Month: July 2019

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first_imgPeople with complex healthcare needs are being “blackmailed” by their local NHS bodies into accepting unsafe levels of care in their own homes, a committee of MPs has been told.The public accounts committee was hearing evidence on the funding of NHS continuing healthcare in England.Earlier this year, research by disabled campaigner Fleur Perry showed that more than 40 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) appeared to be willing to move disabled people with high-cost support packages into residential or nursing homes against their wishes, even if the cost of a homecare package was only slightly more expensive than residential care.The CCG policies apply to people who have complex health needs and have been assessed as eligible for care arranged and funded solely by the NHS, known as NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC).Brian O’Shea (pictured), continuing healthcare adviser for Spinal Injuries Association, told MPs yesterday (Wednesday) that increasing numbers of CCGS were imposing “arbitrary financial caps” on those eligible for NHS CHC.He said: “What we believe is happening is CCGs aren’t actually serious about incarcerating people in nursing homes because we don’t believe that there are enough nursing home beds available.“What they are doing is they are using that as a tool to blackmail people into accepting unsafe levels of care and unsafe levels of funding to live in their own home or their preferred setting of care and rely on informal support to pick up the rest of the care.”He said that one 53-year-old man with four young children – who has been running his business from his hospital bed – had spent six months in hospital recovering from a spinal cord injury and “has been told that he’s expected to move into a nursing home and not be allowed to go home and live with his family”.Matina Loizou, chair of the Continuing Healthcare Alliance, a group of charities and organisations campaigning for improvements to continuing healthcare, said cost-capping was “a really worrying trend”.She said such policies were being introduced across England, forcing people to choose between “accepting an unsafe level of care and staying at home, say for 100 hours of care a week rather than the 168 that they’ve been assessed to need, or moving out to a care home, regardless of whether or not that is where they want to be, or if it has been assessed to be the most appropriate place for them”.She said such policies were “being bulldozed through in places like Leicestershire without much due regard to public consultation processes”.When asked about people being forced to accept lower care packages than they need, in a later evidence session held by the committee, Professor Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for NHS England, said there was a “clear set of criteria” that CCGs had to follow.She said that through an improvement programme and “much greater oversight” of NHS CHC through improved data collection “we should have a much better ability to assess how many times that happens”.And she said there was “a review process in place where people can ask for support if they don’t feel they have got what they need”.Last week, it emerged that the Equality and Human Rights Commission had written to CCGs where caps had been introduced to ask how those policies had been developed, and to threaten them with possible legal action, warning that they might not comply with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Equality Act.last_img read more

