Disabled people have spoken of their horror shock

first_imgDisabled people have spoken of their horror, shock and anger at learning of the vote to leave the European Union in last week’s referendum.Although many disabled people voted for Brexit, the vast majority of leading disabled activists were strongly in favour of remaining in the European Union.One disabled campaigner, who asked not to be named, said: “I think the majority of disability rights campaigners are in or recovering from shock.“There was a very strong campaign showing the benefits of EU membership to disability rights, but now that we have left the EU we know very little about what will happen next.“It feels like the carpet has been pulled out from underneath us and we’re not sure whether the bare boards we’re now looking at are stable.”In a blog for Disability Now, John Evans, one of the founders of the UK independent living movement, said the day of the referendum would “go down as the blackest day in the modern history for disabled people in the UK and for our human rights”.He said he was “dismayed, horrified and heartbroken about the consequences facing us and it is hard knowing which way to turn”.Miro Griffiths (pictured), a former project officer for the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and now a lecturer, researcher and teacher, said the vote meant that the connection between disabled people in the UK, their European supporters, policies “that reflect the aspirations of the independent living movement”, and “decision makers that would collaborate with us” had been “severely damaged – possibly beyond repair”.He said: “Disabled people in the UK will become further marginalised as the state begins to dismantle social justice frameworks and destroy the support systems that – currently – do not meet the needs of those who require them.“The most startling factor to consider is that the majority of those who voted unwittingly accepted this.”But Rick Burgess, of Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “I think it’s important not to let the fear and panic the media and politicians are spreading distract us from the fight that is the same today as it was before: to reclaim and reinforce our human rights.“That struggle is probably going to be harder now, so we have to both increase our resolve and to make sure we look after one another.“Our advantage is we have been fighting for many years already, we are seasoned and experienced survivors, we are ahead of many non-disabled people who are only now just waking up to the threat from the far right.”The disabled crossbench peer Lord Low told fellow members of the House of Lords that there was a strong case for a second referendum, as called for in a petition on parliament’s website that by last night (Wednesday) had secured more than four million signatures.He said he believed the “leave” campaign had won the vote on what was “an essentially fraudulent prospectus”.He said: “They said that we could continue to trade with the EU on very similar terms without having to accept freedom of movement.“They said that there would be no adverse economic consequences, but we are already beginning to see them.“They made completely unrealistic promises as to what could be done with the resources saved from our EU contribution, and, most glaringly of all, with breath-taking cynicism and within hours of victory they were maintaining that they never said that Brexit would enable them to reduce the level of immigration.”The referendum result drew immediate support for disabled people in the UK from the two main Europe-wide disabled people’s organisations, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and ENIL.ENIL said it felt “sadness, disbelief and dejection” at the vote, emotions which it said were shared with the UK independent living and disability rights movements.It said: “We are deeply concerned about the prospect of disabled people in Britain being worse off and hit by further cuts.“Although discrimination and inequality affect many disabled people throughout Europe, there are numerous EU initiatives that have had a positive impact on our lives and have created a stronger legal basis to protect our rights.”It said it would “not leave our British disabled brothers and sisters behind and will do everything in our power to support them in their fight for independent living”.It added: “ENIL respects the democratic right of the British people to decide on their EU membership.“However, we are adamant that a strong human rights agenda throughout Europe is better achieved together.“ENIL will continue and intensify its collaboration with disabled people in the UK.”EDF said it accepted the result of the referendum with “regret”, and also promised to continue to work with disabled people’s organisations in the UK.Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF’s president, said: “EDF will continue to promote unity and solidarity within the disability movement all across Europe and will work very decisively on our common values against Euroscepticism, xenophobia, racism and all kinds of discrimination.“From this, we won’t exclude any people with disabilities or their organisations because of political choices.“We will collaborate with all organisations of persons with disabilities in Europe, including the UK, to ensure that Europe does not lose sight of the importance of human rights of all of its people: women, men, children, older people, persons with disabilities and people on the move across Europe and on our borders.”last_img read more

