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Disabled people must push the government hard as i

first_imgDisabled people must push the government hard as it negotiates its withdrawal from the European Union (EU), because the terms of the Brexit deal are likely to have a significant impact on disability rights in the UK, according to a leading academic.Professor Anna Lawson, head of the Centre for Disability Studies and the new Disability Law Hub at the University of Leeds, said that a so-called “hard Brexit” – in which the UK withdraws from the EU single market as well as political union – was likely to damage the rights of disabled people in this country more than a deal that allowed the UK to stay in the EU single market.She told Disability Rights UK’s annual conference in north London that disabled people and their organisations would need to pressure the UK government to explain how it would fill the “disability gap” between the rights that are currently in place and those that will exist after Brexit.Lawson (pictured, speaking to the conference) said that a “soft” Brexit would mean the UK staying in the EU single market, and therefore benefiting from all the legal protections that offers, such as laws on assistance with public transport and non-discrimination.She said: “So many of the disability-related rights and policies conferred by EU law will continue to be binding on the UK if we remain part of the single market.”But leaving the single market would mean that disabled people would have to pressure the government to fill in more gaps in protection currently offered by EU membership, such as in procurement law, and disabled passengers’ rights when travelling on planes or ships.The EU has also agreed new laws on public sector website accessibility, and has proposed a new European Accessibility Act.Lawson said the benefits of the accessibility act could “trickle down” to disabled people in the UK even if there is a hard Brexit, because designers and manufacturers in the other countries in the single market would be bound by it.Leaving the single market would also mean the loss of freedom of movement, which would affect disabled people’s ability to recruit personal assistants from EU countries, and the recruitment of NHS staff.But Lawson said that even if there was a hard Brexit, the EU was likely to continue to influence disability rights in the UK, with campaigners able to use any EU legislative improvements as a bargaining tool domestically.She said: “The bigger question is what does the UK need to do to fill any disability gap that would open up.“There will be a much bigger gap if we leave the single market.”She also pointed to EU funding that has been awarded to disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), and added: “We need to make sure disabled people do not suffer because the funding isn’t available to DPOs [after Brexit].”She said it was important to ensure that any replacement funding from the UK government had the same requirements for accessibility and non-discrimination as EU funding.Lawson said it would be vital to assess which disability-related rights would be affected by Brexit, so disabled people know “what is at stake and what is the size of the gap”.She said Disability Rights UK was surveying disabled people, DPOs and voluntary organisations to ask them how much EU funding they have received and the kind of projects it has funded, in a bid to “use that to influence the UK in terms of what it needs to be thinking of in the coming years”.Lawson also appealed to DPOs to continue to be involved in dialogue and collaborations with other DPOs across Europe.She said: “This matters, because what happens at EU level is still going to be a really influential bargaining tool for us with the UK government.“If much stronger disability rights protections are developed at EU level, even after we have left, we can use that as bargaining tools with the UK government.”Lawson also warned that the government’s threat to quit the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and replace it with a British bill of rights – unconnected to Brexit – was “something we as disabled people would need to campaign very hard against”.last_img read more

Five userled organisations have secured £150000

first_imgFive user-led organisations have secured £150,000 for a research project that will set up what it is believed will be the UK’s first cooperatives for disabled people who receive care funding through personal budgets.The project, led by Cheshire Centre for Independent Living, aims to work with disabled people who receive personal care or personal health budgets and want control over their support but do not want to become a direct employer of their personal assistants (PAs).It is one of 10 schemes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that have been handed funds in the latest tranche of awards from the five-year, £5 million Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) research programme.Cheshire CIL (pictured) and its partners aim to set up two or three small user-controlled cooperatives in the north-west of England, each of which would act as a PA agency, pooling the skills and experiences of a small number of disabled people, and spreading the costs of employing PAs between them.The hope is that each co-operative will begin with up to half a dozen disabled people pooling their resources and together employing a small team of PAs, with the PAs and the disabled people all being members of the co-operative.The first co-operative is likely to start operating within the next six months.The other four disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) involved in the project are Breakthrough UK, Disability Equality North West, Disability Association Carlisle and Eden, and Merseyside Disability Federation.Tom Hendrie, head of policy and communications at Cheshire CIL, said the five DPOs, which cover Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and Lancashire, had worked closely together for many years and were “really excited” about the new project.He said: “The more control that is in the hands of disabled people the better.“This falls between the model of lots of individual employers and the traditional model of an agency that is not run by people who use the services.“More and more people are getting packages that are too small to employ someone.“People may be getting only the equivalent of a couple of hours a week so they can’t find someone to employ directly and they are obliged to go to an agency.“This is an attempt to bring together all those little packages and retain the kind of control that people would have if they employed people directly.”He added: “If a PA goes off sick or on holiday at the moment it is quite hard to find a replacement without going to one of the traditional agencies.”A co-operative model is likely to be particularly useful, he said, because of the social care funding crisis, with many disabled people who have been PA employers for many years now struggling with smaller care packages.And because the co-operatives will be non-profit, costs should be lower.Hendrie said the consortium would like to hear from other DPOs interested in setting up similar schemes.DRILL has also announced nine other recipients of funding this week.In England, The Alliance for Inclusive Education has secured £40,000 to lead a project to examine the impact of accessibility plans – introduced under the Equality Act 2010 – on inclusive education, and the possible gaps between what is set out in law and the practice of schools and other education providers.The hope is that the research will explain a reported increase in requests for disabled pupils and students to transfer into special rather than mainstream education.Black and minority ethnic people living with sickle cell disease (SCD) will lead the advisory group on a two-year research project, led by De Montfort University, to examine the “barriers and enablers to employment” facing people with SCD, with £100,000 DRILL funding.The self-advocacy organisation My Life My Choice will co-produce a research project with the National Development Team for Inclusion, with £40,000 funding, looking at the barriers faced by people with learning difficulties in developing and sustaining sexual relationships.And the Shaping Our Lives network of service-users, together with the University of Worcester and the Foster Care Co-operative, will work with four fostering agencies over two years to examine how to challenge the barriers that prevent disabled people from becoming foster carers, while co-producing a toolkit and detailed guidance, with £140,000 DRILL funding.Carmarthenshire People First, in Wales, will work with My Life My Choice and People First Dorset, the Welsh community interest company Barod – which grew out of the Welsh People First movement – and Social Firms Wales to examine how to support self-advocacy organisations, and individuals with learning difficulties, to generate income and employment, through £150,000 of DRILL funding.In Scotland, DRILL has provided £82,000 to fund a project that will seek to improve the design and “findability” of accessible toilets when travelling, which will be co-produced by the Scottish Alumni group of people with dementia and led by the Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia.DRILL is also providing £150,000 funding for each of three projects in Northern Ireland.Disabled researchers will work on a project, led by the Mental Health Foundation, to co-produce a physical activity programme for people with mental health conditions.A two-year project, led by the British Deaf Association, will investigate the barriers to the justice system faced by deaf people in Northern Ireland.And Positive Futures will lead a two-year project to secure the right support within the criminal justice system for people with learning difficulties who have been victims of sexual violence.DRILL is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and delivered by Disability Rights UK, Disability Action (in Northern Ireland), Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales.It is believed to be the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people, and should eventually fund about 40 pieces of research and pilot projects.The 10 grants were approved by DRILL’s central research committee, which is chaired by Professor Tom Shakespeare, who said: “I welcome this next batch of timely, targeted, transformative projects funded by DRILL. “From developing new social care models to improving access to the justice system for people who are deaf, these projects address some of the key barriers which affect disabled people’s ability to live independently across the UK.”last_img read more

