Disabled peers have demanded that the government r

first_imgDisabled peers have demanded that the government rips up its “frustrating”, “clichéd” and “tepid” response to a major House of Lords report on the Equality Act’s impact on disabled people.The Equality Act 2010 and disability committee reported in March on how equality legislation affects disabled people, following a nine-month inquiry.The committee concluded that the government was failing to protect disabled people from discrimination, and that laws designed to address disability discrimination were “not working in practice”, while spending cuts were having “a hugely adverse effect on disabled people”.An analysis by Disability News Service of the government’s response to the report, which was published in July, suggested that it accepted in full only about eight of the committee’s 55 recommendations.In a Lords debate on the report this week, disabled peers lined up to criticise the government’s response.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured, left, during the debate), who sat on the committee, said that its report recommends “workable, low-cost, legislative and practical changes that would greatly enhance equality for disabled people in this country”.But she described “disabled people’s frustration at the failure of the government to embrace the recommendations more fully”, and called on it to “go back to the drawing board”.She criticised the government’s use of “the exhausted cliché that regulation will not change hearts and minds” when “all the evidence shows that without legislation we cannot win ‘hearts and minds’”.And she said that Sir Bert Massie, the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, had told her that the government’s “tepid” response to the report “clearly demonstrates a deep lack of understanding and concern about Britain’s disabled people”.Baroness [Sal] Brinton (pictured, right), president of the Liberal Democrats, who also sat on the committee, said the government had showed in responding to the report’s recommendations that it “will not even regulate, let alone legislate”.She said: “I join colleagues on the select committee in hoping that the previous government’s report back to us will be discarded.“I have high hopes, because the evidence in the select committee report is so strong and will not go away.“I call for the new government [under Theresa May, rather than David Cameron] to prove that they truly believe in inclusion by going back and rewriting their response.”Her fellow disabled Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness [Celia] Thomas, whose idea it was to hold the inquiry, called on the government to “implement our recommendations without delay. There is no excuse for not doing so”.The disabled crossbench peer Lord [Colin] Low, who did not sit on the committee, praised the “excellent” report.He said that the government’s “drive to reduce regulation and red tape has resulted in rules and provisions that were helpful to disabled people being weakened or abolished”.He said: “The report makes an important point when it says that these things should properly be seen as protections for disabled people rather than burdens on business, and that their removal under the [government’s] Red Tape Challenge should be reversed.”Another disabled peer, the Liberal Democrat Lord Addington, said there was a need for “aggressive action” to enforce equality.He said: “We here have to start pointing out to the rest of society that it will benefit by taking this appropriate action.“If we make people with disabilities more economically active and more socially included, we will save ourselves hassle and trouble.”The Conservative Home Office minister, Baroness Williams, said the report was “timely and comprehensive and highlights the continuing challenges and obstacles which disabled people face on a daily basis”.She said it “rightly focused on a number of important issues, such as how adequately we imbed disabled people’s needs into the first steps to plan services and also when we construct premises”.She added: “The report also fairly examined whether both public and private sectors have been sufficiently proactive in meeting the needs of citizens with a disability and whether there is still a tendency simply to react to problems once they have arisen or to be forced into action when pressed.“We further acknowledge the importance of two-way communication between government and disabled people and their representatives, something that the report says we can improve on, in turn improving access to justice and how services are delivered.”last_img read more

