Defense Presses Key Witness in Alex Nieto Shooting

first_img“This is wrong,” Theodore said, sighing heavily while indicating a map of Bernal Heights Park placed near the witness stand showing the shooting location. “That is not right, that is not right.”Theodore also testified that just one patrol car was near Nieto when he was shot, not two as officers have testified.But under questioning by the city attorney representing the officers, Theodore admitted to drinking heavily and having trouble with his memory.“[My] memory’s not right,” he testified after repeated questions from Margaret Baumgartner, a deputy city attorney representing the officers, on inconsistencies between his statements in court Friday and those taken during a deposition last September. “It’s been a long time [since the shooting]. I’ve been kind of an alcoholic since.”Theodore testified he “cannot exactly pinpoint days and times” as Baumgartner asked him to recount events from just after the shooting to when he decided to come forward with his version of events. Theodore waited more than a year to offer his testimony because he said he feels “threatened” by officers and did not trust them to believe his account.“I don’t even care to be here right now,” he testified in court. “I’m doing this for me, I’m not doing it for or against anyone else, I’m doing it for me.”Nieto’s parents are suing the city of San Francisco in U.S. District Court for financial damages, alleging that four San Francisco police officers — Richard Schiff, Jason Stewart, Roger Morse, and Nathan Chew — caused the wrongful death of Nieto and violated his civil rights.On the night of March 21, 2014, a man called 911 to report someone armed with a gun at Bernal Heights Park. Minutes later, two police officers — Schiff and Stewart — arrived at the park, drove around an entrance, and continued up along a paved road into the park.The pair stopped some 30 yards from Nieto and exited their vehicle, testifying earlier this week that they shouted for Nieto to show his hands, and began firing after he shouted back “No, show me your hands” and drew a weapon. The other two officers arrived after Nieto was already on the ground and testified that they started shooting because he was still aiming his weapon.Nieto carried a taser for his job as a security guard, and the lead homicide detective for the case testified Thursday that the taser’s coils were protruding when he arrived on scene, indicating it had been fired.Adante Pointer, the attorney for the Nieto family, said outside the courthouse on Friday that Theodore’s testimony did contradict physical evidence presented in court but pointed out that the police department is in charge of such evidence.“Who controlled the physical evidence?” Pointer asked. If Theodore’s testimony is accurate, it would mean a major cover-up at the hands of the police department. Not only would all four officers and expert witnesses from the department be committing perjury, but police personnel on scene the day of the shooting would have had to move Nieto’s body and other physical evidence dozens of yards uphill — or lie about its location afterwards.Also testifying Friday was Amy Hart, a pathologist with the Medical Examiner’s Office, who recounted in detail some of the 14 gunshot wounds found on Nieto’s body. Nieto’s parents, Refugio and Elvira, were noticeably upset during the testimony and left the courtroom before the defense showed pictures of the dead body to the jury.During Hart’s examination, Pointer delved into forensic evidence that might bolster the family’s argument that Nieto had his hands in his pockets when he was killed. A bone fragment that Hart said could belong to Nieto’s left wrist was found in one of his jacket pockets after the shooting, Hart testified, though she also said there was no damage to Nieto’s pockets that might indicate bullet entry.“The million dollar question is how that bone ended up in his pocket,” Pointer said outside the courthouse after trial. Pointer also wanted to know why Hart had not taken pictures of the jacket as she had with other items of clothing from Nieto.“That should be cause for concern for any fair-minded person,” he said after trial.Nieto would have turned 30 years old on Friday, and his family and advocates held a birthday ceremony at his memorial on Bernal Hill after the trial with cake, tequila, and chips and guacamole. Refugio and Elvira trimmed bouquets of flowers and tied birthday balloons to rocks as some two dozen people sang “Feliz cumpleaños” while the sun set.Theodore happened to be walking his dog at the park and stopped by the celebration, saying hello to Nieto’s parents but generally keeping his distance. He said he worries constantly that the police will retaliate against him for his testimony and that he is alternatively furious and sad at what he saw that day.“Somewhere they must have known they fucked up,” he said. “Otherwise why would they stage that?” See Mission Local’s full coverage of the Alex Nieto shooting here.The only eyewitness to the March 2014 shooting of Alex Nieto by four San Francisco police officers — whose account differs widely from that of the police — testified Friday when cross examined by the defense that his heavy drinking impacts his ability to recall specific details.Antonio Theodore, a singer with the band Afrolicious, told jurors on Thursday that he was walking his dog in Bernal Heights Park the night Nieto was killed and watched the shooting from 115 feet away, testifying Nieto never took his hands out of his pockets and never shouted anything at officers.All four officers took the stand this week and said they shot Nieto because he was aiming a gun at them. Theodore also said on Friday that the shooting occurred dozens of yards away from where the officers said it did. Tags: alex nieto Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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OLDHAM Roughyeds took advantage of wintry conditio

