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first_imgFootball’s Premier League clubs have agreed to transform access at their grounds, following a 14-year campaign by disabled supporters.The Premier League announced this week that every one of its 20 clubs would have to meet standards laid out in guidance 12 years ago by the beginning of the 2017-18 season.The Accessible Stadia Guide includes guidelines on car parking, accessible information, the minimum number of wheelchair spaces for spectators, location of viewing areas for disabled supporters, and staff training.When it was published in 2003, the chair of the National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS) – now renamed Level Playing Field – said in its introduction that NADS and its members were looking forward “to the implementation and application” of its recommendations.Now, 12 years later, Premier League clubs appear ready to put those recommendations finally into action.In recent months, Disability News Service and other media organisations, particularly the BBC, have published a series of embarrassing reports into the discrimination faced by disabled supporters at many Premier League grounds.This week’s announcement by the Premier League represents a complete turnaround from its position less than four months ago, when its chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said there were “practical reasons” why some clubs could not provide more spaces for wheelchair-users.The announcement came on the day that the government published a report calling on clubs in football – and other spectator sports, including cricket and rugby – to take “urgent action” to provide appropriate “support and space for disabled spectators”.Among its comments, the report says: “Some respondents [to a small survey] also expressed concern that, at some grounds, they couldn’t sit with their own supporters when they attended away games.“Not only did this have an effect on their enjoyment but [it] had risks, as supporters from opposing teams are generally segregated [for safety reasons].”It also discusses barriers faced by disabled supporters, including the “lack of wheelchair user places… poor sight lines because the seat was on the same level as the sporting event, always sitting at the front of stands so not sheltered from the weather and unsafe wheelchair viewing areas even in modern grounds”.Joyce Cook (pictured), chair of Level Playing Field, said her organisation was “totally delighted” with the Premier League’s announcement.She said: “The promises made today will ensure that many more disabled fans can finally enjoy a fair and equal experience alongside fellow fans, friends and family.“For disabled football fans this is huge news but, as always, the proof will be in the pudding. “Level Playing Field looks forward to working with the Premier League and its clubs to deliver on their promises.”Lord [Chris] Holmes, the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s disability commissioner, welcomed the Premier League’s announcement, but said: “This is potentially a significant step in the right direction but we are mindful that there have also been a number of false starts in the past.“We call on all Premier League clubs to follow through and deliver on the promises set out today.”And he said the government’s report was “a valuable piece of work”.He said: “The report paints an appalling picture of how disabled fans are being treated like second class citizens at sports grounds across the country.“Given football is our national game and the Premier League is the richest in the world, it is shocking to see how poor the treatment of disabled fans is.“We call on Premier League clubs to show leadership and all sports to provide better provision and a level playing field for disabled fans.”Other disabled peers also welcomed the Premier League’s announcement.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson praised the work of Lord Holmes, a Conservative peer, who has asked a series of searching parliamentary questions on the issue, which she said had provided “a great catalyst”.Lord Holmes called on his government to commit to “monitoring closely the Premier League to ensure that, be they old grounds or new grounds, come 2017 all grounds will meet minimum access requirements”.And Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the Liberal Democrat president, praised Level Playing Field for its 14-year campaign.She asked the government to ensure that clubs’ disability access officers “report not only on the physical space but also on the training of all staff involved in the provision of disability services”, and to encourage the appointment of disability access officers in the three divisions beneath football’s Premier League.A Premier League spokeswoman said clubs had agreed at a meeting last week to make all their stadiums compliant with the Accessible Stadia Guide by August 2017, and to ensure there was an “appropriate” number of spaces for wheelchair-users – 10 per cent of their provision for home fans – in their away sections.Each club will have to appoint a disability access officer, while wheelchair spaces, steward training, websites, ticketing policies and parking should all be given “urgent attention”.The Premier League is currently assessing all of its 20 grounds to check where access standards can be improved, and the results of these assessments will be discussed with clubs “at a senior level”.The Premier League spokeswoman added: “We look forward to reading the government’s report and will take on any information it provides.”In a letter to members of the government’s Disability Action Alliance and other “key stakeholders”, Justin Tomlinson, minister for disabled people, and Tracy Crouch, minister for sport, tourism and heritage, said the Premier League’s announcement was “a huge achievement”.But they said this was “not an excuse for complacency”, and added: “We have challenged all clubs, across all sporting disciplines, to bring spectator sport into the twenty-first century by making sure they are inclusive and accessible for all spectators and, in particular, we have called on our higher-level and wealthier clubs to set an example and act as fast as possible.”last_img read more

