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A note from the editor For nine years Disability

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first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Disabled activists have held a “festival of resistance” outside an international disability rights event to highlight the “hypocrisy” of it being co-hosted by the UK government.Members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and allies were outside the Here East centre on the Olympic Park in the east London borough of Newham, as hundreds of delegates from across the UK and the global south took part in the Global Disability Summit.Among those speaking at DPAC’s protest (pictured) were disabled activists from Greece, Bolivia and Uganda, and an anti-poverty activist from Canada, who had all spoken at DPAC’s own International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit in nearby Stratford two days earlier.Paula Peters, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said: “It is important to be outside the Global Disability Summit to show the true nature of what the UK government are doing to disabled people with their austerity agenda.”She pointed to the two reports from the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), in 2016 and 2017, which had exposed the impact of the cuts on disabled people.The first of the reports, in November 2016, found the government had committed “grave and systematic violations” of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities through its policies on independent living, social security and employment.The second, last autumn, assessed the government’s overall record on implementing the convention, produced an unprecedented number of recommendations for improvements, and led the committee’s chair to tell the UK government that its cuts to disabled people’s support had caused “a human catastrophe”.Ellen Clifford, who helped organise DPAC’s International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit, which took place two days before the government’s summit (see separate stories), had said that holding the Global Disability Summit so soon after the UN report was like the UK government “sticking two fingers up to the UN”.But she said she welcomed anything positive that came out of the summit and was “particularly in favour of deaf and disabled people and our organisations making direct links internationally to support each other in our shared struggles.”She said this could only be done “from the grassroots up”, which was why DPAC had hosted its own summit.Clifford said that the Department for International Development, which had co-hosted the summit, had said DPAC activists could come inside the summit but would only be allowed in “if you don’t mention the UK government”.DPAC rejected the invitation, and instead, the International Disability Alliance (IDA), an alliance of disabled people’s organisations which co-hosted the summit, supported DPAC in ensuring that its leaflets were distributed inside the summit.The leaflets told delegates that the UK government had shown “contempt” for disabled people and the UN convention, had driven its “disabled citizens into degrading and inhumane conditions” and that it appeared to be “attempting to use this event to whitewash its appalling record on disability at home”.Peters said the UK government was not talking about the two UN reports in its summit, and added: “The sun never sets on their hypocrisy. They are abusing our human rights at home.“They are in there celebrating disabled people and how fantastic disabled are but their policies are harming disabled people, pushing us further into poverty, further marginalising us and excluding us from society.“The cuts are killing us. We had to be here to show that, to show the truth.”Marsha de Cordova, the disabled shadow minister for disabled people, also attended the DPAC protest, along with her Labour colleague Kate Osamor, the shadow international development secretary.De Cordova pointed out that the Global Disability Summit was being hosted by Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, who had been minister for disabled people when CRPD produced its two reports in 2016 and 2017.She said she was at the DPAC protest because ministers were “portraying themselves as being global leaders on disability rights”.She said: “We know that is not the case. Their policies have been condemned by the UN.”She said the government’s policies over the last eight years had “disproportionately hit disabled people, particularly on social security”.De Cordova also pointed to the Charter for Change, the summit’s “principal legacy document”, which the UK was asking other governments and organisations to sign up to.She said the UK was violating eight of the charter’s 10 commitments, including the pledge to “gather and use better data and evidence to understand and address the scale, and nature, of challenges faced by persons with disabilities”.The UK government has persistently refused to carry out a cumulative impact assessment of its social security and tax cuts and reforms since 2010, even though the Equality and Human Rights Commission published its own version in March.The disabled Kenyan MP Isaac Mwaura also expressed his solidarity with the DPAC protest.He told them: “If there are any cuts to social welfare, how come they start with the most vulnerable, people with disabilities?”Mwaura, a former student at the University of Leeds, said that disability was about “rights, respect and dignity”.He said: “I tell you in solidarity, demand for your rights, let the UK government also implement the recommendations of the UN report for the CRPD.“That way, the UK government will be providing leadership, the way it is purporting to do together with my government on the conditions of people with disability.“Disability is about rights, it is about respect, it is about dignity, we will stand in solidarity with you, we refuse to accept the north and south divide, where some countries are seen to be better than others, yet the problems of disabled people are universal and common to all of us.“We have to stand up and demand our rights: nothing about us without us.”Dr Ju Gosling, artistic director of Together! 2012, a social enterprise led by Newham-based disabled artists, was one of several disabled artists who performed at the protest.She said that Newham was the main London 2012 host borough and has one of the highest proportions of disabled residents in the UK, but that the promised “legacy” benefits of London 2012 to disabled people in Newham had yet to appear.Instead, she said, “we have the highest percentage of homeless residents in the country, the vast majority of whom have an impairment or a long-term health condition, and the lowest level of cultural engagement.“There is no funded disabled people’s organisation or centre for independent living; in fact, there is almost no advice and support available of any kind.”Gosling pointed out that the Global Disability Summit organisers did not appear to have invited any local organisation of disabled people to the summit, including Together! 2012.And she said there had also been no attempt to facilitate meetings between disabled people from the global south visiting the summit and Together! 2012.She said: “In Newham, we have disabled people from all over the world and they would love to have had a discussion and could have really enriched the understanding of the visitors about what it is like to be disabled in the UK.“Presumably that’s why we were not invited.”Representatives of IDA attended the DPAC protest and said they were there “in solidarity”.An IDA representative said: “IDA agreed to co-host because we wanted DPOs, including UK DPOs, to be a central part of the summit.“And we have achieved this. DPOs from across the global, and including UK DPOs, have been key to the success of this summit.”But she added: “We cannot ignore the findings of the CRPD committee.”She said IDA was hoping to set up a meeting between DPOs including DPAC, the Department for Work and Pensions and Mordaunt’s Department for International Development.last_img read more

