A disabled campaigner who is battling to protect t

first_imgA disabled campaigner who is battling to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to travel on buses has won permission for his appeal to be heard by the Supreme Court.Doug Paulley (pictured) has been told by the court that it will hear his discrimination case – which is backed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – against transport company First Bus.Paulley, from Wetherby, took the case against First Bus following an incident in February 2012.He had been planning to travel to Leeds, but was prevented from entering the bus because the driver refused to insist that a mother with a pushchair should move from the wheelchair space.He told Disability News Service that he was “relieved” and “really glad” about the Supreme Court’s decision, although it is unlikely to be heard until the latter part of 2016 at the earliest.He said: “It would have been a travesty if they had not [agreed to hear the appeal], given the huge support from lots of disabled people and that [the appeal] is being bank-rolled by the EHRC.”Paulley said the case wouldn’t have got so far “without so many disabled people sticking their necks out and campaigning around it and making it such a public issue”.And he said the case going to the Supreme Court would “certainly make a lot of people think and talk about it”.He said he now rarely used buses because of the effect the “extra layer of stress” caused by the incident – and the uncertainty he now feels when he uses a bus – had had on his mental health problems.Disabled campaigners were left “appalled” in December when three court of appeal judges found in favour of First Bus, and against Paulley.That judgement over-turned a county court ruling that wheelchair-users should have priority in the use of dedicated wheelchair spaces over parents with pushchairs, and that the “first come, first served” policy of First Bus breached the Equality Act.Instead, the court of appeal said that a bus driver needs only to request – and not demand – that a buggy-user vacates the space if it is needed by a wheelchair-user.A First Bus spokesman said today (Thursday): “The court of appeal decision in 2014 gave our customers, drivers and the wider industry much-needed clarification around the priority use of the wheelchair space on board buses.“The court’s judgment endorsed our current policy, which is to ask other passengers in the strongest polite terms to make way for wheelchair-users.“We note Mr Paulley has been given permission to appeal the court of appeal decision.  We will continue to make the case that our current policy both complies with the law and remains the most practical solution for all concerned.”The importance of Paulley’s case was highlighted this week when it was mentioned several times in the first evidence session of a committee set up by the House of Lords to examine the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people.The Conservative peer Lord Northbrook was one of those who mentioned the Paulley case, when he questioned whether the law on service-providers’ duties to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people was “sufficiently precise”.Meanwhile, on the same day that the Supreme Court announced its decision, campaigners revealed that another transport company, National Express, had scrapped its own “first come, first served” policy on its buses, and replaced it with a wheelchair priority policy.The move followed a question asked by disabled athlete Susan Cook at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on 6 May, after which she had secured a meeting with two of the company’s top executives.Cook was supported by the user-led, campaigning charity Transport for All, and ShareAction, which helps people attend company meetings and raise issues with directors.Cook said: “It was great to use my power as a shareholder to secure a meeting with the company and persuade them to change their policy.“I’m glad National Express saw sense on this issue and I’m looking forward to going to more AGMs to raise disability rights issues in future.”Lianna Etkind, campaigns and outreach coordinator at Transport for All, said: “Being able to use public transport is an essential part of a full and active life, getting to work, having access to healthcare and education, or a social life, with freedom and independence.“We’re pleased National Express listened to reason and have decided to change their policy on wheelchair priority. It was great to work with Susan and ShareAction to bring about this change.”National Express has already announced plans to introduce a “turn up and go” service on its c2c train services in Essex from September, so disabled people needing assistance will be able to arrive at stations and have staff help them, without needing to book in advance.National Express will be the first private train company to offer this service in the UK and has also pledged to be the first train operator to make a route completely accessible.last_img read more