Long Cunningham Turner … well now its time for

first_imgLong, Cunningham, Turner … well, now it’s time for Danny Richardson to be etched into folklore.12-all, hooter gone, Saints handed a penalty some 55 metres out, possibly more.Up steps the 21-year-old and with the eyes of 13,000 packed into the stadium on him, and thousands at home, lands a beauty to give Saints a 14-12 victory.The home side had been 8-0 down at half time.They couldn’t settle in possession and it was no surprise when Daryl Clark went over from close range on 10 minutes.It could have been worse too as Warrington spurned two chances but Saints did grow into it late on.James Roby and LMS both going close.That momentum carried over into the second half and within 60 seconds it was game on.Jonny Lomax made a sensational break on the left hand side, found the supporting Mark Percival who duly turned it back inside for Ben Barba to go under the sticks.Richardson tagged on the extras but on 50 minutes Tyrone Roberts took the score out to 10-6 with a penalty.And three minutes later he slotted another home from right in front of the posts.Saints had to dig deep once again to stop a certain Josh Charnley try on the hour mark and then forced a drop out two minutes later thanks to outstanding kick chase from Richardson and Theo Fages.That pressure finally told as Saints produced an outstanding passage of play to get one level terms.Offloads came aplenty, but Kyle Amor’s hand-off and offload were a sight to behold before Jonny Lomax ghosted over.Roberts attempted a drop goal on three separate occasions before Stefan Ratchford had an attempt.Richardson had a pop too – one going high but slightly wide.Until that final moment.Cometh the hour, cometh the man.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Barba, Lomax Goals: Richardson (3 from 3)Wolves: Tries: Clark Goals: Roberts (4 from 4)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 8 Wolves: 6HT: 0-8 FT: 14-12REF: James ChildATT: 12,454Teams:Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles.Wolves: 1. Stefan Ratchford; 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Bryson Goodwin, 18. Toby King, 27. Josh Charnley; 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Tyrone Roberts; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Mike Cooper, 20. Harvey Livett, 12. Jack Hughes, 34. Ben Westwood. Subs: 13. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15. Declan Patton, 16. Sitaleki Akauola, 17. Joe Philbin.last_img read more

Free rabies clinic for pets of Leland residents at Bark in the

first_img There were also dog-centric vendors, a dog food drive, and dogs available for adoption.Sharon Smith with Furever Friends Animal Rescue says this event is very important to the community.“Some families are not able to pay for the rabies vaccine and we’re here to help them because it’s incredibly important for every dog and cat to have a vaccination,” Smith said.Related Article: Stray cats rescued from construction zone in downtown WilmingtonSmith says about 200 rabies vaccinations are given to dogs and cats at this event every year. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The dogs had their day in Leland yesterday as residents were invited to bring their pups out to Bark in the Park.The town of Leland partnered with Capeside Animal Hospital and Furever Friends Animal Rescue to offer a free rabies clinic for the four-legged friends of Leland residents.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Two charged with kidnapping burglary after Leland home breakin

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man and woman face charges after allegedly breaking into a home early Sunday morning and assaulting the man and woman inside.Brenton Walter Ludke, 27, of Supply and Kaitlin Massey, 23, of Shallotte were arrested Sunday.- Advertisement – Ludke is charged with the following:First degree burglaryTwo counts of second degree kidnappingSimple assaultMassey is charged with:Assault by strangulationFirst degree burglaryTwo counts of second degree kidnappingAccording to arrest warrants, Ludke and Massey broke into a home between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Cherrytree Road in Leland.Related Article: Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office searching for man and woman accused of stealing dogWarrants state they broke in for the ‘purpose of terrorizing’ the man and woman inside.Warrants state Massey wrapped a yellow keychain coil and arm around the woman’s neck, causing her to ‘lose the ability to breathe’.Ludke is accused of hitting the male victim.Massey’s bond is $250,500 bond and Ludke’s bond is $150,000.last_img read more

Flooding closes a section of I40 until Monday

first_imgDUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A section of Interstate 40 is closed due to flooding.The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports I-40 is closed in both directions near Warsaw between exits 364 (NC 24) and 369 (US 117).- Advertisement – The NCDOT said the road is expected to open by 8:30 a.m. on Monday.Click here for real-time traffic updates from Operation GridlockHighway Patrol says southbound lanes of I-95 around Exit 71 in Harnett County are also closed.Related Article: Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmingtonlast_img

Għaxaq double murder I love my mother but…

first_imgThe compilation of evidence in the case against the man who stands accused of murdering his mother and his sister continued on Monday morning.Various police officials took the witness stand on Monday. A police sergeant from the Criminal Investigation Department said that he was requested at the Police Headquarters on 30 March at 1am. He then proceeded to the site where the corpses were buried where the forensic team was already present. The police sergeant explained that bodies were found close to a small room and by a rubble wall. The bodies were subsequently taken to the morgue.Another police official who took the witness stand, told the court that the accused appeared as though he wanted to cooperate. He had told them that the weapon used in the double murder was made by the accused himself. Bonnici had indicated where the weapon was buried. The police officer was about to delve into how the accused carried out the gruesome murder but was cut short by Magistrate Joe Mifsud who informed him that the details had emerged in previous testimonies.The police were also asked about their search for the mallet at WasteServ. The police officer explained that from the information they had was that a mallet possibly burnt was disposed of at WasteServ.An aunt of the accused took the witness stand on Monday. She was asked to visit the accused’s mother and sister by the accused’s imprisoned father. The woman told the court that the victims were neither picking up their phones nor opening the door. She explained to the court that a police official had sent her back to check properly whether they were inside. Upon returning to the house, the aunt found the accused who asked her to accompany him as they looked for them inside the house. The man allegedly told his aunt that he needed to be accompanied inside, otherwise his mother would suspect that he had entered to steal from her. As the man was opening the door, he told his aunt that “I love my mother, but..” and stopped short. He then entered inside, called his mother, went up however he found nothing.When asked what she thought about the accused, the aunt described him as a “good person”. She said that she never argued with the accused and that his late mother praised him for doing work around the house. She said that it had never crossed her mind that the accused would come to this, saying had she thought so, she would have never entered the house with the accused alone. The woman told the court that however she was not aware of the relationship between the accused and his mother and sister.Another relative took the witness stand and said that she was still shocked at what had happened.Another aunt took the witness stand who said that she could not testify in public, with the magistrate Joe Mifsud asking the media to leave the courtroom.Lawyers Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri appeared for the defense counsel.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Analysis Almost 70 of local councils in PLs hands PN holds 19

