The amendments on the meaningful vote today were s

first_imgThe amendments on the meaningful vote today were subject to the Speaker selecting them. This afternoon, John Bercow decided not to select any of the amendments thought to have gained approval within government, in a move that will only make his poor relations with the executive even worse, if that is possible.The Commons speaker opted to select the following four amendments:Jeremy Corbyn, Labour (A): rejects May’s deal in favour of Labour’s alternative plan including customs union membership; Sir Edward Leigh, Conservative (B): asks the government to withdraw from the Withdrawal Agreement if the EU will not remove the backstop;John Baron, Conservative (F): approves the deal only if the UK can exit the backstop unilaterally;Ian Blackford, SNP (K): rejects May’s deal and calls for extension of Article 50.They will be taken in the following order: A, K, B, F.Read the full text of all the amendments on the order paper here. Speaker Bercow today decided not to select the Brexit amendment tabled by the ‘inbetweener’ Labour MPs who have gone back and forth on whether to vote for Theresa May’s deal. The change, which aimed to guarantee workers’ rights and environmental protections in a future relationship with the EU, was thought to have the support of government.Although they laid down an amendment that would only take effect if the meaningful vote passed, not all the signatories intended to vote for May’s deal tonight. The amendment related to the political declaration section of May’s divorce deal, i.e. the non-legally binding part. It was therefore considered to be a starting point for negotiations between MPs and the executive on future trade arrangements, rather than a way of helping May win support for her deal now.However, the amendment did represent significant efforts to build bridges between Downing Street and Labour MPs on Brexit. Despite being shot down by the Labour leadership, as Corbyn’s office noted that the proposals were non-binding and other critics such as IPPR’s Tom Kibasi pointed out that the Withdrawal Agreement already includes non-regression clauses on rights, the amendment could have marked the beginning of further talks between the government and opposition members.Amendment ‘P’ was laid down by the following MPs:John Mann (will vote for May’s deal)Gareth Snell (will vote against May’s deal)Caroline Flint (unconfirmed)Lisa Nandy (will vote against May’s deal)Frank Field (will vote for May’s deal; now sits as an Independent)Jim Fitzpatrick (will vote for May’s deal)The full text of the amendment:At end, add “agrees with paragraph 79 of the Political Declaration that the future relationship must ensure open and fair competition and that provisions to ensure this should cover state aid, competition, social and employment standards, environmental standards, climate change, and relevant tax matters, building on the level playing field arrangements provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement and commensurate with the overall economic relationship; and determines not to allow the UK leaving the EU to result in any lowering after exit day of common EU UK standards provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement in relation to employment, environmental protection and health and safety which will continue to protect the wellbeing of every person in this country; and determines that the government should invite the House to consider any measure approved by EU institutions after exit day which strengthens any of these protections.”last_img read more

ITS been a busy week for Royce Simmons his team

first_imgIT’S been a busy week for Royce Simmons, his team and Saints Media Department ahead of the Grand Final.As well as the plethora of TV, Radio and Newspaper interviews, Sky Sports and Granada have filmed training and Sky Sports News covered a community training session today.Trans World Sport, one of the world’s most popular sports programmes, which is broadcasted in over 180 countries and to 300 million homes, will also feature the club in this week’s programme. The show will be available on the Sky Sports platform later this week.Saints Fanzone has video and audio clips building up to the final and the main site alongside Saints Official Facebook and Twitter sites will be the places to be ahead of the big game.And, England coach Steve McNamara, along with the Super League trophy, will be in London on Thursday promoting this Saturday’s Engage Super League Grand Final, when St Helens take on Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford.McNamara will be on a whistlestop tour of the capital visiting many of the national media outlets. He will feature live on BBC Breakfast on BBC 1 and BBC News Channel, BBC Radio Five Live Breakfast, BBC Radio Four Today Programme and there will be cameo appearances on TalkSPORT’s afternoon programme and Sky Sports News. His day will be capped off as a live guest on one of the UK’s most popular radio shows BBC Radio Two’s Simon Mayo Show from 6.30pm.Meanwhile, BBC Radio Five Live Sport will broadcast live from Old Trafford on Saturday. The popular sports radio show, hosted by Mark Chapman, will broadcast in full for the first time from BBC’s new home MediaCityUK in Salford and also live from Old Trafford with the match being broadcast in full.In addition, Five Live Sport will have a full preview of the Grand Final on Thursday night from 7.30pm with guests from both St Helens, including assistant coach Keiron Purtill, and Leeds on the programme.Sky Sports will commence their coverage of the Super League Grand Final on Saturday from 5pm with a full hour build up to the big kick off and for the first time the Grand Final will be shown on Sky 3D.Tickets for the 2011 Engage Super League Grand Final cost from just £21 and are available by calling the Saints Ticket Office on 01744 455 052 or by calling into Saints Town Centre Store in the Brownlow Arcade.last_img read more