A disabled campaigner was forced to wet himself on

first_imgA disabled campaigner was forced to wet himself on a train because the accessible toilet was out of order, just four months after a minister promised to ensure such incidents would never happen again.Wheelchair-user Chris Stapleton (pictured) boarded the Virgin Trains service last Tuesday (16 May), but even though he had booked the space more than six weeks earlier he was placed in a carriage with a broken toilet.The aisles were too narrow for him to reach another of the accessible toilets on the service from London Euston to Birmingham, so he was forced to wet himself.Virgin Trains has now launched an “urgent investigation” into the incident, and has admitted – despite its previous claims – that the toilet was broken from the start of the journey.It has also accepted that staff on the train should have been aware that a disabled person was travelling on a service with a broken toilet and taken action, such as arranging for him to use another toilet on the train during a station stop, or allowing him to use a toilet at one of the stations along the route.Stapleton said Virgin Trains was guilty of “sheer crass negligence”, and that the incident showed how politicians had “ignored” and even “tried to scale down” disabled people’s access to rail travel, for example through the government’s decision to cut funding for the Access for All rail station improvement programme.In January, rail minister Paul Maynard said the Department for Transport was “committed to ensuring no passenger has to go through this again”, after Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike told how she had been forced to wet herself on a CrossCountry service because the accessible toilet was out-of-order.Stapleton, a member of the user-led accessible transport charity Transport for All, said his incident showed that Maynard’s “‘no repeat’ pledge has proved empty”. Wafula Strike said Stapleton’s experience was “terrible” and that “train companies continue to get away with failing to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled passengers.“It’s a pity rail companies have failed to recognise the potential value in disabled travellers by failing to implement the basic policies they hold on paper.“I request rail bosses to start engaging with the disabled passengers.”Faryal Velmi, director of Transport for All, said Stapleton’s experience was “appalling”.She said: “This is the second time we have had a story like this making the headlines, and sadly the incidents that are reported are just tip of the iceberg.“In February, the rail minister [Paul Maynard] promised Anne Wafula Strike action on the issue, but Chris’s story shows that they were just empty words.“As part of our Rail Access Now campaign, we demanded that train operating companies face strict financial penalties for running services without accessible facilities.“They must also ensure that they clearly announce any broken facilities and that staff are available to offer assistance to disabled passengers.“At this point, apologies simply aren’t good enough – how many more disabled passengers will have to go through a horrible experience like Chris’s before action is taken?”Maynard, who is himself disabled, did not respond to a request from Disability News Service to comment.A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Chris Stapleton’s experience was completely unacceptable and we have apologised to him for this.“Thousands of disabled customers regularly travel with Virgin Trains and we have systems in place to ensure that they are properly looked after.“Clearly those systems broke down during Chris’ journey and we are conducting an urgent investigation to understand what went wrong and ensure that any lessons are learned.“We are determined to get this right for all our disabled customers to ensure they can travel with us with complete confidence.”last_img read more

Homelessness A Part of SFs Streetscape

first_img Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% We do it all the time . We walk by the homeless people on the street, sleeping or asking for money. The homeless people that I’ve met in encampments would talk pretty easily to strangers, but those in the commercial areas often seemed to be angry – and rightfully so.  They did not want to talk with me, and made it very clear that they wanted to be left alone.  So that is what we do, we leave them alone.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez 0%center_img Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez last_img

Lyft Driver Beaten by Bikers Speaks Out About Attack KRON4 ABC7

first_img 0% Police have made no arrests in the March 8 beating of Lyft driver on the southbound Highway 101 by a group of some 15 dirt bikers, captured in a cell phone video that went viral. On Tuesday, the victim, 35-year-old Alex Quintana, turned to the public for help in finding his attackers.According to KRON4 News, The attack sent Quintana to San Francisco General Hospital, where he remains almost a week after the incident with a broken nose, abrasions and nerve damage. His leg is broken in three places, and after having undergone one surgery already, Quintana told Kron4 that he will need another.One of the bikers, he said in an interview with ABC7, looked Quintana in the eyes as he ran over his leg.He will likely need months of rehab to recover from the incident. “There’s a lot of nerve damage, something that opioid medication can’t even really touch,” Quintana told KRON4. He is a Modesto resident and the father of an infant, he told TV reporters. Quintana is employed with the ride share companies Lyft and Uber and commuted to the Bay Area for work.He said he first witnessed the group “drive recklessly” during rush hour on March 8, taking over the freeway to do wheelies and tricks. As seen in the video footage captured by another motorist, Quintana’s white Toyota Corolla came in contact with one of the bikers while switching lanes, although it is unclear who bumped who first.Quintana told KRON4 that the group began yelling at him and accusing him of trying to run one of the bikers over, but Quintana said that he was simply trying to maneuver around them. The confrontation escalated when a black car, seemingly working with the bikers, cut Quintana off and the group boxed him in and began vandalizing his car.After one of the bikers broke off his mirror, Quintana told station reporters he exited his car to confront him. That’s when the bikers descended on Quintana, beating him severely as the man fell to the ground in the middle of the freeway.“If there weren’t so many people that had videotaped the video, they could’ve got away with killing me on the side of the road or something,” he told KRON4.KRON4 reports that at least eight eye witnesses to the incident have been identified. His attackers, who fled the scene and have evaded arrest so far, are part of a local bike gang known to California Highway Patrol as the “12 O’Clock Boys,” Quintana told ABC 7.California Highway Patrol is turning to the public for leads and information on their whereabouts, and a GoFundme campaign that has been set up to assist Quintana with his medical expenses has raised some $4,600 in just four days.California Highway Patrol is asking that those with information about the incident or the bikers report it to them at (415) 557-1094 during business hours or call the CHP Golden Gate Communications Center at (415) 551-4100 outside of business hours.center_img Tags: assault • crimes • police • SF General Hospital Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Police comb Mission District school searching for suspects

