Leading disabled figures have warned that the chan

first_imgLeading disabled figures have warned that the chancellor’s “ominous” failure to mention disability or social care in this week’s budget could be a sign that he plans to target disabled people’s support and services for fresh cuts.George Osborne promised £12 billion-a-year in further cuts from the welfare budget, and £13 billion in other cuts, without providing any detail on where they would be made.But there was also anger at the failure of the Labour leadership to mention disabled people in its response to the budget speech.GAlthough Osborne promised more money for mental health treatment, some disabled activists were also concerned at measures that hinted again that claimants with mental health conditions could face compulsory treatment if they wanted to keep their benefits.Osborne told MPs that the coalition had made £21 billion of welfare savings in the last five years, but that even more would be needed after the May general election.In addition to £13 billion of cuts to government departmental spending, and £5 billion from “tax avoidance, evasion and aggressive tax planning”, he also wants to see £12 billion more in cuts to social security by 2017-18, telling MPs: “We have done it in this parliament; we can do it in the next.”The Treasury said later that it could not provide any detail on where the welfare cuts would come from, as this would be a “political decision” for the next government.But in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Osborne repeated the pledge he made at last year’s Conservative party conference that he would freeze working-age benefits after the election.He told Today that this would not affect disability benefits, but when he made the same promise at the party conference, Disability News Service later confirmed that his plans would include a freeze – a real-terms cut – on some disability benefits.If the policy has not changed since the party conference, disability living allowance, personal independence payment, and the support element of employment and support allowance (ESA) would still be allowed to increase every year to take account of rising prices, but the work-related activity component of ESA and the main component of ESA would be frozen.The Conservative party has yet to comment on whether this policy has changed.Osborne did announce an extra £1.25 billion over the next five years for mental health services for children and new mothers.This will include funding to complete the roll-out of the Children and Young People’s Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies programme, which will, according to the budget document, ensure “talking therapists in every part of the country providing the best quality treatment for children”.But there was concern at the implications of a new package of measures to improve “employment outcomes” for people with mental health conditions.From this summer, the government will begin to locate “talking therapists” in more than 350 jobcentres, to “provide integrated employment and mental health support” to claimants with mental health conditions.And from early 2016, it will provide online cognitive behavioural therapy to 40,000 ESA and jobseeker’s allowance claimants, as well as individuals being supported by the new Fit for Work service.Rick Burgess, co-founder of New Approach, said he believed this would mean “wholly unethical” coerced treatment.The Conservative party has already commissioned a review to look at the possibility of cutting out-of-work disability benefits for people with obesity and addictions who refuse treatment, and has refused to say if the review will also consider mental health conditions.Although Labour leader Ed Miliband warned in his response to the budget that a Conservative government would force “massive cuts” to social care, he only spoke about older people, and not working-age disabled people, and there was no mention of disability elsewhere in his speech.Only two MPs mentioned disability – the SNP’s Stewart Hosie and Labour’s Sheila Gilmore – and even then only briefly, in the five-and-a-half hour debate that followed Osborne’s speech. The disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell said it was difficult to know how disabled people would be affected by the last budget before May’s general election, because Osborne had not referred to any groups that would be affected by cuts such as the £12 billion from welfare.She said: “I must admit, a chill went down my spine as I read the statement in full yesterday; the virtual absence of any tangible mention of the NHS, social care and poverty prevention measures, does not bode well.“It feels like one needs to be super fit, have an entrepreneurial drive and rely on as few public services as possible to be untouched by this budget.“For those who don’t fit this profile, well, they will probably be consigned to the same invisibility as the missing areas in the budget…”Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives and professor of social policy at Brunel University, said there was little if any mention of disabled people in the budget, with the focus instead on the “divvying out of large cash sums to buy votes”.He said the need for austerity was only mentioned “when it’s in line with Conservative ideological ambitions to hack away the welfare state… but not when it’s all hands to the pumps to make sure the Tories can get re-elected to continue with this terrible task”.He said that the Institute for Fiscal Studies had suggested that the Treasury would need to find “unprecedented” welfare savings over the next three years for the government to achieve its public spending plans.He added: “What this will mean for disabled people, let alone the country as a whole, doesn’t bear thinking about. This must be the most divisive government and budget in recent memory.”Philip Connolly, policy and development manager for Disability Rights UK, said: “In his budget speech the chancellor says Britain is walking tall again.“There are two ways of walking tall, firstly by getting up off the floor and secondly by climbing on the backs of others. The budget contains elements of both.“In the former, we support the new funding for mental health services; in the second, we oppose the cap on welfare spending and projected £12 billion of planned cuts in welfare spending of which the only detail the chancellor has so far made public is a freeze on working-age benefits.“Of course, the right way to walk tall is through being voluntarily lifted by all those able to contribute to the lifting.“In this approach, disabled people would be given agency to contract for effective support and wider choice over who and where to obtain it from.”Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, a crossbench disabled peer, highlighted the lack of clarity in where the cuts would be made, such as social care.And she said she would like the “very major changes” already made to the social security system to “bed in before we go through it all again” with further welfare reforms, while she wanted to see the problems with the number of appeals and poor decision-making on benefit claims addressed “as a matter of urgency”.John McArdle, co-founder of the Scottish-based, user-led group Black Triangle, said that disabled people “were dying due to the cuts already carried out to disabled people’s support, estimated by a Scope report to be more than £28 billion [by 2018]”.He pointed to comments this week by Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, who said that social care was “on its knees”, with budget cuts meaning that “there are now 400,000 fewer people getting publicly funded social care help”.McArdle said: “It’s clear that disabled people are bearing the brunt of Osborne’s austerity. His long-term economic plan means long-term misery for sick and disabled people in Britain.”But he said that the refusal of Labour’s shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, to promise to reverse any of the budget measures was “even more disturbing”, and he suggested that “the cuts that are to come will be far larger than anything we have seen over the last five years, under either Labour or the Conservatives”.He said: “The only hope that we hold out is that there will be a strong representation of SNP MPs at Westminster to fight back against unconscionable policies that are destroying the lives of sick and disabled people throughout Britain.”Michelle Maher, from the WOWcampaign, said Osborne’s budget speech was “ominous”, because it failed to mention the words “sick”, “carer”, “disabled” or “disability”.She said: “What did feature was the £12 billion welfare cuts which for sick, disabled and carers means more cuts to services and support.“I believe Osborne purposely avoided using the word ‘disabled’ so as usual his plans could not appear inhumane.”And she accused the government of hiding behind “a rhetoric of spin and lies”, illustrated by its failure to carry out an assessment of the cumulative impact of its cuts and reforms on disabled people.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said it was “profoundly disappointing” that there was no mention in the speech of the impact that £12 billion of welfare cuts might have on disabled people.She added: “There was also no mention in the speech about providing money to get step-free access installed at the 80 per cent of UK railway stations and 75 per cent of tube stations that have no proper access.”19 March 2015last_img read more

