July 31

Disabled people in England and Wales are now almos

first_imgDisabled people in England and Wales are now almost three-and-half times more likely than non-disabled people to be a victim of serious violent crime, according to new research that has been described as “a wake-up call to politicians”.The new analysis of official crime figures by the charity Victim Support also shows people with a “limiting” illness or impairment are twice as likely to be victims of violent crime without injury, and 1.6 times more likely be a victim of personal theft.While violent crime has fallen by almost half for non-disabled people over the 10 years to 2015-16, over the same period the proportion of disabled people with limiting impairments who were victims of violence increased by 3.7 per cent.In 2005-06, non-disabled people were at greater risk of falling victim to violent crime than disabled people, but since 2011-12, the proportion of people with a limiting disability or illness who suffered violence has overtaken the proportion of non-disabled people.One leading disabled activist, and a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, Anne Novis (pictured), said she believed the rise in violence against disabled people was closely connected to the demonization and blaming of disabled people for the economic crisis.She said: “When a certain section of society is demonised as being the sole cause for the economic woes of a country, just like we are seeing with immigrants, then it’s like painting a bulls-eye upon us. We become the targets for all sorts of abuse, harassment and violence.“Having to never go out alone, minimise my presence so I do not attract notice, avoid public transport, always carry a panic alarm, train my PAs on how to protect me and address hostile situations, setting up a self-defence pilot… all come about due to mine and others’ perception and expectation of hostility and possible violence.”She added: “It’s not always about us being deemed an easier target, or being vulnerable, it’s the perception that as such we ‘cost’ more, get more benefits, help, special cars, etc.“And as such we ‘cost’ too much, are a ‘burden’ and ‘unsustainable to support’; these are the words of government ministers, used to justify the cruellest of cuts targeting those least able to fight them.”Novis said the time when violence against disabled people was rising over the last six years – 2010-12 and from 2014 onwards – appeared to coincide with the periods when ministers were making most use of so-called “benefit scrounger rhetoric” to try to blame disabled benefit claimants for the government’s deficit.She said: “The language of hate and blame towards us from those who should be the ones who protect, continues to encourage derogatory abuse and criminal acts against disabled people.”She said the research highlighted yet again the need for “perpetrator analysis” to show “what prompts and ‘gives permission’ for such acts”.Stephen Brookes, another coordinator of the network, said that ministers – including the chancellor, George Osborne – MPs and right-wing media were all responsible for such rhetoric.He said the report showed “what sadly we have known for years and many (including a lot of police forces) have tried to ignore, that disabled people are an easier target in every way”.He added: “Of course, the portrayal of disabled people either and only as scroungers, or alternatively as poorly defenceless and incapable of self-protection, adds to the mix.”The report, An Easy Target?, warns that the figures are likely to under-estimate the extent of violence and theft experienced by disabled people, as they were drawn from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which does not cover institutions or group homes.It also says that the proportion of such crime that falls into the category of hate crime “is difficult to establish, largely due to low reporting rates and a lack of awareness amongst police, criminal justice professionals and even disabled people themselves as to what constitutes a hate crime”.It warns that “neither health, social care or criminal justice professionals have the expertise and solutions necessary to start addressing the risk and tackling the causes of offending against disabled people”, so more research is needed “both into the causes of the increased victimisation of disabled people and how disabled people can be better protected”.The campaigning journalist and author Katharine Quarmby, author of the ground-breaking book Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People, which investigates disability hate crime, carried out a small survey of 100 victims of disability hate crime last year on behalf of the hate crime network.When asked why they had been targeted, many mentioned changes to disability benefits.She wrote in Scapegoat that in times of economic hardship, people look for someone to blame.Quarmby, another DHCN coordinator, said: “Sadly, at the moment in the UK, one target group is disabled people (other target groups include refugees and economic migrants).“We should learn from the lessons of history, otherwise we repeat them. Political leaders, in particular, should be very careful not to blame particular groups for economic hardship, nor penalise them at times of trouble as it allows some in society free rein to turn against them.“Sadly, the Victim Support report seems to suggest that this may be happening, right now, in the UK.“The time-frame of the significant rise in the reported violent crime against disabled people corresponds directly to a time when disability benefit cuts were being accompanied by hostile rhetoric against disabled people who were being described as ‘scroungers’ and ‘fakers’.“I welcome the report as a wake-up call to all of us – and to politicians in particular.”Novis, who is also the independent chair of the Metropolitan police’s disability hate crime working group, said: “Until we have equality of access to hate crime law, funding to disabled people’s organisations to support victims and raise awareness, a consistent ‘zero tolerance’ message from those who represent us in government, we will continue to be the ones who others target because they get away it.”A Home Office spokesman said: “Any violent crime is cause for concern and can have a devastating impact on the victim.“That is why our modern crime prevention strategy includes action to tackle a range of crimes – including violent crime.“We also know disability hate crime is a serious issue which affects a considerable number of disabled people and their families each year.“The UK has one of the strongest legislative frameworks in the world to protect people from hostility, violence and bigotry.“Later this year we are publishing a hate crime action plan to drive forward action against all forms of hate crime.”last_img read more

