Activists hope a new nonpartisan online campaign

first_imgActivists hope a new non-partisan online campaign – based on a successful US user-led movement – could finally enable disabled people to become a political force in the UK, and play a significant role in deciding June’s general election.The hope is that the #CripTheVoteUK campaign will allow the millions of disabled people in the UK to use their weight of numbers to affect the election’s outcome.The campaign will not support any particular political party, but will encourage disabled people to register to vote and use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to discuss discrimination, oppression and inequality and the policies and practices that most affect them.Its first major action will be a #CripTheVoteUK Twitter discussion on the Department for Work and Pensions and benefit cuts, on Sunday (30 April) from 7-8pm, hosted by the disabled political journalist Dr Frances Ryan.Other Twitter chats are likely to include independent living, inclusive education, and the threats to disabled people’s rights of a “hard Brexit”.#CripTheVote was launched by three US disabled activists who were frustrated at the failure of the 2016 presidential candidates to talk about disability issues.The trio – Gregg Beratan, Alice Wong and Andrew Pulrang – are now supporting the UK extension of their movement, after being approached by Canadian disabled activist Alex Haagaard, who had asked if they were planning any work around the snap UK election called by prime minister Theresa May earlier this month.They put Haagaard in touch with disabled activist Eleanor Lisney in the UK, and the two of them have recruited other experienced disability activists, including Rick Burgess and Dennis Queen, to organise and lead #CripTheVoteUK.Lisney said: “We want to make enough noise [so that politicians] realise that disabled people are a big proportion of the population and that they cannot disregard our voting power.“We are an important voice.”She said it was crucial that #CripTheVote and #CripTheVoteUK were both “intersectional”, acknowledging that disabled people also face discrimination because of other characteristics such as their race, sexuality and gender.Lisney said the attacks on disabled people’s rights were so serious that the new campaign could save lives.She added: “I think disabled people all over the world are realising what is happening globally, that we are taking a step backwards.”Haagaard said she had become involved after spending a year in the UK, and joining an online narcolepsy support group.She said: “Since returning [to Canada] I have continued to watch member after member struggle with cuts to their benefits, assertions that they’re fit to work despite doctors’ letters to the contrary, and draconian reassessment cycles that leave them in a constant state of stress (which in turn severely exacerbates many of their symptoms).“It’s been horrifying to witness this, and having participated in the discussions of the #CripTheVote movement during the US election cycle, it seemed clear to me that these sorts of conversations needed to be made a key issue of the next UK election.”She said she accepted that “the fact this is a snap election with a very compressed timeline puts us at a disadvantage as an awareness campaign”, but she said she hoped that social media could play “a major role in changing the mainstream conversation” on the election.She said: “It’s a big goal, but I hope #CripTheVoteUK can contribute to making disability rights in the UK a viral topic.”Burgess said he hoped the six weeks leading to the election would be just a “starting point” for what would be a long-term campaign, but the immediate priority was “getting people to make sure they are registered to vote and getting them enthused so they will vote”.He said it would “take effort” for the campaign to remain non-partisan, but he said: “I think we will be direct about facts and policy but we will not be saying ‘…and therefore we think ‘X party’ is really great.’“We have to be realistic about the position we are in and critical of policy, regardless of who it’s implemented by.“As happened in America, you don’t want to be partisan and aligned to a party, but you do need to talk about policies, principles and rights, because if you don’t, something like Trump could happen.”Burgess said he and others had started thinking about the idea of a more organised disabled people’s “voting block” following the successful WOW petition, which he helped organise and led to a House of Commons debate in 2014 on the impact of welfare cuts and reforms on disabled people.He said: “There are 13 million disabled people. If that was more organised and engaged we would be a serious electoral force that parties would have to listen to.“In the long-term, disabled people have to be more of an organised block of voters in the same way people talk about the grey lobby.“Politicians need to be a little bit afraid of offending us. At the moment, they don’t appear remotely worried about what they do.”Burgess said he hoped that #CripTheVoteUK would see disabled people taking on some of the influence currently wielded by the big disability charities.He said: “It is about fertilising and organising the grassroots. Power should come from the bottom, from the real people.“What disabled people want is not the same thing as what a corporate charity that represents disabled people may want.“If you look at disability rights history, often we have felt very betrayed by charities.”Beratan, who himself lived in the UK for 15 years, said #CripTheVote was “geared towards both engaging the disability community in discussing the policies and politics that will most impact our lives but also to use our collective power to amplify the community’s voice on these issues”.And he said that “shrewed” politicians would use #CripTheVoteUK to engage with disabled voters.He said he and his colleagues had been more than happy to advise on setting up #CripTheVoteUK but “have been clear that #CripTheVoteUK needs to develop into whatever the UK disability community needs it to be.“As we saw in the US, #CripTheVote took off because the disability community took ownership of it.”Although he did not want to speak for the UK organisers, he said it had been “very important” in the US to keep #CripTheVote “nonpartisan”.He said: “Most of the evidence out there shows that the disability community breaks all across the political spectrum, but as we’ve seen many times, with the issues that affect our community most, partisan allegiances fall away.“We do tend to make it clear though that nonpartisan does not mean non critical. We’ve always been highly critical of policies that harm disabled people.”And he said he saw a lot of similarities between the two communities.He said: “We’ve both been largely ignored by the mainstream political discourse, and are both more likely to be scapegoated than engaged with.“So ideally I’d love to see them force disability into the conversation in this election.”last_img read more

