Thousands of disabled students are being forced to

first_imgThousands of disabled students are being forced to choose between having food to eat or having the equipment they need to study, because a new government rule means they must pay £200 towards the cost of computers they need for disability-related reasons.The government introduced the new rule as part of its controversial reform of the disabled students’ allowance (DSA) system, a non-means-tested grant that assists with the extra costs a disabled student faces during higher education study.Universities minister Sam Gyimah admitted in a parliamentary answer that introducing the new rule – with disabled students in England having to pay £200 towards the cost of a computer and assistive software obtained through the DSA system – had seen the number of recipients of DSA equipment funding fall by 4,600.This appears to refer to a drop from 28,000 to 23,400 in the number of students receiving DSA for equipment, comparing those who began their courses in 2014-15 with those who began in 2015-16, when the new rules were introduced.Gyimah said the drop was “expected, because we knew the numbers would fall once students had to pay £200 towards the cost of computer equipment”, but he said that an evaluation of the impact of the change was “under way”.Marsha de Cordova (pictured), the disabled Labour MP and shadow minister for disabled people, who had asked the question, said the number of students receiving DSA for essential equipment had fallen by nearly 30 per cent since the £200 up-front fee was introduced (the latest figures show the number of students receiving DSA for equipment have fallen even further than Gyimah’s figures, to 19,700).She said the charge was “clearly preventing disabled students from accessing the essential equipment they need to further their studies” and she called on Gyimah to scrap the new rule.The minister claimed that the fall in the number of students receiving DSA for equipment did not mean they were “lacking in equipment” because he said “computer ownership is now common among all students, with students spending on average around £250 on computers”.He said: “As DSAs are not intended to cover all student costs, we think it is reasonable to ask students to contribute towards the cost of computer equipment.”De Cordova told Disability News Service (DNS) afterwards: “I thought [the minister’s] response was really weak.“It demonstrates a lack of understanding and awareness of the support needs of disabled students.”She received DSA when she was studying at university, which paid for a support worker and the assistive technology she needed.She said: “It certainly enabled me to carry out my studies effectively.“Without it, I would have been put at a disadvantage, without a shadow of a doubt.”Piers Wilkinson, from the National Union of Students’ Disabled Students’ Campaign, said they had “consistently opposed” the DSA reforms, because the union believed they would “not only put us at a greater disadvantage in accessing education but also force disabled students out of education”.He said: “Disabled students face astronomical costs of attending university, with higher accommodation costs, additional costs for transport, food and support equipment.“A laptop can be a vital piece of equipment; this £200 charge is causing hundreds of vital laptops to be locked away from the student, even after the assistive technology software and hardware has been paid for.“The Equality Act 2010 clearly states that a disabled person cannot be asked to pay for disability adjustments, and yet our government has been charging disabled students £200 for the privilege of accessing the same education opportunities non-disabled students have.“This charge is making disabled students choose between having food to eat or having the equipment essential for them to study for their £9,000-a-year course.“So disabled students are left in a paradoxical limbo, unable to study because they can’t afford the £200 charge and unable to afford the charge because they are a disabled student.”Meanwhile, The Alliance for Inclusive Education has condemned the government’s announcement that it is spending £50 million to expand places in grammar schools in England.Disabled children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) or statements of special educational needs represent only 0.1 per cent of grammar school pupils, despite making up 1.8 per cent of the secondary school population.And disabled children without statements or EHCPs still make up only 4.2 per cent of grammar school pupils, but 12.4 per cent of all secondary school pupils.Simone Aspis, ALLFIE’s policy and campaigns coordinator, said: “The expansion of grammar school provision is another government attack on comprehensive and inclusive education and disabled pupils’ rights to a good and well-resourced mainstream school placement as set out in Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”DNS revealed last year that the government had been forced to admit that it failed to assess the impact on disabled children and young people of its “discriminatory” plans to expand grammar schools.Aspis pointed to last year’s conclusion of the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, which was highly critical of the UK government’s approach to inclusive education and the “persistence of a dual education system” that segregates increasing numbers of disabled children in special schools.Figures last year showed the proportion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who attend a special school in England had risen from 5.6 per cent in 2012 to 8.5 per cent in 2016, with the proportion in independent specialist settings rising from 4.5 to 6.3 per cent.ALLFIE said that the introduction of greater selection by ability in the education system through the expansion of grammar school provision meant “choice for SEND pupils and their parents is in danger of becoming non-existent”.last_img read more

