Monthly Archives: July 2019

Disabled people from across Europe have called for

first_imgDisabled people from across Europe have called for the closure of long-stay institutions, after the latest in a long series of abuse scandals was uncovered by the BBC.Four European disability organisations – including the umbrella organisation representing 80 million disabled people across the continent – have joined UK disabled activists in calling for action to end institutionalisation and forced treatment.A Panorama documentary, which included undercover footage shot at the private Whorlton Hall hospital for people with learning difficulties and autistic people in County Durham (pictured), caused outrage after it was broadcast last week.Seven men and three women – all members of staff – have been arrested by Durham police and are being questioned about offences relating to abuse and neglect, while the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and care watchdog, was criticised for failing to spot and halt the abuse.Now disabled people and their user-led organisations have called again for the government to take action and close all such long-stay institutions.Disabled activist Simone Aspis, director of the consultancy Changing Perspectives, who campaigns to free disabled people from institutions, said: “There is something very fundamentally wrong about these institutions and they have to close down.”She added: “We can’t make a fundamentally flawed system work better by simply having a better ratio of staffing, more resources put in, or more training, or better recruitment practices.“A system that compels people into treatment they don’t want and denies them their fundamental human rights cannot train people to deprive people of their human rights in a positive way.“What we need is the transferring of resources into support that people need to be part of their communities.“It is an absolute disgrace that in this country we are allowed to have such barbaric torture and practices going on.”She said there was no “political will” to find a solution and no urgency from the NHS to remove people from institutions.Instead of “thinking creatively” about new placements, she said, NHS commissioners “just want to shove people in wherever there is a bloody bed, not thinking creatively about how we can support these people to live in the community”.Aspis also said she was “very disappointed” with the failure of CQC and the Children’s Commissioner to recommend the closure of such institutions in their latest reports earlier this month.People First (Self Advocacy), which is run and controlled by people with learning difficulties, said it was horrified to learn of the new abuse scandal.It pointed out that promises were made after a previous scandal at Winterbourne View in 2011 to close all such institutions, and that the government had failed to live up to its promises or meet targets set by NHS England after Winterbourne View.It is calling on the government to introduce a legal right to independent living for disabled people, by incorporating article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into UK law.People First’s #CloseATUs campaign is calling for the closure of all assessment and treatment centres and for people to have the advocacy and support they need in their local communities, as well as for the government to draw up a national action plan for all ATUs to be closed within two years.Andrew Lee, director of People First (Self Advocacy), said: “As with Winterbourne, the news of Whorlton Hall brought tears, upset and anger to me and many other people I know.“Our thoughts go to all of the people who experienced this abuse. We need to make sure this does not happen again.“Moving people to other closed institutions like Whorlton Hall is obviously not the answer.“People are being sent far away from friends and family at great cost to the authorities and at even greater and more tragic cost to people with learning difficulties and their loved ones.”Kat Humble, communications officer for Autistic UK, which is run by and for autistic people, said the latest revelations were “horrifying, though unsurprising”.She said: “Whether it’s Winterbourne View, Whorlton Hall or who knows how many others, there is a level of contempt that we face as autistic people and people with intellectual disabilities when it comes to our long-term health that is shortening our lifespans and damaging the lives that we live.“There is a very good reason why the suicide rate amongst autistic people is nine times higher than the national average.”She called for “ground up” reform of CQC, which she said was “ineffective” and had “no protective instinct”.In a joint statement, the European Disability Forum – an umbrella organisation of disabled people’s organisations – and three European disability organisations (Inclusion Europe, Autism Europe and European Down Syndrome Association), also called for the closure of such institutions.They said: “This kind of treatment and abuse is widespread in institutions.“Too many times, we have heard and seen footage like this. Too many times we have witnessed attacks on the most basic human rights of persons with disabilities. Too many times we have witnessed governments failing to act.“Institutionalisation has to end. Forced treatment has to end. These flagrant abuses of the most basic human rights have to end.”But Whorlton Hall is only the latest in a long line of such scandals that stretches back to the 1940s.Calls to address the scandal of people with learning difficulties living “inappropriately” in long-stay institutions date back more than 70 years to when the National Council for Civil Liberties launched a campaign against eugenicist laws that led at their peak to the institutionalisation of more than 50,000 people in long-stay hospitals.A series of scandals through the late 1960s and 1970s highlighted concerns similar to those uncovered by Panorama and other more recent scandals, with inquiries reporting cruel ill-treatment, inhumane and threatening behaviour towards patients (at Ely Hospital), the “harmful over-use of drugs” (Farleigh Hospital) and the use of tranquilisers and “side-rooms” – or solitary confinement facilities – at South Ockendon Hospital.They were followed by the Longcare abuse scandal, uncovered by the media in 1994, and others including allegations of neglect at Fieldhead Hospital in Wakefield in 2004, and of abuse at the Solar Centre in Doncaster in 2010, Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust in 2006, Winterbourne View near Bristol in 2011, Mendip House in Somerset in 2016 and Atlas Project Team in 2017.Cygnet Health Care said in a statement that it was “shocked and deeply saddened by the allegations made against members of staff at Whorlton Hall, part of the Danshell Group, which Cygnet recently acquired.“We take these allegations extremely seriously, have suspended all members of staff involved, and informed all relevant authorities including the police, who have instigated an inquiry, and we are cooperating fully with their investigation.“We have a zero tolerance of this behaviour. This appalling behaviour is entirely inconsistent with our values and high standards, and we have transferred all the patients to other services.“Until the conclusion of the police investigation, we are unable to comment further.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Local rapper Rappin 4Tay arrested in SF Mission

