Ministers have been accused of absurdity and obfu

first_imgMinisters have been accused of “absurdity and obfuscation” after refusing to explain why they do not publish statistics showing the number of assessments carried out on disabled people applying for their new disability benefit.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publishes extensive data about the work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA).But there are no equivalent statistics on assessments for personal independence payment (PIP), the extra-costs disability benefit that is gradually replacing working-age disability living allowance (DLA).Penny Mordaunt, the minister for disabled people, made the admission in response to a written question from SNP MP Kirsten Oswald, who asked her how many such assessments the department had carried out in the last two years.Mordaunt told her that DWP “does not record the information you have requested on… medical assessments for personal independence payment”.But she failed to tell the MP that the outsourcing companies that carry out the assessments on DWP’s behalf, Capita and Atos, do collect this data and that they share it with DWP.A Capita spokesman told Disability News Service (DNS) yesterday (Wednesday) that he did not know why DWP would not publish the statistics.He said: “We do share that information with them and it is their decision about how they use it.“We have no control over that.”Atos refused to answer questions from DNS about the statistics.A spokeswoman for Mordaunt (pictured) had told DNS earlier: “The department does not publish data on the number of PIP assessments that have been completed. “Both Capita and Atos record information on the number of assessments completed.”She declined to say why DWP does not publish this data, and whether it thought it was an issue it should address.And she made it clear that DWP would answer no further questions on the subject other than through freedom of information requests.DWP publishes PIP statistics that show the overall number of claimants currently receiving PIP, and what percentage of them receive the various levels of award, how long it takes to deal with claims, and the number and proportion of claimants who appeal against their award.But there are no figures showing the results of people’s initial PIP assessments, or even how many assessments are taking place every month.There are also no DWP figures to show how many people have to rely on appeals to secure their PIP, or how many claimants attend face-to-face assessments – rather than DWP relying on “paper” assessments – or the proportion of face-to-face assessments taking place in people’s homes rather than in assessment centres.  In answer to another question from Oswald, Mordaunt told her that information on the number of home assessments completed – both for PIP and for ESA, by the contractor Maximus – was “not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost”.The lack of detailed PIP data published by DWP means it is impossible to compare the performance of Atos and Capita, which between them carry out all face-to-face assessments.Bob Ellard, a member of the steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, which spotted Mordaunt’s parliamentary answer, said: “More absurdity and obfuscation from the DWP.“Firstly Mordaunt claims that the DWP don’t record statistics on the number of PIP assessments.“Then [when asked why], they say they don’t publish it.“If pushed further they in all likeliness would claim that ‘we had it but the dog ate it’.“While the desperate attempts to hide information by the DWP are laughable, they are also very serious.“People’s lives are being wrecked by the catastrophically bad PIP process.“People who are subject to these degrading and inhuman PIP assessments are having their funding cut and Motability vehicles taken away on the basis of flawed and badly-performed PIP assessments.“The PIP process is causing genuine harm and mental distress to tens of thousands of people all over the country and all the DWP can do is play silly games at trying to dodge publishing the most basic information that might begin to shed a light on just how bad things are.”Welfare rights expert Nick Dilworth said he could see “absolutely no reason” why DWP could not publish the same kind of statistics on PIP – using data from Atos and Capita – that it does on the work capability assessment, the eligibility test for ESA.He said: “There’s a reason they won’t publish the data: it’s either connected with them being unable to retrieve it via their chaotic regime or they have something to hide.“My guess is it is a combination of both.”  He added: “It beggars belief that the DWP is continually promoting a digital era upon which the claimant is expected to fully engage, yet when it comes to transparency of data the department still seems stuck on outdated Excel spreadsheets which they battle to share.“It’s hardly confidence-building when we are asked to have faith in a roll-out of the all-digital universal credit.”The latest PIP statistics were published yesterday (14 December).The new figures show that by the end of October, 526,500 former DLA claimants had had their reassessments completed, with 23 per cent of them receiving a cut to their benefit, and another quarter (25 per cent) losing entitlement completely.Two-fifths (40 per cent) of those reassessed saw their awards increased in the move from DLA to PIP.The figures also reveal that the new mandatory reconsideration stage that all those disagreeing with their PIP decision need to go through before they can appeal to a tribunal resulted in less than one in five decisions being altered by DWP.Ken Butler, Disability Rights UK’s welfare rights adviser, said: “When compared to the success rate of PIP appeals [65 per cent of those who appealed to tribunals were successful, according to September 2016 figures], the figures for rejected PIP mandatory reconsiderations are a disgrace.“PIP has now been in operation for over three years – surely enough time for the DWP to have put in place an assessment process that gets most decisions right first time.“Instead, many disabled people are having their right to a disability benefit withheld due to poor face to face assessments and further evidence then supplied effectively ignored in favour of Atos and Capita medical reports.“We would hope that the second independent review of PIP will report early in the new year and recommend root and branch changes to the assessment process.“In the meantime, we would urge all disabled people who are rejected at the mandatory reconsideration stage to seek advice about making an appeal to an independent tribunal.”last_img read more

