Month: July 2019

Most mental health serviceusers are still deeply

first_imgMost mental health service-users are still deeply divided about identifying with the social model of disability, but still favour moving away from the medicalised attitude of professionals and towards a more “social” approach, according to a new report.The user-led research aimed to investigate how a more “social” approach to thinking about mental distress could be developed, in the face of the traditional medical model that dominates the views of both the public and professionals.Most of the service-users interviewed for the report said they believe that the medical model approach leads to an “over-emphasis on drug treatments”, and is “stigmatising and damaging”.Although the government has pledged to secure “parity of esteem” for mental health with physical healthcare, there is concern at a growing crisis in services, an increasing use of compulsory treatment, a large number of service-users in prison, a low number with jobs, and “continuing high levels of suicide and self-harm”, the report says.The report says that the big mental health charities like Mind, Rethink and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) need to look “much more critically” at their insistence on sticking to “medical understandings of mental distress which many service users ?nd damaging and unhelpful”.It also says that mental health system survivors interviewed for the research gave a “very mixed response” to the anti-stigma campaigns like Time to Change, which have secured “major public and political interest”.The report, From Mental Illness To A Social Model Of Madness And Distress, was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and was published this week by two service-user organisations, Shaping Our Lives (SOL) and the National Survivor User Network (NSUN).The report was written by four researchers with personal experience of the mental health system: Peter Beresford, Rebecca Perring, Mary Nettle and Jan Wallcraft.They conclude that “social approaches” are likely to have “massive traction with mental health service users/survivors, but not if they are narrowly based on the social model of disability”.Views on the social model – which argues that disability is caused by barriers in society – are still “polarised”, six years after the first stage of the research project concluded that “further discussions about more social approaches to mental health were needed”.Mental health system survivors are “particularly divided” about the social model idea that disabled people have an impairment that is separate to the disability they face. The report, launched at a joint NSUN and SoL event in Birmingham yesterday (8 June), says: “There is an irony in that disabled people developed the social model to escape from the prevailing medicalised individual model of disability, but for some survivors, the concept of impairment feels like a re-imposition of a medical model on them which treats their experience like a physical or chemical problem.”One survivor told researchers: “I wouldn’t accept that I have an impairment or a disability, because I feel that my problems are caused by childhood… and a dysfunctional family.“That doesn’t mean that I am now disabled, I think that’s a nonsense for me, it makes no sense.“But it does mean that I have mental health needs and that I can’t engage in the workplace in the way that other people can for various reasons.”But many survivors still believe it is “possible and helpful” to support the broader disabled people’s movement, while “retaining their own distinct identity as mental health service users”.One said: “I strongly agree, because so far all social justice work (which is a crucial part of the social model) has been undertaken by physical disability activists.“Mental health has been riding on its coat tails. I do identify as disabled.”One of the suggestions that came from participants in the research was that a bene?ts system based on a social approach would “reduce rather than reinforce stigma and the negative stereotyping of mental health service users and challenge rather than add to the hostility and discrimination they face”.They also highlighted the importance of moving towards a system which “values people experiencing distress and their potential contribution, for example, through voluntary work and community involvement”.One of the report’s recommendations is for “adequate and secure funding” for smaller, user-led organisations, which tend to encourage the involvement of service-users and “show a greater understanding” of social approaches to explaining mental distress.Beresford (pictured), SOL’s chair and emeritus professor of social policy at Brunel University, said he believed the research showed the need for survivors to be given opportunities to work together to reach an understanding about a new model.He said that psychiatric provision was still largely stuck in the past, with a “medicalised” approach.He said: “All the talk [from professionals] is, ‘We will get it cracked with bio-medical or related approaches’… and it ain’t working.“I still think the lesson of the last decade is we are on the wrong track and that is what people are saying here.“They do feel we need a much more social model and we need to move away from a narrow bio-medical one.”And he said that the big mental health charities like Mind, Rethink and MHF needed to think again about their own approaches.He said: “Mind has got close to government, for example in relation to policy formation.“All of those organisations are signed up effectively to a biomedical model of distress which people we have spoken to now on two occasions… say is inherently problematic.”last_img read more

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SAINTS Chairman Eamonn McManus wrote in the Manc

