Month: July 2019

WATCH Chris Williamson tells a Sheffield Momentum

first_imgWATCH: Chris Williamson tells a Sheffield Momentum meeting that Labour has been “too apologetic” about anti-Semitism… pic.twitter.com/zxtKdHQPvw— Liz Bates (@wizbates) February 26, 2019The Labour Party has been “too apologetic” in its response to antisemitism claims, according to backbencher Chris Williamson.In footage revealed by the Yorkshire Post, Williamson tells a Momentum event in Sheffield: “The party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party.“I have got to say I think our party’s response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion… we’ve backed off too much, we have given too much ground, we have been too apologetic.”He also says he celebrated the resignations of Labour MPs last week and sang the 1980s Kool and the Gang hit Celebration at “full blast” in his office.Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh, who is thought to be considering leaving Labour, criticised the comments, while Kate Green said she was “sickened”.A party spokesperson said: “This is deeply offensive. Downplaying the problem of antisemitism makes it harder for us to tackle it and celebrating a fellow MP’s departure is completely inappropriate. Chris Williamson should apologise.”Deputy leader Tom Watson has revealed that he is writing to Labour’s chief whip asking that the whip be removed from Williamson, who Watson says has brought the party into disrepute.The Williamson videos emerged last night, shortly after Jewish News revealed the MP’s plans to host a Jewish Voice for Labour event in parliament and screen a film by Jackie Walker, who is suspended from the party.Labour MP Ruth Smeeth described the room booking by Williamson as “outrageous” and Tom Watson said he had reported the matter to the chief whip and general secretary.A Labour Party spokesperson commented: “It’s completely inappropriate to book a room for an event about an individual who is suspended from the party and subject to ongoing disciplinary procedures. This falls below the standards we expect of MPs.”Tags:Labour /Chris Williamson /Antisemitism /Jackie Walker /last_img read more

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Good morning. The LabourList local elections 2019 liveblog has been running since 10pm, and it’s still going. If you’ve not been following our updates overnight, you’re in luck as I’m going to sum up the situation so far now. We’re not halfway there yet: just 111 of 248 councils have declared. Labour has lost control of two councils compared to 2015 – Hartlepool (which was already under no overall control due to very recent resignations) and Bolsolver (Dennis Skinner territory, now NOC) – and we’re down 79 seats overall. The Tories have lost control of 16 councils and have a net loss of nearly 450 seats.It’s been a terrible night for the Tories and a disappointing one for Labour, while Lib Dems, Greens and Independents can claim victory. It’s clear that voters are punishing the main parties at the polls, and the phrase ‘a plague on both your houses’ has never been used so frequently than it has over the last 12 hours on TV. We shouldn’t overlook the importance of local issues, particularly planning controversies that have benefitted small parties and anti-development Independents. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if Labour has been very successful in shifting the focus of voters from those concerns or national priorities to the injustice of austerity and the idea that they should punish Tories in response. That was always going to be tough to achieve.Let’s consider the context of these results first. Call it spin if you like: there are some crucial factors to take into account that are largely being ignored by mainstream commentators. With nothing going on in Wales or London (except by-elections), many of these councils are in rural areas and Conservative strongholds – where Labour is weakest. These seats were last contested at the 2015 general election, when Lib Dems had their worst ever council performance, and that was always going to be reflected in strong gains for them this year. And, as ever, Labour has lost the expectation management competition. The Tories have been busy promoting an entirely unrealistic figure of 1,000 seats lost, which didn’t match up with public polling (or Labour’s private forecasts, I’m told), and almost every pundit has been happy to repeat the obviously ridiculous Tory spin. Be wary of comments along the lines of ‘the Tories have done badly but it could have been much worse’.This was always going to be a difficult set of elections, as top Labour figures will be emphasising today. There are bits of good news. Labour has won control of Trafford, a key target. The Tories have lost control of Peterborough, which is a positive sign ahead of the parliamentary by-election – Lisa Forbes, standing for Labour on June 6th, will be pleased. Progress has been made in Medway, where the Labour group is at its biggest since 1997, gained a couple of councillors in Southampton and Luke Pollard is very happy in Plymouth. But we have lost ground in ones-to-watch including Ashfield, Bolton, Derby, the Wirral, Walsall and Swindon. This is not good at all, with Labour particularly shedding votes in the North. In Stoke-on-Trent, Labour lost five council seats, and local MPs Gareth Snell and Ruth Smeeth did not hold back in attacking Labour’s pro-public vote stance.Far from benefiting from the Brexit chaos overseen by this Tory government, Labour has suffered. You’d think identifying this as the problem would help, but quite the opposite is true. The only consensus forming within the party is that these results show Labour’s ‘constructive ambiguity’ Brexit strategy has run out of road – and yet both camps will use the evidence to back up their own side of the argument. In other words, everyone is digging in. Remain party gains? Labour backers of another referendum say: we need to be more anti-Brexit! Losses in heavily Leave areas? Let’s pass a deal and move on! (John McDonnell’s tweet is already making waves.) The only thing everyone can agree on is that Brexit must be “sorted” – but people are now even further apart on whether that means implementing it or scrapping it.Results are still pouring in and we can look forward to big Tory losses later. Keep refreshing our liveblog for updates and analysis.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Local elections 2019 /last_img read more

