Month: July 2019

  • A note from the editor For nine years Disability

    first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A leading disabled activist has exposed the UK’s record on disability rights in front of an audience of disabled people from across the global south who had been invited to take part in the government’s Global Disability Summit.Simone Aspis drew repeated loud applause from the audience at the Civil Society Forum as she highlighted the attacks on disabled people’s rights by the “arrogant” UK government.She underlined the “hypocrisy” of the UK asking other countries to sign up to a new Charter for Change, which calls for governments to be held to account for their progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).She said: “Today the UK government is asking other countries to sign up to a charter which talks about the importance of holding governments to account under the CRPD and yet our government stands in breach of it. Hypocrisy.”Last autumn, the chair of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities said the government’s cuts to disabled people’s support had caused “a human catastrophe”.Aspis, policy and campaigns coordinator for The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), a member of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, said the committee had made more than 80 recommendations for improvements and that it had never been as concerned about a country as it was about the UK.She also highlighted how the same committee had found the UK government guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of the convention in 2016 because its austerity cuts had been “fundamentally breaching disabled people’s human rights to independent living and a decent standard of living and work”.But she said the government had dismissed the findings of both CRPD reports.Aspis (pictured after her speech, left, with ALLFIE’s Michelle Daley) was speaking at the Civil Society Forum, a sister event to the Global Disability Summit, headed by the International Disability Alliance and intended to “amplify” the voice of disabled people from across the global south the day before the summit was held in the same venue on the Olympic Park.Aspis told the forum that UK disabled people’s organisations “absolutely welcome the giving of aid and support to our disabled brothers and sisters in other countries but we must also not let the UK government get away with its deliberate dismissal of its obligations under the [UN convention], because if one government should get away with it then others can follow.”She said ROFA was calling for the government to implement CRPD’s recommendations, including the need for a cumulative assessment of the impact of its welfare and tax reforms; to reverse its welfare reforms; to introduce a national independent living support service; to reverse the reinstitutionalisation of disabled people; and to fully implement disabled people’s right to inclusive education.last_img read more

  • Arson and a Late Night Burglary

    first_imgPatrol officers witnessed an unidentified suspect set fire to a curb at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday night. A 41-year-old man was injured in the incident and had to be transported to to San Francisco General Hospital in non-life threatening condition.  The suspect was taken into custody after the officers extinguished the fire.Hot Prowl BurglaryA 36-year-old woman woke up at her residence on 21st and Sanchez streets Monday morning to find her car stolen. An unidentified suspect entered her house through the garage while the woman was sleeping between 11 p.m. on September 27 and 7:30 a.m. on September 28. The burglar stole the victim’s wallet, keys, and then fled with her car, leaving no signs of forced entry. 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

  • Trim and Talk Juan Gabriel Trumps the Donald

    first_imgThe presence of Trump automatically generates a scoff from her.“We’re not that worried, yet, but if he does get elected, then all hell will break loose in the Mission,” she says.A native of San Carlos de Sonora in northwest Mexico, Guillen arrived in the Mission five years ago, giving her and her husband a certain stability — even if it wasn’t quite as stable as she imagined. “They told me that I was going to be sweeping dollars,” she recalls. “So far, I’m only sweeping hairs.”Like many other Latinos in the district, she is not yet eligible to vote, but like others at Sol y Luna, she still takes an interest in politics.She refers to Peña Nieto’s meeting with Trump as “the humiliation.”“I think they paid him,” she says. “Trump must have paid him just to be seen with another country’s president.”Closer to her home in the Mission, however, it is not politics that she mentions, but rising rents.“A thousand dollars for a one bedroom apartment is too much,” she says seemingly unaware that it now costs $2,000 a month to rent a studio. “They’re gonna end up throwing us all out.”Nearby, a young couple speaking Spanglish is helping the hairdressers keep their baby still for his first haircut. The husband, however, seems more interested in talking about Mexican soccer with one of the male hairdressers. Again, the conversation has its own brand of humiliation.“No, no, we can’t lose three-nil at home,” he says in Spanish about America’s recent defeat to their classic rivals, Chivas de Guadalajara. “I can’t understand what’s going on through [coach] Ambriz’s head, and how long are they going to wait for him”.Univision’s news broadcast swings from the forthcoming Cruz Azul-America to Donald Trump Jr’s threat of a massive Dreamers deportation. This time, it is the young soccer fan who scoffs.The young man talking soccer leaves with his little boy as soon as the barber has clipped his hair into a haircut resembling the soccer superstars. His wife stays for a haircut and another round of grousing about rent.“We’re just trying to make our way up, salir adelante,” she says, repeating the notion in Spanish.Before she walks out, she promises the hairdresser in Spanglish she will return for more talk. “Voy a venir every Monday con el baby!” Tags: immigrants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Trim and Talk is an occasional series from the Mission’s salons. Amidst the ridicule of Donald Trump’s unchallenged appointment with Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, the pieces are starting to fall. Univision has finally changed its all-day Juan Gabriel broadcast into criticism of the deposed finance minister, Luis Videgaray, and attention to the September 26 U.S. presidential debate.Not that the staff at Sol y Luna Hair Salon at 3054 24th St. in San Francisco’s Mission District care a lot…yet.Among screaming babies and conversations drowned by the sound of electric razors skimming over middle-aged men’s locks, hairdresser Erica Guillen, her hand still on my head for a trim, is the only one paying attention to the television.last_img read more

