Disabled people should accept the badge of disabi

first_imgDisabled people should accept the “badge of disability” in order to increase their profile as consumers and help drive down the extra costs they face, according to a new report.The year-long Extra Costs Commission says that disabled people should come together as “bold and loud consumers” in order to capitalise on their collective spending power of more than £200 billion a year, in the same way that gay and lesbian people, and older people, have done.An interim report by the commission has already found that someone with a neurological condition spends on average almost £200 a week on disability-related costs, while someone with a physical impairment spends almost £300 a week.The commission – which examined the extra costs faced by disabled people in England and Wales, and was set up by the disability charity Scope – says that almost all disabled people report high extra transport costs, while most find it difficult to afford to buy insurance, and many pay more for housing, fuel and energy.Robin Hindle Fisher (pictured), the commission’s disabled chair, said in a blog published alongside the final report that stigmatisation of disabled people was still having “hidden effects”.He said: “One of them is the reluctance that many of us still feel to accept the badge of disability.“But I now think this reticence is serving us badly. It certainly reduces our collective consumer influence – and thus contributes to the extra costs we face. Hence our call to disabled people to be ‘bold and loud’.”In the report, he says: “Only by sharing information about our needs and expectations as shoppers, by complaining and speaking up when dissatisfied and by being more demanding as consumers, will companies have the market data to serve us better and to help reduce the cost of essential goods and services.”Hindle Fisher, who has worked in the financial services sector for more than 30 years, and is now also a business coach, said: “The benefits of presenting a collective voice have been seen with the gay community and amongst older people.“It is our view that it is time for disabled people to take similar action.”The commission says businesses and trade organisations must also improve the customer experience of disabled people, and recognise their spending power.And it says that disability organisations should improve the information and services they provide to disabled people and businesses, while regulators and government should “intervene” in markets where disabled people face “unfair extra costs”.Other disabled experts who sat on the commission include Dr Phil Friend, a leading disability consultant and former chair of Disability Rights UK; Amo Raju, chief executive of Disability Direct; artist and presenter Sophie Morgan; and James Moore, deputy business editor of The Independent.Among other recommendations, the commission says disabled people should share information about good deals and ways to reduce costs, through online disability communities and forums.And it calls on the government to take action to improve web accessibility, and improve disabled people’s access to taxis and private hire vehicles.last_img read more

Mission St Hair Salon Finds Home in Former Gallery

first_img Tags: Business Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% These days we hear a lot about Mission shops closing their doors, but it is less often we hear about classic Mission businesses being able to expand into new locations in the neighborhood.Chely’s hair salon is one of these businesses that’s been able to upgrade and move into a larger, updated location with more visibility. “[In the old location] we only had space for 3 stations, but here we have six…the salon is almost three times as big,” said Javier Hernandez, co-owner of the hair salon with his sisters, one of them named, Chely.The owners of Chely’s moved into their new location on Monday, May 23 at 2277 Mission Street, which until recently, housed the FFDG art gallery. 0%center_img This new space is a much-celebrated upgrade from their former location at the Plaza del Sol at 2437 Mission St, a small indoor shopping mall home to other storefronts. They opened at Plaza del Sol in 2011.The new location has allowed them to install twice as many hair cutting stations as their old home. And with the larger space, they are accepting applications for two more stylists.Hernandez said they were able to make the move after his sister saw a poster offering the space for rent. They were not the only ones interested, but the owner chose their application. They are paying more than what they were paying at their former location.   Potentially even more remarkable is the salon’s ability to maintain affordable prices for its clients, even as rents rise at astronomical rates. Haircuts for boys start at $10, with girls haircuts starting at $12. Men’s hair is cut for $12, and women’s hair, $15. “We have to adapt and give our clients an affordable price and great service,” said Hernandez.“Our clients come from various places, from Daly City, and the Richmond. We even had in the morning a family of twelve people come from Half Moon Bay.” And, in this new location, clients can benefit from a newly remodeled space, with new flooring, and freshly painted walls and decorations that Javier and his sisters have done together. They’ve even been able to remodel the bathroom, which was quite old when they moved in.Hernandez and his sisters are excited about the change and the new location’s potential. “It’s only been two days, but I think this new space is going to attract new clients,” Hernandez said. At the end of the day, this new space allows Hernandez and his sisters to continue sustaining their family business, and keep the spirit of locally owned business alive in the Mission. But for Javier, his main concern is his clients. “[all of this] is to give our clients a better service,” he said. last_img read more

