Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith dism

first_imgWork and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith dismissed an offer from the equality watchdog to help MPs and peers understand the true impact on disabled people and other groups of his new welfare bill.Letters between the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Duncan Smith (pictured) were published this week on the commission’s website, following a freedom of information request.They show that Duncan Smith snubbed an offer from the commission to “work more closely” on the equality impact assessments his department had already published alongside his welfare reform and work bill.In her letter sent in September, Rebecca Hilsenrath, EHRC’s interim chief executive, had asked Duncan Smith “what your thoughts are on ensuring that the impact assessments are sufficient to address these issues and support the proper scrutiny of the bill”.In his response last month, Duncan Smith ignored her offer of assistance and told her that the impact assessments already use “the most robust analysis available to give a good assessment of both the rationale for and the impacts of the reforms” in the bill.In a briefing on its website, EHRC says it is concerned that parts of the welfare reform and work bill “could exacerbate, rather than reduce, existing inequalities”.It says it is concerned that the impact assessments and human rights memorandum which accompany the bill “do not fully assess the effect of the bill on equality and human rights”, which “may make it difficult for parliamentarians to properly consider the implications of the measures in the bill”.The watchdog also says the government should review welfare reform measures in the bill – including the proposed reduction of the benefit cap, the freeze on many benefit rates, and the WRAG cut – so it can assess how they comply with the government’s international human rights obligations, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.An EHRC spokesman said: “We continue to raise our concerns and make representations on this issue.“Our latest position is set-out in the briefing we provided to parliamentarians this week.“For example, at Commons report stage we urged MPs to support an amendment which would have prevented implementation of the bill until an assessment of the cumulative impact and impact on equality of reforms to tax credits and benefits announced in the 2015 summer budget is presented to both Houses of Parliament.“This makes clear that the commission is concerned that the impact assessments and human rights memorandum which accompany the bill do not fully assess the effect of the bill on equality and human rights.”The letters were published as the bill began its progress through the House of Lords, with one Tory peer saying she was appalled by the wording of the government’s impact assessment of its proposed cut of £29 a week for future claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance.The assessment says the cut would “remove the financial incentives that could otherwise discourage claimants from taking steps back to work”.Baroness Browning, who has a son with autism, told the welfare reform minister Lord Freud: “I am disgusted with those words.”Despite her comments, Lord Freud spoke in the debate of the “perverse incentives” of paying disabled people in the WRAG more than people on the mainstream jobseeker’s allowance.The disabled peers Lord [Colin] Low and Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, along with their fellow crossbench peer Baroness Meacher, are heading a parliamentary review into how the proposed WRAG cut might affect disabled people.Lord Low dismissed the bill as “another round of ideologically-driven cuts to welfare”, and told fellow peers that the government’s target of cutting another £12 billion from benefits spending “cannot but have a devastating impact on poor people who depend on benefits”.Baroness Grey-Thompson suggested that the WRAG cut could move disabled people further from the workplace, by creating an incentive for them to be placed in the ESA support group, where there would be limited employment support available to them.She added: “I struggle to see how cutting support could incentivise disabled people into work, and I am looking forward to the DWP’s convincing arguments in this area.”In response to criticisms of the WRAG cut, Lord Freud quoted a 10-year-old report by the OECD which said that “financial incentives to work can be improved by either cutting welfare benefit levels, or introducing in-work benefits while leaving benefit levels unchanged”, although it was not clear whether this referred to disabled benefit claimants.He added: “This change, combined with the new funding [the government plans to spend an extra £100 million a year of the £640 million savings from the WRAG cut on improving employment support for disabled people] is about providing the right incentives and support to encourage more people to move closer to the labour 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SAINTS utility forward Mark Flanagan will not want