Nine MPs on a Commons committee are refusing to ex

first_imgNine MPs on a Commons committee are refusing to explain why they failed to ask the minister for disabled people about shocking figures that suggest attempted suicides among people claiming out-of-work disability benefits doubled between 2007 and 2014.The work and pensions select committee was passed the figures by Disability News Service (DNS) a few days before Sarah Newton gave evidence last month.But despite being promised that the figures had “informed the briefing” prepared for the MPs on the committee ahead of the minister’s evidence session – and Labour MP Neil Coyle telling DNS that he was “sure it will be raised” – no effort was made to ask Newton about them.And this week, none of the nine committee members who attended the session – Labour’s Frank Field, who chairs the committee, Coyle (pictured), Ruth George and Stephen McCabe, Tory MPs Heidi Allen, Andrew Bowie, Alex Burghart and Chris Green, and SNP’s Chris Stephens – would explain why they failed to ask the minister about the figures.Instead, they hid behind the committee’s media officer, who accused DNS of trying to “circumvent” her by asking the MPs individually why they failed to raise the issue with Newton.Last month, the media officer had told DNS that the figures had “informed the briefing” handed to the MPs before the evidence session, but that the committee “does not discuss those decisions outside the committee”.She insisted this week that, because she had already told DNS that Field would not comment on the refusal to raise the figures with the minister, this meant that she had “fully answered” questions on the figures.When DNS pointed out that it was a fundamental democratic principle to be able to hold MPs to account for their work, she said that all the MPs “have been advised to refer you to me but this is, again, the final response”.She later said in a statement: “Committees deliberate in private. Revealing the committee’s private deliberations has been considered a contempt of parliament.”DNS has pointed out that it has been asking MPs to explain their failure to ask questions in an open, public session, and not to release their “private deliberations”.The committee’s media officer had failed by noon today (Thursday) to provide any examples of where revealing a committee’s private deliberations has been considered a contempt of parliament.The new analysis of NHS statistics, prepared by the independent social research institute NatCen and published by Disability News Service (DNS) for the first time last month, showed that in 2007 – a year before the introduction of the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA) – 21 per cent of incapacity benefit (IB) claimants told researchers they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.The following year, IB began to be replaced by employment and support allowance (ESA), with eligibility tested by the WCA, under the New Labour government.But by 2014, following six years of the WCA – and four years of social security reforms under the new coalition government, and austerity-related cuts to disability benefits and services – more than 43 per cent of claimants were saying they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.Over the same period, the proportion of adults questioned for the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) who were not claiming IB (in 2007) or ESA (in 2014) and had attempted to take their own lives remained statistically stable (6.0 per cent in 2007 against 6.7 per cent in 2014).Although the figures do not prove that the rate of attempted suicides doubled in that period – for example, the group of IB claimants could have had less severe impairments than those on ESA – and there is no proof that the introduction of the WCA caused the increase, they have alarmed many disabled activists and researchers.Sally McManus, who leads research on the survey for NatCen, on behalf of NHS Digital, has also shown that the proportion of IB/ESA claimants who have ever deliberately self-harmed also rose sharply from 2007 to 2014, as did the proportion of claimants who had had suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives.In 2007, the proportion of IB claimants who said they had self-harmed was 14 per cent, and this rose to 34 per cent of ESA claimants in 2014.And in 2007, the proportion of IB claimants who said they had had suicidal thoughts was 39 per cent, which rose to 66 per cent of ESA claimants in 2014.Samaritans can be contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.orglast_img read more

