Nun Soup Kitchen Imperiled by SF Mission Condo Owners

first_img“The building’s property manager told me that [some members of the HOA] are vehemently against selling,” said Antonio Gamero, the real estate broker who helped the nuns find their new soup kitchen location last month. “[They] are trying to clean up the Mission and don’t want the homeless to be there. More crime and more loitering devalues the property.”In emails shared with Mission Local, one resident called for an emergency board meeting in regard to the sale to “stop this from happening.”“I’m concerned about rats and negative property value that a soup kitchen will bring,” wrote another member of the association.A third condo-owner suggested amending the association’s rules for the building to prevent the soup kitchen, or any type of restaurant, from operating in the space. Jalalian, the current owner of the space, said that he applied for a restaurant permit in 2012. That permit was approved in 2013, according to documents filed with the Planning Department.Jalalian said he ultimately abandoned his plan for the restaurant at 1930 Mission St. and put the unit back on the market because his involvement in operating another restaurant made him realize that he was a “poor restaurateur.”But not all tenants seem to be against the soup kitchen moving in. In an email, one person acknowledged issues that could arise with a restaurant operating out of the building and asked for solutions.“We should work with them to figure out a sensible garbage/compost plan to minimize vermin though. Let’s go in with suggestions and solutions,” the tenant wrote.On Wednesday, Tom Tunny, an attorney representing the nuns, said negotiations between the tenants and nuns are ongoing. The association, he said, has presented the nuns with a list of “concerns” that the buyers are attempting to address so that they can sign off by Friday – a deadline set by Jalalian. But as of Saturday, the deal remained in limbo, according to Jalalian.“The sisters are not sure…for different reasons, that this is the best property for them,” said Tunny. “They are in a delicate spot. We [have started] to talk to the HOA and are very pleased and optimistic but are not sure for ourselves if this is right.”Tunny said that the list of demands include making the unit’s bathroom disabled-accessible, controlling the crowd of homeless people who are attracted to the soup kitchen, and installing proper ventilation.“The physical space is a concern,” said Tunny. “We are trying to figure out if there is the proper venting for ovens. How much work that would take, and how expensive that would be.”Despite having a permit from the city, the installation of a ventilation system would require the approval of the homeowner’s association.Jalalian called the fuss over ventilation “an arbitrary excuse for them to deny the nuns [this location].”He accused the association of discriminating against the poor by keeping the soup kitchen out of the neighborhood, and attempting to discourage the nuns from moving into the building. “[The nuns had] real estate gifted to them. Never will they be evicted. [The unit has a] restaurant permit in place. [There are the] homeless next door,” Jalalian wrote in an email. Located immediately next door to the building, at 1950 Mission St., is the city’s only homeless navigation center, a transitional shelter for the homeless. “If they really want to feed the homeless with their soup kitchen, this is the best scenario they can have,” wrote Jalalian. Dana Cappiello, the listing agent for the unit, called the location perfect. “There are very few places so perfectly located that the city has already permitted a restaurant to go into. We could be serving people very quickly.”When contacted, the 1930 Mission St. property manager declined to speak about the association’s opposition, and members of the association did not return requests for comment. Jeff Belote, a real estate attorney who was hired as the association’s legal counsel last week, also declined to comment.But merchants in the area were more vocal in their concerns about loitering and crime in the neighborhood. They said loitering is already a problem on the block and it has been compounded by the city’s navigation center.Though all agreed that the nuns’ work is noble, some said they fear that a soup kitchen to feed the needy could attract more problems to the block. “I’m surprised that the people in this building don’t complain more,” said Viola Wong, an employee of The City 420 Doctors, also located on the ground floor of 1930 Mission St. Wong said that some of the homeless people residing at the navigation center frequently sit on the stoop at the entrance to the building.“People just sit there in front of the stoop and pass out and are high or whatever. It’s a daily thing,” she said. “On some days it is worse than others. I feel like we shouldn’t’ have to deal with this.”Oscar Garcia, the manager of Fida Market at 1939 Mission St., located across the street from the Navigation Center, echoed Wong’s concerns. Garcia complained about frequent theft at his store at the hands of some of the homeless people who reside at the shelter. “It’s already crazy enough over here, and the police don’t get involved,” said Garcia. “You can’t even walk on the sidewalk on this block because there’s people hanging out who won’t move. To bring something like [a soup kitchen] in here is going attract even more people.” Tags: homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The fate of a soup kitchen evicted from the Tenderloin in February remains uncertain, even though the two French nuns who run it thought they had found a home in the Mission a month later. Residents at the new location, 1930 Mission St. between 16th and 15th streets, have voiced concerns about allowing the nuns to purchase a unit there. The multimillionaire Tony Robbins, a famous motivational speaker, gave Marie Valerie and Marie Benedicte of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth $750,000 to buy the real estate in the Mission and another $50,000 to get the soup kitchen up and running once they moved in. There are 17 condominiums in the building and two ground-floor commercial spaces, one of which houses a medical marijuana doctor. The nuns planned to purchase the other and set up a soup kitchen in the 1,434-square-foot space owned by Armen Jalalian. But the building’s homeowner’s association called an emergency meeting to thwart the soup kitchen from moving in, according to several sources.  center_img 0%last_img read more

