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first_imgThe government failed to take any account of the impact on disabled pupils of its “discriminatory” plans to expand grammar schools in England, say campaigners.A government consultation paper published this week, Schools That Work For Everyone, includes plans to remove the ban on opening new grammar schools in England.But there is not a single mention of disabled pupils in the consultation paper, and the Department for Education (DfE) has failed to carry out an equality impact assessment of its proposals.Inclusive education campaigners say that expanding grammar schools – secondary schools which select pupils via an entrance test – will discriminate against disabled children and lead to more segregated education in special schools.And they say the plans are a clear breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with new UN guidance making it clear that all segregated education should end and be replaced by “inclusive classroom teaching in accessible learning environments with appropriate supports”.There are currently 163 grammar schools in England, educating about five per cent of state secondary pupils, while 10 local authorities have wholly selective education systems and another 26 have one or more grammar schools in their area.Laws currently ban any new selective schools and prevent existing non-selective schools from becoming selective, but prime minister Theresa May – and education secretary Justine Greening – want to expand existing grammar schools, create new selective schools and allow non-selective schools to become selective.They say this will only be allowed if “action to expand existing selective schools or establish new selective schools is accompanied at the same time by support to ensure good quality non-selective places locally”.But The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) said the policy of increasing selective schools, and the consultation paper itself, discriminate against disabled children.It highlighted DfE’s failure to carry out an assessment of the impact of the policy on disabled children and other groups protected under the Equality Act 2010.ALLFIE said the consultation paper was “an onslaught on disabled children and young people’s social mobility, and on their parents’ rights to choose a good mainstream school placement”.Simone Aspis (pictured), ALLFIE’s policy and campaigns coordinator, said the consultation paper was “obviously discriminatory”.She said: “They obviously have not thought about what the implications are for disabled children.“For disabled children and their families, it means less choice and more segregation.“What will happen is more and more disabled children are going to be forced into segregated education provision.”ALLFIE pointed out that disabled children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) or statements of special educational needs represent only 0.1 per cent of grammar school pupils, despite making up 1.8 per cent of the secondary school population.And disabled children without statements or EHCPs make up only 4.2 per cent of grammar school pupils, but 12.4 per cent of all secondary school pupils.ALLFIE said the government’s existing education policies over the last six years had led to a steady increase in the number of disabled children being educated in special schools.Aspis said: “If mainstream schools become selective, where will disabled children go?“They will have no choice other than to attend a special school against their own and their parents’ wishes, which is scandalous, especially if the prime minister talks about creating one nation.“This government has ratified the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities, including article 24 that makes it clear that disabled children’s access to mainstream education is a human right and that an education system that separates and segregates disabled children is a violation of their right to mainstream education.”When a DfE spokesman was asked by Disability News Service about the failure to mention disabled pupils in the consultation paper, he said: “The top line is schools that work for everyone, that’s the point. When we talk about everyone we [mean] everyone.”He refused to answer a series of questions about the alleged discriminatory nature of the consultation paper, why DfE had failed to carry out an equality impact assessment, and whether the policy would lead to greater segregation of disabled pupils in special schools.Instead, he said the consultation paper “looks at how every child should have access to a good education. As such, that should be understood to include those with special educational needs and disabilities.”He added in a statement: “Every child, regardless of background or ability, should have access to an excellent education.“We know that grammar schools provide a good education for their disadvantaged pupils and we want more pupils from lower income backgrounds to benefit from that.“Our proposals will ensure that any new and existing selective schools will prioritise the admission of disadvantaged pupils and that they support other local pupils in non-selective schools to help drive up educational outcomes.“As set out in the consultation document, we are clear that relaxing restrictions on selective education can and should be to the betterment, not at the expense, of other local schools.”last_img read more

