Choosing and funding a wheelchair is expensive and

first_imgChoosing and funding a wheelchair is expensive and time-consuming, and often results in the purchase of unsuitable and uncomfortable equipment, according to new research by a user-led charity.A survey by the spinal cord injury charity Back Up found that nearly a quarter of respondents had been forced to buy a second wheelchair because their first one was uncomfortable.And nearly half (48 per cent) said it took them more than a year to find a wheelchair they were happy with, while seven per cent said they had never been happy with their wheelchair.The survey also found that half of the respondents’ wheelchairs had cost between £1,000 and £4,000, while only six per cent cost less than £1,000.Back Up said the findings showed the need for more ring-fenced government funding for wheelchair provision, but also the need for “an understanding when assessing people for a wheelchair that basic mobility is not sufficient to live an active, independent life”.The charity said the cost of wheelchairs meant that many of those coping with a new spinal cord injury had to choose between an affordable wheelchair which may not meet their needs, or paying “a vast sum to get the chair that gives you the best quality of life”.Figures from Aspire, Back Up’s partner spinal cord injury charity, showed that 70 per cent of the grants it provided were for wheelchairs and mobility equipment.Of those who had been given an NHS wheelchair voucher and applied to the Aspire grants programme, the average difference between the voucher and the wheelchair they needed was almost £3,000.Back Up surveyed 540 people with a spinal cord injury or other physical impairment, all of whom were full-time or part-time wheelchair-users.The charity concluded that “what should be a seamless and painless experience – since it often follows a devastating injury – is in fact rarely straightforward, prohibitively expensive, often disproportionately time consuming and the outcome is frequently unsuitable”.Separate research commissioned by Back Up from YouGov showed that only 22 per cent of the UK public thought it should take longer than a month for a wheelchair-user to receive a wheelchair they were happy with.One of those who took part in the Back Up survey, Merryn, from London, said: ‘‘My experience was pretty frustrating. I found it all very daunting and complicated.“Different funding avenues are confusing and it’s hard to know where to start.“There needs to be a better way of measuring you up for a wheelchair too. There’s currently no way of knowing if you’ll be comfortable in your new chair before you buy it.“So it feels like you are risking a lot of money getting measured up for something that still might not feel right.”Another survey respondent said: “All wheelchairs are far too expensive, you could have a decent second-hand car for what it costs for a decent chair.”Most first wheelchairs are provided or part-funded by NHS wheelchair services, which offers a wheelchair or a contribution towards one.But another survey respondent said: “So I asked for the voucher scheme and received a rather big shock. I was entitled to a ‘full’ voucher [of] about £200-£250.“When I arrived in the shop hoping to purchase a new chair I was told I would need at least £1,000 for one that suited my needs.”Becky Hill (pictured), Back Up’s chair of trustees, who herself has a spinal cord injury, said: “We believe that wheelchair assessments must take into account the fact that people need wheelchairs that allow them to do much more than just get around their house or flat.“And with more ring-fenced funding from the government, wheelchair services can allocate chairs that enhance independence, rather than limit it.“With a quality wheelchair, people can get around where they live, socialise and get actively involved in life.“Without one, people are more likely to be stuck at home, feeling isolated and depressed.“It also makes economic sense. NHS England states that for every 182 wheelchair users not able to work, the benefits bill can increase by up to £1m, whereas the positive economic contribution made when in work can be up to £4.7m.“When people have a good wheelchair, they can work and contribute to society.“We support people with a spinal cord injury into employment, and know that being able to work brings financial reward, as well as a sense of purpose, a social life and health benefits too.”A third of those who responded to the Back Up survey said they had received no training in how to use a wheelchair.Hill said: “As well as having the right wheelchair at the right time, training is absolutely vital.“It enhances your independence and allows you to do things we all take for granted like getting on the bus, checking out local shops, or just safely carrying a cup of tea into the living room.”Beth Scrimshaw, head of Back Up’s services, said it was “vital” that people with a spinal cord injury had access to a suitable wheelchair when they were discharged from hospital. But she said that NHS specialists were often hampered by “inconsistent standards and processes, by the different and conflicting assessment criteria, and by limited funding”.Scrimshaw said action was also needed on the “hugely inflated” price of wheelchairs, with survey respondents describing how a good quality wheelchair was similar in price to a second-hand car, or a luxury holiday.Back Up helps people rebuild their confidence and independence after a spinal cord injury, through wheelchair skills training, a mentoring service and rehabilitative activity courses, which are all run by people themselves affected by spinal cord injury.last_img read more

