Month: July 2019

The equality watchdog is considering legal action

The equality watchdog is considering legal action

first_imgThe equality watchdog is considering legal action against the government over its failure to ensure an accessible rail service, according to a leading disabled expert.The potential legal action emerged in the wake of anger directed at rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – which runs Southern (pictured), Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Great Northern – after it issued “grossly insulting” guidance to staff on how to deal with disabled rail passengers.Among the advice in the Pit Stop guidance was that staff should not attempt to place “persons of reduced mobility (PRM)” on a train “if there is a possibility of delaying the service”.It also tells staff that any PRM wishing to travel by train to an unstaffed station should be taken to the nearest staffed station to their destination and then “assisted into a taxi”.And it says that “ill passengers need to be removed from the train as quickly as possible” because “not taking action will cause thousands of other passengers to be stuck on trains”.For people “who are fitting”, the guidance says, staff should “wait for the convulsions to stop and be ready, if appropriate, to move them once they have started to wake up”.Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said the guidance was “shocking” and “grossly insulting to disabled people, who are being treated as second class citizens”.Although other disabled campaigners were outraged at GTR’s guidance, they also said it was an inevitable consequence of government rail policies.Ann Bates, a leading transport access consultant and former rail chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee, said she blamed both the government and GTR for the guidance.She believes the guidance is a direct result of government policies that force companies to cut staff and run driver-only operated (DOO) trains – with no second member of staff on board to help disabled passengers on and off trains – and run more services with fewer delays.Bates said she has been discussing the discrimination faced by disabled rail passengers with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and has been told it is considering legal action under the Equality Act against the government.She said: “I think we have more than enough [evidence]. They have not provided the right reasonable adjustments. It is blatantly prejudicial.”Asked whether EHRC was considering legal action against both GTR and the government, she said: “I think the EHRC were going towards the government as opposed to GTR because [the problems that have been seen at GTR have also] moved to other franchises.”It was the government, she said, that had written the franchise agreements with the train companies, although the [GTR] guidance would be useful evidence for any legal action.She said legal action against the government would be justified because its policies had forced rail companies to run train services without a second member of staff.She said: “If there’s nobody on the train and an unstaffed station you have virtually told me I cannot travel on three-quarters of the network.”Bates, who has previously worked as a consultant for Southern, said the GTR guidance was “insulting” and “the most ridiculous piece of guidance I have ever seen”.She said: “Never before has there been such awful attack on PRMs and ill people.“I should have the same right to get on a train as some nimble, middle-aged man with a briefcase.“Of course we take longer to board but if we have turned up in plenty of time, if they can’t find the ramp or they can’t do this or they can’t do that, that’s nothing to do with me.“I have fulfilled my half of the bargain, they have to fulfil theirs. It [should be] a level playing-field.”Bates was at London Bridge station last December, having pre-booked assistance and arrived early, but was told by a member of staff at the station that she could not board the train because he could not contact the station she was travelling to – East Croydon – to confirm there was someone there to help her off.He told her this was “the new policy”. Bates said that paying for a taxi was not a “reasonable adjustment” under the Equality Act, partly because of the shortage of accessible taxis in many parts of the country.She added: “Why would I get a taxi to join the same traffic queue I had paid to avoid?”An EHRC spokeswoman said: “We cannot comment on on-going cases, but we are working to ensure transport companies are aware of their responsibilities under the Equality Act, and to improve access to transport for disabled people.”She added: “Access to public transport is something that many people take for granted, but for disabled people it is crucial to their ability to live independently.“Transport service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that everyone is able to use those services.“We are closely monitoring access to transport for disabled people to ensure that this is happening.”Stephen Brookes, the minister for disabled people’s rail sector champion, said the GTR guidance was “appalling and unacceptable” and “massively discriminatory”.But he said it was important not to focus only on GTR because the attitude to disability across the industry was “appalling and unacceptable”, while the use of DOO services was “discriminatory”.Brookes said he believed the regulator, the Office of Rail and Road, needed stronger powers to “take a proactive approach” to ensuring that rail companies comply with their disabled people’s protection policy (DPPP), which describes the assistance they provide disabled passengers.He said that the “increasing disaster of rail company DPPP guidance” demonstrated the need for “far better regulation” rather than just “advice”.He added: “For older and disabled people the impact of changes, reduction in train staff and new but still badly designed frequently inaccessible trains is making rail travel almost a ‘no go’ scenario for many disabled people, never minding the restrictive costs.”Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) said the guidance showed that the journeys of disabled passengers “can be disrupted for no more reason than that the GTR cannot ensure a decent level of staffing”.DPAC said GTR believes it “has the right to refuse access, remove passengers or alter their mode of transport provided these passengers are of reduced mobility” because the company “holds Speed, Efficiency and Shareholder’s Profits supreme”.DPAC took part in a protest against the guidance on Monday outside London Bridge station, alongside campaigners from the Association of British Commuters (ABC).Transport for All (TfA), the user-led organisation which campaigns for an accessible transport system in London, which had members at the DPAC/ABC protest, backed the idea of legal action.Alan Benson, TfA’s chair, said the leaked GTR document “clearly establishes that the priority is to run trains on time, which is understandable given the fines incurred and the criticism GTR have faced over recent years”.But he added: “That this comes at the expense of passengers requiring assistance to overcome the barriers inherent in British railways is completely unacceptable.”He said the guidance was “explicit” that disabled passengers should be “left stranded” if the short time the train had while stopping at a station did not provide enough time to deploy the ramp or escort a blind person to a seat.He said: “The impact is most keenly felt on the frequent occasions when things don’t go as prescribed, when staff forget you’re waiting, when the destination can’t be contacted.“As staff disappear from the railways it is becoming increasingly clear that disabled people are the ones that suffer. The revelations in this document reveal why.“Disabled people are not asking for special treatment. We are asking for reasonable support to overcome the barriers we face using the railways and that when the system fails we are not let down or scapegoated.“When we turn up on time we expect to be able to board a train of our choosing. This is no more or less than every other passenger.”A GTR spokesman said: “We place a high priority on making our services accessible to all and actively encourage people with restricted mobility to use our trains.“Our policy remains the same, which is to offer assistance to all passengers to help them with their journeys.“We have a responsibility to make sure each service leaves on time to avoid knock-on delays, skipped station stops and cancellations to other services which would affect thousands of other passengers, many of whom may also have mobility difficulties.”He said the term PRM included all passengers who need assistance, including those with heavy luggage, bikes and buggies.The spokesman said that since GTR “modernised the role of around half of our conductors in January 2017” there were now “more staff on more trains, with more time to help passengers, especially those with mobility difficulties”, and there had been “improvements to punctuality, reliability and passenger satisfaction”.He said: “In the very rare instance where a train without its on-board supervisor calls at an unstaffed station where a passenger with restricted mobility needs help to board or alight, we have tried and tested procedures in place to help the passenger make their journey.“All of our policies and procedures meet fully all disability discrimination laws and regulations.“We take our obligations seriously and continue to focus on improving customer experience for all our passengers, including those that may need more assistance from us on their journeys.”The Department for Transport (DfT) refused to say whether it believed the GTR guidance showed that disabled passengers would be the victims of the push for more trains, fewer delays, and fewer on-board and station staff.Asked about the government facing possible legal action, a DfT spokeswoman said: “We expect all train companies to do everything possible to make travel easy for those with disabilities.“It is vital that all passengers, including disabled passengers, can turn up and go when using public transport and train companies have a legal obligation to provide the same access to the disabled.”She said DfT was working with the transport-user watchdog Transport Focus on research to identify the challenges facing disabled rail passengers, which will be used to improve services.last_img read more

