The Conservative election victory appears to have

first_imgThe Conservative election victory appears to have delivered a heavy blow to long-term efforts to ensure greater representation of disabled people in parliament.Along with the retirement of disabled Labour MPs David Blunkett and Anne McGuire, there was defeat at the polls for the Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd and Labour’s Dame Anne Begg.This appears to leave the Conservative MPs Paul Maynard and Robert Halfon as the only MPs who would self-describe as disabled people, although further disabled MPs may emerge in the first few months of the new parliament, while there are others who have spoken in past Commons debates of their own health conditions.Dame Anne expressed concern at what appears to be a drop in the proportion of disabled MPs.As vice-chair of the speaker’s conference on parliamentary representation, which reported in 2010, she played a significant part in pushing for more disabled, female and minority ethnic MPs.Dame Anne said: “My argument was [always that] we had to deal with the supply side.“Clearly the political parties have not done enough in identifying and supporting potential disabled candidates.”But she did point to one bright spot for disabled people, with the election of Labour’s Neil Coyle to the London seat of Bermondsey and Old Southwark.Although not a disabled person himself, Coyle has an impressive track record in disability rights, having worked at senior levels for the Disability Rights Commission and the disability charities Disability Alliance and Disability Rights UK.He has also worked in the office of Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Kate Green.Dame Anne said: “The disabled community have a good friend in Neil. I was delighted to hear he had got elected. He understands the issues.”Maynard did not respond to a request for an interview from Disability News Service.But Emily Brothers (pictured), the disabled Labour politician who stood unsuccessfully for the Sutton and Cheam seat at the election, said the apparent drop in the number of disabled MPs was “a great concern”.Brothers, who increased Labour’s vote in her constituency by more than 2,000 votes, compared with 2010, has been calling for the next government to re-open the Access to Elected Office (AEO) fund, one of the measures that came out of the speaker’s conference, and which was launched by the coalition in 2012.The fund was set up to help disabled people with the extra costs they face in gaining elected office, and played a “massive part” in supporting Brothers with her own campaign.She said: “I would not have been able to do the campaign that I was able to undertake without personal assistance [paid for by the fund].”If the government does not want to re-open the fund, Brothers suggested that it could extend the Access to Work (AtW) scheme to disabled people carrying out political campaigning and taking posts on public bodies.Brothers, who is now considering seeking a nomination to stand for Labour in next year’s London assembly elections, said: “This is an area on which all parties should be able to agree.“We should be campaigning for the needs of disabled people to be met in seeking political and public life roles, whether by extending Access to Work, or by a bespoke fund [like the AEO scheme].“What is important is that there is a right to have our needs met and addressed if we want to take part in political or public life.”Without a new AEO fund or an extension of AtW, she said, it would have “a serious negative impact on my future political role”.She added: “When disabled people feel under threat as they have never felt before, it is particularly important that they have their own voice, not just on disability issues but on a whole host of concerns – such as housing, transport and health – which are going to impact on their lives.“That is why having disabled people in the political arena… is very important. That is what we are going to be lacking in the current make-up of the House of Commons.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said: “There appears to be a sharp drop in the number of disabled MPs. However, without facts we cannot know.“A first step is to ask the Commons authorities to undertake confidential monitoring of all MPs to see if they have a disability.“Secondly, we need all MPs to make a commitment to get an accessible constituency office.“We feel confident that IPSA [the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority] will support them in taking action to end disabled people’s exclusion from politics.”last_img read more

