The Green party have included five key pledges aro

first_imgThe Green party have included five key pledges around disability benefits and social care in their manifesto as well as suggesting sweeping long-term plans to reform the welfare state.The party’s manifesto promises to retain the Independent Living Fund – which is due to close at the end of June – increase spending on disability living allowance and personal independence payment (PIP) by about £1 billion a year, and abolish the “bedroom tax”.The manifesto also says that a Green government would increase social care spending by £500 million a year – to provide free social care for working-age adults with a “proven care need” – while it would also offer free social care, funded by taxation, to the over-65s.Together with the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, Labour and UKIP, the Greens want to integrate the NHS and the social care system.They would also scrap the much-criticised work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits, returning to the system of “relying on the judgement of GPs or other health professionals”.They would also scrap the use of private sector contractors to assess disabled people for PIP.In the long-term, after 2020, the party wants to abolish all social security except disability benefits and housing benefit, scrap the income tax personal allowance, and introduce instead a “guaranteed, non-means-tested income, sufficient to cover basic needs” to be paid to every man, woman and child legally resident in the UK.In the next parliament, the Greens would review the use of benefit sanctions and the government’s benefit caps, and “consider” offering more personalised job-seeking support to people with mental health problems.A key policy that helps the Greens stand out from other major parties is a pledge to introduce a right for every disabled child to a mainstream school, confirming its position as the party most committed to inclusive education.Among other policies that would impact disabled people, the party pledges to “work vigorously” towards ensuring all levels of government and public bodies are “representative of the diversity of the populations for whom they work”.Although it is not explicit in the manifesto, the party insists that this includes a continued commitment to allowing job-sharing for MPs, which would make it easier for many disabled people to stand for election to parliament.The party would also set targets for participation in sporting activity by disabled people, women and ethnic minorities.And the manifesto says that the party’s top priorities for transport would be “walking and disabled access to all other forms of transport”, while it would prioritise “affordable local public transport, accessible to all, including those with disabilities”.The party would also restore the funding cuts made to the Equality and Human Rights Commission by the coalition, and ensure “effective action” is taken to prevent discrimination against disabled people.All police forces would have to employ equality and diversity liaison officers to tackle and take preventative action on crimes originating in discrimination, and to treat crimes arising from such discrimination “on a par with racist crimes”.The Greens would make equality and diversity lessons mandatory in all schools, provide “comprehensive” diversity and inclusion training for education staff, force schools to promote equal opportunities in their anti-bullying procedures and monitor equality issues in recruitment, and work towards ending stigma against people with mental health problems, including discrimination in employment.The manifesto calls for a larger public sector and a “fundamental shift” to increased spending and taxation.It also promises that the Greens in government would enforce the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, although there is no detail on how this would be implemented.And they would introduce compulsory disability awareness training for taxi-drivers.There is also a series of general pledges, including improving and raising the profile of the Access to Work scheme, recognising the rights of disabled children and their families, full recognition of disabled people’s housing needs, and encouraging greater diversity among entrepreneurs, including disabled people.Like the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP, the Greens would integrate social care and NHS services, while the manifesto includes a section on tackling the mental health “crisis”.Simeon Hart (pictured), a Deaf British Sign Language (BSL)-user standing for the Greens in the Oldham West and Royton constituency, said he was pleased to see such a “strong commitment to disability”, shown by the 12 pledges in the disability section of the manifesto, while he was also happy to see the party’s focus on wider equality and diversity issues.He said his one disappointment was that the Greens had not matched the Liberal Democrat commitment to recognise BSL as an official language, although he said he believed his party would soon support this policy.He also said the Greens were “very proud” to be the only party so far to provide BSL, easy-read, Braille and audio versions of their manifesto.last_img read more

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The experience of a partiallysighted voter who be