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TICKETS for Saints next fixture – their trip to L

first_imgTICKETS for Saints’ next fixture – their trip to Leeds Rhinos on Monday May 20 – are now on sale.The match kicks off at 7.45pm and is the first Monday night fixture of the season.They are priced at (standing) Adult – £20, Concession (65+) – £13, Student – £13 and Junior (Under 16) – £12.Seated prices are Adult – £27, Concession (65+) – £19, Student – £19 and Junior (Under 16) – £18Junior Season Ticket Holders MUST collect a voucher 48 hours in advance of matchday.Coach travel is also available – prices are £11 for season ticket holders and £12 for non.To buy, log on to the Saints Superstore, call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or telephone 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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IF preseason is anything to go by Saints are in

first_imgIF pre-season is anything to go by, Saints are in for another successful season.That’s the view of Lance Hohaia who says confidence is high in the camp and the team look sharp.The 31-year-old will take part in his fourth season at the club fresh from a trophy laden 2014.“We have a more experienced squad this season and we’re confident of success,” he said. “It has been a fairly quick turnaround for us – we had four weeks off after the Grand Final and now we’re deep into pre-season.“It has been tough but I like what I see. There’s confidence and we are growing as a team as well as improving as athletes.“We’ve had a lot of gruelling sessions but we have been using a lot of science based research to help improve ourselves as athletes and a team. I am happy with where I am physically.“I’m likely to be playing a utility role but the important thing for me at this point is to get fit and get ready for the season. Everything else will take care of itself and I know if I play well then I will fit in the team somewhere.”Lance has played 73 games for the Saints, scoring 20 tries, and the crucial drop goal in the win over in Leeds last season.He also appeared in the controversial but ultimately successful Grand Final which saw him felled by Wigan’s Ben Flower and then hit on the ground.Whilst that incident is still on many people’s lips, Larny just wants to focus on this season.“I was disappointed with what occurred in the Grand Final, it was a big game and we’d had a tough year,” he continued. “It was a chance for me to step up, lead the team around the pitch and to be the half we needed.“I was disappointed I didn’t get to play a bigger role but we got the trophy in the end so I was pretty happy about that. I spoke to the media afterwards and said once I walked off the field that was the end of the incident for me. I put it to bed then and I don’t see any reason to discuss it further.“The lads did a great job without me; we were a man down and they were too. Wello, JT, Tommy Mak and Robes played well in those key positions then Greg Richards, Luke Thompson, Mose, Sia came to the fore too.“There’s a part of me that would go back and change things but we move forward. The season was a successful one; we were League Leaders and Grand Final winners too.”last_img read more

