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first_imgThe equality watchdog should be given greater powers that would allow it to take more legal cases against organisations that breach the Equality Act, a disabled former commissioner has told MPs.Mike Smith, who chaired the disability committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) between 2009 and 2012, told the Commons women and equalities committee that it was impossible for many people to take legal action to enforce their rights under the Equality Act 2010.Smith (pictured, centre), who is now chief executive of the disabled people’s organisation Real, said: “For many disabled people it’s de facto impossible to achieve justice in many areas.”He said this particularly applied to cases alleging discrimination under the act by service-providers.He and other equality experts who gave evidence to the committee yesterday (Wednesday), as part of its inquiry into how the EHRC is enforcing the act, said the commission needed to be able to take far more legal cases.Smith said the EHRC should be allowed to take cases in its own name on behalf of claimants, which would allow legal action from individuals who “just didn’t have the life circumstances or the capacity” to do that themselves.He also suggested that the commission should be allowed to support class actions on behalf of multiple claimants, and that enforcement of the Equality Act should be amended so people could bring cases before the small claims court, which in England and Wales allows claims of up to £10,000.He said this could “allow a much deeper range of challenge to the kind of pervasive inequality and disadvantage that people often experience”.He said the risk of service-providers “getting caught” for breaching the Equality Act was “pretty low”.He said: “I don’t think most organisations think that there is much risk associated with breaking the Equality Act, either in terms of reputation or the financial consequences.”Smith contrasted this with the US, and its Americans with Disabilities Act, where courts produce far higher levels of damages.He said: “Any time I go to the States I am always amazed at how much more effective the manifestation of the legislation is.“Maybe we need to look harder at how there are consequences for organisations for breaking the law in the first place and that might sharpen their minds.”Smith also told the committee that the EHRC should find a way to hold the government to account on its failure to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.He believes the failure to realise rights in the convention is as big an issue – if not bigger – for disabled people as discrimination.But he told the committee that the commission had changed the lives of many disabled people with legal action it had taken recently, including forcing 13 NHS clinical commissioning groups to withdraw unlawful, discriminatory policies that could have seen service-users with complex healthcare needs forced into institutions.He also praised its support for a significant legal case which saw the high court rule last year that disability benefit rules were unlawful and “blatantly discriminatory” to people with mental distress.Niall Crowley, an equality and human rights expert and former chief executive of Ireland’s Equality Authority, told the committee that the EHRC was one of two equality bodies across the European Union (the other is Poland) that had suffered “disproportionate” cuts in funding, cuts which he said have “a hugely chilling effect on the work of equality bodies”.He said such cuts are “particularly damaging” to the efforts of such bodies to enforce equality legislation.Crowley was also critical of the commission’s policy of “strategic litigation”, taking only high-profile legal actions.He said: “If you pursue a strategic litigation strategy that is purely about high-profile, precedent-setting cases you get greater clarity about the law but you don’t get a culture of compliance.”He said equality bodies like the EHRC needed to take a “critical mass of cases” across the areas covered by equality laws.Barbara Cohen, a discrimination law consultant and former head of legal policy at the Commission for Racial Equality, told MPs that the EHRC needed to be more of an “enforcer”.She said it needed to do more to advertise its legal successes and create a “sense of fear”.She said: “Just beginning to shout, ‘We are the big bad wolf and we are coming for you,’ just hasn’t happened… people are not frightened of the EHRC.”Nick Webster, a senior solicitor at lawyers Leigh Day, said the government’s decision to remove the commission’s conciliation and mediation powers had not been helpful.He suggested that these powers should be returned, while the commission should also be given new powers to act as an ombudsman.This would mean that employers would know they do not have to just deal with a tribunal, the employee taking the case against then, and their union, but also with “a government body that is potentially going to come and look at what they are doing and issue fines as necessary”.He said: “You hope that people do learn [after losing an Equality Act case]. In my experience they don’t. You hope that they will change their behaviours. In my experience they don’t.“That’s because they can just deal with that issue… and move on.”But if employers know that losing a discrimination case “isn’t the end of it” and that they could face further action from the EHRC, they could be forced to make significant changes to how their organisations operate, he said. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

