Monthly Archive: July 2019

A new fund to support disabled candidates who want

first_imgA new fund to support disabled candidates who want to stand for elected office helped 19 disabled people win seats on local councils at this month’s elections.The EnAble Fund for Elected Office only went live in January, handing out 42 grants to help disabled candidates in England with the disability-related expenses of standing for elected office.The fund, administered by Disability Rights UK (DR UK) on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA), is only a temporary replacement for the Access to Elected Office Fund, which was frozen by the government in 2015 after just three years.The Government Equalities Office has provided funding of £250,000 for the temporary fund, covering expenses such as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters, assistive technology, personal assistants and taxi fares, but it is not clear what will happen after it closes in March 2020.Disabled politicians have previously warned that the temporary fund was only a “first step” and was a “drop in the ocean” of what was required to provide a long-term solution to allow disabled politicians to compete on a level playing-field with non-disabled candidates.The Scottish government has set up its own fund for disabled candidates for local and Scottish parliament elections, delivered by Inclusion Scotland.Anna Denham, DR UK’s project manager for the EnAble fund, said: “Feedback from participants, including from several who were not elected, is that the fund enabled them to participate equally, which both they – and DR UK – view as a success.“We would of course like to see funding continue beyond March 2020 and be available to candidates standing in any (local) government election in England.“We therefore recognise the EnAble fund as a first stepping-stone towards that goal.“Being a UK-based charity, we would also like to see similar programmes launched in Wales and Northern Ireland.“Above all, we would like to see disabled candidates and councillors receive better reasonable adjustments at all stages, from pre-selection through to serving in elected office.“However, we acknowledge that these goals are long-term and not within the remit of the current EnAble Fund.”DR UK was unable to say whether there have been any applications for funding for this month’s European elections, which are only taking place because of parliament’s Brexit crisis, or how much funding has been allocated so far.It has also been unable to say if parliamentary candidates will be able to apply for funding if a general election is called before March 2020.But disabled candidates for next May’s police and crime commissioner elections can apply for support from the fund.Cllr Peter Fleming, chair of LGA’s improvement and innovation board, said: “It is vital that the make-up of councils reflects their communities and their experience.“The LGA has been constantly working with councils towards increasing diversity and inclusion, including running our Be a Councillor campaign.”He added: “Councils want to see more disabled people, parents and carers stand for election and to step up to leadership roles in local government to create a working environment which is attractive and supportive for people from all groups and backgrounds.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Affordable Housing for FirstTime Buyers in SF

