The most prominent cheerleader for the legalisatio

first_imgThe most prominent cheerleader for the legalisation of assisted suicide has admitted that he believes the real reason the law needs changing is to help people who cannot tolerate the idea of losing their independence.Lord Falconer, who for several years has led failed parliamentary attempts to secure legislation, said the law needed to be changed because a small number of people found it “intolerable” to have to rely on other people.His “discriminatory” comments came as a Labour MP announced a fresh bid to introduce laws legalising assisted suicide, this time through a private members’ bill in the House of Commons.Lord Falconer, a Labour peer, told the BBC’s The Daily Politics (42.50 onwards): “The work that has been done in relation to this shows generally it is not the pain, it is not the fact that you can’t relieve pain – that can be dealt with – it is the sense of people losing their independence and being reliant on other people, and there’s a small number of people who whatever you do would find that an intolerable position to be in.”He had been responding to concerns raised on the programme by the disabled campaigner Agnes Fletcher, a former director of policy and communications at the Disability Rights Commission and now director of the thinktank Living and Dying Well.She had told the programme that the recent case of Jeffrey Spector – who killed himself at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, six years after he was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour growing near his spinal column – was an example of someone who was “afraid not of dying but of living for a long time with serious disability”.Fletcher said: “He talked very much about his reasons being not wanting to be a burden on his family and thinking that his death was in the best interests of his family.“Those are very worrying reasons and I think lots of older and disabled people watching that case last week will have also felt a burden and also felt perhaps it was time for them to opt for suicide.”Lord Falconer’s comments in response to Fletcher horrified disabled campaigners fighting moves to legalise assisted suicide, including the crossbench disabled peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, who said his views were “discriminatory”.She said: “I think this indicates what I have always feared. Lord Falconer and others who are campaigning for assisted suicide legislation think it’s reasonable that people who are severely incapacitated should end their lives at the time of their choosing.“They think this because they view progressive disabling conditions as something intolerable, which cannot be improved no matter what remedies are put in place or offered.“These discriminatory views are endemic within society and we must fight them all the way. Life doesn’t stop when you become severely disabled.”Dignity in Dying (DiD), the charity leading the campaign to legalise assisted suicide, said: “As well as people who would want the option of assisted dying in case their suffering became too much, we know from Oregon that the top reason cited for having an assisted death is the loss of autonomy, which rightly is determined by the dying patient.“Whether it’s pain, concern of a painful death, or the loss of autonomy, it is right that dying people have the choice in how they die.”A DiD spokesman later confirmed that the charity agreed with Lord Falconer’s comments on The Daily Politics.Meanwhile, Labour MP Rob Marris has announced that he will introduce a private members’ bill that aims to legalise assisted suicide.Marris came top of the ballot that decides which private members’ bills are allocated Commons time. His bill – identical to Lord Falconer’s – is set to be debated by MPs on 11 September.Lord Falconer’s bill ran out of time after it reached the committee stage in the Lords before the general election, and although he has re-introduced his bill in the Lords, he was not placed highly enough in a ballot of peers for his proposals to make any progress in this session.last_img read more

Labour has announced two appointments to its front

first_imgLabour has announced two appointments to its frontbench team today.Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South since 2015, has been appointed shadow minister for Northern Ireland. She is already shadow deputy leader of the House of Commons.Smyth supported Owen Smith in the 2016 leadership election and until July 2017 served as Keir Starmer’s parliamentary private secretary (PPS). She has a solid majority of 15,987.Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has been appointed shadow minister for flooding and coastal communities while Holly Lynch is on maternity leave. He already serves as shadow Defra secretary Sue Hayman’s PPS.Pollard, who represents a coastal community himself, became an MP last year when the marginal Plymouth constituency turned red for the first time. His was one of 30 net gains for Labour in the snap election. Pollard has a majority of 6,807 votes.Tags:Labour Party /Labour /Luke Pollard /Karin Smyth /last_img read more

THE Lancashire Hotpots will be performing before t

first_imgTHE Lancashire Hotpots will be performing before this Friday’s Stobart Super League clash with Widnes Vikings.It is part of the Big Brew Up Event @ Langtree Park, which is being held in association with Wish FM and Saints shirt sponsors Typhoo Tea.Currently in the studio recording their sixth album, the band perform an exclusive “Typhoo” version of their classic “Mek Us A Brew” along with new tracks taken from their forthcoming summer album “A Hard Day’s Pint”.Also making an appearance on the day will be the Typhoo ladies, complete with aprons and hair-rollers, giving away free tea samples for what is sure to be a fantastic fun filled family sporting event.Kick-off is 8pm with The Lancashire Hotpots on stage at 7.40pm.Tickets are priced from £5 for juniors, £12.50 for concessions and £18.50 for adults if bought in advance of match day from www.saintssuperstore.com, direct from the ticket office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455052.last_img read more