FIVE St Helens youngsters have been selected to fo

first_imgFIVE St Helens youngsters have been selected to form part of the England Academy Squad to face the Australian Institute of Sport on Sunday, December 4 at Leigh Sports Village (3.00pm)Danny Yates, Dom Speakman, Greg Richards (pictured), Greg Wilde and Mark Percival have all been named by Academy head coach Dave Elliott in the 21-strong squad and they are joined by players from nine other Engage Super League clubs.Saints have the largest contingent in the squad, with five youngsters represented while Bradford are close behind with four representatives and Warrington with three. Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos both have two players in the squad while Hull FC, Harlequins RL, Huddersfield Giants, Widnes Vikings and Wakefield Wildcats all have one player each selected.“We’re all looking forward to what lies in store and the players themselves are excited about the test,” said Elliott. “It’s a different challenge for us. We played against France in the summer but this will be a different type of test and we’ll be going up against a team, which I’m sure will have lots of quality.“We had some good experiences against France when we played them and to cap the year off with a win against the AIS is something the lads would all like to do. They all want to finish the season on a high and this game is a great opportunity to do that.“But this is also a great test for the players. This game offers the guys a great opportunity to prove themselves at this level and gives us, as coaches, an opportunity to see how they have developed through the season.”Elliott led the England Academy to a 2-0 series win over the Australian Schoolboys last December, but he’s keen to point out that the achievements of the past will have no bearing on this squad and that the game against the AIS will be an exciting one for everyone involved.“Playing at this level gives the players a platform for them to launch their careers from,” he said. “The success of some of last year’s squad in taking the next step showed that this is a stage to progress from.“However last year’s results are history because this is a different squad. We’re not worrying about last year, the focus is on what’s coming ahead.”England Academy U17 Squad:Ben Curry (Warrington Wolves)Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors)Connor Spencer (Bradford Bulls)Danny Yates (St Helens)Dom Speakman (St Helens)George Williams (Wigan Warriors)Greg Richards (St Helens)Greg Wilde (St Helens)Jack Cockerham (Bradford Bulls)Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings)James Cunningham (Hull FC)James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves)John Bateman (Bradford Bulls)Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos)Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants)Liam McAvoy (Bradford Bulls)Mark Percival (St Helens)Mike Learmonth (Warrington Wolves)Mike McMeekan (Harlequins RL)Sam Doherty (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos)last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Sup

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Super League XVIII Round 2 match at Widnes Vikings.Ade Gardner and Anthony Walker are dual registered with Whitehaven this weekend whilst Alex Walmsley is also expected to play with Batley.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 19. Josh Jones, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 24. Joe Greenwood.Denis Betts will choose his Widnes side from:1. Shaun Briscoe, 2. Willie Isa, 3. Cameron Phelps, 4. Stefan Marsh, 7. Rhys Hanbury, 8. Ben Cross, 9. Jon Clarke, 10. Steve Pickersgill, 11. Frank Winterstein, 12. Dave Allen, 13. Hep Cahill, 14. Joe Mellor, 16. Eamon O’Carroll, 18. Lloyd White, 20. Paddy Flynn, 22. Gareth Hock, 23. Phil Joseph, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 25. Alex Gerrard.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is James Child.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:Widnes are seeking their first Super League victory against St Helens on Sunday afternoon.St Helens have won the last 15 games between the sides (eight away fixtures), with Widnes’ last victory coming at home, 20-17 in the Stones Bitter Championship, on April 4, 1994.Super League Summary:Widnes won 0St Helens won 11Ups and Downs:Widnes highest losing score: 23-24 (H, 2012)St Helens highest score: 62-0 (H, 2012) (also widest margin)last_img read more

CONNOR Dwyer has joined Barrow Raiders on loan for

first_imgCONNOR Dwyer has joined Barrow Raiders on loan for a month.The 19-year-old back rower has played two games on dual registration this season and has made the move to gain regular game time.Connor signed from Portico, where he was coached by his dad – Saints legend Bernard Dwyer.last_img