first_imgSAINTS Chairman, Eamonn McManus, wrote in the Manchester Evening News this week:Super League has entered an exciting new season in the best financial shape in its history. A well delivered and profitable World Cup has been followed with significant central sponsorships and a vastly improved long-term TV deal which pretty much ensures the solvency and competitiveness of all participating clubs for years to come – progress indeed.These major financial strides forward were complemented by a well-reasoned RFL policy review on long-term player investment. This recommended, firstly and critically, improved investment in club academies to be underpinned by a recommended salary cap exemption above a certain threshold for elite club-trained players. This necessarily encourages and incentivises club investment in our own British lads and, equally importantly, enables the future equivalents of Sam Tompkins, Sam Burgess and James Graham to be kept within Super League if clubs are able and prepared to spend this proposed exemption. A second stage of the proposal was adopt a more broadly based “marquee player” salary cap exemption – effectively aimed at recruiting the best talent from the already very well funded Australian NRL. In my opinion the first element of the policy review is a current and critical necessity; however, the second element is presently an unnecessary and impractical inflationary luxury which can only seriously be considered when we are able first to retain our own best British talent.I was therefore more than concerned when Super League clubs last week proposed to adopt only the marquee exemption but shelved the academy investment and home grown exemption proposals. It is the absolute reverse of what it should be. Sanity prevailed and the proposal was voted down. However, worryingly, the home-grown exemption was not even discussed; this must be re-tabled and adopted, and soonest.Super League now faces a very similar strategic challenge from the NRL and from rugby union as the Bundesliga faced from the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga some years ago. They decided to retrench and prioritise invest in their own front yard. Bayern is now the club of choice for the world’s best players and managers, and Germany is again a favourite for the soccer World Cup. I am an unashamed English patriot and a proud rugby league fan. Our own national rugby league team and club sides can only ever achieve this same objective if we follow that most sensible of models, and we are now strongly positioned so to do.That said, St.Helens have excitingly been able to recruit two stars of the NRL for this season. Luke Walsh was voted in the top six NRL players in last year’s prestigious Dally M Awards and has already proven a major new attraction for Super League. Big Mose Mosoe is potentially one of the most destructive impact props in world rugby league and is due to be unveiled in our home game this week – lots to get very excited about and even without salary cap dispensations I’m glad to report!last_img read more

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SAINTS U19s continued their unbeaten start to the

first_imgSAINTS U19s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought win 32-6 in testing conditions in Wakefield on Saturday, writes Graham Henthorne.The foundations for the win were laid in the first half where due to some fabulous last tackle kicking options the Saints kept the home side pinned in the own half for much of the first period and getting repeat set after repeat set.Unfortunately one stray pass and defensive tackle led to the Wildcats taking the lead against the run of play running the ball in from halfway.Unfazed the Saints continued their policy of playing the game in the Wildcats 40 metre area and turning the screw.The policy came good on 20 minutes as Lewis Charnock scored to bring the Saints level. A great drive from Liam Cooper saw him stopped short but from the play the ball Charnock took two over by the posts.Five minutes later and the Wildcats were broken again as André Savelio sent more bodies sprawling on his blockbusting 40 metre drive but the ball was dropped at the play the ball and the Saints had to settle for a share of the points at the break.The punishing runs of the Saints big men Joe Ryan, Luke Thompson, Ross McCauley and Savelio allied to the intelligent kicking of Dave Hewitt, Danny Richardson and Charnock had meant countless turnovers for the Saints and seven more sets in possession than their hosts.This was bound to have a sapping effect on the energy levels of the Wildcats in the second period and the coaching staff called for more of the same and patience to wait until the Wildcats collapsed.The Saints got the dream start as big Ross McCauley got a deserved try as he plunged over after good work from Joe Ryan in yet another repeat set.Then came the patience as the home side again demonstrated their dogged defensive attributes keeping the Saints at bay until the hour mark.Inevitably, it seemed today, it was Charnock who dealt the killer blow breaking through the line after his own kick got a repeat set.Charnock and McCauley then set up the position for Matty Fleming to run an angle and put Dan Abram over in the corner.The Saints were in full flow then graphically illustrated as Morgan Knowles on his debut sprinted 50 metres to trap the full back in goal and gain the Saints more possession. Three tackles later and the human wrecking ball that is André Savelio ploughed his way over.The final nail was hammered in by Aaron Smith who, after five drives from the pack had walked the Saints downfield, spotted the gap out wide on the last and darted over in the corner from 10 metres out.Whilst there is still much to work on for the bigger tasks ahead this was a good performance built on the back of a commanding kicking game and big hitting defence which gave the opposition nowhere to go.Luke Thompson led the way before his withdrawal at half time and was backed up by solid displays from Liam Cooper and stand in prop Matty Fozard.Match Summary:Wakefield U19s:Tries: Jacob Ware.Goals: Max Jowitt.Saints U19s:Tries: Lewis Charnock 2, Aaron Smith, Ross McAuley, Dan Abram, André Savelio.Goals: Lewis Charnock 4.Half Time: 6-6 Full Time: 32-6Teams:Wakefield U19s:1. Max Jowitt; 2. Brandon Conway, 3. Kieran Holt, 4. Jacob Ware, 5. Declan Brereton; 6. Tom McGrattan, 7. Scott Lee; 8. Jack Teamby, 9. Brad Moles, 10. Fraser Morris, 11. Jordan Crowther, 12. Jack Walton, 13. Korbin Kildare. Subs: 14. Ben Cornell, 15. Callum Sampson, 16. Cam Leeming, 17. Danny Douglas.Saints U19s:1. Dan Abram; 2. David Eccleston, 4. Matty Fleming, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Jordan Tisdale; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Joe Ryan, 9. Matty Fozard, 15. Luke Thompson, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Jack Ashworth, 13. Lewis Charnock. Subs: 14. Aaron Smith. 17. Ross McCauley, 18. Morgan Knowles, 20. André Savelio.last_img read more