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Mission District Candidates Want Safer Roads for Cyclists

first_img43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. Modernize all traffic signs and signals in District 9.Reconnect Portola, Bernal and Alemany market by creating cross walks, bike lanes and open spaces on the unused land near the Alemany Maze.Redesign the “Hairball” underneath the 101 to make it safe for pedestrians and cyclists.Separate bicyclists and cars through road redesign. 0% Melissa San Miguel, education advocateI am sad and angry that two cyclists were killed last week on our city streets. As a kid, I would ride my sister’s banana seat bike around the neighborhood. As an adult, I have ridden my trusty Novara bike through the Mission and across the city. I know firsthand how harrowing an experience this can be. We need to support our police in meeting their stated goal of 50% citations for the five dangerous traffic behaviors, like red-light running or speeding. Moreover, our city already has developed a list of its “high injury corridors”; now let’s do something about it! We need to ensure these areas undergo bicycle safety improvements to make them safer.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261As someone who has been hit by a car while riding my bike, I know all too well the importance of bicycle safety. In fact, it took me several years to start riding again.We must redouble our driver education efforts to improve safety for the tens of thousands of people who ride on our streets every day.I wholeheartedly support the goal of Vision Zero of eliminating rider fatalities on our roads by 2024 and co-sponsored a 2014 Environment Commission resolution endorsing Vision Zero.In line with these goals, as Supervisor I will push to expedite our bike friendly roadways program, continue lobbying other local and state officials to improve our road safety laws and advocate for stronger enforcement of dangerous driving which puts riders lives at risk.As a bike rider and the father of two young children, I look forward to the day when all riders in San Francisco have safer access to our roads.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyI used to ride my bike to work but the SFMTA’s Red Traffic Carpet in the area has made it unsafe for cyclists (a feeling shared by my neighbors.) As supervisor, I plan to support a model of community advocacy for the use of bicycles and cooperatives. I would support Bike Share and Bicis Del Pueblo cooperative programs. I would encourage community space devoted to educate on safety and transportation options, and I would welcome input from bike advocacy groups. In addition, I would expedite the delineation of bike lanes in our neighborhoods without the elimination of parking spaces. Last but not least, I would advocate for the enforcement of traffic laws that Law Enforcement has ignored that could prevent injuries and fatalities.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposThe one size fits all, “I know what’s best for you” style of 1960s planning is what left District 9 with many unwalkable neighborhoods bisected by freeways.We need to learn from history and separately address the unique transportation and safety needs of each of District 9’s neighborhoods.As Supervisor I will work to modernize our outdated infrastructure and will prioritize the over 50 high-injury corridors where the MTA has few or no plans to introduce safety improvements.center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In the wake of news late last month that two cyclists were killed by cars in a single day, the mayor and other city officials responded with “outrage” and recommitted to the Vision Zero goal of having no traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024.We asked candidates for District Nine supervisor what they would do to improve safety for cyclists in their district, per a reader-submitted question.In light of the deaths last week on dangerous streets, what specific steps would you take to make cycling safer in your district? What would you do to move towards Vision Zero?Respuestas en español aquí.last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham says his appointment as Saints H

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says his appointment as Saints Head Coach is the pinnacle of a fantastic year.Fresh from helping Nathan Brown steer the club to its sixth Super League title, the 37-year-old has been handed the top job for the next two seasons.“It has been a good month for me and the Saints and this is the pinnacle of a fantastic year,” he said. “I’ve been a kid stood on the terraces watching this great team and I was fortunate enough to be good enough to play for it too.“Once my career was over and I was undecided what I wanted to do and what path I wanted to go down, Mike Rush, Eamonn and the Board let me find that out for myself at this club.“But I was always aware that good players who go into coaching often fall on their knees quite quickly.“I am a humble person, always willing to learn and I don’t think I know everything. I have been learning under some great coaches and I’m not the finished product.”Keiron played 496 times for Saints scoring 175 tries.He won five Super League titles, seven Challenge Cups and the World Club Challenge twice as well as playing 16 times for Great Britain and seven times for Wales.“I know the heartbeat of the club,” he continued. “What it means to be a local player and win trophies. There are a lot of guys in this team that care.“I’d like to think I have contributed to where we are as a team. When Nathan came in he took advice from myself and Jamahl and we moved the team forward. I have been coaching the attack here for the last two years and the way we go forward won’t change significantly.“I also believe in playing kids if they are good enough whatever their age.“There are 1,000 people who would love to take the reins here with the heritage and culture of this club. I am privileged to be coaching this team.”Keiron confirmed that Jamahl Lolesi will stay part of his coaching team with the other assistant spot – the one he vacated – to be decided in the next few weeks.last_img read more