ITS the derby this evening with Saints seeking to

first_imgIT’S the derby this evening with Saints seeking to readdress the balance following their loss at Wigan on Good Friday.Last 10 Meetings:Wigan 12, St Helens 4 (SLR8, 3/4/15)St Helens 14, Wigan 6 (SLGF, 11/10/14) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Wigan 12, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 27/6/14)St Helens 14, Wigan 33 (SLR9, 18/4/14)St Helens 22, Wigan 16 (SLR22, 22/7/13)Wigan 28, St Helens 16 (SLR9, 29/3/13)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)Super League Summary:St Helens won 30 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)Wigan won 32 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs two tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 98 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 89 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Winning Runs:St Helens have won their last four matches. Their last defeat was 33-26 at Catalans Dragons on May 9.Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 48.He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7, 2014. He is an ever-present in the St Helens side since then.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 482 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 403 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 364 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 335 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) 32First Utility Super League Leading ScorersTries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 172 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 153 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 134 = Jordan Turner (St Helens), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 126 = Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons), Kieran Dixon (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 119 = Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 10Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 552 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 533 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 525 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 516 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 487 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 378 = Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 3410 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 29Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 85.24 (52/61)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 82.60 (19/23)4 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 79.71 (55/69)5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 76.81 (53/69)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 75.00 (51/68)7 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 72.50 (29/40)8 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 71.05 (27/38)9 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 70.58 (48/68)10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 69.38 (34/49)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1322 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1273 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1204 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1186 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 1167 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 948 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 929 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 9010 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 84last_img read more

That was one of the thoughts of Saints Head Coach

first_imgThat was one of the thoughts of Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook after Saints’ 38-18 win over Widnes at the Magic Weekend.“People don’t give Widnes enough credit,” he said. “I know they haven’t been winning but I watched last week’s game and they were unlucky not to beat Leeds in the Cup. If they had done then it would have been a different week for us.“We came here knowing they hadn’t be winning games and everyone had automatically given us the win. That can make it hard for players.“I thought at half time it was really close but in the second half I thought we really dominated and came away with a good win.”He continued: “Regan Grace and Danny Richardson both played well for us today – and I thought Dom Peyroux had his best game for us. He set a really high standard which was great.“When you come to this venue you want to play the best game you can as a player. Obviously we did that last year and everyone sets high standards but you cannot hit those every week. I am happy to get the win.”last_img read more


first_imgYear 10 Keiron Cunningham Final: De La Salle 23 – 22 St. Cuthbert’sThe Year 10 Final was a fantastic spectacle for all that attended. De La Salle struck first with a fantastic kick to the wing that was finished with ease and that set them on their way to a 22-6 half-time lead.There oppenents, St. Cuthbert’s, made a real fight of it in the second half and scored a number of tries down the left hand side to level the game at 22–22. After a grueling arm wrestle in the final 20 minutes it was De La Salle that seized their opportunity kicking a last minute drop goal to win the Keiron Cunningham Final in dramatic fashion.Fresh from signing his Saints contract, the Keiron Cunningham trophy was presented by first team player Aaron Smith, who knows all about junior rugby league having started his career playing for at Blackbrook ARLFC.Year 11 Alex Murphy Final: De La Salle 24 – 16 Haydock HighThe Year 11 final was an incredibly competitive game with both teams looking like they would come out on top, but it was Haydock High who took an early lead after a De La Salle knock on. Both teams then went over for tries, but on the half time hooter De La Salle scored a fantastic length of the field score to lead 18–12 at the break.It was all De La Salle in the second half as back to back tries gave them a comfortable lead with the score at 24-12. To their credit though, Haydock scored a fantastic late try, however it wasn’t enough in the end as De La Salle took home their second trophy of the day.Awards were presented by the man himself, club legend Alex Murphy. Alex was regarded as one of the greatest half backs in the history of the British game. He represented Great Britain in 27 tests and made 370 appearances and scored 175 tries for Saints at his time at the club. We would like to thank Alex for his time at the School Finals.Steve Leonard, Saints Community Development Foundation Director paid credit to all teams.“We are looking at mirroring the success of our Saints first team by replicating this in schools rugby league. The standard of rugby league in both cup finals at the Totally Wicked Stadium last Thursday was fantastic and it was great to see both games played in good spirits. We are now looking forward to the Year 7 and 8 Finals next week which I am sure again will highlight the standard of rugby league in our town.“Saints Community Development Foundation would like to thank all teachers, volunteers, players and parents for making this year’s cup competition the standard that it is today. We look forward to working with teams that reach the regional and national stages soon with a view to profiling St. Helens’ school’s rugby league on the biggest stage of all.”Our next batch of Schools Finals take place next Tuesday the 14th May 2019 with the Year 7 Final kicking off at 4pm for the Paul Wellens trophy before the Year 8’s kick off at 5:30pm for the Eric Chisnall trophy.last_img read more

