Month: July 2019

A leading disability hate crime campaigner has bla

first_imgA leading disability hate crime campaigner has blamed the government’s anti-benefits rhetoric for a verbal attack on the partner of a wheelchair-using Coronation Street actor.Cherylee Houston, who plays Izzy Armstrong in the soap, revealed on Twitter this week that a stranger had knocked on her door while she was out and told her partner that she was a “benefits cheat”.She tweeted: “Wow disability hate crime knocked on our front door today literally. Scary as shows how much our country’s instinct is to hate not think.”The man had apparently seen Houston, who has a fluctuating condition, walk a few steps to her wheelchair.He told her partner that he had taken a photograph of her and was going to report her because she was “on the fiddle”.Houston tweeted: “He was very rude to Toby and obviously disgusted that I wasn’t paralysed. Said it wasn’t right and he was going to papers. Vile. Ignorant.”Following support from other Twitter-users, she said she was “a little shaken” after being told by her partner what had happened.Anne Novis, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, and the independent chair of the Metropolitan police’s disability hate crime working group, said: “It is evidence of what we have been saying for the last 10 years.“Although we had some of this [type of hate crime] at lower levels previously, we have seen a lot more since the coalition’s welfare reforms, using the language of government ministers and the cuts to attack disabled people.“The scapegoating mentality we get from ministers and some media articles seems to give permission to the general public to say the same things.”She said that if ministers, who were supposed to be “role models”, were describing disabled people as “unsustainable”, that kind of language was “going to be used against us”.Novis said it was common for people to think that wheelchair-users cannot walk at all, even though most – like Houston – can walk at least a few steps.last_img read more

SelfDriving Cars Cruise Mission Streets A Neighborly Opinion

first_img“We can’t tell you,” the man in the front passenger seat replied.When pressed, he shrugged. “We can’t tell you,” he repeated. He seemed happy with his and the car’s anonymity.“Look up git cruise,” another man, sitting in the back offered.“Git cruise?” I repeated, unsure I’d heard him correctly. “Yeah,” he replied. They drove off.They didn’t have to bother engaging in subterfuge: their privacy was stripped away in May when The Verge reported that driverless cars or AVs — autonomous vehicles — were being test driven in San Francisco by a former start-up called Cruise Automation, started by a man named Kyle Vogt who developed technology that will allow any car to be fitted with a self-driving system. Cruise Automation started test-driving the first car — described by one of Vogt’s collaborators as being “pretty ghetto” — on the 101 freeway sometime in 2014.The car had its first accident at Bryant and 7th streets on January 8th, according to the accident report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles . The Chevy Bolt AV was traveling about 20 mph when it began to drift back and forth between the right and left lanes on Bryant Street. When the driver switched the car back to non-autonomous control, he forgot to correct the car’s trajectory, which crashed into a parked Prius. Both cars suffered “minor visible” damage. “There were no injuries,” notes the accident report, presumably referring to the rattled human non-driver.Safety, or course, is the big question for driverless cars and their makers: unlike the sleek AV seen driving smoothly through in this Mercedes commercial, real AVs must contend with the chaos of urban traffic and all the elements therein. Happily, California requires AV manufacturers to submit collision reports, allowing the public to assess the relative safety of the cars for themselves.There have been 16 reported collisions since 2014, most of them involving Google’s AV and most caused by human error, according to the filed reports. Only the accident involving Cruise Automation was caused by a system malfunction. In anticipation of more accidents happening as testing in cities increases, the Department of Transportation has committed $4 billion dollars to assist the manufacturers of AV vehicles and technology to improve the safety of their cars and “accelerate” the development of AVs. Cruise was acquired by GM for $1 billion in March, and will undoubtedly benefit from some of the DOT largesse. In contrast, the DOT is spending $1 billion on their Clean Communities Grant Program, a “competitive grants” program designed to encourage city and regional governments to improve transit, pedestrian and bicycle transportation options.As of August 17, Cruise is slightly behind the curve in the rush to get AV’s on city streets: This month, Uber, the car service formally operated by humans, will introduce its first self-driving car to its fleet in Pittsburgh. Judging from the number of test drives in the Mission — there are at least seven a day, based on eyewitness accounts — Cruise can’t be far behind.When will Cruise unveil its technology in San Francisco? Who knows? Cruise, like its engineers, isn’t talking. The secretive staff are supported in their reticence by an equally secretive website, which, aside from acknowledging their frequent test drives on the streets of the Mission, is free of any other information; the site is whited-out, figuratively speaking. Silence seems to be a company tradition: Vogt declined to be interviewed for a story back in March, and neither he nor anyone at Cruise responded to my questions by press time.The benefit that driverless cars bring to an increasingly crowded urban environments is debatable. Manufacturers claim that driverless cars use parking space more efficiently and will be a boon to disabled or elderly populations. From the perspective of pedestrian and bicycle transportation advocates, the benefits are dubious. “We think that without public ownership of AV fleets, the use of driverless cars will exacerbate the privatization of the transit system and that this technology will increase private vehicle use,” Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition told me. “From the point of view of social justice, a more important investment than autonomous vehicles is an investment in protected bike lanes to support bicycling, which happens to be the most equitable and affordable form of transportation.”San Francisco’s Transit First policy wants to reduce the number of single-occupant automobiles in the city. But technology which transforms a privately-owned car into something like a personal BART system might have the opposite effect.The promise of release from the labor of driving might also prove illusionary: the makers of these systems point to the benefit of freed-up time to get stuff done, making the driverless car sound more like a mobile office.Moreover, while our streets are public, this technology isn’t. Since Cruise won’t talk, it’s impossible to know if their wizardry will benefit public transit. Driverless cars may look like the future, but all things considered, they may simply be more of the same: the same amount of — or even more — cars on the street. 0% Throughout this summer a small white car with odd instruments bolted to its roof has cruised through the streets of the inner Mission, making frequent, dream-like appearances throughout the day, and leaving puzzled residents behind in its stately wake. Bart Dority, who lives on 25th Street, has watched the car drive past his house for weeks now.”I thought: ‘Who is that in there? Scully and Mulder?’”I started calling the car “Moby Dick” after the titular whale of Melville’s masterpiece and like Ahab finally pursued the whale after being provoked by the sixth sighting of the day while chatting with my neighbor. “What is that?” my neighbor exclaimed in her lilting Russian accent. “I see it all the time! But I don’t know what it is!”I ran down the street and caught up with the car. Three men sat inside staring at computers in their laps – all of the Mission cars, it should be noted, still have humans inside. The men looked up at me warily.“What kind of car is this?” I asked.center_img Tags: Transportation Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Robbers reportedly injure victim in shooting at Mission St business

