Ministers are delaying the release of nine secret

first_imgMinisters are delaying the release of nine secret reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants, even though civil servants apparently prepared them for release three weeks ago under freedom of information laws.A response to a request to release redacted versions of the documents was completed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) freedom of information team on 23 May, and just needed official clearance to be released.But the documents – which are likely to be heavily-redacted versions of the nine reviews – have still not been released to Disability News Service (DNS), three weeks later, in an apparent breach of freedom of information laws.The reviews cover the period from August 2014 to January 2016, and are likely to be similar in format to the 49 reviews that were released by DWP last month following a 21-month battle with DNS to keep them secret.DWP is so far refusing to say how many of the nine secret reviews concern a claimant who took their own life.The latest request was submitted on 15 April, but DNS has been told by DWP’s freedom of information team that a draft response was completed on 23 May – three weeks ago – but has still not been signed off so that it can be released.A DWP spokeswoman apologised for the delay, but refused to explain why the response had not yet been released.She said: “We always aim to respond to freedom of information requests within 20 working days – in fact nine out of ten responses are sent within that timescale.“We will get a response to you in due course.”Many of the 49 reviews released last month concerned the deaths of disabled people who had applied for the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA), through the work capability assessment (WCA) process.And many of the reviews – 40 of which refer to benefit claimants who took their own lives – concerned the reassessment of long-term claimants of incapacity benefit (IB).Although key parts of the peer reviews were missing because they were so heavily redacted, DNS found 10 key recommendations for DWP to take national action to improve the way it treated vulnerable benefit claimants. DNS is still waiting to hear from DWP if those 10 recommendations were ever carried out.The nine peer reviews – now renamed internal process reviews – are likely to be scrutinised closely by disabled activists for further evidence of failings in the way DWP has dealt with benefit claimants labelled as “vulnerable”, many of whom are likely to be mental health service-users or have learning difficulties.They could provide crucial evidence for calls – led by the Scottish-based grassroots group Black Triangle, and backed by many other disabled activists – for former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to face a criminal investigation for misconduct in public office following his refusal to address a coroner’s concerns about the safety of the WCA in 2010.They want to hold Duncan Smith and his former employment minister Chris Grayling to account for their failure to improve the safety of the WCA, when they were warned that it risked causing further deaths.Last November, government-funded research concluded that the programme to reassess people claiming IB using the WCA could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.last_img read more

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THE RFL has called for Rugby League fans across th

first_imgTHE RFL has called for Rugby League fans across the country to challenge the BBC’s proposed plans to introduce cuts to local radio services by responding to the BBC’s consultation by December 21.The scale of the issue and the approach of the BBC were made apparent during a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, attended by RFL Chairman Richard Lewis and representatives of the BBC in London on Tuesday November 29, where the impact of the proposed cuts to local sports services was made clear. The proposals will affect BBC local radio provisions, which could have a very negative impact on local sports coverage.The Group heard that the on-going consultation period outlined by the BBC focuses on the need for the BBC to make cuts to services whilst at the same time absorbing the cost of the World Service and S4C.“The proposals for BBC local radio will have, potentially, a very negative impact upon all sport and on Rugby League in particular,” said RFL Chairman Richard Lewis.“The RFL will be responding directly to the BBC in response to these proposals and we are urging all clubs, leagues and individuals to respond also.“The consultation closes on Wednesday December 21 and I cannot stress enough the importance that every individual who cares about the sport to take part in the consultation and share your concerns with the BBC Trust.”The consequences if these proposals are adopted will be:Midweek Rugby League magazine programmes are likely to disappear as they generally are broadcast between 7.00pm and 10.00pm in the evening. This will mean that listeners will not have access to speak to and question their local club, RFL officials and those involved with the game.The opportunity to have an opinion heard on local radio will almost certainly disappear.In-depth discussion about sport locally will disappear.Live commentary may be affected if there is a reduction in the number of commentators at games making it less likely that there will be a local flavour to the commentary.There may be a reduction in the number of games covered if there are numerous games on the same evening or afternoon.The removal of the Medium Wave transmission will mean that only one event will be broadcast at one time, for example, if there is a Premier League football game and a Super League game at the same time then the station will not be able, as they currently can, to broadcast one on FM and the other on medium wave. The Sports Producer will have to make a choice.It is estimated that if these cuts are implemented up to 95 per cent of BBC London sports output could disappear.Members of the public, who wish to find out more information about these proposals and to make comment can gain more information from www.therfl.co.uk/localradioreview or contact the BBC Trust directly at: Local Radio Review, BBC Trust, 180 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QZ.You can email: local.radio.review@bbc.co.ukThe deadline for responses is Wednesday December 21 2011 and more information can be downloaded from http://consultations.external.bbc.co.uk/bbc/dqf/The picture shows Ray French MBE, Veteran Broadcaster, Charles Runcie, Head of Sport, English Regions, Ian Ramsdale, Producer & Broadcaster for BBC London and Richard Lewis, RFL Chairman.last_img read more

