Month: July 2019

Disabled activists fear that the UN committee exam

first_imgDisabled activists fear that the UN committee examining the UK’s progress on implementing the disability rights convention may be ignoring links between the government’s welfare reforms and the deaths of benefit claimants.This week, the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) published its “list of issues”, the areas where it believes the UK government may have failed in its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The UK and devolved governments will now be expected to respond to the list, while disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) and other bodies, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, can also submit their responses to the committee.The list was published three weeks after DPOs came together to tell CRPD how they believed the UK government had been breaching the convention.One of the key areas that DPOs focused on during last month’s session in Geneva was the impact of benefit sanctions on disabled people and the links between welfare reforms and the deaths of disabled claimants.The committee was told how government ministers ignored a prevention of future deaths letter from a coroner in 2010 – following the death of Stephen Carré – which warned that other people with mental health conditions would die if they did not take action to improve the safety of the work capability assessment (WCA).But Iain Duncan Smith (pictured) ignored his legal duty to reply to the letter, and, when he appointed an independent expert, Professor Malcolm Harrington, to review the WCA, failed to show him the letter.Duncan Smith and his employment minister, Chris Grayling, announced that summer – against Harrington’s advice – that they were going to roll out the WCA the following spring to hundreds of thousands of existing claimants of incapacity benefit.As a result of that decision, the test’s flaws were not corrected, and many other people with mental health conditions lost their lives.But there has been concern this week that there is no explicit mention of this and other similar areas of concern, including the impact of imposing benefit sanctions on disabled people, in the committee’s list of issues.The committee does use the list to ask the government which measures it has taken to monitor the cumulative impact of its welfare reforms and tax policies, and to ensure that the WCA – which tests eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits – is “based on the human rights model of disability”.It also asks for information on measures taken “to address suicide rates among persons with disabilities, including in relation to disability-related discrimination”.But there is no explicit mention of concerns that welfare reforms have breached disabled people’s right to life, particularly through the use of benefit sanctions and the links between flaws in the WCA and the deaths of claimants.DPOs that gave evidence in Geneva have stressed that it is too early for a detailed response to the list of issues, but Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) said: “Although we cannot make any immediate response, this is an area of concern.”When asked whether the list included questions relating to links between the WCA and the deaths of claimants, a CRPD spokeswoman said: “On the issue of causation you have raised, it is for stakeholders which would like to submit written comments to the list of issues to substantiate their submissions.”When asked to clarify the meaning of this statement, the spokeswoman declined to comment further.The list of issues also asks the government to describe the policies, programmes and measures it will put in place to protect disabled people from being “negatively affected” by leaving the European Union.Elsewhere, the list appears likely to have covered many of the issues raised in “shadow reports” to the committee by DPOs and other organisations, including questions for the UK government on: discrimination and violence against disabled women; access to justice; involuntary detention; deaths in detention of people with mental health conditions; disability hate crime; the right to independent living; access to healthcare; workplace discrimination; poverty; participation in political and public life; and access to sporting events.On education, the committee asks for detailed statistics on the number of disabled pupils and students in the segregated and mainstream systems, and the steps the government has taken to ensure “mainstreamed inclusive education at all levels”.It also asks the UK government “when and how” it would withdraw its reservation against article 24 of the convention, which covers inclusive education.The last Labour government placed an “interpretive declaration” against article 24 when it ratified the convention in 2009, explaining that the UK believed the convention allowed it to continue to operate both mainstream and special schools.It also placed a “reservation” against article 24, reserving the right for disabled children to be educated outside their local community.Tara Flood, director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said: “The government has used as cover the reservation and interpretive declaration to increase levels of segregation.“It sounds as though [the committee] have picked that up, which we are delighted about.”She said it appeared that the committee had listened to ALLFIE and other DPOs on the issue of inclusive education.She said ALLFIE would now send the committee more information on the government’s plans to increase the number of grammar schools, which she said was “as clear an indication that a government is going to give that they are backing away from an education system that is inclusive”.The government will be examined on its UNCRPD progress in public in Geneva in August. 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TwoAlarm Fire Breaks Out on San Jose Ave in SF Mission