first_imgThe experience of a partially-sighted voter who believes he was discriminated against at a general election polling station last week has added to calls for disabled people to be allowed to vote online.Dan Williams, director of Visualise Training and Consultancy in Cardiff, had asked Cardiff council in advance if he could vote using a large print ballot paper, but was told this was not allowed.The law states that all ballot papers must be the same size, so voters with sight loss are only allowed to be given a sample large print paper and a tactile voting device (TVD) that is placed over the actual ballot paper and guides them to the correct space for placing their mark.But when Williams turned up to vote, he said he was told the polling station did not have any large print ballot papers for him to refer to, while he said staff did not know how to use the TVD.Although he used the TVD to vote, he is not convinced that he marked the correct box.He is now writing to the council to complain, and is calling for new laws that would allow online voting or the use of a large print ballot paper.The council claims its polling station staff did know how to use the TVD and that there was a large print ballot paper on the wall.Williams said he was not even told about the large print ballot paper on the wall but was just told the polling station did not have any large print sample ballot papers.Electoral Commission guidance says that  – as well as a large print display copy – there must also be an “enlarged handheld copy” of the ballot paper that partially-sighted voters can take with them into the polling booth for reference.*Williams’ experience comes after a new report, backed by the disabled president of the Liberal Democrats, Baroness [Sal] Brinton, called for an online voting option – as introduced in Australia, Switzerland and Estonia – to prevent a breach of disabled voters’ human rights.The report, produced by the youth-led digital democracy thinktank WebRoots Democracy, warned that many disabled people were set be deprived of the right to a secret ballot in last week’s general election.The report, Inclusive Voting, calls on the Equality and Human Rights Commission to investigate these potential breaches of disabled people’s rights.Baroness Brinton says in an introduction to the report: “A cornerstone of our electoral system is that voters should be able to vote independently and in secret.“This simply is not the case for many voters with vision impairments and other disabilities.“It is not right that hundreds of thousands of voters are being made to depend on others to cast their ballot on their behalf, or risk accidentally spoiling their vote.“It is clear that the technology exists to enable independent and secret votes for all.“As set out in this report, countries such as Australia have successfully implemented online voting for vision impaired and disabled voters. It is time for us to look at that here in Britain, too.”Among its other recommendations, the report says that all major political parties should be legally obliged to produce their election manifestos in accessible formats before the opening of the window for postal voting.The sight loss charity RNIB has also called for the law on access to voting for partially-sighted voters to be reviewed.An RNIB spokeswoman said: “Partially-sighted voters are telling us they want to be able to vote independently and in secret.“While having a large print reference copy of the ballot paper does help some, we think the current system is not properly enabling voters who cannot read the official ballot paper to cast their vote with the same independence and secrecy as everyone else.“Online voting trials were successfully conducted in the UK many years ago. RNIB thinks this option should be trialled again, with a view to rolling it out to anyone for whom the paper-based voting system creates barriers of access.”RNIB has received more than 500 responses to its voting access survey following the general election.The spokeswoman added: “We will be analysing the data in a few weeks but in the meantime, we’re responding to a steady stream of complaints about blind and partially-sighted people’s experience of the voting process.“People are telling us they have experienced the same problems as highlighted in our reports Turned Out 2015 and Turned Out 2016. They were not able to vote independently and in private.”Only three days before the election, lawyers for Rachael Andrews, from Norwich, announced that she had accepted £2,000 compensation and an apology to settle a legal challenge against her local authority, Broadland District Council, for failing to enable her to vote independently and in secret at the 2015 general and local elections.Andrews, who is blind, had visited her local polling station with her sighted mother-in-law and blind husband and had asked to use a TVD, but was told they did not have one.She was forced to ask her mother-in-law to read out the candidates’ names and mark her votes on the ballot papers on her behalf.Her lawyers, Leigh Day, later argued that the council had breached the Equality Act by failing to provide a TVD, and had also breached the right to vote by secret ballot in the European Convention on Human Rights.Her case was settled out of court.Andrews said: “I felt that the polling station staff didn’t care that I would not be able to cast my vote independently – I felt like I didn’t exist and that my vote counted less than everyone else’s. “The fact that I had to chase for a response and resort to legal action to seek redress added to my feelings that my complaint and my inability to vote in private was not taken seriously by my local authority.”A council spokeswoman said it had apologised to Andrews and “improved our voting systems for all our visually-impaired residents.“On the occasions that Mrs Andrews has voted since, we have liaised closely with Mrs Andrews to support her to vote more confidently and independently.”She said that every polling station now had a TVD “prominently displayed” while all presiding officers were trained in how to use them.*The council claims Williams turned down the chance of a postal vote, despite offering him support to fill in the application form, and that it offered to send him a TVD “on the condition that he sent it back”, but that he turned this offer down because he was “concerned about the cost of the postage to send it back”.But he said this was not correct and that the council had told him that “the TVD was expensive and couldn’t be sent out to everyone who had a visual impairment who wanted to post a vote. “In addition, I explained that I would still need someone to help me use the TVD as I wouldn’t know how to line it up.”He says he was also told by the council that the TVD templates were now “outdated” because the format of the ballot papers had changed.The council was unable to respond by 1pm today (Thursday) after being asked to comment on its apparently misleading statement.last_img read more

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Adam Swift Kyle Amor and Matty Costello come in f

first_imgAdam Swift, Kyle Amor and Matty Costello come in for Ryan Morgan, Matty Smith and Jack Ashworth.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Francis Cummins will choose his Widnes side from:1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Stefan Marsh, 3. Krisnan Inu, 4. Charly Runciman, 6. Joe Mellor, 7. Tom Gilmore, 8. Gil Dudson, 10. Alex Gerrard, 11. Chris Houston, 12. Matt Whitley, 15. Danny Craven, 16. Tom Olbison, 17. Sam Wilde, 20. Macgraff Leuluai, 23. Danny Walker, 25. Jay Chapelhow, 33. Aaron Heremaia, 39. Weller Hauraki, 40. Owen Buckley.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Scott Mikalauskas.Tickets 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

