El Valenciano has drawn crowds for its weekly salsa parties, welcoming rookie and seasoned dancers alike. On Wednesdays, the venue is known for its salsa social, featuring classes for beginners before yielding the dance floor to the pros. On Thursdays, Brazilian Night offers patrons the opportunity to learn Brazilian dances while sipping on caipirinhas. It is unclear if the venue will divert from its Latin roots under new ownership. Vides could not be reached for comment by press time, but Appenrodt said that his firm is looking for “somebody who is a proven operator and will be a good tenant.”   center_img Tags: bars • dance • food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Man hospitalized after stabbing at hospital

first_imgThe victim claims he does not know the man and woman, and says this was an unprovoked attack.The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department is the investigating agency for this incident. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter A man is in fair condition at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital following a Monday stabbing incident … at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the July 1 call at 1:25 p.m. and came upon the victim, suffering from multiple stab wounds, as he was walking from the Family Health Center at 995 Potrero St. to the Emergency Department, across the street at 1001 Potrero. They escorted him the rest of the way.According to the victim and several eyewitnesses, a verbal altercation between the victim and another man broke out in the Family Health Center waiting room and escalated into a physical fight. At some point, a woman joined in the fray and, ultimately, the victim was stabbed multiple times in his upper torso and shoulder.It is unclear who stabbed the man. The suspects had fled by the time Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, but police crime scene investigators have dusted the scene for fingerprints. Additionally, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nancy Crowley said that video of the incident was captured, and a “Be on the Lookout” bulletin describing the suspects will be released shortly. Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.last_img read more

