The civil servant who leads the governments work

first_imgThe civil servant who leads the government’s work and health unit has sparked fresh concerns that the new disability employment strategy could be heavily influenced by the discredited “biopsychosocial” (BPS) model of disability.Tabitha Jay told a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group for disability (APPGD) yesterday (Wednesday) that the social model of disability underpinned the strategy, which has an aim of seeing one million more disabled people in work over the next 10 years.But she also appeared to suggest that the BPS model was “running in parallel” to the social model within the strategy.The BPS model places blame for being unemployed on the individual disabled person and their supposed negative attitudes towards working, whereas the social model explains that it is the barriers in society – and not people’s impairments – which disabled people.Jay was only speaking at the event because the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, had withdrawn at short notice after originally promising to answer questions about the strategy.Ellen Clifford, campaigns and policy manager for Inclusion London, had asked the civil servants about the disparity between the government’s claims that it believed in the social model and the new strategy, which appeared to be underpinned by the BPS model.Clifford (pictured, right, at another event) told Jay and Karen Jochelson, who heads the Office for Disability Issues, that the question of which model underpinned the strategy was “fundamental to its impact and effectiveness”.She pointed out that the UK government had told the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities in July that it “embraces the social model of disability”, while the former minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, had assured her that the strategy would be consistent with the social model.But Clifford said the strategy, published in November after Newton’s appointment, was in practice underpinned by the BPS model, which was “very dangerous and very harmful” and accounts for “a lot of the damaging impact” of the work capability assessment and other welfare reforms.She said: “That fundamental underpinning is what is at the heart of a lot of things that haven’t been working with welfare reform, and it’s also unethical.”Clifford said these concerns had been picked up by many psychologists, highlighting government reforms such as efforts to integrate health and work, and placing therapists in job centres.The disabled crossbench peer the Countess of Mar agreed with Clifford’s concerns and said that people with ME were being “forced to take exercise regimes which are making them sicker, defeating the objective of getting them back to work”.Responding to Clifford’s question, Jay claimed that the social model “is the government’s model of disability”.But she added: “The one million target is about both people with disabilities and people with health conditions, some of which may be very temporary.“There are all kinds of different people within the one million and some of them might benefit from a health approach, so there are different things running in parallel.”Karen Jochelson, who heads the Office for Disability Issues, added: “We do think the social model underlies a range of government policy.“Any good policy-maker needs to think of a range of factors that may affect the potential users of services or policies, so that would incline one to think about the social model.”Clifford said after the meeting that the comments appeared to show that Jay did not understand the social model.She said: “What we have been told is that the social model doesn’t apply to people with long-term health conditions.”She said she was concerned that Esther McVey, the newly-appointed work and pensions secretary, had previously highlighted her support for the principles of the BPS model when she was employment minister.In a foreword to a 2013 discussion document on the government’s disability and health employment strategy, McVey wrote: “A person’s belief about what they can do can be as important as other factors, including their health condition, in determining how likely they are to find a job.”Jay told Disability News Service after the meeting: “Access to relevant health services at the right time can be a barrier for disabled people in employment, I think. That is our position.“We are committed to the social model. The whole philosophy of the government’s approach is the social model.”But when asked whether the government was also committed to the BPS model, she said that that question would need to be answered by the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) press office.DWP’s press office had not clarified that point by noon today (Thursday).Campaigners and researchers have pointed out that the BPS model underpins employment and support allowance (ESA) and the work capability assessment, and has played a significant role in the tightening of eligibility criteria for ESA and other disability benefits by the coalition and Tory governments.Research published last year, led by Professor Tom Shakespeare and Professor Nicholas Watson, argued that the BPS model was riddled with inconsistencies, misleading statements and “unevidenced” claims.The BPS model was developed by Dr Gordon Waddell, an orthopaedic surgeon, and Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, who was DWP’s chief medical officer from 1995 to 2005.Key to the BPS model, said Shakespeare and Watson, is the idea that “it is the negative attitudes of many ESA recipients that prevent them from working, rather than their impairment or health condition”, essentially branding many benefit claimants “scroungers”.This allows supporters of BPS – including a string of New Labour and Tory government ministers – to draw a distinction “between ‘real’ incapacity benefit claimants, with long-term and incurable health conditions, and ‘fake’ benefit claimants, with short-term illness”, with the model responsible for a “barely concealed” element of “victim-blaming”.last_img read more