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Community Advocates Divided On Homeless Encampments

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first_imgKim’s measure would also require the city to offer shelter services for a minimum of 90 days to those displaced. Her proposal is in an effort to transition encampment residents off the streets and into permanent housing.However, after hearing from Sam Dodge, deputy director of the new department, Kim tabled consideration of the measure for the time being to give the department more time to assess best practices in addressing encampments. Dodge said the department had its first success in dismantling an encampment near Islais Creek, placing some of its 50 residents into the city’s Navigation Center, and is in the middle of experimenting with different approaches such as providing campers with toilets and dumpsters.Planning to focus on the Mission’s large scale homeless encampments next, Dodge told Kim that additional legislation dictating how to administer camp removals is not necessarily what is needed.  “We don’t have the perfect prescription yet,” he said, adding that the department is taking its own steps towards fine tuning “a system.” Still, the conversation shed light on the complexity of the issue of tent settlements and the varying needs of those forced to live in them and around them. “Simply moving people out [of encampments] without giving them a place to go is not a solution – It doesn’t work,” said Mission supervisor David Campos, who spoke in support of guaranteeing housing for displaced campers. The Mission has been particularly affected by a swell in tent encampments that has left many of its housed residents frustrated. “If you don’t give them a place to go they just go back to the same spot,” he said. Campos blamed the neighborhood’s layout – a mix of residential and industrial buildings– and the recent development of other parts of city where “encampments could previously be” for making the Mission “ground zero” for tent settlements.Some residents and business owner spoke to the urgency of dismantling encampments that currently occupy residential sidewalks and have cropped up next to local businesses.“Please be realistic about the time frame,” said Gwen Kaplan, a representative of the Northeast Mission Business Association, calling the tent encampments that line 16th, Folsom, and Harrison streets “a very serious health and human safety issue.”“A few weeks ago we counted 42 discarded needles on a walk around just one block – the tent encampment situation has to be ameliorated as quickly as possible,” she said. Others criticized Kim’s measure for encouraging tents.“The city should not be guaranteeing affordable housing just to anyone who sets up tents on our sidewalks,” said Patricia Aleman, director of the San Francisco Travel Association, adding that the measure would “incentivise more tents.”But Kim fought back. “I don’t know where we expect to put them, if we expect them to disappear, vanish into thin air,” she countered, adding that the “only solution to homelessness is housing.”Advocates for the homeless also stressed that the well-being of the homeless and the need for permanent and affordable housing must be at the center of any discussion surrounding the removal of encampments. “For them, [the experience] is a thousand times worse than what myself, as a neighbor in the Mission, goes through in witnessing homeless people,” said Jennifer Friedenbach, director of the Coalition on Homelessness.Friedenbach stressed that thoughtful approaches to helping camp residents exit homelessness are a first step, and that permanently providing them with housing takes time.“The reality is that when we are trying to resolve encampments we can’t move people quickly,” she said.Social worker Colleen Rebecca said that part of the struggle in addressing encampments is fighting against the “myths and misinformation” surrounding homelessness.“Camps are made of people,” she said. “Ignorance, intolerance and nasty public discourse like this hurts us just as much as the current state [of] not having enough resources to help the vast number of people who are suffering on our streets.” Community members, homeless advocates and city leaders weighed in Thursday at City Hall  on legislation that would give homeless campers longer notice of impending camp removals and guarantee them shelter. The hearing took place during the Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.While all agreed that tent encampments – some 80 of which have been mapped by the city’s newly established Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing and are subject to removal – are “unsustainable and undesirable,” residents and others are at odds on how to govern the process of clearing out the camps humanely while preventing campers from returning.Countering a November ballot measure that would ban tents and give homeless campers just 24 hour warnings about camp removals, Supervisor Jane Kim introduced a measure in July that would provide the homeless with notice to pack up seven days before being forced to clear out of their camps. 0%center_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • David Campos • homeless • Jane Kim Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Sto

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first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round Three trip to Hull KR.Paul Wellens, Jamie Foster and Michael Shenton return but there is no place for Mark Flanagan who is still sidelined with a chest injury.Lee Gaskell also missed out with a leg injury.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 19. Andrew Dixon, 21. Tommy Makinson, 22. Jamie Foster.Hull KR:1. Shannon McDonnell, 2. Craig Hall, 3. Kris Welham, 4. Jake Webster, 5. David Hodgson, 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Scott Taylor, 11. Constantine Mika, 13. Rhys Lovegrove, 14. Lincoln Withers, 15. Liam Watts, 16. Jason Netherton, 18. Graeme Horne, 19. Scott Murrell, 20. Jordan Cox, 21. Sam Latus, 22. Scott Wheeldon, 23. Mickey Paea.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Ben ThalerStat Pack:Hull KR have won their last four home Super League meetings with St HelensSaints’ last league win at Craven Park was 40-0 on June 17, 2007 – they also won a Challenge Cup Quarter Final (24-18) on 1 June, 2008.Super League Summary:Hull KR won 5St Helens won 6Hull KR highest score: 28-24 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 26-10, H, 2009)St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)last_img read more

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DONT miss out on a free morning of fun down at La

