UKIPs disability spokeswoman has refused to expla

UKIPs disability spokeswoman has refused to expla

first_imgUKIP’s disability spokeswoman has refused to explain both how the party has managed to confuse two key disability benefits in its election manifesto, and – for the second election running – which parts of the UN disability convention it supports. UKIP’s manifesto includes a section titled “Ending the injustice of personal independence payments”, which describes how personal independence payment (PIP) seems to have become “a covert way of slashing the benefit bill”.It discusses how many disabled people have fallen into debt while awaiting their appeals after being turned down for PIP, and how more than 50,000 people have lost their Motability vehicles after being found ineligible for the higher rate of PIP mobility support, in the move from disability living allowance.But at the end of this section, the party says a UKIP government would deal with the PIP problems by reforming the work capability assessment (WCA), the eligibility test for out-of-work disability benefits, which is completely unrelated to PIP.It has so far refused to explain how it managed to make such a basic error.The party also faces further questions about its commitment to disability rights, as the manifesto says the party remains committed to its promise to “protect the rights of the disabled”, a pledge made in its 2015 general election manifesto.But the 2015 pledge said only that UKIP was “fully committed to protecting the rights of disabled people, as set out in Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”.Article 19 is a key part of the UN disability convention, but only refers to disabled people’s right to independent living.Two years ago, Disability News Service tried repeatedly to discover whether UKIP was committed to the other 49 articles in the convention, which includes sections on accessibility; the right to life; personal mobility; freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; access to justice; freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse; respect for privacy; and liberty of movement and nationality.But neither the party’s press office nor its disability spokeswoman, Star Anderton (pictured), were able to explain which articles the party endorsed.This week, both Anderton and the party’s press office have again refused to clarify whether it backs only article 19 or all of the convention.It appears likely that it does not endorse at least one of the articles, on inclusive education, because the UKIP manifesto pledges to “reverse the policy of closing special schools”.Elsewhere in the manifesto, UKIP promises to increase spending on social care by £2 billion a year, and says it would “prioritise early intervention schemes and community-based models of care that promote independence and wellbeing, such as supported living arrangements”, while it says that “institutional and acute care models should be a last-resort”.There is also reference to the campaigning work of the website Disability United, which revealed earlier this year how many NHS primary care organisations had quietly introduced cost-cutting policies that could see disabled people with complex healthcare needs shunted into residential or nursing homes against their wishes.UKIP’s manifesto says the party would “make sure those with on-going health care needs choose where they wish to live, unless they are unable to make that choice themselves, or care at home becomes unviable”.UKIP also says it would increase spending on mental health services by at least £500 million a year.And it says it would set up a fund worth £80 million a year to provide grants of up to £3,000 for smaller childcare providers to make their premises more accessible and train staff, so they can “open their doors to more children with special needs”.Among other pledges, the manifesto says a UKIP government would abolish the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – repeating a promise from its 2015 manifesto – which it says has caused a “vicious circle of misery”.Two years ago, UKIP said it would place CQC’s duties to inspect and regulate the NHS and social care in the hands of new “county health boards made up of health and social care professionals elected locally by their peers”, although it has not been able to provide any further details of those plans this week.The party also promises to repeal Labour’s Human Rights Act, remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, and introduce a new UK bill of rights.But the party has yet to say which parts of the Human Rights Act it would drop in the move to a bill of rights.There are 26 mentions of the words “disabled”, “disability” or “disabilities” in the UKIP manifesto.last_img read more

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Ticking Tree Bomb Ficus trees damage storefronts create pedestrian hazards on 24th

Ticking Tree Bomb Ficus trees damage storefronts create pedestrian hazards on 24th

