A disabled woman has told how her local council is threatening to spend several days watching her every move as she eats showers and uses the toilet, in order to check if planned cuts to her care package will meet her needs.The woman, Jane*, a survivor of serious sexual, physical and emotional abuse, and a former Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipient, spoke about the council’s “violation” at a parliamentary campaign meeting this week.The meeting was held to launch Inclusion London’s report on the impact of last year’s ILF closure, as part of the Rights Not Games week of action organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)**.The report, One Year On: Evaluating The Impact Of The Closure Of The Independent Living Fund, includes information from all 33 London local authorities, and concludes that there has been a “dramatic postcode lottery” in the support provided to former ILF recipients since the fund closed.In four local authority areas, more than half of former ILF recipients have had their care packages cut since it closed.In all, at least 185 former ILF recipients have so far seen their support cut, out of a total of about 1,300 across London.The report calls for a national, needs-led system of support, independent of local authorities, free at the point of delivery and paid for through taxation.Jane told the meeting, which was hosted by Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell, that as an ILF recipient she had received 84 hours of support a week (including 35 paid for by the council), but the local authority wanted to cut this by 46 hours a week.The 84 hours support – together with unpaid care provided by her personal assistants that means she is supported almost 24 hours a day – has enabled her to participate in her local community, chair three disability organisations, and even attend the Glastonbury festival to deliver a talk about disability rights.After the ILF closure, her council initially wanted to cut her care from 12 to three hours a day, but is now suggesting a package of 38 hours a week.It has already suggested that she could survive on microwave meals – which she says would both damage her health and be unaffordable – and use incontinence pads for up to 12 hours a day.But at the last meeting with council officials earlier this summer, she was told that once the cuts to her package were in place, they wanted to send a team of people to observe the impact on how she uses the toilet, showers, gets in and out of bed and her wheelchair, and feeds herself.She was in tears as she told this week’s parliamentary meeting: “That really breaks me. I can’t bear the thought of having a team of people invade my privacy, come to my toilet, my bedroom.“It was bad enough when they suggested I use nappies, incontinence pads; to feel so violated in the name of saving money… I want every single person to stand up and stop this.”She had earlier described in a post on DPAC’s website that such action would be an “incredible, humiliating, dehumanising invasion of my privacy and home” and a “stripping away of every last vestige of my dignity”.Jane said this made her feel like “a goldfish in a bowl, lacking privacy, freedom, spontaneity, rights, dignity; dreading when the plug is going to be pulled by people who think it’s okay to leave one without the funds and care and mobility support which keep me afloat”.She told Disability News Service after the meeting: “When they cut, these cuts will be hurting people who are already struggling. It is so inhuman.“They don’t consider the mental and psychological effects of what they are doing, let alone the physical.“It is torture that they are putting people through and it can be so far-reaching. They have no idea of what people are living with.”*Not her real name**DPAC has set up a legal fund to help former ILF recipients like Jane challenge cuts to their support packagesPicture: Protesters performing outside Downing Street after the Inclusion London meeting
Laws that prevent job-sharing MPs are discriminating against disabled people who can only work part-time because of their impairments, a parliamentary meeting has heard.The meeting marked the publication of Open House?, a pamphlet by the Fawcett Society, which makes the case for a change in the law to allow two people to share the job of an MP, which the charity believes would lead to more disabled people, parents with children, and carers entering parliament.Edited by Professors Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs, the report includes chapters written by job-sharing experts, parliamentary candidates, and lawyers, and is endorsed by MPs Tom Brake (Liberal Democrats), Caroline Lucas (leader of the Green party), Dr Sarah Wollaston (Conservatives) and Dame Margaret Hodge (Labour).Clare Phipps (pictured), the disabled chair of the Green party’s national executive, who has co-authored one of the chapters, told the meeting that she was only able to work part-time because her impairment – she has a chronic sleep disorder – means she sleeps 12 hours a day.She said: “It is physically impossible, no matter what adjustments are made for me, to work in parliament as an MP on a full-time basis. That simply would not be possible.