first_imgMiguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb In the aftermath of the last three days of vote counting, Labour now controls almost 70% of Malta’s local councils.Four of the 47 localities now under Labour control changed hands by only a few percentages of votes.Read more:Local Council elections: PL wins Valletta and St Paul’s Bay, PL 16 – PN 7Local Elections: 2nd night results in 16 PL held, 4 PN held, Gharb council undecidedWatch: 47 localities won by PL; 19 by PN; 2 indecisiveThose localities were Siggiewi, St Paul’s Bay, Mosta and Valletta.SiggiewiBetween the 2015 result and the 2019 election, the Labour Party managed to win the approximate 3% margin which the Nationalists had achieved in the previous election, to take control. From 47.19% in 2015 – 50.64% in 2019, likewise with the Nationalists, 52.81% in 2015 – 49.86% in 2019.2015 Result –2019 Result – <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The final resultWith the European Elections now over this is how the political map of Malta’s localities look:WhatsAppcenter_img Nationalists hold on… justWhile the Labour retained many of their previous councils and managed to make gains from the Nationalists, the PN managed to hold on to 18 existing councils while gaining Munxar in Gozo. The party also lost two further localities in Gozo, Gharb and Zebbug. These locations are still to be decided.Munxar:The Nationalists managed to win the locality by a margin of approximately 3% of the votes.GharbFormerly a strong Nationalist locality, Gharb’s former Mayor David Apap formed his own party Gharb L’Ewwel and managed to win 42% of the vote. This move effectively sucked the Nationalist’s majority.From the comfortable 61% in the 2013, GL and the Labour Party managed to reduce PN’s majority to 12.33%. PL made up just over 6% on its vote share in 2013, from 38.35% to 44.81% in 2019.  It is still unclear yet, who will be the Mayor of Gharb.Zebbug GozoThe Nationalists faired slight better in Zebbug Gozo where the Independent Candidates managed to pull 16% of the vote share from the PN and PL. This means that the election for Mayor is still unclear. St Paul’s BaySt Paul’s Bay is considered one of the Nationalist Party’s big losses during the elections. PN’s approximate 5% majority in the region during 2015, was picked up by the Labour Party this year. Interestingly, the third and smaller parties exchanged an approximate three percent margin in vote share in the region. Alternattiva Demokratika had won 3.54% of the vote in 2015, while the Partit Demokratiku took approximately the same amount in 2019. AD did not field a candidate in this year’s LC election.2015 Result –2019 Result –MostaThe vote margin between the PL and PN, comparing the 2015 and 2019 results has got even tighter. In 2015, the Nationalists managed to win the locality by 52.13% percent of the votes compared to 47.78% for the Labour Party.2015 Result –That margin of approximately 5% decreased with the 2019 election. The Labour Party managed to take control of the seat by an approximate margin of 3% of the vote; PL – 51.43%, PN – 48.57%.2019 Result –Interestingly, the 2012 local council result shows that the original approximate share of the vote was won by Independents 0.90% and the Alternattiva Demokratika 2.42% respectively.VallettaThe Labour Party’s gain of Malta’s prime local council has been considered a major loss for the Nationalists. The Nationalists lost their 5 – 6% margin from the 2013 elections in the recent election (51.58% 2013 to 45.93% 2019).2013 Result –The Labour Party picked up 5% of majority, winning with 53.03, almost 5% greater than 2013. This time around Partit Demokratika also managed to win a share of the vote with 1% of the vote.Interestingly, the Nationalist’s majority in 2013 was actually actually much smaller than the 2008. At that time, Independent candidates managed to take up to 4% of the votes.When Valletta changed hands, Labour supporters chanted.last_img read more

