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first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions is considering forcing all sick and disabled people on out-of-work disability benefits to take part in “mandatory” activity, its new green paper has revealed.The suggestion of compulsory activity is revealed in a single line of the 92-page work, health and disability green paper, published this week.Such a change would mean that all people on out-of-work disability benefits – even those who are terminally-ill or have the very highest support needs – would have to stay in regular touch with their local jobcentre or risk having their benefits sanctioned.The measure would affect those in the support group of employment and support allowance (ESA) – and the equivalent group in the new universal credit – a group which is currently not expected to carry out any work-related activity at all.The green paper, Improving Lives, says ministers “could consider implementing a ‘keep-in-touch’ discussion with work coaches” for people in the support group, which “could provide an opportunity for work coaches to offer appropriate support tailored to the individual’s current circumstances” and “could be explored as a voluntary or mandatory requirement”.It comes only a month after the new work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, secured widespread praise for announcing an end to repeat assessments for those on ESA with “the most severe, lifetime conditions”.He said then that the government would “sweep away unnecessary stress and bureaucracy which weigh them down” and that “if someone has a disease which can only get worse, making them turn up for repeated appointments to claim what they need is pointless bureaucratic nonsense”.Now Green (pictured, announcing some details of the green paper to MPs) appears to have decided that the same group of people should be forced into repeated contact with a “work coach”, or lose some of their benefits.Asked about this inconsistency, a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman did not deny the possibility of mandatory activity for all those in the support group.She said: “We recognise that people in the support group have limited capability for work related activity – but that does not necessarily mean they should be left without any support at all.“We believe it is important to give claimants the opportunity to take up the offer of personalised and tailored support if it is appropriate for them, regardless of what group they are placed in following the WCA.”The green paper’s repeated emphasis that the government wants to “reinforce work as a health outcome” is also likely to alarm many disabled campaigners and healthcare professionals.It says the government will increase the number of job advisers in healthcare settings and ensure that “all health professionals are sufficiently trained and confident to have work-related conversations” with patients.It also warns that ministers “want to make the benefits of work an ingrained part of the training and professional approach of the health and social care workforce”.Asked whether DWP accepted that many disabled people and health professionals believe that it is dangerous and unethical to view employment as a health outcome, particularly for people in mental distress, a spokeswoman said that “evidence shows that being in the right work is good for health and that being out of work can have a detrimental effect on health”.She said that the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies mental health treatment programme was “voluntary at every stage and that includes the employment support offer within the programme”.There may also be concerns about new mandatory “health and work conversations” in which work coaches will use “specially designed techniques” to “help” some ESA claimants “identify their health and work goals, draw out their strengths, make realistic plans, and build resilience and motivation”.The green paper claims that these conversations were “co-designed with disabled people’s organisations and occupational health professionals and practitioners and the Behavioural Insights Team [the controversial ‘Nudge Unit’, which is part-owned by the Cabinet Office]”.There has so far been little or no analysis of the green paper in the mainstream media or from politicians, with most of the coverage and comment occurring before it was published and so based on extracts offered by DWP.Much of that media coverage repeated Green’s claim that the government would provide more “personalised” employment support for disabled people.But the green paper provides little evidence of real personalised support.Measures likely to be widely welcomed include plans to remove the 12-month time limit on permitted work for those in the ESA work-related activity group (WRAG), and the possibility of funding for some local peer support groups.The green paper suggests that those placed in the WRAG will be allocated employment support places in either the new Work and Health Programme or the specialist Work Choice programme, while DWP will expand peer support job clubs – whose effectiveness was backed in research earlier this year by Disability Rights UK and The Work Foundation – to 71 Jobcentre Plus areas with high numbers of ESA claimants.Ministers will also test a voluntary, supported work experience programme for young disabled people, and increase funding for Access to Work’s mental health support service.The DWP spokeswoman said the personalised support “includes a range of new interventions and initiatives, [and] is designed to provide more tailored support which work coaches will offer” to disabled claimants.There was widespread media coverage of Green’s pledge to reform the work capability assessment (WCA), the controversial eligibility test for ESA which has been implicated in hundreds – and possibly thousands – of deaths of disabled people, and in causing significant harm and distress to tens of thousands of others.But the green paper suggests little reform of the assessment process itself, although ministers say they would introduce a separate process for deciding what kind of employment support an ESA claimant should be signposted to.It does suggest that the WCA process should be able to draw on information “from the NHS, the adult social care system or through other benefit applications” if this is “appropriate and relevant”.And it suggests that there could be “a more appropriate process” for the “small proportion” of ESA claimants with the highest support needs, which could include “a simpler assessment process”.Asked about the WCA reform plans, a DWP spokeswoman said there had been five independent reviews of the WCA, which had made more than 100 recommendations, “the vast majority of which we have accepted”, while DWP was now “consulting on a new approach to deciding entitlement to financial employment support”.Questions are likely to be asked about the green paper’s pledge to introduce an extra 300 disability employment advisers (DEAs) to jobcentres, increasing the total number to 500.The green paper fails to point out that, as recently as January 2014, there were 900 DEAs spread across the country’s 719 jobcentres, before hundreds were removed by ministers.As recently as March, the previous – short-lived – work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, promised to recruit an extra 500 DEAs.Asked to confirm these figures, a DWP spokeswoman would only repeat that there will be an extra 300 DEAs.In addition, DWP will recruit about 200 “community partners”, who will have “personal and professional experience of disability”, with many of them apparently to be seconded from disabled people’s organisations.These community partners will work with Jobcentre Plus staff to “provide valuable first-hand insight into the issues individuals with a health condition or disability face in securing and sustaining employment”, and will draw on their local knowledge.Questions may also be asked about the green paper’s refusal to provide any end date for the repeated ministerial pledge to halve the disability employment gap.Asked if there was any target date, the DWP spokeswoman declined to provide one, but said the government was “committed to halving the disability employment gap” and had “helped nearly 500,000 more disabled people into employment over the past three years”.There will be widespread concern at the statement in the green paper that ministers believe there should be a greater role for income protection insurance policies, which employers can take out privately to help address the risks and impact of ill-health among their employees.Many disabled activists have grown increasingly concerned at the influence of at least one provider of such policies, which has been blamed for undermining the system of out-of-work disability benefits.In September, a book by disabled researcher Mo Stewart detailed the influence of the US insurance giant Unum over successive UK governments, and how it had undermined the social security system in order to boost the market for its own income protection policies.And there is likely to be frustration that, yet again, there is a strong focus on encouraging employers to be more “disability confident” – with a suggestion of offering them “financial or other incentives” to employ disabled people – but no mention of any measures to force them to implement their Equality Act duties on employing disabled people.A DWP spokeswoman told DNS: “Businesses are required to fulfil their legal obligations under the Equality Act.“As part of the consultation, we ask what the expectation should be on employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.”Meanwhile, there is confusion about whether ministers plan to scrap Work Choice, the specialist employment programme for disabled people, as was announced in last November’s spending review.The green paper suggests instead that places on Work Choice will still be offered to ESA claimants from 2017.The DWP spokeswoman said that the “Work Programme and Work Choice have been successful in supporting participants into work, but the current economic context demands a new approach” through a new Work and Health Programme, but by 11am today (Thursday) she had failed to clarify whether Work Choice will eventually be scrapped.Help for those who are furthest from the job market will still be available through the Specialist Employability Support programme, according to the green paper, with the possibility of more places on the scheme for ESA WRAG claimants.The green paper also promises to “open up apprenticeships” to young people with learning difficulties, by making “adjustments” to English and maths requirements, while it will work with social enterprises and disabled entrepreneurs to set up apprenticeships “specifically for young disabled people”.A consultation on the green paper will run until 17 February 2017, and among the ways to comment are via an online 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Two SF Shootings Leave Four Injured Over the Weekend Updated