  • SAINTS take on Hull FC this Friday and tickets are

    first_imgSAINTS take on Hull FC this Friday and tickets are still available.Fans can secure their seat in the North and South Stands (allocated and unallocated seating) and cash turnstiles for the North and East Stands will be open on matchday.Prices: The game kicks off at 8pm and you can buy in advance from the Saints Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 050 or online.Prices go up £1.50 on matchday.last_img

  • SAINTS got their playoff campaign off to a winning

    first_imgSAINTS got their playoff campaign off to a winning start with a nervy but ultimately comfortable 36-22 victory against a Hull side whose challenged faded as their injuries mounted.The visitors opened their account after only three minutes taking advantage of a lack of communication in the home defence and a surprising lack of ability to take the high ball.This malaise plagued the Saints throughout the first half continually putting them on the back foot.But the Saints did manage to take the lead with two tries in quick succession. The first came courtesy of the immense Connor Dwyer. The big loose forward burst onto a pass 10 metres out and took the defenders over the line with him.Lewis Galbraith gave the Saints the lead on the next set finishing a fine attacking move. Dom Speakman made the initial break taking the ball to the full back before passing inside to the supporting Dave Hewitt. The scrum half was being caught from behind but didn’t panic, instead he stepped to the right and gave a great long ball out to Galbraith steaming up on his outside to go the final 20 metres.The lead was short-lived, however, as the visitors came back to level proceedings scoring to the left of the posts.Hull were getting the better of the penalty count and again this aided in bringing them away from their line, into the Saints half and putting the Saints under attack. The Saints were again caught out down the right hand side as quick play the balls gave the centre time to spin out of a tackle to score.The Saints came back into it as the time drew on to the interval. First Greg Wilde found himself in touch at the corner, but on the stroke of the break Chris Webster stretched out at the posts to score. Prior to this Ben Parry had made a great break again supported by Hewitt which had resulted in the sin-binning of the FC scrum half for holding down.Poor play from the Saints in the opening 10 minutes of the second period meant no chance to exploit the numerical advantage, and only scrambling defence from Parry, Galbraith and Wilde kept the line intact.Gradually though the Saints began to wear the visitors down and the gaps began to appear. Lewis Charnock’s grubber rebounded straight into his hands for an easy finish after both Jack Ashworth and Speakman had been held up short.Galbraith turned defence into attack superbly well as the Saints went 90 metres in two tackles for the fifth try. The winger cleaned up a last tackle grubber before sprinting 40 metres diagonally across field. He cut inside before feeding his fellow winger Parry who was stopped inches short. From the play the ball quick hands saw Greg Wilde over in the right corner to put the Saints two scores in front.The visitors continued their offloading policy and it paid dividends catching the Saints out and bringing them back within six points with 20 minutes remaining.The Saints were again in debt to Galbraith for starting the move for their sixth and final try. He again picked up a loose ball this time sprinting 30 metres down the right wing. He passed inside to Wilde, the play was spread to the left only for Parry to be stopped 10 metres short. A quick play the ball kept the visitors on the back foot allowing Greg Richards to gain reward for a solid display with the four pointer.A penalty on the final whistle from Charnock put the finishing touch to the win.Shorn of James Tilley, Richards and Dwyer led the line well, ably supported by Webster, Adam Hesketh, and Joe Ryan. But the plaudits this week must go to wingers Galbraith and Parry, whose strong running, was a threat from all over the field continually turning defence into attack.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Lewis Galbraith, Connor Dwyer, Greg Wilde, Greg Richards, Lewis Charnock, Chris Webster.Goals: Lewis Charnock 6.Hull FC:Tries: Alex Starling, Richard Wilkinson, Drew Ward, Jack Humphries.Goals: Jordan Abdul.Half Time: 16-16Full Time: 36-22Teams:Saints:20. Adam Saunders; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 3. Greg Wilde, 4. Jack Ashworth, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Dom Speakman, 21. Adam Hesketh, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Alex Clare, 13. Connor Dwyer. Subs: 10. Chris Webster, 14. Tom Roughley, 15. Tom Calland, 19. Joe Ryan.Hull FC:1. Josh Nicklin; 2. Tom Stark, 3. Alex Starling, 4. Sol Bevis, 5. Ash Leaming; 6. Jordan Abdul, 7. Richard Wilkinson; 10. Ryan Wilson, 9. Drew Ward, 8. Zach Braham, 11. Jansin Turgut, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Jack Humphries. Subs: 14. James Cunningham, 15. Ryan Smith, 16. Brad Fash, 17. Josh Wood.last_img read more

