A disabled campaigner has launched a new photobas

first_imgA disabled campaigner has launched a new photo-based website that has put decades of his work online, in a bid to share information about the accessibility of venues across Britain and Ireland.Marg McNiel estimates that he has travelled more than a million miles in his quest to document the accessibility of public venues throughout the British Isles, and says he has taken more than 500, 000 photographs over his lifetime.McNiel has been taking pictures since he was a child in the 1950s, but he has been focussing on producing a photographic access record of Britain and Ireland since he developed ME in the early 1990s.See Around Britain provides photographs of locations (pictured) such as churches, museums, cinemas, railway stations, hospitals, hotels, National Trust venues and other cultural attractions, with the website and mobile app offering multiple pictures of the access at some of the larger sites.The See Around Britain interactive map also features the locations of services such as accessible toilets, Shopmobility centres, defibrillators and accident and emergency departments.He hopes the site – and the free Android and iPhone apps – will offer something different to existing websites that provide photographs and written access information, by being “fully mainstream and fully inclusive” and so not just appealing to disabled people.He wants the site to help disabled people but also anyone else who wants to check out if a location is suitable before they visit, such as families with young children, and foreign visitors, and also people with impairments who don’t see themselves as disabled.McNiel said: “Our approach and philosophy is totally different. We are mainstream and fully inclusive of disabled people, so we reach as many disabled people with impairments as possible.“The photos save a thousand words and don’t lie. They are not pretty-pretty, they are everyday life reality.”He estimates that the website currently covers more than 1,300 venues across Britain and Ireland, with many more of his photographs yet to be added.See Around Britain also has information and photographs for some sites in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.Over the last 18 months, nearly 20 volunteers have helped McNiel by cataloguing the pictures and writing descriptions of access at venues based on those photographs.McNiel and his fellow trustees Vin West and Trevor Palmer are now looking for sponsorship and more volunteers.The charity, which has so far provided the bulk of the funding for See Around Britain, dates back to 1971, and originally provided drop-in centres and community education and training schemes.The money to launch See Around Britain came from the £1.6 million sale of the charity’s previous base in Islington, north London, which for many years was the home of his photographic archive, the National Heritage Library.The charity has now moved its headquarters temporarily to a rented farmhouse in Wales.last_img read more

