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first_imgA 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. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The work of police officers on more than half of their disability hate crime investigations has been found to be “unacceptable”, according to a new report by two watchdogs.The joint inspection by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) is the third attempt in five years to look at how the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) handle cases involving disability hate crime.The report is generally complimentary about the work of CPS, which it concludes has made “significant improvements” in dealing with disability hate crime cases.But it is highly critical of the work of police forces in England and Wales.The report says officers are failing to “flag” cases as disability hate crimes on police computer systems and are also failing to refer many cases to the CPS for possible prosecution, while there are delays in the investigation process and a lack of effective supervision.It also says that police officers are failing to carry out risk assessments on victims of disability hate crime in many of the cases the inspectors sampled, and that they often fail to draw up risk management plans.HMICFRS looked at 90 sample cases across six police forces: Cheshire, Devon and Cornwall, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the Metropolitan police, Nottinghamshire, and South Wales.It found that in 19 (21 per cent) of the cases there were avoidable delays in the investigation, with all reasonable lines of enquiry explored in only 69 of the 90 cases (77 per cent), while an investigation plan was missing from 39 of them (43 per cent).In 51 of the 90 police cases (57 per cent) examined by HMICFRS, the inspectors considered the case files to be sub-standard, including 24 deemed “inadequate”.The report concludes that the standard of police investigations into disability hate crime was “unacceptable in many cases”.The inspectorate also found that in 20 of the 90 cases, the outcome of the investigation had been “inappropriate”, including 14 cases dealt with by community resolution without CPS approval.Police guidelines state that officers should never offer a community resolution – an alternative way of dealing with less serious crimes that does not involve taking the case to court – to a victim of a hate crime without checking with CPS.The report also found that in the initial information provided to CPS, in only 16 of 160 cases (10 per cent) did police officers describe the reasonable adjustments that a victim of crime might need to give their evidence effectively.In contrast, the report says that CPS has made “substantial progress” in dealing with disability hate crime in most areas, and now has “clear” guidance, while decision-making on cases is “excellent”.But HMCPSI inspectors still said that the quality of more than two-thirds (about 68 per cent) of charging decisions was only fair or poor.The report says compliance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors in disability hate crime cases was “excellent”.And it also says there was “much greater awareness” among prosecutors of section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, under which the courts must increase the sentence for any offence where a defendant has demonstrated hostility towards disabled people, or where the offence has been shown to be motivated by hostility.In the year to December 2017, prosecutors secured a sentence increase in nearly seven in 10 cases (69 per cent) in which they had applied for one from the court, compared to about 34 per cent in 2015-16.But the report says more still needs to be done by CPS, although there had been “a significant and welcome improvement in some aspects of casework”.Five years ago, HMCPSI, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation concluded in a joint report that disability hate crime was “the hate crime that has been left behind”.A follow-up report three years ago accused the police, probation service and CPS of failing to implement their recommendations.Disability News Service has been reporting on the criminal justice system’s failings in dealing with disability hate crime since 2009.It has particularly reported repeatedly on how the criminal justice system has failed to treat cases in which disabled people have been the victims of brutal and degrading assaults – many of them violent killings – as disability hate crimes.Last year, researchers at the University of Sussex called for a new hate crime act and other key legal reforms to address the “huge justice gap” that affects victims of disability hate crime, following a major two-year study.last_img read more

