A UN committee has told the UK government to make

first_imgA UN committee has told the UK government to make more than 80 improvements to the ways its laws and policies affect disabled people’s human rights.In its “concluding observations” on the progress the UK has made in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the committee raised concerns and made recommendations on all but three of the 33 treaty articles it could have breached.It was, said the committee, the highest number of recommendations it has ever produced for a country undergoing the review process.The section highlighting the committee’s “principal areas of concern and recommendations” was more than 6,500 words long, compared with a “positive aspects” section of less than 120 words which mostly related to actions carried out by the Welsh and Scottish governments.Among its recommendations, the committee – made up of 18 disabled human rights experts from across Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Australasia and the Middle East – called on the UK government to incorporate the convention into UK law, and to carry out a “comprehensive crosscutting review” of its laws and policies, to address what it described as the “uneven” implementation of the convention and “discriminatory” laws, regulations, and practices.The committee also said the UK government should recognise disabled people’s right to live independently, and called for a “comprehensive plan” – addressing education, childcare, transport, housing, employment and social security – that should be aimed at removing disabled people from institutions and instead developing homes for them in community-based independent living schemes.Stig Langvad (pictured), the CRPD member who led the UK examination, highlighted independent living as one of the areas the committee was most concerned about.He said: “Persons with disabilities are in our view not able to choose where to live, with whom to live and how to live… [they] are still facing the risk of institutionalisation and not being able to live within the community.”He said the UK was “going backwards” on independent living, with reduced funding meaning “the right to choose where to live, with whom to live and how to live through independent living schemes where you have personal budgets are limited or even more limited than previously”.He said this meant that disabled people were “still being faced with living in either families or institutions” against their will.The committee also called for government action – in close consultation with disabled people’s organisations – to prevent any “negative consequences” caused by Brexit, and for it to implement the remaining sections of the Equality Act 2010.There were several recommendations around the rights of disabled children, including a call for action to address the higher level of poverty experienced by their families, and for stronger measures to prevent bullying, hate speech and hate crime experienced by disabled children.The committee was highly critical of the UK government’s approach to inclusive education, and the “persistence of a dual education system” that segregates increasing numbers of disabled children in special schools.It called instead for a “coherent strategy” on “increasing and improving inclusive education”, which would include raising awareness of – and support for – inclusive education among parents of disabled children.Langvad said the committee was “very concerned” that the UK government was maintaining a reservation [an opt-out] on part of the convention’s article 24, on inclusive education, which “means that the UK is not fully living up to its international commitment to allow all the right to inclusive education”.On the criminal justice system, the committee called for action to address the “low awareness” about disability rights among judges, prosecutors, police officers and prison staff, to provide free or affordable legal aid for disabled people “in all areas of law”, and to remove employment tribunal fees.It also raised concerns about the way that disability hate crime is dealt with by the criminal justice system, and called for a comprehensive legal definition of disability hate crime and “appropriate prosecutions and convictions”.Several recommendations related to the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act, with the committee raising concerns about the “continued use of physical, mechanical and chemical restraint”, including the use of Tasers in prisons, the youth justice system, and healthcare and education settings.The committee also said it was “deeply concerned” that such practices disproportionately affect black and minority ethnic disabled people.And it called for a “targeted measurable and financed plan of action” aimed at eliminating the “uneven access to health” for disabled people across the UK, and for the government to address reports of healthcare professionals failing to attempt resuscitation of people with learning difficulties and mental health conditions.In the wake of the report, Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, wrote to David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, to ask the government to respond to the report in the House of Commons.She said it was “of vital importance” that MPs had a chance to debate the report.She added: “I hope that a debate would allow the government to set out how they plan to address these failures, which affect millions of disabled people across the country, many of whom are now living in poverty, and to uphold disabled people’s rights in the future.”a DWP spokeswoman said, before Abrahams’ intervention: “These concluding observations are the latest part of a standard review process that all member states that ratify the convention go through.“We are considering the full report in the context of cross-government work on disability issues, and will provide further information to ministers in DWP in due course.”She added: “We’re disappointed that this report fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives, and our ongoing commitment to furthering the rights of disabled people.“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.“The UK has some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected.“This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canadalast_img read more

