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first_imgShe joined Hannah Cockroft on her lap of honour after finishing seventh behind Britain’s double gold medallist in the T34 200 metres in London 2012.But four years on, Mel Nicholls believes she has a real chance of causing an upset and beating Cockroft in one of her three events in next month’s Rio Paralympic Games.In London, the T34 track races were sprints – 100 and 200 metres – but in Rio there will be a T34 100 metres, a 400 metres and an 800 metres, a race which gives the mid-distance specialist Nicholls a much better chance of a medal.She told Disability News Service: “I have definitely got a chance.”A silver medal in the 800 metres at last year’s world championships was a “great boost”, she said, coming as it did soon after an injury lay-off.She’s world record-holder at 1,500 metres and loves the tactics of the longer races.Nicholls (pictured) said: “I am much more of a distance racer, I am not a sprinter. It definitely goes in my favour.“[The 800 metres] is still a short middle distance but you have got a good lap of time for some tactics, which I absolutely love. That’s my thing.“I see it as like a game of chess. Once you’re into the rhythm you can kind of see it… I know where people are, I know what I can do, and you just play it out, and that makes it really exciting.“With the 800, it’s almost anybody’s race. There are about five of us who can medal. I definitely want to be in that top five.”London 2012 was her first major competition as a wheelchair athlete, and she took part just four years after the last of three strokes which left her disabled.The build-up to Rio has been completely different to London, when she was “a complete unknown”.She said: “I wasn’t on the radar [at London]. I am now. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but since London I’ve been on the team and it’s my job, so there is a lot of different pressure.“That’s really exciting, but it’s a very different feeling.”Nicholls describes herself as a “perfectionist”, both as a person and as an athlete.She said: “There’s no harder taskmaster than I am on myself. You want to be the best you can be.“Also, I don’t want to let my team down. I’m really part of the team. My coaches, the country, everybody that’s invested in me and the sport, I feel I owe them back.“Always I want to please people; I want to please my coaches, my friends, my family. I work myself the hardest because I don’t want to let anybody down.”She copes with the stress and pressure partly through support from a sports psychologist and mindfulness training, which she said has “probably been my biggest help in my training”.The mindfulness proved crucial at last year’s world championships, she said, when she had only returned to training a month before, after an injury, and was lacking in confidence.She said: “I got a silver medal and it was my mind that got me through that race. Your mind is powerful and you can do a lot with that.”Like many Paralympians, she has had to make sacrifices. She hasn’t seen her mother, who lives in France, since last year.Nicholls said: “I don’t see my friends very much; sometimes they can get quite frustrated about that. I don’t see my family.“They understand that. It’s a short time and a small price to pay, I think. I know that they are there backing me and afterwards it will be worth it.”She is looking forward to the “vibrance and the colour” of Rio – “I am a fan of bright colour, everyone knows me for always being in pink” – and to being part of a team environment again.She said: “That was the main thing I noticed from London. I had never been in a team environment before and it felt like a big family.“The people supporting you back home and the team around us, it was a big family, and everyone was there for the highs and the lows.”She said that putting on the Rio 2016 ParalympicsGB team kit for the first time was “wonderful”.She said: “Putting on the kit is something really special. I can imagine putting on a wedding dress, it’s that kind of experience… I will take this over getting married any day.”She added: “We have this amazing crown design, which I absolutely love. It’s very regal. I love the royal family, I absolutely love the Queen, so I think it’s fantastic. If I could wear a crown to race, I would.”Like many Paralympians, she is hoping to inspire the next generation of athletes, as she was inspired herself by watching the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.She remembers joining Cockroft on her 200 metres lap of honour in London.She said: “It was the children, their faces, and they all wanted to high-five you. You could see the magic in their eyes, and that was really special, and that was disabled children or able-bodied children.“For me, if one person is going to take up sport, that’s such a positive, that’s what I want to do.”Nicholls put her wish to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes into action five years ago by starting an academy with her coach, basing it at the Coventry Godiva Harriers athletics club.There is now a core group of at least 10 athletes at every session, three times a week, and another 40 people who drop in and out; some of those who attend the sessions are amateurs and some of them professional athletes.She said: “Some of the children do it because it’s a social thing, they have friends there, but they are getting better and better.“The older guys want to come and get fit because they haven’t had the opportunity before.“So we have Paralympic athletes training with everyone else; everyone just mixes in.“It’s a social thing, it’s a confidence thing, a health thing and a competitive thing as well.”One of those training with her at the academy is 15-year-old Kare Adenegan, who watched Nicholls and Cockroft race four years ago in London and made headlines last September after becoming the first athlete to beat Cockroft in her senior career.Adenegan will be racing alongside and against both Nicholls and Cockroft in Rio.last_img read more

