A disabled minister has told the rail industry tha

first_imgA disabled minister has told the rail industry that his postbag is overflowing with complaints from disabled passengers who are not receiving the assistance they need to use its services.Paul Maynard (pictured), the rail minister, was speaking after the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) published new research on the quality of the assistance services provided by train companies.He said the regulator’s research showed what was being done well by the industry, but also “what is not being done so well”, adding: “In this research we do learn rather a lot”.ORR published three pieces of research: on the Passenger Assist scheme, which allows disabled passengers to book assistance in advance by telephone, email and the web; on Turn Up And Go (TUAG), which provides assistance to rail passengers who have not booked in advance, and which companies must provide “where reasonably practicable”; and on the overall performance of these two assisted travel schemes.The free help provided by rail companies includes assistance such as boarding or leaving a train, help with luggage or with buying tickets, assistance finding passengers’ way about the station, or with booking the use of a ramp to board or leave a train.As part of the research, mystery shoppers carried out more than 300 journeys across England, Scotland and Wales earlier this year to test how well TUAG was working.But only four-fifths (79 per cent) of those who asked for assistance both with boarding and alighting on the same journey leg received it.  And of the mystery shoppers on 21 journeys who pressed the help buttons at stations to ask for assistance, only six received that help from rail staff.One mystery shopper said: “I went to the ticket office which was full of staff and only one other customer, I spoke to a guy who just grunted and said that they didn’t have assistance.”Another said: “The man refused to help me around the station and threatened to put me back on a train to [where they had come from]. A member of the public had to rescue me.”A third mystery shopper, who has a cognitive impairment, said: “Member of staff did not seem to understand why I needed assistance. They seemed to assume that I should be able to manage.”Another said: “I was informed someone would come to help me find a seat but no one showed up.”And yet another said: “The staff were all very rude and made me feel humiliated.”But there were also many positive comments, including one mystery shopper who said: “Helpful members of staff, I didn’t feel like I was in the way.”Another said: “Journey was flawless, quality service was provided.”The research also found that only four-fifths of Passenger Assist customers (81 per cent) received all the assistance they booked in advance, while more than one in 10 (12 per cent) received none of the help they booked.It also found that more than half (54 per cent) of those disabled people and carers who took part in a survey were not aware of Passenger Assist.Maynard said: “Getting people to the right place at the right time, and communicating information down the line; this is the bread and butter of any rail company.“But for a variety of reasons, disabled people aren’t getting the service they are owed.”He said some disabled passengers had been “made to feel an inconvenience” or had been confronted with staff who were “sceptical” as to whether assistance was really needed.Maynard said his “inbox and postbag overflows with complaints from those who have not received the level of service they are entitled to when seeking passenger assistance on the railway” and that disabled people “need to see the strong hand of the ORR” guiding improvements to assistance services.He said he wanted to see the regulator “wielding” its enforcement powers to “deliver justice” and acting as an advocate for disabled passengers by “challenging the industry at each and every opportunity”.Despite the research findings, a consultation on ORR’s plans for improvements and raising awareness of the schemes found 71 per cent of TUAG mystery shoppers said they would recommend the service to other people with the same impairment, while 85 per cent of Passenger Assist customers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the service.ORR is calling on rail companies to do more to increase awareness of the assistance available, strengthen reliability, and ensure all staff receive better training.Stephanie Tobyn, ORR’s deputy director of consumers, said: “When travel assistance works as intended, passengers find it a good service, but clearly more needs to be done to make it more reliable and consistent.“A growing number of people with disabilities are travelling by train, and we want to make rail travel easier and more straightforward for them.“That’s why we’ve carried out this research and identified where the service can be strengthened.“We’re looking forward to working with industry and passenger groups to make improvements to this important service.”last_img read more

Neighborhood notes La Cocina cat yoga Joaquin Murrieta

first_img Email Address SPCA “Cuddle Me!” event on Oct. 13The SPCA is celebrating 150 years in San Francisco and will do so with a large outdoor event where you can sign up for free pet adoptions, yoga classes with your cat, paint your pet and more. There’s a “cuddle dome” where you can let puppies crawl all over you and there’s music provided by live bands along with a beer garden. This event is free, but requires an RSVP.An evening with Joaquin MurrietaIn the 1850s, author John Rollin Ridge wrote about a Mexican bandit named Joaquin Murrieta that operated in Gold Rush Era California. He was described as a Robin Hood-esque bandit that would later serve as the inspiration for Zorro, but there still remains some mystery as to whether or not Murrieta died as portrayed in Ridge’s book. The play by Teatro Latino de SF explores what happened later in Murrieta’s life and the injustices he fought against. The play runs every weekend until Oct. 21 and tickets start at $25. La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food FestivalLa Cocina is kicking off the San Francisco Street Food Festival this Saturday at the Power Station in Dogpatch. Presale entry prices start at $6 and attendees can eat and drink to their heart’s delight between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. More information available at Street Food Festival’s website.Paseo Artistico: Women & Indigenous ResistanceSpread across nine locations in the Mission, the Paseo Artistico art stroll will feature live music, exhibits, workshops and art classes. This month’s stroll focuses on artists of indigenous backgrounds and their art. More information at Paseo Artistico’s website.center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