SF Mission Candidates Say City Should Be Smarter About Homeless Funds

first_img Tags: election 2016 • Elections Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% This is the fourth installment of 43 Questions, a weekly column leading up to the 2016 supervisorial elections in which Mission Local asks a question a week of the four candidates for District 9.In the midst of the homeless sweeps controversy last week, we asked candidates about their views on homelessness and how to adequately address the issue. Those responses can be viewed here.We wanted to know more and decided to get more specific into the plans laid out by each candidate. We asked each of the four to elaborate on what they would do to address homelessness, from beefing up job services to finding sources of funding. Here are their answers.Respuestas en español aquí. center_img Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic ClubQuestion: You mentioned the Navigation Center in your previous response. Given that it only houses 75 people at a time, the city might need dozens of Navigation Centers to transition the 6,700 homeless people — and 3,500 unsheltered ones — in the city. How would you pay for this approach?Answer: San Francisco currently spends $241 million a year on homelessness. This is enough to build 550 permanent housing units for our homeless population, each year! It’s not about decreasing the budget on homelessness, it’s about being innovative in our approach to leverage more funding from our budget and increase revenue through taxes on luxury goods and the business revenues of the many thriving businesses that have been entering the city. These new city revenues should be dedicated to a housing fund that increases services for tenant protections, homelessness, and permanent housing — ensuring we aren’t displacing more residents onto the streets.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposQuestion: You mentioned the Navigation Center, micro-housing, and increased mental health access in your previous response. Given that there are some 6,700 homeless people in the city — 3,500 unsheltered every night — the city may need dozens of Navigation Centers, thousands more units, and dramatically increased mental health capacity. How would you pay for improving these services?Answer: San Francisco is the second wealthiest city in the country with an annual budget of $9 billion. It’s outrageous to tell San Franciscans that we don’t have the funds to invest in real solutions to homelessness. If we can afford tax breaks for billion dollar companies, and can foot the bill for the Super Bowl and America’s Cup we can afford homeless services. City Hall needs to come together to streamline and track existing services, pass homelessness bonds, and tax corporations to raise funds. It’s not acceptable to ask our residents to bear the brunt of this public health crisis any longer.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261Question: You mentioned vacant public housing units. Are there enough vacant units in San Francisco for the 6,700 homeless in the city, and how would the city pay for retrofitting these units and moving people into them?Answer: No, there aren’t enough vacant units but public housing is an essential piece of the puzzle for low-income or homeless families. We need increased investment to make more available, but we also need to be smarter with the money we already spend.The Mission Navigation Center is an excellent example of how to get things right through coordination, but to end the cycle of homelessness we must provide more opportunity and treat people with dignity [and] respect.We need a robust toolbox of opportunities – public and affordable housing, rental subsidies, eviction prevention assistance, supportive housing, better services and more career opportunities.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyQuestion: You mentioned employment for the homeless — how would you improve job-finding services and what are some barriers to employment specific to the homeless that you would address?Answer: I have 16 years of experience in the job creation environment. The city has services; however, these do not trickle down. Their system operates on the assumption that individuals will walk into a center and self-disclose. I propose the creation of an outreach team to meet people onsite. I would focus on the creation of on-the-job training and temporary/long-term employment. We will incentivize employers that hire this population.Homeless are faced the inability to produce right to work documentation, no current job history, a phone line and mental health support, and a system that criminalizes their situation, which is inhumane and detrimental to their employability.We hope our weekly column will also remind people to vote. San Francisco turnouts are notoriously low, and if you have recently moved or have not yet registered to vote, here is the page you will need to update your registration or to register for the first time.If you have your own questions to ask the candidates, please send them to with the subject line “One Question.” last_img read more

Fifth 100percent affordable housing project breaks ground in SFs Mission

first_img“On this project, you’re really pulling together the essence of the Mission,” said Amy Beinart, an aide in Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s office, about the use of the ground floor space. The total projected cost of the project is $100 million. The two community nonprofit developers closed on construction financing only two weeks ago. Since last June, the Mission has seen five fully affordable projects break ground, making this the most active period in affordable housing development in the neighborhood in recent years. The relief Friday evening was palpable: Only last April, the seven approved affordable projects — including 1990 Folsom — appeared to have stalled. “Every one of these [groundbreakings] represents an incredible amount of hard-fought struggle,” Beinart said. The moment was especially significant for Galería de la Raza, which was forced out of its longtime home at 24th and Bryant streets after its landlord doubled its rent and subsequently evicted the gallery. The gallery temporarily moved to a space at 25th and Valencia in December.  Mayor London Breed, who has appeared at nearly every affordable-housing groundbreaking in the Mission, said that her office is committed to purchasing two more sites for affordable development using the so-called “windfall” funds.The mayor emphasized that 40 percent of the project’s units will be reserved for people living in District 9 through the Neighborhood Preference program. “Apply, apply, apply,” she said, noting that her office will be doing outreach to ensure people know how. Roberto Alfaro, the executive director of HOMEY, said he used to visit the building, which housed bakeries throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s. His father “used to buy me pan in the morning time,” Alfaro said. “He was excited we were doing this.” Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img A 143-unit, fully affordable project at 1990 Folsom St. broke ground Friday evening — the fifth 100-percent affordable project to begin its rise in the Mission District in a year’s time. The project’s groundbreaking “represents another big step forward in keeping San Francisco’s future as a diverse, welcoming city that we all treasure,” Karoleen Feng, director of community real estate at the Mission Economic Development Agency, told about 100 community members at the site. The Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation proposed the project in 2016 and expect it to be complete in early 2021. In addition to the affordable units, the nine-story project will include 15,000 square feet of ground floor space that will house the longtime community organizations Galeria de la Raza, Homies Organizing in the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY), and the Felton Institute. last_img read more