RUGBY League World Cup 2013 has announced that Mar

first_imgRUGBY League World Cup 2013 has announced that Martin Offiah MBE will be an official ambassador for the tournament which kicks off on October 26 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.Offiah, known to many as ‘Chariots’, will play a key role in promoting the game, especially in London ahead of the RLWC2013 semi-final double-header at Wembley Stadium.Martin Offiah said: “I’m really excited to be on board with RLWC2013 and eager to do what I can to ensure the British public know this is the next major international sporting competition in this country after London 2012 and an event not to be missed.“There will be some really exciting matches at RLWC2013 including a double-header featuring England v Australia and Wales v Italy with the opening ceremony at the Millennium Stadium; a semi-final double-header at Wembley and the showpiece event, the Rugby League World Cup final, taking place at Old Trafford.“Tickets to the tournament are extremely well priced with 55% £20 or less, so it really is a great opportunity to see some extraordinary athletes going head to head in their pursuit for glory.”He added: “I can’t wait for RLWC2013 to start and I genuinely believe England have a realistic chance of winning.”RLWC2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton, said: “Martin is one of the game’s great players and to have him supporting RLWC2013 is fantastic news for us.“As a recognisable figure even outside Rugby League, he can help take the sport to a new audience. Our aim is to put on the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever and we are confident we can do that.”Martin Offiah joins Gareth Thomas as an official ambassador for RLWC2013 which kicks off on October 26. For more information and to purchase tickets visit rlwc2013.comlast_img read more

NATHAN Brown says Luke Thompson will make his debu

first_imgNATHAN Brown says Luke Thompson will make his debut this Saturday against London Broncos.The prop forward is set to don the Red V for the first time on his 18th birthday.Luke has been with the club since he was 11 and signed from Bold Miners having previously played for Pilkington Recs.He also recently represented England on their Academy Tour of Australia.Brown revealed that half-back Nathan Ashe will also get extended game time at the Twickenham Stoop.“Luke is a talented young kid,” Brown said. “He has been there for a while waiting for a chance and he will get that this Saturday. “Nathan Ashe will play too. He is back from injury and it will be good to see him. He has a good skillset.”If Luke makes his debut he will be the seventh Saints player from the Academy to make their bow this season.Tickets for Saturday’s match are now on sale for the game that will kick off at 1pm this Saturday. You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Opioid summit trains clergy on how to handle substance abuse

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Community and faith-based leaders in Brunswick County met in Leland this weekend to discuss how to combat the growing opioid epidemic.The objective of the summit was to train the clergy on the proper way to handle members of their congregations that are afflicted with substance use disorders and addiction.- Advertisement – Organizers say that members of the clergy have a unique role in fighting this problem.“You would expect a clergyperson, if you say conduct a worship service, help the grieving, help the dying, visit people in the hospital. Well, this is an equally important, or perhaps in this time, a more important competency to acquire, so we’re doing the very beginning of that,” said Rev. William Eberle of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport.The Brunswick County Opioid Task Force is organizing an Opioid Addiction Awareness Sunday this spring.Related Article: CFCC to launch Human Services Technology Substance Abuse degree programThe goal is to give churches around the county a specific, unified day to talk about this problem.last_img read more

US Coast Guard Community Safety Day happening this weekend

first_img Take a listen.The event is happening Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the US Coast Guard Station Oak Island at 300-A Caswell Beach Road.For more information, click here. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Saturday is Safety Day at the Oak Island Coast Guard Station, and the public is invited.Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Roberts stopped by WWAY to discuss the event.- Advertisement – last_img

Brunswick County teen charged under million dollar bond for alleged rape

first_imgLent (SOURCE: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a teen they are charging with multiple counts including rape and indecent liberties.The BCSO posted to their social media pages searching for 18-year-old Hunter Joseph Lent last Monday. They gave an update this weekend saying Lent had been arrested.- Advertisement – Lent faces three charges of indecent liberties, two charges of forcible sex offense and second degree forcible rape.He is in custody under a $1 million dollar bond.last_img read more

Staying healthy and confident with fitness

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you are looking for ways to live healthier and grow your confidence, sometimes it helps to hear from someone who has gone through a similar experience.Wilmington resident Erin Anderson stopped by Good Morning Carolina to talk about how she made a lifestyle change to better her health and fitness after graduating college overweight. Anderson shared tips and tricks for others to use as they begin or continue their fitness journey. She shared how she slowly made her way into a gym and started to find herself. Anderson fell in love with health and became a personal trainer.- Advertisement – Anderson shared the benefits to having a personal trainer and how finding just one hour a day to commit to your health can lead to a better lifestyle.To learn more about being healthy and feeling confident, see Erin Anderson at the Orangetheory Fitness South Wilmington studio in the Pointe at Barclay. For those interested in training with her, see her class schedule here: https://southwilmington.orangetheoryfitness.com/last_img read more

