Peter Willsman a member of Labours national exec

first_imgPeter Willsman, a member of Labour’s national executive committee, has been suspended from the Labour Party over alleged comments on antisemitism.A Labour Party spokesperson confirmed today: “Peter Willsman has been suspended from the Labour Party, pending investigation.”While suspended, he will not be able to attend NEC meetings nor perform any other functions as a member of the ruling body.It is understood that multiple complaints, including from NEC members, were submitted to the party about Willsman after fresh comments of his were exclusively revealed by LBC.According to LBC, Willsman claimed earlier this year that the Israeli embassy was “behind” claims about Labour antisemitism and that Labour members “whipping it up” were working indirectly for the embassy.In the recording obtained by LBC, Willsman can apparently be heard saying: “It’s almost certain who is behind all this anti-Semitism against Jeremy. Almost certainly, it was the Israeli embassy.”The comments were made in January to American-Israeli author Tuvia Tenenbom.Prior to the confirmation of Willsman’s suspension, Jewish Labour Movement chair Mike Katz told LBC: “Willsman is on the NEC, the party’s main governing body. He rules on cases of antisemitism.“This is what we mean when we say that the party has a deep seated institutional racism against Jews.”A number of Labour MPs including deputy leader Tom Watson swiftly called for disciplinary action to be taken against the NEC member.If Willsman is expelled from the party following investigation, a by-election will be held to allow party members to choose a new NEC representative. Until the suspension ends, his seat will be vacant.Tags:NEC /Peter Willsman /Antisemitism /Labour NEC /last_img read more

THE latest edition of the Saintsrlfccom Podcast i

first_imgTHE latest edition of the Podcast is now available to download.Featuring interviews with Andy Dixon, Chris Flannery, Paul Wellens and Royce Simmons we preview this Friday’s Stobart Super League clash with Catalans whilst reflecting on the draw at Hull KR.Royce talks about his squad rotation policy, Andy about the season to date and Flanno explains why he plans to retire at the end of the year.To listen you can click here. Alternatively, subscribe on iTunes by searching for St Helens RFC.last_img read more

After the 2612 win over league leading Castleford

first_imgAfter the 26-12 win over league leading Castleford Justin Holbrook’s men will be looking to continue their semi final push at the Totally Wicked Stadium this week.Hull FC are in third, two points ahead of Saints, and that makes the match a real four pointer!The Fixtures:RD1: Thursday, Aug 3 – Castleford Tigers (A) – (w) 26-12 RD2: Friday, Aug 11 – Hull FC (H) – 8pm RD3: Friday, Aug 18 – Leeds Rhinos (A) – 8pm RD4: Friday, Sep 1 – Wigan Warriors (H) – 8pm RD5: Saturday, Sep 9 – Wakefield Trinity (A) – 7pm RD6: Friday, Sep 15 – Huddersfield Giants (H) – 8pm RD7: Saturday, Sep 23 – Salford Red Devils (A) – 3pmPlease note, all fixtures are subject to change.TicketsOn sale now, we have a three-game package for the Super 8s, juniors can watch each of our home games for just a fiver!Prices (Three-Game):Hatton’s Solicitors West and Family Stand: £60 (Adult), £40 (Conc), £15 (Junior)South East Family Stand: £60 (Adult), £40 (Conc), £15 (Junior)Totally Wicked North Stand & South Stand: Bronze – £65 (Adult), £50 (Conc), £15 (Junior); Silver – £75 (Adult), £55 (Conc), £15 (Junior); Gold – £80 (Adult), £60 (Conc), £15 (Junior)2017 Memberships cover our three home games whilst Junior Members can also watch our away Super 8 fixtures as part of their Membership.Each of our home games will be themed too – with fun for all the family!To buy, call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, telephone 01744 455 052 or log on here.The package can be found on the Membership section of the store website.last_img read more

