A regulator chaired by a former Tory minister is refusing to investigate charities that have signed contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its secretary of state Esther McVey.The Charities Commission – a non-ministerial government department – is chaired by Baroness Stowell, a former Tory communities and local government minister and a former work and pensions spokeswoman in the House of Lords, who resigned the Tory whip when she was appointed to chair the regulator.This week, the commission has refused to express any concern or take any action after it emerged that disability charities had signed up to contracts that include strict clauses preventing them from criticising McVey or DWP.The commission said yesterday (Wednesday) that it was “not aware of any specific regulatory concerns regarding charities and the Work and Health Programme”, despite being shown one of the clauses.Both the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations contacted Disability News Service (DNS) this week so they could examine the clause, after reading last week’s news story.So far, charities including Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB have confirmed that they have signed contracts – either with DWP or with one of the five main Work and Health Programme contractors – that include clauses that prevent them bringing DWP and McVey into disrepute.Other charities linked to the Work and Health Programme, such as Action on Hearing Loss and the Royal Association for Deaf People, have refused to answer questions about the clauses.The clause in the DWP contract signed by Shaw Trust says that the charity and its “affiliates” must “pay the utmost regard to the standing and reputation” of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey and must promise not to do anything that harms the public’s confidence in McVey or her department.And the clause warns that these promises apply whether or not the damaging actions relate to the Work and Health Programme.Other charities, including RNIB, have signed agreements with the main contractors that say they must have “regard to the standing and reputation” of DWP, do nothing to bring McVey and her department into disrepute in delivering those contracts, and must not “attract adverse publicity” to them.A Charities Commission spokeswoman said in a statement: “Decisions on whether to enter into a contract and accept specific terms are a matter for a charity’s trustees.“They must ensure that any action they take is in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries.“They should also consider whether it is necessary to take professional advice before reaching a decision.“The commission is not aware of any specific regulatory concerns regarding charities and the Work and Health Programme.“However, it would consider on a case-by-case basis any evidence that might suggest that a charity’s trustees were not fulfilling their legal duties.”*An earlier version of this story said that Down’s Syndrome Association had refused to answer questions from DNS. This was not correct. The charity did not receive two emails containing questions about the Work and Health Programme, due to a mistake made by DNS. The charity has made it clear that it does not have formal links with the DWP and has not been asked to sign any Work and Health Programme contracts. Apologies for the error.
Use of force by SFPD officers continues on a sharp downward trend, according to recently released use-of-force data. Citywide, SFPD continues to disproportionately use force on people of color, specifically African Americans, the numbers show. And, despite the overall downturn in use-of-force incidents, there were four deaths at the hands or under the watch of San Francisco officers in 2017, compared to three in 2016. For its part, Mission Station has seen a decline in its officers’ use of force, although not as sharp a decline as other districts with similar call volumes, such as Central, Southern and Tenderloin stations. What is use of force? Use of force includes firing a gun, pointing a gun, using pepper spray, physical contact, batons or “less-lethal” firearms that shoot bean-bag rounds. Officers are required to report any kind of force when it is used. The pointing of firearms made up 67 percent of incidents, followed by physical control at nearly 20 percent, and striking someone with an object or fist at 7.9 percent. One explanation for the decline in use of force is that de-escalation tactics, such as creating time and distance between subjects, is now being emphasized in training. But beyond this, it is difficult to figure out why the numbers are declining. Higher-ups at the SFPD are loath to comment on forces driving the numbers. Police Chief Bill Scott has said that the department is in the process of finding an outside institution to analyze the data. Use of force way down, citywide In the fourth quarter of 2017, SFPD used force 33.6 percent less often, compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. Compared to year-to-date totals, use-of-force incidents declined 18.5 percent, from 3,747 in 2016 to 3,054 in 2017. Use of force down in the Mission The number of times officers used force in the Mission is down 16 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016, from 131 to 110 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Compared to the previous quarter, the number of times force was used declined 20.8 percent from 139 to 110. Specifically, the station has seen a drop in the number of times officers used physical control, or struck subjects with their fists or objects. However, officers are pointing their guns slightly more often — 6.6 percent more, an increase from 84 times to 90 times. Those incidents were mainly in response to violent crimes and people carrying guns or other weapons. Likewise, compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, the number of people in the Mission on whom force was used dropped 25 percent, from 68 incidents to 50. Yet it should be noted that, while the Mission has seen a decline, other stations with similar call volumes saw sharper drop-offs in their use of force. