Disabled activists and shadow ministers at a parli

July 31, 2019

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first_imgDisabled activists and shadow ministers at a parliamentary meeting have been told of ways they could help to reduce the appalling damage caused by the government’s hated “fitness for work” assessment and other social security cuts and reforms.Academics, researchers, politicians and campaigners spoke at yesterday’s (Thursday’s) meeting (pictured), which was hosted and organised by Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell as part of a lobby of parliament.The First DoNo Harm lobby focused on the continuing refusal of ministers to ensure thatsufficient medical evidence is gathered before decisions are made on claims forout-of-work disability benefits, particularly for people with mental distress.Years of researchhas shown that deaths of claimants have been closely linked to the failure to ensurethis further medical evidence is obtained.A series ofspeakers described the continuing harm – including deaths – caused to disabledpeople by the work capability assessment (WCA) process and the sanctioning of claimants.Labourshadow ministers said they would shortly be launching a consultation ondesigning a new social security system that has “respect at its core and treatspeople with dignity”.This willinclude scrapping the WCA and the personal independence payment assessment andreplacing them with a personalised assessment process and putting an end to theprivatisation of the assessment process through companies like Atos, Maximusand Capita.But twospeakers also suggested that there was crucial short-term action that could betaken to save the lives of disabled people before any change of government.JohnMcArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, delivered a presentation on behalf ofEdinburgh GP Dr Stephen Carty, the campaign’s medical adviser.Dr Cartysaid he often includes a written warning at the bottom of the Med 3 form that GPsmust fill out when someone is not well enough to work – known as the fit note –that the patient would be “at substantial risk of a deterioration in theirphysical and/or mental health” if found fit for work or work-related activityafter a WCA.He said headds: “If a decision is made not to award this claimant benefits and there is asignificant adverse outcome I will report the medical decision maker to theGeneral Medical Council.”He has totake this step because there is no other system in place to do so, he said.He added: “Ihave lost count of the numbers of evictions [and] drug and alcohol relapseswhilst in recovery and medical catastrophes related to adverse benefitdecisions.”Dr Cartysaid that both the Med 3 form and the claim form for out-of-work disabilitybenefits should be amended to ask the claimant’s GP directly – in every caseinvolving a sick or disabled claimant – if there would be a substantial risk ofharm if the claimant was found fit for work or to be able to carry out somework-related activity.McArdle toldthe meeting that this was a human rights issue that “ought in a civilisedsociety to transcend all forms of party politics” and that MPs needed to workon a cross-party basis to introduce such a change.He hopesthis change could now come through pressure from an early day motion and a privatemember’s bill.He told themeeting: “I don’t think anybody reasonably can deny the direct link between theWCA and people dying in destitution and from suicide.“We need towork together to get more than half of these MPs to say enough is enough. Thismust happen.”RickBurgess, of GreaterManchester Coalition of Disabled People and Recovery in the Bin,detailed four ways in which campaigners could immediately save lives and reducesome of the harm being caused to disabled benefit claimants by taking action atlocal level.The first,he said, was to talk to local Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) andjobcentre area managers, and MPs, councillors and council officers, aboutsanctions that have been imposed and “see what wiggle room there might be” toreduce or remove them.He said:“The product of most of those conversations has been not a big reduction but areduction.” Every one of these conversations could result in a life saved, hesaid.Secondly, campaignerscan put pressure on local councils not to cut their welfare assistance schemes –if they still exist – and can raise awareness of such schemes.A thirdmeasure, he said, was to provide and raise awareness about advice and advocacy,help people to record their benefit assessments, and accompany them to theirassessments and appeals.He said thatrecording benefit assessments, where possible, was the “single best thing toimprove the quality of the assessment” because the assessors then “feel lessfree to defraud you”. He said:“The tip of the spear of the DWP assault on us is the assessments.“If you getpeople helped at the assessment stage you may be saving them from a lot moretrouble down the line.”And, hesaid, as a result of council tax benefit cuts there now needed to be morejoined-up work on “how to deal with the council tax you can’t pay”.Burgess alsosaid there was no assessment phase under the new universal credit benefitsystem, so people who were not able to work were now being sanctioned whilewaiting for their WCA, or their claims were being closed.He said: “InManchester, we have had examples of people in a psychotic crisis expected toattend work interviews.”They fail toattend, are sanctioned, lose their flat and end up living on the street, hesaid.He added: “Itgets cold, they are dead on the street. 50dead bodies this winter*. 50! That’s happening.”Again, hesaid, jobcentres can be approached to use their discretion to waive universalcredit sanctions as a harm reduction measure.GillThompson told the meeting how her brother David Clapson had died in July 2013 froman acute lack of insulin, three weeks after having his jobseeker’s allowancesanctioned.Because hehad no money, he couldn’t afford to pay for electricity that would have keptthe fridge where he kept his insulin working, in the height of summer, and hehad also run out of food. He had just £3.44 left in his bank account when hedied.She told thoseat the meeting, some of whom were close to tears: “David should not have beensanctioned. They say that sanctions are a last resort, but he missed twomeetings and he died.“What upsetsme more is that people are still dying.”Thompsonsaid: “He was struggling and he turned to the state for help and he didn’t getany.“I justdon’t understand how this can happen. Sanctions should not be allowed.“I do feelthat if he hadn’t been sanctioned, he might still be here. I don’t know, but hemight still be here.”DeniseMcKenna, from the Mental Health Resistance Networkand Disabled PeopleAgainst Cuts, said there were a “whole host of reasons” whyself-reporting your own medical evidence as part of the WCA process was difficultfor people with mental health problems.But she alsopointed out that mental health care itself was “a shambles”, with the idea ofwork as a cure now “deeply embedded in the psychiatric system” and the trustbetween mental health service-users and the psychiatric profession “almostcompletely collapsed”.She saidsociety was now seeing a similar abuse of psychiatry to the gay conversiontherapies practised in the 1960s and 70s.McKennasaid: “All of the treatments that are available are based on the idea that youare responsible for your mental distress and if you behave well enough and youtry hard enough you can get better.“It’s justas damaging as what happened to those gay men in the 60s and 70s. It’sdespicable.“We cannothave people who are both terrorised by the DWP and the psychiatric system.”Catherine Hale,lead researcher and project manager of the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project(CIIP), and a member of the Spartacus Network,told the meeting that the hostile environment that had led to disabled people beingviewed as “objects of hostility and distrust” was not accidental.Shehighlighted how its origins lay in thewritings of Gordon Waddell and Mansel Aylward, who advised insurancecompanies and governments on ways to cut pay-outs to sick and disabled people,as she said had been demonstrated by another disabled researcher, Mo Stewart.Hale said:“According to them, the only way to get us out of our self-imposed ill-healthis through compulsion and punishment, also known as sanctions. “The firstthing we need to do to overturn the hostile environment is to call out andreject these theories.“We nolonger allow scientists to say that homosexuality is a psychiatric condition orthat some races are less intelligent than others, so let’s root out thisso-called science that says that disabled people are liars and cheats.“Stopdesigning assessments that treat us as guilty until proven innocent.”  She added:“We should not be assessing work capability. We should be assessing structuraldisadvantage in the labour market.”And she toldthe meeting: “Let’s move away from the mantra that says that paid work is theonly valid route to being a good citizen in our society.”MarkHarrison, from the ReclaimingOur Futures Alliance, said that disabled people needed to be “in thelead” in co-producing Labour’s new policies ahead of a Labour government.But he saideach policy needed to be assessed on whether it complied with the UN Conventionon the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), in a process that should beled by disabled people.He said: “Ifwe don’t have that we are going to end up in problems because if we can’tscrutinise the plans of spending departments, as disabled people we are theonly ones who know whether it is CRPD compliant, we are the only ones who knowwhether it’s based on the social model.”Dr DavidWebster, anexpert on benefit sanctions from the University of Glasgow, delivered abriefing on his work, which argues against sanctions and conditionality forsick and disabled benefit claimants.He said thatWaddell and Aylward’s work had been “quite clearly intended to soften upopinion so as to prepare the ground for the introduction of ESA**-typeprovision”.He added:“The campaign since 2008 to drive sick and disabled people into work throughconditionality [such as sanctions] has failed but it has caused a lot ofcollateral damage.“It neverhad any proper evidence base.”McDonnell calledfor a rolling programme of lobbying MPs in their own constituencies about theharm being caused to disabled people to ensure that “we are not allowing MPsnot to become aware of what is happening within their area”.He said someMPs only began to appreciate the impact of the government’s reforms once theywere confronted with the reality of what was happening in their ownconstituency and perhaps being introduced to someone who had been sanctioned. He said theimpact of universal credit on all MPs’ constituencies was “brutal”, while theESA process was “pushing people to the edge”.He said:“The sanctions regime is still there and people being hardest hit are disabledpeople and particularly those with mental health issues.”But McDonnellsaid he thought people were finally waking up to “the scale of the sufferingthat’s gone on”, and he said that the work of disabled researchers andcampaigners like Hale, Stewart and McArdle was “academically and intellectuallyunchallengeable now”.Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, told the event: “Nine years of austerity has led to the hostile environment that has been created for disabled people.”She said thecurrent assessment regime was “cruel” and “not fit for purpose”, and she added:“People should view the social security system in the same vein as they viewthe NHS because the welfare state was introduced as a safety net.”MargaretGreenwood, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said there needed to be a“sea change in the way in which disabled people are treated and we want asocial security system that has respect at its core and treats people withdignity.”*Officefor National Statistics figures show at least 50 homeless peopledied in Greater Manchester in 2017**The out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowancePicture by Mark LucasA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. 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Workers immigrants rally for May Day

