Month: July 2019

A disabled motheroffive has described how having

first_imgA disabled mother-of-five has described how having to fight the courts repeatedly for nearly two decades for the right to keep her children has led her to set up a pressure group for disabled parents.Joanna* had her four oldest children taken away by the courts and handed to their father because of what she believes is the system’s institutional prejudice against disabled parents, while she also had to fend off court attempts to take her youngest child.Now she has set up the Disabled Parents’ Political Union (DPPU) to fight for new laws to safeguard the rights of disabled parents, including those who appear automatically to lose custody of their children in a divorce.Two of her own children are disabled and she says she does not want them to face the same discrimination she has faced when they have children of their own.She has told Disability News Service (DNS) that she has spent much of the last 20 years fighting the legal system that views her as an unfit mother purely because she is disabled, and how she was rebuffed when she approached disability charities for support with her campaign.It is only in the last few months that she feels she has made progress, having persuaded the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Burt to ask a question in the House of Lords.Baroness Burt told fellow peers in February that she accepted that a child’s welfare “must be paramount, but many disabled parents feel that they are unfairly discriminated against in child custody cases.“Some fear visiting the doctor in case the use of their medical records in court might contribute to their being designated unfit parents.”She asked a minister to consider adding a clause to the Equality Act to “reassure disabled parents that they will be fairly treated in the family courts”.Baroness Burt was told that judges are exempt from the act when making their decisions, but that they must act in accordance with human rights laws.But Joanna believes that any rights to a private and family life that disabled parents have under human rights legislation are outweighed by the Children Act 1989, and its emphasis on the need to prove a parent’s “capacity” to meet their child’s needs.She says the courts see a disabled parent and automatically assume that he or she is incapable of caring for a child.Joanna (pictured with her second daughter, then aged two, in 1999) is highly critical of the health visitors and social workers who she says believe they have a duty and a right to invade the private lives of disabled parents because of the mistaken belief that they cannot bring up their own children safely.She is also critical of CAFCASS, which is supposed to represent children in family court cases.She said: “Disabled parents get bullied and harassed and interviewed constantly. They have never left me alone, my whole parenting career.“If you’re a disabled parent you can’t have a fair court hearing at all – they always assume you’re unfit because you’re disabled.“I don’t think that should be legal. There should be something that separates the disabled parent from the abusive parent. At the moment there isn’t.“I want someone in a wheelchair going into a family court to have the same rights as someone who is not in a wheelchair.”DPPU’s website contains several horror stories provided by other parents, including a disabled dad who was reported to children’s services by a police officer after he reported a crime, because she noticed him limping and warned that he had either “had a stroke” or “was drunk in charge of children”.Another disabled parent was reported to children’s services for being “non-compliant” because she refused to accept a care worker coming into her home to put her four-year-old child to bed. A third disabled parent was reported to children’s services by a Sure Start worker who claimed she was only home educating her two children so they could care for her.Joanna says that social workers will “not take no for an answer” when they offer support to a disabled parent.“There are parents who take up services they don’t really want because they think that if they don’t, they will take their child away. It’s bullying.”Joanna says she has been lobbying MPs and peers on the issue for more than 10 years but has only set up the new group in the last few weeks.Her children are now aged nine, 14, 17, 19 and 21, and the courts eventually granted custody of four of them to her ex-partner, purely, she says, because they believed she did not have the capacity to look after them as a disabled parent.One of her daughters was taken from her after she had a hip replacement and was temporarily using a wheelchair.She was told it was too distressing for her disabled daughter to see her in pain.She was also told her daughter had “too much responsibility”, even though she had no chores to do and Joanna had support in place.Joanna said: “They wouldn’t let me present evidence that I had help in place until after they’d moved her; they didn’t look at any paperwork or records of the help and just assumed, and moved her on that.”When her school became concerned that her daughter was arriving at school late, her class teacher – who had only met Joanna briefly at a parents’ evening – had told CAFCASS that this must be because of her mother’s care needs.It was actually the taxis that took her daughter to school that were making her late, but the court still used her daughter’s supposed “caring” duties as an excuse to grant custody to Joanna’s ex-partner.Joanna says she has had to fight for her youngest child, her nine-year-old son, his entire life. The first court hearing took place when he was just four months old.“They don’t realise that rulings like these can destroy lives,” she said. “I have had depression most of my adult life because of this.“I lost my mother over this. She said there was no way they would have taken them away for no reason. I haven’t spoken to her since.“You blame yourself. I am always second-guessing what I do with my son.“I don’t even tell people I have other children because once they realise they are not living with you they automatically think you did something to them, that you abused them.”Even though her son has been with her for all but a few weeks of his nine years, she still believes that she could lose him at any moment.She said: “It is very hard every day when you get up and think, ‘Is this going to be my last proper day with you?’”*DNS has agreed not to publish her surnamelast_img read more