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first_imgDON’T miss out on a free morning of fun down at Langtree Park – exclusive to Junior Saints!On Thursday April 10, members will be able to enjoy a range of skills drills, see the players and chat to the coaching staff.The Saints will be preparing for their First Utility Super League game against the high flying Castleford Tigers.Junior Saints can watch the lads train and get autographs and photographs with Nathan Brown, Keiron Cunningham and Jamahl Lolesi.This special event will start with a juice and toast breakfast at 9.30am and finish, with a free Easter gift, at 12.30pm.Secure your ticket by popping into the Ticket Office.To come to the event you have to be a JUNIOR SAINT – and get a ticket from the ticket office.Junior Saints Membership gives young fans the chance to get closer and be more involved in supporting their Club throughout the 2014 season.It includes a whole host of goodies including exclusive Membership Welcome Pack, Personalised Membership Card, 2014 poster, scarf and much more!And you can even win the chance to be a matchday mascot for one of our home games this season.Junior Saints receive:10 per cent off matchday tickets (limited to four per member per game)5 per cent Discount on all full priced Saints merchandise (not including tickets of gift vouchers) Chance to be a matchday mascot (aged 4-12) Exclusive Junior Saints e-newsletter with the latest news, competitions, prize draws, offers, quizzes and interviews – make sure you have registered your email address to receive this! Exclusive discount on member only Christmas Parties at Langtree Park Invite to Member only Open Day at Langtree Park (date to be announced) Chance to win a place on a Boots/Player hosted Rugby Camps (aged 12-16)Second priority for Major Matches (Cup Semi Final/Final, Play-offs Grand Final) All this for just £14.99 or £9.99 for Junior Season Ticket Holders!So how can you become a Junior Saint?Simply fill in the attached form and post it to the club or pop into the Superstore! It’s that easy!last_img read more

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SAINTS travelled to Catalans not only knowing that

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first_imgSAINTS travelled to Catalans not only knowing that it would be a hard task to achieve what they did last year and come away with the points, but also with having to cope with a team re-shuffle, writes Graham Henthorne.The late withdrawal of Kevin Brown meant a reorganisation of the team with Jordan Gibbons going to full back and a left wing combination of Joe Sharratt and Owen Smith, both of whom are much more at home in the second row.However, it can’t have been too much of a handicap as the latter ended up running in a well taken hat-trick!The hosts were the first on the board after seven minutes but the Saints responded almost immediately with a Callum Hazzard four pointer converted by Brad Billsborough.From the restart the Saints went right back down again and Jordan Gibbons gave them the lead.After a period of time with both teams vying for superiority it became a bit like the first team game to be played later that day. It was a bit we score-you score for the final 12 minutes of the half as first the Dragons regained the lead but the Saints took it straight back with the first of Smiths’ three.He scored his second on 35 minutes to give the Saints a ten point lead but crucially they couldn’t hold on to that into the break as the Dragons scored on the half time whistle to get back to within four.Again crucially the Dragons scored in the opening minutes of the half to wrestle the lead back. Had the Saints been able to hang on ahead for a bit longer and frustrate their hosts then the outcome may have been different but as it was they stretched their lead to 8 points on 56 minutes.The Saints managed to hit back to within two straight from the restart with Smith’s hat-trick try and Billsborough’s fourth conversion but that was as good as it got as the Dragons ran in three more tries in the final quarter to run out easy winners.Match Summary:Catalans U19s:Tries: Flovie, Le Cam (3), Albert, Franco, Scimone (2)Goals: Albert (9 from 9)Saints U19s:Tries: Callum Hazzard (11), Jordan Gibbons (14), Owen Smith 3 (29, 35 & 57).Goals: Brad Billsborough 4 from 5.Half Time: 18-22Full Time: 50-28Teams:Catalans:Franco; J. Flovie, Vergniol, Gambaro, Martin; Albert, Mourgues; Sabathier, Meunier, Séguier, Delor, Le Cam, Lardot.Subs: Demacedo, Garcia, Scimone, VailhenSaints:1. Jordan Gibbons; 2. Sean Croston, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Owen Smith, 5. Joe Sharratt; 6. Brad Billsborough, 7. Elliott Jenkins; 8. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Jorge Lewtas, 11. Alex Eckley, 12. Mike Weldon, 13. Callum Hazzard. Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Evan Bullen, 16. Jordan Olmez, 17. Ben Sims.last_img read more

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Following huge demand over the Christmas period b

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first_imgFollowing huge demand over the Christmas period, both of the popular designs have now been re-stocked across a full range of sizes.You can shop yours online here.2019 Members can also take advantage of an extended, excusive offer of 10% off the shirts up until the end of January. So why not call into the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium at the Wigan game this Thursday.Please note this offer cannot be used online or in conjunction with any other offer, t&cs apply.last_img

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Cold temperatures likely cause of blown transformer

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first_imgBlown transformer on 5th Avenue in Wilmington (Photo: Luis Cruz) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The cold temperatures, which is causing a higher than normal demand for power, is likely what caused a transformer to blow in downtown Wilmington, according to Duke Energy.The transformer blew in the 400 block of N. 5th Avenue a little after 12:30 p.m.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say the road could be closed until 6 or 7 p.m., as utility crews work to replace the blown transformer.TRAFFIC ALERT: The 400 block of North 5th Avenue will be closed for the next 5-7 hours as crews work to restore a blown transformer. Please avoid the area if possible.— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) January 2, 2018About 20 customers are without power.Related Article: Duke Energy, county to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear PlantDuke Energy says the higher than normal demand often leads to overworked equipment, which is likely what happened in this case, but the crew will investigate to determine if that was the exact cause.The power was still out at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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38 Special fills Friday night slot for Azalea Festival concert series