SF cops infiltrate Mission Hotel enjoy coffee and donuts with SRO residents

first_img“Coffee with a cop” has become a common sight around San Francisco and in other cities, but often the events take place in leafy-green neighborhood cafes and rarely — if ever — are they hosted at SROs. This event, a “meet-and-greet” with Mission police Captain Gaetano Caltagirone and more than a dozen of his officers, is the first time SFPD officers have participated in a community-building event at the SRO. It was organized by Mervyn Greene, a tenant organizer at Mission Hotel and a member of the Central City SRO Collaborative. Greene said that after regularly attending the monthly community meeting at the Mission Police Station, he only saw residents from more well-off parts of the neighborhood, like homeowners in Fair Oaks and in the Central Mission area. The “non-homeowners, the non-condo owners” from the SROs were not represented, he said. “I felt like we were being treated as part of the problem, as opposed to as part of the community,” Greene said.Greene, an energetic man with a greying beard and one of the Mission Hotel’s go-to people for resident concerns, estimates that some 400 residents live in the neighborhood’s three main SROs — the All-Star, the Royan and the Mission Hotel. “I’ve seen police come in here and I just say ‘hi’, but they’re on guard because they’re on duty,” Greene said. “And I wanted to make it so they could see that there are 180 people living in this building who are just normal, nice people.” “It was a way of humanizing both sides of it,” Greene continued. So, for more than half a year, Greene has been lobbying higher-ups at the Mission Police Station to come and meet the Mission Hotel residents. Finally, this week, they came. The event looked less like coffee with a cop and more like a homecoming dance — with both sides, cops and residents, reluctant to break the ice and chat with one another. The officers and residents who mustered up the courage to walk to the other side simply talked about the neighborhood and how the officers conduct their work. Of course, like everyone else, inhabitants of the SRO are concerned about their safety. Carlos Ortega, a resident at the hotel, said he was recently mugged. He said, while he appreciated how the cops handled the situation, he has not seen enough police presence in the area during later hours. “I don’t feel completely safe, because I don’t see them around,” Ortega said. “At least for us, living from here it seems like they’re not here a lot. Otherwise we don’t see them around [patrolling near the hotel].” “It seems like they’re in their castle, if you will — and they don’t come out like this very much,” he continued. “This is great, that they’re here.” Carla Thompson, wearing a flowery nightgown, and Chukke Johns, sporting his trucker hat, were among those sitting back and taking in the scene, eating donuts and drinking coffee. Although they were not fully engaging with the officers, they were nonetheless impressed and comforted by their presence. “This is the best experience I’ve ever had with the police,” Thompson, a five-year resident at the hotel, said. “They didn’t come in with their rifles, running up the stairs, to apprehend someone that has killed someone in the building.” It was the first time, too, Thompson has seen a captain “reach out and bring donuts, just to say ‘hello’ to the community.” Johns said, more than anything else, the event was a good example of “crime prevention.” “It’s a lot harder to commit a crime against someone you know, or shoot people down that you know,” he said. Usually, he said, “there’s a big Us and Them out on the streets.” Officer Ruben Rhodes, a bike cop who patrols the 16th Street BART Plaza, agreed. “It builds a little more trust on both sides,” he said. “People don’t always get the option to talk to us because we’re on-call or busy, so seeing us in this capacity so they see ‘Oh, you’re just a person like me, except you’re wearing a uniform and a badge.’” After the gathering, Caltagirone offered to host a future community meeting at the Mission Hotel, as some of the resident cannot always make it to meetings at the station. Asked why it’s important to come into the community they protect, instead of the other way around, the captain said, “To show we care — we’re all human.” But Greene, the organizer of the event, said his efforts to build trust between the hotel’s residents and the cops is far from over — and he cannot do it alone. “This is just a first step,” he said. “Nothing changes immediately after one step.” “The police are going to talk about themselves and say, ‘We were over there and nobody pulled a knife on us,’ and we’re going to talk about it and say, ‘Nobody beat anybody or shot anybody,’” he added. “It’s the beginning of a relationship,” he said, “and I think it could be a pretty healthy relationship.” Email Address When Wayne H. returned to his residence at the Mission Hotel Wednesday afternoon, he noticed about 15 cops gathered in the lobby. “Did someone get busted?” he wondered. “Is someone going to jail?” No, Wayne soon learned: Actually, the swarm of officers had brought coffee and donuts, and had come only to introduce themselves to residents of the SRO on the corner of 16th and South Van Ness that has gained a reputation for nuisances and police activity. So Wayne, encouraged by his fellow residents, grabbed some coffee and struck up a conversation with one of the officers. “It blew my mind,” he said afterward.center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