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Merchants and residents of the lower 24th Street corridor are under attack — from above and below. By ficus trees. Problematic ficus trees are increasingly becoming a headache for area denizens, with roots causing damage to storefronts, raising the sidewalks unevenly and creating tripping hazards, and posing a constant danger of losing heavy limbs on windy days. “The trees can come down at literally any moment and kill someone,” said Marta Sanchez, the owner of the chip company Casa Sanchez, which used to have a restaurant on 24th Street. Sanchez, who grew up in the Mission, said two 24th Street properties owned by her 99-year-old aunt, Lupe Sanchez, have been damaged by ficus trees’ hulking roots growing into her buildings. center_img In one of them, at 2762 24th Street, Sanchez said, the tree’s roots have infiltrated the property and damaged the building’s plumbing, causing the toilets to routinely clog. “Plumbers have been to the [the property] at least once a month,” she said. This is a costly proposition: Marta Sanchez says her aunt stands to shell out upwards of $50,000 to remove roots that have grown into her backyard. “She’s already spent thousands of dollars, and the city hasn’t responded once,” Sanchez said. Sanchez added that the company that helps Sanchez’s aunt manage the property wants to cancel its agreement because it does not wish to be held liable if someone trips and injures themselves in front of the property. Sanchez’s family also fears potential litigation. “The last thing we want is for her to be served with a lawsuit,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said she has complained to the city on three different instances: in August 2016, November 2017, and late last month. Always, she says, the answer is the same: “They won’t be able to look at it until 2020.”  At Lupe Sanchez’s other property, a single-story commercial building at 2904 24th Street that currently houses the restaurant El Tomate, a ficus tree’s roots have grown so far into the storefront that the tiled flooring resembles a ruptured earthquake fault. “It started way outside and it’s working its way into our kitchen now,” said Maria Palacios, the manager, noting that the problems accelerated a little more than a year ago. “The whole floor wiggles, so when an old person walks in here, they can trip,” she said, adding that a couple months ago, a older man using a cane did, indeed, nearly fall. Palacios walked into the entrance to the kitchen, where damage was beginning to appear, noting that the kitchen and cooking equipment would be susceptible to damage by the invading roots. If the roots keep moving into the kitchen, she said “we can’t cook in this establishment.” Not a city treeAnd this problem is not isolated. Up and down 24th Street, business owners told Mission Local the ficus trees have become a major nuisance. The leaves pile up and accumulate within storefronts. In many cases, the roots have raised the sidewalk in front of stores, creating tripping hazards. And in some cases, like that of El Tomate, the roots are running under the store, causing damage to a store’s flooring. The problems associated with ficus trees — primarily failing limbs caused by improper pruning — have emerged as a citywide problem in recent years. This led to Public Works director Mohammed Nuru in 2014 signing a directive to make it easier to remove troublesome foliage. The city stopped planting the trees years ago due to their unsuitability for the urban environment. “If you put it in another location, it’s a great tree,” said Dan Flanagan, executive director of the San Francisco nonprofit group Friends of the Urban Forest, told the Chronicle after a ficus branch crushed a sports utility vehicle in 2014. All told, there around 624 ficus trees in the Mission District, and 112 of them line 24th Street. “Those trees have been a love-hate relationship for a lot of different people over the years,” said Erick Arguello of the Calle 24 Merchants Association.Ficus roots have done a number on the tile floors at El Tomate. Photo by Julian Mark.He remembers the trees being first planted in the early 1980s, when few understood the problems they would cause decades later. Arguello also remembers that the city promoted planting the ficus trees because, at the time, it was believed they required relatively little maintenance. Since the trees have begun to pose problems in recent years, he’s heard complaints of falling limbs, roots growing into structures, and pigeons nesting in their thick canopies — creating a guano problem. Over the last few years, he said, community members along the corridor agreed that when ficus trees are removed, they will be replaced by red maples (which have lighter canopies and are easier to maintain), and ginkgos at the corridor intersections.  But he said some people do actually like trees because they provide shade, keep air clean, and give the corridor character. He estimated all of the ficuses would be replaced in 20 years, as Calle 24 favors gradual change. “Because so many changes are happening in the neighborhood, this pace is much easier for folks to adjust to,” he said. Advertisement AdvertisementSan Francisco Department of Public Works spokeswoman Rachel Gordon said the city department is monitoring the 24th Street trees, especially if they pose structural risks. “In 2012, we came to an agreement with the community that ficus trees only would be removed on an as-needed basis and phased out over years,” she wrote in an email. Gordon noted that 155 complaints have been made this year regarding trees on the 24th Street corridor, and 19 of them were specifically about tree roots uplifting sidewalks.“Property owners can choose to repair sidewalk damage caused by trees prior to the City repairing the sidewalk,” she said. “In the meantime, property owners are liable for any damage or injury resulting from sidewalk damage that existed prior to July 1, 2017.”As for Lupe Sanchez’s properties?Both trees are scheduled to be pruned next year, Gordon said. But only the tree outside 2904 24th Street are scheduled to be removed in 2020. The one at 2762 is not, she said.While no sweeping ficus removal is planned for 24th Street, Gordon said, 15 of them are slated for removal on lower 24th.They’re everywhereArturo Tafolla was taking orders at his busy restaurant, Taqueria San Francisco, on Wednesday afternoon. “The problem is the roots coming into our building,” Tafolla said, pointing at his floor. “You can see the floor lifting up.” He said he worries he’ll have to soon pay for the damage. “Pretty soon it’s going to lift the tile so bad we’re going to have to do something about it,” he said. Maria Garcia, who owns Mary’s Beauty Salon, where a ficus tree has torn up the sidewalk in front of the store, stood next to the offending plant, pointing to the uneven and torn-up sidewalk. “I don’t know how long it will take to get inside” her business, she said. Her friend filed a complaint with the city on her behalf about a month ago, she said, but she hasn’t seen any action. “They’ll wait until my businesses goes up and up and up,” Garcia said, laughing.Garcia was also concerned about people tripping on the gnarled sidewalk in front of her store. She said she sees people trip frequently, including when her 73-year-old mother almost fell in recent months. Pointing to the sidewalk, she said, “Before, it looked even, but now it’s going up, little by little.” Next door at La Mexicana Bakery, manager Alexis Trinidad said he sees people tripping over the large bump about twice a week. He also said that when he gets to work in the morning, he frequently sees rats living in the crevices created by the raised sidewalk. “Rats right here,” he said, pointing to the crack. “Always.” John Yoon, the owner of Kazan Sushi on 24th, said the root of the ficuses in front of his store have not quite reached his building, but he has been watching the damaged sidewalk inching closer to the door. “It might affect the building if it keeps coming up,” he said. Like other business owners stuck with ficus problems along the corridor, Yoon worries the damaged sidewalk creates a safety hazard. “People will trip and they’ll sue me instead of the city,” he said.They speak for the treesBut removing ficus trees, no matter how dangerous they may be or ill-suited they are to urban settings, can be a point of tension: Some neighbors see the benefits of keeping them and will fight to keep them. “We’re against removing the trees,” Luis Gutiérrez, the owner of La Reyna Bakery on 24th, told Mission Local in January, when the city notified businesses and residents in the area that it would be removing five trees near the bakery.  “They serve more good than bad,” he continued, before listing all the reasons why he wants to keep the mature trees, such as providing privacy for people’s homes and giving the street a distinct character.Dennis “Tree” Rubenstein, a longtime advocate of preserving trees in the city and resident of the neighborhood, bemoaned gradual loss of trees in the neighborhood. “Now they’re just picking off trees slowly,” he said in January about the five trees in question. “It’s gonna really change the feel of the area.”Two decades ago, city supervisor Jose Medina attempted to replace 180 ficus trees along lower 24th Street with smaller trees. Public Works also ordered the removal of 73 ficus trees that had been causing problems. But activists gathered more than 700 signatures on a petition and successfully blocked both attempts to remove the trees. When the city first planted the ficuses decades ago, Sanchez did not realize the problems they would cause some 40 years later. “They were really cute, and now they’re really huge,” Sanchez said. “More than anything, they’re damaging the infrastructure up and down 24th street, and the city hasn’t done anything at all.”  last_img read more

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SAINTS are up to third in the First Utility Super