About 1600 workingage disabled people are dying

first_imgAbout 1,600 working-age disabled people are dying every year after having their claim for disability benefits rejected, the government has been forced to admit.TheDepartment for Work and Pensions figures (DWP) reveal that 7,990 disabled people wholodged a claim for person independence payment (PIP) in the five years afterthe new benefit was launched in April 2013 had died within six months ofregistering their claim, while also having that claim rejected.Thesefigures mean that more than 130 working-age disabled people a month have beenfound ineligible for PIP following an initial assessment by governmentcontractors Atos and Capita but were still so unwell that they died soonafterwards*.Anotherset of figuresreleased by DWP shows that 3,680 disabled people – or more than 60 a month –died within three months of their initial PIP applications being rejected byDWP.Marsha deCordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said: “These shockingfigures show that the cruel and callous PIP assessment is unfit for purpose.“Thatthousands of people die three months after being denied vital social securitypayments is disgraceful. “Ill anddisabled people are being failed [with] the most tragic consequences.“Labour willend the hostile environment in the DWP and replace the PIP assessment frameworkwith a system that treats disabled people with dignity and respect.”The figures werereleased to Labour MP Madeleine Moon by Sarah Newton, the minister for disabledpeople.It was Moon whosecured other figures last month which showed that more than 17,000PIP claimants – out of a total of more than 3.6 million – had died during thefive years while waiting for DWP to make a decision on their claim.Newton alsotold her last week that 11,790 of these undecided claims were dealtwith under “normal rules” and so had not been fast-tracked because they wereterminally-ill.The BridgendMP said this week: “These shamefulfigures reveal how gravely ill people, eligible for benefits, have tragicallyfallen through the cracks of a failing system as they approach the end of life.“Questions to the DWP have uncovered manycases where terminally ill people have had their PIP applications rejected whenapplying under normal rules** and have died within six months.“It is disgusting that people who are dyinghave not been treated with compassion and support and their claim fast tracked.“When you only have a short time left to live you must not be let downby a callous system which is not fit for purpose.”Moon hasintroduced a private members’ bill, which would remove the current“arbitrary” time limit which means claimants can only be treated asterminally-ill if they have less than six months left to live.She said: “My bill will bring the changes needed to ensure we bringdignity and some financial security to the terminally ill and their families.“All terminally ill people should be able to access the special rulesfor terminal illness (SRTI) process. “The clinical judgement of a healthcare professional should be enoughto determine when someone has a terminal condition, without reference to a sixmonths prognosis. “Removing the arbitrary time limit provides medical professionals withgreater clarity, and more importantly, ensures the terminally ill receivesupport with the speed and compassion they deserve.”There aresimilarities between the new figures secured by Moon and statistics releasedby DWP in 2015, which showed that about 100 disabled people everymonth who had applied for employment and support allowance (ESA) were dyingsoon after being found fit for work.As with theESA figures, it is not currently possible to draw clear conclusions about howdeeply flawed the PIP assessment process is because of DWP’s failure to releasecomparable statistics for the general population.DisabledPeople Against Cuts researcher Anita Bellows, who has previously carriedout widely-praised work examining the PIP contracts awarded to Atos and Capita,said: “Once again, the spotlight is on disability assessment contractors, Atosand Capita, and on the DWP, after the release of figures showing the number ofclaimants dying after their PIP were disallowed.”She said the figures should be viewed in the light of around70 per cent of claimants appealing a PIP decision having the initialdecision overturned by a tribunal. She said: “So it can be said with certitude that some of these people whodied were denied the support they were entitled to, or they might have diedbecause of this lack of support. “DWP, Atos and Capita have shown time and time again that they are notfit for purpose, and neither are the tests supposed to assess disability andfitness for work, which have lost all credibility. “It is time to overhaul the whole system to prevent it doing further harm.”A DWP spokesperson refused to say whether Newton agreed that the figuresshowed that the PIP process was failing a substantial number of very ill people.But she said in a statement: “DWP decision makers take into considerationall the evidence provided, including from their medical professionals, whendetermining eligibility for PIP.“Meanwhile, we fast-track the claim process for people who have beendiagnosed with a terminal illness. “We are determined that people get the support they need and under PIP 31per cent of people get the highest possible support, compared with 15 per centunder DLA. “We are also stopping unnecessary reassessment for PIP for people withthe most severe and life-long conditions.”She also said that new SRTI claims currently take an average of sixworking days to process.She said: “We are absolutely committed toimproving the overall PIP claimant experience as this is what claimants rightlyexpect and deserve. “Our thoughts are with the friends and family of anyone who has passedaway but there is no evidence in this data to suggest someone’s reason forclaiming PIP was the cause of their death and it would be misleading to suggestotherwise.“People claim PIP for various reasons, the majority of which are non-lifethreatening.”Meanwhile,DWP has published theresults of its annual benefits satisfaction survey, which show thatthe percentage of PIP claimants who had been in contact with DWP in theprevious three months and were satisfied with the service they received plungedfrom 87 per cent in 2016-17 to 82 per cent in 2017-18.Theproportion who said they were dissatisfied rose from 12 to 17 per cent, and theproportion who said they were very dissatisfied almost doubled, increasing fromfive to nine per cent. Newton alsoreleased figures this week to de Cordova which showed that thenumber of complaints received by Atos and Capita about the PIP assessmentprocess increased from 8,900 in 2017 to 9,400 in 2018.Newton said:“Both of these figures equate to less than one per cent of the total number ofassessments carried out that year.”*The cause of death may be unrelatedto the condition or impairment for which the claimant was seeking PIP**Those expected not to live longer than six months, as opposed to those applying under Normal Rules, should receive PIP more quickly A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