At Ritu chef moves deliciously from popular food truck to brickandmortar

first_imgThe other two were a bit too like each other – we shouldn’t have ordered both and our server didn’t warn us, although the conscientious Chef Bhagat, waiting on a table near us, did warn them after we’d already had ours. I did not love the dahi vada, as the “fritter” was more like a soft biscuit. With the yogurt, it turned into soggy bread, with most of the ingredients getting lost. The puri was superiorly crunchy.We ordered garlic naan to accompany our dinners.Garlic naan.I found it crisper than most naans I’ve had, and missed the fluffiness I’m accustomed to, but the buttery/garlicky flavor was quite delicious. The char was nice, too.The BF ordered a special for his meal: Braised beef short rib rogan josh with barley porridge and Brussels sprouts.Short rib rogan josh with barley and sprouts.Oh my Lord Vishnu (sorry), delish! The barley was fantastic, homey, nicely chewy, though I’ve never really gotten into that particular grain. It was very turmeric-forward –– a plus, for me. The Brussels sprouts put up a lovely vegetal/almost funky contrast to the rich beef. I kept picking at his plate and decided it was the best rogan josh I’ve ever had. He wasn’t quite as enamored (is he ever?) but he left his plate clean. For me, this was a perfect summation of Chef Bhagat’s audacious take on his country’s cuisine.Upon asking, Chef Bhagat explained to us that while it is unusual to see beef on an Indian menu, there are Christians/Catholics in India and beef does appear quite a lot in their cuisine, throughout all areas of India, despite the commonly held Hindi proscription against eating what is considered to be a sacred animal.For my main, I opted for a small plate.Tandoori fried chicken.Tandoori fried chicken with curry leaves, mustard and BBQ sauce (tamarind-based). Very boldly flavored, if a bit one-note, especially compared to the rogan josh. The chicken was crispy, but I’m a bone-in gal when it comes to fried chicken, and that was missing here. I really loved the charred broccoli. The BF liked my chicken better than his dish. Despite being a small plate, I brought half of this home, as I was already full.Ritu has a small but tasty selection of mostly California wines, and beer as well, including a couple of Indian brews — Taj Mahal and Flying Horse. The BF had a pear lassi (i.e., a chilled yogurt “smoothie”) topped with a little dusting of cardamom — superb! I didn’t taste pear as much as the cardamom, but it was a refreshing drink and a luscious alternative to the ubiquitous (though always wonderful) mango lassi.On my second visit, I went with a couple of friends, the better to pig out.We shared the sampler again, although this time we opted for the samosa and kale chaat (as well as a repeat of the sprouts chaat, as I knew they’d love it): The kale chaat won, hands down. If you think you don’t like kale, this dish will convert you. It was delicate, crunchy deliciousness, tossed with a Mumbai snack mix. I could happily have eaten a huge bowlful of it and not shared at all. The samosa was a tasty enough samosa, nothing more, and maybe a little over-fried. All were served with cilantro/mint and tamarind chutneys.We also split a small plate of artichoke pakora with jalapenos.Artichoke pakora.It needed to be crispier, and sadly, even the addition of the jalapenos didn’t give the dish much character. This was my least favorite bite of the night — rather reminiscent of something you’d get at a TGI Friday’s.For more traditional Indian (American) fare, we split the butter chicken (a creamy chicken dish, here with pumpkin and fenugreek):Butter chicken.And a side of chana masala (garbanzos in a tomato/gingery sauce).Butter chicken, chili cheese naan ,jasmine saffron rice chana masala.Both were very good representations of these two standards, although I could have sworn I tasted notes of coconut in the butter chicken — may have been the fenugreek. We also had saffron jasmine rice and chili cheese naan — far better than the garlic naan I’d ordered last time, in texture and flavor. One could quibble that it was almost pizza-ish with the melty cheese, but quibble away while I eat your share.A surprise stand-out of the night was my white sangria with cardamom, which we all tasted and swooned over a little.Sangria.It wasn’t awfully sweet, and I love the perfume-iness of cardamom in anything. I’d go back for that drink and the kale chaat alone.But there’s also quite a bit more I’d like to explore on Chef Bhagat’s menu. I was dying to get the keema pau, with a poached egg on a Hawaiian roll. And on the brunch menu, I’m eager to try his take on shrimp and grits. There’s a very reasonable prix fixe that comes family style, where the Chef selects for you. Lo-fi cocktails, such as a spritzer of Aperol and sparkling wine (that perennial Italian favorite) add to the playful atmosphere.I found the Mumbai-born Chef Bhagat amiable and willing to chat when he made it out onto the floor – a nice touch. And I love that he likes to play with his food. Ritu is a solid addition to the myriad, more traditional Indian restaurants in the Mission. Go sample some of Chef Bhagat’s inventive, seasonal creations in this upgraded, yet still soulful, incarnation.Ritu3111 24th St.San Francisco, CA 94110510-874-9045 Chef/owner Rupam Bhagat opened Ritu about nine months ago as a brick-and-mortar follow-up to his very popular food truck, Dum. Billed as “Indian Soul Food,” the food at Ritu (which means “seasons” in Hindi) is meant to span the disparate regions of India. Bhagat’s idea is to touch on the traditional, but play with new ideas from his culinary travels while elevating the food he cooks up at his truck (don’t panic – it’s still open.)The space is modern, done up in orange hues. It took over the old Local Mission Eatery spot, and still includes the counter where you can watch the kitchen in action, as well as a communal table.On our first visit, the BF and I split a sampler of tasty bites:From the left, going clockwise: sprouts chaat (flour crisp, pomegranate, bean sprouts, onion, tamarind, cilantro, tomato); dahi puri (semolina puffs, sprouts, yogurt, tamarind, cilantro, potato, crispy vermicelli; and dahi vada (lentil fritters, yogurt, tamarind, black salt, cumin). The sprouts chaat was our favorite — very crunchy with a lot of varied flavors, herbaceous from the sprouts, and a nice hit of something spicy. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SUPER League is backSaints have announced their s

