Labour peers decided this afternoon not to hold a

first_imgLabour peers decided this afternoon not to hold a vote on a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn. Instead, they gave their unanimous backing to Baroness Hayter, who was sacked as a shadow minister after comparing the Labour leadership to “the last days of Hitler”.Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Antisemitism / In a fresh effort to tackle antisemitism within Labour, Jeremy Corbyn will put forward a “new way of dealing with the most extreme cases” of “hate and bigotry” at the full meeting of the party’s ruling body tomorrow.At a special meeting of the shadow cabinet focussing on antisemitism this afternoon, the Labour leader presented two options for reform of Labour’s disciplinary process and expressed a preference for ‘Option 2’.The first proposal would see the panels of three or five national executive committee (NEC) members that deal with disciplinary cases given the power to expel members in the “most serious” cases of antisemitism.The second proposal, favoured by Corbyn, would see such cases referred to special panels including the party general secretary and NEC officers, rather than the usual small NEC panels.LabourList understands that these reforms would apply to all serious cases of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia – as does the motion submitted by Tom Watson, which calls on the NEC to establish an independent process and automatic exclusion where there is “irrefutable evidence”.The shadow cabinet has also said it supports introducing “independent oversight of our processes”, but it is not yet clear what this would mean in practice.Option 1Give the NEC antisemitism panels the power in the most serious of cases to sanction members either with expulsion. In such cases the member could appeal to the NCC.Currently the NEC panels do not have the power to expel members, which can only be carried out by the NCC. Option 2 Any complaint that met the criteria for the most serious of cases, would be referred to a special panel consisting of the General Secretary plus NEC Officers. If that panel was satisfied that the criteria were met, they would have the power to expel the member. This option would allow for more rapid expulsion in the most serious of cases. Commenting on the suggested reforms, Jewish Labour Movement chair Mike Katz said: “We can’t have any confidence in these new proposals. This is just rearranging the deckchairs. The NEC is elected on factional slates on the basis of political patronage. It has an in-built majority for the left, which does what the leadership of the party tells it to.”The shadow cabinet released a statement after its meeting, which read: “The shadow cabinet is committed to defeating antisemitism and all forms of discrimination, including through greater education in our movement. We commend the general secretary and party staff on improving the complaints and disciplinary processes within the party.“As part of tackling antisemitism, the shadow cabinet has today supported the proposal for summary exclusion outlined by the Labour leader, which he will put to the national executive committee tomorrow. The shadow cabinet also supports the proposal to introduce independent oversight of our processes, and will continue to seek to engage with Jewish community organisations to build confidence.”Labour general secretary Jennie Formby also updated the shadow cabinet on the party complaints process and committed to regularly publishing statistics.According to Formby, the data shows:Between 1st January and 30th June 2019, there have been 6 meetings of the NEC Antisemitism Panels, resulting in 190 decisions on antisemitism cases. 97 members referred to the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) 41 members issued with a formal NEC warning.49 members issued with ‘reminder of conduct’3 members’ cases were closed as the full evidence suggested no further action should be takenOver the same period in 2018, there were 2 meetings of the NEC Disputes Panel, resulting in 8 decisions on antisemitism cases.6 members referred to the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) 2 members issued with a formal NEC warning.Between 1st January and 30th June 2019, 28 NCC cases were concluded:8 members were expelled3 members received an extended suspension.4 members received a warning.1 member received no action, as the NCC found the charges to be unproven12 members left the Labour Party after being referred to the NCC.Over the same period in 2018, 10 NCC cases were concluded:7 members were expelled3 members left the Labour Partylast_img read more