Developments in Development Where to Go

first_imgVoters seem to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with tech – at least that’s what Curbed has found when comparing a recent survey of voters (commissioned by the pro-development Rise SF) that found most blame both the tech industry and the city for housing costs, and a 2015 survey (commissioned by a mayoral aide) that found most voters had a favorable view of the tech industry.As Curbed notes, “Technically, it’s not a contradiction if you have a favorable opinion of tech in general but to also think it’s the root of your city’s biggest problem. But it is pretty weird.”  Also of note to me was the fact that the poll asks about the tech industry and its effect on housing prices – not “techies,” as some like to frame their blame game.The thing is, whether you agree with that framing or not, the frustration with newcomers is understandable, if not necessarily always specific to tech. According to a study picked up by the Business Times and later SFist, people moving in have more money than people living here already – meaning anyone who’s been here a while and is trying to find a place to live is competing on a somewhat stacked playing field.So, on one hand, this is obvious. But there are a couple of details about this situation that make it slightly more dire than just basic math: (1) Despite how costly it is to live here, more people are moving in than out and (2) the disparity in San Francisco between average earners who are here already and people moving in is the most extreme in the country. San Jose comes in second. Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing • real estate • rent Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Where do we put all those people streaming in? Business consulting firm McKinsey & Company put out a report this week basically saying, “put them in the spaces where there isn’t housing now, ya twits.” Okay, we already knew this. The city has already started looking at “soft sites,” parcels that could be built on with relative ease without displacing current residential units. Generally speaking, according to Curbed, the city has 373 vacant parcels that already have zoning that would allow for housing, and the study claims if we built those as high as they’ll go we could add 4,500 new units.McKinsey goes on to suggest that we could squeeze in a whopping 70,000 new units if we just built everything that isn’t at its height limit up to capacity, which is inevitably where the conversation derails. Because who will be the first to volunteer to get their second-story walkup demolished so we can build more housing for rich newcomers? We might also consider worrying, collectively, about all the buildings in the city that will come crashing down in the next big earthquake. The city will embark on a new round of threatening finger-wagging for owners of soft-story buildings (the kind that have garages on the ground floor, prone to collapse in an earthquake), trying to encourage people to undergo the costly and time consuming task. As the Department of Building Inspection’s Bill Strawn notes, compliance has been at 100 percent for those properties with the earliest deadline to get started and at 87 percent for the second round. In the final group of around 3500 buildings, compliance is at 43 percent, with a deadline to pull permits in September of next year.You may have seen this kind of retrofit happening near you – a whole mess of soft story buildings are clustered in the northwestern Mission. The building at San Carlos and 20th appears to be on the list of those coming into compliance, since a retrofit planned there is going to displace botánica Lucky Candles.And if all of this housing talk has you thinking about fleeing to the East Bay, don’t be deterred by the articles flying around right now implying that Oakland’s average rent has reached 3,000 a month – SocketSite pointed out that that statistic doesn’t include apartment rents and offers a reality check stat of around $2,600 average rent – which is actually a decrease. Don’t worry about that sound you’re hearing, it’s just SocketSite’s mic drop.This story has been corrected to reflect comments on seismic retrofit compliance from the San Francisco Department of Building Inspections. center_img 0%last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for their First

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for their First Utility Super League Round 5 match with Catalan Dragons on Friday.Anthony Walker comes in for Mark Percival whilst Paul Wellens is set to make his 500th career appearance in the match with Jon Wilkin reaching 350.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 25. Anthony Walker, 27. Greg Richards.Laurent Frayssinous will choose his Catalan side from:2. Morgan Escaré, 3. Leon Pryce, 5. Michael Oldfield, 6. Thomas Bosc, 10. Jeff Lima, 11. Zeb Taia, 13. Greg Mounis, 14. William Barthau, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 19. Mathias Pala, 20. Mickael Simon, 23. Lopini Paea, 24. Jason Baitieri, 27. Jean-Philippe Baile, 28. Frédéric Vaccari, 29. Benjamin Garcia, 30. Gadwin Springer, 31. Maxime Scimone.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be George Stokes.Tickets remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Sunset Beach mayor resigns after council votes to fire town administrator