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first_img10.32 Alastair Campbell, who voted Lib Dem, seems to be speaking for Labour again on BBC News.10.20 By the way, if you’d like to read the LabourList morning email and can’t be bothered to check your inbox, it’s on the site now. And I’ve got this stuck in my head:10.18 Keir Starmer has spoken. Predictably, he’s come out unambiguously in favour of another referendum with “a credible leave option and remain” on the ballot paper. But what does “a credible leave option” mean? Does the Brexit Party getting 31% of the vote in a proxy referendum not complicate the situation?Supporters of another referendum are divided over whether to include ‘no deal’ as an option. On the one hand, Labour says it’s dangerous and basically not a real option. On the other, views are increasingly polarised and no deal clearly has a lot of support. If voters are forced to choose between what they perceive to be two types of ‘Remain’, would that be democratically valid?It’s no use trying to hide from these very disappointing results. We need to reflect hard and listen to our members, supporters and voters.The only way to break the Brexit impasse is to go back to the public with a choice between a credible leave option and remain.— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) May 27, 201910.00 I’m back this morning, after sending the morning email to LabourList subscribers. We haven’t yet got the Scottish results. Here are the numbers so far:Brexit Party – 28 MEPsLib Dems – 15 MEPsLabour – 10 MEPsGreen – 7 MEPsTories – 3 MEPsPlaid Cymru – 1 MEPAcross Europe, nationalist parties and green parties have done best.01.32 The headline is that Labour has done poorly, losing votes in every region, apparently both to the Brexit Party and to Remain-backing parties. It’s as bad as I expected, and worse than many projections. Labour came second in London behind the Lib Dems, and third in Wales.Labour’s ‘for the many not the few’ message intended to appeal to both Leavers and Remainers has basically appealed to neither – but it’s important to remember that this strategy is designed for a general election, not these Euro elections.Will the leadership ‘hold its nerve’, as Len McCluskey advised earlier today, or give in to calls for it to back another referendum more strongly? Members and MEPs have been clear that a stronger Remain position is needed, but Labour MPs in Leave seats are vocal, too, and say that the opposite is true. We’re in the same impossible situation that we have been in for so long.Here’s an overview of the results in England:East Midlands – no change = one Labour MEP.Eastern – lost one = no Labour MEPs.London – lost two = two Labour MEPs.North East – lost one = one Labour MEP.North West – lost one = two Labour MEPs.South East – no change = one Labour MEP.South West – lost one = no Labour MEPs.Wales – no change = one Labour MEP.West Midlands – lost one = one Labour MEP.Yorkshire and the Humber – lost one = one Labour MEP.We will know Scotland and Northern Ireland results tomorrow. Going to bed now. Will be sending you thoughts on the results in the LabourList morning email – sign up if you’re not already subscribed! Good night.01.15 If you want to know how Corbynites who support the party’s Brexit position are reacting:Am I the only person watching the results and seeing the Brexit Party wins?How can people say we should be pushing for a People’s Vote? I’m confused!? (And I’m a Remainer!) 😕— Seema Chandwani #GTTO (@SeemaChandwani) May 26, 2019 Welcome to our European elections 2019 liveblog. Polling day was Thursday, but we’ve had to wait for all EU nations to vote. Results have been coming in from 10pm on Sunday: 73 seats representing nine regions in England, plus Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This liveblog has now closed.12.32 I’m going to wrap up now. Results from Northern Ireland haven’t come through yet, but so far we know that the SDLP – Labour’s sister party – has done poorly. It seems that the three seats will go to the DUP, Sinn Féin and Alliance. The Alliance Party, aligned with the Lib Dems, has gained ground instead.We’ll be back with more comment soon, as Labour MPs and activist mull over the disappointing results. Until then, you can scroll down this liveblog to catch up on all the Labour news and read our morning email.Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of this bank holiday.12.26 Laura Pidcock has just appeared on BBC News, saying that the Tories will be happy with “economic sabotage” and Labour wants any deal that can be negotiated to be put to a public vote. “There will be a period of reflection,” she says, as Labour must find a way to stop no deal.12.22 Scottish results have arrived, hurrah! Not really hurrah, though, because Labour has been pushed to fifth place, down 17 percentage points. Labour has lost two MEP places and won zero seats.Scotland:SNP – 3 MEPs, +1Brexit Party – 1 MEP, +1Lib Dem – 1 MEP, +1Tories – 1 MEP, no changeLabour – 0, -212.08 Paul Mason’s latest Guardian piece says Labour should oppose Brexit and instead appeal to working-class voters in ex-industrial towns by being tough on “crime, drugs, antisocial behaviour” and “forget scrapping Trident”. “It needs to sideline all voices who believe having a strong national security policy is somehow “imperialist”,” he writes. That proposal is very off-putting to Corbynites.11.59 Scotland still hasn’t declared. Meanwhile, lots of Labour members are angrily sharing this video of Kate Hoey asking: “Why shouldn’t Nigel Farage be a part of [the government’s negotiating team]?”.Labour MP Kate Hoey tells @talkRADIO Nigel Farage should be part of government Brexit negotiating team pic.twitter.com/0skjpNxseE— Ross Kempsell (@rosskempsell) May 27, 201911.51 Here’s that clip of Jeremy Corbyn on BBC News, which I quoted from earlier:Jeremy Corbyn: “There has to be an agreement with the EU, and there then has to be a public vote”Labour leader spells out his party’s “very clear policy” on #Brexit, rejecting criticism after poor EU election resulthttps://t.co/WseI1S2D3W #EUElectionResults pic.twitter.com/q9Zh1wexBv— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) May 27, 201911.49 The results from Peterborough aren’t good for Labour ahead of the by-election next week. To put it mildly. Brexit Party got 39% of the vote, while Labour won 17%. Lib Dems closely behind. We have to keep in mind that these elections were obviously about Brexit whereas a parliamentary vote won’t be, but BP have a real chance of getting an MP elected here.The Peterborough results in the #EuElection2019 are: Brexit Party 16,196, Labour 7,272, Lib Dems 6,491, Cons 4,594, Green 4,563, UKIP 1,537, Change UK 1,277, English Democrats 284, independent Attila Csordas 65. Full results for our region announced here –https://t.co/LZgNLoUY5d— Peterborough Council (@PeterboroughCC) May 26, 201911.40 I’ve just published a comment piece from Labour MP Justin Madders, who warns against another referendum: “I might think that our politics is archaic, ineffective and unrepresentative, but I certainly wouldn’t want the architect of that brave new world to be someone like Nigel Farage. And yet with around a third of the vote in these elections, and a fragmented opposition, a similar vote at a general election could give him just that opportunity.” Read the whole article here.11.20 Jeremy Corbyn has made his first on-camera comments on the results. He said Labour supports securing an agreement with the EU, then “putting that proposal, when agreed, to a public vote”.He agreed with John McDonnell that “any final deal has to be put to a public vote”. He said: “We’re listening very carefully to what everyone has to say on the subject. The country is clearly very divided.”The Labour leader added: “The answer is we listen to our members, our supporters and the public. The answer is also we take the fight to the Tories.” But he also said: “The priority at the moment is for this government to call for a general election.”There was no mention of respecting the 2016 result, so there was a shift in tone, but the position set out by Corbyn today is the same as the one he described in the Andrew Marr interview just over a week ago.The leadership doesn’t think it’s feasible to put Theresa May’s deal on the ballot paper, as it has been defeated so many times, but would support securing a new deal and ‘putting that to the people’. The catch is that this is impossible unless Labour first wins an election.11.09 In case you missed this Paul Mason vs Skwawkbox row earlier… After divisions of Brexit & 9 yrs of harsh Tory austerity, Labour ran a positive campaign to bring our divided country together & to challenge the far-right in Britain & across Europe. This #EUElection2019 has been a de facto 2nd referendum, a polarised choice, with no winners!— Claudia Webbe (@ClaudiaWebbe) May 27, 2019The bottom line is that Labour members are set to force a change in our Brexit policy. The other bottom line is that the following is a reality, whether pro-PV members want to recognise it or not:Someone’s going to have to explain to Labour people in the north how huge swings to the Brexit Party merit a second referendum.— Ian Warren (@election_data) May 27, 201901.10 Labour members and MEPs know where they want the party to be on Brexit, but the leadership will be given very different advice from MPs such as Stephanie Peacock:Terrible results tonight for my party. They show very clearly that people in Barnsley don’t want a second referendum. We need to respect the result of 2016 – bring the country together, compromise & agree a deal that allows us to leave.— Stephanie Peacock (@Steph_Peacock) May 26, 201901.03 In case you missed it, here’s a little bit of reelected Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling’s colourful speech:Wow. Labour’s Jude Kirton-Darling just went in on The Brexit Party’s Brian Monteith. Called him a “hypocrite” just after this section on stage in a furious speech. #EuropeanElectionResults pic.twitter.com/zbVOSW8goP— Sean Seddon (@seddonnews) May 26, 2019And her subsequent interview:Labour’s Jude Kirton-Darling has just slammed Jeremy Corbyn for his Brexit position and laced into Brexit Party MEP Brian Monteith for living some of the time in France. #EuropeanElectionResults pic.twitter.com/QJJgzHaKv3— Sean Seddon (@seddonnews) May 26, 201900.59 Just going to revisit Jeremy Corbyn’s own reaction from 00.22. The standout line is the following: “With the Conservatives disintegrating and unable to govern, and parliament deadlocked, this issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote.”This isn’t exactly a shift in policy, but it’s a shift in tone. He is talking about a general election and a public vote as if they are equally desirable. They aren’t, of course, and there are still important influencers who are strongly against another referendum, but it’s worth noting. As I explored at the start of this liveblog, there are fresh reasons for which the party could go full Remain soon.00.53 According to the BBC’s projection, the Brexit Party is top with 32%, Lib Dems 20%, Labour 14%, Green 12%, Conservatives 9%, Change UK 3%, UKIP 2%. John Curtice says this is basically a draw between Leave and Remain, if that’s how you want to read these results. So we’re making progress as always, moving forward, it’s all going brilliantly, Brexit is definitely going to get solved. Not.00.50 Labour members are cheered by the news that Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and Gerrard Batton have lost tonight. But that’s the only joy in the party. Everyone is arguing over what our Brexit position should be. Plus ça change.00.45 Jon Ashworth is on the BBC. He’s saying those who voted Leave in the original referendum still want to Leave, but also Remainers want another referendum. “I think our message is clear. We put forward a compromise, but people in this election didn’t want a compromise. I’m not remotely complacent – it’s very serious when you’re losing votes in Islington and Bolsover.”00.34 Labour candidates Theresa Mary Griffin and Julie Carolyn Ward have been reelected in the North West, but Wajid Iltaf Khan has lost his seat. The Brexit Party has done very well, while Labour is down 12 percentage points.North West:1. Brexit Party – 541,8432. Labour – 380,1933. Lib Dems – 297,5074. Green Party – 216,5815. Conservatives – 131,0026. UKIP – 624647. Change UK – 47,2378. English 10,0459. UKEU – 7,12500.30 Again, Stephen Kinnock is on the BBC criticising both people on the no deal side and on the second referendum side. He is suggesting that it would have been a good idea to try to get to the committee stage of the withdrawal agreement bill and amend Theresa May’s deal. Instead, we’re now heading towards no deal.00.25 In the South West, John Howarth has been reelected. He was very, very strongly criticising the Labour leadership’s position on Brexit earlier today (scroll down to 21.50).Nigel Farage has also been elected to represent the region. He warns that the Brexit Party will see the Tories punished at a general election if we do not leave the EU on October 31st.South East:1. Brexit Party – 915,6862. Lib Dems – 653,7433. Green – 343,2494. Conservative – 260,2775. Labour – 184,6786. Change UK – 105,8327. UKIP – 56,4878. UKEU – 7,6459. Socialist Party – 3,50500.22 NEW comment from Jeremy Corbyn on the results: “After three years of Tory failure to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole country, these elections became a proxy second referendum.“With the Conservatives disintegrating and unable to govern, and parliament deadlocked, this issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote. Labour will bring our divided country together so we can end austerity and tackle inequality.“Over the coming days, we will have conversations across our party and movement, and reflect on these results on both sides of the Brexit divide.“We will not let the continuing chaos in the Conservative Party push our country into a No Deal exit from the EU. Parliament can and will prevent such a damaging outcome for jobs and industry in the UK.”00.21 To state the bleeding obvious, both Labour and the Tories are being punished by both Remainers and Leavers. Just as in the local elections. Both Remainers and Leavers in the main parties will be scared by the results. Just as in the local elections.A resolution to Labour’s Brexit problem looks far away: although the leadership could fold and give in to Remainer calls, the party certainly won’t unite around that option.00.16 An update on turnout below. Very high in Northern Ireland (“for all the talk of NI’s electorate being overpolled and fatigued,” as Patrick Maguire says). Generally, as outlined earlier, Remain area turnout higher than in Leave areas.UK, turnout by region:Northern Ireland: 45.1%South-West England: 40.5%London: 41.3%Scotland: 39.9%South-East England: 39.4%Wales: 37.3%Yorkshire % Humber: 33.5%North-West England: 33.1%North-East England: 32.7%West Midlands: 31.1%Pending East Midlands & East England— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) May 26, 201900.13 Speaking of TSSA, the union’s general secretary has issued comment on the results. Manuel Cortes says: “It looks like we have had a grim set of results for our party in these elections and I’m incredibly sorry that so many of our excellent candidates have not been able to win.“I have knocked on many doors during the campaign and it’s blindingly obvious that our clear-as-mud line on Brexit hurt us deeply. Now is the time for reflection rather than recrimination – but we must act decisively and act quickly to put in place a policy on Europe which chimes with our members and voters. “Let us not forget that the overriding divide in our country is between the many and the few. Only a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government can cure this.”He’s still backing Corbyn then, calling for “reflection rather than recrimination”.00.08 Predictably, a debate is being held over Labour’s European manifesto. Wes Streeting said the NEC, Labour’s ruling body, should have gone full Remain, whereas youth rep Lara McNeill argues that the NEC could not have changed policy anyway.The NEC did vote on the TSSA amendment, which suggests it did have the ability to declare/clarify that the party had arrived at the ‘final stage’ of its Brexit policy. But it’s certainly true that a number of NEC members thought that would be wrong, as the body is there to implement the rulebook – not get involved in policy.The NEC restated Conference policy, as the rule book does not allow us to change it for the manifesto.— Lara McNeill (@lara_eleanor) May 26, 201900.04 Commenting on the results, Remain Labour founder Andrew Lewin says: “This is a devastating result for the Labour Party, but an entirely unsurprising one.  Ever since the party leadership sanctioned a manifesto that said Labour support for a People’s Vote on Brexit was no more than an ‘option’, it was apparent that millions of Labour voters were going to choose a different option at the ballot box.“The Labour coalition has fractured, with voters moving overwhelmingly to smaller parties with a clear Pro-Remain message. Labour cannot win any General Election unless we bring this coalition of voters back together.“The party leadership now needs to make an unambiguous commitment to a People’s Vote and to mobilise Labour members to win a campaign to Remain in the EU. Nothing else will be good enough.”00.00 Unlike frontbencher Emily Thornberry earlier, who was unambiguously attacking the leadership’s Brexit position, Stephen Kinnock is making the case for a soft Brexit.Someone just turned down Mark Francois’ mic. Unclear whether it was intentional.23.55 No big surprises, Stephen Kinnock says. He is arguing that there is an unholy alliance between no-dealers and proponents of another referendum, which could lead us to no deal. “Compromise has become a dirty word, and that’s a very dangerous place to be for our democracy.”23.53 In the East Midlands, Labour’s Rory Palmer has been reelected, but that’s it. No seat change. Brexit Party 38 points up, Lib Dems 12 points up. Labour and Tories both down.East Midlands:Brexit Party: 452,321Change UK: 41,117Conservative: 126,138Green: 124,630Labour: 164,682Lib Dems: 203,989UKIP: 58,19823.50 Labour has lost one seat in South West – no incumbent Clare Moody, nor Andrew Adonis.South West:Brexit Party – 611,742Lib Dems – 385,095Green – 302,364Conservative – 144,674Labour – 108,100UKIP – 53,739Change UK – 46,612English Democrats – 8,39323.39 Labour has lost one seat in Yorkshire & the Humber. Sitting MEP Richard Corbett has been reelected (leader of the European Labour Party, NEC member), but no Eloise Todd (of anti-Brexit organisation Best for Britain).Yorkshire & the Humber:1. Brexit Party – 470,3512. Labour – 210,5163. Lib Dems – 200,1804. Green – 166,9805. Conservative – 92,8636. UKIP – 56,1007. Yorkshire Party – 50,8428. Change UK – 30,1629. English Democrats – 11,28323.37 I can’t possibly think why Lisa Nandy isn’t in favour of another referendum. Hold on, maybe this is a clue…Wigan result:BREX 41% (+41%)LAB 19.9% (-19.7%)LD 11% (+9%)GRN 9.4% (+4.3%)UKIP 5.4% -26.5%)CON 5.2% (-8.4%)CUK 3.1% (+3.1%)— Ian Warren (@election_data) May 26, 201923.36 Both guests on BBC News have spent their entire time so far talking about how badly Labour is doing and the Tories have barely been mentioned.  