first_imgA Mission Local reader who lives on the block where the arrest occurred said she witnessed the incident, and that another neighbor later informed her of the suspect’s identity.Forté, known for his 1994 hit “Playaz Club,” among others, appeared on records by Too $hort and Tupac Shakur.The rapper last appeared on March 17 at Casa Sorrento in Salinas, California, according to the website a 2011 article, in the East Bay Express, Rachel Swan described the short-life span of most rappers as five years. She wrote that Forté had forged a new alliance with keyboardist Dana Salzman, but at a concert at the Black Rep, “it quickly became clear that they were there to see Salzman, not 4-Tay.”Nevertheless, Swan wrote, “Despite the sparse crowd, the tawdry party decorations, and the tetchy sound system at Black Rep, 4-Tay put on a terrific show.”Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. 0% Tags: crimes • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Police confirmed the arrest of San Francisco rapper Anthony Forté , better known by his stage name, Rappin’ 4-Tay, following a Mission Local reader’s report that alleged Forté to be the suspect in an attempted home invasion on Wednesday morning.San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Robert Rueca said that police responded to a call at 5:18 p.m. on May 10 of “someone trying to break into someone’s house on a unit block of Woodward Street,” between Valencia and Mission streets at 14th Street.The caller gave a suspect description of the person attempting to break into the home, and police detained a man matching that description close by, said Rueca.That person was identified as 49-year-old Forté, a well-known rapper from San Francisco’s Fillmore District. Forté was arrested for an outstanding warrant in another county, said Rueca.last_img read more

JAMES Roby will be out for up to threeweeks with

first_imgJAMES Roby will be out for up to three-weeks with a thigh injury Royce Simmons confirmed today.The hooker limped off the field at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday after a heavy challenge.Simmons at the time said the injury looked “pretty nasty” but would reserve judgement until Saints’ medical team had assessed the problem.But scans have shown only minor damage and that means the 26-year-old is expected to return in three matches.Ahead of the Hull FC game this Friday – tickets are still available – Saints expect to have Chris Flannery, Josh Perry and Jamie Foster back in contention, but have doubts over Mark Flanagan (thigh) and Tommy Makinson (tendonitis).We’ll have full coverage of Tuesday’s press conference and all the news ahead of Friday’s match during the week and on the Official Podcast.last_img read more