Labour plans to install solar panels on nearly two

first_imgLabour plans to install solar panels on nearly two million homes as part of an effort to reduce energy bills, Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long-Bailey will announce on Thursday.During a visit to Yorkshire, the Labour leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will set out further details of the party’s ‘green industrial revolution’ aim.One goal is fit solar panels on one and three quarter million homes, which would save households an estimated average of £117 a year on bills – addressing fuel poverty while promoting an environmentally healthy and sustainable solution.Social housing and low-income households make up one million of the homes that would benefit from the scheme. The other 750,000 homes would have solar panels installed “through a programme of interest free loans, grants and changes to regulations”.As well as creating 16,900 jobs and saving 7.1 million tonnes of CO2 according to Labour, the policy forms part of the broader idea that the party would ensure a ‘just transition’ from the current economy to a low-carbon economy.This type of ‘transition’ would ensure that the burden of change is not placed disproportionately on less wealthy people, who may find it more difficult to adapt, but will be socially just, and even reap financial rewards.Unveiling the new policy, Jeremy Corbyn said: “In this country, too often people are made to feel like the cost of saving the planet falls on them. Too many think of green measures as just another way for companies or the government to get money out of them, while the rich fly about in private jets and heat their empty mansions.“Labour’s approach is different. Our green industrial revolution will benefit working class people with cheaper energy bills, more rewarding well-paid jobs, and new industries to revive the parts of our country that have been held back for far too long.“By focusing on low income households we will reduce fuel poverty and increase support for renewable energy. Social justice and climate justice as one. Environmental destruction and inequality not only can, but must be tackled at the same time.”Labour for a Green New Deal, a recently set-up campaign group on the left of the party, welcomed the policy announcement. The ‘green industrial revolution’ planned by Labour “doesn’t need to happen in a way which makes life more difficult for people”, co-founder Chris Saltmarsh commented.Labour will also reveal on Thursday that it would bring the national grid into public ownership in a bid to tackle climate change while making heat and electricity a “human right”.Rebecca Long-Bailey is expected to explain that the move will allow profits from the grid to fund further green infrastructure rather than be “pocketed” by shareholders of network companies.The frontbencher said: “It’s an insult and an injustice to our people and our planet for companies operating the grid to rip customers off, line the pockets of the rich and not invest properly in renewable energy.“Only by taking the grid into public ownership can we decarbonise the economy at the pace needed to secure the planet for our children and grandchildren while ending the rip off, creating good jobs in local communities and making heating and electricity a human right.”The solar panel and publicly-owned national grid policies will add to other Labour plans focussed on the environment, including the development of offshore wind, the introduction of a new Clean Air Act and a tree-planting programme.Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Rebecca Long-Bailey /Labour for a Green New Deal /Green industrial revolution /last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham says his side are excited to fac

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says his side are excited to face Salford this Thursday evening.Saints travel to the AJ Bell Stadium with the two teams separated by just two points on the Betfred Super League table.Salford have played a game more but come into the clash following good wins over Castleford and Widnes.“They are certainly going well and are in good form,” Cunningham said. “They are a well drilled side who are playing a little bit different to last year. Watto (Ian Watson) and Glees (Martin Gleeson) are doing a good job with them, they are playing with confidence and enjoying what they are doing.“I always thought they would do well this year. Speaking to Glees you could see it was coming. They have a good conditioner, good coaches and players who want to play together. They will be a good test for us.“We’ve put in two poor first half performances against two really willing sides (Leigh and Wakefield) and didn’t get the results we should have. But over the last three weeks I have been happy with the effort and application of the boys.“Victories make a big difference to the atmosphere at the club and getting the points from a tough away trip to Catalans and from a dogged Warrington is just deserts for the players’ hard work.“We played well against Hull too and deserved more but the players can see where they are heading. Their tough work in the last month is paying off. They are doing it with a smile on their faces, they are united and want to work hard for each other.”He continued: “You’re expected to win here and there is no let up. We’re excited to go this Thursday and face a tough Salford side.”Saints could welcome back Jonny Lomax this Thursday after he came through a tough session on Monday.Matty Smith also showed no ill-effects of his first game back last Friday.“Matty came through ok,” KC added. “He was a bit tired towards the end but got through fine. He was happy with his contribution on Friday and is excited and pleased about going back to one of his former clubs.“Jonny isn’t far off. He got through training with us on Monday and we’re hopeful he will be with us.”Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Free coach travel is available for all those who have bought a ticket for the match from the club.last_img read more

First Team Match St Helens Women

first_img<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>Mark Percival and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook missed out on the win over Hull FC after picking up injuries in the derby win, whilst Luke Thompson left the field mid-way through the first half with an ankle injury.And Holbrook has revealed that all three players will be out for a sustained period.“Percy and Louie will be about for around the six week mark and Thomo [Thompson] we are not sure yet. He is getting some scans this afternoon so we are not sure yet, but it will obviously be at least a couple of weeks and we will see what comes back. It is an ankle injury where he will have his foot in a boot for a few weeks and we will know a bit more later on, but those boys will be out for at least a few weeks.”Tommy Makinson also departed the field on Easter Monday and Holbrook revealed he picked up a back-spasm and is a doubt for the clash with Catalans on Sunday.“He has a back spasm and it tightened up at half-time [against Hull] so I am not sure on Sunday yet, continued Holbrook.“We have got to look at a number of players ahead of Sunday. I said at the start of the season, I won’t rest people for no reason, but we have a reason to look at a few players closely this week. We have played two games in extreme hot conditions so I will work with our medical and performance team to pick a side for Sunday.“Having said that the young lads who came in for Monday’s game were tremendous and whoever we have on Sunday will be good enough.”Theo Fages was forced off injured in the win over Hull KR a few weeks back and was named in the squad for the Good Friday clash with Wigan, but did not recover in time for the derby win.And Holbrook gave an update on the Frenchman who he hopes will feature.“Hopefully Theo is right to go Sunday. He obviously wasn’t right to play the last couple of games, but hopefully we can get him back in the mix for Sunday.”Holbrook also paid credit to Matty Lees, Adam Swift as well as debutant Joe Batchelor and young Jack Welsby after impressive performances against Hull on Monday before looking ahead to the threat of Catalans on Sunday.“We were disappointed we didn’t win over there [in France], but we didn’t play poorly. It was just our kick defence that let us down. There wasn’t much in the game in tough conditions but we would like to beat them this Sunday. They are definitely a top five side and they just struggle with consistency, but they are coming off a few good wins and they are capable of playing well on their day so it is up to us to play better on Sunday.”Holbrook concluded by issuing a rallying call to Saints fans to come down and support all three teams as the Saints Academy, Women’s team and First team are all in action.“We don’t get to play many Sunday games so the fact we have our Academy side, Women’s and First team all playing, it’s the perfect day for families and kids and there is no better place to come than the Totally Wicked Stadium to support our team. We are in your town and you don’t have to travel to come and watch us play so come down on Sunday and enjoy a good afternoon!”last_img read more

