A national forum set up 15 years ago to involve pe

first_imgA national forum set up 15 years ago to involve people with learning difficulties in developing government policy is set to lose its Department of Health (DH) funding.Inclusion North, the disability organisation that is paid by DH to run the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities (NFPLD), has been told there are “currently no plans to extend, renew or re-tender” its two-year contract when it expires on 31 March.Over the last two years, Inclusion North has received £419,000 to “facilitate and host” NFPLD and the National Valuing Families Forum, whose members are carers of people with learning difficulties and their allies.When it was set up as a result of Labour’s ground-breaking Valuing People learning difficulties white paper in 2001, the government said NFPLD would “involve people with learning disabilities in policy development” and “contribute to monitoring the impact of Valuing People”.But Inclusion North has now been told by DH to come up with an “exit plan”, including new ways of funding the forums.A petition set up to call on ministers to reverse their decision has so far been signed by nearly 1,800 people, while a social media campaign has featured self-advocates pictured with their hands over their mouths to demonstrate the #NoVoice social media hashtag.The petition says: “We work closely with the Government and national organisations at a high level to ensure that the voices of people with learning disabilities are heard when decisions are made that impact upon our lives.“However we have now been informed by the Department of Health that our funding is to be completely cut in March 2017.“We think that this decision is very wrong. It will be another way of taking away our voice.”Ian Davies, a former member of the national forum and currently a coordinator of the East Midlands regional forum – but speaking to Disability News Service as an individual – said he felt “frustrated” by the government’s decision.He said: “It’s a big loss. When you think about Valuing People when it started out in 2001 and what the government was trying to do, to set up a platform where people with learning difficulties could express their feelings to government, that’s going to be all taken away.“They are not going to have that platform. Exactly what we think about what’s going on, that will not be there.“How else are they going to hear those things from people themselves?” He added: “We know it has a lot to do with cuts. It’s cuts here, cuts there, cuts everywhere.“Who gets it first? It’s people with learning difficulties.“I can’t still understand why they want to drag that away from people when there is a lot of really good valuable work done on behalf of it.“It’s done some really good, strong work in the past and now it’s going to end up with no funding.”There are nine regional forums that feed into NFPLD, with two representatives from each of them elected by their own members to sit on the national forum.Two members of the national forum attend the government’s National Learning Disability Programme Board.Among the national forum’s achievements is Staying Strong, a guide it published five years ago to help other self-advocacy groups threatened by government funding cuts. It has also spoken out strongly in the wake of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal, and about the safety of care facilities following the death of Connor Sparrowhawk and subsequent revelations that an NHS trust failed to investigate hundreds of unexpected deaths of people with learning difficulties and mental health problems.A DH spokeswoman said: “The contract included a requirement for Inclusion North to work with the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities and the National Valuing Families Forum to look at options for both organisations to become self-sustaining from 1 April 2017.“The end of the contract doesn’t prevent the forums from seeking other sources of support.”She added: “We highly value the contributions people with learning difficulties make in informing policy, and the forums are not the only way we currently engage with representatives.“The contract between the Department of Health and Inclusion North was to support people with learning disabilities and family carers to contribute to policy-making, planning and oversight of services on learning disabilities.“The Department of Health wants to ensure that these people, and their family and carers, continue to be closely involved in co-producing and informing policies.“We are considering how best to ensure continued engagement with people with learning disabilities and family carers in the future.”Inclusion North has so far failed to respond to a request to comment on losing the DH funding, and to a request to speak to someone from the forum.last_img read more

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Labour MP Shabana Mahmood has come under fire from

first_imgLabour MP Shabana Mahmood has come under fire from Labour supporters and LGBT campaigners over a speech she made about same-sex relationship lessons in primary schools.In response to a petition signed by over 1,700 of her constituents, the MP for Birmingham Ladywood argued in parliament that the “religious background” of pupils and the “age appropriateness” of conversations should be taken into account when teaching RSE in relation to LGBT issues.Mahmood said all parents should have been consulted before the new RSE curriculum – a programme of lessons called ‘No Outsiders’ – was launched in local schools.It was reported by The Guardian last week that Parkfield community school in Birmingham has stopped lessons aimed at challenging homophobia after parents protested and hundreds of Muslim children were taken out of school for a day.It’s vital that schools follow the guidance for teaching #RSE, with parental engagement and proper consideration for pupils’ religion and background. Yesterday, I made this clear to Education ministers in response to a petition signed by 1,763 #Birmingham #Ladywood constituents. pic.twitter.com/M3Whe4SgDs— Shabana Mahmood (@ShabanaMahmood) February 26, 2019When the tweeted video received attention today, commentators including Owen Jones criticised the speech on Twitter, while LGBT Labour released a statement also recalling the importance of repealing Section 28.“We have written to Shabana Mahmood MP asking to meet with her,” LGBT Labour’s Melantha Chittenden and Robbie Young said. “It is the role of any Labour MP to fight to make legislation more progressive, not to use it to help protect bigotry.”This, from a Labour MP, is absolutely shocking. The parents at this Birmingham school are trying to stop lessons educating pupils about the existence of gay people. To suggest that isn’t “age appropriate” is the same argument used to justify Section 28. You should apologise. https://t.co/90rtE92f6g— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) March 5, 2019Mahmood has now written a Medium blogpost explaining her position. “Nowhere have I said that LGBT relationships should not be taught – because that’s not my position,” the post reads. “Nowhere have I called for a return to the days of Section 28 – because that law was a dehumanising stain rightly removed by a Labour government.”She goes on to argue that the parents were “focussed not on prejudice, but on process” as “they had not been engaged with by the school” and “felt that the government guidance in place was not being followed”.Benjamin Butterworth, a journalist and former chair of London Young Labour, tweeted in response: “This is a weak reply by @ShabanaMahmood that has lots about other issues and other people’s work in a Labour govt, but nothing taking back her suggestion it’s not “age appropriate” for kids to know some people are gay. The fact she finds it so hard to say speaks volumes.”Tags:Labour /LGBT Labour /Shabana Mahmood /SRE /last_img read more

