By Raya Al Jadir A tiny proportion of disabled peo

first_imgBy Raya Al JadirA tiny proportion of disabled people with the neurological condition ME are receiving the social care they could be entitled to, according to a “shocking” new report from a charity.Action for ME surveyed 850 people with ME* (myalgic encephalomyelitis), and found 97 per cent of them could be entitled to state-funded care and support, but only six per cent had been given a care package by their local authority, while only 16 per cent had been given an assessment of their needs.The report, Close to Collapse, will form the basis for a formal inquiry led by the charity and supported by the all party parliamentary group on ME, which will examine the challenges faced by people with ME and chronic fatigue syndrome in accessing support.The report also found failings in provision of advocacy support for people with ME, with nearly four in five of those who responded to the survey not having access to an advocate.Action for ME is now seeking funding to establish a national advocacy service.One survey respondent**, who lives in the south-east of England, told the charity that the “mental strain” of having to undergo two separate hour-long assessments – the second one had been ordered after her original social worker left and was replaced by a student on a placement – had left her “broken” and in “severe physical pain”, and failed to address the problems she faced.She said: “I was told that any help I got would have to be paid for myself, out of DLA [disability living allowance]. The sum total of social services assistance amounted to fitting safety grab rails.“I feel very badly let down. I don’t have the strength to organise anything for myself, so I am just struggling through doing what little I can.“I manage to wash or bath about twice a month. My house is filthy and I am smelly. My meals are limited to the most simple, mostly microwave-ready meals. At times this makes me suicidal.”The disabled researcher and campaigner Catherine Hale, the report’s lead author, said: “Many of the individuals who shared their experiences with us have been left feeling truly desperate by the lack of support available to them.“The difficulties they face in engaging with the assessment process because of their disabling symptoms, and the lack of education about the condition among social care professionals, is a double whammy.”Sonya Chowdhury, chief executive of Action for ME, added: “People with ME are being left isolated and neglected by this shocking failure to provide the social care support to which they are entitled.“Those most severely affected by the condition – around a quarter of people with ME – are house- or bed-bound, and for them the situation is truly dire.”Disability News Service asked the Department of Health (pictured) to comment, but it had not responded by 7pm today (12 November).*ME is a long-term, chronic, fluctuating illness that causes symptoms affecting many body systems, particularly the nervous and immune systems**It is not known whether the respondent was male or femalelast_img read more

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The Conservative minister for care services turned

first_imgThe Conservative minister for care services turned down at least four invitations to speak about adult social care at her party’s annual conference, while disabled people and other experts warned those meetings about the funding crisis facing the system.Jackie Doyle-Price refused to attend at least four social care fringe meetings at the conference in Manchester, Disability News Service has established.Health secretary Jeremy Hunt also ignored the issue of social care in his conference speech.Those who spoke at the fringe meetings Doyle-Price snubbed lined up to warn of the crisis facing the social care system, with one Tory MP warning that it “simply isn’t good enough” and that many people were “not getting the care they need”.In August, the UK government was told it was “going backwards” on independent living by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities.Last week, Barbara Keeley, shadow minister for social care and mental health, told Labour’s annual conference that nearly half a million fewer people are receiving publicly-funded social care compared with when the Conservatives came to office in 2010.And a survey of social workers in England by Community Care magazine and the Care and Support Alliance found that more than two-thirds felt they were expected to cut people’s care packages because of local authority funding pressures, while more than a quarter were not confident that the reduced care packages they had to oversee were “fair and safe”.Vicky Buckingham (pictured, at the conference), from Learning Disability England, who attended some of the social care fringe meetings at the conference, told Disability News Service (DNS): “Has [Doyle-Price] got something to hide?“You have got nothing to worry about if you have got nothing to hide. If she had nothing to hide and was prepared to be open and honest, she would come here and be answerable.”Buckingham told one meeting that services were only being provided to disabled people with substantial or critical needs.She said: “If you have low to moderate needs it’s ‘on your way’. If you look at the person before they need substantial or critical then you save money. Win-win.”One of the fringe events Doyle-Price was invited to had been organised by Dimensions, which provides support to people with learning difficulties.Alicia Wood, Dimensions’ head of public affairs, said afterwards: “It was noted last night that the minister for social care had not come to any of the social care events and it was noted by the people how disappointed they were.“The government have said they are going to put out a social care green paper.“You would expect the party conference is the place where they really would be consulting on that with their members and organisations like us.”Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society, said, after a Care and Support Alliance fringe meeting that Doyle-Price declined to attend: “It is disappointing that she wasn’t here to hear what I thought was a really positive discussion.”A colleague of Lever said Doyle-Price had agreed to attend a private meeting with representatives of the alliance in Westminster.Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, which represents care providers and was another organisation that invited Doyle-Price to a fringe meeting that she declined to attend, told DNS that ministers “need to engage with this debate and they need to get out and hear the voices of the public”.Doyle-Price also turned down an invitation to speak at a social care fringe event organised by the New Local Government Network thinktank.Tory MP Helen Whateley told the Care England meeting that the social care system “simply isn’t good enough”, with “many people not getting the care they need”, and she said that it was vital that “more money goes into social care”.Professor Green said the system was “completely at breaking point”.And Neil Heslop, the disabled chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, told another fringe event, organised by the thinktank Bright Blue – which Doyle-Price had not been invited to – that the word crisis had been overused and devalued in other areas of society, and added: “We genuinely have a crisis on our hands.”He said there appeared to be agreement among “responsible” politicians on most of the core issues that had to be addressed, but the critical factor was the need for a cross-party approach.He said the failure to find a solution was a “failure of political leadership”.Professor Richard Humphries, who leads on social care for the King’s Fund, told the Bright Blue fringe event that it was hard to see how a solution would be possible without a cross-party approach, because of the political “weaponisation” of social care.He said the social care system was currently “rudderless” and without a long-term plan it would continue to “lurch from one crisis to the next”.Meanwhile, at one of the fringe meetings Doyle-Price failed to attend this week, the campaign organisation 38 Degrees released figures from a survey carried out just days earlier, in which 95,000 of its members had taken part.More than 90 per cent of them (91 per cent) said social care should be free at the point of use for most or all people, while 86 per cent still agreed with that statement even if they would have to pay more tax to fund such a policy.The Conservative party had failed to comment on Doyle-Price’s refusal to attend the fringe meetings by noon today (Thursday).last_img read more