What Would Happen If Chief Suhr Were Fired District 9 Candidates Weigh

first_imgToo many of these reforms should have happened long ago, which is a big part of the reason for the community’s disappointment in City Hall. Reform needs to happen, and it needs to happen now.Edwin Lindo did not respond to this week’s question.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. 0% Increased citizen oversight and truly independent investigation of all officer-involved shootings;Investigation by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division;Changes to use-of-force procedures;De-escalation training for all police;Implementation of implicit bias training and community policing recommendations of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Report; andClear accountability guidelines and regular assessments for all police officers and leadership, using mechanisms such as those described by the ACLU. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Last week we asked candidates for District 9 whether they supported the call of the so-called Frisco Five hunger strikers to fire the city’s police chief. This week, we wanted candidates to expand on their answers and tell us what his firing would solve or what reform the police department should undergo short of firing its chief.To those who supported the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr, what would his firing do that departmental reforms currently in place will not? What would follow his firing?To those who did not support Suhr’s firing, has there been enough accountability of police officers and higher-ups for the scandals that have rocked the department? No police officers have been fired for the four controversial police shootings in the last two years. Is there an accountability problem in the department?Respuestas en español aquí.  Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyI believe that Police Chief Suhr needs to be fired. He has shown that he cannot effectively and objectively implement reforms. It is evident that he is not invested in changing the culture and image of the department. He fails to uphold policies and staff accountable for their actions. He has a poor track record in both administrative and managerial levels. Under general guidelines of performance in the workforce environment, he should be terminated. His departure would show the community and police that the city is invested in changing their policing policies for the benefit of our city.Darcel Jackson, caterer and formerly homeless app makerThere has to be more than the firing [of] Greg Suhr. [There] must be a change of culture. There needs to be community policing, they need to get to know the people they serve. There needs to be other options other than lethal force. Compassion must be the first rule of engagement. Stop killing my brothers and sisters.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposA lot of good work has been done to begin much needed police reform in San Francisco, including the NotInMyName pledge encouraging officers to report misconduct by co-workers or superiors and revision of an outdated use of force policy. But actions speak louder than words. Given the sheer number of scandals plaguing this department, it is time for accountability, including at the top. Accountability would demonstrate to officers, especially those shielded from discipline in the past, that times have changed. It would show San Franciscans that the department is serious about restoring trust in the community. It could lead to the creation of independent oversight that would truly make officers comfortable to lodge whistleblowing complaints. And accountability could make de-escalation, something used by social and non-profit workers every day, a regular practice.Melissa San Miguel, education advocateMany of our police officers do their best every day to serve and protect the community. The most recent police-involved shootings of people of color and text message scandals highlight the need for a change in our policing culture. However, these are issues that have existed for years in the department. Cultures are developed and maintained by leaders at the top, including the Police Chief. A change in Police Chief will signal a commitment to truly hold all officers accountable by holding their leadership accountable. We need a Chief that will make transparency and accountability a priority. A new Chief would bring a fresh perspective to the department and could rebuild the trust between the department and the community.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261The Frisco 5 and their supporters have shown that urgent changes to our policing policies are necessary. Last week I stated that I do not believe that firing Chief Suhr will by itself alleviate divisions between communities of color and the Police Department. This statement is not an expression of support, but instead reflects my belief that there is much work to be done, irrespective of leadership, on reform and accountability measures.We all want safe streets where our families are protected by law enforcement. Therefore, while the hunger strikers’ demand for a change of leadership is debated in City Hall, we should meanwhile move immediately towards implementing and funding a series of critical community-driven reforms such as:last_img read more

Tattoo parlor and creative hub headed to Valencia near 14th Street

first_imgAfter working at Black + Blue Tattoo for seven years and winning various accolades and awards, artist Brücius von Xylander is getting ready to strike out on his own and will open Black Serum at 310 Valencia later this summer. Black Serum, while it will function as a tattoo parlor, will offer more of a confluence of creative work.“As owner of the space, I can materialize the dream of creating a true hub, to connect artisans, artists, and merchants – makers of all kinds, essentially – who will converge in my shop and help me forge this space collaboratively. This is very dear to me,” Brücius wrote.That said, Black Serum’s tattooing work will be heavily focused on blackwork, a style that uses entirely black lines and dots, rather than color, to create images. Brücius’ own repertoire includes fine art reproductions, etching medieval engraving, and images inspired by flora and fauna, botanical prints and scientific illustrations. That aesthetic is reflected in Black Serum’s logo – a hand, as a symbol of artisanship and skill, topped with a tattoo needle and etching tool above.“Nature, science, and art, in all their beauty and strangeness, will converge in the shop to make it a space that nods to the whole tradition behind us, but that certainly brings it all into our contemporary moment, making it relevant today,” he wrote. “Tattooing continues the legacy of the black line, and the shop will consider this legacy as the basis for a whole world of expression through craft and art. The past, the present, and the future will gather at Black Serum to hopefully provide a home base for all those who share this amazement at the art in nature and the nature in art.” 0% Tags: Business • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Photo by Danny Yang courtesy Black SerumA complete roster of artists who will be working at at Black Serum isn’t clear yet, but Brücius says he’s looking for tattoo artists who connect with their clients.“A tattoo is at once a vehicle for self-expression and a powerful moment of healing. You are engaging in a moment that will mark the client, quite literally, for the rest of their lives. They come with their history and you strive to honor this history, working alongside them to bring their vision into reality,” he wrote.Sometimes, that connection can result in collaboration or trade, he said.“Even when I’m tattooing, I’ll ask my clients, “What do you do?” not as a means of sizing someone up, but rather to establish a more sincere relation where this person has the opportunity to trade their skill for mine,” the tattoo artist wrote. “This kind of environment really lets me draw in a slew of makers and doers from all walks of life together on the basis of craftsmanship, and I ensure everyone is willing to collaborate, not just in it for themselves.”Brücius is currently developing the shop’s web platform, furnishing the space and hiring staff, but expects to be opening Black Serum sometime in late summer or fall of 2017.Photo by Danny Yang courtesy Black Serum last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Fir

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League match with Huddersfield Giants.Alex Walmsley and Jonny Lomax miss out through injury this week whilst Josh Jones has to sit out of a game because of the concussion he suffered on Sunday.Jordan Hand and James Tilley drafted into the ‘19′ whilst Gary Wheeler is also recalled.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens, 23. Joe Greenwood, 24. Gary Wheeler, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson, 29. Jordan Hand, 31. James Tilley.Paul Anderson will select his Huddersfield team from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Danny Brough, 7. Luke Robinson, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Craig Kopczak, 11. Brett Ferres, 12. Jason Chan, 13. Chris Bailey, 14. Michael Lawrence, 15. Larne Patrick, 16. David Faiumu, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Kyle Wood, 21. Anthony Mullally.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Richard Silverwood.Tickets remain on sale for the game from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

