A disabled peer has accused the renowned fertility

first_imgA disabled peer has accused the renowned fertility expert Lord Winston of trying to hijack his attempts to outlaw disability discrimination in abortion laws because of his “discriminatory eugenic agenda”.The exchange in the House of Lords on Friday came as peers were debating Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin’s abortion (disability equality) bill, which he says would bring abortion legislation into line with the Equality Act.The disabled Tory peer’s private member’s bill, which has reached the report stage, would make it illegal to carry out an abortion on the grounds of disability on a fetus that was more than 24 weeks old, unless there was a risk of serious, permanent damage to the mother or her life was at risk.At present, Lord Shinkwin (pictured during the debate) reminded fellow peers, a fetus can be aborted right up to the moment of birth, if it has a significant impairment or, as the Abortion Act 1967 describes it, “there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped”.At a previous stage of the bill, he told fellow peers that “were a younger, unborn version of me to be detected in the womb today [the Abortion Act] and the [Department of Health’s] search-and-destroy approach to screening would make me a prime candidate for abortion”. He said on Friday that his “disability rights bill” would bring the law on disability discrimination before birth into line with laws that address disability discrimination after birth.But Lord [Robert] Winston, the fertility expert and television presenter – who has carried out pioneering work on allowing embryos to be screened for genetic diseases before being used for in vitro fertilisation – tabled an amendment that would exclude pregnancies where there was “a high probability that the fetus will die at, during, or shortly after delivery due to serious fetal anomaly”.The Labour peer, who later withdrew his amendment, said: “Whether we like it or not, whatever our religious position might be, the fact is that we accept termination of pregnancy and I believe that most people in our society have the normative consideration that it is reasonable, in cases where a fetus is severely damaged and unlikely to survive or is going to be extremely ill and in great pain, to terminate that pregnancy.”But Lord Shinkwin said that Lord Winston’s amendment was “cynical” and “reinforces discrimination because it singles out even more acutely a particular group for destruction on grounds of disability”.He said that defining “fatal or life-limiting involves a degree of subjective judgment which is influenced by understandings and by the availability of technology, both of which can change with time”. Lord Shinkwin also criticised the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the Family Planning Association, and Antenatal Results and Choices – previously known as Support Around Termination For Abnormality – which had organised a meeting about his bill in the Lords, but failed to invite him.He said the organisations had “insinuated and implicitly claimed” in their invitation to the meeting that the 230 disabled babies aborted after 24 weeks in 2015 had all been diagnosed with severe or fatal fetal abnormalities, when they could not possibly have known that because the Department of Health does not hold that information.He had previously told fellow peers that there had been a 56 per cent increase in the number of terminations on grounds of disability after 24 weeks between 2010 and 2015, and a 68 per cent increase in the total number of terminations on the grounds of disability, with 3,213 in 2015.He pointed out on Friday that, of the fetuses “aborted for the crime of having Down’s syndrome, for example, two were aborted at 25 weeks, one at 26 weeks, one at 28, one at 30, another at 31, three at 32 weeks, two at 33, two at 34 – and one at 39 weeks”.Lord Shinkwin said the three organisations had an “overtly discriminatory agenda”, which he said also informed Lord Winston’s amendment and his “complete failure even to make contact with me”.He said the amendment was “completely inappropriate and incompatible with the progress achieved on disability rights”, and he accused Lord Winston of “crass insensitivity” for “hijacking” the disability equality bill of a disabled peer “in order to advance a blatantly discriminatory eugenic agenda”.Lord Shinkwin said the message of his opponents was “stark and bleak”, and was: “Let’s ignore the fact that these disabled babies are human beings, with an equal right to exist.“Let’s reclassify them and call them fetal anomalies. Let’s go one better and call them serious fetal anomalies.”He added: “Well this fetal anomaly, this proud member of your Lordships’ house, is ​having none of it.“I utterly reject this medical mindset that clings to the idea that a disabled baby is a medical failure to be eradicated through abortion. I beg no one for my equality.“I know I have as much right as anyone to be alive.”Lord Winston denied that his amendment was “cynical” and insisted that it was “compassionate”.He said: “Perhaps unlike the noble Lord who has promoted this bill, I have been in constant contact with pregnant women who have had to go through these difficult decisions throughout their pregnancy throughout my professional life.”He said that many women did not attend an antenatal clinic until after 24 weeks into their pregnancy.He added: “I do not feel prepared to have the finger pointed at me saying that I am not trying to do my best, in a small way, for a society where disabilities occur.”last_img read more