first_img 0% The suspect then drove onto the freeway and got off off again at Duboce Avenue. At that point, officers followed the suspects to Marshall Elementary School.Lieutenant Carlos Gutierrez said that while officers did not see any suspect actually enter the school, they searched it to ensure safety.By 7:45 p.m., Gutierrez told a reporter at the scene that two suspects were in custody, with a third outstanding. That suspect fled the scene on foot.At that point the remaining staff was allowed to re-enter. Gutierrez said officers had been searching for the gun in the area where officers had first encountered the suspects, and a police spokesperson indicated a gun was recovered by police. The suspects’ car was also found abandoned, in the area of 15th and Natoma streets. Tags: crimes • marshall elementary school • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Police searched Marshall Elementary Tuesday evening, looking for suspects in an earlier incident in which someone threw a gun out of a car window.  Although children had been dismissed for the day some staff were on hand, and police cleared all for the search.“I just got kicked out” said Chi Ho Leung, a janitor who had been working at the school.  He said from where he was working on the second floor, he could see police pull someone out from under a car.Bystanders gathered behind yellow tape cordoning off the area while officers combed the nearby Walgreens parking lot.SFPD spokesperson Officer Grace Gatpandan said that just after 7 p.m., a Shot Spotter activation and a 911 call both reported shots fired near 26th and Harrison streets. Officers responding to those reports then witnessed someone throw a gun out of a car window. When they tried to pull the driver over, the suspect took off.last_img read more

SECURE your place in Saints history and leave a l

first_imgSECURE your place in Saints’ history and leave a lasting record of your support!To commemorate the opening of the Saints New Stadium in 2012 a special Wall of Legends is being constructed at the back of the North Stand – and fans are being offered a unique opportunity to write their name into the history of the club.As the Saints enter an exciting new era in their fantastic new home, fans can express their support, passion and loyalty by ordering a personalised commemorative tile that will be placed in the Wall of Legends.It is perfect as a gift for a loved one, for a birthday or anniversary, and is the ideal way to show your everlasting support for our great club.The number of tiles available in the Wall of Legends is limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay as demand for this unique product will be high.Wall tiles will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis around the central St. Helens Red Vee and club logo.A limited number of special white wall tiles with your personalised inscription will also be placed around the Red Vee itself.The famous ‘V’ will be inscribed with the names of the Saints Greatest Ever 17 selected last year, plus other past players to form a centre-piece.You can also order a single red clay wall tile with two lines of black lettering or a double tile with four lines of gold lettering (ideal for families).Each line has up to 15 characters per lines and spaces and punctuation count as characters. The lettering is professionally engraved and hand finished with a long lasting red, black or gold infill.Each tile comes with its own unique ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ that you can frame or present as a gift. You can also buy a replica of your Tile to take home or place in your office.To find out more, click here to download a leaflet or click here to buy.last_img read more

MARK Flanagan says the hard work is almost done an

first_imgMARK Flanagan says the hard work is almost done and now it’s time to convert it into a good performance.Speaking ahead of this Friday’s SOLD OUT Karalius Cup clash with Widnes Vikings – the first game at Langtree Park – he believes Saints’ fans are in for an exciting season.“It’s been good so far,” he said. “It was a bit of a culture shock coming over from Australia but I have really enjoyed it. The boys have been very welcoming and along with Lance Hohaia and Anthony Laffranchi it’s like we have been here for a while.“It’s been a tough pre-season as Matt Daniels has worked us hard, but we are ready for the season ahead.”‘Flash’ signed from Wests Tigers in the off-season and is expected to take up a role at loose forward or second row – although he admits competition for places in those areas will be strong.He joined Saints after two years in the NRL.“I had been with Wests for two years, had an offer to stay and a few others too,” he continued. “But when I weighted them all up, the chance to play for Saints was too good to pass up.“They are a great club and with the stadium and new signings I saw a very exciting future for Saints. I enjoyed it in Australia and it certainly helped my game. I played with some great players and when you’re learning off the Australian national coach then it has to benefit you. It was a great experience living in a different culture too. I grew up a lot.“It will be a big year at Saints though, and we can’t wait to get out there. The younger players surprised me with how well they did last season, Jonny Lomax and Lee Gaskell played well in the halves without Leon Pryce and Kyle Eastmond and took the team to the Grand Final. Jamie Foster, Tommy Makinson did well too and young Joe Greenwood looks to be a good player in the making.”He continued: “Widnes will be a tough match. They will have a strong side and we will need to play well. But we need to concentrate on our own performance and do the things we have been training for.“I’ll slot into the back row hopefully and link up with attack. Gone are the days of say as Paul Sculthorpe or Andy Farrell. The attacking work is done through 6, 7 and 9. Effectively, loose forward is another back rower. I am looking forward to taking to the field.”last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays fri

