A pioneering project to set up a usercontrolled c

first_imgA pioneering project to set up a user-controlled cooperative should boost the number of disabled people in Wales who use direct payments to fund their own support.The Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru (CDCC) project will support disabled people to develop a co-operative to manage their direct payments, allowing them to pool their support funding and giving them more “choice, voice and control”.The project, which has secured £500,000 funding for the next three years from the Big Lottery Fund’s BIG Innovation fund, was launched in Cardiff this week by Disability Wales and the Wales Co-operative Centre (WCC).The funding will allow Disability Wales and WCC to develop a single co-operative – set to be the first user-controlled co-operative in the UK to support disabled people with managing their direct payments – but they are hoping other such organisations will follow in its wake.Direct payments allow disabled people to take their council-funded social care packages as cash payments, giving them more flexibility and allowing them the option of recruiting their own personal assistants.The co-operative model is different to a traditional centre for independent living because it is owned by its members, who all have a say in how it is run.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales – the national organisation of disabled people’s organisations – said: “We are hoping it will perhaps open up direct payments to a wider range of people who might currently be put off because they do not want the responsibility of employing a PA [personal assistant].”Although members will still be in control of their support, the co-operative will employ the PAs.The new organisation will also offer other options, such as members being able to pool their direct payments to fund group activities, such as drama sessions or watching a football match, or even setting up a social enterprise.Davies said: “We are hoping that this model opens up a host of opportunities that can support people in whatever independence means to them.“For some people it is about personal support, but for others it is about supporting personal interaction.”The new co-operative will also provide users of direct payments with a collective voice.Davies said the cooperative project was seen as a “companion” scheme to its Enabling Wales project, which is developing two new centres for independent living as social enterprises.Davies said that CDCC would “reignite the debate surrounding direct payments and will support and enable greater choice, voice and control for disabled people across Wales”. Although they were introduced in Wales in 1996, only just over 4,000 people are currently receiving their support through direct payments, out of about 95,500 adults (in 2012-13) receiving community-based services.Davies said the project had “emerged at the right time”, with the emphasis in the new Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – which comes into force in April 2016 – on finding more effective ways to support people, and on a “choice and control” agenda.The act has introduced a duty on local authorities to promote the development of co-operatives, social enterprises, user-led services and the third sector.Trevor Palmer, a Disability Wales board member, added: “As a direct payment recipient, it is such positive news to hear that the CDCC project is being delivered in Wales.“This project will create real opportunities for disabled people to live a more independent life.”The CDCC project has also secured international attention, and among those to offer their backing at the launch was Dr Adolf Ratzka, one of the most influential figures in the European independent living movement, who contributed to the research that led to the funding being awarded.Ratzka (pictured, at this week’s event) is the founder and director of Sweden’s Independent Living Institute, the founding chair of the European Network on Independent Living, and the founder and chair of the Stockholm Cooperative for Independent Living.Professor Mark Drakeford, the Welsh health and social services minister, who attended the launch, said: “A co-operative model for direct payments offers people a real opportunity to make decisions about how they want to lead their lives – independently and in control – as fully participating citizens.“It’s about supporting people to support themselves.“It is through such collaboration and delivering practical leadership and action that we will achieve our vision of a greater voice and control for citizens and their right to live independently in the community.“Co-operatives support positive social change and innovation. They are rooted in local communities.“Any investment stays in the community and is recycled for wider economic and social benefits.”The BIG Innovation fund supports projects that test “new ways of tackling emerging and existing social problems”.Picture by Natasha Hirstlast_img read more