17th and Folsom to get 200 million flood protection

first_img 0% An improved $200 million drainage system is coming to 17th and Folsom streets to protect against flash floods that have menaced residents and businesses for more than a decade. The catch: it will take six years to build. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will dig a 3,500-foot-long tunnel that is roughly 12 feet in diameter. It will begin near Treat and Harrison streets and run to the existing sewer boxes near Mission Creek. An additional 9,000 feet of sewer improvements will be made in the area, primarily to route water to the tunnel.  The improvements are meant to help prevent flooding during a storm that delivers 1.3 inches of rain within three hours — a level of rainfall delivered by a so-called “five-year storm.” The Folsom project is part of $700 million in capital improvements for high-flood-risk areas. The commission will spend a total of $1.6 billion on more improvements over time.   The Folsom project is still in the planning phase, but construction is expected to begin in 2020 and wrap up in 2023. The improvements aimed at 17th and Folsom will not protect against storms larger than a five-year storm, said Stefani Harrison, a project manager with the city’s utilities commission, who on Wednesday gave a presentation at a Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee hearing on the flooding issue.  “Even when all these projects are built, the same neighborhoods will still have risk of flooding in storms that are larger than [a 5-year] storm,” Harrison said. Which is why the utilities commission is offering residents and businesses grant assistance for making suggested improvements on their property. In certain cases, the commission might be willing to buy a piece of property from a landowner at market value.The utilities commission will be offering grant assistance to residents and businesses who make plumbing modifications, elevate their structures, and install wet and dry floodproofing on their buildings. But at the meeting, some supervisors felt the grant program was not enough.  “I look at the grant program — raising houses, doing wet and dry protection — and wiping it down, it’s just not attractive,” said District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, referring to the fact that some residents might have to wipe down floodwater filth in wet-proofed areas of their homes after a flood. Sheehy then probed deeper into the suggestion that the PUC purchase properties from residents whose homes experience flooding. He referred, especially, to the homes on Cayuga Avenue near Balboa Park that have, in the past, become inundated with sewage water after large storms. “We are definitely interested in purchasing property,” said Harlan Kelly, general manager of the utilities commission, noting that the commission is working with the city attorney, and that it would buy homes at “fair market value.” That includes homes in the 17th and Folsom area. The home-acquisition program is in its early stages, Harrison wrote in an email, “but the City is willing to have discussions with interested/willing property owners who have experienced flood damage, as any acquisition would be on a case-by-case basis.”“You’ve laid out a clear set of interventions that you’re willing to make and to work with homeowners that are affected, up to purchasing the property,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “Echoing my colleagues, that’s probably going to be the right option if individuals are willing to sell.” center_img Tags: folsom street • storm Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

DESPITE leading by 10 points at the break the Sain

first_imgDESPITE leading by 10 points at the break the Saints contrived to concede 17 unanswered points in the second period against Wigan to end up on the losing side and a definite second place in the table, writes Graham Henthorne.For twenty five minutes all was going smoothly as the Saints stormed into a 16 point lead with some fine attacking play coupled with ferocious defence, notably from the French assassin Levy Nzoungou.The Saints were out of the blocks quickest forcing the first error of the game in the visitor’s 40 metre area. From the resultant free play smart offloading worked an overlap down the right and intelligent play from first Ricky Bailey and then Jake Spedding committed their defenders to give Dave Eccleston space to work. The winger took the ball inside before twisting out of the clutches of the defence for the try.His second minutes later came as a result of a great high bomb from Danny Richardson. The ball was left to bounce and then tipped to the Saints as the full back was put under pressure from the kick chase. Phil Atherton was stopped short before the ball was moved right where Bailey’s miss pass put Eccleston into acres of space for the score.On quarter time the winger turned into try saver as his last ditch tackle put his opposite number into touch in the act of touching down.The Saints were playing with confidence exhibited no better than by Atherton’s drive and offload down the middle. The ball was picked up and taken on a mazy weaving run by Bailey bamboozling the defence before he gave it wide for Regan Grace to stroll over in the corner.The tide was starting to turn, however, as the Saints started to lose the penalty count and possession stats. The visitors turned this to their advantage scoring on the half hour. Crucially as it turned out Morgan Knowles was hurt in the act of trying to stop the try and was ruled out for the rest of the game with concussion.With him goes a relentless 80 minute talisman and left the Saints with only four substitutes for the whole of the second period.The game was won and lost in the opening ten minutes of the second half. The Saints were down in the visitors red zone three or four times but didn’t manage one repeat set. When they did manage to break the defensive line with an Olly Davies run he tried to take the full back on instead of waiting for the figure of Jake Spedding who was steaming up in support.Fatigue then started to play its part and the error count increased.In the end the Saints just couldn’t hang on conceding three tries, the last one on the final whistle, to go down to a disappointing defeat.Sixteen points to the good at home and you should win. The visitors gave the Saints a harsh lesson in how to manage your resources and a game to come out on top.You couldn’t fault anyone’s effort, typified by the work of Ricky Bailey and the big minutes played by Levy Nzoungou, but you could ask for many to be a lot smarter in what they tried to do.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: David Eccleston (8, 12), Regan Grace (26).Goals: Danny Richardson 2.Wigan U19s:Tries: Jake Shorrocks (32), Jack Higginson (55, 65), Liam Forsyth (80).Goals: Jake Shorrocks 3.Drop Goals: Jake Shorrocks (78).Half Time: 16-6Full Time: 16-23Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 3. Jake Spedding, 4. Matty Fleming, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Phil Atherton, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Levy Nzoungou, 11. Olly Davies, 13. Morgan Knowles, 21. Joe Ryan. Subs: 12. Liam Cooper, 15. Matty Lees, 20. Jonah Cunningham, 23. Ross McCauley.Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 2. Liam Marshall, 3. Liam Parsley, 4. Liam Forsyth, 5. Jack Higginson; 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Lewis Heckford; 8. Kieran Sharrett, 9. Luke Waterworth, 10. Jack Wells, 11. MacCauley Davies, 12. Nick Gregson, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 16. Callum Field, 17. Brad Lawrence, 18. Josh Ganson, 19. Paddy Jone.last_img read more