BART Board Candidates Talk Upgrades Future of Transit System

first_img 0% The candidates were also probed on their stances on pushing for the passage of a $3.5 billion bond measure placed on the November ballot by BART’s board of directors. The funding would be largely allocated towards fixing and upgrading system’s crumbling infrastructure.“Assuming that the measure passes we’d like to see money go into rebuilding infrastructure, modernizing the communication system that workers use, and money dedicated to overnight service on the weekend,” said Petrelis, adding that  “$3.5 billion is a start,” and that more sources of revenue for BART are needed. Borden spoke in favor of prioritizing a second Transbay tube to increase rider capacity. “The future of this region is the tube that can accommodate BART and high speed rail or Caltrain,” she said, though she added that her primary focus would be to shore up current infrastructure.“I’m very much supportive of the $3.5 billion bond, which doesn’t meet our need of around $10 billion,” she said.Other candidates also agreed that additional funding is needed beyond the bond to ensure that BART remains an accessible, equitable, and viable alternative to car ownership. Drawing from his four decades of experience as a politician, Dufty said that he would lobby for funding at the state and federal level.“The federal government is locked away from transit operations,” said Dufty. “We need leadership to go to Washington and say … ‘we need to be investing in transit operations.’”Petrelis said that he is in favor of taxing “the banks and tech companies” that benefit from their proximity to BART stations. “Many of them are getting a free ride, and that has to end,” he said.But Will Roscoe, an engineer who is running to represent District 7, which includes parts of the Bayview, Mission Bay, SoMA, and the East Bay, said that while immediate funding for upgrades is necessary, he urged voters to “think beyond the tracks’ in terms of the transit system’s future in the Bay Area. “We can’t assume that same technology that’s been available since industrial age is going to serve the transit agency when we have self driving cars today,” he said. “We need to think much bigger than dumping money into this same technology that was available before dial up internet.” Despite varying backgrounds and visions, harmony reigned among the District 9 contenders, whom one audience member described as being “best friends.”“We have a lot of agreement between the three of us,” said Petrelis, adding that his real gripe is directed at BART board president, Tom Radulovich, whom he is currently vying to replace. The Mission resident’s campaign began two years ago when Petrelis “grew dissatisfied with the unsanitary conditions at the 16th and Mission Streets BART Plaza,” which include pigeon waste, debris, and dirt. After two decades on the board, Radulovich announced last month that he will not be seeking re-election.Petrelis has been crusading for sanitary improvements at the plaza, involving Public Works and other public agencies himself when his requests for service went unanswered at the BART Board, he said. Borden too said that she would focus on sanitization, but also on equity. “Cleanliness of stations is at its worst,” said Borden, adding the district’s new director must think about “how we are responding to our low-income population.”Borden, who currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said she would focus on decreasing fares and extending subsidies regionally to target low-income commuters outside of San Francisco.Lateefah Simon, a youth advocate and candidate for District 7,  said that she would push for the creation of”transit-oriented housing across all metro stations” to ensure equity.Candidates differed, however, on their perspective on labor unions.When asked about his position on transit worker strikes, incumbent District 7 director Zakhary Mallett, who recalled two labor strikes that crippled public transportation in 2013, said that he would work to ban them.“I feel that transit workers going on strike creates a profound impact on most vulnerable populations and disable them from getting to work,” he said.Dufty, who said that he is running as a “pro-labor candidate,” disagreed.“I’m disappointed that some of current leadership of the BART board sought to vilify working people who have the right to bargain and to strike if their bargaining efforts are being met with resistance,” he said.San Francisco voters will decide on November 8 which candidates will best represent them and their districts on these issues. Tags: public transportation • Transportation • vote Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img The candidates vying for two seats on the BART Board of Directors said on Monday that they are in support of a $3.5 million bond measure that would help upgrade the derelict public transportation system.During a candidate debate forum held in the recreation room at Mission Pool, the candidates answered questions about much needed improvements to the 44-year-old transit system and shared their plans to ensure that equitable access and capacity needs are met in the long-term. Three of the six candidates present –  politician and former San Francisco supervisor Bevan Dufty, activist and local blogger Michael Petrelis, and Golden Gate Restaurant Association Director Gwyneth Borden –  are competing to become the director for BART’s District 9. The latter covers stations in central and Southern San Francisco including both stations in the Mission District.Audience members – some of whom were members of transit, pedestrian and bicycle advocacy groups – wanted to know how the candidates would address BART’s long-festering problems such as aging trains, frequent breakdowns, delays and overcrowding.last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes HOMEY returns activist bus ads Brava sneak peek