first_imgA two-alarm fire broke out today at 9:32 a.m. and burned two buildings on San Jose Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets in San Francisco’s Mission District. Some 21 residents were temporarily displaced, and students at Buena Vista Horace Mann a few blocks away were forced to evacuate. Fire in SF Mission now at corner of 24th and Valencia, firefighters on scene— Mission Local (@MLNow) April 22, 2016 0% By 10:08 a.m., the fire was contained, and by 10:22 it was under control. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries — a cut to the hand and a bloody nose — and no civilians were injured.The fire started at the back of the first floor of a three story, three-unit building 143-147 San Jose Ave. It then spread quickly to the third floor of that building and damaged the third floor of the building next door at 131-141 San Jose Ave., which is a three-story, six-unit building.Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Fire Department, said the units at 143-147 San Jose Ave. suffered extensive damage to the back and that just one third-floor unit in the building next door suffered serious damage.Baxter said he did not know how long the displaced would be out of their building, but that at least the 12 residents from 143-147 San Jose Ave. would be unable to immediately return to their units. Gas and electricity had been shut off to that building.The blaze is the second residential fire in the neighborhood in as many days – two multi-unit buildings were damaged on Thursday morning, displacing dozens at least temporarily.Elizabeth Gleninger, who lives in the bottom unit of 143 San Jose Ave., where the fire started, said she thought the fire started from the dryer in a back laundry room. The dryer had been running for about an hour before the fire started, and she heard loud noises from the back room.“And then all I saw were flames, bright orange, coming from that room, enveloping that room,” Gleninger said.Gleninger’s father and his girlfriend stay near the laundry room, she said. When a neighbor began knocking on her door to alert her to the fire, she rushed for her cat while her mother ran to evacuate her father and the father’s girlfriend.“It was an ‘Oh shit’ kind of moment,” she said. The family didn’t think to grab phones or other belongings — just people and pets. “It was just humans and cats, that was the the priority.”SFPD helping residents. Photo by Lola M. ChavezGleninger said she was only home that day because she had skipped school, and her mother had skipped work.“It was lucky me and my mom were there even though we weren’t supposed to be there,” she said. “Thank god that our neighbors came and alerted us.”Julissa Hernandez, Gleninger’s mother, said she had just gone into the kitchen to get something to eat when she heard crackling from the back of the unit. Then a neighbor knocked to warn about the fire.“I ran to the back, where he said there was a fire, and it was all in flames,” Hernandez said.Resident Julissa Hernandez (center) is comforted by her friend Raquel Andreatto (right) after Hernandez’s unit on San Jose Avenue suffered from the fire. Photo by Lou DematteisThe neighbor who had knocked on her door was Scott Montagnino, a resident of the second floor of the building next door, which was partially affected by the blaze.“I went out to my back deck, smelled the smoke, saw the smoke, then I ran to the building next door and started knocking on their doors,” Montagnino said.Montagnino and a neighbor from the burning building went down to the first floor unit where the fire appeared to have started. He said he emptied two extinguishers into the fire but that it was too big to subdue.Monk Wellington lives on the second floor of 143 San Jose Ave. and said he was in his front room when someone knocked on his door and asked if he knew about the fire.The back of 143-147 San Jose Ave. on Poplar Street. Photo by Lola M. Chavez.“We ran to the back of the building, where we have a patio area. I opened the door and smoke hit me. I couldn’t even see, it was too smoky,” Wellington said.The fire, he said, spread along the outside of the building to the third floor.Wellington’s roommate Kim Anderson said she is worried the back bedrooms of the unit are damaged. She said the building had not been well maintained recently and that she is not sure whether smoke detectors work.“This is what happens with all the fires. Where do we go?” Anderson said. “The reason I was living here so long is because the building is rent controlled.”Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Next door to the building where the fire began, Tom Boatman was evacuated from his unit in the rear of the building.“I’m worried,” he said. “I want to know what happened to my apartment. They haven’t told us when they’ll let us back in. My wall is next to the fire building – they may have had to chop in to it.”Jiro Corrales, a worker at the 76 gas station at 24th and Valencia, said workers there wasted no time evacuating. Corrales said he saw the fire start on some wood paneling near the back of the building’s first floor and then climb up.“I smelled a burning smell like gasoline, and then I saw it was big and I called 911,” Corrales said. Working in a gas station, Corrales said he didn’t need to be told twice to leave. “We didn’t wait for them to tell us to evacuate.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezGeorge Totah, who owns a liquor store at 24th and Valencia streets, said he jumped on the phone when he saw the fire.“I called the guy in the gas station to tell him there’s a fire behind his gas station,” Totah said. “Can you imagine? The last thing we need is a fire 20 feet away from a gas station.”One passerby told a reporter the smoke originally resembled fog climbing up the building.“I could feel the heat from here,” the passerby said, standing in front of Papalote Mexican Grill on 24th Street.Students being evacuated from Horace Mann. Photo by a community contributor, taken from her window. 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If Halloween reflects SFs psyche Trump is no longer funny