A MASSIVE Saintly welcome to our sponsors for Frid

first_imgA MASSIVE Saintly welcome to our sponsors for Friday’s First Utility Super League tie with Hull KR.MATCH SPONSOR – JelfJelf is an award-winning independent insurance broker and financial consultancy. They provide expert advice to both businesses and individuals on matters relating to insurance, healthcare, employee benefits and financial planning.Jelf work with more than 69,000 corporate and commercial clients, covering a wide spectrum from small owner-managed businesses, to SMEs and larger corporates, as well as having more than 45,000 individual clients.You can find out more about Jelf here.MATCH BALL SPONSOR – Kingstone PressKingstone Press are proud to be this week’s Match Ball Sponsors and continue their support for the rugby league.They are in their third year as a major partner of the Rugby Football League (RFL), supporting the development of the game from grass roots to the highest professional levels.Whether as the Official Cider of the national team and First Utility Super League or through their title sponsorship of the Kingstone Press Championships and the NCL their aim is to deliver total cider refreshment to fans and players alike and bring fans closer to the action and clubs they love.They are proud to state that they are Rugby to the Core.You can learn more about Kingstone Press here.MATCH PROGRAMME SPONSOR – Warrington AudiWarrington Audi are again our Match Programme Sponsors and are proud to be a regular sponsor here at Saints.Warrington Audi is part of the Jardine Motor Group, one of the top retail dealership groups in the UK, whose values are built on providing an exceptional customer experience.They can be found at Charon Way, Gemini Retail Park, Westbrook, Warrington, WA5 7YDClick here to find out more.CORPORATE SPONSORS – Ty-phooOur main partner are also this week’s Corporate Sponsors.Typhoo Tea Limited has a long and rich heritage, stretching back to 1903 when Birmingham grocer John Sumner developed and sold a blend of tea in his shop. Now based just over in the Wirral they are proud to have been a major sponsor of the Saints over the past few seasons. And we hope that our successful partnership will continue further in the future!To find out more click here.THIS WEEK’S FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – Safer St HelensSafer St Helens is a local community programme set up by local authorities.Known as the community safety partnership (CSP), St Helens CSP is made up of representatives from Merseyside Police, St Helens Council, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Probation Trust and Health services (the ‘responsible authorities’).The ‘responsible authorities’ are required to work together to develop and implement strategies to protect our local communities from crime and to help people feel safe. They develop local approaches to deal with issues including anti-social behaviour, drug or alcohol abuse, burglary, vehicle theft, domestic violence and re-offending.In doing so, they work in partnership with a range of other local public, private, community and voluntary groups and with the wider community. The CSP is required to prepare a delivery plan informed by an annual joint strategic assessment and public consultation process.After Sponsoring Paul Wellens for the majority of this season they are now proud to be sponsoring our new young full back Adam Quinlan who is already becoming a fan favourite on the terraces.For more info visit their website here.last_img read more