first_img 0% Two people were injured in a shooting at about 11:23 p.m. on Monday night at Mission and 24th streets. One 35-year-old man was shot in the foot, a 54-year-old man was shot in the chest, and both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment. Police say both injuries were non-life-threatening. Another shooting, also injuring two, occurred at the same intersection on August 10.A bystander told a Mission Local contributor that she heard about 12 shots in succession and noted that two cars were hit by bullets and being impounded as evidence. Several bus shelters were hit as well, shattering their rear panels, and leaving them empty but for some caution tape on Tuesday morning.A resident of Capp Street said police were searching yards along Capp between 23rd and 24th streets. At one home, police asked the residents to control their furiously barking dog so that they might search the backyard.Alexa Treviño, who works at Artillery Gallery, said she was out for a night ride on her bike on Mission street when the shooting occurred. She saw paramedics retrieve one victim in a stretcher from taqueria El Farolito,  located at the intersection where the shooting took place, who she speculated may have run there for safety. Tags: crimes • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img “The gang violence in the Mission is real — I think a lot of people are angry about being pushed out,” said Treviño.  “As I rode by, I was thinking ‘please don’t let them be Raza,’ but of course they were (Latino). People are angry and fighting each other.”Police have not yet identified a motive for the shooting or given a description of the suspects, and no arrests have been made.Roughly three hours earlier, two men were injured during a separate shooting that targeted a residence on the 1400 block of Treat Street at approximately 8:53 pm. Police described the three suspects as males between the ages of 17 to 25, armed with two semi-automatic handguns and a shotgun.The men shot up the house and in the process injured two people who were reportedly standing nearby but were not together. The first victim was shot near his car while retrieving something from his trunk. The 26-year-old man said he heard multiple gunshots before realizing that he had been shot in the foot — shortly afterwards, the suspects fled in an unknown direction.The second victim, 36, later arrived at to San Francisco General Hospital with a gunshot wound to his thigh. Both victims’ injuries are not life-threatening.Police describe two of the suspects as wearing black jeans, a green hoodie, and a grey hoodie.  The third suspect was wearing black jeans and a baseball cap. No arrests have been made so far.We will update the story as more information becomes available.  last_img read more



