One of the largest airports in the country has bee

first_imgOne of the largest airports in the country has been branded one of the worst for accessibility, after it failed to consult with disabled people about how it could improve its services.Manchester Airport is one of just four in the UK that were said in the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual review to be providing “poor” services to disabled passengers.Two of the others, Exeter and East Midlands, were also criticised for their failure to carry out any consultation at all with groups representing disabled people.The fourth “poor” airport, Heathrow, was criticised over the quality of its assistance service, with three-fifths of passengers who took part in a survey rating it as “unsatisfactory”.In its second annual review of accessibility at UK airports, CAA found six “very good” airports, 20 “good” and four that were categorised as “poor”*.It also found the number of disabled passengers requesting extra help at airports rose from 2.7 million in 2015 to more than three million in 2016 – an increase of more than two-thirds since 2010 – with satisfaction levels with assistance services consistently showing well over 80 per cent.Disabled passengers are entitled to free assistance when traveling by air under European Union regulations, and CAA is the regulatory body that monitors the quality of this assistance.The government is due to consult on how to improve access to air travel this autumn, while there will also be a consultation on plans to improve access across the public transport network.Those airports that rated well in the CAA report were those that “regularly consulted with people that use the assistance service”, whose staff were “regularly praised by passengers for their understanding and patience”, and where assistance was “efficient and well organised”, leading to minimal delays.Among those categorised as “very good”, Norwich had “created excellent partnerships with local disability organisations”, Glasgow Prestwick “hosted successful familiarisation and feedback events with charities representing people with sensory impairments and with learning disabilities”, while staff at Inverness Airport attended “numerous” local access panels.But CAA said it was “unacceptable” for an airport the size of Manchester to fail to carry out any consultation at all with disability organisations in 2016-17, although it said discussions about improving this situation had been “constructive”.Members of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) this week delivered a “damning” description of travelling through Manchester Airport. One member had to make their own way to the departure gate after arriving early in the morning for their flight and finding no assistance staff on duty.Another said there were never enough staff on duty or wheelchairs available.Some staff were said to be “kind, courteous and understanding” but many were said to treat disabled people as “little better than cattle”.Brian Hilton, GMCDP’s digital campaigns officer, who spoke this week to several members about their experiences of the airport, told Disability News Service: “Disabled people are paying the same amount for flights as everyone else but are getting an inferior service at Manchester Airport.“If Manchester Airport is serious about promoting itself as the gateway to the north it needs to up its game. It needs to talk to and listen to disabled people.“It needs to implement practices and procedures that ensure disabled people travel safely and in comfort and are not made to feel like second-class citizens.”GMCDP is the longest-established disabled people’s organisation (DPO) in the north-west of England, but Hilton said: “We have never had any contact from Manchester Airport saying ‘we would like to consult with you and your members.’“There is a huge potential for joint working and making things better.“It’s not that they are knocking on a closed door, they are knocking on an open door. We are willing to work with the airport.“We want to see Manchester Airport as a beacon for accessibility.“That can be achieved but there needs to be some will shown, some proactive action.”In May, GMCDP published its manifesto for the Greater Manchester mayoral election, which called on the airport to introduce DPO-led customer service training, and to carry out regular access audits, which Hilton said should also be done in conjunction with DPOs.A spokesman for Manchester Airport said the airport’s contractor OCS had recently recruited more than 100 new customer services staff to work with disabled passengers, and their initial training had included “hidden disability training”.A new contract with OCS should cut response and waiting times, he said.He said in a statement: “We acknowledge the CAA’s findings and comments relating to consultation with disability organisations.“As referred to by the report, this is an area we have already taken steps to address.“Starting this financial year, we have launched a disability engagement programme, with the first quarterly forum being held last month.”Organisations who have joined the forum include the disability charities Stomawise, Support Dogs, Guide Dogs, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, Alzheimer’s Society, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Action on Hearing Loss and MS Society.The airport also plans a “Disability Expo” in November, which will “showcase” how it supports disabled passengers.He said: “We are confident that this work, coupled with the ongoing representation of a disability organisation [Disability Stockport] on our consultative committee, will lead to significant improvement in this area.“Ensuring those who need assistance enjoy a positive experience at our airport is both a priority of ours and the organisations contracted to provide such services on our behalf.“We regularly review customer satisfaction surveys relating to this area, with the majority of customers currently rating us very good.“However, we constantly strive to deliver a better experience for all our passengers and will continue to do so in the months ahead.”He added: “We have now started the journey of engagement to develop the service and improved accessibility. We’d welcome contact with GMCDP.”Meanwhile, an investigation by the Trailblazers network of young disabled campaigners – part of Muscular Dystrophy UK – has exposed the “shocking” number of UK hotels that fail to provide hoists.Hoists allow wheelchair-users to transfer into a bed or to use bathroom facilities when they cannot transfer independently, but almost 80 per cent of the 103 young disabled people who took part in the survey said they had been unable to go on holiday in the past five years because of the lack of hoist facilities in hotels.A further mystery shopping exercise found only one in 20 hotels offered the use of a free hoist.Lucy Watts, a Trailblazers member from Essex, said: “I haven’t stayed away from home since losing the ability to transfer and I’ve been unable to stay overnight purely because of the hoist issue.“Hotels having hoists would mean I’d be able to take trips away.”She added: “Disabled people face enough barriers in life. We shouldn’t be prevented from enjoying trips away because hotels won’t always make the effort to be fully accessible and inclusive.”*CAA said the results could not be compared with its first annual review as the categories have changedlast_img read more