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s friendly with Castleford Tigers.Keiron Cunningham has whittled his squad down to 21 players with three of the club’s new signings expected to feature.The squad is: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Adam Walker, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 22. Matty Fleming, 23. Jack Ashworth, 24. Danny Richardson, 28. Regan Grace, 30. Jonah Cunningham.Daryl Powell has named a 19 man squad: 1. Zak Hardaker, 2. Greg Minikin, 3. Jake Webster, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Greg Eden, 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Adam Milner, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 16. Ben Roberts, 17. Junior Moors, 18. Matt Cook, 19. Gadwin Springer, 21. Joel Monaghan.The game kicks off at 3pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium and the referee is James Child.Ticket details can be found here.last_img read more

Apartments ready for rent in The Cargo District

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Container homes are now available for rent in The Cargo District, a new urban mix-use project in Wilmington.The Cargo District is located at 16th and Queen Streets.- Advertisement – The nine apartments use a total of 18 shipping containers and mark the first phase of residential development in the community, according to a news release. They will be completed in June.“This initial phase of development is just the beginning for The Cargo District. We’re also planning more apartments, a coffee shop, and a food truck park,” states Leslie Smith, owner of L.S. Smith Inc. and developer of The Cargo District.The Cargo District is a mix of upcycled shipping containers to create commercial, office, and residential space.Related Article: Yabba dabba don’t: California town rejects Flintstones houseThe nine one-bedroom apartments provide about 600 square feet of living space. The $1050 monthly rent includes water, sewer, trash, and basic internet.The lower level kitchens will include a reverse osmosis filtration system, living room, patio, small garden and off-street parking. The second level includes the bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet, washer and dryer, and private balcony.The plan is to bring 50 to 70 additional one to two bedroom apartments to The Cargo District.Coworx, which offers work spaces for rent, opened in The Cargo District last year.last_img read more

Oak Island fire victim identified as homeowner

first_img The fire broke out on April 24, in a shed on NE 54th Street. The flames spread to a home and truck.Anselmo says they are still waiting on the medical examiner and corner’s results for an exact cause of death.His office is also waiting on reports from the State Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to help determine the cause of the fire.Related Article: Emergency responders, school officials plan for impending bridge closure Scene of fire in Oak Island on April 24, 2019 (Photo: WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The man who died in a fire in Oak Island last month has been identified.Fire Chief Chris Anselmo says James E. Carden, Sr., 67, was the homeowner and is the confirmed victim.- Advertisement – last_img

Photos Let Delia do his job – new posters on PN clubs

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> New posters have been affixed on various Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) local clubs facades during the night between Thursday and Friday. The posters are stating that the PN leader Adrian Delia should be left alone to do his job. The posters are also reminding everyone that Delia’s two predecessors, Lawrence Gonzi and Simon Busuttil have both suffered electoral losses.These posters have put up in reply to the posters that had been pasted on a number of PN local clubs the night before.Photos: Posters condemning the PN leader pasted on local party clubs’ facades WhatsApp 1 of 7last_img read more

MTN Jumia launch Continental Entrepreneurship Challenge for Africa

first_imgBankole Cardoso, Head of Communications from Jumia. Image Credit: Techcityng Advertisement MTN, in partnership with the MTN Solution Space and Jumia, today announced the launch of the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge.According to a press statement, this Pan-African competition, launching today, will be the first of its kind in Africa and will bring together over 1000 entrepreneurs, students and investors, to collaborate on ways to amplify and consolidate the continent’s entrepreneurs.The Challenge will target more than 60 universities in 13 countries across Africa, the statemetn said. The competition will challenge students to develop a unique digital application or smart solution that will solve a tangible problem faced on the continent. – Advertisement – “We are incredibly excited to partner with Jumia to launch the entrepreneurship challenge. Africa is a continent of promise, and our aim with the MTN Solution Space has always been to help fulfil this promise by developing uniquely African solutions. We believe that the entrepreneurship challenge is a key element of this. The response and willingness from universities across Africa to collaborate on this initiative has been truly remarkable and certainly exemplifies the impact of collective efforts to foster entrepreneurship among our next generation of business leaders,” says Sarah-Anne Arnold, Manager of the MTN Solution Space.MTN’s Group Chief Digital Officer, Herman Singh, says the company is proud to both sponsor and endorse the initiative.“The Entrepreneurship Challenge is strongly aligned to MTN’s own entrepreneurial culture and history as well as our values as a business. We believe inspiration of new business leaders in Africa and their enablement to success, will be key drivers for the future rapid evolution of a broader start-up culture on the continent. This is an environment already teeming with excellent potential and we hope to assist in accelerating its further growth and to raise MTN’s role in creating new businesses in Africa,” says Singh.Applications for the first round of the multi-phased competition are open from today and will close on 27 March 2016. Aspiring entrepreneurs from participating universities can enter in teams by logging onto. All applications will be judged by campus captains, who consist of successful entrepreneurs in their respective market. Shortlisted teams will then move on to a live pitching phase at their selected universities between 1-8 April 2016, after which the final five projects will be selected to move through to the Semi-Final.The finalists will be announced on 16 April 2016, and as part of this achievement, the successful teams will get the opportunity to attend the Entrepreneurship festival, hosted at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in South Africa on May 27 2016. The festival, aims to facilitate the collaboration of over a thousand attendees with prominent and innovative speakers and workshop experts from across the world. Finalists will have to pitch their business to a room of successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, judges, investors and international media, after which the winner of the challenge will be announced.[related-posts]The winner of the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge will win a cash prize of US $25 000 towards their start-up, and will also benefit from a yearlong partnership with Jumia, where they will have the opportunity to work from any of JUMIA’s offices across Africa. This will enable the winner to learn from, and be mentored by experienced and successful entrepreneurs in the JUMIA network. The winner will also have access to a Facebook Start Program to the value of US $15 000, which includes tools and services needed to build mobile applications. In addition, they will have the opportunity to work from the MTN Solution Space at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. The two runners-up will each receive US $5 000 towards their projects.“This competition will contribute to building a stronger and more sustainable business environment across Africa. Its main goal is to boost and fuel African entrepreneurship by enabling young and smart entrepreneurs to kick off with their own projects. The key for us is to give full and adapted support to young talents, from funding to mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs,” says Bankole Cardoso, Head of Communications from Jumia.For more information about the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge powered by Jumia, visit the MTN Solution Space, Jumia or their  social media pages on Facebook.last_img read more

