A monthlong season of BBC films examining the liv

first_imgA month-long season of BBC films examining the lives of young disabled people will feature issues such as parenting, hate crime, relationships, and the qualities required of personal assistants.BBC Three’s Defying The Label season will begin on Monday 20 July with Don’t Take My Baby, a factual drama about a disabled couple’s struggle to keep their daughter.Among the current affairs offerings, Adam Pearson (pictured) is the latest presenter to explore the issue of disability hate crime, aiming to find out why it is “under-reported, under-recorded and under the radar”, in The Ugly Face Of Disability Hate Crime.Artist, campaigner and presenter Sophie Morgan travels to Africa to ask whether Ghana is the “world’s worst place to be disabled”.Among her discoveries, Morgan is taken by a disabled activist to meet a so-called “fetish priest”, who admits that he will dispose of a disabled child for money.The Defying The Label season also features a two-part mini-series which takes a group of young people and interviews them for a job as personal assistant for a disabled person their own age, and follows their experiences over the course of 10 days.Two programmes in the season are set at segregated, specialist colleges.One, Life Begins Now, looks at six students with learning difficulties as they prepare to graduate and “enter the real world”.Another, The Unbreakables: Life And Love On Disability Campus, looks at “the everyday antics” of students with high support needs who are living away from home for the first time, at the National Star College in Gloucestershire.Other programmes in the season examine young people adjusting to life after serious brain injuries; an 11-year-old boy who wants his leg to be amputated because a genetic condition has left his body affected by more than 200 tumours; a disabled teen who has been forced to leave the care system; and the challenges facing four young people with epilepsy.There is also a one-off mock gameshow, The Totally Senseless Gameshow, which “explores disability by disabling its celebrity contestants”, and “plays with taboos and flips between the action on stage to a behind-the-scenes comedy drama back-stage”.last_img read more

A disabled campaigner has won his third legal case

first_imgA disabled campaigner has won his third legal case against separate government departments over their failure to provide information in accessible formats.Graham Kirwan had already secured victories over the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health.DWP previously paid him £1,700 damages for refusing to communicate by email over his personal independence payment claim, and in 2015 he was responsible for persuading NHS England to publish its first accessible information standard, thanks to another legal action.Now he has secured a confidential sum of damages from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) over its failure to provide accessible versions of the forms he needs to take legal action for disability discrimination under the Equality Act.Kirwan, who is partially-sighted, has computer software that can magnify text, but it does not usually work with scanned or PDF documents.He had tried in 2015 to access forms from the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) “form finder” web pages but they were only available in PDF format.He asked HMCTS to make all its forms available in both PDF and Word formats on its website but was told instead to contact his local court every time he required a form.But this “reasonable adjustment” meant it sometimes took six weeks for a form to arrive, while on most occasions he never received it.Kirwan eventually launched a legal case against the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), which continued to insist that asking Kirwan to request forms from his local court was a reasonable adjustment.He pointed out that the court system was seriously under-resourced and that he was often facing delays of up to six weeks to secure forms that non-disabled people could download in minutes.He also pointed out that disability discrimination claims under the Equality Act must be lodged within one day short of six months, so the lengthy delay could be crucial in deciding whether he secured access to justice.Kirwan continued to push for a centralised system that provided disabled people with “a single point of contact and a prompt turnaround for requested forms”.MoJ finally conceded defeat and agreed to set up “a robust system whereby a court user can directly request and receive accessible forms promptly”, and to pay Kirwan damages and court costs.HMCTS has set up a centralised email address for requests for court forms and guidance in alternative formats (hmctsforms@justice.gov.uk) and says all such forms will be sent out within a maximum of 10 days.A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman confirmed the legal settlement.Kirwan says forms he requests in accessible formats are now arriving within 48 hours, thanks to the new system.He said: “I understand that the solution may not be ideal, especially as I originally wanted all forms on the site to be available in multiple formats.“It is now up to larger organisations with much more resources then me to push for bigger change.“I believe that in the circumstances the new system is much more efficient then that proposed by the MoJ and is a step in the right direction.”But he added: “There are still massive hurdles to overcome for disabled users of the civil justice system.“The judiciary is not bound by the Equality Act and it is extremely difficult to get respondents and defendants and specifically the legal profession to correspond in an accessible format.”last_img read more