Boots Riley Gordon Mar headline Jobs with Justice Mission fête

first_imgAmong those honored during the ceremony were Carlos Gutierrez and his family. Gutierrez, who died earlier this year, was  an active member of Jobs with Justice’s executive board. He a founder of Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY).Oakland native Boots Riley, who wrote and directed this year’s popular film Sorry to Bother You, was called up to the altar and given a framed gift reflecting his support of the organizing movement. “A lot of what I write is as much to inspire myself as it is to inspire you or other folks,” Riley said during the ceremony. “Some people had problems with the movie, but not with the parts of a militant strike.”The crowd laughed, and Riley waded into the audience following waves and a thumbs-up.An epic selfie concluded the Jobs with Justice Gala on Thursday, with Supervisor Gordon Mar in the center. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Supervisor-elect Gordon Mar, a progressive who has declared victory in moderate hotbed District 4, was honored for his time as Executive Director of Jobs with Justice, along with his activism. He called his victory in District 4 a “victory for Jobs with Justice and the movement,” noting that “it’s pretty natural and I think more organizers should take a step towards politics.” As the party wore on, crowds dispersed and peeled into the night. Chairs that occupied the main aisles of the chapel disappeared into their storage closets and volunteers began their Sisyphean task of cleaning the chapel once more.  A volunteer cheerily sweeping up reminded others that people need the space later as the church would soon open its doors to homeless people needing a place to stay.“It’s not just a church. People need to sleep here during the day,” she reminded. Thursday’s Jobs with Justice gala brought a club-like atmosphere to the quaint chapel of St. John’s the Evangelist church on 15th Street. Bright blue colored SOLO cups of craft beer were poured out of kegs by the dozen and the chapel floor of the church gave way to raffles, food, and crowds of attendees packed wall to wall. “Part of it is celebrating victories like Gordon [Mar] winning in the Sunset and having a progressive majority in the board. Bringing people together like this is what has brought us those victories,” said Kung Feng, Jobs with Justice’s Executive Director.The gala’s two-hour runtime brought in activists and organizers from across the city and around the Bay Area. Raffles to weekend getaways, artwork and wine were on hand. Hugging the northern walls of the chapel, unions offered sign-up sheets and information. The cool kids of the party, Poster Syndicate, were slotted away in the corners as they pressed two-tone posters that were freely disseminated to attendees.Every available seat was occupied by vegan-tamale-eating attendees, and energized children darted between every freestanding adult. Standing room inside the church had reached a renter’s premium when the gala’s emcees called the night to order, beginning their presentations as a chorus of people hushed each other. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

LOUIE McCarthyScarsbrook is hoping to reap the be

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook is hoping to reap the benefits of a “long and hard, wet and windy” pre-season.The 26-year-old prop says the last few weeks have been the hardest he can remember but everything points towards a successful year.“It’s been good under Browny [Nathan Brown] so far,” he said. “He is clued up and smart in his ways of attacking and defending and tactical in the way we play. KC and Jamahl [Lolesi] have been good too.“We have done a lot of work on Formby beach and it has been really tough, but that’s pre-season isn’t it?“We are hoping for a big season and hopefully we will win every game by 40 points or more! That would be a good season. No seriously, I know I have a lot of improvement in me and I am listening to the coaching staff a lot. We are chomping at the bit to win some silverware at this club.“It would be great to play in the World Cup, but I want to play well for Saints. If it comes along I will grab it with both hands, if not, it isn’t meant to be.”He continues: “Friday’s match will be good because we are looking forward to playing. Pre-season is good because we are training, but we will have to find our routine once again. It will be a shock for the body I know that.”Tickets for the match which kicks off at 8pm on Friday January 11 are now on sale. You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052.You can also pay on the day.Thanks to the St Helens Reporter for the image of Louie.last_img read more