Facebook Messenger Rolls Out Group Calls Of Up To 50 Members

first_imgGroup calling now available on the latest version of Facebook Messenger App. Screen Shot By: Nathan Ernest Olupot Advertisement David A. Marcus, VP of Messaging Products at Facebook Inc. yesterday announced via his Facebook Page that the company has began the global roll out for group calling support for Android and iOS devices for it’s Messenger app.According to David, if you have the latest version of Messenger, you should see the phone icon appear in group conversations within the next 24 hours.However, the group calls feature is currently limited to only 50 members. All the app users will start seeing the phone icon on top of a group chat. Tapping the phone icon will let the user select which of their friends in the group will participate in the call. Once a user has joined a group call, they will be able to see who’s participating and even invite others to join. – Advertisement – Venture Beat reported saying that the group calling experience on Messenger app will be similar to that of a one-on-one call. In this case however, the screen will show the group’s name and the list of members who are ‘In Call’ as well as currently ‘Not in Call’.Venture Beat continues to say that the app users will have the option to receive, ignore, or decline a group call.[related-posts]last_img read more

Africa could become The New China says Frost Sullivan

first_imgAdvertisement Africa has been identified as the continent with the potential to become the next China. Africans have embraced mobile communication technologies faster than any other parts of the world and the continent is being recognised as the next potential enabler of sustainable economic growth, driving innovation for the developing world.The Growth Innovation Leadership (GIL) Africa congress, which recently took place in Cape Town, saw over 200 high profile executives from various industry sectors gather to discuss digitisation as part of their new growth strategy and business models.Frost & Sullivan’s Senior Partner Dorman Followwill opened the day with a keynote address on “Digital Transformation – The New Strategic Imperative”, highlighting the immense amount of opportunities available to businesses operating on the continent. “Africa could become the new China, and may serve as a classic staging ground for new technologies, as we have already seen with mobile communications and mobile payment platforms,” he stated. “Rwanda with its topography of many hills, for example, may be the perfect staging ground for drones deployed for delivery of various products for companies like Amazon or DHL or Google.” – Advertisement – Wayne Houghton, Frost & Sullivan’s Director of Growth Implementation Solutions for Africa, presented the Think Tank on “Digital Transformation as a New Business Model”. Using Pokémon Go as an innovative case study example of the success of digital transformation, he stated that “The app now generates staggering revenues of up to $5.7 million per day, and the start-up cost was only around $50,000.”“In order to adapt, like Nintendo who made the business model shift from game maker to IP licensor, organisations need to evolve towards Digital DNA to instil a culture of continuous innovation, incubate the best ideas and be bold enough to cannibalise their traditional business models,” said Houghton.CEO of Wesgro, Tim Harris, engaged the audience with his talk on “Attracting and Retaining International Investments in Africa”. Harris pointed out that Cape Town has now become Africa’s largest start-up scene and that the retail, agriculture and asset management industries are leading the way in terms of innovation.The ever-popular CEO panel session, moderated by Frost & Sullivan’s Operations Director, Hendrik Malan, included senior level executives from T-Systems, the Botswana Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA), Uber, Wesgro and Symphonia. The session proved to be an interesting discussion on the visionary perspectives CEOs share around the digital revolution of Africa as a continent. South Africa was highlighted as a potential platform for innovation in Africa – for Africa, given the excellent financial infrastructure and ecosystem.“The digital revolution of Africa has great potential for the continent, but is also a source of risk and uncertainty,” said Malan. “Stakeholders across the continent need to ensure a greater degree of focus on empowering the next generation with the right skills and digital infrastructure to take advantage of these opportunities.”Other key highlights included Think Tank sessions on the Internet of Things (IoT), FinTech in Africa, Connected mobility and how digitisation is transforming the African transport and automotive industry, as well as the realistic possibility of Smart Cities in Africa.Birgitta Cederstrom, Global Commercial Director for GIL presented this year’s Growth Innovation Leadership (GIL) Africa awards to recipients: Zyda Rylands, CEO of Woolworths, who received the GIL award for Visionary Innovation; and Douglas Hoernle, Founder of Rethink Education, who received the GIL Young Entrepreneurial award for expanding the benefit of education to a number of learners across Africa.[IT News Africa]last_img read more