first_imgSAINTS are up to third in the First Utility Super League following a 40-16 win over Castleford.After surviving an early scare they overcame the Tigers with two tries in three first half minutes – and then put it to bed with solid defence in the second.The returning cool hand Lukes – Thompson and Walsh – played crucial roles in the victory, giving Saints much needed direction and energy.Kyle Amor also led a strong pack performance that never looked back once it got on top of its Tigers’ counterparts.“Start well” has been Keiron Cunningham’s battle cry over recent weeks, following some indifferent openings, so he wouldn’t have been happy with the first two minutes of the match.Not only were two penalties given away but Luke Gale found Luke Dorn in acres of space for the first try.But Saints hit back two minutes later through Matty Fleming who took Adam Swift’s pass.The try coming off the back of some great skill.On the last and under pressure, Walsh offloaded to Jon Wilkin who put up a fine kick close to the try line.Swifty then outjumped Ryan Hampshire and found his centre in close attendance for his fourth of the season.Jonny Lomax produced a try saving tackle on Dorn 12 minutes in and then quick defence stopped another Tigers’ attack.But another error handed the impetus to the visitors and Rangi Chase hit Hampshire for a walk in.It was a blow but Saints didn’t hang around in turning Cas around.Sustained pressure thanks to good runs from Wilkin and Thompson put them in good field position before Morgan Knowles was caught on a superb line.Walsh’s second conversion putting the hosts ahead.Saints were in the driving seat and on their very next attack stretched the lead.Dorn knocked on Turners’ towering bomb and Kyle Amor wasted no time in putting his body on the line and stretching over.After a great start, the Tigers were at sixes and sevens and their job was made worse when Chase was sent to the bin for tripping Jonny Lomax on a kick through with five minutes remaining.The excellent Luke Thompson then increased the pain as he took Walsh’s pass at pace.Saints begun the second half on the back foot to the 12-men Tigers – defending two sets before coming away with a penalty.Swift went close on 50 minutes and five minutes later Castleford had one chalked off for a knock on.Handling errors were the tale of the tape until Wilkin forced a drop out with a cute chip.LMS was mightily close to pouncing on the loose ball, but made no mistake on 61 minutes with a physical effort.Saints produced their best try of the night ten minutes later.Lomax took a high ball and went 60 metres before feeding Adam Swift. He was hauled down but Amor took it up and offloaded for Owens to find LMS.The ball was then sent left for Swift to fly over in the corner.Will Maher crossed in the final stages – off a blatant forward pass – to give the lively Castleford fans something to cheer, but it was always Saints’ night. And that was underlined when Walmsley powered over as the hooter rang out. Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Fleming, Knowles, Amor, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Swift, WalmsleyGoals: Walsh (5 from 6), Owens (1 from 1)Tigers:Tries: Dorn, Hampshire, MaherGoals: Gale (2 from 3)Penalties:Saints: 11Tigers: 6HT: 24-10FT: 40-16REF: J SmithATT: 9448Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 22. Jack Owens, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 24. Matty Fleming, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 15. Greg Richards, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Joe Greenwood, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.Tigers:1. Luke Dorn; 18. Ryan Hampshire, 19. Ben Crooks, 24. Greg Minikin, 5. Denny Solomona; 35. Rangi Chase, 7. Luke Gale; 16. Matt Cook, 15. Paul McShane, 32. Larne Patrick, 3. Jake Webster, 17. Junior Moors, 9. Adam Milner.Subs: 23. Will Maher, 31. Conor Fitzsimmons, 34. Paddy Flynn, 37. Brandon Douglas.last_img read more

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We have a whole host of entertainment both on and

We have a whole host of entertainment both on and

first_imgWe have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open 4pm.Turnstiles – Open 5:15pm.Academy – The 19s take on their Widnes counterparts at 5:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Air Factory – Two trampolines from our partners Air Factory St Helens will be at the ground – jump on and enjoy!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints. We also have some great offers too!Member Offer 1 – If you’re a member, and you buy a burger, we’ll double it up for you!Member Offer 2 – You can get a pie and hot drink for £3.50.Contactless Payment – will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side and Marching Inn bars to speed up your service.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!Armed Forces Tribute – As part of our tribute to the armed forces, we will have a guard of honour on the pitch and a bucket collection for ABF: The Soldiers’ Charity.Warrior Challenge – Andy Reid will be continuing the challenge that will see him take in 400 miles of cycling, 125 miles of kayaking and 17,500 feet of total ascent. He will be cycling under the North East corner. To find out more click here. We will also be auctioning off the players’ warm up tops for the cause next week.Match Sponsors: The match is sponsored by Typhoo with Air Factory St Helens our Corporate Sponsor. Kingstone Press are sponsoring the Match Ball.Team News:Saints have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore is open until kick-off and we will also be open for 45 minutes after the game. Our new look trainingwear will also be on sale.Programme:Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale. Featuring an interview with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, who is set to play his 300th career game, it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there? There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiSecurity:At the Saints we take the safety of our fans and supporters very seriously.We have a highly trained ground safety and stewarding team to ensure that every visit to the Totally Wicked Stadium continues to be an enjoyable, safe and comfortable experience.In light of recent events, there will be additional security checks at the game. We advise fans to arrive early and not to bring anything into the ground which is unnecessary.All bags will be searched on entry and there will be additional security checks to ensure the match proceeds as safely as possible. We also ask that fans remain vigilant at all times and if they spot something that is suspicious alert a steward.We thank everyone for their assistance in ensuring gameday at the Totally Wicked Stadium is the best possible experience for all.last_img read more

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Wilmington Police arrest driver accused of hitting couple on moped

Wilmington Police arrest driver accused of hitting couple on moped

first_img (Photo: WPD) Police say it was around midnight when Mitchell struck the couple at the intersection of 11th and Market Streets, pushing them into oncoming traffic.Police say Mitchell had been traveling behind them for several blocks from the downtown area. Javon Waddell Mitchell (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of hitting a married couple on a moped, yelling at them, and then driving off, is now behind bars.Wilmington Police say Javon Waddell Mitchell, 29, for a hit-and-run that happened on October 28.- Advertisement – (Photo: WPD)center_img 1 of 3 Both riders were hit by the car, but the moped driver managed to maintain control. The moped driver yelled for Mitchell to pull over. Police say Mitchell rolled down his window, gestured obscenely, and yelled at the couple.Related Article: Victim identified in Houston Moore shooting; WPD offering reward for infoMitchell drove off and the victims followed, despite their minor injuries and damage to the scooter.Police say the victims followed Mitchell for several miles to an apartment complex on Cinema Drive. While pursuing the suspect, the passenger was on the phone with 911 describing the vehicle and providing a partial registration plate.Once at the apartment complex, EMS arrived and took the wife to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Using the partial tag, investigators determined  Mitchell was the owner and driver of the vehicle. He is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage and reckless driving to endanger.last_img read more

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Bladen County meth lab bust leads to one arrest

Bladen County meth lab bust leads to one arrest

first_imgAlbert Thomas (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is behind bars after a meth lab bust near White Lake during a multi-agency operation in late November.The investigation began after White Lake Police Department noticed unusual activity and information from the public.- Advertisement – The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and White Lake Police went to 7529 Hwy 41 East in Elizabethtown Wednesday and found cocaine and people believed to be making meth.According to the sheriff’s office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was then requested to help deposed of the hazardous materials.Law enforcement executed a search warrant Thursday at the Elizabethtown home and reportedly seized multiple items used in manufacturing of meth.Related Article: FIRST ON 3: Deputy’s vehicle hit during traffic stop in Brunswick Co.Albert Milton Thomas II, 57, was arrested.He is at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center under a $50,000 secure bond.Thomas was charged with five counts of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing precursors, one count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping or selling controlled substances, one count of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine.last_img read more