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FIRST ON 3 Suspects in Columbus Co murder arrested in Oklahoma

first_img The Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force arrested 32-year-old Amber Hitchcock,who also goes by Amber Sanders, and 39-year-old William Forney today in Tulsa.According the US Marshals Office, neighbors in Columbus County noticed a resident’s car speeding away Saturday from his home with the alarm sounding. Around the same time, a local police officer was flagged down about a vehicle matching that description in a hotel parking lot. When that officer arrived, hotel staff stated that the vehicle pulled up to a room, loaded belongings and had just left.Authorities also responded to Long’s home, where he died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Based on the description from neighbors and hotel staff, authorities identified Hitchcock and Forney as the suspects.Related Article: Columbus Co. man arrested after standoff with law enforcementEarlier this week, Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered Long’s car from the Verdigris River in Oklahoma. Investigators in the area were alerted to the suspects being in town. They found that the couple had been staying at a Tulsa hotel.This morning, they were were taken in to Tulsa County Jail where they’ll await extradition to North Carolina.At this time, investigators have no motive for the crime. 39-year-old William Forney and 32-year-old Amber Hitchcocks (Photo: Tulsa Co. Jail) TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — The suspects in a Columbus County murder have been arrested more than a 1,000 miles away from the scene.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office answered a call for a possible assault Saturday and found Ricky Long dead at a home in Tabor City.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Log falls off truck impales travel trailer being towed by truck

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A large log broke free from the bed of an 18-wheeler and impaled a travel trailer that was being towed by a truck.Wilmington Police say it happened around 10:00 a.m. at Shipyard Boulevard and Carolina Beach Road.- Advertisement – The log crashed through the travel trailer and was left sticking out the other side.Travel trailer impaled by log truck on December 6, 2017 (Photo: Jason Ward)No one got hurt.No word yet on whether the driver of the log truck received a citation.Related Article: Oak Island man wanted for crashing into same car multiple timeslast_img

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RefuseTheStraw Local restaurant cutting down on use of plastic straws

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Any time you’re out to dinner and you order a beverage, it’s common to ask for or be offered a straw, but now if you ask that question at King Neptune in Wrightsville Beach, it’ll cost you.“With all individual states starting to ban plastics and straws, we’re like we need to come up with a better alternative to the straw,” bartender Brandon Wicklund said. “What better way than a reusable straw that can be washed in the dishwasher, brought back to local businesses and things like that?”- Advertisement – Plastic, single-use straws are still available at King Neptune for 50 cents and you can buy a stainless steel, reusable straw for $2.50.It’s part of the #RefuseTheStraw campaign. Wicklund says the restaurant is doing their part to help the environment.“Sea life, wildlife was all on this planet before we were,” Wicklund said. “To be like, we’re the cause of that? A million straws a day ended up in the ocean. Seven million straws a week times that by 52 weeks in a year. That’s a lot of plastic.”Related Article: Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apartWe spoke with two customers, Mikayla Myott and Jadra Newman, who were in favor of the change and said it would not change their experience at the restaurant very much.“I don’t even use straws really,” Myott said. “If they give me them at restaurants, then of course I’ll use it but I didn’t even thinking of asking for one. I don’t really care to use them.”Wicklund says he hopes other businesses in the Cape Fear will consider cutting down on their use of plastic straws as well.Wicklund says there has been pushback to the change because some people are worried the new options won’t be as sanitary. He says the restaurant used about 5,000 straws a week before the changes.last_img read more

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Woman convicted of animal cruelty after hoarding ducks at home

first_imgCynthia Huber (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County woman has been convicted of animal cruelty charges after law enforcement found more than 150 disabled or injured ducks at her home in late 2017.Cynthia Huber was convicted in New Hanover County court Tuesday on four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.- Advertisement – She was given a suspended sentence and one year of supervised probation.Huber is ordered not to have any animals during her probation and must undergo a mental health assessment.The judge also ordered Adult Protective Services to review the the condition of Huber’s elderly mother, whom she cares for.Related Article: NC spectator’s courtroom curse lands her behind barsHuber was originally charged in December after sheriff’s deputies searched her home on Watermill Way and found dozens of disabled or injured ducks. Skywatch Bird Rescue took the ducks and Friends of Felines removed cats from the property.During Huber’s court date on April 25, the state made a motion to continue the case because veterinarians needed to testify were not available. The judge denied the request and dropped the charges.The charges were refiled and Huber was served on May 9.last_img read more

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WANTED Armed suspect robs Walgreens pharmacy in Murrayville

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the man who robbed the Walgreens at gunpoint.It happened Tuesday afternoon at the Walgreens at North College Road and Kerr Avenue.- Advertisement – Walgreens armed robbery suspect (Photo: NHSO) Walgreens armed robbery suspect (Photo: NHSO) 1 of 3center_img According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect went to the pharmacy counter and demanded narcotics. After he threatened the use of a gun, he was given two bottles.He walked away from the scene.K9 units, the Sable helicopter, and investigators are searching for the suspect.Related Article: Three arrested in Pender County armed robbery, shootingIf you know anything, contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Walgreens armed robbery suspect (Photo: NHSO)last_img read more

