A new archive and learning zone dedicated to the d

first_imgA new archive and learning zone dedicated to the disability arts movement is set to inspire a new generation of young people to fight for their rights.The NationalDisability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) facility was launched last weekat the High Wycombe campus of Buckinghamshire New University, and features morethan 3,500 pieces of artwork, most of which is stored in digital or physicalform in the archive.It is thefirst study space to be dedicated to learning about the disability artsmovement, and it includes both an archive repository and the NDACA learningwing, which features original pieces from the disability arts movement.The idea behindthe learning zone was to create a physical experience that recreates what itwas like to be involved in the early years of the disability arts movement inthe 1980s and 1990s.The hope isthat it will encourage both disabled and non-disabled people to learn moreabout the movement’s contribution to the fight for rights and to changing howdisabled people are viewed by society.So there areartefacts such as Tony Heaton’s Shaken Not Stirred sculpture, which has been recreated using theoriginal charity collection cans, and which played a key part in the 1992 BlockTelethon protest against ITV’s charity Telethon and its “patronizing positionof disabled people as pitiful receivers of charity”.There arephotographs and newspaper cuttings from the direct action protests of theCampaign for Accessible Transport, which helped lead to the first DisabilityDiscrimination Act in 1995.There are alsocopies of every edition of Disability Arts in London (DAIL) magazine, which waspublished by London Disability Arts Forum – set up in 1986 to provide acultural wing of the disabled people’s movement – and a library of books andother literature.And visitorscan take away free tee-shirts with slogans from the disabled people’s movement,such as Piss On Pity and Proud Angry Strong, and Tear Down The Walls and NotDead Yet fridge magnets.There arealso hydraulic desks for wheelchair-users; a chill-out room, featuring NDACAcushions; and tactile versions of Heaton’s Shaken Not Stirred and Great Britainfrom a Wheelchair sculptures.The archiveroom includes almost all of Tanya Raabe-Webber’s Who’s WhO collection ofportraits of leading disabled figures, tee-shirts donated by activists who tookpart in disability rights protests, and boxes and boxes of other artefacts,such as magazines, postcards and photographs.The openingof the learning zone and archive room is just the latest stage in a projectthat stretches back more than 30 years to conversations between Heaton, NDACA’sfounder, and fellow disabled artist Allan Sutherland about the need for a collectionand archive that would capture the history of the disability arts movement andensure that key artefacts were not lost for ever.A 364-pagetimeline of the disability arts movement, written by Sutherland, will soon beadded to the NDACA website and will be available to download, while there will also bea physical copy of it in the NDACA learning zone.The closelinks between the disability arts movement and the wider disabled people’smovement are clear throughout the NDACA wing.There are exhibitssuch as a framed copy of Vic Finkelstein’s Fundamental Principles ofDisability, and a black and white photograph featuring many of the movements’ leadingfigures, such as Barbara Lisicki, Colin Barnes, Alan Holdsworth, VicFinkelstein, Sutherland and Heaton, Mike Oliver, Anne Rae, David Hevey, andAdam Reynolds.Students andstaff at the university will use the facilities for their own learning andteaching, while postgraduate students from other universities are alreadyvisiting the collection.Members ofthe public will also be able to visit the NDACA learning zone by booking inadvance, and can make appointments through the NDACA website.There arealso plans for artefacts from the archive, including some of Raabe’s portraits,to tour the country and hopefully be exhibited internationally.Hevey, theNDACA project and creative director and chief executive of Shape Arts,which is delivering the project – whose photography features in the archive – saidthe message of the learning zone was “simple but not simplistic” and about theremoval of barriers in society.The NDACAwing is, he said, “full of character” and “a space in which you can feel thepower of the disability protest movement”.Thedisability arts movement helped to make disabled people more visible insociety, he said, and helped usher in the Disability Discrimination Act in1995.He said: “Itchallenged society, achieved great social change and inspired a remarkable bodyof creative work.”Hevey,probably best known for producing and directing BBC’s 1997 ground-breakinghistory series The Disabled Century, said the success of the disability artsmovement was “clearly a message to contemporary disabled people facing barriersand fighting for justice and fighting reactionary positions and austerity”.He said: “Wewant people to say, ‘Yes, disabled people are winners and they can change theworld.’