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Għaxaq double murder – Bonnicis employer describes him as a serious man

Għaxaq double murder – Bonnicis employer describes him as a serious man

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img The compilation of witnesses in the case of the double murder in Għaxaq continues on Tuesday. Joseph Bonnici is being accused of killing his mother and sister, Marija Lourdes and Angele Bonnici in March. Magistrate Joe Mifsud remarked that 17 witnesses have been heard to date and that the field were the bodies were found in Ghaxaq will be inspected on the 3rd of June. The a number of police offers took to the stand and explained how they located the mallet used by the accused to kill his relatives, and how the accused had gone to report that is mother and sister were missing, and the further investigations that took place the following day amongst others. Representative from local telephone companies were also asked to provide details of communication from and to the accused phone, and another two profiles one of which is unregistered. A representative from the passport office also confirmed that the murdered women had never owned passports.The employer of the accused said that Joseph Bonnici had requested two day off on Tuesday starting from that day as he was not feeling well. He also described the accused as a serious individual. The case will continue on the 24th of April. A detailed report of Tuesday’s court session in Maltese may be read here. last_img read more

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Updated Road accident in Victoria

Updated Road accident in Victoria

first_imgJoseph RefaloJoseph Refalo A road accident happened in Victoria, Gozo at around 10.45 am on Monday. In the accident, a car driven by a 54-year-old woman from Ta’ Sannat and a motorcycle driven by a 66-year-old man from Nadur crashed into each other in front of the post-secondary school in Triq Fortunato Mizzi. An ambulance was called on site as the motorcyclist needed medical attention. His condition is yet unknown. <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> WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more

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Man involved in gang rape sentenced to 85 years in prison

Man involved in gang rape sentenced to 85 years in prison

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint A 32 year old man was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison after confessing to have been involved in the abduction and gang rape of a 21 year old woman from Italy six years ago.The incident occurred when the woman was walking towards Valletta in March 2013. It was then that a car with four men inside stopped next to her. The men then pushed her into the car and abducted her. Although the victim tried to call her brother for help, the abductors took her mobile.The victim tried to escape the car as it approached Paola, however, it was to no avail. It was at this point that one of the men tried to choke her. As the car arrived in Ħal Far, the men, one of them being Liban Hussein Mohamud, assaulted her two times each. When it was all over and done with, the men gave her back her clothes and fled from the scene. The woman then asked for help from a nearby factory.Since there was chance that the case would face trial, Mohamud decided to confess for all the accusations made against him. He was then sentenced to 8.5 years in prison. Judge Consuelo Scerri Herrera also fined him €4,839 and suspended his license for a year.Read: Nurse accused of repeatedly raping womanWhatsApplast_img read more

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BrainShare Goes to Semi Finals of VentureOut Challenge

BrainShare Goes to Semi Finals of VentureOut Challenge

first_imgAdvertisement Semifinalists for the VentureOut Internalization Challenge, have been announced. The mobile application internationalization contest challenge attracted 113 submissions from 19 countries, East Africa having 20 submissions – 13 from Kenya, 5 from Tanzania and 2 from Uganda. BrainShare, a Ugandan entry has made it to the semi finals following it’s success at the PivotEast 2013 challengeTheir submissions have been judged by business and mobile app experts and the top 24 semifinalists have been announced.The 24 semifinalists will receive personalized mentorship, organized by each of the eight local technology community partners. Using feedback from the VentureOut judges and their mentors they will upgrade their applications by September 24 for round two of judging. The top 12 finalists will be announced on October 2, and subsequently paired with internationally-based mentors with whom they’ll meet during the month of October, leading up to the finalists’ event. – Advertisement – The finalists will be preparing for the Dragon’s Den, a pitching exposition to compete for $10,000 in seed funding thatwill be held in Moldova this October 30-November 1, 2013. Thanks to a great partnership with TechCrunch, one selected VentureOut entrepreneur will also be attending TechCrunch’s DisruptEurope event in Berlin this October 28 and 29, 2013. Blackberry is also contributing to the prizes available for the top 12.The African Teams in the Semi Finals of VentureOut ChallengeBrainShare enables students to easily access eBooks, notes and past papers to help them study and prepare for exams.Charles MuhindoUgandaGoMetro is a transit app for emerging markets that combines trains, buses, rapid transit and taxis into one app using multiple data sources.Alicia ErnstzenSouth AfricaJoois is a social gaming network for mobile phones.WaliaulaMakokhaKenyaMa3Route is a mobile/web/SMS platform that crowd-sources transport data and provides users with updates on traffic, directions and driving reports.Laban OkuneKenyaMarodi.tv is a replay TV platform for mobile and web playing TV programs from channels in Senegal and Cameroon.Jimmy KUMAKOSenegalNearest Locator helps you easily find nearest places like: ATMs, banks, eateries, hospitals, pharmacies and more.Ayoola ajebekuNigeriaProwork empowers businesses by bringing project management and collaboration together on one platform.Francis Onwumere NigeriaRubiQube recommends locally developed mobile apps to their target market through a location-based app recommendation system.Mahmood Oyewo NigeriaWaabeh is Africa’s audio market place helping with discovery and distribution of audio content from the continent.King’ori Maina KenyaXCommodity is an online commodities market and auction house to enhance the movement of commodities across continents.Sefik BagdadiogluTanzanialast_img read more

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Walt Disney considering possible bid for Twitter

Walt Disney considering possible bid for Twitter

first_imgAdvertisement Walt Disney Co. is working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter Inc., according to The Wall Street Journal.Twitter, with a stock-market value of about $20 billion, has also held preliminary talks with Salesforce Inc.Speculation that Twitter will be sold has been gathering steam in recent months, including last week’s news of Salesforce’s interest, given the social-media company’s slumping stock and difficulties in attracting new users and advertising revenue. – Advertisement – The takeover talks have been fueled by Twitter’s sluggish growth in users and revenue, perennial turnover among senior executives and a lack of mission and business plan as focused as those of competitors like Facebook Inc.[related-posts]Credit: WSJlast_img read more

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Light starting to shine brightly in Sunderland

