The independent living movement will only continue

first_imgThe independent living movement will only continue to thrive if Britain stays in the European Union (EU) according to one of its pioneers.John Evans, one of the founders of the UK independent living movement, told a Westminster seminar that he believed independent living would only continue to develop in the UK if it was still protected by EU laws.           He said that disabled people wanted to “pull down barriers, not erect them” and recognised that discrimination “does not stop at borders”.Evans (pictured) was liberated from a Cheshire Home 33 years ago, when he used council funding to set up his own independent living scheme in Hampshire, and has since become a key figure in both the UK and European independent living movements.He was involved in 1989 – along with disabled people from 19 European countries – in setting up the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), an organisation he later chaired.He told the audience of politicians, academics and campaigners who support voting to remain in the EU in this month’s referendum that his involvement in ENIL had had a huge influence on his life, and that he had “personally witnessed the enormous benefits, successes and achievements disabled people in the UK have gained from the EU”.He said: “I firmly believe that in order for independent living to continue to thrive, we need to be able to do it within the European legislative framework and along with our disabled friends and allies in Europe.”Evans has been employing personal assistants (PAs) for 33 years, and in that time has employed people from 12 EU member states.He said a decision to leave the EU would mean such recruitment would no longer be possible, and so would “restrict thousands of disabled people” looking for PAs, which was “already a big problem in this country, particularly in many rural areas”.He said that if the UK left the EU, thousands of other disabled people who use PAs from other EU member states would find it increasingly difficult to find the staff they needed.He said: “Disabled people in the UK have simply too much to lose if we leave the EU, and personally I am horrified at the very thought of it.“We want to protect Europe’s very significant achievements for disabled people, and prevent others from being taken away from us, and provide a platform for the further improvements for our future.”The seminar was supported by the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, and was chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell.Evans described how another disabled person told him last month that the EU had done nothing to challenge austerity in Europe, but he said he had corrected her by pointing to a coalition formed four years ago by ENIL, which included the European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe and members of the European parliament, and which provided a “united voice” against the impact of austerity measures.He said: “This work is still going on and it is important it does on a European level and that we are part of it.”Evans said that disabled people in Britain had been seen as “pioneers” of independent living in Europe, because of their many campaigning successes and progressive legislation such as the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act and the Disability Discrimination Act, while other EU countries had struggled to secure such legislation.He said: “We want to continue to play this important, influential role in Europe, which is why it is so vital we remain within the EU.”Evans also pointed to funds from the European Commission and the EU’s European Social Fund that have been used to strengthen independent living networks and set up projects for disabled people in the UK.He said: “If we leave the EU we would not have access to this funding mechanism, which would restrict independent living possibilities at a time when resources are very scarce for supporting this work in the UK.”last_img read more

Wave of robbery and assaults hits the Mission over the weekend

first_img 0% Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. Friday, April 27A  46-year-old-man armed with a knife stabbed a 26-year-old man at 10 a.m. near 16th and Capp streets, according to police.  The suspect was arrested at the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.At 9:26 p.m. in Dolores Park, four men between the ages of 20 to 25 robbed a 40-year-old man, taking his backpack and cell phone. The victim confronted the suspects, who then cut him with a knife. The victim recovered his backpack and the suspects fled. The victim was treated for his injuries at a local hospital.At 10 p.m., a man and a woman were walking near the corner of Shotwell and 22nd streets when a suspect struck them with a blunt object multiple times. The suspect took their cellphones, wallet and purse before fleeing on feet. Both victims were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. Saturday, April 28At 1 a.m.  a 29-year-old suspect approached a 41-year-old woman near Shotwell and 18th streets and attempted to snatch her purse. The two struggled before the suspect managed to grab the purse and run off. No injuries were reported.At  3 a.m near 21st and South Van Ness, two male suspects in their 20s approached a 44-year old man and physically assaulted him before taking his wallet and running off. The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Sunday, April 29At 2 a.m. near the corner of 22nd street and Capp, a woman aged 35 to 45 approached a man from behind and demanded his cell phone and wallet. The man handed them over and the suspect fled.At  6 p.m. near 16th and Potrero streets, a suspect between the ages of 17 and 18 snatched a 57-year-old woman’s cell phone. Two other men were with the suspect and they all fled after the mugging.  No injuries were reported. Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping. Tags: assault • crime • mission • police • robbery Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Chairman States That Significant Improvements Nece