THEY say defence wins matches…That adage couldnt

first_imgTHEY say defence wins matches…That adage couldn’t have been more evident as Saints clung on to beat Catalans Dragons 22-16 at the Stade Gilbert on Saturday night.Royce Simmons’ men produced a real ‘backs to the wall’ performance with some of the best scrambling defence of recent years to get back on the winning trail.And their tackling in the final few minutes when Catalans threw everything at their line was a joy to behold.Saints led 16-4 at the break thanks to that great defence and excellent finishing.Although Catalans continuously punched holes in the line their visitors were in no mood to give up easy points.Time after time Saints withstood the barrage with some breathtaking last gasp defence and then picked off the chances when they came begging.Chris Flannery, Ade Gardner and James Graham all crossed following fine work from their teammates – with James Roby and Michael Shenton standing out.In the second half, Eastmond added a penalty to make it 18-4 before Lee Gaskell produced a fine piece of skill to allow Shenton to grab his third of the year.Steve Menzies pulled one back after Andy Dixon had one incorrectly ruled out then the lively Scott Dureau set up an exciting last 90 seconds with a late score.But Saints weren’t in the mood to allow the Dragons back in and they held out – no mean feat considering they had just 15 fit players at the end.With Sia Soliola missing out with an ankle injury, Royce Simmons was forced to shuffle around the Saints’ pack.Jon Wilkin and Chris Flannery retained the second row spots whilst Scott Moore moved to the loose forward berth.Leon Pryce was deemed fit to play and took up the familiar stand-off spot with Kyle Eastmond.Trent Robinson went for exactly the same 17 that beat Hull KR last weekend.After a rousing Catalonian anthem, Saints got underway with some strong drives but Catalans’ hard tackling drove them back.Both sides exchanged penalties then Catalan had a strong set right on Saints’ tryline. And when Greg Mounis produced an attacking kick, Jonny Lomax was clever enough to let the ball go dead.On 11 minutes Setaimata Sa kicked through but Wellens was alive enough to stretch out his hand and knock the ball out of his in-goal.From the drop out, Catalans pushed forward and Steve Menzies’ pass to Damien Blanch saw the latter kick forward but it was just too strong.Saints weathered the home side’s storm and then grabbed the opener – and it was a fine try.Chris Flannery broke through the line, used Shenton and then took a return pass from Ade Gardner to give his side the lead.Eastmond converting.Moments later, Saints worked the angles for Eastmond to link with Wellens and Shenton for Gardner to get down.Eastmond missing a tough conversion attempt.On 24 minutes, Scott Dureau sent up a hopeful high ball on the last tackle; but it seemed to deviate in flight and was touched down by Sa. After an age the video referee gave the try adjudging it had come off the back of a Saints player.Dureau’s conversion nowhere near.Catalan were on top despite the scoreline with their pack ripping into Saints on each set of six.And Simmons’ men got lucky when Jason Baiteri was held up on his back over the line to deny a certain score with around ten minutes to go.But once again, Saints contained the Catalans and hit them on the break. This time Paul Clough did the hard yards down the middle giving James Roby ideal space to work his magic.And he did – linking up with Wellens who fed James Graham for a huge score. Eastmond with the extras.Half Time: Catalans 4 Saints 16Saints won a penalty early in the second half and drove to within 20 metres of the Catalans line.They then won another and Eastmond popped over a two-pointer.On 45 minutes Catalans forced a drop out from Paul Wellens but after four solid drives Lee Gaskell picked up a loose ball and went 50 yards down the field.And from there the home side was always scrambling and Scott Moore had the presence of mind to find Michael Shenton for his third try of the season.Eastmond’s conversion short.Moments later Gaskell broke through again but his pass just hit the ground with Tony Puletua in attendance.It was a message the Dragons should have noted as a minute later, on 59, Puletua picked up a loose ball one handed following Eastmond’s kick and Ben Farrar’s knock on – and flicked it out to Dixon who ‘scored’ with his first touch.But bizarrely the video referee ruled it out.It was a strange decision and it rocked Saints as on the Dragons’ next set a high ball from Dureau saw Menzies score. Dureau with the extras.Tails up from the home side was exactly what the home side didn’t need and with 10 minutes to go Catalans were right in Saints 10 metre area.But fantastic scrambling defence from Meli and Lomax did the trick as Blanch looked set to score.Saints defended their line like their lives depended on it in the final five minutes but Dureau stretched over to set up a dramatic final few minutes.Dureau with the conversion.From the re-start Catalans blasted down the line and forced a drop out with just seconds remaining.But Saints clung on and grabbed a vital two points.After the match Royce revealed that they will “err on the side of caution” with Pryce and that could see him sidelined for five weeks with a groin injury.Scott Moore also picked up a knock whilst McCarthy-Scarsbrook played through a shoulder injury and Chris Flannery had stomach cramps during the match.Match Summary:CatalansTries: Sa, Menzies, DureauGoals: Dureau (2 from 3)Saints: Tries: Flannery, Gardner, Graham, ShentonGoals: Eastmond (3 from 4)Penalties:Catalans: 7Saints: 5HT: 16-4FT: 22-16REF: Thierry AlibertATT: 7095Teams:Catalans:3. Ben Farrar; 2. Damien Blanch, 12. Sébastien Raguin, 18. Darryl Millard, 5. Cyril Stacul; 14. Tony Gigot, 7. Scott Dureau; 8. David Ferriol, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Rémi Casty, 4. Setaimata Sa, 11. Steve Menzies, 13. Greg Mounis.Subs: 22. Jamal Fakir, 23. Lopini Paea, 24. Jason Baiteri, 26. Eloi Pelissier.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 20. Jonny Lomax, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Leon Pryce, 7. Kyle Eastmond; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13. Chris Flannery, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore.Subs: 11. Tony Puletua, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon, 25. Lee Gaskell.last_img read more

SAINTS are delighted to have signed Travis Burns o

first_imgSAINTS are delighted to have signed Travis Burns on a three-year contract from 2015.The Australian stand-off joins the club from Hull KR for a transfer fee of £60,000 and will link up with his teammates in the off-season.Saints Chairman, Eamonn McManus, said: “Travis is a key signing for us for and will bring both quality and depth to our half back options and combinations.“He is a proven and experienced stand off and will also bring directness and toughness as well as a strong kicking game.”Predominately a Stand-Off, Travis, 30, began his professional rugby league career at Manly.He was the Sea Eagles’ rookie of the year in 2006 and then joined North Queensland in 2008.Burns played for the Cowboys for two seasons, making more than 30 appearances and scoring seven tries, before he moved to Penrith Panthers prior to the 2010 season.There he linked up with Luke Walsh and went on to appear 55 times for the Panthers amassing more than 100 points in the process.That attracted the attention of Hull KR in Super League in 2013 and the half back wasted no time in showing the competition why he is one of the best in the business.He has gone to make more than 40 appearances for the Robins, scoring close to 200 points.“Whilst I’m sad to leave Hull KR – they have been great to me and my family – I am really excited to be joining Saints,” Burns said. “It will be great linking with my friend and former teammate Luke Walsh and what is an exciting and strong squad.“Saints have a strong team that is looking to win silverware over the next few years and I am excited and looking forward to being part of that.”Nathan Brown, Saints Head Coach, added: “Travis is a great competitor and will bring that to the club.“He will also add good depth to our halves and we’re looking forward to having him on board.”Travis will be a Saint in 2015… will you? Season Tickets are now on sale and available for renewal! Click Here to find out more.last_img read more