first_img 0% Breaking: Police in San Francisco are on scene of a shooting in the Mission District. @SFPD Tells ABC7 that four suspects entered a store on Mission St between 17th and 18th and shot a person inside. — Dave Russo (@russd008) December 23, 2017 The incident occurred around 5:19 p.m., according to a neighboring business owner Norinder Anand, who said someone running away from the shooting fled into his store, alerting him. He went next door to see what was happening and promptly called the police.Two suspects ran past him, Anand said, turning onto 19th and headed toward Valencia.Anand said it was the owner of the business who was injured, but he did not know how seriously the victim was injured.Patrick Haley, a bartender at Teeth, directly across the street, heard no gunshots but said he suddenly saw people running outside; a few of them took shelter in the bar. Later, he saw someone transported out of the store on a stretcher with what appeared to be bandaged hands.This is a developing story and we will update it as information becomes available. center_img A person was injured in a robbery and shooting inside Mission Loan and Pawnbrokers near 19th Street, according to bystanders.Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ABC7 and KRON4 report that four suspects came into the store and shot someone inside. It’s unclear what condition the victim is in. Tags: crime • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SF Mission group elicits design ideas for a greenway on old rail

first_img 0% A steady stream of about 50 Mission residents walked through an open gate on Treat Avenue Saturday to participate in a design and planning session organized by the neighborhood group, Friends of the Mission Greenway. Tree Rubenstein, the lead organizer, handed out nametags made of green tape while a volunteer set up a table loaded with pasta salad and hummus. A bicycle-powered blender was parked nearby in the small gravel lot. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Group asks to hear from those who want — and oppose — the greenway ideacenter_img Landscape architect Jane Martin walked through the crowd, distributing black-and-white renderings of the parcel, a plot of land with uncertain ownership and a chunk of unpaid back taxes. “We’re soliciting input from people who are interested in the development of this parcel,” Martin said, making it clear she wanted to hear from everyone, including those opposed to the project.  Eleven-year-old Adriel Rosenblum had already drafted his own landscaping plans. “It has a footpath, a bike, skateboard and scooter path, and a place for public gardening,” he said, referring to the plans he had tucked into a folder.Adriel Rosenblum, 11 showing his design ideas for a greenway to landscape architect Jane Martin. Photo by Todd Sanchioni.Two men, Kevin Keany and Adam Feibelman, deep in conversation, strolled up to join the growing crowd. Keany, a landscaper and artist, wants the parcel to be developed into a public green space. Feibelman was less certain. He was tasked with representing the opposition: the 23 artists who work in the Heinzer warehouse. “I came out to meet the people who have similar ideas in creating green space, but also to have the concerns of the artists in the building heard,” he said. “That way, we can figure it out together, and work together.” Feibelman said that he and the artists want any development of a greenway to take place at the northern end of the parcel, close to the intersection of Harrison and 22nd streets and away from the loading dock inside the parcel, which the artists use for deliveries.There’s a whole lot of figuring-out going on these days, both in the neighborhood and in the City Assessor’s office. The status of Parcel 36 is uncertain, although property around it was recently demolished in preparation for development. There is no known owner or assessed value, and the parcel remains untaxed. To that end, the Mission Greenway group was going to end the event with a dash of political theater. A large check symbolizing back taxes was going to be presented by Rubenstein to city officials in absentia. “We count on our elected officials to sort these things out,” said Rubenstein. “There’s some thought that if the back taxes are paid, that you can own the land.” Rubenstein confirmed that there was no current campaign to raise money to purchase the land. “We’re doing it to raise awareness.” As the volunteers continued to set up, Christine Wolheim, one of the artists, walked to the table and hugged a bearded man who was setting out food. “Oh my God, it’s so good to see you!” he said, giving her an enthusiastic hug. But tensions simmered under the surface of the sunny day. “This makes me really uncomfortable,” Wolheim said a few minutes later, visibly angry. “The way this was done was rude and presumptuous,” she said referring to the gathering. “This is our backyard. We’ve paid for this legal easement.” Wolheim said that her rights of access, which included the use of a loading dock adjacent to the right-of-way, were included in her rental contract with James and Ernest Heinzer, whom she identified as her landlords and the owners of 933 Treat Avenue. “We didn’t have to let this happen,” she said, gesturing to the gathering. “We didn’t have to let any of you in. We could have locked the gate.” She doesn’t support the use of the parcel as a green space, she said. Neither does her landlord, James Heinzer, who was on site, surveying the party. When asked if he owned the parcel, he said no, disputing his identification as an owner by the California Board of Equalization. “That’s a mistake. That never happened.”Adam Feibelman, Christine Wolheim, both tenants in the Heinzer building, and their landlord, James Heinzer. Photo by Todd Sanchioni.Heinzer said that the heirs of John Center and George Crim own it, “but they’ve never stepped forward.” He says that he has rights of access and use to the parcel in perpetuity because he obtained prescriptive easement rights — a legal right to property that is secured by open, continuous and “notorious” use. Heinzer said that his use goes back 50 years. “My parents got a deed from the Southern Pacific in the ’50s to build a spur.” His easement claim is bolstered, he says, by a 1996 finding by the California Supreme Court which determined that the Southern Pacific Transportation Company didn’t own the land. “We believe we have prescriptive easements. We’d like to see them preserved for the tenants we have.” Any challenge to his assertion would have to be “contested,” he said. He’s unconcerned by the investigation underway by Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu and the City Attorney. “From my perspective, I don’t see why the city would support this. They’re more interested in developing housing than supporting a bunch of tomato growers.” Both he and Wolheim were unconcerned by the untaxed status of the parcel. Feibelman said Parcel 36’s status represents some challenges. “I think property owners should pay taxes. But if the city has lost all semblance of control over this space … ” he hesitated. “I don’t think it’s any of my business. It’s between the owner and the city.” Back at the gathering, Rubenstein hoisted a large check into the air. “We’re calling on the city to find out who owns this land and who owes the taxes on it.” Onlookers whooped in support. Jane Martin, who was clutching a sheaf of design options created on-site, said she thought that a well thought out design could reconcile the apparently conflicting needs of the artists with the greenway proponents. “I do think for a very long time that this has been an under-utilized property.” She supports design that allows the artists in the Heinzer warehouse to continue to use the loading dock. “I think that a park that is thoughtfully designed can accommodate all of these uses. They’re not mutually exclusive, for sure.”Neighbors listen to different ideas on the greenway. Photo by Todd Sanchioni.Tree Rubenstein and a check with the taxes that have not been paid. Photo by Todd Sanchioni.Future greenway? Photo by Todd Sanchioni. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address last_img read more