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He took his seasons tally to six whilst Mark Perc

first_imgHe took his season’s tally to six whilst Mark Percival and Luke Thompson both added four-pointers to lift Saints clear at the top of the table.It brought Justin Holbrook’s side their third win in eight days – but more importantly proved they could once again cope with adversity.Ben Barba was ruled out with illness in the build up to the game – James Roby injured in the second half.Saints dominated the first half and probably should have been further ahead than 6-0 at oranges.After Jonny Lomax went close on an arcing run, Theo Fages chipped over to the charging Taia who made no mistake in plucking it out of the air to get Saints on the board.Richardson added the extras before, on 15 minutes, Hull had one chalked off for a knock on.Saints had dominated up until that point but back to back penalties had allowed the visitors the chance to build pressure.Holbrook’s men defended their lines desperately and won a drop out, but Lomax couldn’t take Roby’s bullet pass to increase the lead.Up the other end of the field, Jordan Lane lost the ball over the line on the half hour mark and then a group tackle forced the ball out of the grasp of Jake Connor as the half came to a close.Saints extended their lead just two minutes into the second half.After Hull knocked on following Fages’ tricky kick to the corner, the ball came right from the scrum and Lomax caught Percival on a fantastic line.Richardson added the conversion and then tagged on a penalty on 50 minutes after Connor was caught for lifting.Hull did get on the scoreboard ten minutes later – Albert Kelly taking probably the most forward pass you will ever see to get his side back into it.Thompson had one chalked off for a knock-on on 60 minutes-  but Taia grabbed his second seven minutes later when Smith and Fages combined on the last.Thompson finally got the nod from the video referee after great work from LMS as the game entered its final stages before Chris Green crossed for a scant consolation.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Taia (2), Percival, Thompson Goals: Richardson (5 from 5)Hull FC: Tries: Kelly, Green Goals: Sneyd (2 from 2)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 4 Hull FC: 5HT: 6-0 FT: 26-12REF: R HicksATT: 10,408Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 7. Matty Smith, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles.Hull FC: 1. Jamie Shaul; 24. Jack Logan, 4. Josh Griffin, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Fetuli Talanoa; 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 23. Mickey Paea, 17. Danny Washbrook, 26. Jordan Lane, 20. Brad Fash. Subs: 13. Josh Bowden, 14. Jake Connor, 15. Chris Green, 16. Jordan Abdull.last_img read more

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Shrimp boat makes it off Holden Beach heads back to sea

first_imgBig Earl gets towed out to sea. (Photo: Michael Staley) HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s taken a week, but a shrimp boat that was stuck on Holden Beach has finally made it back out to sea.They finally pulled it off the beach around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.- Advertisement – A boat called the “Aqua Quest” out of Tarpon Springs, Florida actually towed Big Earl.Boat Captain Virgil Coleman says he feels very relieved.He’s watching to see if Big Earl leaks and has a pump to remove water.Related Article: Dolphin washes up along Holden Beach coastHe’s heading to Southport to take it out of the water and to make necessary repairs.Coleman says he would like to say thank you very much to the people of Holden Beach for all their help and he doesn’t think he would have made it without their help.last_img read more

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Cooper Plan to be without power for days after Florence

first_imgGov. Roy Cooper is reminding North Carolinians that Hurricane Florence is a storm that shouldn’t be taken lightly. (Photo: CNN) RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper is reminding North Carolinians that Hurricane Florence is a storm that shouldn’t be taken lightly.“Every county and every person in North Carolina needs to stay alert and take this storm seriously,” Cooper said.- Advertisement – Despite newer forecasts showing the storm turning south, it has the potential to be devastating for the coast and inland areas.“Plan to be without power for days,” Cooper said. “The rain may last for days, and not hours. This may be a marathon, not a sprint.”A total of 16 shelters are currently open across the state and are capable of housing 4,000 evacuees.Related Article: NC Wildlife biologists investigate widespread fish kills after FlorenceMandatory evacuations are in place for much of the coast.“If you are in a mandatory evacuation zone, it is important that you heed these warnings and move to safety,” the governor said.The governor said power plants are taking all necessary steps to help people get power back after the storm.Florence’s projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.Cooper asked residents to plan now and make sure they have their medication and shelter for their pets. He also asked that residents clear the exterior of their homes.North Carolina Emergency Management will be running a 24-hour schedule and will add more swift water rescue teams and several more assets ahead of Florence’s arrival at the coast.Col. Glenn McNeill with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said troopers are on standby statewide to assist where needed.Troopers are removing abandoned vehicles along evacuation routes and there are 14 squads statewide that are ready to deploy after the landfall, he said. There are four squads assigned to Wake County.North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said maintenance crews are prepping their vehicles and will be holding swift water rescue training Wednesday.In a videotaped message from the White House, President Donald Trump said the government is fully prepared for Florence but urged people to “get out of its way.”“Don’t play games with it. It’s a big one,” he said.Officials are asking residents to only call 911 for emergencies. You can dial 211 or (888) 892-1162 for information on the storm and drivers can check drivenc.gov for traffic information.last_img read more