Work on controversial Reverse Osmosis plant continues

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Construction is still happening on the Reverse Osmosis plant in Brunswick County  two days after Leland, Belville and H2Go took their battle to court.On Wednesday, a judge ruled Belville and H2go are restrained from proceeding with construction.- Advertisement – Mike McGill with Water PIO says the judge did not order shovels to stop. The Town of Belville interpreted the decision to mean current contracts can continue with no other future contracts issued.In a statement, McGill said the court wanted to put a “freeze” on matters to ensure no party, Belville included, would be harmed as the matter moved through the courts. To stop ongoing, executed construction contracts would cause Belville and the contractors harm.McGill says the order prevents harm to H2GO by holding off on future plant contracts and work to be conducted under those future contracts.Related Article: Bringing Broadway to Brunswick CountyClick here to read a detailed look at how things got to point.last_img read more

Town of Leland creates Public Safety Committee

first_img The town is now accepting applications for those wishing to be considered for the committee. To apply, click here. Scroll down to the Public Safety Committee section and click “Apply”. The deadline is February 23.Selected members will be appointed in June.Bylaws of the committee are available to read here. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Leland has created a Public Safety Committee to work along with town fire and police departments and help with the protection of their homes, neighborhoods and towns.According to a release from the town, the committee will be made up of seven members who work to express citizen viewpoints to officials, review data, make recommendations, provide input and work with organizations to promote public safety.- Advertisement – last_img read more

KoreanAmerican woman reacts to summit

first_img One might assume that fear would be even greater among North Korea’s southern neighbors, but one Korean-American woman who calls our area home says that is not true.Hyo Jin Osborne Park moved to the U.S. when she was 21-years-old, but still visits family back in South Korea, as she did this spring.“To America it’s more danger because if they’re going to attack, they’re going to attack to America and not really South Korea,” said Osborne Park.Related Article: North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket siteShe says many of the fears Americans have about North Korean nuclear capabilities do not exist among South Koreans.“I think more American people [are] worried. Still we feel not like danger or anything, and even when I ask my parents, they’re fine.”The summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could prove to be historic. Many hope it will help reunify Korea for the first time in more than 70 years.Osborne Park says that creates additional concerns, like much needed resources becoming spread too thin.“Some South Korean people [don’t] really like that, because still, a lot of South Korean people [are] not living very well.”Still, she hopes this summit could help bring loved ones back together.“I’m looking for actually South Korea-North Korea relationship, because we have long time ago been so much separate, so separate family, hopefully they get see their family.” LELAND, NC (WWAY) —  Following more than 70 years of division, it seems the world could be one step closer to a unified Korea. As outsiders, some Americans wonder what exactly this means to the people of South Korea.When North Korea announced in November 2017 that it had successfully tested a ballistic missile that could reach the United States, it began to raise fear in some Americans.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Maltese people should engage xenophobia by upholding their humanity – AD

first_imgCarmel CacopardoCarmel Cacopardo The Maltese people should engage with xenophobia by upholding the values of ‘humanity and solidarity,’ Alternattiva Demokratika’s leader Carmel Cacopardo has said.AD’s Chairperson said this in response to a worryingly higher percentage of voters that, ‘have decided to associate themselves with the politics of hate.’Cacopardo made these comments in response to the initial results cast in Malta’s European Parliamentary elections.He stated that, ‘it is still too early to comment on how the party fared given that only a third of votes have been counted.’The leader of the Partit Demokratika party earlier thanked his voters by saying that the party will continue to fight on.PD thanks voters; wishes to remain ‘beating heart of clean and honest politics’WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Educators part of longterm solution to Maltese skills shortage – Malta Chamber

