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first_imgThe number of disabled people participating regularly in sporting activity has fallen since the London 2012 Paralympic Games, according to official figures.The fall in participation emerged as the government published a consultation document as part of preparations for a new sports strategy.As well as issues around participation, the document – which looks mostly at England – examines problems such as generating commercial investment, persuading sports that have benefited from lucrative television deals to reinvest in grassroots sport, and ensuring that stadia and other infrastructure are accessible to disabled people.The document says the number of disabled people playing sport once a week is “disappointingly low”.Figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey, which has been tracking participation rates since 2005, show the proportion of disabled people over 16 taking part in sporting activity at least once a week peaked at 18.3 per cent in 2011-12.Since then, the rate has fallen steadily, to 18.2 per cent in 2012-13, 17.4 per cent in October 2013-October 2014, and now 17.2 per cent in April 2014-April 2015.The fall is important because one of the key elements of the supposed “legacy” from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was to increase the proportion of disabled people taking part regularly in sport.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured), one of Britain’s greatest Paralympians, now retired from sport, said it was a “good time” for the consultation, with just one year left before the Rio Paralympics.She pointed out that the consultation document also asks how “limited financial resource can best be used” to support elite athletes at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.She said the participation rates for disabled people were “interesting” and could suggest a failure to integrate disabled people into mainstream national governing bodies, while she also suggested that more disabled people needed to be employed within disability sport.Keryn Seal, a key member of the British blind football team, who competed at London 2012 and hopes to compete at the Rio Paralympics, said he was “alarmed and saddened” by the figures.He told Disability News Service that he was concerned for the future of his own sport in Britain if participation rates did not improve, as there had been few talented new players breaking through into the national squad since 2012.He said: “If things do not get better, we may not have the next generation of players post-Rio and Tokyo [the host of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics].”One of his frustrations is that his team recently enjoyed a 17-match unbeaten run, which only ended with a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in the final of the International Blind Sports Federation’s fifth World Games in Seoul in May.Now the British team will have to qualify in the top two of this month’s European championships in Hereford to qualify for Rio.Despite the team’s success, and a sport that is “in the best shape it has ever been in” in Britain, there has been no influx of young blood.Seal said there were a “whole multitude of factors we need to get right” to improve participation rates in blind football and across disability sport.He said part of the problem was the lack of media interest in the years between Paralympic Games, particularly for blind football, which received “non-existent” mainstream coverage in comparison with some other para-sports, such as athletics and swimming, and all of the other team sports.He said: “Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, goalball, etc, all draw more media coverage and access to things like National Paralympic Day for exhibition matches.”One of the problems is the greater need for volunteers than for athletes with other impairments, for example, to provide lifts to facilities that are inaccessible by public transport, guiding around gyms, or as running partners.These are “the sort of things that are daunting for a blind person first starting out on their own in a sport”, he said.Another issue is the availability of sporting opportunities for disabled children at school.He said: “The most fortunate people I know who have got on in school sports are disabled athletes who have had fantastic volunteers to enable them to go out and do these things.“It’s those kind of people at grassroots disabled sport who allow people like me to get to the top of our sport.”Seal said it was also often impossible – because of data protection laws – to contact many of the visually-impaired children in a local area so as to alert them to the opportunities available.But he said: “I think our sport really challenges you in terms of your spatial awareness, your confidence, your orientation, more than any other sport can, and that’s a thing that young visually-impaired kids can learn from coming into the sport.“You can be more confident and you can be a more rounded individual just by trying out this sport.”Sport England has set governing bodies targets to increase participation in each of 42 of the sports it has been funding since December 2012, but is not yet able to release figures on how successful this has been.Among the investments made since 2012 are an £18.2 million inclusive sport fund to encourage more disabled people into playing sport; and £1.15 million to help 146 local sports organisations buy disability equipment.It has also funded seven national disability sports organisations, between October 2014 and 2017, to support other sports bodies in creating sporting opportunities for disabled people; has partnered with Sainsbury’s on the supermarket’s £1 million Active Kids for All inclusive community training programme; and ensures that all of its own major capital investments make their facilities accessible.The English Federation of Disability Sport – the national charity “dedicated to disabled people in sport and physical activity”, which received nearly £1.7 million funding in 2014-15 – has so far refused to comment on the fall in participation rates since London 2012.Instead, it welcomed the consultation, and said in a statement that it had “some optimism that a new strategy could do much more to help disabled people become active”, while it “supports the need for a new participation strategy, but emphasises that inclusion and accessibility must be a top priority”.The British Paralympic Association (BPA) said it was “concerned” by the statistics, but said the survey was “not the only measure available to consider the impact of London 2012 and what can be inspired in the future – we should see this as the start of a journey not the end point”.A BPA spokeswoman said: “Our mission is to take the best prepared team to the Games, so we recognise that there are better-placed organisations to advise on what can be done to impact on grassroots participation.