Of course their situation is going to change soon with a new leader, but that won’t solve all of the Conservative Party’s problems – in fact their difficulty with Tory Remainers will get worse. Which is worth discussing.23.30 Labour has lost a seat in the West Midlands. Neena Gill, incumbent, has been reelected, but Siôn Simon has lost. The Brexit Party has gained three, Lib Dems gained one, Greens gained one.West Midlands:1. Brexit – 507,1522. Labour – 228,2983. Lib Dems – 219,9824. Green – 143,5205. Conservative – 135,2796. UKIP – 66,9347. Change UK – 45,67323.28 Labour third in Wales. Only Jackie Jones has been elected of Labour’s candidates (none were incumbents).Wales:1. Brexit Party – 271,4042. Plaid Cymru – 163,9283. Labour – 127,8334. Lib Dems – 113,8855. Conservative – 54,5876. Green Party – 52,6607. UKIP – 27,5668. Change UK – 24,33223.26 As I’ve said before, this Brexit position is a strategy designed for the next general election, not these European elections. It is pointless to use these results as a measure of how successful the strategy has been.Labour losing votes, as we expected. But these elections aren’t relevant to where we are now. The real issue is how we respond to the 2016 ref, given the Tories got us to where we are now. Let’s hold our nerve, only a #GeneralElectionNow will resolve this #EuropeanElections2019— Len McCluskey (@LenMcCluskey) May 26, 201923.22 There is now no Labour representative on BBC News – it’s Suzanne Evans and anti-Brexit Alastair Campbell, who has just said he voted Lib Dem not Labour.23.20 Just as with the local elections earlier this month, Labour camps on either side of the Brexit debate will be emboldened by the results. Labour MPs in Leave areas are feeling the Brexit Party threat while Labour MPs in Remain areas are feeling the Lib Dem/Green threat. Both will want a clearer position on Brexit, but in opposite directions.23.16 Lisa Nandy from Leave-voting Wigan points out that there has been much focus on Islington, as usual, and less on the rest of the country:Apparently this is the result that matters this evening 😡☹️🔥 https://t.co/oFXqfp7JBc— Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) May 26, 201923.08 Len McCluskey’s opposition to another referendum is raised with Thornberry. The frontbencher says she talks to him regularly and they both recognise that people are divided.23.06 Labour is going to do worse than predicted:*bins forecast*— Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 26, 201923.04 The Lib Dems have beaten Labour in London, as predicted. Only Labour’s incumbents, Claude Moraes and Seb Dance, have been elected – no Katy Clark (Corbyn ally), no Laura Parker (pro-EU Momentum coordinator). Labour has lost two of its four places.London:Animal Welfare Party – 25,232Change UK – 117,635Conservative – 177,964Green – 278,957Labour – 536,810Lib Dems – 608,725Brexit Party – 400,257UKEUP – 18,806UKIP – 46,497WEP – 23,76623.01 Thornberry on BBC still pushing the view that Labour must pivot towards a more clearly pro-Remain position. “We need to make sure that we listen carefully… Jeremy is overwhelmingly a democrat so quite sure he will listen to the membership.”22.58 Momentum chair Jon Lansman is urging caution, saying it’s too early to be drawing conclusions (*cough* Emily Thornberry):It is clear so far in the EU elections that Labour has lost support in both directions on Brexit. It is therefore far too early to be drawing conclusions about how we should change policy. Anyone who says otherwise decided what they were going to say before they saw the results— Jon Lansman (@jonlansman) May 26, 201922.57 In the East of England, Labour’s incumbent MEP Alex Mayer is gone. Three seats to the Brexit Party, two to the Lib Dems, one to the Greens, one Tory.I’m deeply disappointed we were not able to hold our @UKLabour seat. It was a privilege to serve as your MEP. Thank you to everyone who helped in the campaign. Setbacks should make us more determined to campaign even harder so we win power to put our socialist values into action.— Alex Mayer MEP (@alexlmayer) May 26, 201922.54Eastern region:Change UK – 58,274Conservative – 163,830English democrats – 10,217Green – 202,460Labour – 139,490Lib Dems – 361,563Brexit – 604,715UKIP – 54,67622.52 As nobody from Labour is on the telly defending these results, I’ll provide the service that is usually supposed to be offered by whoever is on the BBC now. (Emily Thornberry has gone full Remain instead.)Labour is expecting to lose heavily to both the Lib Dems and the Brexit Party, and to come below the Lib Dems in national vote share. These elections have largely been treated as a proxy referendum, which naturally benefits the small parties that are clearly either ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’.Labour acknowledges that its position on Brexit has been a difficult sell on the doorstep, but thinks not coming down on either side was the responsible thing to do – aiming to find a solution for the whole country.Party sources are also keen to point out that Labour has done badly in Euro elections over the last 20 years.For more analysis, scroll down to 22.00 below.22.45 Labour’s NEC youth rep Lara McNeill is reacting to Thornberry’s comments on BBC News, pointing out that Labour target seats are showing landslides for the Brexit Party.And as I type, we’ve just seen a big Labour drop in Blaenau Gwent, Wales, and a big boost for the Brexit Party.Disappointing that @EmilyThornberry is unilaterally disagreeing with Party policy live on BBC when we all fought a general election on a manifesto to respect the result of the referendum.At the same time as Labour target seats come in with landslides for the Brexit Party 🙄— Lara McNeill (@lara_eleanor) May 26, 201922.40 These Brexit Party figures are astounding. Upwards of 50% in the West Midlands and Yorkshire & the Humber. Brexit Party so far on 32% across English councils.22.38 Predictably, Islington (as well as Camden) has seen the Lib Dems come out on top.22.35 It’s difficult to see how Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett will continue in their posts if Labour goes full Remain after these elections. Thornberry is on BBC News arguing that the drop in Labour votes aligns with the increase in Lib Dem, Green and Change UK votes, and therefore Labour must have a clearer pro-Remain position.22.33 The debate over where Labour should position itself on Brexit is raging already. Party chair Ian Lavery, who is staunchly opposed to another referendum, has tweeted:The country is now more polarised than ever. Very toxic very unpleasant!@UKLabour we WILL NEVER turn our backs on the 48% or the 52% we will seek the real solutions that will heal society and bring together the 100%.— Ian Lavery MP (@IanLaveryMP) May 26, 201922.30 Thornberry’s comments have delighted Wes Streeting:.@EmilyThornberry is absolutely right – the NEC should have listened to our members and voters. She gets it. We can bring the country together with anti-austerity policies, but we’ve also got to be clear that we’re backing a referendum on any deal and will campaign to remain.— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) May 26, 2019Meanwhile, from the other side of the Brexit debate, Caroline Flint tweets:Early warning. Doncaster turnout similar to 2014. Labour vote in Doncaster halved. Pro Brexit Parties not inc Tories up 10%. Brexit Party 45% of the vote. It would be a mistake for Labour to only become a Party for Remain/2ndRef voters.— Caroline Flint (@CarolineFlintMP) May 26, 201922.26 First full result! In the North East, Brexit Party has topped the poll, Labour is on a distant second, then Lib Dems, Greens, Tories, UKIP, Change UK. BP 39% and Lab 19%.Two Brexit Party MEPs and Labour’s incumbent MEP Jude Kirton-Darling have been elected.22.25 Thornberry has just confirmed that she will be pushing the Labour leadership to adopt a position in favour of holding another referendum and to campaign for ‘Remain’ in that vote.22.23 Emily Thornberry is saying: “I think these are really bad results for Labour… I think we’re going to get a kicking. I feel really sorry for all our MEPs who are going to lose their seats.”Thornberry says members of Labour’s ruling body will need to reflect on these results. She’s not exactly following Labour lines. I think it’s fair to say she’s positioning for a future leadership contest here.22.21 On BBC News, Emily Thornberry is representing Labour. She looks like she’s in a bad mood already. Helen Whately is talking, so perhaps that’s not a surprise.22.19 So far, Brexit Party has come top in Corby (East Midlands), Folkestone & Hythe (South East), Telford & Wrekin (West Midlands), Rugby (West Midlands), Southend (East of England), Sheffield (Yorkshire & the Humber), Newcastle upon Tyne (North East), Durham (North East), Wolverhampton (West Midlands), Wrexham (Wales) and Cardiff (Wales).Labour has come top in Croydon, London, but dropped nine points and the Lib Dems are a close second. The Tories are doing very badly, as predicted.Croydon (London) result:Lab: 23.9% (-9.3)LDem: 22.7% (+18.8)Brex: 22.1% (+22.1)Grn: 11.4% (+4.4)Con: 10.8% (-16.5)— Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 26, 201922.13 We’ve got results in from Yorkshire and the Humber:Sheffield (Yorkshire & the Humber) result:Brex: 28.1% (+28.1)Grn: 24.8% (+12.6)LDem: 18.1% (+8.0)Lab: 17.0% (-16.6)UKIP: 3.9% (-23.8)Con: 3.4% (-7.4)— Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 26, 201922.10 It looks like Le Pen has done best of all parties in France, ahead of Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche. Funnily enough, I was looking at the LabourList 2014 liveblog, and it highlights an article about Nigel Farage claiming that his party had “common fronts” with Le Pen’s party:In advance of this week’s European elections, the Ukip leader said there was a possibility that anti-EU parties of “varying shades” from left to right will have more than a third of the seats in the European parliament, which would allow them to form a “blocking minority”. – Guardian22.05 Here’s the information I’ve got from the two Camden seats – Holborn and St Pancras, Keir Starmer’s seat, and Hampstead and Kilburn. Starmer has a very large parliamentary majority of over 30,000, but this shows the Lib Dems ahead of Labour. It’s very Remain-y, of course. Is this the kind of result that could launch a leadership challenge?22.01 Oh yes, happy birthday to Jeremy Corbyn, who turns 70 today.22.00 As I’ve already said, we’re expecting poor results for Labour tonight. The big question is whether these disappointing European election results are going to cause a big shift in Labour policy away from trying to secure some kind of softer Brexit deal and towards firm and unequivocal backing for another referendum.The comments made by McDonnell and Chakrabarti on the Sunday shows today suggest the leadership is warmer towards the idea of another referendum than it ever has been. But Unite general secretary Len McCluskey’s comments on Pienaar’s Politics show the strength of feeling against the public vote route still at the top of the party.“Now is the time to hold your nerve, because a general election, which is the only thing that will resolve this situation, is closer now than anything,” McCluskey said. This touches on the fact that Labour’s Brexit strategy is not designed for the European elections. To measure it against that metric would be wrong. The aim of the leadership is to ‘hold their nerve’ as only an electoral coalition comprising both Leavers and Remainers can win. The danger is, of course, that Labour could again fall through two stools as it will do tonight and did in the local elections. But the top of the party sees this as a risk worth taking, because the alternative – coming down on one side – means certain defeat.There are three big factors complicating the situation outlined above. The first is that there has been lots of talk about a coup over the last 24 hours. Many on the left expect Corbynsceptics in the parliamentary party to capitalise on tonight’s disappointing results and use it to launch a leadership challenge. It is thought this would be engineered by Tom Watson but very unclear who would be their candidate.The alternative to another leadership contest is we carry on like this. Losing voters, members, councillors, MPs, elections at every level, our moral standing as an internationalist & anti-racist party. Labour moderates have nothing left to lose and at least our dignity to regain— Luke Akehurst (@lukeakehurst) May 26, 2019It is also worth noting that a leadership challenge could be counter-productive. Just as Labour likes to let the Tories squabble amongst themselves when their infighting is an all-time high (e.g. hesitant to lay down votes of no confidence that the opposition is likely to lose), fearing that an outside attack would unite the Tories, some pro-EU activists are warning against a Brexit-based challenge. They think it could force the left to unite and have the overall effect of holding back the anti-Brexit cause within the party.These concerns seem very sensible, and suggest a successful could would have to come from the Labour left – a previous Corbynite such as Clive Lewis of the Love Socialism Hate Brexit group. Michael Chessum, a key organiser, tweeted this afternoon: “There could well be a Labour leadership challenge this summer. People like me will get the blame for “helping the right” because we’re pointing out the tools (Brexit/free movement) they’ll use. We’re not. We’re trying to warn you. We’re trying to save this project we’ve all built.” Naturally, the pro-EU Labour left would rather shift the leadership’s position than replace the leadership.Which brings us to the second big factor. Labour activists (led by Chessum’s organisation, Another Europe is Possible, as well as soft left group Open Labour) have already drafted a motion for conference and hope to pass it at many local parties. The motion would commit Labour to unambiguous support for another referendum and to campaigning for ‘Remain’. If the leadership reckons its Brexit policy will be forced to change in September anyway, it might be jump before being pushed.Third factor: Boris. The expected Tory appointment of a hard Brexiteer (whether that’s Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab) as Prime Minister could, again, be interpreted either way. It makes both a general election and another referendum more likely: if it’s the former, the current strategy is favoured; if it’s the latter, Labour would be forced into a ‘Remain’ position (unless there are enough MPs to put a customs union deal on the ballot paper). A PM intent on leaving the EU without a deal may opt for a referendum over an election, as ‘no deal’ is probably an easier sell than the Conservative Party.21.55 Labour spokespeople have been doing some expectation management today – including John McDonnell, who inexplicably predicted a 400-seat gain ahead of the local elections results. (Labour lost seats, if you needed reminding.) This morning, the Shadow Chancellor told Sky’s Sophy Ridge: “I think we most probably will get a good kicking in the election results tonight.”He defended Labour’s approach, however, saying: “I know it was hard, it was difficult, it was a hard road to follow, but someone had to be there and say can we bring the country back together again? It would have been easy to have gone to one side, to the Remain side, and to have ignored all those people who voted Leave – that’s not the nature of our party. We’re the party that is trying to bring people back together again.”But he also described the next steps for Labour in a way that should please anti-Brexit critics, arguing that the party should now “bring the other opposition leaders together, talk through and get agreement on a way forward and if that does include going back to the people, then yes, let’s now have that discussion”. Pro-PV activists, rejoice! Maybe?21.50 For a quick Labour news catch-up from today, here’s a story. Sitting Labour MEP John Howarth sent an email to supporters thanking them and saying they deserved better from the party leadership.“Had Labour’s ‘high command’ set out to lose an election they could not have gone about it in a more convincing way,” he wrote. “Time after time Labour has approached elections to the European Parliament as an inconvenience and in an approach symptomatic of the UK’s dysfunctional relationship with the EU, sought to fight on domestic issues – ‘vote Labour for the European Parliament to put more bobbies on the beat/save the NHS’, or some such implausible rot.”He concluded that Labour’s mission was impossible. “It isn’t that Labour’s message of ‘bringing the country together’ isn’t needed, simply that the country doesn’t seem ready to come together – Brexit is unfinished business. As such it was either phenomenally naive or utterly mendacious to put in place a policy that would knowingly lose votes in remarkable numbers.”21.45 We’re expecting Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party to get the highest vote share of all parties and be very successful in Leave areas. We also think Lib Dems and Greens are set to do well in Remain areas – including London, where Lib Dems could come first, ahead of Labour.Turnout seems to be up in Remain areas and down in Leave areas:147 councils – sorted by % change in Turnout with % remain 2016.Few new London ones in this morning.Tower Hamlets and Newham showing different pattern to other London councils so far. pic.twitter.com/yW4OS16snm— Patrick Heneghan (@PJHeneghan) May 25, 2019We’ve also got this forecast, which shows Labour coming in second vote share-wise (only just) and third in terms of seats:Our forecast for this year’s UK European elections has…Brex: 24 MEPs (+24 vs 2014)LDem: 15 (+14)Lab: 14 (-6)Con: 10 (-9)Grn: 4 (+1)SNP: 2 (-)PC: 1 (-)Results will be posted here and on our site as the night progresses. https://t.co/QNnnVpo5HI pic.twitter.com/fIjpk4bKaS— Britain Elects (@britainelects) May 26, 2019Here are the estimated declaration times tonight (though one council could hold up a whole region):Declaration times for the #EuropeanElections2019 on Sunday (Press Association): pic.twitter.com/wpLyrxefT0— Ian Warren (@election_data) May 25, 201921.40 As usual with European elections, many of the votes will already have been counted, and in many areas parties will already have a fair idea of the result from Thursday, though nothing official can be announced until all polls have closed across Europe at 10pm.There are no exit polls. But from 1opm, we’re expecting fairly swift announcements of results from the regions.21.35 Hello readers – it’s LabourList editor Sienna here. Official projections will be reported at 10pm. Results are expected to come in thick and fast. We’re not expecting particularly good ones for Labour tonight.Until then, I’ll take a look at the context of these elections and the latest Labour news… And if you have any updates from counts, sample results etc, please do feel free to email me via mail@labourlist.org or DM me on Twitter.Tags:Liveblog /European elections 2019 / 11.03 Those who are unhappy with Labour’s Brexit position are often keen to highlight that a majority of Labour voters are pro-Remain. But the thread below is important. It shows that Labour has become increasingly Remain over the last two decades. As a Labour source close to the leadership pointed out to me yesterday, we haven’t won an election since 2005, when that shift started – we need Leavers to win the next election.I’m going to try to explain a little about Labour’s current problem re: a second referendum. First of all, this chart shows the Remain/Leave dynamics of the voters the party has lost/gained/held since 2005: pic.twitter.com/0NxJ9Rm7cz— Ian Warren (@election_data) May 20, 2019This next chart shows that Labour’s base has become younger and more middle-class. In 2017, Labour lost many voters in its traditional heartlands while gaining votes from metropolitan Lib Dems and Green. The latter group consist of less loyal voters, offering a less stable base, and it is now drifting away from Labour over Brexit. Labour’s electoral coalition has not always been as thinly stretched as it is now.The chart below shows the composition of the Labour vote in each of the last four election cycles. You should notice how the age and class dynamics of Labour’s vote has changed. pic.twitter.com/ivzZnf8633— Ian Warren (@election_data) May 20, 201910.45 A lively debate is being held among Corbynites on Twitter – Corbyn’s former spokesperson Matt Zarb-Cousin isn’t absolutely opposed to the idea of holding another referendum, but working out what should be on the ballot paper in a way that would produce a legitimate result would be very tricky and contentious. As this thread shows.last_img read more