first_imgSAINTS utility forward Mark Flanagan will not want for motivation when he makes his first Magic Weekend appearance against his former team Wigan Warriors at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 27 (6.00pm).Flanagan, who spent two seasons with West Tigers in the NRL between leaving Wigan and joining Saints, has previously missed out on the unique sporting concept that hosts a full round of Stobart Super League fixtures in one venue over a single weekend and is determined to make up for lost time.“I’ve never had the chance to play in a Magic event before so I am really looking forward to my debut this year,” said the 24- year-old. “It will be a great occasion and the move to Manchester’s Etihad Stadium should hopefully draw in a huge crowd so we can have a great weekend of Rugby League. “One of the greatest aspects of our sport is the friendly interaction between different fans from every club that enjoy Rugby League together. We have witnessed this at Wembley finals and now we have the opportunity through the Magic Weekends, which is even better because every Super League club is playing. “The fans are a credit to our sport and I don’t think you could have a concept like the Magic Weekend in any other sport. Hopefully we will get a larger number of St Helens fans down to the Etihad for what will be a fantastic weekend for Rugby League supporters.”There is added excitement for the St Helens player as the local rivalry fixture pits Flanagan against his former team following two previous defeats against the Warriors this season.“We have played against Wigan twice already this season and lost both times, so the Magic Weekend will be our chance to get our own back,” said Flanagan. “The local derby matches against Wigan are great spectacles for fans and great games to be involved in. The rivalry between the two clubs is massive. “It’s a bit different playing against your old team-mates and I have some good friends at Wigan but as soon as I pull on the club shirt on I am fully focused on the upcoming 80 minutes. I am fully committed to St Helens and I am looking to get the two points on Sunday.”Unreserved tickets for the Magic Weekend have sold out, but reserved seating tickets are still available and cost from just £45 adult and £22.50 concession for day tickets. Tickets for the full weekend cost from just £60 adult and £30 concessions and are available by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uklast_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Satur

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Saturday’s First Utility Super League match with Catalan Dragons.Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, Willie Manu, Josh Jones and Mark Percival all return but Lance Hohaia misses out as his wife is due to give birth.Andre Savelio is also called up for the trip to Perpignan.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler, 26. Matty Dawson, 28. Luke Thompson, 29. Jordan Hand, 33. Andre Savelio.Laurent Frayssinous will choose from:2. Morgan Escaré, 3. Leon Pryce, 4. Ben Pomeroy, 5. Michael Oldfield, 6. Thomas Bosc, 8. Olivier Elima, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Jeff Lima, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Louis Anderson, 13. Greg Mounis, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 18. Daryl Millard, 23. Lopini Paea, 24. Jason Baitieri, 25. Vincent Duport, 26. Damien Cardace, 29. Benjamin Garcia.The game kicks off at 5pm UK Time and the referee will be James Child.last_img read more

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JON Wilkin spoke about the fine margins of success

first_imgJON Wilkin spoke about the fine margins of success following Saints heartbreaking semi-final loss to Leeds.The champions were within 10 minutes of returning to Old Trafford until Ryan Hall scored off the back of a superb 40:20 from Kevin Sinfield.“At the top end of the game it is all about those,” he said. “They dictate whether you win or lose. The 40:20 was one of those moments and that is why Kevin Sinfield has been the player he is and gets the plaudits. He has built his career on being on the right side of those moments.“But we had opportunities to stop the try and didn’t.“On the whole I thought we were good and our effort was great, but we weren’t clinical enough and that cost us at the end of the game. We had chances and failed to capitalise on the good field position and possession in the first half. Leeds did the opposite and came up with the right play at the right time.“In all honesty we should have been further ahead. After James Roby scores we missed three or four opportunities then have away a penalty and charged a ball down to repeat the set.“There were a few big calls too. We were penalised for what was simultaneous contact on Cuthbertson and that was a shocking decision. But aside from that, Leeds were exceptional. They are a great side, champion club.”He continued: “We strive for success here. Every year we want to win the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final. I’m one of the leaders here and we need more leadership to help in the right situations like tonight.“We need some more experience at the club and I’d like to see that from the younger guys as we continue on. My job here is to bring that out.”last_img read more

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Walking to save lives and bring awareness to suicide prevention

first_imgPictures and notes honoring loved ones at the Out of the Darkness walk (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington held their American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Out of the Darkness walk this afternoon.“Last year over 8 million Americans considered suicide, and over 1.1 million acted on those thoughts and 44,000 people took their lives,” Co-Chairman of the walk Rainey Scrocco said.- Advertisement – After losing a family member, Scrocco became passionate about raising awareness for suicide prevention.“In 2004 I lost my brother to suicide after he survived cancer and it was an awful thing for our family to go through and we just hope that no family will ever have to through what these families have had to go through,” Scrocco said.During the out of darkness walk dozens of people came to honor their loved ones who took their own lives.Related Article: Lawsuit: Police chief groped officer days before suicideJim Cooper who has lost multiple family members to suicide said it’s hard to move past losing a loved one to suicide.While this event was a fun way to show support is there, starting conversations and erasing stigmas associated with suicide was one of the missions.Pat Bradford, who has also lost a family member to suicide said even doing something as simple as saying hello to someone can help save a life.“Just awareness, getting the conversation started. We need light in the darkness, we need conversation about suicide,” Bradford said. “Hey, they had this suicide walk at Wrightsville Beach today. Have you ever thought about taking your life, do you know anybody who has taken their life? Get the conversation started.”The event co-chair said she wants people to know there is hope for those left behind and those struggling.last_img read more