MATTY Fozard has been named in John Kears 22man

first_imgMATTY Fozard has been named in John Kear’s 22-man Wales squad for the 2014 Rugby League European Championships this October and November.The 19-year-old made his Saints debut on Easter Monday at Widnes and is predominately a hooker.Kear said: “We’re naming an exciting squad for this tournament with many home grown Welsh players. This in itself indicates true progress for the game in Wales.“I see the tournament very much as a marker for the development of Welsh players in the international scene. We have a few players missing for various reasons but this gives young players a chance to put their hand up to mix it in future years.“I want the team to perform to the maximum of their abilities and for unknowns to push themselves to forefront. Youngsters like Connor Farrer, Jordan Sheridan and Matty Fozard spring to mind and this is their chance to make a name for themselves at the highest level.”Squad:Joe Burke, Dalton Grant (both Barrow Raiders), Byron Smith (Batley Bulldogs), Elliot Kear (Bradford Bulls), Garreth Carvell, Daniel Fleming (Castleford Tigers), Rhys Williams (Central Queensland Capras), Matty Barron (Gateshead Thunder), Izaak Duffy (Gloucestershire All Golds), Ollie Olds (Ipswich Jets, Australia), Jacob Emmitt (Leigh Centurions), Rob Massam, Christiaan Roets (both North Wales Crusaders), Yannic Parker (Oxford), Ashley Bateman, Phil Carleton, Paul Emanuelli, Connor Farrer, Kyle Scrivens, Jordan Sheridan (all South Wales Scorpions), Matty Fozard (St Helens), Peter Lupton (Workington Town).last_img read more

Man shot outside his home in Tabor City by suspected burglar

first_img Lowery tried to drive away but that’s when the suspect shot at him, hitting Lowery in his arm.The suspect then left on foot.Lowery was transported to a South Carolina medical facility for treatment.Related Article: Bladen County men sentenced for hog farm thefts, being habitual felonsColumbus County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in locating the suspect.Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office assisted the search with their helicopter and a K-9. The search for the suspect was unsuccessful.If you have information concerning this incident or the identity of the suspect, please contact Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit at 910-640-6629. TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A Tabor City man is recovering after coming home and being shot by a person who was robbing his house.Montgomery Lowery came home around 2:45 p.m. Friday on Dothan Road to find his front door open.  A young, slender, male, dressed in all black, wearing a blue bandana on his face walked out and approach Lowery’s car where he was still inside. The suspect showed a handgun and attempted to open the car.- Advertisement – last_img read more

State of the County video highlights accomplishments of 2017

first_img Chairman Woody White narrates the video, where he mentions the county has invested in parks, put library cards in the hands of 20,000 more schoolchildren and touts the first property tax cut in 14 years.White said the primary drivers of the strategic plan are commitment to education, ensuring public safety and protecting taxpayer’s money.White talked about the Board of Commissioners funding 3 additional pre-K classrooms in 2017 and how the New Hanover County library launched the CLASS project, which provides access to books and online resources.Related Article: Teachers and students rally for school choiceWhite also discussed the opioid crisis and how the county is seeking to hold companies accountable. GenX has been a huge topic across the Cape Fear and spent month dominating the headlines in our area. It’s also something White mentioned during the State of the County. Ht touched on GenX and what has happened since news broke in June that the unregulated compound was found in the Cape Fear River.“We know how important the quality of life is to all of us who calls New Hanover County home and also to the tens of thousands who flock here in the summer months,” White said. “We live by the ocean, aren’t we lucky?”Which is why White then took time to discuss the health of the beaches and why it’s important to commissioners to invest in sand on the beaches. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County has unveiled the 2018 State of the County video.The five minute video reflects on the county’s accomplishments over the past year.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bus carrying Marines goes into ditch after driver loses glasses

first_imgA bus carrying Marines drove off the road into a ditch in Columbus County on August 7, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A bus carrying Marines drove off the road into a ditch Tuesday afternoon. Luckily, there were no injuries.Trooper Kevin Conner with the Highway Patrol says the bus was traveling westbound on Highway 74 near Chadbourn when the driver’s glasses fell off, causing him to veer off the road.- Advertisement – The bus got stuck in the mud and had to be pulled out.The bus was carrying Marines from Camp Lejeune to Mississippi.last_img read more