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JON Wilkin is chomping at the bit to return to act

first_imgJON Wilkin is chomping at the bit to return to action – and provided he comes through training this week, he will be back for the trip to Leeds on Friday.Saints’ Captain suffered a broken thumb last month which required surgery.It meant a lengthy and frustrating time on the sidelines but all that is set to come to an end this week.“It was an unusual injury,” he said. “It has been a little debilitating too; I have had bigger injuries that have been less damaging to my training. I have not been able to train with this one because I couldn’t use it.“The medical staff did a great job though and I’m hopefully good to go this week.“It was a frustrating time to pick up the injury, especially with what is happening on the field.“The last month has been tough for the boys and tough for the club. If anything a bit of leadership and guidance was needed on the field – but it has been a great opportunity for some of the other guys in the team to learn and take on other roles.“It has been an opportunity to see where those guys are coming from. When you look on the field you want to see confidence, direction and belief.“When it is not going so well it is sometimes lacking, and that is where you need to find your leaders. There are maybe a couple of guys who have stepped up.“A team that is quiet is one that is not performing and I feel we have been quiet.”Wilkin’s return coincides with a trip to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup holders and First Utility Super League table toppers.Saints are yet to beat the Rhinos this year too – but have shown enough in each game to suggest they are capable of scoring points.That said, those flurries of good form have come after Leeds have built commanding advantages.“I’m not sure the Cup Final will have taken anything from Leeds,” Wilkin added. “They broke Hull KR down and scored points when they needed to.“They have a good blend in their squad – with young players that have transitioned well into senior players. They have frailties though but I don’t think teams have taken them to a point where they can be exposed.“We have to start with intent and get stuck in. We have stood back and watched them; they have scored points and then we have said ‘hang on, we are St Helens’ and had a dig. That’s too late.“I think we are the side that can disrupt what they are doing as we have the resources on the field.“I have a lot of respect for how they play. I don’t think they play to a structure and that catches teams out.“At the end of the day they are a great side and next six weeks will say if they are one of the greatest sides. We can have a massive say on that.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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The Head Coach reports a fully fit squad to choose

first_imgThe Head Coach reports a fully fit squad to choose from after two pre-season run outs saw Saints beat Sheffield and Leigh 64-6 and 24-20 respectively.He will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3, Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby (c), 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 23. Ben Barba.Daryl Powell will choose his 17 from:1. Ben Roberts, 2. Greg Minikin, 3. Jake Webster, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Greg Eden, 6. Jamie Ellis, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Junior Moors, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Adam Milner, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 16. Joe Wardle, 18. Matt Cook, 21. Jake Trueman, 22. James Green.The game kicks off at 7:45pm and the referee will be James Child.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints had to battle back from two early Hull KR tries to get the win, which saw Kevin Naiqama and Tommy Makinson both score hat-tricks.But despite another high scoring attacking display, Hull KR refused to lie down and Holbrook admitted he was relieved to get the win today, whilst he was also pleased with how his side responded after falling behind.“I was just happy we got the win today. Obviously we played well over that Easter period had a great turnaround and had the luxury of giving a few of the boys the day off and I thought we played that way today!“Hull KR played like they were really urgent, really desperate and full credit to them. They started better than us, but to give our boys a rap, it was a real good effort to turn it around. We easily could have been down a lot more at half-time and we swung it around in our favour. To lead at half-time was really important and I could be really hard on my players in that area, but if you look at the other side of it, full credit for turning it around.“We had a tough second half and we just couldn’t quite kick away, but full credit to Hull KR who kept fighting all the way until the end and I was just happy to get the win.”Holbrook also singled out praise for his right edge with both Naiqama and Makinson grabbing hat-tricks.“I thought Kevin Naiqama was outstanding and obviously Tommy Makinson did some quality things and Jonny Lomax on the other edge, I thought his defence late in that game was outstanding for us and it needed to be. Those three were our best.”last_img read more

