The SNP has called on the next UK government to fo

first_imgThe SNP has called on the next UK government to follow Scotland’s lead in protecting disabled people from social security cuts.The SNP general election manifesto, published this week, says the party will fight to end the “appalling Tory welfare policies” that have damaged disabled people and other groups.The manifesto calls on Westminster to follow the SNP Scottish government in removing private sector companies from having any involvement in disability benefit assessments, and scrapping the work capability assessment and replacing it with a new system that “treats everyone with fairness and respect, helping people into employment rather than crisis”.It also says SNP MPs will push for the UK government to reverse its £29-a-week cut to new claimants of employment and support allowance who are placed in the work-related activity group – introduced earlier this year despite widespread opposition – and that it will vote against any further cuts to social security.And the party will continue to push for the Scottish government to have full control over all social security benefits.It points out that the Scottish government already plans to use its limited social security powers to abolish the bedroom tax, extend the winter fuel payment to families with disabled children with high support needs, rule out means-testing disability benefits, and reintroduce long-term benefit awards for people with long-term conditions.Elsewhere in the manifesto, the party calls for action to address the disability pay gap, which the Equality and Human Rights Commission said in April was “persistent and widening”.The party wants to see equal pay audits covering disability, race and gender – they currently only cover gender – and to have them extended to all firms with at least 150 employees, rather than the current level of 250, as well as “sanctions, including fines, for employers that fail to comply with the law”.It also wants all public authorities with more than 20 employees to provide equal pay statements every four years, in which they would provide their policies on equal pay and report on disability, gender and race.The manifesto also promises that SNP MPs will “oppose any attempts” by the UK government to scrap the Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.And it says that SNP MPs will support cross-party efforts at Westminster to give legal recognition to British Sign Language (BSL), and strengthen the rights of BSL-users.The manifesto also pledges that the party will “work to ensure that there is as much support as possible for disabled people, and people of all classes, races and gender identities to stand for election to the House of Commons”.An SNP spokeswoman confirmed later that the party wanted the UK government to reopen the Access to Elected Office Fund, which provided funding to help disabled people with the extra costs they faced in standing for Westminster and local elections, but was shut down by the Conservatives after the 2015 election.As many areas of policy are devolved to the Scottish parliament, issues such as accessible transport and housing are not covered by the SNP manifesto.But an SNP spokeswoman said that those issues are covered in the Scottish government’s five-year plan, A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People, which lays out the 93 actions it believes will help Scotland meet its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.These include ensuring that each local authority sets a “realistic target” for building wheelchair-accessible housing, and reports annually on its progress, and that the Scottish government will abolish fees for employment tribunals, and will ensure that the seven main criminal justice organisations carry out audits of their buildings to “identify any physical access barriers that need to be removed”.The SNP manifesto says that the UK government should “work towards” incorporating the UN convention into UK law.The manifesto includes 23 mentions of the words “disability”, “disabled” and “disabilities”.last_img

Sign up to LabourLists morning email for everythi

first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Campaigners for another EU referendum have been given much cause for excitement over the last 24 hours. First, Barry Gardiner told BBC Leeds that Labour would support a public vote if there were a motion for it. But, ever the maverick, the frontbencher had to rein it back in and a spokesperson soon corrected the record to confirm: “Whipping arrangements in the coming days and weeks will be decided in the usual way.” So that was Gardiner overselling, not that moment long-awaited by ‘PV’ campaigners – although it did reveal that he’d be willing to back such a position as a shadow cabinet member, despite having repeatedly indicated that he finds the idea disagreeable.Cue more excitement last night when Labour tabled its amendment to the government’s new ‘neutral terms’ Brexit motion (published ahead of the so-called ‘Plan B’ that MPs will vote on next week). The change would see the Commons vote on ’no deal’-preventing options, including Corbyn’s alternative Brexit plan and legislating for a public vote on a deal approved by MPs. Ben Bradshaw was pleased and David Lammy praised the “big step forward”. Chris Leslie, however, slammed the continued “prevarication”. Why? Because the amendment does not call for a fresh public vote, but merely a vote for MPs on a public vote. As Rebecca Long-Bailey clarified on Today this morning: “It’s not stating that the party supports a second referendum.”What’s more is that Labour’s proposal, while consistent with the party policy adopted at conference, has no chance of getting anywhere. Tory Remainers such as Anna Soubry won’t be backing it, so the amendment won’t pass if selected. Some are even saying that it’s being tabled early by Labour in order to kill off the idea. There has been a persistent theory that, by putting off the decision of whether to back PV until the last moment, the leadership could accidentally strike at the time it’s most likely to pass. But today only around 10 Tories and 88 Labour MPs have come out in favour. If MPs did vote on the idea now, feeble numbers could effectively rule it out as an option.Cross-party backbencher amendments are where the real action is happening. In her statement yesterday, the Prime Minister vowed to be more “flexible, open and inclusive” when engaging with parliament, plus commit to the “strongest possible protections on workers’ rights” etc (à la ‘inbetweeners’ amendment), and solve the Irish border problem. The next steps of the Brexit process will be determined by whether Theresa May manages to pull that off – winning back the DUP, lots of Tories and a few flexible Labour MPs – or she loses control, handing it over to backbenchers such as Yvette Cooper and Dominic Grieve.Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /Yvette Cooper /Labour /Dominic Grieve /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /People’s Vote /last_img

