Month: July 2019

first_imgA disabled researcher has suggested a way to bring the hundreds of thousands of people with chronic illness under the umbrella of the disabled people’s movement.Catherine Hale (pictured), who has lived with a diagnosis of ME for nearly 30 years, hopes that her new discussion paper will build bridges between the disabled people’s movement and the chronic illness community.She is keen for her paper to “stimulate reaction and debate” from members of the movement, disability studies academics and policy-makers.Hale suggests in the paper that people with chronic illness can be viewed as having a “stamina impairment” which restricts their activities – despite any treatment regimes they undergo – and that such people could make up the second-largest impairment group of disabled people in the UK.She says that people with such impairments can and do experience socially-constructed disabling barriers, such as their marginalisation by society, the lack of medical understanding of their conditions, and the discrimination they face from those who doubt their ill-health.She hopes that this will provide a way to explain their oppression through the social model of disability and bring them under the umbrella of the disabled people’s movement.The publication of the discussion paper by The Centre for Welfare Reform is the latest stage of the three-year Chronic Illness Inclusion Project, which is receiving £40,000 lottery funding through the pioneering user-led DRILL (Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning) programme.The project’s aim is to explore the experience of chronic illness within the social model of disability, co-produce an agenda for social, political and cultural change, and “forge a collective voice” for the online chronic illness community under the umbrella of the wider disability movement.Hale says she believes that the only way that people with chronic illness can have their voices heard is for them to adopt a social model approach, which she believes will “strengthen and enrich” the disabled people’s movement.She argues in the discussion paper that “there are restrictions to our lives, activities and wellbeing that are entirely created by social and political responses to chronic illness”, an approach that would allow a social model explanation for the barriers faced by people with conditions such as ME, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).But she says these are forms of oppression that have “rarely been articulated or addressed” by the disabled people’s movement or academics working in the field of disability studies.Hale is part of a “new generation of disability activists” who live with chronic illness – many of whom were involved in the Spartacus Network – and who “emerged in response to attacks on social security for those too ill to work”.Their focus on impairment and their need for social security prompted some criticism from parts of the disabled people’s movement, she says, because this was seen as a return to the medical model of disability.But Hale says in her discussion paper that the aim of the project is to overcome any divisions, “without threatening the integrity” of the disabled people’s movement.She told Disability News Service that since writing the paper there had been extensive focus group discussions with people with a range of energy-limiting chronic illnesses, including lung disease, fibromyalgia, ME, EDS, multiple sclerosis and liver disease.Although all of them met the Equality Act definition of disability, nearly all said a key reason they did not identify as “disabled” was that they “didn’t feel entitled to and they feared negative and hostile responses” if they did.Nearly all said that fatigue was “the most debilitating and restricting aspect of their health condition, yet the one that was not understood, believed or accounted for, by society in general, by government agencies, and sometimes by their nearest and dearest.”Hale said: “‘Fatigue is not a real disability’ seems to be the most common negative attitude they encountered that had the most restricting consequences for them.“It was psychologically restricting because they internalised judgements that they were just lazy, attention-seeking, exaggerating or faking, sometimes to the point of doubting themselves profoundly.“It was also restricting because it meant they didn’t claim or couldn’t access support to live more fully, either from fear of a hostile response or because they weren’t considered to have a proper disability.“People in the focus group wanted to get together and challenge these attitudes, educate people about the lived experience of energy-limiting chronic illness and how it can restrict the most basic [aspects] of daily living, as well as exclude from society.”The focus group members said that certain adjustments can help them participate in society, but nearly all stressed that “adaptations and adjustments only enabled participation to a limited extent” and that it was their illnesses that had a bigger impact on their lives than society.Hales said she hoped that broadening the conversation “to include different experiences of impairment, ones that aren’t obvious or even medically legitimated”, and different experiences of disability and disablism, would allow people with chronic illness to be included in the disabled people’s movement and “embrace the social model and its empowering philosophy more fully than they currently do”.To comment on Catherine Hale’s discussion paper, use the comments box on this page of the project’s websitelast_img read more