first_imgSUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Allegations of personal attacks, personal agendas, prejudices, and discrimination, those are some of the accusations that came out during the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting on Monday night.It centered around town council going into closed session to discuss firing Town Administrator Susan Parker.- Advertisement – Mayor Robert Forrester wanted some questions answered about that decision.“What direction is it going now that you want to change? What direction do you want to go in we’re not going in?” Mayor Forrester first asked councilwoman Jan Harris, who did not respond.But Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton did.Related Article: Sunset Beach Town Council names new mayor“I’ll answer the question, Bob. The town is going in a different direction period. Nothing more we have to say than that. It’s a right to work state, we’re definitely going in a different direction,” said Benton.It is a meeting that got heated at times. Mayor Forrester then turned to councilman Rich Cerrato.“Mr. Mayor, I understand what you’re attempting to do and I have no comment,” said  Cerrato.“And what new direction do you want the town to go in?” Forrester asked Cerrato.“Mr. Mayor. I understand your scheme and I have no comment,” Cerrato replied.Council went back and forth, while residents also spoke out, causing Mayor Forrester to ask the crowd to maintain order.In the end, council voted 3-2 to fire Susan Parker.“I’m disgusted,” said councilman Charles Nern, one of the only two council members who voted against Parker’s termination.Nern also said he was going to be in contact with the Council of Government and their ethics committee, because he believes this was discussed beforehand with citizens, which is a violation of closed session.On Tuesday, Forrester officially turned in his letter of resignation.“I tried to convince them that they’re making a tremendous mistake. That they were sacrificing the interest of 4,000 plus residents in Sunset Beach for what I consider to be personal animosities, and agendas, and vendettas.”Many were upset with the decision as they believe Parker was great at her job.“She is exceptional at what she does and what she does for the town,” Forrester said.The town finance director Bonnie Bray announced she also plans to retire early, as a result of Parker’s termination.“Quite frankly, I was shocked the Mayor resigned, considering he was recently re-elected and was aware he would serve the good of the community as well as through the difficult times,” Mark Benton said in a statement to WWAY. “The change in administration was due to a change in direction as we move forward with the new council. There’s no personal animosity towards Ms. Parker at all. A change was necessary.”WWAY also reached out to council members Rich Cerrato and Jan Harris, we did not hear back.last_img read more

MPO wants input on future transportation plans

first_img(Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Mapping out our transportation needs for the future, that’s what is currently underway but your input is needed.The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization is drawing up their Cape Fear moving forward plan up to year 2045.- Advertisement – They need to renew their transportation plans and want public input on key issues with things like roads, waterways, four wheel, two wheel, rail or runway modes of transportation.They will take public input up until July 31.“We look at the full gamut when we develop this long range plan that addresses all modes of transportation,” Mike Kozlosky said. “We’re updating this plan every five years but this plan is critical in the projects that are implemented in our region.”Related Article: “Thank you President T”: Trump tweets as holiday break endsYou can check out an online interactive map to comment on issues you’d like to see addressed.last_img read more

Brunswick Arts Council celebrating 38 years of nurturing artists of all ages

first_img BAC Executive Director Susan Sims-Pritts says the impact of the arts on child development is tremendous.“It’s well documented in terms of early learning, problem solving, creative collaboration, and the long-term effects of developing an internalized self discipline from the study and practice of drawing, painting, working with clay, playing an instrument, dancing or singing,” Sims-Pritts said.Children who experience the arts become measurably more resourceful in all areas of life she says.“They have advanced problem-solving skills and long-term research shows they develop stronger interpersonal skills and become better collaborators, problem solvers and managers,” Sims-Pritts said.The BAC has several big events planned later this year including its Fall Art Show with an opening reception on October 17.“Its the 19th annual show and it rotates between Franklin Square Gallery in Southport which is where it will be held this fall and Sunset River Marketplace Gallery, and its open to anybody who wants to apply and then all of the pieces are reviewed and judged and hung in the gallery,” Sims-Pritts said.The Swing for the Arts Golf Tournament and Art Show will be held November 2 at Lockwood Folly.Community engagement is an essential part of the BAC.“One of our missions is to reach out to underserved communities who don’t have opportunities for some of these things,” she said.One of the requests the BAC received was from the Hispanic community with St. Brendan Catholic Church.“Transportation was a major issue for them so they wanted classes on a Sunday after mass,” she said. “It was hard to find teachers but we found two retired professional dancers who toured with national companies and had their own schools in the DC and Virginia areas.”They taught all last spring and the children performed at a Cinco De Mayo event.On December 20, the new Brunswick School of Ballet joins the Wilmington School and U.S. International School to present Nutcracker at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Brunswick County.In addition to hosting programs that promote the arts and nurtures the talent of budding artists, the BAC also collaborates with many county arts non profit organizations including County Wide Community Development Corporation, Wilmington School of Ballet, U.S. International School of Ballet and Brunswick County Parks & Recreation to name a few.If you would like to get involved with the BAC, call 910.899.8407 or fill out the volunteer form on their website. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick Arts Council (BAC) supports a number of art organizations in various ways throughout Brunswick County and the nonprofit has been in existence for 38 years.Shortly after it was established in 1981, the BAC received 501c3 nonprofit status. It has also been named a Designated Community Partner by North Carolina Arts Council for Brunswick County.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Woman accused of shooting older boyfriend claims selfdefense files restraining order