first_imgSUPER League is back!Saints have announced their squad for their First Utility Super League opener at Warrington Wolves on Thursday.Youngsters Mark Percival and Greg Richards are called up to the 19 with Gary Wheeler also named.New signings Kyle Amor and Luke Walsh are also in the squad.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler, 27. Greg Richards.Warrington’s Tony Smith will choose his side from:2. Chris Riley, 3. Chris Bridge, 4. Ryan Atkins, 5. Joel Monaghan, 6. Stefan Ratchford, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Micky Higham, 10. Roy Asotasi, 11. Trent Waterhouse, 12. Ben Westwood, 14. Michael Monaghan, 17. Ben Currie, 19. Anthony England, 20. Gareth O’Brien, 21. Glenn Riley, 22. Brad Dwyer, 23. James Laithwaite, 25. Ben Evans.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Tickets remain on sale for the big game.They are priced at £19.50 (adults) and £13.50 (conc) for the West Stand Terrace, whilst North Stand seated prices are £28.50 (adults) and £19.50 (conc). If junior season ticket holders wish to sit then they will have to pay an upgrade of £6.Concessions are classed as seniors 60 and over, young adults aged 17-23 and juniors under 16s who don’t have a season ticket. Please note Warrington do not carry a student ticket price anymore and young adult supporters will need to provide proof of age.Junior season ticket holders must collect their vouchers 48 hours in advance of matchday.Matchday prices go up 50p in the West Stand and £1 in the North – but Warrington advise these will be very limited in number.Coach travel is available too. It will leave Langtree Park at 6.15pm and is priced (pre-book only) at £7 for season ticket holders and £8 for non.Tickets can be bought from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham reflected on an unhappy Easter p

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham reflected on an unhappy Easter period following his side’s 28-20 defeat to Hull FC on Monday.“It’s not been good and it could have been a lot different,” he said. “We were always going to pick up injuries at some point in the season but we don’t seem to be having our share of luck with it.“We have had a good start to the season, so I can’t complain, and I feel that the squad of players I am running with is more than adequate to win the games we have been involved in.“We put in a really good showing at Wigan but I am deeply disappointed with a few individuals in the side today.“I thought a lot of players busted their bodies for me but there are a few individuals in our side that can thank themselves very lucky we have a few injuries at the moment and maybe we are forced that they have to play in the next few weeks.“We remain second as a few results fell our way today. We will keep fighting and hopefully get bodies back next week and improve from there.”He continued: “It would be easy for me to say the Easter period is the worst concept in the world as we have lost two games – but I could be sat here saying we have won two and I would still think it is the worst concept in the world. You talk about player welfare and then you tear it up and throw it out of the window. I don’t want to sound bitter but I have said that from playing to coaching.“It is ludicrous in the modern game that back up this quickly. We looked tired, as did Hull at times, but I still believe that even without the halves and the back rowers we have out that we have enough here to win that game.”Keiron said Jon Wilkin will hopefully return next week whilst Travis Burns might have a chance in the next couple of weeks.“Luke Walsh isn’t far too,” he continued. “He should get the ok from the specialist, that is on the horizon. Jonny Lomax has gone for the year, Joe Greenwood is three or four months away (broken leg) and Atelea Vea (shoulder) is the same.“It would have been nice for young Jack (Ashworth) and Ricky (Bailey) to make their debuts with a side in a bit of form and under better circumstances. They will improve and get better as they play more rugby down the track.“Ricky is a full back, but I don’t think he is ready to play full back in Super League so we gave him a shot on the wing.“I didn’t want him to have a lasting memory of his debut to be that bad.“I gave him a half and then switched things around and brought on some people who I thought would do better.“They let us down a lot more than Ricky did. I’m not bashing the kids, it was couple of my senior players who deeply deeply let this team down.”last_img read more

WHATS HAPPENING September 29Oct 1

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The end of September and beginning of October are looking beautiful!  Need some weekend ideas to take advantage of the weather?  Good Morning Carolina Meteorologist Stephanie Waldref has some for you in What’s Happening!“What’s Happening” airs every Thursday at 5:30 on your home for positive stories, Good Evening Wilmington.last_img

Leland approves plan to build amphitheater splash pad more

first_img The town says the plan addresses the needs of the growing town by providing a conceptual plan for future facilities at the current Leland Municipal Park and Town Campus at 102 Town Hall Dr.The town says that approving the plan does not obligate any funding for construction of facilities at this time, but will be necessary when applying for grants to develop the park in the future.If you want to learn more about the plan, click here. Leland, NC (WWAY) —  Leland Town Council approved a plan that will eventually provide more recreational activities for the community.The Leland Municipal Campus Master Plan includes an extended walking trail, splash pad, veterans’ memorial, accessible playground, amphitheater, dog park, picnic shelters, community garden, outdoor basketball courts, covered multipurpose pavilion, multipurpose field and a municipal services building. – Advertisement – last_img read more