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Sweep Report Staying dry on Valencia

first_img“After the 1515 shelter opened, a lot of the tents and encampments were taken out of the Mission because people have an alternative place to go,” said Rachel Gordon, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Works.  But as winter approaches — and, with it, storms like those of the past few weeks — the Mission’s homeless population is still searching for places to stay, and still being told to move elsewhere, wherever that may be.   On Monday, the first warning from police came around 9 a.m., David said. A squad car rolled up, gave a blare from its siren, and a cop on a loudspeaker told David and some six other people camping under the overpass to pack up and move along. After 45 minutes, David said, the police were back, but this time they got out and told the campers they needed to leave. He also said, around that time, Public Works staff came but were very quick. Meanwhile, Jonathan Campbell, 33, had been buying some snacks at the store. When he came back to the overpass, his tent was gone, and his friends told him that a Public Works crew had taken it.He also lost his sleeping bag, mattress, blanket, clothes, and some medication, he said, and that two weeks ago, while staying on Division Street, a Public Works crew had taken another tent.“I’m broke and I have no money to buy another tent,” he said. “The feeling sucks.” Nelson Wison, 36, said he came to the overpass five days ago because of the rain. He said that, generally, overpasses become more crowded on rainy days. “Mostly people like to spread out, but when it’s raining you don’t have much of a choice,” he said. A 39-year-old man who went by E.K.O. was also packing up his belongings, although he said he had nowhere to go. “I spend all day chasing my tail, from one spot to the next,” he said. David G. said he saw the outreach team come on Sunday, although he said he didn’t get a chance to talk to them. “I’d like to check on the Navigation Center,” he said. “It’s a good thing,” said Taylor Heath, David’s friend, who had walked over from the Navigation Center on 1950 Mission St., where he has been staying, to lend David a hand. “I hope they get us into housing and back to work.”David G. said that he’s waiting for a Social Security check, and that hopefully the Navigation Center wouldn’t be necessary. “I’ll hopefully not be on the street anymore,” he said. But “to be honest, I’m gonna keep coming back here.” Tags: homeless • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% On Monday morning around 11 a.m., as the sky began to drizzle, David G. was packing bike wheels and baby wipes into cardboard boxes under the overpass at Valencia and Duboce, where he has been camping for the last year or so. “They never used bother us here,” David said, explaining that that police and Department of Public Works crews started coming around more frequently two weeks ago.  He keeps the sidewalk clean and clear of his tent during the day, but he noted that the tents had increased and Public Works noticed. “When we started having more tents, they started coming,” he said, pointing to some other campers across Valencia, some of whom had come because of recent storms.Last month, District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen said that the number of tents in the Mission has decreased 75 percent, from around 200 to 50. The reduction, she said, coincided with the opening of a new Navigation Center at 1515 South Van Ness Ave in late June. Ronen is working to put two more Navigation Centers in the Mission. center_img 0%last_img read more

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Police union moves to block access to all current police shooting files

first_imgA last-ditch effort by a law enforcement union may block the public from gaining access to records related to police shooting investigations and officer misconduct created before 2019. On Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) filed a petition with the California Supreme Court, asking the court to prevent the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department from releasing records filed before a new law — SB 1421 — takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.If successful, the San Bernardino case could induce a cascading effect throughout the state. In fact, it already is: As a result of the San Bernardino petition, the San Francisco Police Department is consulting with the City Attorney’s Office on whether it, too, must provide such records dated before Jan. 1, 2019, confirmed police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak. Andraychak added that: “The department does not plan to challenge the legislation” and is “currently working to devise a plan to respond anticipated requests.” SB 1421, penned by Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), passed the legislature in October and was subsequently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. It makes certain records related to officer misconduct and police shooting investigations available to the public. For example, the public can, come January, request certain materials related to any officer’s personnel file — incidents related to the officer that involve the discharge of a firearm, use of force resulting in death or great bodily injury, on-the-job sexual assault, and dishonesty in reporting or investigating a crime.At present, the law’s intent is to grant everyday citizens — as well as prosecutors and defense attorneys — the opportunity to know the backgrounds of the officers patrolling their streets and testifying in criminal cases. The San Bernardino-based union argues that the law does not specifically state that it applies retroactively, and is asking the court to order the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department to restrict requests for records created before Jan. 1, 2019. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department told the Los Angeles Times, however, that it plans to respond to records requests with “all the information it has” — meaning it will comply with the law moving forward.  But the union’s president, Grant Ward, noted: “We believe retroactive application violates our members’ rights and we hope the California Supreme Court will consider the serious issues raised by our legal challenge.”Skinner, who authored the legislation, disagreed with the challenge. She argued that “retroactivity was silent” in the bill because a portion of it modified the California Public Records Act, which already applies to extant records for all public employees in the state. “If the record exists, and it fits the category of records that are being opened under SB 1421, it should be available,” Skinner said.She added that these matters should have been discussed during the legislative session, when various stakeholders had the chance to chime in — not after the law was passed. “Of course I’m going to monitor what the court’s response is,” Skinner said. “Clearly, we’re talking about public employees. We shall see if the court agrees.” San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said during a forum last week that the new law could help solve the lack of transparency around police shootings that can lead to “spin, soundbites innuendo, speculation” in the news media — coverage, he said, that “skewed the issue to an unacceptable level.” “That’s a transparency issue,” Scott said. “In California, the laws will change Jan. 1, and these cases will be open. And through public records requests, people will be able to have access to these investigations.” If the San Bernardino union succeeds, however, any police shooting investigation conducted before the new year could be buried indefinitely. Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

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First Team Match

first_imgJames Roby, Mark Percival, Zeb Taia and Alex Walmsley were all forced to miss out so Justin Holbrook was enforced to make four changes with Aaron Smith, Jack Welsby, James Bentley and Kyle Amor coming in.The changes didn’t seem to make much difference early on mind as Saints got off to a flyer as Dom Peyroux was set loose by Theo Fages and he dropped the shoulder past the full back to give Lachlan Coote the simplest of finishes for the opener. Coote tagging on the extras for an early 6-0 lead!Saints were over again in a matter of minutes. This time after great handling from right to left resulted in Fages providing the cut-out pass for Jack Welsby who went over in the corner for his first senior try on only his second senior appearance.Luke Thompson then made it 16-0 after the England international latched onto an excellent short ball from Morgan Knowles. Coote converted the extras.Theo Fages added to Saints absentees 20 minutes in as he was forced off through injury and Hull KR, to their credit capitalised scoring three tries in 16 minutes. First Kane Linnett went over in the corner, before winger Will Oakes powered over two minutes later and Linnett sent Rovers into the break ahead after Ryan Shaw kicked all three conversions.Within the opening five minutes of the second half Saints won a penalty right in front of the sticks and Coote levelled the game at 18-18.But the dogged Rovers came right back at Saints and after a neat kick through from Josh Drinkwater, Lunt pounced on the ball to give them a shock 18-24 lead.An end to end game saw Saints march up the other end and this time it was Amor who crashed over from close range levelling the score at 24-24. Coote adding the extras.A few big hits from Saints forwards got the Totally Wicked crowd rocking and on the hour mark Saints stepped up the pressure with Coote’s kicking game forcing repeat sets.Our momentum told in the 62nd minute when Smith managed to sneak over from dummy half for his first Saints try of the season and we now lead 30-24.Saints then looked in control and put the game to bed with 10 minutes to go as direct from the scrum, the ball was fed from left to right and Grace went in at the corner for the easiest of finishes.Saints march on!Match Summary:Saints:Tries:  Coote (5), Welsby (14), Thompson (19), Amor (58), Smith (62), Grace (74).Goals: Coote (6 from 8)Starting 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Jack Welsby, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Matthew Lees, Aaron Smith, Luke Thompson, James Bentley, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Kyle Amor, Jack Ashworth.Hull KR:Tries: Linnett (24,37), Oakes (27), Lunt (50).Goals: Shaw (4 from 4)Starting 13: Craig Hall, Ryan Shaw, Jimmy Keinhorst, Ben Crooks, Will Oakes, Josh Drinkwater, Chris Atkin, Mose Masoe, Tommy Lee, George Lawler, Joel Tomkins , Kane Linnett, Weller Hauraki .Interchanges: Mitch Garbutt , Taioalo Vaivai , Danny Addy, Shaun Lunt.HT: 16-18 FT: 36-24REF: T.GrantATT: 10,003last_img read more