Read More

SF volunteers train to help during the next big disaster

first_imgCovering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.When the big one comes — a 7.5 earthquake on the San Andreas fault, for instance — what should you do? Generally, said Mark Hernandez, who runs the Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team — known by its acronym, ALERT — everyone’s best self kicks in, and residents “usually become helpful to their friends and neighbors after a disaster.” But others have taken the next step, either by going through the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team’s training or becoming part of ALERT.   0% Tags: earthquakes • NERT Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img “ALERT is designed to assist law enforcement post-disaster,” said Hernandez, who retired from SFPD in 2012. On a recent Saturday, Hernandez and four other officers helped during a day of training for 30 volunteers, who ranged in age from 16 to 80.The one-day training involved four simulated scenarios. The volunteers had already been through more than 20 hours of  NERT instruction and eight hours of the ALERT course. The yearly drills, like the one in early November, are required in order for people to remain certified — a distinction held by 200 residents.To simulate what happens after a 7.5 earthquake on the San Andreas fault, the 30 ALERT members met at night and were divided into groups of eight to 10 people. Each group faced four scenarios: a non-injury traffic accident, dealing with an unruly mob, responding to a person trapped in a building and performing CPR on someone in cardiac arrest. In one scenario, using the Police Academy building, the volunteers searched for a person trapped in debris. The ALERT volunteers examined the building before entering. “No gases,” 16-year old Blake Carter said, looking left and right as he assessed the building.The members locked arms and entered the building in pairs, surveying the damage. They divided the group into two sectors of the building, “left search” and “right search,” placing their hands along the wall and leaving no door unopened.“Hello, anyone need help here?” one older man yelled into a men’s restroom.“Anybody in here?” asked a woman.While walking through long hallways and a dark gymnasium, they came upon their trapped person, a male cadet who was injured. He was being consoled by a female cadet.“Is he going to be alright?” she cried.The members stayed with her as someone calls the authorities to assist. And one male member in his 30s took off his ALERT-branded jacket to cover the cold cadet.  Another female volunteer supported his head.In this simulated scenario, the ALERT volunteers huddle around an injured person, a PAL Cadet, and provide him with aid until police arrive. Photo by Luis Hernandez.For some, the scenario hit close to home. Nancy Sabaiigaea, a single mother, remembered the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, a 6.9 quake that killed 67 people and caused more than $5 billion in property damage. “I did not know what to do,” she said. “This time I feel more confident.”Although ALERT was founded in 2012, San Franciscans have proven to be “spontaneous volunteers,” said Hernandez.The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake brought many community members, especially in the Marina district, out to assist the fire department.“Those spontaneous volunteers came out and they started helping pull fire hoses and did whatever they could,” Hernandez said, “and whatever the Fire Department personnel directed them to do to help.” This organic volunteerism led to the creation of the NERT disaster training, developed by the San Francisco Fire Department. This same model was then used as a way to provide more training, and led to the ALERT program.In an actual earthquake, the ALERT volunteers will be there to assist officers, acting as what Hernandez calls “ a force multiplier.” “They could have one or two officers and half a dozen ALERT volunteers to secure those resource locations,” he said. The SFPD also uses the volunteers in other aspects of policing such as high-priority missing person cases, and helping the SFPD reach out to the public for help solving other crimes.Carol Kunkle, a volunteer since 2012, said she and other volunteers helped to find the three suspects who allegedly killed a homeless person. “We as volunteers went down to Market and Montgomery and passed out leaflets,” she said, adding that there were about 20 volunteers in total. Kunkle, who was a part of ALERT’s first graduating class in 2013, believes deeply in the power of the program.“I went to the classes and I thought, ‘This is pretty nice,’” she said. “Whenever we have a new class coming in, you can almost guarantee that I will be there.”Commander David Lazar, who heads up the Community Engagement Division, made a brief appearance at the early November drill and spoke about the importance of the program in context of the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and 546 were injured at a country music festival. “These drills are so important,” Lazar said. “It’s not a matter of if it’s going to happen, it’s a matter of just when it’s going to happen.”Wondering what to do in an emergency? We sent a reporter to do the NERT training and she wrote up a lot of good advice.  last_img read more

Read More

DAY 5 from the Academy Tour of AustraliaMike Rush

first_imgDAY 5 from the Academy Tour of Australia.Mike Rush, Saints Head of Youth, writes…The lads had a rest day today following their win over the Wests Tigers.The players spent the early part of the morning enjoying a cold water recovery session in the pool. They then headed into the city for a day of rest and relaxing with a walk around the Sydney Rocks.For once the players had a good day on the common-sense front however it would go a miss if there wasn’t at least one good tale to tell.While having dinner tonight which also doubled up as a birthday party for Tom Roughley we had the pleasure of listening to Brad Ashurst’s thoughts on sealife.Brad asked Danny Yates (one of are cleverer kids): “Do you think fish have a life like the cartoon Nemo?”At first Danny looked at Brad as if he was joking but Bradley really did want to discuss the possibility that Nemo could real…Derek Traynor now has the great task of discussing in detail the way of sealife with our big front rower!The players have continued to represent this great club in a excellent manner and all at home should be proud of the them.We are heading up to Newcastle to watch the test match so the staff and players are in for a early start in order to get a training session before departure.Enjoy the photos of the trip, as you will see the lads are enjoying every minute of the trip.  Want more from the Tour?Day 4: Wests Tigers 6 Saints 26Day 2 & 3: Tigers and PanthersDay 1: Arrived Safe and Soundlast_img read more

