first_imgAn international committee of disabled human rights experts have delivered a series of withering attacks on the UK government over its failure to implement the UN disability convention.Following a two-day public examination of the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the committee said it was “deeply concerned” that the UK government still believed it was a “champion of human rights”.The committee’s chair, Theresia Degener (pictured), from Germany, told the UK government’s delegation that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”, which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.Stig Langvad, the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) member who is leading the UK examination, said the government had failed to demonstrate its commitment to the convention.He said the government had failed to answer many questions put to it by the committee over the two days, and that it had “become evident that the committee has a very different perception of how human rights should be understood and implemented” than the UK government.He called on the UK to develop a “concrete strategy which is sufficiently funded” to “fully acknowledge and implement the convention”.Langvad said the committee was “deeply concerned” about the government’s refusal to recognise the findings and recommendations of the committee’s earlier inquiry, which concluded last November that there had been “grave and systematic violations” of three key parts of the convention.He said: “We expect the state party to take the appropriate measures to address the recommendations of our inquiry report.”Langvad added: “I could provide a long list of examples where the state party doesn’t live up to the convention. Unfortunately, the time is too limited.”Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had earlier told the UK delegation: “I want to see you coming back as world leader, which at the moment I am afraid you’re not, but disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) from whom I draw inspiration are in fact the world leaders in your country.”Many representatives of DPOs – including Inclusion London, the Alliance for Inclusive Education, Disabled People Against Cuts, Equal Lives, Black Triangle, Disability Rights UK, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales – had travelled to Geneva for the public examination, and had provided detailed evidence to Pyaneandee and the committee members on the government’s failings.Karen Jochelson, the head of the Office for Disability Issues, who led the UK delegation, insisted that the UK was “determined to remain a global lead in disability issues”.She said that UK laws provided “a strong framework for ensuring and progressing the rights of disabled people” although there was “more still to be done in all aspects of society and life” to progressively realise the convention.At the start of the two-day examination, Jochelson had delivered a statement from the minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, in which she claimed that the UK had been “a global leader in driving forward disability rights and promoting inclusion” and that it could even be a “catalyst” to “help our international partners achieve more on this agenda”.A representative of the Department for Work and Pensions told the committee that the government “takes very seriously its duty to protect the most vulnerable people”, and added: “We stand by the reforms to the UK benefit system.”Jochelson ended by saying that it was “right that the UK is scrutinised carefully and we have welcomed this” and that this reflected Mordaunt’s pledge that the UK would “continue to progress disabled people’s rights and consult with disabled people on government policy and public services”.Two of the key issues that were raised several times by committee members were disabled people’s right to independent living and the treatment of people in secure mental health settings (see separate stories).Among other issues address by the committee were the discrimination faced by disabled people when accessing healthcare; the government’s plans to increase the number of disabled people in employment; and the disability pay gap.It also examined disabled people’s engagement in democracy; the fall in the number of disabled children in mainstream education and the failure to move towards a fully inclusive education system; parents with learning difficulties who have had their children taken away from them; and disabled people who have lost their benefits in the move from disability living allowance to personal independence payment.last_img read more

first_imgA disabled peer has told the House of Lords that plans for a major “restoration and renewal” of the Houses of Parliament must ensure a “step change” in the provision of disability access in a building that can be “extremely unwelcoming” to disabled people.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, president of the Liberal Democrats and a wheelchair-user herself, said the newly-restored palace “will have failed” if it was not “truly accessible” to all disabled people.She said that the building itself – and a “wider, unconscious cultural attitude” – can make the Houses of Parliament “extremely unwelcoming to disabled parliamentarians, staff and visitors”.Members of the House of Lords were discussing long-delayed plans to renovate the Palace of Westminster, which will eventually see MPs and peers move out and work in separate buildings nearby in Westminster – probably soon after 2025 – while a major programme of repairs takes place over a number of years.Last week, MPs voted to approve the plan, and this week peers agreed to this “full and timely decant” to nearby buildings while the work takes place, and that the renovation should ensure “full access for people with disabilities”.Problems include major fire risks, pipes and cables “decades past their lifespan”, and a “huge amount of asbestos” in the building – which is a royal palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – according to the Tory leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.Baroness Brinton (pictured) said that MPs and peers who use wheelchairs do not have the same “rights and experience” as their non-disabled colleagues.She said: “A parliamentarian in a wheelchair cannot sit with their party or group in either the Commons or the Lords.