July 31

The speaker of the House of Commons must take a s

first_imgThe speaker of the House of Commons must “take a stance” on calls for new laws that would allow candidates to stand jointly for election as job-share MPs, according to the disabled president of the Liberal Democrats.Baroness [Sal] Brinton spoke out in frustration at the lack of progress in pushing for a measure that should lead to more disabled people and more women in parliament.She said: “There is still a structural problem in the way the Westminster bubble thinks about the role of an MP, and until the speaker takes a stance on it – because it’s got to be non-political – we are unlikely to make progress. But we will continue to fight for it.”Both the Greens and the Liberal Democrats have endorsed the idea of job-share MPs, and the Lib Dems included it in their last general election manifesto.Baroness Brinton (pictured) said: “We are in favour of job-sharing for MPs. We are in favour of it for more than just women.“We are very clear that job-sharing for MPs is very important for people who have disabilities.”She points out that the Speaker’s Conference, which reported in 2010 and was chaired by John Bercow, the speaker, did not mention job-share MPs in its 71 conclusions and recommendations, despite making a string of other recommendations for increasing parliamentary representation from under-represented groups including disabled people.And she said there had been “considerable debate” on the issue in parliament since 2010.The high-profile nature of that debate was further heightened by the election of Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley as job-sharing co-leaders of the Green party this summer.Bercow will look again at issues around the diversity of parliament this autumn when he chairs a Commons reference group on representation and inclusion.That group will consider The Good Parliament, a report written by Professor Sarah Childs, from the University of Bristol, and published in July.Childs’ research saw her “embedded” full-time in the House of Commons for eight months, with an advisory board chaired by Bercow.But her report makes no mention of job-sharing MPs – despite a high-profile court case in July 2015 in which two Green party activists argued that they should have been allowed to fight a seat jointly at the general election – apart from a footnote to a brief point made in one of its appendices.That footnote says that she will be publishing a pamphlet on job-sharing MPs, which she says will be published later this autumn.A spokeswoman for Bercow said in a statement that it was “well known that the speaker is keen to increase diversity within the House”, but she added: “It is not for a speaker – who in order to chair proceedings in the Commons impartially must remain neutral – to either advocate for or argue against legislation on this or any other matter.”She said that the issue of job-sharing MPs “may be a proposal that the group chooses to examine in further detail”.But she declined to ask Bercow whether he would ensure the issue was discussed by the reference group.Childs declined to say why there was no discussion of job-sharing in her report, whether Bercow had any influence over its content as chair of the advisory board, or whether she would ensure that her pamphlet was passed to the reference group when it was published.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, which campaigns for MPs to be allowed to job-share, said: “Disability Politics UK is looking forward to reading Professor Childs’ pamphlet on job-sharing for MPs.“With a new prime minister who is a self-proclaimed feminist, we hope that there will be progress on this issue.“With the boundary changes leading to a reduction in constituencies, job-sharing could help MPs by enabling them to share seats.“It could lead to a more diverse Commons, and help us get more disabled and women MPs.”last_img read more

July 31

As Venture Capital Slows SF Mission Techies Look to the Tedium of

first_imgDoubleDutch, a five-year-old company, raised $43 million from investors in the third quarter of 2015, right before the pronounced slowdown in funding. But other companies, especially those with high valuations that relied heavily on venture funding and and young startups in the early stages of seeking funding, could be facing tougher times.For now, few of the crazier ideas are getting funded.“Big venture firms are doing less seed deals, and there has definitely been a slowdown in funding,” said Analyst Matthew Wong of CB Insights, a research firm that tracks venture capital.The problem with relying on future investors is that the company’s shares become increasingly less valuable so attracting good employees with the lure of equity shares becomes more difficult.In 2015, some companies that snagged initially high valuations found themselves raising money at less than what they were previously worth.  This situation – called down-rounds –  means early investors lose and employees find their stock options less valuable, making some less inclined to stay with the company. “If you pick the right startup, as an employee you can make a nice chunk of change,” said Coburn. “[Down rounds] can be really crushing for a startup because then they lose their good engineers who want to go somewhere else where the value of their equity is growing, not shrinking.” Still, CB Insights’ analysts predict the funding slowdown to be a “short-term trend” resulting in investors shifting their focus onto startups with strong business models that detail a clear path to profitability.Okay, if you have heard that before, you’re not wrong and perhaps the operative qualification is now more than ever investors are looking for startups with a solid plan. “A lot of startups haven’t found a clear path to becoming profitable and sustainable businesses,” said Wong. “We are seeing that investors are being more careful with giving startups money because that path is becoming less clear. Investors are waiting to see which startups figure it out.”In the Mission, startups that pulled in cash before entering 2016 remain generally optimistic about tech’s future in the Bay Area.