SAINTS opened up their preseason campaign with a

SAINTS opened up their preseason campaign with a

first_imgSAINTS opened up their pre-season campaign with a 10-try Karalius Cup win over Widnes Vikings.Royce Simmons’ men raced to a 36-4 lead at half time as their quick ball handling and pace through the middle swamped their hosts.  James Graham led the way with two tries whilst Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Michael Shenton turned in impressive ‘debut’ performances alongside the now free from injury Leon Pryce.  Andy Dixon continued the roll in the second half, but two quick Widnes’ tries and a number of handling errors checked progress.   But further tries from Gary Wheeler and a rare ‘Penalty Try’ sealed a 52-20 win.  For Saints first hit-out of pre-season, new coach Royce Simmons opted to start with his strongest side available.  Only Kyle Eastmond, Paul Wellens and Josh Perry missed out meaning an early chance for fans to see new signings Michael Shenton and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Lee Gaskell was named at scrum half with Leon Pryce completing the half back partnership.  Widnes made a number of changes for their third friendly of the season… with former Saint Ste Tyrer on the bench.  The Vikings opened the game on the attack with a chip to the corner forcing Francis Meli into early action. The ball came forward and from the scrum, Widnes opened up the defence and Shane Grady bulldozed over.  Danny Craven slicing the extras wide.  But Saints hit right back through James Graham less than a minute later – Jamie Foster converting with ease.  Moments later, Jammer’s short ball had Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook side-stepping his way to the line to increase the lead further. Foster making it 12-4.  Saints looked like scoring on every set and were almost in again when Michael Shenton found room down the right hand side.  But it was down the middle where the next try came – Sia Soliola breaking the line to nudge Saints further ahead. Foster adding the extras.  On 22 minutes, Saints showed some of the ball-play that makes them one of the most exciting teams to watch. From just over their own tryline the ball went through hands, to Gaskell who found Shenton in space.  And the former Castleford Tiger didn’t disappoint, showing a turn of pace and sleight of hand to feed Gardner who made no mistake. Foster drifting his conversion to the left of the posts from the far right corner.  James Roby bagged one of his own five minutes later, Foster tagging on the two, before Graham got his second of a lopsided first half.   And just before the hooter sounded, an Ade Gardner break was finished off on the other side by Tom Armstrong.  Half time: Saints 36 Widnes 4  Saints started where they finished off with Andrew Dixon going over after a nice interchange with Armstrong.  Kurt Haggerty then got Widnes on the board when he used his strength to break through the line – Tyrer tagging on the extras.  And seconds later, Anthony Thackeray added another; bouncing off the would be tackler to go in the corner.  Saints were starting to look a bit scratchy but ‘normal service’ was resumed when Francis Meli rampaged in field and found Gary Wheeler in support.   Foster making it 46-14.  Moments later, Saints were handed a penalty try when Sia Soliola was fouled as he tried to mop up a Vikings’ error. Foster with the conversion.  Widnes continued to try an expansive brand of rugby but were making handling errors and coming up against a keen Saints’ defence.  But they got the try their play deserved when Matt Gardner scooted in the corner – Tyrer converting to make the ‘half’ score 16-16 – and closing the scoring.   Saints retaining the Karalius Cup for the third time.   Match Summary:  Widnes: Tries: Grady, Haggerty, Thackeray, GardnerGoals: Craven (0 from 1), Tyrer (2 from 3)  Saints: Tries: Graham (2), McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Gardner, Roby, Armstrong, Dixon, Wheeler, Penalty Try.Goals: Foster (6 from 10)   Penalties: Widnes: 9 Saints: 6 HT (Sts First): 36-4FT (Sts First): 52-20 REF: R Hicks ATT: 3755   Teams:Widnes:   1. Danny Craven; 19. Matt Gardner, 18. James Ford, 23. Tangi Ropati, 5. Paddy Flynn; 6. Anthony Thackeray, 14. Thomas Coyle; 3. Richard Varkulis, 9. Kirk Netherton, 10. Daniel Heckenberg, 20. Shane Grady, 16. MacGraff Leuluai, 17. Ben Kavanagh.Subs: 4. Steve Tyrer, 8. Steve Pickersgill, 12. Kurt Haggerty, 15. Chris Gerrard, 25. Chris Lunt, 29. Grant Gore, 34. Jack Owens.  Saints:   22. Jamie Foster; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Leon Pryce, 25. Lee Gaskell; 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery.Subs: 11. Tony Puletua. 14. Scott Moore, 16. Paul Clough, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 24. Tom Armstrong.last_img read more