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Who Invented One Cup at a Time The Phil and Rodger Story

first_img 0% At coffeeshops around the Bay Area, caffeine fiends seek solace in the one-cup-at-a-time specialty coffee of Philz Coffee, knowing nothing of the historical dispute hidden in their cups.Inside the first “Philz Coffee” at 24th and Folsom streets, Phil Jaber, a man who has gone from owning a corner store to being backed by some $15 million in VC funding sits at the head of a wooden dining table, the overseer of 18 locations in the Bay Area who plans to soon expand nationwide. But on the other side of the Mission, one coffee competitor says that the idea for the “one-cup-at-a-time” brewing method sprouted on his terrain. “I taught Phil how to do it,” said Rodger Bories, a wholesale coffee distributor who said that Jaber was his client from 2003 to 2008. “I had the concept, and he wanted it. So, I gave it to him,” he said, adding that it was an exchange for which he never received due credit. Tags: coffee bar • coffee shops • Philz Coffee Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img For his part, Phil says, “I’m the first guy on this planet to do this concept, I had the vision,” said Jaber, adding that even if Bories had the idea first, he “never acted on it.”In that Bories would not disagree. Bories opened his first coffee shop in 2009, and now runs “Rodger’s” Quick Drip Coffee and Tea, a small, inconspicuous coffee shop at 20th and San Carlos streets. On some days he displays a banner outside naming the cafe the first “one-cup-at-a-time” brewer.It’s not appropriation if you have the idea first, explained Bories. Lacking the volume of customers that Philz has, Bories recently lowered his prices in the hopes of attracting more business.Inside, customers are invited to place their orders while standing at a coffee bar similar to those found in Philz stores, where they then witness the pour-over process. Over 30 coffee flavors with names like “Gold Rush” and “Jet Fuel” are available for tasting, and all are Bories’ unique blends.Bories broke into the coffee trade in 1982, when he developed a custom designed “quarter pound bulk dispenser” that he sourced to local supermarkets, responding to a need in supermarkets for accurately measuring bulk coffee beans for sale. He dubbed the portioned coffee bean dispenser and his coffee bean blends “Coffee Magic,” and said they were “a big hit” in some 65 local supermarkets to which he distributed.Rodger Bories, of Rodger’s Coffee and Tea at 20th and San Carlos streets. Photo by Laura WaxmannBut when a corporation tapped into the local market, Bories said he lost half of his clients in a matter of months. “Nestle came in with a lot of money, and like a good football team, they scattered the small players,” said Bories. Then, in 2000, Bories was diagnosed with cancer. Despite firmly believing in his product, he said, he found himself “at the bottom” as he searched for innovative ways to keep his wholesale business intact and provide for his family. “When I tasted my coffee brewed in these automatic brewing equipment that [my customers] provided, it never tasted as good as when I was brewing it the drip way at home,” said Bories. “I started thinking that I had to convince them to brew my coffee with my drip method, but in bigger quantities.”Bories began tinkering with his brewing equipment, and eventually created a modified brewing basket, which he dubbed “Quick Drip.” With slanted walls, Bories said he figured out how to keep coffee grounds out of receding water, while “flooding” and stirring the grounds in the brewing basket cut down on brewing time, compared to other conventional drip coffee methods. “Some of the new third-wavers of pour-over coffee make people wait five minutes for coffee,” he said, referring to a trend of artisan coffee shops usually run by local companies. “I can make it in three minutes and maybe make it taste even better.”Bories’ pour-over brews quickly captured the tastebuds of a local businessman, he said, who expressed interest in the concept. “One of my Arabic customers said ‘I have a friend who likes your Dark French and I want you to go see him,’” said Bories. “He sent me to Gateway Liquor on 24th and Folsom streets, and that’s where I met Phil Jaber.”Varying AccountsBories recounts walking into Jaber’s liquor store in 2002.“He had broken down equipment. So I said to him, I have all these coffee blends and I have this concept,” said Bories. “He had time on his hands and wanted to learn.”Bories said he took on Jaber as his customer, but went beyond supplying him with coffee beans. The two formed a working relationship in which Bories said he helped turn the liquor store into a coffeeshop based on the one-cup-at-a-time concept for which Jaber is now famous.“He talked me into giving him a box [coffee station], where he started making the coffee as I showed him how to make it [with the drip method],” he said. Bories said that he saw his collaboration as a chance to revive his own wholesale business even as he underwent treatment for sarcoma.But Jaber said that he built his own stations that allowed him to pour cups individually. “I don’t have machines, I built [my stations]. I design them my own way,” said Jaber, referring to the drip baskets. “My first one was made out of wood. Now they are made out of stainless steel and last for life.”Bories says that he gave Jaber pointers on marketing the concept as well. “I gave him the idea and told him to use it because it was a chance for me to show my concept in a store,” he said. “He was doing good and I was hoping that it would help to get my other customers to pay attention.”But after working together for five years and with Philz’ mounting success, the relationship turned sour, said Bories. “Phil mistreated the equipment that I lent and set up for him,” said Boris. “He was very protective of the concept, as if it was his and his alone.” Jaber confirmed that he and Bories worked together “for a minute,” but did not divulge details about the split. “I had to change him,” said Jaber. “He thinks he knows it all. He doesn’t know much. But god bless him, we are all here to learn.” According to Bories, the breaking point came when Jaber dropped him as his distributor, but refused to return the brewing equipment. But Bories said he has buried the hatchet and congratulates Jaber on his success.“I’m not a litigious person. I don’t do things other than [based] on people’s word, and it turns out that it just doesn’t work that way,” he said. “It’s a lesson for everybody.”Jaber has also moved on. Squinting through thick-rimmed glasses, he double taps on a cell phone picture that places him at Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding. “You know who that is?” he asks gloatingly, pausing mid-scroll on another photo that shows the 60-year-old in a chummy shoulder hug with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. last_img read more