LOUIE McCarthyScarsbrook has been casting an eye

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook has been casting an eye over his pack teammates and is convinced Saints have a forward line to fear.He says there are some “big units” around the club and the side has a lot of experience and youth heading into the new season.“Nathan Brown has done well to recruit who he has,” Louie said. “Kyle Amor was outstanding for Wakefield last year; he was a workhorse. Richie Beaumont from Hull HR is a beast and then you move on to the big fella, Mose Masoe.“I have never seen a bigger man. I thought he wasn’t tall and then he turned around and I thought… he is a big set of human. I watched him in the World Cup and was hurting looking at him.“He can take all the opposition’s energy, James Roby can get a quick play the ball, pass to me and all should be good! We have a real good team this year and running off the back of big men will make my game a lot easier.”Louie has played 91 games for Saints since making his debut in 2011 and reckons the 2014 version of the team is the best yet.“Browny has had time to put things in place and now has the half back combination he wants as well as a massive pack and young backs who played out of their skin last season,” he continued. “Our kicking game means we can pin teams down and thrive on it.“We look like a good team on paper but we have to work hard to achieve the heights we all want and want the fans want too – and that is silverware.”Saints will kick off their Super League title tilt at Warrington on Thursday February 13 before the Langtree Park opener with Hull FC eight days later.Tickets for what will be an exciting season are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

The prop forward has been stellar so far this year

first_imgThe prop forward has been stellar so far this year and was at the hub of a pack that secured six points.“Before this period, we said we would focus on each game as it came, so to get three out of three was really good,” he said. “Friday’s game was a tough one. Hull are a great team and have some big lads – the likes of Scott Taylor and Chris Green. The plan was to take it down the middle, get on top of them and we did just that.“It’s been a tough period but the wins make you feel better.”Thommo was also keen to praise the contribution of the backs in the victories over Wigan, Widnes and Hull FC.“Tommy (Makinson) has been doing a great job for a number of weeks,” he continued: “It is great when you turn around and see him getting us on the front foot. Regan (Grace) does the same as does Jonny Lomax too. We then come off the back of that.“We have a few days off now and that is important. We will get our feet up and charge the batteries.“Then it is on to Wakefield on Sunday. We will assess them when we get back, train hard and then go again.”last_img read more

Fans come out excited for the BBT Jamboree

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — High school football season kicks off with its yearly BB&T Jamboree. Fans of all ages came out to make sure their voices were heard.“Alright, let’s go E-L. Let’s go Bucs,” Sianna Stanley said.- Advertisement – “Go screaming eagles,” Misty Belgrave said“Go Hoggard,” Molly Williamson and Emery Smith said.Schools like North Brunswick, Hoggard, Laney, and many more, had fans cheering from the bleachers. For some fans, it’s important for the community to come out and cheer for the different schools.Related Article: State grant will fund help for opioid crisis in Wilmington“Well it’s good because that shows that they got support for, you know, the young kids. It’s coming up. It’s in high school, playing school athletics, so you know, it’s a good thing, to have this kind of support within the community. So I think it’s a good thing,” Thomas Merrick said.For others, they just love the feeling they get when they come out to the Jamboree.“I love the sense of competition and I love the fans and everything that comes with it. The excitement that everyone has for football this year,” Belgrave said.“It keeps you hype. It keeps you ready. It makes you really excited about getting ready for the season too,” Stanley said.“It’s cool. Yeah it’s really cool. Cause it’s a bunch of people and they’re all excited and rooting for different teams,” Williamson and Smith said. A time of year for fans to go all out because football season is in full swing.last_img read more

Dozens of families head to theaters for holiday tradition

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After opening up presents on Christmas morning, what’s becoming a growing tradition among many families on the holiday is heading to the movie theater to catch the latest flick from Hollywood.“Going to the movies on Christmas has kind of gotten to be a regular thing. Every time we’ve been to the movies on Christmas Day, it’s been packed,” said moviegoer Beau Lyons.- Advertisement – The Pointe 14 in Wilmington was packed with people looking to watch their film of choice and spend time with their loved ones.Some of the more popular movie selections included Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Pitch Perfect 3, and Jumanji.Moviegoers told us that they appreciated the theater’s employees working on the holiday and giving them the opportunity for some family time.Related Article: One Love tennis hosts film screening of ‘Althea & Arthur’“I think there are some people that don’t mind working on Christmas and they like making the extra money and so it just gives us some time to enjoy being together,” said moviegoer Stacey Hill.The theater is running 13 different movies on the holiday, with showtimes starting as late as 10:35 p.m.A couple of other theaters are also open for business, despite the holiday. You can head to AMC Wilmington 16 off Market Street or Regal Mayfaire Stadium 16 and Imax in Mayfaire.last_img read more