first_imgDespite the Elbo Room’s impending displacement from its 647 Valencia St. location, its owners plan to stay rooted in the Mission and on Monday the city granted it legacy business status – a possible financial lifeline.“We got officially approved yesterday,” said Matt Shapiro, one of the bar’s owners, adding that he and co-owner Erik Cantu are currently working with a local real estate broker John Downing from Downing & Company Real Estate to help them find a new home in the Mission. “There are some promising spots out there.”The city’s legacy business program officers financial incentives to protect businesses that have a significant standing and cultural impact in the communities they serve.“[The Elbo Room] has been at 647 Valencia St. for 28 years, and to qualify to be a legacy business you have to be 30 years or older or threatened with displacement,” said Shapiro. “We fall into that second category.” Tags: bars • displacement • elbo room • food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The Mission bar and music venue has been under the leadership of Shapiro and Cantu since 2010. Before becoming the Elbo Room, the bar’s space housed the landmark lesbian bar Amelia’s in the 1970s and 1980s.Its lease will expire on January 1, 2018, and the owners of the building are developing housing on the spot..Businesses approved for the legacy business registry are eligible for a city grant of $500 per full-time employee (with a cap of 100 employees) each year for up to $50,000 annually.In turn, landlords who provide a minimum of 10-year lease to legacy businesses also qualify for a grant of up to $22,500 annually, or $4.50 per square foot of leased space with a cap of 5,000 square feet.The recent designation means additional funds for the business and and possibly an incentive for prospective Mission landlords to offer space to the longtime bar owners.“Legacy status doesn’t keep you where you want to be, but it gives incentive to future landlords that believe in San Francisco and believe in maintaining those legacy businesses,” said Shapiro. “We are not looking for handouts, but it helps.”Shapiro said that he believes that the bar will find a Mission landlord willing to take them in. In the meantime, he and Cantu are shopping for a location that is similar in size as the Elbo Room’s current location, where “we can have two rooms and still do live music and dj’s.”Faced with the Mission’s high commercial rents, Shapiro said that relocation will not be easy, but that “there are possibilities.” center_img 0%last_img read more

first_img$111.4 million for “affordable housing,” including $40 million for small-site acquisitions; nearly $50 million for affordable housing development; $9 million for upgrades at Sunnydale and Potrero Public Housing; and $14 million for affordable housing site acquisition. $46 million for “homelessness and behavioral health,” including $15.2 million for new master-leasing of rooms for the formerly homeless; $15 million for a new emergency homeless shelter; $6.4 million for expansion of navigation centers; $4.4 million for “healing center” beds; and $5 million for “substance use recovery beds.” $10 million for early-care educator “wage adjustments and reimbursements”; and $14.5 million for acquisition of “public power and energy efficiency” projects. Some clarity was reached today on how the city figures to spend $185.4 million in so-called “windfall” funds, after the Budget Committee moments ago passed an appropriation item following nearly four hours of impassioned public testimony.After today’s 3-0 committee vote — to establish a reserve fund enabling teacher raises, and putting scores of millions toward homeless, housing, and education programs — the legislation will move to a special Monday Budget Committee meeting, a step required because of the substantive amendments approved today. From there, the item will move to Tuesday’s full Board of Supervisors.(This isn’t actually a windfall. We will, barring a natural or manmade disaster, be receiving such “windfalls” every year now for the foreseeable future. More on that in a moment.).A litany of speakers appeared before the supervisors today, where many advocated for full funding of teacher raises through the lifetime of the current contract with the teachers’ union. And yet, as Mission Local broke yesterday, a deal was struck Tuesday — one that, we’re told, explicitly satisfied the union, the San Francisco Unified School District, and every progressive supervisor. This deal, markedly, did not appear to satisfy advocates for the homeless, who expressed their sorrow and disappointment today. The spending package advanced today by the Board funds a multiplicity of priorities; Mayor London Breed, politically pivoting following her decision to oppose homeless measure Prop. C, has pushed for all of these funds to instead go to homeless programs. With eight aye votes on Tuesday, the board would present the mayor with a veto-proof majority. Only the three Budget Committee members voted today, but it was a “committee of the whole,” so everyone showed up. The comity expressed by the seven other supervisors on hand indicates this package will likely achieve passage, and eight ayes — or even a possible unanimous 11 ayes — appears highly attainable. Supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha Safai, in fact, asked today to be listed as co-sponsors.The pitting of educators vs. the homeless — the have-nots vs. the have-nothings — left many disturbed and dissatisfied during the debate over how to allot these funds. Photo by Lydia ChávezMar included the term “as needed” regarding his proposed fund because, as noted above, this isn’t a windfall; sums between $200 million and $250 million appear to be headed San Francisco’s way for the next several years at least. These future “windfalls” could also go toward enabling the teacher raises the board today committed to underwriting; the $52 million fund is more of a safety net. Other counties, after all, have been receiving similar “windfalls” for years or even more than a decade. Here’s how this works: (And, if you read yesterday’s article, you can just skip to the next section).In 1992, with the state of California in a bleak place economically, Sacramento created a shell game that allowed it to shunt more of the burden of funding schools to the state’s cities and counties. It mandated a percentage of counties’ property tax hauls be directed into “Educational Revenue Augmentation Funds” administered locally and directed toward school and community college districts. In San Francisco, 25 percent of property taxes go into ERAF, supplementing 9 percent already funneled directly to public schools and City College. Following the ’92 implementation of the “Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund” in all 58 counties, the state reduced its funding of schools by however much ERAF gathered — a neat, diabolical fiscal and semantic trick: Funding was never “augmented.” And the excess dollars the city is now spreading around aren’t “educational funds.” They’re dollars placed into a pool the state created to shirk its own school funding duties and, exceeding the state-dictated cap, are redirected back to the counties. These excess funds weren’t going to schools so they weren’t taken from schools.  