Documents the Department for Work and Pensions DW

first_imgDocuments the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) tried to keep hidden for more than a year have revealed some of the tactics civil servants have used to manipulate media coverage on welfare reform.The “DWP media evaluation” reports have been produced by a member of the department’s communications team nearly every month since March 2014 and analyse mainstream and social media coverage of DWP issues.But DWP has repeatedly refused to release the reports – arguing that they were “commercially sensitive” – since Disability News Service (DNS) first asked to see them through a freedom of information request in September 2015.It took a complaint by DNS to the Information Commissioner’s Office for DWP to agree finally to release the reports, more than 13 months later.The documents detail how the DWP press office has tried to reduce negative media coverage, revealing that it successfully “dampened interest” in a report on benefit sanctions by the Commons work and pensions select committee in March 2015, resulting in “a smaller spike in coverage than previous critical reports”.The committee’s March 2015 report had called on the government to set up a new independent body – modelled on the police complaints watchdog – to investigate the deaths of benefit claimants, and called for an independent inquiry to investigate whether benefit sanctions were being applied “appropriately, fairly and proportionately”.Three months later, the June 2015 media evaluation report bragged how the press office was able to secure a “favourable article” about its much-criticised Disability Confident campaign and the “importance of the vast array of disability reforms” from the “typically unsupportive” Guardian, by offering some “exclusive words from the Minister for Disabled People”.The following month, the evaluation report revealed how the press office had managed to secure a slight majority of positive coverage, “despite national figures showing an overall rise in unemployment for the first time in two years”, by arranging “a push on regional media interviews with local Jobcentre Plus spokespeople”.Among the information contained in the reports is the number of stories DWP press officers have managed to “spike” – or persuade journalists not to publish – with the March 2014 report showing they succeeded in killing 44 stories in the previous month.In August 2015, in a section titled “crisis communications”, the author of the report details how the press office approached two “negative” stories: the publication of long-awaited statistics on the deaths of benefit claimants, and the revelation that DWP had used made-up quotations from fictitious people taking about how they had been helped by the benefits system (pictured).The evaluation report said the death statistics release had “required careful handling”, and it described how its press officers had “proactively briefed broadcasters and newspapers” and “spiked coverage in the Guardian, in the FT, Express and ITV”, while its “rapid press rebuttals got corrections in both the Guardian and Daily Mirror, changing the most negative terms”.But the report admitted that there had been 57,000 mentions of the hashtag #fakeDWPstories on Twitter during August 2015.After an initial “spike of activity”, the hashtag began to accompany subsequent, unrelated DWP announcements, forcing the department to scale back all of its social media activity to “ensure the story was contained”.The reports also confirm what most disabled activists will have assumed, that DWP’s press office considers the Daily Mail and the Sun newspapers to be “supportive” of its work, while the Guardian is seen as “typically unsupportive”.There are also suggestions that the press office’s efforts on social media to promote its “crackdown on benefit fraud” have not always proved successful, with the admission in the October 2014 report that three message sent out on the social media site Twitter had been retweeted (or shared) just 18 times, even though DWP had nearly 85,000 followers.Although the reports are tilted heavily towards celebrating any DWP communications successes, there is also evidence of the success of disabled people’s opposition to the government’s welfare reforms.A “word cloud” (an image showing how often various words and phrases are used, with the size of those words of phrases demonstrating their frequency) of Twitter messages sent to @DWPpressoffice in the month leading up to the November 2014 report showed that – apart from “work and pensions”, “DWP” and “IDS” – the words and phrases used most often were “Mylegalforum”, “disabled people”, “ColdWeatherPayments” and “WOWpetition”.Both the My Legal forum and WOWpetition have been closely associated with highlighting the unfairness of the government’s welfare reforms.Disabled activist David Gillon said the evaluation reports revealed the “tawdry, Yes Minister-ish world of the DWP press office, where all that matters is the suppression of any story that might cast DWP in a bad light, no matter where the public interest may lie”.He said: “The numbers of stories the press office has caused to be spiked, often more than one a day, is even reported as a performance metric.“We also see the DWP proactively trying to limit the reporting of critical reports from parliament, and working flat out to secure corrections to critical personal independence payment stories, a fascinating contrast to the usual grossly-delayed ‘DWP are unable to comment on individual cases’.“And if the news is bad enough, as with the 57,000 #FakeDWPStories tweets, the DWP turtle will even pull its head into its shell and retreat from social media entirely. It appears that even DWP recognises it remains a toxic brand.“Meanwhile, it is headline news that an op-ed piece in the Huffington Post by the minister for disabled people was retweeted a whole 89 times.“That’s the kind of success criteria that can only be branded Disability Confident!”last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA 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… The number of secret reviews carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) into deaths linked to benefit claims appears to have doubled in the last two years, according to figures the information watchdog has forced the government to release.The figures relate to the number of internal process reviews (IPRs), investigations conducted by the department into deaths and other serious and complex cases that have been linked to DWP activity.They show that, from April 2016 to June 2018, DWP panels carried out 50 IPRs, including 33 involving the death of a benefit claimant, or roughly 1.27 death-related IPRs a month.DWP figures previously obtained by Disability News Service (DNS) show that, between October 2014 and January 2016, there were nine IPRs involving a death, or about 0.6 a month.These figures are only approximate, because the information about IPRs (previously known as peer reviews) provided by DWP through freedom of information responses does not provide precise dates for when each of them took place.But they do appear to show a clear and significant increase since early 2016 in the number of IPRs carried out following deaths linked by DWP to its own activity.They also appear to show a return to the kind of frequency of reviews related to deaths of claimants that were seen between February 2012 and October 2014, when there were 49 such reviews at a rate of about 1.5 a month, at a time when research and repeated personal testimonies showed the coalition’s social security cuts and reforms were causing severe harm and distress to claimants.The new figures also show that 19 of the deaths in the last two years involved a claimant viewed as “vulnerable”, while six of the IPRs (and four deaths) related to a claimant of the government’s new and much-criticised universal credit (see separate story).John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said ministers “always get up at the despatch box and say they are continually improving the system. This proves that to be false.“Universal credit should be scrapped, sanctions should be scrapped and the government should call off the dogs, because it is leading to people’s deaths.”McArdle said that if there was a tragedy involving the deaths of 33 people in a train crash there would be an independent inquiry into what went wrong.But because these deaths were happening in the social security system, he said, no such public inquiry would take place.He added: “It just shows a callous disregard for the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society.”A DWP spokeswoman declined to say whether the figures showed that DWP’s treatment of vulnerable and other benefit claimants had not improved significantly since 2012 and had worsened in the last two years.She also declined to say if DWP was concerned that there had already been four IPRs following the death of a universal credit claimant, even though only a small number of people are currently claiming UC.But she said in a statement: “The government is committed to supporting the vulnerable and DWP staff are trained to identify and support people in hardship.“They can apply special easements to people’s claims and signpost to appropriate local support services.“IPRs do not seek to identify or apportion blame. They are used as a performance improvement tool that help the department to continually improve how it deals with some of the most complex and challenging cases.”DWP only released the figures to DNS this week after the Information Commissioner’s Office had reminded the department of its duties under the Freedom of Information Act.The information was requested on 21 June and should have been provided within 20 working days.But it was only emailed this week, after ICO wrote to DWP following a complaint lodged by DNS about the department’s failure to respond to the request.last_img read more