SAINTS are Super League Champions after a stunning

SAINTS are Super League Champions after a stunning

first_imgSAINTS are Super League Champions after a stunning and nerve-racking 14-6 win over Wigan in the Grand Final.Paul Wellens’ reverse kick to Tommy Makinson sealed a dramatic triumph as the 12-man Warriors refused to back down.Ben Flower was sensationally sent off in the third minute for punching Lance Hohaia as he lay prone on the floor.But shorn of their last remaining half back Saints struggled to gain any kind of momentum until Sia Soliola crashed over and Wellens made his telling contribution.Winning a title hinges on those moments, but it would be wrong not to mention the defence too.Much maligned by those outside the club, it stood firm so Saints could take home their sixth Super League title.Saints brought Sia Soliola into the starting line up in the only change from the side that beat Catalan.Wigan withdrew Michael McIllorum late on allowing Sam Powell to come into his place.Saints kicked off into a dramatic and raucous atmosphere only for Mose Masoe to give away a penalty for a high shot.Seconds later though Ben Flower smashed Lance Hohaia on the floor away from the play and was sent off.It was a bizarre action by the Wigan forward, with the Saints half back prone on the floor and unable to defend himself.Lance leaving the field with what looked like a serious facial injury.With a man advantage Saints had the next two possessions but couldn’t find a way through the defence.But a fantastic Josh Charnley break handed the impetus back to Wigan, who then won a penalty.Saints defended it well though and could have pressed home their advantage if they hadn’t lost the ball on their next set.On 15 minutes Adam Swift took a high ball but Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook got in front of him as he cleared his lines.That saw Wigan gain a penalty and Matty Smith duly put them ahead.Saints were lacking Hohaia’s kicking game and it showed as they couldn’t complete their sets nor gain a decent advantage when they had to clear their lines.A repeat set on 27 minutes gave Saints some pressure and then James Roby was impeded as he tried to play the ball.Percival levelling it up with the boot.Saints defended another set as Wigan pressed in the dying moments of the first half and then Brown’s men almost crossed with a melee of their own.But another penalty handed it back to Wigan and they made no mistake, pushing the ball wide for Joe Burgess to put them ahead at half time.Saints started the second half well but it was the Warriors who pressed first.On 50 minutes, Matty Bowen dropped a high ball handing Saints a set right on their line, but it went to ground again.Saints weren’t going to let Wigan get away with another handling error though and Sia Soliola blasted over from short range.Percival putting Saints ahead.Tommy Makinson stopped a certain Liam Farrell score on 58 minutes and then Swift put Wigan on their heels with a superb kick chase.Matty Smith missed the chance to draw Wigan level with a penalty on 63 minutes and Saints made them pay.Wellens produced a sublime reverse kick and Makinson out leaped the defence to score.There were some hairy moments in the final stages but Saints closed out the game to win the title – which will sit nicely alongside the League Leaders’ Shield.It was culmination of a superb season and a fitting goodbye to Nathan Brown, Sia Soliola, Willie Manu and Anthony Laffranchi.We are the champions.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Soliola, MakinsonGoals: Percival (3 from 3)Wigan:Tries: BurgessGoals: Smith (2 from 4)Penalties:Saints: 9Wigan: 6HT: 2-6FT: 14-6REF: Phil BenthamATT: 70,712Teams:Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 22. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 15. Mark Flanagan, 6. Lance Hohaia; 16. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 3. Jordan Turner.Subs: 13. Willie Manu, 18. Alex Walmsley, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson.Wigan:1. Matty Bowen; 2. Josh Charnley, 5. Anthony Gelling, 23. Dan Sarginson, 32. Joe Burgess; 6. Blake Green, 7. Matty Smith; 10. Ben Flower, 19. Sam Powell, 17. Dominic Crosby, 11. Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 22. Eddy Pettybourne, 24. Tony Clubb, 25. John Bateman, 27. George Williams.last_img read more