Mexican Museum Founder Peter Rodriguez Dies at 90

first_imgIn 1975, Rodriguez founded The Mexican Museum. The Museum got its start in two rooms in a building at the corner of Folsom and 15th Streets at the northern edge of the Mission. Since then it has moved once, has almost been evicted once, and amassed a world-class collection. Rodriguez’ mentee and later friend Amalia Mesa Bains remembered the significance the museum had even in its modest beginnings. “It was really a very prophetic vision. We were still considered minority,” she said. “His desire to provide us a separate space for enjoying art from Mexico…I think none of us could have imagined that in the years that transpired, that it would really come to this fruition.”Mesa-Bains said Rodriguez set aside his own artistic career to focus on his curatorial work, and even used his own money to acquire the early part of the collection. “He became a curator in a kind of de facto way. He had very strong aesthetic viewpoints and he was usually right,” Mesa-Bains said.But Maria X Martinez, a close personal friend of Rodriguez in his later years, met him originally in 1991, when he had already moved on from his leadership at the Mexican Museum, and saw his curatorial work not as a sacrifice of his artistic self, but an extension.“I think he saw his surroundings and the museums and everything he was doing as his own art, I think he saw that as alchemic. There was an alchemy in transforming his surroundings,” Martinez said. “The museum – the same part of him who paints, was also who built that.”His strong viewpoints led to frequent “flare-ups,” as Mesa-Bains put it, with Rodriguez, who had a reputation for being somewhat strong-headed.“He was very opinionated, a difficult personality, really he was, but you endured it because you knew he was right,” she said. “He was a model. You looked at his house, you left, you went home, and you fixed your room. You wanted to have that kind of beauty around you.”That admiration was widespread among those who interacted with Rodriguez, both personally and with regard to his work.“He was maestro, we all knew that,” she said. “He was the oldest in his family, looked up to by all of his family.”And, said Martinez, he knew it.“I don’t think there was ever a doubt in Peter’s mind of his vision and how important it was,” Martinez said. “I don’t think he ever faltered in that.” In his later years, Rodriguez remained active artistically, painting even up to his 90th birthday. He also mellowed out, Martinez said, and relationships with family and friends became paramount. Martinez’ daughter Paloma shared a particularly close bond with Rodriguez.“The most precious thing was having Christmas Eve dinner with me and just having him be in our house and be the elder,” Martinez said.In mid July, the Mexican Museum celebrated the beginning of construction of its new building at 706 Mission Street in downtown San Francisco after existing for many years in Fort Mason. The new building will house what has become the largest collection of Mexican, Latino and Chicano art in the nation, with some 17,000 pieces. Those who knew Rodriguez attributed the success of the museum largely to him.“No one contributed more to the Latino art community than Peter,” said Andrew M. Kluger, Chair of The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees, in a statement. “He was a true visionary whose legacy is firmly established in our world-class museum, where future generations can learn about and be inspired by Mexican art and culture.”The museum was also a symbol of self-determination for Mexican, Mexican-American and Chicano artists, giving them an opportunity to be exhibited, a public feedback gathering process Mesa-Bains likened to allowing athletes to compete.“Because we were so excluded from the mainstream, our institutions were really almost like an antidote,” she said.“What an honor it has been to see my uncle’s legacy unfold before us,” said Irene Christopher, Peter Rodriguez’s niece in a statement from the museum. “My uncle worked tirelessly, and with passion and drive, to personally demonstrate that, as a Mexican-American, we can achieve any dream by ourselves.” Tags: arts • obituary Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% San Francisco artistic visionary and founder of the Mexican Museum Peter Rodriguez died July 1, 2016 at 90 years of age. Friends remembered the Stockton, Calif. native as a gifted artist, a perfectionist, and a collector who helped Chicano art to be seen and appreciated in San Francisco. Rodriguez was the oldest of eleven children and started receiving recognition for his artwork at an early age. He was selected for an exhibition in New York City in seventh grade and a year later, for the 1939 exhibition at the World’s Fair in San Francisco.In his youth, Rodriguez lived in San Francisco and worked in advertising and fashion while painting in oils and acrylics at home. After living in Tlalpan near Mexico City for some time and traveling through the Yucatan and around Mexico, Rodriguez returned in the 1970s and helped found 24th’s street’s Galería de la Raza. From the Mexican Museum: The life and legacy of Peter Rodriguez, founder of The Mexican Museum will be remembered on Thursday, July 28 at 11:30am, St. Dominc’s Church in San Francisco, 2390 Bush Street. The community is welcome to attend, joining Rodriguez’s family, friends, and colleagues in honoring the man and his lifelong mission to keep Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, and Latino art at the forefront of the art world. last_img read more