Wilmington National Cemetery prepares to honor fallen

first_img “I’m proud to be apart of a project like this,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of our fallen heroes and our veterans are here in this cemetery and we like to take care, give them a nice final resting place. Like I said, it’s a real honor to be apart of something like this.”Saturday, children from across the Port City will place small flags in front of each grave. Brown said they plan to place more than 5,500 flags.The Wilmington National Cemetery will also hold a Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m. on Monday. Wilmington National Cemetery prepares for Memorial Day (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington National Cemetery is getting its grounds ready to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.The flags lining the cemetery were put up Friday in preparation for services come Monday. The grounds foreman, Kit Brown, has worked at the cemetery on and off for 11 years and said this time of year is very special to him and the community.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Woman gets at least 18 years in prison for 2016 murder

first_imgMugshot of Samari TysheaVereen (Photo: CCSO) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County woman pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder for the death of Albert Grainger in 2016.Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says Samari Tyshea Vereen was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison.- Advertisement – The charges stem from a robbery in Tabor City during on September 2, 2016. Grainger’s wife, Debra Grainger, found her husband dead in the road shortly after he visited the CresCom Bank in Tabor City.William Jerome Dixon, a co-defendant, has previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder while other co-defendants are still awaiting trial.Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says Debra Grainger gave an emotional and moving account of the loss and trauma that this murder has had on her, her children and grandchildren in the courtroom.last_img read more

Was that ballot fraud in North Carolina US House race

first_imgBy EMERY P. DALESIO and GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country’s last vacant congressional seat will stay that way for months after North Carolina’s election board, hearing evidence of ballot fraud and testimony that the Republican ignored warning signs, ordered a new election.- Advertisement – GOP candidate Mark Harris gave up his fight Thursday to be declared winner of November’s 9th congressional district race, saying serious public doubts about the contest’s fairness revealed in testimony this week warrant a new election.Harris had struggled during testimony at a special state elections board hearing to explain why he was being truthful in saying publicly since Election Day he’d never been warned about a North Carolina’s felon’s vote-getting efforts despite repeated data-based red flags from his son dating to mid-2016.WAS THIS AN EXAMPLE OF BALLOT FRAUD?North Carolina’s elections director said this week that a local political operative in a rural corner of the 9th district conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation during the 2018 election cycle while working for Harris. Leslie McCrae Dowless’ workers in Bladen County testified that they were directed to forge signatures, collect blank or incomplete ballots voters handed over, and even fill in votes for local candidates who hadn’t earned them.Related Article: New documents released in state investigation of alleged voter fraud surrounding Bladen CountyWERE CRIMES COMMITTED?It’s a felony under North Carolina law for anyone other than a guardian or close family member to handle a mail-in ballot because it poses the risk that they could be altered or discarded. The means ballot-harvesting — efforts to collect completed ballots — are illegal.A similar ballot-collection effort by Dowless and others was investigated by the state elections board after the 2016 elections. The findings were shared with federal prosecutors, who took no action. The district attorney in the state’s capital city continues to weigh charges over the 2016 ballot fraud case.WHEN ARE ELECTIONS?The election board will establish dates for new elections, starting with the filing deadlines for primary elections. A state law approved in December — after the absentee voting irregularities surfaced — requires that both party primaries and a general election be held. State and federal deadlines and ballot requirements mean the general election may not occur until late summer or early fall.WHO WILL RUN?McCready is certainly running for the seat again and has been assembling a new campaign staff. His campaign finance report showed McCready raised $487,000 during the final five weeks of 2018, an amount which should stave off other well-known Democratic competitors. His campaign sent out a campaign funding plea late Thursday, citing the new election. Harris didn’t say Thursday whether he’d run in the new election, and state Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said it was too early to say what Harris’ political future would be. Several other Republicans are likely to enter the race for the GOP-leaning 9th District. The most recent 9th District incumbent, Republican Robert Pittenger, declined to comment Thursday but said in December he wouldn’t run if a new election were held.WHO WILL WIN?The demographic and partisan data favor a Republican in the 9th District, which a Republican has held for more than 50 years. McCready enjoyed a large fundraising advantage over Harris and a national Democratic wave last fall for an extremely close race.It’s unclear if any GOP nominee would be punished at the polls for Dowless’ alleged misdeeds and apparent inability of Harris or Republican Party leaders to stop him, said Thomas Mills, a Democratic consultant and ex-congressional candidate: “I don’t know if people will pay a price for it.” Veteran Republican consultant Carter Wrenn said he doesn’t know what to think: “About all that you can say for sure is that it’s a mess.”last_img read more