first_imgWith the median sales price in San Francisco $1.1 million at the end of 2015 — up from $681,000 in 2010 — buying a home in San Francisco may seem impossible for anyone without sizable savings and income. But for the few ready to jump through some housing hoops to enter a lottery, there are currently dozens of affordable housing units aimed at low to middle income first-time homeowners. In addition, the city has a variety of loan assistance programs for those who can buy market-rate.Inclusionary HousingWith just 56 available units out of a total of 900 citywide, the inclusionary housing program is no panacea for those trying to stay in the city, but it does offer a chance for some to move into the tightest housing market in the country.The units come out of a law that requires developers building 10 or more units to make 12 percent of them permanently affordable for either rental or homeownership. The rent or sales prices of those units is restricted by the city. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img While affordable rental units in the city are typically available to those making 60 percent of area median income or below ($42,800 for a single-person household), below-market-rate units  for sale can be bought by those making as much as 90 percent of area median income. That’s $64,200 for a single-person household or $91,700 for a family of four.The units are restricted to buyers who have not owned any part of a housing unit for three years prior to the application period.A few units are also available to those making up to 150 percent of area median income. The wide range of acceptable incomes means anyone interested should follow the Mayor’s Office of Housing’s advice and take the following steps:First, potential homeowners must sign up for a workshop and counseling session from one of five non-profits listed on the housing office website. (For Mission residents, the Mission Economic Development Agency at 19th and Mission provides these courses in Spanish and English.) The courses are six hours in total, and can be taken in either a single six-hour block or multiple shorter blocks.Once a potential buyer completes those classes, he or she is given a certificate that expires after a year. In that time, buyers should again meet with one of the five non-profits listed by the housing office to go over their income qualifications and the loans available to them.Some units have asking prices of just $157,000 while others come in at $494,000 — and all have different income qualifications. Meeting with a non-profit not only helps determine eligibility but also clarifies possible fees including home association fees, that must also be paid.Potential buyers must then choose one of dozens of approved private lenders citywide to secure pre-approval for a home mortgage. There are a variety of loan-assistance and refinancing programs provided by the city — with dedicated programs to teachers and first-responders — that can help potential buyers secure funds for their first San Francisco home.The most common of these programs, the Downpayment Assistance Loan Program, does not require monthly payment and only needs to be repaid when the house is sold or 30 to 40 years have passed. The loan can be for a maximum of $57,000 or 15 percent of the asking price.Only after all of this can an individual apply to one of a few dozen units citywide. After applying and being accepted, they enter a lottery for that unit. Statistics on the lottery are unavailable, but if it’s anything like the lottery for rentals, potential homeowners may be competing with hundreds of people for a unit.If they are not accepted, potential homeowners must apply to a different unit and begin the lottery process anew.Loans for Market-Rate HousingLow and middle-income buyers can also seek a market-rate unit and use the city help to finance it. There is also a Downpayment Assistance Loan Program for market-rate units that is more generous than the one for below-market-rate units because of the higher costs involved.Under that program, households looking to purchase a single-family home in San Francisco at market-rate can apply for a loan of up to $200,000, a loan that does not need to be repaid until the home is sold or 30 to 40 years has passed.The loan is income-restricted: Households cannot make more than 120 percent area median income, or $122,300 for a family of four. It also prevents the purchase of homes with a no-fault eviction in the last 10 years or a resale in the last 90 days, a restriction aimed at property-flipping.(The loans for teachers, police officers, and firefighters are similar to those above.)If potential San Franciscans are interested in these programs, they can subscribe to the housing office email alert system to be notified of new properties on the market or they can check the housing office website for a listing of current properties. Otherwise, low and middle-income residents can try renting an affordable unit, or go on the market to compete for those $1.1 million homes. last_img read more

Frisco Five Hunger Striker Drops Out of District 9 Race

first_imgLindo said that he had no concern about fundraising or popular support, though the latest campaign filings show he was outspent by tens of thousands of dollars. He said his time hunger striking greatly increased his visibility — and brought in thousands in campaign contributions — but also convinced him that electoral politics was no route for change.Lindo, who also works as an education consultant and is a vice-president for external affairs at the Latino Democratic Club, announced his campaign suspension via Facebook, writing a longer post on Medium describing his background and giving more reasons for his withdrawal.In an interview, he criticized elected officials for their muted response to the Frisco Five hunger strike and the call for the ouster of Greg Suhr, then the police chief. None of the supervisors called for Suhr’s resignation until a panel found widespread problems within the police department, days after the hunger strike ended.The chief finally resigned the same day of a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black woman, Jessica Williams, in the Bayview in May.“They aren’t willing to stand up,” said Lindo of the city’s supervisors. “They aren’t willing to make strong principled points until it’s politically expedient.”Lindo said he would continue to be peripherally involved in city politics, though he did not give specifics. He did say that “every elected official in this city will be held accountable in a way that they never have before.”He declined to endorse any other candidates for District Nine, but ruled out ever backing Ronen or Arce.“I’m certainly not going to endorse Hillary or Josh,” he said, adding that he would be open to talking to España or San Miguel, the other two candidates.Correction: This story did not originally note that Lindo missed a filing deadline for his supervisorial campaign. 0% Edwin Lindo, one of the “Frisco Five” hunger strikers who fasted for 17 days to protest police violence and call for the firing of San Francisco’s police chief, dropped out of the race for the seat of District 9 Supervisor today after missing a filing deadline on Tuesday.In an interview, however, Lindo did not mention the missed deadline and said he thought the political process in the city too corrupt.“It is awfully corrupt, so much so that, yeah, we need good people there, but I don’t even think it’s right to have to go through the ugliness that is what we see in San Francisco,” he said. “Nothing, nothing is going to let up, and me being one in 11 supervisors is not gonna change the world. If anything I’ll be more handcuffed, more constrained, and more compromised.”Lindo was one of five candidates to replace termed-out Supervisor David Campos, including Hillary Ronen, Josh Arce, Iswari España, and Melissa San Miguel.center_img Tags: district 9 • election 2016 • Elections • vote Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