Sweep Report Dozens placed in shelter others turned away in 16th St

first_imgSome 40 people accepted placement in the Mission’s Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St. after a large-scale encampment at 16th Street and San Bruno Avenue was removed by the city Thursday morning. At the same time, three young women – one who has been on the street for 15 years – were turned away because they were part of another encampment.  It’s unclear how many people camping at 16th and San Bruno also failed to find a place, but it could have been as many as 50 given the longevity of the encampment. Public Works cleaning crews and Homeless Outreach Team spearheaded the encampment resolution effort that began at 7 a.m. with teams assisting the homeless in dismantling their tents. Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Randy Quezada, spokesperson for the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, confirmed that in total, 40 people had been placed in the Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St., but declined to give the number of people who had been living at the encampment before Thursday morning.“The space was very dynamic with people coming and going especially in that area where there were many encampments,” said Quezada.Despite the relative success in connecting  a number of campers to the Navigation Center, some declined their placement offers while others clamored to get in. “They offered me the Navigation Center and that’s it, “ said a woman who gave her name as Angel Eyes. “I’m undecided. I feel like that’s a big decisions to make right at this moment. I just spent all morning packing my things.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezOthers were eager to make use of the coveted resource. Three young women who were not inhabitants of the San Bruno encampment approached outreach workers, bags in hands, in the hope of being placed at the Navigation Center. But because they were not part of the encampment targeted for resolution, the women were turned away.“There has to be another way. What about the Navigation Center that’s on 12th street?” One of the women asked. But that center too required a placement process, she was told.As the women moved on, they were advised to move closer to the Mission’s Navigation Center.“People want to get in, people want services,” said Cutler. “There are two narratives out there – that people don’t want services and that people are not from San Francisco  – both are not true.”Cutler, a former youth outreach worker for Larkin Street Youth Services, said she recognized at least two of the women and estimated that they had been homeless for some 15 years. “I see a lot of folks out here that were homeless youth years ago. I see my kids regularly down here,” said Cutler, adding that she had first interacted with the woman when she was 15 years old. “I’m thrilled to see they are still alive, but it’s heartbreaking that our system has failed them and that they are still forced to live on the street,” she said. By 11 a.m., much of the encampment had been largely cleared, and surrounding businesses immediately began to erect barricades along the sidewalks to disincentivize campers from returning. Those who did not receive shelter placement moved on, some just a block away.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez 0% Human Rights Advocate Kelley Cutler from the Coalition on Homelessness, oversaw the resolution and educated campers on their rights and shelter options.Photo by Lola M. Chavezlast_img read more

WANT to know whats happening in the Saints Supers

first_imgWANT to know what’s happening in the Saints Superstore?We catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub.New Look Webstore Up and RunningWe are delighted that the new look webstore has now been launched prior to the start of the new season.There will be new functions added over the next few days but we hope you will find it easier to use than before. Visit www.saintssuperstore.com to get all your Saints Merchandise.Support the Saints on and off the field by buying official Saints Merchandise from the webstore and the Club Superstore.Steve Prescott FoundationWe are pleased to be able to support the SPF by donating £5 from every shirt printed with the name and number “PRESCOTT 1” between Saturday February 15 and the end of the Hull matchnight on Friday February 21. Offer applies to Saints and Hull fans on Home and Away Shirts.We are also pleased to announce that Hull F.C. have also offered to run the same promotion for their own fans who wish to remember the great man on their Hull replica shirt. We thank them for their support in this.New In StoreRecently arrived in store are two new Saints own Brand Polos.These polos offer customers another option from the ISC branded Polos and have already proved popular. Take a look for yourself or for a gift to the Saints fan in your life.We have teamed up with our Leisurewear supplier to test a range of knitwear and these arrived last week and are selling well already. Let us know what you think. We have a v neck fashion sweater plus a stylish knitted long-sleeved Polo Shirt with Tonal crest.New Products On Their WayIn the next few weeks we look forward to receiving some new products including Saints Beach Towels which a number of people have been enquiring about for some time and we are close to receiving new Boots Mascot Soft Toy.We also are close to receiving some new ISC Trainingwear including new colour ways in Vests, T-Shirts, Polos and Tech Hoody plus two new style Shorts. We also await delivery of the additional Performance Hoody in Royal Blue.You can buy Saints Merchandise in the Superstore at Langtree Park or by logging on here.last_img read more