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first_imgPicture by DPAC Disabled activists were locked inside the Department for Work and Pensions’ headquarters by security guards as they delivered thousands of copies of a newspaper that feature “deliberately misleading” DWP adverts which “whitewash” the truth about universal credit.Protesters from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) were unable to leave Caxton House in Westminster for several minutes yesterday (Wednesday) when security guards locked the building’s front doors behind them after they entered the main lobby.They had entered the building to deliver a letter to work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd, in which they asked her to explain why she had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on an advertising campaign in the free Metro newspaper that features “one-sided adverts whitewashing the disastrous Universal Credit policy”.They also delivered about 10 boxes of copies of yesterday’s Metro (pictured), which features the latest Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) advertising feature on universal credit (UC), and which activists had removed from distribution points at train stations and on buses across the capital.Soon after their arrival, DWP security guards locked the front entrance and threatened to call the police, even though the action had been peaceful and focused only on delivering the newspapers and the letter to Rudd.The doors were eventually unlocked several minutes later after one of the activists had a panic attack.The letter to Rudd was finally accepted, and although DWP initially refused to accept the boxes of newspapers, they were later taken inside after being left outside the department’s front entrance.In the letter, DPAC and allies from Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group asked Rudd “why, when Universal Credit is causing so much suffering and distress, your department chose to throw money at this shameless exercise”.They added: “We hope that the enclosed materials will provide food for thought as you prepare your response to claimants staring into empty cupboards trying to work out how they can feed themselves and their children, and all those who are wondering why the taxes we pay for collective provision of services are being used in such an inappropriate attempt to rewrite the story of this disastrous policy.”Paula Peters, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, who took part in the action, said: “They are discrediting people’s real testimonies of going through universal credit.“I have been outside jobcentres and have spoken to claimants who have been driven to prostitution, destitution and homelessness by universal credit.”She added: “We will continue to expose their lies and total fabrications and we have to get the truth out there with thorough research and with people’s personal testimonies.”Yesterday’s action, including the hire of a van to deliver the newspapers, was paid for through a crowdfunding effort launched by Sheffield DPAC, which is set to pay for further such actions.As DPAC was delivering its copies of the Metro to DWP in London, disabled activists and allies in other parts of the country, including Sheffield and Bristol, posted photographs of copies of the Metro being removed from their distribution points, as part of the ongoing #DumpMetroDWPLies campaign.A spokesperson for Sheffield DPAC – which has played a significant role in the national campaign – said anger about the Metro adverts was growing, and she thanked those who had donated to the fund.She said the Metro adverts were “propaganda” and “a deliberate attempt to manipulate public perception” of universal credit.She said: “I implore people, whether they are claimants or not, to support the #DumpMetroDWPLies campaign against the DWP advertorials.“People have to be aware that once the government have done targeting us that they will move on to someone else.“We need to act, we need to stand up, we need to stop this, and we absolutely must do it together.”Meanwhile, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has confirmed that it is investigating the way the DWP advertising features have been published by the Metro.Disability News Service (DNS) confirmed last month that DWP breached Civil Service guidelines when it decided to launch the nine-week series of “unethical and misleading” Metro advertorials without including a government logo.And this week DNS passed a screen shot to ASA showing the home page of the Metro’s website, which featured several UC adverts designed to look like a newspaper investigation and which disguise their DWP origin.None of the adverts on the website mentioned they were designed and paid for by DWP, which appears to be a breach of ASA rules.Leaked DWP documents have revealed that the adverts were always designed to be misleading and not to “look or feel like DWP or UC”.An ASA spokesperson said: “We’re currently assessing a number of complaints relating to these ads, including complaints that challenge whether the ads are obviously identifiable as marketing communications.“We will establish whether there are grounds for further action in due course.”Meanwhile, the Disability Benefits Consortium of charities has written to ASA to complain about the “deliberately misleading” advertising features.The letter dismantles several of the claims made in the adverts, including the claim that it is a “myth” that “Universal Credit doesn’t work”, telling ASA: “These statements omit the thousands of claimants universal credit does not ‘work for’ but instead has driven them into debt, rent arrears, foodbanks, and homelessness.”A DWP spokesperson told DNS: “Our position is that all our advertising is factual and designed to increase understanding of Universal Credit.“We consulted the Advertising Standards Authority prior to launching the partnership and have reflected their advice.“We’ve not got anything further to add.”On the DPAC action at Caxton House, she said: “You can understand that we’re in a government building, so a group of non-staff members quickly entering the building with large parcels is an obvious security concern.“Security dealt with the incident quickly and the activists were able to leave the parcels outside the front door, without the need for further action.”She had already declined to comment when asked what DWP planned to do with the thousands of Metros delivered to Rudd. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Another night of Brexit votes, another significant defeat for Theresa May. Last night, Yvette Cooper moved the motion that its main signatory, Tory Caroline Spelman, had unsuccessfully tried to withdraw. The Prime Minister had tabled a ‘no deal’ motion, but it wasn’t the straightforward rejection that the Commons wanted to express, so the Spelman-turned-Cooper amendment passed against the wishes of the government. Chaotic scenes. Cabinet ministers defied the Tory whip to abstain, and their defiance was ignored in the clearest evidence yet of May being ‘in office but not in power’. (If you missed all the action, read this run-through of what happened, with vote results, lists of Labour rebels and Jeremy Corbyn’s response at the despatch box.)After trying to sneak through a ‘no deal’ motion that actually repeated her ‘my deal or no deal’ refrain, May is now attempting a similar trick with the Article 50 extension vote tonight. The Commons was appalled when Speaker Bercow revealed that the motion tabled by the government was not a clear-cut proposal for delaying Brexit, but a barely veiled threat. On the basis of MPs rejecting both May’s deal and no deal, the PM says at least a short extension will be sought, i.e. we’re definitely not leaving on 29th March. The motion goes on to explain that if MPs fail to agree a deal by Wednesday 20th, the extension length would be decided by the EU and possibly much longer. So unfolds what Olly Robbins said at that Parisian bar last month: ‘my deal or no deal’ has become ‘my deal or no Brexit’. That’s how she hopes to drive her deal through, with the votes of Brexiteers, at the third meaningful vote next week.What happens now? The ERG are split: Jacob Rees-Mogg is making positive noises; Steve Baker remained defiant in the chamber. As usual, a lot depends on the DUP. Will Labour Leave seat representatives be pushed into rebelling? How many? Too early to tell, but it’s true that they are highly uncomfortable with a long extension. Most of that group said they would only vote to delay Brexit tonight if it were short and for a specific reason (approving a deal with a different future relationship).The amendments selected are likely to be crucial today, as they were last night. There are the ones already on the order paper, including Labour’s official amendment, which doesn’t explicitly mention another referendum but simply requests “parliamentary time for this House to find a different approach”. Then there are the manuscript proposals being tabled before 10.30am, not yet on the order paper. An ‘indicative votes’ one is expected, as I said in the morning email yesterday, and this would offer MPs the chance to vote on all the possibilities, from a ‘people’s vote’ to Common Market 2.0. This is essentially the same as Labour’s official amendment, but has a good chance of passing when set out under the names of Hilary Benn, Yvette Cooper and Oliver Letwin rather than the leader of the opposition.Voting today starts earlier, from 5pm. Make sure you have parliamentlive.tv and LabourList ready…Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Labour /Brexit /Indicative votes /last_img read more