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ELT student numbers remain consistent at 87000 – Education Ministry

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Foreign students enrolled in English language courses in Malta remains consistent over 87,000, the Ministry of Education says.Last year’s figure of 87,112 kept the numbers of international students consistent despite being a slight decrease on 2017 figures (87,190).According to the Ministry students from Italy, Germany and France made up almost half of the intake (48.6%) whilst the remainder are made up of several other nationals from around the globe.Russia is ranked at 4th with a market share of 6.2% followed Poland, Austria, Brazil, Spain and Japan were all 4% or over, respectively.Breaking down the numbers of international visitors to Malta, 3.4% were students learning English in Malta. According to 2018 figures, the majority of students coming to Malta are coming during the Winter period between January and March (18/6%). This is almost 6% greater than 2012 (12.7%)The Ministry of Education explains that the number of international language students visiting the country helps to support tourism accommodation. Over 21% of international students are reported to stay in hotels (21.1%), over 12% of those in 3 star hotels (12.2%) and a further 8.8% in 4 star hotels.  This diversified the previous year’s share of students which were staying with host families (27.0%).These students were also understood to be staying in the country for around 2.5 weeks on average.Representatives of the ELT Council believe that the sector still has the potential to still grow and is having a large impact on the national economy. According to Deloitte, ELT students last year spent around €137 million.Deloitte has there been commissioned to study the challenges facing the industry and how to prepare for its future growth.WhatsApplast_img read more

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2nd Orange African Social Venture Prize winners announced

first_imgAdvertisement Orange announced the three winners of the African Social Venture Prize during the AfricaCom Awards ceremony held in Cape TownThe three winners will receive financial assistance along with management and technical support from Orange specialistsPARIS, France, November 15, 2012 — The Orange Social Venture Prize, now in its second year, aims to support the development of entrepreneurs and start-ups offering solutions that use information and communication technologies (ICT) to meet the needs of people living in Africa.Almost 450 candidates responded to the call for projects, which ran from May to September 2012, clearly demonstrating the underlying entrepreneurial vitality that exists on the African continent. Proposed projects spanned a variety of fields such as healthcare, agriculture, education, energy, industry and commerce illustrating the high potential of telecommunications for development in Africa.The panel of judges, consisting of Orange specialists, the media and institutions that promote development, chose three prizewinners from among 13 nominated projects that were presented on Orange’s pan-African web portal, http://www.starafrica.com. – Advertisement – The awards ceremony was held yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa, during the AfricaCom Awards, an annual event that recognizes the most significant innovations and achievements of the telecommunications industry in Africa.The winning projects are:1. Vivus Limited, a start-up from Côte d’Ivoire that allows agricultural or farm produce traders to optimize their stocks by adjusting to supply and demand, thereby avoiding waste. A SMS-based system provides traders with real-time information on the latest deals enabling them to order the exact quantity of stocks required. This system will contribute to the development of a more efficient and profitable trade-cycle.2. The Takachar project, which has already been launched in Kenya, was awarded second prize. This provides an innovative system to improve waste management by using telecoms technologies to track waste collection in real time. This enables cooperatives to operate more efficiently and increases the proportion of organic waste that can be transformed into charcoal.3. The third prize was awarded to the e-commerce business Niokobok. This business enables Senegalese people living abroad to send basic necessities to their families back home avoiding the extra cost of transferring money and enabling them to better manage their finances. Twenty-three references are already available for basic foods as well as hygiene and cleaning products.In addition to funding of up to 25,000 euros, Orange will provide support to the three projects for six months from its local subsidiaries as well as expert advice from business and telecoms professionals.In addition, a “favourite project” was selected by visitors of the Group’s web portal StarAfrica. Over 50,000 visitors voted for the Egyptian start-up “Innovative Electronic Employment Platform”. This innovative recruitment service uses an interactive platform and SMS alerts to help people seeking short-term jobs or freelance work to complement their revenues. StarAfrica will support this recruitment service throughout the year, in particular by providing additional online visibility.Orange operates in 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has a total of over 78 million customers. To contribute to the social and economic development of these countries, the Group has put together the “Orange for Development” programme, which is based on three central themes:The development of its networks to maximize the number of people who are able to benefit from digital services;Innovation to meet the needs of populations through value-added services in essential fields such as healthcare, education, agriculture and banking services; andContributing to the local development of ICT markets and innovation ecosystems.It is to meet this last goal, which is aligned with both its innovation strategy as well as its Corporate Social Responsibility policy, that the Group decided to launch the Orange African Social Venture Prize in 2011.last_img read more