“The world is not ending,” said Coburn. “The deals are still out there, but investors are taking a little more time and being a little more careful.”Bhautik Joshi, a Mission-based software engineer, said that despite the slowdown  “there is still a lot of excitement about tech in Bay Area, but you don’t hear as many crazy ideas floating around as before.”“[Investors] are starting to collect on their debts now, and when that happens there is going to be a natural shrinkage in some of the excess we’ve seen in this city,” he added. Investor Slowdown Felt LocallySeeking connections and inspiration, Shehab Hamad, the founder a Dubai-based fashion startup, moved to the Mission in 2014 with the hopes of expanding his company locally.“There’s so much knowledge sharing that takes place here. This is where experiments are tried first, and that’s always going to draw entrepreneurs here,” he said.But Hamad has felt the shift from investors and is witnessing many of his peers struggling to keep money flowing. “Investors are still taking meetings and writing checks, but the bar is just so much higher now than it was six months ago.”After securing seed funding from an investor in Dubai, Hamad said he is raising money outside of Silicon Valley but empathizes with many of his peers who he says are struggling with getting their ideas funded.  Coburn, of DoubleDutch, said that one way the “dramatic shift in investor expectations” is being felt is by companies hiring fewer people.“As an unprofitable company you have to listen to market expectations,” he said. Over the course of a year DoubleDutch’s workforce nearly doubled, causing his roughly 240-employee strong company to trade in its Mission offices for a larger space in Potrero Hill.But the company is not yet profitable, and while he took on 20 new employees in the first quarter of 2016, Coburn said that he, too, will “more conservative” about hiring this year.“We are putting a little more focus this year on getting towards profitability than growing really fast at all costs,” he said. “We want to get within striking distance.”Funding Opportunities Remain for Companies with ImpactGerman tech entrepreneur Nik Myftari believes that a good product will be a hit regardless of current market trends.  Early this year, he moved to San Francisco seeking the sponsorship of Bay Area venture capitalists for his hyperlocal socializing app, Spotted. Myftari spent three years bootstrapping his company while hatching a business plan. He recently secured $15 million during an early funding round from a German investor and is only slightly alarmed by increased prudence among investors here — his app comes equipped with a payment model that he is ready to roll out, should investors ask for it.“A startup is successful when users love your product and you grow organically,” said Myftari. “If users see a realistic need for your service, they will pay you for it.”Tracy Young, co-founder of the Mission-based construction startup PlanGrid, a mobile app designed to help architects and builders access construction plans, echoed the sentiment that companies identifying and solving a “real need” efficiently are still likely to receive ample funding by investors.“Investors are starting to see that if they don’t put their money in the right companies, the ones that solve real problems and that people love and will pay for, then they are not getting a return on their investment,”  said Young.Since PlanGrid launched in 2011, the company has grown into a leading mobile construction software platform with some 40 employees. Plangrid raised $40 million from investors during a funding round last November, enabling the company to focus on growth while others are cutting costs. “We grew ourselves, and that meant not paying ourselves for a very long time. We had $1.5 million in seed funding that we kept in the bank pretty much the entire time,” she said.Young credits PlanGrid’s success in becoming profitable early on by tapping into a real industry need— digitizing construction plans— and because the company never relied solely on investor funding.That focus on providing a service people actually want, Coburn said, is part of what sets this generation of startups apart 0% Startups hoping to secure seed funding in 2016 may find it more difficult as investors have become more cautious, but Mission tech workers aren’t expecting a crash and those in start-ups are more sharply focused on sustainability.While venture capital investments reached a record high in 2015, the year was also marked by a plummet in public tech stocks and a sudden slowdown in investor funding in a matter of months. In North America, funding to venture capital backed companies reached $72.4 billion in 2015, but only $14.1 billion was raised in the fourth quarter, down $6.7 billion from the third quarter. While there appears to be a seasonal downturn, the $14.1 billion raised in the fourth quarter of 2015 was still lower than the $16.4 billion raised in the fourth quarter of 2014.  The number of deals made by investors dropped from 1,315 in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 1,026 in the fourth quarter of 2015, and slowdown is felt in the Bay Area.“It’s a timing thing. There was a right time to [raise money] and we made that threshold,” said Lawrence Coburn, CEO of the mobile event engagement app DoubleDutch.  “The companies that were planning to raise money now and that are almost out of money, they have a problem on their hands.”center_img Tags: tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

