A note from the editor Please consider making a v

31 Jul 2019

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A Deaf campaigner has launched a legal action aimed at stopping the government discriminating against users of British Sign Language by preventing them from serving on juries.David Buxton, chief executive of the London-based disabled people’s organisation Action on Disability, is seeking a judicial review of the government’s failure to allow him to sit on a jury.He was called up for jury service at Kingston Crown Court earlier this year, but when he told the Jury Central Summoning Bureau he was Deaf, he was informed that he was not required.A crown court judge later deferred a decision on whether he would be allowed to serve as a juror.In his claim for judicial review – which is being funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission – Buxton is arguing that justice secretary David Gauke is discriminating against him and breaching the Equality Act’s public sector equality duty, and the Human Rights Act, by not allowing him to serve on a jury with the assistance of an interpreter.The Ministry of Justice said this week that allowing a non-juror into the jury room during its deliberations breaches common law.But Buxton’s call is backed by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, which said last September that the UK government should enable BSL-users “to fully and equally participate as jurors in court proceedings”, under article 13 (access to justice) of the UN disability convention.The committee, in its concluding observations on the government’s implementation of the convention, said it was concerned that “regulations exclude persons with hearing impairments from participation in jury proceedings, and that personal assistants/interpreters are not deemed to constitute procedural accommodation”.The refusal to allow BSL-users to take part as jurors is a long-standing source of frustration for many Deaf campaigners.Jeff McWhinney, at the time the chief executive of the British Deaf Association (BDA), was told by a crown court judge in 1999 that he could not let him serve as a juror because the law prevented him bringing an interpreter – a “13th person” – into the jury room.The Labour government said it was considering a change in the law at the time, but successive governments have failed to take steps to do so in the last 19 years.BDA said it had persuaded the Ministry of Justice to look at this and other issues affecting d/Deaf people across prisons, courts and juries, but that the government had yet to take any “meaningful action”.Now Buxton, himself a former BDA chief executive, has launched another legal bid to force a change in the law.He spoke out this week as the high court rejected his separate judicial review claim that the government had discriminated against him and other BSL-users by imposing an Access to Work cap that affects those with the highest support needs (see separate story).Buxton said that ruling showed that the Equality Act “does not sufficiently protect Deaf people using BSL despite ministers and MPs repeatedly saying that it does.“This judicial review judgment shows how hard it is to protect our rights as Deaf people using BSL as our first or preferred language.“The government supports the economies of cost over our basic human rights, therefore we have to campaign for the Equality Act to be strengthened, especially as there is no legal status for BSL in this current act.”He said that one reasonable adjustment that would solve the problem of the “13th person in the jury room” would be for the court to provide an interpreter in another room while he watched a video relay screen in the jury room.The failure to allow BSL-users to serve on juries is further evidence, Buxton believes, that the Equality Act 2010 does not provide sufficient protection to Deaf people who use BSL, “despite ministers and MPs repeatedly saying that it does”.A BDA spokeswoman said: “The current UK practice of denying Deaf people the right to sit on a jury is an overt form of institutional discrimination and failure to accord Deaf people their rights as full citizens.“Justice should not only be received but also dispensed by all sections of the community including Deaf people.”Louise Whitfield, Buxton’s solicitor, from legal firm Deighton Pierce Glynn, said the jury case would “further test the government to show its commitment to the spirit of the Equality Act or to continue simply ignoring the fact that it is possible for Deaf people to serve as jurors in this modern, inclusive and accessible society without any direct or indirect discrimination”.A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “It would be inappropriate to comment while legal proceedings are ongoing.”last_img read more

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A Deaf campaigner has launched a legal action aimed at stopping the government discriminating against users of British Sign Language by preventing them from serving on juries.David Buxton, chief executive of the London-based disabled people’s organisation Action on Disability, is seeking a judicial review of the government’s failure to allow him to sit on a jury.He was called up for jury service at Kingston Crown Court earlier this year, but when he told the Jury Central Summoning Bureau he was Deaf, he was informed that he was not required.A crown court judge later deferred a decision on whether he would be allowed to serve as a juror.In his claim for judicial review – which is being funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission – Buxton is arguing that justice secretary David Gauke is discriminating against him and breaching the Equality Act’s public sector equality duty, and the Human Rights Act, by not allowing him to serve on a jury with the assistance of an interpreter.The Ministry of Justice said this week that allowing a non-juror into the jury room during its deliberations breaches common law.But Buxton’s call is backed by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, which said last September that the UK government should enable BSL-users “to fully and equally participate as jurors in court proceedings”, under article 13 (access to justice) of the UN disability convention.The committee, in its concluding observations on the government’s implementation of the convention, said it was concerned that “regulations exclude persons with hearing impairments from participation in jury proceedings, and that personal assistants/interpreters are not deemed to constitute procedural accommodation”.The refusal to allow BSL-users to take part as jurors is a long-standing source of frustration for many Deaf campaigners.Jeff McWhinney, at the time the chief executive of the British Deaf Association (BDA), was told by a crown court judge in 1999 that he could not let him serve as a juror because the law prevented him bringing an interpreter – a “13th person” – into the jury room.The Labour government said it was considering a change in the law at the time, but successive governments have failed to take steps to do so in the last 19 years.BDA said it had persuaded the Ministry of Justice to look at this and other issues affecting d/Deaf people across prisons, courts and juries, but that the government had yet to take any “meaningful action”.Now Buxton, himself a former BDA chief executive, has launched another legal bid to force a change in the law.He spoke out this week as the high court rejected his separate judicial review claim that the government had discriminated against him and other BSL-users by imposing an Access to Work cap that affects those with the highest support needs (see separate story).Buxton said that ruling showed that the Equality Act “does not sufficiently protect Deaf people using BSL despite ministers and MPs repeatedly saying that it does.“This judicial review judgment shows how hard it is to protect our rights as Deaf people using BSL as our first or preferred language.“The government supports the economies of cost over our basic human rights, therefore we have to campaign for the Equality Act to be strengthened, especially as there is no legal status for BSL in this current act.”He said that one reasonable adjustment that would solve the problem of the “13th person in the jury room” would be for the court to provide an interpreter in another room while he watched a video relay screen in the jury room.The failure to allow BSL-users to serve on juries is further evidence, Buxton believes, that the Equality Act 2010 does not provide sufficient protection to Deaf people who use BSL, “despite ministers and MPs repeatedly saying that it does”.A BDA spokeswoman said: “The current UK practice of denying Deaf people the right to sit on a jury is an overt form of institutional discrimination and failure to accord Deaf people their rights as full citizens.“Justice should not only be received but also dispensed by all sections of the community including Deaf people.”Louise Whitfield, Buxton’s solicitor, from legal firm Deighton Pierce Glynn, said the jury case would “further test the government to show its commitment to the spirit of the Equality Act or to continue simply ignoring the fact that it is possible for Deaf people to serve as jurors in this modern, inclusive and accessible society without any direct or indirect discrimination”.A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “It would be inappropriate to comment while legal proceedings are ongoing.”last_img read more

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31 Jul 2019

first_imgDisabled people who need to receive letters from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in alternative formats have been facing lengthy delays with their benefit claims, apparently because of a dispute between DWP and private sector contractors.It has been claimed that a dispute between DWP and the US print services giant Xerox, and potentially other contractors as well, has led to disabled people experiencing delays receiving vital letters about their benefit claims in formats such as large print and – for people with dyslexia – on yellow paper.Claimants across the country are believed to have been experiencing delays for at least 18 months.Xerox may now have become the latest in a string of outsourcing giants – such as Atos, Capita and Maximus – to face allegations of incompetence over DWP benefit-related contracts.Xerox originally claimed this week that it was not involved in the alternative formats contract.But after being shown a link to a press release from 2007 announcing how it led a consortium that won a contract to provide DWP with “print and associated services”, a Xerox spokeswoman changed her position to say that Xerox “no longer is involved in that contract”.She repeatedly refused to say when Xerox stopped providing these services to DWP.A DWP spokeswoman said she believed that Xerox did still have a contract with Xerox. She had not been able to clarify the position by 1pm today (Thursday).One disabled claimant, Michael Owen, from South Yorkshire, has had repeated problems obtaining DWP letters on yellow paper relating to his claims for employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment, and the repayment of loans under the old Social Fund.He has experienced delays of up to 13 weeks in receiving DWP letters from the alternative format team (AFT).As a result of the delays, the former youth and community worker has missed appointments for face-to-face work capability assessments, which have led to his ESA being suspended.He told a senior DWP manager in an email in July: “The constant stress and strain I am having to endure, not only has further impacted on my mental health, it has also rendered me feeling physically sick even when dialling the PIP and ESA numbers and no one should feel like that.”In an email he received from a senior DWP manager in July, in response to his complaint, Owen was told: “These delays clearly fall below an acceptable level of customer service and I am sincerely sorry that you have been experiencing difficulties in receiving mail within an acceptable timescale.“The AFT have provided an assurance that they will endeavour to process your future correspondence within 48 hours.”Although DWP is now aware of the delays with his paperwork, he is concerned that his ESA will again be suspended – he is currently in the work-related activity group – if he fails to receive the ESA 50 form he needs on yellow paper by the deadline next month.Owen told Disability News Service: “I can’t keep to any of their timescales because I don’t see any of their paperwork in the correct timeframe.”He has previously been told that the problems were the fault of Royal Mail for losing the relevant letters, but he says he has now been told by a DWP manager that the delays were caused by a dispute with Xerox over its performance on the contract.His complaint is being investigated by the independent case examiner (ICE).A DWP spokeswoman said: “DWP has its own staff who provide letters in alternative formats, to ensure these are handled as swiftly as possible.“Once we are aware that someone needs this service, all their letters are managed by DWP directly.  “We have apologised to [Mr Owen] for the delays he experienced, and our staff now manage his post in alternative format.”Asked when DWP began to provide this work itself, rather than contracting it out, and why it apparently decided to bring the work in-house, and when and why Xerox seems to have ended its involvement in providing these services, she failed to respond by 1pm today, and also failed to explain what had been causing the delays. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