Disabled people are to be forced into residential

first_imgDisabled people are to be forced into residential homes against their will by a Conservative council’s new cost-cutting adult social care policy, campaigners have warned.Barnetcouncil wants to save more than £400,000 in 2019-20 by creating more “costeffective support plans”, such as using residential care rather than fundingsupport packages that allow disabled people to live in their own homes.The northLondon council says it wants to consider “the full range of care options tomeet eligible needs (eg residential care), rather than offering community-basedplacements (eg supported living) by default”.This means anew “assumption that new clients are placed in cheaper accommodation settingswhere appropriate”.MichaelNolan, a trustee of the disabled people’s organisation Inclusion Barnet, told Disability News Service yesterday (Wednesday): “TheInclusion Barnet board are extremely concerned about these proposals, which wefear could leave some disabled people confined to residential care when theymight otherwise have been able to live independently.  “We believethat this could impact people least able to self-advocate, and is also againstthe spirit of the Care Act.” InclusionBarnet wrote to the council in January to warn that the “misconceived” plansrisked “disabled people with high support needs being confined to residentialplacements against their will” and breached article 19 (on independent living) ofthe UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.The councilhas failed to reply to the letter.A council document [PDF] also shows that it has notconsulted on the plan and will only discuss it with disabled people as part of the“assessment and support planning process”.It admits that“some clients” and their families “may consider this change unfavourable ifthey have a preference for a community placement”, which it says “could have animpact on customer satisfaction”.The council –long seen as a flagship Tory local authority – has carried out an equalityimpact assessment of the new policy, which concludes that “it is possible thatnot having the option of a council-funded community placement will be seen asnegative”, but claims that the negative impact on “some equality strands” willbe “minimal”.Cllr ReemaPatel, who leads on adult social care for the Labour opposition in Barnet, andis a former member of the executive committee of Disability Labour, said: “Dueto austerity, there is more incentive for councils to offer people with highsupport needs residential placements because it is cheaper. “However, thisruns counter to established principles around disabled people’s rights, principlesthat support the right to independent living, choice, agency and control.”Fleur Perry,a disabled campaigner who raised concerns about similarpolicies in NHSclinical commissioning groups two years ago, said: “This policy seems to bedesigned to push disabled people into residential care, putting financialpressures above people’s own choices about where and who they live with. “Theyhighlight that people may consider this ‘unfavourable’; I’d be livid! “Placingsomebody into residential care against their wishes without exploring how theycould be supported to stay in their own home may be unlawful under the HumanRights Act 1998 (article eight: private and familylife).“I’d askBarnet council not to put themselves in a position where they could be legallychallenged, and instead follow a policy that respects the right to independentliving and for people to have choice and control over their own lives.”The Equalityand Human Rights Commission claimed it had “concerns about the erosion ofservices and support to enable disabled people to choose where they live andwho they live with” but has so far declined to look at what is happening inBarnet.Barnetcouncil refused to say how it justified putting people in institutional carewhen they wanted to live independently in the community; and refused to say howmany extra disabled people were likely to end up in residential care in 2019-20as a result of its policy.It evenrefused to confirm that the new measure was now council policy.But Cllr Sachin Rajput, chair of the council’sadults and safeguarding committee, claimed in a statement that his localauthority remained “firmly committed to delivering high standards of care andsupport for those in need across Barnet, particularly our most vulnerableresidents”.He said: “We will carefully consider the rangeof accommodation options available to meet the particular needs of ourresidents, whilst also considering the limited resources that will be availableto us as a council.“Every person will be assessed individually,with their views and the impact on their wellbeing carefully considered. “For the small number of people that will beoffered a residential care placement, satisfaction levels and outcomes will becarefully monitored. “Barnet council will continue to comply with all of its duties under the Care Act (2014).”Picture: Barnet council’s Hendon town hallA 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