Juvenile Hall slated to close by 2021 — even without Mayor Breeds

first_img Email Address ‘There’s no reason to have children a tiny cell with a concrete slab and a toilet bowl. There’s no reason at all that it has to be like that.’ Mayor London Breed on Monday declined to sign into law a historic piece of legislation brought forth by the Board of Supervisors that would close Juvenile Hall by 2021. Her decision to neither sign nor veto the bill means it will go into effect anyway, without her signature — it will just take an extra month, according to a representative from the city clerk’s office. “She was pretty clear all along that she did not support that legislation,” said Jeff Cretan, a spokesman for the mayor. He explained that Breed wanted to see a clear plan in place for moving forward, and had implemented her own panel in April that would look into more moderate ways to reform the criminal justice system in California than swiftly abolishing an institution.  Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter But despite her reticence, an end to the jailing of children in San Francisco really will happen, in less than three years. And it’s a pretty big deal. “It’s historic that this legislation passed,” said Carolyn Goossen, a legislative aide for Supervisor Hillary Ronen, one of the authors of the bill, along with Supervisors Matt Haney and Shamann Walton.  “And now we were able to get through the budget the funding to make sure the working group runs smoothly and funded. So I feel very hopeful and excited and ready to delve into the next phase of the work.” A working group made up of community leaders and city officials will be appointed by September. Mission Local chatted with Goossen — who has been working behind the scenes toward this end for years — to find out what’s next for the bill, and what it ultimately takes to create a rehabilitation-based alternative to incarcerating children.Mission Local: What are the next steps?Carolyn Goossen: Our first job will be getting the working group off the ground. We’ve already gotten money in the budget for it! The next step will then be to appoint the members of the 15-member working group. The majority of those seats are community-based, and for any seat that’s not a city department, they go through an appointment process that the Rules Committee will run. We will put it out to the community soon that we’re looking for people to apply for the working group. They’ll have a month to apply, and then we’ll start having people come interview. And those are public televised committee meetings at the Rules Committee. Then we’ll select the working group members. So I think probably that will likely be middle to end of September.Supervisor Hillary Ronen, an author of the Juvenile Hall Closure bill.ML: Can you tell us more about what the working group will be working on? What does it take to create an alternative to incarceration?CG: There’s no reason to have children a tiny cell with a concrete slab and a toilet bowl. There’s no reason at all that it has to be like that. It could be a small, secured house with security and cameras, but that looks more like a small house. There are many options, but we’re really going to bring into the working group people with real expertise who’ve been looking at this issue locally and across the country.ML: What are some of the challenges that you already foresee coming up during the working group?CG: I think it is going to be a lot of work, of course. You want to do this stuff right. That’s why we wanted to give ourselves two and a half years to make sure this can be done really thoughtfully. And you know, a lot of people in the community have been waiting a long time to be a part of this process. It’s not about having abstract discussions, it’s about moving with urgency towards a clear goal. ML: How did you decide that this is so important to the community and where did the idea come from?CG: I mean, this is something that the community has been talking about for decades. What we saw right now was an opportunity. We have not only this longtime community organizing but we have a very powerful base: Young Women’s Freedom Center made it one of their goals is to stop the imprisonment of girls and gender nonconforming people, and close the juvenile halls, youth prisons and adult prisons. So that’s their explicit mission, and they’ve been working on that with formerly incarcerated young people and adults. Then the Chronicle did this remarkable investigative story really exposing the incredible decline in youth crime all over the state; really showing how, you know, the huge amounts of money that is spent. So, you know, the fact that it’s $300,000 per youth that we spend on incarceration. This is a huge issue, and a waste of money that’s happening statewide. At the same time, we’ve had all this research done in the past decade and in recent years on the fact that it does not help young people. read more

JON Wilkin and Kyle Amor have been banned after of

first_imgJON Wilkin and Kyle Amor have been banned after offences committed in Round 6 match at Wakefield.Jon Wilkin was found guility of making a reckless high tackle on Chris Riley of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the fifth minute of the game. Saints will not be appealing the ban due to recent comments and reports in the media.Kyle Amor was found guility of making a reckless high tackle on Wakefield’s Matt Ryan – he submitted an Early Guilty Plea and misses this week’s match with Leeds.last_img

NC declares State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Michael

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s governor has declared a State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Michael.The storm’s path is forecast to run through the state where many are still reeling after last month’s Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – Gov. Roy Cooper said he’s called up 150 National Guard troops and lifted restrictions on trucks that could deliver supplies to the state.Click here to visit the WWAY Hurricane Center pageOfficials have said that Michael isn’t expected to cause the same kind of river flooding as Florence.Related Article: Community gives back to Coast Guard families during shutdownBut Cooper said that Michael could bring up to 7 inches of rain to parts of the state, which could cause flash flooding.He urged people in flood-prone areas to watch forecasts and heed any evacuation orders.Cooper said tropical storm-force winds will likely arrive overnight into Thursday, and that the wind and rain could further damage tarped houses where people are working to rebuild.last_img

Twitter Crashes Outage Blamed on Cascading Bug

first_imgAdvertisement Here’s what Twitter’s VP of Engineering, Mazen Rawashdeh, had to say about its issues, and offers Twitter’s “sincere apologies”:Not how we wanted today to go. At approximately 9:00am PDT, we discovered that Twitter was inaccessible for all web users, and mobile clients were not showing new Tweets. We immediately began to investigate the issue and found that there was a cascading bug in one of our infrastructure components. This wasn’t due to a hack or our new office or Euro 2012 or GIF avatars, as some have speculated today. A “cascading bug” is a bug with an effect that isn’t confined to a particular software element, but rather its effect “cascades” into other elements as well. One of the characteristics of such a bug is that it can have a significant impact on all users, worldwide, which was the case today. As soon as we discovered it, we took corrective actions, which included rolling back to a previous stable version of Twitter.We began recovery at around 10:10am PDT, dropped again around 10:40am PDT, and then began full recovery at 11:08am PDT. We are currently conducting a comprehensive review to ensure that we can avoid this chain of events in the future. – Advertisement – For the past six months, we’ve enjoyed our highest marks for site reliability and stability ever: at least 99.96% and often 99.99%. In simpler terms, this means that in an average 24-hour period, twitter.com has been stable and available to everyone for roughly 23 hours, 59 minutes and 40-ish seconds. Not today though.From USAtodaylast_img

