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first_imgThe government has been accused of “sending out mixed messages” on independent living, after it emerged that it wants to charge VAT on the payroll services provided to disabled people who receive direct payments for their social care.Cheshire Centre for Independent Living (CCIL) is having to take HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to the first-tier tribunal to fight off its attempt to force it to charge disabled service-users 20 per cent VAT on top of their monthly fee for using its popular payroll service.The tribunal case is due to be heard in Manchester in early December.Other disabled people’s organisations are also challenging the HMRC VAT demand on their own payroll services, but CCIL’s will be the first to be heard at tribunal.CCIL (pictured) insists that its payroll service – which is used by nearly 3,000 disabled people across the north-west of England who use direct payments to employ personal assistants – should not be subject to VAT under HMRC’s “welfare” exemption.It has been trying to persuade HMRC to withdraw its claim for more than four years, but the government refused even to take the dispute to a mediation service.Tom Hendrie, CCIL’s head of policy and communications, said the imposition of VAT on payroll services was “absolutely not right”, but he said HMRC had refused to see it as qualifying for an exemption and had “really dug their heels in about it”.He said: “It’s a tax on independent living. It goes completely against promoting independent living and trying to keep people at home as long as possible, so the government is sending out really mixed messages.“It’s giving money with one hand and taking it away with the other. It does seem odd to us.“It just further reduces the limited resources disabled people have to lead independent lives at a time when the whole care system is under pressure.“It just seems to us that it’s wrong.”Although the amount charged for the payroll service is not large – clients in Cheshire pay £15 a month – Hendrie said the addition of VAT would still have a significant impact on many service-users of nearly £3 a month.He said: “It’s just another element of the fixed money people have got to manage their support having to go on something else.”And Hendrie warned that a victory for HMRC “could undermine the whole notion of the welfare exemption for VAT”, and could affect many other charities and the services they provide to disabled people.An HMRC spokesman confirmed the case was ongoing, with a tribunal hearing expected later this year.He said: “While I cannot go into specifics about this individual case, I should point out that HMRC’s role is to apply rules around tax and we don’t have discretion to alter them.”He said that VAT was exempt in a range of welfare services, including “the provision of care, to promote the physical or mental welfare of elderly, sick, distressed or disabled people” when provided by organisations devoted to social wellbeing, according to European Union law.But he claimed that VAT had to be paid “on payroll services provided for direct payment and independent living schemes”, which “have never been included within the welfare exemption and have always been standard-rated”.last_img read more

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SF Pushes Ahead with Local Priority for Affordable Housing

