A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to offer a solution to disabled people who say they are fearful of taking more exercise in case they have their support cut or are branded benefit cheats.A new report by the disability sports organisation Activity Alliance found that four-fifths (83 per cent) of disabled people they surveyed would like to be more active, but nearly half (47 per cent) feared losing their benefits if they took more exercise.More than a third (34 per cent) had either had their own benefits sanctioned or removed because of being physically active or knew someone this had happened to.The survey of more than 200 people who either currently or previously received disability benefits such as employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment (PIP) – and were involved with disability sports organisations – found almost two-thirds (65 per cent) relied on benefits to be active, so as to pay for travel, specialist equipment or paid-for exercise.The Activity Trap: Disabled People’s Fear Of Being Active – which was commissioned by the Dwarf Sports Association – says that “ambiguity remains a problem in terms of what level of physical activity is acceptable and what might lead to removal of support”.One of those surveyed said: “I have a lot of concerns when it comes to benefits and the constant fear of them being taken away or worry of being reassessed.“It then impacts my life and any involvement in sport and physical activity which is none at the moment due to the concerns I have and not wanting my benefits to be taken off me, as DWP are not known for being understanding or nice and will try and find any reason to remove someone’s disability benefits.”Another said: “The demonisation of disabled people in the media has led to a situation in which many are afraid to participate in sport because they are worried about getting reported for fraud, even if it really isn’t.”And a third disabled person who took part in the survey described how a friend had lost half her benefits after trying to do more exercise to cope with her pain management.She was told that to stand any chance of returning to the higher level of benefits “she’d have to give up all but one exercise class and maintain that level for six months”.Disabled journalist, consultant and broadcaster Mik Scarlet said his fight to receive the level of PIP he needed took a year and caused “a huge emotional toll”.He said he had begun a well-received video blog on sitting yoga (pictured) but had been contacted by disabled people “saying they’d be concerned about trying it – in case they were considered fit enough to either work or receive a lower level of financial support.  “The Activity Trap report highlights the desperate situation for far too many disabled people in this country.” Activity Alliance also heard from Alan Ringland, chair of the pan-disability Birmingham Ability Accounts League, who said his football league had seen the number of participants drop from 455 to 250 in just three years.He said: “When you see them again you see that they’ve not been as active as they were, often they have put on weight and over time their health may deteriorate. “Playing football on a Sunday was one day where they really enjoyed themselves and if they don’t take part anymore they can lose confidence, friendships, and the camaraderie that goes with that.“In many cases, sport is the only regular social activity in their lives, and taking that away can have a massive impact.” He told Disability News Service that he believed that 90 per cent of those who had dropped out had done so because they had lost eligibility for PIP and could no longer afford to attend training and regular matches.Because his two disabled sons played football at international level, Ringland has known for the last 17 years many of the disabled people who currently take part, or previously took part, in the league.He said former players had lost their travel passes after PIP assessments, while others could no longer afford mobile phones so could not keep in touch with their teams.Andy Dalby-Welsh, deputy chief executive of Activity Alliance, said: “We want to work with and across government to make active lives for disabled people possible.“We would urge policy makers within national and local government to take on board the calls for action within this report and the spirit with which it was written.”But a DWP spokeswoman refused to say if the problem of disabled people resisting physical activity because of the fear of losing their benefits was something the department recognised, what action DWP could take to deal with the problem, or even what advice DWP would give to disabled people facing this problem.Instead, she said in a statement: “We are committed to ensuring disabled people get the support they need and we’re providing £5.4 billion more on the main disability benefits this year than we did in 2010.“PIP is a non-means-tested benefit to help with the costs of someone’s disability or health condition and under it 30 per cent of people get the highest rate of support, compared with 15 per cent under DLA.“Assessments are based on a wide range of evidence to ensure people get the support they need.”She said Public Health England would shortly publish guidance on fitness for disabled people.last_img read more

Wendy PaskinJordan bounced from San Francisco retirement board says mayor wants a