July 31, 2019

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first_img“ICE is a real thing, but there are a lot of people here who weren’t there then who are experiencing long lines at the airport, journalists who need a line of defense, teachers, nurses, janitors. And that matters,” Carrillo said. “We feel good. I see a lot of faces here that normally would not come out to the city for anything political.”One transgender demonstrator, Mariposa, called attention to the treatment of trans immigrants.“I’m here today to hold space for the Trans community,” they said. “Trans women in the ICE facilities, they are being placed into male facilities, which increases their chances of sexual violence. I’m here for them.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezCoinciding with the march was the closure of multiple businesses in the Mission and throughout the city. In the weeks leading up the march, organizers spoke with business owners in the Mission to rally support for the strike.“We made sure the commitment was there that our people stand as one,” said one of the march’s organizers, Frank Lara, a teacher at Buena Vista Horace Mann in the Mission and an activist with the ANSWER Coalition. “And that all of the contributions that immigrant labor puts out, that we were able to shut it down [today].”Organizers lauded the peaceful nature of the march, which while boisterous and large did not result in any confrontations with officials. But the atmosphere turned a little less congenial when a park ranger began ticketing unlicensed vendors selling ice cream in the sunny Civic Center plaza. Protesters descended on the scene, shouting “shame on you” at the ranger and admonishing the vendor not to sign anything.A park ranger tickets a paletero. Photo by Lola M. Chavez“I need you to tear that up. I’m asking you to tear that up,” one of the organizers, Olga Miranda, president of the labor union SEIU Local 87, told the ranger.As the ranger walked away, the vendor remained behind, shaking with nerves. Activists promised they would talk to the appropriate agency to see about getting the citation rescinded or cover the cost for him. In a demonstration of solidarity with worker and immigrant rights activists around the nation, protesters streamed onto Market Street and into Civic Center Plaza on Monday to mark May Day, also known as International Workers Day. Locally, it was also pronounced a Day Without Immigrants to protest federal immigration policies. Thousands marched down Market Street, according to police estimates, and hundreds stayed to rally in front of City Hall.“This year the level of people afraid of being deported is out of control. I spoke to so many people, so many families afraid to leave the house,” said Roberto Hernandez, a Mission activist and one of the organizers of the march. “Being here today is like therapy… Families are here and they’re smiling, we’re giving them hope and strength and courage. There’s laws in place in this country, we’re not just going to hide.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezArtist Dogpaw Carrillo, a Mission resident, said he had attended a similar action in 2006 that drew thousands. 0%center_img Tags: immigration • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more