KYLE Amor made a welcome return from injury in Sai

first_imgKYLE Amor made a welcome return from injury in Saints’ 46-22 win over Bradford on Friday.The 25-year-old prop forward played his first game in 11 weeks as his side stayed top of the tree.“It was good to be back and it’s nice that we have players coming back from injury now,” he said. “The important thing is we get a good run of games and make a stake for the Grand Final.“It was a game of two halves really and we were happy with how it went for 50-odd minutes. But we fell away and that gives us plenty to focus on in the next few weeks.“We were dominant and there wasn’t a way back for them, but in the end our effort wasn’t where it should have been and I would include myself in that too. It is something we can learn from as a group.“With all due respect to Bradford we have tougher days ahead and we can’t toss up efforts like that.“We’ve been top for most of the year and we want to stay there.”Saints next match sees them travel to London Broncos. Ticket details are here.last_img read more

SAINTS will have to wait another week to tieup th

first_imgSAINTS will have to wait another week to tie-up the League Leaders Shield after Warrington put them to the sword at Langtree Park.The Wolves made the best of their opportunities and their host’s defensive lapses to win 39-12.Saints showed glimpses with Paul Wellens laying on two great tries but they were simply second best throughout and now have to regroup ahead of a big match at Huddersfield next week.Nathan Brown made one change from the side that beat Leeds last week – Adam Swift coming in for Mark Percival.And it was the winger that gave his side a solid opening – kicking high for Matty Russell to collect.Saints then hit hard in defence and it paved the way for the opening try.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook put in a good drive on the right, then Paul Wellens combined with Anthony Laffranchi to put Shannon McDonnell under the posts.Warrington hit back when a mistake from a high ball and a fortuitous penalty saw Stefan Ratchford make the space to reply.The Wolves then forced a drop out – the set well fielded by Saints – but were given another 16 minutes in.That was lucky too, but Saints did the business, getting the ball dead on Gareth O’Brien’s chip.Simon Grix left the field on 17 minutes after what looked to be a serious leg injury but the disruption didn’t worry the Wolves as Michael Monaghan scooted over after an error in midfield.And with 16 to go in the first half it got worse as another mistake and penalty saw Gareth O’Brien ghost in on the angle.Saints were in self-destruction mode and another good break in the middle of the field was finished aplomb by Joel Monaghan.But with 10 minutes left in the first half Saints won their first penalty and set about putting some pressure on the Wire line.It paid dividends.Again, Wellens was the architect dancing through the middle, offloading to Manu who bade his time and stepped under the posts.Makinson with the extras.It was a timely boost and moments later Saints should have had a set right on Warrington’s line.The referee initially gave it, allowing Saints to set up for an attack, but then changed his mind which erased the momentum Brown’s team had created.Warrington gained a drop out from that set and Ritchie Myler hit a drop goal as the hooter went to give his side a 23-12 half time lead.Saints produced a solid first set in the second half and then forced a drop out but couldn’t find a way through.And they were punished when Richie Myler sold a massive dummy and glided over.The game then went away from Saints as another defensive mix-up – this time on a free play – handed Joel Monaghan his second.Saints toiled and another Wolves’ try was forthcoming.The attacking line looked good as it flew right through Turner and Hohaia but the latter’s pass was off target and Ryan Atkins collected to increase the advantage.It killed the game off as a contest and left Saints with a job to do on Friday at Huddersfield.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: McDonnell, ManuGoals: Makinson (2 from 2)Wolves:Tries: Ratchford, Monaghan. M, O’Brien, Monaghan. J (2), Myler, AtkinsGoals: Ratchford (4 from 6), O’Brien (1 from 1)Drop: Myler (1 from 1)Penalties: Saints: 3Warrington: 5HT: 12-23FT: 12-39REF: James ChildATT: 12,854Teams:Saints:38. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Tommy Makinson, 26. Matty Dawson, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 17. Paul Wellens; 16. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 3. Jordan Turner.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 15. Mark Flanagan.Wolves:1. Matthew Russell; 5. Joel Monaghan, 4. Ryan Atkins, 6. Stefan Ratchford, 18. Rhys Evans; 20. Gareth O’Brien, 7. Richie Myler; 8. Chris Hill, 14. Michael Monaghan, 15. Ben Harrison, 23. James Laithwaite, 12. Ben Westwood, 13. Simon Grix.Subs: 9. Micky Higham, 10. Roy Asotasi, 11. Trent Waterhouse, 17. Ben Currie.last_img read more