Read More

SCRUM half Luke Walsh is set to miss the next four

first_imgSCRUM half Luke Walsh is set to miss the next four to six weeks with a calf injury but Head Coach Nathan Brown says he is confident of his squad’s strength in depth.The former Penrith Panther came off the field at half time in the win over Catalan and was on the sidelines with Jordan Turner and Sia Soliola.“He’s out for four to six weeks,” Brown said, “with Jordan missing around three to four with a hamstring. We have a number of other players carrying minor knocks who might also miss a week.“Alex Walmsley will probably miss out whilst Sia Soliola is 50/50. Mark Percival will be fit to face Leeds. We obviously won’t know about Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (Grade C charge) until later this evening.”Saints travel to Wakefield this Sunday as they aim to continue their good start to the Super League campaign.“We have a lot of confidence in the squad and the younger players who played last season will get an opportunity,” Brown continued. “The likes of Greg Richards and Joe Greenwood have been working and training hard and have been waiting for a chance.“Matty Dawson has a good chance too and we’re confident they will do a good job for us.”Saints face Wakefield on Sunday before hosting Leeds on Friday March 28.To buy tickets you can pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, call 01744 455052 or log on here.last_img read more

Read More

BATCHELORS Peas become a new partner of Super Leag

first_imgBATCHELORS Peas become a new partner of Super LeagueFirst Utility Super League has signed a deal with Batchelors Peas, the UK’s favourite canned pea brand, making them an Official Partner ahead of the 2016 season.An on-pack promotion will launch in February 2016 and run until November 2016, on packs of Marrowfat Bigga Peas, Chip Shop Style Mushy Peas and Original Mushy Peas, offering fans the opportunity to win some fantastic Rugby League prizes. This will be supported by a programme of in-store activity.The on-pack promotion will appear on more than 30 million cans and will be run across all the major outlets that stock Batchelors peas.Batchelors Peas will feature in all Super League match day programmes, on pitch perimeter boards and big screens and on all official competition interview backdrops, which will offer the food brand a total reach of 2.7m in attendances at matches, as well as 350,000 TV viewers per week over the course of the season via Sky channels.last_img read more

Read More

SEA CREATURES Surf City Elementary Middle announce mascots

first_img Last fall, the school system wanted to hear your thoughts on what the mascot should be for both schools.The district also released the list of staff at the schools Wednesday.“We are excited to announce the staffs of Surf City Elementary School and Surf City Middle School,” said Dr. Steven Hill, superintendent of Pender County Schools. “We are looking forward to our district expanding with the addition of these two new schools in 2018-19.”Related Article: Experts record 128 sea turtle nests on Topsail Beach, still countingTo view the staff of Surf City Elementary, click here.To view the staff of Surf City Middle, click here. Surf City Elementary will be home of the Sea Turtles, and Surf City Middle the Sharks. (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Go sharks! Go sea turtles! The newest schools in Pender County now have some under the sea themed mascots.According to Pender County Schools, Surf City Elementary will be home of the Sea Turtles, and Surf City Middle are the Sharks.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Read More

WPD search for hitandrun driver who shattered mans prosthetic leg

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police searching for the hit and run suspect who shattered a man’s prosthetic legPolice say on March 14, the 20-year-old victim and a friend were leaving the Greenfield Grind Skate Park at South 3rd and Park Streets when the victim attempted the skate trick “ollie” over a pothole.- Advertisement – While in the air performing the trick, the driver hit the victim who landed on the hood of the car.The suspect braked abruptly, causing the victim to roll off the front of the vehicle. The driver then sped up, running over the victim’s right arm and his right leg, destroying the prosthetic leg.The victim also injured his arm and hip.Related Article: UPDATE: Man charged with murder in Nina Place shootingThe victim’s friend identified the suspect’s car as a mid-2000s red Mazda, Model 3 or 6. The driver is described as a middle aged man, in his late 30s or early 40s with a tan complexion and dark medium length hair.Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at (910) 343-3600 or use Text A Tip.last_img read more

Read More

Victims brother convinced that Johnny Small murdered his sister

first_img “We’ve never doubted it. None of these people were there. We were there. We had to sit there and watch this kid in the court room smiling and giggling through the whole trial,” said Mark Smith, Pamela Dreher’s brother.Small was convicted for Dreher’s murder in 1989. Small’s sentence was vacated in 2016.In a $7 million settlement, The City of Wilmington acknowledged that WPD officers made procedural errors. Small’s civil attorney says he can finally move forward with his life.Related Article: Leland man charged in shooting outside sports bar on Carolina Beach Road“There’s no amount of money that will compensate Johnny for the 28 years that he spent wrongfully convicted, but the goal was to get him some measure of financial compensation for that injustice,” said attorney Gayle Horn.Horn says she is glad the city has realized the injustice done to Small.As for Dreher’s family, nothing will bring Pamela back. Smith says the overturned conviction and settlement has taken any closure away.“I just find it a shame that somebody who terrorized the city, can now sue the people that protect it and protect and defend the city,” said Smith.Smith says he does not think small deserves this money or freedom.Small’s request for a pardon from the governor is still pending.WWAY reached out to Small last night, but he referred us to his lawyer for a comment. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington announced its $7 million settlement with Johnny Small, who was found wrongfully convicted of murdering Pamela Dreher in the late 1980s. Now, Dreher’s family is speaking out.28 years in prison and an overturned murder conviction. But Mark Smith is convinced that Johnny Small is the one responsible for his sister’s murder.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Read More