JAMES Roby has been named in the 2012 Stobart Supe

first_imgJAMES Roby has been named in the 2012 Stobart Super League Dream Team for the fourth time.The Team features six debutants in the prestigious team of the year, which was unveiled at Old Trafford.The players in the 2012 Dream team have scored more than 1,000 points so far this season, including more than 170 tries, and made in excess of 5,000 tackles.It is chosen by a panel of Rugby League journalists and broadcasters who regularly cover the Super League competition and is based on form throughout the regular season.To celebrate the 2012 Dream Team, sponsors Stobart in partnership with kit suppliers ISC, have developed a special commemorative kit which details the names of every player to have appeared in a Dream Team selection since 1996. Each player, who has appeared in the Dream Team, has been given an individual ID number and these numbers have been woven into the design of the shirt.Dream Team:1. Sam Tomkins; 2. Josh Charnley, 3. George Carmont, 4. Ryan Atkins, 5. Ryan Hall; 6.Brett Finch, 7. Scott Dureau; 8. Chris Hill, 9. James Roby, 10. Remi Casty, 11. Ben Westwood, 12. Gareth Hock, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.last_img read more

LIVERPOOL tradesmen packed the Erskine Industrial

first_imgLIVERPOOL tradesmen packed the Erskine Industrial Estate recently when Paul Sculthorpe MBE cut the ribbon on behalf of TROJAN WORKWEAR to open Arco’s brand new safety store.TROJAN has been the Official Workwear Partner of the Saints since the Magic Weekend, and will continue through the 2016 season.At the launch customers had the chance to meet and have photographs taken with Paul as well as take him on, in the conversion kick challenge.To meet high demand from local customers, the 5,600sq ft store showcases the widest selection of workwear from TROJAN as well as other safety gear, including hard hats, outdoor clothing and gloves.Opening day visitors took part in a conversion kicking competition and enjoyed free food and refreshments.Every customer visiting the store throughout the opening week got the chance to win Super League Grand Final tickets by entering the Lucky Dip Prize Draw, as well as signed St Helens merchandise. Exclusive discounts were also available for customers throughout the week across the range of hard working TROJAN kit.Lee Morton, Brand and Sponsorship Manager for TROJAN said: “The opening of this new outlet in Liverpool has extended Arco’s national network to 46 UK stores which has helped us in our goal of making TROJAN footwear and clothing more accessible to local business and tradesmen.“The partnership with St Helens gives us the perfect platform to showcase our hard-wearing, durable gear to the tradesmen and SME marketplace. Just like the players, we know what it takes to work hard and tackle the toughest jobs.“The attendance of Paul Sculthorpe and the Saints merchandise available to win helped draw a great crowd for the opening.”Dave Hutchinson, General Manager at St Helens RFC added: “We are delighted to see our official partners, TROJAN Workwear working alongside the Saints family. The similarities between our game and the brand go hand-in-hand with their tough, hard-working attributes.”For more information, and to see the full TROJAN® range, visit or find us on Facebook and Twitter.For more information and to claim exclusive discounts, customers should visit the Arco team at the new Liverpool Store Unit 2, Trafalgar Way, Erskine Industrial Estate, Liverpool, L6 1NA.last_img read more

Wilmington filmmakers make final round in contest

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A few weeks ago we did a story about two Wilmington women who entered a contest called ‘Hometown Heroes.’They entered the contest in hopes to get their movie “Drought” made here in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Out of 73 finalist, Megan Peterson and Hannah Black’s movie idea made it.They came in fourth and will be pitching their idea to the Duplass Brothers, who have a production company in LA.They find out November 4th, but either way they plan on making their movie and are so thankful for the support the community has given.Related Article: Watch the first trailer for locally shot ‘Swamp Thing’ serieslast_img read more

City seeks input for growth in Greater Downtown Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington got an inside look at what residents want changed in the Greater Downtown area.Dozens of people got the chance to voice their opinions about what they like in their neighborhoods and what they would like to see in the future. All in all, it was one of many steps the city is taking to see how they can revamp the area.- Advertisement – “It’s really nice that the city is taking an interest in wanting to hear what the residents of our particular area think is the right way to move forward with our neighborhoods.” Wilmington resident Drew Leadman said.From Greenfield, to South Front, Southside and the Industrial neighborhoods, residents broke down what is working in the area and what is not.Once the meeting started everyone was separated into groups. Shortly after they were asked to make a list of the area’s greatest strengths, problems, opportunities, and threats.Related Article: Apartments at Jervay under repairs, Glen Apartments deemed public nuisance“What we took away from tonights meeting is that Greenfield Lake is really an asset to the community and we all agree that it really is,” City of Wilmington Senior Planner, Christine Hughes said. “We have some work to do addressing some of our problem areas.”Strengths ranged from a great location to a beautiful area. As for opportunities, the majority want more jobs and small businesses. Threats and problems all seemed to include drugs, traffic, safety, and affordable housing.“It’s a very difficult task,” Leadman said. “I mean the drugs are always going to exist and homelessness is going to exist until we find a way to create enough services and housing for everyone. Traffic has continued to get worse every day since the 80s. There’s not a whole lot that can be done about all of it but hopefully we can make a small dent in the problem.”The city hosted the meeting in hopes of getting input that will be used to develop a plan for the future.This was just the first of many meetings the City of Wilmington is hosting. The city plans to host four more before the year is over. The next meeting is set for November 14th.last_img read more