San Francisco Could Be First in California to Give NonCitizens School Board

first_imgHis office declined to comment further on the supervisor’s opposition to the measure. The widespread support for Prop. N gives supporters hope for its passage.“Only two endorsements [against the measure] stood out: the Chronicle, which opposed it every time, and the Republican Party,” said Medina, the policy manager at MEDA. “It tells you where the Chronicle’s aligned nowadays.”Frank Lara, a teacher at Buena Vista Horace Mann, said the political involvement of parents in their children’s education is the only means to ensure representatives pay attention to them. Electing a Latino representative or ensuring that more money goes to west-side schools are victories that non-citizen voting could help achieve, he said.“The first step will be voting,” he said.Eric Guthertz, the principal at Mission High School, also enthusiastically supports the measure.Guthertz said undocumented immigrants in particular often come to the United States in hopes of a better education for their children. Proposition N, he said, would give families who “feel like they’re not sure they can speak out” or “aren’t sure how to navigate the system” an opportunity to become involved.That involvement, in turn, could change the dynamic of the school board so that it pays greater attention to ensuring immigrant children access to advanced classes and providing “culturally relevant courses,” he said.“I’m all for it. I think it’s terrific,” he said. “It would give [parents] more agency.”Catalina Rico, the principal of Cesar Chavez Elementary School in the Mission District, was more skeptical. Rico said she was unsure whether she supported Prop. N and worried that in this national climate, the measure would do little to make immigrant communities feel safe about becoming involved in politics.“Getting this passed is only one step in a greater education process that must aim to empower marginalized communities, such as undocumented people and other disenfranchised communities, to actually come out to vote without fear of reprisals,” she said.Medina, for his part, said the national rhetoric on immigrant issues was precisely the reason why the measure should pass. Voter ID laws enacted in several Republican-controlled states and Donald Trump’s comments against Mexicans bode ill for voting rights in the United States, he said, and Prop. N would set San Francisco apart from the national climate.“There’s been so much anti-immigrant rhetoric, this would be a really easy, positive win,” he said. 0% If a new ballot measure passes in November, San Francisco may become the first city in California to give non-citizens a vote in local school board elections. Proposition N, which would let parents and guardians of students in the San Francisco school district vote for school board members, is critical in a city where immigrants account for 35 percent of the population, say supporters. More than half of the children in San Francisco have one or more immigrant parents, they add. “This is tens of thousands of parents who don’t have a say in their child’s education,” said Gabriel Medina, a policy manager with the Mission Economic Development Agency, which is backing the measure to the tune of $11,564.42. “It’s our charge to help these parents bring to light what they want to work on, to be empowered, to be active.”If Prop. N passes, San Francisco would follow a few other cities in the nation like Chicago, Illinois and Cambridge, Massachusetts, in extending the school board vote to non-citizen residents. Several municipalities in Maryland also allow non-citizen voting in local elections.  Tags: education • election 2016 • Elections • vote Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Prop. N would expire after the 2022 school board election unless the Board of Supervisors allows it to continue. Medina said the measure would also help some low-performing schools in San Francisco by involving parents in their children’s education. Mission High School is one of three schools in San Francisco eligible for state grant funding meant to improve its low performance, according to the California Department of Education. That’s an improvement from six years ago, when half of the worst schools in the city — Bryant Elementary, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Everett Middle, and Buena Vista Horace Mann — were in the Mission District, but the neighborhood could still benefit from parental involvement, Prop. N supporters say.“Students with involved parents who are civically engaged are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores and attend school regularly,” Medina said, pointing to a report by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory that found improved performance and greater post-secondary education enrollment in children with involved parents. “This seemed like a no brainer,” he said. “These are schools where parents need stronger voices.”Belkis, an undocumented Honduran immigrant who has been in the country for three years, said she would take advantage of the law to vote in school board elections. Mission Local is not using her full name.“Yes, of course, it is for the well being of all our families,” she said. She hasn’t yet picked out a school for her two-year-old daughter, but she will soon and would like a say in the officials who administer the school system. “The parents [will get] more opportunities to speak with the representatives who are going to preside over the school system,” said Nancy Arnez, a non-citizen resident who has three children in San Francisco schools aged six, nine, and 16. Arnez said representatives would be more likely to consider immigrant issues if there were significant numbers of non-citizens voting. For one, she said, the school board could improve its translation services.“They often don’t have translation in Spanish,” Arnez said. “I’d like for them to provide more translators.”San Franciscans have voted on similar ballot measures twice before, in 2004 and 2010. In 2004, the measure failed narrowly 51–49 percent, while in 2010 it failed by a margin of 55–45 percent.This year, the measure is widely supported. The Board of Education voted unanimously to support the ballot measure, and it’s also backed by the vast majority of political groups in the city. The Board of Supervisors also backs the measure and voted 10–1 to put it on the ballot, with only Supervisor Mark Farrell, who represents the Marina and the Presidio, voting against.At the time, he worried about a “slippery slope” if the measure passed that would allow non-citizens to vote in municipal and other elections.“Why not supervisors? Why not anything else in this country?” he asked then. “I think it’s part of a broader discussion.” EVEN THE NYT HAS DECIDED SUBSCRIPTIONS WILL DRIVE ITS BUSINESS MODEL. THOSE WHO READ MISSION LOCAL REGULARLY, PLEASE JOIN US SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO COVER THE MISSION DISTRICT. last_img read more