“It is not clear to me why there is such a big barrier in place, which means I literally cannot be an MP.”She added: “There are a significant number of people who are disabled and who do need to work part-time and would need to job share to be in parliament.”Phipps and fellow Green party member Sarah Cope – who has caring responsibilities for her two disabled children – attempted unsuccessfully to stand as job share candidates at the 2015 election.They subsequently lost a high court bid to seek a judicial review of that decision, having argued that the current law was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Equality Act.But they were encouraged that the judge suggested that it was an issue that parliament needed to address.Phipps told the meeting that if parliament now failed to act, there was a much stronger chance that the next legal case would be successful.And she said that the obstacles raised by those opposed to allowing job-sharing MPs were “not insurmountable”, as they had been overcome across the private and public sector, including in senior positions in the Civil Service.Phipps told Disability News Service (DNS) after the meeting that it was “sad” that parliament, the institution responsible for drawing up equality legislation, was “not following its own rules”.She said: “It is incredibly discriminatory. I literally cannot do this without a job share.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, which campaigns for MPs to be allowed to job share, and who herself was prevented from standing for parliament on a job share basis in 2010, welcomed the report.She told DNS: “We’ve had a number of people who have tried to stand as job share candidates for MP and had their nominations rejected.“In response, we’ve had a paper petition, two online petitions, letters to the national press, a private member’s bill, a high court case and now a pamphlet. “Two parties, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats, now have job-sharing for MPs as party policy.“We therefore need to change the policy of Labour and the Conservatives and other parties, including the SNP.“I would encourage all readers to study the pamphlet, and send the link to the report firstly to their own MP and secondly to a member of the shadow cabinet or the cabinet, and ask them to change the law.“People need to visit their own MPs in their surgeries and say how important this change is.“Eventually we will get the law changed and the Commons will become more representative.”Emily Brothers, the first blind woman to stand for election to parliament, when she fought the Sutton and Cheam seat in 2015, has also written a chapter for the Fawcett Society pamphlet, in which she says the representation of disabled people in parliament is “woeful”.She says that only six MPs have self-identified as disabled people, whereas proportionate estimates by the Equality and Human Rights Commission suggest there should be 65 disabled MPs.She argues that job-sharing is one of a range of measures that would improve disabled people’s participation in political and public life.But Brothers told DNS after the meeting that introducing job-sharing would be “in many ways pointless” for disabled people if the government failed also to introduce measures to address the extra campaigning costs faced by many disabled candidates, following the closure of the Access to Elected Office Fund in 2015.She added: “It is an idea in the making and it will come in time but I don’t think it will come any time soon, unfortunately.”
SAINTS produced a professional performance to beat Castleford Tigers 44-12.They were potent in both defence and attack scoring eight tries whilst limiting the visitors to just two effort on their line.Tommy Makinson chipped in with 14 points whilst Mike Rush would certainly have been pleased with the returns of Gary Wheeler and Adam Swift.Saints looked comfortable in building up a 20-8 half time lead with Paul Wellens and Sia Soliola at the hub.The latter’s bullocking runs gave Saints field position time and time again whilst the captain scored one and laid another on a plate for Tommy Makinson.In the second half, Makinson raced the length of the field for his second before Gary Wheeler latched onto Lance Hohaia’s kick.Adam Swift tagged another before Jonny Lomax produced an arcing run to seal a great night’s work.Hoping to bounce back from recent defeats, Rush and Cunningham made three changes from the side that lost narrowly to Wakefield at the weekend.Sia Soliola returned from injury in the second row whilst Adam Swift and Gary Wheeler came in for Michael Shenton and Josh Jones.The opening five minutes saw both sides feel each other out before Castleford applied some sustained pressure on Saints’ line.It came to nothing and on Saints first foray into the Cas’ half Hohaia almost got through before a superb kick was taken in the air by Anthony Laffranchi.Makinson tagging on the two.Just after the 20th minute the lead was doubled. Two penalties marched Saints up the field and a sweeping move to the left saw Paul Wellens go over for his 21st of the season.Whilst the passing movement was swift and too much for the Tigers’ defence, it was Chris Flannery’s offload when he look tied up that made the four pointer.Makinson added the extras but that lead was cut by Paul Jackson who pulled one back when Jonny Lomax was penalised for a harsh obstruction.Saints weren’t hanging about through and within five minutes a massive run by Soliola had Wellens in a great position to fire over a cut out ball to Makinson.And with less than two minutes remaining, a great kick through from Lomax bamboozled the defence and Flannery pounced.That made it 20-6 at half time and that lead was stretched further ten minutes into the second half. Castleford pushed the ball wide but Orr’s pass was intercepted by Makinson who scorched around 95 yards in 12 seconds.Wheels converting.Lance Hohaia’s slide rule kick brought up Saints’ sixth try as Wheeler profited, and then Adam Swift took full advantage of Wellens’ break.Saints were rampant and their next score was all down to kick from Robes from inside his half and LMS racing down the field to force a drop out.From there Lomax went on the angle and had too much for the defence.Wheeler with his third kick of the night.Steve Snitch pulled one back as the game entered its final stages but Saints always looked in control.