first_img Credit: Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry 1 of 4 A panel discussion included Mr James Magro – Biology teacher and intern at Simonds Farsons Cisk PLC; Ms Mariella Galea – Learning and Development and Performance Manager, Simonds Farsons Cisk PLC; Mr Andre Fenech – Head of Policy Development, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry; and Mr Gaetano Bugeja – Director, Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes.WhatsApp Credit: Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Credit: Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry Credit: Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and IndustryCredit: Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry Educators teaching subjects like Maths and Science are part long term solutions to solving future skills shortages, Malta Chamber’s Deputy President has said.In her address at the second edition of the ‘GO4Industry – Teacher Internship Programme,’ the Deputy President Marisa Xuereb explained that Malta was currently facing a serious skills shortage both to meet current jobs and the future demands of the economy.She explained that with Research, Development and Innovation a key element for ensuring the longevity of a business, there needs to be workforce, ‘with the right skills and knowledge, together with a long-term economic strategy which is based on STEM that actively supports R&D and innovation.’Read more:Our EU election debates need to keep economy in mind – Malta Business ChamberFarsons supports career exposure experience“Professional teachers are correcting the Maths and Maltese examination papers” – Minister Bartolo“Identify teachers that can be employed” – Minister to MUTAt this current juncture, the skills shortage in Malta was already understood to be posing problems for companies who were unable to fill key positions. This was resulting serious losses in terms of business, career opportunities and the economic growth of Malta.For this reason, she called on Secondary school teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to actively play a role in guiding students towards industry and economy relevant careers.‘The influence of teachers on their students is considerable, through the inspirational role that teachers can have in young people’s lives. We rely on these teachers to pass on the insight they gain through their experiences in industry to their students. These interactions are essential in order to eradicate misconceptions and educate everyone on the exciting opportunities in Malta’s industry today,’ she added.Over quarter of future roles technical and highly skilled Referencing the teachers, Xuereb explained that research carried out by Chamber members identified that there would a high demand for technical and industry-specific skill sets in the future which Malta currently had a serious shortage in the workforce to meet.This research had corroborated findings from the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), which identified that by the year 2025, just over a quarter (26%) of future employment would be in the sectors of teaching, business, healthcare, engineering and science.‘We desperately need to find solutions for this issue – both short-term solutions and longer-term solutions. Educators are our partners in the longer-term solutions. And we see teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM subjects – in particular, as key partners in addressing these challenges,’ Xuereb explained.The conference is also understood to have been addressed by the Director General at the Ministry for Education and Employment, Mr Stephen Cachia. Credit: Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industrylast_img read more

Copa Libertadores final postponed

first_imgThe much-awaited final of the Copa Libertadores between rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate has been postponed following an attack on Boca Juniors’ team bus. A minority of River Plate fans smashed some of the vehicle’s windows as Boca Juniors’ players were on their way to the Estadio Monumental.Boca Juniors’ midfielder Pablo Perez was rushed to hospital as soon as the bus reached the stadium while Gonzalo Lamardo was another player to suffer injuries caused by the attack. Club president Daniel Angelici told Fox Sports Argentina:“It is a game where emotions play and we understood that the conditions were not given by the injuries. I asked for the rescheduling. We win the games or lose them inside the pitch. But we can’t play like that either.”The final between the two Argentinian sides has been rescheduled for next Sunday 2nd December.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Compliance Audits consultation launched by MFSA

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> MFSAMFSA Malta’s Financial Services Authority is looking for opinions on how it can obligate companies to carry out independent compliance audits.In their latest consultation document on the process of Independent Compliant Audits, MFSA is looking at ways to expand its supervisory role, ‘or require licence holders or any other person, to appoint a qualified person to undertake independent compliance audits, in relation to one or more areas of focus of a firm’s activities.’The regulator says that the process supports its aims to meet statutory objectives, ‘as well as safeguarding the interest of consumers and the reputation of Malta as a jurisdiction of choice for financial services.’This consultation follows two previous documents aimed at a variety of improvements to MFSA’s operations and the financial industry. These have included updating the Capital Markets Strategy, its FinTech Strategy and a Regulatory Framework for companies to test out financial products.Read more:MFSA launches new consultation on updating Capital Markets StrategyMFSA launches consultation on FinTech Strategy; Regulatory SandboxAccording to MFSA’s Chief Executive Officer Joseph Cuschieri, ‘The MFSA is well aware of the need that the financial services industry is safeguarded against any potential threats that could affect the stability and safety of this dynamic sector. For this purpose, and as part of its commitment in ensuring more effective supervision, the MFSA intends to implement a framework to strengthen further its supervisory approach by introducing a regime focused on the appointment of qualified persons.’The consultation is understood to be open until August 30th 2019.Those within the industry with feedback, are also invited to contact the consultation through the following email: complianceaudits@mfsa.com.mtWhatsApplast_img read more