A SUPERB second half showing saw a patched up Sain

July 31, 2019

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first_imgA SUPERB second half showing saw a patched up Saints snatch a late 24-24 draw over Hull FC at the KC Stadium.Missing several first teamers through injury, Royce Simmons’ men came back twice with a stirring performance and nerves of steel to grab a deserved point.Hull FC blitzed Saints in the opening 30 minutes as they punished errors to lead 18-0.Kirk Yeaman’s brace sandwiched Tom Briscoe’s try whilst the boot of Danny Tickle was immaculate.But Saints came back into it in the closing stages and Jamie Foster crossed to reduce the deficit.In the second half, Saints stepped up a gear and after Jon Wilkin had tested the defence out a couple of times, James Roby crossed.Seconds later Kyle Eastmond provided a fine pass for Ade Gardner to waltz in.And then TP bulldozed through the middle to put them ahead.But Kirk Yeaman brought up his hat-trick to edge Hull ahead once more before Foster levelled it up with a massive penalty from around 40 yards.Both sides then had late drop goal attempts but had to settle for a point each.Pre-match, Simmons only had 19 fit players to choose from.Tom Armstrong took over the full back berth after a solid 60 minutes in that position against Castleford whilst Josh Perry returned from injury on the bench.Kyle Eastmond also came back into the side following a chest infection to partner with Jon Wilkin.Nathan Ashe making his first team debut from the bench.From the kick off, Saints had an early attempt on Hull’s line, but they couldn’t find a way through.They then forced a drop out but couldn’t grab a repeat set.But after Tom Armstrong dropped the ball on a high take, Hull were over.From the scrum and after two solid drives, some fantastic out of the back offloading from Fitzgibbon saw Kirk Yeaman put Hull ahead.Danny Tickle kicking the extras.Then after the ball was stripped from Sia Soliola in midfield Tom Briscoe doubled their try tally.Tickle making it 0-12.And on the half hour mark it got worse as Yeaman clocked his second as Saints couldn’t stop the offloads.But Saints got themselves on the board when a fine break from Francis Meli saw Jamie Foster grab his 10th of the season.Nathan Ashe making the space for Meli to take on the defence and slip Foster in.And on Saints’ next attack Kyle Eastmond was adjudged to have knocked on in the build up to Tom Armstrong’s ‘score’.In all fairness, he received a poor pass and the ball was difficult to take in – but it was something to build on.Half Time: Hull 18 Saints 4Saints were right on the attack from the kick-off following a massive high kick from Jon Wilkin – but again couldn’t make it pay.But following a drop out and a strong defensive play from Meli, Saints got right back into the match; James Roby scooting in off the scrum.Credit to Robes for the score of course, but Meli’s pressure on Whiting was excellent as he chipped through to create the attacking set.Then, Saints really got themselves into the game. A massive high ball created panic in the Hull defence and after they gave away a penalty, Kyle Eastmond provided a fine pass for Ade Gardner who made no mistake.And their next set, they grabbed a forty twenty through Wilkin’s boot and Eastmond’s flick pass saw Tony Puletua do the damage.Foster banging over his third from four.The video referee ruled out a Hull FC score for a knock on, but from the restart Saints were caught in touch giving the home side another set.But they just about withstood the pressure.Yet with less than seven minutes to go Kirk Yeaman grabbed his third although it looked to have come from a clear forward pass.But with five minutes to go Nathan Ashe was taken out in mid-air from a drop out – giving Foster the chance to level from 40 yards – and he made no mistake.Danny Tickle missed a drop goal attempt in the final stages for Hull FC whilst Kyle Eastmond had his effort charged down.Match Summary:Hull FC:Tries: Yeaman (3), BriscoeGoals: Tickle (4 from 4)Saints:Tries: Foster, Roby, Gardner, PuletuaGoals: Foster (4 from 5)Penalties:Hull FC: 5Saints: 6HT: 4-18FT: 24-24REF: Steve GansonATT: 11933Teams:Hull FC:3. Richard Whiting; 2. Will Sharp, 33. Martin Gleeson, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Briscoe; 6. Richard Horne, 30. Sam Obst; 8. Mark O’Meley, 9. Danny Houghton, 23. Sam Moa, 16. Willie Manu, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Craig Fitzgibbon.Subs: 11. Joe Westerman, 14. Danny Washbrook, 15. Epalahame Lauaki, 17. Ewan Dowes.Saints:24. Tom Armstrong; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 22. Jamie Foster; 12. Jon Wilkin, 7. Kyle Eastmond; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 8. Josh Perry, 19. Andrew Dixon, 21. Shaun Magennis, 27. Nathan Ashe.last_img read more


JAMES Roby is looking for Saints to build on their

July 31, 2019

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first_imgJAMES Roby is looking for Saints to build on their ‘best performance of the season’ when they face Leeds Rhinos this Friday.The 27-year-old was part of the side that beat Bradford 36-10 – but that will count for nothing if they don’t continue to improve.“It was a good win on Saturday and it was pleasing to get the victory,” he said. “It was one of those games where we had momentum straight away and we got points on the board.“Now we head into another massive game. The win has put us in a positive frame of mind and you can see that at training. Everyone is bouncing around the place a little more and it is a nicer environment.“Leeds will be disappointed in losing the World Club Challenge. They did well in the first half and from what I heard they were unlucky to lose the game. But we are coming off the back of a win and are confident. We are climbing the ladder of improvement each week and we will hopefully hit peak form at some point.”Roby’s first experience of a Saints-Leeds clash was the 70-0 loss in 2004 – a memory he’d like to forget.“I think I was on the bench and came on for the last 20 minutes or so. I just remember the scoreline to be honest, not the day! Games between us are usually tight and of a good standard.“Although all matches are important you know these weeks are generally ‘bigger’ games. They aren’t your must win games but you want to get one over on your rivals. Maybe in training it is a little more intense and perhaps we are a little more focused. But I don’t think you hold off waiting for those weeks.“We are playing Leeds; the lads will know it is a massive game and we want to win it. We need to get a home win to get our season going and get the fans as vocal as we can.”Tickets for Friday’s match between Saints and Leeds at Langtree Park are now on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. There will also be turnstiles open on the day.last_img read more


Simply head down to the Saints Superstore at the T

July 31, 2019

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first_imgSimply head down to the Saints Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium today and you can get 15% off our 2019 Halo Full Zip Hoody!This offer runs today until 5pm today and is not available online, only in-store.Terms and conditions apply, whilst stocks last, this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.last_img


Fayetteville man arrested in Leland on cellphone fraud charges

July 30, 2019

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first_img Police say the arrest took place on Rice Gate Way and Lillibridge Drive in Brunswick Forest.The case is still pending further investigation at this time.  Gbediame received a $10,000 secure bond. (Photo: Edward Lich) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Fayetteville man who is accused of fraud involving new cell phones was arrested Tuesday.Leland Police charged 26-year-old Daniel Kwaku Gbediame with Obtaining Property by False Pretense in the amount of more than $11,000 in new cell phones.- Advertisement – last_img read more


1 million grant will help debris removal

July 30, 2019

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first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — As hurricane season draws closer, it reminds us of the impact Hurricane Matthew had on the region. Bladen county received a federal grant to remove the mark the hurricane left, but work is slow going. Destruction continues living on as a reminder of the past. “Hurricane Matthew brought a lot of wind and rain and flooding into Bladen County,” Dean Morris, Bladen Soil and Water conservation department head, said.- Advertisement – It took months to assess the damage done by Hurricane Matthew. The county received a one million dollar grant in late spring to help remove storm debris. “There would be no funds available if it wasn’t for this, so we would just have to live with the situation of backed up rivers,” Morris said. Browns Creek is just one of many areas that were hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. The one million dollar grant will help erase some of those marks left by that natural disaster. Some residents wonder why the cleanup did not start sooner.Related Article: Local family still struggling since Matthew “I don’t know why they taking so long to get the road fixed and stuff like that but I guess it’s in God’s hands, so what could I say,” James Brown, a resident, said. The county received the grant months ago, but there’s a reason why work hasn’t started. “We’ve been notified that we have received the grant but the grant process of them actually giving us the funds- we’re looking for this fall to when we can actually start some projects,” Morris said. Morris says some major areas of focus once clean up begins will be the Black and South River and Bryant swamp. Big Swamp will also be cleaned, but that will be a joint effort by Bladen, Robeson and Columbus counties.last_img read more