first_img Tags: arts • Brava Theater Center • Business • food • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% But MEDA recently acquired 2221 Mission Street, near 18th Street, through the city’s Small Sites Program. The commercial space was most recently home to furniture store The Touch, which closed in December. That gave HOMEY the chance to make an earlier move. The group will now be on Mission Street for about three years, and anticipates moving in by November or December.The move also marks HOMEY’s first time operating in a storefront. The organization will take full advantage of that — it’s planning to sell clothing items from the space while also running its nonprofit programs, Alfaro said.  –LWBrava’s new commercial frontOn Sunday, Brava officials opened their doors for a sneak preview of its newly renovated storefront spaces. They look spectacular and offer room for an art cabaret, offices for Brava and other neighborhood nonprofits, and new dressing rooms. –LCInside the new Brava offices, looking out onto 24th Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez.Sarah, a staff member, standing outside what will be the new art cabaret. Photo by Lydia Chávez.Soon to be new offices for Brava in its renovated storefront spaces. Photo by Lydia Chávez.Building tries to shake off its gambling-den pastDetails are sparse so far, but someone has applied to change 2949 Mission St., formerly the Fizzary — and, later, a gambling and prostitution den that proved surprisingly difficult to root out — into a restaurant. The application has been accepted by the planning department but not processed or decided on. Because it’s a change of use, especially one from retail to restaurant — a typically sensitive kind of conversion — it could face a tricky hearing.  —LWKorean restaurant “Foxsister” has opened on 24th StreetWe wrote about this new tenant at the recently closed Montella Pizza, which will be serving Korean drinking snacks and a variety of cocktails and Asian beers. The new menu will reportedly include spicy fried chicken, noodles, pancakes and hotpots. –LWMayor to honor local institutions The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, Casa Bonampak and La Santaneca will be among a group recognized by city leaders at a Latino Heritage Month event next week.An awards ceremony will take place Monday, Sept. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the North Light Court and Rotunda at City Hall.  –LWActivist bus postersYou may have seen a series of posters with a strong anti-eviction message at your bus stops: The San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition has produced the series of advertisements as part of National Renters’ Week of Action.The posters feature some very local figures and talking points: people like artist Rene Yañez, and issues like reforming owner-move-in evictions and the Ellis Act. They’ve been rolled out in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Russian and Vietnamese. The Anti-Displacement Coalition and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development commissioned five local artists for the images: Kayan Cheung Miaw, Patrick Piazza, Fernando Martí, Sydney Cain and fourth and fifth grade students at Guadalupe Elementary school in the Excelsior.For more on the campaign, visit sfadc.org. Images courtesy SFADC –LW 0%center_img HOMEY is returning to the Mission!After spending years tucked away in the upstairs space of a building in SoMa, the originally Mission-based nonprofit Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth is set to move into a Mission Street storefront. “Were coming back home,” said Executive Director Roberto Elegio Alfaro. He said the group, known as HOMEY, was told it would need to leave its current space by March 2018, and has been looking for a new space for about a year. HOMEY leaders have been in conversations with the Mission Economic Development Agency about getting a more permanent space at 16th and Folsom streets, where MEDA is developing a below-market-rate housing building. last_img read more

NATHAN Brown couldnt fault the effort and commitm

first_imgNATHAN Brown couldn’t fault the effort and commitment of both teams on Friday night.Saints and Leeds locked horns in an epic Super League Playoff tie with his charges edged in the dying seconds by a Danny McGuire drop goal.“When you lose and your season is over it is very disappointing. We can’t come back next week,” he said. “I am proud of our guys, and Leeds’ too, the effort was super. I think you saw what proper semi final football is all about.”Saints found themselves 10-0 down away at Leeds before fighting back to level.Jordan Turner then put a tricky touchline conversion wide – much like Kevin Sinfield had done in the first half – and then they spawned the chance of a penalty shot at goal, instead opting to push the Rhinos right back on their line.“To kick a goal from half way… well that is a big kick,” Brown said. “Our number one kicker Jonny Lomax isn’t kicking because of a hamstring injury so we took the chance to put it into touch. When it’s there you have a good chance of scoring or setting up for a field goal. Miss the kick and you might not even get the ball back. We took the safest option with what we are working with at the moment.“It has been a tough season and we effectively began to rebuild the squad during the season. We have made some big changes. For a long time at this club Francis Meli was on the wing with Ade Gardner and Paul Wellens at full back. We now have two young wingers and Jonny Lomax back there. That has added speed.Jon Wilkin has played half which will change next year. The culture of the club is terrific and its effort and commitment is sensational.“The youth system has provided the path to make the rebuild quite quick too. We haven’t achieved what we would have liked, but we have achieved in moving forward.”last_img read more

Arrrgh Kick up your Labor Day menu with Cape Fear Pirate Candy

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Send Labor Day out with a bang courtesy of sweet and hot delicacies on your table tonight.  The Cape Fear Pirate Candy company makes delicious and addictive peppers guaranteed to give just about anything a kick.The company began in Carolina Beach and owner Travis Moore says you can make just about anything on your menu more zesty with their products.- Advertisement – “They are great on burgers, salmon, crab cakes and pizza,” he says, “you can even use the juice to enhance your tacos and barbecue.”The products are available at more than 70 locations up and down the coast.For locations and recipes click here.last_img

WPD searching for suspect who stole beer wine from Target

first_imgBeer theft suspect (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you recognize the man in these photos?Wilmington Police say he’s wanted for stealing alcoholic beverages from Target. The alleged crime happened March 16. 1 of 2 Beer theft suspect (Photo: WPD) According to the incident report, the first larceny happened around 3:00 p.m. and again about an hour later.The suspect first stole beer worth $27.50.During the second trip, the suspect allegedly walked out with two bottles of wine valued at $36.Related Article: In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agentIf you can identify the man in the photos, use Text-a-Tip or call (910) 343-3658.center_img – Advertisement – Beer theft suspect (Photo: WPD)last_img read more

