Is Labour serious about a second Brexit referendu

first_imgIs Labour serious about a second #Brexit referendum?Shadow Brexit secretary @Keir_Starmer tells #Ridge a three-month extension would be “doable”.Follow live reactions as the PM is warned she faces another #Brexit defeat:— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) March 10, 2019The Andrew Marr ShowJohn McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor, spoke from Labour’s Scottish conference and emphasised the need to prevent ‘no deal’. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says he hopes Labour will get a “get a clean bill of health” if the human rights watchdog holds an anti-Semitism investigation #Marr— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 10, 2019Pienaar’s PoliticsJenny Chapman, shadow Brexit minister:On another referendum: “There is more than one way to ruin your country. Yes, there is economic damage that can be done. There is another kind of damage too around division and lack of confidence in politics.” On delaying Brexit: “There’s no point in having a delay if then she’s going to run down the clock and come back with the same deal again.”On Emily Thornberry saying delay would be limited to three months: “I don’t think the EU will want a long delay. They might provide us with a three-month delay only if we can demonstrate that we can use that time usefully.”How long do you want? “As long as necessary. I think we could agree Labour’s deal in a matter of weeks.”On Labour’s deal: “If parliament can’t agree the terms that Labour has put forward, there’s always that option of going back to the people.”On whether the preferred plan is to pass Labour’s deal then put it to a public vote: “Not necessarily.”On welcoming an investigation into Labour’s handling of antisemitism: “Yes, and let’s get on with it now. I’m hoping we’ll get a clean bill of health… if there’s issues that EHRC can advice us on, I’d welcome that.” Tags:Labour /John McDonnell /Keir Starmer /Jenny Chapman /Sunday shows / Ridge on SundayKeir Starmer, Shadow Brexit Secretary, confirmed that Labour wouldn’t be tabling a ‘people’s vote’ amendment on Tuesday despite John McDonnell saying it would come with the second meaningful vote.On Shamima Begum and her child’s death: “I think the decision by the Home Secretary was the wrong decision and I think it was a rushed decision… Our Terrorism Acts are very wide ranging now so if you commit an offence in another country you can be prosecuted back here in the UK.”On the second meaningful vote on Tuesday: “I don’t know whether something dramatic will happen in the next 24 hours but unless it does, exactly the same deal, exactly the same deal is going to be put before parliament.”On why Labour isn’t laying down an amendment for another EU referendum on Tuesday: “There was an expectation that the deal would be different. I think across parliament, now people know the deal is the same, there is a strong sense that there should be an up/down vote on the deal… Tuesday is about exposing the weakness of the Prime Minister.”On delaying Brexit: “Three months is probably doable, beyond that it becomes much more difficult so we need to look at that sort of period in the first instance.”On whether Labour is seriously considering Common Market 2.0: “We have got to break the impasse, we have got a deal that isn’t getting through and we can’t just keep running down the clock.”last_img read more