Degiorgio brothers denied bail once again

first_imgRelease against bail has been once again denied to Alfred and George Degiorgio, the two brothers who are amongst the accused for the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.Daphne Murder: “Masterminds still enjoy impunity and power” Update: DCG murder trial; the devices seized and the Marsa ‘potato shed’Judge Edwina Grima decreed that the Degiorgio brothers should be remanded in custody as their release might prejudice the case against them and disrupt the public order.Bail for Degiorgio brothers gets revokedDaphne Caruana Galizia was killed on the 16th of October of 2017 when a bomb placed in her car exploded whilst she was driving. Alfred Degiorgio, George Degiorgio and Vince Muscat have been accused of committing the assassination.The Degiorgios’ defence lawyer said that since the compilation process is at an advanced stage and the majority of the witness have already taken to the stand, the law does not just provide any justification for their arrest. He added that during other legal procedures they have been granted bail which is a clear indication that they may be trusted.Degiorgio brothers granted bail over money-laundering case; Will remain behind the barsThe Assistant Attorney General present in Court said that apart from the gravity of the case, the magisterial inquest has still not been concluded and the release on bail of the two brothers might affect third parties that are involved in the assassination case.WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_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>last_img read more

Read More

Top 200 Most Useful Websites of 2012 Part One

first_imgAdvertisement AS part of our PC Tech Awards series, we’ve compiled the 200 most useful websites on the Internet. Most of these sites fall under the Utilities category, so we looked out for websites that solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can memorize thus saving you a trip to Google.But the 200 will be published in four parts. Here’s Part One of PC Tech’s 200 Most Useful Websites online.whatsmyip.net – Displays your IP address.hidemy.info – Allows you to surf the web anonymously. Also helps you bypass your own/server cache. Works in the same way as anonymouse.org.screenr.com – Record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.isup.me – Check if the website you’re trying to visit is actually down, or if the problem is local (only you). The longer URL is downforeveryoneorjustme.comctrlq.org/screenshots – For capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.goo.gl – Shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.unfurlr.come – Find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.qClock – Find the local time of a city using a Google Map.copypastecharacter.com – Copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.postpost.com – A better search engine for twitter.lovelycharts.com – Create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.iconfinder.com – The best place to find icons of all sizes.office.com – Download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.epayafrica.com – Helps you buy online with Mobile Moneyfollowupthen.com – The easiest way to setup email reminders.jotti.org – Scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.wolframalpha.com – Gets answers directly without searching.printwhatyoulike.com – Print web pages without the clutter.joliprint.com – Reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper.ctrql.org/rss – A search engine for RSS feeds.e.ggtimer.com – A simple online timer for your daily needs.coralcdn.org – If a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.random.org – Pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.pdfescape.com – Lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.viewer.zoho.com – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser.tubemogul.com – Simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.ctrlq.org/dictation – Online voice recognition in the browser itself.scr.im – Share you email address online without worrying about spam.spypig.com – Now get read receipts for your email.sizeasy.com – Visualize and compare the size of any product.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – Quickly determine the font name from an image.google.com/webfonts – A good collection of open source fonts.paper.li – Create a newspaper out of the links shared by your followers on Twitter.regex.info – Helps you find data hidden in your photographs.livestream.com – Broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen.iwantmyname.com – Helps you search domains across all TLDs.who.is – Helps you check if a domain name is available, and if so, gives you information about it.homestyler.com – Design from scratch or re-model your home in 3D.join.me – Share you screen with anyone over the web.onlineocr.net – Recognize text from scanned PDFs.flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.lmgtfy.com – Let Me Google That For You. Help your lazy/slow friends perform a quick Google Search.wetransfer.com – For sharing really big files online.hundredzeros.com – The site lets you download free Kindle books.polishmywriting.com – Check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.marker.to – Easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.typewith.me – Work on the same document with multiple people.psdgraphics.com – Download professionally designed Photoshop (PSD) and JPeg graphics for free. Includes buttons, backgrounds, e.t.cnewone.org – Formerly BoyGJ.com helps your find and try out CMS-based website templates. And offers lots other free stuff too.AllAfrica.com – Read news from all of Africa’s leading newspapers. Well, almost all of them.Still to come: 51-200 Most Useful Websites online. – Advertisement – Information from Digital Inspiration was used in this compilation.last_img read more