SF Mission Girls Prepare for Video Debut

first_img 0% Tags: balmy alley • community Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Low riders, thumping beats, and curious bystanders set the scene for a music video filmed Saturday starring three Mission girls.Sarahi Yannacone, 11,  Eliseana Hernández, 13,  and Ana Diosdado, 15,  perform in the video that will accompany a song that they and other Mission Girls have composed and produced with the help of hip-hop artist A-Plus to counter negative messages they see in mainstream media. The Mission Girls are young participants in a nonprofit program of the same name that gives girls growing up in the neighborhood a safe place to spend time off the streets and explore new skills.Ana, Sarahi and Eliseana record the lyrics of their song in a close-up shot. Photo by Laura Wenus“My lyrics are about how women aren’t really shown to be successful,” says Ana. “Women are also innovative!”center_img Eliseana helped compose the chorus, which is supposed to be a little less heavy and complex than the rest of the lyrics. The song is mostly a rap, but the chorus is sung, and meant to be more positive and encouraging.“They do the really deep stuff,” she says. “I’m supposed to be the uplifter.”On an overcast San Francsico morning, they’re waiting for the shoot to start. Particularly Sarahi, who is bent on riding in the low-rider provided and driven by neighborhood organizer Roberto Hernández.“I wanna sit in the low rider. Right behind the seat, like they do in they do in the movies!” Sarahi says.And that’s exactly what she does. Hernández takes the girls for a spin around the block, with two videographers in the front seat and another following in a second lowrider following close behind as the girls recite their lyrics.Taking a spin. Photo by Laura Wenus“I’ve met a lot of famous people, and I’m like…so star struck right now,” says filmmaker and animator Justin Herman to a bystander as the girls come back around in the car. Herman will add animations that react to the girls to the final video.“It used to be, ‘rap music is putting down women.’ It’s so much more, it’s a media wide problem,” Herman says. “It has nothing to do with rap. It has everything to do with the mall, and with mall culture.”The Mission Girls lead a small crowd down Balmy Alley for a shot in their music video. Photo by Laura WenusDawn Rosales, a firefighter, joins the small crowd of almost exclusively women who volunteered to join the girls in the video, dressed in her firefighting gear.“We’re stronger than just who the media makes us out to be,” she says. “And we can cook and bring home money.”“It’s about empowerment,” says Shikha Prasad, another volunteer. “We’re so bombarded with what’s out there and what’s supposed to be normal that we forget that it’s not normal.”Gloria Romero, the youth services director at Mission Neighborhood Centers, says the song and video are the girls’ own words and their chance to send their own message.“I’ve seen the girls, and how powerful they felt,” she says. “They’ve been able to develop a sense of power, sharing their voices.”The video will be released October 24.  last_img read more

SF Votes In Policy on Police Body Cameras

first_img Tags: SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% “This program was presented to us as a tool,” said Elia Lewin-Tankel, an officer from Mission Station. But with restrictions, “it will create a divisiveness that I don’t think is necessary. There’s enough division at this point.”“When I was just a little baby police officer, I was told that I shall, I must review every available evidence before making a report,” said SFPD Officer John Evans. He said reversing that stance indicated a lack of trust in police officers.“If you don’t trust me, I’ll go.” Evans said. “It’s patently ridiculous not to review evidence.”An SFPD police officer addresses the Police CommissionDeputy Chief Hector Sainez said that current policy is to allow officers to review available evidence and footage before writing their reports.“It helps trigger something where they actually provide more facts,” Sainez said.Commissioner Thomas Mazzucco echoed Sainez and many police officers when he said that officers could not be expected to give complete and perfectly accurate reports after traumatic situations because stress narrows their focus and inhibits memory.“I know what takes place during an [officer-involved] shooting,” Mazzucco said. “Their perception narrows. Their vision narrows to about 17 percent…Unless you’ve been there, you can’t understand what they’ve been through.”Commissioner Petra De Jesus maintained that officers should not be able to review footage before writing their reports.“People are saying, ‘Well, that’s not the way we do it.’ Well, things need to change,” De Jesus said.Public Defender Jeff Adachi joined several members of the public in asking that the commission restric officers’ ability to watch body camera footage. He and others argued that an officer who is confronted with a reality on tape that differs with his or her recollection of an incident might be inclined to fabricate a justification for their actions.“What we are after here is the pursuit of truth by examining the discrepancies between what’s in a video and what’s in the report,” said Tracy Rosenberg of the Media Alliance.As Adachi pointed out in a Chronicle editorial, it’s unclear whether body camera footage from Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies will be released in the case of Stanislav Petrov, the man who was severely beaten in a Mission District alley.Deputy Public Defender Rebecca Young commended the commission on their legislation, but recommended that officers also be barred from viewing their body camera footage after incidents with a “reportable use of force.” That clause was not added.“In a situation like with Mr. Petrov…these officers would be allowed to view that video [before making a report],” Adachi pointed out at the hearing.“No teacher would let you view an exam before the test,” said former mayoral write-in candidate John Fitch during public comment.“It’s a loophole waiting to be exploited,” another commenter said.The decision, not officially final, will send the body camera policy to the Department of Human Resources and a police union for review, after which it will be returned to the commission for final adoption. The draft policy also includes a requirement that footage be retained by the SFPD for at least 60 days and not be otherwise deleted without prior approval. Under the policy, footage will also be subject to periodic and random audits. Officers must also document the reason for turning off their body camera, and, where feasible, notify members of the public that they are being recorded. center_img The San Francisco Police Commission voted today to allow police officers to view footage from their body cameras before writing their incident reports unless the officer is the subject of an investigation or the footage captures an officer-involved shooting or an in-custody death.In those cases, the police chief or someone of his choosing must decide whether to allow the officer to review his or her footage before making a report. Body cameras will be rolled out sometime in 2016, but a date has not yet been chosen.Even as the Commission deliberated and heard public comment, much of which concerned cases of police brutality and officer-involved shootings, Police Chief Greg Suhr was responding to a scene in the Bayview, where police officers had shot and killed a man.Police officers at the meeting universally argued that officers should have access to footage before writing reports, calling it a tool to improve the accuracy of their reports.last_img read more

