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A disabled comedian and activist signed up by Netw

first_imgA disabled comedian and activist signed up by Network Rail to launch its new access campaign has criticised its chair after discovering that he called on the government to slash funding to make stations more accessible.Francesca Martinez, who has campaigned against government cuts to support for disabled people, was “shocked” when told by Disability News Service (DNS) of the actions taken by Sir Peter Hendy.Martinez had spent much of the day fronting the launch of Network Rail’s Spaces and Places for Everyone campaign, including giving media interviews backing the campaign.But DNS then told her that Sir Peter had recommended in a spending review for the government that nearly £50 million allocated to the Access for All programme should be delayed until 2019 at the earliest.She said: “This is really important to know because if these cuts are carried out then the impact would no doubt outweigh the positives of the Network Rail campaign.“I’m going to write to Network Rail and put this to them. I campaign actively against cuts all the time. This seems to be going contrary to their campaign.”In an email she sent to Sir Peter after learning of the cuts, she said: “As a prominent disability campaigner, I must raise these concerns with you because I believe that the flurry of cuts to welfare, and the austerity measures, are greatly impacting on disabled people and reducing their ability to lead happy, fulfilled lives.“So I am worried that this delayed spending proposal will be part of the trend of eliminating vital services and funds dedicated to improving access and equality.”She told DNS later that she was “deeply concerned” about the recommended cuts, which would mean that “urgently needed accessibility upgrades to our very old rail system will be delayed for years”.She stressed that she had no idea about these cuts when she agreed to front the campaign, and added: “At a time when many disabled people are still unable to use their local stations, this delay will mean further discrimination and negative impact on their lives.“As someone who is passionately committed to fighting austerity and welfare cuts, I know that disabled people are already the hardest hit group in society, and I fully support charities such as Transport for All in their calls for the government to reject this spending delay.”Martinez is best-known among many disabled campaigners for fronting the WOW campaign, which calls on the government to assess the overall impact of its cuts to disabled people’s support.She said she previously had no idea that Sir Peter had recommended that Access for All funding for 2014-19 should be cut from £102 million to £55 million, with the rest carried over to the next spending period, 2019-24.Seven organisations – Transport for All, Inclusion London, Disabled People Against Cuts, Disability Rights UK, RNIB, Muscular Dystrophy UK and the Campaign for Better Transport – wrote to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin in May, calling on him to ignore Sir Peter’s recommendation.Martinez said the Network Rail campaign was about the need to “cater for everyone’s needs from the beginning” and not as “an afterthought”, as has happened in the past.She said the campaign was targeted at the entire rail industry, including the train operating companies which run most stations, and aimed to “help the rest of the industry to follow suit”.She also praised the campaign’s efforts to consult with disabled people around the country to ask them what needed to change.She said: “If we want an equal society, we have got to have a rail network where everyone can access it without fear or worry.“For a lot of [disabled] people there is that kind of rising panic and stress when they approach a journey and that kind of question of, ‘What will happen, will I be met, will something go wrong?’”She added: “It’s all very well having an inclusive environment, but staff training is equally important.“You have got to have staff that are aware and compassionate and patient across the whole industry because I think a lot of issues that some of my disabled friends felt, and myself, is that some of the staff can make you feel like a burden or an annoyance and be reluctant to help you, so in tandem with physical environment you also need to make sure the attitude is there.”A survey for Network Rail found that two-thirds of disabled people use the railway, and of those, a quarter (24 per cent) do not feel that their journey will be easy, and a third (33 per cent) would use it more if it was more accessible.In the Network Rail press release, Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, said: “We know [access for disabled people] hasn’t been good enough in the past, and we need to make it easier for disabled people to plan journeys and travel by rail.“We are committed to changing this, and doing what is necessary to make sure that inclusivity is deeply embedded in our culture.”Picture: Francesca Martinez interviewing Mark Carne for the Network Rail campaignlast_img read more

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ANTHONY Laffranchi said Monday nights clash with

first_imgANTHONY Laffranchi said Monday night’s clash with Wigan was as intense as anything he’s tasted in the NRL.The forward was immense as Saints beat their fierce rivals 22-16 at Langtree Park.“Saints v Wigan matches are always big fixtures and you get up for them,” he said. “It was a big one for our season and a big one to repay the fans too. It was a real boost as we look for a strong end to the season“We started well, treated the ball with respect and completed our sets too. Now we have to build on that. It was as intense as anything in the NRL – it was right down to the wire and a great contest.“You have to give us credit for hanging on in there and showing character. Now we have to prepare for a massive game in Perpignan against the Dragons.”last_img