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NATHAN Brown pulled no punches as Saints lost 412

first_imgNATHAN Brown pulled no punches as Saints lost 41-24 to Warrington at the Magic Weekend.His side were completely overwhelmed as they missed the chance to go top of the Super League table.Speaking after the game – and following Club Captain Paul Wellens’ comments live on Sky – he said:“It was definitely disappointing as we had the chance to go top of the table and half-way through the year we would have seen that as a good achievement but we weren’t good enough today.“I very well know why we were not good enough but I’m not making it public. I told the players at half time what I honestly thought we needed to do to beat Wigan, Leeds or Warrington in a big game.“I don’t think it is coincidence Wigan have been dominating Saints for the past four years, let me say that. I know why it is, I have told the players.“The players are a terrific bunch, they turn up for training ready to work hard every week and they do that. We have some talented players in amongst the group and some good hardworkers. We have a reasonably balanced side too but there is an area we need to improve in and the people that have won the trophies who are left at the club would agree with that.“It wouldn’t have mattered [at half time] if we had come back and won the game. If we had scored the first try after half time and not thrown it on the ground, we may have won the game but it wouldn’t have addressed the issue that we need to address as a group – and that is staff and players.”last_img read more

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RYAN Morgan enjoyed his first hit out in the Red V

first_imgRYAN Morgan enjoyed his first hit out in the Red V and getting the two points against Leeds.The centre made his first grade debut for the club in the 6-4 win over the Rhinos.“It was a physical game,” he said. “There was a lot of intent out there from both sides and the crowd was good too. It had a real semi-final feel about it.“It was clear that everyone wants to play for each other and that will carry us a bit further. It was a bit frantic at times and we had to scramble but it will be good for us going forward.“The defensive structure here makes it easy for someone to come in. It works if you buy into what the boys are doing; your mates are there to cover you if you make a mistake.“I made a hiccup in the corner against Leeds which was my fault, but I will get that fixed up for the next game.”Ryan’s versatility was tested early into his Saints career as he moved out to the wing after Jonny Lomax went off with concussion.“I haven’t played on the wing for a long time but you have to do what is good for the team,” he continued. “It was a scrappy game and we aren’t happy with how we played. But its early days and we got the two points.”Saints are next in action when they travel to Leigh next Friday (Feb 24) before hosting Wakefield (March 3) a week later.Tickets for these fixtures are now on sale from the Ticket Office, online and via 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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Match St Helens Women