Club First Team

first_imgLong left the club earlier this week to take up a position at Harlequins RU with immediate effect and Saints have moved quickly to appoint Marshall who left Halifax earlier in the season after four and a half successful years with the club.The 43-year-old has earned praise as one of the sport’s most promising coaches after taking part-timers Halifax to three top-four finishes in his four seasons at The Shay as well as developing a number of home-grown talents.And Marshall, who has worked in Super League before having been an assistant to Tony Smith at Warrington Wolves, now brings his experience to the Saints to work alongside Justin Holbrook in the first team set-up.Marshall said of his new role: “I had a number of options after I left Halifax, but I met Mike and Justin last week and when a club like St. Helens comes calling you jump at the chance.“This is a wonderful opportunity to continue my development at a fantastic club and I cannot wait to get started.”Head Coach Justin Holbrook is delighted Marshall is joining Saints:  “It’s great news for our club that Richard has decided to join us as Assistant Coach.“He had a few offers and opportunities he could have taken up elsewhere, but he has chosen our club which is a great sign of the direction we are going as a club and it is great to have such an experienced coach join us.“He has proven himself as a great assistant early in his career at Warrington and has obviously done a fantastic job at Halifax as Head Coach over the last four and a half years so I am looking forward to working with him.”St.Helens R.F.C Chief Executive Mike Rush said: “We all welcome Richard to the club with open arms. I have known him for over 15 years having seen him rise through the ranks at Warrington and more recently at Halifax.“He absolutely fits the culture of the club. He is hard-working, driven and a talented individual who will bring further experience to our coaching staff.”As a player, Marshall represented Ireland and played at club level for Halifax RLFC, Huddersfield Giants, London Broncos and Leigh RLFC, as a prop or second-row between 1995 and 2007.Marshall will start his role at Saints with immediate effect and will be alongside Holbrook and fellow assistants Paul Wellens and Ian Talbot for the visit of Huddersfield Giants on Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

Police arrest man accused of hitting pedestrian then crashing into pond

first_img Wilmington Police say Robert James Bickford, 31, was trying to run from an officer.Police say Bickford was speeding on Market Street and then pulled into a parking lot. He tried to exit  by turning left and then jumped the median to get in the westbound lanes. Police say he continued driving, ignoring the police officer’s lights. Police say Bickford then tried to turn right onto Dapple Court and when he did, he hit the curb and struck a pedestrian. Police say when Bickford hit the curb, he launched his truck into the nearby pond.Bickford got out of the truck before it was submerged and tried to run from police but was caught.Related Article: Police search for missing teen last seen at Hoggard HighThe pedestrian has a broken leg and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Bickford was not hurt. Robert James Bickford (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man faces several charges after an early morning chase ended with one person hit and a truck crashing into a retention pond.It happened just before 2:30 a.m. on Monday the Staybridge Suites off of New Centre Drive.- Advertisement – He is charged with the following:Driving while impairedSpeeding to elude arrestFelony hit and runSerious injury by vehicle-DWIFailure to maintain laneHe is in jail under a $45,000 bond.last_img read more