Jury Begins Deliberating Excessive Force Claim in Alex Nieto Shooting

first_img 0% See Mission Local’s full coverage of the Alex Nieto shooting here.In the last day of arguments in the Alex Nieto trial, counsel for the Nieto family said key pieces of physical evidence bolstered their argument that Nieto never pointed a taser at the four San Francisco police officers who shot and killed him in Bernal Heights Park in March 2014.City attorneys, on the other hand, said the physical evidence was on their side and argued that the officers used adequate force against a man they believed to be armed with a pistol.An eight-person jury will decide whether to award Nieto’s family damages for civil rights violations, depending on whether the officers are found to have used excessive force or not. Each side has exposed flaws in the other’s witness testimony, and both said during closing statements on Wednesday that the scant physical evidence supports their case.The jury will have to weigh two sets of wholly contradictory testimony. All four officers involved say that Nieto pointed what they took to be a gun at them. Nieto carried a taser for his work as a security guard, but an eyewitness — Antonio Theodore — testified last week that his hands were pocketed during the shooting. That testimony forms the backbone of the argument that officers used excessive force when confronting Nieto that day in March.“What brings us here today are 59 shots, 59 shots that were fired during the course of a one-sided firefight, 59 shots that were fired on March 21, 2014, by these four defendant officers,” said Adante Pointer, the attorney representing Nieto’s family.But on Wednesday, Margaret Baumgartner, a deputy city attorney representing the police, reminded the jury that Theodore admitted last week that heavy drinking since the incident affects his ability to recall specific details.“He is simply not a credible witness,” she said.Pointer sought to save his key witness during closing statements, saying Theodore showed “great bravery” for coming forward with his testimony. Theodore testified last week that he felt threatened by the police and waited more than a year to come forward with his version.“What motive does Mr. Theodore have to come here to be subjected to what he himself said was badgering?” Pointer asked.He also questioned the decision by officers to continue firing on Nieto after he hit the ground. Officers testified last week that Nieto aimed his taser at them from a “prone tactical” position on the ground, and expert testimony from a medical examiner showed that some of Nieto’s 14 gunshot wounds were sustained while he was lying face-down on the ground.“How does someone not named Clark Kent survive all of these shots and still manage to hold his taser with both hands and point it at the officers?” Pointer asked.Baumgartner maintained that all four officers responded as warranted to a man they believed was armed.“On March 21, 2014, Sergeant Jason Sawyer used reasonable force against a man with a gun. He used the amount of force that he thought was necessary so he could go home at the end of the day to his wife and children,” she said, repeating the same for each of the four officers.Pointer also noted that the safety on Nieto’s taser was on after the shooting, according to pictures shown at trial, which would have prevented it from firing.Baumgartner admitted she did not know why the safety on Nieto’s taser was on after the shooting, but said its lever could have been switched after being kicked out of Nieto’s hand or that Nieto himself could have turned it after being shot.“We don’t know what happened, and how this taser was turned off, but we do know it was on during the period of time that these officers were firing at Mr. Nieto,” she said.Pointer also said a bone found in Nieto’s jacket pocket corroborates Theodore’s testimony. He has repeatedly stated that Nieto would have had to be a magician to move the bone into his pocket.“Mr. Nieto might be a lot of things to a lot of people, but nobody has come in here and told you that he was Harry Houdini,” Pointer said during closing statements.Baumgartner said the bone fragment could have slipped in to Nieto’s pocket. “The bone fragment could’ve happened anywhere from the time of the shooting to the autopsy,” she said outside the courthouse.She also added that wires from Nieto’s taser were found 13-14 feet from his body after the shooting and that timestamps downloaded from the taser — and analyzed by a technician from Taser International — match three trigger-pulls to within seconds of the shooting. Baumgartner said that was evidence that Nieto fired at officers.That sequence has been disputed by Nieto’s lawyers because it required a recalculation by Taser International that Pointer said was not scientifically rigorous.The corrected time logs then showed that the first trigger-pull on Nieto’s taser occurred just two seconds after officers opened fire, Baumgartner showed on Wednesday.Deliberations by the jury will resume at 9 a.m. on Thursday and could last hours or days. Jurors are instructed to first decide whether officers used excessive force when confronting Nieto before going on to decide on further charges and specify damages.A quick decision will likely mean jurors could not move past that first question and would be good news for the city, which would otherwise be on the hook for possibly millions in damages. center_img Tags: alex nieto Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Listen Local Día de los Muertos at SOMArts

first_img 0% Listen to this episode below or check out older programs on our BFF archives. Tags: arts • dia de los muertos • Events • ListenLocal Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00.René Yañez, one of the artists crucial to bringing the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead to San Francisco, joins us to talk about the upcoming exhibition at SOMArts.This year’s exhibition, “Remembrance and Resistance,” opens Oct. 6 and runs through Nov. 9. More information is available here.Yañez said he and the dozens of other artists who create for the exhibition work hard to find ways to keep it fresh and different every year — the event is in its 18th year — creating work that pushes political boundaries while also ensuring visitors have an opportunity for personal reflection.last_img read more

A DOMINANT second half display saw Eric Frodshams

first_imgA DOMINANT second half display saw Eric Frodsham’s side run out comfortable 36-12 winners in the second clash of the evening over Warrington at a chilly Wilderspool, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints pack ran riot over their bigger opponents restricting them to two opportunistic dummy half darts at the line for their only tries of the evening.In fact had the Saints not knocked on from the kick off after virtually every try they scored the home side wouldn’t have been that close.In a carbon copy of the U15s game earlier props Tom Calland and Olly Davies showed the way with some blockbusting drives in the first five minutes putting the Saints firmly in the driving seat.Davies himself would have opened the scoring from 50 metres out had Matthew Whitley’s pass been inch perfect.As it was it was left to Whitley himself to open the Saints account again taking Rob Hamon’s pass around the tackler to go over in the corner.Hamon put the Saints back in front picking up Adam Saunders offload and taking three would be tacklers over with him.David Hewitt’s timely interception preserved the lead before Tom Davies extended it jinking over at the line after good work from Dan Abram.The second half was a different story as the Saints showed their improvement from their game against the same opponents last year at U15’s level. That game the Saints narrowly lost, this was never in doubt.Time and time again the Wolves were turned around and made to work off their own line by the astute kicking of stand off David Hewitt and a great kick chase.Both Olly Davies and the big unit that is Ross McCauley went close before the Wolves got a taste of their own medicine as Josh Crehan took advantage of slack defensive marking scampering over from dummy half.Dan Abram scooted in from 20 metres after selling the biggest dummy to no-one in particular. Tom Calland got his name on the score sheet backing up well to take Hewitt’s pass after yet another dummy prised open the home defence.Hewitt rounded off a great personal display with the boot converting all six tries.This was a splendid team performance built on hard hitting defence. Numerous big hits from Joe Ryan, Will Weir, Connor Smith and even winger Scott Harrison put the skids under the home side. Liam Knowles, Jordan Wakefield and Josh Swift did a sound job supporting the outstanding pack.Match Summary:Warrington:Tries: Joe Spencely 2.Goals: Ed Chamberlain 2.Saints:Tries: Matthew Whitley, Dan Abram, Tom Calland, Tom Davies, Rob Hamon, Josh Crehan.Goals: David Hewitt 6.Half Time: 18-12Full Time: 36-12Teams:Warrington:1. Ed Chamberlain; 2. Jack Johnson, 3. Brad Goulding, 4. Tom Dickinson, 5. Lewis Christian; 6. Kruise Leaming, 7. Connor Messenger; 8. Daniel Murray, 9. Joe Spencely, 10. Robert Holroyd, 11. Sam Wild, 12. Jordan Burns, 13. Liam Parfitt. Subs: 14. Frankie Halton, 15. Shaun Nicol, 16. Josh Woods, 17. Luke Davidson, 18. Ged Saundry.Saints:1. Adam Saunders; 2. Liam Knowles, 3. Will Weir, 4. Matthew Whitley, 5. Scott Harrison; 6. David Hewitt, 7. Dan Abram; 8. Tom Calland, 9. Tom Davies, 10. Olly Davies, 11. Josh Swift, 12. Rob Hamon, 13. Joe Ryan. Subs: 15. Jordan Wakefield, 16. Josh Crehan, 17. Declan Flannery, 19. Connor Smith, 20. Ross McCauley.last_img read more

