July 2019


Woman hit with foam projectile weapon at Warriors celebration in SF

first_imgA 26-year-old Warriors fan ended her night in the emergency room with a bruise and two stitches over her eye after police fired foam projectiles into a crowd at 22nd and Mission streets to disperse a crowd that had been throwing bottles at the line of officers. The woman, a San Francisco resident, requested anonymity. She said she had done nothing wrong, and had in fact been trying to keep safe, and her injury appears to be the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. “I understand why they did what they did in a way, because I get people are throwing bottles at them, which people should not have been doing,” she said. Nevertheless, she asked, “Why shoot into a crowd of 20 people when there’s kids there? I just know that there may be other ways that they can get crowds to settle down.”She and her boyfriend had returned to the city from watching the game in Oakland because they feared Oakland might become unsafe. After meeting with her cousin and her boyfriend’s brother and dropping in at Balancoire, she and her group headed along Mission Street to the car she had left parked on 22nd Street. On the way, it became clear that police were starting to move people off Mission Street, having declared the gathering illegal over loudspeakers. Revelers had lit a bonfire in the street, and many threw glass bottles at officers. Then the woman heard officers firing something, which those on the scene guessed were rubber bullets. Police confirmed officers fired 40 millimeter (1.5 inches)  foam batons.The injury.The woman says she and her group ducked into a Wells Fargo entryway alcove facing Mission Street. A group of 20 or so others, including a boy the woman estimated to be five or six years old, also huddled to avoid being hit. “It was hidden so I thought it would be safe in there,” she said. The woman tried to protect her younger cousin. “I’m like, ‘stay behind me…If you get hit with one it’s not like getting hit with a paintball.’ She wanted to go up and take video.”But it appears that the projectile hit the woman after ricocheting off the wall of the alcove.“I’m thinking we’re good, we’re safe, we’re in the corner. I guess it hit me and I didn’t even realize it for like three seconds,” she said. “Someone said, oh shit she’s [bleeding]. I thought it was my cousin. My blood literally was squirting on her.”A Mission Local photographer encountered the woman almost immediately after she was struck, but at the time, she declined to be photographed.A police spokesperson, Sgt. Michael Andraychak, wrote that after several fires were started police tried to escort firefighters to the area, but that they were unable to access the fires because of the bottles being thrown by the crowd.“Several dispersal orders were given but members of the crowd continued to throw dozens of bottles at officers,” Andraychak wrote. “Officers used extended range impact weapon (ERIW) projectiles after identifying members of the crowd who were throwing bottles.”Andraychak did not have any information by press time about the number of civilians injured. He encouraged civilians to bring complaints to any supervisor at a police station or to the Department of Police Accountability, formerly the Office of Citizen Complaints.  The woman has filed a complaint with the Department of Police Accountability. Next, she will wait for the swelling on her eye to go down in order to get her eye examined, in the hopes that no permanent damage has been done to the eye on the injured side. “I didn’t realize how much I use my eyebrows when I talk,” the woman said Thursday morning by way of describing the extent of her pain. “It’s not that bad anymore…At least I still have my eye.” Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more