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7 Reece Jackson – Second Row from Blackbrook Roya

first_img7. Reece Jackson – Second Row from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by Tickle, Hall and Cross Solicitors.Previous Number 7s: 2004 – Chris Frodsham (Blackbrook) 2006 – Scott Clarke (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2009 – Carl Forster (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2011 – Lewis Foster (Thatto Heath Crusaders and Portico Vine) 2013 – Oliver Davies (Orrell St James) 2015 – Joshua Eaves (Haresfinch Hawks & Clock face Miners)8. Christian Kellett – Prop Forward from Chorley PanthersPrevious Number 8s: 2004 – Scott Holland (Blackbrook) 2006 – Tom Colborn (Blackbrook) 2009 – Jack Francis (Saddleworth Rangers) 2011 – Matthew Fozard (West Bank Bears) 2013 – David Eccleston (Blackbrook) 2015 – Alex Eckley (Pilkington Recs)9. Jamie Little – Full Back from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by Derby Arms, Paul Little Roofing, SuperTrucks, Harsefinch Mother & Toddler Group and Talbot Ale House.Previous Number 9s: 2004 – Dave Lowe (Pilkington Recs) 2006 – Tom Connick (Pilkington Recs) 2009 – Tom Fry (Halton Farnworth Hornets) 2011 – Lewis Galbraith (Oldham St Anne’s & Saddleworth Rangers) 2013 – Lewis Fairhurst (Hindley) 2015 – Danny Edwards (Thatto Heath Crusaders)last_img read more

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First Team Match

first_imgSwift has not been seen in the first team due to recovery following a groin injury, but has impressed on loan at Leigh recently and gets his chance in the squad this week due to the injury to Mark Percival, whilst Batchelor has been recalled from his loan with York City Knights after the injury to Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.The other two changes see Jack Ashworth come back in to the squad for Zeb Taia whilst Jack Welsby replaces Theo Fages who has still not recovered from his hip injury.St.Helens 19 man squad:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 5. Regan Grace, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 12. Joseph Paulo, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote, 25. Joe Batchelor, 29. Jack Welsby. Hull FC 19 man squad2. Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd, 8. Scott Taylor, 11. Dean Hadley, 12. Mark Minichiello, 13. Joe Westerman, 14. Jake Connor, 15. Chris Green, 16. Jordan Thompson, 19. Masi Matongo, 20. Brad Fash, 21. Sika Manu, 24. Jack Logan, 28. Jez Litten , 32. Cameron Scott, 33. Ratu Naulago, 36. Connor Wynne.Saints arrive into this fixture on the back of a dominant derby win over Wigan Warriors on Good Friday and you can buy tickets for this one online here, or by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.,1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 5. Regan Grace, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 12. Joseph Paulo, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote, 25. Joe Batchelor, 29. Jack Welsby. Hull FC 19 man squad2. Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd, 8. Scott Taylor, 11. Dean Hadley, 12. Mark Minichiello, 13. Joe Westerman, 14. Jake Connor, 15. Chris Green, 16. Jordan Thompson, 19. Masi Matongo, 20. Brad Fash, 21. Sika Manu, 24. Jack Logan, 28. Jez Litten , 32. Cameron Scott, 33. Ratu Naulago, 36. Connor Wynne.Saints arrive into this fixture on the back of a dominant derby win over Wigan Warriors on Good Friday and you can buy tickets for this one online here, or by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

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All cars welcome at Southport Lions Club Centennial Car Show

first_imgSOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) —  Show off your cars, trucks and motorcycles and help the Southport Lions Club wipe out blindness.This weekend is the Lions Club Centennial Car Show. According to the event website, the goal is to raise enough money to buy a vision spot machine to detect vision problems in children.- Advertisement – The family-friendly car show is Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. James Community Center (4136 Southport-Supply Rd., Southport NC – along Hwy. 211).If you’d like to register a car, truck or motorcycle to be in the show, it’s $20 and you must fill out a registration form here. You can make a check payable to Southport Lions Club Foundation and mail payment to P.O. Box 10187, Southport, NC 28461.Judges will look at the cars from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and give out awards between 3 and 4 p.m.Related Article: You can help a boy with brain cancer at Pedal for PerrynFood and refreshments will be available and there will also be live music.For more information about the Southport Lions Club, visit their website here.last_img read more