Fire Breaks Out at Senior Home in SF Missions Shotwell and 20th

first_imgA two-alarm fire that broke out 11:06 p.m. at 628 Shotwell Street and jumped to a neighboring building was extinguished by 12:23 a.m. late Monday night, a fire department spokesperson said. The fire burnt out the top floor of 628 Shotwell St., which is a residential care facility for the elderly, and damaged the exterior wall of 634 Shotwell St. next door, but no significant injuries were reported.Fire Department Assistant Chief David Franklin said the fire started on the top floor of 628 Shotwell St. and that one resident of the building suffered from smoke inhalation. He said the fire is under investigation but that “the top floor is pretty well damaged.”Battalion Chief Jack Cremen added that both the bottom floor of the affected building and the building next door at 634 Shotwell St. suffered water damage. He said the fire department would set up a watch all night and evaluate the situation in the morning, but that no residents would be able to return to either building that night.“At least” eight people would require placement from the Red Cross, he added, including the six elderly residents of the senior care facility. 0% The fire originated on the top floor, which was burnt along with the exterior wall of the building to the left. The bottom floor of the affected building and the building next door suffered water damage. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.The two affected buildings, 628 Shotwell St. on the right and 634 Shotwell St. on the left, the morning after the fire. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.The next door building, 634 Shotwell St., suffered fire damage to the staircase and water damage, displacing two residents. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Stephanie Clark, a member of the family that runs the facility at 628 Shotwell St., confirmed that all six residents were evacuated safely. She was under the impression that the fire had started at a neighboring building, but she too reported no major injuries.“Everyone got out safely. One guy was coughing and taken to St. Luke’s [Hospital],” she said.David Bronell, a resident of Shotwell Street next door to the fire, said he was starting to relax when the fire started.“I sat down about 11:15 or so, when all hell broke loose,” he said. “I was in my building, I heard the trucks, I looked out front and saw a large fire. It looked as if the fire started at 628. Above the porch, it was burning along the wall.”Another next-door neighbor, Camille Campbell, said she was in the bathroom when she heard a commotion.“I opened the window and smoke billowed into our bathroom,” she said. “I heard thumping and cracking and I heard yelling, and I could see the glow of the fire.”Greg Carey lives next door at 634 Shotwell St. He said he first noticed the fire “when my other neighbor came and knocked on my door and said ‘Hey, the building next door is on fire.’”A patron at Shotwell’s Bar who declined to give his name said he first noticed a smell of burning rubber.“We thought it was a dishwasher, then we heard the fire brigade,” he said. “I was impressed with the firefighters. There was no panic, no rush. They burst the windows out. The building on the left of it, that side was completely in flames.”For some of the block’s residents holed up at the corner bar, one small incident may have brightened an otherwise troubling evening:Patrick Carbonell, a bartender at Shotwell’s, said he grabbed two of the police officers who had responded to the scene and gave them pitchers of water and plastic cups after they mentioned the elderly residents needed them.“One of [the officers] dropped $60. I told him I didn’t need it, but he just left it,” Carbonell said. “He essentially bought all of the residents who came here 60 bucks’ worth of beer, because that’s what I used it for.”The block was cordoned off from 20th to 21st, but by 12:45 a.m. Shotwell Street residents whose buildings were unaffected by the fire were returning to their homes. Residents of adjacent buildings were awaiting the Red Cross for temporary housing, while those in the affected building had already been evacuated.Update: Laura Gibbon, a spokesperson for the fire department, confirmed that eight people were sheltered by the Red Cross and clarified the fire’s beginning and end time. The post has been updated with photos the morning after the fire. center_img Tags: Fires • housing • SFFD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for their First

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for their First Utility Super League Round 3 match against Salford Red Devils on Thursday.Mark Flanagan comes in for Greg Richards in the only change from the previous two rounds.Therefore, Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin (pictured), 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler.Brian Noble will choose his side from:1. Jake Mullaney, 2. Danny Williams, 3. Martin Gleeson, 4. Junior Sa’u, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Tim Smith, 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Tommy Lee, 10. Lama Tasi, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Gareth Hock, 13. Harrison Hansen, 14. Theo Fages, 16. Andy Dixon, 17. Shannan McPherson, 19. Matty Ashurst, 22. Jay Walton, 23. Greg Johnson, 24. Stuart Howarth.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Tickets remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

TICKETS for Saints big Super League clash with Wig

first_imgTICKETS for Saints big Super League clash with Wigan Warriors – and the Challenge Cup Quarter Final against Widnes – are selling well.Close to 14,000 have been sold for next Friday’s titanic derby with the auld enemy whilst the visit of the Vikings (Sunday June 28, 4pm) has seen season ticket holders snapping up their seats.Keiron Cunningham’s men will take on the Warriors on Friday June 12 (8pm) with the game having a significant impact on the league table.Saints are just a point ahead of Wigan in the standings and the last time the two teams met on Good Friday a tight old tussle saw Shaun Wane’s men earn the spoils.To get your tickets, call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, telephone 01744 455 052 or log on here.last_img read more


first_imgClub Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “This was a satisfactory financial performance considering we did not reach any finals last year.“We would anticipate a materially improved underlying financial performance in 2019 and further improvements in 2020 and beyond, reflecting on the restructuring of the balance sheet in 2019 and the capitalisation of directors loans.“The club is very soundly positioned going forward in terms of both assets and profitability.”This positive financial news comes after the club recently announced major capitalisation of shareholders’ loans into permanent equity capital.last_img read more

Hotels begin to evacuate close doors on guests

first_img00:00 00:00 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) — Many hotels in our area are beginning to form evacuation plans, telling guests they must go somewhere else.Employees of the Hampton Inn in downtown Wilmington say they evacuated all guests by 3 p.m. Tueday and locked their doors shortly after.- Advertisement – Viewers told WWAY that Baymont Inn & Suites on College Road in Wilmington is turning away guests along with the Days Inn in Shallotte.last_img read more