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first_img38 Special will be Friday night’s headlining act during the 2018 Azalea Festival. (Photo: NC Azalea Festival) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 38 Special will complete the 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival’s Main Stage Concert Series and perform Friday, April 13.According to a news release from the festival, after more than four decades together, 38 Special continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year.- Advertisement – Most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more.Guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes says it’s all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. “We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We’re a team, and it’s always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win.”Opening for 38 Special is Tuesdays Gone, a North Carolina hit Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band.Related Article: Royal Wedding cake baker to be a part of Azalea Festival’s Chefs’ ShowcaseTickets are $23 each and will go on sale through the Azalea Festival website and at the Azalea Festival Ticket Office on Friday, March 2nd at 9 a.m.To purchase tickets online, click here.Other headliners include Ludacris and Billy Currington.last_img read more

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Elementary students participate in beach sweep at Wrightsville Beach

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first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BACH, NC (WWAY) — Parents, students, and teachers volunteered to keep our coast clean as a part of a school-wide beach sweep in Wrightsville Beach Monday.WWAY’s Donna Gregory joined the fifth grade classes and parents from Wrightsville Beach Elementary on a designated section of the beach to clean, from the Blockade runner, north to the Surf Club.- Advertisement – The entire student body was involved.Before getting outside in the sand, students learned about marine debris.Drew Harrison, whose fifth grade son Ryder attends Wrightsville Beach Elementary, says even on a work day it feels great to get out and volunteer.Related Article: Duke University pays $112M to settle faked research lawsuit“First and foremost the beach has been my life even before work, and I think it’s important to get out and volunteer and give back to the community at any chance you can get,” Harrison said. “Today just happened to be one of those days, so I’m lucky to be a part of being involved with all these kids and us all come together and clean up this beach to make it beautiful, and keep it beautiful.”Marine Science teacher Cissie Brooks organized the event to teach kids at a young age how to take care of the beach for future generations to enjoy.She is partnering with Duke University in a two-year study to track data from the sweeps.last_img read more

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North Carolina Coastal Federation seeking volunteers to help with living shoreline

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first_imgA living shoreline is installed at Sunset Beach.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY)– The North Carolina Coastal Federation is inviting volunteers to come help plant native grasses behind the recently constructed oyster reef at the Sunset Beach Town Park on Friday, May 31 starting at 10 a.m.Volunteers should wear weather-appropriate clothes that can get wet and dirty. Closed-toe shoes that cover your feet and can get wet and muddy are required. Volunteers should also bring a reusable water bottle, hat, sunglasses and any medications they may need.- Advertisement – Snacks, water, sunscreen and bug spray will be provided. Boots and gloves will also be available. This event is most suited for adults and children over the age of 12.If you are interested in participating you can click here to register.last_img read more

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Facebook ordered to reveal records of underage users

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first_imgAdvertisement Social Networking giant Facebook has been ordered to disclose any available records on the number of underage account holders it has in Northern Ireland by a High Court in Belfast.It was ruled that any existing records should be supplied for a lawsuit involving a vulnerable girl who contacted men and posted sexual photos via the social network.Facebook is being sued by the girl’s father for negligence, claiming that its open registration system meant it was too easy to set up a profile and become a target for pedophiles. – Advertisement – According to its own policy, no-one under 13 should set up an account.It is said that that from the age of 11, the girl created four different accounts to upload sexually suggestive photos, the court heard. It is also alleged that she received extreme sexual content via text message as a result of her personal details appearing on the site.However, her accounts were deleted as soon as Facebook received reports of the issue.The judge ordered that more details should be revealed about the number of underage users, as part of the legal action.The court also heard that the firm does not retain data on reports of underage users for more than six months.Despite a counter claim that Facebook’s chief privacy advisor had admitted in 2011 that 20,000 people a day are removed from the site for being underage, the judge accepted Facebook’s claim that it does not hold information for more than six months.He added, “If it should emerge that the defendant’s assertions are unsustainable, then at the very least the case may be adjourned in order to compel appropriate replies to the interrogatories with attendant cost consequences.”itproportal.comlast_img read more

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Interactive Intelligence Launches Customer Engagement Cloud Service in South Africa

