Disabled campaigners have criticised the decision

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first_imgDisabled campaigners have criticised the decision to award an OBE to the senior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servant responsible for delivering the much-criticised Access to Work (AtW) scheme.Rilesh Jadeja, AtW’s national delivery manager, was recognised in the latest new year’s honours “for services to people with disabilities”, just two months after new research found the future of the scheme was in jeopardy because of “bureaucratic incompetence” and a cost-cutting drive to reduce people’s support packages.The research, commissioned by Inclusion London, said that “shocking levels of delay, error, and the de-skilling of staff” within AtW were putting Deaf and disabled people’s jobs at risk.AtW provides disabled people with funding to pay for some of the extra disability-related expenses they face at work – including travel, personal assistants or the use of BSL interpreters – reducing the costs organisations meet when taking on disabled employees.The Inclusion London report said the scheme was “a cornerstone of the movement for equality and civil rights for Deaf and disabled people in the UK” but had been “beset with so much bureaucratic incompetence and obstructionism in recent years that, in many respects, Access to Work is no longer fit for purpose”.Jadeja’s award also came only three weeks after a Deaf chief executive launched a legal case against DWP over the “discriminatory” cap it has imposed on the amount of support available through AtW.The cap was introduced for new AtW claimants in 2015 and is due to affect existing claimants from April.Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “This award is as farcical as the DWP twitter asking about what DWP has done for claimants over the last 12months*.“Given the many serious issues outstanding with cuts to Access to Work funding, which have seriously disadvantaged many disabled people and actively prevented them accessing employment, it can only be described as a further slap in the face.“It does of course show just how meaningless such awards actually are.”Nicky Evans and Geraldine O’Halloran, from the StopChanges2AtW campaign, said: “SC2AtW strongly condemn the whole system of rewarding someone who has been paid to do a job an additional award which is not based on any achievement, and to make matters worse, under the guise of services to disabled people.“Services have, under this government, got progressively worse for Deaf and disabled people.“We would have preferred to be saying ‘well done’ to DWP for delivering a fully supported Access to Work service to Deaf and disabled employees. “Instead we have record number of Deaf and disabled people experiencing cuts to budgets and this is impacting on their ability to get on with their job. The government continue to ignore our plight.”Asked how DWP justified recommending Jadeja for the award, a DWP spokesman said: “Honours – like this one given to Mr Jadeja – are awarded to individuals on merit for their own exceptional achievement or service.“It’s important to note that honours are backed by independent honours committees.”*DWP’s Twitter feed drew hundreds of angry and critical responses when it announced last week that it was “looking back at some of our highlights of 2017”, with many disabled people pointing to its failure to point out that it had been heavily criticised by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities over its record.last_img read more

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The government has taken a small step towards addr

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first_imgThe government has taken a small step towards addressing the discrimination faced by service-users with complex healthcare needs who risk being forced into institutions.Last month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) wrote to 13 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as the first step in a potential judicial review of their policies on long-term NHS funding for care outside hospital, known as NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC).But the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) now appears to have quietly altered key guidance on NHS CHC, making it harder for CCGs to continue to discriminate against disabled people receiving such funding.Concerns about the policies of more than 40 CCGs were first raised in January 2017 by Fleur Perry (pictured), herself a recipient of NHS continuing healthcare.Her research showed that many CCGs had drawn up policies suggesting they would move disabled people eligible for NHS CHC out of their homes and into institutions against their wishes, even if the cost of a homecare package was only slightly more expensive than residential care.These concerns were subsequently taken on by EHRC, which believes that “blanket” policies that have imposed “arbitrary” caps on funding and fail to consider the specific needs of individual patients are “a serious breach” of the Human Rights Act, the CCGs’ public sector equality duty and DHSC’s own NHS CHC framework.But Perry has now spotted that DHSC has made a minor, but significant, change to its framework document, which is due to come into effect in October and is the first new version for six years.In the new version, DHSC warns CCGs that while they can “take comparative costs and value for money into account, they must not set arbitrary limits on care at home packages based purely on the notional costs of caring for an individual in a home, if this does not represent a personalised approach or an accurate appraisal of the cost of meeting the assessed needs of the individual concerned”.There was no mention of arbitrary limits in the 2012 edition of the guidance.Imposing such “arbitrary limits” is “incompatible” with the principle of personal health budgets, which were “developed to enable people to live independently, work or participate in society”, says DHSC in the new version of the guidance.Perry said the change to the framework represented progress although it fails to address all her concerns and is “not a solution”.She said: “It’s great that arbitrary cost-caps are not supported by the new national framework.“However, this does not prevent care at home costs being effectively capped at the cost of a local care home by some CCGs.“It does not prevent a person being moved away from their home on the sole basis of small differences in cost. This is a step forward, but not a solution.”An EHRC spokeswoman said: “It is encouraging to see that the Department of Health and Social Care recognise the importance of an individual’s circumstances when arranging care packages.“We hope that CCGs take note and amend their NHS Continuing Healthcare policies accordingly.“Removing arbitrary caps on funding for NHS CHC will go a long way to improving many disabled people’s ability to live independently.”A DHSC spokeswoman said: “We have updated the national framework to ensure the process for accessing funding is clearer so people with the highest and most complex health and care needs get the care they deserve.”The department believes the change makes it clear that the starting point for agreeing a NHS Continuing Healthcare care package and the setting where services are to be provided should be the individual’s preferences.But it believes this is not a major departure from the 2012 guidance, which also highlights the importance of an individual’s preferences.last_img read more