“If thishelps to contribute to the fight against austerity, that’s OK by me.”He added: “Victoriesare worth promoting. I think it will inspire a new generation to say, ‘If theycan win, we can win.’” Funding forthe project has mainly come from the National Lottery Heritage Fund – whichcontributed more than £850,000 – with other funding from Arts Council Englandand the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.The NDACAproject has already seen the launch of its interactive website, which allowsvisitors to access digital copies of some of the movement’s most significantwork, read essays about significant disabled artists, and by the end of thisyear will also feature about 50 short films.Heaton said:“The learning wing is the realisation of a dream I had more than 30 years ago –to collect the unique heritage, and demonstrate the power, of the disabilityarts movement.“One thatfought barriers, helped change the law and made great culture about thosestruggles.”Alex Cowan,NDACA’s archivist, has worked with significant figures in the disability artsmovement over the last three years to identify “standout material” from theirpersonal collections.He said: “Iam proud to have been able to participate in a cultural movement that hasshaped British art, society and politics and to have played my part inhighlighting disabled people’s long struggle for individual and collectiverecognition.”The university’s link with NDACA originally came through the music theatre company Signdance Collective, which was previously the university’s resident theatre company.Theuniversity has other close links with the creative and cultural industries, andthree of its film and television production students have worked voluntarily asrunners on some of the short films produced as part of the NDACA project.ProfessorNick Braisby, the university’s vice-chancellor, said: “We are proud to host theNDACA wing, which represents the significant importance of the disability artsmovement and all that it achieved.“We lookforward to welcoming researchers to the university, and giving our students andstaff access to the archive which will inform our curriculum and teachingacross our course portfolio.”StuartHobley, head of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, London, said NDACA was “amajor milestone for disability heritage”, with its “stories of ordinary peoplewho led extraordinary lives and changed the UK’s arts and political landscape”.He said: “A core aim of all National Lottery funded projects is to make heritage accessible to as many people as possible and this archive and learning wing is a fantastic example of how this can be achieved.” Picture: David Hevey in the new NDACA learning zoneA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Theresa May’s efforts to woo Labour MPs into voting for her Brexit deal next week are not going well. Earlier this week, her offer of a £1.6bn fund for deprived towns was described as a “Brexit bribe” and dismissed by Labour ‘inbetweeners’ such as Lisa Nandy, who want to be convinced but have not been so far. Yesterday the Prime Minister unveiled the plan that actually had potential to win over opposition backbenchers: concessions on workers’ rights. But that, too, has fallen flat.Only John Mann and Jim Fitzpatrick are pleased (and will be voting for the deal). All the major players in the trade union movement – the TUC’s Frances O’Grady, GMB’s Tim Roache, Unison’s Dave Prentis – have rejected the proposals. Unite’s Len McCluskey, widely considered to be the most enthusiastic about getting a Brexit deal passed, came to a similar conclusion in a tweet last night: “This is reheated leftover announcements.” Even in this desperate situation, facing the likely possibility that MPs will vote to extend Article 50 if her deal doesn’t pass, the PM cannot deliver the goods.Although the Brexit date is just over three weeks away, both main parties are engulfed in racism rows. Sayeeda Warsi has finally got coverage for her description of the Conservative Party as “institutionally Islamophobic”. She told Newsnight last night that Sajid Javid may pander to the Tory right with “dog whistles”, but they will still “believe he’s far too Muslim to be the leader”.Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, the shadow cabinet and over 100 MPs have all contacted the Jewish Labour Movement urging it to stay affiliated to the party. According to JLM sources, there is very little chance that the group will vote (indicatively at this point, as formal decisions are to be made at the AGM next month) to break away from Labour. The member-only meeting tonight in London (there’s one in Manchester too) is set to kick off with speeches by Margaret Hodge, Louise Ellman and Ruth Smeeth, all expected to deliver strong “stay and fight” messages. Indeed, so far, there is no end in sight to the fighting.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /Labour /Sayeeda Warsi /Margaret Hodge /Jeremy Corbyn /Louise Ellman /Ruth Smeeth /Brexit /JLM /last_img read more