CHALON Way is not available on Sunday January 20 f

first_imgCHALON Way is not available on Sunday January 20 for parking as there is a car boot sale on the site.Tontine is available and if the clean up is complete then Chalon Way may be available after 3pm.St.Marys is also unavailable as it closes at 4.30pm.last_img

TICKETS for the Fridays Qualifying Play Off again

first_imgTICKETS for the Friday’s Qualifying Play Off against Castleford are now on sale.They are priced at £18 for adults, £15 for concessions and £7 juniors (seating) and £15, £13 and £5 (standing).You can buy at the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.The game will take place on Friday September 19 at Langtree Park, kick off 8pm.last_img

Pineville officer dies in motorcycle crash near the battleship

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pineville police officer died early Saturday morning at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after crashing his motorcycle Friday.According to the NC Highway Patrol, Michael Stephen Williams, 56, of Waxhaw, was riding a Harley Davidson when the crash happened.- Advertisement – Troopers say it happened just before 5:30 p.m. on US 74 toward Wilmington when Ofc. Williams lost control on the US 421 ramp.Williams ran off the roadway in the curve and struck the guardrail.Williams was thrown from the motorcycle.Related Article: Two children killed in New Hanover County crashTroopers say Williams was wearing a helmet and no impairment or high speed is suspected.Emergency crews took Williams to NHRMC. He died at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.No one else was on the motorcycle and no other cars were involved.According to a post on the Pineville Police Department’s Facebook page, Williams worked as a full-time officer for 15 years.He was recently working with the department as a reserve officer.last_img read more

Is it legal to drink and boat The answer may surprise you

first_imgBoat crash in Southport on June 7, 2018. (Photo: Southport Fire Department) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man faces charges after a boat crashed into several docks Thursday night along the Southport riverfront.According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, 51-year-old Kevin Harrell is charged with operating a boat under the influence and careless and reckless boating.- Advertisement – Investigators say around 7 p.m. last night when the boat Harrell was driving caught a wake and lost control.The force threw Harrell and three passengers from the boat, which was still in gear. It plowed through three docks and a stationary boat before stopping.“The boat continued to move toward this side here and come right through these docks here and landed right here on this spot on the beach,” Criscoe said.Related Article: VA seeing patients at Wilmington Clinic ThursdayNeighbors were shocked by the damage, but say it could have been worse.For many people, a boat trip often includes alcohol. But are you allowed to drink while piloting your boat?Ofc. Matt Criscoe of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission says it’s a little different than when operating a car on the road, but it still falls on the driver to use their best judgement.“He had enough in his system to be impaired,” Criscoe said. “After doing my SFST on him and taking him to Brunswick County, it confirmed that he was impaired.”Criscoe says Harrell was well over the legal limit, which is .08, while traveling around 55 miles per hour.He says people can drink while they drive a boat, but people need to know their limit.“The operator can actually consume an alcoholic beverage while he’s on the boat and operating the boat, he just can’t be impaired while he’s doing that,” Criscoe said. “That’s the most important thing is his impairment. He’s got to judge how much he consumes during the day and if he feels that he’s to the point, he needs to stop drinking.”Some people do not think boat drivers should drink at all while they are manning a vessel.“People don’t keep track of how much they drink, and again you’re putting the lives of innocent people and yourself in jeopardy,” Southport resident Dennis Greenburg said.“Why would you do that when you have guests with you who can really be hurt? It makes no sense to me to drink and drive anything” resident Ruth Greenburg said.Criscoe says things could have ended a lot worse than they did here last night. He says none of the four men on the boat was seriously hurt.last_img read more