Prop 10 Californians like rent control hate ballot measure that would expand

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter There’s a reason they call economics “the dismal science.” Economists, ideally, aren’t swayed by emotional or political input. Even liberal economists are skeptical about rent control — and disdainful of vacancy control. If San Francisco or some other city eventually enacted vacancy control, it’s highly conceivable that landlords, in the business to make money and suddenly shut out of market value for good, would exit the rental market by creating tenancies-in-common. This would, of course, be a loss of rent-controlled units and work against keeping longtime tenants in their homes — an antithetical outcome for tenant activists. There are consequences for any action, regardless of what either side puts in its campaign ads. Not surprisingly, both rent-control backers and naysayers are using the very same Stanford study to bolster their claims — and cherry-picking the findings. That August 2018 report found that rent control accelerated gentrification here in the Mission as landlords opted to convert former flats into luxury condos and co-ops. Rent control increased the stratification of the neighborhood. But it also kept tenants from being displaced — especially low-income and/or older renters. Rent control, then, contains multitudes.This is complicated. And it will continue to be: whether Prop. 10 succeeds or fails, the next step is to continue campaigns, city by city (hello, Sacramento). Rent control acolytes can only hope that, when they make their next pitch, in some California city near you, voters don’t come out against it. Even when they’ve changed it or condensed it. Life didn’t used to be so complicated. People wore natural fibers, ate organic food, breathed clean air … and died young. Caves didn’t have rent control; if there were more of them than there were of you, they’d just go ahead and evict you. The rent board was eaten by a saber-toothed cat and all the signature-gatherers to get a measure on the ballot fell into the La Brea Tar Pits. Considering the nasty and brutish components, perhaps the shortness of life in a state of nature was a feature, not a bug. Well, we don’t live in a state of nature anymore. We live in the state of California. And life is complicated.To wit, tenants’ rights activists have been heartened by a series of municipal victories; rent control is polling well. So, naturally, you would expect state Prop. 10 to poll well. It’s not. Rather, it appears headed for a messy demise.Per a mid-month survey by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, 60 percent of voters are now thumbs-down on Prop. 10, with only 25 percent in favor. Not surprisingly, these results come on the heels of a spending barrage by landlord and property-owner interests — including, bizarrely, San Francisco’s pension system. The anti-rent control forces have loosed an arsenal exceeding $68 million. The No on 10 campaign has made (specious) claims that rent-control expansion will slow construction in this state (which is already 49th in the nation in housing construction, so it doesn’t have much further to fall). Its ads feature seniors, veterans, and senior veterans claiming that Prop. 10 will force them into the streets (and, of course, lower the value of their homes). There is much political value in telling homeowners that X, Y, or Z would reduce their property values, ruin their views, result in undesirables moving into the neighborhood, or all of the above. Like an adept football coach, political strategists will keep running this play until the defense manages to stop it — and, right now, it can’t.Casting Prop. 10 as an attack on homeowners, as this South Bay sign does, has paid dividends thus far. Photo by Zak Franet.That Prop. 10 would likely succumb to an avalanche of real-estate and landlord money was not unanticipated by San Francisco tenants’ rights organizers. Boots-on-the-ground activism of the sort that wins local campaigns is tough to reproduce on a statewide level.You will not be surprised to learn that Los Angeles and San Francisco tenant organizers and organizations do not always see eye to eye or think all that much of one another. Prop. 10 is the brainchild of Michael Weinstein, the brazen CEO of Los Angeles’ AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has poured scores of millions into the rent control-expansion measure and is its only significant donor. Organizers here have all fallen behind Weinstein’s lead. But, on background, some questioned if this was the right year to for a  statewide battle; perhaps a few more years of successes on the local level would have galvanized a movement. Northern California organizers also expressed some frustrations at, essentially, taking marching orders from an “egotistical billionaire” from L.A. writing all the checks. If Prop. 10 does fail, expect local backers to discreetly distance themselves from the effort (but not in a manner demonstrative enough to dissuade Weinstein from writing a big check in the not-too-distant future). Even the measure’s most ardent backers admit that it can be a tough sell. This is not simple stuff: Prop. 10 would, officially, undo the Costa Hawkins Act of 1995. You may not have ever heard of this law; most Californians certainly haven’t, especially if they live in non-rent-controlled cities. The Costa Hawkins Act limits what municipalities can do with regard to rent control: It exempts single-family homes or any structures built after ’95. It outlaws “vacancy control,” which would preclude landlords from jacking up the rent in a unit after a rent-controlled tenant moves out.If Prop. 10 were to succeed, the state would not suddenly wake up to find itself rent-controlled. Rather, each jurisdiction could then formulate its own rules without the restrictions currently imposed by Costa Hawkins. This is part of why the Yes on 10 camp finds itself with that tough sell: They have to convince voters to repeal an act they’ve likely never heard of so parts of the state could then enact laws of a sort they could have enacted before. Costa Hawkins limits the types of rent control a city can do; it takes single-family homes and new buildings out of the equation. But there are plenty of aging multi-unit buildings around, and in any town where there was political will, some form of rent control could have been instituted in the past. And that’ll be the case in the future, no matter what happens come November. So, it’s not logical to claim that the Fresnos and San Bernardinos would, suddenly, scramble for rent control if Costa Hawkins were vanquished — nobody there ever mounted a serious push for rent control before.Prop. 10, then, isn’t so much about bringing rent control to where it isn’t as expanding rent control where it is. This, too, is complicated. This, too, is a hard sell. Your proposition may be good, but let’s have one thing understood:Whatever it is, I’m against it.And even when you’ve changed it or condensed itI’m against it. — Groucho Marxlast_img read more

Pipe bursts overnight at St Lukes Hospital inundating building

first_imgThe Monteagle Medical Center houses numerous outpatient clinics and medical technicians. It is separate from the hospital’s emergency room and trauma wing.Photo by Joe EskenaziThe water originating on the building’s fourth floor leaked downward, eventually pooling in the basement. A technician encountered there said he hadn’t yet heard of any pieces of equipment being ruined by the water: “It looked like it mostly stayed in the walls.” This, too, was good news. Mission Local observed cleanup crews with powerful vacuum devices sucking up large puddles of standing water gathered around MRI machines or X-Ray tables.Multiple St. Luke’s staffers working desk jobs or attending abandoned pieces of machinery affirmed conditions in the building must be safe, or they’d have been sent home.Hopefully nothing important was in this box. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.That was cold comfort to the patients who were indeed sent home, or at least directed to other Sutter campuses.One heavily pregnant woman on the fourth floor was told she could not get her EKG.“I just wasted a lot of time and money coming down here,” she said calmly. “They told me they didn’t have an appointment for six weeks. But I’m due in four.”This story will be updated as more information becomes available.Cleanup crew members work around an X-Ray machine, sucking water off the floor. Photo by Joe Eskenazi A ceiling pipe on the fourth floor of the Monteagle Medical Center at St. Luke’s Hospital burst overnight, inundating four levels and the basement with water.St. Luke’s patients showing up for a.m. appointments were turned away; they negotiated soaked hallways and carpets and slalomed between trash cans catching dripping water and filled with dissolved ceiling material.The water pooling up on the floors — four inches deep at one point, according to a cleanup crew member — was fresh and not tainted with sewage. “That,” said one hospital official, “is the only good news here.”Devendra Deo, the St. Luke’s campus’ chief engineer, could not immediately answer just how much water had soaked the Monteagle building, how much damage the structure had absorbed, or how long its availability would be compromised. “The building is open,” he said. “It’s just a couple of floors.” When pressed for details he smiled politely and said, “This is a hard day.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