Were living in a bubble of toxic air – PD

first_imgPartit Demokratiku said that rampant construction and too much traffic, coupled with lack of enforcement has led to a situation where people in Malta live in a ‘bubble of toxic air’. PD observed that between 2016 and 2017, 1,854 persons suffering from asthma have applied for their cards, while between 2017 and 2018 the number of new applications was 1,675. The statistics were tabled in parliament by Health Minister Chris Fearne in a reply to a parliamentary question by Opposition MP Godfrey Farrugia.In a statement on Saturday, PD said that man-made dust poses an increased risk to those suffering from chronic asthma.“Most vulnerable are patients who have existing lung and heart disease as very small increases in dust concentrations exacerbate morbidity and mortality. Babies, children, the elderly, and construction workers are more at risk than the rest of the population,” former PD leader Anthony Buttigieg said.PD added that while Health and Safety regulations exist, the Environment and Resource Authority (ERA), the Planning Authority (PA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) are ‘spineless’ due to lack of enforcement.PD called on the Superintendent for Public Health to speak up on the issue on behalf of the Maltese citizens and suggest how this situation could be managed appropriately. PD also suggested that ERA should publish Malta and Gozo’s air quality indices with the inclusion of fine dust.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Elderly man in critical condition after fall in Msida

first_img SharePrint A 71 year old man is in critical condition after falling two storeys in Msida in the early hours of the morning.The Police say that the incident occurred at 2AM this morning on Constitution Street Msida.The man was understood to have been feeding his animals at the time.The man is now in a critical condition at Mater Dei Hospital.Magistrate Dr C Galea LL.D is now leading an investigation into the incident.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img

Ethiopia To Assemble Their First Smartphone

first_imgAdvertisement “Tecno already has several models on the market, all of which support Amharic, Oromiffa, and Tigrigna languages. The new phone will, for the time being, support only Amharic, according to Henry Yu, Tecno’s general manager in Ethiopia,” wrote Addis Fortune.The Amharic feature was developed in Ethiopia. “It was developed by a local company called Information Technology Transfer Services (ITTS). The software, Amharic Soft Keyboard and Messaging Application, works on all phones supporting Android”, said Ayalew Aseffa, CEO and founder of the company.He added that it supports SMS, email and other information transferring systems. – Advertisement – ITNewsAfricalast_img

Huawei launches Digital inCloud centre in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Last week, Huawei launched their Digital inCloud Eastern and Southern Africa regional center at the 5th Annual VAS Africa summit.VAS Africa summit attracted over 70 carriers and Service Providers (SPs)/ Content Providers (CPs) in the region.Huawei says it is the first global solutions provider to bring Digital inCloud solution to Africa and say the Digital inCloud solution will facilitate: ease of distribution and trade between consumer, carriers, and partners of digital products/services. – Advertisement – “This facilitation will be achieved through improved content aggregation, better management of local and global digital content,” said Felix Tang, Director of Huawei Eastern & Southern Region Carrier Software Department.The regional center is dedicated to building Africa’s digital eco-system through cooperation of Operators and Local and Global partners, to introduce digital services to Africa and vice versa.The centre ‘s localised business operation promotes African carriers and partners to develop digital products and services enabling them to compete globally.Huawei Digital inCloud has globally aggregated over 2,000 partners with over 200,000 high-quality digital content and has served over 140M carrier users.The content covers digital music, mobile games, videos, API openness, traffic monetization, B2B Cloud and M2M.Digital inCloud Eastern and Southern Africa regional center brings Huawei’s global distribution network nodes from 8 to 9.[Via]last_img read more

South Africas Standard Bank Acquires Majority Stake in Firepay

first_imgImage Credit: Wall Street Journal Advertisement Standard Bank one of South Africa’s largest financial services groups earlier this week on Monday announced they had acquired a majority stake in Firepay; a firm that applies new mobile payment technology to build innovative products.In 2014 Firepay partnered with Standard Bank, to launch SnapScan which is currently used by hundreds of thousands of customers, at a national network of more than 32 000 physical and online merchants to pay for their goods and services using only their mobile phone.SnapScan being a project of Firepay, it will continue with it’s operations as normal, with the Firepay team staying on-board to grow the product. In other words, customers and merchants with any South African bank will still be able to pay with or receive payment via the app. – Advertisement – “We are excited about working more closely with the Firepay team and think that there is an excellent strategic fit between their capabilities and Standard Bank’s vision for a truly universal bank, both in South Africa and throughout the African continent” said Wendy Pienaar, Head of Emerging Payments at Standard Bank South Africa.[related-posts]source: IT News Africalast_img read more

Android 80 Oreo System Images Released OTA Update Rollout Starts for Beta

first_img(Photo Credit: phonandroid) Advertisement Soon after revealing the name for Android O, Google has released factory system images of the much awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update for compatible devices. The OTA update has also started to roll out, but it’s likely to be phased, and is first arriving for Android beta program users. Also, as is the case with initial rollouts, things aren’t going as smoothly as one would expect from Google.Some initial installers reported (courtesy Android Police) that the OTA update was failing to install on their devices, showing an ‘installation error’. Pixel XL users running developer preview 4 are particularly facing this issue, and Google temporarily even pulled Pixel and Pixel XL OTA updates to fix this issue. Pixel users running Nougat, and Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X users on the beta program have received the update, and could install them without any hiccups. However, Google was quick to respond and resolve the issue, with Android head Dave Burke claiming it was a signing issue fault.The OTA roll out is phased, and for now only Android Beta Program users are receiving it mainly. Google will likely make it available to a wide audience in the near future. OTA updates are the safest way to install these updates, as they refrain from deleting your smartphone data, while factory images require flashing your phone and giving it a fresh start. – Advertisement – If you cannot wait, then Android Oreo system images are now available on the developers’ site. The system images are available for compatible devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL users. You need to ensure that you have an unlocked bootloader and ADB running on your computer before installing. All your data will be removed while installing system images, so ensure that you backup beforehand.Android O brings in a lot of new features like picture in picture mode, notification channel feature, notification badges, Android instant apps, and much more.source: Gadgets 360 and Android Policelast_img read more