Protesters block off Valencia in front of SF Mission police station

first_imgThe protest was planned to coincide with the anniversary of the Frisco 5’s 17-day hunger strike in May 2016, when the strikers camped out in front of the Mission Police Station and demanded the resignation of Police Chief Greg Suhr.On May 19, after another police shooting, Suhr resigned.“The hardest part of the hunger strike was remaining united and making sure that people who came visit us respected what we were doing,” said 70-year-old Christina Gutierrez, one of the Frisco 5. “That was difficult.”“We need to have a total transformation of the SFPD,” she added. “Not reform but a transformation.”Christina Gutierrez, 70, one of the Frisco 5 stands with Alexa Medina, 22. Photo by Julian MarkFormer Mayor Ed Lee replaced Suhr with an outsider from Los Angeles, Bill Scott, who has overseen reforms recommended by the Department of Justice, but has been faulted by some for moving too slowly.The Hot Seat: Is Police Chief Bill Scott reforming the SFPD?Rapper Equipto (Ilych Sato), another member of the Frisco 5, said the protesters had learned a lot since the hunger strike.“How people relate to this struggle, how people don’t relate to this struggle — how people lie to us,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot over these two years.”“The city is sleeping,” he said, adding that it is “time to wake up the people who don’t know about it and even the people who do know about it.”Equipto from the Frisco 5. Photo by Julian Mark.Photo by Julian Mark.“This is ground zero for police protest,” said Barbara Sain. Photo by Julian Mark.“We are paying for the 99 bullets that went into Adolfo Delgado,” said Nancy Hernandez, referring to the 19-year-old police fired on earlier this year after the suspect in an armed burglary shot at police from the trunk of a car.“We are paying for the 54 bullets that went into Alex Nieto,” she said referring to the 28-year-old security guard police shot at, saying they mistook his Taser for a firearm. District Attorney George Gascón, she reminded the crowd, has not charged any of the officers involved in the shootings.“And he is still collecting his salary,” she said.Nancy Hernandez. Photo by Julian Mark.Delgado’s family attended the protest. Photo by Julian Mark.Victor Torres, 26, Adolfo Delgado’s brother, said,  “We’re looking for justice. I miss my brother every day. My family misses him every day.”“I would like to see everything change — the cops change, and cops get charged.”Victor Torres, Adolfo Delgado’s brother. Photo by Julian Mark.Gwen Woods, the mother of Mario Woods, who was shot and killed on December 2, 2015, was also at the protest.“To them, my son was just a nigger,” Woods said.  “We should never be afraid of people we pay our taxes to,” she added.“What has changed since 2015?” she asked.Gwen Woods, the mother of Mario Woods. Photo by Julian Mark.Police lined up in front of the station. Photo by Julian Mark.“This is about community; it’s bigger than the Frisco 5,” said Ike Pinkston, another member of the Frisco 5.In the two years since the strike, he said, not much has changed.“All we did was trade one bad apple for another,” he said referring to Suhr and Scott. “Because there are still killings going on.”By 8 p.m., the crowd started to thin, and Valencia between 17th and 18th streets was again open to traffic.Ike Pinkston, member of the Frisco 5. Photo by Julian Mark. Some 100 protesters demanding justice for the victims of police shootings blocked off Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets tonight in front of the Mission Police Station and demanded that the District Attorney press charges against the officers involved in shootings.To date, no SFPD officers have been charged in any San Francisco police shooting.“We’re always fighting against police brutality,” said Gina Madrid. “Our lives matter.”For the most part, the protesters addressed one another, but when one man began attacking the police in front of the station, the officers remained impassive and kept their composure. 0%center_img Tags: Mission Police Station • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons said Saints showed real energy in

first_imgROYCE Simmons said Saints showed “real energy” in the final stages to beat Castleford Tigers 22-20 on Easter Monday.“We’ve had a really tough few days and a lot of disruption through injuries so I was pleased that when we thought the game had gone there was a real energy rise in the last ten minutes.“And we got out of it didn’t we? I didn’t think we played that tremendous though and were very impatient. Five times we could have just taken the tackle and got up and play it and we could have scored. But we wanted to throw one handers and cut out players. I wanted us to play aggressive but we seemed to want to pass our way through the game a little more.“Top of the league? Really? Well… it was good to get a good win. If we’d have got rolled today, after the Wigan game you’d have said we have done better than that.”He continued: “Although you’re never 100 per cent sure I was saying “come on Jamie” to myself when we lined it up. He has a good average so that says he would have probably have knocked it over. It just shows how important goal kicking is.”As is the case with this Super League season at Saints, the win came at a cost though.Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson and Scott Moore all left the field with injuries and look certain to miss next Monday’s trip to Hull FC.Jonny and Scott have ankle injuries and Tommy has a dead leg.On the plus side Josh Perry could make a return.last_img read more

HULL KR are undefeated in their last eight home me

first_imgHULL KR are undefeated in their last eight home meetings with St Helens, having won seven and drawn one.Saints’ last away win against the Robins was 24-18 in the Quarter Finals of the Challenge Cup on June 1, 2008.Last 10 meetings:St Helens 52, Hull KR 12 (SLR23, 24/7/15)Hull KR 24, St Helens 22 (SLR7, 27/3/15)Hull KR 40, St Helens 10 (SLR19, 6/7/14)St Helens 38, Hull KR 18 (SLR4, 7/3/14)St Helens 46, Hull KR 10 (SLEPO, 14/9/13)St Helens 12, Hull KR 24 (SLR20, 28/6/13)Hull KR 26, St Helens 18 (CCR4, 20/4/13)Hull KR 22, St Helens 14 (SLR11, 7/4/13)St Helens 34, Hull KR 28 (SLR19, 29/6/12)Hull KR 36, St Helens 36 (SLR3, 19/2/12)Super League Summary:Hull KR won 9St Helens won 10 (includes win in 2013 play-offs)1 drawHighs and Lows:Hull KR highest score: 40-10 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)Super League Milestones:(Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs & Super League Super 8s)Tommy Makinson – 8 points away from 500 (492 for St Helens, 2011-2015)Point-Scoring Runs:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak amongst Super League players, having registered points in St Helens’ last 15 games.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.Walsh last failed to score in Saints’ 46-18 defeat at Leeds on 3 July, 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 42 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC), Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Stuart Howarth (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings), Setaimata Sa (Widnes Vikings) 3Goals:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 142 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 103 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 94 = Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 8Points:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 362 = Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 204 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 185 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 16Tickets for the games against Castleford, Wakefield and Wigan (ALL TICKET) are now on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham said Saints deserved the two poi