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Two grievously injured in fourcar crash

first_img SharePrint Photo: Archives Photo: Archives A 21-year-old female driver from Swieqi and a 16-year-old Italian female passenger, who resides in San Ġwann and was in a different vehicle, were grievously injured early on Saturday morning when four cars collided, a police spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt. Ten persons were hospitalised following the incident which took place at around 4am on St Andrew’s Road.Five individuals were found to be suffering from slight injuries. These are 42-year-old male driver from Senglea, a 33-year-old Italian national residing in Paola and his passenger, a 17-year-old Italian female teenager residing in Għargħur and a 23-year-old female driver and her passenger, a 16-year-old Italian male teenager who resides in Birkirkara.Three youths suffered no injuries and have already been discharged from hospital. These are a 17-year-old girl residing in Buġibba, a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old Italian man residing in Mosta.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Hidden computer Spy virus found after six years

first_imgAdvertisement Symantec has discovered a hidden virus that has been spying on computers across the globe, including in India, for at least six years.The trojan worm named ‘Backdoor.Regin’ is involved in password and data theft, capturing screenshots from infected computers, network traffic monitoring and analysing email.The security firm says the virus targets computers in 10 countries, a majority in Russia and Saudi Arabia but five percent of the infections have been traced to India.“Regin has targeted mostly private individuals and small businesses, but also telecom, hospitality, energy, airline and research firms,” said Symantec in a statement. – Advertisement – With several stealth features, anti forensics, custom encryption, it is a “highly-complex threat which has been used in systematic data collection or intelligence gathering campaigns”.Regin has two versions, Version 1 which worked from 2008 and was withdrawn in 2011, and the second version that has been silently infecting computers since 2013.Almost 30% of the attacks are on telecom companies and “attacks on telecoms companies appear to be designed to gain access to calls being routed through their infrastructure”, Symantec noted.The country responsible for the worm has not been named until now.Source: Hindustan Timeslast_img read more

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These are the 15 best social media apps ever made for iPhone