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The suspect in a shooting is speaking out saying she is the victim. Today a judge approved her restraining order against the boyfriend she allegedly shot.Wilmington Police say they responded to the 100 block of Montgomery Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on June 23, about a 72-year-old man who had been shot in the groin area. Police say Lacey Felton, 27, called 911 from the 400 block of Racine Drive and reported she shot her boyfriend.- Advertisement – “That’s not me, and I’m not going to be what everybody on social media makes me out to be,” Felton said. “I just wanted justice for my side as well.”Felton says the man and her had a relationship for nearly 5 years. She claims what happened that night was in her own self-defense.“I just remember seeing stars from my head being pounded and pounded and pounded,” said Felton. “I thought maybe that my life would end, and I guess it was like the heat of the moment and I didn’t know how else to protect myself.”Related Article: Dutch police shoot suspect after stabbing at train stationFelton says in early March a similar incident happened. She says she called Wilmington police and showed WWAY’s Andrew James an incident report of the alleged assault. Friday a judge approved her restraining order on the shooting victim.“I’m sorry that it happened, if I could go back in time and turn it all around I would,” said Felton. “But it is what it is now and I just hope that he never puts his hands on another female again.”WWAY reached out to the victim to hear his side of the story, but our calls were not returned. Felton also claims that she tried to show police she had been assaulted. She says the officers disregarded her injuries and continued to arrest her for the shooting. We asked Wilmington Police about her claims and received this response:“Once the investigation is completed it is turned over to the DA’s office for prosecution. We are not able to comment any further at this time.”Felton has another court date set for next week related to the felony assault with a deadly weapon charges from WPD. Felton says she has filed charges agains the shooting victim now. We will follow up with WPD, but Felton says he is charged with assault on a female and communicating threats.last_img read more

Two weeks before India starts voting Modi predicts easy victory

first_imgFILE PHOTO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses an election campaign rally in Meerut in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiFILE PHOTO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses an election campaign rally in Meerut in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday his ruling coalition would increase its majority in India’s upcoming election, despite some independent analysts suggesting it could disappear due to discontent over lack of jobs and depressed farm incomes.Involving around 900 million voters, India’s general election will be the world’s largest democratic exercise, with the vote taking place in seven phases between April 11 and May 19.Results will be announced on May 23, and in an interview with Republic Bharat television channel, Modi predicted an easy victory.“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its National Democratic Alliance partners will get more seats than the previous election,” Modi said.In 2014, Modi led his Hindu nationalist BJP and its allies to the biggest majority scored by any political group in nearly 30 years, as a Congress Party led government paid the price for a faltering economy.During Modi’s tenure the economy has gathered strength, but growth has been uneven, leaving large sections of the population unhappy.Though his approval ratings still trail Modi’s, rival Rahul Gandhi has worked hard to revive Congress and forge partnerships with regional parties.Up until a few weeks ago most opinion polls were expecting a close run race, but over the past month, Modi’s BJP has benefited from nationalist fervour unleashed by a flare up in tensions with neighbouring Pakistan.Modi dismissed Gandhi’s chances this time round, predicting the opposition would have to wait another five years to mount a serious challenge.“The ‘Modi vs who’ question could arise in 2024, but in 2019 the citizens have made up their mind and are not looking for anyone else.”As yet, no major survey has emerged measuring the impact on voter intentions from the upsurge in tensions with Pakistan.The Indian opposition accuses Modi of using national security to score political points, especially after he addressed the nation on Wednesday to announce that India made a space breakthrough by shooting down one of its satellites in space using an anti-satellite missile.During the interview, Modi again swiped Pakistan over amilitant attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary police last month in the disputed Kashmir region.The Indian prime minister said he would not enter talks with Islamabad until “the world sees that Pakistan has taken action against terrorism.”Pakistan has denied any role in the attack and has said it is ready to hold talks with India to address the core issue of Kashmir.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Watch There are a number of reasons why Nationalists abstained from voting

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> PN MEP candidate Dione Borg said that there are a number of reasons why Nationalists have abstained from voting.In comments given to Newsbook.com.mt, Borg said that many factors contributed to Partit Laburista’s win mentioning the difference in the campaigns adopted by the two major parties. According to Borg, PN focused on the problems while PL had a campaign which was closer to the people, commenting that this was more effective.Borg believes that various factors led to a lower turnout among Nationalist supporters claiming that in some localities thousands have abstained from voting. Commenting further, Borg said that Partit Nazzjonalista needs to reflect and work on the results obtained, saying that the road ahead is long and that one should not give up.When asked to react to the current projections which are showing that Borg will not be elected to the European Parliament, he told Newsbook.com.mt that it has been a memorable experience. Further Borg said that the election campaign gave him a platform to campaign on issues that he believes in without having anything holding him back.READ: PL to get its fourth seat in EP; Casa to be electedREAD: Watch: ‘This result gives PN the opportunity to reform itself’ – PuliREAD: Follow what’s happening inside the Counting HallWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

New app brings Microsoft Exchange services to Nokia Asha smartphones

first_imgAdvertisement Nokia Asha has been a popular phone in the East African regionNokia Asha users can now send and receive office e-mails, following the introduction of the Mail for Exchange app in the Nokia Store. The new app, which is compatible with the Nokia Asha 311, 310, 309 and 308, allows users to sync their email, calendar and contacts data with Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007, 2010 Servers and Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Online Service.“The introduction of the new app makes your Nokia Asha 311, 310, 309 & 308 ready for business. It will enable users to take their office wherever they go, enhancing their overall mobile experience for work,” said King’ori Gitahi, Nokia’s Head of Product Marketing for East Africa.To give users a full office experience, Nokia has also introduced further apps, Editori text and sheet, which allow users to view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents on the go. This is expected to add huge flexibility for mobile phones to modify, save and share documents or spreadsheets for quick review right from your Nokia Asha phone. – Advertisement – The Editori text and sheet also comes with other great features including rich text formatting; bold, italic, colors and underline to keep track of the changes made. The app recognizes hyperlinks, can enable users to view pictures, tables and save the document to memory card immediately.“Nokia is committed to enhancing the user experience by delivering more capabilities on the Asha smartphone range,” added Gitahi.“Last month, Nokia introduced LINE messaging app in the Nokia store and we continue to build the app ecosystem for Asha, which we introduced in 2011 to connect the next billion people in emerging markets.”last_img read more