WWAY anchor Randy Aldridge takes leave to battle cancer

first_imgI am a 52-year-old man who thought he had his life figured out.Family. Home. Life. Job. In that order, and everything was on track.- Advertisement – I am an idiot.One of the definitions of idiocy is a middle-aged man who says he thinks he has it all figured out.I am an idiot… with cancer.Related Article: EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in waterCancer doesn’t hit you fast. It comes slowly.For me I realized I was going to the bathroom a lot, but thought that was something men my age do.Then it happened more and more. I finally decided to see my doctor.I’ll schedule it tomorrow, I thought. Morning comes, and you shower, read the news, eat something and go to work. No call.Up all night in the bathroom.Tomorrow comes. I’ll call on the way to work. No call.All night in the bathroom, and was that bump there yesterday?The next tomorrow comes and the next and the next and the next and then you realize that bump is bigger. No call.Finally you book the appointment, and it’s a month away. Nothing to worry about at this point, but in the back of your mind you wonder if it’s something bad (at 52 there are only simple fixes and disasters when you’re lying awake at night).First appointment you get a look at that bump and prescribed some ointment. Call in a week.It doesn’t go away, so you go back. Now you’re thinking about all the bad things it can be, and far back in your mind the word cancer is there, but you’re not really thinking about it, because you have a busy life and you’re healthy.Another test says abnormal cells. The look on doctor’s face is not reassuring, but the word cancer doesn’t come up because… more tests.Next test they put you to sleep for a BIOPSY! The scariest word yet.It is slightly embarrassing. You are naked except for this ridiculous night gown thing, and there are lots of strangers coming and going. They offer you a warm blanket.I am afraid of needles. There, I said it.Hate ‘em, hate ‘em, hate ‘em. Nurses promise it will be a quick sting. They are all liars on this point.Then you sleep. And it’s great!When you wake up, you are very aware you’re waking up, but wanting to go back to sleep.Now there is that man, the doctor, who is a stranger really. He is telling you a lot of words, and you’re nodding, because you do and don’t understand at the same time.You can feel yourself wanting to cry, because you have to ask: Is it cancer?Yes. It is.I don’t know how religious you are. I am not very. If there is a God, and he has help on earth, it is not a person in a pulpit. His or her help are those nurses, also strangers, whose faces and names I will never remember. They quietly put an arm around you and discretely wipe away that tear you didn’t realize was rolling down your cheek. For those two women I am forever grateful.Then… it is a blur. And it is a fast track to get you out of the hospital.My husband David was there with my parents. The doctor had told them more of the details, because they all knew I wouldn’t remember. David helps me get dressed, and they put me in a wheelchair.I don’t know why it’s necessary to go that way, and I’m pretty sure wheeling you through rooms of people must be some type of HIPAA violation, but that is how it works.In the car you feel numb. In the house you feel numb and want a shower.Then you want to know what’s next. There is a LOT!More appointments and tests. More humiliating moments with your clothes off in front of strangers. More needles.Cancer doesn’t happen fast even after you find out. It has been nearly a month, and I still haven’t started treatment. I find that hard to believe. One doctor told me, “Cancer is only an emergency when it happens to you.” We didn’t go back to him.Along the way there are wonderful people who help you feel better, and there are people who are there to give you the news. Both are important. I hate the ones giving you news.So here is my news. I have Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Stage 3. It is a type of colorectal cancer that has presented in my anus, groin, lymph nodes and prostate. It sits in my lower pelvis and for lack of a better description feels (all the time) like I just took a massive kick to the balls.It is painful to sit and is uncomfortable all the rest of the time.It is also very rare for a man my age to have this type of cancer. It usually presents in older, African-American men.When I was first diagnosed I went to the internet.I am an idiot (especially for that).That is where I read there is a 37-percent survival rate for this type of cancer and then had to crawl under the covers for a while.Don’t go to the internet!I lived with that number for a while until I had the nerve to ask a good friend who is also a surgeon about it. He told me to calm the hell down.I love him.The survival rate is based on the older generation who generally contract this type of cancer and doesn’t really affect me. He told me at my age (FYI it does feel good to be called young all the time!) I should expect a complete recovery. In fact he told me I will probably be back on the boat drinking beer by this summer.I love him.He did tell me the next six to eight weeks are going to suck. I will not have surgery, but will do chemotherapy and radiation at the same time. That means they have inserted a port into my chest to pump chemicals into me continuously, and I will get radiation EVERY day for six weeks. Yes, I am NOT excited about it.I love him a little less for telling me this: “You are going to feel like shit.” (Sorry about the language)In the middle of all this you have to tell people. First, your family. David is amazing and goes to every appointment and takes notes so that when I yell at him about what happened he can “go back to the play” and prove it. Your extended family is concerned. Your mother takes care of business and ONLY responds with the bright side of what is happening. Your father offers to help around the house. Your other family members reach out. My sister-in-law became my new Google. After surviving breast cancer she is an expert. My family of friends never disappoint with their generosity and their care.I love them.Then you have to tell work. Ugh. How to explain this?Then, they are awesome and understanding and you feel bad for worrying about how they would respond.I love them, too.So, here is some advice: Stop waiting around! Your body tells you when something is wrong, and your life wants you to be well! The people in your life want you to be well, too! It is very scary and uncomfortable, but you’ll deal with it.Don’t be an idiot.Now I have to do the hard part. Treatment starts tomorrow. I’ve gotten the prescriptions (not gonna lie, painkillers have been awesome). I’ve taken the time off. I’ve bought the loose boxers, loose sweat pants with no elastic at the ankles and oversized shirts to fit over the pump. I have done the paperwork. I have picked a team that is going to help me kick ass!I am ready.Maybe I am not an idiot after all.last_img read more