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, the Southern District saw a 49.7 percent drop in the number of times officers used force, from 167 times to 84 times. The Northern District saw a 48.8 percent drop from 80 incidents to 41, and the Central District saw a 45.1 percent decline, from 113 incidents to 62. Black and Latino arrests up in the Mission Arrests of black and Latino men in the Mission rose by 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to the third quarter. In the third quarter, the two groups comprised 52.5 percent of arrests, while in the fourth quarter, they comprised 54.9 percent of arrests.Black residents make up 2.7 percent of the Mission’s population, while Latinos comprise 46 percent, according to the American Community Survey. Meanwhile, arrests of white subjects in the Mission has dropped 29.4 percent from the third quarter of 2017, from 282 to 199 in the fourth quarter. White residents make up 57 percent of the Mission’s population.Force, arrests, traffic stops disproportionate against people of colorIn the fourth quarter of last year, police used force against black subjects in 42 percent of the incidents — 266 of 633 times they used force overall. Black residents made up 5.6 percent of the city’s population in 2016, according to U.S. Census data.White subjects were the second-largest group on whom force was used, making up 25 percent of all force. However, white residents make up 53.5 percent of the city population. Latinos came in third, comprising 21 percent of times officers used force. Latino residents make up 15.2 percent of the population. African Americans also made up 43.7 percent of the all suspects observed by or reported to the SFPD, followed by “others” at 19.5 percent, whites at 18.8 percent, and Latinos at 13.1 percent.In terms of traffic stops, white subjects made up 33.3 percent of all traffic stops in the fourth quarter of 2017, while black subjects made up 21.3 percent and Latinos 15.6 percent. Fatal shootings & in-custody deaths A man, identified as “A. Margo-Carlos” in the report, died in police custody after he had been allegedly breaking windows at 15th and Market on March 11, 2017. Police used physical control on him, and he was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died roughly a week later. The incident is under investigation. On May 3, police shot and killed Nicholas Flusche, who they had suspected of stabbing someone at Turk and Market. The District Attorney did not pursue charges against Officer Kenneth Cha, the officer who shot Flusche. On Sept. 23, SFPD shot and killed Damien Murray, who had allegedly been holding his wife and child hostage at a residence at 60 Salmon St. The incident is under investigation. On Dec. 1, a rookie officer shot and killed 42-year-old Keita O’Neil, who had allegedly carjacked a California Lottery van and led police on a car chase ending in the Bayview. O’Neil was unarmed. The incident is under investigation. 0% Tags: Mission Police Station • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
This is what it’s come to pic.twitter.com/kndiJJXpMu— Julia B. Chan (@juliachanb) March 28, 2019 Your humble narrator’s requests to speak to Cobo staff were not granted until he signed up to use the platform and work in some unknown person’s dining room. It was then we were sent a number to reach Rafe Oller, Cobo’s marketing head. He declined to say much, as a launch is imminent: “We don’t want to do advance press.” When asked if Cobo had done any advance press with this city’s government, he replied: “We’ve been working with the local government, yes.” Well, that’s one way of putting it. When Cobo mailed out fliers to residents of the Mission, Cole Valley, and elsewhere in order to find freelancers willing to pay $10 a day or more to work in strangers’ kitchens and strangers willing to host them — it managed to inadvertently solicit several employees of the San Francisco Planning Department at their homes. These employees then brought the fliers to Tina Tam, the Planning Department’s code enforcement manager. She roped in the department’s Zoning Administrator to decide whether Cobo’s business model is strictly legal. The City Attorney is now in the loop, too. Our planning codes were not prescient enough to directly rule on whether you can glean money from people via a third-party outfit by running a de-facto office out of your home. But it is pretty clear that, with specific exceptions, you cannot run an office out of your home, and cannot have employees or clients dropping by. So, planners are involved, lawyers are involved, and lawyers with an expertise in planning are involved. It remains to be seen how they’ll rule on the legality of Cobo’s business model on the eve of its official San Francisco launch. But, having made a number of phone calls to city decisionmakers, one needn’t be an expert to intuit that they do not appreciate learning of a company’s official launch via haphazard and inadvertent mass-mailings. It would not at all be at all surprising if our city’s ambiguous rules are interpreted in such a way as to clip this company’s wings. In recent weeks, Mission residents have been receiving curious missives in their mailboxes inquiring whether they’d be game to monetize their kitchens and living rooms by having strangers drop in and start doing office work. As if to clear up any ambiguities, these fliers feature a photo of three young, happy business casual types sitting at a table and peering at laptops. An arrow points to them alongside the handwritten words “THE MISSION.” These fliers have the homespun, photocopied Sharpie-on-typing paper look of something you’d get from a local kid offering to walk your dog or the church group that wants your gently used jackets. It’s