Dozens of Mission District Stores Shutter on A Day Without Immigrants

first_imgTaqueria Guadelajara, also on 24th Street, said it was closing “in support of our immigrant families and friends desire and right to protest the evolving state of immigration policies in our country.”It is unclear if these stores will also heed the call for a nationwide general strike on Friday to protest the Trump Administration.The highest concentration of closed stores was up and down 24th Street, where shops as different as Mission Skate Shop and Papalote kept the lights off. Closings on Mission Street were spottier – although significant. One reader said that she “took a quick swing down Mission from 22nd to 26th and found more than 35 businesses closed.” Along trendy Valencia Street most places remained open, but some made clear their support for employees who opted to stay home and others offered to turnover their profits for the day to organizations that helped immigrants.BiRite. Screenshot via Instagram.Evil Eye. Screenshot via Instagram.Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack. Screenshot via Instagram.City officials highlighted the importance of immigrants to the local economy, noting that foreign-born residents generate $210 billion of economic activity in the Bay Area and $60 billion in San Francisco where 35 percent of the residents are immigrants.Latinos comprise 38 percent of the Mission District’s population, down from more than 50 percent in 2000, but still representing the city’s highest concentration of Latinos.For various reasons, many of the stores, restaurants and fruit markets that depend on immigrant labor remained open including cafes, several bakeries and many the fruit markets on the northern end of Mission Street and the fast-food chains McDonald’s and Pollo Campero on Mission Street. A reader reported that the “huge market next to El Farolito, as well as El Farolito bar and taqueria, were closed.” Also closed, she wrote in an email, was the fruit market next to Mission Pie, the fruit market at 26th and Mission, and Casa Maria on Capp and 23rd.At Pollo Campero, Keiry Caceras, the manager of the fried chicken store said, “We’re open because all the Pollo Camperos are open.”At the Evergreen Market on Mission Street two of the workers, like those in other open stores, said they were unaware of the protest. Nearby at Mi Ranchita, a worker, Leo, said they closed their Sunnyvale store, but after learning that other markets on Mission Street planned to be open, they opted to do the same.Some of the fruit markets on Mission Street remained open. Photo by Lydia Chávez Tags: immigrants • immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img While most stores in the Mission District remained open Thursday, dozens made it clear on handmade signs taped to shuttered storefronts that they were willing to forgo profits for a day to show support for the immigrant community.The closings were part of a nationwide protest, A Day Without Immigrants, meant to underscore the importance of the country’s more than 40 million foreign-born residents who represent more than 13 percent of the population.Many of the signs in the Mission District also stressed the owner’s identification with immigrants. La Palma Mexicatessen, the successful tortilla maker on the corner of 24th and Florida streets, wrote that their closure was a “demonstration of the importance of us (immigrants) in this country.” And Miguel and Victor Escobedo, the owners of Papalote Mexican Grill,  displayed a family photo on their front window that reflected the generational identity with immigration – ties that bind many San Franciscans.At Papalote Mexican Grill. Photo by Lydia Chávezlast_img read more

SAINTS will be aiming to secure their first league

first_imgSAINTS will be aiming to secure their first league win at Hull KR for nine seasons when the sides meet this Friday.Keiron Cunningham came off the bench and scored a try in a 40-0 win back in June 2007 – the last time two points were secured in East Hull.A cup win followed in 2008, as did a draw in 2012, but it’s fair to say Saints’ record on the Robins’ turf isn’t the best.“It is something you can look at but it is, and has to be, a fresh slate every time you go,” he said. “Our challenge as a team and a club is to be ready for every game regardless of whatever the team you are facing is doing. We have to focus on our own performance.“Hull KR weren’t too good against Warrington but were unlucky to lose against Wakefield. They threw a lot at them.“The Roosters game gave us a shot in the arm because we physically matched it with one of the best packs in the world. I saw a twinkle in the eye of the forwards here because it showed they are as good as we think they are. Now we have to get the rest right.“If we take that physicality into the game then we won’t be far off, but we have to be more clinical with the ball.”Saints have a few bumps and bruises heading into the clash – but have time on their side according to Cunningham.Alex Walmsley suffered a clash of heads and will be monitored through the week whilst Roby, Lomax and McDonnell are continuing to improve.“Robes is coming close to the point where we will have to have a shot with him and see how he goes in training,” Keiron said. “But he is a player who will feature heavily in what we do as a club going forward. We all want him back but for the sake of a week or two it would be foolish to try and push him too soon.“He is a super athlete and one of the best players ever to pull on a Saints shirt but he has to right before returning.“Jonny is a candidate for March whilst Shannon is not far off at all. He will be back soon enough and is training with us. We have to get some metres in his legs first and then he will be good to go.“I am confident this is the best squad we have had for a long period of time. It has strength in depth. In the past if we had lost James Roby then we couldn’t bring anything in. It was the same if we had lost a six. We can do that now. We can use Travis Burns at 9 and young Theo Fages is waiting for his chance. Then you have Morgan Knowles too. They will all contribute largely to what we hope will be a successful season.“We haven’t just got a top end and scraping around for kids, there is good quality throughout.“Theo just has to bide his time. It is all about education for him at the moment. He is the future of the club; a young half back who has a massive future ahead of him and he will be at Saints for a long period of time. At the minute he is learning and when he gets the chance he will take it with open arms.“That is the same for Jack Owens. One position we were light in last year was full back. We needed about 18 last season and he has filled in grandly. It he wasn’t here then we would be scraping the barrel. He is only a baby and will be a gem for us going forward.“He might look a little out of sorts at times but we are educating him every week. Now our job is to make him into the mature professional we know he is going to be.“In the end we have to try and pick the best possible team for the job. Hopefully, we can get some stability and roll forward.”A lot of pundits have had their say following the World Club Series and the three defeats suffered by English sides.Saints fared better in terms of the scoreline than Leeds or Wigan, but that is no consolation to Cunningham.“Obviously I would have liked it to have gone better on Friday,” he said. “Long term it won’t affect us but it would have been a nice nut to crack. Physically we got it right but the difference against the Aussies is you need to get all aspects right.“The difference is Salary Cap, pool of players and quality. The cap will be twice or three times bigger than ours when it is updated soon. The pool of players they can draw from is larger too and as a result the quality is better. They can attract the best players from all over the world and are even looking at our top players.“That said, I think the concept of the series is brilliant. As a sport if you look at where our headline games are, it isn’t at international level. The game is built on club rugby.“If you look at when we played Brisbane all those years back, salary cap wise both leagues weren’t that far apart. If we could have had this concept back then it could have worked better.“It seems like it is hurting us now but I do like the spectacle. Club rugby is our bread and butter, and the concept is right but perhaps it is 10-15 years too late. We can build on it though.“We are working hard as a club as is Blake Solly and his team at the RFL.”Tickets for the games against Castleford, Wakefield and Wigan are now on sale – as are ‘specs’ for our trip to Hull KR on Friday.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Club

