McLeish to give Tierney welldeserved rest

McLeish to give Tierney welldeserved rest

first_imgScotland national team head coach Alex McLeish has revealed he plans to rest defender Kieran Tierney when the team faces European champions, Portugal on Sunday.Tierney is one of five players to have left the Scottish team since the 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat to Israel on Thursday night, a game settled when the 21-year-old’s poor clearance beat Allan McGregor, who was in goal for Scotland to give the Israelis all three points.The Celtic left-back was playing his 22nd game of the season across all competitions for both club and country in Haifa, leaving him on course to match the 60-game shift he put in last term.With the game against Portugal of little or no competitive significance, McLeish has opted to grant Tierney some rest with the injured Charlie Mulgrew, John Souttar, Robert Snodgrass and Scott McTominay also dropping out.“We have players who’ve played a lot of games already this season,” said McLeish, according to Daily Mail. Alexandre Lacazette, ArsenalArsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.“We were prepared to make a concession to Celtic in the summer over Kieran because he is a young guy growing up and has played an enormous amount of games.”“I remember back to my Aberdeen days with boys like Neale Cooper and Neil Simpson. They played a lot of games at an extremely young age, and they finished their careers relatively early.”“We don’t want that to happen to the current crop of players. That’s why Tierney is away back again. The medical team said he had a bit of fatigue, so it was right and proper that he went back to his club.”Tierney’s absence might allow McLeish to experiment with a flat back four, thus resolving one of the main criticisms of the performance in Israel, namely that the 3-5-2 formation chosen to accommodate both the Celtic man and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson does not help the team’s wide men.last_img read more

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El Clasico triumph showed our class Suarez

El Clasico triumph showed our class Suarez

first_imgLuis Suarez believes Barcelona were top class in their 5-1 drubbing of rivals Real Madrid without Lionel Messi in Sunday’s Clasico.The Catalans were in fine fettle at Camp Nou and Suarez helped himself with a hat-trick alongside goals from Coutinho and Vidal to further complicate issues for Julen Lopetegui.Injured Lionel Messi was in the stands and would surely be impressed by the performance of his teammates.“[Messi] is the best in the world, always a plus,” Suarez told FourFourTwo. “But what we’ve done is shown the level of football this team is capable of. We’re behind the manager and we love the club.”Give me 🖐 pic.twitter.com/wClG6dWjTi— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 28, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Madrid had threatened a fightback when Marcelo scored early in the second half, but Suarez delighted in taking advantage of the space as the visitors flooded forward.“They came out obviously wanting to turn the game around,” he said. “They made it 2-1, they had a couple of chances.“We thought, in general, the team played very well and were able to respond. Madrid were leaving a lot of spaces and we knew we could take advantage of that.”But Suarez is not writing off ninth-placed Madrid, adding: “Every player and every team can suffer a poor game and a poor performance.“You just have to keep trying and pulling together as a team. These are situations you can understand. They can happen to everyone.”last_img read more

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Emery calls for consistency as Arsenal enter a very important phase

Emery calls for consistency as Arsenal enter a very important phase

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is only interested in seeing his players perform to their very best consistently ahead of what he describes as a “very important” part of their season.The Gunners currently hold the highly-coveted fourth-place in the Premier League table by a point from Manchester United with Chelsea, who have a game in hand, a further two points adrift.Only 11 fixtures are left for Arsenal as they chase a return to Champions League football after a two-season absence.However, for Emery, the priority lies in taking things on a game-by-game ahead of tonight’s encounter with 12th-placed Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.“We can continue in this position, but only if we win. We need to be consistent in 38 matches,” said Emery in Tuesday’s press conference on Arsenal.com.“Tomorrow is one more. It’s very important because three points are not coming back after you play this match. You need to play against Bournemouth thinking that we need and we wish to take these three points.Aside from their Premier League campaign, Arsenal also remain in the mix for Europa League glory this season after progressing to the last-16 stage by beating BATE Borisov 3-1 on aggregate in the previous round.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Emery added: “Now is a very important moment in the season with the Premier League and the Europa League and I am looking for the best performance individually and collectively and to be consistent with that.“Our moment is very important our focus is very important to take consistently.”Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be brought into the starting line-up for tonight’s game against Bournemouth in place for the injured Stephan Lichtsteiner. Alex Iwobi is also doubtful for ArsenalMeanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Laurent Koscielny and Matteo Guendouzi will be pushing for starts with kick-off at the Emirates set for 8:45 PM (CET).⚡️ #YoPierre 😁 pic.twitter.com/19I42CRDCx— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 27, 2019last_img read more

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PDA LeewardLong Bay Candidate say glory days gone promises to restore

PDA LeewardLong Bay Candidate say glory days gone promises to restore

first_imgShe said the country has regressed under the current government and during this national Youth Week, the PDA standard bearer for Electoral District #5 said, “Our youth deserve better, our youth deserve real opportunities, our youth deserve the opportunity to be managers and executives, our youth deserve the opportunities to be employers and not just employees.  We all as Turks and Caicos Islanders deserve and by now, 40 years later should have been managers and owners of hotels and not simply down the line employees.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Johnson said it was 40 years ago that the country held its first political rallies to see indigenous ministerial government established.  Calsada Johnson promised that a PDA government would get better wages, would get contractors working again, would draw investors and would reverse the trend where local people are being disenfranchised.Some of the instances from a long list of so called injustices include,  “TCI Government was once a shareholder of Provo Water Company, Not anymore!  Elite Gaming once had local shareholders. Not anymore!   Digicel had a local general manager. Not anymore!”   Johnson concluded with an empathetic word to Civil Servants, saying they have been badly treated… and assuring that the PDAs commitment is to restore all that has been taken away from them. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 28, 2016 – Strangers and outcasts and it ain’t fun no more; this is a summary of some statements made when the Leeward and Long Bay candidate for the Progressive Democratic Alliance, Calsada Johnson held a rally at the former Fun World last Friday night.  Related Items:calsada johnson, country has regressed under current government says calsada johnsonlast_img read more

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Second boat grounded on Governors Beach

Second boat grounded on Governors Beach

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, January 24, 2017 – The cold front and the rough weather it created has today grounded yet another boat on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk.  Just as the country learned that we would see the MV Mega One Triton removed very soon, there is a second cargo vessel stuck not too far away from the Mega One – there has been no official statement on this new predicament. #MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

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Assembly member GonzalezFletcher collects record number of diapers for young families

Assembly member GonzalezFletcher collects record number of diapers for young families