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Hospital Staff Protest Trump Promises of Affordable Care Act Repeal

first_imgMore broadly, many of the protesters saw the promised healthcare rollback as part of a nationwide moral decline, with many of them making references to Trump’s controversial statements about sexual assault, women, people with disabilities, and immigrants. “Our country is diseased with misogyny. Our country is diseased with racism,” said Sasha Cuttler, a nurse at the hospital.“We are not happy with Trump. He’s a cheater, he’s a liar, and he’s a bigot…But this is what America wanted, I’m not sure [why]” said organizer Anna Her. “The only thing I can do is, I told my children, don’t forget how I raised you: Dignity, morals and values.”Local government was well represented at the march. Supervisors Hillary Ronen, Malia Cohen, Aaron Peskin and Sandra Lee Fewer all addressed the crowd, urging collaboration and political mobilization in the Trump era. “A lot of rights are under attack in America, immigration, human rights, civil rights… American values are also under attack,” said District 1 Supervisor Fewer. “It’s time for us to unite together. San Francisco, the rest of the nation is looking to us for leadership.”Peskin, of District 3, emphasized San Francisco General’s role in caring for those in most dire need.“You are the frontline of our healthcare delivery to our most vulnerable, and we acknowledge that and we appreciate that,” he told the assembled protesters and referenced the city’s Healthy San Francisco, which offers healthcare to all who live or work in San Francisco.. “San Francisco is the city that pioneered healthcare reforms long before the Affordable Care Act came to Washington DC. San Francisco has been at the forefront of teaching this country that healthcare is a right.”Though she called the inauguration a “dark day,” Ronen expressed optimism when she addressed the crowd through a megaphone.“I think we have an opportunity under this new dark administration to get farther than we’ve ever gotten before,” she said. “The injustice and the fact that the system is rigged has never been more obvious or clear than it is right now.” 0% “Before I had this job, I relied on the [Affordable Care Act]. It was a lifesaver for me, and I know it is for a lot of people,” said Jessica Lawless, a union organizer with SEIU 1021. She expects workloads to become increasingly untenable if the program is overturned, because of an increase in uninsured patients who rely on public hospitals, particularly in emergency rooms, like SF General Hospital. “I’m truly fearful of what it’s going to look like,” Lawless said. Concern for those who might lose insurance cover permeated the protest. “It affects a lot of our patients, they have Obamacare,” said Ingrid Cobb, a food services worker at the hospital. “We have a lot of love for our patients.”The consequences of losing health care can be dire, said one doctor who works at the hospital.“I talk to paramedics in the ambulances. Patients, if they get in a car accident or have a bad injury, they don’t want to come to the hospital because they’re afraid to pay the bill,” said Dr. Josie Valenzuela, a member of the Committee of Interns and Residents of the SEIU, and a resident at the hospital. Tags: health care • protests • SF General Hospital Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Workers at San Francisco General Hospital protested the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act in front of their workplace Friday, saying rolling back the program would impact both patients and workers’ ability to care for them.On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised repeatedly to overturn the health care program enacted by his predecessor, and on Friday, he signed an executive order to “ease the burdens” of the act. To its supporters, a repeal of the act would mean the loss of health insurance for millions. In protest of Trump’s inauguration Friday, some 70 nurses, staff, doctors, and SEIU 1021 union members marched in circles in front of the hospital’s 23rd Street entrance, chanting, “What do we want? Healthcare! When do we want it? Now!”The protesters, diverse in both ethnic background and age, carried signs saying “No cuts to medicare,” “Safe Staffing means Patient Safety” and “Protect Healthcare Access.” last_img read more