Driver dies days after headon crash in Pender County

July 30, 2019

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first_img The NC Highway Patrol says Devane was heading east on NC 210 near Moores Creek National Battlefield just before 9:00 a.m. when Kristen Winner, 18, crossed the center line and hit Devane’s truck head-on.Winner died at the scene. Her passenger Dyshaun Tolson, 19, remains in the hospital in serious condition, according to the highway patrol.Devane’s funeral is being held Friday in Burgaw.Related Article: Pedestrian hit by car on Highway 17 in Brunswick County PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The driver who was hit head-on Friday morning in Pender County has died.Mary Devane, 63, died Monday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, days after she was admitted in the hospital in critical condition following the crash.- Advertisement – last_img read more


Photos Police say man kills two in Japan stabbing that injures 16

July 30, 2019

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first_img Rescue workers operate at the site where sixteen people were injured in a suspected stabbing by a man, in Kawasaki, Japan May 28, 2019 in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS. Rescue workers and police officers operate at the site where sixteen people were injured in a suspected stabbing by a man, in Kawasaki, Japan May 28, 2019 in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Members of the media gather at the site where a stabbing incident occured in Kawasaki city, Japan May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato 1 of 8 An aerial view shows rescue workers and police officers operate at the site where sixteen people were injured in a suspected stabbing by a man, in Kawasaki, Japan May 28, 2019 in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS Forensics workers investigate at the scene of a stabbing at a bus stop at Kawasaki, Japan, May 28, 2019, in this photo taken from social media. @_RASSUN5001 via REUTERScenter_img A local resident prays to mourn victims at the site where a stabbing occured in Kawasaki city, Japan May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato A local resident offers flowers at the site where a stabbing occured in Kawasaki city, Japan May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato A schoolgirl and an adult man were killed and 15 other young girls injured in a stabbing at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, Japanese national broadcaster NHK cited authorities as saying, and another man detained at the scene also later died.The girls, aged between 6 ands 12, were students at a private Catholic school in Kawasaki city, south of Tokyo, and were boarding their school bus when the suspect attacked them, according to NHK.The driver of the Caritas Elementary School bus told police he saw a man approach the bus stop and start slashing at people, holding a knife in both hands, the broadcaster said.It said the girl who was killed was aged 12. A 39-year-old man was also killed and another woman was severely injured along with the 15 other schoolgirls who were hurt, NHK said.A suspect was detained at the scene after stabbing himself in the neck but died later, NHK cited police as saying. It said the man, a Kawasaki resident probably in his 50s, was unconscious when he was detained.The motive for the attack was not yet clear but there were no immediate fears of a wider security threat. There have been previous examples of mass stabbings in Japan, sometimes involving the vulnerable.The attack occurred on the final day of U.S. President Donald Trump’s four-day state visit to Japan.“On behalf of the First Lady and myself, I want to take a moment to send our prayers and sympathy to the victims of the stabbing attack this morning in Tokyo,” Trump said as he toured Japan’s largest warship, the Kaga.“All Americans stand with the people of Japan and grieve the victims and for their families,” he said.TV footage showed scores of police officers and emergency vehicles at the crime scene, with large areas cordoned off.A witness told NHK he saw people lying on the ground covered in blood and one police officer was seen hosing down the sidewalk.“I saw a boy carrying a school bag with scratches on his face, wrist and legs in a parking lot,” NHK quoted an unidentified witness as saying.“He was visibly trembling – frightened and shocked.”The girls’ school was located just over a kilometre from the scene of the attack, NHK said.Violent crime is relatively rare in Japan but occasional high-profile incidents have shocked the nation.A knife-wielding man broke into a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo in 2016 and killed 19 patients in their sleep. In 2001, eight children were stabbed to death by a former janitor at their school in Osaka.More than a dozen people were injured in a 2010 stabbing spree on a school bus and a commuter bus in a Tokyo suburb.WhatsApp SharePrint Flowers are offered at the site where a stabbing occured in Kawasaki city, Japan May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Katolast_img read more


Uganda government set to launch BPO Incubation Center

July 30, 2019

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first_imgBPO Association’s Secretary General, Rogers Karebi and NITA-U’s Exec. Director, James Saaka [File Photo] Advertisement The National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) in partnership with the Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA) will tomorrow (Wednesday) launch the BPO incubation Centre in the capital, Kampala.Government says the BPO Industry is one of the key areas it has identified as a long-term solution to addressing issues of unemployment amongst educated youths as well as to increase investment in area of Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES).[related-posts] – Advertisement – In 2011, NITA-U received supplementary funding from Government through the Ministry of ICT towards the setting up of a Government BPO Incubation Centre.The Centre has been successfully established on 3rd and 4th Floors of Statistics House in Kampala.The 240-seater BPO Incubation Centre is currently being run by three private sector Companies employing a total of 210 agents. The targeted employment for this FY is 250 agents.When operated at full capacity of 3 shifts per day, the Centre can employ over 750 agents and staff. Indirect employment is also created in the various sectors of the economy e.g. through provision of food/catering, security, transport, cleaning services, accommodation, etc. Overall, there are 50 registered BPO companies in Uganda employing over 4000 youths.The 2013 BPO regional conference will be officially opened by the Hon. Minister of ICT tomorrow at the Kampala Serena Hotel.last_img read more


MyTichaa Kenyan App to Teach Children Swahili Launched

July 30, 2019

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first_imgAdvertisement Kenyan app development firm Thirst Interactive has launched an Android app, MyTichaa, to teach young children Swahili through a range of picture puzzles.MyTichaa, available on smartphones and tablets, looks to turn passive learning into an active experience through technology.The free app utilises picture puzzles featuring different object groups, such as animals, fruits, furniture and utensils, to capture the attention of children aged three to nine.“Games or any other interactive module makes the language content easy to understand since kids find them fun and engaging. Simple text is not so attractive so addition of certain things makes it interesting,” Allan Clinton, product developer for MyTichaa, told HumanIPO.“When children are using technology such as games to learn, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast. The kid is actively making choices about how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information.” – Advertisement – Clinton said technology use allows more children to actively think about information, make choices and execute skills than in more traditional teacher-led lessons.The app is currently available for free, and can be downloaded via the Google Play store, while paying editions of the game will also be released in the future with more extensive categories.Credit: Humanipolast_img read more