NHSO Woman charged with attempted murder after running over deputy

first_img The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says after conducting a month long drug investigation, they tried to serve warrants on Niquasia Simpson, 19.Detectives conducted a traffic stop, but when they walked up to her car, deputies say she gunned it and hit a detective.The detective was treated and released from the hospital.Related Article: Man accused of damaging multiple carsInvestigators arrested Simpson near Williams Cleaners at 16th and Dawson Streets.Simpsons is now facing attempted first degree murder, trafficking drugs among several others charges. She is in jail under a $1.5 million bond. Niquasia Keonie Simpson (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  A woman is charged with attempted murder after investigators say she ran over a sheriff’s deputy.It happened around noon on Thursday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Prices at the pump rise ahead of holiday weekend

first_img “I don’t think it should go up it should stay the same or even lower because there’s more people out on the road traveling so they’re making more money anyway, so why not just lower it and make traveling easier on people,” Bryan Carey said.Carey is heading home today and will not be traveling Memorial Day weekend. He thinks prices will continue to rise. People getting gas for Memorial Day (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Friday is the unofficial kick-off to summer. If you’re hitting the road for the holiday get ready for it to hit you harder in the wallet than in past years. According to AAA, the national gas price average jumped $0.12 in two weeks and $0.06 since last Monday.Last year around this time the national average was $2.37. Thousands of people will be traveling this weekend and it will be more costly with prices potentially seeing the largest jump since 2014. One Pleasure Island visitor said it’s unfair to raise prices just because more people will be on the roads.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Lifeguards respond to multiple rip current rescues along area beaches

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Ocean rescue crews have been busy the last few days as multiple rip current rescues have been reported along New Hanover County beaches.WWAY captured a water rescue live as it happened near the Atlantic Towers in Carolina Beach Wednesday afternoon.- Advertisement – Carolina Beach Fire Department tells us a woman was caught in a rip current while boogie-boarding.Several bystanders tried to rescue her before firefighters arrived and put a jet ski in the water. Those bystanders were pulled out of the water unharmed as was the victim caught in the current.Fire officials say rip currents are even more dangerous now before lifeguards take to the stands along area beaches. They say good Samaritans sometimes only add to the danger.Related Article: Island Women take charge cleaning up from renourishment on Carolina Beach“If you’re on the beach and you see someone panicking definitely call 911 immediately,” Fire Chief Alan Griffin said. “If they are caught in a rip, the best thing to do is to try and coach them out of it. If you try and enter that water you’re going to be in the same rip they’re in. And even our guards that are seasoned swimmers tend to struggle to swim inside of a rip.”Griffin says Kure Beach Fire also aided in the rescue.He says lifeguards will be in place on all New Hanover County beaches come Memorial Day weekend. A general rule rescue officials recommend is for swimmers to float in a rip current and not fight it.last_img read more

Apple becomes most valuable company of all time surpassing Microsoft

first_imgAdvertisement Apple’s market value — the price of its stock multiplied by the number of outstanding shares — soared to $623.5 billion at the market’s close. That eclipsed the previous record of $618.9 billion set by Microsoft on Dec. 30, 1999, at the height of the dot-com bubble, according to Howard Silverblatt, S&P’s senior index analyst.Apple shares hit a new record of $665.15 per share. The anticipated September launch of the new iPhone, coupled with rumors of a smaller iPad and a more feature-rich Apple TV have lifted the stock in recent weeks.It’s a stunning achievement for a company that was a struggling when Microsoft was setting records in the late 1990s. Apple was valued at less than $10 billion as recently as 2004, and at $100 billion just three years ago. – Advertisement – Since 2007, however, Apple has been an unstoppable force. Its iPhone business alone now brings in more money than Microsoft. Even the iPad, which was intended to be a gap-filling product between the iPhone and the Macintosh, has itself become a multi-billion dollar product for Apple.Apple is on pace to be the world’s largest technology company in terms of sales by the end of the year, and it’s among the most profitable companies in the world. In the last three months of 2011, Apple made $13 billion — second only to ExxonMobil’s record-setting $14.8 billion quarter from the fall of 2008, when oil prices were at an all-time high.The company’s lightning-quick growth shows no signs of subsiding. With rumors of new gadgets on the horizon, Apple has crossed the $400 billion, $500 billion and $600 billion marks — all in 2012 — as the stock has soared 64% this year.Despite the fast growth, some say that the company is actually undervalued, since its stock gains haven’t kept pace with its earnings. Trading at 15 times this year’s earnings forecast, it has a price-to-earnings ratio far below that of some tech stocks, including Facebook, Groupon and even Zynga, whose stock has plunged sharply.Apple still has one last hurdle to climb: Microsoft still holds the record for most valuable company on the stock market if inflation is taken into account. In 2012 dollars, Microsoft’s all-time-high would have amounted to $851 billion.Apple has quite a way to go before it hits that mark. Its stock would have to reach $908 per share. Source: CNNlast_img read more

