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It would have to be a credible choice thats real

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first_img‘It would have to be a credible choice that’s real’ – @jeremycorbyn discusses his ‘enthusiasm’ for a second referendum but says his priority is making sure that the UK doesn’t ‘crash out’ of Europe on March 29. #RidgeFor more, head here: https://t.co/KpKvynnkfY pic.twitter.com/L5CMe3qHke— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) March 17, 2019Jeremy Corbyn was interviewed by Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday. This is what we learnt…1. Labour is still campaigning for its Brexit plan.Every time Jeremy Corbyn was asked about Labour’s Brexit policy, he described the party’s alternative plan to Sky’s Sophy Ridge. On the “five points” set out in his amendment tabled in February, and originally in a letter to the Prime Minister, the opposition leader said: “I’m reaching out to MPs across all parties to discuss those at the moment.”Then, describing “our proposals of a customs union, market access and guaranteeing rights and environment and consumer protections” as “the credible ones”, he reiterated: “that’s what we’re putting forward”.2. But Labour is set to support an amendment proposing another referendum.Although the leadership had promised to back a ‘people’s vote’ amendment at the second meaningful vote, the People’s Vote campaign recommended that the move be delayed. It was widely recognised that it would otherwise have been heavily defeated in parliament – and possibly taken off the table as a result.It is now expected that Labour will make the move this week, when MPs vote on Theresa May’s deal for a third time, in the form of ‘Kyle/Wilson’ – an amendment tabled by Labour backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson. Asked whether he would be whipping in favour of it, Corbyn replied: “If the amendment is as I have just set out, then, yes, we will be supporting it. But we’ve obviously got to see the wording of it, and Peter and Phil are discussing that.”It was unclear in the interview what had just been “set out” as terms for agreeing to the amendment. But it is understood that the Labour leadership would prefer not to support May’s deal, but to withhold support (and abstain in the vote) on the condition that it is put to a ‘confirmatory ballot’. Kyle and Wilson’s Guardian piece tells us that their amendment will take this shape.3. Jeremy Corbyn’s “enthusiasm” for another referendum will continue to be doubted.“Are you enthusiastic about a second referendum?” Ridge asked. “I’m enthusiastic – I’m enthusiastic about getting a deal with Europe which guarantees our future trading relationship and protects jobs and industries in this country,” Corbyn replied. “And I do think… I do think people should have a choice on that.” His reply, which referred to securing a deal rather than the possibility of stopping Brexit, sparked criticism.4. Blocking ‘no deal’ is the priority.Labour’s support for its alternative Brexit plan and another referendum, plus its discussions with MPs about Common Market 2.0, is all about making prevention of a ‘no deal’ Brexit the priority.5. Corbyn could vote to leave in a new referendum.Asked whether he would vote to remain, Corbyn replied: “It depends what the choice is in front of us. If we’ve got a good deal in which we can have a dynamic relationship with Europe, which is all the trading relationships and so on, then that might be a good way forward that unites the country.”When the question was repeated, he confirmed: “It depends what the relationship is we’ve agreed in the future.” His answers imply that he could very well campaign to leave if Labour’s alternative plan were on the ballot paper (rather than May’s deal).6. We can expect another no-confidence motion soon.Noting that the government reportedly intends to bring its deal back to a third meaningful vote this week, which it is widely expected to lose again, Corbyn said: “I think at that point a confidence motion will be appropriate. I think at that point we should say there has to be a general election.”Pressed further on the timing, he added: “We’ll obviously decide the exact moment, but quite obviously we don’t have confidence in this government’s ability and indeed parliament doesn’t.”7. Ken Clarke may be Corbyn’s favourite Tory.“Are there any Conservative MPs that you particularly admire?” Ridge inquired. “I think there’s… well, I suppose I’ve known Kenneth Clarke for so long and we’ve disagreed on so many things for so long, we actually personally get along okay.”8. Corbyn would prefer a short extension to Article 50.“It’s tight, but I think it’s possible to do what’s necessary during that time,” Corbyn said of a three-month delay to Brexit. “A longer extension has legal complications concerning membership of the EU and European elections. So the impression I got from the EU was they were not keen on extending beyond June.”Supporters of a fresh public vote may be concerned about Corbyn’s reluctance to back a longer extension, as this would be required for parliament to legislate for a referendum.Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /last_img read more

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13 Labour MPs voted against removing Mike Gapes an

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first_img13 Labour MPs voted against removing Mike Gapes and Ian Austin, who have both left the Labour Party, from the foreign affairs committee in parliament.On Tuesday evening, Labour put forward a motion to remove the independent MPs, and it was passed by 199 votes to 134 – a majority of 65.The move caused controversy, as some argued that select committees should be independent, not party political. Austin described it as “vindictive”.But commenting on the motion, a Labour spokesperson said: “Select committee and delegation places are allocated on the basis of the size of parties at the general election.“It’s only right that the Labour Party fills its allocation – just as every other party does – and gives a voice to Labour voters in parliament.”Austin and Gapes will be replaced by Labour MPs Conor McGinn and Catherine West on the foreign affairs committee.It is expected that Chris Leslie, who also left Labour last month to join The Independent Group, will soon face removal from the international trade select committee.13 Labour MPs voted against Labour’s motion:Adrian BaileyKevin BarronChris BryantAnn ClwydLouise EllmanPaul FarrellyJim FitzpatrickMargaret HodgeDavid LammySteve McCabeSiobhain McDonaghIan MurrayWes StreetingTags:Labour /The Independent Group /last_img read more

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Shimmering sculpture invites San Franciscans to DREAM