“Our Lords’ mobility bench behind the clerks in front of the cross benches, has three spaces, so when five or six of us want to speak we cannot stay in our place for the rest of the debate.“Worse, if the chamber is full, we cannot even manoeuvre around after speaking to let another colleague move in.“Even worse, the Commons does not even have a mobility bench.”She also pointed out that there was just one space for wheelchair-users in the Commons public gallery, and no wheelchair spaces for peers who want to observe proceedings in the Commons.She said that wheelchair-users often have to travel double the distance around the building, because most routes include steps, which means wheelchair-users often miss votes because there are so few lifts large enough for them to use.Baroness Brinton also revealed that wheelchair-users are not able to access parts of the corridors used by ministers in the House of Commons.She pointed out that there are no self-opening doors in the building, and that some of the accessible toilets are “too small, cluttered with bins, and the red alarm cords are often in the wrong place and tied up, which makes their use impossible”.She also said that many of the ramps in the building have “no wheelchair” signs placed on them because they are too steep for wheelchair-users to use.Another disabled peer, the former Conservative minister Lord Blencathra, said: “I could add a whole chapter of horrors and, indeed, humiliations about the difficulties of getting around this place in a wheelchair.” The Liberal Democrat disabled peer Lord Addington said: “We have to get on and do this because we have a duty of care to everybody who works here and to the building.”He said he believed that moving peers and MPs out of the building should take place sooner than 2025.The disabled Labour peer, Lord [David] Blunkett, said he was pleased that the motion they were debating “recognises the importance of accessibility for visitors with disabilities and special needs, although that is also true of those working in the Palace of Westminster and will be in the future”.Another Labour peer, Lord Carter of Coles, said access to the building for disabled people was “a disgrace and we should correct it”.He added: “We should create a building that represents our values and, more importantly, our aspirations.”Baroness Doocey, a Liberal Democrat, said the renovations should “go much further than the minimum standards” on access.She said: “We should make it as easy as possible for every member of the public, regardless of their disability, to come to parliament and, crucially, to feel happy and comfortable when they come here.”Labour’s Baroness Smith of Basildon, shadow leader of the Lords, added: “We have an opportunity to ensure that parliament abides by the laws that we pass but do not follow regarding disability.”A Conservative peer, Baroness Bloomfield, told the debate that, after touring the basement of the building last week, she was “amazed that health and safety regulations allow any of us to occupy any part of this estate at any time.“The threat of a catastrophic failure in this parliament reflects the hideous possibility that a fire within this building, which has the same ventilation construction as the Mackintosh building in Glasgow and the same risks that attach to that system, could indeed cause major damage, potential death and the destruction of historic art and documents on a quite grotesque scale.”Baroness Evans assured Baroness Brinton and other peers who had raised the need to address access issues that “a major element of the proposed works will include significantly improving disabled access in the palace, which does not currently meet modern standards”.And she said that Baroness Brinton had “rightly raised some important issues which need to be looked at”.last_img read more

first_img“That’s when the neighborhood needs it the most, during an earthquake,” Klemish said.Unlike the existing hospital, which was built in 1970  when safety requirements were very different, the new structure is collapse-proof during an earthquake and has built-in storage for vast quantities of water that can sustain operations at the hospital at full capacity for 72 hours. Back-up systems will keep the power running for 72 hours.The Cesar Chavez entry in its current state. Photo by Lola M. ChavezFuture Emergency Room. Photo by Lola M. ChavezEverything will  also be a bit roomier. “If you went into an older hospital, the operating rooms would be smaller,” Klemish said.Joint replacements, open heart surgery, and robotic equipment require space to move and work, he explained, which the new operating rooms can more easily accommodate.The new hospital is also shifting away from shared rooms for patients admitted for hospital stays. Each patient room is now individual, with its own sink, bathroom, and large window, many of them with a view.“The need for overnight stays has gone down as treatment improves,” Klemish said. Hence, more space to accommodate single rooms – which also give patients more peace and quiet.“Those staying in a hospital are really there because they need to recuperate,” he said.Workers at lunch. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPaul Klemish explains how things work. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe Emergency Department will also have a few updates – including a covered ambulance bay so no patient needs to be wheeled out of an ambulance through inclement weather. Imaging rooms are also nearby, unlike in other hospitals, to reduce travel times for patients who need x-rays and other imaging after they arrive in the emergency room. Over the course of the construction, workers have run into a very familiar San Francisco problem: Finding parking. HerreroBOLDT, the project builder, offers an incentive system for workers, in which they collect points each time they use public transportation to get to work and can trade those points for rewards like iPads or high-quality work boots. But the project also has a full-time parking manager who coordinates parking space leased in bulk from nearby facilities to keep workers from clashing with local residents over parking. The total cost of the project racks up to $550 million. Klemish said one of the focal points of the project for Herrero BOLDT was that as much of that money go to local workers and businesses as possible.The company’s goal is that 14 percent of the total construction revenue goes out to San Francisco based builders. 30 percent of the hours worked in the field, Klemish said, must be logged by San Francisco workers, most of them making almost $30 an hour, with electricians generally making closer to $50 an hour. “Usually if I’m in a larger group [of workers], I say, who was born at St. Luke’s? And usually I get at least one,” Klemish said.The view from the top of St. Luke’s. Photo by Lola M. ChavezCorrection: A previous version of this story stated that 70% of the field hours on the project are to be worked by SF residents. The goal is actually 30%. The story has been updated to reflect the correct information. Tags: construction • health care • St. Luke’s Hospital Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img A brand-new, earthquake-safe, 120-bed replacement for St. Luke’s Hospital on Valencia Street will be completed in 2018, open to patients by 2019, and its older version will be demolished sometime after 2020. That’s according to Dean Fryer, a spokesperson for the hospital, and Paul Klemish, HerreroBOLDT’s Director of Business & Risk Management, who is one of many leading construction efforts at the hospital. The lag time between the completion of construction and the official opening is due to a stocking and licensing period that can take around six months.The Cesar Chavez Street entryway as planned for the new St. Luke’s Hospital. Image courtesy HerreroBoldtThe main feature of the new hospital will be its resilience in crisis – it’s designed to continue functioning in case of a major earthquake or other disaster. last_img read more

first_img 0% Six days out of the week, Mo fills packs his car with TVs, chairs, hand sanitizer and video game accessories and takes to the streets to set up a streetside studio where anyone can play on ancient Nintendo video game consoles. He sets up his video game consoles and monitors on top of his Honda Accord wagon and opens up his gaming collection to anyone wanting to play. On the weekends he’s on 16th Street near Valencia and crowds gather for rounds of Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Duck Hunt and Punch-Out!!A San Francisco native, “Mo Gamin’” got the idea to share his gaming library after crowds would gather around his car while he played with his Nintendo Wii. They would ask for a turn, and eventually, he began adding more screens, more chairs and more games.He hopes to expand by adding a fleet of vehicles or by converting a bus into a mobile gaming center. For bookings, you can contact Mo Gamin’ at 415-571-1927. center_img Tags: 16th Street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgCHIEF Executive Mike Rush has expressed his thanks and gratitude following the Club’s League Leaders Shield win.Saints topped the pile after the regular season to not only secure the trophy but land a spot in the World Club series in 2015 also.“The Shield is the culmination of a season where Nathan Brown, his coaching staff and all the players have worked hard often in times of adversity. They came together as a team and deserve all the congratulations that come their way.“The Academy staff deserve equal thanks too after preparing several players for their first team debuts as well as reaching the semi finals of their playoffs.“I’d like to thank the Board of Directors and Eamonn McManus for their unwavering backing in not only supporting our fantastic youth development system but also for funding transfers in a difficult market that has seen us secure British based and overseas talent.“The staff behind the scenes should also be praised. They work long hours and do a lot of things that go un-noticed but are as equally as vital as what goes on on the pitch.“Finally, I’d like to personally thank the fans who have supported us through thick and thin this year.“At times it has been difficult but your support has been superb. This was none more so evident than on Friday when, under pressure and a man down, you roared the team to an almost famous win.”last_img read more

first_imgRyan Morgan returns in place of Jake Spedding in the only change from last week’s squad.Mark Percival is also named pending his disciplinary hearing at the RFL this evening.Justin Holbrook will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 28. Regan Grace, 36. Zeb Taia.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is TBC.Brian McDermott will choose his 17 from:1. Ashton Golding, 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 8. Keith Galloway, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. Adam Cuthbertson, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Stevie Ward, 14. Liam Sutcliffe, 16. Brad Singleton, 17. Mitch Garbutt, 20. Anthony Mullally, 23. Jack Ormondroyd, 24. Jordan Baldwinson, 25. Jordan Lilley, 31. Jack Walker.