The back rower links up with the side ahead of the

first_imgThe back rower links up with the side ahead of the new Super League season which kicks off shortly.Chantelle has been playing rugby league since the age of eight.She appeared for Widnes Moorfield, West Bank, Widnes Vikings and Crosfields before joining Thatto Heath.She has also captained Lancashire, played for England Lionesses and was a standout player for England in the recent World Cup.St Helens Women Head Coach, Mark Brennan, said: “The signing of Chantelle is a real coup for the club. She is a strong running back row forward with great hands and game awareness.”You can see an interview with Chantelle below.Video Playerhttp://www.saintsrlfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Chantelle.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

Club Match St Helens Women

first_imgThe draw will take place ahead of the Women’s Super League fixture between St.Helens and Bradford Bulls (KO 12.30pm) which is being played as part a double-header event as St Helens and Hull FC face off at 3.00pm in the Betfred Super League.Both the draw and the Women’s Super League fixture will be streamed live on the Our League app and website for supporters to tune in, whilst Saints fans can watch both games buy purchasing a full match ticket.Eight Women’s Championship sides – Barrow, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Leigh Miners Rangers, Oulton Raidettes, Stanningley, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings – and five League 1 sides who automatically qualified for Round 1 – British Army, Halifax, Keighley Albion, Rochdale Hornets and Wigan St Patricks – all enter the draw.Featherstone Lionesses enter the draw at this stage following East Leeds’ withdrawal from the competition.The remaining two places will be taken by the winners of the preliminary round ties – Cutsyke v Royal Air Force and West Leeds v Hull Kingston Rovers – which take place on Sunday, April 21Round One fixtures are set to be played on Sunday, May 5, the eight Women’s Super League teams will then enter in Round 2, which takes place on Sunday, May 26.The quarter-finals will be played on Sunday, June 23 and semi-finals on Sunday, July 7.The Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final will then take place as part of a triple-header event alongside the Coral Challenge Cup men’s semi-finals at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, July 27.Round Dates21 April – Preliminary Round5 May – Round 126 May – Round 223 June – Quarter Final7 July – Semi Final28 July – FinalFull DetailsChampionship teams enter in Round 1 with Super League teams entering at Round 2.Teams that lose in Round 2 will enter the Challenge ShieldChallenge Cup Final 27 July @ University of Bolton Stadium- Challenge Shield Final 28 July @ TBClast_img read more

First Team SAINTS TV

first_imgAs the build-up to the Dacia Magic Weekend 2019 ramps-up, Tommy Makinson & Jonny Lomax paid a visit to Anfield Stadium to show off the 2019 Magic Weekend Shirt in all its glory.Don’t forget, the pre-order deadline to guarantee delivery of your Magic Shirt is Sunday April 28, you can pre-order here. 2019 Members can also get 50% off their Magic Weekend Ticket up to April 30.last_img

Police say suspect involved in robbery standoff arson taken into custody

first_imgThe scene on Vance Street after Wilmington FD controls blaze set by allege robbery suspect. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – An armed robbery suspect is in police custody after a standoff Sunday evening.Wilmington Police arrested 26-year-old Saead El Helo after they say he barricaded himself in a home in South Wilmington.- Advertisement – Officers say El Helo had warrants for arrest following an alleged armed robbery of a nearby Scotchman earlier that day. They located him at a home on Vance Street around 6:00 P.M. Police say when he saw the officers approaching, El Helo barricaded himself inside a residence. He then set fire to the house, destroying the inside. Police took El Helo into custody without incident in less than an hour.Related Article: Man pleads guilty to setting Hampstead home on fire while family insideHe is currently being treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation.last_img read more