first_imgImage Credit: huffpost Advertisement It’s difficult to imagine social media without the iPhone.Though many of today’s best-known social platforms began on the web, the iPhone by putting social media in our pockets is what helped the industry explode.This list is a look at our favorite social apps to ever grace the iPhone, based on our list of the best 100 iPhone apps of all time. As with the rest of the apps on the list, we evaluated social media and messaging apps based on their design, cultural impact and how they resonated with users. The apps below are ranked in the order in which they appeared on the best 100 list. 15. FireChat FireChat cleverly uses Bluetooth to allow its users to communicate with those nearby even when they don’t have a Wi-Fi or data connection. The app has shortcomings off the grid private messaging may not always be instantaneous and massive anonymous group chats can quickly get unruly but the app has proven particularly useful for activists who can stay in touch when other messaging apps can’t be relied upon. The app became massively popular in Hong Kong when pro-democracy protesters turned to FireChat to exchange messages when local networks were overloaded. – Advertisement – 14. Highlight Highlight was that flashpaper kind of app that burns super bright and then disappears in a puff of smoke. Launched at the end of 2011, Highlight was in the vanguard of “near me” apps and also caught the most flack as being the creepiest app idea on the planet. At the time, there were a lot of apps willing to help you find friends nearby. However, none were as polished as Highlight. As for the creep factor… well, that was real.The app used willingly shared location information to let you know when contacts were close, but the definitions of “willingly” and “contact” were fairly loose. The app is still around, sort of, but thanks to Highlight and other location-tracking apps, we now know that we much prefer to connect to people remotely via social apps like Facebook and would rather not be found in person, especially not by surprise.13. Yo The quintessential “dumb” app, Yo briefly captured the collective attention of the Internet when an app that only allowed you to say “yo” topped the App Store charts even if it was for just a few days. The app quickly racked up more than a million users and inspired dozens of copycats (Yo Hodor, anyone?) while helping kick off a new trend of ridiculous and ridiculous-sounding apps.For a minute, it seemed like everyone was trying to recreate Yo’s success with apps like Push for Pizza (a one-button app that delivered you a pizza) and Ethan (a messaging app that let you talk to a guy named Ethan.)Later, Yo’s creators proved the app was much more than a joke when they opened it up to third-party developers who started connecting Yo to other services. Today, you can use Yo to turn on your lights, remember where you parked your car, or follow your favorite sports teams, publishers and Instagrammers. There’s also an Apple Watch app, perhaps one of the few apps that reallymakes sense to have on your wrist. Though the app wasn’t able to sustain its early virality, it proved that “dumb” apps can have brains, too.12. Meerkat It was one of those moments where everyone seemed to be talking about the same thing. Perhaps it was because much of the tech press were all gathered at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, but the impact of Meerkat during that show was real and quite lasting. The app, which actually arrived just weeks before, kicked off the live, social video streaming craze quite a feat since the app was kind of ugly and had an odd name.Even with those handicaps, it became the app of SXSW, with everyone from journalists to CEOs were using it to broadcast their experiences and engage with their audience in real time. Meerkat took citizen journalism to a whole new level as “reporters” were able to respond to viewer comments, some of whom would direct where they wanted the Meerkatters to point their iPhones.No one saw Meerkat coming, especially Twitter. Meerkat was using Twitter’s API to give users instant access to all their followers through the app (Twitter eventually shut down that feature). If you had a lot of Twitter followers, that made Meerkat instantly powerful. You could tell thousands of people that you were going live right now. It was instant gratification, on both sides.No rise was more meteoric and none was shorter-lived. Twitter already had a similar app in the works, and just a few weeks later, it pushed out Periscope. The app looked better than Meerkat, but also felt somewhat incomplete.In the end, though, Meerkat remains, but has lost its footing to Periscope. Will it survive? No one knows, but it will never lose its place as the app that put mobile-to-mobile video broadcasting on the map.11. Periscope Periscope was not that first, and initially it was not the best mobile live streaming service But it may be the social video broadcast platform we remember. Owned by Twitter and rushed out the door in response to upstart Meerkat’s instant rock-star status at South By Southwest 2015, Periscope looked like a better-designed version of its competitor, but with curiously different functionality (comments on Periscope don’t post to Twitter, for instance).However, with Periscope’s good looks, smart interface and heart system (a form of liking the video stream by tapping the screen to add floating hearts, which stood in for Meerkat’s broadcast leaderboard), Periscope immediately put Meerkat on notice. The app has since improved significantly and seems like a somewhat more integrated part of the Twitter universe. It’s also becoming a verb: “Are you “Periscoping” this?”10. GroupMe It can be easy to forget now, but there was a time when group texting wasn’t natively supported in iMessage. Good thing we had GroupMe, which made it possible for groups of friends to seamlessly communicate in one conversation. Better yet, it was cross-platform, so you could message friends whether they were on Android, BlackBerry or who-knows-what. Now group texts are part of iMessage (not to mention every other messaging app) so GroupMe isn’t quite as relevant as it once was. But with advanced notification controls and built-in GIF search, it’s still one of the best ways to keep tabs on giant group message threads.9. Timehop Timehop’s nostalgia-triggering app launched on iOS in 2012 and on Android in 2014. It pulls archives from your accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more to show you what happened on that same day in previous years. Thanks to hashtags like #TBT and #FBF, Timehop had no problem gaining popularity. In fact, it was such a winning concept that Facebook joined in on the blast-from-the-past movement and introduced its “On This Day” feature. Timehop responded with an April Fools’ joke by announcing the fake app Timebook, calling Facebook out for essentially stealing its idea. The app design is relatively simple, but it hasn’t changed much over the years. If Timehop wants to keep up with the times, it’ll have to find new ways to keep users engaged.8. Path Path aimed to capitalize on Facebook backlash by offering a return to the original premise of a social network: Just you and your friends, and that’s it no games, no ads, no losers you met in a bar “poking” you. Path was the private villa to Facebook’s out of control pool party. The idea had merit, but Path was even more notable for its design, brandishing animated action buttons and orderly layering long before the concepts went mainstream with iOS 7 and Google’s Material. Path’s premise was ultimately its undoing, however: By limiting the number of people you could connect with, it never achieved “the network effect” and was ingloriously sold to a South Korean Internet company five years after launch.7. Snapchat An odd little app launched in 2011 with the name Picaboo, and it quickly became known for its signature “ephemeral” messages. A few months later, Picaboo disappeared and was reborn as Snapchat, and its signature ghost was on the way to being a star.Guided by its young cofounder Evan Spiegel, the app quickly took off with college students and teens who helped buoy the app from obscurity to the top of the charts in the span of a year. Its design was confusing and not intuitive at all and offered little guidance for newcomers but all that was intentional, the app equivalent of a “no parents allowed” sign.Though its popularity with tweens is frequently attributed to their affinity for PG-13 activities, the reasons for Snapchat’s popularity are much more complex. (If not, then any one of the myriad of better-designed copycat apps would have unseated it by now.)In a world where Instagram likes can dictate social standing and cyberbullying abounds, Snapchat was able to capitalize on its younger users’ need for authenticity. While Instagram is all about making a moment look perfect, Snapchat is about sharing whatever is happening right now awkward selfies, blurry videos, silly faces and all.It may sound like a small distinction but it’s one that’s helped the app become one of the most-loved apps among notoriously hard-to-impress teens, an area that Facebook for all its social-media might has struggled with.When Snapchat turned down what was reportedly a $3 billion offer from Facebook, many onlookers were, predictably, shocked. But with a new media platform in Snapchat Discover, sponsored stories, geofilters, channels, and selfie lenses, the company has shown it has business smarts, too.Even though Snapchat is now more popular, and more mainstream, than ever, grown ups may never really understand it. But that’s kind of the point.6. Tweetie When the App Store launched in 2008, Twitter apps quickly became a popular app category. The best Twitter client in those early days was Tweetie. How good was Tweetie? So good Twitter straight-up acquired the app in 2010 rather than trying to build its own. Tweetie 2, which launched in 2009, wasn’t just a breakthrough as a Twitter client. It also created the concept of pull to refresh. Today, pull-to-refresh is fundamental to the iPhone’s user experience and has spread to thousands upon thousands of apps, including Apple’s own mail client. Not bad for a measly Twitter client.[related-posts]5. Messenger Facebook launched Messenger in 2011 as its first spin-off app. With group and photo messaging abilities and nearly instant message delivery, it was a welcome, if not immediately significant addition at the time. Three years later, Facebook caught us by surprise when it shifted gears and made the Messenger app mandatory on mobile devices. The backlash was swift and intense at one point the app was ranked No. 1 in the App Store with a one star rating with users complaining about everything from performance to privacy concerns.But it was soon clear Facebook had much bigger plans for the app than messaging. Less than a year after the split, Messenger officially became a platform for other services, and the company is using the app as a launchpad for its new digital assistant “M.” Pretty cool for what was once a one-star app.4. WhatsApp It can be easy for Americans to forget, but SMS is a finite commodity in much of the world, where unlimited texting plans are nonexistent or prohibitively expensive. For people in those areas,WhatsApp which offered a fast and reliable SMS replacement was life changing. It’s no surprise it topped the App Store charts in dozens of countries within in its first year, even after its founders shifted from a free to a paid app. (It eventually became one of the most-downloaded U.S. apps as well.)Nearly six years and a $19 billion Facebook acquisition later, the app really hasn’t changed that much. Its design has always erred on the ugly side of minimalist, and new features are rarities. But all that is quite intentional — it’s not easy to make an app that’s reliably fast on the molasses-slow 2G connections used where WhatsApp is an essential part of daily life.3. WeChat If you still think WeChat is just about messaging, you’re vastly underestimating the platform, which now counts more than 650 million users. Weixin, as it’s known in China, is the most dominant social network in the People’s Republic, where Facebook, Instagram and many other apps are blocked. WeChat is where you go to pay bills, hail rides, play casual games, browse news, send friends money, and much more. Today, there are millions of “official accounts” on the platform which act as mini apps within the app, enabling users to interact with brands, services and even celebrities. Looking at what WeChat is to China, you can’t help but think this is what Facebook wants to be to the world.2. Twitter It took a little too long for Twitter to deliver an iPhone app. In fact, Twitter never really did. Instead, the company bought popular app Tweetie and built upon its platform (though it’s likely that whatever Tweetie code existed is long since gone). Today, the native Twitter client app’s utility and importance is undeniable. Having a dedicated app that Twitter could focus on and promote helped Twitter, for a time, experience almost meteoric growth. With its tabbed interface and sharp aqua design, it’s a rich app that highlights the best Twitter has to offer, while it makes it easy to discover the service’s newest features (hey, look at those Moments!). Twitter is now struggling to grow its user base, but there’s no question that little aqua bird and the iPhone have helped each other fly high.1. Facebook As an iPhone app, Facebook has had its ups and downs, but there’s no questioning its influence in app design. That “hamburger” you see in the top corner of many apps is really just an analogue of the Facebook app’s old tiled navigation. Facebook was one of the first apps to link directly with iOS a huge upgrade that let other apps more easily log in with Facebook credentials, not to mention turbocharged sharing photos and videos directly from your phone.The app used to be notoriously slow (due to a brief and disastrous flirtation with HTML5), but today Facebook provides one of the best mobile experiences you can find, and new features like Instant Articles and 360-degree video promise to take things even further. For many, without that white-on-blue “f” on the home screen, the iPhone feels naked.[Mashable]last_img read more