Now playing at a Mission District peephole near you its I Wanna

first_imgWhen I stop by the Creativity Explored studio, Makeya Kaiser greets me wearing a jacket she embroidered for her music video. Colorful thread stitched across the white fabric spells “Kelly Clarkson,” one of her favorite musicians.When I ask her about her contribution to the show, she hits “play.” As we watch her piece, A Moment Like This, other artists and volunteers gather around the table. Kaiser laughs as she watches herself sing the whole Kelly Clarkson song, karaoke-style.Kaiser’s joy is contagious. At the end of her impromptu screening, we all clap. I ask to take her photo and she instantly lights up.“Be a star,” I tell her as she poses. “I am a star!” she says.Kaiser is one of three artists whose work is featured in a three-part video exhibit that premiered this Sunday at Peephole Cinema in the Mission District. Titled I Wanna Dance in a Moment Like This, the show is a mashup of the artists’ favorite pop culture sensations: Mad Max, Kelly Clarkson, and RuPaul.Makeya Kaiser Photo by Annie Berman.The show is a collaboration between Creativity Explored and Peephole Cinema, a collective that shows miniature videos in San Francisco, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Creativity Explored, founded in 1983, is as an art nonprofit that gives adults with developmental disabilities mentorship from professional artists. The supportive community allows artists to express themselves through art and earn income from their work.Exhibit curator Sarah Klein describes Kaiser’s piece as a form of self-assertion.“She’s really creating this world and making herself the star,” said Sarah Klein, the exhibit’s curator. “And in this way she’s saying, you know, ‘Look at me. Take me really as I am.’”What gives the show power is the artists’ fascination with pop culture icons, who serve as access points to connection, and communication. “It’s a really beautiful kind of way of understanding the world,” said Michael Korcek, who works at Creativity Explored, the nonprofit arts center that mentors Kaiser and the other artists in the show. “I think overall the show really speaks to the inspiration and the process of inspiration.”The video editing is what comes most naturally to animation artist Mack Mesler.“There’s no real boundaries,” he explains. “I can do whatever I want.”His piece is called The Burning Birds, and it pays homage to the post-apocalyptic action film Mad Max: Fury Road. It involves a gang of resourceful, hunted penguins who are always a few steps ahead of Max. It has what Mesler describes as “a Wile E. Coyote kind of humor.”“This video really shows my personality – or my kind of humor, at least,” he adds, smiling shyly.Mack Mesler. Photo by Annie Berman.Small sculptures brought to life through an animation app are the unlikely stars of Paul’s Drag Race, a short vignette directed by Paul Pulizzano, and inspired by the hit reality show, RuPaul’s Drag Race. The dancers are fluid, otherworldly.“Hello my pretty kitties,” demurs Candy Delight, one of the judges, whose face is many colors, a custom snapchat filter Pulizzano created. “May the best woman win.”Paul Pulizzano. Photo by Annie Berman.On a sunny afternoon in March – the day the show premieres – my navigation app leads me down a quiet alley painted in murals close to the 24th Street BART station. Peephole Cinema is a small, literal hole in the wall, about a child’s height, through which I Wanna Dance in a Moment Like This can now be viewed on a loop, at all hours of the day.Curator Klein describes Peephole Cinema as being part of a free public art tradition specific to the Mission District – but also a new way of slowing down and being intentional about the way we consume media. “We’re on our phones and laptops and we can see videos any old time. So to actually have a little cinema out there in this public way, I think we’re just asking for people to take a moment.”I walk by the spot twice before finding it. It is marked with a small plaque.With some apprehension, I crouch down to watch.The version of the three artists’ pieces that are playing at Peephole do not have any sound – just text captions, color, movement. But even so, I find that I can hear the artists.Through their art, through a little peephole, they are telling the world who they are.“I Wanna Dance in a Moment Like This” will be on display until May 18 at the Peephole Cinema in San Francisco.Creativity Explored at 3245 16th St. Photo by Annie Berman. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS are delighted to showcase their fantastic M