first_imgOLDHAM Roughyeds took advantage of wintry conditions at Whitebank Stadium to edge a young Saints 28-18, writes Graham Henthorne.The home side took an early lead through centre Mathew Fogarty.A knock on on the last tackle from the Saints was hacked on by the home side but as full back Nathan Ashe was about to diffuse trouble he appeared to be tackled without the ball allowing Fogarty to touch down.For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Whitebank Stadium the pitch is on a slope diagonally from one corner to the other and the Saints, playing up hill in the first half, were constantly pegged back into the corner with some accurate kicking from the Roughyeds scrum half Jamie Dallymore.Metres were hard to come by and the Saints were guilty of squandering good possession on a number of occasions.Chris Flannery, doing his usual dependable job, drove the ball in well getting a rare repeat set, only to see the ball knocked on at the restart, as it was after Josh Jones’ break down the left minutes later.There were a few familiar faces in the opposition and one of them, Miles Greenwood, extended the home side’s lead on 20 minutes with a trade mark angled run to the line from a scrum on the Saints 10.On the half hour the Saints finally managed to exert some pressure on the home side and opened their account with a try from Nathan Ashe. Mark Percival managed to find some green grass down the right and expertly beat his opposite number to put Ade Gardner away. From the play the ball on the line Ashe weaved his way in at the right corner. Percival converted from wide out to put the Saints back in contention.Coach Ian Talbot would have been well satisfied going in only four points down with the conditions in the Saints favour in the second half but, on the stroke of half time, the home side increased their lead once again. Winger John Gillam reacted quickest to a dropped ball racing away to score at the posts.The Saints were urged to up their work rate in the second period and did just that straight from the off making it just as difficult for the Roughyeds to come out of their own half.Great kick pressure form Flannery prevented a clearing kick on the last giving the Saints great field position. The ball was worked left and Josh Jones took three over the line with him to score in the left corner. Another great conversion from Percival put the Saints back within four.The human wrecking ball that is Jordan Hand was relishing the contest up front putting in some big hits on his older opposite numbers. Greg Wilde was bundled into touch having seen a glimmer of a gap down the left that in better conditions may have yielded points.Just as the Saints seemed to be getting the upper hand two penalties in a row on the hour saw the home side in Saints territory for the first time in the half. A mix up in the right corner from a neat grubber saw Gillam grab his second and Oldham’s fourth try to re-establish their lead.Undeterred the Saints came straight back at the home side. An inside ball at the play the ball saw Dom Speakman go through only to be stopped short but on the next possession the Saints scored the try of the night. A great 40 metre break from Ashe picking the ball up on the run, saw him through to the full back and Percival took his inside ball to go the final 40 to the sticks.The Saints were hunting the winner and a great kick from Danny Yates and chase from Gardner got a repeat set. On the fourth the same inside ball at the play the ball saw Joe Greenwood through only for the ball to fall in front of the supporting Scott Hale with the line at his mercy.The Roughyeds got a fifth try on the final hooter to give the score a slightly inflated look.Flannery and Gardner showed their experience in the terrible conditions and there were good performances from Percival, Greenwood, Hand and Speakman.Match Summary:Oldham:Tries: Miles Greenwood, Mathew Fogarty, John Gillam 2, John Clough.Goals: Jamie Dallymore 4.Saints:Tries: Nathan Ashe, Mark Percival, Josh Jones.Goals: Mark Percival 3.Half Time: 6-16Full Time: 18-28Teams:Oldham:1. Miles Greenwood; 19. Tom Rigby, 30. Dave Cookson, 26. Mathew Fogarty, 5. John Gillam; Blank. Jack Reid, 7. Jamie Dallymore; 8. Jason Boults, 17. John Clough, 16. Liam Gilchrist, 14. Chris Clarke, 22. Paul Smith, 13. Valu Bentley. Subs: 20. Danny Langtree, 11. Neil Rigby, 15. Bruce Johnson, 28. Michael Ward, 25. Martin Roden, 9. Danny Whitmore, 3. Chris Murphy, 12. Alex Thompson.Saints:1. Nathan Ashe; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Jayden Sandford; 6. Adam Swift, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Josh Perry, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Carl Forster, 11. Scott Hale, 12. Chris Flannery, 13. Joe Greenwood. Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Danny Jones, 25. Joe Bate, 17. Jordan Hand, 18. Corey Lee, 19. Greg Wilde.last_img read more