Italys warring coalition parties warn of government collapse

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FILE PHOTO: 5 Star leader and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio presents his EU election program in Rome, Italy, May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: 5 Star leader and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio presents his EU election program in Rome, Italy, May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo The leaders of Italy’s coalition partners the League and 5-Star Movement warned on Thursday the government could collapse following mutual recriminations over the election of the next European Commission president.While the League voted against the mainstream German candidate Ursula von der Leyen for the powerful EU post, the 5-Star backed her this week in the European Parliament, with its support proving decisive in guaranteeing her promotion.Read: Von der Leyen cracks EU parliament nut, national leaders will prove tougherDeputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, who heads 5-Star, said the League position risked isolating Italy, while League leader Matteo Salvini accused his partner of betraying ordinary voters after promising to bring change to Europe.In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Salvini said he was tired of facing resistance from 5-Star in other areas, including granting Italy’s regions greater autonomy.Read: Italy’s Salvini says elections still possible after summer breakAsked if this meant the government would fall, he replied: “That’s up to 5-Star. Either we get things done, or we don’t.”Di Maio hit back, saying the government could not carry on in a climate of distrust and constant threats. “If the League wants to topple the government, then it must say so clearly”, he said in a video posted on Facebook.Italian political commentators have long speculated that the window for a government collapse would close on July 20, because after that date any new election would be pushed too deep into the autumn to enable the 2020 budget to be approved — key legislation around which the political calendar is built.Italy has never held an election in the autumn or winter.However, Salvini said there were no such restrictions.“I don’t believe in windows and I don’t believe that we only have two or three days,” he told Corriere.CALM MARKETSSalvini is facing significant pressure from within his party to pull the plug on the government which took office last June after an inconclusive national election, with League officials accusing 5-Star of repeatedly thwarting their policy agenda.“Game Over. Don’t they understand,” foreign affairs ministry undersecretary and senior League politician Guglielmo Picchi wrote on Twitter.Past turmoil in the government has immediately fed through to financial markets, with investors nervous that political instability could further damage Italy’s fragile state accounts.However, there was little sign of anxiety on Thursday, with Italy’s bellwether 10-year bond yields hitting their lowest level in almost three years on Thursday, squeezing the gap on top-rated German bond yields to its tightest in over a year.Hostility between the League and 5-Star intensified following European parliamentary elections in May when the League jumped above 5-Star to become the largest party in Italy. Support for it is now approaching almost 40 percent.But Salvini has also come under pressure in recent days over allegations his party sought illegal funding from Russia to fund its successful EU election campaign — a charge he has denied.5-Star has called on Salvini to address parliament on the accusations, but in a sign that Di Maio wants peace with Salvini, he said on Thursday he did not believe the League had received any illicit cash from Moscow.“If I had the slightest suspicion that the League had taken money from Russia, I would not be in government with them”, he said.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Ethio Telecom to retain monopoly

first_imgAdvertisement Ethio Telecom (formerly Ethiopia Telecom Corporation) will remain as the monopoly provider in all of the country’s telecoms sectors for the time being. This was revealed by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.Speaking at the National Business Forum in Addis Ababa yesterday, Mr Hailemariam noted that the state-owned operator would not face competition in order to ensure it helps the government generate funds for a railway project.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The Prime Minister was said to have claimed that if  the telecoms sectors were to be liberalised the state would be lose the ETB6 billion (USD316 million) per year that it currently gets from Ethio Telecom.With this revenue being used to finance the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway project, Mr Hailemariam noted: ‘You may think that the government can get money from taxation, but there is no way that we can generate this much from taxation … Therefore, the sector remains with us [the government] for the years to come.’Source: Telegeographylast_img read more

Messenger Now Available for Windows 10 Mobile

first_imgImage Credit: neurogadget Advertisement Yesterday, Facebook-owned Messenger Inc. announced on its Facebook Page, it had launched it’s Messenger app for Windows 10 mobile and comes with all one’s favorite Messenger features including; stickers, group conversations, GIFs and more, as well as your favorite Windows features like live tiles.On 28th April this year, the company [Facebook] launched its Windows 10 Desktop Apps; Facebook and Messenger. Messenger came with a native desktop notifications that make your experience richer and more complete. One is also able to see when they’ve messages waiting for them with a Live Tile.Facebook Windows 10 desktop applications1 of 3 Instagram on windows 10 mobile. Image Credit: Facebook Inc. Messenger on windows 10. Image Credit: Facebook Inc. Facebook on windows 10. Image Credit: Facebook Inc.The messenger app will be rolling out globally and available in the Windows mobile App Store soon. Plus, Facebook-photo-sharing app, Instagram is also available on mobile.last_img read more