Brunswick New Hanover County schools to remain closed through September 28

first_imgAll 12-Month NHCS employees, all Assistant Principals, and all custodians will return on Monday, September 24, 2018. Related Article: School bus with kids on board rear-ended in Brunswick CountyAll other 10-month salaried employees will have optional, undesignated work days Wednesday, September 26 – Friday, September 28, 2018. According to an email, the district is working to reopen schools as soon as possible so that our students can return safely.Employees that are able to safely return should do so in accordance with the schedule below: Brunswick County Schools will also remain closed through the end of next week. According to an email, staff should check their email for schedules regarding next week or contact their supervisor for more information on when they report to work. Hourly Child Nutrition workers should also return on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. School closings (Photo: MGN Online) (WWAY) — Two school districts in the area have cancelled classes through September 28.New Hanover County Schools says the district is still conducting damage assessments, cleaning up and making repairs in the schools and other district facilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – All other hourly employees (including bus drivers, after-school workers, and tutors) should return to work on the first student day which will be announced at a later time.last_img read more

Estimated €58 million of cocaine discovered at Freeport

first_img Dwana Dwana Dwana Dwana DwanaDwana Cocaine with an estimated street value of €5.8 million has been discovered during searches at the Freeport terminal.Customs Officials from the Container Monitoring Unit say that the drugs were discovered during routine checks on reefer containers.Of seven suspected to be high risk, two were searched and found to contain cocaine 43 packets weighing a total of 51.6 kg, hidden among fruit. The drugs were being transported from South America to Albania.The Police Anti-Drug Squad are now conducting investigations into the drugs, and the duty magistrate is now leading a team of experts from the Police Forensics Unit.The find comes no more than a week after the discovery of €32.4 million of cocaine which had also been discovered in containers moving through the Freeport terminal. <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> Dwana 1 of 6 WhatsApp SharePrint Dwanalast_img read more

Northern Ireland journalist killed in terrorist incident

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> SharePrint A 29-year-old journalist was shot dead during rioting in Derry on Thursday night.Lyra McKee, made her name writing about growing up gay in Belfast and published investigative pieces with BuzzFeed and the Atlantic. The journalist was covering the riots and was shot during a night of clashes in which petrol bombs were thrown and vehicles hijacked.In 2016, McKee was named by Forbes as one of the “30 under 30 in media”.The police in Northern Ireland said that the case is being treated as “terrorist incident” and have launched a murder investigation.According to the assistant chief constable, Mark Hamilton, a single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and by which McKee was wounded as a result. The journalist was rushed to hospital however she succumbed to death. The police further said that they believe that her murder was carried out by a violent dissident republican.British Prime Minister Theresa May has called the killing as “shocking and truly senseless”, adding: “She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage.””The death of Lyra McKee in last night’s suspected terrorist incident in Londonderry is shocking and truly senseless. My deepest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues. She was a journalist who died doing her job with great courage.” – PM @theresa_may— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) April 19, 2019WhatsApplast_img read more

We need to integrate with each other – Muscat

first_img SharePrint Luke ZerafaLuke Zerafa Prime Minister and Partit Laburista (PL) leader Joseph Muscat said that the government will not allow the creation of ghettos. Referring to the cold-blooded murder of migrant Lassine Cisse Souleymane, Muscat said that this tragedy needs become a milestone that teaches us to live together and integrate notwithstanding our diverse culture, skin tone, and nationality.Joseph Muscat said this whilst talking in a political rally in Qormi on Sunday. He also added that we should stop listening to those who want to spread the venom against migrants.The Prime Minister also mentioned that this week, the Cabinet of Ministers will be discussing on an appropriate and just remedy on the issue of pensions for ex-Telemalta employees.Muscat also said that even if the PL wins the upcoming elections once again continuing on the success achieved in the General election of 2017, this will not necessarily translate into four seats for the party at the European Parliament.Touching on Egrant, Joseph Muscat stated that Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) is now with its back against the wall and keeps rehashing the issue even though the result of the inquiry has decreed that what evidence there might have been was false.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

