Labour amendments proposing to make samesex marri

first_imgLabour amendments proposing to make same-sex marriage and abortion legal in Northern Ireland were approved by the House of Commons this afternoon.Conor McGinn’s ‘New Clause 1’ passed by a majority of 310, with 383 votes in favour and 73 against. No Labour MPs voted against the clause, which requires the government to extend equal marriage laws to Northern Ireland unless the devolved executive is formed before October 21st.MPs back a plan to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, by 383 votes to 73https://t.co/fP0btmImry pic.twitter.com/9uSkOGZmQZ— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) July 9, 2019Stella Creasy’s ‘New Clause 10’ amending the Northern Ireland Bill also passed by an overwhelming majority, with 332 votes in favour and 99 against. It requires the government to extend access to abortion in Northern Ireland, again unless power-sharing resumes.Labour MPs Rosie Cooper, Helen Jones, Mike Kane, Rachael Maskell and Stephen Pound voted against the Creasy amendment. Conservative, Labour and SNP MPs were given a free vote on both the same-sex marriage and abortion amendments.The power-sharing agreement in Stormont is thought very likely to remain collapsed beyond October, and the government has promised to respect the outcome of the votes today – although the legislation may damage the Conservative Party’s relationship with its confidence-and-supply partner the DUP.Commenting on the results of the votes, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Tony Lloyd said: “Today parliament has voted to ensure that love no longer has borders and women are not treated as second class citizens. The government must now act to bring forward legislation on marriage equality and abortion reform if the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive are not returned before the 21st October.“Labour has long called on the government to take action on these issues and will work with the government to see it implemented. The size of the majority pays tribute to the campaigning of many in Northern Ireland and the determination of Labour MP’s Conor McGinn, Diana Johnson and Stella Creasy amongst others.”Tags:Abortion /Northern Ireland /last_img read more

Anne Kihagi landlord faced with choice of paying city 125K or jail

first_imgContempt charge purged for city’s ‘cruelest landlord’ after her check clears #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; }/* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block.We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */ Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address 0% Tags: housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img //s3.amazonaws.com/downloads.mailchimp.com/js/mc-validate.js(function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]=’EMAIL’;ftypes[0]=’email’;fnames[3]=’MMERGE3′;ftypes[3]=’text’;fnames[2]=’LNAME’;ftypes[2]=’text’;}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Renegade landlord Anne Kihagi’s dance with the city has taken some wild twists and turns, but last week she was faced with a simple, binary option: Pay up or go to jail. On March 1, Judge Lynn O’Malley Taylor found Kihagi, a serial predatory landlord, in contempt of court. At issue: Kihagi had failed to turn over rent money a judge said the city was entitled to glean and, furthermore, had encouraged her tenants to not pay that money to the city. Her choice was stark: Show up on Thursday with a $124,900 check, or check into county jail for 10 days. Kihagi chose the former. The city yesterday deemed that her check, delivered March 6, had indeed cleared. This staves off the specter of incarceration, but Kihagi’s path forward is still a treacherous one. She must, by March 12, come up with a much larger bond — for more than $8 million — to offset the multi-million dollar judgment the city won against her or else the city will, once again, begin gleaning her rents. The city will, today, file a rejoinder to Kihagi’s appeal of that case. City Attorney Dennis Herrera is, in fact, in the novel position of being a successful litigant actually pushing to accelerate a hearing in the court of appeal, as a number of the penalties levied against Kihagi can’t take effect until the case is ultimately adjudicated.   Along with the roughly $5.5 million (and growing) judgment against Kihagi won by the city, evicted former tenant Dale Duncan and his family last year won $3.5 million — purportedly the largest ever jury award in a California case involving one dwelling unit. Ousted Kihagi tenant Kelly Kimball’s case against her is pending, and a legion of other tenants’ cases await. Kihagi obtained 14 Southern California properties between 2006 and 2013 and appears to still own at least 11 of them. In 2013 she and her sisters, using a web of LLCs, undertook a San Francisco spending spree. Between December of that year and June 2016, she acquired 11 San Francisco buildings for nearly $30 million. As described in an extraordinarily detailed 163-page 2017 ruling from Judge Angela Bradstreet, illegal evictions, unwarranted construction and unnerving behavior followed in nearly all of the city buildings, many of which are located in the Mission. Kihagi laughed and smiled through her most recent court appearances, even when the judge ruled she’d contravened court orders and owed the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Little, it seems, gets her down. “In court, she was losing, and smiling like she’s winning a million dollars,” said Kihagi tenant Sylvia Smith, whom the landlord has attempted to evict from Guerrero Street on several occasions, regarding one of Kihagi’s many other days in court. “I am not so smart, but I am old. I’ve been through many things. I can tell when someone is a little weird.”last_img read more