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said Saints deserved the two points as they beat Leeds Rhinos 6-4 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Theo Fages scored to get his side off to the best possible start – but the head coach knows there is more to come from his side.“I was a little disappointed with certain aspects of the first half,” he said. “We could have been a lot better and helped ourselves out. We were behind the penalty count 7-2 in the first half too. But the resilience of the players was second to none.“I think the togetherness of this group is far more advanced than any I have ever worked with in terms of unity and that showed tonight. It wasn’t pretty at times but we worked hard for each other.“We got a nice early score and then defended our way to victory. They threw a lot at us and we had some players out of position but I thought we deserved it. Victories create belief and we can take a lot of confidence from it.”He continued: “I thought Tommy Makinson was fantastic – he certainly made up for the one where he made the break and doesn’t pass to Morgan Knowles to go under the posts! He has great ability and that comes from the adversity at the club. He won a Grand Final at full back – it was game changing that big tackle but there was a lot of game changers out there.“The middles were outstanding, Tommy Lee, Robes and Wilkin were great. Wilko did 60 in the middle and 20 in the back row. Theo Fages was outstanding too. They went at him like a battering ram all night and he made tackles and put on his plays. To a man I thought they were outstanding.“Danny had a great debut too. We kept it simple for the half backs and they both did well.”last_img read more

This years theme looks at the pressures of loss –

first_imgThis year’s theme looks at the pressures of loss – be it a relationship, a job, income, a home or a bereavement, and how people can deal with it – under the hashtag #LETITOUT.The State of Mind team and volunteers will be at games throughout Round 18 raising awareness of mental fitness and being on hand to offer support to fans and the Rugby League community.Ahead of the round, there is a “Time to Move” walk between Rugby League grounds in the North West to raise awareness that physical fitness is good for your mental fitness.Fans are encouraged to talk part in the routes on foot, on a bike, in a wheelchair or on roller skates.On Saturday June 3, the walk starts at the Halton Stadium in Widnes at 11.00am, finishing at approximately 4.00pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens.On Sunday June 4, the starting point is the DW Stadium in Wigan at 10.30am, going through to Leigh Sports Village via the State of Mind stall at Leigh Carnival of Colour.Then on Monday June 5, the final leg of the campaign goes from Hollins Park in Winwick to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington via the Sankey Valley Trail, starting at 3.00pm and arriving at the stadium for 5.00pm, in time for the Stadium Step Challenge – more information on this HERE.State of Mind was established in 2011 in response to the tragic death of Terry Newton, to raise awareness of mental health issues, tackle stigma and signpost support to Rugby League players and fans.No other sport in the UK has ever had a themed round of fixtures for mental wellbeing – 2017 is the seventh-year State of Mind has “taken over Super League”.This year’s themed round takes place on the weekend of Round 18, June 8 to 11, and the following games:Leigh Centurions v Wigan Warriors (Thu)St Helens v Widnes Vikings (Fri)Salford Red Devils v Hull FC (Fri)Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos (Sat)Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants (Sat)Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves (Sun)Join us for our Time to Move Campaign.3 June – Select Security Stadium, Widnes – Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens (8 miles).  Start time:  11.00 finishing at 16.00.4 June – DW Stadium, Wigan – Leigh Sports Village, Leigh (9 miles) via the Leigh Branch of the Leeds – Liverpool Canal.  Start time:  10.30 via the State of Mind stall at Leigh Carnival of Colour at 14.30 and finishing at the stadium at 15.00.5 June – Hollins Park, Winwick – Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington (4 miles) via the Sankey Valley Trail.  Start time:  15.00 arriving at the stadium approximately 17.00 in time for the Stadium Step Challenge.Take part in any or all of the routes and take the Stadium Step Challenge at Halliwell Jones Stadium.  On foot, on a bike, in a wheelchair, on roller skates!  Join us for a mile and you are moving.Here are some other ideas for how you can take part:As a relay teamOn a spin bike in the gym – the number of miles for each leg or the combined totalOn your exercise bike at homeWalking your dogDoing about 44,000 steps on your Fitbit wherever you are over the 3 days.Come and meet past rugby league players and join in the fun.Please arrive at the stadium meet points 30 minutes before the walk is due to start.last_img read more