Sheriffs office investigating after body found in Castle Hayne

first_img Details are limited at this time, they have been on scene for a couple of hours but would not say if they believe foul play was involved nor would they tell us the exact location where the body was located.The Sheriff’s Office expects to release more information Monday morning. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s office are investigating a death in Castle Hayne.Sheriff’s office Lt. Jerry Brewer confirmed with WWAY they are conducting a death investigation after responding to a dead body in a remote area in Castle Hayne.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man arrested in Wilmington on multiple child sex crimes

first_img According to online records, Collier is charged with multiple counts of indecent liberties with a child, sexual offense with a child, and child abuse sex act.His bond is set at $250,000.We have reached out to the New Bern Police Department, but have not heard back. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police arrested a man wanted out of New Bern on multiple child sexual assault charges.Police arrested Joshua Collier on St. Andrews Drive Wednesday.- Advertisement – last_img

Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

first_img Wilmington Police say Joshua Wamsley, 39, called 911 to report his girlfriend stabbed him during an argument.Police responded to the 300 block of South 15th Street and administered first aid. After investigating, they arrested Fahey and they charged Wamsley with assault on a female.Wamsley is also charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance in prison/jail.Related Article: NC pair charged after unresponsive toddler reportedly ingests drugs Erica Fahey and Joshua Wamsley (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man called 911 early Sunday morning after his girlfriend allegedly stabbed him.Erica Fahey, 33, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival to feature variety of films art show

first_img Sunday, April 28, 3 pmThe Last Suit (Spanish with English subtitles) Abraham, an 88-year-old Jewish tailor, travels from Buenos Aires to Poland to locate a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II.  After seven decades without any contact, Abraham will try to keep his promise to return to Poland one day. Genre: DramaMonday, April 29, 7:00 pmHill Start (Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles) In this comic drama Ora is in a coma as the result of a car accident. As her children and other family members try to help her regain consciousness viewers meet a cast of characters including plastic surgeons, a wheelchair-bound marathon coach, a tough private investigator, a yoga instructor, a sensitive belly dancer and a big star in the Arab cinema. Genre: ComedyWednesday, May 1, 7:00 pmNumbered (Hebrew with English subtitles) and several short films. The film is a collage of narratives and photographs of Auschwitz survivors who were tattooed with numbers in the camp.  The significance of these numbers to the survivors and their families leads to painful yet ultimately uplifting stories of thriving lives. Genre: DocumentaryRelated Article: Sixth annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival kicks offSunday, May 5, 2:00 pmHeading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (English) A story of sports and patriotism, this film tells the story of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.  Helped along by the “Mensch on the Bench”, the team discovers pride in representing Israel on the international stage. Genre: Documentary/Comedy/Sports.Q & A discussion with Steve and Eileen Kalish local residents who traveled with their son while he played for Team Israel after the screening.Sunday, May 5, 7:00 pm Golda’s Balcony, The Film (English) Actress Tovah Feldshuh gives a riveting performance as Golda Meir, portraying her life and her leadership of Israel during the fateful days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.  The longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history comes to film – it is not to be missed! Genre: BiographyMonday, May 6, 7:00 pmPromise At Dawn (French with English subtitles) Follow the true story of French author Romain Gary as he recounts his life in this richly colorful tapestry of poetry and adventure under the influence of a very strong Jewish mother.  From his youth in Poland to fighting for France in WWll, this life story leads to a quiet and memorable ending. Genre: Biography/DramaWednesday, May 8, 7:00 pm 93Queen(English) Tenacious ultra-Orthodox women challenge the status quo of their patriarchal community to create New York’s first all-female ambulance corps, resulting in an ideological tug of war with the observant men in their Borough Park enclave, in this rousing story of female empowerment and cultural disruption. Genre: Documentary.Skype interview with Paula Eiselt, filmmaker, following screening.Festival passes to see all films are available for $75 but the fee increases to $85 starting, Monday, April 22.General admission for the Sunday, April 28, film and dinner is $20. Students with ID and Active Military is $14.General admission for all other films is $10. Students with ID and Active Military is $7. Individual tickets are available through the Thalian Hall Box Office.The festival is also partnering with Art in Bloom Gallery to present ‘Jewish Journeys,’ a visual art exhibit featuring paintings, sculpture and mixed media artwork. The exhibit will be April 25 – May 8 at the gallery located at 210 Princess Street in downtown Wilmington.For questions about the event, email info@wilmingtonjff.org WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 6th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival returns next weekend and runs from April 28 – May 8.This year’s film festival will feature a number of films including ‘The Last Suit,’ ‘Hill Start,’ ‘Numbered,’ ‘Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel,’ ‘Golda’s Balcony, ‘The Film,’ ‘Promise at Dawn,’ and ’93 Queen.’- Advertisement – last_img read more