Adobe Acquires Photo Editing Platform Aviary

July 30, 2019

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first_imgAdvertisement Adobe today announced that it has acquired privately held Aviary, a developer of mobile SDKs (Software Development Kits) for the delivery of creative apps. With millions of people already using Aviary-powered photo-editing apps and thousands of developers using Aviary’s SDKs, across mobile platforms, the acquisition accelerates Adobe’s strategy to make Creative Cloud a vibrant platform for third-party apps, through a new Creative SDK. Currently under development, Adobe Creative SDK is a software library that enables developers to tap into Adobe’s creative technologies to build mobile apps and drive new connections between mobile devices and Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications and services.“Aviary has an exceptional team and technology platform, as well as expertise serving a robust developer ecosystem. We’re thrilled to leverage Aviary’s technology to make our Creative SDK even more powerful for app developers,” said Scott Belsky, vice president of Creative Cloud Ecosystem & Behance at Adobe. “This is great news for developers because thousands of mobile apps will have the opportunity to become compatible with industry-defining desktop tools like Photoshop CC, as well as new Creative Cloud services.”Adobe Creative SDK gives third-party developers access to Adobe APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), previously only available to Adobe’s internal engineering teams. Examples include: browsing files stored in Creative Cloud; extracting elements from PSD files; Adobe’s “Touch Slide” software for straight-line drawing; and cloud image-editing services like Content-Aware Fill and Upright. Adobe Photoshop Mix, a recently launched mobile app for iOS, utilizes these new APIs and offers some of Adobe’s best imaging technology for applying Photoshop looks and compositing images. Adobe Creative SDK is currently being tested by developers and a beta launch is expected in the coming months.“Aviary was founded to bring creative freedom to the world,” said Avi Muchnick, Aviary’s co-founder. “We’re excited to join Adobe and tap into their incredible wealth of creative technology and supercharge our collective SDK offering. Together, we will help nurture the next generation of third party creative apps.” – Advertisement –  Endlast_img read more


Snapchat Launches Snapcash To Let You Pay Friends Through The App

July 30, 2019

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first_imgAdvertisement Snapchat has today announced a surprise partnership with Square that will allow users of the photo app to send payments to one another.In a blog post, the company said that the new feature, dubbed ‘Snapcash,’ allows users to send cash directly to friend’s bank accounts using Square.Once you’ve added your debit card to the app all you need to do to send cash is swipe into chat, type in the amount you want to send and click the green button. – Advertisement – The company says it built initially built a prototype of Snapcash and sent it to Square, who loved it and wanted to build the new feature together.Just last month, over 100,000 photos were leaked from the service when a third party client was compromised. Snapchat, however, pointed out that it knows “security is essential” and that “Square has a lot of experience in this area.”This move is big news for Square too, which has never offered its payments inside another app previously. When asked about whether this would be a possibility for other companies in future, Square told Recode that it is “always exploring ways to make it easier for customers to send and request money, but we don’t have anything to announce at this time.” Snapchat also updated its privacy policy today to allow for Snapcash, along with refreshing some of the terms.Snapcash requires the user to live in the US and be over 18 years old in order to use Snapcash. Credits TNWlast_img read more


Rwandas Telecom operators start Ebola SMS

July 30, 2019

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first_imgAdvertisement Telecom operators in Rwanda have joined the campaign to rid West Africa of Ebola through an African Union inititative.Under an initiative dubbed “The Ebola Solidarity Campaign,” the Telecom companies will use an SMS dedicated platform to raise funds from citizens for the deployment of African health workers to affected countries.“The campaign being launched in Rwanda today is an important milestone toward mobilising resources to help our sister African countries devastated by the Ebola outbreak. It is great to see telecom companies come together in efforts to avert the spread of the virus.”  said the Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho. – Advertisement – He was addressing the media at a joint telecom press conference in Kigali last week.“Mobile communication remains the most powerful communications tool providing reach to larger populations. The use of mobile phones for this campaign offers us an opportunity to Rwandans to collectively support countries affected by this deadly disease as well as drive action beyond borders,” Teddy Bhullar, CEO Airtel Rwanda said on behalf of the Rwandan telecommunications service providers.The African Union has partnered with several telecom companies across Africa including Airtel Africa, MTN, Tigo, Orange, Vodacom and Safaricom to raise funds from a potential 300 million subscribers that will ultimately go towards improving responsiveness to the disease.The cost per SMS across all networks in the country will go for Rwf150 texting ‘Stop Ebola’ to code 7979 to be able to donateOver 41 telecommunication companies across Africa are participating in this campaign and the funds realized from this campaign will be channeled to fight the Ebola Virus.A total of 4951 deaths have been reported since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, which is currently prevalent in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali.Source: busiweek.comlast_img read more


Airtel Rwanda positions high on Social media growth

July 30, 2019

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first_imgAdvertisement Airtel Rwanda has joined the league of socially devoted companies in the country after being rated number one fastest growing profiles on Twitter and among the top 3 fastest-growing Facebook Pages in Rwanda.This was revealed in a report released by Socialbakers; a social media analytics and publishing company that provides social media management services and deep data analytics for thousands of brands that market on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and VK.In the report, Airtel Rwanda was ranked number one fastest growing profile on Twitter and ranked number three fastest growing Facebook page in Rwanda after his excellency Paul Kagame and BBC Gahuza pages. – Advertisement – Commenting on the report, Airtel Rwanda Managing Director, Mr. Teddy Bhullar said, “This is a great analysis of our company’s engagement and interaction through social media.”He added, “We owe this success to our timely responsiveness to customer queries on both Facebook and Twitter as well as our recognition of the fact that social media plays a huge role in brand engagement.”“We have also made it our business to inform and educate our customers through our social media platforms thus the continuous engagement. We shall continue in our efforts to increase our customer -communication through social media,” Bhullar explained.last_img read more


Western Union Services Now Active in the UK Despite EU Referendum Vote

July 29, 2019

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first_imgSend and recieve money to more than 500,000 retail Agent locations globally and more than one billion bank accounts in 50 countries and millions of mobile wallets using Western Union. Image Credit: bitcoinist Advertisement Leader in global payments, Western Union Corp. announced all Western Union consumer and business solutions services are active in the United Kingdom (UK), irrespective of EU Membership Referendum vote, or currency volatility.Western Union services are available to consumers across more than 7,200 retail Agent locations in the UK, through the Western Union mobile app and Website, as well as more than 300 digital kiosks.All of the company’s channels in the UK allow customers to send money to more than 500,000 retail Agent locations globally, more than one billion bank accounts in 50 countries and millions of mobile wallets. – Advertisement – Additionally, Western Union Business Solutions will provide business clients with enhanced support for specific cash management and currency volatility needs.Giovanni Angelini, Senior VP and General Manager for Europe at Western Union said in a statement, “For our customers, fulfilling money transfer and payment needs is critical, immaterial of geo-political or economic changes. Serving consumers and businesses remains our number one priority.”“Our trusted end-to-end cross-border money movement capabilities retail, online, mobile and kiosks and business solutions services are industry leading,” he adds.The Western Union cross border platform enables an industry leading “pay in, pay out” capability that leverages technology, foreign exchange conversion, data management, as well as regulatory, compliance and anti-money laundering (AML) infrastructure, to expedite efficient and timely money movement across more than 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories, at over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, online in more than 36 countries, and payout to over a billion bank accounts.last_img read more