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Saints face Wigan on Thursday 8pm at the Totally

first_imgSaints face Wigan on Thursday (8pm) at the Totally Wicked Stadium looking to secure only their second ‘back-to-back’ victory of the season.“I got here at a good time!” he said. “I was fortunate enough to get here in time for the Magic Weekend and I said after the game what a great concept I thought that was. It was a great weekend and then I roll into a local derby.“It is huge for both Saints and Wigan and I’m sure it will be a good game. They have got a good football team and Shaun (Wane) must be a good coach to have them firing the way they have. It’s well documented how many players they have out and that is probably why they are sitting where they are.“But this club wasn’t happy with where they were sitting and that’s why I am here. They expect to be near the top as they are a proud, successful club. We are working hard to climb up the ladder.“It has been easier to come into training after a win on Saturday. It is always more enjoyable after you have won. As the next couple of days roll around, we will get down to it because we know we are in for a tough game.“We came through ok. Jonny Lomax is one we would love to have back but I’m not sure if he will be able to make it on time. If he does it would be a great addition. If he runs out of time then I am happy with who we have got and how we ran at the weekend.“We did our review today and saw some areas we could improve in. The players bought into it and it gives me more reason to hope that the players can play better.”Justin says he hasn’t set any targets for the squad this season in terms of league position, focusing on improvement and performances in the first instance.“People say it is a cliché to take it week by week but being a new coach at the club it is the only choice,” he continued. “I have to try and change things a little bit and make sure we are in a better position as a team and a club.“If we play well; play like we did on Saturday then we will be in a good position. That is the challenge and we have to make sure we keep aiming up. Then we can string some wins together.”You can read more of Justin’s interview in this week’s programme, which is available on matchnight and priced at £3.Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 and online here.last_img read more

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Hundreds participate in second annual Womens March in Wilmington

first_img2018 Women’s March in Wilmington (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WOW, Women Organizing for Wilmington hosted the anniversary of the Women’s March in Wilmington this Saturday as other groups gathered nationwide. Hundreds of woman and men showed up for the march.More than a dozen guest speakers were lined up to talk to the crowd of participants.People held signs and filled the streets in downtown to make their voices heard.- Advertisement – One of the organizers said this year was a little different than the previous march.“This year is different in that it’s not so much fueled by anger, although there is some of that, but it’s fueled more by a desire for change and so I’m going to say this year is more about voting,” WOW founding member Lynn Shoemaker said.The march started at 1 p.m. and lasted until 4 p.m.last_img read more

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Crews respond to Wilmington supermarket fire

first_imgScene of Everybody’s Supermarket fire, May 2, 2018. (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington fire crews are on the scene of a fire near downtown Wilmington.New Hanover County Dispatch says they got the call at 7:16 p.m. about a fire at Everybody’s Supermarket in the 1000 block of Greenfield Street.- Advertisement – Flames could be seen coming from the roof, but Wilmington Police say there is no word yet on what started the fire.A Wilmington Police lieutenant says an officer just happened to see the fire, called it in, and got everyone out of the building.Just after 9 p.m., crews were still fighting the fire. The Wilmington Fire Department is investigating.last_img read more

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Sea turtle nest in Kure Beach disturbed again

first_imgSea turtle nest dug up a second time in Kure Beach. (Photo: Nancy Powell Busovne) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project had an attempted poaching at one of the sea turtle nests on Kure Beach Friday morning, and now the person is unfortunately at it again.The organization posted another photo Saturday morning showing the nest dug out a second time.- Advertisement – Nancy Busovne of the sea turtle project says the eggs are still safe.Fines for digging up nests can reach up to $100,000 or a year in jail.If you ever see a turtle nest messed with on any beaches, contact the closest turtle rescue.Related Article: Could dredging impact sea turtle nesting season on Pleasure Island?To report dead, sick, or injured sea turtles on land or water anywhere in the state, call the NC Sea Turtle Hotline or look for the contact for each island in our viewing area.last_img read more

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Sheriffs office wants justice in Pender childs death

first_imgPaitin Fields (Photo: WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than a year since a crime shocked a Pender County community and it still remains unsolved.On November 13, 2017, 5-year-old Paitin Fields was found unresponsive in her home. She died two days later.- Advertisement – An autopsy revealed the child had been sexually assaulted and strangled.Paitin lived with her grandmother in the Willard community at the time. Since her murder, there have been little answers.In June, the Pender County Sheriff’s Office announced they had a suspect in the case. Paitin’s 19-year-old uncle David Wesley Prevatte.Related Article: Police: Officer ran over pair lying in road to watch eclipsePrevatte was charged with intimidating a witness and communicating threats after allegedly threatening the life of the lead investigator in Paitin’s case.The sheriff’s office released an update Thursday, calling it a very active investigation.“From the beginning of this investigation we stated that we wanted to be able to determine the truth surrounding Paitin’s death, while protecting the integrity of our investigation in a manner that will allow the correct individual(s) to face charges and ultimately be convicted for the crimes they have committed,” the sheriff’s office stated in a news release. “This has not changed.”“We understand there are opinions circulating within and outside our community why no one has been charged in this case,” they added. “We continue to do everything possible to get justice for Paitin by keeping her case a priority so that her attacker may be brought to justice as soon as possible.”Deputies continue to work in conjunction with the Office of District Attorney Ben David.The following is a statement provided by his office concerning this investigation:“This case is very important to the District Attorney’s Office. Consistent with our police-prosecutor team approach, I have been apprised of the investigation since its early stages. The case remains under active investigation by the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, and they continue to follow all leads in the case. We have conducted a critical case review of this case with senior prosecutors in our office and other law enforcement agencies. We will continue to review all evidence as it comes to light. We encourage anyone with information regarding the death of Paitin Fields to contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.”If anyone with information to Paitin Fields case is asked to contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 259-1212.last_img read more