Public comment period winding down for proposed consent order with Chemours

first_img(Photo: CBS News) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The period for public comment regarding the proposed consent order with Chemours is winding down.If the draft order is approved, Chemours would have to pay a $12 million civil penalty to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) making it the largest penalty the agency has ever received from a single facility.- Advertisement – The proposed consent order was released Wednesday, Nov. 21.The order would require Chemours to dramatically reduce GenX air emissions, provide permanent replacement drinking water supply tools to residents with directly contaminated water, and pay a civil penalty.However, the Bladen County courts must approve the order and some Wilmington residents are worried the order won’t help them.Related Article: State Science Advisory Board wants your input on GenX report“This is the second time we put a proposed order out,” said NCDEQ Secretary Michael Regan. “The first time we received comments and those comments from the general public are wrapped into this general consent order. So we anticipate more comments, will govern ourselves accordingly and hopefully the judge can sign off on this consent decree that we believe brings immediate relief to many people who have been impacted by this issue.”Public comment will continue until Friday, Dec. 21. Comments can be submitted electronically to comments.chemours@ncdenr.gov or mailed to:NCDEQ Assistant Secretary’s OfficeRE: Chemours Public Comments1601 Mail Service CenterRaleigh, NC 27699-1601.last_img read more

New bridges coming to Bladen Columbus counties

first_img Officials say all of the bridges being replaced are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, or both.The new bridges will be delivered using a method, known as Express Design-Build that expedites the design, environmental permitting, land acquisition, utility relocation and the construction. NCDOT says the innovative process saves taxpayer dollars and shortens driving delays for motorists.The bridges under the two contracts to be replaced are:James Porter Road over Kelly Creek in Bladen CountyOver Lyon Road over Kelly Canal in Bladen CountyOld Tram Road over Boogy Branch in Columbus CountyBloomingdale Road over Indian Swamp in Robeson CountyHoover Road over Gum Swamp in Harnett CountyHollow Bridge Road over Sandy Creek in Cumberland CountyHollow Bridge Road over Sandy Creek Overflow in Cumberland CountyRelated Article: NCDOT works with Surf City to clarify new roundaboutsThe work will start after Feb. 25 and last through summer 2021. A road construction sign (Photo: Courtesy of MGN/Tony Magpantay) FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — NCDOT says seven bridges, three in Bladen and Columbus counties, will be replaced over the next two years.The NC Department of Transportation this month signed off on two contracts totaling $4.7 million to a group of companies that will design and build the new bridges, and demolish the existing structures.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame announces 2019 inductees