  • NATHAN Brown says Saints will have to display the

    first_imgNATHAN Brown says Saints will have to display the right attitude when they take on London Broncos at Langtree Park this Thursday.Even though Tony Rea’s side are yet to win a Super League match they are improving and a lack of preparation or focus from their hosts could see them pick up points.“London had a difficult start to the season but have made a lot of improvements,” Brown said. “They led Wigan and Warrington for a while in their matches, and nearly beat Catalan too.“Their players turn up with the attitude to do their best and when you’re hungry like that you give yourselves a good shot. It’s a game where we will need turn up with the same attitude as if we’re playing a Leeds or Wigan. If we don’t we will get ourselves in trouble.”Saints head into the match without a win in the last three but Brown says confidence is still high.“Confidence in the camp is still good,” he continued. “We were the best side in the comp for five weeks and then we toughed out some wins without playing as well as we know we can. We haven’t regained that momentum yet.“People can see it as excuses but it is reality too that we’ve had a number of players returning from layoffs as well as personnel changes and that has affected the flow of our team. We know what we are capable of but have to improve and do things consistently well.“We just haven’t been good enough to beat Wigan and Leeds in two very good games. On Saturday we were 20-12 down but just not quite good enough to close the gap. We were close at half time with Wigan too, but the fact is we aren’t going quite as well as Wigan and Leeds at the moment and we have to improve in a couple of areas.“We do a lot of good stuff in defence but there are some minor issues. It isn’t one individual, we have some brain snaps. When you leak a couple of early tries against good sides you lose service and are chasing hard to break back.“We have to start the game better. We are all responsible for it – the coaches, staff and playing group – and we are looking at how we can do it better.”Nathan confirmed that prop Kyle Amor will be out for an extended period after suffering knee damage in the loss to Leeds whilst Jordan Turner broke his foot.He also passed comment on the omission of Lance Hohaia at Headingley.“It’s unfortunate as Kyle has been sensational for us. Jordan damaged his foot in the first half and played on. We should know more about timescales later in the week. Luke Walsh is ok though, he jarred his elbow in the game but it’s nothing serious.“Lance has been playing good footy and it’s good to see the fans giving him some credit because he’s had some hard times. That is a positive to me that they’re talking about him and asking why he hasn’t been playing.“The role Jon Wilkin plays at left back row is similar to what he does at 6 and we decided thought to go with some bigger people would have been a better option against a bigger team.”Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