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Assembly member Gonzalez-Fletcher collects record number of diapers for young families December 20, 2018 Posted: December 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- More than 200,000 diapers were donated to the 80th Assembly District’s Annual Diaper Drive. This is the 6th year of the annual event which was started and hosted by assembly woman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher.She join us now live from Barrio Logan.For more information visit https://a80.asmdc.org/ KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Publishers Debate Pricing Marketing Models For Apps

first_imgSimplifying (and clarifying) the purchasing process—regardless of newsstand–and finding new ways to effectively market among the crush of new apps being launched is critical for publishers to succeed, according to speakers at MPA’s Digital E-Reading conference today. In a session called “Choosing the Right App Model for Your Band,” NYMag.com, Macworld, Consumer Reports and The Knot shared lessons from early attempts at creating paid apps. The typical approach across the industry right now is offering a paid iPad app for the magazine while developing free ancillary apps for that brand across multiple devices. Primary apps for Macworld include AppGems, which plucks appropriate magazine and Web content that works in a smartphone format. Macwold initially charged $2 for the app, which features content in small forms for phone, which allowed freedom to experiment with advertising. Macworld Daily Reader is an iPad app that bridges the gap between Web site and monthly magazine. Editors curate XML feeds for daily updates. “This is more like the magazine, in that it gets away from the ‘firehouse approach’ of the Web where we have 30 new stories each day and it uses the same typefaces and a similar layout as print,” said Jason Snell, editorial director of Mac Publishing. “The target is someone who wants more than the monthly magazine but not the fire hose of the web.” Consumer Reports offers a smartphone app called Mobile Shopper that lets users scan products in-store, offer prices online and in vicinity. In keeping with CR’s reliance on paid content, they set a high price point of $9.99. However, “We’ve been hearing from users that this isn’t going to work for something that they hold in their hand,” said Jerry Steinbrink, vice president of publishing at Consumers Union. “Dropping to $4.99 has been moderately successful.” However, the price change requires a specific marketing approach. “If we tell them in the App Store that Mobile Shopper is available for a couple days at half price, we get good response. If we just cut the price, there is no change in sales.” Steinbrink said that most CR subscribers are in their mid-60s, and want an iPad experience that is similar to the magazine, which offers a free sample for download and an upsell for the regular issue. He added that CR plans to launch data-driven app products for the enthusiast market in the near future. The Knot has been early to apps, launching its first in 2009. Its approach has centered on very community-oriented apps, allowing brides to talk among themselves. Similar apps such as PregnancyBuzz followed a similar approach, but require more management than typical apps, according to director of mobile and social media marketing Kate Ward. “It can be a difficult launch with the real-time aspect and we had to set up moderation for each app to make sure quality is up to standard,” she added. Marketing Apps: The Apple Dilemma Generating buzz around apps can be difficult with the flood of new apps being launched and the limitations Apple puts on publishers. Snell said that the Macworld Daily Rader originally was pitched as a subscription product but was rejected when Apple changed its subscription policy without informing the publisher. “Now we’re having to back into subscription pricing,” he said. However, offering an app for free does have some advantages in visibility and introducing people to the product. “Being free can be a good thing because it gets you on the app charts,” Snell said. “You can let 300,000 people try it, and then maybe they’ll buy it.” Consumer Reports does e-mail blasts and advertises its apps in its publication, while NYMag.com doe its own app-specific updates and notifications. Snell said MacWorld is considering Apple’s push technology notification. When it comes to publishers just getting started with apps, Snell acknowledged his bias but said that the iPhone is a good launching pad. “The iPhone is good for getting your feet wet. You’re talking about one development firm, one screen-to-aspect ration.”last_img read more

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5 mostwanted IS leaders detained

5 mostwanted IS leaders detained

first_imgUS president Donald Trump on Thursday hailed the fact that five of the “most wanted” Islamic State leaders have been captured recently, including Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main collaborators of the organisation’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.“Five Most Wanted leaders of ISIS just captured!” Trump tweeted, referring to a coordinated operation to arrest the men by Iraqi and US intelligence agencies, Efe reported.Among the IS leaders captured are four Iraqis and one Syrian, according to the New York Times, citing Iraqi sources.The result of the three-month operation to capture the terrorist leaders, who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents an important victory for the Iraqi and US intelligence agencies.Two Iraqi officials explained to the New York daily, on condition of anonymity, that they had been following the trail of several of the IS leaders for months, but early this year they received intelligence information that led to their arrests.An Iraqi unit responsible for undercover missions had traced one of those detained – Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, known as Abu Zeid al-Iraqi – from Syria to the Turkish city of Sakarya, about 100 miles east of Istanbul, the Times reported.Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, one of the main associates of top IS leader Abu Bakr, had been living in Turkey with his Syrian wife under his brother’s identity.The terrorist, who was in charge of making bank transfers into the accounts the IS maintains in different countries and one of Abu Bakr’s closest confidants, was captured by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraq.Iraqi and US intelligence spent several weeks interrogating Abu Zeid to acquire information about the location of the other leaders, who were in hiding.Saddam al-Jammel, a Syrian who had headed the IS operations near the eastern Syrian town of Deir al-Zour, and Abu Abdel al-Haq, an Iraqi who had been the group’s head of internal security, were two of the terrorists captured, The Times reported.last_img read more

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No 5 Louisville Opens NCAA Tournament Against Robert Morris