Sexual assault survivor advocates hit SFPD with legal ultimatum

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The San Francisco Police Department is still flouting the law and failing to release police reports in a timely manner to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, leaving them without the ability to obtain much-needed restraining orders and putting them in harm’s way.That’s the charge leveled by survivor advocates. And, as a result, attorneys who represent these survivors are threatening to sue the department unless it properly follows the law. They have given the department until the end of the month to share a satisfactory policy and release reports on time. This comes despite the department scrambling earlier this year to come into compliance with the law — California Family Code § 6228 — that mandates it disseminate the reports to survivors within five days, precisely because the need for restraining orders. “These delays in providing these reports are only harming people,” said Fawn Jade Korr, a Bay Area Legal Aid attorney who has been pressuring the department to follow the law since last year. Email Addresscenter_img She said the affected people are not only the survivors themselves but also their children. The issue received a flurry of attention when Korr and other attorneys who represent survivors took the matter to the San Francisco Police Commission in January and threatened similar legal action. The commission subsequently formed a working group to craft a policy that would bring the SFPD in compliance with the 20-year-old law. The working group came up with a draft policy in March. Nonetheless, “We’re not really seeing a difference,” said Korr. “And that’s concerning.” Attorneys like herself and unrepresented survivors, she said, are still having a difficult time obtaining police reports for their restraining orders. Korr and Bay Area Legal Aid are now giving the department an ultimatum, which was laid out in a comprehensive letter to City Attorney Dennis Herrera and SFPD Chief Bill Scott.  “Unless we receive a copy of a reasonable implementation plan that comports with the language drafted by the working group, along with an acceptable method of oversight and reporting to accompany the plan by the close of business on Monday, April 29, 2019, we will file action in San Francisco Superior Court,” the letter, signed by Korr and attorney Jeanne Finberg, states. David Stevenson, SFPD’s director of strategic communications, said that the department is in compliance with the law. “We will continue to work closely with survivor advocates to provide incident reports in a timely manner so that the department can be in full, documentable compliance with FC 6228,” he said. He said the new policy is currently under review. But Korr charges that she and other attorneys and advocates who represent survivors have been barred from reviewing the policy they were included in drafting. “They refuse to allow us to see it,” Korr said. “The fact that we’re having this conversation in April 2019 is evidence enough negotiations have failed.” The development is especially frustrating for Korr, who first raised this issue with the department in March of last year. The following June, the letter states, Scott — hoping to ward off a lawsuit from BayLegal — assured Korr and others that the department would implement policies around the law by the end of July 2018.That did not happen, the letter charges. By the following September, BayLegal clients were still unable to obtain police reports. Furthermore, the letter states, “We attempted to communicate with SFPD about the status of their compliance efforts, but we were rebuked and met with silence.” The letter stated that, despite the promised change in policy, “BayLegal has had to demand incident reports from top personnel before receiving them.” “We are even more concerned that other advocates without a direct line to SFPD’s top personnel and unrepresented litigants are all left without any recourse,” the letter states. Seventy percent of requests for reports through the law are from survivors without legal representation, the letter asserts, citing SFPD stats. “There really is no excuse for a lack of compliance,” Korr said. “It needs to happen and it needs to happen now.” last_img read more

A SPECIAL forum will be held at Langtree Park with

first_imgA SPECIAL forum will be held at Langtree Park with Daniel Anderson, Eamonn McManus, Tommy Martyn and a first team player.Starting at 7.30pm on Thursday June 14 and priced at £10 with hotpot, tickets are now on sale.You can get yours from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling Geoff Cropper on 07780 504 724.last_img

MIKE Rush was pleased with Saints come from behin

first_imgMIKE Rush was pleased with Saints’ come from behind win over Salford on Friday night.His side overturned a 10-0 deficit to win 32-10 and keep the pressure on the top three in the Stobart Super League.“You can’t underestimate those conditions, they were horrendous,” the Acting Head Coach said after the match. “We were a little frustrated in the first half especially with the way we went about a few things. We came up with errors in yardage and gave too many penalties away.“But in the second half we picked up and we’re really pleased to have took home the two points.”He continued: “We didn’t say much at half time just that we had to do the little things well and stick to what we do best. We knew we could win the game.“We got into a real grind and won the battle for territory and after that, when we got the chance to post some points we took them. That was important.“There are certainly a lot of positives we can take away from the game.”last_img read more

SAINTS have teamed up with Warrington to offer Mem

first_imgSAINTS have teamed up with Warrington to offer Members reduced ticket prices when the two sides clash next Friday.The Wolves are offering £5 off an adult West Terrace ticket if bought before matchday.Concession and Young Adult Members can save £4, whilst Junior Members can, as usual, gain free entry.The mouthwatering tie will kick off at 8pm on Friday April 8 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.Prices are (for the West Terrace):Saints Members: Adult £15, Concession £10, Young Adult £10Non Members: Adult £20, Concession £14, Young Adult £14, Junior £10.Please note that prices on matchday go up £1 and the junior price will be the concession price on matchday. Under 4s need a match ticket for entry.Juniors must redeem their junior swaps before matchday.Tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.Pre bought coach travel leaves at 6.15pm and the price is £9 for non Members and £8 for Members.last_img read more