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Salvation Army Angel Tree behind on donors deadline is Friday

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program designed to help kids in need this holiday season is a bit behind on their goal.This year’s angel tree program is aiming to help about three thousand kids and they need your help.- Advertisement – You can stop by the tree at Independence Mall, choose an ornament off of the tree, and fulfill the wishes of a child in our area.They’re also accepting donations of new clothing for kids if you can’t pick an angel.The deadline is this Friday.last_img read more

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China makes unprecedented proposals on tech trade talks progress – US officials

first_imgFILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping shake hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir SagoljFILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping shake hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj China has made unprecedented proposals in talks with the United States on a range of issues including forced technology transfer as the two sides work to overcome remaining obstacles to a deal to end their protracted trade war, U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday.U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on $250 billion (£190 billion) of Chinese imports last year in a move to force China to change the way it does business with the rest of the world and to pry open more of China’s economy to U.S. companies.Among Trump’s demands are for Beijing to end practices that Washington alleges result in the systematic theft of U.S. intellectual property and the forced transfer of American technology to Chinese companies.China put proposals on the table in the talks that went further than in the past, including on technology transfer, said one of four senior U.S. administration officials who spoke to Reuters.Negotiators have made progress on the details of the written agreements that have been hashed out to address U.S. concerns, he said.“If you looked at the texts a month ago compared to today, we have moved forward in all areas. We aren’t yet where we want to be,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.“They’re talking about forced technology transfer in a way that they’ve never wanted to talk about before – both in terms of scope and specifics,” he said, referring to Chinese negotiators. He declined to give further detail.Reuters reported previously that the two sides were working on written agreements in six areas: forced technology transfer and cyber theft, intellectual property rights, services, currency, agriculture and non-tariff barriers to trade.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrive in Beijing on Thursday for a new round of talks with Chinese officials to work on a deal that would end a months-long trade war that has cost both sides billions of dollars and hurt global economic growth.The in-person talks, which will be followed by a round in Washington next week, are the first face-to-face meetings the two sides have held in weeks after missing an initial end-of-March goal for a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign a pact.Talks would continue as long as progress is being made on the core issues, the official said.“It could go to May, June, no one knows. It could happen in April, we don’t know,” another administration official said.The two sides still have differences over intellectual property and how to enforce a deal, he said.‘SOME TARIFFS WILL STAY’China wants the United States to lift its tariffs as part of a deal. Washington, which is cognizant that the tariffs give it leverage to ensure Beijing follows through on any commitments it makes, is wary of lifting them right away.Trump said last week the United States may leave tariffs on Chinese goods for a “substantial period” to ensure compliance.“Some tariffs will stay,” the second official said. “There’s going to be some give on that, but we’re not going to get rid of all the tariffs. We can’t.”The topic will be addressed in upcoming talks.“Obviously that is an issue that we need to resolve … and will be an important part of a final deal,” the first official said. He said there was some agreement on enforcement on what he termed the “backend” once a deal was in place: a structure in which both sides could raise grievances and implement tariffs if there were violations to the agreement.Since July 2018, the United States has imposed duties on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports, including $50 billion in technology and industrial goods at 25 percent and $200 billion in other products including furniture and construction materials, at 10 percent.China has hit back with tariffs on about $110 billion worth of U.S. goods, including soybeans and other commodities.The first official said the focus of talks had shifted from Chinese purchases of U.S. goods to the trickier structural issues, which he said Trump wanted as part of a “great” deal.Bipartisan support at home for his tough stance on China as well as from the business community have emboldened Trump as he pushes for a deal that addresses long-standing complaints on trade, the source said.Some officials have expressed concern that Trump would accept a deal involving big-ticket Chinese purchases of U.S. goods and falling short on structural issues.“Who would he be pleasing by .. selling out?” the source said.He expressed optimism that a deal would be reached.“I’m still confident, but it takes time,” he said.“Until any deal is finalised, it can always go either way. And the president has made clear, both in word and in action, that he’s going to walk away from deals if they’re not good deals.”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