Read More

Rift Valley Railways Installs GPS Technology to Improve Tracking and Speed of

first_imgAdvertisement Darlan De DavidRift Valley Railways (RVR), the operator of the Kenya-Uganda railway, has launched a KES 800 million (more than USD 9.3 million) technology upgrade that includes global positioning system (GPS)-based software that centrally controls the movement of trains and cargo along the railway track.The automated train warrant (ATW) software allows online visualization from an operations control center in Nairobi of the precise location of trains along the railway. It will replace manual management of crossovers at railway stations with satellite-enabled self-switching  movement of trains.“The introduction of satellite navigation technology to this core component of our operations means we will eliminate a lot of waiting time at stations by giving priority track access to trains carrying cargo and also allow us to handle larger fleets,” said Darlan De David, RVR group CEO. – Advertisement – RVR is a platform company of Citadel Capital, the leading private equity firm in Africa and the Middle East with investments of US$ 9.5 billion in five core industries, including energy, transportation, agrifoods, mining and cement.Communication with the trains will be through on-board computers installed in all locomotives, which have remote speed-control features and a mechanism to data on the condition of engines and the track back to the control center.Commenting on the new technology, Hernani Sozzi Jr., a veteran rail and road management software developer with large Brazilian rail operator America Latina Logistica, said “This is an integrated logistics and operations solution used in modern railway management system that gives real time information on multiple dimensions of the railway line and rolling stock”.Sozzi, who was in Kenya to train RVR software developers and traffic controllers on the new system, said this integrated technology platform is currently being used to manage railway operations in Brazil, Argentina and South Africa. He said Japan uses the same technology to manage operations and billings for mass commuter rail.A key component of the technology is the Translogic integrated logistics management platform, which provides a detailed manifest of the position and contents of all cargo-carrying wagons.“This platform enables us to tell customers exactly where their cargo is along the 2,352km railway track we manage,” De David noted. “This innovation gives RVR the ability to effectively manage asset quality, reliably schedule maintenance and help ensure consistently high standards of rail transportation to smooth trade in East Africa.”last_img read more

Read More

Twitter launches group DMs video capture and sharing In New Update

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter has finally added group direct messages (DMs) to its service. If you use the service as a way to privately communicate with friends, family and random celebrities, you will soon be able to communicate with more than one person (or brand) at a time.Rolling out over the next few days to all users, the group DM feature will allow users to add multiple contacts to a group chat. You can start a group chat with any of your followers, but those individuals don’t have to follow each other to participate in your chat.You’ll receive a notification when you’ve been added to a group direct message discussion. – Advertisement – Twitter recently turned on the ability to share links with any Twitter user via a direct message. Couple that with today’s news and Twitter is clearly aiming to pit its service up against other messaging services like Messenger for Facebook, WeChat and WhatsApp.Where Twitter differentiates itself from those other chat services is that many users follow people on Twitter that they don’t necessarily know in real life. While adding a new Facebook friend means giving them access to a wealth of personal information, a Twitter follow only brings with it whatever short bio you’ve added to your profile.Plus, while Facebook is working to update its identity rule, Twitter allows anyone to create an account under an assumed identity.The social network also introduced a video capture feature to the iOS app (an Android update is on its way). In addition to shooting video, users will be able to edit their footage directly in the Twitter app. The videos can be up to 30 seconds long and appear as thumbnails within your timeline that play when tapped on.More people turn to Twitter to share what’s going on at events, like recent protests in the United States. Twitter’s six-second video service Vine might be great for some of those videos, but a clip longer than what Vine allows could add more context to what’s going on.The new Twitter video is a direct shot at Instagram’s video capture feature. Since Facebook cut Instagram support of Twitter cards, those images, and more importantly videos, no longer show up as inline objects on Twitter.Both services will be rolling out to users over the next few days.last_img read more

Read More

A Brief History of Tablet Computers

first_imgPictured is a Tablet Computer resting on a MAC laptop. Courtesy Photo. Advertisement From the panel PC to wearables, the world of technology always has a surprise for us. However, of particular interest today is the tablet computers. Where did it come from? The idea itself is pretty old, and tablet Computers were first envisioned in the late 1960s by Alan Kay, a computer scientist. He theorized that as flat panel display technology improved, computer components got miniaturized, user interfaces got improved and Wi-Fi technology evolved, a general purpose computing device would soon be invented that would fit into the palm of your hand, and it would even be great as a tool for education, especially among children.That was a bold prediction to make in the 1960s and, as history would have it, it came true barely four decades later. Here is a list of the different iterations the tablet has had over the years, leading up to the revolutionary iPad that was revealed in 2010.1987 ― Linus Write-Top – Advertisement – This was one of the very first tablets that had handwriting recognition technology built into them. You could use the stylus on the tablet to write on the screen. For something built in 1987, it was pretty ahead of its time.1989 ― GridPadThe GridPad was invented by Jeff Hawkins, who later went on to found Palm Computing. This is often touted as the first true tablet computers and ran on MS-DOS. The greatest customer of this product was the military. The general public, however, pretty much ignored it. It was quite heavy, weighing more than 4 pounds and was also very pricey.1993 ― NewtonThis was Apple’s first ever tablet. It was popularly known as the Newton MessagePad and was the first attempt at a personal digital assistant (PDA), which was believed to be the replacement for the PC. It didn’t work out very well and has since been met with similar amounts of reverence and ridicule. It also had a stylus and handwriting recognition software, though it was rather rudimentary by modern standards.1997 ― PalmPilotThis was once again designed by Jeff Hawkins of GridPad fame. The PalmPilot was an affordable PDA and eventually got upgraded with a touchscreen, which made it quite popular. It showed that people did want something that was midway between a mobile phone and a laptop and was both easy to use and affordable.2000 ― Microsoft’s First Tablet PCMicrosoft made a prototype of a tablet PC in 2000 and is often credited with being the first to coin the term “tablet PC.” Because it was a prototype, it never made it to the mass market.2002 ― Windows XP TabletMicrosoft made a special version of Windows  XP for tablets, and some companies like Fujitsu went on to make tablets for it.Mid-2000sThe mid-2000s saw a lot of companies make tablets. Two of the most well-known at the time were the Lenovo ThinkPad and the LS800 from Motion Computing. These were infamous for being pricey, however, and were therefore mostly used by the military and in factories. The LS800 still holds the record for being the smallest tablet computers ever and at the time cost over $2000.2010 ― Apple iPadThe iPad was the true usher of the modern tablet age. It was introduced in 2010 by Steve Jobs and had a beautiful touchscreen much like the ones on the iPod Touch and the iPhone, which people had already come to love. While a lot of naysayers thought the iPad would fail, it went on to sell hundreds of millions of devices over many iterations in both hardware and software. It also spawned competitors like Samsung, Sony and many others and ushered in an age of unfettered innovation in the tablet market.last_img read more