Student jailed for allegedly having gun in car on UNCW campus

first_imgNathan Scott Zak, 21, is charged with felony possession of a weapon on education property. (Photo: StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — A university student was jailed Wednesday on a weapons charge after reportedly being pulled over on campus with a gun in the vehicle.Nathan Scott Zak, 21, is charged with felony possession of a weapon on education property.- Advertisement – According to University of North Carolina Wilmington Police Chief David Donaldson, Zak was cutting through campus when he was pulled over in a routine traffic stop.Click here to read more.last_img

Man arrested in string of larcenies at Wilmington floral shop

first_img He was charged with five counts of habitual larceny, two counts of breaking and entering felony, two counts of felony larceny, and conspiracy breaking and entering building felony larceny.Magistrate Barnes issued Age a $75,000 unsecured bond.Age has already been released.Related Article: Gatwick flights operating after 2 arrested for using droneWWAY spoke with the owner of the floral shop Monday and says he stole up to $9,000 worth of items. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police arrested a man Wednesday night for the recent string of larcenies from Lou’s Flower World on Oleander Drive.David Age, 61, also had warrants for breaking and entering at Green Tree Apartments.- Advertisement – last_img

PD calls for Lobbyist Register to curb influence on Maltese politics

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Demokratika is calling on the authorities to create a Lobbyist Register that curbs political influence that does not benefit the public.PD explains that the current political climate has the Labour government and Nationalist party in cahoots with big business and organisations which receive financial benefits through taxpayer’s money. Ultimately, they this has had a detrimental impact on the public good.For this reason, PD’s interim leader Godfrey Farrugia says that the party is calling for, ‘the establishment of a Lobbyist Register and crystal clear legal amendments and reforms in party financing law, as well as whistleblower and Public Standards acts,’In order for this to happen they demand that the Commissioner for Non-Governmental Organisations to be more vocal in asking the Commissioner for Public Standards to draft a bill which creates the Lobby Register.This they point out, is particularly important when addressing organisations like the Malta Developer’s Association. They state that, ‘In a mature European democracy, the MDA would be defined as a lobbyist organisation and not an NGO.’WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Three new flight routes as of next October

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Malta International Airport (MIA) has announced that three new routes are to be introduced this October.In a press release, Minister for Transport Ian Borg stated that three new routes are being launched this October, amidst the extension of 17 routes from summer into the upcoming winter season. Referring to the  analyses published last week by Airports Council International (ACI) in its Airport Industry Connectivity Report 2019, Borg highlighted that MIA’s connectivity doubled between 2009 and 2019, putting it in the lead in a group of 26 airports in the European Union.MIA also announced an increase of 5.9% in its mid-year traffic results, amounting to over 3.2 million passengers. The 5.9% was explained to have been compared to the same stretch over last year. Record passenger numbers were registered every month in 2019 so far, but with a 10.5% increase in traffic, April was the fastest-growing month for this period. This was followed by June, which registered an upturn of 8.8%.WhatsApplast_img read more

