Disabled activists have explained why they took to

first_imgDisabled activists have explained why they took to the streets around parliament to protest at the government’s latest cuts to disability benefits.The protest, organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN), brought traffic to a standstill outside the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, a day before the spring budget.It was sparked by fresh cuts to personal independence payment (PIP) that were announced last month by work and pensions secretary Damian Green, following two tribunal rulings, and which will particularly impact on people with mental health conditions.A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) equality impact assessment found that an estimated 164,000 claimants will either lose all of their eligibility for the PIP mobility component or see it reduced, as a result of the cuts.Another 1,500 disabled people who need support to take medication and monitor a health condition will either lose all of their PIP daily living payment or see it cut.During the protest, activists – and Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people, Marie Rimmer – posed for pictures in front of parliament with a “#ToryCutsKill” banner.Scores of disabled people then marched around Parliament Square chanting “no more deaths from benefit cuts”, before staging a sit-in roadblock.Many of those who joined Tuesday’s action were protesting at the cumulative impact of years of cuts to disability benefits and other support, and its often fatal impact on disabled people.The latest cuts came only three months after the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities found the UK government’s social security reforms had caused “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights.Paula Peters, from DPAC and MHRN, said the PIP cuts were “an ideologically-designed policy designed to remove support from us” and that the government had “blood on their hands” and “need to be put in the dock for the deaths of disabled people”.She told protesters: “Raise your voices in anger. This has got to stop.”MHRN activist Roy Bard said the latest cuts showed the government had “no respect for the United Nations and no respect for disabled people”, and warned that they would lead to more “distressed and traumatised people… on the streets of our cities and towns”.He disputed the government’s claim that people with mental health conditions were more likely to receive the support they needed under PIP than under disability living allowance (DLA), the benefit it is replacing for working-age claimants.He said: “That’s not our experience. Our experience is that people who had been on DLA with mental health issues for a long time suddenly find themselves on zero points when they come to their first PIP assessment.“The people who are the most isolated, the most vulnerable, are the ones who are losing out at the moment.”Denise McKenna, MHRN’s co-founder, told Disability News Service: “People are living very close to the edge at the moment and they can’t afford any more cuts.“The government are getting rid of the welfare state and they don’t care who lives or dies.“In the context of a huge assault that has been going on for several years now, these are particularly nasty. It’s particularly aimed at people with mental health problems.”Another disabled protester, Jamie McCormack, said: “If you are going to have a prime minister talking about equality, talking abour parity of esteem [between mental and physical health], then you had better match it up with actions.”He said he had wanted to attend the protest on behalf of friends with mental health problems who could not be there, and to be “the voice of the voiceless”.Disabled campaigner Faisal Yusuf said: “Are they politicians or are they barbers? Benefits are not a person’s hair that they keep cutting.“They say they are going to support people with learning disabilities but then they cut the benefit.“My message to the government is: ‘Stop with the cuts.’ To them it might be some sort of benefit, but to people with learning disabilities it is their lives.”Richie Boakye said he and his friends were there to “speak up for ourselves”.He said: “The government taking money from disabled people is wrong. They shouldn’t cut our money because we have a disability. Our money is important.”Martin Doyle added: “I am only here because I don’t like the way they are cutting all the benefits. I think it’s disgraceful.“Like Richie, I think we are all entitled to our money, full stop.”He added: “I am worried about what is going to happen in the future. If they are going to cut our benefits, what else are they going to cut? Our self-respect?”John Wood, who receives disability living allowance, said he was already struggling with his bills, even though he had not yet been reassessed for PIP.He said the latest cuts were “disgraceful”.Victoria Lopez said she had wanted to attend the protest because of the disabled people who had died as a result of the government’s welfare reforms.She said: “One person is too many, and that is what we are saying, and they are not being held accountable. People should not be dying. How is that right?“My hope is that we are listened to.”She said she hoped the government would think again on the imminent cuts of nearly £30 a week for new claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance, and that it would scrap the work capability assessment.She said she had wanted to attend the protest even though she knew that it meant she would be “paralysed” the next day because of her impairment.Another disabled protester, Rona Topaz, said she feared that the government would eventually “try to abolish PIP altogether”.She said that although the current cuts did not affect her personally, she was “here to show solidarity with people who are affected by these cuts.“I believe they are ideological, they are unnecessary, and they are specifically meant to demoralise the weakest and most vulnerable claimants of PIP.”Ariane Sacco, from the disabled women’s organisation WinVisible, said that women with mental health problems who were part of the network were “alarmed” at the latest PIP cuts.Rimmer (pictured, talking to Bard), Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people, said the PIP changes had been “sneaked through”, and that while the government had promised “parity of esteem” for mental health service-users, the new cut to PIP “flies in the face of parity of esteem”.She added: “When [the government] have a chance to do something about parity of esteem between mental health and physical health, what do they do? They throw it away.”She said: “They are dismantling every support service we have. To attack disabled people in this manner is absolutely unforgiveable.”Rimmer, a disabled person herself, told DNS that the latest cuts would “shove more and more people into poverty”.She added: “It’s their means of getting out and about. They are going to be sanctioned into their own homes. It really is inexcusable.“The key message is they should restore it, treat disabled people as human beings and help them to live a life and be included in society.”She said the government was “absolutely not” doing that at the moment, but instead was “throwing them by the wayside”.Rimmer pointed out that the UK had been the first to be criticised through a UN inquiry for “grave or systematic violations” of the disability convention.Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green party, who was also at the protest, accused the government of “moving the goalposts when it suits them” on PIP eligibility, and “over-turning the will of the courts”.He said the latest cuts were “continuing to imprison more disabled people within their homes”.And he said they would “segregate” and “remove disabled people from the public consciousness” and make it even harder for them to protest about the cuts they were facing.last_img read more