Former DAK Americas site in Brunswick Co for sale

first_imgPictured is the DAK Americas Cape Fear site in 2017. (Photo: AeroPhoto/StarNews) BRUNSWICK COUNTY (STAR NEWS) — It’s been more than four years since DAK Americas closed its plant in Brunswick County, and today the property awaits redevelopment.The Star News reports all of the buildings and structures on the 640-acre site have been dismantled and this year the company will begin actively campaigning to sell the property, said DAK spokesman Ricky Lane.- Advertisement – After closing the plant in 2013, Lane said the company had to complete a plan to meet all of the state’s requirements for shutting the plant down before actively trying to sell it. Click here to read the full story.last_img read more

Humpday Health May is Stroke Awareness Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s Stroke Awareness Month in the United States. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the country, but in New Hanover County, it ranks third.Dr. James McKinney from New Hanover Regional Medical Center says we live in the stroke belt.- Advertisement – “If you have a stroke here or patients that have strokes in this area are more likely to be permanently disabled or die from their strokes,” Dr. McKinney said.So what are the symptoms if you or a loved one is having a stroke?“Usually it causes weakness or paralysis on half the body,” Dr. McKinney said. “So if the left brain is affected, the opposite side of the body is weak, so the right side of the body would be affected and vice versa.”Related Article: Preemie baby heads home for Christmas after 6 months in NICUDr. McKinney also says stroke patients can have difficulty speaking and lose their vision in some cases.He says the mnemonic FAST can help you catch the signs of a stroke.“Is there any facial droop or facial weakness? Have patients hold up their arms, does one of them drift? Is the speech slurred or they have trouble expressing themself or is it garbled? And T is time, it’s time to call 911 if you have any of those, because our treatments are very time dependent,” Dr. McKinney said.NHRMC recently expanded its endovascular stroke program, so patients are now covered 24/7 in southeastern North Carolina.last_img read more

Half of MEP candidates against derogation on spring hunting

first_img SharePrint Just over half of the MEP candidates responding to a Birdlife Malta survey, said they would not support Malta derogating from the EU’s Nature Directives to support spring hunting and trapping.In a set of surveys carried out by Birdlife Malta to gauge candidate’s positions on environmental priorities, 4 out of the 7 responses obtained by, clearly show disagreement over the question of derogation.Consider, Promote and EndorseThe surveys, which were supplied to the 41 candidates running in the European Parliamentary Elections, outline 5 local and global environmental and conservation priorities that Birdlife Malta wish the candidates should ‘consider, promote and endorse’.Those whose surveys has obtained pertain to Alternattiva Demokratika’s Chairman Carmel Cacopardo, the Nationalists Michael Briguglio and Peter Agius, Partit Demokratika’s leader Godfrey Farrugia and Martin Cauchi Inglott and the Independent candidates Arnold Cassola and Antoine Borg of Brain Not Ego.Fishing at national previously reported on how 5 of these candidates responded to questions regarding the EU’s policies on protecting Malta’s marine habitats and fishing and the increasing of EU budgets towards the protection of biodiversity and natural ecosystems.In the former case, 4 out of the 5 respondents from the original surveys obtained, felt that the issue should be dealt with on a national level.Should fishing and marine planning be resolved at the European level?With the addition of the two extra questionnaires, it appears that besides to over half disagreeing with derogation for Spring Hunting, there are also calls for sustainability.Candidates were asked…‘If there is one piece of legislation that all the EU agrees that it is healthy and relevant, these are the Nature Directives (Birds and Habitats). Are you comfortable with Malta derogating from these Directives solely for the enjoyment of a small part of the population such as for hunting in spring and trapping? Especially when hunting is done during the spring migration when birds are heading to their breeding grounds, and even more importantly when many of these, like the Turtle Dove, are in decline and declared as vulnerable by the EU and IUCN?’This is how they responded…Michael Briguglio – Partit NazzjonalistaBriguglio flat out states that he does ‘not agree with spring hunting,’ adding that, ‘Malta should adhere to EU policy and national legislation to protect nature.’Arnold Cassola – IndependentCassola is brief and blunt in his response, saying that he would ‘Definitely not!,’ support derogation. Cassola also adds that he has been ‘consistent’ on this during his three decades in politics.Antoine Borg – Brain Not EgoFellow Independent candidate Antoine Borg explains that he too is not supportive of ‘any derogation if it is just for entertainment. There are many other better arguments for derogations but this is not one of them.’ Borg instead stresses that people ‘as long as laws are respected,’ people, ‘can continue to enjoy their hobby.’Martin Cauchi Inglott – Partit Demokratiku Cauchi Inglott states that he too is, ‘not comfortable with Malta derogating from these Directives solely for the enjoyment of a small part of the population such as for hunting in spring and trapping.’ He adds that he ‘can just about tolerate sustainable hunting because it is abused locally.’CABSWhile the above candidates are against a derogation for Malta, the following candidates believe in sustainability.Peter Agius – Partit NazzjonalistaDr Peter Agius gives a definite yes to the question, adding that they ‘can find a way forward for sustainable hunting and trapping.’ Agius adds that this was the same ‘word they gave in 2004.’‘I will strive to respect it while promoting dialogue between different organizations and sustainability, mutual respect and legality as overriding criteria,’ Agius adds.Interestingly, the European Court of Justice had ruled in 2009 that Malta had breached the law between 2004 and 2007 on spring hunting during the Nationalist government because it had allowed hunters to shoot birds indiscriminately. Initially it had been thought that the court would ban hunting altogether.Godfrey Farrugia – Partit DemokratikuFarrugia states that ‘Spring hunting should not be permitted,’ but unlike his fellow PD colleague, he states that he would be, ‘in favour of sustainable hunting and bird trapping.’Carmel Cacopardo – Alternattiva Demokratika While the previous two candidates are interested in sustainability on hunting, Cacopardo says that derogations can only work if there are some scientific grounds to them. But, he stresses that this should, ‘not be a blanket exemption from provisions of directives.’FKNK questionsThis follow-up on the Birdlife questionnaire comes just after the FKNK published the responses from 17 responding MEP candidates.Of the 17 who replied, 8 had signed the attached manifesto supporting the FKNK’s manifesto of points on hunting in Malta. Most of the candidates who signed the document were from the Labour Party.Less than half of MEP respondents sign FKNK manifesto; most from PLPeter Agius was also a signatory to the manifesto, stating in his answer on protecting the tradition, that ‘a lot can be done from Brussels for the cause of the trappers especially, and also for the hunters.’WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Sampaoli resumes his coaching career in Brazil