The Science of You debuts at Childrens Museum of Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Children’s Museum of Wilmington unveils it’s newest permanent exhibit Saturday.  ‘The Science of You’ promise a one-of-a-kind experience in the Cape Fear that will be fun for both the young and the young-at-heart.Phase 1 of the exhibit features the ‘nCino Virtual Reality Experience’, a ‘Build the Body’ skeleton table, an ‘Ouch! Wall’, and the ‘What am I?’ Collection.- Advertisement – Executive Director Jim Karl says the exhibit “is age appropriate for all kids and fun for those of all ages.”Saturday’s event features snacks from Waffle House, Lowes Foods and Insomnia Cookies.  It’s from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 9:30.‘The Science of You’ is one of several summer events the museum has planned.  For information on this and others click here.last_img read more

House leader Dems wont seat Harris in unresolved race

first_img Gov. Roy Cooper was met with Republican resistance after announcing he would appoint an interim Board of Elections after a three-judge state court panel ruled Thursday that the current board should disband at noon Friday. The Democrat’s move would fill the gap — and allow the board to proceed with a Jan. 11 evidentiary hearing about the 9th District congressional race — until a new law governing the statewide elections panel can take effect Jan. 31.Amid the turmoil, incoming U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer issued a statement saying House Democrats won’t allow Republican Mark Harris to be sworn in next week because of the ongoing investigation.“Given the now well-documented election fraud that took place in NC-09, Democrats would object to any attempt by Mr. Harris to be seated on January 3,” Hoyer said, adding that “the integrity of our democratic process outweighs concerns about the seat being vacant at the start of the new Congress.”Related Article: Nominees for elections board to examine Congress race namedThe U.S. Constitution states that the House is the judge of the elections of its members and the final arbiter of contests.The state Elections Board has refused to certify the race between Harris and Democrat Dan McCready while it investigates absentee ballot irregularities in the district in the south-central part of the state. Harris holds a slim lead in unofficial results, but election officials are looking into criminal allegations against an operative hired by the Harris campaign.Friday’s standoff was set in motion by the latest ruling from a state court that previously had found the elections board’s makeup unconstitutional after the Republican-controlled legislature altered the board in 2016. The court had ruled earlier this year to allow the board to remain in place until Friday while it investigates the congressional race. The latest ruling came as lawmakers enacted a new law Thursday to largely restore the board to how it operated before 2016.Cooper started the process of rebuilding the elections board Friday by informing the state Democratic and Republican parties that he plans to create an interim panel with five members of the current elections board, unless he receives different picks from the state parties. The interim board would last until the new law takes effect Jan. 31.He said he would appoint both Democrats and Republicans to comply with pre-2016 state elections law he says is temporarily back in force.“All of these members have election law experience and an awareness of the circumstances around the allegations involved in the Ninth Congressional District election,” Cooper said in his letter to state party heads.But state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said the dissolving board’s four GOP members “will not accept appointments to an unconstitutional, illegal sham Roy Cooper creation.”Republicans instead will withhold GOP nominees until the new law takes effect, he said.The outgoing state board refused a last-minute formal request by Harris to certify him the winner.The elections board reorganization threatens to delay the Jan. 11 hearing. Lawyers for Harris and McCready had a Monday deadline to submit requests to the elections board for people they wanted to have compelled to appear and testify at next month’s hearing. But if the current elections board is disbanded without a new one to replace it, the board chairman or vice chairman who could issue the requested subpoenas wouldn’t exist.Last week, elections board chairman Josh Malcolm said in an affidavit to the three-judge panel that investigative staffers — who can continue working through any reorganization — had collected more than 182,000 pages of materials in response to 12 subpoenas.Malcolm said Friday that the elections board issued “numerous additional subpoenas” before disbanding. In a letter to Harris’ attorney, Malcolm wrote that the GOP candidate had turned over only about 400 pages of subpoenaed documents and had yet to produce another 140,000 documents. Harris also had so far failed to arrange a requested interview with agency staffers, Malcolm said.Harris’ campaign committee has pored through about 135,000 documents that needed review, the Republican’s attorney David Freedman said Friday. Harris “has cooperated and intends to continue cooperating with the investigation,” Freedman said.If House Democrats refuse to seat Harris, it wouldn’t be the first time a chamber of Congress delayed or rejected seating a new member. In 2009, U.S. Senate leaders initially refused to seat Roland Burris as the replacement for President-elect Barack Obama’s Illinois seat. Burris had been named to succeed Obama by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was eventually convicted on corruption charges for trying to sell the Senate appointment.___Follow Emery P. Dalesio on Twitter at http://twitter.com/emerydalesio . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/emery%20dalesio .___Follow Drew on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JonathanLDrew By EMERY P. DALESIO and JONATHAN DREW, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The dissolution of North Carolina’s elections board Friday injected further uncertainty into a still-undecided congressional race as a U.S. House Democratic leader rejected the idea of filling the seat until an investigation of ballot fraud allegations is complete.- Advertisement – last_img read more