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Previously unpublished photos mark the first anniversary for Prince Harry and Meghan

first_imgA year after, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex have marked their first wedding anniversary with a series of candid and hitherto unedited photos of their wedding day. On the 19th March 2018, in an uncharacteristically splendidly sunny day for Britain, the much awaited royal wedding took place in the Chapel of St George in Windsor. This is where, ironically, King Henry VIII is buried and the wedding and the date is the anniversary of the beheading of his second wife, Anne Boleyn. However, any ominous presence was banished and one year on, the two are now three.True to their style, the young royals turned to Instagram,  Something they already had done in the case of the birth of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. …a word, some advice.. …and she was give her bundle of fragrance… …The Kiss Remembering… …passing through a threshold… SharePrint …get me to the church on time…center_img when he was busy calming his butterflies… …making it official… WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> …catching their breath… …steps to perfection…last_img read more

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Updated Evidence was presented in court – ALPA Air Malta claims cover

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> ArkivjiArkivji Air Malta has accused the airline pilots union ALPA of carrying out a, ‘cover up’, to which ALPA replied that evidence was presented in court during a sitting on Friday.The airline insists that ALPA’s points about threats and intimidation towards Air Malta pilots is a fallacy and the truth is that the union had been determine the government, ‘agree on guaranteeing 700,000 Euros to all pilots currently employed by Air Malta at retirement age or if the company becomes insolvent.’‘This is the real issue with ALPA. The rest is only a pretext,’ Air Malta concludes.ALPA expressed its surprise at the allegations made by Air Malta. The union reminded that the this had emerged in court, when three witnesses testified under oath on Friday.ALPA decried Air Malta’s claims saying that ‘it’s a clear attempt at influencing public opinion’ adding that the merits of the dispute are sub judice. The union said that the allegations made by Air Malta were not corroborated by evidence submitted in court, saying that this is ‘yet another attempt at undermining the union’s operation, as well as its standing.’ALPA called on the national airline to get its act together.Threats and intimidationThe statement from Air Malta comes in response to Friday’s court hearing in which both parties presented their statements on the reasons behind industrial action which took place on Monday this week.Members were threatened – ALPAWhile Air Malta insisted that ALPA had been pressing for the early retirement scheme to be guaranteed for pilots in the event of the airline going under, the union said the action was taken after the negotiating board would not remove one of its representatives believed to be intimidating members.During testimony provided in court, ALPA’s representatives told the court that talks were collapsing because Air Malta would not to remove the chief flight operations officer Emvic Debono.ALPA representatives explained that they had made the call to remove Captain Debono from the talks on June 18th. This was subsequently ignored and he had been present right up until the 28th June.Industrial actionMonday morning saw the start of a short-lived industrial action by Air Malta pilots which resulted in 30 minute delays to outbound flights from Malta International Airport.Updated (3): Air Malta flights will be delayed as of midnight on MondayUpdate 3: Air Malta key to economy; interests of few can’t outweigh that – Malta ChamberThe action was called off in the afternoon following a court upholding Air Malta’s request for it to be stopped. It was regarded as both negative and prejudicial to the company’s operations.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Were Maltas Temple people killed off by volcanic dust

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Google MapsGoogle Maps Archaeologists believe that a deadly volcanic dust cloud volcano may have killed off Malta’s temple people.According to experts led by Professor Caroline Malone from the prehistory unit at Queen’s University of Belfast, the culture which lived on Malta over 5,000 years ago may have perished because of a dust cloud originating from one of the dormant or active volcanoes surrounding the islands.Based on their radio carbon dating of rock sediment, pollen and human bones discovered at burial sites, they have been able to uncover evidence which shows that a major climatic event occurred at 2350BC.They were also able to determine a number of problems leading up to their suspected demise. These are said to include poor diets, high child mortality and worsening soil quality. This is combined with possible problems faced by immigration to the islands.This is the latest discovery in the research being carried out as part of FRAGSUS (Fragility and sustainability in restricted island environments: adaptation, cultural change and collapse in prehistory).Prior to their discovery about suspected volcanic dust as the exhibition factor for the island’s population, they have been able to determine that there had been around 3 episodes of colonization on the islands.FRAGSUS has been operating since 2013 and has so far been examining Malta’s first human settlements which say first appeared in the 6th millennium BC. What was initially lush forest and soil soon became barren and degraded due to the civilisation’s cultivation of the land.It was through this that the team tried to determine through archaeological studies what led to its social, economic or environmental collapse.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Watch Lessons in martial arts by expert Vincent Busuttil

first_imgBetween  the 24th and the 30th June Martial Arts enthusiasts have the opportunity of joining special classes led by Martial Arts expert  Vincent Busuttil who has over 40 years experience of martial arts and tactical self-defence instruction.Busuttil holds numerous Black Belts in different systems and now dedicates himself to teaching practical application to traditional techniques.One of his lessons will be held on Wednesday 26th June between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm at Spirit Combat Zanshin Club Extreme, No 3, Għarram Street,  Haż-Żebbuġ.Martial Arts knowledge incorporates Goju Ryu karate, judo, Brazilian jujitsu, Japanese jujitsu, boxing and kickboxing. His philosophy of teaching the martial arts is focused into three areas: the physical, psychological and spiritual, or the Body, Mind, Spirit tri-union.More information may be obtained from Adrian Axisa on 99256363 or email: axisaadrian@gmail.com.WhatsApp 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>last_img read more

