Campaigners have raised serious concerns about gov

first_imgCampaigners have raised serious concerns about government plans to video-record all face-to-face assessments for personal independence payment (PIP).The move, which will begin with a pilot project, before being rolled out across the country, was announced this week by the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton.Newton also announced that the government was planning to extend the contracts of the two discredited companies that carry out the assessments – Capita and Atos – by another two years (see separate story).Newton (pictured) said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) would pilot the video-recording of PIP assessments, with a plan to roll this out across the country as “a standard part of the process”.Claimants can already request an audio recording of their PIP assessment, but they need to provide the expensive equipment themselves, and requests are still sometimes rejected.Newton had already told the Commons work and pensions committee that DWP intended to make “recording the PIP assessment a standard part of the process” but had suggested that video recording was just one potential option.A DWP spokeswoman said yesterday (Wednesday) that the actions it had taken this week “show our absolute commitment to improving the service we offer to claimants across the whole PIP journey, alongside promoting transparency and trust”.But Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) said on its Facebook page that “for DWP to admit that video recording of the assessment is needed is a shocking admission that you can’t believe what the assessors write”.In February, a report by the work and pensions committee found the PIP and employment and support allowance assessment systems were being undermined by a “pervasive culture of mistrust”, fuelled by widespread claims that assessors were deliberately trying to prevent disabled people receiving the support they were entitled to.Evidence submitted to the committee by thousands of claimants had substantiated a major investigation by Disability News Service (DNS) into the dishonesty of PIP assessors employed by Atos and Capita.Further DNS reports this February – based on freedom of information data released by DWP to campaigner John Slater – revealed “shocking” failings by the two companies in how they were fulfilling their contracts.Slater said this week that the announcement on video-recording “appears to be good news and hopefully will solve the problem of inaccurate medical reports and bad decisions”.But he said he had concerns about confidentiality, particularly around how the videos would be stored, who would be allowed to access them and what DWP would be able to use them for.He said that current guidance states that assessors cannot use information in their report that has been told to them in confidence during a PIP assessment.But the current consent form for audio recordings says that “DWP may request a copy of the recording at any time”, without the form saying who at DWP and for what purpose.If that was not “tightened up considerably” there could be serious breaches of confidentiality with video-recording of assessments, he said.Claimants often reveal deeply sensitive information in their assessments, for example that they have been abused.Slater said that “consent needs to be clear about what people are agreeing to” and “asking people to allow the DWP to do whatever it wants with recordings isn’t good enough in my view”.He has previously questioned DWP about what happens to copies of audio recordings and who can request to see them but was told the department “didn’t keep records of why copies were requested and what happened to them afterwards”.Ken Butler, welfare benefits adviser at Disability Rights UK, said the video recording announcement was “unexpected”.He also had questions about how it would work.He said: “It raises more questions than answers – will all parts of an examination be videoed? Will videoing be compulsory, or can a disabled person ask to opt-out? Will home visits be recorded? Will copies of videoed assessments be automatically given to claimants?“Some disabled people may not be happy to be video recorded.”He added: “It’s not clear why the option to audio record PIP assessments has not been introduced instead.“This might be acceptable to more disabled people and be easier to introduce more quickly.“For example, we were told by Capita when it took over the PIP contract that it had the immediate ability to audio record all its assessments, including home visits.”last_img read more

