A local authority has employed the outsourcing gia

first_imgA local authority has employed the outsourcing giant Capita to clear a backlog of annual reviews of its service-users’ care packages, in an apparent attempt to cut costs and help fill a hole in its budget.The “pilot project” has so far resulted in an average cut of seven per cent in disabled people’s support packages.One service-user who contacted Disability News Service said that Capita was “blitzing” all of the disabled people receiving support through direct payments, on behalf of Southampton City Council (SCC).The Capita employee who carried out the assessment admitted cutting the direct payments packages of more than half of the disabled people they had assessed so far and said that the aim of the exercise was to cut costs.The service-user* said they were particularly concerned that the review was being carried out by a company with an appalling record of assessing disabled people for their eligibility for the disability benefit personal independence payment, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.The service-user said: “I was understandably nervous about my assessment, given the reason it was being done and by whom.“At least there is an appeals process for benefits. I’m not sure what you can do if care hours are cut on the say-so of a Capita assessor.”Earlier this year, the Labour-run council was forced to backtrack on controversial plans to force disabled people with high-cost support packages out of their own homes and into residential and nursing institutions.It had announced plans to review the personal budgets of every disabled person with a package of more than £500 a week, and consider if it would be cheaper to fund them for extra care housing, or nursing or residential care.But it was forced to scrap the plans after opposition from disabled people, including Spectrum Centre for Independent Living, a user-led organisation which campaigns and provides services in Southampton, and Disabled People Against Cuts.Ian Loynes (pictured), chief executive of Spectrum, said that service-users in Southampton, like those in many other authorities, had “not been receiving annual reviews regularly for a long time”, although some reviews had been taking place before the latest Capita programme began.He said he believed that “virtually all” local authorities were now carrying out similar cost-cutting programmes, because of reduced funding from central government.He said: “We do have intermittent reports both in Hampshire and Southampton that [council] care managers are starting a review meeting with the user with a ‘we have to save money’ message, which is completely unacceptable, and when we have challenged this with direct evidence, the senior managers claim it was just an isolated incident and should not be happening.“Whether it is isolated bad practice or likely to be routine depends on my changing levels of cynicism.”But he said Spectrum probably only heard of a minority of such cases.Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “It seems extraordinary that Southampton council, who understandably are facing difficulties in balancing their social care budgets, would further compound the problem by spending money on outsourcing the backlog of annual care package reviews. “If their sole intention is to cut the cost of care packages then, once again, they are skating on thin legal ice. “Starting a review with the words ‘we have to save money’ is unhelpful and contrary to statutory guidance. “Rather there should be a genuine conversation about what is needed to live a good life and whether the current package achieves that.”A council spokesman said that SCC had a “long-term strategic partnership with Capita”, which included “working together on projects to improve and transform services as part of our drive to deliver a modern, sustainable council”. He said: “Through this partnership, the council has contracted Capita to deliver a pilot project to address an existing backlog of reviews in adult social care.  “We are committed to carrying out timely and thorough adult social care reviews, to make sure that people have the support they need to live safe, healthy and independent lives, as far as possible, and to comply with the Care Act 2014.“As part of the pilot, social workers are visiting people who have not had their support plans reviewed during the last year.“Some of these people receive direct payments, some receive services commissioned by the council and some are living in residential and nursing placements.“Learning from the pilot will help us decide whether this is the best way of making sure that we keep on top of reviews and people have the support that they need.“Some of the care and support packages have increased, while some have reduced following a review, as people’s needs have changed or they are now able to maintain their independence in alternative ways, such as through care technology. “The overall reduction in care and support payments so far following these reviews has been less than 10 per cent.”The council spokesman later confirmed that the average reduction so far was about seven per cent.*The service-user has asked not to be namedlast_img read more