first_imgThe hosts made the better start to the match, keeping St.Helens pinned back before Gemma Walsh slotted a kick to the corner for Alison Burrows to collect and get the ball down for 4-0 Wigan.Saints responded though after 22 minutes, creating an overlap on the left edge for Leah Burke to go over, Gaskin missing the extras meaning it was all square at 4-4.The Warriors started the second half strongly, this time Megan Grace-Holding making good work on the left edge to feed Becky Greenfield, but the full-back couldn’t ground it cleanly and the referee chalked the effort off.Saints responded again though and went upfield to test the Warriors defence, with back to back penalties. Scramble defence from Wigan saw St.Helens forced into touch just short of the try line and it remained 4-4.Saints had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 52nd minute, as they ran through to leave Greenfield one on one but the pass to Burke was too heavy and the ball went dead.  The Warriors saw a similar story moments later, but once again Leah Burke was put into touch just short.Wigan had an opportunity to go ahead in the 64th minute, Megan Grace-Holding on the left edge going inches away but the 16-year old was wrapped up by the defence for the turnover. Saints headed upfield in the follow-up before Michelle Davis was sent to the sin bin for an infringement. Saints opted to kick for goal from 35m out, but new signing Beth Stott was off target.But Saints got our reward for our persistent pressure, as Sarah Harrison was sent to the sin bin for obstructing the play the ball. The penalty meant Saints could take advantage, and we did as Gaskin won the derby with a penalty goal late on.Match Summary:Wigan Women: Rebecca Greenfield, Alison Burrows, Rachel Thompson, Michelle Davis, Georgia Wilson, Gemma Walsh, Sarah Harrison, Holly Speakman, Carys Marsh, Hannah Goodburn, Amanda Sibbald, Vanessa Temple, Victoria MolyneuxInterchanges: Lucy Baggaley, Charlotte Foley, Gemma Hennessey, Megan Grace-HoldingTries: Burrows Goals: Davis 0/1St Helens Women: Jodie Cunningham, Leah Burke, Naomi Williams, Rebecca Avenell, Zoe Harris, Faye Gaskin, Beth Stott, Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Dawn Taylor, Pip Birchall, Emily Rudge, Chantelle Crowl.Interchanges: Sarah Lovejoy, Lizzie Graham, Katie May Williams, Darcy StottTries: Burke Goals: Gaskin 1/2 B.Stott 0/1HT: 4-4FT: 4-6last_img read more

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Brunswick County fugitive arrested after standoff in Little River

first_img Christopher John Clarida, 27, of Bolivia, N.C., is charged with resisting arrest and being a fugitive, according to jail records.Police said that Clarida and another wanted person out of North Carolina were believed to be inside a home off Lincoln Heights Drive.Police responded, but after many unsuccessful attempts to have Clarida exit the home, the HCPD SWAT unit made entry and successfully apprehended Clarida, according to Krystal Dotson, spokesperson for the department.Related Article: Police: Parents dead, child injured after truck hits family in Outer BanksClarida was wanted for a felony drug warrant out of North Carolina. Christopher John Clarida, 27, of Bolivia, is charged with resisting arrest and being a fugitive, according to jail records. (Photo: HCPD / WPDE) Little River, SC (WPDE) — Horry County police arrested a wanted North Carolina man after a more than two-hour standoff in Little River on Wednesday night, according to police.Police responded to reports of a person barricaded in a Little River area home Wednesday around 5:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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West Nile virus death reported in southeastern NC

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports an adult in southeastern North Carolina died last week from West Nile virus. It’s the first death from the mosquito-borne illness in the state this year.DHHS is not releasing more specifics on the case to protect patient confidentiality.- Advertisement – The agency encourages residents and visitors to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne.“These infections are rare, but this is a tragic reminder that they can be fatal,” State Public Health Veterinarian Carl Williams said in a news release. “We see most cases of West Nile virus from July through November, but you can still enjoy the outdoors by reducing mosquito populations around your home and through proper use of repellents.”According to the DHHS release, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most people who become infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms or a mild, flu-like illness. However, about 20 percent of people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. In about 1 percent of infections, West Nile virus can cause a severe illness affecting the central nervous system, such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).Related Article: Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel diseaseWest Nile virus is one of several mosquito-borne viruses that can be acquired in North Carolina, DHHS says. Other mosquito-borne viruses transmitted in the state that cause human illness include LaCrosse and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses. From 2012-2017, there were 25 reported cases of West Nile virus in the state and seven reported deaths.According to DHHS, there are no West Nile vaccines licensed for use in humans, and no medications to cure West Nile disease once a person is infected by a mosquito.DHHS recommends the following precautions:Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent and apply according the manufacturer’s instructions.Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and if possible, use air conditioning.Reduce mosquito breeding by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least once a week.More information on the prevention of mosquito bites is available on the Division of Public Health’s website and through the CDC.last_img read more