first_imgBut Belvedere is. Two older women, Carolyn and Erin, decorating their Victorian-style home, said they had bought “either 80 pounds, or $80” worth of candy. Most of their foot traffic came from as many as a thousand or more kids who paraded around the closed-off street in search of scares and surprises.Dressed as a giant candy corn, dentist Scott Levus, and his assistant, Kuljit Singh, handed out toothbrushes — a kind of business card for Park Smile on 9th Avenue. He would have plenty of business, as three separate music scenes on the four blocks of Belvedere carried kids from one cavity stop to the next. A light acoustic band played at one end of the street, a five-man mariachi band played in a garage and a minion-themed dance party was put on by the St. Anthony Foundation.Scott Levus, and his assistant, Kuljit Singh from Park Smile dress up as something different every Halloween. Photo by Nikka Singh.Moti Bycel, dressed in a T-shirt and baseball cap, dropped by for 10 minutes with his eight-month-old owl before leaving to catch the Dodgers-Astros game.At Dolores Park, the mood was less hectic. Brennan Kirk and Michael Striker were there from Ohio, looking for Halloween in San Francisco.“Honestly, we’re just walkin’ around,” said Kirk, bespectacled and in a red hoodie.A pair of officers chatted intermittently behind the statue of the Mexican priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.“It’s been calm,” said one. The other noted that the parties there happened over the weekend.  “I’m sure people are Halloweened out,” he said.As the sidewalk lamps flickered to life just in time for the encroaching darkness, a blonde incarnation of the devil crossed the lawn, flanked by two casually dressed mortals. A vampire posed for a photo before moving on.For Melody Kelly, Dolores Park was a brief stopping point on the way to some livelier destination. Fresh off a breakup, she had transformed into a “crazy ex-girlfriend” for the night: her nose splotched with black makeup, half her face and neck smeared with white, one of two pigtails dyed red and black.“I’m surprised, actually, that it’s this empty,” she said from a bench overlooking the entire park. Within minutes, she was off to dance at ConfiDance Fitness.A few blocks south on Fair Oaks — the Mission’s Belvedere — McGill Hort chased kids around with a bubble machine: “It makes all the kids really happy,” he said.Mary Joblin, dressed as Disney villain Cruella de Vil, has owned a house on Fair Oaks Street for 35 years and hasn’t missed a single Halloween.“[It’s] is a chance for everyone to be their fantasy. I’m nice every day; today is the day I get to be mean,” she said laughing.Standing on the busy corner of 23rd and Fair Oaks, Cesar Romero sold light wands and other paraphernalia for $5 a pop. “Business isn’t as good as I expected,” he said.At dusk in the Bayview, music blasted out from the Bayview Opera House for its annual Halloween party for kids, and the music spilled up and down Third Street as people hustled from work to home, grabbing snacks from the market before heading back to wait for trick-or-treaters.Four men on motorcycles paused at a red light. One stuck his arm out and snapped a selfie of himself and his friends, riding down 3rd Street in Bayview wearing masks.A fireman and a panda bear waddled up the street, crossing paths with another fireman, who was walking with his sister, an astronaut.At Palou Market, one block up from the Opera House, owner Ali called people in from the street. He happily handed out candy to all his customers — children and adults, with or without costumes. Men buying cigarettes broke out in smiles by the unexpected gift of free caramel M&M’s.A 10-year-old vampire wearing a marvel backpack was disappointed Ali didn’t have Skittles.“I love people — to talk to them,” Ali said, snacking on his own candy.At Fillmore, a local animal rights organization, the San Francisco SPCA, hosted their annual pet stroll with the Fillmore Merchants Association.“Who doesn’t like pets and kids and costumes?” Ron Benitez, 39, owner of Assembly Hall and President of the Fillmore Merchants Association said.Local celebrity LiLou, San Francisco Airport’s first ever therapy pig, made an appearance as a unicorn, posing politely for her fans. Photo by Mallory Newman.When the sun set, the Castro came to life. There were giant walking bananas, a woman dressed as bacon and one Barney. “I work at a non-profit, this is the only costume they had left,” explained the young man dressed as Barney.A Jack Sparrow, smelling of dangerous waters, told tales of his lost ship. In the Castro, pirates seem to be the costume of choice. “Love Shack, baby love shack,” spilled from The Edge Bar into the streets. Inside, the booty: $1 well drinks.Winners of the Halloween Pet Costume Contest at SF SPCA. From left to right: Victor Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Tinkerbell, Capatin Hook, Tick Tock the crocodile, Cruella de Vil with a dalmatian imposter, and from the hosting Fillmore Merchants Assoc., Executive Director Vas Kiniris President Ron Benitez, and Marketing Director Patti Mangan. Photo by Mallory Newman. Tags: Events • Halloween Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img JoeBill Muñoz wrote this post with contributions from the other reporters. In the weirdest city, on a weird holiday, San Francisco’s celebration of Halloween offered a barometer of pop culture and politics. Donald Trump masks, no longer funny, were nowhere to be found. A man dressed as Colin Kaepernick popped up at the corner of 18th and Valencia streets and then disappeared. Two trash bags emblazoned with 2017 floated towards Belvedere.Some traditions remained the same: On Belvedere in Cole Valley, thousands of kids and parents gathered at the family-friendly event. And in the Bayview and Mission, flocks of kids chased candy and cavities. Fillmore Street filled with humans dressed as animals and animals dressed as humans, and when the sky’s orange burn dimmed, the smell of marijuana perfumed the Castro and the party began.Some neighborhoods seemed unaware of the specialness of Oct. 31. At sunset in the Haight-Ashbury, once an oddball enclave of the city, only a handful of people on the street wore costumes. When asked why, one man shrugged, “maybe Haight Street isn’t that kind of thing anymore.”last_img read more