MTN Launches 4GLTE in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement MTN has become the first operator in Uganda, and one of the very first in the region and on the African continent to successfully launch its 4G LTE network.Long Term Evolution technology (LTE) is the latest technology in the world with the fastest internet speeds of up to 100Mbps, giving customers the most seamless experience in data services.Popularly known as 4G, LTE is a ‘standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for data terminals and mobile phones.’ 4G LTE Data Networks provide mobile ultra-broadband internet access.“We are happy to claim another first in Uganda with this momentous announcement as MTN Uganda successfully launches its 4GLTE network offering World-class internet services to our customers. What is even more pleasing is that we’ve done this ahead of many other advanced economies around the world,” said Ernst Fonternel, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer. – Advertisement – The launch of LTE represents a major stride in mobile connectivity capabilities in Uganda. The service offers almost triple the speed of any existing mobile connection available commercially in Uganda and in the region.“This launch further emphasizes MTN’s commitment in not just transforming its own network but also the businesses of its Corporate and SME customers while contributing positively to the overall development of the ICT sector in Uganda,” Fonternel added.For the customer this means you can download large files in no time, stream music videos and HD movies without buffering and upload pictures without delay. These services will significantly transform the way you interact with the world.“The higher LTE speeds will give our customers lower latency which translates into a much more stable user experience. The technology’s impressive speeds create endless possibilities for the user including instantaneous music and picture downloads,” said Fonternel. “Our challenge isn’t keeping ahead of the other operators. It’s keeping ahead of the tidal wave of data demand both in our country and in the region. Last year we launched our 21.6Mbps Data Network and last month we rolled out our 42Mbps Data Network and now LTE. In all these innovations, we have been the first, and our intention is to continue pushing boundaries so that our customers enjoy World-class internet.”MTN’s LTE service will initially be available in greater Kampala, with other towns to follow in the very near future. There are currently 20 locations fully integrated onto the LTE network. Furthermore LTE capable dongles will be on sale at selected MTN outlets.Fonternel said that the commercial launch of LTE is part of a bigger network transformation plan that MTN has been undertaking over the past few years in order to give its customers World-class services.Over the last two years, MTN has made major investments to its data infrastructure in Uganda, expanded the mobile distribution foot print, and greatly enhanced the mobile core, radio capacity and Network infrastructure.MTN Uganda launched the first Mobile Money service in Uganda with tremendous success and was recently ranked 2nd in the world-wide sample for the number of active Mobile Money accounts as per GSM Association’s 2012 Survey.MTN Uganda was also recently named Uganda Number 1 Leading Superbrand and was voted as the Best Mobile Telephone Service provider of the year in the Uganda Responsible Investment Awards 2013. MTN was voted for by the people of Uganda in appreciation and recognition of its contribution towards the promotion of international best practices and standards.“MTN’s vision is to lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World to our customers. MTN Uganda is embracing this vision through constant enhancements to our Data Network to deliver World-class Internet and make our customers’ lives a whole lot brighter,” added Fonternel.Since MTN was launched in Uganda in 1998, it has made major investments in the country. In 2012 alone, its CAPEX investments exceeded USD 80 million. This investment was mainly in expanding the network infrastructure to support the mobile subscriber growth as well as the rollout of new innovative products and digital solutions. MTN Uganda plans to invest an additional USD 70 million in 2013 towards further infrastructure development.“In terms of Network Infrastructure, MTN Uganda has deployed 2,800km of fibre backbones achieved with multiple layers and rings to protect customer experience across all national regions and provide dedicated business solutions to SMEs and Corporate Enterprises. Another 400km of Fibre is currently under deployment between Mutundwe in Kampala and Kyenjojo district in Western Uganda and should be completed within the coming months,” said Rami Farah, MTN Uganda Chief Technical Officer.Furthermore, MTN Uganda extended the fibre network backbone and built five regional switching centres in the East, West, North and Central regions. MTN also built a fibre optic cable through Tanzania into Rwanda, providing an alternative data capacity route through Katuna into Uganda.MTN Uganda has over the last 6 months rolled out approximately 100 new Base Transmission Sites to new coverage areas while commissioning another batch of capacity sites to enhance the quality of network services. MTN Uganda currently has more than 1,100 network sites across all regions in Uganda.“The continuous CAPEX investment by MTN is aimed at providing our customers with the best possible user experience across the country. We would like to ensure consistent and reliable network quality for all existing customers and also to enable many more new customers to enjoy the best of what Mobile Technology has to offer,” concluded Farah.last_img read more