first_imgGreater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame announced 2019 inductees on Jan. 29, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame will welcome the 2019 inductees into membership very soon and Tuesday we found who they are.The Hall of Fame was formed in 2005 to honor those who have brought recognition to the greater Wilmington area and themselves, by their excellence in the world of sports.- Advertisement – On May 5, Steven E. Dayvault, Linwood Hedgepeth, Ruby Zell Sutton and Kevin Whitted will join the list.They will feted at an annual banquet at the Wilmington Convention Center.“Athletics have played a big role here in Wilmington for a long, long time,” Hall of Fame Board Member Sheila Boles said. “I know athletics was a means to an education for me. Athletics is the one thing that brings people together a lot of times. It doesn’t matter how rich you are or poor you are, or ethnic group.”Related Article: Luncheon kicks off Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Induction weekendBoles is a former inductee and says the banquet is a time for these athletes to reflect on their careers.More details on each 2019 inductee:STEVEN (STEVE) E. DAYVAULTBorn in Concord, NC to Anna Culp Dayvault and A. C. Dayvault, Steve graduated from New Hanover High School in 1972 and attended UNCW 1973-1974.Steve became interested in racquetball at the early age of 11 as the YMCA opened on Market Street. His parents were always supportive of any athletics. In fact his Mom was also competitive and played on her high school basketball team. Steve says his early role models were Jack Morris, Director YMCA, Wilmington, Dub Freshwater, Ed Miller and Ray Carrino…all great players in their day.Steve started playing at the Wilmington YMCA, later UNCW, during college, then Wilmington Athletic Club, UNCW Rec Center and the NIR Family YMCA.Steve’s Racquetball career has garnered numerous awards over the years. These have included 3 times North Carolina Racquetball Open Singles Champion….1985 Charlotte, 1988 Durham and 1993 Charlotte.Dayvault is a 14 time North Carolina State Racquetball Open Doubles Champion. In addition to winning 15 Open Singles titles in NC, SC and VA.He was inducted into the North Carolina Racquetball Hall of Fame in 2005.In Houston, TX, Steve came in 2nd place in the National Doubles Open 35+ (Partner George Dodson, NC), 2nd place in the National Doubles Open 40+ (partner George Dodson, NC) and 3rd in the National Doubles Open Mixed (partner Malia Bailey, VA). Dayvault was the 2011 Champion in the National Doubles Open Mixed 45+ (partner Malia Bailey, VA) and 2011 Champion in National Doubles Open 55+ (partner Charlie Hauser, CA), both held in Phoenix, AZ.In addition to racquetball, Dayvault has also enjoyed competition water skiing and more recently Pickleball.Steve has been married to Paula Gill Dayvault since 1979…he says “I must thank my wife Paul for supporting my activities over the years and putting up with me being gone many days and weekends practicing and playing competitively.LINWOOD HEDGEPETHLegendary Coach Linwood Hedgepeth’s 439-217 career high school record was built as Head Coach Massey Hill High School 1967-1968 (28-12), Head Coach Hallsboro High School 1969-1979 (185-51), Head Coach Whiteville High School 1980-1989 (226-64). He also was the Head Coach Whiteville American Legion Post 137 from 1972 to 1990.Coach Hedgepeth holds 5 NCHSAA 2A State Championships…Hallsboro HS in 1974 and 1978 and Whiteville HS in 1983, 1985 and 1989.He was 2A State Runner Up in 1973 at Hallsboro High School and won seven Conference Championships at Hallsboro High School and nine Conference Championships at Whiteville High School.Coach Hedgepeth won State Legion Championships in 1985 and 1989 and finished State Legion Runners Up in 1977 and 1986.During 24 years as a prep head coach, he was reputed to have produced 30 to 40 college players…the most of any coach in the nation. Hedgepeth coached back to back First Round Draft picks, Tommy Greene in 1985 and Patrick Lennon in 1986. Other notable players that were coached by Hedgepeth are George Threadgill, Chris Threadgill, Greg Norris, Chuck Baldwin, Robbie Allen, Henry Threadgill, Otis Nixon, Donell Nixon, Ronnie Williamson and LeGrande Russell.Hedgepeth’s personal playing experience was at Evergreen High School and Pembroke State where he earned NAIA All-Region Honors.SPORT Magazine and ABC Sports deemed Whiteville as Baseball Town USA and Coach Hedgepeth was the main feature in 1986.RUBY ZELL SUTTONRuby Zell Sutton, a native of Kinston, North Carolina is the third of five children born to the late Stephen and Mozelle Sutton. Her early education was completed at Savannah Elementary and High School where she sang in the chorus and played basketball while maintaining membership in the Honor Society. In 1965 she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from North Carolina College (North Carolina Central University) in Durham, North Carolina. Drs. Lavonna Allison, the late Leroy Walker and Allen Weatherford were influential mentors in her undergraduate matriculation.After graduation Ruby relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina where she began her teaching career at Williston Senior High School as a physical education teacher. She remained there until the school was officially closed in June of 1968. Further teaching assignments included Noble Junior High School, 1968-1973 where she was the cheerleading coach. Ruby’s next teaching assignment was at D. C. Virgo Ninth Grade Center, 1974-1977. During Ruby’s tenure at D. C. Virgo she coached basketball and track and field. Her next school assignment was at E. A. Laney High School from 1977-2018. Laney became her home for the next 41 years. During this 41 year tenure, she coached basketball, cheerleading, softball, boys’ and girls’ tennis and volleyball. During her fifty-two years in education she made positive and significant impact on thousands of students as a coach and teacher. Many of her former students and athletes have distinguished themselves in a variety of professions and are known nationally and internationally.Ruby’s tennis career garnered an impressive 346-135 record, she won 5 Mid-East Conference Championship and was voted Coach of the Year 4 times. In volleyball here career record is 531-218. She was voted 3 times Coach of the Year, won 5 Mid-East Conference Championships, the 1996 Regional Volleyball Championship and the 1996 State Volleyball Runner-up.Throughout her career, Ruby received many awards and recognition including Outstanding Service and Dedication from the E. A. Laney Guidance Department. In 1996 Ruby was voted Walt Disney National Physical Education Teacher of the year. Other awards included NC Association of Athletics, Health, Physical Education Teacher of the Year, Sen-ABSE National and State Honoree as a Physical Education Teacher, the Saul Bachner Secondary Mentoring Award, NCSAA Homer Thompson Memorial Eight Who Make a Difference and NCHAA – 100 Coaches to Remember. In 2012 Ruby received a Basketball/Volleyball Court Dedication at E. A. Laney and was inducted into the E. A. Laney Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.KEVIN WHITTEDWhitted fell in love with basketball and spearheaded the start of his career while playing at Trask Jr. High School.  Leading the team to a city championship in the 1986-1987 season.In 1990 Kevin Whitted was a four time letterman standout at E.A. Laney High School in Wilmington, NC.  In addition to being All Regional and All State his sophomore-senior years, he was a McDonald’s All American starting forward in basketball. The E.A. Laney High School Buccaneers went to the state playoffs for 3 straight seasons while Whitted was on the team.  As the all- time leading scorer (1,554 pts) at E.A. Laney, Whitted’s jersey was retired in 2007.  He was inducted into the E.A. Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.Kevin Whitted enrolled in the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1991 as an Information Technology major.  He scored 972 points in his 3 year basketball career which includes letterman status at the university.Whitted has enjoyed a seven year professional basketball career in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks and the European League.  He was also selected to play on the USA Select European tour; earning the 1997 MVP award in the playoff tournament in Madrid, Spain.While coaching for 17 years Whitted has made impressive strides.  He began in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the Professional Basketball League (PBL).  During Whitted’s first two years as a head coach, he won two division championships in the ABA with the Atlanta Vision and the Wilmington Sea Dawgs.  His well-rounded background also includes the role of General Manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs.After two seasons at the helm with the Sea Dawgs, Whitted made his NBA D-League debut as an Assistant Coach with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers affiliate) and then went on to be the Assistant Coach of the Springfield Armor (Brooklyn Nets affiliate).  Whitted was named Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College.  He was also the Assistant Coach for the Memphis Grizzlies NBA Summer League.  Lastly, Whitted was the inaugural Head Coach of the NBA G-League Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks affiliate).Whitted has been nationally recognized as a basketball skill developer working alongside top skill developers and NBA players: Amare Stoudemire, Vince Carter, Deron Williams and LeBron James in the Nike Skills Academies.  He is the founder of Kevin Whitted Basketball Services (KWBS) located in Memphis, TN.  KWBS is a curriculum-based training program for youth grades 2nd-12th as well as college and professional players.Kevin also founded the Get Whitted Hoops Foundation which focuses on grooming players on and off the court on life skills.DAVID GLENN – EMCEEThis year’s emcee will be David Glenn, an award-winning Sports Broadcaster, Publisher, Editor and Writer. Some might call him the encyclopedia of ACC Sports but at ESPN radio they just call him Dave G. David serves as host of 99.9FM The Fan weekdays from Noon-3pm but also is Editor/Writer for the ACC Area Sports Journal and ACCsports.com.The David Glenn Show is one of the largest regionally syndicated sports programs in the nation, heard on 25 plus AM/FM signals in more than 200 cities across North Carolina plus parts of South Carolina and Virginia. In 2014, he helped launch and serves as game-day host for the Big Tailgate Tour, which brings a unique brand of fun, contests, excitement and prizes to universities and fans across North Carolina for games and special events. In his radio career, Glenn previously served as the successful evening drive-time host at Sports Radio 850 The Buzz in the Triangle area of North Carolina, achieving ratings that represented a larger audience than those of all other Triangle sports talk shows in the same time slot combined.Including his visits as a guest on other shows weekly…. throughout the ACC area and often nationally, Glenn makes more than 500 radio and television appearances per year. He has also served as a popular emcee and/or speaker at dozens of sports clubs, civic groups and other organizations.Growing up in Philly, David was exposed to sports at an early age. “Philly is a sports town to its core,” says David. On David Glenn’s show, listeners are encouraged to share their opinions and speak out for or against other caller comments. He has an extensive sports devotion including the obvious (college basketball, college football, NHL, NFL, MLB) and not so obvious (wrestling, only with mud). He is one of the authorities on all things ACC.last_img read more

Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence

first_imgCURRIE, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence practiced no discretion when ripping through southeastern North Carolina last September.The storm and its flooding did not show any special treatment towards Bethlehem Baptist Church.- Advertisement – “It was devastating. We had just got moved back in from Matthew. We hadn’t been in this church probably 6 months. There were pews sitting on top of pews,” Church Deacon Ted Brown said.The congregation was forced to relocate to Long Bluff’s hunting lodge in the interim of the storm and repairs while they wait out construction.Even though the entire building is gutted right now, it’s not hard at all to tell that this was once a beautiful space. Deacon Ted Brown says he’s confident that they will be able to restore the entire church to what it was before Florence.Related Article: First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts“We’ll get back,” Brown said. “We’ve got a good hard core membership in the church and they stay with us and they’ll be with us right on through it all.”He expects that construction will wrap up in no more than eight months, and that all though this has been a trying time for his congregation, it has brought them closer together.Brown says donations toward the reconstruction costs of any amount are welcome. If you’d like to contribute, please contact him at (910) 470-5706.last_img read more

Watch This result gives PN the opportunity to reform itself – Puli

first_img SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista Secretary General Clyde Puli claimed that the election result from Saturday’s election give Partit Nazzjonalista the opportunity to move forward, by implementing the reforms and changes which are needed.Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, Puli said that the party humbly accepts the result however, he explained the result requires the party to reflect on what it is saying and by whom it is being said.Commenting about the 55.1% projected win, Puli said that over the past year the surveys had predicted a worse loss for Partit Nazzjonalista, referring to the 88,000 gap between the two parties. According to Puli, over the past few weeks, the situation within the party was stabilised, saying that this gave a sense of hope. Puli explained that this promises well for the party and that the proposals being put forward by the party are good. Puli concluded by saying that the party’s proposals should be better delivered to the electorate.Watch: ‘Our samples show less difference between PL and PN’ – Arrigo Partit Nazzjonalista Deputy Leader Robert Arrigo said that no one has the third or fourth quota, in a comment to Newsbook.com.mt.Spotted in the count hall minutes after Partit Laburista delegates said that the first indications show a major win for the party, Arrigo reacted to the initial indications.According to Arrigo, that while Partit Laburista secured the majority of the votes, claiming a projection of a win with 45,000 votes, from Partit Nazzjonalista’s samples it shows that the gap is of some 40,000.Arrigo said that one needs to analyse the votes.Speaking about to whom will the fourth seat go to, Arrigo said that both the third and fourth seat do not seem to have the necessary amounts of vote to secure the quota, meaning that Partit Laburista does not have the quota for the fourth seat while Partit Nazzjonalista does not have the enough vote to secure the third seat quota. Arrigo said this will mean that the candidate will be elected without securing the quota while the seventh runner up will remain hanging by a considerable number of votes.Soon after the initial indications were announced, Partit Laburista President Daniel Micallef reacted by saying that the result fills the party with hope and thanked all those who have entrusted the party. 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