The aviation regulator is being forced to change g

first_imgThe aviation regulator is being forced to change guidance that appears to discriminate against many disabled people who want to take their assistance dogs with them on commercial flights.Guidance issued through a safety notice by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) states that assistance dogs must have had their training, behaviour, health and welfare “endorsed” by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) or the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.But CIEH insists that it has no remit to endorse assistance dogs and says it has repeatedly asked CAA to remove this reference from the safety notice.Now, following concerns raised by disabled campaigner Mark Lucas, CAA has said the guidance is likely to be withdrawn.Lucas, from Stoke-on-Trent, had sent a letter warning CAA that he believes the guidance was discriminating against him as a disabled person.He says the guidance has made it harder for him to persuade airlines to allow his assistance dog Betty (pictured) – who he has trained himself – to accompany him on flights from the UK.He has been told by CIEH: “We have written on numerous occasions to CAA asking them to remove all references to us from their safety notices but they have never responded.”Betty assists Lucas with his mental health – reducing the stress that can cause an epileptic seizure – but because she has not been trained by an organisation that is a member of Assistance Dogs International or the International Guide Dog Federation, airlines refuse to allow Betty to accompany him on flights from the UK as an assistance dog.He believes airlines and CAA are doing everything they can to prevent dogs like Betty being treated as assistance dogs.He argues that only a tiny percentage of the disabled people who could benefit from assistance dogs have animals trained by the big charities like Guide Dogs.But Lucas and other owners of assistance dogs can now point to guidance published in December by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which aims to help businesses understand their duties to owners of assistance dogs under the Equality Act 2010.The guide states that assistance dogs “can also be owner trained” and says that the law “does not require the dog to wear a harness or jacket to identify it as an assistance dog”.Lucas believes that this guidance means “the time is up” on the discrimination he and others are facing and shows that owner-trained dogs can be treated as assistance dogs under the Equality Act.He said: “The way they have interpreted the act means the Equality Act is on my side.”But even if CAA removes the discriminatory guidance, Lucas believes he will only persuade the industry to change its rules by taking a court case against an airline.Other campaigners are also pushing for change.Esme Brenton, founder of Sherlock Hounds Assistance Dogs (SHAD), which works with owner-trained assistance dogs, said: “I would like to see a change in the attitude the airline industry have towards assistance dogs in general.”She added: “As long as the dog is under control, does not cause any issues in public and provides a direct benefit to their handler’s disabilities they should be able to accompany their handler.”Like Lucas, she believes the problems lie within the airline industry in the UK, rather than in other European countries, where assistance dogs like Betty are accepted.She said: “After talking to a few people it appears that the issue lies within the UK. “Although expensive, some would rather travel by other means to Europe to then get a flight from Europe to their desired destination. “There is also no problem getting back into the UK when boarding from other countries.“Sadly this can lead to people coming to this country for a holiday and when trying to go back they can find themselves stranded in the UK.”Although SHAD runs its own assessment scheme for owner-trained assistance dogs, Brenton believes that all dogs should be accepted as assistance dogs “as long as the dog is under control and does not cause any issues to the public and provides a direct benefit to their handler’s disabilities”.She said: “I don’t agree [with] ‘one size fits all’. This way of thinking simply puts barriers up. “While organisations like mine work for some, it doesn’t for others. Everyone should be given a choice of how to train. “The only difficulty comes from a small minority of people abusing the system.”She added: “A great deal of disabled people benefit a great deal from having an assistance dog.“Sadly, the numbers of those in need outweigh the limited resources and spaces [available from] the main organisations such as Guide Dogs and all those under the umbrella of Assistance Dogs UK. “This leaves many having to take on the challenge and commitment of training their own dog.”A CAA spokesman said the safety notice was “currently under review and will likely be withdrawn soon. We will be contacting [CIEH] directly to discuss.”last_img read more