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THE latest edition of the Saintsrlfccom Podcast i

first_imgTHE latest edition of the Saintsrlfc.com Podcast is now available to download.Mike Rush, Chris Flannery and Paul Wellens are all featured as well as Paul Noone and Tony Benson from Oldham as we reflect on the resounding win over Widnes and preview this Friday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup tie with the Roughyeds.To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email info@saintsrlfc.com with Podcast in the subject line.last_img

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RUGBY League World Cup 2013 announced details toda

first_imgRUGBY League World Cup 2013 announced details today of its volunteer programme for the tournament.The volunteers, drawn from across the UK, will work under the name of ‘Team 13′ and all have key roles which will enable RLWC2013 organisers to deliver the best Rugby League World Cup so far.350 of the 800 total volunteers attended a showcase launch event at Old Trafford, the iconic sporting venue where on November 30 the Rugby League World Cup Final will take place.RLWC2013’s Team 13 volunteers come from all walks of life, from all age groups and represent almost all of the 25 host venues and training facilities across the UK. They include London 2012 Games Makers, Rugby League fans and administrators, a contingent from Australia and at least one former Rugby League World Cup player.Jon Dutton, RLWC2013 Operations Director, said: “Our Team 13 volunteers are an integral part of RLWC2013. They will be the first point of contact at stadiums for many of our fans and will also perform key roles at matches and behind the scenes.“Both London 2012 and Manchester 2002 proved that volunteers can be the difference between great events and fantastic events. The enthusiasm and expertise we found during the interview process was amazing and we know that with Team 13 we have a great set of volunteers at our disposal.“The volunteers come from as far apart as London in the South to Workington in the North, and from St Helens in the North West to Hull on the North East coast. What we are offering them is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in a world class event on their own doorsteps. They can take pride in making a difference in their own communities.”The Team 13 task force will begin their work in mid-October when the teams begin to arrive for RLWC2013 ahead of the first game in Cardiff. The opening ceremony takes place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday October 26 immediately before England take on Australia and Wales play Italy live on the BBC.last_img read more

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SAINTS Reserves face Warrington for the second tim

first_imgSAINTS Reserves face Warrington for the second time this season on Thursday night.Coming fresh off the 48-18 win over the Wolves a couple of weeks back, Ian Talbot’s side will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent record this season.They have beaten Wigan, Keighley and Halifax too.Entry for the game at Langtree Park is £3 for adults and £1 for kids – with Members getting in FREE.Simply head to the South East turnstiles and show your card to gain entry.Kick off is 7pm.The squad for the game is:Aaron Smith, Andre Savelio, Calvin Wellington, Danny Richardson, Dave Llewellyn, Jack Ashworth, Jake Spedding, Jonah Cunningham, Jordan Turner, Levy Nzoungou, Lewis Charnock, Matty Fleming, Olly Davies, Regan Grace, Ricky Bailey, Ross McCauley, Tom Connick, Tom Whittle, Tommi Hughes, Tony Suffolk, Travis Burns.last_img read more

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Lane closures scheduled on I140Wilmington Bypass bridge

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers traveling on the I-140/Wilmington Bypass bridge over the CSX Railroad tracks in New Hanover County will encounter lane closures starting Monday, March 5, but the bridge will remain open to traffic.The closures are needed to allow N.C. Department of Transportation crews to safely perform a scheduled inspection and do bridge maintenance.- Advertisement – The lane closures are scheduled to end by March 16. Transportation officials urge motorists to drive carefully through the work zone.For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.last_img

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Woman arrested for allegedly setting Wilmington home on fire

first_imgWPD officers on the scene of house fire on Wooster Street on March 22, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say a woman is in custody after she set a Wilmington home on fire Friday afternoon.Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Thompson says fire and police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Wooster Street around 4:00 p.m. to a house fire.- Advertisement – Police say when they arrived they saw a woman breaking out of a window. Investigators determined she had set the house on fire and was taken into custody.Thompson says no one was inside at the time and there were no injuries.Her identify and charges have not been released.last_img