National training experts weigh in on SFPD Taser adoption

first_img 0% Tags: police • SFPD • tasers Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% As the San Francisco Police Commission decides whether to equip the SFPD with Tasers, two national experts reforming traditional police training see a place for Tasers on an officer’s tool belt – but one also viewed them as less than critical. However, both agreed that training was key to using Tasers effectively. Sue Rahr, the director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, and one of the leading experts in retraining and changing police culture, said Tasers have a role to play.  Foremost, however, is the importance of equipping officers with “emotional intelligence,” which she sees as a tool to avoid the use of force.center_img Rahr’s organization is like few police training models in the country, in that it is designed to move officers away from a warrior culture to one that promotes a guardian mentality. To do so, it uses an approach called LEED, which stands for “listen and explain with equity and dignity.”“We’ve moved away from the boot-camp model of training officers like we do soldiers, and we’ve moved to a model of training officers to see themselves as leaders, as critical thinkers,” Rahr said, referring to her organization’s training methods.When she was sheriff of King County, Washington, Rahr — who has 33 years of experience in law enforcement — required all of her officers to carry the stun-gun devices that San Francisco is now considering. “I don’t know what the reasoning is in San Francisco,” she said, referring to the Police Commission’s long history of rejecting their use. “But I would not want to be the leader of a police agency that doesn’t have Tasers as an option for their officers.”According to a 2013 report by the Department of Justice, an estimated 85 percent of police departments that serve a population of at least 2,500 have approved the use of conducted energy devices, or Tasers. “I’m surprised San Francisco doesn’t have Tasers already,” said Rahr.Rahr said that after she introduced Tasers in King County, “the number of officer-involved shootings plummeted, because officers were able to use Tasers instead of their firearms.”Others, however, argue that equipping officers with Tasers actually led to more use of force because they escalated intense situations. A Taser, a gun-shaped object with a trigger, shoots two darts into its target and releases electrical shocks at varying levels to stun a suspect.A study by Reuters found that 1,005 deaths in the United States have resulted from people being stunned with a Taser, and other studies show that an earlier model of Tasers have a high failure rate. Axon, the largest manufacturer and seller of Tasers, is in an ongoing lawsuit with the Houston Police Department over the ineffectiveness of a Taser model introduced in 2011 with a reduced charge.While the effectiveness of Tasers is under review, Seth Stoughton, an associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and a former law enforcement official, was cautious about police officers’ reliance on deploying Tasers.“The thing about a Taser is, they’re very easy to use,” Stoughton said. “You just pull them out, point them at someone and pull the trigger.”“Because it’s such an easy tool to use, and because the benefits can be very clear, officers may be tempted to use the Taser in situations … where they should, instead, be trying to verbally de-escalate,” Stoughton said.The issue of de-escalation has come up several times at the Police Commission’s public meetings on Tasers. Sheryl Davis, the executive director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, which is sponsoring the hearings on Tasers, said at Tuesday’s meeting that the device’s impact on the SFPD’s new de-escalation training was the community’s No. 1 concern.When asked about the implementation of Tasers in San Francisco, Stoughton said, “It’s complicated, as is almost everything with policing.”“It kind of depends on what the alternative to a Taser would be. If instead of using a Taser, an officer would have spent an extra five, 10, or 15 minutes, or longer, trying to verbally de-escalate a tense situation, then the use of a Taser is problematic,” Stoughton said.Stoughton notes, however, that de-escalation isn’t always easy, and officers often have a brief period to evaluate a situation and act. “The best way to think about de-escalation, is that it’s a force option, it’s hanging on the officer’s toolbelt just like a baton, or pepper spray, or a Taser, or a firearm,” Stoughton said. “It is appropriate in some circumstances, it is plausible in other circumstances, it is a bad idea in other circumstances; some of it depends on imminence.”Rahr said she supports using de-escalation tactics first, but wants the public to know how difficult it is for an officer to de-escalate an intense circumstance.“One of the things that I think is often misunderstood by the public is that, when we talk about de-escalation, we’re talking about some special kind of verbal skills or techniques that are going to calm somebody down,” Rahr said. “That’s only a piece of the concept.”The most important aspect, she said, is how an officer responds to stressful situations. “We refer to it in this way: De-escalation is 90 percent proper control tactics,” Rahr said, referring to the training she gives her officers.“In my opinion, that is one of the most important things officers need to possess, is the ability to manage their own stress and their own emotional reaction to the things that they encounter in the field,” she added.Two local law enforcement officers agree with the use of de-escalation tactics and are adamant about their support for Tasers.Park Station Captain John Sanford said he has spent all 32 years of his law enforcement career with the SFPD, and has seen proposals to adopt Tasers fail three times.He thinks the time has come to start using them.“I believe that it’s a necessary tool for police officers to do their job, and do their job more effectively,” Sanford said.“We often talk about public safety and trying to bring any situation to as peaceful of a resolution as possible,” he said. “If the officers are required to use Tasers under these circumstances, I believe it’s a much better option than a lethal option.”Haight-Ashbury beat cop Elizabeth Prillinger shared Sanford’s sentiments. “Whenever you’re taking non-lethal tools away from officers, by virtue of that, you present them with opportunities to maybe have to go to lethal options sooner.”“That’s me just speaking as a human being, because I’d rather not have to take any serious form of force against anyone,” Prillinger said.Still, getting the public to trust officers with Tasers will be a tall task.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, between 2000 and 2015, there have been 95 reported shootings involving the SFPD, including 40 fatalities. Speakers at the Police Commission’s public hearings have made clear that people of color and the homeless are too often the victims of these killings.Captain Sanford sees SFPD’s relations with the community as part of a national dilemma.“If we speak candidly, I think we all know that it’s going to be very difficult regaining the community trust simply because of what has happened around the nation,” Sanford said.Some who spoke at the Police Commission’s public hearings oppose the implementation of Tasers on the basis that they run counter to SFPD’s progressive reform efforts. Those efforts just got tougher as the Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it would cut federal funding to collaborative reform programs with law enforcement agencies, like the SFPD. Despite the cut, SFPD Chief Bill Scott told Mission Local he will continue with the 272 recommendations the Department of Justice made in 2016. As for Tasers, the debate will continue on Oct. 2 at SFPD headquarters, where a working group, comprising several local organizations, will work on crafting the Taser policy that the Police Commission will later vote on. The Police Commission will meet at least once more before a final decision is made.Stoughton urges the San Francisco community to fight for reform — ­regardless of the Police Commission’s decision on Tasers.“The real question for a location, a locality, a city and its citizens isn’t just, ‘Should officers have it?’ he said. “It’s, ‘How should officers use it, and how should they not use it?’” last_img read more