ANDRE Savelio has signed a twoyear extension at t

first_imgANDRE Savelio has signed a two-year extension at the Champions.The exciting young forward’s deal will take him through to the end of season 2017.“I’m happy to agree a deal,” he said. “I love playing with the group of lads we have at Saints and I am very grateful for the opportunity.“I’ve had to work hard this year because I missed pre-season in 2014 because I was unwell. I had a lot of catching up to do but it has been good. I’m happy with how it has gone so far and I am grateful that Keiron (Cunningham) has given me the chance to play a number of first team games.“Hopefully, we can win something again and do better than last season. I’d like us to retain the League Leaders’ Shield, go to Old Trafford once more and get to Wembley. We all know we have to work hard to make that happen.“I just want to keep on playing, training and repay the faith the coach has in me.”Andre joined Saints from Latchford Albion and has been with the club since he was 14 – making a stunning debut against Leeds last season.Since then he’s played a total of 21 games, scoring two tries.He continued: “I’d like to thank Mike Rush for sorting the deal out and sticking by me as well as Keiron Cunningham. I’ve had some dark times over the last couple of years and they have both stuck by me. I owe them a lot.”last_img read more

ENGLAND Academy coach Andy Kelly has selected his

first_imgENGLAND Academy coach Andy Kelly has selected his 19-man squad for the forthcoming game against France Under-18s at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Friday May 27 (5.30pm).Saints’ Matty Lees and Rob Fairclough (pictured) have both been called up.Players will come together in a Warrington-based training camp from Wednesday May 25 to prepare for the International Test that will be played before the First Utility Super League fixture between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos.Two points separated these teams last May when England Academy narrowly lost to France 30-28 at the Stade Albert Domec in Carcassonne.England Academy coach Andy Kelly said: “Preparations for this game are going well. The boys have been working hard all year and relationships are developing.“Obviously the game against them in France last year didn’t go our way, but we learnt a lot on that trip and we know what needs to be done to get the desired result.“This is a big opportunity for this squad to play at a Super League stadium in front of a large crowd.”The England Academy squad for the 2016 Australia Tour will be announced at the beginning of June.last_img read more

THIS match was always going to prove to be one of

first_imgTHIS match was always going to prove to be one of the most difficult steps on the way to the season’s end not least for the fact that the Bulls have hit a rich vein of form recently beating both the Catalans Dragons and our nearest and dearest at home, writes Graham Henthorne.But mostly due to the make-up of the Saints side, bereft of many established older age players due to injury and international call-ups leaving a very young side to keep the good rugby going in their absence.And also because Odsal is always a very tough place to win!The Saints started well with a good exit set after the Bulls first clearance kick culminating in a penalty and after a knocked down pass a scrum on the Bulls 10 metre line. From which Ricky Bailey ran the angle before feeding Cameron Brown who also drew his man before giving Kevin Brown a walk in at the corner.But the Bulls showed their capabilities and led by outstanding second row Bentley proceeded to camp on the Saints line bombing a try after knocking on in the act of touching down.The Saints hit back with a great 30 metre break from Captain Liam Cooper taking Jordan Olmez’ short pass but poor options led to Aaron Smith being held up short.Cooper made up for the missed opportunity with a big hit on the Bulls first drive but it took a simple knock on and petulant reaction to gain the Saints a penalty. Two tackles later and Brad Billsborough put Ben Morris through and as he was caught by the full back an offload gave Olmez the simplest of touch downs.But from the restart a good set and kick was turned on its head as Kevin Brown allowed the Bulls left winger just enough space to go outside him and after some interpassing over 80 metres the left centre had opened the Bulls account.Both packs were really hammering at each other but when the Bulls last tackle grubber went dead on the half hour the Saints stepped it up a gear.A great run from the restart from Kevin Brown put the Saints on the front foot and when the ball found Regan Grace two tackles later in space down the middle the speedster casually went around the full back before outstripping the cover over 50 metres to the sticks.But of course it wouldn’t be Saints without a bit of trauma and that was provided by Cameron Brown who inexplicably flung a blind pass out the back to a Bulls player, coupled it with a penalty and two tackles later the scrum half cancelled out Grace’s try to bring the margin back to one score at the break.The first ten minutes of the second period saw the Bulls march down field on virtually every set putting a telling kick in and forcing the Saints to kick from deep.Two substitutions bringing Smith and Alex Eckley back along with the switch of Cooper into the middle stiffened up the line and the Bulls found it progressively more difficult to make yards.A piece of individual brilliance from Billsborough dummying his way through the line from 30 out gave the Saints a 12 point lead but from the kick Levy Nzoungou tried to trap the ball instead of catching it giving possession away immediately. Two tackles later and the Bulls hooker exploited Grace going to sleep in the tackle reaching out from the play the ball.The next 20 minutes saw the Saints pack gradually wear their opposite numbers down but it took a brave piece of play on the last from Elliott Jenkins to seal the win. On the Saints’ 40 Smith inked blind feeding Jenkins who instead of kicking saw a sliver of a gap and a three on two and took advantage putting Jake Spedding away. He took it to the winger before feeding Grace who did the rest.The last three weeks has seen three tough fixtures and three wins. Next on the horizon is Warrington but the squad should be augmented by some welcome returns from injury to provide a much needed injection of fresh legs.Bailey, Grace and especially Kev Brown were outstanding along with the back row pairing of Captain Cooper and Ben Morris who spent as much time in the front row as did those around them.Match Summary:Bradford:Tries: Ross Oakes (23), Dan Sowerby (36), Lewis Ainley (56).Goals: James Bentley (1 from 1), Dan Sowerby (1 from 2).Saints:Tries: Kevin Brown (2), Jordan Olmez (20), Regan Grace (31 & 73), Brad Billsborough (53).Goals: Brad Billsborough (3 from 5).Half Time: 16-10Full Time: 26-14Teams:Bradford:1. Luke Hooley; 2. Jay Panter, 3. Ross Oakes, 4. Matty Chrimes, 5. Josh Rickett; 6. Brandon Pickersgill, 7. Dan Sowerby; 8. Liam Kirk, 9. Lewis Ainley, 21. Brandon Wilkinson, 25. James Bentley, 12. James Pickering, 22. Ollie Bartle. Subs: 14. Evan Hodgson, 15. Matthew Storton, 16. Tyron Travis, 17. Wilf Moxon.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Kevin Brown, 4. Cameron Brown, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Elliott Jenkins, 7. Brad Billsborough; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Aaron Smith, 16. Alex Eckley, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 10. Jordan Olmez, 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Callum Hazard, 20. Evan Bullen.last_img read more