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Jones named CAA Player of the Year five seahawks named AllCAA

first_img Jones becomes the seventh Seahawk to earn the league’s player of the year award, which is named after longtime UNCW Director of Athletics and baseball coach Bill Brooks. Jones led the league in runs scored (62), triples (8), walks (48), on base average (.482) and was second in stolen bases (37) and fourth in slugging percentage (.540).Brown earned All-CAA honors for the first time while Weiss was a second-team selection in 2018 as a sophomore.Brown enters the CAA championships tournament leading the league with a career-high 52 runs batted in while hitting .279 with 14 doubles and a team-high seven home runs. The Charleston, S.C., native crafted a 20-game hitting streak this season, drove in runs in 10 consecutive games, a UNCW record, and recently saw his consecutive games reached safely halted at 34.Related Article: UNCW Department hosts annual symposium this year discussing the opioid epidemicRead more here. WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW Sports) — Sophomore shortstop Greg Jones has been named Colonial Athletic Association Bill Brooks Player of the Year by the league’s coach after producing one of the most dominant offensive seasons in the history of the UNCW program.Jones, along with juniors Kep Brown and Cole Weiss, was named first-team All-CAA. Junior Jackson Meadows and sophomore Noah Bridges were named to the second team at second base and outfield, respectively.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Local bands coming together to preview weekend of music in November

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Local bands will be bringing down the house at Waterline Brewing Co. this weekend for the Carolina Pines Fest Comeback Party.This Saturday’s event will preview an even bigger weekend of music happening in November. Carolina Pines Fest Comeback Party is at Waterline Brewing Co. on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.- Advertisement – Ethan Driskill and JD Williamson of the band ‘DRISKILL,’ sat down with WWAY’s Donna Gregory to give you a taste of their music and talent.Here’s more information on Saturday’s event.Carolina Pines Fest brings North Carolina and South Carolina bands together for one weekend in November.last_img read more

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Danube tragedy Photos South Korean rescuers begin test dives in Hungary to

first_img A rescue team continues its search after a tourist boat accident, killing several people in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Marko Djurica <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> SharePrint A rescue team continues its search after a tourist boat accident, killing several people in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Marko Djurica A rescue team continues its search after a tourist boat accident, killing several people in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Marko Djurica South Korean rescue divers performed test dives in the Danube river in Budapest on Monday as they prepared an attempt to reach the wreckage of a pleasure boat which had been carrying mostly South Korean tourists when it sank in an accident last week.The Viking Sigyn cruise liner struck a smaller boat, the Mermaid, in heavy rain on Wednesday. The smaller vessel, which was carrying a group of South Koreans on a pleasure cruise, capsized and sank in the worst accident on the Danube in more than half a century.Seven Koreans were rescued alive and seven bodies recovered on the night of the disaster. A further 21 people — 19 Koreans and two Hungarians — are missing and presumed dead.In the five days since the disaster, a flood has prevented divers from reaching the wreck or recovering the rest of the bodies. Hungarian attempts to send divers near the wreckage were not successful.A Korean barge and several rubber speedboats replaced a Hungarian barge early on Monday morning, preparing for the tests and an eventual dive, a Reuters cameraman on the scene said.“The (dive) will be put into operation from 8:00 (local time) today to test the possibility of underwater work as soon as the preparations are completed,” the rescue team said in a statement.“The point of entry is on the barge located at the scene of the accident. Today, diving is not about attempting to enter the ship, but for understanding the situation first.”WhatsApp 1 of 3last_img read more

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Gmail allows 10gb of Cloud Storage with Google Drive

first_imgAdvertisement Sharing information has become an ever increasing need for many online users in the recent past to the extent that for many, as much as upto 5Gb of information needs to be shared, the best solution however is cloud storage.This is where google comes into the picture.Gmail users can now send files of up to 10 GB using Google Drive, the Web giant’s cloud-storage service.That’s 400 times bigger than files that can be shared in a regular e-mail, according to a blog post by Google’s Gmail team. – Advertisement – And because the files are stored in the cloud, all recipients will always have the latest version of the file — in the case of a document that’s being amended over time.Launched in April, Google Drive offers users 5 GB of free storage, with each additional 25 GB going for $2.49.The move is part of an ongoing effort by Google to synchronize its various services, from Gmail to social network Google Plus to the Android mobile operating system. The ability to sync with Gmail offers Google a built-in edge over standalone cloud storage tools like Dropbox.“Should services like Dropbox be concerned? Sort of,” wrote Ricardo Bilton of VentureBeat. “As the move shows, Google’s core strength is in its ability to connect and integrate its various services — even the unpopular ones — into one cohesive product. This gives Drive a clear edge over competing standalone cloud services, so expect Google to leverage it as much as possible.”As I write this article, am thinking of migrating from Dropbox,a move which I think many more users will want to adopt in the near future.The file-sharing feature will be rolled out over the next few days, according to Google. Users must have opted in to Gmail’s “Compose” tool in order to use it.Information from CNN was used in this article.last_img read more

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Microsoft launches MSN Kenya portal