first_img $21 lower level adult $14 lower level youth/senior/college student $40 Family 4 Pack (end zone seats only) $10 group tickets, minimum of 10 tickets (end zone seats only) Watch The eight ACC teams (1-Louisville,1-Notre Dame, 3-NC State, 3-Syracuse, 4-Miami, 5-Florida State, 9-Clemson, 9-North Carolina) selected to the tournament match a league record (2014, 2015, 2018), and are the most of any conference this year. It’s fifth time in seven years at least seven ACC teams have made the NCAA Tournament. Parking information subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.LouisvilleKy.gov. $37 lower level adult $24 lower level youth/senior/college studentSingle-Session Tickets Story Links Series History: First meeting between the two teams.Date: Friday, March 22Time: 12 p.m. ETSite: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)Radio: WKRD 790 AM, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ESPN2, Beth Mowins, play-by-play, Nell Fortner, analystLast Meeting: First MeetingSeries History: First MeetingUofL National Ranking: 5th Associated Press, 5th USA TodayClick here to purchase tickets or visit GoCards.com/NCAAWBB for more information.All-Session Tickets Tickets All parking lots and garages around the KFC Yum! Center will be open on Friday afternoon, but spaces may be limited due to the game being played during a workday.The following is a list of some of the many garages that will be open on Friday (availability subject to change): Third-year head coach Charlie Buscaglia’s team is led by All-NEC First Team junior center Nneka Ezeigbo, who was also named the league’s defensive player of the year and tournament MVP. Ezeigbo averages 12.6 points per game and 7.8 per game, while also finishing fourth in the conference in blocks (1.38 per game) and eighth in steals (1.72 per game). Freshman guard Isabella Posset was an All-NEC Rookie Team selection as she led the team in assists (2.8 per game) and steals (1.9 per game), while ranking second in scoring (7.8 points per game). LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball (29-3, 14-2) opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday at 12 p.m. ET when they host Robert Morris at the KFC Yum! Center.At 29-3 and No. 5 in the Associated Press and USA Today polls, Louisville is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and the second time in history.Louisville is making its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Jeff Walz. The Cardinals are marking their ninth straight NCAA Tournament and 14th in the last 15 years. Louisville is 31-21 all-time. They were 4-11 in their first 11 appearances and are 27-10 in their 10 appearances with Walz. They have moved on to the Sweet 16 eight times and advanced to the NCAA Final Four three times (2009, 2013, 2018). With three Final Fours in the last 10 years, UofL ranks fourth in the country behind UConn (10), Stanford (6) and Notre Dame (5). ABOUT THE COLONIALSRobert Morris (22-10, 16-2 NEC) makes their sixth tournament appearance and third in four seasons after winning both the NEC regular season and tournament championships. The Colonials are riding a four-game winning streak into the tournament, capped off by a 65-54 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) in the NEC title game. Walz/Players Pregame Quotes Walz boasts a 27-10 record in NCAA Tournament games, which is 7th all-time in winning percentage and 4th among active coaches. He has directed UofL to a pair of national runner-up finishes (2009, 2013), three Final Fours (2009, 2013, 2018), four Elite Eights (2009, 2013, 2014, 2018), eight trips to the Sweet 16 and 11 NCAA Tournaments.UofL played 15 games against teams that participated in this year’s NCAA Tournament, boasting a 12-3 record (defeated: 2-UConn, 3-Syracuse, 3-NC State (twice), 5-Florida State, 5-Arizona State, 6-Kentucky, 8-Central Michigan, 9-North Carolina, 9-Clemson (twice), 13-Boise State; lost to 1-Notre Dame (twice), 4-Miami). Four (4-0) of Louisville’s opponents advanced to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament: (Miami (Ohio), WKU, Virginia Tech, Hartford). Robert Morris averages 62.9 points per game, while ranking 13th nationally in scoring defense by only allowing 54.8 points per game. The Colonials are also ranked in the top 25 nationally in turnover margin (25th, 4.25) and steals (25th, 321). Game Notes Skywalk Garage (120 N. Third St) Actors Theatre Garage (130 S. Third St.) Witherspoon Garage (101 W. Witherspoon St.) Courtyard by Marriott Garage (100 S. Second St.) LG&E Garage (207 W. Market Street) Humana Waterside Garage (201 N. Brook St.) First and Main Garage (100 E. Main St.) Cowger Garage (Fourth & Market) National City Tower Garage (412 W. Main St.) US Bank Garage (401 W. Market St.) One Riverfront Plaza (401 W. Main St.) Riverfront Garage (141 N. Sixth St.) For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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YouTube Names Tuma Basa Director of Urban Music

YouTube Names Tuma Basa Director of Urban Music

first_imgTuma Basa, who in March left Spotify, where he led curation of the popular RapCaviar playlist, has been appointed YouTube’s Director of Urban Music.YouTube today announced that Basa “will lead activities that draw on his deep industry connections and expertise in programming to increase our engagement with the urban music community, artists and consumers.” Asked for further details on this newly created role, a source told Variety that Basa will be helping artists and labels get the full benefit of YouTube’s direct-to-fan tools through product education; will serve as a liaison between YouTube and the artist community; and will also be programming, a component of which is playlisting. Said Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube: “Tuma brings a deep knowledge of the Music Industry with many years of experience at BET, MTV, REVOLT and most recently, Spotify. His experience will be invaluable to the music journey we are on at YouTube, connecting artists and fans across the globe, and I am thrilled to welcome his voice to our collective efforts.” Popular on Variety Upon Basa’s exit from Spotify, where he worked for three years as global programming head for hip-hop, the Swedish streaming giant noted: “Tuma has been an incredible asset to the RapCaviar team, and we thank him for his contributions,” Spotify said when announcing his departure Thursday. “The RapCaviar team, which is rapidly expanding with boots on the ground globally, is committed to building the brand and giving its users the best hip hop experience on the platform.”YouTube has recently launched its own music streaming service called YouTube Music. Basa’s appointment comes on the heels of the recent move by Carl Chery from Apple Music to Spotify.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Parrots display teamwork and decisionmaking skills

Parrots display teamwork and decisionmaking skills

first_img Explore further African grey parrot. Image credit: L.Miguel Bugallo Sánchez, Wikipedia The problem-solving test they used for their research was originally designed to test the team work ability for chimpanzees and has also been used with elephants. A tray was filled with food for the birds, but in order to acquire it, they needed to work as a team to pull it toward them by two strings. They demonstrated the ability to understand that they needed a partner in order to complete the task and they would wait for them to arrive.In another task, one of the birds was required to climb a perch in order to release the tray which was then pulled by the second bird, and they were also able to carry out these complementary roles.However, in the third test, the parrots let their personalities shine through. When the birds were given a choice of performing an individual task with less food reward versus a team task with a reward of twice as much food, the results were dependent on which of the three birds were participating. Shango proved to be the more individualistic bird and was more prone to choose the solo task. Zoe, the one female, would only choose the team task when paired with Leo, a male parrot she was reared with, but she refused to work as a team with Shango. Leo seemed to like his extra rewards and always choose to take a partner.This shows the researchers that the birds were not just demonstrating a conditioned response to completing the task, but used their personalities in their decision of whether to work as a team or go it alone. (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study published in the journal Animal Cognition, Dr. Dalila Bovet from Paris West University Nanterre La Defense showed how African grey parrots are capable of cooperating and performing tasks as a team, but let their personalities lead their decision. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Who’s slowing you down? Citation: Parrots display teamwork and decision-making skills (2011, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-parrots-teamwork-decision-making-skills.html More information: Cooperative problem solving in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus), Animal Cognition, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-011-0389-2AbstractOne of the main characteristics of human societies is the extensive degree of cooperation among individuals. Cooperation is an elaborate phenomenon, also found in non-human primates during laboratory studies and field observations of animal hunting behaviour, among other things. Some authors suggest that the pressures assumed to have favoured the emergence of social intelligence in primates are similar to those that may have permitted the emergence of complex cognitive abilities in some bird species such as corvids and psittacids. In the wild, parrots show cooperative behaviours such as bi-parental care and mobbing. In this study, we tested cooperative problem solving in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus). Our birds were tested using several experimental setups to explore the different levels of behavioural organisation between participants, differing in temporal and spatial complexity. In our experiments, African grey parrots were able to act simultaneously but mostly failed during the delay task, maybe because of a lack of inhibitory motor response. Confronted with the possibility to adapt their behaviour to the presence or absence of a partner, they showed that they were able to coordinate their actions. They also collaborated, acting complementarily in order to solve tasks, but they were not able to place themselves in the partner’s role.via BBC This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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DigitalOcean launches its Kubernetesasaservice at KubeConCloudNativeCon to ease running containerized apps