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns from twomonth patrol

first_img They also participated in fleet week in New York, and helped to inspect commercial fishing vessels.One little girl, whose dad was away for her eighth birthday, was thrilled to have him home.“It feels good because I missed him a lot. Cause I always miss him when he’s gone. And I just love him so much,” she said.Related Article: Storm worsens Wilmington’s affordable housing crisisDiligence began her patrol in Little Creek, VA, where the crew took part in the bi-annual training period called Tailored Ship’s Training Availability.Diligence conducted 108 drills and exercises achieving an outstanding 97.4 percent average drill score. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence sailed back into Wilmington over the weekend after a two month long patrol.While they were gone, the Diligence crew helped a man who was attempting to cross the Atlantic ocean from Norfolk, VA to Scotland in a 24-foot rowboat. The boat was damaged in a storm, so the crew repaired the boat and the man continued on his journey.- Advertisement – last_img read more

2 year suspended sentence for man who put wifes life at risk

first_imgA 56-year-old man was handed down a two-year suspended sentence after he was arraigned in court in Gozo on Saturday.The man, an Albanian national, residing in Munxar was charged after he put the life of his wife in danger. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.Sources told Newsbook.com.mt that the man had left his bedridden wife in filthy conditions.In a statement the Police said that the man received a two year suspended for four years imprisonment sentence after placing a person’s life in danger in Munxar. The person was described as either an elderly person or an adult who was dependent on the accused.The court was presided over by Magistrate Paul Coppini while Police Inspector Bernard Charles Spiteri prosecuted.WhatsApp SharePrint <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>last_img read more

9yearold cancer patient who never complained is now on the path to

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 Il-Papa rrikonoxxa l-virtu erojka ta’ tifel ta’ disa’ snin u poggih fit-triq għall-qdusijaIl-Papa rrikonoxxa l-virtu erojka ta’ tifel ta’ disa’ snin u poggih fit-triq għall-qdusija Pope Francis Monday recognized the heroic virtue of nine-year old Brazilian boy, who “never complained” during cancer treatments, but instead offered his suffering to Jesus.Diagnosed in 1963 with osteosarcoma, Nelson Santana, then eight years old, asked his mother in the hospital one day to “promise Jesus not to complain in the face of suffering and pain.”Understood meaning of sufferingA nurse and religious sister who cared for Santana noted the child’s “extraordinary ability” to understand the meaning of the suffering of Christ. The sister ensured Santana continued to receive religious instruction in the hospital, where he also received his first communion.When told that his cancerous arm had to be amputated, Santana responded that “pain is very important to increase true love and courageously maintain the love already conquered.”Pain is importantSantana died of cancer on Christmas Eve 1964 at the age of nine.The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognized the heroic virtue of Santana and six other Servants of God, advancing them along the path to sainthood as “venerable.”Pope Francis authorized the congregation to promulgate the decree April 6.Another Brazilian’s cause for sainthood also advanced with the decree. The Vatican approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of an early 20th century Brazilian priest, Venerable Donizetti Tavares de Lima, who can now be beatified.The heroic virtue of Brother Damiao de Bozzano, an Italian Capuchin friar and missionary to Brazil; Father Carlo Cavina, founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales; Capuchin Father Raffaele da Sant’Elia a Pianisi; French Friar Victorin Nymphas Arnaud Pagés of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools; Capuchin Poor Clare Sister Consolata Betrone; and layperson Gaetana “Nuccia” Tolomeo were also recognized in the decree.WhatsApplast_img read more