Whats Happening Martin Luther King Jr celebration events

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As it gets closer to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, there are a lot of activities that you can get in on to help celebrate the holiday.The Southeastern North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee has a lot planned leading up to Monday.- Advertisement – The YWCA Lower Cape Fear will host a Potluck for Peace Thursday at William E. Murphy Sports Complex on South 8th Street in Wilmington from 6 – 8 p.m. The event is free and you’re asked to bring a dish to share.On Friday you can join WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick to honor Dr. King at the annual celebration banquet where Dr. James Anderson, Chancellor at Fayetteville State University, will be the guest speaker. It will be held at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 in advance and $80 at the door.It’s Family Fun Day on Saturday at the William E. Murphy Sports Complex. There will be fun and games, face painting, refreshments and more. This event starts at 11 a.m.Related Article: Surf into Summer at WB Surf CampAlso on Saturday, you can check out action on the hardwood as the CFCC Women’s Basketball team will play at 1 p.m. and the CFCC Men’s Basketball team will tip off at 3 p.m. The games are at Brogden Hall and free to the public.The main event is on Monday. The annual MLK, Jr. Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. The parade wraps all around downtown Wilmington. WWAY’s Randy Aldridge and Amanda Fitzpatrick will be grand marshals in the parade and are looking forward to celebrating with everyone.Click here for more information on events happening this week around Wilmington to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.last_img read more

Hulus Reprisal is looking for extras and vehicles

first_imgVehicles dating between 1980 and 1995.Several hundred men between the age of 30 and 50.Experienced burlesque dancers over 18.Extras of all races WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The local film industry is proving the show must go on! The Hulu pilot “Reprisal” is looking for paid extras.The show starring Abigail Spencer and Rodrigo Santoro is looking for hundreds of people of all types and ages. They also have some special needs!- Advertisement – Here is what producers are looking for:center_img Submission should include the following:2 current photos (Close Up & Full Length – can be taken with a cell phone) Your Name, Phone, Age, City/State you reside, Height/Weight and Complete Clothing Sizes. Description of any visible tattoos and piercings. Please include you have an artist release for your tattoos. Color/Make/Model/Year Vehicle/Vehicles you drive.Submissions should be emailed to with heading being your Race, Gender, Age, City/State you reside.last_img read more

3 minors arrested in connection to BB gun shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police released an update after a teen was shot in the Creekwood South community Thursday evening.According to police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron, a 15-year-old boy was shot with multiple BB guns while playing basketball around N. 30th and Clayton streets.- Advertisement – Police arrested three minors in connection to the shooting. Dandron said two are 12 years old and the other is 14 years old. The three were taken to the juvenile detention facility and charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.WPD said the shooting happened around 5:20 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of Emory Street. No motive has been released.The victim had multiple wounds but Dandron said he is expected to recover.last_img read more

Reward offered in string of offensive graffiti in Wilmington

first_img (Photo: Cape Fear Rugby Club) The three incidents are believed to be connected.Anyone with any information should contact WPD at (910) 343-3609.Related Article: Wilmington Police looking for missing womanYou can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-531-9845  or by using Text A Tip. Bridge Church congregation paints over hate speech vandalism (Photo: Kate Cornell) Swastikas and pentagrams were spray painted all over Cape Fear Rugby Club’s playing field in Wilmington in Feb. 2019. (Photo: Cape Fear Rugby Club) The Bridge Church in Wilmington was vandalized with racial slurs and profanity. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) 1 of 5 (Photo: Cape Fear Rugby Club) The incidents took place in the 200 block of Lake Drive, which is Flytrap Downs, where Cape Fear Rugby plays their games, The Bridge Church in the 2100 block of Market Street and at a home in the 500 block of S. 11th Street last week. The Bridge Church in Wilmington was vandalized with racial slurs and profanity. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Crime Stoppers of the Lower Cape Fear, in conjunction with the Wilmington Police Department, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in a recent string of vandalism incidents.Wilmington Police responded to three incidents where racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic graffiti had been spray painted on property.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Britain counting the days till the end of May