60 Seconds The 16th Street Plaza Pee Wall

first_imgThe Department of Public Works has painted some of the walls in the city – including one in the southwestern part of the 16th Street Plaza – with with a special coating that deflects liquid, to prevent people from peeing on them. We headed over there to see what people think of this new innovation. Tags: 60 seconds Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Some walls in the city have been painted with a special coating that deflects liquid, to prevent people from peeing on them. One of these walls in in the southwestern half of the 16th Street Plaza, and we headed over there to see what people think of this new innovation.Video by Emma Neiman and Laura Wenus.last_img read more

TwoAlarm Fire Breaks Out in Potrero Hill

first_imgA fire broke out on the top floor of a residential-over-commercial building in Potrero Hill on Wednesday afternoon, though it was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.The two-alarm fire struck 2212 19th St. near Vermont Street at around 2:45 p.m., according to Jonathan Baxter, the Fire Department spokesperson.“Fire was visible and active from the top floor and roof,” he said, adding that the department received multiple phone calls about the fire because it was visible from both the 101 and 280 freeways and sent up plumes of smoke that could be seen city-wide.By 3:20 p.m. firefighters had controlled the blaze. Tags: Fires • housing • potrero hill Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Two residents of the single unit upstairs — a married couple with two dogs — were displaced by the fire. Their unit, which occupies the entire top floor, suffered extensive smoke, water, and fire damage, particularly to the rear corner, Baxter said.The residents’ two poodles, meanwhile, were safe in a neighbor’s back yard – “Looks like we’ll be taking care of those two poodles for a little while,” the neighbor said.Staff at a dental office downstairs were also displaced from their workplace due to extensive water damage there. Some seven employees there and a few patients evacuated when someone knocked on their office door and told them the roof was on fire.“All we know is someone ran up to our door and told us that there was a fire,” said Kendra Wood, a dental assistant who works in the building. 0% View of Potrero Hill Fire from 8th and Townsend #PotreroHill #sf #fire @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/EBGVNi3giY— $t€ph@ni€ (@BettyBooze) September 21, 2016last_img read more