Gmail makes 10 years

first_imgAdvertisement Gmail made a decade yesterday, the service hit the web in April 2004, and as of today it is one of the most commonly used service to send and receive emails. This April marks the 10th birthday of Gmail.Gmail was inspired by one user’s feedback that she was tired of struggling to find emails buried deep in her inbox. So the company built a new email that leveraged the power of Google Search, said Google in a post.“You told us you were tired of spam, so we set to tackling that, and today your feedback makes it possible for Gmail to filter out well over 99 per cent of incoming spam. You also said that you needed tools to deal with information overload, so we introduced Priority Inbox to help you manage your email (and we’re still exploring new ways to make it even easier),” said Google – Advertisement – See the evolution of Gmail Below.Source and Image Credit:  IBN Livelast_img

Yahoo Unveils Mobile Development Suite

first_imgAdvertisement Today at Yahoo’s first mobile developer conference, the tech giant unveiled its new Yahoo Mobile Development Suite that combines Yahoo App Publishing for monetization, Search In Apps, and App Marketing with its Flurry Analytics acquisition made last year. This is Yahoo’s “ads in dev’s clothing” strategy to convince app makers to buy and host its ads.Flurry now has 200,000 app developers on its platform who have built 630,000 apps that reach 1.6 billion devices. Yahoo meanwhile now has 575 million monthly mobile visitors to its properties and hit $1.2 billion in mobile revenue in 2014, as it predicted.“Today is about building innovative, game-changing applications,” said CEO Marissa Mayer when she took the stage. Now, rather than just make them itself, Yahoo is providing the tools for developers to build, grow, and earn money on their own apps. – Advertisement – Mobile TrendsFollowing Mayer, Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf took the stage to give an update on the state of mobile. He says there are three big trends in mobile right now:A massive rise in mobile shoppingMessaging apps becoming whole platforms, like WeChat’s taxi integration, Line’s games, and Snapchat’s new Snapcash payment feature that prove people want more services from their favorite appsPhablet phones driving a massive increase in media consumptionMobile Developer SuiteEach piece of the Yahoo Mobile Development Suite is getting its own update as well as being tied together.Flurry Explorer And PulseFlurry announced the new Flurry Explorer analytics tool, which an exec said is an “ad-hoc query analysis tool” that lets you “ask complex questions of your data and get the answer in seconds.” The product is free at any scale, which poises it to undercut Mixpanel, and analytics tool favorite around the industry that unfortunately can be quite expensive depending on how many in-app events are being measured.Flurry is also launching Flurry Pulse, which lets developers securely share any of their data with their partners with ease. No additional code needs to be written. For example, mobile app publishers serving ads can send their mobile audience data directly to comScore (a Flurry Pulse launch partner).Previously, developers would have had to integrate another comScore SDK into their apps. This shrinks app size, increases app stability thanks to minimizing code, and removes the need for extra updates. Yahoo plans to add additional partners to Flurry Pulse soon, and is now in developer preview and will roll out over the coming weeks and months.Monetizing With AdsTo give mobile developers a better way to monetize, Yahoo today launched Yahoo App Publishing.Now through the Flurry SDK, developers can integrate Yahoo’s Gemini native ads that fit into different app feeds, whether they’re vertical streams, or horizontal cards. No matter what an app looks like, Yahoo’s Gemini system can morph standard ads to match the app’s design.Last year Yahoo acquired video adtech startup BrightRoll. Now developers can pipe BrightRoll ads into their apps through the Flurry SDK. So if an app features video content, they can easily monetize it without their own sales force through BrightRoll. “Isn’t this great? Grumpy Cat and Big Macs in your app, and you make money from it,” said BrightRoll CEO Tod Sacerdoti. Yahoo Search In AppsDevelopers don’t want users bouncing from their apps when they need to run a web search. So today Yahoo launched Yahoo Search In Apps, an integratable search tool for mobile apps. The idea is that not only will users stick around in a developer’s app if they can search from there, but the developer can share in the ad revenue if users click on search ads.Yahoo Search In Apps is now integrated in Yahoo’s main app, Yahoo News Digest, Yahoo Mail and Android launcher Yahoo Aviate. Externally, the Dodol launcher and Solo launcher apps now integrate Yahoo Search In Apps. Yahoo’s Jon Paris gave the example of someone using news app and wanting to learn more about the topic of the article. Yahoo lets them search without exiting the app.Yahoo Mobile MarketingYahoo is tying together its three mobile advertising options for developers: Gemini native ads on Yahoo’s properties, video ads on third parties, and Sponsored Post social ads on Tumblr. Now developers can target ads in any of these channels using Yahoo’s identity data with a self-serve tool. That includes what people browse on Yahoo and Tumblr, and what they do across the web thanks to Flurry’s big footprint.The Virtuous CycleOverall, Yahoo’s platform is a smart play because it dangles free analytics and monetization tools to lure developers towards its advertising products. Investors gave Yahoo a small 1.42 percent bump today as of 3:15 p.m. EST thanks to the launches. This “PlADform Strategy” is what I wrote Facebook and Twitter were aggressively developing last year.Hence, Yahoo’s new platform will put read more