first_imgIt is sad to report the passing of Austin Rhodes at the age of 81, after a long period of ill-health. Anyone who saw him play rugby will tell you that he was real good ‘un. He was virtually the complete player and his wide range of skills meant that he could cover several different positions on the field. In this respect he would have been a prized asset in Super League. Although several of his major triumphs were when he played at full-back, he was still very much a stand-off or scrum-half at heart. He received plaudits from team-mates and opponents alike. Wigan’s star winger Billy Boston was a big fan: “he was like Sam Tomkins in that he had this uncanny ability to step off both feet…I could never do that!”Yet rugby League in the mid-1950s was certainly a tough affair, with skilful practitioners like Austin a target for some harsh treatment from defenders, but he could look after himself too. “Austin always gave me the sort of ball that I could use effectively,” remembers Bev Risman, his stand-off when he joined Leigh. “Apart from being an intelligent footballer, he was never short of knocking people about once or twice either.”Born in Thatto Heath and the son of a collier from a devout Catholic family, Austin attended the local St Austins school, whose Headmaster, Gerry Landers, was famous for developing schoolboy rugby league talent in the early 1950s. He played with great success for his school, town and county – captained them all, in fact – and came to the notice of St Helens RFC after leading St Helens schoolboys to victory in the Lancashire Cup final. His half-back partner was a younger lad called Alex Murphy!Austin signed for the Saints for £100 and at stand-off, made his senior debut against Liverpool City, on 28th March 1955, when Peter Metcalfe was injured. The following season saw him a regular at scrum-half, with another string to his bow, as he volunteered to take over place-kicking duties after Metcalfe’s injury prompted his retirement. He had been a good football player too, an inside right representing the town with the likes of John Connelly, who played for England in the 1966 World Cup. Saints’ fans will remember his typical ‘golfers’ approach to goal kicking with his head well over the ball. He became an excellent marksman, leading the goal-kicking charts with Wakefield’s Neil Fox in 1959-60 [both with 171] and outright in 1960-61, with 145. He also led the points’ scorers that same season, with 338. Fans keeping the score in their match day programmes from the period would invariably put a plethora of ‘G’s next to his name!The 1955-56 campaign ended gloriously for the team, winning the Challenge Cup for the first time against Halifax at Wembley, on 56th April. Although barely out of his teens, Austin made his mark with a brilliant long-distance conversion of Steve Llewellyn’s try that gave the Saints a commanding 10-0 lead at a vital stage of the match.Rhodes ended his first full season with 141 goals and 10 tries in 39 appearances and gained a reputation as a prodigious points scorer. International recognition quickly followed with selection for the 1957 World Cup squad Down Under, but this also led to a major problem that was to stay with him throughout his football career and continued to have an impact for the rest of his life. Thinking he needed to increase his strength to face the Australians and Kiwis, he damaged his back whilst doing extra weight-training. His appending disk problem meant special attention from Coach Jim Sullivan, as Austin recalled years later: “Sully had to strap my back up a certain way before every match. He had to stick layers of plaster across my lower back that eventually would prevent the disk from bulging any further.”Although he made his international debut for Great Britain in the competition, against New Zealand, Austin faced the prospect of National Service. He joined the RAF, where he travelled extensively as a member of the RAF rugby union team and eventually got a posting to the base at Haydock just outside his home town. He had continued to play for the Saints whenever military commitments would allow. By the end of the 1958-59 season, however, Rhodes was converted to full back after an injury to Glyn Moses and further honours followed with a Championship Winner’s medal in the magnificent Championship final against Hunslet, at Odsal. Rhodes kicked 10 goals in Saints’ 44-22 victory and witnessed the greatest try he had ever seen, by Tom van Vollenhoven, when the team faced a 4-12 deficit.Lancashire League and Cup success followed in 1960 and another Challenge Cup Winner’s Medal against the ‘Old Enemy’ Wigan, on 13th May 1961. Once again, his kicking at Wembley was instrumental in stretching Saints winning margin. He punched over two marvellous penalties, one from the half-way line to break the hearts of the Wiganers in the 95,000 crowd in Saints’ 12-6 success. Rhodes had developed into a fine attacking full-back and was a playing member of the Great Britain World Cup Squad in 1960, that went on to win the trophy, together with his team-mates Alex Murphy, Dick Huddart and Vince Karalius. Austin won the last of his four caps against the Kiwis in 1961. He also played for Lancashire on two occasions.At the end of the 1961/62, after another Lancashire Cup final victory, it was time to move on and Austin went to Leigh with team-mate Ken Large. He enjoyed three seasons at Hilton Park and formed a fine partnership in the halves with Bev Risman, making over 80 appearances. Leigh reached the 1963 Lancashire Cup final at Swinton, where they were beaten by the Saints! A transfer to Swinton followed and it was here that he rediscovered his zest for the game, with the likes of Ken Gowers, John Stopford and Graham Williams. Austin’s handling skills really came to the fore as Swinton became a most competitive team, finished runner’s up to St Helens in the Northern Rugby League in 1965-66.Before the Challenge Cup deadline in 1968, Austin re-joined St Helens, for a £1,250 fee, together with his Swinton team-mate Graham Rees. Former Swinton coach Cliff Evans also replaced Joe Coan at Knowsley Road, who rated Austin highly. He may not have been as quick as in the early days, but his experience was there for all to see and he picked up another Lancashire Cup Winners Medal – his third in all – as St. Helens beat Oldham 30-2 in 1968/69. The team also won the Lancashire League title, but persistent injury problems forced Austin to retire at the end of the campaign. His last game was against Doncaster, on 19th April 1969 at Knowsley Road. Overall he had made 229 appearances in his two spells at Knowsley Road, scoring 90 tries and booting over 800 goals with his usual precision style, a total of 1870 points.Austin later returned to Swinton as Coach for a spell from June 1974 to November 1975, gaining them promotion into the First Division and in a local context, coached amateur giants Pilkington Recs. Who could ever forget the two Challenge Cup ties against Wigan and Castleford, both at Knowsley Road, when the Recs so nearly pulled off sensational victories against the Big Boys!A member of the Saints’ Past Players Hall of Fame, he remains one of the best and most popular local footballers the town has ever produced. Austin loved most sports – rugby league, football, boxing, snooker, crown green bowls and remained close friends with his former team-mates Wilf Smith, Brian McGinn and Tom van Vollenhoven throughout his life. He was one of the most knowledgeable and intuitive people to talk rugby league with and always reckoned that, apart from Tom van Vollenhoven, Mick Sullivan was the finest winger of his generation. He loved nothing better than a stroll around Taylor Park in his later years, where he spent many happy times during his childhood. Austin was also a classically-trained pianist in his youth too!He met his wife Marlene, from Alfred Street after being introduced by a mutual friend and they married at Holy Cross Church on 25th July 1963. Brian McGinn was Best Man. They have two children – Karen [who lives in Perth, Australia] and Martyn – and have always remained a strong family, especially proud of Austin’s achievements in rugby league.Everyone at St Helens RFC send their regards at this sad time.last_img read more