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… Disabled campaigners have warned that a Supreme Court ruling has removed a vital safeguard that protected the lives of brain-damaged patients who have been left unconscious.The Supreme Court ruled this week that families and doctors will no longer have to seek a court order if they agree to end the life of a patient with a “prolonged disorder of consciousness” (PDOC)* by withdrawing food and fluids.The court had been hearing the case of a man, Y, who never regained consciousness after a heart attack left him severely brain-damaged and in a permanent vegetative state (PVS).Y had to be kept alive with water and liquid nutrition, but his family and doctors agreed that it was in his best interests for this to be withdrawn so he could be left to die.The NHS trust that was treating him sought a declaration from the courts that they could do so without an order from the Court of Protection.This was granted by the high court, but the official solicitor appealed to the Supreme Court, which this week unanimously dismissed the appeal.Disabled campaigners have raised grave concerns about the judgment.Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK) said that it campaigns against changes in the law on assisted suicide and does not comment on issues outside this area but was still “deeply concerned about anything which leads to vulnerable disabled people being put at a greater risk regarding their life chances”.Dennis Queen (pictured, right), an NDY UK member, said: “In my personal opinion the removal of independent oversight of the Court of Protection [in the case of doctors deliberately killing patients] is severely damaging to the individual’s right to live and decide.“It could be said to begin to allow euthanasia by the back door.“The difference between removing mechanical life support from a brain-dead patient and removing basic sustenance from a patient with some brain damage is phenomenal.“It’s the difference between allowing somebody to die and actively killing them. “PVS patients can and do recover. The consequences of their brain damage can vary wildly.“People this has happened to are part of our network. We know some people remember every single thing, too.”Queen added: “Death by dehydration is a torturous way to die. Completely unlike instant suffocation, it typically takes weeks to die during which internal elements of the body literally rip open, including organs, the tongue and so on. It’s not a humane way to die. “I am deeply concerned that this is a way they can evade current law on killing live patients whose lives they’ve decided are not worth living.”Nikki Kenward, campaign director of The Distant Voices, a user-led campaign group which opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide, said this week’s ruling meant thousands of people could now be “at risk of dying against their wishes at the behest of doctors and families”.She said she feared it was another step on the “slippery slope” towards the legalisation of euthanasia.Kenward, who herself recovered from being in a “locked in” state for five months, said that putting more power into the hands of doctors and families “alarms me a great deal”.She pointed to two people who had previously taken part in Distant Voices workshops, both of whom have recovered from being in a PVS after being “given up on by the hospital”.One recently gave a speech at her daughter’s wedding and the other is now healthy, a father and in his late 20s, said Kenward.Another campaign group, Care Not Killing, said the ruling could affect up to 24,000 patients in a PVS (those who are awake but not aware) or a minimally conscious state (MCS, those who are awake but only intermittently or partially aware).Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing, said: “The Supreme Court has set a dangerous precedent.“Taking these decisions away from the Court of Protection removes an important layer of legislative scrutiny and accountability and effectively weakens the law.“It will make it more likely that severely brain-damaged patients will be starved or dehydrated to death in their supposed ‘best interests’ and that these decisions will be more influenced by those who have ideological or financial vested interests in this course of action.”He added: “Given that it costs about £100,000 per year to care for a person with PVS or MCS, the potential ‘saving’ for the NHS could be as much as £2.4 billion annually if most seek to go down this route.“Given the huge and growing financial pressure the health service is under is this really an additional pressure, no matter how subtle, we want to put medical staff and administrators under?”Compassion in Dying, the sister organisation of the pro-assisted suicide campaign group Dignity in Dying, welcomed this week’s ruling.It described the ruling as “an important move towards more person-centred care, because it means that what’s best for the individual can be decided by their medical team and loved ones, and acted upon more quickly, rather than spending months or even years waiting for a court decision”.Y died last December but the Supreme Court decided that the appeal should go ahead “because of the general importance of the issues raised by the case”.Lady Black, who delivered the judgement, which was agreed by the four other Supreme Court justices who heard the case, disagreed with the official solicitor, who had argued that common law or the European Convention on Human Rights meant the Court of Protection should be asked to rule on every case.The official solicitor had argued that the patient’s “vulnerable position” was safeguarded by having an “independent and neutral person” who can “investigate, expose potential disputes, and give the patient a voice in the decision-making” through a court hearing.But Lady Black concluded that if the Mental Capacity Act and relevant medical guidance – particularly that of the General Medical Council – was followed, and there was agreement among family and doctors on “the best interests of the patient”, there was no need for a court order.She said that, “although application to court is not necessary in every case, there will undoubtedly be cases in which an application will be required (or desirable) because of the particular circumstances”.*PDOC includes patients left in a permanent vegetative state or in a minimally conscious state.Picture by Paula Peterslast_img read more