Teacher of the Week Latoya Green

first_img The first dinner served 317 people, and in the second year she served over 400.“So many times you do canned food drives and food drives,” she says, “but if a parent can’t cook a ham or turkey it’s not going to help the family.”Her holiday dinners are a community effort with students, staff, local businesses and residents all pitching in to help.Related Article: North Carolina teachers’ group plan another May rally“You have to build relationships outside of teaching them daily,” Green says. “You have to get to know the child and know things they up against in order to educate them.”In the end she says “that’s all I really want to do for them.” CERRO GORDO, NC (WWAY) — Latoya Green isn’t any normal teacher at West Columbus High School. She uses her time with her students to also show them the power of civic involvement.As a teacher of teenagers, Green says it’s important make sure they know not to “judge anyone and be willing to help people who need it.” That is why she has hosted two holiday dinners in Columbus County to feed people who lost everything in Hurricane Matthew.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Two arrested in Pender County armed home invasion

first_imgJerome Wayne Minx and Matthew A. Horne (Photo: PCSO) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office has charged two men in connection with a home invasion and armed robbery that took place back in May.Matthew A. Horne and Jerome Wayne Minx have been charged with First Degree Burglary, Robbery With A Dangerous Weapon, and Second Degree Kidnapping.- Advertisement – The two men allegedly followed the victim to his Rocky Point home on May 6 and forced their way inside at gunpoint as the victim tried to close and lock his door.Minx then reportedly pointed a pistol at the victim and ordered him to sit down and not move while Horne took cash and a bag containing the victim’s medications and gun.PCSO says the two men left and returned to their Wilmington home.Related Article: Wilmington man found shot, 4-year-old child by his sideThe victim was not harmed during the robbery, according to deputies.Authorities said Horne knows the victim who was specifically targeted. Investigators were able to recover the handgun stolen from the victim.Horne was arrested on August 20 by deputies with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office.Minx was arrested and served by the Pender County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday.Minx is currently serving an active sentence in the Department of Corrections following a conviction in an unrelated case.last_img read more

Man wanted for Massachusetts shooting arrested in Wilmington

first_img Earlier this month Massachusetts State Police added Liriano to its Most Wanted Fugitives List. According to a news release, MSP said it wanted Liriano on charges of assault and battery with a firearm, armed robbery and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building after a woman was shot in Springfield, MA, on March 5. Investigators say the woman, who was shot in the torso and found in the middle of a street, suffered serious injuries but survived. Springfield Police said their investigation determined Liriano allegedly shot the woman during a robbery. He is also wanted on a separate warrant for breaking and entering, investigators said.Liriano was booked at the New Hanover County Detention Center as a fugitive from justice. He is awaiting extradition to Massachusetts.The US Marshals Task Force is comprised of members of the US Marshals Service, the Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the NC Department of Public Safety. Aleczander Liriano (Photo: Massachusetts State Police) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man wanted for allegedly shooting a woman in Massachusetts has been caught in Wilmington.A spokesman with the US Marshals Service said the Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Aleczander Liriano, 21, during a traffic stop near the intersection of Kerr Avenue and Randall Parkway.- Advertisement – last_img read more

143 families waiting for child protection services

first_img SharePrint The Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS)child protection programme had 143 families on the waiting list for investigations over reports of child protection.The Intake and Family Support service has 78 persons on their waiting-list whilst the Embark4Life and Adolescent Day Programme initiatives have 50 persons each on their waiting-list.47 individuals are on the waiting list for services related to domestic violence and 37 families are waiting for someone who can monitor parents/child meetings. Both services are offered by Aġenzija Appoġġ.From its end, Aġenzija Sedqa has a total of 139 persons that are waiting for different services. 34.5% have alcohol related issues, 11% have drug problems. It also has 54 persons on the waiting list for familyHome based therapeutic services and community services have 49 pending cases.An initial assessment made by qualified social workers establishes the level of urgency for action related to each case.These statistics have been part of a reply made by Minister Michael Falzon to a parliamentary question on FSWS pending cases made by Partit Nazzjonalista MP Ivan Bartolo.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