Deputies search for two men wanted in Leland shooting

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff deputies are searching for two men who they say are wanted for shooting into a occupied vehicle Friday afternoon.Detectives say Dontee Forte and another man going by the name of “Sosa” were seen in the area of Four Seasons Mobile Home Park on Dogwood Road in Leland around 12:30 p.m.- Advertisement – Officials say the shooting happened after a domestic incident. No one was injured.Anyone with information should contact Det. McCaffity at ‭(910) 363-6555‬ or call 911.last_img

New Hanover School Board proposing ways to makeup missed days

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Some New Hanover County students will attend school 20 minutes longer, under a proposal to make-up some of the instructional time missed during Hurricane Florence.Students on the traditional calendar would have ten minutes added at both the beginning and end of the school day.- Advertisement – Four half days will become full days and students will attend school on February 21 and April 22, which are currently vacation days.For students attending year-round school, three half days will become full days and they will also attend school on April 22.Students on the Restart year-round calendar would also lose two vacation days and 5 intersession days: 12/19, 12/20, 4/1, 4/2, and 4/3.Related Article: New Hanover Co. Schools cancel classes on day of teacher rallyWilmington Early College High School would add back two teacher work days on October 12 and December 19.Isaac Bear Early College High School would add back one teacher workday on 10/12. SEA-Tech would add back three teacher workdays on 12/17, 12/18 and 12/19 and add back a 1/2 vacation day on 12/20 that would be early release for students.Finally, Lake Forest Academy would add a full day on 10/26 and add back three teacher workdays on 12/17-12/19.These are all proposals. The school board will approve the final calendar at the November school board meeting. A schools spokeswoman says more tweaks could be made before then.last_img read more

One injured in small plane crash near Holly Ridge

first_imgHOLLY RIDGE, NC (WWAY/WNCT) — Officials are investigating a plane crash that left one person injured in Onslow County Monday afternoon.The crash happened on 140 Stump Sound Church Road in the airfield near the Holly Ridge-Topsail Island Airport around 3:30 p.m.- Advertisement – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office investigators are heading to the scene.According to officials, at least one person was injured. The extent of the injuries is not known at this time.It’s unknown if anyone else was on the plane at the time of the crash.Related Article: Bike ride for breast cancer raises $91K for local patients, survivorsCheck back for more on this developing story.last_img

Story time at Wrightsboro Elementary

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Friday WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick got to read to “Llama Llama Red Pajama” to Ms. Zamorski’s pre-kindergarten class at Wrightsboro Elementary School in New Hanover County.You can watch the video above.last_img

Police save two year old from locked car

first_imgCar window lockedCar window locked The Police helped in saving a two year old boy from a locked car in Rabat early this morning.A spokesperson for the Police confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that at around 7:45am, the Rapid Intervention Unit (RIU) was called to aid in the incident at Triq Musat Azzopardi in Rabat. The reason the child was locked inside has not been yet confirmed.The RIU used Res-Q-Me equipment which allows officers to break windows and glass of locked houses and cars. In extreme cases such as this one, this equipment could help save a life.Read: “I cried through everything but I did it”WhatsApp 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>last_img read more