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Watch Polpa Passata Kunserva the Maltese know the difference

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 What is the difference between Polpa, Passata and Kunserva? ‘Only the Maltese know the difference,’ Reverend Kim Hurst, Chairperson for the Foodbank Lifeline Foundation, explains.‘Polpa are chopped tomatoes. Passata is pureed, very finely chopped tomatoes, a salsa. Kunserva is like a thick paste that is absolutely wonderful on Hobz biz- zejt (Bread with capers, olives, garlic, black pepper, olive oil and of course Kunserva).’Reverend Hurst had explained during her speech at Lifeline’s press event earlier this week, that it took some time to teach volunteers the difference between the three types of tomato cooking products and thus to sort them differently.4 years onFour years on, the food-bank has grown to encompass a number of different spaces across Malta, not only the church room underneath the St Andrews Church in Valletta.As for 2019, the food-bank has serviced over 6,000 (6443) people in the first 5 months of the year at a total cost of €86,826. Reverend Hurst explained that if the increase in food-bank use continues, they could be supporting around 16,500 people by the end of the year.Watch: “If everyone in Malta gave us a €1, we could run the foodbank”‘We could be feeding around 16,500 people by the end of the year’ – Reverend HurstThe Foodbank is here all year round, not just ChristmasThe foundation is now looking to ask local Maltese restaurants and bars to support the food-bank to operate. A €1 donation to every cover bill would make a major difference to their work, Reverend Hurst explained.WhatsApplast_img read more

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SMEs urged to embrace online marketing to enhance business growth

first_imgVodafone PowerTalks 3rd Edition panelists (L-R) Abdul Sekalala, Enterprise Business Solutions Manager-MCASH, Dickson Mushabe, CEO- Hostalite Uganda, Allan Richardson, CEO Vodafone Uganda, Evelyn Nakitende, Administration Manager, Game Uganda, David Gonahasa, founder and MD Roundbob.com, Victor Ndlovu, Country Manager, Visa SubSaharan Africa, and Jackie Namara, Head of Marketing at Vodafone Uganda, at the Kampala Serena Hotel during the Vodafone PowerTalks. Advertisement Small and medium sized companies have been urged to incorporate online marketing in their sales and marketing strategies to further enhance business growth.Speaking at the 3rd edition of the Vodafone Powertalks held at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Allan Richardson, the Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Uganda said there is a growing need for Ugandans to adopt online marketing and business to better compete at a global level.“Businesses, particularly SMEs, typically do not have clear strategies on how to convert their online audiences into real customers and generate revenue. I would like to urge Ugandan businesses, particularly SMEs, to begin thinking about establishing online point of sales to enable their customers buy their products and services in real time,” Richardson said.Whatever the challenges and drawbacks, today’s forward looking businesses need to adapt and establish themselves in the online market if they are to survive”. – Advertisement – One of the panelists Victor Ndlovu, Country Manager, Visa Sub-Saharan Africa said adopting online payment systems will go a long way in fighting corruption across various industries.“Online payment systems provide fraud prevention solutions because they are transparent. It’s easy for someone to monitor their online transactions than cash transactions because you get SMS and e-mail alerts based on a predefined criteria,” Ndlovu said, adding that there is a growing need to introduce the youth to e-commerce transactions by introducing application based services to meet their need thus growing the adoption rate of these e-commerce platforms.[related-posts]Evelyn Nakitende- Administration Manager, Game Uganda highlighted the power of online marketing at Game stores to enhance their business performance.“We’ve adopted Visa and other ICT based payment services and the benefits are already evident. A third of the non-physical cash payments at our stores are done via Visa. This provides convenience to our customers and to the store managers as well,” she said.Dickson Mushabe, Founder and Managing Director, Hostalite Uganda said there are approximately 8.5 million internet users in Uganda with a growth rate of 17% which provides a wide market base and marketing platform for businesses in the country.However, there is need for consistent online monitoring for one to be able to detect system mishaps and gauge consumer feedback to the products and services being sold.Allan Richardson, CEO Vodafone Uganda speaks at the 3rd Edition of Vodafone PowerTalks held recently at Kampala Serena Hotel.David Gonahasa, Founder and Managing Director of Roundbob.com said, “Monitor the statistics of your online business and push the product that is selling.”last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