Sams Club presents check to help homeless veterans

first_img The money is to help homeless veterans and the veterans benefit action center event which is sponsored by the American Legion.The vets who got the check said they are thankful for community support and said it means a lot to help fellow vets.“They are our brothers and sisters. All of us have a shared experience OK. We’ve served our country and as a result of that we are at an opportunity in our life time right now, we have an opportunity to help those that can’t help themselves,” Chairman of the VBAC Tom Cerniglia said.Related Article: Bricks still available for Belville veterans memorialThe chair of the New Hanover County Veterans Council said Sam’s Club will be helping again by hosting a fundraiser on Veterans Day.There will also be the first ever Veterans Day parade in Wilmington this year. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Helping those who helped us. Homeless veterans in Wilmington are getting a helping hand from one business.Sam’s Club presented a check for $3,950 to support Veterans Stand Down and Homeless Connect.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Couple rings in New Year with newborn baby

first_img They were the first at Betty H. Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and New Hanover County, to have a child in 2018.“It’s been a long wait, it feels amazing,” Heather said. “It was very surreal but it’s awesome.”“It’s a good way to kick off 2018,” David said.Related Article: FEMA assesses community needs starting at the front doorHeather was not due until January 7 so they were not expecting a New Year baby. However, due to health reasons she was induced Saturday.“No I actually thought we’d probably have him on New Year’s Eve,” Heather said. “But that didn’t happen.”“We were hoping for the tax break for 2017 but we missed it by about three hours,” David said.But once they were in the running for the first New Year baby, things quickly changed.“Once we found out he was going to be close to being the first baby of New Years we were kinda gunning for him,” David said. “We were gunning for him to be number one.”Harrison’s parents are both gunning for him to be number one in all his future endeavors.“He’s gonna be a fisherman number one. We’re gonna teach him how to clean a boat,” David said. “And I’m sure he’ll be a hunter as well. We’re gonna teach him sports but whatever he wants to do we’re going to back him and help him be successful.”Heather and David hope Harrison grows up to be an honorable young man.“Just hope that he is a respectful boy,” Heather said. “And that he’s happy and healthy for the next ten New Years to come!”Harrison is the couple’s first baby and it may, or may not, stay that way.“After last night he might be an only child,” Heather said. “We need a few years. Laughter.”“There will be discussions down the road,” David said.”Although Harrison was born on a holiday, the Moore’s plan to make his birthdays extra special.Heather and David hope to take Harrison home tomorrow.So far there have been at least two New Year babies, including Harrison, born at Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Having a child is always magical especially if it is your first. But having your first child on New Year’s Day, now that calls for a celebration.Wilmington parents Heather and David Moore kicked off the new year with a baby boy named Harrison.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Enjoy live music and short films at From the River to the

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cameron Art Museum and Cucalorus Film Festival are teaming up with an award-winning composer this weekend for a special screening event.On Sunday, ‘From the River to the Ocean’ will feature short films accompanied by live music. The event is at 2 p.m. at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington. The music will be performed by Rozalind MacPhail.- Advertisement – MacPhail is a multi-instrumentalist and and a composer/filmmaker who will play the flute to create a visual portrait on CAM’s big screen. Collaborating with filmmakers inspired by their connections to Wilmington, this event also features stunning films from MacPhail’s travels and an opportunity to see part of the 1947 film “Wilmington, My Hometown”. The works of filmmakers Josh Caine, Matt Malloy, Matt Gossett, Mandi Edwards and Shona Thomson will also be shown.Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased here.To learn more about the event, click here or visit the event page on Facebook.last_img read more