first_imgBrazilian club Santos have reached an agreement with Jorge Sampaoli to become their new manager. The former Argentina and Chile coach is expected to sign the deal after meeting with Santos’ directors over the weekend.The 58-year-old has been unemployed since leaving Argentina’s national team after an underwhelming World Cup campaign in Russia, during which the Albiceleste were eliminated by France in the round of 16. Sampaoli was also linked to Major League Soccer side Atlanta United and the China national team.This is set to be Sampaoli’s first experience in Brazilian league football, having previously coached in Argentina, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Spain.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

HP Introduces 27inch AllinOne Workstation New World Record

first_imgAdvertisement The HP Z1 combines a sleek industrial design with accelerated performance featuring Intel® Xeon® processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, support for more than 1 billion colors and HP’s world-class reliability.Built for computer-aided design, digital media, entertainment, architects, education and independent professionals, the HP Z1 provides blazingly fast rendering and performance. It offers a full range of workstation-class graphics cards and processors, and is thoroughly tested and certified to work with today’s leading industry applications. – Advertisement – Whether it’s an engineer creating 3-D components, an architect designing buildings, a videographer editing event footage or photographer finishing photo shots, the HP Z1 gives creative professionals the power they need to bring ideas to life faster.“The revolutionary HP Z1 creates a new category of workstations elevating the standard for design, performance, upgradability and serviceability,” said Fulvio Dona, HP Workstation Category Manager. “With its game-changing design and an experience that optimizes visual and computing performance, the HP Z1 will help attract new customers and expand our market leadership.”Workstation performance without compromiseWorkstation performance. Features professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics, ECC memory, quad-core Intel Xeon processors,(2) independent software vendor solutions and whisper-quiet acoustics.Tool-less chassis. Users can easily add a hard drive, upgrade memory or access the graphics card by snapping open the chassis to swap out parts.Workstation-class storage. Users can choose from a variety of storage types, including 7.2K and 10K SATA, SSD, optional RAID configurations, a multiformat media card reader and optical drives.(5)Professional display: The 68.6 cm (27”) LED-backlit display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 supports more than 1 billion colors(3) and features a wide, 178-degree viewing angle and an in-plane switching (IPS) panel.High-fidelity audio: Front-facing dual-cone speakers and SRS Premium Sound offer high-fidelity audio.HD Webcam: Have face-to-face meetings and see every detail right down to the twinkle of an eye. Also captures HD-quality video.(5)HP Remote Graphics Software: Users can work remotely while still accessing the high-performance 2-D, 3-D, video and media-rich applications they count on.HP Performance Advisor: Reduces the time spent troubleshooting by providing a consolidated report of the workstation’s hardware and software configuration that can be used to tune the workstation for specifically professional application workloads with just one click.AvailabilityThe new HP Z1 Workstation is expected to be available in East Africa in April.last_img read more