BEGIN your Saintly sticker collectionA special ed

BEGIN your Saintly sticker collectionA special ed

first_imgBEGIN your Saintly sticker collection!A special edition of Saints’ new look matchday magazine will be on sale this Sunday – and it features a large limited edition poster.As you progress through Super League XX you can collect stickers in order to create a unique special edition sticker poster.From our home opener with Catalan, in each home programme, will be two stickers which you affix to the poster.In all there are 32 to collect so by the end of the season you will have a fully completed limited edition poster!Sunday’s poster programme is priced at £1.50 and available from sellers around the ground as well as the Saints Superstore.It has an interview with new boy Travis Burns as well as Keiron Cunningham and a look at our opposition.This season we’ve linked up with Curtis Sport to produce a new look 84-page matchday magazine which will debut at the Catalans home opener on Friday February 6. It will be available at the usual price of £3.last_img read more

Superstore

Superstore

first_imgCheck out our ranges of replica shirts, trainingwear and gifts available in store and online and with plenty starting from just £1.99 we have something for all budgets!2019 Home and Away Shirts – the hugely popular designs have been big favorites with the fan base this season – view the range here.Summer Trainingwear range – our brand new O’Neills range featuring the iconic stickman motif – view the range here.Wallets – here Mugs – hereHats and Scarves – hereFather’s Day Cards – hereWe also sell gift cards that can be pre-loaded with spend to use online and in store.To find out more call into the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium or log on here.The store is open for gameday and until 45 minutes after the final whistle of the game vs. Huddersfield Giants this Friday evening, aswell as 10am – 4pm on Saturday.last_img read more

Town says algae blooms not water treatment causes numerous dead fish

Town says algae blooms not water treatment causes numerous dead fish

first_img The town says the dead fish began appearing before the alum application began and a majority were found outside the area where alum was applied.The town says algae blooms are controlling the lake system and last week, the pH reached levels of 9 and above which can be lethal to fish.Click here to read more from the town. Dead fish washed ashore at White Lake (Photo: Curt Hursey) WHITE LAKE, NC (WWAY) — The Town of White Lake says very high pH levels from algae blooms and not the alum treatment is what led to the large number of dead fish in the lake.The state has temporarily suspended the alum application but the town says the state is not attributing the dead fish to the alum.- Advertisement – last_img

Woman hit killed on I40 in Pender County

Woman hit killed on I40 in Pender County

first_imgFatal crash on I-40 on 6/16/18. (Photo: Viewer) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Rocky Point woman standing beside her stranded car was struck and killed on I-40 over the weekend.The accident happened in the eastbound lanes of I-40 around 2:30 pm. Sunday.- Advertisement – According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 43-year-old Lashawnya Green had a flat tire and was standing on the shoulder of the road.Marco Antonio Vega Lopez of Garland was driving a vehicle and attempted to change lanes. 1 of 3 Lopez then struck another vehicle driven by Melissa Lizbeth Cruz-Cruz of Rocky Point.Related Article: Numerous injuries reported in North Carolina school bus crashHighway Patrol says Cruz’s vehicle struck and killed Green.Lopez was charged with making an unsafe lane change and misdemeanor death by vehicle. Fatal crash on I-40 on 6/16/18. (Photo: Viewer) Marco Lopez (Photo: Pender Co. Sheriff’s Office) Fatal crash on I-40 on 6/16/18. (Photo: Viewer)last_img read more

Prowrestlers come to Wilmington

Prowrestlers come to Wilmington

first_img UPWA Owner Donald Brower and Professional Wrestler “The Stro” appeared on WWAY’s “Good Morning Carolina” Thursday morning.If you’re interested in going, Brower recommends purchasing tickets in advance by going online or you may buy them at the door. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids accompanied by a paying adult. You may also call 973-796-0141 for tickets.A portion of proceeds from Saturday night’s ticket sales will be donated to the Big Buddy program, Brower said. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’d like to see professional wrestlers in person, they’ll be in Wilmington this weekend for one night only.The United Professional Wrestling Association (UPWA) will host a Summer Showdown 2018 match at the National Guard Armory on Saturday, July 7.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Crane breaks free floats into Snows Cut Bridge

Crane breaks free floats into Snows Cut Bridge

first_img Police and fire responded and the DOT and the US Coast Guard were notified. Crane next to Snow’s Cut Bridge on Feb. 4, 2019. (Photo: Daniel Turner) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A crane working on fenders at Snow’s Cut Bridge broke free and floated into the bridge over the weekend, according to the Town of Carolina Beach.According to Councilman JoDan Garza, the crane affected one lane of traffic for a short time Sunday.- Advertisement – last_img

More money heading to NC fishermen harmed by Florence

More money heading to NC fishermen harmed by Florence

first_img The compensation comes from a state hurricane relief package approved by lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper. The federal government also declared a disaster for the state’s marine fisheries industry, which can provide more aid to fishermen.Florence’s record rains and high winds in mid-September destroyed fishing boats, gear and buildings.Cooper says the state funds are an important boost for coastal regions and residents that rely on commercial fishing. (Photo: MGN Online) MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — More money is heading to North Carolina commercial fishermen whose landings were harmed by Hurricane Florence.The state Division of Marine Fisheries is sending out 1,000 checks totaling $7.2 million to compensate fishermen whose harvests fell in October and November due to the storm’s aftermath. Another 680 checks valued at $3.2 million already were distributed for September harvest reductions.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Chef Dean Neff Cooks up a seaside meal for Easter