THE latest crop of Scholarship players have been r

first_imgTHE latest crop of Scholarship players have been rewarded with professional contracts as they make their next steps in the professional game.After a challenging year on Scholarship Dave Hewitt and Oliver Davies, who both represented England Youth this year, are joined by Adam Saunders, Ross McCauley, Tom Calland, Joe Ryan, Daniel Abram and Matthew Fleming, in signing a two-year deal.They will link up with the Club’s Academy as soon as their community club commitments are finished.“St.Helens R.F.C. commitment to locally produced talent continues with these latest signings,” Saints Acting Head Coach and Head of Youth Mike Rush said. “They have all demonstrated a great attitude, appetite and enthusiasm for learning, and these qualities combined with the obvious talent that they have, gives them every opportunity of fulfilling their sporting ambitions.”Derek Traynor Academy Head Coach added: “These players will link up with the Academy squad in pre-season ready for a massive challenge of playing under 19s rugby next year, and it’s one that they all meet with excitement.“Congratulations to the community clubs, coaches and schools that helped in their development and good luck to the players.”Dave Hewitt, Stand Off, Bold MinersAdam Saunders, Full Back, Thatto Heath CrusadersOliver Davies, Prop Forward, Orrell St JamesRoss McCauley, Prop Forward, Bold MinersTom Calland, Prop Forward, Widnes Moorfield, West Bank Bears and Widnes St MariesJoe Ryan, Loose Forward, Rylands and Bold MinersDaniel Abram, Scrum Half, Bold MinersMatthew Fleming, Centre, Bold Minerslast_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Sundays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Sunday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Widnes Vikings.Matty Fleming and Lewis Charnock come in for Luke Thompson and the injured Shannon McDonnell.Joe Greenwood (pictured) and Luke Walsh are also named following successful returns last week.Saints’ 17 will come from:3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Mark Percival, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 22. Matty Dawson, 25. Andre Savelio, 26. Lewis Charnock, 30. Matty Fleming.Denis Betts will choose his Widnes side from:1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Paddy Flynn, 4. Stefan Marsh, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Joe Mellor, 10. Manase Manuokafoa, 11. Danny Galea, 13. Hep Cahill, 14. Chris Dean, 15. Jack Owens, 16. Willie Isa, 17. Chris Clarkson, 21. Danny Craven, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 25. Alex Gerrard, 28. Matt Whitley, 33. Aaron Heremaia, 35. Gil Dudson.  The game kicks off at 4pm and the referee is Robert Hicks.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

His side beat the holders 2522 to set up a date w

first_imgHis side beat the holders 25-22 to set up a date with Catalans.“My overriding emotion is relief, I think that it a fair answer to give,” he said after the clash. “They kept on coming and you could see why they have won it for the last two years. We were ready to take control but never had it.“I have to give Hull a massive rap for the way they played. They stuck it to us and I was happy to come away with the win.“When they lost a few to the bin we panicked a bit and probably expected to put them away. I thought our game management struggled at times – particularly at the back end of the second half in the as we began trying kick well clear of a good opposition. We have to be a little more patient in that area.“On the flip side I am happy with how hard we worked to win. We only won by three but I didn’t feel too threatened on our own line at the end of the game. “We will learn a lot from that but I am just relieved as they are a good opposition. I thought we created a lot of things but didn’t convert as we might have done in recent weeks.“Regan Grace was outstanding; he had his best game for us today.”He continued: “We can now look forward to the semi final. It is a long way away though. Catalans are improving a lot and will have that time to gel further. Until then I am happy to still be alive in the comp and happy to be in the semi final.”Next up for Saints are Hull KR this coming Friday June 8 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Tickets for the game are now on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Wilmington to vote on contract with Live Nation to run North Waterfront

first_imgThe future site of the North Waterfront Park. (Photo: Madison Morgan/Reporter) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council is expected to award a contract to Live Nation to run events at the proposed North Waterfront Park.Under the 10-year contract, Live Nation will pay $200,000 rent each year and provide $700,000 for maintenance expenses. The city will also receive $2 per ticket sold and Live Nation will provide an initial investment of $2 million for equipment, fixtures and furnishings of the park’s performance venue.- Advertisement – City Council will discuss the contract at Tuesday’s meeting.The city says one of the top priorities identified by residents in the park master plan is a large performance venue.The city has already contracted with a nationally known landscape architecture firm to design the 6.6 acre park and a construction management firm has also been selected.Related Article: Florence clean-up nearing $25M for City of Wilmington aloneThe parks bond approved by voters in 2016 will fund the construction and development of the park.Design is underway. The park is expected to open in the fall of 2019.last_img read more