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SIMON NOTT Tales from the Cheltenham betting ring

first_imgSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Cheltenham November Meeting | Friday[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat a glorious day to be in the betting ring. Star Sports bet in the number three pitch in the front row of Tattersalls and had a (not so) secret weapon up their sleeves to get the punters in. Marcella McCoy had been drafted into the team. She’s a successful racecourse Bookmaker in her own right in Ireland but this was the first time she’d bet at Cheltenham.The opening Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase certainly eased her in. Betting at around 5/1 the field there was unlikely to be a monster bet and there wasn’t but we did manage to lay a £10,000 – £100 each-way Angus Milan early on.The field money wasn’t massive but we kept most of it when David Pipe’s What A Moment scored at 11/1. The punters left us out when they could have filled us in so very happy with that resultThe Fairlight Books Novices’ Handicap Hurdle was another tricky looking heat and one you’d excuse the punters for standing back from.They certainly didn’t stand back from backing the favourite Magic Dancer which was cut from 4/1 into 7/2 then into 10/3 at the off. There was still 7/2 to be had though if you looked around.As they set off we had two losers in the book, Magic Dancer and Counter Shy both for four chunky figures. The result, the jolly first the rest nowhere ensured we were already on the back foot on the day.Despite only nine going to post for the BetVictor Handicap Steeple Chase it was another competitive betting race with Exitas hovering around 3/1 at the top of the market. There was some lighthearted banter on the joint when ITV Racing’s Matt Chapman came to ask Ben for fashion advice, at least I think it was the topic, I was too busy to earwig!Then the punting got going… Kapstadt deposed Exitas briefly as favourite when money came in including a £1,500 bet with us at 7/2 but at the off Exitas had won that particular battle going off at a carpet 3/1. Where it really mattered though, in the race, neither of the market leaders were a match for 13/2 winner Doitforthevillage, who also did it for the betting village. Aye Aye.In our video interview (above) prior to racing John McCririck declared to anyone that watched that Finian’s Oscar ‘would not win’. At first it was hard to get the jolly in the book, then we laid an even grand. The trouble was a punter that had bet £40 just before took the £1,000 ticket and disappeared into the crowd. The Betting Ring Manager was informed and betting continued. Just as the starter was about to let them go a ‘face’ was spotted heading for the pitch. Ben braced himself for a monster bet on the jolly then the man threw a curveball and asked for £100,000 – £25,000 Movewiththetimes. He was accommodated of course.Jumping the last it looked like the firm were about to kiss £100k goodbye. Then it happened, the curse of McCririck’s wisdom worked its magic, Finian’s Oscar found turbo boost and shot clear to win going away at 10/11. Then we just waited for the punter with the £1,000 ticket to come up and say he’d been given the wrong bet and claim £80. No of course he didn’t, he tried to claim to £2000. Yes we’re proud to be the Gentleman’s Bookmaker but it doesn’t mean that everyone that bets with us is one. He walked away with £80, had he been honest it would have been £100!There was very little of interest from the punters in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeplechase. Suddenly there was a great deal of interest when a punter had £12,500 on Auvergnat at 2/1 just as the starter’s flag was dropping.The 14/1 winner Kingswell Theatre was a cracking result for all the betting ring but had we not laid the last bet it would have been meagre pickings. But we did, so it was a cracking result.The concluding Ballymore Novices Hurdle set to go off at 3.35pm was an early bath after the opening day.The one the punters wanted to be on to pay for their post-racing pint and expenses was Calett Mad – backed from a morning 9/2 into an at the off 15/8 with us, for a four figure bad result. The jolly was beaten at the turn for home, we were able to enjoy what was a cracking finish with 9/2 winner On The Blindside doing nicely to end a winning day.last_img read more

When half a house is better than whole

first_imghttps://youtu.be/sviSQSU_6zkRelated materials:Michelle Chang website: http://ja-ja.coChang bio: http://arch.rice.edu/People/Faculty/Michelle-Chang/Rice School of Architecture: http://arch.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0822_HOUSE-4-web-1anwpir.jpgA rendering of the full “A,B 1:2” by Michelle Chang. (Credit: Michelle Chang/Rice School of Architecture)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0822_HOUSE-1-web-vszu56.jpgMichelle Chang inside “A.B 1:2,” her installation at the Rice School of Architecture. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) ShareEditor’s note: Links to a video and high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduWhen half a house is better than wholeRice School of Architecture fellow fills jury room with ideas about light, space and … BLOBs HOUSTON – (Aug. 23, 2016) – Don’t think of it as a big, odd dollhouse. Think of it as an unusual canvas for ideas about architecture.A new installation by Michelle Chang, the Visiting Wortham Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture, has taken over the school’s jury room. It’s a twisted half-a-house that plays mind games with the observer. It officially opens Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.On the surface, the installation called “A,B 1:2,” is simply what happens when two cubes are carefully superimposed onto each other and then bisected. A deeper look reveals a study in light and shade. Light entering through its large, skewed windows redefines the interior with every passing minute of the day.Chang intends for the exhibit to demonstrate how architects and artists think about space and how well (or not) representation in the form of drawings and digital renderings translates to the physical realm.“I don’t want it to get overly technical,” she said. “I just want people to see it and understand there’s something kind of weird going on in a couple of places and imagine what that does.”The installation will stand until Sept. 2 before the house is pulled apart and its wood and drywall are repurposed for RSA students’ studio projects, Chang said. In the meantime, new and returning students and visitors have been able to watch the construction of the 16-foot-tall structure. Most models created at Anderson Hall fit on a tabletop; this may be the largest ever assembled there.“A couple of students, I think freshmen, just came through and one said, ‘Oh, it’s a little installation.’ Which is funny, because it’s gigantic,” Chang said.The installation is more than the bare bones of a house, but less than fully constructed. “A lot of my work is based on optics and perspectives, how changing certain assumptions of our representational conventions can lead to new ways of seeing,” Chang said. “What’s interesting about doing these installations is they’re always so incredibly different from what I imagined them to be, working digitally.”She said that while her teaching is “very invested in light,” she designed the new installation “to think about how those systems might play out in the absence of lighting, how you might read something that exists in a changing light situation.”With sunlight pouring into the high windows on three sides of the jury room, she expects the interior’s character will change throughout the day, so the areas one might normally think of as “bedroom” or “living room” are more roughly defined by regions of changing light.These regions show up in the low-resolution “binary large object (BLOB) detection” photos Chang took during construction to analyze how parts of the interior stand out at various times of day. “BLOB is a technical term to describe the different areas or contours,” she said. The frame, the walls, two staircases and a few bits of furniture help define the spaces, but not nearly as much as the angular interior and the play of light.“Another way to talk about it is in how we describe boundaries in architecture,” Chang said. “We’re all familiar with boundaries that are related to architectural elements like a wall or a window. Or we can describe boundaries according to objects, like the chair versus the table and their relationship to the wall. But here, I’m trying to establish different ways of thinking about soft boundaries within an architectural installation.”Installations like Chang’s “A,B 1:2” are a form of architectural research, said RSA Dean Sarah Whiting. “As Michelle explains, this one models different interior relations. It also advances our understanding of light as an architectural material in a way that a smaller model or a two-dimensional representation or a computer rendering simply couldn’t.”When her fellowship ends next year, the artist, architect and musician will remain at Rice for the next step in her academic career: She will become an assistant professor of architecture in July.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo:center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0822_HOUSE-2-web-y60m92.jpg“A,B 1:2” under construction in the jury room at the Rice School of Architecture. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) AddThislast_img read more