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Laffranchi, Wellens, Makinson (2), Flannery, Wheeler, Swift, LomaxGoals: Makinson (3 from 5), Wheeler (3 from 3)Tigers:Tries: Jackson, SnitchGoals: Orr (2 from 2)Penalties:Saints: 8Tigers: 7HT: 20-6FT: 44-12REF: George StokesATT: 12224Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 34. Adam Swift, 17. Gary Wheeler, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 4. Sia Soliola, 13. Chris Flannery, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andy Dixon.Tigers:1. Richard Owen; 2. Nick Youngquest, 13. Steve Snitch, 25. Jordan Thompson, 5. Josh Griffin; 30. Ben Johnston, 7. Danny Orr; 8. Jacob Emmitt, 16. Ryan Hudson, 10. Craig Huby, 20. Grant Millington, 14. Stuart Jones, 17. Lee Mitchell.Subs: 15. Adam Milner, 19. Paul Jackson, 21. Oliver Holmes, 22. Nathan Massey.
NATHAN Brown expressed his relief that half time came when it did after Saints beat Hull KR 38-18 on Friday.He said the scoreline could have been much much worse had the break come later in the momentum shift that had the Robins on top.But there was no ‘tea cup’ moment in the sheds.“It was a peaceful half time really,” he said. “We led 12-0 and dropped a try with the line open, and then went into a similar mode to the Hull game.“We kept dropping the ball and giving the opposition a lot of opportunity near our try-line. We came in 12-12 and I thought that was quite lucky considering how we had played.“We were desperate for half time; they kept on coming and had us in trouble. They had the ball and the field position. I said in the week they would have forwards back from suspension and injury and their halves are confident. Where they sit on the table is not where they will finish.“In the second half we knuckled down and they struggled to come with us.”Saints hit four tries in ten minutes to blast away Hull and go top of the table.“We had good field position, got some good kicks away and came up with some good plays. Big Alex Walmsley got his try and I thought the way we went about it was very good.“The wingers are playing terrific and with Jonny Lomax at the back they are our most consistent players.”Mose Masoe made his debut in the match too and Brown said he thought the big man did ok.“Mose he has to play, that’s the key. He needs to play, train, play, train and play and it will take him six to eight weeks to get his game to where it was back home.“He got introduced to Super League tonight and worked out it is tough and that will do him good. The Hull KR forwards definitely cued up on him and made it difficult. We certainly will see him improve.”Saints are next in action when they host Catalan Dragons next Friday. Tickets are now on sale for the game from the Ticket Office at Langtree by calling 01744 455052 or by logging on here.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina police officer faces his second driving while intoxicated charge in a year and a half.The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that 31-year-old Taylor D. Hurst of Rolesville was arrested last week in Pender County on several charges, including DWI, impersonating a police officer, failure to stop for police and failure to maintain lane control.- Advertisement – Hurst was arrested Feb. 2, 2016, in Wake County on charged of DWI, and carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence of alcohol.Hurst was with the Raleigh Police Department but was off-duty when the earlier arrest occurred.Police spokeswoman Donna-Maria Harris said Thursday that Hurst retired from the department in March of last year. It was not known if he has an attorney for the new charge.Related Article: Surveillance video shows man urinating on front porch at NC home(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Irma left its mark and impacted tens of thousands of people. Charlotte Atkins is one of those people.“You kind of get ready and then you sit and wait and watch the weather channel and other sources of news to see whether it would change course,” Atkins said.- Advertisement – Atkins is in Wilmington because family friends invited her. She is a publisher for our sister company, Morris Caribbean Publications, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She bunkered down with her dog, Savannah, and others in her community to ride out the storm.“My landlord sent a text. It was right after the power went out. The power went out at about 8 a.m., and he said, ‘This is going to be a Cat 5, and it’s headed right for us. Why don’t you come up the hill and stay with us? We don’t want you down there alone,’” Atkins said.She says what she saw was beautiful and devastating at the same time.Related Article: Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims“Just one square-foot window. That front window out the door, and we just took turns looking out of that, you know? I would stand up on a can of dog food and peer out,” Atkins said.The experience scared her, and her memories of the hurricane can be hard to relive.“The wind didn’t stop, but it suddenly down shifted. The sound dropped and it was sort of like in that moment, everybody in the room just stopped… and I think that was the moment we knew we were all OK,” Atkins said, holding back tears.Right now, she can’t work out of her office in the Virgin Islands, so she’s in Wilmington for the time being. She will eventually return to the Virgin Islands and hopes others will, too.“I do hope people come back and support our islands and help us rebuild American’s paradise,” Atkins said.Morris Multimedia, the parent company of WWAY and Morris Caribbean Publications, has established a relief fund to help its network of employees and customers cope and recover through targeted relief in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The company has established the Morris Hurricane Relief fund through the North Georgia Community Foundation to make sure the fund is administered properly and so that donations are tax deductible. The goal is to provide needed resources to the US Virgin Islands.Click here to donate to the fund and to find out more about the impacts to our team members.