While reallocating ERAF funds would be complicated in parts of Southern California — where there are seemingly endless overlapping counties and school districts — San Francisco is a combined city-county with only the SFUSD and City College. The pile of excess money is undivided. And San Francisco finds itself with this pile because property taxes have spiked 22 percent in the past two years alone (from an already stratospheric level) while our public school enrollment is stagnant or dropping. This combination has already led to yearly “windfalls” in Marin, Mono, Napa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties.  As Mission Local wrote yesterday, the narrative that these funds were a one-time Golden Ticket is false. They will come again, “barring state action,” as cautious bean-counters and legislators are wont to warn. But what constitutes “state action”? Well, it would require a state flush with cash making a money grab. It would require this to be done over the objections and resistance of Sen. Scott Wiener, Assemblyman David Chiu, Assemblyman Phil Ting (the budget chair, notably), and Gov. Gavin Newsom — who also used to work here. That’s what it would take to “work around the edges.” But to really make wholesale changes and do away with this funding source would, per the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, require a statewide vote. It would be irresponsible for San Francisco to fund ongoing needs with one-time funds. But these are not one-time funds. With money coming yearly for the relatively foreseeable future, a broader set of priorities could be explored. It was a bruising opening stanza of Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer’s term as Budget Chair. But, it appears likely, a successful one. Photo by Lola M. Chavez.With that said, here are three takeaways following today’s vote: One. Mayor London Breed has been adamant about using these funds as a bridge to fund homeless/housing services while Proposition C is adjudicated. But we wouldn’t be having this discussion — and pitting teachers against the homeless; the have-nots against the have-nothings — if the mayor et al. had supported Prop. C, enabling it to pass the two-thirds voter threshold and staving off years of potential litigation. In pushing for this ERAF money to go to the homeless, the mayor is advocating workaday San Francisco home- and property-owners’ taxes go to fund the homeless, but she was adamantly against taxing the Jack Dorseys and Marc Benioffs of the city to generate even more.   Two. Not only are these not “windfalls,” other counties have actually devised prudent rules on how to responsibly administer excess ERAF money. San Mateo in 2011 (2011!) determined that 50 percent of the money should go toward long-term uses and 50 percent on one-time expenditures. This caution is not due to fear of “state action” yanking away these dollars but because this is a volatile and unpredictable revenue source. San Francisco would do well to come up with rules regarding how to best allocate this new revenue source, lest every year’s debate devolve into a melodramatic brawl. Three. Just a reminder that this was an argument over one-fifth of one billion dollars in a city with a budget exceeding $11 billion — and that there are apparatchiks within the mayor’s office you’ve never heard of making fiscal decisions exceeding the clout of any elected supervisor. Or, perhaps, all of them.   Excess ERAF Amendment Board… by on Scribd But what this compromise did do is mitigate the demand from the teachers’ union and its allies of $60 million — up front — from the $185.4 million pot, to cover raises until 2020-21. This is a demand that, no matter how reasonable, would provide teachers with more money-and-time guarantees than others clamoring for these funds. Instead, Supervisor Gordon Mar proposed the creation of the “Teacher and Early Care Educator Unappropriated Emergency Reserve Fund.” This would draw from the $52 million already gleaned from the “windfall” money for “rainy day reserves,” and, as needed, use this fiscal safety net to free up money for ongoing teacher raises.Other highlights of the legislation advanced today: center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgDAY 20 – Another early recovery session for the lads today following our final victory last night, writes Jonny Skinner, tour physio and guest blogger.23 of the 25 made it down for this optional session with Harry Coleman and Levy Nzoungou being the lazy two – although the fact Levy wakes up at 2am to hang his washing out may give him an excuse.A quick sausage, bacon and egg barm later and we were off to The Rocks in the shadow of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge for the day, before our scheduled climb of it later on.A quick pit stop on the way at Peter Wynne sports enabled players and staff to add to their NRL collections.Some of the lads yet again took this opportunity to add to their already impressive trainers and boots collections. Robbie Horton even went as far as spending his lunch money for the day despite prior warning.Free time followed on arrival, with everybody free to wander around the weekly street market or into the city for some last minute, and yes, more shopping.Then it was off to the Bridge for our climb to the summit in what looked like glorious sunshine. We were stripped down and changed into our jumpsuits, which according to Danny Edwards made us look like ‘generators’, we think he meant janitors.Two groups left for the climb whilst the third group were inside waiting for the guide to remember everybody’s names. Big Robbie became Robin Horton as a result, despite Harry Coleman trying to correct this in his strong Salfordian accent, “it’s Robb-eh”.The first two groups made it to a safe part of the Bridge when a storm descended. Tommy Martyn’s group witnessed lightning actually strike the Bridge! The two groups were unfortunately sent back and the third made a valiant attempt to climb the Bridge, before they too were eventually sent packing.Neil Kilshaw wasn’t too upset by this as he had had to deal with a barrage of questions from the likes of Jordan’s Olmez and Gibbons as well as complete strangers. Second attempt now scheduled for tomorrow morningl hopefully the weather is kinder to us and more importantly can Eric Frodsham get through another medical with his dodgy shoulder!Lastly, just a quick bit from me to say thanks to everyone for this opportunity. I had only been at the club for a season when I was asked onto the tour. The lads have made my job really easy and the staff have been great although have probably kept me a bit busier than the actual players!It’s been the trip of a lifetime, thanks a lot!last_img read more