“The success of our Sports Fest events since London 2012, the thousands who recently turned out for National Paralympic Day events across the country, and the substantial traffic we get to our Deloitte Parasport website, all indicate to us that there is still lots of interest in taking up disability sport and that Paralympic athletes still inspire people to consider sport as an option for them.”last_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgDame Margaret Hodge has claimed that there is evidence Jeremy Corbyn’s staff have interfered in Labour antisemitism cases to lower sanctions.Appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme, Hodge talked about how “a whole number” of Jeremy Corbyn’s “top team… are involved in decisions around individual complaints”.“They interfere and lower the sanctions so they are just given a warning letter,” she claimed.The MP for Barking said: “What is so awful about this is that Jeremy always proclaims zero tolerance of antisemitism. When it comes to the actual cases, if they’re his mates, he doesn’t demonstrate zero tolerance.“He claims no political interference in these cases. There is. I’ve now seen so much evidence. There is definitely political interference, so trust in him has gone.”Last week Corbyn reassured me categorically that his office never intervened in antisemitism complaints. @ObserverUK whistleblower account clearly shows Corbyn’s office have intervened. Either Corbyn has intentionally misled me or his staff have misled him. Full letter below pic.twitter.com/gUR6LvJ3QW— Margaret Hodge (@margarethodge) March 5, 2019The Labour leader’s office acknowledges that members of Corbyn’s team have given advice but says they couldn’t overrule decisions and weren’t involved in the investigations. It also maintains that the reports in the Observer applied to an old system that has stopped being used since Jennie Formby became general secretary.Responding to the claims, a Labour spokesperson said: “Since becoming general secretary, Jennie Formby has made procedures for dealing with complaints about antisemitism more robust. Staff who work on disciplinary matters have always led on investigations and recommendations on individual cases.“Any suggestion that staff in the leader’s office overturned recommendations on individual cases is categorically untrue.”LabourList understands that – under Iain McNicol’s tenure as general secretary – an adviser from Corbyn’s office offered his views on 13 cases, only disagreed with the Governance and Legal Unit (GLU) suggestions on one case, and GLU staff made the ultimate decision.Yet Hodge told the BBC: “I’ve got evidence that under the new general secretary of the Labour Party, those very close to Jeremy Corbyn… were involved in discussing cases of terrible antisemitic abuse and in lowering how those people were dealt with.”Formby is understood to be in discussions with Labour peer Charlie Falconer, who has been promised full access to the Labour HQ email archive to help him oversee a review of how the party deals with antisemitism cases.Lord Falconer has not yet accepted the role, but the move has been regarded as a positive step forward for Labour. However, asked whether he would be independent in his role, Hodge said that he wouldn’t.“Last summer, when action was being taken by the Labour Party against me, I was absolutely bombarded by telephone calls from Charlie Falconer. They were not about the rights and wrongs of the case – they were all about trying to force me to give an apology.“He is not independent,” she concluded, warning that someone outside of the party should take on the role or there would be “another Chakrabarti fiasco”.Lord Falconer responded: “I was trying to help Margaret. I was urging the Labour Party to drop the proceedings against her and I was discussing with her whether her lawyers could agree to a form of words with the Labour Party’s lawyers.“I regard Margaret as a friend. I am so sorry that she thought I pressed too hard.”Tags:Labour /Margaret Hodge /Antisemitism /last_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Does Labour back another referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU only to avoid a bad Tory deal or no deal? Or does it support a public vote on any Brexit deal, including one that meets its own tests? This isn’t a new debate, but it is hotting up ahead of the European parliament elections. These questions are set to feature in tonight’s regular parliamentary party meeting and dominate the emergency meeting of Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) tomorrow, when the ruling body will decide what goes in our European manifesto.Tom Watson, who revealed his endorsement of the “on any deal” commitment in March, is leading the charge for the Pure PV campaign. No ifs, no buts, just a simple ‘confirmatory vote’ pledge. The deputy leader has even tweeted to encourage members to lobby their local party reps on the NEC, and the replies are worth a look. Unite/CLPD-inclined NEC member Claudia Webbe has told Watson off for being “divisive” and this morning he has hit back. Meanwhile, Momentum chair Jon Lansman (personally hesitant about a referendum but supportive of his colleague Laura Parker who is a pro-PV MEP candidate) is trying to keep the peace.When it comes to lobbying, Labour activists need no encouragement (as my inbox shows). So far, Labour for a Socialist Europe has collected over 700 signatures from Labour activists, officials and parliamentarians, and Remain Labour has organised for 22 MEP candidates to sign a PV pledge. Emergency motions have been passed at CLPs. But the leadership wants to stick to imposing conditions, specifying the circumstances in which the party would back a referendum. And while there will be strong voices on the NEC – Watson himself, Richard Corbett, Margaret Beckett – those backing Corbyn’s Brexit position should have a majority. Turnout will be decisive.Surprise surprise, then, Labour is divided over Brexit. Nobody could be blamed for getting bored of this debate, which has seen the same arguments rehashed again and again. Perhaps we should be thanking Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion: the last few weeks of activism focussed on raising awareness of green issues has offered an alternative conversation topic.As Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman told LabourList readers over the weekend, Labour will table a motion this week calling on the government to declare a national climate emergency. If approved by MPs on Wednesday, it would make our parliament the first in the world to make such a move. “For young people, the climate emergency is the cause of their generation. And we in older generations must face up to this seriously,” Corbyn said. The policy details of the future may be more divisive (remember Heathrow), but for now this is an important unity issue for Labour.