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NATHAN Brown says the League Leaders Shield is a g

first_imgNATHAN Brown says the League Leaders Shield is a great reward and could signal the start of a successful era for the club.Saints topped the table after the 27 regular rounds and will be formally presented with the trophy this coming Friday.“It’s great reward for this group of the players, the club and the fans,” he said. “Hopefully, this is the start of a lot of trophies for the club over the next five or so years – and one for a young squad that has been put together over the last 12 months.”Saints will be missing Alex Walmsley on Friday as he serves a match ban for a careless high tackle at Huddersfield.That could see a return for Luke Thompson or Greg Richards who have both been in the 19-man squad recently.“We are confident we can do well,” he continued. “We rejigged things five or so weeks ago and are improving now. We are learning what works for us and what doesn’t. We need a lot of commitment and effort from the players – and to be united – to give ourselves the best shot.“Home advantage is a big high for us in the playoffs. Our home form has been good this year but to beat Castleford we will have to be on the top of our game.”Tickets for Friday’s game are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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A SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors for Sundays Cha

first_imgA SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors for Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie with Widnes:MATCH SPONSORS – ViridorViridor are our sponsors for the second time this season and are a business that is all about giving resources new life.Working closely with their customers they can transform waste and use it to produce vital renewable energy, high quality recyclates and raw materials.They operate more than 320 facilities across the UK and you can view more about them here: www.viridor.co.ukMATCH BALL SPONSORS – Merlin PackagingMerlin Packaging are based in Pontefract, Yorkshire and specialise in different types of packaging tailored to your requirements.They are a small family business operating from 23,000 sq ft building within a two-acre site in the heart of West Yorkshire. Their core business is contract packing of confectionery throughout all seasonal terms and they operate with a BRC Global Standard ‘A’ Grade which certifies them to handle food stuffs for high street retailers and multiple grocers. They also pack non food gift packs, cosmetics etc.For further details call Ian on 07990 538 743 or email ian@merlinpackaging.co.ukPROGRAMME SPONSOR – 2Kleen2Kleen are a supplier of St.Helens R.F.C. and specialise in providing high quality cleaning products for all commercial, industrial and domestic cleaning requirements.John Hodkinson can be contacted on 0845 338 1706, 07805 797 632 or email johnh@2kleen.com. www.2kleen.comCORPORATE SPONSOR – The Parcel CentreThe Parcel Centre are proud to offer a full and comprehensive range of services to their customers.They offer a reliable, cost effective service that is bespoke to your needs. They have more than 30 year’s expertise in all areas of freight handling.They realise that their customers each have their own individual needs to be met, and so they understand how important it is to tailor their services accordingly.To enquire further about The Parcel Centre tel: 0800 783 6465 or email info@theparcelcentre.co.ukTHIS WEEK’S FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – Project Toolkit AppSponsors of Mark Percival. Project Toolkit App has been developed especially for the IPad to support the budding or experienced Project Manager.All too often Projects start and both Clients and Contractors fail to protect themselves with right controls in place. At Project Toolkit they have looked to provide you with all you need to protect all party’s interests, including:A Multi use in-App contract that can be tailored to your project needs, potentially saving you both £thousands in contracts and even more in claims.Gantt chart allowing you to plan your schedule simply and share with your clients, suppliers and even allocate tasks to your project team.Cost Management capability to help you keep track of your budget.Red Amber Green performance monitoring to highlight areas of concern on your projectAnd much more!For a full list of functionality please visit their website www.projecttoolkitapp.comlast_img read more

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MAGIC was anything but for Saints as they went dow

first_imgMAGIC was anything but for Saints as they went down 48-20 to Huddersfield in Newcastle.The Giants ran in eight tries as Keiron Cunningham’s men failed to build on a positive start.They found themselves 16-0 down before Matty Dawson went in for his seventh of the season.But the second half went away from them – despite some nice tries – to continue their frustratingly inconsistent form.What was to come was surprising considering how the men from Langtree Park started.In fact, they were probably unlucky not be ahead before the Giants took their chances.Lama Tasi went within inches before Jermaine McGillvary opened the scoring.Ukuma Ta’ai then punished an error at the play the ball and Jamie Ellis crossed for 16-0.Saints worked hard to get back into the game and finally took a chance when Adam Swift showed good hands for Matty Dawson to cross.Luke Walsh adding a very important conversion that made it a ten point game at half time.Within seconds of the second half though, that gap was back at 16 points.McGillvary crossed for his second after some intricate play but the officials missed a very forward pass in the build up.Sam Rapira compounded the misery in the 50th minute before Aaron Murphy scored from a loose pass that came off the boot of Jake Connor.Good hands from Saints saw Jack Owens score his first in the red vee on the hour mark – before a high Walsh bomb forced Scott Grix to knock on … and Fages to dive to the left of the posts.Brough checked the comeback with a penalty in the 67th minute but Saints replied with a try out of the top drawer.It went touchline to touchline on the last tackle, Owens coming off one side to feed Kyle Amor who found Theo Fages.The young stand-off then backed himself, rounded his man and put Swift over in the corner.It might have been a mere consolation in the scheme of things, it showed this side possesses a great amount of skill when they back themselves.Saints were always playing catch up though – and Ryan Hinchcliffe and Kyle Wood capped off the Giants’ performance with a tries in the final stages.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Dawson, Owens, Fages, SwiftGoals: Walsh (2 from 4)Giants:Tries: McGillvary (2), Taai, Ellis, Rapira, Murphy, Hinchcliffe, WoodGoals: Brough (8 from 9)Penalties:Saints: 3Giants: 6HT: 6-16FT: 20-48REF: B ThalerATT: TBCTeams:Saints:23. Shannon McDonnell; 22. Jack Owens, 30. Calvin Wellington, 21. Matty Dawson, 5. Adam Swift; 19. Theo Fages, 7. Luke Walsh; 14. Lama Tasi, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 3. Jordan Turner, 8. Alex Walmsley, 16. Andre Savelio, 28. Morgan Knowles.Giants:  1. Scott Grix; 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 18. Jake Connor, 5. Aaron Murphy; 6. Danny Brough, 7. Jamie Ellis; 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 21. Nathan Mason, 4. Joe Wardle, 17. Ukuma Taai, 12. Michael Lawrence.Subs: 15. Kyle Wood, 16. Sam Rapira, 22. Oliver Roberts, 36. Sebastine Ikahihifo.last_img read more