NATHAN Brown says Widnes Vikings are a side to be

first_imgNATHAN Brown says Widnes Vikings are a side to be reckoned with this season.Saints will travel to the Select Stadium tomorrow to face Denis Betts’ resurgent side.And although both teams head into the game on the back of a rare loss, the match is set to be a cracker.“They attack well and challenge you right across the park,” Brown said. “Denis has them going well.”Saints and Widnes will ring the changes after a bruising derbies on Friday.Both coaches also have one eye on next weekend’s big Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth round ties.Leeds host Saints whilst Widnes travel to Salford.“The reality is we’re both in the same boat and have a cup game coming up,” Brown continued. “We have plans in place for the Easter weekend but we’ll have to see who pulls up.“There are a number of players who need to play on Monday and play well. There are a number of people who need to get out there and put in a good performance so they then can go into the Leeds game with plenty of confidence.“Thankfully, us and Widnes and Leeds are in same boat when it comes to choosing our teams.”last_img read more

NATHAN Brown wants Saints to continue their good r

first_imgNATHAN Brown wants Saints to continue their good run of form when they face Warrington at the Magic Weekend this Sunday.His side head into the contest just a point behind Leeds on the Super League ladder having scored 17 tries in their last two games.And he expects nothing but a massive clash.“We’re looking forward to the game against Warrington,” he said. “It is a big occasion on a big field against a big team. It will be a real challenge and we will be going there wanting to put in a big performance.“They have experienced personnel and over the last four to five years when they haven’t won a trophy they have been in a Grand Final. They are a quality side and like us have been playing younger players too. It will be good to see those guys going against each other.“This is an important game so for us.”Saints expect to welcome back Jordan Turner for the game – and Brown also indicated the squad would be similar to the one that beat Bradford 50-0.“I was pleased with that result,” he added. “We’ve worked hard in the last few weeks and focused hard on our defence and how we can improve it. To keep Bradford to nil was pleasing.“We’ve scored some nice tries recently and if you look at the year as a whole our attack has gone reasonably well but it is the defence that has let us down.“If you look at the ‘for’ column on the ladder, ourselves, Leeds and Wigan have a reasonably similar attack but in defence Leeds are better than everyone.“If we want to compete with them then that is an area we need to be much better in. On the weekend things worked out well but now we have to get some consistency.“For the first six weeks our defence was as good as anyone’s, then we have had a month when things haven’t been good enough. Leeds have had that consistency.”Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by logging on here or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

Man charged with dozens of child sex crimes in two counties

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Rocky Point man is in jail charged with dozens of child sex crimes in two counties.According to a news release the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and Kure Beach Police Department in New Hanover County began investigating Jason Lee Ramsey, 39, after getting a report from the alleged victim.- Advertisement – Kure Beach Police charged Ramsey with indecent liberties with a child and statutory rape. Ramsey is scheduled to make a first appearance in New Hanover County Court Monday on the Kure Beach charges.Pender County investigators have also charged him with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, four counts of statutory sex offense and 36 counts of indecent liberties with a child. He is due in court in Pender County Tuesday to face those charges.Ramsey is in custody in the Pender County Jail under $2.1 million bond.Related Article: Judge scolds man for laughing about gross salsa violationThe sheriff’s office says the investigation continues.last_img read more

Highspeed chase leads to marijuana bust in Columbus County

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An 8-month long undercover investigation led to a high-speed chase that ended in a Columbus County cornfield.According to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, they discovered Michael Tyrone Brown, 34, was bringing marijuana in from Georgia.- Advertisement – Officials say Brown ran off the road, collided with a ditch and drove through a corn field before stopping.The sheriff’s office says he had a large duffel bag containing 25 pounds of marijuana.Brown face charges including:Related Article: Man strikes ‘Karate Kid’ pose before reportedly stealing purse1 count of Felony Flee to Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle2 counts of Felony Trafficking in Marijuana1 count of Misdemeanor Injury to Trees/Crops/LandsFailure to Stop for a Stop Sign/ Flashing Red LightDriving Left of CenterFictitious/Altered Title/Registration Card/TagDriving While License RevokedBrown’s passenger, Tabor Eilene Moss, is charged with two counts of Felony Trafficking in Marijuana.They are being held in the Columbus County Detention Center. Brown’s bond is $60,000. Moss’s bond is $50,000.last_img read more