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgNumbers 10 to 12…10. Luke Maloney-Ward – Centre from Newton StormHe is sponsored by Legh Vale Primary School, The Tanning Company, Sunshare UK, Ransons Gardening and Colin Tunstall.Previous Number 10s: 2004 – Nick Manchester (Pilkington Recs) 2006 – Jamie Dickinson (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2009 – Josh Greaves (Pilkington Recs) 2011 – Jordan Heaton (Ince Rosebridge) 2013 – Matty Fleming (Bold Miners) 2015 – Robert Fairclough (Blackbrook Royals)11. Paul Nash – Hooker from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by Galavn Pets Assistance and Sutton St Anne’s.Previous Number 11s: 2004 – Louis Menguy (Leigh East) 2006 – Andrew Dixon (Crosfields & Blackbrook) 2009 – Scott Hale (Haydock Warriors) 2011 – Adam Hesketh (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2013 – Liam Forsyth (Bold Miners) 2015 – Christopher Follin (Thatto Heath Crusaders)12. Tom Nisbet – Winger from Newton StormHe is sponsored by Card Factory and Frameline.Previous Number 12s: 2004 – Dean McGilvray (Blackbrook) 2006 – Jamie Ellis (Chorley Panthers) 2009 – Jordan Hand (Bold Miners) 2011 – Corey Lee (Thatto Heath Crusaders & Portico Vine) 2013 – Lewis Hatton (Clock Face Miners) 2015 – Tom Nisbet (Portico Vine & Clock Face Miners)last_img read more

first_imgHe was one of the great characters of Rugby League and is perhaps best remembered for his amazing efforts to keep alive the Huyton club and its later reincarnations as Runcorn Highfield, Highfield and Prescot Panthers.The ball playing prop forward had few equals in the 1960s and 1970s.He played for Leigh in three separate spells and in total made 154 appearances for the club. In his career he played an incredible 559 games and also represented Lancashire County. His other clubs included Oldham, Wigan and Workington Town.The son of former Saints forward Bill, who played for his hometown club in the 1930s, Geoff took over the running of the family farm, Holme Farm which was situated just behind the Eddington End at Knowsley Road.As a result Geoff was often referred to as ‘Piggy’ Fletcher in Rugby League circles.Geoff played a starring role in the well known YTV documentary ‘Another Bloody Sunday’ in 1980 which focused on Doncaster’s struggles.The game against Geoff’s Huyton side at Tattersfield formed a cornerstone of the documentary with hitherto unknown access to the dressing rooms and behind the scenes as Doncaster tried to end a long losing run against fellow strugglers Huyton.Doncaster’s victory and the contribution of their prop forward, the late Tony Banham, was the highlight of the programme but Fletcher played a starring role as well with his passionate efforts to inspire his Huyton team. The documentary can still be viewed on YouTube and is required watching for any Rugby League fan.Geoff started his professional career at Leigh in the early 1960s after playing for Thatto Heath and Pilikngton Recs and winning county and international honours in the amateur game. Former Saints and GB captain Alan Prescott was the Leigh coach at the time and saw the potential in the teenager who, at 6ft 2 and 16 stone was already an imposing physical figure.Geoff made his debut against St Helens at Hilton Park in a Western Championship game in September 1962. Leigh had lost each of their opening seven games of the season but the game still attracted a crowd of 10,369 as Saints won 20-10.In August 1965, Geoff was transferred to Oldham where he played 111 games over the course of the next four seasons, playing for the Roughyeds in two losing Lancashire Cup Finals. He also missed out on a Great Britain cap as Oldham were involved in a cup replay and he chose to play for his club instead.He was then transferred to Wigan, making his debut against Blackpool in August 1969. During his time at Central Park he missed out on a Challenge Cup Final appearance due to a broken elbow, won a Lancashire Cup winner’s medal in 1971 and was a member of the Wigan side defeated by Saints in the 1971 Championship final. In all he made 140 appearances for Wigan.By the time he came back to Leigh for a second spell in August 1972 he was an experienced and durable forward whose skills were undiminished. He played a leading role in Leigh’s Floodlit Trophy success over Widnes later that year, Aussie Graeme Lawson’s try from Derek Clarke’s grubber kick securing a hard-fought 5-0 win at Central Park.His stay at Hilton Park this time was relatively brief and in November 1973 he went back to Wigan before returning to Leigh in January 1975. He played his final Leigh game against Castleford at Hilton Park in January 1977, nearly 15 years after his debut, having now combined his playing career with a stint as A team coach.From there he went to Workington Town for a short spell before joining Huyton as player-coach in August 1977. At Alt Park he quickly assumed all the major roles, as player-coach, groundsman and club official including a long stint as Chairman alongside a few other stalwarts who fought a long and ultimately unavailing battle to keep Rugby League alive on Merseyside.Huyton finally quit Alt Park in 1984, driven out by the vandals and spent several years at Canal Street Runcorn playing as Runcorn Highfield. They then became Highfield, playing at Houghton Road in St Helens, sharing with the town’s soccer team before the club’s long history (which had begun as Wigan Highfield who had entered the Rugby League in 1922) came to a close as Prescot Panthers at Hope Street. Throughout it all Geoff Fletcher was the driving force of the club, his spirit and love for the game indomitable.Geoff played 133 games for Huyton and its successors, his last in November 1985 when he had come out of retirement, over 23 years after his professional debut. He stayed with the club until Prescot Panthers’ demise after the 1997 season.Geoff’s dedication to the game was recognised by the Rugby League Writers Association and he won their inaugural merit award in 1981. Looking back on his career he described his greatest triumph as keeping Rugby League alive at Huyton. “I wouldn’t have changed them for the world,” he said. “I have been paid for doing something I love. I have enjoyed it very much and I still enjoy it.”Many thanks to Mike Latham at Leigh Centurions for the use of this obituary.last_img read more