SAINTS Superstore has everything you need to kit y

first_imgSAINTS Superstore has everything you need to kit yourself out for the Grand Final.2014 Home and Away Replica Shirts are available at just £20 whilst we also have a range of trainingwear in stock too.And there’s a range of matchday products including scarves, beanie hats, flags, car products, face paints and hooters.Other specific Grand Final 2014 products are also available in store in limited numbers!To buy pop into the Superstore at Langtree Park or log on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

LAST week a team of 14 cyclists and their support

first_imgLAST week a team of 14 cyclists and their support arrived back in St Helens as they completed their grueling cycle from Amsterdam to St Helens having covered over 320 miles, writes Callum Hesketh.The challenge, in aid of St Helens Autism Support, saw the cyclists take in the historic towns of Arnhem and Nijmegen before heading to Rotterdam to catch the overnight ferry to Hull.Straight from the ferry the team headed to Castleford to meet Saints supporters heading to the fixture against the Tigers before arriving at Leeds City. The last day to St Helens was over The Pennines which meant steep climbs which combined with torrential rain and wind just added to the test for everybody involved.All completed their task and where met by supporters at The Gerard Arms late Sunday afternoon for well-earned refreshments. The endeavors of all will boost the Charity’s coffers by more than £ 3,000St. Helens Autism Support is a registered charity started in February 2013. Its aim is to raise funds and awareness of Autism and the implications of the condition, and to support initiatives that will improve life chances for people diagnosed with the condition in the St Helens area.In addition to awareness, the main aim of the charity this year is to raise funds towards a resource centre to hopefully provide education, training and social facilities for the benefit of individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their carers.Barry Ford, Brian Wellens, Chris Hayes, Chris Joynt, Colin Edwards, Dom McCormack, John Kilgannon, Jon Hitchen, Jonathan Neill, Leigh Farr, Mike Denning, Sean Casey, Shaun Keenaghan and Tom Jackson all took part.last_img read more

Days One and Two – Monday October 9 Tuesday Octo

first_imgDays One and Two – Monday October 9 & Tuesday October 10It was a good start to the trip as all of the lads arrived at the Totally Wicked Stadium in good time, wearing the correct attire and only one or two of them having bags that were overweight, writes Ian Talbot.The blend of nerves and excitement was obvious, with a few teary eyes as we eventually jumped into the coach and off we set.The coach journey was over in a flash and after a minor visa hiccup at check-in all of the lads made their way safely and event free through the security checks.All except one person that is… slightly delayed after getting his visa sorted Brandon O’Neill’s hair had to be frisked by security staff! He also then had to pull out his iPad, laptop computer, speakers, headphones, hairdryer, straighteners and the kitchen sink to have his bag searched!Everyone boarded the flight in high spirits as the first leg to Hong Kong began.Some of the boys chose to play games, watch movies or listen to music to help pass the time.A couple of members of staff tried to have an early sleep to help adjust the body clocks but unfortunately this was rudely interrupted by Jack Welsby and Kiye Siyani, who had their earphones on and were unaware of their volume as happily, they loudly sang out the popular common tune ‘Agadoo’!The different characteristics of the individual players were open for all to see too. For example, as most of the lads competed with each other over a game of chess, Jamie Little was sat amusing himself doing a jigsaw and Josh Simm danced along as he enjoyed watching Mickey Mouse’s clubhouse.We haven’t even arrived yet and all the signs are there that once again, the lads are going to keep the staff well entertained.After a quick touchdown in Hong Kong the second leg was a wipeout with everyone getting some sleep in, in preparation for the challenges that lie ahead.Upon arrival in Sydney, we were straight on to the bus and over to Penrith, picking up pizza along the way.It was then an early night for all as the lads need their beauty sleep.last_img read more