Swindon Town v Brentford

first_imgSTAR EVENT: Swindown Town v BrentfordLeague One Play-Off Semi Final First LegTIME: 5.20pm TV: SKYYEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!! as a certain, over excitable At The Races presenter might say.We landed our fourth winner in a row last night thanks to Sheffield United beating Yeovil Town by 1-0.That’s given us around 19 points in the bag since Monday’s, less than accurate advice, that Villa and Sunderland would end up a draw. What was the score again ….. ??Swindon Town and Brentford do battle tonight and again at Star Sports we forecast a tight edgy game – exactly the same as how it panned out last night.Low scoring but hopefully Swindon just doing enough to take a lead to Griffin Park.This is interesting in as much as Brentford finished ‘top’ of the play-off places and Swindon bottom and Brentford beat Swindon both times in regulation play this season.The Bees missed out on automatic promotion in dramatic fashion last weekend when Marcello Trotta’s last-minute penalty hit the crossbar and Doncaster broke up the other end to score the winner and secure the title.How much that heartache will have affected the spirit will be interesting.Hopefully enough to make them nervous tonight and give Swindon a win, and a fifth win on the spin for the column.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 point win SWINDON TOWN to beat Brentford(+5.5 points Friday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more

Sallie KellerMcNulty named new engineering dean at Rice

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Margot Dimond PHONE: (713) 348-6775 E-MAIL: mdimond@rice.edu SALLIE KELLER-MCNULTY NAMED NEW ENGINEERING DEAN AT RICE Sallie Keller-McNulty, group leader for the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will become the new dean of Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering in July. Keller-McNulty succeeds C. Sidney Burrus, who after seven years serving as dean is retiring from that position and as a tenured professor, but will continue teaching, writing and working with Rice’s new Connexions project. ”Choosing as an academic dean a group leader at Los Alamos may seem an out-of-the-box choice,” Rice President David W. Leebron said. ”However, engineering needs out-of-the-box thinkers, and Rice and its engineering school have them. Our search committee, chaired superbly by Dean Kathleen Matthews, produced an outstanding group of finalists, and we selected the best for Rice.” Said Rice Provost Eugene Levy: ”We are thrilled to have recruited Sallie Keller-McNulty as Rice’s next dean of engineering. Sallie compiled a distinguished record of accomplishment and respect at Los Alamos and has built a strong reputation as an energetic and encouraging leader, wonderful at motivating others. She is also known for her ability to recruit and retain talented scholars.” Keller-McNulty said she looks forward to her new position for many reasons, most of all the university’s collaborative culture — in particular the way the engineering school works closely with Rice’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Texas Medical Center. ”Rice is such a pre-eminent institution — not just because of its undergraduate education, but also because of its fabulous research programs,” she said. ”Rice is leading the way in making interdisciplinary science a reality, and I’m a strong advocate for that as the way to move science forward in this century.” Keller-McNulty will join Matthews, dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, making Rice the only major research university with women deans in both science and engineering. Keller-McNulty has served in her current position at Los Alamos since 1998. Under her leadership, the size of the Statistical Sciences Group increased from 13 staff members to more than 40, and the budget quadrupled. She also has established a thriving visiting faculty program with several renowned statisticians spending their sabbaticals at the laboratory. Before joining the Los Alamos group, Keller-McNulty was professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Statistics at Kansas State University (KSU). A faculty member since 1985, she also served as director of the Statistical Design and Analysis Unit for the KSU Institute of Social and Behavioral Research from 1990 to 1998 and was an adjunct professor in the Computer and Information Sciences Department from 1989 to 1995.    In addition, Keller-McNulty held a joint research fellowship of the American Statistical Association, National Science Foundation (NSF) and Bureau of Labor Statistics from 1996 to 1997 and served as program director for Statistics and Probability in the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the NSF from 1994 to 1996. She was an assistant professor in the mathematics department at the University of North Carolinalast_img read more