Rabon calls for legislative hearing on Cooper pipeline agreement

first_imgRendering of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (Image: NCDEQ) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Republicans is calling for a legislative hearing about Gov. Roy Cooper’s nearly $58 million deal with the companies behind the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick Co.), who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, said in a news release today he is calling for a legislative oversight hearing after a report by WRAL in Raleigh about how the Cooper administration came to control a $57.8 million fund with money from Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, who want to build the 600-mile long pipeline that would stretch from West Virginia to Robeson County.- Advertisement – According to the report, the money was supposed to go to the state of North Carolina, but documents show Cooper’s staff proposed changing it so that the money would go into an escrow account controlled directly by the governor. “The reason?” the story asks. “Cooper and his administration don’t trust the Republican-controlled General Assembly.”“The WRAL report proves that Roy Cooper had his hand in the cookie jar and intentionally steered money out of the state treasury and into a personal ‘slush fund’ he could dole out at his whim,” Rabon said in a statementSoon after Cooper announced the fund on the same day the state granted regulatory approval for the project, the Republican-led General Assembly passed legislation to redirect the money to schools along the pipeline.Related Article: Program aids North Carolina veterans with cybersecurity trainingIn his news release, Rabon said the Cooper administration provided documentation about the pipeline fund to a single news outlet while refusing to provide the same records to lawmakers.“This story raises more questions than it answers, and given the Cooper administration has spent weeks dodging simple questions and refusing to comply with the Public Records Act, I am asking Sen. (Phil) Berger and Speaker (Tim) Moore to include Gov. Cooper’s pipeline scandal as an agenda item at the next meeting of the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations,” Rabon said.According to the WRAL story, “Cooper has since said he never intended to decide how the fund would be spent and that his executive order would have given authority to a board made up at least partly by experts. Much of the money would have been used to help companies and farmers in eastern North Carolina hook into distribution lines tied back to the pipeline, covering the cost of expensive last-mile infrastructure that has to be built before gas can flow, the administration has said.”The governor’s press office did not respond directly to our request for comment, but late this afternoon it sent out a news release about what it called the “Latest Legislative ACP Stunt.”Kristi Jones, Chief of Staff for Gov. Roy Cooper, released the following comment on the latest legislative ACP stunt:“Our goal is to provide access to natural gas to help the economy while protecting the environment in counties impacted by the pipeline and it is unfortunate that legislators chose to raid a fund intended to do just that,” Cooper’s Chief of Staff Kristi Jones said in the statement. “Sacrificing jobs in order to manufacture a partisan power grab is a new low and legislators will have to answer to the people of eastern North Carolina. We look forward to discussing this further.”last_img read more

Surfer shows off moves on foil board at Wrightsville Beach

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — There is plenty of surfing around the Cape Fear area, but have you ever seen someone foil surfing?A video of Jack Brandon shows him riding his foil board at Wrightsville Beach and you can see he’s not riding any waves.- Advertisement – He says foil surfing is harder than regular surfing because there’s a balance between propelling yourself and using the little force from the water, but it is a fun experience. He says a foil board works like the wing of a plane: the faster it goes, the more lift it makes.“Since it creates so much lift with these big wings, you can kind of self propel yourself, which is- in the video, we weren’t riding the wave that was breaking. So we were doing a mixture of harnessing a little bit of that ocean energy and then self propelling ourselves to kind of mix the two and bouncing in between swells and stuff,” Brandon said.Related Article: Dad’s lesson on bullying goes viralBrandon says it is perfect for an area that doesn’t get many good waves, like Wrightsville Beach, and he hopes others will try it too.last_img read more

Columbus Co man arrested after standoff with law enforcement

first_imgZettie Brown (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) RIEGELWOOD, NC (WWAY) — A man is behind bars after a standoff with law enforcement early Thursday morning in Columbus County.Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators arrived at 605 Dickerson Road in Riegelwood to serve Zettie Brown with outstanding warrants related to the attempted armed robbery that happened on November 29.- Advertisement – When investigators arrived to the scene, they reportedly saw a man on the back porch of the home. Deputies say the man, later identified as Zettie Brown, ran inside of the home and refused to come out. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office then requested assistance from Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The house was surrounded and the area was secured by both agencies, according to deputies.After negotiations, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says Brown surrendered.He was arrested and transported to the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center where he is currently held on a $535,000 secured bond.last_img read more