Instagram 30 covers new ground with Photo Maps

first_imgAdvertisement Instagram seems to have paid careful attention to ensuring that users who don’t want to mark their location can avoid it from the start.When using the mapping feature for the first time, people will be able to select which of the photos they previously tagged with geolocation to display on the map. After that initial mapping, users will be able to turn the option on or off each time they upload a photo.Users can remove a location marker from a photo at any time. – Advertisement – Other updates include bigger grid photos and larger text boxes for captions — to allow for longer captions — and a quick way to report individual comments as abuse or spam. Instagram also promises a faster and more responsive app.All of these improvements add to a better browsing experience, according to the company’s blog.“We’ve introduced a new and unique way to browse your photos and others’ photos on a map, which means you’re no longer constrained to browsing through page after page of photos,” the blog reads.The photo-sharing company is in the midst of a proposed $1 billion cash-and-stock acquisition by Facebook, although the price tag has fallen considerably with the decline of Facebook’s stock. The social-networking giant is pulling out all the stops to make sure Instagram’s network, including more than 80 million users, is tucked under its belt soon.Source: CNetlast_img read more

Grand Theft Auto V Set For Release In 2013

first_imgAdvertisement Since the release of both GTA IV and Read Dead Redemption sand box fans around the world have been busy exploring the vast cityscapes of Liberty city and the endless outback surrounding New Austin. It’s fair to say that Rockstar are infamously good at sand box games and once again they seem to be going above and beyond with the next instalment of the Grand Theft Auto Series, GTA V.  Since the official announcement of the game last year a lot of information has on what we can expect from GTA V. So if  you are waiting in anticipation to explore this generation’s answer to Los Santos, here is some information that may whet your appetite.Set in Rockstars answer to Los Angeles, GTA V will follow the story of three main characters. In effect the game will be taking the idea from the expansion packs that were added to GTA IV and building upon it. It gets better however as you will be able to swap between all three main protagonists on the fly outside of your missions. Not only that but if these main characters happen to be completing a mission together you will be able to swap between each one.Grand theft auto fans will  be pleased to know that each of the three characters has a fully fleshed out story line. Whilst playing through GTA V, each of the characters stories will combine meaning that main missions will sometimes feature more than one of the three characters. – Advertisement – Rockstar have also decided that leaving big missions for the end of the game was not something they wanted to do in this new GTA. The new storyline looks set to feature some missions more akin to GTA IV’s ever so popular “Three Leaf Clover” bank heist mission.These missions will feature both the break in and the heist itself. Rockstar also seem to have drawn some inspiration from other games in the market by now deciding to add a musical score to some of the missions. This is something they haven’t done before and should add even more tension to the action.Gameplay wise we are looking at vast improvements. It has been confirmed that the shooting mechanics have been rebuilt, so hopefully we won’t be accidentally shooting civilians in the face during a gunfight as we often did with the old auto lock system. The driving mechanics and melee combat have also been given a re-haul so it will be interesting to see what Rockstar has done with these gameplay elements. Speaking of driving GTA V will support more vehicles than ever before. Some of the more unusual confirmed vehicles include a variety of push bikes such as the BMX’s and Mountain Bikes but as expected you will also be able to get behind the wheel of a huge variety of cars, motocycles, helicopters, planes, all terrain vehicles and even jet skis.To get a better perspective of what am talking about, Please check out  The GTA V Official  TrailerIf you ask me, it sounds like GTA V is going to be the biggest and possibly the most in depth Grand Theft Auto game to date. Grand Theft Auto V is due for release around March 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.[Plus XP]last_img read more