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Students and police react to attempted abduction

first_img “We’ve had two incidents that we’re currently investigating. But we wouldn’t say it’s a pattern but obviously when you have any type of incident like this, there’s cause for concern,” Cunningham said.However, students like Quinn Herring are worried about other people in the community and says her own friends have had close calls too.“They were also terrified and you just never think it’s going to happen to you. So I think that’s the most nerve wracking thing. Is that you think you’re with your dogs or you think you’re at your home, you think everything is okay and then this happens and it’s just the least expected thing and it just rattles you,” Herring said.Related Article: Police investigating robbery at Wilmington produce shopShe’s not the only one who was worried.“It is pretty annoying not feeling comfortable like A, on a college campus you know and just being able to go out and not have to worry about somebody either following you or anything like that and I also would like to feel comfortable like walking outside by myself,” UNCW student Kaileen Krainia said.Now the police and students are asking others to watch out and be vigilant as they investigate this case. Wilmington Police and University Police are working together to find a black sedan with chrome wheels and tinted windows. There were two men in the car, one with blonde hair and both in their 20s. If you have any information, call WPD or UPD. 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 NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It was a moment that could have ended a lot worse for one UNCW student. According to a report from the school, a student was walking on Wood Dale Drive to her classes just before 9:00 a.m, when a black sedan pulled up next to her. A man got out of the vehicle and opened the rear passenger door. She managed to get away from the attempted abduction and the two men drove off.Deputy Chief John Cunningham says this isn’t the only case and they’re on high alert.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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FEMA disaster survivor assistance teams reaching out in North Carolina

first_img(Photo: MGN Online) RALEIGH, N.C. (Press Release) — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are working in Hurricane Florence affected-areas in North Carolina to help survivors register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs, and make referrals to other local, state and voluntary agencies to best meet survivors’ needs.Using the latest mobile technology, DSA staff can register survivors for disaster assistance, update their records and make referrals to local, state, and voluntary agency partners. During this process, specialists will ask for some personal information including: social security number, annual income and bank information, as well as names of occupants of the impacted property.- Advertisement – Like all FEMA field personnel, team members can be identified easily by their photo identifications and the FEMA logo on their shirts. Residents are encouraged to ask for official identification before providing personal information.In addition to the registration opportunity offered by DSA teams, survivors can register for assistance by the following methods:Visit DisasterAssistance.gov.Call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY users) (Multilingual operators are available, press 2 for Spanish) to register. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week.After registering for disaster assistance, you may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In times of disasters, the SBA offers low-interest loans for businesses, homeowners and renters.  The SBA will contact you with information on how to apply. There’s no obligation to accept a loan, but you may miss out on the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds if you don’t submit an application.Related Article: You can now drive on US 17 through Brunswick CountyInformation about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call     800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.  If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339.Although the federal government cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, sanitary and secure. FEMA disaster assistance may also provide temporary help with a place for you and your family to stay while you build your own recovery plan.last_img read more

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Fired manager sues MTN Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement  functions, resulting in the loss of billions of shillings through a mobile money scam.” But Mwami has hit back, summoning the telco to court, according to Uganda’s Daily Monitor. – Advertisement – Mwami says MTN’s allegations against him were never investigated as is required under the company’s human resources manual code of conduct.“The defendant (MTN) has continuously had the plaintiff’s name published in the print media as someone who has been found guilty,” Mwami reportedly stated in court papers.A date for the court hearing has yet to be set.Originally By Gareth van Zyl,ITWebAfricalast_img read more

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iPhone users are braindead zombies says new Nokia ad

first_imgAdvertisement No sooner had Samsung become somewhat bored with smacking at Apple’s pinata of faith than Nokia decided that it, too, must show iPhone users as a group gone awry.They are red-eyed and dead-eyed. In a new ad to press home the advantage of the flashy, non flashy camera on the 925 phone, Nokia paints iPhone users as zombies: all flash and no panacheThey are brain-dead and stiff-lipped. Their pale faces stare at you, ready to infect you, so that they can affect you. Who are these people? These are the iZombies.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Below is the Video Ad.Credit: CNetlast_img read more