DigitalOcean launches its Kubernetesasaservice at KubeConCloudNativeCon to ease running containerized apps

first_imgAt KubeCon+CloudNativeCon this week, DigitalOcean announced the launch of its Kubernetes-as-a-Service offering to all developers. This is a limited release with full general availability planned for early 2019. DigitalOcean had first announced its container offering through an early access program in May this year followed by its limited availability in October. Building up on the simplicity factor that was appreciated the most by customers, DigitalOcean Kubernetes (DOK8s) claims to be a powerfully simple managed Kubernetes service. Once customers define the size and location of their worker nodes, DigitalOcean will provision, manage, and optimize the services needed to run a Kubernetes cluster. The DOK8s is easy to setup as well. During the announcement, DigitalOcean VP of Product Shiven Ramji said that “Kubernetes promises to be one of the leading technologies in a developer’s arsenal to gain the scalability, portability and availability needed to build modern apps. Unfortunately, for many, it’s extremely complex to manage and deploy. With DigitalOcean Kubernetes, we make running containerized apps consumable for any developer, regardless of their skills or resources.” The new release builds on the early access release of the service including capabilities like node provisioning, handling durable storage, firewall, load balancing and similar tools. Further, the new features added now include: Guided configuration experiences to assist users in provisioning, configuring and deploying clusters Open APIs to enable easy integrations with developer tools Ability to programmatically create and update cluster and nodes settings Expanded version support including Kubernetes version 1.12.1 with support for 1.13.1 shortly. Support released for DOK8s in the DigitalOcean API, making it easy for users to create and manage their clusters through DigitalOcean’s API. Effective pricing for DigitalOcean Kubernetes- Customers pay only for the underlying resources they use (Droplets, Block Storage, and Load Balancers) Head over to DigitalOcean’s blog to know more about this announcement. Read Next ‘AWS Service Operator’ for Kubernetes now available allowing the creation of AWS resources using kubectlIntroducing ‘Pivotal Function Service’ (alpha): an open, Kubernetes based, multi-cloud serverless framework for developer workloadsStripe open sources ‘Skycfg’, a configuration builder for Kuberneteslast_img read more

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Media services provider Globecast has partnered wi

Media services provider Globecast has partnered wi

first_imgMedia services provider Globecast has partnered with Virgin Media to supply seven channels for the platform’s expanded international TV content.The new channels are being added to Virgin Media’s Worldbox service, a new app that offers live streams of international channels via Virgin Media’s TiVo set-top boxes.The channels will be launched in two stages, with four launching now and the rest to be added to the app in early 2015. Globecast is supplying the channels: 1+1 International from the Ukraine; BFM from France; Canal 24 Horas from Spain; CTC from Russia; Eurochannel from France; Nessma from Tunisia; and SIC International from Portugal.Virgin Media announced earlier this week that it is adding a total of 10 new international channels to its platform.last_img read more

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THE political wing of the New IRA – the dissident

THE political wing of the New IRA – the dissident

first_img THE political wing of the New IRA – the dissident republican terror group which admitted murdering journalist Lyra McKee – has condemned a police raid on its Derry officers.Police have been conducting a search operation at Soaradh’s headquarters at Junior McDaid house on Tuesday, May 7.Detectives entered the Chamberlain Street building around lunchtime and took away a number of items. A police sniffer dog has also been deployed during the search of the premises close to the Bogside.Saoradh has been ordered to leave its Londonderry office following the murder of journalist Lyra Mckee.The group, which was founded in 2016, was issued with an eviction notice from Junior McDaid House days after Lyra McKee’s murder in Creggan on Thursday, April 18.In a statement this afternoon, Saoradh said: “Once again the National Offices of Saoradh, Junior McDaid House, is being targeted by British Crown Forces in another heavy handed rapid entry raid. ShareTweet “Today’s raid comes after a call by pro-establishment parties for British Crown Forces to put in place a tangible plan of action against Republicans.“The criminalisation policy put in place by former Republicans cannot and will not go unchallenged. “It is clear from recent actions by Crown Force cheerleaders that these calls for action against Republicans is part of the wider strategy to destroy Republican politics.”Saoradh condemns police raids on its Derry headquarters office was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: CHAMBERLAIN STREETCRegganJUNIOR MCDAID HOUSELyra McKee murderPolicePSNISaoradh condemns police raids on its Derry headquarters officelast_img read more

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By Jeff Thomas International Man In LatinAmeri

