Lawyers campaigners peers and academics have spok

first_imgLawyers campaigners, peers and academics have spoken of how disabled people can find it almost impossible to enforce their rights to equality, six years after the introduction of the Equality Act.They were speaking at a seminar in London – organised by the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, the legal firm Unity Law, and the Cloisters set of barristers – that discussed the findings of a landmark report by a Lords committee on the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people.The committee, which reported in March, concluded that government was failing to protect disabled people from discrimination, while laws designed to address disability discrimination were “not working in practice”, and spending cuts were having “a hugely adverse effect on disabled people”.Several of those who contributed to yesterday’s (27 April) seminar spoke of how disabled people’s access to justice had been damaged over the last 20 years, since the first Disability Discrimination Act.Catherine Casserley, who has practised discrimination law since 1996 in law centres, for the former Disability Rights Commission, and now as a barrister with Cloisters, said disabled people had “very significant problems” enforcing their rights under the Equality Act, with advice centres and law centres closing, while, when considering some of the decisions, it seemed that even some of the judiciary appeared to have difficulty understanding disability discrimination law.Professor Anna Lawson, director of the Centre for Disability Studies, said the committee’s report was a “fantastic” piece of research which “gathers together people’s lived experience”, exposes the gap between that experience and what the law says, and helps keep up the momentum for change.She said it was clear that the Equality Act “has made a difference” and was “the envy of many other countries”, but she added: “Things are different now than they were in 1995 but it is slow progress.”And she said the Equality Act had to be supplemented by other legislation on social care, social welfare, education and mental capacity.The disabled peer Lord Low (pictured), who spoke of lessons learned from the work of the Disability Rights Taskforce, of which he was a member between 1997 and 1999, called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to push the government to set out an action plan to implement the committee’s recommendations.He said: “We must get away from the perception that disability rights are something that we in society out of the goodness of our hearts give ‘them over there, those poor disabled people…’“The advancement of disability rights is a shared task for all of us… for the rest of society no less than disabled people and their organisations.”There were also concerns at how vital campaigns to fight cuts to social care and benefits had meant equality had been “left behind” as a campaigning issue for disabled people.Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said disabled people had shown they could put disability “high up the agenda” with the battle over the government’s plans to tighten eligibility to personal independence payment (PIP), which were later abandoned.But she said there had not been enough discussion about equality, with the focus instead on issues such as cuts to social care, which saw disabled people positioned as a “vulnerable group of people” which was “getting smaller and smaller” because of government rhetoric on “targeting resources on those who need the most”.She said: “It’s really important that we keep talking about equality. This report does give us an opportunity.“We should all push it to the top of our agendas to make sure it doesn’t get forgotten.”Faryal Velmi, director of the user-led, accessible transport charity Transport for All (TfA), said the pace of change had been “really infuriating”, and any equality gains made had not come from politicians and transport commissioners but had been “won by the tireless and vociferous activism of disabled people and their allies”.She said TfA’s helpline received calls every day from scooter-users who had been left “in the cold and the rain” because drivers would not let them on buses.Velmi said it was a “mark of shame” in the fifth richest country in the world that disabled people were having to “limit their lives or at worst are trapped in their homes because public transport is not good enough”.Several delegates spoke of the difficulty of enforcing the act.Douglas Johnson, a discrimination law expert with Unity Law, said the real difficulty with the Equality Act was that while it gave rights “it makes you responsible for enforcing that yourself”, and added: “It is just not fair to expect victims of discrimination to sort out society’s problems themselves”.Barbara Cohen, a member of the Discrimination Law Association, said EHRC had not done enough to enforce the act.She said it had “really extensive enforcement powers which they have not been particularly keen to use in recent years”.Kumar Moorthy, from Disability Watford, said service-providers tended to ignore regulations on access because of the lack of enforcement.He said: “It is time that we took the stick out of the pocket and waved it around; maybe not necessarily to start hitting people, but let’s show it.“It’s time to show the stick and make sure the regulations are implemented before we devote too much effort to modifying the expectations of tomorrow.”Some of those at the seminar suggested there was a need for direct action to enforce disabled people’s rights under the act.Kim Marshall, a lecturer on disability, said the Equality Act needed “teeth”.She said: “We have had cut after cut after cut after cut in terms of legal aid and access to resources.“Is it not now time that we went to direct action? We have been waiting 20 years and we still do not have an equal society.”Tracey Proudlock, who chained herself to buses in the 1980s in protest at inaccessible public transport and is now a leading access consultant, said that for an “inclusive campaign you need to do more than just direct action”.She said: “Part of me says we have a piece of legislation today, and what we should be doing is knuckling under and making it work.“I want an inclusive campaign that really challenges the people that are doing wicked things.”Sayce agreed that inclusive campaigning was important, but so was an inclusive approach to deciding what to campaign on.She said disabled people were “being banged up in various institutions”, with the number of people sectioned under the Mental Health Act “going up and up relentlessly” and “people being subject to some pretty horrendous things”.Bob Williams-Findlay, a former chair of the British Council of Disabled People, said the law’s approach to disability was outdated, because of the continuing confusion between impairment and disability – the barriers created by society.He said that if the legislation did not understand the difference between the two, “how will employers and service-providers?”Audrey Ludwig, from Ipswich-based Tackling Discrimination in the East, which is run by Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, said discrimination law “becomes an irrelevance” in practice because of how few disability discrimination cases – just four in one year – are granted legal aid to be taken through county courts.Baroness Deech, who chaired the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee that produced the report, promised that she and her committee would “do everything that we can to make sure the government listens to and carries out our recommendations”.Lord [Chris] Holmes, the EHRC’s disability commissioner, said the commission would deliver its formal response to the report after it had been considered by its disability committee next month.But he said: “There is no question we would all agree that government needs to do more to fight disability discrimination and enable disabled people to fully participate in society. 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PLAY Off fever is building at Saints as they prepa

first_imgPLAY Off fever is building at Saints as they prepare to take on Warrington Wolves this Saturday for a place in the Semi Finals.They will travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium this Saturday (September 15) with the game kicking off at 6pm.Saints have a remarkable Super League record over the Wolves, having won 36 of the 42 contests to date.And Mike Rush’s men are still the only side to beat Warrington in their own barn this season.They were at their imperious best in a 28-16 win back in March.Confidence is high in the camp too after Saints registered their first win over Wigan last Friday.To be a part of Saints Play Off push you can buy tickets for Saturday’s match now.Tickets are now on sale from www.saintssuperstore.com, via 01744 455 052 and from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.Prices are:West Stand Terrace: Adult £18.50 Concessions and Students £12.50 Juniors £5North Stand (seating): Adult £26.50 Concession and Student £18 and Juniors £5And to get you in the mood – here’s the highlights of that great win in March!last_img read more