USB Flash Drive Guide 5 Things to Know When Buying One

first_imgThe trade-off for size, though, is speed. Image Credit: AliExpress Advertisement Cloud storage is great, but the humble USB flash drive is tried and true — and it isn’t going anywhere just yet.From backing up your data to installing operating systems, it’s still incredibly useful. But there are some things you should know before you purchase your next flash drive so that you can get the most out of it.1. Similar Specs Can Be Deceiving – Advertisement – If you find yourself with two similar flash drives and asking, “Both of these have USB 3.0, are made by the same brand, and have 64GB of storage. Why does one cost more?”, the answer is quality of components, which dictate how well your drive will perform.Two things determine the speed of a flash drive: the USB port itself and the flash drive’s components.USB 3.0 is much faster than USB 2.0, but the standard must be supported by both the USB port and the drive itself. If your flash drive is USB 3.0 but your computer’s port is USB 2.0, transfers will happen at USB 2.0 speeds. (Roughly speaking, USB 3.0 transmits data at 100 MB/s while USB 2.0 transmits at 15 MB/s.)The other thing that affects speed is the type of flash memory and controller used in the stick. The best drives use the same types of advanced controllers and quality of memory that are found in solid state drives (SSD) while cheaper drives use cheaper components, which aren’t as good at transferring and storing data.Here’s an example that illustrates: the Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 drive writes at around 200MB/s while most other USB 3.0 drives transmits at 100 to 110 MB/s. They might seem like “the same” on the surface, but you get nearly double the speed. Worth it? You bet.2. Smaller & Thinner: Not Always BetterOne problem with most flash drives is that their bodies are so big that they make it troublesome to use adjoining USB ports when plugged in. The good news is, flash drives tend to follow Moore’s law, which means that they’ve become smaller and smaller over the years.The trade-off for size, though, is speed. Smaller flash drives are convenient and portable, but once they get too small, they can’t fit those quality components that were mentioned above.Better components usually require more physical space, and cutting size means compromising. As Moore’s law picks up in coming years, we’ll eventually see thinner and smaller flash drives that offer the kind of performance you see on higher-quality drives — but they aren’t here yet.So if you need convenience and portability, a smaller drive is fine, but if you want a powerful drive, then you may need to settle for bigger. Need a flash drive that’s small enough to carry around anywhere, looks good, and isn’t expensive? We recommend looking at the Transcend JetFlash Ultra Slim.3. Limited Lifespans, But That’s OkayOn average, flash drives last for 3,000 to 5,000 write cycles. Seeing a hard number after which your flash drive will stop functioning might cause panic, but don’t worry. That’s a lot of cycles, and most flash drives won’t ever last that long. (For comparison, most flash drives last for millions of read cycles.)You’re much more likely to damage your flash drive’s connector while inserting/ejecting it, or even end up losing it. At the bare minimum — 3,000 write cycles — that’s still more than four years of life if you use that pen drive twice every single day.The only situation where you need to be slightly worried is if you’re using a flash drive as a portable PC, in which case those cycles will run out faster. But even then, you’ll be fine as long as you keep regular backups of your data. [related-posts]4. MicroUSB Ports: When They’re UsefulAndroid users are always tempted by flash drives that have both a normal USB port as well as microUSB port, like the Kingston Micro Duo. “I can transfer stuff from my PC to my Android phone so easily!” Well, kind of.You still need to check if your Android phone supports USB OTG (On-The-Go), a standard that allows your Android to read external flash drives. The easiest way to figure that out is to check your phone’s box, your manufacturer’s website, or just Google it.If your device doesn’t support USB OTG, then buying a flash drive with a microUSB port is pointless. However, if your phone does support USB OTG, then it’s a nifty way to add some extra storage.5. Rugged & Secure Flash DrivesSeveral flash drives are designed specifically for users who want to keep data safe on their person at all times. Rugged drives offer protection from physical damage, like when you leave it in your pants and throw it into the wash. Secure flash drives offer protection from humans who want to hack or steal your data.Is your data so sensitive that it must be encrypted in addition to being password-protected? If yes, then buy a secure USB drive, such as the ones offered by IronKey or the Aegis Secure Key, which actually has a physical keypad for entering a password.Honestly though, most users don’t need this level of security and can save a lot of money by getting a regular flash drive and password-protecting the USB for free.As for rugged drives, they aren’t as useful. Cloud storage is cheap enough to create backups of whatever non-sensitive information you are putting on your flash drive, and in case the drive gets crushed or demolished, you’ll still have the data. If that happens, just buy a replacement and transfer the data onto it.[makeuseof]last_img read more

Saved by the Bell Carlisle Bell (Handicap) CarlisleTIME: 4.05pm, RUKSTAYING IN CUMBRIA….A nice winner for the column yesterday with Kendal Mint who made all the running to win nicely at Newbury last night at odds of 4/5.We’ll stay with a Cumbrian theme today as we head to Carlisle for one of the oldest races on the racing calendar – the Carlisle Bell Handicap this afternoon.The Carlisle Bells are the world’s oldest known sporting trophy and were first presented in the 16th century.This year’s renewal takes place at 4.05pm and even with two non runners at the time of writing it looks as competitive as ever.Don’t be put off if you fancy one at a price. The last five winners have been 9/1, 20/1, 18/1, 12/1 and 18/1.Pacific Heights won’t be in that range but the Brian Ellison trained runner looks to have an outstanding chance to continue the good recent record in the race for four-year-olds.Pacific Heights gained his first career success over this course and distance last time out when relishing the firmer ground he’ll get again today.He’s still relatively lightly raced and looks a solid each-way proposition.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)3 points each way PACIFIC HEIGHTS (4.05 Carlisle)(+6.40 points Tuesday)last_img read more