TSA reminds travelers what not to pack when flying

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year when the TSA lines start filling up with summer travelers. Sometimes we need a reminder about what we can and cannot bring with us on the plane.TSA at Wilmington International Airport laid out some of the things passengers have tried to bring through TSA at their airport.- Advertisement – From simple things like shaving cream to electric tools, airport officials want to remind people what is okay for your carry on and what needs to stay home or be checked through baggage claim.Deputy Airport Director Gary Broughton says they also run into another big issue at ILM.“Passengers not arriving in time to make their flights,” Broughton said. “We certainly don’t want to see that. We know this is Wilmington and you’re used to the hometown feel, and we certainly want to retain that hometown feel, but with that comes growth. We certainly want to increase the air service that our community deserves to have.”Related Article: United Way teams up with Nourish NC to feed federal workersA TSA spokeswoman at ILM says most of the items they displayed are usually surrendered to TSA, but if a passenger tries to bring a firearm, that could result in fines or other charges.Here’s a collection of the most unusual prohibited items that were found by TSA in 2018.last_img read more

Pressure builds on Hong Kong leader as democracy activist vows to join

first_img <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> Activist Joshua Wong, who has become the face of Hong Kong’s push for full democracy, walked free from prison on Monday and vowed to join a mass protest movement demanding that the city’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, steps down.His release comes as a political crisis in the Chinese-ruled city enters its second week, amid growing uncertainty over the fate of Lam and a controversial extradition bill she postponed at the weekend.“I will join to fight against this evil law,” said Wong, 22, who was one of the leaders of the 2014 “Umbrella” pro-democracy protests that blocked major roads in Hong Kong for 79 days.“I believe this is the time for her, Carrie Lam the liar, to step down.”Wong acknowledged he still had to fully grasp the scale of the crisis at a time when Chinese President Xi Jinping is grappling with a deepening U.S. trade war, an ebbing economy and regional strategic tension.Protest organisers said almost 2 million people turned out on Sunday to demand that Lam resign, in what is becoming the most significant challenge to China’s relationship with the territory since it was handed back by Britain 22 years ago.The mass rally forced Lam to apologise late on Sunday over her plans to push through the extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China to face trial.Even after her apology, Hong Kong opposition politicians are echoing marchers’ calls for both Lam and the law to go.“Her government cannot be an effective government, and will have much, much, much difficulties to carry on,” veteran Democratic Party legislator James To told government-funded broadcaster RTHK.“I believe the central people’s government will accept her resignation.”However, the official China Daily said Beijing’s leaders would continue to back Lam, as it lashed out at foreign “meddling” in the crisis.China’s support for Lam will “not waver, not in the face of street violence nor the ill-intentioned interventions of foreign governments,” the newspaper said in an editorial.While Lam delayed the bill, it has yet to be completely shelved, despite domestic and international fears that it could imperil the status of Hong Kong as a financial hub.“We cannot accept her apology, it doesn’t remove all our threats,” said social worker Brian Chau, one of several hundred protesters who stayed overnight in the Admiralty district around the government headquarters and legislature.Some demonstrators cleared rubbish left after the vast, but peaceful, march while others sang ‘Hallelujah’, a gospel song that has become a feature of the protests against Lam.The headquarters will stay closed on Monday, the government said. Standing by were a smattering of uniformed police without riot gear, in contrast to their appearance during recent skirmishes with protesters.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