Much more needs to be done to ensure that disabled

first_imgMuch more needs to be done to ensure that disabled people and other groups in fuel poverty can benefit from energy efficiency schemes, according to a new report.The report says that disabled people often have higher energy demands, because of factors such as health-related needs to keep warm and the electricity needed to use equipment such as nebulisers, stair lifts and hoists, and to charge wheelchairs.The report, published by the UK Energy Research Centre, University of York, and ACE Research, says this can lead to both higher energy costs and a greater risk of harm if energy supplies are disconnected.The report says current policy is focused too much on targets and providing work to improve the energy efficiency of homes – such as installing cavity wall insulation and replacing inefficient boilers – at the lowest possible cost.Because disabled people often live in the poorest quality homes and need extra support through the installation process, they are often side-lined by those providing schemes such as the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) energy efficiency programme.They also face other barriers, such as problems caused by the disruption of the energy supply while installation is taking place, the inaccessibility of the application process and the difficulty of carrying out preparatory work, such as clearing a loft space.There are also “high levels of mistrust” of the energy sector.Among its recommendations, the report calls for the government to reinstate a taxpayer-funded scheme in England, where there has been no such programme since the demise of Warm Front in 2013, even though Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all operate such schemes.It calls for investment in energy efficiency support in England to be “brought up to par with the devolved nations with the reintroduction of a tax-payer funded energy efficiency scheme”.It also concludes that “the trustworthiness of energy efficiency programmes needs to be improved, most notably in England”.As well as the report, Policy Pathways to Justice in Energy Efficiency, the two-year research project has also published a guide for those working in the sector on supporting disabled people, Supporting Fuel Poor Disabled People Through Energy Efficiency Measures.Disability Rights UK (DR UK), which helped deliver the project, said the research showed how current policy was “overly focused on targets and low-cost provision to the exclusion of the people living in fuel poor homes”.It said the research also shows how households in need are “difficult to find, that they do not receive adequate information that is accessible and from a trusted source, and how their needs are not always taken into consideration during the installation process”.Sue Bott (pictured), deputy chief executive of DR UK, said that delivery of energy efficiency policy was “variable and patchy”, and there was “a lack of knowledge and awareness of the specific needs of disabled people”.She said that 30 per cent of families living in poverty contain a disabled person and are at particular risk of experiencing fuel poverty.She said: “Too often fuel poverty is thought of as an issue that only impacts older disabled people, but the reality is that fuel poverty blights the lives of disabled people of any age: from children, to adults of working age, to older people.“The effects of fuel poverty can penetrate deep into everyday life and exacerbate existing impairments and health conditions.”Dr Joanne Wade, chief executive of ACE, said: “In short, the needs of older people – important though they undoubtedly are – have been prioritised above those of people with disabilities and long-term health conditions, and those of families with young children.“All these groups are vulnerable to the ill-effects of cold homes, and many people within them also have greater than average needs for energy services.“We have to stop ignoring people who don’t always have the loudest voices; we have to stop avoiding people who are harder to engage, or more expensive and more difficult to help than others.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Good Morning Mission to Poop Pee Free Zone

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Photo by Mark Rabine.Center Street Bridge. Photo by Mark Rabine.Following Mission Creek. Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Serious signs. Photo by Mark Rabine.Workers of the World. Photo by Mark Rabine.Why they took away the trash cans. Photo by Mark Rabine.Care and Control. Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Sunrise on Mission Creek. Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Muni Tire Shop. Photo by Mark Rabine.Going somewhere. Photo by Mark Rabine.Photo by Mark Rabine.Can we go home now? Photo by Mark Rabine. 0%center_img Right now it is 60° with a high of 80° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block: Following Mission Creek,  the triangle formed by Treat, Harrison and 15th. Home to the Muni Tire Shop, the SF Animal Care and Control Center and the incomparable Bernie’s Grooming (Tucho’s fave). I got there as the fog was lifting over downtown.There are only a handful of blocks left, so take a look at the map and let us know if you want to claim one of them.  We’re at  You can see a map of all of the blocks here. last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham praised Saints absolutely brill

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham praised Saints “absolutely brilliant” performance as they edged closer to Old Trafford.They beat Castleford 41-0 at Langtree Park last night to progress into the Semi Finals – and get ClubCall.“We were absolutely brilliant and I suppose you couldn’t have asked for any better,” he said. “All you ask as coaches is for effort and attitude and we got that in abundance tonight.“We toughed it out last week and it was only when we lost and looked back we thought it was a bit of a win really. We were good as a team for last week’s experience and it put us in a play-off mentality.“We saw the good things we did in that game with one in the middle missing and with a full acquisition on the field we knew we would be in with a good shot. We needed to work hard for 80 minutes and that is what we did.”He continued: “I thought Jordan Turner was outstanding . To do what he has done out of position is superb and he is a real leader for us. He was one of the difference makers.“Robes (James Roby) has been outstanding for the full season. I’m not a fan of stats but in the last three weeks; there isn’t a player in the world that can do what he does and still perform. There is not a nine in the world that can come close to him in that regard.“He is right up there with the top three in the world.”Keiron also paid tribute to the team spirit at the club.“It’s impressive,” he continued. “I am a big believer in it and trying to push it. You saw at the end of the game that team spirit as there was no need for the likes of Roby and Louie to chase back. That is what great sides do.“You fight until the last minute and you get your just rewards for it.“In the end, we have been the most consistent team this year and the guys deserved where they are tonight. And you can see we haven’t stuttered today.”last_img read more

Residents near Chemours plant frustrated over GenX samples

first_img00:00 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 BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been months since Chemours went out to some homes in Bladen and Cumberland counties to test their well water for GenX. Now, some resident are frustrated with the results.Timmy Berginer has lived in Bladen County for 16 years. He says he never imagined something like GenX, an unregulated compound with unknown health risks, would wind up in his well water.- Advertisement – He thought things were looking up when Chemours, the company that manufactures Genx, tested his water.“My first reaction to it when they said they were going to come out and test it was that they’re moving in the right direction,” Berginer said.Chemours has tested around 350 private wells near its plant. Many people were later informed their water was either “usable” or they had high levels of GenX.Related Article: State Science Advisory Board wants your input on GenX reportPeople in the area say they are frustrated because they weren’t told anything else.“You can’t just dump something in the water and send out a piece of paper and saying that’s it. It’s got to be more to it than that,” Berginer said. “I got a good word for it- cover up.”“I feel like we ain’t being told the truth in some kind of way,” Bladen County resident Anthony Williams said. “I mean, there should be some kind of ways you know, that we can get more of a clear answer, you know, that doesn’t leave you thinking, well, what if?”Some people in the area have stopped using their wells and are going to Chemours to pick up bottled water but they hope they won’t need to eventually.According to reports, Chemours wants to put carbon treatment systems in some of these private wells but a state official recommended not implementing it or telling residents until it receives state approval. Residents we spoke with haven’t heard about this plan.last_img read more

Layoffs buyouts coming at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

first_img00:00 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 SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Duke Energy is looking at ways to cut costs at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport lead to buyouts and layoffs.Plant spokeswoman Karen Williams says the company is offering voluntary severance options to employees at its nuclear plant locations, as well as in the corporate offices.- Advertisement – “Duke Energy is continuously reviewing our operations to identify opportunities for improvement,” Williams said in an email Thursday to WWAY. “This includes our workforce strategy and staffing levels to ensure we’re appropriately staffed with the right skillsets and number of teammates to execute our long-term vision for Duke Energy. It’s what our customers expect of us – that we do what’s necessary to work as efficiently as possible and maintain the lowest cost possible.”Williams says Duke has offered “a voluntary severance opportunity for certain groups of employees in specific areas across the company who elect to leave the company with severance benefits.”“As part of this process, we’re working closely with our employees to help them understand this voluntary opportunity,” she wrote.Related Article: Tribune calls off $3.9B buyout by SinclairThe company did not provide specific numbers of cuts.Williams said Duke Energy expects most of the staff reduction to come through buyouts, but there could also be layoffs.last_img read more