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Pet Pals Meet Lately

first_img Shelter staff describes Lately as “the whole package” and says she is sweet as pie.Dep. Watson also noted that New Hanover County Animal Services now allows pet owners to pay for their pet registration online.This weekend is also Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, to help find loving homes for animals in need.Related Article: Pet Pals: 13-month-old domestic shorthair cat looking for a homeTo see more animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This week’s Pet Pal is a cat who loves to cuddle and needs a forever home.Meet Lately. She is a 2-year-old domestic shorthair Tabby cat. Lately’s previous owners had to give her up because one of their family members developed asthma. However, they said she is a playful cat who would love to sit on your chest and nap.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Board decides Greene did not meet state requirements of residence to run

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Board of Elections has decided Jody Greene did not meet state requirements of residence to run for office in a 3-2 vote.The case now moves to State Board of Elections.- Advertisement – Testimony in Whiteville Thursday led the Columbus County Board of Elections on a little field trip. The location was Jody Greene’s listed Cerro Gordo home address.Greene’s attorneys asked the board to come visit the two campers that sit on Greene’s Cerro Gordo land.The home of Jody Greene. @WWAY @WatchAmandaTV pic.twitter.com/nLq3CHSWSi— Andrew James (@AndrewJamesWWAY) April 4, 2019Related Article: Trump suggests outlawing prosecutors’ deals with defendantsThere is currently a protest that this is not Greene’s permanent home and that it was not his permanent home a year before the 2018 election.The attorneys for the election protestor say this is how the land looks now, but the argument is what the land looked like in 2017.As of noon, Jody Greene was giving testimony in Whiteville.WWAY’s Andrew James is there and live tweeting from inside in the courtroom.This is day 2 of the evidentary hearing for the case of who is the rightful sheriff in the county. All day witnesses related to the protest of the November election spoke before the Columbus County Board of Elections on Wednesday.We will have more tonight on WWAY news.last_img read more

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Its a girl for Blackie

first_imgDream of Horses Farm is celebrating the arrival of a very special delivery – a new foal born to one of their horses Blackie… and it’s a girl.The farm, which is situated in Wied Ta’ L-Għejun, Xagħra, Gozo, is a sanctuary and safe haven for unwanted horses and other domestic animals. Rescued horses are rehabilitated with great care and dedication and granted a forever loving home at the farm. These animals, in turn, provide endless opportunities for visitors – including children and adults with physical, social and emotional difficulties – in helping them bring back balance and peace into their lives.Congratulations from all of us at Newsbook.com.mt to mummy-horse Blackie!More information about Dream of Horses Farm may be found on their Facebook page.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Watch Government silent on important issues – Delia

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that the government is silent on important issues, while addressing party activists gathered in Valletta. The Nationalist leader claimed that the government adjourned parliament because it does not want to discuss important issues at hand.According to Delia, the Government does not want Partit Nazzjonalista to speak about cancer, saying that the Party will continue its fight against cancer.Delia said that the Maltese families were the foundation of Maltese society, and said that 15 May is dedicated to the families in every shape or form. Delia argued that the families are not a number, saying that one needs to question whether families are benefiting from the wealth being generated.On the quality of workSpeaking about employment, Delia said that while the Government insists on needing more employees, one needs to ensure the work’s quality and the wages. Delia said that in some instances the jobs offered are of low quality and have a miserly pay of €500 a month.During the Partit Nazzjonalista activity on Wednesday, Delia also spoke about the need to address the skills gap. He also mentioned that Malta still has a high rate of early school leavers.The PN leader also spoke about the directive led at an European level by Nationalist MEP David Casa, the Work-Life-Balance directive by which employees will get more days off. He asked whether the government is willing to shoulder the responsibility associated with granting more rights to employees.Delia also touched upon the subject of the gender pay gap, saying that since 2011 until now, the gap has widened rather than closed. He referred to Partit Laburista claims of putting forward a feminist agenda as a government, saying that this was ultimately not true.Video: Facebook / Partit NazzjonalistaRead more from the election campaign:‘Upcoming budget should address circular economy’ – PDPN for the control of advertising of unhealthy productsWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Rwanda Schools to adopt ICTbased learning