Study Reengineered Gleevec

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In decisionmaking it might be worth trusting your gut

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (Dec. 14, 2012) – Turns out the trope is true: You should trust your gut — as long as you’re an expert. So says a new study from researchers at Rice University, George Mason University and Boston College.“How expert someone is within a particular domain has a positive impact on their ability to make an accurate gut decision,” said Rice’s Erik Dane, lead author of a study published last month in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. However, he added, “Even if you’re an expert, intuitive decision-making is better for some types of tasks than others. Tasks that can be solved through predetermined steps, like math problems, are not as conducive to intuitive decision-making as less-structured tasks, which may include certain strategic or human resource management problems.”“Although there’s been a lot of research on the concept of intuition, there’s relatively little research directly comparing whether it’s best to ‘trust your gut’ versus taking time to make a decision,” said Dane, assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. So the researchers took on the task of examining circumstances in which intuitive decision-making is effective compared with analytical decision-making.They conducted two studies, one in which participants rated the difficulty of basketball shots and one in which participants judged whether designer handbags were real or fake.In the first study, 184 undergraduate students (79 males, 105 females) watched 13 video clips of basketball shots taken during two college basketball games and were given 10 seconds after each shot to rate its difficulty on a scale from 1 to 10. Beforehand, the researchers had estimated the difficulty of the shots by collaborating with the men’s basketball coaching staff (one head coach and three assistant coaches) at a highly successful NCAA Division I college basketball program.Participants were assigned to either an “intuitive” group — they based their decisions entirely on their first impression — or an “analytical” group. The analytical group was given two minutes before the exercise to develop a list of factors that would determine the difficulty of a basketball shot, such as the number of defenders near the shooter, whether the shooter is stationary or moving, and the point value of the shot. They were told to base their decisions on these factors.To measure participants’ expertise with basketball, the researchers assessed (via a questionnaire) the extent to which they had played the sport. Given that the task entailed judging shots in the same manner as successful basketball coaches, the researchers wanted a measure that would separate those who had simply watched a lot of basketball from those who had actual experience playing the sport. They determined that playing competitive basketball for at least three years of high school classified participants as “experts”; the rest were classified as low in expertise.They found that, indeed, intuition was more effective for those with high expertise. In the intuitive group, those who had played competitive basketball for three years in high school performed better on the task. In contrast, there was no significant difference in the analytical group between those with high and low expertise.In the second study, the researchers turned to a different expertise domain: designer handbags. They recruited 239 undergraduate students (120 males, 119 females) to make decisions about whether designer handbags were authentic or counterfeit.The participants made their decisions by looking at — but not touching — 10 designer handbags, including two authentic and three counterfeit Coach handbags and three authentic and two counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags. All handbags were either brand new or very lightly used.Participants were again split into an intuitive group and an analytical group and instructed to judge whether the handbags were real or fake. The intuition group was given five seconds to view each handbag and told to base their decisions entirely on their first impression. The analysis group was told to ignore any first impressions or gut instincts and base their decisions on careful analysis. Prior to the task, participants in the analysis group were given two minutes to list the features they would look for to determine whether a given handbag was real or fake, such as material, stitching and color. This group was given 30 seconds to make their decision for each bag.The researchers assessed the participants’ expertise based on the total number of Coach and Louis Vuitton handbags each participant owned and determined that owning more than three made them an expert for this study.Once again, the researchers found that intuition was more effective for those with high expertise. In the intuition condition, participants with high expertise demonstrated higher task performance. In the analysis condition, those with high expertise performed no better than those with low expertise.Across both studies, participants who possessed expertise within the task domain performed on average just as well intuitively as analytically. In addition, experts significantly outperformed novices when making their decisions intuitively but not when making their decisions analytically.Dane and his co-authors hope the research will advance scholarship on intuitive decision-making and help people understand when they should trust their gut to make decisions.The research was funded by Rice University and co-authored by Kevin Rockmann, associate professor of management at George Mason University, and Michael Pratt, the O’Connor Family Professor at Boston College.The study, “When Should I Trust My Gut? Linking Domain Expertise to Intuitive Decision-making Effectiveness,” is available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0749597812000994.-30-For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Study: How expert someone is within a particular domain has a positive impact on their ability to make an accurate gut decision: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0749597812000994Jones Graduate School of Business website: http://business.rice.edu/Erik Dane bio: http://business.rice.edu/Erik_Dane/Photo credit: Rice UniversityERIK DANELocated 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 http://tinyurl.com/AboutRice.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