Progressive mayoral hopefuls rumble for SFs Mission

first_imghtmltext Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address Email Format “I want a mayor for the people, not for money,” he said – a leader that looks out for working-class businesses and residents like him. For more than two decades – and, in fact, as long as District 9 has existed in its current form – the Mission has voted for progressive supervisors, starting with Tom Ammiano, and, later, David Campos and Hillary Ronen. “For progressives, the Mission has always been Ground Zero for the changes that are making San Francisco unaffordable for working-class and low-income people,” said Campos, now the chair of the Democratic County Central Committee. “So it’s not surprising that two leading progressive candidates have decided to focus on the Mission,” he added. Earlier this month, Kim opened her campaign office smack-dab in the middle of the neighborhood, on Mission Street between 22nd and 23rd. Meanwhile, Leno has set up shop in the Castro, his old stomping grounds, where he served as District 8 Supervisor from 1998 to 2002 before running for Assembly. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen has endorsed both candidates. A Chamber of Commerce-commissioned poll taken in late January shows Leno and Kim in a virtual tie for second place, with 16 percent of voters saying they would pick Leno first, and 15 percent saying they would pick Kim. Meanwhile, District 5 Supervisor London Breed, painted by progressives to be an incarnation of monied interests, led the poll at 33 percent. Given the few London Breed signs in the Mission, it appears she has left Mission voters to Kim and Leno.  Jon Golinger, Kim’s campaign manager, is clear why they’re in the Mission. “In this race in particular, we (wanted) to be in the beating heart of San Francisco, particularly where there’s a lot of unhappy, fed-up, fired-up activists and people who are ready to do something to save our city.” He noted also that it was also important that the office was accessible by foot and public transit.  What’s more, Golinger said that of the 182,192 San Franciscans who voted for Kim during her run for State Senate – in which she very narrowly lost to Scott Wiener, a moderate, by 8,426 votes – many of the votes were cast by people who live in and around the Mission. The Mission District is shaping up to be a battleground for the two leading progressive mayoral candidates, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and former State Senator Mark Leno, as they try to edge out the more moderate London Breed, president of the Board of Supervisors. Take a stroll down Mission or 24th streets, and it’s not hard to notice the campaign signs of both candidates placed in the windows of older mom-and-pop restaurants and bodegas.  Kim “will make sure the people have more equality,” said Ok Kim, the owner of Jim’s Restaurant on Mission, which had a Jane Kim (no relation) sign in its window. Alex Suen, who has run a small shop near 16th and Mission street for 27 years, had a Mark Leno sign in his window. He added that he still hadn’t made up his mind who to support, but he was clear on one thing:center_img Indeed, Kim brought in 14,330 votes in the Mission, compared to Wiener’s 10,052, according to city data. In the greater District 9 – which includes the Mission, Bernal Heights and Portola – Kim captured 19,186 votes to Wiener’s 13,730. However, while the Mission can be considered a key to securing progressive votes – and perhaps serve as a litmus for how other progressive-leaning districts might swing – the neighborhood’s voter turnout is considerably lower than more residential areas, such as the Richmond and Sunset, which reported 31,322 and 34,353 votes, respectively, during the Nov. 8, 2016, election. By comparison, 26,353 ballots were cast in the Mission. Nonetheless, Kim’s early-childhood-education ballot measure, which would increase a tax on commercial landlords to 3.5 percent to fund childhood programs for low-income families, could play well in the neighborhood. According to the Department of Public Health, District 9’s under-18 population was 16.1 percent in 2017 – among the highest in the city. Kim also authored renter-friendly Eviction Protections 2.0, which passed in 2015, and she supported the unsuccessful, progressive-backed Mission housing moratorium. On a recent Thursday evening at a home in Bernal Heights, Kim talked about the ballot measure, along with other issues, including housing and homelessness, with a small group of residents of the neighborhood.“Running as a progressive candidate, one of the hard things I’m gonna have to prove is whether I can run a city,” she told the group, promising to double the number of street cleaners and public restrooms if she became mayor.She was also quick to note that a majority of San Francisco’s new housing stock was built in her district. Some 60 percent of San Francisco’s new housing was built in District 6 from 2007 to 2016, according to Planning Department data. Kim assumed her post in 2011. Jose Muniz, who has lived in Bernal Heights since 1975, seemed sold. “She’s clear on the issues,” he said. “I haven’t seen any other candidate be as clear about what they want to do and what they’ve done.” But Leno might also fare well in the Mission. During his 2008 run for California’s 3rd Senate District, the neighborhood cast 21,238 ballots in his favor. He ran against Sashi McEntee, a Republican, who won a mere 1,630 votes. “I’m focused on running a strong grassroots campaign across District 9,” Leno said in a statement to Mission Local. He said his campaign is going door-to-door in the area, and he is talking to as many voters as he can about his plans for the city’s homeless crisis and his plans to build 50,000 affordable units in the city “that will impact the many thousands in the Mission still at risk of displacement.”  “The support for our campaign has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “And having the support of Supervisor Hillary Ronen has given our campaign a major boost to get that message out.”Furthermore, Leno could simply outspend Kim. In early February, his campaign announced that it would soon surpass the $500,000 mark, while Kim’s campaign said the supervisor had raised more than $100,000. In the end, however, the Mission votes may not be enough to put any candidate on top. Leno is clearly focused on District 8, which includes Noe Valley, where 89 percent of voters turned out in November 2016. Moreover, the swing districts are in the west side of the city – Districts 1, 4, 5, and 7 – which have a high percentage of Asian voters, whose support is largely split.  Districts 1 and 7 voted in progressive Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Norman Yee, respectively. And Districts 4 and 5 favored moderates Katy Tang and London Breed, respectively.    The Mission is nonetheless up for grabs for the two progressive candidates. Suen, the merchant on 16th and Mission, pointed to the Leno sign in his window, explaining that he had no attachment to the candidate. “I can take the sign down right now,” he said.   Tags: Elections • Jane Kim • Mayor • mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img read more