first_imgChairman States That Significant Improvements Necessary On A Consistent BasisIn his programme notes for the Salford game (below) Eamonn McManus described last week’s performance against Hull as unacceptable and that significant improvement at every level needs to be achieved.They read:“Everyone at the club: players, coaching staff, management and particularly myself, are under no illusions that last week’s exit from the Challenge Cup at the hands of Hull FC was and is unacceptable.An early exit from a competition so cherished by this club is in its own right difficult to accept, but the manner of the capitulation by a near to full strength Saints team in front of a home crowd was an embarrassment for a club of our history, standing and standards.The only way to redeem ourselves to our supporters is to show significant improvement throughout the rest of the Super League season.The League and Grand Final are as realistic goals to us as to any other Super League club, but only if we consistently play to our potential over the next five months. At the moment we are way, way below the required levels and we are under no illusions that everyone at the club has to improve their standards of effort and performance. This is rightly expected by you all.There is no point in having a wonderful stadium, training facilities, academy system and community programme (which we have and which so many good people have worked so hard and for so long to achieve) if the first team do not perform. It is ultimately their results and their performances that determine the success and reputation of the Saints and last week was as far below that as is imaginable.That said, nothing is achieved within the club by tub thumping and lashing out. Everyone at the club, particularly me, has to look at themselves and at their colleagues and identify any and all weaknesses and to address them as and when we can. The standards which we have so long set and held have to be re-attained. Your support has to be earned and not expected.That said, we are two points off second position in the league and four points from the top. Given the unpredictable nature of the competition every weekend and the fact that all clubs will definitely experience peaks and troughs in form during the remainder of the season, a decent run of results can see us challenging for honours again.It is only a few weeks since an under strength Saints team beat league leaders Warrington at the Halliwell Jones. It is only a few weeks since the Hull players locked their own coach out of the changing room after getting hammered by then top of the table Widnes.Form and position will continue to be volatile this season, but we have to improve markedly and consistently if we are to win the league and the Grand Final. It can be done and it must remain our aim.”last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Kar

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Karalius Cup clash with Widnes Vikings.All five of the club’s new signings – Ryan Morgan, Matty Smith, Luke Douglas, Adam Walker and Tommy Lee – are expected to play alongside the majority of the first team squad.Only Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is unavailable from last season’s side.Saints squad:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Adam Walker, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Morgan Knowles, 21. Jack Owens, 22. Matty Fleming, 23. Jack Ashworth, 24. Danny Richardson, 25. Ricky Bailey, 26. Jake Spedding, 27. Calvin Wellington, 28. Regan Grace, 30. Jonah Cunningham, 31. Aaron Smith.Denis Betts has named a 24-man squad:1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Corey Thompson, 3. Chris Bridge, 4. Charly Runciman, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 7. Tom Gilmore, 10. Jack Buchanan, 11. Chris Houston, 12. Matt Whitley, 15. Gil Dudson, 17. Stefan Marsh, 18. Greg Burke, 19. Macgraff Leuluai, 20. Manase Manuokafoa, 22. Ted Chapelhow, 23. Jay Chapelhow, 24. Sam Brooks, 25. Tom Olbison, 26. Tom Armstrong, 28. Ryan Ince, 29. Brad Walker, 31. Jordan Johnstone, 32. Danny Craven, 42. Danny Walker.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is J Roberts.Ticket details can be found here.Saints will wear their new away kit on Sunday, with Widnes in their home.last_img read more

13 Brandon ONeill – Hooker from Widnes Moorfield

first_img13. Brandon O’Neill – Hooker from Widnes MoorfieldHe is sponsored by Ahead Designer Hair Store and Widnes Scaffolding.Previous Number 13s: 2004 – Scott Moore (Leigh Miners Rangers & Blackbrook) 2006 – Jamie Foster (Blackbrook) 2009 – Daniel Hunter (Portico Vine) 2011 – Jack Jones (Portico Vine) 2013 – Keiron Herbert (Orrell St James) 2015 – Jordan Gibbons (Orrell St James & Wigan St Patricks)14. Samuel Royle – Loose Forward from Thatto Heath CrusadersHe is sponsored by Knauf Insulation.Previous Number 14s: 2004 – Tony Owen (Blackbrook) 2006 – Gareth Frodsham (Pilkington Recs) 2009 – Tommy Johnson (Blackbrook) 2011 – Ben Parry (Chorley Panthers) 2013 – David Hewitt (Bold Miners) 2015 – Callum Hazzard (Clock Face Miners)15. Brandon Scully – Prop Forward from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by the Blue Bell Pub, Park Road Café, Burchalls, Crispy Cod and South London Silverbacks.Previous Number 15s: 2004 – Andrew Parnell (Pilkington Recs) 2006 – Lee Gaskell (Blackbrook) 2009 – Danny Jones (Haydock Warriors & Blackbrook) 2011 – Mark Percival (Halton Farnworth Hornets) 2013 – Morgan Knowles (Barrow Island) 2015 – Robbie Horton (Thatto Heath Crusaders & Leigh Miners Rangers)last_img read more