Muscats arguments are racist – Graffitti

first_img <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> Moviment Graffitti has accused Prime Minister and Labour leader Joseph Muscat of using racist arguments during the debate with leader of the Nationalist Party Adrian Delia on the XTRA programme on TVM – the first political debate between the two leaders in this election campaign.During the programme, Muscat had said that he would like to see a community where the Maltese hold professional and skilled positions, while foreigners take on manual labour.Moviment Graffitti stated that Muscat said that the Maltese should not do certain tasks because he thinks of them as being as inferior, and therefore must be carried out by foreigners. The activists said that this speech should be condemned by anyone who has any leftist and socialist principles.During the programme, foreign workers in Malta, the environment, the construction sector, the tunnel between Malta and Gozo, corruption, the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and legislative amendments and reports on Malta were amongst the topics put under the lens.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Santa Venera Murder father cries in court relatives console him

first_imgFacebookFacebook Shannon Mak’s father started crying in Court as the compilation of the case of against the 23-year-old Dutch national accused of murdering his daughter continued.30-year-old Shannon was murdered and found in the street in Santa Venera on the 3rd of August of 2018.Woman found with ‘slashed throat’, boyfriend arrestedSlashed ex’s throat after argumentWhen Dr Jonathan Joslin, the emergency doctor who went on the site where the body was discovered, took to the witness stand, he reported what he had seen on the scene, and it was at that point that the father starting sobbing with relatives gathering around him trying to console him.Dr Joslin described the horrific scene that he found in Triq il-Mastrudaxxi with the young woman lying on the ground half propped against the wall in between a parked car and a garden wall. He explained that her fingerprints on the garden wall prove that the victim had scrambled over the wall after she was stabbed, and then she died. The doctor also confirmed that after it was confirmed that the woman was clinically dead, the case was passed to the forensic experts.“Emotionless” – the Police description of the accused upon arrestTwo Police officials also testified during the hearing. They chronicled how it was the building’s caretaker that gave then the key to access the flat in Triq l-Istampaturi, which stands at just a few metres from where the victim was found. They explained that when they went into the converted garage, they found the suspect half asleep on the sofa. They also said that when they were arresting him, he stayed emotionless, calm and did not resist or ask any questions.Youth who slashed his girlfriend’s throat interrogatedHe had only rented his apartment a few days before the murder of his…The Court presided by Magistrate Simone Grech has been adjourned to June.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Labour victory not quite an historic vote record but close

first_imgMiguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Labour’s victory in the European Elections wasn’t quite the historic record it was presented as.Yesterday, the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat declared that the Labour Party had won over 50,000 votes in the election, with projections hitting the dizzying heights of 51,500 or 51,600 according to some media outlets.This number had latterly been revised down to a 42,656 votes in favour of the Labour Party compared to the Nationalist Party in Saturday’s elections.Had the initial estimate been correct, it would’ve exceeded the election victory of the Labour Party in 1947, when then leader Paul Boffa managed to open a margin of 44,104 against the Nationalists.The recent result is just over 1,000 less than Labour’s record (1,488), it sits as the party’s second highest score which follows behind the 2017 and 2013 General Elections which saw more than 35,000 votes clear of the Nationalists (35,280 and 35,127 respectively).Read more:Gap between PL and PN goes down to 42,656 votesElectoral Commission announces names of the 6 elected MEPsAccording to the electoral records, another clear margin by the PL was achieved in 1955. The party won the election with 19,933 votes. Looking at the rest of Malta’s General Elections since 1947, the PL have managed to pull of victories with a vote share of between 4,000 and 7,500 votes higher than the PN. Compared to the Nationalist Party, the PL has only been in parliament 8 times since the party was formed in 1921.The Nationalists have not managed to hit the same level of vote records their counterparts hold but their margins are not consistent. The 1950 and 2008 elections were very tight. According to the figures the former election was won by 1099 votes, while the latter was passed by 1580.The 1981 and 1987 elections represented slightly larger margins, over just over 4,000 votes, (4,142 and 4,785 votes respectively). The 1998 and 2003 elections increased the margin further with a margin of just over 12,000 votes.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Jake Vella urgently admitted at Mater Dei