The Southern African ICT for Education Summit – 2627 January 2012

first_imgAdvertisement  It will focus on key areas for establishing partnerships and procurement between the ministries of education and the private sector.Senator David Coltart, Zimbabwe Minister of Education, Sport, Arts & Culture stated “It is essential to deliver investment in ICT for education through strong partnerships with international and local technology leaders. This summit represents the ideal opportunity for business and government to enter into bilateral discussions for e-learning, m-learning, improving connectivity & capacity, developing digital content & storage, electronic publishing, strengthening pedagogical programs for science & mathematics teaching and building long-term public-private partnerships for education. With that in mind and our strong commitment to this summit, we encourage the participation of companies and organisations who wish to benefit from this opportunity to engage with ministerial officials from the Southern African countries all under one roof.” – Advertisement – AfricanBrains recently organised and completed African Education Summit 2011 in Morocco which represented the start of a long-term commitment to bring the public sector and educational institutions together with private and corporate sector operators and investors.Keynote speakers included Dr. Cheick Diarra, Chairman of Microsoft Africa with a speech on “Understanding Africa’s ICT infrastructure and embracing the potential that lies ahead”; Dr Francis Tusubira, CEO of UbuntuNet Alliance who spoke on “Research and Education Connectivity – Unlocking the Intellectual Potential of Africa Based Researchers” as well as Prof Is-haq Oloyede – Vice Chancellor & Board Member, Association of African Universities who delivered a talk on “AAU Efforts and Opportunities for University Connectivity in Africa”.last_img read more

Twitter To Eliminate Photos And Links As Part Of Its 140Character Limit

first_imgImage Credit: realestatemarketingblog Advertisement According to a Bloomberg report, San Francisco based online social networking platform, Twitter Inc., users will soon have more flexibility in writing tweets because the company plans to stop including photos and links as part of its 140-character limit.The social media platform has faced stagnant user growth. Months earlier, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey said “the company would simplify its product in an effort to attract new users.”“We think there’s a lot of opportunity in our product to fix some broken windows that we know are inhibiting growth,” Dorsey said during a February earnings call. – Advertisement – Links currently take up to 23 characters of a tweet, limiting the amount of commentary that users can offer when sharing articles or other content.Twitter has faced stagnant user growth, and shares have fallen more than 70 percent over the past year, Reuters reports.[related-posts]last_img read more