PREVIEW Sunderland v Man U

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]unny old game football isn’t it ?Man U boss Louis van Gaal has claimed it will take “a miracle” for them to win the Premier League title this season.I’m sorry, he said WHAT !!!!In what other profession could you get paid so much and yet be so negative. “Sorry boss, there’s no way I will be able to hit my target this year, I’m downing tools now if that’s OK?”.It could be mind games of course, but what on earth is he thinking of, unless it’s a ludicrous ploy to take the pressure of his own shoulders after just ONE game don’t forget !Man U’s opening defeat of the season at Old Trafford was so bad that some wags were calling for the return of David Moyes.United are clearly in transitional mode but they are still, to quite a degree, being priced on past glories. I’m not sure they should be odds on to beat Sunderland.Sunderland’s home form wasn’t good last season but they rallied in great style to survive relegation and significantly beat Man U at Old Trafford in May and also knocked the Red Devils out of the League Cup.Sunderland v Man UPremier League4pm, LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 games)May 2014 Premier Man Utd 0-1 SunderlandJan 2014 C One Cup Man Utd 2-1 SunderlandJan 2014 C One Cup Sunderland 2-1 Man UtdOct 2013 Premier Sunderland 1-2 Man UtdMar 2013 Premier Sunderland 0-1 Man UtdDec 2012 Premier Man Utd 3-1 SunderlandMay 2012 Premier Sunderland 0-1 Man UtdNov 2011 Premier Man Utd 1-0 SunderlandDec 2010 Premier League Man Utd 2-0 SunderlandOct 2010 Premier League Sunderland 0-0 Man UtdThe key team news is that Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia are now fit and available and an appearance for Van Persie usually translates to a good result for Man U.Sunderland are likely to have their defence strengthened by the return of Billy Jones and Santiago Vergini.I have a feeling Sunderland might well get something out of this at the Stadium Of Light against a nervous Man U side so will be taking a pop at the draw at around 3/1 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 4 points at around 3/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 33.77 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 8 May RACING MOVERS4.00 PlumptonMr Lando 7/2 > 9/44.40 LeopardstownTime For Mabel 11/1 > 5/15.30 PlumptonCapsis Desbois 7/2 > 9/4LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League13:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD23/20 Tottenham Hotspur5/2 Southampton23/10 DRAWNational League Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg15:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD9/5 Braintree Town8/5 Grimsby Town23/10 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD13/10 Man City11/5 Arsenal12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

BENS BLOG Its Corporate WageSlaves World

first_img Over and out, B x [dropcap]S[/dropcap]ometimes I meet up with ‘Zippy’. He’s an old pal of mine. He started off as a Punter but I upgraded him to a friend. Anyway, he used to ‘work’ for Corporate Wage-Slave Royalty; Goldman Sachs. Now, he just wanders about, in a daze, retired, but still only in his early 50’s.So, Blog, we’re having a coffee the other day. And I look at him, and ask him what his goals are for 2017. He was a bit lost for a minute and then said ‘I’d like to try and find some new tomatoes and olive-oil to eat.’.‘New tomatoes and olive-oil’?? Your life-aim, for a whole year, is to find some new tomatoes and olive-oil, to eat??The Work-Life-Balance people are doing just fine. They leave the Work to the self-employed people. IT’S A WAGE-SLAVE’S WORLD.In other news:Great to see the Racing Post, putting their hand in their pocket and sponsoring the RP Juvenile at Sittingbourne. ‘The Hurdles’ in dog-racing need to be supported and this is an important competition. Also, Roger Cearns deserves another kick of the ball, after missing out on hosting the Derby. GOD LOVES A TRIER.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sun Movers Specials

first_imgWelcome 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.Sunday 3 June HORSE RACING2.20 FakenhamEmmas Dilemma 5/2 > 15/83.15 Chantilly (French Derby)Study Of Man 4/1 > 7/25.10 PerthEnzo Barbieri 2/1 > 7/45.15 ListowelLaw Girl 8/1 > 7/2FOOTBALLInternational Friendly20:00 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event2/5 Spain6/1 Switzerland7/2 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img

Rices Boniuk Center and high school students to unveil mural March 2

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Rice’s Boniuk Center and high school students to unveil mural March 2 at Bread of Life homeless shelterHOUSTON – (Feb. 26, 2013) – Two dozen Houston-area high school students who explored the theme of a lifelong spiritual quest through painting will unveil their creation — a 7-by-64-foot mural titled “Epiphany in All Eyes” – at 3 p.m. March 2 at the Bread of Life homeless shelter. The mural was the students’ capstone project as part of the third annual Sacred Sites Quest (SSQ) organized by Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.Who: Twenty-four Houston high school students in the SSQ program.What: Unveiling of a 7-by-64-foot mural, “Epiphany in All Eyes.”When: Saturday, March 2, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.Where: Bread of Life, 1703 Gray St.The celebration is free and open to the public. The mural will remain on permanent display on the walls outside of the Bread of Life building.The students, who attend 15 different schools in Greater Houston, volunteered for the project, aimed at enhancing religious literacy, promoting interfaith dialogue, collaboration and tolerance and enabling participants to leave a creative legacy as a permanent public artistic expression. They partnered with the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH) and the Art Project, Houston, a therapeutic art program of the Bread of Life, in creating the mural that they will unveil.Before they created the artwork, the students spent three months exploring a dozen different sacred sites, including temples, churches, mosques and chapels, around Houston. The mural functions as a visual narrative of the students’ shared experience and the meaning they derived from their visits to places of worship.“Our SSQers’ mural is both epic in scale and strikingly beautiful,” said Mike Pardee, executive director of the Boniuk Center. “The fact that they conceived, designed and painted it while collaborating with professional artists from MOCAH and The Art Project, Houston makes their achievement all the more impressive.”Rice University’s Boniuk Center is dedicated to nurturing tolerance among people of all and no faiths, especially youth, and to studying the conditions in which tolerance and intolerance flourish. For more on the Boniuk Center, go to of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.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. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to last_img read more