TICKETS for this Saturdays Carnegie Challenge Cup

first_imgTICKETS for this Saturday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final tie against Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium are now only available from the RFL.What If Forms for the final are also available should Saints progress to the final. You can download below.Semi Final Venue Information:Saints fans are advised that stadium work at the Halliwell Jones Stadium will be underway at the time of this semi-final fixture so spectators therefore arrive as early as possible.Turnstiles will be open from 2.30pm, so get in early and find your seat or place on the terrace.Work starts in the North East corner of the ground shortly, with the temporary removal of the Brian Bevan statue. There will be temporary turnstiles at the east end of the North stand and at the north end of the Martin Dawes East Stand.The wheelchair disabled car park in the Brian Bevan corner will become the constructor’s compound. Parking spaces in front of the main stand will be allocated to those with wheelchair disabled parking passes, which can be obtained from the RFL.Wheelchair disabled for the South, West and west end of the North Stand will gain entry by Gate A. Entry for the East Stand and east end of the North Stand is by Gate B. Entry to the East Stand disabled platforms is via the Martin Dawes reception entrance.Work in the south east corner of the ground will commence on August 8.last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons says Saints trip to London this Sat

first_imgROYCE Simmons says Saints’ trip to London this Saturday is like “stepping into the unknown”.As he prepares his side for their first hit out of the Stobart Super League season he admits the Broncos’ new signings make them dangerous – but until those new combinations have played together is difficult to know what to face.“They have a lot of players who have won big games in the past,” he said. “Michael Robertson on the wing was a regular try scorer for Manly. Shane Rodney has played in two grand finals, possibly three and Antonio Kaufusi has played for Australia. Then you add Craig Gower in there too and there’s a hell of a lot of experience in that side.“They’ve played alongside winners and that’s what they’ll bring to London. They also have good young English players so they are a bit of an unknown. There’s not a lot of video on them at present.”Tony Puletua and Michael Shenton won’t play this Saturday as they recover from injury but Simmons expects them both to be in contention for around week two or three.Paul Wellens is a doubt too as he is having on-going treatment for an Achilles.“These three players are important so we won’t rush them back,” Royce continued. “We want to make sure they are 100 per cent before bringing them back.“I think this competition will be strong this year. Everyone is talking about Catalans and I think they will be a very good side. They had injuries at the back end of the year but they have purchased pretty well. Hull might be ok too – they have bought in strong at half back and full back. When they get their combinations right then they will be a dark horse.“Everyone is competitive at the start of the year; it’s how you handle your injuries and the depth you have that’s important.”last_img read more

LUKE Walsh masterminded superb a Saints performanc

first_imgLUKE Walsh masterminded superb a Saints performance as they beat Leeds Rhinos 32-18 at Headingley.The scrum half was in scintillating form as he played a part in all his side’s tries and scored a wonderful one of his own after Adam Swift’s 70 yard break.James Roby was at his impervious best and Captain Jon Wilkin returned with a bang too.The tone for the win was set in the early stages.Saints looked fired up from the outset and following two great opening sets, they forced an error from Danny McGuire to go ahead.The scrum half knocked on, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook scooped up and Tommy Makinson scored in the corner.Walsh banging it off the touchline.Saints weathered two sets right on their line – showing some great D – and then a superb kick from Burns put Leeds back in their own 20.But back to back penalties handed Leeds the advantage and Jimmy Keinhorst make no mistake.Yet, Saints won the ball from the restart and within seconds had restored their lead.Two shots at goal from two penalties were spurned as the champions opted to run the ball.And it paid off as Josh Jones took a pass and went over in the corner.Walsh nailing the conversion from the other touchline this time.Both sides had chances but failed to take them as they were found guilty of overplaying.But Walsh settled the nerves with a penalty right in front of the sticks on 30 minutes.Saints had another chance with five minutes to go after forcing an error and a drop out, but the home side held firm.And on the stroke of half time Leeds controversially got right back into it.Saints should have turned the screw at one end of the field but at the other Mitch Achurch stretched out and seemingly lost control of the ball as it hit the line.In fact, it looked short and there was a massive hint of obstruction too – but the video referee gave the decision.Saints began the second half with an unexpected set following a Leeds’ knock on, only for the ball to come out on the first tackle.Leeds marched down the field immediately and almost scored on a repeat set.But Adam Swift made a wonder break – some 70 metres – before he was hauled down. Luke Walsh then showed great feet to go over for a superb try.The scrum half was running the show and forced a drop out on 51 minutes that Saints almost turned into points.Wilkin was harshly penalised for a high tackle on Golding though after a chip through.The pressure was building and in the end it told – coming off the back of another brilliant Saints move.Roby, Walsh and Burns combined in a triangle that would have made Pythagorus jealous to send Adam Quinlan over at pace.Mark Flanagan had one chalked off after Walsh’s high kick – the second rower penalised for pushing.Saints forced more drop outs and should have gone further ahead but Jordan Turner lost the ball over the line.And Leeds went up the other end of the field and scored through Ryan Hall.It made the final stages very nervous indeed but Saints were immense in defence to see home a crucial win. Underlined in the final minute by Jon Wilkin going over following Alex Walmsley’s offload.Match Summary:Rhinos:Tries: Keinhorst, Achurch, HallGoals: Sinfield (3 from 3)Saints:Tries: Makinson, Jones, Walsh, Quinlan, WilkinGoals: Walsh (6 from 6)Penalties:Rhinos: 9Saints: 7HT: 14-12FT: 32-18REF: James ChildATT: 16500 (est)Teams:Rhinos:26. Ashton Golding; 2. Tom Briscoe, 20. Jimmy Keinhorst, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall; 13. Kevin Sinfield, 6. Danny McGuire; 30. Mitch Garbutt, 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 10. Jamie Peacock, 12. Carl Ablett, 14. Stevie Ward, 15. Brett Delaney.Subs: 8. Kylie Leuluai, 16. Mitch Achurch, 19. Brad Singleton, 29. Jordan Lilley.Saints:37. Adam Quinlan; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 25. Andre Savelio, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 3. Jordan Turner.Subs: 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood.last_img read more