THE first edition of Saints new look Strength in

first_imgTHE first edition of Saints new look ‘Strength in Numbers’ matchday magazine will be available this Sunday.It features an interview with new signing Lama Tasi, head coach Keiron Cunningham’s view of pre-season and the lowdown on Dewsbury Rams.And this special edition, priced at only £1.50, folds out into a wallplanner which charts Saints’ 2016 campaign.Simply pop into the Saints Superstore to grab your copy or seek out a seller on the concourse this Sunday.last_img

BCSO Offduty deputy kills dog after safety concerns by neighbors

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An off-duty Brunswick County Sheriff deputy shot and killed a dog named Ruby in the River Hill subdivision Thursday after it was seen running around the neighborhood causing safety concerns for residents.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says an email was sent out to the residents in the subdivision around 10:20 a.m. in reference to a possible wild animal at large in the area of Pine Hill Drive.- Advertisement – However Ruby’s owner, Amanda Paterson said she never received an email from the sheriff’s office.Residents reported seeing an animal, possibly a coyote or wolf, with another animal in its mouth and blood on its face. Several of the neighbors, including an off-duty BCSO deputy, attempted to locate the animal.Deputies say the residents armed themselves for safety as there have been other reports of coyotes in the area recently.Related Article: Deputies: Brunswick man attacks brother, neighbor with macheteWhile in the deputy’s yard, the animal appeared and started towards him and other people gathered in his yard. The off-duty deputy then used his personal gun to killed the animal.After the shooting, it was discovered that the animal was a dog owned by one of the neighbors. The dog had no collar nor any identification.Brunswick County Sheriff Animal Protective Services has investigated the incident. They say after speaking with numerous residents, it was determined that the actions taken by the deputy were justified.BCSO says while unfortunate, the incident is a reminder of the importance of keeping animals secure.Paterson sent WWAY the following statement:“She was a loving and wonderful rescue pet from BCAPS. We loved her and will miss her dearly,” Paterson wrote.last_img read more

ACT OF KINDNESS Deputy helps driver change tire in the rain

first_img The bystander caught the act of kindness on camera and shared photos with the department.Nice job Deputy Branch! Deputy Larry Branch was seen “helping to change a tire in the pouring down rain during one of the busiest times of day for traffic” by someone driving by. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Going beyond the call of duty. As many people drove past a disabled driver Tuesday, this Brunswick County Sheriff deputy stopped to lend a helping hand.According to a post the sheriff’s office Facebook page, Deputy Larry Branch was seen “helping to change a tire in the pouring down rain during one of the busiest times of day for traffic” by someone driving by.Deputy Larry Branch (Photo: BCSO)- Advertisement – last_img read more

UNCW men drop fifth of 6 fall 10495 to James Madison

first_imgWILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Stuckey Mosley scored 27 points, Darius Banks added 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and James Madison beat UNC Wilmington 104-95, splitting the season series on Saturday.James Madison (10-14, 3-8 Colonial Athletic Association) stopped a five-game skid and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time since a 106-74 win over East Mennonite on Nov. 24, 2015.- Advertisement – Matt Lewis added 19 points for the Dukes, who shot 60 percent in the second half and 59 percent for the game. They trailed 53-46 early in the second half but erased the deficit with a 7-0 run and took control for good with a 9-0 run that made it 80-73 with 7:12 left.James Madison went the final 4:11 without a field goal but made 17 of 18 free throws during that span to hold on.Ty Gadsden had 24 points and Jeantal Cylla added 20 for the Seahawks (8-16, 4-7), who have lost five of the last six. Devontae Cacok had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his 18th double-double of the season and the 53rd of his career.last_img read more