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Jake Vella has been urgently admitted to hospital on Wednesday evening. This was announced on the ROHHAD Association Facebook page, who in addition to scores of others is asking everyone to join them in their prayers for the young boy’s quick recovery.Jake, who suffers from the rare condition known as rapid-onset obesity with hypothalamic dysregulation, hypoventilation, and autonomic dysregulation (ROHHAD), is known for bravely enduring gruelling training sessions that helps him to control his condition.Read also: Updated: Facebook removes tasteless Jake memeEuropean Week of Sport launched – Jake Vella’s example of enduranceWhatsApplast_img read more

ITU UN Women announce EQUALS a global partnership for gender equality in

first_imgAdvertisement ITU and UN Women on 20th September launched EQUALS: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, a coalition of programmes dedicated to women and girls in technology with a vision of harnessing the power of modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) to accelerate global progress to bridge the gender digital divide.“It’s time to make the world more equal,” said Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General. “ICTs are an essential pathway towards gender equality and gender empowerment. So today, it is my honour to announce – along with UN Women – the launch of EQUALS, the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, a programme where we will collaborate with partners to generate an unstoppable global movement where women and girls are equal participants in the digital technology revolution. Big challenges like these require better data, just as global problems require global action.”As the UN specialized agency for ICTs, ITU estimates that there are some 250 million fewer women online than men. ITU’s ICT Fact and Figures 2016 suggest that the global Internet user gender gap grew from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016. At 31%, the gap remains largest in the world’s Least Developed Countries. UN Women is already the de facto agency on global equality for women. And ITU is the world leader in ICT data, collection and knowledge sharing. Together, both agencies are challenging their extensive network of private companies, civil society, governments and the UN family to step up and enable women and girls around the world to contribute to a digital renaissance. – Advertisement – “The information society is incomplete without the inclusion, contribution and leadership of women and girls,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women. “They must have access to ICTs, and we must foster their capabilities to use the technology. This is central to the realization of women’s rights at all levels and can be a real driver of accelerated progress towards the achievement of Agenda 2030.”ICTs are recognized worldwide as a catalyst to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and specifically SDG5 to achieve gender equality. Increasing women’s and girl’s access, skills and leadership opportunities in ICTs has enormous potential to improve their health and empower them through access to information, education and commercial opportunities, strengthening families, communities, national economies – and ultimately global society as a whole.ITU and UN Women have teamed up with serial entrepreneur and Honest Dollar founder whurley (aka William Hurley) who will drive an intensive global engagement and outreach effort. “I’ve been an advocate of the widespread access to information and technologies my entire career” said whurley. “These technologies have the power to change lives, reinvent industries, and create entire new economies. Women and girls play a vital role and are fundamental to an ecosystem of innovation.  Gender equality must be the focus of the technology industry if we are to continue to innovate in the future.”EQUALS will focus on addressing Sustainable Development Goal 5b: Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology (ICTs), to promote the empowerment of women.The Global Partnership will focus on three areas of action:ACCESS – Achieve equal access to digital technologiesSKILLS – Empower women and girls with skills to become ICT creatorsLEADERS – Promote women as ICT leaders and entrepreneursIt will consist of a broad global partnership of like-minded programmes in the public and the private sectors with the mission to bridge the global digital gender divide.ITU figures show that Internet penetration rates are higher for men than for women in every region of the world. In addition, there are 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries who still do not own a mobile phone (GSMA, 2015), and there are fewer women in the ICT workforce at every level and in every country. The gap is especially pronounced in senior management positions. Empowering girls and women with ICT skills could solve the predicted shortfall of over two million jobs in the technology sector within the next five years.EQUALS will leverage big data, measurement and evaluation to reach these ambitious, global targets. All private companies, NGOs, governments and civil society organizations are invited to join this global movement.ITU Press Releaselast_img read more