Glamour in the Slammer raises 1000 for Bladen We Care

first_img Bladen We Care is an organization that helps support local families and residents with unforeseen medical issues.The money raised was through an event put on by the sheriff’s office Glamour in the Slammer.Dozens of people, including county employees, judges, and attorneys turned themselves in as a training exercises. It helped jail staff work out kinks in the new detention center and raise money for a good cause. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A few weeks ago people paid to go to jail, now that money is being passed on to a good cause.The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office donated $1,000 to Bladen We Care.- Advertisement – last_img

Pender County Sheriffs Office search for registered sex offender

first_img Warrants are currently on file for Gaskill for failing to notify the sheriff’s office of his new address.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at 910-259-1515 or their local police/sheriff’s department if Gaskill is seen. Michael Dewayne Gaskill (Photo: Pender County Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in locating a register sex offender, Michael Dewayne Gaskill, after they say he moved from his reported address.He has been known to visit Good Shepherd Ministries on Martin Street in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img

UPDATE Wilmington Police locate truck involved in hitandrun

first_img They say they located the truck later Sunday morning.NEWS ALERT – Police have located the black Toyota Tundra pickup truck involved in the hit & run. Thank you for your help. Investigation continues. No charges at this time.— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) February 4, 2018The incident happened in the parking lot of 250 Racine Dr. around 10:00 p.m. Saturday night. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department say they have found a Toyota Tundra pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run that happened Saturday night.According to Wilmington Police, the pedestrian is in fair condition this morning.- Advertisement – last_img

Thompson loses Brunswick School Board seat to Benton

first_imgGerald Benton (Photo: Gerald Benton Facebook) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Republican John Thompson faced two primary challengers for his District 5 seat on the Brunswick County School Board.The race finished in an upset, as Jerry Benton beat Thompson by about 600 votes.- Advertisement – Robert Cruse finished in third.Benton faces Democrat Joanne Levitan in November’s general election.last_img