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THE cream of northern hemisphere Rugby League tale

first_imgTHE cream of northern hemisphere Rugby League talent will take centre stage in October and November when England, France and Wales compete in the 2012 Autumn International Series.The tournament provides an opportunity for all three competing countries to hone their preparations ahead of the Rugby League World Cup 2013.The 2012 Autumn International Series tournament schedule in full is as follows:Saturday October 20 – France v Wales (Lens, ko tbc)Saturday October 27 – Wales v England (Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, 2.30)Saturday November 3 – England v France (MS3 Craven Park, Hull, 2.30)Sunday November 11 – Final (Salford City Stadium, 5.00).Tickets for the 2012 Autumn International Series matches cost just £12 (adults) and £6 concessions.Saints Season Ticket Holders can take advantage of a 2 for 1 offer on adult tickets for the Final if purchased before October 31.All you have to do is quote sth241 either online at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or over the phone from the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 8561113.last_img read more

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THE Saints U16s Academy side got their campaign of

first_imgTHE Saints U16s Academy side got their campaign off to a winning start with a comprehensive 50-6 win over the Vikings at a drizzly Stobart Stadium on Thursday, writes Graham Henthorne.Ten tries to one tells the story as the Saints led by a hat-trick to Aaron Smith, thoroughly dominated their hosts.Jake Spedding got the first try outpacing the defence in the right corner after a big hit had dislodged the ball on the Vikings first possession.From the kick off new boy Rickie Bailey at full back marked his debut with a great 70 metre try. Lewis Hatton poked his nose through the defensive line and put a great pass out to the supporting Bailey. He showed the full back the outside and then proceeded to go around him beating the cover to the line.The Saints kept themselves ahead of the clock as Bobbie Williams started a bit of “anything you can do I can do better” streaking in from 90 metres. The Vikings put a cross kick up on the last which Williams attacked, caught on the full and then strolled around his opposite number into open space on his way to the posts.The Saints weren’t only on fire in attack but were showing well in defence. A great kick from Josh Houghton was made even better by the chase from Jake Spedding and Kieron Herbert who tackled the winger in goal.From the repeat set Smith dummied right taking three over for the first of his tries.The Vikings were finding it increasingly difficult to get out of their half giving the Saints wonderful field position with which to mount their attacks. Yet another dart close to the line from Smith this time put influential standoff Morgan Knowles over.A great pass out to the left saw Bobbie Williams just pushed into touch in the act of scoring but a minute later Knowles made up for it with a pass to Danny Richardson who stepped inside the defence to score.Saints coaching staff Ian Lomax and Eric Frodsham were more than happy with their charges at the break just urging the Saints to keep up the effort for the second period.The Vikings made a much better fist of it in the second period showing more enthusiasm in defence which posed some different problems for the Saints. It took 10 minutes but eventually they got to grips with them and normal service was resumed with Smith diving over unopposed at the line.From a penalty on the 30 metre line David Eccleston dummied his way over for a good individual effort.From the kick off the Saints blotted their copybook as indecision led to the Vikings gaining possession on the Saints line and charging over for their consolation score.The last quarter belonged to the Saints. Bailey stepped his way in for his second and Smith scored yet another try from one metre out to end the scoring.Whilst there will be much stiffer tests to come this was an impressive first outing for the Saints. Joe McLoughlin, Jake Campbell, James Nicholl and Lewis Hatton set the base for Smith Knowles and debutant Richardson to move the team about expertly. There is abundant pace in the back line with the starting back three of Bailey, Herbert and Williams ably supported by yet another debutant Joey Brady off the bench.Match Summary:Widnes U16s:Tries: Curtis Berry.Goals: Joe Lyons.St Helens U16s:Tries: Rickie Bailey 2, Bobbie Williams, Dave Eccleston, Jake Spedding, Morgan Knowles, Aaron Smith 3, Danny Richardson.Goals: Morgan Knowles 5.Half Time: 32-0Full Time: 50-6Teams:Widnes:1. Theo Holt; 2. Jack May, 3. Callum Edwards, 4. Ryan Ince, 5. Eddie Connor; 6. Joe Lyons, 7. Konagh Hill; 8. Caylum Williams, 9. Jack Bond, 10. Ste Fenney, 11. Jack Houghton, 12. Shaun Mannion, 13. Sam Brady.Subs: 14. Adam Kirby, 15. Louis Glover, 16. Connor Cutts, 17. Curtis Berry, 18. Josh Johnson, 19. Alex Smith, 20. James Bamford.Saints:1. Rickie Bailey; 5. Kieron Herbert, 4. Jake Spedding, 3. Dave Eccleston, 2. Bobbie Williams; 6. Morgan Knowles, 7. Josh Houghton; 8. Joe McLaughlin, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Jake Campbell, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Lewis Hatton, 14. Jonah Cunningham.Subs: 13. Chris Worrall, 15. Danny Richardson, 16. Ben Morris, 17. Josh Jenkins, 18. James Nicholl, 19. Kieron Atherton, 21. Joey Brady.last_img read more