WITH the start of the new season just days away th

first_imgWITH the start of the new season just days away the media spotlight is now trained on Engage Super League XVI but there is only one place where fans will find the cream of Rugby League writers have come together – the official Millennium Magic programme.Many of the leading lights of the national Rugby League press have contributed unique articles for the event publication, with features covering every Engage Super League club.And to celebrate the Magic Weekend’s move to its new season launch position, the official RFL event programme comes with a free copy of a 68-page pocket guide to preview the new season, which includes a statistical spotlight on all 14 clubs plus essential supporter information too.Under the editorship of Sunday Times writer Chris Irvine, the main Millennium Magic programme includes features with Jamie Peacock, Brett Hodgson, Matt Diskin and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to name but a few.There’s also Robbie Hunter-Paul’s season preview and club-by-club predictions, plus interviews with Iestyn Harris and Rob Powell – two of six new head coaches at Super Leagues clubs.With the Magic weekend fixture list reverting to a derby-dominated line-up fans give their views on just what it means to play their local rivals.The official RFL event programme and season pocket guide will be available throughout the Millennium Stadium over the Magic Weekend priced at £5 or by calling 01347 821344.last_img read more

WILLIE Manu was part of the Tonga side that beat t

first_imgWILLIE Manu was part of the Tonga side that beat the Cook Islands 22-16 in last night’s crunch Group C/D clash at Leigh Sports Village.The win kept up his side’s hopes of qualifying for the quarter finals.Now they face Italy on Sunday with the winner possibly progressing to the next round.But they won’t progress no matter what the result if Scotland beat USA on Thursday!Willie’s thoughts.last_img


first_img“The Rhinos will come with confidence after their win over Salford at the weekend. They had a bit of a slow start but that’s to be expected when you have a new coach and new players, they will of course get better over time as their new guys gel together.They have recruited well from the NRL, with Trent Merrin and Conrad Hurrell, to add to some of the dangerous guys they already have in their team like Jack Walker.I am happy how we have started the season and we want to continue that this week against a tough opponent, who generally plays well at our stadium. We will need to be on our game as always against them to get the two points.We don’t want to give them the freedom to play. We want to be on our game defensively and slow down their quick style of play down, as well as execute our own plays in attack.From our side, everyone is fit and we will probably run with the same side as Wakefield. It should be a great game.”After a week-off for the World Club Challenge Justin commented:“The break is probably not ideal after round two but it’s forced upon so we have to just get on with it. We have trained as normal and we have benefitted from the Roosters session which gave some our young players a great experience of being able to train against an NRL team.”On our players who have been featuring for Leigh Centurions, he commented:“Without a reserves competition, the dual-reg partnership with Leigh is our best option to get players who aren’t in the 17, much needed game time.Players should be playing as much as they can. Over in Australia, there are plenty of good players who aren’t in the 17 who have to play games for their feeder clubs. How else can you earn your way back in? The Championship is a good standard and it will certainly keep players sharp when they aren’t able to make it into our starting 17.The game against Leeds Rhinos kicks off at 7:45pm this Friday, 22 February, with tickets still available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.last_img read more

Wilmington man in serious condition following late night shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is in serious condition after a late night shooting on Walnut Street.Wilmington Police say officers responded to 821 Walnut Street shortly before 10 p.m. and found 33-year-old Kareem Thomas outside the home with a gunshot wound.- Advertisement – Police say there were also several men with Thomas asking for help.Thomas was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he under-went emergency surgery.No arrests have been made.Related Article: Chadbourn duo accused of beating woman, dog, with baseball bat during home invasionIf you have information, use Text-a-Tip or call (910) 343-3609.last_img read more

12 jurors seated 3 alternates still needed in death penalty case

first_img Bradley also spent nearly 25 years in prison for the 1988 killing of his 8-year-old stepdaughter,The court is still looking for three alternate jurors in the Tucker trial. Jury selection began Jan. 22. James Bradley enters court on June 29, 2017. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After seven long weeks of jury selection, 12 jurors have finally been seated in the James Opelton Bradley death penalty trial.Bradley is charged with the murder of Elisha Tucker, 34. Her body was found five years ago in Pender County while investigators were looking for Shannon Rippy Van Newkirk. Bradley is currently serving 30 years in prison for the murder of Van Newkirk, whose body was never found.- Advertisement – last_img read more