TSA wife reacts to federal government reopening

first_imgCASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — The government shutdown is over for at least the next three weeks, as debates continue over border security funding.Friday, WWAY spoke to the wife of a TSA agent about what effects the shutdown has had on them, and how she feels about this latest development.- Advertisement – “I just don’t want to see another shutdown. Because it has an effect on you mentally, emotionally,” said Dolores Swope.The past year has been a rough one for Swope and her husband, who is a TSA agent.“I lost my mother in June, so as I was beginning to get over that, then we had the hurricane. Then when Hurricane Florence was here, we lost everything,” said Swope.Related Article: Justice Department set to release redacted Mueller reportAfter the hurricane, Swope and her husband moved into a rental home they own, and had to temporarily close a shop she runs in Rocky Point, losing two sources of income.“My nerves were on edge. And then, when the shutdown came, I was like, ‘what else can happen?’” she said.Swope’s husband has not received a paycheck since December. She says as the weeks continued, the shutdown began to wear on them both.“My husband was sick, and he still had to go to work. And then he goes to work, and when he comes home, he says ‘I go to work, but I’m not getting paid,’” she said.She says most people have been understanding of their situation, and offered help.Nourish NC even provided groceries for TSA workers and their families.Swope says that help is sometimes difficult to accept.“When you’re used to doing for yourself, you kind of feel bad taking handouts,” she said.On Friday, President Trump and congressional democrats reached an agreement to support a short-term spending bill and reopen the government for three weeks.The White House later tweeted that federal workers will be paid in the coming days. Swope says hearing that was a blessing and a relief.“I’m glad it’s over. It’s finished. We’ll see what happens February 15th,” said Swope.Swope says she wants to thank every person, organization, and business that offered help to federal workers during the shutdown.She just hopes an agreement can be made before that February 15 deadline.last_img read more

AirLink helicopter takes flight at new Brunswick County location

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Saving time and lives, that’s the goal of a new project between Novant Health and New Hanover Regional Medical Center.This is not your average run of the mill medical project, it’s a whole new method of transportation for Brunswick County that will help get folks who need critical care at lightning speed.- Advertisement – This chopper is ready, set and taking off between New Hanover and Brunswick counties.It’s called AirLink, and is designed to serve the same purpose as an ambulance, but faster.This aircraft is now stationed in Brunswick County for those critical patients.“It can be heart attacks, it can be strokes, we just had a story told here last week of a patient in the community having a stroke [who] was brought here loaded on the helicopter, was on the table in New Hanover receiving treatment in 45 minutes and that saved that man’s life,” Shelbourn Stevens, the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center president, said.Related Article: First child among 98 flu deaths reported in North Carolina this seasonPreviously, patients had to wait for AirLink to arrive from out of the county or be transferred by ambulance.Now, with this partnership between Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and New Hanover Regional, that’s no longer the case.“[We are] very excited about this partnership and being able to bring this very valuable asset and base it here in Brunswick County and be able to make a difference in bringing people to that care that they need quicker,” said John Popella, Director of Critical Care Transport at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.If you need stitches or twisted your ankle, don’t expect to fly first class to the emergency room.“Minor injuries like lacerations probably not,” Popella added.This is the third New Hanover Regional AirLink helicopter stationed in the region. The others are stationed outside Jacksonville and Whiteville.last_img read more

FEMA assistance starts to end Florence victims still without homes

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been five and a half months after Hurricane Florence and hundreds in North Carolina are still living in hotels.For some, FEMA assistance is coming to an end.Barbara St. Charles says her FEMA assistance ends Thursday. She says she has called at least a dozen places, but she says there are not enough rental options to go around, and that her credit score is keeping her from finding a home.- Advertisement – “You think you’re getting somewhere and it’s like they pull the rug out from under your feet and you start all over again,” St. Charles said.St.Charles has spent the last five months since Florence living out of the Main Stay Suites, after her rental home was condemned. With three grandchildren to raise, her time there is about to end.“It’s hard trying to find a place when looking all over for several months, thousands of dollars spent on application fees. You go look at the place, then you come back and they’ll tell you it’s already rented,” she said.Related Article: First ever ‘Pender County State of Education and Economy’ held in BurgawSt. Charles is one of 200 households in the region who still needs FEMA assistance. But on Thursday, that help will end for St. Charles.FEMA spokesperson John Mills says everything is assessed on a case-by-case basis.“We’ve already been making hundreds of referrals to charitable, non-profit and faith-based organizations to help people make home repairs, find an available rental apartment and find short-term housing while they can determine their next steps,” Mills said.Mills says all transitional sheltering assistance will come to an end on march 12. He says FEMA has given almost a billion dollars to families, but that does wind down at some point.Florence victims like St. Charles have been saving that money, but she she does not know where to turn.“The shelter now is kind of coming to and end and that’s kind of scary because I don’t want to be on the street with three kids,” St. Charles said.She says the motel told her that it is almost completely full with other Florence victims like her.Mills encourages victims to get back in touch with FEMA because there are ways to continue getting certain assistance.To get in touch with the FEMA helpline, call 1-(800)-621-3362.last_img read more