Threetime Olympic gold medalist holds clinic for local athletes

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One special athlete paid a special visit to some volleyball players in Wilmington Saturday. Players young and old came out to learn from the best of the best.“We love the game. We love to support those who are fighting for more and fighting for better,” said three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings.- Advertisement – Walsh-Jennings wants to instill that same feeling of love into the future of the sport.“I’m very excited. I have been looking forward to meeting her for really long. And I’m really excited to be playing out here in front of her and seeing my idol playing,” said Marlee Cook, who has been playing club volleyball for three years.Cook was one of dozens who came out the volleyball clinic at East Coast Volleyball Academy in Wilmington. The chance to play with one of the best.Related Article: Italy’s Milan-Cortina wins vote to host 2026 Winter OlympicsWalsh-Jennings chose Wilmington all the way from her home in California.“To be able to travel to a place that people might not equate with a great volleyball program or even beach volleyball, but to know they love our sport is so beautiful. And we want to give back just as much as we’ve been given,” said Walsh-Jennings.Through giving back, Walsh-Jennings says she finds her own inspiration.“For them to see her and be able to see how down to earth she is, and how relatable she is to them, and how much she loves the game and her passion, that’s kind of the reason we love having her here,” said Larry Salefsky, the owner of East Coast Volleyball Academy.Salefsky says Walsh-Jennings is a role model in more ways than one.“To be one of those people for these kids is a beautiful thing. It holds me accountable. It makes me want to be better. And it certainly makes me want to practice what I preach,” said Walsh-Jennings.This is Walsh-Jennings’s second time hosting a volleyball clinic in Wilmington. She also came in 2015.last_img read more

Lockwood Folly off limits for shellfishing due to bacteria concerns

first_imgLockwood Folly River (Photo: North Carolina Coastal Federation) VARNAMTOWN, NC (Coastal Online Review) — Shellfish waters in a Brunswick County river popular for oystering and clamming have been closed indefinitely.The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, or DMF, recently announced the closure of 255 shellfish acres in Lockwood Folly River after water sample tests show fecal coliform bacteria levels exceed the national standards for safe shellfish harvest.- Advertisement – This latest closure, following one in 2017, covers about 3,759 acres of the river’s 4,417-acre growing area, which includes portions of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and inlet.“Most of the river proper is closed in the Lockwood Folly River,” said Shannon Jenkins, DMF’s Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section chief. “We continue to sample and will continue to sample in the hopes that conditions will change.”A majority of shellfish waters in the nearly 14-mile tidal river are classified as conditionally approved closed, which means growing areas cannot be harvested throughout the year.Related Article: Divers recover body of man who fell off boat on Waccamaw River“We can reopen those temporarily in conditions when it’s really dry,” Jenkins said.Read more here.last_img read more

Lower Cape Fear Hospice to host 2nd Annual Festival of Flowers

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 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Lower Cape Fear Hospice is the region’s longest running nonprofit hospice serving more than 6,000 families annually.The organization is about to host its 2nd Annual Festival of Flowers event on Wednesday, May 1.- Advertisement – “We do this every year because we need to sustain our mission at Lower Cape Fear Hospice,” said LCFH Development Manager Anne Hewett. “We’re here for people at their end of life, for a quality end of life, its about transitioning people and helping them at the most challenging time of their life.”LCFH serves people as far north as Duplin County and as far south as Georgetown County, SC.The Festival of Flowers is a major fundraiser that helps the nonprofit raise money to continue helping people throughout our area.Related Article: DREAM COME TRUE: Hospice patient sells paintings at first art show“We had a great turn-out for our first event and we’re hoping this year’s event is even bigger and better and its such a great cause because everyone has been affected by hospice at some point or another,” said John Dowless who is with the presenting sponsor of the event, Strand Termite & Pest Control Company.The event will feature the work of Floral Designer Steve Taras who is from Raleigh.“He’s going to show folks how to design flowers and what’s in right now,” Hewett said.More than 200 people are expected to attend the event and tickets are still available. There will also be more 30 prizes valued at $500 or more raffled off at the event.Festival of Flowers takes place Wednesday, May 1, from 4-6 p.m., at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. You can get tickets by going or call 910-530-2479.last_img read more

€85000 fund for animal welfare NGOs launched

first_img SharePrint DOI / Pierre SmmutDOI / Pierre Smmut An €85,000 fund for animal welfare non-governmental organisations was launched on Friday. The fund which was established last year, has seen an increase of €20,000.During a press conference on Friday, Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights Clint Camilleri said that the Government realized that there was an increase in the demand.From the €65,000 fund launched in 2018, 13 NGOs have made used of the fund including Gozo SPCA that used the money to buy a new vehicle. Other projects included neutering of strays, medicines, among others.Registered non-governmental organisation can apply for funds through the Animal Welfare Fund.During the press conference, Camilleri also referred to a separate fund launched by Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis were €120,000 are available to Local Councils. Camilleri explained that money from this fund can go towards creating dog parks, neutering campaigns as well cat cafes.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