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More Facebook friends cause more stress study claims

first_imgAdvertisement The more friends people have on Facebook, the more stressed they are, according to new research.The study found that the wider and more diverse Facebook members’ friends are, the more stress the site will create.The more friend groups a person has, there is a greater potential to cause offence, the researchers, from Edinburgh University’s business school found. In particular, adding employers or parents resulted in the greatest increase in anxiety. – Advertisement – People presenting a version of themselves that is unacceptable to some of their online friends, such as posts displaying behaviour such as swearing, recklessness, drinking and smoking, is the largest cause of anxiety.The added stress becomes more of a problem with older people joining the a site, as their expectations may be very different from those of younger users.The findings echo those of an earlier study, which also said Facebook members with more friends are more stressed.The new research found that on average people are members of seven different social circles on Facebook.The most common circle was friends known offline with 97 per cent adding them as friends online. Some 81 per cent of Facebook members have befriended the extended family online, 80 per cent their siblings, 69 per cent friends of friends, and colleagues 65 per cent.The report surveyed more than 300 people on Facebook, mostly students, with an average age of 21.It also discovered that only one third use the listing privacy setting on their Facebook profile, which can be used to control the information seen by different types of friends.Ben Marder, author of the report, said: “Facebook used to be like a great party for all your friends where you can dance, drink and flirt.“But now with your Mum, Dad and boss there the party becomes an anxious event full of potential social landmines. If you have partners, parents, family and employers the more stressful it is as they all have different expectations.“People will try and manage themselves and regulate how they appear on the site, so they will try and avoid saying things they think, as they are worried how it will appear.“I have seen how people will delete photos and even regulate their offline behaviour for their online presence. If people are at parties and they see a camera they then think my boss, or my girlfriend might see this.“So they might be smoking or drinking and when a camera comes around they will change their actions so people don’t see it on Facebook.“People will try and present a duller version of themself to please every audience as they are so concerned what other will think.”Source: Telegraphlast_img read more

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Dislike Button finally coming to Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a Q&A session at Facebook HQ has revealed that the company is working on something people have been clamoring for for a long time: a dislike button.He acknowledged that people have wanted a dislike button for many years, and for the first time gave concrete indication the company is working on providing a solution.The button will be about “expressing empathy,” and not about fostering negativity. – Advertisement – [related-posts]The Like button is not appropriate for certain topics – sad news about the refugee crisis, for instance – and that a wider gamut of reactions could help people to more accurately express their emotions without needing to type out a full comment.The CEO expects the new feature to begin public testing soon, and it will roll it out to everyone if people end up embracing it.Via TNWlast_img read more

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Is it worth it having Apple Music on Android

first_imgIt is worth noting that not all paid users are currently active on Apple Music. Image Credit: Droid-Life Advertisement Earlier this week, Apple introduced long-awaited music streaming service, Apple Music, for Android users. The service is up and running on Google Play store, and caters to over 50% market. It was previously exclusive to iOS users only.It is still in beta phase on Android. Two key features, Apple Connect videos, and family membership plan, are currently unavailable on the platform. However, the service is same as available on iOS. Apple has confirmed the users in more than 100 countries around the world could get a taste of this service whereas China remains the only big market where the service is currently unavailable. The decision to omit China remains beyond everyone, given Android users percentage in the market.Here remains the question, would one get his hands on Apple Music on Androidd? – Advertisement – One could see Apple Music is currently home to over 6.5 million paid users, in less than half a year since its inception. It is a decent figure, considering how other services are doing in the industry. At present, it lies in second place after Spotify, which has 20 million paid users, although Apple Music has only been available to iOS users for now. Hence, it seems the number should be up to double figures in another six months.It is worth noting that not all paid users are currently active on Apple Music. Some of them are those who failed to turn off their subscription following trial period, and forced to renew their subscriptions. Hence, there is not clear light on the number of active paid subscribers.[related-posts]Another element worth considering is the purchase pattern of many Android users. Several reports, considering the data found over the years, suggest Android users are hesitant to make purchase on the store. Besides, some Android users may find $9.99 price tag too much to subscribe. On the contrary, iOS users dish out money for paid apps and subscriptions more often.Reviews on Apple Music on Play Store do not show good signs for the company. Several users rated it one star for a number of reasons, some deemed it too slow, while others complained it freezes and they had to hard reset their devices. However, average reviews are worth three stars only Google Play store.[Tech News Today]last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

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.Friday 3 OctoberRACING3.50 FontwellWorkbench 9/2 > 3/14.50 AscotQuest For More 13/2 > 9/28.20 WolverhamptonMarmarus 4/1 > 5/26.10 DundalkThe Dancing Lord 14/1 > 6/17.40 DundalkCat O’Mountain 4/1 > 11/4RACING – LONGCHAMP SATURDAYSole Power 5/1 > 5/2FOOTBALL12/5 BLACKPOOL 5/4 CARDIFF (drifting) 23/10 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