Only Gerken, Trombley and Beer, all of whom oppose building a reverse osmosis plant and transferring H2Go’s assets to the Town of Belville, were at this morning’s emergency meeting. The three members represented a quorum, though, and unanimously passed several resolutions. Now all H2Go employees are to comply with the temporary restraining order the Town of Leland got last week. H2Go will terminate its legal representation by Ward and Smith. Lastly, all media inquires are to go through Gerken from now on, even though H2Go has a full-time spokesman and is paying WaterPIO to help with communications.The moves are the latest salvos in the battle over the future of H2Go, which took a major turn last Tuesday when outgoing board member Carl Antos, who lost by just a handful of votes to Beer in last month’s election, proposed conveying H2Go’s assets to Belville. Antos and fellow incumbents Ron Jenkins and Bill Browning, supported the plan, which had not been announced before Antos presented it during the meeting. The three men all support building a RO plant.“What we’re hoping comes as a result of this would be the clawing back of any assets that were transferred and a greater degree of transparency from H2Go regarding their operations,” Gerken said.Related Article: UN Ambassador Haley resigning in latest Trump shakeupBeer’s swearing in just minutes after midnight did raise some questions marks among folks who attended the emergency meeting. However, Gerken says there is nothing wrong with the timing according to North Carolina General Statute 130A-50, section E.“The elected members of the board shall take the oath of office on the first Monday in December, following their election and shall serve for the term elected and until their successors are elected and qualify,” Gerken said.Rodney McCoy, a pro-RO candidate who also won a seat on the board last month, was not sworn in and was not aware of Beer swearing in until hours after the meeting.When asked about the other commissioners, Gerken informed those present that the other members of the board were notified of the meeting by Leland Police officers the night before.“Their decision not to attend is up to them,” Gerken said.Belville Mayor Mike Allen told the three members of the board who did attend he was not thrilled about this meeting.“I respectfully ask once the meeting is adjourned, that ya’ll do leave town property,” Allen told the trio. “In my personal opinion, I think this meeting is held illegally, according to the open meeting laws in the state of North Carolina.”Gerken said the question of whether they are on Belville property in up in the air for the time being.“We believe that transfer to be illegal, and then if it is in fact an illegal transfer, then we’re not on his property or the Town of Belville’s property,” Gerken said.Two Leland Police officers were at the meeting. According to Gerken, it was necessary to have them there as a result of some posts on social media directed toward him and Trombley.“There has been a lot of discussion on various social media that has escalated to the point where we thought that it might be appropriate to have the police here to assure this meeting was conducted in order,” Gerken said.He would not tell reporters what these posts detailed. BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Clandestine plans and midnight oaths. It’s not the actions of a secret society but of the board of the water and sewer provider in northern Brunswick County.H2Go commissioners Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley sent an email at 8 p.m. Sunday calling for an emergency meeting this morning. Hours later, at 12:10 a.m., newly elected Bill Beer took his oath of office from a notary public who works for the town of Leland, Gerken said, and officially became part of the H2Go board.- Advertisement –
The decision to film here became the first step in creating what would become an industry.Producer Dino Delaurentiis liked the area so much he built a movie studio here which is now Screen Gems.Since then more than 350 films, TV shows, and commercials have been shot here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The first movie ever filmed in the Cape Fear “Firestarter” was released 34 years ago Friday.A picture of Orton Plantation featured in a Southern Accents Magazine from 1983 caught the attention of Frank Capra, Jr. who was searching for a place to film the movie.- Advertisement –
Curtis Womble (Photo: NCDPS) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man convicted of murder in 1998 will not spend the rest of his life in prison.42-year-old Curtis Ray Womble pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the 1993 killing of a man during a break-in.- Advertisement – Later, documents revealed five witnesses told police they saw him alive the day after the burglary.He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.Now, he will be released on parole February 3, 2021.