SAINTS Betfred Super League campaign continues th

first_imgSAINTS’ Betfred Super League campaign continues this evening when Huddersfield Giants come to the Totally Wicked Stadium.We have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Turnstiles – Open 5:15pm.Academy – The 19s take on their Huddersfield counterparts at 5:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Crabbie’s – Buy two Crabbie’s and get a beanie hat free in the kiosks tonight!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints. You can also buy Youth Energy too.Member Offer – If you’re a member, you can take advantage of our pie and hot drink combo offer for £3.50. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosks to access this deal.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.A Mark of Respect – There will be a minute’s applause for the late Harry Wellens and Violet-Grace Youens before kick off.Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!The match is sponsored by Typhoo with the Hightown Group as our Corporate Sponsor. The Matchball is sponsored by Kingstone Press.Team News Keiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here and you can also view a match preview here.Tickets Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands.If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore The Saints Superstore is open from 9am until kick-off. It will be open after the game for 30 minutes.Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale.Featuring an interview with Kyle Amor it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there?There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams.It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiTravelMatchday Car Parking details are here.last_img read more

Todays gift is one of the staples of the 2019 Tra

first_imgToday’s gift is one of the staples of the 2019 Trainingwear range – the Halo Tee.A firm favourite with the fans and players alike, this fantastic item is a casual and comfortable way of showing your love of the Saints.The design is available in three colourways; navy, white and red, which co-ordinate with other items in the 2019 Trainingwear range.To find out more, call into the Saints Superstore or click here.last_img

Police Man crashes into several cars in Wilmington parking lot

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police responded to a scene involving several cars getting hit in the Office Depot parking lot Thursday night.Wilmington Police have arrested Michael Holt for DWI, Reckless Driving, Simple Possession of Schedule IV, and Possession of Marijuana, after they said he crashed a 2003 Ford F150 into four cars in the parking lot.- Advertisement – Police said the crashes happened around 7:30 p.m. in the Office Depot parking lot on Oleander Drive and caused an estimated $20,000 in damage.Police said there were no injuries and many witnesses stayed at the scene and gave statements.(Photos: Lonnie Goff)last_img

Writer alludes to harassment on One Tree Hill

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It seems like every day another big name in the entertainment industry is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now, a well-known screenwriter and the creator of a popular show filmed in the Cape Fear is possibly among those accused of sexual harassment.Audrey Wauchope was one of the writers on the show  “One Tree Hill” that called Wilmington home for nine seasons.- Advertisement – Over the weekend, Wauchope took to twitter to share her story about her first days at her first writing job.“In light of the Andrew Kreisberg reporting, a couple thoughts about my first writing job that I’ve wanted to say for years but have never had the guts to. When I was 29 my writing partner @RachelSpecter and I were hired as staff writers,” Wauchope said. “To say we were excited was an understatement. To say we left that job demoralized and confused is also an understatement. One of the 1st things we were told was that the showrunner hired female writers on the basis of their looks.”She wrote that others said she and her friend were hired because the show runner wanted to have sex with them. Wauchope said she and other women would try to avoid sitting near the showrunner in meetings.Related Article: EyeCon’s ‘One Tree Hill’ reunion conventions to end“The staff sat on couches. Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn’t sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women,” Wauchope said.Wauchope added that sometimes they would not be so lucky.“Sometimes we wouldn’t luck out and he’d just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning,” Wauchope said. “He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they’re not my stories to share.”She also said when the studio held a sexual harassment seminar the showrunner was a no-show.“The day the studio lawyers came to give the sexual harassment seminar many of us had pointed questions we were going to ask. This will be the time we can speak and he will know we know! Guess who didn’t show up?” Wauchope said. “That’s right. The showrunner did not attend the mandatory sexual harassment meeting. I don’t blame the studio, I doubt they knew. I blame a system that allows one person to have so much power they can do whatever they want.”Although Wauchope never named the show, or the man who she accuses of the harassment, she received responses of support from  “One Tree Hill” like Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, and Sophia Bush.WWAY asked Wauchope for an interview, she declined and said she is not going on the record at this time. WWAY reached out to the accused showrunner’s agency and others connected to  “One Tree Hill”, so far no one has agreed to comment publicly.To read all of Wauchope’s tweets, click here.last_img read more

SUNDAY Hundreds of bikes ready to roll as hundreds of motorcycles ride

first_img print Mike Mason took a picture of the 254 bikes being donated to Toys for Tots WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 254 bicycles are ready to be given to local kids in the community who don’t have one.Mike Mason, Assistant Director for the local Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson HOG Chapter, says they collected enough donations to purchase 254 bicycles and that the Chapter met a few Sundays ago to put them all together.  He says they anticipate between 500 to 700 motorcycles taking part in the 25th Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle ride. The police escorted ride is expected to be the biggest year yet.- Advertisement – Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson organizers say all make and model motorcycles are invited to participate.  If you don’t own a Motorcycle, you are invited to watch the parade of bikes leave and have a free lunch if you bring a new, unwrapped toy between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday morning.The ride will disrupt traffic a bit. The route is as follows:Start at Carolina Coast H-D, 6620 Market St.Right on Station RdRight on Military Cutoff.Continue on to Oleander.Continue on to Wooster St.Right on 3rd St.Continue on Martin Luther KingLeft on MarketReturn to Carolina Coast H-D.last_img read more