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Children To Run Computers and Robots at Rice Groundbreaking

first_imgShare Contact: Philip MontgomeryPhone: (713) 831-4792 Children To Run Computers and Robots at Rice GroundbreakingIn a gesture reflecting the future of computer science, grade school students from The Rice School/La Escuela Rice will use computers and robots to break ground in November for Rice University’s new Computational EngineeringBuilding. The children and the robots are symbolic of the march of technology into ever younger classrooms, said Keith Cooper, a Rice associate professor of computer science and the school of engineering’s representative on the building design team. He said these children represent future computer engineering students at Rice, and this new building will encourage the interdisciplinary research that Rice needs to be a leader in computationalengineering.”Computational engineering is vital to the future of Rice and the nation,” said Ken Kennedy, the director of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC). “An interdisciplinary approach is critical if computational engineering is to succeed because single-discipline investigations are too narrow to deal with complex engineering problems. The Computational Engineering Building will encourage interdisciplinary research by putting related departments under the same roof and by providing space for visitors from other engineering disciplines on campus, in the community andacross the nation.” Anita K. Jones ’64, the director of defense research and engineering for the Department of Defense, will be the featuredspeaker at the groundbreaking. The groundbreaking for the $16.5 million, 112,000-square-foot Computational Engineering Building will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. near the former site of the Bonner Nuclear Laboratorynorth of Lovett Hall. Construction is scheduled to begin in December. The structure should be ready for occupancy by the beginning of the 1996 academicyear. The new building will house the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), the Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITI), and the Departments of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Computer Scienceand Statistics. The Computation Engineering Building will have a tile roof and an exterior of brick similar to the traditional St. Joe brick used on Lovett Hall. Although the building will adhere somewhat to traditional Rice architecture, it is designed with computers inmind.”We’re building a structure to encourage interdisciplinaryinteraction,” said Cooper. To encourage interaction, the new building has wide staircases and open spaces that will allow people to stop and talk. There will also be several public work posts, called out-working areas, each with a table, chairs and computer network outlets. The work areaswill be conveniently placed throughout the building.”You can see your colleague on the open staircase and run out there and grab him, sit down at an out-working area, plug in a computer and go to work,” said Cooper. For members of the news media wishing to cover the groundbreaking ceromonies on Nov. 4, please notify Philip Montgomery in the Rice University News Office at 713-831-4792. Parking for the event is available at Entrance 16 in Lot C. Rice University is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian private university dedicated to undergraduate teaching and graduate studies, research and professional training in selected disciplines. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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Rices Program in Jewish Studies Shepherd School receive 41 million estate gift

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice’s Program in Jewish Studies, Shepherd School receive $4.1 million estate giftHOUSTON – (Aug. 1, 2016) – Rice University has received a gift of more than $4.1 million from the estate of the late Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain to the university’s Program in Jewish Studies and the Shepherd School of Music.Of the Spains’ gift, the Program in Jewish Studies in the School of Humanities will receive $3.6 million to support several areas: creation of a faculty chair, to be held by a senior faculty member; a postdoctoral fellow; and a wide range of outreach programs that will explore the entire field of Jewish studies. The Shepherd School will receive more than $500,000 to support teaching and production and to offer a hands-on experience in opera performance, including coaching in voice and stagecraft, as well as scholarships to students who show interest and talent in music and performance.Goldye Marian Spain died in 2014 several years after her husband’s death. A Houston resident, she made plans to donate funds to her favorite institutions in town, including Rice.“Ms. Spain lived a somewhat secluded life,” said Matthias Henze, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies, professor in religion and director of the Program in Jewish Studies. “She was Jewish, but to the best of my knowledge, she was not a member of any of the synagogues. My understanding is that she had a high regard for Rice University. I think the idea of educating Rice students in Judaism was very appealing to her.”Her gift will have a significant impact on the Program in Jewish Studies, which was launched in 2009, Henze said. “The gift is a complete game-changer,” he said. “It’s by far the largest gift we’ve ever received. It consists of three gifts, all three of which are crucially important.”“Ms. Spain’s gift substantially augments the types of comprehensive, career-readying opportunities that the Shepherd School offers through its Opera Studies Program,” said Shepherd School Dean Robert Yekovich. “Her benevolence allows us to engage today’s foremost guest artists, diction coaches and stage directors to work with our students, while attracting new talent to the Opera Studies Program through scholarship support. The Shepherd School is a deeply grateful beneficiary of Ms. Spain’s belief in Rice University as a premier educator in the arts and humanities.”Henze said Jewish studies is an interdisciplinary field that crosses traditional boundaries between academic fields and departments. Courses in Jewish studies allow students to learn about Judaism as it has evolved from an ancient set of shared religious practices into the pluralistic religion and culture that it is today, he said. In both the humanities and social sciences, Jewish studies broadly examine the texts, history, languages, philosophy, literature and culture of the Jewish people from the ancient to the modern.“The study of Jewish life and culture provides an opportunity to explore the continuities and diversity of Judaism as it has been lived and practiced for over three millennia all over the world,” Henze said. “The Spains’ gift will support this exploration for many years to come.”To view a video about Rice’s Program in Jewish Studies, see https://youtu.be/UF_cAaddJcw.-30-Related materials:Program in Jewish Studies: https://jewishstudies.rice.eduShepherd School of Music: http://music.rice.eduFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more