ICTAU Chairman Among Ugandan Delegates Attending the Stockholm Internet Forum

first_imgICTAU Chairman; Mr. Albert Mucunguzi (far left) with other panelists discussing ‘The cost of restrictions, taxes and shutdowns’ at the Stockholm Internet Forum in Sweden. Courtesy Photo. Advertisement ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) Chairman; Mr. Albert Mucunguzi is among the 21 delegates from Uganda invited to attend the 2019 Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) in Sweden.Some of the Uganda delegates invited include; Dorothy Okello; representing UCC, Neema Iyer; Founder and Director at Pollicy Uganda, Gilbert Sendugwa; Africa Freedom of Information Centre, to mention a few,The Stockholm Internet Forum is organized by the Swedish International Development Agency running under the theme “Shrinking Democratic Space Online – mobilizing for a free, open and secure Internet.” – Advertisement – The forum is offering an arena to exchange ideas, knowledge and collaboration amongst all stakeholders in attendance.Mr. Albert participated in a panel session “The cost of restrictions, taxes and shutdowns” organized by International Trade Centre. The panel session include; Arancha Gonzalez; ED International Trade Centre, Alp Toker; Director of Net Blocks, Seynabou Thiam, and Samia Melhem; representative from the World Bank.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Republic of Ireland v Germany

first_img[dropcap]E[/dropcap]uro 2016 Qualifiers tonight and the game of most interest to me is Republic of Ireland v Germany in Group D.Ireland have the best defensive record in the group, conceding just five goals in eight games but despite that are only third in the table headed by Germany and Poland who so happen to be the two opponents they still need to play. Victory in just one of the matches would guarantee at least a third-place finish and a play-off spot. After that, Ireland’s hopes would lie primarily with mathematics and all options remain open – automatic qualification, a play-off spot or missing the cut with the play-off spot looking most likely.Germany are on the verge of booking their place to Paris next year, needing just a single point to make certain, so it would be highly unlikely for them to take their foot off the pedal at the Aviva tonight. However, Ireland will take great comfort from the fact that the reverse fixture finished 1-1 last October, thanks to John O’Shea’s injury time equaliser.Ireland’s manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Seamus Coleman will miss the match due to a hamstring injury but he is hopeful that the Everton defender will be fit again ahead of the trip to Poland.Robbie Keane is expected to feature following the recent birth of his second son in the United States.Germany will be without striker Lukas Podolski who has an ankle injury.Republic of Ireland v GermanyUEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2014 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Germany 1-1 IrelandOct 2013 WORLD CUP Germany 3-0 IrelandOct 2012 WORLD CUP Ireland 1-6 GermanyOct 2007 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Ireland 0-0 GermanySep 2006 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Germany 1-0 IrelandJun 2002 WORLD CUP Germany 1-1 IrelandMay 1994 INTERNATIONAL Germany 0-2 IrelandMay 1939 INTERNATIONAL Germany 1-1 IrelandOct 1936 INTERNATIONAL Ireland 5-2 GermanyMay 1935INTERNATIONAL Germany 3-1 IrelandIreland will be over the moon to get a point against the World Champions and given their excellent defensive record and a likely sell out crowd, mainly cheering them on, that looks the best bet at around 7/2 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 6 points at around 7/2 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 149.90 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Roger Cearns – a Contributor who gives others Chances

first_img[dropcap]R[/dropcap]oger Cearns is a gentleman, 70’s hippy, who runs a dog-track.‎ A unique man. Being different, can be difficult, in this life. And because of this, he is an easy target, for all of the armchair track-promoters/experts out there.2 Facts, for you:1) He has stood the test of time, and still runs a solvent business. Before you start sidling away, Blog, CAN YOU SAY THE SAME?2) He likes to enable others, in GIVING them CHANCES. He did it for me, when I was a kid, and begged him for a pitch. And now, along with, go-ahead trainer, Ricky Holloway, has advertised (see Racing Post story, left), to welcome in, to Central Park (Sittingbourne), a new, young trainer, and offer him/her, full start-up facilities and mentoring.This is an OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION to be making to the game. And it should be recognised. THANK YOU, ROGER CEARNS.In other news:John Sandoe, 10 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, SW3 2SR‎. WEB SITE I have now decided, that I enjoy the smell of new books, even more than sex. And the John Sandoe bookshop, has become my dream bordello. It is a divine place. So please use it. And stop using Amazon (ALTHOUGH, I AM A COMPLETE HYPOCRITE!).Over and out, B xlast_img read more