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PAUL Wellens is confident his charges will be more

first_imgPAUL Wellens is confident his charges will be more than up to the task when Saints take on Wigan in Saturday’s Grand Final.Playing in a record equalling tenth final, the 34-year-old knows the challenge the Warriors will present.“It is a fantastic occasion and one as a team and a group we are excited about, he said. “Wigan have a formidable team, they have shown that and it will be a tough challenge but it is one we are really looking forward to.“Saints v Wigan are usually competitive games. There is an intense rivalry between the two clubs and it is great to be part of that. There is a respect there too and it all makes for a great game on a stage that can be no bigger.“I don’t think any of the games this season will have any bearing on this one. You will have two committed teams going at each other.”He continued: “Are Saints due one? Let’s hope so but you can’t take that for granted. We will prepare the best we can, be determined and give it everything. We have been written off as a group but we have kept bouncing back, kept on going and we will do that again this Saturday.“There are a number of players leaving and Nathan too. It would be good to send them off with a win.“But it’s not just for them; it’s for the future . If we take home the trophy then it could be a catalyst for many more to come for this group.”last_img read more

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Day Six – Saturday October 14Today saw the first g

first_imgDay Six – Saturday October 14Today saw the first game of our tour with a fixture against Canterbury Bulldogs. The opening exchanges saw both teams start really strong, with the Bulldogs capitalising on an early Saints error with a smarty executed kick from the lively standoff, kicking cross field for his winger to collect and score first. Shortly after the restart and following a penalty, the Bulldogs scored again after some good hands once again the left winger finishing well for his brace.This time the conversion was successful and the Saints were under pressure trailing 10-0. Saints fought their way back into the game by completing some good sets with Captain Evan Bullen and Sam Royle leading the charge. Great play by Jack Welsby sent Ben Sims through a gap and he drew the fullback to put hard working prop forward Christian Kellet charging under the sticks. Josh Simm adding the extras.Saints soon found themselves in front as following a Josh Simm break, Sam Royle hit a good line to score under the posts, again Simm converts to make the score 12-10.Both team’s defence remained strong and unbroken for the remainder of the half with Saints taking a slender lead into the sheds.Saints totally dominated the second half scoring 26 unanswered points against a much changed Bulldogs outfit.Jamie Little was first over the whitewash following good interplay between Welsby, Horne and Foster; Welsby converting for 18-10. From the restart following big carries from Hutchings and Taylor, Welsby cross the line and then converted his own try.Next to score, after a piece of individual brilliance, was pivot Ryan Horne. This time the conversion was unsuccessful and left Saints 28-10 to the good.Saints continued to play with flair in attack and tenacity in defence and next to score, with a Tommy Makinson like one handed finish in the corner, was John Hutchings.The scoring was completed with another fine Welsby pass sending Matty Foster to score a well deserved try.Final score Saints 36 Canterbury Bulldogs 10.Saints: Jamie Little; John Hutchings, Sean Croston, Josh Simm, Tom Nisbet; Jack Welsby, Jake Wingfield, Evan Bullen, Paul Nash, Christian Kellet, Ben Sims, Joe Sherratt, Sam Royle. Subs: Brandon ONeill, Luke Maloney-Ward, Ryan Horne, Kian Horridge, Kye Siyani, Reece Jackson, Matthew Foster, Kelvin Taylor, Brandon Scully.Warren McDonnell, Bulldogs recruitment Manager presented some awards after the match. He selected: Jack Welsby as Best BackEvan Bullen as Best ForwardSam Royle as Best and Fairest Keep an eye on @saints1890 on Twitter for live coverage from the games – and in match pics too!last_img read more

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Big Buddy Program celebrates with annual Christmas Party

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – While it’s not really cold enough to skate around the ice ,Wilmington volunteers and kids took to the skating rink to celebrate the Christmas season.The Wilmington based Big Buddy Program of the Cape Fear held its annual Christmas party.- Advertisement – The non profit is a part of the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. Mentors volunteer to spend time as well as positively impact the lives of kids between the ages of 5 to 17.Tonight’s Christmas party was made possible by local restaurants.All of it focused on spreading some smiles this holiday season.Related Article: Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes“She’s nice to me and she takes me places and I can talk to her when I need to and stuff like that,” said Tamara Fanklin who takes part in the program.“It gives children the opportunity to get out there and do things that they normally would not get to do,” said volunteer Melissa Almodovar. “If Mom works a lot and she’s not home it also makes her feel better because she’s got somebody with the children or able to take the children and do things with them that’s new for them sometimes.”last_img read more

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Proposed bill phases in smaller class sizes removes PreK waiting list

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (WWAY/AP) — School districts across the state will have a little longer to reduce classroom sizes for grades K-3, under a new bill announced this afternoon.Republican state lawmakers unveiled the bill which phases in smaller class sizes and lowers student-to-teacher ratios in kindergarten through third grade classrooms, provides millions of additional state dollars to fund special subject area teachers and eliminates the state’s Pre-K waiting list.- Advertisement – The chairs of the House and Senate education committees held a news conference this afternoon to discuss legislation that would push the mandate back until the 2021-2022 school year. This would allows schools time to take the necessary steps to meet the class size requirements.Lawmakers passed a bill last year that would require smaller class sizes in kindergarten through third grade. Under the law, the average class size in those grades would drop from 21 to 17.This coming year, school districts would receive an additional $60 million in funding for program enhancement teachers, such as art and physical education.Related Article: Democrats turn to blue-collar Milwaukee for 2020 conventionBy the time the mandate goes into effect, schools across the state will have received  nearly $250 million to fund special subject area teachers by the 2021-2022 school year.“From parents to educators to lawmakers to Gov. Cooper, nearly everyone agrees that lowering class sizes is an important priority that will have a real positive impact on academic outcomes for our students,” said Sen. Chad Barefoot (R-Wake.) “After months of work reviewing the data and hearing from stakeholders, I believe we’ve arrived at a data-driven solution that will achieve the smaller classes that we all support and that taxpayers have paid for, with a timeline and framework that our local schools should be able to implement successfully.”This plan also includes a provision to eliminate the state’s PreK waitlist. Lawmakers say they have committed to put enough money aside to allow every eligible child access to the NC PreK program, adding close to 3,000 slots for low-income children to the program.North Carolina Republicans have offered wide-ranging legislation that fixes anticipated class-size challenges next fall in the public schools, but is also loaded with other provisions that give Democrats heartburn.A bill negotiated by House and Senate GOP leaders unveiled Thursday would phase in the lower averages over the next three years. But the measure also addresses an agreement related to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the combined elections and ethics board.last_img read more