Over 80 vehicles for Enemed National Drag Racing Championship second round

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Alex Buttigieg / Motorsports Events PhotographyAlex Buttigieg / Motorsports Events Photography More than 80 drag racing cars, motorcycles and dragsters competed in the second round of the Enemed National Drag Racing Championship organised by the Malta Drag Racing Association at their raceway in Ħal Far between Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th May.Most drivers who did not have accidents or damage to their vehicles improved their personal best time.Among the many success stories, Chantelle Zammit did a 10.82-second run in her Escort MK1 Pinto powered car prepared by Mark Farrugia. Farrugia Renald on his Mitsubishi FTO broke a world record at 8.422 seconds at speeds of 177.33 miles per hour, a record for a Mitsubishi FTO without wheelie bar.Matthew Carabott, a driver of Mr Whippy Racing team ran the quarter-mile strip in 5.84 seconds at a speed of 234 miles per hour. This round also served as training for the Mr Whippy racing team, as at the end of the month they will debut at Santa Pod Raceway in London.The Bracket classes were won by Mario Camenzuli, Semira Galea, Lesley Portelli, Michael Caruana, Emilio Vassallo, Godfrey Mallia, Clinton Degiorgio, Glenn Caruana, Marvic Galea, Jesmond Mallia and Paul Ciantar. Index Classes have been won by Clive Zammit, Michael Caruana and Semira Galea.The Motorcycle SS1 class and Open Class were won by Luke Farrugia and Briegel Micallef respectively. Open Class 1, 2 and 3 were won by Paul Fenech, George Zarb and Patrick Scerri. D4 and D5 classes were won by Reuben Scicluna and Antoine Schembri. Open Front Wheel Drive and Front Wheel Drive Outlaw were won by Marvic Galea and Farrugia Renald. Garry Camilleri won the Extreme 2 Class. Louis Vella won the Open 6 Class while Christian Pace won Escort Class 2 and Escort Class 3.The next round – the 3rd round of the Enemed National Drag Racing Championship – will be held on the nights of the 11th, 12th and 13th July, at the Ħal Far Raceway.WhatsApplast_img read more

East Africa APC Calls For Support to Authorised Distributors

first_imgAdvertisement Jonathan Duncan, director for the Central and North East Africa region at APC by Schneider Electric, explains that the benefits of supporting authorised distributors are obvious, not only where building support for local business is concerned, but also in instances where resellers or customers find the need for support and technical assistance.“All APC authorised distributors and resellers are committed to the range of its products and can provide the infrastructure needed to support it,” he says. “The advantage for end users is that our partners have direct access to the true APC product and our teams offer high levels of skill and expertise in product knowledge and after sales support.“We have always been known to safeguard our channel and with this commitment we continue to lead the industry in preserving the integrity of our products,” Duncan adds. – Advertisement – “At APC, we are serious about our reputation as the world’s best selling power protection. More than 30 million customers worldwide trust APC to protect their files, photos and music, PCs, mp3s and AV equipment from power cuts, allow for safe shutdown and prevent data loss and costly downtime at home or at the office. One easy phone call is all it takes to confirm the authenticity of an APC product. Once customers register the unique identification code, printed on the back of the UPS, they can reap the benefits of owning the world’s best power protection ensuring; free technical support, product warranty and peace of mind.“At present, all customers and partners should choose their sources wisely and certainly seek assistance from our local staff. We are in the business of reliability, which extends to all aspects of our customer’s experience with APC solutions. This means that it is critical that when a customer pays for authentic APC goods, he should receive the same. Anything less is unacceptable,” Duncan concludes.The following companies are authorised APC distributors within East Africa.Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda:Red Dot Distribution Ltd – www.reddotdistribution.comRedington Ltd – www.redingtongulf.com, www.redingtonmea.comSai Office Ltd – www.sai-office.comWestcon, www.westconafrica.comComputer Technics Ltd – www.ctlups.comLegend Power Systems – www.legendpower.co.kelast_img read more

Apple celebrates 1 million apps submitted to its store

first_imgAdvertisement Apple (unofficially) will be celebrating another important App Store milestone — there have now been 1 million apps submitted to its marketplace since July 2008, according to App Store discovery company Appsfire.Ouriel Ohayon, co-founder of Appsfire, provided some details of how the App Store sits today. Of the one million app submissions since 2008, 493,289 were paid and 158,848 were games. Of the 736,247 apps that are currently live 336,27 0 are paid (around 45 percent), while 120,065 are games (around 16 percent).The app count includes iOS apps only and doesn’t account for Mac App Store apps. – Advertisement – While it’s unlikely that Apple will publicly share the fact — the company traditionally focuses on the number of live apps in its App Store — it shows how big the marketplace has become. The Store itself is accessed by a large percentage of Apple’s 400 million iTunes account holders, accounting for 35 billion downloads in it four year life.Apple recently announced that the App Store application count had grown beyond 700,000 live apps at its iPad mini launch event but has not shared an updated figure since.Because Apple has seen developers remove their titles from the Store and it has been forced to uphold copyright notices (also removing infringing apps and generally policing its storefront), the live number is below the number of total submissions it has approved.More apps may also have been submitted and rejected, but Appsfire is unable to track those apps.During the iPhone 5 launch event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced 90 percent of App Store apps were downloaded every month: “The average customer now is using over 100 apps,” said Cook. “It’s been an absolute revolution. It’s phenomenal. Together with the incredible products, these have helped us achieve an incredible milestone.”With the Play Store now home to more than 675,000 apps and seen more than 25 billion downloads (announced in September), Google and Apple are running each other close for app counts. However, with Apple tightly controlling its Store, it is argued that the App Store offers better quality apps over its open rival.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Samsung Unveils First Curved Screen Phone

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung teased plans to launch a smartphone with a curved screen with a press statement last month, and now the Korean company unveiled the device: it’s called the Galaxy Round, as many had predicted.The phone sports a 5.7-inch 1080p screen — which is the same size as the recently launched Galaxy Note 3 — but the panel is curved horizontally in a similar way to a TV set. The device runs Android 4.3, is 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g, and packs a 13-megapixel rear camera and 2.3 GHz quad-core processor. – Advertisement – Its similarities to the Galaxy Note 3 extend to the back cover, which features a leather-and-stitch style.The main benefit seems to be a feature called ‘Roll Effect’ which pulls up information about the device — missed calls, battery life, etc — when tilted on a flat surface.Other features include ‘Gravity Effect,’ which produces “visual interactions” when the device is tilted, and modes to control music tracks and open photo and video albums by pressing and tilting the screen.The Round is set to launch in Korea first, where it will cost 1.09 million won (around $1,013). The company says it has no word on overseas launch dates, or even whether the device will make it out of Samsung’s home market and on to the international scene.LG is also working to release a curved screen device, and a phone known to be called the G Flex is reportedly set to launch before the end of the year, according to sources.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