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Man sentenced for accessory after the fact in Independence Mall murder

first_imgDarius Dandre Nelson sentenced for accessory after the fact in Independence Mall murder (Photo: District Attorney) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty in court Thursday for accessory after the fact in the 2017 Independence Mall murder.Darius Dandre Nelson, 27, is guilty of Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder for the April 1, 2017 murder of Catherine Ruth Ballard in the parking lot of Independence Mall.- Advertisement – According to the district attorney’s office, Nelson, the ex-boyfriend of Ballard, was with new girlfriend Traneta Campbell when Campbell fired five shots at Ballard while Ballard was standing in the parking lot outside of Ruby Tuesday.It was 1:22 p.m. on a busy Saturday at the mall, so there were numerous witnesses who came forward who saw the murder. Witnesses on the scene also reported that an argument between Campbell, Ballard, and Nelson led up to the murder.Surveillance video captured the entire murder. The trio initially engaged inside the mall and continue their argument as they walk into the parking lot. Nelson first tried to keep Campbell and Ballard apart, and Campbell got into the passenger side of Nelson’s red Honda Civic.Related Article: Wilmington police searching for driver who crashed through fenceWhen Nelson began to walk towards the driver’s side, Campbell came out from the vehicle with a gun and engaged Ballard, who was standing 10 feet away and was unarmed. Campbell fired five times, striking a nearby vehicle and hitting Ballard in the back of the head as she turned away. Nelson and Campbell got back into the car, and Nelson drove the two away from the murder scene.U.S. Marshals arrested Nelson and Campbell hiding in a shed behind a house on Monroe Street on April 3, 2017. Campbell and Nelson were placed under arrest and confessed to police.Although Nelson confessed to police that he sold the murder weapon, in June of 2017, he sent Campbell a letter while both were in custody asking Campbell to lie and tell detectives that she got rid of the murder weapon alone.The Honorable Kent Harrell sentenced Nelson to at least 5 years in prison.Traneta Campbell plead guilty to second degree murder and discharge weapon into occupied property on March 16, 2018 and received a sentence of 31 to 39 years in prison.Catherine “Cat” Ballard worked at New Hanover Regional Hospital and was attending Cape Fear Community College full time. She would have turned 25 on April 21, 2017.last_img read more

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Carolina Beach woman pleads guilty in adoption scam