first_imgThe city kept the percentage low to avoid running afoul of fair housing laws, federal guidelines that guard against discrimination in housing assignments. They worried that, in a segregated city like San Francisco, drawing too high a percentage of residents from a small geographic area could end up favoring particular minorities.“What is the logic?” said Luis Granados, the executive director of the Mission Economic Development Agency at a small press event before the meeting. “At 40 percent does it still meet fair housing regulations? Or is it 65 percent or is it 85 percent? You basically wonder about the logic behind this proposal.”Granados and others are pushing for higher percentages of neighborhood preference and a less artificial definition of neighborhood, noting that supervisorial districts are political lines that often encompass many communities. But the city says 40 percent at the district level is the best option.“We have done analysis of San Francisco specific data, and we are comfortable that 40 percent at the supervisorial district level maintains a balance between access and neighborhood preference,” said Sophie Hayward, the director of policy and legislative affairs at the Mayor’s Office of Housing. The model was New York, which has had a 50 percent local preference threshold since the 1970s. But after running an analysis on San Francisco, Hayward said that given San Francisco’s segregated neighborhoods, a 50 percent local preference would run the risk of favoring particular minorities for housing.This brought the city down to 25 percent, but when supervisors raised the bar to 40 percent at a committee meeting last week, Hayward said it barely passed muster.“The safest in terms of analysis is still 25 percent,” Hayward said. “That said, when the supervisors ran up to 40 percent, we ran the analysis again and it is fairly safe across all districts.”Still, some community groups say the process has been flawed. “This proposal is not a neighborhood preference, this proposal is a political district preference. It will undermine the very goal of trying to keep black and brown folks in San Francisco,” said Malcolm Yeung, a deputy director with Chinatown Community Development Center, at Monday’s meeting. “We urge the Board to slow this down and to take a look at it and figure out how to actually craft a neighborhood preference.”On the other side, many black community leaders from the Bayview-Hunters Point praised the measure and said it was past time the city enacted a local preference for housing. “It’s time this city do the right thing by black people who were targeted by redevelopment, who have been victims of injustice because of the lottery system,” said Amos Brown, a pastor and board member of the San Francisco National Association of the Advancement of Colored People. “It’s a shame before God that since 1970, we have lost 60,000 African-Americans from this city,” he said. “Now’s the time. As Nike said, ‘Just do it’ — and give us our 40 percent.”The measure will go to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote on November 17 and will likely be voted on again December 3. If it passes, Hayward said it would go into effect in early 2016. The three-member Land Use Committee voted unanimously yesterday to recommend neighborhood preference for affordable housing. The policy would ensure that 40 percent of new affordable housing in a supervisorial district be reserved for former residents of that district.“This is incredibly bold and important legislation for the residents of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, calling particular attention to the decade-long displacement of the black population from the city. “The consequences of [the current] system have been devastating to communities, particularly the African-American community, who have been leaving the city at an incredibly alarming rate.”The legislation, which was recommended by the Planning Commission last month, creates a local preference for residents seeking entry into affordable housing units. Under the new legislation, 40 percent of such units would be reserved for those living within the supervisorial district of the project they are applying for, plus a half-mile buffer around a particular project. That’s a change from an earlier version that reserved just 25 percent of units for neighborhood preference. The increase has some questioning if it could go even higher. Tags: Affordable Housing • Board of Supervisors • housing • meda • San Francisco • San Francisco Planning Department • sf Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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TICKETS are on sale for a number of Saints fixtur

first_imgTICKETS are on sale for a number of Saints’ fixtures over the next two months.You can now secure your seat for the Club’s away trips to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Sunday July 10, 3.30pm) and Castleford Tigers (Sunday July 31, 3.30pm) as well as our home matches against Catalans Dragons (Friday July 15, 8pm) and Huddersfield Giants (Aug 12, 8pm)Details of the ticket prices for the Challenge Cup Quarter Final match with Hull KR (Sunday July 24, 3pm) are also available.All the latest ticket availability can be found here.You can get yours from the Saints Ticket office in St Helens Town Centre (Brownlow Arcade), by calling 01744 455 052 or buy logging on here.last_img read more

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SAINTS Chairman was officially made a Freeman of t

first_imgSAINTS Chairman was officially made a Freeman of the Borough of St.Helens, for his service to sport, at a ceremony held at St.Helens Parish Church last week.Eamonn stated: “It was a moving and emotional event for me. To be made a Freeman of my home town, and a town which means so much to me, is a great honour, particularly when you realise how few people have been made Freemen over the last 150 years of the town’s history.“In addition to thanking the Borough Council, I would pay tribute to the people of St. Helens and the fans of the Saints. It is their desire for a great team and for a great stadium that has motivated me over the years and it is only through their support that I have been able to contribute.“My family were equally proud on my behalf and it was particularly pleasing that my daughter Anne flew back from Hong Kong, where she lives and works, to be with me on such an important night.Pictured are Eamonn with wife Betty, daughter Anne and son Shaun.last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sup