Isabelle Rudge Charlotte Hill Sarah Lovejoy Car

first_imgIsabelle Rudge, Charlotte Hill, Sarah Lovejoy, Carys Marsh, Pip Birchall, Naomi Williams and Jade Ward have joined Emily Rudge, Faye Gaskin, Tara Jones, Dawn Taylor and Katie May in committing for the forthcoming campaign.Head coach Mark Brennan said: “We are delighted that these players have committed to signing at Saints this year.“Pip, Jade and Carys have all come through the Thatto Heath girls section which has a rich history of producing players. They are committed to learning and developing in our system.“Sarah is a player I have worked with at England Students and at GB Teacher level and she will bring a boost to our pack this year. Isabelle will be great for us as a middle unit player who has been developing her skills, whilst Charlotte is a strong running centre who is very physical and a real attacking threat.“Naomi adds experience to the squad and that is important as she will help us guide the younger players.“The team is starting to come together now and training has been going very well with players being challenged to learn and develop.“We are all working really hard as a group to ensure we are ready for the season ahead.”Isabelle Rudge started playing rugby league at the age of 11 and then played for Warrington Girls at under 14s and under 16s. From there, she played rugby union at Northumbria University for three years before returning to rugby league when she graduated.Charlotte Hill has represented Lancashire u18s as well as playing rugby union for Southport RUFC.Sarah Lovejoy comes to the club with plenty of rugby experience. She has played for Leyland Warriors, Chorley Panthers, Stanningley and Preston Grasshoppers as well as for North West Colleges (Rugby Union).She has also appeared for England Students and Great Britain Teachers and played in the Lancashire Women’s Rugby League in the summer and winter leagues. She has also played for Lancashire women’s rugby union for four seasons.Carys Marsh has played for Thatto Heath from under 16s. She has also appeared for Lancashire u18s and North of England u18s at Rugby Union as well as England Students Rugby League.Naomi Williams has played Thatto Heath for two seasons before joining St Helens Ladies. She has also represented her county and country at different levels.Philippa (Pip) Birchall played at Thatto Heath for six years before joining the open age side at 16. She has also represented her county.Jade Ward has been at Thatto heath since 2010 and has represented Lancashire on several occasions.All of the Ladies team is available for sponsorship. Please contact for further information.Pictured in order are Philippa Birchall, Jade Ward, Sarah Lovejoy, Naomi Williams, Isabelle Rudge, Charlotte Hill and Carys Marsh.last_img read more

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first_imgThis means that we currently top the sales leaderboard of all the Betfred Super League Clubs attending the showcase event.At the time of publishing, there are less than 100 remaining day tickets available in the Kop end of Anfield Stadium to snap up, where the majority of Saints fans will be located.You can do this by calling the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium on 01744 455052, while stocks last.For those fans who have already secured their tickets, check out the Fan Guide to the Weekend by clicking here.last_img read more