SAINTS take on Hull KR tonight having won their la

first_imgSAINTS take on Hull KR tonight having won their last three home meetings with the Robins.They were also victorious in the return fixture earlier in the season at the KC Lightstream Stadium.2016 Meeting:Hull KR 22, St Helens 31 (SLR3, 26/2/16)Super League Summary:St Helens won 11 (includes win in 2013 play-offs)Hull KR won 91 drawHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)Hull KR highest score: 40-10 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)Head to Head: SaintsHull KRTries7273Goals6155Metres22,00222,365Breaks8786Tackles57205961Penalties150180Career & Club Milestones Involving Tonight’s Teams:James Green needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career. He has played 79 games for Hull KR since 2012, to go with loan/dual-registration games for Batley (9, 2012), Workington (3, 2012), Featherstone (3, 2013) and Gateshead (5, 2013).Super League Milestones:Pat Richards needs three goals to draw level with Lee Briers in seventh place in the list of all-time leading Super League goalkickers (conversions and penalties only).1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 1,5662 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 1,0433 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 1,0264 Danny Tickle (Castleford/Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 9075 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 8776 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 8267 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 8218 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons/Wigan, 2006-2013 & 2016) 8189 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 64010 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015-2016) 622First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 222 Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons) 183 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 164 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 145 Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 136 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 1210 = Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 11Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 752 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 703 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 614 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 596 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 547 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 518 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 489 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 4510 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 33Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 84.37 (27/32)2 Thomas Bosc (Catalans Dragons) 83.33 (10/12)3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 82.41 (75/91)4 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 80.26 (61/76)5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 79.54 (70/88)6 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 79.41 (54/68)7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 78.66 (59/75)8 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 77.77 (14/18)9 Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 76.47 (13/17)10 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 75.00 (45/60)Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1622 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1543 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1534 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 1465 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1426 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 1227 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1188 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1109 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 10410 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 88Tickets for tonight’s game remain onsale from the Ticket Office and will be available on the turnstiles.last_img read more

Last Ten MeetingsSt Helens 6 Hull FC 8 SLS8R2

first_imgLast Ten Meetings:St Helens 6, Hull FC 8 (SLS8-R2, 11/8/17) St Helens 19, Hull FC 12 (SLR21, 7/7/17) Hull FC 0, St Helens 45 (SLR14, 20/5/17) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle) Hull FC 24, St Helens 14 (SLR4, 10/3/17) St Helens 31, Hull FC 10 (SLS8-R4, 2/9/16) Hull FC 32, St Helens 24 (SLR16, 28/5/16) St Helens 18, Hull FC 47 (CCR6, 8/5/16) St Helens 16, Hull FC 17 (SLR9, 1/4/16) St Helens 22, Hull FC 32 (SLS8-R2, 14/8/15) Hull FC 10, St Helens 17 (SLR15, 22/5/15)Super League Summary:St Helens won 29 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs) Hull FC won 17 3 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin) Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)Milestones:James Roby needs one try to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 99 tries in 408 games for the Saints since 2004.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook – 1 appearance away from 300 in Super League (91 for Harlequins, 2006-2010 and 208 for St Helens, 2011-2018)Try-Scoring Runs:Ben Barba (2-2-1-1) has scored tries in our last four matches.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC) 11 2 Ben Barba (St Helens) 10 3 = Mark Percival (St Helens), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 9 5 Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos) 7Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 41 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 37 3 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 29 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 23 5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 21Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 88 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 80 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 70 4 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 66 5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 54Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

The winger scored another spectacular try in game

first_imgThe winger scored another spectacular try in game but it wasn’t enough as Trinity sealed a 24-20 win.“Even though we scored early we started slowly,” he said. “Credit to Wakefield, they capitalised on that and played well. It is always a big atmosphere at Wakefield and a tough game so you can’t start poorly and expect a result.“Most of the things we did were poor; our defence, discipline and ball control. You can’t win games if you can’t keep hold of the ball and on the back of that the ruck was too quick.“It all goes into one and you end up on the back foot.“Credit to the boys as we came back and didn’t want half time to come as we were on a nice roll, but Wakefield deserved it.”He continued: “We now have to get back into training and put things right. We didn’t play well and that is on ourselves. Everyone wants to respond well after a loss and Huddersfield will be the same.“Justin will have us firing as we look to improve and bounce back this week. The Giants are a quality side so we have to be on it.”Saints host Huddersfield Giants this Friday April 20 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Tickets are available from the Ticket Office at the Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