Ben Barba scored a brace whilst Morgan Knowles and

first_imgBen Barba scored a brace whilst Morgan Knowles and Matty Lees also crossed as Justin Holbrook’s men warmed up for next week’s semi-final with Warrington.A sterner test that will obviously be, but Saints will head into it full of confidence after ending the league season on a high.Saints were in front after only eight minutes – and it was a lead they never looked like losing.Matty Costello danced in from the left to set up the space for Matty Lees to charge on to a short ball for this first try in the Red V.Saints then defended back to back sets before Barba caught a high ball and set Tommy Makinson away down the centre of the field.The winger did well too; running through one before he was tackled by Joe Wardle. Saints were in a great position but the Cas man wouldn’t let him play the ball and was sinbinned.A man to the good, Saints made their visitors pay – and it was Morgan Knowles who bagged his fifth of the season.He took a pass in midfield, stepped his defender and then rounded the full back.Saints were looking dangerous on every attack and it was no surprise when they got the better of Castleford once again before the half time hooter.Regan Grace took Costello’s pass to go down the left – and duly turned it inside for Barba to clock has 30th of the season.Richardson tagged on a penalty three minutes into the second half before Barba notched another try two minutes later – twisting and turning to put down with three defenders on him.Saints went close through LMS and Fages on the hour mark before Justin Holbrook started to rest his big guns with one eye on next week’s big game.Barba and James Roby both came off early, leaving the likes of Costello, James Bentley and Jack Ashworth to enjoy more game time – and backstop Saints to their 28th win of the season.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Lees, Knowles, Barba (2) Goals: Richardson (5 from 5)Tigers: Tries: Goals:Penalties Awarded: Saints: 8 Tigers: 6HT: 18-0 FT: 26-0REF: Scott MikalauskasATT: 9,813Teams:Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 30. Matty Costello, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 20. Matty Lees, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Dom Peyroux, 15. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 14. Luke Douglas, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 21. Jack Ashworth, 24. James Bentley.Tigers: 36. Peter Mataíutia; 2. Greg Minikin, 3. Jake Webster, 1. Ben Roberts, 26. James Clare; 21. Jake Trueman, 7. Luke Gale; 32. Liam Watts, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 16. Joe Wardle, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 14. Nathan Massey. Subs: 13. Adam Milner, 23. Mitch Clark, 25. Will Maher, 34. Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e.last_img read more