first_imgAdvertisement 1,000 teachers are expected to have benefited from the program by June 2012.This was disclosed by Evode Mukama, the Director of ICT at REB, during a town hall meeting yesterday, organised to update the public on the fourth coming International Teachers Day.“We will train teachers on how to integrate ICT in their lessons and also extend  IT skills to their students. Every teacher is called upon to join this programme,” Mukama said. – Advertisement – He further explained to The New Times that “project-based learning approach” will be the main tool extended to teachers, who will in turn guide their students on how to use (ICT) in their studies.“For example, a student may choose to learn about rain, and the teacher will in such a case guide him or her on how to use applications like internet, use of “excel” to record relevant data- which is a bit different from the broad sense of ICT.”The project will be launched on October 31, at the National University of Rwanda with the commencement of a two-week training of trainers (T.O.T) session.The TOT will be attended by 34 primary school teachers and 30 volunteer university students. Mukama underlined that there is no specific IT experience required of the trainees.Source: The New Timeslast_img read more

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Vandals Cut Off Communications At Tanzania State House

first_imgAdvertisement Vandalism of communications equipment in Arusha City of phone cables and connectors cut off landline-based voice and data communications to state House.The Regional Manager for Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL) in Arusha Laibu Leonard who confirmed the incident said that the loss incurred by the company has amounted to almost 1billion (approximately $616,720.00)According to Leonard as many as 41 locations in the region have reported theft cases and up to 2500 of the company’s clients will experience an impact on their communications because of crimes targeted at landline telephone communications infrastructure. – Advertisement – In 2012 TTCL is reported to have lost 951 million (approximately $586,500.720) as a result of vandalism, the amount is equivalent to what the company ought to have accrued through its service to customers. The most infected areas are Kwa-Idd section of Ngaramtoni, Sakina-Azimio, Themi- Njiro and Sanawari. Credit: Daily Newslast_img read more

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Mozilla says it has found a hole it can use to tunnel

first_imgAdvertisement Very soon, you will be able to get the full mozilla experience  on Apple devices.The Mozilla Foundation says it has found a way to sneak its Firefox browser into Apple’s space.The communication was revealed through a brief post “we can’t bring the full Firefox experience and rendering engine to iOS due to the restrictions”. – Advertisement – “The restrictions” probably means Apple’s insistence that only browsers using the WebKit rendering engine baked into iOS are permitted to run on iThings.The foundation says they saw an opportunity with the latest improvements and tools in iOS 8 to begin development of a Firefox experience for iOS”It says  a reference to the WKWebView API gives developers a chance to hook into WebKit.The  development team says it has been working hard on development of this new browser over the past few months and are preparing for a limited Firefox for iOS Beta soon.Previously, Mozilla and the Firefox team have expressed a desire to make sure the browser is available on as many platforms as humanly possible.The browser has been available on Android since 2011.[Via]last_img read more

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Unboxing and Specs of the itel it1516 Plus

first_imgitel it1516. Advertisement Itel it1516 Plus is an entry level focused smartphone just like the Itel it1520, offering users a 5000 mAh battery which I might say can at least offer a long battery life for your mobile use. Itel it1516 Plus comes with a reverse charge feature, meaning it can act as a power bank to charge another mobile device.It features a 5.0-inch IPS Display with a very modest 480 x 854 pixels resolution, a 5MP and 2MP rear and front cameras respectively.Like the Itel 1506, the Itel it1516 Plus runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It comes with 8GB built-in storage with 1GB of RAM, and supports an expandable microSD memory card of up to 32GB.itel it15161 of 13 itel it1516. itel it1516. itel it1516 accessories. itel it1516. itel it1516. itel it1516. itel it1516. (Photo By: Nathan Ernest Olupot) itel it1516 phone cover (front). itel it1516 phone cover (back). itel it1516 adapter extension to charge other devices. itel it1516 earphones. itel it1516 USB and data cable. itel it1516 wall adapter. – Advertisement – Full Specs:Operating SystemAndroid 5.1Network2G: GSM3G: WCDMADimension145.5 x 72.8 x 9.95 mm.ConnectivityWLAN/Bluetooth/GPSProcessorQuad-core 1.2GHz.Display (Resolution)480 x 854 pixels.CameraRear: 5 MP, LED flash. Front: 2 MP.MemoryMicroSD, up to 32 GB. Internal: 8GB, 1GB RAM.Battery Capacity5000 mAh.last_img read more