LinkedIn announces launch of 1MB LinkedIn Lite app in India coming to

first_imgAdvertisement LinkedIn has announced the launch of LinkedIn Lite app, a faster and lighter version of its flagship Android app. LinkedIn Lite offers a seamless and intuitive experience to LinkedIn users in the country. According to the company, the world’s largest professional network has more than 42 million members in India.LinkedIn Lite is a ‘Made in India’ product developed by the company’s R&D team in Bengaluru, and was inspired by the success of the lightweight mobile website which was launched in September 2016.While the LinkedIn Lite app is first being rolled out to members in India, the company plans to roll out the mobile web version and the new Android app in over 60 countries shortly. – Advertisement – LinkedIn Lite aims to make the platform more easily accessible to the growing population of mobile internet users in India while helping overcome the challenges of unpredictable internet connectivity. The app is built to run smoothly and offer faster access even on lower end smartphones.The app loads extremely fast – in under five seconds, even on 2G network – and the app size is only 1 MB while reducing data usage by 80 percent.Credit: Android Authoritylast_img read more

BENS BLOG Chavot

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, I really do feel so sorry for the Tory MP, Mark Menzies, who has just resigned, after an expose appearing in the Sunday Mirror.The guy is gay. He has moved down from Lancashire to live in London. And he has been caught with a Brazilian rent-boy.Really? Is this REALLY an issue in 2014? Does ANYONE actually care about this?For me, there are simply two questions:1) Did he pay the brass the fee due? 2) Was the sex consensual?If the answer to both questions is ‘yes’, then surely this is just the biggest non-story of 2014, and we all just proceed as normal, don’t we?I believe though, that there is a bigger question here. And that is; why did David Cameron even accept the man’s resignation? Why didn’t he publicly support him, and help him through this current embarrassment, which will surely just be tomorrow’s chip wrappers?A very sad story and a sorry state of affairs, I would say, Blog. I hope that Mr Menzies doesn’t give up, and is soon given a second chance to rise the political ladder again, even if a particularly slippery ladder it may be.In other news:Michel Glas, Head of the French Restaurant Recommendations Department, at Star Sports, has now put forward another excellent eatery: Chavot, at 41 Conduit Street, Mayfair. Not to be confused with Chabrot, in Knightsbridge, this really is special. Rather than a Richard Caring, central London offering, focused more on the kool and pretense of a night out, rather than all-round substance, this is a restaurant of real class, from top to toe.It would be one of the most instantly attractive places I’ve been in London of late, with an impressive, patterned marble flooring, and such striking red seating, to greet your eye.Blog, please note; If you’re looking for a party venue, when I went for a wee, I accidentally walked into the private room – it was sensationally decorated and would surely be right up there with the most exclusive night-spots in London. Also with excellent service, Chavot scores an immediate 8, missing out on a higher mark, because the Lemon tart, dessert, was just far too sugary for me. At £168 for two, it should be good, but I shall certainly be returning soon though, for a second look.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

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.Friday 27 FebruaryRACING3.25 LingfieldThe Green Ogre 11/4 > 6/43.45 DoncasterPure Oxygen 7/4 > 11/84.00 LingfieldSquats 9/4 > 6/45.25 DoncasterHarvey’s Hope 6/1 > 11/4LIVE FOOTBALL7.45pm BT SPORT11/4 Falkirk 10/11 Rangers 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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.Wednesday 10 JuneRACING2.10 HaydockBermondsey 2/1 > 6/45.30 BeverleyNoble Vision 12/1 > 7/18.40 KemptonJammy Guest 14/1 > 9/1(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

Asian and AsianAmerican film festival at Rice to feature four movies

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: (713) 348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduAsian and Asian-American film festival at Rice to feature four movies‘Only the Brave’ Director Lane Nishikawa will speak at festival debut Feb. 23 The first Asian and Asian-American Film Festival at Rice University will showcase four highly acclaimed, award-winning movies from Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and the U.S. Feb. 23-25. Students of all ages can attend free.The festival, which is a continuation of Rice’s celebration of the Chinese New Year, begins with a screening of the U.S. film ”Only the Brave” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Director Lane Nishikawa, also a noted poet and playwright of Asian-American literature, will be present to discuss the film. ”Only the Brave” was the first movie to dramatize the story of the legendary 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team from the perspective of the Japanese-American soldiers in World War II. Virtually every major Asian-American actor appears in the movie, including Jason Scott Lee, Mark Dacascos, Tamlyn Tomita and the late Pat Morita (2005, 97 minutes, in English).The Hong Kong film ”In the Mood for Love” will be screened at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. The New York Times described this award-winning film as ”breathtakingly gorgeous” and ”dizzy with a nose-against-the-glass romantic spirit that has been missing from the cinema for years.” Directed by Wong Kar-wai (”Ashes of Time,” ”Chungking Express,” ”2046”), the movie stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu Wai as Shanghai refugees who fall in and out of love in early 1960s Hong Kong, and it pays tribute to the romantic music of the era with a soundtrack featuring Nat King Cole (2000, 98 minutes, in Cantonese/Shanghainese/French with English subtitles).The festival concludes Feb. 25 with two films. ”3-Iron” from South Korea will show at 6 p.m. This humorous movie follows a mysterious man who breaks into people’s homes and cleans house, does laundry and snoops into the owners’ lives. Created by Korea’s most-acclaimed director, Kim Ki-Duk (”Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall … and Spring”), the film stars Lee Seung-yeon, Lee Hyun-kyoon and Kwon Hyuk-ho (2004, 88 minutes, in Korean with English subtitles).At 8 p.m. the Taiwan film ”Goodbye, Dragon Inn” will be screened. This comedy-drama recounts the final night of a famed movie palace as patrons watch King Hu’s legendary ”Dragon Inn.” The director, Tsai Ming-liang, is noted for capturing Taibei’s relentlessly dynamic, frenetic and yet nostalgic urban lifestyles in such films as ”What Time Is It There?” and ”Rebels of the Neon God” (2003, 82 minutes, in Mandarin/Taiwanese with English subtitles).All films will be shown at the Rice Media Center, which features Houston’s only silver screen. Parking is available next to the media center, accessible from entrance No. 8 on University Boulevard at Stockton. Tickets for adults are $6 for each movie, but a festival movie pass to see all four films is available for $15. Tickets must be purchased at the box office, which opens 30 minutes prior to each screening. Students should bring their school I.D. to qualify for free admission.Rice University’s Asian-American Film Festival is sponsored by Rice Cinema, the Office of Minority Community Affairs, the Asian Studies Program and the Transnational China Project at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.For more information, call Rice Cinema at 713-348-4853 or visit .last_img read more