Weather delays River Road construction so when will it finally open

first_img According to NCDOT Spokesperson Brian Rick, engineers will perform a walkthrough Thursday.If the inspection goes well they hope to have the road open at the end of the week.Rick said there is no official date until the walk through is completed.Related Article: Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, PinPoint Restaurant nominated for ‘Southern Living’ contestRicks says if there are any problems they will assess them and go from there. The portion of River Road has been closed in November. (Photo: WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — River Road in New Hanover County was scheduled to reopen in mid-May, but weather delayed construction.The new opening date was May 31, but now that likely won’t be the case.- Advertisement – last_img read more

National Night Out events happening in the Cape Fear

first_imgLelandLeland Police Department will be at 6 – 9 p.m. at Leland Municipal Park WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — National Night Out is usually held the first Tuesday of August as a way to promote relations between police and the communities they serve.Here are the places we know hosting events Tuesday evening.WilmingtonWilmington Police Department – Independence Mall in Wilmington from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The officers from the Women on Patrol series will be on hand signing trading cards for fans. Carolina BeachCarolina Beach Police Department will be at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Man wanted for allegedly driving into parked cars front porch

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for a man who allegedly hit multiple cars before driving into a house Monday morning.Police are looking for 27-year-old Terrance La-Drell Fisher. He is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage, driving while license revoked and reckless driving.- Advertisement – WPD says Fisher, driving east on Dawson Street, hit a parked car around 3:30 a.m. Monday. The impact of the crash cause the parked car to be slammed into another parked car. No one was inside. Police says Fisher then lost control, drove through a nearby yard and crashed into the front porch of a house, tearing down the hand rails.Officers said a witness went to see what happened after hearing a loud crash and saw Fisher running away.The incident causes thousands of dollars worth of damage. Fisher’s vehicle and one of the parked cars were totaled.Related Article: VIDEO: Suspect wanted for crashing into parking deckAnyone with information is asked to contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip.last_img read more

Wilmington approves 9M for initial storm cleanup funding

first_img The city says the money will come from their fund balance. However, they expect the federal government to reimburse some of the money.There are currently 57 trucks picking up debris with construction debris pickup scheduled to start Monday.The total cost for storm response is expected to be much higher.Related Article: CSX still investigating train derailmentCity council will address that in the future. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council has approved the first round of funding for Hurricane Florence recovery.$9 million is the initial amount for cleanup and most of it will go toward debris removal.- Advertisement – last_img read more

We will always be a Coast Guard City Mayor businesses react to

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A staple of downtown Wilmington for three decades will soon be just a memory. The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence will be leaving us next year with no plans of returning.“We asked them, we said, if you can’t keep it in downtown Wilmington for security reasons and the assets and hard structures they had to build around it, is there another place along our waterfront that we could possible look at?” Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said.- Advertisement – That request from Mayor Saffo to the Coast Guard regarding the cutter Diligence would not be fulfilled. The Coast Guard decided that the Diligence, which has spent nearly 30 years in Wilmington, would be moved to its new home at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida on or around September 30, 2020.“It’s a sad day to see that ship leave and those folks who are our neighbors and citizens that reside in our community,” Saffo said.President of Wilmington Downtown Incorporated Ed Wolverton says losing the Diligence, it’s 72 crew members and their families, is a bad blow to downtown, both socially and economically.Related Article: Mayor: Damage from Florence tops nearly $220 million in New Hanover County“We have some businesses that have relationships with the Diligence itself as far as activities and events,” Wolverton said.One of those businesses is Hell’s Kitchen. Owner Eric Laut says back in 2015 they held a cooking contest with the Diligence to see who had the better cooks.“It’s been a great relationship with them,” Laut said. “They come in here every once in a while, and we’re just glad to have them.”Wolverton says losing the Diligence also means losing a tourist attraction.“It’s one of the few working docks that are available for the public to go by and see on a daily basis,” Wolverton said. “Often times, it may be on a military installation, or maybe in a place that people can’t get to.”Saffo says that easy access may be part of the reason for the Diligence leaving. He says although it’s sad to see it go, he hopes something positive will come out of it.“I’m sure that if we were to receive that piece of property from the United States Coast Guard or from the federal government, that we would probably make it Coast Guard Park,” Saffo said.​A letter the Coast Guard sent to Rep. David Rouzer says the move will support their homeporting priorities by clustering cutters of the same class.last_img read more