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Super League Elimination Semi Final at Leeds Rhinos.Joe Greenwood comes in for Anthony Walker in the only change from last week’s 19 man roster.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tommy Makinson, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 36. Stuart Howarth.Brian McDermott will choose his Leeds side from:1. Zak Hardaker, 2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 15. Brett Delaney, 16. Ryan Bailey, 17. Ian Kirke, 18. Chris Clarkson, 19. Mitch Achurch, 23. Brad Singleton, 26. Liam Sutcliffe.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack: Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored points in fifteen consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Super League Grand Final. He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying Semi-Final at Knowsley Road, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.Friday’s game will be only the second time the clubs have met in the play-offs at Headingley – Leeds emerged victorious, 44-16, in the 1998 Final Eliminator.St Helens have won on their last three visits to Headingley however, with the Rhinos’ last home win against the Saints coming 28-24 on 3 July, 2010.Last 10 Meetings:Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 20/5/13)St Helens 12, Leeds 20 (SLR5, 1/3/13)Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)St Helens 46, Leeds 6 (SLR8, 25/3/12)Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 42, Leeds 16 (SLR16, 3/6/11) (at Stobart Stadium, Widnes)Leeds 16, St Helens 30 (SLR6, 19/3/11)Leeds 32, St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Leeds 28, St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)St Helens 41, Leeds 20 (SLR12, 24/4/10)Previous Play-off Meetings:Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 18, St Helens 10 (SLGF, 10/10/09) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 24, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 4/10/08) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 38, Leeds 10 (SLQSF, 19/9/08)Leeds 33, St Helens 6 (SLGF, 13/10/07) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 10, Leeds 8 (SLQSF, 28/9/07)St Helens 16, Leeds 19 (SLQSF, 30/9/05)St Helens 38, Leeds 30 (SLEPO, 22/9/01)St Helens 38, Leeds 14 (SLQPO, 17/9/99)Leeds 44, St Helens 16 (SLFE, 18/10/98)Super League Summary:Leeds won 24 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998 and 2005 play-offs)St Helens won 28 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Personal Milestones:Paul Wellens remains one point away from 1,000 in his career. He has scored 953 points (218 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for St Helens since 1998. He has also scored points for Great Britain (18 – 4 tries, 1 goal), England (16 – 4 tries) and Lancashire (12 – 3 tries).Ade Gardner needs one try to reach 200 career touchdowns. His total of 199 has been scored as follows: 173 for St Helens (2002-2013), 15 for Barrow (2000-2001), 2 for Great Britain (2006-2007), 2 for England (2008) and 7 for England ‘A’ (2002-2003). He has also made three non-scoring appearances for Cumbria (2003-2004 & 2010).Francis Meli needs one try to reach 150 whilst in the British game. He has touched down 145 times for St Helens since 2006, to go with 4 tries for The Exiles (2011-2012). He is also 12 points away from 500 points in Super League (488 for St Helens, 2006-2013).Adam Swift (1-1-1-2-3) has scored tries in Saints’ last five games.last_img read more

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The winger replaces Ryan Morgan who has been ruled

first_imgThe winger replaces Ryan Morgan who has been ruled out through injury.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 23. Ben Barba.Steve McNamara will choose his 17 from:1. David Mead, 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Iain Thornley, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Rémi Casty, 12. Benjamin Garcia, 13. Greg Bird, 14. Julian Bousquet, 15. Mickael Simon, 16. Vincent Duport, 17. Jason Baitieri, 18. Thibaud Margalet, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 22. Lucas Albert, 23. Antoni Maria, 24. Alrix Da Costa.The game kicks off at 5.05pm (UK time) and the referee will be Phil Bentham whilst our 19s take on their Catalans counterparts at 3pm (UK time).Derek Traynor’s 17 will be chosen from:Alex Eckley, Ben Sims, Brandon O’Neill, Callum Hazzard, Cameron Brown, Chris Follin, Elliott Jenkins, Jack Welsby, Jake Wingfield, John Hutchings, Jorge Lewtas, Joseph Sharratt, Josh Simm, Kian Horridge, Luke Maloney-Ward, Matthew Foster, Paul Nash, Sam Royle, Thomas Nisbet.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE The 4 Day Proposal