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Theresa May might soon have to move out of 10, Downing Street, if she were to follow the advise of the UK headlines today. Headlines on most British newspapers are reporting  a “cabinet coup” against Prime Minister Theresa May. The British premier seems to be facing increased pressure to step down following a turbulent week were she faulted her MPs after she had to face criticism for delaying Brexit. Her speech was met with widespread criticism with many critics saying that her words were ‘outrageous’ and ‘unheard of in a democracy’.Senior party figures are urging May to admit defeat and resign In a piece for the Sunday Telegraph, former Brexit secretary David Davis said that leaving without a deal on World Trade Organisation terms “looks much better than the other options in front of us”. He also said “and if some Ministers resign as a result? That would be a pity, but there are always volunteers to replace every departure.”According to the Sunday Times at least six senior ministers want David Lidington as premier until formal leadership elections take place. They are also threatening resignation if May does not step down.In the Telegraph, Nicky Morgan, former Cabinet minister and Remain supporter said that May “Unfortunately, I think that what started off as qualities that people admired are the flexible leader to find a way through this. I understand that it is difficult to say to someone that it’s time to go. But there are enough people around the Cabinet table who can step up …and she’s got to listen.”The Mail is reporting that there is “complete unanimity” for May to be replaced with Environment Secretary Michael Gove.MP George Freeman , who was also May’s former policy adviser tweeted that May’s days at 10, Downing Street are over as “everyone feels betrayed” though she did “her best”.I’m afraid it’s all over for the PM. She’s done her best. But across the country you can see the anger. Everyone feels betrayed. Government’s gridlocked. Trust in democracy collapsing. This cant go on. We need a new PM who can reach out & build some sort of coalition for a PlanB.— George Freeman MP (@GeorgeFreemanMP) March 23, 2019The People are not happy as wellTheresa May’s decisions are also being fiercely opposed by the People.Following her speech in The Commons on Wednesday, the Revoke Article 50 petition has gained tremendous momentum online, and with over 4.8 million signatures on Sunday making it now the most popular petition to date.Updated: Cancel Brexit petition most signed in petition website’s history Over 1 million marched took to the streets of London waving EU flags and placards with political messages from Hyde Park to Parliament Square on Saturday.Estimated 1m people marching in London for final say on Brexit dealMay’s reaction Meanwhile, May has not issued any public reaction on the matter but chose t spend she spent the weekend holding Brexit meeting at Chequers and also joined local elections in Milton Keynes.On a busy weekend of Brexit meetings, good to join @iainastewart and @MKConservatives and talk to local residents ahead of the council elections on 2 May.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) March 23, 2019 SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Updated Julian Assange arrested by British police at Ecuadorean embassy