EPA supports new emission law ends testing in Brunswick Co

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Emissions testing during vehicle inspections is likely to end in Brunswick County and 25 other North Carolina counties.The law has been waiting on support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.- Advertisement – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality says the EPA signed the proposed rule last week.It could take up to five months before drivers see the changes because several more steps are required before the DMV can implement the new rule.The push follows changes from 2015 that ended North Carolina emissions tests for cars less than three years old and with fewer than 70,000 miles.Related Article: North Carolina leaders sign off on DMV move out of RaleighThe Associated Press contributed to this story.last_img read more

NCDOT inspection on new Surf City Bridge to cause lane closures

first_imgNew high rise bridge in Surf City opened Dec. 4, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Transportation will inspect the new Surf City Bridge next week.During the inspection, which will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 1, through Wednesday, April 3, NCDOT will intermittently close a lane, while keeping one lane open for traffic at all times.- Advertisement – The Surf City Bridge opened ahead of schedule late last year. NCDOT says all new bridges must be inspected after they’re complete.“The new 65-foot-high Surf City Bridge represents an improvement over the old swing bridge it replaces, as the swing bridge forced motorists to wait numerous times each day so the bridge could be opened to allow boats to pass,” NCDOT wrote in a news release. “Traffic now can move continuously over the bridge as boats pass underneath.”last_img read more

Men accused of breaking into Whiteville home beating man with bat

first_imgTravis Jordan and Tiquan Davis (Photos: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two men face charges after a man was beaten during a break-in.It happened Thursday at a home on Old Lumberton Road.- Advertisement – According to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, three men went to the home and asked the man who lived there where his neighbor was. The resident recognized one of the men and they left.The sheriff’s office said the men then returned to use the phone, broke the glass on the door to get inside, took the phone and then beat the victim with a baseball bat and other items. They also took his wallet.Investigators arrested Travis Jordan, 20, and Tiquan Davis, 17.Related Article: One arrested, one injured after shooting in Pender CountyThey are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering, and assault with a deadly weapon.No word yet on the third suspect.last_img read more

Catholic Bishop praises Trump for restrictions on abortion funding

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> L-Isqof Joseph Naumann ifaħħar l-Amministrazzjoni TrumpL-Isqof Joseph Naumann ifaħħar l-Amministrazzjoni Trump Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, on Friday, thanked the Trump Administration following its announcement of the expansion of the Mexico City Policy and its enforcement of the Siljander Amendment.“As Chairman of the United States Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee, I applaud this Administration for working hard to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are not used to perform or promote abortion internationally.Taxpayer dollars should never fund abortion—and especially not in developing countries where many women need genuine, life-sustaining support for themselves and for their children.International organizations should be providing real assistance, real healthcare, and real opportunities for women, instead of offering to end the lives of their unborn children.”The Mexico City Policy, now called Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, requires foreign non-governmental organizations receiving U.S. aid to certify that they will not perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in developing nations.The expansion ensures that taxpayer dollars aren’t going to organizations that perform or promote abortions themselves or that fund other organizations that perform or promote abortions. The Siljander Amendment prohibits federal dollars from funding groups that lobby for or against abortion.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Director of Pope Benedict XVI documentary to attend Maltese Cineform

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FILE PHOTO: A believer reads the bible during mass at St. Joseph’s Church, a government-sanctioned Catholic church, in Beijing, China, October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: A believer reads the bible during mass at St. Joseph’s Church, a government-sanctioned Catholic church, in Beijing, China, October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo Antonio Olivié, the director of the Pope Benedict XVI documentary, will be attending a Maltese Cineform on the 1st of June at 7.00pm.Rome Reports in collaboration with Catholic Voices Malta and CAK will be airing the documentary ‘Benedict XVI, in Honor of the Truth’. This screening will be held at the CAK Conference Hall, Sommier Street, Birkirkara.The 50-minute documentary seeks to answer the question in many people’s mind as to why Pope Benedict XVI resigned five years ago, the first Pope to present his resignation in 700 years. Was it the coming to the fore of the sexual abuse cases by priests or the butler stealing the Pope’s confidential documents?Rome Reports seeks to answer this question through the study of documents held by the Vatican archives and a series of interviews with people close to Ratzinger and witnessed closely the most significant moments in the life of the pontiff. These include Ratzinger’s brother, the former spokesman of the Holy See and other close collaborators.Alessandra Dee Crespo the chancellor of the Regional Appeal Tribunal, and others will be attending a discussion following the screening. An interview with Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who worked closely with both Pope Benedict, will also be aired during the forum.The documentary was produced by Rome Reports an independent television agency, in collaboration with TV2000, the Joseph Ratzinger Vatican Foundation, and sponsored by the Ramón Tallaj Ureña  Foundation. It has since been distributed in more than 10 countries.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