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Photos Swiss women stage mass strike demanding overdue equality

first_img City councilwoman Karin Rykart gives a speech to the participants of the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at Muensterhof Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann People hold a banner during a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Women walk past a banner reading “Up with women’s pay, away with the big cats, for communism” during the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann A tape labeled “Closed because of women’s strike/feminist strike” is placed in front of the University of Zurich, in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann People protest with a sit-in on a bridge during a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse City councilwoman Karin Rykart gives a speech to the participants of the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at Muensterhof Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann 1 of 22 WhatsApp People attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. The placard reads, “We have enough”. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse People protest with a sit-in on a bridge during a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse A banner reading “More pay. More time. More respect. We women strike.” is seen during a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann A sticker renaming the Charles Bessieres bridge “Passerelle Nicole Niquille” is pictured during a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Placards are seen as people attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmanncenter_img Teachers and mothers of pupils take part in a strike in front of the Aemtler school in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann A tape labeled with the slogan “Closed because of women’s strike/feminist strike” is stretched across the street as the traffic is blocked by the participants of the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann People attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse A woman wears a t-shirt showing the date of the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) as she takes part in the strike in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd WIegmann <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> Protests carry placards as they attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannThe traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Protests carry placards as they attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Women across Switzerland held a strike on Friday to highlight their wealthy nation’s poor record on female rights, recreating the passion of the first such walkout 28 years ago.In Lausanne, chanting protesters gathered at midnight outside the cathedral tower, whose bell was illuminated in purple, the official colour of the protest.Blowing whistles and banging pots and pans, hundreds of demonstrators – mostly women but also men – carried placards reading “no means no”, “I am not a princess but the woman I choose to be”, and “don’t free me, I’ll do that myself”.Protesters marched through the streets of Zurich, the Swiss financial capital. “Men, go do the ironing,” one sign read.Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace gender equality.Friday’s event echoed a strike in 1991, five years before the Gender Equality Act came into force. That banned workplace discrimination and sexual harassment and protected women from bias or dismissal over pregnancy, marital status, or gender.But more than 20 years later, women still earn less than men, face routine questioning of their competence, and encounter condescension and paternalism on the job, they say.Organisers say the strike draws attention to wages, recognition of care work, violence against women, and the need for greater representation in positions of power and more equitable family policy.“THINGS DIDN’T CHANGE”Swiss women earn roughly 20% less than men. While that is an improvement from about a third less in 1991, the discrimination gap — meaning differences that cannot be explained by rank or role — has actually worsened since 2000, government data show.On June 14, 1991, women blocked trams during a sit-in in the heart of Zurich’s financial district and gathered outside schools, hospitals and across cities with purple balloons and banners to demand equal pay for equal work.That came a decade after basic gender equality was enshrined in the Swiss constitution and less than three months after women for the first time were allowed to participate in a regional vote in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden.“We have realised that even after this first strike in 1991, things didn’t really change. Equality is enshrined in the Constitution, but real, material, effective equality doesn’t exist for all women,” said organiser Tamara Knezevic, 24.“We have so many demands and so many reasons to create this large, popular protest front of women because all these laws, all that we have obtained, we haven’t really obtained it for good.”An annual study by the World Economic Forum has found global progress on gender equality stagnating. Switzerland ranked 34th for economic participation and opportunity and 44th for wage equality in the 2018 study of 149 countries.Christine Croset, a teacher trainer, complained that too many jobs traditionally assigned to women are not rewarded properly, while a glass ceiling capped their advancement.“Nothing is fine, and we have been waiting for too long now,” she said. The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann SharePrint A woman smiles at the start of a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families, in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouselast_img read more