ALEX Walmsley previews the derby on the latest edi

first_imgALEX Walmsley previews the derby on the latest edition of the Saints In Touch podcast.The big forward also talks about recent events at Langtree Park whilst Head Coach Keiron Cunningham gives his thoughts on the youngsters putting pen to paper at the club.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone page.last_img

New bridge into Love Grove community to open this weekend

first_imgAerial shot of Love Grove Community (Photo: Ron Sparks/ High Tide Helicopters) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After years of talks and more than a year of construction, the new bridge into Wilmington’s Love Grove community is due to open this weekend.The photos seen below are aerial views of the new bridge shared with us by Sparks Engineering. 1 of 2 Love Grove community (Photo: Ron Sparks) – Advertisement – center_img Love Grove community (Photo: Ron Sparks) Construction on the $5 million project began in February 2017.Love Grove only had one entrance which would get blocked by train traffic.The grand opening of the new bridge is set for Sunday afternoon.last_img

Police looking for man who tried to rob Kohls

first_img When officers arrived, they spoke with the store’s loss prevention officer. The loss prevention officer said a suspect left the store without paying for merchandise. When the officer approached him, the suspect allegedly showed an orange box cutter and threatened to cut the officer. The officer said the suspect then dropped the merchandise and left on a gray bicycle.Wilmington Police are looking for a white man in his mid-to-late 30s with a thin build, balding with light brown hair, a full short beard and prescription glasses. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie with a blue shirt underneath, black shorts and black sandals.If you have any information, call Wilmington Police. (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for a man who they say tried to rob a department store Monday morning.According to a police spokeswoman, around 9:20 a.m., officials responded to Kohl’s off Eastwood Road after an attempted armed robbery.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Crash leaves jetski atop boat in Masonboro inlet

first_img The person on the jet ski knew the people on the boat. (TowBoat U.S.) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Surprisingly no one was hurt after an accident left a jet ski mounted on a 27-foot boat Sunday.Tow Boat U.S. responded just before 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening to a jet ski versus boat accident on the Masonboro Inlet. Tow Boat officials say no one was hurt as a result of the accident.- Advertisement – last_img

Multiple Sclerosis Walk to raise money for research and services

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Fundraising for groundbreaking research and life-changing services for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis will take place on April 27.The MS Walk Wilmington taking place at Hugh MacRae Park starting at 9:30 a.m. will bring together a community of passionate people for one cause: to end MS forever.- Advertisement – Walk MS has generated more than $1 billion toward their mission and each step you take is backed by a supportive community.For more information on the event watch the video above.last_img

Teacher of the Week advocates for Wrightsboro Elementary fourthgrade students

first_img She’s about to complete her third year of teaching at the Wilmington school. In her short career, she’s already learned the importance of relating to her students both in and out of class.“I want to be more than a teacher to them, I want them to know when they leave my class they can still come to me no matter how old they are or what grade they’re in,” she said. “I still have some kids now in seventh grade that will email me still and it’s great!”Sanford realized at a young age she wanted to teach, in part, due to a cousin with autism. That ignited a passion within her to try to make her classroom as inclusive as possible.Related Article: Teacher uses real-life problems to introduce math concepts to students“I want to advocate for people who are different or you know have those diversities and make them feel accepted and let them know they don’t have to feel different,” and she added, “They don’t have to feel alone.”A viewer who nominated Sanford said she’s known for advocating on behalf her students.“Like making sure if they need extra help or services that they get that help and not just in the classroom but in the community, too,” she said.When Assistant Principal Luis Cruz escorted us to Sanford’s classroom, she had no clue why we were there.“I was so shocked,” she said. “Even my kids were looking at me like — what is happening right now?”Cruz says Sanford is one of many great teachers at the school.“She’s one of our rock stars, Cruz said. “We want to bring people in here to see her classroom, to see what she’s doing, she’s one of our gems.”So what does Sanford think about being WWAY and Mattress and Furniture Liquidators’ Teacher of the Week?“It makes me feel so proud, I’m trying not to cry,” she said. “I appreciate it so much. I’m so proud of them because I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing and I wouldn’t be who I am without them.”Since Sanford is the last teacher we’ll recognize for the 2018-19 school year, we’d like you to cast your vote for the best Teacher of the Year we’ve featured this year.The top vote getter will receive a $200 gift card. Click here to cast your vote. Voting ends Sunday at midnight. We’ll announce the winner Tuesday on WWAY News at 6 p.m. Good luck! WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Before students leave for the start of their summer break, we managed to squeeze in a final school visit to recognize another exceptional “Teacher of the Week.”Beth Sanford teaches fourth-grade students at Wrightsboro Elementary School (WES). Sanford says tries to spark new interests and make her students feel successful and proud.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man charged in Elizabethtown shooting