first_imgSAINTS are delighted to showcase their fantastic Matchday Hospitality, Conference and Events facilities at the stunning new stadium that will open in January 2012.To find out about Matchday Hospitality you can click here.The new stadium will also feature some of the best Conference and Events facilities in the region.Once again, you can click here for further information.If you have any questions please do not hsitate to contact the Saints Events team on 01744 455 057 or email events@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

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first_imgIf you would like to donate to our cause, please could we ask that you drop your toys/selection boxes off at the main reception of the Totally Wicked Stadium during opening times throughout the week.last_img

Columbus County Sheriffs office investigating Saturday homicide

first_img When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered the victim, Ricky Long, 57, of Fair Bluff, deceased.An autopsy will be performed Monday to determine the cause of death.  The investigation is being handled as a homicide.No further details are available at this time. TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office answered a call for a possible assault Saturday only to find a man deceased at the home.Deputies responded to 366 PD Branch Drive in Tabor City around 9:30 Saturday night. They report that the call they received was in reference to a possible assault.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD TextaTip service temporarily down

first_img As of Tuesday the site still remains out of service.WPD says tipsters may use of the following numbers to give crime tips: Crime Stoppers at (910) 763-3888 or​ 1-800-531-9845 or you may call the 911 non- emergency number at 910-452-6120. Caller information on either of these lines is protected and will remain anonymous. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Department says the Text-a-Tip site used to report anonymous crimes is temporarily down and under repair.The vendor notified the WPD Friday that they were having technological problems with the site and hoped to have them fixed as soon as possible.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Cooper tours Bladenboro pushes for a smart rebuild

first_imgBLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper stopped by Bladen County Wednesday to visit with families and assess the catastrophic damage some areas saw from Hurricane Florence.Just like some of these other counties he has visited, Gov. Cooper calls it pure devastation.- Advertisement – “It’s pure devastation. So many homes and businesses under water. Along with churches and farms. Clearly there are a lot of people who are hurting right now,” said Governor Cooper.After Matthew tore through Bladen County in 2016, Gov. Cooper says the recovery process needs to be done differently this time.Comparing this to Matthew, he emphasizes the need for a smart rebuild.Related Article: Carolina Beach offers site for residents to dump yard debrisHe says they spent more than $700 million in recovery efforts with Matthew, but they need to build more sustainable structures.For the time being, they are working with FEMA to get people into temporary housing.“We’re working closely with FEMA on our temporary sheltering program, which provides people with subsistence to be in hotels, and to pay rent until they can find accommodations. We have the long term affordable housing issue that we’re going to attack with everything we’ve got,” said Cooper.He adds affordable housing remains an issue and they will tackle that head on during this recovery process.Bladen County has lifted their curfew for residents and crews tell me that a lot of the county does have power back.last_img read more

Surf City talks towns growth and where to focus for future developments

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Surf City residents and leaders met Thursday at the community center to discuss the recovery of their beaches and the future of the town itself.Mayor Doug Medlin was the keynote speaker.- Advertisement – The city’s past, present, and future were on the agenda for the town’s 3rd Annual Real Estate Forecast.There were speakers from a variety of areas including engineers, business professors, and real estate agents.The meeting looked at the town’s economic growth over the last year to predict new development in the town’s future.Related Article: Amazon is now worth $1 trillion“There’s been tremendous growth in Surf City both on the island and off the island,” Realtor Ladd Gasparovic said. “Today what we’re doing is looking at Surf City on a macro level. We’re gonna be focused on different changes with DOT, road, infrastructure improvements and really where development is going.”Gasparovic says the new Surf City bridge is just one example of how the town has and will continue to accommodate for growth.last_img read more