first_img Prosecutors say beginning in November 2016, George posted on several social media and adoption websites that she was pregnant and wanted to put her child up for adoption. But they say George was not pregnant.People from across the country responded to George’s post about the possibility of adopting her child. She then engaged in lengthy discussions with these people and asked them to send her money for food, doctors’ appointments and housing needs.The DA’s Office says George got a positive pregnancy test using the urine of a pregnant friend and obtained Medicaid benefits from the Department of Social Services. She alsopaid her pregnant friend $20 to get an ultrasound in George’s name so she could send the images to the victims to prove that she was in fact pregnant.Related Article: Oakland becomes 2nd US city to decriminalize magic mushroomsIn February 2017, a couple from Ohio called the Carolina Beach Police Department to report the scam after they gave her several hundred dollars for food and rent.READ MORE: Alleged victims react to nationwide adoption scamAfter this initial report to law enforcement and the defendant’s arrest later that month, an investigation by the Carolina Beach Police Department revealed at least 16 other people who had also claimed George had scammed them during.George was arrested and made her first court appearance on the charges on March 3, 2017. A grand jury indicted her five months later.At the time George was on probation for selling a Schedule I controlled substance.She was also convicted of 16 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses in 2012 in New Hanover County. Investigators in that case said George and her husband rented out condos and collected money before the guests arrived. When folks got there, they realized something was wrong when they couldn’t get into the building, or in the case of an address at Wrightsville Beach, they realized what they paid for was an empty lot.In 2014 George faced charges in Johnston County for a similar con involving a vacation home in Topsail Beach. Wendy Mae George (Photo: New Hanover Co. Jail) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Carolina Beach woman has pleaded guilty to charges related to a nationwide adoption scam.The District Attorney’s Office says Wendy George, 39, pleaded guilty in New Hanover Superior Court Friday to 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of felony accessing a computer to perpetuate a fraud and one count of Medicaid fraud. Judge Andrew Heath sentenced her to 50-64 months in prison. The Court also sentenced her to an additional 22-37 months, which was suspended for three years of supervised probation.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Southport physician named Dosher Memorial Hospitals Chief of Medical Staff

first_img Other staff elected to the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee include Dr. Andre’ Minor as vice chief, Dr. Joseph Hatem as Department of Medicine, and Dr. William Bolding as Department of Surgery.Dosher has 150 members on its medical staff in 18 specialties. SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Dr. Terry L. Pieper has been named as Dosher Memorial Hospital’s Chief of the Medical Staff for 2019-2020.Dr. Pieper has a private practice at Howe Street Internal Medicine in Southport and has been at Dosher since 2002.- Advertisement – last_img

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10kg of cannabis en route to Malta seized in Sicily

first_imgThe Italian Police, Guardia fi Finanza, seized 10kg of cannabis that were to be imported illegally to Malta from Sicily.A 46 year old Serb male was arrested in his car as he was boarding a ship to Malta. The market value of the cannabis found in the car is estimated to be €90,000.The Italian police are currently undertaking a series of searches to prevent drug trafficking. Their efforts are reaping success so much so that the day before, an English man was caught trying to smuggle cocaine and cannabis in the air condition system in his car.There were four people arrested on their way to Malta from Sicily overseas in connection with drugs in 2018.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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Maltco searching €820000 prize winner

first_imgThe Quaterno+ €820,000 prize is still unclaimed. The winner has until mid-July to claim the prize. Maltco lotteries said that the winning ticket was purchased in Qawra. The ticket matched five of the eight numbers that were drawn (71-23-75-6-27-56-81-8). Two weeks after the draw nobody has as yet claimed the princely sum of €820,000. Maltco is advising the winner to collect the prize from the Maltco office in Iklin until the 17th of July. If the prize remains unclaimed it will go to the Just Causes Fund. WhatsApp <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>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

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Watch Will you resign Mr Delia No

first_imgAsked whether he would resign, the leader of the Nationalist Party Adrian Delia told the press, “no”.Delia made this quick and blunt reply in front of PN Headquarters and ahead of a further meeting of the party’s Parliamentary Group. After taking questions from the media, Delia was greeted by supporters inside Dar Centrali cheering for him.The event comes only a few hours after PN enthusiasts had sent messages calling on people to gather in front of PN Headquarters to show their support to Delia.Among the messages Newsbook.com.mt was privy too, supporters encouraged others to create a big crowd.Numerous representatives of the Nationalist Party arrived for the meeting. Footage: Monique AgiusWhatsApp 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

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Air Malta flight delayed due to birdstrike