first_imgHeldfond is a director with the New York Stock Exchange-listed Aon Risk Services, and has held this position while he simultaneously has served on several prior San Francisco commissions, including the board for the San Francisco Health Service System (HSS).   In fact, citing what he characterized as a “perception” problem on Sept. 1, 2011, Heldfond resigned from his post on the Health Service commission after his employer, Aon, obtained a contract with the same San Francisco Health Service System where he served as a commissioner.“I have no economic or personal interest in the award of this contract and, in fact, I had never met the team that won the business for consulting. The City Attorney’s Ethics team feels that whilst my involvement may be totally proper, the perception could be a problem. I do not want to cause your office or the HSS any possible problems,” he wrote then-Mayor Ed Lee in 2011. Breed’s appointment of Heldfond to the city’s retirement board could create a new “perception” problem. As recently as 2016, Heldfond’s employer, Aon, bid on a San Francisco Employee Retirement System Request For Proposal to determine which financial institution would become the third party administrator for employees’ supplemental pension. Placing any high-level, active insurance executive on the retirement board could bring about such problems, as that person will be in the position of voting on contracts potentially heading to his or her colleagues in the field, let alone his or her own company. Paskin-Jordan told Mission Local that she was informed by the mayor’s office that they did not believe she had the votes in the Board of Supervisors to survive the nomination process. She found this hard to believe — it would require the “no” votes of eight supervisors to bounce her. She claims that she subsequently spoke to 10 supervisors — Matt Haney was purportedly unavailable — and received support from all of them. Even then, she was not reappointed by the mayor. The mayor’s office “wants a fourth vote,” Paskin-Jordan said. “For whatever they want to get passed. I have been tough on them and not let them use [the pension fund] as a piggy bank, and made sure it’s being used for appropriate measures.”Per sources close to the retirement board, the mayor has not yet requested the City Attorney to prepare a “conflicts report” on Heldfond to verify he has no outstanding conflicts of interest. Calls to the mayor’s office have not yet been returned. The City Attorney’s liaison to the retirement system, Robert Bryan, declined to be interviewed. The retirement board is composed of seven commissioners. The president, Brian Stansbury, is a sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department. Al Casciato is a retired cop and Joe Driscoll is a retired firefighter. Those three are elected by city pensioners and current employees. Two commissioners are appointed by the mayor — along with the current appointee Heldfond, the other is Leona Bridges, a former Barclay’s managing director. The other two spots are held by the city’s assessor (Carmen Chu) and a designated member of the Board of Supervisors (Ahsha Safaí). It would take the “no” votes of eight supervisors to keep Heldfond off the retirement board. That appears somewhat far-fetched. While Paskin-Jordan had, on multiple occasions, spurned the Board of Supervisors’ wishes that the pension fund divest from fossil fuel, Heldfond has indicated he would support such a move.When asked to gauge Heldfond’s chances, one supe said: “He said the magic word: Divestment.” Mayoral appointee Scott Heldfond resigned from prior city commission for perceived conflict of interest Email Address Capping months of insider speculation, Mayor London Breed opted against reappointing longtime retirement board member Wendy Paskin-Jordan, instead picking insurance executive Scott Heldfond.On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to place Heldfond onto the seven-member retirement board, which controls the city’s roughly $23 billion pension system. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

ENGLAND Knights and Warrington Wolves player Rhys

first_imgENGLAND Knights and Warrington Wolves player Rhys Evans believes the forthcoming Alitalia European Cup competition gives the Knights players the perfect opportunity to place themselves in England coach Steve McNamara’s World Cup thinking.The Knights take on Ireland in their opening game in Belfast on Saturday (6.00pm) and the winger says the experience will be vital for the group if they are to claim a place in McNamara’s Rugby League World Cup 2013 squad.“Everyone aspires to play in the World Cup for England and we know that this is a great step in that direction,” said Evans.“Most of us in this squad are quite young and playing for the Knights is a great building block for us. We all have ambitions to be playing for the senior side so having the opportunity to compete in international fixtures can only help us with that progression.“We know we’ll have two tough games to test ourselves and show what we’re capable of over the next few weeks. Both teams (Ireland and Scotland) have quality players in their squads with guys like Tyrone McCarthy in the ranks so it’s not going to be easy.”Evans is no stranger to an England jersey having played a starring role during England Academy’s 2-0 series victory over the Australian Schoolboys in 2010 and the young star believes that experience has been instrumental in his development.“The experience of playing in tough games against teams like the Australian Schoolboys with the Academy and learning not to be afraid of any team has been great for me,” said Evans.“Being involved with the Academy has also made the progression to the Knights easier as there isn’t too much difference between the Academy and Knights set-ups.“There are many similar practices at both levels which makes the transition easier for the players coming through. The Knights is a step up in terms of professionalism and intensity and I’ve really enjoyed it so far.“It’s been great to be involved in the camp and there’s a great group of players here. I’m really looking forward to the game now and hopefully I’ll get the chance to play and do well.”England begin their Alitalia European Cup campaign against Ireland in Belfast’s Deramore Park on Saturday October 20 (6.00pm) before taking on Scotland at the Meggetland Stadium, Edinburgh, on Sunday October 28 (2.00pm).last_img read more

SAINTS Academy are deep into their preparations fo

first_imgSAINTS Academy are deep into their preparations for the new season and according to most it is the hardest ever.Under the guidance of first team Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Daniels, they have been hard at it since mid-November following a short break from the Australia Tour.As usual the staff have mixed in some alternative sessions to the players’ training schedules with visits to Sherdley Park and the annual sand dunes session just before Christmas.And, as you can see from our video, the weather was certainly the worst for the long time with the full range of wind, sun, hail and torrential rain throughout the epic session.Alongside the strength and conditioning work, the coaching team of Derek Traynor, Eric Chisnall, Paul Molyneux and Ste Leonard have been assisted by first team coaches Jamahl Lolesi and Kieron Cunningham in developing the young players’ skills and tactical awareness.Derek Traynor, Academy Head Coach, said: “Pre-season has gone very well so far and the players have soaked up the valuable tips and advice from our colleagues in the first team.“In fact several of them are well placed to have a big season to push for future full time positions.“The next few weeks are vital in finalising our preparations for a successful season. We have a tough start with Warrington away but it will be exciting.”You can see the Academy’s fixtures by clicking here.  Post by Official St.Helens RLFC.last_img read more