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first_img Tags: arts Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Fernández later learned that the maker of the wall of dreaming was an Oakland-based graffiti artist, Mike “Dream” Francisco, who was killed in an attempted robbery in 2000. Five years ago, Fernández set out to elevate the message over the hillside for all to see.Though Fernández always had immigrants in mind alongside the others she was encouraging to dream, the work is painfully timely now. The federal government recently announced that the documentation program for immigrants who were brought to the country as children, DACA, would be ended. That leaves thousands of immigrants who rely on this documentation to work, often called “Dreamers,” in a difficult and uncertain position.“This piece is for them; this piece is for the Dreamers, and for us to question who is able to dream,” Fernández said.   By nature of its conception and construction, however, the piece is also made for and by its community members. Rebeka Rodriguez, Civic Engagement Manager at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, went to nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Bessie Carmichael Elementary School and helped develop a program that drew students into the themes of the piece. Through artist residencies at the school, artists developed multiple parallel curricula for students to explore the themes of the DREAM installation in architecture, theater poetry and music.In one case, they were tasked with solving a problem through design work, while in another, a class developed a book of poems.In the songwriting curriculum, students tackled the more difficult aspects of dreaming — they were writing the lyrics to a song called “Big Dreams” last fall, immediately after the election.“The song is going to be about their dreams, but as they were writing the lyrics right after the election, it inevitably also included nightmares,” Rodriguez said.Eventually, students were also offered the chance to participate in assembling the massive artwork, which spans more than 70 feet in width and includes about 1,000 shiny aluminum scales. When students in an a capella group were working at Gizmo Art Productions, where the piece was fabricated, Fernández asked them to participate in a ritual: They sang their song to the installation as they assembled it, as an offering.On Friday, the song “Big Dreams” will be performed by students at an unveiling ceremony for the piece. The piece has been installed on a city-owned piece of land on the hill above the Alemany Food Market to spark thought and conversation.“As people are arriving, I think it’s really appropriate,” Rodriguez said. “Being able to curate this piece into existence and really design these residencies at the school and figure out how to incorporate mostly marginalized voices into a larger conversation feels really important.”An unveiling ceremony will be held Friday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alemany Farmer’s Market.Installation of the DREAM sculpture. Photo courtesy of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts[check] center_img Drivers coming into San Francisco where the 101 and 280 freeways merge have been greeted for the past few days by shimmering 12-foot-tall letters spelling out the word, “DREAM.”“You’re met with this word, and it’s almost like this welcome mat. It looks like reflections on water or the grass moving,” said Ana Teresa Fernández, the artist behind the piece. Fernández had been commuting by car for years between her Bernal Heights home and her Bayview studio, and each day would pass a semi-hidden aesthetic marvel: A building completely covered in someone’s graffiti tag, “Dream.” “I would drive by it every day, and would look up and see it, and was like, wow, Dream. It made me have this moment … where I would kind of check in with myself,” she said. “I wish this just echoed and rumbled a little higher over the hillside.”last_img read more

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JON Wilkin Jonny Lomax and James Roby have been n

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first_imgJON Wilkin, Jonny Lomax and James Roby have been named in England’s 32-man Elite Training Squad.They join Paul Clough, Gary Wheeler, Mark Flanagan and Lee Gaskell who are included in the England Knights set up.The ETS squad includes 19 players who were involved in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations and eight players who are uncapped by England, including Catalan Dragons’ Torquay-born hooker Ian Henderson who has been in outstanding form this season in the Stobart Super League.There is also a return to the England squad for Wigan Warriors forward Gareth Hock, who last played on the international stage in June 2009 when England defeated France 66-12 in Paris.The ETS players will meet up at their Loughborough base next week alongside the England Knights squad and there will be a further four camps throughout this year including a 10-day high altitude camp in the autumn.“Over the past 12 months we have made excellent progress throughout our international programme,” said McNamara. “We now have a long term plan with our programme of activity in place for the next two years. This approach, as we continue to build up to the Rugby League World Cup, gives me and the players’ clarity and a clear structure.“We have two very exciting squads that can build on last year’s efforts on reaching the Gillette Four Nations final. In addition I am monitoring on a weekly basis our eight Australian based players, who will play a pivotal role in our plans. Our aim now is to retain the current crop of players and realise our ambition of winning the Rugby League World Cup in 2013.”The average age of the ETS is just 26.8 while the average of the Knights is 22.6.England will start their 2012 campaign with two matches against the Exiles in the summer and an international triangular series in the autumn against European counterparts France and Wales.The first origin game will take place on Saturday June 16 with the second on Wednesday July 4.England, Wales and France will play an International Triangular Series in October and November.England Knights will play Ireland in June and will join Ireland, Italy and Scotland in the Alitalia Cup in the autumn.2012 England Elite Training Squad:Carl Ablett: Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet ParksideRyan Bailey: Leeds Rhinos, MilfordChris Bridge: Warrington Wolves, WaterheadTom Briscoe: Hull FC, Featherstone LionsDanny Brough: Huddersfield Giants, Eastmoor DragonsRob Burrow :Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone LionsGarreth Carvell: Warrington Wolves, StanningleyJosh Charnley: Wigan Warriors, Wigan St PatricksRangi Chase: Castleford Tigers, Dannevirke TigersEorl Crabtree: Huddersfield Giants, Huddersfield YMCALeroy Cudjoe: Huddersfield Giants, Newsome PanthersRyan Hall: Leeds Rhinos, Oulton RaidersZak Hardaker: Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone LionsIan Henderson: Catalan Dragons, TerrigalGareth Hock: Wigan Warriors, Wigan St JudesBen Jones-Bishop: Leeds Rhinos, QueensJamie Jones-Buchanan: Leeds Rhinos, StanningleyJonny Lomax: St Helens, Orrell St JamesDanny McGuire: Leeds Rhinos, East LeedsMichael McIlorum: Wigan Warriors, QueensAdrian Morley: Warrington Wolves, EcclesLee Mossop: Wigan Warriors, HensinghamSean O’Loughlin: Wigan Warriors, Wigan St PatricksJamie Peacock: (captain) Leeds Rhinos, StanningleyJames Roby: St Helens, BlackbrookKevin Sinfield: Leeds Rhinos, WaterheadSam Tomkins: Wigan Warriors. Wigan St PatricksKallum Watkins: Leeds Rhinos, Latchford AlbionKris Welham: Hull KR, Myton WarriorsBen Westwood: Warrington Wolves, NormantonJon Wilkin: St Helens, East HullKirk Yeaman: Hull FC, Myton Warriors2012 England Knights Squad:Joe Arundel: Castleford Tigers, Castleford PanthersJodie Broughton: Salford City Reds, QueensChris Clarkson: Leeds Rhinos, East LeedsPaul Clough: St Helens, BlackbrookMike Cooper: Warrington Wolves, Latchford AlbionRhys Evans: Warrington Wolves, Burtonwood BulldogsLiam Farrell: Wigan Warriors, Wigan St PatsDale Ferguson: Huddersfield Giants, Featherstone LionsMark Flanagan: St Helens, Saddleworth RangersLee Gaskell: St Helens, BlackbrookJosh Hodgson: Hull KR, Hull DockersDanny Houghton: Hull FC, East HullShaun Lunt: Huddersfield Giants, Ellenborough RangersJermaine McGillvary: Huddersfield Giants, Deighton JuniorsRichie Myler: Warrington Wolves, Halton West BankLarne Patrick: Huddersfield Giants, Townville TigersStefan Ratchford: Warrington Wolves, Wigan St PatricksChris Riley: Warrington Wolves, Woolston RoversMatty Smith: Salford City Reds, BlackbrookScott Taylor: Hull KR, SkirlaughLiam Watts: Hull KR, Featherstone LionsJoe Wardle: Huddersfield Giants, OvendenGary Wheeler: St Helens, Blackbrook RoyalsElliot Whitehead: Bradford Bulls, West Bowlinglast_img read more