  • SAINTS Community Team will be hosting an Open Acce

    first_imgSAINTS Community Team will be hosting an Open Access (Coach) Player Development Session aimed at all current U14s players on February 19, from 2pm till 3.30pm.It is open to all players at that age group and we would also like to extend an invitation for all Coaches at that age group to come along to observe and be part of the event.Players need to bring outdoor training clothes, footwear and suitable hydration drink for the session which will take place at our Cowley Training Facility.Anyone interested should contact craig.richards@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

  • KEIRON Cunningham said he thought his charges were

    first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said he thought his charges were “flat” as they went down 30-12 against Catalans last night.“I thought we looked really tired,” he said. “We’ve not had the luxury of rolling people and have had to keep the same squad for a number of weeks. The Easter weekend and into the big game last week hurt us more than it should have. “That said, we still gave ourselves a chance. We got back in the game but looked flat across the board.“We are desperate for some players to come back in and we will try and drip feed them back over the next few weeks.“We lost our structure in both defence and attack and we have worked hard on that over the last month. We thought we had turned a corner and that is what frustrates you as a coach. You feel like you are heading in the right direction after three good performances and then you chuck that up.“It’s disappointing for me and the fans who have paid good money to come and watch. They have not been entertained in the last two or three games at this place.“Hopefully, we will have some players back next week and can make some changes.”He continued: “Our middles weren’t great tonight but all season they have played well so I can’t really criticise them. But those edges hurt us again and we can’t compete with anything when we aren’t defending together. There are some hard lessons for everyone tonight and there will be a few not playing next week.“Atelea Vea isn’t far off as is Mark Percival and Jonny Lomax is also on the horizon. There are few creeping back in there. “We have no outside backs – we are decimated from our starting five who should be in there and to be fair to Catalans they exploited it.“Those kids learnt a hard lesson but there were a lot of senior players defending around them and they should have helped out. “But it doesn’t matter how light we are; we have a deep squad at one of the most prestigious teams in the comp. We have to go out there and compete.”Saints are next at Langtree Park when Leeds Rhinos come to town next Friday April 22.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online.last_img read more

  • The winger damaged his ACL last season but after a

    first_imgThe winger damaged his ACL last season but after a long rehab is in full training with the rest of the first team squad.“I’m massively excited to be training with the boys again,” he said. “It is a long process to come back from an injury like that but it’s been good. The players we have here made it easier and I’ve actually enjoyed it.“I kept pushing myself and giving myself targets but realistically I don’t think I would have made the Grand Final if we would have made it. But it has actually helped. I am feeling the best I have done for a long time.“I am back at the weight I need to be and at the speed I want too. I feel fantastic.“Nathan Mill, Adam Rowlands, Matty Daniels and Ade Gardner have worked wonders and I want to thank them before I start playing and training. I am really grateful.”Tommy returns to a Saints’ side that includes five new signings and a number of promoted youngsters.“It is a strong squad with depth,” he continued. “There will be challenges from everywhere and that is a good thing. That is what the coaches want in a squad. They want a team of hard decisions and that is what it will be this year.“I’m really looking forward to getting started. We are lucky with the life we have; we can train with our friends every day and get to perform in front of our own fans.“I can’t wait to walk back out on the field. It will be one of the major moments in my career. Missing last year was heart-breaking and now I want to kick on to the next stage of my career.”last_img read more

  • Kids accepted through Charter Day School lottery

    first_img “I’ve been looking at Roger Bacon for a couple of years now. I have friends that go to that school, and their kids love it, so it was our first choice. So just anticipating, awaiting to hear his name, it was a little stressful, especially because he was number 35. But definitely I’m relieved now and and can’t wait for him to dive right in and get started,” Jumila Franklin said.But not all parents were as lucky.“My son didn’t make it in. You know we were going for kindergarten. He’s on the wait list, though, so you know, we’ll just leave it in God’s hands. No matter anything that goes along in our life,” Aaron Clark said.Related Article: New kindergarten building unveiled at Charter Day SchoolThe lottery was held at Charter Day’s sister school, Frederick Douglas Academy in Wilmington, because of how many applicants there were.“I enjoyed seeing the excitement in students and parents who were accepted. I also look forward to reaching out to those parents who weren’t accepted and allowing them to see our other three schools and see that opportunity,” Charter Day School Headmaster Laurie Benton said.The children who got in to Charter Day School start classes in July. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sometimes, it only take a stroke of luck.The lottery for Brunswick County’s Charter Day School had 180 applicants vying for about 130 openings for kindergarten to eighth grade. For some parents, waiting to hear their child’s name caused a lot of anxiety.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Whiteville man arrested after Bladen undercover drug investigation