first_imgOGDEN, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County couple is celebrating 50 years of marriage this month. They are truly a case of love at first sight and got engaged after one date! WWAY’s Daniel Seamans introduces you to our Extraordinary “Couple” of the Week.Imagine sitting in a barber chair and while you stare out the window, you see the love of your life walk by. What do you do? You fall in love.- Advertisement – “I was getting a haircut at the barber shop and she walked by,” Ron Reeves told Daniel Seamans about the day he met his wife.The year was 1967 and it was truly love at first sight.“I took her home,” Ron said.“Wait, wait, wait!” his wife laughed. “Don’t say ‘take her home.’ 50 years ago that was a no no. Let me stop him right there,” she continued. He did not take me home.” The couple has a great sense of humor.Related Article: Injured gymnast sets goal: To walk down aisle at her weddingRon and Maggie Reeves met just outside that barber shop. “She was walking to the bus and I stopped her, I offered her a ride, she agreed,” Ron said.And they got into the car as the love story hit the road.“By the time we got to my house,” Maggie said. “He knew everything about me, cus I’m a talker.”That day became their first date that involved Ron taking Maggie’s four kids to the clinic and helping them with school work.Ron wasted no time letting her know how he felt.“How long until you proposed to this woman?” Daniel asked. “The 1st week,” Ron said. “4 days. 4 days. I was leaving town for three months going to school so I wanted to make sure she was waiting on me, so I went ahead and popped the question.”Four days after first sight. “My mom said no no no no, please tell him no. He’s got something up his sleeve. I know he was something up his sleeve,” Maggie joked. “So I told him yes.”50 years later they have 8 kids and 24 grandkids.They also have a bond they attribute to strong faith, allowing each other to be who they are, “and commitment,” Ron said with Maggie nodding in agreement. “Commitment plays a big part in staying together and not letting anything anhything interfere with you marriage.”50 years after four days and still madly in love. Happy Anniversary Ron and Maggie! You two are Extraordinary.By the way, Ron worked many jobs over the years to support his growing family. He was a medic, officer, and helicopter pilot in the military. He later went to college to become a superintendent of the postal operations in Shallotte and there were many side jobs in between.last_img read more

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Pet Pals 2 Chihuahuas and 3 cats looking for homes

first_img Carmen is also a Chihuahua. She and Cortez are best friends and must be adopted together. Carmen is a spayed 6-year-old female with a tri-color coat. She’s also looking for a low maintenance relationship and wants to find a forever friend.There are also some cats looking for homes.First is a 5-year-old neutered male domestic shorthair. He has a black coat and bright yellow eyes. He’s peaceful and loves to spend the day in bed or on a warm windowsill.Related Article: Pet Pals: 5-year-old Alaskan Malamute looking for a homeThen, there is a 7-month-old neutered domestic shorthair. He has a white and grey coat. The shelter calls him sweet as pie.. And incredibly playful. He’s happy with the simplest of toys, like a cardboard box.Lastly, there is a 7-month-old neutered grey tabby. He’s the perfect mixture of sweet and salty. Shelter staff says he’s affectionate and eager to make his future owner happy.To meet any of these animals and see if they’d be perfect for your home, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. Their hours vary during the holiday season so it’s best to call in advance.County residents can adopt for $70.To see other animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This week, we are featuring multiple pets from New Hanover County Animal Services. All of these four-legged friends are looking for forever homes.Cortez is a 5-year-old neutered male Chihuahua with a black and tan coat. He is looking for a low maintenance relationship where he can walk by your side.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Paul Cairney no longer employed with UNCW

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After he was accused of sexual misconduct on two separate occasions during his time with UNCW, long-time UNCW Women’s soccer coach Paul Cairney is no longer with the program.A school spokesperson confirmed the move today to WWAY, but would not say whether he was fired or resigned.- Advertisement – Last December, the school learned Cairney had been accused of sexual misconduct by a female attendee of a soccer camp in 1997 and placed him on paid administrative leave.After an investigation by the school and the SBI, the school also learned of a second misconduct claim against Cairney from 2004 made by a member of the university’s athletic department.Cairney has been part of the UNCW Women’s soccer program since its inception in 1994.last_img read more

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Watchdog report North Carolina hurricane funds delayed