mPedigree partners with UNBS USAID for agricultural input everification

first_imgPhoto Credit: TechnoServe Advertisement mPedigree, a Ghanaian startup that uses mobile phones to secure pharmaceutical products against counterfeiting and has expanded to a number of other Africa countries since its 2007 launch, has partnered the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to roll out a mobile phone-powered traceability and e-verification service for agricultural inputs and commodities.The mPedigree anti-counterfeiting solution is a cloud-based system that creates unique 12 digit numbers which are put on single packs of medicines hidden under an opaque layer, only to be revealed when the consumer is buying the product. A customer can then send these PINs by SMS to a special shortcode, and within 15 seconds receive a reply confirming if the product is original or fake.It is now launching operations in Uganda’s agricultural sector, with an e-verification product for inputs and commodities such as seeds, fertilisers and crop protection products. – Advertisement – Aside from UNBS, the startup has also partnered with RenPublishing, a Ugandan corporation, and the Feed the Future Uganda Agricultural Inputs Activity, an initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) -run project Feed the Future.The Feed the Future initiative seeks to combat poverty, reduce hunger and food insecurity, improve nutrition, and contribute to economic growth through increased agricultural production and improved links between agriculture and nutrition. The e-verification service in Uganda will be implemented in phases over the coming months and years.The initiative brings together the E-Tags quality certification and auditing service of the UNBS and mPedigree’s Goldkeys serialisation and authentication engine to create a channel for verifying the source and supply chain status of agro-inputs as well as their conformance with acceptable quality standards under Ugandan law and regulations.“Farmers, regulatory inspectors, researchers, media personnel, and the general public shall benefit from the user-friendly, toll-free, mobile hotline that has already been implemented with support from the major telecommunications companies in Uganda, enabling them to instantly retrieve critical quality and authenticity information about individual packs of agro-inputs at the point of purchase,” mPedigree said.“Running on the fast and powerful USSD protocol, this service assures users of receiving a response on whether a particular agro-input is sound for use or not within seconds 98 per cent of the time. The verification process is designed to happen right at the point of purchase.”Phase one is set for completion next year, paving the way for successive, nationwide phases covering a broader set of private sector agro-input manufacturers, providers and distributors. The system is being launched at a time when estimates put the prevalence of fake seeds in Uganda at between 30 per cent and 40 per cent of total local supply.“Fake seeds give poor yields or sometimes do not germinate at all, putting not just the livelihoods of farmers, but their very lives at risk, when financial ruin turns to suicide or self-harm,” mPedigree said.“Fake agrochemicals often contain dangerous compounds that contaminate ground water, and poison consumers. A perverse twist to this development is the misrepresentation of banned chemicals as organic farm chemicals, thus turning the ecological goals on their head.Given the prominent role that agriculture plays in the social, economic and cultural lives of Ugandans, this situation is untenable.”The company said the e-verification service aims over its lifecycle to empower five million farmers and, at the peak of the rollout, generate more than US$1 billion in aggregate value per year.Via Disrupt-Africalast_img read more

FULL LIST MTN Innovation Awards 2015 Finalists announced

first_imgThe ClinicMaster team was at the exhibition on Saturday. They are shortlisted in the Health category. Advertisement The best three entrants in each category of the 2015 MTN Innovation Awards have been revealed.125 innovators and entrepreneurs responded to the call for submissions by MTN Uganda last month when they announced the Awards, with the health, education and financial services categories as the most competitive. At an exhibition held on Saturday where the shortlisted entrants showcased their innovations, we saw more innovations in these categories than the rest.The Innovation awards are a platform under MTN’s Innovation Lab, through which they want to recognize the most outstanding locally developed mobile and desktop applications, as well as individuals and organizations that have been at the forefront of enabling the innovation ecosystem in the country.Solomon King, Fundibots’ founder explaining some of the projects on display at the exhibition last Saturday. Fundibots has been shortlisted in more than one category. – Advertisement – In an interview last month with Susan Kayemba, Senior Manager, Retention and Social Media, she said “Our intent is to be a partner in building the innovation ecosystem. So we’re recognizing the apps that have been created, and on the other hand we want to recognize people who are enabling that.”“We have people that aren’t developing apps but are putting down infrastructure in many ways. The ecosystem needs all of them to grow, and we need to start recognizing them,” she went on to say.[related-posts]Here are the finalists for the 2015 MTN Innovation Awards, in no particular order:Best Health ApplicationClinicMaster (Wilson Kutegeka) –mHealth (mnBeF Project)WinSenga (Edmund Ainebyona)Best Education ApplicationCourse Generator (Seguya Derrick)SchoolsUganda (Ssenoga Badru)BrainShare (Charles Muhindo)Best Financial Services ApplicationMobis ChapChap (Opio Obwangamoi David)Elma – CenteMobile, SimYo, BankYo, PrideMobi (Zinat Juma)Yo! Payments Gateway (Gerald Begumisa)Best SME ApplicationTikiti (Alvin Kato – Ignition Group LLC)School Management Dynamics – Intelligent WorksNTVGo App & Creative DNA (Elijah Atuhaire – Creative DNA)Best Enterprise Effort to support InnovationCreative Meet-Ups (Anthony Simpson)Outbox (Richard Zulu)FundiBots (Solomon King Benge)Most Innovative Mobile AppTikiti (Alvin Kato – Ignition Group LLC)Fezah (Ham Namakajjo)WinSenga (Edmund Ainebyona)Outstanding Woman in InnovationBarbara Birungi (Hive Colab, WITU, Nakazade)Lyndsay Handler (ReadyPay)Innovation Achiever of the YearFundiBots (Solomon King Benge)Fezah (Ham Namakajjo)BrainShare (Charles Muhindo)The winners will be announced at the invite-only Awards gala this Friday 13th November at Kampala Serena Hotel.We shall be there and will bring you real-time updates. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and also keep an eye on the official hashtag #MTNInnovationAwardslast_img read more