In SF investigations of officerinvolved shootings abound delays do too

first_img 0% Tags: Luis Gongora • police shooting • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “In terms of best practices, the reality is that there’s a lot of concerns,” said Max Szabo, a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office, which handles one of the five investigations. The others include two at the SFPD — one by Internal Affairs and the other by the Homicide Detail — a fourth by the Department of Police Accountability and a fifth by the Medical Examiner’s Office.In a response to the Civil Grand Jury’s report, the Police Commission wrote that the suggested timelines of specific investigation-related events — 30, 60 and 90 days — were unrealistic given the complexity of the laws and statutes governing investigations. The commission, however, thanked members of the Civil Grand Jury “for their efforts to improve the timeliness and transparency of OIS investigations.”John Crew, an ACLU attorney and former head of the Northern California Police Practices Project, said the SFPD unfairly hides behind laws and statutes, and that the problem is not legal, but cultural.“They say there’s state confidentiality laws,” Crew said referring to the delays. “Well, Los Angeles is in the same state.”And, as it turns out, Los Angeles finishes its investigations considerably faster — a fact that could bode well for San Francisco, since Police Chief Bill Scott, who took over the SFPD in January, comes from that culture.Officer involved Shootings — one in San Francisco and one in Los AngelesTake the investigations that followed the police shooting of Luis Demetrio Gongora Pat in San Francisco and Cesar Frias in Los Angeles.A homeless 45-year-old unemployed restaurant worker from Yucatan, Gongora was shot and killed by police officers on April 7, 2016. The officers said Gongora “charged” at them with a knife, while six eyewitnesses disagreed. Despite numerous calls for expediency and nationwide attention, 18 months later, the various investigations are still underway.The day before Gongora was shot in San Francisco, Los Angeles officers shot and killed Cesar Frias, a 20-year-old mentally disturbed man. The shooting immediately prompted three investigations, including inquiries by the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, the Office of the Inspector General and the L.A. County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division shooting team.Twelve months later, the L.A. Board of Police Commissioners prepared and adjudicated a detailed report on the incident and published it on their website.It contained a detailed 20-page summary of the standoff, which lasted seven hours and ended when Frias ran toward the team of SWAT officers clutching a pair of scissors.The timeline of this investigation aligns with the LAPD’s other investigations into officer-involved shootings from 2016. Captain Patricia Sandoval, a commanding officer in media relations for the LAPD, said that their investigations take a year at most.Merrick Bobb, president and co-executive director of the Police Assessment Resource Center, has been involved with the LAPD since the Justice Department stepped in after the Rodney King riots in 1992. Since then, he says, the LAPD’s relationship to officer-involved shootings has improved substantially. When it comes to transparency, he said, “LA’s one of the best.”San Francisco police officers say that their investigations take a long time because of the number of overlapping investigations.“Each investigation is on its own timeline,” says Captain Paul Yep, who oversees the station patrolling the Russian Hill area where Sunday’s shooting occurred. “There’s a lot of protocol and variations.”For his part, Crew believes the culture of lack of openness and accountability isn’t entirely SFPD’s fault. “If no one’s making them do it, if the Police Commission and Board of Supervisors aren’t making them do it, if press and public aren’t making them do it … ”“They should still do it, but the culture exists because there hasn’t been political will to force them to change.” center_img San Francisco police officers got the call at 11:35 p.m. on Saturday — there was a domestic disturbance, possibly a weapon. They arrived at the Russian Hill apartment to hear Damian Murray threatening his wife and two children with a gun. For three hours, crisis negotiators worked to calm Murray. And then, in quick succession, a gunshot fired from within the apartment, officers broke down the door and one of four shots hit Murray. He died in the hospital later that night.The officer-involved shooting triggered five investigations, but if the past is an indicator, it will take at least 22 months to complete any of them — a time frame a San Francisco Civil Grand Jury called “unacceptable.” The 2016 Department of Justice report agreed, noting that only one officer-involved shooting case had been closed from the period between 2013 and 2015.“It is unacceptable for officer-involved shootings to remain open for years,” the report stated and recommended the department establish a process that would result in “timely, transparent and factual outcomes for officer-involved shooting incidents.”That, however, has yet to happen.last_img read more