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July 31, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Community | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_img“Back Onside” is an exciting project for men aged 35-64 who haven’t exercised for a while and are looking to have fun and get fit.Come and train with current and past players to help build your strength, stamina and fitness like other like minded men here at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Sessions will be held every Wednesday at the home of the Saints. To book onto “Back Onside” or for more information about the project please contact chris.chamberlain@saintsrlfc.comlast_img

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Plantation Village honors its veterans with special luncheon

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first_img About 90 vets live at the senior living community in Porters Neck, 25 of which served during World War II.“I was in the Pacific Ocean. Submarine service. We went out north of Manila to a base in Olongapo. Very lucky to be in the Navy, I think, and lucky to survive too with the way things went out there,” said World War II veteran Emerson Foote.In addition to a catered lunch, the vets enjoyed music from the Second Division Marine Corps Brass Quintet.Related Article: Vet gets surprise after large donation to Florence victims“What we like to do is bring ’em out to celebrate, because the service and the sacrifice that they have done for this country is very important to us. We don’t want them to ever feel like they’re not appreciated,” said Plantation Village marketing coordinator Becky Grogan.Active duty Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune were on hand to greet and assist their older counterparts.“My father’s a World War II veteran, and I have a 14-year-old son and I look at these young people who are serving us right now and I just, I can’t tell them how grateful I feel that they do that,” said Grogan.It warmed the hearts of the vets to be the center of attention on this special day.“It’s a tremendous honor to be honored by so many people, and I’m glad I’m part of it,” said Foote.This was the third year that Plantation Village has held this event for their veterans.Everyone is invited to downtown Wilmington Saturday for the first Southeastern North Carolina Veterans Parade down Front Street at 9:30 a.m. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Each November, our country celebrates the people who have served and protected us in the military.Friday, Plantation Village honored the veterans among its residents with a special luncheon on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Sheriffs Office School bus shooting was accidental

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first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has determined that the person who shot a school bus in Bolivia was a child and that it was an accident.It happened on Thursday on Candlewood Court around 4:00 p.m.- Advertisement – Investigators say 44 children and the driver were on the bus when a BB or pellet hit the window on the bus and injured a child.EMS treated the child for the minor injury, investigators say.This is the second time a Brunswick County school bus was hit by a BB gun. The last time it happened was in January, also in Bolivia.Related Article: Soldier dies in skydiving accident at Brunswick airportIn that case, it was also determined that a neighborhood child accidentally fired the shot. No one got hurt in that shooting.last_img

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Service dog honors fallen New Hanover Firefighter

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first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Terri Smith and William Heath are two people who now share one connection a golden retriever.“He just gives me lots of confidence and we’re a team and we’re inseparable,” Terri Smith said.- Advertisement – “This dog has absolutely taken on so many of the likenesses of my brother,” William Heath said.Heath is a golden retriever named after Captain David Heath, a New Hanover County Fire Captain, who died in 2013 during a training exercise. Heath has been training to become Terri’s service dog. David’s brother, William showed up at Paws4People with a surprise: a black vest which means Heath can now go home with Terri.“I still didn’t understand,” Smith said. “I’m thinking, ‘okay this is just symbolic, this is just going through the motions here. Still got a test tomorrow.’ Then when Cece told me I tested yesterday, I just can’t tell you how much that means.”Related Article: New service dogs celebrated at paws4people graduation ceremonyWilliam says he sees his brother in this dog. Not just in how he acts, but also in his commitment to service.“This is just an extension of my brother,” Heath said. “This is him continuing on what he started out doing 35 years ago.”It’s a bond that now links two people.“She’ll be in my family for the rest of my life,” Heath said. “She’ll be part of the Heath family for the rest of her life. That will never change.”Smith has one thing to say to the man whose legacy will live on trough her service dog.“Thank you for being who you were and touching so many lives and still continuing to touch lives even though you are in heaven,” Smith said. “I hope this boy carries on his legacy as he would want.”Smith says she is planning to take Heath to the fire department to give back to the firefighters who helped her.last_img read more

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Wilmington woman opens store featuring merchandise by human trafficking survivors