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Community leaders locked up For what A good cause

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some people you may know in the community are locked up behind bars. The crime? A good cause.Business and community leaders were locked up as jailbirds at the Hampton Inn near New Hanover Regional Medical Center.- Advertisement – They raised money for bail to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.Funds raised will go to local support for kids and adults affected with MDA, ALS, and other diseases.“These are diseases that might be rare in nature but are certainly impactful on the folks that have those diseases,” MDA Executive Director Melissa Sinclair. “So while we are again having a great time while we’re out here today, it gives us an opportunity to reset awareness in the local community.”Related Article: Oh baby! Pender mom gives birth in car outside hospitalThe fundraising goal was $35,000 and they expect to surpass it with the donations which came in for the lockup. The funds raised will also make MDA summer camp possible for local kids.last_img read more

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NCDOT starts new traffic pattern near Surf City swing bridge

first_imgSurf City bridge construction (Photo: Jeff Wenzel/Facebook) SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation officially shifted the traffic pattern to get to the Surf City Swing Bridge as contractors work on a round-a-bout for the new bridge.Balfour Beatty and all the subcontractors for the new bridge are back to work in full production mode, after Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – Barricades sit along Roland Avenue right before the Swing Bridge on the mainland side of Surf City. Drivers must go around Roland Avenue near Atkinson Point Road in the new traffic pattern. Engineers talked to the community about this shift in April. NC DOT Engineer Trevor Carroll said the new traffic pattern is the official planned detour for contractors to construct the mainland side round-a-bout. They expect this round-a-bout construction to take 6-8 weeks for the mainland side.Carroll said contractors also have to construct the round-a-bout on the island side. The location of the island side round-a-bout is on a vacant lot, therefore, the traffic shift on the island side will come immediately prior to opening the new bridge.Related Article: Bike ride for breast cancer raises $91K for local patients, survivorsCarroll said they expect to announce the opening date once NCDOT & Balfour Beatty can project a more accurate target date.last_img read more

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Africas internet speeds slowest in the world

first_imgAdvertisement Africa lags far behind most continents in the world regarding internet speeds, says a report from website monitoring firm Pingdom.The Pingdom study – which has been compiled using data from from the quarterly ‘State of the Internet report’ by Akamai – says Europe ranks first in the world with an average internet peak connection speed of 23 Mbps, while Africa ranks bottom of the continent list with an average speed of 9 Mbps.Each quarter, Akamai releases a report that includes data gathered across its global server network about attack traffic, average an maximum connection speeds, internet penetration and broadband adoption, and mobile usage. – Advertisement – “For Africa, the situation is a bit tricky…because in the data there are few countries,” Magnus Nystedt, a writer and blogger at Pingdom, tells ITWeb Africa.“But yes, Africa has both slower average and median (internet peak connection speeds) than Asia,” he adds.The report highlights that Asia has the largest distribution of internet speeds in the world. Iran, for example, ranks lowest in Asia with an average internet speed of 2.9 Mbps while Hong Kong ranks number one in the world with an average speeds of 54.1 Mbps.Anomalies in the Akamai data, though, do appear. For example, looking at the Pingdom graphs, all continents jumped in internet speeds in the first quarter of 2009, resulting in Africa surpassing Latin America for a brief period.Nevertheless, the managing director of research firm World Wide Worx, Arthur Goldstuck, tells ITWeb Africa that the Pingdom Akamai data does appear to be a fair reflection, and is “more reliable than aggregated speed tests that tend to be generated largely by those who have faster connections.”Regarding Africa’s poor showing on the list, Goldstuck says, “Most of Africa is underserviced from a broadband point of view.”Mobile operators on the continent, such as MTN, are rolling out more 3G and even LTE services in Africa. But Goldstuck says more needs to be done.“It is one thing to announce a 3G or LTE service; it is another to roll it out broadly enough and to provision it strongly enough for it to make a big difference to average speeds. South Africa has LTE, but its limited roll-out so far and poor speeds outside of the core transmission areas means that it has had no impact on improving average broadband speeds,” says Goldstuck.Credit: ITWebAfricalast_img read more

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Dispute further delays launch of africa domain name