first_imgDisabled people who need to receive letters from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in alternative formats have been facing lengthy delays with their benefit claims, apparently because of a dispute between DWP and private sector contractors.It has been claimed that a dispute between DWP and the US print services giant Xerox, and potentially other contractors as well, has led to disabled people experiencing delays receiving vital letters about their benefit claims in formats such as large print and – for people with dyslexia – on yellow paper.Claimants across the country are believed to have been experiencing delays for at least 18 months.Xerox may now have become the latest in a string of outsourcing giants – such as Atos, Capita and Maximus – to face allegations of incompetence over DWP benefit-related contracts.Xerox originally claimed this week that it was not involved in the alternative formats contract.But after being shown a link to a press release from 2007 announcing how it led a consortium that won a contract to provide DWP with “print and associated services”, a Xerox spokeswoman changed her position to say that Xerox “no longer is involved in that contract”.She repeatedly refused to say when Xerox stopped providing these services to DWP.A DWP spokeswoman said she believed that Xerox did still have a contract with Xerox. She had not been able to clarify the position by 1pm today (Thursday).One disabled claimant, Michael Owen, from South Yorkshire, has had repeated problems obtaining DWP letters on yellow paper relating to his claims for employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment, and the repayment of loans under the old Social Fund.He has experienced delays of up to 13 weeks in receiving DWP letters from the alternative format team (AFT).As a result of the delays, the former youth and community worker has missed appointments for face-to-face work capability assessments, which have led to his ESA being suspended.He told a senior DWP manager in an email in July: “The constant stress and strain I am having to endure, not only has further impacted on my mental health, it has also rendered me feeling physically sick even when dialling the PIP and ESA numbers and no one should feel like that.”In an email he received from a senior DWP manager in July, in response to his complaint, Owen was told: “These delays clearly fall below an acceptable level of customer service and I am sincerely sorry that you have been experiencing difficulties in receiving mail within an acceptable timescale.“The AFT have provided an assurance that they will endeavour to process your future correspondence within 48 hours.”Although DWP is now aware of the delays with his paperwork, he is concerned that his ESA will again be suspended – he is currently in the work-related activity group – if he fails to receive the ESA 50 form he needs on yellow paper by the deadline next month.Owen told Disability News Service: “I can’t keep to any of their timescales because I don’t see any of their paperwork in the correct timeframe.”He has previously been told that the problems were the fault of Royal Mail for losing the relevant letters, but he says he has now been told by a DWP manager that the delays were caused by a dispute with Xerox over its performance on the contract.His complaint is being investigated by the independent case examiner (ICE).A DWP spokeswoman said: “DWP has its own staff who provide letters in alternative formats, to ensure these are handled as swiftly as possible.“Once we are aware that someone needs this service, all their letters are managed by DWP directly.  “We have apologised to [Mr Owen] for the delays he experienced, and our staff now manage his post in alternative format.”Asked when DWP began to provide this work itself, rather than contracting it out, and why it apparently decided to bring the work in-house, and when and why Xerox seems to have ended its involvement in providing these services, she failed to respond by 1pm today, and also failed to explain what had been causing the delays. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Kinks Erotic Dungeon More Horror Than Sex

31 Jul 2019

first_img“The dude who cut his dick off after binging off coke — that made me squirm,” said her boyfriend Danny D.The coked-out man was one of the milder characters in the haunted house. After being led down to the basement in a group of five, we were handed surgical masks that had to be worn at all times and that inevitably fogged up glasses.“Let me guess, your glasses fog up,” said the same man who had asked us about our medical conditions, again, not too kindly. “Deal with it.” Deal with it we did, the mist on our lenses just one more layer of blindness in an already smoke-filled dungeon. First came a leather-strapped woman who laughed hysterically and made us circle up, instructing us to remember a phrase — “We yearn what we fear” — before cackling further and leading us into a room full of chairs and plastic bags.Another man lead each of us to a chair and sat us down, picking up the plastic bags on the floor and covering our heads with them. We were then walked, blind, into another room and made to hold onto a rope above our heads, pushed forward across a wet and uneven floor. We were eventually stopped and had the bags removed from our heads. A woman sat sprawled on the floor in front of us, in tears and apparent agony, mumbling about her baby and asking for help. A man in a red-demon costume stood nearby watching our group.Naturally I reached out, trying to pull her up onto her feet. Instead, she guided my hand down to her groin and wrapped it around something slightly moist — a plastic bag, it turns out, meant to be her baby, that I then yanked out and gave to the demon man. He chased us out of the room and into an adjacent shower, where a naked woman huddled in a corner with a hood on her head. Again, I gingerly approached and removed her hood, waking her up: She screamed at our group and chased us down a dark hallway, prodding us to run faster and faster.All semblance of plot disappeared after this: Over the next 20 minutes, there appeared a 50s housewife who took a family photo of our group before being yanked away by a man in a bear mask, who eagerly salivated over and sniffed our faces. And of course the coked-out man from earlier, who sat our group down in a bar and feigned cutting off his penis. He stroked our faces with the fake phallus before chasing us out of his establishment.A particularly memorable character was the prisoner chained to the wall who invited us into his jail cell for a religious blessing. Wearing only a diaper, the man dug into his nether regions and produced fake feces, making a cross on each of our foreheads “in the name of the father, the son, and the holy shit.” The phrase from earlier eventually came back in what was the most titillating part of the night. Two fully-nude women laid together on a bed in apparent bliss before approaching our group and stroking our bodies, teasingly asking each of us “What do you desire?”One of the less-distracted members of the group remembered “We yearn what we fear,” and the naked women stopped their caressing and lead us out to end the tour.In the lighted lobby, everyone agreed it had the desired effect.“I was fucking scared,” said Diamond, who was in the group behind ours. It was more horror than sex, however, and Diamond said she had expected more explicit situations, a feeling shared by others.“We thought there would be more kink involved actually,” said Lesle Lawrence, who was with her husband of three weeks. The pair flew in from Georgia to attend a friend’s wedding, and enjoyed their one night of freedom doing something unavailable in the South. “You don’t get kink in Georgia.”The haunted house will continue through Halloween, and tickets cost $40. “Do you have asthma, epilepsy, or a history of seizures?” So began this year’s “Hell in the Armory” erotic haunted house. The question was barked at us by a man pointing a flashlight in our eyes, and only once everyone had answered “no” were we allowed into a small fog-filled room with flashing strobe lights. The haunted house on October 14 was the second such event put on at the Armory, the headquarters of internet pornography company Kink.com. Once again, it transformed its basement into a series of erotic dungeons, though this year’s event was more psycho than sexual.“It was super twisted,” said Stephanie Diamond, who said she’s into “psychological mind fucks” and went through with her boyfriend. “My blood pressure and heart rate were for sure elevated — in a good way.” Tags: Kink.com Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