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft Kenya has launched its MSN Kenya portal, making the country the second destination after Nigeria to receive the portal’s localised news on entertainment, sports and lifestyle.The platform, the content of which will be provided in partnership with South Africa’s Kagiso Media, will be available on different platforms – namely Classic MSN, TMX, smartphones, tablets and feature phones.Speaking at the launch at Nairobi’s Serena Hotel, Microsoft’s executive producer for Middle East and Africa Asli Yerdekalmazer said they were working with local publishers and other stakeholders to ensure premium content on the platform. – Advertisement – MSN Kenya will provide a platform for local bloggers, writers and social influencers to share their thoughts and ideas, with 600,000 unique viewers so far since it started operating in Kenya.“We are all about getting closer to our users. Actually that is what the whole strategy is all about. We want to give a platform for local heroes and to be a voice of people in the streets,” said Yerdekalmazer.According to Kagiso Media general manager Marcus Stephens the firm is in talks with different Kenyan partners to ensure local content.He said the decision to launch in Kenya was informed by, among other factors, the internet penetration in the country, which stands at 40 per cent.“There are more cellphones in Africa than toothpaste business, which forms most of the internet growth,” said Stephens.“With more than 10 million internet users in Kenya, we think that MSN Kenya is going to be an excellent platform for brands that want to market their products and services to the country’s fast-growing middle-class,” said Stephens. “Kenya is a truly exciting opportunity for us to serve readers and advertisers with a local version of a world-class product.”Bing apps are also available and it will also be possible for users to access Skype, Outlook.com and other Microsoft services through MSN Kenya.Source: Humanipolast_img read more

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Uganda Telecom launches WhatsApp channel for customer care

first_imgAdvertisement UTL’s WhatsApp customer care number, +256 717 700 700 is available for simcard registration and inquiries about UTL products and services.Uganda Telecom has today launched a platform where subscribers can access customer care services via WhatsApp.This development comes just after MTN Uganda also launched a WhatsApp channel for for customer service, initially only handling Sim Registration issues. – Advertisement – UTL’s WhatsApp customer care number is 0717 700 700 and it is available for all inquiries about UTL’s broad range of products and services including internet connections, mobile data connections, fixed lines“We are a telecom company that strives to satisfy and bring the customer closer to us. We always put the customer first and will keep on making it easier for our customers to interact with us,” said UTL’s Brand and Communications manager, Regina Corry in a press statement.“Since we launched Customer Care via WhatsApp, the number of people who have added us is tremendous and the responses to inquiries are prompt and immediate,” she added.UTL spokesperson, Tonny Achidria, further explained that simcard registration is also on going via whatsapp. “A customer can register their simcard, by sending a filled in registration form downloaded from the UTL website, www.utl.co.ug, together with a passport size photo and a valid identity card to the UTL whatsapp customer care number.”Recent surveys have shown that customers want immediate responses and solutions to their issues and this innovation aims at resolving this.last_img read more

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Battlefield 5 World Premiere Date Confirmed

first_imgImage Credit: wccftech Advertisement EA will finally lift the lid on its new Battlefield game on May 6 at 4pm ET (1:30am IST on May 7).Image Credit: vg247The company will, according to a countdown timer on the official Battlefield website, give gamers “a first look at the future of Battlefield” via its Twitch channel.“Get insight into the minds of the developers as you hear from the creative director Lars Gustavsson and lead producer Aleksander Grondal on the past, present and the future of Battlefield,” states a press release sent by EA. – Advertisement – As per a leak by Swiss retailer World of Games back in February, Battlefield 5 (or whatever EA is calling it) might just be set during World War I and focussed on multiplayer.“Battlefield 5 for PS4/XB1/PC. Lists October 26 as a release date. It includes the description ‘Mehrspieler Taktik Shooter I’m 1. Weltkrieg’ which translates to ‘Multiplayer tactical shooter in WW1′”, reads a post by NeoGAF member Ondore .However, a quick check of the description at time had any indication of it being a World War I shooter missing. This could possibly an error on the part of the retailer.EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said during the 2014 UBS Global Technology Conference that he’d seen the next entry in the first-person shooter series in development and believed it will be a “fun, new Battlefield.”“That will be a return to a Battlefield military-style game; more to come on that,” he said.Barring Battlefield: Hardline which took place in a civilian backdrop, every other game in the series focused on military settings. With the gaming community growing tired of futuristic first-person shooters, and EA covering its quota of the subgenre with Titanfall 2, a World War I setting for the next Battlefield might not be such a bad idea after all.Though we do hope that despite it being multiplayer-focussed, developer Dice includes more single-player content in comparison to what we’ve seen with another EA shooter- Star Wars Battlefront.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more

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MTN Uganda celebrates its 18th birthday today with amazing achievements