IN only their first full season Saints Girls Rugb

first_imgIN only their first full season, Saints Girls Rugby League Team have been honoured by the RFL by a sizeable number of players being selected for the U14 and U16 North West Girls Talent Pathway.This exciting initiative forms a key stepping stone in the RFL’s new player pathway and is designed to identify and develop players who may have the potential to play at the elite levels of the game.This phase runs for eight weeks consisting of coaching sessions and playing opportunities. The girls will be coached by some of the RFL’s top coaches from the England set up, including ex-saints star Anthony Sullivan, the newly appointed Women’s England team head coach.The coaches will run a skills and athletic development programme for three weeks, before joining together with other areas on the fourth and eight weeks to play. These games are not the primary focus of the programme with the emphasis placed on continual skill development and decision making under pressure.Not to be outdone by their older teammates, the Saints Girls u12s players currently head the North West League, and if their form continues, they face the real prospect of playing the best team from the Yorkshire and London League’s to compete for the title of Champion of Champions, early in July.Any girls from Y5 and upwards wanting to try their hand at Rugby League can come down to Thatto Heath Crusaders Club at Close Street in Thatto Heath, Wednesdays 6-7, and when festivals are not taking part Saturday mornings 11am to 12.30pm. You can email for details.last_img read more

WE have received the sad news that Joe Seddon has

first_imgWE have received the sad news that Joe Seddon has passed away at the age of 83.One of the most important figures in the history of St. Helens Rugby League Club for almost half a century, Joe was a chartered accountant by profession and worked initially for Saints’ Director Jim Robinson [Stanley Marsh and Company] in offices in the Town Hall Square, writes Alex Service.Saints’ Chairman Harry Cook recognised his capabilities in terms of dealing with financial matters and appointed him Company Secretary.Joe was also a valued member of the Board of Directors for many years at Knowsley Road.He became Chairman of the club in September 1976, following the resignation of Charles Martin [Tom Ashcroft became vice-Chairman] and led the team out at Wembley for the 1978 Jubilee Challenge Cup final against Leeds.His three-year tenure ended at the end of the 1978-79 season, when Tom Ashcroft took over, but Joe later became the elected Chairman of the Rugby Football League in 1985-86 – a tremendous honour indeed.Born in Peasley Cross, Joe attended Cowley School and became good friends with [veterinary surgeon] John Tandy, who lived across the road.“Joe was a really popular man and a capable and trusted one too,” remembers former journalist Denis Whittle. “I believe he met [wife] Marjorie at Sutton Cricket Club, where they were both members of the Tennis section.” Indeed, he married Marjorie in 1956 and they have a daughter, Helen and three grandsons. Joe joined the RAF for his National Service, during which time he played quite a bit of rugby union.Apart from his close associations with the Saints, Joe was also a member of Grange Park Golf Club; a Chairman of St. Helens Round Table and an active Rotarian. A prominent local Freemason [St. George’s Lodge], he was also a most valued member of Windle Bowling Club for good measure.Yet it is for his work at the helm at the Saints which he will be always remembered and cannot be under-stated.Close friend Glynis Clegg, wife of former Chairman John, a fellow Board member, recalls his “warmth, kindness and his amazing sense of humour. We were close friends for many years and it does seem as though a very bright light has gone out.” Everyone associated with St. Helens R.F.C. sends out their condolences to Joe’s family at this sad timeJoe’s funeral will be held at Rainford Parish Church on Monday January 5 at 11.30am. It will then transfer to St Helens Crematorium at 12.30pm.last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Frida