SAINTS cruised to a 300 win over London Broncos a

first_imgSAINTS cruised to a 30-0 win over London Broncos at Langtree Park to all but cement their place in the top four.Paul Wellens and Mark Flanagan both grabbed braces as Mike Rush’s men ended the regular season home campaign on a high.Saints led 10-0 after a dour first half thanks to tries from Tony Puletua and Flanagan.But they upped the ante in the second with Flanagan netting his second after Jonny Lomax chipped through before  Wellens added another to his impressive total.The full back then clocked his 23rd of the year before Anthony Laffranchi scored right on the hooter.Continuity was the name of the game as Saints made only two changes from the team that beat Castleford – Jon Wilkin and Josh Jones both returning from injury whilst Chris Flannery and Michael Shenton missed out.Ade Gardner making his comeback in the under 20s competition.Saints got off to the greatest possible start when Tony Puletua took a ball at pace to crash under the posts.Lomax goaled then London almost snatched one back when Luke Dorn put one up to the air – Wellens excellently quelling the danger.On 17 minutes Kieran Dixon put the Broncos is a great position as he took a tap on his 20 after a Saints error and scooted 60 metres.From there, the visitors were awarded a penalty but they failed to play the ball correctly.James Roby sent Jonny Lomax away on 25 minutes but he was hauled in before Lance Hohaia – who really put himself about in defence and attack – sent a ball over to Francis Meli that he just couldn’t take in.But there were too many penalties from either side for the game to build up any momentum before Saints finally profited from one.This time Lomax flew at the line and drew defenders all around him before slipping out a nice pass to Mark Flanagan.In the second half, a great break from Francis Meli had him ankle tapped as he just looked to put distance between himself and the defence.But Saints were soon on the board when Lomax’ innocuous kick had Flanagan in for his second.Paul Wellens then grabbed his 22nd of the season as he showed the strength of a prop forward to burrow over from close range.Lomax missing both conversion attempts.Paul Wellens notched his second on the hour mark after Puletua’s great inside ball, goaled by Wheeler.The game was effectively over as a contest by then and although both sides had pressure it was only Saints that realistically looked like scoring.And they did just that on the hooter; Lomax feeding Anthony Laffranchi under the posts.A massive point’s swing now on the final weekend of regular fixtures is the only way Saints would be denied a top four finish.And that would be a superb position after being shackled out of the playoff places earlier in the season.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Puletua, Flanagan (2), Wellens (2), LaffranchiGoals: Lomax (1 from 4), Wheeler (2 from 2)Broncos:Tries: Goals:Penalties:Saints: 11Broncos: 12HT: 10-0FT: 30-0REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 13262Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 17. Gary Wheeler, 26. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andy Dixon.Broncos:5. Michael Robertson; 21. Kieran Dixon, 3. Jamie O’Callaghan, 4. David Howell, 23. Omari Caro; 1. Luke Dorn, 7. Craig Gower; 8. Antonio Kaufusi, 9. Chad Randall, 30. Scott Wheeldon, 31. Will Lovell, 13. Tony Clubb, 22. Ben Bolger.Subs: 10. Mark Bryant, 14. Julien Rinaldi, 18. Olsi Krasniqi, 32. Mike McMeeken.last_img read more

SAINTS Chairman Eamonn McManus has issued the foll

first_imgSAINTS Chairman Eamonn McManus has issued the following statement following the recent Travis Burns incident and injury at Hull KR.The Travis Burns incident and injury at Hull KR has frustrated me greatly and raises critical issues for the game which cannot be ignored or suppressed any longer. In the immediate aftermath of the Grand Final, I did publicly state that the combined inconsistency of officiating on the pitch and the irreconcilability of disciplinary decisions off it had created an environment capable of exploitation, innocent or otherwise.Only a month ago Kyle Amor was banned for two games (probably correctly) for an accidental dangerous tackle which neither hurt nor injured anyone. How can you reconcile this with no sending off and a one match ban for a late shoulder to the head (which by definition must be deliberate) by a prop which breaks a half back’s cheekbone?Conversely, Alex Walmsley was sent off and also banned for a late high tackle, but with no use of the shoulder, against Huddersfield last season. There are too many similarly irreconcilable examples to use, but such an exercise is probably futile.This is not a complaint that St.Helens are being mistreated in particular, but a serious concern about the very foundations of the game, its players’ welfare and its business. An environment of confused rule application on the pitch, compounded by inconsistent disciplinary sanction off it, will inevitably lead to unnecessary serious player injury as well as a disillusioned fan base. In addition to obvious player welfare concerns there is, equally importantly, a consequent commercial ill effect for the entire game as well as for individual clubs.There is no point in making strong commercial progress, which the game recently has, if it is to be undermined by inconsistent officiating and disciplinary. The RFL and Super League have made great commercial progress in recent times, for which they are to be congratulated. However, this makes it all the more imperative that effective action is taken so as not to neutralise this.I can see no signs of progress since I raised what I considered to be a major alarm bell on this situation after last year’s Grand Final.last_img read more