DOWN your first choice number one… and then your h

first_imgDOWN your first choice number one… and then your half back… most sides would have crumbled but Saints took on the Champions and were within seconds of pulling off a memorable win.It was a day when the youngsters came of age with Tommy Makinson filling in for Paul Wellens at full back and heroes across the field.But sadly, it just wasn’t enough on the day as Wigan ran out 28-24 winners.After the match, Royce Simmons paid tribute to his side.“It was a tremendous effort to get to 10-0 particularly after we made a few mistakes in the opening stages,” he said. “We got caught up in the emotion of the game and pushed a few passes, but then we played a great period of around 30 minutes and I was more than happy with that.“But when you lose your full back and half back – two of your crucial players – then it not only affects your performance but also your interchanges. We lost two there and we couldn’t spell the forwards on a hot day as we would have liked.“We tried to get through it, but lost our way and Wigan took advantage. Then we got organised again and clawed our way back, but fatigue set in and that told in the end.“Perhaps if we would have had four interchanges at the end instead of two, we get the points, but it was a courageous effort.”He continued: “I don’t want to comment on the Wheeler tackle. The league will look at that. Wheeler told me he kicked and had time to look up, but the league has a good procedure and I’m sure they will handle that.“He has done his AC joint and will be out for a long time. That’s our third half out now so Jonny [Lomax] will certainly get a good run out this weekend!“Wello had a needle before the game on his ankle, like a few players, but that didn’t work. He won’t be around for a couple of days and there could be a few around him.“There’s a few lads that were in the 20s getting a surprise tomorrow!“It was a great game of football in afull stadium with the fans really into it… it’s better than laying 2000 bricks isn’t it? Rugby League was the winner today but Saints didn’t get a point.”Simmons also revealed that Kyle Eastmond was considered for the Easter fixtures but hasn’t been able to train because of a serious chest infection.“We did some kick and catching with him on Monday and the doctor came in and said he should be in hospital. We did some tests and thankfully he hasn’t got pneumonia. We tried to give him a hard 10 minutes today so see if we could get him out come the Castleford game, but we couldn’t get ten off him on the treadmill, so he won’t be available.”last_img read more

ITS been a tough preseason for Kyle Amor but he

first_imgIT’S been a tough pre-season for Kyle Amor but he says he wouldn’t have it any other way.The big prop, alongside his teammates, has been put through the ringer in the Lake District at the Cassius Camp and last week spent time with the Marines at 42 Commando in Plymouth.“It’s been brutal,” he explains. “We’ve done things we haven’t done before but it has been good. We had to carry our teammates on our backs up a big hill and complete an intense obstacle course. Everyone has dug in, helped each other and it has been great for team building.“Getting that togetherness going is important because you will need it when it gets tough in games. You learn a lot in pre-season and we have had to work hard for each other.“Matty Daniels, our head of Strength and Conditioning, never seems to fail us. Every year something is different – and normally harder! It’s been fun but tough and challenging.“And that is what we want as players ahead of the new season.”Saints pre-season campaign will see them host Dewsbury (Jan 17) and Widnes (Jan 24) before they open Super League XXI at home to Huddersfield on February 5.Tickets for the pre-season clashes are now on sale as well as Memberships for the 2016 season.last_img read more

Protesters gather at George Davis statue Saturday afternoon

first_img Sonya Patrick-AmenRa is the National Black Leadership Caucus southeastern region chair. She said Confederate statues give glory to a darker time in our history.“This is the United States of America, not the United States of the Confederacy,” Patrick-AmenRa said. “The Confederacy went against the United States of America. They lost the Civil War, and they belong in the history books not glorified in the middle of our streets.”Patrick-AmenRa and other protesters insisted that there is no room for hate in Wilmington, and that includes Confederate monuments. Protesters on the corner of Market St. and 3rd. St. on June 29, 2019 (Photo: Kate Cornell/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington is overflowing with history, and there are physical reminders all around, inlcuding the monument dedicated to George Davis downtown.But not everyone feels that the statue, honoring the Wilmington native, who served as attorney general of the Confederate States of America, is a good thing for our town. Protesters gathered in front of it Saturday afternoon to voice peacefully their concerns about the message that it sends.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Updated Alan Kurdi crew member in Medevac as 27 NGOs press for

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A crew member of the ship carrying migrants, the Alan Kurdi, has been evacuated for medical reasons. The medevac took place at about 21:00h. News book.com.mt is informed that the ship’s engineer was taken to Mater Dei Hospital. This was also confirmed by a spokesperson for the AFM.Meanwhile, 27 NGOs have publicly signed a petition to government calling for permission for these people to find shelter in Malta. They said that MAlta should put humanity above all else and Libya can certainly not be considered a safe haven, particularly with the resurgence of hostilities. MAlta, insisted the NGOs can do much better.French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has said that he had spoken with his Maltese counterpart Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Michael Farrugia about 64 migrants, including 12 women and a baby, picked up off the Libyan coast on the 3rd April and stranded on a rescue ship, operated by the German charity Sea-Eye.Je me suis entretenu avec mon homologue maltais @dr_micfarr.Je lui ai confirmé que la France, comme l’Allemagne et plusieurs autres partenaires européens, sera solidaire pour l’accueil de réfugiés présents à bord de l’#AlanKurdi, afin de permettre leur débarquement à La Valette.— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) April 12, 2019He said France and other EU nations would take the migrants stranded on the ship off Malta which has refused to let them disembark unless other countries help.Earlier today, 27 NGOs, including the Commission for Justice and Peace within the Archdiocese of Malta had called on the government to allow them to enter Malta.It has been 10 days since the Sea Eye-operated rescue vessel ‘Alan Kurdi’ has been unable to be granted a safe port in Italy or in Malta for 64 people still on board.In the time being, two medical evacuations have taken place along with a resupply vessel providing food, water and clothing to the men, women and children.Malta’s ambassador to Italy Vanessa Frazier today told an Italian news show that the situation would ‘be resolved in the next hours or tomorrow.’ However, after contacting the European Commission, Newsbook.com.mt was informed that ‘intense contacts initiated last week are still on-going.’WhatsApplast_img read more