UNCW submits GenX report to Environmental Review Commission

first_img The PFAS were tentatively identified during weekly collection and non-targeted screening through mass spectrometry of raw and finished drinking water the water treatment facility.The structure of those compounds is still being determined and have not been reported in the scientific literature.One compound, PFMOAA, structure I, has been identified.Related Article: Deadline to register to vote is MondayOther findings reveal an analyses of sediment samples collected from multiple sites indicate GenX is present, both point and non-point sources are likely contributors, and that sediments appear to be acting as a repository of GenX.The samples were taken at four locations near Chemours, and at seven locations within the estuary to north of the Port of Wilmington. Additional samples will be collected. This part of the research will continue through June 30, 2019.Map of sampling locations (Photo: UNCW)The report states that biodegradation of GenX in sediments will require longer-term incubation experiments.The research also included a study of the effects of GenX on oysters. The report says there was little bioaccumulation of GenX in oyster tissues.UNCW is planning two other experiments on oysters in the coming months. The first experiment will involve collecting oysters from Cape Fear River from upstream to downstream.The second oyster experiment will involve exposing clean oysters to various concentrations of GenX in a controlled lab. The oysters will be exposed to GenX for three weeks to ultimately determine how quickly oysters may accumulate (or not) GenX.According to the report, UNCW also performed other tasks regarding GenX.One task focused on rainwater.UNCW says it has been conducting National Science Foundations-funded rainwater research for more than two decades, resulting in one of the most comprehensive long-term data sets in the world. UNCW analyzed several rain samples for GenX.Based on those results, UNCW informed NCDAQ that GenX was present in some rain samples, leading to their current rainwater study of atmospheric transport of this compound.You can read the entire report here.UNCW is hosting a media roundtable on Wednesday to discuss the report. We will speak with the research team and bring you the latest on WWAY News. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington have given the NC House of Representatives their final report on GenX, which reveals several new poly-fluoroalkyl chemical compounds were identified at the Sweeney Water Treatment Facility.Under House Bill 56, UNCW received $250,000 to identify and quantify GenX and measure the concentration of the chemical in the Cape Fear River.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Enjoy the Ladies of Style with the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This weekend, you can see the entire Lower Cape Fear Historical Society’s Fashion and Textile Collection on display for the first time.On Friday, the Latimer House in Wilmington will be filled with fashions from 1850 to 1940, including the recently donated Horrocks’ collection of Latimer family Edwardian era clothing.- Advertisement – Costumed interpreters will explain the history behind the elaborate styles. Visitors can see how women achieved their silhouette during two Edwardian Dressings at 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.Tickets are $20 each and include a souvenir booklet. The proceeds benefit the archive and collection funds.To get tickets, call the Latimer House at (910) 762-0492 or email: Article: Have tea time and an afternoon of fun and fairies at Midsummer’s Day Tea PartyTo learn more about the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, click here.last_img read more

Sea turtle release in Surf City on DDay anniversary

first_imgSurf City turtle release (Photo: WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is holding a sea turtle release Wednesday that commemorates the 74th anniversary of D-Day.Allied Armed Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.- Advertisement – Two turtles will be released in honor of soldiers who fought in the invasion.Blondie will be released in memory of Blondie Hasler, a member of the U.K. Royal Marines. Hutch will be released in memory of Ed Hutchinson, a member of the US Navy.The release is set for tomorrow at the Wilmington Avenue beach access in Surf City.Related Article: Man has limbs amputated after being licked by dogIf you want to watch, you should be there by 9 a.m. for the 9:30 release.last_img