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Orange Digital Investment Launches a 50 million euros Investment Initiative for startups

first_imgAdvertisement Orange is strengthening its corporate venture strategy by creating a new Africa section in its flagship programme for investment in start-ups, Orange Digital Ventures. As part of this initiative, the Group is committing 50 million euros corresponding to half of the direct investments made via its new Orange Digital Ventures Africa programme; the other half is devoted to indirect investments through specialised funding for Africa.Orange Digital Ventures Africa is the Group’s investment vehicle for early-stage innovation projects in Africa in areas such as new connectivities, FinTech, the Internet of Things, energy and e-health. The objective is to target start-ups offering responses to Africa’s fundamental challenges while leveraging the operator’s assets on the continent. This support will concern all innovative start-ups, whether they are based geographically in Africa or they address African issues from another continent.A dedicated team based in Dakar will be set up next September for the programme in order to respond to the start-ups’ need for responsiveness and simplicity. This new initiative underlines Orange’s commitment in Africa, a growth territory where currently nearly one of every ten inhabitants is an Orange customer, and its determination to always be a cutting-edge player in digital ecosystems. – Advertisement – It supports Orange’s existing open innovation initiatives in Africa, such as the Orange Fabs in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Senegal and BIG in Jordan to facilitate partnerships with the start-ups; the network of partner incubators such as CTIC in Dakar; the availability of Orange APIs on the continent; and the Orange Social Venture Prize recognising social entrepreneurs in Africa.Pierre Louette, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Orange and Chairman of Orange Digital Ventures, commented: “Since the beginning of Orange Digital Ventures, the new services and business models in Africa have been one of the priority investment themes of our corporate venture business. With this announcement, we are engaging a bit further alongside the African digital ecosystem, which like everywhere else and maybe even more than elsewhere carries with it a development challenge.”The start-ups may contact the Orange Digital Ventures Africa team via the website http://DigitalVentures.orange.com.Distributed by APO on behalf of Orange.[related-posts]last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [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.Monday 9 MarchRACING2.10 StratfordNew Street 4/1 > 5/22.40 StratfordRear Admiral 13/8 > 11/103.20 TauntonMay Be Some Time 4/1 > 9/43.30 PlumptonNoble Friend 100/30 > 13/84.40 StratfordWilliam H Bonney 4/1 > 5/2FOOTBALL7.45pm BBC1FA Cup Quarter Final6/4 Man U 15/8 Arsenal 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img

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BENS BLOG Grafters Galore

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t will delight the dreaded Punters & Staff, to hear that I have spent much of my time, walking around with what looks like a giant condom, peeled over my head. This, however, The P & S, has been because I have been assisting in the kitchen. Don’t worry about me! YOU JUST WORRY ABOUT YOURSELVES!!In other news:I think that, along with Mildenhall Dogs and Oslo Court (restaurant), I have found my joint favourite place on Earth: China Town in Lima. Grafters Galore, my dear Blog! Non stop action and entrepreneurial spirit all around. My favourite movers and groovers though, are the blind people, who sit on street corners, with a microphone, and sing like buskers. They have fantastic voices and would fit right in, in Jersey Boys! In Lima, they’re not point-scoring or concerned with what others are doing, THEY JUST WANT TO GET THEIR HANDS ON A FEW QUID!!Over and out, B x ​last_img read more

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Cells skeleton is never still