Public outcry over LGBTIQ inclusion sticker for restaurants and businesses

first_imgA new badge for businesses and organisations to show their commitment to LGBTI inclusion has launched today but the move is dividing public opinion.The campaign ‘#Ilkollmerħba (allarewelcome),’ has been conceived and launched by the Ministries for Equality and Tourism and will see participating companies receiving a special symbol or sticker showing their recognition and respect for the diversity and equality of groups with different sexual orientations.While encouraging companies to join the campaign, the LGBTI Chairperson Gabi Calleja explained that these entities were key to making Malta more inclusive and following the principles, ‘To respect universal human dignity, not to discriminate, to practise inclusion even in terms of representation of LGBTIQ persons in advertising campaigns.’I thought labeling was something of the pastDespite calling on businesses to show their support for inclusion, some members of the LGBTI community and the public have called the campaign counter-productive and discriminatory, in effect reverting back to labels for people rather than transcending them.One commenter on social media said that, ‘I’m trying to really hard to understand the benefits of such an idea. I find it discriminating and totally against what we as a community have fought for. This is embarrassing, this counter-productive, this is tagging. Let’s move away from tagging people for what they are and move towards building a society that gives every human being the tools to move forward on the basis of his/her merits. I thought labeling was something of the past.’A fellow commenter explains that, ‘a sticker won’t solve a discriminatory problem,’ saying instead that, ‘an inclusive mentality policy and educated background, might perhaps give you the answers you seek.’A third commenter leaned more towards the view that this was an effort ‘to cover up all the institutionalized homophobia,’We have an edgeDuring the launch of the new logo, the Malta Tourism Authority Deputy CEO Leslie Vella explained that the participating businesses would also be appearing on a new website which would be focused specifically at tourists.Vella added that, ‘We believe we have an edge as a country that is truly open for everyone and that we should use such advantage to diversify our tourism product.’Unfortunate responseWhile welcoming the launch of the #AllareWelcome sticker campaign, the Allied Rainbow Communities says that the reactions were, ‘unfortunate … especially when they come directly from the LGBTQ+ community.’‘Clearly, there is a divided sentiment on this Campaign which we believe is a complex deep-seated issue that our country is going through vis-a-vis the progress being made on the Equality agenda,’ ARC adds.They do however stress that the move, ‘in no way should be invalidated.’As for the process demonstrated in other countries, they say it is ‘a win-win situation for both business and clientele alike. We see value in such an initiative when taken up by the business without feeling pressured by the State to do so.’Communities Manager for ARC Clayton Mercieca told Newsbook.com.mt that he’d never seen, ‘such a reaction before by people from the same community and that says something doesn’t it?’Mercieca adds, ‘If we we all for it, it wouldn’t have been such a hot topic … This practice was something accepted around the world and praised but now it seems if we see it in Malta, we’ll diss it. Some say that it is the state’s role to educate the business….I think that is called a Nanny State … If business want to be truly LGBTIQ inclusive they initiate the process of educating themselves…we are currently working with a hotel to be more LGBTQ inclusive and it involves a set of actions’Dogs are welcomeA further commenter on the discussion explained that the idea of a sticker insinuated that being a member of the community ‘is an issue’ and was similar to restaurants and bars which are welcoming to dogs.Another commenter was more  upbeat and positive about the move saying that ‘Malta was in dire need of raising awareness in favour of the LGBT community and making people lacking awareness, feeling security a very intolerant world!’Discrimination still exists A blogger responding to today’s campaign stresses that while the campaign is effectively ‘nothing new’ given the uptake in other locations around the world, ‘discrimination still exists.’They explain that while there is divided opinion over the necessity of these stickers in participating bars and restaurants, those people may not have experienced discrimination and therefore they shouldn’t assume that ‘every business in Malta is open to the LGBTQ community… I can tell you there are many who aren’t.’‘Yes, Malta has made great strides for which it is and should be applauded, but don’t get on your “don’t label me” horse without understanding the facts. Discrimination still exists. Just because there’s a law against it doesn’t mean people abide by it. If that were the case there’d be no pollution, better drivers, safer construction sites and so on,’ they add.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

Patch up your Windows OS Now A Critical Vulnerability has been found

first_imgAdvertisement Windows OS maker Microsoft has released a critical patch via Windows Update today that seals up a vulnerability that affects every modern version of Windows, including Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows RT.Dubbed MS14-066, the patch shores up a hole that would have allowed an attacker to remotely trigger code on your machine using specially crafted packets.At the moment, Microsoft says they don’t know of any exploits that have actually used this, but it’s still a good idea to get the patch installed before there’s a problem. – Advertisement – This isn’t too different from any other security patch, but the sheer number of machines affected means it’s good to make sure your system is up to date. You can grab the patch from Windows Update right now.Via Life Hackerlast_img read more