first_img The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a federal community block grant of $199 million for the state in December 2016, which was later increased to $237 million in August 2017. But as of December 2018 — over two years after Matthew made landfall — the state had only spent 1%, or $3.4 million, of those funds, according to the report. By comparison, South Carolina spent 22% of its award for Matthew recovery in the same time period.Following Matthew, many legislators in the eastern part of the state have questioned slow hurricane recovery fund distribution. They raised concerns that the same trend could hold true for recovery funds for Hurricane Florence, which brought record rains and flooding to the state in September.North Carolina has been considered a slow spender by HUD, and as of this March, the state has spent a total of 3.1% of block grant funds_the slowest spending of any state or federal funds, according to the report’s lead researcher.Related Article: First Robeson County home repaired with Community Block GrantThe community block grants were only a portion of the total federal money that North Carolina received for Hurricane Matthew recovery. Four other federal programs awarded an additional $667.7 million.The delays, the review said, were caused by a lack of institutional knowledge about Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds, intended as last resort spending for long-term housing and infrastructure recovery. Before Matthew, the state had not received this type of funding since 2003. As a result of inexperience, the report said, the state didn’t meet grant requirements, forcing it to re-bid its contract and spend $3.7 million in state funds to cover costs that could’ve been paid with federal funds. The report also says the state missed opportunities to fully leverage federal funds.After initial missteps, the state created the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Response in October 2018 to coordinate recovery efforts. Recovery and Response Office employees are required to be knowledgeable about housing programs such as the CDBG-DR program, but the report notes that these positions are time-limited, set to be dissolved in 2022, which “puts the state at risk of encountering similar problems in recovering from future disasters.”In response, lawmakers have drafted a disaster recovery bill based directly on the four recommendations given in the report, one of which is to maintain permanent recovery and response positions for future disaster recovery efforts. The committee will vote on recommending the draft bill to the General Assembly next month.At a Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee meeting on Monday, Republican committee co-chairman Rep. Craig Horn acknowledged that hurricane survivors may feel stuck while waiting to get recovery money. He called the process “overcomplicated” and expressed hope that by having one office handle all recovery efforts, it could be simplified.“We’re all frustrated at getting help to people as quick as we can, but you’re forced to jump through a million hoops,” said Horn, a Union County Republican.State recovery leaders disagreed with some of the report’s findings. Laura Hogshead, chief operating officer of the Office of Recovery and Resiliency, pushed back on criticism of the delayed timeline for distributing the funds, pointing out that the state had to wait nearly a year for HUD to approve North Carolina as a grantee for these funds.“The first 311 days the state had literally no ability to access those funds,” she said.Because of this, she said, it was unfair to compare North Carolina’s recovery spending with South Carolina, which had already established grantee status.Hogshead also said the $3.7 million in state spending that the report said could have been paid for by federal funds, was being mischaracterized as “misspent” money.“That money was not misspent. It was not reimbursed by HUD, but it was not misspent,” she said. “It did go to hurricane survivors.” RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Administrative mistakes and a lack of expertise caused delays in North Carolina’s spending of federal funds for Hurricane Matthew recovery, according to a report released Monday from the General Assembly’s government watchdog agency.The non-partisan Program Evaluation Division also found $3.7 million in unnecessary state spending.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Police K9 tracks hitandrun driver

first_img According to the Wilmington Police Department three vehicles were involved.A Police spokeswoman says the driver who caused the wreck jumped out of his car and ran.Police charged Jose Eduardo Cortes-Ortiz, 24,with DWI, felony hit & run, red light violation, exceeding safe speed and no operators license.Cortes-Ortiz was captured a short time later with the help of a police K9. Jose Eduardo Ortiz-Cortes (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The driver suspected of causing a wreck at a busy Wilmington intersection then running away was caught with the help of the canine unit.The accident happened Sunday around 9 p.m. at the intersection of Oleander Drive and South College Road.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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May out let the war begin

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah MckayBritain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay Just a few hours after Prime Minister Theresa May tearfully announced her resignation from the leadership of the Conservative Party and her premiership the knives came out showing the deep division in the Conservative Party.They are clashing …. You guessed it …. Over Brexit. One of them, Rory Stewart,  pledging that he would not serve under Boris Johnson.Read: The end of MayThe contendersThe five candidates have, so far, declared themselves as candidates are:Foreign Secretary Jeremy HuntInternational Development Secretary Rory StewartHealth Secretary Matt HancockFormer Foreign Secretary Boris JohnsonFormer Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey“I will not serve”Hancock told Radio 4 that he is against a snap general election and in favour of getting a Brexit deal through the current Parliament. He added that he wanted to be honest about the trade offs needed “between sovereignty and market access and the trade-offs to get a deal through this Parliament”.Rory Stewart described Boris Johnson’s pledge of going for a no-deal Brexit if necessary as  something undeliverable and damaging. He added that he could not serve in a cabinet under Boris Johnson. He said that a few days ago Johnson had told him that he was not going for a no-deal exit but he has now come for it.WhatsApplast_img read more