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International Stakeholders to Support ICT Connectivity in Southern Sudan

first_imgAdvertisement The conference has attracted more than 200 delegates made up of international ICT experts and other stakeholders from over twenty mostly African countries, but also from India, China, UK, Korea and the Middle East. Under the theme “Connectivity for Communications, Commerce and Governance”, the delegates are deliberating on how access to information and communication technologies can help accelerate the economic and social development of the people of Southern Sudan.In the course of the day, delegates at the conference, organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) in conjunction with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), re-affirmed their resolve to help promote, develop and extend connectivity to rural communities in all parts of the semi-autonomous country. The conference forms part of the CTO’s broad mandate of helping to develop ICTs in its member countries within the Commonwealth and beyond.In a speech read on his behalf by Hon. Kosti Manibe, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, GoSS, the President of GoSS and Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit said, “On the formation of our government we committed ourselves to providing basic services to the people, such as clean water, reasonable housing, healthcare, education, good roads, efficient transport, security, and equally important too, modern telecommunications and postal services. The fact that today, even in some of the very remote villages of Southern Sudan, you can make a phone call at all, is itself a clear testimony that with the continued cooperation and partnership of all major actors, including the private sector, many of the challenges we have identified can be overcome.” – Advertisement – President Salva Kiir acknowledged that as the dynamics of the global and regional economies evolve, information and communication has become an indispensible pillar for competitiveness as well as an engine for growth, admitting that Sudan, and especially Southern Sudan has to play catch-up with global trends. “This is why we feel gratified to see not only a constellation of African policy makers and sector champions here today, but equally leading members of the global community involved in this and related sectors.”“We recognise the importance of communications and ICTs in wealth generation, job creation, poverty alleviation, and citizen’s access to government services, and the fact that the bulk majority of our populace live in rural areas. For this reason it is incumbent upon us to evolve strategies to expand communications services to the rural areas. The obvious key challenges include suitable infrastructure and services for all forms of communications, including telecommunications and ICT”, the President concluded.Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Babacar Ndiaye, former President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), expressed optimism that the people of Southern Sudan “will make the greatest progress when they combine the best practices in economic management with good governance, prudent resource management with human capital development, domestic and foreign investment with external financial mobilisation, and when they use ICTs effectively to develop a Knowledge Economy.”He said beyond the macro-economic indicators, evidence suggests that the enhanced communication and information flows provided by mobile telephony have significant impact on users’ livelihoods, especially those that are most vulnerable and traditionally deprived. “The mobile phone has become an essential tool for the transformation of the lives of billions in less developed countries. It has helped reduce vulnerability and increase opportunities, improve social empowerment, reduce the need to undertake costly and sometimes dangerous travel, increase access to health and education services, as well as create more employment and business opportunities.”Dr. Ndiaye, who devoted more than thirty years of his personal and professional life to help develop Africa, acknowledged the reality that Southern Sudan stands at the cusp of a new political dawn, but it is also at the cusp of a new dawn in respect of its ICT and therefore socio-economic development.  He entreated the global and Southern Sudanese ICT community to seize all the opportunities that come with the era of ICTs and ensure that no community is left behind in access to connectivity.In a brief remark, the CEO of CTO, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, said the responsibility to connect the unconnected to ICTs rests, not only with governments but with the private sector and the communities themselves. He mentioned that the CTO is determined to continue its seminal work of promoting Public-Private-Peoples Partnerships to ensure that ICT policy, regulatory and operational initiatives serve, among others, the purpose of ensuring that connectivity is provided to all citizens. “The Government of Southern Sudan has numerous neighbouring country experiences to learn from in this area of connectivity, and therefore cannot afford to make the same mistakes that others have made in the past”, Dr. Spio-Garbrah added.Welcoming the participants, Hon. Madut Biar Yel, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, expressed his appreciation to the international delegates for honouring the invitations to attend the conference and to share their expertise and experiences with his ministry in its bid to extend connectivity to rural areas. He said, “The fact that you are present at this conference shows your commitment to the development of ICTs, not only in your respective countries, but in the whole of Africa”. Hon. Biar Yel thanked the CTO for accepting to take the lead in organising this important event on the global ICT calendar.Presentations were also received from Hon. Abdon Nhial, Secretary General of GoSS, Hon. Lt Gen Gier Aluong, Minister of Internal Affairs, GoSS, and Hon. Teresa Siricio Iro, State Minister of ICT, Sudan.Delegates attending the conference came from such countries as the USA, South Africa, India, Belgium, the UK, The Netherlands, Zambia, Tanzania, Switzerland, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Nigeria, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Ghana, China, among others.last_img read more