The Robins last win against the Saints was a 242

first_imgThe Robins’ last win against the Saints was a 24-22 home victory on March 27  2015; Jon Wilkin scoring in the 31-22 victory at Craven Park the following season.Super League Summary:Hull KR won 9 St Helens won 12 (includes win in 2013 play-offs) 1 drawHighs and Lows:Hull KR highest score: 40-10 (H, 2014) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)Milestones:Tommy Makinson needs two tries to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 98 tries in 173 games for the Saints since 2011.James Roby needs one try to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 99 tries in 405 games for the Saints since 2004.Super League Milestones:(Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs & Super League Super 8s)Luke Thompson – 1 appearance away from 100 (99 for St Helens, 2013-2018) Mark Percival – 1 appearance away from 100 (99 for St Helens, 2013-2018)Betfred Super League Leading ScorersTries:1 Mark Percival (St Helens) 7 2 Ben Barba (St Helens) 6 3 = Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC), Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 5Goals:1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 30 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 21 3 = Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers), Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 18 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity), Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 15Goals Percentage:1 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 85.71 (18/21) 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 84.00 (21/25) 3 = Danny Richardson (St Helens) (30/36), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) (15/18), Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 83.33 (10/12)Points:1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 65 2 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 52 3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 47 4 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 40 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 34last_img read more


Jonny Lomax and Ben Barba speak to us about their

first_imgJonny Lomax and Ben Barba speak to us about their Dream Team debuts and the big game on Thursday. Audio Playerhttp://www.saintsrlfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Podcast.2018-10-04.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The podcast is in association with Wish FM.Subscribe!To subscribe to our Podcast, click here or search St Helens RFC Podcasts on iTunes.You can also listen on Stitcher too. Click here to find out more.last_img


BON VOYAGE Families send off loved ones on US Coast Guard Diligence

first_img Sheehan said even though her husband is leaving she is happy for the time she spent with her him over the holidays.“It’s nice to have Christmas pictures, see family, everybody get to visit and wish their farewells and all that kind of stuff,” Sheehan said.Another fellow military wife Kelsey Denas said she understands what she signed up for marrying someone in the service, but it is still hard to say goodbye.Related Article: Shelter deemed unsafe for storm evacuees, forced to move again“I was a military brat myself so I’m used to the lifestyle, but its much different having him being gone like this,” Denas said.Now they remember the good memories made over the holiday season until their husbands return.“It’s hard having them away but it’s worth it,” Denas said.Family member don’t know the mission details but both Sheehan and Denis are excited for when their husbands returns. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The United States Coast Guard Cutter Diligence has set sail. Dozens of families watched as their loved ones in the United States Coast Guard left port on a new mission.“It’s weird people still adjust even though no matter how long you’ve done it, it’s still weird to adjust to it cause like having them gone you make certain decisions, but it’s not like they’re gone for a super long time anyways,” wife of U.S. Coast Guard Member Maidson Sheehan said.- Advertisement – last_img read more