New Process Is Gateway for Promising Cancer Drug

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713) 831-4793 E-MAIL: unrau@rice.eduNEW PROCESS IS GATEWAY FOR PROMISING CANCER DRUGMaking synthetic versions of a naturally rare cancerdrug has just become simpler and more efficient, bringing more hope to cancerpatients, thanks to a process developed by Rice chemist Marco Ciufolini.A process for making camptothecin, an antitumor drug that holds promise forthe treatment of various human cancers, and its derivatives, was developed byCiufolini, Rice associate professor of chemistry, and graduate student FrankRoshangar. Ciufolini’s synthesis of the drug is the most efficient and producesthe highest yield of any current method. They have taken their process toBioNumerik Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a San Antonio pharmaceutical company.“This drug and a number of its derivatives provide a great deal of hope forpatients with a variety of tumors,” Ciufolini said.Preliminary studies have shown experimental camptothecin derivatives to beeffective against breast, ovarian, liver and lung cancers, and have a shown amoderate response against colon and colorectal cancers that are insensitive toother antitumor agents.The Food and Drug Administration recently approved use of two simplecamptothecin derivatives for cancer patients.“Our synthesis is the gateway to an entire family of analogs of derivatives,”Ciufolini said. “One can be certain as time goes on that we’ll see more and moreimproved products. This process is similar to the evolution of penicillin.”Frederick Hausheer, M.D., chief executive officer of BioNumerik, said, “AtBioNumerik we have developed an entirely new class of camptothecin derivativesknown as highly lipophilic camptothecins or Karenitecins. Our Karenitecinsappear to be the most potent camptothecins known and have several potentiallyadvantageous pharmacologic and biochemical properties. Ciufolini’s synthesisprovides us with a facile avenue to large-scale production of camptothecinprecursors and final products. We intend to develop Karenitecins for commercialuse.”Ciufolini’s challenge was to come up with a synthesis of the compound thatwould require few chemical steps, and that was practical and efficient.Furthermore, the synthesis had to be readily adaptable to making derivatives ofcamptothecin with improved activity and lessened side effects. Ciufolini andRoshangar succeeded in producing the best synthesis of camptothecin to date:twice as efficient as the best synthetic alternative and 10 times better thanthe second best one.Chemists at Glaxo in Research Triangle Park, N.C., can synthesizecamptothecin in eight steps, and in 15 percent overall yield. A researcher atthe University of Pittsburgh takes 10 steps to make camptothecin with only a 3percent yield.But Ciufolini’s synthesis occurs in 10 steps with a 30 percent overall yield,and it’s more economical than either of the alternatives.“If any camptothecin derivative should turn out to be a good drug, oursynthesis will be able to make it, and lots of it,” Ciufolini said.### last_img read more