RTK103FM journalist wins award for Radio Journalism

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> During the 29th edition of the annual Malta Journalism Awards, George Cremona from RTK103FM won the award for Radio Journalism.For the ceremony, hosted by the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IĠM), an independent jury was appointed by IĠM to evaluate the nominations for the awardees. This jury was made up of Sir Albert Callus as Chairman, Antoine Falzon and Sergio Mallia.President George Vella spoke about how the technological development has led to a globalised world and made telecommunication more efficient. He added that with the large quantity of information being shared, there is the power to move and shake social and governmental structures.Following complaints about a specific award category, the Jury decided to revoke the award for “Journalism broadcasted through scripted television” won by Johnathan Farrugia, on the basis of Farrugia’s admission not being in line with the specific requirements.The winners were as follows:Print categories:Print Journalism – David Hudson, MaltatodaPhoto Journalism – Darrin Zammit Lupi, ReutersBroadcast categories:Broadcast Journalism – TV Script News – Antonia Micallef, TVMBroadcast Journalism – TV Script Features – Mario Xuereb, TVMBroadcast Journalism – Film – Brandon Pisani, TVMBroadcast Journalism – Radio Current Affairs – George Cremona, RTKE-category:E-Journalism – Glen Falzon, categories:Sports Journalism Print – Valhmor Camilleri, The Sunday Times of MaltaSports Journalism Broadcasting – Charles Camenzuli, NET TVHuman Stories – Karl Azzopardi, MaltatodaySports Photography – Domenic Aquilina, The Professional ImagemakerTravel Journalism – CVC Media, TVMCultural Journalism Print – Noel D’Anastasi, In-Nazzjon Cultural Journalism BroadcastingCultural E Journalism – Keith Demicoli, Journalism – Alan Deidun, The Sunday Times of MaltaOpinion Articles – Alan Deidun, The Sunday Times of MaltaBest use of Maltese Language in Radio and Teleision – Mario Xuereb, PBSBest use of Maltese Language in Newsletters and on the Internet – Victor Vella, Union PrintWhatsApplast_img read more

Not unusual that children have to stay hungry till midday

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Children in remote Ghanian areas are very often not able to have any form of substinance before noon.In a press release, Mission Possible Ghana explained that the organisation is made up of volunteers, a number of whom will be visiting Ghana in August 2019. This group will be visiting remote areas where it is commonplace for children to stay hungry until the middle of the day. The people who live in these areas do not always have their basic daily needs met.Mission Possible Ghana will also be working with the children of the Sisters of Charity Orphanages. They will be helping children with their basic daily needs.Donations are to be sent at the following bank accounts marked ‘Mission Possible Ghana 2019’.BOV 11206046019IBAN MT08VALL22013000000011206046022HSBC 033143819050IBAN MT10MMEB44336000000033143819050Cheques should be sent to Ghana Mission Fund with a note clearly stating “Mission Possible Ghana 2019”.This is an Institute for World Evangelisation (ICPE) initiative.WhatsApplast_img read more