Iran Unblocks Twitter and Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement For the first time since the “green revolution” that followed the 2009 elections in Iran, citizens of the country can access Twitter and Facebook.The social media sites, blocked for four years, were available in at least some parts of the country Monday, according to multiple local reports, tweets and updates. They were available via multiple service providers. No official announcement was made, however, leading some observers to speculate that the access could be a technical glitch. (Normally you’d see the government-imposed screenshot above when trying to access Facebook.com in Iran.)[related-posts] – Advertisement – But, then again, granting access would also make sense. Iranian officials have been moving in this direction for some time. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been on Facebook since December and on Instagram since August 2012. Newly elected president Hassan Rouhani has described Internet censorship as “futile.”Rouhani started tweeting vigorously in June. Meanwhile, the Twitter account of the Iranian foreign minister was verified after some controversy late last week. A state committee, rather than the president, would have had to take the decision to unblock the services, but no doubt Rouhani wields some influence there.Many tech-savvy Iranians have been accessing social networks despite the blackout, via encrypted VPN networks. An Iranian police chief said in January that the country was developing “intelligent software to control social networking websites” — clamping down on posts and tweets used to organize anti-government rallies or spread dissent.In other words, Iran may have decided it’s a lot easier to control dissidents by letting them on social media without a private VPN — all the better to see what the mood of the country actually is.Still, Iranians were thrilled to be rejoining the international community on social media.Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

MTN Launches 21 Days of Yello Care

first_imgMTN CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte taking part in the painting exercise at Bukoto Muslim Primary School. Advertisement MTN Uganda has Friday launched its staff volunteerism campaign aimed at giving back to the community.Dubbed 21 days of Yellow Care, MTN staffers will over a period of 21 days carry out classroom renovations and literacy projects, Information Communication Technology (ICT) trainings plus provision of digital educational content to schools.The campaign is carried out by all MTN staff members in the 21 African countries where the telecom operates. – Advertisement – Over the years, MTN has created tremendous change in the lives of communities where it operates through the initiative which is focusing on education this time.In 2016, MTN Uganda through the initiative set up an ICT hub at St. Hellen Primary School in Mbarara, a school for visually impaired children.The 2017 campaign was kick started by renovation of classroom blocks, ICT trainings and donation of educational content to Bukoto Muslims Primary School in Kampala.MTN CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte taking part in the painting exercise at Bukoto Muslim Primary School.In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer for MTN Uganda Wim Vanhelleputte said that MTN is focusing on education because they believe education is a right.“As MTN, we believe education shouldn’t be a privilege, but a fundamental right for every child to benefit from. We want to make education a reality to children in Uganda,” he said.Also in attendance at the launch were local council leaders and othe government officials who share the urge to better education in the country.Juliet Nambi, the director of education and social services in the Kampala Capital City Authority lauded MTN for the initiative urging them to not stop but seek to do more.The campaign will go on throughout the country and different developments are expected to be put up in various parts.[related-posts]last_img read more

WhatsApp for Android Will Soon Get a Photo Bundle Feature and Revamped

first_imgAdvertisement In our last reports, Facebook-owned messaging platform; WhatsApp slowly started rolling out the ability to share files of any type. Not for long as we receive new reports that the messaging firm is soon rolling out a new update in the coming few weeks. According to online reports, users on the Android beta community report that one new feature dubbed as media bundling has been added alongside one aesthetic change (a new call screen).As per a report by Android Police, WhatsApp beta for Android users are reporting seeing a change in the way photo bundles will be shown to the sender and recipient. WhatsApp users can now send a bunch of photos to their friends, who will receive them bundled as an album. The feature was rolled out to iPhone holders earlier this month, and refines the sharing of multiple photos on the platform. One the album is opened, all images are shown on a single page. – Advertisement – One other feature that has been spotted, comes to the WhatsApp call screen where users swipe up instead of sideways when receiving a call.last_img read more