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round Eight clash at Wigan Warriors.Joe Greenwood is recalled whilst Jack Ashworth is named in the ‘19′ after being drafted in late last week ahead of the trip to Hull KR.Saints 17 will be chosen from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Lance Hohaia, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Paul Wellens, 21. Joe Greenwood, 22. Matty Dawson, 25. Andre Savelio, 28. Jack Ashworth.Shaun Wane will select his Wigan side from:3. Anthony Gelling, 4. Dan Sarginson, 5. Joe Burgess, 6. George Williams, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Dom Crosby, 9. Michael McIlorum, 11. Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 14. John Bateman, 17. Tony Clubb, 20. Ryan Hampshire, 22. Dom Manfredi, 23. Lee Mossop, 24. Taulima Tautai, 25. Larne Patrick, 26. Logan Tomkins, 28. Ryan Sutton, 31. Connor Farrell.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be Phil Bentham.Saints’ ticket allocation for the game has sold out.last_img read more

SAINTS made the long trip over the Pennines to Hul

first_imgSAINTS made the long trip over the Pennines to Hull aiming not only to continue their unbeaten run but to continue the development process of the next raft of players for the Club, writes Graham Henthorne.The first ten minutes were nip and tuck until the black and whites made an error on the Saints line. Tommi Hughes picked up the loose ball and raced 80 metres only to be caught from behind. But a quick play the ball saw Lewis Charnock power his way over and convert his own try.Two minutes later and Hughes got his name on the score sheet as he finished a fine right to left move racing into the corner. This was to be his final act of the game as he limped off just as Charnock’s fine touchline conversion put the Saints into a twelve point lead.His ready-made replacement, Dave Eccleston, played a big part in the Saints third try. Shannon McDonnell returned an FC kick with interest snaking across the field before putting Eccleston away. He showed great composure in committing the full back before returning the pass to put McDonnell under the posts.The Saints were playing with momentum by now and Charnock scored the fourth with a great individual effort.As ever, however, momentum changes and the hosts got their chance to put the Saints under pressure as the half came to a close. Three sets on the Saints line culminated in a converted try.The hosts took heart from this starting the second period well but another fine solo effort from McDonnell took the wind from their sails.Ricky Bailey scored the Saints next try as good hands moved the ball wide after Ollie Davies had been held up over the line.Four minutes later and a similar move saw the ball again moved wide right and this time Matty Fleming took advantage of the overlap to stroll in for another unconverted try.A great inside pass from Andre Savelio put Davies into the clear and his pass put Lewis Furlong away to stroll over for the seventh Saints try.A borderline call from a short kick off gifted Hull possession and they took advantage to score two quick fire tries through Zeus Silk and Callum Lancaster to make the score 16-42.The Reserves responded with short kick off of their own and the ball fell to McDonnell who completed his hat trick.A great individual try on the hooter from loose forward Jansin Turgit was the last score of the match.The three late Hull FC tries gave the final score a degree of respectability it didn’t deserve and wasn’t a true reflection of how dominant the Saints truly were.Savelio, Davies and Tony Suffolk were instrumental in laying the platform for Charnock to orchestrate a fine team performance in hot, humid conditions.I’m indebted to successful Coach Ian Talbot for the information from which this report has been constructed.Match Summary:Hull FC Reserves:Tries: Jordan Lane (40), Zeus Silk (74), Callum Lancaster (76), Jansen Turgit (80).Goals: TBCSaints Reserves:Tries: Lewis Charnock (10 & 32), Tommi Hughes (12), Shannon McDonnell (24, 44 & 78), Ricky Bailey (51), Matty Fleming (55), Lewis Furlong (65).Goals: Lewis Charnock 6Half Time: 24-6Full Time: 48-20Teams:Hull FC:1. Reece Dean; 2. Mike Adlard, 3. Connor Bower, 4. Jack Sanderson, 5. Callum Lancaster; 6. Jordan Abdull, 7. Harry Tyson-Wilson; 8. Masi Matongo, 9. Jez Litten, 10. Brad Clavering, 11. Jordan Lane, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Jansin Turgit. Subs: 14. Zeus Silk, 15. Ash Bastiman, 16. Ross Osbourne, 17. Alex Gilbey.Saints:1. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Ricky Bailey, 3. Calvin Wellington, 4. Matty Fleming, 5. Tommi Hughes; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Tom Connick; 8. Tony Suffolk, 9. Jonah Cunningham, 10. Tom Whittle, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Dave Llewellyn, 13. Andre Savelio.Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Owen Smith, 16. Ben Morris, 17. Liam Cooper, 18. Levy Nzoungou, 19. Dave Eccleston, 20. Lewis Furlong.last_img read more