first_img“The dude who cut his dick off after binging off coke — that made me squirm,” said her boyfriend Danny D.The coked-out man was one of the milder characters in the haunted house. After being led down to the basement in a group of five, we were handed surgical masks that had to be worn at all times and that inevitably fogged up glasses.“Let me guess, your glasses fog up,” said the same man who had asked us about our medical conditions, again, not too kindly. “Deal with it.” Deal with it we did, the mist on our lenses just one more layer of blindness in an already smoke-filled dungeon. First came a leather-strapped woman who laughed hysterically and made us circle up, instructing us to remember a phrase — “We yearn what we fear” — before cackling further and leading us into a room full of chairs and plastic bags.Another man lead each of us to a chair and sat us down, picking up the plastic bags on the floor and covering our heads with them. We were then walked, blind, into another room and made to hold onto a rope above our heads, pushed forward across a wet and uneven floor. We were eventually stopped and had the bags removed from our heads. A woman sat sprawled on the floor in front of us, in tears and apparent agony, mumbling about her baby and asking for help. A man in a red-demon costume stood nearby watching our group.Naturally I reached out, trying to pull her up onto her feet. Instead, she guided my hand down to her groin and wrapped it around something slightly moist — a plastic bag, it turns out, meant to be her baby, that I then yanked out and gave to the demon man. He chased us out of the room and into an adjacent shower, where a naked woman huddled in a corner with a hood on her head. Again, I gingerly approached and removed her hood, waking her up: She screamed at our group and chased us down a dark hallway, prodding us to run faster and faster.All semblance of plot disappeared after this: Over the next 20 minutes, there appeared a 50s housewife who took a family photo of our group before being yanked away by a man in a bear mask, who eagerly salivated over and sniffed our faces. And of course the coked-out man from earlier, who sat our group down in a bar and feigned cutting off his penis. He stroked our faces with the fake phallus before chasing us out of his establishment.A particularly memorable character was the prisoner chained to the wall who invited us into his jail cell for a religious blessing. Wearing only a diaper, the man dug into his nether regions and produced fake feces, making a cross on each of our foreheads “in the name of the father, the son, and the holy shit.” The phrase from earlier eventually came back in what was the most titillating part of the night. Two fully-nude women laid together on a bed in apparent bliss before approaching our group and stroking our bodies, teasingly asking each of us “What do you desire?”One of the less-distracted members of the group remembered “We yearn what we fear,” and the naked women stopped their caressing and lead us out to end the tour.In the lighted lobby, everyone agreed it had the desired effect.“I was fucking scared,” said Diamond, who was in the group behind ours. It was more horror than sex, however, and Diamond said she had expected more explicit situations, a feeling shared by others.“We thought there would be more kink involved actually,” said Lesle Lawrence, who was with her husband of three weeks. The pair flew in from Georgia to attend a friend’s wedding, and enjoyed their one night of freedom doing something unavailable in the South. “You don’t get kink in Georgia.”The haunted house will continue through Halloween, and tickets cost $40. “Do you have asthma, epilepsy, or a history of seizures?” So began this year’s “Hell in the Armory” erotic haunted house. The question was barked at us by a man pointing a flashlight in our eyes, and only once everyone had answered “no” were we allowed into a small fog-filled room with flashing strobe lights. The haunted house on October 14 was the second such event put on at the Armory, the headquarters of internet pornography company Kink.com. Once again, it transformed its basement into a series of erotic dungeons, though this year’s event was more psycho than sexual.“It was super twisted,” said Stephanie Diamond, who said she’s into “psychological mind fucks” and went through with her boyfriend. “My blood pressure and heart rate were for sure elevated — in a good way.” Tags: Kink.com Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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Join Mission Local and Read Like a Zombie

31 Jul 2019

first_img 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% If you read the news like a zombie just to stay informed, join Mission Local now! Let’s make the Mission one of the first neighborhoods to have a fully supported news site with real reporters (who, yes, sometimes feel like zombies).  Join. last_img

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Photos Whirling stepping and drumming through Carnaval

31 Jul 2019

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OFFICIAL Partner of Super League BRUT for Men is o

31 Jul 2019

first_imgOFFICIAL Partner of Super League BRUT for Men is on the hunt for the St Helens Fan of Pride – someone who is a huge Saints supporter and is committed to the sport in their local community.Fans have until midnight on June 25 to make their nominations at www.brutformen.co.uk/superleagueSt Helens BRUT Fan of Pride player ambassador Alex Walmsley – who will be part of the shortlisting judging panel – is calling on all fans to nominate their friends and family for this prestigious award before it’s too late.There are some fantastic prizes on offer for Fan of Pride winners, including the chance to go behind the scenes at a Super League club of their choice, season tickets, Grand Final tickets, an invitation to the end of season Man of Steel Awards and, of course, BRUT product.Nominate now at www.brutformen.co.uk/superleague or via hard copy forms, which can be collected from the Langtree Park.last_img read more

first_imgOFFICIAL Partner of Super League BRUT for Men is on the hunt for the St Helens Fan of Pride – someone who is a huge Saints supporter and is committed to the sport in their local community.Fans have until midnight on June 25 to make their nominations at www.brutformen.co.uk/superleagueSt Helens BRUT Fan of Pride player ambassador Alex Walmsley – who will be part of the shortlisting judging panel – is calling on all fans to nominate their friends and family for this prestigious award before it’s too late.There are some fantastic prizes on offer for Fan of Pride winners, including the chance to go behind the scenes at a Super League club of their choice, season tickets, Grand Final tickets, an invitation to the end of season Man of Steel Awards and, of course, BRUT product.Nominate now at www.brutformen.co.uk/superleague or via hard copy forms, which can be collected from the Langtree Park.last_img read more

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WAYNE Bennett has named Jonny Lomax and Mark Perci

31 Jul 2019

first_imgWAYNE Bennett has named Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival in his England 19-man squad for this Saturday’s international Test against France in Avignon at Parc des Sports (6.30pm CET).They are part of six uncapped players which include Luke Gale, Scott Taylor, Stefan Ratchford and Stevie Ward.England head coach Wayne Bennett said: “The players have trained well all week and are looking forward to the trip to France.“There’s plenty of competition for places in this squad and it’s good to see a few new faces in there possibly having a run out in Avignon.“The week leading into this game has been good and the training facilities in London at the Honourable Artillery Company have been outstanding.“France are a passionate team and will have plenty of support behind them in Avignon. There’s talent in their side and some Super League experience so we know what to expect on Saturday. As the away side, it’s the kind of environment that I want my side to be challenged in this international Test.”England 19-man squad (professional club and community club in brackets):Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings, Thatto Heath Crusaders)George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors)Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves/St George-Illwarra Dragons, Latchford Albion)Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook)Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)Scott Taylor (Hull FC, Skirlaugh)Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos, Churwell Chiefs)Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)The game against France will be broadcast live in UK from 5.20pm on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website allowing fans get a first glimpse of Wayne Bennett’s England team in action.last_img read more

first_imgWAYNE Bennett has named Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival in his England 19-man squad for this Saturday’s international Test against France in Avignon at Parc des Sports (6.30pm CET).They are part of six uncapped players which include Luke Gale, Scott Taylor, Stefan Ratchford and Stevie Ward.England head coach Wayne Bennett said: “The players have trained well all week and are looking forward to the trip to France.“There’s plenty of competition for places in this squad and it’s good to see a few new faces in there possibly having a run out in Avignon.“The week leading into this game has been good and the training facilities in London at the Honourable Artillery Company have been outstanding.“France are a passionate team and will have plenty of support behind them in Avignon. There’s talent in their side and some Super League experience so we know what to expect on Saturday. As the away side, it’s the kind of environment that I want my side to be challenged in this international Test.”England 19-man squad (professional club and community club in brackets):Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings, Thatto Heath Crusaders)George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors)Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves/St George-Illwarra Dragons, Latchford Albion)Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders)James Graham (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Blackbrook)Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)Scott Taylor (Hull FC, Skirlaugh)Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos, Churwell Chiefs)Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos, Latchford Albion)Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons, King Cross)The game against France will be broadcast live in UK from 5.20pm on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website allowing fans get a first glimpse of Wayne Bennett’s England team in action.last_img read more

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Saints will take on Catalans Dragons on Sunday Aug

31 Jul 2019

first_imgSaints will take on Catalans Dragons on Sunday August 5 at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.The game kicks off at 12:30pm and a massive Saints contingent will make the short journey to back the boys.You can buy CAT 3 tickets online, via the Ticket Office and from 01744 455 052 – they are priced at £25 for adults, £17.50 for concessions and £12.50 for juniors.If you’re a 2018 Member who didn’t take advantage of the exclusivity period then you can still claim your discounted tickets from the Ticket Office and via 01744 455 052.All tickets are Reserved Seating and on purchase you will receive the best available.Prices: Cat 3 (Non-member) Cat 3 (Member’s Discount)Adults£25£21Concessions£17.50£13.50Juniors (16 & under)£12.50£8.50Please note Concessions are Senior Citizens 65 and over, Students upon production of a valid student card and Serving Military with valid ID.Fans can travel with us too – prices are £9 members and £11 for non-members. The coach leaves the Totally Wicked Stadium at 10am. Fans have to pre-book either at the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 and non-members can buy at www.saintssuperstore.com.last_img read more

first_imgSaints will take on Catalans Dragons on Sunday August 5 at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.The game kicks off at 12:30pm and a massive Saints contingent will make the short journey to back the boys.You can buy CAT 3 tickets online, via the Ticket Office and from 01744 455 052 – they are priced at £25 for adults, £17.50 for concessions and £12.50 for juniors.If you’re a 2018 Member who didn’t take advantage of the exclusivity period then you can still claim your discounted tickets from the Ticket Office and via 01744 455 052.All tickets are Reserved Seating and on purchase you will receive the best available.Prices: Cat 3 (Non-member) Cat 3 (Member’s Discount)Adults£25£21Concessions£17.50£13.50Juniors (16 & under)£12.50£8.50Please note Concessions are Senior Citizens 65 and over, Students upon production of a valid student card and Serving Military with valid ID.Fans can travel with us too – prices are £9 members and £11 for non-members. The coach leaves the Totally Wicked Stadium at 10am. Fans have to pre-book either at the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 and non-members can buy at www.saintssuperstore.com.last_img read more