    first_img According to a news release from Sheriff Jim McVicker, deputies from Columbus County arrested Curtis Devon Ballard, 33, at his home on Clint Drive in Whiteville.“The working relationship between my office and Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has proven invaluable,” said McVicker. “Mr. Ballard is but one example of a drug dealer who routinely crossed county lines to sell his drugs. Now he is in jail and his operation has been shut down thanks to the joint efforts of the two offices.”Ballard is charged with the following:Sell/deliver marijuana, 2 countsSell/Deliver Schedule II (Cocaine)Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Marijuana, 2 countsPossession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II (Cocaine)Manufacture Marijuana, 2 countsManufacture Schedule II (Cocaine)Maintaining a Vehicle For the Purpose of Keeping/Selling Controlled Substances, 2 countsRelated Article: Wilmington man pleads guilty to selling cocaineIn addition to these charges the District Attorney’s Office intends to present an indictment to the Grand Jury against Ballard as a Habitual Felon.Ballard is in the Columbus County Detention Center under $125,000 bond. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A undercover investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of an alleged drug dealer.The two month investigation involved controlled buys by members of the Bladen County Narcotics Unit.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Shallotte woman killed when Horry Co transport van caught in flood

    first_img Richardson identified the two patients as Wendy Wenton, of Shallotte; and Nicolette Green, of Myrtle Beach.An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning.The deputies in the van were rescued and taken to the hospital, according to our source, but the patients were chained in the back of the van.Related Article: Ohio family purchases US flag shredded by Hurricane FlorenceClick here to read more at WPDE.com Coroner identifies two patients killed after transport van drives through flood waters. (Photo: WPDE) HORRY COUNTY, SC (WPDE) –Two mental health patients have been killed after the HCSO transport van they were in was overcome with flood waters, according to an Horry County official in South Carolina.Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson said the van was still in the water as of 8:45 p.m. on Pee Dee Island Road just off of Highway 76.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Reserve at Forest Hills increases number of displaced in Wilmington

    first_img Many residents were forced to evacuate this complex, and contractors are already starting to strip down the vacant units. Not all residents have been asked to vacate, but some residents said they are preparing for the event of a notice.Widespread roof damage and mold growth are the two main risk factors that have displaced more than 100 units in the complex.One resident, Charles “Buddy” Franks, was forced to move from his first-floor apartment because of substantial flood damage. But he faced a few challenges in his transition.Related Article: Hurricane Florence claims Oakdale Cemetery peacock“They’re doing everything they can, I guess,” Franks said.  “They’re not paying for this [moving] truck, and you would think being the house was condemned you would think the housing complex would be liable for any cost my move is.”The apartment complex was able to get Franks a new apartment within the complex.FEMA is also on site helping any residents who need housing and financial support. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More and more people are being displaced by Hurricane Florence. The Wilmington Apartments Association says more than 1,000 units had to be emptied, including at Wilmington’s Reserve at Forest Hills.Regional Manager Amy Richie, who oversees five apartment communities, says there is a housing shortage in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • FEMA trailers coming to eastern North Carolina