McCrae Dowless wont testify in hearing on disputed congressional race

first_imgBy EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican operative conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina’s elections director said Monday, but the first session of a days-long hearing produced scant evidence that the GOP congressional candidate he worked for knew about it or even benefited.- Advertisement – The director’s testimony came at the opening of a state elections board hearing into whether mail-in ballots were tampered with in the race for the state’s 9th congressional district seat that saw Republican Mark Harris narrowly defeat Democrat Dan McCready.The race wasn’t certified, leaving the country’s only congressional election without a declared winner. The elections board is expected to either declare a winner or order a new election after the hearing.“The evidence that we will provide today will show that a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme operated in the 2018 general election” in rural Bladen and Robeson counties, which are part of the congressional district, state elections director Kim Strach said.Related Article: Search warrants released in North Carolina election probeHarris held a slim lead over McCready in unofficial results following November’s election, but the state elections board refused to certify the contest after allegations of potential ballot manipulation surfaced. There wasn’t evidence presented Monday that the election irregularities were so widespread that it would overturn Harris’ 905 vote lead. The hearing will continue Tuesday and could continue beyond then.The investigation targeted a political operative working for Harris’ campaign named Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr.One witness, Kimberly Sue Robinson, said she turned over her signed, blank ballot to Dowless’ workers in an unsealed envelope. She said she’d done the same thing in previous elections, trusting Dowless would make good choices. The registered Republican’s vote was counted in November’s election.Dowless was hired to produce votes for Harris and Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, but his methods last year included paying people to visit potential voters who had received absentee ballots and getting them to hand over those ballots, whether completed or not, Dowless worker Lisa Britt testified.It’s illegal in North Carolina for anyone other than a guardian or close family member to handle a voter’s ballot.Dowless was called to testify late Monday, but his attorney said he wouldn’t do it without legal protection against prosecution for events he described. The board refused.Britt testified she collected about three dozen sometimes unfinished ballots and handed them to Dowless, who kept them at his home and office for days or longer before they were turned in, said Britt, whose mother was formerly married to Dowless. While the congressional and sheriff’s races were almost always marked by voters who turned in unsealed ballots, Britt said she would fill in down-ballot local races — favoring Republicans — to prevent local elections board workers from suspecting Dowless’ activities.“Most people aren’t concerned with the school board or some of the other little people on there,” Britt said.While Dowless and Harris’ main campaign consultant were in constant contact, she didn’t have any indication Harris knew about the operation, Britt said.“I think Mr. Harris was completely clueless as to what was going on,” Britt said.Britt’s mother said she overheard a phone conversation in which Harris and Dowless before November’s election discussed the Republican’s strong showing. Sandra Dowless said Harris asked McCrae Dowless, the ex-husband who she lived with for six months last year, how he knew the Republican was running strongly.“I know the people and I know how they vote,” Sandra Dowless recounted her ex-husband as saying.Strach said McCrae Dowless paid local people he recruited $125 for every 50 mail-in ballots they collected in Bladen and Robeson counties and turned in to him. That means they could have been altered before being counted.The operation’s scope allowed Dowless to collect nearly $84,000 in consulting fees over five months leading into last year’s general election, said Strach, adding that in addition to reviewing financial and phone records investigators questioned 142 voters in the south-central North Carolina counties.Harris received 679 mail-in ballots in Bladen and Robeson counties, compared to 652 for McCready, Strach said. But McCready’s lawyers contend nearly 1,200 other mail-in ballots were sent to voters and never returned — enough to erase Harris’ Election Day lead.Strach was expected to touch on the unreturned ballots later in the hearing.“It’s not just about those that have been returned. It’s potentially about those that haven’t been returned,” she said.Dowless and Harris attended Monday’s hearing. McCready did not.Four of the five members on the elections board — composed of three Democrats and two Republicans — would need to agree a new election is necessary.If that doesn’t happen, McCready’s lawyers said state officials should send their findings to the Democrat-dominated U.S. House and let it decide whether Harris should be seated — arguing that the U.S. Constitution gives the House authority over the elections and qualifications of its members.last_img read more

Local Councillors not invited to Government press events

first_img SharePrint DOI / Clifton FenechDOI / Clifton Fenech Elected Local Councillors on Birkirkara’s local council were not invited to a government press conference held in the locality.Birkirkara’s local council is composed of 13 elected members, Joanne Debono Grech who serves as the mayor of the locality, Rita Borg, Michael Fenech Adami, Kaylocke Buhagiar, Owen Patrick Attard, Mark Abdilla, Anthony Buttigieg, John Mary Calleja, Herbert Conti, John Mizzi, Marie Claire Zammit, John Borg and Antoine Attard.However is informed that for a press event which was held at the new Birkirkara housing project and addressed by the Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Parliamentary Secretary for Social Accommodation Roderick Galdes on Tuesday morning, only those who were elected on behalf of Partit Laburista and PL local council hopefuls were invited for a government press conference which was announced by the Department of reached out to the Minister for Local Government Owen Bonnici and his spokesperson, but until the time of writing no replies were forthcoming.This newsroom is informed that Local Councillor and locality minority leader elected on behalf of Partit Nazzjonalista Michael Fenech Adami has asked Birkirkara’s Local Council executive secretary to write an email to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, Local Government Minister Owen Bonnici, and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government Silvio Parnis, reminding them of Fenech Adami’s request on why the Local Councillors were not receiving any official invitations to the press conferences held in their locality, when such events were organised by the Government.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Galeas attempt at the Gordian Knot