Light starting to shine brightly in Sunderland

first_img[dropcap]C[/dropcap]helsea v Man U probably gets the vote for the Premier League match of the day – but I’m intrigued by the first game of the weekend, Sunderland v Southampton at the Stadium Of Light (12.45pm BT SPORT).Sunderland have finally found some momentum and are starting to panic those backers who have taken ultra short odds on them being relegation certainties.They climbed off the bottom of the table last weekend with a stunning 4-1 win over fellow strugglers Fulham at Craven Cottage and a further three points today would lift them out of the bottom three (even if just for a short time).This could actually be their most important game of the whole season, and they’ll fancy their chances against a Southampton side who have gone off the boil after a superb start to the season, not to mention plenty of off the pitch drama this week with the departure of the chairman which in turn has left the future of manager Mauricio Pochettino in doubt.Saints won for only the second time in 10 Premier League matches at home to West Brom last weekend (W2, D2, L6). They also came unstuck against Sunderland in the Carling Cup – in which Sunderland have a great chance of reaching the final and will take a one goal lead to the semi final second leg at Old Trafford.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Nov 2013 Capital One Sunderland 2-1 SouthamptonAug 2013 Premier Southampton 1-1 SunderlandMay 2013 Premier Sunderland 1-1 SouthamptonDec 2012 Premier Southampton 0-1 SunderlandApr 2007 Championship Southampton 1-2 SunderlandNov 2006 Championship Sunderland 1-1 SouthamptonJan 2003 Premiership Sunderland 0-1 SouthamptonDec 2002 Premiership Southampton 2-1 SunderlandMar 2002 Premiership Sunderland 1-1 SouthamptonDec 2001 Premiership Southampton 2-0 SunderlandI expect Sunderland to win as Gus Poyet continues to improve the north east side who looked down for the count.At around 7/5 that will do for me. And the plan will then be just to settle back and watch Chelsea v Man U. Because when it comes to Man U… I haven’t got a clue anymore.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points SUNDERLAND at around 7/5 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): LOSS 25.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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Djerejian Available for Israeli Election Commentary

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713) 831-4794 DJEREJIAN AVAILABLE FOR ISRAELI ELECTION COMMENTARY Edward P. Djerejian, director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria, will be available tocomment on Israeli election results this week.To schedule an interview please contact Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice University News Office, at (713) 831-4794 or byE-mail at mcinelli@rice.edu. ###last_img

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Report New health care distribution model could save lives in developing countries

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid RuthRice University713-348-6327druth@rice.edu Hannah Abney George W. Bush Institute 469-374-5472habney@bushcenter.com Report: New health care distribution model could save lives in developing countriesEach year millions of children and adults in the world’s poorest countries die from lack of access to medicine and health care. A new report from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and the George W. Bush Institute offers a solution for improving distribution methods for health care information, products and services. The report, “Delivering Health Care to the Global Poor: Solving the Accessibility Problem,” was authored by Rice’s Marc Epstein, distinguished research professor of management, and Eric G. Bing, director for global health at the Bush Institute. It appears in the latest edition of the MIT Press publication Innovations.“People are dying from diseases that we know how to cure, such as tuberculosis, malaria and dysentery,” Epstein said. “But there are a number of current problems in the way that we deliver life-saving medicine, technologies and care. And this is where business professionals can step in and make a difference: Businesses know how to disseminate products and services.”In developing countries, health care often relies on both the public and private sectors. Unfortunately, these sectors are often poorly coordinated, regulated and supported, which results in gaps in services, lost opportunities and unsustainable systems, Epstein said. In many countries, health care providers compete with each other. Often, these providers serve only marginally overlapping markets with radically different types of services. Thus, significant benefits can follow from integrating a comprehensive distribution plan.In the report (see page 128), Epstein and Bing identify five distribution channels last_img read more

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The Differences Between a FullTime MBA in New York City and Toronto