Superintendent SitDown New Hanover County Schools

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Tim Markley stopped by Good Morning Carolina Thursday morning to discuss the recent teacher rally in Raleigh, redistricting, year-round school and more.According to the district’s website, Markley’s vision is that New Hanover County Schools will become the leading educational system in the state. As of right now, Markley said the district is doing well. The criteria includes looking at testing, graduation rates and staff retention rates. He said New Hanover is generally the top performing district in the southeast region.- Advertisement – School was closed yesterday in the county because of the teacher rally in Raleigh. Markley said the day was an opportunity to go up in an organized and peaceful way to have conversations with legislators. He understands teachers are asking for more than just higher pay.“When you see 20,000 people marching down the street in Raleigh, that’s a pretty clear message that they think there are some things that can be improved,” Markley said.When it comes to poverty in the county, Markley explained that federal funding allows the schools to put money into the higher poverty areas. He said in those areas, there are smaller class sizes and extra resources. Priority funding also helps to target the high poverty areas.Related Article: Brunswick Co. Schools still looking for bus drivers as other districts near full rostersMany parents in New Hanover County are concerned about redistricting. Markley said the board decided to delay implementing the plan for some time because they want to continue looking at growth patterns and the impact of a new elementary student opening up.Markley also addressed year-round schools in the county. He said there are currently five in the county and that the district is currently looking into the effectiveness of them. As of now, there are no plans to turn them back to traditional schools.When discussing parental involvement in a student’s life, Markley said a parent is a child’s first teacher, so it’s important they are actively involved. He hopes parents, especially in higher poverty areas, continue helping educational development outside of the classroom.Although New Hanover County Schools are one of the fastest growing areas in the state, growth is one of the struggles for the district, according to Markley. He explained the district is working to manage the growth and make use of all their resources. Another struggle for the area is retaining good teachers and making sure they have all the resources they need to be effective in the classroom.We still have two more superintendents from our area to sit down with on Good Morning Carolina.Columbus Co. Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk is scheduled for Friday, May 19. Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Kenny Garland is scheduled for Monday, May 21.We want to ask them about the questions that matter to you. E-mail your questions to newsroom@wwaytv3.com.last_img read more


NHRMC lifts flu visitation restrictions

first_img The hospital asked community members to refrain from taking children age 12 and under to any NHRMC hospital facility unless it was for the child’s treatment. A patient care area at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center has lifted restrictions on children visiting due to a decrease in flu cases.NHRMC implemented the restrictions in January to limit the spread of flu within hospital facilities and the community.- Advertisement – last_img read more


State decides Jody Greene rightfully lived in Columbus County before election

first_img Monday, the state board heard arguments from attorneys for both Greene and Lewis Hatcher. Hatcher lost to Greene by 37 votes. Hatcher eventually sued Greene asking for pay. That was following the State decision that Greene was wrongfully sworn into office in December 2018 as a local election protest denial was appealed to the state.Greene and Hatcher settled outside of court and Greene took a leave from the Sheriff’s Office pending the decision of the local and state elections boards on the protest.In April, the amended protest was given to the county elections board. The board decided 3-2 that Greene was not domiciled in Columbus County and did not meet state residency requirements to run for Sheriff.Related Article: 70+ Democrats and county commissioner switch parties in two weeksThat was challenged by Greene’s attorney before the state.“The local board misapplied the law,” said Boyd Worley. “They had all of the facts but they misapplied the law.”Board member Ken Raymond disputed the county board chair. He cited her statements made at the April hearing that were provided in a transcript. Raymond said the chair used her personal opinion to make the decision.Board member Jeff Carmon challenged Raymond’s claim. Carmon said there was not enough evidence to show Greene was planning to build a home at 1049 Page Mill Road in Cerro Gordo.“It seems to me that Mr. Greene’s domicile for the purpose of elections is on 1049 Page Mill Road,” said board Chair Bob Cordle.The NCSBE voted 4-1 against a protest of Greene’s residency in the county. Their decision maintains Greene was in fact domiciled and met residency requirements to run for Columbus County SheriffThe state board also decided the reported irregularities during and before the 2018 election were not enough to impact the outcome. NCSBE board members voted 3-2 to dismiss the protests. The state requested that the county board now certify Greene as the elected sheriff of Columbus County.There is an option for appeal. That would go to the Wake County Superior Court. We’ll have more from Raleigh coming up tonight on WWAY. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Board of Elections has reversed a decision that Jody Greene was not domiciled in Columbus County a year before the 2018 November election nor on election night.The board did agree to the decision on the local level to dismiss another protest that claimed there were irregularities that tainted the municipal election.- Advertisement – last_img read more