first_imgIn the coming days, PN grandee Louis Galea will be meeting the members of the local committees of the Partit Nazzjonalista as well as the PN parliamentary group. In his attempt to undo the Gordian Knot which is currently weighing the party down, Galea’s start may be a sign that he landed on his feet, running.His first letter was to the PN grassroots, the Kumitati Sezzjonali, or Local Committees. Between Sunday 7th July and Wednesday 10th July, Galea ‘invited’, a word he himself stressed, the members of the local committees to meeting to discuss ways in which the party can be reformed, and a political vision forged to engender unity. Due recognition was given to the contribution of the committees when Galea, in the letter stressed that, alone, he would not accomplish anything.Besides writing to the PN grassroots, Galea wrote also to the PN parliamentary group, where he frankly expressed his trepidation at the task ahead in trying to resolve the issues which currently plague the Partit Nazzjonalista. In the letter, dated 6th July, Galea said that in spite of this awareness of the size of the task, he felt it his duty to give it a shot for the sake of the party and of the country.Read Also: Is Delia the disease in the party? Louis Galea answersAim: Unity in harmonious diversityUnderlining that his contribution would be to the whole party, possibly a veiled comment at the jibes that Galea had been brought on to make beleaguered PN leader Adrian Delia look credible, Galea immediately set his record straight. “In my work, I shall ensure that I will be impartial, independent and fair with everyone” wrote Galea. More importantly, he set the tone which, in effect has been the leit motif of the Partit Nazzjonalista since the late 1970’s: “The concept of unity I believe in is one rooted in diversity, but a harmonious diversity born out of dialogue” stated Galea.Read Also: Watch: Party members will decide – Adrian DeliaGoodwill vs a complex knotGalea said that he was aware of the differences which exist in the party on different issues as well as on different levels, which he likened to a ball of string: “ the knot is complex but the ends do exist” would be a loose translation of Galea’s phrase. He said that to understand and address these complexities, the basic element needs to be that of good will tempered with realistic objectivity which, finally, should result in a credible and electable party.Read Also: Dr Louis Galea appointed as AŻAD President SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Pope lambasted for praying for migrants

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Pope Francis arrives at Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERSPope Francis arrives at Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs minister Matteo Salvini seemed quaintly intrigued by a prominent article featured in Tuesday’s La Republica, an authoritative Italian newspaper. Entitled “The Catholic Church at a Crossroads: The Pope or Salvini”, the paper ran an interview with the Jesuit Father Bartolmeo Sorge who perceived the Italian government’s new efforts to clampdown on migrants coming to Italy as reflective of Italy’s fascist era of the 1930s. Padre Sorge is an influential Jesuit theologian and political scientist who, like Pope Bergoglio was one of St Pedro Arupe’s close collaborators in the latter’s  implementation of the Second Vatican Council, especially with regard to a faith that does justice and preferential option for the poor.Clearly, Salvini was tickled by the headline, even if perhaps not fully realising that it was a statement which La Republica had made and not a question, as he commented on his tweet. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had previously introduced a new policy closing the ports to migrant rescue vessels. This went as far as to introduce fines to those bringing migrants into Italy’s territorial waters.This however was not the only controversial tweet of the day. Pope Francis received a negative response to his Twitter post calling for prayers for migrants.In a recent tweet, the Pontiff delivered a homily marking the 6th anniversary since his visit to Lampedusa where he had underscored the plight the migrants who perished on the way to Europe.Read Also: Aġġornata bl-awdjo: “Nitolbu fis-silenzju għall-immigranti ta’ Lampedusa” – Papa FranġiskuRead Also: Segwi LIVE il-quddiesa tal-Papa Franġisku f’LampedusaRead Also: Il-Papa Franġisku llum iżur Lampedusa SharePrint “This is not just about migrants”, in the twofold sense that migrants are first of all human persons, and that they are the symbol of all those rejected by today’s globalized society.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 8, 2019Not long after, the tweet received a number of negative responses in which the Pope was told to instead pray for others which, those who posted, considered more deserving of prayers such as earthquake victims or the parents of a quadriplegic man, Vincent Lambert, who recently had his life support turned off.Read more:NGO appeals sanction placed after defying Salvini banSea Eye not intimidated by Salvini; Alan Kurdi vessel heading to Lampedusacenter_img In his post, Pope Francis wrote, ‘These least ones are abandoned and cheated into dying in the desert; these least ones are tortured, abused and violated in detention camps; these least ones face the waves of an unforgiving sea; these least ones are left in reception camps too long for them to be called temporary.’ The Pope said that the plight of immigrants is the epitome of all those who are rejected in today’s globalised society.On this sixth anniversary of the visit to Lampedusa, my thoughts go out to those “least ones” who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 8, 2019 WhatsApplast_img read more

Son to sign new deal at Tottenham

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Son Heung-min has been in scintillating form for Tottenham Hotspurs and is expected to sign a new deal even though he had put pen to paper on a new 5-year agreement in July.Since October, the South Korean forward has already scored 16 goals in 23 games in all competitions for the English side. The new deal will enable the former Hamburg and Bayern Leverkusen player to pocket £150,000 per week.The 26-year-old has now scored in four consecutive matches since returning from the Asian Cup in January, helping to fill the gap left by injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli.WhatsApplast_img read more