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Teacher of the Week Trina Jones

first_img For Ms. Jones, teaching is more than just daily lessons.  She also wants her students to learn life lessons while in her class.  “You can’t change the world until you change yourself,” she says.  “So the change starts with you.  I try to make sure they respect each other, respect themselves, and then everything else for them will come naturally.”After learning she received dozens of nominations all Ms. Jones could say to her class is “it makes me want to cry.  I love you all.”WWAY Teacher of the Week is a weekly recognition of educators in the Cape Fear who are making an impact beyond the classroom.  You can nominate your favorite teacher by clicking the Teacher of the Week tab at the top of the WWAY website. SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — As a relatively new teacher at Shallotte Middle School Trina Jones was surprised to find out she won was the first WWAY Michael and Son Teacher of the Week of 2018.  Winning, she says, makes her feel like “the kids must really hear what I’m saying and know I love them.”Jones, attended Brunswick county schools and is excited to be teaching there.  She loves teaching so much that recent snow days had her itching to return.  “The last four days,” she says, “I was crazy wanting to go back to school.  When you love your job and you love coming to work it just makes every day better.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

Students win big honors in national safe boating poster contest

first_img 1 of 2 Kylee Blum, 1st Place National BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two Brunswick County elementary school students got big honors in a national competition promoting boat safety. Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary student Kylee Blum won 1st place in the United States Power Squadron National Safe Boating Poster Contest. Kylee originally took home state honors her age category to move on to nation competition.- Advertisement – Peyton Withrow, 3rd Place National Peyton Withrow, who was 1st in the state contest his age category, placed 3rd in the nation over the weekend.The theme this year was “All Boaters are Welcome to the Neighborhood”.“We are extremely proud of both students and are proud this is the fourth consecutive year a Jessie Mae student has won this national award,” JMME Art Teacher Theresa Reiter said.last_img read more

Wilmington man pleads guilty to robbing convenience stores

first_imgJames Ramsey (Photo: District Attorneys Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is going to prison for at least eight years for robbing convenience stores last summer.The New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office says James Jeffrey Ramsey, 50, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and one count of Larceny by Employee.- Advertisement – On August 22, 2017, Ramsey entered the Scotchman store at 898 S. Kerr Avenue and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. He stole more than $120 in cash and several packs of Newport cigarettes.The following month, on September 20, he robbed a clerk working at the Phoenix Mart at 2238 S. 17th Street, getting away with $170 from the cash register.Both robberies were captured on video surveillance at the stores, which ultimately helped officers identify Ramsey.Related Article: Fort Bragg soldier accused of child abuse, starving dog to deathUpon his arrest, Ramsey admitted to robbing the stores, claiming that he had been using a BB gun to commit the offenses.Ramsey’s larceny conviction stemmed from his brief employment at another local store.The owner of the Shop-N-Go, located at 1620 Market Street, reportedly hired Ramsey in February of 2017.Four months later, that owner contacted police after reviewing his store’s surveillance videos.On the footage, the defendant was shown bagging up 18 cartons of Newport cigarettes and giving them to another person who left without paying.This is not Ramsey’s first conviction. In 2005, Ramsey was convicted of Robbery in Monmouth County, New Jersey.last_img read more

Rockets fired near airport in Tripoli ISIS claims attack on oil company

first_imgREUTERS/Ismail ZitounyREUTERS/Ismail Zitouny Rockets were fired late on Tuesday in the direction of the airport in Libya’s capital, residents said, forcing flights to be diverted, less than a week after the United Nations brokered a fragile truce between rival armed groups in Tripoli.A spokesman for a faction controlling Matiga airport, the only one functioning in the capital, said there were no casualties or damage. Libyan channels reported that several people had been wounded by the rockets, one of which landed in the Mediterranean sea.Rival groups have been fighting in Tripoli for several days but clashes had been focussed on the south of the city. Matiga airport lies in an eastern suburb.A Libyan Airlines flight bound for Tripoli from Alexandria, Egypt, was diverted to Misrata, the airport said on its Facebook page. Misrata lies about 190 km (120 miles) east of Tripoli.A spokesman for Misrata airport said that all flights bound for Tripoli would be diverted to Misrata.Separately, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shooting attack on the headquarters of Libyan state oil company NOC in Tripoli, the jihadist group’s news agency said on Tuesday.The attack on Monday killed two NOC staff and wounded 10, said officials, who had described the three shooters who were also killed as “Africans.”It targeted the “economic interests of oppressing governments funding crusaders,” a statement carried on the militants’ Amaq news agency said.It was the first attack of its kind against the leadership of Libya’s state oil industry.Libya has been divided into rival administrations but NOC has continued to function relatively normally across the country, which relies on oil exports for most of its income.Militants loyal to Islamic State have previously carried out attacks in Tripoli and other towns, despite having lost their stronghold in the central city of Sirte late in 2016.In May, Islamic State claimed a deadly attack on the national election commission offices in Tripoli.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Why it sucks to be an IT guy INFOGRAPHIC

first_imgAdvertisement Yes, being the IT guy often totally suck, and after working for 15 years in the field, I can confirm that most of what is in this infographic is unfortunately all too true, especially the part about what people expect from us in our everyday job.Source: ORSYPlast_img