Search warrant graphically describes teachers alleged sex crimes

first_imgMichael Kelly (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County teacher shared pornographic images with some students on Snapchat, had sexual conversations while at school, and texted students sexual images of his genitalia, according to an affidavit for a search warrant for Michael Kelly’s home.The affidavit states that on January 16, the FBI interviewed the parent of 15-year-old, known as Victim 1. The parent notified the FBI that they had found child pornographic images on a cell phone used by Victim 1.- Advertisement – The FBI analyzed the phone and recovered contacts lists, SMS and MMS messages and pornographic images of Victim 1 and adult pornographic images.On February 2, the FBI interviewed Victim 1. The teen confirmed he sent a sexually explicit image via SMS message to a teacher at Isaac Bear Early College High School. The teen identified the teacher at Michael Kelly. A forensic analysis of the phone showed the image was created August 29. The victim stated he sent the image to  Kelly’s phone. The forensic review of the phone did not locate the SMS messages. Other messages were found between the victim and Kelly. The teen told the FBI that they had deleted several text messages that they believed would upset their parents.During the interview with the FBI, the teen disclosed the following:Related Article: NC mother uses gun to defend son, home against burglarDuring the beginning of the 2017 school year, in August of 2017, Victim 1 and other students at Isaac Bear engaged in sexual conversation with Kelly, in his classroom during their lunch period. Kelly also discussed his sexual interactions with women, as well as, at least one incident where he and a male friend watched pornography and masturbated at the same time.During these conversations, the discussions about the size of Kelly’s penis and penis size of other Isaac Bear students were also mentioned.Victim 1 also disclosed the existence of a “group” on Snapchat. Victim 1 stated that Kelly was a member of this group with students from the school. Victim 1 said that the members of this group exchanged pictures of their penises.Victim 1 also described an incident during second semester in 2017, when Kelly slid his hand onto Victim 1’s buttocks. Victim 1 described the touching as sexual in nature and not as a “sports pat” or accident.Victim 1 also described a day when they went into Kelly’s class, engaged in a conversation which lead both the teacher and the student to exit the classroom, and enter the student restroom. Kelly urinated and then turned around and exposed his penis to Victim 1. Victim 1 believed this was on purpose and not an accident.Victim 1 also described Kelly’s penis, and said Kelly showed them a picture of a “sock puppet” with “googley eyes.” Victim 1 said he believed Kelly was wearing that sock puppet on his penis in the picture.A review of phone records showed Kelly exchanged over 250 texts with Victim 1 between May 2017 and January 2018.An additional review of the records determined the phone number associated with Kelly has exchanged over 500 SMS messages with at least four phone numbers believed to be associated with students from Isaac Bear. Some of these same students participated in conversations regarding sex and Kelly’s penis as well as being members of the Snapchat group, according to Victim 1.On February 6, the FBI interviewed a 16-year-old, known as Victim 2.Victim 2 disclosed to the FBI and Sheriff’s Office that between August 8 and mid-December, Kelly approached him multiple times. On 2-3 occasions, Kelly shielded his phone from other students and showed Victim 2 a pornographic image on his phone. Victim 2 also stated that on 5-6 occasions he received “Snapchat” messages from Kelly that contained pornographic images of a white male. Victim 2 knew this SnapChat user to be Kelly. Victim 2 confirmed that all of these pictures were closeup shots of male genitalia and that most, if not all of them were of the same white male. He also described the genitalia.During a search of Kelly’s home, investigators removed a Samsung cell phone, five dell laptop computers, multiple SD cards, an iPhone, a dell tablet, an iPad, a thumb drive, Motorolla cell phone, Verizon cell phone, and an envelope.Kelly is charged with indecent liberties with a student and sexual exploitation of a minor.Prosecutors say there are at least five victims.Kelly remains in the New Hanover County Detention Center under a $1 million bond.last_img read more

Another student charged with making threat to area school

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The number of students charged with threats against schools in southeastern North Carolina since the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida continues to grow.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies arrested a 14-year-old Burgaw Middle School student early this morning. The sheriff’s office says the student is accused of making a verbal threat of a school shooting to classmates.- Advertisement – Investigators say school administrators learned of the threat around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and notified the sheriff’s office. Deputies took the student into custody around 2 a.m. at his home.The student, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, has been charged with making a false report of mass violence on educational property.last_img read more

NC State researchers to reveal homeowners GenX tap water results

first_img Researchers will also be available to answer questions from participants and the public.Little is known about how long GenX and related chemicals will remain in the environment, how they are stored in the body, or their toxicity.The GenX exposure study aims to address these questions.Related Article: NC State trustees vote to allow alcohol sales at athletic venuesIn November, lead researcher Jane Hoppin and her team recruited New Hanover County residents who agreed to give blood, urine and tap water samples for analysis. Participants received their individual water test results via letter last week.Blood and urine testing is underway and those results will be shared first with individual participants and then with the larger community when they become available.Hoppin and NC State co-researchers Detlef Knappe and Nadine Kotlarz will present the results. The meeting is hosted by Cape Fear River Watch.It will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at UNC Wilmington’s Lumina Theater.The meeting is free, but tickets are required. They are available at Sharky’s box office, located outside Lumina Theater on Hamilton Drive. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.For more information about the study, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–NC State researchers will present the initial tap water results from the GenX exposure study at a meeting on Tuesday night.Researchers will discuss the findings for tap water samples taken from nearly 200 homes of New Hanover County residents who volunteered to participate in the study.- Advertisement – last_img read more