Carolina Beach bar hosts fundraiser for man assaulted outside

first_imgA man is allegedly assaulted outside a bar in Carolina Beach.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) —  A few weeks ago we brought you a story about a man who was allegedly assaulted outside a Carolina Beach bar. The victim then needed reconstructive surgery on his face as a result.Carolina Beach Police said a verbal argument led to the victim being assaulted by the suspect.- Advertisement – The Dive in Carolina Beach posted a statement online Sunday announcing they will be holding a fundraiser to help pay for the victim’s bills.The Dive will be raffling off gift cards from various businesses across the island as well as two tickets to see the Dirty Heads.The fundraiser will be held Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 6 p.m.last_img read more

Officials release cause of massive fire at Oak Island motel

first_img The fire was reported around 10 p.m. on March 2.The motel’s oceanfront building burned all the way to the ground.The owner is still able to operate two buildings at the motel. OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — After weeks of investigating, SBI officials have released the cause of a massive fire at the Ocean Crest Motel in Oak Island.The Oak Island fire chief says the investigation determined the fire was an accidental electrical malfunction.- Advertisement – last_img

Mrieħel commercial district to get new postal codes – Cardona

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses Chris Cardona to address a press conference on the Central Business District’s most recent workLevel One, Busy Bee Café, Central Business District, MrieħelDOI/ Jeremy WonnacottMinister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses Chris Cardona to address a press conference on the Central Business District’s most recent workLevel One, Busy Bee Café, Central Business District, MrieħelDOI/ Jeremy Wonnacott The locality of Mrieħel, is set to receive new postal codes as part of improving navigation of the commercial district, Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Businesses Chris Cardona, has announced.The introduction of new postal codes follows a series of regeneration efforts including the sub-division of the district into 5 new colour-coordinated zones along with a series of new street signs and street names.According to the Minister these changes are understood to be being carried out under a public-private partnership administered by the Central Business District foundation, now made up of 246 members.Cardona explained that the aim of the changes is to support a long term vision for the district which started with improved traffic management and infrastructure.The Foundation is understood to have cooperated with Infrastructure Malta in resurfacing the roads as well as with Enemalta towards improving lighting.Working with Qormi Local Council also saw the stationing of police officers in the district between 8AM and 5PM between Monday and Friday, aimed at managing traffic flows and monitoring crime in the area.WhatsApplast_img read more

Twitter enables translation on tweets from highprofile users amid Egyptian turmoil

first_imgTwitter Advertisement Twitter has enabled an automatic translation feature that allows English-speaking users to read the tweets of high-profile Egyptian Twitter users.While translation on the web through features like Google Translate are nothing new, the native translate button added to tweets makes it easier to read them in English right away (tweets from certain users will show a “translate now” button below the text). And by enabling the feature on high-profile accounts during an international news event, it shows that Twitter is committed to being the platform where breaking news happens — and where people around the world can follow along.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Twitter explained the idea behind the feature:“As part of our experiment with Tweet text translation, we’ve enabled translation for some of the most-followed accounts in Egypt, so people around the world can better understand and keep up with what’s happening there.”The feature is powered by Bing, which  is stepping up its translation services and working with companies on the service, CEO Dick Costolo said recently that Twitter is quickly understanding the role it plays in global news, so it makes sense that a translation feature is one step in that direction.A Twitter list provides all of the accounts for which the company has enabled translation.Source: Gigaomlast_img read more

MTN to Use Street Lamps As Network Towers

first_imgAdvertisement MTN South Africa has started the process of deploying antennas on street light poles, and erecting purpose-built pole masts with zero visual impact around west and northern Johannesburg to improve network coverage and quality.The deployment of this technology follows a three year contract that was awarded to MTN by City Power after the utility invited interested parties to submit requests for proposals (RFP) on its plan to commercialize its infrastructure.MTN says that the density of the buildings around west and northern Johannesburg has impacted negatively on network coverage and quality which has compelled the company to consider ways of deploying its infrastructure due to the difficulties experienced in installing conventional base stations in these areas. – Advertisement – MTN South Africa’s Chief Technology Officer, Eben Albertyn, said customers will experience a noticeable difference in quality of service when the project is complete.“The deployment of this solution will have immense benefits for our customers who will begin to experience improved network coverage, faster internet speeds, better voice and data experience and Wi-Fi fall-back once users becomes mobile,” said Albertyn. “This will also lay the firm foundations for future deployment of fiber to the home (FTTH) network. The deployment of these antennas is testament to MTN’s ongoing commitment of finding innovative ways of improving service excellence and bringing its customers into the bold new digital world.”The enhanced data experience will enable its customers to undertake activities that require a lot of bandwidth and that will enhance the quality of their lives including video conferencing, home automation and remote surveillance of their homes. Albertyn added.The deployment begun this week with the installation of a pole site in Bryanston. The areas targeted include a number of suburbs in Randburg, Fourways, Bryanston and Saxonworld neighbourhoods.MTN expects to complete the first phase of this project in the next four months. The second phase of the project will be determined by customer requirements.The pole sites have a coverage radius of between 400 and 600 meters and the number of poles that will be installed will depend on customer density in the targeted areas.Source: CIOlast_img read more