Chef Dean Neff Cooks up a seaside meal for Easter

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Chef Dean Neff cooks up a light, Spring meal perfect for your Easter dinner.Watch the video to follow along while you cook!- Advertisement – Plate-up…Put about 2 oz of the creamed grits on the center of a large dinner plate. Place the crispy soft shell crab on top. Place a nice amount of the root vegetable slaw or radishes dressed with the remoulade over the soft shell crab. Drizzle 1 oz of the sauce over a small portion of the soft shell crab and the remaining around the crab. Finish with fresh herbs (basil, tarragon, celery leaves and squeeze lemon on top to finish.Strawberries are available locally from the farmers market and at Lewis. Here is a recipe for sabayon. It is an airy custard-like topping that is really great just served with strawberries and shaved rhubarb. If you have access to a butane torch you can toast it just before serving and drizzle honey and or good balsamic vinegar and top with toasted almonds.Elderflower Sabayon10 egg yolks3 tablespoons St. Germaine5 tablespoons white sugar½ cup heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaksOver a double-boiler, add all of the ingredients except the whipped cream. Whip the egg yolk mixture over low simmer, while making sure to scrape the surface of the mixing bowl continuously and completely to avoid cooking the eggs. Whip until you reach the ribbony stage, and the mixture reaches Chill completely with an ice bath. Fold in the whipped cream gently to finish. Crispy Soft Shell Crab (Seaview Crab Co) (you may substitute Skate Wing, Flounder, or Shad Roe)Related Article: Carl’s Jr. will test a CBD-infused burger4 medium soft shell crabs cleaned (remove gills, face, and underside flap with scissors) or 5-6 oz portions fresh skate wing, boneless skinless flounder, or shad roe2 cups buttermilk lightly seasoned with kosher salt and stirred well.4 cups of corn flour or masa harina seasoned lightly with kosher salt in a baking dish with sides1 cup of corn or canola oil1 lemon to squeeze for finishing Tip* Make sure you can maintain a consistent heat of your oil as you cook. Use a high temperature thermometer and be ready to adjust heat quickly.  Always remove the crab from the hot oil and gently dab on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Hot oil is less viscous than cool oil. If you allow your crab to remain in the oil as it cools even slightly, it will result in a greasy soft shell. Be careful as well not to heat oil too hot as it can give the crab a bad burnt oil flavor and can be flat out dangerous. Make sure your cast iron pan has sides high enough to prevent overflow when the crab starts to fry.    Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet until hot enough to fry but not smoking or to about 365°F.Submerge the soft shells into the buttermilk to coat thoroughly. Lightly dredge the crab into the corn flour to coat evenly. Pat off residual corn flour and carefully place the crabs upside-down into the hot oil. Don’t over-crowd your skillet and work in batches if needed. You may want to use a metal mesh strainer to cover crabs as they cook. They will spit and spat hot oil as they crisp. Carefully flip the crab over once they are golden brown on the top side and crisp on the bottom side. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove and pat gently on a dry clean towel to remove excess oil.Spring Leek Grits ½ cup coarse white grits1 ½ cups water½ cup whole milk¼ cup heavy cream½ cup (rough chopped) cleaned garlic leeks (Black River Organics or Red Beard Farm)Salt and PepperIn a small and nonreactive saucepot, add the water and grits. Over low heat, bring to a gentle simmer and turn down cook slowly without boiling. Stir frequently with a wooden spoon making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to prevent scorching. Cook the grits to the variety’s determined time, and finish with salt and pepper.In a small and nonreactive saucepot, add the milk, heavy cream, and the spring garlic leeks. Season this mixture with salt. Simmer over low heat until the leek is tender (about 10 minutes). Carefully puree in a blender until smooth with a heavy towel over the top to prevent a dangerous and hot explosion.Marry the grits and the leek puree to fortify the grits.  Be careful not dilute the consistency too much. If you add too much of the puree, you can put the mixture back on the heat to gently reduce. Taste for seasoning. Reserve and hold warm.Remoulade2 tablespoons finely minced celery1 teaspoon chopped capers1 teaspoon horseradish½ teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice¼ teaspoon lemon zest1 tablespoon finely minced cornichons (or pickles)1 teaspoon cornichon juice (or pickle juice)2 teaspoons spicy whole grain mustard (we use Lusty Monk)1 cup crème fraiche1 cup Duke’s Mayosalt and pepperMix all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk well to incorporate all ingredients. Use as a dressing for shredded root vegetables like radish, celery root, carrots, and parsnips (or just as a sauce for the crab). Dress and season with salt at least 2 hours and up to 2 days to soften the root vegetables. We used radishes.12-20 radishes shaved or quartered (Black River Organics or Red Beard Farm)Dress with the remoulade – dress to resemble cole slaw.Hot Sauce Butter Emulsion½ cup white wine (good enough to drink)1 tablespoon finely minced shallot1 bay leaf1 small sprig fresh thyme (optional1 small sprig fresh oregano (optional)1 cup low sodium vegetable or fish stock1 tablespoon cream¼ pound unsalted cold butter1 tablespoon Texas Pete, Crystal, or similar style hot sauce.Salt to finishIn a nonreactive 1-2 quart saucepot over low heat, add the white wine, shallot, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, and reduce by half. Add the stock and reduce by half. Turn the heat very low and add the cream, the butter, and the hot sauce. Stir constantly while the butter melts to incorporate, while being vigilant in making sure the mixture never gets hot enough to boil. Once the butter has been fully melted and incorporated, season and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Hold warm until served. Adjust the hot sauce if desired. Chef Dean Neff joined WWAY’s Donna Gregory in studio on Good Evening Wilmington to show us how you can make Crispy Wilmington Soft Shell Crab with spring leek-creamed grits, radish slaw with remoulade, and hot sauce butter emulsion. last_img read more