first_imgAdvertisement A complaint by an organisation competing for the dot Africa geographic top-level domain (gTLD) has further postponed the launch of the internet name, which was planned to be unveiled early June.This is according to Neil Dundas, the chief operating officer of South Africa’s ZA Central Registry (ZACR), who says the internet name may only be commercially launched in late June or July now.This is the latest delay in a series of hold-ups for dotAfrica after ZACR told ITWeb Africa last year that it planned to launch the domain name in March this year. But later on, ZACR then blamed technicalities for pushing an official dotAfrica sunrise launch date to April or May this year. – Advertisement – Now, the latest delay to late June or July is being blamed on a dispute.In the run-up to winning rights to manage dotAfrica, ZACR initially edged out Kenyan based DotConnectAfrica (DCA), the only other competing organisation for dotAfrica, in getting Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) approval to manage the domain name.[related-posts]ZACR then signed a contract with ICANN in Singapore in March 2014 to legally manage dotAfrica.Dundas says the key reason for ICANN initially awarding ZACR with .africa was because ZACR received the necessary support and endorsement from the African Union (AU), while DCA did not get the necessary AU backing.But DCA, which claims it previously received support from the likes of the AU for the domain name, has launched action to challenge ICANN’s decision.“That decision has been challenged by DCA, unsuccessfully, on a number of levels, including a complaint to the ICANN Ombudsman and letters to the US Congress,” Dundas explained to ITWeb Africa.“DCA’s latest challenge involves an accountability review process called the ‘Independent Review Process’ or ‘IRP’. This process is documented in the ICANN bylaws.“The ICANN Board Decision to deny the DCA application is currently subject to an IRP. We believe that a final decision is due from the IRP by the end of May 2014,” Dundas told ITWeb Africa.Dundas has gone on further to explain to ITWeb Africa that “this interim decision essentially advises ICANN to suspend any possible delegation of .africa until the final decision is given.”In the meantime; though, Dundas has told ITWeb Africa that ZACR’s application has been progressing through the compliance processes determined by ICANN for the delegation of the name.And Dundas is upbeat that ZACR is set to remain as the preferred bidder and, eventually, manage dotAfrica.“We do not believe that the final IRP decision will in any way change ICANN’s decision to ultimately delegate the .africa TLD to the ZACR. It is now just a matter of time,” Dundas told ITWeb Africa.“As we were hoping to commercially launch the TLD to the public in early June, we must now postpone the launch date to a new date following the final IRP decision. Depending on how ICANN elects to deal with the final IRP decision we could most likely see the launch of the .africa TLD as early as late June, early July,” Dundas said.Meanwhile, Dundas says the IRP process does not affect ZACR’s bid to manage the South African city internet domain names of .joburg, .capetown and .durban.Also, attention has shifted to ICANN’s processes and whether or not they can be relied upon.“It is our understanding that this delay could have been avoided had ICANN taken the necessary steps in relation to the IRP sooner. From an registry operational perspective (i.e. from our perspective) this is not a screw up, but rather an unfortunate inconvenience that will simply delay the inevitable by a few weeks,” Dundas told ITWeb Africa.“We are convinced that it will not make any difference to the end decision to appoint the ZACR as the official registry operator for .africa. Even though DCA have made a nuisance of itself by unduly delaying this process, it is probably the correct thing to do for ICANN to first wait for the final IRP decision before proceeding with delegation,” Dundas added.Credit: IT Web AfricaRelated articles across the web.africa frozen by panel after ICANN screwupdotAfrica domains delayed until September 2014last_img read more

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Tanzania to host the largest Banking and ICT Summit in East Africa

first_imgImage credit: www.mryusuf.com Advertisement East Africa is among the newly emerging economies, promoting E-Commerce, Mobile Commerce, mobile banking and payments in the worldWith the current business landscape in the region and adoption of the latest technologies, businesses can establish partnership, collaboration or joint ventures with telcos, E-commerce companies & banks, capitalizing on current mobile trends and technologies, to roll out new business or product offerings and earn new and ancillary revenue.The one-day meeting, organized by Cyber Security Africa and industry stakeholders, is designed to highlight key Information Technology (IT) advancement and threats affecting financial institutions, government agencies as well as public and private organizations in their operations. – Advertisement – The Summit comes against a backdrop of the much needed front line measures required to protect infrastructure within organizations and systems from the current IT-related threats as a key strategic priority, with cyber attack identified as a top tier risk over the coming years.The Banking and ICT Summit will bring together key stakeholders from the governments, law enforcement agencies, financial institutions and leading ICT experts to help in finding a lasting solution to address cyber crime.Target participants include Bank Managers, Risk and Compliance, Internal IT Auditors, IT Security Managers, Cyber Crime personnel in the law enforcement units, Forensics experts, ICT Managers and those responsible for development of ICT and IT Security policies and procedures within their respective organizations.The 5th Annual East Africa Banking and ICT Summit will strategically be convened in Dar es Salaam Tanzania on August 28th 2015 at the Serena Hotel, after its successful runs in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia.It will bring together decision makers & corporate leaders from banks, telcos, ICT, internet sectors & enterprise end-users.Some of the key areas targeted in this campaign, which has been sponsored by Infosys, SCI, Colvir, Compulynx, among other, include:Cyber security strategy to protect an interconnected world,Incident response,advanced, persistent threat,Digital forensic investigations and incident remediation,Protection of Critical Infrastructures,ICT Infrastructure security & testing,Network design solution and best practices,ATMs Security Solutions,Mobile banking Security solutions,Cards and payments Security solutions,IT security solutions / software,Data consolidation service providers,Enterprise Risk security, cloud andsocial networks,Core Banking solutionslast_img read more

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Twitter Facebook move quickly to stem celebrations of Nice attack

first_imgMembers of the Australian French community cry as they sing the French national anthem during a vigil in central Sydney, Australia, July 15, 2016 to remember the victims of the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice. REUTERS/David Gray TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Advertisement Twitter Inc moved swiftly to remove posts from Islamic extremists glorifying a truck attack in Nice, France, watchdog groups said on Friday, in a rare round of praise for a platform that has often struggled to contain violent propaganda.A spate of violence over the past several months has posed numerous challenges to social media companies. Friday’s unsuccessful military coup in Turkey was marked first by restrictions on social media, internet monitoring groups said, but the crackdown appeared to ease as the events unfolded and numerous citizens broadcast live video on Facebook and sent tweets.U.S. and French authorities on Friday were still trying to determine whether the Tunisian man who drove a truck into Bastille Day crowds on Thursday, killing 84 people, had ties to Islamic militants. – Advertisement – At least 50 Twitter accounts praising the attacks used the hashtag Nice in Arabic, according to the Counter Extremism Project, a private group that monitors and reports extremist content online. Many accounts appeared almost immediately after the attack and shared images praising the carnage, the group said.The pattern was similar to what was seen on Twitter after attacks last year and earlier this year in Paris and Brussels. But Twitter, which once took a purist approach to free speech but has since revised its rules, took action much more quickly this week. Twitter has always had policies banning violent content, such as advocacy of terrorism, and recently made them more explicit.“Twitter moved with swiftness we have not seen before to erase pro-attack tweets within minutes,” Counter Extremism Project said in a statement. “It was the first time Twitter has reacted so efficiently.”Rabbi Abraham Cooper, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Digital Terrorism and Hate project, also said Twitter had responded with unusual alacrity.Twitter did not provide any information about account suspensions, but said in a statement that it condemns terrorism and bans it on its site.Twitter, Facebook Inc and other internet firms have ramped up their efforts over the past two years to quickly remove violent propaganda that violates their terms of service.Both companies continue to face major challenges in distinguishing between graphic images that are shared to glorify or celebrate attacks and those shared by witnesses who are documenting events.Facebook’s “community standards” dictate what types of content are and are not allowed on the platform. Those standards explicitly ban “terrorism” and related content, such as posts or images that celebrate attacks or promote violence.Yet the company’s policies around graphic images are more nuanced. Facebook, like most large internet companies, relies on users and eagle-eyed advocacy groups to report objectionable content to teams of human editors, who then review each submission and decide whether a post should be deleted.At Facebook, those reviewers receive more specific guidance beyond the public community standards when it comes to deciding what to do with reported graphic images, a spokeswoman said. But she declined to elaborate on the company’s criteria.“One of the most sensitive situations involves people sharing violent or graphic images of events taking place in the real world. In those situations, context and degree are everything,” Facebook said in a blog post last week.New Tactics Internet companies have continually updated their terms of service over the past two years to establish clearer and in many cases stricter ground rules on what content is permissible on their platforms.In response to pressure by U.S. lawmakers and counter extremism groups, Facebook and YouTube have moved recently toward implementing some automated processes to block or rapidly remove Islamic State videos and similar material.That has not stopped Islamist militants from celebrating attacks online and even updating their tactics. Some Islamic State supporters used Twitter hashtags that were trending globally to celebrate the Nice attacks, such as #PrayForNice, #NiceAttack and #Nice, so that their tweets were shown to a wider audience, according to screenshots from the Wiesenthal Center.[Reuters]last_img read more