Affordable housing project complete for disabled homeless

first_imgSECU Lakeside Reserve finishes phase two on June 28, 2019 (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Twenty four homeless people with chronic disabilities have a new place to call home in Wilmington.SECU Lakeside Reserve marked the end of the second and final phase of the affordable housing project this morning.- Advertisement – The first phase allowed 16 people to move into units at the property on Lake Shore Drive behind Legion Stadium two years ago. Now, the building can hold 40 residents.Good Shepherd Center Senior Development Director Jane Birnbach said each unit is 660 square feet that comes with living space, a kitchen, a dining area, a bedroom and a bathroom.Birnbach said they built it so people can live here with dignity and respect.Related Article: Deadly explosion in Durham puts perspective on the seriousness of gas leaks“It’s been overwhelming. They are beyond grateful. One of the women who is moving in today said to me yesterday, ‘I don’t play the lottery, but I feel like I’ve won it,’” Birnbach said.With public and private support, $5 million was raised for this project.Birnbach said they already have 24 people and a waiting list to move in next.last_img read more

Transport Malta brings on new agency to check mileage meters on UK

first_img SharePrint Transport Malta has green-lit the operation of a UK company specialised in certifying the mileage on UK vehicles imported to Malta.CAP HPI UK Ltd is understood to produce the Odometer Certification for vehicles coming from the UK, will be working alongside JEVIC (for Japanese and Malaysian imports), with accurately checking and certifying the mileage registered on those entering Malta.The odometer is a piece of technology placed within vehicles which registers the distance travelled by a vehicle.It will be the job of the UK agency to check and certify the accuracy of the mileage on the vehicles prior to them being exported to Malta. The Certification is understood to be one of the crucial checks needed on the import of vehicles to the European Union member states.  TM says that the charge for the mileage verification is €30, which paid directly to CAP HPI UK Ltd.According to Transport Malta,  vehicles with the classification (N1), Goods conveying vehicles not more than 3.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight (unladen weight plus cargo) and (M1) Passenger vehicles carrying not more than 8 passengers are required to be inspected.Following inspection, they will be issued with a Certificate of Inspection. WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Two hospitalised after fire breaks out in Qawra apartment

first_imgArchivesArchives Two persons suffered from slight injuries after a fire broke out in an apartment in Qawra.The police told that a report about a fire in apartment in Triq il-Baħħara was filed at 3.15pm on Sunday.On Saturday a fire broke out in a storeroom on Garcia De Toledo Street which saw Civil Protection Department firefighters spending a whole night putting out the flames. The fire had broken out at about 9.30am on Saturday however it was only extinguished at night in an operation which last some fifteen hours.Read more:St Paul’s Bay fire finally extinguished in the past hoursFire breaks out in St Paul’s Bay warehouseWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Vodacom Slashes Prepaid Rate To Lowest Per Minute

first_imgAdvertisement He said Vodacom will bill in 30-second increments after the first minute, as opposed to other offers in the market, which are billed in 60-second increments after the first minute.David Lerche, a telecoms analyst at Avior Research, said it is not “clear cut” that the offer is the cheapest as other packages also provide good deals.World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said that on the surface, the all-day flat rate is the cheapest in terms of its price tag, but not in terms of actual call costs. – Advertisement – The costs of this type of package mean consumers are charged for a full minute even if the call lasts for a few seconds.Per-second billing is still considered a cheaper option.Vodacom has also introduced a flat rate of 50c per SMS for text messages – the same as 8ta. But 8ta gives 50 free SMSes after five sent messages.last_img read more

Galaxy S4 retail price for Uganda announced

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung’s Uganda distributor, Transtel announced last week that the latest of Samsung’s popular Galaxy S series, Galaxy SIV will be selling in Uganda in the coming weeks, and has set the retail price at UGX 1,999,000 (UPDATE: The retail price will be UGX 2,300,000 but Transtel is offering the smartphone at 1,999,000 to the first 50 customers who will pre-book).The Galaxy S4, which was launched for the African market in South Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg last Thursday evening, as part of Samsung’s “Samsung Galaxy S4 World Tour”, is being “offloaded” to various Africa countries, including Uganda.Samsung Electronics South Africa director of mobile communications, Craige Fleische, who described the release of the device as an innovation benchmark, said other features include the ‘Air View’ that allows users to hover with their fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it. – Advertisement – “All the innovative features of Galaxy S4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful Galaxy S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. At Samsung, we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people so we can inspire them in return,” he said.last_img read more