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Developments in Development Still Too Damn High

first_imgSan Francisco is bracing for the next economic crash, it seems – at least that’s according to Bloomberg, which reports that the city is working on a plan that should set it up to withstand another 2008-style bust. Mayor Ed Lee warns us that we shouldn’t take the vibrancy of the economy for granted (has he noticed all the folks who are struggling with this particular version of “vibrancy”?) and is joining several other cities around the country in figuring out which hatches to batten down when the storm hits. Reports Bloomberg:“San Francisco’s report, to be released in about eight months, will offer step-by-step actions aimed at protecting jobs and industries and spell out how to best spend tax dollars and federal stimulus funds on public works projects to prop up the local economy.”But we’re not there just yet. And in these times of not-yet-bust, everything is still horribly expensive, as evidenced by this Trulia post about “where rents are still too damn high.” There’s an interactive map, too, where you can see how neighborhoods stack up in terms of the percentage of 1-bedrooms that are listed for more than $2,000 a month. Of course that percentage tops out in the Mission, where it’s at 98. 0% Trulia’s post focuses on one-bedrooms, but for those of us who share studios, the Mission is equally sad: A cursory Craigslist browse has me thinking that $2,000 a month is also the benchmark for pretty much the lowest price of a studio, and a number of SRO-style shared-bathroom listings and rooms in shared homes also pop up for well over the $1,000 mark. Good luck finding any type of place to sleep for under $1,200 at all. Unless you want to fork over $600 a month for this “converted office” room which…good lord. Paging Apartment Sadness over at SFist.Also on the “too damn expensive” list: Building parking spaces. Curbed took a look at various estimates, which range from $23,000 to a credulity-straining $85,000 per space. In the Mission, the density of really dang old buildings is pretty high compared to the rest of the city – at least that’s according to one in a series of heat maps from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, via Curbed. Other variables that made the Mission light up: Average percent of property value change, “character score” of buildings, and locally owned businesses.Speaking of businesses, there has been a bit of turnover:Sixteenth and Valencia’s shutterd sushi restaurant has been replaced by new sushi restaurant, this time called V-Sixteen. The proprietor is an established restauranteur with two other joints in San Francisco and one in San Mateo. Similarly, kitty-corner, Bangkok Bistro has also opened – that’s in the space previously occupied by Thai House II. A few blocks down, you can now eat at Tawla, a new Mediterranean restaurant run by a former Google employee with dreams of opening an eatery – which also, by the way, is trying the no-tipping model. More on that here.SocketSite also reports that the Oil Changers across from Zeitgeist is not long for this world – at least if nobody requests a Discretionary Review on the 28-unit condo building with ground floor retail planned at that location.Finally, after much anticipation, Brava Theater Center is re-starting its ambitious renovation plan to reopen and alter the ‘storefronts’ along its 24th-street face to create a few more community spaces and a black box theater. Check out the specifics of the plan in this video – which also explains why the theater is hoping to raise some funds from the community to complete their vision. center_img Tags: development • Developments in Development • parking • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more



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Shooting on 26th and Guerrero sends two to the hospital

first_imgSubscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address A drive-by shooting outside of a church at 26th and Guerrero sent two victims to the hospital around midnight Sunday. The victims, two men ages 21 and 43, are in non-life-threatening condition.No arrests have been made. Police believe the suspects are two men in their 20s. Witnesses described hearing around six to eight gunshots shortly after midnight, as well as the screeching of tires and some screaming. Some 10 police cars responded shortly after, a neighbor said. Tags: police • shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% At around 12:30 a.m. the scene was crawling with about 15 police officers, some inspecting evidence — two black shoes and other clothing strewn among evidence markers — near First Samoan Congregational, where a witness said a funeral had been wrapping up late. Both victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, an officer on scene said. Police would not comment on whether the shooting was gang-related, citing an ongoing investigation. This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.The First Samoan Congregational Church on Monday morning. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.last_img read more



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HOW would you like to join Australia England New

first_imgHOW would you like to join Australia, England, New Zealand and Wales Rugby League stars at a special Gillette Four Nations fans forum?The RFL, in-conjunction with BBC Radio Manchester, is hosting an event at Leigh Sports Village at 7pm on Thursday October 27.BBC Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt will host the show with guests from all four camps competing in the Gillette Four Nations as we build up to the opening weekend of the tournament when Australia take on New Zealand at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday October 28 and England versus Wales at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday October 29.If you would like FREE tickets to be in the audience, you need to do the following:Email fansforum@rfl.uk.com with your NAME, ADDRESS (including postcode), TELEPHONE NUMBER, plus the number of tickets you would like (up to a maximum of four).Closing date: Monday October 24 2011Please note that tickets are allocated on a first come, first served so not all applications will be successful.last_img read more



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SAINTS continued their preseason preparations wit

first_imgSAINTS continued their pre-season preparations with a trip to a very wet and windy Rivington Pike at the weekend.Members of the first team and Academy all took part in the session.Pre-season training this year has stepped up a couple of notches as Saints aim to hit the ground running in 2016.Strength and Conditioner Matt Daniels has delved into his box of tricks with a trip to the Cassius Camp in the Lake District and four days with 42 Commando in Plymouth.Saturday’s early morning session was the toughest yet, with walking banned… although we did allow them a nice bath afterwards.You can enjoy a video of the session here.last_img