By on July 29, 2019

first_imgAdvertisement Interactive Intelligence Group Inc, a global leader of cloud services for customer engagement, communications and collaboration, has launched a new customer engagement cloud service for businesses throughout South Africa.The unique PureCloud Engage℠ architecture, along with its advanced functionality, fast deployment, and simple month to month subscription terms offer contact centres accelerated business impact, more consistent outcomes, and the most innovative customer and agent experience.“While cloud solutions have matured quickly, many organisations are still concerned about security,” said World Wide Worx Managing Director Arthur Goldstuck. – Advertisement – “It’s important to understand that cloud architectures differ quite a bit, and these differences have important security implications. As organisations evaluate their cloud options, they should assess a vendor’s security certifications, access management controls, encryption, and intrusion testing protocols.With careful assessment, organisations will find that in many instances modern cloud solutions are more secure than on-premises solutions. Combined with month-to-month subscription terms, these cloud solutions can give organisations an incredibly flexible, low-risk, high-value option.”PureCloud Engage℠ was built from the inside out with the most stringent security requirements in mind. It also addresses contact centre pain points such as high costs, lack of scalability, and difficulty managing geographically dispersed remote sites according to Interactive Intelligence Managing Director, Africa Region Andre le Roux.“Local contact centres increasingly need to roll out faster, scale up or down for campaigns without unnecessary expense, and focus their resources and budget more on staff and customer experience rather than infrastructure,” le Roux said.“The unique PureCloud Engage℠ architecture reduces start-up time to a matter of days, simplifies the management of workpools in different locations, and offers maximum reliability and scalability within a pay-as-you-go monthly subscription model.”With customer expectations changing dramatically, South African contact centres are challenged to deliver always-on access across multiple channels, as well as ensuring that agents are empowered to assure true first call resolution.Interactive Intelligence designed PureCloud Engage℠ to also address these issues, according to le Roux.“PureCloud Engage℠ continuously delivers the most innovative and comprehensive omnichannel features, which reduces the cost and complexity of upgrades, eliminates downtime for maintenance, and improves both the agent and customer experience,” he said. “Its advanced analytics also take full advantage of the virtually limitless data storage capacity of the cloud so agents have immediate access to all relevant customer information. This empowers them to give personal and even proactive service, which significantly improves the customer experience.”PureCloud Engage℠ is architected as a set of stateless, independently load-balanced microservices running atop the scalable Amazon Web Services Cloud. This architecture was designed to achieve new levels of reliability, security and scalability. It also gives businesses immediate and continuous delivery of the most innovative applications.PureCloud Engage℠ features the industry’s most comprehensive feature-set, including omnichannel routing, speech-enabled interactive voice response (IVR), call recording, quality management and reporting, outbound and predictive dialing, CRM integrations, and graphical scripting.It also includes business communications and collaboration features, such as IP PBX capabilities, video conferencing, corporate directory, chat, desktop sharing, and content management.PureCloud Engage℠ is offered directly through the Interactive Intelligence salesforce as well as through the company’s channel comprised of approximately 400 partners worldwide.last_img read more

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How It All Went Down At The Marie Stopes Health App Challenge

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first_imgHackers take a group photo at the Marie Stopes health app challenge at the Uganda Museum on 13th & 14th May, 2016. Image Credit: Pc Tech Magazine Advertisement On May 11th, Marie Stopes Uganda launched the marie stopes health app challenge during a press conference at Vodafone Uganda head offices, Kololo Hill Drive.Marie Stopes Uganda together with Vodafone Uganda who sponsored the event and organized by Hostalite Ltd, invited 60 local developers and innovators across 14 different Ugandan universities including; Makerere University, Uganda Technology and Management University, Ndejje University, International Health Science University, Bugema University, Makerere University Business School, Kampala International University, St. Lawrence, to name a few, to develop a mobile health app solution that promotes young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services where each university was represented by a group of four individuals for a two-day hackthorn dubbed #Hcahack.And only one team out of the 60 teams was to walk away with a grand-mega prize. – Advertisement – First day of the hackthorn Dickson Mushabe, CEO and Founder of Hostalite gave an overview of the hackthorn and the prizes to be won at the end of the two-day coding.Faith Kyateka, Communications Manager at Marie Stopes Uganda also gave a brief speech on leveraging technology to empower young people from a sexual reproductive perspective. She also emphasized all the hackers to come with projects that would be simpler to be used by people down in the rural areas.Harriet Adong, Communication Manager at Resilient Africa Network keynoted on why developers should innovate and the needs of understanding adolescent sexual and reproductive health key challenges.Nicholas Kamazi, Co-Founder of Yoza app, also keynoted on behalf of Africa’s Talking, that were providing free APIs for the hackthorn, about the power of mobile technologies.Later on in the day, mentors were provided to every group to check on their progress and then at the end of the session, each team/group was requested to pitch/present their ideas to selected panel of mentors.In Pictures: 1.TeamBugema, 2.TeamKyambogo, 3.TeamKayinza, 4.TeamKIU, 5.TeamMakerere, 6.TeamUniversity, 7.TeamUtamu, 8.TeamIHSU, 9.TeamMusawo and 10.TeamNdejje that particpated in the Marie Stopes health app challenge 2016 at the Uganda Museum from 13th to 14th May, 2016. Image Credit: Vodafone UgandaSecond day of the hackthorn The second day, was for the hackers to make final touches on their projects and preparation for presentations.Speaking shortly before the winners were announced, Dr. Carol Sekimpi, Managing Director, Marie Stopes Uganda called upon the participants of the hackthorn to have healthy children and minds by choice not by chance and also gave her remarks on the reason for their partnership.Teams later on presented their prototypes to the judges where, TeamMUNNO from Ndejje University was emerged as the grand winners of the Marie Stopes health app challenge, as TeamUtamu from Uganda Technology and Management University and TeamMpenzi from International Health Science University came as the 1st and 2nd runner’s up respectively.Congratulations to Team MUNNO from @NdejjeUnivUG @MarieStopesUg @MarieStopes @HostaliteCyber #HcaHACK pic.twitter.com/GTJYRaBIN0— Vodafone Uganda (@vodafoneuganda) May 14, 2016TeamMunno walked away with Vodafone handsets, a 4G indoor router (with 50GB of 6mbps data cap per month, for a period of 6 months), 3 months incubation of their app at the Hostalite Cyber Academy, exposure to funding from Marie Stopes Innovation fund plus Marie Stopes health cards vaild for a year, while the 1st and 2nd runners up were given Vodafone handsets and a 4G indoor router (with 50GB of 6mbps data cap per month, for a period of 4 months and 2 months respectively).All handsets came with 1GB data, 60 min for local calls and international calls to zone 1 countries and FREE WhatsApp for 30 days. IHSU team comes in at number 3, @utamu_ac_ug 2nd and “munno” in 1st place #HcaHACK pic.twitter.com/Uoy7qa6Yyf— JoshTwin (@josh_twin) May 14, 2016In addition to the awards given to the winning teams, Hostalite Cyber Academy also awarded all the participants of the hackthorn scholarships effective of 1st June, 2016With great thanks to all the organizations that put a hand to make this happen; Bridge Flims, Akira Digital, RoyalWay Media, Pc Tech Magazine, Coca Coal, Africa’s Talking, Nomard, Sync, Exquiste SolutionSummary of the Winners: Grand Winners: TeamMunno from  Ndejje University.1st Runners-Up: TeamUtamu from Uganda Technology and Management University.2nd Runners-Up: TeamMpenzi from International Health Science University.last_img read more