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A FANTASTIC try from Tony Puletua handed Saints a

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first_imgA FANTASTIC try from Tony Puletua handed Saints a late 34-28 over Hull KR at Langtree Park on Friday.He finished off a tumultuous Francis Meli run to finally end a dramatic comeback from the visitors – and lift his side to third in the Stobart Super League table.Before then, Rovers had wiped out a 26-0 deficit.Doubles for Paul Wellens and Josh Jones, plus Jonny Lomax’ 13th of the season had a jaded Hull KR searching for answers.But they found them with three tries in the final 10 minutes of the half to rock Saints on their heels.In the second half, Scott Taylor grabbed his second to make it game on before Blake Green forged the Robins ahead.But Anthony Laffranchi took advantage of a quick play the ball to rip the lead back once again.And it was left to TP – who was simply class throughout – to seal a dramatic victory.Saints kept faith with the majority of the players that beat Salford – Lance Hohaia missing out through injury and being replaced by Lee Gaskell. Josh Perry also returned after missing the win in Manchester.But it was the magic of the Jonny Lomax that got the home side on the board; skipping through on the last tackle after just six minutes.Paul Wellens grabbed the side’s second four minutes later – again benefitting from great work and a delayed pass from Lomax.It got better on 17 minutes as Lee Gaskell’s chip through took a lucky deflection and Wello scooped up.Tommy Makinson adding his second of the night.Josh Jones then got his ninth of the season as he snaffled up a four-pointer after Rovers failed to deal with a bouncing ball.And on 25 minutes Saints had their fifth of the night. Hull KR were right on Saints line but an error was picked off by Tony Puletua.From there, he broke the line, got the ball to Meli who turned the defence inside out before flipping a superb pass to Jones for his second of the night.At 26-0 Saints were rampant and there were no real concerns when Scott Taylor took advantage of a bouncing pass and an unlikely gap – goaled by Michael Dobson.But when Sam Latus profited from another home error to make it 26-10 and then he grabbed another seconds later to leave Hull KR just 10 points behind at half time, the sirens were sounding.Saints couldn’t get out of their 20 in the opening stages of the second half and Taylor notched his second after a bulldozing run.And the comeback was complete as after the home side were harshly done for a penalty they failed to clear a kick and Josh Hodgson profited.Dobson added his fourth of the night and it gave his side an unlikely lead.Saints could have regained the momentum moments later but Meli was just bundled into touch by Green and Graeme Horne.But it was perhaps a sign of what was to come as Anthony Laffranchi took advantage of James Roby’s brilliant play from dummy half with less than 10 minutes remaining.Then the win was signed off in resounding fashion.Meli picked the ball up inside his own half, swotted away three would be tacklers but was halted short of the line.From the play the ball, TP does what he does best – heading to the line with speed and power and he crossed with three on his back.Superb.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Lomax, Wellens (2), Jones (2), Laffranchi, PuletuaGoals: Makinson (3 from 7)Hull KR:Tries: Taylor (2). Latus (2), HodgsonGoals: Dobson (4 from 5)Penalties:Saints: 6Hull KR: 7HT: 26-16FT: 34-28REF: Thierry AlibertATT: 12435Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 26. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 20. Lee Gaskell, 7. Jonny Lomax; 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 11. Tony Puletua, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13. Chris Flannery, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough.Hull KR:1. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Craig Hall, 4. Jake Webster, 18. Graeme Horne, 21. Sam Latus; 6. Blake Green, 7. Michael Dobson; 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Josh Hodgson, 17. Ryan O’Hara, 11. Constantine Mika, 12. Ben Galea, 16. Jason Netherton.Subs: 10. Scott Taylor, 14. Lincoln Withers, 19. Scott Murrell, 23. Mickey Paea.last_img read more

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A STIRRING and brave second half comeback wasnt e

