The private sector has implemented the Equality Ac

first_imgThe private sector has implemented the Equality Act far better than central and local government a committee of peers has been told by a prominent disabled campaigner.The peers were told that the focus on disability discrimination had faded since the “generic” Equality Act replaced legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had replaced the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and other equality watchdogs.Fazilet Hadi, director of engagement at the disability charity RNIB, told the committee that she did not think the Equality Act was taken seriously enough by local and central government.She was giving evidence in the second public session of the Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee, set up by the House of Lords to examine the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people.Hadi said: “I think we have seen better implementation of the act from the banks, the utilities, the John Lewis-es, the private sector, than we have ever seen from central or local government, and that is a bit of an indictment given that this is government legislation.“In 2015, there are still government departments that do not have proper mechanisms for giving blind and partially-sighted people and other people with disabilities info in accessible formats.“That’s not rocket science. They should have been doing it since 1999 and they are still not doing it.“We have got inaccessible websites, we have got inaccessible streetscapes, we have got inaccessible services.“Government really should be leading the way, they should be role models for this stuff, and they’re not.”Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, who also gave evidence to the committee, said that the sense of “moving in a positive direction seems to have slightly stalled” since the Equality Act was introduced, while “the hope that is attached to it is not as strong as it was”.She said the act could be “better promoted, used more systemically, and not just left to the individuals to pursue things”, for example, through the courts.Sayce said there needed to be more focus on the public sector equality duty (PSED), which imposes duties under the Equality Act on public sector organisations, including central government departments.She said: “I think we need a revived, high-level commitment to the PSED and to the principle of systemic change, not just reliance on individual redress.”Sayce said that DR UK was hearing frequently though its advice line that disabled people were “finding it very difficult to exercise their rights” in the workplace, and to access goods and services.She said: “It would be good to have a stronger, cross-government leadership on these issues… I don’t see the equality frame being used all that much and I think it would be really useful if it was.”Both Hadi and Sayce also criticised EHRC.Sayce said the EHRC had not been as active as the DRC in engaging with stakeholders, such as disabled people’s and business organisations and unions.She said: “As a stakeholder of the EHRC, I don’t see that kind of engagement.“The budget has gone down, the engagement has gone down, and although there are examples of good initiatives, I don’t see evidence of a systemic approach to really moving forward on disability equality that is strong enough.”Hadi added: “I, personally, as the director of a disability charity, have very little contact [with EHRC].“When the Disability Rights Commission was around, in those good old days, I would go there regularly, we’d talk to them regularly.”last_img read more

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The government has ignored key evidence that demon