Google Rolls Out Enhanced AntiPhishing Security Checks in Gmail for Android

July 29, 2019

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first_imgAdvertisement Google on Wednesday introduced a new security feature for Gmail on Android that makes it easier for users to protect themselves against phishing attempts.Starting this week, when you click a suspicious link in an email, Gmail will show a new pop-up warning explaining that what’s on the other side of the link might be dangerous, and you will be presented with the information below:The site you are trying to visit has been identified as forgery, intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal, or other sensitive information. – Advertisement – While users will still have the option to proceed to the website, Google hopes this warning will encourage users to be more cautious about what links they are clicking and where the link will take them.Safer Links in Gmail on Android. Image Credit: G Suite Blog PostWhile not all affected email will necessarily be dangerous, we encourage you to be extra careful about clicking on links in messages that you’re not sure about. And with this update, you’ll have another tool to make these kinds of decisions, Google writes in a G Suite blog post.According to Android Police, feature appears to use Google’s Safe Browsing database, which catalogs sites known to host malware or trick users into giving away information.We surely hope that due to today’s outbreak of a widespread phishing scams, this feature will surely help.The feature is said to be gradual rolling out globally and may take a few days to reach everyone.Notably, Google has been making a number of changes to its Gmail for Android since the beginning of this year. One of their recent updates is the Gboard keyboard GIF support feature. In order to add GIFs to emails, users simply need to head to the emoji section on the Gboard keyboard while composing a new message. The feature was already made for iOS users before it was revealed to Android users.[related-posts]Editor’s Note: There was no mention/comment whether the feature will be available to other platforms.last_img read more


STAR PREVIEW Leicester v Man City

July 29, 2019

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first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e’re slap bang in the middle of panto season and tonight we find out whether, in the case of Leicester City, they will all live happily ever after or slip down the beanstalk quicker than you can say Auld Lang Syne.Their progress has been the talk of the season so far but, excuse the cliche, it’s a season of two halves and most pundits expect them to drop back as we approach the New Year.That puts far more pressure on them than Man City tonight because if Leicester are to have title aspirations, then a win tonight over one of their principal rivals must surely be a pre-requisite. Whatever you think of Leicester’s chances, three points tonight would send them back to the top of the table:2 points clear of Arsenal 6 points clear of Spurs 6 points clear of Man CityIn that scenario you can expect some shuffling in the Star Sports title odds too. Pre-match they are:5/4 Man City 6/4 Arsenal 10/1 Spurs 16/1 LeicesterLeicester have got Bournemouth and Villa in the next couple of weeks so even more reason to think that a win for them tonight could give them a real mid-season tonic.The Foxes nine match unbeaten run came to an end at Anfield on Boxing Day – it was a 1-0 defeat and only their second loss of the season so far. Their other defeat was a 5-2 thumping by Arsenal.The good news for Leicester is that their leading scoring duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are fit to start tonight. Both were substituted at Anfield and have been pivotal to the Leicester success story so far.The Foxes will also take heart from the fact that Man City captain Vincent Company is out with a calf injury.Leicester City v Man CityPremier League19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2015 PREMIER Man City 2-0 LeicesterDec 2014 PREMIER Leicester 0-1 Man CityDec 2013 CAPITAL ONE CUP Leicester 1-3 Man CityJan 2011 FA CUP Man City 4-2 LeicesterJan 2011 FA CUP Leicester 2-2 Man CityApr 2004 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 1-1 Man CityJan 2004 FA CUP Leicester 1-3 Man CityJan 2004 FA CUP Man City 2-2 LeicesterNov 2003 PREMIERSHIP Man City 0-3 LeicesterApr 2001 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 1-2 Man CityMan City are unbeaten in their last five league trips to Leicester (W3, D2) but this is very much ‘new’ Leicester and I think they will fight as if their season depends on it tonight. In many ways, it does, if they really want the fairytale to turn into reality.Forget panto, Paramount Pictures will be making a feature film if Leicester can do the unthinkable this season. At 3/1 with Star Sports tonight I’m still dreaming the dream.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK LEICESTER for 7 points at around 3/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 81.06 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