MOSE Masoe spoke to the In Touch Podcast last week

first_imgMOSE Masoe spoke to the In Touch Podcast last week about his move to St Helens.The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a two year contract from 2014.“St Helens is one of the best clubs in Super League and I was stoked when I was approached by them,” he said. “It was great that such a strong team would want me to play for them.“I know a couple of players who have played there and that talk highly about the team and coach so I am excited to come over.“I had another year to run on my contract but I was excited when I got the offer and my manager said Nathan Brown wanted me to play for them.“I’m looking forward to playing in the Challenge Cup and the big games like Wigan. I love those rivalries and the passion that comes from the fans. The Roosters versus the Souths, Penrith-Parramatta those teams hate each other and that gives an extra five to ten per cent in the game.”Mose describes himself as an impact player who does the simple stuff.“I like to run and tackle hard,” he added. “It will be good to measure up against some of the best players in the world.”Joining him is teammate Luke Walsh – a scrum half the club snared a few weeks back.“I have been playing with Walshie this year so there is a combination there. When I come to St Helens I will know what kind of plays he does and it will be good to see how we gel as a team. He’s a little general on the pitch and will boss his players around.”You can hear the full interview on the In Touch Podcast. Details on how to listen are here.last_img read more

SUPER League is evolving… Saints are set to announ

first_imgSUPER League is evolving… Saints are set to announce their 2015 Season Ticket packages soon.With more home games and more big matches in store, a Season Ticket gives even better value for money as the brand new league structure will ensure every minute matters in every game!Season Ticket Holders look out for your renewal email to access your personal renewal website to follow soonTo communicate better and more meaningfully with our Season Ticket Holders we want to know more about you!Firstly, we need to know your correct and up to date contact details so we can keep you up to date with everything you need to know.Simply log on here and make sure your details are rightIf you have forgotten your log details to our online portal please email us at: and we can reset them for you.If you are not a current Season Ticket Holder but would like to join our mailing list for information then please register here.Anyone who registers or updates their details will be entered into a draw to win a superb Alactel Mini Smartphone worth more than £100.last_img read more

Wilmington man sentenced to nearly 19 years in prison for drug and

first_imgDarius Williams was sentenced in federal court to more than 18 years in prison for drug distribution and firearm charges. (Photo: Vinelink) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man was sentenced in federal court Thursday to more than 18 years in prison for drug distribution and firearm charges.Darius J. Williams, 38, will spend the nearly two decades in prison followed by 6 years of supervised release.- Advertisement – On September 27, 2017, Willams pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, cocaine base and marijuana, and possession of a firearm by felon.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office FBI agents saw someone using heroin in a restaurant parking lot in Wilmington on February 21, 2017. The man, who allegedly had 87 dosage units of heroin in in his lap, told agents he was on federal supervised release. The man then said he was living in a federal halfway house, where he had previously purchased heroin from Williams, who was also on federal supervised release and living in the same house.Just two days later, the man was instructed by FBI to purchased 351 dosage units of heroin from Williams’ house. On June 26, 2017, agents coordinated with federal probation to arrest Williams at the Wilmington probation office.Related Article: Nearly 10,000 pills collected during Operation Medicine CabinetWhile Williams was detained, deputies say he directed associated through monitored phone calls to where drugs were stored. Law enforcement officers watched the associates park their vehicle near the address identified as belonging to Williams’ mother.Cordelia Ross and Rynell Solomon dug up drugs that were buried in a backyard of a residence on Grathwol Drive, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.The associates were detained upon leaving. Inside the car, law enforcement recovered two plastic bags containing 91.78 grams of MDMA, 33.68 grams of cocaine, 62.78 grams of marijuana, and a loaded .380 pistol which was later determined to be stolen.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Northside residents upset over proposed rezoning plans

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Big changes could soon be coming to a section of the Northside part of the City of Wilmington.Wednesday night the Wilmington Planning Commission voted to approve a proposal to rezone several acres in that area.- Advertisement – “It won’t be long before they be coming in here trying to put anything they want to here,” Northside resident, Gladys Hardy said.Many residents are upset with the planning commission’s decision to approve rezoning for nearly 10-acres.“Well my reaction is like they didn’t hear what what I said,” Hardy said. “It was like the plans were already made and regardless of what I say the plans are going on.”Related Article: Dashcam video shows Wilmington man point gun at officerThe plan rezones parts of Anderson, Fanning, Hanover, and 10th Streets from office and residential use to an urban mixed-use zone.The rezoning aims to preserve existing and vacant buildings, create more non-profits like Dreams of Wilmington and the Community Boys and Girls Club which are already in that area, and create the possibility for affordable housing. Now that is something many say is far overdue.“Affordable housing is really where the focus should be. And it needs to be where people can live, work and play. And so I would also like to emphasize the need for jobs here in Wilmington,” upset resident said.For decades many have complained about wanting their own grocery store but say they do not see that happening. To see what could be developed under the rezoning, click here.Despite what may come to the area, some are worried about the affects it would have on those already living in the community.“I feel like I’m going to lose the value on it trying to keep it up,” Hardy said. “And when they start building eventually they’re gonna come in and want to, you know, force me out too.”As for the Wilmington Planning Commission they hope the rezoning helps to clean up and improve that area of the Northside of the city.Although the planning commission approved the rezoning request, it ultimately comes down to the city council.The city council has the final vote and they would also have the final decision on what would be developed in the area.last_img read more

Ferry route on alternate schedule due to ramp maintenance

first_img Thursday, March 22:From Southport: 5:30, 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 a.m., 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45 and 6:15 p.m.From Fort Fisher: 6:15, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15 and 10 a.m., 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45, 5:30 and 7 p.m.Friday, March 23:From Southport: 7:45, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:45 and 6:15 p.m.From Fort Fisher: 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.The route will resume its public schedule on Saturday, March 24. Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (Photo: @NCDOT_Ferry) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Due to ramp maintenance, the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route will be on alternate schedules Thursday and Friday.The schedule will be as follows:- Advertisement – last_img read more