No social justice and equality without legal justice – PD

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Partit DemokratikuPartit Demokratiku Partit Demokratiku said one cannot have social justice and equality without legal justice in a statement on International Workers’ Day.In a press conference in front of the parliamentary building which was addressed by party leader, MP and MEP candidate Godfrey Farrugia, MEP candidate and Secretary General Martin Cauchi Inglott and MP Marlene Farrugia.MP Marlene Farrugia said that the PD is celebrating Workers’ Day by “fostering an environment where politics returns to its roots, and where politicians are held accountable for abuses of the system”.Addressing the press conference, Godfrey Farrugia stated that the ‘building blocks for prosperity and progress are humanity dignity, freedom equality and justice’ saying that one could not have social justice and equality without legal justice.The Party described the political system in Malta as ‘dysfunctional’ which has exploited the workers, saying that families are being destablised in order to have a liveable wage to make ends meet.Cauchi Inglott said that the citizens’ rights and freedoms are dependent on a solid and credible rule of law structure, and urged for a constitutional reform.WhatsApplast_img read more

The Quantum Computer Aces Its Test – Computers About To Get 3600

first_imgAdvertisement The long-sought quantum computer, a machine potentially far ahead of today’s best supercomputers, is almost as hard to define as it is to build. For at least a few particular uses, however, the unusual computer made by D-Wave Systems now seems to be very fast indeed.Next week a professor at Amherst College will present her findings about the performance of the D-Wave machine, which its makers say makes use of such unusual properties of quantum physics as a particle’s ability to move in one direction and its opposite at the same time.Professor Catherine C. McGeoch fed a problem to an experimental computer by D-Wave Systems and it solved it 3,600 times faster than a popular software from I.B.M. running on a high-performance machine. – Advertisement – “There is no sense in which this is the definitive statement about quantum computing,” Ms. McGeoch said. “I’m more interested in how well it works, not whether or not it is quantum.”This is the highly experimental world of quantum computing, which “makes use of such unusual properties of quantum physics as a particle’s ability to move in one direction and its opposite at the same time.”D-Wave, which was the subject of an article in The New York Times in March, has been criticized for making claims about its quantum capabilities that cannot be supported.Over time, however, D-Wave’s performance has improved, and the skeptics have toned down their criticism. Nonetheless, D-Wave is sensitive about the issue and, even after selling a working machine to Lockheed Martin, eager to rebut the criticism.D-Wave solves optimization problems by setting them in the context of energy consumption: the lowest power needed to achieve a stated outcome, which it says is quickly achieved through a quantum process, is the answer. D-Wave thinks that many problems in computing might be restated as optimization problems and that its machine could be coupled with cloud computing systems for particularly hard problems.Ms. McGeoch said D-Wave’s chips had performed well and might have better outcomes in the future, as its machines become more powerful, and more complex optimization problems are set.“There could be a tipping point,” she said. “If the problems get big enough, conventional systems break down. In theory, you could solve a large number of optimization problems. People don’t know how to do that conventionally without losing a lot of efficiency.”It’s weird and complicated stuff, but the takeaway is this – scientists are re-imagining how computers work at their most basic level and it’s leading to faster and more powerful devices.Don’t expect to have a quantum computer in your home any time soon – the applications here are far too specific and the hardware too costly for these machines to become household objects. But that’s only for now.Source: The New York Timeslast_img read more

Why Mobile Money Integration Is Letting Ugandan Startups Down

first_imgAdvertisement When was the last time you tried to buy a song online or an App from an online store and with what ease was your money leaving your account? If you asked me what I remembered about my first app purchase online I would tell you, that I didn’t even feel I was buying the app, because the whole process is so fast and seamless that you don’t even notice the money leaving your account until the bank sends you the statement.This process is when I use my VISA card which is already connected to my online wallet and hence it simplifies the online transactions for me. Taking you back to Ugandan Startups,  building local apps is one thing and making money online is another.One of the reasons we all can’t control is the restriction of Merchant accounts and not having Uganda as a country where developers can sell their apps on some if not all Playstores. This is not something Startups can control, the other reason is that the payment systems like Mobile Money which Startups would take advantage of is not accessible to these teams and the few it is accessible to, are having a lot of steps still involved in withdrawing the money from the paying customer. – Advertisement – If I was to come to your website and I wanted to buy something from you, and everytime I had to do that I would have to input my Phone number—-> Send a request to my phone—–> Approve I want to pay bills—–> Select Bill( your company)—–> Put my Pin—–> Wait for confirmation Code ——> Go back to the Website ——> Input the confirmation Code—–> Buy then I would feel inconvenienced by the long process because it is poor customer service. However much your website might be converting buying customers am very sure along all these step you will be losing paying customers whether you want it or not. I would rather take my money somewhere else than go through this long process.I would recommend the telecoms in Uganda that have Millions of customer using Mobile Money to atleast shorten the process and provide an API to startups that only requires me to put my PIN and then buy something online, this is the way things should be and all am asking the big Telecoms is to securely ease the access for these startups.Startups need to make money and scale in Uganda but there is little chance of this if they can’t even sell their products to the local users they are meant to target, am very sure this will be a Win-Win for both the Startups and the Telecom companies. I just don’t want the telecoms to say they didn’t see this coming if  Banks making this their problem and disrupt the future of online transactions in Uganda.last_img read more