July 31

Truth and Lies FactChecking the District 9 Debate

first_imgAt Mission Local’s debate for the District 9 supervisor’s race on Thursday, candidates attacked their opponents and cited numbers and statistics to back up their own arguments — and were often dead-on in their recollections. Other times, their reported facts failed to match previously reported information. Here’s a check on the more contentious claims.Joshua Arce at the debate on Thursday, October 13. Photo by Lola M. ChavezJoshua Arce Tags: election 2016 • Elections Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Ronen was also including units that will be acquired and turned into affordable housing as part of the Small Sites Program, as well as below-market-rate units in market-rate buildings, which would bring the number close to or over 900. Iswari España at the debate on Thursday, October 13. Photo by Lola M. ChavezIswari EspañaAffordable Housing FundingEspaña said that city officials said “specifically that they are gonna have zero money” for the affordable housing component of a project at 2000 Bryant St. In reality, the director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing said in September that the city already earmarked $30 million for the project, and other city officials mentioned that figure as early as March.Red Bus-Only LanesEspaña also claimed that half of the business on Mission Street had reported 50 percent business losses, and that the Municipal Transit Agency did not conduct environmental studies on the red bus-only lanes.Different surveys have found different amounts of business loss since the red-bus only lanes, from 20 percent to as high as 84 percent. None of those surveys could be independently verified and are not authoritative.The Municipal Transit Agency did conduct an environmental impact report on the city-wide project aimed at increasing transportation capability on Muni, of which the Mission Street changes were a part, but not one specifically on the impact to the Mission.España also said 2,000 “luxury units” are coming to the Mission District. According to the housing pipeline kept by the Planning Department, the Mission has 2,544 units total in the pipeline, of which 303 are affordable and the rest market-rate.Melissa San Miguel at the debate on Thursday, October 13. Photo by Lola M. ChavezMelissa San MiguelLatino DisplacementSan Miguel said that 8,000 Latinos had been displaced from the Mission District during Supervisor Campos’s term, which is false. The figure comes from a 2015 report by the Mission Economic Development Agency and the Council of Community Housing Organizations based on census data, which found that 8,000 Latinos had been displaced since 2000, eight years before Campos was elected.The report shows instead that between 2010 and 2013, the Mission lost some 2,000 Latinos. It also projected that the neighborhood would lose another 3,000 by 2020.LGBT YouthSan Miguel also said that 40 percent of LGBT youth are homeless, an apparent word mix-up. Instead, some 48 percent of the city’s homeless youth are LGBT, according to California Sunday Magazine — not the other way around. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that 29 percent of the city’s total homeless population is LGBT.Mission Street Transit Lane OutreachShe said that the Municipal Transit Agency did not conduct outreach to seniors before installing its red bus-only lanes on Mission Street. An outreach summary document from the SFMTA indicates that the agency engaged via email with several senior centers, and a spokesperson said the agency worked with senior advocacy groups.The audience at the Mission Cultural Center for Mission Local’s debate on Thursday, October 13. Photo by Lola M. Chavez Fire SafetyArce also said that “for years, no action was taken” to propose a sprinkler ordinance to reduce the impact of fires in the neighborhood and that he was the first to do so. Randy Shaw wrote about a sprinkler ordinance in February 2016 and said that since his column, Arce had indicated on Facebook that he supported such an ordinance.Just a week after the four-alarm fire at Mission and 22nd streets in January 2015, Supervisor David Campos proposed new safety measures, though at the time they did not include mandating sprinklers. Supervisor Jane Kim mentioned at a press conference held after the fire that she was working on legislation to require sprinklers. A final January 2016 report of a fire safety task force initiated by Campos included various safety measures but gave no specific recommendation on sprinklers. It said instead that legislation requiring their installation should be crafted using a consensus between landlords, firefighters, city workers and tenant advocates. Campos has called on the city’s legislative analyst to examine the feasibility of a sprinkler mandate for existing buildings.Connections to Police Officers AssociationArce said that he is “not supported by the [Police Officers Association],” the union for police officers in San Francisco. While Arce has received no money directly from the police union, two independent expenditure committees spending to promote Arce’s candidacy do get money from the police union.San Franciscans for a City that Works, a committee that cannot coordinate its activities with Arce and is legally separate from his campaign, has spent $96,000 supporting him as of October 11. That committee raised a total of $372,000 this year, and $82,500 – or 22 percent – comes from the Police Officers Association. In addition, $57,500 comes from Local 261, the construction union where Arce worked as community liaison. That committee is also supporting Ahsha Safaí in District 11 and Marjan Philhour in District 1. Its representative did not return requests for comment.Another committee, San Francisco Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth, has spent $3,500 on Arce as of September 24. It received $5,000 from the police union and $40,000 from Local 261. Vince Courtney Sr., the executive director of the Alliance for Jobs, said that the Police Officers Association was “loud and clear” that none of the money they put into the committee should go to Arce. The Police Officers Association did not return requests for comment.The Police Officers Association has not endorsed any District 9 candidate for supervisor, but in July 2016, the association did endorse Arce for the Democratic County Central Committee, the local branch of the Democratic Party.Hillary Ronen at the debate on Thursday, October 13. Photo by Lola M. ChavezHillary RonenResolution Regarding Police Officer’s Association Ronen said that Arce “gutted a resolution on behalf of the [Police Officers Association]” put forth by Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s office last year. The policy, up for vote at the Democratic County Central Committee in July 2015, would have put the central committee on record for supporting serious reforms around racial bias and the use of force.Ronen accused Arce of “making it into a resolution praising the department for its reforms.”She was correct. Arce’s amended version of the policy noted that “the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee supports the San Francisco Police Department’s continued progress on 21st Century Policing.” Arce’s amended version did not include the substantive policy proposals in the original version, which called for implicit bias training, body cameras, and other reforms.Members who co-sponsored the resolution were outraged when the revised version was passed in a 13-7 vote.Housing Mission Fire VictimsRonen also said she was proud that “every single person that was displaced from a fire in the Mission” had been rehoused after a question on the impact of fires in the neighborhood. Not all tenants had been rehoused, though all were offered shelter. Mission Local reported in late August that at least three tenants from the five-alarm fire at 29th and Mission on June 18 became homeless after declining an SRO placement offered by the city because it did not meet their needs. Since late August, the Department of Homelessness has stepped in and offered at least one of the tenants a space at the Navigation Center, which the tenants declined before moving in with a relative out of town. A senior couple displaced by a smaller fire on Mission and Cesar Chávez streets lived in their car for months, finding the conditions in the SRO rooms they sometimes accepted from the city poor.Affordable Housing ConstructionRonen also said that 900 units of affordable housing are planned for the Mission District. There are seven fully affordable projects in various stages of approval in the neighborhood, which will bring at least 730 units total: 0% Affordable HousingAt Thursday’s debate, Arce said that the “current administration” had built no affordable housing in the Mission District in the last eight years, a statement that lacks context. The Housing Balance Report by the Planning Department showed that 224 units of affordable housing have been built within market-rate projects in the district since 2006. In that same period, 581 units were removed from rent-controlled status for a net loss of 357 units.A former convent was remodeled into a 52-unit supportive housing building called Casa Quezada that opened on Woodward Street in 2012. It was a retrofit, not new construction.The San Francisco economy suffered a blow during the 2008 mortgage crisis and the worst recession in history. The subsequent tech boom also contributed to skyrocketing land costs, making acquisition of empty lots for housing by the city difficult.Additionally, seven new fully affordable housing projects have been planned in the last year, which will bring more than 700 below-market-rate units to the Mission in the next few years. 1950 Mission St. will bring in 157 units.1296 Shotwell St. will bring in 94 units.2060 Folsom St. will bring in 127 units.1990 Folsom St. will bring in 140 units.3007 24th St. will bring in 40 units.490 South Van Ness Ave. will bring in at least 72 units.2070 Bryant St. will bring in at least 100 units, but may bring in 136.last_img read more