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Niko and Ron the journey of mans best friend

first_img “He provides emotional support, keeps me company, always makes me laugh,” Ratley said.For Ratley, who is deaf, Niko is more than just a pet. Niko helps him get around protects him and even keeps him safe.“I was born deaf, he woke me up to a fire alarm, going off he’s very protective,” Ratley said.Related Article: Pender Co. shelter may have to euthanize cats for first time in yearsNiko is his emotional support dog, making life a little bit easier.“Let’s me know if somebody is at the door, let’s me know what time to get up, he is my personal alarm clock,” Ratley said.Which is why when he found out something was wrong with Niko, he was distraught.“Blood in the urine, acting very weak, not acting himself,” Ratley said. “I took him to the animal hospital. Who then discovered Niko had developed kidney cancer.”Doctors said Niko only had one kidney is functioning and that he wasn’t sure how much it spread. Niko was given one year to live.Now with the future uncertain, Ratley has found himself facing yet another challenge, something he’s had to do most his life.As for Niko, who has been Ratley’s helper, now as the roles reverse, Ron wanting to help Niko.“I’m heartbroken, I think about it everyday,” Ratley said. “I don’t know what to do, he can have surgery but it’s very expensive. Thought about another dog, but he was my first dog.”For now, he says all he can do is pray.“Praying, trying to keep him happy in the time that he has,” Ratley said.While Ratley knows Niko won’t always be by his side, he is now cherishing every moment and determined to protect his faithful companion as long as they’re together.If you would like to donate to the duo, visit their GoFundMe page. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — His name is Niko and like any other dog, he likes treats, to get his belly rubbed, long walks on the beach and fishing.The 11 year old Siberian Husky is man’s best friend, just ask his owner Ron Ratley.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Teacher of the Week busy prepping students for end of grade tests

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the school year winds down for many across the Cape Fear, it’s a critical time as New Hanover County students prep for North Carolina End of Grade (EOG) Tests.The EOG’s are standardized tests administered to all North Carolina students in grades 3-8.- Advertisement – At Murrayville Elementary School (MES), teacher Kelsey Frantz tries to maximize as much instructional time as possible to review what her fourth-grade students need to know.“All of us in the building are trying to make sure they prepared and ready as much as possible before they have to take it,” Frantz said.A West Virginia graduate, Frantz has taught for two years and says teaching is what she dreamed about doing as a child.Related Article: Area schools to close due to Hurricane Florence“I knew I wanted to be a teacher since fifth grade,” and she added, “My mom was a first-grade teacher.”Regardless of any behavioral or academic challenges Frantz’ students may have, she tries to see beyond that.“I want every child to feel like they have potential and that they are valued in worth,” she said. “No matter what’s happened in their past that they can change that for the future and I just want to be their biggest supporter to make sure they understand that as well.”Frantz was completely surprised when we visited MES to announce she was nominated and selected as WWAY and Mattress & Furniture Liquidators’ Teacher of the Week.“I’m trying not to cry,” she said. “I feel very, very like blessed and super thankful for this opportunity.”As for the $100 gift card we presented her?“I’ve already got ideas of how I’m going to use the Staples gift card in my classroom, so I’m very, very thankful for that,” she said.“Kelsey is a principal’s dream,” said MES Principal Tim Dominowski.She says Frantz continuously looks for new opportunities to grow as teacher.“She also knows it takes positive, solid relationships to really make that happen,” Dominowski said. “She’s always willing to go the extra mile to do that.”For a profession where the salary doesn’t always measure up to the amount of work involved, Frantz says the interaction she has with students both in and out of class makes it worthwhile.“If you want to be a teacher, don’t let those little things stop you because you have no idea of the effect you have on 25 to 30 individual students so I think that’s the big driving force for why I come here every day,” she said.If you would like to nominate a teacher for WWAY and Mattress and Furniture Liquidators’ Teacher of the Week, click here. Each week’s winner receives a $100 gift card.last_img read more