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Academy Reserves Match SAINTS TV

first_imgThe Saints were out of the blocks much quicker than the Giants and were and went 10 points to the good inside the opening six minutes.A Daniel Moss kick on the last was spilled by the Giants fullback. From the resulting scrum drives from Shay Martyn and Jack Green set up the position for Moss to go left and dummy his way over in the corner.From the kick off, Reece Sumner showed his undoubted potential. Captain Joe Woods drove the ball in well and from the play the ball Taylor Pemberton spotted a gap down the left touchline. He fed Sumner 80 metres out who beat the defence on the outside before also skinning the covering full back in the same way.A good covering tackle from Ellis Keppel saved the Saints blushes as the Giants dropped the ball over the line. From the resulting seven tackle set the Saints drove deep into Giants territory before getting a penalty on the last for interference. Green was held short before Moss’ weaving run saw him put Kallem Rodgers over in the corner.The point-a-minute Saints were over again on quarter time with Moss scoring his brace. Ben O’Donnell, Keppel and Woods put the Saints on the front foot before the recently introduced Cole Appleby blazed a hole in the defensive line. He took it to the fullback, but sensibly saw that although he could probably have scored Moss would certainly score from his pass once the fullback had been committed.Moss again was at the heart of Saints fifth try as his delicate chip on the last was allowed to bounce by the Giants. It reared back towards the Saints only to be knocked on by the retreating defenders, Martyn reacted quickest flicking a pass out for Rodgers to go in for his second.O’Donnell was held up and Rodgers missed a try before Sam Haynes scored his first and the Saints sixth. Another barnstorming Appleby break down the middle was stopped, but from the play the ball Moss and Keppell went right feeding Haynes who stepped off his right going in with three people on his back. Martyn took over the kicking duties landing a great conversion from the touchline.The resumption of the second half seemed to bring more of the same with Martyn going in for his brace on the Saints first set of the half. An Ellis Archer high ball was dropped by the Giants and after Keppell and Appleby had been stopped short Martyn wen in at the corner.But despite Woods, Appleby and O’Donnell again being held up over the line and Green having a try ruled out for two in the tackle the Giants responded.On the hour the Giants took advantage of some missed tackles on the line to open their account. 10 minutes later they were in again, before the Saints finished well as Appleby showed his power in defence pulverising his opposite number into a knock on in the Giants red zone.From the scrum the ball was moved right to Haynes, now in the centre, and he dummied his way over with the last play of the game.St Helens Scholarship U16’s: Alfie Whittle; Sam Haynes, Ellis Keppel, Shay Martyn, Kallem Rodgers; Daniel Moss, Ryan Wood; Joe Woods (C), Taylor Pemberton, Jack Green, Ben O’Donnell, Reece Sumner, Rio Corkill.Interchanges: Tom Lyon, Cole Appleby, Matthew Parkes, Kian Naylor, Ellis Archer.Tries: Daniel Moss (4 & 19), Reece Sumner (6), Kallem Rodgers (15, 25), Shay Martyn  (42), Sam Haynes (36 & 77) .Goals: Taylor Pemberton 2 from 5, Shay Martyn 1 from 3.Huddersfield Giants Scholarship U16’s: George Collins; Joseph Robinson, Ethane Wainwright, Luca Powell, Drew Wright; Stan Kilburn, Arian Woods; Jacob Beer, Kieran Rush, Joshua Wood, Ethan Lyne, Thomas Grierson, Tre Webster.Interchanges: Ben Dean, Joseph Howe, Matthew Willett, Jadan Dayes, Jacob Foster, Solomon Tutin, Joshua Rhodes, Benjamin Killan.Tries: Joseph Howe (61), Arian Woods (72).Goals: Arian Woods 1 from 1, Kieran Rush 1 from 1.Half Time: 30-0Full Time: 38-12last_img read more



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White Oak man arrested for stealing guns and tools

first_img Rigsbee was charged with two counts of Larceny of Firearm, one count of Felonious Breaking and Entering, one count of Felonious Larceny, one count of Felonious Possession of Stolen Goods and Felony Probation Violation. He was placed under a $150,000 secured bond.McVicker said three guns, a chain hoist and air hose were stolen. Investigators have recovered the tools and two of the weapons.Rigsbee was out on bond after being charged with another breaking and entering that happened July 28. WHITE OAK, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County Sheriff deputies arrested a man in connection to multiple breaking and entering cases in both Bladen and Sampson counties this weekend.Sheriff McVicker said 23-year-old Johnathan Colby Rigsbee, of White Oak, was taken into custody Saturday. Rigsbee was charged with breaking and entering a home in the 900 block of Ruskin Road back on October 2.- Advertisement – last_img read more



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Comic book lovers come out in droves for Free Comic Book Day

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Whether you’re a fan of Marvel or DC, there was a comic book for everyone at Fanboy Comics in Wilmington as they gave away hundreds of comics for Free Comic Book Day.The shop had a wide variety of titles people could pick up free of charge, like Star Wars, The Avengers, and more.- Advertisement – Fanboy Comics owner Thomas Gilbert says that Free Comic Book Day is his shop’s busiest of the year.He hopes that Saturday’s event can spark a lifelong interest in comics, whether you’re a kid or an adult.“We get a lot of new readers who have never read a comic before,” Gilbert said. “We get older readers who got out of the hobby and have been reenergized by the movies and got back interested in it again.”Related Article: 5 things for businesses to know about disaster recoveryFive million comic books were expected to be given away worldwide. It was the 17th time that Free Comic Book Day was held on the first Saturday in May.last_img read more



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Multiple homes shot in Columbus County woman injured