To qualify, you must have a valid standard commercial fishing license in the state.There is also a mandatory training session.Fishermen will receive $450 per boat per day.Related Article: USSA takes dozens of sick kids fishing in SouthportApply here. NC Coastal Federation collects derelict crab pots in Ward’s Creek on Jan. 19, 2018. (Photo: Jessica Gray/NC Coastal Federation) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Coastal Federation is searching for commercial fishermen to help recover lost crab pots.Watermen who are selected will help marine patrol remove lost gear from coastal waters during the “no potting” period, which is January 15 through February 7.- Advertisement –
For months, students in all three of her classes have been learning their musical parts for a variety of holiday classics for their upcoming performance.“Its just a really good time to not only assess what we’ve done for this semester, but to show off what they’ve worked 90-minutes a day since August to prepare for,” she said.Now in her tenth year of teaching and her fifth year at Laney, Mueske says music plays a critical role in a student’s overall development.Related Article: Teacher of the Week brings out musical side of students“In the great demand of getting into college and having the right SAT score, and having the resume that’s really impressive, those things are so important but if they don’t have an outlet in their day and don’t have a place to express themselves, and use their gifts and talents they’ve been given, then I think it can becomes null and void when it comes to billing them as a well-rounded person,” she said.Mueske said her favorite part of teaching music is getting to know her students one-on-one.“When you sing, that is so personal to people and so to have a relationship with my students and for them to have a relationships with each other is just as important as the music-making because if we are not all on the same page, if we are not on the team, then its really going to be really hard to make good music,” Mueske said.Nothing feels better, Mueske said, than when former students tell her what they learned in class has given them the skills they need to be prepared for college.“When a student can come back and say they felt prepared for life and for music, those are the moments that feel the best and remind me why I do what I do,” Mueske said.Because of her passion for teaching, we selected her as WWAY’s Teacher of the Week sponsored by Mattress Furniture Liquidators. She’ll also receive a $100 gift card.“Its very humbling of course there are so many wonderful teachers in this county and right her at Laney and I feel so honored to receive this gift,” Mueske said. “We don’t do it for the money, we don’t do it for the praise, we do it for these students.”She goes on to say the opportunity to create music with young people who love doing what they love to do makes it all worthwhile.“There is nothing I would rather be doing that teaching music at Laney High School,” she said.While teaching students to sing pitch perfect requires a huge investment of time, Mueske says what she’s helping to create in her classes is more than just beautiful music.The Laney High School Winter Concert will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. The concert is free.If you would like to nominate your favorite educator for Teacher of the Week, go to WWAYTV3.com and look in the drop down menu for “Teacher of the Week.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Chorus students at Laney High School are in full mode for their upcoming winter concert.“We are in the stage of just pulling everything together,” said Jennifer Mueske, chorus teacher at Laney High School.- Advertisement –
1 of 4 NCSHP visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC on May 15, 2019. (Photo: NC Highway Patrol) WASHINGTON DC (WWAY) — Today was National Peace Officers Memorial Day and members of the state Highway Patrol honored the occasion with a visit to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC.Four names from North Carolina were added including Trooper Kevin Conner.- Advertisement – Tpr. Kevin Conner (Photo: NCDPS) NCSHP visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC on May 15, 2019. (Photo: NC Highway Patrol) A group spend time in reflection of those who gave their lives in the line of duty visiting and placing flowers along the memorial. NCSHP visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC on May 15, 2019. (Photo: NC Highway Patrol) NCSHP visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC on May 15, 2019. (Photo: NC Highway Patrol) Vice President Mike Pence laid a wreath at the memorial site in honor of the significant day.Highway Patrol says 66 people have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our state.Related Article: Trump urges Justice Department probe of ‘resistance’ writerTpr. Conner was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop in October in Columbus County. He served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for 11 years and had previously served with the North Carolina Marine Patrol. He is survived by his wife and two children.Troopers Brandon Carroll Peterson, Samuel Newton Bullard, and Benjamin Derek Wallace were also added to the national memorial.