UNCW Department hosts annual symposium this year discussing the opioid epidemic

first_img This year they’ve brought together law enforcement and clinical figure heads who each and every day combat the opioid drug epidemic. The state reports drug overdose death related to heroin and fentanyl rose from 18% 9 years ago, to 88 percent in 2017.Department members who organized this event hope the conversation educates as well as inspires a larger community effort to save lives.“We really hope that this starts the conversation and we hope that this conversation continues as well as partnerships with an among the various entities that are represented and taking really concrete action steps,” said Dr. Kristen Devall an associate professor.Related Article: How UNCW breaks down cyber security with new programThat same state report says since preventative action, in some cases the number of opioid pills dispensed had decreased 25% from the beginning of 2016 to the beginning of 2018 following the launch of a state opioid action plan. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The state of the opioid drug epidemic was the center of a conversation on the UNCW campus this evening.The UNCW Department of Sociology and Criminology hosted their 2nd annual Social Justice Symposium.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch Man dies after fall in St Julians construction site

first_img SharePrint <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> A man died after he fell in a construction site in St Julian’s on Monday. The man who was working, fell from around 3 storeys height.A police spokesperson confirmed the incident happened on Triq Francis Zammit at 3pm.The police said that the man is an Italian national who resided in St Julian’s and is around 40 years old.A medical team was called on site, and the victim was certified dead.Duty magistrate Rachel Montabello was appointed as inquiring magistrate who appointed various experts.The police is investigating the case.WhatsApplast_img read more

Photos We deserve better Notices affixed on PN clubs

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint 1 of 3 Earlier on Sunday afternoon, the PL leader addressed party activists gathered outside Partit Laburista Headquarters in Ħamrun, claiming that the gap between the two parties had shot up to 48,000 votes.READ: LIVE: Follow what’s happening inside the Counting HallWhatsApp Partit Nazzjonalista activists have expressed their discontent with the results obtained by their party in the European Parliament elections by affixing posters on the party clubs.READ: Watch: ‘This result gives PN the opportunity to reform itself’ – PuliPartit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat announced a ‘historic win’ for the ruling party earlier on Sunday as the first indications and projections started coming in. The official result will be announced late on Sunday.READ: Update: PL wins with 55% of the votes – Prime MinisterPosters were affixed on the PN clubs in St Paul’s Bay, San Ġwann and Swieqi.last_img read more

US lawmakers will delay Mueller testimony by a week

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Robert Mueller. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Robert Mueller. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo Two U.S. House committees will delay former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s planned July 17 testimony for one week to allow lawmakers to question him for a longer period of time, the committees said on Friday.Mueller, who oversaw the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is now scheduled to testify on July 24 before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, the panels’ chairmen said in a statement.Under the new agreement, Mueller will appear before the Judiciary Committee for three hours. Following that testimony, Mueller will then appear before the Intelligence Committee.“All members – Democrats and Republicans – of both committees will have a meaningful opportunity to question the Special Counsel in public, and the American people will finally have an opportunity to hear directly from Mr. Mueller about what his investigation uncovered,” said Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.Lawmakers had made conflicting statements about the hearing earlier on Friday. Several predicted a delay, but some said a final agreement was not yet in hand.The uncertainty was an unwelcome distraction for Democrats, who have billed Mueller’s testimony as a potential watershed moment that could focus attention on segments of his 448-page report that raise questions about Republican President Donald Trump’s efforts to impede the federal investigation.The committees have not officially announced any format.Lawmakers began to consider a delay when Judiciary Committee members saw that many of the panel’s less senior lawmakers would not get time to ask questions.“Everyone on the committee wants an opportunity to examine Mr. Mueller,” said Representative David Cicilline, a senior House Judiciary Democrat. “We have been arguing for as much time as we can get. Obviously, we want to make sure that there’s a full hearing.”Republican protests about the arrangements boiled over earlier this week, when Republicans accused Schiff of upstaging the Judiciary Committee, despite its primary jurisdiction over special counsel investigations.Schiff’s Intelligence Committee has 22 members, about equal to the number of Judiciary members who were initially expected to question Mueller. Judiciary has 41 members.The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Representative Doug Collins, said he applauded the announcement of a longer hearing.In April, Mueller submitted the findings of his nearly two-year investigation to the Justice Department.Mueller’s investigation did not find evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump 2016 presidential campaign. It made no final recommendation on whether there was obstruction of justice by Trump.The Judiciary Committee also sought to interview former Mueller aides Aaron Zebley and James Quarles behind closed doors on Wednesday. But Representative Steve Cohen, a Democrat, told reporters the two men would not appear after the Justice Department directed them not to testify.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Initiative Unveiled To Increase ICANNs Presence Across Africa