Read More

Short Video Clip Shows Revamped Safeboda App

first_imgA user pictured opening the Safeboda application for Android. Courtesy Photo Advertisement The Bukoto-based moto-taxi hailing firm; Safeboda is revamping its app as seen in a short 22-second video posted on their Twitter account with a description reading, “Coming Soon”.The company has not mentioned when they will be rolling out the revamped app.As seen from the short video, the app presents a new user interface (Well Done!!! Safeboda). – Advertisement – Not much is known but as seen in the video — customers will now give a written feedback of the riders topped on to the rating we’ve come to use for the past years.After the company posting the tweet, users have so far liked the app and appreciated the company’s effort in embracing technology to give user a better experience while using their service.The company hasn’t given us a comment yet.The update comes at a time the company is expanding to other countries with the latest being Nigeria. Safeboda will have its operations in Lagos, as they gradually expand to other cities.Safeboda wants to give an exciting user experience for its customers, starting with their applications. Their application is only available for Android and iOS users for now.The winner of Ekkula Best Digital Transporter, also wants to become to biggest moto-taxi hailing firm in Africa. So far, the company is giving a run for likes of UberBoda, and Bolt (formerly Taxify) who are currently their biggest competition.Safeboda Uganda nearly has 10,000+ riders in Uganda and about 2,000 in Kenya.The company revolutionizing the moto-taxi industry wants to ensure the safety transportation of people. They’re doing more than just giving trips to people, but also doing groceries, food and other product deliveries.[related-posts]last_img read more

Read More

BENS BLOG RDT Credit Where Credits Due

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hanks go to Kyle Drummond, the Star Sports, Head of On-Course, for suggesting the topic of today’s blog…RDT’s software, for on-course bookmakers, may not be thrillingly cutting-edge, but what they do offer, which is SUPERB; is their support.I always feel like my computer breaks down more than anyone else’s! But the RDT Boys said not to worry, as all Bookies Chaps say the same thing!! However, when you do have a problem, they are on hand, virtually always in under a minute, and NEVER ONCE have they not been able to fix it. They work in any weather conditions, and are present at every racecourse meeting, 365 days a year. CREDIT WHERE CREDIT’S DUE.In other news:Chicken Shop, 79 Highgate Road, NW5 1TL WEB SITE. One for The Facebookers. You can’t book (sigh) and the menu isn’t extensive enough (no veg side-dishes). Wings need to be crunchier. The chicken itself is very juicy though. Corn-on-the-cob tasty (NB). Apple-pie deep-filled and thick-pastry (NAP). BUT WHY NO CUSTARD? 6.5.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Read More

Are sacrificial bacteria altruistic or just unlucky

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Are sacrificial bacteria altruistic or just unlucky?Genetic study finds chance helps determine fate of B. subtilis bacteriaAn investigation of the genes that govern spore formation in the bacteria B. subtilis shows that chance plays a significant role in determining which of the microbes sacrifice themselves for the colony and which go on to form spores. B. subtilis, a common soil bacteria, is a well-known survivor. When running short of food, it can alternatively band together in colonies or encase itself in a tough, protective spore to wait for better times. In fact, B. subtilis is so good at making spores that it’s often used as a model organism by biologists who study bacterial spore formation. “It’s too early to say whether B. subtilis is truly altruistic,” said co-author Oleg Igoshin, assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University. “What is clear from this is that not all bacteria are going to look and act the same, and that’s something that can be overlooked when people either study or attempt to control bacteria with population-wide approaches.” For example, Igoshin said doctors and food safety engineers might need to amend general approaches aimed at controlling bacteria with more targeted methods that also account for the uncharacteristic individual. The new results appear in the April 15 issue of Molecular Systems Biology. The experimental work, which was done by Jan-Willem Veening, currently at Newcastle University, and by other members of Oscar Kuipers’ research group at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, focused on the B. subtilis genes that regulate both spore formation and the production cycles of two proteins — subtilisin and bacillopeptidase. These two proteins help break apart dead cells and convert them into food. They are produced and released into the surrounding environment by B. subtilis cells that are running low on food. From previous studies, scientists know there is some overlap between genes that control the production of the two proteins and those that control spore formation. “Only a portion of the bacteria in a colony will form spores and only portion of the bacteria produce subtilisin, and we were interested in probing the genetic basis for this,” Igoshin said. “How is it decided which cells become spores and which don’t?” Igoshin, a computational biologist, used computer simulations to help decipher and interpret the team’s experimental results. He said the team found that fewer than 30 percent of individuals in a colony produce large quantities of the food-converting proteins. Even though the proteins benefit all members of the colony and help some cells to become spores, the cells that produce the proteins in bulk do not form spores themselves.  “There’s a feedback loop, so that cells that start producing the proteins early get a reinforced signal to keep making them,” Igoshin said. “We found that it’s probabilistic events — chance, if you will — that dictates who is early and who is late. The early ones start working for the benefit of everyone while the later ones save valuable resources to ensure successful completion of sporulation program. Many cells will end up committing to sporulation before they had a chance to contribute to protease production” Igoshin said a key piece of evidence confirming modeling predictions came in experiments that tracked genetically identical sister cells, some of which became protein producers and some of which didn’t. The research was supported by the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and Rice University. Co-authors also include Robyn Eijlander and Reindert Nijland of the University of Groningen, and Leendert Hamoen of Newcastle University in Great Britain.  AddThislast_img read more