OF all Saints new signings for 2016 Dominique Pey

first_imgOF all Saints’ new signings for 2016 Dominique Peyroux is probably the least known.That’s not his fault… Theo Fages and Lama Tasi played for Salford in the Super League whilst Jack Owens was top points scorer for Widnes in two of the last three seasons.Dom signed on a two-year contract from New Zealand Warriors and can play in a multitude of positions.He’s also appeared for the Cook Islands in the World Cup as well as Samoa – the latter under the tutelage of Sean Long.“I’m pleased to be here,” he said. “I was persuaded to join the club by Mike Rush and some of the other players who have been here. They said it was a great club to be a part of. Catalans were interested in me too but Zeb Taia spoke really highly of St Helens as did Sia Soliola.“I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s great to be part of such a good club and I’m looking forward to pulling the jersey on.“I will play anywhere I’m asked to really. I was always a utility forward with the Warriors and had to adapt and learn a different role wherever I played.“I’ve spoken to Keiron (Cunningham) and the coaching staff and they are looking to play me at centre and in the second row. A lot will depend on how pre-season goes and the trial games.”Dominique has made more than 50 senior appearances but the game he is most looking forward to in Super League is the derby.“I heard it is like State of Origin in terms of intensity,” he continued. “There was a bit of banter between me and Sam Tomkins at the Warriors about it and the fact we could be running at each other.“I’ve watched it on the TV; the atmosphere is something you want to be a part of and I’m looking forward to getting the chance.”Saints’ pre-season campaign will see them host Dewsbury (Jan 17) and Widnes (Jan 24) before they open Super League XXI at home to Huddersfield on February 5.Tickets for the pre-season clashes are now on sale as well as Memberships for the 2016 season.Dominique is also available for sponsorship in 2016 by contacting Neil Douglas or calling him on 01744 455 080.last_img read more

Aaron Smith comes into the side for Ryan Morgan in

first_imgAaron Smith comes into the side for Ryan Morgan in the only change from last week’s squad.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello.Steve McNamara will choose his Dragons side from:1. David Mead, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 6. Samisoni Langi, 8. Rémi Casty, 10. Sam Moa, 13. Greg Bird, 14. Julian Bousquet, 15. Mikael Simon, 16. Vincent Duport, 17. Jason Baitieri, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 22. Lucas Albert, 24. Alrix Da Costa, 31. Tony Gigot, 32. Mickael Goudemand, 33. Josh Drinkwater, 34. Kenny Edwards.The referee for the clash is Liam Moore.Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Pet Pals 1yearold Rhodesian Ridgeback Labrador Retriever

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for an energetic four-legged friend to add to your family, this guy could be the one for you!He’s a 1-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback Labrador Retriever mix with a beautiful tan coat.- Advertisement – He’s described as a free spirit, intelligent, independent, confident and clever. He’s also internally motivated, meaning that his good behaviors are self-reinforced.If you think he could be the perfect pup for you, head over to New Hanover County Animal Services to meet him.County residents can adopt for just $70.Related Article: Pet Pals: 1-year-old strong-willed dog looking for a homeAdoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.To see other animals available for adoption, click here.last_img read more

Buy a Mission BBQ cup money donated to first responders

first_img00:00 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — How’d you like some barbecue and help out first responders at the same time? Sounds good, right?Mission BBQ in Wilmington is joining with 69 other locations around the country to sell Hometown Hero cups.- Advertisement – Money raised will go to local fire, police, and first responder charities.All you have to do is swing by their location on College Road through September 11.$2 from each cup purchased will be donated to local organizations.last_img read more

Engineering Board halves number of MCAST topup ECTS CoE utterly dismayed

first_imgDamaging to public trustWhile supporting the CoE on its concerns over the Engineering Board’s decision, University Engineering Students’ Association also says that the lack of transparency or consultation and even ‘refusal by the relevant authorities to recognize and address the serious concerns of students, graduates and warrant-holders alike risks damaging society’s trust in the engineering profession.’They stress that there needs to be a broad consultation along with transparent and harmonious courses between UoM and MCAST.Read their full reaction here: Consultation meetingCoE says that it will be carrying out an Extraordinary General Meeting which will be open to engineers, graduate engineers and students to discuss their views on the future.WhatsApp The Chamber of Engineers has expressed its deep concerns at a sudden change of tack by the Engineering board on the number of MCAST credits through bridging studies.CoE explains that in the time between March 25th and April 25th, the Engineering Board says that it halved the number of briding study credits needed by previous MCAST graduates from 60 ECTS to 30 ECTS at level 6.The CoE says that this runs contrary to what was, ‘negotiated and agreed upon during numerous past meetings that the CoE has had with the new Engineering Board.’The intention of the bridging credits were to harmonise the Level 5 and 6 MCAST course with the University of Malta and its 240ECTS credits at level 6.The CoE explains this reduction to 30 ECTS will result in 150 ECTS credits at level 6 which is not the full 240 ECTS credits.As a result, the halving will have an impact on current and previous Engineer students at Honours level with the University of Malta, MCAST students carrying out 240 ECTS credits at level 6 and all of the current warrant holders from UoM’s B.Eng.(Hons.) course.Read their full reaction here:DiscrepaniesConcerns about the granting of warrants were raised in regard to the entry requirements and the differences on the levels of Maths and Physics between the UoM and MCAST courses.While University of Malta requires students to have a Grade C or better in these two areas, MCAST was more lenient with a combination of grades.University students demand transparency on Engineering WarrantKSU and UESA called for greater equality on the standards of engineering qualifications in both courses.‘As long as there is equality in standards between the engineering courses in both institutions, any engineering student in either institution should have the right to sit for an interview and be granted the warrant,’ their joint statement in September 2018 read.Following a meeting between the two bodies and the Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Minister Ian Borg, and Education and Employment Minister Evarist Bartolo, MCAST students would be able to obtain their warrant after rectifying aspects of the existing course, as well as offering a development programme to students who have already graduated.Goes against agreementKSU has weighed in on the recent news saying that the actions by the Engineering Board is going against what was agreed in talks between the KSU, UESA, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects and the Engineering Board in September 2018.For now, the UoM course remains the ‘benchmark of what constitutes an engineering degree and when considering the ECTS arithmetic, the MCAST solution for past graduates does not satisfy this standard.’They say that there needs to be a widespread consultation on the way forward.Read their full reaction here: SharePrintcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Emirates offers special Dubai holiday packages for this season