    first_img FEMA officials said family size and how long it takes for a family to rebuild their home will determine which model you get.“The goal is to put these on your property near your home so you can stay in your community,” said North Carolina Emergency Management Spokesman Keith Acree. “You can still continue to go to work. Your kids can go to school. You can continue to live in your community while repairs to your home continue.”FEMA agents said if a person still needs to register for disaster recovery, they have time.Related Article: Services for Survivors prepare for resource fairDisaster survivors who are interested and need help should call the disaster assistance helpline at (800) 621-3362 or (800) 462-7585 anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. If you have questions on how to apply for aid, visit www.fema.gov. FEMA trailer (Photo: WNCT) KINSTON, NC (WCTI) — Travel trailers and manufactured housing units are being provided to eligible Hurricane Florence survivors in 10 North Carolina counties: Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Pender, New Hanover and Robeson.FEMA provided an inside look Thursday at the two trailers eligible for storm survivors. One resembles an RV and comes with one bedroom and possibly bunk beds. The other is a mobile housing unit that is meant for a more long-term stay.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • MTN SA announces international call promo

    first_imgAdvertisement MTN South Africa customers who are on the company’s MTN Zone price plan can receive up to 100% discounted rates on calls to 200 countries.MTN SA has announced its International Calling promotion which offers discount on call rates to 200 destinations. (Image Image: Google/ otekbits.com)The company has introduced the MTN Zone International Calling promotion, which applies to customers on MTN Zone PayAsYouGo, MTN Zone Anytime TopUp and MTN Zone Off-Peak TopUP price structures. – Advertisement – The service covers destinations across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA.“MTN is always evaluating its price plans and packages in line with our customers’ needs and usage behaviour,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA. “South Africa hosts a significant number of people from neighbouring and foreign countries who want to connect with business partners, friends and family overseas at affordable rates.”The MTN Zone International Calling promotion offers up to 100% Mahala discounts on international call rates, depending on the called destination.Customers will be able to enjoy discounts between 10% and 90% when calling 200 destinations, while 100% discounts will be offered to a few countries including some of the most popular international calling destinations.Customers calling any of the destinations discounted between 10% and 90% will be able to make their calls at these rates for any length of time between 06h00 and 18h00 on weekdays whilst the 100% discount will only apply only for one specific hour, after which the normal discounted rate (between 10% and 90%) will apply.The countries which will be discounted at 100% will vary for the duration of the promotion. MTN customers will be able to view the promotional discounts on www.mtn.co.za or by dialling *111*2# on their mobile device.The promotional rates are only available between 6am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. The promotion runs from 1 November 2012 to 31 January 2013, and is not available to customers on MTN Call Per Second, MTN OneRate, MTN Muziq, MTN TopUp price plans or MTN Anytime Contract customers.Source: ItnewsAfricalast_img read more

  • Amazons Black Friday deals actually start this week

    first_imgAmazon’s Black Friday deals will start this Friday, November 20, with deals continuing throughout Black Friday, which takes place on the 28th. Image Credit: HD Wallpapers Advertisement On Wednesday the online retail giant announced that it would begin offering its Black Friday deals this Friday, November 20, with deals continuing throughout Black Friday, which takes place on the 28th.Similar to the company’s Prime Day event in July, Amazon says that new deals will be added as often as every five minutes.Beginning on midnight of Thanksgiving, the company will be offering ten of its “Deals of the Day,” with up to ten more Deals of the Day coming on Black Friday. As is the Amazon custom, there will be thousands of special “lightning deals” offered, with subscribers of Amazon’s $99 per year Prime subscription service getting a 30-minute head start on a majority of the deals. – Advertisement – While the company hasn’t yet revealed what products will be discounted on Black Friday, over the next eight days shoppers can expect to see deep discounts on the company’s own line of devices, including the Fire TV streaming stick for $24.99 ($15 off), a Kindle Paperwhite for $99.99 ($20 off) and the company’s new 7-inch Fire Android tablet for $34.99 ($15 off). These deals will be available even if shoppers don’t have a Prime account.Other Amazon devices such as the Fire TV streaming box, Fire TV Stick with voice remote and Fire Kids Edition tablet will also see discounts, though no word yet on if there will be a deal on the company’s popular Amazon Echo, which retails for $179.99.Beyond Amazon’s own gear, there will be the usual discounts on TVs popping up over the next eight days, including a 32-inch TCL Roku Smart TV for $125 (a discount of $54.99), a 32-inch, brand unknown HDTV for $75, a 40-inch, brand unknown, 1080p HDTV for $145, a TCL Roku 55-inch Smart TV for $348 ($201 off) and a “top-selling” 60-inch 4K TV for $799.99. Amazon will also be offering a Jawbone UP3 fitness tracker for $99 ($49.99 off), a Vizio 38-inch 2.1 home theater sound bar for $79.99, and Sonos PLAY:1 2-room starter set for $349 ($49 off).[related-posts]There will also be the usual assortment of video game discounts, including $50 offXbox One consoles and $50 off a PlayStation 4 Uncharted bundle.MOBILE APP DEALS In a bid to get more people to shop in its mobile app over the Black Friday weekend, Amazon will be be making over 150 “hand-picked” Lightning Deals available inside its mobile app for iOS, Android and the company’s Fire OS. These deals can be found inside an “App Only Deals” section in the app and will be released daily between 6 PM ET to 2 AM ET starting on Thanksgiving. Similar to Amazon’s extension of Black Friday deals to the week before, these in-app deals will continue to pop up through Wednesday, December 9.Early highlights of the in-app exclusive deals include a Hisense 55-inch 4K Smart LED TV for $448 ($331.99 off) and a 50-inch, brand unknown, 1080p LED TV for $149.99.In an effort to help people stay alerted to the deals they’re interested in, a new “Watch A Deal” feature will allow users to highlight Lightning Deals they care about in the app and get notifications on their phone for when they are live.Amazon is the latest to join the growing push to extend Black Friday beyond a one day event. Late last month Target and Walmart announced that they would begin offering discounts throughout the month of November, while Best Buy and Walmart-ownedSam’s Club have held “pre-Black Friday” events on the past two Saturdays.[USA TODAY]last_img read more