Windows XP is a ticking timebomb with under 500 days to go

first_imgAdvertisement The countdown clock has been ticking on Windows XP for a couple of years now, but the end is coming into view.There are only 498 days to go before Microsoft ends its extended support, and that means no more patches and no more security fixes. Given that XP is not exactly famous for its security, this represents a significant risk.However, a security breach might not be the worst of it. Journalists will be only too keen to write up the first few stories about companies whose defences are penetrated because they are still using an obsolete operating system, so the damage to their brand and reputation could be unusually large. And rather than the polite sadness that sometimes colours such stories (unlucky; could happen to anyone), victims can expect a well-deserved splattering of glee (told you so!). – Advertisement – Some companies could end up being sued. I would expect lawyers (I’m not one) who work in the technology scene to see the potential to profit from companies that have done the security equivalent of “driving without due care and attention” when looking after their data.In the UK, it is a mandatory requirement to secure data under the seventh principle of the Data Protection Act, and this necessitates some kind of risk assessment. Good luck telling a judge that your security was based on using an insecure and unsupported operating system.Still, there is no pain without gain. As well as profits for law firms, the end of XP could mean big bonuses for suppliers of cyber-liability insurance. With security breaches typically costing companies thousands of dollars/pounds a time, hefty insurance premiums would increase the already-high cost of sticking with Windows XP.The end of XP should also mean extra profits for all the software companies that offer migration software and services. And as the deadline approaches, these firms should be able to increase their prices along with increases in demand. The longer companies leave the transition to Windows 7, the costlier it is likely to get.One UK-based supplier says:With 500 days to go to this point, Camwood, the application rationalisation and migration specialists, now starts its official ‘Countdown to the End of XP’ campaign: Camwood intends to mark-off significant milestones over the next year-and-a-bit, issuing information to help businesses through the final days of XP.If you’re not sure how long you have left, Camwood has provided a Countdown Clock for XP. I hope you don’t need it.However, Netmarketshare’s browser-based statistics (below) suggest only 50.5 percent of PC users are on Windows 7 or Vista, while 40.7 percent are still on XP. That’s around 500 million users, so to make the deadline, we’ll need to upgrade a million users a day, including weekends.This could be the biggest IT bonanza since the Year 2000 “millennium bug” campaign. Struggling American PC suppliers such as HP and Dell could certainly do with the boost.Of course, the story in Africa is different considering most of the existing Windows XP copies on most laptops are pirated.Users have been moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 over the past two years, but not quickly enough. Source: NetmarketshareCredit: ZDNet.comlast_img read more

Airtel launches IT lessons for Tanzanian pupils

first_imgAdvertisement Airtel Tanzania has rolled out basic computer training through its project dubbed ‘Shule Yetu’, in a bid to support education in the country.The Airtel staff training team visited Kiromo Primary School in Bagamoyo to prove its commitment to supporting education to Tanzanian pupils having also renovated the school in recent years, reports the Daily News. – Advertisement – Kaplesh Mehta, Airtel’s head of the finance department, said the move to offer training was based on the facts that computer devices and knowledge in the field are important in the community today as well as its development.“Computer is one of the very important tools for the development of the modern society,” said Mehta. “Airtel understands it and had chosen to influence pupils and children to learn it as early as possible and prepare themselves to be supportive to their community development.”Kirimo’s headteacher, Joseph Ngunangwa, said the move motivated pupils and aided in better understanding of computer skills which is not as difficult as they earlier thought.Source: Humanipolast_img read more

Twitter now has 284 million monthly users

first_imgTwitter Advertisement Twitter’s user-base data for the most recent fiscal quarter shows that the social network now boasts 284 million monthly users worldwide.This represents a 23% rise from last quarter.However, Some investors were displeased as the previous three months had seen a slightly higher 24% user rise. – Advertisement – Revenue also rose to $361 million, over double last quarter, trumping the average estimate of $351.4 million.Twitter also projected Q4 revenue of somewhere between $440-450 million, with analysts predicting revenue of around $448.8m.Dick Costolo, Twitter’s CEO, said: “I’m confident in our ability to build the largest daily audience in the world, over time, by strengthening the core, reducing barriers to consumption, and building new apps and services.”Twitter still places behind Facebook in terms of active users per month however, with Zuckerberg’s social network sitting pretty on upwards of 1.3 billion regulars.This puts Twitter’s latest user figures at somewhere around a fifth of Facebook’s tally.Source: Trusted Reviewslast_img read more