PA was in breach of freedom of expression when it removed Caruana

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The First Hall of the Civil Court found the Planning Authority acted illegally when it removed a banner placed on Old Bakery Street by the family of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, finding the Authority in breach of the family’s fundamental right to freedom of expression.“We hope that today’s important judgement inspires people to demand that the government respects the law and the inalienable rights of its citizens. We hope, too, that the government will use its power to ensure – and not inhibit – justice for Daphne,” the family said in a statement after Tuesday’s judgement.READ: Caruana Galizias claim PA breached human rightsThe First Hall of the Civil Court in its Constitutional Jurisdiction slammed the Authority for the way it operated and highlighted the lack of paper-trail in the PA’s decision making process.The widower and her three sons had filed a constitutional case against the Planning Authority over the removal of banners from Old Bakery Street placed on private property in March and April.The banners which were affixed to a private property asked the following questions.Why aren’t Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi in prison, Police Commissioner?Why isn’t your wife being investigated by the police, Joseph Muscat?Who paid for Daphne Caruana Galizia to be blown up after she asked these questions?On 3 April, a notice was affixed to the property saying that the banner would be removed as it breached Legal Notice 36 of 2018. The banner was effectively removed on 7 April by the authorities. The family not being aware of the action that was taken by the authorities reported the incident as theft.A second similar banner asking the same questions was affixed to the same property on 15 April which was removed within 12 hours.The court which was presided over by Madam Justice Lorraine Schembri Orland, who held her last sitting before taking up her post at the European Court of Human Rights to which she was elected by the Council of Europe.The court said that the banners in question had a powerful and strong message, which was aimed at persons or institutions which are responsible for the investigation of slain journalist Caruana Galizia and to bring to justice those who have ordered her murder.The court stated that the family has the right to insist that the institutions are accountable.The court noted that the enforcement report was treated as an urgent matter by the Authority.From the testimony given by PA’s CEO Johann Buttigieg it emerged that the work carried out by his office lacks transparency, accountability and clarity required. The removal order was given verbally and was never formally written down.Principal Direct Action Officer, Carmel Gafa described the Authority as “paperless” with decisions taken not minuted in his testimony. Meetings were direct action was decided also were executed without being minuted.When Gafa was asked why there was urgency in this case, he said that there was a certain type of message, with the authority considering it as urgent. However the complaints received were not documented and the no enforcement file was compiled about the case.Gafa said that for him, the billboard contained a message not an advert.The court concluded that the actions of the authority went further than the mandate given to the authority by law, and resulted in the effective censorship of private citizens, and therefore constituted a violation of the plaintiffs rights.The court quoted case law regarding freedom of expression, and said that it is clear that the Planning Authority acted without justification in an arbitrary and abusive way.The court said that it agreed that the message of the banners was political, as the text insisted on the state being held accountable.The court further said that vague and not proven references to reports and complaints on social media, or from unidentified members of the public, are not to be given any importance. Further the court added, that even if there were complaints a democratic society is not led by mob rule, but on principles that give the highest protection to political expression.The court found that there was no pressing social need for the removal of the banners. Further it resulted that the Authority did not carry out an internal exercise to consider the impact of the messages in the framework of higher laws of the contrary, a duty by which is bound as an agent of the state.As a remedy, the court ordered the authority to pay each one of the plaintiffs €5,000.WhatsApplast_img read more