Illinois residents can sue Facebook for photo tagging – Judge says

first_imgImage Credit: bluestacks Advertisement Last week, a Northern California District Judge ruled that Facebook will have to face a class action lawsuit from Illinois Facebook users who are unnerved by the site’s photo-tagging feature that relies on facial recognition to suggest people to tag.The plaintiffs argue that the feature runs afoul of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which was passed in 2008 and restricts how private companies are allowed to collect biometric data.The lawsuit had been transferred from an Illinois court to one in California at Facebook’s request. The social media company, asked the judge to dismiss the case, saying that the plaintiffs had no grounds to sue given that Facebook’s Terms and Conditions have stipulated since 2015 that claims against the company must be litigated according to California law, where no such provision against biometric tagging exists. – Advertisement – The judge denied the request to dismiss the case, ruling that dismissing the case because California has no such prohibition against the collection of biometric data is “contrary to a fundamental policy of Illinois.”The ruling notes that Illinois’ lawmakers were concerned because “Biometrics are unlike other unique identifiers . . . [and] are biologically unique to the individual; therefore, once compromised, the individual has no recourse, is at heightened risk for identity theft, and is likely to withdraw from biometric-facilitated transactions.”The judge’s ruling notes that “Among other protections, BIPA requires written policies on biometric data retention and informed consent before obtaining or disclosing personal biometric data.”Facebook has long used facial recognition software to get users to tag their friends in photos, which encourages those friends to click around on the site more, generating more page views for Facebook. Facebook has argued that this information doesn’t constitute biometric data as defined by BIPA—Facebook’s facial recognition software works by measuring the distance between a person’s eyes, nose, and ears to create a “template,” whereas BIPA covers retina scans, fingerprints, voice prints, but also, vaguely, scans of “hand or face geometry.”[related-posts]The Wall Street Journal notes that Facebook has also argued that users are able to turn off facial recognition data, which ostensibly deletes the template it has made using any particular customer’s facial data.The judge did not rule on whether Facebook’s facial recognition did or did not violate BIPA, but he said that the plaintiffs have a “plausible claim” to argue their case in court.[Arstechnica]last_img read more

Ghana to open up Domain Name Service industry

first_imgAdvertisement Ghana’s Ministry of Communications has revealed plans to allow private sector companies in the Ghanaian DNS industry to sell “.gh” domain names.The plans come at a time when the Ministry wants to expand their rather low uptake.According to the Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Ghana is now selling about 3,500 Domain Name Service (DNS) a situation,which does did not reflect the explosive mobile internet data usage, which stands at about 63 per cent of the total population of 29 million. – Advertisement – This was during the two-day training workshop on DNS Entrepreneurship by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Africa Stakeholder Engagement Bureau.The Minister praised ICANN for choosing Ghana as one of the beneficiary pilot countries, saying that the workshop would go a long way to improve Ghana’s DNS industry and also improve the uptake of the “.gh” domain names.last_img read more

Outbox Moringa School Partner to Equip Youth With Software Engineering Skills

first_imgAdvertisement Outbox innovation hub on Thursday partnered with Moringa school, Kenya to deliver bootcamps focused on equipping youth with industry relevant software engineering skills. A coding boot camp is a short and intensive technical training program that teaches programming skills that employers look for, in an immersive environment.“With this partnership, the youth will be able to tap into world class learning and employment opportunities, thus improving the quality of our offering to potential software engineers in Uganda,” said Richard Zulu, CEO at Outbox.Moringa School is a learning accelerator that provides its students with both digital and professional skills training. It is an intensive tech education program based in Nairobi, Kenya and was founded in 2014. The school has been successful in Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan and Hong Kong.  In 2018 alone, it received over 1100 applicants and taught over 500 students. Moringa School has a 95% job placement rate, and its graduates receive a 350% salary increase after leaving the program. – Advertisement – On the other hand, since its founding in 2012, Outbox has been at the forefront of developing the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem in Uganda. Through its partners and programmes, it has provided access to seed funding, business training, mentorship and technical guidance to enable multiple startups succeed. It is through this work that Outbox noticed the severe shortage of industry relevant software development skills in the country not only for the startups in their community, but also the various organisations both for-profit and nonprofit.Through the partnership, Outbox will tap into Moringa’s experience in developing and delivering industry relevant technology education. It will also tap into over 40 of its hiring partners all over the African continent to ensure that ‘Outbox EDU’ graduates receive employment opportunities after graduation.Outbox EDU is an initiative that will see Outbox offer Moringa School’s technology training course through a five-week full time computer science fundamentals course known as “Moringa Prep,” in June 2018.  Moringa Prep covers the foundational concepts to all high level programming languages. Applications are now open and be accessed at MORINGAPREP (FOLLOW LINK).Besides the technical skills, Moringa’s blended learning approach will allow for Outbox EDU participants to receive soft skills that also prepare them for the job or entrepreneurship market, supporting their transition to the labor market.Moringa Prep will be offered to individuals with limited or no experience in software engineering. All one needs is to have the passion, be computer literate, and have considerations of pursuing a career in technology.“We’re excited to launch in Uganda with an incredible partner like Outbox Hub. This partnership will ensure we continue to provide access to our quality education programs to more individuals in other parts of the continent,” said Audrey Cheng, Co-Founder and CEO of Moringa School.The Moringa Prep initiative under Outbox EDU will run from June 2018 to July 2018. It will select up-to 35 participants for five weeks of intensive training, with a focus on both technical skills and soft skills.Through the partnership with Moringa School, Outbox seeks to train up-to 200 software developers each year.last_img read more