A Time Line of Space Exploration

first_imgIf you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. First Name Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. From left: Laika, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, American astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., President John F. Kennedy, astronaut and San Antonio native Edward H. White II, John H. Glenn Jr., the crew of Apollo 11, and American entrepreneur Elon Musk.Illustration by Gluekit; Laika: Keystone/Getty; Gagarin, Kennedy: AP; White: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty; Musk: Bryan Mitchell/Getty; all others Courtesy of NASA Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. Last Name This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly 4th century BCThe Greek mathematician Archytas creates a wooden pigeon that is propelled by escaping steam, an early example of rocket technology. 2nd century ADThe Syrian writer Lucian of Samosata publishes A True Story, a satirical novel that includes the first known fictional references to outer space travel.1232The Chinese become the first people to use gunpowder-fueled rockets for martial purposes.1897The Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky correctly theorizes that rockets can function in a vacuum, unlike other forms of propulsion. Dr. Robert H. Goddard and his liquid-fueled rocket in the frame from which it was fired on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Mass.Courtesy of NASAMarch 16, 1926The American engineer Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket. June 20, 1944During World War II, Germany’s V-2 becomes the first craft to achieve spaceflight (usually defined as 62 miles above sea level). At the end of the war, many of the German rocket scientists who worked on it were recruited for the American and Russian rocket programs. February 20, 1947Fruit flies aboard a U.S. V-2 rocket become the first animals to travel in outer space. October 4, 1957The U.S.S.R. launches Sputnik I, the world’s first artificial satellite, starting the space race between the Soviet Union and the U.S. November 3, 1957Laika, a mixed-breed dog, becomes the first animal to orbit the earth. Hours later she also becomes the first animal to die in orbit. America’s first satellite, Explorer I.Courtesy of NASAJanuary 31, 1958The U.S. launches its first artificial satellite, Explorer I. October 11, 1958NASA’s first spacecraft, Pioneer I, is launched from Cape Canaveral. Though it reaches outer space, a programming error prevents it from reaching the moon. Between December 1958 and April 1961, the Juno II launched space probes Pioneer III and IV, as well as Explorer satellites VII, VIII, and XI.Courtesy of NASA1959The Soviet Union and the U.S. independently launch unmanned probes to the moon. The Soviets conduct the first flyby of the moon in January; the U.S. repeats the feat in March. In September a Soviet spacecraft intentionally crash-lands on the moon, becoming the first man-made object to touch the surface of another celestial body. April 12, 1961Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut, becomes the first human to reach space and complete one orbit of the earth. May 5, 1961Alan B. Shepard Jr. becomes the first American to reach space. May 25, 1961President John F. Kennedy announces his determination to put a man on the moon. February 20, 1962John H. Glenn Jr. becomes the first American to orbit the earth. April 26, 1962The Ranger 4 crash-lands on the moon, becoming the first U.S. craft to reach another celestial body.Russian astronaut Alexei Leonov becomes the first man to walk in space on March 18, 1965.Central Press/GettyMarch 18, 1965Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov becomes the first person to conduct a space walk.June 3, 1965San Antonio native Edward H. White II becomes the first U.S. astronaut to conduct a space walk.July 15, 1965The American spacecraft Mariner 4 successfully conducts the first flyby of Mars. February 3, 1966The Soviet Union’s Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon.A model of the Surveyor 1 spacecraft.Courtesy of NASAJune 2, 1966Surveyor 1 becomes the first American spacecraft to soft-land on the moon. January 27, 1967A flash fire breaks out during an Apollo 1 simulation at Kennedy Space Center, killing the three astronauts aboard. April 24, 1967The Soviet Union’s Vladimir Komarov becomes the first astronaut to die in-flight when his ship, Soyuz 1, crashes on its descent.December 24, 1968Apollo 8 becomes the first manned spacecraft to successfully orbit the moon. Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.Courtesy of NASAJuly 20, 1969Apollo 11 becomes the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon. April 17, 1970The crew of Apollo 13 safely returns to Earth after the rupture of an oxygen tank damages several of the craft’s power, electrical, and life-support systems. June 30, 1971The three astronauts on the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 11 become the first—and so far the only—people to die in space when their capsule depressurized prior to reentering Earth’s atmosphere.November 13, 1971The American spacecraft Mariner 9 becomes the first craft to orbit another planet, Mars. November 27, 1971The Soviet Union’s Mars 2 vehicle, which was expected to make a soft landing on Mars, crashes onto the planet’s surface, becoming the first spacecraft to touch another planet.December 2, 1971The Soviet Union’s Mars 3 becomes the first spacecraft to attain a soft landing on Mars.December 7, 1972Apollo 17 takes flight as the last of the six successful Apollo missions to the moon. July 20, 1976The Viking 1 lander touches down on the surface of Mars, the first U.S. craft to do so.The space shuttle Columbia launches on April 12, 1981, manned with two astronauts, John Young and Robert Crippen.Courtesy of NASAApril 12, 1981The space shuttle Columbia launches as the first operational flight of the U.S. shuttle program.January 28, 1986The Challenger shuttle explodes 73 seconds after takeoff, killing all seven crew members. 1998NASA begins working with Russia on the International Space Station.2000Amazon founder Jeff Bezos creates the aerospace company Blue Origin. In 2003 Blue Origin begins buying land in West Texas for an engine-test and suborbital-test-flight facility.2002Entrepreneur Elon Musk founds SpaceX with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. February 1, 2003The space shuttle Columbia breaks up over Texas. All seven crew members die.August 4, 2014SpaceX publicly announces it has chosen Boca Chica Village, Texas, near Brownsville, as the location for its new launch site. Blue Origin founder—and Amazon.com founder and CEO—Jeff Bezos in Seattle, Washington, on June 18, 2014.David Ryder/GettyMay 9, 2019Bezos announces that Blue Origin is working on a manned moon landing vehicle called “Blue Moon,” which he expects to be in operation by 2024. It is the first step in Bezos’s plan to help humanity colonize the solar system. The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Enter your email addresslast_img read more