first_imgBy Jeff Thomas, International Man In Latin-American culture, the beating of a piñata began as a religious activity, but, today, it is more secular and generally takes place at celebrations. The general idea is that someone (usually a child) is blindfolded and given a stick, then spun around several times to disorient him. He then begins swinging the stick in the air, trying to locate the piñata, which is suspended overhead. Once he finds it, he beats it until it breaks open, spilling out goodies – sometimes candy, sometimes toys, coins, or food. In concept, this is much like taxation, with the rich being the piñata. Taxation Seems Reasonable Throughout the world today, governments pay for their existence mostly by way of taxation. On the surface of it, this isn’t an especially unreasonable concept. Candidates are elected to take charge of the government, and they then need to be paid to do their jobs. Taxes are also intended to pay for the programmes that government representatives come up with. Unfortunately, a common trend in politics is that once someone has been elected to office, he wants to remain there, often for the remainder of his working life. Once someone has become a career politician, it is a logical step for him to realise that the more he can tax the population, the more goodies he can get for himself. After all, he is in a position to be able to increase his own salary and benefits. Additionally, he may be tempted to siphon off a portion of funds intended for government programmes as they pass through his control. The difficulty for politicians who increase taxes is that, if they increase taxes on the majority of the people, the people may not vote them back in. Consequently, politicians find that they are more likely to be re-elected if they create or increase taxes that only apply to a minority of the electorate. Whenever the middle- to lower- income taxpayers outnumber the more wealthy (which is, of course, most often the case), politicians tend to propose higher taxes on “the rich.” The reason this is a safe bet is that the rich are in the minority and therefore do not have the power (on their own) to vote such politicians out of office. Hence, most developed countries not only tax the rich more heavily than others, but also create and maintain a “tax the rich” mentality amongst the electorate. Today, most every country that regards itself as a democracy has a “tax the rich” consciousness, and those who are not “rich” generally support the concept. As George Bernard Shaw said, “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.” But Excessive Taxation of the Rich is Not Necessarily Reasonable And why not tax the rich? After all, the rich have more, so why shouldn’t they give more? Well, there are two reasons why not. The first is that the concept is inherently unjust. As Thomas Jefferson is said to have argued, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” The second reason why the rich should not automatically pay more is that they may possibly be taxed to the point that they choose to opt out of the system. As Maggie Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that, eventually, you run out of other people’s money.” Of course, who “the rich” are has never been accurately defined. Is it the top 5% of earners? The top 10%? Politicians avoid such questions; they prefer to keep it vague. After all, if they got specific, many of them would qualify as being amongst “the rich.” And of course, one of the best aspects of taxing the rich, from the politician’s point of view, is that they can’t really do anything about it. The rich are, by their very nature, generally speaking, very responsible citizens. They are easily tracked down and will generally prefer to pay a higher tax than to be imprisoned. Consequently, there is much to gain and little to lose for a politician if he proposes further taxes on the rich. The Rich Are Much Like a Piñata The rich are much like a piñata: Those who are gathered around the piñata know that it contains goodies and they would like to get some share of those goodies. They are unconcerned as to whether the piñata is destroyed, as long as the goodies are forthcoming soon. Someone is elected, who beats the piñata repeatedly, knocking the goodies out. This person wears a blindfold, so, although he knows what his objective is, he cannot actually see the results of his actions. The more he beats the piñata, the more goodies fall out. But, beyond this point, public opinion would diverge as to the comparison of the piñata and the rich. Those who wish to be receivers of the government largesse would argue that the process is endless, as the rich will always have plenty of money. But those who are more productive and choose to sustain themselves through their own efforts will take a different view. How to Stop Being a Piñata Through Internationalisation The fact is, the rich do, in most cases, have an ability to opt out. Historically, this does not take place through violent means, such as revolution. Rather, it is by quiet means – by exiting the jurisdiction if it becomes too oppressive. There is now a growing trend toward internationalisation. It has never been easier to physically move one’s self or one’s possessions from place to place. Through technology, it has also never been easier to move wealth from place to place. In fact, the only exception to this trend is governments themselves. Some governments are placing ever-increasing restrictions on the ability to move one’s self and one’s wealth from one jurisdiction to another. Considering this to be the case, many older people are quietly moving themselves and their wealth away from those countries that are becoming increasingly draconian in their laws. Additionally, many younger people are beginning to see the handwriting on the wall. Whilst they may not yet have amassed much in the way of wealth, many are assessing their futures in jurisdictions that are becoming oppressive, and choosing to vote with their feet now, rather than wait until it is no longer possible. Many people are fond of their present jurisdiction but are watching the door slowly closing. Those who take the next step – that of seeking out other possible destinations – are finding that in some other jurisdictions the doors to personal economic prosperity are opening wider. However, should an exodus occur into these countries by frustrated First-Worlders, there is the possibility that, in time, their immigration laws may tighten up. Therefore, the time of greatest opportunity may well be right now. Those who are older and have attained some measure of wealth would do well to consider whether they are tiring of being hit with a stick and worrying that, in the future, they may well be hit a great deal harder. Those who are younger may feel that, if they succeed in creating wealth for themselves, their reward may well be to become a piñata. [If you enjoyed this article, you might like our complimentary report, The Best of Jeff Thomas. Pulling no punches, Jeff shares his thoughts on the greatest threat to gold ownership, finding a bolthole on a budget, as well as the coming hyperinflation. You may download this free report immediately in our member’s area. Or, if you are not a member, register for free here.] About the Author: Jeff Thomas is British and resides in the Caribbean. The son of an economist and historian, he learned early to be distrustful of governments as a general principle. Although he spent his career creating and developing businesses, for eight years, he penned a weekly newspaper column on the theme of limiting government. He began his study of economics around 1990, learning initially from Sir John Templeton, then Harry Schulz and Doug Casey and later others of an Austrian persuasion. In 1999 he began his predictions for a second Great Depression and has since focused his attention on its ramifications and how it would affect the world.last_img read more

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Shark week Aunt Flo Carrie at the prom — t