first_img He says the driver fell from the SUV when attempting to drive the vehicle and attached trailer up the ramp.They think the driver may have experienced a medical emergency.The driver was treated by EMS but declined to be taken to the hospital.Related Article: Dolphin washes up along Holden Beach coastHolden Beach Police is investigating. (Photo: Coastline Rescue Squad) HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating after emergency responders say a vehicle was found submerged in a waterway in Holden Beach Thursday evening.Coastline Rescue Chief David Robinson says when crews got to the scene at Southshore Drive around 8 p.m., they found a Cadillac Escalade SUV fully submerged.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Huber was charged with several counts of animal cruelty, but the judge dismissed the case in April when veterinarians the state needed to testify were not available. The DA’s office refiled the charges.Skywatch Bird Rescue originally helped the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office seize the ducks. The organization was outside the courthouse Monday in protest.One of their representatives, Amelia Nash, gave a prepared statement to WWAY.Related Article: North Carolina officers remove hundreds of pets from home“We want to speak up for the animals that have been abused,” Nash said. “We want the courts and authorities to know that we oppose animal neglect, abuse and we want to see these crimes punished to the full extent.”Nash went on to say that the ducks needed proper vaccinations, shelter and nutrition, something Huber did not provide.Nash said the organization wants the judge to give a fair and fitting punishment to Huber for her alleged crimes.Huber’s case was continued until August 6. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County woman accused of hoarding ducks on her property appeared in court again Monday. A group of bird rescue activists were outside of the courthouse in protest.Investigators originally searched Cynthia Huber’s property on Watermill Way back in December. They found 153 ducks, dozens of which were allegedly disabled or injured.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img For now, they’ve moved their fire trucks and personnel to Invista, a nearby manufacturing plant.Hall says he hopes crews can return to the station by the end of the calendar year.“New Hanover County currently has an engineer and a designer working on the design to repair the building,” Hall said. “We hope to have all the specifications completed by probably around the first of August and then we’ll move into bid work.”Related Article: Pender Co. Schools looking for community input on make-up daysOfficials tell us the location they’re in now makes it possible for them to continue providing adequate fire protection coverage for the county’s northern fire district. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Nearly 10 months later, we’re still seeing the impact of Hurricane Florence. We have an update on New Hanover County Fire Station 12 thanks to a news tip from a viewer.If you drive by New Hanover County Fire Department Station 12 on US Highway 421, it appears abandoned. The fire station, which serves the county’s northern fire district, sustained lots of roof damage during Hurricane Florence. New Hanover County Fire Chief Donnie Hall says shortly, after the hurricane moved through the Cape Fear, portions of the roof blew off and crews had to evacuate.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgGozitan students told MEP candidate Alfred Sant that round about 1,000 students studying at the University of Malta originate from Gozo, and that this amounts roughly to a fifth of the total university population.Grupp Universitarju Għawdxin (GUG) representatives shared their concerns with the MEP candidate. Topics such as connectivity issues between the two islands, job opportunities in Gozo, increased accommodation expenses and the inefficient public transport from Ċirkewwa to University were on top of the students’ list.The Gozitan students acknowledged that there are job opportunities in Gozo related to the financial sector. In relation to the permanent link between Malta and Gozo, the student said that even though this might be successful, they would have already finished their studies by the time it would be finished.Alfred Sant from his end pledged that he will renew his focus on issues relating to Gozo and will also get EU funding that will help the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista and Opposition leader Adrian Delia questioned if government has a social conscience and how could see the elderly as a problem, telling them to hurry up and die. Speaking at the close of the party’s Extraordinary General Council on Sunday at the party headquarters, Delia thanked EPP spitzenkandidat Manfed Weber for finding the time to attend the EGM. He thanked also the EP election candidates for their speeches.The PN will fight for life, like it fought for liberty Delia said that the PN always believed in the abilities of the Maltese and this was reflected in the party’s struggle to achieve first the country’s independence from its colonial ruler and then its membership within the European Union, whilst the Partit Laburista has always hindered Malta’s position within the European Union.Delia said that it is the PN’s duty to will defend life from its conception until its end, especially when the PL believes in the right to choose before the right for life.Education Moving on, the PN leader also said that Malta does not have the necessary educational resources that are being used in other countries. He added that Maltese educators do not have the stamina to remain in their profession even though they love teaching, because of the restrictions they constantly face. Consequently, Malta is the topmost European country where students drop out of school. He