Air Malta flight grounded in Munich due to technical fault

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint A number of Air Malta passengers have been left stranded in Munich, Germany this afternoon after their aircraft was grounded following a technical fault.According to the airline’s spokesperson, the KM307 flight from Munich to MIA was grounded this afternoon for technical reasons, causing delays for passengers.They stated that the aircraft in question was currently being leased by Air Malta for the summer schedule and ahead of its new Airbus A320neo.‘The airline’s engineers together with the operator are doing their utmost to service the aircraft and return it to normal operations as soon as possible to minimise delays and inconveniences to these passengers.’‘Safety remains Air Malta’s topmost priority and the airline will leave no stone unturned in this area. The airline apologises for any inconvenience caused by circumstances beyond its control.’WhatsApplast_img read more

Greek Olympian banned for posting a racist tweet

first_imgAdvertisement Translated as: – Advertisement – As you can see, this statement is hard to even comment on. Here’s her apology:The president of the Greek Olympic Committee, Spyros Kapralos, decided to expel her from the Greek mission after word of the statement got out, and now the team has 104 competing athletes.Source: CNNlast_img

Funny Monday as PLE Craze overtakes Ugandan Twitter users with PLE2012

first_imgAdvertisement While pupils all over the country were sitting their National Primary Leaving Exams (PLE) , on Twitter, another mass engagement involving Ugandans  was taking place. Talkative Rocker (@beewol) started the ball rolling with his random tweet –Alright folks … Here’s a juicy Trending topic for Ugandan Tweeps #PLE2012 I shall attack first and in a few hours, our timelines were filled with the hashtag #PLE2012.[UPDATE: The hashtag hit the BBC : @beewol BOOOOM! #PLE2012 just reached BBC and guess who got a mention *breaks into song* Opa Ugandan Style! ] – Advertisement – Users set about asking parody questions usually attaching a subject at the start and the number of marks they would award if answered correctly. Topics ranged from celebrities, to politics, to sports as Ugandans went awol often posting very humorous questions that left many of us tugging at our tummies and drying our ears for the comedy of it all.We took sometime to bring you some of the funniest tweets as posted by Ugandans on #PLE2012. @mbabazi_AN#PLE2012 Name the strongest woman in Uganda. Clue: She can carry a whole mast. (answer 5 marks)@Chrischarito_: #PLE2012Math. In a polling station of 20 voters, how many votes will Museveni Get. a) 23 b) 330 c) 546 d) 29062@ssojo81#PLE2012 Briefly explain why all Bwaise residents need swimming lessons. 10 marks@MDonastone#PLE2012 which post was Seya Ssebagala denied? a) fortportal b) portfolio c) fortpolio d) fortfolio@solomonking #PLE2012 Explain why Straka’s Late Show can only be viewed on a wide-screen TV ( 20 marks )@ssojo81: #PLE2012 Who discovered oil in Uganda? a) John Speke b) Capt. Lugard c) It was single-handedly discovered by NRM. (10 marks)@BenjaminMugema: #PLE2012 Science: Straka displaces her own weight in a fluid in which she floats. a) She does not float b) True c) False ‏@_pensioner #PLE2012: Name the island which one country owns the water and another country owns the fish?@patuhaire Name the cabinet minister who won the 2012 Sleeping Contest during #Uganda‘s State of the Nation Address in June#PLE2012@Besigye_: #PLE2012 which is the worst network in uganda and what should MTN do to improve its services?(8 marks)@smull_EL:#PLE2012 MAths: Straka has 5 brothers. How many people can fit in an ipsum??” ‏@Besigye_#PLE2012 besides kazinda, name the other recipients of foreign aid. (3 marks)@_pensioner: #PLE2012 : In which year did Kasangati become a police barracks?