2nd annual Bella Italia fundraiser will benefit Brunswick Community College Foundation

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Mark your calendars for February 2, 2018 for an evening sipping fine wines and enjoying delicious Italian fare to benefit the Brunswick Community College Foundation.The BCC Foundation has partnered with Angelo’s Bistro and their culinary associates to provide exciting and interactive food and wine tastings and demonstrations.- Advertisement – Angelo’s Bistro owner James Lane stopped by Good Evening Wilmington to speak with WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick about the event.For more information about the fundraiser, click here.last_img

TRUE BEAUTY Local students create The Me Project to build inner strength

first_img (Photo: Brunswick Co. Schools) 1 of 3 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three South Brunswick Middle School students are trying to change lives one girl at a time by making them more aware of their self worth.As you walk the halls of South Brunswick Middle School, you will see about 700 kids. Aidra Hood, Reagan Phillips and Rees Osborne are three students there who are hoping to see their classmates more aware of their true beauty.- Advertisement – (Photo: Brunswick Co. Schools) (Photo: Brunswick Co. Schools) “We come in different shapes and sizes,” one said. “Looking from the outside, it’s sometimes easy to make assumptions of who you think someone is but usually our assumptions are wrong.”The girls said they were always taught “how beauty comes from the heart, beauty is being kind, and how you feel on the inside is how you will treat others around you and that is what beauty is all about.”After talking to their parents multiple times about noticing how “the girls just don’t seem to know their worth”, they finally looked and said, “do something about it”. Aidra Hood, Reagan Phillips, and Rees Osborne (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) This is where “The Me Project” came about.  The girls said the idea is to take pictures of students, who would like to take part in the project, and ask them what they think their “inside beauty” is. The trio came up with different quotes for the students to pick between:Aidra- My inner strength is…Related Article: To glam or not to glam soon after giving birthRees- What makes me unique is…Reagan- My inner beauty trait is…The girls plan on asking 5 girls per week to showcase what their inner beauty is.They said in today’s world, magazines, TV shows, videos and the public in general, put so much emphasis on body image, make up, the perfect outfit and who has the name brand product.“To be honest, none of this really matters. People will not remember you for the ‘cool’ person you are, but they will remember you for being kind and letting others see what you genuinely have to offer as a peer, a friend, a mentor and a person who sees beauty from the inside out,” they said.They said their hope is to incorporate a “new look” to society, one that will focus on what our heart looks like instead of our outward beauty.last_img read more

Police investigating after video surfaces of Teen Mom stars husband towing truck

first_imgPolice investigating after video shows man aggressively towing away car in downtown Wilmington. (Photo: David Eason/YouTube) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “Teen Mom” and Brunswick County resident Jenelle Evans is no stranger to police and now, law enforcement is investigating after a video surfaced involving her husband.In a video posted on YouTube Wednesday, David Eason writes in the caption that he towed away a truck because it was parked too close to his boat in an adjacent parking spot.- Advertisement – The video shows a man attaching a cable to the back of a truck that’s only parked inches from a boat in the next parking spot. The boat motor was over the line into the truck’s spot. He then can be seen using another truck to pull the truck backward.Related Article: County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement“There’s no money in the meter,” a woman can be heard saying in the video. “Pull that mother****** away.” The incident happened in downtown Wilmington.WARNING: Strong language is used in the video below.center_img Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron says they were made aware of the video soon after it was posted online and immediately began investigating it.“This is an absolutely inappropriate way to handle parking issues,” Dandron said.No charges have been filed at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Columbus County republicans rally for Sheriff Jody Greene

first_img He has received a bit of backlash since being sworn in due to his home address.Some republicans think that it’s a matter of corruption in the democratic party.Over 70 democrats have changed their registration to republican in the last week alone to support Greene.Related Article: ONLY ON 3: New sheriff, wife refute claims they don’t live in Columbus CountyBeth Harper is a life long friend of the Greene family. She says it’s “obvious” why democrats should make the switch.“I’ll be honest I was one, up until a couple years ago,” Harper said. “Then I changed to unaffiliated and I was one of the 70 that they spoke about that changed this week.”Eric Thompson is another dedicated Greene supporter who says that throughout this process, people have been thinking with their hearts, rather than their heads.“Court cases are not to be based on opinion,” Thompson said. “They’re supposed to be based on facts. When you have facts presented, after facts presented, after facts presented and you choose to ignore them, there’s no way our judicial system can work. There’s no way that our election system can work.”Greene agrees with Thompson saying that this is a matter of opinion, rather than facts.In his mind, the democrats of Columbus County don’t want him in office due to his political views.But Franklin Thurman, the North Carolina democratic chair insists that this is not anything personal toward Greene or his views. It is purely a technicality because Greene has not provided proof that he lives in Columbus County.“It’s nothing against Jody,” Thurman said. “It’s doing what’s right by the law. You must live here one year before you can run for the sheriff. He lived in Robeson County and Myrtle Beach.This is now in the hands of the state board in Raleigh, and Greene is feeling confident about this process.“We’re not giving up. I won the election. I’m the sheriff of Columbus County, and we’re gonna prevail,” Greene said. WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — “I’m not being treated fairly here by the democrats,” Sheriff Jody Greene said.Columbus County residents painted Whiteville green at a weekend rally in support of sheriff Jody Greene.- Advertisement – last_img read more