Instagram Hits 100 Million Monthly Users

first_imgAdvertisement Instagram yesterday announced  that 100 million people use it every month to share the way they see the world. The startup hedged its bets by being acquired just as it expanded beyond iOS, but despite what it could have sold for now, there’s no disputing Instagram’s success.Co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom explained the journey to building an app that’s created “a world more connected and understood through photographs.” in a blog of the Instagram website.  – Advertisement – Here’s the full blog post from Kevin:“Instagram’s first office had few redeeming qualities—and insulation was not one of them. There were only two of us, so we rented desks in a co-working space on a pier over San Francisco Bay. At night, it was common to find us working in winter jackets huddled over our laptops where the air was so cold we could see our breath. It was October 2010 when we launched Instagram, and San Francisco had dealt us a particularly unforgiving and chilly fall.One night soon after launch, about a half-mile away, Giants Stadium was full of fans cheering on their team in a race for the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. You see, having so little insulation in the office had an unintended consequence of being able to hear the crowd roar every time someone hit a long ball out towards McCovey Cove. Back in the office, we’d lift our heads up from code with every eruption of the fans, wondering who was at bat, what had happened, and whether the ball had made it or not. We never knew, but that wasn’t the point.While we may only have had a few thousand people around the world using Instagram that night, we had a sense that maybe through Instagram we could tune in to what was happening just a few steps away. With a few quick commands at his terminal, my co-founder Mike’s screen filled with images of the game: the bullpen, dugout, concession stands, cheering fans and a panoramic view from somewhere up high. In a matter of hours, the people in that stadium had recorded moments in time through Instagram and allowed us to tune into an event while we sat a half a mile away, working—winter coats and all.For the first time, we understood why Instagram was going to be different. We understood the power of images to connect people to what was happening in the world around them. And, although Instagram had a fraction of the user base it does today, that night we saw a preview of what Instagram would enable at a much larger scale down the road.Now, nearly two and a half years later, over 100 million people use Instagram every month. It’s easy to see this as an accomplishment for a company, but I think the truth is that it’s an accomplishment for our community. Now, more than ever, people are capturing the world in real-time using Instagram—sharing images from the farthest corners of the globe. What we see as a result is a world more connected and understood through photographs.Of the 100 million people on Instagram, there are stories that awe us: stories like Kathryn Mahoney’s (@nineteenfiftyone). Kathryn is an aid worker for the United Nations in the most remote refugee camp in Southern Sudan. She shares vivid photos of the day-to-day life of the people who live in Yida as well as the struggles and triumphs of the UN’s work there. From thousands of miles away, Kathryn reminds us of the power of images to educate and inspire.There are love stories that move us, like the story of Cory (@withhearts) and Bethany (@bethanyolson) who began following each other a year and a half ago at the suggestion of a mutual photographer friend. After trading likes on photos, meeting for coffee, and finally joining up for a photowalk, a mutual interest in photography turned into dating. To this day, they still go on photography adventures and explore the world together with Instagram in tow.And there are inspiring stories of small businesses and artisans. Mission Bicycle (@missionbicycle), a small, independent manufacture in san Francisco, has amassed nearly 50,000 followers as they share the photos from their daily work of making beautiful bicycles by hand. Similarly, Sightglass Coffee (@sightglass) shares photos from their harvesting grounds in El Salvador and Ethiopia to remind us that even a local business has global connections.Images have the ability to connect people from all backgrounds, languages and cultures. They connect us to aid workers halfway across the world in Sudan, to entrepreneurs in San Francisco and even to events in our own backyards. Instagram, as a tool to inspire and connect, is only as powerful as the community it is made of. For this reason, we feel extremely lucky to have the chance to build this with all of you. So from our team to the hundred million people who call Instagram home, we say thank you. Thank you for sharing your world and inspiring us all to do the same.”Kevin SystromCo-founder, Instagram Credit: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

Microsoft BlackBerry Drive Big Increase in Magazine Spending

first_imgAdvertisement Overall ad spending on magazines may have been down 5% in the first quarter of this year, but one sector dramatically (and surprisingly) upped its investment in the medium: the technology industry.Technology companies increased their spending on magazines by 21.6% from Q1 2012, according to data released this week by the Publishers Information Bureau. The technology category includes hardware, software, devices (including mobile phones and other handsets) and telecom providers (i.e. AT&T), said a spokesperson for PIB.Why has the technology industry — which last year reduced the number of ad pages purchased three out of four quarters — suddenly reversed direction, spending $215.9 million on magazines in the first three months of the year? It hasn’t. According to Jon Swallen, chief research officer of Kantar Media (which supplied the original data to PIB), the increase in spending — at least in the hardware/software division — is something of an anomaly, one that can be linked to a single advertiser: Microsoft.“Microsoft launched significant campaigns in the first quarter for software products, particularly for Windows 8,” Swallen explained in a phone interview with Mashable. “The company also launched some campaigns for Office 365 … But the increase, it’s all Microsoft.” – Advertisement – Microsoft and its media-buying agency, Starcom, declined to comment on the spending figures.The software giant isn’t alone in its actions. David Cooperstein, a Forrester Research analyst, pointed to advertisers such as Adobe, Samsung and BlackBerry, which coordinated a big marketing push for the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 phone in Q1.“[Advertisers] have recognized that print still works,” Cooperstein said, adding that print is particularly effective for “creating an emotion” around a brand or complex piece of consumer technology. Cooperstein noted that these advertisers are going beyond Wired and other technology-focused magazines, buying pages in consumer-oriented titles they haven’t been in before.Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