His side host current holders Hull FC at the Total

first_imgHis side host current holders Hull FC at the Totally Wicked Stadium (3:30pm) – and they haven’t lost in the competition for over two years.“I knew as soon as I joined the club that it was 10 years since they had been to Wembley,” he said. “It was something we spoke about as a group at the start of pre-season. We are aware of it, but we also know there is a long way to go.“It is an exciting game as it is a different competition. We treated it differently against Castleford. It is another game against one of the same teams you play against in your competition but it is different.“You have to acknowledge that it does mean more, but you also want to play the same.“The team are aware it is something special but the way we play has to be the same.”He continued: “Hull may have a few out but their forward pack is very strong and they have a very smart hooker. Their back three are really strong too.“They won’t be far off and have won it for the last two years. It will be tough game.“Radders (Lee Radford) knows how to get them up for this competition. They weren’t sitting top last year but still went on to win it. They will be preparing to do it again.”Holbrook says that both Tommy Makinson and Ben Barba will be available for Sunday’s clash whilst there are no other injury concerns from last Thursday’s win at Castleford.“We’ve had the luxury of a longer turnaround for this game and instead of cramming everything into them, we have had the chance for a slower start to the week which the players have enjoyed.“The excitement will certainly build as we get closer to the game.”Tickets for Sunday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 454 052 or online here.last_img read more

Whiteville police searching for larceny suspects

first_img Police are trying to figure out their identities. They may be driving a white Cadillac with South Carolina license plates. No other information about the larcenies is available. According to the time stamp on the photos, the pictures were taken October 9 at around 7:00 p.m.Surveillance photo of larceny suspect (Photo: City of Whiteville)If you know who these men are, contact Det. Scott Moody or Det. Amy Corder at (910) 642-5111 Surveillance photo of larceny suspects (Photo: City of Whiteville) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Do you recognize the men in these photos? Whiteville police say they are suspects in larcenies at two stores in Whiteville.Surveillance photo of larceny suspect (Photo: City of Whiteville)Police say the larcenies happened at Walmart and the Tractor Supply Co.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Commissioners approve new cell tower cost for inlet upkeep

first_imgA map depicting the coverage of the proposed cell tower at Veterans Park Sports Complex in Wilmington (Photo: Milestone Communications) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners voted to approve a new cell tower in the Veterans Park along Halyburton Memorial Parkway.A few months back Milestone Communications and Verizon brought neighbors together to see the plans for the tower.- Advertisement – It will stand 140 feet high around the Veterans Park Ball Fields.When we heard from neighbors they said they looked forward to better cell service possibly coming to the area.County leaders have a price tag for homeowners who live near Mason’s Inlet between Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island.Related Article: ‘Women can do anything’: Dozens take to ocean for all-female surf contestNew Hanover County Commission approved upwards to $3.3 million be assessed to homeowners to help with the maintenance of the inlet.It was relocated more than 16 years ago as erosion was significantly impacting Shell Island.The county commission approved the costs be first heard by the public on October 1 before individual billing goes out to land owners.The costs are down $400,000 than 5 years ago.last_img read more

SummerFest at the Battleship promotes fun and healthy lifestyle

first_img There will be a shrimp and slaw chef charity challenge, yoga and fitness, local craft and food vendors along with fun stuff for the kids.Organizer Martin Case stopped by WWAY for an interview with Randy Aldridge about the event. You watch it in the video above.The free event is happening from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 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) — This weekend you can visit the battleship and learn more about living your best life.Healthy Living NC in association with Kerry Kasotsky from K&M Masterminds is hosting SummerFest 18 at the USS North Carolina Battleship Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD seeking help with alarming trend of Shotspotter alerts

first_img “No injuries have been reported but this is an alarming trend and one we are hoping to stop before anyone is seriously injured,” WPD said in a news release.While these investigations are ongoing, police believe that some of these incidents are related.Anyone with information involved in these shootings are asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609, by using Text-a-Tip or calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 531-9845. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police need your help with information following a series of shootings in Wilmington’s inner city.According to WPD, officers have responded to 20 Shotspotter alerts each with multiple rounds from districts which cover the Creekwood community, Castle and Meares streets over the past four days.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Investigation launched after Pender County man accuses deputies of assault

first_img According to investigators Corbett was taken into custody and transported to Pender Memorial Hospital to be treated for his injuries before being booked on multiple charges. Corbett is now being held under an $85,000 secured bond at the Pender County Jail.During the booking process Corbett indicated that the injuries he sustained were from the deputies assaulting him, according to the release. Sheriff Alan Cutler and District Attorney Ben David have jointly requested an investigation by the SBI. Wayne Corbett (Photo: Pender County Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)– The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has launched an investigation after a Pender County man accused deputies of assaulting him, according to a news release from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.Investigators say Wayne Corbett, 59, of Atkinson, was arrested Thursday evening during a traffic stop. According to the sheriff’s office, Corbett was stopped for a vehicle registration violation, and during that traffic stop he tried to run from the deputies on foot. When the deputies tried to catch Corbett he physically resisted and assaulted two deputies, according to the release.- Advertisement – last_img read more