@dmumbere#PLE2012 SST: Who will be Uganda’s next president? a) Yoweri b) Kaguta c) Museveni d) All the above‏@beewol#PLE2012 SST. What happened to Micheal Ross’s career? a) It died b) He had no career c) Who is Micheal Ross? (6 Marks)@oleebranch“@lwasabad: #PLE2012 MATH calculate how many times Besigye has got tear gased, given the radius of his eye ball is 12 cm.”@arnold_cle#PLE2012 Math If Besigye leaves his house at midday and police is notified at 11:30am. Calculate the time left for evacuation of the city?@smull_EL: #PLE2012 MAths: If golola received 12 punches, how many times did he land on the floor??”@arnold_cle: #PLE2012 Math; Calculate the number of red cards and referees needed to get Man Utd to the top of the table?@smull_EL #PLE2012 English: Arsenal is a prolific club in Europe. (Begin the sentence with Trophies………..)@Temb_temb: #PLE2012 English: Begin a sentence with the phrase “Zizidingzizidingzizidingziziding Coco Finger…”@Eyzq#PLE2012 Math If Allen Kagina collects UGX 142 billion in a month, how much goes to Basajjabalaba?! ‏@ssmusoke#PLE2012 Which #Uganda musician has the most hit songs, the most beautiful woman, the biggest car, and does the most housework?@echwalu: #PLE2012 Write NRM in full. (Start with Twakoowa) (25marks)”@gatimo1: #PLE2012 English: What is the alternative Name for Thief in Uganda? A: Kazinda B: Government Official C: MP D: All of the above@BenjaminMugema: #PLE2012 Science: Straka displaces her own weight in a fluid in which she floats. a) She does not float b) True c) False@brolongo: #PLE2012 SST What is the basoga whatsapp version called? ‘Kodeeyo’@ssojo81: #PLE2012 Who discovered oil in Uganda? a) John Speke b) Capt. Lugard c) It was single-handedly discovered by NRM. (10 marks)‏@smull_EL#PLE2012 Science: Which of the following is a killer disease. a) FOMO b) Desh c) Kony d) Tuberclosis@Besigye_: #PLE2012 name the major recipient of teargas in Uganda (5 marks)”‏@Besigye_#PLE2012 Besides straka, name any other major land features in Uganda. (4 marks)@Besigye_#PLE2012 Re-arrange the following letters to get the name of an opposition leader- B I G E Y E S (3 marks)“@BenjaminMugema: #PLE2012 English; Write Agnes Nandutu in full.”@mbabazi_AN; #PLE2012. King is to kingdom while …………… is to a country a) Museveni b)Yoweri c)Kaguta d)all of the above ”@_pensioner#PLE2012 : Name the country that sends troops to foreign missions but cant afford to capture Kony for 30 years@Smol_Phiefie; #PLE2012 English.. He is my friend, I love him (Rewrite the sentence using ..FriendZone (10Marks)”@FelixDonBash#PLE2012 Math. You went to bed with 2000shs MTN airtime calculate how much airtime you have when u wake up if u sleep for 5 hrs‏@diamondtrust66How many districts does Uganda have. Note: Indicate the time when you answer the question to cater for new districts. #PLE2012@_pensioner:#PLE2012: The Answer is Nantaba, what is the question? (99 Marks) @DkUsualSuspect#PLE2012 Math:A #UgCRANESplayer,stepsup to take a penalty,the goal post is 8m wide,2.4m high& 11m from the ball.Wat do u think happens?Smh@beewol#PLE2012 SST. How many times have the Uganda Cranes #ALMOST qualified for AFCON? (5 Marks)”@Besigye_ : #PLE2012 Re-arrange the following letters to get the name of an opposition leader- B I G E Y E S (3 marks) @ithinkfrank#PLE2012 Using diagrams, differentiate between gangnam style and azonto@gatimo1#PLE2012 English: What is the alternative Name for Thief in Uganda? A: Kazinda B: Government Official C: MP D: All of the above..@ssmusoke#PLE2012 Using simultaneous equations guestimate the number of districts #Uganda will have in 2045@beewol#PLE2012 SST – Name any 120 districts in Uganda …then walk out cos u have finished. (100 Marks)@sow_zee Spain is not Uganda, Discuss (12 marks) #PLE2012@beewola: #PLE2012MATH – If John earns 1.5M but owns a 10 billion dollar complex, what is the probability that John is a Minister?@sotandeka: Which TV station do you watch if you want to sleep early? a) UBC b) UBc c) uBc d) ubc #PLE2012“ Credit: ProggieUglast_img read more