The Differences Between a FullTime MBA in New York City and Toronto

first_img SchoolFinancial Times Ranking (2018)The Economist Ranking (2017) Last Updated Feb 21, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Ryerson’s full-time MBA stands out thanks to its Management of Technology and Innovation (MBA-MTI) program, which provides graduates with skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Despite it’s technical sounding name, the MBA-MTO is not a technical program. Instead students enrolled in this track graduate with the skills needed to manage within companies that are focused on tech and innovation.Breaking Down the NumbersEven for those who do not pay extra for room and board, expenses for U.S. residents studying at many NYC business schools will be higher than their neighbors to the north. According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Toronto is 24 percent less than the cost of living in New York City, and rent is nearly 40 percent less.However, the value of the individual school tends to favor New York City programs over its Toronto counterparts. NYU Stern is currently the 12th overall on the U.S. News & World Report 2018 ranking, with CBS coming even higher at 9th overall. The ranking comparison remains consistent with The Economist as well, with CBS coming in 9th (again), Stern coming in 14th. The highest ranked Canadian program in The Economist ranking—Ivey Business School—came in 59th.NYC/Toronto MBA Rankings SchulichNR69 The Differences Between a Full-Time MBA in New York City and Toronto $77,900 (Full Cost, Canada Resident)$110,562 (Full Cost, U.S. Resident)$107,749 (Full Cost, U.S. Resident) New York and Toronto are the largest cities in the United States and Canada, respectively. Both are major financial and cultural centers, and home to millions of hard-working students, employees, and businesses.Both metros are also home to a number of quality business schools, each with their own prestigious full-time MBA programs. How do New York and Toronto compare as cities and as destinations for your full-time MBA studies? Let’s take a deeper dive and see.LocationThe most bustling and populous metro in the United States, New York City is is the capital of the business world. More Fortune 500 companies are headquartered here than in any other city. The Big Apple is not only home to Wall Street and the world’s largest financial institutions, but also media, marketing and advertising companies. New York is an enormous city and, unfortunately, expensive to live in, so it may not be for everyone. When looking at metros with bustling financial sectors and companies, New York is often is the first to come to mind. But how about it neighbor to the north? Toronto is also considered one of the world’s fast-growing financial hubs. An article on the Huffington Post explains how Toronto has risen into the top 10 of the world’s most important financial centers. According to the Global Financial Centres Index from Z/Yen Group and Qatar Financial Centre, Toronto has surpassed Chicago and Boston to become the second-most important financial center in North America, and eighth in the world.According to one unidentified New York banker quoted in the Global Financial Centres Index survey, “Toronto seems to get stronger and stronger. A number of our rivals have opened up subsidiaries there.”New York City Full-Time MBA ProgramsColumbia Business SchoolStern School of Business – New York UniversityGabelli School of Business – Fordham UniversityZicklin School of Business – Baruch CollegeWhat stands out about these programs?A Columbia MBA opens up countless career options and is sure to pay off in the long run. The median starting salaries for Columbia MBAs is $125,000, with 34 percent of full-time MBA of graduates being employed in the financial services industry. Students may assemble their own elective tracks, but the school also provides recommend course tracks for students interested in careers in entrepreneurship, healthcare, marketing, media, real estate, value investing, and social enterprise.Meanwhile, Stern’s MBA curriculum gives students tons of flexibility, and allows degree seekers to choose one or two MBA specializations, NYU allows up to three specializations from 20 plus options. Stern makes sure that all students enrolled in the full-time program are ready for business school: Stern hosts a mandatory two-week orientation program in August called “Launch” as well as a special “Summer Start” program that allows students the school believes may need additional preparation to earn up to six credits before starting courses with their classmates in September.Both Gabelli and Zicklin’s full-time programs feature cohort-based structures. Gabelli’s program features a New York immersion experience where, over the course of five days, students are exposed to a number of company visits with corporations like Deutsche Bank, Money.net, and Hewlett Packard. As an alternative to completing a major, Zicklin students may pursue a joint JD/MBA in conjunction with Brooklyn Law School or New York Law School.Toronto’s Full-Time MBA ProgramsDeGroote School of Business – McMaster UniversityIvey Business School – Western University CanadaSchulich School of Business – York UniversityTed Rogers School of Management – Ryerson UniversityWhat stands out about these programs?DeGroote’s full-time MBA is a 16-month program ideal for candidates who are early in their career and want to gain advanced business knowledge in order to have more job opportunities. McMaster is one of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 100 in the world, including by premiere publications like The Financial Times.Ivey’s full-time program stands out because it can be completed in one year. During the year, students will learn business essentials from Canada’s only case-based MBA program. Students are able to experience real-world business scenarios through more than 300 cases a year, providing them of hands-on experience for how to best handle a variety of business scenarios.The Sculich School of Business full-time MBA program is non-traditional due to its amorphous teaching format: The organization, pedagogy, and style of classes is determined solely by the most effective way to teach a particular course. This means that while some course instructors make extensive use of case studies, others do not. Other approaches to delivering courses include in-class presentations, role-playing exercises and visiting speakers and business leaders.Schulich’s program, however, is on the more expensive side when it comes to Toronto metro business schools. The current full cost of the program in 2018-19 is $77,900 CAD for Canada residents, and $99,400 for international residents. While the tuition costs are actually higher than the likes of NYU Stern or the Columbia Business School full-time programs, because of the cost of living in New York City, the price is actually negligible—especially for Canadian residents.Schulich/NYU/Columbia Full-Time MBA Costs regions: New York City / Toronto NYU Stern2314center_img Columbia Business School79 The higher rankings and costs tend to, unsurprisingly, have a high correlation with financial output. MBA graduates from higher-ranked NYC metro schools tend to do better in terms of salary and bonuses. As previously mentioned, CBS Class of 2017 MBA grads pulled in a median annually salary of $125,000. Class of 2017 Schulich grads, in comparison, made an average median salary of around $90,000 USD.For more information on the best full-time programs, check out our New York City and Toronto metro pages. York/SchulichNYU/SternColumbia Business School RelatedFull-Time MBA Battle: New York vs. PhillyWhether it’s Giants vs. Eagles or the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell, New York City and Philadelphia are two cities famous for being at odds with one another. Putting these cultural and historic differences aside, however, and you’ll find common ground between the Mid-Atlantic’s biggest cities: Both metros…September 11, 2017In “Biz Degree Faceoff”Pick Your City: Should You Get an MBA in Toronto or Vancouver?Should you get an MBA in Toronto or Vancouver? What are the benefits of each city, how much will each location cost, what can you expect in terms of job opportunities, and what MBA programs are available? At a glance, the two Canadian cities are very comparable, offering similar big-city…June 13, 2019In “Featured Home”Showdown: Find Out if You Should Get an MBA in New York City or Los AngelesThe battle for hip-hop supremacy may have ended in the ’90s, but we can keep the East Coast-West Coast beef alive while looking at full-time MBA programs in New York City and Los Angeles. Both cities are home to top business schools and are ripe with employment opportunities in booming…December 13, 2017In “Featured Home” $57,000 (Canada Residents)$69,086 USD$71,544 USD About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini Ivey9059last_img read more

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Utah School Investigates Video of Teens Yelling Racial Slur

first_img Share this article Utah School Investigates Video of Teens Yelling Racial Slur By Epoch Newsroom October 19, 2017 Updated: October 19, 2017 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Show Discussion A school district in Northern Utah is investigating a video showing Weber High School students yelling a racial slur.According to Salt Lake City’s Fox13, the incident was filmed more than one year ago but it only surfaced in recent days.“It was not filmed at the school, nor was it related to any school function or activity. The students were on a trip outside of school on their own personal time,” the Weber School District said in a press release.Girls were saying meaningless words into an app on a phone. They recorded a phrase that when played backward sounds like a racial slur used for black people. (Screenshot/Instagram – edited)“A year after the video was made, one of the girls shared it on a social media platform as a private post. It was viewed by other students who then re-posted it to other social media sites,” the statement said. In a 10-second clip, they’re seen smiling and giggling before yelling the epithet.According to Lane Findlay, a spokesperson for the school in an interview, the girls repeated the phrase, “serggin cuff” and played it backward. Findlay confirmed they’re cheerleaders, and they could face disciplinary action, including being kicked off the team, HuffPost reported. Weber High School says it is investigating (Google Maps)“It doesn’t excuse their behavior in any way,” Findlay added to HuffPost. “It’s still offensive and inappropriate.”“It’s being taken very seriously,” he said. “We realize it’s affected many students at the school, but we want to be fair and thorough and ask for everyone’s patience.”The Weber School District added to Fox it is noting the severity of the situation.“We understand this is a very sensitive matter and it has invoked a lot of strong emotional response from people all over the world. There is no excuse for these girl’s action. With that being said, neither shouldn’t there be justification for threats toward them and their families. Hatred only breeds more hatred. These are teenagers who made a big mistake, and they will be held accountability [sic]. Please be patient and reasonable as we deal with this situation,” it said.Findlay said that a resolution on the mater is due next week. A school in Northern Utah is investigating a video showing Weber High School students yelling a racial slur. (Google Maps) last_img read more