DStv Uganda launches Digital Migration Campaign

first_imgMultichoice General Manager Charles Hamya (R) poses for a photo opportunity with Bryan Muwonge DStv’s Marketing Manager as they launch the mega price cut of the DStv Zapper full kit at UGX99,900 from UGX309,000 Advertisement With just two weeks to the Digital Migration MultiChoice the continents leading pay television provider has launched an unprecedented digital offer of only 99,900 Shillings for a full DStv kit which includes a decoder, a dish and one month subscription on the Access bouquet.The price special which is the cheapest ever in Uganda’s history for a direct to home DTH satellite product represents a reduction of over 65% from the normal retail price.Making the announcement at a press conference held at their offices Charles Hamya the General Manager of MultiChoice Uganda said this is an incredible once in a lifetime price which will only be available for three weeks. – Advertisement – “The digital migration is a major global milestone which will positively transform the broadcasting and ICT sector. MultiChoice as a company fully intends to play its part in helping the country migrate by making it as affordable as possible for Ugandans to move to full digital broadcasting”.He noted that MultiChoice Africa their parent company stopped analogue broadcasting more than ten years ago and was glad to see they had taken the right decision.Informing Ugandans where the specially priced DStv kits will be sold Bryan Muwonge the Marketing Manager of DStv said the kits shall be available at all MultiChoice retail and agent outlets countrywide he noted.“because of the technology it uses (Satellite Direct to home) DStv is the only pay television product that can be viewed in any part of the country as such we have made sure Ugandans will be able to buy DStv in whatever town or urban center they live”.He continued by, encouraging Ugandans to embrace the migration which he said “will be beneficial for the television industry as a whole because it would promote quality digital services and create a variety of business and  employment opportunities across the television value chain”.He however cautioned Ugandans who believe the migration deadline will be extended not to do so because the UCC has repeatedly announced they are ready to switch off and that the migration is a part global agreement that requires Uganda to abide by that date.last_img

Top 10 CyberSecurity predictions for 2016

first_imgCybersecurity can seem like an eternity. But despite the rapid changes, we have IT security threats and trends that we expect to see in 2016. Image Credit: Hacked Advertisement A year in cybersecurity can seem like an eternity.  But despite the rapid changes, many things remain constant.  Check Point’s top three predicted security threats for 2015 were the rapid growth in unknown malware, in mobile threats, and in critical vulnerabilities in commonly used platforms (Android, iOS and others).These were fully realised, and are likely to remain a significant threat. The cat-and-mouse game that has typified cybersecurity in recent years continues, with hackers constantly finding new ways in which to attack networks – as this year’s high-profile breaches at Anthem, Experian, Carphone Warehouse, Ashley Madison and TalkTalk showed.Like most IT security professionals, I really want my predictions not to come true:  I would prefer organisations didn’t get hacked or breached.  But by anticipating the next wave of threats, we hope to help businesses stay on top of the evolving tactics and exploits that criminals will use to target them.  So here are ten IT security threats and trends that I expect we will see during 2016. – Advertisement – 1. ‘Sniper’ and ‘shotgun’ malware We believe that larger breaches in 2016 will be the result of custom-designed malware designed to get past the defences of specific organisations, such as the attack on US retailer Target.  While generic, broad-brush attacks will continue to threaten individual users and small enterprises, hackers will raise their game when attacking larger organisations with more sophisticated security postures. They will use deeper, more sophisticated phishing and other social engineering tricks to gain access to the data that they want.2. Moving to mobile Mobile attacks continue to increase as mobile devices become more commonplace in the workplace, offering hackers direct and potentially lucrative access to personal and corporate data.  Our 2015 Security Report found that 42% of organisations had suffered mobile security incidents which cost more than $250,000 to remediate, and 82% expected incidents to rise.  This year has also seen several high-profile mobile vulnerabilities emerge, including Certifigate on hundreds of millions of Android devices and XcodeGhost, the first major malware infection targeting non-jailbroken iOS devices.  We expect to find more major mobile vulnerabilities in the next year.3. Threat prevention In the ongoing battle between hackers and security professionals, attackers are increasingly deploying more sophisticated, custom variants of existing malware and zero-days that can bypass traditional sandboxing technology. These new attack vectors require more proactive and advanced solutions that catch evasive malware.  CPU-level sandboxing is able to identify the most dangerous threats in their infancy before they can evade detection and infect networks.4. Attacks on critical infrastructure In December 2014, a steel mill in Germany was hit by hackers who accessed the plant’s production network and caused ‘massive’ damage.  Also, the US Department of Homeland Security that ‘Havex’ Trojan infections had compromised industrial control systems in over 1,000 energy companies across Europe and North America.  Attacks on public utilities and key industrial processes will continue, using malware to target the SCADA systems that control those processes.  And as control systems become increasingly connected, this will extend the potential attack surface – which will require better protection.5. IoT and smart devices The Internet of Things is still emerging and is unlikely to make a big impact in 2016.  Nevertheless organisations need to think about how they can protect smart devices and prepare themselves for wider adoption of the IoT.  The key questions users need to ask is ‘where is my data going?’ and ‘what would happen if someone gets hold of this data?’  A year ago, we discovered a flaw in SOHO routers worldwide that could allow hackers to hijack the router to launch attacks on any devices connected to it – and we will see more of these vulnerabilities in connected devices.[related-posts]6. You wear it well Wearables like smartwatches are making their way into the enterprise, bringing with them new security risks and challenges.  There are a number of security concerns about data that is held on smartwatches, or that wearables could even be used by hackers to capture video and audio via mobile remote access Trojans, so organisations that permit these devices need to ensure that they are protected with encryption and strong passwords.7. Trains, planes and automobiles 2015 saw the emergence of car hacking, in which the vehicle’s software is hijacked to take control of it.  In July, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million Jeep Cherokee vehicles in the US after security researchers read more