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/11/1124_TUBULE-2-WEB.jpgRice University researchers Anatoly Kolomeisky, left, and Xin Li are studying the life spans of microtubules, essential elements of living cells’ cytoskeletons, to understand how and why the microtubules rapidly grow and shrink as they edge their way toward stability. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduCell’s skeleton is never stillRice University scientists model dynamic instability of microtubules HOUSTON – (Nov. 24, 2014) – New computer models that show how microtubules age are the first to match experimental results and help explain the dynamic processes behind an essential component of every living cell, according to Rice University scientists.The results could help scientists fine-tune medications that manipulate microtubules to treat cancer and other diseases. Rice theoretical biophysicist Anatoly Kolomeisky and postdoctoral researcher Xin Li reported their results in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B.Microtubules are cylinders made of 13 protein strands and are one of several components of a cell’s cytoskeleton. Motor proteins walk along these bundles to deliver cargoes to various parts of a cell and to discard trash. Microtubules also play a part in cell division, movement and signaling.Cells constantly build, destroy and rebuild these cylinders and reuse the molecular blocks like Legos. “One of the most interesting phenomena associated with microtubules is this dynamic instability,” Kolomeisky said. “When you look at them in cells or in vitro, they grow and grow, and suddenly start to shrink without any change in the external conditions. Then suddenly, they start to grow again.”This instability is essential to cellular processes. “If the cell stabilizes, it dies,” said Kolomeisky, a professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice. In fact, he said, the goal of many drugs that target microtubules aim to stabilize growth so a cell stops functioning before it can reproduce. That’s important in the fight against cancer, he said.Microtubules are considered stationary when caps form to prevent them from disassembling. “The important thing we realized is that the microtubule’s dynamics — how and when it approaches a stationary state — could depend on initial conditions,” Kolomeisky said. “If you start from a very long polymer seed, it will take longer to reach a stationary state than if you start with a very short seed.”The seeds form in the cell’s microtubule-organizing center, the centrosome. Microtubule strands assemble from subunits of alpha and beta tubulin proteins that form dimers. These dimers each bind two molecules of guanosine triphosphate (GTP). Beta tubulins can selectively (and reversibly) allow GTP to hydrolyze; they take on water to become guanosine diphosphate (GDP).While reaching for their stationary state, which can take as little as 10 seconds, microtubules are in constant flux – either in a state of “catastrophe” (shrinking) or “rescue” (growing) – until they are capped.Dimers with GDP easily fall away from the strand, but can’t pop out of the middle. So when GTP molecules at the growing end fail to hydrolyze, they effectively cap the strand. GTP “islands” in the middle can also stop a catastrophe in progress and allow the strand to start growing again. The researchers’ models of single microtubule filaments were able to predict when and how unhydrolyzed islands of subunits form.The researchers looked at seeds that have either all GTP or all GDP subunits and found each strongly influences all phases of microtubule growth. They determined that where a seed contained only GTP subunits, all possible subunit configurations came into existence during the growing phase and the rate of catastrophes increased with time, as seen in experiments. The opposite was true for seeds with GDP subunits, for which the catastrophe rate started large and decreased over time.The research is the first reported product of a program introduced by Kolomeisky and Li earlier this year to analyze the cytoskeleton, including actin and other fibers, from the molecular level up to discover the mechanisms that dictate its behavior.Microtubules, which can be stable for minutes or even hours, were a good first target, Kolomeisky said, because many experimentalists saw their growth, stability and dissolution as a one-way process and were hard-pressed to explain signs of shrinking along the way.He said most theoretical investigations of microtubules have only looked at their stationary states, or assumed the breakdown of a microtubule happened all at once. “A proper description of these phenomena must take time into account,” he said. “You start from a small polymer seed and see how it grows. That’s what we did, and it’s given us the first theoretical paper to provide a fully dynamic description of how microtubules grow.”The Welch Foundation, the National Science Foundation and Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp507206fFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Kolomeisky Research Group: http://python.rice.edu/~kolomeisky/Center for Theoretical Biological Physics: http://ctbp.rice.eduImages for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/11/1124_TUBULE-3-WEB.jpgRice University scientists are using custom software to help explain the dynamic instability seen at all times in microtubules, essential elements of a cell’s cytoskeleton. The individual elements are protein dimers attached to either guanosine triphosphate (GTP) in red or guanosine diphosphate (GDP) in blue. Clusters of GTP-binding molecules serve as caps that slow or stop microtubules from dissolving. (Credit: Xin Li/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/11/1124_TUBULE-1-WEB.jpgA microscopic image of fluorescent endothelial cells shows a network of microtubules in green. Microtubule growth and aging are the topic of new theoretical research at Rice University. (Credit: Wikipedia)last_img read more

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No GMAT Check Out Some of Our Favorites Schools that Offer Waivers