Navassa Police investigating armed home invasion

first_img Sgt. Scott Perez says a family was at home when two men with guns came inside.The men took money and a handbag.No one got hurt.Related Article: Police announce arrest in 1996 Wilmington rape caseIf you know anything, call the Navassa Police Department. Town of Navassa and Genx concerns (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — Navassa Police are investigating a home invasion and armed robbery.It happened just before 10:00 p.m. on Sunday at a home on Brooklyn Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

PHOTOS Bald Head Island close to welcoming residents back after storm

first_img Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) 1 of 12 Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Residents will soon be permitted to return to Bald Head Island nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence came ashore in southeastern North Carolina.Until now, the only people allowed on the island were those assisting with the recovery process.- Advertisement – Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Chris McCall, Village Manager for Bald Head Island, said some business owners have also been allowed on the island because they were considered “essential to the recovery process.”center_img Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) As of Thursday morning, power had been restored to more than 40 percent of the island and McCall said he hoped Duke Energy crews would be able to significantly boost that number by the end of the day.The good news is that no homes were a total loss on the island but many have minor storm damage.  At least six residents remained on the island during the height of the category 1 storm.Related Article: New Veterans Affairs Secretary visits center after Hurricane FlorenceMcCall said the primary reason why homeowners have not been allowed to return to the island is due to excessive flooding issues. Since the island is only accessible by golf carts, many of the roads were flooded and covered with vegetative debris.Even if residents had been allowed back onto the island immediately following the hurricane, McCall said they would not have had any means to get from one point to another.McCall said prior to the hurricane and every day since, he has sent out a personal email to residents updating them on recovery efforts to restore infrastructure throughout the island.On Wednesday, the mayor sent a message saying they were close to having the island open for residents to return and check out their property.By this weekend, McCall said he hopes to have the ferry service back in service and residents should be allowed to return home.“We’re so close and we want everyone to come back,” McCall said. Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery) Bald Head Island on September 18, 2018 post Florence. (Photo: Steve Montgomery)last_img read more

Britts Donuts in Carolina Beach reopens Friday for 2019 season

first_imgBritt’s Donuts (Photo: Instagram) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Hot, glazed, and gooey goodness! Who is ready for Britt’s Donuts in Carolina Beach to open for the season? Well, you don’t have to wait too much longer!The famous donut shop, located on the boardwalk, reopens for the 2019 season at 4:00 p.m. Friday. They will stay open 10:00 or until they run out of donuts.- Advertisement – Store officials say they will be open on weekends until Memorial Day weekend. Hours on Saturday are 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The shop will run on this same weekend schedule with the exception of Easter weekend at which time Britt’s will be open Easter Sun 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Mon 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or until donuts run out.The shop will be open 7 days a week starting the Memorial Day weekend.Related Article: ‘Rock star for a day’: New Orleans celebrates Mardi GrasHappy eating!last_img read more

Pizarro returns to Werder Bremen for one last time

first_imgClaudio Pizarro has decided to rejoin the Bundesliga side for a fourth time and is expected to retire at the club he first joined in 1999. The Peruvian, who is the highest-scoring foreign player in Bundesliga history with 192 goals in 446 matches, has signed a performance-related contract.Pizarro has also had two successful stints at Bayern Munich, a forgettable time at Chelsea and spent last season at Cologne were he scored 1 goal in 16 appearances. Despite being prolific in front of goal throughout most of his career, Pizarro was overlooked by Peru’s national coach for this year’s World Cup.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Xiaomi planing to launch a smartwatch to take on Apple Watch

first_imgAdvertisement Xiaomi, which is considered to be the Apple of China is working on its own smartwatch to take on the Apple Watch.The Chinese company will be partnering with Huami a company known for developing wearable tech products for its upcoming smartwatch that will feature a large dial to make pulse wave velocity identification possible.The watch will be able to read the heartbeat of the wearer and will act as a password for payments and other purposes. – Advertisement – However, the technology might be difficult to implement due to its high power consumption and light pollution.Huami’s CEO Huang Wang, is confident that his company’s engineers have been able to bypass these difficulties.Xiaomi’s smartwatch will be made with brushed metal similar to the one that is used on the HTC One M9The report also revealed that Huang talked about the upcoming Xiaomi Band 2 which is a fitness wearable from the company.He said that the upcoming wearable will feature a sporty and light design, and will be available in a multitude of colors.Via iPhone Hackslast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Cheltenham Open Day Two