Wes Streeting told parliamentary colleagues in Lon

first_imgWes Streeting told parliamentary colleagues in London this week that, according to advice he received from London Labour on Wednesday, parliamentary candidates for retirement or defector seats in the city will not be selected until after the mayoral election in May 2020.In an email to London Labour MPs, sent as chair of the London group, Streeting said the party would not have candidates in place in Streatham, Enfield North or Ilford South “for at least nine months”. He also informed colleagues that regional staff have apparently “not received guidance on trigger ballots in a timely fashion” and starting the reselection process before summer would be “a struggle”.LabourList made enquiries following sight of the email and understands that selection processes in two of the defector seats in London – now represented by Liberal Democrat Chuka Umunna, and Change UK’s Joan Ryan and Mike Gapes – will in fact be starting next week. Final guidance is still being awaited, but the plan is not for the selections to only start after May 2020.Streeting noted in his email that London region appears to be “stretched in terms of their own capacity”, which would be particularly problematic during trigger ballots, selections for seats that do not currently have candidates in place, and London Assembly selections. A well-placed source has denied that London region is more stretched than any other regional party.Local members in the defector and retirement seats – Ealing North, Enfield North, Ilford South, Poplar and Limehouse, Streatham, Vauxhall – have expressed confusion over the timing of selections. Candidates and members of constituency parties have told LabourList that they feel the same about the GLA selections.This is particularly the case in Enfield North, where LabourList understands that party members have been considering a vote of no confidence in London regional director Hazel Flynn because they there are concerned that the selection process is being purposefully delayed.It is thought that the Labour left in Joan Ryan’s seat already have a candidate in mind for the selection – Delia Mattis – and are worried that an early election could lead to a different candidate being imposed by the national executive committee (NEC).Commenting on the claims, a London Labour spokesperson said: “It is completely false that London region have attempted to delay the selection of Enfield North. We have begun work already on the selection in that area and we look forward to working with the CLP over the coming weeks.”Below is the full text of Wes Streeting’s message on Thursday to Labour London MPs. Dear London colleagues,At yesterday’s drop-in with Hazel Flynn and London Region, it was apparent that the regional staff have not received guidance on trigger ballots in a timely fashion; that it will be a struggle to start the process before summer; and that – while it is hoped that the process will be resolved by Christmas – we will not be selecting candidates in retirement seats or defector seats until after May’s London mayoral election.This means that we will not have candidates in place in Streatham (where we stand a real risk of losing to the Lib Dems), Enfield North or Ilford South for at least nine months. It also means that we could be in the middle of selections during a snap election. This is unacceptable. It’s also clear that Region share our concerns and are very stretched in terms of their own capacity.I will be writing to Jeremy, Tom, Jennie, Hazel and Wendy today as chair of the London Group and will keep you informed.WesTags:Labour /Parliamentary Selections /Wes Streeting /Enfield North /last_img read more

Two Robbers Impersonate Police

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A 54-year-old man was standing on 19th and Capp streets when two men in their early 20s drove up in a gray sedan. The two young men got out of their car and introduced themselves as police officers, ordering the 54-year-old to turn around. When the victim complied, they took his wallet from his back pocket and fled in their vehicle.No arrests have been made.Stabbing with a Screwdriver At 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, a 40-year-old man approached a 52-year-old man on 24th and Mission streets and requested his money. When the 52-year-old refused, the suspect took out a screwdriver and stabbed him multiple times. He then fled on foot North towards 23rd Street — without taking any of the victim’s property. 0%center_img The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening wounds to his forearm and upper chest.No arrests have been made.Robbery with a GunAt 10:08 p.m. on Tuesday, a 30-year-old man approached a 34-year old woman on 19th and Alabama Streets, and tried to grab her purse. When she resisted, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded her property. The woman complied and the suspect fled South on Alabama Street.No arrests have been made.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. last_img read more

SAINTS players made their annual trip to Whiston H

first_imgSAINTS players made their annual trip to Whiston Hospital to spread some festive cheer to the children and staff.The lads handed out Saintly gifts and selection boxes and wished everyone a Happy Christmas.Saints’ players often make personal visits hospitals and hospices during the year.last_img