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Tom Watson /Sue Hayman /Brexit /Public vote /last_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgA BUMPER edition of the Saintsrlfc.com Podcast is now available to download. We review the exciting match in Catalan and look ahead to Sunday’s game against Huddersfield with Acting Head Coach Mike Rush, Tony Puletua, Anthony Laffranchi and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email info@saintsrlfc.com with Podcast in the subject line.last_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgJAMES Roby will not tour with England after it emerged he requires surgery at the end of the season.The Saints hooker was ommitted along with Michael McIlorum and Ben Westwood whilst Jack Reed and Lee Mossop are also unavailable through injury.England coach Steve McNamara has drafted in nine uncapped players to his 24 man squad -Daryl Clark, Elliott Whitehead, Joe Westerman, Josh Hodgson, Mike Cooper, Stefan Ratchford, Joe Burgess, Dan Sarginson and Matty Smith.The squad is:George Burgess, Joe Burgess, Tom Burgess, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Sean O’Loughlin (captain), Stefan Ratchford, Dan Sarginson, Michael Shenton, Matty Smith, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Joe Westerman, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop,The European-based players will leave England on Tuesday October 14 en route to their pre-tournament camp on the Gold Coast.They start their Four Nations campaign on Saturday October 25 when they take on Samoa at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (7.00am BST).Their other group matches are:Australia v England, Sunday November 2 2014, AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia (5.00am GMT)New Zealand v England, Saturday November 8 2014, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand (7.00am GMT)2014 Four Nations Final, Saturday November 15 2014, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand (7.45am GMT)last_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgTHIS was the classic game of not taking the opportunities you’ve made for yourself and then watching them come back to haunt you, writes Graham Henthorne.Four clean breaks which resulted in a dropped ball instead of the tries they deserved meant that the Saints were only 10 points ahead at the break. They should have been out of sight and the Giants playing for pride.Instead the visitors came out with real purpose and so very nearly went home with the spoils.Saints holding out 24-22.Good interpassing from wing pairing Dave Griffiths and Jake pass resulted in the centre opening the scoring. A penalty for not playing the ball with the foot had given the Saints good field position and two good drives from props Christian Kellett and Adam Hooper put them on the front foot. From the play the ball Mike Wynn and Reece Jackson fed the ball wide to Griffiths early giving him the space he needed for the try.The Saints then bombed two golden opportunities to take the game away from the visitors.Firstly Hooper strode majestically through a massive gap but seemed to get white line fever running straight into the full back instead of attempting to go around him.Five minutes later and Wynn and Sam Royle made the most of a dropped Giants ball interpassing up to the line but the ball was dropped on the next tackle.The Giants saw their chance and took it as the full back broke a tackle and won the race to the posts to even the game up.Captain Ryan Horne showed his class dummying his way through the line. He took it to the full back but with support outside chose Royle on his inside who was caught from behind yards short. Poor handling again saw the chance gone.The Giants coughed it up cheaply and within a minute the Saints had finally taken a chance as Royle went through a massive gap to score.From the kick off Horne this time put Ben Sims through the line. He took it to the full back before giving it outside to Griffiths to go the final 40 to the corner.As has been said the Giants fancied their chances and within 10 minutes of the restart had gone in front.Poor defence down the middle let the long striding centre through and when another missed tackle let them through again Griffiths found himself, rather harshly, sinbinned for holding down. Two tackles later another missed tackle and the Giants were ahead.The starting props Kellett and Hooper came back on to give a bit of stability in the middle and piece of individual brilliance from Joe Sharratt put the Saints back in front. The Seasider stole the ball one on one and then stepped his way of both right and left to pass the cover over 40 metres to go under the posts. Inexplicably Lewis Gartland hit the underside of the bar with the conversion attempt.He made amends minutes later with a great kick which because of the great chase from winger Tom Nesbitt pinned the Giants deep in the own 10 metre area.The pressure tolled and Callum Cooke stepped his way into the right corner to push the lead out to six.The Giants came back, however, and looked to be going in down the left but up stepped winger Nesbitt to calmly intercept and race 60 metres to alleviate the pressure.Having been supreme all day with everything put in front of him Nesbitt inexplicably found himself stepped on the outside by his opposite number who scored in the corner.That earlier missed conversion looked to be coming home to roost but the conversion went narrowly wide and the Saints hung on for the win.Not as accomplished a performance as the first one but again the Saints were pushed out of their comfort zones but dug deep