What Your Facebook Profile Says About You

first_imgAdvertisement You have a facebook account and you have some friends,  some random people visit your profile to see what it looks like, and some will send you friend requests. While some are doing that, others come to your profile to find out who you really are. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present what your Facebook profile says about you.Upwards of 1,000 friends.You are just not into confrontation. You would rather scroll through endless updates and commentary from people you met one time at a party six years ago then suffer the momentary tedium of weeding people out, and the potential fallout of some rando being like “Hey, bro, I thought we were friends.” While it’s understandable that saying to someone, albeit indirectly, that they are no longer important to you or relevant to your life is difficult, it has become nothing short of a necessity in our modern world. If you have a number of friends that is at least 10 times as high as the actual amount of people you really know/care about in life, you need to grow some conviction and start at least getting rid of people whose names you don’t even recognize.Constantly-changing profile pictures.Look at me! Look at me! I have so many pictures of myself, each one better than the last! Here I am looking sassy at a party with a drink in my hand — like it! Here I am in a bathing suit, poolside — like this one, as well! Essentially, having a new profile picture every three days is the online equivalent of dying your hair several times a month. Like, we get it, you like attention. I imagine you standing in front of your closet before work, consistently calling in late because you can’t decide which color of shirt most represents your existential crisis this week.A ton of likes on every update. – Advertisement – You’re actually a legitimately popular person, and everyone else on your feed hates you. Unlike the rest of us paupers trying to scrape by with a family member or two acknowledging when something cool happens to us, your stuff is always headline news. You get thousands of “Happy Birthday” notes on your big day, and dozens of likes when you update your network upon getting a new job. People just gravitate towards you, and even something like “Ate peaches for the first time in years… kind of feel like I could have done without them. Overrated.” gets 30 people’s distinct approval. Everyone sees your posts — because they fall, by default, at the top of the homepage — and is like, “Ugh, really? Again?” Congratulations, you’re the Facebook equivalent of a high-school quarterback in a crumbling steel town which only has its football team to hope in anymore.Thousands of photos a year.You’re afraid that you’re going to die, and imagine, on some level, that filling the internet with your visual presence is going to stave off your mortality. No one is kept younger by having 300 photos of themselves at a house party, but you weren’t in the office when that memo went around.Arguments about politics on statuses.You are missing a distinct chip that is normally issued to all people upon entering adulthood which reminds us, at regular intervals, that arguing about politics and other real, complex issues via Facebook is only slightly more productive than throwing feces at one another. You are childish, and petulant, and are going to spend 60 back-and-forth comments trying to prove to some girl from your middle school pre-algebra class that gun control is essential if we’re going to get crime rates down. You want to prove yourself, and be heard, even thought fighting-via-comment is about the least impressive way of hashing something out. Even if you win the argument, you still lose for having engaged in a Facebook fight.More than 3 statuses per day.You don’t have a job, but you have a lot of feelings. If someone isn’t confirming your existence with a comment or a like every hour on the hour, you will shrivel up into a human-shaped raisin and cease to exist. You would go out and look for a job but, you know, can’t cut into that prime status-updating time. The people need to know that you are in your pajamas at 2 PM, and you’re going to give it to them.Constant digital canoodling with significant other.Everyone hates you and your stupid relationship. Everyone secretly makes fun of your constant back-and-forth of “love u baby” on your respective timelines. Everyone is going to quietly rejoice when the two of you finally break up — and you will. It may have been a different time, but even if Facebook had been around when Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were first falling in love, there’s no way a couple as solid as them were going to spend their afternoons calling each other embarrassing pet names in front of their 500 closest acquaintances. There is a thing called class, and you are in short supply of it.No cursing or debauched behavior.Someone added their coworker. Enjoy never being able to admit when you have a hangover if you want to call out sick again!Ironic relationship status/no defined status.You’re all about deflecting any potential questions about your actual relationship status by permanently leaving that space empty, or filling it with a hilarious little thing about you being “married” to one of your best friends. You’re not on the internet to actually reveal who you’re banging this week, and are certainly not trying to deal with the potential fallout if an actual relationship were to end and promptly pop up on the home page of every person you’ve ever met. You’d rather have everyone assume you can’t get a date than have to go through the humiliating process of putting up and taking down a very explicit status every time something changes. You might consider making it real when you actually do get married to someone, but you kind of hope that you’re not still on Facebook when you’re at that point in your lifeCredit: Thought Cataloguelast_img read more

Microsoft Is About To Invest In Android OS

first_imgAdvertisement News sources indicate that Microsoft is reportedly about to invest in Cyanogen, a startup that builds and maintains its own version of Android that is separate from Google’s.The news sources say Microsoft will be a minority investor in a $70 million round that values Cyanogen in the hundreds of millions.Cyanogen’s Android powers the OnePlus One, a smartphone that got lots of great reviews last year and was so popular that it experienced shortages. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Microsoft has its own mobile platform, Windows Phone, and is making a renewed push for smartphones with Windows 10, which will come out in the next year or so.Android is the world’s most popular smartphone operating system by a long way, with about 80% of the market. But there are different flavors of Android, and not all of them are under Google’s control.If a company wants to use the Android brand on a phone, it must use Google’s version, which has links to various Google services plus a bunch of other features, and Google updates it regularly.By investing in Cyanogen, Microsoft may be able to influence the direction of Cyanogen’s version of Android, making it easier for Microsoft developers to keep up.Via BIlast_img read more