July 31

Local Hondurans protest recent election results

first_imgA small group gathered at the 24th street BART station on Friday night, the bright blue-and-white flag of Honduras draped over the wall behind them. Several hand-lettered signs were inscribed with the same message: “Fuera JOH,” referring to  Juan Orlando Hernández, the sitting president of Honduras who ran for, and has apparently won, a second term, a violation of the Honduran constitution. “Honduras is a young democracy. We’re trying to maintain the integrity and the dignity of our constitution. It deserves to be respected,” said Christopher Lopez, a slender man with a neat mustache. Lopez, who was born in Honduras and now lives in Berkeley, gazed affectionately at his fellow protesters clustered around the flag. “We know that thousands and thousands, if not millions, of Hondurans are marching to raise more awareness,”  he said, referring to the protests in Honduras that erupted after the Nov. 26 presidential election.   The election produced no clear winner, only charges of fraud and corruption from the opposition candidate, former sportscaster Salvador Nasralla and his supporters. The results of the election, which have not been formally announced, showed a slim margin of victory for Hernández, who has 43 percent of the vote, compared to 41 percent for Salvador Nasralla, according to the country’s electoral commission. “Many of the votes that were counted in favor of Hernández were from Hondurans who are deceased,” noted Lopez, adding that the outlying departamentos, or rural districts, that showed the highest support for Hernández, also host the highest number of officers belonging to the heavily militarized police force. “In reality, those are the areas that have military police repressing the vote,” said Lopez. The election has yet to be certified by the commission, and the country has been in a state of paralysis, with ongoing protests — in which 16 people have died at the hands of the security forces, and 1,675 Hondurans have been arrested, according to news reports. Lopez and many Hondurans at home believe Nasralla should be sworn in as the new President of Honduras. “They refuse to recognize that they’ve lost the election.”“We’re demanding that the President — Nasralla — be inaugurated,” said Hernández. “We refuse to have Honduras converted back into the banana republic of the twentieth century. We want a fair and transparent democracy. It deserves to grow.” 0%center_img Tags: 24th Street BART • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

July 31

JONNY Lomax Alex Walmsley Tommy Makinson Kyle A

first_imgJONNY Lomax, Alex Walmsley, Tommy Makinson, Kyle Amor and James Roby have all been named in the England mid-season squad.They will join up with a 34-man roster for a training camp at Loughborough University from June 15-17 in preparation for the 2014 Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand.England coach Steve McNamara said: “The camp is very important for us and I’m looking forward to working with all the players as a group again.“We have made considerable progress over the last few years by getting together at specific stages of the year and this training camp allows us to build on that progress by spending valuable time together.“It’s been a difficult process putting this squad together because of the sheer number of players who were in contention: there is an enormous amount of talent emerging through the ranks in Super League.“Many of the players in the squad were with us for the World Cup and there are some great additions to the group who will benefit from being in a camp that will focus everyone’s minds on what we need to do to achieve international success.“We have widened the net for this camp and the door remains open for every player in Super League: there are a lot of games remaining between now and the end of the season and a lot of opportunities for players to put themselves in contention for selection.”Squad:Daryl Clark, Craig Huby, Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers), Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons), Leroy Cudjoe, Brett Ferres (Huddersfield Giants), Joe Westerman (Hull FC), Josh Hodgson (Hull Kingston Rovers), Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Kevin Sinfield, Kallum Watkins, Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos), Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, James Roby, Alex Walmsley, Kyle Amor (St Helens), Chris Hill, Richard Myler, Stefan Ratchford, Ben Westwood, Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves), John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Liam Farrell, Michael McIlorum, Sean O’Loughlin, Dan Sarginson, Scott Taylor, Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors).last_img read more

July 31

Hospitality

first_imgSaints have a rare Saturday afternoon fixture so why not do the game in style with our VIP Hospitality package.Saints qualified for the Quarter Final of the historic trophy, after a tough 22-16 win over the Huddersfield Giants which included tries from Regan Grace, Lachlan Coote and Kevin Naiqama and we will now host Wakefield in one of the stand-out fixtures of the round.Your VIP package includes:Premium padded match seats in the South Stand close to the half way line.Delicious pre-match three-course meal plus a tasting plate with complimentary tea & coffee at half-time.Private cash bar.Professional & vastly experienced lounge compère.Pre-match interviews with Saints’ squad players and legends.Post-match interview with Saints Man of the Match.Complimentary Match Programme for each guest.10% merchandise discount for Saints Superstore (located at the Totally Wicked Stadium) on Matchday, just show your match ticket in store to qualify.Live game will be shown in the Lounge.Post-match Quiz with the prize of a round of drinks for your table courtesy of our partners, Robinsons BreweryCar Parking (for parties of four or more – subject to availability).VIP places are priced at:Adults £55 + VATJuniors £30 + VATFor more information or to book please call 01744 455053 or email sales@saintsrlfc.com.Standard match tickets are also on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455052 and online here.,VIP places are priced at:last_img read more

July 30

Plunge into spring with Special Olympics at Kure Beach

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Special Olympics of New Hanover County are have their annual fundraiser this weekend, and there are events for the whole family.The fun kicks off at Ocean Front Park in Kure Beach on Saturday at 11 a.m.- Advertisement – There is a costume contest, raffle, silent auction, car show and live music at Noon. Then, at 1:30 p.m., lace up your sneakers for a 5K run or 1 mile all-abilities fun walk. The big plunge into the Atlantic Ocean is set for just after 3 p.m.For more details on the event or to sign up in advance, click here.To learn how to get involved or volunteer with the Special Olympics of New Hanover County, click here.Related Article: Get Santa to visit your home via firetruck100% of the money raised goes directly to support Special Olympics New Hanover County.Special Olympics New Hanover County provides year-round sports training, competition, social events, and Camp Shriver summer camp for people eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities.In New Hanover County, over 600 athletes participate in Special Olympics. Our program relies solely on private and corporate support as well as the efforts of over 300 volunteers to provide these services at no cost to the athletes or their families.last_img read more