Charlene Farrugias murder Suspect was never interrogated by the Police

Charlene Farrugias murder Suspect was never interrogated by the Police

first_imgThe man that was held by the Police following the discovery of a corpse in the past days at the Vallettta periphery is somebody who is not connected to the Charlene Farrugia case.In a press release, the Police stated that contrary to what has been reported from a section of the local media, the suspect in this case had never been mentioned during the investigations. He has also never been spoken to or interrogated by the Police about the disappearance of the Maltese woman in St Paul’s Bay 11 years ago.The Police also said that the suspect is new to the ongoing investigation.Read also: Remains found in Valletta could be Charlene Farrugia – local reportsWhatsApp SharePrint <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>last_img read more

Kenya Nation Media Group launches money transfer service

Kenya Nation Media Group launches money transfer service

first_imgAdvertisement While other Visa cards require customers to have bank accounts, NationHela customers will not need to have a bank account and will instead use their mobile numbers.Also unlike a conventional debit card, the NationHela card will allow users to transfer money from their PayPal account, an online payment platform, direct to their card.This feature will be a big boost to individuals doing online outsourcing services as major firms pay them via PayPal. – Advertisement – “Users can send money directly from a Paypal account into the NationHela account… this is part of NMG’s efforts to support commerce,” said Linus Gitahi NMG’s chief executive officer.Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Kenya will provide the technology to support the service as well as provide customer care centres to handle inquiries.“We have been in the card business for the past four to five years, the experience gained will enable us to deliver excellent customer service to NationHela clients,” said Nasim Devji, chief executive officer of Diamond Trust Bank.The bank will also hold money deposited into NationHela accounts, ensuring its safety. A person who loses their card can immediately block it using their mobile phone.People living abroad can transfer money from their credit or debit cards directly into a NationHela card. The recipient will be able to access the money within minutes.Customers can also transfer money from their M-Pesa accounts directly into the NationHela card. Once a customer receives money they get a text message notification.A NationHela customer can withdraw their money through the over 8,000 Visa ATMs and outlets in Kenya, or if they are abroad, in over 30 million Visa certified outlets.One can also transfer money from one NationHela account to another. Customers can also make over-the-counter withdrawals from any DTB bank.“Recipients no longer need to travel long distances to a money transfer agent or queue to receive cash since they can access it instantly on their mobile phones or prepaid cards,” said Mr Gitahi.The NationHela card will be retailing at Ksh500 ($5.9) and is available at DTB’s 40 branches and in any Nakumatt and Uchumi supermarkets across the Kenya.Source: The EastAfricanlast_img read more

Uganda Smile Slashes Price of New HighTech Routers

Uganda Smile Slashes Price of New HighTech Routers

first_imgAdvertisement SMILE Communications Uganda has launched a promotion campaign where business and individuals can purchase at a reduced price the Smile “Mi-Fi” – a multiple-user, pocket-sized router with an in-built battery that comes loaded with 5GB free internet start-up bundle.With the Mi-Fi, users can share Smile’s superfast 4GLTE internet experience in the office, at home or on the move. The Smile Mi-Fi has an attractive, slick design.              Its display allows the user to easily see the connection status, bandwidth utilisation, signal strength, calendar and time in addition to it being easy to use; simply ‘plug and play’ with no software needed to be installed.The Mi-Fi lightweight long-life battery device is about the size of a small mobile phone and works as a modem and router. The Mi-Fi can share connections with up to eight WiFi enabled devices simultaneously, such as tablets, notebooks, laptops and smartphones. – Advertisement – More and more businesses, friends and family are not only using but becoming dependent on good quality, high speed internet.The promotional campaign dubbed ‘Superfast internet on the go’ will run for two months to enable people enjoy Smile’s superfast internet during this holiday season at a more affordable price of UGX. 240,000/= only.“We are very happy to announce this promotion, giving more Ugandan’s the opportunity to experience the speed and efficiency of our superfast internet which is at par with the fastest networks worldwide, in keeping with the changing demands of Ugandan society,” said Smile Country Manager for Tanzania and Uganda, Fiona McGloin.last_img read more