Police Man back in custody after escaping from Pender Co jail

first_img Shanahan said officers took Tew-Creech into custody early Thursday morning for active drug warrants from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. He said Tew-Creech was also in possession of heroin during the time of arrest.Shanahan said Tew-Creech was then transported to the Pender County magistrate’s office. While at the magistrate’s office, the chief said Tew-Creech was placed on a secured bond. A release order was given to the Surf City Police Officer who was waiting in the lobby to turn the prisoner over to the jailer when Tew-Creech ran.Shanahan said Tew-Creech had no known history of violence.Related Article: Southport police officer appears in court, affidavit reveals more detailsThe Surf City Police Department says they are currently reviewing all known facts surrounding this incident to see if proper policy and procedures were followed.The Surf City Police Department, Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, and the Burgaw Police Department all assisted in the incident.His charges including Resisting, obstruct and delay of officer, driving while license revoked, possession drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin.His bond is currently $35,000, according the jail’s website. 00:00 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 PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Police say the man who escaped from officers while being booked in jail this morning is now back in custody.Surf City Police Chief Ron Shanahan said at approximately 1:15 p.m., officials with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office located Christopher Scott Tew-Creech near the 4000 block of Stag Park Road.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pet Pals 3yearold Calico looking for family to join

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This weeks Pet Pal is a sweet and shy cat looking for a family to join.Shelter staff say she can be timid and shy, but also active and playful. Staff also say that she’s very affectionate once she warms up to you.- Advertisement – She’d do better in a family with no other pets.To meet her, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. County residents can adopt for $70. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.last_img read more

Brunswick County student named NCASA Student of the Year

first_img “She is one of those self-motivated people and a giver,” BCEHS Principal Cheri Skaggs said. “She sees a need and steps up to fill it.”Each year the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) recognizes one middle school and one high school student for their outstanding performance and contributions in support of scholastic activities sponsored by NCASA.Wood has served as captain of the Dance Ensemble for two years and has participated in the Show Choir club for three years. She assists with choreography and instruction in both groups. Her dedication and leadership skills earned her the nomination from her Dance Ensemble sponsor Angela Jordan and her principal. Brunswick Early College High School senior Savannah Wood was named NC Association of Scholastic Activities Student of the Year for 2019. (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A student from Brunswick County recently earned a statewide honor.Savannah Wood, a senior at Brunswick Early College High School, has been named Student of the Year by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Fantasy sports regulation advances in North Carolina House

first_imgFantasy sports (Photo: MGN Online) RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A repeat effort to regulate popular fantasy sports games in North Carolina advanced through a House panel on Wednesday, two years after a similar effort was derailed.The House Commerce Committee voted for the measure, which would require companies that operate fantasy sports to pay registration fees to the state and abide by some rules. Failing to comply could result in fines of up to $10,000 or registration revocation.- Advertisement – A 2017 bill directing registration by the Secretary of State’s Office didn’t get enough support, in part because social conservatives complained it would further legitimize gambling in the state.This year’s measure also contains the creation of a new state Gaming Commission that would consolidate state oversight of the state lottery, bingo, raffles and boxing from several agencies, in addition to the fantasy games. Some House Republicans had sought this kind of consolidation in 2017. These activities are currently regulated by separate lottery and boxing commissions and state law enforcement agencies.The fantasy contests usually entail creating lineups of players from professional sports leagues. The fantasy participants, with daily, weekly and season-long games, score points and win cash prizes on individual statistical performances.Related Article: Newton says he’ll be ready to play vs Browns; coach unsureRep. Harry Warren, a Rowan County Republican and chief bill co-sponsor, said games operated by outfits such as FanDuel and DraftKings already are “going on, and with or without this bill it’ll continue to go on. This bill would create a commission that would actually regulate it.”This year’s measure, which passed with but a few “no” votes, also likely benefited from seat turnover after the 2018 elections, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that opens the door to legalized sports gambling in the states. The bill would direct the new commission to study the feasibility of direct betting on sporting events, permitting online lottery games and regulating steeplechase races.While fantasy sports contests are operating in most states, not all of them have formally legalized the industry.“Fantasy sports is happening all over the country,” said Sean Ostrow, a lawyer representing DraftKings, FanDuel, the NFL, the PGA Tour and the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office. He said he anticipates the commission would limit play to adults and bar fantasy sports company workers from playing in contests the company offers: “It makes sense to have some consumer protections and guardrails around it.”Still, the measure makes plain that fantasy sports contests don’t meet the state’s legal definition of gambling or any illegal activity.John Rustin, executive director of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, told the committee the contests are clearly gambling based on the number of variables in the sporting events that are beyond the control of participants.“The elements of chance predominate over the elements of skill,” Rustin said in urging the committee to oppose the fantasy sports portions on the measure. Rustin also said the monetary penalties were too low and worried that language in the legislation exempted these firms from criminal laws.Rep. Deb Butler, a New Hanover County Democrat, said she would support the measure if it included taxing a portion of fantasy sports revenues and setting aside more money to address problem gambling. Warren responded they would be considered.The bill must clear three more committees before reaching the House floor. If approved, it would have to pass the Senate.last_img read more