not anything like that. Rather, it’s a note from Cobo, a nascent startup hoping to capitalize on what its founder calls “a billion-dollar market”: Placing lonely freelancers pining for company into people’s homes, monetizing that home, and taking a cut. It’s funny, but not ha-ha funny, that the two tech startups-turned-titans that currently epitomize San Francisco — Uber and Airbnb — vastly increased congestion in one of the nation’s most congested cities and cannibalized affordable housing in one of the nation’s most unaffordable cities.Their business models were, additionally, strictly illegal under city law. And yet they flourished here regardless, not because of some newfangled technological ingeniousness but good old-fashioned co-opting of politicians and institutions via money.If you or your principal investors aren’t tight with politicians or regulators, and you can’t induce them to look the other way or rewrite the law so as to enable your company (and, in a neat two-for, kneecap your competitors), then entitled and destructive behavior is less likely to be tolerated. So, no, Cobo has not yet taken the step of registering its business in San Francisco under either the name “Cobo” or its prior iteration, “Hiven.” If and when it starts up here, the hosts of Cobo workspaces would be legally mandated to register as well. As would, additionally, any business operator toiling out of a Cobo workspace (or, for that matter, a cafe, or her own home, or anywhere within city limits). And, while Cobo disseminated fliers throughout the Mission, it never contacted the neighborhood’s elected representative, Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “I have the same worries I had with Airbnb,” she says. “These homes were not meant to be offices. I worry about it escalating the already egregious cost of housing. I worry about issues that come up in terms of tenants and evictions. I worry about how it impacts congestion and parking,” she says. “My list of concerns is quite large. And I am also sick of everyone and their mother creating every new experiment for the Mission. The Mission is dealing with enough issues as it is.” This is, to put it mildly, not a good way to break the ice with any elected leader, let alone the one overseeing the desired territory of the Mission.Supervisor Hillary Ronen, seen here scouring 16th Street BART Plaza, feels the Mission has enough challenges without homeowners and apartment dwellers being enabled to convert their dwellings into offices. Photo by Susie Neilson.There are, already, services in this city offering similar fare to Cobo. Spacious, for example, allows freelance workers to post up in restaurants during hours when they’d otherwise be closed. City officials told me they found this far less problematic. These restaurants are, naturally, in the districts where the city would prefer businesses to be. And it’s not as if a co-working space will be such a bonanza that a building owner will shutter a restaurant and go full-laptop haven. But, with a residential space, that is a worry. Regarding anyone itching to convert a home into a full-time office, Oller says “We don’t allow those people on our platform.” And yet, Cobo’s website allows for up to six workers to drop by one’s home for up to five days a week. With this income — plus potential short-term rentals on Airbnb or similar sites — the notion of taking a home off the market and converting it into a full-time office/hotel/not-a-home is hardly far-fetched. Just how Cobo plans to ensure unscrupulous people won’t exploit its site is something city officials would have loved to discuss prior to fliers showering the neighborhood. “But that has not been the model,” says Ronen. “The model has been to flout and break laws, get people hooked to the service, and force city government to bend to the will of a scofflaw company by becoming a powerful force in lobbying and financing of candidates and campaigns and politicians in Sacramento.” And that model works. Until it doesn’t. Because when you fail to engage with the Mission, the Mission engages with you. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter
THREE of St Helens’ local sides were drawn out of the hat in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup yesterday.Scottish champions Aberdeen Warriors will travel to Pilkington Recs whilst Blackbrook will host Egremont Rangers.Shaw Cross will welcome Thatto Heath too.Forty four clubs will begin the journey that concludes with the final at Wembley on Saturday August 23 when they contest a compelling first round over the weekend of February 1-2.The 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup first round draw:Underbank Rangers v East LeedsLeeds Metropolitan University v MillomBlackbrook v Egremont RangersShaw Cross v Thatto HeathLeigh Miners v Hunslet WarriorsOulton Raiders v West HullSaddleworth Rangers v Milford MarlinsKells v Wigan St JudesSkirlaugh v Rochdale MayfieldRAF v Dewsbury CelticAskam v British ArmyRoyal Navy v Walney CentralMyton Warriors v East HullLoughborough University v Great Britain PoliceSouth West London Chargers v Torfaen TigersWidnes St Maries v Wigan St PatsPilkington Recs v Aberdeen WarriorsYork Acorn v SiddalWath Brow Hornets v Halton Simms CrossWoolston Rovers v EllandLock Lane v Normanton KnightsHull Dockers v Bristol Sonics