first_img“Shark week,” “Aunt Flo,” “Carrie at the prom” — these are a few common nicknames for periods, according to Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity. But the list is far from exhaustive: “There are something like 5,000 euphemisms for periods,” she says.Why all the code words? Society has become more open to talking about menstruation in recent years (in fact, NPR declared 2015 the “year of the period”), but periods are still a topic more often talked around than talked about. That can have consequences — like shame, undiagnosed medical conditions and lack of product innovation, to name a few.Hear five people who are fighting the taboo share their thoughts and experiences about periods — from leaks to the “tampon tax” to what it means to bleed when you don’t identify as a woman — all out in the open. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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After Hurricane Maria hit many people were left w

first_imgAfter Hurricane Maria hit, many people were left without access to water, food and power. But when food came, it raised a host of health concerns.As food aid began to arrive last fall, Twitter was full of complaints from recipients and their families expressing shock that the contents of relief boxes appear to be stuffed with items like candy bars, potted meat and cheese crackers.”Who in their right mind would think this qualifies as a meal?” tweeted CBS correspondent David Begnaud, quoting a Puerto Rican resident named Pedro who found candy and chips in his box.After seeing a flood of such social media posts, Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, a professor of public health at George Washington University, and a group of researchers went down to Puerto Rico to check it out. Colón-Ramos and her group analyzed 10 days’ worth of food shipments found at a FEMA distribution center in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, six weeks after Hurricane Maria hit.They found that 11 of the 107 different food items in the warehouse were candy and chips, including M&Ms and Twizzlers. And every item in the fruit category, which included sweetened fruit cups and applesauce, exceeded the Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommendations for added sugars. Eighty-three percent of veggies, which were all canned, exceeded the recommended content of sodium.Some of the items analyzed were low-sugar and low-sodium, like canned sardines and fruit pouches packed in water, but these were in the minority, Colón-Ramos says.Even when she excluded candy and chips, Colón-Ramos found that meals made with the foods provided would exceed the upper limit recommended for daily sodium, added sugars or saturated fats.”As a public health nutritionist, I just don’t know why we are providing these foods,” she says. “How did these foods end up there, and who was monitoring them?”Colón-Ramos presented this data on June 11 at the Nutrition 2018 meeting in Boston. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans says to keep sodium below 2,300 milligrams per day and that less than 10 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fats or added sugar.A typical meal plan using the foods found in the FEMA warehouse could include a ready-to-eat cereal and milk for breakfast, a morning and afternoon snack like dried peanuts or a cereal bar, tuna salad and crackers for lunch and a pre-packaged pasta dinner, Colón-Ramos says.Following the meal plan with these foods would meet the DGA food group recommendations but exceed the dietary limits for salt, saturated fat, or added sugars.In a situation where disaster has wiped out food options, people are happy for help. And who would deny a child who has been through a hurricane a piece of candy? But it doesn’t make for a healthy eating plan in the long-term, which is what some food assistance operations in disaster zones sometimes become. As NPR has reported, the island is still struggling to access power and rebuild.”In the past and traditionally, not just in the U.S. but globally, food aid has been focused on providing enough calories and enough water,” Colón-Ramos says. “It makes perfect sense: You don’t want people to be hungry, and you don’t want people to die out of dehydration.”But now, this type of aid may be outdated and unhealthy. Thirty to 35 percent of Puerto Rican adults already are obese.Ursula Marcos Tovar, a Manati, Puerto Rico, resident, received a FEMA box in October. She says the contents of the box were applesauce cups, animal-shaped cookies, beef jerky, canned pasta, bottled water and plastic cutlery. At that time, she and her family did not have power or water.The box, which were handed out to each of the homes in her community, was too small to sustain her family of four for long, but luckily food stores in the area were starting to open. Marcos Tovar says at the time, there was only dry food available and the ATMs weren’t working due to power outages.For the first two to three months after Maria, this was all the food her family could access. She only received one box of FEMA food aid during this time.”I’m thankful for [the food], it was a terrible time after Maria,” she says. “It was a little, but it was something.”In the municipality where Colón-Ramos did her analysis, she found that there was extremely low access to healthy food even before the hurricane. There was only one major grocery store in the entire municipality, with the rest being small corner shops.Colón-Ramos says food aid should increase accessibility to nutritious food for survivors. People in the area already had access to candy and chips through local stores, but none of them had options like nonfat milk. Fruits and vegetables were limited, as well as low-sodium protein options. Those are the kinds of things that FEMA should have been providing, she says.”Any foods that are distributed by the federal programs need to abide by the U.S. dietary guidelines,” she says, including limits on salt, sugar and fat.Colón-Ramos says the federal government also offers emergency SNAP programs that allow survivors to purchase their own food. But in a situation like this, where grocery stores are limited, people could only get more of the same high-sodium and sugar snacks.FEMA said in an email to NPR that food aid meals meet guidelines developed in consultation with various groups, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In a short shelf-life meal, there would be a fat content of 47 grams or less and a sodium limit of 800 milligrams, FEMA says. FEMA did not mention any requirements on sugar content.While individual meals or snacks may fall under the fat or sodium content, Colón-Ramos found that many could not simultaneously fit the food groups in the Dietary Guidelines’ daily recommendations.For example, one serving of canned Chef Boyardee ravioli that could be found in these boxes has a full meal’s worth of sodium and seven grams of fat.FEMA manages multiple contractors, and according to The Washington Post, is moving away from MREs and snacks and towards grocery boxes and hot meals.The food aid nutrition challenge isn’t new. Greg Gottlieb, a professor in nutrition and human security at Tufts who was not involved in the research, says that in the late 1990s, he ran into a problem like this one when delivering aid to the Soviet Union.”When we opened up some of those packages, they were candy,” he says. “There were Twizzlers.”Dried fruits like raisins and apricots could be a healthier option, but it’s also important to analyze what people actually eat where the aid is being delivered, he says. On top of that, it’s hard to escape sodium in things like canned tuna and vegetables.Colón-Ramos says there is a need for better monitoring of food aid and its health value, as well as more specific guidelines for those providing help.”We’re seeing a larger prevalence of chronic diseases that are diet-related, and we’re taking that in to consideration in food aid,” she says. “And we should, because those are now the most vulnerable populations to these kinds of disasters. The repercussions of what we may provide … it could have repercussions on people’s health.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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FROM DWP TO DNS 2616 1022am Hi John Ill get