first_imgAdvertisement Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, is offering special packages to Dubai starting as low as USD 625 per person inclusive of ticket, 3 days accommodation and hotel transfers.‘Hello Dubai’ allows a traveler to explore this multi-faceted tourist destination which has something to offer every type of traveler. With flights on Emirates, packages are tailored to include a full range of hotels in the city, in the desert or on the beach and also include other services such as meet-and-assist in Dubai, hotel airport transfers, buffet breakfast, taxes and service charges, amongst others.“Emirates is giving Ugandans a rewarding opportunity to enjoy Dubai hassle free in the comfort of the best hotels, quick airport transfers and experience our excellent on board service all in one offer”, said Khalid Alzarouni, Emirates Country Manager.From iconic hotels such the Burj Al Arab and Armani Hotel to a wide range of three star and four star hotel packages, visitors to Dubai can avail of a variety of attractive holiday offers. – Advertisement – Known as a city of contrasts – from futuristic architecture to vibrant traditional culture and diversity, Dubai is a place that caters to all types of travel. Offering everything a visitor could dream of – views from the world’s tallest tower, shopping at some of the largest malls in the region or dining options which will spoil anyone for choice – a trip to Dubai is a must for families, friends and individuals. Book your travel today and say ‘hello’ to Dubai.Dubai-based Emirates is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, and has received more than 500 international awards for excellence. Emirates flies to 133 destinations in 77 countries on state-of-the-art aircraft where passengers can experience Emirates award-winning inflight service and inflight entertainment system, ice. Emirates currently operates 7 weekly flights from Entebbe to Dubai.Please contact Emirates Holidays for bookings and information, contact your travel agent and ask for Emirates Holidays or call 25641 7710444 or visit us at Emirates, Kimathi Avenue, opposite Christ the king church Kampala.last_img read more

Kaspersky Uncovers The Mask the Most Advanced Global Cyberespionage Operations

first_imgAdvertisement Today Kaspersky Lab’s security research team announced the discovery of “The Mask” (aka Careto), an advanced Spanish-language speaking threat actor that has been involved in global cyber-espionage operations since at least 2007.What makes The Mask special is the complexity of the toolset used by the attackers. This includes an extremely sophisticated malware, a rootkit, a bootkit, Mac OS X and Linux versions and possibly versions for Android and iOS (iPad/iPhone).The primary targets are government institutions, diplomatic offices and embassies, energy, oil and gas companies, research organizations and activists. Victims of this targeted attack have been found in 31 countries around the world – from the Middle East and Europe to Africa and the Americas. – Advertisement – The main objective of the attackers is to gather sensitive data from the infected systems. These include office documents, but also various encryption keys, VPN configurations, SSH keys (serving as a means of identifying a user to an SSH server) and RDP files (used by the Remote Desktop Client to automatically open a connection to the reserved computer).“Several reasons make us believe this could be a nation-state sponsored campaign. First of all, we observed a very high degree of professionalism in the operational procedures of the group behind this attack. From infrastructure management, shutdown of the operation, avoiding curious eyes through access rules and using wiping instead of deletion of log files. These combine to put this APT ahead of Duqu in terms of sophistication, making it one of the most advanced threats at the moment,” said Costin Raiu, Director of the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) at Kaspersky Lab. “This level of operational security is not normal for cyber-criminal groups.”Kaspersky Lab researchers initially became aware of Careto last year when they observed attempts to exploit a vulnerability in the company’s products which was fixed five years ago.The exploit provided the malware the capability to avoid detection. Of course, this situation raised their interest and this is how the investigation started.For the victims, an infection with Careto can be disastrous. Careto intercepts all communication channels and collects the most vital information from the victim’s machine. Detection is extremely difficult because of stealth rootkit capabilities, built-in functionalities and additional cyber-espionage modules.Main findings:The authors appear to be native in the Spanish language which has been observed very rarely in APT attacks.The campaign was active for at least five years until January 2014 (some Careto samples were compiled in 2007). During the course of Kaspersky Lab’s investigations, the command-and-control (C&C) servers were shut down.We counted over 380 unique victims between 1000+ IPs. Infections have been observed in: Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.The complexity and universality of the toolset used by the attackers makes this cyber-espionage operation very special. This includes leveraging high-end exploits, an extremely sophisticated piece of malware, a rootkit, a bootkit, Mac OS X and Linux versions and possibly versions for Android and iPad/iPhone (iOS). The Mask also used a customized attack against Kaspersky Lab’s products.Among the attack’s vectors, at least one Adobe Flash Player exploit (CVE-2012-0773) was used. It was designed for Flash Player versions prior to 10.3 and 11.2. This exploit was originally discovered by VUPEN and was used in 2012 to escape the Google Chrome sandbox to win the CanSecWest Pwn2Own contest.Infection Methods & FunctionalityAccording to Kaspersky Lab’s analysis report, The Mask campaign relies on spear-phishing e-mails with links to a malicious website.The malicious website contains a number of exploits designed to infect the visitor, depending on system configuration. Upon successful infection, the malicious website redirects the user to the benign website referenced in the e-mail, which can be a YouTube movie or a news portal.It’s important to note the exploit websites do not automatically infect visitors; instead, the attackers host the exploits at specific folders on the website, which are not directly referenced anywhere, except in malicious e-mails. Sometimes, the attackers use subdomains on the exploit websites, to make them seem more real.These subdomains simulate subsections of the main newspapers in Spain plus some international ones for instance, “The Guardian” and “Washington Post”.The malware intercepts all the communication channels and collects the most vital information from the infected system. Detection is extremely difficult because of stealth rootkit capabilities.Careto is a highly modular system; it supports plugins and configuration files, which allow it to perform a large number of functions. In addition to built-in functionalities, the operators of Careto could upload additional modules that could perform any malicious task.Kaspersky Lab’s products detect and remove all known versions of The Mask/Careto malware.To read the full report with a detailed description of the malicious tools and stats, together with indicators of compromise, see Securelist. A complete FAQ is also available here.last_img read more