Unboxing and First Impression of the Tecno Camon CM

first_imgUnboxing the Tecno Camon CM. Advertisement TECNO, a premier mobile phone brand under Transsion Holdings, early this year released its first frameless full-screen display smartphone; the mid-range Tecno Camon CM. And stands as the first device from Tecno Mobile to feature the 18:9 aspect ratio. Regular smartphones have come with 16:9 screen ratio which means significant side, top and bottom bezels. But with the 18:9 ratio, you will get larger display on a smaller bodyThe plastic flagship boasts a slim and elegant body design with its total thickness measuring at about 8mm. Spots a 5.7 inches display, sits a Quad-core processor with Mediatek MT6737 chipset, the processor clocks at 1.25 GHz. 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM and runs Android 7.0 Nougat with HiOS 2.0 from TECNO Mobile on top. The 16GB internal storage is expandable upto 128GB with a microSD card.When it comes to camera, Tecno Camon CM comes with 13MP both on the front and rear cameras. Supported with a 4-Led flash for the rear when shooting in a low-light setting. Tecno has always not disappointed its customers when it comes to camera. – Advertisement – In terms of connectivity, supports 2G, 3G, 4G networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and USB v2.0. All that is backed on a 3,000mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery.The products arrived here in Kampala, Uganda on 12th March. And this magazine was invited to the press launch where we were given one to review. But first, we share the unboxing and our first impressions.The Tecno Camon CM comes packed in a black about 10mm wide box. Unboxing, the 18:9 screen ration smartphone sits on top while underneath, are the accessories, including; 3.5mm earphones, USB data and charge cord, wall adapter, phone casing, and manuals.Tecno Camon CM1 of 12 Unboxing the Tecno Camon CM.Unboxing the Tecno Camon CM. The Tecno Camon CM. First impression on the Tecno Camon CMThe 18:9 aspect ration, considering the fact that its a mid-range smartphone. The likes of the Phantom 8 are still rated with 16:9 screen ratio.At the moment the display is the unique thing in the Tecno line of mobiles.Has an iPhoneX like look. Slick, light, and portable.13MP front camera.Less bezels.Multi-tasking.Budget friendly.We shall have the review after a week of using the phone.[related-posts]last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

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.Tuesday 15 AprilRACING2.50 SouthwellAfro 6/1 > 100/303.35 ExeterRafafie 15/2 > 4/14.20 KemptonMiss Ballantyne 8/1 > 5/15.25 SouthwellAiyana 7/2 > 9/4What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

SIMON NOTT Glorious Goodwood Day Three

first_imgSIMON NOTT: Reports from the Star Sports pitches at Glorious Goodwood on day three. The weather took a turn for the better. The results a turn for the worse.Glorious Goodwood Day 3When the weather forecast includes 45mph winds, we’d normally be looking to the forthcoming day with trepidation but after yesterday no rain was all we needed to hear for it to be music to our ears albeit whistling through the flagpoles.The Star Sports wind report….THOUGHTS BEFORE RACING AND THEY’RE OFF…Business on the opening Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Stakes was brisk. We took plenty of modest bets with the final hold money totalling three times what it would have been yesterday, though that wasn’t saying a lot. Sadly a lot of those modest bets were for 8/1 winner Good Omen, people liked the name, but was badly monikered in our case – the worst in the book and a four-figure loser.Betting was once again steady without being lumpy in the Markel Insurance Fillies Stakes. Business wasn’t helped by the favourite Endless Time proving hard to lay but it did come in for support late on but no big punters came near us. At the off Harlequeen was our bogie with the favourite just taking the book so not ideal.Unless the jolly wins of course, we considered that a bullet dodged and made up for the first race.Kyle and Lofty’s half-time report…It was the same story in the Qatar Richmond Stakes, that is plenty of bets but most of them very modest. And then it started to rain. Nooooo Carol Kirkwood said it wouldn’t!The office called to say Headway was the bogie with them but was a winner with us on course.The winner Barraquero was no good for us on course but at least we got the office bogie beaten.All eyes were on Winter in the Qatar Nassau Stakes. We were 11/10 early and took a single bet of £540 at the price then an even rouf (£400) so got the foundation for the book in what we expected to be a modest betting heat despite the short one. There didn’t seem to be a big punter to try and tempt in, but we were looking and hoping for one.We added another grand at evens to the take. Then another near the off, Ben screaming evens with a phone to the office stuck to his ear, that call was to warn him we had Winter for ‘plenty’ in the office in addition to the four-figures in our book on course.The sun came out just as Winter passed the post the clear winner. What a disaster, the first real reversal of the meeting for us but a very hefty one.Betting was steady for the Telegraph Nursery Handicap Stakes but not to the sort of volume that would get us out on the day. The office had laid decent bets on Starlight Mystery and Tangled. The latter burst out of the front of the stalls and was withdrawn just before the off.Then things went from bad to worse when the likely good result Cheeky Rascal was collared under the judge’s nose by jolly Billesdon Brook. Then ensued the unenviable task of explaining the 10p Rule 4 deduction due to Tangled’s withdrawal to every winning novice punter of which there where a few. At the least the rain had stopped.It could have been a lot worse though, some intrepid Exchange players trying to scoop up the in-running money on the jolly laid at 999/1 when she looked beaten and hemmed in on the rail. It must be like snakes and ladders that game! There was another short one to try and get in the book in the Victoria Racing Club EBF British Stallion Studs Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (phew!) Roulette was 6/5 with us, we laid £2,000 and a couple of monkeys at the price then chased it out to wrist 5/4 briefly.She then crashed into even money as they loaded into the stalls. Then led from start to finish, another disaster. Normal service had been resumed at Glorious Goodwood!At least there was a steel band to play a sad lament to cheer us all going into the concluding Tatler Handicap Stakes.It’s not often you see a 4/1 the field eight horse race but that’s how competitive this looked on paper. The best strategy was to let the punters find the winner.Business was steady, at the off we had three of the eight losing us over a grand. As pure luck would have it the winner and 10/3 favourite Quench Dolly wasn’t one of them. That result gave us a bit back in a race where we could have done our cobblers. It had been a bad day but ended on a high note, at least on course. With two days to go we’re still in with a fighting chance of achieving a winning Glorious Goodwood.Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img