first_imgAdvertisement The African team at the presentation of the Initial Plan of the Africa StrategyLeaders of Africa’s Internet community have unveiled a comprehensive plan designed to dramatically increase African involvement in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers’ (ICANN ) multi-stakeholder model.Leaders of Africa’s Internet community have unveiled a comprehensive plan designed to dramatically increase African involvement in ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model.The initiative was presented to ICANN during the organization’s 45th public meeting in Toronto, Canada by the Africa Strategy Working Group (ASWG). – Advertisement – It was formed after ICANN’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, Fadi Chehadé encouraged a stronger voice from the African continent in ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model.“When we met three months ago at the ICANN meeting in Prague, I felt a sense of frustration at our inability to come together and move the Africa agenda forward,” said Chehadé.“It’s incredible what this working group has achieved in such a short period of time by engaging with many concerned groups and individuals through the multi-stakeholder process.“We employed a bottom-up, open and public process in developing this initiative,” said Nii Quaynor of Ghana, a well-respected Internet leader in Africa and Chair of the ASWG.“We think this plan will lead to dramatically increased African participation in ICANN and greater presence for the organization on the African continent.”The plan was written with the input and broad support of ICANN’s African community, Africa’s Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources (AFRINIC) and other influential African organizations involved in the Internet ecosystem.“We are taking a new approach to Africa,” said Tarek Kamel, a Senior Advisor to the ICANN President. “This plan is based on capacity building, business development, specifically developing the Domain Name System (DNS) business in Africa and insuring inclusion.”The three year initiative, entitled ICANN’s New Approach to Africa, lays out clear goals and milestones and an action plan for the first 12 months.It is a collaborative effort by AFRINIC, Africa’s Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources and the ICANN community.  The initiative will now be posted for public comment.Currently, African internet users represent only 6 per cent of Internet users worldwide. This initiative is designed to dramatically increase that number.Click here to review the presentation of ICANN’s New Approach to Africa.last_img read more

Security flaw allows snoopers to access locked iPhones

first_imgA nearby phone can be used to bypass an iPhone password to access limited functions. Advertisement A nearby phone can be used to bypass an iPhone password to access limited functions.The passwords on iPhones can be hacked, giving someone the ability to make calls, listen to your recent messages and tinker with your contact list, according to a new video posted to YouTube.The apparent security flaw is shown on an iPhone 5 and can be exploited on phones running Apple’s iOS 6.1, the most recent version of its mobile operating system, and some earlier versions.The technique was posted by a Spanish-speaking user with the account name “videosdebarraquito,” who has posted other videos that show what appear to be ways to tweak settings on the iPhone. CNN is not linking to the video, which was published January 31 but recently discovered by tech bloggers. – Advertisement – It involves using another phone placed nearby to make a call to the phone, canceling it, then answering with the targeted phone and fiddling with the power button.According to the user who posted the video, it can’t be used to access other parts of the phone. And he urged anyone who used it to play nice.Use the bypass “to joke with your friends. To do a magic show. To win a harmless bet among friends in a PUB. Perhaps, to retrieve a phone number in case you don’t remember the password, or just to be warned that exists,” the user wrote.“Use it as you want, at your own risk, but… please… use responsibly, do not use this trick to do evil !!!”The company said Thursday that it’s at work on the problem.“Apple takes user security very seriously,” said spokeswoman Trudy Muller. “We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.”The folks at tech blog The Verge tried out the technique, and said they were also able to access photos on the phone by attempting to add a photo to a contact. They were able to access an iPhone 5 that was running iOS 6.1 in the UK, they said.Similar bugs have been pointed out in previous versions of Apple’s mobile operating system. Usually, the company issues a quick update to fix the problem.Credit: CNNlast_img read more