FROM DWP TO DNS 2616 1022am Hi John Ill get

first_imgFROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 10.22amHi John,I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Copying in ***** who has joined the disability desk.Best***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 31/5/16, 11.35amThanks, ***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 11.33amHi ***** (and *****)Just half an hour left…BwJohn FROM DWP to DNS 1/6/16, 2.01pmHi John,Apologies but our statement will be a little bit late, we will get it to you this afternoon. Sorry for letting you know late. Best***** FROM DWP TO DNS: 3/6/16, 9.22amFurther to my email below, I’ve just reread your email and believe the information ***** has provided to date already covers your points. Therefore, our original statement stands.Best wishes,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 1.04pmBy the way, I would still like to receive *****’s response for a follow-up, particularly as he has been working on it all morning.BwJohn FROM DWP to DNS: 1/6/16, 5.03pmHi JohnApologies again for the late response. A DWP spokesperson said:“Since December, 569 employers have registered with the Disability Confident scheme, and we’re continuing to receive around 100 registrations every month. The programme is supported by a range of major employers and small businesses across the UK – but we want to go even further to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential in the workplace.”Background:In December 2015 we introduced a registration facility on Gov.UK for employers to register their interest to become more Disability Confident.Best***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 1/6/16, 6.05pmI’m sorry, *****, but I can’t use that. It doesn’t bear any relation to the points I raised, which were all about the partners you had signed up.I stress that I’m more than happy to include this information in the story as long as you actually engage with the points made, and also explain the difference between registering interest (which doesn’t seem to impose any obligations) and becoming a partner (which I’m guessing does).I’m afraid I’m not going to allow DWP to avoid answering the actual questions I asked.Can I assume the minister is on holiday, as I did ask something from him?I also asked for a contact in the minister’s private office to arrange an interview. If you could help with that I would be grateful.Best wishes,John FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 5.30pmHi JohnJust to point out that you asked us to respond how we saw fit, which is what we did. To clarify: Being a disability confident partner means that the employer supports the scheme and we provide them with support and advice to become more disability confident, such as: Join our LinkedIn community and take part in the discussion. Share information, good practice and articles on disability employment mattersActively encourage other businesses to support the campaign -particularly amongst their networks or supply chainOffer a disabled person a work placementHost Disability Confident eventsAllow us to publicise their support of the campaign on Gov.uk.Registering interest means that once we have made improvements to the scheme we will provide the employer with details and they will be able to engage should they choose to. Have a good weekend.***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 1.03pmThanks… FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 12.50pmHi JohnApologies for any distress caused we do try our best to get answers to your questions within your deadline. ***** did provide a response yesterday – which you were not satisfied with. He has been working all morning on your follow up email.Please use the response provided yesterday. In your earlier email, you had asked us to comment on your draft how we saw fit – which we have done – rather than provide answers to specific questions.You also asked for a contact for private office re an interview at party conference. Please email ***** she is actually on leave at the moment but am sure she will pick up with you when she’s back.Kind regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 12.13pmThanks *****, but my deadline was actually yesterday. My final deadline ie when the stories are sent out, does not change. I always send my stories out between noon and 1pm on Thursday. ***** knows that (or should do).Can I point out – yet again, to DWP press office – that I have a mental health condition, and this constant running over deadlines and causing extreme stress with last minute responses puts my continuing fragile health at risk. I shouldn’t have to keep telling this to DWP – the home of Disability Confident.Best wishes,John FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 5.03pm*****You haven’t explained the difference between registering interest (which doesn’t seem to impose any obligations) and becoming a partner (which I’m guessing does) which I asked yesterday evening.And you still haven’t engaged at all with the information I sent across to you about the DC partners. Can you tell me please whether DWP is disappointed with the figures that I emailed across to you?Clearly just asking you to respond to some clear information is not enough, and I have to treat you all like children and make it very, very clear exactly what the question is, otherwise you will find a way to avoid responding to it in a sensible way.Just so disappointing. And causing all of us extra work, when I thought civil servants were supposed to be understaffed and overworked.Is this really why you became a civil servant, *****?I’ll wait to hear from you, again, *****.Best wishes,Johncenter_img FROM DNS TO DWP: 3/6/16, 10.08amWhat is unacceptable, *****, is your office using every ploy you possibly can to avoid responding to a perfectly valid request for a comment on the very low numbers of partners signed up to Disability Confident. I sent you details of my analysis of the organisation signed up as partners, and ***** responded, way over deadline, with a two-line statement that did not mention any of the information I sent to him. How is that professional?If ***** is too ‘junior’ to deal with reasoned and reasonable criticism, then I suggest he is in the wrong job. How you can attempt to justify the response you your office has given me is beyond me. Are you seriously suggesting to me that when I am treated the way I have been this week by your press office, I should just suck it up and not respond? This is really, really disappointing, but I’m not going to allow the DWP press office to yet again get under my skin and cause this to escalate.I will ask you both, yet again, to respond to the points I made yesterday by 2pm today.I suspect I will have to say in my follow-up that DWP, despite repeated attempts, has refused/avoided commenting and explaining why the numbers are so ridiculously low, but I will at least give you a chance to do your job properly and respond to the figures I emailed you about Disability Confident partners.I’ll wait to hear from you.John FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 4.23pmHi JohnHere’s a statement for your follow up: “We are currently looking at whether any further improvements can be made to Disability Confident. All of our partners, as well as the 569 employers who have already registered interest through Gov.UK, will receive details of any potential changes in due course.”We’ll be happy to keep you updated as and when we can. Best wishes,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 6.14pm*****I’m still waiting for you to respond to the information I sent across to you about the DC partners. Can you tell me please what DWP’s reaction is to the information I emailed across to you, and whether you are disappointed with them and why. Please respond to each of the criticisms included in the information ie please produce a comment in response to every paragraph I emailed you. Because of your previous failure to respond sensibly, I have pasted the paragraphs below, helpfully numbering each paragraph. Please respond to each paragraph ie paragraphs numbered 1 through 6.1 The government has signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to its flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in nearly three years since it was launched by the prime minister, new figures reveal.2 An analysis by Disability News Service shows that – with the exception of 15 law firms, and recruitment, welfare-to-work and employment specialists, which would be expected to have an interest in the subject – the government appears to have persuaded just 25 non-disability-related companies to sign up to its national scheme, and one of those is a tiny café in Cornwall.3 Fresh analysis of the partners signed up to Disability Confident shows that of the 126 organisations, nearly half – an estimated 55 – are focused on representing or working on behalf of or for disabled people, such as Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People, Mencap and Disability Rights UK.4 Another 18 are public sector organisations, while there are also three quangos, a sports governing body and two social enterprises, but only about 40 mainstream private sector companies.5 Those 40 include major employers such as Airbus, Asda, Honda, Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Fujitsu, National Grid, Taylor Wimpey and Sainsbury’s… and the Cornish Maid Café in Falmouth, Cornwall.6 The analysis suggests that the efforts of successive ministers for disabled people – Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson – have failed to persuade more than a tiny minority of businesses across the country to take the scheme seriously.Yes, I asked you to respond to the information, assuming that you would do so in a way befitting of a very well-paid civil servant ie that you would take a reasoned and sensible view of what I was looking for. Obviously I won’t do that again. Hence the above.I’ll wait to hear from you (again).John This is a blog which I shouldn’t have to write, but which I think demonstrates just how desperate the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has become to avoid admitting uncomfortable truths about its policies and performance.I believe this is an issue that raises important questions about the impartiality of the Civil Service under the current government, and the right of journalists to receive straight, clear, non-evasive answers to questions that are put to government press officers, particularly those within the DWP.It’s something I’ve been meaning to write for a while, and while DWP is by no means the only government department that is guilty of this, it is by far the worst offender.Yesterday, Disability News Service published a news story which showed that successive ministers for disabled people had signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to their flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in the three years since it was launched.The story was based on an analysis by Disability News Service (DNS) of a list that appears on the Office for Disability Issues website.That analysis shows that – with the exception of 15 law firms, and recruitment, welfare-to-work and employment specialists, which often have a financial interest in disability issues – the government seems to have persuaded just 26 non-disability-related private sector organisations to sign up to its national scheme, and one of those is a small café in Cornwall.Because I like to give DWP a chance to respond to potential stories whenever I can – it’s the responsible and professional thing to do as a journalist – I approached the press office by email in the early hours of Tuesday for a comment on my analysis.What happened over the following three or so days does – in my opinion – raise serious questions about how the DWP press office has been allowed to operate over the last six years. They were evasive, refused to respond to the points I asked them to comment on, and over-ran the agreed deadline, all of which has become standard practice (on deadlines, if they don’t over-run, the comments will arrive minutes before they expire).Personally, I don’t blame the individual press officers. My gut feeling is that they are following orders, and have been told that if they don’t follow those orders, they will be disciplined. Of course, that doesn’t completely excuse them.Here is how my communications with DWP’s press office progressed over those three days. The email exchange is included in full, minus the names of the individual press officers (it is a matter of convention that journalists do not name government press officers).I suspect not many people will want to wade through the entire email exchange but I thought it was important to publish it in full – if only for my own satisfaction – as I believe it highlights the problems myself and other journalists are facing in dealing with DWP. I would be grateful for any feedback. Perhaps I’m over-reacting, but I don’t think so… FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 11.39amHi John***** is chasing up for you now. We weren’t aware you needed something by 12:03pm. As always, we will try to come back to you as soon as possible.Kind regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 31/5/2016, 00.13amHi *****/*****Hope you both had a good bank holiday.I’ve been amusing myself by analysing the organisations that have signed up as partners to Disability Confident. I’m afraid the numbers do not look good. I thought the best thing would be for me to email you the relevant bits of a rough draft of where the story is at the moment (see below), and then you can comment as you see fit, rather than me asking you particular questions.Would be grateful for a comment from the minister if possible, please, or from DWP if he’s on a beach somewhere. My deadline is 2pm Wednesday. Please let me know if that will not be possible.Also, could you please let me have the email address for the person I need to liaise with in the minister’s office re a possible interview at party conference? I know he won’t do one, but I have to ask anyway.Best wishes,JohnThe government has signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to its flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in nearly three years since it was launched by the prime minister, new figures reveal.An analysis by Disability News Service shows that – with the exception of 15 law firms, and recruitment, welfare-to-work and employment specialists, which would be expected to have an interest in the subject – the government appears to have persuaded just 25 non-disability-related companies to sign up to its national scheme, and one of those is a tiny café in Cornwall.Fresh analysis of the partners signed up to Disability Confident shows that of the 126 organisations, nearly half – an estimated 55 – are focused on representing or working on behalf of or for disabled people, such as Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People, Mencap and Disability Rights UK.Another 18 are public sector organisations, while there are also three quangos, a sports governing body and two social enterprises, but only about 40 mainstream private sector companies.Those 40 include major employers such as Airbus, Asda, Honda, Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Fujitsu, National Grid, Taylor Wimpey and Sainsbury’s… and the Cornish Maid Café in Falmouth, Cornwall.The analysis suggests that the efforts of successive ministers for disabled people – Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson – have failed to persuade more than a tiny minority of businesses across the country to take the scheme seriously. FROM DWP TO DNS: 3/6/16, 9.07amJohn,It is completely unacceptable and inappropriate for you to converse with ***** in this way. Frankly I’m surprised that a journalist of your standing would resort to making personal insults to a junior member of staff who is simply doing a job on behalf of the Department. If you had wanted answers to specific questions, you should have emailed them across when you first contacted us. As I recall, you asked the Department to respond in a way that we saw fit, which we did. Please provide a new deadline for the questions you have asked below.Regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 1/6/16, 2.39pmThanks, *****, appreciate the update… FROM DWP TO DNS: 31/5/16, 10.29amHi JohnThanks for the enquiry, we’ll get back to you tomorrow. Best***** FROM DWP TO DNS: 3/6/16, 10.32amJohn,I’m afraid we’re going to have to draw a line under this one. We won’t be providing you a further statement on this issue.Regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 3/6/16, 11.06amI think I’m probably going to have to blog on this later, because I don’t think this has been dealt with acceptably by your office. I will not be using the names of any press officers, though.bwJohnlast_img read more