Anonymous doctors support abortion

first_imgA new NGO called Doctors for Choice (DFCM) has been set up to lobby for the introduction of abortion in Malta. The press release sent by the organisation was not signed by anyone. could not verify who are the members and whether they are doctors or not.The organisation is saying that Malta’s current laws on abortion violate human rights and deny patients access to crucial health services. They are demanding that the healthcare service provides for ‘safe access to abortion.’The body argues that at this current time, abortion remains an offence which is punishable while at the same denying women’s ‘autonomy over their bodies.’For this reason, the anonymous ‘doctors’ state that they support women’s access to these services as well as being ‘able to make a fully informed choice on their pregnancy, including the option to choose safe abortion in a controlled, empathetic environment. Women should have the final decision without any interference.’Read: Pro-Abortionists say they are passionate about reproductive rightsEarlier on this year another pro-abortion group titled Voice for Choice was set up. In a statement it said that it’s aim was to lead a campaign for what the group defined as ‘rights’ and ‘justice’ in reproduction. Voice for Choice is an umbrella organisation made up of groups and individuals who described themselves as ‘passionate about reproductive rights’.Read: Majority of university students oppose abortion – KSU surveyIn March a study carried out by the University Students’ Council found that a majority of university students oppose abortion. The Council published the findings of its survey in which 58.4% of 733 who participated in the survey said they were against the legalization of abortion in Malta. While 41.6% said that they are in favour.The findings of the survey were adopted by the Council, with the Council stating that given the results, the students are therefore against the legalization of abortion. The report was prepared by the students who were assisted by Professor Liberato Camilleri.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Queens former residence in Malta up for sale at €59m

first_img SharePrint Google MapsGoogle Maps The palazzo that served as the residence of Princess Elizabeth, later Queen, and Prince Philip between 1949 and 1951, is up for sale at €5,950,000.Villa Gwardangia, a grade 2 building, measures 1,560sqm and has a lounge, dining room, living room, kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, grand ‘sala nobile’, 2 garages and various rooms which lead to a mature garden which measures 900sqm.The property has been listed on Frank Salt’s website, which have described the property as “crying out for a great conversion and will make a superb residence or possibly a commercial venue”.It has also sea views over Marsamxett Harbour from its roof terrace.Nationalist Pietà local councillor Josef Fitzpatrick in a Facebook post said that the advert confirms what he had said on Villa Gwardamangia. Fitzpatrick referred to an interview conducted by state TV with Pietà mayor and Heritage Malta official during which it was announced that there were ongoing discussions on the possible sale of the Villa. Fitzpatrick had presented a motion in front of Pietà local council on 12 March 2019 which was discussed on 25 March.In his motion, the local councillor had asked the council to consider asking the Authority in charge to intervene in this situation, to identify the owners of the property and establish whether they have the necessary means to restore the palazzo. In the eventuality that this resulted in the negative, the motion urged the competent authorities to intervene and restore the building.It was suggested that the palazzo would be restored to its former glory to be enjoyed by residents, people living on the islands and as well as serve as a tourist attraction. In the motion put forward by Fitzpatrick stated that in the eventuality the property ceases to belong to private individuals then Heritage Malta and Pietà Local Council should be responsible for it.The local councillor wrote to Heritage Malta in April demanding a clarification over a number of points the official had made during TV programmes on state TV. Fitzpatrick had asked when was interest first shown by the Government to acquire the property, with Kenneth Gambin from Heritage Malta saying “years ago”. He also asked about ongoing talks with the royal family over the property which Gambin cited during the programme, with the latter saying that there were ongoing discussions. Finally he also asked about contact made with the owners, with Gambin saying that they were contacted however Fitzpatrick claimed that no contact was made with the owners.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Watch What happens at the Executive stays within the Executive

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Many of those present at the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Executive Committee chose not to comment on the kerfuffle that seems to have taken place during the meeting with the journalists waiting outside Dar Ċentrali on Monday.The running answer when asked about the commotion that could be heard from the street was “what happens at the Executive stays within the Executive”.Few were those who interacted with the media. One of them was PN leader Adrian Delia who stated with the press that there will be no voting on the alleged ultimatum that the party’s MPs gave to him during the MPs meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday.He added that at this point it is important to have a serious and open discussion so that the party makes the necessary change to be ready for the electorate.When Adrian Delia was asked to comment further on the reported ultimatum, he declared that what is discussed during committee meetings should not be divulged so that those who wish to express themselves during such forums can do so freely.Meanwhile, Team Start president Thomas De Martino told the media that Adrian Delia should not resign. He stated that usually no vote of confidence is taken following an EP election.PN MPs meeting on TuesdayLast week, the PN MPs met twice with the second session running into the early hours of the following day. is informed that the majority of the PN MPs would like to see Adrian Delia resign from leader of the party.The Times of Malta was also reported that Delia has until Tuesday to decide on his future within the party. According to ONE this ultimatum was supposed to expire at midday last Saturday. From its end, The Malta Independent reported that the PN MPs will not be discussing Delia’s resignation but some of the group are expecting “concrete proposals”.Footage: Monique Agius WhatsApplast_img read more