How to Create a Website from Scratch with No Experience

first_imgBusiness website. (Photo Credit: SoloStream) Advertisement Your business or organisation is invisible if it does not have a website. The cost of paying a professional website developer puts many off from creating a website. Fortunately, you no longer have to choose between a professional looking website and the bill for a pro. We’ll tell you how to create a website from scratch with no experience.Secure a Domain NameYou can’t create a website without a domain name. While it is possible to set up a blog on a domain you don’t control, a professional website must sit on a unique, private domain to be taken seriously. The ideal domain name is short, easy to remember, and reflects the purpose of the website. Once you decide on a domain name, you’ll need to register it. You may want to register related domain names so that others can’t seize those names and create confusion with your online brand.Get a Web HostA web host is the server that hosts your website and handles internet traffic to the site. You need to be careful in your selection of web host. A web host that serves a lot of spammers or scammers will be blacklisted by many services, so while your site is legitimate, it may be downgraded because of the association. – Advertisement – You’ll also want to work with a web host with good customer service, excellent performance and near perfect uptime. If their servers are slow or down, you’ll lose potential customers. If they have poor customer service, you won’t be able to resolve problems quickly when they do arise. If your site starts attracting a lot of visitors, you’ll appreciate the ability to reach someone immediately to request more bandwidth or memory so that your new visitors don’t see degraded website performance.Start with the EssentialsAll you’ll need to create a website from scratch is an outline of what you want. You don’t have to have a complex diagram or graphic design files ready for upload. Instead, you need to have a basic plan that could be fleshed out when you’re using the tools that let you build a website without knowing how to code.A quick and easy website creator, such as WebEden, will allow you to pick from their array of templates, populate it with your text and images, and create a professional looking website. An easy-to-use “what you see is what you get” editor allows you to make a website and alter it at will while understanding what the final product will look like.Your website should be clean and clutter free. A site like that is easy to view on a mobile device though it isn’t specifically designed for mobile users. A simple user site with a few attractive images will suffer fewer errors and translation problems when viewed on various devices.The site’s purpose should be obvious to the visitor. If you’re setting up an online store, they should be able to tell immediately what you sell and how to buy something. If you’re promoting a service, they should know in a glance that you’re offering what they’re seeking. No one is going to scan your site for sixty seconds trying to determine what you’re selling or doing.Start to Learn About Tools and WidgetsSuccessful complex systems arise from simple working systems. Once your site is up and running, you can start to look at built-in widgets and integrated third-party applications. For example, once your online site is up and running, you can start adding new payment methods or interactive content. However, that should wait until after you’ve watched online tutorials and taken the time to know what you’re doing. If you decide not to add certain functions, you haven’t delayed your site’s launch. And if you do make a mistake, you have the fall back of restoring the old, working site.It is certainly possible to create a quality website on your own without learning to code or bringing in a pro. All it takes is the right tools and a little research.last_img read more