MATTY Dawson has signed a twoyear contract extens

first_imgMATTY Dawson has signed a two-year contract extension at the Saints.The former Huddersfield Giant and Castleford Tiger will remain with the Champions until the end of 2017.Matty is predominately a winger but has also played in the centres since he signed for the club in 2014.“I had no hesitation to re-sign with the Saints,” Matty said. “I said when I signed two years ago that I was overwhelmed to be joining such a club and to accept another deal is a no brainer.“I know Nathan Brown brought me to the Saints but it is pleasing that Keiron Cunningham has seen something in me. I hope I can continue to impress him and do what I can for the club.“Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am playing for St Helens; when you consider its history. It is a massive thing for me personally.“To be part of the squad last season was also very special and what we achieved. I played 19 games but got injured towards the back end of the year and that perhaps cost me a place in the Final.“This year I have played a few games and I am now back in the team following injury. Keiron has put faith in me following Tommy Makinson’s injury and hopefully I can fill his shoes.“I will do my best to do that and kick on for the rest of the season.“Langtree Park was bouncing last Friday against Wigan and I want to be part of those big games.”Previously, Matty played for Castleford until he was snapped up by Brown for the Giants ahead of the 2010 season.19 games followed in 2014 with six tries marking a solid season from the flyer.And in 2015 he played six times before an ankle injury saw him miss eight weeks until his return last week.last_img read more

SAINTS take on Wakefield Wildcats tonight in Round

first_imgSAINTS take on Wakefield Wildcats tonight in Round 5 of the First Utility Super League XXI season.As with all our home games this year, we have a host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchnight experience.Game Schedule Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open from 4.30pm.Turnstiles – Open 6.30pm. Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Typhoo and the Hattons Solicitors Family Stands, as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free! Inflatables – We have a range of inflatables in the South West concourse, close to the Karalius’ Bar kiosk, and in the North Stand for our Junior fans to enjoy! Frankfurters – A tasty range will be on sale in several kiosks around the concourse.Members Meal Deal – Crisps, Sweet Bag and Cup of Tea just £5. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosk on Saints matchdays.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6:30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!Players – We will have two members of the first-team squad down in the concourses to meet fans and sign autographs. They will be in the South West concourse area at around 6:45pm, North Stand (7pm) and the South East (7:15pm). Look out for the life-size cutouts in the South West & North Stand to mark the spot where they will be.Cheerleaders – Junior and Senior groups will be performing pre game.Mat Crawley – Mat will be singing a selection of classic Ratpack style music before the match.Half time – Kicking competition in association with ODs Designer Clothing. Friday’s match is sponsored by Fleet Dynamic with the match ball supported by St Helens Autism Support. This package has kindly been donated to the society by Heritage Leisure Designs.You can find out more about our match partners here.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, McLoughlin and Harvey East and Totally Wicked North Stands.If you require a Solarking South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore will be open until kick-off and for an hour afterwards.Members get 15 per cent off all souvenirs in March. Simply input your membership number at checkout at the Saints Superstore or take your Membership Card into the Saints Superstore. The sixth edition of our fantastic match programme ‘Strength in Numbers’ will be on sale.It features an exclusive interview with Kyle Amor as well we a look back at recent events at Langtree Park. There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. Stickers this week are Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Boots.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington Audi.TravelIf you haven’t planned your trip to Langtree Park, then take a look at our Travel Section for the best ways of getting to the stadium.Matchday Car Parking details are here.OD’s Crossbar ChallengeThe half time crossbar game returns with participants having the chance to win £100 in ODs vouchers.If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