New €100 and €200 banknotes enter circulation today

first_img SharePrint The Central Bank of Malta says that the new €100 and €200 banknotes with enhanced safety features are being circulated today.CBM explains that the new banknotes which complete the Europa series, come with an easier way to carry out the ‘feel, look and tilt’ validity check as well as a satellite hologram and an emerald number with € symbols printed within the denomination number.These features are intended to make it harder for the notes to be counterfeited.In addition to their safety features, the notes have also been ergonomically designed to be the same size as the €50 banknote, allowing it easier to handle and to be processed through bank ATMs and registers.According to CBM, both notes are increasing in use at a rate of 7.6% for the €100 and 8.6% for the €200 banknote.While their circulation starts today, previous versions of the notes will still be legal tender and gradually phased out.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

Ugandas Examinations Boad Starts eRegistration of Candidates

first_imgAdvertisement KAMPALA, Uganda – Candidate students registering for exams this year at 237 centres throughout the country will not be required to fill their details on hard copy forms to be taken by their headteachers to the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) offices in Ntinda.They will simply be registered online. Their head teachers will not have to travel to Kampala, to the UNEB offices, to deliver their details, as these shall be sent by email.The new development, announced on Thursday at the examinations body offices, follows a two-year pilot in 60 districts in Uganda on how details of candidates registering for both O’ and A’ level examinations can be captured using ICT, that was highly successful. – Advertisement – “This will increase the efficiency of the process and remove the burdens that both the schools and UNEB have been shouldering. It will result in cost savings,” Dr. Rose Nassali Lukwago, the education ministry permanent secretary, said.Dan Odongo, the deputy director in charge of secondary examinations, said after this first phase they will look to rolling out the program to the rest of the examination centres throughout the country.“We are going to use our UNEB ICT and secondary school examinations staff to carry out trainings in the other centres where we didn’t conduct the pilot. By two years, all centres should be registering their candidates online.”But this does not apply to Primary Leaving Examinations centres. Odongo said they would come to the e-registration of candidates at primary level later, after they are through with the secondary.The e-registration system is programmed, with names of schools, subject combinations, and other imbedded help systems, it is user friendly, Dr. Peter Wakabi, the examination board’s ICT manager, said.“You don’t need to have internet to use it. You can work on it, safe the candidates’ details, put them on a flush and go to where they have internet and send the details to UNEB than coming here physically. So, even schools in the hard-to-reach-areas without internet can use it,” he explained.Charles Drake Rubongoya, the director of studies at Bishop Cipriano Kihangire SS in Luzira, Kampala, said he used the system to register his candidates during the pilot and it was highly effective and time saving.He said: “In a day, I registered all of them. They were about 300. What you do, is tell your leaners to come when they are ready, with their dates of birth, photograph pictures and subject combinations. The rest you just enter. It’s like being a teller in a bank.”However, the system or the software does not provide for biometric registration when candidates’ fingerprints can be taken to avoid forgery.Odongo, however, said it did have enough checks like provisions for the candidates to sign to minimize on the forgeries.Matthew Bukenya, the UNEB executive secretary, said e-registration would ease the process of registering candidates, but that it didn’t mean they (UNEB) would now reduce candidates’ registration fees.There were however, gaps, like the lack of sufficient ICT competent specialists and computers in many Ugandan schools to ably sustain the project, that the UNEB officials could not find answers to.Credit: New Visionlast_img read more