Boron atoms stretch out gain new powers

first_imgShare1Editor’s note: Links to videos and high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduBoron atoms stretch out, gain new powers Rice University simulations demonstrate 1-D material’s stiffness, electrical versatility HOUSTON – (Jan. 26, 2017) – Hold on, there, graphene. You might think you’re the most interesting new nanomaterial of the century, but boron might already have you beat, according to scientists at Rice University.A Rice team that simulated one-dimensional forms of boron — both two-atom-wide ribbons and single-atom chains — found they possess unique properties. The new findings appear this week in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.For example, if metallic ribbons of boron are stretched, they morph into antiferromagnetic semiconducting chains, and when released they fold back into ribbons.A truss-like ribbon of boron atoms transforms as it stretches into a carbyne-like chain, also going from a semiconductor to metallic conductor, according to Rice University scientists. In this simulation, the one-dimensional chain is stretched to the breaking point. Courtesy of the Yakobson GroupThe 1-D boron materials also have mechanical stiffness on a par with the highest-performing known nanomaterials.And they can act as nanoscale, constant-force springs.Experimental labs are making progress in synthesizing atom-thin and fullerene-type boron, which led Rice researcher Boris Yakobson to think 1-D boron may eventually become real as well.Yakobson’s lab creates atom-level computer simulations of materials that do not necessarily exist — yet. Simulating and testing their energetic properties helps guide experimentalists working to create real-world materials. Carbon-atom chains known as carbyne, boron fullerenes and two-dimensional films called borophene, all predicted by the Rice group, have since been created by labs.“Our work on carbyne and with planar boron got us thinking that a one-dimensional chain of boron atoms is also a possible and intriguing structure,” Yakobson said. “We wanted to know if it is stable and what the properties would be. That’s where modern theoretical-computational methods are impressive, because one can do pretty realistic assessments of non-existing structures.In this simulation, the one-dimensional chain is stretched to the breaking point. Courtesy of the Yakobson Group“Even if they never exist, they’re still important since we’re probing the limits of possibility, sort of the final frontier,” he said.One-dimensional boron forms two well-defined phases — chains and ribbons — which are linked by a “reversible phase transition,” meaning they can turn from one form to the other and back.To demonstrate these interesting chemomechanics, the researchers used a computer to “pull” the ends of a simulated boron ribbon with 64 atoms. This forced the atoms to rearrange into a single carbyne-like chain. In their simulation, the researchers left a fragment of the ribbon to serve as a seed, and when they released the tension, the atoms from the chain neatly returned to ribbon form.“Boron is very different from carbon,” Yakobson said. “It prefers to form a double row of atoms, like a truss used in bridge construction. This appears to be the most stable, lowest-energy state.“If you pull on it, it starts unfolding; the atoms yield to this monatomic thread. And if you release the force, it folds back,” he said. “That’s quite fun, structurally, and at the same time it changes the electronic properties.“That makes it an interesting combination: When you stretch it halfway, you may have a portion of ribbon and a portion of chain. Because one of them is metal and the other is a semiconductor, this becomes a one-dimensional, adjustable Schottky junction.” A Schottky junction is a barrier to electrons at a metal-semiconductor junction and is commonly used in diodes that allow current to flow in only one direction.As a ribbon, boron is “a true 1-D metal robust to distortion of its crystalline lattice (a property known as Peierls distortion),” the researchers wrote. That truss-like construct gives the material extraordinary stiffness, a measure of its ability to resist deformation from an applied force.As a chain of atoms, the material is also a strain-tunable, wide-gap antiferromagnetic semiconductor. In an antiferromagnet, the atomic moments — the direction of the atoms’ “up” or “down” spin states — align in opposite directions. This coupling of magnetic state and electronic transport may be of great interest to researchers studying spintronics, in which spin states may be manipulated to create high-performance electronic devices. “It may be very useful because instead of charge transport, you can have spin transport. That’s considered an important direction for devices that make use of spintronics,” read more