iROKO could scrap its music offering – ex CEO

first_imgAdvertisement Image Credit: Venture BurnDrama, drama, drama. Apparently music is not working for Africa’s digital entertainment powerhouse iROKO Partners. iROKING, the company’s Spotify clone, may soon be no more.Considered one of Nigeria’s leading digital music platforms, it showcases some of the country’s most prolific and exciting artists. Since launch, the platform clailms to have recorded over 350-million YouTube hits for its artists and over 1.1-million users downloading tracks from its online and mobi platforms every month.According to a press release by the company, it is “streamlining” its music offering by distributing its operations to its global office rather than a core team in Lagos, Nigeria. – Advertisement – “We remain committed to our artists and our users and continue on our mission to support and develop digital distribution for Nigerian artists,” says the statement.This isn’t quite the case says the newly ousted iROKING CEO, Michael Ugwu, who has run the music platform since its launch.Ugwu was apparently let go for “gross misconduct” and breaching his noncompete.“He [Ugwu] was dismissed earlier this month with immediate effect for gross misconduct. It came to light that, whilst under contract and salary of iROKING, Michael Ugwu set up and launched his own digital music platform, in direct competition with iROKING,” says IROKO Partners.Ugwu says he was let go because the company is looking to get out of the music game, citing a Whatsapp message from Bastian Gotter, one of the iROKO Partners founders.“In the land of iROKO I guess restructuring means getting out of a sector. Nigerian artists please beware of iROKO Partners apparent commitment to developing the digital distribution space,” says Ugwu.He also says that “a decision to wind down iROKING was taken before the iROKO management ‘apparently’ fired me. I was verbally asked to become COO of Spark Ltd which I summarily refused stating my intention to stay in the music space,” says Ugwu.The former CEO also denies having violated any noncompete and demands that iROKO show him proof.He also states that things are not all well in the IROKO family with mass exodus of staff having exited the company because they “felt it was safer to seek employment elsewhere”.Last year iROKO Partners Lagos had circa 80 staff, now there are circa 15 remaining. At a time many of us were loyal to the iROKO cause, however serious structural issues have arisen so much so that many have felt it safer to find employment elsewhere. I wish the remaining staff members and management the best of luck in their future endeavours.Credit: Venture Burnlast_img read more

HP Launch Their ultrathin Chromebook 13 G1

first_imgAdvertisement HP, a multinational information tech company in collaboration with world’s search engine; Google, yesterday launched their latest “Chromebook 13 G1” laptop priced at $599, $819 and $1,029 at different variants which are to go on sale starting this month.The company has released several chromebooks from Chromebook 14 G4 to Chromebook 11 G4 to Chromebox, up-to-date and the company seems to have no intentions to stop yet.The Chrome OS-running Chromebook 13 G1 features a 13.3-inch full-HD resolution anti-glare display. It also comes in a QHD+ resolution display option as well. – Advertisement – It also has a sixth generation Intel Core M processors (Core M3, Core M5 and Core M7) or the Intel Pentium, clubbed with up to 16GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 515 GPU and also comes with a 32GB inbuilt storage along with a HP TrueVision HD webcam for video calls.On the connectivity front, the latest Chromebook bears 2 USB Type-C  ports, USB Type-A port, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.The keyboard is in full-sized backlit design with touchpad and multi-gesture support.The HP Chromebook 13 G1 is backed by a 45Wh Li-ion battery. It also comes with dual audio speakers – powered by Band & Olufsen Play tech.Here is the complete specs, straight from HP’s website:Google Chrome OS.Designed for businesses that are accelerating the movement to cloud-based applications.12.9 mm (50 inches) thin.Weight starting at 3.0 lbs (1.38 kg).Not your kids Chromebook- a stylish, fanless Chromebook™ with a durable anodized aluminum chassis.6th Generation Intel Pentium or Intel CoreTM M processors.13.3″ diagonal QHD+ Bright View (3200 x 1800) IPS display or 13.3” diagonal Full.HD Anti-glare (1920 x 1080) IPS display.Audio by B&O PLAY for crystal clear Hangouts; HD webcam.Keep dozens of browser tabs open with 4 GB memory standard and up to 16 GB.Backlit keyboard for late night emails on the red-eye flight home.Up to x hours and x minutes of battery life.Two USB Type-C.TM 3.1 Gen 1 charging ports enables fast charging between meetings.Supports docking with the HP Elite USB-C.last_img read more