Clarion call for inclusive growth from ICT deployment

first_imgOfficial ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the Exhibition Hall at the 2016 GovTech Conference – ICT for Development, Access and Growth, being held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from the 31st October to the 2nd November. The conference taking place over 3 days plays host to over 1600 delegates with 93 high profile speakers. Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony is the Acting Chairman of the SITA Board Zukile Nomvete, Honourable Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the Honourable Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Honourable Gauteng MEC of Finance Barbara Creecy and SITA CEO Dr. Setumo Mohapi. Advertisement The social impact of the deployment of information and communications technologies (ICT) has to be given more priority, despite the country having already made significant strides in terms of transforming into a digital economy.This is the view of prominent players in government’s “e-strategy”, who participated in the plenary session marking the first day of the Government Technology Conference (GovTech) on 31 October at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.High-level representatives who shared their insights with the more than 1 600 delegates who attended the event included Honourable Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Honourable Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, and Honourable Gauteng Premier, David Makhura. – Advertisement – They were joined by the State Information Technology Agency’s (SITA) chairperson, Z.D. Nomvete, and Dr. Setumo Mohapi, who believes that the deepest impact can be made by focusing on developing small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the South African ICT industry. To complement the line-up, was the international guest speaker, Mr. Bruno Lanvin who is the Executive Director, INSEAD and the co-author, World Economic Forum Global IT Report and focused in his presentation on the comparative analysis of the global digital competitiveness.1 of 2 Acting Chairman of the SITA Board Zukile Nomvete, the Honourable Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Honourable Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr. Siyabonga Cwele and Honourable Gauteng MEC of Finance Barbara Creecy. Official ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the Exhibition Hall at the 2016 GovTech Conference – ICT for Development, Access and Growth, being held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from the 31st October to the 2nd November. The conference taking place over 3 days plays host to over 1600 delegates with 93 high profile speakers. Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony is the Acting Chairman of the SITA Board Zukile Nomvete, Honourable Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the Honourable Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Honourable Gauteng MEC of Finance Barbara Creecy and SITA CEO Dr. Setumo Mohapi.“SMMEs remain the biggest potential generators of economic growth and should therefore be the focal point of digital initiatives of state. We need to find ways to develop robust and vibrant participant s in this sector,” Dr. Mohapi said.He said investments made into government’s “e-strategy” had to firstly be geared at addressing the socio-economic aspects, before focusing on deploying technology to improve the economic competitiveness of the country.“The effective deployment of ICT entails better training of citizens to ensure that they have an appropriate input into the economy. It involves having healthier citizens that are also more productive. This is what should be guiding the innovation agenda to drive economic growth,” he said.According to Dr. Mohapi, there was a causal relationship between the country’s ICT readiness as characterized by its investment and the global economic competitiveness and the reality was that between 2010 and 2016 the state’s investment in ICT grew albeit disproportionately to the ICT usage and effectiveness with lesser impact on the society.Dr. Mohapi’s call for equitable distribution in the industry was reiterated by the other prominent participants in state’s “e-government” strategy at the session.Giving a global context, Mr. Bruno Lanvin asserted that the state of ICT readiness in any country was largely driven by the environment as expressed in the quality of infrastructure, the level of skills and the element of affordability. Only once the environment was conducive would there be improvement in the usage by the government, the business and the citizens and this would determine the social impact.Honourable Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, said that accessibility remained a significant challenge, especially in the rural areas of the country, despite the significant progress made in areas of the country, in terms of improving connectivity. Continuous investment in infrastructure development, improvement of the bandwidth and the proliferation of citizen-centric e-government services among others would improve accessibility levels.