first_imgNo GMAT? Check Out Some of Our Favorites Schools that Offer Waivers regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC The Rutgers Business School offers MBA students to forego the GMAT or GRE if they have eight or more years of professional experience and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students with a Master’s degree and at least five years of full-time work experience may also apply without taking the GMAT. La Salle University has several possibilities for students who have not taken the GMAT. Potential MBAs can obtain a waiver if they have graduated from an AACSB-accredited school with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2; a minimum GPA of 3.0; and three years of work experience. La Salle’s MBA program director evaluates each applicant’s work experience to determine whether the waiver may be granted.Applicants with a CPA license or a CFA Charter may also apply without the GMAT, as may those with a Ph.D. or a Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for applicants with a Master’s degree.LaSalle also has a ‘qualified admission’ option in which a student with two years’ work experience and a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited school can waive the GMAT requirement. Qualified students may take up to four MBA courses, and with an overall GPA of 3.3, will not be required to take the GMAT. ‘Conditional Acceptance’ is also an option, in which a limited number of students are admitted for one semester, but then must take the test in order to remain enrolled and gain financial aid eligibility.University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics gives waivers to MBA students if they possess a terminal degree (Ph.D., MD, or JD, for example) or if they have four or more years of professional experience at the full-time level. Other conditions under which a student may apply with no GMAT are a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8; a minimum grade of ‘B’ in two non-introductory level statistics or calculus courses; and an acceptable level of writing ability and English proficiency.Lerner also grants exceptions to the GMAT requirement for undergraduates of the school who have fewer of four years of work experience and a GPA of 3.0 or higher, in addition to ‘B’ grades or better in 200 level statistics or math courses.The Pace University Lubin School of Business MBA admissions board considers waivers of GMAT scores for students with a 3.2 GPA or above for all undergraduate coursework. For those applying to the one year fast track MBA in Financial Management or Marketing Management, applicants need a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above and a B grade or better in all undergraduate business courses.Babson College’s F.W. Olin College of Business offers GMAT waivers to all applicants to the Blended Learning MBA program, as students applying to this track are required to have extensive work experience. Additionally, those applying to Babson’s evening MBA do not have to submit GMAT scores in certain circumstances, such as a grade of ‘B’ or better in two or more quantitative undergrad and/or graduate courses or exhibited quantitative and analytic skills in a work setting.Babson evening MBA applicants who have a professional certificate with a quantitative focus such as a CPA or CFA may also apply without taking the GMAT. Other instances in which evening MBAs may apply without the test are a 3.0 GPA or greater throughout their undergrad degrees, a prior degree from Babson, or completion of Babson’s Certificate in Advanced Management (CAM) program.The GMAT requirement may also be waived at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business if an applicant meets some specific criteria. With a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university along with five years of work experience, a student may petition for a waiver. Work experience must include both management and quantitative responsibilities.Like other programs mentioned above, the GMAT may not be required if a student already has a PhD, JD or MD, or a Master’s degree in finance. An LSAT score of 160 or higher along with an undergraduate degree, or completion of all parts of the PE exam may also exempt an applicant from the GMAT requirement.Students applying to the part-time MBA program who have attended DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business for their undergraduate work may receive a waiver with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and at least two years of work experience.Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Business allows students who have taken the CPA exam to request a waiver, and also those who have taken the first level of either the CFA or the FRM exams. Second semester seniors and undergraduate business students applying for an MBA may waive the GMAT with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or greater.Students with work experience and certain GPA requirements may waive the GMAT; those who have worked for two years in a relevant position with an average grade point of 3.4 may request a waiver, as can those who have four years of work experience and a 3.3 GPA. With six years of work experience and at least a 3.2 GPA, an applicant may also waive the submission.Law school graduates (from ABA approved schools), along with MSA, MSF, MSBA or MST from an AACSB approved institution are eligible for waivers. Sawyer allows MBA applicants who are in their second senior semester of undergraduate music management at Berklee College to request a GMAT waiver as well, provided the student maintains a 3.3 minimum GPA. Recent Berklee graduates may also request exemption from the GMAT requirement.Golden Gate University’s Edward S. Ageno School of Business has several options for students who wish to apply without the GMAT. Those with a Master’s degree or higher from any accredited US institution may be exempt, along with any applicant with a 3.5 GPA or greater during undergraduate studies. Applicants with a CPA or other professional license may also petition for the waiver.Any applicant with proven work experience of five years or more and/or management experience are eligible to waive the submission with approval from the Dean.At UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, applicants with a CPA or CFA license are eligible for waivers, as are those with a Master’s or Ph.D. in a technical field. Kenan-Flagler does not list minimum GPA requirements for eligibility, and professional experience is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.It’s also important to note that Executive MBA programs typically offer GMAT waivers. However, applicants usually possess extensive management experience before enrolling. RelatedNo GMAT, No Problem: How These Schools Help MBA ApplicantsThere’s little joy in agonizing over less-than-stellar GMAT scores, wringing your sweaty hands over a looming GMAT appointment, and/or simply trying to sidestep the standardized nightmare, full stop. Slow down! Go easy on yourself! For starters, there are plenty of schools that offer GMAT/GRE waivers or weigh other parts of…October 19, 2017In “Admissions Tips”New York City MBA Programs Without GRE or GMAT RequirementsIt’s not a coincidence that many MBA programs offer flexible options for earning your degree: Such degree programs understand that most business students are already working professionals with busy schedules. Nonetheless, submission of GMAT/GRE scores is frequently a requirement to apply for an MBA program. The number of hours and…September 1, 2016In “News”No GMAT/GRE Required at These Houston MBA ProgramsThere’s a lot of work that goes into your MBA application. Not only do you have to write individual essays for each school and tailor your resume, but you also have to get letters of recommendation and perform well in an interview. And for those bad test-takers, there’s one other…December 5, 2016In “Admissions Tips” Last Updated Nov 27, 2018 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella Applying to MBA programs can be a labor intensive and overwhelming task, and one may wonder how necessary it is to add the GMAT to an already lengthy to-do list. It’s important to note that the GMAT helps admissions boards to efficiently gauge a student’s overall readiness for the MBA in comparison to other applicants, regardless of the rigor of their undergraduate work. Also, b-schools use the average GMAT of successful applicants in order to bolster their rankings in certain publications. Some programs do, however, accept GMAT waivers.Here is a look at some top schools that do not require GMAT scores, along with a summary of their waiver requirements.last_img read more