TONY Puletua believes if Saints keep doing the sma

first_imgTONY Puletua believes if Saints keep doing the small things well, then it could be a very successful season. The 31-year-old forward has been going great guns this season and along with James Roby have been stalwarts of the pack.“It’s going well,” he said, “but there’s always room for improvement and we always try to be better.“We have been working hard on a lot of things, little things really which are important to us, and we have kept it simple. We have then executed those things on the field.“But we know it is a big game today and we’re expecting a really tough match. It will be a great atmosphere with two passionate clubs going at it too.”There’s no doubt the match will be decided in the pack with two of the best going head to head.“Wigan are defensively strong and it is hard to get quick play the ball with them. But there are things we can do… but I’m not telling you what!“The pack have been playing well and they will be key this Friday. James Roby has been phenomenal for us and I have enjoyed playing off the back of him. If I get an opportunity to poke my head through the line I can always bet on Robes being there.“Josh has been big for us too, even though he will be injured for this game. He has brought a lot of experience to the club as he has played in big games and played for NSW and Australia.“The young guys who have come through have done really well and the whole team is happy for them. Jonny Lomax has been bossing me around the field which is great as he has such a kind nature about him and apologised after one game for ordering me about!“But that’s great as he has a lot of responsibility on him and he’s done a great job. I think he will be one of the big guns for the club in the future.”He continues: “We all know how big this game is and how passionate people are in the town for their Rugby League; especially when we play Wigan. It’s like it is the only game that matters.“I watched these games when I was young back home and they were always intense.“With regards to my future, there is a few things I need to discuss with my family back home but hopefully we can come to a final decision soon.“I have enjoyed being here, it is a great club with a massive history and they have been successful too. It has been an honour to be part of St Helens. Hopefully, everything can be taken care of off the field and I can still be a part of that.”last_img read more

Pender County Schools announce makeup days including a Saturday

first_img Traditional calendar schools and Penderlea School will be in session for students on Monday, Jan. 22, which is currently on the calendar as a Mandatory Workday. Pender Early College will be in session for students on Tuesday, Jan. 16, which is also currently on the calendar as a Mandatory Workday.Pender County Schools says it had some time built into the calendar in case of inclement weather.  After exhausting this time, the district says it must make up instructional time lost in order to meet state-mandated requirements for instruction.A school spokeswoman said all decisions about school cancellations, delays and early releases are made with student safety as the primary consideration.Related Article: Pender Co. Schools: Topsail Elementary fire alarm working fineNew Hanover County Schools and Brunswick County Schools Board members also met last night to discuss make-up days. Click here to see their plans. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Board of Education approved a make-up schedule for snow days during its regular meeting last night, including a Saturday.According to a release, all schools will be in session for a full day on Saturday, Jan. 20.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington businessman accused of taking money from CA fire victims

first_img Investigators say Koke took between $15,000 and $20,000 from fire survivors and failed to complete the work on at least one property and did not do any work on another.Just last week, Koke was found guilty of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses in New Hanover County. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Investigators in California say a Wilmington businessman might be scamming wildfire victims in the San Francisco bay area.The California contractor’s state license board is investigating a debris removal company believed to be owned by Peter Koke of Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Christmas House will not be decorated for first time in 15 years

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It has been a Christmas tradition in Wilmington for more than a decade. This year, one house will not be decking the halls like they usually do.The Christmas House, decorated by homeowners Ann and Kirby, is usually filled head to toe with decorations for everyone to come by and see.- Advertisement – Their home got extremely damaged by Florence though, so they will not be able to host the popular attraction.Ann Holland says this time of year brings her so much happiness to see the smiles it puts on the faces of people of all ages.“It’s going to be different. Seeing people happy or enjoying what you do when you’ve enjoyed it so many years yourself, but other people start to enjoy it. It’s going to be sad,” said Ann Holland.Related Article: Secret Santa pays off layaway items at WalmartHolland says they feel lucky because things could have been worse. She is already planning for the 2019 Christmas season.last_img read more