BENS BLOG The Hot and Crazy Matrix

first_imgIn other news:Blog, have I told you about The Golden Hind, in Marylebone? It’s a cracking little fish n chip shop, that also serves up decent puds. ‘Is it as good as Toffs?!’, I hear you cry out. No, and stop being silly! But that doesn’t mean it isn’t most competent. Unfortunately, they dont do grilled fish, but offer steamed, instead of batter, if you’re pretending not to be a lardy for the evening. The chips are excellent, as are the side-dishes, and also the service.The Golden Hind, 73 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PN. Reliable. Good grub. Decent portions. Excellent service. At £57 for 3, including dessert, they have to score marks for value too (particularly in such a central location). At £4, desserts are particularly well-handicapped; the raspberry jam sponge, being a regular in my winners enclosure. 7.5Over and out, B x [dropcap]T[/dropcap]hanks go to friend of Star, Will Stockbroker, for passing on this valuable, mathematical chart, for the use, and protection, of this blog.We are most grateful, Mr Stockbroker.I must say though, apart from the professor’s study, I find most amusing; the gun in his belt! WHAT AN AMERICAN..!!last_img read more


first_imgNEWBURY SATURDAY FREE BET CRITERIA(1) Place a bet on any selection at Newbury on Saturday and if it wins at an SP of 4/1 or more, we will give you a free bet to the same stake of up to £25 (win part only).(2) Offer open to new and existing customers.(3) Free Bet will be credited as soon as possible after weigh in.(4) Free Bet will expire at midnight on day of reward.FREE BET GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Star Sports may offer you a free promotional bet. Please refer to promotion details for the qualification criteria.(2) Any Free Bet is limited to one per person, per promotion, per account, per race. In addition only one Free Bet can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. Free bet applies to your first bet on that race. Where more than one selection in the same race is placed on the same bet slip, the first selection is deemed to be the one which is highest on the bet slip.(3) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(4) In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(5) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(6) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(7) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(8) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(9) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(10) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(11) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more


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Rice announces tuition financial aid policies for fall 2011

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.eduRice announces tuition, financial aid policies for fall 2011Rice University’s undergraduate tuition for 2011-12 will be $34,900, up 5.4 percent or $1,780, over the current school year, university officials announced today. Rice will continue to offer financial aid and need-blind admission policies that help make a Rice education accessible to qualified students from all economic backgrounds.“The tuition increase will add to the resources that allow us to provide our students with a high-quality education and research opportunities, and to continue to make the program and facility enhancements, that they expect of one of the nation’s top 20 research universities,” Rice President David Leebron said. “At the same time, we realize that many families are still coping with difficult financial situations, so we are maintaining our commitment to generous financial aid policies,” he said. “That is particularly important to Rice because they help add to the diversity of our student body.”Since 2009, freshmen entering Rice who qualify for need-based aid and whose annual family income is $80,000 or less have not been required to take out loans to pay for their education. And student loans in financial aid packages for need-eligible incoming freshmen have been limited to a total of $10,000 for their four undergraduate years. Under its need-blind admission policy, Rice evaluates a student’s academic qualification for admission with no consideration of their financial situation. If students are admitted, the university provides a package of financial support that includes grants, loans, scholarships and work study to pay for their tuition and fees. Sixty-two percent of current undergraduate students receive some form of financial support.Room and board for 2011-12 will increase $520 to $12,270. The total charge for entering students, including tuition, fees, and room and board, will be $47,821. Tuition for most graduate students will also increase 5.4 percent to $34,900. For students entering the MBA program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, tuition will increase 4.8 percent, or $2,000, to $44,000.“Tuition is going up at most schools, but Rice’s tuition and fees are about $5,000 to $6,000 less than most of our peer universities,” said Vice President for Enrollment Chris Muñoz. “It is a Rice tradition to ensure no student misses out on the Rice experience because of their financial situation. Our priority is to find the brightest and most promising students from all walks of life.”Both Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and the Princeton Review rank Rice as a “best value” private school based on an exceptional education and an outstanding economic value. In addition, the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 371 Colleges” ranks Rice No. 1 for best quality of life. And a new website based on student reviews, DormSplash.com, ranks Rice’s residential colleges among the nation’s top 10 best overall dorms and its resident associates as No. 1.In the past three years, Rice has opened two new residential colleges, which brings the total to 11, a new dining center, a new recreation center, a new bioscience research building, a new physics building and a central coffee pavilion. For more information about Rice, go to http://www.rice.edu/. For information about its financial aid programs and to apply, go to http://www.futureowls.rice.edu/futureowls/Default.asp. last_img read more

Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak at Rice Universitys 100th commencement

first_imgAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.edu HOUSTON – (Aug. 17, 2012) – World-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will give the commencement address at Rice University’s 100th graduation ceremony May 11, 2013.Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. With research interests in star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of the Milky Way, Tyson is often sought by journalists as the country’s expert on space. He has served on federal commissions on the U.S. aerospace industry and on space exploration policy and has received NASA’s highest award given to a nongovernment citizen for public service. The author of the New York Times best-seller “Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries,” Tyson tweets to more than 666,000 followers.“Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of our nation’s most eloquent and effective voices for the importance of basic science to our future,” Rice President David Leebron said. “Dr. Tyson’s speech at our commencement is especially timely and inspirational given Rice’s long history in space science and our current efforts to breathe a new dimension and direction into our relationships with NASA and the Johnson Space Center.”Rice established the country’s first space science department in 1963, and two Rice alumni – U.S. Rep. Albert Thomas and businessman George R. Brown – were instrumental in the decision to locate the manned space center in Houston.Leebron commended the students who served on the committee to select a commencement speaker for their hard work in bringing Tyson to campus.Born and raised in New York City, Tyson was 9 years old the night he saw the Milky Way with “such clarity and majesty” at Hayden Planetarium’s sky theater in Manhattan that he knew he had been called to be an astrophysicist. “The study of the universe would be my career, and no force on Earth would stop me,” Tyson wrote in his memoir, “The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist.”He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1976 and then earned a B.A. in physics from Harvard University, an M.A. in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in astrophysics from Columbia University.After working as a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University’s Department of Astrophysics, Tyson in 1994 became a staff scientist at Hayden Planetarium, where he has been director since May 1996. He also founded AMNH’s Department of Astrophysics, where he is a research associate.“I am honored to deliver Rice University’s commencement address during a year that commemorates President Kennedy’s famous “We Choose to Go to the Moon” speech given at Rice Stadium a half-century ago,” Tyson said. “That speech not only established space exploration as a national goal, it forged space exploration as a national identity and secured Rice University and Houston’s Manned Space Flight facility (later, Johnson Space Center) as the birthplace of that era. My wife (Alice Young) happens to be a graduate of Rice, in physics, and so this trip will also serve as a homecoming for her.”In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Tyson to a 12-member commission charged with studying the future of the U.S. aerospace industry. In 2004, Bush appointed Tyson to the “Moon, Mars and Beyond” commission that made recommendations for implementing the nation’s space exploration policy. Tyson served on NASA’s prestigious Advisory Council and received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.Tyson wrote in his memoir that his life’s commitment is to bring people closer to the universe, and he has done that by writing books, giving lectures and appearing on television and radio to educate the public about astrophysics. A former monthly essayist for Natural History magazine, Tyson appeared for five seasons as the on-camera host of the PBS program “NOVA ScienceNOW,” which looked at the frontier of all the science that shapes man’s understanding of the universe. He is currently working on a 21st-century remake of Carl Sagan’s landmark TV series, “Cosmos,” which will air in 2013.For a National Science Foundation-funded pilot program to bring science to commercial radio, Tyson rounded up a stable of professional standup comedians for “StarTalk Radio.” Tyson continues to host the program on http://www.startalkradio.net/.Among the other books that Tyson has authored are “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet” and his latest, “Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier.”Time magazine included Tyson on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2007, and People magazine voted him “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” in 2000. In recognition of his public appreciation of the cosmos, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid “13123 Tyson.”Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Rob Griffin, faculty adviser for the Commencement Speaker Committee, explained the rationale for recommending Tyson. “This year, the students focused on selecting a speaker that had made an indelible mark in their field, that could serve as a role model for the graduates and that could deliver an address that is inspiring, insightful and entertaining,” he said. “We believe Neil deGrasse Tyson meets all of these criteria, and I could not be more delighted that he accepted our invitation.”Committee members included Griffin; graduate students John King and Sumedh Warudkar; undergraduates Sunil Bellur, Alex Fernandez, Adara Robbins, Mariel Rodriguez and Neeraj Salhotra; and adviser David Vassar, senior assistant to the president.# # #Photos of Neil deGrasse Tyson and instructions for requesting permission to publish them are available athttp://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/profile/portraits.This release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/?p=32677.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://futureowls.rice.edu/images/futureowls/Rice_Brag_Sheet.pdf.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more