first_img Police responded to a report of man who had been shot multiple times in the area of Della Street, near the intersection of Quail Street.Elizabethtown Police and agent with the NC State Bureau of Investigation identified Bracey as the suspect.He was arrested in the Chadbourn area on Saturday.Related Article: Man accused of firing pee-filled squirt gun at womanHe is currently being held in the Columbus County Jail under a  $1.65 million dollar bond.The case is still under further investigation.If you know anything, contact Sgt. Willie Thompson with the Elizabethtown Police Department. Mack Bracey (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A man faces several charges in relation to a shooting that happened early Friday morning in Elizabethtown.According to the Elizabethtown Police Department, Mack Vernon Bracey is charged with the following:Attempted First Degree MurderAssault With a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious InjuryAssault With a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious InjuryDischarging a Weapon into an Occupied Dwelling- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cyprus finds another victim of suspected serial killer

first_img <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> SharePrint Police forensics officers, rescuers and divers retrieve a suitcase, which police say contains a female body, during an investigation for possible bodies of victims of a suspected serial killer in Kokkinopezoula lake, also known as “red lake”, near the village of Mitsero, Cyprus, April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Marinos MeletiouPolice forensics officers, rescuers and divers retrieve a suitcase, which police say contains a female body, during an investigation for possible bodies of victims of a suspected serial killer in Kokkinopezoula lake, also known as “red lake”, near the village of Mitsero, Cyprus, April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Marinos Meletiou Police in Cyprus found human remains on Sunday in an ongoing investigation into a suspected serial killer thought to have gone on a killing spree that claimed seven female victims and went undetected for almost three years.Police say the suspect, a career officer in the Cypriot army, has confessed to killing five women and the six- and eight-year-old daughters of two of his victims. He connected with the women on an online dating site.Four bodies have so far been found, after a female body in a state of decomposition was found on Sunday in a suitcase retrieved from a highly toxic lake close to an abandoned mine west of the capital Nicosia, police sources said.“After great and persistent effort and many difficulties a travel case was pulled from the lake, containing the body of a woman, and a block of cement,” said Neofytos Shailos, head of Nicosia Criminal Investigation Department.It appeared to belong to an adult, Shailos told journalists.Tourists stumbled upon the first victim, discovered by chance in a disused mining shaft, two weeks ago.A mother and daughter from Romania are thought to have disappeared in September 2016, and the last of his victims, from the Philippines, around August 2018.The bodies of three women have been discovered in recent days. One has been identified as Marry Rose Tiburcio, 39, reported missing in May 2018. The bodies of the other two victims are thought to belong to a woman from the Philippines and a woman from Nepal, who went missing last year.Police have been accused of failing to investigate the disappearances properly when they were reported.In response, police said a restrictive legal framework hampers the ability of authorities to check things such as phone records without a specific court order, issued only on the grounds that a criminal offence punishable by more than five years in prison is suspected.Tiburcio, the first victim discovered, was found on April 14. Her six-year-old daughter Sierra is missing. Almost a week later a second victim was found in the same mine shaft, and on April 25 a third at a firing range some 15 km away.WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch Curia ready to host a Good Neighbourhood Dinner bringing together youths

first_img <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> Video: Church.mtWhatsApp SharePrint Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritratti Around 100 youths and adults which include Maltese, migrants and refugees as well as African community leaders in Malta will be dining together on Tuesday evening, hosted by Archbishop Charles Scicluna at the Curia in Floriana.READ: Watch: Maltese youths and immigrants share a meal at the Archbishop’s Curia The Good Neighbourhood Dinner is an initiative by the Archdiocese and aims at promoting a society which embraces diversity. In the recent pastoral letter by Archbishop Scicluna and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, the bishops spoke about the need to embrace diversity.READ: Watch: Foreigners are not ‘our enemies’ – Archbishop Scicluna & Aux Bishop Galea CurmiCuria’s Head of Media Kevin Papagiorcopulo explained that Archbishop Scicluna will be addressing those attending, which include people coming from various walks of life, including youths active within the Church as well as those who are not, as well as youths of different faith. Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritratti Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritrattilast_img read more