TRAVEL ALERT ILM asks passengers to arrive early after Xray machine goes

first_img The airport asks all travelers, including PreCheck travelers, to arrive at least two hours early, as more time will be needed to get through security.Click here to check ILM flight statuses TSA checkpoint at Wilmington International Airport (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington International Airport has issued a travel alert because of a problem with an X-ray machine, Airport Operation Director Gary Broughton said.According to the alert posted on ILM’s website, TSA informed the airport of the equipment malfunction. The alert says TSA has called a technician and put in a work order, but the agency does not have an estimated time of repair currently. Broughton, though, the hope is the part will arrive tomorrow.- Advertisement – last_img

New clinic to offer ENT services

first_imgParliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Anthony Agius Decelis announces a new ENT clinic at the St Vincent de Paul ResidenceParliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing Anthony Agius Decelis announces a new ENT clinic at the St Vincent de Paul Residence A new clinic for the elderly which will be offering ENT services was announced today by the Parliamentary Secretary for Active Aging Anthony Agius Decelis together with the Executive Head of San Vinċenz de Paul.Agius Decelis explained that the ENT clinic will be aiding patients of San Vinċenz de Paul. He added that hearing problems are common among the elderly and insisted that this will leave a positive effect on the quality of life of the elderly.The service will be offering medical treatment for conditions relating to the nose, ears, and throat.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys The LA Clippers For 2 Billion

first_imgAdvertisement Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has won the bidding war for the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.Sources say that the Sterling family trust has signed an agreement that would pave the way for Ballmer’s ownership.This deal will make the $2 billion acquisition to be the second-highest ever for a North American professional sports franchise. – Advertisement – This is happening after the former Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, it seems that everyone has been jumping at the chance to buy the NBA franchise.Forbes reported earlier that Ballmer made an offer to buy the team for $1.8 billion.Sources say that Ballmer outbid LA-based investors Tony Ressler and Bruce Karsh, as well as a group that included David Geffen and executives from the Guggenheim Group, which owns the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Geffen Group reportedly offered $1.6 billion for the team, with Ressler bidding $1.2 billion.The last hurdle for the deal is getting at least three-quarters of the 29 other NBA team owners. They’re expected to approve the deal, however, if Ballmer agrees to keep the team in Los Angeles, which he has stated publicly that he will do.Source: BIlast_img read more

Facebook Live Update Brings Support for 4K 360Degree Video Streams

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook has upped the resolution of 360-degree Facebook Live streams Tuesday, allowing users with compatible cameras to stream with up to 4K. Owners of Samsung’s Gear VR headset are also now able to watch these streams in 4K, which should make for a much better live video viewing experience.Facebook’s launch of 4K streaming for 360 degree video follows a similar announcement by YouTube late last year. However, it’s clear that Facebook is trying to catch up quickly: The company released a guide for publishers Tuesday to help them to get started with Live 360 streaming.Facebook also launched its own camera certification program, giving consumer electronics companies the option to market their cameras as “Live 360 Ready.” Some of the first cameras certified as Live 360 ready include the Giroptic IO and Insta 360 Air, as well as the ION 360U and Nokia’s Ozo camera. The company also certified a few software production solutions, including Wowza and Voysys, to work with Live 360 video. – Advertisement – Live 360-degree video streaming was initially the domain of smaller specialized streaming providers, but the medium has quickly been taken over by the big tech companies as they look to advance their live streaming efforts on all fronts. In addition to Facebook and YouTube, Twitter is also offering 360-degree live video streaming via Periscope.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 5 FebruaryRACING3.00 HuntingdonBob Tucker 5/2 > 7/43.35 HuntingdonUltimate Act 10/1 > 6/15.10 WolverhamptonTrimoulet 13/8 > evens5.05 MeydanStar Empire 4/1 > 5/26.10 Chelmsford CityCheerio Sweetie 9/1 > 11/2What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Swansea City