UK ruling allows Twitter updates from courts

first_imgAdvertisement Under interim guidelines issued on Monday, officials approved the use of hand-held texting devices in court, with media representatives given priority. Permission remained conditional on not disrupting proceedings.“The use of an unobtrusive, hand-held, virtually silent piece of modern equipment for the purposes of simultaneous reporting of proceedings to the outside world as they unfold in court is generally unlikely to interfere with the proper administration of justice,” said Igor Judge, the most senior judge in England and Wales.“It may be necessary for the judge to limit live, text-based communications to representatives of the media for journalistic purposes and to disallow its use by the wider public in court,” he added. – Advertisement – The restriction was to prevent interference with the court’s sound recording equipment or possible distraction if too many people were passing on court proceedings to the wider world.Reporting from British courts is tightly controlled, with television coverage and photography prohibited and sound recording allowed only in exceptional circumstances.Specialized sketch artists provide pictures of defendants in court to help television reporters illustrate their stories.Assange was freed last week on 200,000 pounds ($312,500) bail after three high-profile court appearances.(Reuters)last_img read more

PSYs Gentleman sets new YouTube record with 38m views in 24 hours

first_imgAdvertisement Google yesterday confirmed that PSY’s second creation has indeed set a new record, with 38 million views in 24 hours.Googlewas contacted  last Monday to find out if the record had indeed been broken (we thought the last one was set by Bieber at 8 million) but the company informed us it didn’t have the data yet because YouTube’s data is structured by day as opposed to over a certain time period. Since the video was published on April 13 at 4:59 AM PST, Google only knew it had been watched 18.9 million times on that date (which naturally covers less than 24 hours).KONY at the time held the record for the most views in a single day (30 million) but that was not in the first 24 hours. A week later, Gentleman has destroyed KONY, and has done it in its first 24 hours. – Advertisement – Gentleman was seen 100 million times on YouTube in less than four days in regions all over the world, according to Google. To put that into perspective for you, the milestone took Gangnam Style nearly two months to achieve:Gentleman has already been viewed over 200 million times. In other words, it is more than a fifth of the way to the 1 billion milestone its predecessor hit as the first YouTube video ever in December 2012.Gagnam Style isn’t standing still: it’s already past 1.55 billion views. Right now it doesn’t look like any YouTube submission will be able to take away its “most viewed video of all time” crown. Even Gentleman will have to maintain quite a high daily view count to surpass it.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Ugandan Parliamentarians to take 2 months course on iPad basics

first_imgAdvertisement Ugandan Members of Parliament will on Monday start a two months training on how to use iPads, according to widespread reports in local press. “The training is not mandatory; it is only for those who expressed interest in getting training on how to use this gadget, members will be taught the basics on how to operate an iPad,” said Parliament’s PRO as quoted by the New Vision.According to an official document obtained from the Institute of Parliament Studies (IPS) training on the use of iPads will start today February 24 and end on April 14.last_img read more