first_imgStart your day with a tour of the Totally Wicked stadium before settling down for a two-course lunch in one of our hospitality lounges with entertainment provided by our Match day Lounge magician, John Holt.All mums will also receive a complimentary glass of Fizz!After lunch, our host, former Grand Final winner Mike Bennett will be joined on stage by representatives of our first team squad and St Helens Legend Paul Sculthorpe MBE.Our mascot Boots will also be around to have photos taken with the kids… and Mum’s if they wish!The event starts at 12pm and is priced at: Adult £22.50 and Child (12 & Under) £12.50.To book please call a member of the events team on 01744 455086 or book online here.last_img read more

first_img “His mother said in a letter that he liked to wear western clothes, cowboy boots, that kind of attire from the 90s,” Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.Smart is not a North Carolina native, but in 1995 he was living in Boiling Spring Lakes.“He’s actually from North Dakota,” Shirley said. “His mother lived in California. Not sure what brought him here. I believe he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was a truck driver. Not exactly sure what brought him here if it was employment or a relationship.”Related Article: Search continues for missing Columbus County teenBoiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said they do not know much about Smart, but they do know he had a run in with the law in June of 1995.“It was a DWI I believe,” Shirley said. “He had a court date pending in August.”Smart would never make it to that court appearance. Shirley said Smart lived in the 200 block of South Shore Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes. That was the last place he was ever seen.Shirley said Smart had just gotten a new job. He said Smart had been hired by a trucking company in South Carolina and was scheduled for orientation to start driving the truck. Smart would never make it to that orientation either.“Some of the information we have was that he left walking or was going to hitch hike to get to that job interview or to get to that orientation,” Shirley said.“Do you know who the last person was that saw him?”“Yes. Well we have information that it was the gentleman that he was living with or staying with,” Shirley said.Shirley said it was July 15, 1995. It was reported that he took a shower and left. Shirley said the gentleman that lived there came home and they talked briefly and then, he was gone.Shirley said Smart was supposed to be at the job orientation on July 17, but he did not show up. While they still do not know much about Smart, Shirley said they do know he was excited about that new job.“What I’ve been able to you know read in the reports and some of the interviews, but seemed like just like a hard working guy that was excited to try to get this job,” Shirley said. “That’s one thing that everyone keeps talking about is that he was excited about this job and that it was going to be an opportunity for him to get across the country maybe even start working his way back towards his family.”After more than 20 years, interviewing witnesses, tracking down leads, and even a detailed letter from Smart’s mom, Shirley said they do know a little bit more about Timothy Smart, but no one knows, what happened to him in July 1995.“I think everything is on the table at this point,” Smart said. “You know we want to believe that he left voluntarily and we would hope that maybe he’s still alive and is just living his life, but we don’t know that.”Whether he is living a life somewhere or whether there was an accident or foul play or something else, where he is now remains unsolved.If you have any information, please contact the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department. BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Detectives in one Brunswick County town are looking for answers in a missing persons case more than 20 years old.Timothy Smart, 25, was last seen in Boiling Spring Lakes in July 1995.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> PNPN Opposition and Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that faith, customs, and habits are what makes us Maltese and we should not think that showcasing our religious beliefs makes us passé in today’s society. Delia was talking from Siġġiewi. He also added that the PN holds Christian-Democratic values and will not allow the Government to stampede over the morals and values of the Christian faith.Adrian Delia said that the Government is not considering the small enterprise and that he has confirmation from 2000 small business that operations are not rendering good results.The leader of the Opposition also said that Minister Konrad Mizzi is trying to take people for a ride when he is transferring AirMalta’s debts to other companies; with Enemalta €15 million in the red just a few days after AirMalta reported a profit.He also added that what the Finance minister Edward Scicluna is calling surplus is actually a deficit and thus one cannot continue to trust such people at the helm of our country. Delia also said that this will result in terrible consequences for Malta and the Prime Minister had until next July to resolve the situation and keep the country out of the black list.Adrian Delia talked also on the youth and how the Government is not giving any source of hope to this sector of society, when they should be given the best education possible.The leader of the PN said that his party needs to show that it believes in our country and will stand up to the occasion once again. He is also urging everyone to vote for PN candidates during the European Parliament election in May.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) is to appeal the Dwejra permit in Court.This was announced by Minister for the Environment José Herrera via Twitter, after the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal overturned a Planning Authority (PA) ruling that refused embellishment works at a restaurant in Gozo in the Dwejra area.Pleased to note that #ERA will be appealing the #Dwejra permit #safeguardingenvironment— José Herrera (@JoseHerreraMP) July 9, 2019Read: ‘Malta is shooting itself in the foot’ – NTM-FEE on approved Dwejra plansOver half a dozen organisations have come together in a joint effort to raise money to appeal against further development in Dwejra, Gozo.Read: Organisations raising money to prevent development in DwejraDwejra is a Natura 2000 site and a designated Special Protection Area under the Wild Birds Directive. Furthermore, it is the best site for astronomical observations. The restaurant was not allowed to place a canopy, lights, sign, chairs and tables at the site by the PA in 2017. The overturning of this ruling will now increase light pollution, which will not allow astronomical observation. Furthermore, it may affect wild birds which are particularly sensitive to light and noise.