July 30, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Wilmington woman opens store featuring merchandise by human trafficking survivors | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_img Clair Beaver wanted to take her advocacy a step farther than making financial contributions to organizations.Earlier this month she opened Set Free, a store in downtown Wilmington. The merchandise includes clothing and knick knacks made by survivors who have been rescued from trafficking.One of her goals is to include survivors from as many countries as possible all over the world.Related Article: Flowers tossed into river in honor of child abuse prevention“We really hope that we can find products that we think would be more marketable,” Beaver said. “Then, actually work with those organizations or those nations and actually take products to them and say, ‘Can you produce this for us?’ and actually provide more economic opportunities in those nations.”Set Free sells products made by workers from 11 different nations. Beaver is interested in including work from local survivors as well. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Women and men who have been rescued from human trafficking often have a hard time getting back on their feet.A Wilmington woman says she has always been an advocate of fighting this.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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We need to recognise Daphnes good work – David Agius

July 30, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on We need to recognise Daphnes good work – David Agius | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) deputy leader and MP David Agius said that Daphne Caruana Galizia did well in uncovering the corruption and to write “it as it is” during an interview on Follow-Up transmitted on RTK103FM.Whilst being interviewed by Fr Joe Borg, David Agius said that he and Edwin Vassallo had never maligned each other during their campaign for the deputy leadership of the party. He also said when Daphne Caruana Galiza was assassinated in such a brutal way he used his page on the party’s paper In-Nazzjon to pay tribute to her even though there were times where she wrote ill of him. He never felt that he had to retaliate as he appreciates everyone.“Let us move forward”David Agius feels that the PN needs to move forward on the Daphne Caruana Galizia issue. When asked about the attitude that the PN should adopt in relation to Daphne Caruana Galizia, Agius said that there were times when he agreed and others where he did not agree with what the assassinated journalist and blogger wrote, but believes that everyone needs to move forward.When asked how, can things move forward, the PN deputy leader said for starters the party needs to acknowledge the good work that she did and take no notice of issues that created dissent.  He said that the party needs to take the higher road, and believes that her commemorations should continue, PN members should attend and that the organisers should welcome everyone with open arms.Aguis also believes that the party needs to make a symbolic deed to show positive progress on all the whole issue“Could you share your ideas on Daphne?”When Fr Joe Borg asked the PN deputy leader to share his ideas on Daphne, the MP replied that as much as he would like, he prefers to confer with the party first.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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EU Health Ministers to celebrate 2nd anniversary of Valletta Declaration

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first_imgPersonlized medicine promises individually tailored healthcarePersonlized medicine promises individually tailored healthcare Health Ministers and various medical representatives from across Europe, are coming to Malta  next month, to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Valletta Declaration.Exactly two years ago, Minister for Health Chris Fearne ratified agreement with a number of European Union countries on working together towards ensuring access to medicine and new treatments for European citizens. The Valletta Technical Committee will be meeting for the 8th time.The countries involved in this Declaration included; Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Malta.It is expected that the upcoming meeting on July 11th and 12th will help reaffirm their support for this cause and assess the progress of the last two years.Read More:Valletta Declaration, first steps on EU plans for Mediterranean SeaWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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5 Free iOS apps that you shouldnt miss

July 29, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on 5 Free iOS apps that you shouldnt miss | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_imgApps you shouldn’t miss . Image Credit: Time Advertisement With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps.Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes a retro take on a classic game, an update to Giphy’s GIF creation app and a social collage app.Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can’t-miss apps. – Advertisement – Drop Messages Drop Messages allows you to leave photos at locations you visit IRL that your social media followers will see when they are nearby. The app will also alert you if any of your followers are in the same area when you post a new photo and you can browse photos posted to the locations around you. The latest update to the app added the ability to follow specific locations and 3D Touch capabilities for iPhone 6S users.Giphy CamGiphy, the popular resource for finding and sharing GIF .Image Credit: Tech CrunchGiphy’s GIF-making app got one of its first major updates this week. The update adds a suite of new effects and the ability to layer multiple effects and import images and video from your Camera Roll.[related-posts]Picpal Picpal, which combines self collages and chatting, was updated this week to make collages more conversational. Launch the app, invite friends and add a selfie and status update to the collage. With the latest update you can change your status and photo at any time throughout the day and the friends you’ve shared it with will see the changes in real-time.Red Dot Camera FreeLifelike Apps released a free version of its camera app that aims to bring manual camera controls to the iPhone. Image Credit: Flip BoardLifelike Apps released a free version of its camera app that aims to bring manual camera controls to the iPhone. Like the company’s $2.99 premium version, the free app offers manual focusing, shutter speed and ISO controls, along with the feature meant to mimic the Leica M camera series. Photos taken with the free version include a watermark so users can have a chance to try the paid app’s features for free.Silly Snake A new take on the retro classic, Silly Snake looks a lot like the classic Snake game but with one important twist: you only have a few seconds to capture your next fruit. When time runs out, the game restarts.[Mashable]last_img read more

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Editors Pick Awesome Tech Gadgets Worth Buying