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Cisco wins US patent dispute over wifi technology

first_imgCISCO Campus in San Jose, California, United States. Image Credit: Cisco Advertisement Cisco Systems Inc did not infringe a patent holding company’s wifi technology, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, reversing a near $64-million judgment against the networking equipment maker in the long-running patent dispute.After eight years of litigation that also included a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said Cisco was not liable for directly infringing or inducing others to infringe a patent held by Commil USA LLC on a way to help spread wireless signals over a large area, where multiple access points are needed.Cisco General Counsel Mark Chandler said the company was gratified by the ruling. “The patent never had anything to do with our products and the millions of dollars spent defending this unmeritorious suit are a travesty,” he said in an emailed statement. – Advertisement – Representatives for Commil could not be reached on Monday.Texas-based Commil USA sued Cisco in 2007, shortly after buying the patent from an Israeli company, Commil Ltd, according to court documents. Cisco has called it a non-practicing entity, referring to a company that primarily makes money by licensing patents instead of making products.In 2011, a federal jury in Texas found that Cisco induced infringement by encouraging its customers to use Cisco products that infringe Commil’s patent. The jury awarded Commil almost $63.8 million in damages. A judge subsequently added $10.3 million in interest.[related-posts]In 2013, the Washington, D.C.-based Federal Circuit, the nation’s top appeals court specializing in patent issues, ordered a new trial, saying that Cisco should have been able to mount a defense based on its “good faith belief” that Commil’s patent was invalid.The Supreme Court in May said that defense was not legitimate, throwing out the ruling and sending the case back to the Federal Circuit.A three-judge Federal Circuit panel on Monday again ruled in favor of San Jose, California-based Cisco.The panel said that when it last considered the case, it did not consider some of Cisco’s arguments that it did not infringe the patent. In weighing those arguments this time, the panel said that “substantial evidence did not support the jury’s findings.”The case is Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems Inc, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 12-1042.[Reuters]last_img read more

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Digital Transformation Congress 2017 to address business transformation in the African context

first_imgCredit: PMA (flickr) Advertisement The Digital Transformation Congress (DTC2017) is expected to take place at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria on 16 November 2017.Under the theme, “Redefining the Future Organisation Through Digital”, the congress will bring together groupings of over 200 industry leaders, experts and professionals from diverse sectors for discussions on how digital transformation is changing business operations as we know them today.This year’s congress will be an interactive experience with world class speakers through provocative presentations and engaging panels will breakdown the key strategies on leading digital transformation in business. – Advertisement – DTC2017 will see business leaders and technology innovators come together to collaborate on the re-invention of products, processes, technologies and cultures through digital transformation. The congress will explore how to increase efficiency and agility with operational excellence.Why attend?Discover how to ensure digital innovation becomes a key process within your organisation as part of your transformation in order to achieve a competitive advantage.Enhance your experience through listening to world class speakers delivering lessons learnt from their digital journey.Through our interactive discussions have your say on the most important transformation considerations.Enable long lasting change and cultural transformation across your organisation.Real world business success stories presented by digital leaders.Discover new products & services.Key Topics to be discussedNavigating Cyber Security in the Digital Age.From finance transformation to business transformation through theMobility and Cloud: increasing accessibility for patients and doctors.Building a Digital-Savvy Workforce to Stay Competitive.Connected Cars, IoT, Analytics…Are you ready for Digital Transformation?Capitalising On The Mobile Space In Insurance Services: Commercialising Mobile Devices.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 7 FebruaryRACING1.00 MusselburghBrain Power 2/1 > 6/42.40 ChelmsfordStake Acclaim 7/2 > 9/42.50 NaasFairly Legal 5/2 > 13/8LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League13:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD7/2 AFC Bournemouth 10/11 Arsenal 13/5 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD6/5 Chelsea 14/5 Man Utd 9/4 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

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Deep institutional reform in Indias government needed Baker Institute expert says

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduDeep institutional reform in India’s government needed, Baker Institute expert saysHOUSTON – (Feb. 26, 2015) – In his first nine months in office, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a raft of initiatives, including a broad push to boost manufacturing. As India awaits the Modi government’s budget speech on Feb. 27, only major restructuring and bold moves recommended in the speech will suffice to unleash India’s true economic potential, according to Russell Green, an India expert and economist at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice University“India needs to upset the apple cart,” Green said. “The nation needs double-digit growth to attack poverty in a meaningful way. The present government system deeply forms the present economic structure and hampers growth in the most critical areas of the economy. Addressing the government’s broader micromanagement mindset would constitute bold reform.”Green said the Indian government must totally rethink its approach to providing public goods. “As of now, the justice, education and infrastructure systems are woefully inadequate, and more money is not a solution,” Green said. “Modi’s team must rethink management, incentives and the government’s approach, and all of these issues need a good dose of institutional reform. By focusing such reform on a three-pronged approach centered on accountability, privatization and civil service, India can seriously transform the way its government is run.”Green, the Baker Institute’s Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics and an adjunct assistant professor of economics at Rice, is available to comment on India’s economy and Modi’s reform efforts. Green served as the U.S. Treasury Department’s first financial attaché to India from 2008 to 2011.Green recently published a Baker Institute study, “Can ‘Make in India’ Make Jobs?,” which examines the potential impact on employment of Modi’s new “Make in India” campaign to develop India’s manufacturing sector.For more information or to interview Green, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu 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: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/russell-green.Founded 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 www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