Many march for love in New Zealand as mosques reopen

first_img Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters SharePrint 1 of 9 <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Reuters About 3,000 people walked through Christchurch in a ‘march for love’ early on Saturday, honouring the 50 worshippers massacred in the New Zealand city a week ago, as the mosques where the shooting took place reopened for prayers.Carrying placards with signs such as, “He wanted to divide us, he only made us stronger”, “Muslims welcome, racists not”, and “Kia Kaha” – Maori for ‘stay strong’, people walked mostly in silence or softly sang a Maori hymn of peace.“We feel like hate has brought a lot of darkness at times like this and love is the strongest cure to light the city out of that darkness,” said Manaia Butler, 16, one of the student organisers of the march.With armed police on site, the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 of the victims were killed by a suspected white supremacist, reopened on Saturday. Police said they were reopening the nearby Linwood mosque as well.“It is the place where we pray, where we meet, we’ll be back, yeah,” Ashif Shaikh told reporters outside the Al Noor mosque. He said he was there on the day of the shooting in which two of his housemates were killed.Most victims of the country’s worst mass shooting were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.At Saturday’s march security was heavy, with dozens of armed police officers and buses parked sideways across city streets to close them off for the march.Shila Nair, a migrant from India who works for a migrant advocacy group called Shakti, travelled from Auckland to take part in the march.“The support gives us hope and optimism that migrant and refugee communities in this country can have a level playing field,” she said.“We appreciate the solidarity, but it must be carried on. It cannot be allowed to fizzle out. This is how social change happens.”Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who swiftly denounced the shooting as terrorism and has participated in many of the tributes and funerals for the victims, has announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles, some of the guns used by the shooter.Ardern and New Zealand have been widely praised for the outpouring of empathy and unity and the response to the attacks. Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum thanked her on Twitter late on Friday.“Thank you @jacindaardern and New Zealand for your sincere empathy and support that has won the respect of 1.5 billion Muslims after the terrorist attack that shook the Muslim community around the world,” he said on Twitter.Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand’s 4.8-million population, a 2013 census showed, most of whom were born overseas.On Friday the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast nationwide on television and radio and about 20,000 people attended a prayer service in the park opposite Al Noor mosque in a show of solidarity.Many women have also donned headscarves to show their support.In Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, a special prayer was held after the Friday sermon for the victims of the attack, according to the Saudi news website Sabq.Most of the dead were laid to rest at a mass burial in Christchurch on Friday, when 26 victims were interred. Others have been buried at private ceremonies, or repatriated to their home countries for funerals.Shahadat Hossain, whose brother Mojammel Haque was killed in the attack, told Reuters that she would bring his body back to Bangladesh.“I don’t know when our family will be able to come out of this grief,” she said.WhatsApplast_img read more

Pjaca set to become a Fiorentina player

first_img SharePrint Juventus and Fiorentina have reached an agreement for the transfer of Croatian midfielder Marko Pjaca. The latter will join Stefano Pioli’s side on an initial loan deal worth €3m but Fiorentina have the option to make the move permanent by paying a further €22m at the end of the upcoming season.Juventus recruited Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb in 2016 but his time with the Serie A champions was hampered by injuries. The 23-year-old was loaned out to German side Schalke 04 for the second part of last season but failed to impress. Nonetheless, Pjaca was still included in the Croatia squad for the 2018 World Cup.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Government launches bandwidth service for universities – Kenya

first_imgAdvertisement The Kenyan government through the ICT Authority and the Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET) has officially launched the KENET Network, a US$22.5 million basic internet bandwidth service that connects member institutions at competitive and sustainable prices.KENET aims to increase the uptake of bandwidth among students and academia in institutions of higher learning through interconnecting all universities, tertiary and research Institutions in Kenya by setting up cost effective high speed access to the internet.“KENET will promote the use of ICT in teaching, learning and research in higher education centres that will lead to students and the faculty keeping up with current trends in their specific area,” said Meoli Kashorda, executive director of KENET.“When KENET was started in 1999 by research institutions and universities the purpose was to create academic communications for themselves. Through the network they were able to take advantage of their numbers to provide affordable internet to the member institutions.”Kashorda said now the network boosts of a vast number of members who include private and public university research institutions, colleges and technical schools, with more than 130 universities connected through KENET.“Back then to get 64GB of bandwidth cost us US$5,000 a month. That was extremely expensive to what we now pay because of KENET. The trust was designed to help make internet affordable for academic use, now it just costs us US$200 a month for 64GB bandwidth,” said Frieda Brown, United States International University (USIU) vice chancellor. – Advertisement – KENET is also using the National Fibre Broadband Initiative (NFBI) infrastructure to reach institutions in remote areas.It has become the first African National Research and Education Network (NREN) to implement eduroam by setting up services in ten universities within the KENET community.This means that students can now use their university credentials to access wireless Internet services across these universities.last_img read more

Poll Guess The Apple Watch

first_imgAdvertisement Apple last joined companies like Samsung and LG to bring it’s first Wearable device to it’s customers. Today we are doing a poll and we want to see what you think the new Apple Watch looks like ? Just Click A or B to let us know what the Apple Watch is.Have fun .last_img