More step up and collect donations for local Coast Guard members

first_imgUnited States Coast Guard in Oak Island (Photo: WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — An organization is stepping up to help local members of the Coast Guard.Harbor United Methodist Church on Masonboro Loop Road will accept donations for the Wrightsville Beach Coast Guard.- Advertisement – You can bring cash or write checks to Harbor UMC with the memo “Coast Guard Donation.”The donations will go toward Walmart gift cards through Friday.In addition, Oak Island Golf Club is continuing to accept donations and gift cards for the Oak Island Coast Guard.Related Article: Another storm threatens to wash away more beachThey say the response has been so overwhelming. They’ve even set up a food distribution site for families.last_img read more

Road worker hospitalized after being hit at busy Wilmington intersection

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a road worker was taken to the hospital Monday night after being hit at the intersection of Oleander and Independence.A police spokeswoman says the accident happened around 10:45 p.m.- Advertisement – She says it appears the driver had the right of way and the worker walked into the path of the car.WPD says the driver was not cited.The victim was reportedly taken to the hospital by EMS for minor injuries.last_img

Real ones five aside or Subbuteo ones – Cassola on PMs Ta

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACredit: SportingnOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACredit: Sportingn The Independent MEP candidate Arnold Cassola has asked the Prime Minister to clarify if the Ta ‘Qali expansion really measures up.While praising the Prime Minister for pledging to expand the park in Ta ‘Qali to the equivalent of 63 football pitches, Cassola questions whether there is enough land to accommodate this.Watch: Ta’ Qali expansion, 3rd the size of London’s Hyde Park – MuscatHe states that with an average football pitch measuring around 7,000 square feet multiplied by 63, there is approximately 441,000 of land.Cassola questions if the classification of a football pitch is merely a bluster of size rather than measured by accuracy.‘Are we sure that such amount of new land exists in Ta’ Qali? Is Joseph Muscat refering to 63 real football pitches, five a side ones…. or Subbuteo ones?’WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Watch Necessary mechanisms exist in the party if activists want to take