first_imgMTN Uganda celebrates it’s 18th birthday today, since 21st October, 1998. Image Credit: MTN Uganda Advertisement MTN will be celebrating 18 years of it’s existence as a multi-telecom company in Uganda today since it was officially launched on 21st October, 1998.In its 18 years of existence, the company used it’s slogan “Everywhere you go” has done more than a lot to the now-and-then population of Uganda, from it’s mobile technologies 2G, 3G, and 4G-LTE to Fixed Lines to Fiber solutions to creating employment opportunities to the peopleAs it stands, MTN is the largest telecom company in Uganda, with 8.9 million subscribers as of December 2015.Tomorrow MTN turns 18 and we have a gift for you. Keep your MTN number active so that you don’t miss out! #MTNat18 pic.twitter.com/5XxX5ONJec— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) October 20, 2016 – Advertisement – We look back at some of the things MTN Uganda has accomplished in it’s 18 years of existenceMobile MoneyMTN Uganda introduced its mobile telephone-based banking product Mobile Money in 2009, and as of March 2015, the company had controlled 80% of the mobile money market in Uganda.Gaggawala “Win a Kiosk” promotionMTN Uganda launched its dubbed ‘MTN Gaggawala Win a Kiosk promotion’ in March and then re-launched the promotion on April 18th, 2016 with over forty Mobile Money Kiosks lined up for it’s lucky winners with a start-up capital worth over 480 million UGX, and more life changing prizes. The company’s move aimed at creating an enabling environment for ordinary people to start business and become SMEs, where over 100 winners were crowned winners in the promotion.MTN Gaggawala “Win a Kiosk” Promotion1 of 3 Second group of the MTN Gaggawala Winners for the “Win a Kiosk” promotion, takes a group photo with the General Manager Mobile Financial Services, Phrase Lubega. About one year ago, MTN Uganda launched the “Easy, Not Easy” mobile money campaign; also announcing that their platform was facilitating over 40 million transactions per month. MTN’S Steven Nsubuga (Right) and Bandoman conducting the Gaggawala promotions draws yesterday.MTN MoKashOn August 9th, 2016, MTN Uganda offically launched the highly anticipated Mobile Money savings and loans product, dubbed MoKash. In less than 48 hours, the service had already registered a stunning 83,000 customers.MoKash is a mobile money loans and saving product to bring the un-banked members of the public into the financial services loop. MTN Mobile Money customers can save from as little as 50 UGX on their mobile money savings accounts while earning interest of 2% to 5%, while users can borrow from 3,000 to 1 million UGX at a rate of 9% facility fee with a validity period of 30 days.Kampala MTN marathonsFor the past seven (7) years, MTN Uganda, has been organizing marathons, collecting money to help the community, with help from it’s partners; KCCA, Huawei, New Vision, Stanbic Bank, and Rwenzori Waters. MTN and it’s partners have been able to; develop a water project benefiting 25,000 people in Lamwo District, in northern Uganda (2010), provide clean and safe water to Bududa (2012), assist the people who were displaced by landslides in Bududa (2013), provide safe and clean water to the people of Karamoja (2014), sustainable sanitation and safe water for vulnerable urban children in public schools in Kampala (2015).MTN Kampala Marathons1 of 8 Participants at the MTN Marathon 2012 MTN CEO Brian Gouldie displays his marathon race number after registering for the marathon this morning. Standbic Bank CEO Patrick Mweheire handing over the bank’s sponsorship package for 2015 MTN Marathon to MTN Uganda CEO Brian Goudie at the MTN Arena this morning. MTN Women In Business Awards The fourth edition of Women in Business Awards was to recognize, award, and celebrate the efforts and spirit of excellence that is demonstrated by outstanding women that have harnessed technology/ICT and  talent to grow their businesses and consequently have stood out as drivers of positive change in our communities, under the theme “Women in Business: Using Technology to manage their businesses.” Amongest women included; Doreen Amia; Sashya Company, Immaculate Apolot; Invest Enterprises, Auma Florence; Mutual Points, Charity Asasira, Willy & Company Cash Point Limited, Christine Asenzea, Cristella Enterprises Ltd, to name few.MTN Women in Business 2016 Awards1 of 6 MTN Innovation AwardsThe MTN Innovation Awards by the company recognize the most outstanding locally developed mobile and desktop applications. The awards also recognized individuals and organisations that have been at the forefront of enabling the innovation ecosystem in the country. The awards recognized the best applications in eight categories; health, education, financial services, SME solutions, enterprise development with three special categories that awarded the outstanding woman in innovation, most innovative app and the achiever of the year.The winners were announced at the invite-only Awards gala on Friday 13th November at Kampala Serena Hotel.MTN Innovation Awards 20151 of 8 Outstanding Woman in Innovation: Lyndsay Handler (ReadyPay) Best Enterprise Effort to support Innovation: Outbox (Richard Zulu) Most Innovative Mobile App: Fezah (Ham Namakajjo) Innovation Achiever of the Year: FundiBots (Solomon King Benge) Best SME Application: School Management Dynamics – Intelligent Works Best Financial Services Application: Yo! Payments Gateway (Gerald Begumisa) Best Education Application: BrainShare (Charles Muhindo) Best Health Application: ClinicMaster (Wilson Kutegeka)MTN Uganda with it’s competitors Airtel, Africell, UTL, K2, Smart Telecom, Vodafone, you name it, has achieved a lot that we can’t name all of them here, but it’s still doing it’s best to stay on top as the leading telecom company in Uganda..@mtnug to turn 18 tomorrow. Thanks for your services #MTNat18 Happy Born-Day pic.twitter.com/6CTWJoAQ58— NATHANAEL™️ (@nathyjrernest) October 20, 2016Happy 18th birthday to you MTN Uganda.last_img read more