first_imgThe government has ignored key evidence that demonstrates widespread breaches of the UN disability convention, according to disabled people’s grassroots groups and organisations that are working together to expose its failings.They spoke out after the government submitted its response to concerns raised earlier this year by a UN committee, which described where it had questions about whether the UK may have failed in its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The UK government’s 168-paragraph response to the “list of issues” produced by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) is the latest step in a process that will see it examined in public in Geneva next month on how it has implemented the convention.But disabled activists and campaigners who have been working to highlight the UK’s breaches of the convention said this week that the government’s defence of its position was “poor quality” and lacking in evidence.Ellen Clifford, a spokeswoman for the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) – a national anti-cuts network of user-led organisations – said the government had claimed in its response that its policies were having a positive impact on disabled people, without providing any evidence for those claims.She said the government had claimed that the Care Act 2014 was “helping to overturn traditional approaches to disability in health and social care by placing greater power in the hands of service users, including disabled people”, when there was substantial evidence to show that the act was not being implemented.There is no mention in the government’s response of the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) own evaluation of the closure of the Independent Living Fund, in which it had found that some former recipients had experienced a loss of support, a greater reliance on unpaid care and a negative impact on their physical and mental health after it closed.Only last week, Disability News Service reported how leading figures in the disability movement had described how the concept of disabled people using personal assistants had been severely damaged by years of austerity and government policies that have “degraded” the support mechanisms designed to enable independent living.Clifford pointed also to the second paragraph of the response, where the government claimed that it “embraces the social model of disability”.She said there was substantial evidence to show the government was instead influenced by the discredited biopsychosocial model of disability in its welfare reforms, by the psychiatric model in mental health services, and by the medical model in the use of assessment and treatment units for people with learning difficulties, all of which had caused harm to disabled people and led to breaches of the convention.Clifford said the government’s response overall was “just a list of policies” and “doesn’t deal with any of the substantive issues” raised by the UN in its list of issues.She said: “It just doesn’t present a picture of the experiences of Deaf and disabled people in the UK in 2017.”Dr Rosalind Tyler-Greig, human rights policy and engagement officer for Inclusion Scotland, said the government’s response “once again demonstrates its refusal to engage with many of the most important issues affecting the lives of disabled people”.She pointed to “telling” omissions, including the government stating that it spent nearly £17 billion on personal independence payment (PIP) and disability living allowance (DLA) in 2015-16, compared to £11 billion in 2006-07, but ignoring new figures – reported last week by Disability News Service – that showed more than half of those previously eligible for the higher mobility rate of DLA had lost that eligibility after being reassessed for PIP.And where the government states that legal aid “continues to provide access to justice for people in the most serious cases”, Tyler-Greig said that many disabled people with housing, employment or social security concerns “now find themselves priced out of justice” because of the UK government’s legal aid reforms.She added: “The government claims to have embraced the social model of disability. “However, this statement is merely a case of lip service and there is little evidence to support it.”In Scotland, she said, there had been progress in dealing with the impact of austerity, with the Scottish government promising “a different and non-discriminatory approach to social security”.But she said the delivery of social care “remains a significant concern in Scotland, and there is little in the state response to address this.“Inclusion Scotland is working with a range of partners to ensure that this UN process provides the appropriate levers to drive progress for disabled people in Scotland as well as in the UK.”There is also anger about the government’s continued failure – repeated in its response to the list of issues – to address the recommendations made by the UN committee following a separate inquiry into breaches of the convention.That inquiry – taken under article six of the convention’s optional protocol – found last year that the UK government was guilty of “grave” and “systematic” breaches of three specific articles of the human rights treaty.Most of those breaches – under articles 19 (independent living), article 27 (work and employment) and article 28 (adequate standard of living and social protection) of the convention – were caused by policies introduced by Conservative DWP ministers between 2010 and 2015.The government said last November that the inquiry report presented an “inaccurate” picture of life for disabled people in the UK, and dismissed all 11 of its recommendations.And in this month’s response to the list of issues, it says only that it “maintains the position of its response” to the article six inquiry and planned to “further showcase [its] commitment to progressing the rights and lived experience of disabled people” through the examination of its overall record on implementing the convention.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which played a key part in persuading the UN to carry out the article six investigation, is to meet with the UN committee next month in Geneva to discuss progress in following up the results of the inquiry, which is a separate but parallel process to the routine examination.DPAC has already told the committee that it believes “rights are regressing even further” since the publication of the inquiry report, including through further cuts to social care, concerns about DWP’s new health and work conversation, and the “utter disaster of universal credit”.Linda Burnip, a DPAC co-founder, said: “The message is very much that this isn’t over yet, and I will be speaking about the UN inquiry in the European parliament in September to MEPs and hammering home how shamefully the Tories have behaved.”ROFA and other organisations that visited Geneva in March to give evidence to the committee about the UK’s breaches of the convention – including Inclusion Scotland, Disability Wales and Disability Rights UK – are now working on a joint response to the government’s response, and have until the end of this month to submit it to the committee.Picture by Natasha Hirst: Representatives of ROFA and DPOs including Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland in Geneva in Marchlast_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The government has finally launched a new temporary fund that will support disabled candidates who want to stand for elected office, but only for the next 15 months.The Government Equalities Office (GEO) said the EnAble “interim” fund would provide £250,000 to help cover the disability-related expenses of standing for elected office.The EnAble Fund for Elected Office (EFEO) will go live in January and will end in March 2020, covering expenses such as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters, assistive technology, personal assistants and taxi fares.The funding is likely to be used by candidates for May’s local elections and police and crime commissioner elections in May 2020, although a GEO spokeswoman said that its use by prospective candidates for a general election would also be considered if one was called.But there has been no guarantee that there will be any further funding post-March 2020, with the department’s focus apparently on working with political parties to make their own policies and procedures accessible to disabled candidates.The fund is being administered by Disability Rights UK (DR UK), which will be paid £75,000 by the Local Government Association (LGA) for about 18 months’ work.The interim fund replaces the Access to Elected Office Fund, which was frozen by the government in 2015 after just three years.The new funding was first announced in May after lawyers for three disabled politicians – Labour’s Emily Brothers (pictured, right), Liberal Democrat David Buxton (pictured, second from left) and the Green party’s Simeon Hart – wrote to the government to warn that the government had breached the Equality Act by failing to reopen the Access to Elected Office Fund.They said they had effectively been unable to stand as candidates in a general election since the government froze the fund.Buxton this week welcomed the launch of the new interim fund, even though it was only open for 15 months, and he said he was glad it would be administered by a disabled people’s organisation, which would be “able to understand the barriers we face”.But he said there was “still a lot of room for improvement”, with “no long term solution” and the delays in launching the new fund meaning there were now just six months until May’s local elections.He said the experience in Scotland, where the Scottish government has set up its own Access to Elected Office Fund, showed that the longer potential candidates had to secure financial support with disability-related expenses before an election, the more successful such a fund would be.Brothers welcomed the announcement as a “first step”, but she said the funding was “insufficient and short term” and “fragmented”.She said: “I have concerns that EnAble is being set up so close to the next local elections, with selections well in hand and only six months to polling day.“The LGA and DR UK will need to get their act together very quickly, but for many disabled people it may well be too late.”She added: “I believe a permanently resourced Access to Elected Office Fund needs to be established to support the participation of disabled people in political and public life.“The representation of disabled people is woeful, our voices are not being heard and consequently laws, policy and practices persist in failing to meet our needs and aspirations. That has to change.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said: “The new fund is a drop in the ocean.  “Funds also need to be made available to political parties and providers of premises where political meetings are held for reasonable adjustments to be made.“Premises are often inaccessible and this needs to change.“For example, funding for hearing loops, ramps, sign language interpreters need to be provided through a central fund which facilitates access to the political process as a whole.” Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of DR UK, said: “Around 10 per cent of local councillors are disabled, but around 20 per cent of adults are disabled.“This fund will provide practical help and support to try and close that gap. Help with issues like transport, assistive technology or sign language interpreters can make a significant difference on whether to stand for elected office if you’re disabled.“We hope this is the beginning of something which will see funding increase, and broaden in scope, so that disabled people can get more involved in public life; from being a local councillor to becoming a member of parliament.“And we hope – and expect – to see political parties do much more to encourage their disabled members to stand for office.“Political parties across the spectrum have a poor track record when it comes to selecting and supporting disabled candidates.“They should be doing better, and the establishment of this fund is a reminder of that.”Announcing the new funding on Monday, the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Penny Mordaunt, the women and equalities minister, said: “Everyone has the right to stand and represent their community – and it is vital no-one is held back.“Empowering people with disabilities leads to better decisions and more effective outcomes for all of us.                                                       “Unless every one of our citizens can reach their full potential our nation never will.”last_img read more

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SF Buys Six Buildings Keeping Artists and Others in Place