The Pirate Bay taken down after Swedish police seize servers

first_imgAdvertisement The Pirate Bay has been taken offline after Swedish Police reportedly raided premises in Stockholm containing the service’s servers.Swedish authorities confirmed that local police completed a raid in Stockholm this morning and said there had been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm in connection with violations of copyright law.According to Fredrik Ingblad, an expert file-sharing case prosecutor, there were a number of police officers and digital forensics experts there. – Advertisement – [related-posts]This took place during the morning and continued until this afternoon. Several servers and computers were seized.Police in November arrested the third and final founder of The Pirate Bay after attempting to arrest him for some time. With all three founders in prison, it’s not clear if the site will come back or not, however it has previously survive raids and encountered brief outages as a result.The site went offline around 2pm Pacific Time today and hasn’t come back online since. The last time an outage like this occurred, the site had lost its domain name.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Candidates to start registering online for UNEB exams

first_imgAdvertisement After piloting electronic registration last year in 100 schools, the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) is now finalizing plans to have this year’s candidates registered online.The communication was revealed by Uneb’s online official Peter Wakabi-Waiswa yesterday.The official says that registration of candidates will begin in March and end in June.“This is going to save us a lot of money. We have been importing the registration forms from Britain which would cost us millions of shillings. We would have to pay taxes at the airport, pay people handling the paper and procurement was tedious. But it won’t be necessary now. We also can ably print certificates with photos using electronic photos sent by schools,” Mr Wakabi said. – Advertisement – He said that there were about 700 candidates from five schools were affected last year but the issue was rectified and they are now ready to roll it out to all candidates this year.The Ministry of Education spokesperson, Mr Patrick Muinda, yesterday said about 1,037 secondary schools have been given computers and access to the Internet.Schools which don’t have computers to register their candidates can take the information to those which have and take full responsibility to ensure all their candidates are registered. Sofar only 100 secondary schools don’t have computers,Mr Muinda said.This will be be a remedy for parents who pay registration fees but whose children are denied the right to sit exams after their schools do not remit Uneb’s dues.Via The Daily Monitorlast_img read more

Ugandas Police Launch UPF MOBI A Lost Found Property App

first_imgLaunch of the UPF MOBI APP at Police Headquarters in Naguru, Kampala, Uganda – which is said to be in line with the force’s Strategic Policing Plan 2015 /16 -19/20. The app was officially flagged by AIGP Asan Kasingye. Advertisement The Uganda Police through the Directorate of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on Monday launched their Lost and Found Property application dubbed; the UPF MOBI APP at Police Headquarters, Naguru, Kampala, Uganda – which is said to be in line with the force’s Strategic Policing Plan 2015 /16 -19/20. The app was officially flagged by AIGP Asan Kasingye.Kasingye pointed out that many police stations are littered with many unclaimed properties or the owners can’t adduce enough evidence to prove that the property belongs to them – it being one of the reasons of having the application in place.He revealed that in many instances the public never get to know that their property is even in the hands of the police which sometimes, he said is auctioned by order of courts or if returned, it is never ever in its original form. – Advertisement – Kasingye further told the press that the force has started implementing a system that is expected to consist of six databases among which will include motor vehicle registration, drivers licence, license to carry fire arms, criminal database, crime statics, traffic accident, lost and found property, missing persons and arrest warrant database.The app will as well have information about police stations near them, with respective contacts of officers and the police leadership structure.To download the application, you have to go to upf.go.ug website >> search for MOBI >>download the APK file to .last_img read more

Swansea v Napoli Yet another away win

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his looks tough for Swansea tonight who have only won four of their last 16 matches and face a Napoli side in far better form.The two sides have never met but it’s no surprise to see Napoli marked up as favourites at around 5/4 with Star Sports.Swansea are 10th in the Premier League but such is the compact nature of the table can hardly be considered safe yet being just eight points off the bottom three.Swansea’s head coach Garry Monk is set to field a stronger team than he did at the weekend when Swansea were dumped out of the FA Cup by Everton. However, he will be without Spain forward Michu who has not recovered from an ankle injury.Napoli’s top scorer Gonzalo Higuain is struggling with a back injury picked up in Sunday’s 2-0 triumph at Sassuolo.Napoli are currently third in Serie A and boss Rafael Benitez is bidding to become the first manager to win the Europa League with three different clubs (Valencia and Chelsea).I’m taking Napoli to win away from home – continuing the theme of the week for away wins.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)6 points NAPOLI at around 5/4 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (FEBRUARY): LOSS 35.00 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 24.28 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Two eachway National bets