Baker Institute expert Assumptions about oils influence on politics in the Middle

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert: Assumptions about oil’s influence on politics in the Middle East should be reversedHOUSTON – (July 7, 2016) – Assumptions about oil’s influence on politics in the Middle East should be reversed, according to a new article from an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Instead of oil buttressing autocracy, the article argues that autocracy among oil exporters buttresses oil by encouraging consumption.Credit: University“Energy and the State in the Middle East” was authored by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute. It appears in the new book “Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the E.U. and the U.S.: A Reader,” which was co-edited by Raphael Heffron and Gavin Little and published by Edinburgh University Press.“When it comes to energy, the Middle East is best-known as a supplier of commodities to the importing world,” Krane wrote. “Collectively, the region harbors around half of the world’s conventional reserves of oil and natural gas. But recently the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have become recognized as important centers of energy demand.”The MENA region has maintained nearly 6 percent yearly growth in consumption over the four decades since 1973, a much faster rate of growth than the 2 percent average for the world as a whole, according to Krane. His paper examines drivers behind the MENA region’s growing consumption of oil and gas, in particular the government policies that have contributed to the energy intensity of the region.“I argue that hydrocarbon demand is an outgrowth of the pervasive and structural role of oil and gas in the formation of many of these states, which has imposed deep influences on their institutional design and outcomes,” Krane wrote.Among some of the larger oil exporters, the effect of hydrocarbons dates to their origins as sovereign independent states, Krane said. Oil helped finance their emergence from colonial rule and, at times, guided the placement of national borders to encompass known oilfields. “The business of exporting hydrocarbons has also contributed to the character of governance in the Middle East, helping to maintain autocratic regimes in most of these otherwise diverse states,” Krane wrote. “Finally, in many MENA countries, government policies that made available low-priced fuel and electricity contributed to an ‘entitlement mentality’ among citizens toward cheap energy. In turn, these attitudes have encouraged energy-intense habits, influencing the design of the built environment and guiding patterns of human settlement.”In short, the presence of oil and gas has commanded a huge role in sustaining and organizing Middle Eastern states and societies and promoting their integration into the global economy, Krane said. These generalizations are strongest in the region’s energy-exporting countries but remain apparent in most of the Arab Middle East, including among net importers, he added.“Put another way, the old ‘oil influences politics’ adage ought to be flipped,” Krane concluded. “In the Gulf, it is politics that influences oil. Basically regimes stay in power by underpricing and encouraging consumption of oil.”-30-For more information, to schedule an interview with Krane or to receive a copy of the article, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the E.U. and the U.S.: A Reader”: bio: on Twitter: @jimkraneFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

AntiBullying Program Earns Penn State Support

first_img About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz RelatedSupply Chains, Rankings Changes, and More – Philly NewsWe know it’s hard to keep up with the news while you’re enjoying your summer, so we put all the latest Philly MBA news in one place just for you! How UD MBA Grad Lisa Weaver Saved DuPont $8 Million and Counting — UDaily Lisa Weaver, an MBA graduate from…July 17, 2018In “Featured Home”News Roundup – Bad Advertising at Questrom, Awarding-Winning Faculty at Johns Hopkins, and MoreLet’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including BU Questrom’s take on bad advertising, and more. Darden of Carey Faculty Receives Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award – JHU News The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School recently honored Associate Professor Michael Darden with a Catalyst…June 28, 2019In “Atlanta”Smeal College of Business Redesigns Online MBA ProgramStarting in Fall 2017, students looking to earn an MBA at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University will have an opportunity to do so through their completely redesigned Online MBA program. The change in format, the school explains, was designed to create “a new program that is more flexible for adult…September 16, 2016In “Featured Region” Anti-Bullying Program Earns Penn State Support regions: Philadelphiacenter_img In 2006, Linsey Covert was pursuing her master of education at Penn State. During this time, her passions for both teaching and promoting positivity in schools led her to develop a program to reduce bullying in and outside of the classroom.Covert named the program, which promotes a team-building approach to anti-bullying, Project TEAM. According to its mission statement, “Project TEAM introduces students to a world that is bigger than their community and beyond,” it goes on to say that the program gives “ …an opportunity for kids to focus on the importance of teamwork and leadership in their daily lives … it allows for them to take those foundations and make a difference in the lives of those in need.” During her time as a school counselor, Covert tested the program, and saw positive outcomes. This encouragement led her to partner with Richard Hazler and Jolynn Carney to turn the concept into a company.TEAMology LLC was launched in 2016 to provide Project TEAM to schools. Covert and her associates attribute their success, in large part to the support they have received from Penn State and from consulting with MBA students at Smeal College of Business. The company received $75,000 from the Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference.“Penn State’s partnership has been instrumental in our success with schools and students,” Covert said. “With the support we’ve received, we are able to continue to validate our effectiveness, as well as grow and evolve our exciting product.”The results of the curriculum are compelling. Since Project TEAM’s implementation, schools that have utilized the program have seen up to a 75 percent decrease in behavioral episodes, as well as a significant increase in student success, according to teachers.Covert said, “I strongly believed there was an opportunity to use this TEAM framework to make an impact on schools,” she went on to say that, “If we could help students understand their responsibility to each other and teach actionable skills that made sense to kids in school and beyond, it could have a tremendous impact in our school and society.” Last Updated Jun 9, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Searching for the Perfect 1Year MBA in Boston