said that the government is not interested in all this and is not even planning for the future and is instead importing workers from abroad that are ready to work in containers for €400 a month.Government has no social conscienceAdrian Delia stated that every time that the government announces surpluses in the economy it is deepening the anguish of all those that are suffering from the high cost of living that the current state of affairs have generated as well as all those who want to improve their education and themselves.Economy Delia stated that economic figures are only increasing because of an increase in the population. He also said that the government is not even trying to increase the possibilities of the middle class but is instead creating a wider gap with the upper crust, which is wallowing in its prosperity.GRECO Commission Adrian Delia also referred to the reports issued by the Venice and the GRECO Commissions and said that despite the government saying that it will implement the recommendations, it still appointed new magistrates and judges whilst undergoing constitutional reforms. Manfred WeberManfred Weber greeted the audience in Maltese with the phrase “Ħuti Maltin u Għawdxin” (my Maltese and Gozitan brethren). He also greeted and praised the work of his fellow MEPs Francis Zammt Dimech, Roberta Metsola and David Casa. He also said that Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia is contributing towards the future of Europe.Weber referred to his age (46) and how he is a first-generation EU citizen. He also mentions how the European Union was created as a means of expression towards continental unity.The EPP’s agendaThe EPP leader illustrated how the party’s main prerogative for the next EU parliament will be migration which he stressed is not just a southern European issue. He also talked about the need for concrete initiatives in the housing sector.Moving on to discuss commerce, he said that Europe is currently facing some difficulties because of Brexit and Donald Trump presiding over the United States.The EU Christian element Manfred Weber said that he feels proud to see a Christian church in the middle of every European city that he visits. He also added that it is important that Europeans feel proud of their faith and do not leave churches to just function as museums.Democracy and bureaucracyThe leader of the EPP ended his speech stating that Europe is a democracy and not a bureaucracy and should keep such a status quo. He said that egoism and nationalism within Europe are regaining momentum with politicians such as the French LePen, which we have to get rid of in order to keep Europe democratic. SharePrint WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement “We operate in five domains: air, land, sea, outer space and cyberspace,” says Dan Kuehl, a professor of information operations at the National Defence University in Washington. “An ever increasing amount of what we do has dependencies on cyberspace; a guy typing on a computer is one of the new faces of war,” Kuehl told Al Jazeera, stressing that he is not speaking for the US government or his elite military university.“A response to a cyber-incident or attack on the US would not necessarily be a cyber-response. All appropriate options would be on the table,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said recently.Tough talk and phishing trips – Advertisement – One US defence official told The Wall Street Journal newspaper: “If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks,” in rhetoric likely aimed at China. For its part, the Chinese government categorically denied any involvement in the cyber attacks, which Google reported to the US state department and media outlets last week.The reason for this sort of digital tough-talk is related to basic military strategy. “There is value in ambiguity,” Kuehl said. “You don’t want your adversary to think ‘I can go up to that red line but I can’t cross it’. You want them to think ‘I won’t do anything in the first place’,” for fear of old fashioned physical reprisal.Phishing attacks recently launched against Google’s mail service targeted the personal e-mail accounts of some senior US officials, along with Chinese journalists, human rights activists and South Korea’s government.These attacks are similar in form to the scam e-mails most people receive from, say, the widow of a Nigerian millionaire who asks the user to open a message so they can claim their $14m reward for being a nice person. Once the message is opened, the victim’s computer is compromised.“This was a pretty straight forward phishing attack, other than the more sophisticated social engineering where the e-mail seems to come from someone who you know,” says Richard Stiennon, the chief research analyst at IT-Harvest and author of Surviving Cyberwar, referring to recent actions against Gmail. “The Chinese have the early advantage in executing cyber warfare. If you have a large information gathering operation, knowing even the personal data of officials can be valuable,” he told Al Jazeera. If data is stolen from personal accounts it is likely dumped into massive data banks for processing, crossing referencing and analysis.WikiLeaks documents indicate that US diplomats are concerned about China’s government recruiting top hackers to launch cyber war campaigns.“There is a strong possibility the PRC [People’s Republic of China] is harvesting the talents of its private sector in order to bolster offensive and defensive computer network operations capabilities,” said a secret state department cable from June 2009.Tampering with logisticsSince 2002, cyber intruders, apparently from China, have exploited vulnerabilities in the Window’s operating system to steal login credentials in order to gain access to hundreds of US government and defence contractor systems, according to a 2008 cable.China, for its part, says it is ready for online conflict should it arise. “Of late, an internet tornado has swept across the world… massively impacting and shocking the globe. Behind all this lies the shadow of America,” said a recent article published in the Communist-Party controlled China Youth Daily newspaper, signed by Ye Zheng and Zhao Baoxian, who are scholars with the Academy of Military Sciences, a government linked think-tank.