SAINTS put in a monumental effort but sadly it was

first_imgSAINTS put in a monumental effort but sadly it was in vain as they were downed 12-4 at Wigan.Missing important players before kick off – including Jon Wilkin who pulled up in training – they lost Joe Greenwood and Paul Wellens during a brutal derby that was more about endeavour than high skill.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook scored in the first half to make it a two point game but Wigan ground out the result.In all fairness both sets of fans wouldn’t put this one down as a classic – the Warriors probably making the better of the conditions and numbers to take the win.Pre-game Keiron Cunningham was forced in to a late change when Wilkin pulled up on training on Thursday.That saw Lance Hohaia move to scrum half with Jordan Turner joining him at half back.Saints got off the worst possible start when on their first set Turner’s kick, on the last, was charged down and Dom Manfredi took full advantage of a kind bounce.Matty Smith converted and then the visitors has to fend off two penalties which put the Warriors in great territory.And yet another penalty handed the home side a chance but Saints repelled borders… and almost scored.A fantastic Turner break was felled about 20 metres short. The ball was spun right but the chance was lost as it came back inside.Joe Greenwood came off with a leg injury a quarter of the game in and then Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook got Saints on the board after he bulldozed over.Hohaia providing a fine pass.Saints’ problem was not getting enough yards on their last tackle kicks – and then giving penalties away.And on 22 minutes it took all the might of Wellens and Swift to bundle Anthony Gelling into touch.It was full bore – both sides trading penalties and mistakes – until Hohaia forced an error from Hampshire.It was a demure kick, forcing the full back to slip and go into touch but once again Saints couldn’t take advantage.Saints had the better of the closing stages and arguably should have gone in up at the interval – and their task was made much harder as Wellens had to come off just one minute into the second.A troublesome hip left Saints with two fit subs and a subsequent shuffle.Swift and Makinson shared duties at full back with Dawson heading out to the wing, whilst Louie moved to the centres.The changes didn’t affect Saints though as they continued to roll with their forwards and relying on the lively Hohaia for last tackle options.Wigan looked lethargic too as Saints had them coming off their lines time after time.Saints forced two knock ons from their hosts with 15 to go but couldn’t find a way through – Wigan stopping Luke Thompson right on the line.On 68 minutes, Matty Dawson had the ball punched out in the tackle and the referee gave Wigan head and feed.Swift took the high ball but when Greg Richards ran on the last in his own 20, Wigan had pressure right on their opponent’s line.Whether he heard the ref’s call or not, it was academic as Wigan scored.George Williams put the kick in and Joe Burgess touched down with inches to spare.That was ultimately the final act as Wigan closed the game out whilst a jaded but not beaten Saints can certainly hold their heads up very high indeed.Match Summary:Warriors:Tries: Manfredi, BurgessGoals: Smith (2 from 2)Saints: Tries: McCarthy-ScarsbrookGoals: Makinson (0 from 1)Penalties: Warriors: 8Saints: 2HT: 4-6FT: 4-12REF: Phil BenthamATT: 24,054Teams:Warriors: 20. Ryan Hampshire; 22. Dom Manfredi, 3. Anthony Gelling, 4. Dan Sarginson, 5. Joe Burgess; 6. George Williams, 7. Matty Smith; 17. Tony Clubb, 9. Michael McIlorum, 23. Lee Mossop, 11. Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 14. John Bateman.Subs: 24. Taulima Tautai, 25. Larne Patrick, 26. Logan Tomkins, 28. Ryan Sutton.Saints:20. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 22. Matty Dawson, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 16. Lance Hohaia; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 21. Joe Greenwood, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 15. Mark Flanagan, 19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio.last_img read more

Burn season underway Orton Plantation burning 175 acres Thursday

first_imgSmoke from a prescribed burn at Orton Plantation in Brunswick County could be seen at least as far away as the Pine Valley area of Wilmington on March 10, 2016. (Photo: Jessica Viox) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you see a lot of smoke in the air in Brunswick County, it could be coming from Orton Plantation.They are burning 175 acres today as part of its management plan to improve the health of the forest and restore the longleaf pine habitat.- Advertisement – Orton Plantation’s burn season runs between March 1 and May 1 on more than 6,000 acres.Orton says the burn is overseen by the Orton Property Manager, a state-certified controlled burner, who coordinates with the NC Forest Serfvice, the NC Department o Air Quality, and Brunswick and New Hanover County fire departments.Orton says although there is a two month burn window, burning will only take place for around 14 days.Related Article: New Hampshire sets tough drinking water standards for PFASResidents in Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and those along Highway 133 may see or smell smoke.People should contact the NC Forest Service with concerns at (919) 857-4801.Orton says prescribed burns benefit the longleaf pine ecosystem by controlling invasive species and encouraging new plant growth. It also reduces the possibility of wildfire by reducing brush and anything else that could accumulate and become fuel for a fire.last_img read more

Organization collects tourist food donations for the needy

first_img “I think everyone has the general consensus that I do, that nobody should go hungry,” Second Helping OIB founder Rebecca Powell said. “We’re all blessed and we live in a great place and why would you want to drive back to Ohio or New Jersey with chicken in your cooler. Paying it forward concept is what we were looking for.”After the Saturday morning food drives, volunteers with Brunswick Family Assistance in Shallotte drop by to pick up the food so it can be given to those in need.“We went to where there was a need. We made some phone calls. We knew we could get the food. Our concern was how are we going to facilitate this? How are we gonna get it out to where it needs to go, the public?” Powell said.Related Article: Families compete in sandcastle build-off at Ocean Isle BeachBrunswick Family Assistance executive director Stephanie Bowen says the donations are a huge help, especially during the summer.“Kids are out of school, that’s increased cost on the parents so they carry that burden in the summer. Having extra food is so helpful for us and our clients are definitely grateful for it,” Bowen said.They take in both perishable and non-perishable food. If you want to donate this Saturday, you can drop it off at the Museum of Coastal Carolina or the Ocean Isle Beach Pier parking lots from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As people stay in Ocean Isle Beach this holiday week, they may buy more food than they need for their family and friends. As they pack up and leave the island, they can donate it with the help of Second Helping OIB.The group takes in about a thousand pounds of food per week and they’re expecting more this Saturday with the increased holiday crowds.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Dosher offers new telemedicine program