  • Apple Opens Worlds First Training Centre for the Blind in Africa

    first_imgAdvertisement Apple has opened up the first global training centre for the blind and visually-impaired.The centre is located in Worcester, South Africa and it seeks to transform how people living with the disability are perceived by empowering them with technological and IT skills for the open labour market.Apple will provide equipment and software while non-governmental organization Kaleidoscope and the ABSA banking group have invested an initial 3 million rand. – Advertisement – The focus of the centre’s curriculum will be on the use of technology for both personal and business needs.The Students will be educated on both iOS and the latest Apple Mac operating system.last_img read more

  • Editors Pick End of January Smartphones Deals Below UGX 500000

    first_imgAdvertisement As we’re ending the month, we expecting some money from various sources, and if you ought to spend it on buying a new smartphone, we give you some of our best smartphone deals from Online shopping marketplace; Kilimall Uganda, between UGX 301,000 to UGX 502,600 from our editor’s pick.1. iDROID USA Royal V4 Launched in July 2015, spec-wise spots, Dual SIM Cards, (Mini & Micro SIM), OGS IPS multi-touch IPS Scherm 5 Inches Touchscreen with iDro Brite enhanced screen colors, 13MP with flash rear camera, 5MP front camera with a video recording at 1080 HD, powered by Android 4.4 KitKat (Upgrade-able), 1.3Ghz x 4 Quad-Core ARM v7 Processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable microSD slot of 64GB, 2,000mAh battery with a talk time of up to 4-6 hours depending on usage with/ without data and a standby time of up to 200 hours. The smartphone also has wake-up and air gestures the latest in gesture technologies – for instance; drawing a horizontal line for making a call, Draw a vertical line for messages, Draw an M to listen to music, Draw a C to go to the camera feature, Draw an S to go to settings .etc., and finally the iDro beast speakers that bring out the awesome sound of music.iDROID USA Royal V4Suitable for music lovers, students, photogenic lovers priced at 301,000 UGX. – Advertisement – 2. INFINIX Hot 4 X557 Lite This 5.5-Inch phablet is the newest flaship of the Infinix mobiles. The Infinix Hot 4 Lite is the successor of the Hot 4; which was launched last year in November along side the Infinix Note 3. The smartphone is priced at 319,000 UGX and comes with a 1 year warranty.The phablet features: 5.5-Inch HD screen display with 12 ultra-bright backlight LEDs, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM with and expandable slot of 32GB microSD card, 8MP and 5MP rear and front cameras respectively which isn’t really bad since it’s a mid-range smartphone, a non-removable 4,000mAh Li-Po battery which can last for two and a half days if fully charged, runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with XOS Software which is an Infinix exclusive customized operating system based on Android M, and finally, it’s available in Gold, Black, and Red color variants. In terms of connectivity, the Infinix Hot 4 Lite comes with both 2G and 3G LTE connectivity, and also supports Wi-Fi Tethering and Bluetooth capabilities.INFINIX Hot 4 X557 Lite3. Huawei G Play Mini Launched in April 2015, the Huawei G Play Mini is rather intriguing, because it has the exact same specs as the Huawei Honor 4C, but the design is slightly different. This is most obvious in the upper part of the front side of the two devices.The dual-SIM G Play Mini features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, powered by the same