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JUST IN Internet Blocked in Bamenda Regions of Cameroon

first_imgImage Credit: BBC Africa News Advertisement Of recent, Ethiopia’s authorities were restricting access of internet to it’s people leaving many of them frustrated. An Amnesty International report then accused the Ethiopian government of systematically and illegally blocking access to social media in its efforts to crush dissent.According to reports by BBC Africa News, multiple reports are calming there is an ongoing internet blockade in Cameroon especially in the restive English-speaking region of Bamenda.Akamai Technologies Inc., the US-based internet content delivery firm, in a tweet mentioned there was a noted disruption of internet traffic at 20:45 GMT (11:45 p.m. EAT) last night, while Dyn Research also in a tweet shared a graph showing a drop in internet connections in the country.#Internet disruption in #Cameroon reportedly due to govt-directed blackout. @Akamai traffic to the country dropped sharply at ~20:45 UTC. pic.twitter.com/saBto4qyVy— StateOfTheInternet (@akamai_soti) January 18, 2017 – Advertisement – Large outage in #Cameroon as reports suggest govt-directed blackout following political arrestshttps://t.co/Pbh5TjoqOr pic.twitter.com/M6lH4qJ6qZ— Dyn Research (@DynResearch) January 17, 2017There has been tension in the north-western Cameroon following a push by the people in the Anglophone region against plans to decree the use of French language in schools and courts.#Cameroon gov’t arrest Consortium leaders, cut off internet in #Buea & #Bamenda @FemiOke @BBCAfrica @CNNAfrica @BBCNews @AUC_DPA @FRANCE24— Eric Acha (@EricAcha1) January 17, 2017Internet in Cameroon very spotty and unstable this evening. Not only in anglophone regions but also in Douala #KeepItOn— Rebecca Enonchong (@africatechie) January 17, 2017No possibility of getting information from Anglophone regions. Internet blocked.— Mimi MEFO Cameroon (@Mimimefo237) January 17, 2017MTN attributes Internet shutdown on technical fault but as I write there is no connection in bamenda and some parts of the South West region— Mimi MEFO Cameroon (@Mimimefo237) January 18, 2017Reports say that local leaders were arrested before the disruption.[related-posts]There was no mention of sites or platform being blocked, reports just claim ‘internet’ was blocked.source: BBC Africa News Live Reporting BBC correspondants: Dickens Olewe and Lucy Fleminglast_img read more

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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 9 JulyRACING7.20 KemptonGilbey’s Mate 9/2 > 7/29.20 KemptonAthletic 11/1 > 6/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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£50 FREE BET England v Croatia

first_img£50 FREE BET IFENGLAND WIN 2-0To celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site starsports.bet we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if ENGLAND WIN 2-0.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 9am on Sunday 18 November and 2pm on Sunday 18 November. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 9am on Sunday 18 November to 2pm (GMT) on Sunday 18 November.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 2pm (GMT) on Sunday 18 November. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if ENGLAND WIN 2-0 (England v Croatia 2pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

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Israeli ambassador to US says Israels geostrategic economic situation is best in

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduIsraeli ambassador to US says Israel’s geostrategic economic situation is best in nation’s history Speaking at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy today, Israel’s ambassador to the United States Michael Oren said that Israel is in an incalculably better geostrategic economic situation than in any other time in its history.The comments came as Oren was discussing the misnomer that Israel doesn’t have “friends.” Rather, Oren said quite the opposite is true. Citing positive relationships with China, India, Egypt and Germany, Oren said that trading is up, tourism is up and Israel’s economic situation is the best it has been in its 62-and-a-half years. Listen to his comments here. Media note: Please attribute audio and reference to location of the event to Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. AddThislast_img read more