MTN Introduces New Internet Bundles For DSTV NOW Subscribers

first_imgMultiChoice Uganda Head of Customer Experience, Ms. Patrica Kiconco (L) and MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager for Digital; Ms. Suzan Kayemba (R) shake hands after the launch of DStv Now MTN Data Bundles at MultiChoice Uganda head offices is Kololo on Monday 24th, June 2019. Advertisement Telecommunication firm; MTN Uganda today entered a new partnership with DSTV Uganda, to provide time-based internet bundles for its DSTV NOW subscribers.The announcement was made today at the MultiChoice Uganda head offices is Kololo ― briefed by MultiChoice Uganda Head of Customer Experience, Ms. Patrica Kiconco and MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager for Digital; Ms. Suzan Kayemba.The partnership comes at the time the 2019 African Cup of Nation is happening in Egypt. Where most football fans dubbed by some ― “die-hard” fans of football do not want to miss any match. Notably, with Uganda’s National Team; The Uganda Cranes, playing, DSTV doesn’t want Ugandans to miss any game. – Advertisement – But note, this isn’t about the African Cup of Nations but entertainment at large ― i.e. series, movies, music, among others.DSTV designed the DSTV NOW app, to give its customers the ability and power to watch their programs on mobiles or laptop computers or PCs ― while away from their Television sets. Therefore through the DSTV NOW application, users can stream live TV via their smartphones or computers.However, the catch comes in ― ‘internet‘. To able to use the app and stream live TV, the subscriber requires to have internet respective to their services providers. But while streaming, the data bundles is/are consumed so fast ― this is where the MTN’s new partnership comes through.The partnership sees MTN Uganda introduce ‘Time-based’ internet bundles specially for the DSTV NOW subscribers. The bundles are available for 2 hours at a price of UGX6,000 and 4 hours at UGX12,000.Once you purchased the subscriber has access to unlimited content till his/her timed data expires. Interestingly, the user can connect up to 4 devices simultaneously using the same data, same account.It is not the first time MTN is offering such bundles. The telco in June last year signed a partnership with StarTimes to offer special promotional MTN TV bundles for viewers to watch StarTimes entertainment via the StarTimes App. On the other hand, signed the same deal with Kwese Iflix in the same month.The DSTV NOW supports DSTV customers across all packages from Premium to Access. They’re are not charged any additional subscription cost when signing up to watch TV via the app or the online website.“There’s no additional subscription charge when you sign up and watch your TV via the app or the online website. All you have to do is sign up online or via the app with your DSTV credentials. Once you load your DSTV Now MTN data bundles, you’ll be able to enjoy Live TV, and start streaming all our world-class entertainment anywhere,” Patricia Kiconco, MultiChoice Uganda’s Head of Customer Experience and Care, said during the press conference.MultiChoice Uganda Head of Customer Experience, Ms. Patrica Kiconco speaking to press during the launch of DStv Now MTN Data Bundles at MultiChoice Uganda head offices is Kololo on Monday 24th, June 2019.Note that these bundles run for 24 hours since time of activation. However, can get done in 2 or 4 hours if used non-stop. The bundles are like timers, when you log in, the 2 or 4 hour timer starts counting. Once you log out, the timer stops.“We created these bundles because we know that people are consuming entertainment, they’re not watching the bundles, but instead watching time of expiry. Entertainment is consumed in time, that is what people understand and that’s what makes these bundles special,” MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager for Digital; Ms. Suzan Kayemba said during the press conference.MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager for Digital; Ms. Suzan Kayemba speaking to press during the launch of DStv Now MTN Data Bundles at MultiChoice Uganda head offices is Kololo on Monday 24th, June 2019.Patricia mentioned that they are working to introduce GOTV NOW as well to be part of the initiative. However, she didn’t mention when the app will be rolled out. She also on the other hand declined to comment whether this internet solution would extend to other telecoms; Airtel and Africell.last_img read more

PanTanMime season at Cardiff – Oh yes it is…

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he off the field drama at Cardiff this week has added further spice to their late kick off against bottom of the table Sunderland (5.30pm, SKY).It’s been pantomime season at Cardiff recently. Mackay’s going….. oh no he’s not…… oh yes he is.Leading player in the panto has been Cardiff’s owner, Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan, who finally got his way last Friday when Mackay was sent packing.It looks a classic ‘six pointer’ tonight with Cardiff hovering over the relegation slugfight and Sunderland scoring just one goal in their last seven away fixtures.Over the years it’s pretty much honours even between these two:HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Mar 2007 Championship Cardiff 0-1 SunderlandOct 2006 Championship Sunderland 1-2 CardiffFeb 2005 Championship Sunderland 2-1 CardiffDec 2004 Championship Cardiff 0-2 SunderlandFeb 2004 League Div 1 Cardiff 4-0 SunderlandOct 2003 League Div 1 Sunderland 0-0 CardiffMay 1980 Div 2 (old) Cardiff 1-1 SunderlandDec 1979 Div 2 (old) Sunderland 2-1 CardiffApr 1979 Div 2 (old) Sunderland 1-2 CardiffDec 1978 Div 2 (old) Cardiff 1-1 SunderlandTan has promised the new manager plenty of spending power which oddly was one of the prime reasons for Malky Mackay’s departure.They might well need to spend some coin too. Cardiff have a nightmare looking start to 2014 with three of the next four matches away to Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United. Happy New Year It’s all about the mood today. Mood of the Cardiff players, mood of the Cardiff fans and whether Sunderland are in the mood to take advantage.Personally, I think the off the field panto has been far more entertaining than the theatre on the pitch. Just need the players to throw chocolate bars into the stands at half-time and the panto experience is complete.As for a bet – a low scoring outcome looks pretty nailed on.Oh yes it does.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)5 points UNDER 2.5 GOALS at around 8/13 with Star SportsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more