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]remendously competitive Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham this afternoon with all 20 declared runners set to do battle over two and a half miles at 2.25pm.Despite the open nature of the race – it more often than not is won by a horse prominent in the market. Only one of the last eight winners has started at greater than 10/1.Martin Pipe enjoyed a virtual monopoly on this race from 1996 with an incredible 7 winners from 10 renewals and David Pipe gave the stable another winner in 2011 with Great Endeavour.Pipe’s main hope this year would appear to lie with Kings Palace who has Tom Scudamore onboard. The seven-year-old has won three of his four chase races (in small fields) and hasn’t been seen since disappointing here at the Festival when a well beaten sixth to Don Poli in th RSA Chase. He’s capable of running well fresh, but the stable current form is something of a concern.An each way option in the race for me is Cocktails At Dawn for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville. He made all to win at Chepstow last time out and comes here on a hat-trick having previously excelled at Sandown when jumping well and winning by 26 lengths. This will be much tougher but his sound jumping will count for plenty and at around 16/1 simply looks too big.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK COCKTAILS AT DAWN for 3 points each way at SP with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 126.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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Study Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduStudy: Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta Dams will not reduce flow of sand to Mississippi River Delta for centuriesHOUSTON — (April 20, 2014) — The wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta are slowly sinking and rapidly eroding, but new research from Rice University and the University of South Carolina has found the river’s supply of sand — the material engineers most need to rebuild the delta — will stay constant for centuries.The new study, which appears online this week in Nature Geoscience, is encouraging news for scientists and government officials who are working to shore up southeastern Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing wetlands. The delta sinks each year as its soil settles and becomes more compact. While floodwaters from the untamed Mississippi River formerly provided a steady supply of sediment to counteract this subsidence, engineers have fought for nearly a century to contain the floods, which threaten the lives and livelihood of millions. Flood-control measures have eliminated about half of the annual supply of sediment that flows downriver, but the new study finds that sand — they key ingredient for rebuilding marshlands — is still abundant.“It’s true that the total amount of sediment has diminished, but river sediment contains both fine-grained mud and course-grained sand, and our research found that upstream dam construction has not reduced the amount of sand in the lower Mississippi and won’t for at least 300-600 years,” said study lead author Jeffrey Nittrouer, assistant professor of Earth science at Rice University.Nittrouer and co-author Enrica Viparelli, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of South Carolina, analyzed sediment loads in the lower Mississippi and found that while the total amount of sediment — both sand and mud — has diminished, the amount of sand trapped by upstream dams is offset by “mining” of new sand downstream.“When clear water is released from the floodgates at upstream dams, it churns dormant sand that has long been deposited and carries it downriver,” Nittrouer said. “This ‘mining’ of ancient sand makes up for the sand that is trapped by upstream dams, and our numerical models suggest that the sand load in the lower Mississippi River channel will not decline for at least 300 years. Looking even further into the future, we found that 600 years from now, the lower Mississippi River’s sand sediment load will have declined by less than 20 percent from today’s levels.”Nittrouer, whose research focuses on the sediment transport, hydrology, basin evolution and stratigraphy of lowland river systems, has studied the Mississippi River for the past decade. His previous work included a 2012 study of the land-building processes that took place during the historic flooding of 2011. In one of the largest floodwater diversions of the past century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway, a 7,000-foot-wide “safety valve” that diverts floodwater directly to Lake Ponchatrain.Nittrouer and colleagues found that even though the 42-day diversion siphoned off less than 20 percent of the water flowing downriver, it diverted about 40 percent of the river’s sand load into Bonnet Carré. In analyzing how this occurred, Nittrouer and colleagues were able to show what factors the corps should consider in designing sediment diversion projects for wetlands replenishment.“Our previous work showed how large volumes of sand could be deposited in specific locations, and our latest research shows that significant volumes of sand will be available for land-building for several centuries,” Nittrouer said. “Each of these are important because studies at Wax Lake Delta and other sites have shown that sand — even though it makes up less than 20 percent of the overall river sediment load — is the key ingredient for land-building.”The research was funded by Rice University.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: These satellite images show a portion of the Mississippi River downstream of Memphis, Tenn., in August 2012 (top) and August 2011 (bottom). During the drought of 2012, record low-water levels revealed vast amounts of sand that are typically hidden below water. New research finds that the river’s supply of sand — the material engineers most need to rebuild the shrinking Mississippi Delta — will stay constant for centuries.CREDIT: Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/NASA Earth Observatory Rice University researcher Jeffrey Nittrouer on an exposed dune field in the Bonnet Carré spillway in Louisiana in July 2011. Nittrouer and colleagues found that about 40 percent of the sand being carried down the Mississippi River was diverted through the spillway during a flood diversion that year.CREDIT: J. Nittrouer/Rice UniversityA copy of the Nature Geosciences paper is available at: on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. AddThislast_img read more