Updated Ruling Italian coalition reaches deal over public tenders in sign of

first_img SharePrint Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte looks on as he holds a news conference at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Remo CasilliItalian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte looks on as he holds a news conference at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Italy’s ruling parties, the League and 5-Star Movement, reached a deal on Tuesday over an overhaul of convoluted public tender rules in a sign that the coalition government is finally overcoming weeks of infighting.The accord came the day after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte threatened to quit unless the two parties stopped their constant feuding, pushing the government to the edge of collapse just a year after it was formed.Spurred on by his ultimatum, the leaders of the League and 5-Star, Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, spoke by telephone for the first time in weeks, looking to put an end to the mutual recriminations and public dissent.“The return to dialogue is a good sign,” Conte’s office said in a brief statement.Relations between the two coalition parties deteriorated dramatically in the build-up to last month’s EU parliamentary election, which saw the League become Italy’s most popular party while the 5-Star lost half its support in barely a year.Since the vote, the League’s Salvini has been behaving as the de facto prime minister, promising major tax cuts and demanding changes to European Union budget rules that impose limits on the debt and deficits run up by governments.The deal over public work contracts was the first sign that the two parties were willing to forge ahead with their often troubled partnership.“You see, we have survived another day,” said a youthful 5-Star parliamentarian after the accord was announced.League politicians had criticised the current tender code, which is hugely complex in an effort to shut out mafia businesses, as a hindrance to the lacklustre economy and demanded it be suspended for two years.5-Star rejected the proposal as “stupid” and Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli accused the League of wanting to use the dispute as a pretext to bring down the government.In the end, the two parties agreed to a freezing of certain, unspecified parts of the regulations.Many other disputes still need to be resolved between the two parties — including Salvini’s demand that Italy ignore EU deficit and debt rules as he seeks resources to pay for ambitious tax cut plans.The European Commission is likely to begin disciplinary procedures against Italy on Wednesday over its failure to reduce public debt.Speaking to reporters on Monday, Conte said Italy would have to respect EU fiscal rules until it managed to change them, effectively telling Salvini that Rome could not afford the spending splurges he has promised voters.Salvini told supporters on Monday evening that last month’s EU vote had shown that Italians wanted to break with EU rules.“If I realise after a couple of weeks that we are still saying the same things, with the same delays and the same postponements, then we would have a problem,” Salvini told RTL radio on Tuesday ahead of his call to Di Maio.Italian coalition leaders keep sniping even after PM ultimatumItaly’s coalition leaders professed loyalty to the government on Tuesday after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte threatened to quit if they did not stop feuding, but the two ruling parties kept up their mutual recriminations.Conte told reporters on Monday he would resign unless the right-wing League and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement did not put aside their many differences and resume work on enacting an agreed policy programme.Both League leader Matteo Salvini and his 5-Star counterpart Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday they wanted to continue working together. However, underscoring the deep-seat rancour, a 5-Star minister accused the League of plotting to collapse the year-old government, while Salvini set an ultimatum of his own.“If I realise after a couple of weeks that we are still saying the same things, with the same delays and the same postponements, then we would have a problem,” Salvini, who serves as deputy prime minister, told RTL radio.Relations between the two coalition parties deteriorated dramatically in the build-up to last month’s EU parliamentary election, which saw the League become Italy’s most popular party while the 5-Star lost half its support in barely a year.Since the vote, Salvini has been behaving as the defacto prime minister, promising major tax cuts and demanding changes to European Union budget rules that impose limits on the amount of debt and deficits governments can run up.In particularly pointed comments, Conte said on Monday Italy would have to respect EU fiscal rules until it managed to change them, effectively telling Salvini that Rome could not afford the sort of spending splurge he has promised voters.FISCAL BATTLEThe European Commission is likely to begin disciplinary procedures against Italy on Wednesday over the country’s failure to reduce public debt and it was not immediately clear if Salvini was ready to fall into line.Speaking to supporters on Monday evening, Salvini said the EU vote had shown that Italians wanted to break with EU rules.Besides the looming fiscal battle, the government faces an array of other internal policy disputes, including a League drive to give greater autonomy to northern regions and a push to rewrite rigid building norms to kick-start the waning economy.League politicians have said the current code, which is hugely complex in an effort to shut out mafia businesses, should be suspended for two years.Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli, who is a member of 5-Star, denounced the proposal as “stupid”.“It makes one think … that this is a pretext to create chaos and bring down the government,” he told Radio 24.If Conte cannot restore order, President Sergio Mattarella would probably order new elections four years early, which would almost certainly be held in September – the first time a national ballot has been staged in the autumn.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more