July 29, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Editors Pick Awesome Tech Gadgets Worth Buying | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_imgNew Wireless Bluetooth V2.1+ EDR Sport Sunglasses Headset Headphone Hands-Free. Image Credit: Ebay Advertisement In this era, we look to own some cool looking gadgets, from having the latest smartphones to VR Headsets, Bluetooth headsets and speakers to laptops to DSLR cameras to tripods, and so forth. Some have reached an extent of not knowing what to have. We’ve listed a few tech-gadgets that are worth buying via the Kilimall Uganda store. Not expensive and not bad.1. Wireless Bluetooth Polarized Sport Sunglasses Headset Headphone Priced at 102,000 UGX, this gadget is totally awesome to everyone, most especially the sports men and women. There are various gadgets sports men and women can use, but on our Editor’s pick, we decided to go with the Sport Sunglasses Headset Headphone. The gadget doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for sports only, you can as well use it when you are driving, riding you bike, taking a walk, or mountain climbing.It helps protect your eyes from strong sunlight, and at the same time it can connect to you phone; so your in position to take your calls, or listen to your beautiful songs, leaving you to concentrate on whatever you might be doing at the moment. – Advertisement – Features: It can be fully used for around 4 hours when it’s fully charged, voice control, low power prompt, fast keys like volume buttons, answer & reject buttons, and so forth.This sort of gadget is efficient, and convenient with a Smart Voice Control.2. The Infinix HOT 4 Lite Last year a head of Kilimall Uganda’s Black Friday, the online marketplace partnered with global mobile phone manufacturers; Infinix Mobility to launch Infinix Note 3 and Hot 4 in the Ugandan market, selling them at a discount of 70%, under the campaign that was dubbed #ItsABigDeal.At PC Tech, we managed to have reviews for the phablets; the Infinix Hot 4 – A Balance between Price and quality, while the Infinix Note 3 phablet was reviewed as big and powerful priced at 519,000 UGX and 359,000 UGX respectively. However, the Infinix firms brings a new phablet to Kilimall Uganda stores, the Inifinix Hot 4 Lite, successor of the Inifinix Hot 4.The phablet is a mid-range smartphone, and it’s worth buying. The specs qualify for that person who upgrades an entry-level smartphone to a mid-range smartphone. Sporting a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM with an expandable slot of 32GB microSD card, 8MP and 5MP rear & front cameras respectively, all backed on a 4000mAh battery, yes! it’s worth buying, priced at 319,000 UGX.We shall have the unboxing and the review for you.3. Water Resistant Shower Bluetooth Speaker Bluetooth speakers, now is the thing! these days. Looks like everyone at least wants to own one. Lucky enough yuo can get one that has an AM-FM radio. On our editor’s pick; we look at the one of them, one that is water proof and most interestingly, comes with a “Sucker Support Hands-free Calls Function.”It’s very convenient for you to use; for instance: in your car by sticking it up with it’s suction cup on your dashboard, you can enjoy hands-free phone calls and music in the car, making your driving or trip more elegant and safer. Plus, you can also stick to your smartphone or tablet PC and the speaker can be used as a holder and offer you a nice and comfortable angle to use your devices.Compatibility for all of devices which have the Bluetooth functionality, it’s priced at 19,000 UGX.4. 5-in-1 Camera Phone Lens with Kit 198 Degree Fisheye The camera is one of the most wanted features on the Smartphone. A research done by statista showed that the feature is the fourth most wanted on the smartphone. While many thought it would be the first or second, had it wrong after, the Long battery resistant feature topped the most wanted features of a smartphone.Putting this research aside, when you are addicted to photography, you would really want to enhance your skills, having quality pics taken by your phone. Taking far-distanced pictures, and come out blur. Well! you can get yourself an APEXEL APL – DG5 5 in 1 Camera Phone Lens Kit 198 Degree Fisheye. Own this, you have cool looking pictures taken by your smartphone that you also wouldn’t believe.The Kit comes with a Fisheye Lens, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, Telephoto Lens, and CPL Lens. With the Fisheye Lens, you can see the image with the range of more than 180 degrees from the right to left on your phone, have a distinctly fishy look. With wide angle lens, you’re able to conquer what was once too large a scene to capture. With the macro lens, can be taken picture of a tiny object clearly in the details, and so forth.Priced at 42,000 UGX, you can own this and have perfectly taken photos.5. Wired Desktop Portable Sub-woofer Speaker Bring the club to your home/office. The portable sub-woofer speaker has seven color LED lights that make listening to music more fun. Makes you enjoy 360 degrees of excellent sound quality while cracking your body with some appreciation for the innovators.The speaker features; a Shock Bass, High-tech Anti-jamming Technology, USB Charge compatible with 3.5mm audio interface of all devices. It’s easy to use with a wide range of apps, and has a multiple power supply mode.Reach for one at only 38,000 UGX.1 of 5 Wireless Bluetooth Polarized Sport Sunglasses Headset Headphone The Infinix HOT 4 Lite Water Resistant Shower Bluetooth Speaker. 5-in-1 Camera Phone Lens with Kit 198 Degree Fisheye Wired Desktop Portable Sub-woofer Speaker.last_img read more