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The 11 English Betfred Super League clubs have approved a proposal for all Super League clubs, and clubs with Category 1 funded Academies outside Super League (Widnes Vikings and Bradford Bulls), to have a mandated reserve team.Five further applications from clubs in Betfred Championship and League One have been received, with decisions to be made by the end of July.The launch of Reserve Grade will be accompanied by a change in the regulations surrounding the Academy, which will now become an Under-18s competition rather than Under-19s, as at present. The dual registration and loan systems will remain unaffected.Dave Rotheram, the RFL’s Interim Chief On-Field Officer, said: “We have listened to the views of stakeholders – clubs, coaches and players – before making this proposal.“The majority view is that the game would benefit from the reintroduction of a Reserve Grade competition, primarily as a next step in the development of players between Academy and senior rugby, but also to provide regular rugby for players on the fringe of selection, returning from injury, and a platform for later developers.“It was important in making what is a significant change that we also took into account the impact on the other professional competitions – Betfred Championship and League One – and also the community game.”Robert Elstone, Super League’s CEO, said: “Super League is about superstars – players that get us on the edge of our seats, players that make our jaws drop, players that inspire us. “Our success will depend on our ability to find, nurture and create the superstars of tomorrow. It’s why development pathways like this are so critical to the future success of the game. “It is essential that we offer appropriate challenges to our young players on their journeys into Super League. A well-managed, resourced and competitive reserve grade will provide that.”The Reserve Grade competition in 2020 will be administered by the RFL. The fixture schedule will be finalised during the winter but is expected to run on a home and away basis, with no play-offs.
Cumbee has been teacher in Brunswick county for 14 years. She is also a two-time WWAY Teacher of the week!Union principal Vickie Smith says Cumbee is an “amazing teacher who goes above and beyond to engage her students and make learning fun,”Cumbee leads activities such as the Science Olympiad and the Running Club and organizes the 5th grade trip to Washington D.C.Related Article: UNCW trustees discuss possibility of alcohol sales at sporting eventsShe is a graduate of South Brunswick High School and earned her teaching degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She concentrates on experiences for students which emphasize the US military and government in history and present-day. Lessons include Bring a Vet to School Day, Breakfast for Veterans, Veteran’s Day Wall of Honor, and Christmas Cards for a Veteran“I am surrounded by a sea of teachers that have an overwhelming sense of pride in our country,” Cumbee says. “As the daughter of an Army Veteran and a daughter-in-law of a Navy Veteran, I’m so appreciative of the support of our United States Military and thankful for a chance to share that through lessons aligning to our history lessons in school.”The official presentation of the award will be at the VFW NC Convention Banquet in Cary, NC February 2.She will be joined by Colonel Joseph Calisto of West Brunswick High School, who brings home the award in the High School category. Teresa Cumbee, VFW NC Teacher of the Year. Elementary Division SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Union Elementary School teacher Tara Cumbee is the VFW NC Teacher of the Year in the Elementary School category. She is the second Brunswick county teacher to be named this year.“To be nominated for VFW NC Teacher of the Year in itself is a great honor,” Cumbee says “but to be awarded the Elementary VFW Teacher of the Year is very humbling.”- Advertisement –
Crews searched the home and confirmed there were no people inside.Once firefighters got the blaze under control, they noticed flames inside the home next door at 413 Shipyard Blvd. Another crew entered that home and put out the fire.There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY News) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department responded to a structure fire Friday night that spread to the home next door.According to a release from Sammy Flowers with WFD, crews responded to a report of a house fire at 411 Shipyard Blvd. in Wilmington. They say heavy fire was visible from the rear of the residence upon arrival.- Advertisement –
The UNCW teams are grateful for the chance to get back out on the court.“The last two weeks have been very crazy lately,” senior Devontae Cacok said. “Just going all over with the hurricane and stuff like that, but Carolina opening the doors for us and letting us be able to come here and practice, after everything that’s going on for us, it’s just definitely a great opportunity for us.”Women’s coach Karen Barefoot sees some positives from the experience for her team.Related Article: University breaks ground on new student housing“Just think about all the things that you’re just fortunate to have, and I think for them they got closer as a team, they became sisters,” Barefoot said. “You know our community got affected by it, so we just want to come out on this floor and play for them.”Both the men’s and women’s teams plan to continue practicing in Chapel Hill for the rest of week.Classes are scheduled to resume at UNCW Monday. The UNCW women’s basketball team gathers for its first official practice of the season on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill on Sept. 25, 2018. (Photo: Tanner Barth/UNCW) CHAPEL HILL, NC (WWAY) — UNCW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams kicked off their first official day of practice this afternoon, but it was anything but normal for the Seahawks on the hardwood.In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the UNCW campus is still closed. That means the basketball teams had to find somewhere else to begin their official practices. With the help of the University of North Carolina the Seahawks are working out in Chapel Hill using the Tar Heels’ facilities. UNCW men’s coach C.B. McGrath spent 14 years as an assistant at UNC.- Advertisement –