Were proud to represent our town and you all and

first_imgWe’re proud to represent our town and you all and we can’t wait to get the season underway.The boys are working hard in their pre-season, and we’ve been out in the community too meeting as many fans as we can.We’re looking forward to you joining us as we begin our Super League campaign at home against Castleford Tigers on Friday February 2.Plus, don’t forget we start our pre-season match preparations with two home friendlies against:Sheffield Eagles – Saturday January 20 2018, KO 15:00Leigh Centurions – Friday January 26 2018, KO 2-:00For tickets click here.Until then, have a Saintly festive period!Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

NCDOT hosting drone workshop at CFCC

first_img State and local government personnel who are interested in learning about this technology are encouraged to attend. Local commercial drone operators are also invited to attend and network.“Drone technology is quickly advancing, and so are the possibilities for a business or government organization interested in using one,” Said Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager for NCDOT.  “The folks in attendance can expect to come away with a realistic understanding of the possible applications for drone technology, and what it takes to effectively implement drones into their operations.”Seating is limited, so attendees should register early. Registration will close on Friday, or earlier if capacity is reached.  The event will last from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on September 28, and will have presentations, networking opportunities, and live flight demonstrations.  Lunch and snacks are provided.Related Article: Students raise thousands of dollars for Florence victims, cannot distribute fundsNCDOT hopes to use these free workshops to show how safe and beneficial this emerging technology can be. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Transportation is hosting a drone workshop for commercial and government operators on Thursday, September 28 at the McKeithan Center on the Cape Fear Community College North Campus.The workshop is hosted by NCDOT’s Division of Aviation Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office, and is focused on commercial and government drone operations and data management.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pender Co Sheriff Carson Smith will retire run for NC House

first_imgPender County Sheriff Carson Smith (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018.The four term sheriff plans to leave the sheriff’s office to seek public office.- Advertisement – An announcement from the sheriff’s office confirmed that Smith will run for the State House left vacant Chris Millis.Sheriff Smith’s term ends Dececember 3, 2018.last_img

Police Man wanted for assaulting his mom stealing money and car

first_img On Saturday, his mother reported that he had stolen her Ford Mustang.Police later found the abandoned car in South Carolina.They think Leighton may be in the Sunset Beach area.Related Article: Man shouting ‘You die’ kills 33 at Japan anime studioHe’s described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 120 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair and a scar on his front shoulder.If you’ve seen him, call the Sunset Beach Police Department. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sunset Beach Police are looking for a man they say could be a danger to himself and others.According to reports, 31-year-old Derek Craig Leighton assaulted his mother at her home last Thursday before stealing her purse and leaving.- Advertisement – last_img

Moon landing realisation of a dream – Pope

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, June 30, 2019. Picture taken June 30, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERSPope Francis leads the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, June 30, 2019. Picture taken June 30, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS “Fifty years ago, yesterday, man set foot on the moon, realizing an extraordinary dream.”Pope Francis made this comment when today Sunday he was making his customary address after the prayer of the Angelus.He prayed that the memory of that  “great step trigger the desire to progress together to even greater goals: more dignity to the weak, more justice between peoples, more future for our common home.”Addressing the crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer, the Pope expressed his hope that the memory of “that great step for humanity” might spark the desire to reach even “greater goals”.Vatican News in one of its reports said that fifty years ago Pope St. Paul VI was one of the millions who watched Neil Armstrong set the first step on the moon. Paul VI was an enthusiast for space travel and spent lots of time at the Vatican Observatory.Service without anxietyPope Francis spoke about today’s Gospel about Martha and Maria. He said that the two sisters welcomed Him, and whilst one sister, Mary, sits at His feet – with the desire to listen to each and every word He speaks – the other sister, Martha, tends to Jesus’ needs.The Pope expressed the importance of Mary’s actions, explaining that when we really listen to Him, the Lord surprises us. The Pope underlined the importance of always making room for the Lord.”Pope Francis also explained Jesus’s words: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things”.Pope Francis explained that with these words, Jesus “does not intend to condemn the attitude of service, but rather the anxiety with which it is sometimes experienced”. Instead, he said “we express Martha’s concern” and we follow her example in order to make sure that in our communities “there is a sense of welcome”, so that “everyone can feel ‘at home’, especially the little ones and the poor”.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Dont watch Obama punching someone for insulting him on Twitter