Nifty WhatsApp Tips to Make Your Life Easier

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps globally, and has become synonymous with conversations on the smartphone. The app has a lot of handy features that make it convenient to use for its 1.2 billion worldwide but not every user knows them all. But fret not, as we are here to help out WhatsApp users find features that will make their chats easier and more fun. Scroll down for seven WhatsApp features that you should definitely know about. Easier text formatting in WhatsAppWhatsApp users have had text formatting options such as bold italics and strikethrough for over a year, but the process was rather cumbersome. For example, you would have to type your text between asterisk marks to make the text bold in the message (for example, *turn text bold*), and between underscores for italics (for example, _underscore text_). This manual method is not the most convenient, and WhatsApp has fixed this with the latest beta update. Those on WhatsApp for Android beta 2.12.535 or later can just select the style they want to format and select the option with three dots to choose if they want to use bold or italicise part of the text. Send messages to multiple WhatsApp users as broadcastThere may be times when you want to send multiple people (who are not in the same group) the same message, and sending it one by one will seem like a tedious job. In such a situation, you can use the WhatsApp broadcast feature to send the message to up to 256 people in one go. The recipients must have you in their contacts though. – Advertisement – To try this feature in Android, tap the menu button on the top right of the screen (the one with three dots), choose the New Broadcast option, and select the contacts you want to send the message to. iPhone users can head to Chats, go to Broadcast Lists, tap New List, and just select the contacts you want to send the message to and type their message. Call back and voice mails on WhatsAppIf you make a WhatsApp call and the user does not pick up, you can choose to call them back right from the calling screen. When the call is left unanswered or rejected, WhatsApp will show three buttons – Cancel, Call Back, and Record Voice Message. This way, you can call the person again from the same screen, or leave a voice message – which can be likened to a voice mail. The voice message will appear in the person’s chat with you, next to the missed call icon. GIF search in WhatsAppWhatsApp users have become accustomed to GIFs on the platform, but did you know you can send GIFs to your friends right from the default keyboard? The GIF search feature allows you to choose from Giphy’s extensive library to send to your contacts. On Android, to select the most appropriate GIF, open the emoji keyboard and tap on the GIF button. On the bottom-left of the screen, you will now see the search icon; just tap that and search for the best GIF to spice up your conversation using the right keywords. If you are an iPhone user, hit the + button (next to the chat box), open Photo & Video Library, and tap on the GIF search button on the bottom left to look up GIFs. Siri can read your WhatsApp messages aloudA new WhatsApp update for iPhones running iOS 10.3 or above allows Siri to read messages aloud, which can be quite useful while driving. WhatsApp for iPhone version 2.17.2 brings the Hey Siri integration, so when you get a new message on the app, you can say “Hey Siri, read my last WhatsApp message,” and the digital assistant will read aloud the last message you received. However, the message can only be read by Siri once, and the assistant won’t be able to repeat it a second time. See what chats are using the most spaceWhatsApp users on iPhone can see which chats are using the most space, usually with the people or groups where most media like photos/ videos are exchanged. This can help when you are running out of space and need to figure out which contact they have shared the most media files with. With the list of contacts at their disposal, they can start go about deleting the unnecessary media files to free up precious storage space.To see who your most frequently contacted WhatsApp friends are, open Settings, go to Data and Storage Usage, and select Storage Usage. Here you will see the list of contacts with whom you shared the most data with, and get on with deleting/ uploading to the cloud the images, videos, GIFs, and documents you don’t need on the phone.[related-posts]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.Monday 19 MayRACING2.20 RedcarCaprior Bere 12/1 > 3/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

BENS BLOG So what did you learn from the General Election

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or ages, it all looked a bit of a non-event, and then kicked-off, to be a Trump/Clinton thriller on election-night, didn’t it, Blog?I believe that one lesson comes from the whole event: You MUST talk to and connect with people, whoever you are and whatever your position is. It is in both David’s and Goliath’s favour.We live in a world, dominated by impersonal corporations, who lay down the laws, and you play by them. Ever tried talking to your bank or mobile-phone operator? Mrs May thought that she could treat voters like Orange but was sorely mistaken. The Public won’t have their vote treated like that. They need to believe in, connect with, and really, like their selection.Are you a bit too special to listen to others? Have you got too much money to bother communicating? Do you think it’s all about just being a clever-cloggs? Wrong! GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU TALK.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

BENS BLOG I just love The Williams Sisters

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] love the Williams sisters, Blog. I always have. “Ghetto Cinderellas”, as their dad, Richard, refers to them. They are anti-establishment, do exactly their own thing, are monsters of competitors, and smashed all the nice-face Whitey trust-funders into the ground.My favourite Richard Williams story, was in The Truthspeaker, Daily Mail today. The DM reported that RW, who started life as a cotton-picker, was so determined his daughters would succeed, he made them practise all day, on courts with pot-holes and no nets. Not just this though, he organised for gangs of children, to stand around the court, hurling insults, to toughen them up. To make them IRON. I DON’T THINK TIM HENMAN’S DAD EVER TRIED THAT SYSTEM OUT.Richard Williams. Step forward.For doing what you had to do. For getting the job done. For never changing. For always being you. And for bettering your daughters and family for evermore…RICHARD WILLIAMS = NOT-STAFF.In other news:Casse Croute, 109 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XB WEB SITE. I’ve been struggling to find a top-class French since Chabrot closed. That search has now ended. Beef Wellington (MAXIMUM BET). Tomato Soup (NB). Not much space. Wait for main course; wayyy tooo long. “We don’t do chips” . BUT excellent. 8.5Check out my Vlog…Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Human trafficking smuggling expert available to discuss San Antonio tragedy