Former NFL star opens charity chapter in Wilmington

first_imgThe Marty Lyons Foundation fundraiser raffled off autographed memorabilia. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — NFL fans came out to Hell’s Kitchen Sunday afternoon for a special kind of playoff watch party. The Marty Lyons Foundation just opened a new chapter in Wilmington.The foundation helps grant wishes for terminally ill children.- Advertisement – At the event, autographed memorabilia and other prizes were raffled off. The money raised at the event will go to the newly opened chapter.The Co-President shares why the foundation is unique from others.“We also grant second wishes, which is something that a lot of wish organizations don’t do. So basically, you can have your first wish and if, god forbid, you relapse or you get older and you just get sicker, we’re here for you to have a second wish,” said Co-President Lynne D’Eramo.Related Article: Razor burn: Gillette ad stirs online uproarD’Eramo says each wish is about $5,000. She says on Sunday, they hoped to raise enough money for one wish.last_img read more

Wellknown Wilmington area restaurant owner dies

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The founder of a chain of restaurants in the Wilmington area has died.K-38 Baja Grill, Tower 7, and Cafe del Mar posted on social media that founder Josh Vach has died.- Advertisement – They say he loved all his restaurants, helping animals, and supporting the community.The restaurant locations under the Live. Eat. Surf. brand will be open regular business hours to continue Josh’s vision that has been going strong for more than 26 years.last_img

Degiorgio brothers request denied by Court

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img On Tuesday, the Court presided by Magistrate Claire Micallef Stafrace denied the request made by the brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio to authorise a meeting with MEPs David Casa and Ana Gomes.The brothers had made this request last week during the compilation of evidence against them and Vincent Muscat in relation to the case where they stand accused of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017. They had asked the Court to authorise a meeting with the two MEPs with the presence of the foreign media. This led to an objection of this “extraordinary” request from the prosecution and the lawyers representing the parte civile.Casa and Gomes reject Degiorgio brothers’ request for a meetingThe MEPS had given an immediate reaction to the request made by the two brothers who are currently incarcerated at the Malta Prisons in Corradino. Casa and Gomes have also issued a joint press release stating that “it is not up to politicians to negotiate with persons suspected of murder”.last_img read more

Steve Ballmer Sells 13 Billion Worth of Microsoft Shares

first_imgAdvertisement Here is Ballmer’s statement:“Even though this is a personal financial matter, I want to be clear about this to avoid any confusion. I am excited about our new products and the potential for our technology to change people’s lives, and I remain fully committed to Microsoft and its success.”He additionally stated that he intends to sell more shares — up to 75 million — before the end of the year. That means he could potentially sell 25 million more shares of the company. – Advertisement – Perhaps by coincidence, Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates also sold 1 million of shares, worth approximately $27.2 million.Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980, and became Microsoft’s 30th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates. Ballmer loved working at Microsoft. He was initially offered a salary of $50,000 as well as a percentage of ownership of the company. When Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, Ballmer owned 8 percent of the company. He has headed several divisions within Microsoft including “Operating Systems Development”, “Operations”, and “Sales and Support.” In January 2000, he was officially named chief executive officer. As CEO Ballmer handled company finances, however Gates still retained control of the “technological vision.” In 2009, and for the first time ever, he made the opening keynote at CES, since Bill Gates left Microsoft as full-time chairman.Source: mashable.comlast_img read more

Donald Trump will ban the internet and penetrate it to find Isis

first_imgIsis is using the internet better than we are using the internet. Image Credt: ABCNews Advertisement Donald Trump has committed to his plan to ban the internet, and has laid out the details of how he intends to do so.The Republican presidential hopeful said last week that he intended to shut down parts of the internet so that they could no longer be used by children. The technology is being used by Isis to radicalise young people and so be shut down, he claimed, and Mr Trump said that he would speak to Bill Gates about “closing it up”.That plan appears to have been walked back, with Mr Trump only threatening that he would close down certain sections of the internet. He said during a debate between Republican presidential hopefuls that he would simply close “areas where we are war with somebody” so that they can’t “use our internet”. – Advertisement – Mr Trump was pressed on the issue by moderator Wolf Blitzer, who asked: “Are you referring to closing down actual portions of the internet? Some say that would put the US in line with China and North Korea.”“Well look, this is so easy to answer,” Mr Trump said. He once again dismissed criticisms that the plan would threaten freedom of speech, saying: “You talk freedom of speech, you talk freedom of whatever you want, I don’t want them using our internet to take our young impressionable youth”.Mr Trump said that “Isis is using the internet better than we are using the internet, and it was [the US’s] idea”.He then went on to detail a plan that consisted of two parts: getting “brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places” and asking them to shut parts of the internet, and also asking people to “penetrate” it.Mr Trump said last week that the plan would involve getting smart people like Bill Gates to help him close down the internet. He said during the debate that he would look to use “brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places, and figure out a way that Isis cannot do what they’re doing”.Asked whether that meant that he would look to close down parts of the internet, by Wolf Blitzer, Mr Trump committed to the policy.[related-posts]“I would certainly be open to areas where we are at war with somebody,” he said. “I sure as hell don’t want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our internet”.Mr Trump then said that he would also ask the same people to “penetrate the internet”, so that they could “find out exactly where Isis and everything about Isis”.“And we can do that if we use our good people,” he claimed.[The Independent ]last_img read more