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first_imgA STIRRING and brave second half comeback wasn’t enough as Saints went down 29-16 at Langtree Park.In front of packed stadium, they overturned scored 16 unanswered points but agonisingly couldn’t drag it level.The damage was done in the first half as Warrington raced to a 22-0 lead within 26 minutes.Lee Briers was at his imperious best as he dragged his side around the park and had a hand in their first two tries.His kick to Joel Monaghan was class and further scores from Rhys Evans, Mickey Higham and Trent Waterhouse underlined their dominance.But Saints clawed their way back into it and tries from Jordan Turner and Adam Swift gave them a big say in the destination of the two points.Jonny Lomax dragged Saints right back into it on 57 minutes as Saints pummelled the Wolves’ line.But a Briers’ drop goal took the visitors’ lead to seven points and that took the sting out of the home side’s recovery.Saints – with only one change from the side that beat Warrington – got off to a slow start and found themselves under pressure on both their opening sets.And it was Briers who capitalised, chipping early in their second set to Joel Monaghan who plucked the ball out of the air and touched downIt was hardly the best start for Saints who looked ponderous under the Wolves ‘in your face’ defence.And it got worse – Rhys Evans scoring on Warrington’s next set as the visitor’s broke down the middle.Saints forced a dropout on ten minutes after Stuart Howarth improvised on the last but the Wolves quelled the danger.And five minutes later Mickey Higham was adjudged to have put the ball down after a high ball and a number of ricochets – but it seemed pretty harsh on Saints.Ratchford adding the second of his conversions.Saints were struggling to make any headway but did force a drop out when Jordan Turner jarred the ball loose with a massive hit.But the ball went to ground seconds later and on 23 minutes Rhys Evans was within inches of getting his second.Saints didn’t heed the warning and within a minute Simon Grix set up Trent Waterhouse with the easiest of grubbers.The home side needed something big and they got it on 29 minutes. They forced a knock on and Jordan Turner produced a powerful run to get Saints on the board.Jonny Lomax converting.Saints continued to pile on the pressure but were guilty of overplaying at times whilst Warrington’s pack tackling rocked them on their heels.But as the half time hooter got ready to sound, fast hands saw the ball go left through Sia Soliola, Lomax and Francis Meli for Adam Swift to cross.In the second half Saints won the ball back from the kick off and Hohaia was inches away.Jonny Lomax looked to be hit high by Mike Cooper and then another high shot on Alex Walmsley was ignored.But Warrington got a penalty of their own and Saints had to be very sharp to quell a Briers’ chip.Three penalties though landed Saints right on Warrington’s line and they sandwiched a repeat set too.Hohaia was held up over the line but Lomax made no mistake as he took a wonderful Manu pass to underline Saints’ dominance of the second half.Lomax converting from the touchline to make it a six point game.Saints chanced their arm a couple of times to get on level terms but couldn’t find a way through – and Briers extended the lead by a point on 66 minutes.That took the pace out of the game and try as they might, the home side just couldn’t find a way back.Garreth Carvell crossing late on.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Turner, Swift, LomaxGoals: Lomax (2 from 3)Wolves: Tries: Monaghan. J, Evans, Higham, Waterhouse, CarvellGoals: Ratchford (4 from 5)Drop: BriersPenalties:Saints: 8Wolves: 6HT: 10-22FT: 16-29REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 14759Teams:Saints:7. Jonny Lomax; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Francis Meli, 26. Adam Swift; 12. Jon Wilkin, 6. Lance Hohaia; 11. Tony Puletua, 36. Stuart Howarth, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 19. Josh Jones, 27. Anthony Walker, 13. Willie Manu.Subs: 1. Paul Wellens, 4. Sia Soliola, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 25. Alex Walmsley.Wolves:19. Stefan Ratchford; 2. Chris Riley, 3. Chris Bridge, 20. Rhys Evans, 5. Joel Monaghan; 6. Lee Briers, 15. Simon Grix; 18. Chris Hill, 14. Micky Higham, 16. Paul Wood, 11. Trent Waterhouse, 12. Ben Westwood, 13. Ben Harrison.Subs: 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Michael Monaghan, 10. Garreth Carvell, 17. Mike Cooper.last_img read more

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As it was they had to disband their Reserves side

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first_imgAs it was they had to disband their Reserves side which is why we’ve been able to call on so many this season in times of need.So what was always going to be a hard game was given extra spice with no less than six of the Robins having lined up for the Saints this season and determined to do well for their parent side.But it was one of their first team squad Thomas Minns who opened the scoring sprinting 90 metres after picking up a knock on missed by the referee from a Saints attack.The Saints hit back as Matty Costello showed a clean pair of heels to the defensive line sprinting around them to the corner. This after an attempted 40/20 by Danny Richardson was helped into touch by the Rovers full back.The Saints took the lead just before the half hour with a surprisingly easy run to the line from dummy half by Aaron Smith. The Saints had been put into an attacking position with a great run out of defence from Jake Spedding and a mazy run across the line from Kev Brown.But the last ten minutes belonged to Rovers as the Saints respect for possession hit an all-time low with wild passes being thrown in our own 20 metre area.They scored two tries from Joe Cator and Adam Rooks to go in six points to the good.Having said that the Saints completion rate was poor earlier, they started the second half completing only two from seven sets the last being an uncontrolled hack on from Danny Richardson from Jack Ashworth’s poor pass off the floor.As a result Rovers were growing in confidence and increased their lead when hooker Tom Jubb ran in from dummy half unopposed.From the restart Rovers knocked on in their own 20. From the scrum on the left quick hands from left to right from Richardson found Ricky Bailey who ignored the great dummy run from Mike Weldon finding his winger and Kev Brown acrobatically did the rest.The messages from the coaching staff finally seemed to percolate through to the players and the Saints started to turn the screw.Led by the magnificent Matty Lees they pounded the tiring Rovers pack and it was Lees who scored next.A great exit set from the Saints own 20 saw Chris Follin taking it on 20 metres and four further drives one from Matty Lees saw the big prop end up taking Richardson’s pass and dragging three over with him.Richardson’s conversion put the Saints within two points with 10 minutes left.Rovers were visibly wilting in the bright sun and the Saints again rolled 80 metres up field after a clearance kick with Bailey, Spedding and Costello each making big metres.On the last Richardson grubbered the ball to the posts, it hit the pads, ricocheted around amongst the five players in attendance only for Jonah Cunningham to pounce for the decisive try.There was still time for the Saints to try to throw it away by missing the short kick-off but they managed to survive with Aaron Smith pulling off a miraculous tackle on Graeme Horne under the sticks when a try seemed on the cards.Coaches Talbot and Wellens were at pains to point out at the conclusion what a difference finishing with nine out of nine completed sets makes and how much easier it would be if they could do it all the time.This was a fantastic advertisement for the whole Reserves concept. Richardson showed glimpses of his talent and Mike Weldon played long and hard but the stand out competitor for the Saints, playing all but seven minutes, was Matty Lees.Match Summary:Hull KR: Tries: Tom Minns (3), Joe Cator (34), Adam Rooks (38), Tom Jubb (59). Goals: Zach Docker-Clay 3 from 4.Saints: Tries: Matty Costello (11), Aaron Smith (27), Kev Brown (60), Matty Lees (70), Jonah Cunningham (75). Goals: Danny Richardson 3 from 5.Half Time: 16-10 Full Time: 22-26Teams:Hull KR: 2. Ben Cockayne; 23. Niall Sidney, 3. Tom Minns, 40. Jack Logan, 5. Elliott Wallis; 25. Harry Hutchinson, 18. Zach Docker-Clay; 17. Mitch Clarke, 9. Tom Jubb, 34. Brad Clavering, 11. Owen Harrison, 14. Graeme Horne, 20. Liam Thompson. Subs: 15. Harry Bardle, 16. Harrison Morrow, 19. Tom Burke, 22. Adam Rooks, 24. Ben Butler, 27. Will Oakes, 30. Joe Cator.Saints: 1. Ricky Bailey; 5. Kev Brown, 4. Matty Costello, 3. Jake Spedding, 2. Cameron Brown; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Rob Fairclough; 19. Matty Lees, 9. Tommy Lee, 24. Jack Ashworth, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Mike Weldon, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 14. Brad Billsborough, 15. Alex Eckley, 16. Callum Hazard, 17. Jorge Lewtas, 18. Aaron Smith, 21. Josh Eaves, 23. Chris Follin.last_img read more