SIMON NOTT Cheltenham Thursday

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS CHELTENHAM THURSDAY: SIMON NOTT reports from day two of Cheltenham’s April Meeting. It doesn’t seem two minutes since the congestion and (as it turned out) carnage of the Festival plus threats of day two being postponed due to the weather. Fast forward a few weeks later, the course was set fair for seven races on good ground.If you’ve never been to Cheltenham then the April Meeting is a good meeting to start with. Even more so on a glorious day like today when you can start thinking of summer. The racecourse, built with the Festival hordes in mind, is a place even a very respectable crowd, as was todays, can comfortably rattle around in and enjoy the facilities. That’s not so great for bookmakers, there was a semblance of two rows of them in Tattersalls but nothing compared to the amassed ranks doing battle In March.First surprise of the day was seeing my old mate Peter O’Toole stood at number two pitch on the front row. Peter can be found betting in rings up and down the country but usually in slightly more modest positions. Closer inspection revealed that today he was representing the rapidly rising on-course empire that is the Sid Hooper organisation. The 5/4 favourite Indefatigable won the first, which was no good for the layers.I did hear of a £1000 cash bet on the rails in the second. Sadly, for the bookmaker that laid it, the money was for the second winning favourite of the day, Paul Nicholls’ Kupatana. One saving grace for the beleaguered firm that did their dough, it was Paul Nicholls’ 3,000th jumps winner of his career, some landmark. Was it any consolation for losing on the race? Probably not. What possibly hurt the bookie more was if Philip Hobbs’ charge Little Miss Poet had not clobbered the last it might well have won instead. Casual racegoers and your hack alike were delighted to see a bit of history made in our presence though.The bookmakers allowed themselves a cheer when Sunshade won the next at 14/1 beating better-fancied in the market 11/2 chance Augusta Gold. The latter looked to be going best approaching the last but didn’t have the toe of the winner after it. Anyone near Buckingham Palace might have heard a roar too. Not because the bookies were that loud, but its winning owner, The Queen, would have been delighted to have a rare Cheltenham winner, especially as she bred the mare too. I mentioned jokingly in the Press Room that the owner wasn’t spotted in the ring, apart from on banknotes. Veteran Racing Post correspondent Andrew King piped up ‘That’s cliched enough for you, you’d better stick it in your blog’. I’m here to please Andrew!At first glance Bridget Andrews winning on 11/2 shot Goodnight Charlie in the next looked like a fair result in a tight betting heat. Closer scrutiny of betting revealed Caroline Fryer’s charge had been well-backed from 9/1 into its SP. Getting 4/1 joint-favourites beaten is rarely bad news though.I was talking to a senior lady punter who usually has her husband in tow. She confirmed he was here but had sent her to the betting ring to bet his fancy. She lamented that she’d not been allowed to take a beer from the bar to where he was sitting on the lawn. She added that that the racecourse are very strict and that she’d seen ‘drug dogs’ sniff out two suspects on the way in. She went on to say that due to searches she’s not even allowed to have her quite legendary, in some quarters, hip flasks with her anymore. She made her way back to her husband’s vantage, then turned with a smile and remarked, ‘They didn’t check my Lucozade bottle though!’If it had been going the way of the bookies for the last couple of races. They were brought back down to earth with a bump when the ironically named Havingagoodtime, if you’re a plying your trade in the ring at least, absolutely trounced her field under Rachael Blackmore. It had looked like a competitive heat, but you’ll rarely see an easier winner on this racecourse.I had a chat with racecourse photographers Steve Cargill and Francesca Altoft in the Press Room, apart from great snappers, Steve used to be president of the HWPA (Horse Writers & Photographers Association) and while Francesca has just been elected onto the committee. If you missed rising star photographer Fran’s #BettingPeople interview, here it is https://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/interview-francesca-altoft/I bumped into Lofty’s mate Claire prior to the penultimate, her family had done a Lucky 15 and had all three up so far which included The Queen’s 14/1 winner. Now they needed Happy Diva for a nice few quid. If the previous race had boasted the easiest winner of the day then this was the most dramatic. Not to mention gutting if you were part of Claire’s bet. Over the last Happy Diva was going head to head with Whatduhavetoget, looked to have just got the better of that battle only for both of them to be mugged in the shadow of the post by 11/1 chance Northern Beau. Unfortunate, for the Lucky 15 but a very handy result indeed for the ring. That is apart from Barry ‘Pinno’ who reported ‘doing his money’ on the winner, you never can tell.The lucky last was a big-field bumper, not the ideal race to get stuck into, unless you know something of course. I was still talking to ‘the Tash’ when a punter came in for £150 each-way Early Morning Rain at 16/1 (he didn’t ask for the fractions so didn’t get them, don’t know about fractions, read on). https://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/simon-nott-when-on-course-always-ask-for-the-fractions/The horse didn’t win, wasn’t even placed, but ran very well for a long way as they tend to do when backed like that. Mystic Dreamer won at 11/2 beating the 3/1 jolly into second. Probably a ‘taker’ or loser for most books, though as with Pinno in the penultimate, you never can tell. I wasn’t going to risk asking either. One thing you can tell is that when Ian Bartlett is commentating, the mic would have been still swinging as he legged it to his car ‘parked nice and close’. The king of the fast getaways – one racing certainty you can bank on, but sadly not bet on.Simon Nottlast_img read more