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KCCA to Utilise Social Media For Closer Engagement With City Dwellers

first_imgAdvertisement The Kampala Capital City Authority has organised an online engagement forum between the public and KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi on Thursday 19th September, 2013 at 4:00pm aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge on the upcoming Kampala City Festival scheduled for Sunday 6th October, 2013 starting at 9:00am.Dubbed “Ask the ED”, the forum will host the KCCA Executive Director on the authority’s official Twitter page, https://twitter.com/KCCAUG at City Hall’s Executive Boardroom to tackle questions, get feedback and exchange ideas with the general public on the Kampala City Festival 2013 which has been themed “Our City Our Celebration”.The online event is part of a wider plan by the authority to closely engage its stakeholders, who are the Kampala City dwellers. “Ask the ED” twitter sessions will be held on diverse dates over a period of four weeks culminating to the Festival during which the public will have the opportunity to be part of the conversation through comments and questions which will be responded to by the Executive Director. – Advertisement – While commenting on this development, KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi said the public should expect more of such forums as the Authority works towards closer engagement with stakeholders. “We are excited to be hosting this first-ever online event,” said Jennifer Musisi. “It is certainly a departure from the norm, and we hope it signals that KCCA is open and willing to communicate.”With more than 8,354 followers on Twitter, it is envisaged that many participants will show interest in the event and take part in it. Interested participants will need to visit the KCCA Twitter page, https://twitter.com/KCCAUG.“This will be an extremely interesting and eye opening experience…I look forward to engaging with Kampala city dwellers in this forum on Friday,” said Jennifer Musisi.The Festival’s theme this year is ‘Our City Our Celebration’ and will be a platform to celebrate the many things that set Kampala apart from other cities. It is a much anticipated moment for citizens to share and learn and it will be an economic engine for organizations to grow, network and prosper.Information about Kampala City Festival is available on KCCA’s website www.kcca.go.ug. The public can also get real time information and updates by visiting KCCA’s Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/kccaug on and Twitter handle on https://twitter.com/KCCAUG .You can also look out for press and posters for details.last_img read more

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MTN partners with Rhodes University to empower African journalists

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Group today reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion of excellence in journalism on the African continent, announcing its sponsorship of the 2015 Highway Africa Conference.The conference is the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world and takes place from 30 to 31 August in Grahamstown, South Africa.Themed “Journalism in the City”, this year’s event will explore the relationship between the media narratives and the city, in particular, looking at aspects such as how a city’s geography, economic activity, politics and social life influence journalistic narratives; how language and identity are implicated in the narratives of the city; and how ICT innovation enables city dwellers to tell their own stories and to challenge dominant narratives. – Advertisement – Highway Africa aims to develop a vibrant and growing network of African journalists empowered to advance democracy and development through their understanding and use of appropriate technologies. MTN shares in this vision, and is equally passionate about the advancement of journalism on the continent.“African journalists hold the responsibility of driving our continent’s narrative. As a proudly African company, we recognise the significance of Highway Africa in bringing together these journalists, to engage about issues facing our continent and shaping that narrative”, says Chris Maroleng, Executive for Corporate Affairs, MTN Group.The relationship between MTN Group and Rhodes University is now in its eighth year. As part of its support of the conference, MTN also sponsors media organisations in some of its markets to send journalists to the two-day event.“The longevity of this partnership with Highway Africa is testament to MTN’s unwavering commitment to the development of good journalism in Africa. I am most grateful for this continued support given the wider economic challenges South Africa is facing,” says Chris Kabwato, Director for the Highway Africa Centre.last_img read more

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Coop Bank partners with SimbaPay for Diaspora Remittances