You Can Now Buy Airtime Using SafeBoda Credit

first_imgBuying airtime from the safeboda cashless account. Advertisement SafeBoda has updated its applications (Android and iOS) which now allows its Ugandan customers/users to buy airtime using their credit.As seen from the Google Playstore, SafeBoda specially points out the update is only available for Uganda even with the firm having operations outside Uganda.In May the company rolled out its redesigned app to its users — however great the app looked, it wasn’t welcomed and liked by some. Mostly because of its location drops, and delay in loading when opened. And the one reason SafeBoda redesigned the apps was to improve location accuracy. While it was working for a few who actually had to turn their location accuracy high from their phone’s setting, to some it wasn’t. – Advertisement – Many claimed that SafeBoda hadn’t fixed some bugs before rolling out the app preferring the old app to the new app. Now in the new update being rolled out, SafeBoda says it has been in position to remove some bugs.In the update info, SafeBoda writes, “We’ve also removed some bugs to make your SafeBoda experience better.”But the biggest feature in the update is the option of buying airtime.In a media brief with SafeBoda technical team in May, before officially rolling out the redesigned app, said it was working to see their apps could do more than just book for a ride.Among the developments they mentioned would be the ability to buy airtime, send groceries (or any other goods), share SafeBoda credit, among others.The company seems to be putting this in place, as it has now made the airtime payment option available. PC Tech Magazine managed to see a send grocery option in development and could be rolled out in the near future.SafeBoda through its Twitter account sent a tweet saying, “What if you could do more than take a ride with the SafeBoda app?”The airtime feature allows users to buy airtime for; MTN, Airtel or Africell using their SafeBoda credit, with no additional charges incurred. Here’s how;Buying Airtime From SafeBoda Cashless AccountFirst you need to make sure you have some cash on your account. If you don’t you need to credit your account using either MTN or Airtel mobile money (HERE’s HOW).Once you have cash on your account:Make sure your app is update to be in position to see the airtime buy option. Thus, update your app from your respective app stores.Locate your app, and open it.Once opened, previously the section that had order ride, has been divided now has option of Ride and ‘Airtime‘.Choose Airtime >> select ‘Buy Airtime’.You will be asked to create a cashless 4-PIN. (Please we recommend you select a PIN you can’t forget)Once PIN is confirmed, you are directed to where you choose how much airtime you want to buy.Enter the number your crediting airtime to. You could tap the phone contact icon to select the number to buy for if you don’t know the number off-head.Choose how much your buying from the pre-inserted options of you could choose the option of ‘others’ to insert you own amount.Enter your cashless 4-PIN you created earlier on to confirm.Once done, it will be listed in your transactions made same where your rides are.In a press statement, SafeBoda Lead of FinTech; Mr. Kamanzi Nicholas, said; “Buying airtime does not have to be time consuming. The current experience requires one to have Mobile Money or to be within walking distance of an agent.”“We know that SafeBoda’s cashless customers buy airtime daily, so to make the cashless experience even more convenient for all users, we have not just added an airtime feature into the app, but we have reinvented the entire experience to make it 3 times faster than buying from anywhere else,” he added.The company still dominates the moto-taxi hailing business in Uganda, with its strongest competition being UberBoda and Bolt (formerly Taxify). It now records over 10,000+ riders operating in Kampala, a milestone they hit in June.Its first ever rider; Moses Musinguzi took to the excitement to Twitter sharing a photo of him holding the first helmet with the 10,000 rider. In his tweet, he wrote;“Thanks for travelling with us to this milestone. We are finally 10,000.”Meanwhile, SafeBoda expanded to Mombasa recently putting a hold to Lagos where they had to be first before Mombasa.last_img read more

PREVIEW Wycombe Wanderers v Burton Albion

first_img[dropcap]P[/dropcap]leasing result on the tipping front with the draw between Italy and Croatia at the San Siro last night.League Two action tonight with the Sky cameras at Adams Park for Wycombe v Burton Albion.There’s plenty of topical interest in the match with former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink making his debut as manager of Burton Albion manager.Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “It will be a tough game. He will definitely bring something to Burton. For us to be hosting one of the favourites for the league, on TV, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as the new manager, is a great occasion.”Wycombe Wanderers v Burton AlbionLeague Two7.45pm, SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2014 League Two Burton 1-0 WycombeOct 2013 League Two Wycombe 1-2 BurtonApr 2013 League Two Burton 2-0 WycombeNov 2012 League Two Wycombe 3-0 BurtonFeb 2011 League Two Wycombe 4-1 BurtonOct 2010 League Two Burton 1-2 WycombeNov 1955 FA Cup Wycombe 1-3 BurtonBoth teams have made solid starts to the season. Wycombe are in third spot and Burton in sixth but a win for Burton could see them leap up to join Wycombe on 32 points.Both sides score goals for fun so over 2.5 goals looks the call with Star Sports at around evens.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS at around evens for 9 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 41.38 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 20 FebruaryRACING2.30 LingfieldLear’s Rock 6/4 > 4/54.50 ExeterTara Road 6/1 > 4/18.15 WolverhamptonPatriotic 15/2 > 5/18.45 WolverhamptonBittern 100/30 > 2/1LIVE FOOTBALL7.45pm BT SPORT4/1 Raith Rovers 4/6 Rangers 14/5 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