Microsoft kills off Internet Explorer 8 9 and 10 today

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft is ending support for older versions of Internet Explorer, as the company turns its focus to new browser Microsoft Edge.Microsoft is ending support for older versions of its Internet Explorer browser, encouraging Windows users to upgrade to the newest version or begin using new browser Microsoft Edge.From today, January 12, only Internet Explorer 11 will continue to receive technical support and security updates, while 8, 9 and 10 will lose upgrades. – Advertisement – If you’re an owner of one of the 200 million devices currently running Windows 10, you’ll already be using new browser Microsoft Edge. If IE 8, 9 or 10 is your browser of choice, Microsoft is encouraging you to upgrade in order to avoid malicious attacks made possible through vulnerabilities the older browsers may experience once they are no longer regularly updated.IE 11 will keep receiving security updates for the duration of Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.Microsoft announced the demise of IE back in March, ending 19 years of browser history. Project Spartan, now known as Edge, was hailed as a fresh start, following years of negative coverage as IE was overtaken by faster, more efficient rivals including Google’s Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.“This change in name is going to bring with it a raft of psychological improvements for users. Internet Explorer, and referring to it as ‘IE’, generally elicits groans across the board, even with people outside of tech communities. It’s just got negative connotations nowadays, and it will be interesting to see the changes the new name will bring for the brand,” said Jason Liggi, a developer at digital agency Rawnet at the time.[Telegraph]last_img read more

Airtel Kenya to launch 4G by the end of 2016

first_imgAdvertisement Airtel Kenya, has revealed that its aiming to launch 4G LTE services by the end of the year, to enable it to better compete in the high speed mobile data market.The revelation was made by Airtel Kenya CEO, Adil El Youssefi who said that they are working closely with the stakeholders, regulators and the government to ensure that they  launch the 4G network as soon as possible, hopefully this year.The coverage of Airtel’s 3G network, which was launched in February 2012, has been increased to 75% of the population. – Advertisement – Currently Airtel Kenya is the country’s second largest mobile network operator, behind market leader Safaricom but ahead of third-placed Telkom Kenya (Orange).Safaricom is currently the market’s sole provider of LTE services.last_img read more

Google Announces Eligible Devices for the Android 712 Nougat Update Nexus 6P

first_imgAdvertisement In an announcement made by Google’s VP of Engineering; Dave Burke in a post on Android Developer’s blog on Monday, the company released a sneak peek to it’s Android 7.1.2 Nougat update, rolling out a public beta to eligible devices that are enrolled in the Android Beta Program.Eligible devices for the beta program include Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices, while Nexus 6P users have to wait.“Android 7.1.2 is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users, Dave writes.” – Advertisement – Those that would love to try out the public beta of Android 7.1.2 can do so by just enrolling for the Android Beta Programme.If you have an eligible device will get the public beta update in the next few days while those that aren’t enrolled, should visit the website and opt-in eligibility for their Android devices, and will soon receive the public beta update over-the-air.source: Android Developers Blog.last_img read more

Sony PS4 Slim Gold Edition Launched

first_imgAdvertisement The rumours are true. Sony has announced the PS4 Slim Gold Edition. At the moment will be available in the US only but can only be bought from June 9 to June 17. Sony is hyping “additional discounts on software and accessories” albeit not revealing any details just yet.Aside from being gold, it has a price of USD$249 (Roughly 894,000 UGX exclusive of shipping), lower than the USD$299 (Roughly 1.08 million UGX) price point of the standard black PS4 Slim. So far there doesn’t seem to be any plans to bring this specific edition outside of the US with Sony’s European and Indian counterparts yet to announce it for their respective regions.Sony has far better bundles on the store shelves. Particularly its latest offering. 616,000 UGX gets you a PS4 Slim 500GB console, Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, and Driveclub. In addition to this, Sony India is also throwing in a three month subscription to PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) – Sony’s online service that allows you to play multiplayer and grants you access to an assortment of games each month. Not to mention it comes with official warranty and support. – Advertisement – Granted, you’re missing out on an additional 500GB of storage space, but between the PS4 hard drive being simple to replace and support for external hard drives, this is far from an issue.[related-posts]last_img read more