Applications now open for the 2015 Anzisha Prize 75000 to be won

first_imgAdvertisement The 5th Anzisha Prize application phase is now open, and the search is on to find Africa’s youngest, most exciting social and business entrepreneurs under 22 years of age.Africa is the world’s youngest continent, with over 600m people under the age of 25. The Anzisha Prize is a growing social impact program entirely focused on accelerating the entry of millions of young Africans into viable and exciting entrepreneurship opportunities within high growth economic sectors.The impact and success of the program to date has encouraged co-hosts African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation to extend their collaboration for a further 5 years. – Advertisement – The Anzish Prize will be a feature of the entrepreneur landscape in Africa until 2020, and aggresively expand its activities to not only encourage young entrepreneurs, but strengthen and celebrate the ecosystem of organisations that develop young African entrepreneurial talent in this age group.They call it the #AnzishaEffect, and it is the power of stories about the very youngest entrepreneurs among us to encourage others to follow in their footsteps. Africa needs strong, innovative entrepreneurial young leaders to create jobs, solve problems and drive our economies. Our continent’s future will be determined by entrepreneurial leaders across all sectors.“We have already seen the #AnzishaEffect at work through the inspirational stories and leadership of Anzisha Fellows like Laetitia Mukungu, Andrew Mupuya and Thato Kgatlhanye. They are now globally recognized and celebrated role models,” says Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation. “We’re excited about expanding our support of the Anzisha Prize so that many more young entrepreneurs in Africa can make a lasting impact in their communities and countries.”Each year, 12 finalists win a two-week trip to South Africa for a learning experience of a lifetime at African Leadership Academy, and share over $75,000 USD in cash funding.At a Gala Dinner, the grand prize winner is announced and recieves $25,000 with which to grow their business. From 2015, Anzisha Fellows will be actively supported through the recently launched Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit (YES-U), based at African Leadership Academy, which is a collaboration with leading business incubators on the continent. Mentorship, consulting services, community gatherings and travel opportunities will now define the fellow experience as they grow their business ventures. New programs will be announced soon that focus on and invest into other areas of the youth entrepreneur value chain.Applications close on April 15th, 2015, and nominations are encouraged. The Anzisha Prize is one of the most accessible and inclusive pan-African opportunities for youth from any background.Application forms and information are available in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic, and the Anzisha Prize Tour team will visit key hubs and engage local media in every region. There are also over 25 country partner organisations who are available to assist applicants in countries where the tour does not reach. Both paper and electronic applications are accepted.“There are few programs with the reach and potential of the Anzisha Prize that are so focused on this age group,” comments Josh Adler, Director for the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership at African Leadership Academy, and Manager of the Anzisha program, “This year, we will see the various parts of the ecosystem we’ve been investing into since 2010 begin to really work together for the benefit of Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs, wherever they may be!”last_img read more

Apple Watch Has A Replaceable Battery

first_imgAdvertisement The Apple Watch got its grand unveiling yesterday. You can read our round-up of details from Apple’s event here. But as tech watchers chewed over the price-tag for the latest luxury gizmo to be born in Cupertino talk turned to obsolescence.The Apple Watch starts at $349 for the sports watch and rises to a cool $17,000 for top-of-the-luxury-line 18-karat gold Edition. But who wants to shell out thousands for an add-on electronic device that’s likely going to be obsolete in two years?Well, when it comes to the battery at least, owners of Apple Watch will be able to extend its lifespan. An Apple spokesman confirmed to TechCrunch the “battery is replaceable”. Albeit, it’s not clear how much it will cost to send in your wearable to Apple to get it returned with a new cell in place. – Advertisement – The other potential obsolescence issue relates to the processor. It’s not clear whether Apple will offer any kind of CPU and/or RAM upgrade to existing owners. At the time of writing Apple had not responded to our request for clarification. We’ll update this post with any additional details. (Given the varying price-points, it’s possible Apple might offer certain types of internal upgrades to owners of only the more premium Apple Watches — who’ve shelled out the most in the first place.)Even so, battery longevity is arguably more of a pressing issue, given that the power demands for such a lightweight wearable are constrained by usage limitations. The use-cases Apple is sketching are mostly about allowing the owner to reduce their exposure to digital noise via curated notifications and selective communications.How much more processing clout you need to power that is up for debate, especially given that the Watch requires its wearers also own an iPhone pocket computer — which they likely will continue to upgrade, per carrier cycles.The fitness angle for Apple’s wearable is probably going to be the most power thirsty use-case, based on utilizing more sensor tech, so it’s likely no accident the sports watch version is the cheapest — and thus the least painful to upgrade entirely. Buyers of the $17,000 watch clearly aren’t going to be interested in sweating all over their luxury tech.One thing is amply clear: the daily battery life of the Watch will be a pain-point. Apple is claiming it will be good for “all-day mixed usage” — albeit that boils down to just “90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours”.If you’re using the Watch for a workout with the heart rate sensor turned on usage drops to up to seven hours. Music playback squeezes its battery life to up to 6.5 hours. And taking phone calls will limit usage to up to three hours.If you’re happy just using your expensive smartwatch as a timepiece the battery can apparently last up to two days — which still sounds laughably brief to anyone who wears a non-smartwatch. And if you’re used to owning automatic mechanical timepieces stamped with a luxury brand you are absolutely not used to having to charge your high class wrist-wear every other day.Techcrunchlast_img read more