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgThe AU previously launching the IXP in Seychelles. Credit: AUC Advertisement The African Union Commission (AUC), through the Infrastructure and Energy Department, in collaboration with the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation today officially operationalized the Internet Exchange Point in Mauritius.After the launch H.E. Dr. Elham Ibrahim, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, paid a courtesy call to H.E. Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius.H.E. Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy congratulated H.E. President of Mauritius on her recent appointment that happened during the AU year for women for empowerment. She further briefed the President on the AU Agenda 2063, the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa and the African Internet Exchange System Project. – Advertisement – Through the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project, the African Union Commission has extended capacity building support to facilitate the establishment of internet exchange points in 30 Member States including Mauritius.Following the capacity building support, the following twelve Member States have since set up their Internet Exchange Points (IXPs): Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo Republic, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Liberia, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles and Swaziland.“The Government of Mauritius has adopted Vision 2030 as the country’s economic blue print and the ICT sector is expected to drive the economy. I therefore wish to thank the African Union Commission for supporting the operationalization of the Mauritius Internet Exchange Point, said Mr. Jugdish .D. Phokeer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation.”An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is a neutral physical infrastructure whose purpose is to facilitate the exchange of Internet traffic between different Internet Service Providers (ISPs) within a given territory, thereby keeping local Internet traffic local to that territory“Africa is currently paying overseas carriers to exchange intra- continental traffic on our behalf. This is both costly as well as an inefficient way of handling exchange of local Internet traffic. I look forward to the advancement of the internet exchange point in Mauritius to be able to put its potential at the service of citizens in Mauritius and Africa.” Said H.E. AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.”A recent impact assessment on the African Union supported internet exchange point in Namibia indicated an estimated cost saving of USD 1.8 Million and reduction of latency from 300ms to 2ms. For the Serekunda internet exchange point in Gambia, an estimated cost saving of USD 100,000 and reduction of latency from 100ms to 2ms.The launch was officiated by Mr. Jugdish .D. Phokeer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation and H.E. Dr. Elham Ibrahim, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy and attended by Senior Ministry Officials, and Leaders of the Industry.Source: African Union Commission (AUC)last_img read more

first_imgSony has sold more than 30.2 million PS4 consoles worldwide saying that the figures demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history. Image Credit: SpokesLabs Advertisement Sony has sold more than 30.2 million PS4 consoles worldwide, the company has announced, saying that the figures “demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history”.President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc Andrew House said that “we are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago”.The figures make the PS4 Sony’s most successful console to date in terms of hardware sales. By comparison, the PS3 had sold 21.3 million units about two years into its life, and the wildly successful PS2 totalled 28.68 million units sold two years after launch. – Advertisement – Although Microsoft no longer releases official sales figures for the Xbox One, figures from indicate that the console has sold 15.6m units worldwide — just over half as many units as the PS4. Meanwhile, sales of Nintendo’s Wii U stand at 10.7 million as of 30 September.[related-posts]There’s no doubt that Sony is well and truly in the lead when it comes to the latest incarnation of the console wars. The latest developments for the PlayStation 4 include the beginnings of backwards compatibility for PS2 games via an emulator and a rush of forthcoming support for PlayStation VR. However Microsoft’s recent line-up of exclusives, including a temporary ownership of Rise of the Tomb Raider and the latest Halo incarnation will surely give it a boost at Christmas.[Wired]last_img read more

first_img(Photo Credit: Phonerol) Advertisement itel Mobile mainly focuses on entry-level smartphones which are so affordable to one with a tight budget, for instance a student or perhaps a first timer. It is worth knowing that, Itel is a growing brand in the smartphone industry, most especially in emerging markets. According to online reports, itel Mobiles in the second quarter of 2017 was reported to have had the highest total phone sales in Africa. Which is promising to the Transsion Holdings-owned brand.Early this year, we saw the company launch the A32F under the theme “Fingerprint for Everyone” since it was one of the key selling points for it. This time around the company launched the successor of he P31; the itel P32 –  as part of the itel P-series handsets which is targeting users that love high battery life for their handset. Launched in mid June under the theme “More than Big Battery,” it will be officially unveiled in Ugandan market on Monday 30th.The 5.5” 18:9 Fullscreen display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels comes with a Quad-Core 1.3GHz processor which is backed up by 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, and with the company’s partnership with Google, itel incorporated the Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) into the P32, which is specifically tailored to facilitate a smooth and fast experience in device – considering that it has a 1GB of RAM. – Advertisement – As far as the cameras are concerned, the Itel P32 comes with a dual rear camera spoting  5MP + 5MP camera sensors, and 5MP front facing camera. Both the front and rear camera are sported by a dual-LED flash for low light photography.With its 4000mAh battery – which is the one of the key selling points, the company claims it can last users upto 3 days on a single charge.