Were So Happy to Learn Chinese Seeds For Future Finalists

first_imgOne week on their educational trip in China, the 10 ICT finalists in the 2018 Huawei’s Seeds for Future program have expressed happiness at the opportunity to learn the Chinese Language. Advertisement The ten Ugandan ICT students who emerged finalists in the Seeds for the Future Programme 2018 from 35 proposals that were presented to a panel of judges, were flagged off to a two-weeks technological study trip in China by the First Lady and the Minister of Education and Sports; Her Excellence, Hon. Janet K Museveni on 6th April.One week on their educational trip, they have expressed happiness at the opportunity to learn the Chinese Language.“We need to learn Chinese because China is a big economy and in order for us to benefit from it we need the language which will be our bridge, and thus thank Huawei for this initiative,” Oola Gerard; Computer Scientist at Muni University said. – Advertisement – While in Beijing, Huawei enabled the students to be trained by the Beijing Language and Culture University’s School of Continuing Education for a week in speaking and writing the Chinese language. In addition, exposed to the Chinese painting and culture where a test will be administered and certificates will be credited to the successful ones.Their lecturer Xing Xiaoyan lauded the students saying they are very interested and keen to learn the language, and hopes they will in future take more lesson in the language.On the other hand, they’ve also visited the Great Wall in Beijing, experienced a guided tour of the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, found in Beijing which is also the biggest preserved palace in the world.1 of 2 The 10 finalists for the 2018 Huawei’s seeds for future programs pose for a group photo at the Great Wall of China, in Beijing. The 10 finalists for the 2018 Huawei’s seeds for future programs pose for a group photo infront of the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, in Beijing which is also the biggest preserved palace in the world.The Ugandan students will relocate to Shenzhen on Friday where they will have a week of a hands-on training in cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, LTE and cloud computing at the Huawei Technologies Headquarters.Lina Cao the PR Officer Huawei Uganda urged them to effectively utilize their time in China, take advantage of the ICT expertise and experience and ensure knowledge transfer to their Universities.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 30 JanuaryRACING2.00 LingfieldPrussian Blue 15/8 > 5/42.35 LingfieldWaterloo Dock 9/2 > 11/46.15 LingfieldWater Dancer 3/1 > 7/49.05 DundalkPoker Gold 5/2 > 13/8FOOTBALL7.45pm LIVE SKY5/6 AFC Bournemouth 3/1Watford 11/3 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Hull v Derby County

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Liverpool HT/FT bet was landed last night but I’m still not quite sure how !!With Bordeaux taking a surprise lead after 33 minutes it wasn’t exactly looking great but Benteke came to the rescue with a goal to put Liverpool in front on the stroke of half-time.A good match to look forward tonight in the Championship – it’s top of the table Hull taking on fourth placed Derby in what could be a real Hull-dinger of a game !Hull are unbeaten at home this season and a win tonight would see them establish some clear water at the top of the crowded league table. They should get a boost from the expected return of top scorer Abel Hernandez who has been rested.Equally, a win for Derby would see them take the lead in the table – so plenty at stake.Fixtures between these two are usually close fought affairs with all bar one of the last ten head to head’s producing three goals or less.Derby have done great work to get competitive given they went their first six matches this season without a win and were also knocked out of the Capital One Cup during that period.Since then they are on a run of nine wins from 12 games.Hull City v Derby CountyChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Hull 2-1 DerbyDec 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-2 HullJan 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Hull 0-1 DerbyNov 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 0-2 HullFeb 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 0-1 HullSep 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP Hull 2-0 DerbyFeb 2007 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 2-2 HullAug 2006 CHAMPIONSHIP Hull 1-2 DerbyApr 2006 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-1 HullOct 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP Hull 2-1 DerbyTough one, but I favour Hull for the home win and am backing them at 13/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK HULL for 10 points at around 13/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 118.61 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Belgium v Italy Euro 2016 Monday