The money will be split in two, with half going toward the athletic department. The other half will be used for projects that the school sees as most necessary.Jordan was in Wilmington last fall to give back to victims of Hurricane Florence and donated sneakers to kids at the Boys & Girls Club.Jordan starred at Laney in the early 1980s before heading on to UNC and a Hall of Fame career in the NBA. He now owns the Charlotte Hornets. Laney’s gym bears his name, and he and his Nike Air Jordan brand have helped support the school through the years, including royalties from sales of Jordan’s Laney jersey and an ad campaign that featured the Laney logo.Related Article: Man convicted of killing Jordan’s dad says trial was unfairJordan visited campus in May 2017 to shoot a Gatorade commercial. The commercial aired that summer.Jordan also played baseball at Laney. During his time there his family donated $1,500 to help fund construction of the school’s baseball field, according to his senior yearbook. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Michael Jordan continues giving back to his alma mater.Laney High School Athletic Director Fred Lynch confirmed Thursday that the NBA legend has donated a gift of more than $1.1 million to the school.- Advertisement –
Image Credit: iMore Advertisement Google Inc. is paying Apple Inc. a hefty fee to keep its search bar on the iPhone.Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014, according to a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle Corp.’s copyright lawsuit against Google. The search engine giant has an agreement with Apple that gives the iPhone maker a percentage of the revenue Google generates through the Apple device, an attorney for Oracle said at a Jan. 14 hearing in federal court.Rumors about how much Google pays Apple to be on the iPhone have circulated for years, but the companies have never publicly disclosed it. Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, and Google spokesman Aaron Stein both declined to comment on the information disclosed in court. – Advertisement – The revenue-sharing agreement reveals the lengths Google must go to keep people using its search tool on mobile devices. It also shows how Apple benefits financially from Google’s advertising-based business model that Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has criticized as an intrusion of privacy.Oracle has been fighting Google since 2010 over claims that the search engine company used its Java software without paying for it to develop Android. The showdown has returned to U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco after a pit stop at the U.S. Supreme Court, where Google lost a bid to derail the case. The damages Oracle now seeks may exceed $1 billion since it expanded its claims to cover newer Android versions.34 PercentAnnette Hurst, the Oracle attorney who disclosed details of the Google-Apple agreement at last week’s court hearing, said a Google witness questioned during pretrial information said that “at one point in time the revenue share was 34 percent.” It wasn’t clear from the transcript whether that percentage is the amount of revenue kept by Google or paid to Apple.An attorney for Google objected to the information being disclosed and attempted to have the judge strike the mention of 34 percent from the record.“That percentage just stated, that should be sealed,” lawyer Robert Van Nest said, according to the transcript. “We are talking hypotheticals here. That’s not a publicly known number.”The magistrate judge presiding over the hearing later refused Google’s request to block the sensitive information in the transcript from public review. Google then asked Alsup to seal and redact the transcript, saying the disclosure could severely affect its ability to negotiate similar agreements with other companies. Apple joined Google’s request in a separate filing.‘Highly Sensitive’“The specific financial terms of Google’s agreement with Apple are highly sensitive to both Google and Apple,” Google said in its Jan. 20 filing. “Both Apple and Google have always treated this information as extremely confidential.”The transcript vanished without a trace from electronic court records at about 3 p.m. Pacific standard time with no indication that the court ruled on Google’s request to seal it.The case is Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc., 10-cv-03561, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).[Bloomberg]
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Opera v.42 comes with an in-built currency converter. Image Credit: The Verge Advertisement The developers of the Internet browser Opera have released a new (Opera V.42) stable desktop version for all users, and it comes with new features worth highlighting. The biggest being the built-in currency converter tool which requires no separate extension installation for it to work.Users currently using the browser should have got the notification to update to the newer version. Alternatively, you can check for it manually;Menu -> About Opera -> New Versions – Advertisement – Or you can just download latest version from the Opera website. The browser is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.Opera built-in currency converterExchange rates based on figures from the European Central Bank for accuracy, Opera v.42 offers support for conversion of 32 major currencies including; INR, USD, EUR, CHF, JPY, GBP, and other currencies. User can just select the currency on a web page and a pop-up will convert it to the default pre-selected currency. This default currency can also be easily changed as per the preference of the user.You can disable the feature if you don’t like it all, Head to;Settings > Browser > User Interface > uncheck box of convert currency to optionYou can even change the currency conversion option from there.Other new featuresOpera v.42 has got new improvements in it’s news feed discovery, and push notifications support.Early this year, the Opera Developers also introduced the VPN, built-in ad-blocker, and the battery saving feature for it’s internet browser.source: Opera