first_img Tags: evictions • Rene Yañez • Yolanda Lopez Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% At a recent art opening, Yañez said he had only recently heard that the deal had gone through. “It has been a lot of work by a lot of people,” he said adding that he was happy to be able to stay put.Lopez said the nearly three years of uncertainty had made her “numb” to the possibility of it all being over.All of the parties involved were reluctant to talk about the details of the purchase as they were still completing the deal, but the purchase agreement has now been signed, according to several sources.During the past two years, the landlord, Sergio Iantorno has served eviction notices to 60 tenants in his buildings.The anti-eviction mapping project branded him as one of 12 landlords it calls the “dirty dozen,” or serial Ellis Act evictors.  The latter is a state law that allows landlords to take their property off the rental market.For more than two years, the Tenderloin Housing Clinic has been working to keep Yañez and his wife in their apartments on San Jose Avenue. “This effort convinced the property owner to sit and negotiate the sale of the properties,” said Dairo Romero of the Mission Economic Development Agency who helped broker the deal. “Saving these properties means that 25 families will be spared from eviction.”René Yañez, right, at the recent opening of the Valencia Street Art Wall. Photo by Cristiano ValliIantorno, who is in his 70s, declined to comment on the deal.Three of the properties that purchased by the non-profits are in the Mission District – two of them on Guerrero Street and San Jose Avenue – and the other three are in SoMa, NOPA and Duboce Triangle.The nonprofits did not disclose the price, but the city’s small sites program pays market rate. The benefit is that the program immediately saves housing and some housing officials believe the city should buy even more existing housing, arguing that it offers immediate housing for lower-income residents.Although the funds allocated for the small sites program have all been used, it is likely that the small sites program will be part of the discussion on how the city will divvy up the money if voters approve November’s $310 million bond measure.The deals are also attractive to landlords who can get market rate prices without having to face  the acrimony that comes with protesters hounding them.  Protesters did exactly that when they rallied against Iantorno at his brothers’ Italian shoe store in Hayes Valley.The purchase means the units will be turned into tenant cooperatives.  The buildings will be leased from the two non-profits.MEDA will enter into a loan to pay the rest of the mortgage off with the rents and its own pot of money.Yañez, Lopez, and their son, artist RioYañez, were served with the Ellis Act eviction in 2013.Throughout the ordeal, the artists made art out of their situation.  Yañez and his son’s curation of the annual Day of the Dead Celebration reflected some of the experiences of displacement.  For her part, Lopez made art from the documents of eviction and with the collaboration of Adriana Camarena, a lawyer and writer,  turned them into a procedural art piece for a March 2014 show.  Then, in May of last year Lopez and Rio Yañez transformed  a garage sale into an artistic statement.  Rio Yañez moved to Oakland, but his parents stayed put and as time wore on, the stress increased.The sticker on each item for garage sale held in May, 2014. Photo by Lydia Chávez.Lopez said the last year has been especially difficult because for the first three months of the year she had to dodge process servers intent on giving her an eviction notice.  They would come at all hours, she said.  At one point she looked out her window and a friend could tell it was a process server because of the folders lined up on the dashboard of his car.That cat and mouse game, she said, stopped once negotiations began with MEDA and the owners.The Yañez case struck a nerve among the Mission community not only because of the many contributions Lopez and Yañez have made to the art scene, but also because both Yañez and his partner have terminal cancer.  In a sense, their plight and the publicity it garnered helped protect tenants in the other buildings.Iantorno told Supervisor Scott Wiener in a letter last year that he felt unjustly vilified after the supervisor tried to talk him out of evicting Yañez.“We are willing to do our part to house the elderly and the poor, but we firmly believe the city is attempting to shift to us, and to similar property owners, the entire burden of housing poor and disabled people in San Francisco,” he wrote.In the end this promises to be the rare win-win situation between landlord and tenant. Two longtime residents and artists as well as tenants in 18 other units  will be able to stay in rent-controlled apartments thanks to two non-profits buying six buildings from a landlord who decided to back away from evicting tenants and instead sell the buildings to the city.The purchase, part of the city’s small sites program, will mean that the units remain affordable housing.  The San Francisco Community Land Trust and the Mission Economic Development Agency will purchase the buildings.The deal, “really has the potential to be a win-win situation,” Richard Hurlburt of the SF Community Trust said in July during negotiations. “They get out from under the bad press of evicting tenants and tenants get to stay.”René Yañez, a Mission artist who started the annual Day of the Dead art installation and was one of the founders of the Galería de La Raza and the Mission Cultural Center, is one of the tenants affected by the purchase.   As a result of the deal, Yañez and his partner, Cynthia Wallis, will be able to stay in their apartment. Yolanda Lopez, his former wife who is a well-known Mission artist, also lives in one of the Mission units being purchased.center_img 0%last_img read more

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Voter Guide Mayors Sheriffs Supervisors and More

first_imgThe mayoral race is stacked with candidates of different stripes, but the contest is essentially decided: Mayor Lee is widely expected to win. He has $1.5 million in campaign contributions compared to only $42,000 for his five opponents combined. Moreover, none of the others have significant political experience. This hasn’t prevented them from conducting fierce opposition campaigns, however. Three of the candidates — Amy Farah Weiss, Stuart Schuffman, and Francisco Herrera — have banded together to get Lee out of office, asking voters to cast their ballots for them in any order they like, since the goal is to remove the current mayor.And when all six candidates appeared together for the first mayoral forum last week, they blasted the current mayor for a lack of progress on affordable housing and suspected corruption in his administration. Though policy prescriptions are thin for all, the opposition candidates generally favor a more aggressive fight for affordable housing and a less cozy relationship with Silicon Valley.District 3 Supervisor RaceIt may seem that the supervisor of North Beach and Chinatown has no effect on the Mission, but the outcome of the District 3 race may shift the balance on the Board of Supervisors towards the progressives, thus impacting city-wide legislation on housing and other issues.Julie Christensen, the incumbent, is another Mayor Lee pick. Lee chose her in 2011 to fill David Chiu’s seat when he was elected to the State Assembly. She has raised more than $1 million for the race, much of it from tech investors close to the mayor, and is the first to pass the million-dollar benchmark for a supervisor’s race.Her main opponent is Aaron Peskin. He was the District 3 supervisor from 2001 to 2009 and was made president of the Board in 2005, but can run again because of the 6-year hiatus. He has backed the Mission moratorium and new short-term rental regulations, which Christensen opposes. He has faced criticism for a harsh leadership style, but he also has a progressive following and has raised some $750,000, mostly from different unions. Because the two are quarreling over just 10,000 votes and are expected to spend a combined $2 million by the time the election is over, they are essentially shelling out some $200 a vote. But the race is critical because it would shift the Board of Supervisors towards the progressives, giving David Campos, Jane Kim, John Avalos, Maria Cohen, and Eric Mar a 6-5 majority on contested issues. And it’s neck and neck: Polls cited by the Chronicle show Christensen leading 41 percent to Peskin’s 38 percent.Wilma Pang is also running for the seat, though her small war chest and lack of name-recognition make her a long shot.The Sheriff’s RaceHaving to defend himself against various scandals over the past three years, incumbent Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi faces a tough race against Mayor Lee’s hand-picked favorite for the position, Vicki Hennessy.  Mirkarimi’s campaign for re-election is burdened by a few too many scandals, the most notable being the domestic abuse scandal with his wife that landed him in jail back in early 2012. At the time, his wife denied any wrongdoing on Mirkarimi’s part and recently put on a play to tell her side of the story, but the damage to his reputation has been difficult to repair. The mayor tried to oust him then, moving to fire him for official misconduct, but Mirkarimi scrapped by after the Board of Supervisors fell two votes short of removing him. Mirkarimi eventually struck a plea deal, and the conviction that nearly cost him his job was expunged from his record this spring.Mirkarimi also faced criticism for the 2013 death of a patient at General Hospital, for his support of sanctuary cities after the shooting of Kate Steinle at Pier 14, and for accusations of gladiatorial fights in prisons. His policies on extending the sanctuary city law by commanding his department to cut communications with immigration authorities came under intense fire after Steinle’s murder by an undocumented gunman who had been deported five times. His opponent Vicki Hennessy served as Mirkarimi’s temporary replacement during the domestic abuse scandal in 2012. She was brought out of retirement by the mayor to fill the position and has a long history in law enforcement. She started at the sheriff’s department in 1975, was promoted to chief deputy in 1997, and retired in 2011. She would be the first female to hold the office.The City College of San Francisco RaceCity College has been plagued with scandals recently as a result of a messy back-and-forth between the school and the state accreditation body. The body found the school lacking in management and voted to stop its accreditation — and then a state task force ruled in turn that the accreditation body was too punitive in its judgements.But the school suffered from the perception of mismanagement and lost some 27 percent of its enrollment, or 9,000 students, since 2013. This could mean the disappearance of $32 million in state-funding, threatening the school’s survival.In the middle of this fray are elections for a seat on the board of trustees. The spot up for grabs is currently held by mayoral-appointee Alex Randolph, who must go on the ballot to keep his seat. He’s challenged by Wendy Aragon, Tom Temprano, and Jason Zeng.All agree tackling the school’s accreditation crisis is at the top of the agenda, though there’s also the issue of selling off land to private developers and boosting enrollment. The election is just around the corner, and while the fights over the Mission moratorium and short-term rental regulations have dominated airwaves, there are candidate races that will shape San Francisco for years to come.The mayoral race is all but decided as there was no alternative candidate able to match incumbent Ed Lee in campaign spending or name-recognition. The sheriff’s race, a supervisorial race, and a city college race are all undecided, however, and could tilt the favor towards more progressive city politics — or towards more gridlock and grandstanding.The election is this coming Tuesday, and if past numbers are any indicator, only 25 to 30 percent of the voting population will turn out this election, meaning your vote counts more than usual. If you’ve registered to vote, you can head down to city hall to vote any day before the election or you can go to a polling place on November 3.The Mayoral Race 0%center_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • ed lee • Election 2015 • San Francisco Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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SAINTS are calling on more businesses to join the