George W Bush to Visit Facebook HQ for Live Video QA

first_imgAdvertisement Like other Facebook Live events, users will have an opportunity to ask Bush questions, though at this point it’s unclear how the event will be moderated or who will be asking user’s questions.While this will be the first appearance of Bush (or any President) on Facebook Live, the 43rd President has been on the site since June, when he setup a Facebook page. The page currently has more than 600,000 fans and is being used to promote the book and Bush’s various media appearances. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Emerging Markets Are Driving Adoption Of Mobile Internet – Logikal

first_imgNokia Asha has been a popular phone in the East African region Advertisement This situation is already the norm in many African countries, where the low penetration of landline phone connections has led to the exponential increase in the adoption of mobile phones, and where subsequently many consumers who had not been able to go online are using these devices to access the Internet.“Emerging markets are driving the adoption levels of not only mobile telephony, but also Internet access through these mobile devices,” says Gerald Naidoo, CEO of Logikal Consulting.“Access to the Internet through a mobile handset is predominantly incremental in emerging markets, whereas it is supplementary in developed markets. For companies looking to reach global customers, the mobile Internet is just an additional channel in mature markets but is the chief point of entry in many emerging markets.”This understanding has formed the basis of the company’s approach in its African territories, particularly in Nigeria, one of the continent’s biggest growth markets. Working with its partner company, Interlogikal West Africa, Logikal Consulting is using its expertise in mobile application development to help Nigerian businesses access this rapidly expanding market.Chairman of Interlogikal, Etim Amana, explains that mobile apps and content are becoming the primary way people do their work. “This represents a fundamental computing shift that is as significant as the transition from mainframes to PCs. With the proliferation of smartphones in Nigeria, we have effectively leapfrogged laptops and PCs. The new channel for businesses to reach their target markets is mobile.” – Advertisement – Mobile application development has therefore become an integral part of Interlogikal’s offering to its customers in Nigeria, but Amana points out that the increasing need for mobile apps in Nigeria has led to a proliferation of apps with very little strategic focus behind them. “A proper mobile application strategy is essential in order to achieve the right results and to ensure that the focus of the applications is achieving the business goals,” he says.“The most important consideration is who the users of the app are, and to ensure it is tailored to their needs. The first step is to look at the underlying solution architecture for the service to ensure it will support the volume, speed, etc. necessary to perform the task appropriately. Security and analytics become the next considerations. Our enterprise customers that offer mobile platforms to users that are able to manage user analytics effectively are having much greater success with their outcomes.”In addition, scalability is essential. In the BlackBerry era, a small percentage of employees carried smartphones, and they each used one application: wireless email. In the post-BlackBerry era, employees are carrying a multitude of mobile devices, and collectively use hundreds of apps to do their work. The task of provisioning hundreds of apps to thousands of people has become overwhelming, so Amana says that companies must manage the growth of mobile applications in, and for, their businesses.“The standard interface controls and interaction techniques are very different between different mobile devices, and specialist development is essential to avoid the trap of trying to shape the user experience based on a ‘website view of the world’.As companies consider their mobile app development strategy, one critical decision is what type of app they need to deploy, while a second critical decision is how they will deploy those apps. They must link the development strategy with mobile device management. Companies that can achieve this will effectively leverage the explosive growth of apps to help drive marketing, sales, and customer service,” Amana concludes.Source:IT NEWS AFRICAlast_img read more