African business leaders to focus on scientific progress in partnership with the

first_imgAdvertisement The Africa Business Champions for Science is a new group of influential figures from industry with a passion for science, technology and innovation on the continent. Alongside Dr Álvaro Sobrinho of Angola, Lionel Zinsou of Benin (CEO and Chairman of PAI Partners) and Justin Chinyanta of Zambia (CEO and Chairman of Loita Capital Partners), have both been appointed members.The Africa Business Champions for Science group was formally outlined in a Call to Action at the ‘Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)’ Regional Forum in 2014, in Dakar, Senegal. The World Bank is facilitating the PASET initiative, which seeks to help meet Africa’s skills needs in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (ASET) fields for the socio-economic transformation of Africa. PASET serves as the platform for public-private partnerships; engaging in related advocacy, analytical and technical streams of work; and supporting African governments to mobilize funding to support country and regional level ASET initiatives.The Africa Business Champions for Science group will work alongside African governments, the PASET Steering Committee (comprising of three African Ministers from the Education sector – Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal and the World Bank); and a high-level Consultative Advisory Group (comprising of scientists and academics). – Advertisement – A high level meeting of African Heads of State and the African Business Champions is now being planned, at which further members and commitments will be announced.Mr Makhtar Diop, Vice-President for Africa of the World Bank.“The African continent has experienced very strong growth over the past decade and it has been noted that this growth has really repositioned the African continent and changed the perception of the African continent. However while doing so, we have not had the transformation we would like to have; we have not had a structural transformation of African economies.To address this we need a combined effort of all sectors, and the role of industry is absolutely crucial. This new group of prominent African entrepreneurs and business figures can play an important role in putting the continent back on a path of sustainable growth, of inclusive growth, and a path toward transformation of the structure of our economies.”Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, Chairman, Planet Earth Institute“For too long business and scientific communities have operated in isolation in Africa. As we seek to move from economies based on resource to those based on knowledge, this disconnect has to be addressed head on.I’m delighted to be working with a group of inspirational business figures and in tandem with international and national organisations at the heart of this debate, to play our part in making sure Africa’s scientific progress delivers for the whole continent. And I call to others interested in the initiative to work with us”.last_img read more

10 reasons why your business needs Windows 10

first_imgConsider making an upgrade to windows 10 to run your business. Image Credit: GoliveUk Advertisement With the majority of businesses having decided to take a pass on Windows 8, many are now running on operating systems that are at least six years old and beginning to show their age. For sure, Windows 7 has been a fine staple for businesses, but it’s now lacking several key security, productivity and mobility features that have been introduced with both Windows 8 and 10.Although the touchscreen focus of Windows 8 put many businesses off, Windows 10 is equally at home on desktop PCs, laptops or touchscreen tablets, making the upgrade far less jarring for employees and the IT departments that support them. Here, then, are our top 10 reasons why your business should consider making that upgrade.1. It runs on almost any device Windows 10 will eventually run on everything from budget smartphones to high-end workstations, meaning staff get a consistent user experience and can use the same universal apps, no matter what device they have to hand at the time. For companies looking to deploy their own Windows apps, it means they can share the same code base across phones, tablets, laptops and PCs, with only a moderate amount of work required to tailor the user interface for each of those different form factors. – Advertisement – 2. The Start Menu is back Although the Start Button made a return in Windows 8.1, it still sent desktop users back to the all-encompassing Start Screen. Now, the Start Menu is back on the desktop, providing fast access to regularly used apps as well as the Live Tiles introduced with Windows 8, which provide critical snippets of information from unread emails, forthcoming appointments and much more. With search now built into the Taskbar, it’s never been easier to find that application, file or email you were looking for on a Windows machine.3. Secure Boot kills rootkits dead First introduced with Windows 8 and now enhanced for Windows 10, Secure Boot sees off one of the biggest threats to business security. Secure Boot checks that each piece of boot software is digitally signed and authorised to run on that PC. This basically eliminates the threat of some of the most dangerous pieces of malware, most notably rootkits, which can hide themselves within a system and collect valuable data such as logins, passwords and credit card details.4. Flip seamlessly between tablet and desktop modes Windows 10 introduces Continuum – a new mode where Windows automatically detects whether that device is being used as a tablet or laptop computer and adjusts accordingly. This is most evident on hybrid devices. Detach a hybrid device from its keyboard, for example, and Windows will enter Tablet Mode, eliminating the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen, running apps in full screen mode, and making the Start menu fill the entire screen with touch-friendly tiles. Pop the keyboard back on the device, and the Taskbar returns, apps run in windows and the Start Menu shrinks back to consume only as much space as it needs.5. Better battery management Windows 10 promises to be kinder on tablet and laptop batteries for employees who are always out of the office. As soon as battery levels falls below 20 per cent, Windows 10 now automatically enters Battery Saver mode, limiting background activity and push notifications to get as much working time from the battery as possible. Alternatively, users can flick on Battery Saver mode themselves from the new Action Centre, where they will also find controls for screen brightness and Flight Mode, letting them switch off all wireless radios when boarding aircraft.6. Secure alternatives to passwords The time your company’s IT support desk spends helping staff who’ve forgotten their passwords could soon be dramatically reduced. Windows 8 introduced the options to sign into devices with PINs or Picture Passwords (letting users dab a photo of their children, for example, to create a unique, almost uncrackable ‘password’).Now Windows 10 introduces two further options: face and iris recognition. Dubbed Windows Hello, facial recognition requires special hardware that includes an infrared, RGB colour and 3D camera. Soon we’ll start to see these cameras built into laptops and desktop monitors, allowing users to sign in simply by sitting down in front of their screen. Iris recognition will also be supported in Windows 10 for devices fitted with the appropriate hardware, accompanying fingerprint recognition, which was available in earlier versions of Windows.[related-posts]7. Customised app store With Windows 10, companies will have the option to create their own app stores for employees. Using a customised web portal, businesses can provide an approved catalogue of apps to their staff, allowing them to install whichever they choose. This could be used to distribute both apps available in the general Windows Store and/or the business’s own customised line-of-business apps.8. Lightweight Mobile Office apps Staff may no longer need the full blown versions of Word, Excel or PowerPoint on their work devices. The new Office Mobile apps, available exclusively for Windows 10, provide a more lightweight but still powerful set of Office applications that consume only a fraction of the storage space of the full-blown desktop apps. Word Mobile, for instance, consumes only 17MB on our test Windows 10 device, whereas the full-blown version of Word runs to hundreds of megabytes.For employees who don’t need the full power of the desktop office suite, or for those running tablets with limited storage capacity, the Office Mobile apps will allow them to stay productive without weighing down their devices. And full compatibility means fonts, layout and formatting won’t go astray as employees switch between desktop and mobile versions of the Office applications.9. Separate tasks on virtual desktops Windows’ multitasking capability is still one of its greatest strengths, but it’s easy to get lost in a mass of open windows, with icons strewn across the Taskbar as you work in numerous different apps. Windows 10 builds virtual desktops into the operating system for the first time, allowing you to run separate desktops for different tasks. You might, for example, have one desktop dedicated to communications, with email, Skype and Slack running, with another desktop allowing you to focus exclusively on the document you’re writing in Word, with just an additional browser window open to aid research. Apps can be easily moved from one virtual desktop to another, and there’s an icon permanently in the Taskbar to let you switch between desktops with ease.10. Same system requirements as Windows 7 You will, of course, get the best Windows 10 experience on new hardware, but there’s nothing to stop you upgrading the other systems in your company at the same time, giving everyone in the business a uniform operating system environment and reducing support costs for the IT department.The system requirements for Windows 10 are fundamentally no more demanding than they were for Windows 7, meaning you should be able to easily upgrade any PC hardware bought within the past five years. Windows 10 requires nothing more than a 1GHz processor (or SoC), 1GB of RAM and 20GB of free hard disk space for the 64-bit version of the operating system. The minimum display resolution is 1,024 x 600 and the graphics need to be compatible with DirectX 9 or later.The rollout of a new operating system is, of course, the perfect time to perform a hardware refresh too, but it’s well worth considering moving the entire business to Windows 10 in a staggered fashion.[IT Pro]last_img read more