first_img A Dosher nurse will accompany the telemedicine exam. The easy-to-use service gives the patient real-time help.“They’ll call Eagle Telemedicine and they’ll be a doctor away at a different site but whose picture is visualized right here,” said Schmoke. “[They will be] able to see and hear with cameras and talk with the patient.”Dr. Schmoke says the service is a winner and a huge advancement for a rural hospital.Related Article: Aerial mosquito spraying will begin soon in Brunswick CountyThe telemedicine services are scheduled to start December 12. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Some great news for people in Brunswick County, today. Southport’s Dosher Memorial Hospital is bringing new technology to better serve hospitalist patients. The telemedicine program will give them access to overnight care by a remote doctor.The hospital is partnering with Eagle Telemedicine to offer the new program. Doctors Schmoke and Meachem will examine patients from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The new tool will serve patients overnight 7 p.m.-7 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Parents want Brunswick Co Schools to reconsider field trip cuts

first_img “My 4th grader came home from school a couple of weeks ago and was disappointed because her 4th grade trip to Bald Head Island was cancelled,” Hillary Garver said.Garver’s two children attend Southport Elementary School. When she found out Friday an upcoming field trip was cancelled, she started a petition to get them put back on the calendar.Brunswick County Schools Spokesman Daniel Seamans says after 19 school days were lost, they needed to maximize in class time.Related Article: Florence’s rains flushed snakes out of their homes“We decided that just for this school year alone that we would limit the number of field trips so that we could make sure the kids are in the classroom making up some of that instructional time that we missed,” Seamans said.But Garver says there was no official notice from the school, and with 2/3 of the community in poverty, some students cannot afford to explore these field trip opportunities on their own.“There are students that live an hour away from here that have never been to the ocean before, so certainly, if you have a family that is struggling to put food on the table, they are not going to be able to make up these experiences that are lost when they are unable to take field trips,” Garver said.“We understand the concern, but instructional time inside the classroom is our priority,” Seamans said.Academic competitions and field trips paid for before the hurricane will still occur.Garver has almost 500 signatures on her petition. The board of education has added her to the agenda for Tuesday night’s school board meeting.New Hanover County schools are leaving field trips up to the discretion of each principal. We have not heard back from Pender County Schools about how field trips are being handled there. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County students missed 19 days of school due to Hurricane Florence. The school district is trying to make up lost instruction time by keeping kids in the classroom which means, no more field trips.But one mom thinks that’s a bad idea.- Advertisement – last_img read more

27th Annual Saint Nicholas Greek Festival celebrating heritage and traditions

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Hundreds of families are celebrating Greek heritage this weekend at the 27th Annual Saint Nicholas Greek Festival.From traditional Greek food to Greek history lessons, some say this is the perfect way to enjoy your weekend.- Advertisement – Festival officials say a ton of work goes into the festival each year as they start planning around the first of September. Each night dancers and a band will perform.The church is also inviting residents to learn about the Greek Orthodox religion with guided tours.Organizers are encouraging residents to park behind the Taco Bell and travel to the church via the festival shuttle.Related Article: Get your Greek on at St. Nicholas Greek FestivalFestivities will continue Saturday until 10 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m.last_img read more

SMASHED Wilmington hits 101° to obliterate old record

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the third time in four days Wilmington saw a record high temperature. And for the second time in that span the mercury crossed the century mark.Wilmington International Airport recorded an official daytime high temperature today of 101 degrees. That breaks the old record for the date of 96 degrees in 1967. Today’s temperature is only three degrees away from the highest temperature ever recorded in Wilmington of 104 set on June 27, 1952.- Advertisement – Click here for your WWAY StormTrack3 AccuWeather forecastJust down the road, North Myrtle Beach set a record at 99 degrees. That was 10 degrees higher than the old record set in 1965.This would have been the earliest in the year the Port City had ever hit 100 degrees if we had not already seen that record broken Sunday. Until this week Wilmington had never recorded a temperature above 100 earlier than June 1.Related Article: Sweltering heat sends 18 Fort Bragg soldiers to hospitalMonday’s high of 98 degrees at ILM was also a record. Tuesday’s high of 96 was just a degree off the record.But we might not be done yet. The WWAY StormTrack3 Weather Team forecasts a high of 98 degrees tomorrow. That would top the record of 96 set all the way back in 1898. But the team says that should then be followed by a cooldown, which could have us back to our average high of 84 by the middle of next week.last_img read more