SkyVision VPN solution chosen by Unity Bank to Ensure Seamless Connectivity Between

first_imgAdvertisement SkyVision Global Networks Ltd has today announced its recent partnership with Unity Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading retail financial institutions.SkyVision provided its satellite-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) services via its local Nigerian hub to support Unity Bank’s LAN network, connecting the bank’s headquarters in Lagos to its numerous branch offices nationwide.With 236 branch offices throughout Nigeria and additional branches planned for the future, Unity Bank required a robust, reliable and highly secure communications solution. Recognized as a leading connectivity provider in the region, Unity Bank chose SkyVision to install and deploy an optimal solution to meet their needs. – Advertisement – The SkyVision VPN solution connects Unity Bank’s core applications – including peripheral applications – to its headquarters, enabling continuous, seamless business operations in its rural area branches. Fully deployed and managed by SkyVision, SkyVision VPN enabled Unity Bank to connect their LAN sites with no investment in additional infrastructure. The superior technology behind SkyVision VPN offers increased flexibility and enables complete management control.“As one of the nation’s leading banks and a contributor to Nigeria’s GDP, we needed a viable communications solution we could depend on,” said Zubairu Atiku, Head IT of Unity Bank. “After careful consideration, we chose SkyVision due to their outstanding market reputation, specifically in the finance industry and their ability to deliver exactly what we needed. This included installing and managing a highly-reliable system, coupled with dedicated customer service and technical support, which can’t be compared to previous service providers,” he added.SkyVision is highly experienced in providing the African banking industry with reliable network solutions suited to their unique requirements across geographic boundaries, particularly in rural areas. SkyVision is proud to have furthered its reach into this market through recent partnerships with prominent financial institutes across Africa – including UnaCoopec, Bank of Africa and others.“Partnering with Unity Bank is part of our continued commitment to the African financial market and to Nigeria in particular, where we have a strong and active local presence,” comments Dror Limor, SkyVision VP Sales & Marketing. “We are proud to serve Unity Bank as our valued customer and to have provided them with the reliable solution and full support they required and deserve. SkyVision plans to further expand its finance and micro-finance penetration within Nigeria and across Africa.”For over a decade, SkyVision has focused efforts to becoming the corporate communications ‘solution of choice’ in Nigeria, through its establishment of local hubs, PoPs and local presence to deliver quality communications and a high level of service to customers nationwide.last_img read more

Here is List Of Nominees For Social Media Awards 2015

first_imgAdvertisement The Social Media Awards for this year, in review of 2014 are taking place on the 7th March at the Kampala Golf Course Hotel. We have the finalist who are some of the best people in the different categories.Check them out and go and vote for either your favorite video or Brand of 2014 via here. You can get your ticket which is somewhat expensive (75,000) but since Tiwa Savage will be on the package then it’s a good deal. For now let’s get voting.  – Advertisement –     CATEGORIES NOMINEESBEST BLOG/BLOGGER Chocolaty prints Bazanye Ernest Joel Ntwatwa Sebunya Robert Uganda Gospel Life   BEST ENTERTAINMENT WEBSITEThe Tribe Ug Big eye Campus bee HiPipo Proggie Matooke republic   BEST MEDIA OUTLETNTV GALAXY FM  Monitor Power FM Red Pepper Urban TV   BEST CIVIL SERVICE KCCA – UG NWSC Uganda Revenue Authority NSSF Red cross society   BEST CAMPAIGN It’s not on it’s not safe Red card campaign Hoops4Grace Together We can MTN Egg Hunt BEST INNOVATION Dome flake NTV mobi Pearl Guide MTN Life care NWSC App   MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITY Simon Kaheru Beewol Esther Kalenzi Amama Mbabazi Qatahar Raymond Andrew Mwenda BRAND OF THE YEAR MTN NWSC Airtel NTV Centenary Bank Fresh Cuts BEST YOUTUBE VIDEO/CHANNELKatoto Techjaja NSSF-Happy To Serve Video SITYA LOSS Anne Kansiime  BEST PHOTOGRAPHYDarlyne Emmanuel Museruka Oscar Ntege Acess Films Slum Photography ONLINE BUSINESSLamudi Jumia OLX Hello foods Cheki  BEST SOCIAL JUSTICE40days Over 40 Smiles Barefoot Lawyers Amani Initiative Reach a Hand Airtel BEST CUSTOMER CAREAIRTEL MTN NWSC UMEME CENTENARY BANK NSSF BEST CRISIS MANAGEMENTNWSC KCCA MTN UMEME AIRTELlast_img read more