Police arresting users for making AntiMuslim statements on Facebook and Twitter

first_imgAdvertisement Make a racist or Anti-Muslim statement and you could get yourself a free spot in jail. Three men have so far been taken into custody for using Twitter and Facebook to criticize Muslims.British police are arresting people in the middle of the night if they have made racist or anti-Muslim comments on Twitter following the murder of a soldier by two Muslims in Woolwich, London.In the Woolwich attack, Lee Rigby, a drummer in the Royal Regiment of Fusliers, was run down in a car and then hacked and stabbed to death by two men with knives and a cleaver. They told a man video recording the scene that it was vengeance for the killings of Muslims by the British Army. – Advertisement – One man has been charged with “malicious communications” on Facebook, two others have been arrested under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. The police are now arresting people based on mere speech in social media, a detective said in a statement to the press:The men were arrested under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. Our inquiries into these comments continue.These comments were directed against a section of our community. Comments such as these are completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community in Bristol.People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious.This comes at the behest of British Muslims, who fear a backlash against them following the death of Rigby.The police and Muslim groups have said that there have been anti-Muslim episodes in many parts of the country, the most common involving derogatory messages on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.A number of arrests have been made, with criminal charges being leveled in some cases under laws against inciting racial or religious hatred, and Muslim community leaders have reported rising concern among the estimated 2.5 million Muslims in Britain.Two men were detained in the middle of the night after they expressed anger at Muslims on Twitter.“We began inquiries into the comments and at around 3.20am two men, aged 23 and 22, were detained at two addresses in Bristol. The men were arrested under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. Our inquiries into these comments continue.” The poloce said.Credit: Business Insiderlast_img read more

Huawei Partners with Uganda Communications Commission UCC to Promote Young ICT Innovators

first_imgAdvertisement  Huawei Uganda’s CEO Radoslaw KedziaHuawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced its participation in the 3rd annual UCC ACIA Awards to be held tomorrow under the theme ICT innovation for National Development. The awards seek to recognize and reward innovations in the country.The Uganda’s rising awards category recognizes extraordinary application of ICTs by secondary school students towards the reduction of the digital divide in Uganda. This may be with regard to ICT access, affordability, availability and/or its applicability. – Advertisement – “Promotion of local talents is our responsibility as a leading global ICT solutions provider, and a core part of our strategy for Uganda and Africa generally. Last year, we signed MoU with Makerere University which consisted of specialized ICT training, knowledge transfer and internship programs for students. Currently we have 29 interns at our office, benefiting from the MoU, practising with the best engineers of the ICT area.” Said Radoslaw Kedzia, Managing Director of Huawei Technologies Uganda.Mr. Kedzia added that his company was keen to invest in future partnerships with the government and other private stakeholders to spot and equip the unique ICT talents amongst Uganda youth.According to the eTransform Africa: The Transformational Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Africa Report 2012 by the World Bank and African Development Bank, ICT  innovations are delivering home-grown solutions in Africa, transforming businesses and driving entrepreneurship and economic growth. Initiatives such as the UCC ACIA awards are aimed at promoting socio-economic national growth.last_img read more

Twitter And Yahoo Reportedly Held Merger Talks

first_imgTwo gents seen passing near the Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Image Credit: CNBC Advertisement According to media reports, executives from Twitter Inc. early this month met with Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer to discuss merger possibilities.During the meeting, Twitter and Yahoo executives spent several hours hashing out Yahoo‘s financials and whether a strategic combo might make sense, a source close to the talks told the New York Post on Friday.“Twitter is the destination for instant news and Yahoo has a lot of eyeballs on its site. The idea is not as crazy as you might think,” the source was quoted as saying.According to the report, Twitter appeared mainly interested in taking information out of Yahoo and it bowed out of the bidding process soon.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Meanwhile, Twitter’s spokesperson said that the company does not comment on any rumor and speculation.last_img read more

QA – Huawei Y6 II With Jean Baguma

first_imgMarketing Manager at Huawei Uganda; Jean Baguma during the unveiling of the Huawei Y6 II at their office, Rwenzori Towers. Advertisement 1. Huawei recently released its latest Y-Series entrant, The Huawei Y6II. What makes the Huawei Y6II unique? The Huawei Y6II is the only smartphone within its range at the moment with unbeatable cut throat lightning speed in Uganda.The Huawei Y6II’s Kirin 620, 1.2GHz processor coupled with the lightning fast 64-bit octa-core allows multiple apps to be open simultaneously without sacrificing speed, power or performance. Its ARM micro-processor technology has ultra-high efficiency for longer battery life. The 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory expandable to 128GB via micro SD card also gives users more capacity, lower power consumption, faster speed and longer use than any smartphone currently in the market.Basically, the Huawei Y6II is all about speed. – Advertisement – 2. Besides the ‘unbeatable cut-throat lightning speed,’ what more does the Huawei Y6II offer its users? The Huawei Y6II handset has a wide 5.5 inch display, 13MP and 8MP cameras, octa-core processors and an elegant design body style. It also boasts of a larger dynamic 1280×720 resolution display which is crystal clear and rivals existing top digital screens. The durable GFF transparent lamination protects the display from scratches to ensure long-lasting brightness. The Huawei Y6II also has customized round curves designed for easy one-handed use.The Huawei Y6II has a built-in phone manager that monitors power consumption for extended battery life, and cleans and optimizes the devices Operating System, while the App Lock and Do Not Disturb functions protect user privacy.The Huawei Y6II also has an Auto- Face enhancement and make-up mode which puts the user’s best face forward with its 10-level face enhancement option.3. Who is the target customer for the Huawei Y6II? The Huawei Y6II, with its premium features is targeted to the mid-range customer that is looking at having a wider smartphone screen, better camera and more features at an affordable price.4. How much does the Huawei Y6II cost on the market in Uganda? The Huawei Y6II is selling at an unbeatable Recommended Retail Price of 655,600 UshsMarketing Manager at Huawei Uganda; Jean Baguma during the unveiling of the Huawei Y6 II at their office, Rwenzori Towers.5. Where can one purchase the Huawei Y6II phone from in Uganda? The Huawei Y6II can be bought from any Huawei-affiliated dealer shops countrywide to include Nile Communications, Ssimba Telecom, Go Phones, Nile Communication, Fone Express, Praise Communication and’6. Besides the Huawei Y6II, what other phones does Huawei have in store for its customers? Huawei has a range of phone products and currently, we have an ongoing mega-discount promotion of up to 20% on Huawei smartphones across the country. The discounted phones include;Y-series: Y336, Y520, Y6, Y6 Pro, Y625, Y3 II, Y5 II, Y3 Lite,G series : GR3, GR5, G8P series: P7, P8, P9, P9 LiteMate series: Mate S, Mate 7, Mate 87. Huawei became the world’s 3rd largest mobile smartphone manufacturer in 2012, what has been Huawei’s key to success and where does the brand see itself in the future? In 2012, Huawei became the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer and was the first Chinese company to sell more than 100 million mobile phones in one year – 2015, with products and services available in more than 170 countries. Huawei’s key to success has been its continuous Research &Development and introducing disruptive products which are of greater quality for a reasonable price. Huawei currently only produces smartphones and envisages that by 2021, it shall be the leading global smartphone producer.[related-posts]8. Today more Ugandans are turning to smartphones rather than laptops and computers. How is Huawei ready for this shift in a market like Uganda? Huawei understands the dynamics of the Ugandan market where the majority of phone users lay within the middle to low income market segment. This coupled with Huawei’s ability to build first-class software meant to run on simple and cheaper hardware has enabled us to give our customers in Uganda premium smartphones that are affordable.last_img read more