Google sued over Bettina Wulff search results

first_imgAdvertisement German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Mrs Wulff had given a sworn declaration denying all allegations relating to prostitution or escort work before her marriage.The rumours have spread both online and in various media outlets.It has been reported they were started in order to disrupt her husband Christian Wulff’s political career. – Advertisement – German newspaper Der Spiegel reports she has spent over two years fighting allegations she was once employed as an escort.“Her lawyers have already issued 34 successful cease-and-desist orders, including one against a prominent German television personality this weekend,” the paper notes.The same paper says a defamation suit was launched against Google last week.Head of PR for Google Germany, Kay Oberbeck, said the site’s search terms were “algorithmically generated” and “include the popularity of the entered search terms”.“All terms that appear have been previously entered by Google users,” he added in a statement.The same text generates in rival search engine Bing.com.In March 2012 Google was ordered to disable the autocomplete function relating to search results for an unnamed man in Japan, who said his name was being associated with crimes he had not committed.Source: BBClast_img read more

eBay Planning to Launch Its Own Virtual Currency to compete with Bitcoin

first_imgAdvertisement The PayPal unit of eBay has filed a patent application proposing secure tokens that could potentially be used as a virtual currency.The application, which was filed in June 2012 and published on Dec. 19, 2013, would let people buy products without creating a payment provider account.“The recipient can use the token to purchase a product using a checkout though the payment provider, The purchase can be made without requiring the user to create the user’s own payment provider account.” the filing reads. – Advertisement – [related-posts]These tokens would be for giving gifts, but in theory, the tokens could serve as a currency that can be used for purchases outside of eBay and PayPal and would be a competitor to Bitcoin, dogecoin and litecoin, among others.David Marcus, the PayPal president is a fan of Bitcoin, but he has said that he doesn’t think it is a currency yet because its pricing fluctuates too much for practical use.If eBay is successful in introducing its virtual currency, the company will follow in the footsteps of rival Amazon, which launched Amazon Coins a year ago. Facebook has also dabbled in virtual currency with Facebook Credits, but the company scrapped the idea in June 2012.Source: Mashablelast_img read more

African developers take the world stage at Facebooks annual F8 conference

first_imgMark Zuckerberg delivering a keynote during the Facebook F8 2015 Developer Conference. Image Credit: IDigitalTimes Advertisement Facebook announced at its annual F8 developer conference (https://www.FBf8.com), held in San Francisco on 12 and 13 April, that the company partnered with many African developers to launch products for the global market. Facebook, with its global reach and scale, is including African developers in its beta testing programme for the launch of new global products and features as it increases its presence and deepens its partnerships on the continent.F8 hosts more than 2,600 people and hundreds of thousands of people watching via Facebook Live for two days of new products, tools, interactive demos and speakers to help developers build, grow and monetize their apps. – Advertisement – And, more than 70% of Facebook’s developer partners are located outside the United States and about a third of the attendees at F8 joined us from abroad.“We believe that local entrepreneurs and developers will be the ones to meet the needs of their immediate community, and we are working with developers to know how we can support them in doing so,” says Emeka Afigbo, Strategic Product Partnerships Manager at Facebook. “We are listening to our developer partners in Africa, and the strong showing for F8 is a reflection of our commitment to doing more with our partners across the continent to help them build products and businesses.”African developers who partnered with Facebook to launch products at F8 include Afrinolly (Entertainment, Nigeria), GumTree South Africa (Classifieds, South Africa),vZikoko (Entertainment, Nigeria), Jobberman (Jobs, Nigeria/Ghana), The Net (Entertainment, Nigeria) and My Music (Media, Nigeria).In addition, this year Facebook brought F8 to developers around the world through F8 Meetups hosted with tech hubs around the world. In Africa, we hosted F8 Meetups in Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town and Morocco where participants watched the sessions in San Francisco.Two developer teams from Malawi won a developer challenge supported by mobile operator TNM Malawi and Facebook, and were featured on F8’s international stage. Maternitech, founded by three 22-year olds – Walter Moyo, Thandie Magasa, and Daniel Mvalo, provides educational information aimed at combating Malawi’s high under-18 pregnancy rate. The team was featured in an international livestream interview.Talk To Me, an app created by 10-year old Panashe Jere, who learned to code at a Coding for Kids session at Malawi Hub. This app converts input text into voice so children always have someone to talk to. Both teams were congratulated by Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg personally for their achievements.last_img read more