first_imgSAINTS are calling on more businesses to join the likes of major partners Hattons Solicitors, Langtree and Hattons Travel in sponsoring the fantastic legendary player images housed inside Langtree Park.The support for Phase One has been tremendous with organisations and individuals clamouring to be associated with the fantastic murals around the stadium. Phase Two includes the likes of Glyn Moses, Len Killeen, Shane Cooper, Apollo Perelini, Tommy Martyn and Matt Gidley.As with Phase One, the 11.5 metre square montages proudly feature the player(s) and their history as well as their sponsor’s logo to create a colourful accompaniment to the matchday experience.“The murals have proven to be a fantastic feature of the concourse areas and maintain links with our great history at Knowsley Road,” said Chairman Eamonn McManus. “We have had a fantastic response and many of the second phase players have already been snapped up as local companies see it as the perfect opportunity for them to show their support at Langtree Park.”To sponsor these unique and high quality prints, which are produced by Vinyline, is £1,500 for five years.To find out more contact Dave Lowe on 01744 455 081 or email: dave.lowe@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

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LIKE Jon Wilkin earlier in the week Mike Rush has

first_imgLIKE Jon Wilkin earlier in the week, Mike Rush has also moved to bring a touch of reality to Saturday’s win over Warrington Wolves.After the game he praised his charges for their defensive effort but said all the victory had done was ensure Saints would get a weekend off.“We will rest and recover this weekend and hopefully reap the benefits of that,” Rush said. “We wanted a weekend off, but we didn’t want to make a big thing of it. The most important thing was to get a good performance and if we got that then we knew we had a chance.“Playing Wigan and Warrington in back to back weeks is a good thing as it gets the players prepared for high-intensity football.“But nothing is won yet and we will have a massive game at Langtree Park next weekend.”Tickets for the Playoff Semi Final at Langtree Park, which will kick off at 6.15pm on Saturday September 29, are now on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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PAUL Wellens says Luke Walsh is already showing si

first_imgPAUL Wellens says Luke Walsh is already showing signs of what a fantastic acquisition he will be for the Saints.The Club Captain has been impressed by the former Penrith Panther who seems to have slotted into life at Langtree Park already.“People said we were without a natural seven last year but I thought Jon Wilkin did a fantastic job for us,” he said. “In Luke, I have seen someone who is very comfortable in a position he has been in all his life. He kicks the ball well, organises the team and things flow when you have someone used to that job.“It’s also meant Wilko is free to do what he does best. We have effectively gained two players. Jon made his name in the back row and played for his country there. We are looking forward to the new season.”As well as being involved with England in the World Cup, Wellens shared that role with the gruelling pre-season preparations for Super League XIX.And he’s happy with progress so far.“It’s gone really well,” he said. “The guys are training as well as they have done in recent years and have a smile on their faces. We’re working hard and it has been pretty tough and gruelling at times. Our conditioner Matt Daniels has been putting us through our paces, which is expected at this time of the year, but everything is moving comfortably at the moment.“There’s an analogy that if women remember the pain of giving birth, they wouldn’t do it again! I know it’s tongue in cheek but pre-season is a little like that. You forget how bad it was when it’s over, then when it comes around, you’re off again, ripping in.“It is tough so we all have to work for each other to get through the sessions. That really helps for camaraderie in the squad.”As part of pre-season, the players have been out at 6am on a Saturday to run to alternative venues for their training.“It’s quite good in a way as it breaks up the session and gets us out of our usual environment. It is a different challenge as these sessions are usually the toughest – we’re out on the hills or running at the Dream for example. We do have fun but we are ruthless with each other too if someone makes a mistake.“We’ve not won anything for five seasons but we’ve not been too far away. Pre-season is about ironing out these rough areas and not accepting substandard efforts or performances. It’s about doing the things we need to do to be part of a St Helens team that is successful.“I’ve been part of that in the past so I understand what it takes. We need to get that mentality throughout the rest of the squad. What may be seen as an indiscretion here or there, can be the difference between winning and losing in the big games.”last_img read more