Trump Targets F35 Over Costs Congress Concerned About Jobs

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion US WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to corral the “out of control” cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But congressional Republicans and Democrats, aware of the tens of thousands of jobs the aircraft generates in 45 states, will be wary of any plans by Trump to cut the program.The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016Once Trump is in office, he can propose deep cuts to the F-35 or even elect to cancel the program altogether. But Congress, not the president, controls the government’s purse strings and makes the final decisions about the budget.Built by defense giant Lockheed Martin, the nearly $400 billion price tag for the F-35 makes the program the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons acquisition ever. Despite the huge cost, the program has strong bipartisan support in Congress, where lawmakers view the aircraft as essential to national security.After Trump’s tweet, Lockheed Martin’s shares tumbled, wiping out nearly $4 billion of the company’s market value. The F-35 program made up 20 percent of Lockheed’s total 2015 revenue of $46.1 billion. U.S. government orders made up 78 percent of its revenue last year.An F-35 jet arrives at its new operational base at Hill Air Force Base, in northern Utah in this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo. Shares of Lockheed Martin fell Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, as President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that making F-35 fighter planes is too costly and that he will cut "billions" in costs for military purchases. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) An F-35 jet arrives at its new operational base at Hill Air Force Base, in northern Utah in this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo. Shares of Lockheed Martin fell Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, as President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that making F-35 fighter planes is too costly and that he will cut “billions” in costs for military purchases. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) “Whoever has this airplane will have the most advanced air force in the world. That’s why we’re building the F35,” said Jeff Babione, general manager of the F-35 program, at a base in Israel. “That’s why it’s important to not only the U.S., our partners and our partners like the Israeli Air force to have this airplane.”Israel and several other U.S. allies are also buying the F-35, expanding the program’s international footprint. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Israel on Monday as Tel Aviv received the first two next-generation F-35 fighter jets that will help preserve the country’s military edge in the volatile Mideast.Related CoverageQ&A: A Look at Trump’s Call to Cancel New Air Force OneTrump Says Cancel New Air Force One: Costs ‘Out of Control’The F-35, which uses stealth technology to avoid being detected by radar, is being built in different configurations to be used by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The Navy’s version, for example, is designed to take off and land on an aircraft carrier.Current plans call for the United States to buy nearly 2,500 F-35s. Close to $13 billion will be needed annually between 2016 and 2038 to hit that procurement number, according to the Government Accountability Office.While the F-35 had massive budget overruns early on, the cost has stabilized and even dropped a bit following tough negotiations between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin, according to Todd Harrison, a defense budget expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.“Trump is unlikely to squeeze more blood out of this rock,” Harrison said.The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is shown after it was unveiled in a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas in this July 7, 2006, file photo. Shares of Lockheed Martin fell Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, as President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that making F-35 fighter planes is too costly and that he will cut "billions" in costs for military purchases. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is shown after it was unveiled in a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas in this July 7, 2006, file photo. Shares of Lockheed Martin fell Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, as President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that making F-35 fighter planes is too costly and that he will cut “billions” in costs for military purchases. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)Lockheed said that it has worked to lower the price of the F-35 by 60 percent and expected the aircraft to cost $85 million each in 2019 and 2020.Companies from 45 states are involved in the F-35’s production, with Texas, Georgia, California, Arizona and Florida playing the leading roles in testing and manufacturing the jet fighter. The company is teamed with more than 1,250 domestic suppliers to produce thousands of components ranging from highly sophisticated radar sensors to parts of the aircraft’s fuselage, according to Lockheed Martin.Overall, the F-35 program is responsible for more than 146,000 U.S. jobs, the company said.The Lockheed Martin plant where the F-35 is being built is located in Texas Republican Rep. Kay Granger’s district. She’s vice chair of the defense appropriations subcommittee. Rep. Mac Thornberry, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, represents the district next door to Granger’s.Related CoverageIsrael Vows to Work With Trump to Undo Iran DealNew Interview: Donald Trump Says He’ll Live at the White HouseThornberry’s committee has supported buying more F-35s than the Obama administration had asked for in its budget request. The F-35 will replace an aging inventory of U.S. aircraft that many lawmakers believe are becoming increasingly unsafe to fly.Claude Chafin, a committee spokesman, said Thornberry “shares the president-elect’s determination to have the Pentagon get weapons in the hands of our troops faster, while being better stewards of the taxpayer dollar.”The tweet on the F-35 marks the second time in a week Trump has blasted U.S. aircraft spending. Last week, he tweeted that costs to build new presidential planes by Boeing Corp. were “out of control” and ended the tweet with “Cancel order!” The F-35C, conducts a test flight February 11, 2011 over the Chesapeake Bay. (Lockheed Martin/Getty Images) center_img Share Share this article Trump Targets F-35 Over Costs, Congress Concerned About Jobs By The Associated Press December 12, 2016 Updated: December 12, 2016last_img read more

US Cements Military Alliances With Japan South Korea in Face of North

first_img The U.S. and Japan are brandishing their alliance—and military hardware—as both countries stare down North Korea’s nuclear threat and grapple with its long-standing ally, the Chinese communist regime.With the Trump administration giving up hope China can rein in North Korea, there is renewed focus on cementing relationships with democratic allies in the region.On Wednesday, Aug. 16, two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers joined two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15s for an exercise near the Senkaku Islands, the same islands Japan and China have a simmering feud over.Those bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base, in Guam, the U.S. territory that North Korea routinely threatens to bomb.The Air Force said the training flights with Japan “demonstrate the solidarity and resolve we share with our allies to preserve peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.”The next day, the United States and Japanese foreign affairs and defense ministers met in Washington to reaffirm the alliance. That included a statement reiterating that the United States backs Japan’s claim to the Senkaku Islands. “The bonds of America and Japan have—forged over previous decades will continue to endure,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters as Secretary of Defense James Mattis and their Japanese counterparts looked on.The two countries were committed to confronting security threats in the region, he said, adding that North Korea was a major topic of their talks.While Tillerson emphasized diplomatic and economic efforts to resolve the North Korean crisis, he said the two countries want to be prepared for military action.“We all seek the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea,” he said, calling on all nations to enforce U.N. Security Council sanctions on the North Korean regime.“We will remain vigilant against the North Korean threats through our military preparedness,” he added.Tillerson pledged the United States would honor its treaty agreements with Japan “without reservation.” Those agreements require the United States to defend Japan against territorial attack, which includes the Senkaku Islands.He also pledged continued cooperation with other allies in the region, including the Republic of Korea, Australia, India, “and other southeast Asian countries.”With tensions mounting, the United States and Japan are looking to deepen cooperation with South Korea, strengthening a trilateral alliance. The United States, and South Korea will begin a massive annual joint military exercise on Monday, Aug. 21.That exercise will begin roughly a week after U.S. defense officials confirm that South Korea has decided to proceed with a full deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense shield that had been temporarily halted due to diplomatic pressure from China.Meanwhile, U.S. and Chinese military commanders met on Wednesday to ensure lines of communication are open, which would be important in the event of military action against North Korea.“It would also be helpful for us to have effective communications mechanisms in place, so in the event of a crisis, we can immediately speak to each other and avoid miscalculation and a deepening crisis,” Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters after frank discussions with his Chinese counterpart, army Gen. Fang Fenghui, in Shenyang, China.Following his meetings in China, Dunford continued on to Japan where he met with Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, chairman of the Japanese Joint Staff on Thursday and President Shinzo Abe on Friday to again reiterate the “ironclad commitment” of the United States to Japan. US Share this article A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron in this file photo. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US Cements Military Alliances With Japan, South Korea, in Face of North Korea Threat By Matthew Little August 18, 2017 Updated: April 19, 2018 Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