Vodafone Uganda partners with Local Universities to Launch JUMP Academy in bid

first_img(Left to Right) Vice Chancellor Victoria University, Joseph Nyakana, Vodafone Uganda CEO, John Ndego and Cynthia Ayeza,Vodafone Ambassador addressing a press conference during the unveiling of JUMP Academy at Victoria University today. The JUMP Academy is a first of its kind e-learning space for university students which gives access to free educational materials tailored to the Ugandan curriculum. (Photo Credit: Vodafone Uganda) Advertisement Vodafone Uganda, is set to enhance the e-learning space for university students in Uganda with the launch of the JUMP Academy, a new and first of its kind addition on the JUMP portal.JUMP the unique online content platform was launched on 10th Feb 2017; with categories in Education, Entrepreneurship, Self-improvement, and Lifestyle. As part of the education category the JUMP Academy provides students with free and unlimited access to a wide range of educational materials, tailored to the Uganda University curriculum.“We are cognizant that education is the key to the successful transformation and development of any country; and Vodafone is proud to take the lead in this digital learning space through the launch of the JUMP Academy,” John Ndego; Chief Executive Officer at Vodafone Uganda said during the launch. – Advertisement – The JUMP Academy comprises a series of recorded 15 minute videos that cut across various subjects based on the Uganda university curriculum, and will show topical tutorials by different lecturers and will also be uploaded regularly.Vodafone Uganda Launch the JUMP Academy1 of 3 (Left to Right) Vice Chancellor Victoria University, Joseph Nyakana, Vodafone Uganda CEO, John Ndego and Cynthia Ayeza,Vodafone Ambassador addressing a press conference during the unveiling of JUMP Academy at Victoria University today. The JUMP Academy is a first of its kind e-learning space for university students which gives access to free educational materials tailored to the Ugandan curriculum. (Photo Credit: Vodafone Uganda) Vodafone Ambassador, Cynthia Ayeza making a demonstration of the Vodafone JUMP Academy at Victoria University today. Watching on are (Left to Right) Fiona Kaitesi, Youth Program Manager Vodafone Uganda; Mr. Nicholas Ndahura, Faculty of Human Nutrition and Home Economics, Kyambogo University; Dr. Cathy Mindra, Faculty of Finance, Makerere University Business School; Progress Chisenga, Marketing Director Vodafone Uganda and Timothy Ssejoba, Principal Education Officer, Higher Education. Vodafone has partnered with Ugandan universities to provide lecture videos to enhance the e-learning space for university students in Uganda. (Photo Credit: Vodafone Uganda) (Left to Right) Principal Education Officer, Higher Education Timothy Ssejoba; Vice Chancellor Victoria University, Joseph Nyakana, Vodafone Uganda CEO, John Ndego and Cynthia Ayeza,Vodafone Ambassador addressing a press conference during the unveiling of JUMP Academy at Victoria University today. The JUMP Academy is a first of its kind e-learning space for university students which gives access to free educational materials tailored to the Ugandan curriculum. (Photo Credit: Vodafone Uganda)The Guest of Honour Mr. Robert Oceng; Ag. Director Higher Education at the Ministry of Education noted that the JUMP Academy platform for global interaction where the ability for students to connect with one another and the rest of the world becomes real and easy.[related-posts]“Easy accessibility to education content is vital, because unlike two decades ago, this generation is dynamic. You find that many of the university students are employees in the work area and others are taking on different courses at the same time. So, the easier they can access information at their convenience, the more time saved and we all know that time is money,” he addsCynthia Ayeza, the JUMP editor for Education category expressed optimism of the Academy saying, “the conversational-style tutorials which move away from the typical lecture-hall style, will fuse theory and practice in one, which is an opportunity for wholesome learning”. She went a head to encourage young people to take advantage of this opportunity because it will give them the opportunity to access beneficial information at the tip of their fingers. It also means that those who are financially unable to afford formal education at institutions of higher learning will be able to learn at a minimal initial cost (buying a simcard and MiFi), and thereafter at no cost to them if they are subscribed with Vodafone.last_img read more

Silicon Savannah – The Rise of Africas Tech Movement

first_imgTech-incubation hub; iHub Kenya to host the 4th annual 1776 global challenge cup on Tuesday 22nd, August 2017. (Photo Courtesy: YouTube Images) Advertisement Africa has long been recognized for its natural resources, and more recently for its increasing oil reserves, but little is said about it tech industry.  Africa is slowly, but surely, making its mark on the world tech scene due to increased efforts by various administrations across the continent to attract capital in the region and increase research.Kenya at the ForefrontKenya is one of the countries on the continent that has seen the most impressive growth in its tech department. Increased investments from the government and good infrastructure are making the east African country a prime destination for tech companies trying to cut costs to outsource software development.The country also counts many masters in software development graduates and the government has encouraged many new students to follow an online masters in software development from institutions like Maryville University. The growing demand for software development majors is being met in large parts from foreign talent and expatriates who have studied abroad, even though the local government is doing everything in its power to build more world class teaching institutions and build in house talent.Apps Are Helping Bridge the Gap – Advertisement – Kenya is also at the forefront of online banking and online payments in the country. Safaricom, which is one of the country’s largest telecom companies, launched a new payment processing and mobile banking app called M-Pesa. What made this so extraordinary is that it instantly launched thousands of citizens who never had access to a regular bank account into the modern economy. The app can be used to conduct normal online banking transactions, make bills and merchant payments as well as transfer funds between two users. The service completely transformed the face of the Kenyan economy and had a direct effect on its recent economic growth.Following the rumblings after the 2007 election, new technologies were devised to address the situation. Ushahidi was the brainchild of three developers who sought to create a crowdsourcing app. The app in question was used to map demographic events both in the country and the world. From this launch, Ushahidi went on to build a variety of applications in more than 20 countries.Hubs Are Being CreatedA tech blogger stated that Africa was in need of hubs that would act as incubators to spur technological development across the continent. The movement has gained traction and Kenya is also one of the biggest sites for incubators in Africa. With the increasing number of incubators, more developments are made which also attracts fresh new capital into the budding industry.Kenya’s iHub Innovation Center, which is located on now tech-synonymous Ngong Road, has over 150 tech companies since 2010 and still continues to this day with over 15000 members.Africa is no longer being left behind and is starting its own technological revolution. Only the future knows to what extent these advancements will change the face of the continent, but it seems hellbent on continuing its march forward.last_img read more