“We have a highly unequal society. Some towns in the country boast more than a 200% connectivity rate and others areas have not benefitted from any access. The fact of the matter is that the majority of the rural areas of the country remain unconnected,” said Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize.She echoed Dr. Mohapi’s views that tackling access challenges in the country had to transcend traditional models, calling for a high impact project that would also see the employment of more youth in ICT and “e-government” initiatives. She said that the younger generation already had the intellectual property” in ICTs to innovate and improve service delivery for all citizens.“Government’s digital strategy needs to be viewed as a vehicle that will have a massive impact on gross-domestic product, but meet an inclusive growth agenda,” the deputy minister told the more than 1 600 delegates who attended the event.This year’s GovTech is being held in Gauteng, which has already made major strides in positioning itself as a “smart” province, and is enjoying the outcomes thereof, especially in terms of government operations.Honourable Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, said the provincial department was well on track to achieving the status of being knowledge-based economy by 2030, a goal enshrined in the National Development Plan.Referring to the success of three leading towns in the province in terms of rolling out free Wi-Fi to its citizens, Makhura said connectivity and, more importantly, broad-band infrastructure had become just as essential as other utilities, such as water and electricity, for successful operation of a modern city.“Gauteng was in the forefront of driving the Africa programme on digitization as characterized by its promotion of smart technologies, smart cities and smart government,” stated Premier Makhura.The plenary sets the scene for the more in-depth discussion around access, growth, development and innovation that commences on 1 November 2016 in line with this year’s theme: How Technology Improves Service Delivery for Citizen Empowerment.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s pretty much take your pick of three between Chelsea, PSG and the DRAW in the second Champions League game of the day at Stamford Bridge (7.45pm).If it follows the pattern of the earlier Zenit St Petersburg v Benfica match then we should be in for plenty of drama – Benfica came back from a goal down to win 2-1 with the last kick of the game – a real kick in the ‘you know what’ for draw backers.PSG have been invincible domestically this season and hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg thanks to Edinson Cavani’s 78th minute winner. The good news, from Chelsea’s perspective, is they have an away goal which might well become a factor.Captain John Terry misses this crucial match with a hamstring injury but Costa has been named in the starting XI by manager Guus Hiddink who said: “I’m very proud of him, the way he’s playing and, going not over the edge, but he likes to fight in the real way of the game. That’s what we like. I protect him and support him when he’s doing what he has done in my period at Chelsea. He frequently is scoring now, since December, January. Before he had this problem not scoring, as did the team. Let’s see and hope he can make it to the European level as well.”Costa has scored only one goal in his past 15 Champions League games and will need to penetrate the PSG defence who have conceded just two goals in seven Champion’s League games this season if he is to improve on that record.Chelsea v PSGUEFA Champions League Last-16 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD / BT Sport Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2016 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Paris St-G. 2-1 ChelseaMar 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 2-2 Paris St-G.Feb 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Paris St-G. 1-1 ChelseaApr 2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Paris St-G.Apr 2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Paris St-G. 3-1 ChelseaNov 2004 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 0-0 Paris St-G.Sep 2004 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Paris St-G. 0-3 ChelseaTEAM NEWSChelsea13 Courtois28 Azpilicueta24 Cahill2 Ivanovic16 Kenedy12 Mikel4 Fàbregas17 Pedro22 Willian10 Hazard19 Diego CostaPSG16 Trapp5 Marquinhos2 Thiago Silva32 David Luiz17 Maxwell25 Rabiot8 Motta14 Matuidi11 Di María10 Ibrahimovic7 Lucas MouraThe prediction was landed last night for a profit of 19.5 points and tonight, rather more speculatively I’m going for DRAW/CHELSEA on the Star Sports HT/FT market at around 6/1.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW / CHELSEA for 6 points at around 6/1 with Star SportsTuesday: +19.50 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Royal Ascot DAY 2 TIPS and OFFER