The centre collected a chip from the immense Theo

first_imgThe centre collected a chip from the immense Theo Fages and put down under pressure, with minute room, to swing the contest back to his side.Danny Richardson then showed remarkable maturity to add a drop goal to leave Hull with too much to do.Fages and Percival were class personified throughout – and they were backed by the likes of Luke Thompson, James Roby and Luke Douglas.Handling conditions weren’t the best all night and both sides struggled with completion.Saints certainly did early on as they dominated the first half.Morgan Knowles, Dominique Peyroux and Fages all went close before Jamie Shaul put the visitors ahead.He took a simple pass to finish off a simple move – but there was a clear forward pass from Albert Kelly in the build up.Saints hit back on the half hour mark after winning back to back sets.Kicks from Richardson and Fages forced errors from the Hull defence and then James Roby darted in from dummy half.Mark Percival levelling it with the boot – and then tagging on a penalty as the half time hooter went.Saints forced a drop out within the first minute of the second half, and then got another in the second.They couldn’t profit but did when a piece of individual brilliance from Fages extended Saints’ advantage – and Percival was the benefactor.On the last, the half back shaped to kick it on the short side but showed great feet to dance through the defence and put Percival over.Josh Griffin felled Jonny Lomax on 57 minutes – and was very lucky to stay on the field – before Luke Thompson went within inches as the game creeped into the final quarter.More chances came and went, and the visitors made them pay as Mahe Fonua had the simplest task of putting down after he caught Percival’s tip back following a high ball.It was a blow for the hosts considering they had dominated the majority of the game.And it almost worse as following Sneyd’s 40:20, and two drop outs, the video referee had to rule out a Talanoa score.The big winger impeding Makinson as he went for the ball.Mark Percival then produced a bit of class to stretch Saints’ lead and it was once again down to Fages.His cute chip on the last was inch perfect for the centre to collect and then somehow put it down for a worldie of a finish.Danny Richardson showed his maturity with a drop goal wth 77 on the clock to make the game safe – and it was game, set and match when Thompson smashed the ball from Griffin to seal the deal.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Roby, Percival (2), Goals: Percival (3 from 4) Drop: RichardsonHull: Tries: Shaul, Fonua Goals: Sneyd (2 from 2)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 7 Hull: 1HT: 8-6 FT: 19-12REF: P BenthamATT: 9,910Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 10. Kyle Amor, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Tommy Lee.Hull FC: 1. Jamie Shaul; 2. Mahe Fonua, 4. Josh Griffin, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Fetuli Talanoa; 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 22. Josh Bowden, 17. Danny Washbrook, 12. Mark Minichiello, 21. Sika Manu. Subs: 10. Liam Watts, 14. Jake Connor, 16. Jordan Thompson, 29. Masimbaashe Matongolast_img read more

Whiteville cruising ban stands for now

first_img A ghost town that dozens, if not hundreds, are trying to bring back to life.“It was always a tradition here in Whiteville for years,” McGee said. “I mean there are people here who met their significant other in downtown cruising.”Teens use to drive up and down the streets around Downtown Whiteville and hang out until city council banned cruising in 2000. Many say cruising brought great memories, fun, and money to the economy.Related Article: Mega Millions: These North Carolina stores have the most big winsNow they say it has caused businesses to shut down and changed the town as a whole. But not everyone agrees with those comments including the Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann.“Trash, noise, that many people congested in the area things are gonna happen,” Mann said.“Concerned about the noise, with loud trucks with the really loud mufflers and music and it’s just a concern for people with young families,” Jonathan Medford, who supports cruising ban, said.At first the mayor said he was not budging on lifting the ban which prompted more than half of the people to leave the room.“I just don’t think cruising in the form that it was in in 2000 when it was banned is gonna work in my opinion in Downtown Whiteville,” Mann said.But shortly after, the mayor had a change of heart.“We instructed the leader, the spokesman for them, to come up with a plan, a suggestion. And me and the city manager would meet and we would take that plan revise it or approve it and we would take it to council for consideration,” Mann said.After leaving the meeting some cruisers hit the streets in Downtown Whiteville but police quickly shut it down.The mayor hopes the group can get back to him with a plan and once they do he hopes to have an agreement most people will be happy with. WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Cruising in Whiteville is a well known past time and now dozens want to bring it back. Things got heated during a meeting Tuesday night as a group of people spoke in front of the Whiteville City Council in hopes of lifting the current ban.“We have alienated an entire generation of kids out of our downtown area. You can go in our downtown area tonight it’s a ghost town,” Marc McGee, who opposes the cruising ban, said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pender Co road closed after propane tanker rolls catches on fire