YIKES Alligator spotted in the surf at Sunset Beach

first_img McBride said he called police and stuck around for about 45 minutes, but no one showed up.Alligator seen near 4th Street beach access in Sunset Beach. (Photo: Michael McBride)He said at one point it was up just above the tide line but never made any moves toward anyone.While it’s not a common animal you see at the beach, wildlife experts say it’s not out of the question to see alligators pop up in the surf as they can get lost between the sound side and ocean side. An alligator was seen near 4th Street beach access in Sunset Beach on May 13, 2018. (Photo: Michael McBride) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The next time you head to the beach you may want to keep an eye out for alligators. Yup, one was just spotted swimming in the surf at one Brunswick County beach over the weekend.Michael McBride lives near Sunset Beach and was at the beach Sunday night when he saw an alligator swimming in the water. He said he was in between 4th and 5th streets in Sunset Beach around 7:30 p.m. when he spotted the gator.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Overnight fire displaces four from Wilmington home

first_img Three adults and a teen were inside at the time, but were able to get out safely.Firefighters say it was a result of unattended cooking in the kitchen. The tenants had no renters insurance and the Red Cross was notified.The damage to the structure is estimated to be around $35,000-40,000.Related Article: More than 200 students decorated in green, gold and purpleThe accidental fire was contained to the kitchen, with smoke damage throughout the home. Fire (Photo: MGN Image) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A fire caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to a Wilmington home Tuesday morning.Wilmington Fire Department says the fire happened just before 3 a.m. on the 300 block of Meares Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Half of new judicial appointments are female

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> 1 of 6 Judicial protestThe news of the appointments comes following a judicial protest filed by the NGO Repubblika in which they demanded the freezing of new appointments and promotions to the Maltese judiciary until actions to improve judicial independence were carried out.‘Judicial independence is not just a right for judges. It is a human right of us all, protected by the European Convention, that guarantees us fair hearing protected from political interference,’ the NGO said.While agreed with the introduction of a Judicial Appointments Commission in 2016, they said that it should be completely free of influence from political interest.They add that this lack of judicial independence was damaging for democracy and it impacted on the country’s ability to interpret European laws.‘This is why the failure to guarantee judicial independence is a breach of European law and we are reminding the Courts they can – and should – seek a ruling from the European Court of Justice on this matter.’WhatsApp Victor Axiak Three of the six new judicial appointments to Malta’s courts will be female, the government has announced.The government has approved the Judicial Selection Committee’s selection of three new judges and three new magistrates, four of which will be female. These new appointments raise female participation in the judiciary by 53%.Those selected are Joanne Vella Cuschieri who will now serve as a judge, while Nadine Lia and Bridget Sultana and will be new magistrates.They are joined by their male counterparts, the newly chosen Judges; Francesco Depasquale, Aaron Bugeja and Magistrate Victor Axiak.The selection increases the number of Judges to 24 while the number of Magistrates will remain at 22. Dr Nadine Liacenter_img Joanne Vella Cuschieri Bridget Sultana SharePrint Francesco Depasqualelast_img read more