UPDATE PC Tech hosts MTN Ugandas Ag Senior Manager Enterprise Marketing for

first_imgAdvertisement PC Tech Magazine invites you this afternoon at 2:30 PM to a Facebook and Twitter Q&A session with MTN Uganda’s Ag Senior Manager, Enterprise Marketing, Steven Kirenga about MTN’s 4G internet.MTN Uganda recently rolled out a nationwide coverage for it’s 4G LTE internet to become the nation’s Internet Leader and largest 4G internet provider in the country. And we would like you to have a deeper knowledge and understanding of this 4G LTE network.Prepare your questions, queries, suggestions and comments on the 4G Internet provided by MTN Uganda and get answers instantly.[View the story “The conversations on #SpeedRocks and #MTN4G” on Storify] – Advertisement –  [View the story “Responses to #SpeedRocks and #MTN4G” on Storify]last_img read more

Brazil court blocks Facebook funds over WhatsApp dispute

first_imgAdvertisement A court in Brazil on Thursday blocked 19.5 million reais ($6.07 million) in Facebook Inc funds after the U.S-based social networking company’s WhatsApp messaging service failed to turn over messages sought in a drugs case, the G1 news service said.Brazil’s federal police said WhatsApp has defied repeated orders to turn over messages sent and received by suspected members of an international cocaine smuggling ring that has been under investigation since January.Without the data, it will be difficult or impossible to prove links between those captured in recent raids and their confederates in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Spain, G1 reported, citing the police. – Advertisement – After repeated failure over five months to turn over the information, a judge in Brazil’s southern Paraná state froze the funds, which are equal to WhatsApp’s accumulated fines for non-compliance in the case, G1 said.Because WhatsApp has no bank accounts in Brazil, the judge froze funds owned by its parent, Facebook, the article said.[related-posts]The Brazilian court, though, did not use provisions of Brazil’s Internet law that allows courts to shut down service in some cases of non-compliance with court orders.A similar case earlier this year prompted a judge to shut WhatsApp down for 72 hours, angering many of the service’s 100 million Brazilian users. The shutdown was lifted after about 24 hours by another court.At the time of that blockage, Facebook said WhatsApp does not store client messages and could not read them if they did because they are encrypted.[Reuters]last_img read more

Nigerian Invents Computer That Can Smell of Explosives and Aid in Bomb

first_imgOshiorenya Agabi; inventor of Koniku Kore, envisages airports that will need no visible security system allowing people to just walk on to planes. (Image Source: TedGlobal) Advertisement According to a report by BBC, Oshiorenoya Agabi, a Nigerian inventor based in Silicon Valley, has developed a computer that can identify the smell of explosives and aid in bomb detection. The Nigerian inventor unveiled his modem-sized technology which uses mice neurons at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania.The device, which has been dubbed “Koniku Kore” is made from a mixture of living neurons and silicon, with sensors that can detect and recognise smells. Agabi believes that his technology could be used to replace traditional airport security and could provide the brain for future robots.“You can give the neurons instructions about what to do – in our case we tell it to provide a receptor that can detect explosives”, he told BBC. – Advertisement – According to a report by the Nigerian Communications Week, the device could also be used to detect illness by sensing markers of a disease in the air molecules that a patient gives off.“This device can live on a desk and we can keep them alive for a couple of months. We think that the processing power that is going to run the robots of the future will be synthetic biology-based and we are laying the foundations for that today.”Agabi believes his startup company, which was launched over a year ago and has raised USD$1m in funding, could lead us into a future where devices such as Koniku Kore could be discreetly used at various points in airports, eliminating the need for queues to get through airport security.He says the company is already making profits of USD$10m upwards and has customers in the aviation and pharmaceuticals industries.[related-posts]source: BBC (and inputs from IT News Africa)last_img read more

ASME IShow Opens Applications for HardwareLed Social Innovations

first_imgTeam Matibabu Prize at the iSHOW competition in Kenya. (Photo Credit: Enstartup) Advertisement The ASME Innovation (iSHOW); a global competition for hardware led social innovation that focuses on the design and engineering journey of taking physical products to market—has opened applications till Feb. 8th, calling on hardware innovations that tackling problems in; water & sanitation, safety, energy, environment, agriculture & food, economy & community, health & nutrition, and education.The competition is open to individuals and organizations. Whether you’re selling your product directly to customers or employing a service-model to drive accessibility, all ideas are welcomed. 9 winners; 3 from each competition; U.S.A, India, and Kenya will stand a chance of winning a shared USD$500,000 (roughly UGX1,861,275,000) Seed Grant, and Access to Industry Experts. Notably, Uganda applicants can apply for the iShow Kenya competition.Applicants that are applying for the competition, should have an existing prototype and be interested in receiving financing, technical support and access to industry networks to assist in taking their product to market. – Advertisement – Following its previous events, in 2018 Uganda’s Lumenda, Musana Carts, and PedalTap—emerged finalists. Lumenda is an affordable and portable device for rapid and accurate diagnosis of neonatal bacterial meningitis in low-resource settings. While Musana Carts provides the tools and support to street vendors to achieve a clean, sustainable, and dependable work environment. And PedalTap is a no-touch, cost-effective, water-dispensing system actuated by a foot-pedal.In 2017, Matibabu; a non-invasive diagnostic kit used to detect malaria—a Ugandan invention by Brian Gitta, Atwine Morris, and Shafik Sekitto, emerged winners of the 2017 iShow Kenya—winning an exta USD$10,000 (roughly UGX37,225,500) seed grant to help run and support their invention. Notably, two other innovations from Kenya (to sum to a total of 3 winning innovations); Science Set, and Sign-IO emerged winners as well.Apply for the competition Follow LINK.last_img read more