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduHuman trafficking, smuggling expert available to discuss San Antonio tragedyHOUSTON – (July 24, 2017) – Kerry Ward, a Rice University associate professor of history and researcher on comparative slavery and forced migration, is available to discuss the tragic discovery of nearly 40 people – many of whom were injured and 10 of whom have died — in the back of a sweltering semitrailer in San Antonio this past weekend.Along with her research on human trafficking, Ward co-led a Rice University seminar on the issue in 2013. The event, “Human Trafficking — Past and Present: Crossing Disciplines, Crossing Borders,” brought together academics and anti-human trafficking advocates for a week to discuss slavery and slave trade in the 21st century.“The tragic deaths of at least 10 immigrants smuggled into the United States across the Mexican border and transported in a deadly hot trailer highlights the prevalence and scale of human smuggling and human trafficking in Texas,” Ward said. “The I-10 corridor is one of the main routes for human smuggling and trafficking in the United States.“Several years ago Houston was identified as a major hub for human smuggling and trafficking — which are two different crimes that sometimes overlap,” she said. “Coordinated efforts by the city of Houston and law enforcement agencies have resulted in one of the most comprehensive anti-trafficking strategic plans in the United States. Yet data on human smuggling and trafficking is difficult to quantify because of the illicit nature of these crimes. Tragic cases like the one in San Antonio highlight the plight of victims of unscrupulous smugglers and traffickers.”To arrange an interview with Ward, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.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 home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 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 is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to read more

Are Companies Getting Big Data Wrong – New York News

first_img regions: New York City RelatedColumbia Research Identifies Customers At Risk, and More – New York City NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Online Companies Beware: New Columbia Business School Research Reveals That Customers With High Activity May Be At Risk Of Leaving the Company – Columbia Business School Blog Columbia Business School professors Eva…July 11, 2018In “Featured Home”Columbia Study Finds Link Between Language and Loan DefaultFor financial experts, there’s a thin line between word choice and loan default. Columbia Business School recently explored the seemingly innocuous connection. In a new paper entitled “When Words Sweat: Identifying Signals in the Text Loan Applications,” CBS business and marketing professor Oded Netzer, doctoral student Alain Lemaire, and University of…October 19, 2017In “Featured Region”Financing Strategies For “Nice” People, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. When It Comes To Their Finances, Nice Guys Fall Short – Columbia Business School News According to new research co-authored by Columbia Business School’s Sandra Matz, “people who describe themselves as ‘agreeable’ are…October 30, 2018In “Featured Home” Are Companies Getting Big Data Wrong? – New York News Last Updated Aug 8, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.Columbia Business School Researchers Argue Future of Big Data Lies in Its Ability to Assess Consumers’ Mindset in Real Time – Columbia Business School NewsColumbia Business School professors Sandra Matz and Oded Netzer recently published a new discussion paper in the Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences in which they “address the challenges and opportunities of using big data to benefit both business and consumers based on psychological profiles drawn from information posted on personal websites and discussion forums, and language used on Facebook and Twitter.”Netzer writes, “Big data usage is quickly evolving. With technological advances in the collection, storage and analysis of large amounts of data, businesses can now gain valid insights on millions of consumers as they go about their daily lives.”Matz adds, “One benefit of psychological profiling is that the pre-selection of ads based on psychological needs can alleviate the problem of choice overload. It can even help target highly neurotic individuals who display early signs of depression with ads that guide them to self-help pages or offer professional advice.” You can read the full article here.When Students Come First – BizEdAccording to the National Center for Education Statistics, upwards of 30 percent of freshman in higher-education in the United States are the first members of their family to do so. However, there is also a direct correlation to dropout rates: first-gen students have a dropout rate that is four times that of non-first generation students. The research also found that only 11 percent of the first-gen students manage to secure a Bachelor’s degree within six years.The statistics find that the reason for the dropout rates has less to do with personal decisions, and more with the “lack the financial, social, and emotional support they need to navigate college successfully,” says BizEd writer Tricia Bisoux. Several schools, including the Rutgers Business School in Newark and New Brunswick, have altered the way they approach its first generation students.“At Rutgers Business School (RBS) at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the key to supporting first-generation students is a suite of programs called RBS-PLUS (Pathways Leading to Undergraduate Success), launched in 2013. Delivered through the business school’s office of diversity, RBS-PLUS doesn’t just support its current first-generation and low-income undergraduates. It also reaches out to high school students to offer guidance just as they’re beginning their college preparation.”You can find out more about the program here.Facebook Is an ‘Extraordinary Failure in Leadership,’ NYU’s Galloway Says – BloombergNYU Stern Marketing Professor Scott Galloway recently stopped by the Bloomberg television studios to talk about the ever-tumultuous Facebook galaxy, dishing out some heavy criticism of Mark Zuckerberg and the tech-giant company as a whole. Watch his interview with the Bloomberg panel here.last_img read more