Africell Unveils Sheila Gashumba as the Face of the Triple Data offer

first_imgSheila Gashumba displays the Triple Data symbol. Advertisement On August 23rd, Africell Uganda officially unveiled the #TripleData offer to the Ugandan data market. This launch is in pursuit of Africell’s promise to offer the most competitive voice and data deals to their current and prospective customers countrywide.With #TripleData, the customer gets three times of the data that they buy everyday starting from 200MBs all the way to 1GB available on the bundle USSD *133*8#.To give image and attach personality to Triple Data, Africell has signed top TV personality Sheilah Gashumba as Ambassador for a year-long contract. – Advertisement – According to Africell’s Commercial Director Milad Khairallah “Sheilah is a credible personality having been our customer from day one. She properly understands the brand and is able to disseminate the information to the rest of our customers”.Sheilah also properly fits the excitement this entire campaign is. As a person, she’s an over achiever for her age. She started her screen career at only 13 and has kept it clean to the top.The #TripleData offer starts at 200MBs which Africell triples to 600MBs, 300MBs which triples to 900MBs and 1GB which becomes 3GB at no extra cost. This according to Africell is in response to Ugandan’s demand for an all inclusive data offer as exciting as their signature social bundle – SWIFT – launched three months back.“Our customers are key in all our innovations and Triple Data is another such offer. While the normal way elsewhere is that companies create what they think is right for their business needs, Africell is changing all that. We listen to our customers and create exactly what they ask for,” Milad Khairallah, Africell Commercial Director says.Africell has over the years been ranked the best telecom with the fastest internet speeds, a fact they have cemented with the wide 4G LTE coverage and unmatched speeds.“We have developed this product for over three months now, sampled it and rebuilt it in order to rule out any glitches in the system. We now firmly believe that Triple Data is ready and will be a favourite for our customers,” Milad concluded.Sheila Gashumba said she was “elated about the role and recognition that Africell was offering”. She will join Bebe Cool, David Lutalo, Sheebah Karungi, Ziza Bafana as other Africell Brand Ambassadors.“Africell’s Triple Data bundle is the real deal for all subscribers looking to get more value at a lesser cost” she concludedlast_img read more

Huawei Starts Off Implementing Underground Internet Cables of the NBI Phase IV

first_imgNITA’s Director eGovernment services; Peter Kahigi briefs President Museveni on the new installed ICT infrastructure at St Charles secondary school one of the beneficiaries of the project. Photo/PPU Advertisement As we reported before, President Museveni over the weekend launched the Phase IV of the National Back bone infrastructure project (NBI). The project is spear-headed by the National Information and Technology Association of Uganda (NITA-U) funded by the World Bank.The Project seeks to connect districts and towns across the country via an optical fibre cable network. This looks at reducing the cost of the internet, support delivery of secure e-Government services as well as enhance communications services in Uganda.The districts to benefit from this phase iv include; Pakwach, Nebbi, Arua, Yumbe, Koboko, Adjumani, Katakwi and the boarder points of, Oraba, Vurra and Mpondwe. In – Advertisement – President Museveni said it was important for West Nile to have underground internet cables because the facility would make work faster, efficient and easier.“These computers that work like human brains need to be connected by underground cables. We already did this in Kampala. We need to have the same done for West Nile. This is very important because it will help auditors and accountants get international jobs without moving to other countries,” said Museveni.H.E President Yoweri Museveni speaking at the official launch of the NBI Project in Koboko district at St Charles secondary school on Saturday May, 11th 2019.The implementation of the internet underground cables will be done by Huawei. Huawei is no stranger when it comes to playing its role in the country’s developmental growth.The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, thanked the World Bank and Huawei for extending the internet connectivity to West Nile and Karamoja. He noted that the project had not only brought about connectivity but also employment opportunities.NITA Uganda spokesperson; Steven Kirenga applauded Huawei, saying; said “The contractor Huawei are a global contractor with extensive experience and expertise in such work.”Kirenga added that the Phase IV which ends in 20 months’ time, will be done professionally and competently. Thus, believes Huawei will do a great job at this.The connectivity will see 1100 new government locations connected by the end of the next financial year.“We already have 414 government connections on the internet, including local governments and other government offices,” said Kirenga.In his concluding remarks, President Museveni said, “Connecting underground cables would make learning in schools easier and lessen the burden of parents buying books for their children since they would just connect and search from the computer.”Students will be introduced to e-Learning materials that they could use instead of parents incurring more expenses in buying reading materials, such as books.[related-posts]last_img read more


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