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Bad cold If youre lonely it may feel worse

first_imgShare9Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduBad cold? If you’re lonely, it may feel worseRice University study shows lonelier people report more acute symptoms  HOUSTON – (March 30, 2017) – Suffering through a cold is annoying enough, but if you’re lonely, you’re likely to feel even worse, according to Rice University researchers.A study led by Rice psychologist Chris Fagundes and graduate student Angie LeRoy indicated people who feel lonely are more prone to report that their cold symptoms are more severe than those who have stronger social networks.“Loneliness puts people at risk for premature mortality and all kinds of other physical illnesses,” LeRoy said. “But nothing had been done to look at an acute but temporary illness that we’re all vulnerable to, like the common cold.”The study is the subject of a paper published this week in Health Psychology.The researchers drew a distinction between feeling lonely and actual social isolation.Illustration by Valentina Gonzalez“This paper is about the quality of your relationships, not the quantity,” LeRoy said. “You can be in a crowded room and feel lonely. That perception is what seems to be important when it comes to these cold symptoms.”Carrying out this task meant finding lonely people, isolating them — and giving them a cold.A total of 159 people age 18-55, nearly 60 percent of them men, were assessed for their psychological and physical health, given cold-inducing nasal drops and quarantined for five days in hotel rooms.The participants, scored in advance on the Short Loneliness Scale and the Social Network Index, were monitored during and after the five-day stay. After adjusting for demographics like gender and age, the season, depressive affect and social isolation, the results showed those who felt lonely were no more likely to get a cold than those who weren’t.But those who were screened in advance for their level of loneliness and became infected — not all of the participants did — reported a greater severity of symptoms than those recorded in previous studies used as controls. The size of the participants’ social networks appeared to have no bearing on how sick they felt. Chris Fagundes and Angie LeRoy. Photo by Jeff Fitlow“Previous research has shown that different psycho-social factors like feeling rejected or feeling left out or not having strong social bonds with other people do make people feel worse physically, mentally and emotionally,” LeRoy said. “So we had that general framework to work with.”The effect may be the same for those under other kinds of stress, Fagundes said. “Anytime you have an illness, it’s a stressor, and this phenomenon would probably occur,” he said. “A predisposition, whether it’s physical or mental, can be exaggerated by a subsequent stressor. In this case, the subsequent stressor is getting sick, but it could be the loss of a loved one, or getting breast cancer, which are subjects we also study.“What makes this study so novel is the tight experimental design. It’s all about a particular predisposition (loneliness) interacting with a particular stressor,” he said.“Doctors should take psychological factors into account at intake on a regular basis,” Fagundes said. “It would definitely help them understand the phenomenon when the person comes in sick.”“We think this is important, particularly because of the economic burden associated with the common cold,” LeRoy added. “Millions of people miss work each year because of it. And that has to do with how they feel, not necessarily with how much they’re blowing their noses.”The findings are also an incentive to be more socially active, she said. “If you build those networks — consistently working on them and your relationships — when you do fall ill, it may not feel so bad.” Co-authors of the paper are Rice postdoctoral researcher Kyle Murdock; Lisa Jaremka, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Delaware; and Asad Loya, a research assistant at Rice. LeRoy is a joint graduate student at the University of Houston. The data was obtained in collaboration with the Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease at Carnegie Mellon University under the directorship of Sheldon Cohen. Fagundes supervised all aspects of the paper development.The research was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the National Institutes of Health, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. -30-Read the abstract at http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/hea-hea0000467.pdfFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Biobehavioral Mechanisms Explaining Disparities Lab: http://bmed.rice.edu/people/Rice Department of Psychology: https://psychology.rice.eduImages for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/12/0109_LONELY-1-WEB-2bvyapa.jpgChris Fagundes and Angie LeRoy. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/12/0109_LONELY-2-WEB-2iz6665.jpgIllustration by Valentina Gonzalez/Rice Universitylast_img read more

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New UT Dallas Partnership at Jindal School Helps Make Global Connections

first_imgNew UT Dallas Partnership at Jindal School Helps Make Global Connections In a move to increase strong global business connections, the International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management has announced a new partnership with the Le Mans University of France.The new partnership, which was approved last November in France, will connect Jindal’s International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis (ICDRiA) with Le Mans’ new Risk and Insurance Institute. The formal agreement was signed by ICDRiA director, Dr. Alain Bensoussan, and Jindal School dean Dr. Hasan Pirkul.“[T]he partnership will enhance the Jindal School’s research profile in Europe and promises to establish welcome new ties in energy, finance, insurance, operations management and other disciplines,” Dr. Pirkul said. According to Bensoussan, who founded ICDRiA in 2004 to better study risk management and decision making in large-investment industrial projects, believes the partnership will the university better reach its goal of developing strong international ties.“Everything is connected in today’s global economy, which makes it important to develop links in research,” he added.Le Mans University is located 130 miles southwest of Paris and is home to several large global insurance companies that work side-by-side with the school on risk analysis measures. Already, the university has demonstrated the wide-reaching impact of their work, through partnerships that invest in renewable energy and support infrastructure. Similar projects are planned for the partnership between Le Mans and Jindal, using the school’s resources to explore projects related to U.S. infrastructure, financial institutions and energy providers.“We’ll be working together with good people, exchanging ideas and building momentum,” Bensoussan further explained. “By cooperating, instead of isolating ourselves, we can both create something significant.” About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer RelatedUT Dallas Celebrates 40th Anniversary of the Jindal SchoolThe University of Texas at Dallas – Naveen Jindal School of Management recently held an event celebrating the school’s 40th anniversary, honoring four decades of education and excellence. The event, which was held on March 1st, honored the students, faculty and supporters of JSOM over the last forty years. Dr.…April 20, 2016In “Featured Region”The Global MBA Experience in DallasBusiness certainly has no borders. As new technology makes it easier for people to connect on different sides of the world, having a navigable knowledge of international business practices can be a crucial part of building and growing your career. While most MBA programs provide a strong foundation of business…August 16, 2017In “Featured Home”Jindal School Alum Honored by the ‘Dallas Business Journal’An MBA alumna from the University of Texas at Dallas – Naveen Jindal School of Management was recently named a “Women in Business” honoree at the 2017 Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Awards. Each year, the journal presents awards to women who have made an impact in business and in communities throughout…October 4, 2017In “Featured Region”center_img regions: Dallas Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

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Utah Locker Room Stabbing Leaves 5 Injured School Stunned