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Malta International Airport plcMalta International Airport plc An Air Malta flight (KM306/7) that set to depart for Munich at 8.45AM this morning was delayed due damage reported on one of the wings.It is understood that the damage was spotted and reported during the pilot’s inspection of the aircraft ahead of departure.Technicians later inspected the damage which consisted of a small dent on the wing, believed to have been caused by a bird, during a previous flight.Further inspections resulted in a delay in the aircraft’s departure from Malta International Airport.The flight was cleared to depart shortly after mid-day.This kind of incident referred to as a Birdstrike, can cause serious damage to wings, control surfaces, cockpits and engines.A similar situation happened only two days ago when a TUI Airways Boeing 737-800 was ascending from Edinburgh airport when a bird struck the right engine at around 150 feet. The strike forced an emergency landing at Glasgow, 50 minutes after departure.The passengers who intended to head to Spain had to wait 10.5 hours for a replacement aircraft to arrive in order to take the passengers to Arrecife.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Fall from fork lifter leaves man in critical condition

first_img SharePrint A Sudanese man is in critical condition after he fell from a height of about one storey on a construction site. A police spokesperson confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that the incident happened at around 11.44 am in Sqaq il-Qenċ in Żebbuġ. The man fell from a fork lifter that had lifted him to the height that he fell from. The construction site worker was taken to Mater Dei Hospital by ambulance. WhatsAppcenter_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

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What is the Potential Impact of Tablet Computers on Education Systems in

first_imgAdvertisement Now we can envision one iPad per teacher and studentThe digital equivalent has an equal promise in revolutionizing both teaching and learning activities. Teachers can have instructional support, literally at their fingertips, in the learning environment. In fact, David Stevenson of Wireless Generation says that 7-inch tablets are perfect tools for classroom teachers. Students can also be empowered with individualized instruction – think Teachermates on steroids.But is this just hardware hype? – Advertisement – Yes, the iPad is intuitive, the Kindle and Nook are cheap, and Android is Open Source, yet is the tablet form factor really all that? There is the immediate e-reader usage model, but what other roles can tablets play? And are those roles most cost-effective with digital devices vs. analog or even paper technologies?Or might tablets just be the OLPC of 2011? Will touch screen tablets be exciting until the real costs for change become apparent? Or are iPads, Kindles and the like a real opportunity for innovative instruction that will surpass laptop and mobile phone promise and usage in the classroom?Our goal: explore the potential impact of tablet computers in education.In this month’s Educational Technology Debate, we’ll hear from experts in education and technology on the promise and pitfalls of tablet devices in the developing world. Source: ictworks.orglast_img read more

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American Tower Company MTN group Join Forces

first_imgAdvertisement American Tower, which manages about 38,000 towers around the world, has been buying towers in the U.S. and expanding its footprint in emerging markets.The U.S. tower company will pay about $89 million for a 51 percent stake in the joint venture with the rest owned by MTN.American Tower expects ATC will build about 280 tower sites for MTN Uganda over the next three years, and look for opportunities to build tower sites for other wireless operators in the East African country. – Advertisement – “Infrastructure sharing makes absolute sense for MTN and we expect it to play a significant role in reducing our long-term infrastructure costs,” MTN Chief Executive Sifiso Dabengwa said.MTN, which operates in 21 countries across Africa and the Middle East, has transformed into a $36 billion mobile giant by focusing on fast-growing emerging markets.American Tower shares closed at $57.82 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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Lenovo Unveils Smartphone Based on Googles Project Tango