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STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Arsenal

first_imgIt can be unwise to take too much stock in one result but by seven PM today we’re likely to know a lot more about Chelsea and Arsenal’s prospects this season. This is a brave new era for both sides, with managerial changes of huge consequences.Maurizio Sarri promises to be the most attacking manager at Stamford Bridge since Andre Villas-Boas, although based on his experience with Napoli this will be a far more successful reign. Unai Emery has won plenty of trophies in the past, although this Arsenal side is much more like the Sevilla team he took to three European titles rather than the PSG side who have not yet found success in Europe.Chelsea’s reappearance in the Community Shield was a dispiriting performance but Manchester City set an exalting standard then and The Blues looked much more upto speed with what was asked of them as they beat Huddersfield last week without too much fuss.Jorginhio looked better than he did at Wembley two weeks ago with N’Golo Kante also coming forward more. Eden Hazard – who was fit enough for the bench last weekend – ought to be in from the start and could be used as the striker, given Alvaro Morata’s struggles. This could spell trouble for an Arsenal defence that was exposed on multiple occasions by Manchester City last weekend.They 1-0 defeat to the Champions was not a disaster – it is early days for Emery and the defeat was expected given City’s price of 5/6 – but the way that their defence was once again stretched down the left side by Benjamin Mendy will not have escaped Sarri, who has two of the league’s better fullbacks in the shape of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.Arsenal will prove to be better than their opening show and have the quality to hurt Chelsea in the shape of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil. However, Sarri looks to have more to work with at this stage and the hosts are the bet in what should be a very educational game.Chelsea v ArsenalPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)JAN 2018 LEAGUE CUP Arsenal 2-1 ChelseaJAN 2018 LEAGUE CUP Chelsea 0-0 ArsenalJAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-2 ChelseaSEP 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-0 ArsenalAUG 2017 COMMUNITY SHIELD Chelsea 1-1 ArsenalMAY 2017 FA CUP Arsenal 2-1 ChelseaFEB 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 3-1 ArsenalSEP 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 3-0 ChelseaJAN 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 0-1 ChelseaSEP 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 ArsenalRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK CHELSEA 10 pts at 4/5 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 131.23 points(not including Test series recommendations, 3rd Test and Premier League ante-post)last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday 15 February

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Cambridge professor to discuss his views of liberty

first_img About admin AddThis ShareCONTACT: Ellen ChangPHONE:(713) 348-6777EMAIL: ellenc@rice.eduCAMBRIDGE PROFESSOR TODISCUSS HIS VIEWS OF LIBERTY Liberty as the freedomfrom the domination of others will be discussed by Cambridge Universityprofessor Quentin Skinner at a lecture on April 19 at Rice University. Thelecture begins at 4 p.m. in the McMurtry Auditorium or room 1055 of Anne andCharles Duncan Hall.Skinner will discuss hisviews on “Free Citizens and Free States.” Some of his views include how libertyis more than a lack of interference from others and why we need institutions ofrepublican self-government in order to preserve liberty.Skinner is the RegiusProfessor of Modern History at Cambridge University, pro-vice chancellor of theuniversity and a Fellow of Christ’s College. He is the author of “TheFoundations of Modern Political Thought,” “Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophyof Hobbes” and “Liberty before Liberalism,” and an editor of “The CambridgeHistory of Renaissance Philosophy.”The world’s leadinghistorian of early modern political thought, Skinner is an influential theoristof interpretation and historical method. His work is renowned for itscombination of vast learning and philosophical sophistication, attention tohistorical context and sweeping ability to trace continuities of thought acrosscenturies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Foreign Honorary Member ofthe American Academy of Arts and Sciences.“He’s very learned inthe historical details surrounding the texts he works on, but is also able tobring a philosopher’s insight into the interpretative and theoretical issues atstake in those texts,” said Donald Morrison, associate professor ofphilosophy.last_img read more

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Rice University movein stories and photos available

first_imgShareDavid Ruth                                                                                                     713-348-6327                                                                          druth@rice.eduJessica Stark713-348-6777stark@rice.eduRice University move-in stories and photos availableMaterials made available for start-of-school stories Rice University’s Class of 2014 arrived on campus Aug. 15 to move in and experience the time-honored Rice tradition of O-Week, the weeklong orientation program designed to acquaint students with their new campus, residential colleges and classroom colleagues.The size of Rice’s entering class — at about 950 — represents a 30 percent increase in class size since the 2006 implementation of the Vision for the Second Century, which called for a 30 percent increase in enrollment. Photos and captions of move-in activities are available here. For a high-resolution image, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or druth@rice.edu. Additional stories about O-Week are available here.Sunday evening, the Class of 2014 lined up in front of Tudor Fieldhouse for matriculation. The annual ceremony marks the beginning of not only the students’ college careers but also their membership in the Rice community. Orientation activities will continue throughout the week and include a pep rally at Rice stadium, academic advising sessions and an outreach day Saturday, in which students will provide service for community organization throughout the city. Other fast facts about Rice’s newest members:The applicant pool grew by 10.8 percent over last year with more than 12,300 applications submitted. Fourty-four percent of the incoming class is from Texas, illustrating a greater geographic diversity than three years ago, when 47 percent of the incoming class was from the Lone Star state. The number of potential students who visit campus has grown substantially over the last four years — more than 20 percent. The yield rate for 2010 is 36.6 percent, up about four percentage points from 2007. This means that more students who are accepted to Rice choose to attend the university.For more information, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or druth@rice.edu. AddThislast_img read more