China says Tibet human rights critics bewitched by Dalai Lama

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Patron of Children in Crossfire, speaks during a press conference in Londonderry, Northern Ireland September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh KilcoyneFILE PHOTO: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Patron of Children in Crossfire, speaks during a press conference in Londonderry, Northern Ireland September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Those who criticise China over human rights in Tibet have been “bewitched” by the Dalai Lama, a senior Chinese official said on Wednesday, days before the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s flight into exile in India.China says it “peacefully liberated” Tibet in 1950 and has since exerted enormous effort to bring the remote region into the modern era, abolishing feudal practices while protecting its Buddhist people’s right to freely practise their religion and maintain their culture.Critics, including the United States, say China rules with an iron fist and has overseen widespread rights abuses.Deputy Tibet governor Norbu Dondrup said Tibetan society was “very dark and very cruel” before Communist Party rule. He was speaking in Beijing on the release of a policy paper marking six decades since China began what it calls “democratic reforms” in Tibet.He said ordinary people – or “serfs” – could be bought and sold, thrown in jail, or even killed at will when the Dalai Lama was in charge in Tibet.“The Dalai Lama attacking our human rights totally has ulterior motives. He tramples on human rights, and has no right, no qualifications, and is unworthy of talking about human rights,” Norbu Dondrup said.“As for some countries slamming our human rights, they either don’t understand or believe the Dalai clique’s rumours and bewitchments,” he said.The human rights situation in Tibet was extremely good, he said, listing examples such as free medical care and an abundance of food.Asked whether China would ever allow an independence referendum in Tibet, as has happened in Scotland and Quebec, Norbu Dondrup said Tibet has been an inseparable part of China since ancient times.“We have never recognised Tibet independence, and neither has any other country,” he said. “Moreover, the peoples of Tibet in the extended family of the peoples of the motherland now have very happy lives.”China reviles the Dalai Lama, who crossed the border into exile in India on March 31, 1959, after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.Seen by Beijing as a dangerous separatist, he says he seeks merely genuine autonomy for his mountainous homeland and denies espousing violence.The Dalai Lama told Reuters last week it was possible that, once he dies, his incarnation could be found in India and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.The officially atheist Communist Party says it must approve his and other reincarnations of Tibetan lamas.The Tibet issue has also become another irritant in China-U.S. ties after President Donald Trump signed into law a Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act in December.That seeks to press China to open the region by denying U.S. entry to officials deemed responsible for restricting access to Tibet. China has denounced the law. WhatsAppcenter_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>last_img read more

Spains Socialists to lose first confidence vote after Podemos declines support

first_imgWhatsApp Spain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez reacts during the second day of the investiture debate at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio PerezSpain’s acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez reacts during the second day of the investiture debate at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez Spain’s far-left Unidas Podemos party said on Tuesday it would not back acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in a confirmation vote later in the day, making Sanchez all but certain to lose the first round but leaving his fate beyond that in limbo.Sanchez, who won the most seats in an election in April but fell short of an absolute majority, has faced three months of difficult coalition talks with Podemos, seen as natural allies of his centre-left Socialists.While he was likely to fail to win Tuesday’s first round vote, he could still be confirmed in a second round two days later, provided Podemos and the Socialists overcome their differences to strike a deal by that time.“We haven’t decided yet what we will vote but we obviously won’t vote in favour (of Sanchez),” Podemos chief negotiator Pablo Echenique told Cadena Ser radio, when asked how his party would vote on Tuesday. He said the party had not yet decided whether to abstain or vote no.Under Spain’s system for choosing a prime minister, Sanchez would need an absolute majority of 176 yes votes in the 350-seat parliament to be confirmed on Tuesday. Different rules would apply in Thursday’s second round, requiring more yes votes than no votes while excluding abstentions.Echenique said that his party wanted to keep negotiating with the Socialists to try and eventually strike a deal on a coalition government.Considering how difficult talks have been over the past three months, and tense exchanges between Sanchez and Iglesias in a parliament debate late on Monday, it remains to be seen how stable and united such a coalition government would be.“In any case, a (Socialist) PSOE-Podemos coalition would make it difficult for the new government to implement big policy changes given it would restrict Sanchez’s ability to reach agreements with other parties in parliament,” said Antonio Barroso, of political consultancy Teneo.Sources in Podemos and the Socialist party said that the main question was what role Podemos ministers would have.Iglesias accused Sanchez in parliament on Monday of wanting to give them a purely “decorative” role without any real power.If Sanchez is not confirmed as prime minister on Thursday, further votes could be held in September. If that failed too, a repeat election would be held on November 10.“We expect a minority government eventually to be formed and believe markets should discount political risk, as fundamentals remain healthy and, paradoxically, Spanish political deadlock implies policy continuity,” Barclays analysts said in a note.Debate was ongoing in parliament on Tuesday morning ahead of the vote, expected later in the day. <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>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