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he aggregate score last season between Chelsea and Swansea was 9-2 and it’s hard to argue a case for it being much different today as the defending champions will be keen to start the new season in style in front of their home crowd.Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last 10 league meetings with Swansea, winning eight and the Swans have lost all four Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge.If you pinning your hopes on a close game then the angle in will be the relatively poor pre-season friendly form for Chelsea but how much that will count for in the season proper is questionable.Jose Mourinho said: “The real football starts today, I think everybody’s waiting for it. Let’s try to be a good team and be here in March or April speaking about winning something. I believe the teams who aren’t title contenders will be stronger, the gap between the top and others will be shorter.”The big team news is that Diego Costa remains a doubt after sitting out the Community Shield last weekend.For Swansea Jordi Amat is the only doubt with a foot problem.Chelsea v Swansea CityPremier League5.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2015 Premier Swansea 0-5 ChelseaSep 2014 Premier Chelsea 4-2 SwanseaApr 2014 Premier Swansea 0-1 ChelseaDec 2013 Premier Chelsea 1-0 SwanseaApr 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-0 SwanseaJan 2013 Capital One Cup Swansea 0-0 ChelseaJan 2013 Capital One Cup Chelsea 0-2 SwanseaNov 2012 Premier Swansea 1-1 ChelseaJan 2012 Premier Swansea 1-1 ChelseaSep 2011 Premier Chelsea 4-1 SwanseaNot exactly the bravest bet for me to start the new campaign. Much more of dipping the toe into the water type of bet but over 2.5 goals at around 4/5 is the call.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 8 points at 4/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 79.07 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

ADAM KIRBY York Wednesday

first_imgA nice start to a big week with Chagatai winning at Kempton this afternoon and I’m now York bound where I have one ride on the opening day – and it comes in the opening race of the Ebor Meeting !!WEDNESDAYYORKTIS MARVELLOUS (1.55pm)Absolute cavalry charge to start the meeting with 20 runners over the five furlongs. I’m quite happy with stall 7 for my fella who tops the weights in this ultra-competitive handicap – the last three winners have been drawn 8-5-5.He’s gone up 5lb for his win in the Shergar Cup Dash where he seemed to have plenty in hand and made up for a poor showing previously in the Stewards’ Cup.This is his first trip to York but he’s well used to the hustle and bustle of a big field as he finished an excellent fourth in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot,It’s impossible to be confident, as it’s a race of such fine margins but he arrives in great form and I wouldn’t want to be on anything else in the race.Good luckADAMYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Adam drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Man U v PSG

first_imgCast your mind back to the 17th December of last year. The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League had been made, and PSG fans – yet to see a quarter-final in Europe, would have been very happy with their lot.They had been drawn against a Manchester United side that had just suffered a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool, leaving them 19 points off the pace. The statistics were ominous; United had conceded 29 goals in the Premier League at that point during the season, one more than they did in the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign and the most goals they’d conceded at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1962-63.Their haul of 26 points after 17 league games was their worst since 1990-91. Paul Pogba was underperforming and taking the brunt of media fire. The rest of the team looked lost and lifeless; It would take a ‘miracle’ for the club to reach the top four, said Jose Mourinho.PSG meanwhile, had racked up 17 goals during the group stages after a slow start and were already approaching half a century in Ligue 1 having played 16 matches domestically – their big three of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe were firing along on all cylinders.How times change. Out went Mourinho and in came Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, throwing away the shackles almost overnight and allowing United’s forwards to flourish. The result? 10 wins in 11 games since he took the mantle.Thomas Tuchel and PSG might still be cruising towards the Ligue 1 title – they are 10 points clear of Monaco – but the cup with big ears is the only one on their mind and they have found injuries coming at just the wrong time.Talisman Neymar is out of both Champions League round-of-16 legs with a metatarsal injury whilst Edinson Cavani will miss at least tonight’s game following an injury in a win over Bordeaux. The forced rest, thanks to concussion of right-back Thomas Meunier, has come just at the wrong time.Meanwhile, Solskjaer was resting six first team players whilst United were beating Fulham 3-0, riding out an early bout of pressure before taking yet another game by the scruff of the neck.Under Solskjaer, Paul Pogba has seven goals and five assists in the Premier League – whist the Norwegian has also managed to get the best out of Marcus Rashford – who has six goals under new management when given his head and playing with free rein upfront. The aforementioned pairing have used the running of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to get into spaces and defences in general haven’t been able to handle it as shown by their tremendous record.The odds for this have moved seismically since the draw – when the balls were pulled PSG were 1/4 to make it through with United 11/4 to reach the quarter-finals – but since then the Reds have shortened from 3/1 to 29/20 to win the tie and from 5/2 to 13/10 to take a first leg lead.United actually make some appeal to take a first leg lead, but what looks even more likely is a game with goals. Seven of United’s 12 since Mourinho left have gone over 2.5 goals with the 1-0 win at Tottenham an aberration where David de Gea made a barely believably 11 saves to earn United a precious win.PSG might have two of their best players missing the game but Kylian Mbappe will still have the support of Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria going forward and PSG will still aim to target a pair of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.Manchester United v PSGUEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, from last 10 years)First meeting between teamsOnly Manchester City have scored more goals than PSG in Europe’s top five divisions and they are entirely capable of scoring at least once regardless of the result, whilst United don’t look likely to ditch their attacking style. Over 2.5 goals is 3/4 and looks the bet.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS 8 pts at 3/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 253.14 points(excluding Premier League ante-post and Six Nations ante-post)last_img read more