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Rice working with Say Yes To Education to help children in urban

first_imgShareNEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduRice working with Say Yes To Education to help children in urban school districts pursue college  HOUSTON — (Sept. 18, 2013) — Rice University is working with the national nonprofit organization Say Yes To Education Inc. to help children in urban school districts pursue a college education.As a member of the organization’s higher education compact, Rice has agreed to provide substantial financial aid to eligible students from the Say Yes To Education program if they are admitted to Rice. The financial aid would cover the full cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board, meals and textbooks.All of the private colleges and universities in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact have promised full tuition to accepted Say Yes scholars whose annual family income is $75,000 or less.Say Yes To Education helps make sure students can afford to go to college. The organization works with elected officials, business leaders, community-based organizations and local universities – as well as students, parents, school administrators and teachers – to help every student graduate from high school and earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.In addition to scholarships, Say Yes To Education and its local partners provide an array of services to students and their families that are intended to eliminate obstacles to academic success, including mental health counseling, medical care, academic tutoring and legal assistance.“Rice University has a socio-economically diverse student body that includes a number of first-generation students, so scholars from the Say Yes To Education program should feel very welcome here,” said Chris Munoz, Rice’s vice president for enrollment. “If these kids work hard, Rice could be be in their future, and we’re going to do our part to help them get here.”Based in New York City, Say Yes serves nearly 65,000 children in kindergarten through high school at public schools in Buffalo and Syracuse, N.Y., and also is available to groups of students in New York City and Philadelphia. The organization plans to expand nationally in the future. Since 2009, more than 2,100 graduates of Syracuse public high schools have used Say Yes support to attend college.# # #Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via TwitterOffice of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

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Free online course Religion and HipHop Culture launches today

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth for Rice and Anthony Pinndavid@rice.eduRoberta Magrini for Bun Broberta@rm-pr.comFree online course ‘Religion and Hip-Hop Culture’ launches todayAnthony Pinn, Bernard ‘Bun B’ Freeman to examine intersection of religion, music HOUSTON – (March 24, 2015) – Religion and Hip-Hop Culture, a new free edX online course being offered by Rice University’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship, launched today. The class features Religious Studies Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) Anthony Pinn and the center’s Distinguished Visiting Lecturer and Grammy nominee Bernard “Bun B” Freeman. Students still have time to sign up for the course by visiting the edX course page here.“The number of enrolled students climbs every day,” Pinn said. “With over 100 countries represented, we are looking forward to the rich and global conversation. We believe this six-week course will mark an important development in the study of religion and hip-hop.”The Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course, or RELI157x, is the first massive open online course (MOOC) for Pinn and Bun B. The online course is built upon and expands the popular class they have taught together at Rice University.“Our classroom course at Rice went so well that people off campus were contacting us and asking us about the course and how they could take it,” Pinn said. “Working with Bun in the classroom, it became clear that there were ways of learning and teaching that we hadn’t tapped. The MOOC gave us a way to be even more creative and innovative in terms of how we link the rest of world with the cultural richness and diversity of Houston to get information across.”The Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course will explore questions such as, What is religion? What is hip-hop? Are they the same thing? Do they overlap? Over the six-week course, Pinn and Bun B will provide the tools necessary to let students critically engage the world in which they live and answer these questions for themselves.“This course takes two important cultural developments in human history and looks at their points of commonality and their differences,” Pinn said. “The idea is to do that in a way that gives students a vocabulary, grammar, ideas and concepts that will allow them to think about and work on related issues within their own context.”The course will start with some basic assumptions, the most important being a willingness to think about hip-hop and religion as cultures that wrestle with the huge questions of human existence. Pinn and Bun B said that students will also need to be open to the possibility of hip-hop as a language through which complex questions, including some about religion, are presented, explored and interpreted.“This course gives me the opportunity to let people see a side of hip-hop that isn’t always discussed,” Bun B said. “We’ve started a conversation that cannot end until people have a better understanding of who we are and what we do.”The Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course will use a mix of videos, readings, music, images, stories and behind-the-scenes insider perspectives. Pinn and Bun B are leading collaborations between Rice University and local institutions to engage the Houston community in conversations inspired by topics in the course.This is the 23rd MOOC offered by Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship.“This course reflects the university’s commitment to experimental teaching and research that engages dynamically with Houston arts partners,” said Caroline Levander, Rice’s vice president for strategic initiatives and digital education. “The result is a course that showcases the cultural innovation for which Rice and Houston are known.”“We have been honored to work with Rice University on MOOCs ranging from high school- to college-level courses,” said Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX. “With Religion and Hip-Hop Culture, together we are enabling the global learning community to examine the intersection of two vital areas — religion and music — that are so deeply rooted in cultures around the world.”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-Anthony Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion at Rice University, where he is also the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning. Pinn is also the director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. His interests include the intersections of popular culture and religious identity and nontheistic trends in American public life. He is the author and editor of over 30 books, including “Noise and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music” (2003) and “The Hip-Hop and Religion Reader” (2014).Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, who rose to fame in the influential rap duo UGK, has won numerous awards and has been nominated for a Grammy. Bun B has also been featured on albums with several other well-known artists. His most notable guest appearances were on the Jay-Z hit single “Big Pimpin” and Beyonce’s chart-topper “Check On It.” Bun B’s solo projects include “Trill” (which opened at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 200 and also peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-hop Album chart) and “Trill O.G.,” which was released in 2010.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow the Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course on Twitter @RELI157x“Like” RELI157 on Facebook here.For more information on all of Rice University’s online classes, visit here.last_img read more