Coal Company Owner Sues John Oliver and HBO for Character Assassination

first_img(L) Robert E. Murray (R) John Oliver (David McNew and Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) US Coal Company Owner Sues John Oliver and HBO for Character Assassination By Ivan Pentchoukov June 22, 2017 Updated: June 22, 2017 Share A coal company owner is suing John Oliver, HBO, Time Warner, and the writers for “Last Week Tonight” for defamation, according to the Daily Beast.Robert E. Murray, owner of the country’s largest privately owned coal company, Murray Energy Corporation, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday asserting that John Oliver and his writers “executed a meticulously planned attempt” to assassinate the character and reputation of Murray and his companies.“Last Week Tonight” aired on Sunday with an episode which claimed that Murray did not do enough to protect his workers.HBO decided to stand by John Oliver and his writers.“We have confidence in the staff of Last Week Tonight and do not believe anything in the show this week violated Mr. Murray’s or Murray Energy’s rights,” the cable network said in a statement provided to Huffington Post.At the heart of Murray’s complaint is the assertion in the episode about a collapse at Murray’s coal mine in Utah that killed nine people. The show cited a government report that claimed that the collapse happened because of unauthorized mining practices. The complaint states that Murray’s company pointed out to Oliver that his episode was based “exclusively on previously discredited media reports” and directed Oliver’s team to studies that prove otherwise. Oliver’s team ignored the contradictory evidence, the complaint states.Related CoverageWill Clean Coal Play a Big Role in America’s Future?In the episode that aired this Sunday, Oliver makes a number of unsubstantiated claims, including calling coal “environmentally catastrophic.”Although Oliver did not cite any data to support the claim against coal, the Data from the Environment Protection Agency shows that air pollution trends in the United States have declined across the board over the past half century—meanwhile the U.S. uses more fossil fuels than ever before.Oliver also briefly flashed a graph showing that coal mining has declined since the 1920s, without mentioning that the industry grew significantly before former president Barack Obama’s presidency, largely due to clean coal technology.Obama was a vocal supporter of clean coal technology, but turned against it once he took office, famously stating his policies would “bankrupt” coal companies. During his presidency 83,000 jobs in the coal industry were lost and 400 mines shuttered. President Trump has made a vow to bring back coal jobs.  Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov center_img Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Man Charged With Killing After He Claims He Woke From a Dream

first_imgUS  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share A man told a 911 dispatcher that he awoke from a dream and found his wife dead.“I think I killed my…,” 28-year-old Matthew Phelps said in a 911 call. He was charged by police in Raleigh, North Carolina after he made the emergency call on Friday.“There’s blood all over me,” he said, while detailing an alleged murder weapon.He woke from a dream with blood on him along with a bloodied knife in his hands.Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, 29, was found dead, officials said. Phelps was then taken into custody.“I can’t believe I did this,” Phelps told the dispatcher in the recording released to the public. “Oh God. She didn’t deserve this. Why?” (Video via Newsobserver)“I had a dream and then I turned on the lights and she’s dead on the floor,” Phelps said.According to their Facebook pages, the two had been married for less than a year.“Do you think she is beyond any help?” a dispatcher asked. “I think so. I’m too scared to get close to her,” Phelps responded.Phelps said he took an over-the-counter drug before going to sleep.“I took more medicine than I should have. I took Coricidin Cough and Cold because I know it can make you feel good and sometimes I can’t sleep at night,” he told the dispatcher.Incident Puts Cough Drug in SpotlightCoricidin HBP Cough & Cold—sometimes known as CCC, “Red Devils,” “candy,” or “Skittles”—contains the dissociative hallucinogenic DXM, or dextromethorphan, which is used as a cough suppressant in lower doses.In higher doses, dextromethorphan (also used in other cough drugs like Robitussin, NyQuil, and Dimetapp) can produce dissociative hallucinogenic states similar to ketamine (Special-K) and phencyclidine (PCP). Sometimes the drug is called “poor man’s PCP.”But Coricidin has other drugs than just dextromethorphan—including chlorpheniramine maleate, aspirin, acetaminophen, and pseudoephedrine, which can cause a slew of side-effects. According to numerous accounts published online, taking too many Coricidin pills can result in death or, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NIH), “acute psychosis.”“When used at recommended doses, they are safe and effective agents with minimal adverse effects. However, at higher doses, typically as a result of recreational abuse, dextromethorphan and chlorpheniramine are capable of inducing a specific toxidrome that includes various psychiatric sequelae such as euphoria, agitation, psychoses, dissociative phenomena, and, rarely, dependence,” according to the NIH.In one instance, the NIH details, a man was sent to intensive care due to “acute psychosis” and irritability after “exhibiting bizarre behavior after he had purchased and rapidly ingested about 30 tablets of Coricidin HBP.”The man stated that he could “‘look at people and know exactly what they were thinking’ and displayed paranoid behavior. He had abused Coricidin HBP ‘to get high’ off and on for the past several weeks,” the report stated.(Screenshot) (A picture of the cough medicine)Phelps doesn’t have a criminal record, state records show, reported The News & Observer.According to his Facebook page, he worked at a lawn mowing service. Man Charged With Killing After He Claims He Woke From a Dream to Find His Wife’s Body According to the 911 call, he took DXM-containing Coricidin before sleepingBy Jack Phillips September 4, 2017 Updated: September 4, 2017 Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Time Magazine Leaves Students Who Support Second Amendment Off of Parkland Cover