Nigerian Online Shopping Platform DealDey acquired by Ringier Africa Deals Group

first_imgAdvertisement Ringier Africa Deals Group, a newly-founded joint venture between Swiss Ringier Africa AG and South African Silvertree Internet Holdings (Pty) Ltd, last week announced that it had acquired one of Nigeria’s biggest online shopping platforms, DealDey.The acquisition represents an expansion of Ringier Africa’s portfolio beyond publishing and digital marketing in Nigeria and Silvertree’s first e-commerce investment in the country. It sees the two companies invest significantly in Nigeria’s fast-growing multi-billion dollar e-commerce sector as part of their partnership in the Ringier Africa Deals Group.DealDey, the online deals e-commerce platform, was launched in 2011 by serial entrepreneur Simdul Shagaya together with Investment AB Kinnevik. With over 1 million users, 15,000 active merchants and 20,000 verified listed businesses, DealDey is the largest online deals business in the region. I – Advertisement – n addition to its core platform,DealDey today also comprises of the couponing platform Promohub and discovery platform RupuLyf , both forming part of the acquisition.DealDey Co-CEOs Kehinde Oriola & Etop Ikpe say: “The DealDey team is excited about joining forces with the newly-formed Ringier Africa Deals Group. It offers great opportunities as DealDey brings a wealth of experience in technology, merchant management and consumer behaviour in Nigeria – and we will be leveraging the Ringier Africa portfolio in marketing, classifieds and media as well as Silvertree’s e-commerce expertise towards supporting the sustainable growth of the group.”Kehinde Oriola will continue as the CEO of DealDey as part of RADG, while Etop Ikpe will be moving on to new ventures. As acting CEO of RADG, Damien Bonnabel, current Head of e-Commerce for Ringier Africa and General Manager of Ringier Kenya, will be working with the  management of DealDey and the group’s other companies.Ringier Africa Deals Group (RADG), the purchasing holding company, has been created by a carve out of the leading Kenyan online deals business Rupu out of Ringier Kenya and of the leading Ghanaian online deals platform Tisu out of Ringer Ghana.The JV’s partners, Ringier Africa and Silvertree, both come with 10+ years’ e-commerce experience. Their mutual aim is to lead the online deals businesses to continued success based on a long-term, joint plan.Key to this is the continued collaboration with local merchants and brands wanting to enter the markets – while satisfying clients’ needs for the best service and product offers online.Silvertree has already expanded its own e-commerce portfolio in South Africa, having acquired PriceCheck from Naspers in November of last year. Ringier Africa’s mother company Ringier AG runsDeinDeal and Geschenkidee (https://www.geschenkidee.ch), the two biggest online deals and gifting platforms in Switzerland respectively.Ringier Africa General Manager Leonard Stiegeler says: “Ringier Africa has identified e-commerce as a key area for growth and we are excited by the inclusion of DealDey in the Ringier Africa Deals Group. With the addition of e-commerce-experienced Silvertree as a partner and investor, we are on track to significantly increase our interest in the space, with particular focus on serving the important markets of Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya.”Silvertree Co-Managing Director Paul Cook says: “We are extremely excited to be entering three of Africa’s most exciting e-commerce markets, through our partnership with Ringier and joint investment into DealDey, Rupu and Tisu. Through this deal, we get to build on excellent existing platforms as we look to serve Africa’s emerging middle class. With Ringier’s deep content expertise and African footprint, we look forward to further accelerating the growth of these exciting businesses. Our focus will be on rapid but sustainable growth, as Africa’s e-commerce industry starts to mature and consumers look for world-class offerings, excellent customer service and great deals.last_img read more