The Bridges family bought a tent and moved in after being displaced from Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Things are slowly beginning to look up for a Pender County mother who’s home completely flooded during Hurricane Florence.“I didn’t know that something as great as this, that we would lose everything that we have and our whole world as we know it.”- Advertisement – It was three weeks after Hurricane Florence before Amelia Bridges was able to reenter the home she has rented for years.Once inside, she says the home she shared with her adult children and mother was completely flooded, all the way to the roof, leaving all four homeless.“I saw a neighbor down there who had set up a tent, and they had a grill outside,” Bridges said. “And the weather was still good then, and I was like oh, okay.”Related Article: North Carolina lawmakers mull Hurricane Florence spendingThe family bought a tent and moved in, but the nights are starting to get colder and they say a space heater can only do so much.Going to nursing school full time during the week and working full time on the weekends, Bridges hasn’t had much time to figure out other options.When the school heard what was going on they decided to get the word out.Instructor Riley Casey says nursing school is hard enough without added stress.“She’s a very hard worker, she’s definitely not going to give up on her dream,” Casey said.“We both just pray that she can get through this test, get through this class, just so she can get her degree,” said Bridges’ mother Camille Lane.Now, Bridges’ employer is helping her by getting a camper to live in.“No matter what life throws at you, find a way to cope with it deal with it, get stronger and keep pushing forward,” Bridges said.Bridges and her mother both say they’re excited not to have to worry about those cold nights anymore.
Flood and Bishop were fired from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office in October as part of an internal investigation. Authorities said the two deputies were driving 45-year-old Wendy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green through Marion County to a mental-health facility as part of a court order when their van was swept away by rising floodwaters caused by torrential rains brought to the state by Hurricane Florence. Newton is from Shallotte.The powerful tropical system smashed into the Southeast coast as a hurricane Sept. 14, triggering severe flooding as it weakened yet nearly stalled over the Carolinas for days.Green and Newton drowned in the back of the locked van on Sept. 18. Horry County officials have said that the deputies tried unsuccessfully to rescue the women from the van, which was on its side, blocking the door the deputies would have needed to unlock with a key. When rescue crews finally arrived, the van was underwater, and the deputies were plucked from its roof.Related Article: Update from Southport, Sunday afternoon updateWorking numbers for Bishop and Flood could not be found Thursday night. It is unclear whether they have attorneys.Many roads in the northeastern part of the state were flooded out and blocked off in the days following the powerful storm. Authorities with the sheriff’s department have said that the deputies, in a marked sheriff’s department vehicle, were waved through a barricade near the Little Pee Dee River by National Guardsmen charged with keeping motorists out of the area.The Little Pee Dee was one of several rivers officials watched closely in the days following the storm.In the months since, a legislative committee has opened hearings into the incident, discussing potential changes to the laws on how patients who are committed to mental hospitals are handled by police. Coroner identifies two patients killed after transport van drives through flood waters. (Photo: WPDE) COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Charges are expected Friday against two South Carolina law enforcement officers who were transporting two mental patients who drowned while locked in the back of a van during Hurricane Florence, according to a prosecutor’s statements to several media outlets.Stephen Flood will be charged with two counts each of reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter, Solicitor Ed Clements told news outlets late Thursday. Joshua Bishop will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, he said.- Advertisement –
Wilmington Trolley Company (Photo: Wilmingtontrolley.com) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Trolley Company has received an F rating from the Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina.According to a news release from the BBB, 11 complaints were filed within the past 36 months. Out of those complaints, Wilmington Trolley failed to respond to six of the complaints. Complaints received by the BBB include a pattern of refund/exchange issues, customer service issues and service issues, the consumer watchdog group said.- Advertisement – BBB is warning consumers to use caution when doing business with Wilmington Trolley Company.BBB said it contacted the company and asked for complaints to be addressed, but has not received a response from the company and all mail has been returned as undeliverable.WWAY spoke with Wilmington Trolley Company owner Wes Moore, who said the only complaint he heard about was a wedding, but it was settled. Moore also said he knew there was another issue with a tour, but the customer had already disputed his charge with his credit card, so they could not issue another refund.Related Article: Mexican officials try to stave off tariffs at White House“If there’s somebody that didn’t get, we had bad weather nights and issues with some of the trolleys, if they didn’t get a refund, we’d be happy to do it,” Moore said. “I thought we had gotten to all of them.”As for the BBB saying it has not heard back from the company about the complaints, Moore said the mail was going to a wrong address.Moore also said they are mainly doing tours now, and not charters. Moore said if someone was owed a refund and did not get it, they should call at (910) 763-4483 or send them an e-mail.