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Fire breaks out at Mission District senior housing complex

first_imgFirefighters have extinguished a fire on the seventh floor of Mission Dolores Senior Apartments at 1855 15th Street that left five people with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Jonathan Baxter, a San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson.Baxter said all of the tenants may be able to return to the building this afternoon — the damage is limited to one unit on the seventh floor, and the property owner may have some units available for relocation. Update 12/1/17: According to BRIDGE Housing, one of the nonprofits that manage the building, all residents were able to return to their apartments, with the exception of the resident of the damaged unit, who was relocated to a hotel. One additional resident (whose apartment is undamaged) requested and received temporary relocation due to the smoke smell. Repairs to the damaged apartment are estimated to take around 30 days. The fire was reported at 1:21 p.m. and quickly upgraded to two alarms. It was contained by shortly before 2 p.m.Melanie Casinas, 70, who has lived on the fourth floor of the senior home since 2006, was in her apartment when she heard an alarm and smelled smoke.Management initially told tenants to stay put, Casinas said, so she tried to seal off her apartment against the smoke.“When I started to smell smoke, I put a towel under the door,” she said.But, moments later, firefighters arrived and told her to evacuate.Walker Dukes, 73, has lived in the building for 25 years. He had just returned from the grocery store and was just settling in to relax when he heard the alarm sound, then stop, then sound again a few times. He assumed it was a false alarm, but evacuated when firefighters told him to.Dukes guessed that between 150 and 200 people live in the building. He had just moved back into the home after three months of temporary relocation for construction. The whole building is being remodeled as part of a citywide transition of public housing to management by housing nonprofits, in this case BRIDGE and MEDA.“We are just going through this huge construction, and I just got back after three months, now this,” Dukes said. “I hope I don’t have to stay in a hotel tonight.”Soon after Duked said that, Baxter told reporters chances were good tenants would be able to return.He also took the opportunity to remind reporters and the public about proper fire extinguisher use: Small fires only.“I know one [tenant] utilized the dry chemical extinguisher, and then became overcome by the flames and the heat and the chemicals from the extinguisher,” Baxter said. “We want to remind the public that if you have a fire that’s bigger than a regular wastebasket, that’s not the time to use a fire extinguisher — that’s the time to get out of the building safely, making sure your friends and loved ones are out as well, and calling 911.”Firefighters are investigating the cause of the incident.The fire is the second in two days in the Mission District. A two-alarm fire on Shotwell Street near 24th Street on Wednesday evening displaced 11 people. BREAKING: WORKING FIRE, 2ND ALARM, 1800 BLOCK OF 15th ST #SFFD ON SCENE VICTIMS BEING RESCUED. #mission @MLNow @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/vt9HAInx80— SF Firefighters 798 (@SFFFLocal798) November 30, 2017center_img 0% Tags: Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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YOUNG rugby players hoping to make it through to t

first_imgYOUNG rugby players hoping to make it through to the professional ranks in the future have received a boost after getting a visit from a role model in the game, writes the Warrington Guardian.Saints centre Matty Fleming, 21, attended a presentation for students at Appleton’s Bridgewater High School – his former school.He made the visit to celebrate ‘sporting achievements’ from pupils and kindly donated his 2016 rugby league shirt to the school.The year 10 rugby team was among those in attendance for the presentation.PE teacher Paul Mackay, who once taught Fleming, praised the player for taking time out of his schedule to attend.He said: “He is a real role model for the students for getting out there and succeeding.“We wish him the best of luck for the future.”last_img read more

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Second annual Honey Festival happening this weekend

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — If you have a sweet tooth, there’s an event this weekend you might want to check out.The second annual North Carolina Honey Festival starts Friday in Whiteville.- Advertisement – It kicks off with a charity supper at Central Missionary Baptist Church Friday, followed Saturday by a 5K run benefiting prostate cancer.That afternoon you can check out a farmer’s market with honey vendors, a silent auction and more.Festival Chairman Aaron Cutler said it all started with a Father’s Day gift.Related Article: Mega Millions: These North Carolina stores have the most big wins“My father’s a prostate cancer survivor, and he’s also a beekeeper,” Cutler said. “So I was trying to find something to do for him that was special, coming out of his treatments, and I found out that September was both prostate cancer and honey month, so putting the two together, we’ve got a 5K in the morning, and then it transitions into the street festival.”Cutler added they had about 1,200 people come out last year, and are looking to double the attendance this year.last_img read more

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PineappleShaped Lamps present Cannibal The Musical

first_img Cannibal! The Musical is based on the true story of Alferd Packer, who was convicted of cannibalism in the 1800s. The show is not recommended for young children.Wesley Brown, Owner/Artistic Director of Pineapple-Shaped Lamps said the show is very absurd in nature and is a comedy/horror/musical that pokes fun at the nature of Broadway musicals.Brown said the group plans on having a special pay-what-you-can night to support Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Details will be available on their website pslcomedy.com. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Next month, you can help support local theater by enjoying a production of Cannibal! The Musical, performed by Pineapple-Shaped Lamps.The screenplay for the movie was written by Trey Parker, known for South Park and The Book of Mormon, but the script PSL will use is an original stage adaptation. The group also expanded on the sheet music by adding parts for multiple instruments and the ensemble.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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2 injured in early morning shooting New Years Day

first_img The victims told police they were approached by three men in their late teens who demanded they hand over their wallets. When the victims refused, police say one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot at them.The victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.The incident is still under investigation. WILMINGTON (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating an early morning shooting that happened New Year’s Day and left two men injured.Around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, officers responded to the 400 block of Marion Drive in Wilmington in reference to a shooting and attempted robbery.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Surf City still recovering four months after Hurricane Florence

first_imgDamage from Hurricane Florence still remains along Surf City’s coast on Jan. 15, 2019. (Photo: WCTI) SURF CITY, NC (WCTI) — It’s been more than four months since Surf City felt the impact from Hurricane Florence.The town’s beaches remain blocked off and many businesses are anxiously awaiting the rebuilding to begin along the shoreline. Many home and business owners hope it won’t be much longer until a plan of action is put in place to rebuild the beaches.- Advertisement – The town council announced it will host a meeting on Friday to decide on the best way to go about rebuilding. They’re inviting the public to come out and share their opinion, especially those who own beachfront property.Ultimately, officials on the town council said Friday’s meeting is a huge step in the rebuilding process.“Hopefully they’ll have the rental houses back because that’s … people coming in and renting houses … that’s a big part of our business,” said Mallory Matthews, assistant manager of Herring’s Outdoor Sports. “We are hoping for that but yeah we’ve seen a lot of people come together it’s been really nice to see.”Related Article: County residents encouraged to get storm debris curbside by MondayCommunity members said they’re determined to rebuild. Some say they have high hopes for Surf City to look like it’s pre-Florence self for the summer season.last_img read more

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Perici Calascione stirs a hornets nest

first_img Screen shots of reactions to Perici Calascione’s Facebook posts Screen shots of reactions to Perici Calascione’s Facebook posts Former leadership candidate Alex Perici Calascione’s post on Facebook which some perceived to be a salvo for a leadership race raised what can only be described as a hornet’s nest. While several replies to the post praised Perici Calascione’s stand, others considered this as backstabbing. Meanwhile, former Delia stalwarts were observed ‘making their peace’ with those perceived as anti-Delia. The concern, as referred by various MPs has been ‘huge’ , ‘vociferous’ and ‘unprecedented’ with people clamouring for ‘something to be done’. Meanwhile, different sources have reported that phone calls are being made to those who hold votes in the PN General Council to test the waters and see what support PN Leader Adrian Delia may be able to rely upon should the question of his continued leadership come up for a vote.Read Also: Lest nagħti sehmi fejn ikun hemm bżonn – Perici Calascione Alex Perici Calascione jniedi l-proposti               Ittra anonima kontra Perici Calascione: Jitlob li jidher quddiem il-Kumitat tal-Etika              Filmat: “Il-midja diversifikata tal-PN hi importanti” – Perici CalascioneFollowing the results of the MEP elections, a number of PN stalwarts have approached Newsbook.com.mt expressing their appreciation at what they described as the ‘gentlemanly’ and ‘timely’ post on Facebook by former leadership candidate Alex Perici Calascione.  All comments were made on the strict requirement of anonymity, some adding that signing a name to the comments would be political hara-kiri.Read Also: Delia should Resign – Lawrence ZammitFighting it out on FacebookIn his Facebook post, Perici Calascione expressed his availability to serve his party in any way that was deemed fit. Many took this as a signal that a leadership race in the PN may be in the offing. A few minutes after the post, Perici Calascione  was on Newsbook.com.mt and he refused to be drawn out beyond what he had stated in the post. His message however was starkly analytical in that it acknowledged that the PN message may not be getting through, and even, that the party needs to build credentials to be an alternative government. Meanwhile, reactions were pouring in on Facebook. Mainly calling for a general clean-up in PN leadership positions, the comments were posted by grassroot Delia loyalists as well as Delia opponents. Deserting a sinking ship?Vincent Borg aka Censu l-Iswed celebrating with Adrian DeliaEnter Vincent Borg aka Censu l-Iswed, into the conversations. A known Delia supporter, Borg’s reputation seems to be questionable. When Delia had been running for the leadership, Borg had used, what his detractors called ‘his menacing presence’ to influence the vote for Delia, an allegation Borg had gone to pains to deny on Facebook. During the MEP and Local Council election trail, Censu l-Iswed was observed in what was described as ‘an evident attempt to make peace’ with people like Roberta Metsola, a woman with whom he was previously known to be at variance with. Indeed, Borg had previously gone so far as to call 11 MPs as ‘cyber babies’. “Now, out of the blue, he wants to build bridges. It brings to mind rats deserting a sinking ship” remarked an activist who had been present at overtures made to MPs where Borg apologised for past behaviour. This is but one example mentioned by sources who said that there were ‘a good number’ of persons, formerly staunchly pro-Delia who were turning their coats.WhatsApp Screen shots of reactions to Perici Calascione’s Facebook posts Perici Calascione’s comments seem to have stirred up something of a hornet’s nest. In various conversations held in the wake of the post and the comments on Newsbook.com.mt, party stalwarts have come forward describing a situation in the PN that can only be described as nightmarish. Anger was the word that kept cropping up, anger at various quarters, anger bearing many faces.Looking back in angerSome MPs described the great pains they went to, to persuade people to actually go out and vote. “This was translated into a vote strictly for Metsola and Casa, and now they are livid that the party is so obviously unfit for purpose” said one MP.PN Vote and first count share obtained by Metsola and CasaAnother activist said that the voting base was not reticent on pointing direct fingers. “Kristy Debono[PN MP and President of the PN General Council] came in for heavy fire after the Tumas debacle and Puli [Secretary General of the PN] for saying that the gap was ‘not too bad’ and that ‘fine tuning’ was all that was needed. Jean Pierre Debono [Asst Sec. General PN and the man who ceded his parliamentary seat so that Delia could be co-opted into parliament] is being held to task for not being in touch with the grassroots and for marginalising several MPs. Herman Schiavone [PN MP] too came in for a lot of flak as he was perceived to be ‘an injudicious lackey’. The list was pretty specific” said one activist. The main complaint was that the party was perceived as having failed to fix itself in spite of the lofty talk. Those who spoke to Newsbook.com.mt said that the female voters were the most passionate and vocal in their anger. “In the ninth district, there is an uprising against Kristy Debono with people calling me saying ‘tell her not to bother knocking on our doors”. Contacted, Schiavone said that he had nothing further to add to what he described as his ‘academic’ tweet made early Sunday morning and that several people had some soul searching to do. SharePrintcenter_img Open Letter by former PN candidate Herman Farrugia Post by Herman Schiavone Screen shots of reactions to Perici Calascione’s Facebook posts Schiavone also published this Facebook post, possibly in reply to that published by former PN candidate Herman Farrugia. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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ICT sector shows biggest income turnover in 2019