Amazon Reveals its Experimenting Personalized Video Ads

first_imgAmazon Books in Seattle, Washington. Image Credit: GlassDoor Advertisement Online shopping based Seattle firm, Amazon Inc. revealed it’s experimenting adverts with personalized video.The clips feature images and text about products the US retailer has detected the user has shown interest in.Amazon regularly displays customized static ads on third-party sites, but the videos have the potential to be more eye-catching and appear in more places. – Advertisement – One expert said the idea had potential but Amazon would have to be careful that its ads did not seem creepy.“This is something we’ve only experimented with at very small scales,” Graeme Smith, managing director Amazon’s software development center in Edinburgh, told the BBC.“They have been out there in the wild.“I’m not able to share any more details of where, but potentially anywhere you can see a video is potentially somewhere you could consider running personalized video ads, right across the internet.“It’s still very early days for this technology, but it’s something we are really excited about with a lot of applications.”Mr Smith showed off one of the ad designs at a press conference in London.But the company declined the BBC’s request to show the footage, saying it was still in a testing phase, so too early to share widely.[BBC]last_img read more

ITUs global ICT Capacity Building Symposium opens in Nairobi

first_imgAdvertisement Over 500 participants from government, business, academia, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations family are meeting in Nairobi this week to formulate and optimize human capacity building strategies for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, to improve digital skills and empower countries to take full advantage of strong continued growth in ICT-related jobs.Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN specialized agency for ICTs, and hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya, the global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS-2016) provides an opportunity for stakeholders from across the world to discuss trends and developments in the sector and their implications for human and institutional capacity building, and to develop strategies to accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a time of major digital technology transformation.“We live in a knowledge economy where new opportunities are emerging every day. ICTs are now at the centre of almost everything we do, and those who are empowered with digital skills and have the ability and opportunity to learn and adapt will gain a significant competitive advantage,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “This symposium brings together key ICT and education stakeholders to discuss how emerging technologies are changing the human capacity building environment: ITU is committed to helping all its members effectively and rapidly build human ICT capacity and improve ICT skills.” – Advertisement – CBS-2016 panelists and speakers bring together high-level officials including government ministers, Director-Generals of national regulatory authorities, heads of UN organizations, CEOs of private sector companies, representatives from academia and research institutions and other experts in ICT capacity building.“Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) are increasingly becoming a reality,” said Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology of Kenya. He added “these require different sets of knowledge and skills across all sections of society.  Governments, industry, universities and other higher education institutions need to invest in a range of ICT skills at various levels, to not only enable increased participation in the economy, but also ensure the creation of digital citizens for a digital society.” CBS-2016 discussions will focus on new skills requirements in a changing world; innovative tools for education and learning; new digital learning methodologies including online learning through social media and MOOCs (massive open online courses); and the central role of academia in building skills in the digital era.“The cornerstone of ITU’s capacity building strategy is strengthening existing structures and introducing innovative initiatives for capacity building.” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, which is organizing the event. “Partnerships and collaboration are essential for capacity building in the ICT sector: we rely on partners to design and develop appropriate programmes and deliver training to our Members: our work impacts people’s lives across the globe.”The official opening was preceded, on 5 September by two pre-events dedicated to “Capacity Building in Internet Governance” and “Regulators as Enablers and Consumers of Capacity Building” respectively.ITUlast_img read more

BENS BLOG Introducing Lucy

first_imgGood morning, Blog. I would say that Chris Pitt, the editor of BOS magazine, who has overcome such a terrible disability, is my life hero. However, right up there, enjoying hero status, has to be Lucy, the Chinese massage girl, at El Duque beach, in Tenerife.In a world full of spoilt and moaning English whiteys, Lucy truly is an inspiration. She did what it took to get to Europe, and she now ducks and dives, to miss the patrolling Spanish police, and serve her longstanding clientbase; of 7 years now. Working every single day, except the 2 – 3 months she returns to China each year, she’s bought herself two flats in Tenerife, and four in China, with which she uses the income from, to look after her aging parents. Anyone who has the iron self-will, to keep rubbing oil, into my grossly overweight and unattractive body, deserves to be a bloody multi-millionaire, as far as I’m concerned..!!Oh! oh!! oh!!! Is it not going to plan? Did it all turn out to be a waste of time, doing a silly degree, and smoking drugs for three years, at a university crammed with lots of other wets? Didn’t mummy and daddy pull up some money to buy you a house? Or help you start a dreamy crap 100/1 creative business? Its all just soooo unfaaiirrr…!! PULL YOUR FINGER OUT AND DO IT YOURSELF.In other news:Following the recent scandal, of a group of Chelsea football fans, being involved in a racist incident, on a Paris train, I have to say, this response, from West Ham is truly classic. Enjoy.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