Patrolservice consolidation could save money make Harris County safer

first_imgAddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionThis boost to the sheriff’s budget could be used to increase the number of patrol units under the office’s control, the report suggests. The report also showed that Harris County could potentially save more than $20 million per year by requiring that contracting entities cover the full salary of sheriff and constable deputies.“Collaborations and Overlapping Services in Harris County Law Enforcement” is the second report in a larger effort by the Kinder Institute to address critical issues of governance in the Greater Houston area. The work began with a 2016 report on the city’s pension system. The report was developed by Kinder Institute researchers Bill Fulton, Kyle Shelton and Carlos Villegas in conjunction with TischlerBise, a fiscal and economic planning consulting firm. It examines local law enforcement agencies and the services they provide, documents overlapping services, identifies areas where successful collaborations have taken place, identifies future options for collaboration or consolidation and describes pros and cons of possible options.The report’s key finding was that consolidation of patrol responsibilities within the sheriff’s office would reduce administrative expenses and could free up to $127 million in the sheriff’s budget, which could be used to increase the number of patrol officers under the sheriff’s control by 1,500.“Since the Harris County Commissioners Court supports both the sheriff’s office and the constables, that body could work together to combine duties in a way that leads to greater law enforcement service equity and cost savings,” said Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute. “The constables would reduce their administrative needs considerably since patrol administration accounts for a huge proportion of each precinct’s work. Although the sheriff would be adding responsibilities, there would likely be efficiencies and savings created by eliminating or reducing duplicative administrative services.”The report also showed that Harris County could save as much as $22 million per year by requiring that contracts cover the full salaries of sheriff and constable deputies. “Currently, Contract Deputy Program arrangements require contracting entities to pay somewhere between 70 and 100 percent of a deputy’s time,” Fulton said. “If all contracting entities are required to pay the full salary of their contract deputies, it would reduce the amount of general funds dedicated to law enforcement.”Another major finding is that efficiency could be improved by reforming and/or consolidating highway patrol and enforcement responsibility in Harris County, duties currently divided between multiple agencies.“Traffic accidents not only cause substantial headaches for commuters and business, they also complicate local law enforcement operations,” Fulton said. “Major traffic incidents often remove patrol officers from their normal beats. In addition, law enforcement on Houston’s highways is carried out by a mixture of agencies, including the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Constable’s Offices, METRO police and smaller city departments.”Fulton said that Houston’s current law enforcement structure could benefit from a shakeup.“In addition to allowing some agencies to free up funds and staff for other issues, it could also improve overall mobility for the region,” he said. “Houston TranStar, a well-proven regional body that manages traffic issues and emergency situations, offers the opportunity to consider ways to consolidate traffic management and highway enforcement.“Our intention for this report was to convey the landscape in a meaningful way and then dig deeper with agencies and stakeholders to address specific options going forward,” Fulton said.The study draws from quantitative and qualitative research. Interviews were conducted with leaders from several local police agencies and elected officials. Budgetary analysis and options were provided by TischlerBise and Kinder Institute researchers. The study also included best practice research on test case options from across the country that could be pursued locally.The report was funded by Houston Endowment and the Kinder Foundation. It is available online at https://kinder.rice.edu/research/collaborations-and-overlapping-services-harris-county-law-enforcement.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Kinder Institute website: https://kinder.rice.edu/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/09/policelights-xtvivc.gifPhoto credit: Rice University/123rf.comLocated 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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 police lightscenter_img ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduPatrol-service consolidation could save money, boost service, make Harris County saferSavings could be used to increase number of patrol units, according to new Rice U. report examining local law enforcement HOUSTON – (Sept. 6, 2018) – Consolidating patrol responsibilities carried out by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and county constables could increase efficiency and allow funding for the constables’ $127 million patrol-related budget to be put to better use within law enforcement, according to a new report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.last_img read more