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2018 saw record adoption numbers

first_img54 adoptions were made during January and December of 2018. This is the largest amount of adoptions in a year for the past 10 years. A press release from the Ministry of the Family also confirmed that 2018 saw a record number of adoptions from foreign countries.In August of 2018, the Ministry had announced that 17 families will be granted €10,000 each to help with expenses incurred when adopting from abroad. According to Minister Falzon, the aim of this strategy was to facilitate the adoption process whilst being sure that the child’s wellbeing stays top priority.Indian children topped the foreign adoption chart. Children were also adopted from Portugal and Slovakia, whilst Thailand was the least popular place for adoption from Maltese families. Soon families will be able to adopt children from Bulgaria following a bilateral agreement.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Vodacom Tanzania to Invest 124m in Network Expansion

first_imgAdvertisement The Tanzanian unit of South Africa’s Vodacom plans to invest 200 billion shillings ($124 million) to expand its network this year but said rising taxes could stifle the sector.Rene Meza, the managing director of the largest mobile phone operator in Tanzania, said on Wednesday he expects more growth in subscriber numbers this year despite stiff competition.“This year will see us invest over 200 billion shillings in network expansion, data and M-Pesa (mobile phone cash transfer service),” the Vodacom Tanzania managing director told Reuters. – Advertisement – Telecommunications is the fastest-growing sector in east Africa’s second-biggest economy and the government is keen to get a higher share of revenue from it.But mobile phone operators say the government’s introduction of a new tax of 1,000 shillings per month on every SIM card and an excise duty of 0.15 percent on money transfers could hurt investment.They argue the SIM card tax will delay expansion of mobile phone use among the poor majority in rural areas – around 23 million Tanzanians do not use mobile services.The tax was introduced from the start of July this year but the president ordered its enforcement to be frozen pending a review after a public outcry.“The mobile industry in Tanzania is already heavily taxed. Additional taxes will definitely discourage investment particularly for rural expansion,” Meza said.The nation of 45 million people has a mobile penetration rate of 48 percent, or about 22 million subscribers, according to the Mobile Operators Association of Tanzania (MOAT).Vodacom Tanzania had about 9.7 million users by June. Other mobile operators in the country include Airtel Tanzania, the local subsidiary of India’s Bharti Airtel Tigo Tanzania, a unit of Millicom International Cellular < and Zantel, part of the UAE’s EtisalatIn July Vodacom had sold its 1,149 telecoms towers to Helios Towers Tanzania, earning the company US$75 million and a 25 per cent stake in Helios.last_img read more

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Forget 4G South Korea is spending 15 billion for 5G network

first_imgAdvertisement Before the majority of the world adjusts to the forth generation network, commonly known as 4G, It looks like 5G connectivity is already upon us.The government in South Korea says is sinking $1.5 billion into upgrades it says will make mobile communications there 1,000 times faster than they are today.Despite the network’s capabilities, any wireless carrier wanting to take advantage of them also would need costly upgrades to their systems. Users would have to purchase new devices that could access it. – Advertisement – And even then, there’s no guarantee that Netflix or similar companies would make their own data available at speeds that live up to the Korean government’s tantalizing vision of an entire movie downloading in a single second.“We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G around 2010. Now it is time to take preemptive action to develop 5G,” the nation’s science ministry said. “Countries in Europe, China and the US are making aggressive efforts to develop 5G technology, and we believe there will be fierce competition in this market in a few years, he added.82.7% of South Koreans use the Internet, and 78.5% of the nation’s population is on smartphones. Narrow that down to 18-24 year olds and it’s dangerously close to full saturation — 97.7%.A trial 5G network is due to be rolled out in 2017, with full rollout in 2020.The country’s telecom companies, as well as native mobile companies Samsung and LG, are on board and plan to be ready to take advantage of the network, according to the government statement.Each generation of network technology has enabled a new set of features: 2G was about voice, 3G was about data and 4G is about video. 5G is expected to be about creating intelligent networks that can handle those billions of connected devices.Source: CNNlast_img read more

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Xbox One S 2TB Launch Edition Now Available in Stores

first_imgAdvertisement Earlier this month, Xbox One S 2TB launch edition is now available in select markets at Microsoft Stores or your local retailer. According to the company, the demand of the console is extremely high and the product is only available in limited quantities.The newly designed Xbox One S comes with awesome new features from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players to playing over 100 console exclusives, with High Dynamic Range (HDR) support to streaming movies or TV shows in 4K Ultra HD with content from partners like Netflix, Amazon Video and others and it comes with a built-in power supply.The 2TB launch edition Xbox One S will be available for $399 (roughly 1.3million UGX) with 1TB and 500GB Xbox One S options starting at $299 (roughly 1million UGX) over the coming weeks. – Advertisement – Later this month, the company will be gearing up to launch the 500 GB and 1 TB of Xbox One S bundles and some of the bundles to come with the console include; Madden NFL 17 and Halo Collection effective of August 23.last_img read more