“Faced with this warm-up for an internet war, every nation and military can’t be passive but is making preparations to fight the internet war,” the article said.That attacks apparently came from China does not, onto itself, implicate the Chinese government. Internet or IP addresses which delineate where a computer is physically located can be compromised, allowing users in one country to take over a computer somewhere else to launch attacks.“How do you know where to strike back? You don’t,” says Bruce Schneier, a technology expert and author of several books who The Economist magazine describes as a “security guru”.“You don’t have nationality for cyber attacks, making retaliation hard,” he told Al Jazeera.But the nature of the Chinese state, where information is closely controlled, most corporations are linked to the Communist Party apparatus and dissidents are crushed, means the government likely had some knowledge of what was happening, Stiennon says.And, even if the Google attack was carried out by rogue hackers, American defence planners haven’t been taking any chances. One possible scenario involves a Chinese move to re-take Taiwan – an island which China views as a renegade – despite the US and UN considering it a sovereign country.“The Chinese have looked at their biggest potential military adversary, the US, and decided that their biggest weaknesses are that they are far away and dependent on computers,” says Kuehl from the defence university. He thinks likely Chinese strategies are twofold: The obvious “degrading enemy military apparatuses in the theatre of war” and “preventing the enemy from getting there”. Cyber attacks, targeting battle ship deployments and logistics, would play decisively in the latter.“The threat, from a military perspective, isn’t data denial, it is data manipulation,” Kuehl says. “What do you do when the data on your screen is wrong and air traffic controls, money, deployment orders and personnel have all been tampered with?”Misdirection and censorshipRegardless of China’s broader aims or involvement from the Chinese government in recent cyber mischief against Google, there is nothing new or impressive about recent cyber attacks, even though the international media has focused on them, Schneier says. “Millions of these kinds of attacks happen all the time,” he says. To him, recent phishing operations against Google are not even worthy of a blog post, as such events happen so frequently.Chris Palmer, the technology director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation advocacy group, thinks recent rhetoric about cyber war is a “smokescreen to limit freedom of speech on the internet”.“If I was being cynical, this campaign [about cyber security] is being launched by defence contractors to drum up a threat and get money from it,” Palmer told Al Jazeera.The US state department’s tough talk about physical reprisals is not the way to defend American infrastructure from attacks, he says. The solution is much simpler: Taking sensitive data off the internet entirely.Gaining access to military documents or networks controlling physical infrastructure like water treatment plants and nuclear facilities “should be like Mission Impossible, requiring a physical presence”. In the film, Tom Cruise has to sneak into a heavily guarded room to physically access a computer with secret information.In the 1980s and early 1990s, power plants, for example, ran on private networks where the censors would talk to the controllers, Palmer says. “Now things that are supposed to be private have become virtually private, going over the same lines as internet traffic.” As getting online became cheaper, and operating private networks became more costly and cumbersome compared to using the standard internet, companies began using the regular net.“Not being on the internet costs more for dollars and opportunity cost,” he says. “The design and the reality don’t match anymore, but the design was supposed to be private.” And this semi-public link to the broader net leaves vital systems potentially open to attack.While military contractors propose new products to defend against online threats, commercial cyber crime – where companies seek data on competitors and rivals try to steal industrial secrets – may be a bigger issue than fears of nation to nation conflicts spilling onto the internet.“The [US] defence department, just like everyone else, is struggling with the rapid rise of cyber threats,” says Richard Stiennon, the security analyst. “It is all new. They don’t have a basis in international law or jurisdictional avenues from which to build a cyber response.”And, the need for better international norms for governing cyber conflict is one of the few points of agreement between analysts. “The big thing here is that there is nothing magic about cyberspace,” Schneier says. “Everything that is true is still true when you put the word ‘cyber’ in front of it.”Some may say that international laws are often worth little more than the paper on which they are printed. And, sadly, the ability to exert force still determines the international pecking order. But, it may still be better to have an unenforceable framework for online conflict than none at all.As Bruce Schneier puts it, “I think a UN conference on cyber war would be a great thing to do”.Source: http://english.aljazeera.netlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement The once-booming tablet market has hit some turbulence, according to Times.Year-over-year shipments of tablets declined for the first time ever in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC. 76 million of the devices were