14 Injured on United Airlines Flight Due to Turbulence

first_img Passengers got a wild ride on a United Airlines flight from Panama City, Panama, to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Turbulence shook the plane so violently, 14 people suffered injuries and seven were hospitalized, ABC13 reported.Flight 1031 took off from Panama City on Tuesday morning and hit severe turbulence about 80 miles east of Cancún in Mexican airspace, NBC reported.Frightened passengers were being tossed around.“Many people were crying,” Carlos Padron, one of the passengers, told ABC13.14 injured as severe turbulence violently rattles United Airlines flight to Houston https://t.co/wBHDxkm4kc— Metro (@MetroUK) June 21, 2017Padron suffered from a gash on his head but didn’t go to a hospital.According to the Federal Aviation Administration, 44 people were injured due to turbulence during flights in 2016 and 33 of them were passengers.The surest way to prevent injury during turbulence is to keep one’s seat belt buckled during flight, the FAA recommends. Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab Show Discussion Share this article 14 Injured on United Airlines Flight Due to Turbulence By Petr Svab June 21, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img A United Airlines plane sits on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport on June 10, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) US Sharelast_img read more

Man Who Shot at Ohio Judge Was Father of Convicted High School

first_img The suspect who shot and injured an Ohio judge on Monday morning as he was walking to the courtroom was identified as the father of a high school football player who was convicted of rape, according to news reports.Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr., 65, was shot near a court in Steubenville, along the Ohio River roughly 30 miles west of Pittsburgh, as WTOV reported.“We’re starting to put this whole picture together, but basically what you have is the judge is going to work, these subjects were waiting for them. He comes up, shoots at the judge. The judge returns fire,” Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis told the news station.The suspect was killed in the exchange.The suspect was killed in the exchange. He was identified as Nathaniel Richmond, who is the father of Ma'lik Richmond, who played for the Steubenville Big Red.  (Google Maps) The suspect was killed in the exchange. He was identified as Nathaniel Richmond, who is the father of Ma’lik Richmond, who played for the Steubenville Big Red. (Google Maps) He was identified as Nathaniel Richmond, who is the father of Ma’lik Richmond, who played for the Steubenville Big Red.“This was ambush or attempted murder on our judge,” Sheriff Fred J. Abdalla said in an emotional interview with reporters.Two suspects were waiting for the judge inside a car at a bank parking lot, said Mavromatis, WTOV reported. One of the men emerged from a vehicle and fired shots, hitting the judge.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Man Who Shot at Ohio Judge Was Father of Convicted High School Football Player By Jack Phillips August 21, 2017 Updated: August 21, 2017 Show Discussion US Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was shot at the Jefferson County Courthouse and was taken to a hospital via a medical helicopter, WTOV reported. (Google Maps) Share Share this article The judge then returned fire, along with a nearby probation officer.The other suspect was taken into police custody. His name wasn’t released.“It just hurts,” Sheriff Abdalla said. “First thing on a Monday morning—you have a judge shot in front of his courthouse. And that affected me.”Cody Allison, a nearby resident, told WTOV that she awoke to the sound of gunshots.“My alarm went off at 8 a.m., and I snoozed it, and a minute or two later, I heard approximately seven or eight gunshots, and I went to look out the window and I seen somebody in a white shirt, probably a detective, kneeling down firing at something, and that’s when I knew something happened down here,” she said. last_img read more

12FootLong Shark Pinged in Gulf on New Years After Long Journey

first_imgThe shark, according to ABC Action News, has traveled more than 5,639 miles since it was tagged in Massachusetts. The shark, which weighs 1,668 pounds, was swimming as far south as Key West before going to Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, on Jan. 1, 2018.“It doesn’t surprise us to see a great white shark in this area (Gulf of Mexico) during winter. We know that some portion of their population does come into the Gulf of Mexico, though it’s not extremely common,” Marine Laboratory Senior Scientist Dr. Robert Hueter stated.“This is one of the reasons we need to keep tagging more of these animals – to understand which ones go where, and why. Miss Costa, an immature female, was also detected in late 2016 in the Florida Keys region, so it appears that she has a pattern of coming to south Florida during winter months. But last year, her tag did not show her moving up into the Gulf as she has this year. We look forward to seeing what she does next.”Recommended Video: Sculptor Makes Incredible Model of John Lennon Share this article Share A 12-foot-long, named white shark was “pinged” around the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa on New Year’s Day.“Miss Costa,” the shark, was tagged on Sept. 26, 2016, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, by Ocearch.org to obtain scientific data and track her journey. The shark was named as such because of Costa Sunglasses.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) center_img 12-Foot-Long Shark Pinged in Gulf on New Year’s After Long Journey By Epoch Newsroom January 2, 2018 Updated: January 2, 2018 #DontFearTheFin ? Tampa, Florida. I’m just over here doing my thing! @OCEARCH @ChrisOCEARCH @CostaSunglasses pic.twitter.com/C7EQiwgCyH— Miss Costa (@MissCostaShark) January 2, 2018 Show Discussion US News last_img read more