Power of One donation campaign harnesses the latest web and mobile technology

first_imgAdvertisement Novartis and Malaria No More, a leading global charity determined to end malaria deaths, announced today that they are joining forces on the Power of One campaign to help close the treatment gap and accelerate progress in the fight against malaria. Over the next three years, Novartis will support the campaign financially and also donate up to three million full courses of its pediatric antimalarial drug to match the treatments donated by the public, doubling the impact of these donations.“We believe that this innovative campaign will help speed malaria elimination,” said Joseph Jimenez, Novartis Chief Executive Officer. “Novartis has been striving towards this goal for more than a decade, and we just reached the milestone of providing 600 million treatments without profit to patients in malaria-endemic countries. No one should die from malaria today.”Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, yet a child dies from malaria every minute. This is against a backdrop of global funding gaps and concern that the gains made to defeat the disease could be reversed. The Power of One campaign aims to address this need by closing the global treatment gap between now and the end of 2015 through direct donations and existing government commitments. – Advertisement – “The Power of One campaign challenges the global public to help close the global treatment gap for malaria; Every dollar raised will buy and deliver a full course of life-saving child treatment,” said Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More. “We are delighted to be partnering with forward-thinking companies like Novartis to help end deaths from this disease—one dollar and one child at a time.”Novartis has joined the Power of One campaign with some of the world’s most innovative companies, including Alere who will be providing malaria rapid diagnostic tests, along with Time Warner, Twitter and others. The campaign will use the latest social, mobile, and e-commerce technologies to rally the global public to contribute to the campaign.“Malaria is a complex issue and needs a multi-pronged collaborative approach. We can’t solve a problem like this on our own,” said Linus Igwemezie, Head of the Novartis Malaria Initiative. “Through partnerships, with organizations like Malaria No More, we can speed up progress toward the ultimate goal of malaria elimination.”Power of One will officially launch in the fall. Until then and to mark the announcement of this campaign, the first 10,000 people to sign up and register their interest on the Power of One website at will help provide a treatment to a child with a confirmed case of malaria in Africa.Novartis reaches 600 million treatment deliveriesPower of One builds on the Novartis Malaria Initiative’s efforts to eliminate malaria. Since 2001, a key focus of the company’s commitment has been to supply its artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) to malaria-endemic countries. Novartis is proud to announce today that it has delivered 600 million ACT treatments without profit to the public sector of more than 60 malaria-endemic countries. This includes the provision of more than 150 million treatments of the Novartis antimalarial especially developed for children. Never before have so many treatments been distributed in such a short time frame to assist children suffering from malaria.The Novartis Malaria Initiative is one of the largest access-to-medicine programs in the healthcare industry. Moving forward, Novartis is committed to malaria elimination by driving the development of the next generation antimalarials, with currently two new classes of anti-malaria drugs in development. The most advanced compound is in Phase II clinical trials.last_img read more

EAC Adopts New ICT Policy

first_imgAdvertisement The East African Community (EAC) secretariat has adopted an Information Communication (ICT) policy which will enhance modern internal operations that will also enable easy linkage of information to partner states.During a three-day stakeholder’s workshop to review the draft EAC corporate ICT and website/portal policy held recently in Moshi, Tanzania, officials underscored the importance of the policy saying that it would lead to better performance and faster decision making processes within the community.“The ICT policy and procedures would act as a reference guide on proper use and maintenance of ICT systems at the headquarters” the EAC Principal Administrative Officer, Abdul Katabaro said. – Advertisement – He added that the policy should guide electronic information exchange between the EAC organs, institutions and partner states and the rest of the world, and to contain disaster recovery plans to ensure continuous availability of ICT services at the EAC.Katabaro reiterated EAC’s commitment to ensure that information and communication technology is developed to the highest possible levels and applied effectively in order to enhance performance within the community.Emmanuel Dusenge, an official from the Ministry In-charge of Science and Technology, Office of the President, informed the workshop that Rwanda had eagerly embraced ICT and was striving to become the regional ICT hub. He called upon the delegates to emulate Rwanda’s experience to develop ICT in their respective countries.Aggrey Nkondola, the EAC Principal Information Technology Officer promised that the EAC secretariat will develop the necessary ICT operational procedure guidelines for the users.The final draft policy document covers all aspects of ICT related issues at the EAC, including management, roles and responsibilities, infrastructure, environment, website and web portal, security, human resource development, as well as health and safety.Other topics discussed include management, security and human resource development.last_img read more