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Water main break causing water outages in New Hanover County

30 Jul 2019

first_img Hagerty said he does not know how many customers are affected or how long it will last.We will bring you more information as it becomes available. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is working to repair a water main break in northern New Hanover County.CFPUA spokesman Vaughn Hagerty said a water main broke somewhere near 1014 Kenningston Street.- Advertisement – last_img

first_img Hagerty said he does not know how many customers are affected or how long it will last.We will bring you more information as it becomes available. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is working to repair a water main break in northern New Hanover County.CFPUA spokesman Vaughn Hagerty said a water main broke somewhere near 1014 Kenningston Street.- Advertisement – last_img

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Air Malta set to carry 146m passengers this year

30 Jul 2019

first_img <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> Air Malta estimates it will be carrying over 1.46 million passengers over the next seven months with a fleet of ten aircraft.This is part of the airline’s ambitious summer schedule which launches on Sunday and intends to offer 188 weekly flights to 42 destinations.Air Malta is also looking to increase the frequency of its flights to key destinations like Paris Charles De Gaulle and Tunis, as well as the return of services to Cairo Egypt and for the first time to Warsaw, Poland.Preparing for the launch of the Summer services, Air Malta’s Chief Executive Capt. Clifford Chetcuti said, ‘The planned increase in customers, routes and increased frequencies, highlight our efforts to better connect the Islands. This schedule signifies a strong commitment by Air Malta towards the local tourism industry and shows the support the Airline gives to the Islands’ economic growth. In line with our stated objective to improve customer experience, this summer we will welcome two more brand new Airbus A320NEOs to our fleet which will offer added comfort to our customers.’In alphabetical order, these are all the locations that Air Malta will be flying to from March 31st; Amsterdam, Birmingham, Berlin, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest, Cagliari, Catania, Casablanca, Cairo, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Ibiza, Lisbon, Leipzig, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Southend, Lourdes / Tarbes, Lyon, Kiev, Malaga, Manchester, Marseille, Munich, Milan, Moscow, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome, St Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Tbilisi, Tunis, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_img <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> Air Malta estimates it will be carrying over 1.46 million passengers over the next seven months with a fleet of ten aircraft.This is part of the airline’s ambitious summer schedule which launches on Sunday and intends to offer 188 weekly flights to 42 destinations.Air Malta is also looking to increase the frequency of its flights to key destinations like Paris Charles De Gaulle and Tunis, as well as the return of services to Cairo Egypt and for the first time to Warsaw, Poland.Preparing for the launch of the Summer services, Air Malta’s Chief Executive Capt. Clifford Chetcuti said, ‘The planned increase in customers, routes and increased frequencies, highlight our efforts to better connect the Islands. This schedule signifies a strong commitment by Air Malta towards the local tourism industry and shows the support the Airline gives to the Islands’ economic growth. In line with our stated objective to improve customer experience, this summer we will welcome two more brand new Airbus A320NEOs to our fleet which will offer added comfort to our customers.’In alphabetical order, these are all the locations that Air Malta will be flying to from March 31st; Amsterdam, Birmingham, Berlin, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest, Cagliari, Catania, Casablanca, Cairo, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Ibiza, Lisbon, Leipzig, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Southend, Lourdes / Tarbes, Lyon, Kiev, Malaga, Manchester, Marseille, Munich, Milan, Moscow, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome, St Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Tbilisi, Tunis, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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MUT confirms that Maltese and Maths exams will not take place

30 Jul 2019

first_imgThe Malta Union of Teachers has announced that the secondary schools’ Maltese and Mathematics end-of-year exams will not take place this year.This came about, after a unanimous vote by the union members affected, and following discussions with the MUT Council.The reason given for this action is that the workload of teachers of both these subjects is too high and, despite the MUT’s efforts to alleviate the load, the Ministry of Education was “dragging its feet” and had aggravated the situation had rather than improved it.The MUT issued a statement to clarify the situation and said that this issue has been going on for a year. It also explained that during the summer, the Ministry continued to deny the situation and said that there was no shortage of teachers in any subject.Because of this, last September, the MUT issued the directive to all teachers of Maltese and Mathematics. It was issued early in the school year in the hope of giving the Ministry ample time to find a solution. However, the union said that the Ministry did not take this seriously and even employed some other people to write the mid-yearly exam papers, with the consequence that the students were given exam papers different to those they usually sit for.“Maltese and Maths teachers are dwindling”In March, the union presented the Ministry with 17 proposals to address the lack of teachers and solve the situation. However, the MUT said that the Ministry still kept on increasing the workload of the current teachers, as well as grouping together children with different levels in the same class, which is making the teachers’ jobs even harder and adversely affecting the students’ educations.The MUT said that situations such as these are leading to new teachers being discouraged and other teachers leaving to find another job that is less stressful.“The Ministry sent a letter threatening to expose the case”According to the MUT, instead of finding a solution within the time limit, the Ministry is putting pressure on the union during the last week before the exams are supposed to take place and it even sent a letter threatening to expose the case to the public.The MUT said that will not be intimidated and will remain the only entity that leaps to the defence of educators. It stated that it is doing all it can to avoid a situation where students not only do not take their exams, but they end up without teachers, in other subjects, and in Primary school as well.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgThe Malta Union of Teachers has announced that the secondary schools’ Maltese and Mathematics end-of-year exams will not take place this year.This came about, after a unanimous vote by the union members affected, and following discussions with the MUT Council.The reason given for this action is that the workload of teachers of both these subjects is too high and, despite the MUT’s efforts to alleviate the load, the Ministry of Education was “dragging its feet” and had aggravated the situation had rather than improved it.The MUT issued a statement to clarify the situation and said that this issue has been going on for a year. It also explained that during the summer, the Ministry continued to deny the situation and said that there was no shortage of teachers in any subject.Because of this, last September, the MUT issued the directive to all teachers of Maltese and Mathematics. It was issued early in the school year in the hope of giving the Ministry ample time to find a solution. However, the union said that the Ministry did not take this seriously and even employed some other people to write the mid-yearly exam papers, with the consequence that the students were given exam papers different to those they usually sit for.“Maltese and Maths teachers are dwindling”In March, the union presented the Ministry with 17 proposals to address the lack of teachers and solve the situation. However, the MUT said that the Ministry still kept on increasing the workload of the current teachers, as well as grouping together children with different levels in the same class, which is making the teachers’ jobs even harder and adversely affecting the students’ educations.The MUT said that situations such as these are leading to new teachers being discouraged and other teachers leaving to find another job that is less stressful.“The Ministry sent a letter threatening to expose the case”According to the MUT, instead of finding a solution within the time limit, the Ministry is putting pressure on the union during the last week before the exams are supposed to take place and it even sent a letter threatening to expose the case to the public.The MUT said that will not be intimidated and will remain the only entity that leaps to the defence of educators. It stated that it is doing all it can to avoid a situation where students not only do not take their exams, but they end up without teachers, in other subjects, and in Primary school as well.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Captain involved in Danube boat collision was not captain in Dutch accident