US Mexico need joint policy to address needs of unaccompanied minors say

first_imgAddThis Share3David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduUS, Mexico need joint policy to address needs of unaccompanied minors, say Rice expertsHOUSTON – (Oct. 15, 2018) – A child-centric approach in the United States and Mexico is necessary to address the needs of migrating unaccompanied minors in both countries, according to an issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.U.S.-Mexico border crossing in El Paso, Texas. Credit: 123RF.com/Rice University“Alone and Vulnerable: Unaccompanied Minors in the United States and Mexico” was co-authored by Pamela Lizette Cruz, a research analyst in the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center, and Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the Baker Institute and director of the Mexico Center.The brief provides an overview on unaccompanied minors arriving in Mexico and the U.S. and discusses the main reasons why these children and adolescents flee their home countries, their perilous journeys, the conditions of their detention and the treatment they experience in detention centers — including alleged abuse, inhumane conditions and denial of their basic rights. It also argues that both countries need a child-centric approach to better understand and address the needs of these minors, ensuring their best interests and well-being.From Oct. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31 of this year, 45,704 unaccompanied minors were apprehended on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the brief. The overwhelming majority of unaccompanied children apprehended in Mexico or at the border are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — countries consistently ranked among the most violent in Latin America.“Unaccompanied minors represent an increasing number of migrants journeying to Mexico and the United States,” the authors wrote. “It is clear that their needs are different than those of adult undocumented migrants. Their detention and safekeeping requires a policy with specific principles, such as focusing on the best interests of the child, as well as specific actions to ensure that they are kept safe and have access to counseling, education and humane treatment while in government custody. Their physical well-being and mental health should be a priority for all agencies and governments involved in their apprehension and detention, and they should be provided with proper information and legal counsel when placed in the judicial system.”The increase in unaccompanied minors in the U.S. and Mexico has garnered much attention in recent years, but it is part of a global trend that is not a new phenomenon, according to the authors. “Lately, however, both Mexico and the U.S. have come under severe criticism for the detention and treatment of these unaccompanied minors,” the authors wrote.“The immigration system — or deterrence mechanisms, such as policies to separate children from their parents — cannot put at risk the safety of children who end up in the government’s custody. If these minors are to be sent back to their home countries, great care should be taken to ensure that they are returned to their rightful parents or guardians under the best possible conditions,” the authors wrote.The authors concluded: “Finally, and broadly speaking, the issue of unaccompanied minors should be addressed jointly by Mexico and the U.S., with standardized procedures in both countries and actions directed at mitigating the reasons why these unaccompanied minors are fleeing their countries. Antagonistic rhetoric from the U.S. toward Mexico, and the potential new position Mexico may take under the next administration in response to that rhetoric, can only worsen the future of a whole generation of children and adolescents — who may be physically and psychologically scarred from negative migration and detention experiences, perhaps to the point that they become a regional problem once they reach adulthood — rather than provide meaningful solutions for an already suffering population.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Cruz or Payan, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Issue brief: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/research-document/382e8fca/bi-report-100918-mex-immigrantchildren.pdf.Cruz bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/pamela-lizette-cruzPayan bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/tony-payanPayan on Twitter: @PayanTonyFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. last_img read more