Snapchats Strength Among Millennials May Predict Eventual Mainstream Success

first_imgAdvertisement Last Month I talked about how Snapchat joined the $10 Billion dollar valuation club  and Snapchat being a company with no source of revenue this did not make a lot of a sense until a report from ComScore revealed how Snapchat is the #3 Social App among the Millennials.The three leading companies in the social media sector – Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – are worth nearly $250 billion combined. What makes many social media companies so valuable is the power of the network effect to deliver highly engaged audiences at scale, which translates into the opportunity to monetize through high volumes of ads and other high-margin products. The network effect can be very powerful but is also very difficult to achieve, which is perhaps why many considered Snapchat a risky proposition a few months ago. Is it possible that the Snapchat founders already knew what the rest of the market didn’t, that the network had already reached important critical mass thresholds that predicted even greater expansion of its audience? – Advertisement – Back in November, Snapchat’s audience penetration among smartphone-using adults was 12.1 percent, which is a respectable number indicative of a company with serious potential but that has not necessarily reached critical mass within the broader population. For perspective, in the Social Media 1.0 era, Facebook and Myspace both began to see their user growth accelerate once they reached 15-20 percent market penetration.So while Snapchat was well on its way to reaching that level last Fall, long term success was certainly no guarantee. However, deeper analysis on Snapchat data also showed that within certain predictive segments of the population – specifically among 18-24 year olds – Snapchat was already well past the typical critical mass threshold and accelerating rapidly. 25-34 year olds, another important demographic segment was just starting to break out and reach double-digit penetration.Despite Snapchat’s relative novelty, it has already established itself as one of the most highly used apps among Millennials (18-34 year olds) at 32.9 percent penetration, trailing only Facebook (75.6 percent) and Instagram (43.1 percent) among smartphone users. At this reach threshold, Snapchat has likely established a certain degree of staying power within this demographic segment that gives it some runway to evolve beyond its core value proposition.Long term success in the social media sector is no given, and there are certainly several examples of companies that have both ascended into the stratosphere of successful tech companies and of ones that are no longer relevant. Achieving critical mass is an important step in eventually reaching the winner’s circle, and with Snapchat currently at 18 percent penetration among smartphone-using adults it would appear to be right in that sweet spot. If usage begins to accelerate significantly from this point forward, who knows how big it can eventually get? Img Credit: Comscorelast_img read more

GSMA Announces Launch of Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

first_imgAdvertisement GSMA,a trade group that represents network operators using GSM technology for their networks, has announced the launch of an innovation fund to support innovative African startups and those from other emerging markets.Known as the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund, it will help identify startups with the greatest potential for growth and provide them with funding, and mobile-focused mentoring and technical assistance.The Fund will run several rounds between 2016 and 2020, with each round having specific areas of focus. – Advertisement – The first funding round seeks startups that use mobile technology and are aligned with the round’s focus areas – Sharing Economy and Mobile services for SMEs.In this round, a total sum of £2 million will be distributed to 10 to 15 startups that successfully scale the pitch and proposal stage of the round. The prizes will be disbursed in January 2017.Interested startups can apply to get a share of the prize by September 18, 2016. They will be required to complete an online questionnaire providing an overview of their product or service.“The launch of the Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund is an exciting opportunity for the mobile industry to work with entrepreneurs in developing markets to create services that will deliver important socio-economic benefits to their communities. I anticipate that we will see some incredible applications and I look forward to seeing the first selected start-up businesses flourish,”said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA.The Fund, launched at the ongoing Mobile 360 Series – Africa in Tanzania, is backed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and supported by the GSMA and its members.last_img read more

Google Pixel Smartphones Reportedly Said to Launch on October 5

first_imgImage Credit: CNET Advertisement Two days after South Korean smartphones manufacturers; Samsung Electronics launched their newest flagship in the Note-series; The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Mountain View-based internet firm, Google Corp. is reportedly said to be gearing up to launch its next flagship smartphones in the Pixel smartphone series; The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.Last year, Google unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones on October 4th. However, this time has a change with according to popular tipster Evan Blass, he tweeted that Google’s second-generation pixel handsets, powered bu Sanpdragon 836 SoC’s, will be unveiled on October 5th.Google’s second-generation Pixel handsets, powered by Snapdragon 836 SoC’s, will be unveiled on October 5th.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 24, 2017 – Advertisement – According to earlier reports, Pixel 2, codenamed ‘Walleye,’ will retain the 4.97-inch Full-HD display from the original Pixel and will be powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor with 4GB of RAM. However, internal storage could be bumped to 64GB in the base model.The 3.5mm headphone jack won’t be present in Google Pixel 2.The bigger Pixel XL 2, codenamed ‘Taimen,’ will be the more premium variant of the two smartphones and have an LG-made 5.99-inch OLED QuadHD display, according to TOI. While the screen resolution remains the same as the Pixel XL, the XL 2’s screen size will be bigger.The rumoured Pixel XL 2 with OLED panel could have a more saturated display for better color vibrancy. As reported by The Investors website, Google recently offered to invest USD$880 million in LG’s display-making division – LG Display. The report further added that Google wants to secure LG OLED panels for its 2017 Pixel smartphones.last_img read more