Christian woman who was on death row has left Pakistan lawyer says

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img FILE PHOTO: Governor of the Punjab Province Salman Taseer is reflected as he speaks to the media after meeting with Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy, at a jail in Sheikhupura, located in Pakistan’s Punjab Province November 20, 2010. REUTERS/Asad Karim/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Governor of the Punjab Province Salman Taseer is reflected as he speaks to the media after meeting with Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy, at a jail in Sheikhupura, located in Pakistan’s Punjab Province November 20, 2010. REUTERS/Asad Karim/File Photo A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row falsely charged with blasphemy has left the country, her lawyer and media said on Wednesday, more than six months after she was acquitted by Pakistan’s top court.Asia Bibi’s lawyer said he understood she had departed for Canada.Pakistani and Canadian officials have not officially commented on Bibi’s reported departure, perhaps due to the sensitive nature of her case.Bibi’s release in October sparked rioting by hardline Islamists, who rejected the Supreme Court’s verdict and warned Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government that she must not be allowed to leave the country.They also called for Bibi, who has been staying at an undisclosed location under tight security, to be killed.“I have inquired within available channels, and according to them she has left for Canada,” Bibi’s lawyer, Saif Ul Malook, told Reuters.Pakistani TV channels Geo and ARY, citing unidentified sources, also reported Bibi had left the country.Pakistan’s foreign ministry did not respond to requests for comment. A Canadian government spokeswoman said in an emailed statement: “Global Affairs Canada has no comment.”In November, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was in talks with Pakistan about helping Bibi, whose family are believed to be outside Pakistan. She is widely expected to seek asylum and diplomats say she will have no problems.A statement from the U.S. State Department said it “welcomes the news that Asia Bibi has safely reunited with her family.”“Asia Bibi is now free, and we wish her and her family all the best following their reunification. The United States uniformly opposes blasphemy laws anywhere in the world, as they jeopardise the exercise of fundamental freedoms,” the statement said.Pakistan’s Supreme Court in January upheld its earlier verdict to free Bibi, but Pakistani officials have worried that her sudden departure could trigger further riots.Islamists have criticising the government and the military for caving in to what they call pressure from the Western world.Bibi, a farm worker and a mother of four, was convicted in 2010 of making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours working in the fields with her objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.Her case has outraged Christians worldwide and has been a source of division within Pakistan, where two politicians who sought to help her were assassinated, including Punjab province governor Salman Taseer, shot by his own bodyguard.British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was “fantastic news that Asia Bibi appears to have left Pakistan safely.”Hunt, who was due to discuss persecution of Christians with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England, tweeted that Bibi’s freedom “shows that with concerted effort the right thing can happen.”last_img read more

Benchmark results Better performance in English than Maltese

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The 2019 primary Benchmark marks revealed that students performed better in English than Maltese, with a national median mark of 72 as opposed to 69. The national median for Mathematics was 71.In a press release sent by the Ministry for Education and Employment, it was detailed that in Maltese, candidates were assessed in Speaking, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension and Writing. The national medians of these components resulted in 17/20 marks for Speaking, 16/20 for Listening Comprehension, 19/30 for Reading Comprehension, and 16/30 for Writing. Therefore, the Writing component proved to be the weakest performance.Read: Benchmark Report had sat on a shelf for a year – MUTIn English, students were assessed in the same components as in Maltese. National medians resulted in 17/20 for Speaking, 17/20 for Listening Comprehension, 20/30 for Reading Comprehension and 18/30 for Writing. Overall, there was a stronger performance across all components except Speaking.In Mathematics, students were assessed in two components: the Mental component, of which the median mark proved to be 17/20 marks, and the Written Component with 54/80 marks. In total, the national median for Mathematics is 71.3,723 children sat for Benchmark examsThe number of children who sat for the end of primary Benchmark 2019 was 3,723. The exams were held during the last week of May and the first week of June, and the schools participating in this session included 62 State schools, 20 Church schools and 4 independent schools. 1,912  students were males (51.4%) and 1,811 students were females (48.6%).Read: Maths paper should be in English and Maltese from Year 4The press release detailed that each Benchmark script was blind marked by two markers. A total of 104 markers were involved in this exercise: 39 for Maltese, 37 for English and 28 for mathematics. The results were sent to schools in the first week of July and they were sent to all the candidates on 5th July.The end of primary Benchmark 2019 papers and marking schemes can be downloaded from the website  under the section Benchmark – Year 6, or by accessing the electronic link here.WhatsApplast_img read more

63 of Retweets Are of Male Users

first_imgAdvertisement  According to the collected results so far, men are significantly leading the retweet race.Of the more than 11,000 tests conducted via the tool, men make up 63% of all retweets compared to only 37% of women. – Advertisement –  The Best and Worst Times to Share on Facebook, TwitterEven President Obama’s account  which is run by his campaign team  retweets men (79%) more than women (21%). Rapper Snoop Dogg also favors male retweets (84%).However, both Lady Gaga and Ellen DeGeneres are equal retweet opportunists, retweeting men and women the same amount.“We want to change the world by showing how each of us rank women and men when contributing to a conversation,” Twee-Q said on via a translation on its site.“Only when we see how we act, who we choose to listen to and acknowledge, can we take the first steps toward a truly equal society.”To see if you retweet men or women more, type your Twitter handle into Twee-Q here.Who you do retweet more: men or women? Let us know in the comments below.source: Mashablelast_img read more