STAR PREVIEW Royal Ascot Tuesday

July 29, 2019

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first_imgGet your top hats and pimms ready, it’s Royal Ascot time! Bumper action on the way for the next five days of amazing racing, with tons to look forward to. We start with one of the most open races of the week.2.30pm The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1)This is an extremely competitive renewal, and the key form race might well be the Lockinge, won impressively by the now mature Mustashry from Laurens, Accidental Agent and Le Brivido. All should be involved again, and the margins ought to be tighter, but Accidental Agent, last year’s winner, looks to have been ignored unfairly.The five-year-old caused a huge shock last year but in hindsight he had promised more on his seasonal reappearance in the locking last year and he was arguably even more eye-catching in this season’s renewal, when closer to Mustashry than he was to Rhododendron last year. He came from much further behind than either Mustashry or Laurens, finishing well to take third, and if he shows the same improvement he did last season, he’ll take the the beating. Certainly, he appears to be too big at the current prices, which still have him at double figures.Le Brivido had a torrid trip, and is entitled to be on the premises and take the beating with a clear run here, although the market has absolutely found him and it is perhaps a stretch to say he’d have won the Lockinge, which a price of 7/2 assumes. Laurens, who travelled best that day, should have stripped fitter for that is and is a major threat.Of the rest, Hazapour should enjoy a stiff mile but bar his Derby form, he’s not run to a level that would see him as a major player in this for a year and Barney Roy’s return to form since being infertile has gone well, with Zaaki giving his return a nice boost before he won cosily in France. The latter is of more interest.Lord Glitters was a disappointment at Newbury, but if he’s on his best form then he’s another contender in an extremely open renewal. He was third in the Sussex Stakes last year, and also then beat Mustashry after, but he’s thrown in three poor efforts either side of his third in the Dubai Turf and it’s possible he’s not as trustworthy as he used to be. Last year’s Poulains winner Olmedo has seen that form take a lot of knocks and despite a good preparation others are preferred. One Master, fifth in the Breeders’ Cup mile after winning the Foret, would be more interesting of the two. It was a slight surprise to see Romanized at such a big price (fourth in Lockinge), and he made more appeal than Beat The Bank and Sharja Bridge.3.05pm The Coventry Stakes (Group 2)A belting renewal in store with Threat the first option against the field. He was deeply impressive when taking off like a rocket to win a four runner race at Newmarket on Guineas day, leaving behind second Electrical Storm in no time when asked. That runner was just collared on the line by Well of Wisdom, also of a horse of interest here, in a maiden which has produced two winners and Threat was comfortably superior, finishing two and a half lengths clear at the line. He was always strongest at the end, and as a son of Footstepsinthesand, he ought to relish an extra furlong here.Arizona, who stepped forward leaps and bounds from his debut to win his maiden by eight lengths at the Curragh, is the one to beat on visual impressions although Threat’s bare form might be stronger. Archie Watson’s Guildsman was super impressive at Goodwood on his debut 11 days ago and should finish strongly too although it is one of the weaker maidens in this field on form terms.Monoski, second behind the very promising Bomb Proof on debut at York’s Dante meeting, was ahead of two other winners (and good winners they were too) before following up with ease in a Pontefract maiden. He’s seriously respected for Mark Johnson, who has a useful crop of juveniles based on what we’ve seen so far. They had the impressive Visiniari, a comprehensive winner of his Newmarket maiden, as an option here.The Newbury Conditions Stakes (named after Olympic Glory) that took place on Lockinge Stakes day is one of the most valuable two-year-old races run before this meeting and there we saw a big bumping match between Well of Wisdom and Fort Meyers, both of whom made contact 3 times in the space of less than a furlong before coming with good late runs. Only a nose separated them and both looked as if they’d enjoy this trip, and both are big players.Aidan O’Brien has won this with a second string contender before – and had second string horses run well in it too, so all of his are of interest to some degree. It is fascinating that King Of Athens, who was beaten by daylight when second behind Arizona on his debut, is seen fit to run here, and we’ve discussed Fort Myers, so Royal Lytham is the last to come under the spotlight.He was not considered by the market – very few horses were – in a Navan maiden when stablemate United Front was the long odds on fav – but he came with a steady run when he met the hill to eventually take honors with a bit of ease. That bare form needs to be improved on but it is solid on a line through the second and fourth, and there could be buckets of improvement to come. He reminds one of War Command, who went off 20/1 and bolted up here, and Ascot should suit him more than Navan too. He also handles cut in the ground, having won on good to yielding.Light Angel, Maxi Boy, Maykyon and Coase are just a few who merit a mention.3.40pm The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1)This is a corking renewal with the first three from last year meeting again and the obvious betting angle is to back Mabs Cross each/way at the prices. She hasn’t missed a beat over the last 12 months, finishing fast to take third in this last year, then being nosed out of the Nunthorpe and taking the L’Abbaye, before returning with a fine win in the Palace House when she carried a penalty.She couldn’t live with Battash’s raw pace in the Temple Stakes but Ascot suits her far better than Haydock does and there ought to be enough pace for her to run at late. Of the top two, this course favors Blue Point over Battash, although there’s precious little between the two.Sergei Prokofiev was fourth in the Palace House when last with two furlongs to go and is another who should be seen to better effect here, having finished third in the Coventry last season.American speedster Imprimis overcame a stumble to get the better of Bound For Nowhere (set to run in the Diamond Jubilee) in the Shakertown Stakes. That’s serious form – Bound For Nowhere was third in the Diamond Jubilee, and he doesn’t need to have top of the ground to make an impact either, having taking the Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes on soft ground last May. That ground might not have had that much cut in it there compared to here – American turf is notoriously much faster – but he should cope and is a major player.Soldier’s Call made a good return at York when trying to give a penalty in the Westrow Stakes, but he doesn’t have the weight advantage he did as a juvenile in the Abbaye and others might have improved past him since. Fairyland ought to make a better sprinter than she did a miler on two runs although she might need to improve as well.Equilateral was beaten just a neck in the Palace House although he’s a lot worse off now and must continue that improvement. Houtzen is a multiple winner in Australia, but he’s yet to win at higher than Group 3 level and on his last Group 1 starts he was fifth and sixth in the Moir and Manikato Stakes, well beaten on both occasions.Enzo’s Lad has taken the Telegraph Stakes (Group 1) twice in New Zealand, but hasn’t done much since and the form of those surprise wins, both gained at masssive odds, hasn’t really matched Houtzen, so he could struggle badly here.Signora Cabello doesn’t look to have trained on to her full potential, whilst Judicial hasn’t run to his best for nearly a year.4.20pm The St James’ Palace Stakes (Group 1)Phoenix of Spain was extremely impressive when fairly romping home in the Irish 2.000 Guineas and he can beat Too Darn Hot again to take this. He was a progressive and high-class juvenile, being nosed out of the Vertem Futurity Trophy on his final start at 2, and his Curragh performance is hard to ignore, especially given how he burned off his rivals from the front end. King Of Comedy was an impressive winner of the Heron Stakes and John Gosden has used that route for success, including with Without Parole last year, although he might have won a weak renewal then.Too Darn Hot was a very fair second there, and last season’s Dewhurst winner has had a troubled season so far off the track. He might be better than he’s shown so far this year, but it also looks clear that other horses from his age group have caught up with him. Shaman will have enjoyed the rain that’s hit the track recently although the Poulains form, Persian King apart, looks weaker than the Irish Guineas.Skardu’s Craven win and Guineas third were two really strong efforts, but he faded late in the Irish Guineas when ridden closer to the pace and that effort was slightly disappointing given how well he ran at Newmarket. Royal Marine bombed there but on his previous form, this would be an ideal test and he was unlucky in the Craven. His Jean Luc win has been boosted by those behind, namely Broome, who has gone onto good things at longer distances.Circus Maximus, supplemented to take his place here, is perhaps the most interesting of the Ballydoyle contenders. He was in the thick of the Derby shakeup before he faded in the last two furlongs, and last year he was, amongst other efforts, third behind Persian King and Magna Grecia in the Autumn Stakes and then close up in the Vertem Futurity Trophy despite being fourth. He might be more of a ten furlong horse this year, but a drop back in trip will definitely help and his very presence here is interesting.,Fox Champion is progressing well, but he was nicely placed to take the German Guineas, and this is a different level. Bell Rock might have been given too much to do following his return behind King of Comedy at Sandown. Van Beethoven and Phoenix of Spain look exposed.5.00pm The Ascot Stakes (Handicap)There has been a big gamble on Gunnery already, but he is still of great interest. He was only beaten six lengths in the Queen’s Vase here in 2016 and his previous handicap second to Master Blueeyes does not look terrible bad on a line through his jumps form since. He was off for over 1,000 days before his returning second in a Bangor novice hurdle and if he doesn’t bounce for that, then this new trip on the flat should be something he relishes and the booking of Jamie Spencer just adds another string onto his bow.Of the market leaders, it is understandable that Buildmeupbuttercup is favoured, if only for the strength of her connections – Willie Mullins has won four of the last 7 runnings of this, and for three of them he’s had Ryan Moore on board. However, the market has found her sand also Mengli Khan, a high-class chaser and rare Gigginstown flat presentative, and the two, for all their obvious chances, don’t offer huge value.Batts Rock, who has finally won a race over hurdles, has got the booking of Frankie Dettori and he’s snuck in with a mark of just 91 here. This trip ought to bring out improvement in him – he won his maiden hurdle over 2m3f and he’s got to be a big player too here.It’s packed at the head of the market, with Coeur De Lion also making a lot of appeal. He was sixth in this last year and in two starts this season, has finished with a wet fail to finish runner up in a Good Newbury handicap before then bolting up in the Chester Cup consolation race. He was relentless when sluicing through heavy ground that day and few will be finishing better, and a rise of just 5lbs ought to help him a great deal.He is not the second choice against the field, however. Snow Falcon hasn’t run on the flat since 2017 but when he did, he was second in the Irish Cesarewitch off 97. His mark on the flat has been untouched since and he’s rated 157 over the jumps, proven as a Graded chaser and also suited by a bit of cut. Almost none will stay better and he should prove tactically versatile, whilst it would be a huge surprise if Ascot didn’t suit him too and that earns him the vote over the well handicapped Time To Study and Fun Mac.5.35pm The Wolferton Rated Stakes (Listed)A top quality renewal and a Listed contest that reads much more like a Group 2 if anything. The ground – especially if more rain gets into it – is a worry for Elarqam but the form of his reappearance in the Earl of Sefton has worked out so well that alone might be the best in the race and he was strongest at the finish when beating Willie John in the Festival Stakes. Addeybb does not mind pretty much any ground and after his reappearance in the Huxley Stakes, he can step forward. He didn’t kick on from his Bet365 Mile win last year but has had various excuses and the more rain the better, and he is worth ditching with the selection. Magic Wand has found winning difficult for all her talents whilst Latrobe’s best European form has come at further. Riven Light, a winner of the Galway Mile last summer, made an eye-catching return and will be on the premises in a quality closing race.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)14:30 The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1mBACK Accidental Agent 1 pt each/way at 11/1 with starsports.bet15:05 The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6fBACK Threat 2 pts win at 5/2 with starsports.betBACK Royal Lytham 1 pt each/way at 16/1 with starsports.bet15:40 The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 5fBACK Mabs Cross 1.5 pts each/way at 15/2 with starsports.bet16:20 The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 7f 213yBACK Phoenix Of Spain 3 pts win at 2/1 with starsports.bet17:00 The Ascot Stakes (A Handicap) (0-100) 2m 3f 210yBACK Gunnery 1 pt each/way at 12/1 with starsports.betBACK Snow Falcon 1 pt each/way at 12/1 with starsports.bet17:35 The Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race) 1m 1f 212yBACK Elarqam 1 pt win at 4/1 with starsports.betBACK Addeybb 1pt each/way at 13/2 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 194.06 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post, England v Afghanistan)last_img read more