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Datanet Uganda DiviCloud Join Forces For Lease Capacity

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda’s largest privately-owned commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP) Datanet has announced that it has selected DiViNetworks to lease capacity in an effort to boost services and enable users to have more data.The ISP will now use the DiViCloud service from DiViNetworks to push its capacity forward for users.“DiViCloud loads additional traffic on Datanet’s existing international link, above its nominal rate,” a statement from the company said in announcing the lease. – Advertisement – “This process is done without any loss of information or added latency. DiViCloud is a network of smart Points of Presence, located at major internet junctions, which compacts data as it flows to the ISPs,” the company added.Datanet hopes that by adding the new cloud to its capacity, which already includes PeerApp’s web caching service, will give users more options for using cloud services in the country.“DiViCloud’s technology operates at a bit-stream layer, and thus further compacts the traffic, making way for additional data,” the company said, adding that “DiViCloud provides additional capacity from London to Kampala over the existing link and costs fractions of wholesale capacity market price.”last_img read more

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NITAUs James Saaka on the fight againt cybercrime in Uganda

first_imgNITA-U Executive Director James Saaka and Director of Information Security Peter Kahiigi Advertisement Websites of the government of Uganda have, over the last few months, been the target of hackers, with PC Tech last week breaking the story on over 40 Ugandan websites that were defaced, including those of ministries and government organisations.The Executive Director of Uganda’s National Information Technology Authority, James Saaka, today responded to the question of cybercrime in an exclusive interview with PC Tech:The fight against Cybercrime is one that calls for strong cooperation between various agencies.We are currently training officers from law enforcement, investigative arms of Government, and other key stakeholders in identifying and responding to cyber-crime.Already, the partnership with UCC, ITU and IMPACT has produced 15 officers from across government who are skilled in Incident Response, as a follow up to that training, next week we will have a team of specialists from the Egyptian CERT training Government officers on Incident Response. We have established links with the commonwealth cyber-crime initiative to help us with training law enforcement and other justice, law and order sector stakeholders on key aspects of combating cyber-crime. Soon, we will also host the internet watch foundation, which is the UK hotline for reporting criminal online content on:Child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the worldCriminally obscene adult contentNon-photographic child sexual abuse imagesIn building these global partnerships, Uganda will be able to strengthen her capability to defend herself against, respond to, investigate, prosecute cybercrimes effectively.Starting July 2013, we will commence the development of the National Information Security Framework which will contain the National Information Security Policy, standards, procedures and guidelines for securing critical information infrastructure. We will publish the framework by December 2013 and we anticipate that it will help bring some sanity to the way we manage information systems in Uganda.Lastly, we have setup the National Information Security Advisory Group (NISAG) comprising of public and private sector industry players and whose main objective is to advise Government on matters relating to Information Security Governance, Risk Remediation, Planning and Response. This is akin the global hub set up by the UK Government as seen here, but specifically for Uganda. It is geared at encouraging various industry players to share information on specific challenges they face in the cyberspace and potential solutions to these challenges.last_img read more

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