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Samsung says Battery was the Main Cause of the Note 7 Fires

first_imgImage Credit: Phone Arena Advertisement South Korean-based smartphone manufacturers last year in September initially announced a recall of 2.5 million Note 7 smartphones and identified the cause of the fire as a manufacturing process problem at one of its suppliers. This forced the company to permanently halt sales of the device for good and dealing a $5.2 billion blow to Samsung’s operating profit over three quarters.On Monday, a person familiar with the on-going investigation of the problem told Reuters, that the battery was the main reason for some Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire.Investors and analysts say it is critical for Samsung to provide a convincing and detailed explanation about what went wrong with the Note 7 and how it will prevent such problems from recurring if it is to regain consumer trust. The results of the investigation will likely be announced on January 23rd. – Advertisement – Koh Dong-jin, head of Samsung’s mobile business, will likely announce the results as well as new measures the firm is taking to prevent similar problems in future devices, the person said.The source told Reuters on Monday that Samsung was able to replicate the fires during its investigation and that the cause for the fires could not be explained by hardware design or software-related matters.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Meet the Winners of the 2017 MTN Women in Business

first_imgCEO of the Year Amelia Kyambadde receives her Award from GoH Hon. Maria Kiwanuka together with Guest Speaker Ms. Phuti Mahanyele & MTN Uganda CEO Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte at the 5th annual MTN Women in Business Award Ceremonial at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday 17th March, 2017. Advertisement On Friday 17th March, 2017 MTN Uganda recognized and awarded five (5) female winners of the 5th annual edition of the MTN Women in Business under the theme: Survival of the fittest: Partnering for success, at an event that was held at Kampala Serena Hotel and hosted by Ms. Lois Aber – Brand Manager at Uganda Breweries Ltd. These awards celebrated the achievements of Ugandan women entrepreneurs who against all odds continue to excel in the predominantly male dominated field of business.The award ceremonial was graced in large numbers, Guest of Honor for the evening, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka was among those that confirmed their attendance, and Ms. Phuti Mahanyele – Executive Chairperson at Sigma Capital and an accomplished female business leader in South Africa also did attend the ceremony.In an address that emphasized perseverance, Ms. Mahanyele spoke of the need to nurture relationships with family and also encouraged women entrepreneurs to seek out and engage with potential partners internationally because international partners continue to seek out good investment ideas from across globe. – Advertisement – On the other hand, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka offered advice to those engaged in business to stand up for their rights.“Pay your taxes but also follow up government programs and demand for accountability of how the tax funds are appropriated,” she said.In honor of women and specifically those engaged in small to medium business, MTN Uganda together with its partners Stanbic Uganda, Huawei Uganda, Kampala Serena Hotel, UAP Insurance, Vivo Energy, to name a few set a tremendous night for these women both the nominees, winners, and the guests.The winners were selected by a panel of distinguished judges who are industry captains in their respective fields of business from a pool of nominees in four categories; MTN Women in Business – CEO of the Year, Excellence in ICT, Excellence in Financial Services, MTN Staff Woman Champion.The People’s Choice (Survivor of the Year) Award were chosen from New Vision/Bukedde’s entrepreneurship programs and the final five selected went through a popular public vote while MTN Staff Woman Champion category comprised of ladies working with MTN but impacting their communities through entrepreneurship.[related-posts]Here are the Final Five Female Winners of the 2017 MTN Women in BusinessMTN Women in Business – CEO of the Year Amelia Kisakye Kyambadde who previously had been working as a banker and currently she’s the Managing Director of Seroma Christian High School. Mrs. Amelia now succeeds Alice Karugaba; Founder of Nina Interiors who won the award in 2016.In an interview she had with Summit Business, Mrs. Amelia was asked “What challenges do you experience as a woman in business?”In her response, “Being a woman in business is my number one problem in our Uganda today because women are not seen as strong beings in society it very hard for women to lead men that is why I would say that her lordship Madam Kadaga has been at least my inspiration.”CEO of the Year Amelia Kyambadde receives her Award from GoH Hon. Maria Kiwanuka (extreme right) together with Guest Speaker Ms. Phuti Mahanyele (2nd Left) & MTN Uganda CEO Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte at the 5th annual MTN Women in Business Award Ceremonial at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday 17th March, 2017.Mrs. Amelia emerging as the winner of the CEO of the Year accolade, from all the partners and sponsors of the event, she gets; a learning trip to South Africa to meet successful SMEs, MTN 4G LTE CPE with 60GB for 6 months plus fixed line package, MTN fixed line with free minutes for 6 months, Easy Accounting service for 1 year, and MTN Kazi bundle for 6 months from MTN Uganda. As well as a Huawei Mate P9 from Huawei Uganda, a weekend for 2 at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, bed & breakfast from Kampala Serena Hotel, Fuel for a year up to UGX 1million, car servicing for a year up to UGX 1million, and a Shell Gas Lite Kit from Vivo Energy and Finally! A domestic policy cover of up to UGX 160million from UAP Insurance.MTN Women in Business – Excellence in ICT Mrs. Eugenie Nsubuga Windt; CEO and Founder at Swanair Travel & Safaris / Carlson Wagonlit Travel. This award was held by Susan Ajok; Executive Director at Straight Talk Foundation, who won in 2016.With 23 years of experience in the Travel business, Mrs. Eugenie in an interview with MTN Uganda, said her first area of interest was in insurance but later a friend in the travel business sold to her the idea of starting up a business in the travel industry, of which she did in December 1993.