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> The  Information and Communication activities sector recorded the highest adjusted turnover when comparing the first quarters of 2018 and 2019, new figures show.New data on the adjusted turnover on the working-day from the National Statistics Office, shows that the Information and Communication activities sector recorded a 8.2% increase in the specified period.Closely following this sector were the sectors of Real Estate (6.2%), wholesale trade (5.0%) and the transportation and storage (4.3%).On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Information and Communication Sector actually recorded a loss of 1% in the specified period. Likewise, the Real Estate sector was recorded to have dropped by 4.7% and the Wholesale Trade sector dropped by 0.6%.Turnover in this case refers to total sales and other income shown as net of VAT.Professional, scientific and technical activities turnover downWhile the adjusted working-day shows increases for certain sectors, there are major decreases for other sectors. The Professional, Scientific and Technical activities sector  in particular, registered a major drop to minus 29.1%.As with the working-day adjustment, there is also a decrease in the seasonally adjusted turnover. This same sector is recorded to have a minus 7.5% in its turnover.The second sector which records working-day turnover losses is the Accommodation and Food Service activities sector, which records a 2.4% decrease.  However, on a seasonal basis, there is actually a 6.1% increase on the first quarter of 2018 in 2019.Gross salaries up Professional, scientific and technicalDespite the working-day and seasonally adjusted turnover having decreased, NSO also records a 5.9% increase in the gross wages and salaries for the Professional, scientific and technical sector (Working Day adjusted).Second to this sector are Wholesale Trade activities which registered a 5.8% increase in the compared first quarter period.However, on a seasonally adjusted basis, the biggest increase in gross salaries and wages were seen for the Non-Food sector at 6.9%, while the Professional, scientific and technical records a 1.4% decrease.NSO states that Wages and Salaries refers to a whole range of values include wages, salaries, bonuses, weekly allowances, overtime and the national security contributions made by the employee.  These do not include the social security charges by employers.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Michael Mercieca resigns from PN

first_img SharePrint Former Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) EP (European Parliament) elections candidate Michael Mercieca announced his resignation from the party on Tuesday.In a message posted on Facebook, Mercieca said that following 40 years of service to the party and to the public, The time is now ripe for him to retire on a definite basis from the party and public life. He thanked all those who helped him on the way and apologised for any wrong doings.He added that he will continue to follow the political sphere, but would prefer to have the choice of being able to give his independent opinion without being tied up by any regulations. He also added that his retirement will allow him to explore the world.During the EP elections of May 2019 Mercieca managed to gain 308 first preference votes. His resignation came at a very testing time for the PN which is preparing for a General Council meeting of Saturday 27th of July, in which a vote of confidence will be cast on the issue of whether the current PN leader Adrian Delia should hold his position in the party or allow another to take his place.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Manchester City hit five past Cardiff

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Manchester City might have lost their first Champions League group match against Lyon but the reigning champions made no mistake against Cardiff.Sergio Aguero, who made his 300th appearance for Manchester City, opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with Bernado Silva producing the assist. The Portuguese midfielder scored a goal himself to make it 2-0 before Ilkay Gundogan added a third on the stroke of half time.Summer signing Riyad Mahrez, who came on as a replacement for Aguero, scored two goals in the second half as the match ended 5-0. Pep Guardiola’s side have now gone 12 games without dropping points in the Premier League.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Volo Broadband is here to Help ISPs Solve Barriers to Delivering HighSpeed

first_imgAdvertisement A  new for-profit start-up, Volo, has launched in Uganda with the aim of accelerating high-quality broadband Internet access in emerging markets.Built based on years of field experience and designed in Silicon Valley, Volo offers a cloud-based automation platform for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to deploy fixed wireless broadband services using radically low-cost last-mile Wi-Fi networking technologies.Volo’s vendor-neutral platform addresses the true challenges and needs of ISPs in emerging economies making it easy and profitable for them to deliver and support affordable high-speed Internet access to the next billion users.“Just like any business in North America or Europe, businesses in Africa and other emerging markets want to be profitable, and provide the best products and services to their clients. While much of Africa has some Internet access, what’s missing is reliable, fast Internet connections so companies can use the high-bandwidth products that make them more competitive,” explains Volo investor and telecom entrepreneur Jim Forster. “Volo is enabling ISPs to use radically lower cost technologies to deliver high-speed fixed broadband, especially for small and medium enterprises, complementing mobile broadband for consumers. Higher bandwidth equals higher revenue potential.”Volo’s first customer will launch a new ISP in Northern Uganda to provide Silicon Valley quality, high-speed broadband service for businesses and organizations in and around Gulu, Uganda. As a result, these organizations and their users will have fast (1Mb or more) Internet access and the ability to access cloud-based business productivity tools (such as Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, Quickbooks Online and YouTube) at prices and speeds that mobile companies simply can’t offer.“With Volo, the future of wireless is here. Until recently, building infrastructure was expensive and time-consuming, making it hard for ISPs to scale and leaving businesses in emerging markets stuck with glacially slow connection speeds,” says Volo co-founder and CEO Mark Summer. “Now, Volo is delivering the tools and expertise so that ISPs can deploy broadband services in weeks, maintain lower operational costs and scale more effectively.”Why now?Internet access is skyrocketing. According to The Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2012-2017) almost 50% of the world’s population is projected to be online by 2017 and most of that growth is coming from emerging markets. Both businesses and consumers are coming online and using more data services than ever. – Advertisement – Despite this growth, the infrastructure to support this increase in traffic, particularly for high-speed users, is under-developed — if available at all — in most regions of emerging markets. Unchanged, this means new users in emerging markets will likely be unable to have the fast connections to access the dynamic cloud-based tools necessary to do business.This market gap, combined with unprecedented regulatory reforms driving better access to fiber and lower market entry costs and new carrier grade last-mile Wi-Fi technologies makes it easier to start and scale broadband ISPs today than ever before.Leveraging this transformation in the market, Volo is making it possible for ISPs to launch high-speed Internet services in weeks, not months, at a fraction of the cost of their competitors. As a result, Volo’s ISP customers will be more profitable, scalable and have more successful business structures.How Volo WorksVolo’s cloud-based platform, to be released later this year, automates the ability for ISPs to deploy fixed wireless broadband using radically low-cost last-mile Wi-Fi networking technologies. This integrated software platform simplifies how ISPs design and manage fixed wireless networks, set up and provision services, and serve and bill customers. The platform incorporates best practice workflows for emerging markets designed by Volo’s expert team and shaped by years of field experience. With features that provide complete operational awareness, Volo’s ISP customers can manage operational costs and deliver an amazing customer experience.Volo plans to serve ISPs in 60 emerging markets that are on the precipice of massive growth in data usage, yet lack critical last-mile infrastructure outside the capital cities. Volo has begun raising a seed round of funding. Investors and advisors to the company include industry leaders from the tech, energy and telecom sectors.last_img read more

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PREVIEW Glorious Goodwood

first_img[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou just can’t beat the GG’s.Glorious Goodwood and Galway – what a combo for race fans.Star Sports have a cracking offer today – have three bets on separate C4 races and get a FOURTH bet free – on the house.Your fourth bet will be to your average stake across the three qualifying bets. More details at:https://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/glorious-goodwood-free-bet-up-to-250/It’s a great days racing but not immediately easy to pinpoint winners.Some huge field handicaps at Galway and Goodwood gets underway with a nice and easy 18 runner handicap !The Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) at 2.30 is the first feature race of the day and Richard Hannon saddles three of the eight runners including the red hot favourite Beacon.The Hannon yard has won this three times out of the last five and there can be no doubting of the credentials of Beacon who took up the running at the furlong marker at Sandown to win the listed Dragon Stakes by four lengths with plenty left up his sleeve.The runner-up Mukhmal challenges again today but it’s mighty hard to argue a case for that form being turned around.Hannon also would appear to have the keys for the main race on the card with Toormore in the Lennox Stakes (Group 2) at 3.05. He was unbeaten as a two-year-old and won the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in good style on his reappearance. Since then though he has disappointed, finishing 7th in the 2000 Guineas and then only beating one home in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. The drop back in trip by a furlong should see him get back on winning form. Garswood won this last year but that came on good to soft ground.I’m sticking with the obvious today and trying a double with Star Sports on Beacon and Toormore at around 11/4.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)BACK BEACON and TOORMORE (WIN DOUBLE) for 10 points at around 11/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 60.87 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Liverpool v Roma