first_img WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen after was arrested by British police, outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls SharePrint A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks to the media, after Assange was arrested by British police, outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen after was arrested by British police, outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Peter NichollsWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen after was arrested by British police, outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Updated – 18.12British police dragged Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.The frail-looking WikiLeaks founder, with white hair and a long beard, was carried head first out of the embassy in London shortly after 0900 GMT by at least seven men to a waiting police van, after shouting “This is unlawful, I’m not leaving.”British Prime Minister Theresa May hailed the news in parliament, to cheers and cries of “Hear, hear!” from lawmakers.“The whole House will welcome the news this morning that the Metropolitan Police have arrested Julian Assange, arrested for breach of bail after nearly seven years in the Ecuadorean embassy,” May said.Appearing before a London court, Assange said he was not guilty of failing to surrender in 2012. District judge Michael Snow, who cast Assange as a “narcissist”, convicted him of skipping bail. Sentencing will be at a later date.Assange’s lawyer in Quito said his life would be in danger if he were to be extradited to the United States.Police said they had arrested Assange, 47, after being invited into the embassy following the Ecuadorean government’s withdrawal of asylum. Assange was carried out of the building carrying a copy of Gore Vidal’s “History of The National Security State”, which he continued reading in court.Just hours later, U.S. prosecutors said they had charged Assange with conspiracy in trying to access a classified U.S. government computer with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010.The arrests, after nearly seven years holed up in a few cramped rooms at the embassy, mark one of the most sensational turns in a tumultuous life that has transformed the Australian programmer into a rebel wanted by the United States.Supporters of Assange, who gave a thumbs up in handcuffs as he was taken from a police station to the court, said Ecuador had betrayed him at the behest of Washington, that the ending of his asylum was illegal and that it marked a dark moment for press freedom.To some, Assange is a hero for exposing what supporters cast as abuse of power by modern states and for championing free speech. But to others, he is a dangerous rebel who has undermined U.S. security.WikiLeaks angered Washington by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables that laid bare often highly critical U.S. appraisals of world leaders, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to members of the Saudi royal family.Assange made international headlines in early 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.The extent of the diplomacy that led to the arrest was not immediately clear. The Kremlin said it hoped his rights would not be violated. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls Members of the media surround a prisoner transport vehicle as it arrives at the Westminster Magistrates Court after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay A police van is seen outside the Ecuadorian embassy after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police in London, Britain, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Policemen stand in front of Westminster Magistrates Court after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay 1 of 8 General view of Westminster Magistrates Court after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay UNITED STATESAssange’s indictment arose from a long-running criminal investigation dating back to the administration of former President Barack Obama.It was triggered in part by WikiLeaks’ publication in 2010 of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military reports about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and American diplomatic communications.The U.S. Justice Department said Assange was arrested pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty, and accused him of involvement in one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history.The indictment said that Assange in March 2010 engaged in a conspiracy to assist Manning in cracking a password stored on U.S. Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRNet), a U.S. government network used for classified documents and communications.“The charge relates to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States,” the U.S. Justice Department said.He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted, the department said.Britain said no man was above the law.“Julian Assange is no hero, he has hidden from the truth for years and years,” British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.