“For anyone to succeed, persistence, belief in themselves and change of attitude are a must have values,” she said.Ms. Eugenie Nsubuga Windt of Carlson Wagonlit Travel was the winner of the Excellence in ICT Award at the 5th annual MTN Women in Business Award Ceremonial at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday 17th March, 2017.Mrs. Eugenie having won this accolade, receives; a learning trip to South Africa to meet successful SMEs, MTN 4G LTE CPE with 60GB for 6 months plus fixed line package, MTN fixed line with free minutes for 6 months, Easy Accounting service for 1 year, and MTN Kazi bundle for 6 months from MTN Uganda. As well as; Huawei Mate P9 from Huawei Uganda, a weekend for two on a bed and breakfast basis from Kampala Serena Hotel, Fuel for a year up to UGX 500,000, car servicing for a year up to UGX 500,000, and a Shell Gas Lite Kit from Vivo Energy and Finally! A Gold Motor Comprehensive Insurance policy cover up to UGX. 50,000,000 from UAP Insurance.MTN Women in Business – Excellence in Financial Services Mrs. Lydia Oile; a Senior Manager at Le Memorial Medical Services, takes on this honor that was previously achieved by Jacqueline Birigwa Nuwamanya – Managing Director at Rural Communication Centre LTD.In an interview with UGO Uganda, Mrs. Lydia said as a little girl, she always wanted to an Air Hostess.“Now I see them on the plane and say what a fool I was. Thinking of being on a plane was something that I wanted,” she said.Mrs. Lydia has trained as an anesthetist, done hair dressing, reared pigs, owned a bar and sold clothes but all were not her calling. She now owns an interior decor company, make detergents and a hospital.The CEO Stanbic Bank Mr. Patrick Mweheire hands over the award and prizes to a representative of Ms. Lydia Oile the winner Excellence in Financial Services Award at the 5th annual MTN Women in Business Award Ceremonial at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday 17th March, 2017.Having won this award, Mrs. Lydia also gets; a learning trip to South Africa to meet successful SMEs, MTN 4G LTE CPE with 60GB for 6 months plus fixed line package, MTN fixed line with free minutes for 6 months, Easy Accounting service for 1 year, and MTN Kazi bundle for 6 months from MTN Uganda, Huawei Mate P9 from Huawei Uganda, Dinner for two at Lakes Restaurant from Kampala Serena Hotel, Fuel for a year up to UGX 500,000, car servicing for a year up to UGX 500,000, and a Shell Gas Lite Kit from Vivo Energy and Finally! An Individual Medical Insurance Policy cover up to UGX 18 million from UAP Insurance.MTN Women in Business – MTN Staff Woman Champion As we mentioned before, this award was one of a kind since it wasn’t recognized in the previous MTN Women in Business awards. The MTN Staff Woman Champion category comprised of ladies working with MTN but impacting their communities through entrepreneurship.Donna Namujju Kaddu Mukasa – Capital Projects at MTN Uganda (Co-Director at Lincoln Medical Limited) emerged as winner for the category.MTN Staff Champion Award Winner – Dona Kaddu Mukasa (Left) receiving her award at the 5th annual MTN Women in Business Award Ceremonial at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday 17th March, 2017.Donna receives; profiling in Souvenir Magazine, Business Expo booth, Masterclass attendance, and a Gala Invitation from MTN Uganda. As well as, Huawei Mate P9 from Huawei Uganda, Facial & full body massage at Maisha Health Club from Kampala Serena Hotel (All Nominees in this category will get this special treat from Serena Hotel), and finally! Fuel of a year up to UGX 300,000, and Car servicing for a year up to UGX 300,000 from Vivo Energy.MTN Women in Business – People’s Choice Survivor of the Year Unlike the 2016 Customer’s Choice Award category, which has been set up to encourage participation by MTN’s customers, this year it was the People’s Choice Survivor award category. The nominees were chosen from New Vision/Bukedde’s entrepreneurship programs and the final five selected went through a popular public vote to claim this award.General Manager, MTN Business Uganda Reginald Kafeero awards the Peoples Choice-Survivor of the Year Ms. Sarah Nkonge at the 5th annual MTN Women in Business Award Ceremonial at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday 17th March, 2017.Sarah Nkonge – Teacher, Politician, Farmer, and Business woman did claim this accolade. She also claims, a learning trip to South Africa to meet successful SMEs, Business Development scholarship for 1 year with Summit Consulting sponsored by MTN, MTN Wingle package with free 10GB for 1 month, MTN fixed line with free minutes for 1 month, Easy Accounting service for 1 year, and MTN Kazi bundle subscription for 6 months from MTN Uganda.She also gets Huawei Mate P9 from Huawei Uganda, Dinner for two at Explorers Restaurant courtesy of Kampala Serena Hotel, Fuel for a year up to UGX 500,000, car servicing for a year up to UGX 500,000, and a Shell Gas Lite Kit from Vivo Energy, and Finally! An Individual Medical Insurance Policy cover up to UGX. 18 million from UAP Insurance.Using the example of his wife Barbara, MTN Uganda’s CEO Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte paid glowing tribute to women business owners, who continue to prevail despite the fact that they bear the responsibility of being wives and mothers at home, coupled with running their enterprises in an environment in which they have to endlessly prove to everyone that their products are good despite being Ugandan and produced by the female gender.CEO @wimMTNUG giving closing remarks at #MTNWiB17 Awards.Operating small businesses is tougher than big businesses b’se it requires your all pic.twitter.com/aAyR5HtEcY— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) March 17, 2017 “They (women) ought to be respected”, he concluded.Editor’s Note: A big congratulations to the 2017 Winners and Nominees of the 5th annual MTN Women in Business.last_img read more