After Report Family of Boy in Gorilla Pen Thanks Zoo Again

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A boy brings flowers to put beside a statue of a gorilla outside the shuttered Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in Cincinnati on May 30, 2016. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) US Share After Report, Family of Boy in Gorilla Pen Thanks Zoo Again By The Associated Press November 18, 2016 Updated: November 18, 2016center_img Share this article CINCINNATI—The family of the 3-year-old boy who slipped into a gorilla exhibit expressed appreciation to the Cincinnati Zoo again in the aftermath of a federal report that found the exhibit hadn’t been in compliance with standards.The zoo’s dangerous-animal response team concluded the boy’s life was in danger in May and fatally shot an endangered gorilla named Harambe, which led to mourning and criticism around the globe.In a statement, the boy’s relatives say the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection findings first reported Thursday doesn’t change anything for them.“We are thankful to the Lord that our child is safe and well,” said the statement released by Gail Myers, spokeswoman for the family. “We very much appreciate the quick actions by the Cincinnati Zoo staff, and mourn with them the loss of Harambe.”The boy was treated at a hospital and released that same evening.U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa said although the zoo barrier previously passed inspections, including in April, the May 28 breach showed it was no longer effective in restricting contact between the public and the gorillas. She said the zoo took quick and comprehensive corrective action in making the barrier taller and adding nylon mesh. The federal inspection found that the zoo’s dangerous-animal response team properly followed procedures after the boy got through fencing and wound up in the exhibit’s moat. Harambe made contact with the boy, dragging him by the leg in the shallow moat water and again on the ground, the report said.The zoo said it remains committed “to the well-being of the resident animals and the safety of those inspired to view and conserve them.”The Association of Zoos and Aquariums said in a statement that it believes the Cincinnati Zoo is “meeting the highest standards of animal care and welfare, while also providing a safe and educational environment for their guests.”However, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation said it hopes people will remember the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla’s death, calling it “as preventable as it was tragic.” Show Discussionlast_img

Family to Seek Death Declaration for Missing Maine Toddler

first_img Share this article PORTLAND, Maine—The mother of a Maine toddler who disappeared five years ago while staying with her father plans to take steps to obtain a legal declaration that the child is dead.The declaration would be the first step to asserting future legal claims and holding accountable those responsible for Ayla Reynolds’s death, the mother’s family said in a statement ahead of the fifth anniversary of the child’s disappearance.Her mother, Trista Reynolds, plans to retain a lawyer and to begin the process soon, likely in January, a family spokesman said Wednesday.“Sadly, Ayla Reynolds will not be building snow forts with her little brothers this holiday season. She won’t write a list for Santa. Instead, Ayla will become the subject of a probate court filing,” the family said in a statement to the media.Twenty-month-old Ayla was staying with her father, Justin DiPietro, in Waterville when she was reported missing on the morning of Dec. 17, 2011. DiPietro told authorities that he tucked Ayla into bed the night before and she was gone the next morning. He said he believes she was abducted.A 911 call prompted a search by police that expanded to include game wardens, FBI agents and other officers who canvassed neighborhoods, lowered streams and sent divers into the nearby Kennebec River. The missing person case eventually became the largest criminal investigation in Maine history. Investigators who found Ayla’s blood inside the home concluded that the child was no longer alive and was a victim of foul play. Detectives maintain adults in the home know more than they’ve told investigators, but the case remains unsolved and no charges have been filed.It wasn’t clear if DiPietro still lives at the Waterville home, and he couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday. His mother, who owns the home, didn’t immediately return a message left on her cellphone.Two state police detectives remain assigned to the case, and they’ve vetted 40 tips this year, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. All told, detectives have received more than 1,000 tips since Ayla disappeared.Trista Reynolds and her family also believe the adults in the home—DiPietro, his girlfriend, and his sister—know what happened to Ayla. The family said Trista is trying to make the best of the holiday season for the sake of her sons in the light of the annual reminder of the loss of her daughter.“In spite of this unbearable milestone, she must do her utmost to provide an atmosphere of Christmas cheer for her young sons so that they may know the joy of Christmas rather than associate this wondrous holiday with the deep sorrow that has forever tainted the season for Trista and her family members,” the statement said.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Family to Seek Death Declaration for Missing Maine Toddler By The Associated Press December 15, 2016 Updated: December 15, 2016center_img Share Show Discussion Ayla Reynolds. (AP Photo/Trista Reynolds, File) last_img

Father of Colo Boy Dylan Redwine Arrested on Murder Charges

first_img The father of a Colorado boy who was found dead in 2012—years after he declared his innocence on “Dr. Phil”—has been arrested, according to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office in a July 22 news release.Blood stains, evidence, and conversations connected Mark Redwine, 55, to the killing of his then-13-year-old son, Dylan, in November 2012. He was arrested Saturday in Bellingham, Washington, where he was working as a truck driver, after a grand jury indictment for second-degree murder and child abuse.Mark Redwine, 55, was arrested on second-degree murder and charges linked to the death of his son Dylan Redwine. (LA PLATA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE) Mark Redwine, 55, was arrested on charges of second-degree a murder  and child abuse linked to the death of his son, Dylan Redwine. (La Plata County Sheriff’s Office)He’s being held on $1 million bond, according to the sheriff’s office.In addition to the second-degree murder charge, Redwine is facing a child abuse charge in relation to his son’s death.Dylan was last known to be at his father’s home in Vallecito, Colorado, located about 200 miles southwest of Denver. The boy’s remains were found in June 2013 and later in November 2015 by hikers. Forensic anthropologists said the child received injuries that were consistent with blunt force trauma.Dylan Redwine is seen with his mother Elaine. (Facebook) Dylan Redwine is seen with his mother Elaine. (Facebook)The child’s blood was found in locations in Mark Redwine’s house, including “on the couch, the floor in front of the couch, the corner coffee table, on the floor beneath a rug, and a love seat,” officials said, according to the indictment.He also told his ex-wife Betsy Horvath that he would “kill the kids before he let her have them,” while saying if he had to get rid of a body, he would “leave it out in the mountains,” the indictment says. But he has denied for years that he was responsible for his son’s death.osdasdasodo“I wouldn’t hurt him,” he told his former wife on “Dr. Phil.” “What kind of mother are you to even think that I was even capable of doing something like that?”Mark Redwine’s prosecution will start when he’s extradited back to Colorado, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.“The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and Federal Bureau of Investigation have invested thousands of hours in investigating this case,” said the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office. Share Dylan Redwine (Police handout)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlecenter_img US Show Discussion Father of Colo. Boy Dylan Redwine Arrested on Murder Charges By Jack Phillips July 23, 2017 Updated: July 23, 2017last_img