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Instagram to Make It Easier to Label Posts as Paid Promotions

first_imgJani, 10 from Finnish paid $10000 for finding a security flaw in image-sharing social network, Instagram. Image Credit: entrepreneur Advertisement Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram plans to roll out a feature that will make it easier to label posts as paid promotions, taking what it called a step toward transparency in an area that has drawn attention from US authorities.Product endorsements have become more common on Instagram, owned by Facebook, as celebrities and others with large followings on the social network have struck deals to talk up clothing, food and other items.Known inside the industry as “influencers,” people promoting products are required under truth-in-advertising rules to tell fans about their compensation, according to the US Federal Trade Commission(FTC). It is not clear how many do. – Advertisement – Instagram said in a statement that it would begin allowing people who are posting a picture to add a “paid partnership with” label that would appear above the picture. Users can already add such disclosures below a picture.Paid partnership with Tagging and Insights Tool will allow a creator to quickly tag the business they have a relationship with. (Instagram used here: @songofstyle @volvocarusa)“As more and more partnerships form on Instagram, it’s important to ensure the community is able to easily recognize when someone they follow is paid to post content,” the company said.The label would be voluntary, Instagram said. The company added, though, that it expects the label to be used because some users requested it.Instagram said it would develop a policy about paid endorsements based in part on the feedback it gets about the label. The policy would include some kind of enforcement but the details are still to be determined, the company said.[related-posts]The FTC, the chief enforcer of US truth-in-advertising rules, has sent letters to more than 35 stars and more than 40 companies telling them they must disclose compensation for promoting products on social media.As advertising has migrated from television and print publications to social media, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish from non-advertising content.The FTC settled with retailer Lord & Taylor in 2016 over social media posts by select “fashion influencers” who put up photos of a paisley dress. As part of the settlement, Lord & Taylor agreed to ensure that future paid posts would be identified.source: Reuterslast_img read more

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SafeBoda Now Allows its Passenger To Pair With Their Riders Update Available

first_imgA safeboda rider pictured helping out a young lady with wearing her helmet as she gets ready to take on with the ride. (Photo Courtesy: Quartz) Advertisement Riding hailing moto-taxi firm; SafeBoda has today rolled out a new feature to its apps dubbed; ‘pair’ allowing its passengers to pair with its riders instantly.The launch of the this feature comes after the company unveiled its new offices as well as the logo earlier this month, and at the press event promised the media that it was working in its power to to bring safety on the roads of Kampala especially to those that often used moto-taxis as their public means.The ‘Pair’ feature has been designed to be used in busy areas with a high volume of SafeBodas available, as told to this website. – Advertisement – Notably, to be able to attain this feature, you used to update or download the latest safeboda app. The option is seen next to where the request button was initially. However, the request hasn’t been removed, but pushed to the left to create the pair button.The feature will allow passengers to spot a SafeBoda rider (applies only where there’s a lot of them staged), choose one of them, enter their helmet number into the app and match with them instantly. Or you could you just stick to the normal way, and request and one will be chosen for you.The feature doesn’t change much, as the company claimed that passengers are still able to use the app, taking advantage of SafeBoda’s prices and the 20% discount applied to credit payments, as it was before.Co-CEO, Maxime Dieudonne in press statement said, safeBoda’s mission is to constantly innovate to make transportation in urban areas safer and more convenient.“We’re really excited about this new feature which will reduce waiting time to zero,” he said.SEE, PAIR and GO!Today we are launching an exciting new feature that allows you to pair instantly with a SafeBoda rider on the street! You can now spot a SafeBoda rider, enter their helmet number into the app, match with them instantly and GO! Try it out today!#YourCityRide pic.twitter.com/aYngyhfebt— SafeBoda (@SafeBoda) March 29, 2018How to use the Pair featureIt’s not that hard. If you have the latest app or download the latest app, then you will be in position to see this feature.Spot a SafeBoda rider close by if you’re in a place that has many of them.Tap PAIR in the app, and enter one of any of the rider’s helmet number.Match instantly with no waiting!last_img read more

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IT Firm Boosts KCCA Capacity to Transform Kampala into a Smart City