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Massive Discounts on DSTv and GOTv Products on Jumia Market

first_imgImage Credit: Tech Arena Advertisement As the festive season draws closer DStv and GOtv subscribers will now have an opportunity to purchase DStv and GOtv products at massive discounts on Jumia Market.The Zapper full kit is reduced down to UGX 115,000 compared to the retail price of UGX 130,000. Explora Decoders will be sold at UGX 254,000 from the retail offer of UGX 277,000 and the Explora full kit is reduced from UGX 389,000 to UGX 379,000 and GOtv at 85,500 shillings only.Charles Hamya, General Manager MultiChoice Uganda stated, ‘Our offer through the Jumia’s online marketplace is to enable customers to enjoy our world class offers at a massive reduction. We want all our potential customers to be immersed in the world of entertainment through our brand and channel offering which is why we have launched this campaign’. – Advertisement – The Zapper Decoder full kit includes one month on compact. The compact package has recently been enhanced with six new channels on the package including ROK, EVA+, ITV, TCM, B4U Movies, SuperSport 4. After the one month expires customers can continue enjoying this exciting bouquet at UGX 121,600 subscription per month.Stacey Mwesezi, Jumia Market’s Marketing Manager added that ‘At Jumia Market, we receive orders for all kinds of products during the festive season, as spending power increases. However, economically, it has been a tough year for many – and so we want our customers to enjoy the products they desire at more affordable prices. I urge our customers to take advantage of these offers while they can.’The DStv and GOtv discounts are only available on Jumia Market Uganda website or via their Jumia Market mobile app. The products will be sold at the prevailing retail price through other outlets with the campaign ending on 31st December, 2016.last_img read more

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Google Announces Payment API for Web and Mobile Send Receive Money via

first_imgAdvertisement During its annual developer conference, Google announced its latest new payments features, including new targeted offers coming to Android Pay, a new Google API that will enable fast checkouts in apps and online, payments with Google Assistant, and more.Google said that in the upcoming months, they’ll also enable people in the U.S. to send or receive payments via the Google Assistant. On your Google Home or Android device, it’s as simple as saying “Ok Google, send $10 to Jane for pizza.” All you need is a debit card linked to your Google account.The new Google Payment API, which will work with both verified credit or debit cards linked to a Google account, is launching to enable faster payments in apps and online by requiring only a security code or authentication with an Android device to complete a purchase. Google is accepting sign ups for developers that are interested in getting early access to the new API. – Advertisement – [related-posts]last_img read more

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Understanding the MTN Pulse Data Bundles

first_imgMTN launches MTN Pluse – targeting the youth and giving them power to be themselves, unleash their full potential as well as live life with No Fear. Advertisement The MTN Pulse data bundles, are the newest line of data bundles from telecom firm; MTN Uganda. This was revealed on Thursday 15th as the firm was launching its community-based platform dubbed; MTN Pulse – that is targeting the youth, giving them the power to be themselves, unleash their full potential and live life with No Fear.The pulse data bundles come in three packages include; MTN Pulse, MTN Pulse plus, and MTN Weekend bundle. Unlike the Pulse and Pulse+, the weekend bundle allows one to share weekend plans, and events. Chief Marketing Officer at MTN Uganda; Olivier Prentout at the launch pointed out that weekends are filled with activities that must be shared. “Those moments can now be shared with an affordable youth friendly weekend bundle,” he told the press.One could be thinking, how are these bundles different from the rest. Well! this is what I can tell you. These bundles don’t differ from the internet bundles, but they combine those internet bundle and swift bundles. Breaking this down for you, the MTN Pulse data bundles come, ‘I might say, with 2-in-1’ packaging. For instance, if one purchased the MTN Pulse plan, s/he can choose to activate either the Swift bundles only or Swift and Internet bundles. – Advertisement – This is how, the MTN Pulse plan comes with four (4) daily packages i.e. 300MB SWIFT, 50MB + 200MB SWIFT, 100MB + 100MB SWIFT, and 150MB at a price of 1000 UGX. The SWIFT bundles are meant for only social media platform (we all know this). But with these new bundles, they will allocate how much data you will use on Internet and Social media. For instance if one bought the 50MB + 200MB SWIFT option, the 50MB will be allocated to internet while the 200MB will be allocated to social networking. This is so helpful in a way that, we’ve some content that is shared on social media platforms that will actually need internet access. This happens only if the user subscribed to the SWIFT bundles.[related-posts]The MTN Pulse Data BundlesPULSE BUNDLEVALIDITYBUNDLESPRICE (UGX)MTN PULSE24 Hours300MB SWIFT1,00050MB + 200MB SWIFT100MB + 100MB SWIFT150MBMTN PULSE+7 Days1500MB SWIFT5,000250MB + 1000MB SWIFT500MB + 500MB SWIFT750MBMTN PULSE WEEKENDWeekend 6pm Fri to 6am Mon750MB SWIFT2,000100MB + 500MB SWIFT200MB + 250MB SWIFT300MBDIAL *157# TO ACTIVATElast_img read more