first_imgSearching for the Perfect 1-Year MBA in Boston About the AuthorYessenia FunesView more posts by Yessenia Funes RelatedLook Out for These Boston InternshipsIf you’ve read MetroMBA’s look at how summer internships play a crucial role for MBA students, you’re probably already familiar with the many benefits of interning during your MBA career. Between forging professional connections, gaining hands-on experience, and top tier salaries, MBA students have lot to gain from seeking out…June 26, 2018In “Advice”What are the Best Real Estate MBAs in Boston?Despite episodic waves of unrest, real estate is a worthy investment. More importantly, real estate is a cornerstone of the world economy. The importance of understanding the intricacies and nuances of this complex field cannot be overstated. In Forbes, Yolanda Barnes, who runs Savills World Research, said, “real estate is the…April 10, 2018In “Boston”Babson Leases New Space in Downtown BostonBabson College has announced an expansion of its Boston presence that will primarily affect students of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. According to a press release from the school, Babson is leasing 9,000 square feet at 100 High Street in Boston’s Financial District. “Nearly half of all Babson alumni…December 28, 2015In “Featured Home” regions: Bostoncenter_img Not everyone has two years to dedicate toward earning an MBA. For some, maybe a year is just a better option. Luckily, Boston has more than enough options for those who would rather trek down the one-year path.Currently, Boston is the 20th most populous city in the U.S., with its historical roots grounded in advanced academia. It has proven to be a perfect home for students, with a population that skews young. Almost one out of every three residents is between the ages of 20 and 34.The largest employers might be hospitals like Brigham & Women’s Hospital or Massachusetts General Hospital, but the coastal city’s true jewels are its universities like Harvard and MIT. While most schools in the area offer MBA programs, not all offer options that’ll allow students to graduate with an MBA within one year. Below, we outlined some of the best Boston 1 Year MBA program opportunities. F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business — Babson CollegeThe F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business isn’t too old; it’s been around since 1947. Students can take its one-year MBA program on its main campus in Wellesley, Massachusetts. It’s about 14 miles away from Boston, so students will still be just a short drive away.The program takes 12 months, but students can build close bonds with each other in this short period of time. This program’s participants operate as a cohort, but they also get the chance to mingle with some students in the school’s two-year and evening MBA programs. All MBA candidates have the opportunity to participate in Signature Learning Experiences, a hands-on approach to education that prepares students for real-world situations.Sawyer Business School — Suffolk UniversityThe Sawyer Business School isn’t as old as the university, but that hasn’t stopped it from getting recognized. The school began to offer an MBA in 1948 and never quite began to offer a formal one-year MBA program, but it does offer accelerated ones.Sawyer has a couple accelerated MBA programs: one for attorneys and for certified public accountants. The way it works is that students enter the program with credits already under their wing. The catch is that students complete a certain number of credits in the business school—but these could have been before chasing an MBA. It all really depends. That’s 37 credits for attorneys; 34 for CPAs.MBA candidates with an interest in law can also learn a concentration while at the school. Courses include an immersive, travel seminar. As for CPA candidates, their curriculum is nearly identical to the attorney pathway. The only difference is one class required for the attorney curriculum and not the CPA: Corporate Financial Reporting and Control.Sloan School of Management — MITMIT may mostly be known for tech industry and Good Will Hunting scenes, but its Sloan School of Management is frequently ranked as one of the best in the world by esteemed publications like The Economist. While Sloan doesn’t exactly offer a one-year MBA, its MIT Sloan Fellows Program only takes one year—and fellows walk away with an MBA.The school calls the program a “change-the-world toolkit.” Mid-career managers from around the world are invited to apply for the fellowship. Once accepted, fellows arrive in April and begin their journey together. They take summer courses, fall courses, and some during the spring too. There’s an optional independent activities period where fellows can take part in a four-week term made up of how-to sessions, forums, or tours for 12 credits max. Last Updated Aug 28, 2017 by Yessenia FunesFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Coroner 4 Dead in Southern Illinois Small Plane Crash

first_img(Anton Prado PHOTO/Shutterstock) US Share Show Discussion Coroner: 4 Dead in Southern Illinois Small Plane Crash By The Associated Press January 1, 2017 Updated: January 1, 2017center_img VIENNA, Ill.—Authorities in southern Illinois say four people died New Year’s Eve after a single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area.Johnson County Coroner David Rockwell says he pronounced the two men and two women dead at about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday at the scene of the crash. He says the victims all appear to be adults and their identities are unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration says a Piper PA28 small aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances on Saturday night.The FAA says it and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.Rockwell says autopsies will be scheduled.Johnson County is about 130 miles southeast of St. Louis, near the Shawnee National Forest. Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more