BENS BLOG If you cant be bothered to learn your fractions and

first_img“….it has been my dream to work for Star Sports….I want to do anything and everything….I just want to learn…..” MY FRESH SPRING LAMBS.I look back. I have seen it all before, ten trillion times.And now, on auto-pilot, I automatically say…”Please go into the office, and come back to the Skype room, with a laminated copy of the decimals, percentages, and fractions sheet.”. (It’s only 1 page, that’s all.)They return.I then tell them that NOBODY, has EVER got ANY money out of the game, before they know ALL of those figures, off by heart. NOBODY.“Baah, baah, baah”, the lamb nods back.Three months later. It’s time for a catch-up chat.“So, how’s it going?”I then ask them what the favourite for next year’s Derby is? What going will it want? What do they think will go off favourite for the Gold Cup? And why? (Like I care).They’re confident now, Blog! They know all of those answers PARROTT FASHION. Yeah, Baby…!!!And then I ask if they’ve learnt their fractions and percentages sheet.The lamb is scared. But in fear, with a whimper, it lies.‘Yes.’‘So, what percentage is a 7/4 chance…?’.And like Malcolm Marshall, flying towards the wicket, just a second later, there is silence, and I have cleaned bowled them.Looking back, I say “I’m so sorry that you are someone who knows everything about nothing, but have taken the choice, to never make any money out the game for yourself.”They are three months into their first year. At which point; they will think they know more than me. At two years; their knowledge, combined with the fact they still aren’t winning punting, will turn into contempt. And at the three year mark; it will be full blown hatred.“…it’s different for him….we know about the draw at Redcar…AND the ground at Hamilton….he doesn’t….he’s just lucky.”. I’VE SEEN IT TEN TRILLION TIMES.During the general election, Labour dressed in suits. They put up politicians, who looked smart and had nice-faces. They managed, just about, to fit in. They told us they like to see people doing well for themselves. That they understand aspiration and ambition. And that they didn’t want a benefit culture, living as much on jealousy, as other people’s money. THANK GOD WE DIDNT BELIEVE THEM.And now, in voting in, Jeremy Corbyn, they have shown what they’re REALLY about: Imposing themselves, on those that ‘do’, and have actually moved forward. And intrinsic, deep, seething jealousy.So, if you can’t be bothered to learn your fractions and percentages sheet, and you think I’m lucky; VOTE CORBYN.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Royal Ascot DAY 4 TIPS and OFFER

first_imgTERMS AND CONDITIONS1) The offer is for new and existing customers2) The enhanced football price is to a max. stake of £2003) The average stake for the clients first 3 bets at Royal Ascot that day will be used for qualifying stake4) Non runners and void bets do not qualify5) Match bets , distance bets and special bets do not qualify6) We reserve the right to refuse this offer to any client Another cracking Royal Ascot / Euro 2016 offer on Friday. Have three bets at Royal Ascot with us and you can have SPAIN at 5/4 against Turkey !Luke is joined on course at Ascot by LUKE HARVEY who brings us his three best bets on day three !last_img

BENS BLOG Happy Birthday John Francome

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] always look at the Birthdays column in the Racing Post. I don’t know why, Blog, but it’s become a habit. The Game moves on, and I suppose, it’s just a daily reminder of who’s moving on with it.John Francome is 65 today. There you go.Let’s have a look at his CV:Could still pull the birds out of the treesChampion Jockey unlimited timesTop TV presenterPublished writer (and fiction, which is much harder to write)Well, I’d say, Blog, that it all appears to have gone to plan. But the thing that I always like about “Francome”, is that he’s managed all of the above, retaining good humour, being down-to-earth, saying it how it is, and thankfully, NEVER, turning himself into yet another tiring Establishment Dick. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THE HIGH-ACHIEVER.In other news:Daisy Green, 20 Seymour Street, Marble Arch, W1H 7HX WEB SITE. Fancy a good breakfast, but without having to remortgage yourself to pay the bill at The Dorchester? Well, you should be heading straight for Daisy Green, as it’s the best I’ve had in London. Faultless actually. Smoothies (NAP). Smoked Salmon (NB). Remember to book. A pure 10.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

£25 FREE BET PSG v Man Utd

first_img£25 FREE BET IFMAN U WIN IN 90 MINUTESWe are giving all starsports.bet NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if MAN U WIN IN 90 MINUTES.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 9am on Wednesday 6 March and 8pm on Wednesday 6 March. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 9am on Wednesday 6 March to 8pm (GMT) on Wednesday 6 March.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 8pm (GMT) on Wednesday 6 March. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site, excluding specials or enhanced odds markets.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if MAN U WIN IN 90 MINUTES (PSG v Man U 8pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more