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New Book from MIT Sloan Researchers Illuminates Cambrian Explosion in Robotics

first_img regions: Boston New Book from MIT Sloan Researchers Illuminates Cambrian Explosion in Robotics RelatedMIT Sloan Launches Inclusive Innovation Competition to Improve Economic Opportunity for All WorkersThis post has been republished in its entirety from original source clearadmit.com. As tempting as it may be to believe that a rising tide of technological innovation will lift all boats, too often low and middle income workers are left behind—or even harmed by advances that otherwise benefit business, economy…October 22, 2015In “Featured Region”MIT Sloan Surveys Long-Term Implications of Raising the Minimum WageMIT Sloan published an article by Kara Baskin on its blog this week that surveyed three prominent Sloan faculty experts on whether the hourly minimum wage should be raised from $7.25 to $15/hour and its long-term implications. Information Technology professor and director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy,…July 22, 2016In “Featured Region”Can Society Keep Up with Tech Entrepreneurs? – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. When Technology Gets Ahead of Society – Harvard Business Review The Harvard Business Review recently dove into work by professor and Harvard’s Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute Director Tarun Khanna that examines tech…July 2, 2018In “Boston” MIT Sloan recently discussed a new book from Professors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson entitled Machine Platform Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future, which considers where “humans fit in the new world of work.”The advent of robotic prep and line cooks—exemplified by San Francisco’s Eatsa restaurant, Moley Robotics’ automated kitchen and Momentum Machines’ hyper-speed hamburger maker—are examples of what Toyota Research Institute CEO Gill Pratt has dubbed a “Cambrian Explosion” in robotics. Pratt references the original Cambrian Explosion circa 500 million B.C. give or take, during which “all major forms of life on Earth—phyla—appeared.” Pratt explains, “One of the most important enablers of the Cambrian Explosion was vision — the moment when biological species first developed the ability to see the world. We are now at a similar threshold for machines.”McAfee and Brynjolfsson’s research illuminates this Cambrian Explosion by focusing on “major developments in five parallel, interdependent and overlapping areas: data, algorithms, networks, the cloud and exponentially improving hardware”—or the handy-dandy acronym DANCE.Data: The big data era is upon us with “signals from sensors in smartphones and industrial equipment, digital photos and videos, a nonstop global torrent of social media and many other sources.”Algorithms: Big data “supports and accelerates the developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning, [whose] results get better as the amount of data they’re given increases.”Networks: Improvements in wireless communication means “better and faster data accumulation.” It also means “robots and flying drones can coordinate their work and react together on the fly to quickly-changing circumstances.”The cloud: The cloud makes an “unprecedented amount of computing power available to organizations and individuals,” accelerating the robotic Cambrian Explosion by 1) lowering the barrier to entry; 2) quickly discerning “which information-processing tasks should be done in each robot’s local brain, and which should be done by the great global brain in the cloud”; and 3) the creation of a universal “hive mind,” like Tesla cars, which “share data about the roadside objects they pass, [helping] the company build over time an understanding of which objects are permanent.”Exponential improvements in digital hardware: If Moore’s law—the steady doubling in integrated circuit capability every eighteen to twenty-four months—is any indication, it is likely we will “continue to enjoy simultaneously lower prices and higher performance from our digital gear processors, memory, sensors, storage, communications and so on for a long time to come.”The question of when automation might replace humans entirely is still theoretical, according to McAfee and Brynjolfsson. “Robots are making impressive progress, but they’re still a lot slower than we are when they try to do humanlike things. After all, our brains and bodies draw on millions of years of evolution, rewarding the designs that solved well the problems posed by the physical world.”center_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Last Updated Jul 7, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

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How to Begin Your MBA Search Part I