first_img US News Show Discussion But Kashuv was not featured in the Time magazine cover story, nor were any other students who have similar views.All five students featured on the cover have aligned with the Women’s March and Evertown for Gun Safety groups and have been advocating for stricter gun control laws, including the outright banning of certain guns. They include David Hogg, whose father is a retired FBI agent, and who infamously hung up on the president when he called and tried to talk with him.After the magazine cover was published online, critics accused the magazine of outright bias, noting the fact that Kashuv was not even quoted in the article, which features no information about other students or viewpoints.“Where’s @KyleKashuv?! He’s the one who’s actually been getting something DONE in Washington!” wondered one user. “Funny, I grew up in the same city these kids did and they DO NOT reflect the views of all the students and adults. In fact, Emma is trying to protect Sheriff Israel and BSO, who’s terrible response caused MORE PEOPLE TO DIE! This is just sick, your bias is showing,” said another.Criticism included designers making alternative covers that sought to highlight Kashuv and Patrick Petty, whose sister died in the attack and who has been working on legislation in Washington.Time has not responded to the criticism.From Share Share this article Time Magazine Leaves Students Who Support Second Amendment Off of Parkland Cover By Zachary Stieber March 23, 2018 Updated: March 23, 2018 Once upon a @TIME they did real journalism in this country.— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) March 23, 2018center_img Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Recommended Video: GoPro Dropped Down Deep Well to Check Out Reports of Limestone Caves  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (L) greets Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor David Hogg ahead of a news conference in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington on March 22, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Time Magazine’s latest cover features five survivors of the February school shooting, but all five support gun control, leading to criticism that the magazine is supporting only one viewpoint.As a group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida advocate for laws further restricting citizens’ ownership of guns, including banning AR-15s, other students have expressed that other aspects of the national conversation should be focused on, such as mental health care and holes in law enforcement investigations.Nikolas Cruz entered the school on Feb. 14 and opened fire, killing 17 people and wounding 16 others, he allegedly admitted to authorities.Multiple people recommended that Cruz be committed to a mental health institution, including the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman. Documents obtained by CNN indicated that Scot Peterson, the school’s resource officer, wanted to use the Baker Act on Sept. 28, 2016, after Cruz allegedly made threats against other students.However, mental health professionals ultimately decided that there wasn’t enough evidence for Cruz to be committed.NBC reported that Peterson’s recommendation came after Cruz published a Snapchat video in which he cut his arms and said he wanted to buy a gun. He also made a racist comment in the video. Another potential gap highlighted was FBI agents failing to act on tips after Cruz published threats on YouTube under his own name.Watch the latest video at &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=””&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Dozens of calls to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department resulted in responses to the Cruz home, and none of those resulted in Cruz’s arrest. The department was criticized further for their response to the shooting, which included Peterson waiting outside instead of entering the building to try to confront the gunman, as a school resource officer did in Maryland this week.Among the Parkland students, Kyle Kashuv has emerged as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, and he has also noted the failures by law enforcement and health officials in stopping Cruz before the mass shooting.Kashuv was credited by multiple officials in helping craft and include the Stop School Violence Act in the omnibus that is currently being considered by President Donald Trump.Kashuv’s meetings included visits with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and First Lady Melania Trump. I spent a week with the #NeverAgain kids. Here’s an inside look at how they’re reframing the gun debate as a generational divide— and why they’re not going anywhere— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) March 22, 2018last_img read more

3YearOld Girl Found Dead in Car–Authorities Reveal Heartbreaking Reason Why

first_img 3-Year-Old Girl Found Dead in Car–Authorities Reveal Heartbreaking Reason Why By Zachary Stieber June 9, 2018 Updated: June 9, 2018 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share US News A 3-year-old Indiana girl has died after being left in a car for hours, authorities said.Hannah Grace Miller was found inside of a vehicle that was parked on West 10th Street in Anderson on Sunday evening, June 3, reported Fox 59.The little girl had been inside the car for around two hours, authorities said. “That’s something that we’re still looking into, that’s part of our investigation,” Anderson Police Department Major Joel Sandefur said.Miller’s father discovered her inside the car and started performing CPR, but Hannah was pronounced dead upon arrival at the St. Vincent Regional Hospital at 6:40 p.m. on Sunday.The Madison County coroner said that the cause of death was acute heat exhaustion and overheating. It’s unclear if the father will face charges.“We’re just going to go into and let the evidence lead us and direct us in the direction that we need to go at this point,” said Sandefur.According to the website Kids and Cars, Indiana has had 11 deaths from children left in hot cars since 1997. On average, each year 37 children left in cars die.According to a study from researchers at Arizona State University and the University of California San Diego, interior temperatures in a vehicle left in the sun on a 95-degree day in Arizona heated up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit in just an hour, while the seats heated to 123 degrees.A vehicle in the shade reached 100 degrees in interior temperatures and the seats registered at 105 degrees.“These tests replicated what might happen during a shopping trip,” said Nancy Selover, an Arizona State University climatologist and research professor. “We wanted to know what the interior of each vehicle would be like after one hour, about the amount of time it would take to get groceries. I knew the temperatures would be hot, but I was surprised by the surface temperatures.”Authorities said the best prevention is for parents to make sure not to leave their children in the vehicle. One recommended method is putting important things in the backseat so parents are compelled to grab those when leaving vehicles and grabbing their children at the same time. “It’s sad when this happens so all we can do is push this awareness out there to make people stop and just think for a second to do things to remind them that the child’s in the backseat, car needs to be locked and take those safety precautions,” Wayne Township Fire Department Captain Michael Pruitt said.Watch Next: Brothers Step in When They See Man Harassing Two Teen Girls on New York SubwayFollow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Show Discussionlast_img read more