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Huawei optimistic to become leading smartphone producer by 2021

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first_imgAdvertisement Huawei is hopeful that by 2021, it will be the world’s leading smartphone producer, out-beating current competitors Samsung and Apple. This follows Huawei Chairman Richard Yu’s presentation during the Converge Tech Conference held in Hong Kong last week, during which he said that by 2021 he hopes that the percentage of Huawei smartphones on the market percent will grow to a quarter of the market. Naturally, this will take a lot of work, as well as patience, both of which Huawei is determined to deliver.Despite the current shrinkage in the China market as a result of congestion, on a global scale, the International Data Corporation (IDC) statistics show that Huawei still holds third position with 8.3% of the smartphone market, followed by Apple that has 15% and Samsung with 23%.Huawei Ascend P8 & Huawei Nexus 6P high-end smartphones. Credit: FreeLook – Advertisement – Huawei has already managed a 59% increase in smartphone shipments in Quarter one alone of 2016. All the while, Samsung’s numbers didn’t change and Apple’s are down by 14%.  Additionally, Huawei has so far invested over $9.2 billion in Research & Development, topping Apple’s $8.1 billion this year.Dong Chengzu, Head of Retail and Marketing Department Huawei Uganda says, ‘In 2012, Huawei became the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer and was the first Chinese company to sell more than 100 million mobile phones in one year – 2015, with products and services available in more than 170 countries. Huawei continues to develop innovations based on customer needs with an aim of enhancing their experiences and creating maximum value for every single device purchase they make.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Microsoft Tried to Partner With Nintendo and Sony for a Game Console

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 29: A Microsoft logo is seen during the 2015 Microsoft Build Conference on April 29, 2015 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual developer conference which runs through May 1. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images) Advertisement Before Microsoft Corp. released the original XBox back in November 15th, 2001 being the first foray into the gaming console market, they attempted to form a gaming partnership with two world’s largest video game companies; Nintendo and Sony. Stories about these efforts have appeared online throughout the years.Failed to partner with Nintendo Speaking about the failed Nintendo partnership in a new interview, XBox Co-Creator Ed Fries said Microsoft proposed Nintendo make the hardware, leaving software and networking duties to the Windows company. But Nintendo declined to the proposal.In an interview with IGN, Ed said “When we first started thinking about doing XBox, we met with Nintendo and sat down with the late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata and others and asked if they could partner and work together on this?’ And basically they said no.” – Advertisement – Failed to partner with Sony After they failure with Nintendo, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates met with Sony to discuss a similar deal. “Can we work together? Can we partner?” Ed said Gates asked. “And they said no.”Ed comments came in response to a question about if there was any truth to the rumors that Microsoft attempted to buy Nintendo. If this was ever discussed internally, Ed didn’t know about it, apparently. “Actually, if anyone (at Microsoft) thought about buying Nintendo, I never heard that,” he said.[related-posts]Microsoft would go on to release the Xbox in November 2001, in part to try to stop Sony from dominating the living room, former Xbox director Robbie Bach said earlier this year. Bach also said that the original Xbox was a huge money-loser to the tune of $5 billion. It was a loss that Microsoft could afford to take because of its successes in other markets, including Windows.Not everyone inside of Microsoft supported the idea to make a console; some wanted to “kill” the Xbox and said Microsoft should instead focus on Windows and other enterprise endeavors, according to Bach.Microsoft isn’t the only company that wanted to work with the two industry goliaths. Before the PS1, Sony and Nintendo worked together on a “Nintendo PlayStation” console. Prototypes were even created before the two companies, now rivals, separated.[GameSpot]last_img read more

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6 Things You Can Do Much Better on 4G