to find the answers coming from behind to break the visitor’s hearts.Next for the 16s is a trip to Hull which is never easy but the Saints will travel with optimism after a second win on the bounce.Match Summary:St Helens:Tries: Dave Griffiths (4 & 27), Sam Royle (24), Joe Sharratt (51), Callum Cooke (56).Goals: Mike Wynn 2.Giants:Tries: Jack Duggan (18 & 44), Innes Senior (40), Jack Cooper (67).Goals: Ross Whitmore, Connor Murphy 2.Half Time: 16-6Full Time: 24-22Teams:Saints:1. Reece Jackson; 2. Tom Nesbitt, 3. Luke Maloney-Ward, 4. Dave Griffiths, 5. Jake Pass; 6. Ryan Horne (C), 7. Mike Wynn; 8. Christian Kellett, 9. Paul Nash, 10. Adam Hooper, 11. Ben Sims, 12. Sam Royle, 13. Eddie McLorie. Subs: 14. Brandon O’Neill, 15. Joe Sharratt, 16. Sean Croston, 17. Matthew Ashcroft, 18. Louis Brogan, 19. Lewis Gartland.Giants:1. Jack Duggan; 2. Dominic Young, 3. Innes Senior, 4. Louis Senior, 5. Jack Cooper; 6. Ross Whitmore, 7. Jack Flynn; 8. Connor Murphy, 9. Billy Westerman, 10. Tom Hugil, 11. Lucas Hallas, 12. Alfie Copley, 13. Elis Broadbent. Subs: 14. Jake Turner, 15. Ben Tibbs, 16. Wojtech Drop, 17. Drew Judge Clark, 18. Kian Loppage.last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img In this week’s edition of Cape Fear History & Mysteries, hear why people feared this river.Check out the video above to learn more.Then visit WWAYTV3.com/history-mysteries each Thursday for another installment of “Cape Fear History & Mysteries.” print WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What’s in a name? The Cape Fear River has been an integral part of our area for hundreds of years.When we’re asked about the history of the river, we usually start with its name and just the name itself is an attraction. But, where exactly does the river get its scary sounding name?- Advertisement – last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img Supplies include:Bottled waterCleaning suppliesCanned goodsHygiene products and more.For questions please call (910) 755-6587. You can also call that number or stop by the sales center to donate supplies for distribution. Floodwater reaches a home in Ash on Sept. 20, 2018. (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County business will distribute supplies for Hurricane Florence victims, first responders and linemen next week.Fulford Heating & Cooling will give out supplies at its sales center at 172 Ocean Highway in Supply starting Monday. The distribution will run each day next week from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until supplies last.- Advertisement – last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img Director Angie Carl says these burns serve a number of purposes.“It’s a safety thing for the area and it’s also a benefit for the wildlife,” Carl said. “It allows sunlight to get to the floor. It’s the only way we can get Venus fly traps to grow and all of our 21 different species of carnivorous plants.”Carl says these burns are all about minimizing risk. Crews on scene of controlled burn in Pender County on Feb. 27, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Have you seen a lot of smoke around the Cape Fear lately?The Coastal Fire and Restoration for Nature Conservancy is lighting controlled burns in Pender County to clear up under brush in our forests, which can cause a lot of problems because experts say it feeds a wildfire.- Advertisement – last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img The new station will house whichever eight fire fighters are on call, and has a few new features that the old building did not have before, such as absorbing what used to be Station 6 and new bi-fold doors that are more hurricane resistant. New Fire House 5 ribbon cutting ceremony (Photo: Kate Cornell) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Fire Department held their equivalent of a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday for the new Fire House 5 on Shipyard Boulevard.They called it a “Hose Uncoupling Ceremony,” which is more fitting for their line of work.- Advertisement – last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia described the agreement between Tourism Minister and the Corinthia Group as another ‘secretive and scandalous deal’ during his address on Sunday. Delia referred to an article which appeared in the Party’s newspaper Il-Mument on Sunday and which revealed the ongoing negotiations between the Corinthia Group and the Minister. The Nationalist leader said from the fresh revelations by il-Mument show that the land set to be used for touristic purposes is less than originally thought and the land will still be given at lower commercial rates.Delia was addressing the Party supporters at the PN Club in Kalkara. He told those present that the Nationalist Party had stopped the land transfer from happening, however the Government is again in discussions with the Group over the land which is estimated to have a value of €800 million.According to Delia, the Party’s position on the Corintha land deal, remains unchanged.Speaking about the hospital deal, Delia referred to the court case which he himself instituted against the Government asking the court to declare the contract as null and void, saying that the case could have been easily instituted by the Attorney General who in his role, represents the Maltese citizens. The Nationalist leader said that however the Attorney General chose to defend the deal and the Prime Minister.READ: Update (1): Court rejects PM’s appeal on VGH contracts caseDelia also spoke about Freedom Day, saying that as Opposition Leader he took part in the national celebrations organised to mark the day. The Party leader reminded that the Nationalist Party worked towards Freedom Day when the country achieved its Independence.The Opposition leader also said that unlike what the Socialist-led Government did at the time when the British left the country, Malta is now being taken over by outsiders, because its economy has become overly-dependent on foreigners.The Nationalist Leader told the party activists that while the Government had to close the year’s financial books with a surplus, however the financial year ended with a €70 million deficit. Delia claimed that the Government lost control over the country’s finances.‘Negative Party’ – PLPartit Laburista reacted to Delia’s speech saying that it was good that the party had gotten rid of the ‘negative arguments used by the former Party leader’.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