Surf City Police search for man accused of breaking into cars stealing

first_img 1 of 3 Man wanted for larceny in Surf City (Photo: Surf City PD) – Advertisement – Man wanted for larceny in Surf City (Photo: Surf City PD) Man wanted for larceny in Surf City (Photo: Surf City PD) Man wanted for larceny in Surf City (Photo: Surf City PD) SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Surf City Police are looking for a man they say was involved in multiple car break-ins from back in January.They’re asking for your help to identify the suspect in these photos. Police say these two men were caught on camera breaking into four vehicles and stealing handguns from them.Police say one of the suspects, Titus Singleton, stole a vehicle.Titus Singleton (Photo: NHSO)Wilmington Police arrested Singleton within hours. He faces numerous charges and remains in the New Hanover County Jail under a $35,000 bond.Related Article: Woman sliced with box cutter, man charged with attempted murderSurf City Police still need to identify the other man. They say he’s around 30 years old, about 6 feet tall with short hair.Call Surf City PD if you can help.last_img read more

Contractor hangs by harness after falling under Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A contractor working on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge hung by a harness underneath the bridge after falling, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.NCDOT spokeswoman Lauren Haviland said the incident happened sometime this weekend, but they are still waiting on the full report for exact details.- Advertisement – Haviland said contractors have been working underneath the bridge using a fall protection system that allows them to stand under the bridge. She said a contractor was taking out the fall protection system when he slipped and fell. She said the contractor was wearing a harness when it happened, so nothing happened.Haviland said no injuries were reported. She said the NCDOT is expecting to get a report from the contractor today and they are waiting to see exactly what happened.last_img read more

Witholding a hospital patients vote is liable to arrest

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> CMRUCMRU The Electoral Commission has said that if citizens withhold the votes of their relatives who are under medical care, it is a breach of the law and is liable to arrest.It appeals to relatives of voters recovering in Mater Dei, Karin Grech, Mount Carmel and Gozo General hospitals, that if they are in possession of the patient’s voting documents, they are to immediately hand them to the patient to enable them to vote at the Hospital on Thursday, 23rd May.The Electoral Commission notifies that when such cases arise, the Police authorities will be asked to intervene. The consequences of this breach can vary from a fine up till imprisonment.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

CTO to extend its rural ICT developmental agenda to Southern Sudan

first_imgAdvertisement With high-level delegates expected from some twenty countries in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia, the forum, among other things, will deliberate on topics relating to the establishment of rural telecentres, the effective use of ICTs for public services, the deployment of affordable technologies, and the alternative uses of Universal Services Funds to connect the unconnected. Speaking on the upcoming conference, the CEO of CTO, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah said, “For more than two years the Government of Southern Sudan, through its Ministry of Telecoms and Postal Services, has been an active Sector Member of the CTO, and has contributed in diverse ways to support the organisation’s mandate of promoting ICTs through research, studies, consultancy and advisory services, capacity-building programmes, training and knowledge-sharing events. We realise that Southern Sudan is an area with very unique geographic, demographic and developmental challenges. They need special help and focused attention. It is our hope that this conference will serve as a platform for ICT stakeholders across Africa and beyond to share experiences, strategies and expertise in guiding Southern Sudan on its quest to extend connectivity to all unconnected areas.” – Advertisement – On his part the Minster of Telecommunications and Postal Services for GoSS, Hon Madut Biar Yel commended the CTO for accepting to partner with his ministry to undertake such a timely initiative, and assured that GoSS will do all it can to make delegates feel welcome in Juba.  He said he is confident of the value to be derived from the two-days of deliberations, leading to better preparedness for the Ministry to realise its objectives in the field of ICTs in the years ahead. Hon Biar Yel also hoped that through the conference GoSS will learn from the experiences, challenges and achievements of other African and non-African countries in the area of ICT delivery, given that they share similar topographical landscapes. On the other hand, the Hon Biar Yel expressed the hope that the international ICT sector would take this opportunity to learn more about Southern Sudan and the opportunities it presents.Leading global entities and operators, including Seacom, EASSy Cable, MTN, Ernst & Young, Nokia Siemens Networks, Sofrecom, Ericsson, Netwise, ECI Telecom, RCS Communications, representatives of a number of Commonwealth Governments, and ICT policy-makers and executives from across the world will be attending the conference to network, collaborate and discuss innovative business models and niche services aimed at improving the reach, quality and capacity of connectivity in Southern Sudan.last_img read more