Ugandas top Google Searches of 2015

first_imgThe Late Gen. Aronda Nyakairima’s sudden death shocked the nation. It’s no surprise that many Ugandans turned Google for answers to the many questions that they had. Image Credit: PearlEdition Advertisement Google has released its annual list of the top searches that the world has made on the leading search engine in 2015. We have taken a look at specifically the searches made in Uganda, and they are a reflection of what was on our minds this year.“Illuminati” features on both the lists of top “What is…” and “How to…” searches as interest in Illuminati in Uganda was at an all time high this year.Ugandans were keen on personalities, with the Late Gen. Aronda Nyakairima being the overall top trending search item after he died suddenly on a flight from South Korea. Several other Ugandans were “googled” frequently, and below we give you an idea why they were searched for that much. – Advertisement – Here are the 10 overall trending Google searches made in Uganda as for 2015:10. Pope FrancisImage Credit: JoeMillerWith the Ugandan population being majority Christian, Pope Francis’ first ever arrival on Ugandan soil was bound to be of high interest. It’s no surprise that Ugandans went to Google to get answers to whatever questions they had about the Pope and his visit to Uganda.9. Rosemary NankabirwaImage Credit: MatookeRepublicThe former NTV news anchor who lost the battle to adrenocortical carcinoma cancer breathed her last on 12th April 2015. When information about her illness became public, the nation came together to raise funds for her specialised treatment abroad, but sadly it was too late.8. Lamar OdomImage Credit: WennerMediaThe former professional basketball player who was found unconscious in a hotel room at the Love Ranch, Nevada in October is undergoing therapy at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. I am surprised Khloe Kadarshian his enstranged wife didn’t make the list!7. Amama Mbabazi Image Credit: Image Credit: WennerMediaThe former Prime Minister and one of the founders of National Resistance Movement announced his presidential bid on YouTube in June. Amama Mbabazi has always been very active online and was previously ranked “The Most Conversational World Leader” by Twiplomacy, but interest has been spiked by his Presidential aspirations.6. Sanyu Robinah MwerukaImage Credit: AmakuruA “sex-tape” was once listed as one of the ways of gaining quick popularity, and that’s what happened to the Bukedde TV News Anchor, only that she might have prefered to keep this particular tape, in which she featured with one of her husband’s friends, private.5. BurundiImage Credit: HuffPostWith President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term as the President of Burundi has caused a massive man slaughter in the country leaving many killed and several injured. Although international news outlets aren’t giving the situation the kind of attention you would expect, internet users are searching for information.4. Desire LuzindaImage Credit: RedPepperBefore Desire Luzinda accused the Former Miss Uganda, Phiona Bizzu of stealing her dress, she broke the internet when photos of her in Adam’s suit (or Eve’s suit, for that matter) leaked online. That she made this list explains why several others’ photos leaked or were leaked.3. Floyd MayweatherImage Credit: DailyMailAhead of the much hyped Floyd – Manny fight, Ugandans were in on the action, at least electronically. We saw a lot of “TMT” on social streams, and its no surprise that many went to Google for more information.2. Harriet KisakyeImage Credit: ggphtPopularly known for her hit “Gyenvudde tebibadde birungi”, Ugandans googled Harriet Kisakye more when she passed on earlier this year at IHK. She was one of Uganda’s most talented artists and will surely be missed.1. Aronda NyakairimaImage Credit: PearlEditionThe sudden death of one of Uganda’s top generals shocked the nation. The internet was awash with several conspiracy theories surrounding his death, and it’s no surprise that many Ugandans turned to the leading search engine for answers to the many questions that they had.Other popular trending searches of google in Uganda include:Current AffairsXenophobiaSyriaBrundi CoupAfrican Cup of NationsMiss UgandaMayweather v PacquiaoPope Francis in UgandaParis AttackCharlie HebdoMAMA awardsWhat isWhat is illuminati?What is intranet?What is the risk of cancer with gut polyps?What is time now in Uganda?What is the exchange of euro into Uganda shillings?What is ebola?What is performance appraisal?What is xenophobia?What is immigration?What is my ip address?How toHow to code variables in amosHow to join the illuminati UgandaHow to make paper bagsHow to write an invitation letterHow to lose weight in a weekHow to calculate pregnancy monthsHow to become richHow to make mandaziHow to conduct deliverance serviceHow to bake a cakelast_img read more

Toyota Corp to Spend 1billion USD in AI Based Driving Systems in

first_imgNational Headquarters of Toyota motor sales. Image Credit: Motortrend Advertisement Japanese automotive manufacturer, Toyota Corp. is targeting developing driver assistance systems that integrate artificial intelligence (AI) to improve vehicle safety in the next five years, the head of its advanced research division said.Gill Pratt, CEO at Toyota Research Institute said, “the Japanese automaker’s research and development company that focuses on AI, said it aims to improve car safety by enabling vehicles to anticipate and avoid potential accident situations.”Toyota said the institute will spend 1 billion USD over the next five years, as competition to develop self-driving cars intensifies. – Advertisement – Earlier this month, home rival Honda Corp. said it was setting up a new research body which would focus on AI, joining other global automakers which are investing in robotics research, including Ford and Volkswagen AG.“Some of the things that are in car safety, which is a near-term priority, I’m very confident that we will have some advances come out during the next five years,” Pratt told reporters late last week in comments embargoed for Monday.[related-posts]The concept of allowing vehicles to think, act and take some control from drivers to perform evasive manoeuvres forms a key platform of Toyota’s efforts to produce a car which can drive automatically on highways by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.While currently driver assistance systems largely use image sensors to avoid obstacles including vehicles and pedestrians within the car’s lane, Pratt said Toyota Research Institute was looking at AI solutions to enable “the car to be evasive beyond the one lane”.“The intelligence of the car would figure out a plan for evasive action. Essentially (it would) be like a guardian angel, pushing on the accelerators, pushing on the steering wheel, pushing on the brake in parallel with you.”As Japanese automakers race against other tech companies to develop automated vehicles, they’re also grappling with a rapidly greying society, which puts future demand for private vehicle ownership at risk.Pratt said he saw the possibility that Toyota may one day become a maker of robots to help the elderly.last_img read more