30 Jul 2019

first_img SharePrint A dredge is seen digging near the site of a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic 1 of 3 <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> FILE PHOTO: Rescue team continues its search after a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Broniccenter_img A dredge is seen digging near the site of a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic BODIES IDENTIFIEDNews website Atlatszo.hu said police have interviewed close to 300 witnesses and analysed 40 CCTV recordings. Police spokesman Kristof Gal said that was a plausible ballpark figure, without confirming the precise numbers.The Budapest disaster occurred in heavy rain. In the week since, flooding on the river has receded, allowing divers to reach the wreck and recover some of the bodies. Corpses have also begun to surface at the wreck site and further downstream.South Korea’s practice of fingerprinting all adult citizens has helped forensic experts identify all of the bodies recovered so far, officials said on Thursday.Police Lieutenant-Colonel Zsuzsanna Kreitz said that in such accidents, bodies are damaged and identification through photographs and ID cards becomes impossible. “We use fingerprints, DNA and dental records instead,” she said.Work continued to salvage the ship as soon as possible, said Nandor Jasenszky, spokesman of the counter-terrorism agency TEK, which is coordinating the recovery operation.Divers welded hooks and inserted rods under the sunken Mermaid, their work hampered by strong currents and zero visibility in the river. Once the gear is in place, a giant floating salvage crane will be used to lift the wreck.That could come as early as Friday, Jasenszky said, adding that the conditions on the river remain unpredictable so delays are quite possible – citing a huge piece of wood debris that got caught up near the Mermaid on Thursday.“You must be prepared for anything and everything on the Danube,” he said. “You can’t stick to plans down to the second.”WhatsApp A dredge is seen digging near the site of a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio BronicA dredge is seen digging near the site of a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic he captain of the Viking Sigyn cruise liner that collided with a pleasure boat on the River Danube in Budapest, killing 28 people, was not serving as captain of another boat that was in an accident in the Netherlands, Viking Cruises said on Thursday.Hungarian prosecutors said earlier in the day that the Viking Sigyn’s captain, currently under arrest in Hungary, had captained another vessel that was involved in an accident on April 1 in the Netherlands.It is unclear what caused the worst accident in more than half a century on the Danube, Europe’s longest river and an increasingly popular route for massive hotel cruisers. Police are investigating.The collision in Budapest on May 29 killed 28 people, most of them South Korean tourists.“We can confirm that even though the Captain of the Viking Sigyn was onboard the Viking Idun on April 1, he was not serving as the ship’s Captain at the time of the incident. Viking Idun was under the command of another Captain,” a Viking spokesperson said in an emailed reply to Reuters questions.“We are unable to comment further while the investigations of both incidents are ongoing.”The Viking Sigyn’s captain, a 64-year-old Ukrainian man identified by police as C. Yuriy from Odessa, is being held as a suspect. His lawyers said he is devastated but did nothing wrong. They could not be reached for comment.The prosecutors also said in their statement that the captain had “deleted data from his phone” after the collision in Budapest. They said it was unclear whether the data was related to the accident.The Mermaid, carrying a group of South Korean tourists on a pleasure cruise, capsized and sank after being struck by the larger Viking Sigyn.Hungarian prosecutors said they had learnt through an EU judicial network that the captain was also captain of a boat that was in an accident in the Netherlands on April 1.Media reports said that in the Dutch incident, the Viking Idun river ship collided with a cargo vessel while sailing from Antwerp to Ghent. According to a Viking statement cited in media nobody on the Idun was injured.Swiss-based Viking Cruises Ltd, which owns the Viking Sigyn as well as the Viking Idun, said last week it was cooperating with Hungarian investigators.The operator of The Mermaid has not responded to requests for comment on the accident.Seven South Koreans were rescued alive. Nineteen bodies have been recovered and 9 people are officially listed as missing and presumed dead, including a South Korean child and one Hungarian crew.last_img read more

first_img SharePrint A dredge is seen digging near the site of a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic 1 of 3 <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> FILE PHOTO: Rescue team continues its search after a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Broniccenter_img A dredge is seen digging near the site of a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic BODIES IDENTIFIEDNews website Atlatszo.hu said police have interviewed close to 300 witnesses and analysed 40 CCTV recordings. Police spokesman Kristof Gal said that was a plausible ballpark figure, without confirming the precise numbers.The Budapest disaster occurred in heavy rain. In the week since, flooding on the river has receded, allowing divers to reach the wreck and recover some of the bodies. Corpses have also begun to surface at the wreck site and further downstream.South Korea’s practice of fingerprinting all adult citizens has helped forensic experts identify all of the bodies recovered so far, officials said on Thursday.Police Lieutenant-Colonel Zsuzsanna Kreitz said that in such accidents, bodies are damaged and identification through photographs and ID cards becomes impossible. “We use fingerprints, DNA and dental records instead,” she said.Work continued to salvage the ship as soon as possible, said Nandor Jasenszky, spokesman of the counter-terrorism agency TEK, which is coordinating the recovery operation.Divers welded hooks and inserted rods under the sunken Mermaid, their work hampered by strong currents and zero visibility in the river. Once the gear is in place, a giant floating salvage crane will be used to lift the wreck.That could come as early as Friday, Jasenszky said, adding that the conditions on the river remain unpredictable so delays are quite possible – citing a huge piece of wood debris that got caught up near the Mermaid on Thursday.“You must be prepared for anything and everything on the Danube,” he said. “You can’t stick to plans down to the second.”WhatsApp A dredge is seen digging near the site of a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio BronicA dredge is seen digging near the site of a tourist boat accident in the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic he captain of the Viking Sigyn cruise liner that collided with a pleasure boat on the River Danube in Budapest, killing 28 people, was not serving as captain of another boat that was in an accident in the Netherlands, Viking Cruises said on Thursday.Hungarian prosecutors said earlier in the day that the Viking Sigyn’s captain, currently under arrest in Hungary, had captained another vessel that was involved in an accident on April 1 in the Netherlands.It is unclear what caused the worst accident in more than half a century on the Danube, Europe’s longest river and an increasingly popular route for massive hotel cruisers. Police are investigating.The collision in Budapest on May 29 killed 28 people, most of them South Korean tourists.“We can confirm that even though the Captain of the Viking Sigyn was onboard the Viking Idun on April 1, he was not serving as the ship’s Captain at the time of the incident. Viking Idun was under the command of another Captain,” a Viking spokesperson said in an emailed reply to Reuters questions.“We are unable to comment further while the investigations of both incidents are ongoing.”The Viking Sigyn’s captain, a 64-year-old Ukrainian man identified by police as C. Yuriy from Odessa, is being held as a suspect. His lawyers said he is devastated but did nothing wrong. They could not be reached for comment.The prosecutors also said in their statement that the captain had “deleted data from his phone” after the collision in Budapest. They said it was unclear whether the data was related to the accident.The Mermaid, carrying a group of South Korean tourists on a pleasure cruise, capsized and sank after being struck by the larger Viking Sigyn.Hungarian prosecutors said they had learnt through an EU judicial network that the captain was also captain of a boat that was in an accident in the Netherlands on April 1.Media reports said that in the Dutch incident, the Viking Idun river ship collided with a cargo vessel while sailing from Antwerp to Ghent. According to a Viking statement cited in media nobody on the Idun was injured.Swiss-based Viking Cruises Ltd, which owns the Viking Sigyn as well as the Viking Idun, said last week it was cooperating with Hungarian investigators.The operator of The Mermaid has not responded to requests for comment on the accident.Seven South Koreans were rescued alive. Nineteen bodies have been recovered and 9 people are officially listed as missing and presumed dead, including a South Korean child and one Hungarian crew.last_img read more

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Apple wins temporary ban on sale of Samsung tablet in Australia

30 Jul 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Apple had claimed that Samsung had infringed its patent by “slavishly” copying the touchscreen technology used in the iPad and that the release of the Galaxy Tab would severely damage sales of the iPad 2.“I am satisfied that it is appropriate to grant an interim injunction,” Justice Bennett said adding that Apple established a prima facie case that patents about its touchscreen technology had been breached.The dispute will now head to a full hearing, likely to take place next year. – Advertisement – Samsung Electronics said it was considering its legal options in the wake of the decisionSource: Telegraph Newslast_img

first_imgAdvertisement Apple had claimed that Samsung had infringed its patent by “slavishly” copying the touchscreen technology used in the iPad and that the release of the Galaxy Tab would severely damage sales of the iPad 2.“I am satisfied that it is appropriate to grant an interim injunction,” Justice Bennett said adding that Apple established a prima facie case that patents about its touchscreen technology had been breached.The dispute will now head to a full hearing, likely to take place next year. – Advertisement – Samsung Electronics said it was considering its legal options in the wake of the decisionSource: Telegraph Newslast_img

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Top 10 Myths About Technology