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first_imgAdvertisement Right now the biggest benefit about 4G is that it’s 10 times faster than current 3G network speeds. The obvious benefit is it’s significantly a faster data connection and most importantly what you can do with the fast Internet access.4G offers much better data services and therefore all the kind of things you can get on broadband at home or in your office and that you aspire to do through your smartphone or tablet computer and so forth.Early this year, MTN Uganda was giving an opportunity to all their 3G subscribers join up the 4G in order to get better broadband which came hand in hand with 1GB of free data and the chance to win a Power Bank. – Advertisement – Quoting one of our articles, in a recent interview with Steven Kirenga, the Enterprise Marketing Manager of MTN Uganda, said the adoption of 4G has been impressive so far;“The market has responded well to the call of upgrading to the fastest and widest 4G network. It’s clear our customers want more than fast speed, they want the fastest speed available in Uganda and we are happy that they resonated well with our message and joined our LTE.”First of all, why go with 4G instead of 3G or 2G Unlike 3G and other previous generations, with 4G, we’re able to stream videos, upload, download and essentially do anything on the web using our phones, tablets or laptops almost as fast as if we were at home on a broadband connection. This standard isn’t just focused on improving download speed, but has been designed to improve upload speed, too.According to some sources, 4G supports a theoretical peak upload limit of more than 50 Mbps, orders of magnitude faster than what we can get from 3G.We give you some of the things you can do much better on 4G;Streaming videos Using 4G, video streaming is a much better experience than older generations. This makes using apps like BBC iPlayer, NetFlix, Ustream, YouTube, Broadcaster a much more pleasant experience. Most if not all video streaming services use adaptive picture technologies, which means that the picture quality differs depending on the strength and speed of the internet connection.Multiplayer online gaming 3G are lousy for multiplayer gaming, however, 4G improves gaming experiences on your smartphones, having the ability to upload & download scores, download game updates, buy & earn more coins, and more. The lower latency 4G offers means that multiple online games are more feasible. Many live multiplayer games won’t even let you play against others on 3G.Downloading Sometimes we’ve often needed to download large files, an application or two, videos, games. Previously, large applications could take tens of minutes to download or in most cases only be downloaded over a Wi-Fi connection and while some phones restrict downloads to a maximum amount over a mobile connection, in order to preserve user data limits, they will often still allow downloads, to say… an estimation of around 100Mbs, which will take over two minutes using a 3G. However, the same 100Mb file will take less than a minute using a 4G connections.Uploading videos and photos Another benefit of 4G is that you can upload higher resolution photos and videos to popular social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat or sync them to the Cloud (backing up) in real time in their full higher resolution.Tethering 4G also offers the ability to create a high speed mobile hotspot from your smartphone to other devices such as laptops by tethering your smartphone via a cable or Bluetooth and in that way, you’ll be in position to use your smartphone’s internet connection directly onto your laptop, as you will be getting almost a home broadband.Internet (Video) Calls 4G networks are fast and consistent enough to support cheap voice-over-IP services and unlimited free voice calls over apps like FaceTime, Tango, Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Google Duo, WeChat to name a few, which could make video calling on a mobile phone finally feasible.last_img read more

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Safaricom Suffers a Major Network Outage Affecting Users Country Wide

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first_imgImage Credit: techcabal Advertisement According to reports by Daily Nation, on a Monday morning millions of Safaricom customers were unable to make calls, send money, buy data, after the mobile service provider experienced a technical hitch.The technical problem affected subscribers countrywide with the company saying it is working to resolve the issue.“Sorry we are having a slight technical fault with the network services countywide but the issue is being resolved,” the company posted on its Twitter account. – Advertisement – By mid-day, Safaricom in another tweet says, “We wish to notify the public that starting from 9:30 am, we experienced a system outage affecting a number of core services in our network.”pic.twitter.com/4ZTL8BhmG7— Safaricom Limited (@SafaricomLtd) April 24, 2017However, some sources reported to TechMoran stating that the breakdowns began on a Saturday evening with failing M-Pesa notifications and delayed texts – suspecting that the firm might have suffered a major hack.Many Kenyans have taken the outrage to social media about the issue, while the teleco seems to come them down.On this exact date and month two years ago, Safaricom @SafaricomLtd experienced the same technical hitch! Is it preplanned! @Safaricom_Care pic.twitter.com/ip4DqkYAeh— Eric Manyikah (@EManyikah) April 24, 2017According to data extracted from Communications Authority of Kenya – Safaricom is the biggest telecom provider in East and Central Africa serving over 26.6 million subscribers and providing over 200,000 touch points for its customers and offering over 100 different products under its portfolio.Editor’s Note: Safaricom is reportedly said to give an official communication.source: Daily Nation and TechMoranlast_img read more

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The East Africa Gaming Convention Returns for the 2nd Year What to

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first_imgAdvertisement After a successful inaugural event that attracted over 700 gaming enthusiasts per day from the region, the East African Gaming Convention (EAGC) returns for the second year from 31st March to 1st April, at the TRM Mall in Nairobi.The 2017 convention set out with an aim of introducing a wide variety of educational and entertainment video games, online games, mobile games as well as education and information software, game related hardware, and next-generation platforms.The 2018 edition under the theme “Coding for Non-tech” is expected to provide a wider platform for meeting the entire value chain of the gaming industry in East Africa, providing the opportunity to network with companies developing new technologies and services and explore latest updates occurring across the gaming sector. – Advertisement – Companies and Game Developers are equally invited to showcase their games and use this platform to speak directly to an expected audience of more than 1000 gaming enthusiasts who are powering the fastest growing market.The TournamentThe convention is set to feature gaming tournaments where the participants will go head-to-head to compete for prizes and bragging rights. In addition to FIFA and Mortal Kombat XL, the second edition will have two more tournament games – Tekken 7 and Call Of Duty.Registration to participate in the four tournament games is open with overall winner in each expected to walk away with KSH. 50,000 (approximately USD. 500), Runner’s up getting KSH. 25,000 (approximately USD. 250) and Second Runner’s up pocketing KSH. 15,000 (approximately USD. 150).Last year’s convention in photos1 of 6 There shall be a networking cocktail party on 29th March 2018 starting from 4pm-7pm at TRM Mall which will be hosted by event networking sponsor DELL.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Safeboda Now Allows Customers To Topup Credit Using its Riders