Shooting at 6th and Taylor streets in Wilmington on April 1, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is investigating following a shooting in Wilmington Monday afternoon.WPD says it happened around 3:30 p.m. at 6th and Taylor streets.- Advertisement – One person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.The investigation is ongoing.If you know any information, contact police.
The personal cloud tech startup will soon be shipping its first flagship product. Image Credit: Web Forum Blog Advertisement Chandler-based Eggcyte Inc. is looking to make the cloud personal.The personal cloud tech startup will soon be shipping its first flagship product: the Egg, which is a handheld, personal device that provides a private alternative to social media and cloud services. It allows the user to privately share, store and stream personal content including music, photos and videos, said Barry Solomon, Eggcyte’s co-founder and vice president of marketing and sales.We like to think we’re offering the very first device of its kind,” Solomon told me Wednesday by phone. “Our approach was to create a robust mobile device. Once you put your content on the Egg you can access it anywhere.”The Egg, which contains an Intel Atom processor, connects to Wi-Fi to allow the user to access their content through an app on their Apple or Android smartphone or through a web browser. – Advertisement – The device is more robust, smaller and consumes less power than a typical external hard drive, but Solomon added the Egg offers much more capability.Since each Egg has a unique URL, the user can invite friends, family and colleagues to have their own account on their personal Egg to privately share content and chat with them in their personal cloud.“The advantage is privacy and control. The content resides on the Egg, not on your phone,” Solomon said. “It’s more private than texting. We want to give people a truly private alternative to social media and cloud services.”When the user is disconnected from the Internet, they can take their Egg, and their downloaded content, on the road with them in the car, on a plane or camping.“The Egg acts like a portable media streamer off-the-grid,” Solomon said. “It doesn’t need to connect to Wi-Fi. It’s great on-the-go.”Also, because the Egg has a USB port in it, the user can move photos and videos onto it when they run out of space on their mobile device or camera.Ahead of the Egg’s launch, Eggcyte announced a partnership and undisclosed investment with luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover. Solomon envisions the luxury car company selling an Egg with every vehicle so customers can bring their music and movies into the car with them.[related-posts]Eggcyte is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Innovation Incubator program.Launched earlier this year, the program encourages and supports new software-based automotive technologies developed by U.S. technology startups, according to Matt Jones, head of future infotainment at Jaguar Land Rover.“As well as pioneering new ideas and developing our own technologies in-house, we are developing even more collaborative partnerships with the world’s leading technology businesses to help enhance the experiences our customers have in our vehicles,” Jones said in a statement.The partnership was announced Tuesday at the Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles.The Egg is available for pre-sale online now: $199 for 64 gigabytes of storage, $299 for 128 gigs and $399 for 256GB. It also has all-day battery life.While units will start shipping in the next two weeks, Eggcyte expects its Egg to be in retail stores within the next six to eight weeks, Solomon said.The 10-employee company, formed a year and a half ago, is a spin-off from Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). Both Solomon and Eggcyte CEO and co-founder Thomas Martis are former mid-level Intel executives.Intel has a large presence in Chandler with more than 11,000 employees.[Business Journal]
Advertisement A recent study by Digital Impact Awards Africa (DIAA) has revealed that at least 5,000,000 regular users of mobile financial services in Uganda during a 3 months period spent 7,113,356 man hours (296,390 man days) to clear simple financial transactions and saved 57,989,660 productive hours (An average of 19,329,887 million hours a month) that would otherwise be spent on using traditional transactions payment means.While releasing this study results, Innocent Kawooya, CEO of HiPipo noted that “the growth of mobile financial services, digital business and the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to attract large investment in Africa by 2020” He added that “ Whereas leaders have always got down to discuss high profile topics such as climate change, security and trade, digital driven financial inclusion should take the podium now since it is one of the things that will drive Africa’s prosperity by saving Africans a lot of productive time while performing many important but basic transactions.The simple financial transactions include; Transfer (P2P): Person to Person