first_imgAdvertisement A new Twitter scam features a fake video of President Obama punching someone for insulting him, all designed to steal passwords and push malware, Internet security firm PandaLab has noted today. The microblogging site’s users are advised to ignore a direct message asking them to click a link to watch the clip.Spammers are also creating fake pages designed to mislead unsuspecting victims. The scheme uses the likes of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for disgraceful purposes, according to PandaLabs.The direct message, reading “Check out Obama punch a guy in the face for calling him a n*****,” flanks a link that begins with a prefix which leads to a fake Facebook page asking for a Twitter user’s credentials.“Every time you receive a direct message, you should check with the sender that they have knowingly sent it to you,” Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs, said in a post. “Make sure it has not been automatically forwarded to you from a hacked account. As a general rule, always keep your antivirus software up to date and be wary of messages offering sensational videos or unusual stories as, in 99 percent of cases, they are designed to compromise user security.” – Advertisement – Spammers would later use the credentials to skyjack the link-clicker’s account thus continuing the vicious cycle — sending messages to the victim’s Twitter contacts. Once the link-clicker has surrendered his Twitter credentials, a fake YouTube-app download message that reads “an update for YouTube Player is needed,” while presenting an install button.If the button is clicked, a worm, capable of infecting the computer and stealing personal data, is downloaded.The scam is a variation of one that has been spreading, according to Cnet, through direct messages along with a malicious link such as: “What exactly do you think you’re doing on this video clip”, “Hello this guy is saying bad rumors about u…” or “Did you see this pic of you?”Source: HumanIPOlast_img read more

African Governments fear ICT Policy Creation – dotAfrica

first_imgAdvertisement Development in the digital landscape is a fearsome experience to most African governments, posing the opportunity for business involvement and registrar incubation, stakeholders at the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) iWeek conference reports.Alice Munyua, in charge of government relations and policy at dotAfrica, spoke yesterday as part of a panel discussion on building a registrar business in Africa, saying there is some fear amongst African government officials on the topic.“There is a little bit of fear about the policy frameworks and regulatory frameworks, but also at the same time protecting [the] public,” Munyua said.She pointed to the need to develop a conducive environment to enable businesses for the selling of domains. – Advertisement – Neil Dundas, director of the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) feels the solution lies in establishing incubation and a reselling programme, especially for West African countries.“It is a very complex, expensive process…you have to grow it from grass roots up,” Dundas said.Pierre Dandjinou, vice president of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Africa, emphasised the big financial step of becoming a registrar, requiring readiness to grow from a local to a global market.“If you want to become a wholesaler, you have to abide in certain rules,” Dandjinou said.ICANN hopes to play an assisting role in providing resources and enabling cross-border business through developing a business model.“Reselling domain names across borders is an issue we need to face. Already we have the issue with banking. We need to think of ways about how to do it,” Dandjinou said.Munyua explained more participation can be encouraged by hosting forums for different stakeholders to interact and make governments aware.dotAfrica is hoping to “connect the dots” by engaging with governments and bodies such as the African Union (AU) to aid in paving the way for prosperous developments.“It is important to identify these challenges and then present these to governments,” Munyua said.“They will be willing to engage to find solutions for some of the challenges we are facing.”Mentioning the Kenyan success story of M-Pesa as an example, she feels its success is owed to a lack of governmental interference.Credit: Humanipolast_img read more