Stanbic Bank Awards 420 Entrepreneurs Through its Business Incubator Program

first_imgAdvertisement Stanbic Bank on Friday 23rd, November awarded graduation certificates to 420 entrepreneurs from 119 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through its business incubator.This is the second cohort to graduate since the incubator was launched earlier this year. The first cohort saw 94 entrepreneurs from 34 businesses graduate. Therefore making a 2018 total of 153 SMEs and 514 entrepreneurs.“119 SMEs have graduated compared to 34 in May this year. This is a clear indication that we’re moving in the right direction towards impacting on business sustainability and ultimately job creation,” Stanbic Bank Uganda Head of Enterprise Development Tony Otoa said. – Advertisement – The graduating cohort is involved in a wide range of businesses including catering and catering support services, security, medical services, facilities management including cleaning services, equipment logistics, entertainment, events management, recreation, travel & tour operations, among others.Tony pointed out that the program is purposed to equip Ugandan SMEs with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of the requisite standards required run their businesses in a sustainable and profitable manner.The bank’s CEO Patrick Mweheire noted that SMEs are key engines of economic growth in Uganda employing approximately 2.5 million people, contributing 20% of GDP and producing 80% of Uganda’s manufactured output.Patrick further said SMEs today continue to be plagued with challenges that limit their potential, including lack of financial support and lack of skills. “Stanbic Bank, through this incubator, is nurturing SMEs in order for them to develop and grow by bridging the identified gaps.”last_img read more

The Best Gaming Laptops of 2018

first_imgThe Razer Blade 15. (Photo Courtesy: Tech Advisor) Advertisement Gaming laptops have evolved over time into sleek and sophisticated powerhouses that can rival any powerful desktop. However, choosing the perfect gaming laptop for you will depend on various factors such as the performance, price and portability. No matter whether you want a light and thin portable device or a budget gaming laptop to play while on the road, here are just a few gaming laptops that you should check out before making your final decision.MSI GS65 Stealth ThinWith a long battery life and a sleek and powerful design, it is clear to see why many gamers pick the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin for all their gaming needs. Regarded as the best gaming laptop on the market, you can be sure you are getting good value for money when purchasing this device. With the laptop being thin and light enough to carry in a backpack and comfortable to use laying on the sofa, you can be sure that the GS65 will not disappoint. There are various details that sets the GS65 aside from competitors such as a keyboard created by SteelSeries that is responsive and solid, and not to forget the super responsive touchpad.Dell Inspiron 15 7567If you are a Fornite fanatic, be sure to check out the Dell Inspiron 15 7567. This is because this device is suitable for less-demanding games. The 7567 model includes a GTX 1050 Ti (a small upgrade from the GTX 1050 model which can be purchased a little cheaper). However, bear in mind that this laptop is unable to handle the latest games on any type of setting so if you want a cheap gaming laptop that you can use to play on games such as Fornite, be sure to check out the Dell Inspiron 15 7567.Razer Blade 15 – Advertisement – Known for its elegant design, solid construction and slim body, the Razer Blade 15 is another gaming laptop that you need to check out. With vapor chamber cooling as one of its pro points, it is easy to see why gamers are drawn to the Razer Blade 15. The laptop includes a 144Hz screen as well as internals that are strong enough to play all the latest games. What sets the Blade 15 apart from competitors is the details that is has to offer. With an aluminium body that is incredibly flex-resistant, you can be safe in the knowledge that the risk of your laptop being easily damaged is very slim.Gigabyte Aero 15X v8If you are wanting a gaming laptop with an incredible battery life and beautiful screen, the Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 is the one for you. Some of the features of the v8 include a 144 Hz panel screen as well as a 94Whr battery, providing you with hours and hours of gaming entertainment. The overall look of the Aero 15X is slightly more professional than the Razer Blade, so if you want a laptop that not only looks great, but works brilliantly, the Aero 15X is the perfect gaming laptop for you.Acer Predator Helios 300If you want a gaming laptop that is incredible value for money whilst also boasting good battery life, make sure to look at the Acer Predator Helios 300. Currently priced at just over £1000 (sometimes a little less if you can find it in a sale), the laptop features a GTX 1060 6GB graphics card that is able to lock down 60 fps in most game settings from the last couple of years. It is important to note that although the system lacks in fancy screen features such as a G-Sync, the low price makes The Acer Predator Helios 300 one of the best budget laptops that you can purchase.Asus ROG Strix GL503VS-DH74 Scar EditionWhen deciding between portability, performance and price, the ASUS ROG Strix GL503VS-DH74 Scar Edition ticks the latter two boxes: performance and price. In comparison to a larger shell, the GL503VS features a regular GTX 1070 GPU, resulting in an improvement in performance of about 15 percent. This laptop also includes G-Sync on its 144HZ panel screen, however, one of the trade-offs that you will need to consider is that you will lose out on Nvidia’s Optimus battery technology. It is also important to bear in mind that the battery life typically lasts for no longer than two hours, so make sure not to forget your charger!Acer Predator Triton 700With many gamers calling it the most powerful light-and-thin laptop available, the Acer Predator Triton 700 could be the perfect choice for you and your gaming needs. There are various features that you will love about the Triton 700, such as its sci-fi inspired aesthetic, not to forget its solid clam shell design. As the laptop features outstanding specs, the current price of the Triton 700 is just under £1800 on Amazon, making it one of the more expensive gaming laptops.Huawei MateBook X ProThere is also a wide selection of laptops available for you to play on all your favourite online games such as the Huawei Matebook X Pro. With an 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7, as well as Intel UHD Graphics, you can play on casino websites like Stakers where you will be able to view some of the most exciting visuals possible. This casino features over 1,000 games that cover a whole spectrum of genres, giving you more choice than you could ever imagine. Also, with an incredibly strong battery life, the Huawei Matebook X Pro will ensure you can play on all your favourite casino games without having to reach for the charger.With a whole range of gaming laptops to pick from, it can be hard to know where to start. However, taking the time to have a look at a few of the devices listed will help give you more clarity on what you want to get out of your gaming laptop. Make sure that you have a budget in place before you go searching so you can be sure you can afford the right gaming laptop for you.last_img read more