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App offers safety in a riot

first_imgAdvertisement networks and uses it to let people know what areas are least affected by trouble. Users point their phones and a colour interface indicates dangerous areas. – Advertisement – Red for dangerDemonstrating the app at TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), Mr Iaconesi said that it could help demonstrators and people caught up in public disorders.The app grew out of the needs of activists movements around the world, Mr Iaconesi told the BBC.“We followed movements in the UK, Italy, Tunisia and Egypt and designed technologies to help them,” he said.“The platform captures everything on a range of social networks, from Flickr, Instagram, FourSquare, Facebook and Twitter and processes it using natural language analysis to understand what the messages are saying,” he said.The system counts the messages suggesting danger and those suggesting safety and “synthesises it into an easy-to-read interface”.Users can point their phone in a certain direction. Areas suggested as dangerous show up in red, safe areas in green.The system has been tested during the UK riots last year, as well as at student protests in both England and Milan.Activist movementsMr Iaconesi runs AOS (Art is Open Source), a collective of engineers, artists and activists, designing citizen-centric applications.The app is currently only available for activist groups.“My personal history has been to be heavily involved in activist movements and it is also an interesting place to test these types of tools,” said Mr Iaconesi.“We go to them, talk to them about how the technology works and install it on their phones.”A publicly available app is due to be released soon.“It has wider applications for disaster zones and for governments to understand things such as traffic jams,” Mr Iaconesi added.An adapted version of the tool offered to the Italian police has failed so far to elicit an official response.“It is partly our fault because we offered it as provocation,” said Mr Iaconesi.“The version we gave to them highlighted basic information such as where someone is hurt, lost or in trouble. The aim was for the police force to use it to provide a better service to the community.”Source: BBClast_img read more

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DHL Africa launches pocketsized alltouch computers

first_imgDHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa has launched pocket-sized, all-touch computers that capitalize on the latest technological advancementsThe rise of e-commerce and increased competition are driving the demand for real-time supply chain visibility.This is according to Oliver Facey, Vice President of Operations for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, who says that supply chain operators should increasingly invest in transportation management systems and solutions to improve the quality, speed and precision of service.  He says that these improvements will not only enhance customer experience, but also reduce operating costs and give operators a competitive advantage. – Advertisement – It is for this reason that DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa has launched pocket-sized, all-touch computers that capitalize on the latest technological advancements, and ensure customers on the continent benefit from increased visibility and an enhanced experience. The TC55 scanners operate on an Android platform and in addition to ease of use; they also have built-in location services and GPS navigation capabilities.“We operate across 51 markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, servicing over 40,000 customers; therefore delivery efficiency is key for us. As a network business, we need to ensure that our shipment data is captured accurately and in real-time. Our growth plans and improvements are driven by the voice of our customer, and in challenging and competitive global environments, they need us to provide accurate and real-time information to ensure that they maintain their competitive edge and speed to market,” says Facey. “The new technology increases the speed at which we can process shipments at both customer locations and DHL facilities and also empowers our frontline employees with access to real-time shipment information which will assist them with workload management. Unlike consumer-grade counterparts, these devices have integrated data-capture capabilities, and are also built to endure the wear and tear of industrial environments,” adds Facey.Benefits for DHL customers include real-time shipment visibility, enhanced electronic proof of delivery, and on-time billing.DHL Express has introduced 400 TC55 units in four of their largest markets in Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Mauritius. Further deployment to their top 20 markets across the region will take place in the coming months.“We want to simplify the lives of our customers and ensure that we remain the provider of choice for international express. Our relentless focus on new capabilities ensures that we are well positioned to support our customers’ business,” concludes Facey.Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.last_img read more