30 Jul 2019

first_imgAdvertisement As systems started to evolve and become more complex, the ‘SysRq’ key became redundant with no standard use.1. Email is better for communicating, all the time with the growth of many platforms to stay connected and spur on communications, email is certainly better in some situations, but not all the time. While most people have an available connection to email, it is important to note that a traditional phone call will yield results far quicker for important information. If a short answer is needed, it might be better to make use of Instant Messaging or send a message on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.2. Every computer user is as computer-literate as I am, as mentioned in the introduction, more people are making use of electronic devices to stay in contact or to conduct business, but not everyone is on the same level. Much of the older generation is just getting used to the idea of social networks, IM and Skype, and it cannot be expected of them to be as literate as a generation that grew up surrounded by technology. Some people also just have a knack for technology and will tinker with just about anything, but truth be told, not every computer user will know how 3D technology and smartphones work – or even email, for that matter. – Advertisement – 3. A 64-bit Operating System will make computing twice as fast as a 32-bit systeWhile a computer running on a 64-bit operating System (OS) will generally run faster than a 32-bit OS, this is only a half-truth . When operating on 64-bit, the programs running on the computer also need to be compatible with the 64-bit system. Luckily most software vendors today will release separate 32-bit and 64-bit software, which will make a difference in computing speed. Running a 32-bit version on a 64-bit machine, will, however, yield almost no noticeable difference in speed – unless the machine has more than 3GB of RAM.4. Expensive HDMI cables will improve your HDTV qualityThis is a myth in which the salespeople at electronics stores love to indulge in – but in reality your HDTV will not care which HDMI cable you use. Digital audio/video standards like DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI do not suffer from interference and disruption as an analog audio or video signal does, and only a huge drop in signal voltage will cause it to lose signal. HMDI cables are generally all made from the same material, while some claim to be gold-plated or treated with different coatings – but even if there was a difference in screen quality, it will be on a microscopic level that will be almost impossible to detect with the naked eye.5. You always need to ‘eject’ a USB device before unplugging itBeing a half-truth, it is a valid statement only under certain conditions. The only reason why users are urged to ‘eject’ the USB before unplugging it is to make sure that whatever data was being transferred has finished copying over – otherwise the data will be corrupted. However, if the USB was plugged in to check on its contents or to move data from it, there is no need to ‘eject’ the USB, as nothing was written to it. Devices like a keyboard, mouse, printers and scanners can be plugged out without having to ‘eject’ them first – provided that they are not switched on.6. In photography, bigger Megapixels are always betterThis is another favourite sales pitch from floor staff at electronics stores, which is simply not true. Most of the time better photographs are dependent on the skill of the person actually taking the photo.But having more megapixels (and paying more for a camera with it) does not give you a better quality photo – it only starts becoming a factor when images are hugely enlarged. “Even when megapixels mattered, there was little visible difference between cameras with seemingly different ratings. For instance, a 3-megapixel (photo) pretty much looks the same as a 6-megapixel (photo), even when blown up to” 12 inches by 18 inches,” comments photography expert Ken Rockwell. In truth, the majority of people will view their images in a standard size, where megapixels do not matter.7. Having more bars on your mobile will give you better mobile receptionThe signal bars on a mobile phone only indicates the strength of the signal from your mobile phone to the nearest mobile tower, but it is no guarantee that the service will be any better than when the mobile phone only has one bar. A user’s signal to the tower might be strong, but if there is only one tower in the area, a lot of people will be connecting to the same tower at the same time, which will cause a loss in the quality of the communication. Once your signal makes contact with the cell tower, it has to compete against other users through the service provider’s backhaul network – which could lead to poor quality.8. Your Internet Service Provider can track everything that you do onlineWhile it will certainly cause an outrage with digital privacy advocates, in theory it is quite possible. When connecting to the Internet, the ISP is a user’s link to the outside world, and all traffic to and from the user needs to flow through the ISP’s network of routers. So in theory, an ISP has the access and capabilities to scan user traffic, but it it is simply not feasible.“Fortunately for us, it doesn’t have the money or the desire to archive every bit of information that comes its way. ISPs don’t routinely save the Web surfing histories and e-mail conversations of their users. It would simply be too expensive to save all of that data and the public outcry from privacy rights and civil liberties organizations would be deafening,” comments Dave Roos from Get Stuff. Some websites, however, do keep track of IP addresses, which can be traced back to individual users.9. Airport scanners can damage a digital camera’s memory cardThere simply is no truth to the myth, although some users will still be a little nervous when sending their camera and memory cards through an airport’s X-Ray scanner when coming back from a holiday to the Maldives. If scanning equipment damaged memory cards, there would be a huge outcry and regulations would have been put in place to stop it from happening, but the little plastic fellows are actually very robust. In tests conducted by Digital Camera Shopper magazine, memory cards survived a dip in a fizzy cold drink, a spin through a washing machine, being run over by a skateboard, and the playful nature of an unsuspecting six-year-old child.10. The ‘SysRq’ button on a keyboard has an actual functionWhile strictly speaking not actually a fable, we could not resist the temptation to include it in our list of the biggest tech myths, as the ‘SysRq’ (System Request) key is one of the biggest mysteries since the invention of the keyboard. Ask any technology fundi what that key actually does and I guarantee they will be wrong. There is a rumor that when pressed, the computer simply registers that it has indeed been pressed – and nothing more. According to Wikipedia, it was “introduced by IBM with the PC/AT, it was intended to be available as a special key to directly invoke low-level operating system functions with no possibility of conflicting with any existing software.” But as systems started to evolve and become more complex, the key became redundant with no standard use. So much so that electronics manufacturer Lenovo started removing the ‘SysRq’ key from their keyboards in 2010.source:IT NEWS AFRICAlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement As systems started to evolve and become more complex, the ‘SysRq’ key became redundant with no standard use.1. Email is better for communicating, all the time with the growth of many platforms to stay connected and spur on communications, email is certainly better in some situations, but not all the time. While most people have an available connection to email, it is important to note that a traditional phone call will yield results far quicker for important information. If a short answer is needed, it might be better to make use of Instant Messaging or send a message on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.2. Every computer user is as computer-literate as I am, as mentioned in the introduction, more people are making use of electronic devices to stay in contact or to conduct business, but not everyone is on the same level. Much of the older generation is just getting used to the idea of social networks, IM and Skype, and it cannot be expected of them to be as literate as a generation that grew up surrounded by technology. Some people also just have a knack for technology and will tinker with just about anything, but truth be told, not every computer user will know how 3D technology and smartphones work – or even email, for that matter. – Advertisement – 3. A 64-bit Operating System will make computing twice as fast as a 32-bit systeWhile a computer running on a 64-bit operating System (OS) will generally run faster than a 32-bit OS, this is only a half-truth . When operating on 64-bit, the programs running on the computer also need to be compatible with the 64-bit system. Luckily most software vendors today will release separate 32-bit and 64-bit software, which will make a difference in computing speed. Running a 32-bit version on a 64-bit machine, will, however, yield almost no noticeable difference in speed – unless the machine has more than 3GB of RAM.4. Expensive HDMI cables will improve your HDTV qualityThis is a myth in which the salespeople at electronics stores love to indulge in – but in reality your HDTV will not care which HDMI cable you use. Digital audio/video standards like DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI do not suffer from interference and disruption as an analog audio or video signal does, and only a huge drop in signal voltage will cause it to lose signal. HMDI cables are generally all made from the same material, while some claim to be gold-plated or treated with different coatings – but even if there was a difference in screen quality, it will be on a microscopic level that will be almost impossible to detect with the naked eye.5. You always need to ‘eject’ a USB device before unplugging itBeing a half-truth, it is a valid statement only under certain conditions. The only reason why users are urged to ‘eject’ the USB before unplugging it is to make sure that whatever data was being transferred has finished copying over – otherwise the data will be corrupted. However, if the USB was plugged in to check on its contents or to move data from it, there is no need to ‘eject’ the USB, as nothing was written to it. Devices like a keyboard, mouse, printers and scanners can be plugged out without having to ‘eject’ them first – provided that they are not switched on.6. In photography, bigger Megapixels are always betterThis is another favourite sales pitch from floor staff at electronics stores, which is simply not true. Most of the time better photographs are dependent on the skill of the person actually taking the photo.But having more megapixels (and paying more for a camera with it) does not give you a better quality photo – it only starts becoming a factor when images are hugely enlarged. “Even when megapixels mattered, there was little visible difference between cameras with seemingly different ratings. For instance, a 3-megapixel (photo) pretty much looks the same as a 6-megapixel (photo), even when blown up to” 12 inches by 18 inches,” comments photography expert Ken Rockwell. In truth, the majority of people will view their images in a standard size, where megapixels do not matter.7. Having more bars on your mobile will give you better mobile receptionThe signal bars on a mobile phone only indicates the strength of the signal from your mobile phone to the nearest mobile tower, but it is no guarantee that the service will be any better than when the mobile phone only has one bar. A user’s signal to the tower might be strong, but if there is only one tower in the area, a lot of people will be connecting to the same tower at the same time, which will cause a loss in the quality of the communication. Once your signal makes contact with the cell tower, it has to compete against other users through the service provider’s backhaul network – which could lead to poor quality.8. Your Internet Service Provider can track everything that you do onlineWhile it will certainly cause an outrage with digital privacy advocates, in theory it is quite possible. When connecting to the Internet, the ISP is a user’s link to the outside world, and all traffic to and from the user needs to flow through the ISP’s network of routers. So in theory, an ISP has the access and capabilities to scan user traffic, but it it is simply not feasible.“Fortunately for us, it doesn’t have the money or the desire to archive every bit of information that comes its way. ISPs don’t routinely save the Web surfing histories and e-mail conversations of their users. It would simply be too expensive to save all of that data and the public outcry from privacy rights and civil liberties organizations would be deafening,” comments Dave Roos from Get Stuff. Some websites, however, do keep track of IP addresses, which can be traced back to individual users.9. Airport scanners can damage a digital camera’s memory cardThere simply is no truth to the myth, although some users will still be a little nervous when sending their camera and memory cards through an airport’s X-Ray scanner when coming back from a holiday to the Maldives. If scanning equipment damaged memory cards, there would be a huge outcry and regulations would have been put in place to stop it from happening, but the little plastic fellows are actually very robust. In tests conducted by Digital Camera Shopper magazine, memory cards survived a dip in a fizzy cold drink, a spin through a washing machine, being run over by a skateboard, and the playful nature of an unsuspecting six-year-old child.10. The ‘SysRq’ button on a keyboard has an actual functionWhile strictly speaking not actually a fable, we could not resist the temptation to include it in our list of the biggest tech myths, as the ‘SysRq’ (System Request) key is one of the biggest mysteries since the invention of the keyboard. Ask any technology fundi what that key actually does and I guarantee they will be wrong. There is a rumor that when pressed, the computer simply registers that it has indeed been pressed – and nothing more. According to Wikipedia, it was “introduced by IBM with the PC/AT, it was intended to be available as a special key to directly invoke low-level operating system functions with no possibility of conflicting with any existing software.” But as systems started to evolve and become more complex, the key became redundant with no standard use. So much so that electronics manufacturer Lenovo started removing the ‘SysRq’ key from their keyboards in 2010.source:IT NEWS AFRICAlast_img read more