UCC Dragged to Court Over Unlawful Social Media Shutdown in 2016 Elections

first_imgAdvertisement The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has been dragged to court together with other government officials and telecommunications operators to answer for cases arising from the social media clampdown during the February 2016 Presidential elections, by a civil society organization – Unwanted Witness.In what they referred to as a matter of National Security, UCC which is the telecommunications regulator ordered to the shutdown of all social media channels including Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter for a period of close to four days.In addition to social media shutdown, all mobile financial services were suspended across the country. – Advertisement – The shutdown, aside from denying citizens right to access information on social media and chance to make mobile money transactions, cost some business entrepreneurs whose major base of operation is on the same platforms.The move was widely criticized by politicians, Civil Society Organisations and the international community although the government insisted that it was done lawfully.Unwanted Witness, a Uganda a civil society organization that seeks to create secure uncensored online platforms for activists would later file a suit challenging the acts of the regulator and the telecommunications operators over the same.Through their lawyers of Rwakafuzi and company Advocates, Unwanted witness seeks that a permanent injunction be issued against UCC and ten other respondents  who include the Attorney General, the chief legal advisor to government and eight telecom companies operating in Uganda.“The shutting down of Social media by the respondents during the presidential, parliamentary and local council elections in February 2016 violated rights of Ugandan citizens and residents to freedon of speech and expression which is guaranteed under article 29 (1) (a) of the constitution of Uganda,” reads part of the notice of motion received by the High Court of Uganda.The organization further says that “the shutdown of mobile money transfer services in the February 2016 elections violated rights of Ugandan citizens and residents to work and to livelihood.” They also ask that costs of the cause be paid by the respondents.[related-posts]According to the notice, the case hearing was supposed to commence on February 3rd 2017 but court stayed the consideration of the amicus curiae application by article 19 in which the organization seeks to become a party to the main application.An Amicus Curiae is someone who is not a party to a case and is not solicited by a party, but who assists a court by offering information that bears on the case. The decision on whether to admit the information lies at the discretion of the court.The case’s stay followed an extension request by UCC, to enable the regulator ample time to scrutinize affidavits that had been submitted to court late by some respondents.The judge gave them until March 17 to finish with whatever they think is requisite in moving the matter before the court and set March 30th as the date to deliver her ruling on amicus curiae application by article 19.PC Tech also understands that the same court set May 22nd 2017 as the date for the Application.last_img read more

Twitterati Not Happy With the New User Interface

first_imgAdvertisement Last year, US-based micro-blogging firm; Twitter Inc. got heat from its users when it changed its algorithm that orders the tweets users see. Users tweeted their dismay when the company rolled out its Moments feature, and when it got rid of its star icon signifying a favorite tweet, in favor of a heart icon, similar to Facebook’s like button.In another case, the San Francisco company on Thursday rolled out a new look; USER INTERFACE (UI) for its Web, Mobile Apps, Twitter Lite, and Tweetdeck that got twitter users hating. Much like some previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it’s still not going over so well with the Twitterati.However, Twitter in its defense, said in its official web blog – “the new design emphasizes simplicity, making it faster and easier to use, with bolder headlines and more intuitive icons.” It also changed users’ profile images from square-shaped to round. – Advertisement – Immediately after the roll out of the update, Tweeps responded by tweeting jokes and memes critical of the changes.According to online reports, there were over 30,000 tweets about the new user interface, within hours of the change, the vast majority of them either complaining about the new look or mocking it. “A popular image was a suddenly round SpongeBob SquarePants”.Welcome to the new #TwitterUI pic.twitter.com/3TW1ZilrT0— Alexander Polinsky (@Alex_Polinsky) June 15, 20172017. Twitter redesign. pic.twitter.com/QNU1zgkioX— Marcos Besteiro (@MarcosBL) June 15, 2017WTF is this Twitter update😷😷— Amy McCann🎀 (@AmyMccann16) June 16, 2017Literally everything about the twitter redesign just makes it uglier— Woko Haram (@Wokieleaksalt) June 15, 2017OK, sure @Twitter, I see how an ugly fucking redesign would be worth more effort than any sort of real attempt to curtail harassment— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 15, 2017New Twitter UI is awful. Can we roll back the chain @jack? Talk to @VitalikButerin if you need an advisor with experience on these matters.— mikeinspace (@mikeinspace) June 16, 2017holy shit.. what happened to @twitter!? someone hacked the UI / UX and it now looks horribly NAF !? pic.twitter.com/GMUCMYkzJB— Dez Blanchfield (@dez_blanchfield) June 16, 2017The redesign is Twitter’s latest attempt to freshen the messaging service, which has struggled to attract new users at the same pace as other social media platforms. Twitter revenue growth has stalled for years, and the company has cut costs and shuffled executives while still never posting a quarter of profit.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 25 FebruaryRACING2.10 LeicesterMy Silver Lilly 16/1 > 10/13.20 CatterickRock A Doodle Doo 11/4 > 7/44.00 LingfieldChantrea 4/1 > 11/10What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