Get Out Now — Levee Breached in Houston Suburb

first_img Share this article US Homes are seen inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) “They need to get out. Get to higher ground in Angleton,” County Judge Matt Sebesta said on TV, CBS reported.Columbia Lakes is located some 50 miles from Houston near the Brazos River. Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, U.S., on August 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman) Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, on Aug. 28, 2017. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)People walk dogs through flooded streets as the effects of Hurricane Harvey are seen August 27, 2017 in Galveston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey left a trail of devastation Saturday after the most powerful storm to hit the US mainland in over a decade slammed into Texas, destroying homes, severing power supplies and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) People walk dogs through flooded streets as the effects of Hurricane Harvey are seen Aug. 27, 2017, in Galveston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey left a trail of devastation Saturday after the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. mainland in over a decade slammed into Texas, destroying homes, severing power supplies, and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)“This is something we’ve never faced before,” Jeff Lindner of Harris County’s flood control district said. “We are trying our best to wrap hands around what exactly this water is going to do as it interacts with subdivisions.”He noted that the Addicks Reservoir is at 108.42 feet, and the top of the spillway is 108.0 feet.Volunteers and officers from the neighborhood security patrol help to rescue residents in the upscale River Oaks neighborhood after it was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Volunteers and officers from the neighborhood security patrol help to rescue residents in the upscale River Oaks neighborhood after it was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Harvey’s floodwaters breached two major reservoirs in southern Texas, prompting officials to issue warnings.The Addicks and Barker reservoirs outside Houston hit record levels on Tuesday. Suburb areas around the city are starting to fill up with floodwaters, CNBC reported.Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, U.S. on Aug. 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Carson) Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 27, 2017. (Richard Carson/Reuters)“This morning we were advised that the Addicks Dam will have uncontrolled release rates this morning,” said Steve Costello, who is with the city’s office of emergency management, in a press conference.Reuters contributed to this report. ‘Get Out Now!’ — Levee Breached in Houston Suburb By Jack Phillips August 29, 2017 Updated: August 29, 2017 Authorities outside Houston—in Brazoria County—have warned residents to get out right away after floodwaters breached a levee, Reuters reported.A warning was posted on Twitter: “The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!! Get out now!!”jqweu  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Show Discussionlast_img

9YearOld Boy Gets Special Gift After Sending His Allowance to President Trump

first_imgDollar bills are seen at the Financial Museum in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A 9-year-old boy from East Tennessee got a special reward from a stranger—after he sent his allowance to President Donald Trump.Back in January this year, Eli’sha Davies, wrote to the president after his inauguration. Eli’Sha had heard his parents talking about Trump’s campaign promise to only have a $1 salary (he fulfilled that promise) and wanted to make sure the president had enough to pay the White House bills, NBC affiliate WBIR-TV reported.This week Eli’Sha received a letter back from the president. It came with a picture and his three $1 bills returned, with a challenge to use it to help the community.His mom, Melissa, said Eli’sha had been saving up to buy a mandolin, but she said it’s been tough for her son because he is always giving his money away to people who he thinks need it more than him.“I remember a couple weeks ago or a month ago, I gave, we went to the mission house, my grandpa and me went to the mission house, and I gave $5,” Eli’Sha told WBIR-TV.As the story spread widely once it was first aired on WBIR-TV, John Wildeman in Punta Gorda, Florida, saw the story on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and wanted to do something to help Eli’sha. “$3 is a lot of money to a little kid, most kids,” Wildeman told WBIR-TV. “For him to sacrifice that and send that money to someone who he thought really needed it, that meant an awful lot to me.”In fact, Wildeman is the president of the Young Musicians Education Foundation Inc., a charity that tries to help children who want to play an instrument but can’t afford the lessons or supplies. But the one rule is that children must keep up their grades in school.After hearing about Eli’sha’s generosity, the foundation decided to surprise him with a special blessing.They bought Eli’sha a mandolin of his very own so he can learn how to play it.“I’m like a kid at Christmas when I know we’re giving a child an instrument like this,” Wildeman told WBIR-TV. “It’s just a thrill for me to be able to do it.”Eli’sha said he felt elated when he received the instrument. He had started playing the mandolin at his church, but never had an instrument of his own at home to use.“I’d like to say that he was really generous to do that for me,” Eli’sha added.Another company, Guitar Center in West Knoxville also continued the generosity and gave Davies picks, strings, a tuner, and a chord chart to complement his mandolin.“He’s just getting better and better, and now he’ll be able to practice at home. He’s very detailed, so he can just pick it up real fast,” Davies said about her son’s mandolin skills.Eli’sha said he is now deciding how to use his money to help others.“Well I just want to be a blessing to everyone,” he told WBIR-TV.From NTD.tv Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 9-Year-Old Boy Gets Special Gift After Sending His Allowance to President Trump By Bowen Xiao October 19, 2017 Updated: October 19, 2017center_img US News Share Show Discussionlast_img