I cant take proper care of two kids so thats why I

first_imgCommunication and PromisesIn the next part of this report we’ll look at the issue of communication between separated families and children and the promises made to the families of refugees for financial support.Credit: Xchange Foundation – Maria Ortega FatasWhatsApp Others said it was easier to give up their child much sooner after their birth because they had not managed to build an emotional bond with them. In one case a female named Sameera explained that after giving birth to twins, she could not care for both resulting in her decision to give one of them up. Rohingya refugee parents have told researchers that giving up their children for adoption or child labour wasn’t what they wanted for them first off, but the economic situation made it difficult to do anything else.This is one the key findings from the latest report entitled ‘“LOST CHILDHOOD” ; An insight into Rohingya parent-child separation in Bangladesh’ from the Xchange Foundation. The report examines parent and child separation facing Rohingya refugees within the refugee camps and settlements of Bangladesh.The team drew on a number of testimonies from Rohingya families living in the camps, in which parents and children had been separated either voluntarily or involuntarily.According to UNICEF, there are an estimated 500,000 children under the age of 18 which are living in the camps, almost 80% of them (300,000) between the ages of 3 and 14.Bhasan Char and other problemsThis is the latest survey carried out by the migration data and collection service Xchange Foundation on the Rohingya refugee population living in Cox’s Bazaar Bangladesh.Previously the team had explored the major objections and concerns of the Rohingya population to the prospect of being re-located to the silt island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal.Most Rohingya refugees refuse to go to Bhasan Char island – Xchange surveyCredit: Xchange FoundationThe region of Cox’s Bazaar Bangladesh has been host to Rohingya refugees for just over the last three decades. The recent crackdown and massacre by the Myanmar military in August 2017 forcing whole families and communities to flee westward to Bangladesh.Recent surveys by Xchange Foundation have also explored the incidents and journeys faced on the way to Bangladesh as well as their living conditions and perceptions of safety inside the camps.Gender normsAccording to the interviews carried out by the survey team, gender norms, financial instability and restrictions on employment opportunities making it difficult to provide for families, were common motivations for female respondents to give up their children for adoption or to work.With males (fathers and sons) being regarded as the main breadwinners of the family, females were largely unable to find employment when the males couldn’t work.One respondent said, ‘If a family does not have a capable son who can support the family and if all the family members are female, or suffering due to lack of support, then they give their child for labour.’One of the female respondents explained that they due to their husband being ill and unable to work, they needed to send their daughter out to work in order to provide not only for the family but also for the medical care for her father.Credit: Xchange Foundation – Maria Ortega Fatas‘In the past, their father could fish in the river but now he can’t because he is sick. My daughter sends us some money; that money is to cover the cost of her father’s treatment.’ ‘I can’t take proper care of two kids, so that’s why I gave one up for adoption. […] I can’t feed the other one properly, so how could I feed [the adopted one]? He is a boy…but I couldn’t take care of both of them due to the lack of money,’ she said.MarriageWhile all of the respondents told the survey that they would give up their children to ensure they had a better life, there were also those who saw sending their female children to work as a way of being able to afford their daughter’s marriage. Marriage in this case was seen as a key way of reducing their financial burdens, provided there was the money to afford a dowry. In the case of Khadija, this was not the necessarily feasible.‘When she was younger, she liked to study. She was studying in the madrasah. […] But [now] we cannot manage food properly, so how can she study? […] Now she is grown up. I would like to give her in marriage…[but] we don’t have the money [for dowry].’ SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Huawei Contributes 100000 to Safaricom Marathon

first_imgAdvertisement The Safaricom marathon is regarded as the most challenging in the world. During his address at the cheque handover ceremony, Safaricom CEO Mr. Bob Collymore Said, “I would like to thank our strategic partner’s Huawei , for coming on board once again to support this worthy cause; this is a testimony of their reliability in and out of business. Safaricom will continue its commitment to support this initiative in the years to come.”“The Safaricom marathon is a special event for us at Huawei, and we always look forward to this time of the year to run, and make a difference in the lives of the people of Lewa,” Said Mr. Wind Li, CEO of Huawei in Kenya. “Our company is keen on pushing the education/ knowledge transfer agenda in both curriculum and infrastructure development, as well as environmental conservation in Africa which the Safaricom marathon stands for.” Huawei has participated in the marathon for the last 5 years with 3 corporate teams each year. The company has won the Lewa Trophy for the Highest Fundraiser Corporate category twice in 2009 and 2010.Proceeds from each year’s marathon have been invested in a wide range of projects benefiting sustainable development, education, healthcare, and wildlife, with an aim to balance the needs of rural communities with the objective of preserving Kenya’s unique natural heritage for future generations. – Advertisement – The 13th edition of the marathon will be held on the 30th of June, 2012 with the theme ‘Run Wild , for the Wild’.last_img read more