first_imgCo-op Bank partners with SimbaPay for Diaspora Remittances. Image Credit: Nation.Co.Ke Advertisement The Co-operative Bank of Kenya has today partnered with SimbaPay, a digital money transfer provider, to offer international money transfer services to the bank’s customers in the Diaspora.Co-operative Bank accounts receiving the funds will be credited instantly. The service is currently available for the UK-Kenya remittance corridor only and will be expanded to cover more countries soon.Nyasinga Onyancha, CEO for SimbaPay commented “Our customers who already bank with Cooperative Bank or have friends and family using Cooperative Bank will be glad to see their transfers being credited instantly.” He added that “It’s a great milestone for banking innovation in Africa when we see a leading Tier 1 bank like Cooperative Bank working closely with a FinTech disruptor such as SimbaPay to deliver a dramatically-enhanced product.” – Advertisement – Maurice Matumo, Director Retail and Business Banking, Co-operative Bank said “We are very pleased with our partnership with SimbaPay, which enables Kenyans abroad to send money home without suffering the cost of making the cash transfer.” He added, “We hope to expand this partnership to cover more regions of the world where Kenyans live and work, to enable the economy tap the full potential of Diaspora, especially at this moment when the need for forex inflows has become critical.”[related-posts]Diaspora Banking Co-op Bank has created a dedicated Diaspora Banking department at its Co-op House headquarters to offer a more fulfilling banking service to Kenyans abroad.According to the World Bank, Kenyans abroad currently send home an estimated $2.5 billion annually making remittances Kenya’s largest foreign exchange earner.How the Service Works To send money via SimbaPay, Kenyans living in the UK with a bank account, debit card or credit card simply need to download the SimbaPay app from the Apple AppStore or Google Play and proceed to make money transfers straight from any mobile phone, tablet or computer.For ease of use, all 143 Co-op Bank branches have been pre-loaded on to the SimbaPay platform which eliminates the need for customers having to remember branch codes. At the time of making a money transfer transaction using SimbaPay, users/senders will be required to select the branch of the recipient account and then enter the amount. In cases where a branch name is not known, the SimbaPay access to M-Pesa Pay Bill option can be used; this option requires only the Co-op Bank account number. Award Winning In September 2015, SimbaPay was named the overall winner at the just concluded Demo Africa 2015.SimbaPay also launched free, instant transfers to all Nigerian banks in May 2015.  In June it became the first platform in the world to allow Kenyans living abroad to make M-Pesa PayBill payments and continues to disrupt the cross-border remittance industry with its focus on speed and convenience.The SimbaPay app can be downloaded for free from the Apple or Android app stores.last_img read more

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Twitter Eyeing Japan for Revenue From Data for Businesses

first_imgImage Credit: cloudfront Advertisement San Francisco-based social media, Twitter inc., has its eyes on Japan, with its 35 million users, to make money from companies eager to use Twitter data to research retail trends, manage inventory and improve customer service.Although tweets are public, the company offers special technologies for better analyzing them, taking into account all tweets, including those in archives, through partner companies such as NTT Data and NetBase, which pay Twitter.Randy Almond, Head of Data Business Marketing at Twiiter, told reporters, that the partners in turn get paid by companies hoping to improve their businesses using information from Twitter data. Twitter rarely gets paid directly by the brands. – Advertisement – Examples include monitoring consumer reactions to a new product, the demographics of users or complaints about what’s not in stock at a store. All that can be tracked by Tweets, Almond said.Twitter says it deals properly with people’s privacy concerns, and the strength of Twitter is that the information is immediate, and all public, unlike private messages or email.“That is something we take very seriously at Twitter,” Almond said of security issues. “we don’t surprise the user because, if we do that, then that means that you as a user may not want to use Twitter.”Making money off online services is a challenge, and data analysis sales are one way Twitter is tackling that problem. The company, based in San Francisco, does not break down revenue for data marketing.[related-posts]In the US, for instance, a coffee retailer began to offer baristas college scholarships to retain them as employees after finding out through Twitter data that loyal companies fled after their favorite baristas quit.In Japan, tweets from regular people are getting splashed in attractive ways at huge displays at events and baseball games, using special curation technology, according to Twitter.The number of Twitter users in Japan has grown five fold since 2011. Japanese was the first language Twitter was offered in after English, and Japanese is the most frequently used non-English language on Twitter.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more

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Ayo Uganda Launches with two mobile based MicroInsurance Products

first_imgEdwin Kwesiga, aYo Uganda CEO; Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN Uganda CEO and Imran Mahomed, aYo Holdings CEO pose for a group photo after the launch of aYo at Kati Kati restaurant. Advertisement MTN Uganda, in partnership with aYo, today announced innovative micro-insurance products, Recharge with Care and Send with Care. The two are the first products launched by aYo – a joint venture between MTN and MMI Holdings – announced in September last year. aYo was formulated to have a strong focus on delivering micro-insurance solutions across the African continent.aYo Recharge with Care offers MTN pre-paid customers an easy way to get free hospital or life cover. Whenever you load MTN airtime, you will receive 30 days’ free cover. To sign up, simply dial *296# and choose the cover you prefer: MyHospital or MyLife.Adding aYo Send with Care to MTN Mobile Money transfers means that, in the unfortunate event of your passing or should you be hospitalized for a night or more, aYo will pay triple the amount you sent to your beneficiaries, either in one lump sum or in 12 equal monthly instalments, depending on your cover level. All you have to do is dial *165*1*4# to start Sending your money with Care. – Advertisement – “We are very excited to bring two very innovative products to our customers in Uganda. aYo helps you look after your loved ones, and we even reward you for doing so. If you interact with either of our products on a regular basis, we give you bonus value which, when it grows to UGX2,000, can be cashed out to your MTN Mobile Money wallet, used to buy more cover or MTN airtime,” said aYo Uganda Marketing Manager, Thomas Sekanwagi.Edwin Kwesiga, aYo Uganda CEO; Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN Uganda CEO and Imran Mahomed, aYo Holdings CEO pose for a group photo after the launch of aYo at Kati Kati restaurant.Commenting on this new partnership, Wim Vanhelleputte, Chief Executive Officer at MTN Uganda said: “We are delighted to partner with aYo to launch yet another set of products that further expands and strengthens our bouquet of mobile financial services offerings. Send with Care adds a further layer of security and customer-facing benefit by adding cover to funds sent using MTN Mobile Money while maintaining the convenience that has become a core feature of Mobile Money itself.”“We are also very excited about Recharge with Care because for the first time, we are able to offer free cover and consequently, peace of mind, on all airtime recharges on the MTN network,” he concluded.[related-posts]Edwin Kwesiga, Chief Executive Officer at aYo Uganda commented: “aYo is delighted to partner with MTN on this exciting venture. This partnership gives us an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the value of life and healthcare cover to their subscriber base. This will be achieved by building innovative products closely aligned to the real life and healthcare needs of the Ugandan consumer and will be backed by an awesome customer experience.”last_img read more