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after three homes in three different areas of the county were shot into overnight.The first shooting happened in Chadbourn.- Advertisement – The Sheriff’s Office says the call came in at 12:39 a.m. on Wednesday. A man and woman were inside the home on Godwin Trail when someone shot at it multiple times. No one got hurt.Less than 15 minutes later, someone fired shots into a home on Billy McDuffie Lane in Clarendon.Two adults and two 1-year-olds were inside that home at the time. The adults were awake at the time, but no one got hurt. The house was damaged.Related Article: Victim of shooting at UNC Charlotte takes stepsThe final shooting sent one woman to the hospital. This one happened just before 4:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Miller Road in Tabor City. Five adults and were children were all asleep at the time.A 22-year-old woman in the home was shot. No one else got hurt, but the home did have some damage.No word yet on the woman’s condition or whether these shootings are related.last_img read more



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Watch Are Nationalist MEPs traitors

first_imgHead of Government’s Communications Kurt Farrugia was asked by Fr. Joe Borg if he believes that Nationalist MEPs are traitors. Farrugia replied stating that he doesn’t prefer the word “traitor”, and that it somewhat annoys him. This was said during the programme Newsline on RTK 103FM, which is broadcasted every Saturday morning.The same word was used by the Leader of the Labour Delegation in the European Parliament Alfred Sant during the television programme Xarabank. During yesterday’s broadcast of Xarabank, Sant stated that MEPs of Partit Nazzjonalista are traitors.Farrugia insisted that local politics should stay in Malta, and not discussed abroad in the European Parliament. He mentioned that harm has already been done, referring to when several industries within the Maltese economy suffered attacks.Presenter of Xarabank Peppi Azzopardi said that one should not be called a traitor solely for criticizing Malta. Azzopardi also referred to Partit Laburista’s use of words when describing Nationalist MEPS; and that what is said by Maltese representatives in Europe reflects Malta itself.Alfred Sant had stated that people with corruption allegations should resign. Azzopardi asked if it would have made a difference if he said it in Europe rather than in Malta. He continued by stating that in a technological world, is makes little to no difference where the words were actually said.Read: Miriam Dalli only Maltese MEP among top 100 MEPsWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more



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Miriam Dalli appointed head of PL delegation at EP

first_imgMiriam Dalli will be the lead of the Partit Laburista (PL) delegation at the European Parliament for the next five years. This was a unanimous decision taken during a meeting in which all the four elected PL MEPs were also in attendance.This was explained in a press release issued by the party. The press release also stated that during this meeting the agenda was set for topics on which the newly elected MEPs will be focusing on at EU level in the coming months.Upon receiving the news of her appointment, Miriam Dalli thanked her colleagues for their trust and pledged to focus to safeguard Malta and the Maltese’ interests with her fellow MEPs is Brussels.According to the Electoral Commission’s list, Mirian Dalli received the most first preference votes overall, followed by Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) candidate Roberta Metsola. Alfred Sant for PL placed third, followed by David Casa who was candidate for PN, Alex Agius Saliba who ran under the PL banner and Josianne Cutajar who also was on the PL list.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more



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Even those who do not like the rent law reform know that

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> PLPL Prime Minister and Partit Laburista (PL) leader Joseph Muscat stated that those that are not happy with the rent laws reform know that it is just. He said this during a pre-recorded interview on the party’s radio station on Sunday.He also explained that research on the law reform had started almost a year before the publishing f the white paper and that Parliament had unanimously agreed that it was an issue of the utmost importance.General improvement in the quality of life Joseph Muscat said that there are still vulnerable persons in society even though the Maltese economy keeps growing. He stated that notwithstanding this, the general quality of life has improved and that a new middle class has been created.Financial servicesThe Prime Minister said that the financial sector continues to grow at a rate of 10%. He said that there are some 12,000 individuals employed in the sector that receive high salaries.Migrants Muscat also touched on the migrants’ issue. He emphasised that Malta is honouring its international duties. He added that there are instances of collaborative frameworks with other EU countries and Libya.WhatsApplast_img read more



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Tumblr blogs to be down on 6th October

first_imgMessage that will be displayed on the tumblr.com on October 6th Advertisement “I have some bittersweet news.”  This is how Blake Matheny, VP Engineering began his notice to let the audience of 150 million people all over the world know that all blogs as well as the Tumblr Dashboard will be unavailable for a “few hours” on Saturday October 6, starting at 4:00AM EST .He explained that this was  required to complete the last major step in upgrading  infrastructure.  and  a simple “we’ll be right back” message. will be dispayed.Message that will be displayed on  tumblr.com on October 6th  – Advertisement – Below is the detailed notice from Tumlr.“I have some bittersweet news.Our engineering team has been hard at work this year, scaling Tumblr to serve billions of impressions to an audience of 150 million people all over the world.Performance and reliability have improved hugely, but we have more to do.We are now ready to complete the last major step in upgrading our infrastructure. Unfortunately, it has one very uncomfortable side-effect: all traffic to blogs and the Dashboard will be suspended during the operation — returning a simple “we’ll be right back” message.We are preparing for any issues that may arise and want you to expect your blogs to be unavailable starting at 4:00am EST this Saturday (Oct 6th), and to come back online slowly over the next few hours.I promise, the maintenance behind this interruption will go an extremely long way towards ensuring the highest level of service for many years to come.Our deepest apologies for the inconvenience,Blake Matheny VP Engineeringlast_img read more