335 Musselburgh More open than the US Open

first_imgScottish Sprint CupMusselburgh 3.35TIME: 3.35pm, C4/RUKPUZZLINGI’ve seen a 1,000 piece jigsaw of “Hove at Night” that looks easier to solve than today’s racing.If sprint handicaps are your thing – then today is your Royal Ascot and Cheltenham rolled into one.The Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh is down to 19 runners with the defection of Church Music but with the favourite close to double figures at the time of writing it’s more open than the US Open golf !The draw isn’t a massive advantage at Musselburgh – though there is a slight bias for horses drawn high.Rothesay Chancer, right down the bottom of the weights, looks of speculative interest. He is so far down the weights he is actually out of them – 4lb out of the handicap but that is more than accounted for in his price.He arrives here in good form, with a course and distance success last time out – the latest success over a C and D which he excels at and his trainer Jim Goldie is striking form at the right time. When you look down the field quite a few of these are out of form and the race could well be run to suit Rothesay who I’m recommended each-way. Obviously!STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)3 points each way ROTHESAY CHANCER (3.35 Musselburgh)(-5.00 points Friday)INTERNET BALLOONSIt won’t be long before you’ll be able to get online and check your e-mail ANYWHERE in the world.Google has unveiled plans to provide the internet to the billions who cannot currently access the web – using balloons circling the globe.The internet giant’s secretive X research lab is behind the move, called Project Loon in recognition of how strange the idea sounds.Scientists launched a trial on Saturday in New Zealand’s South Island, letting off a string of jellyfish-shaped balloons in the sky about Lake Tekapo.The aim is for the flimsy helium-filled inflatables, which are made from plastic film, to beam the internet back down to earth as they sail past on the wind.It has taken the lab, which also came up with a driverless car and web-surfing eyeglasses, 18 months to reach this point.Ultimately Google hopes to launch thousands of balloons into the stratosphere and bridge the digital divide between the 4.8 billion offline and 2.2 billion online.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 5 FebruaryRACING1.20 CarlisleIndian Voyage 11/2 > 11/42.10 LudlowEdmund Kean 6/4 > 8/117.00 KemptonPool House 5/2 > 7/48.00 KemptonEx Ex 2/1 > 11/8FOOTBALLReal Madrid 4/5 > 10/11 Atletico Madrid and draw both supportedWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

BENS BLOG Camaraderie in the bettingring

first_img[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of the nicest things, about making a book, at the races, is the camaraderie between bookmakers.I have so many happy memories, of dinners after racing, with people, that really do become great friends.Tonight, I went out with Mick Crombie (who bets under the name of ‘Michael Star’) and his wife Mari, and daughter; Shelley.When I was in my early twenties, I opened my first betting-shop, in Sutton Common Road. It was a tragic experience, as the crooked Staff, slowly but surely, ate me alive.Thankfully, Mick was on hand, to help sort me out, and properly show me the ropes. Since then, we’ve been close friends, and still seek each other’s counsel, to this day.Mick knows the game backwards, but his best quality, is certainly his loyalty.THANK YOU, MICK.In other news:Sorrento, 29 Three Tuns Lane, Formby, Liverpool, L37 4AQ. (WEB SITE CLICK HERE) Great atmosphere, with fantastic Staff, who really played their parts, making the whole event almost like going to the theatre. Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. The food was pretty good through the card. And Formby, looked to me, to be a very nice village. One to add to the list, if you’re in the area. About £40 a head. 6.5.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Mondays World Cup games