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa to take place in Kampala

first_imgImage Credit: cipesa.org Advertisement The third edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa is scheduled to take place on 27th -29th September 2016 in Kampala Uganda.It will be hosted by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)As internet use has risen in Africa, so have the abuses and attacks on internet freedom, including a proliferation of laws, legal and extra-legal affronts, as well as limited judicial oversight over surveillance and interception of communications. Against this background, this forum is committed to advancing an understanding and upholding of internet freedoms and how they impact media freedom, free expression, and privacy for a range of civic actors such as journalists, human rights defenders, sexual minorities, women, political actors, and bloggers.The Forum will bring together African technical experts and HRDs to explore ways in which the two can work together in advancing internet freedom, including on testing tools and user interfaces, on digital security training, and secure design. It will empower developers from the region to appreciate internet freedom tools design, and turn them into advocates of secure tools to protect internet freedom. – Advertisement – The topics of this conference will revolve around the following areas;The growing presence of online violence against women (VAW)Combating hate speech and violations of freedom of expression including during periods of electioneeringEmpowering media as infomediaries and advocates of digital rights whilst also recognizing them as a vulnerable groupAdvocating for increased judicial oversight over surveillance and interception of communicationsBridging the gap between techies and HRDsThe need to address gaps (policy and legislative) in the right to privacyContinued capacity building and awareness raising among citizens, media, human rights defenders and activists on the appreciation of digital safety tools and practices.The target audience of this forum includes but not limited to; human rights defenders, journalists, government officials, bloggers, developers, and representatives from academia, the arts community, law enforcement agencies, and communication regulators who will benefit a lot from a series of discussions such as; expert panel discussions, keynote presentations, practical skills clinics/workshops, and question and answer (Q&A) sessions.This event follows the Forum on Internet Freedom East Africa 2015 that was also held in Kampala at Golf Course Hotel on 28th– 29th September 2015 which brought together 200 participants from 19 countries. This event discussed the state of internet freedom in Africa, including threats, emerging issues, and opportunities for action to promote access, privacy and security online.The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2016 is free of charge. Please follow link to register.For more details please send an email to Juliet Nanfuka (juliet@cipesa.org)last_img read more

2016 in Review Airtel Uganda and Smile Communications in Telecoms

first_imgAdvertisement Looks like this year saw telecom companies appointing new CEO’s and Managing Directors. Previously, we saw MTN Uganda and Vodafone Uganda appointing new CEO’s, and this time around we also see Airtel Uganda appoint their new Managing Director.In our 2016 Airtel Uganda and Smile Communication review, we don’t have much to list but something is better than nothing.Airtel Uganda1. Airtel Uganda unveil Anwar Soussa as the new MD – Advertisement – Bharti Airtel on May 6th, 2016 officially announced the appointment of Anwar Soussa as the new Managing Director of Airtel Uganda, with effect from 1 June 2016 replacing Tom Gutjahr – who has been the Managing Director for Airtel Uganda since August 2014.Commenting on the appointment, Tom Gutjahr during a press conference said; “I am confident that under Anwar’s leadership, Uganda will continue to consolidate its position while providing the best in class services to Airtel customers in Uganda. Anwar will focus on strengthening our external stakeholder relations, consolidating commercial capabilities and help build a superior network.”Anwar Soussa (Left) shakes hands with the out-going MD Tom Gutjahr.As the new Managing Director in Uganda, Anwar Soussa was expected to provide further impetus to Airtel’s mobile commerce services while ensuring availability of the fast growing data network and providing winning customer service support.2. Airtel Uganda confirmed partnerships for 2016 CMS Africa SummitOn March 23rd, 2016, PC Tech got confirmation that Airtel Uganda would be part of the 2016 CMS Africa Summit that was scheduled for 1st to 2nd April, 2016 at GEMS Cambridge International School in Kampala. This was Airtel Uganda’s first time to get on board for the Summit while other partners for the event like Google had been a partner for 3 years already.Airtel Uganda was it’s first time to get on board for the CMS Africa Summit.As part of the partnership, Airtel Uganda provided a Fiber Optic internet connection that was available to all delegates and also provide 4 premium devices to the winners of the Hackathon.Smile Communications1. Smile Communications Uganda revised its bundle validity, and introduced roll-overSmile communications Uganda on December 19th, 2016 announced it was introducing ‘Data Bundle roll over’ as an option on its anytime, and Night and Weekend data bundles. The announcement which was sent out through an email also notified the public that going forward, the data bundle validity period has been revised from 60 days to 30 days.Data bundle rollover don’t apply to Unlimited, Daily and Gift bundles. The bundles are available for use for up to 30 days after the initial 30 day validity. Hence a bundle can only be used for a maximum of 60 days from purchase date.2. Smile Communications has introduced a true Unlimited Data bundleThe PC Tech team received an email that confirmed that the telecom company had sent out to it’s customers which stated that users can experience “Unlimited internet freedom” with no data caps throughout the month.The Smile Premium Bundle came at a fixed price of UGX 330,000, with Speeds of up 6Mbps with no Fair Usage Policy cap!Currently, the telecom covered areas of Kampala, Entebbe, Wakiso, Mukono, Mbarara, Masaka, Masindi, Fort Portal, Kabale, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Mbale, Jinja and Tororo.3. Smile Communications makes foray into Voice territory with VoLTE serviceOn March 10th, 2016, the telecom company had been providing internet over their 4G network now made a foray into Voice territory. The launch came at a time when telecoms voice revenues are on a downward trend and with many operators focusing on data, fortunately for them, their Voice service comes with a data-twist.SmileVoice that was launched at the Smile Communications head office comes in two forms, using a VoLTE (Voice over LTE) capable device or using the SmileVoice smartphone app. Both require a fast internet connection but not necessarily Smile’s internet.Happy Holidays!!!last_img read more