first_imgLife has got very interesting for Liverpool. Just two wins away from a Champions League victory (and 9/4 to do just that with starsports.bet) and with due respect to Roma, Bayern and Real Madrid they have just as much chance of lifting the trophy in Ukraine.They are odds-on to make the final but the job starts at Anfield tonight when they take on Roma in the first leg of their semi-final.Roma haven’t exactly set the world alight in Serie A this season – they are fourth – a full 18 points behind leaders Juventus.They are strong defensively, conceding just nine goals on the road this season in the league but have failed to score a goal in their two previous Champions League encounters with Liverpool (was back in 2001/2 admittedly).Liverpool are third in the Premier League and Saturday’s 2-2 draw against WBA (when Roberto Firmino, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain were all rested) should be swiftly forgotten in what is guaranteed to be a cauldron like atmosphere under the Anfield floodlights.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be full of expectation that Mo Salah’s incredible run of form (41 goals from 46 appearances) will continue as he comes up against his former team-mates. Salah will equal Gerrard’s club record if he can score in a fifth consecutive Champions League game but Roma boss Eusebio di Francesco insists it’s not just about the Salah factor.He said: “They have to do well to force us deep. The decisive thing will be for us to stay compact.“Liverpool are not just Salah. The front three combine really well together and that’s not an insignificant factor.“We haven’t prepared this game with one player in mind.”Liverpool v RomaUEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2002 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Liverpool 2 – 0 RomaDec 2001 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Roma 0 – 0 LiverpoolFeb 2001 UEFA CUP Liverpool 0 – 1 RomaFeb 2001 UEFA CUP Roma 0 – 2 LiverpoolMay 1984 EUROPEAN CUP Liverpool 1 – 1 RomaAs it’s the first leg, it becomes a game of four halves and whilst I expect Liverpool to win the war – the battle might take some time against Roma’s defence.Liverpool to win tonight AND both teams to be scored can be backed at 19/10 which makes some appeal in a match that is pretty much unmissable viewing.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK LIVERPOOL WIN AND BTTS 7 points at 19/10 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 105.27 pointslast_img read more

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Astronaut to discuss Antarctic meteorite search at Rices Baker Institute

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduAstronaut to discuss Antarctic meteorite search at Rice’s Baker InstituteDonald Pettit, a NASA astronaut, will talk about the “Antarctic Search for Meteorites: Some Observations Relevant to Long-Duration Space Flights” at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Oct. 26. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.Pettit joined the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) last year, spending six weeks in the Antarctic summer collecting meteorite samples. Antarctica is a unique collecting ground for the recovery of large numbers of meteorites. Scientists have determined that meteorites striking the vast ice sheet are better preserved there than anywhere else in the world.Pettit served as science officer aboard the International Space Station on Expedition 6, which lasted almost six months in 2002-2003. Pettit spent 161 days in space and took part in more than 13 space walks as the mission’s science officer. He went to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Shuttle Endeavour and returned to Earth on the Soyuz TMA-1.Pettit used his free time, usually Saturday mornings, while living aboard the ISS to shed light on a variety of subjects for Earth-bound students of all ages. These demonstrations were chronicled and dubbed “Saturday Morning Science.”Pettit graduated from Oregon State University in 1978 and received a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983. He served as a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1984 to 1996, when he was selected by NASA to be an astronaut.The event will be held in James A. Baker III Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility on the Rice University campus. For directions, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.Members of the news media who want to attend should R.S.V.P. to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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Indian school children to test new lowcost electronic notepad

first_imgShareCONTACTS:Jade BoydRice University713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.edu Esther AngNanyang Technological University(65) 6790-6804; GMT +8estherang@ntu.edu.sg Indian school children to test new, low-cost electronic notepadRice, NTU, ViDAL test power-stingy ‘I-slate’ in rural Indian classroomThanks to a partnership between Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Houston’s Rice University and an Indian nonprofit, Villages for Development and Learning Foundation (ViDAL), some of the estimated 100 million Indian children who attend schools without electricity may soon have access to one of the world’s most advanced electronic notepads.“President Obama’s visit to India this week highlights Indian economic achievements, but India’s full economic potential will only be realized with sustainable, low-cost technologies that benefit all segments of the population,” said Krishna Palem, a Rice University professor who is leading an effort on three continents to create a low-cost, electronic version of the hand-held slates that millions of Indian children use in schools today.Palem’s brainchild — a device dubbed the I-slate — is in development at the Institute of Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics (ISAID) at NTU. The first prototypes of the I-slate, which were built at NTU this summer by a team that included three Rice undergraduates, are set to undergo their second round of tests in India later this month.Palem, who directs ISAID, said the I-slate is the first of a series of electronic notepads being built around a new class of green, power-stingy microchips that use a fraction of the electricity of today’s computer chips. Under development in partnership between ISAID and Switzerland’s Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, the chips will make it possible for the I-slate to run on solar power from panels similar to those used in hand-held calculators.The I-slate began to take shape over the summer, and early prototypes were introduced in tests at a school near Hyderabad in early August.“Children in Indian village schools are just like their peers anywhere in the world: eager to learn, tech savvy, and willing to try new pedagogical tools that engage their creative minds,”said Rajeswari Pingali, ViDAL president. “The I-slate can help bring the marvels of ICT into thousands of rural schools and contribute to an improved learning experience.”A nonprofit based in Hyderabad, ViDAL is partnering with ISAID to test the first I-slates in Mohd Hussainpalli village, some 70 miles southwest of Hyderabad in a drought-prone area.“There are many factors involved — good nutrition, a good psychological environment, attentive teachers and appropriate learning and teaching tools. We can’t control all of these, but ViDAL is active in areas where we can make a difference, like nutrition and teaching tools. We believe the I-slate has great potential once its design caters to local needs and strengths,” Pingali added. Rice undergraduates Lauren Pemberton and Shelby Reinhardt were first introduced to the project in a spring course on sustainable engineering, spent 10 weeks this summer at NTU writing a self-directed mathematics teaching application for the first I-slate prototypes. In early August, Reinhardt and Pemberton accompanied Pingali and Vincent Mooney, ISAID’s chief I-slate hardware architect, to see how a class of 10- to 13-year-olds liked the new device.“Most of these students have never used a computer or seen a video game, so we really didn’t know how they’d react to the I-slate,” said Reinhardt, a junior chemical engineering major.“They immediately picked up on the technology,” said Pemberton, a junior cognitive sciences major. “They clearly didn’t like some of the things we expected to work really well, like the button placement, but they loved the scratch-pad application which was added at the last minute.”Social scientists and volunteers from ViDAL will work with Palem and Mooney’s ISAID team to refine both the I-slate hardware and teaching content. The team plans to conduct a long-term test at Hussainpalli Government School to track the academic progress of students who use the I-slate.“Developing an electronic notepad that is green, requires very little energy to operate and that could even run on solar energy in future is in line with NTU’s emphasis on sustainability research,” said NTU President Su Guaning. “The research will not just help in the sustainability of our planet but the development of such sustainable, low-cost technologies will also help the poorer communities in the world to close the digital divide. It will be life-changing and it will help to improve lives.”In March 2009, the I-slate was chosen by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as one of seven technologies that “will have world-changing implications on the way humans interact with machines, the world and each other.” AddThislast_img read more

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Baraniuk available to discuss TexPIRG report findings

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduFree-textbook pioneer available to discuss TexPIRG report findingsRice University’s Baraniuk available to discuss free online textbooksHOUSTON — (Jan. 27, 2014) — Rice University digital textbook pioneer Richard Baraniuk is available for media interviews about the ways that “open-education resources,” including free textbooks, are changing higher education by increasing access and lowering costs.Baraniuk, Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice’s free textbook publisher, OpenStax College, can comment on the findings of a student survey released today by the TexPIRG Education Fund regarding the impact that textbook prices have on college students. The TexPIRG report is available online here.OpenStax College, which is funded by grants from major philanthropic foundations, produces high-quality textbooks that are published online free for all college students and instructors. OpenStax College’s catalog includes titles for introductory physics, sociology, statistics, anatomy and physiology, and both majors and nonmajors biology. In less than two years, educators teaching more than 55,000 students at more than 430 community colleges, four-year colleges and research universities have adopted the books and saved students more than $5.5 million.In 1999, Baraniuk founded one of the world’s first “open-education” projects, Rice’s Connexions, which delivers free, remixable educational content to millions of users each month in more than 200 countries.For his education projects, Baraniuk has received the Eta Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald National Outstanding Teaching Award, the Tech Museum Laureate Award, the Internet Pioneer Award from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, the World Technology Network Education Award and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award. He was selected in 2007 as one of Edutopia Magazine’s Daring Dozen Education Innovators.To schedule an interview with Baraniuk, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.-30-Related materials:OpenStax in the news:OpenStax releases 6th free textbookCampus Technologyhttp://bit.ly/19tHnKKBusiness models and funding models for open access e-booksRice’s OpenStax initiative is mentioned in an article about business models for open-access publishing.Ed Tech Timeshttp://bit.ly/1jqfOWBThe bill that could save college students $1,200 a yearThe Atlantic http://bit.ly/1dLp7QPCollege textbooks are ridiculously expensive. Two senators are trying to change that.Rice’s OpenStax program is mentioned as one alternative to the steady rise in college textbook costs.The National Journalhttp://bit.ly/IoJm9aAffordable college ‘open textbooks’ for allRice University’s OpenStax College is mentioned in an article written by U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa.The Monitor (McAllen, Texas)http://bit.ly/IngcWTDid the college textbook bubble burst?http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/10/10/college-textbooks-next-bubble-to-burst/To see a video produced last year about OpenStax, click here or on the image.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow OpenStax on Twitter @OpenStaxCollegeLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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