Profile Engineer Patrick Masambu of International Telecommunication and Satelite Organisation ITSO

first_imgAdvertisement The 62-year-old has steered the organisation in crafting resolutions that benefit Africa in general, and Uganda in particular.Satellite communication is still critical to Uganda as it complements fibre optic cables and acts as back up in the event of the cables being cut,“At the conference, we agreed that ITSO continues to regulate Intelsat, a global satellite operating company, to bring a stop to exploitation of satellite services users.This means that Uganda will benefit extensively as it will not be exploited by the sole satellite service provider,” Mr Patrick Mwesigwa, the Director of Technology and Licensing said during the recently ended ITSO meeting in Kampala. – Advertisement – Good management according to experts means influencing decision making. As a result, he surpassed all applicants for this particular job, from all over the world and emerged of the tender, making him the first African to rise this far in ITSO.He says good leaders are not born but made. He has successfully grown into a leader, something he believes is not natural but was attained through grooming.The highly skilled engineer says that a manager can be made, something that is common in Uganda and with this, he disputes the notion that many have about Ugandans’ management skills.“Perhaps it is an issue of misperception by whoever is a proponent of such a notion.Personally, I believe that within the country, we have sufficient conditions and opportunities to develop good managers.”Advice for Ugandans He, however, says there are particular sectors where Ugandans are still at the learning point on the managerial curve hence an advantage to other Africans like South Africans, Nigerians and Kenyans.This is majorly in terms of the size of the pool of adequately experienced managers, something he believes can be cured in the short term provided definitive and strategic policies are enforced.However, he insists that Uganda needs to be more aggressive in promoting her talents.Mr Masambu characterises a good manager by such traits as; integrity, being dependable, transparent, consistent, open-minded, flexible and a good listener.Team playing is also key in management. He says a good manager should be able to control emotions and keep them out of decision making and should be fair while dealing with others and as well be assertive and effective in communication.Mr Masambu also says a good manager needs to be knowledgeable about the industry he or she is in. “Learn how the hierarchy in an organisation works so as to be able to delegate, be time conscious and be organised.The growth curveThis is what has become of the engineer, and this is what has enabled him make such great strides. Having started off as a Pupil Engineer in the then East African External Telecommunications based in Nairobi in 1974, he moved back to Uganda to be part of the team that established international telecommunications in the newly created Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (UPTC)in 1977. Successive advancements and responsibilities in engineering and management saw him climb the ladder to eventually become the Managing Director of UPTC in late 1997 and subsequently Managing Director of Uganda Telecom (UTL) in 1998 following the restructuring process of the communications sector.In 2000, he was appointed as the founder Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission to spearhead the regulation of the communications industry in Uganda and served for 10 years. During his period of tenure, he oversaw full liberalisation and regulation of the communications industry in Uganda.In May 2010, Mr Masambu joined ITSO where he currently serves as the Deputy Director General.To Mr Godfrey Mutabaazi, UCC’s current executive director, it is not surprising that Eng. Masambu has come this far.“He is an excellent professional, knowledgeable and hardworking. No wonder he has contributed greatly to the communication sector both locally and even abroad,” Mr Mutabaazi told Prosper.Hurdles It has not been a smooth journey for Mr Masambu. Such challenges, he says, do not only apply to the communication industry but also cut across all sectors of managing any business.He says most challenges arise out of a poor human resource system whose procedures are either not well established or not respected, which may suffocate the manager from demonstrating his or her competency.“This may be a disabler to career development for staff for the manager may have it in mind while the HR department does not consider it a major issue.”Besides institutional weakness, a manager’s failure may be attributed to poor people relations. Improper management of people relations may suffocate a manager’s job. Mr Masambu says there is need to learn people’s different characters and be able to work with them.These, Mr Masambu mastered and ensured to work smart as he led people in the different telecom institutions. He never fell down, he has persisted and moved on to date as an admirable leader and it is this that has got him this far.Source: Daily Monitorlast_img read more