first_img Batson says the truck was on fire after the crash, but the Shiloh Fire Department put it out. Batson says the driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.Batson says emergency crews will be on scene for 10-12 more hours as the propane in the tanker is burned off before it can be righted and towed away. He says there is no threat to anyone in the area, but Tedder Road is closed. He asks drivers to avoid the area.Pender County Emergency Management, North Carolina Emergency Management and the State Regional Response Team out of Wilmington all responded.WFD crews with Regional Respone Team 2 on the scene of an overturned LP tanker off Hwy 421/Tedder Rd in Pender County. Damage assessment underway. pic.twitter.com/Y1FmS7Ls1q— WilmingtonFD (@WilmingtonFD) December 27, 2017Related Article: Temporary shelter to open Thursday in Pender County due to Michael PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County road will be closed for several more hours after a propane tanker rolled over and caught on fire this afternoon.Pender County Fire Marshal Tommy Batson says the call came in at 1:15 p.m. on Tedder Road off US 421.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man sentenced to 16 years for running drug ring in Wilmington

first_imgGavel (Photo: MGN Online) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for operating a drug ring in Wilmington.Franz Didyer Ramos-Fernandez, 29, of Pasadena, Texas, was sentenced to a little more than 16 years in prison followed by 6 years of supervised release.- Advertisement – Ramos-Fernandez and co-defendant Fernando Enrique Cardona-Zavala were named in a five-count Indictment filed on June 27, 2017.On September 14, Ramos-Fernandez pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess With Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Methamphetamine, a Quantity of Cocaine, and a Quantity of Marijuana.The investigation revealed that Ramos-Fernandez was the head of a drug trafficking organization selling crystal methamphetamine or ICE, cocaine, and other drugs in the Wilmington area.Related Article: Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apartCardona-Zavala was identified as one of Ramos-Fernandez’ primary dealers and he was sentenced on November 30.Ramos-Fernandez utilized a sophisticated network of local bars, nightclubs and apartments to store and sell his organization’s drugs.Undercover agents made several controlled purchases and seizures of narcotics from Ramos-Fernandez and Cardona-Zavala took place involving crystal meth and cocaine.Between May and June, Ramos-Fernandez relocated to the Houston area. Later, a federal warrant was issued for his arrest where he was taken into custody by DEA agents in Houston.Ramos-Fernandez admitted to selling ice to an undercover DEA agent in Wilmington and provided details about an drug trafficking organization out of Mexico with cells in Texas, North Carolina, and Philadelphia.last_img read more

Fair Bluff officer honored for helping capture suspect in Trooper Conners murder

first_img On October 17, Conner was shot during a traffic stop on Hwy 701 in Columbus County.A man who lived nearby, Hilton Cox, was on his front porch and heard the gunshots and saw a vehicle drive off from the traffic stop. When he didn’t see any movement near the vehicle, Cox drove to the patrol car and found Conner on the ground. Cox called 911 and waved down a passing driver.Loren Halsey, a Navy Corpsman, stopped and began assessing Trooper Conner. He described to 911 the trooper’s injuries. Both men stayed with Conner until emergency responders arrived.Related Article: Officials investigating van explosion in Sri Lanka after weekend bombingsThe highway patrol says the men, who also received the Colonel’s Appreciation Award, relayed important information to 911 and gave a description of the suspect’s truck.Cpl. Alsbrooks was on patrol when he spotted a truck that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle.Alsbrooks pursued the truck until it crashed on train tracks in Fair Bluff and the suspect ran off. Alsbrooks forced the suspect into laying down until a perimeter could be established. Alsbrooks circled the area until backup arrived.Raheem Davis was arrested and charged with the trooper’s murder. A second suspect, Chauncy Askew, was arrested in South Carolina several days later. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol honored a Fair Bluff police officer and two Good Samaritan’s during an awards ceremony in Raleigh on Tuesday morning.Corporal Lee Alsbrooks received the Colonel’s Appreciation Award for helping capture one of the suspects charged in Trooper Kevin Conner’s murder.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police investigating stabbing at sports bar

first_img A witness called 911 and rendered aid until EMS could arrive. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. The victim was transported to NHRMC, however police would not say the extent of his injuries.Police did say the suspect was being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury. They have not released the identity of the suspect or victim at this time.Jamrock’s personnel posted on social media telling customers Sunday that, “we (are) having a family emergency so Jamrock will be close(d) for a few days sorry for the inconveniences.” Police investigating reported stabbing. (Kate Cornell/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police are investigating after a person was stabbed at an area sports bar inside the University Landing shopping center.Wilmington police say the male victim was at work at the Jamrock Sports Bar & Grill when the suspect entered the business. The suspect stabbed the victim once according to police.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Were ensuring the least inconvenience to occupants at the Park Hotel