Woman Dies From FleshEating Bacteria After Eating Raw Oysters

first_img  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM Show Discussion A Texas woman died from a flesh-eating bacteria after she ate raw oysters that she bought at a market near New Orleans, KLFY reported.Jeanette LeBlanc contracted the vibrio virus while crabbing on the Louisiana coast with friends and family in September 2017.LeBlanc and friend Karen Bowers reportedly picked up some raw oysters at a Westwego market, then shucked and ate about two dozen each.Soon after, LeBlanc became sick.“About 36 hours later she started having extreme respiratory distress, had a rash on her legs and everything,” Jeanette Bergquist, a friend, told KLFY. Bowers said that, initially, she thought it was just an allergy.“An allergic reaction of sorts, that’s what I would call it. That’s what we thought,” Bowers said.But the LeBlanc’s condition markedly deteriorated within two days. She sought medical treatment. The diagnosis–vibrio.“It’s a flesh-eating bacteria. She had severe wounds on her legs from that bacteria,” Berquist said.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that eating raw or undercooked oysters “can increase the chance you will get sick with vibriosis.” The CDC also says people can become infected with the bacteria after going swimming in warm seawater with an open wound.LeBlanc fought the infection for three weeks, but finally succumbed to the deadly virus on Oct. 15, 2017“I can’t even imagine going through that for 21 days, much less a day. Most people don’t last,” Bowers said.“She was bigger than life,” Bergquist said. “She was a great person, laughed a lot, loved her family, loved her dad.”Bergquist and Bowers told KLFY they wish they had been aware of the risks before the tragic incident. They added that they now plan to raise awareness about vibrio, so that others can be safer.“It they really knew what could happen to them and they could literally die within 48, 36 hours of eating raw oysters, is it really worth it?” said Bowers.“It we had known that the risk was so high, I think she would’ve stopped eating oysters,” Bergquist said.Recommended Video: Kayaker Rescues Iguana Swimming Miles From Shore US News Share A Texas woman is dead after contracting the vibrio virus following consumption of raw oysters. (Stock photo via Pixabay / CCO) Woman Dies From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Eating Raw Oysters By Tom Ozimek January 6, 2018 Updated: January 6, 2018 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

More Details Released on Pennsylvania Car Wash Shooting That Left 4 Dead

first_img Show Discussion A jealous man armed with a handgun and .308-caliber rifle shot a woman and three other people at a Pennsylvania car wash https://t.co/GAxMxm4zYm— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 29, 2018 “We’re not sure exactly what occurred,” added Trooper Robert Broadwater at the scene of the crime, according to the Tribune-Review. “Trying to investigate why this happened and how it happened.”Cline last week posted a meme on her Facebook page, which read:  “After this week, I rlly [sic] need to get taken out … on a date or by a sniper either one is fine w me at this point.” A Facebook friend named Tim Smith issued a reply: “I could do both,” according to Fox News.Jenna Porterfield, who is the pregnant wife of William Porterfield, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Cline and Smith had dated, saying that Smith was “jealous.” Police added that Cline was William Porterfield’s “companion.”“I was told my husband was cheating on me with [one of the victims], and that she had broken up with her previous boyfriend two days ago, and he went crazy and shot them all,” she told the Post-Gazette. She also said that she and her late husband were having marital troubles this month.“I’m not holding that against Will. We weren’t fighting. We were fixing,” she told the Post-Gazette. “And if he was with someone else while we were having problems, honestly, I don’t care what he did. I’m not going to hold that against him. I’d give anything to have him back.”Officials had reported that five people were killed in the incident, but later on Sunday, they said that only four had been killed.It’s also not clear why the group of people were at the car wash, Fox News reported.A man who lives nearby said he heard about 30 shots in a few minutes.“There is no continued threat to the community,” a police spokesman said, Reuters reported.Recommended Video: The Origins of Antifa  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video More details about a man who opened fire at a western Pennsylvania car wash, killing four people on Sunday morning, have been released.Timothy Smith, 28, is accused of going to Ed’s Car Wash in Melcroft, located about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, at around 3 a.m. before opening fire on a group of people.He killed his ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Chelsie Cline, 27-year-old William Porterfield, 23-year-old Courtney Snyder, and 21-year-old Seth Cline. Another woman in her 20s took cover in a vehicle as the gunfire erupted, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.Fayette County District Attorney Rich Bower identified Smith as the suspect, while adding that he’s not expected to survive a likely self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Smith, who was armed with an AR-15 and other weapons, is being treated at a local hospital.“I don’t understand,” Sierra Kolarik, 24, Chelsie Cline’s half-sister, told the Tribune-Review. “I still don’t believe it.” She called the incident a domestic dispute. Sharecenter_img More Details Released on Pennsylvania Car Wash Shooting That Left 4 Dead By Jack Phillips January 29, 2018 Updated: January 29, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article US News last_img read more