Facebook and Jumia inspire Nigerian entrepreneurs with growth ideas

first_imgAdvertisement Last Thursday, Facebook and Jumia Nigeria partnered to host the first ‘Boost Your Business’ event in Nigeria at the Landmark Event Centre.More than 500 Nigerian entrepreneurs gathered to network, hear about marketing best practices, and learn about how they can use Facebook and Jumia to grow their businesses.The event served as a rallying call for Nigerian entrepreneurs, who have an invaluable role to play in growing the country’s economy. – Advertisement – The one-day workshop provided entrepreneurs and business owners with best practices and advice from top business owners, illustrating how using Facebook and Jumia can help them maximise sales on Black Friday, this Friday 27th of November. The first 200 people that registered each received a N5,000 voucher for Facebook Ads.The backbone of the economy“We enjoyed sharing our ideas at last week’s workshop about how effective, easy to use, and mobile social media solutions can help Nigerian entrepreneurs accelerate the growth of their businesses,” said Nunu Ntshingila, Head of Facebook Africa.“SMEs are the backbone of Nigeria’s economy and encouraging entrepreneurial activity is critical to its growth and development. As of May this year, more than half the people on Facebook in Nigeria were connected to an SME.”Added Jeremy Doutte, CEO of Jumia Africa: “Jumia is proud to partner with Facebook in Nigeria for the very first time. We are delighted to host an event for the booming Nigerian business community and our sellers in particular, providing them with a better understanding of how they can use Jumia and Facebook to grow their businesses exponentially.Black Friday is also around the corner and we have been witnessing already 100 times more traction on our website than the traction we had last year for this sale. This event was thus an opportunity for us to bring our sellers together, and coach them on how to make the most of Black Friday”With more than 15 million monthly active mobile users, 16 million total monthly active users, and 7.1 million daily active users in Nigeria, Facebook is the mobile solution for Nigerian businesses of all sizes.Facebook is where customers spend their time“SMEs are the engines for job growth in the world economy, accounting for 80% of jobs worldwide.As a platform that democratises marketing, Facebook can help small businesses to reach their full potential,” says Ebele Okobi, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy for Africa. “We give them a platform to advertise where customers already spend their time and make it easy for small businesses to communicate with people anytime, anywhere.”Nigerian start-ups and small businesses are already benefitting from the way that Facebook helps them to talk to customers in an affordable, personalised manner. Jay Osbie Clothing, a seller on Jumia for example, is using Facebook to promote its brand for fashion-forward men and bring interested customers back to his shop on Jumia.“Facebook is significantly cheaper than other channels. Actually, it’s not even comparable,” says Jay Osbie, the founder.  His Facebook page ( has 6,500 fans and his Instagram page ( has 1,800 followers.Jay produces strong visual content and reached an Average Relevance score of 7 out of 10. He also recently ran link ads and paid $260 for 14k clicks ($0.02 per click).Girly Essentials, a one-stop shop for affordable and unique women’s products, has 176,000 fans on Facebook ( and 3,200 followers on Instagram ( It’s all about building a community, says founder Chinma Nwaozuzu, adding, “People ask how I’ve grown my business – I say Facebook – ads on Facebook.”Chinma does not have a team of people; “it is only Chinma!” she says and adds that she has grown her business by building trust through building a community first.last_img read more