first_img Miguela Xuereb 1 of 19 Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb The Ministry for Tourism, along with the Malta Tourism Authority and all other stakeholders, stated that all are working to ensure the least inconvenience to tourists staying at the Park Hotel.The Malta Tourism Authority today was granted the right to enforce the closure of the Park Hotel in Sliema by a court of appeal, after being declared that it was in no condition to be stayed in. According to The Times of Malta, persons staying at this hotel had not yet been informed by this morning. Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuerebcenter_img Miguela Xuereb SharePrint Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb The decision was taken yesterday, after a number of complaints were directed at the Authority. In a press release, it was explained that the hotel’s residents have been given the opportunity to be transferred to one of four four-star hotels, but were also given the option to terminate their vacation at the Park Hotel. After all tourists have left, the hotel will be shut down immediately.The Ministry explained that the hotel was not up to the necessary standards for operation. The Minister, Konrad Mizzi, stated that such closures of Maltese hotels elicits great sadness, but also stated that with the necessary investment, such a property could once again become a luxury hotel that offers quality service.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

South Korea to build worlds first invisible skyscraper

first_imgAdvertisement The construction of  the world’s first ‘invisible tower’ in Seoul, South Korea is about to begin.The 450m high glass-encased skyscraper, called the Tower Infinity will use an LED facade and cameras on the back to project the surroundings behind the building onto its front. When turned on, the system will make the outlines of the tower indiscernible.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The projections can also broadcast special events or advertisements onto the building. Even when the projections are turned off, the skyscraper has some built-in transparency. It will be constructed using a great deal of clear glass and has an open floor plan so visitors can look down multiple levels.The optical illusion will make the building seem to disappear, according to its designers GDS Architects.The entertainment-themed building will include wedding halls, a roller coaster, water park and a range of restaurants. It will also feature the world’s third-highest observation deck, at 392m.What’s puzzling is that it’s being built in the Yongsan International Business District, near the busy Incheon International Airport.The architects first began designing the tower in 2004, but have just been given the green light to begin its construction. The project is backed by the Korea Land and Housing CorporationSource: News.com.aulast_img read more

Firefox 47 Brings Synced Tabs Sidebar Improved YouTube Playback and More

first_imgAdvertisement Firefox has released an upgrade for its desktop and Android browsers, introducing additional utilities. The new Firefox 47 brings a ‘Synced Tabs Sidebar’ that allows you to skim through open tabs on iOS, Android, and the Web simultaneously.The desktop version, for Linux, OS X, and Windows, gets a new Synced Tabs feature. This allows users to access tabs that remain open in their Android and iOS devices. If users are signed-in on their Android and iOS apps, the Synced Tab Sidebar on the left will collate all the tabs and show them in a list format.To use Synced Tabs, users can just click on the menu button on the top right of the browser, and select the Synced Tab option. Once you click on the ‘View Synced Tabs Sidebar’ option, the sidebar shows up on the left side of the browser, with tabs from all the devices that have Firefox installed with the same sign-in. – Advertisement – Firefox 47 also improves video playback on YouTube on certain laptops with powerful multiprocessors. It uses less bandwidth, and improves battery life on laptops. The new version supports VP9 video codec, which provides higher quality video resolution with an average bandwidth reduction of 35 percent. The entire change log is detailed here.On the Android app, it brought the ability to hide Web fonts. Web fonts essentially slow a site’s load time eating up more data. Hiding web fonts may reduce the amount of data required for browsing.The previous version Firefox 46 was released in April, and brought along security improvements and fixes. For Android users, it introduced better user notifications and clearer homescreen shortcut icons.The new version can be downloaded on Firefox website, and app users will get an OTA update in Google Play gradually.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more