“With over-all design updates, the 4000mAh power beast P32 now has full screen display and slimmer body, which brings more beautiful look and better hand feel. The high-density battery coupled with itel power saver still support you 3 days* usage by a single charge,” writes the company.itel added a fingerprint sensor at the back just below the dual cameras. The sensor will give the handset holders more flexibility from securely locking their phone to protect their data. The feature adds on the default security features; the password, pin, and pattern locks.itel hasn’t revealed the prices to the Ugandan market, but sure believe its less than USD$100.[related-posts]last_img read more

first_imgBlog, I write with some urgency.  Last week, during Cheltenham, Pam Statements told me that she had to rush up to London, to get a passport, in order to fly out to Vietnam.  I said ‘But Pam, the war is over.  And you really must stop referring to the country as ”Nam”.  Blog, the poor girl just wouldn’t listen, she was so determined and head-strong; what an American!Had dinner with AM, my token leftie friend, last night.  He was in good form, and fresh from lots of recent adventures of saving society and the bone idol.  I write with good news though, Blog.  I think I’ve nearly broken him down.  I think we’re nearly there, at last.  AM seems to be turning into a bit of a ‘rightie’.  Loving his new role of being in charge of a large group of FORMERLY fellow Middle-Class-Lefties, the power seems to have gone to his head and ignited some sense.  AM, almost foaming at the mouth and pointing his fingers like an enraged fascist, told me that he was ‘tired of their excuses’ and had fired (well, obviously teachers can’t actually be properly fired, but you know what I mean; ‘moved on’) three of his former comrades!  Oh how the worm has turned, Blog!  Like any good ‘true blue’, he’s also upgrading his house, and pressing at every opportunity, by hook or by crook, to earn more money.  As the baddie in ‘Gladiator’ might have once said; ‘Unchain the staff and set him free!’.So, a couple more people have died skiing or bizarrely wandering around, on the tops of mountain glaciers in Mont Blanc.  And there’s a media frenzy over the event.  It was all SO unlucky!  Why?!  Skiing’s for nutters.  End of.  The Staff love the retort of ‘But you can die doing anything and everything in life!’.  Really, Blog?  Is that REALLY true?  Was Gary Kasparov ever in that much danger when preparing to make a killer chess move?  Does lying back in a hammock, sipping on a Fanta Lemon, contravine your travel insurance regulations?  I don’t really think so.  The Staff, stay away from the ice and the snow.  Not only will you avoid life-threatening injuries, but you will also thus avoid being grossly late back from holiday, to work, by imposing such injuries on me!  Action, Re-action!!B xlast_img read more

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his blog is taking it’s hat off, to Navinder Singh Sarao.Who is Navinder?He is a stock-market trader, fighting extradition to the US of A, because they are accusing the poor chap, of market-manipulation.So, he was obviously doing all of these naughty activities, whilst working for an enorrrrrmous investment-bank? Because the ONLY people who know how to do that type of stuff, would be the ONLY people CLEVER ENOUGH to work for such INCREDIBLE (and bailed out) institutions. I mean, if someone was naughty enough to, even start, such mischievous activities, the Corporate People, the regulators we pay, and just about EVERYONE in the City, would know IMMEDIATELY! You just wouldn’t get away with it, not for even two seconds, Blog!!NO.He did it, from his parents ex-council house, in Hounslow. And he did it again and again, FOR YEARS. Once day, moving the stock-market 1,000 points.HATS OFF!All it goes to show, is that the pathetic, overpaid, spoilt, up-themselves, jargon’d-up, Corporate Wallies, that run that City, are just completely and utterly CLUELESS. When they were saved from themselves, with the tax-payers money, it should have been the end of the long-running and disgusting gravy-train, the gravy-train of free-money and arrogance. But NO. Our weak government fell for them AGAIN.And because the City are so jealous and in disbelief, that this kid, found a move, that ALL of them together, couldn’t spot; they’ve nicked him. Jealousy! That’s all it is!!Right, this is an emergency knighting, I’d say, Blog.Navinder, step forward.For services to embarrassing and showing-up silly Corporate People.Navinder Singh Sarao = NOT-STAFF.WELL DONE, NAVINDER. YOU SHOULD HAVE RUMPED THEM ALL A BIT HARDER.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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.Saturday 3 OctoberRACING1.30 LongchampVazirabad 11/10 > 5/62.00 AscotWind Fire 9/2 > 7/22.15 NewmarketAlice Springs 4/6 > 2/12.35 AscotForgotten Voice 9/1 > 7/12.45 FontwellZarawi 4/1 > 5/22.50 NewmarketZhui Feng 13/2 > 9/23.00 RedcarMayfair Lady 3/1 > 5/23.15 LongchampFrench Navy 15>8 > 6/43.35 RedcarCelestial Path 15/8 > 11/83.45 AscotJallota 14/1 > 11/13.50 FontwellTop Cat Henry 4/1 > 3/14.20 AscotFloriss 11/2 > 11/48.00 WolverhamptonFine View 2/1 > 13/8LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League5:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD5/6 Chelsea 7/2 Southampton 13/5 DRAWRUGBY WORLD CUPEVENS England (-2) 10/11 Australia (+2) 16/1 TIE(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_imgMEETING BEN KEITH (part 2)BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 MEETING BEN KEITH (part 1) [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat a different a minute makes.Bristol City would surely have grabbed the opportunity pre-match to come away from the Etihad just 2-1 down but the harsh nature of Man City’s injury time winner from Sergio Aguero was a crushing blow to the underdogs who deserved the draw on the balance of play.They need to raise their game once more for the second leg at Ashton Gate tonight as Man City continue to chase the Quad and are long odds-on to make the final where they will face either Arsenal or Chelsea at Wembley.You do wonder how much Bristol City could have done without this cup run as exciting as it has been for them. Since dramatically beating Man U 2-1 at Ashton Gate on the 20 December they have only won one league game in the Championship with three defeats and two draws which has brought their promotion ambitions to a shuddering halt.The Robins are still within the play-off places though and an automatic spot not out of reach but will the League Cup ultimately prove an unwelcome and costly distraction?Manager Lee Johnson said: “We have to score – we know that.