Artificial Intelligence Could Be More Dangerous Than Nukes Elon Musk

Artificial Intelligence Could Be More Dangerous Than Nukes Elon Musk

first_imgAdvertisement When Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, comments on the future, ears in the tech space perk up. But a weekend mini-rant from the futurist drew the attention of even some non-techies and revealed that he’s more worried about an artificial intelligence (A.I.) apocalypse than he’s let on in recent months.Posting his thoughts to Twitter on Saturday, after recommending a book about A.I,  Musk made what might be the most controversial technology statement of his career: “We need to be super careful with A.I. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.” – Advertisement – Others, like Google’s Ray Kurzweil, have discussed a technological “singularity,” in which A.I.’s take over from humans, but rarely has such a high profile voice with real ties to the technology business put the prospect in such stark terms.To be fair, Musk’s thoughts should be considered within the context he made them, that is, suggesting the book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, a work by Nick Bostrom that asks major questions about how humanity will cope with super-intelligent computers in the future.Nevertheless, the comparison of A.I. to nuclear weapons, a threat that has cast a worrying shadow over much of the last 30 years in terms of humanity’s longevity possibly being cut short by a nuclear war, immediately raises a couple of questions.The first, and most likely from many quarters, will be to question Musk’s future-casting. Some may use Musk’s A.I. concerns — which remain fantastical to many — as proof that his predictions regarding electric cars and commercial space travel are the visions of someone who has seen too many science fiction films. “If Musk really thinks robots might destroy humanity, maybe we need to dismiss his long view thoughts on other technologies.” Those essays are likely already being written.The other, and perhaps more troubling, is to consider that Musk’s comparison of A.I. to nukes is apt. What if Musk, empowered by rare insight from his exclusive perch guiding the very real future of space travel and automobiles, really has an accurate line on the future of A.I.?Later, doubling down on his initial tweet, Musk wrote, “Hope we’re not just the biological boot loader for digital super intelligence. Unfortunately, that is increasingly probable.”In recent years, Musk’s most science fiction-inspired comments have revolved around colonizing Mars, but this latest comment, and the one he made back in June about fearing a “Terminator” future, indicate that this is a serious issue for the tech mogul. As for whether his concerns hold any weight, we can’t be sure, just yet, but Musk is hedging his bets by investing in an artificial intelligence research company called Vicarious.Apparently, although not as vocal about it, others in the tech space agree with Musk’s investment approach toward super-intelligent machines. Investors in Vicarious include the likes of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Source Mashablelast_img read more

Invitation East Africa Information Security Conference 2015

Invitation East Africa Information Security Conference 2015

first_imgEast Africa Information Security Conference Advertisement ISACA Kampala Chapter in partnership with NITA-U invites you to attend the annual East Africa Information Security (InfoSec) Conference 2015 from the 12th to the 13th of August 2015 at Hotel Africana, Kampala under the theme:  “Opportunities and Challenges of New Technology; A New Era or A New Normal?”The conference is a premier event that looks to attract professionals in IT risk, security and governance in East Africa. It presents a unique opportunity to expand your professional network and build onto your knowledge and practical skills.The main reason behind the conference is the rising importance of cyber security in East Africa due to the region’s rapid development. The region has a huge potential to increase its competitiveness by modernizing services and providing them online. However, it means that organisations are increasingly reliant on data and IT infrastructure’s availability and are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. – Advertisement – This year’s event offers presentations and panel discussions on a wide range of topics including – business transformation, risk & governance, change management, privacy & social media, legal & ethical aspects of cybersecurity. With a confirmed list of speakers including a key note from Mr Robert Kabushenga the Vision Group CEO, Eng. Dr. Fredrick Tusubira from NITA-U, Mrs Agnes Konde MD at NTV, Mr Paul Kyama – MOFPED, Mr. Martin Ssekajja – KCCA.Participants will get to meet Industry thought leaders from various sectors such as Government, Regulators, Professional Services, Banking, Telecommunications, among others. Learning practical skills and techniques from the leading professionals in the field and valuable CPE hours (up to 15) while gaining new knowledge and insight. Come network with colleagues and vendors to foster a stronger East Africa Information Security community.The Information Systems Audit and Controls Association (ISACA) is a leading global provider of knowledge, certifications, community, advocacy and education on information systems (IS) assurance and security, enterprise governance and management of IT, and IT-related risk and compliance.To register please contact Ms Margaret Nambuusi – Administrator ISACA Kampala Chapter on email (administrator@isaca.or.ug) or call +256 (0) 392-893965, +256 (0) 787-467646last_img read more

£25 CASH Scotland v Belgium

£25 CASH Scotland v Belgium

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Martin Offers InDepth Look at Religious Right in New Book Houston

Martin Offers InDepth Look at Religious Right in New Book Houston

first_img CONTACT: David Kaplan 97-35 PHONE: (713) 831-4795MARTIN OFFERS IN-DEPTH LOOK AT RELIGIOUS RIGHT IN NEW BOOKOn Friday, Sept. 27, 1996, William Martin will be thefeatured speaker at a reception to unveil his latest book: “With God on OurSide: The Rise of the Religious Right in America” (Broadway Books).The reception, open to the Rice community and news media representatives,starts at 6 p.m. in the Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library on the universitycampus. A brief preview of the companion PBS documentary bearing the same titleas Martin’s book will be shown.The reception is sponsored by the James A. Baker III Institute for PublicPolicy at Rice.Martin, a Rice sociology professor, has forged a one-of-a-kind career. He isa leading expert on religion in America with a unique perspective: He is aformer ordained minister who received Bachelor of Divinity and Ph.D. degreesfrom Harvard University.He is a nationally renowned journalist who contributes to numerous nationalmagazines, including Esquire, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and Texas Monthly.Martin is also the author of the highly acclaimed biography of the Rev. BillyGraham titled “A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story” (1991).Since seating at the reception is limited, please contact David Kaplan in theRice University News Office at (713) 831-4795 as soon as possible if you plan tocover the event.### Share Media Advisory FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice scientists engineers gain new analysis tool