PD says it will work to restore Maltas reputation in finance

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> Partit Demokratiku said that it will work to restore Malta’s reputation in the financial sector at an international level, as it reacted to the news that ING Bank will drop Bank of Valletta as of December. The Dutch bank serves as the last correspondent bank for BOV, handling its transactions in US dollars.READ: USD correspondent bank to cut ties from BOVThe Party said that Malta is perceived as not doing enough to counter money laundering and instead is moving in a different direction, which is why BOV is losing its last correspondent bank.In a statement on Wednesday, the Party described the Dutch bank’s decision as a “wake up call” as it criticised Prime Minister Joseph Muscat for “taking the entire finance and gaming industry for a ride”. According to Partit Demokratiku ‘the whole world is ramping up its fight against money laundering, while Malta as a jurisdiction is internationally seen as moving in the other direction.’PD remarked that money laundering and the fight against financing of terrorism is not a political game but poses a real risk that threatens the jobs of people involved in the sector. Once BOV loses its last US correspondent bank, each BOV transaction outside of the EU will take longer and will cost more to process.The Party called on the government to ensure that the money laundering investigations into the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Minister Konrad Mizzi are given sufficient resources to proceed.WhatsApplast_img read more


Thinking of donating blood this summer

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> Now that the summer heat is at its peak, precautions to take care of one’s well-being should also increase. The National Blood Transfusion Unit has issued a number of extra precautions that need to be taken by potential donors in these weather conditions.Amongst the precautions, one needs to drink a substantial amount of water and eat a light and healthy meal.The general public is encouraged to take these precautions seriously and continue to donate blood.Donations may be made at:The National Blood Transfusion Unit at Gwardamanġa – daily between 8.00 am and 9.00 pm;The Mobile Blood Donation Unit next to the Żebbuġ Parish Church on Sunday the 14th of July between 8.30am and 1.00 pm;Xewkija Health Centre on Tuesday 16th of July between 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm.It is also important that donors carry a valid ID document with them.WhatsApplast_img read more


Iraq hope to appoint Eriksson as coach

first_img SharePrint The much-travelled Sven Goran Eriksson held talks with the Iraq FA this week and could be presented as their new national team coach in the coming days.The 70-year-old managed England between 2001 and 2006 but could not deliver the successes that The Three Lions dream of. After his exit from England’s national team, the Swede went on to manage Manchester City, Leicester, Mexico and Ivory Coast before heading to the cash-rich Chinese League.Iraq are ranked 94th in the world by the latest FIFA rankings. They failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more


HP to launch an Android Smartphone

first_imgAdvertisement Technology giant HP has jumped onto the Android bandwagon, with an affordable handset that is yet unnamed but is designed for emerging markets like those in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.It is said that the low-cost handset HP is prepping will be priced at approximately $200.The yet unnamed Android smartphone is said to sport a 5.5-inch screen which may be equipped with a HD resolution of 720 pixels. – Advertisement – It is said to look like Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablet with its large display.Other specs of the handset are not known as of now, but given its affordable price point, they are likely to belong to the entry level genre.HP has been working on its Android handset plans for a year and a half under the guidance of HP’s Senior Vice President of Mobility, Alberto Torres. Nothing officially has been said yet even though its slated release is said to be soon.Source: 9to5google.comlast_img read more