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Application for Presentations Opened as Dates for Africa Internet Summit 2017 are

first_imgAFRICA INTERNET SUMMIT 2014 in DJIBOUT. (Photo Credit: Flickr) Advertisement Applications for individuals wishing to make presentations at the upcoming 2017 Africa Internet Summit have been opened, PC Tech Magazine has learnt.The summit which is slated to take place from Sunday May 21st to Friday June 2nd aims to enrich discussions and share knowledge with the technical community in regard to access and development of the Internet in Africa.According to officials, the presentations are being sought from a wide range of issues with focus on Internet Governance, E-governance, Core Internet Infrastructure, Access, Utility and Development, The Internet and Economic Development, Business Practices and Technology, Higher Education in the Age of Technology and Cyber Security. – Advertisement – Presentations on Cloud Computing, Technology and Business, Open Data/Big Data, Technology and Content Production, Mobile Applications, IPv6, DNS, PKI, IXPs and Relations between Mobile Operators and the Internet Community are also welcome.Presentations will be made during sessions in form of tutorials, or a live technical demonstrations.For a presentation to be allowed, it should be 15 to 30 minutes in length, with approximately 10 to 15 minutes for Question and Answer at the end of each presentation. 45 minutes maximum time will be allotted per presentation.Interested individuals are required to register/login on the AIS’17 website before April 14th, 2017.Successful presenters will then be required to upload their final presentation in PDF format, no later than five days prior to the presentation date.These are the days to NOTE: 1. Deadline for submitting an application – 14th April, 2017. 2. Notification of acceptance of application – 21st April, 2017. 3. Submission of draft presentation  –   28th April, 2017. 4. Submission of  final presentation –  23rd May, 2017.[related-posts]last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday 21 May

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Tuesday 21 MayHORSE RACING4.20 NottinghamInclyne 13/8 > 5/46.30 SligoTrueba 9/1 > 13/27.20 HexhamFanzio 5/1 > 5/2LIVE FOOTBALLNO LIVE MATCHESSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

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Protectionism Would Slow Pace of US Fed Rate Hikes Say Economists