CAMON CX to Create a Paradigm Shift in Smartphone Design and Photography

first_imgLast year, Camon C9 raised the bar in smartphone camera by producing the first 13MP front and back camera phone, in Africa. Image Credit: MobiTrends Kenya Advertisement It Is no longer news that yearly, TECNO raises the bar on smartphone camera technology via its CAMON flagship. In the past, the CAMON C8 and CAMON C9 have displaced rival brands and successfully carved a niche for themselves in the market; still delivering value for money till date.Interestingly, recently leaked pictures of the next CAMON flagship, the CAMON CX is about to create a paradigm shift in smartphone design and photography experience. Let’s make sense out of the leaked pictures.The nicely positioned front camera has 16MP rating and dual flashlights. This camera focuses on object with great speed and captures stunning high-resolution photos just the way they are – beautiful and colorful. Interestingly, under extreme low-light, the dual flash ensures that the CAMON CX still captures sharp and bright images. With the low-light optimization on CAMON CX, I believe its time to finally bid bye to dark pictures. Yes, now people will stop appearing like shadows in their own pictures because of poor background lighting. Upon its release, the CAMON CX is expected to be the best low-light Selfie camera.The nicely positioned front camera has 16MP rating and dual flashlights. (Photo Credit: Tecno Insider) – Advertisement – With an anticipated 120-degrees wide-angle capacity, group Selfies can effectively capture everyone just the way they are arranged. Remember that your college graduation picture which some of your classmates who posed at the edge were cut off?Now, that will no longer be a problem with the release of the CAMON CX due to its wide-angle mode that enables it to effortlessly squeeze several people into a single frame.By simply tapping anywhere on the screen or using the fingerprint scanner, you can capture moments on the device as fast as in 0.1 second.[related-post]The CAMON CX cameras are designed to reduce visual distortion that looks like grains usually present in pictures taken under low-light. Its 16MP rear camera has a 0.1 second focus that makes capturing moving object possible without the images being blurred. Also, the ring flash positioned just beneath the rear camera combines four bright flashes to increase background light by 100% when compared to regular flash and casts evenly over darkness.These set of ring flashlights do not only prevent users from having to recognize their friends in the photos using their eyeballs and teeth however, it also helps capture every color in the environment clearly.The 16MP rear camera has a 0.1 second focus that makes capturing moving object possible without the images being blurred. (Photo Credit: Tecno Insider)This is definitely a 5.5-Inch Full HD IPS screen display, with high pixel density to make sure that every detail on the screen is clear and sharp. Whether under direct sunlight or under your blanket, the CAMON CX super-bright screen delivers vibrant displays all day long.Indeed, the design of the CAMON CX is epic and its camera has finally addressed problems with photography under low-light, which other smartphones have not being able to fix in the past.No doubt, TECNO’s effort on this device will serve as a benchmark for further technological developments in smartphone photography.last_img read more

Huawei is Coming On Fast As They Narrow the Gap With Samsung

first_imgCHINA-TECHNOLOGY-TELECOM-SMARTPHONE. GB3790 .Image Credit:mediacorp. Advertisement According to a research that was conducted by American research-firm; Gartner Inc., on Tuesday revealed that the Chinese-based smartphone makers; Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd is narrowing the gap with its two world’s biggest competitors: US-based Apple Inc. and the South-Korean based; Samsung Electronics in global smartphone sales made in the first-quarter.The company’s market share increased to 9 percent during the first quarter from 8.3 percent in the year-earlier period.Despite its P9 and P9 Plus phablets being available for more than a year now, both smartphones continued to sell well, positioning Huawei as a dominant brand in the consumer market. – Advertisement – “Huawei has now steadily held the third spot in the worldwide ranking of smartphone vendors. However, pressure is mounting as its counterparts in China are catching up.” Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, said in a statement.Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 1Q17 (Thousands of Units)Vendor1Q17 Units1Q17 Market Share (%)1Q16 Units1Q16 Market Share (%)Samsung78,671.420.781,186.923.3Apple51,992.513.751,629.514.8Huawei34,181.29.028,861.08.3Oppo30,922.38.115,891.54.6Vivo25,842.26.814,001.04.0Others158,367.741.7156,654.245.0Total379,977.3100.0348,224.2100.0Source: Gartner (May 2017)Samsung Samsung kept its top spot but saw its market share shrink to 20.7 percent from 23.3 percent as it continued to feel the impact of its costly Galaxy Note 7 recall last year after several devices spontaneously caught fire.“Although Samsung announced that pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 plus are up 30 percent year on year, the absence of an alternative to Galaxy Note 7 and the fierce competition in the basic smartphone segment are leading Samsung to continuously lose market share,” Gartner’s Gupta said.Apple Apple on the other hand, saw it’s market share dropped to 13.7 percent from 14.8 percent. The first quarter of the year is Apple’s weakest when sales dip after the holiday-heavy fourth quarter. Customers are also holding back on buying iPhones in anticipation of new models that will be launched later in the year.[related-posts]Notably, in the press statement that was revealed by the research firm, Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled to 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017, a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016.They firm continued to mention that mobile phone buyers are spending more to get a better phone, resulting in the rise in average selling prices of types of phone.source: Reuters and Gartner Newsroomlast_img read more