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SAINTS are seeking their first win in eight at Hul

first_imgSAINTS are seeking their first win in eight at Hull KR when the two sides lock horns tonight.The Robins have won the last six and drawn one with our last win coming in the Quarter Finals of the Challenge Cup on June 1 2008, 24-18.Last 10 Meetings:Hull KR 40, St Helens 10 (SLR19, 6/7/14)St Helens 38, Hull KR 18 (SLR4, 7/3/14)St Helens 46, Hull KR 10 (SLEPO, 14/9/13)St Helens 12, Hull KR 24 (SLR20, 28/6/13)Hull KR 26, St Helens 18 (CCR4, 20/4/13)Hull KR 22, St Helens 14 (SLR11, 7/4/13)St Helens 34, Hull KR 28 (SLR19, 29/6/12)Hull KR 36, St Helens 36 (SLR3, 19/2/12)Hull KR 24, St Helens 22 (SLR25, 21/8/11)St Helens 54, Hull KR 6 (CCQF, 24/7/11)Super League Summary:Hull KR won 8St Helens won 9 (includes win in 2013 play-offs)1 drawHighs and Lows:Hull KR highest score: 40-10 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)Super League Milestones:(Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs)Danny Tickle needs 13 points to draw level with Sean Long in fifth place in the list of all-time leading point-scorers.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-present) 3,2592 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 2,4133 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 2,3764 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 2,2885 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 2,2006 Danny Tickle (Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 2,1877 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 2,1108 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 1,7249 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 1,67410 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015) 1,438Danny Brough needs five goals to draw level with Pat Richards in seventh place in the list of all-time leading goal-kickers (conversions and penalties only, not including field goals).1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-present) 1,4772 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 1,0433 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 1,0264 Danny Tickle (Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 9075 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 8496 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 8267 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 7598 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 7549 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 64010 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015) 593Paul Wellens – 1 try away from 200 (199 for St Helens, 1998-2015)Winning Runs:St Helens have won their last nine Super League matches. Their last league defeat was 17-16 at Huddersfield on September 12 2014.Consecutive Appearances:Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 50.Westerman last missed a Hull game on 25 May, 2013 – a 22-16 Magic Weekend win against Hull KR at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium. His streak then started on 31 May, 2013 – an 18-6 home win against Leeds.1 Joe Westerman (Hull FC) 502 Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons) 403 Morgan Escare (Catalans Dragons) 384 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 365 Rangi Chase (Salford Red Devils) 30First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) 82 Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 73 = Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 5Goals:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 252 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 233 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 184 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 17Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 85.18 (23/27)2 = Travis Burns (St Helens), Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)4 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 83.33 (25/30)5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 76.19 (16/21)(10 minimum attempts to qualify)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 582 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 553 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 444 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 405 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 38last_img read more

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ITS hard to be critical after youve scored 14 tr

first_imgIT’S hard to be critical after you’ve scored 14 tries in a game and nilled the opposition in the second half but that’s exactly what Coaches Talbot and Wellens had to be at the break, writes Graham Henthorne.A lack of respect had resulted in the Cougars building a deserved 10 point lead after a quarter of an hour as they came charging down the slope at Cougar Park both with and without the ball.When you play teams like the Cougars you are always going to be presented with a team that ups its game 10% just because they’re facing the Saints.It took the introduction of the bench of two of the six Hull KR players pulling on the Red Vee this week along with our own Jorge Lewtas to change the momentum of the game.The trio took the game to the home side and started not only to create space for Danny Richardson and Matty Fleming to play but also to put the first shades of doubt into the opposition.Four tries in the second quarter then took the game away from the Cougars.The first came to Dave Eccleston who simply ran a straight line at his opposite number brushing him off on his way to the line.Drives from Lewtas and Kieron Moran put the Saints on the front foot and a deft Richardson grubber bounced just enough for Liam Cooper to pounce on the loose ball.The last ten minutes saw two tries to Rovers second row Joe Cator. The first came as he went the last 30 to the line after Moran had put his fellow Robin Will Jubb through the line with a great short pass. The second, as he again outstripped the cover wide on the left from a Richardson pass.Unfortunately on the stroke of half time a last tackle grubber was touched down under the nose of Calvin Wellington as he was escorting it dead to give the home side a glimmer.However, that glimmer was well and truly doused as the Saints did exactly what was asked of them after the break, running hard, tackling fiercely and finishing ruthlessly.Lewtas and Moran again got the Saints on a roll allowing Jonah Cunningham to drive through three would be tacklers at the sticks for the first of 10 tries.Cator completed a deserved hat-trick this time dummying the pass out left and cutting back to score.From a scrum on the Cougar 10 metre line the Saints worked a lovely planned move with Ricky Bailey curving round on the arc to slice through.The Saints were scoring on each possession by now and when Aaron Smith was held up over the line big Brad Clavering took fellow Robin’s prop George Milton’s pass to side step his way over the line.A great 70 metre effort involving Clavering’s great offload to Smith and then Cunningham was ruled out for a Richardson forward pass when the decision was surely offside against the still retreating Cougars.The fifty came up as Wellington scored the first of his brace taking a great pass from Rover Will Oakes.Bailey scored his second finishing Richardson’s dummy and go break down the middle taking a delightful under hand reverse ball from the mercurial scrum half.The point a minute score which came on 66 was possibly the most pleasing to the coaching staff as it came after a fabulous defensive set, coming so late in the game, had forced the Cougars to kick from inside their own 20 metre area. Three tackles later and Milton put Smith under the posts.Wellington’s second came courtesy of a great inside line he ran from left to right.Richardson capped off a great individual performance taking Bailey’s pass to go the last 30 after the full back had just been collared from behind after breaking through.As ever Richardson then blotted his copybook as he tried to be too flashy butchering a gilt edged chance after making a fabulous 70 metre break.But made up for it in the last minute putting Bailey through for his hat-trick and completing the scoring by kicking his 14th goal from as many attempts, not all being under the sticks.Looking at the score line you’d be forgiven for thinking well what have we gained from that massacre. But valuable lessons in personal and team preparation will have been learnt from the first half and how to be ruthless despite the scoreboard from the exhibition stuff in the second.All six Rovers’ “imports” went well fitting in to the Saints side and giving their watching Coach James Webster must to be pleased with.For the Saints Bailey, Wellington in his second spell, Smith and Cunningham went well but it’s hard to choose between the control of Richardson and the power and enthusiasm of Lewtas to be top dog.Match Summary:Keighley:Tries: Gavin Reed (7), Harry Aaronson (17 & 40) .Goals: Kieran Smith 1 from 3.Saints:Tries: Dave Eccleston (21), Liam Cooper (29), Joe Cator, (31, 36 & 44) Jonah Cunningham (42), Ricky Bailey (53, 63 & 79), Brad Clavering (56), Calvin Wellington (62 & 68), Aaron Smith (66), Danny Richardson (72).Goals: Danny Richardson 14 from 14.Half Time: 14-24Full Time: 14-84Teams:Keighley:1. Liam Darville; 5. Harry Aaronson, 4. Graham Rawlinson, 3. Aiden Scully, 2. Calvin Barker; 7. Callum Smithson, 6. Kieran Smith; 8. Tobias Williams, 9. Luke Walters, 10. Gavin Reed, 11. Ben Sagar, 12. James Pickering, 13. Sean Kelly. Subs: 14. Jordan Payton, 15. Aaron Harlow-Stephenson, 16. Jack Adams, 17. Alex Stott.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Will Oakes, 3. Dave Eccleston, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 18. Matty Fleming, 7. Danny Richardson; 19. George Milton, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Brad Clavering, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Joe Cator, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 8. Kieran Moran, 15. Will Jubb, 16. Jordan Gibbons, 17. Jorge Lewtas.last_img read more