Miss Leah Kagasa Receives a Huawei P9 Flagship at the Miss Uganda

first_imgMiss Uganda 2016 – 2017 Leah Kagasa. Advertisement Miss Uganda 2016-2017 Ms. Leah Kagasa won herself a brand new Huawei P9 smartphone, beating 20 other contestants to the title. 1st Runners Up was Simple Kyohairwe, while 2nd runner up was Rita Mutoni.All the 4 regional winners also won themselves brand new smartphones from Huawei to include Miss North – Joan Odung, Miss West – Teddy Mukunzi, Miss East – Sharita Maruti and Miss Central – Shamilla Nakyanzi.While speaking on the side-lines at the Miss Uganda grand finale, Marketing Manager at Huawei Uganda Jean Baguma said, ‘Huawei has contributed a sponsorship package of 20 Million UGX worth P9 smartphones and cash towards the organization of the Miss Uganda 2016. We are proud to have been part of making history again in Uganda as a new Miss Uganda was crowned.’ – Advertisement – Baguma explained that by using the P9, the beauty queens will be able to boost the 2016 Miss Uganda theme by capturing their journey in great quality pictures using high image focusing speeds, delivering photos and videos with superior richness, clarity and authenticity.This is because the P9 is all about re-inventing smartphone photography.Miss Uganda 2016 – 2017 Leah Kagasa shows off her brand new Huawei P9 that she was given by Huawei Uganda alongside the crown. The Huawei P9 is all about reinventing smartphone photography boasting of having a dual camera sensor that can take pictures both in black and white and colour.According to Baguma, the Huawei P9 is purely targeted to the fashionable and trendy customers. The flagship excels in both picture quality and image focusing speed, delivering photos with superior richness, clarity and authenticity.[related-posts]The Huawei P9 was for the fourth year running recently named the ‘European Consumer Smartphone 2016/17’ by the European Image and Sound Association (EISA), which testifies Huawei’s commitment to creating new mobile innovations that offer new experiences to its users.Sam Ayo; Device Manager at Huawei Uganda; noted that winning the EISA Award by the P9 is the result of exhaustive developments and attention to detail from the world’s top industrial designers and their tireless efforts.last_img read more

Mastercard partners with Mobile Money Africa to host the CashlessAfrica Conference in

first_imgAdvertisement Leading digital payment solutions provider, Mastercard, has been unveiled as the headline sponsor of the 6th Edition of the CashlessAfrica Conference and Expo. The event is organised by Mobile Money Africa and is scheduled for 22 to 23 March, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki in Lagos, Nigeria.The CashlessAfrica Conference and Expo is a platform for technology companies, FinTech’s and other financial institutions to come together and share best practices in order to build a strong economy in Nigeria. The event looks at the importance of rethinking current models and gaining valuable market insight to introduce relevant digital payment solutions to the benefit of all people.With over 85 percent of retail transactions still made in cash and cheques, the potential for digital payments to make a tangible difference is immense. This year Omokehinde Adebanjo, Vice President and Area Business Head of West Africa at Mastercard, will participate as a keynote speaker to discuss matters impacting Nigeria and the broader continent and how partnerships will be critical to shifting economies beyond cash. – Advertisement – “Partnerships across multiple sectors and stakeholders is a fundamental component to ensuring cash is driven out of the system and that smart innovative, and financially inclusive, solutions are introduced,” said Adebanjo.Principal Associate of Mobile Money Africa, Emmanuel Okoegwale said, “Our partnership with Mastercard is a demonstration of the technology company’s commitment to seeking better ways of promoting a cashless culture across here in Nigeria and globally.”Okoegwale further stated that conference discussions will focus on carefully selected topics such as:The digital bank and its evolution in a competitive marketThe future of banking, money and payments in AfricaDisruptive technologies and their impact on financial services in AfricaBalancing regulation against innovationRemittances in the digital ageFintechs and Banks: Collaboration or Competition?Protecting the customer in a digitized economy[related-posts]While the conference serves as a platform to provide a deeper understanding if the evolving financial services ecosystem, Mastercard views it as an opportunity to build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with various stakeholders dedicated to developing a World Beyond Cash.Distributed by APO on behalf of CashlessAfrica.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]urely today will be the day for Team O’Brien to strike at Royal Ascot ? Just two seconds so far on the week from the Irish maestros.Leading Light Looks to have an outstanding chance in the Gold Cup and should relish this ultra-trip.He won over two miles in the Queen’s Vase here last year and of course went on to win the St Leger in impressive style before getting bogged down in the mud at Longchamp in the Arc.He won his prep race well at Navan and is a worthy favourite.The Great War looks another banker for O’Brien in the opening Jersey Stakes despite the stable not having the best record in this race over the years.He has hacked up in two starts at short odds and should be able to handle the step-up in class with aplomb.The football focus is on Uruguay v England and it’s a case of will he / won’t he….Will Hodgson be brave enough to drop Rooney? Will Suarez be fit enough for the 90 minutes after his knee injury?Like horses, it can be costly to make excuses for losing performances but England genuinely looked a lot better outfit against Italy, despite the 2-1 defeat.Although Rooney had a howler and surely can be no better than 50/50 to make the cut tonight?In contrast, Uruguay really under-performed against Costa Rica and will need to play better football tonight.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Mar 2006 International England 2-1 UruguayMar 1995 International England 0-0 UruguayMay 1990 International England 1-2 UruguayJun 1984 International Uruguay 2-0 EnglandJun 1977 International Uruguay 0-0 EnglandJun 1969 International Uruguay 1-2 EnglandJul 1966 World Cup England 0-0 UruguayMay 1964 International England 2-1 UruguayJun 1954 World Cup Uruguay 4-2 EnglandMay 1953 International Uruguay 2-1 EnglandIt could easily be a very tight game. Under 2.5 goals is tempting but I’m backing the DRAW with Star Sports.Disappointing day yesterday. The profits over the World Cup took a hammering thanks to Treve and Spain RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)12 points LEADING LIGHT (3.45 Royal Ascot) at around 10/11 with Star Sports3 points DRAW Uruguay v England at around 11/4 with Star SportsWORLD CUP RETURNS SO FAR: PROFIT 7.55 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Crystal Palace v Man U