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The titanic task of combating Mexican corruption

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduThe ‘titanic task’ of combating Mexican corruptionBaker Institute expert examines pervasive problemHOUSTON – (Sept. 28, 2018) – Corruption has “expansive effects” on Mexican society, politics and businesses, according to a new issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Skyline of Mexico City. Credit: 123RF.com/Rice University“Understanding the Problems and Obstacles of Corruption in Mexico” was authored by Jose Rodriguez-Sanchez, postdoctoral research fellow in international trade for the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center. The brief examines the complexities involved in defining, understanding and measuring corruption – the first steps in dealing with this pervasive problem, Rodriguez-Sanchez said — and uses Mexico, where such venality has increased in recent years, to illustrate these complexities.“Mexico is a prime example of how corruption has expansive effects on a society and how it is subsequently normalized by society,” Rodriguez-Sanchez writes. “Cases of corruption in Mexico have increased in recent years in both the public and private sectors. However, analyzing corruption in Mexico is still a new research focus, and researchers need to further investigate this topic and how to avoid further normalizing corrupt acts. The common Mexican phrase ‘el que no tranza no avanza,’ or ‘the one that does not cheat, does not succeed,’ must be extinguished from Mexican society.”Mexico has had several well-known cases of corruption in the public and private sectors in the last several years, Rodriguez-Sanchez said. For example, in 2012, Walmart paid local government and public officials $24 million in bribes for permits and zoning approvals to build new stores. In addition, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the state-owned oil and gas company, signed and paid problematic contracts in exchange for $11.7 billion from 2003 to 2012, according to the brief. These firms overcharged PEMEX for their work, and in some cases, the work was poorly done or never completed.The list of firms involved in corrupt acts is extensive, Rodriguez-Sanchez said. It includes Oceanografía S.A. de C.V., Hewlett Packard, ABB, Paradigm, Zimmer Biomet and Odebrecht.The Mexican government has also been rocked by major cases of corruption in which government officials have spent years diverting public funds for their own benefit. Javier Duarte, the governor of Veracruz from 2010 to 2016, is a prime example of the country’s corrupt state leaders, Rodriguez-Sanchez said. Duarte diverted approximately $35 million to phantom companies and increased the state’s debt by more than $5.18 billion. The Mexican Institute for Competitiveness reports that evaluations of the cost of corruption vary depending on which national or international agency calculated them, but the estimates range from 2 to 10 percent of Mexico’s GDP per year.“This range is very broad, and the methods used to create these figures are unclear, so a more comprehensive calculation of the cost of corruption in Mexico is needed,” Rodriguez-Sanchez writes.“Combating corruption is a titanic task,” he writes. “It begins with defining corruption and identifying corrupt acts and their costs. It ends with the establishment and implementation of corresponding public policies to prevent and combat corruption. The main objective should be to modify the behavior of agents so that they can realize that it is not ‘normal’ to have corrupt acts in a society. The aim should be to prevent corruption from becoming systematized. To avoid this, countries have to increase the probability of being caught, as well as increase the penalties. Countries must also enhance transparency in their economies and reduce or regulate market power, in addition to implementing other policies depending on how they define corruption.”Rodriguez concludes, “Finally, scholars and institutions must understand and analyze corruption and inform societies about its actual cost and economic consequences. They must also identify new methods to evaluate corruption and calculate its costs to help identify new ways of facing this global problem.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Rodriguez-Sanchez, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Issue brief: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/dae461e7/bi-brief-091318-mex-corruption.pdfRodriguez-Sanchez bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/jose-ivan-rodriguezsanchezFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. last_img read more

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Over 80 Dolphins Found Dead off Florida Coast Video

first_imgNews & Commentary Show Discussion Dozens of false killer whales, which belong to the dolphin family, have been found dead off the coast of Florida. Over 80 Dolphins Found Dead off Florida Coast (Video) By Epoch Video January 17, 2017 Updated: January 17, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this articlelast_img