July 30

Sheriff Threats made against Leland Middle School in 2017 lead to new

first_img Sheriff John Ingram said those three students were convicted, suspended, and banned from being on the campus of any school in Brunswick CountyLast week, a man came to pick up a student who was not on the authorized pickup list. A School Resource Officer ran this man’s information, but the man tried to leave. The school went on lock down as a precaution. The man did have outstanding warrants on nonviolent charges.Ingram says a student familiar with the threats in September expressed concerns that the two events were related, which then led to rumors.Related Article: NC schools receive $2M federal grant for hurricane recoveryIngram said on Tuesday, they were alerted to rumors after parents became aware and expressed concerns to the school.Some parents were afraid to send their children to school because of the threats.“We do not have an increase in security threats here in Brunswick County. I can’t speak for across the nations. I’m concerned with Brunswick County. And that’s not what we’re experiencing here.”An increased law enforcement presence at North Brunswick High School was due to a separate threat related to a domestic incident that happened outside of the county, Ingram said.Ingram said false information then circulated among the students and that reignited even more rumors.“What’s becoming an issue is rumors circulating. Not factual information. And before people decide to circulate these rumors, we need to determine whether they’re fact or fiction,” Ingram said.Law enforcement officers interviewed 20 students at North Brunswick and Leland Middle School and received 20 different stories.Ingram says there is zero credibility to any rumor or threat.“I want to stress that every rumor and every threat is investigated as if it is the gospel truth,” Ingram said. “The Florida tragedy is a sober reminder why we take any rumors or threats extremely serious.”Ingram says each school has a SRO on campus and protocols in place to every precaution is taken to keep schools safe.He also mentioned how both parents and students can help, by reporting anything suspicious or disturbing to law enforcement immediately, day or night.“Our website is set up to report it anonymously day or night,” Ingram said. “I would encourage parents to please encourage their children to do the same. And another thing, please, parents, pay attention to your children’s social media accounts. Things are happening on social media and we need to make sure if any of these threats are circulating among students that we can get on top of it quickly.”Ingram said there’s sometimes a delay releasing information because his office doesn’t release rumors and wants to make sure the inormation they’re providing is credible and valid.They are currently investigating a message left on a wall at North Brunswick High School.Someone wrote, “Have a nice day on the 21st of this month because there will be no more school after that.”Ingram says they have not determined who was responsible for writing that note but it is still under investigation.As far as the students convicted of making threats, they are minors. The Sheriff’s Office can not release their names. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In September, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office seized weapons from students who made threats against specific students at Leland Middle School.During a news conference at North Brunswick High School, Sheriff Ingram revealed that the original threat from September was posted on Instagram and included dates, names, and weapons.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30

Car fire causes major back up on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

first_imgFire crews assisting on a call on the Cape Fear Memorial (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As many head home from work this evening, you’ll want to avoid the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge as a car fire has traffic blocked.New Hanover County Dispatch says it got a call just before 5 p.m. of a car on fire on the eastbound side of the bridge heading into Wilmington.- Advertisement – As of 5:15 p.m. both eastbound lanes are blocked.Dispatch says no injuries have been reported.For realtime traffic updates, join the WWAY operation gridlock team on the Waze app.last_img read more

July 30

School district approves GoFundMe for track repairs at Topsail High

first_img All of the funds will go to the nonprofit Topsail Track and Field Association.They are trying to raise the money by July 1 to guarantee work in the summer.They’ve raised a few thousand dollars so far but say they need more help.Related Article: 5 storylines to follow in the 2018 high school football seasonIf you would like to help, click here. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A month ago WWAY told you about some community members in Pender County raising money for the track at Topsail High School.The school board now has approved the GoFundMe for it.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30

Man identified in fatal Wilmington shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating a shooting that left a 47 year old Wilmington man dead.Wilmington Police identified the victim as Darrell Atkinson.- Advertisement – Police say Atkinson died of an apparent gunshot wound outside of a home in the 700 block of N. 11 St. around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.Witnesses say they saw two suspects leave the scene on foot heading south and then get into a black in color sports car. Police say one suspect is a man.Anyone with information in this on-going investigation is asked to contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip.last_img read more

July 30

UNCW students return for another fall movein

first_img One student says she was ready to return.“We were out for longer than we’ve been here to begin,” said UNCW Freshman Anna Harris, UNCW. “We were worried about our classes like are we going to have to come on Saturdays? Are we going to lose part of Christmas break? But so far we haven’t lost too much time…”The revised academic calendar has the last day of classes scheduled for December 7, which was initially scheduled for December 5. Thanksgiving break was not impacted by school closures.Related Article: Mother, infant killed after tree falls on Wilmington homeIn a statement by the university, the university will not allow access to Belk Hall or University Apartments for the next couple of days as continued repairs and services are complete. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW students are preparing to start school on Monday, October 8. Some students say it feels like a repeat of move-in day, after Hurricane Florence hit the university forcing students out for weeks.The university accrued $140,000,000 in damage to the campus from Florence. But, some students are finally able to return back to their dorms.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30