30 07 19

first_imgPexels.com / Rene AsmussenPexels.com / Rene Asmussen Health Minister Chris Fearne tweeted that discussions held this morning with the Malta Union for Midwives and Nurses (MUMN) were successful in that industrial actions at the maternity department have been suspended.Following discussions this morning, good will prevails and #MUMN suspending industrial actions at #maternity department at Mater Dei.— Chris Fearne (@chrisfearne) June 26, 2019This was also confirmed by the Union’s President Paul Pace, who explained that the system that is to be adopted now is better than ever before, as people who work with reduced hours can now choose to work 40 hours a week.Earlier this morning, Pace told Newsbook.com.mt that a number of directives had been issued when the nurses’ roster that had been in use for 8 years was removed. He explained that the nurses complained that the roster should be restored, and that this was only restored for a couple of chosen people. He stressed that it had been weeks of asking that everyone be treated equally, but after feeling like it was all for naught, the directives were introduced.After the meeting where the agreement was reached, Pace stated that although he is content to have arrived at a conclusion, he could not understand why it is that directives must be issued in order for decisions to be made in favour of workers. He explained that discussions had been ongoing for two months, but the decision was made a few weeks after the directives were issued.‘It’s the ward’s policy that fathers get sent home after 8pm’Mater Dei’s CEO Ivan Falzon as well as Pace confirmed that new fathers being asked to leave the ward after 8pm is policy.This was explained after one of the MUMN directives that stated that visitation hours for partners are to be restricted between 10am and 8pm caused a heated online debate, particularly amongst couples who are close to becoming parents.‘We didn’t tell nurses to stop washing babies’ – Pace Pace went on to explain the facts on another discussion on social media that arose in response to the issued directives. He explained that a lot of the public are not in the know regarding hospital protocols, and that the baby’s first wash is always given by the mother while the nurses observe. He said that this is a normal process to help mothers be prepared when back at home, alone.WhatsApp SharePrint <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

30 07 19

first_imgAdvertisement MTN South Africa customers who are on the company’s MTN Zone price plan can receive up to 100% discounted rates on calls to 200 countries.MTN SA has announced its International Calling promotion which offers discount on call rates to 200 destinations. (Image Image: Google/ otekbits.com)The company has introduced the MTN Zone International Calling promotion, which applies to customers on MTN Zone PayAsYouGo, MTN Zone Anytime TopUp and MTN Zone Off-Peak TopUP price structures. – Advertisement – The service covers destinations across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA.“MTN is always evaluating its price plans and packages in line with our customers’ needs and usage behaviour,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA. “South Africa hosts a significant number of people from neighbouring and foreign countries who want to connect with business partners, friends and family overseas at affordable rates.”The MTN Zone International Calling promotion offers up to 100% Mahala discounts on international call rates, depending on the called destination.Customers will be able to enjoy discounts between 10% and 90% when calling 200 destinations, while 100% discounts will be offered to a few countries including some of the most popular international calling destinations.Customers calling any of the destinations discounted between 10% and 90% will be able to make their calls at these rates for any length of time between 06h00 and 18h00 on weekdays whilst the 100% discount will only apply only for one specific hour, after which the normal discounted rate (between 10% and 90%) will apply.The countries which will be discounted at 100% will vary for the duration of the promotion. MTN customers will be able to view the promotional discounts on www.mtn.co.za or by dialling *111*2# on their mobile device.The promotional rates are only available between 6am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. The promotion runs from 1 November 2012 to 31 January 2013, and is not available to customers on MTN Call Per Second, MTN OneRate, MTN Muziq, MTN TopUp price plans or MTN Anytime Contract customers.Source: ItnewsAfricalast_img read more