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New Hanover County HazWagon expands to Kure Beach

first_img The Kure Beach service will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, beginning May 4. The wagon will be parked at Town Hall at 117 Settlers Lane.The expanded service was in response to a request by Kure Beach Mayor Craig Bloszinsky, who said the town’s residents would like an even more convenient way to get material to the HazWagon, which currently operates at locations in northern New Hanover County, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach.“Consistent with our commitment to preserve our town and environment, we are pleased to partner with our county to provide a monthly Hazmat pick-up for our residents. This service will provide a quick disposal for hazardous items and electronics,” Mayor Bloszinsky said.Related Article: Get ready to pay up even more to park in Wrightsville BeachThe monthly rotation in Kure Beach joins weekly service on Mondays at Ogden Park, on Wednesdays in Wrightsville Beach and on Fridays in Carolina Beach, all of which are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.“The HazWagon has proven to be a popular way for citizens to dispose of electronics, household hazardous waste, and – more recently – food waste that can be composted,” said New Hanover County Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman. “This additional service for citizens in Kure Beach will make it easier for more residents to do their part to keep these items out of the landfill.”All collected hazardous materials are recycled, repurposed, neutralized, used for alternative power generation, or disposed of in accordance with state and federal law. Food waste that is brought to the HazWagon is used in the county’s composting program. Due to space limitations, no more than 10 gallons of liquid waste and no more than two televisions can be brought to the HazWagon at a time.In addition, New Hanover County will provide free compost at the inaugural event in Kure Beach on May 4.Learn more about the county’s HazWagon service at Recycling.NHCgov.com. HazWagon (Photo: New Hanover County) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County will expand its “HazWagon” route to provide monthly service in Kure Beach beginning in May.The HazWagon gives county residents a convenient way to dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics and food waste free of charge.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Suspect named in alleged armed car jacking at Bladen middle school

first_img He’s wanted for possession of a firearm by a felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping, and felonious larceny of a motor vehicle.Deputies add Smith is also wanted by the Department of Corrections as an Absconder for Parole Violation for a previous armed robbery he committed and served time for.The sheriff’s office says the driver of a school bus arrived around 4:15 a.m. Monday to pick up her bus at Elizabethtown Middle School to begin her route, but as she pulled into the school she was stopped by a man and woman who told her their car had run out of gas and asked if she would take them to get gas. She reportedly told them she had to start her route and could not help them.Related Article: Wilmington oral surgeon charged with more than a dozen additional sex crimesThe bus driver then started her bus and went to park her car when she was confronted by the man who pointed a gun at her and made her give him her car, her purse, and cell phone. Deputies say the man got in the driver seat and other woman jumped in the back seat and drove off.The victim drove her bus to the sheriff’s office and reported the crime. Deputies found the victim’s car abandoned on the off ramp of NC 87.“We know Smith and the vehicle he stole were last seen in the Red Springs area of Robeson County,” said Sheriff Jim McVicker. “We have been working with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office to develop leads to help us locate Smith and get him in custody. We are asking the help of the public in that area to assist us. This was a crime of opportunity and our victim was just in the right place at the wrong time. Thankfully she was not injured and we are working to locate and recover her vehicle and other personal belonging.”Smith is considered armed and dangerous.Deputies are also seeking any information on the female who was with Smith during the alleged robbery.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 862-6960. Michael Darrell Smith (Photo: CCSO) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office have named the man they believed robbed a school bus driver at gunpoint and stole her car earlier this week.Deputies are searching for 33-year-old Michael Darrell Smith, also known as Pooh Daddy, of Fayetteville.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Photos Europeans vote with EU future in balance

first_imgA woman holds a child as she casts her vote during European Parliament election in Riga, Latvia, May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ints KalninsA woman holds a child as she casts her vote during European Parliament election in Riga, Latvia, May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins Women make their choices during European Parliament election in Riga, Latvia, May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins 1 of 6 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> A woman reacts as she casts her vote during European Parliament election in Riga, Latvia, May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins SharePrintcenter_img Europeans vote on Sunday in an election expected to further dent traditional pro-EU parties and bolster the nationalist fringe in the European Parliament, putting a potential brake on collective action in economic and foreign policy.Polls opened at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) in the east of the bloc and will finally close at 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) in Italy. Seven states have already voted, with 21 joining in on Sunday in what is the world’s biggest democratic exercise after India.Right-wing populists top opinion polls in two of the big four member states – Italy and supposedly exiting Britain – and could also win in a third, France, rattling a pro-Union campaign championed by centrist President Emmanuel Macron.However, exit polls in some countries that have already voted have given pro-EU parties some comfort. The Dutch Labour party, all but written off, looks to have finished first, helped by the visibility of having the EU socialists’ lead candidate, current EU deputy chief executive Frans Timmermans.In the Netherlands pro-Union parties scored 70%, up three points on the last European Parliament vote in 2014, and left the upstart anti-immigration party of Thierry Baudet fourth on 11%.The Dutch also turned out in bigger numbers, albeit at just 41%, reinforcing hopes in Brussels of reversing a 40-year trend of declining turnout that critics cite as a “democratic deficit” that undermines the legitimacy of European Union lawmaking.An exit poll after Friday’s vote in deeply pro-EU Ireland pointed to an expected “Green Wave”. Across the bloc, concerns about climate change and the environment may bolster the pro-EU Greens group and could mean tighter regulations for industry and for the terms the EU may set for partners seeking trade accords.Britain also voted on Thursday and a new party focused on getting out of the EU was forecast by pre-vote opinion polls to come top, but there has been no exit poll data. Attention there has focused on the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May. Results will be out late on Sunday, when all countries have voted.WAY AHEAD UNCLEARThe challenges facing the European project include   unprecedented transatlantic slights from a U.S. president who fetes Europe’s populists, border rows among its own members over migrants and an economy hobbled by public debt and challenged by the rise of China.But parties seeking collective action on shared issues such as trade, security, migration or climate change should still dominate, albeit with a smaller overall majority.Europeans are preparing to remember events that shaped the Union. It is 75 years since Americans landed in France to defeat Nazi Germany and since Russian forces let the Germans crush a Polish bid for freedom, and 30 since Germans smashed the Berlin Wall to reunite east and west Europe. But memories of wars, hot and cold, have not sufficed to build faith in a united future.Mainstream parties pushing closer integration of the euro currency zone’s economy are struggling to capture the imagination of a public jaded by political elites.Matteo Salvini’s League in Italy may pip the Christian Democrats of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the bloc’s power broker, to become the biggest single party in the 751-seat chamber.Right-wing ruling parties in Poland and Hungary, defying Brussels over curbs to judicial and media independence, will also return eurosceptic lawmakers on Sunday.The results should be clear by late on Sunday, with exit polls in Germany at 1600 GMT and France at 1800 GMT setting the tone before the final end of voting, in Italy at 2100 GMT, sees the Parliament publish its own seat forecast.The result will usher in weeks of bargaining among parties to form a stable majority in the Parliament, and among national leaders to choose successors to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and other top EU officials.Many expect a clash as early as Tuesday, when leaders meeting in Brussels are likely to snub Parliament’s demands that one of the newly elected lawmakers should run the EU executive. A man casts his vote during European Parliament election in Riga, Latvia, May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis casts his vote during European Parliament election in Riga, Latvia, May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins A woman casts her vote during European Parliament election in Riga, Latvia May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins A woman casts her vote during European Parliament election in Riga, Latvia, May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalninslast_img read more