Kenya to Set Up 4 Innovation Hubs in Every Constituency

first_imgAdvertisement The government of Kenya is in the process of setting up constituency innovation hubs that will provide free internet connectivity at 1160 sites throughout the country.The development was revealed by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of ICT, Mr. Joe Mucheru in an opinion article published by Kenyan local press on January 25th.Mucheru said that members of Parliament will select up to four sites per constituency where these hubs will be located while the Constituencies Development Fund (CDF) Board will provide the financing for installations. – Advertisement – “The sites will have free Wi-Fi and the constituents will be able to use laptops or even smart phones to enjoy the internet services. For those that don’t have their own devices there will be forty tablets provided at every hub,” said Mucheru.The program is being implemented by the ministry of ICT and its partners, through the Ajira Digital initiative in a bid to make available digital opportunities to youth in all the constituencies to help them earn a decent living.Mucheru revealed that the aim will be to register 1,000 youth at every hub to form an initial team of the Ajira Digital initiative.[related-posts]“The young people will be introduced to various online platforms through which they can offer services to the public,” he added.According to Mucheru, the hubs will expose the youths to the world of online work and will form a key component for the implementation of government efforts in forging digital inclusivity across the country.last_img read more

SnapChat Is Reportedly Planning To Launch an Android Smartphone

first_imgImage Credit: TheVerge Advertisement Photo-sharing mobile service Snapchat is reportedly planning to launch an Android smartphone that will give consumers more control over the camera features.“A California-based marketing firm has unveiled a concept handset equipped with a 360-degree camera, buttons that let users scroll through filters and a one touch capture function for easy sharing,” Daily Mail reported.The device might also include a lock screen that allows users to easily swipe for Snapchat notifications and updates, messaging, and syncing with Spectacles. It may also pack Discover screen that combines GPS and maps, Snapchat Stories, and advertisements. – Advertisement – Earlier this year, Snap Inc., parent company Snapchat, has made its long-awaited initial public offering (IPO) filing public, seeking to raise up to $3 billion.Snapchat aims to derive most of its revenue from advertising where it will compete against Google, Facebook and Twitter.Snap Inc. has recently rolled out major changes in its app that will make it easier to navigate the app with a universal search bar that’s always accessible at the top of the app.Snapchat is also introducing “Our Story” – a new global live story that any user can contribute to at any time.Source: IANSlast_img read more