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Obama Reveals How Daughters Reacted to Trump Victory

first_img US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   President Barack Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Obama Reveals How Daughters Reacted to Trump Victory By The Associated Press January 18, 2017 Updated: January 19, 2017 Share this articlecenter_img Share President Barack Obama says his daughters do not intend to pursue a future in politics—thanks to the influence of his wife, Michelle.But he says the girls “could not help but be patriotic” given the environment where they have grown up.During Obama’s eight years in office, the first lady became one of the most sought-after Democratic surrogates. But she detests politics and repeatedly has said she will never run for public office.Obama says his daughters—18-year-old Malia and 15-year-old Sasha—were disappointed in the outcome of the presidential election. Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, who had been Obama’s secretary of state.He says he and his wife try to teach their daughters resilience.President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia (L) and Sasha, in the background at right, orders a treat at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia (L) and Sasha, in the background at right, orders a treat at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) The president says, “They don’t mope.”Meanwhile, Obama says that claims of voter fraud in the U.S. elections are “fake news,” and that the U.S. is the only democracy that makes it harder for its citizens to vote.Related CoverageTrump Asks Some 50 Senior Obama Appointees to Stay OnObama referred in his final presidential news conference to election fraud claims repeatedly raised by Donald Trump during his campaign. He didn’t use is successor’s name, but said claims of voter fraud have been “disproved.”Obama says there is an “ugly history” behind restrictive voting that traces back to the era of slavery.Obama also warned that many Trump voters also feel disenfranchised. He says those people feel forgotten, looked down upon or fear that their children don’t have the same opportunities as other Americans. Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Owner of Limo Company in Fatal Crash Was Arrested Convicted Before Report

first_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Owner of Limo Company in Fatal Crash Was Arrested, Convicted Before: Report By Jack Phillips October 11, 2018 Updated: October 11, 2018 An operator of the limousine company involved in a fatal crash over the weekend in Upstate New York had previous run-ins with the law, according to a report. Twenty people died in the collision.Nauman Hussain, 28, was arrested and charged with negligent homicide in connection with the crash. He pleaded not guilty on Oct. 10, CBS News reported. He could face four years in prison.Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery said Hussain was stopped in Albany, and he had packed bags with him.In 2014, CBS reported, he was convicted of trying to switch his identity with his brother who was driving with a suspended license.Hussain’s father, who owns the limousine company Prestige Limo, is out of the country.New York State police superintendent George Beach said that a 2001 Ford Excursion limo involved in the crash on Oct. 6, violated a number of safety regulations. Emergency personnel respond to the limousine crash Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly crash in Schoharie, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 2018. (WTEN via AP)“The sole responsibility for that motor vehicle being on the road on Saturday rests with Nauman Hussain,” Beach told CBS. “That vehicle was placed out of service by the Department of Transportation in September of this year and should not have been on the road.”The limo, namely, had issues with its brakes, according to a federal agency. Four of Prestige Limo’s vehicles had 22 maintenance violations, according to CBS. Show Discussion US News center_img A family mourns four sisters killed in tragic limo crash https://t.co/jJApQjGYlG pic.twitter.com/ilQKk26PsO— New York Post (@nypost) October 8, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article Hussain left a courthouse in Schoharie County after making a $150,000 bond payment. His lawyer insisted that he’s innocent.“My client. Not guilty. Does not want sympathy or pity from anybody. He understands that this is the process and it has to take place but certainly he was shaken by what’s happened,” attorney Lee Kindlon said.Wife of Driver Speaks OutScott Lisinicchia, the driver of the limo who died, was stopped in August 2018 for allegedly not having the right license to operate the vehicle. His widow, however, said that he was an experienced driver.“He trusted in what the limo company said, that the cars were alright….there were a few times where he told me… ‘I’m not going to drive this like this, you need to give me another car.’ He cared about who he drove,” she told CBS.In the crash, the limo had 17 passengers on board bound for a party at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. Everyone inside the limo and two people standing outside the Apple Barrel County Store died after the limo ran through a stop sign, hit a car, and slammed into an embankment.The attorney said that the owner, Shahed Hussain, controls the daily operations and “runs the company.” He’s currently living in Pakistan, but he would return if asked by law enforcement, according to the Albany Times-Union.Kindlon said his client had to change his phone number three times due to death threats.“This is something that I’ve fought for,” Kindlon said, adding that he served in the U.S. Marines for 18 years. “So all these people who want to lob death threats from afar just because my clients may be Muslim-American or just because 20 people are dead today, I want to look at you directly and say, ‘That’s disgusting! How dare you!’ That is not the way that we are supposed to act in a civilized society.”He added of his client: “He is terrified. He hasn’t eaten in three days. He hasn’t slept in three days. He’s got 20 souls who were here a week ago, aren’t here today and he’s got the eyes of the world looking at him because they want someone to blame.” last_img read more

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