Chefs legacy lives on with another donation to CFCC Foundation

first_img “We are grateful for this contribution and inspired by the generosity of Pleasure Island Revitalization Association to make a lasting tribute to beloved Michael McGowan in a way that makes dreams attainable for so many here at Cape Fear Community College,” Cape Fear Community College Foundation Executive Director Veronica Godwin said in a news release.McGowan, founder of Michael’s Seafood in Carolina Beach, died in 2012 after a long fight with cystic fibrosis at age 46.Since 2013, the Pleasure Island Revitalization Association has supported Cape Fear Community College culinary arts students through the Michael McGowan Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of McGowan by his wife Shelly and friends Carol and Mac Montgomery. To date, the group has donated more than $13,000. CFCC says that brings the total donated to the endowed scholarship fund over $30,500.Related Article: New report shows less students are dropping out across Cape Fear schools“This year’s tournament was an outstanding success benefitting the Michael McGowan Scholarship Fund at Cape Fear Community College and the recreational programs offered in the Town of Carolina Beach,” Mac Montgomery said in a statement. “We are confident these gifts will help students realize their goals as a future part of our community.” From left, Tony Scott, Shelly McGowan, Mac Montgomery and Veronica Godwin pose with a check marking another donation to the Michael McGowan scholarship at CFCC. (Photo: CFCC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In life Michael McGowan was known as an award-winning chef and family man. More than six years since his death, his legacy lives on, as friends help contribute to students who share his passion for food.Cape Fear Community College Foundation says it received more than $1,855 from the Pleasure Island Revitalization Association. The gift came from the proceeds of the 6th Annual Michael McGowan Co-Ed Softball Tournament in Carolina Beach held October 4 and 5.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30

Correa and Badelj are Lazios latest signings

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare has decided to replace Felipe Anderson, who left for West Ham, with Joaquin Correa. The former Seville attacking midfielder will cost the Serie A side €20m and should adapt quickly to Simone Inzaghi’s offensive style.Croatia international Badelj has also joined the Biancocelesti after his contract with Fiorentina expired at the end of last season. The midfielder spent four years with Fiorentina and has now signed a four-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico. Badelj was part of his country’s squad that reached the final of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.WhatsApplast_img read more

July 30

The first 20 and other notable Googlers Where are they now

first_imgAdvertisement The first 20(not necessarily in that order)1) Larry Page > Google < Co-founder and CEO 2) Sergey Brin > Google < Co-founder and head of 'special projects' 3) Susan Wojcicki > Google < Senior Vice President, Advertising 4) Urs Hölzle > Google < Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure 5) Salar Kamangar > Google < Senior Vice President, YouTube and Video 6) Omid Kordestani > Google < Senior Advisor to Office of the CEO and Founders 7) Joan Braddi > Google < current role unclear, formerly VP of Search Services 8) Marissa Mayer > Yahoo < President and CEO 9) Craig Silverstein > Khan Academy < 'Dean of infrastructure' 10) Georges Harik > imo.im < Angel investor, advisor to Google Ventures 11) Chris Skarakis > Blip.fm < Entrepreneur, angel investor (VSIG) 12) Harry Cheung > Angel investor (Qwiki, Badgeville, etc.) 13) Steve Schimmel > Entrepreneurial advisor and angel investor (Roozt etc.) 14) Heather J. Cairns > Angel investor in women-led companies 15) Amit Patel > Red Blob Games < Makes games and helps others make them 16) Ray Sidney > Big George Ventures < Eco-friendly eal estate developer 17) Kendra DiGirolamo > Driscoll’s < Business Analyst 18) Larry Schwimmer > unclear 19) Jim Reese > unclear 20) Gerald Aigner > unclear – Advertisement – Other notable ex-Googlers (aka Xooglers)– Top US salesman Tim Armstrong left to become CEO of AOL.– Sheryl Sandberg was previously VP of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and is now COO and board member at Facebook.– Paul Buchheit left Google to start FriendFeed, sold it to Facebook and later left the social networking giant to become a partner at Y Combinator– Bret Taylor, who was the CEO of FriendFeed but previously co-created Google Maps and the Google Maps API, is now the (outgoing) CTO of Facebook.– Aydin Senkut joined Google in 1999 as its first product manager, and now runs a venture capital firm called Felicis Ventures.– Twitter was co-founded by two former Googlers, Biz Stone and Evan Williams.– Foursquare co-founder and chief executive officer Dennis Crowley worked at Google after its acquisition of Dodgeball.– DoubleClick founder David Rosenblatt, Google’s former President of Global Display Advertising, now runs 1stdibs.com and Group Commerce.– Chris Sacca was the Head of Special Initiatives at Google but went on to run an investment firm called Lowercase Capital.– Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann briefly worked at Google as a product designer.– Instagram co-founder and now Facebook-er Kevin Systrom worked at Google for 2 years.– Longtime Google sales exec Jeff Levick left for AOL but is now at Spotify.– Scott Hassan, best known as the founder of eGroups (bought by Yahoo) but also one of the key software architects of Google in its early days, founded robotics firm Willow Garage.– Google Apps VP Dave Girouard quit to startup Upstart.– Jonathan Wall and Marc Freed-Finnegan, who played crucial roles in building Google Wallet, left this year to work on startup Tappmo.– Jason Liebman co-founded and runs Howcast after playing an integral role in growing strategic content licensing and monetization relationships for the YouTube, Google Video and AdSense teams for 4 years.– James Whittaker, formerly Engingeering Director at Google, is now a ‘Web futurist’ at Microsoft.Anyone else you think should really be on this list? The comment floor is yours.Source: TNWlast_img read more

July 30

Samsung launches new digital TV range ahead of Kenyan migration

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung Electronics has launched a new range of digital televisions in Kenya ahead of the country’s digital migration, which is set for December 13.The Samsung F series is DVB-T2 compliant, therefore customers do not need to purchase standard set-top boxes and come in a range of sizes.“Our unique technology in the Samsung F Series range presents a set-top box in-built solution. Our consumers will save on additional expense as they will not have to invest in a convertor,” said Robert Ngeru, Samsung Electronics East Africa chief operating officer (COO)Samsung said the F Series TV range will offer customers peace of mind during the switch to the digital platform. – Advertisement – The F Series is available at all leading Samsung authorised dealers and retail outlets including Nakumatt, Tuskys and Naivas stores.last_img read more