“We’re at home so we want to impose ourselves. We have to play with content and character.“I know that we’ll have chances. We’ve got a good bench and I think it’ll be nice and attacking.”“We’ll keep going, we don’t want to be brave losers. We want to compete and compete to win. The only way we will fulfil our ambitions is to get the results on the pitch.“This is where the heroes are born.”Man City are likely to field a stronger side than perhaps they normally might of in this fixture with the lure of the Quadruple but captain Vincent Kompany (calf) remains doubtful and striker Gabriel Jesus (knee), midfielder Phil Foden (ankle) and defender Benjamin Mendy (knee) are all unavailable.Bristol City v Man CityCarabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main EventHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2018 EFL CUP Man City 2-1 Bristol CAug 2007 CARLING CUP Bristol C 1-2 Man CityApr 1980 DIV 1 (OLD) Man City 3-1 Bristol CNov 1979 DIV 1 (OLD) Bristol C 1-0 Man CityMay 1979 DIV 1 (OLD) Man City 2-0 Bristol CDec 1978 DIV 1 (OLD) Bristol C 1-1 Man CityFeb 1978 DIV 1 (OLD) Bristol C 2-2 Man CitySep 1977 DIV 1 (OLD) Man City 2-0 Bristol CFeb 1977 DIV 1 (OLD) Bristol C 1-0 Man CitySep 1976 DIV 1 (OLD) Man City 2-1 Bristol CI can’t help but think how much that Aguero goal has changed the dynamics and expect Man City to dominate, safe in the knowledge that Bristol City will need to chase the game. Man City to be leading at both HT and FT can be backed at 8/11 with Star Sports and that looks a likely scenario.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN CITY/MAN CITY HT/FT 22 points at 8/11 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 90.94 pointslast_img read more

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Lia UnrauPHONE: 831-4793 MUSIC IN THE MAKING FOR RICE UNIVERSITY Construction is underway on a $2.5 million project featuring one of the largest mechanical action pipe organs in the United States and an acoustically ideal performance hall atRice University. The organ will have three keyboards, contain 4,493 pipes, 75 stops and 84 ranks, and will be housed in a room of gothic proportions-long and narrow with a soaring 78-foot ceiling locatedin Alice Pratt Bown Hall, home of the Shepherd School of Music. The organ is comparable in size and complexity to organs at the Myerson Symphony Hall in Dallas and at Stanford University. Construction of the organ is curently underway at C.B. Fisk, Inc. in Gloucester, Mass. and at August Laukhuff and Co. in Weikersheim, Germany. The organ will be shipped to Houston in January 1996 in two parts-in two semi truck trailers from Gloucester, and on a ship arriving in the Port of Houston with thelargest pipes from Germany. Following assembly of the organ at Rice, builders from Fisk and Rosales Organ Builders of Los Angeles, collaborators on the tonaland visual design, will spend 10 months tuning the instrument. The project is scheduled for completion in December 1996. ###last_img read more

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE: (713) 348-6770 E-MAIL: RICE PSYCHOLOGY DEPT. CHAIR NAMED JOURNAL EDITORRandi Martin is first woman editor of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition Randi Martin, chair of the Department of Psychology at Rice University, has been named editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition (JEP:LMC). She is the first woman editor of this scientific journal and its first editor specializing in neuropsychology. The American Psychological Association (APA) – the largest association of psychologists worldwide, with 150,000 members — publishes JEP:LMC. The monthly peer-reviewed journal features original experimental studies on basic processes of cognition, learning, memory, imagery, concept formation, problem solving, decision making, thinking, reading and language processing – fields that dovetail with Martin’s areas of expertise. Martin’s research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms involved in language comprehension and production in people with brain damage as well as in people with healthy brains. A long-standing research interest in her lab is the relation between short-term memory and language processing. Martin also studies speech production and the processes involved in word, phrase and sentence production. She conducts research on the structure of reading and writing systems as well, examining patients with different types of reading disorders to test models of reading. Martin, the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology at Rice, wanted to be a candidate for the JEP:LMC editor because of the potential for expanding the journal’s content. ”My vision statement for editor indicated that I would try to integrate more work on neuropsychology and neuroimaging into JEP:LMC, which has nearly exclusively published studies of normal cognition,” she said. ”The opportunity to act on this proposal is what makes this opportunity worth the effort it is going to take. ”Each year I plan to have one issue with a special section on a specific topic with a guest editor,” Martin said. ”This special section will invite papers on normal cognition and imaging, but also on neuropsychology and neuroimaging so that the same topics are approached from different directions. I also hope to recruit some editorial board members with expertise in neuroimaging and neuropsychology.” In January 2006, Martin will begin reviewing manuscripts for the January 2007 JEP:LMC, which will be her first issue as editor – a position she will hold for six years. The journal, which has