Arsenal v Man U 4pm SKY

first_imgSTAR EVENT: Arsenal v Man UThe Emirates TIME: 4pm TV: SKYLadies and Gentlemen of the Jury [PROSECUTION] “We present the evidence in this case to you today….. We suggest you take the time to study this, and this alone in this matter…”3 Nov 2012 League, Man Utd 2 – 1 Arsenal22 Jan 2012 League, Arsenal 1 – 2 Man Utd28 Aug 2011 League, Man Utd 8 – 2 Arsenal01 May 2011 League, Arsenal 1 – 0 Man Utd12 Mar 2011 FA Cup, Man Utd 2 – 0 Arsenal13 Dec 2010 League, Man Utd 1 – 0 Arsenal31 Jan 2010 League, Arsenal 1 – 3 Man Utd29 Aug 2009 League, Man Utd 2 – 1 Arsenal16 May 2009 League, Man Utd 0 – 0 Arsenal05 May 2009 Champions League, Arsenal 1 – 3 Man UtdLadies and Gentlemen of the Jury [PROSECUTION] “We can identify just one win for the aforementioned Arsenal in the last 10 meetings.”Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury [PROSECUTION] “On the date of the twenty eighth of August, in the year two thousand and eleven, the score was Manchester United 8 – that’s e-i-g-h-t Ladies and Gentlemen, Arsenal, er, two.”Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury [PROSECUTION] “Man United are a vastly superior team to Arsenal this season….” [DEFENCE] “Objection, conjecture” [PROSECUTION] “See the table, exhibit 21p, Man United are 21 points clear of Arsenal.” [M’LUD] “Objection overruled”.Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury [PROSECUTION] “Man United are already crowned Champions….” [DEFENCE] “This means they won’t have anything left to play for.” [GENERAL HOWLS OF LAUGHTER IN COURTROOM]. [M’LUD] “SILENCE IN COURT”Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury [DEFENCE] “The prosecution also recommended Newcastle beating Liverpool last night.  M’lud, I’m sure I don’t need to remind you of the score but I will do – 6-0 not to Newcastle. That proves the ineptness of my learned friend. [PROSECUTION] With respect, m’lud, we are talking about Man U today and not Newcastle. It’s the difference between chalk and cheese or in the case of Newcastle, er, black and white. And we did say plenty of goals with a recommendation, M’lud, of a cover bet, commonly known as ‘overs’, with the establishment known as Star Sports.”Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury [M’LUD] “I have studied the evidence in this case and direct you to find in favour of the prosecution. On this occasion, and this occasion alone, I will also direct that you can use your telephones in court. Anything around 5/2 about Man United has to be availed of immediately in these circumstances. COURT ADJOUNED”STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win MAN U to beat ARSENAL(-1.5 points Saturday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 25 MarchRACING2.40 Newton AbbotEarthmoves 4/1 > 9/42.50 SouthwellLike A Diamond 16/1 > 5/14.10 Newton AbbotOlympian Boy 13/2 > 4/14.30 LingfieldBoxing Shadows 7/1 > 3/18.15 KemptonTroopingthecolour 13/2 > 9/4INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES7.30pm LIVE ESPN1/6 Germany 14/1 Australia 7/1 DRAW7.45pm LIVE SKY7/10 Scotland 9/2 Northern Ireland 5/2 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 28 May HORSE RACING1.50 CurraghCommander Grigio 4/1 > 11/43.50 KelsoLowanbehold 8/1 > 6/14.15 UttoxeterBallynagour 11/1 > 6/1FOOTBALLLeague Two Play-Off Final15:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD9/5 Blackpool 6/4 Exeter City 12/5 DRAWScottish Premiership Play-Off Final 2nd Leg15:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD7/5 Hamilton Academical 2/1 Dundee United 9/4 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