first_img Share Police stand outside Mountain View High School after several students were stabbed inside the high school Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Orem, Utah Police say a 16-year-old boy was taken into custody after the stabbings. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) US Utah Locker Room Stabbing Leaves 5 Injured, School Stunned By The Associated Press November 16, 2016 Updated: November 16, 2016 Show Discussioncenter_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   OREM, Utah—High school junior Karen Martinez was arriving for her first class when she saw three boys run from a locker room toward the school’s central office, one with a head wound and another with a neck injury. One had blood running down the back of his shirt.Inside the locker room, police say, a 16-year-old straight-A student with no record of disciplinary trouble had attacked his classmates at Mountain View High School with a knife as they changed into their gym clothes.“It was awful,” said Martinez, her eyes filled with tears. “It was so terrifying. I didn’t know any of the kids but still it was like an awful feeling to see all those kids getting hurt.”On Wednesday, authorities released chilling 911 recordings about the attack a day earlier, with callers to police pleading for help.One caller told dispatchers: “There’s someone at Mountain View killing people! He’s stabbing people! He’s stabbing people!”In another call, a woman said a boy was in the school’s attendance office with stab wounds to his neck and that another victim was on the way. “We just need some help,” she said.Police say the suspect, a sophomore in his first year at the high school after being home-schooled, also stabbed himself in the neck. He was cornered Tuesday by school workers until a police officer assigned to the school got to the locker room and subdued him with a Taser shot.Authorities did not identify the suspect by name because of his age.The five victims are all expected to survive, hospital officials said. The two most seriously injured were in critical but stable condition, according to Utah Valley Hospital.The attack spread fear and panic among students who described a gruesome scene immediately after the stabbings. Police said the knife used in the attack had a 3-inch blade.Orem police posted a letter online they said was from the parents of the teen, apologizing. They said none of the victims had done anything to hurt their son and the stabbings were not racially or ethnically motivated.“We are at a loss to express how deeply sorry we are for the pain and injury caused,” the letter says.Police said it appears the victims weren’t singled out for any reason other than being nearby when the attack started.School district spokeswoman Kimberly Bird said there were no indications the suspect was having problems or being bullied, she said.Investigators are talking to students who witnessed the attack and who knew the suspect as they try to determine a motive, said Gary Giles, the police chief in the city of Orem about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City where the attack happened.“Is it a fight? Is it somebody who is upset with somebody? Is there more to it than that?” Giles said. “I don’t have those answers.”Student Paxton Ransom was in the locker room when it happened. He saw blood on the floor and thought it was fake until he looked around the corner and saw someone on the ground who had been stabbed. He ran away and hid with other students in the school’s weight room, texting his mother “There’s been a stabbing but I’m ok.”She joined hundreds of parents who rushed to the school to find out if their children were safe, letting him go back to classes after giving him a hug.The school, with 1,300 students, was put on lockdown after the stabbings for about an hour until police determined there was no danger for students. Some parents took their children home and others allowed them to finish the school day.Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s children attended the school years ago, and he tweeted, “It’s a community close to our hearts. My prayers are with the students and staff.”The school plans to investigate if the suspect had been acting in a way that should have been addressed by school officials prior to the attack, Bird said.The school bans weapons but doesn’t have metal detectors or other security procedures to check students each day, she said. It’s unlikely they’ll implement any of those now, either, because they don’t want to make the school feel like a prison, Bird said. last_img read more

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1 Dead Several Injured in Luxembourg Train Crash

first_img Show Discussion In this image provided by the Luxembourg Police Grand Ducale, an aerial view of the wreckage of a passenger train and a freight train after they collided in Bettemberg, Luxembourg on Feb. 14, 2017. (Luxembourg Police Grand Ducale via AP) Share 1 Dead, Several Injured in Luxembourg Train Crash By The Associated Press February 14, 2017 Updated: February 14, 2017 Share this articlecenter_img US LUXEMBOURG—One person died and several were injured Tuesday in a head-on collision between a freight train and a passenger train in Luxembourg.The CLT rail company said in a statement that the passenger train heading into France went through a stop signal for reasons still unclear.In this image provided by the Luxembourg Police Grand Ducale, the wreckage of a passenger train and a freight train after they collided in Bettemberg, Luxembourg on Feb. 14, 2017. (Luxembourg Police Grand Ducale via AP) In this image provided by the Luxembourg Police Grand Ducale, the wreckage of a passenger train and a freight train after they collided in Bettemberg, Luxembourg on Feb. 14, 2017. (Luxembourg Police Grand Ducale via AP)Police said the morning crash in southern Bettembourg left some people stuck in the badly mangled passenger car. One person died while two were taken to a hospital for further treatment. Another was only slightly injured.Images from the crash showed the locomotive of the freight car deep into the passenger train with several cargo cars derailed and spread over the other tracks behind it. Traffic into France was suspended for at least 48 hours.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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Man Drives His Pet Cow More than 2200 Miles Across the US

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON    QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The friends are living life to the full at the sanctuary, which McKernan quit his corporate job to launch in 2016.“It was sad we couldn’t save Mike’s sight, but he really is thriving especially thanks to Dan Jr., a name which my friend gave him for fun.“I started this sanctuary with my dad in 2016 after I got bored sitting at a computer in my tech job day-in, day-out and it’s been super rewarding.“Right now we have 32 animals, the cows but also pigs, turkeys, chickens, sheep, pigs and even donkeys.” https://vs.youmaker.com/assets/2018/0323/c9a5a8ec-acfa-4809-79e3-c932c90b087e/video_1080p.mp4 US News Show Discussion A man drove his pet cow more than 2,200 miles across the U.S. in an emergency road trip to try and save the animal’s sight.Dan McKernan, 28, rescued 6-month-old Hereford calf, named Mike, from a nearby farm in November 2017—but quickly noticed that there was something not right with Mike’s eyes.Keen to give the young calf the best chance at life, Mike took him to veterinarians at Michigan State University, who determined that he was blind in one eye and needed surgery on the other to treat a detached retina. Mike the cow pictured with owner Dan McKernan. (SWNS)McKernan began to research veterinary ophthalmologists and discovered Dr. Allison Hoffman—a miracle worker who has saved the sight of hundreds of animals. The only problem was that her practice was in California, more than 2,200 miles away from McKernan’s home in Chelsea, Michigan.The former tech worker, who now runs Barn Animal Sanctuary, did not let the distance stop him. He decided to load up his van and drive his farm pal across the country to Pasadena. Dan McKernan drove Mike the cow more than 2,000 miles across the U.S. in an emergency road trip. (SWNS)Although the surgery was unsuccessful, McKernan said the road trip was a wonderful experience. He said they visited Malibu and took photos at Mt. Rushmore on the way home.“I wanted to give Mike the best chance at saving his sight, just like I would if he was my pet dog or cat,” McKernan said.“I decided to take him to Pasadena to Dr. Hoffman’s surgery, she was such a sweetheart. Although it was unsuccessful I’m so glad we tried. Mike the cow at Dr. Hoffman’s surgery. (SWNS)“On the way we had a lot of funny looks when I would take him out of the van and at night it was interesting because I just bought a cot and slept in that for the three nights.“I guess when people saw him they were like ‘Holy crap, that’s a cow.’ Vets found that Mike was blind in one eye and needed surgery in the other. (SWNS)“When I brought him to the beach in Malibu he loved it. People just flocked to us it was really nice, they were just interested. Mike the cow and his owner Dan McKernan had a wonderful time on the road trip. (SWNS)Although his sight couldn’t be saved, Mike is thriving at the sanctuary thanks to his new seeing-eye buddy Dan Jr., named after their rescuer.center_img Share Share this article Man Drives His Pet Cow More than 2,200 Miles Across the US for Sight Saving Surgery By SWNS March 24, 2018 Updated: March 31, 2018 Recommended Video: Kayaker Rescues Iguana Swimming Miles From Shore  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video last_img read more