Facebook taken to court by 25000 people over privacy

first_imgAdvertisement 25,000 people are suing Facebook  in a class-action lawsuit that kicks off today over alleged privacy violations.The lawsuit will be heard in Vienna district court as Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems presents his case against Facebook for allegedly tracking users’ data illegally.Today, the case will be in a preparatory hearing to decide whether the Austrian court is determined as fit to hear the case and it will decide whether the allegation can be officially declared a class-action suit. – Advertisement – Originally filed in Vienna’s Commercial Court, the case was rejected and referred to the regional court.The suit which was launched in 2014 has attracted large numbers of users who wanted to be involved in claiming their share of the damages, but was limited to 25,000 people. The amount being claimed is a ‘token level’ of £360 (€500).There has been no official communication from Facebook yet.Via TNWlast_img read more

Vodafone Uganda Launches Shika More Campaign For Young Professionals Tech Savvy in

first_imgPhoto courtesy: Vodafone Uganda Advertisement Vodafone Uganda has today launched a new campaign dubbed ‘Shika More‘ targeting the youth or young professionals and tech savvy living in urban areas of Uganda.The Shika More campaign is promoting an all new competitive Mi-Fi offer which according to Vodafone comes at a market price of 174,000 UGX, however, Vodafone has priced it at only 125,000 (a 49,000 discount) UGX and comes pre-loaded with a 5GB free data starter pack valid for a month (30 days).That’s not all, you will enjoy a 100% data bonus on every purchase of 5GB or more for the next 3 months from date of purchase. Notably, the unlimited bundles, 2GB, 4GB and SWIFT bundles won’t be available on this offer, and the 100% Bonus bundle you get is also valid for 30 days.Photo courtesy: Vodafone Uganda – Advertisement – Vodafone’s biggest competitor, MTN Uganda also has the same promo dubbed “Juzza Internet,” under which customers are instantly rewarded with a bonus for the data bundles they load as low as 50MBs giving their customers great value and rewards them for their usage, putting Vodafone at a stake.So here’s the thing! MTN Uganda only gives these bonuses only if you have subscribed to their promotion otherwise you don’t get the bonuses provided.When it comes to battle of Mi-Fi’s MTN Uganda has one at 125,000UGX same as Vodafone’s only difference MTN’s packs a 10GB data valid for a 1 Month while Vodafone’s is 5GB. Smile has two Mi-Fi’s one priced at 169,000 UGX with data of 10GB for 1 month, and the other at 199,000 UGX with unlimited data for 1 month, Tangerine has one for 150,000 UGX with 15GB data for 3 months. So the pricing is a bit higher compared to Vodafone’s.However, Vodafone manages to beat Africell hands down since their Mi-Fi comes with only 3.5GB at 125,000UGX. As for the rest of its competitors, they are pricey since their Mi-Fi’s come with 10GB data valid for 1 month. Customers do enjoy 100% bonus on top up which is a selling point for Vodafone.[related-posts]How to always check and monitor your data When some users load data on their Mi-Fi, they find it hard to tell how much data they have used so far. So the question is, How do I monitor my data? And the answer to you is you can either use the MyVodafone Web portal or the MyVodafone mobile app which is available for Android and iOS.And our recommendation is the app, because it’s the fastest way.The MyVodafone app will look to be an easier platform for you to monitor your data, or manage your Vodafone account than using the Vodafone online self-care portal. However, am not saying that the online self-care portal is a ‘NOT’ consider option, but rather the app is much easier and faster way to check your data balance. For instance, once you’ve got the Vodafone app, you won’t need to access the Vodafone online self-care portal to load your data because the app gives you a ‘self service’ feature that allows you to top up using voucher card, Mobile Money, Credit and Debit cards.In our review for the app, we found it as the perfect self-care and data monitoring tool.Editor’s Note: This article has been sponsored by Vodafone Ugandalast_img read more