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Pender mom accused of trying to drown kids appears in court

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first_img Milton faces four counts of attempted first degree murder, each count carries a sentence of up to 484 months behind bars.Milton, who was also very emotional during her court appearance, received a court appointed attorney.In the call made to 911 just before noon on Wednesday, an overwrought woman told the 911 operator she was the children’s grandmother and had stopped her daughter from trying to drown them.Related Article: Pair arrested after police found cocktail of drugs at Wilmington homeThe grandmother said she was locked in a bedroom with the four children.One of Milton’s sisters, who is also the daughter of the 911 caller, later told WWAY that was not the case and instead, their mother dramatized what happenedThe Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the children are between the ages of 10 months and three years old. The children were taken to Pender Memorial Hospital for observation before being released.There will be a hearing on November 17 to determine where the four children will be placed. Milton asked for a home study to be done at the homes of two of her sisters so they would be able to take the children.The judge placed Milton under a $1 million bond. 29-year-old Aeisha Milton, a Mount Olive resident, was arrested and charged with four counts of attempted first degree murder. (Photo: Pender County Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The woman accused of trying to drown her young children in a bathtub on Wednesday appeared in Pender County court this morning.Family members of Aeisha Milton were there and were very emotional as the 29-year-old faced the judge.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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After alleged attempted abduction of student UNCW issues statement

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first_img UNCW added that as soon as they were able to share the information University Police had secured via their investigation, in collaboration with Wilmington Police Department, a campus message was issued to make students and employees aware of what had allegedly occurred.They say text alert messages are reserved for immediate, ongoing threats such as active shooters/attackers, tornadoes, evacuations, etc., and are not otherwise required.The university said they will continue to review, under normal processes, whether text alerts should be issued if University Police are notified of an alleged incident and substantial social media or campus speculation develops, once information is verified.Related Article: UNCW goalkeeper taking Women’s World Cup by stormThey say they must remain cautious about not overutilizing the text alert communications tool so messages about immediate threats receive due attention, but always want to share appropriate safety warnings with our community as soon as possible. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNC-Wilmington is responding after a woman said someone try to abduct her while she was walking down Heidi Drive Thursday morning near campus.The university says University Police was notified about the alleged incident hours after the fact. Therefore it was determined there was not an immediate or ongoing threat to campus safety, and according to federal regulations, a campus notification was not required.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Brunswick County school bus driver cleared resigns

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first_img Crawford had been suspended with pay.Brunswick County Schools says Crawford resigned this morning and is no longer an employee. BRUNSWICK COUNTY,  NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County school bus driver accused of assault with sexual motives involving children will not face charges.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says they have cleared Lonnie Crawford, 77, and the investigation is now closed.- Advertisement – last_img

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Fayetteville VA Medical Center ReOpens Wilmington Site

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first_img Emergency VA doctors have come from around the country have come to lend a hand.The center also opened the parking lot to the Virginia and Fayetteville clinic mobile units.Some patients were in desperate need of this re-opening.Related Article: Fayetteville VA inland sites open; coastal sites closedOne patient, Kathy Sigg, who traveled to the site from New Bern, was so thankful to finally get the medical attention she needed.“This was the third appointment that I rescheduled to be seen so when that happened to me Wednesday or whatever. I was really really upset to drive all that way and [see] red tape,” said Sigg.The health care center is located at 1705 Gardner Road. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Florence forced about 7,000 patients to reschedule their appointments with the Fayetteville Veteran Affairs Medical Center.Thursday morning, the Wilmington Health Care Center re-opened its doors offering primary care, mental health, pharmacy, lab and radiology service.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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UNCW hosts perfect Jazz filled weekend

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first_img The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium.North Carolina JazzGirls Day is March 30, which is sponsored by the music department at UNCW and the Jazz Arts Initiative of Charlotte.An all-female ensemble performance featuring Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen and UNCW music faculty member Natalie Boeyink at 7:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium.Related Article: 3 more Seahawks to join Sharks this summerTickets for both shows are $6.Watch the video above for more information. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Calling all Jazz lovers, UNCW has the perfect weekend for you.On March 29, The Department of Music at UNCW will host the 37th annual JazzFest concert. It will feature drummer, producer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington and members of the UNCW jazz faculty.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Delia replies to questions on Xarabank