Barclays Bank Zambia hit by ATM fraud

first_imgAdvertisement The workers under the Information Technology (IT) department of Barclays Bank Zambia are being investigated after unknown people allegedly tampered with the bank’s automatic teller machine (ATM) control system and fraudulently withdrew large sums of money.The bank suspects the fraud occurred in one of its branches in Kabwe and was an in-house job that aided by IT department workers.This has made Barclays Bank Zambia to disable all Visa cards of account holders with the branch. The bank has further asked the account holders to apply for new Visa cards. – Advertisement – It is not clear yet as to how much money was fraudulently withdrawn although the suspected tampering of the ATM control system reportedly took place on Friday last week when salaries of civil servants had just been deposited into their accounts.A number of the bank’s depositors who went to withdraw their money and salaries said they were inconvenienced by the development as the majority of them had no transport money to go back to their homes.They also complained that the bank asked them to apply for new cards, but that the majority of them had left their required identity cards at home.Credit: ItWeb Africalast_img read more

Twothirds Of Kaspersky Users Encountered Content Dangerous To Children In 2014

first_imgAdvertisement The Kaspersky Lab study ‘Children Online’ reveals that in 2014 more than two-thirds (68%) of users of Kaspersky Lab’s Parental Control technologies encountered inappropriate or dangerous content online. Adult content, gambling and sites carrying information about weapons were among the most prevalent threats detected by Kaspersky Lab’s protection technologies. The main findings of the report are:More than half (59.5%) of users encountered pornography; over a quarter (26.6%) landed on websites dedicated to gambling; every fifth user stumbled across sites featuring weapons; and almost the same number were confronted by strong language.Websites carrying this kind of inappropriate content (pornography, gambling, weapons, strong language), along with others featuring drugs, tobacco and alcohol, were the ones blocked most often by Kaspersky Lab protection solutions.The Internet has long ceased to be the preserve of grown-ups. Children today are often far more active Internet users than their parents. But is it safe enough for children to use without fear of facing inappropriate content? To find out, Kaspersky Lab decided to investigate potential online threats to children, by analysing data from users of Kaspersky Lab products equipped with a Parental Control module. – Advertisement – Percentage of unique users who encountered sites included in the dangerous categories in 2014The results show that more than half (59.5%) of users encountered pornography; over a quarter (26.6%) landed on websites dedicated to gambling; every fifth user stumbled across sites featuring weapons; and almost the same number were confronted by strong language.Websites carrying these kinds of inappropriate content (adult, chat, gambling and weapons), along with others featuring drugs, tobacco and alcohol, were the ones blocked most often by Kaspersky Lab protection solutions. The frequency of detections demonstrates just how easy it is for users to encounter such content online. The higher the frequency: the greater the probability.In geographical terms, the countries with the most frequent Parental Control detections were China, the USA, Germany, the UK and Russia. France, Vietnam, Brazil and Algeria also ranked in the top ten in terms of inappropriate content detection – but were relatively safer due to a lower frequency of detection.Each country or region has its own distinct characteristics when it comes to the prevailing online threats for children. For instance, adult content was the biggest threat to users in most Eastern European countries: Czech Republic (66 detections per user), Romania (127 detections per user), Greece (185 detections per user), Hungary (263 detections per user).  Content about alcohol, tobacco and drugs was a major threat to users from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, the USA and France. The frequency of detection was especially high in these countries. Gambling is a prevailing online treat for children from Baltic states (118 detections per user).“To protect young people, we recommend that adults choose protection solutions with Parental Control technologies and make full use of safe “children” modes in search engines and applications that allow access to multimedia content and which are used by children.However, although Parental Control technologies can block access to web sites with content that is dangerous or distressing for children, they cannot offer reliable protection in situations where safe-by-default web services like social networks or chats are misused by predators or users conducting cyberbullying campaigns. Internet security deserves to be taken as seriously as real-life physical security. That’s why we urge parents to take an active part in their children’s real and digital lives. Only then can they be sure that they won’t miss the moment when their child might need their support;”said Konstantin Ignatev, Web Content Analysts Group manager at Kaspersky Lab.last_img read more