first_imgAnother cracking Royal Ascot / Euro 2016 offer on Wednesday. Have three bets at Royal Ascot with us and you can have France HT/FT at 5/4 compared with ODDS ON everywhere else !Rishi Persad named TEFIN WON 11/2 as one of his bets on Tuesday so we’ve allowed him back for his day two bets !!!!!! TERMS AND CONDITIONS1) The offer is for new and existing customers2) The enhanced football price is to a max. stake of £2003) The average stake for the clients first 3 bets at Royal Ascot that day will be used for qualifying stake4) Non runners and void bets do not qualify5) Match bets , distance bets and special bets do not qualify6) We reserve the right to refuse this offer to any clientlast_img read more


first_imgHORSE RACING3.30 LingfieldRadio Source evens > 8/118.00 HexhamBuy Mistake 10/1 > 5/2PREMIER LEAGUEPremier League20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD3/10 Man City 10/1 Everton 9/2 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 21 Augustlast_img

Rice MBA moves up eight places in the US News World Report

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Julia  NguyenPHONE: 713-348-5387E-MAIL: julianguyen@rice.eduRice MBA moves up eight places in the U.S. News & World Report Ranking  Salaries and employment opportunities among the highest for Rice MBA graduatesLast Friday, the Rice MBA full-time program at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management was ranked 40th among the top MBA programs in a survey by U.S. News & World Report. Along with the overall ranking, several indicators were also published, highlighting the program’s key strengths. These measures, especially relevant to prospective students and Rice MBA graduates, indicate important achievements for the Rice MBA full-time program. They include: 1.         Starting salary/bonus – Rice MBA graduates reported an average starting salary/bonus package totaling $101,529. Among the 50 top schools, the Rice MBA placed 25th for highest starting salary/bonus.  2.         Employed three months after graduation – 94.8 percent of the 2007 graduates were employed three months after graduation. Only 19 other programs had higher employment percentages. Additionally, the demand for Rice MBA graduates is exceptionally high, with most graduates reporting more than two offers.  ”The Jones School is extremely pleased to be recognized as a top business school by the U.S. News & World Report,” said Bill Glick, dean of the Jones School. ”Although we ranked very well this year, we realize that media rankings are only one indicator of a school’s quality. We are particularly pleased to see that the program excelled on metrics that matter the most to our students and graduates. “The Rice MBA’s rigorous curriculum, excellent faculty, intimate learning environment, effective career management center and other strengths contribute greatly to differentiating the Jones School as an exceptional school acknowledged for producing thought leaders,” he said. ”The long-term educational value is most evident in the many successes of our students and alumni.” All 425 master’s programs in business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) were surveyed by U.S. News & World Report. The graduate program rankings will be published in the April 7-14 edition of the magazine and in the U.S. News & World Report 2009 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools.last_img read more

French author Danielle MichelChich to speak at Rice Feb 12

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu French author Danielle Michel-Chich to speak at Rice Feb. 12HOUSTON – (Feb. 6, 2013) –French author and journalist Danielle Michel-Chich will be at Rice University Feb. 12 to discuss her new book, “Lettre à Zohra D.,” an autobiographical narrative exploring the author’s experience as a survivor of the 1956 bombing of the Milk Bar café in Algiers, Algeria. The bomb caused Michel-Chich to lose her left leg and killed her grandmother.Who: French author Danielle Michel-Chich.What: Discussion of Michel-Chich’s new book, “Lettre à Zohra D.” Part of the discussion will be in French.When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, noon to 1:30 p.m.Where: Rice University, Rice Media Center, 6100 Main St.The Milk Bar bombing was a seminal moment in the war between the French colonial power and Algeria’s independence movement as well as a development prominently featured in Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontocorvo’s 1966 film, “The Battle of Algiers.” Zohra Drif, a 20-year-old University of Algiers student, set the bomb, which killed several patrons and seriously injured dozens.This is Michel-Chich’s first discussion of the book in the United States.Hosted by Rice’s Department of French Studies and students in its “The Writing Workshop” and “The Battle of Algiers” courses, the event is free and open to the public. For a Rice University map and parking information, visit rice.edu/parking.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. AddThislast_img read more

Organizations must collaborate to address Houstons food deserts

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis A picture of fresh fruits and vegetables. Photo credit: 123rf.com Share1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduOrganizations must collaborate to address Houston’s food desertsKinder Institute report says institutional barriers, competition limit cooperationHOUSTON – (March 13, 2019) – Nearly a quarter of a million people in the Houston area lack access to healthy food. A new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research says collaboration between hunger-fighting organizations is necessary to address the problem.center_img Return to article. Long DescriptionPhoto credit: 123rf.com“Challenges of Social Sector Systemic Collaborations: What’s Cookin’ in Houston’s Food Insecurity Space?” is authored by Doug Schuler, a Kinder Fellow and associate professor of business and public policy at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Balaji Koka, an associate professor of strategic management at the Jones School, examines the nature of collaborations between nonprofit, for-profit and governmental organizations working on food insecurity and food deserts in Houston.Research shows that unequal access to healthy food is likely to blame for some of the negative health outcomes in the Houston metropolitan area.“In Harris County alone, about 1 in 3 children is likely to be obese and about 1 in 3 children born since 2000 is likely to develop diabetes,” the report says. “These health challenges result in additional health care costs of $3 billion in just Harris County.”Schuler and Koka found four major types of collaborations among these organizations: dominant player supply chain, where dominant organizations share a common agenda and have a self-reinforcing relationship; neighborhood wrap-around, which concentrates on directing persons who access pantries to receive other social services; umbrella, which involves large organizations that recruit smaller groups to deliver a bundle of services; and informational, which gathers information about delivery of services.However, the authors said none of these forms of collaboration lead to the level of integration and coordination required over an extended period to solve such an important social issue.The researchers said the biggest hurdles for accomplishing long-term positive change include institutional barriers stemming from funders, government policies and politics, and a mindset of competition in which organizations strive for resources and market dominance often at the expense of cooperation.The researchers suggest the following:Funders should invest in efforts that focus beyond short-term, quickly visible outcomes.Funders should require recipients to report activities across multiple dimensions, including how they contribute to other organizations and what they receive outside of their own programs.Governments should make policies as flexible as possible to support collaborations between entities.Organizations should focus less on competition and more on a mindset of altruism and civic consciousness. If the goal is to address food insecurity, it should not matter which organization receives credit.Organizations should be willing to share knowledge and collaborate for the common good.The authors hope their research will inspire funders, policymakers and other organizations to adopt policies, processes and mindsets that encourage collaborations and flexible operations while avoiding competitive actions.The report was based on data collected from interviews, experiential field visits and focus groups of individuals living in one food desert neighborhood. The interviews and visits occurred over 33 months between 2015 and 2018.The report is available online at https://kinder.rice.edu/.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Photo link: https://news.rice.edu/files/2019/03/61925602_l-1tq528r.jpgPhoto credit: 123rf.comKinder Institute website: https://kinder.rice.edu/Report link: https://kinder.rice.edu/research/challenges-social-sector-systemic-collaborations-whats-cookin-houstons-food-insecurityLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. last_img read more