MTN Introduces Android Technology in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement The IDEOS U8150 handset was launched globally at the end of 2010 and is described by Huawei Technologies as the simplest, most affordable and accessible Android smartphone in the world. It has a 528MHz Processor, making it quickly responsive to commands and is compatible with High-Speed 3G plus networks and wireless networks. The phone has a touch screen display, high resolution screen, a 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera and supports functions such as voice dialing, voice navigation, social networking and the ability to run applications off the SD card. With numerous applications available in the Android Market, IDEOS U8150 provides a wide range of communication, entertainment, office, and financial management applications.“We are proud to be leading in this field not only because this is a smartphone handset that will enable everyone to use our data services, but also because by introducing Android, we are giving Ugandans an opportunity to own and use a smartphone and to harness the power of reliable, high speed internet services off MTN’s 3G+ network,” said MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Themba Khumalo.Khumalo said the development and introduction of the IDEOS U8150 phone was a continuation of the company’s decentralization of telecommunication services across Uganda. – Advertisement – “We began this about fifteen years ago by making basic voice telecommunication services available everywhere in the country. Last year, we introduced a high speed 3G+ data network that provided the cheapest, fast reliable internet access to the largest number of users countrywide off their mobile phones. Now, we have brought in affordable mobile phones using a world class platform to advance this cycle,” Khumalo said. MTN continues to be at the forefront of making communication more affordable and accessible, you will remember other introductions onto the market such as Prepaid services; Charging in Uganda shillings; MTN Zone; and more. The IDEOS phone is not the last on the list – it is just the next big thing,” Khumalo added.The Android platform which enables software developers to create applications that extend the functionality of mobile phones such as the IDEOS is highly popular with the ICT community. There are currently over 200,000 apps available for Android phones, which can be downloaded from Google.Ugandan ICT developers welcomed the MTN Uganda announcement readily today.“This is very welcome because it offers an alternative to what has been pre-dominant on the market and is readily available – in particular Nokia devices. Android as a platform is growing considerably the world over and it is important for us to be able to contribute to this growth by developing appropriate applications and content to run on the platform. Being an open-source platform, the devices available on Android are also growing by the day, and this variety is very good for the developers. Once you have the content and apps that people can relate to – for example, we can have apps in local languages, then demand for devices with grow naturally,” said Michael Niyitegeka, Lecturer of IT Strategy and Management at Makerere University.last_img read more