Access Mobile launches Gozee app to help find doctors specialists and pharmacies

first_imgAdvertisement access.mobile International, IncTM recently launched its second product offering, a tool that allows health consumers to find doctors and health services. At no cost, users can review verified information on over 2,500 Ugandan hospitals, clinics, health centers and pharmacies to better understand their options for care. Using filters that include specialty, location, or preferred payment option, users can narrow down the facilities and then view profiles and location information.A growing number of facilities will allow anyone to request an appointment booking directly through the website. Dr. Katumba Ssentongo the Registrar of the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC) says “Gozee will improve access to information on health facilities throughout the country. It has the potential to change the way people understand and seek health care.” Launching first in Uganda, the website will soon expand its offerings and reach to Kenya, Nigeria and beyond. – Advertisement – While health searching and booking sites are popular globally, such sites have been limited to date in Uganda and sub-Saharan Africa more generally. Gozee looks to change that. With verified information on thousands of facilities throughout the country, an easy-to-use interface, and a deep understanding of the healthcare market in Uganda, Gozee offers a consumer solution that is tailored to the market. “Gozee is a unique type of offering for Uganda,” commented Dr. Herbert Turyagyenda, the Regional Director of access.mobile and the former General Manager of AAR Healthcare Uganda. He continued, “Patients will be able to make more informed, and hopefully better, choices around their healthcare, both for themselves and their families.” The Director Bugolobi Medical Center and President Uganda Private Medical Practitioners Association Dr. Peter Kawanguzi, says “We are excited about the launch of the Gozee website. Our current and potential patients will easily be able to find us, contact us and seek the care they need.”access.mobile was founded in 2011 and continues to evolve and expand from its African headquarter office in Kampala, Uganda. Acknowledged as a global innovator, access.mobile was selected as an Innovations in Healthcare 2016 Innovator and a Microsoft 4Afrika Innovation Grantee in 2014. The company’s solutions leverage Microsoft’s world-class cloud infrastructure, Azure, as well as mobile technology to create secure and affordable solutions. access.mobile’s first technology called amHealth is a practice management and patient engagement solution for health providers, which has been adopted by hundreds of providers at internationally certified hospitals and small clinics alike across East and West Africa. And now facilities using amHealth can receive appointment bookings directly through Gozee. The company continues to pursue its mission by creating practical, affordable and usable digital health solutions tailored to the East and West African markets.last_img read more

Temask Holdings Private Takes Over Goods Express Operations in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement Temask Holdings private LTD, a leading investor of e-commerce retail platforms in Asia pacific (APAC) has today announced it will be replacing Goods Express operations in Uganda. As of now Goods Express Uganda website is temporary unavailable and will not be taking customer orders. THP LTD a company, which prides itself on crafting a unique comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform that will power east Africa’s most prominent online retail website has tied up with Goods Express Ugandan counterpart to allow consumers to directly buy Goods or services from a seller over the Internet and ship its products to Uganda and other countries of East Africa.From clothing to medications and supplements, technology to home furnishings, almost anything imaginable can be bought online and shipped right to a customer’s home.  The new Brand’s unique selling proposition will include real-time tracking – Quora, delivery via drones for areas in rural & remote places, personal assistant (Echo), physical payments for small business, inventory management etc. Even better, the online app will allow anyone to set up a simple online shop within and sell products within minutes, empowering trader’s interactiveness.Moses Ihoza, country representative of the acacia avenue based Goods Express  in Uganda had this to say, “We are delighted with our new partnership and look forward to introducing a Superior online retail Brand to Uganda’s market and beyond into East Africa. There is a synergy between our two brands that we feel will result in a profitable relationship for the both of us, above all is to meet and exceed our customer expectations. We have already integrated their unique tools into our online sites and will launch a new brand as early as December 2017. – Advertisement – Previously the Goods Express Uganda online platform & partnership had been tainted with increased purchase returns, inability to track products in real-time and delayed deliveries.  Worse still, an inflexible & restrictive /centralised system which for us is a major challenge given the need for us to be flexible enough to meet our customer diverse needs. It was inevitable for us to terminate our Nigerian partnership and seek a superior system as compared to what we could do as Goods Express Uganda,” Ihoza concluded.The Internet has revolutionized the way Ugandans shop. Because of the numerous advantages and benefits, more and more people these days prefer buying things online over the conventional method of going into stores of which needless to say lacks quality/ variety. There is no better place to buy informational products like e-books, which are available to you instantly, as soon as the payment goes through. Downloadable items purchased online eliminate the need for any kind of material goods at all, which helps the environment!last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 14 August2.20 SalisburyMajor Jack double figures this morning we’ve laid 13/2 now 6/12.50 SalisburyTruth Or Dare 11/8 > evens3,55 SalisburyRock Choir 3/1 > 9/47.15 KemptonLikelihood 7/2 > 7/4All the money tonight for England at Wembley. We are now 2/5 from 4/9last_img