STAR SPECIALS Long Term Economic Plan

first_imgBookmakers Star Sports are offering odds of 5/1 that Chancellor George Osborne uses the phrase “long term economic plan” during his March Budget speech on Wednesday.Spokesman Jamie Loughead commented “Cameron and Osborne used to say the phrase ten times a minute before the election but we’ve been told Downing Street spin doctors have now banned the phrase. Osborne needs to offering sweeteners to placate the nation’s pensioners in the hope of avoiding Brexit, and that won’t help eliminating the deficit before 2019!”last_img read more

£25 FREE BET Man City v Hoffenheim

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Students of Rices Shepherd School present benefit concert for Japan April 4

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduStudents of Rice’s Shepherd School present benefit concert for Japan April 4Donations will support the efforts of the Japanese Red CrossStudents in Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music are hosting a benefit concert for the Japanese RedCross at 8 p.m. April 4 on campus to raise funds to help the people of Japan recover from the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis. No tickets are required for “Dear Japan – with Love, 2011,” but donations will be collected at the door before and after the concert and during intermission. The concert will be held at Stude Concert Hall in Alice Pratt Brown Hall, 6100 Main St.Students and faculty from the Shepherd School, along with members of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, will perform works by Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Brahms, Takemitsu, Rachmaninoff and Toshi Ichiyanagi. The concert was conceived and will be produced by Makiko Hirata and Maiko Sasaki, two Shepherd School doctoral students from Japan. They both have family and friends currently living there. “We wanted to do whatever we could do to help, and music is what we do best,” said Hirata, a pianist. “Music is a universal language. It is beyond any differences we may have as people in culture, language or even the time period that we live in. In a time of crisis especially, we need to remind ourselves of qualities we share as human beings.”Hirata and Sasaki hope that in addition to raising money, the relief concert will raise awareness that Japan is continuing to struggle with aftershocks, unstable nuclear power plants, the scarcity of electricity and damage from the initial earthquake and tsunami.“Public and media interest might wane, but the people of Japan haven’t yet recovered from this disaster,” said Sasaki, a clarinetist. “By gathering together around beautiful music, we want our audience and musicians to share time and space together to send our good wishes, as well as funds, to Japan.”Donations will be collected by the Japanese Association of Greater Houston. “We are so grateful for the support of the Shepherd School as we put this event together,” Hirata said. “We are also so appreciative of the assistance given to us by the Japanese Association of Greater Houston and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.” The concert lineup is:J.S. Bach’s “Bist du Bei Mir, BWV 508” Toru Takemitsu’s “Itinerant” Debussy’s “Deux Romances”Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise”Brahms’ “Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60”Toshi Ichiyanagi’s “Trio Webster”Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595”The first six selections will be performed by Hirata, Sasaki and faculty of the Shepherd School of Music. The Mozart concerto will be performed by internationally renowned concert pianist and Shepherd School Professor of Piano Jon Kimura Parker, members of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and students of the Shepherd School.The concert is just one of the relief efforts taking place at Rice University. At 7 p.m. April 13, Rice students and faculty will gather on campus in Keck Hall, Room 100, for “Makeruna Japan: Rice is With You,” a panel discussion and fundraiser designed to raise awareness of the crisis in Japan and money for the Japanese Red Cross Society. The proceeds from a recent boba tea sale by the Japanese Association of Students also went to the society. Sasaki also created a website, www.helpjapan-houston.org, to promote other musical and artistic fundraising efforts for Japanese disaster relief, including a mini-concert from 1 to 4 p.m. April 2 in the Houston Galleria near Gigi’s Asian Bistro. To interview the concert organizers or musicians or to attend the concert or panel discussion, contact Jessica Stark, assistant director of media relations, at stark@rice.edu or 713-348-6777. AddThislast_img read more