Nokia Snake Game now available to all Facebook Messenger users. Advertisement At the worlds most popular and historical phone showcase event, the “Mobile World Congress 2017” a three day event happening in Barcelona, saw Nokia brand partner HMD Global re-launch one of its long aged feature phone; the Nokia 3310 at the MWC 2017, and also announcing the availability of the popular 90’s game dubbed the ‘Snake Game’ for Facebook Messenger users.Notably, the game is also available on App store and Play store in case you don’t have the Messenger app installed on your phone (There are multiple choices of the game, its up to you to choose one you like).However, the company mentions that if one hasn’t seen the game yet on the app, there are chances that the game is still rolling out and should be available for all Messenger users in the next few days. – Advertisement – HMD Global unveiled a newer re-fresh of the Nokia 3310 (2017) alongside the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 Android smartphones as promised.Nokia Snake Game now available to all Facebook Messenger users.The new Nokia 3310, Nokia 3, and Nokia 5 are said to be made available Africa in the second quarter of 2017. The Nokia 3310 will be available in Warm Red, Yellow with a gloss finish, Dark Blue, and Grey color variants.[related-posts]
MTN customers seen lined up to re-swap/replace their simcards at the MTN service center at Shoprite-Lugogo Mall in Kampala, Uganda. (Photo Credit: Photojournalist, Pius Enywaru) Advertisement Government regulatory body of the communications sector; Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) and National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) have on Tuesday come in an agreement and lifted the ban that was imposed to telcos on sim card sales and replacement.The announcement was made by the Minister of ICT and National Guidance in Uganda; Hon. Frank K. Tumwebaze – as seen in his Official Twitter account.The tweet read, “To all Ugandans: @UCC_Official & @NIRA_Ug have concluded on all the procedures required to ease the process for #Simcardswaps & New #Simcardregistration while addressing all the security concerns.The #telecos are now free to resume in accordance with the procedures put in place.” – Advertisement – The notice was addressed to MTN Uganda, Airtel Uganda, Uganda Telecoms, Africell Uganda, K2 Telecom, Afrimax Uganda Limited/Vodafone Uganda, Smile Communication, Sure Telecom Uganda Limited/Smart Telecom, and Tangerine Uganda.New Guidelines for Ugandan Nationals For a Ugandan national seeking to acquire, upgrade or replace a sim card, they must physically appear and present his or her original National ID to respective operators.The operator will then have to verify the authenticity of the sim card holder’s National ID using the Electronic Biometric Card Readers that were provided by NIRA in April. Match the applicant’s live biometrics with the biometrics on the card, and obtain real-time verification with the NIRA database through the API. The real-time verification solves the queues at NIRA offices that had to issue letters for sim card replacement.The operator will have to re-register the applicant for the sim card and ensure that the applicant expressly gives authority to the Telecom Operator to access and match his or her details with NIRA’s database.The operator will then obtain a fresh Photograph of the applicant. This condition will be done every time a customer comes to replace their sim cards.For the case of a lost SIM Card, the applicant must present a valid letter from the police confirming the loss of their sim cards then follow the entire process as above.Guidelines for non-Ugandans Meanwhile, for non-Ugandans, the applicant whether new or replacement, must physically appear and present his or her original passport to the operator’s designated customer service center, as well as present the most recent passport photographs, which shall be attached to the sim card registration form.They shall only be allowed to purchase sim cards upon the production of an original valid passport, with a valid visa or resident permit.However, on a strong point for non-Ugandans, the sim card issued to them will only be active for the period of the validity of the customer’s Visa or resident permit – of which then the respective operator will have to deactivate the sim card upon expiry of the customer’s Visa or resident permit.[related-posts]UCC has called upon all operators to STRICTLY comply with all the aforesaid conditions as they shall be individually held liable for any sim cards registered, upgraded, or replaced contrary to these guidelines.