“It’s not so much Julian Assange being held hostage in the Ecuadorean embassy, it’s actually Julian Assange holding the Ecuadorean embassy hostage in a situation that was absolutely intolerable for them.”Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, behind the luxury department store Harrods, in June 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.Sweden dropped that probe in 2017, but Assange was arrested for breaking the rules of his bail in London in connection with the case.A Swedish lawyer representing the alleged rape victim said she would push to have prosecutors reopen the case, but a retired senior prosecutor and chairman of NGO Victim Support Sweden, said he thought that may be difficult.YEARS OF SOLITUDEFriends of Assange said the solitude he had experienced in the embassy had hurt him most.“It was a miserable existence and I could see it was a strain on him, but a strain he managed rather well,” said Vaughan Smith, a friend who visited Assange. “The thing that was most difficult for Julian was the solitude.”“He was very tough, but the last year in particular was very difficult. He was constantly being surveilled and spied upon. There was no privacy for him.”WikiLeaks said Ecuador had illegally terminated his political asylum in violation of international law.“Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom,” said Edward Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who fled to Moscow after revealing massive U.S. intelligence gathering.Assange’s relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about President Lenin Moreno’s personal life.Moreno said Assange’s diplomatic asylum status had been cancelled for repeated violation of conventions. He said he had asked Britain to guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to any country where he might face torture or the death penalty.“The British government has confirmed it in writing,” Moreno said. “The asylum of Mr Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable.”11AMWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police on Thursday after they were invited into the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.“Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador,” police said.Police said they arrested Assange after being “invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorean government’s withdrawal of asylum.”Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation. That probe was later dropped, but Assange fears he could be extradited to face charges in the United States, where federal prosecutors are investigating WikiLeaks.Assange was taken into custody at a central London police station and he will be brought before Westminster Magistrates’ Court, police said.Assange’s relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about President Lenin Moreno’s personal life. Moreno had previously said Assange has violated the terms of his asylum.Moreno said that he had asked Britain to guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty.“The British government has confirmed it in writing, in accordance with its own rules,” Moreno said.WikiLeaks said Ecuador had illegally terminated Assange’s political asylum in violation of international law.To some, Assange is a hero for exposing what supporters cast as abuse of power by modern states and for championing free speech. But to others, he is a dangerous rebel who has undermined the security of the United States.WhatsApp Members of the media are seen outside Westminster Magistrates Court after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. 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Lloris arrested for drinkdriving

first_img SharePrint Hugo Lloris was arrested in the early hours of Friday and charged with drink-driving after failing a breathalyser test. The 31-year-old goalkeeper has been at Tottenham Hotspurs since joining from Lyon in 2012 and has played 256 times for the English club.His irresponsible behaviour could cost him the captain’s armband as Tottenham prepare to take on Manchester United on Monday night. The World Cup winner has already issued a public apology for his actions: “I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my team-mates, the manager and all of the supporters.”WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Guedes moves to Valencia on a permanent deal

first_imgParis Saint Germain have accepted Valencia’s £36m offer for Portuguese winger Goncalo Guedes. The 21-year-old was loaned out to the Spanish side for the 2017-18 season during which he managed to score 6 goals in 38 appearances.Guedes left Benfica in 2017 after agreeing terms with PSG but ended up playing just 13 times for the Ligue 1 outfit. He was also called up to Portugal’s World Cup squad and started three of his nation’s four games in Russia. Guedes is Valencia’s 10th major signing of the summer as the La Liga club look to improve on last season’s fourth place finish.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsungs Subsidized Laptops Help University Students In Kenya Evade Tax