Huawei Y9 Full Review A Potential MidRange Handset

first_imgA person pictured holding the Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone in a sapphire blue color option. (Photo – PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest) Advertisement The Huawei Y9 (2019) was apparently among the last smartphones to be released by Huawei last year. Succeeding the Huawei Y9 (2018), it equips upgraded specs and features like, a 6.5-inch display, Kirin 710 SoC, Fingerprint 4.0 identification technology, among others.To note, Huawei’s smartphone performance in 2018 was extremely good. For the first time ever, the Shenzhen-based smartphone firm overtook Apple in second quarter (Q2) of 2018 to become the world’s second—largest smartphone maker. Its smartphone sales grew 38.6% in the Q2 to nearly 50 million units, giving it a global market share of 13.3%, up from 10.5% in Q1 2018 and 9.8% in Q2 2017.The Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone is a nice looking handset—has that premium look of the Huawei Nova 3i, to mention the Aurora Purple color variant. However, the handset does come in Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue color option as well. – Advertisement – Today, consumers are so kin at specs and features when a buying or upgrading (to) a new smartphone. They specifically look at memory, storage, camera, display, among others. The Huawei Y9 (2019) targets the young generation who favors are gaming, photography, and entertainment — thus, the specs we mentioned above do matter a lot for these favors. Storage for instance is a big play to photography, same goes to memory for gaming and entertainment.PC Tech Magazine’s report received a Huawei Y9 (2019) in the Sapphire Blue color option for review. In our first impressions, we liked the upgrades which beats its predecessor, we also liked the design, battery life, and camera performance. All in all, the Huawei Y9 (2019) had an average performance as mid-range smartphone.Design and DisplayThe design and display of the Huawei Y9 (2019) are just well placed. Online reviewers and critics have rated them at 9/10 and 8/10 respectively — which we strongly agree with.The handset has 6.5-Inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 16M colors, a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and a screen aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is protected by a 2.5D curved glass screen — an advantage for toughness and scratch resistance. The colors for the display appear well balanced and saturated. It appeared brighter outdoors without any help from shadows. The blacks and whites are well highlighted, videos and photos appear crisp, among others.The colors for the display on the Huawei Y9 (2019) appear well balanced and saturated. (Photo – PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest)At the design perspective, the Huawei Y9 (2019) is a ‘bar’ type smartphone. And one of the biggest advantages of bar type smartphones is that they are simple to use and they are very reliable. Okay, that was a by-the-way. Most smartphones today are bar-typed smartphones. So does the Huawei Y9 (2019). It has a dimensions of 162.4 x 77.1 x 8.1 mm and weighs about 173 g — which is light weight for consumers.The phablet was designed with the volume and power buttons placed on the right, gives a better grip looking at the fact that most smartphone users hold their phones from the right. The sim and microSD card tray are on the left. Huawei, add a microSD slot to the tray, than having the second sim tray share with the microSD. Consumers before could choose whether to use the second sim or use a microSD card. The top has nothing, while the bottom places, a single speaker grill, USB-Type 2.0 pork, 3.5mm headphone jack, a mouth piece. Top front is the dual 13MP and 2MP camera sensors, while the back is the dual 16MP and 2MP camera sensor — placed in a vertical setting. The fingerprint sensor appears at the top center, and the Huawei branding is seen at the bottom left, written in a vertical styling.The Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone comes with a single speaker grill, USB-Type 2.0 pork, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a mouth piece placed at the bottom in the design. (Photo – PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest)SoftwareThe phablet comes with Android 8.1 (Oreo) topped on with Huawei’s user interface, EMUI v8.2. For a handset like this we hoped it would feature Android 9.0 (pie). However, the mobile OS is still rolling out to most smartphones gradually. Early this week, HMD Global, started rolling out the Android Pie upgrade for its Nokia 8 Sirrrocco. Anyhow, the mobile OS and Huawei’s EMUI appear simple, clean, and organized with a visible touch of Huawei’s own unique style of design. The mobile OS takes about 6GB out of the available 64GB internal storage.Storage, Performance, and Battery LifeLike we mentioned before, the performance of the Huawei Y9 (2019) is good. We didn’t notice any lags/hangs while performing multi-tasking, web browsing, social networking, bulk file transfers, streaming, among others. A few un-noticeable lags were during gaming performance. With a kin eye, you would see that some frames keep skipping when the app is launched. The phablet comes with a 64-bit CPU with an architecture of ARM Cortex-A53, Kirin 710 model, 8 cores with a clock range of 480 – 2189MHz—coupled with 4GB RAM and a Mali-G51 MP4 GPU.The temperature isn’t supported, but you could easily feel the phone heating up, especially when multi-tasking, watching/streaming videos, and gaming times. This prompts you to halt everything, for it to be able to cool down.In terms of storage, the handset comes with a default 64GB internal storage. However, with the OS and the pre-installed Google applications, this can take-off about 11.5GB leaving you with 52.5GB. This is however expandable with a microSD of upto 128GB. Like we mentioned before, Huawei added a microSD card slot to avoid the sim/microSD share.The Y9 carries a 4000mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery. It can last a day on a single charge. Based on PC Mark’s battery test, the Y9 lasted for 11 hrs and 45 mins — which is impressive. Gaming and video streaming did consumer a lot of battery. Charging the phone to full takes nearly 2 hours with its support for quick charge.Image Optics and VideoIt now brings us to the cameras. The Y9 cameras comes with a quad setup (Dual front and Dual rear sensors) and all Artificial Intelligence powered based. One of the biggest features on both cameras is they support the depth-of-field effect — blurring out the background and only the subject appears in focus. The camera couple five main modes; Aperture — shooting in aperture priority allows you to choose your own aperture setting between f/0.95 to f/16, Night, Portrait, Photo, and Video. They camera do support modes like Pro mode—allows you to shoot manually, Panorama, AR lens, Light painting—better when capturing trail of lights, HDR—gives more detail to the photos, and Time-Lapse.The setup is a dual rear sensors, 13MP—with an aperture of f/2.0 and 2MP—with an aperture of f/2.4. (Photo – PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest)The setup is a dual rear sensors, 13MP—with an aperture of f/2.0 and 2MP—with an aperture of f/2.4. At the front, is a 16MP—with an aperture of f/1.8 and 2MP—with an aperture of f/2.4.The photo quality is quite impressive. Under good and natural lighting you can get well balanced—in terms of color accuracy and crisped photos. In low light situations, the photos turn to be the vice-versa, but not disappointing. in low-light conditions.A Person pictured taking a photo using the rear camera of the Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone. (Photo – PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest)AI-enhanced shooting capabilities, lets your cameras detect the scene then adjusts contrast, exposure, and saturation depending on what you’re shooting. For instance, at a sunset or sunrise, the photos will appear more orange/yellowish compared to when you shot without the AI capabilities. Same applies to close-up (macro) shots, water falls, flowers, among others.AI-enhanced shooting capabilities, lets your cameras detect the scene then adjusts contrast, exposure, and saturation depending on what you’re shooting. For instance, at a sunset or sunrise. (Photo – PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest)When it comes to video, the Huawei Y9 (2019) shoot Full HD+ quality—up to 1080p at 60 fps. However, the cameras don’t support any kind of stabilization; OIS or EIS, so if you aren’t so stable, then expect to have shaky footage. The outcome is a decent, and can be made better in post production.So what were our likes and dislikes;We like : —The performance was good. Average but good. No lags and hangs.The build is perfect. The bezels were really cut out to give a 6.5-Inch display.Display was well balanced and saturated.We didn’t like : —The single speaker grill. Huawei phones always have issues with their speakers. The last two Huawei phones I had, supported two speakers grills, after a time of usage, I only find out that one of the speakers isn’t functioning which then calls for repair which costs a lot. So a single speaker wasn’t a really good idea.The placement of the headphone jack could have been placed on top. The FaceID lock feature is slightly inaccurate. Takes a bit longer to setup and to unlock the phone as well.Conclusion and Final ThoughtsThe Huawei Y9 is a good premium mid-range smartphone for its price tag USD$246 (approx. UGX920,000). I would say, at least it would have been priced at about USD$230 (approx. UGX850,000).Its large display providing a great viewing experience, camera capabilities and performance, battery life, and its overall performance, the Y9 is so far my favorite mid-range smartphone this year from Huawei.last_img read more