Arriba Espana

first_imgI have what is called a ‘mezzuah’ stuck to the right of my front door. Itwas here when I arrived and I have chosen not to remove it. I bought theflat from the wife of my late childhood hero, then adult mentor, thegreyhound bookmaker, Tony Morris. It has been said by several people overthe years that myself and Tony Morris have several likenesses andcharacteristics, but despite the fact that my name is Benjamin, sometimeseven abbreviated to Benny, and I am a bookmaker, to some peoples amazement,I am not Jewish.A mezzuah is a Jewish welcome sign that means a warm welcome, friendship,and kindness, are shown to all, and are qualities valued in the home it issat outside of.Last week I had the pleasure of the closest and oldest friends of an OlympicSpanish Synchronised Swimming competitor, by the name of Andrea Fuentes,staying with me, so they could attend the games and offer her their fullsupport.I learnt this week that the Spanish are a nation of people that don’trequire such objects as mezzuahs as signs of, or in order to show, thequalities of a warm welcome, friendship, and kindness. Such togetherness isintrinsic in their culture and psyche and they behave as such, naturally.In short, I have had a fabulous last week and have been left with many happymemories of the Olympics.About six months ago, I was watching television, flicking around, as usual,and I came across a television program announcing the need of a charity tooffer friends and families of Olympic competitors a place to stay. Ithought this was a good idea and like all good ideas, I got Pam Statementson the case right away.A few months later, came the news that two young ladies, by the names ofLluisa and Cora, were coming to stay for five nights, during the second weekof the Olympic Games. They were attending the games to support AndreaFuentes, who was battling to become the highest Olympic medal winner inSpanish history, her specialist sport being Synchronised Swimming. Howexciting! I was very much looking forward to their stay and, god rest hersoul, the long-suffering but ever loyal, Pam Statements, got everythingorganised. Thanks Pam!Along came last Tuesday morning and Ivan, Star’s answer to StephenSpielberg, who also doubles up as a driver, picked up my anticipated guestsfrom near Stanstead Airport. To add to the nervous energy of the day, theyhad to get their tickets, get to me to drop their stuff off, and then we allhad to make our way to the Olympic Park in Stratford by one ‘o clock.Anyway, all ran smoothly, and on Ivan’s arrival, myself, the delightfulBelinda, who has taken up the mantle as being my official Spanish teacherand Brighton life-assistant, Cora, and Lluisa, jumped in a black cab andmade our way to the finals of the Olympic Synchronised Swimming Pairs Final.I am going to try and pass on to you how excited they were. As I say, Iwill try and do my best, but I’m not sure at times if words can describetheir love, excitement, loyalty, and kindness, towards Andrea and herOlympic dream.After about five minutes in the taxi even I was so swept away with theirenthusiasm that, like a five year old (no change there!) I was asking thecabbie how much longer it would be to get there. They were having hugs,nervous chatter, and were so passionate about the day ahead were actuallycrying with excitement. I really must say that from just these firstmoments of meeting the girls, I felt so happy that I was able to play asmall part in helping them enjoy the week in London.So we arrive at the Olympic Park.In usual style, I have arrived, pretty much last minute, with no tickets. Ithink, again, as usual, that this won’t be a problem as there will be amillion scallywags wandering around selling the necessary entrances.WRONG.I couldnt find any, and after making a couple of telephone calls to a coupleof the said scallies, who’s numbers are saved in my mobile, found out theyhad all been nicked for plying their trade the week before.Back in the cab for myself and Belinda.Now ensued an exciting and whistlestop goose-chase around Central Londonwhich ended in me having both of eyes removed, from their sockets, with thewrong end of a spoon, thus parting with £600, and then making our way backto Stratford using the most impressive ‘Javelin’ train from Kings Cross,with two ticket for the swimming.Anyway, to be honest it all added to the adventurous nature of the day, andthe main thing is that we got in, just in time, to see Andrea perform.I discovered at this point that Andrea and her swimming partner are morethan human. They are living and real mermaids. Appearing at the edge ofthe pool, posing like a cross between elegant bullfighters and flamencodancers, they made their way to centre stage with a cheeky little walk,where upon they dived in to the pool and intertwined like creatures of thedeep.This was a magical moment. I was later to find out that Andrea has trainedeveryday, for many years, for up to ten hours, and I was not surprised.They had created an elegant, at times flirty, definitely artistic, and trulybeautiful display for the judges. As they emerged from the water, beamingand radiant from ear to ear, now came possibly the longest one minute waitof their lives….SILVER!!!!YES!!!!ARRIBA ESPANA!!!! (I’m really getting into it now! :)) )The emotion levels sky-rocketted yet again and a week of drama, passion, andLluisa and Cora’s love for Andrea was starting to unfold with the mostperfect possible start.These guys go to bed LATE.Due to all bedrooms now being occupied, I pretended to be a gentleman, andrelegated myself to sleeping in the lounge. Ivan had presented the girlswith a set of