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he great day has arrived and I’ve two cracking each-way bets for you.And before any wise cracks, I’m talking about the Grand National and NOT the Boat Race !First things first, this is a ridiculously wide open Grand National – even by wide open Grand National standards.Secondly, the market is so skewed in favour of AP McCoy’s final National ride Shutthefrontdoor that you are getting unique value on the rest of the field – but the advice on the Grand National always has to be TAKE A PRICE. Those Liverpool bookie chappies are not the most charitable and history proves you are better off taking early prices rather that rely on the SP market that gets more and more over-round as race time approaches.Many, so called, experts argue the National is ‘not the race it was’ and a lot of the lottery has gone out of it. I’m not sure – the race has been made safer and it had to in my view. The racing authorities recognised that the safety of the race was becoming unpalatable to an increasing audience and have moved towards easier fences and a better class of horse and rider taking part.Whether it makes it an easier task for punters though is highly debatable.Just look at the last three winners:2014 Pineau Du Re 25/1 2013 Auroras Encore 66/1 2012 Neptune Collonges 33/1So on that basis don’t let me put you off ANYTHING – no matter how you make your selections whether it’s pin or formbook.My two against the field are:CAUSE OF CAUSESQuirky kind of horse that might be the type to do well around the unique test that is Aintree. Comes here on the back of a win over four miles at the Cheltenham Festival and his trainer Gordon Elliott was the last Irish trainer to win the race with Silver Birch in 2007.NIGHT IN MILANThe ground has come in his favour, he loves the better ground. He is a solid jumper and appears to have stamina in abundance. Sound chance of keeping the prize in the north for the Keith and James Reveley combo.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CAUSE OF CAUSES for 2.5 points EACH WAY at around 18/1 with Star SportsBACK NIGHT OF MILAN for 2.5 points EACH WAY at around 25/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 85.31 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Southend v Wycombe

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]embley play host to three days of play-off finals starting today with Southend v Wycombe who battle it out for a place in League One.Wycombe are marginally second favourites despite beating Southend by an aggregate of 6-3 in their two regular season games.Both sides narrowly missed out on automatic promotion spots and they were only split by goal difference at the end of the season.Southend will be without defender Adam Thompson who has a dislocated shoulder and boss Phil Brown is expected to name the same side as the one that beat Stevenage in the semi-final. He said: “After 10 months of the season and having every person fit apart from one lad, it’s amazing and surprising. I think the team is 90% selected as the consistency levels of the players have been great this season, although it is a little unfair on the lads who haven’t been able to get in.”Wycombe are likely to be without regular goalkeeper Matt Ingram who missed both semi-final legs with a knee injury but will be boosted with the news that striker Steven Craig has recovered from a hamstring injury.Both sides arrive at Wembley in good form. Southend have lost only one of their last 11 games and Wycombe have lost only one of their seven.Southend United v Wycombe WanderersLeague Two Play-Off Final5.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2015 League Two Southend 2-2 WycombeDec 2014 League Two Wycombe 4-1 SouthendMar 2014 League Two Southend 1-1 WycombeAug 2013 League Two Wycombe 2-1 SouthendFeb 2013 League Two Wycombe 1-2 SouthendSep 2012 League Two Southend 1-0 WycombeMay 2011 League Two Wycombe 3-1 SouthendFeb 2011 League Two Southend 3-2 WycombeJan 2010 League One Southend 1-1 WycombeAug 2009 League One Wycombe 1-1 SouthendThe column had a nice result with the recommended DRAW between Arsenal and Sunderland at 5/1 with Star Sports and the bet for me today is Wycombe at 19/10.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK WYCOMBE for 6 points at around 19/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 57.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Cheltenham Open Day Three