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Kaspersky Labs 2016 Security Predictions Revealed

first_imgImage Credit: Kaspersky.com Advertisement Kaspersky Lab’s experts revealed their predictions for 2016, which are based on the expertise of the Global Research and Analysis Team – the company’s 43 top security experts, located all over the world. Each member contributed unique expertise and, in 2015 alone, their insight and intelligence resulted in detailed reports on 12 APT actors, “speaking” different languages, including French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, English, among others.Kaspersky Lab’s experts anticipate that in 2016 we will see significant evolution in cyberespionage tradecraft. First, there will be a dramatic change in how APTs are structured and operated. It is expected to see a decreased emphasis on ‘persistence’, with a greater focus on memory-resident or fileless malware, reducing the traces left on an infected system and thereby avoiding detection.Furthermore, the experts see that there is less urge to demonstrate superior cyber-skills, so return on investment will rule much of the nation-state attacker’s decision-making. Therefore there will be an increase in the repurposing of off-the-shelf malware rather than investment in bootkits, rootkits and custom malware that gets burned by research teams. – Advertisement – In a more long-term perspective, there is an expectation that more newcomers will enter the APT space. Cyber-mercenaries will grow in number as more parties seek to gain from online attacks. These are expected to offer attack expertise to anyone willing to pay, and also to sell to interested third-parties digital access to high-profile victims, in what could be called an ‘Access-as-a-Service’ offering.Consumer threats will also evolve. According to experts ransomware will be gaining more ground on banking Trojans and is expected to extend into new areas such as OS X devices, often owned by wealthier and therefore more lucrative targets in addition to mobile and the Internet-of-Things.Cybercriminals are constantly looking for new ways to make their victims pay. Therefore, alternative payment systems such as ApplePay and AndroidPay, as well as stock exchanges are expected to become growing targets for financial cyber-attacks.In 2015, Kasperksy Lab experts witnessed a rise in the number of DOXing, public shaming and extortion attacks, as everyone from Hactivists to nation-states embraced the strategic dumping of private pictures, information, customer lists, and code to shame their targets. Sadly, Kaspersky Lab expects this practice to continue to rise exponentially in 2016.“As for South Africa, we see a decrease in Internet pricing from Internet Service Providers and more affordable mobile data plans being available. Therefore, we are likely to get an increase in online users together with an increase in the number of attacks targeting their financial and personal data on mobiles and PCs. Ransomware has seen a rise this year in South Africa, and unfortunately the trend will not change. Also there are more and more companies choosing to keep their data in the cloud due to the reduced costs and the grown Internet speed, so the opportunity for malware writers to steal company data has become a much bigger risk than a few years ago” says Dirk Kollberg, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab.In order to be able to minimise the future risks connected with cyber-attacks of the future, businesses should create and deploy a complete security strategy. It is important to educate staff about cybersecurity, implement multi-layered Endpoint protection with extra proactive layers and protect all elements of infrastructure, patch vulnerabilities, mind everything that is mobile and implement encryption for communication and sensitive data. Companies that have high risks of encountering cyberattacks should consider creating a dedicated Security Operations Center.Individuals should invest in a robust security solution for all devices and switch to encrypted communication. However, they should not solely rely on technology. Studying the basics of cybersecurity and exploring options that come with the protective solution can save from many incidents. With more and more of our lives being exposed online – it might be useful to revise online habits, as once the information is uploaded it stays online forever and can be used against you or your company.The full text of the “2016 Prediction: It’s the end of the world for APTs” report is available on the Securelist website. To look back at what the Kaspersky Lab experts expected to see in 2015, please read the article from Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2014: Predictions 2015 and A look into the APT crystal ball.last_img read more



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TIPS How to identify the right smartphone for your needs