Bradley to win in Georgia…..The 2013 season’s first major takes place as usual at Augusta National in Georgia this week. All the talk is of the returns to form of the best two players on the planet, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, and thus they dominate the front of the betting. Readers of this blog will know that golfers priced at single figure odds or thereabouts are not really my cup of tea and if able to find viable alternatives who offer plenty of value then that is the route I take. This week offers a few golfers who most certainly offer a bit of value!The shortest of my three is selection’s is Keegan Bradley. In only his third season on tour Bradley has established himself amongst the game’s elite. A major winner in his first season when winning the PGA Championship he displays a first class temperament much needed in competing for the game’s highest honours. His 2013 season has been a model of consistency and although yet to win his turn, I feel, is just around the corner. In ten outings he has posted 6 top ten finishes with four of those coming in his last four events. Exactly the form and confidence you need coming into a major championship. A major key to winning at Augusta is the ability to make shots on the par 5s (something Tiger has done consistently down the years and part of the reason he has such a good record in this event), which Bradley is more than capable of doing, and a good week with the flat stick as the greens at Augusta can be very treacherous. Bradleys all round game suggests he has the ability to play well here and coming here in the form he does suggests all components of his game are in good working order. I expect a very good showing from the Floridian.My second pick is another American, Bo van Pelt. Van Pelt’s game is quite simply built on power, not a bad thing when coming to Augusta National. Look for him to do most of his scoring on the 5s with hopefully an eagle or three on the way! Since finishing last season’s tour very strongly Van Pelt has been a long range pick for the Masters based mainly on the fact his last two visits have yielded 8th and 17th place finishes with good final rounds on both occasions. I had hoped to see him tee it up this week in better form. In eight outings so far in 2013 he has posted only one top twenty finish and missed his last two cuts. You might say the complete opposite of our headline selection Keegan Bradley. The thing about majors and a place like Augusta National is that they can inspire players to perform at the top of their game. Year in year out at tracks all over the world players perform at venues because they bring out the best in them and in Bo van Pelt, as in the last two years, I am once again hoping that the beautiful setting and course layout see him perform, as I know he can, at the top of his game and perhaps make the frame or even lift the coveted trophy.The final selection is a player with a similar game to Van Pelt in that he can hit a long ball and that is another American Robert Garrigus. The thing that first made me notice Garrigus was not the fact he could play golf but the he used the shortest putter on tour. In fact it looked like a kid’s putter. The thing was he used it well. Having caught my eye for perhaps the wrong reason he then proved that he could play a bit as well and use the longer clubs in his bag pretty also. Having thrown away a glorious opportunity to win his first event on tour when he imploded on the final hole a couple of seasons ago, when the opportunity presented itself again he grabbed it with hands when winning the final event of the season, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. A good start to this season saw him post finishes of 16th, 6th, 11th, 22nd and 5th. His last three outings similarly to Van Pelt’s have not been so good but I think he is another who will excel at Augusta and he can improve on his only previous visit.Keegan Bradley current odds 28/1Bo van Pelt current odds 110/1Robert Garrigus current odds 200/1
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