The Baker to see off the Spellmaker on Halloween

first_imgDUBLIN RUNS DRY (of water!)More than 1.5 million people in Ireland have been hit by a crippling water shortage with some 600,000 homes in Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare facing 13 hours of disruption each day.Water has been cut off every night since Wednesday from 8pm to 7am and the disruption will continue until Monday with problems at the country’s largest treatment plant being blamed for the restricted supply.Chemical experts from the UK are being drafted in to help Dublin City Council engineers ascertain why production at the Ballymore Eustace treatment plant has dropped by up to 25%.Dublin City Council said the quality of incoming reservoir water remained satisfactory but had changed – possibly as a result of the recent heavy rainfall – making it more difficult to treat.Senior Engineer Michael Phillips said: “It’s crucial to conserve water with the minimum use of washing machines, dishwashers, showers and washing your teeth – please do not leave the tap running.” Kempton 8.007f Handicap8pm LIVE ON RUKTRICK OR TREAT?I suppose I should be tipping up Spellmaker in the final race at Kempton tonight.Why? It’s Halloween and those kind of co-incidence bets always win – don’t they?Actually, Spellmaker has a fairly solid chance of making the frame but I’m not so keen on his stall 11.Squirrel Wood is coming out of box six and has a slightly more obvious chance despite remaining a maiden after 14 starts.She is back with George Baker (trainer) and ran well for him last time out over course and distance. George Baker (jockey) is onboard and it’s possible she can improve a little further and be ahead of her current handicap mark of 53.Many of the runners here are out of form although on a spooky night, anything could happen.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win SQUIRRELWOOD at around 11/4last_img read more

Rice University names first dean of undergraduates

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE: (713) 348-6770 E-MAIL: balmond@rice.edu RICE UNIVERSITY NAMES FIRST DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATESNew dean to be responsible for bringing togetherall aspects of undergraduate experience Robin Forman, professor and chair of the mathematics department and master of Jones [residential] College, has been named Rice University’s first dean of undergraduates, effective immediately, Rice President David Leebron and Provost Eugene Levy announced. The new dean will be responsible for bringing together all aspects of the undergraduate experience, from academics and advising, to career services, to extracurricular and social activities. The dean will report to and work closely with the president and provost, serving as an advocate for undergraduates. “Robin provides precisely what we had in mind in creating the new dean’s position,” President Leebron said. “He brings an exceptional combination of experience, and talent, and an understanding of Rice, student life and the values of an academic community. At the same time, he is an innovator. Add to this his understanding of people and sense of humor and you have an ideal person to shape the new dean’s role.” In creating the new position, the president and provost specified that it would be filled with a tenured Rice faculty member. Forman was chosen after a months-long internal search conducted by a committee chaired by Allen Matusow, W. G. Twyman Professor of History and associate director of academic programs for the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. “The committee was fortunate to have several strong candidates,” Matusow said. “Robin’s particular strengths were the wide support his candidacy enjoyed in the university community, his deep knowledge of the college system, his innovative leadership as a college master and his excellence as a scholar. I believe he will be a great dean of undergraduates.” Forman said he would give up his positions as chair of the mathematics department and master of Jones College but not all of his faculty roles. “I expect this deanship to be particularly challenging this semester because we’ll be putting a new position into place,” he said. “But I will remain a mathematician and will continue to lead a research group in the math department and advise my graduate students. After we get things organized, I will teach one class a semester as well.” Forman said the precise set of offices that will report to the dean’s office will evolve as the vision for the position comes into being. “The idea is to stop thinking of academic activities and college-life activities as existing in different spheres, but rather to think of college life in a more holistic way,” he said. Forman said that he looks forward to working with the students across campus. “Rice gets phenomenal students — creative, talented, smart and ambitious,” Forman said. “One of the thrills of being on the faculty at Rice is that you’re dealing with students of so much potential.” Forman, who is a native of Philadelphia, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He first came to Rice as a visiting faculty member in 1986 and began teaching full-time in 1987 as an assistant professor of mathematics. Forman’s research is in the area of combinatorial methods in topology and geometry, focusing on the relationship between continuous mathematics, such as calculus and topology, and discrete mathematics of the sort that computers do. He has published numerous articles and book chapters and given presentations and invited addresses on his research. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rices Jones School reaches out to Americas veterans