New Telecom Company Launched in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement UCC’s Godfrey MutabaziCommunications regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) last week launched a new telecommunication company, Suretelcom at Kibuli.Executive director Godfrey Mutabazi said UCC is in the process of devising new service terms to improve telecommunication service delivery in the country.Suretel Uganda Ltd conducted its first Ugandan GSM call last Friday. – Advertisement – In July 2007, Minister  of Information  Communication Technology  and the UCC  granted Suretelcom  a  license   as  a public infrastructure  provider  and public  service providerSuretelcom is a subsidiary of Time turns Holding Ltd an international telecommunication company. Timeturns operates in Nepal -Spice Nepal Pvt Ltd, Cambodia -Latelz Co Ltd, Burundi -Lacell Su, Sierra Leone -Intergroup Telecom Ltd, Tanzania -Benson Informatics Ltd, Congo DRC -Yozma Timeturns Spr and Uganda -Suretelcom Uganda Ltd.According to the Timeturns, Uganda is one of the fastest growing markets in Africa with a projected in increase subscriber base by about 20.1 million people in 2009-2014 (the annual growth of 22%)It also adds that the market is highly segmented as eight operators share the subscriber base. MTN, Zain, Uganda Telecom and Warid share the market currently. Small operators are projected to capture about 13% of subscribers by 2014.last_img read more

University of Toronto to create 3D printed prosthetic limbs for Ugandans

first_imgAdvertisement A  laboratory at the University of Toronto is partnering with an international NGO and a Ugandan hospital to use 3-D scanning and printing to speed the process of creating and fitting sockets for artificial limbs.While 3-D printing has been around for some time, a new generation of fast, cheap 3-D printers offers up a world of possibilities for highly customized limbs and products.Prostheses need to be customized to suit a recipient’s individual physiology. – Advertisement – Traditional assessing and fitting procedures take many days or weeks, and require specialized knowledge of an on-site prosthetic technician.“The major issue with prosthetics in the developing world is not access to the materials of prosthetics; it is access to the expert knowledge required to form and create them,  laboratory” says Matt Ratto, a prof. in the Faculty of Information. laboratory.A 3-D scan of a Ugandan’s residual limb can be sent within seconds to another part of the world where a prosthetist can digitally design a replacement, sending that file back to Africa to be printed. Printers are increasingly sophisticated, capable of using a wide range of resins and polymers to create 3-D objects.The brings about the capacity to make a prosthesis in less than 24 hrs.“The underserved population is largely rural,” said ginger coons (who spells her name in lower-case), a PhD student in Ratto’s laboratory. “People have to come to the hospital. Not many can afford the long stay. We want to make their stay a lot shorter.”Ratto and coons hope that what they learn from the Uganda project will help them develop similar solutions in other parts of the world.This raises questions that are central to Ratto’s research and the Critical Making Lab he directs at U of T: Who owns the scan of the patient’s body and the digital model of the prosthesis? How can a patient control medical information about their person once it has been digitized? How much of an issue is it if the skilled parts of the job happen somewhere other than Uganda?For Ratto, this project exemplifies exactly what critical making—understanding new technologies through first-person experiences of creating things with them—is best at.“As a society, we’ve developed practices that are different digitally and physically,” Ratto says. “But we are starting to lose the separation. Digital and physical modes are getting entangled. That’s something that needs to be thought about. The prosthetics project is an example of how to explore these ideas.”Source: rdmaglast_img read more

Snapchat bug can freeze or crush your iPhone

first_imgAdvertisement  A new report from in the latest Snapchat security snafu indicates that the iOS version of the popular messaging app is susceptible to denial-of-service attacks that can freeze or crash a user’s phone.This was revealed by Spanish security researcher Jaime Sanchez who detailed the flaw in a blog post, explaining that he was able to send 1,000 messages in five seconds to a reporter’s iPhone, which caused the device to freeze, requiring a reboot.According to Sanchez, the Snapchat app uses tokens to authenticate users rather than passwords. “A token is created any time you make a request to Snapchat to update your contact list, add someone, send a snap etc.” he wrote. – Advertisement – “The problem is that tokens doesn’t expire. I’ve been using for the attack one token create[d] almost one month ago. So, I’m able to use a custom script I’ve created to send snaps to a list of users from several computers at the same time. That could let an attacker send spam to the 4.6 million leaked account list in less then one hour.”The attacker could target one user, sending all the snaps to one device in a denial of service (DoS) attack. The flaw is a product of Snapchat’s poor control over push notification requests.Apple iPhone owners appear to be at highest risk. Android devices, however, are not likely to crash, but will run at noticeably slower speeds.Those Snapchatters who have the app set to friends-only should be spared, as long as the attacker is not a member of their friends list.Credit: www.itproportal.comlast_img read more