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Government Has Legal Rights to Intercept Data Voice Calls – Security Minister

first_imgSecurity Minister, Gen Tumukunde (L) speaking to journalists as UCC Executive Director Mutabaazi (R) Looks on. Advertisement The Minister of Security Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde has said that government has legal grounds to intercept data and voice calls under the Regulations and Interception of Communications Act (RICA)Tumukunde was responding to complaints raised by a number of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the public over infringement on privacy as a result of simcard registration and verification.Earlier in March, Unwanted witness, one of the CSOs operating in Kampala dragged the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to court over their directive on mandatory use of national IDs and /or passports for registration of new simcards. – Advertisement – They argued that it was a ploy by government targeting particular individuals in opposition rather than curb crime as is portrayed in the public eye.“It will be hard to share classified information with a journalist via a phone because they will track it back and it will bear bad consequences, Opposition figures will be compromised since they will not have the liberty to communicate anonymously,” said Geoffrey Wokulira Sebagala, the team lead at Unwanted Witness.Speaking to journalists on Monday morning, Tumukunde said; “this is a matter that we don’t intend to compromise on, be it in timing or quality. The public has been informed and there should be no excuses.”“You can be sure that we have a command and control centre under the Ministry of Security where we are tracking all aspects of communication and we shall get to whoever is disrupting security. So you dodge it left, it will get you right,” he added.The Minister was together with the UCC Executive Director and officials from National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) briefing journalists on the status of the ongoing simcard registration. The process ends on May 19th.Asked on the capacity to curb cyber related crime, Tumukunde who seemed hesitant to comment said recruitments have been made for particular people to handle the issue.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Winning Startups of the Blockchain Pitch Competition

first_imgWinning startups of the 2019 Blockchain pitch competition pose for a group photo at the Africa Blockchain Conference on Thursday July 4th, 2019 at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Advertisement The second annual Africa Blockchain Conference was a well put event by the Blockchain Association of Uganda and Crypto Savannah. The event graced hundreds of delegates to discuss on how Africa is preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).Without getting much in details about the event, to mention — along the sidelines of the conference run activities such as; the Africa 4.0 Tech expo and the blockchain pitch competition.The expo was an experiential journey showcasing the leading technology, innovations and applications in Africa. On the other hand, the pitch competition was held for innovators with a passion for developing sustainable digital solutions leveraging technologies in blockchain, big data, AI, robotics & drones — to solve pressing challenges across their communities. – Advertisement – From the call for applications only four emerged finalists — who were invited the Africa Blockchain Conference to present their solutions. The finalists were; Innovex, Pesa Base, Jaguza, and Maarifasasa.The winners were announced on the second day of the conference with only three startups emerging as winners. Innovex emerged as the overall winner, Pesa Base and Jaguza coming in the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.The winners will share the UGX10M grant with Innovex taking UGX5M, Pesa Base UGX3M and Jaguza UGX2M.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 31 MarchRACING4.55 HutingdonAltesse De Guye 9/1 > 15/25.05 SouthwellQuadriga 9/1 > 7/15.15 ExeterAerial 10/11 > 8/11FOOTBALL7.45pm ITVInternational Friendly6/4 Italy 2/1 England 21/10 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STAR PREVIEW Huddersfield Town v Reading

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e might know by 5pm which of Huddersfield Town or Reading have they keys to the promised land. Or there again,we might not as 180 minutes of League football have only conjured two goals between this pair and that’s when there was considerably less at stake.So the chances of extra time and penalties must be quite high.“The richest game in UK football” is pretty much a coin flip in my book – though the odds are narrowly favouring Huddersfield who finished four points behind Reading in the season proper but beat them when they last met at the Kirklees Stadium in February.Reading have the most recent top flight experience – having played in the Premier League four seasons ago but for Huddersfield it would more of a fairytale given it’s 45 years since they played at the top level. With no disrespect to either side, such is the competitiveness of the Championship that it might be some time before they get another crack at the lucrative Premier League if they don’t succeed today. Just look at last season: Reading finished 17th and Huddersfield 19th.Both teams defied the odds to reach the final, a point highlighted by Huddersfield head coach David Wagner who told BBC Radio Leeds:“I think everybody expected Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday in the final.“There were a lot of statements before the semi-finals about momentum and about form. It is another example where we have proven that experience and what has happened in the past is irrelevant.“After the 120 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday there were a lot of tired legs, but now after a training camp in Portugal and training on the grass here, everybody is ready to go.”Huddersfield Town v ReadingChampionship Play-Off Final15:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Huddersfield 1-0 ReadingSep 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Reading 1-0 HuddersfieldMar 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Huddersfield 3-1 ReadingJan 2016 ENGLISH FA CUP Reading 5-2 HuddersfieldJan 2016 ENGLISH FA CUP Huddersfield 2-2 ReadingNov 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Reading 2-2 HuddersfieldFeb 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Huddersfield 3-0 ReadingJan 2015 ENGLISH FA CUP Huddersfield 0-1 ReadingAug 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Reading 1-2 HuddersfieldMar 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Reading 1-1 HuddersfieldProbably with not much originality but I have to stick with the 90 minute DRAW with Star Sports at 21/10.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 12 points at around 21/10 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: -91.27 points BET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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