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WhatsApp Introduces Night Mode Feature For iOS Users

first_imgAdvertisement WhatsApp has introduced a new feature dubbed the; Night Mode for its in-app camera that lets you click better images in low light. The feature, spotted by Phoneradar, arrives as part of the latest update for iOS users.The Night Mode in WhatsApp can be triggered with a small ‘half-moon’ icon placed on top-right corner of the in-app camera. Tap the icon and the image brightens up as it shoots up the ISO level for a slightly brighter image while shooting in low light situations. It is also possible to switch between the rear and front-facing cameras and zoom in/out. To further brighten the image,There is no word on when the feature will be available on Android devices. However, it might be possible that the mode could enter the beta version first followed by a wider rollout.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Recently, WhatsApp rolled out three new features – Album, Filters and Reply shortcut for mobile users.The Album feature allows users to organize their images. When users send or receive a collection of five or more photos/ videos, they’ll automatically be grouped together as an album, creating a tile display within the messages. Tapping on an album allows users to see the included photos and videos in full-screen.The Filters functionality lets users add filters to their photos, videos and GIFs, directly from the app’s camera. All they need to do is click a picture (or select one already saved on their smartphone) and swipe up to pick a filter.Reply shortcut is designed to make it easier for the users to reply to WhatsApp messages. They just need to swipe right on any message and start composing the response.source: Phoneradar and TOIlast_img read more

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Interview RORY CAMPBELL

first_imgInterview: RORY CAMPBELL Rory Campbell made top grades at university but rather than take a lucrative job in the city decided to take on the Asian Handicap football and sports betting markets, in a big way. Here’s his story, so far.RORY CAMPBELL (part 1 of 3)Rory Campbell boss of ‘C & N Sporting Risk’ left Oxford with a top degree but rather than head to a lucrative job in the city he embarked on a career trying to beat the Asian Line and sports betting. In part 1 of 3 he talks his early days betting and playing poker, spotting a competitive angle and analytics v statistics and the importance of luck. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS RORY CAMPBELL (part 2 of 3)In part two of our interview with Rory Campbell he talks about the jump from a recreational punter to full time professional. Recognising your edge and exploiting it. Football clubs using analytics to drive towards their goals. Is anyone too big for you to beat?center_img RORY CAMPBELL (part 3 of 3)Rory talks about the need for a strong character in the high pressure world he lives in. Division of responsibility, dealing with losing runs, evaluating success and the danger of overreacting. Where to focus, what to bet on and when plus the differing mindsets between punters and poker players.last_img read more

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£25 CASH qualifying new accounts MONDAY

first_img£25 CASH IFIBRAHIMOVIC SCORES TWO OR MORETo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site starsports.bet we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS £25 CASH if IBRAHIMOVIC scores two or more goals in tonight’s Montreal Impact v LA Galaxy game.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 9am on Monday 21 May and 8pm on Monday 21 May. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 9am on Monday 21 May to 8pm (GMT) on Monday 21 May.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 8pm (GMT) on Monday 21 May. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer is based around whether IBRAHIMOVIC scores two or more goals in tonight’s game between MONTREAL IMPACT v LA GALAXY.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus, if successful, will be paid as £25 CASH within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(7) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address.(8) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(9) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

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New Medieval Studies Symposium Offered

first_imgShareCONTACT: Lia UnrauPHONE: (713) 831-4793 NEW MEDIEVAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM OFFERED“The Body of Christ in the Late Middle Ages” is the theme of the first triennial interdisciplinary Neil J.O’Brien Symposium in Medieval Studies at Rice University. On Nov. 10 -11, top scholars from Pembroke College in Oxford, England, Ben- Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, Yale University, Duke University, Swathmore College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Washington will present forums exploring the diverse and complex meanings of the body of Jesus Christ and its religiousimagery from ritual violence to eucharistic devotion. The speakers will address how medieval ideas about Christ’s body affected various modern aspects of Christian spirituality and attitudes about the human body, violence, suffering, women’sspirituality and non-Christians, especially Jews. Schola Pastoris, the Shepherd School of Music’s early music ensemble, will present “Hildegard von Gilden and Guillaume de Machaut: The Dawn of Musical Genius,” as part of the symposium onNov. 10 at 8 p.m. The symposium will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Sewall Hall, Room 301. Cosponsored by the Medieval Studies Workshop, the Center for the Study of Cultures and Office of the Dean of Humanities, the symposium is free and open tothe public. For more information, call 527-4947. ### AddThislast_img read more