GTA Online Further Adventures in Finance and Felony Coming on June 7th

first_imgImage Credit: ibtimes Advertisement Video game developer and publisher, Rockstar Games on Friday announced that Further Adventures in Finance and Felony will be coming to GTA Online effective on June 7th and will available for PS4, Xbox One and PC.According to their update on Rockstar’s Newswire, the update will combines all new gameplays with a host of special new vehicles – such as the Pegassi Reaper, as well as a number of exciting new features and much more.One of the most interesting update is allowing players to be CEO of their own criminal enterprise, hinting at what could possibly be an in-depth trading element to it as well. – Advertisement – In addition, Players will now “acquire a high-rise office and special warehouse properties to begin buying and selling a range of contraband across the city, all the while fighting the LSPD and the rest of the southern San Andreas criminal underworld for access to the rarest items and the biggest profits,” the post on Rockstar’s website reads.GTA-Pegassi Reaper. Image Credit: Rockstar GamesBut players shouldn’t expect a easy ride because they’ll still need to fight the LSPD and the rest of the San Andreas criminal underworld.[related-posts]According to Daily Star, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed that most of this information on the Rockstar products “will be revealed soon,” prompting many to believe something could be revealed at E3 come next month.last_img read more

Taxify Rebrands Now Operates as Bolt

first_imgTaxify rebrands and now operates as Bolt | Courtesy Photo. Advertisement Estonia-based transportation firm, Taxify has today announced it’s re-branding to ‘Bolt’. Earlier on rumors stated the company was re-branding as ‘Rider’, but the company came out to deny the rumors.It happens that Bolt is the same name that the company has been using for its new electric scooter service, to double down on providing multiple transportation options beyond private cars.Taxify rebrands as Bolt. It happens that Bolt is the same name that the Taxify has been using for its new electric scooter service.According to Bolt, the update brings the brand identity in line with its broader vision of transportation that has already expanded from cabs and motorbikes, to now scooter sharing. – Advertisement – Bolt today becomes the first ride-hailing company to bring ride-hailing and scooter sharing and is currently working on expanding the scooter sharing service across a number of European and African cities were it operates.Bolt operates in 30 countries globally with over 25 million users. Making a key shift in its business today as it gears up for its next stage of growth.CEO and co-founder Markus Villig said, the rebrand from Taxify to Bolt is serving a few purposes. Tapping the basic meanings of “bolt”, the new name implies speed, as well as electricity.Julian Byamugisha, Country Manager for Uganda at Bolt said given the company’s ambition to solve transportation problems on an increasingly broader scale, they want the brand to reflect the company’s future rather than the past.“Our new name ‘Bolt’ stands for fast, effortless movement — exactly what the experience of getting around in a city should be, be it by car, scooter or public transport. It also underscores our belief that the future of transportation will be electric,” said Julian.last_img read more

A new circuit is born – United States Grand Prix

first_imgYou couldn’t have believed it if I told you Kimi Raikkonen had won the Abu Dhabi! You would have been in shock and said, “It just couldn’t be. Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel must have won it -Surely!?” Well as the event unfolded, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was as exciting as they come. Raikkonen’s win must have been celebrated all over the motor-sport world, following his recent return to F1.Can the Finn do it all over again? Well, we’re into the last two races as we head to the USA. For most of the drivers, the Championship is pretty much over. But for Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, ‘it’s not over – until it’s over…’ Alonso, who is now chasing the German after what could be one of the best drives I’ve seen this year – coming in third from a start in the pit-lane – it’s hard to see Alonso beating Vettel.The Red Bull team had it all to ‘drive for’ at Abu Dhabi, but Mark Webber found himself with DNF (Did Not Finish) after a collision. But it’s evident that they have two very powerful cars and their performance has been consistent so far. So heading into Austin, Texas, I’m no doubt that the Vettel (@11/8) and Webber (@8/1) will deliver.So where does this leave the McLaren’s? Well, if you have been keeping up with my blogs, you would know I’m a fan of the Brit drivers, and there’s no doubting their ability – but McLaren keep letting them down. The consistence is weak, and they just haven’t been able to capitalise on some crucial circuits. Take Abu Dhabi for instance; Hamilton was odds going into Sunday. He was a certainty to at least finish top three. He dominated the races at the beginning, and when we thought it was all over, the problems began; an engine failure let Hamilton down yet again.Jenson Button managed a fourth place finish but again the complaints of lack of speed were on the agenda. Some good defensive driving from Button I think maintained his position. So where does this leave the McLaren duo ahead of Austin? Hamilton is currently (9/4) and Button (10/1). If it goes to plan, a top three finish can’t be rule out.On to the Ferrari team; you just can’t help but think how stressful it has been for the boys in red. As a driver, Alonso has shown is prowess this season with an impeccable consistency. I can’t rule him out of a top four finish. Massa has proved to Ferrari he is a strong second driver and has retaining his contract next year. But it would be great to see him compete in the top five in Austin. As they currently stand, Alonso (5/1) and Massa (50/1).Austin, Texas is a place I would love to be flying to, especially as the cold weather has settled in now. Although there was some doubt cast over whether the USA Grand Prix would take place, it has been confirmed. The track supposedly takes influence from Silverstone and hosts a steep climb from the start into a turn one hairpin. With a 120,000 capacity, I’m sure all the fans will be geared up for fantastic race.I wonder who your money will be on?last_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Gowran Park Saturday