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PN petitioners accuse party of data leak divide and rule tactics

first_imgMiguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Five Partit Nazzjonalista activists heading the petition asking for a confidence vote on Adrian Delia’s leadership have accused the party of leaking private information to the media.READ: Watch: Petition with 200 signatures calling for a vote on Delia’s leadership presented to PNIn a statement signed by Mark Anthony Sammut, Ivan Bartolo, Emma Bonnici Portelli, Emvin Bartolo and Martin Musumeci, said that people close to the leadership are resorting to “divide-and-rule tactics”, adding that those close to the current leadership “find no qualms in pitting nationalists against nationalists as long as it protects the ‘status quo’”.The group is spearheading a petition to the PN’s general council, which was presented last week to the party. The motion seeks to convene a general council meeting during which Delia’s leadership will be debated and on which a secret vote will be taken.READ: Updated: Delia expected to face vote of confidenceREAD: Delia’s backers launch counter petitionThe statement came after General Workers’ Union weekly It-Torċa published a list of names it claimed had signed the petition. The newspaper claimed that it was difficult to find out who the signatories were, however some councillors spoke to the traditionally Labour leaning newspaper.In their statement, the five members of the general council however expressed their disappointment at the data leak, saying that “We are very disappointed that data which was in possession of the Party leadership has been leaked to the media.” Further adding that the this exposed party councillors who simply exercised their democratic right of asking for the General Council to be convened, which is stipulated in the party statute.In his comments to Newsbook.com.mt, former Executive Committee president Mark Anthony Sammut said that when one signed the petition, one could only see up to ten signatures, adding that only Ivan Bartolo had access to the full list. A copy of the list was given to Partit Nazzjonalista when the five councillors presented the petition to the party.Asked whether some of the names mentioned were true, Sammut said that he would not know since he did not have the complete list.Newsbook.com.mt tried contacting an official party spokesperson who was unavailable.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> SharePrintlast_img read more

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US voters to register using Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement “In this age of social media and more people going online for services, this is a natural way to introduce people to online registration and leverage the power of friends on Facebook to get more people registered,” said Shane Hamlin, co-director of elections.Washington state, in the US Pacific Northwest, has had online registration since 2008, and since then, there have been 475,000 registrations or changes of address processed through the system. Washington is one of more than a dozen states that offer online registration.Washington state is the first to offer voter registration via Facebook. – Advertisement – “We are excited that citizens in Washington state will be able to register to vote and review useful voting information on Facebook,” said Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes.The state of Washington, Facebook and Microsoft developed the application.Once it is live, Facebook users can click on the application within the secretary of state’s Facebook page. They’ll need to agree to let Facebook access their information, which will be used to pre-fill their name and date of birth in the voter registration form. Users will still need to provide a driver’s license or state ID card number to continue.Hamlin said that Facebook doesn’t have access to the state’s database; its page just overlays the application. Voters will also be able to access the state’s “My Vote” site with specific information on candidates and ballot measures.Hamlin said that beyond giving Facebook permission to use names and dates of birth, voters don’t need to worry about their personal information being collected by Facebook.“You are giving your information to us, not Facebook,” he said. Source: stuff.co.nzlast_img read more

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The Best Antivirus for 2012

first_imgAdvertisement Testing the ToolsTo evaluate antivirus utilities I rely on hands-on, real-world testing. The malware removal test involves installing each product on a dozen malware-infested virtual machines and challenging it to clean them up.This article explains how I get from those tests to the figures in the chart below: How We Test Malware Removal. – Advertisement – For the malware blocking test I attempt to install the same collection of threats on a clean system protected by the product being tested.The article How We Test Malware Blocking explains how I analyze and score the results.I also refer to reports from major independent antivirus testing labs.The labs have vastly more resources than I do, so they can perform large-scale tests that would take more time than I have available.The chart below specifically lists results for the companies whose 2012 products are rounded up here.For full details on how I interpret these lab results see How We Interpret  Cleanup-Only ToolsFour of these recent products are specifically designed to clean up malware infestations, with no real-time protection component. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Free 1.51 (Free, 4 stars) was the most effective of these. Its detection rate wasn’t high, but effective removal gave it 6.4 points overall. The commercial Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware PRO 1.51 ($24.95 direct, 3 stars) does add real-time protection, but it was the least effective of the entire group.Norman Malware Cleaner 2.1 (Free, 3.5 stars) wasn’t as effective as Malwarebytes. Its rootkit removal score is especially low because most of the rootkits it detected were still running after its alleged removal.Comodo Cleaning Essentials (free, 4.5 stars) is full portable, so malware can’t evade it by interfering with installation. It was particularly effective against rootkits.While not free like the others, avast! Rescue Disc ($10/once direct, 3.5 stars) is inexpensive. Rootkits and other malware types that subvert Windows itself should yield to this bootable tool. However, in testing one rootkit remained running even after alleged removal. Source: PC MAGlast_img read more