first_imgHow to Begin Your MBA Search, Part I regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Last Updated Feb 6, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedStarting a Career in Tech After Your MBAWhen getting your MBA, it’s easy to get caught up in the herd mentality. With hoards of classmates heading off to meet with top consulting firms or pursuing careers in investment banking, it can be tempting to simply go with the flow. But while many business school students do choose…September 14, 2016In “Advice”Business School to Break Into Tech?Career changes are inevitable in this topsy-turvy economy, but how can business school graduates parlay their expertise into a lucrative and potentially high-impact career in the tech industry, which largely sources talent with more technical backgrounds? ADVICE FROM THE MBA SIDE In an interview on the University of Virginia’s Darden School…September 20, 2016In “Advice”The Boston vs. Washington DC Full-Time MBA BattleChoosing the right city for your MBA program can be a bigger choice than it seems: given the connections and opportunities an MBA typically provides, the city where you pursue your degree will likely be the same city where your career begins and grows. Even if you’ve narrowed down your…September 14, 2017In “Featured Home”center_img You’ve weighed your options, and it seems like getting an MBA might be the best route to attaining your professional and personal goals. You’ve considered the expense and the time spent away from the workforce that an MBA requires, and you’re finally ready to begin your MBA search.You’ve even read Philip Delves Broughton’s advice against attending business school in The Economist, and still find yourself cracking GMAT Study Guides and searching ROI figures in U.S. News & World Report. But even if you’re the most motivated future MBA, it is of utmost importance to ask yourself a number of questions as you embark on the process of applying and gaining admission to business school.“Understand Where You Want to End Up Before You Even Begin”Those are the wise words of Jeremy Schifeling, the founder of Break Into Tech and a veritable guru on the subject of how to find meaningful work in the tech world without engineering experience. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Schifeling also speaks to his experiences there, adding that “way too many people show up on campus just because other people are doing the same. And without a plan, they walk away two years later, six-figures poorer but not six-figures wiser.” The end lesson from Jeremy’s advice? Suss out what you want to do with an MBA, and don’t just go into a b-school program to make a lot money, or because everyone else seems to be doing so. Make a plan, and even if that plan changes, you’ll still have a leg up on many of your classmates.Figure Out What Programs Best Fit Your PlanLet’s imagine that you know that you are interested in supply chain management. You could search around the web for schools that have special programs in logistics and supply chains, but that will only take you so far. Consultant Stacy Blackman notes, “some of our clients call up companies they are interested in working with to learn their opinions of target schools and where they recruit. If you are very specific about where you want to end up, this is a great idea.” Thus, if you’re certain about a career in operations and logistics, it might behoove you to contact companies like XPO Logistics or Werner Enterprises to see what b-school programs their management team recruits from.If you’re not certain of exactly what career you want an MBA to lead to, but you have a general idea of the business field that you’d like to pursue, then it might be more reasonable to think about where you want to end up.Location, Location, LocationPaul Bodine of Paul Bodine Consulting/Admitify says that it is absolutely necessary to ask yourself, “what geographies are essential to your post-MBA career and/or life goals?” The question can make all the difference in what schools you consider applying to—Bodine notes that “you can spare yourself the challenge of seeking admission to the top 10 schools if you have a defined region where you want to make your stand professionally and personally.” If you are wedded to working in traditional commodities markets (and bitcoin, surprisingly), then it wouldn’t make sense to stray far from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, for example. If your search is geographically limited for reasons beyond your control, then find out which programs suit your needs best within that area. A tech business mind in the South might ponder schools in Knoxville or Atlanta, whereas a future lumber baron in the Pacific Northwest need look no further than Oregon State in Corvallis. There are opportunities everywhere, but it is up to you to find those that are most in line with your goals!Stay tuned for part two of our series, coming soon! About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer last_img read more

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Senate confirms Montana Rep Zinke as Interior secretary

first_imgInterior Secretary-nominee, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Share Senate confirms Montana Rep. Zinke as Interior secretary By The Associated Press March 1, 2017 Updated: March 1, 2017 WASHINGTON—Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke won Senate confirmation Wednesday as President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary, giving him responsibility for overseeing the nation’s 400 million acres of public land, mostly in the West.The Republican-controlled Senate approved the nomination, 68-31 as 16 Democrats and one independent joined with 51 Republicans to support the choice. Several Democrats from Western states as well as those facing tough re-elections next year, including Montana’s Jon Tester, Indiana’s Joe Donnelly and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for Zinke.Trump’s choice to lead Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, cleared a Senate hurdle on a 62-37 vote. Carson’s confirmation was expected later this week.With Zinke’s approval, the Senate has confirmed 16 out of 22 of Trump’s Cabinet and Cabinet-level nominations.Zinke, 55, a former Navy SEAL and Montana state senator, resigned as a delegate to the Republican National Convention last year to protest the GOP’s position in favor of land transfers to state or private groups.Energy Secretary Rick Perry (L) and Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson applaud on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 28, 2017, before President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Energy Secretary Rick Perry (L) and Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson applaud on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 28, 2017, before President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Zinke, a Republican in his second term as Montana’s sole House member, told senators at a January hearing that federal land management should be done under a multiple-use model that allows hiking, hunting, fishing and camping along with harvesting timber, mining for coal and drilling for oil and natural gas.Zinke also pledged to tackle an estimated $12 billion backlog in maintenance and repair at national parks and stand firm against attempts to sell, give away or transfer federal lands.Senate Energy Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski of Alaska called Zinke an excellent choice, noting that the fifth-generation Montanan is an avid hunter, fisherman and skier.“He was born in the West. He lives in the West. He understands it, he understands its people,” Murkowski said.Zinke also has “firsthand experience in trying to solve” problems faced by the Interior Department and has “shown he understands the need for the department to be a partner of Alaska and our Western states,” Murkowski said.During his hearing, Zinke rejected Trump’s claim that climate change is a hoax, saying it is indisputable that environmental changes are affecting the world’s temperature and human activity is a major reason.“I think where there’s debate is what that (human) influence is and what can we do about it,” he said.Zinke also pledged to work with members of Congress on monument designations, noting the strong opposition to Bears Ears by Utah’s congressional delegation and governor.“I think the state should have a say on it,” he said. US center_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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