BENS BLOG Meet Sofia

first_img[dropcap]E[/dropcap]veryday, when I arrive at Casa Hogar, Sofia is there, waiting to meet me at the gate. We have the same conversation, where she asks me the following questions, in roughly this order:Am I her friend? What is her name? How old do I think she is? (she then informs me again, that she is 16)Will I help her in the kitchen that day? (The job she loves most, and would do everyday forever, without complaint)Sofia then points at all the other children, leads me to them, and we have a procession of me having to guess everybody’s age, and see if I can also remember their names.And everyday, I am left asking myself the following questions, in roughly this order:Where will Sofia live when she has to 1 ​leave? Who will look after her?She can’t read and write. When someone ruthless finds her, and spins her a yarn, which she will certainly believe; what will it be?AND WHAT WILL HE DO TO HER?Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Amazoncom founder Jeff Bezos talk to be live on Web

first_imgAddThis About admin ShareCONTACT: Lia UnrauPHONE:(713) 348-6778EMAIL: unrau@rice.eduAMAZON.COM FOUNDERJEFF BEZOS TALK TO BE LIVE ON WEBBezos to Speak Sept. 5 to RiceUniversity Students, Faculty and Staff A talk by the founder of one of the Internet’s top sites,,will be will be carried live on the Web at on Sept. 5.Jeff Bezos will give a private talk to an audience of Rice University faculty,staff and students.The Webcast will airlive at 9 a.m. The founder and chief executive officer of, who willbe introduced by Rice President Malcolm Gillis, also will answer questions fromthe audience.Bezos founded Amazon.comin 1994. The Internet retailer of books, music and other information-basedproducts offers services traditional retailers cannot: lower prices,authoritative selection and a wealth of product information. Before, Bezos worked at the intersection of computer science and finance,leading the development of computer systems that helped manage more than $250billion in assets for Bankers Trust Co. He helped build one of the mosttechnically sophisticated quantitative hedge funds on Wall Street for D.E. Shaw& Co. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in electrical engineeringand computer science from Princeton in 1986.The event is sponsoredby Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and the Jesse H. Jones GraduateSchool of Management. To listen to the eventonline at , you must use “RealAudio Player,”free, downloadable software. The Rice site contains a link to the Web page fromwhich the free RealAudio Player can be downloaded. With the RealAudio Playerinstalled on your computer, simply click on the links located at. The file will begin “streaming” or sending thespeech to your computer. last_img read more

Introducing American football to Rices new international students

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduHOUSTON – (Sept. 8, 2014) –Last week during Rice football’s week off, head football coach David Bailiff took time to hold his annual football camp for Rice University’s new international graduate and undergraduate students.The evening, which was attended by more than 200 students, included lessons on the basics of American football, food, games and on-the-field drills with Bailiff and Rice football players.This year’s incoming freshman class comes from all over the world, and they make up 12 percent of Rice’s class of 2018.The following video, which can be embedded into online stories or downloaded for broadcast, captures the spirit of the evening.The Owls travel about 100 miles north to College Station Saturday to face the No. 7-ranked Texas A&M Aggies.The Owls can be followed all season long at, on Twitter @RiceFootball1 and on the football Facebook page.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.The video is available for download at on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute panel to discuss Mexicos telecommunications sector Nov 10

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Baker Institute panel to discuss Mexico’s telecommunication sector Nov. 10 HOUSTON – (Nov. 3, 2014) – Tony Payan, director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, will host a panel discussion on the implications of Mexico’s decision to unbundle the country’s telecommunications sector from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10.The panel will be moderated by Dallas Morning News’ Mexico City bureau chief, Alfredo Corchado.On July 14, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law a series of reforms that restructure the legal framework of the country’s telecommunications sector in order to expand opportunities for foreign investment. The reforms contain a number of regulatory changes that will affect the coverage, quality and costs of mobile phone, television and Internet networks.This panel discussion aims to provide industry leaders, policymakers, academics and the public with the opportunity to engage with leading experts in the telecommunications field about the impact of Mexico’s 2014 reforms.Who:               Host: Tony Payan, the Baker Institute’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for MexicoStudies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center.Panelists include:Clara Luz ÁlvarezNonresident Scholar, Mexico Center, Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Researcher, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.Eli M. NoamDirector, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University.Juan José LudlowFormer chief of staff and director of regulatory policy, Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones.Former Director of Systems, Telmex.Edward W. KnightlyChair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University.Moderator: Alfredo CorchadoMexico City bureau chief, Dallas Morning News.What:             “Unbundling Mexico’s Telecommunications Sector: Reform, Investmentand Digital Democracy.”When:            Monday, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. lunch, 12:30 p.m. panel discussion.Where:           Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Dore Commons, 6100 Main St. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or public must register to attend this event at a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

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