EC OMPA in Agreement over Voter Sensitization ahead of 2021 General Elections

first_imgSam Rwakoojo, Secretary of the Electoral Commission hands over a copy of the General Elections Roadmap for 2020/2021 to Giles Muhame, President of the OMPA. Advertisement The Electoral Commission and the Online Media Publishers Association (OMPA) this morning agreed to work together towards sensitizing the public and voters as the country prepares for the 2021 General Elections.This move is in line with the Electoral Commission’s strategy to mobilize stakeholder support as they prepare for the General Elections. The Electoral body pledged to offer training workshops at National and Regional levels for media personnel so as to equip them with knowledge of the electoral process to enable improvement in the area of election reporting.Speaking to the members of the Association, Electoral Commission Secretary, Mr. Sam Rwakoojo said the meeting was very crucial to discuss our electoral process and how we can work together to enhance democracy, good governance, stability and prosperity as 2021 fast approaches. – Advertisement – “The general public, and particularly the electorate, will be following all the electoral activities through the media. We, therefore, consider it very crucial for media practitioners to have a deeper understanding of the roadmap and the processes involved, in order to ease your information and education functions,” he remarked.“As a country which is at the point of making critical decisions concerning its leadership, we count on you to promote awareness among the national and international community, about the readiness of Ugandans for a smooth electoral exercise. ” he continued.The Electoral Commission called upon online media publishers to pay extra attention to the promotion of balanced and objective coverage of the 2021 General Elections Roadmap, to exercise the highest level of professionalism so as to avoid chances of inciting violence through unbalanced, inaccurate or inflammatory reporting. On media safety during the electoral process, the Commission promised to develop guidelines on media rights as well as their responsibilities, presence, security.Giles Muhame, President of the Online Media Publishers Association called for a portion of the Electoral Commission budget to be spent on advertising with online news platforms since audiences are heavily moving online.Concluding the meeting, Sam Rwakoojo reassured the members of the Association and the general public about the electoral body’s commitment to peaceful fraud-free elections in 2021:“The Commission has built and continues to build capacity at all levels, to meet the legal, technological, logistical and administrative challenges which often come with polling day and post polling processes. We count on you to project Uganda in a positive way, that is, as a people who are committed to a peaceful electoral process”, he concluded.[related-posts]last_img read more

Ball Boy Gate

first_imgUnlike the nation’s press I decided to give “Ball Boy Gate” a week to settle down before having my two penneth; however, the time has come for Mr Hazard to be the main protagonist in this week’s blog.Thankfully I am neither famous and nor have I an army of readers, therefore I can get away with my controversial opinions!I find it amazing how people, nations and so called generations evolve. Forty years ago the little s*** would have thought twice about lying on the ball if Norman Hunter was breathing down his neck, two nil down in a cup tie with eight minutes to play. Should he have persisted and wrapped himself all over the ball, Hunter would have simply caved his skull in and the crowd would have applauded en masse. Now, in this nanny state we are forced to live in, Hazard gets more press than the culprits behind the atrocities in Syria!At the end of the day the kid has one job and that’s to throw the ball back… not difficult. Having chosen to be a wally and lie all over the ball, why be surprised that a team who need to score twice, with time against them, might feel the need to move you?!? Also of note is that Hazard kicked the ball not the ball boy (I am not going to name him as he doesn’t deserve a name check), something no one seems to have mentioned. In conclusion, as you may have noticed, I’m in the Hazard camp on this one.Now, more importantly for the more imaginative and entrepreneurial amongst us, ‘Ball Boy Gate’ can be viewed as more of a money making exercise than a dull news story. My first thought was to use the kid for some form of entertaining TV commercial, a bit like Pizza Hut one that did so well in the mid 90’s. However, it seemed a bit ‘old hat’ and I wouldn’t have thought many companies worth their salt would want to associate themselves or their brand with this annoying little twerp. Therefore, Ladies and Gentleman, I am publicly calling out the Frank Warrens and Barry Hearns of this world. The ball boy is seventeen and soon to be a man, not that you would believe it following his heroics last week. Hazard at twenty two would have only been a few years above him at school and at eleven and a half stone not exactly a heavyweight. So Messrs Warren and Hearn, hire out the XL or Wembley Arena, get Sky involved, get a charity onboard and let’s get in on! We could have ourselves a cracking night and something to really talk about rather than the nonsense that went on at the Liberty last week.last_img read more


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