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first_imgOpposition Leader and PN leader Adrian Delia Delia participated in a live debate on Friday evening on popular TV programme Xarabank aired on state television, TVM. The format adopted was a one on one interview with host Peppi Azzopardi, followed by a panel composed of former PN local councillor Wayne Hewitt, Jeremy Camilleri, former PN candidate David Thake, George Tabone and former PN MP Franco Debono who joined via Skype, and which fielded questions to the PN leader.The first question directed at Delia by Azzopardi concerned the feeling on Sunday morning when the counting started post EP election. Delia said that it was not a pleasant sensation and felt the urge to join the party activists most of whom were volunteers at the counting hall. According to Delia, the kind of responsibility to be shouldered is not to abandon the party by resigning but to continue working and bringing the change which is needed. Delia further stated that he will work harder on bringing people closer to the party.Delia said that one of the initiatives to be undertaken by the Party is a weekly meeting with paid-up party activists in groups of 40s or 50s. In view that the party turns 140 years next year, Delia said one needs to ask a question whether the party will be 140 years old or young?When asked whether he would resign following a defeat at the next general election due in three years time, Delia said that it would depend if the party garners the results expected, however he said yes he will.‘Tomorrow you will be happy with the result’In his concluding remarks, Wayne Hewitt urged Delia to choose Kevin Cutajar as the MP to take the vacated seat. Delia in his reply told Hewitt to wait for Saturday when the matter will be discussed at the Executive Committee meeting. Delia remarked that Hewitt will be happy with the result. The Nationalist leader also invited Hewitt to come back to the party, following claims by Hewitt himself that Delia was part of the problem and not the solution, and that he was contributing further to the divide within the party.‘What does it mean to be Nationalist? PN needs to do some soul searching’ – DebonoJoining into the conversation via Skype, former PN MP Franco Debono, made comments on the party’s situation rather than posed questions directly to Delia. Debono remarked that whenever he had such questions, he would ask them to the Nationalist leader himself. The former PN MP and lawyer Debono said that the PN is lacking a raison d’etre, which he termed as creed. Posing almost existential questions, Debono further asked what does it mean to be a Nationalist? He said that the party needs to search its soul, as well as embark on a journey that mends that which has been broken.Debono further said that an apology was not enough, and much more needs to be done.Thake alleges he has information about an offer; provides no evidenceDuring his intervention David Thake asked Delia whether he was aware that the owner of 17 Black Yorgen Fenech had offered €50,000 to prevent PN MEP David Casa from being elected. Thake said that he was in possession of such information however did not bring any evidence to the show when he posed the question. Delia stated that he was not aware that such an offer had been made and denied that he has ties to Fenech.Host Peppi Azzopardi reminded Thake that such allegations against Fenech were being made in his absence, therefore without giving Fenech the opportunity to defend himself against such allegations. Azzopardi cautioned Thake on the loaded question put forward during the programme and also in view of the fact that no evidence was brought along to the show to substantiate the claims.Delia insisted with Thake that if he was in possession of such information, then he should go to the police for there to be an investigation. He took a step further and offered Thake the party’s protection in the eventuality of wanting such protection.Thake started off his first intervention by disassociating himself from the idea that the problem is the Nationalist Party, while admitting that the party has its own internal problems, there are bigger problems out there. He referred to the revelations on Dubai-based company 17 Black which has been revealed to be property of Yorgen Fenech, an Electrogas director.Thake reminded Delia of his words in a different programme, where he had claimed that a Nationalist Party led by him, would be a bastion against corruption. The former candidate alleged that PN MP Kristy Debono and Pierre Portelli who heads the Nationalist Party media, have close ties to Fenech.Meanwhile, Portelli took to Facebook and denied categorically the allegations made against him. Moreover he urged Thake to go to the police like he had done with the leaked documents of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit concerning 17 Black.‘Many did not accept you’ – Jeremy CamilleriFormer Secretary of the General Workers’ Union’s Government and Parastatal Workers’ Section Jeremy Camilleri described himself as a Labourite sometimes more than Labour. He remarked that Delia’s main problem was that people within the party have not accepted him, and this went way back to the leadership race.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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Ousted exEgyptian president Mursi dies after court hearing

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first_img SharePrint <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> Ousted former Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Mursi died on Monday after he fainted in court following a hearing, state television reported.Mursi, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood who was the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s modern history, had been in jail since he was toppled by the military in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.State television said Mursi, who was 67, was in court for a hearing on charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.Mursi was serving a 20-year prison sentence for a conviction arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012 and a life sentence for espionage in a case related to the Gulf state of Qatar.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Trump launches reelection campaign presents himself as outsider and victim

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first_img<> SharePrint <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>center_img President Donald Trump formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign on Tuesday by presenting himself as the same political insurgent who shook up the Washington establishment four years ago and who is now a victim of an attempted ouster by Democrats.At a packed rally at an arena in Orlando, Florida, Trump made clear he would run for re-election as an outsider, just as he did in 2016. Whether he can pull it off remains far from certain as Trump has been in office now for 2-1/2 years.He revisited campaign themes from four years ago, decrying illegal immigration, the news media and his 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.“Together we stared down a broken political establishment and we restored government by and for the people,” Trump said. “As long as you keep this team in place, we have a tremendous way to go. Our future has never looked brighter or sharper.”Trump said his Democratic challengers would radically change the United States and seek to legalize migrants coming across the southern border so they could vote and boost the Democratic political base.Democrats “want to destroy our country as we know it” and that it’s “not going to happen,” Trump said.“We believe our country should be a sanctuary for law-abiding citizens, not for criminal aliens,” he said.Two dozen Democrats are competing for their party’s nomination to face off against Trump in the November 2020 election. Many of the top Democrats lead Trump in opinion polls in battleground states.Trump called his opponents a “radical left-wing mob” who would bring socialism to the United States.“A vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream,” he said.AIRING GRIEVANCESTrump made his re-election launch official at what was his 60th political rally since he took office in January 2017. He brought his wife, Melania, and a large contingent of senior White House staff.“Tonight I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as president of the United States,” Trump said. “I promise you I will never ever let you down.”Over the course of a speech that lasted an hour and 20 minutes, Trump blasted the news media as “fake news,” took credit for a strong economy, said he was putting the heat on China on trade, promoted his proposal for a “space force,” vowed to protect Americans’ rights to own guns and said he wanted to launch a space mission to Mars.Trump also declared himself a victim and aired his grievances.He made an issue of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The probe found insufficient evidence to establish that the Trump campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow. It also described numerous attempts by Trump to impede Mueller’s probe, but stopped short of declaring that he committed a crime.“We went through the biggest witch hunt in political history,” said Trump. “It was all an illegal attempt to overturn the results of the election.”Two-and-a-half years into his tenure, Trump sees plenty of positive factors, led by a growing economy with low unemployment.“If the economy stays strong, he is very likely to get re-elected,” said Trump confidant Newt Gingrich, a former Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.But the lingering aftermath of the Russia probe, coupled with a presidential style marked by name-calling and eye-popping tweets, has undermined some Americans’ confidence in Trump.He also has stirred division with his hard-line policies on immigration and unsettled business and farm groups with his use of tariffs in trade disputes with China and some allies.Democrats cite a string of broken promises in Trump’s first term, from lowering drug prices to closing corporate tax loopholes and stopping plant closures.“Donald Trump is launching his campaign for re-election tonight and the American people face a choice – we can make Trump an aberration or let him fundamentally and forever alter the character of this nation,” said Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for Democratic front-runner Joe Biden.POLLING CONCERNSA Reuters/Ipsos poll on June 11 gave Trump a 40% job approval rating, compared with 57% who disapproved. Other opinion polls have shown him running consistently behind his main Democratic challengers, such as Biden, in key battleground states.Republican strategists say the fundamentals favour Trump as he heads into his election but that he faces challenges given his bare-knuckled approach, which he refuses to temper.The Orlando Sentinel welcomed the president’s visit with an editorial titled: “Our endorsement for president in 2020: Not Donald Trump.”Trump supporters with tents and sleeping bags started camping out at the rally venue on Monday and thousands had gathered by Tuesday afternoon in a torrential downpour. “It was like a big Trump party,” said Maureen Bailey, who slept in a tent with her twin sister, Laureen Vartanian.WhatsApplast_img read more