Read More

Vaccination aid helps keep records straight

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2012/05/VaxNation-2.jpgThe VaxNation team from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas School of Public Health won first prize in this year’s Institute of Medicine of the National Academies’ “Go Viral to Improve Health” competition. Standing, from left: Peter Kamel and Hashim Zaidi; seated, George Chen, Emma Corbett and Ronnie Ren. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/05/VaxNation-1.jpg AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/06/0608_VAX_screen-shot.jpgVaxNation screen shot. ShareEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution photos for download appears at the end of this release. View a live webcast of the presentation at approximately 11 a.m. EST on June 6 at http://www.hdiforum.org/page/show/530513-webcastRice University contact:Mike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduBaylor College of Medicine contact:Dipali Pathak713-798-4712pathak@bcm.eduUTHealth contact:Jade Waddy713-500-3307jade.waddy@uth.tmc.eduHouston students win Go Viral prize for social media-conscious health dataHOUSTON – (June 5, 2012) – Today the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering awarded a team of students from three Houston institutions first prize in the Go Viral to Improve Health collegiate challenge for the team’s social-network-connected system to track vaccinations.VaxNation is a free immunization planner and tracker that integrates the Web, social media and mobile devices to make online records easily accessible to patients, parents and clinicians from anywhere with an Internet connection.Team members are Hashim Zaidi and Emma Corbett, medical and public health students in a joint degree program at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and The University of Texas School of Public Health, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); Ronnie Ren, a medical student at BCM; and Peter Kamel and George Chen, who graduated from Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering this year. Zaidi and Ren are also alumni from Rice (2011).The team will accept the $10,000 prize June 6 at the Health Data Initiative Forum III in Washington, D.C., where the students will unveil their winning app, one of 51 contest entries. The day’s events will include a keynote talk by Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.The Web-based VaxNation app ties vaccination data for individuals to a reminder system and information about the diseases each immunization addresses. It also incorporates the properties of social media that allow the program to go “viral,” a key goal of the contest meant to inspire positive action at the community level.“This program makes it easier for families to track vaccination data and learn critical information about vaccines,” said Steven Abrams, a professor of pediatrics at BCM and a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, who served as the students’ adviser. “The delivery through the Web, social media and mobile devices brings this information to families through effective communication outlets.”Corbett, who heard about the contest in February and pitched it to her friends, said the team members’ own experiences inspired VaxNation. “We had started at Baylor the year before and remembered trying to get our immunization records, as all freshmen have to do,” she said. “They were fragmented, all over the place. I think everyone struggles trying to find them.”Corbett said the need to simplify became obvious while she was shadowing a pediatrician and “trying to keep track of which parents needed which vaccines for which kids. When you have multiple kids and they’re all on different schedules, it gets kind of confusing.”Kamel noted that with available vaccination schedulers, “there’s always some component lacking. There are apps for scheduling that don’t integrate with Facebook and programs that don’t link to your smartphone. Or they don’t give you reminders,” he said. “There’s always something that falls short.”VaxNation allows patients and parents to open family accounts, link them to their Facebook pages and find information on vaccinations supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program automatically calculates age-appropriate immunizations based on CDC guidelines. The team hopes to develop stand-alone smartphone apps and links to medical record-keeping programs.“Vaccinations are key to preventing a multitude of diseases and have led to significantly increasing life expectancy around the world,” said Roberta Ness, dean of The University of Texas School of Public Healthand a member of the Institute of Medicine. “These students have combined public health, medicine and innovation in a way that is accessible to everyone in a product that can be used by everyone.”Contest organizers would like to see the program go viral – in the best possible sense. By tying VaxNation to Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and more, they hope parents will encourage their online acquaintances to take advantage of the program’s easy record keeping, automatic alerts and access to information.The social nature of VaxNation allows the program to track referrals and perhaps offer incentives for users to spread the word, Zaidi said. The location-aware site helps users find nearby clinics and schedule appointments.“Today’s engineering and science students want to use their education to have broad societal impact,” said Edwin “Ned” Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice. “Teaming together, our students first recognized and then created a solution to a really important problem on social media platforms that are nowadays part of everyone’s tool/play set.”To raise awareness of the program, the team is partnering with Scalable Health, an initiative to develop innovative medical devices and applications founded by Ashu Sabharwal, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice.The students also hope to allay fears about vaccinations. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there about immunization rates falling and rumors that they cause autism, all false,” Corbett said. “Having one program that is free and easy to use seemed like a good solution for many problems.”Zaidi said the rise in anti-vaccination movements has been propelled by myths and misinformation. “They result in unnecessary morbidity and mortality that, through our education component, we hope to alleviate,” he said.-30-The awards ceremony will be webcast live June 6 at approximately 11 a.m. EST at http://www.hdiforum.org/page/show/530513-webcastThe webcast will be archived at http://www.iom.edu/Global/Videos.aspx.Related materials:VaxNation: http://www.vaxnation.org/Go Viral to Improve Health website: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthData/GoViral.aspxInstitute of Medicine: http://www.iom.edu/National Academy of Engineering: http://www.nae.edu/Baylor College of Medicine: http://www.bcm.edu/Rice University: www.rice.eduThe University of Texas School of Public Health: http://www.uthouston.edu/Scalable Health: http://sh.rice.edu/index.htmlPhotos for download:last_img read more