Uganda UMEME shares selling fast

first_imgThe shares are also expected to be cross-listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange later Advertisement The shares are also expected to be cross-listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange laterINVESTORS are taking up the UMEME stock at a faster pace despite fears on the energy utility’s concession expiry, and concerns over the initial public offer (IPO) price.Stanbic Bank, the transaction adviser and lead receiving bank  confirmed the over subscription for the 46% stake allocated to international investors, hardly three days since the stock hit the primary market.“There is a lot of interest in the IPO from the public and the price is not too high for investors,” Dan Edoma, a securities analyst with African Alliance, the lead sponsoring broker, said. – Advertisement – Critics have pointed to UMEME ’s losses in the recent past, the ailing power distribution network it inherited that requires huge investments to correct, the fact that the utility has only 13 years left on its concession and the relatively high price of sh275 per share.“Sh275 looks high for an IPO share price compared with Stanbic which was at sh70, but that was about six years ago,” some investors noted.Individual investors will take up 20% of the company’s IPO stock, institutional investors 25%, international investors 46%, while 9% will go to UMEME employees and directors.The companies abridged prospectus shows that investors are required to open electronic accounts and purchase a minimum 1,000 shares receiving 100 bonus shares before the IPO closes on November 7, before the listing on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE ) on November 30.The shares are also expected to be cross-listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange later.Patrick Bitature, the UMEME chairman, pointed out in the share prospectus that proceeds from the share sales will be used to settle loans to reduce the debt burden.“We are excited about the strong growth potential for UMEME . We believe the growth outlook for the Ugandan economy will continue to drive the demand for electricity,” he said.“The generation capacity of the country has increased significantly with the commissioning of Bujagali hydropower dam. The additional smaller generation projects will support the expected increment in electricity demand,” Bitature added.Charles Chapman, the UMEME managing director, allayed fears over the expiry of the 20-year concession in 2025, saying the law allowed them to apply for a further 20-concession extension.Source: New Visionlast_img read more

Google to Partner With Audi to Put Android in New Cars

first_imgAdvertisement First came the smartphones. Then came the tablets. But soon, Google will be taking its Android operating system and putting it in a much bigger package. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google plans to partner with Audi to develop Android-based software for new cars.Ron Montoya, the consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com, said that the two companies had worked together before. “They already laid the foundation when they started to put Google Maps in the car,” he said.Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, adds that it’s not just Audi’s and Google’s partnership evolving, but the car itself. “Even if you drive a lot, you still probably spend more time with your devices than with your car,” he said. “The closer that they can make a car interface look like a phone interface, the more quickly you’ll learn to use it and the more at ease you’ll be.” – Advertisement – Google Paves the Way to a Robotic Future The partnership is expected to be announced at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, held from Jan. 7-10, 2014. Both Google and Audi declined to comment about the report. However, Audi’s head of product strategy, Filip Brabec, told the Wall Street Journal that new vehicles will inevitably need an operating system to meet a customers’ demand for apps.Apple announced a similar development earlier this year with iOS in the Car, at their WWDC keynote in June. “It makes a number of the functions of the iPhone appear on the car’s screen,” said Montoya. “But it’s still based on the phone, not on the vehicle.”Audi Car Parks Itself and Picks You Up With a Tap of an App For Brauer, the Audi deal is a sign of things to come. “The automobile industry usually moves at a snail’s pace compared to the consumer electronics,” he said. “I get the sense Apple, Google, and Microsoft as well, that all three of these companies are scrambling [for partnerships].” He added that if any one company is able to nab both GM and Toyota, its competitors will find it difficult to overcome.For now, Brauer says that both Apple and Google are taking care not to display so much information at once that a driver ends up getting distracted. “It’s a big balancing act, figuring out how much info do you feed the driver so that it’s useful but not distracting,” he said. But he adds that could all change when autonomous vehicles finally hit the road.“When you have a car that can handle all the driving, what are you going to do behind the wheel?” said Brauer. “That balancing act will go away, and then you’ll want as fast a connection and as much information in your car as you would your home or smartphone.”last_img read more