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MasterCard prepares Kenyan banks for cashless transactions

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first_imgAdvertisement  practices in the use of payment cards. Central Bank of Kenya statistics show that the total value of transactions made using debit and credit cards rose 13,4% to Sh428 billion in the nine months up to September 2011. – Advertisement – Equity Bank earned Sh4.3 billion from fees and commissions in the same period, up from Sh3.2 billion the year before. With payments by cards on the rise, the training by MasterCard ensures the banks’ systems are up to the task of securely processing such payments. “MasterCard’s vision is to realise a world beyond cash,” said Charlton Goredema, vice president and market manager for East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands at MasterCard Worldwide.“Workshops such as these are just one way we can work with our customer financial institutions and their retail customers in our ongoing efforts to shift consumers from traditional cash payments to non-cash payment systems, so that they can avoid the costs, risks and inefficiencies associated with carrying and handling cash.” The workshops were held in Nairobi and attended by financial institutions from Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Mauritius. They focused on demonstrating global payments industry best practices to the institutions, covering subjects such as the latest payment technologies, chip and PIN security solutions, data security standards, currency conversion and types of card fraud, demonstrated through numerous case studies.They also offered pointers to banks on building effective relationships with retailers, who have traditionally operated on a cash-only basis. “When MasterCard launched its East African regional headquarters in Nairobi earlier this year, we committed to investing in payment card knowledge and skills development, as well as best acceptance practice,” said Goredema.“These workshops prove that we are delivering on those commitments,” Goredema added. The gradual switch to card payments translates into increased income for banks, primarily from fees from ATM, credit and debit card usage.Customers and retailers are also increasingly using cashless payment methods as they seek to avoid the inconvenience and risks, including robbery, associated with cash. “There is a continued rise in usage of plastic cards in retail outlets and hotels primarily for their convenience and safety,” said Mr Mwaura Nduati, the head of the national payments system at CBK. Recipients of the training welcomed the initiative. “The Kenyan Bankers Association welcomes this training initiative by MasterCard, as we believe that the knowledge shared at these events will be extremely valuable in the implementation of the NPS Act,” said Habil Olaka, chief executive officer, Kenya Bankers Association.“At the KBA, we actively seek to collaborate with industry stakeholders including MasterCard on initiatives such as this in our quest to work together to make banking more affordable, safer and accessible for all Kenyan citizens.” By Tom Jacksonlast_img read more

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Nokia to release its Android phone on February 24

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first_imgAdvertisement News coming in is that Nokia is going to introduce a new low-end handset with Google’s Android mobile operating system, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona on February 24 this month.Rumours have been rife about Nokia working on a device that used the open source Android operating system.It is said that the device will not be able to access the Google Play application store, however, it will run services created by Nokia and Microsoft, including Here maps and Mix Radio. – Advertisement – The device code-named Normandy, aims at developing markets and could be released by the name of Nokia X.It will include a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4-inch WVGA screen, 512MB of memory, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.Source: dnalast_img read more

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Huawei joins Smart Africa to drive Africas digital transformation

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first_imgH.E. Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda(left 5), H.E. Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea(left 6),H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, the President of Gabon(right 5), Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director ofSmart Africa Secretariat(right 4), Jimmy Pang, Huawei Vice President(right 2), Brahima Sanou, Director ofthe Telecommunications development Bureau of ITU(right 1) Advertisement Huawei announced that it has joined the Smart Africa Alliance as an Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) advisor and Platinum member at the Smart Africa Board Meeting. The partnership with the Smart Africa Alliance is one of Huawei’s efforts to drive digital transformation in Africa.Smart Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies. H.E. Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, has revealed the Smart Africa Manifesto, the foundation of this initiative, is based on 5 principles:To put ICT at the center of our national socio-economic development agenda;To improve access to ICT especially Broadband;To improve accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT;To put the Private Sector First;To leverage ICT to promote sustainable development.Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director of Smart Africa Secretariat extended a warm welcome to Huawei: “One of the key objectives of the Smart Africa initiative is to strengthen the Public-Private collaboration to accelerate the ICT development in Africa. As a global leading ICT solutions provider, Huawei has been continuously making significant contributions to provide telecom connectivity, especially broadband connections to Africa, giving African people access to affordable broadband network. We are more than happy that Huawei has joined us to partner with African governments, ITU, GSMA, the World Bank, and all the other Smart Africa members, to transform Africa through ICTs. We believe Huawei’s expertise and experience will promote African countries’ digital economy and improve their global competitiveness.”H.E. Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda(left 5), H.E. Alpha Conde, the President of Guinea(left 6),H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, the President of Gabon(right 5), Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director ofSmart Africa Secretariat(right 4), Jimmy Pang, Huawei Vice President(right 2), Brahima Sanou, Director ofthe Telecommunications development Bureau of ITU(right 1) – Advertisement – Jimmy Pang, Huawei Vice President,discussed the Smart Africa’s vision at the Board Meeting with ICT ministers from various African countries, and said: “The key to accelerate Africa’s digital economy is to improve ICT infrastructure, upgrade the digitalization of every industry, and promote the knowledge-sharing and skill transfer. We will continuously support the Smart Africa initiative, in collaboration with all related stakeholders to increase the connectivity of Africa, and build a smart Africa together. ”Today in the afternoon, Huawei joined the Board Meeting of Smart Africa, and shared its insights on how to leverage ICT to develop Africa’s social-economy with board members of Smart Africa, head of states from African countries, including the host of the 27th African Union Summit, H.E. Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, who is also the chairman of the Smart Africa Board.Huawei entered Africa in 1998, and has been improving connectivity in over 50 African countries through providing advanced telecom network services and affordable smart devices. Huawei will assist Smart Africa to deploy its flagship projects, and push Africa’s digital economy through experience-sharing and ICT talents cultivation.last_img read more