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Trevor Harris dreaming of a Royal Ascot Lucky 15

first_imgThe feature of the upcoming Royal Ascot meeting has been the shortening of the market leaders and currently it is very difficult to find any mileage in the prices at the top of the markets. At this stage I feel compelled to swerve the obvious and look at big price, ew alternatives, for my life changing Lucky 15.Queen Anne StakesAnimal Kingdom has upwards of 10lbs in hand and a career of incredible consistency. He has won five and been second five times in an eleven race career and although his turf form doesn’t match his form on artificial surfaces he will take plenty of beating here. However, there is no point in joining in now at odds on when 5/2 and bigger was available and an ew play looks a no brainer. My selection here is Trade Storm who improved dramatically last season and, if ready to go first time back, can hit the frame at least. He will be ridden with confidence out the back and his smart turn of foot will be a potent weapon at a course that should suit.King’s Stand StakesShea Shea is comfortably the stand out performer here and if at his best fully justifies quotes of 2/1, but that may be quite a big if and an ew play against him is again the sensible call. I will take Pearl Secret as my pick at around 14/1 to give David Barron a rare success at the Royal meeting. Always held in high regard this colt can now start to fulfil his potential as he grows in to his considerable frame. It’s never easy for three-year-old sprinters and Pearl Secret was campaigned sparingly last year with the view that this will be his season. He could definitely do with some rain but will be a big runner for me on good or softer.Prince Of WalesCamelot is unlikely to reach the heights that he once promised, desperate ground in the Irish Derby, outstayed in the St Leger and then amazingly sent to Paris as an after thought all combined to send his level downwards. The bout of colic that followed will also have had its impact. I can’t imagine this time last year connections anticipated Camelot being beaten and then playing second fiddle in the market to the likes of Al Kazeem. Now Al Kazeem is a thoroughly consistent and likeable horse, but I believe he is below the top draw and thus as favourite this year’s renewal is sub-standard. That may allow the filly The Fugue to take centre stage at her best 10f distance. John Gosden has made a slow start to the campaign but I am expecting him to hit form next week and I would fancy an in-form The Fugue to take care of these, unless Camelot returns to his best.Royal Hunt CupA desperately difficult puzzle for punters as per usual but I’ve got to back Loving Spirit who has run two big races in 7f handicaps at Ascot and each time looked like the return to a mile would be ideal. Highly regarded at two, Loving Spirit was considered a Guineas horse and it’s taken connections some time to find the key. But now at aged five, a strong run, big field handicap looks perfect and although he is 25/1 and the race is very competitive I feel he has as good a chance as any.So there you go, I’ve written my resignation letter and I’m all set to travel the world on my winnings, well there’s no harm in dreaming.Good luck!last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_imgHORSE RACING1.40 CatterickTwentytwowontdo 3/1 > 7/41.55 NewmarketTangled 20/1 > 7/13.35 CurraghSilverkode 10/1 > 4/15.00 BeverleyCharacter Onesie 5/1 > 100/309.00 StratfordNo Hiding Place 11/10 > 5/6WORLD CUP QUALIFIERSFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier17:00 ITV / ITV HD / Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HD5/1 Scotland 4/6 England 13/5 DRAWFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier17:00Sky Sports 4 / Sky Sports 4 HD5/2 Azerbaijan 7/5 Northern Ireland 2/1 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [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.Saturday 10 Junelast_img