first_imgAdvertisement Today, it doesn’t take you a minute to see someone scrolling, chatting or just playing a game on their smartphone. The quick question then would be, how does one identify a smartphone that suits their needs out of the hundreds on sale in the market today. Jean Baguma, Huawei Uganda Devices Marketing Manager shares tips on the key features people should know before buying any smartphone.Operating SystemIf you love accessing a variety of free apps, Android operating system on a smartphone gives you so much options to choose from. As well, if you want more hardware choice and more control over the user experience, an Android powered smartphone should be your choice since it comes with better display, specifications and capability.DisplayTastes and preferences differ when it comes to screen size. If you love to watch lots of videos and play games, or read emails repetitively, a larger screen like for the Huawei Mate 8 would be ideal. Such smartphones are referred to as Phablets. If you usually use one hand with your smartphone and are busy engaged most of the time, you would then go for a smartphone with a smaller screen size such as the Huawei GR5 – Advertisement – When it comes to resolution, almost everyone loves a smartphone with a full – HD display. Pay close attention to a smartphone’s resolution, brightness, colour quality and viewing angle before you buy it. This ensures that the pictures you take, wordings, videos will have more clarity on the phone display. Huawei offers several phones will full HD panels such as the Huawei GR5, Mate 8, P9 and P9 plus.DesignDefining a good or abad design is highly subjective but if you care about having a sleek finish, look out for a smartphone with a unibody design, which you’ll find in the Huawei G-Series, M-Series and the P-Series.Huawei Mate 8 smartphones. Credit: LanacionCameraWe’ve now arrived at a point in smartphone evolution where the camera matters more than the processor, especially since most people use their phones as their primary shooters. More and more smartphones boast of cameras with at least 12 mega pixels, but don’t go by numbers alone. Instead pay close attention to the image quality, aperture, pixel size, speed and features. For example the Huawei P9’s dual Leica cameras perform a different trick, with one capturing picture  information in monochrome and the other in processing it in colour, resulting in a single sensor with a pixel size equivalent of 1.76 microns which is much bigger that the Galaxy S7’s 1.4 microns. This is the phone one would go for, for professional photography.ProcessorA good processor inside a phone should translate to faster open times for apps, smoother game play and quicker photo editing. My advice is that people should take time and read independent reviews done of any smartphone you intend to buy such that you understand its processing speed, since no seller will tell you the whole truth on his device. Reviews are done by ordinary customers that have experienced the phone and would care less about its sales.BatteryDon’t settle for a smartphone with less than 3,000mAh battery life if endurance is really important to you. Consider a smartphone that lasts longer than 8 hours of straight 4G LTE surfing although 9 hours is even better. The Huawei Y6 Pro has Smart Power Saving technology that uses eight separate power-optimization approaches and can work in idle mode for 24 hours, with only 10% battery charge. The Y6 Pro is able to act as a charger for other electronics, providing 15 hours of data use, 39 hours of talk time, 48 hours of heavy use time, and 90 hours of light use time.StorageFor the space/storage lovers, here’s an easy way to look at a smartphone’s RAM, which is critically multitasking. Try to avoid handsets with just 1GB of system memory. On mid-tier devices, 2GB is good and standard but you’ll find 4GB on the latest flagships such as the Huawei Mate 8. Given that some games can easily take up the 1GB not to mention how many high-res photos and videos smartphone owners are capturing, we highly recommend opting for a much bigger internal storage. Huawei smartphones provide have an additional 128GB MicroSD slot.Fingerprint SecurityFinger print security is an new innovation on some high-end smartphones making it hard for someone that is not the owner to unlock your device. If you need to protect your airtime, mobile money, pictures and videos from being tampered with by other people, then the fingerprint sensor locks such persons off your smartphone. To make it even better, with the finger print security feature, you can unlock your smartphone in a matter of seconds. For instance, Huawei smartphones have the fastest unlock sensor of less than 3 seconds at 360 degrees as opposed to other phone brands with sluggish sensors. Huawei’s smartphones with finger print sensors include Huawei’s Mate 8, GR5, P9 and P9 plus.last_img read more



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Charles Muhanguzi Emerge SemiFinalist in the 2018 GIST TechI Competition

first_imgCharles Muhanguzi; a startup entrepreneur and CEO of Air Cool emerge semi finalist in the 2018 GIST Tech-I Competition. Advertisement Uganda has been ‘well’ represented all over this world when it comes to innovation. Likes of; ClinicPesa, Kaaro Health who were selected in the Make-IT accelerator programme, Geoffrey Ssekatatwa who emerged among the 12 top winners in the 2017 Africa Entrepreneurship Awards. Other include; BareFoot Law, SafeBoda, Safe Futures, Evidence and Methods Lab e.t.c. Some have participated in the 1776 challenge cup, Seedstar summits, Up Accelerate Program, and so forth. Then the, 2018 GIST Tech-I Competition.This time around, one Charles Muhanguzi; a startup entrepreneur and CEO of Air Cool – has been named as a semi-finalist in the 2018 GIST Tech-I Competition. An annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide.New this year, U.S. Department of State invited all former GIST Tech-I competition finalists to participate in the program to recruit and mentor the next generation of science and tech entrepreneurs. Over 100’s of innovators submitted their ideas and startups online which were then reviewed by a panel of experts. The voting is then done online and public for those that make it in semi-final stages in order to determine the finalists. – Advertisement – You can vote for Charles by (FOLLOWING THIS LINK). Furthermore, you are at liberty to vote for him once a day, every day until February 22nd, 2018, when the voting portal closes. Charles is among the 108 semi-finalists and your vote counts.His startup; Air Cool listed in the environmental category – is a low cost solar powered device that eliminates the most abundant toxic indoor air pollutants in low income rural households which mainly use open flames for cooking and lighting fuel. The device has two food storage units that preserve food using vacuum technology that eliminates all living conditions for bacteria, yeast and mold, hence also reducing hunger and malnutrition.In his category, he competes with 10 different startups from; Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia snd Herzegovina, Egypt, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Peru, and Rwanda.[related-posts]last_img read more