first_imgAdvertisement In a move to raise more revenue to its coffers, the Kenya government introduced a 16% VAT on ICT related products including laptops and phones, making laptop and phone buyers in the country think twice before making any purchases.However, a new initiative by Samsung Electronics East Africa aiming to promote e-learning in the country will see students evade the tax easily.Samsung today partnered with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology to provide affordable laptops for their students. The partnership will see all the JKUAT students buy genuine laptops from Samsung at highly subsidized prices. There is nothing illegal in doing that as it’s Samsung lowering its prices and the 16% VAT imposed by the government has not been done away with altogether. – Advertisement – Robert Ngeru, Samsung Electronics East Africa lead said, “Our interest in providing educational solutions arises from the fact that this continent is gripped by poverty, underdevelopment, and unemployment and infrastructure challenges. As a responsible corporate citizen, we therefore seek to address these challenges by implementing effective and sustainable initiatives that will play a key role empowering our utilized youthful talent.”That talent will in turn fuel innovation in Kenya’s tech scene after school. Kenya’s ICT sector has had an exponential growth due to skills development. However, there is still a growing need for highly-skilled professionals capable of driving IT innovation and entrepreneurship both in the public and private sector.JKUAT, Kenya’s top technology university believes this  move will help them nurture innovators and use technology to aid and enhance research in learning institutions and in the country as a whole and fil the skills gaps in both private and public sectors.“Without a doubt, this partnership will drive our efforts in offering quality ICT-based training as we build the next generation of tech business leaders and entrepreneurs who are cognizant of  global  technological trend and  have  vast knowledge of their various areas of study,” explained Professor  Mabel Imbuga, Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology.Source: Tech Moranlast_img read more

Microsoft to buy Blackberry – reports

first_imgAdvertisement Reports coming in indicate that ailing Canadian giant BlackBerry is set to be bought.According to Phone Arena and Mobile Burn, The deal would apparently be worth roughly $7-billion.The reports however say that Microsoft isn’t the only interested party, with Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo apparently in the running as well. – Advertisement – The recent turnaround and profit during the first quarter of this year has piqued the interest of such companies as Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, and even Microsoft.Business insiders say all companies are inquiring about BlackBerry, with Microsoft even requesting investment companies to evaluate the potential of a deal.BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said before the company is not for sale, that was during more trying times when it was being courted by Lenovo. Chen has previously met with Xiaomi chiefs, but he insisted it was not to discuss any potential takeover.[Via]last_img read more

MainOne hosts session on unlocking Africas digital potential at International Telecommunications Week

first_imgAdvertisement For the fifth year in a row, MainOne has continues to raise Africa’s digital profile and highlight its untapped potential at the recently concluded International Telecoms Week held in Chicago from May 8th to May 11th, 2016.The Company hosted the Africa Panel Session attended by a mix of Africa’s leading wholesale carriers, mobile network operators and a host of global service providers and content distribution companies at the annual global gathering of telecommunications companies.It was an occasion for these industry leaders to share perspectives with a global audience on the recent developments in the region as well as opportunities and challenges being faced across the region towards the wide-spread proliferation of broadband services access. – Advertisement – It was equally a gathering for discussing the needed impetus for getting the continent ready for the global information explosion already taking place in select parts of the continent, where Internet consumption by individuals is beginning to compare favorably with consumption patterns in advanced economies.Focus areas of discussion included the need for the adoption of shared infrastructure models in order to reduce the cost of retail broadband services in comparison to reductions that have taken place in wholesale pricing over the years to within less than 5% of retail broadband prices.The expert panel strongly advocated the view that the adoption of new business and regulatory models for shared infrastructure would foster the pervasive digital explosion much needed on the African continent rather than depend on proprietary network infrastructure built by mobile companies with thin pipes to deliver voice services.Discussants also engaged on the need to support the growth of local content as a means for growing intra-continent traffic and eliminate cross-border barriers to the exchange of information.It was equally stressed that liberalization would continue to play a major role in the development of internet proliferation in Africa with countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa used as models of advances being made in connecting more people on the continent.Speakers at the event included executives from a diverse set of players including MainOne, Google, PCCW Global, WIOCC, and Liquid Telecom, with an in-depth analyst presentation reviewing developments on the continent by Russell Southwood of Balancing Act Africa.Various participants highlighted infrastructure deployments such as MainOne’s metro fiber builds in Lagos, Nigeria; Liquid Telecom’s fiber backhaul across East and Southern Africa, and Google’s fiber last mile projects in Uganda and Ghana to demonstrate what can be achieved by with the availability of shared infrastructure offering uncapped and reliable bandwidth services.MainOne has remained at the forefront of the broadband initiative in West Africa with investments in telecoms infrastructure across the region and sponsorships of major fora to advance broadband activities in the region such as the Africa Panel Session at the International Telecoms Week, a showcase that has become a must attend session for players across the  continent.In its 5+ years of operation, the company has established a strong reputation as the preferred provider of connectivity and data center solutions providing regional connectivity solutions and creating access for global content providers seeking direct access to subscribers on the sub-Continent. The company has continued to extend its network reach organically and through partnerships and has coverage in eight West African countries including Nigeria and Ghana.last_img read more