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Aston Villa v Tottenham

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first_imgTHE GOLD RUSHArchaeologists have begun excavating an abandoned palace in northern India after a Hindu holy man claimed he dreamed 1,000 tonnes of gold were buried underneath it.The dig at the fort of Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh in Daundia Khera village, Uttar Pradesh, started after Swami Shobhan Sarkar told a federal government minister of his vision three months ago.Barricades were put up to control the crowd who gathered at the site where a 12-member team from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is carrying out the excavation.ASI deputy director PK Mishra said the team began excavating on the basis of findings from the Geological Survey of India that suggested gold or silver could be buried under the palace. Aston Villa v TottenhamPremier League 4pmLIVE ON SKYSPURS WOBBLINGIt’s two weeks since we last saw Spurs in the Premier League. And it’s been two long weeks for them to reflect on their surprise 3-0 defeat by West Ham at White Hart Lane in one of the early shocks of the season.They will now look at this as a ‘must win’ to get themselves back into contention (and up to joint fourth in the table) and ensure the wheels, that have become loose, don’t come off completely.On the positive side they have a good record against Villa, including thumping 4-0 wins the last two times they have met:HEAD TO HEAD RECORD (Max last 10 only) Sep 2013 Capital One Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Dec 2012 Premier Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Oct 2012 Premier Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa May 2012 Premier Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham Nov 2011 Premier Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa Dec 2010 Premier Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham Oct 2010 Premier Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa Feb 2010 Premier Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa Nov 2009 Premier Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham Mar 2009 Premier Aston Villa 1-2 TottenhamVilla already look a better side this season than last and have already performed with great success against some of the ‘big guns’ beating Arsenal 3-1 and Manchester City 3-2.Aston Villa (from): Guzan, Steer, Baker, Bennett, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, Lowton, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Herd, Sylla, Tonev, Kozak, Helenius, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bowery.Tottenham (from): Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Fryers, Capoue, Sandro, Dembele, Eriksen, Paulinho, Holtby, Townsend, Lennon, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Lamela, Soldado, Defoe, Kane, Adebayor.Villa with a goal start at around 4/5 on Star Sports looks the option in a match in which I feel will be closer than the last two encounters.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win VILLA (+1) at around 4/5last_img read more

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July 29, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on STARTERS ORDERS Monday | Filed in: Uncategorized.

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.Monday 22 August RACING MOVERS2.15 CarlisleMama Africa 11/2 > 3/12.45 CarlisleParnassian 11/4 > 15/84.30 BrightonThe Greedy Boy 12/1 > 6/17.50 KemptonEyeshine evens > 8/11BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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Royal Ascot Saturday Simon Notts Tales from The Ring

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first_imgROYAL ASCOT DAY FIVE: Simon Nott is back on course for the final day. It’s been a winning week so far on the Star Sports pitch, but with plenty of short price favourites on the final day the pendulum could still swing violently.Day 5 dawned with a chorus of bookmakers complaining of burned fingers. Not those who have concentrated on taking bets on the equine superstars but the few who like to accept wagers on the colour of the royal millinery. Phrases like ‘They knew’ and ‘Royally tucked up’ were being bandied about. It seems there was some substance to the claims, at least in the respect that as the royal procession made its up the racecourse there’d been universal groans from bookies looking at one loser, the correct colour of the Queen’s hat, four days in a row, that despite some eye-watering percentages. Today’s best-backed was red, luckily wrong today, surely auguring well for a good day for the bookies?2:30 Chesham Stakes (Listed)Going into the last day the firm were well in front but with four shortish favourites on the card everyone was well aware that given the size bets the big hitters had been having on all week if a couple obliged as strongly supported it wouldn’t take long to knock the winnings out again.It wasn’t the big bets that were being fielded as betting started but the inundation of punters asking what the minimum bet was – £5 win or £2.50 each way being the answer if you’re ever at the races and enjoy a modest bet.The entire book was made up of small bets, but they added up to a decent take, just a lot of work on the joint. Natalie’s Joy the worst in the book.The winner Arthur Kitt obliging at 13/2 was actually a small loser too. It was a shame to get a favourite beaten and Not win but on the plus side there was no damage done either. The bonus was the office reported a good winning race.3:05 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)Crystal Ocean was going to be the shortest priced favourite of the day and opened at 4/7. All eyes were peeled for the big players so far not spotted in the ring.They may not have been spotted in the ring but they certainly were in the office including a bet of £40,000 – £70,000 the final liability almost three times that. Here on course the Saturday punters didn’t want to be the odds-on which was actually a winner, the win figure was a drop in the ocean, excuse the pun, to the overall loss.3:40 Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)In contrast the market opened up at 5/1 the field for the Windsor Castle Stakes.In a race where for much of it the punters formed an orderly queue to bet. The one they latched onto was Sabre backed from 16/1 – 14/1 with us including a bet of £400 ew.Phew, ‘they’ knew but were thwarted by Soldiers Call winning at 12/1 but so much of the money for runner-up Sabre was each-way despite standing it for plenty hardly broke even on the race. Still, three down, three to go and the week’s winnings largely intact.4:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)The first of the last trio of races saw Harry Angel open at 11/4. Still no sign of the big staking commission agents that had been active earlier in the week but plenty of punters to make it the busiest day on on the pitch.As you might expect on Saturday’s and Royal Ascot a fair number of punters were inexperienced. It’s always important to be patient with them even when they call a list of fiver each way bets really meaning £2.50 each way or worse still try to pay with Tote vouchers. Sarah on the joint was expert at that.As they were going behind there was still no sign of the big punters, but Harry Angel was still a four-figure loser. It was a different story in the office. The phone was red hot with messages of money pouring in for Merchant Navy at 4/1 much of it each-way. At the off it lost over £200,000 we just needed it beaten to be almost certain of a winning week.A short head can be a very costly thing. Harry Angel rearing in the stalls and having no chance thereafter didn’t aid our cause. Merchant Navy getting the best of City Light in the photo finish was a real body blow and a reminder that the week wasn’t over yet.5:00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)Considered by some to be group class Dreamfield had been all the rage all morning, that trend continued on course, 5/2 into 2/1.Bacchus winning at 33/1 was an excellent result but as there were no lumps on the favourite so not as huge a winner as you might think. That was the penultimate done and dusted, just the grand finale to come.5:35 Queen Alexandra StakesThe lucky last boasted the last banker on the meeting Thomas Hobson which opened a solid 5/4.As was the pattern of the day, just steady small money off the floor and reports of big money in the office. All of it on the jolly and big figures too. Just when business started to dwindle a bookmaker came in with a bet of £10,000 – £300 Light Pillar (that’s 33/1 with the fractions – Come Racing !!)At the off Thomas Hobson was a loser off course for over £300,000 and Light Pillar the worst in the in-course book.The firm didn’t have much to worry about, the jolly never really looked like winning at any stage. Pallasator winning at 11/2 wouldn’t have been much more than a ‘taker’ for many, but for us a ‘right result’ topping off a tremendous Royal Ascot in style. Despite all the difficulties and niggling from some quarters it’s been a hugely enjoyable week and a privilege to work here. That’s all, we’ll be back in action on course at Glorious Goodwood. Thanks for reading and commenting. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