first_imgBusy weekend for me with seven rides at Gowran on Saturday and then I’m at Navan on Sunday for Ladbrokes Troytown Chase. I’m on Out Sam in the big race who gave me a nice win in the Cork Grand National last time out.I also ride the bang in form Dinons in the Monksfield, more news on Sunday’s rides in my next blog which we will published after racing on Saturday.I’ll obviously be anxious to keep a close eye on Haydock where there’s a stunning renewal of the Betfair Chase. It was an incredible performance from Bristol De Mai 12 months ago when he romped home by an eased down 57 lengths (!!) but it was heavy that day and it will ride much closer to good on Saturday.It’s a race to savour with Gold Cup winner Native River renewing rivalry with Might Bite in a contest that will shape the season.If pressed, I would just favour the chances of Might Bite.Now for Saturday at Gowran.SATURDAYGOWRAN PARKFLAT TO THE MAX (11.35am)The afternoon, make that morning, starts with the first division of the maiden hurdle where I’m onboard Flat To The Max for Gordon (Elliott). He started off well enough winning a flat race for Ger Lyons on heavy ground but hasn’t progressed as we’d hoped for over hurdles. He was mid-division the last day in Fairyhouse, so we’ll need to see an improvement on that. The blinkers are on for the first time, he just lacks a little concentration so hopefully they will do the trick and help him settle. There’s been some rain (at last) which will help him but it’s quite a tough contest to start the day.INVINCIBLE CAVE (12.35pm)Point to point winner who has made a promising start, winning a bumper at Naas, and then fourth in what looked a better class bumper at Naas in February. Again, the recent rain should help. I’ve schooled him, he’s a grand big horse and has done plenty of work ahead of his hurdling debut. Owner Kenneth Alexander is putting together a nice string and I wouldn’t be surprised to see his mare Sinoria run a big race on her debut under Rules. She was a point to point winner in Borris House in County Carlow.SATOSHI (1.10pm)A race that has thrown up some top class winners including Douvan back in 2014. I make a quick reappearance onboard Satoshi who got the race in the stewards room last Sunday after first past the post Cuneo was disqualified and placed third. It was a surprise, as the Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner Relegate was a red hot favourite. My fella is back in trip to 2m (from 2m 6f) but it’s a tactic that Gordon often uses as we try and find out about them on the racecourse rather than at home so we’ll find out whether the shorter trip is also in his comfort range. Satoshi should have come a lot for last week’s win and I’m looking forward to getting back onboard. Plenty of dangers including the filly Buttons And Bows who made a winning start in what looked a good race at Cork.PAT’S OSCAR (1.45pm)She always tries very hard but has a tough task on her seasonal reappearance off joint top weight of 11-12. Her three career wins have all come on very testing ground so that would have to be a concern – it was knee deep when I won on her in Fairyhouse back in February and she relished it that day.TYCOON PRINCE (2.20pm)He lost his way a little last season but there was a lot more encouragement two weeks ago when he chased home Saint Calvados in a Grade 3 in Naas. It was a big effort, even allowing for the fact that red hot favourite Footpad came down at the last and he might have been flattered in second spot. With the run under his belt hopefully he can progress again now he’s back to the 2m 4f trip. Last year he showed his best form this side of Christmas but this is a big test with the likes of hat-trick seeking Wishmoor in opposition and Jett who looks progressive.BURREN LIFE (2.55pm)Has a little bit of experience now which should help in a race where quite a few are making their chasing debuts. My fella hasn’t been beaten far in his two races this season at Tipperary and at Naas the last day when third to Discorama in what looked quite a hot contest. His jumping has been sound and he’s learning his game nicely. Both Speakeasy and A Plus Tard are very unexposed and could easily turn out to be well above average.JUST A NORMAL DAY (3.30pm)Solid performer who has been running consistently well over both fences and hurdles. He might just be in the grip of the handicapper though who keeps nudging him up for placed efforts, up another 3lb for finishing second to Dark Outsider at Cork earlier in the month. We’d have gone close that day but for a mistake at the last and hopefully he can again get in the mix for trainer Dot Love.DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Thurles Saturday

first_imgThere is no racing in Ireland this Sunday but I head to Thurles Saturday for a couple of rides. The ground remains good at Thurles even though there has been plenty of rain and more due possibly. It’s a track that takes it well so it will need plenty more if the ground is to change.There is some good racing at Ascot on Saturday featuring the Grade One JLT Hurdle. UNOWHATIMEANHARRY (2.25pm) has a couple of runs under his belt and I have a soft spot for him. He ran at Aintree last month after his wind operation and then won well in Newbury last time where he rolled back the years. He has a good attitude, likes the soft ground and doesn’t know how old he is! He is in good form and looks to be the one that can serve it up to some of these younger rivals.I was very impressed with JOLLY’S CRACKED IT (3.35pm) on his return at Ascot last time out after such a long lay-off, that was just his second run in three years. All eyes will be on him to see if he can win the race he won three years ago, but keep an eye out for Irish raider Tornado Watch for Emmett Mullins who caught the eye behind me on Wonder Laish the last day at Fairyhouse. Even at the age of nine, he looks to have a race like this well within his reach.I’m looking forward to a few days off at Christmas to spend with my family and I’m sure my wife Edelle will have plenty of chores for me around the house! I will be back on Christmas Eve with news about my rides on Stephen’s Day from Leopardstown.SATURDAYTHURLESCASTLEBROOK (12.15pm)I’m onboard this fella for the Mangans and he has had a string of seconds and thirds to his name after his point to point win. He has always run well, but has been slightly disappointing in a way, struggling to get his head in front. The positive is that he won his point to point over 3 miles and then finished a good third over hurdles over the same trip at this track back in February. The step back up in trip here is sure to suit so it shouldn’t inconvenience him. The ground should be OK for him, they are calling it good ground but it’s ‘rained on’ ground so should be fine for him, however the more rain for him the better. I’m looking forward to getting onboard him, there are dangers left, right and centre here with the likes of Moonshine Bay who is also owned by the same owners as my fella for Jessie (Harrington).WESTERN HONOUR (3.10pm)Looking forward to riding Western Honour who is stepping up in trip which looks what he has been crying out for. I finished second on him a couple of times but Jamie Codd won on him last time out in Clonmel. He handles all types of conditions so the ground will be OK, the good ground didn’t seem to inconvenience him the last few times I was onboard him. The opposition looks good with Stay Humble for Willie (Mullins) looking like the obvious one and Madison To Monroe for Jessie Harrington who has her horses in great form but one that could sneak under the radar is Stacks Mountain for Henry (De Bromhead).DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