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SMS system to report trade barriers developed

first_imgAdvertisement An information excahnge system that will allow East Africans to report non-tariff barriers (NTBs) via a short message service on their mobile phone has been developed by Uganda.The lead adviser on Uganda’s national response strategy for the elimination of NTBs, Mr Sam Watasa, said the system set up at a cost of $100,000 (about Shs253 million), will provide a clear record of NTBs, and help the country assess progress in eliminating them.“When you use the hard copy form and take it to the appropriate desk, it takes anywhere between one and three months before the matter is dealt with,” he said.He said that under the new system, the message will reach the department that introduced the NTB immediately, which has not been the case. Previously, Uganda recorded NTBs manually on paper at border points, which partly explains why the country has the highest number in the region, according to the latest EAC report on the elimination of NTBs. Uganda has nine, compared with Kenya and Tanzania that have seven each; Burundi has five while Rwanda has four. – Advertisement – With the new system, a person experiencing a barrier sends an SMS to code 201, at a cost of Shs150 ($0.06). The ministries of Trade and East African Community Affairs, whose responsibility it is to ensure that Uganda does not create any impediments to trade, also receive the message, and are in turn expected to push the government department that introduced the NTB to remove it. The move comes at a time when the region is working to eliminate trade barriers as laid out in the Common Market Protocol, which allows the free movement of goods, labour, services and capital.Source: Monitor.co.uglast_img read more

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Cape Town to start using drones for security surveillance

first_imgAdvertisement South African City of Cape Town is set to to test drones within the next two months.This was revealed by the City’s Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith, who said in a meeting with the police last week that the City aims to test drones within the next two months.Smith confirmed and elaborated on the City’s plans. He said that different departments within the City – metro police, disaster management, fire and rescue and engineering departments – have had to spend money on hiring helicopters for aerial surveillance. – Advertisement – The acquisition of a drone (for about R600 000) could be more cost-effective. Drones would be used to monitor land occupations, crime, scrap yards suspected of harbouring stolen copper, shack fires and disasters.Sofar, two companies are set to demonstrate their products to the City in the near future. Drones are already widely in use in South Africa – in commercial filming, anti-poaching operations and for recreational use.In June, a Pretoria-based company, Desert Wolf, made international headlines for developing a drone (marketed as a “riot control copter”) that could spray tear gas and fire rubber bullets at protesters. At the time, the company revealed that an unnamed mining company had ordered 25 such units.However, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has warned that, in the absence of legal guidelines for drone use, operators are breaking the law when flying these devices.Smith said that he is aware of the current restrictions on drone use. The City already has a comprehensive closed-circuit television (CCTV) system, which it uses to monitor crime, including social protests.Credit: My Broadbandlast_img read more

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Putting the Go back into Godolphin

first_imgWolverhampton5.25pm LIVE ON ATRBREEDERS’ CUP BOOST FOR BOYS IN BLUEIn the most turbulent of seasons for the Godolphin operation and the ship seems to have finally been steadied.The Breeders’ Cup success of Outstrip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday at Santa Anita was the notable highlight of their year.Little fish are sweet too and judged by the early market movers on Star Sports Aalim looks set to lose his maiden tag in the 5.25 today.Don’t forget you can get all our daily market movers on this web site each day under “Starters Orders” CLICK HERE FOR TODAY. As you can see Aalim was backed from 11/10 > 10/11 at lunchtime and it looks a virtual match with the rather exposed Rex Whistler the biggest danger.Aalim showed promise on debut at Kempton and then plugged at one pace to finish a nine length second in heavy ground at Pontefract where they finished more like three mile chasers.He should make it third time lucky here.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points win AALIM around EVENSlast_img read more

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BEN KEITHS BLOG The King of Toffs

first_imgBlog, I write with news of an award I have recently received. The diet has been going well, and I have lost 1/3 of a stone. However, Gaul Wood, Star MD, forced me to take a night off, and go for dinner with him and his lady wife, the other night, at the great Toffs.I had my usual:Lemon Sole (grilled, well-done, on the bone, please) +Chips (double cooked) +2 Sausages on the side (not battered, thank you) +Pickled Onions +Pickled Eggs = SuperbAfter the meal, the waiter came over (who is a dead-ringer for Richard Glynn, of Ladbrokes) and started to clear away our plates. As he worked away, Gary asked him who the greatest eater he has ever served is. He looked over to me, checked, and then said ‘I have worked here for thirteen years. I have never seen a customer eat like you and I would love to have your appetite.’. Blog, the man had tears in his eyes, he spoke with such reverence. It was clear he believed he was in the presence of greatness.I gave him the biggest tip in the history of the restaurant’s opening.I am surely now crowned the King of Toffs. Surely, Blog?In other news (as if you need any after that):Went last night, with Belindabelle, to see ‘Captain Philips’.Blog; a MUST SEE. Top class entertainment from start to finish, this is the story of a cargo boat, hijacked by some desperado Somalian pirates, who take the captain as hostage.As they approached the cargo boat, in their small vessel, the innocent whitey crew, on board the target, did all they could, with their wet water cannons, to keep the pirates at bay. Not possible, I’m afraid; these were some real Not-Staffs in action. And they scaled a ladder, with knives across their mouths and guns their backs.Soon came one of my favourite moments of the film. The baddie pirate leader, stood in front of Tom Hanks (the captain), and said to him ‘Captain, I am now the Captain. Now tell me; where is the money?’. Hanks quickly stammered back that there was $30,000 in the safe, and he was welcome to it. The pirate, dressed in rags, with no shoes, and cuts and bruises all over his body and face, looked back, and answered accordingly ‘$30,000. Do I look like a beggar to you?’. His comrade then joined in and laughed out ‘We’ve come for millions!’. And so started a truly great story.Was I really the only viewer in the entire cinema that was cheering on the pirates, Blog? Am I THAT detached??During the film, one of my quick delusional day-dreams started, and my mind wandered…just a little, Blog…Star have had another bookmaking firm who have mixed it for us, for several years now…I couldn’t help imagining scaling the side of their metaphorical boat, with a knife and gun across me, and also Pam Statements, Gaul Wood, and Lukey, following up the ladder behind me, and then carrying out a similar raid on them.Would I really do that, Blog? Would I? Or does it sound a bit far-fetched and silly??Stick them in a boat. Give me some guns and knives. And off we go.Kick on you naughty little pirates!!Shiver me timbers, B xlast_img read more

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