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ll the evidence points towards a low scoring encounter at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace take on Man U but I’ve a suspicion it could go the other way as we reach the tail end of the season.Man U have done well this season and Louis Van Gaal would almost certainly have ‘taken’ their current league position if offered it at the start of the season. It’s especially remarkable given they have not performed particularly well away from home scoring just 19 goals in 17 games.Crystal Palace have also done well but have come off the boil in their last couple of games and are now on the back of three successive defeats including two at home against West Brom and Hull.A win for Man U today will secure qualification for Champions League football next season at the expense of Liverpool so there’s still plenty at stake and it’s not unusual in end of season games to see the floodgates open.Plenty of speculation about the virus that has hit the Man U squad but manager Louis van Gaal has so far not specified which players have been affected.We know Michael Carrick remains out for the season because of a calf injury, but defenders Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Jonny Evans are all thought to be fit again.Whatever your bet here – there’s one stat that you must keep in mind above all other…. Man U have never lost to Crystal Palace in the Premier League (W9, D2).Crystal Palace v Man UPremier League5.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2014 Premier Man Utd 1-0 C PalaceFeb 2014 Premier C Palace 0-2 Man UtdSep 2013 Premier Man Utd 2-0 C PalaceNov 2011 Carling Cup Man Utd 1-2 C PalaceMar 2005 Premiership C Palace 0-0 Man UtdDec 2004 Premiership Man Utd 5-2 C PalaceNov 2004 Carling Cup Man Utd 2-0 C PalaceApr 1998 Premiership C Palace 0-3 Man UtdOct 1997 Premiership Man Utd 2-0 C PalaceApr 1995 FA Cup C Palace 0-2 Man UtdI’m going for goals – over 2.5 of them at around 11/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 16 points at around 11/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 58.59 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_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.Sunday 15 May RACING MOVERS2.40 Market RasenTiger Twenty Two 11/1 > 7/13.00 RiponZig Zag Girl 9/4 > 6/43.30 Market RasenByron Flyer 9/4 > 11/8LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League15:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD4/11 Man Utd7/1 AFC Bournemouth4/1 DRAWPremier League15:00 Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports 2 HD5/1 Swansea City4/9 Man City18/5 DRAWPremier League15:00 Sky Sports 3 / Sky Sports 3 HD2/1 Stoke City6/5 West Ham11/4 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

Tapia named one of techs 50 Most Important Hispanics

first_imgJade Boyd Rice University713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.edu Eric AddisonHispanic Engineer410-244-7101, ext. 133eaddison@ccgmag.com Tapia named one of tech’s ’50 Most Important Hispanics’ The editors of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine have selected Rice University’s Richard Tapia for the prestigious 50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business list for 2005. Honorees are chosen for the annual list because of their outstanding work in the field of technology and for their institutional leadership. Tapia is the Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, associate director of graduate studies and director of Rice’s Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. He has received dozens of awards, both for his many contributions to the field of applied mathematics and for his extensive efforts to mentor and encourage minority and female students to pursue careers in mathematics, science, and engineering. The Top 50 list includes many of the nation’s highest-achieving Hispanic executives, managers and researchers in industry, government and academia. Honorees have demonstrated leadership on a broad front, not only in the workplace but in their communities as well. Throughout 2005, honorees will be presented to young people as role models, and their accomplishments will be upheld as examples of the important daily contributions made by thousands of Hispanics in technology-related jobs. Tapia’s mentoring has twice earned White House recognition, first with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring and with a 1996 appointment to the National Science Board. Tapia’s recent honors include distinguished service awards from both the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Mathematics Society (AMS). In 2001, the Association for Computing Machinery and Computing Research Association in cooperation with IEEE-Computer Science co-sponsored ”Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium” which honors the contributions of Professor Tapia to the growth of diversity in computing and related disciplines. In 2000, the ”Blackwell-Tapia Conference” was established by Cornell University and honors David Blackwell and Richard Tapia who inspired a generation of African-American, Native-American and Latino/Latina students to go into Mathematics.   It is scheduled for even years with The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium scheduled for odd years. Tapia received the Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998. The 50 Most Important Exemplars will gather Sept. 16 in Baltimore for a colloquium and awards dinner where they will discuss ways to increase minority entrepreneurship, executive development and educational readiness for the digital economy. The event will be the high point of the Minorities in Research Sciences Conference, the premier career development and employee recognition event for minorities in the areas of research science and technology. Honorees also will be featured in the April/May issue of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine, which is distributed to engineering colleges and universities with high Hispanic enrollments; Hispanic – engineering, IT, and science professionals; and high-level government and industry policy makers and executives across the country. Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine is published by Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), a minority-owned talent management and career development company whose mission is to promote career and educational opportunities for minority professionals and students in engineering, technology, and science. CCG also publishes three other magazines — US Black Engineer & Information Technology, Science Spectrum and Women of Color Conference Magazine — and hosts three national conferences: the Black Engineer of the Year Awards, the National Women of Color Technology Awards, and the Emerald Honors for Research Science. CCG is also the founder of two national public awareness campaigns to increase minorities’ interest in technology: La Familia Technology Week and National Black Family Technology Awareness Week. ### Sharecenter_img AddThislast_img read more