The 2017 MTN App Challenge Kicksoff Today

first_imgDevelopers Week goes to Nairobi, Kenya from April 25 to May 1, 20116. Image Credit: NairobiDesignWeek Advertisement The 2017 edition of the MTN App Challenge is set to commence today, Friday afternoon.The three-day app development challenge will see developers tussle to come up with innovative prototypes of mobile-based solutions under the themes of M-Health, M-Finance, M-Education, M-Business, M-Entertainment and M-Agriculture.The hackathon which will be hosted at the MTN offices, Nyonyi Gardens in Kololo, has been organized in collaboration with Outbox, a leading innovation hub in Uganda. – Advertisement – A total of 20 teams have been selected to participate out of 99 entries that were received.In today’s session, Fintech Entrepreneur and founder of award winning ensibuuko, Gerald Otim will deliver a Keynote address to the participants.In addition to the five categories of the competition, the judges will also select an overall winner. The audience will also be allowed chance to select their favorite app.Each of the winning teams will receive USD$1,000 (roughly 3,640,000 UGX), a certificate of Recognition for each team member, commercialization support from MTN, 1GB internet to all team members for 3 months and a Smartphone for each team member.[related-posts]Editor’s Note: Winners will be announced on Sunday 14th May, 2017.last_img read more


ANALYSIS New National Broadband Policy Stirs Controversy Industry Fears Nationalisation