Rice scientists engineers gain new analysis tool

first_imgShareEditor’s note: A link to a high-resolution image for download appears at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice scientists, engineers gain new analysis toolNational Science Foundation grant will bring powerful mass spectrometer to university HOUSTON – (Sept. 22, 2016) – The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.7 million to Rice University to acquire an instrument that can see into and analyze materials of any type, from squishy cells to solid rock and everything in between.The time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (TOF-SIMS) will be the only one of its kind on the Gulf Coast and will allow scientists and engineers from Rice and other institutions to study the precise chemical compositions and molecular structures of materials in three dimensions.“That’s what drove me to apply for this grant,” said Rice chemical engineer Rafael Verduzco, who said the new tool will greatly benefit his own research into sophisticated polymers and their uses. “I wanted to use this technique and I couldn’t find anywhere to do it. So I said, Why don’t we get one in Houston? We should have one here.”Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is the principal investigator on the grant. Co-investigators are Cin-Ty Lee, a professor and chair of the Department of Earth Science; Caroline Masiello, an associate professor of Earth science; and Jun Lou, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering.The TOF-SIMS, which will reside in the Keith-Wiess Geological Laboratories, uses a pulsed ion beam to remove molecules from the surface of a sample. The molecules are fed through a “flight tube” that determines their mass. The Rice tool will have the capability to separate species that differ in mass by as little as 1/1,000th of an atomic mass unit.The Rice scientists expect the new tool will provide clues to the history of the Earth, the complex chemistry of the environment and the structure and function of biological systems and will help develop technologies for energy storage. The spectrometer can analyze organic materials and allows researchers to study things like nanoparticle transport and toxicity in biological systems. It will be able to resolve materials less than 50 nanometers wide and profile them to a depth of 10 nanometers.“What’s unique about this instrument is that it does three things at once,” Verduzco said. “One is mass spectroscopy. It can tell you exactly what elements are in a sample, across the periodic table and even picking up molecular fragments.“Second, it has high sensitivity, down to parts per billion. If you have a sample with just trace amounts of uranium or some metal, it will be able to pick that out.“Third, it uses a focused ion beam, so it can look at a 100-nanometer section and tell you what’s in it, rather than having to take a bulk sample and analyze it all at once,” he said. “Now you can map out the composition of your material with nanometer-scale resolution, which is really powerful.”Verduzco said he is most looking forward to analyzing the thin films made in his Rice lab for solar and other applications.“The major advantage of photovoltaics is that you just need a thin film to get them to function, but analyzing the composition of that film isn’t easy,” he said. “Microscopy only gives you a vertical average of what’s there. But TOF-SIMS allows us to do really fine depth profiling and get a 3-D map of the material.”TOF-SIMS works with organic as well as inorganic materials. Because materials are analyzed in a vacuum, live organisms are out, but frozen or freeze-dried cells can be studied, Verduzco said.He said the instrument should be installed by next summer. It will be managed by Rice’s Shared Equipment Authority and open to researchers across and outside the university, he said.Verduzco said Rice will host an annual TOF-SIMS user meeting to exchange techniques and results and to draw participants, and will establish a hands-on graduate-level course on using the tool to analyze materials.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Verduzco Laboratory: http://verduzcolab.blogs.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engineering.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://natsci.rice.eduImage for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/09/0926_VERDUZCO-1-web-2iwwttq.jpgCAPTION: Rafael Verduzco. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

Wilfrid Laurier Appoints Dr Mitali De New MBA Director

Wilfrid Laurier Appoints Dr Mitali De New MBA Director

first_img RelatedPremier Economist Peter Howitt to Speak at Wilfrid Laurier UniversityWilfrid Laurier University students gear up to hear a once-in-a-lifetime talk from Peter Howitt, one of Canada’s most eminent social scientists. The talk entitled, Innovation and Growth through Creative Destruction will be held on Wednesday, June 15th from 4:30 – 5:30 pm at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo.…June 6, 2016In “Featured Region”Wilfrid Laurier to Launch a Sales Training ProgramThere’s a severe shortage of talented sales people not just in Canada but worldwide. In fact, Kitchener—a marketing startup in Ontario—has to bring in sales executives from as far as 4,500 kilometers away. According to a Talent Shortage Survey, companies all over the world claim that there’s a significant shortage…August 22, 2016In “Featured Region”Saïd Faculty Member Andrew Stephen Receives Research AwardAt the Oxford Saïd Business School in London, it’s not too uncommon to see professors winning numerous awards. Most recently, Associate Dean of Research Andrew Stephen did. The American Marketing Association’s Innovation, Technology and Interactivity Special Interest Group (TechSIG) and the Lazaridis Institute of Wilfrid Laurier University in Toronto, Canada, awarded the…September 1, 2017In “Featured Region” Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University offers one of the top MBA programs in Canada. Whether you’re looking for full-time or part-time study, the school has an MBA program that should fit your schedule. Home to more than 120 faculty members, the Lazaridis MBA program is known for distinguished research as well as engaged teaching. Recently, one of those professors, Dr. Mitali De, was appointed as the school’s new MBA Director.Meet Dr. Mitali DeDr. De is a Professor at the Lazaridis School as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She also served as the Associate Dean of Business: Academic Programs before her appointment as the MBA Director.Dr. De’s academic background includes a Ph.D. and a MASc from the University of Waterloo as well as an MSc from the Indian Institute of Technology. She received her BSc from Madras University in India. In 2006, De received the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce Professional Female of the Year Award. Her other achievements include being an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and being selected to be the Canadian Resource Faculty by the Canadian Consortium of Management Schools for an international workshop on environmental management.At Lazaridis, she serves on various university committees and is responsible for the development and maintenance of academic programs. During her tenure as Associate Dean, the school received Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB) accreditation and introduced a new Ph.D. program in Management.Outside of education, De has worked as a private sector consultant for environmental management systems and ISO 14000. Her research topics include optimization, decision support systems and environmental management systems. Wilfrid Laurier Appoints Dr. Mitali De, New MBA Directorcenter_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo regions: Torontolast_img read more