five associate editors plus the chief editor, currently receives about 350 manuscripts each year. The APA will provide Martin with a full-time editorial associate to help with the voluminous workload. Because Martin will remain department chair through the next academic year, Dean of Social Sciences Bob Stein has created the position of associate chair for the psychology department and appointed David Lane to that role to assist Martin. Lane is an associate professor of psychology and statistics at Rice. Martin, who has a Ph.D. in psychology from Johns Hopkins University, joined the Rice faculty in 1982. She became chair of the department in 2002. Her research on short-term memory and language processing in aphasia has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1984. She received a Claude Pepper Award from the NIH in 1995 that provided seven years of grant funding. She is also co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Advance Leadership award to support the development of the Women in Cognitive Science organization, a group dedicated to improving the opportunities and status of women in the field. A fellow of the APA, the American Psychological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Martin has been associate editor of the journals Cognitive Neuropsychology and Psychonomic Bulletin and Review and has served on a number of other editorial boards. ”Randi’s appointment as editor of the Journal of Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition is a most significant recognition of her intellectual and professional leadership in the discipline,” Stein said. ”We are delighted that not only Randi but also Rice University was selected to house this premier scientific journal for the next six years.” The Journal of Experimental Psychology was founded in 1916 with John Watson as editor. Watson was an eminent behaviorist who carried out the well-known classical conditioning studying involving ”Little Albert.” Watson had served the year before as APA president. In 1975 the APA split the journal into four separate sections. In addition to the Learning, Memory and Cognition section that Martin will edit, the journal publishes sections on Human Perception and Performance; Animal Behavior Processes; and General. All are available by subscription only. last_img read more

first_imgPictured from left at Nasdaq OMX in New York City are NuMat Technologies members Ben Hernandez (formerly of Baltimore) and Omar Fahra (formerly of Jerusalem and Los Angeles); Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which hosts the annual business plan competition; and Tabrez Ebrahim (formerly of Austin, Texas) and Chris Wilmer (formerly of Chicago), NuMat Technologies.For more information, contact Amy Hodges at 713-348-6777 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:High resolution photo: on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy HOUSTON – (Aug. 24, 2012) – Members of NuMat Technologies, winner of the 2012 Rice University Business Plan Competition, rang the closing bell at Nasdaq OMX Aug. 24.NuMat Technologies won the Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s largest and richest business plan competition, in April with its invention of a nanomaterial that can store gases just like a sponge soaks up water. AddThislast_img read more

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYJeff Energy market globalization topic at Rice’s Baker Institute June 12HOUSTON – (June 6, 2013) – Top energy and financial industry leaders, policymakers and industry commentators will gather June 12 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to discuss geopolitical and structural drivers of oil prices, relationships between commodity prices and macroeconomic indicators and outlooks for oil supply and demand.Who:               Speakers include Ken Medlock, fellow in energy and resource economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the institute’s Center for Energy Studies and adjunct professor and lecturer in Rice’s Economics Department; Edgard Habib, chief economist at Chevron Corp.; Daniel Ahn, visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund; Mahmoud El-Gamal, professor of economics and Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management at Rice and Rice scholar at the Baker Institute; Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies; Charles McConnell, former assistant secretary for fossil energy in the U.S. Department of Energy; and Edward Djerejian, Baker Institute founding director.What:             “Energy Market Globalization: Investment and Commodity Price Cycles and the Role of Geopolitics” conference.When:             Wednesday, June 12, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Over several decades, episodes affecting financial and energy markets have brought dramatic change and created challenges for energy companies as the investment climate evolves, conference organizers said. The conference is the capstone of a Baker Institute study on the interaction of the oil investment cycle and the general business cycle that includes consideration of how the global economy and capital investments are influenced by oil prices.The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested at view the event description and agenda, visit of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice University to host STEM fest for girlsAstronaut Peggy Whitson to speak at Reach for the Stars event Saturday HOUSTON – (April 18, 2018) – Record-setting astronaut Peggy Whitson will speak at this year’s Reach for the Stars STEM Festivalat Rice University, 6100 Main St., at 1 p.m. April 21.The festival begins at 11 a.m. in the Engineering Quad and is free for girls in grades 5 through 8 who pre-register. It will include a street fair, lunch and 30 women-led science and engineering workshops.Whitson, a Rice alumna and adjunct associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, has spent the most total time in space for any American — 667 days — and holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman — 289 days.What:Reach for the Stars STEM Festival.When: Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Where: Engineering Quad at Rice, 6100 Main St.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP in advance to Mike Williams in News and Media Relations at or 713-348-6728. On the day of the event, contact Umbe Cantú at 713-825-9505.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to AddThislast_img read more