3 Ways to Stay Secure And Safe on Starbucks WiFi

first_imgTIANJIN, CHINA – 2018/01/08: Hand holding a coffee cup in a Starbucks coffee shop. Since January 1st, Starbucks took back the management rights of more than 1300 stores in East China from the agent’s hands, and has achieved 100% running and ownership in the mainland of China. The move is to speed up its expansion and development in China. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images) Advertisement Starbucks understood years ago that enticing remote and home-based workers to their stores with free Wi-Fi was good business. Many coffee-drinkers take advantage of this perk the company offers for many reasons. For the price of one or two cups of java, you can not only get free Wi-Fi, but free air conditioning.One woman, an expat in Mexico, did her freelance writing at the local Starbucks because they have a much faster and more reliable internet connection. (Proving once again that the famous coffee-shop can be found everywhere.) There was a second reason: her AirBNB did not include air conditioning.Unfortunately, many patrons don’t think about the dangers of using publicly-accessible Wi-Fi. According to cybersecurity experts at VPNpro.com, “Data protection might be the toughest battle of the 21st century.” To help you win that battle, we give you three ways to stay secure and safe on Starbucks Wi-Fi.#1 – Use VPN – Advertisement – If you’re going to work at Starbucks, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access their public Wi-Fi. The problem with Starbucks Wi-Fi is that the connection is unencrypted. This allows hackers an easy way worm their way into your internet session and your devices. A high-quality VPN from a trusted vendor encrypts that connection.There are many VPN vendors to choose from, but it matters which one you select. We strongly recommend paid VPN. Free is always tempting (heck, you’re in Starbucks for the free Wi-Fi), but free isn’t always better. Part with a few dollars for a more secure and robust VPN. To help you select a solid VPN vendor, VPNpro has tested and reviewed the best of the best. There are many other reasons to use a VPN, including the ability to surf the web anonymously. (Only you know why you might want to do that.)#2 – Virus and Malware ProtectionVPN and virus / malware protection go hand in hand. Those hackers can be sneaky. A high-quality VPN should keep them out, but you always want to use a multi-pronged approach to data protection. A virus, by the way, is actually a type of malware. The term “malware” describes any malicious code. A virus is nasty code written specifically to self-replicate.There are many different types of malware including spyware, worms, trojans, adware, ransomware, and more. Ransomware is a higher risk for businesses. If you’re a remote worker, your company may have a program specifically designed for ransomware. If you are using Starbucks or any public Wi-Fi, select antivirus / antimalware software that is robust from a high-quality vendor. Free software is available, and better than no protection, but we feel safer with a paid version. Your call.#3 – Turn on Your FirewallBoth MAC and Windows operating systems offer firewall protection. You need to go into your security settings to turn it on. A firewall is code that determines whether data should be allowed to come in or go out. It also can protect you from hacking. Hackers send out calls (known as “pings”) to random computers in hopes of getting a response. If they receive a response, they know that computer’s firewall is down. There are other software and hardware firewalls available, but the one that comes with your operating system is sufficient for most users.Bonus TipsIf you are using Starbucks as an office, you will likely be in the store for at least a couple of hours. Not too many people can sit for that long without having to get up. Maybe to use the bathroom or buy another muffin (or two). Don’t ask strangers to watch your laptop. Leave a note saying you’ll be right back. Drape a sweater you don’t mind losing over the chair. Then slip your laptop and any other devices into your backpack and take it with you.Prying eyes are everywhere. When you’re typing in a password or security code, cover the screen with your hand or lean over the keyword. Also, buy a security screen for your laptop and a camera cover. Neither are expensive and both offer added protection.Starbucks now requires an email address to use their Wi-Fi. We recommend having a separate email account for this and other companies who require it. Yes, you can opt out, but this way they won’t even know your personal or company email.Great Coffee and Wi-FiStarbucks is still a good alternative to a home office. It is in the top three for Wi-Fi speed and makes a mean cup of joe. (We’re also fans of their sandwiches and salads.) Our tips will keep you secure and safe on Starbucks’ Wi-Fi. We do recommend foregoing a free VPN and anti-virus software. The money you save on free air conditioning will more than pay for this important protection.last_img read more

3rd ODI

first_imgEngland can bounce back in the third ODI starting at 6am on Friday morning. They lost heavily last time due to an all familiar batting collapse after starting brightly with KP doing the damage early on. India’s batsmen only cut loose in their last ten overs. So if there were any positives to take from that match it has to be the fact that when England bat out their overs they are formidable. The bowlers have to be more restrictive this time as well. 13/10 looks a generous price for a team that’s not that far behind the hosts in terms of quality.Other good bets have to be to be the 7/2 available about Kevin Pietersen being the visitor’s top batsman. He has been in sterling form this winter and once he’s in he has to be the hardest batsman to bowl against in world cricket.India’s captain, MS Dhoni, was an injury scare for his home town game and all the firms have him at 5/1. Surely he’ll be up for this one and can play an imperious captain’s innings.last_img read more

Group F Countdown Conundrum

first_imgNapoli v ArsenalChampions League7.45pm, SKY[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t SHOULD be safe enough for Arsenal tonight in an incredibly tight Group F in the Champions League where there are a myriad of permutations.Napoli can still qualify for the last 16 but need a home win against Arsenal and then rely on Dortmund not beating Marseille. Alternatively, Napoli will advance if they beat Arsenal by a three-goal margin even if Dortmund beat MarseilleShould all three teams finish level on 12 points, the two qualifiers will be decided by the precise scorelines in the games between the three.See – it’s easy to work out the maths Arsene Wenger insists his side will play for victory and feels they may still be knocked out if they are below par, as he looks forward to another meeting with Napoli’s former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.Arsenal have made two changes following the 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Sunday. Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey drop to the bench with Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky coming in. Theo Walcott is again among the substitutes.As for a bet tonight ? The draw looks the most likely option for me.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)5 points DRAW at around 5/2 with Star SportsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Next Stop – Angola

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]The Star Family sends it’s luck and best wishes, to Harry Macadam, before his voyage, tomorrow, to Angola.Harry has acquired ‎a betting-licence (I’ll tell you how another time!), to set up Bungabet.com, and is leaving Blighty to make his fortune.In a world of enormous, faceless corporations, without one iota of class or character, here is an independent-bookmaker, a one-man-band, still risking all to make his mark on the game.Harry, you’ve been the best friend anyone could ever ask for. ‎Don’t look back now. And you make sure that you get your hands on every last penny you can. SET ‘EM ALIGHT, KID.In other news:[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or many years, myself and Harry, always said that our dream dinner, would be with, now Star mega-Punter, ‘The Dark Knight’. Well, about 5 or 6 years ago, I summoned up the courage to approach him, at his summer London abode, and I suppose that the rest is now history. But along with blagging him into betting with me, I also organised this dinner.‎ The DK parted with much wisdom, and we revelled in our moment of glory, talking about the evening, again and again, for months afterwards. One thing he said that night was ‘I back the man, not the deal’. Well, I suppose, Harry, you’re going to have to show us all now, that you are ‘The Man’. HAPPY MEMORIES.Over and out, B xlast_img read more