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£50 FREE BET Spurs v Barcelona

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first_img£50 FREE BET IFCOUTINHO SCORES FIRSTTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if COUTINHO SCORES FIRST.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 9am on Wednesday 3 October and 8pm on Wednesday 3 October. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Wednesday 3 October to 8pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 October.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with before 8pm (GMT) on Wednesday 3 October. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if COUTINHO SCORES FIRST (Spurs v Barcelona 8pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

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NEW The Star Sports App

July 29, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on NEW The Star Sports App | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_imgBRAND NEW !!!The Star Sports App can be downloaded now.You can now have 24/7 access to your Star Sports account on your mobile and tablet with the full range of our sporting markets at your fingertips.You’ll also get full access to all our daily specials, in-play and ante-post markets and best thing of all….. it couldn’t be any easier to use.You can download the Star Sports App now from both the App Store and Google Play:last_img

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Six Rice University students awarded Fulbright grants

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first_imgAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEB.J. Six Rice University students awarded Fulbright grantsHOUSTON — (May 2, 2014) — Six current or former Rice University students have been awarded 2014 Fulbright grants to study, teach and/or conduct research in a foreign country.Jemina Bouma, Joyce Chou, Kristian Edosomwan, Nathan Liu, Antonia “Toni” Sebastian and Albert Wei will receive support from the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and people of other countries. The primary source of funding is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.“Fulbright grant recipients are chosen because they have a strong academic background, leadership potential and a passion for increasing mutual understanding among nations and cultures,” said Madalina Akli, assistant director of fellowships and undergraduate research at Rice. “It’s quite an honor for Rice to have six students win this award in one year.”Bouma, from Annapolis, Md., is a senior majoring in cognitive sciences. This summer she will study in Suzhou, China, with a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to improve her ability to speak Chinese after four semesters of study at Rice. Then she will go to a city in Mexico to do a Fulbright English teaching assistantship. “I plan on becoming a teacher in the future, so this year will be a great experience of leading in the classroom,” she said. In addition, Texas schools have large populations of Latino-descent students, especially Mexican, so I hope that after a year of full immersion, I will return with a much more authentic understanding of Mexican community and culture. I also am interested in how Mexicans perceive the importance of education, specifically regarding higher education, so I plan on working with education nonprofits as my side project.” After her Fulbright travels, she will work for Teach For America in 2015 and hopes to eventually open a dual-language school.Chou, from Wilton, N.H., is a senior majoring in sociology with a minor in poverty, justice and human capabilities. With a Fulbright English teaching assistantship, she will work with an elementary or middle school in Taichung, Taiwan. “I look forward to serving as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. and gaining more long-term overseas experience,” she said. “Development, gender and migration all interest me greatly. From a personal standpoint, the Fulbright is a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with my heritage. My parents and much of my family are Taiwanese immigrants, and surprisingly, I have been lucky enough to be placed in my mother’s hometown of Taichung.” After her Fulbright experience, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in international development or a related field and then work for a major international entity or human rights nongovernmental organization.Edosomwan, from Beaumont, Texas, is a senior majoring in sociology and Asian studies. She also has a Fulbright English teaching assistantship to work in Taiwan. “My goals are to gain fluency in Mandarin Chinese, learn about traditional Chinese culture and have fun teaching children about English language and American culture (especially of the South),” she said. Edosomwan is considering graduate or law school after her Fulbright experience.Liu, from Austin, Texas, is a senior majoring in bioengineering. His Fulbright grant will allow him to do research at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. “At Imperial, I will be developing nanoparticle-based clinical tests to predict how cancer patients will respond to first-line drugs before they begin therapy,” he said. “This will allow oncologists to selectively choose drug regimens personalized to work for individual patients, helping to prevent unnecessary side effects, improve quality of care and save health care dollars. Over the year, I will be dually affiliated with the Fulbright U.S. Program and the Whitaker Postgraduate Fellowship, and will also obtain a master’s degree in clinical research/translational medicine from Imperial.” He plans to enter medical school and continue collaborative research in experimental medicine.Sebastian, from San Antonio, is a Rice graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, in which she also has a B.S. She will use her Fulbright grant to study at Technical University at Delft in the Netherlands with Bas Jonkman, a professor of hydraulic engineering. “My research questions are ‘What are the drivers of flood loss?’ and ‘How can we mitigate flood loss?’” she said. “I propose to examine the increased flood risk posed by climate and land-use change to densely populated areas in the province of South Holland. The methodology developed during this study will provide a mechanism for spatially quantifying the subsequent increase in risk, and the results will help to direct land-use policy and investments in structural and, alternatively, nonstructural flood defenses. Ultimately, I hope to influence the policy driving flood risk management in order to increase coastal resiliency.” After her Fulbright research, she plans to return to Rice to complete her Ph.D. research, which is funded by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.Wei, from West Covina, Calif., graduated from Rice in 2012 with a major in political science and a minor in sociology. His Fulbright English teaching assistantship will take him to Taiwan to learn about classroom practices in an Eastern-culture setting. “I particularly want to look at how teacher culture (morale, mindset, pipeline) works to the benefit (or detriment) of students,” Wei said. “I am also interested in seeing how policy interacts with education in Taiwan. Clearly this is not an inner-city school with American minority populations like my experiences in Teach for America, which is what is going to make this experience both so challenging and exciting.” He hopes to go to graduate school in the U.S. after his Fulbright experience.For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit # #This release can be found online at for download:Jemina Bouma Chou Edosomwan Liu “Toni” Sebastian Wei 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 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

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Baker Institute expert available to comment on Chinese renminbis rise to one

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first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert available to comment on Chinese renminbi’s rise to one of the world’s main reserve currenciesGreen: ‘China cannot be content with the renminbi’s new status’  HOUSTON – (Dec. 2, 2015) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday approved the Chinese renminbi as one of the world’s main central bank reserve currencies, joining the dollar, euro, yen and pound. This move will benefit the international economic system, according to an international economics expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: University“The IMF’s decision to include the Chinese currency in the special drawing rights (SDR) basket of reserve currencies looks like a move with only an upside,” said Russell Green, the Baker Institute’s Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics and an adjunct assistant professor of economics at Rice. “Essentially the SDR basket is functionally meaningless except to convey prestige. Yet China must continue to liberalize to complete the inclusion process. Through its decision, the IMF signaled that it intends to accelerate and ease the renminbi’s entry into the floating exchange-rate system. Moving China in that direction will benefit the international economic system.”Green is available to comment on the IMF’s decision and its implications for China and the United States.“China cannot be content with the renminbi’s new status, but instead must continue to liberalize the financial system,” Green said. “It must abolish financial regulations such as the fixed exchange rate and interest-rate controls. This will level the playing field for China’s competitors. Perhaps more importantly, it should address its domestic financial vulnerabilities before it becomes a cross-border systemic issue. If the SDR nudges them forward, we should all welcome the IMF adding the renminbi to the SDR basket.”For more information or to interview Green, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Green biography: in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more

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USC Tells the Story of Their Own Hero and More – Los