You can now Hide People You Dont Want To See in Google

first_imgAdvertisement A new update to Google Photos has added a feature which makes it easy to avoid seeing specific pictures by hiding them.A scenario is if you’d rather not see your ex pop up in your Google Photos collections, but you still don’t have the heart to delete those pictures.Google’s “face grouping” facial detection feature for Photos is already available for users in the U.S. and it will soon make its way to more markets, rolling out to Canada, Latin America, Australia, the Caribbean, New Zealand and parts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa. – Advertisement – The facial detection feature in Google Photos version 1.8, is what users will use to be able to easily find or hide photos of certain people.“See similar faces grouped together in Search, and privately label faces to quickly search for the person you’re looking for. Tap the search button to get started,” Google explains.The same feature allows you to hide images of a person such as your ex so they won’t show up under People in your Google Photos Collections.Google Photos can automatically organize faces and people in your online image library so you don’t have to and images of the same person will be grouped together so you can find or hide them more easily and thumbnail photos will represent folders, allowing you to label them for quicker access.The new updates have already started rolling out for Android users, with the latest version of Google Photos available now on the Play Store in select markets.[Via Tech Times]last_img read more

Smile Uganda makes foray into Voice territory with VoLTE service

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda Communications Commission’s 2015 3rd Quarter Post, Broadcasting and Telecommunications Market and Industry report put the number of mobile subscribers in Uganda at over 22.5 m, resulting into a tele-density of 64.3%. These numbers have provided opportunities in the telecom industry but a challenging economic environment with a deteriorating shilling and raising inflation requires innovation to take advantage of them.Today Thursday, Smile Communications which has been providing internet over their 4G network has made a foray into Voice territory. The launch comes at a time when telecoms voice revenues are on a downward trend and with many operators focusing on data, fortunately for them, their Voice service comes with a data-twist.SmileVoice that was launched this morning at the Smile Communications head office comes in two forms, using a VoLTE (Voice over LTE) capable device or using the SmileVoice smartphone app. Both require a fast internet connection but not necessarily Smile’s internet. – Advertisement – Given that LTE is relatively new and there aren’t as many VoLTE compatible devices, we expect that many users will take advantage of the smartphone app which is available for Android and iOS, giving it a wide reach. At the launch, a technician checked out our devices before they gave us free SIM cards to try out the service and several older devices passed the test.Smile’s Country Manager, Steve Bannon listening to the Board Chairperson, Beatrice Kiraso’s remarks.Mr Steve Bannon, Smile’s Country Manager said, “In the Ugandan market, Android is the leading mobile operating system and together with the free SmileVoice app, we are ensuring that all our registered customers have a way to experience high-quality voice calls from their mobiles.”To use SmileVoice, users will need a registered Smile SIM card and active data connection. When out of range of Smile network, the SmileVoice app will enable calls from any device. You will however be charged local rates when you make calls when travelling.Although it’s been around for a while, SmileUnilimited was officially launched today as well, offering customers 30 days of “unlimited internet”. Elaborating on the unlimited offering, Mr Bannon explained that just like any “unlimited” offering, theirs is subject to a fair usage policy. He says their FUP is very generous and that it will ensure connectivity is maintained throughout the 30 days.Speaking at the launch, Mrs Beatrice Kiraso, Chairperson Smile Uganda said, “Smile is the first mobile operator in East Africa to develop and introduce Voice over LTE, plus a world first to develop and introduce a free VOLTE mobile application that enables all our customers in Uganda to experience high-quality voice calls over Smile’s network.”Fred Otunnu, Director of Corporate Affairs at Uganda Communications CommissionThe launch was presided over by Uganda Communications Commision, Mr Fred Ottunu, who represented the Executive Director. He made the inaugural VoLTE call to Mr Bannon who stepped out of the building for testing purposes.Mr Otunnu commended Smile on their network saying, “The customer feedback that we have been getting about your internet service is good, and we hope that you shall maintain the delivery of a good service to the customer and even get better”.I walked away with a test SIM which I’m going to install and test the service and we’ll write a review in the coming days. [related-posts]last_img read more