first_imgBrazil v MexicoFIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 1615:00 ITVWorld Cup favourites Brazil had an all but smooth Group Stage here in Russia, but nevertheless still managed to top the group. And they arrive here in Samara slightly fearful of the surprise package from Group F in Mexico, who took the scalps of the current holders Germany in their first game at this years tournament.But “El Tri’s” record against Brazil at World Cups is woeful, conceding 11 times in 4 games and never finding the net themselves against the “Selecao”. This could be a nervy affair unless Brazil stamp their authority from the outset, and they’ll look to further their impressive record against the Mexicans here. A Brazil Clean Sheet at Evens looks hard to oppose under boss Tite.The Last 16 has been Mexico’s elimination stage for the last 6 World Cups, and they’ll need a special game against the very best to buck the trend here in Russia. Without defender Hector Moreno, that job looks even harder and with the likes of Neymar and Coutinho firing on all cylinders, it looks written in the stars for a Mexico exit. Coutinho at 17/4 to score first looks attractive, with the Barcelona playmaker on of the most dangerous in and around the area at all times.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BRAZIL CLEAN SHEET 10 points at evens with starsports.betBACK COUTINHO TO SCORE FIRST 6 points at 17/4 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET Belgium v JapanFIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 1619:00 BBC OneAfter the group stages of this World Cup few will count Belgium out as potential winners and they ought to be too good for Japan in their last 16 tie.The Belgians won what was being called the ‘must lose game’ on Thursday but the irony is that following on from many permutations and predictions for the draw, they now have what is the easier assignment on paper coming up, with a best price of just 2/5 available with that they will win in 90 minutes.Of course, they are in the ‘harder’ part of the draw, although they ought to have no fear about facing any of the sides given how impressive their two performances have been and there’s less to fear from any team than at the beginning of the tournament. Roberto Martinez will be hearted that the much-changed side he played got the better of England and looked useful enough whilst doing so thanks to a fine Adnan Januzaj strike. Vincent Kompany’s 15-minute cameo off the bench was also positive ahead of a potential quarter-final although Derdick Boyata looked more than good enough to handle himself too which eases some of the fears regarding defence.It is in midfield and going forward where Belgium excel however, and their quintet of Kevin de Bruyne, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku can match any in the competition. They’re also in form too, with Lukaku having scored four goals so far whilst Hazard was at his dominating best with two goals and a hatful of chances created. De Bryune too, has found his range and is working well with a confident Lukaku.Japan’s qualification from the group – which to be fair, is more than was expected of them pre-tournament – was unsatisfactory for many as they reached the last 16 of the World Cup by having a better disciplinary record than Senegal after losing to Poland in their final Group H game.However, in previous matches they did show enough to think they can be reasonably competitive, taking advantage of Colombia’s early red card to cause an upset and going toe to toe with Senegal in an entertaining game that ended 2-2. Shinji Kagawa is the star name and has had a good tournament, but Takashi Inui shone with a goal and assist against Senegal and Gaku Shibasaki was one of many who have confused expectations.However, this is likely to be a substantially tougher test for them against a Belgian side with all the weapons to go very far. Over 2.5 goals (10/11 with looks a runner given that both sides are attack minded with one having the advantage.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS 10 points at 11/10 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 86.10 pointslast_img read more

Green chemicals closer to market

first_img‘Green’ chemicals closer to marketRice University, Roquette Fréres sign deal for bio-based succinic acidRice University and Roquette Frères have signed a licensing deal to enable bio-based production of succinic acid, a substance used in plastics, textiles, drugs and solvents and as a food additive.Roquette Frères, one of the world’s most advanced starch and starch-derivatives businesses, was intrigued by Rice’s patented microbial metabolic engineering technologies, which can produce bio-based succinic acid from renewable resources via “green” chemistry.The technologies were developed in the labs of Rice professors Ka-Yiu San, the E.D. Butcher Professor in Bioengineering, and George Bennett, the E.D. Butcher Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. The process employs the principles of “white biotechnology” – that is, production without the use of petroleum. Until recently, petroleum-based production was the only way to make succinic acid in industrial quantities.Under the agreement, Roquette obtained the right to commercialize technologies by San and Bennett, who genetically engineered E. coli bacteria that produce high yields of succinic acid through fermentation.“A lot of organisms can make succinic acid in small quantities; however, we were interested in the science of making large-scale changes in the metabolic network,” said Bennett. “Biological processes have been developed for industrial production of several commercial chemicals with more on the horizon, and we feel these methods are both friendly to the environment as well as being an economical long-term strategy for industry.”“In this process, we’re close to the maximum theoretical yield of succinic acid from glucose,” said San, who began talking with Roquette officials a few years ago.Their techniques address the need to develop biorefinery-based techniques that can produce notably fuels and chemicals using renewable resources as an alternative to fossil fuels. The overall goal is to reduce energy requirements to a sustainable level.The technique has a desirable carbon footprint since it captures carbon dioxide. “The process is actually carbon-negative,” said San. “It uses about 0.75 molecules of carbon dioxide for every molecule of succinic acid it produces from glucose.”Roquette intends to develop a demonstration plant in France by the end of 2009 with the capacity to produce several hundred metric tons of succinic acid per year. After successful demonstration of the technology, the company expects to begin large-scale production by 2011.The Rice process will make producing bio-based succinic acid price-competitive with that of petrochemical origin and further stimulate market development of bio-based and biodegradable polymers that use succinic acid as an intermediate. ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: AddThislast_img read more