July 28, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on USC Tells the Story of Their Own Hero and More – Los | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_img About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer regions: Los Angeles USC Tells the Story of Their Own Hero, and More – Los Angeles News Last Updated Jun 1, 2018 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img We’ve rounded up the top news stories coming out of the Los Angeles metro this week.A Hero MBA – USC Marshall NewsroomThe Marshall School of Business at USC recently celebrated the graduation of the MBA Class of 2018, including Marine Corps Cap. Corban Pierce. Pierce, his MBA now in hand, hopes to use his degree to start a nonprofit that will help children around the world.“I wanted to find a school that shared my values of entrepreneurship and helping people,” Pierce recalled on his decision to attend Marshall in a recent interview. “I found that spirit at USC.”Pierce, who has served the country as the executive officer at Reconnaissance Training Company in the Marine Corps. He was attracted to USC for their combination of unrelenting high standards and flexibility. Pursuing the online MBA at Marshall, Pierce was able to continue his work training young Marines at Camp Pendleton, be a father to his five-year-old son, and still earn his degree. He plans to continue his military service after graduation, and is excited to put the skills he learned in the program to work. “It’s not about solving major crises,” Pierce said, commenting on his long-term goal of using business to create lasting change. “It’s solving small things.”You can read more about Pierce’s experience with the USC Marshall Online MBA here.California Gains More Than 39,000 jobs; Unemployment Falls to Record Low – LA TimesA recent LA Times report from the Employment Development Department revealed a boost in the California economy throughout April, despite worries of an economic downturn. In March, the unemployment rate in the state had fallen to a record low of 4.2 percent, but April showed widespread job growth throughout multiple sectors. In the professional and business services sector alone, California witnessed an increase of 8,500 jobs.“Each month in 2018, it seems that California’s employment boom will end, and each month it continues,” commented former director of the Employment Development Department Michael Bernick. In fact, all metros in Southern California saw an increase in the number of jobs throughout April. With 11,200 added jobs, San Diego County had the highest of any region in the state, and Los Angeles was close behind with an increase of 6,400.“Good numbers,” said Dave Smith, an economist at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. “There are no signs of a potential downturn. The potential risk factors are overheating.”Read more about California job gains and the employment report here.ABC’s Move to Ax ‘Roseanne’ Reflects Businesses are Often at Front Lines of Culture Wars – U.S.A. TodayUCLA Anderson School of Management Jay Tucker, executive director at the Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports, recently commented on the cancellation of the Roseanne reboot by the ABC network, after its titular star, Roseanne Barr, posted several inflammatory tweets regarding Valerie Jarrett—a former aide under President Barack Obama—in comparison to apes from the ‘Planet of the Apes’ film franchise.In an interview with USA Today, Tucker remarks, “In an earlier (TV) era, it would have taken half a season to make that decision after much internal analysis.”“But the network now faces a backlash from other quarters. Many of the comedian’s fans blame the show’s cancellation on political correctness and are threatening a boycott of their own.”You can read the remainder of the article here. RelatedUSC Marshall Recognizes Alumni Success, and More – Los Angeles NewsWe’ve rounded up the top stories coming out of business schools in the Los Angeles metro this week. Marshall Represents! – USC Marshall Newsroom Graduates from the Marshall School of Business at USC have reason to celebrate this week, with the release of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s feature, “20 in their 20s,” which…June 28, 2018In “Featured Home”School v. School: Arizona State v. USCCalifornia or Arizona? Los Angeles or Phoenix? Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business of USC Marshall Business School? It’s not so easy deciding where you should go to school for your MBA degree. There are many elements to consider including the location, cost of attendance, school rankings, post-graduation…April 10, 2019In “Featured Home”Los Angeles News: UC Irvine Female Faculty Recognized, and MoreLet’s visit some of the biggest news stories coming out of business schools and MBA programs in Los Angeles. Welcome New EMBA Director Joe O’Hannigan – Loyola Marymount Newsroom The Loyola Marymount University College of Business Administration has recently named Joe O’Hannigan as the new associate dean and director for the school’s Executive…February 13, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more

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Grandson of US Rep Davis Victim of Chicago Gun Violence

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first_img Share Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion In this Nov. 9, 2009 file photo, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill. announces that he will run for re-election to this 7th congressional seat in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) center_img CHICAGO—The grandson of Illinois U.S. Rep. Danny Davis was fatally shot during in a home invasion in Chicago, the Democratic congressman and police said.Jovan Wilson, 15, died Friday night at the scene in the Englewood neighborhood on the city’s South Side, Officer Michelle Tannehill told the Chicago Tribune.Davis said in a statement that a 17-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy forced their way into the home and after an argument the 15-year-old shot Wilson in the head. Davis said Wilson’s mother was not at home, but Wilson’s uncle and three siblings were.Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the newspaper Saturday that it was not a random incident, and that Wilson and the two people being sought had a history.Chicago has seen a dramatic rise in the number of shootings and homicides, with August being the deadliest month in the city in two decades. There have been more than 600 homicides this year, including the fatal shootings of the cousin of Chicago Bull Dwyane Wade, a Chicago police officer’s son and the son of a famed percussionist.Davis, who was re-elected this month to his 11th term in the 7th Congressional District and is a former Chicago alderman, was in Chicago on Friday and spoke with reporters after talking to police. He wondered how the shooter obtained the gun and said he’d continue to try to combat gun violence.“I do know that I grieve for my family. I grieve for the young man who pulled the trigger,” he said.Davis described his grandson to the newspaper as a “typical 15-year-old” who liked music and basketball, someone who “knew all about … the stats of different players.” But Davis also said he recognized that Chicago’s violence problem could affect his family. Grandson of US Rep. Davis Victim of Chicago Gun Violence By The Associated Press November 19, 2016 Updated: November 19, 2016 Crime and Incidents last_img read more

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