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that party has the necessary mechanisms which can be used by the party activists if they want to take action against him.READ: Watch: “Ask for a vote of confidence” – Gonzi to DeliaAddressing the press after an approximate 3-hour wait outside PN’s headquarters in Pietà, Adrian Delia said that the main outcomes of Saturday’s executive committee meeting were communicated in a press release.READ: Jean Pierre Debono wins David Stellini’s Gozo seatThe PN’s Executive Committee voted on who was to take David Stellini’s seat after he resigned and will be returning to his former job in Brussels. Jean Pierre Debono who was elected in June 2017 had relinquished his seat to make way for Adrian Delia after the latter was elected as leader of the party.READ: PN Exec Committee to decide on Stellini replacement; Said says choose CutajarAsked by what is holding him back from taking the test and asking for a confidence vote in himself, Delia said that the paid-up party activists have given him a mandate to carry out the necessary reforms. When it was pointed out to him, that the Party’s paid-up members are just a fraction of those who voted in the recently held elections, Delia said that there are various elections however this was not about himself. He argued that each election has its consequences. Delia was elected as leader of Partit Nazzjonalista in September 2017 after obtaining 7,734 votes while his rival Chris Said obtained 6,932 votes. A total of 14,742 of the party’s paid-up members voted in that election.READ:Watch: ‘We will take all necessary measures’ – DebonoDelia had previously said that he will not resign from his post, after Partit Nazzjonalista suffered a defeat both at the local council elections losing key localities like Siġġiewi and Valletta, as well as at EP elections where the party lost its third seat in the European Parliament. In the local council elections held in May 2019, in terms of first count votes, 150,514 people gave theirs to Partit Laburista while 103,398 gave theirs to Partit Nazzjonalista.READ: Watch: ‘I will not be resigning’ – DeliaWhen asked if he’s confident that he has his party’s support, he said that he does not announce whether he is confident or not. He further argued that the Party has its own structures and mechanisms, saying that the election on Saturday concerned a parliamentary seat. He further argued that within the party there is a democratic process exists, saying that he is ready to submit himself for any scrutiny.READ: Robert Arrigo and the mysterious document‘We will wait and see…I’ve expressed my wish’ – Delia on DebonoReplying to whether Jean Pierre Debono resigned from the post he holds in the party, Delia said that the decision on Saturday was on who will take up the vacated seat. Elaborating further, Delia referred to comments he had made during a TV programme, saying that he had already expressed his wishes, that he would like to see him resign from his post. When pressed further on what Debono will be doing, he said that what Debono will do, will have to be seen at a later stage. Delia however argued that he was very clear and hopes that what he had said, becomes a reality.On Jason AzzopardiWhen asked about comments made by PN MP Jason Azzopardi hours after PN executive committee head Mark Anthony Sammut resigned from the role, saying he felt the administration needed to carry responsibility.Azzopardi took to Facebook saying that “those who had nothing to do with the political strategy resigned while those who strategised could not be bothered”. Asked about the comments, Delia said that he will ignore his fellow MP saying that this was not the first time. According to Delia such comments do not help the party and claimed that Azzopardi should also carry political responsibility. However Delia while he said that he will not ask him to resign, failed to explain what he meant by this.READ: Updated: ‘The person with more responsibility than me should do the same’ – resigning Exec PresidentAccording to Delia, the party ‘does not have a right to govern’ but has ‘to stay in Opposition’ and reform itself before claiming that it could offer itself as an alternative government.READ: ‘I’m considering the next move’ – SaidWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Barzagli calls time on his career

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has announced that he will hang up his boots at the end of the current season. During his 20-year career, the defender has won 7 Serie A titles and the World Cup with the Italian national team in 2006.Since joining the Serie A giants from Wolfsburg, with whom he won the Bundesliga title, the former Palermo and Chievo player managed 280 games for the ‘bianconeri’. The 37-year-old announced his retirement after Juventus’ 2-1 loss against Spal. He stated:“When you’re a footballer you have trouble thinking about the aftermath but because of injuries you have to think about it. I am attracted to everything and will evaluate my options in the coming months.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Facebook introduces Verified Profiles

first_imgAdvertisement In a bid to increase authentic engagement with celebrities, businesses and high-profile people on the social network, Facebook has moved to introduce verified profiles and pagesA verification badge similar to those used on Twitter will be used to denote the name of a page that has been confirmed as the authentic voice of a specific business, boosting consumer confidence that the brands they are engaging with are who they say they are.These small, blue check marks will feature prominently beside the page name and will also crop up when hovering, in searches, in stories about users liking a page, in ‘Pages you may like’ suggestions and in news feed ads. – Advertisement – This process is being conducted internally by Facebook which has instructed staff to verify pages which are at the greatest risk of duplication with no requirement for action on the part of individual page admins.Credit: The drumlast_img read more

Main Online Lingo Gets Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

first_imgAdvertisement The Oxford University Press has announced that it will add a handful of new words and expressions originating from Internet culture to its Oxford Dictionaries Online dictionary.Now, when your less tech-savvy friends call you out in conversation for describing your relationship as an LDR, or for talking about that Mexican take-out joint that made you vom, you can proudly point to those words’ entries in the Oxford Online Dictionary to confirm that your web-drenched English is a legitimate form of the modern vernacular.New entries include:ApolsbitcoinbuzzworthyBYOD (Bring Your Own Device)emojigeek chichackerspaceInternet of thingsLDRMOOCphabletsrslyvomTL;DR – Advertisement – It’s worth noting that Oxford Dictionaries Online is not the same as the better-known Oxford English Dictionary. The latter permanent historical record of English word usage, while the former focuses on common uses within modern English. But tech lingo isn’t by any means barred OED – last June “big data” “tweet” “redirect” were among a few terms to earn recognition.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