BENS BLOG I think Ladbrokes might be backing the onedog here Blog

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Star box at RA was heaving today, and the punters were really getting stuck in. Some new faces joined us, but one of our old and loyal clients was in attendance too. Trevor Connett, 70 years young, was with us for the day, accompanied by his wife, Shirley. They enjoyed their first date at Clapton Dogs, and it was a certainly a start they meant to continue. Owning dogs at all of the London tracks over the years, doing plenty of punting in the betting-ring too, and meeting Star at Sittingbourne and then Walthamstow. I sat with Trevor for an hour and he told me some great stories.I then asked him who is favourite, ever, Greyhound-bookmaker was. Trevor looked across with a grin on his face, and I knew immediately who he was going to say…John Power. The Power Twins, charismatic and legendary bookmakers of the 70’s and 80’s, set the way, lighting dog-track betting rings up, all over London, before going on to be the first bookmakers in countries such as Kenya, Northern Cyprus, Italy, Greece and Hong Kong.So I thought I’d tell Trevor a story in return…Tom Power, one of the brothers, used to make a book for the firm, at Hackney Wick. ‘The Wick’s’ morning BAGS meetings had a strong following, and thus Ladbrokes had a presence in the ring. These were the days before mobile phones, and they had their own line that went into the corner of the betting-ring, where their rep would sit, reciting the prices to head-office, waiting for instructions on when to play.Tom started attending meetings with an ear-piece. Occasionally, to back this up, he would call out to the punters, the latest cricket or football scores.But there was a change…Everytime Ladbrokes played in the ring, Tom seemed to be bottom price and able to lay them at a preferential rate. Sometimes too, just before they played, he would jump off his stool, and take say, the 3’s, and then be able to lay Laddies more at 5/2 – good business, you will obviously understand, Blog.His staff used to wonder what was going on. After a while, they came to a conclusion, and confronted him, giggling that he must have learnt to lip-read and thus see what the ‘Ladbrokes man’ was coming to back.Wrong.He’d tapped the phone-line and was listening to the calls in his ear-piece.NOW, Blog…that’s what I call a CLASS ACT!In other news:Carnage today. The two ‘short-ones’ going in, and also a winning bet of £4k each-way at 12/1. Star will come again though…be assured of that, Blog!Over and out, B xlast_img read more