BENS BLOG I cant keep apologising

first_img[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]esterday, Blog, I managed to put my foot in it, and make, yet another, politically incorrect comment in the office. On reviewing this matter, with Star MD, Gaul Wood, he put forward that my comment may have been ‘a bit Jim Davidson’.Silence fell over the call. I didn’t know what to say, Blog. I am simply a life-long soldier of Jim’s.All I could say, was the obvious: But, Gary; I LOVE JIM DAVIDSON.In other news:Why are women so obsessed with whether they have a moustache or not? They OBVIOUSLY haven’t, and never will. One of my favourite words in Spanish, is the word for moustache, it is ‘bigote’ (pronounced ‘big-o-tay’).Today, I am off, with Belindabelle, for ten days in Asturias. This morning though, I was summoned, as I have been SO many times before, to judge very closely if Belinda has a bigote.‘Ben, please check if I have a bigote.’I vaguely looked in her direction and just about expelled a disinterested ‘No, no, you’re fine.’‘NO, BEN. CHECK PROPERLY.’. I then have to rush over, and feign a look of urgency.‘Belinda, I promise, you don’t have a bigote.’Blog, please see below a photo of Belinda.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 20 AugustRACING3.05 YorkMange All 7/1 > 5/1 Fort Bastion 22/1 > 14/13.30 StratfordMacarthur 20/1 > 12/14.20 YorkKoora 9/1 > 11/27.30 LingfieldFast Scat 11/1 > 7/1FOOTBALL8pm BT SPORT EUROPE1/3 Southampton 9/1 FC Midtjylland 4/1 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Roma v Liverpool

first_imgThe Roma ticket office must have been pleased with their sides late two goals at Anfield as a 5-0 first leg deficit would surely have been a hard sell for anything other than the most ardent of Roma fans.There’s now suddenly a squeak of a chance but for Roma to stand any chance they surely have to avoid conceding an away goal and that’s pretty unthinkable in a match that Jurgen Klopp will want to see Liverpool at their rampant best. Liverpool have scored 20 goals in six Champions League away matches this season and I can’t really see them not scoring tonight.Klopp said: “We want to reach the final. It is big,” said Klopp. “I really think we deserve to be here.“We don’t think about how our grandfathers came here and won the European Cup [in 1984].“We don’t need to make it any bigger. We know the history. We just need to do what we do and the boys need to play their football.“If we get the result we need, we deserve to be in the final. But if Roma get through then they deserve it. If you want to win, you have to accept you might lose. You have to be brave. You have to be active.”History needs to repeat itself for Roma. A 3-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico would take them through – just as it did when they stunned the mighty Barcelona in the quarter-final after losing 4-1 in Spain.Roma will be without Roma’s Diego Perotti (ankle) and Kevin Strootman (knock).Roma v LiverpoolUEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport 2HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Liverpool 5-2 RomaMar 2002 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 RomaDec 2001 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Roma 0-0 LiverpoolFeb 2001 UEFA CUP Liverpool 0-1 RomaFeb 2001 UEFA CUP Roma 0-2 LiverpoolMay 1984 EUROPEAN CUP Liverpool 1-1 RomaLiverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Champions League this season (W7 D4) and I can’t see Roma changing that.It’s fair shout there will be goals (over 2.5 is 2/5) and I’ll try some the over options with starsports.betRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS 10 points at evens with starsports.betBACK OVER 4.5 GOALS 7.5 points at 9/4 with starsports.betBACK OVER 5.5 GOALS 5 points at 19/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 121.21 pointslast_img read more