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.edu Rice’s Jones School reaches out to America’s veteransHOUSTON – (April 22, 2013) – When members of the military make the transition to civilian life, many find themselves contemplating their next career move. Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business is going above and beyond in its efforts to attract and prepare military veterans for careers in business.“We are excited to offer support for military veterans who are making a transition to civilian life after serving our country,” said Bill Glick, dean of the Jones School. “Through the military, they have developed tremendous leadership skills. Through the Rice MBA, we can help them translate these leadership skills to civilian roles. Houston and the Jones School are very pleased to welcome and support our veterans.”From events featuring high-profile speakers like former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge to the recent launch of the Military Scholars Program (MSP), which provides scholarship support to veterans, the school aims to become “the most military-friendly MBA program in the country,” said Rice MBA student Jimmy Battista, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.Ivor Kristiansen, a fellow graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former U.S. Naval officer, will be the first student to benefit from the Jones School’s MSP, which covers the cost of tuition, fees and living expenses for one full-time MBA student/veteran each year. Kristiansen has six years of military experience, including a tour in Afghanistan, and works in supply-chain management at Noble Energy. He will begin the full-time program this fall.“My experience in the Navy allowed me to develop significant competencies in leadership and management, but I knew there would be a competency gap as I entered the corporate community,” Kristiansen said. “I’m looking to the Jones School to bridge that gap and give me more exposure to career opportunities.”Kristiansen said that Rice was the best fit for his career goals and his first choice for pursuing his MBA.“The Jones School’s attentiveness to the needs of veterans was clearly apparent,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started.”Rice’s full-time MBA program currently includes 15 veterans; with the overwhelming response from the veteran community, the Jones School has committed to raising more funds for military student support and to attracting a 10 percent veteran population in the full-time class.But the support for veterans doesn’t stop there. The Jones School is also home to organizations like Veterans in Business Association (VIBA), which provides assistance to veterans transitioning from military service to student life at Rice. VIBA also partners with other student organizations, Rice alumni and the Houston business community to participate and sponsor philanthropic events that benefit charitable veteran and military organizations.“I really enjoyed and miss the sense of camaraderie that the military offered, so with VIBA, we wanted to create the same atmosphere,” Battista said. “When veterans come to Rice, we want them to know that not only will they be supported with scholarships, but they will also have access to one of the largest and most active veterans-in-business networks in the country.”Many students at the Jones School are also active in the nonprofit Suits for Soldiers, an organization dedicated to assisting veterans who recently returned from service with finding employment. The group was co-founded by Tyson Voelkel, an active duty major in the United States Army. Voelkel has earned numerous military awards and decorations for service overseas in combat and at home in the U.S.Melissa Blakeslee, the Jones School’s executive director of admission, credits veterans for raising the bar.“The military veterans who come to the Jones School are able to share their unique experience and perspective both in and out of the classroom,” she said. “Their level of involvement in both clubs and classes leads to the recruitment of top candidates.”Doug Foshee, chairman, president and CEO of Sallyport Investments LLC, former Rice trustee and ’92 Rice MBA, said the Jones School’s outreach efforts are resulting in the infusion of “unique talent” into the Rice MBA program.“I believe that this will change everything about the experience for all the students, and in addition, change the lives of the veterans we recruit,” he said. “I cannot think of a better way to enrich Rice, the city of Houston and the lives of some of those we owe so much to.”For more information on veterans outreach at the Jones School, visit https://business.rice.edu/military. -30-For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or david@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:Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and representatives from the Jones Graduate School of Business pictured at a lecture hosted by the Jones School’s Veterans in Business Association. (Photo credit: Rice University): http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/04/Large-Tom-Ridge.jpgJones Graduate School of Business military outreach: https://business.rice.edu/militaryLocated 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. If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Rice alumnus remembered at Tuskegee ceremony

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareSTORY PITCHDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice alumnus remembered at Tuskegee ceremony  HOUSTON – (Feb. 25, 2014) – As Black History Month comes to a close, Rice University is highlighting the late alumnus Noel Parrish, who is credited with making it possible for blacks to serve as aviators in the U.S. armed forces when he was a colonel.Rice News traveled to Tuskegee, Ala., to interview surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen and representatives of Moton Field, where the Airmen’s World War II base was located.Nearly a dozen of the original Tuskegee Airmen returned to the base Feb. 15 to dedicate the newly renovated national historic site, greet surviving comrades in arms and reflect on those who supported their double victory: over the enemy in World War II and over the prejudice they fought in the country they swore to defend.Parrish was one of the people they acknowledged. Two days before Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 5, 1941, Parrish became the director of training at the Tuskegee Army Flying School. A year later, in December 1942, he was promoted to base commander.Parrish broke down racial barriers and succeeded when many thought the project would never get off the ground. “The Tuskegee experiment was an experiment that was meant to fail,” said retired Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, national president of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc.After World War II, Parrish continued to advance both in the U.S. military and academically, eventually earning the rank of brigadier general. He died in 1987.To read the complete Rice News story, go to http://news.rice.edu/2014/02/24/rice-alum-noel-parrish-the-wind-beneath-their-wings/.For more information or to interview Rice Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on 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 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-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.last_img read more