TED2016 Conference Dream Opens in Vancouver

first_imgAdvertisement TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, opens its annual conference today in Vancouver. Themed “Dream,” TED2016 will host 1,400 attendees from 58 countries for a five-day program of 70+ speakers and performers.The TED2016 program features speakers sharing ideas in quick, powerful talks – 18 minutes or less, TED’s signature format – as well as short presentations from this year’s 21 TED Fellows. As part of this year’s theme, speakers will explore some of the greatest ideas we’re capable of dreaming up today, as well as a few nightmares worthy of our attention.“In the spirit of our theme, this year’s TED program includes speakers with truly extraordinary visions of the future,” said TED CuratorChris Anderson. “We’ll hear ideas – some hopeful, some frightening – that will jolt us awake. It’s shaping up to be our most intense TED yet.” – Advertisement – TED2016 speakers and performers include:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-HellmannCo-founder of AirBNB Joe GebbiaClimate advocate Al GoreUber founder Travis KalanickSinger, musician and composer John LegendWriter and producer Shonda RhimesHead of Alphabet’s “X” Astro Teller The full speaker list can be found here: https://conferences.ted.com/TED2016/program/speakers.phpThe TED2016 experience will extend well beyond the TED theater. On opening night, for the first time ever, U.S. and Canadian movie theater-goers will be able to purchase tickets to watch an exclusive live broadcast of the event’s exciting first session in participating theaters. European audiences can catch a recorded version of the session in movie theaters February 16 and those in Australia on March 2. The rest of the week’s Talks will be streamed live to TEDx event attendees and subscribing members of TED Live, as well as to Vancouver-area secondary schools, universities, libraries, community centers and NGOs who applied to get free access (application here).Opening TED up to audiences around the world is foundational to TED’s mission of spreading ideas. What was once simply a closed-door conference devoted to Technology, Entertainment and Design has become a global platform for spreading ideas across a wide variety of disciplines.Live blog coverage of the conference will be updated throughout each day at blog.ted.com. TED will also cover the conference on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, and, for the first time this year, on Snapchat at @tedtalkshq. The official hashtag of the event is #TED2016.The detailed TED2016 program and more information can be found online here: http://conferences.ted.com/TED2016/.[Ted]last_img read more

State House Confirms Museveni will Attend the Africa Blockchain Conference

first_imgH.E the President of Uganda; Yoweri K. Museveni. File Photo Advertisement State House has on Monday June, 24th confirmed that the President, H.E. Yoweri Museveni will be the guest of honour at the forthcoming and anticipated 2019 Africa Blockchain Conference.Slated to happen from July 3rd to July 4th, the President will as told to PC Tech Magazine host, the President of Sierra Leone; H.E. Julius Maasa Bio which was confirmed by Ms. Linda Nabusayi; the State House Press Secretary.Ms. Nabusayi, in a statement said, “President will host his counterpart, H.E. President Julius Maasa Bio of Sierra Leone who will arrive on July 1st and the two will address the media.” – Advertisement – Pres. Museveni will officiate the second annual Africa Blockchain Conference that will see, experts, panelists, industry leaders, among others attend, to discuss, and exchange ideas on a range of topics including; Africa’s readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution, Fintech, Emerging Technologies, EdTech, SDGs & Technology for impact.The conference is organized by CryptoSavannah and the Blockchain Association of Uganda with the support of the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance. It is running under the theme — “Africa 4.0: Preparing Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)”.About 50 speakers are confirmed to attend — some of which include; Sheikh Khaled Al Nehayan, Mohamed Taysir, Ian Balina, among others.Meanwhile, along the sidelines of the conference, will run the “Africa 4.0 Tech Expo.” The expo is an experiential journey showcasing the leading tech, innovations and applications in Africa.Some of the companies that have confirmed their participation in the expo are; MTN Uganda, Andela Uganda, Ubuntu Group, Yo Uganda, KLF Coin, Kwiksy, Century Group, Huobi, Project Hydro, Sunstone SAS, Input/Output, Flutterwave, Crossroads, and CITL International.The conference will as well have a pitch competition for innovators, with a passion for developing sustainable digital solutions leveraging technologies in Blockchain, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Drones.The innovators are expected to pitch solutions that to solve pressing challenges across their communities — in priority sectors such as Agriculture, Healthcare, Education and Finance.Three winners stand a chance of winning a seed-fund of USD$5,000 (approx. UGX18.6 million).The winners will as well have the opportunity to do a crash course on business modelling and soft skills for business at The Innovation Village. Coupled to that, receive international visibility including connection to potential VCs from Silicon Valley.last_img read more