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Adoptive Parents Charged With Murder and Abuse of Erica Parsons

first_imgSheriff says Sandy and Casey are both charged with murder. @wcnc pic.twitter.com/TzgGAmJ3lJ— RadBerky (@RBerkywcnc) February 20, 2018 Casey and Sandy Parsons indicted for murder of Erica Parsons. @wcnc pic.twitter.com/XFbggPxkRV— RadBerky (@RBerkywcnc) February 20, 2018  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share US News Casey Lynn Stone Parsons (L), Sandy Wade Parsons (R). (Rowan County Sheriff’s Office) Recommended Video: Accused Florida Shooter’s Neighbors Sensed Something Amiss with Cruz from a Young Age Casey and Sandy Parsons were each charged with First Degree Murder, Felony Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury, Felony Concealment of Death, and Felony Obstruction of Justice, according to court records.The pair were already serving 10- and 8-year sentences after multiple convictions for tax fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds, identity theft, and conspiracy to defraud the government, all handed down in 2014, WKYC reported. The couple will be extradited to Rowan County, North Carolina, where they will face trial.A Life of SufferingErica Parsons was two years old when she was adopted by her new mother and father, Casey and Sandy Parsons.The Parsonses were indirectly related to Erica. Erica’s biological mother, Carolyn Parsons, had been married to Sandy’s brother, though Sandy’s brother was not Erica’s father. Carolyn Parsons had three other children and couldn’t care for another so she asked the Parsons family to adopt Erica to keep her out of foster care.Erica’s older brother, Jamie, a biological child of the Parsons, was the one who reported Erica missing. Jamie, 19 at the time, had allegedly argued with his parents and afterward, reported his sister missing.He retracted those statement. However Jamie testified in Federal court in 2015 that the last time he had seen her, “She looked like a zombie,” WBTV reported, and she told him that she “didn’t feel good, couldn’t breathe too good.”center_img Adoptive Parents Charged With Murder and Abuse of Erica Parsons By Chris Jasurek February 21, 2018 Updated: February 21, 2018 He also testified to a litany of horrifying punishments Erica suffered at the hands of her adoptive parents and their biological children.Jamie stated that Sandy would often punch Erica in the back and top of her head.He also testified that her adoptive mother, Casey, would bend back her fingers until they broke, and would then reset them in a cast herself, refusing to take the child to the hospital. Jamie also said that he once broke his sister’s arm, WBTV reported.Sometimes Erica was locked in a closet for hours and then punished if she soiled herself. She was often starved, and occasionally fed dog food, Jamie stated.Despite everything her son said, Casey Parsons maintained that Erica had been sent in 2011 to live with her maternal grandmother—even when it was discovered that the grandmother had died in 2005.Autopsy Substantiates the ClaimsSandy Parsons, already in jail on multiple convictions, told authorities that he wanted to come clean about Erica’s fate, the Salisbury Post reported.Sandy Parsons led police to a family property in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, about 80 miles from the Parsons’s former home in Salisbury. There, he led them to a shallow grave containing skeletal remains.It took the Rowan County Medical Examiner’s office a year to finish its report on Erica’s remains.According to WBTV, an examination of Erica’s remains showed that “fractures documented at autopsy are consistent with multiple blunt force injuries over a prolonged period, and the growth deficit and low bone density are consistent with malnourishment.“The description of the decedent just prior to her disappearance suggests she may have been suffering from untreated infection/sepsis, rhabdomyolysis, renal failure, or poisoning at that time, all of which could have caused her death.”The report continued, “Given the history of physical abuse, and signs of physical abuse present at autopsy, we cannot exclude the possibility of a terminal blunt force injury, suffocation or strangulation.”From NTD.tv  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   On Feb. 19, just a few days shy of what would have been her 20th birthday, Erica Parsons’ adoptive parents were indicted for her murder by a North Carolina grand jury.Erica Parsons disappeared in November 2011, but was not reported missing until July 30, 2013. An investigation into her whereabouts uncovered an appalling tale of abuse, which ended with the child’s death.Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten announced the charges at a press conference on Feb. 20. At the press conference he said the case had “haunted our county for several years now.” the Salisbury Post reported. Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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UPS Weighs Strategy to Deliver Bulky Goods to Boost Growth