Rice to host Oct 24 panel on religion in the media

first_imgAddThis Share1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduHOUSTON – (Oct. 19, 2016) – The portrayal of religion in the media will be the focus of “Religion in the News,” a panel discussion to be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Kyle Morrow Room in Fondren Library at Rice University.The event will address how religion is portrayed in the media, particularly with regard to political candidates, and how this plays out at the polls. Panelists will be Patton Dodd, executive director of media and communications for the H.E. Butt Family Foundation; Khambrel Marshall, local anchor for KPRC-TV; and Diane Winston, professor of journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.“There is a lot to address here with regard to the current election,” said Elaine Howard Ecklund, director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, which is sponsoring the event. “Even a lack of the presence of religion in the campaign is interesting, considering how prominently it has played in the past.” Ecklund will moderate the discussion.WHAT: “Religion in the News.”WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24.WHERE: Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library, Rice University, 6100 Main St.The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit http://religioninthenews.eventbrite.com.Media who want to attend the event may RSVP to Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at amym@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.For a map of Rice University’s campus, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Religion and Public Life Program website: http://rplp.rice.edu/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/10/shutterstock_130538774-1d3lh6d.jpgPhoto credit: Shutterstock. Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

Paper Creation of Mexicos energy reform lacked key stakeholders input

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduPaper: Creation of Mexico’s energy reform lacked key stakeholders’ input HOUSTON – (March 2, 2017) – While Mexico’s energy reform will most likely produce vigorous activity, progress and growth in the country’s energy sector, the reform was not the result of the participation of all relevant players, nor were all relevant policy options discussed, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityThe paper, “Energy Reform and Political Representation: The Importance of Negotiation and Public Deliberation,” was co-authored by Jose del Tronco, a professor at the Latin American Social Science Institute Mexico, and Mara Hernandez, a researcher at Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, where she coordinates the Legal Studies Department’s Program on Negotiation, Mediation and Dialogue.The authors analyzed how the reform came to be approved in 2013 by 77 percent of the senators in the Mexican Congress. They examined the reform’s primary supporters (a center-right, market-centric coalition) and detractors (a broad, nationalistic center-left faction), the multidimensional interests at play and the negotiation strategies used. They also analyzed the quality of the priority deliberation process to determine the degree of legitimacy of the reform.“The energy reform will most likely produce dynamism and growth in the energy sector in Mexico, especially considering that its content was the result of highly complex technical analyses,” the authors wrote. “Those who participated in the design of the secondary laws are mostly proven specialists in the field and had as a primary goal improving the effectiveness, productivity and fiscal sustainability of the Mexican energy sector. However, the reform was not the result of the participation of all relevant players, nor were all relevant policy options discussed. Players who were excluded or only participated marginally cannot expect to share in the benefits of the reform. In the case of some communities, their exclusion surely will translate into mistrust toward energy projects, as well as conflict and an impasse in their relationship with companies.”The paper was written for a Mexico Center research project examining the rule of law in Mexico and the challenges it poses to implementing the country’s energy reform. The project’s findings are compiled in a Spanish-language book and are being posted on the Baker Institute’s website in English.Mexico’s energy sector had been under strict governmental management since 1938. This changed in 2013 and 2014 when Mexico amended its constitution and passed legislation overhauling its energy sector to allow private and foreign investments. “The most recent energy reform in Mexico, which allows for private and foreign investment in the exploration, production, storage and transportation of hydrocarbons, is the most radical institutional change this country has undergone since the legendary expropriation of oil companies by President Lazaro Cardenas in 1938,” the authors wrote.“Representative democracy allows for partial representation of interests and perspectives when the votes of the majority coalition are sufficient,” the authors wrote. “The cost of such partiality is a deficit of democratic legitimacy that may translate into technical shortcomings, a propensity for social conflict, resistance to its implementation and rejection of the reform by citizens. The alternative is to correct such shortcomings through public policies based on a more inclusive deliberation process, such as the one that gave rise to the Energy Transition Act (which contains goals and mechanisms for the incorporation of renewable energies into the country’s electric grid). Technocracy and democratic legitimacy do not always get along well, but they are not theoretically incompatible.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with del Tronco or Hernandez, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Paper: www.bakerinstitute.org/research/energy-reform-and-political-representation.Follow the Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow 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 five 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