The Moto 360 SmartWatch Is Finally Here

first_imgAdvertisement The Moto 360 has been unveiled previously, and is arguably the most anticipated Android Wear smartwatch, owing partly to its attractive round face. The wearable is finally landing, complete with heart rate monitor, in both black and gray metal finishes, with retail availability kicking off today at noon EST from, Best Buy and Google Play for $249.99.Two new metal band options will be available beginning “later this fall,” with the price rising to $299.99, and aftermarket metal band options will be on sale for $79.99 when that launches. At the same time, leather bands will also go on sale as official Motorola accessories for $29.99 apiece. We already knew a lot about the Moto 360, besides firm pricing and availability, but to recap the Android Wear watch has an edge-to-edge round display (with an occlusion at the bottom for radios and sensors) and is made from stainless steel. It includes a pedometer, and weighs 1.72 ounces, which is less than either the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live. It also boasts wireless charging, another unique function. The premium materials and wireless charging, in addition to the design, are what Motorola is hoping will prompt buyers to spend an extra $20 – $50 above what the competition is charging. – Advertisement – Like all Android Wear devices, it offers wake-on-wrist-flick, automatic voice response via the “Ok Google” trigger, and activity tracking. It’s compatible with any Android phone or tablet running Android 4.3 or higher, and it has IP67 dust and water resistance for splash and rain protection, and submersion of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It has a Gorilla Glass screen case, and Horween is producing the leather straps.Motorola is offering Motorola Connect to personalize the experience and differentiate its device software-wise form the rest of the Android Wear crop. This companion app for your smartphone lets you specify height, weight and age for more accurate activity tracking, allows for watch face customization (change colors and font choices), as well as provides limited location tracking for lost devices (it’ll show you your smartwatch’s last recorded location, rather than live updates, as it doesn’t have its own internal GPS).Tech specs for the Moto 360 include a 1.56-inch 320×290 display, good for 205ppi, and it has a 46mm diameter watchface. The 320mAh battery will get you about a day of mixed usage, and the TI OMAP 3 processor should give you all the oomph you need. 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM is pretty standard, as is the vibration motor included for notifications.We shall be doing a Video on the Moto 360 soon as it is shipped.Credits Techcrunchlast_img read more

Facebook Plans on Monetizing WhatsApp

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Menlo Park-based social networking firm, Facebook Inc. came in terms with the developers of the now most used messaging platform; WhatsApp by acquiring it in 2014 in a deal worth USD$22 billion. At the time of the deal, WhatsApp was generating little revenue but the purchase price was slightly more than the market value of Sony.Since its acquisition the messaging platform has grown to a big deal having over 1 billion daily users globally. In new reports, Facebook has revealed that the company is looking to put steps in place to monetize the messaging app. They will test new features to make it easier for people to communicate with businesses they want to reach on WhatsApp, the company said in a blog post.“We’re building and testing new tools via a free WhatsApp Business app for small companies and an enterprise solution for bigger companies operating at a large scale with a global base of customers, like airlines, e-commerce sites and banks,” the company writes in a press statement. – Advertisement – WhatsApp has already started a pilot programme that would feature a green badge next to a business contact, indicating the business was verified by the messaging service.“We do intend on charging businesses in the future,” COO Matt Idema told the Journal in an interview.It was reported in March 2017 that a potential revenue source for WhatsApp was to charge businesses that want to contact customers, citing company documents.Since acquiring the messaging service, Facebook has not put its focus on monetizing the app. That however started to change in July 2017 as the app started displaying ads in an attempt to further monetise the platform.Idema declined to describe the paid features or say when they would make their debut, according to the report. “We don’t have the details of monetization figured out,” he told the Journal.Editor’s Note: This article was written with inputs from IT News Africa and The Journal.last_img read more