Hackers get malware into Apple iOS app store in China

first_imgPhoto credit: PCMag Advertisement Apple Inc said on Sunday it is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular mobile software outlet.The company disclosed the effort after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost that was embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps.It is the first reported case of large numbers of malicious software programs making their way past Apple’s stringent app review process. Prior to this attack, a total of just five malicious apps had ever been found in the App Store, according to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks Inc. – Advertisement – The hackers embedded the malicious code in these apps by convincing developers of legitimate software to use a tainted, counterfeit version of Apple’s software for creating iOS and Mac apps, which is known as Xcode, Apple said.“We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software,” Apple spokeswoman Christine Monaghan said in an email. “We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”She did not say what steps iPhone and iPad users could take to determine whether their devices were infected.[related-posts]Palo Alto Networks Director of Threat Intelligence Ryan Olson said the malware had limited functionality and his firm had uncovered no examples of data theft or other harm as a result of the attack.Still, he said it was “a pretty big deal” because it showed that the App Store could be compromised if hackers infected machines of software developers writing legitimate apps. Other attackers may copy that approach, which is hard to defend against, he said.“Developers are now a huge target,” he said.Researchers said infected apps included Tencent Holdings Ltd’s popular mobile chat app WeChat, car-hailing app Didi Kuaidi and a music app from Internet portal NetEase Inc.The tainted version of Xcode was downloaded from a server in China that developers may have used because it allowed for faster downloads than using Apple’s U.S. servers, Olson said.Chinese security firm Qihoo360 Technology Co said on its blog that it had uncovered 344 apps tainted with XcodeGhost.Apple declined to say how many apps it had uncovered.[Reuters]last_img read more

BENS BLOG It takes two to make a bet

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here is a journalist that knows more about the betting industry than any other. His name is Jim Cremin (left). Today, in Betting Window (highlight of the week in the RP), Jim reports that punters are moaning about having their accounts closed after having losing bets, and that they also believe bookmakers are exchanging information.Err, Jim, so what?When betting at the dogs, I would ALWAYS compare my tissue prices with other bookies to check I wasn’t out of line.If I’m worried about a new account, on a credit or shrewd level, I would ALWAYS do my own due-diligence.And, if a punter had losing bets, that shortened from 8s into 4s, I’d ALWAYS close him without thinking. I’m obviously not going to beat him, am I?!Punters have got Oddschecker, Betfair, all the stats in the world and forums to discuss and compare particular bookmakers’ weaknesses, so why shouldn’t the bookies graft together and do the best for themselves too? IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE A BET.In other news:High-Fives to all the kids at the London Academy of Excellence, in Stratford, who achieved straight A’s in their A-levels and have got in to Oxford or Cambridge. Thank God, we see, for once, the billions that Star Racing Ltd have paid in betting-tax, going to something useful! What can be better, than giving young people, from the poorest area of London, a chance to better themselves in life? Let’s hope though, that Labour don’t get in, and either close the school, or, out of spite and jealousy, re-fill it with some attention-seeking divs. GIVE THE TRIERS A CHANCE.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Sligo Sunday

first_imgIt’s been a quiet week but preparations are well underway for the Punchestown Festival. Just the one ride this weekend at Sligo on Sunday. I’ve got the day off on Saturday but I’ll be sure to catch the bet365 Celebration Chase from Sandown Park. Although the match with Cyrname hasn’t materialised it’ll still be a treat for racegoers and the TV audience to watch the legend that is Altior. He bids to win this for the third year in a row and now looks to have a straightforward task to extend his winning run to 19 which I think passes the record of wins set by Big Buck’s.SUNDAYSLIGOLETHAL STEPS (2.20pm)He can be a bit of monkey but there’s no doubt he’s got plenty of talent and this looks a good opportunity for him to get his first win over jumps. He had plenty of talent on the flat and is out again quickly after finishing third for me at Fairyhouse on Tuesday to La Tektor in a race where the front three finished nicely clear. Hopefully, a reproduction of that effort should be enough and whilst he’s versatile ground wise he probably wouldn’t want it too soft.If you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

£25 FREE BET New Zealand v Pakistan

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Former US Attorney General Reno to join panel discussion

first_imgLeaders from the legal profession, education, business and foundations will be on campus Nov. 3-5 to discuss this disturbing statistic as well as how to attract racial and ethnic minority students to the legal profession.Among those joining in the conversation will be former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, American Bar Association President Michael Greco, Houston Mayor Bill White and Houston education experts, including Linda McNeil, the director of the Center for Education at Rice. This conference, titled “Embracing the Opportunities for Increasing Diversity Into the Legal Profession: Collaborating to Expand the Pipeline,” will be a forum for leaders to develop collaborative strategies to attract children as young as kindergarten and students as advanced as college — the “pipeline” of the legal workforce — to careers in law.Among the topics to be examined during the conference will be the “points along the pipeline” — K-12, community college, college, law school, transition to practice; elements of success, including overcoming institutional barriers, the value of mentoring and personal networks, academic assistance; building collaborations; potential challenges; funding diversity pipeline initiatives; and turning ideas into action.The conference, which will be held in Janice and Robert McNair Hall, is sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession, the Office of the President and the Center for Education at Rice. For more information, visit . Janet Reno AddThiscenter_img ShareFormer U.S. Attorney General Reno to join panel discussionAccording to a recent report by the American Bar Association’s Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession, although racial and ethnic minorities make up approximately 30 percent of the U.S. population, they constitute less than 15 percent of practicing attorneys in this country. last_img read more