first_imgAdvertisement Lenovo Group Ltd. unveiled the first smartphone based on Google’s Project Tango, a technology designed to measure and map surrounding objects and spaces.The Chinese company also announced an initiative to deliver a new line of modular smartphones, stemming from its 2014 purchase of Motorola Mobility. Lenovo unveiled new Moto Z handsets that will feature interchangeable snap-on modules, starting with an extra speaker, a projector for presentations and an expanded internal battery.Lenovo said it hoped to spur other companies to offer many new “Moto Mods,” as the company calls them. – Advertisement – Lenovo, which has been battling market-share losses and other problems in the smartphone business, is hoping the new models will stand out in a crowded field of products that look and work largely the same.“We don’t think that is good enough anymore,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s chief executive, referring to me-too offerings in a keynote address at a large technology showcase here. He said the new products introduced Thursday “have created a new era for the smartphone and Lenovo.”Google disclosed the Tango effort in early 2014, and its relationship with Lenovo was disclosed in January. The technology uses arrays of cameras, sensors and software to create three-dimensional models of indoor spaces and track the user’s motions through them.The companies described a set of augmented reality experiences that range from games—superimposing animated objects on video images seen on a smartphone screen—to measuring objects in stores and seeing how they fit in a simulated room in the home.Lenovo also showed two unusual prototypes a smartphone whose display and other components were flexible enough to wrap around a user’s wrist to act like a smartwatch, and a tablet with a flexible display folded in half to be used as a phone. The company didn’t give any details as to whether or when the prototypes would be sold as products, but the demonstrations underscored Lenovo’s determination to bring innovations to mobile devices.“It turns your phone into virtual measuring tape,” said Johnny Lee, Google’s project lead on the effort, citing the benefits of avoiding purchasing goods that don’t fit as planned. “That can be a very expensive mistake.”One early partner is home improvement retailer Lowe’s Cos., which has developed a Tango-based app that lets users see how appliances, counter tops and other products would look in a room before bringing them home. The company said Thursday it will carry the Phab2 Pro in its stores during the holiday season.Google has described other benefits such as showing smartphone users simulated footsteps to direct them to stores in a mall or to store shelves where items might be found.Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro has four cameras, including one designed to help perceive depth, as well as motion-tracking technology. It would be available in September for $499 on an unlocked basis without carrier subsidies.The new Moto Z and Moto Mods efforts were explained onstage by actor Ashton Kutcher,who has been helping the company design products since 2013. He said conventional approaches to hardware development can saddle phones with technology features that not all users want, adding unnecessarily to the price.Moto Z, which comes in a model with a shatter-resistant screen, first will be available in the summer over Verizon Communications Inc.’s U.S. network. It will later be available on an unlocked basis. Pricing wasn’t immediately disclosed.Any excitement the new products generate would be welcome to Lenovo, which recently reported that smartphone shipments fell 13% in the fiscal year ended in March. The company last month acknowledged that it underestimated the difficulty of integrating the Motorola Mobility business that Lenovo purchased for $2.91 billion from Google.[WSJ]last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 24 October HORSE RACING2.00 AyrBenny In Milan 10/1 > 6/14.10 AyrSo Satisfied 10/1 > 4/15.00 RedcarLackaday 16/1 > 10/1LIVE FOOTBALLLeague One19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD2/1 Bury 7/5 Bolton Wanderers 23/10 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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GLORIOUS GOODWOOD Day 2 Tales From The Ring