July 30

WiFi Traffic Will Exceed Wired By 2018 – Cisco

first_imgAdvertisement Cisco in its latest Visual Networking Index has said that Within five years, more IP traffic will come from devices other than PCs.Cisco Systems officials are saying that global Internet traffic will continue to climb fast between now and 2018, a trend that the giant networking vendor has found over the past nine years of the annual report it issues on the subject.During the five years between 2013 and 2018, most of the traffic will come from devices other than PCs, wireless traffic will surpass that coming over wired networks, and high-definition video will generate more traffic than standard-definition video. – Advertisement – In addition, Cisco’s ninth annual Visual Networking Index Global Forecast and Service Adoption report found that machine-to-machine (M2M) connections by 2018 (7.3 billion globally) will almost be equal to the number of people projected to be on Earth by then (7.6 billion), the number of global network connections worldwide will hit 21 billion—up from 12.4 billion last year—and every person in the world will have an average of 2.7 networked devices, up from 1.7 per capita in 2013. The end will result will be an annual run rate of 1.6 zettabytes of global IP traffic by 2018, more than all the traffic has been generated between 1983 and 2013 (that was 1.3 zettabytes). The 1.6 zettabytes—which is equal to more than 1.5 trillion gigabytes—will mean an average of 132 exabytes generated per month by 2018.According to Cisco, that’s equal to 8.8 billion screens simultaneously streaming the final game of the FIFA World Cup in UltraHD 4K, 5.5 billion people binge-watching the fourth season of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” on-demand in HD video, 4.5 trillion YouTube clips and 940 quadrillion text messages.Most of that will come from devices other than PCs for the first time in the Internet Age, according to Thomas Barnett, director of service provider marketing at Cisco. By 2018, 57 percent of traffic will come from devices from tablets and smartphones to TVs and M2M connections (a key part of the burgeoning Internet of things).That’s almost double from 2013, when non-PC devices generated 33 percent of IP traffic.That can be seen in the projected growth of traffic that will be generated by WiFi- and mobile-connected devices (61 percent by 2018). WiFi will account for 49 percent, and cellular 12 percent, with fixed traffic being 39 percent. In 2013, fixed accounted for 56 percent of traffic, and WiFi 41 percent. WiFi will not only generate more traffic through users, but also from broadband carriers offloading some of the workloads from their networks.The transition of most IP traffic coming from non-PC devices will be a marked change but not an unexpected one. The PC industry over the past several years has seen a continued decline in global sales of PCs as more attention has turned to tablets and smartphones, and Barnett said he doesn’t see that changing.“Tablets are going to have continued strong growth,” he said, noting that new PC form factors are “morphing more and more like tablets.”Video will continue playing a significant role in IP traffic, making up 79 percent of it by 2018, up from 66 percent last year. UltraHD 4K will be 11 percent of that. In addition, global broadband speeds will reach 42 Mb/s b 2018, a jump from 16 Mb/s by the end of 2013.Source: eWeeklast_img read more

July 29

Arsenal v Liverpool Caveat Emptor

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hey say the formbook is hard to follow at times in horse racing (unless you are an expert in Double Dutch) but in football it’s even more a case of caveat emptor (see, I knew my Latin ‘A Level’ would come in handy one day).I mean anything other than a win by at least three goals for Liverpool should surely trigger a stewards enquiry ????If only life was that simple. Seven days ago this fixture finished 5-1 in favour of the Merseysiders but that result may have next to nothing in terms of significance today.Martin on the Star Sports trading desk pointed out that the company have laid Liverpool this morning so clearly they are not expecting lightning to strike twice….HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Feb 2014 Premier Liverpool 5-1 ArsenalNov 2013 Premier Arsenal 2-0 LiverpoolJan 2013 Premier Arsenal 2-2 LiverpoolSep 2012 Premier Liverpool 0-2 ArsenalMar 2012 Premier Liverpool 1-2 ArsenalAug 2011 Premier Arsenal 0-2 LiverpoolApr 2011 Premier Arsenal 1-1 LiverpoolAug 2010 Premier Liverpool 1-1 ArsenalFeb 2010 Premier Arsenal 1-0 LiverpoolDec 2009 Premier Liverpool 1-2 ArsenalArsenal bounced back (if that’s the correct term) with a drab 0-0 defeat against Manchester United midweek, after which some section of the Gunners/Gooners booed them off. How times and expectations have changed against ‘lowly’ Man U.Arsenal have a huge week in front of them with the visit of Bayern Munich in the Last 16 stage of the Champions League but the dust continues to gather in the Arsenal trophy room and Wenger could do with a good cup run. The odds state they have more chance of an FA Cup success than a Premier League one.This is the 17th meeting in the FA Cup, with Arsenal winning seven times and Liverpool five times.It’s a close call but I’m taking Arsenal to edge it and throw the formbook out of the window. Again.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points ARSENAL at around 17/10 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (FEBRUARY): LOSS 46.00 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 35.28 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

July 29

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

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.Monday 24 AugustRACING2.00 BrightonSilent Dreamer 9/4 > 6/42.30 BrightonTelegraph 8/1 > 5/14.15 KemptonCity Chic 13/8 > 4/55.05 CarlisleImpulsive American 7/2 > 2/15.55 LeicsterMr Potter 15/2 > 4/1PREMIER LEAGUE8pm SKY8/11 Arsenal 7/2 Liverpool 14/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more