Transfers, Transfer to Voucher (P2C): Transfer with voucher to someone not having mobile phone, Airtime Purchases by Subscriber: Purchases of airtime on personal phones via mobile money, Airtime Sales by Agent: i.e. airtime purchases done via a mobile money agent and Bill Payments: e.g. Utilities (Water, Electricity), Pay TV, Taxes, School Fees, online payments, travel, betting etc. – Advertisement – In Asia/Pacific, 44 percent of consumers use mobile shopping apps, the highest in the world. However, their purchase conversion rate using mobile apps remains low at only 1.27 percent, dwarfed by the 3.45 percent conversion rate with desktop PCs, according to Gartner, Inc. However, the DIAA study notes that with more innovative use on mobile financial services, more success will be registered in Africa.[related-posts]One person who used all these mobile money enabled simple financial transactions saved 3 hours and 2 minutes in a day, whereas, averagely, each of the 5,000,000 users saved at least 12 productive hours on such transactions within three months. The Digital Impact Awards Africa (DIAA) study further revealed.At least 110,928,097 million simple financial transactions were successfully executed in a period of three months. It should be noted that, using traditional means as a substitute for these simple transaction payments such as buying scratch cards to load airtime, lining up at energy offices, in banks to pay school fees and water agencies to pay monthly bills, a minimum of 65,103,015 hours (2,712,626 days) would be needed by 5,000,000 people for the same period.Thanks to various digital and mobile money innovations, there is great room to improve on financial empowerment cultures such as saving, investment and insurance through the use of simple mobile financial services, and further exploring the full potential of digital financial inclusion.Credit: DIAAIn Kenya, for example, M-Pesa has helped an estimated 204,000 households escape extreme poverty. The breakthrough there is driven by changes in savings behavior and greater occupational choice, especially for women making use of mobile financial savings tools.This DIAA study further found out that, over 7,041,465 simple transaction payments for bills such as Utilities took 469,431 hours for mobile money users unlike the 10,562,197 hours ordinary processes such as traveling to lineup to division bills’ payment offices would require.Commenting about the Digital Impact Award Africa findings, the project patron Hon. Karubanga David (State Minister for Public Service and Member of Parliament for Kigorobya) noted that “With more people getting financially included using digital financial services, Uganda and the rest of Africa will see more productivity and this would be reflected in a steady growing Gross Domestic Product.”Source: DIAA
Advertisement Ride-sharing firm; Uber since its introductory to Uganda, has quite been working well asides from all the rough hassles they have been facing/going through – for instance a case where a university student was robbed, and then thrown out of car during uber ride in Kampala – which the firm handled well.However, since their launch in Kampala the firm has tried to keep up with its customers, offering them affordable and amazing offers whether promo or not – in order to make it more easy and fine to travel around Kampala with so much convenience.The firm has so far been seen partnering with some of the big names in the country such as; MTN, Vodafone, Africell, Jumia Market (formerly Kaymu Market), to mention a few to offer free rides that are really worth going for. In its newest promotion, Uber Uganda will be giving riders free rides worth for a month. – Advertisement – Effective 23rd October to 5th November 2017, Uber Uganda will be giving you the opportunity to ride with Uber for free for a month, to the value of 700,000 UGX. In addition to the offer, lucky riders who meet their weekly goals will also stand a chance to win spa vouchers and meal vouchers.How to get the free rides Riders that would want to receive this free ride offer will be sent an email with the number of trips they’re expected to take each week to qualify and will have to ensure that their complete the number of trips required to stand a chance of receiving the free ride month offer.Successfully riders will be entered into a draw to win a month worth of FREE Uber trips.Notably, terms and conditions do matter as usual for any promo, so the promo only applies to rides taken in Kampala, and the rider has not opted out of the promo and that firim will determine your trip goals based on objective criteria that will be determined by Uber itself.[related-posts]