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Power v Jackpot

World Matchplay FinalPhil Taylor v Adrian Lewis7pm SKYTOO MUCH POWERA nice 9 point profit on Saturday thanks to Novellist’s win in the King George VI Stakes at Ascot.It’s Stoke v Stoke in Blackpool tonight…..If you’re a fan of the arrers this tournament has been absolutely brilliant and surely we’ll get a thrilling finale at the Winter Gardens tonight when Phil ‘Power’ Taylor takes on Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis who is contesting his first World Matchplay final.The head-to-head records, as well as the odds points firmly towards the Power:18-Apr-2013 Premier League Darts Phil Taylor 7 2 Adrian Lewis Group Stage14-Feb-2013 Premier League Darts Adrian Lewis 3 7 Phil Taylor Group Stage01-Dec-2012 Players Championship Finals Phil Taylor 10 7 Adrian Lewis Last 1625-Oct-2012 Chmp League Darts Phil Taylor 6 3 Adrian Lewis Semi Final25-Oct-2012 Chmp League Darts Adrian Lewis 6 2 Phil Taylor Semi Final25-Oct-2012 Chmp League Darts Adrian Lewis 6 4 Phil Taylor Group Stage25-Oct-2012 Chmp League Darts Phil Taylor 6 0 Adrian Lewis Group Stage25-Oct-2012 Chmp League Darts Adrian Lewis 6 5 Phil Taylor Group Stage19-Apr-2012 Premier League Darts Phil Taylor 5 8 Adrian Lewis Group Stage09-Feb-2012 Premier League Darts Adrian Lewis 7 7 Phil Taylor Group StageLewis booked his place in a first final at Winter Gardens with a thrilling 17-15 victory over Michael van Gerwen, while Taylor was forced to dig deep before overcoming James Wade 17-12.Taylor is now one win away from a 14th World Matchplay title, having never lost in his previous 13 finals.He said: “Adrian’s playing the best darts I’ve ever seen from him and it will be a great final. It’s great for Stoke that we’re both in the final, and while I won’t match him for 180s, I’ll match him for 140s and we’ll have a lovely battle.”We’re sticking with Power. Lewis is brilliant at times and knocks in 180’s effortlessly but he also has more poor periods than Taylor and consistency is likely to prove the decisive factor.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points win TAYLOR to beat LEWIS(+9 points Saturday)Thunder and lightning. Very, very frighteningBritain’s longest heatwave for seven years comes to an abrupt end with heavy rain and storms – just as the school holidays start.Torrential rain, thunder and lightning is blighting the first weekend of the school holidays, as thousands set off across the UK for their summer break.The heavy downpours have already caused flash flooding in the South East and the Midlands, with more expected today as the rain spreads north and west.In just four hours yesterday evening Market Bosworth in Leicestershire endured 61mm of rain and many other areas saw between 20mm and 30mm, with similar amounts forecast today.This compares with an average rainfall of around 80mm for the whole month of July. read more



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Star Sports Greyhound Derby STEVE NASH

first_imgSTEVE NASH: In the build up to the Star Sports Greyhound Derby we talk to Steve Nash who has photographed greyhounds for most of his working life. He had photos published in the very first issue of the Racing Post and continues to contribute today. In this interview he talks the unique aspects of capturing images of racing greyhounds, his favourite photos and the highlights of his career so far.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more



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GoodNanoGuide shares best practices

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduGoodNanoGuide shares best practicesInternational Council on Nanotechnology launches open-source wikiThe Rice University-based International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) today introduced the GoodNanoGuide, an online, community-driven wiki for information about the safe handling of nanomaterials.The beta version of the GoodNanoGuide can be found at www.GoodNanoGuide.org. Fostered by ICON, the GoodNanoGuide is a highly collaborative, interactive resource by and for the occupational safety and nanotechnology communities, law and industry.The GoodNanoGuide is a practical tool for people who handle nanomaterials as well as an online repository of safety protocols. It has been developed by experts from the worlds of nanotechnology, occupational safety and business and is governed by an implementation committee from North America and Europe.All GoodNanoGuide content is freely available via the Internet. Visitors may add their comments by becoming “Community Members,” and experts may contribute and edit protocols by becoming “Expert Providers.””Governmental agencies and occupational researchers are generating a lot of good information about how to handle nanomaterials safely,” said ICON Director Kristen Kulinowski, a faculty fellow in chemistry at Rice and executive director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology. ”The GoodNanoGuide points to and supplements these resources with specific protocols that can be used by workers in any setting where they are being handled.”More than two years in development, the GoodNanoGuide was inspired by a challenge set forth at the International Conference on Nanotechnology, Occupational and Environmental, Health and Safety: Research and Practice, in Cincinnati in December 2006. That same year, an ICON survey of occupational practices for handling nanomaterials revealed a great need for improved communication about best practices.“Progress in addressing the occupational health implications of engineered nanomaterials requires the open sharing of information and the development and dissemination of good guidance,” said Charles L. Geraci, chief of the Document Development Branch in the Education and Information Division of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and coordinator of NIOSH’s nanotechnology cross-sector program under the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). “We are pleased to see international forums of the sort offered by the ICON-sponsored GoodNanoGuide and the opportunity they provide in particular for helping to disseminate NIOSH’s research and recommendations, and to make users aware of our resources.”The international nature of the GoodNanoGuide is important to its success, said Steve Hankin, director of operations for SAFENANO, the United Kingdom’s premier independent resource on nanotechnology hazard and risk. “SAFENANO is delighted to be involved with establishing and sustaining the GoodNanoGuide,” Hankin said. “The initiative complements related nanotechnology risk activities in the U.K., Europe and North America. SAFENANO sees the GoodNanoGuide as an exciting means of capturing, appraising and cascading good practice — on an international basis — to contribute to the knowledge base of nanotechnology safety.”Financial support for the development of the GoodNanoGuide beta site was provided by ICON, nanoAlberta, British Columbia Nanotechnology Alliance-Nanotech BC, Industry Canada, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail and NanoQuebec. AddThislast_img read more



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