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Rice Expert Alert How will Cruz Trump and other candidates fare in

first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduHow will Cruz, Trump and other candidates fare in Iowa? Texas political expert weighs inHOUSTON — (Jan. 29, 2016) – As U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, prepares for the final days leading up to the Iowa caucuses, what does the future have in store for his road to the White House? Texas political expert Mark Jones, a professor of political science at Rice University and fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment on how the various candidates in the crowded Republican field might fare in the 2016 presidential race.Jones calls the Iowa caucus “crucial” for the momentum of Cruz’s presidential bid.“A win in Iowa will cement Cruz’s current status as one of the two front-runners for the GOP presidential nomination,” Jones said. A defeat will remove a key, though not indispensable, stepping stone on Cruz’s planned pathway to victory.”Jones noted that the caucus also represents Donald Trump’s first test among actual voters, as opposed to public opinion survey respondents.“With Trump enjoying a double-digit lead in the New Hampshire and South Carolina polls, an Iowa victory holds the potential to vault Trump into clear front-runner status,” Jones said. “In contrast, if Trump performs significantly below his poll numbers and loses, he would be forced to acknowledge that, at least in Iowa, he was a ‘loser.’ This would raise some doubt about the extent to which his poll numbers will translate into votes in upcoming contests, with the caveat that New Hampshire and South Carolina, unlike Iowa, employ primaries where voting requires much less effort than under Iowa’s caucus system.”Jones noted that also of importance in Iowa is the ability of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to establish himself as the clear third-place candidate – behind Cruz and Trump, but with a notable gap between him and the other Republican candidates.On the Democratic side, Jones said that the Clinton campaign expects to lose in New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who represents the neighboring state.“If Clinton is going to blunt Sanders’ momentum as the primary campaign begins to accelerate, her best opportunity to do so is on Monday,” Jones said.Jones is a leading expert on Texas politics. He has been quoted nationally about Cruz’s political career, which he has followed extensively since Cruz’s days as solicitor general of Texas to the launching of a long-shot U.S. Senate bid to today. To speak with Jones, contact him directly at 832-466-6535.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-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Mark Jones biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/mark-p-jones/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/04/jones.jpgPhoto credit: Rice University.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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 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 is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity.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

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Rice chemists Sunscreen essential but worth FDA scrutiny