first_imgGLORIOUS GOODWOOD WEDNESDAY: Simon Nott is on the Sussex Downs this week reporting on the action in the betting ring and the big bets laid at starsports.bet. It finished 1-0 to the backers on Tuesday. Could the results turn in favour of the books on Wednesday?1:50 Matchbook Betting Podcast Goodwood HandicapWounds licked from yesterday’s drubbing (ours in a local Mexican foot outlet and Ben’s at Brasserie Zédel in Soho!) the firm were ready to try and get some back from yesterday. The crowd definitely looked up but sadly it didn’t translate into improved business in the opener.The 11/4 favourite Lil Rockerfeller won by an impressive 15 lengths, made all and gave the bookies no hope whatsoever. Badwood continued for those plying their trade in the betting, favourite-backers on the other hand kicked Wednesday off nicely. Field money on the rails pitch was disappointing but then news came from the Tatts pitch that they’d laid a £6000 – £2000 the winner. That was a blow after thinking we’d half ducked a bad losing jolly.2:25 Move Over To Matchbook HandicapBetting was even lighter for the rails pitch in the next. Lofty was getting proper grumpy, as they were off Lofty was too, off to the gents he grumbling something about ‘buttons’ ‘not worth watching’ and ‘I hope the favourite wins’. Maybe he should do that more often as 20/1 Soto Sizzler provided the ring with a result it so desperately needed. Not everyone was moaning about business either, Gordon betting next door reported business had been a bit better.3:00 Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes (Group 3)It was all about Soldier’s Call in the next. Compounded in the betting from 15/8 into 6/4 under the pure weight of public support, the biggest bet with us was £600 but with plenty of smaller bets to top it up. With the book looking very lopsided Rumble Inthejungle was given a tug, a punter came in with £1100-£200 late on. It was mission accomplished getting it in the book but one regretted with hindsight watching it win, the jolly back in third.3:35 Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)The sun was taking its toll on poor old Lofty as the firm got to work betting on the feature race. Combated with liberal factor 30.The race was the best betting heat of the day so far, by far. There were plenty of horses laid but plenty of 15/8 and 7/4 laid about Without Parole. At the off the favourite was the only loser in the book, a bad one too, but with so many other horses backed it was felt there was a chance to get it beaten. Lightning Spear, winning at 9/1, was a fantastic result, as Lofty said ‘The first real result in a good betting race of the meeting so far.’4:10 Victoria Racing Club Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10)Well Lofty, the real result was on the horizon. Matched for £125 (real money, or £249 as they like to report) at 1000 on the exchanges, Feel Glorious winning at 125/1 had people searching for any possible glimmer of form that might have made it backable. We laid £3 each-way at 125/1, the form gurus finally came up with the reason someone might have parted with £6. Eureka! It’s the name that did it, Feel Glorious, of course! I doubt there have been many bigger priced winners at Glorious Goodwood. A dream result for the Turf Club 2016 syndicate and trainer George Baker. Bookies were enjoying themselves too, a whole ensemble of them doing genuine ‘skinner walks’ having surreptitious looks into each other’s computers to see who got most. Once the dust had settled field money hadn’t been huge but to win the vast majority of it most welcome. Was the pendulum swinging our way?4:45 EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ HandicapYes it was !! Caravela winning at 11/1 was another terrific result. The Tattersalls pitch actually performed better than the rails, the punters staking higher in the Gordon than in the better-heeled Richmond Enclosure. The books were now on a roll but the unknown quantity of the Pure Bred Arabian race slotted into the card threatened to take the wind out of the day’s sails. A lot of punters had said they’d leave after the 6th.5.15 Arab Race – Qatar International Stakes (Group 1 PA)There was a little interest in the race but the total field money on both pitches combined wouldn’t have totalled a notable bet. It seemed a lot of punters had decided to enjoy the facilities instead of having a wager.The race does give a splash of variety and is of course a showcase for the the sponsor’s interests but as a betting heat it was a poor event. Muraaqib was 5/2 with us, won the £200,000 first prize money and got the firm a couple of hundred quid. On to the lucky last.5:55 Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group HandicapAs feared, it seemed that a lot of people had either gone home or settled down elsewhere. For whatever reason Betting was tepid in the lucky last. However, you never know what is going to come off the floor. We didn’t expect a £6000 – £1000 Vale Of Kent that’s for sure. It was going to make the last race interesting especially as the rest of the field money in the race didn’t total that bet. My oft-quoted now dearly departed first boss Jack Lynn always used to chastise bookmakers that ‘had one losing more than they’d taken’ I don’t know what he’d had said about this one horse book but I bet it would have been sweary.We got away with it but they took an awfully long time to get past him. When I say ‘they’ only the 7/1 winner Medahim did by just a neck. It was a winner in our book of course, with just the one loser. It appeared one group of lads had it spark bang off over the winner. Their raucous celebrations turned the heads of many a seasoned rails bookie. That’s what it’s all about, passion. Shame I’m not able to film events like that. Oh well, it’s turned for us, we’ll be back tomorrow and on the front foot. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