The birth of infrastructural citizenship in the United States

first_imgShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduThe birth of ‘infrastructural citizenship’ in the United StatesHOUSTON – (Nov. 2, 2015) – In one of the first case studies to examine how neighborhoods with different racial and economic makeups dealt with similar, unpopular highway construction projects in the 1970s, a researcher at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research found that affluent whites and working class blacks in two Houston neighborhoods used remarkably similar methods of political activism to lobby against the proposed changes to their communities.Workers rebuild gates in Courtlandt with the highway spur in the background. Image courtesy Houston Metropolitan Research Center“There was a specific and recognizable brand of activism that developed independently in these diverse communities that I identify as ‘infrastructural citizenship,’” said study author Kyle Shelton, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Kinder Institute. “This brand of 1970s activism was encouraged by federal environmental laws, public meeting requirements, political representation and a growing interest in how cities could be shaped to facilitate new forms of urban living.”The paper, “Building a Better Houston: Highways, Neighborhoods and Infrastructural Citizenship,” was published in the Journal of Urban History. Shelton looked closely at how the white and wealthy residents of Courtlandt Place in Houston’s Montrose area and the predominately black and mostly lower-income residents of the city’s Third Ward responded to two disruptive highway projects in the 1970s.“The negative impacts of highway construction, particularly for African-American communities, in many American cities have been well-established,” Shelton said. “What I wanted to do was add to that by also showing how other communities within central cities dealt with infrastructure and how residents of different racial and economic backgrounds dealt with and thought about either protesting or attempting to change the infrastructural outcomes that were occurring.”Courtlandt Place was confronted with the construction of the 527 Highway Spur and the transition from a once elite, single-family neighborhood to a community dotted with multifamily dwellings and commercialization. The Third Ward had to deal with the widening of Interstate 45. The initial construction of I-45 had already damaged a segment of the community. In the 1970s the highway department aimed to widen the road to ease suburban commutes.“The scale and nature of the threats to the two communities were different, but the actions of residents were strikingly similar,” Shelton said. “To resist highway construction and its aftereffects, residents from both communities embraced a rhetoric and set of actions that turned their homes and streets into political tools.”During the infrastructural debates, residents staged protests, wrote letters and attended countless public meetings, according to Shelton. They organized historic preservation campaigns, lobbied city officials and paid for independent planning efforts. They argued that their homes and local streets should be held in the same esteem as regional roadways and downtown redevelopments. With each action, the residents used infrastructural debates to assert their rights as citizens and worked to change the civic decision-making process.“The scale and nature of the threats to the two communities were different, but the actions of residents were strikingly similar,” Shelton said.While the two sets of Houstonian neighborhoods shared a common desire to protect their communities and followed common strategies, Courtlandters and Third-Warders experienced far different starting points and results.“It is undeniable that the efficacy of activism was inherently circumscribed by the class and race of those who employed it,” Shelton said. “The residents of Courtlandt Place, who were wealthy, politically connected and white, had an easier time of broadcasting and implementing demands than the poorer, black residents of Houston’s Third Ward.”Shelton points out the construction problems Courtlandt residents faced were far less disruptive than those confronting the Third Ward.“While imbalances in racial and economic power of the two sets of actors involved definitively shaped the outcomes of the fights in the two neighborhoods, the common language and action residents claimed through assertions of infrastructural citizenship allowed them to attempt to protect their communities and to participate in the planning of the city’s future,” Shelton said.Ultimately, the Courtlandt residents possessed the economic means to purchase their street from the city of Houston and provide for its upkeep. They also possessed the time, expertise and resources that allowed them to successfully pursue the creation of a historic district. In the end, Courtlandters lost their front gate. In contrast, road construction disrupted the Third Ward twice within a decade, dispersing residents, sapping resources and disrupting community organization that might have fought the new roadway, which was built.“The omission of infrastructural debates from our shared political consciousness belies the importance of these fights to determining the shape of our cities,” Shelton said. “I challenge the notion that infrastructural debates are a minor aspect of urban politics and life. Instead, I argue that since World War II, opposition to the planning, construction and use of infrastructural networks has been among the more contentious and formative debates within our cities and will remain so as our cities continue to evolve.”Shelton has also written “How Communities Leverage the Power of ‘infrastructural citizenship’” for the Kinder Institute’s Urban Edge blog.For more information, receive the study or to schedule an interview with Shelton, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at 713-348-6327 or david@rice.edu.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-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 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-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 here. AddThislast_img read more