Downtown Sundown Concert Series announces 2018 lineup

first_imgDowntown Sunset Concert Series (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Summer is right around the corner! Wilmington’s popular Downtown Sundown Concert Series is returning for another season and has announced its 2018 lineup.The concert series will run each Friday night from May 25 through August 31. The free concerts are from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.- Advertisement – The concerts are designed to provide interesting and fun entertainment for attendees, spur interest and activity in Downtown during the early evening hours and to raise funds for Wilmington Downtown Incorporated’s downtown development programs.  Last year, over 33,000 people attended the concerts.According to WDI, the concerts will return again this season to its traditional location of Riverfront Park with one small change. Due to heightened security concerns, attendees will be unable to access or use the courtyard area of the Alton Federal Courthouse although the stairs will remain open for seating and viewing.The dates and scheduled headline performers include:Related Article: Have you seen her? Police search for missing womanMay 25            42 (Coldplay Tribute)June 1              Red Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin Tribute)June 8              Hey Johnny Park (Foo Fighters Tribute)June15             Tuesday’s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute)June 22            The Core (Eric Clapton Tribute)June 29            20 Ride (Zac Brown Tribute)July 6               Wrong Way (Sublime Tribute)July 13             Departure (Journey Tribute)July 20             Funky Monks (Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute)July27              Breakfast Club (80’s)August 3          Shoot to Thrill (AC/DC Tribute)August 10        The Wildflowers (Tom Petty Tribute)August 17        SkyDog (Allman Brothers Tribute)August 24        Abbey Road Live (Beatles Tribute)August 31        Satisfaction (Rolling Stones Tribute)WDI partners with other area nonprofit groups to sell wristbands. The wristbands cost $1 and can be purchased by people who are 21 and older and want to enjoy beer or wine at the show. Last year, WDI contributed approximately $10,700 to area nonprofits through the wristband program.Money raised from the program will go toward these nonprofits:American Legion Post 68Cape Fear River WatchIndo Jax Surf CharitiesLaney HS Band BoostersLaney HS BaseballLove is BaldLump to Laughter IncNew Hanover CheerleadingOperation Pretty ThingsPaws Place Dog RescuePender High School FootballSkyWatch Bird Rescue & Conservation CenterVietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 885Wilmington Police Recreation AssociationWilmington Professional Firefighter Associationlast_img read more

OpenTable Rx Restaurant ranked among best southern restaurants

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington restaurant known for their southern cuisine is now getting some national recognition.OpenTable recently released its list of the 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018 and RX Restaurant and Bar, located at 421 Castle Street, is on it.- Advertisement – Travel and Leisure Magazine published the list, stating the reservation platform found the winners based on diner reviews for more than 27,000 restaurants.14 states were represented and North Carolina had the second most of the list, tied with Texas.Rx opened in 2012 and is located in the historic Hall’s Drug Store building within the Castle Street Arts District.Related Article: Reserve at Forest Hills increases number of displaced in WilmingtonRx says on their website, “whether it’s Esther’s heritage pork or Stefan’s heirloom tomatoes, we are excited to create dishes that highlight our region’s organic farmers and fishermen.”“We are so honored to receive this recognition and thankful to all our guests who shared their positive dining experiences on OpenTable. We feel lucky to have an excellent staff who work hard day in and day out to provide a top-notch guest experience for all,” said Owner and Chef James Doss.last_img read more

Bringing the world to the Cape Fear at annual intercultural festival

first_imgBOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Join in to learn about other cultures at the 14th Annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival Sunday 10 at Brunswick Community College.Organizers were forced to reschedule the festival due to Hurricane Florence. It will be held indoors this year at the Odell Williamson Auditorium.- Advertisement – See the world renowned Russian ensemble Barynya introducing Russian culture through music, dance, and song.The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival aims to bring all countries and cultures together right here in the Cape Fear.Here’s more information about this annual event.Related Article: Get your health back on track with free seminarlast_img read more

Your toes will be tapping down 42nd Street at Thalian Hall

first_img The show runs Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, June 13-16, and June 20-23.Stars of the show Stephanie Tucker and Spencer S. Lawson sat down with WWAY’s Donna Gregory with a preview.Here’s more information on how to get tickets. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A musical opening Thursday night is bubbling over with tap and a multitude of other dances. The Opera House Theatre Company’s production of 42nd Street is bound to be a toe-tapping good time!Beginning Thursday night you can catch the Broadway musical played out on stage at Thalian Hall.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Malta 71 likely to vote in EP elections

first_img SharePrint The number of Maltese intending to vote in the forthcoming elections for the European Parliament is higher than the EU average. While the EU average is 67 per cent of voters, 71 per cent of the Maltese expressed their intention to vote. Besides if a Brexit type of referendum was held in Malta only 12 per cent would vote to leave the Union while 68 per cent would vote to remain. This result is very close to the EU average.This information was published in a report based on the results of a Eurobarometer survey that was held in Member States during February 2019. The study organised just three months ahead of the European elections, reveals that despite the various internal and external challenges to the EU of the past years, the European sense of togetherness does not seem to have weakened.More positive, better informedThe attitude of the Maltese towards the EU is more positive that the EU average. 67 per cent of the Maltese (compared to 61 per cent  of Europeans)  think that membership was a good thing and a massive 91 per cent say that Malta has  benefitted from membership (EU average 68 per cent).Yet when it comes to making their voices count, in elections to the European Parliament, in February only 38 per cent of Europeans knew that the ballot will take place in May. On the other hand an impressive 73 per cent of the Maltese knew about the May elections.Immigration a main concernThe Eurobarometer also checked what themes, in the opinion of respondents, should be discussed as a matter of priority during the current electoral campaign for the EU Parliament.Immigration was the theme mentioned by 72 per cent the Maltese, though this was . four percentage points less from the previous survey held in September. The EU average was 44 per cent. The concerns expressed by the Maltese was almost equally high with all age brackets; with men slightly less concerned than women.Combating climate change, on the other hand, garnered 50 per cent of respondents, an increase of 11 percentage points since September. For those under 24 years of age combatting climate change was considered to be much more important than for other age groups.The need to promote human rights and democracy scored the third position, mostly along the same levels as last September. The fight against terrorism came fourth, down to 34 per cent compared with 49 per cent in the previous survey.Background to the surveyThe fieldwork of this survey was carried out from 19 February to 4 March 2019 among 27,973 Europeans, drawn as a representative sample from the general population aged 15 or over. Following the political context at the time of writing, EU average figures were calculated for 27 Member States, with results for the UK being shown in addition.Read more about the Spring Eurobaromter 2019: WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Most 2017 traffic casualties involved males aged between 18 and 59 –