first_imgFrank K. Tumwebaze; Minister of ICT and National Guidance speaking at the launch of the pilot project for remote broadband connectivity in rural areas of Uganda on Friday 4th, May 2018 Advertisement The Ugandan government recently approved a national broadband policy that industry experts warn could herald a nationalisation of the country’s telecommunications infrastructure; a move they say would cripple the Internet, hinder economic growth, and even threaten the interests of neighbouring countries.Many key stakeholders report not having been consulted during the policy development process, and members of the public have raised concerns that the policy would give the government the ability to directly censor or disable the Internet.The policy states that “Where the government has developed fibre or any other Broadband Infrastructure like satellite, terrestrial microwave, etc. the private operators will be regulated to use the same”, that the government will “Establish common international gateways in order to manage all international traffics originating and terminating in the Country”, and that it will “Establish Internet exchange points and ensure that all domestic traffic remains within the Country.” It emphasises that private companies “will not construct Infrastructure where it already exists.” – Advertisement – In line with this, the policy says that the government intends to “streamline the ownership, management” of the privately run .UG domain registrar and the Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UIXP), a private non-profit organisation that provides network interconnection services.Kyle Spencer, Executive Director of the Uganda Internet Exchange Point, argues that “if the policy is implemented as written, private companies would be prohibited from deploying broadband infrastructure anywhere it already exists, without the government having the same restriction, and network operators would be forced to use government infrastructure even in cases where private third-party alternatives are available. This set of rules would establish a government monopoly that would grow in scale as they deploy more infrastructure over time.”Spencer believes that this would “severely undermine existing private sector infrastructure investments and virtually eliminate future opportunities in that space,” adding that it would ultimately lead to “lost jobs, high Internet costs, and poor quality of service.” He also noted that the policy could have serious implications for Rwanda, South Sudan, and eastern DRC which rely on Uganda’s network infrastructure ecosystem for access to the global Internet via the undersea cables in Kenya.The CEO of one of Uganda’s oldest Internet service providers, who asked to remain anonymous, also warned that the policy would damage the country’s economy. “Why would we go back to monopolization at a time when Uganda is far ahead of other countries in the region due to a successful liberalisation and well working licensing policy that’s been in place since 2005?”He noted that wholesale international bandwidth costs in Uganda have dropped from approximately $5,000 to $10 per megabit in less than 10 years due to a competitive submarine and terrestrial fibre market. “How can the government now justify forcing the whole telecommunications sector back onto a single platform?” he asked with frustration, adding that the elimination of redundancies would increase the risk of large-scale outages.Spencer further observed that government attempts to control his organization’s ownership and management are short-sighted. “The UIXP is not a natural monopoly as some like to claim; we are the pioneers of an emerging industry. Look no further than Kenya to see a market that has grown to support more than one player. Other African countries like Angola, Nigeria, and South Africa have also seen the arrival of competition due to increased demand for IXP services” he said. “Uganda’s market is not far behind those countries but, if the government directly involves itself in our business, it would create a state monopoly and kill our industry before it can be born.”Albert Mucunguzi, Chairman of the ICT Association of Uganda, called upon the government to conduct industry-wide consultations before enacting such policies. “We’re disappointed that we were not consulted in the policy formulation process and have identified certain areas that are of serious concern to the industry. We’ll be formally engaging the government about these issues and will hopefully find remedies before implementation.”Members of the public also expressed concern, with many social media users noting that the policy would make it significantly easier for the government to directly censor and block access to the Internet. Their concerns are in light of a recent ban on online pornography, the implementation of a regressive social media tax, and an order to block virtual private networks (VPNs). The government also has a history of blocking social media and other services during elections and politically sensitive events.I am afraid you’re mixing up issues. Centralizing (nationalizing) international gateways and the IXP for example only means that the government block the internet at the most foundational level. This is NOT the same as collocation & sharing of communication infrastructure— mwesigwa (@valanchee) October 30, 2018The Minister of ICT & National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze, responded to complaints on Twitter. He claimed that critics either did not read the policy or misunderstood its intent and accused them of “irresponsible politicking.” He said the policy’s ultimate objective was to reduce the cost of ICT services and felt confident that it would achieve that goal. He said that the aim of the policy is to avoid duplication of infrastructure: “Where private operators have infrastructure govt won’t duplicate AND Vice-Versa” and remarked that private network operators would not have to use government infrastructure if they already have their own in place. U may call regulation “forcing ” but every industry has regulatory regimes. Read the policy & understand it. Where private operators have infrastructure govt won’t duplicate AND Vice-Versa. There will b sharing.This will drive affordability & more areas will b connected https://t.co/9WnmR4DpKr— Frank K Tumwebaze,MP (@FrankTumwebazek) October 30, 2018The Minister also insisted that several consultative meetings were conducted since 2016 but encouraged the public to continue to share substantive thoughts on the policy. “We shall incorporate them. ICT is a dynamic sector so we are open to regular reviews of policies.”The new national broadband policy objectives also include achieving a minimum broadband speed of 4 megabits per second; the implementation of mobile number portability; and to have mobile network operators listed on the local stock market by 2020 in order to stop capital flight.last_img read more


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first_imgSTAR EVENT: Newcastle v LiverpoolSt James’ Park TIME: 5.30pm TV: ESPNIt could just be the time to catch Newcastle tonight…Just six days after the Suarez disgrace on Sunday, Liverpool travel to the north-east without him and that could prove a decisive factor.The corresponding fixture has produced mixed results recently but plenty of goals….01 Apr 2012 League, Newcastle 2 – 0 Liverpool11 Dec 2010 League, Newcastle 3 – 1 Liverpool28 Dec 2008 League, Newcastle 1 – 5 Liverpool24 Nov 2007 League, Newcastle 0 – 3 Liverpool10 Feb 2007 League, Newcastle 2 – 1 LiverpoolAs always, at this stage of the season it’s important to consider what teams have got left to play for and the answer is a lot – for both sides and for different reasons.Newcastle’s chances of relegation though are greater than Liverpool’s chances of a Champions League spot, so it’s another solid reason to look towards Newcastle whose home record is generally good this season – apart from the obvious 3-0 recent drubbing at the hands of neighbours Sunderland.Newcastle head into the weekend six points clear of the drop zone with four games remaining.For us at Star Sports it’s a Newcastle win and over 2.5 goals in the game.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)4 points win NEWCASTLE to beat Liverpool4 points OVER 2.5 GOALS(-4 points Friday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more



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