first_imgA view of Kampala town from kisenyi | File Photo/KCCA. Advertisement For several decades, Kampala’s biggest problem is the anonymity of its plots, homes, buildings and streets.The lack of an efficient and organised naming system, brought in a culture where directions are offered by using natural landmarks such asbuilding names, stones, hills, churches, mosques, or now, boda boda stages.This made Uganda’s capital one of the worst navigable cities in the world. Until two years ago when Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) embarked on numbering the city’s properties, naming streets and installing road signage. – Advertisement – Besides, with the explosive growth in the city’s population as well as the corresponding stress in the City’s infrastructure, the need to manage the city’s assets such as Roads, Drains, Flyovers, Vehicle Parking bays,Drains & Channels require to be managed in a coherent, synchronized andorganised manner.As should the rapid development of both public and private Property developments in the city.KCCA’s need to be on top of every single development and align it with the City’s management principles, is a core necessity.When this project, being undertaken by Technology Associates (TA) is complete in a few month, Kampala will take a giant step towards becoming a fully-fledged smart city, and will receive benefits of an organised ultra-modern metropolis.A street/physical addressing system is defined by the World Bank as an exercise that makes it possible to identify the location of a plot or dwelling on the ground or to assign an address using a system of maps and signs that give the numbers or names of streets and buildings.That was the promise made by President Museveni in September 2018 as he ordered that CCTV cameras are added on streets to help curb crime in a bid to make Kampala a safer city.President Museveni visits the Nateete Police Station in Kampala to inspect the Kampala CCTV Command Centre | File Photo/Kampala Dispatch Uganda.The cameras alone, however, don’t make a city safe but the underlying infrastructure which maps it.KCCA’s Directorate of Physical Planning has been spearheading the implementation of the City Address Model and Mass Property Valuation System(CAMPV) under the KIIDPII project, funded by the World Bank.Mr Peter Kaujju, the head Public and Corporate Affairs at KCCA, said under CAM/CAMPV, houses are being numbered, roads named and signage installed.Revenues from the city property including ground rents and taxes, parking and advertising hoardings he said will be visible, controlled and collections managed.He added that issuance of development permits will be controlled and will be automated and online.[related-posts]Role of Technology Associates (TA)Mr Girisch Nair, Chairman of Technology Associates Group who are implementing the technology platform, together with India based Innowave IT Infrastructure Ltd, says the platform includes a Geographical Information System (GIS) that will work as an integrated solution for CAM manage property taxes, street naming and identification in the city.The system involves picking coordinates and other property attributes and uploading them onto the digital system using Geographical Positioning System (GPS) which picks coordinates and feed them into their system.The integrated solution includes property, document management and smart permits (SP) modules and with this people will be able to apply for documents, advertising, construction permits and leases from the KCCA.“This project is completely an integrated solution. All property management issues will be managed under a single window system. It will be very easy for KCCA to monitor all property in the city and here they will be able to identify illegal structures, property tax defaulters among others,” Mr Jaymala Kanagala, Project Manager said.The system, he said, will also be time-saving since people will not have move to KCCA officers every now and then applying for documents.“They just have to access the single window system, a web portal, submit their application and wait for the quick response,” he notes.Mr Nair adds that the project will also promote transparency between citizens and KCCA, for example, if people want to know anything about their property, application status or anything, they don’t have to visit KCCAoffices, they could just check on the web portal to get all the informationthey want. Also, it will increase the authority’s revenue since they will be able to monitor property to ascertain their status.When the project is complete, Mr Nair says they will embark on training KCCA staff and citizens to ensure that they get proper knowledge on how to use the system.“We shall work with KCCA for migration of existing data to the new system as well as offer training to users.” Mr Nair emphasized.KCCA chose an experienced contractor TA, an ICT Group with a solid and well established presence in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi and UAE.TA is the region’s first ISO 9002 and ISO 27001 IT company, and it has been delivering quality IT solutions to East Africa’s leading corporate,multinationals and the government sectors through partnerships with the world’s leading IT vendors that include Oracle, Dell EMC, HP, NetApp, VMWare, Diebold Nixdorf, Veridos and many More.Mr Kaujju explained that Nakawa Division for example, has fully complied with House numbering, with a 100 per cent of its targeted 75,300 homes in the division numbered. After Nakawa in Central Division where 13,759 houses have been numbered out of the 16,000 projection. 71,874 houses out of 79,000 have been numbered in Makindye (90.98 per cent), in Kawempe 81.90 per cent have been numbered (52,417 out of 64,000).Only Lubaga Division has not met 50 per cent. Out of 80,000 projected houses for numbering, only 30,914, according to KCCA, have so far been numbered.Mr Kaujju says road naming too is on course, with good progress in Kawempe where 50.2 per cent of the 2,533 roads in the division have beennamed.He added that at least 2,599 street signage faces have been installed on 1,742 sites. He added that a total of 10,273 Faces were mapped and 5,267 Sites identified for signage. KCCA has also installed 39 tourism signages.Pictured an official installing a 17th signage on a building along Kampala Road | File Photo/WatchDog Uganda.This ongoing project also digitally captures the numbered and named buildings and streets. It will go a long way in reducing the disorder anddisorganization which has been costing the city and country in a number of waysA safe and smart city solution enables the inter-linking of public and private networks for more efficient and effective security management. In other words, with the inter-connection between devices and networks, government gets access to new tools so as to have a wider outlook of the security of an area at any given time.[related-posts]In the near future with a mere click of a mouse, KCCA or URA officers and those of other government agencies will be able to tell the location of the property and the owner because every street, road, and building will be identified with a unique identifying number anyone can refer to.Kampala city management will get better including reducing crime, delivering social services and collecting taxes.URA has been battering with the informal sector, and its anonymity but with this system, the taxman will know who operates from where and help improve tax collections.Ms Doris Akol, the URA commissioner general, has been quoted before saying that “if there is GPS, people will not only live in an organisedenvironment but the tax body will know its client base, trace their activities, and register them.”Another beneficiary is the Uganda Postal Services who should use the model to roll out its services across the country. Uganda has more than 30licensed postal and courier service providers, most struggling for lack of an organized city.Dr Amin Tamale Kiggundu, a senior lecturer at Makerere University and a member of the National Physical Planning Board wrote in one of his articles online that, “One possible benefit of a functional street addressing system in big cities like Kampala is that it makes a city more efficient and user-friendly.”He explained that with such identification, for a rapidly changing city such as Kampala, places a are easily locatable and facilitating the delivery of critical urban services such as garbage collection, fire trucks, ambulances, mail and courier services, community policing and utility services such as electricity and water, is made more efficient.Editor’s Note: This article was provided to PC Tech Magazine by a representative in Huawei Uganda.last_img read more

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