first_img SharePrint Maltese Roads Traffic UpdatesMaltese Roads Traffic Updates The majority of road traffic casualties in 2017 were experienced by males between the age brackets of 18 and 59 years old, new figures show.According to the National Statistics Office, the largest majority of cases of reported injuries involving males in road traffic accidents were recorded between the three age brackets; 18-25 (210), 26-40 (324) and 41-59 (320) groups. This accounts for 884 total cases, just over 80% of all cases reported for 2017 (1,103).The majority of these are cases of slight injuries; 152, 245 and 246 respectively. Grievous injuries were the second most common; 46, 64 and 62 respectively. Fatalities were reported in the 18-25 and 26-40 age groups; 2 and 3 respectively.This trend within the age-brackets is also shared with females. According to the figures, there were a total of 521 females from this same age bracket, involved in road traffic accidents.  Like with the males, this was mostly seen in terms of Slight injuries, 18-25 (108), 26-40 (169) and 41-59 (170). Likewise, with grievous injuries, this was accounted as; 10, 15 and 20 respectively. A female from each age group died in 2017.These figures form part of the National Statistics Office’s comprehensive 2018 report focused on everything from cruise liner passengers to car ownership and traffic accidents in the reporting year of 2017.Motorcyclists most grievously injured in 2017The NSO figures also show that motorcyclists account for the most grievously injured on the roads in 2017.According to the numbers, there were 104 grievously injured motorcyclists in road traffic accidents, more so than those cases reported for car drivers and other vehicles on the roads.Second to motorcyclists were drivers of passenger cars (58), goods carrying vehicles (7) and drivers of Quad and ATVs (3).Motorcyclists also sustained 270 cases of slight injuries. This was just under half the number of cases faced by drivers of passenger vehicles (556). Slight injuries were also regularly reported for Passengers within passenger vehicles (274). This group also accounted for the highest number of fatal injuries inflicted in road traffic accidents (6). Only 3 motorcyclists were injured fatally in 2017, followed by 4 pedestrians hit by passenger cars.May to July, the most deadly months of 2017NSO’s figures also show that the period between May and July 2017, had the highest casualty to accident ratios.May recorded a ratio of 13.8% between 195 casualties to 1,410 accidents on the roads. This dipped slightly in June with a ratio of 13.5% (188 casualties and 1,395 accidents) before shooting up to 13.9% (192 casualties and 1,384 accidents).These figures correspond with a comparative look at the period between 2015 and 2017. June and July represent the months where road traffic accidents increased year on year. Between the two-year period, June is reported as 1,369, 1,379 and 1,395 cases. July is recorded as 1,525, 1,377 and 1,384 cases. Injuries sustained in traffic accidents drop in Northern Harbour but still high   According to the number of injuries by locality, the Northern Harbour region still maintains the highest number of injuries sustained in road traffic accidents despite a fall in 2017.The figures show that the region saw a slight drop from the 568 cases in 2016 to 520 in 2017. In 2016, these were primarily slight (432) with 104 grievous injuries reported. A year on, the number of grievous injuries remained unchanged with the number of reported slight injuries decreasing to 379.Interestingly, the Northern Harbour region saw the highest number of cases of accidents involving cyclists. This figure rises from 10 in 2016 to 12 in 2017, despite the Northern region reporting the highest number in the previous year (13). Overall, the number of accidents involving cyclists increased slightly in the year period, from 36 to 45. These were primarily slight injuries (25 – 32) and grievous (8 – 11).The region also reported the highest total number of road traffic accidents, recorded at 5,650 in 2017.The Southern Harbour saw the biggest increase between 2016 and 2017, between 384 and 444 cases respectively. As with the Northern Harbour, these were primarily slight (2016 – 317, 2017 – 366) and grievous (2016 – 55, 2017 – 59). The biggest rise was seen with drivers in the Southern region. This increase took place from 191 to 226 cases.The Western region also sees an increase in the number of road traffic accidents happening between the year period; 232 from 204 respectively.Gozo and Comino also see an increase in the number of cases, rising from 110 in 2016 to 122 in 2017.WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

MTN Foundation sets up ICT centre in Ghana

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Ghana, through its foundation, has constructed a 20 person capacity ICT centre to serve as a computer training centre for more than 500 visually impaired students of a local school in the country.The USD 65,000 ICT centre has been set up in Akropong School for the blind, situated in the western region of Ghana, and will help equip the students with ICT skills and help them improve on their academic work. – Advertisement – Cynthia Lumor, executive director of MTN Ghana Foundation, said: “ICT has become the driving force for development and innovation across the globe and it is critical for students including visually impaired students to have access and use it to support their studies.“MTN Foundation will continue to make these interventions to support and promote gains in capacity building, greater flexibility and efficiencies for learning among teachers and students so that the general quality of education improves.”The MTN Foundation has made a commitment to the school to provide a one-storey building and 33 seater bus, alongside the ICT centre, over a three year period in its efforts to contribute to development in the sectorThe Foundation has built a total of 22 ICT centres and invested more than USD 6.5 million in various community development projects across the country since its establishment in November 2007.Source: Humanipolast_img read more