Search Canceled for Father Toddler Swept Into Ocean by Wave

first_imgOSP troopers on all-terrain vehicles search a beach about two miles north of Cape Blanco, Oregon, where a father and his young son were swept out to sea Sunday as they walked near the surf. (Oregon State Police via AP) Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Search Canceled for Father, Toddler Swept Into Ocean by Wave By The Associated Press January 16, 2017 Updated: January 16, 2017center_img Share NORTH BEND, Ore.—The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a father and his young son who were swept into the sea by a wave along an Oregon beach.The agency, along with Oregon State Police and other responders, searched unsuccessfully Sunday and Monday for 31-year-old Jayson Dean Thomas, of Elmira, Oregon, and his 3-year-old son.Thomas and the boy had been walking Sunday on a beach about 2 miles north of Cape Blanco when the wave struck. The boy’s mother saw it happen and called authorities.Crews in helicopters and search boats and state troopers in all-terrain vehicles found only the man’s jacket and a child carrier he had been wearing in the surf.State Police spokesman Capt. Bill Fugate says the area where they were swept away is steep and the ocean was rough due to an approaching storm. US last_img read more

Clinton Must Be Investigated by New Special Counsel House Judiciary Committee Demands

first_img Politics Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and former President Bill Clinton arrive on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today’s inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Clinton Must Be Investigated by New Special Counsel, House Judiciary Committee Demands By NTD Television July 28, 2017 Updated: July 28, 2017center_img The House Judiciary Committee demanded on Thursday that the U.S. attorney general appoint a second special counsel to investigate the activities of Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and James Comey during the 2016 election.The request is detailed in a July 27 letter signed by 20 members of the committee and addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.The new counsel should investigate a number of unanswered questions about Clinton’s work as secretary of state, including “potentially unlawful international dealings” by the Clinton Foundation and connections between the foundation, the Clinton election campaign, and foreign entities like Ukraine and Russia, the 7-page letter states.The committee demands an investigation into Clinton’s authorization for the sale of Uranium One to a Russian state-owned company while millions of dollars flowed to the Clinton Foundation from Russian donors. Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and her collusion with the Democratic National Committee to undermine Bernie Sanders should also be investigated, the letter demands.The committee also points out that the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears highly politicized. Mueller’s sole focus is on investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia—of which no evidence has been produced after months of investigation—while glaring red flags have so far been ignored surrounding the activities of Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former FBI director James Comey. “The unbalanced, uncertain, and seemingly unlimited focus of the special counsel’s investigation has led many of our constituents to see a double standard of justice that benefits only the powerful and the politically well-connected,” the letter states.Related CoverageKushner Releases Statement ‘To Set Record Straight’ on RussiaDespite Allegations, No Evidence of Trump–Russia Collusion FoundLynch last year instructed Comey, her subordinate, to call the investigation into Clinton’s emails “a matter,” which Comey testified “concerned and confused” him. Comey later dropped the investigation entirely, saying that no reasonable prosecutor would take up the case.“Notwithstanding the fact that the FBI is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and not the Federal Bureau of Matters,” the letter states, “one is hard pressed to understand why Ms. Lynch directed then-Director Comey to call the investigation a ‘matter’ unless she intended to use such deceptive language to help wrongly persuade the American people that former Secretary Clinton was not, in fact, the subject of a full-scale FBI investigation, or to otherwise undermine the integrity of the investigation.”The committee’s request comes on the heels of recent hints from President Donald Trump to the attorney general that Clinton and intelligence leakers should be investigated.“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” President Trump wrote in a Twitter message of July 25.Sessions has since announced that an update is forthcoming regarding an investigations into the leaks.Late on Thursday, a report surfaced that the top FBI lawyer, James Baker, is allegedly under criminal investigation for leaking classified information to the media. Anonymous government sources close to the probe told Axios that Baker is the top suspect in the investigation, but did not disclose which classified information he leaked.From NTD.tv Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Six Police Officers Shot 1 Dead in 3 US Cities

first_img Crime and Incidents Share Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Six police officers were shot in three different U.S. cities overnight on Friday, with one officer confirmed dead.Two officers were shot in the line of duty in Kissimmee, Fla., at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18. Officer Matthew Baxter died, while Sgt. Sam Howard was listed in grave cricical condition, according to Kissimmee police.At least one of the suspects was identified via a video at the scene. The suspect will be transported to the Osceola County Jail wearing the slain officer’s handcuffs, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said at a 9 a.m. press conference on Saturday.The two officers were responding to reports of a suspicious person at 9:27 p.m. near Palmway and East Cypress streets in Kissimmee. Five minutes later, dispatch received calls that Baxter and Howard were shot, WFTV reported.“The prognosis does not look good,” for Howard, the chief said.Baxter was on the force for three years. Howard is a 10-year veteran. Baxter was married to another police officer and had three kids. The wife is devastated, O’Dell said. “This is a tough time in law enforcement. I would ask that you pray for the men and women of law enforcement,” O’Dell said.“We will mourn over the next few days. We will get through this and we love them for what they do,” he added.President Donald Trump sent a message with condolences at 1 a.m.Florida Gov. Rick Scott also sent a message on Twitter, saying, “Our prayers are with all of @kissimmeepolice & their loved ones.”Meanwhile, in northeastern Florida, two officers wtih the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were shot. One officer is in critical condition, while one is in stable condition. The suspect was shot and killed by the officers, authorities said.Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot in Fairchance, Pennsylvania. Both troopers were listed in stable condition. The suspect is dead.A spokesman for Uniontown Hospital told ABC News that the injuries suffered by one of the officers were not life threatening.From NTD.tv center_img Police Line Do Not Cross. (Tony Webster/Flickr) Share this article Six Police Officers Shot, 1 Dead, in 3 US Cities By NTD Television August 19, 2017 Updated: August 20, 2017last_img read more