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Microsoft Announces Surface Studio AIO for Creative Professionals

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first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has announced an imaginative new all-in-one PC for design and creative professionals, the Surface Studio. This new ultra-premium device combines incredibly powerful hardware with specific optimizations in Windows 10 in a stunning metal body.One of its most notable features is a new peripheral, the Surface Dial, which gives Surface Pen users a way to manipulate their tools and workspace intuitively using their non-dominant hand. The Surface Studio will cost $2,999 and will be available in limited quantities this holiday season.The device is designed to put software front and centre, making the hardware disappear. It has a fixed base and a 12.5mm thick screen which floats above it on two arms. Users can get as close as they like, even tilting the screen downwards at a 20-degree angle like a drafting table and leaning on it with their arms. The screen can stay put at any angle, thanks to custom-engineered arms which each contain 80 parts including springs and counterbalances. – Advertisement – The 28-inch screen uses an atypical 3:2 aspect ratio with a resolution of 4500:3000, which Microsoft’s head of Windows hardware Panos Panay emphasised is 63 percent higher than 4K. It can display the full DCI-P3 colour space – and users can switch between that and Adobe sRGB on the fly using a control in the Windows 10 Action Center sidebar, to preview content as most others will see it. Scaling is set to 192ppi which mean that objects such as a double-spread page layout can be displayed at a perfect 1:1 ratio compared to its physical form.Panay also stated that Microsoft had engineered the LCD panel to be the thinnest ever, at 1.3mm. That involved developing new backlight and polariser technology, amongst other things. The unit’s 270W power supply is built into its base, so only a single cord is absolutely necessary. Cooling is handled by three fans which are interlinked so they can adjust smartly.Microsoft didn’t divulge much about specific hardware or possible variants at the event, though according to its website, the CPU options are Intel’s Core i7 and i5, there’s an Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M or 980M GPU, up to 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB or 2TB hybrid SSD (promotional imagery at the event showed a PCIe M.2 SSD). There’s also a 2.1 speaker system in the base, integrated Xbox wireless controller support, high-quality front and rear cameras, plus a mic array for Skype. There are four USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, a headset jack, and Gigabit Ethernet port as well.Source: Microsoft, NDTVlast_img read more

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52 of SubSaharan Africa Population to be Connected to Mobile by 2025

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first_imgPhoto by rawpixel.com from Pexels Advertisement More than half the population of Sub-Saharan Africa will be subscribed to a mobile service by 2025, according to the latest edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy report series, published at the GSMA ‘Mobile 360 – Africa’ event being held in Kigali this week.The new report forecasts that there will be 634 million unique mobile subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025, equivalent to 52 percent of the population, up from 444 million (44 percent) at the end of last year. The report also calculates that the mobile ecosystem will add more than $150 billion in value to Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy by 2022, equivalent to almost 8 percent of regional GDP.“For many citizens across the region, particularly those living in rural areas, a mobile phone is not just a communications device but also the primary channel for getting online and a vital tool for improving their lives,” commented John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer at the GSMA. “More needs to be done to extend connectivity to the remaining unconnected and underserved populations across Sub-Sahara Africa, but this will require a focus on long-term industry sustainability that can only be achieved through investment-friendly policies and supportive regulatory frameworks.” – Advertisement – Meeting the Affordability Challenge of a Youthful Population Sub-Saharan Africa has been the world’s fastest-growing mobile region in recent years but subscriber growth is slowing as the industry faces the challenges of affordability and a youthful population. The region’s current mobile penetration rate (44 percent of the population) is significantly below the global average of 66 percent. Further, according to the World Bank, around 40 percent of the population in the region are under the age of 16, a demographic segment that has significantly lower levels of mobile ownership than the population as a whole.However, despite these challenges, smartphone adoption continues to increase rapidly thanks to lower device costs, which is serving to accelerate the migration to 3G/4G mobile broadband networks and services. Today’s report predicts that mobile broadband will account for 87 percent of mobile connections in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025, up from 38 percent in 2017. Moreover, nearly 300 million new subscribers are expected to use their devices to access mobile internet services over the next seven years.A Growing Contributor to Economic Growth, Tech Innovation, and the SDGs Last year, mobile technologies and services accounted for 7.1 percent of GDP across Sub-Saharan Africa, a contribution that amounted to $110 billion of economic value added. By 2022, the region’s mobile economy is forecast to generate more than $150 billion (7.9 percent of GDP) of economic value as countries continue to benefit from improvements in productivity and efficiency, particularly due to the increase in mobile internet adoption. The region’s mobile ecosystem also supported 3 million jobs in 2017 and contributed almost $14 billion to the funding of the public sector in the form of general taxation as well as sector-specific levies on the consumption of mobile services.[related-posts]The report also includes examples of how mobile networks and services are playing a key role in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), as well as supporting a fast-growing tech startup ecosystem. Many tech startups in Africa now use mobile as the primary platform to create solutions that address a range of socioeconomic challenges.“Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile industry is showing strong progress in achieving the targets of the SDGs, predominantly through increased connectivity and access to information, but also through the delivery of services, such as mobile money, that increase productivity, improve well-being and reduce poverty,” added Giusti.The new report, ‘The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2018’, is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA. To access the full report and related infographics, please visit https://www.gsma.com/mobileeconomy/sub-saharan-africa/.Via GSMAlast_img read more

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