NAFTA renegotiations in focus at Rices Baker Institute April 17

first_imgShare1MEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.eduJeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775NAFTA renegotiations in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute April 17HOUSTON – (April 12, 2018) – Karen Antebi, economic counselor for the Trade and North American Free Trade Agreement Office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 17 on the latest developments in the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations, including potential new provisions for the energy sector.A panel of experts will also provide perspectives from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico on the drivers of growing cross-border energy trade and investment within North America and how this could be enhanced or inhibited by the potential outcomes of the NAFTA negotiations.Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and Mexico Center as well as the Trade Leadership Coalition, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.Who: Featured speaker Karen Antebi, economic counselor, Trade and NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.Panelists Hector Castro Vizcarra, representative of Mexico’s Ministry of Energy, Embassy of Mexico in Washington; Aaron Annable, energy counselor, Embassy of Canada in Washington; Maryam Sabbaghian Brown, vice president of federal government affairs, Sempra Energy; and Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute.Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute, will serve as moderator.What: An event titled “NAFTA Negotiations and North American Energy Trade.”When: Tuesday, April 17, 9-11:30 a.m. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8:30.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.The public must RSVP for the event at A live webcast will be available at the event page.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

Business in Capitals Immersion Takes MBAAmerican Online Students to Brussels

first_img regions: Washington, DC About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini RelatedWhat Are The Best Washington DC Online MBA Programs?Modern business students have a multitude of options when it comes to MBA programs, including: on-campus full-time or part-time programs; evening or weekend courses for working professionals and accelerated programs for those who want to earn their MBA in condensed amount of time. But for those who prioritize online flexibility and…February 23, 2017In “Featured Home”Emory Goizueta Initiates Pilot Program to Enhance Global Immersion ExperienceGlobalization is a key feature of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. There’s an eye on international business throughout the university, coming in many forms. In lectures, students spend hours pouring over case studies from around the world. In addition, 17 percent of the current Class of 2021 are international students…June 27, 2018In “Atlanta”#1 Ranked IU Kelley Online MBA Undergoes Major Curriculum UpdateSponsored Content Already ranked #1 by the U.S. News & World Report, the IU Kelley Direct Online MBA has revamped its program for a more customizable experience. Now, their online program is even more robust while still offering the same flexibility and strengths that have made Kelley Direct a long-time business leader. As…June 12, 2019In “Chicago” Last month, a group of Kogod School of Business students took part in an academic and a cultural immersion to Brussels, Belgium. The study experience was the first official MBA@American international trip, bringing together 60 MBA candidates from across the country to explore the European business landscape.The Business in Capitals immersion, part of the online MBA@American program, offers students the chance to expand on their online studies and learn in an entirely new setting, lasting three to four days. Students are required to complete two immersions during their program.“The immersions are eye-opening opportunities because they get students out of their day-to-day lives,” Maureen Breslin, Director of Partner Facing Online Programs, said in a recent story. “They offer the opportunity to network with classmates, learn, and have cross-cultural experiences.” After a trip to European Parliament, the group visited MindGate, a business region located in Leuven, about 25 kilometers east of Brussels. There, students learned about different local and international organizations, and toured different businesses. Students met with company representatives and learned about the challenges they face.It wasn’t all work, no play in Belgium. Students still had time to visit local cultural sites and explore Brussels though walking tours, and visits to breweries and chocolate factories.Students on the trip agreed that the Brussels trip was an all-encompassing experience that exposed them to a foreign business landscape, and encouraged them to embrace new perspectives. “Seeing how other people are exploring business’ opportunities and challenges gets students thinking about the amazing opportunities out there,” Breslin said. “I can’t wait for what’s to come for our students.”The trip was part of Kogod’s Online MBA program. According to Kogod, the program is designed for domestic and global business professionals who want to start or advance their careers across the broad domain of business, including accounting, finance, marketing, international business and analytics, in preparation for a managerial career path.Upcoming international immersions sponsored by MBA@American include Mexico City (September 2017), Madrid (June 2018) and Seoul (September 2018).center_img “Business in Capitals” Immersion Takes MBA@American Online Students to Brussels Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

James Clapper US Intelligence Chief Resigns

first_img Share this article Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) James Clapper, US Intelligence Chief, Resigns By Epoch Newsroom November 17, 2016 Updated: November 17, 2016 Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a House committee on Thursday that he has submitted his resignation Wednesday night.“As required of all appointed Administration officials, DNI Clapper has signed a letter of resignation effective at noon on Jan 20, 2017,” the agency tweeted on Nov. 17.Clapper addressed the matter in Congress. The 75-year-old was expected to step aside since President-elect Donald Trump is expected to appoint his own officials.“(I) submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good,” he said, reported CNN. “I have 64 days left and I’d have a pretty hard time with my wife going past that,” Clapper told California Rep. Adam Schiff.As required of all appointed Administration officials, DNI Clapper has signed a letter of resignation effective at noon on Jan 20, 2017.— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) November 17, 2016All members of an outgoing administration have to submit a resignation at some point. Clapper, meanwhile, told the House intelligence committee on Thursday that Russia will probably continue to conduct information warfare against the U.S., according to The Associated Press. Clapper said the intelligence community has less insight into how Wikileaks obtained the emails.Related CoverageStand Up to Russia, Obama Advises TrumpHacked emails from Democratic Party officials were released by Wikileaks during the presidential campaign, revealing details embarrassing to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The intelligence director and the Department of Homeland Security said in October that based on the “scope and sensitivity” of the hacking efforts, only Russia’s “senior-most officials” could have authorized the hacking. Russia has denied involvement.Clapper presided over 17 different agencies, which includes the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).The Associated Press contributed to this report. US center_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Microsoft Vows to Keep MS Paint—Kind Of