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first_imgSafeboda riders permitted to sale credit to their customers have a sticker that reads “Cashless Top With Me” on their helmet | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest. Advertisement Moto-taxi ride hailing service, Safeboda is pushing force on the cashless economy. For multiple occasions, the Bukoto-based firm has emphasized to its customers to use cashless to pay for their rides to make it easier for them and the rider.To make it a much better experience for its customers, Safeboda launched a 50% discount off every ride you take and pay cashless. For instance if a trip cost you UGX4,000, you pay UGX2,000 instead. Launched on Monday this week, the company said its promo is scheduled to run for a month, and might be a chances of extension.Customers can top any amount on their accounts by using MTN and Airtel Mobile Money. However, while paying, a MTN and Airtel do deduct a portion from the pay you make. For instance if the customer buying credit worth UGX20,000, they will incur charges to transfer payment. With this, Safeboda wants to make it easy for its customers not to incur these additional costs. – Advertisement – PC Tech Magazine has learnt that the company now allows its riders to sale credit to its customers and no additional charges are incurred on both parties (customer and rider).Early morning of Friday, our reporter took a Safeboda, who alerted to him that customers can now purchase credit through them.“Safeboda is making it easy for you today. To avoid additional costs of buying credit through mobile money, you can now buy through us and avoid those additional cost however small they could be,” Simon told our reporter.However, our reporter didn’t buy this at first since he had no idea it existed. To prove this, he took another rider to MultiChoice offices with Safeboda rider Muhamuddu (SB 1863). Without asking whether this existed, on his arrival he noticed that he had a sticker on his helmet that read “Cashless Top Up With Me.” This later proved right, what Simon was saying although he didn’t have the sticker on him.Safeboda allowing its customers top up for credit using their riders. No addtional, cost incurred as to using mobile money | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.Muhamuddu told our reporter that quote, “Yes! Safeboda wants to make life easier for you and me in this promotion of a cashless economy.” He further said that they have encountered a number of problems with customers when it comes to looking for change most especially UGX500.Wandera (SB 8253) who happened to be rider permitted to sale credit to customers said this initiative from Safeboda is of a biggest advantage and customers should opt to using it. “You incur no cost, it’s fast and reliable,” he said.Wandera went a head to show how this is done. We tried buying credit worth UGX15,000 from him and indeed it was fast and no additional cost were incurred. The credit is purchased within the Safeboda rider’s app. There’s no standalone app for it.Wandera told this reporter when asked on his opinion on cashless payment, he said, “This is good for everyone, cashless payments is the way to go whether we like it or not.” He further said that, some of the riders don’t like credit payments and prefer being paid with cash. However, he called all safeboda riders to love the initiative as helps them save.Safeboda rider, Wandera (SB 8253) is one of the riders that are permitted to selling credit to customers | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.Meanwhile, it came to our noticed that not all riders are selling this credit. A handful are and are being selected out randomly. Wandera told this reporter that the company looks at the rider’s performance and behavior to let them start selling credit.We’ve reached out to Safeboda on an official comment on this issue, but they haven’t responded yet.Editor’s Note: This article will be updated for a final piece.last_img read more

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The Rose blooms at 81

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first_imgThird Horizon/E.B.F. Maiden Stakes WindsorTIME: 6.35pm, ATRJUSTIN ROSE SPOILS THE BIRTHDAY PARTYTruly brilliant stuff last night from Justin Rose winning his first major. One of the good guys in golf and he also landed a winner for this column as we recommended a couple of points on him at 8/1, Donald and Horschel going into the final round which netted a profit on the day of 10 points which mops up a few of the recent reverses.Mickelson, on his birthday, again found one too good and incredibly it’s his SIXTH runner-up berth in the US Open. Of course we’ll be previewing Royal Ascot throughout this week, starting tomorrow, but down the road at Windsor tonight we can hopefully add to the Rose winnings to get a few units in hand ahead of the extravaganza.In the Third Horizon/E.B.F. Maiden Stakes at 6.35pm Richard Hannon, at first glance, looks to have a stranglehold with the front two in the betting.Richard Hughes is onboard Speed The Plough who is favoured in the betting ahead of the Ryan Moore trained Constantine.Both were beaten favourites last time out and don’t look anything exceptional and whilst it’s usually dangerous to oppose Hannon at Windsor we can’t help but think there’s massive value in Pensax Lad at around 5/1.Put it this way. If you fancy Speed The Plough then you have to fancy Pensax Lad too, or at least be very afraid of him.Pensax Lad was a 66/1 chance on debut at Nottingham but belied those odds by finishing third to Excel’s Beauty and Speed The Plough who was second.There was a length and a quarter between Speed The Plough and Pensax Lad yet Hannon’s is FOUR times shorter in the market.In our book there is EVERY chance that Pensax Lad will improve sufficiently to reverse that form give likely improvement from his first race.If the RH next to Pensax stood for Richard Hannon and not Ronald Harris what price would Pensax Lad be ?A maximum 5 point EW bet.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points each way PENSAX LAD (6.35 Windsor)(+10 points Sunday)Think the weather is freaky here ???Try Siberia.Just one day after basking in temperatures of 30C, residents of a Siberian town were shocked to suddenly find themselves in the middle of a snow storm.Nadym had been enjoying days of tropical weather before people were quickly forced to change their t-shirts and shorts for coats and scarves.Sub-zero conditions are normal for the region through the long winter but are rare for June, when the sun gives people a brief but hot summer.Amateur footage filmed in the town showed snow pouring down and covering streets, cars and parks – with people wrapped up and battling with the bitter cold.Temperatures can drop as low as -50C in a Siberian winter, with the town of Oymyakon often recording the lowest numbers.last_img read more

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