Texas Governor Estimates Storm Damage at 150 Billion to 180 Billion

first_img US An aerial photo shows damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas on Aug. 31, 2017. (REUTERS/DroneBase) Texas Governor Estimates Storm Damage at $150 Billion to $180 Billion By Reuters September 3, 2017 Updated: September 3, 2017 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Officials said at least 75 schools in Houston suffered severe or extensive water damage, or more than 25 percent of all those in the district.At least one high school, with 2,700 students, was unlikely to open for nearly the entire school year, and the city was still evaluating some other school structures.Many areas of Texas were still battling floodwaters from swollen rivers that were expected to remain for a week or more. In Beaumont, about 85 miles (140 km) east of Houston, officials were trying to repair a flood-damaged pumping station that caused the city of about 120,000 people to lose drinking water for days.Nearly 200,000 homes have suffered flood damage and about 12,600 were destroyed, the Texas Department of Public Safety said on Saturday.By Marianna Parraga and Gary McWilliams HOUSTON—Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday said damage from Hurricane Harvey would exceed that of epic hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, likely reaching $150 billion to $180 billion.Harvey, which came ashore on Aug. 25 as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, has killed an estimated 47 people and displaced more than 1 million after causing wreckage in an area stretching for more than 300 miles.Abbott, who is advocating for U.S. government aid to repair his state, said the damage would exceed that of Katrina, the storm that devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005, and Sandy, which overwhelmed New York city and the U.S. Northeast in 2012.“Katrina caused if I recall more than $120 billion but when you look at the number of homes and business affected by this I think this will cost well over $120 billion, probably $150 to $180 billion,” Abbott told Fox News, adding, “this is far larger than Hurricane Sandy.”The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Congress for an initial $7.85 billion for recovery efforts, which Abbott called a “down payment.”“This is a long road to hoe if we are going to rebuild the fourth largest city in the United States as well as the entire geographic region,” Abbott said. For a graphic on Harvey’s energy impact, click here.For a graphic on hurricane costs, click here. For a graphic on storms in the North Atlantic, click here. Houston was still struggling to recover on Sunday, when the city forced the evacuation of thousands of people on the western side of town who were affected by the release of floodwater that had built up in a reservoir.The city cut off power to homes on Sunday morning to encourage evacuation of those who had been reluctant to leave their homes.Melissa Ramirez (C) struggles against the current flowing down a flooded street helped by Edward Ramirez (L) and Cody Collinsworth as she tried to return to her home for the first time since Harvey floodwaters arrived in Houston, Texas, U.S. Sept. 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) Melissa Ramirez (C) struggles against the current flowing down a flooded street helped by Edward Ramirez (L) and Cody Collinsworth as she tried to return to her home for the first time since Harvey floodwaters arrived in Houston, Texas, U.S. Sept. 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday raised concerns about 13 Superfund sites, heavily contaminated former industrial zones, that had been flooded and were in danger of spreading toxins.“People have to be very cautious as they go through the rebuilding process … The EPA is monitoring that, the EPA is going to get on top of that,” Abbott said.The head of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) called federal aid a “ray of hope” but said state and local officials also needed to do their part.“We need elected officials at all levels to sit down and hit the reset button and make sure they have everything they need to increase levels of self-sufficiency,” FEMA Administrator Brook Long told CBS News.“They can’t depend only on federal emergency management,” Long said, declining to offer a figure for how much money the White House would eventually ask from Congress.But Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said his city was making progress on several fronts to recovery, resuming city services and helping get people into housing and out of emergency shelters.“This is a can-do city. We’re not going to engage in a pity party,” Turner told the same CBS News program before Long spoke.Speaking from the city’s George R. Brown Convention Center, which once housed 10,000 flood refugees, he said there were “significantly less than 2,000” people staying there now.Damage from the storm is also posing an economic and humanitarian challenge for Trump, who visited Houston on Saturday and met some of the thousands of people in evacuation shelters and rescue workers who have helped shuttle survivors to safety.President Donald Trump waves to the press, as he departs St. John's Episcopal Church and Assistant Rector D. Andrew Olivo, (C), with First Lady Melania Trump after they attended services for a national "Day of Prayer", for victims of the Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas, in Washington on Sept.3, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Theiler) President Donald Trump waves to the press, as he departs St. John’s Episcopal Church and Assistant Rector D. Andrew Olivo, (C), with First Lady Melania Trump after they attended services for a national “Day of Prayer”, for victims of the Hurricane Harvey flooding in Texas, in Washington on Sept. 3, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Theiler)Late Saturday night, Trump tweeted “Just got back to the White House from the Great States of Texas and Louisiana, where things are going well. Such cooperation & coordination!”Just got back to the White House from the Great States of Texas and Louisiana, where things are going well. Such cooperation & coordination!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more