A Recommendation Revolution Is Underway in MBA Admissions What You Need to

first_img RelatedRecommendation Letters: The Value of Meeting in PersonIf you’re not yet on top of your b-school application, late summer is the time to gather the resources that will win you a top spot in the minds of MBA adcoms. While there are some elements of your application, such as GMAT/GRE scores and academic history, that are (simple) to…July 20, 2016In “Admissions Tips”Choosing the Right People to Write Your Letters of RecommendationLetters of recommendation can make or a break your candidacy for anything, whether it be a job or an undergraduate program of study. The same goes for graduate school programs. Letters of recommendation are a very important part of almost every business school application, including full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs. While…May 25, 2016In “Admissions Tips”Letters of Recommendation: When You Can’t Ask Your BossLetters of Recommendation for Graduate School Applying for an MBA program is stressful. For many applicants, seeing the dreaded application step, 3 Letters of Recommendation required, compounds the stress exponentially. For those individuals with understanding supervisors who work for open-minded companies, this step is a breeze. But what happens when…September 1, 2015In “Admissions Tips” Last Updated Sep 1, 2017 by Jeanette BrownFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Page 1 of 212» “The rating grid was quite different from what we’d used in the past,” Kwon continued. “It was also the most difficult part for the GMAC advisory group to develop and get agreement upon. The group worked this past year to revise and simplify the grid so that AdComs could get more meaningful insights from it.”This year, the 16 competencies and character traits from the original grid have been distilled to 12, with specific questions about analytical thinking and information seeking omitted. Johnson and Ross have both incorporated the revised leadership grid into the LOR distributed to applicants as part of their applications, as have most other schools that have this year decided to incorporate both the grid and open-ended essay question portions of the form. UT’s McCombs School of Business and Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, notably, still seem to feature the earlier version of the leadership grid in their application, the one that calls on recommenders to assesses applicants on 16 competencies and traits. A Recommendation Revolution Is Underway in MBA Admissions: What You Need to Knowcenter_img About the AuthorJeanette BrownView more posts by Jeanette Brown I’m busy, you’re busy, your boss is most definitely busy. Indeed, publications ranging from Men’s Health to the Atlantic, the Washington Post to Forbes are all reporting that “busyness“ has become the new status symbol for our times. Which is part of what makes asking someone to write you a letter of recommendation for business school so daunting. Now, try telling that person that you actually need five different letters for five different schools. Oy vey.As uncomfortable a spot as it puts applicants in—it’s no better for recommenders. Even your most vociferous supporter is going to wonder what in the world she’s gotten herself into when she realizes that helping you in your pursuit of acceptance to business school means taking time away from work or play or family or whatever else to labor over leadership assessment grids, each a little different from the one before, and write 10 slightly different answers to 10 slightly different questions. Here’s hoping that your top-choice school doesn’t happen to be the last one she gets around to…Good news. The graduate management education industry recognizes the strain that letters of recommendation put on applicants and recommenders alike and has been wrestling with ways to make the process easier for everyone involved. To this end, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) established a committee made up of admissions representatives from dozens of leading business schools to brainstorm about ways to lessen the burden while still collecting the third-party assessments of candidates that are so critical to the MBA application process. GMAC Pilots Common MBA Letter of RecommendationAs an outgrowth of that committee’s work, GMAC last year piloted a common MBA letter of recommendation (LOR) that schools can choose to incorporate into their applications to reduce the burden placed on applicants and recommenders alike.“The Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR) effort is intended to save you and recommenders valuable time by providing a single set of recommendation questions for each participating school,” reads the GMAC website. “This allows your recommenders to use the same answers for multiple letter submissions, alleviating the workload of having to answer different questions for each school multiple times. You benefit because it makes the ask for several different letters to be written on your behalf much easier.”Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, NYU Stern School of Business, and Michigan’s Ross School of Business were among the first schools to pilot the Common LOR last year. In addition to a single set of open-ended essay questions, the pilot Common LOR also included a leadership assessment grid inviting recommenders to rate applicants on 16 “competencies and character traits” grouped into four main categories of achievement, influence, personal qualities and academic ability.“At Johnson, we saw the Common LoR as a clear opportunity to improve the admissions process for candidates and their recommenders in a way that would also add value to our own assessment of applicants,” Judi Byers, Johnson executive director of admissions & financial aid, told Clear Admit. “A thorough and consistent review is important to us and the grid provides a straightforward base of insights that can be assessed and compared reliably while the accompanying letter adds meaningful detail and context,” she added.Soojin Kwon, managing director of full-time MBA admissions and program at Ross, sees applicants and recommenders as the main beneficiaries of the Common LOR and is pleased that more schools are coming on board. “As more schools adopt it, applicants won’t have to feel like they’re burdening their recommender with completing multiple rec letters with different questions and ratings grids,” she told Clear Admit. “This year, more than a dozen of the top 20 schools are using it.”Ross was also among the schools to first pilot the Common LOR last year, and Kwon served as part of the GMAC committee that helped craft it.Common Questions Easy to Agree on, Common Leadership Grid Not“What we found in using the Common LOR this year past year was that the questions gave us helpful insights into applicants, particularly on the important area of constructive feedback. The questions, however, were fairly similar to what we and other schools were using before, so it was easy for the AdCom to use it,” she notes.Those questions are as follow:Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (50 words)How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (500 words)Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (500 words)Is there anything else we should know? (Optional) regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DClast_img read more