first_img Rice University researchers László Kürti, left, and Zhe Zhou. ShareEXPERT ALERTJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice chemists: Sunscreen essential, but worth FDA scrutinyHOUSTON – (Feb. 26, 2019) – The chemistry of sunscreen is under scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has proposed updated regulations for a product routinely used by American consumers.Two Rice University synthetic organic chemists are available to discuss the science behind sunscreen and the FDA’s plan to bring those products up to date.László Kürti, an associate professor of chemistry whose lab designs sophisticated molecular building blocks that simplify drug design, said the FDA study is warranted.“Sunscreen is extremely effective,” he said. “As a person who likes to go to the beach, I know what happens when I don’t use it, and I don’t think we should doubt the resolve of manufacturers to protect consumers.“The question is the risk-to-benefit ratio,” Kürti said. “The FDA has to think about the chemical ingredients that may interfere with human enzymes and hormones and the potential to trigger side effects. And, of course, like the chemical compounds in other consumer products, the chemicals in sunscreen also end up in the environment.”The potential risk, he said, comes not from the minerals — zinc oxide and titanium oxide — that give sunscreen its basic properties, but from the organic chemical compounds that provide extra protection by blocking specific wavelengths of UV light and could be absorbed through the skin.In the proposed rules, only the two minerals are now considered “generally recognized as safe and effective,” or in FDA terminology, GRASE.“Technically, all new drugs have to go through FDA approval, but there are many chemical compounds, some used since the 18th century, that have shown no ill effect at all,” said Zhe Zhou, a postdoctoral researcher in Kürti’s lab. “Those are ‘grandfathered in’ and considered generally accepted as safe because of empirical evidence.”The FDA proposes to remove GRASE status for two organic chemicals, PABA and trolamine salicylate, while studying the other 12 chemicals found in many sunscreens.“It doesn’t mean they are banned,” Zhou said. “It just means they need more data to determine whether they should be on the list.”Hawaii, where Zhou earned his doctorate, and Key West, Florida, have already banned sunscreens with two chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, suspected of harming coral reefs.Kürti said testing each organic molecule in sunscreens according to the same vigorous standard that pharmaceutical companies analyze prescription drugs for FDA approval would be prohibitively expensive.“The sun bombards us with ultraviolet, visible and infrared light,” he said. “These organic molecules have chromophores that absorb certain wavelengths on the electromagnetic spectrum, and with the right combination, they filter out most of the harmful rays.“If the FDA required the full analysis of these compounds’ effects, I think sunscreen would become unaffordable,” Kürti said. “You would need a prescription for sunscreen, and you would be paying 300 bucks a bottle. Then we would be really harming people.”For more information on Kürti or Zhou, visit http://kurtilabs.com. To schedule an interview, contact Mike Williams at 713-348-6728 or mikewilliams@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.Photo for download: Return to article. Long Description FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/02/0211_KETONES-4-web-1yjlx9d.jpgRice University researchers László Kürti, left, and Zhe Zhou. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Related materials:FDA proposal: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm631736.htmKürti Research Group: http://kurtilabs.comRice Department of Chemistry: https://chemistry.rice.eduLocated 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 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. last_img read more

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SemiRetired Fowler College Professor Honored With Scholarship

first_img About the AuthorYessenia FunesView more posts by Yessenia Funes Last Updated Sep 18, 2017 by Yessenia FunesFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: San Diego Semi-Retired Fowler College Professor Honored With Scholarshipcenter_img Faculty can’t just walk away Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University. The school’s got a hold on them. At least that was the case for Finance Professor Mehdi Salehizadeh.The professor retired in May 2017 after 37 years at the school, a press release reads, but he’ll actually be around campus this year, too. Salehizadeh agreed to stay with a school just a little bit longer while Fowler finds a replacement for The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate. So for now, he’ll be its interim director until a full-time director is hired.Given the semi-retired professor’s commitment to the business school, it’s now honoring him with a scholarship in Salehizadeh’s name with the Mehdi Salehizadeh Legacy Endowed Scholarship. The hope is that the scholarship would be $4,000 given to two students or $2,000 to four students every year. But the school must raise the money first. Ideally, $100,000 to be matched by the school, said Scott Brusseau, chair of the center’s advisory board. Salehizadeh knew what kind of student to whom he wanted to gift such a scholarship. Here are the basics. The student’s got to be a junior who’s majoring in finance or real estate. This student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. And, obviously, this person’s must be enrolled with the Fowler College of Business. There’s even the potential for the scholarship to give priority to first-generation college students who face obstacles different than their peers whose parents have attended college.Center Coordinator Melissa Abeyta thought up the scholarship in conversation with Brusseau. She knew she wanted to honor the professor’s legacy with Fowler but wasn’t quite sure how.“The scholarship was a great way to thank him for all he’s given to SDSU, for sustaining The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate and his leadership within the Fowler College of Business,” Abeyta said.The first scholarships were given out for this school year, 2017-18 RelatedMBA Alumni Spotlight: Nike Co-Founder Phil Knight – Stanford Graduate School of BusinessPhil Knight, a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, didn’t become one of “the most powerful person in sports” overnight. The co-founder and chairman of Nike, Inc., the world’s most successful sports apparel manufacturing company, saw a lengthy and uncertain career filled with hurdles before amassing tantamount success.…August 24, 2017In “Alumni Spotlight”How Chicago Business Schools are Helping Low-Income StudentsBusiness school doesn’t come cheap, which often means that prospective students who could benefit the most from the lucrative career opportunities that come with an MBA either don’t end up at top tier programs or don’t end up applying at all. The flip side is that MBA programs now more…December 12, 2017In “Admissions Tips”SDSU College of Business Renamed Fowler College of Business AdministrationAfter receiving a $25 million endowment, San Diego State University renamed its College of Business Administration, the Fowler College of Business Administration. The new name is in honor of local philanthropist and San Diego Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and his wife, Alexis, who pledged the largest philanthropic gift in…November 14, 2016In “Featured Region”last_img read more

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