first_img After an outpouring of support for Microsoft’s Paint feature on Monday, the company announced that it would no longer phase out program in its next update—at least not completely.MS Paint will still be available in the Microsoft app store for free, but it will no longer be part of the MS suite of products that comes installed on Microsoft devices.“If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans,” the company said on its blog. “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.”The company said in March that the program, which was first launched in 1985, has 100 million monthly users.MS paint will be replaced by Paint 3D, which was released last October, and will be the new artistic feature of the Microsoft 10 Creator’s Update, due out this fall.In addition to adding another dimension to the classic paint program, it allows digital artists to share their work with an online community. Paint 3D has similar tools as MS Paint, such as photo editing, line and curve tools, and a 2D pallette, Microsoft says, and it will continue to get new feature updates.The outpouring of support for Microsoft’s basic art program came after news spread on Monday that MS Paint had been put on a list of “deprecated” features that would not be actively developed and could eventually be phased out.People posted pictures of Paint-drawn gravestones, and “paint” was trending around the world on Twitter.While Microsoft said the program will remain as an app, it did not say whether it would be updated.Other programs Microsoft said were slated to be removed in its Creator’s Update were Outlook Express and its Reader app, which will be merged to be a part of its Edge Web browser.From  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussion Microsoft Vows to Keep MS Paint—Kind Of By NTD Television July 25, 2017 Updated: July 25, 2017center_img Microsoft Paint as seen on July 25, 2017. (Naeim Darzi/The Epoch Times) Share Tech last_img read more

McDonalds Salads Have Infected 507 Customers to Date

first_img Share this article US News An outbreak of cyclosporiasis caused by contaminated McDonald’s salads has sickened 507 customers since May.The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that the multi-state outbreak has affected people in 15 states, though the infected salads were apparently only sold in 11 states.At least 24 people have had to be hospitalized. There have been no reported fatalities.The latest numbers may be higher, according to the CDC. Cyclospora takes up to six weeks to mature and cause symptoms, so anyone infected after the second week of July may not have developed symptoms yet.Cyclospora is mainly transmitted through infected feces in food or water. It is unlikely for cyclospora to pass directly from one person to another, according to the CDC.Symptoms include watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, cramping, bloating, intestinal gas, nausea, and fatigue, according to the CDC. Some patients may start vomiting or develop low-grade fevers, but these are less common. File photo: A display for McDonald’s Asian Salad in a McDonald’s restaurant in Oakbrook, Illinois, on June 25 2006. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)McDonald’s Salads the Source of the IllnessThe Illinois Department of Health reported on July 12 that “The initial investigation indicates a link to consumption of McDonald’s salads produced for McDonald’s restaurants.”On the same day, McDonald’s Corporation posted this statement in Nation’s Restaurant News: “Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to voluntarily stop selling salads at impacted restaurants until we can switch to another lettuce-blend supplier.“We are in the process of removing existing salad blend from identified restaurants and distribution centers—which includes approximately 3,000 of our U.S. restaurants primarily located in the Midwest.”Unfortunately, these measures have not appeared to be sufficient.Business Insider reported that on July 27, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook told investors on a conference call, “All those restaurants have been fully replenished with a new supply and we continue to trade fully,” meaning salads were back on the menu.While investors may have been relieved, McDonald’s customers continued to fall ill.McDonald's Salads McDonald’s like this one in San Rafael California, may serve billions around the world, but as far as anyone knows, only Trevor Walker was served drugs in his drink. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)FDA Finds Probable SourceThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered that bags of Fresh Express vegetable mix containing carrots and romaine lettuce were contaminated with cyclospora on July 26.This salad mix was likely the source of at least some of the contaminated McDonald’s products. Earlier lots from the same source could have been involved at the beginning of the outbreak, but it is too late to be certain.Fresh Express, located in Streamwood, IL, sold some the contaminated product to Caito Foods LLC of Indianapolis, which used the vegetable mix in prepackaged salads and wraps that it shipped to various retailers.The contaminated salad mix bags were dated for expiration on July 19. The salads and wraps had expiration dates ranging from July 18–23.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert about the contaminated products, and published a complete list online.It is likely that all the contaminated salads have been discarded as they went past their expiration dates.Watch Next: A Mother Shares the Story of Her Son’s Heroin Overdose  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share McDonald’s Salads Have Infected 507 Customers to Date By Chris Jasurek August 25, 2018 Updated: August 25, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more