PREVIEW Cheltenham Day Four

first_imgRAIN ALERT !!!!Connections of Many Clouds must be delighted as their rain dance has worked.The going has eased again at Cheltenham today and is now officially soft, good to soft in places (from good to soft).That gives a major fillip to the claims of Many Clouds who is undoubtedly better with give in the ground.The Oliver Sherwood trained runner has won all three of his last races – and the going has been soft on each occasion.Those wins included, notably, the Hennessy at Newbury where he was an impressive winner.There’s been plenty of money around for the favourite Silviniaco Conti too and certainly won’t be inconvenienced by the change in going.If you haven’t checked out the incredible SILVINIACO CONTI offer today – it’s the lead story on the web site.Put simply, if you are considering backing SILVINIACO CONTI in the Gold Cup then it’s a money back insurance offer that you have to grab. Basically, you get your money back if Silviniaco Conti finishes outside the first three (up to £500) – check the offer page for full details.Also – final chance to check out the Cheltenham Preview Videos in the Cheltenham part of the site.And if you’re on course today – don’t forget to pop by and say hello at the Star Sports pitch in the main ring.Today’s feature the World Hurdle looks as wide a renewal as I can remember and I am having a small bet each way on the Sandra Hughes trained Lieutenant Colonel being able to continue his progress. He is one of the few who genuinely look to be improving.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK MANY CLOUDS for 2 points ew at around 13/2 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 109.92 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Fairyhouse Sunday

first_imgObviously gutted to be pipped onboard Whisper at Newbury in the Ladbroke Trophy Chase but he ran his heart out and is an amazing horse.That was a hell of a run considering the weight he had to carry and he seems to be improving even at the age of nine.I have to give a special mention to his trainer Nicky Henderson who had him spot on for today. He really is a genius and is as good a trainer as I’ve ever ridden for.Back to Ireland on Sunday for an absolute belter of a card at Fairyhouse featuring three Grade 1’s.SUNDAYFAIRYHOUSEMITCHOUKA (12.30pm)Really disappointed when he was beaten on his Irish debut at Thurles but he has more than made up for it since with wins here at Fairyhouse and Punchestown last time when he was impressive. JP’s Espoir D’allen is unbeaten in both starts and it’s a cracking start to the day with the winner of this surely emerging as current leading Irish contender for the Triumph?HARDLINE (1pm Royal Bond)No denying it, this is one hell of a race. Just the seven runners but plenty of depth and you wouldn’t be massively surprised if any of them won. It’s got to be the best novice hurdle so far this season either side of the Irish Sea. I’m onboard Hardline who bids for a hat-trick after wins at Wexford and Clonmel last time where he had the field well strung out. This is a huge test for him as it’s a big step up in class. Gordon also runs Morgan and the progressive Mengli Khan who won the For Auction Novice Hurdle in good style at Navan last time. JP throws three quality horses into the race and the form of Early Doors, in particular, looks rock solid.MICK JAZZ (1.30pm Hatton’s Grace)Another intriguing race with three Cheltenham Festival winners from last season taking each other on! They include Apple’s Jade who won this last year and came out to win the Lismullen Hurdle first time out this season at Navan. Even with Nichols Canyon in the race she looks the one we all have to beat. I’m on Mick Jazz who might have a tough job on his hands in this company but when you are rated 147 you have to take your chances at the top table.DEATH DUTY (2.35pm Drinmore)Love him and we always thought he would make into a smashing chaser. This has been the plan for a number of weeks and I was delighted with his smooth win at Punchestown last time out in the Buck House Novice Chase as he looked to have learnt plenty from his chasing debut at Tipperary. This will be a big test for him and hopefully all the Cheltenham questions can be answered positively after the race. Dinaria Des Obeaux is in great form and could be the danger getting weight off the rest of the field.PRESENTING PERCY (3.10pm)Lovely horse who has done little wrong. He’s the class horse of the race but that goes in hand hand in hand with him having top weight of 11-10 so it will be a huge test in the ground over a marathon 3m 5f. We’ll give it our best shot.YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more