Read More

Rice to hold MLK candlelight vigil program and reception Sunday

first_imgShare10MEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice University to hold MLK candlelight vigil, program and reception SundayHOUSTON – (Jan. 15, 2016) – The Black Student Association and the Association of Rice University Black Alumni will host a Martin Luther King (MLK) candlelight vigil, program and reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Sculpture Courtyard of Sewall Hall on the university’s campus.The program, “Dreamers and Doers – Acknowledging The Collective Work of Community as we Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Black Undergraduates at Rice,” will include a speech from Rice University Provost Marie Lynn Miranda.Who:               The Black Student Association, Association of Rice University Black Alumni and Rice Provost Marie Lynn Miranda.What:             MLK candlelight vigil, program and reception and recognition of the 50th anniversary of black undergraduates at Rice University.When:            Candlelight vigil begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program and reception.Where:           Rice University, Sewall Hall, 6100 Main St.The event is free and open to the public. A map of the university is available here. Sewall Hall is No. 72 on the map.Representatives from Rice and both associations will be available for media interviews at the event.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.  AddThislast_img read more

Read More

Expert available to discuss Brussels terrorist attacks

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduExpert available to discuss Brussels terrorist attacksHOUSTON – (March 22, 2016) – Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Research Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and author of “Rethinking U.S. Strategy in the Middle East,” is available to comment on today’s metro station and airport terrorist attacks in Brussels. As of Tuesday 8:45 a.m. CST, Belgian media reported more than 30 people have died and more than 170 have been injured.“The attacks in Brussels are further evidence, if any were required, of the ability of terrorists to inflict casualties in urban areas,” Barnes said. “While we do not yet know who committed the atrocities, they occurred after the arrest in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.“The impact of the attacks – other than the terrible human toll – is as yet unclear,” he said. “But we can expect further calls, in Europe and here, for more aggressive policies aimed at potential terrorists. If immigrants were involved in the plot, the attacks will further roil the European debate on refugees.”Barnes is also faculty adviser to the Baker Institute Student Forum. From 1979 to 1993, he was a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department, serving in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. His last assignment in the State Department was with the Policy Planning Staff. Barnes is a graduate of Princeton University.The Baker Institute’s television and radio studio with ISDN is available today for broadcast interviews.To schedule an interview with Barnes, contact David Ruth, director of national and broadcast media at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.-30-Related materials:Barnes’ bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/joe-barnesBarnes’ previous research and publications:Russia withdraws forces from SyriaIran Agreement a Done Deal?Paris attacks: ISIS expands the warIran nuclear deal: Good, not perfectRethinking U.S. Strategy in the Middle EastU.S. Policy and the Iranian ThreatIran nuclear deal: More work aheadNetanyahu’s victoryU.S. foreign policy at a crossroadsObama’s AUMF meaningless, but a good idea This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.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 http://www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog,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/AboutRiceUniversity. AddThislast_img read more

Read More

German Shepherd Found Frozen to Death Outside Ohio Home

first_img  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber US News A family’s dog was found frozen to death outside a home in Butler County, Ohio, on Jan. 3.The German shepherd was found inside a dog house with no insulation.The Butler County Sheriff’s Office Dog Warden Kurt Merbs responded to the St. Clair Township home.He found the dog frozen to death inside the dog house.“He’s definitely remorseful. This isn’t something I feel was done on purpose obviously, it’s not,” Merbs told Fox19 of the dog’s owner.“I think this was a huge oversight and honestly a little laziness to where they didn’t want to walk out and check the dog. And unfortunately, the dog paid big time for this and suffered pretty bad,” he said. The owner of the dog, Henry Ensor, will be charged with animal cruelty to a companion animal.According to Ohio law on offenses relating to domestic animals, no caretaker of an animal shall negligently do the following:“Impound or confine the companion animal without affording it, during the impoundment or confinement, with access to shelter from heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, or excessive direct sunlight if it can reasonably be expected that the companion animal would become sick or suffer in any other way as a result of or due to the lack of adequate shelter.”If a person is found guilty of this specific part of the law, causing the death of an animal through neglect, then they are levied with a misdemeanor of the second degree on the first offense.A conviction carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $750, according to an Ohio law firm.The dog’s death in Ohio comes after police were investigating a dog’s death in Connecticut; and after a pit bull was found frozen to death on a porch in Toledo, Ohio.From NTD.tvRecommended Video: Melania Trump’s First Year as First Lady German Shepherd Found Frozen to Death Outside Ohio Home By Zachary Stieber January 4, 2018 Updated: January 4, 2018 A person walks a dog through snowy Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (Seth Wenig/AP) Share Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Read More