first_img Share United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) is in talks with at least one U.S. trucking firm to launch an in-home delivery service for large, heavy goods such as couches and treadmills, as the world’s largest package deliverer looks to cash in on one the fastest growing segments of online retail.UPS and its rival FedEx Corp. currently deliver parcels up to 150 pounds in weight to a person’s door step, and neither carries packages into a person’s home nor handles “white glove” services such as product assembly or installation.UPS told Reuters it is now eyeing the furniture delivery business, one of the fastest-growing segments of online retail, with Amazon.com Inc., Wayfair Inc., and other e-commerce companies competing for market share against chains like Crate and Barrel and big-box stores.A source familiar with the matter said UPS is in talks to hire trucking company Werner Enterprises to help it compete in this area, potentially by the end of the year. Werner launched its “final-mile” service in 2016 and has been building it out over the last year. Details of a potential partnership remain unclear given the early stages of the discussions, the source added.Werner declined to comment on the matter, and UPS would not identify who it is in talks with.Final-mile delivery is a market that Transport Futures economist Noel Perry said could grow to about $12 billion over the next decade, from about $3.7 billion today, thanks in large part to a growing appetite from younger consumers to buy everything, from BBQ grills and mattresses to dining room tables, online. “Outsourcing to a trucking firm would allow UPS to enter into the final-mile business without committing its own capital up front to expand its fleet or acquire end-of-line, final-mile infrastructure such as terminals,” R.W. Baird analyst Ben Hartford said.That could be welcome news to UPS investors waiting on Chief Executive David Abney’s promise to deliver higher margins by pumping billions of dollars into network upgrades and expansions.When asked about the strategy with bulky goods in an interview with Reuters, UPS Chief Operating Officer Jim Barber said the company has decided it can’t ignore the rising demand for in-home deliveries of furniture, mattresses, and treadmills, and was evaluating different ways to handle the larger cargo.“You got bigger products moving through networks across the globe,” said Chief Operating Officer Jim Barber. “What we have to do is try to figure out the right way to get them in the right network as we move forward.”Barber did not confirm talks with any specific company, and said that UPS has not made a final decision “because you have to balance it with our Express network, our labor constraints, and our strategy going forward.”Other trucking players include Schneider National Inc., Ryder System Inc., Seko Logistics, and J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., which have expanded final-mile capabilities organically or through partnerships and acquisitions in recent years, hoping to lure major retailers with their scale.Schneider and XPO Logistics Inc., the largest provider of final-mile bulky deliveries in North America, told Reuters they had not met with UPS to discuss handling final-mile deliveries. J.B. Hunt and Ryder declined to comment. Seko did not immediately respond to a request for comment.As it is now, most of the major trucking and logistics firms in this final-mile bulky goods business hire regional contract-carriers—and there are hundreds nationwide—to haul products from warehouses to living rooms across the country.If UPS moves forward, it would give its retail customers, including Wayfair, Amazon.com, Walmart Inc., IKEA AB, and Target Corp., a “big and heavy option” in their online shipping portals, so consumers can receive shipments across the country, the source said.It could also set up UPS to hit its goal of being a one-stop shipping partner for retailers, while also solving the problem of sofa-sized boxes unexpectedly showing up in trailers they pick up from retailer warehouses and take to parcel sorting hubs.UPS has worked for years to limit the size of unwieldy, or “non-conveyable,” items as it invests to speed up its package-sorting operation. It charges big premiums to handle the freight.UPS main rival FedEx said in March the expansion of its Memphis hub will include an area for oversized shipments, and announced it bought UK-based deliverer P2P Mailing Limited. But a company spokesman said FedEx does not yet do in-home heavy goods deliveries in the United States.Bulky RisksEntering the bulk goods delivery business adds new complexities and risks compared to traditional parcel delivery.For example, hauling a dresser to an upstairs bedroom and assembling it is a more intricate and physically demanding affair than dropping off a pallet at a warehouse’s loading dock. XPO Logistics’ Chief Information Officer Mario Harik said in an interview that the company was training drivers on etiquette and how to use mobile devices to log deliveries and customer complaints for large or heavy deliveries.Truckers can charge more for “white glove” services, which include varying degrees of installation, product assembly, and repairs, but the margins are often no better than other types of deliveries because stiff competition for new business has held down the prices carriers can charge retailers.But deliverers are hoping they can hike prices and boost margins as they increase delivery “density,” or the number of deliveries they make in a region on a given day, said Hartford, the R.W. Baird analyst.Heavy goods deliveries through UPS would likely include two workers willing to spend 20 minutes in a home, versus more complex installation and repairs, the source said.UPS declined to discuss the growth potential, but the source familiar with the strategy said UPS was looking initially for a trucking partner that could make or manage as many as “tens of thousands” of deliveries daily. A United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) truck makes deliveries July 23, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US News UPS Weighs Strategy to Deliver Bulky Goods to Boost Growth By Reuters May 4, 2018 Updated: May 4, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Glenn Beck attends Tribeca Disruptive Innovation A

first_imgGlenn Beck attends Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards on April 26, 2013, in New York City. (Rob Kim/Getty Images) The email then went on to say that “[g]iven that the cost of programming is the single biggest factor in higher TV bills, we carefully review proposals from network providers to be sure that their rates are in line with their viewership. This practice allows us to bring you a competitive rate for Fios TV packages. As a result, we have decided to remove The Blaze (Ch. 112 SD / 612 HD) from our lineup effective December 28, 2018.” BlazeTV has not made any announcements regarding the removal of its channel from Fios. Blaze is still available to watch on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.What is BlazeTV?In December 2018, two shows—TheBlaze, formed by Glenn Beck; and CRTV, formed by Mark Levin—merged and became Blaze Media. The multi-platform media is the largest independent, traditionally conservative media company in the United States, according to an article by TheBlaze.Beck described the show’s hosts as “having differences, but …  [sharing] a common belief in free expression, honest discourse and a society founded in the principles of the Bill of Rights.”BlazeTV is an advocate of freedom and liberty and is a source of “though-provoking personalities and conservative ideas that are not available from traditional media outlets,” states its about page.Before Blaze MediaTheBlaze launched in 2010 with the mission of “restoring truth to the important stories you care about,” according to its website. The website is known for covering topics from faith to family, politics, technology, and culture.Beck, CEO of TheBlaze, was a former host for Fox News until 2011. The talk-radio host revealed in 2016 that one of his reasons for leaving Fox was because they told him to “stop talking about God,” according to the Washington Examiner. He added jokingly that he thought it was a request he would have coped from CNN.Levin, a prominent radio host whose name is in the National Radio Hall of Fame, hosts Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox. Levin served in former President Ronald Reagan’s administration.Mark Levin speaks at a conservative conference. Conservative talk-show host Mark Levin speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2016 at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, March 4, 2016. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)The Conservative CompetitionBlaze Media has plenty of competition in the conservative field but it says that it reaches 165 million users through different media platforms, according to Hollywood Reporter.“Blaze Media will compete with conservative outlets like Breitbart News, The Daily Caller (co-founded by Tucker Carlson) and Salem Media Group … It will also compete with Daily Wire … ”It is uncertain how many viewers BlazeTV has lost with its removal from Verizon Fios. Currently, Verizon Fios is negotiating new contracts with Disney to keep channels like ESPN and the Disney Channel, according to USA Today. US News Share Share this article Verizon Fios dropped the channel BlazeTV from its fiber-optic network on Dec. 28. Now, five million Fios customers are left unable to watch the conservative Glenn Beck-Mark Levin network, reported the Washington Examiner.Fios sent a message to its customers notifying them of the network’s removal on Dec. 28. The email, obtained by the Washington Times, said that Fios periodically has to renew its agreements with television content providers. Thank you for reaching out. We periodically renew our agreements with TV content providers to be able to provide you with the programming available on Fios TV. You can download the BlazeTV app from your favorite app store or enroll at https://t.co/2qdOKqKAy4. ^WLAW— Verizon Support (@VerizonSupport) December 28, 2018center_img Conservative Channel BlazeTV Dropped by Verizon Fios Network By Miguel Moreno, The Epoch Times December 29, 2018 Updated: December 29, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Received a message from @verizonfios that I may not have access to @espn @6abc and other @Disney affiliated channels starting on 12/31 due to ongoing negotiations. My message – FIGURE IT OUT or I won’t be a Verizon customer for much longer.— Robert Salladino (@DrBobKa97) December 27, 2018 If no agreement can be reached, this could mean Fios users will lose access to Disney’s content starting on Dec. 31. Follow Miguel on Twitter: @Miguel_EMG last_img read more

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