MTN Kampala Marathon – regional race in Gulu. Advertisement The MTN Kampala marathon is regarded as one of the biggest sporting events in Uganda. Organized by telco firm; MTN Uganda, the event is scheduled to happen every year in November, a month after celebrating its birthday.MTN at 20 made a few twists on this year’s marathon, introducing new routes, and kick off with regional races before the final event on 25th November. All the proceedings collected will go towards improving Maternal Health Care in Uganda to ensure safe childbirth, for expectant mothers.Like its previous events, MTN brings on board partners like; Stanbic Bank, Huawei, Rwenzori, New Vision, Uganda Athletic Federation, and Spedag Interfreight. The event will attract over 20,000+ participants from all parts of the world. – Advertisement – While for some people the marathon is a social event, to some it’s actually a competitive race with potential of taking home some reasonable prize money. Therefore, to participate, you pay UGX23,000 via mobile money or UGX25,000 through physical pay.It’s 3 days left to the event, we thought we could give you a techie’s guide to prepare for the MTN Kampala marathon.Smartphone We highly recommend you carry a smartphone with you. It’s one of the best essential tools you can have on such an event. Listen to music on the run, take photos, share what’s happening in real time via social media, among others. If you don’t have a smartphone, secure one from Jumia since its Black Friday campaign you can get one at a cheaper price.Smartphone Armband We aren’t saying its awkward carrying your smartphone in your hand while running but its more appealing if you had an armband. It’s comfortable. You don’t have to any kind of fluids on your phone.We came across a ‘Shapeheart Armband’ that we can recommend. This is a great two-in-one gadget that has a heart rate tracker and a phone holster. It saves space. It allows you to track your heart rate more accurately than with a watch or an app.Fitness Tracker or Smartwatch Fitness trackers or a Smartwatch could be one of the few gadgets you might need. Purchase one that is fit and compatible with your smartphone and the accompanying app. Most of them are almost uniformly comfortable and useful at tracking steps, calories and activity levels.Lumo Run Sensor The Lumo Run is said to rank among the best gadgets for runners globally, and it is worth having for any runner keen on making their speed and performance better. It comes with at least seven different sensors in one gadget. Including an accelerometer, gyroscope and vibration sensor.All you need to do is attach the 25g lightweight device to the back of your shorts and you’ve negated the need for a trip to the augmentations lab.Lumo tracks all your essential running form stats – that’s cadence (steps per minute), bounce, pelvic movement and how much brake you apply with each step – and sends them to the Lumo app for you to obsess over later.[related-posts]Download an App If you can’t afford a fitness tracker or a smartwatch, or Lumo Run, an app would be the best alternative. Download an app that will track your steps, calories and activity levels.
Alex Wheeler discusses his opinions on the Men’s 2013 Australian Open, with Luke Tarr. It looks to be a competition set for the top three in the world at the moment, with Novak Djokovic as the clear favourite. However, Alex feels Andy Murray will have a successful campaign following a very good ending to his 2012 year. Will this be case?
[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust the 10 non runners so far on the Glorious Goodwood card on Friday. Hope you took the hint on the market move for Shingle at Ffos Las last night. The debutant scorched home by eight lengths !The defection of Hillstar gives a more open look to the opening Coutts Glorious Stakes and all eyes here will be on Encke who returns to the track after an absence of 685 days.He was the horse who denied Camelot his Triple Crown and was subsequently one of the horses caught up in the Mahmood Al Zarooni doping scandal and banned from racing for six months.He is now in the care of Charlie Appleby but his quotes are hardly positive. He describes Encke as ‘not being 100%’ but ‘fit enough to do himself justice’ and ideally would want some give in the ground.Encke has proven quite easy to back in the market this morning, not surprising really, and the safer proposition must be the Richard Hannon trained Pether’s Moon to gain reward for his consistency.He has 8lb to find with Encke on official ratings but has an obvious fitness advantage. He’s been plying his trade at Group 2 level in his last two starts. He was third to Telescope in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and then finished a close-up third to yesterday’s winner Cavalryman at Newmarket.Hannon got off the mark at the meeting in style yesterday with a double and he should also land the second race on the card with Shifting Power who finished fourth in the 2000 Guineas – the form of which has proven one of the most solid in living memory. He went on to chase Kingman home in the Irish equivalent and was second in a Group 1 at Chantilly.Rapprochement bolted home by 11 lengths on his Newmarket debut and, excuse the cliché, but really could be ‘anything’ but Shifting Power has the form in the book.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)BACK PETHER’S MOON for 7 points at around 6/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 43.87 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
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