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US Sanctions North Koreans for Flagrant Rights Abuse

first_img WASHINGTON–The United States on Oct. 26 imposed sanctions on seven North Korean individuals and three entities for “flagrant” human rights abuses, including killings, torture, forced labor and the hunting down of asylum seekers abroad.“Today’s sanctions target the North Korean military and regime officials,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “We also are targeting North Korean financial facilitators who attempt to keep the regime afloat with foreign currency earned through forced labor operations.”Among those sanctioned were the director and the deputy director of the Military Security Command, the first vice minister of the Ministry of People’s Security and the labor minister. North Korea’s consul general in Shenyang, China, and a diplomat at its embassy in Vietnam were also sanctioned.“We are especially concerned with the North Korean military, which operates as secret police, punishing all forms of dissent,” the statement said.“Further, the military operates outside of North Korea to hunt down asylum seekers, and brutally detains and forcibly returns North Korean citizens.”The Treasury statement charged that Ku Sung Sop, the consul general in Shenyang, and Kim Min Chol, the diplomat in Vietnam, had participated in the forced repatriation of North Korean asylum seekers. Scott Busby, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, told a news briefing that Ku’s case had been raised with China.He said it was up to China how to react, but the range of possibilities included expelling him from the country.Busby said North Korean government violations included extrajudicial killings, torture, rape and forced abortions and the aim of the sanctions was to send a message, especially to prison camp managers and mid-level officials, that individuals would be held accountable.The U.S. administration has sought to restrict the income North Korea receives from its export of labor as part of efforts to choke off funds helping to finance the country’s nuclear and missile programs, which Pyongyang says are aimed at developing weapons capable of hitting the United States.North Korea routinely denies widespread allegations of rights abuses.The Treasury statement said the Ch’olhyo’n Overseas Construction Company, which was sanctioned along with the Military Security Command and the External Construction Bureau, had operated in Algeria and was reported to earn foreign currency for North Korea.“Employees of Ch’olhyo’n are kept in slave-like conditions, including having salaries and passports withheld by (North Korean) security officials assigned as site supervisors, meager food rations, poor living conditions, and severe restrictions on their freedom of movement,” the Treasury statement said.It said the External Construction Bureau had operated in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps with military officers at the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in an unknown location in North Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Aug. 15, 2017. (KCNA/via REUTERS) Show Discussion Share US News center_img U.S. Sanctions North Koreans for ‘Flagrant’ Rights Abuse The sanctions send a message, individuals will be held accountableBy Reuters October 26, 2017 Updated: October 26, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlelast_img read more

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Alabama High School Football Star Arrested on Murder Charges

first_img Share Recommended Video: Kayaker Rescues Iguana Swimming Miles From Shore Share this article  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Alabama High School Football Star Arrested on Murder Charges By Jack Phillips January 12, 2018 Updated: January 12, 2018 US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion An Alabama high school football star was arrested on murder charges, according to local reports.Jesse Altman, 17, was charged with capital murder on Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the shooting death of Aaron “AJ” Huff last week in Birmingham. Four other teenagers have been charged in the slaying, the Gadsden Times reported.Officials said Huff was gunned down at around 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 4. Broderick Lawrence Pearson, 18, Lonterry Orlando Harrison, 17, Kalab Blake Whitworth, 16, and Tyler Michael Abbott, 17, have been also charged in the death.According to local reports, it isn’t clear who was the shooter.USA Today reported that Altman is said to be a standout on his high school football team, saying he’s a three-star defensive tackle recruit.Altman reportedly had scholarship offers to college football programs at the University of Texas, the University of West Virginia, the University of Oregon, and Mississippi State, USA Today said. “Altman is rated as a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and 247Sports, though it’s clear college coaches think the 6-foot-1, 295-pounder has the potential to achieve far more,” the report says, adding that he’s “received interest from Alabama and Florida State.”Officials said that Huff and Abbott knew each other and met in a parking lot before they left in separate cars, WRBC reported. A car that Huff had been a passenger in stopped at an intersection and a gunman got out and opened fire at his vehicle, killing him. Kalab Blake Whitworth. (Etowah County Jail) Tyler Michael Abbot. (Etowah County Jail) Broderick Lawrence Pearson. (Etowah County Jail) Lonterry Orlando Harrison. (Etowah County Jail)last_img read more