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Utah Police Release Bodycam Video of Officer Shooting at Pit Bull

first_imgQualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News Share Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img Police in Ogden, Utah, released a bodycam video of an officer shooting a dog earlier in August, and officials have cleared the officer in question.The officer asks “is the dog nice?” as he is approaching the home. The dog, a pit bull or pit bull mix, then starts barking and lunges at the officer. The officer then retreats and fires his weapon. The dog received “superficial injuries,” said police.In a statement, the Ogden Police Department wrote on Aug. 31 that the officer was dispatched to the home on a request from the Utah Division of Child and Family Services after an investigator got a report of “unsafe conditions for the children in the home and requested officers be present as she attempted to contact and interview a number of adults reported to be living there.”Ogden Police Officers J. Beck and J. Grimes then met with the investigator near the home, officials said.And as the officers entered the home’s driveway, a large pit bull approached them in an aggressive manner from the side of the truck. The dog was attached to a cable that was tied to the truck’s tailgate, but police said the cable was slack.“The officers stopped and called out to an adult male in the driveway, asking if the dog was friendly. The adult male answered that the dog was not and he would take it into the house,” said Ogden police. However, before the man could grab to the dog, the dog attacked Grimes and made “continued physical contact” with Grimes before trying to bite him.“Grimes was attempting to get away from the dog but could not because the dog continued the attack,” said police, adding that he “drew his duty firearm and fired one round.”It said, “After being struck by the bullet, the dog continued the attack until reaching the end of the cable, then ceased attacking and retreated.”Fox13 reported that the officer who fired the round at the dog was cleared.Police said that Ogden Animal Services Officers were called to the scene to take custody of the dog.“The owner of the dog placed a muzzle on the dog and then Ogden Animal Services Officers transported the dog to a Veterinary Hospital where the dog was treated for superficial injuries and then returned to the owner,” according to police.utah pit bull Police in Ogden, Utah, have released a bodycam video of an officer shooting a dog earlier in August, and officials have cleared the officer in question. (Ogden Police Department)‘Most Abused Dogs on Earth’Animal rights group PETA stated that pit bulls are “the most abused dogs on Earth.”“Pit bulls are left at shelters in record numbers—and since they are difficult to adopt out, reputable shelters (that don’t slam the door in the dogs’ faces) are finding that they must euthanize more pit bulls and pit bull mixes than all other dogs combined,” the group said.Read MorePit Bulls Attack, Kill 66-Year-Old Woman in NC Utah Police Release Bodycam Video of Officer Shooting at Pit Bull Warning: Graphic videoBy Jack Phillips August 31, 2018 Updated: August 31, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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Hurricane Florence Wind Speeds Reach 130 Mph Landfall Forecast for Friday

first_img Show Discussion QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Hurricane Florence Wind Speeds Reach 130 Mph, Landfall Forecast for Friday By Zachary Stieber September 11, 2018 Updated: September 11, 2018center_img Share this article Share Hurricane Florence wind speeds have hit 130 miles per hour as the category 4 hurricane approaches the East Coast of the United States and prompts widespread evacuations.The National Hurricane Center said in an 8 a.m. EST update on Sept. 11, that the maximum sustained winds had reached 130 mph.The information came from an Air Force Reserve Unit hurricane hunter aircraft, the center said.Read More140 MPH Winds: Hurricane Florence Now a Dangerous Cat. 4 StormMass Evacuations Ordered as Hurricane Florence Heads Toward CarolinasThe maximum wind speed is actually a decrease from the 140 MPH peak, but the center stated: “Florence is still a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Re-strengthening is forecast to occur during the next day or so, and Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday night.” Landfall is now projected for Friday, Sept. 14 just after 2 a.m.Wind ProbabilitiesThe center has also issued wind speed probabilities for selected locations that are either in the projected path of the hurricane or near the projected path.In South Carolina:Charleston—Up to 48miles per hourMyrtle Beach—Up to 92 miles per hourLittle River—Up to 93 miles per hourNorth Carolina:Bald Head Island—Up to 107 miles per hourWilmington—Up to 105 miles per hourSurf City and Cape Hatteras—Up to 108 miles per hourMorehead City and New River—Up to 114 miles per hourElizabeth City—Up to 92 miles per hourVirginia:Norfolk—Up to 75 miles per hourRichmond—Up to 67 miles per hourWind probabilities are projected as far north as New York City, which is projected to have minimal wind speed effects.However, some areas in Maryland and around Washington, D.C. may see increased winds.South Carolina National Guard soldiers transfer bulk diesel fuel into fuel tanker trucks for distribution in advance of Hurricane Florence, in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Sept. 10, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Brian Calhoun/Handout via Reuters) South Carolina National Guard soldiers transfer bulk diesel fuel into fuel tanker trucks for distribution in advance of Hurricane Florence, in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Sept. 10, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Brian Calhoun/Handout via Reuters)Watches in EffectMultiple warnings have been issued for parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.A hurricane watch and a storm surge watch—meaning a possibility of life-threatening water surges—has been issued for the area from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border; and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, which includes the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers, in North Carolina.Evacuation orders have been issued across the Carolinas and Virginia.From NTD.tv Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber last_img read more

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Former Reality TV Star Joe Giudice to Be Deported After Leaving Jail

first_img US News Teresa Giudice, (L) star of The Real Houswives of New Jersey, and Joe Giudice appears at Mount Airy Resort Casino for a book signing and meet and greet in Mount Pocono City on March 5, 2016. (Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Mount Airy Casino Resort) Share this article According to TMZ, Giudice’s wife Teresa was aware of the possibility of deportation. During an RHONJ reunion earlier this year, she implied that she’d move to Italy with her husband when asked about the possible outcome.“I wouldn’t mind, you know, I’m just saying. Listen, whatever God has planned for me, that’s what’s going to happen. I will embrace it the best I can,” Teresa responded.The next season of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” will premiere on Nov. 7.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Joe Giudice, has been informed that he’ll get deported to Italy once he is released from jail.Teresa And Joe Giudice Court Appearance Teresa Giudice (L) and Joe Giudice leave court after facing charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on March 4, 2014 in Newark, United States. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)According to Radar Online, the judge gave the order at Pennsylvania’s York Immigration Court on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 10. The order gives Giudice 30 days to appeal, or until Nov. 9.“Based upon the law, I find you deportable and ineligible for any kind of relief,” said judge John Ellington, while Giudice was listening through via teleconference in Allenwood, Penn., Radar Online reported.“Mr. Giudice, no matter how this turns out, I wish you the best. I decided this case as a matter of law,” Judge Ellington said.“I’ve been here my whole life, I wouldn’t know what to do in any other country,” Joe Giudice said during the hearing, adding that he felt he need to go back to his wife and children. Joe Giudice, who is the husband of Teresa Giudice and the father of four young daughters, is currently halfway through serving 41 months of jail time for conspiracy to commit wire and bankruptcy fraud. Former Reality TV Star Joe Giudice to Be Deported After Leaving Jail By Annie Wang October 11, 2018 Updated: October 11, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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