Driver in Crash That Killed Mom and 4 Children Had Blood Alcohol

first_img The driver in the fatal crash that killed a mother and four children had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit, Oregon police revealed on Tuesday, Oct. 10.Favian Garcia had a blood alcohol content of 0.318 after the crash, according to a probable cause statement. That’s nearly four times the state’s 0.08 limit.Garcia, 27, will be held without bail. The defendant appeared in court with his arm in a sling, according to the Statesman-Journal. A judge who ordered him held said Garcia would be “a danger to the public if released.” Favian Garcia (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)Police identified the four children who died in the crash prior to the court hearing. Ivan Ricardo Medrano-Contreras, 8, Andrus Medrano-Contreras, 6, Dayanara Medrano-Perez, 4, and Angelina Vazquez-Crisp, 2, were all killed in the Oct. 8 crash.The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m., NTD previously reported. A Buick Century, driven by Lisette Medrano-Perez, 25, the mother of three of the children and the aunt of one, collided with a Land Rover driven by Garcia as the two drivers were negotiating a corner of Highway 99E and Nevada Street NE. Driver in Crash That Killed Mom and 4 Children Had Blood Alcohol Level 4 Times the Legal Limit By Ivan Pentchoukov October 11, 2017 Updated: October 11, 2017 (Oregon State Police) Multi-fatality crash has closed Highway 99E north of Salem @Salem_Statesman pic.twitter.com/4AKeINBAIS— Jonathan Bach (@jonathanmbach) October 9, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Sharecenter_img On the day of the crash, police charged Garcia with five counts of manslaughter, driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, and driving while suspended. Police booked him into the Marion Countr Jail after taking him to a local hospital for minor injuries.At the hospital, officers noticed that he smelled of alcohol and had glassy and bloodshot eyes. One of the arresting officers mentioned that Garcia told him that he had “a hangover all day.”Medrano Perez, of Molalla, worked in an assisted living center. She had a “heart of gold” and brought energy and compassion to the workplace, Chelsea Slaven, the home’s director, told Statesman-Journal. “You’ll notice how quiet it is right now,” Slaven said. “We’re all trying to go forward and do what we can to support our residents, our team members, and our community as a whole.”Garcia had two prior arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol, one in July this year and another in 2011 the Statesman-Journal reported.The father of one of the first responders who arrived at the wreck wrote about his son’s experience on Facebook.“My son was a responder,” Bob Johnson wrote. “Sadly, retrieved and transported all of them to his funeral home. Most emotional call he has ever had to make. Went home and tightly hugged his wife and his 7 children.”Police are asking witnesses to the crash who have not been questioned to contact (800) 452-7888.From NTD.tv Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Crime and Incidents Multiple people dead in two-vehicle crash near Salem. https://t.co/0w4yuigxbd pic.twitter.com/aHzfU1YkRP— FOX 12 Oregon KPTV (@fox12oregon) October 9, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

US Court Rejects Atheists Appeal Over In God We Trust on Money

first_img Share this article Share US News Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img A federal appeals court on Aug. 28 said printing “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency is constitutional, citing its longstanding use and saying it was not coercive.The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota rejected claims by 29 atheists, children of atheists and atheist groups that inscribing the national motto on bills and coins violated their First Amendment free speech and religious rights.While other courts have allowed the motto’s use on currency, Circuit Judge Raymond Gruender said it also did not constitute an establishment of religion under a 2014 Supreme Court decision requiring a review of “historical practices.”Gruender said the Constitution lets the government celebrate “our tradition of religious freedom,” and that putting the motto on currency “comports with early understandings of the Establishment Clause” without compelling religious observance.“In God We Trust” began appearing on U.S. coins in 1864 during the Civil War, a period of increased religious sentiment, and was added to paper currencies by the mid-1960s.President Dwight Eisenhower signed a law making the phrase the national motto in 1956. Tuesday’s 3-0 decision upheld a Dec. 2016 lower court ruling, though one judge refused to join part of its analysis.The federal appeals court in Chicago upheld the use of “In God We Trust” on currency in May.Newdow is also known for unsuccessful litigation challenging the inclusion of “under God” in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.Gruender has been on U.S. President Donald Trump’s list of potential candidates for open Supreme Court seats.The case (pdf) is New Doe Child #1 et al v U.S. et al, 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 16-4440.By Jonathan Stempel QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US Court Rejects Atheists’ Appeal Over ‘In God We Trust’ on Money By Reuters August 28, 2018 Updated: August 30, 2018last_img read more