keys each and I thought all bases had been covered. However,at about half past four, my telephone was buzzing and awoke me. It wasLluisa. I answered immediately praying that there had not been some awfulaccident. She was at the front door and couldn’t get in! The poor girlshad been standing their for half an hour, trying the key, but we had cut thewrong bloody one!! I felt ABSOLUTELY terrible about this – they had evenbeen considering sleeping outside the front door, as to not wake me up –they are ACTUALLY that nice!!! All’s well that ends well though, and theywere safely tucked up in bed a few minutes later – myself eating humble pielater in the morning when they woke up. Apologies once again, girls.When they woke up, they then recounted several times for me, as if I wasn’tthere, their starstruck and dreamlike vision of the day before’s performancefrom Andrea – their friend and inspiration.It was all so exciting and there was so much texting and fast Spanishtalking going on that Lluisa made the executive decision that to add furtherto the weeks entertainment, her boyfriend, Louis, was to make his wayIMMEDIATELY to London to join us for the rest of the week. He arrived laterthat day and we then set off for a guided tour, by yours truly, of London.I was quite enjoying being a tourist in the West End for the first time andwe made our way to look at Tony Blair’s house, Oxford Street, down RegentsStreet, then into Soho for some emergency tapas, through Trafalgar Square,and ending on the Southbank, where we jumped on a boat, in a perfect summersunshine, and went up and down the Thames. Bootiful Bernard!That evening, I organised for us to go to Rules, London’s oldest and mosttraditional English restaurant. They do a bloody good roast beef andold-fashioned pudds, so this was certainly no hardship on my part. I showedmy guests Rules’ website and they were totally gleefull and clapping theirhands like excited schoolchildren, announcing that the restaurant was‘super-tipi’. In Spanish, this means ‘super traditional’, and it justsounds SO much better and more fun in their language. Phonetically itsounds a bit like this…“Sooopppairrr Teeepppeee!!!”Even now I couldn’t wait to get to Rules, and I’ve been there four milliontimes. I’d been totally ‘super-tipi’d’!!!! :))You may have noticed that some Spanish and South American footballers havetheir own special nicknames such as El Nino (the boy). I told my gueststhat my specialist sport was infact, eating, and that my Spanish nickname,that I had given myself, was ‘El Gordo’ (the fattest one).They thought this was VERY funny and that I was joking.The two trays, like staircases of layer after layer of roast beef, arrived,and we went to war.I ate more.Then I ate some more.Then I had a little rest.Then I went back to work.By now Louis, was in awe.‘Amazing’.‘Where do you put it all?’.And then finally, when he just couldn’t believe my eating performance, hepaid me the greatest eating compliment I have ever received when he simplysaid…‘El Gordo, you are my hero!’So the next three days passed, all with lots of Spanish practise for me,returning in the middle of the night from more celebrations for them, andlots of me hearing stories about their lives in Spain and Andrea’sincredible swimmimng prowess. I think that Spanish girls would definitelywin Gold for smoking, though. At every opportunity they popped outside ontothe balcony for a quick ciggie and I found it very funny when I asked themwhat exercise they did. They both responded, very seriously, that theydidn’t bother because Andrea did all of their exercise for them too!Hahaha!!!On the last night, I was told that we were going to go to a big dinner,being held for all of the members of the Spanish Synchronised Swimming Team,and their friends and family. Cora told me that Andrea MIGHT, just MIGHT,have a photo with me. Oh my god!By the time Saturday night came, Andrea had been so built up to me, I was insuch a stew and anticipation of meeting her, I may aswell have been a sevenyear old boy about to meet BECKHAM, be led onto Wembley holding his hand,before he makes his England comeback. This was it! :))They were a truly lovely crowd. I was introduced to EVERY person there andALL could not have been warmer and more welcoming to me. They toasted somany different things that by the end of the evening they were just toastinghaving a toast, and needed no excuse to laugh and feel really…together.An unrushed innocence. Like another race. To them being Spanish means somuch more than a passport. It is a membership of a cherished family. Andit was humbling and so rewarding to see.As I made my way home at about half past midnight, I said my goodbyes, had aphoto with Andrea and all of her gang, and promised them I would be there toshow my support in Barcelona at the World Championships.What I really hope though, is that Cora, Andrea, and Lluisa, who havesupported each other since the age of three, continue their almost fantasylike friendship. They are a great team and I only wonder what their nexttarget will be when they get bored with synchronised swimming?!Good luck girls, Arriba Espana!!!Love, Ben xlast_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 22 December HORSE RACING12.50 ChelmsfordAuberge Du Lac 10/1 > 5/12.50 ChelmsfordPlus Night 7/4 > 5/43.00 WolverhamptonSong Of Shadows 2/1 > 5/44.00 ChelmsfordCadeau Magnifique 11/4 > 2/1LIVE FOOTBALLSerie A19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD11/4 Fiorentina 21/20 Napoli 5/2 DRAWSerie A19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD1/3 Roma 9/1 Chievo 4/1 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more