Agrosupply to Represent Uganda at Entrepreneurship Forum For Emerging Markets

first_imgOgwal Joseph; Founder and Chief Executive (Left), and Watson Atwine (Right); IT Specialist who represented the team, recivce their victory dummy air ticket at the Seedstar Kampala competition at Outbox Hub on Friday 24th, August 2018. This is Seedstars Kampala competition winners. Advertisement Seedstar World has selected 16 promising startups in Africa that will participate in the seedstar global competition in Switzerland next year. The team visited 16 countries in only 5 months in search for these startups, highlighting local startup ecosystems.“For the past five months we have made Africa our home and went on an interesting journey deep into 16 startup scenes in the Region, not only scouting for the best tech entrepreneurs but working directly with them and other passionate ecosystem builders,” said Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars.The Tanzanian finalist will be announced on 10th Dec. 2018, as its the only finalist remaining. – Advertisement – These African startups emerged from various sectors including; AgricTech, FinTech, EducTech, HealthTech, Civic Tech, Mobility, Food & Beverage, among others.AgroSupply (AgricTech), who will be representing Uganda, has developed a unique mobile layaway platform allowing farmers to save money for the seeds and fertilizer using their mobile phone.Seedstar is now hosting its entrepreneurship forum for emerging markets from December 11th to 13th in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at Seedspace Dar es Salaam and Kisenga LAFP International Conference Center.Claudia in a statement said they’re excited to bring the entire network together in Dar es Salaam, to dive into the different ways technology and entrepreneurship can rapidly impact and improve people’s lives by tackling local social challenges directly.Some of the prominent names joining the event include; Marcello Schermer; Expansion Manager at Yoco, Eldrid Jordaan; Founder of Govchat, and Doreen Kessy; Chief Business Officer at Ubongo.The event is sponsored by I4ID, Seedspace Dar es Salaam, the Swiss Embassy in Tanzania and Zambia, Merck, and Google.“The summit will provide an opportunity to reflect and inspire with like-minded innovators and change makers, about scalable solutions for transforming services and making them more inclusive and human-centered,” Sachin Gupta, Team leader at I4ID declared.[related-posts]last_img read more

PREVIEW Man City v Liverpool

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result for the column yesterday with the DRAW recommendation in the Sunderland v Man U game to take the profit on the column to over 45 points since the start of the World Cup.Irrespective of what happens at the Etihad tonight, Liverpool have already stolen the back page headlines tomorrow with the confirmation today that they have signed Mario Balotelli from AC Milan.Unfortunately, he wasn’t registered in time to play against his former side tonight which could have been the icing on the cake on what already looks a mouthwatering Bank Holiday fixture.The last six encounters between these Premier League giants have all seen close games with never more than one goal separating the two sides:Man C V LiverpoolPremier League8pm, LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 games)Apr 2014 Premier Liverpool 3-2 Man CityDec 2013 Premier Man City 2-1 LiverpoolFeb 2013 Premier Man City 2-2 LiverpoolAug 2012 Premier Liverpool 2-2 Man CityJan 2012 Carling Cup Liverpool 2-2 Man CityJan 2012 Carling Cup Man City 0-1 LiverpoolJan 2012 Premier Man City 3-0 LiverpoolNov 2011 Premier Liverpool 1-1 Man CityApr 2011 Premier League Liverpool 3-0 Man CityAug 2010 Premier League Man City 3-0 LiverpoolBoth sides got their new campaigns off to a winning start. Man City beating Newcastle 2-0 and Liverpool beating Southampton.If the stats from last season are to be repeated we should be in for a cracker. City had the best record at home and Liverpool the joint-best away record.It’s the kind of stats that can often end up cancelling each other out – but we should really expect goals here.TEAM NEWS:Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Silva, Jovetic, DzekoLiverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Moreno, Skrtel, Lovren, Gerrard, Henderson, Allen, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge.There is still no start for Aguero despite his goal against Newcastle but he is on the bench.I’m tempted to repeat the bet from last night and again go for the draw. This time trading at around 11/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 4 points at around 11/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 45.77 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG GARBACZ…SING

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he perfect Friday night, for me, is to be invited, with Belindabelle (of course), to go for dinner with the Garbacz (pronounced Garbaz) family writes BEN KEITH (right).On arriving, I am immediately presented with a ‘couple’, this is a Bart Simpson themed, Jewish hat, that you wear whilst dining, and it gives you secret powers that enable you to eat more (necessary).We all then line up, along each side of the table, and David appears, like a pretend patriarchal figure.  He looks at me briefly.  At this point, I clearly BELLOW out my command for the evening:‘GARBACZ…SING!!!’He then breaks into a long, grace like song, whilst I conduct for him, using my knife and fork.Once all the chanting is out of the way, and David has thrown some juicy bagel type bread at everyone, we then tuck in, to a literally, 6 course meal, cooked by David’s highly attractive wife; Ev.In life, I have many different types of heroes, Blog.  And David has to be my number one guide, on how to lead your family life.  He’s got it all sorted.  He always says it’s down to his faith, and for once, Blog, we really do have to accept this, and not take the complete and utter piss out of him.So, why is David Garbacz, this blog’s favourite religous nutter?  Why should we let him off the hook?Firstly; when he’s finished his song, he doesn’t immediately try and chop my head off (although, that might do the World a favour if he did).And secondly; HE DOESNT IMPOSE IT ON ANYONE (unless its a delaying tactic to pay me some money, or he doesn’t really want to attend a boring sounding, social function).Yes, Blog, there are no subliminal ‘no pressure, just come along’ messages, as to why you should join his flock.  It’s a way of life, he does his thing, and doesn’t make a holier-than-thou face, when you do yours.David, thanks for your words of advice, and so many fantastic dinners.  MARCH ON.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Rice Researchers Part of Global Phyics Quest