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BENS BLOG Its time to buy a new cue

first_imgMuch of my youth, was misspent, at the 147 Snooker Club, in Hove. When achieving a 40 break, one of my many delusions, was that I might have, one day, become a professional. Happy memories.Anyway, as working life gained momentum, playing tennis, snooker, going fell-walking and watching cricket, turned to hazed memories. None such gratuities could be entertained, whilst the dreaded Punters & Staff, required full attention. No, no.So it was a real pleasure, to spend an hour at Parris Cues, in South London, with Star Sports PR-Man; Luke Tarr. I wanted to treat Luke to a new cue and John Parris was the man to do the job.In a society now drowning in the mediocrity of Prezzo, Eat and Southern Rail, it is a pleasure to give custom to independent and quality operators; like Mr Parris. A TRUE PROFESSIONAL.In other news:Ben’s Food Blog 49: Limonia, 89 Regents Park Road, Primrose Hill, NW1 8UY WEB SITE. Bright & Buzzy. Family feel. Booking essential. Excellent Baklava and Mango Desserts. ‘Quite Good’ all the way through. The search for a better Greek than Halepi continues. 7.5<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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Study offers new clues about hereditary spastic paraplegia

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.edu Jade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduStudy offers new clues about hereditary spastic paraplegiaU.S., Italian scientists probe ‘atlastin,’ a protein linked to neurological disorderNew research from Rice University and Italy’s Eugenio Medea Scientific Institute is yielding clues about hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a group of inherited neurological disorders that affect about 20,000 people in the United States. A study in the July 5 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offers the first detailed account of the biochemical workings of atlastin, a protein produced by one of the genes linked to HSP.The primary symptoms of HSP are progressive spasticity and weakness of the leg and hip muscles. This results from the slow degeneration of the nerves that carry signals from the spinal column to the legs, feet and toes. While scientists know that HSP can result from more than two dozen different genetic mutations, they don’t know how the mutations cause nerve degeneration.“We discovered a couple of years ago that atlastin plays a key role in building and maintaining an important internal compartment of healthy cells called the endoplasmic reticulum,” said Rice biochemist James McNew, lead co-author of the new study. “HSP is known to primarily affect long nerve cells that can stretch from the lower back all the way to the base of the leg. It appears that atlastin plays a particularly crucial role in maintaining the health of these cells, and we want to know why.”McNew, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Rice, and Andrea Daga, a scientist at the Medea Institute, determined in 2009 that atlastin was one of the rare breed of proteins that can cause membrane fusion.“Membrane fusion is a fundamental process involved in many cell functions, but only a few proteins can initiate it,” McNew said. “Until 2009, we thought all membrane fusion proteins operated in the same basic way. Atlastin was completely different because it’s an enzyme that utilizes chemical energy to drive fusion. We really had to start from scratch to determine how it worked.”Membranes are both the brick walls and the zip-lock bags of microbiology. Every living cell is encased in a water-tight membrane of fatty acids, and all of the cell’s interactions with the outside world are mediated by what can and cannot pass through that membrane. When a virus invades a healthy cell, it uses membrane fusion. When a sperm fertilizes an egg, it uses membrane fusion. Membranes are also used inside the cell, where they serve as biochemical reaction chambers, as cargo containers and as pipelines.To find out how atlastin initiates membrane fusion, McNew, Daga and colleagues conducted experiments involving the fruit-fly version of atlastin, which is remarkably similar to the version found in humans. By selectively disabling portions of the protein and examining how those modifications affected atlastin’s ability to promote membrane fusion in the test tube and cell cultures, the team gradually built a picture of how atlastin works. They found that pairs of atlastin proteins, each of which is anchored in a separate membrane, can bind to one another when both partners are functional enzymes. That action draws the separated membranes together and allows fusion to occur.Additionally, they found that a small piece near the end of atlastin was required for fusion activity.“Atlastin has a fairly short tail, which protrudes from the site where the protein is anchored into the membrane,” Daga said. “When we deleted this tail, we found that the protein could not stimulate membrane fusion, even when the two copies bound together normally.”McNew said prior gene sequencing studies have show that some HSP patients have genetic mutations that result in defects in this critical tail region of the atlastin protein.“This study, as well as work by others, suggests the area of the cell where atlastin promotes membrane fusion, the endoplasmic reticulum, is a good target for future studies into the causes of HSP,” said McNew, a faculty investigator at Rice’s BioScience Resesarch Collaborative.Study co-authors include Tyler Moss and Avani Verma, both of Rice; and Camilla Andreazza of the Medea Institute. The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Mathers Charitable Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Health, the French Association Against Myopathies and Telethon Italy. A copy of the PNAS study is available at:http://www.pnas.org/content/108/27/11133.full.pdf+htmlAn image is available for download at:http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/0708_figure6-ed.jpg CAPTION: An illustration of how two atlastin proteins, each anchored in a separate membrane, bind to one another to initiate membrane fusion. The protein’s tail (light blue) plays a key role in initiating fusion.CREDIT: J. McNew/Rice University AddThislast_img read more

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