NASA awards 11M

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: o 713-348-6778; c 713-302-2447 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu NASA awards $11M ‘Quantum Wire’ contract to Rice Smalley Lab to produce prototype power cable for next-gen spacecraft NASA has awarded Rice University’s Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory a four-year, $11 million contract to produce a prototype power cable made entirely of carbon nanotubes. The new project will be discussed with media in a briefing at the Johnson Space Center at 2 p.m. CDT April 26. Available to media in that session will be: — Jefferson D. Howell, Jr., Director, NASA Johnson Space Center — Richard Smalley, Director, Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory (CNL) The project aims to pioneer methods of producing pure nanotube power cables, known as quantum wires, which may conduct electricity up to 10 times better than copper and weigh about one-sixth as much. Such technologies may advance NASA’s plans to return humans to the moon and eventually travel to Mars and beyond. ”Technology advances like these are exactly what will be needed to realize the future of space exploration,” Howell said. ”We are extremely fortunate to be able to pool the unique expertise available at JSC, Rice and the other collaborators in this effort.” The contract was awarded by NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. It calls for an additional $4 million in related research at JSC, where researchers will conduct crucial work in the area of nanotube growth, and at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, where nanotube composites will be developed for fuel cell components. Rice’s portion of the funding includes support for collaborative projects at Houston-based Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc., which specializes in large-scale nanotube production; GHG Corp.; Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania. ”In the Space Shuttle, the primary power distribution system accounts for almost 7 percent of the craft’s weight,” said Smalley, University Professor, the Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry, professor of physics and the lead researcher on the project.. ”To support additional instrumentation and broadband communications, NASA’s next generation of human and robotic spacecraft will need far more power. For ships assembled in orbit, a copper power distribution system could wind up accounting for one-quarter the weight of the vessel.” The contract calls for CNL to provide NASA a one-meter prototype of a quantum wire by 2009. This will require major breakthroughs in the production and processing of nanotubes. Notably, a way has yet to be found to produce a specific type of nanotube. Of the hundreds of types available, only about 2 percent, known as ”armchair” nanotubes, are types that conduct electricity well enough for quantum wires. ”We need to find a way to make just the nanotubes we want, and we need them in large quantities,” said CNL Executive Director Howard Schmidt. ”Another major focus of the research will be finding new ways to combine armchair nanotubes, which are single molecules just a billionth of a meter wide, into large-scale fibers and wires.” The April 26 briefing will be available to media in attendance only and will not be broadcast on NASA Television. last_img read more

Rice study finds shortcomings in Katrina evacuees health status

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRice study finds shortcomings in Katrina evacuees’ health status Katrina evacuees who moved to Houston have experienced problems accessing physical and mental health care, according to a study published by three Rice University researchers.They examined data from three separate waves of surveys administered at different times to different groups of the most disadvantaged Katrina evacuees in the Houston area (specifically, those who did not have resources to evacuate in advance of the hurricane).Their findings will appear in the article “Physical and Mental Health Status of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees in Houston in 2005 and 2006” in the upcoming edition of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.The authors are Karoline Mortensen, assistant professor in the practice of political science; Rick K. Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science and professor of statistics and of psychology; and Vivian Ho, the chair in health economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.An estimated 200,000 people left New Orleans for Houston when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in August 2005, and more than 150,000 remained in Houston almost one year later. The authors utilized the survey data collected in the Houston area between September 2005 and July 2006 “to get an overview of how evacuees’ socioeconomic status, physical and mental health, health insurance coverage and access to care differ from those of the general U.S. population.”To reach a fuller understanding of the evacuees’ circumstances, Mortensen and her colleagues compared them not just to the nation as a whole, but to poor Southerners as well. In some ways, the Katrina evacuees fit between the national average and poor Southerners. For instance, 30 percent of evacuees said they did not have private health insurance before the storm, higher than the national proportion (22.5 percent), but lower than the proportion of poor respondents of the South who are uninsured (56 percent).People who left New Orleans after Katrina reported changes in health, income and employment status. For example, more than a quarter of respondents in the July 2006 survey said their current health status was worse than the day before the hurricane hit, 55 percent felt their health status remained the same and 12 percent felt their health had improved.“Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness are strong indications of mental health status, particularly depression,” the authors wrote, “and evacuees are far more likely than the Southern poor or general U.S. population to report frequently experiencing these emotions.” Nevertheless, despite these challenges, a solid majority of evacuees said a year after Katrina they expected they would remain in the Houston area. This may be due in part, the paper suggested, because many have little to return to in New Orleans.“The picture for the evacuees remaining in the Houston area is bleak,” the researchers concluded. “Not only did Katrina evacuees to Houston endure a natural disaster, they endured an inadequate government response to it and its aftermath. The chaos that ensued immediately after Katrina and the slow emergency response could have exacted a higher mental health toll on some individuals. It is clear that many evacuees remaining in the Houston area are poor and in need of health care services, with the uninsured bearing the brunt of lack of access to care.”For more information, or to speak to Mortensen, contact Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.com or 713-348-6775. AddThislast_img read more