What You Need to Know About the 10 Finalists Startups for Seedstar

first_img2ambale is a mobile and web based eCommerce platform that only deals in fashion for men, women and children. Advertisement On Monday, the jury at Seedstar selected 10 Ugandan startups from different industries including; eCommerce, AgriTech, FinTech, Business, to mention a few who will participate at the Seedstar Kampala pitch event at Outbox Hub on 24th, August 2018. At the pitch event, the 10 finalists will pitch to a panel of selected judges; CK Japhet; Team Leader at Innovation Village, Otim Gerald; Founder of Ensibuuko, Takuma Terakubo Founder and CEO of Leapfrog Ventures, and Maryam Mgonja; Associate for East Africa at Seedstars.The finalists have today been a invited for a one day bootcamp at Outbox Hub.2ambale Limited 2ambale incorporated in 2016 is a web and mobile based eCommerce solution that provides its customers an hour delivery of any products bought from their store. The platform doesn’t charge any extra cost but only the payment for the product. – Advertisement – The eCommerce platform only deals in wear/fashion for men, women, and kids. Products are delivered countrywide. They also deliver to Kigali, Rwanda but for this case it would take two days.Agro Supply Uganda Limited ASU is a solution that is financing agricultural technologies through mobile micro savings. The solution allows small scale farmers save for fertilizers and seeds by purchasing a prepaid scratch card which costs about 50 cents to USD$50 and decide whether to save it for fertilizers or for seeds. They deposit their money into a layaway account by texting in the scratch-off code from the scratch card they purchased.However, the farmer isn’t given the money during withdraw but s/he is given either fertilizers or seeds upon their choice. For instance, if the farmer has been saving UGX200,000 for fertilizers, and UGX150,000 for seeds, s/he can decide to buy fertilizers say for like UGX150,000 leaving them with a balance of 50,000 on their account. The UGX150,000 separate for seeds isn’t touched at all.Bringo Fresh Deliveries Ltd BFD is an eCommerce solution behind farmers accessing an organised market for their fresh produce. Just like any other eCommerce store, BFD only deals in produce – allowing customers order for a box containing fresh fruits and have it delivered to them. According to the company’s Chief Executive, Brian Matsiko, Bringo Fresh application is the tech bridge between Ugandan farmers and consumers of fresh fruits. Customers go either to the Bringo mobile app or Bringo website, find and choose the best food Box of their choice, then view what produce are in the box before making payment. Once the customer is satisfied with the box, s/he orders, makes payment and have it delivered.Notbaly, the selection ranges from UGX24,000 to UGX133,400 depending on the customer needs. A classic fruits box worth UGX63,650 contains five green apples, 6 oranges, 5 tangerines, 2kgs passion fruits, one pack of grapes, one pineapple and four mangoes.CoinPesa Ltd CoinPesa is an online money transfer platform that uses Blockchain technology – allows its users to access digital currencies from any web enabled device. The team aims at boosting convenience for its customers, by integrating their system with mobile money.Last week the startup launched a referral program dubbed CoinPesa Champion, its own Initial Coin Offering (ICO) pre-sale with the aim of getting more Ugandans on the cryptocurrency band wagon. The program uses Blockchain technology to create digital assets through tokenization and provides a way for users to generate an actual tangible asset and sustainable incomes from their continued usage of the exchange.Digital Health Access DHA is a platform that connects people to health professionals and providers via a mobile and web app. Among such professionals are Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, Counselors and Lawyers.Mallan Co. Limited Mallan, for their solution YakaKo Pay, an emergency payment option for the users to enjoy uninterrupted electricity usage. The solution allows people to purchase for electricity on credit and pay later. The solution works only for customers who have the Yaka meter.Medical Street International Co. Ltd Much like 2ambale and Bringo who deal only in Fashion and Fresh Produce respectively, MSI launched in 2017 is also an eCommerce platform offering a wide range of medical supplies and products to health consumers. Customers purchase for products via the MSI website and can choose to pay with Cash on Deliver (CoD) or via mobile money. They deliver prodcts to over 90 districts in the 8 regions of UgandaOlyCash OlyCash is a simple, affordable and scalable payment tool that allows people to use in local and international eCommerce and non-physical cash settlements. From the available options on their official website, one can choose whether to buy or sale products.Customers don’t require to have bank accounts or credit/debt cards to pay for their products. All you need is to go to your nearest OlyBoss (a business or individual with a funded OlyCash account you will find through the app), hand them the cash that covers what you want to buy plus their fee, they notify OlyCash and you will receive a code on your phone from OlyCash. The code you receive is what you use to shop or pay bills.Quest Digital Finance QDF a project of Akello Banker is the easiest credit access to farmers and traders using Sacco’s by mobile and web based tools that fit the needs of the local communities. The solution works when a farmer applies for a loan from a SACCO, but the SACCO doesn’t have the liquidity to lend him/her. The Sacco forwards the farmers request to akellobanker platform and within 24 Hrs, the platform releases money to the SACCO or recommends a supplier/service who will get paid on delivering the stock.When the Money is disbursed on the farmers account in the SACCO, they get notified on phone where the can withdraw the money from any Mobile money Agent.The seedstar Kampala pitch event will be held on Friday 24th, August 2018 at Outbox.After Kampala, the Seedstar team will travel to Dakar (Senegal) and Luanda (Angola) 07th September to search for startups one from each to represent their country at the Global Seedstar Summit in Switzerland next year.Below are the past winners of the Seedstar Summit.StartupCountryYear they WonAbout the StartupGiraffeSouth Africa2015The startup is an innovative solution that aims at reducing unemployment in the emerging markets.FilipinoPhilippines2016The startup turns SMEs invoices into cash through discounting of their receivables, providing them with necessary working capital they are not getting from the banks.AgroCentaGhana2017The startup is tackling food access and stock flow issues across Ghana communities.last_img read more

Andela Uganda Hosting a Hackathon at the Health Innovation Conference

first_imgSome of the Andela Developers pictured working on their startups. (Image Credit: Nairaland Forum) Advertisement Andela Uganda will hold a two day public hackathon dubbed IDI-Andela Health Hackathon at the Health Innovation Conference (HIC).The HIC takes place from March 19-20th, 2019 at the Serena hotel. Prominent speakers from NIAID, Clarke Group, CryptoSavannah, Case Hospital, Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention, USAID, and Janssen are confirmed.The hackathon will aim at bringing together innovators and techies with health professionals to create mobile-based solutions around sustainable health. – Advertisement – The hackathon plays part in UAHII’s core function to improve health outcomes for people with/affected by HIV and TB. This through innovations in clinical care, capacity building, system strengthening and research, which inform policy and practice.After the hackathon, three winning teams emerge winners — when judged based on technical and business bit. Each receives a scholarship to an exciting Health Innovations Post Graduate Program, technical mentorship from Andela Uganda, access to business mentorship and resources from Innovation Village. In addition, a cash prize, and a grant writing support from the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI).Interested participants to take part in the hackathon can send in their applications online via ANDELA HEALTH HACK online portal.last_img read more