COMESA region in agreement to scrap phone roaming charges

first_imgPhoto Credit: Africa’s Talking Advertisement Nationals in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are set to enjoy reduced calling charges, courtesy of a decision taken yesterday by Ministers in charge of infrastructure.In their 10th meeting that took place in Lusaka, Zambia, 3 – 4 October 2017, the Ministers and government representatives from 15 of the 19 COMESA countries resolved to initiate action towards abolishing roaming charges levied on mobile calls.The move is intended to bring down the price of information communication and technology services that remains high in Africa compared to other regions of the world. – Advertisement – In their final report, the Ministers observed: “Although the pricing of voice services in many African countries was becoming competitive and comparable with the rest of the world, the cost of broadband continued to be out of reach of most people.”They noted that Africans paid on average 25 percent of monthly gross national income (GNI) per capita mobile cellular calls compared to 11 percent in other developing nations.In COMESA region, studies have shown that Malawians use more than $12 (£7.70) a month on mobile phones., the minister noted.“This is more than half of what an ordinary Malawian earns in a month which is very expensive,” the Ministers noted. Hence there was a general concern about high mobile termination and roaming charges. They noted that although mobile phones had provided new sources of originating international traffic, it was also more expensive to terminate traffic on mobile networks.The ministers urged the COMESA member States to emulate other groupings in Africa and beyond in coming up with reduced roaming and termination charges. They cited the East African Community which has eliminated roaming and termination charges and the European Union where mobile operators were no longer charging additional fees to their customers for using their phones anywhere else in the region.“The ICT regulators are encouraged to carry out studies to reduce the interconnection rates and reduce or eliminate the roaming charges,” said the Ministers. “Member States are encouraged to invest into the Fibre Technology to The Home (FTTH) to increase capacity and provide excellent quality.The ministers observed that despite substantial investments in network infrastructure in the recent years, Africa lacked a robust network connectivity and high-quality, affordable Internet access.They noted: “COMESA countries represent over 37% of the internet users in Africa and Africa represents 7% of the internet world’s users. Hence, COMESA constitutes 2.5% of the world’s population of the internet users.In their decision, which is binding to all the COMESA countries, the Ministers called for setting up of proper regulation to encourage investment in the Virtual Mobile Network Operator (MVNOs) to enhance competition and increase access. In Africa, MVNO permits have been issued in Morocco, Kenya, and South Africa.last_img read more

UNECA Launches the Women and Girls Startup Challenge to Promote Female Digital

first_imgComputer codes written by women get higher approval ratings than the code written by men. Image Credit: Vanderbilt Advertisement Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa has launched the Women and Girls Startup Challenge, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in a bid to help promote female digital entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and business projects and also to help marshal funds for these young female digital entrepreneurs.The challenge aims to give aspiring female entrepreneurs the opportunity to submit their projects online and to make a ten-minute presentation before a jury composed of seasoned professionals.In addition to the launch of the initiative, the Executive Secretary delivered remarks at the meeting, speaking on the sub-theme: “Contributing more efficiently to the sustainable development Agenda for girls and women through digitization”. – Advertisement – “While digital evolution is not a panacea, its opportunities for an effective participation of women in sustainable development and the benefits that they can derive from this process are immeasurable,” she stated.She noted that access and control of information on products, as well as the composition and other types of variables that are essential for the processing of these products, play a role in determining women’s participation in value chains – from production to market sales. “This is essential, not only for the structural transformation of the African economy, but also for return on investment,” she said.Notably, the launch of the Women & Girls Startup Challenge falls within the context of the First Edition, of the “Femme, Numérique et Développement” (Woman, Digitization and Development), also known as FENUD, which is the biggest event dedicated to girls and women in the ICT domain in Francophone Africa.[related-posts]source: APOlast_img read more


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