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Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine Bioethics Program receives 1 million

first_imgRice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. Share2CONTACT: EllenChangPHONE: (713) 348-6777EMAIL: ellenc@rice.edu RICE UNIVERSITY ANDBAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE BIOETHICS PROGRAM RECEIVES $1 MILLION FOR RESEARCHReligious questionsabout how understandings of nature affect moral judgments about biologicaladvances will be analyzed by researchers at Rice University and Baylor Collegeof Medicine, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation.The research will beconducted by the Program on Biotechnology, Religion and Ethics, which issponsored by the departments of history, philosophy and religious studies atRice and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor. The grantwill fund a study entitled “Altering Nature: How Religious Traditions Assess theNew Biotechnologies,” which will research ways religious responses are shaped bydifferent views of nature and how the views influence public policy. The researchers willstudy moral issues raised by five areas of biotechnology — assistedreproduction, human enhancement, hybridization, biodiversity andagriculture/human husbandry.The study is directed byDr. Andrew Lustig, who is also the director of the program at Rice. Dr. BaruchBrody, professor of philosophy at Rice and the director of Baylor’s Center forMedical Ethics and Health Policy, is chair of the advisory committee.“People often describebiotechnological advances as natural or unnatural interventions,” said Lustig.“Nevertheless, it is unclear how those labels, in and of themselves, influencemoral judgment about particular issues.”The grant money will beused to convene groups of scholars at annual conferences, publish three bookssummarizing the research, provide briefing documents for the media and develop anew Web site focusing on the ethical issues raised by biotechnologydevelopments.The program was createdin July 2000 and is committed to fostering academic and public discussion of thedeeper conceptual issues posed by recent developments in biotechnology. It seeksto place current debates within larger traditions of religious and ethicalreflection.The funding from theFord Foundation is the first grant award the study has received.“The national debateabout biotechnology research and policy is profoundly influenced by Westernreligious and cultural understandings of nature,” said Constance H. Buchanan,senior program officer for religion, society and culture at the Ford Foundation.“Until now, these have not been the subject of rigorous, comparative study. Thisundertaking promises to produce important new insights into the moralimplications of biotechnology.” AddThislast_img read more

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Internet politics policies have rapidly become integral to the United States international

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.edu Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu Internet politics, policies have rapidly become integral to theUnited States’ international affairs, according to new Rice studyHOUSTON – (May 22, 2012) – Internet governance policy has rapidly risen from a relatively marginal issue for the United States’ foreign policy establishment to a significant component of the country’s international affairs and national security strategy, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.The study, “From Tunis to Tunis: Considering the Planks of U.S. International Cyber Policy 2005-2011,” investigates how and why the Internet, the wider cyberspace and information technology have come to matter a great deal to the departments of Defense and State as well as other key agencies.“We have witnessed how the United States has managed an enormous shift in how the politics of digital international communications impact its international statecraft,” said Christopher Bronk, the paper’s author and a Baker Institute fellow in information technology policy. “Federal agencies have made an important pivot on recognizing the value of what remains a vague catchall term, ‘cyber.’”Bronk bookends his study with the 2005 World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS), which took place in Tunis, Tunisia, and led to the creation of the global Internet Governance Forum, and 2011’s Arab Spring revolutions, which were sparked in Tunis. In between these milestones, he shows how the U.S. adopted, refined and grew its strategy in the face of a number of pivotal events – Internet crackdowns in Burma (2007) and Iran (2009); likely state-sanctioned cyberattacks against Estonia (2007) and the Republic of Georgia (2009); the impact of the WikiLeaks data breach; the Stuxnet worm’s apparent damage to the Iranian nuclear enrichment program; and the role of social media in the Arab Spring revolutions.Bronk points to the FBI’s rapid-response Cyber Action Team’s work in aiding the governments of Turkey and Morocco in their joint investigation of the 2005 Zotob worm as well as U.S. embassies’ increasing use of Twitter to transmit critical official statements as examples of this adoption and transformation in real time.As a final thought, Bronk raises the question as to whether a connection exists between the events of the WSIS and Tunisia’s revolution. “While there may not be any, it is at the very least a novel coincidence.”Bronk previously served as a career diplomat with the Department of State, where his last assignment was in the Office of eDiplomacy, the department’s internal think tank on information technology, knowledge management, computer security and interagency collaboration.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Bronk, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“From Tunis to Tunis: Considering the Planks of U.S. International Cyber Policy 2005-2011”: http://bakerinstitute.org/publications/ITP-pub-PlanksOfUSInternationalCyberPolicy-052112.pdfChristopher Bronk bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/cbronkThis news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/?p=28991.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. AddThislast_img read more

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