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Rwandan entrepreneurs MPESAs new rival featured on Innovate Africa on Al Jazeera

30 Jul 2019

first_imgHenri Nyakarundi. Credit Daniel Rutland Manners Advertisement Kariuki Gathitu. Credit: Daniel Rutland MannersIn this week’s episode of Innovate Africa, co-host Tapfuma Makina visits Nairobi to meet Kariuki Gathitu, founder of Zege Technologies. Zege has launched MPayer, a mobile payment alternative to MPESA, aimed at small businesses.“In Kenya, 11-and-a-half million people use simple cellphones to pay their bills,“ says Tapfuma. “That’s more than double the number that have bank accounts… It all began when Kenyans who had no bank accounts began to trade their airtime to pay for services. This system was so successful that it was fine-tuned and called MPESA, the Swahili word for money. It is now the most widely used form of payment cross the African continent… But while MPESA works well for individual cash payments, it’s not designed to facilitate a business. But now there is MPayer, a new mobile innovation designed specifically for small businesses in Kenya.”Co-host Ndoni Khanyile visits Rwanda to interview Henri Nyakarundi, an entrepreneur who has designed and franchised solar-powered mobile phone charging kiosks.“The lack of electricity was a big problem in the region,” says the Ared founder. “60% of the population has a cellphone but less than 15% has access to electricity.” – Advertisement – The kiosks are small enough to be towed by a bicycle to wherever people will pay a small fee to charge their phones. The kiosks can charge up to 30 phones at a time and Henri now has 24 franchisees operating across Rwanda.Related Stories[related-posts]“You see a lot of people that want to be in business for themselves but they don’t want to be in business by themselves,” Henri says. “When you look at statistics, the franchise business model has a higher rate of success than traditional business. 80% of franchise businesses succeed; 80% of traditional businesses fail.”Henri Nyakarundi. Credit Daniel Rutland MannersIn Kigali, Ndoni also interviews Clarisse Iribagiza, who co-foundedHe He,  a software development company, which led to her being named one of Forbes’ ’30 under 30’ outstanding tech entrepreneurs in Africa; a feature in Wired; and awards from Transform Africa and Inspire Africa. She talks to Innovate Africa about Nuntu, HeHe’s app store for Africa, and creating mobile apps that deal with everything from motorcycle taxi safety to agricultural online markets.“We don’t just want to be a country or a continent that is simply consuming whatever technologies are being built by others,” Clarisse tells Ndoni. “We want to be part of the people creating the solutions that are contributing to the technological advancement of the world. And I certainly believe that great technological innovations will be coming out of Africa, and out of He He.”Innovate Africa premieres on Al Jazeera English onTuesday, 2 December 2014 at 22h30 GMT / Wednesday, 3 December 01h30 EAT.last_img read more

first_imgHenri Nyakarundi. Credit Daniel Rutland Manners Advertisement Kariuki Gathitu. Credit: Daniel Rutland MannersIn this week’s episode of Innovate Africa, co-host Tapfuma Makina visits Nairobi to meet Kariuki Gathitu, founder of Zege Technologies. Zege has launched MPayer, a mobile payment alternative to MPESA, aimed at small businesses.“In Kenya, 11-and-a-half million people use simple cellphones to pay their bills,“ says Tapfuma. “That’s more than double the number that have bank accounts… It all began when Kenyans who had no bank accounts began to trade their airtime to pay for services. This system was so successful that it was fine-tuned and called MPESA, the Swahili word for money. It is now the most widely used form of payment cross the African continent… But while MPESA works well for individual cash payments, it’s not designed to facilitate a business. But now there is MPayer, a new mobile innovation designed specifically for small businesses in Kenya.”Co-host Ndoni Khanyile visits Rwanda to interview Henri Nyakarundi, an entrepreneur who has designed and franchised solar-powered mobile phone charging kiosks.“The lack of electricity was a big problem in the region,” says the Ared founder. “60% of the population has a cellphone but less than 15% has access to electricity.” – Advertisement – The kiosks are small enough to be towed by a bicycle to wherever people will pay a small fee to charge their phones. The kiosks can charge up to 30 phones at a time and Henri now has 24 franchisees operating across Rwanda.Related Stories[related-posts]“You see a lot of people that want to be in business for themselves but they don’t want to be in business by themselves,” Henri says. “When you look at statistics, the franchise business model has a higher rate of success than traditional business. 80% of franchise businesses succeed; 80% of traditional businesses fail.”Henri Nyakarundi. Credit Daniel Rutland MannersIn Kigali, Ndoni also interviews Clarisse Iribagiza, who co-foundedHe He,  a software development company, which led to her being named one of Forbes’ ’30 under 30’ outstanding tech entrepreneurs in Africa; a feature in Wired; and awards from Transform Africa and Inspire Africa. She talks to Innovate Africa about Nuntu, HeHe’s app store for Africa, and creating mobile apps that deal with everything from motorcycle taxi safety to agricultural online markets.“We don’t just want to be a country or a continent that is simply consuming whatever technologies are being built by others,” Clarisse tells Ndoni. “We want to be part of the people creating the solutions that are contributing to the technological advancement of the world. And I certainly believe that great technological innovations will be coming out of Africa, and out of He He.”Innovate Africa premieres on Al Jazeera English onTuesday, 2 December 2014 at 22h30 GMT / Wednesday, 3 December 01h30 EAT.last_img read more

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YouTube offering bonuses to stars to keep them away from rivals

30 Jul 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Google has started offering bonus money to its YouTube stars to keep them away from a site that hasn’t even launched yet!The WSJ reports that Vessel, created by Hulu exec Jason Kilar, has offered some YouTube artists exclusive and lucrative deals to attract attention to its launch later this year.Sites like Facebook and Crackle have also reportedly been poaching YouTube stars. – Advertisement – The “broadcast yourself” site leans on talent like style coach Michelle Phan and comedian Colleen Ballinger (as Miranda Sings, above) to keep loyal channels fans engaged. But Phan, who had an early look at Vessel, called it “stunning,” and others have said that they were offered serious money for exclusive deals.Artists that stay loyal are making out better, though — on top of bonuses, YouTube has been offering rich funding deals to help select stars create new channels.Source: EnGadgetlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Google has started offering bonus money to its YouTube stars to keep them away from a site that hasn’t even launched yet!The WSJ reports that Vessel, created by Hulu exec Jason Kilar, has offered some YouTube artists exclusive and lucrative deals to attract attention to its launch later this year.Sites like Facebook and Crackle have also reportedly been poaching YouTube stars. – Advertisement – The “broadcast yourself” site leans on talent like style coach Michelle Phan and comedian Colleen Ballinger (as Miranda Sings, above) to keep loyal channels fans engaged. But Phan, who had an early look at Vessel, called it “stunning,” and others have said that they were offered serious money for exclusive deals.Artists that stay loyal are making out better, though — on top of bonuses, YouTube has been offering rich funding deals to help select stars create new channels.Source: EnGadgetlast_img read more

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Instagram will soon let you filter comments on your own account

29 Jul 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Instagram has been building a series of anti-harassment tools and plans to roll some of them out to all users in the coming weeks. According to The Washington Post, Instagram will let each user create their own banned words list, which will stop unwanted comments from being posted on their photos. Users may also gain the ability to turn comments off on a photo-by-photo basis, so someone could potentially disable comments entirely if they wanted to.While harassment on Instagram hasn’t been as much of a story as harassment on other social networks, like Twitter, the development of these tools is still a big deal. Online harassment is a serious issue that any network needs to deal with, period. And flexible tools like a custom banned word list can let individual users take matters into their own hands to clear up their comments section, should someone begin posting hateful or otherwise offensive or tasteless remarks.Having to create a banned phrases list on your own, rather than being able to rely on Instagram’s own filters, isn’t the perfect solution, of course. It still means that any person who cares about preventing harassment on their photos — likely the very people who are already experiencing harassment on Instagram or elsewhere — are going to have to put some work into stopping it. But the fact that tools will be there at all, and the fact that banned phrases can be updated at will, is a big step forward. – Advertisement – “High-volume” Instagram accounts will receive the anti-harassment features first, according to the Post. The filtering feature is supposed to appear in “the coming weeks,” while Instagram is still determining whether to widely roll out the ability to disable comments.[The Verge]last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Instagram has been building a series of anti-harassment tools and plans to roll some of them out to all users in the coming weeks. According to The Washington Post, Instagram will let each user create their own banned words list, which will stop unwanted comments from being posted on their photos. Users may also gain the ability to turn comments off on a photo-by-photo basis, so someone could potentially disable comments entirely if they wanted to.While harassment on Instagram hasn’t been as much of a story as harassment on other social networks, like Twitter, the development of these tools is still a big deal. Online harassment is a serious issue that any network needs to deal with, period. And flexible tools like a custom banned word list can let individual users take matters into their own hands to clear up their comments section, should someone begin posting hateful or otherwise offensive or tasteless remarks.Having to create a banned phrases list on your own, rather than being able to rely on Instagram’s own filters, isn’t the perfect solution, of course. It still means that any person who cares about preventing harassment on their photos — likely the very people who are already experiencing harassment on Instagram or elsewhere — are going to have to put some work into stopping it. But the fact that tools will be there at all, and the fact that banned phrases can be updated at will, is a big step forward. – Advertisement – “High-volume” Instagram accounts will receive the anti-harassment features first, according to the Post. The filtering feature is supposed to appear in “the coming weeks,” while Instagram is still determining whether to widely roll out the ability to disable comments.[The Verge]last_img read more