Facebook Pushes Ad Overhaul Before 2018 US Election Executive

first_imgUS News Share this article Show Discussion SAN JOSE, Calif.—Facebook Inc has begun overhauling how it handles political ads on its platform and may put some changes in place before U.S. elections next year, Facebook’s chief technology officer said on Wednesday.U.S. congressional and state elections set for November 2018 present a deadline of sorts for Facebook and other social media companies to get better at halting the kind of election meddling that the United States accuses Russia of.“We are working on all of this stuff actively now, so there is a big focus in the company to improve all of this on a regular basis,” Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said in an interview.“You’re going to see a regular cadence of updates and changes,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of a conference that Facebook is hosting about virtual reality technology.Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said last month that the company would begin treating political ads differently from other ads, including by making it possible for anyone to see political ads, no matter whom they target. U.S. lawmakers had begun calling for regulations.Disclosures by Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google that their products were battlegrounds for Russian election meddling last year have turned into a crisis for Silicon Valley. Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, is in Washington this week meeting U.S. lawmakers.Moscow has denied allegations of meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election.This photograph taken on September 28, 2017, shows a smartphone being operated in front of GAFA logos (acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon web giants) as background in Hédé-Bazouges, western France. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images) This photograph taken on September 28, 2017, shows a smartphone being operated in front of GAFA logos (acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon web giants) as background in Hédé-Bazouges, western France. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)Implementing changes is tricky, Schroepfer said, because Facebook does not want to stifle legitimate speech and because of the volume of material on Facebook, the world’s largest social network with 2 billion users and 5 million advertisers.“We’re investing very heavily in technical solutions, because we’re operating at an unprecedented scale,” he said.Facebook is also using humans. The company said this month it would hire 1,000 more people to review ads and ensure they meet its terms.Schroepfer, 42, has been Facebook’s CTO since 2013 and previously was director of engineering. He also sits on Facebook’s board of directors.Facebook has dealt with problematic user-generated content in the past, he said.“We don’t want misuse of the platform, whether that’s a foreign government trying to intercede in a democracy—that’s obviously not OK—or whether it’s an individual spewing hate or uploading pornography,” he said.By David Ingram  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Facebook Pushes Ad Overhaul Before 2018 U.S. Election: Executive By Reuters October 12, 2017 Updated: October 12, 2017last_img read more

Missing Florida Teen Found Safe in New York State Police

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Find Missing Caitlyn Morgan Frisina!: https://t.co/FeedOsnsFI #LakeCityFL #GA #RianRodriguez #FindCaitlynMorganFrisina— Lisa DeSherlia (@AllTheMissing) November 27, 2017 The #FDLE has cancelled the Missing Child Alert for #CaitlynFrisina. The @ColumbiaSheriff says Caitlyn was FOUND SAFE in Syracuse, NY with her high school soccer coach #RianRodriguez. Updates on CBS47 & FOX30 @CBSNews @FoxNews @AP @CNN pic.twitter.com/yJMnpYxD3A— Tenikka Smith Hughes (@TenikkaANjax) December 1, 2017 JUST IN: @ColumbiaSheriff shares pictures from sightings of #CaitlynFrisina and #RianRodriguez. 3 confirmed sightings on Sunday. @ActionNewsJax article: https://t.co/X2V8WIAPqg pic.twitter.com/vyQkyyUViN— Ashley Hollander (@AshleyANjax) November 29, 2017 Share Caitlyn Frisina, a missing teenage girl from Florida who police said was heading north with her 27-year-old soccer coach, was found in New York, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida confirmed.The office, in a tweet, wrote Friday that it “can confirm missing Caitlyn Frisina has been located and is safe in NY,” but it didn’t offer more details. It was not clear if she was with the coach, Rian Rodriguez. Caitlyn Frisina, a missing teenage girl from Florida who police said was heading north with her 27-year-old soccer coach, was found in New York, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida confirmed.(Columbia County Sheriff’s Office) Missing Florida Teen Found Safe in New York State: Police By Epoch Newsroom December 1, 2017 Updated: December 1, 2017 @Columbiasheriff can confirm missing Caitlyn Frisina has been located and is safe in NY. More to follow as details come in. pic.twitter.com/hhqrRXAU3C— Columbia Sheriff, FL (@ColumbiaSheriff) December 1, 2017center_img And while you’re here … We have a small favor to ask of you.  If you can, please share this article on Facebook so you can help The Epoch Times. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much! The officer pulled the car over and took Rodriguez into custody without incident. Frisina was detained, and her family was told she was located, the sheriff’s office said.Frisina’s parents on Sunday reported the teen missing, saying she was last seen at her home on Saturday night, officials said. Her phone was left behind, authorities told ABC. In a report, police said that her cellphone had been cleared of its data, CBS reported. Share this article Show Discussion US News Frisina, 17, was seen on surveillance video in Georgia and North Carolina with Rodriguez, who is a soccer coach Fort White High School, where she’s a senior and plays on the girl’s soccer team.On Friday afternoon, New York State Police officer in Syracuse saw the car that the two were believed to be in, ABC News reported, citing the sheriff’s office. Rodriguez and Frisina were seen on surveillance footage in Georgia on Sunday before they were seen at a pawn shop in North Carolina, the sheriff’s office said.Police said in the report they found a text message between the coach and Frisina before the two left that indicated that there “may be a relationship,” CBS reported.last_img read more