Uganda Police Force To Abandon Use of UTL Services After 14 Years

first_imgUTL offices in Kampala | Photo by : East African Van Guard. Advertisement With the current situation Uganda Telecom LTD (UTL) is facing, the firm was placed under government receivership following the withdrawal of their biggest shareholders; Libya Post Telecommunications and IT company (LPTIC) earlier this year.According to reports we obtained, the Uganda Police Force is said to quit using the firms services after 14 years of working with them.The reports came in after Police Spokesperson; Asan Kasingye confirmed that the force is in the process of getting a new telephone services provider. – Advertisement – Citing The Observer, statistics from the ICT directorate show that police has more than 8000 simcards registered with UTL and spends about 400 million UGX each month to maintain these simcards.According to reliable sources in the ICT directorate, a survey conducted by the force shows that more than three quarters of the police commanders cannot be reached using their official UTL numbers due to poor network reception.“It has been hard to access officers on their official numbers and it’s even harder for the public to reach them,” The Observer reports.[related-posts]Notably, on Wednesday H.E the President of Uganda; Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – swung in to save firm which was facing a possible liquidation. The President immediately assembled a team of lawyers, who successfully filed for bankruptcy, in a desperate last minute measure to save the company.last_img read more

Unboxing and First Impressions of the itel S12

first_imgAdvertisement Conversations over social media lately have been pointing to itel’s new phone, the Itel S12, its Dual Selfie Camera and as said, its “highly responsive” finger print scanner. These conversations have since sparked enthusiasm over what the phone can do and how exceptional it would be from other phones that are already on the Ugandan market.The device is finally here.Although we won’t have our full review of the device up until we can explore every aspect of it, we did perform a quick unboxing of the unit, so you can get a sense of what comes inside the retail packaging.1 of 6 – Advertisement – The device arrives in a black and red package which contains a pair of headsets, a charging cable, an AC adapter, and a plastic phone cover.The device looks pretty good with curved corners and stands out especially when compared to its siblings.At the back, it has a single rear camera with a led flash, a finger print scanner and a speaker towards the lower end.In front, the 5 inch screen – device has two selfie cameras and a led flash. It has a headphone jack at the upper end, a charging port and a mouth piece at the lower end.According to itel officials, the device is available in three colours of Black, Gold and Silver.PC Tech Magazine acquired a black one which will be assessed for a final review after two weeks of use.last_img read more

Chinas Access to Satellite TV Project Sees 500 Villages Across Uganda Access

first_imgInstalling a startimes satellite dish in the rural area of Kenya. Kenya is among the 25 countries that will benefit from the Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages project. (Photo Courtesy: Xinhuanet) Advertisement Chinese government has completed its digital television project that seeks more than 500 villages across Uganda access to digital television, reports Daily Monitor. The 500 villages are part of 10,000 villages across Africa that will benefit from this project, dubbed Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages.The project was implemented in Uganda by Chinese multinational media company; StarTimes with close supervision from the Chinese Embassy and the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance in July 2018—in an event attended by the First Lady & Minister of Education & Sports; Janet Museveni, Minister of ICT & National Guidance; Frank Tumwebaze, and the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda; Zheng Zhuqiang.Janet Museveni at the launch ceremonial, said that the project will support education and encourage digital learning in rural schools by providing learning aids in form of projectors and televisions. – Advertisement – Six months after the project’s implementation, it has now officially been handed over to the Uganda government.Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, speaking at the handover ceremony in Kampala over the weekend, said the project will help the government improve education standards in rural areas. She added that villagers will have access to information such as agricultural markets, which will mostly help farmers.Startimes has installed gadgets including; Projectors, Digital TV sets, DTH decoders, and satellite dishes — in public viewing centers including; schools, health centers, community centers, and other village halls. This was confirmed by Startimes Chief Executive, Andy Wang.The ‘Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages’, is a China-Africa Cooperation project which aims to reduce the digital divide in African rural areas by giving villages access to digital television. The project is among 10 major cooperation programs to boost cooperation between China and Africa in a period of 3 years.A total of 25 African countries including; Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, D.R.C., Guinea, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Rwanda, Burundi, Benin, Eritrea, Chad, Central Africa, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, and Gabon will be benefiting from this project.last_img read more


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