Rice Names Urbish Director of Institutional Research

first_imgAddThis Share Contact: Michael CinelliPhone: (713) 831-4794 Rice Names Urbish Director of Institutional Research Leona M. Urbish was named director of the Office of Institutional Research for Rice University late last year. This is a new position in the university’s External AffairsDivision. Urbish, a graduate of Hallettsville High School, is the daughter of Julia Urbish of Hallettsville. Her brother Gilbert is a rancherin the Hallettsville area. Prior to joining Rice in October 1994, Urbish served in a similar capacity at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, the University of Houston and St. Edward’s University inAustin. Urbish earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas–Austin. She is an active member of SAIR/SCUP, TAIR and AIR. She can be reached at (713) 831-4700, extension 103, or by E-mail Assisting Urbish in Rice’s Office of Institutional Research is Astrid Jernick, research associate. Jernick earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas–Austin. Previously, she workedin Rice’s Governmental Relations Office. She can be reached at (713)831-4700, extension 107, or by E-mail at Rice University is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian private university dedicated to undergraduate teaching and graduate studies, research and professional training in selected disciplines. It has an undergraduate student population of 2,572, a graduate and professional student population of 1,375 and a full-time faculty of448. ###last_img read more

OpenStax College publishes first iBooks textbook

first_imgShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduOpenStax College publishes first iBooks textbookRice University-based publisher unveils College Physics, plans future iBooks textbooksHOUSTON — (Dec. 3, 2012) – OpenStax College has published College Physics, the first iBooks textbook that is based on a free, open-source textbook from Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College. The open-education resources (OER) publisher said it plans to create iBooks textbook versions of additional textbooks for heavily attended college courses from its growing catalog.The dynamic, interactive iBooks textbook version of College Physics costs $4.99 and contains interactive graphics, videos, quizzes, demos and other added features that enable students to immerse themselves in the material.“Millions of iPads are used in education today, and we want to offer the benefits of OER to every iPad user,” said OpenStax College director Richard Baraniuk.Baraniuk, Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said the iBooks textbook version of College Physics helps OpenStax College meet two goals. First, it makes OpenStax materials available to millions of students who either own an iPad or attend a school that uses them. In addition, the iBooks textbook versions of the books will provide OpenStax College with a steady source of revenue to pay for the conversion of future titles for the iPad.“OpenStax College iBooks textbooks represent a new quality benchmark for open-education resources,” said OpenStax College Editor-in-Chief David Harris. “Quite simply, they represent the highest OER quality in the world. For an incredibly low price, students and school districts can rapidly realize the cost of the iPad through the savings of these e-books.”The iBooks textbook version of College Physics offers an engaging, full-screen experience that is full of interactive diagrams, photos and videos, Harris said.“Students can dive into an image with interactive captions, full-motion demonstrations and embedded quizzes,” he said. “They can flip through a book by simply sliding a finger along the screen, and they can highlight text, take notes and search with ease.”OpenStax College’s next three titles — Biology, Concepts of Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology — will be completed in early 2013, and sample chapters will be available through the iBookstore this fall. Baraniuk said OpenStax College also has begun raising funds to develop free textbooks for algebra, chemistry, economics, U.S. history and psychology.College Physics is available for $4.99 from the iBookstore on iPad or at: ###VIDEO is available at: IMAGES are available for download at: OpenStax College/Rice University OpenStax College/Rice University OpenStax College/Rice UniversityFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsAbout OpenStax CollegeOpenStax College is dedicated to improving access to higher education by lowering the cost of textbooks and high-quality learning materials. OpenStax College launched in February 2012 with a philanthropic model to offer free, high-quality, peer-reviewed, full-color textbooks for the 25 most heavily attended college courses in the nation. Our books are free online for any student, anywhere, and we partner with companies who provide fee-based products and services that enhance the value of our books for both instructors and students. OpenStax College is a nonprofit initiative of Rice University and is made possible by the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation and the Maxfield Foundation. For more information, visit FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more