30 07 19

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft will later this year release the Windows 8.1 for free as a concession to the outcry to long-time customers taken aback by the dramatic changes to an operating system that came with the Windows 8.It will make the operating system easier to navigate and enable users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.The operating system will start in a desktop design with an omnipresent Windows logo anchored in the lower left corner of the display screen. Users will also be able to ensure their favorite applications, including Word and Excel, appear in a horizontal task bar next to the Windows logo. – Advertisement – The switch should ease the “cognitive dissonance” caused by Windows 8, said Antoine Leblond, who helps oversee the operating system’s program management.Windows 8.1 will lean heavily on Microsoft’s Bing search technology to simplify things.As with Windows 8, the search bar can found by pulling out a menu from the right side of a display screen. Rather than requiring a user to select a category, such as “files” or “apps,” Windows 8.1 will make it possible to find just about anything available on the computer’s hard drive or on the Web by just typing in a few words.The redesigned search tool is meant to provide Windows 8.1 users with “pure power and instant entertainment,” said Jensen Harris, Microsoft’s director of user experience for the operating system.Applications also can be found by sorting them by letter or category.Other new features in Windows 8.1 include a built-in connection with Microsoft’s online storage system, SkyDrive, to back up photos, music and program files; a lock-up screen that will display a slide show of a user’s favorite pictures; larger and smaller interactive tiles than Windows 8 has; and a photo editor.In an effort to avoid any further confusion about the operating system, Windows 8.1 also will plant a tile clearly labeled “helps and tips” in the center of the startup screen.Microsoft built Windows 8 to primarily to run on tablets with 10-inch to 12-inch screens, an oversight that Leblond said the company is addressing by ensuring Windows 8.1 works well on smaller devices.last_img read more

29 07 19

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio wins his first Academy Award at 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Image Credit: ABC News Advertisement As Hollywood gathered for the 88th Academy Awards to honour the past year of filmmaking, no one saw this coming, “Leonardo DiCaprio” wins an OSCAR Award after five previous unsuccessful nominations from his role in “The Revenant.”Mail Online reports that, the emotional 41-year-old star led the winners at the glittering 88th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, which saw Room’s Brie Larson take home Best Actress and Spotlight scooping the coveted Best Picture prize.No one deserves this Oscar like @leonardodicaprio Congrats!! #therevenant #oneofthegreatestofourtime #oscars2016 pic.twitter.com/cGBIxU2CgC— Rachel Zoe (@RachelZoe) February 29, 2016 – Advertisement – “Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world, climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations but for all people.” Says Leo, during his acceptance speech“Let us not take our planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.” As he concluded his emotional speech. Thank you to the Academy and the incredible cast & crew of #TheRevenant. #Oscars— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) February 29, 2016Leonardo DiCaprio’s win for Best Actor in “The Revenant,” generated more than 440,000 Tweets per minute, the most-Tweeted minute of an Oscars telecast ever, beating out the previous record of 255,000 Tweets per minute, set when Ellen DeGeneres Tweeted this star studded selfie back in 2014.If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014The internet also exploded upon Leo’s winning and celebrated with some pretty clever memes…..check them out: Congrats @LeoDiCaprio – been a long time coming! Should have gotten one for What’s eating Gilbert Grape but whatever pic.twitter.com/3ahPZrkNTv— Xavier Woods (@XavierWoodsPhD) February 29, 2016Congratulations @LeoDiCaprio#Oscarspic.twitter.com/5WLesgfnbe— Laughing (@OMGtrolls) February 29, 2016Fellow celebrities also came and congratulated the “The Revenant” starFinally!!! Our guy!!! We’re so so happy for Leo!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 29, 2016 Congrats to @LeoDiCaprio. Great speech!— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 29, 2016He did it! He really did it! @LeoDiCaprio, I love you #Oscars— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 29, 2016 LEO WON LEO WON! FINALLY! I AM SCREAMING AND CRYING HA. LONG OVERDUE. HE IS JUST SENSATIONAL AND ONE OF A KIND. THANK YOU ACADEMY!!— AllyBrooke Hernandez (@AllyBrooke) February 29, 2016@LeoDiCaprio for president. Such a well spoken, educated, enlightened human. #grats you deserve your #Oscar— Shannen Doherty (@DohertyShannen) February 29, 2016We’re also happy for Leonardo DiCaprio, congratulation on winning your first Academy Award.[Twitter Blog]last_img read more