Toronto News DeGroote Launches New Fellowship Rotman Makes New Hire and More

first_img RelatedDeGroote Business Looks Back on Successful 2017, and its FutureThe MBA program at the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business is changing the game for prospective MBAs in Canada, offering a valuable return on investment, strong network of partners and alumni, and diverse student body. Since 2010, the school’s full-time and co-op MBA programs have been based at McMaster’s…January 29, 2018In “Featured Region”Introducing DeGroote’s 1st EMBA in Digital Transformation Class GradsThe first cohort of Executive MBA students at the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business just wrapped up their graduation, ready to take on the business world with their unique education in Digital Transformation. Just over a year ago, the DeGroote School of Business launched a new Executive MBA in Digital Transformation, enrolling…November 28, 2017In “EMBA”DeGroote 2016 Annual Report Reveals Positive MBA Stats2016 was a notable year at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. Not only did the school continue to foster interdisciplinary thinking and evidence-based management to transform business and society, but it also experienced quite a few accomplishments. Those accomplishments were summarized in the DeGroote 2016 Annual Report, with some of the…May 8, 2017In “Featured Region” Let’s visit some of the biggest news coming out of Toronto business schools this week.EMBA Physicians Invited to Enroll in HLA Fellowship Program – DeGroote Communications DepartmentAccording to a press release from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, the Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy (HLA) is launching a new fellowship program for physicians who enroll in the Executive MBA in Digital Transformation (EMBA) at the DeGroote School of Business. Called the HLA Physician Fellowship Program, five fellows will be selected for the inaugural year of the program, which starts in September 2018.The EMBA in Digital Transformation is a 13-month program that allows candidates to work while pursuing their degree. It features an evolving interdisciplinary curriculum includes customized, integrated cases developed around new and emerging trends in business and technology.“The HLA strives to attain a transformative impact on global healthcare by nurturing a community of future leaders,” Del Harnish, Co-Director of the HLA, said. “This fellowship program helps develop these leaders by providing a broad perspective of the intersections of health and business knowledge.” You can read more about the new fellowship here.Rotman School Strengthens Business Design and Innovation with New Appointment – Rotman Media CentreThe Rotman School of Management announced an exciting new faculty hire via their Media Centre: Angèle Beausoleil is joining the school’s faculty as an assistant professor of Business Design and Innovation. In addition to developing and delivering new courses, she will be collaborating with Rotman DesignWorks, the school’s Business Design Centre on industry projects to help advance innovation practices at the school.You can read more about Professor Beausoleil here.Schulich School of Business Wins 2018 MBA Games – Schulich Media CentreLast month, a team of MBAs from the Schulich School of Business at York University bested teams from 16 other Canadian graduate business schools to win the 2018 MBA Games. The victory was Schulich’s seventh MBA Games win in 16 years.“This was our year to win the MBA Games,” said Catherine Sim, Team Captain, who expects to graduate with a Schulich MBA degree later this year. “It feels great to bring the Queen’s Cup back to where it belongs.”You can read more about the team’s triumph here. Last Updated Feb 14, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Toronto News: DeGroote Launches New Fellowship, Rotman Makes New Hire, and Morecenter_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini regions: Torontolast_img read more