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713)831-4793E-MAIL:unrau@rice.eduRICE RESEARCHERS JOIN GLOBAL HIGH-ENERGY PHYSICSQUESTThe world of high-energy physics islooking forward to the next-generation accelerator and detector machines, whichthanks in part to Rice researchers, will power up in 2005.Rice is part of a global collaboration to build the LargeHadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics inGeneva.With the LHC comes the hope that scientists will be able tounderstand one of the fundamental questions in particle physics–why doparticles weigh anything, why do they have mass?The origin of mass in the standard model is the last openquestion in the unification of the electromagnetic and weak forces. Using theLHC, scientists hope to discover the Higgs boson, the hypothetical particle thatis the quantum of the field that generates mass.The Rice effort is spearheaded by Faculty Fellow Paul Padleyand Professor of Physics Jay Roberts. Rice is responsible for the design andconstruction of equipment that is budgeted by a $1.6 million grant from theDepartment of Energy.The Rice equipment is part of the US CMS, or Compact MuonSolenoid, project. The US CMS is part of the United States’ contribution, whichwill mainly be in the form of accelerator and detector components, to theoverall CMS project at CERN. The CMS is one of two detectors being built as partof the LHC.A total of about 1,650 physicists at 149 institutions aroundthe world are involved in the construction of the CMS.“We hope to actually observe the creation of the Higgs boson,” said Billy Bonner, director of the Bonner Nuclear Laboratory. Scientists alsohope to see evidence of other speculative theories, such as supersymmetry andstring theory.“It is not at all unlikely that we will discover hints ofsupersymmetry, or supersymetric partners of the particles that are alreadyknown,” Bonner said. “And it’s conceivable that we could see things at the LHCthat demonstrate that string theory does manifest itself at levels that areactually accessible.”Rice physicists are responsible for major components of the “endcap muon system”, including the endcap muon chambers and the trigger anddata acquisition system. Rice is designing and constructing several parts of thetrigger electronics, the part of the detector that decides which events areimportant to look at.In a world where particles whiz by at the speed of light and 40million collisions occur each second, every, well, nanosecond counts. Anelaborate detection system with “smart devices” is needed to filter out thetypical data and identify highlights or unusual features. Every 25 nanoseconds aburst of particles is hitting the detector, creating eight megabytes ofdata–far too much to process with current technology.Researchers must design different levels of hardware toidentify interesting events. For example, the trigger looks for the particularcharacteristics of a hard collision–one hallmark is a high energy particlespewing out at a right angle. Then events of that type will be filtered down by300 or 1,000 and examined in more detail. In the end, only 100 events per secondwill be saved for later “offline” analysis. Head-on collisions will be rare, and the processes whichproduce new particles will be rarer still. The trigger must continuously filterthe events, looking for more detailed characteristics, all in a matter of amicrosecond and snychronized to nanosecond precision. The Higgs boson isexpected to appear in just one of every 10 million collisions–perhaps aboutonce a day. The physicists will need a high degree of synchronicity andintelligent processing, and Rice researchers must design and build complexelectronic circuits that push the edge of electronics, fiber optics and datatransmission technology. If necessary they will evolve and invent newelectronics that will perform at the necessary level.In addition, the system must run cheaply on low power, but athigh speed, both to capture the data and to transmit timing signals across the27 km-long tunnel.Padley, principal investigator for the grant, along withDistinguished Faculty Fellow Ed Platner are leading Rice’s efforts in theelectronics projects. “We always try to use existing technology but we may have topush the technology ourselves to get what we need,” Padley said.“The challenge is large and our desires are great,” he said.“We want to do as much as possible.”Rice has also been working to develop a promising newtechnology called multi-gap resistive plate chambers, which will be integratedinto the overall detector.For the data analysis element, Rice will augment Rice trackingsoftware that was written for use at Fermilab, the Fermi National AcceleratorLaboratory located outside Chicago. The tracking software combines particle datato show the actual paths the particles took through the detector.“Not all university groups have the capability to take on aconstruction project of this magnitude,” said Bonner. “We are fortunate that wecan.”Mikhail Matveev, a research scientist, and Nick Adams, aresearch technician in physics, are also instrumental to the project. Inaddition, there are several students working on their theses and a number ofundergraduates involved.“We have been able to break off a little piece and bring ithome to the campus and call it our own,” Padley said. Scientists could be on their way to finding the theory thatunifies all the forces of nature including gravity–Einstein’s dream of so manyyears ago.“My opinion is that this is the best path to follow tounderstanding the forces of nature,” Padley said. “If the Higgs boson exists wewill see it at the LHC.”Rice University is a leading American researchuniversity–small, private, and highly selective–distinguished by its superiorteaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate andprofessional programs, residential college system, collaborative andinterdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.###last_img read more