How should Uganda embrace artificial intelligence

first_imgAdvertisement The intelligence exhibited by machine also known as Artificial Intelligence is an area that very many large technology companies are investing into these days. Apple made its mark in artificial intelligence by introducing its digital assistant Siri, google and Microsoft also followed. Social media giants; Facebook and amazon have shown indications of investing in Artificial Intelligence. The interest of these companies in this field of computer science is an indicator that Artificial Intelligence is an area that offers a lot of promise.The country has tried to use AI in some areas for example KCCA introduced the smart traffic lights at Wandegeya. Much as the lights don’t employ a self-mind in controlling traffic, they are an indication that using AI would be relevant to the country. AI lab at Makerere has also made a few innovations in the area of AI but these remain on small scale. The problem with the direction that the country is taking is that they are focusing on robotics and other “Capital intensive” AI research, which capital is not readily available in the country. Research in AI is greatly specialized and is sub divided into various categories, this means that investing in AI could provide great potential for a developing country like Uganda if the right niche is exploited.Computer-vision-based traffic flow monitoring. Credit: AI Research UgandaOne of the sub divisions of AI is big data and data analysis. This includes the use of computers and computing devices to analysis large data and data patterns, create correlations and predict future data trends. Big data analysis unlike robotics is not as capital intensive. This area of AI in Uganda’s situation would provide a comprehensive solution since it can be applied by both private and public sector. – Advertisement – Accurate data mining and Analysis techniques could help in proper government planning and service delivery. The ministry of defense, internal affairs and ministry of foreign can achieve more from the data collected from the national ID registration if they employee the right data mining and large data analysis tools. Large data mining and analysis techniques can also be employed to study weather, soil, pests and other phenomenal that affect agriculture in the country. The health sector can also benefit from the use of data mining and AI. The Munno App developed by the winners of the Health app challenge demonstrates one of those simple ways in which AI can be used to improve health services.Furthermore private sector can also use the data mining tools to formulate marketing strategies and improve profit. Companies in Europe and the US have for many years have used these techniques to better position themselves in the market and make more profits. Uganda has tried to invest in AI but in the wrong directions. Robotics as an area of AI provides very interesting solution but is very capital intensive hence a number of projects might not be scale able, it would however make more sense for developers to shift to other areas of AI like data analysis since they are not that capital intensive.last_img read more


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STAR PREVIEW Liverpool v Spurs

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Premier League returns on Saturday. Slightly mooted sentence I must admit but with the opening game of the weekend being Aston Villa v Chelsea I can hardly bill it as ‘exploding’ back into action.They three key matches are all being played at different times so it’s now a game of poker with the three remaining players Arsenal, Spurs and Leicester all still with chips in front of them. The Foxes have the advantage of being last to act safe in the knowledge of the fate of their two chasing rivals.Leicester are coping admirably with the pressure but I’m not sure there is that much pressure. To feel pressure, they need to be put under pressure and the story of the season so far has been Leicester quietly getting on with their business whilst those around them clatter the Chair, Becher’s Brook and Valentines (… and you can guess from these analogies what’s around the corner this time next week !).Of the three title contenders Spurs have by far the biggest assignment on paper this weekend and will be under the most pressure, particularly if Arsenal get all three points (as expected) against Watford at the Emirates in the earlier 3pm kick off.Spurs have a wretched recent record against Liverpool – their last five encounters have produced an incredible aggregate score of Liverpool 15 Spurs 2. Going further back The Reds have lost just one of their last 21 Premier League home matches against Spurs (W14, D6).On the plus side for Spurs backers is the fact that they are playing some of their best football in recent history. Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino said: “We need to give the credit to Leicester. They are top because they deserve to be. From the beginning of the season they were fantastic. We cannot take the credit from them. We are in a very good position but we cannot compare with another team. We need to fight. We have seven games and it’s important to fight until the end of the season with the possibility to achieve good things.”Liverpool will be boosted by the return of James Milner (suspension) and Alberto Moreno (hamstring) but will be without the services of Roberto Firmino (hamstring) and Christian Benteke (knee).Liverpool v Tottenham HotspurPremier League17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2015 PREMIER Tottenham 0-0 LiverpoolFeb 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 3-2 TottenhamAug 2014 PREMIER Tottenham 0-3 LiverpoolMar 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 4-0 TottenhamDec 2013 PREMIER Tottenham 0-5 LiverpoolMar 2013 PREMIER Liverpool 3-2 TottenhamNov 2012 PREMIER Tottenham 2-1 LiverpoolFeb 2012 PREMIER Liverpool 0-0 TottenhamSep 2011 PREMIER Tottenham 4-0 LiverpoolMay 2011 PREMIER Liverpool 0-2 TottenhamThere are (usually) goals when these two meet – although it did finish 0-0 at White Hart Lane earlier in the season. Liverpool will relish the role of frustrating Spurs but I can see plenty of goals and will take a chance on over 3.5 match goals at around 12/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS for 12 points at 12/5 with Star SportsFriday: NO BETWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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