Raspberry Pi has launched an insanely small and cheap new computer

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi Zero boasts some pretty impressive specs, despite its price point. Image Credit: Element14 Advertisement Budget-computer company Raspberry Pi has launched a crazily cheap and small new computer.Pictured above, it’s called the Raspberry Pi Zero, and it costs just $5 (£3.30).It boasts some pretty impressive specs, despite its price point. It comes with a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and can output to a 1080p screen using HDMI at 60 frames a second. There is no onboard storage at all, but it comes with a Micro SD card slot so users can pick how much memory they think they need. – Advertisement – To put those figures into context, the iPhone 4 — which launched in 2010 — also had 512MB of RAM, and only had an 800MHz processor.To actually use this thing, users will need to plug in their own screen, mouse, and keyboard, and by default it runs the operating system Raspbian — a version of Linux. With that done, it would operate much like any “normal” desktop computer.Its size and cost also makes it an attractive candidate for building DIY “connected” objects. A user could buy a handful and rig them up to various sensors in order to turn their house into a “smart home.” Older versions of the Raspberry Pi have been used for exactly this purpose.“We’ve gone from the cost of four lattes to the cost of one latte,” says Raspberry Pi Trading CEO Eben Upton in a video introducing the device.[related-posts]In fact, it’s so small, and so cheap, that the company is giving it away as a freebie in Magpi, the official Raspberry Pi magazine. “We’re the first computer magazine ever to give away a computer as a cover gift,” Upton claims.The Raspberry Pi Zero showing on the “The Magpi Magazine”. Image Credit: RecanthaThe first Raspberry Pi was launched in 2012, and the company’s mission is to produce low-cost devices to introduce people to the world of computer science. Nominally aimed at kids, the budget computers have become beloved by hobbyists.“Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important,” says a company blog post introducing the Pi Zero. “Even in the developed world, a programmable computer is a luxury item for a lot of people, and every extra dollar that we ask someone to spend decreases the chance that they’ll choose to get involved.”[Business Insider]last_img read more

GSMA Announces Tanzania Rural Connectivity Project

first_imgAdvertisement At Mobile 360 – Africa, the GSMA today announced the launch of the first active infrastructure sharing initiative in East Africa between mobile network operators Airtel, Millicom and Vodacom.The mobile network operators have committed to launch six 3G pilot sites across the country to test the sustainable provision of mobile broadband services to 13 million un-derserved people across rural areas of Tanzania.“This cooperation between the Tanzanian mobile network operators demonstrates that the industry is committed to connecting the unconnected – particularly the millions living in rural areas – and enabling them to gain access to essential internet services,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA. “Digital inclusion has become a strategic priority for operators and the government alike. Building on the 17 million citizens who currently access the internet, this initiative will focus on the remaining 13 million citizens in Tanzania yet to be connected to the internet.” – Advertisement – The mobile telephony market in Tanzania has grown significantly and, as of the end of 2015, there were over 17 million individual mobile subscribers, accounting for 34 million connections across the country. While mobile growth in Tanzania has been substantial, large sections of society are still left out of the digital realm.Tanzania’s population of 49 million people is widely dispersed, with 69% of the population living in rural regions. As population density in rural wards varies significantly, operators have so far been able to deploy their 2G networks to up to 85% of the population, while 3G network deployment is mostly limited to urban areas, resulting in only 35% of the population being covered and able to access the mobile internet.The agreement is the result of a year-long collaboration between the GSMA Connected Society programme, the three local operators and the government of Tanzania. The pilots are structured around a replicable methodology to roll out mobile broadband networks, providing critical access to the unconnected, and the GSMA expects to launch similar projects in other markets over the next three years.Granryd concluded, “To connect the unconnected, governments with large rural communities need to promote the acceleration of national broadband coverage by releasing low-frequency spectrum, incentivising commercial sharing arrangements to facilitate infrastructure roll-out in rural areas, and creating an enabling taxation environment in order to deliver the mobile internet, even in the most challenging of places.”last_img read more


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STAR PREVIEW Everton v Spurs

first_imgThe relentless brilliance of Manchester City and Liverpool has dominated the attention at the top of the Premier League, but it is to Tottenham’s credit that they are still on the tails of the leaders as we enter Christmas.The gap between them and Liverpool has extended slowly – it’s nine points – but they are still on track for another year of Champions League football and they have reached the last sixteen of the competition to boot this season, all this with their new stadium to be opened soon.Everton, who are in the thick of the fight to be ‘best of the rest’ – and that might mean sixth – have made some good improvements over the summer but have also hit a sticky patch, with no wins in their last four.There was little they could have done against Manchester City but the week before they were lucky that Lucas Digne rescued them with a late free kick and Theo Walcott should have been given offside in the build-up to Richarlison’s opener.However, with the quality of Richarlison upfront and Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernardo and Theo Walcott in behind, Everton don’t need to dominate to score goals and they have failed to score only once in their last four, against a Liverpool side that has let in just seven goals this season.Tottenham’s claims are obvious. They have won their last four in the league and gained perfect revenge against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup when Dele Alli and Christian Erisken were the standout performers, and whist they had to wait until the last minute to get three points against Burnley they dominated the majority of that game.Everton v Tottenham HotspurPremier League16:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)JAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 4-0 EvertonSEP 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-3 TottenhamMAR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 3-2 EvertonAUG 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-1 TottenhamJAN 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-1 TottenhamAUG 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-0 EvertonMAY 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-1 TottenhamNOV 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-1 EvertonFEB 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-0 EvertonNOV 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-0 TottenhamIn the shape of the aforementioned Alli and Erisken, aligned with Harry Kane and Heung-Son Min, Spurs have the weapons to strike at an Everton defence that has sometimes been opened up too easily, and 13/10 is big about the third best team in the country and the second best team on the road in the table.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK SPURS 5 points at 13/10 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 180.28 pointslast_img read more