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]elgium have a good record against Italy who look a shadow of their former selves.The Italians have only won two of their last six games with their 3-1 loss to Belgium last November amongst that run.In contrast, Belgium are on something of a roll and have only met defeat once in their last nine games.Their captain, Eden Hazard, is expected to be fit after being trodden on but the Belgian’s are weakened in defence through injury.The Italians are strong in defence but have only scored 16 goals in 10 qualifiers.With Ireland and Sweden drawing earlier there’s plenty still to be played for in Group E and the two teams are hard to split.Belgium v ItalyUEFA EURO 2016 Group E20:00 BBC OneHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2015 INTERNATIONAL Belgium 3-1 ItalyMay 2008 INTERNATIONAL Italy 3-1 BelgiumJun 2000 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Belgium 0-2 ItalyNov 1999 INTERNATIONAL Italy 1-3 BelgiumMay 1996 INTERNATIONAL Italy 2-2 BelgiumFeb 1991 INTERNATIONAL Italy 0-0 BelgiumJun 1980 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Italy 0-0 BelgiumDec 1977 INTERNATIONAL Belgium 0-1 ItalyJan 1977 INTERNATIONAL Italy 2-1 BelgiumMay 1972 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Belgium 2-1 ItalyMy narrow preference is for Belgium at around 6/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BELGIUM 12 points at 6/4 with Star SportsEuro 2016 Profit/Loss: -30.00 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Learning to say Sorry to The Punters Staff

first_img“I’m very sorry for giving you a bollocking” (for being slap-dash, in a public-facing role, and embarrassing me, like an amateur, in front of my peers).“I’m very sorry for over-ruling your decision” (that was simply knee-jerk, trying to be contrary, and that you are not qualified to make anyway).“I’m very sorry for not allowing you to place that bet” (when you have been over your credit limit for eight months and had no intention of paying me if it lost).“I’m very sorry for not laying you that price” (that had gone on Betfair two hours ago and was only ever available with Skybet, for a tenner, in the first place).Blog, there’s no room on the Starship, for Pride. We’re on the way to Money Island and you MUST learn to say sorry. The dreaded Punters & Staff must be kept going; AT ALL COSTS.In other news:Ben’s Food Vlog 26: The Ivy, 5 West Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9NQ WEB SITE. I’ve Blogged it already but check out my Vlog…Over and out, B xlast_img read more


first_imgHORSE RACING12.50 LingfieldFather Ailbe 5/1 > 5/2* We have seen enquiries across all channels for all the John Butler trained horses at LingfieldLIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event3/4 Sheffield United 15/4 Sheffield Wednesday 13/5 DRAW [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.Friday 12 January BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

£50 FREE BET Huddersfield v Fulham

first_img£50 FREE BET IFFULHAM WIN AND BOTH TEAMS SCORETo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if FULHAM WIN AND BOTH TEAMS SCORE.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 9am on Monday 5 November and 8pm on Monday 5 November. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Monday 5 November to 8pm (GMT) on Monday 5 November.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with before 8pm (GMT) on Monday 5 November. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if FULHAM WIN AND BOTH TEAMS SCORE (Huddersfield v Fulham 8pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

Rice Rockets prep local high schoolers for AP exam

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduRice, Rockets prep local high schoolers for AP examApproximately 750 studentstake to Toyota Center this weekendThanks to Rice University and the HoustonRockets, approximately 750 high school students from 15 Houston-area schooldistricts will gather at Toyota Center from 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 3 to construct a game plan for their own “big dance”: the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams in May. The students will also receive a t-shirt, pizza lunch and a ticket to the Rockets game against the Atlanta Hawks at 6 p.m.“The Houston Rockets present Rice University AP ReviewSession” aims to prepare students to take the exams, which can earn them college credit as they test students’ ability to perform at a college level. Through the review session, developed in collaboration with Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Teacher Professional Development program, students can take up to three sessions led by College Board consultants in any of the 11 subjects ranging from biology to Spanish. Other subjects include chemistry, English language, English literature, geography, U.S. history, world history, U.S. government, calculus and statistics. The event’s orientation will take place on the floor of the Toyota Center with a special appearance from Rice basketball player Bryan Beasley. Twenty participating students will welcome the Rockets as they enter the arena for that night’s game, and Rice University and the high schoolerswill be recognized during the halftime show. AddThislast_img read more