first_img Share this article Protectionism Would Slow Pace of US Fed Rate Hikes, Say Economists By Rahul Vaidyanath, Epoch Times May 3, 2017 Updated: May 3, 2017 It’s likely still early days as far as the U.S. Federal Reserve is concerned about protectionism being a threat to economic growth.While uncertainty continues to surround the Trump administration’s fiscal policy, what might be getting clearer is its trade policy. On April 24, the Trump administration hit Canada with a 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber imports. Gregory Daco, Head of U.S. Economics at Oxford Economics in New York, said in a phone interview that, for now, the administration’s approach is “trying to level the playing field.”In a research note, RBC called the tariffs on softwood lumber a “shot across the bow.” And while the investment bank doesn’t expect a significant impact from this particular action on the Canadian economy, it said, “The shift in tone from our largest trading partner could be a sign of how aggressive the new administration will be in any NAFTA renegotiation.”Canada shipped $9 billion of softwood lumber products in 2016 to the U.S., which represents about 0.4 percent of Canadian gross domestic product (GDP), according to the research note from RBC.If a country adopts more protectionist policies, that tends to generate a reaction from other countries.— Gregory Daco, Oxford EconomicsIf there were to be severe protectionist policies put in place, it would reduce economic growth and the Fed would slow down its pace of raising interest rates, Daco said.Protectionist policies like tariffs or quotas raise the price of imports and curb export growth, which is negative for GDP. Also, the country imposing protectionist measures typically sees its currency appreciate, while the country on the receiving end sees the value of its currency fall. The Canadian dollar fell sharply below US$0.74 on April 24 to its lowest level since January 2015.A stronger greenback represents an unwanted headwind for the U.S. economy as it dampens already-below-target inflation.“If we see an increase in outright protectionist moves or the threat of protectionism, I think the Fed would clearly take that into its decision-making process,” said BMO senior economist Sal Guatieri in a phone interview. He added that protectionism represents a downside risk to the Fed’s economic and inflation outlook, which would warrant a more gradual approach to raising rates.Guatieri pointed out that the Fed also sees an upside risk from the prospects of greater fiscal stimulus, but that for now, the two risks offset each other.Economists and central bankers agree freer trade is better for economic growth. “If a country adopts more protectionist policies, that tends to generate a reaction from other countries,” Daco said. The reaction is very similar, Daco added.He does not necessarily believe the Trump administration is going to pursue extremely protectionist policies, but just wants a better deal out of the NAFTA negotiations.Still on CourseAs expected, the Fed held the target range for fed funds at 0.75 to 1.00 percent on May 3. The Fed sees the first quarter economic slowdown as “likely to be transitory” and appeared to strengthen its case for the two more rate hikes planned for 2017, according to its March projections.Related CoverageUS Fed Chair Yellen: ‘We Have Plenty of Time to See What Happens’Fed Acknowledges ‘Animal Spirits’The U.S. economy grew a meagre 0.7 percent over the year ending in March; inflation fell 0.2 percent for the month of March and is just below the Fed’s 2.0 percent target at 1.8 percent for the year ending in March.The Fed can gain confidence that inflation is picking up and labour market slack is basically non-existent given wage inflation is moving higher. The employment cost index (ECI) rose 2.4 percent in the first quarter.Markets were pricing in roughly a 70 percent chance of a June hike prior to the release of the interest rate decision. Those expectations moved to about 75 percent, according to CNBC after the Fed statement was released. For now, the economic slowdown and initial protectionist moves are not swaying the Fed from its course. Follow Rahul on Twitter @RV_ETBiz Follow Rahul on Twitter: @RV_ETBiz U.S. Federal Reserve Board chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference on March 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Fed kept rates unchanged on May 3. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Business center_img Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more

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Harvey Flood Mother Couldnt Believe How Much Store Clerk Asked for Milk

first_img Show Discussion Harvey Flood: Mother Couldn’t Believe How Much Store Clerk Asked for Milk By Petr Svab August 31, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018 Share this article (Guy Montag/CC BY 2.0)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img While Houston brims with stories of people helping each other amid the devastation of caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, some people have tried to take advantage of the disaster to squeeze some money out of fellow Texans.Gladys Flores sent her husband to pick up a gallon of milk at her local grocery store in southeast Houston. But he came back empty handed—the store clerk asked $10 for the bottle.He asked the clerk why was the milk so expensive. She replied it was because he was taking the last one. “So?” he asked. The clerk then started to haggle—she offered $9. The man walked away.The couple already tried a few other supermarkets in the area but all were sold out. Flores wasn’t ready to give up that easily.“I couldn’t believe that she was doing that,” she wrote on Facebook. She picked up the bottle herself and went to the register. Only this time she had her cellphone camera recording.“I get to the register and ask her for the price she smiles and thinks about it then tells me $8,” she wrote. “I looked at her and was in shock.”Price gouging is illegal in Texas. If sellers hike prices of goods and services needed in emergencies after an emergency is declared, they can face up to $20,000 fine for each violation. If the buyer is over 65 years old, the fine can reach $250,000. The law covers things like drinking water, food, batteries, generators, gasoline, and towing.The Texas Attorney General’s Office has received hundreds of complaints of price gouging since the record-breaking storm hit on Friday, Aug. 25, CBS reported.The office encourages people to first bring up the issue with the seller. “Speak to them respectfully but be frank,” its website states. If it doesn’t help, one should save the receipt and file a complaint.Flores seemed more concerned with the ethical realm of the situation.“[W]e should be working together to help each other and then this happens,” she wrote. “[T]his isn’t how Houston works.”You can report post-Harvey price gouging at Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Toll-Free Hotline.Call: 1-800-621-0508Email: consumeremergency@oag.texas.gov Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab Share US last_img read more

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