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]uge day of racing, both sides of the Irish Sea, on Sunday but the star attraction is very much the reappearance of Faugheen ‘The Machine’ at Punchestown in the Morgiana Hurdle at 2.15.The reigning Champion Hurdler is unbeaten in 10 races and faces a seemingly a routine task today to extend that sequence, given he is 19lb clear of his nearest rival on official ratings.The form of Willie Mullins may give layers faint hope (his three odds-on shots yesterday were all beaten) but the reality is that even a below his best Faugheen wins this easily.Elsewhere on the Punchestown card, chasing stars of the future get the chance to strut their stuff in the two other Graded races.Feature race on day three of the Open Meeting at Cheltenham is the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle at 2.40, a competitive handicap run over just north of two miles.The John Fergusson trained Nabucco is my idea of the likely winner but in a competitive race I’m playing each way.The six-year-old arrives here on a four-timer and whilst he had simple tasks in the first two of his recent wins, it was his victory last time out at Ascot that really impressed me. Like today, it came in a competitive handicap hurdle and he travelled really well to beat Unanimite narrowly. He’s up 5lb in the weights but could easily still be on an upward progression.Good luck to Sprinter Sacre in the Shloer Chase at 2.10. Nicky Henderson has been very bullish but realistic at the same time. The confidence seems genuine – not that he’s back to his best – but that he’s showing some of his old sparkle and he would be a popular winner.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK NABUCCO for 3 points each way at SP with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 120.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Huddersfield Town v Liverpool

first_imgMEETING DAVE CLARK (part 2) MEETING DAVE CLARK (part 1) [dropcap]M[/dropcap]idweek Premier League action this week after the FA Cup Fourth Round matches and as for the DRAW I’m not sure they could have produced a more dull set of matches if they tried. Any chance we can get VAR to intervene?Televised action from Yorkshire tonight with Huddersfield taking the enigma that is Liverpool.It might just be me but I find Liverpool one of the hardest sides in the Premier League to predict and they arrive here on the back of a defeat by bottom of the table Swansea in the league and being knocked out of the FA Cup by West Brom – two games that they were long odds on to win.After a promising start to life in the top flight Huddersfield have found the going tough and have DRAWN three and LOST three since their last league win against Watford in December.Huddersfield’s head coach David Wagner said: “Liverpool have lost two games in a row. They look vulnerable at the minute.“Does it mean we will be successful? No. Does it mean we have a chance? Absolutely.“We have in every game, especially here at the John Smith’s Stadium, and if there’s a chance we will be there to grab it with both hands.”Whilst Huddersfield are getting sucked towards the relegation zone – plenty of teams are – Everton are in ninth place but only eight points off being bottom in a very compact Premier League!Huddersfield Town v LiverpoolPremier League20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 3-0 HuddersfieldDec 1999 FA CUP Huddersfield 0-2 LiverpoolFeb 1972 DIV 1 (OLD) Huddersfield 0-1 LiverpoolOct 1971 DIV 1 (OLD) Liverpool 2-0 HuddersfieldDec 1970 DIV 1 (OLD) Huddersfield 0-0 LiverpoolAug 1970 DIV 1 (OLD) Liverpool 4-0 HuddersfieldApr 1962 DIV 2 (OLD) Liverpool 1-1 HuddersfieldNov 1961 DIV 2 (OLD) Huddersfield 1-2 LiverpoolMar 1961 DIV 2 (OLD) Liverpool 3-1 HuddersfieldOct 1960 DIV 2 (OLD) Huddersfield 2-4 LiverpoolLiverpool won the reverse fixture 3-0 at Anfield and should win here but I’m not sure we’ll see too many goals. In what could turn out to be a scrappy match, I’ll back both teams to win to nil which will give a small profit on Liverpool and a bumper profit on Huddersfield.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK LIVERPOOL TO WIN TO NIL 8 points at 6/5 with Star SportsBACK HUDDERSFIELD TO WIN TO NIL 5 points at 14/1 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 118.94 pointslast_img read more