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first_imgThe disabled chair of the organisation that will manage Britain’s team at September’s Paralympic Games in Brazil has explained how it plans to use their sporting performances in Rio and beyond to “inspire a better world for disabled people”.Tim Reddish, who himself has five Paralympic swimming medals, was talking to Disability News Service (DNS) after the publication of Inspiring Excellence, the British Paralympic Association’s (BPA) new strategic plan.The five-year plan will take the organisation – which prepares, selects and manages the ParalympicsGB team – through the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, and it outlines BPA’s “vision, mission, values, strategic priorities, organisational structure and planning”.The aim, as was with the previous plan, is to “deliver real and lasting change in society through the inspirational impact of Paralympic athletes on the field of play”.But Reddish suggested that the strategy was more about showing how similar the athletes are to the viewing public than setting them up as inspirational “Superhumans”.He said he hoped that the performances of Paralympic athletes would demonstrate that they are “first and foremost human beings”.He said: “Yes, they may be seen as role models, but take that athletic performance away and they are still human beings with some kind of impairment that stops them doing things the same as someone who is non-disabled.”The hope, he said, is that non-disabled people will be more likely to “engage” with disabled people after watching the medal-winning exploits of Britain’s Paralympians, something that he says he has experienced himself as a blind person when out in public in recent years.Reddish said he could not understand the suggestion by many disabled activists that Channel 4’s new We’re The Superhumans advert (pictured), promoting the broadcaster’s upcoming coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympics – with its “Yes I Can” message – could have unintended consequences by suggesting that disabled people do not need support and do not face barriers in society and only need to try harder to succeed in life.He said: “It’s to get people to watch the Paralympic Games on Channel 4, that’s the primary objective.“I don’t think it’s doing anything more than that or anything less.”Reddish said he accepted that disabled people need support, but when asked whether BPA could speak out on rights issues and emphasise that the team’s athletes and other disabled people also rely on government support and services, he said: “We can’t do everything for everybody, and our primary focus and objective is to prepare and take the team to the games.“We can’t take that away. It’s like saying to Nissan: ‘We want you to start making Vauxhalls.’”Even so, the strategic plan says BPA’s status as a National Paralympic Committee gives it “a mandate to engage in the development of both sport and disability policy at a domestic level”, but Reddish says it is too early to say what those disability policies might be.BPA’s previous plan, published in 2012, spoke of engaging more closely with non-sports disability groups, but Reddish said this area was still “new ground for us”, although it had “started developing a relationship” with the disability charity Scope.The new plan again speaks of seeking to “build relationships across the wider disability community in the UK and understand how their broader agenda can positively be served by the Paralympics without distracting us from our core purpose or losing sight of our primary role within the sporting landscape”.Reddish said: “I wouldn’t say it’s been slow-moving but it has been about laying the foundation.“We haven’t engaged with every disability rights group. We don’t have the capacity and that’s not our job, our job is sport.”But he added: “I don’t think we managed to get to as many areas as some people or [we] would have liked to have done.”The BPA plan points to results from the latest Sport England Active People survey, which showed that fewer than one in five (17 per cent) disabled people were playing sport at least once a week, but it fails to mention that this has fallen by one percentage point since 2011-12.Reddish said: “If the figures are accurate then I am disappointed that we have not got more people with an impairment getting physically active.”He said he did not know why the figures had fallen but he was confident that disability sports governing bodies “do everything they can with the resources that they have”.Reddish also defended BPA’s decision earlier this year to link up with Cadbury, which released a special edition of its chocolate mini eggs to raise money for the ParalympicsGB team at Rio.He said: “It’s about a partnership, it’s not just about the money.“There’s no evidence to say that because BPA and ParalympicsGB are involved that more people are eating more chocolate.”He said the company wanted to be “part of what we are trying to achieve, inspiring through sport”, and to help BPA inspire more people to be physically active, “not to sell more bars of chocolate”, while he said Cadbury’s staff were also raising money for the team.Asked why there was no reference in the strategic plan to the need to increase the number of disabled staff working for BPA or the number of disabled people on its board – following a DNS survey which found just one disabled board member out of nine, and just three disabled people among its 33 paid staff – he said: “I would love to see more and more people with an impairment on our board and other boards.“I want to see them come through and I want them to have the skills, knowledge and experience, but there’s no automatic entry anywhere just because they are a disabled person because that’s not fair to the organisation, and it’s not fair to the athletes.“It’s about having the best people in the right place at the right time.”He added: “I was elected as chairman not because of my impairment but because I was the most appropriate person the membership looked at to move the organisation forward over a period of time.“To get more people on the board with an impairment, we have got to give them the opportunities to learn the trade.“I would encourage our membership to identify people with an impairment suitable to be nominated and then they get voted on at the election meeting next year.”Looking ahead to Rio, he said the ParalympicsGB team would be “prepared well” and that he was sure the athletes would “deliver on the field of play”.He said he was “optimistic” that the team could achieve the target of winning one more medal than at the home games of London 2012, something that had never been done before by a host nation in the next Paralympic Games.But he said he was curious to see how much impact the much-praised London 2012 Paralympic Games has had on Brazil.He said: “I think we have to take London 2012 at the moment, until we have experienced Rio, as a bit of an outlier, in a positive way, because not everybody in every nation around the world will be the same as what we did in London.”And he warned that there could be “some teething problems” for Paralympians because Rio would be putting on the Olympic Games and then transforming its facilities to host the Paralympics.He contrasted that with London 2012, which had asked “What do we need for the Paralympic Games?” and had then worked backwards from there, avoiding such a difficult transition between the end of the Olympics and the beginning of the Paralympics.But he said: “I am sure they will be ready. There are always teething problems at every single Paralympic Games and our athletes are used to it and will go with the flow.”last_img read more

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