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China Looks to Replace GPS With New Military Satellite System

first_img China Looks to Replace GPS With New Military Satellite System By Joshua Philipp, The Epoch Times August 15, 2018 Updated: August 15, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) allegedly brought its military replacement for the Global Positioning System (GPS) into full operation in the course of just over four months. It now plans to promote the technology first among nearby countries, then globally by 2020.GPS, run by the U.S. government, had a nearly $56 billion economy in 2015, according to GPS World. The CCP is now attempting to tap into this market.According to a July 30 report from Chinese news outlet DWNews, the CCP allegedly brought its Beidou Satellite Navigation System (BDS) into relative full operation over the last several months. It made a large breakthrough in its BDS technology with its Beidou No. 3 satellites. From Nov. 5, 2017, to March 30, 2018, the regime launched eight of the new satellites.The report says CCP leaders want the system to eventually have 35 satellites, including five geostationary orbit satellites, 27 medium-Earth orbit satellites, and three tilt-synchronous orbit satellites.GPS is currently used in nearly every major positioning technology, from Google Maps to e-commerce to social networks. Since the technology would be crucial in wartime for fighter jets, military communications, and missile guidance systems, similar technologies have been created by Russia with its GLONASS system, the European Union with its GALILEO system, and China with its BDS system.BDS was launched by the CCP in 1994 with three satellites. The earliest system was filled with flaws, and its coverage was mainly limited to China. It did not advance significantly until the launch of the Beidou No. 3 satellites in November 2017. For the CCP, the technology is a dual-use system: The regime is selling it to economic sectors, but as the technology advances, it will also increase the regime’s military capabilities.According to DWNews, the Chinese regime has already embedded BDS into “various large-scale weapon launching platforms” and in “single soldier reconnaissance and group operations.” It cites British news reports claiming that the BDS will increase the precision of CCP military weapons strikes.The report says the CCP is currently developing capabilities in the BDS for “reconnaissance, surveillance, command, and assisted attacks,” among others.The CCP is also being clear on its ambitions behind the BDS. In addition to its increased military capabilities, the report states that the multibillion-dollar market around the U.S.-led GPS system will drop as the CCP continues to push its system, and that it is already pushing BDS in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Pakistan.It adds that the CCP is also in talks with the “Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other countries,” to adopt the BDS system in place of GPS.The report states that as it pushes BDS, U.S. influence will drop as nations no longer fear losing access to GPS if they commit acts to anger the United States. It also notes that BDS is able to tap into GPS to leverage both technologies.As the CCP continues to push for the advancement of its space technologies and weapons systems, it may also be ramping up its programs to steal technology from other nations. The United States is warning that the Chinese regime may increase its programs to steal space-related technologies. Even Russia, which has maintained otherwise close ties with China, has begun to call out the CCP on the issue.VOA reported in Chinese that on March 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the development of a new hypersonic missile system; and that on July 20, it was revealed that the missile technology had already been leaked. This led to a series of Russian news articles claiming the CCP’s threat to Russian space technology is Russia’s greatest threat.It cites Russian news portal Lenta.ru, which reported on July 24 that “China has stolen Russian space secrets and has nothing left to steal.” Follow Joshua on Twitter: @JoshJPhilipp Chinese Regime The Jiuquan space centre in the Gobi Desert in Jiuquan, northwest China’s Gansu province, on June 11, 2013. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images) center_img Share Show Discussion Share this articlelast_img read more

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Louisiana Bars Citi Bank of America From 600 Million Bond Sale Over

first_img Politics Show Discussion Share The Louisiana Department of the Treasury cut banking giants Citigroup and Bank of America out of a $600 million project because the two companies took concrete action against people and businesses who legally sell and manufacture firearms.The Louisiana State Bond Commission voted 7 to 6 to prohibit Citigroup and Bank of America from participating in an upcoming bond sale.The two banks were barred because of their “restrictive gun policies,” according to a press release from Chairman and State Treasurer John Schroder.“I personally believe the policies of these banks are an infringement on the rights of Louisiana citizens,” Schroder said in a statement. “As a veteran and former member of law enforcement, I take the Second Amendment very seriously.”“No one can convince me that keeping these two banks in this competitive process is worth giving up our rights.”Citigroup announced in March that it will stop serving clients who legally sell high capacity magazines or legally sell guns to people under 21. In April, Bank of America said it will not serve companies which manufacture AR-15 rifles. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) applauded Louisiana’s move.“Citibank and Bank of America are trying to impose their political agenda on the American people. In the process, they’re trampling on people’s Second Amendment rights,” Kennedy said in a statement.“That is a slap in the face to every single taxpayer who bailed those banks out during the Great Recession.“The State Bond Commission made the right decision. If you have zero respect for the U.S. Constitution, then you don’t need to do business with the state of Louisiana.”The two banks announced their policies in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February. The banks were among a broad range of companies that took anti-gun actions in the months after the shooting.Most recently, Shopify, a platform for online retailers, changed its rules to prohibit the sale of some guns and gun parts. Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article Louisiana Bars Citi, Bank of America From $600 Million Bond Sale Over Gun Policies By Ivan Pentchoukov August 19, 2018 Updated: August 19, 2018 A sign is posted in front of a Citibank office on April 13, 2018 in Mill Valley, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) last_img read more

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