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Amazon source of fiveyearold river breath

first_imgAddThis Share Amazon source of five-year-old river breath Largest-ever river-carbon-dating survey pinpoints age of Amazonian CO2 The rivers of South America’s Amazon basin are “breathing” far harder – cycling the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide more quickly – than anyone realized. Most of the carbon being exhaled – or outgassed – as carbon dioxide from Amazonian rivers and wetlands has spent a mere five years sequestered in the trees, other plants and soils of the surrounding landscape, U.S. and Brazilian researchers report in the July 28 issue of Nature. It had been hoped that regions such as the nearly 2.4 million-square-mile Amazon River basin – where tropical forests rapidly gulp carbon dioxide during photosynthesis – were holding onto that carbon for decades, even centuries, said Emilio Mayorga, University of Washington oceanographer and lead author of the Nature piece with Anthony Aufdenkampe of the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania and Carrie Masiello of Rice University. As policy makers turn increasingly to carbon-credit trading as a means of grappling with the impacts of human-induced climate change, knowing how much carbon can be stored – and where and for how long – is critical, the authors say. ”Our results were surprising because those who’ve previously made measurements found carbon in the rivers that came from the surrounding forests to be 40 to more than 1,000 years old,” Aufdenkampe said. ”They assumed that the return of this forest carbon to the atmosphere must be a slow process that offered at least temporary respite from greenhouse effects. ”As part of the largest radiocarbon age survey ever for a single watershed, we show that the enormous amount of carbon dioxide silently being returned to the atmosphere is far younger than carbon being carried downstream,” he said. ”Previous studies failed to detect the rapid recycling of forest carbon because they never dated the invisible greenhouse gas as it is literally exhaled by the river organisms.” The carbon age measurements were made by Masiello, Mayorga, and Aufdenkampe at the Department of Energy’s accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. ”With this single study, we more than doubled the number of existing river radiocarbon measurements,” said Masiello, now an assistant professor of Earth science at Rice. ”We were fortunate to have access to the DOE’s accelerator mass spectrometer at Lawrence Livermore because it’s one of only a few in the world that have the capability of making radiocarbon measurements this precisely.” No previous tropical study has used both radioactive carbon-14 and stable carbon-13 isotopes to address these questions. Funding from the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory made the analysis possible, and Masiello said the survey required hundreds of measurements. ”We had some sleepless nights generating this volume of data, but we needed to scale up to get a new view of how rivers interact with the atmosphere,” she said. Carbon is carried by rains and groundwater into waterways from soils, decomposing woody debris, leaf litter and other organic matter. Once in waterways it is chewed up by microorganisms, insects and fish. The carbon dioxide they generate quickly returns to the atmosphere, some 500 million tons a year, an amount equal to what is absorbed each year by the Amazonian rainforest. ”River breath is much deeper and faster than anyone realized,” said co-author Jeff Richey, a University of Washington oceanographer. Study samples were collected by Richey’s research group and Brazilian scientists on expeditions going back as far as 1991 that were funded by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Research Support Foundation for the State of San Paulo (FAPESP), Brazil. ”Having established that the amount of carbon outgassing is much greater than anyone imagined, the issue then becomes, where does it come from,” Mayorga said. ”If it’s young, that indicates the carbon pool is dynamic, which could make the system much more reactive to deforestation and climate change.” For example, data from a region of active deforestation in the southern Amazon already shows that the carbon leaving rivers has an identifiable isotopic signature of pasture grasses. ”You’re changing the land use, changing vegetation and other conditions,” Mayorga said. ”In terms of what’s being respired, the system is responding fairly quickly. Human and natural systems, in turn, will be impacted.” Other co-authors are Paul Quay and the late John Hedges, both UW oceanographers; Alex Krusche of the University of São Paulo, Brazil; and Thomas Brown of the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. UW CONTACT Sandra Hines 206-543-2580 shines@u.washington.edu RICE CONTACT Jade Boyd 713-348-6778 jadeboyd@rice.edulast_img read more

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