shipped worldwide during the fourth quarter, down from about 79 million a year prior.The decline of Apple’s iPad has been well-documented: The device tumbled 18% in year-over-year unit sales during the fourth quarter and 4% for 2014 overall. But this isn’t just an Apple problem. Sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets fell a staggering 70% during the fourth quarter, from 5.8 million during that period in 2013 to 1.7 million in 2014. Samsung tablet sales also fell 18%, from 13.5 million to 11 million. – Advertisement – The shift away from tablets can likely be blamed in part on the growing size of smartphones: Owning a bigger smartphone means you might have less need for a tablet. Apple just had its most successful quarter ever largely thanks to blockbuster sales for its jumbo-sized iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. People also tend to hold on to their tablets longer than their phones, at least in the U.S., because tablets are generally not subsidized by wireless carriers.Despite recent trends, overall tablet shipments in 2014 did manage to grow slightly from 2013, climbing 4% from 220 million to 230 million. IDC projects that shipments will increase again in 2015 thanks to new devices running Windows 10 and the growing popularity of large tablets with screen sizes topping 10 inches.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Super Fast! Cool to the Touch! Memory for Miles! These are three aspects every smartphone owner wants. But the reality is batteries over heat, operating systems slow down, and run out of memory at the exact moment when your baby made the cutest face, and you absolutely must take a picture. Although one or more of these problems has happened to all of us, there are some simple steps you can take to make your life with your smartphone more predictable.Huawei Uganda offers you some tips on how to keep your smartphone as new in performance as when you bought it:Don’t expose your smartphone to extreme weatherBoth extreme heat and cold can damage a smart device. Leaving your smartphone in a car during extreme hot seasons can damage it. Smartphones should never be placed in a fridge or microwave. If your device does get exposed to water, the first thing you should do is shut it down and pull out the battery (if applicable).Always keep your smart phone fully charged – Advertisement – Customers will find that their Smartphones work best and last longer when kept fully charged. Avoid using a phone until it completely runs out of power because it damages a phone’s ability to hold a charge and affects its performance.Smartphones need to rest At least once a week, reboot that device or (even better) shut it down for 30 minutes or so. Doing this will ensure that caches are cleared and subsystems are properly restarted. Shutting down the device once a week will aid with the longevity of the RAM on the device and allow certain diagnostics to be run at boot.Don’t cramp up your phone memoryMonitor the space on your device regularly especially how much space the photos and videos are consuming.Close Unused Apps, Programs and ProcessesIf your smartphone starts to slow down, take the time to close a few of the background programs and apps that are not currently in useClear the browser cache memoryWhile all smartphones are capable of surfing the web, using the Internet for long periods of time can lead to a buildup of data in the phone’s active memory. When this happens, users should clear out their browser cache.Pocket dwellingAvoid placing your smart phones in the back pocket of clothing that has no spandex (or does not stretch) because that can risk breakage.VibrationsVibrations are great for notifying you about incoming calls or messages when you’re in meetings or other places where it’s necessary to keep the phone silent. In places where it doesn’t matter, it will be better for you to use your ringtone as notification if you want to keep your smartphones battery on longer.No Bluetooth, Wi-Fi if not in useEnergy is consumed whenever your smartphone searches for signals, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth etc. When the reception is poor, the phone will continue scanning to attain a good connection and this consumes battery. In case you are not using these signals, turn them off until you need to use them again.last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 13 AugustRACING2.10 Newton AbbotFull Day 9/2 > 9/42.50 SalisburyDarshini evens > 8/117.10 YarmouthBlighty 6/1 > 4/18.20 KemptonMuradif 9/4 > 11/8What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] know I always say this, but the betting-ring really does get SIGNIFICANTLY busier, every year, at Cheltenham and Royal Ascot. On both our Tattersalls and Rails pitches, bet-numbers have been well up, and we are delighted with business.Gold Cup Day has always been lucky for Star Sports, and I am looking forward, to working with the team, to finish off what has been a great week for the bookies.Life is good (WHEN YOU’RE WINNING!).In other news:Yesterday, during racing, I had a tap on my shoulder, from Jonathan McEvoy, a journalist; at the Daily Mail. My favourite Truth Speaker, Blog! It was fun being interviewed by Jonathan, and never mind the betting, I managed to get lots of good quotes in, for my fellow, cheeky Mail readers. A dream-come-true, to be able to tell them, that I too; am a Climate-Change Denier! THANK YOU, JONATHAN!!ONLINE LINK: CLICK HEREOver and out, B x ​last_img read more

first_imgHORSE RACING2.00 SouthwellHammer Gun 13/2 > 7/22.40 FakenhamOakidoaki 20/1 > 7/13.20 CatterickRaving Bonkers 11/2 > 7/23.30 SouthwellGnaad 9/2 > 9/4LIVE FOOTBALLCarabao Cup Quarter-Final19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event5/1 Leicester City 4/9 Man City 7/2 DRAWLa Liga20:30 Sky Sports Red Button13/8 Levante 19/10 Leganes 2/1 DRAW [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 19 December BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more