29 07 19

first_imgAdvertisement Taking its first official step into the international scene, mobile technology Giant, TECNO Telecoms is set to launch its flagship devices the Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus, this September. After 10 years of operations in Africa, the leading Chinese mobile phone manufacturer has decided to expand its business to include other emerging markets of the world. The launch took place on the 25th of September 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where TECNO also be celebrated its tenth anniversary.According to PwC, “the rate of growth in emerging markets for the past decade and a half has been twice that of advanced countries and this trend is unlikely to abate anytime soon”. While several investors are still struggling to balance the risk/opportunity tradeoffs of investing in emerging markets, TECNO is already enjoying the benefits.Over the past decade, mobile phone penetration rate in Africa has risen from 6% to 80% and TECNO Mobile being a major driver of this development, is already servicing over 30 African countries while currently retaining the largest market share of 41.1% and 31.1% in Tanzania and Nigeria respectively. – Advertisement – “We are proud of what we have been able to achieve in Africa so far and we are confident the time is right for use to duplicate same successes across other emerging markets. When we arrived Africa 10 years ago, very few people would have thought that we would grow so fast to control the largest market share of 25.3% across six major African markets – Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Cameroon and Ethiopia” said Mr. Tomo Liu, Deputy Director Marketing, at TECNO Mobile.TECNO has succeeded in showing that they understand the dynamics of the African market by releasing very competitive devices at affordable prices. “Of course we are aware that emerging markets are not a monolith so, we have structured our expansion strategy to cater for each heterogeneous group across these markets. The Middle East is one region we are very excited about and unlike 10 years ago when we launched in Africa with the TECNO T780, we will be launching our new market with our latest flagship devices – Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus. “The trends we identified across the region allowed us to see that there is room for TECNO Mobile’s offering in the Middle East where we are targeting young consumers to provide innovative phones and tailor-made services that meet their needs”, said Mr. Vane Ni, Deputy General Manager and Global marketing lead at TECNO Mobile.[related-posts]TECNO Mobile customizes its devices based on different consumers preferences and the Phantom Series, which embodies the best of technological advances yearly is expected to impress smartphone consumers across different emerging markets. The Phantom 6 and Phantom 6 Plus is available for pre-order already with gift items for those who pre-order at approved sales outlets across the country.last_img read more

29 07 19

first_imgTHE FUTURE IS CURVEDApple is said to be working on curved screens for future versions of the iPhone, as well as sensors that can detect different levels of pressure.The curved models are set to have larger screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, reports Bloomberg.It says a source familiar with the plans believes a release date in the second half of next year is likely.Samsung released a curved phone, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Round, last month – but the handset is currently available only in South Korea.LG also revealed a similar device with a 6-inch screen, called the G Flex. Lingfield2.30pmLIVE ON ATROBVIOUS BET HIDING BEHIND A MASQUERADE….The Port Vale -2 was landed last night but it was agonising watching the match with the third and fourth goals coming very late on.The jumps season continues to warm up and there’s a good card at Huntingdon this afternoon with that man again AP McCoy holding several ace cards.Masquerade looks obvious in the 2.30 at Lingfield – a jumps card today but this is a bumper run on the all-weather.Masquerade has already shown ability in two bumper races at Southwell and the Warren Greatrex trained runner looks a solid bet at around evens here.You would always have to be fearful of a Nicky Henderson trained runner at this level but Vodka’n Tonic hasn’t shown a great deal so far and Masquerade’s form looks superior.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points MASQUERADE at around evenslast_img read more

29 07 19

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.Saturday 31 OctoberRACING1.45 AscotPadge 13/2 > 9/22.20 AyrOscar Lateen 7/1 > 100/302.55 AyrBack To Bracka 9/1 > 5/15.10 WolverhamptonKylla Instinct 6/1 > 100/30FOOTBALLPremier League12:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Ultra HD21/20 Chelsea 11/4 Liverpool 12/5 DRAWRUGBY WORLD CUP4pm, ITVHANDICAP LINEevens NEW ZEALAND (-6) evens AUSTRALIA (+6) 16/1 TIE(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

29 07 19

first_imgNot exactly a bad Wednesday for sports fans is it ??After the highs and lows of Cheltenham this afternoon the action heats up at the Camp Nou for the second leg of Barcelona v Chelsea.Delicately and tantalisingly poised at 1-1 the hosts are a short price to get the job done and are undoubtedly a strong side at home in the European ties.After Chelsea took the lead through Willian on 62 minutes at Stamford Bridge, Messi levelled things up on 75 minutes and the importance of that away go was demonstrated by the way in which the Chelsea players trudged off the pitch.Barcelona can be late starters when it comes to scoring goals but it will be Chelsea who will need to chase the game.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is pragmatic about the task ahead. He said: “You must be excited to play this kind of game at the Nou Camp. A lot of my players have never played in this stadium and we want to try to do our best.“In the first leg, we played a really good game and it was almost perfect. That was against a team that I consider one of the best in the world.“But when we made a mistake, we paid for it. The final result of that games gives a great advantage to Barcelona.“We know very well the philosophy of Barcelona. For sure they want to dominate and play their football, to score and to win the game, and we have to try to do our best.“We have to concentrate, to stay with your head on the pitch in every moment and to know that there are moments we have to suffer. Not only Chelsea, but every team who plays Barcelona has to suffer.”Andres Iniesta will be subject to a late fitness test after a hamstring problem whilst Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns.Barcelona v ChelseaUEFA Champions League Last-16 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport 2HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 BarcelonaApr 2012 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 2-2 ChelseaApr 2012 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 BarcelonaMay 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 BarcelonaApr 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 0-0 ChelseaOct 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 2-2 ChelseaOct 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-0 BarcelonaMar 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona 1-1 ChelseaFeb 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 1-2 BarcelonaMar 2005 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 4-2 BarcelonaIt’s Barcelona all the way for me tonight with a decent bet on them leading at HT/FT which can be backed at 13/10 with Starsports.betRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BARCELONA U HT/FT 18 points at 13/10 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 57.79 pointslast_img read more