More than half of Kentuckys mayoral elections unopposed

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduMore than half of Kentucky’s mayoral elections unopposedReport from Rice’s Kinder Institute also finds that opposed mayoral elections tend not to be close HOUSTON – (May 16, 2016) – More than half of Kentucky’s mayoral elections are unopposed, according to a new report from the Center for Local Elections in American Politics (LEAP), part of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The research also finds that contested mayoral elections tend not to be close.Photo credit: Shutterstock.The report, “Mayoral Elections in Kentucky 2010-2014,” examines a host of indicators regarding mayoral elections in the Bluegrass State. The data for the report include 721 mayoral general elections and 43 primary elections held between November 2010 and November 2014. There were nine unique election dates, including primaries and special elections. Of the mayoral general elections, 700 were nonpartisan and 21 were partisan; approximately 96 percent of general elections were held simultaneously with a midterm election, while the remainder were held simultaneously with a presidential election. On average, turnout for mayoral elections in these years was 38 percent.The study’s key finding revealed a noticeable lack of competition. More than half of Kentucky’s mayoral elections – 57.4 percent – were unopposed, meaning the lone person who sought the office was elected. In addition, when there was more than one candidate, mayoral elections tended not to be close, with the average margin of victory at around 24 percentage points. The incidence of unopposed elections was particularly high in suburban municipalities, where more than two-thirds of mayoral contests were uncontested.John Lappie, a postdoctoral research fellow for LEAP and the study’s lead author, said that this lack of competition has serious implications for local government in Kentucky.“When we see that such an overwhelming share of mayoral contests in these cities present voters with no actual choices, we can only describe the health of local democracy in these cities as poor,” he said.  “There seems little probability of holding local government accountable when there is no competition.”The report noted that the lack of challengers is even more troubling in the suburban municipalities located within the Louisville metropolitan government, which has been consolidated since 2003. In this area, 85 percent of mayoral races did not include competitors.  Melissa Marschall, director of LEAP and a professor of political science at Rice, said that the decision to retain the municipal governments of the suburbs of Louisville was “no doubt a compromise that alleviated the fears of suburbanites at the time of consolidation.” However, she noted that it has left a class of city with “very light competition, perhaps negligible functional responsibility and a questionable raison d’être.”  “This is a problem of such importance that it should be redressed,” Marschall said. “We cannot say so definitely here, but it seems likely that the lack of contested elections leads to a lack of accountability. Whether or not corruption is higher in these cities than elsewhere we cannot say with our data. However, we can say that there is little defense against corrupt officials when competition, and therefore public attention to city government, is so low. Perhaps steps should be taken to increase political awareness in the metropolitan government suburbs. Or powers could be extended to these cities that would make their governments more important, attracting both the civic-minded and the progressively ambitious to seek public office. On the more extreme end, perhaps the suburban city governments within the Louisville Metro serve little purpose and could be abolished.”The report also includes the following findings:Turnout was higher in suburban Kentucky communities as opposed to rural municipalities (that is, cities in rural areas).Incumbents running for re-election in Kentucky were generally assured of re-election. This was especially true in suburban communities, where 90 percent of incumbent mayors were re-elected.The Kentucky study is the second of several reports on municipal elections to be released in 2016 by the Kinder Institute’s Center for Local Elections in American Politics. Forthcoming reports will examine trends in municipal contests in Indiana, Virginia, Louisiana, Minnesota, South Carolina, North Carolina and Washington.The researchers hope the Kentucky report and forthcoming reports will provide helpful analysis to policymakers seeking ways to improve political participation and strengthen local democracy in America.A grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided support for the research. The full report is available online at and -30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Executive summary, report and additional materials are available at for Local Elections in American Politics:’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research: Institute Twitter handle: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation website: link: credit: Shutterstock. Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to AddThislast_img read more