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WhatsApp Global Rolls Out New Updates to Android Users – Gets Any

29 Jul 2019

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement WhatsApp for Android users are finally receiving new features like support for all types of file transfers (including archives) and shared media bundling. In addition, the latest WhatsApp’s update also enables text formatting in the chat. When typing text in a chat window, users can now tap and hold to select the text to easily bold, strikethrough, or italicize.The new WhatsApp for Android update also brings minor change to the WhatsApp call screen where users will now have to swipe up instead of sideways to pick up a call.All these features were seen last month in the WhatsApp Android Beta version. Notably, the Facebook-owned messaging platform started testing support for all types of file transfers on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone with a limited number of users, removing any hindrance of file sharing on WhatsApp. – Advertisement – With now these new updates, WhatsApp users will now be able to send a bunch of photos to their friends, who will receive them bundled as an album, send all type of file types, and also answer you WhatsApp video or voice call differently by sliding the answer key upwards. Earlier on, users would answer by sliding the answer key sideways.In the illustration below, we tried out the bundle media and also sending an apk file:1 of 2 Notably, earlier this week, Twitter account; @WABetaInfo reported that WhatsApp is testing one of its most anticipated feature; the Recall and Revoke feature in Windows Phone. There was no mention/comment whether the feature would be made available to the Android Beta community.The feature will let users delete their message from the recipient’s phone only if the recipient hasn’t read it yet. This will help many who mistakenly send messages to the wrong person.[related-posts]Editor’s Note: Update or download to/the latest WhatsApp to receive these updates.last_img read more

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement WhatsApp for Android users are finally receiving new features like support for all types of file transfers (including archives) and shared media bundling. In addition, the latest WhatsApp’s update also enables text formatting in the chat. When typing text in a chat window, users can now tap and hold to select the text to easily bold, strikethrough, or italicize.The new WhatsApp for Android update also brings minor change to the WhatsApp call screen where users will now have to swipe up instead of sideways to pick up a call.All these features were seen last month in the WhatsApp Android Beta version. Notably, the Facebook-owned messaging platform started testing support for all types of file transfers on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone with a limited number of users, removing any hindrance of file sharing on WhatsApp. – Advertisement – With now these new updates, WhatsApp users will now be able to send a bunch of photos to their friends, who will receive them bundled as an album, send all type of file types, and also answer you WhatsApp video or voice call differently by sliding the answer key upwards. Earlier on, users would answer by sliding the answer key sideways.In the illustration below, we tried out the bundle media and also sending an apk file:1 of 2 Notably, earlier this week, Twitter account; @WABetaInfo reported that WhatsApp is testing one of its most anticipated feature; the Recall and Revoke feature in Windows Phone. There was no mention/comment whether the feature would be made available to the Android Beta community.The feature will let users delete their message from the recipient’s phone only if the recipient hasn’t read it yet. This will help many who mistakenly send messages to the wrong person.[related-posts]Editor’s Note: Update or download to/the latest WhatsApp to receive these updates.last_img read more

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The Infinix S4 Launched With a Waterdrop Notch Display 32MP Front Camera

29 Jul 2019

first_imgThe Infinix S4 comes with a 32MP front-facing camera and a water-drop notch display. Photo by/TechCabal. Advertisement Infinix Mobility together with its sister company TECNO Mobile launched their newest smartphones in their respectively series in Uganda. TECNO who were the first to launch their handset, unveiled the TECNO Spark 3 and Spark 3 PRO. On the other hand, Infinix followed by officially unveiling their anticipated Infinix S4.The Infinix S4 is the successor to the Infinix S3 and S3X. With the wait of the S4 over, we get to rumors and reality specifications. However, what’s really confirmed that got many reviews, and smartphone critics is the 32MP sensor packed on the front-facing camera. Thus, happens to be the key highlight of the phone with its triple rear camera, water-drop notch display and a bigger battery.The launch of the new mid-range in the s-series is runs along the theme/ campaign dubbed ‘Empower The Infinity You’. – Advertisement – The phone, is now available in retail shops in Black, Blue, Purple, and Blue color options at a RRP of UGX585,000.We predicted some of the features and specifications of the Infinix S4 which some turned out to be true.Outside the box, the Infinix S4 runs on Android 9.0 Pie topped on with Infinix’s newest custom XOS Cheetah 5.0. The mobile OS is paired with MediaTek’s Helio P22 chipset, 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor, and 3GB + 6GB RAM. Additionally has an on-board storage of 32GB and 64GB expandable to 128GB with a microSD card.It runs on a non-removable 4,000mAh battery as well. The usual claims persists, as the company says it can last for 2 days on a single charge. The charging capabilities do support fast charging a strongest advantage when it comes to charging your phone in the shortest time possible.Looking at the imaging and video optics, the Infinix S4 comes with a 32MP sensor on the front-facing camera. The triple rear camera comes with 13MP+8MP+2MP sensors all integrated with AI technology. The cameras shoot up-to 1080p at 30fps videos.In terms of connectivity, the S4 supports, Bluetooth v5.0, microUSB v2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, GPS and has a fingerprint mounted at the back.In terms of display, the dual SIM phone comes with 6.2-Inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. Has a screen aspect ratio of 18:9 ratio and resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.last_img read more

first_imgThe Infinix S4 comes with a 32MP front-facing camera and a water-drop notch display. Photo by/TechCabal. Advertisement Infinix Mobility together with its sister company TECNO Mobile launched their newest smartphones in their respectively series in Uganda. TECNO who were the first to launch their handset, unveiled the TECNO Spark 3 and Spark 3 PRO. On the other hand, Infinix followed by officially unveiling their anticipated Infinix S4.The Infinix S4 is the successor to the Infinix S3 and S3X. With the wait of the S4 over, we get to rumors and reality specifications. However, what’s really confirmed that got many reviews, and smartphone critics is the 32MP sensor packed on the front-facing camera. Thus, happens to be the key highlight of the phone with its triple rear camera, water-drop notch display and a bigger battery.The launch of the new mid-range in the s-series is runs along the theme/ campaign dubbed ‘Empower The Infinity You’. – Advertisement – The phone, is now available in retail shops in Black, Blue, Purple, and Blue color options at a RRP of UGX585,000.We predicted some of the features and specifications of the Infinix S4 which some turned out to be true.Outside the box, the Infinix S4 runs on Android 9.0 Pie topped on with Infinix’s newest custom XOS Cheetah 5.0. The mobile OS is paired with MediaTek’s Helio P22 chipset, 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor, and 3GB + 6GB RAM. Additionally has an on-board storage of 32GB and 64GB expandable to 128GB with a microSD card.It runs on a non-removable 4,000mAh battery as well. The usual claims persists, as the company says it can last for 2 days on a single charge. The charging capabilities do support fast charging a strongest advantage when it comes to charging your phone in the shortest time possible.Looking at the imaging and video optics, the Infinix S4 comes with a 32MP sensor on the front-facing camera. The triple rear camera comes with 13MP+8MP+2MP sensors all integrated with AI technology. The cameras shoot up-to 1080p at 30fps videos.In terms of connectivity, the S4 supports, Bluetooth v5.0, microUSB v2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, GPS and has a fingerprint mounted at the back.In terms of display, the dual SIM phone comes with 6.2-Inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. Has a screen aspect ratio of 18:9 ratio and resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

29 Jul 2019

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 2 August2.30 GoodwoodMontiridge 6/4 > 11/104.15 GoodwoodGrecian 6/1 > 9/24.50 GoodwoodWinning Express 5/2 > 2/15.25 GoodwoodGoodwood Mirage 9/2 > 7/2And the football is back tonight. We’ve seen plenty of support for Sheffield United at evens which is coming under pressure in their League One clash against Notts County.last_img

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 2 August2.30 GoodwoodMontiridge 6/4 > 11/104.15 GoodwoodGrecian 6/1 > 9/24.50 GoodwoodWinning Express 5/2 > 2/15.25 GoodwoodGoodwood Mirage 9/2 > 7/2And the football is back tonight. We’ve seen plenty of support for Sheffield United at evens which is coming under pressure in their League One clash against Notts County.last_img

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