UCC Summons Airtel Uganda Over its 4G Speeds

first_imgAirtel 4G simcard. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Government regulatory body of communications; the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has summoned telecommunication firm; Airtel Uganda to respond to allegations that its 4G data speeds are not what is advertised.It is allegedly said that the telco is deluding its subscribers to believe that they are being provided 4G even in areas where it isn’t. UCC raised the flag on the telco following the over complaints from subscribers regarding its speeds even in areas where you would expect 4G to be much stable.The commission carried out investigation in some areas where Airtel 4G is deployed including; Kampala, Mukono, Entebbe, and Jinja finding out that even though the 4G were available, the speeds were much lower than what is internationally expected from a 4G connection. – Advertisement – The telco has then been asked to furnish the commission with technical evidence to prove that it provides the claimed 100% 4G network.In a statement wrote, “Consequently, in accordance with sections 45 and 48 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 and Regulation 28 of the Communications (Practice and Procedure) Regulations 2005, Airtel Uganda Limited has been asked to furnish the Commission with technical evidence to prove that it provides the claimed 100% 4G network service across Uganda in terms of performance and geographical coverage.”However, the very statement was later deleted by the commission from its website where it had been stated before. We are not aware why the commission deleted the statement, but we believe the telco reached out to the commission and came to an arrangement.To recall, telco rolled out/launched its 4G/LTE coverage in the country — February this year. The telco claimed to boast a total investment of 1,632 sites and over 3,900 kilometers of fiber across Uganda.To enjoy Airtel’s high speed 4G network, subscribers were asked to swap their 2G and 3G sims for a 4G sim. It is equally important to note that to use 4G connections, your device has to be supporting 4G LTE technologies.Airtel Uganda whose strongest competitor MTN Uganda launched its 4G/LTE in 2013 limited to Kampala and Entebbe then by 2015 extended to other major towns including; Mbale, Mbarara, Lira, Arua, Gulu, Kabale, Kasese, Fort Portal, Moroto, Masaka and Jinja. By then Brian Gouldie was the CEO of MTN Uganda.Since 2013, it took Airtel Uganda, six (6) years to launch its 4G/LTE in a period when most telecommunication firms are thinking of upgrading to 5G.Recent fallen Vodafone, even launched its 4G before Airtel considering that the Airtel was older than it. However, following their UGX300 billion debt, the telco had to shut down in May 2018.Airtel Uganda has over 10 million subscribes a milestone their reached in January 2018. Since their acquisition of K2 telecom in August 2018, we believe their subscribers increased to at least 12 million.The closure of the telecom [K2] was due to its debt of PAYE amounting to over UGX77.8M, debt of local excise duty UGX17M totaling to about UGX95M, as said by Ian Rumayika, the manager public and corporate affairs at URA.last_img read more


first_img[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.Wednesday 19 MarchRACING2.00 LingfieldDaniel Thomas 9/1 > 7/22.30 LingfieldRed Art 5/1 > 9/43.30 LingfieldProfile Star 11/2 > 11/44.30 WarwickMiss Lucky Penny 10/1 > 7/14.40 LingfieldDecent Fella 10/1 > 4/15.10 LingfieldPerfect Cracker 7/2 > 2/15.30 WarwickKing’s Tempest 4/1 > 5/26.40 KemptonTime Medicean 16/1 > 4/19.10 KemptonBrown Pete 9/2 > 2/1FOOTBALLMan U faithful taking 8/15 and now 1/23-0 correct score 9/1 from 10/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img


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first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 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.Wednesday 4 NovemberRACING2.05 WarwickPemba 11/10 > 4/52.40 WawickAso 9/2 > 3/14.00 NottinghamTop Diktat 4/1 > 7/24.10 WarwickSecret Door 6/1 > 7/25.10 KemptonQamarain 11/10 > 4/55.40 KemptonForest Lakes 5/1 > 3/1FOOTBALLUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD2/5 Bayern Munich 13/2 Arsenal 4/1 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD8/11 Chelsea 4/1 Dynamo Kiev 13/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img