Rice University elects four new trustees

July 28, 2019

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first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduRice University elects four new trusteesArnold, Hackett, Kellner, Szalkowski join board; Tudor re-elected to another termRice University has strengthened the business, social justice and legal expertise on its board of trustees with the election of four new members: Laura Arnold, co-founder and president of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation; James T. Hackett, chairman and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; Larry Kellner, president of Emerald Creek Group and former chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines; and Rice alumnus Charles Szalkowski, a senior partner and general counsel of Baker Botts LLP. Their four-year term begins July 1.The board also re-elected current trustee and Rice alumnus Robert “Bobby” Tudor III to a four-year term. He is chairman and CEO of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC.“Rice is very fortunate to welcome Laura, Jim, Larry and Charles as new trustees,” said Jim Crownover, chair of the Rice Board of Trustees. “The variety and combination of their areas of professional expertise and their differing relationships with Rice — some as alumni, some as friends and all as community leaders — will be valuable additions to Rice’s already strong board of trustees. We’re also grateful that Bobby Tudor has agreed to serve on the board an additional term.”Arnold co-founded the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, which invests in innovative strategies to address the country’s most significant social justice issues, including poverty and education. Previously she was executive vice president and general counsel of Cobalt International Energy in Houston — a position she held until late 2006. Prior to that she was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz in New York City.A member of the New York State Bar Association, Arnold has a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.Phil. in European studies from the University of Cambridge. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in government. After law school, Arnold clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Arnold is an adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. She is a member of the national board of directors for Teach for America. She also chairs the Civil Service Commission of the City of Houston and serves as a trustee of the Baylor College of Medicine and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.Hackett oversees one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. He joined Anadarko in December 2003 as the company’s president and CEO. Previously he had been president and chief operating officer of Devon Energy Corp. following its merger with Ocean Energy, of which he had served as chairman, president and CEO. Ocean Energy had also resulted from a merger with Seagull Energy Corp., where Hackett had been chairman, president and CEO as well. He has held high-level positions at Duke Energy and Pan Energy and also has energy experience in engineering, finance and marketing with NGC Corp., Burlington Resources and Amoco Oil Co.Hackett has a B.S. from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Harvard University. He is an adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.Currently chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and chairman of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, Hackett also serves as a director of Fluor Corp. and Halliburton and as a board member of the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petroleum Council and other industry associations. He is vice chairman of Baylor College of Medicine and the former chairman and now a member of the Houston Grand Opera’s board.Kellner assumed his new role as president of Emerald Creek Group, a Houston-based private equity firm, earlier this year after stepping down as chairman and CEO of Continental — a position he held since December 2004. He joined the airline in 1995 as chief financial officer and was elected president of the company and to the board of directors in May 2001. He became president and chief operating officer in 2003.His pre-Continental career included positions as executive vice president and chief financial officer of American Savings Bank and as executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Koll Company, a private real estate investment and construction firm.Kellner graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in business administration from the University of South Carolina, which honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998.He is vice chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and serves on the board of directors for Marriott International and on the development board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Kellner also is a member of the board of directors for the Methodist Hospital, YMCA of Greater Houston and the Spring Branch Education Foundation. Szalkowski has represented public and venture-backed companies and their investment bankers and investors for more than 30 years. He counsels private equity funds, hedge funds and institutional investors, including large insurance companies, Rice and other universities and other endowments. He has been general counsel of Baker Botts since late 2005. A former president of the Association of Rice Alumni (ARA), Szalkowski previously served on the Rice Board of Trustees as an ARA representative. He has served as a committee or board member with numerous departments, schools and organizations of Rice University. Most recently he served on the Humanities Research Center Advisory Board, as a judge for the Rice University Business Plan Competition and as a member of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He chaired the Rice University Fund Council and has helped raise money for the Rice Annual Fund and various capital campaigns, and he was recognized in 1995 for his efforts on Rice’s behalf with the National Philanthropy Day volunteer award. He will receive a Meritorious Service Award from the ARA this spring.Tudor was originally elected to the Rice Board of Trustees in 2006. After a nearly 20-year career with Goldman Sachs, Tudor returned to Houston and started Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., an integrated energy investment and merchant bank that provides high-quality advice and services to institutional and corporate clients.Tudor has a B.A. in English and legal studies from Rice and a J.D. from Tulane Law School. He is a former president of the “R” Association’s board of directors at Rice and has served on the ARA Board of Directors. He also will receive a Meritorious Service Award from the ARA this spring.Rice’s board will have 24 trustees as of July 1. Rice is a nonprofit institution and will celebrate its centennial year in 2012.last_img read more