28 07 19

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327E-MAIL: druth@rice.eduNano parfait a treat for scientistsRice researchers spin pure batches of nanotubes speciesIn two new papers, Rice University researchers report using ultracentrifugation (UCF) to create highly purified samples of carbon nanotube species.One team, led by Rice Professor Junichiro Kono, temporary research associate Erik Haroz and graduate student William Rice, has made a small but significant step toward the dream of an efficient nationwide electrical grid that depends on highly conductive quantum nanowire.The other, led by Rice Professor Bruce Weisman and graduate student Saunab Ghosh, employed UCF to prepare structurally sorted batches of semiconducting nanotubes that could find critical uses in medicine and electronics.UCF is what it sounds like: a super-fast version of the centrifuge process medical lab technicians use to separate blood cells from plasma.The process involves suspending mixtures of single-walled carbon nanotubes in combinations of liquids of different densities. When spun by a centrifuge at up to 250,000 g – that’s 250,000 times the force of gravity – the nanotubes migrate to the liquids that match their own particular densities. After several hours in the centrifuge, the test tube becomes a colorful parfait with layers of purified nanotubes. Each species has its own electronic and optical characteristics, all of which are useful in various ways.Weisman’s lab reported its results in today’s online edition of Nature Nanotechnology. Weisman is a professor of chemistry at Rice.Kono’s lab reported its results recently in the online edition of ACS Nano. Kono is a professor in electrical and computer engineering and professor of physics and astronomy.The lack of pure batches of nanotubes species “has been a real hindrance in the field for nearly 20 years,” Weisman said. While the UCF technique is not new, Ghosh found careful fine-tuning of the gradient structure let him sort at least 10 of the numerous species of nanotubes contained in a single sample produced by the Rice-created HiPco process. Basic research is a big early winner, “because when you can get pure samples of nanotubes, you can learn so much more about them,” Weisman said. “Secondly, some electronic applications become much simpler because the tube type determines the nanotube’s band gap, a crucial electronic property.” Biomedical applications may benefit by exploiting the optical properties of specific types of nanotubes. In the Kono lab, metallic nanotubes rose to the top of the spinning vial while nearly all of the semiconducting nanotubes sank to the bottom. What surprised lead researchers Haroz and Rice was that nearly all of the metallic tubes were armchair SWNTs, the most desirable species for the manufacture of quantum nanowire. Zigzag and near-zigzag species, also considered metallic, would also sink out. Armchair nanotubes are so-called because of their “U”-shaped end segments. Theoretically, armchairs are the most conductive nanotubes, letting electrons charge down the middle with nothing to slow them. The composition of the gradient solution made a difference in the quality of the samples, Haroz said. “One of the surfactants we’re using, sodium cholate, has a molecular structure that’s similar to a nanotube — basically hexagons put together,” he said. “We think there’s a match between the sodium cholate and the structure of nanotubes, and it binds just a little bit better to an armchair than it does to zigzags.” Hurdles remain in the path to quantum armchair nanowires that nanotechnology pioneer and Nobel laureate Richard Smalley, Haroz’ first mentor at Rice who died in 2005, felt would be a panacea for many of the world’s problems. Fix the distribution of energy and solutions to other challenges – clean water, food, environmental woes – will fall into place, he believed.“Step 1 of the armchair quantum nanowire project is, ‘Can we get armchairs?’ We’ve done that,” said Haroz. “Now let’s make macroscopic structures — not necessarily long cables, but small structures — to test their conductivity.”Rice research scientist Sergei Bachilo is co-author of the Nature Nanotechnology paper with Weisman and Ghosh. Grants from the National Science Foundation and the Welch Foundation supported the research.Co-authors of the ACS Nano paper with Kono, Haroz, Rice, Weisman and Ghosh are Robert Hauge, Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Chemistry at Rice, Rice junior Ben Lu and Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Stephen Doorn. The Department of Energy office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Welch Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratories, the National Science Foundation and the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program at Los Alamos National Laboratory supported the research.Read the Kono abstract at: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn901908n?prevSearch=haroz%2Bkono&searchHistoryKey  Read the Weisman abstract at: http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nnano.2010.68.htmlArtwork available at: http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/parfaitart.JPGlast_img read more