HiSilicon Kirin 620 chipset, which sports a 1.2 GHz octa-core CPU used in Honor 4C, coupled with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage that can be further expandable via microSD card of 32GB. The G Play Mini runs Android 4.4 KitKat with EM UI 3.0 skin on top and also sports a 13MP 4208 x 3120 pixels with autofocus and LED flash, 5MP front camera. The G Play Mini is backed by a Non-Removable 2,550mAh battery. Priced at UGX 389,500.Huawei G Play MiniCan be suitable for smartphone up-grader’s, photogenic lovers, gamers.4. Tecno J8 boom Launched in March 2016 with major improvement in the design and overall user experience, Tecno J8 Boom is a successor for 2015’s Tecno J7 in the Tecno Boom series, as a mid-range smartphone.Available in Black color variant, this Dual Mini SIM spots a 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 pixels (320 PPI) IPS Capacitive Touchscreen, 16GB internal storage with an expandable slot of up to 128GB microSD card, 2GB of RAM, 64-bit Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53, and Mediatek MT6735 Chipset, Mali-T720 GPU processor, 13MP Auto focus rear camera with flash, 5MP front camera with a flash takes up to 1600 x 1200-pixel pictures, backed on Android 5.1 Lollipop with HiOS UI upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and running on a Non-removable Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery that has a Fast Charge of 15 min for 8 hours of phone calls.In terms of connectivity, the phablet supports 2G, 3G, and 4G capabilities, Wi-Fi (WIFI hotspot, Wi-Fi direct), Bluetooth version v4.0, GPS, and MicroUSB version v2.0.Tecno J8 boomIf you’re music lovers, students, fashion lovers, gamers, photogenic lovers, you ought to have this phone. It’s priced at UGX 433,000.[related-posts]Other mentions:Mediacom PAD M511 which spots 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display Touchscreen, Quad-Core 2.0 GHz processor, Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, 2GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage that is expandable to 64GB, 8MP rear Camera, 2MP front camera, supports 4G connectivity, this is backed on a 3,100mAh battery.Doogee X5 has the same gesture technologies as the iDROID USA Royal V4. The phone also spots Android 5.1 operating system, MTK6580, Quad core, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM expandable to 32GB, 5.0 Inch IPS capacitive Touchscreen, dual Cameras, 2.0MP (Interpolated 5MP) front camera, 5.0MP (Interpolated 8MP) back camera with flashlight and auto focus, and backed on a 2,200mAh removable battery with a standby time of up to 2 – 3 days.Image Credit: Kilimall Uganda.last_img read more

  • STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

    first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 25 May HORSE RACING2.45 WarwickRed Tornado 10/1 > 5/13.45 GoodwoodSecret Advisor 15/8 > 5/46.30 SandownFrozen Angel 9/4 > 7/49.00 ChelmsfordMiss Pete 13/2 > 9/2FOOTBALLScottish Premiership Play-Off Final 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD11/10 Dundee United 5/2 Hamilton Academical 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

  • STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

    first_imgBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 HORSE RACING5.15 KemptonEndlessly 7/2 > 6/45.45 KemptonTeaser 8/1 > 10/36.15 KemptonFar Dawn 13/2 > 3/1LIVE FOOTBALLCarabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg20:00 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event7/4 Arsenal 13/8 Chelsea 5/2 DRAW [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 24 Januarylast_img