PD washes its hands off President Vellas nomination debate

first_img SharePrint The Democratic Party said that it will not attend Tuesday’s parliamentary debate which will nominate former minister George Vella to become the President of Malta. The reason given by PD is that it said that Government will not amend the Constitution to appoint the new President by a two-thirds majority.Although the Democratic Party welcomed George Vella to the role, it reiterated its belief that Malta is suffering from a dysfunctional democracy, and that the President of the Republic is simply a figurehead.Party Leader Hon Godfrey Farrugia said presidents need more powers to ensure good governance, such as a Council of state, which its main focus will be to advise the President.WhatsApp <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

Kamra TalPeriti celebrates centenary of Architects Ordinance

first_imgWhatsApp It was on the 25th July 1919 that Herbert Plumer, then Governor of Malta, brought into force the Architects’ Ordinance, which governed the profession of Land Surveyor and Architect and paved the way for the establishment of the profession of Architect and Civil Engineer (Perit) as we know it today.This year, the Kamra tal-Periti is therefore celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Ordinance, and is marking this special occasion with the second edition of its Premju Emanuele Luigi Galizia.The Premju Galizia was first launched in 2018, the culmination of a long-held ambition of the Kamra to award excellence in architecture, civil engineering, urban regeneration and interior design. In this year’s edition, the Kamra is once again also awarding the best emerging practice, as well as launching two new categories, one for multiple dwelling projects having three or more units, and one for the best international project carried out by a locally warranted perit.Following a shortlisting process which took place earlier this month, the finalists will now present their projects to various panels of judges. The 2018 cohort of graduates of the Faculty for the Built Environment will also be presenting their Master of Architecture and Master of Engineering theses and dissertations, after also having gone through a shortlisting process last October. The presentations are open to the public and will be held at the Phoenicia Hotel between Monday 22nd and Wednesday 24th July as per the online programme.The final awards will be presented during a Gala Dinner to be held on the 25th July 2019, which will also be accompanied by an outdoor exhibition of the finalist projects which will be installed near the Christ the King monument in Floriana, and which will remain open until the 2nd August 2019. SharePrintcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Apple bought Lightning trademark from HarleyDavidson

first_imgAdvertisement Apple officially landed the European trademark over the weekend on the Lightning name for its new mobile connector, but local regulatory filings show that Apple had to buy the rights from motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson.As the patent blog Patently Apple first reported, Harley had been granted the Lightning trademark in Europe in 2005 for a line of motorcycles and parts, though it doesn’t appear that the company ever brought any bikes to market with that name. Harley-Davidson did not respond to a request for comment.Apple was officially granted two European trademark registrations for “Lightning” on Nov. 24. The trademarks were only partially transferred from Harley, meaning that Hogs could carry the Lightning name in the future. – Advertisement – Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.The trademarks Apple received cover a broad list of items, from motorcycle electrical parts and speedometers to audio and video equipment. They also cover vending machines, slot and pinball machines, Christmas tree ornaments, golf tees, cat toys, television sets and eyeglasses.Though the list was likely generated by Harley to cover all of its potential marketing bases, the TV and eyeglasses inclusions piqued some interest in the blogosphere. Could Apple be planning an iTV, or glasses that include the Lightning connector? If so, the company is now covered — in Europe, at least. An Apple spokeswoman was unavailable to comment for this story.Apple unveiled its new eight-prong Lightning connector in September when the company debuted the iPhone 5. It’s much tinier than the 30-pin connector that had been Apple’s standard since 2003, and it now helps power the iPad Mini, fourth-generation iPad and much of the iPod lineup, in addition to the latest iPhone.Though Apple says the smaller connector was necessary to miniaturize its product lineup, customers with legacy hardware have cried foul that Apple is charging $20 and up for an adapter. Cheap knockoffs have made their way to market, despite new restrictions put in place by Apple to prevent copycats.Credit: CNNlast_img read more

Orange to Power Nakuru Towns Free WiFi

first_imgAdvertisement Orange, in partnership with INFONET,a Kenyan based innovations group working towards improving interactions between government, civil society and citizens through ICTs, will power the Wi-Fi access to be provided to residents of Nakuru town, giving them free access to the Internet.This initiative by the Nakuru County Government and the State House Digital team is in line with Orange’s strategy of enhancing the use of its infrastructure to offer value-added data and voice solutions to the counties.Nakuru is set to become the first Kenyan town to provide free Wi-Fi to its residents in the country, and the third in Africa after Kigali, Rwanda and Cape Town, South Africa and the sixteenth globally. – Advertisement – The Wi-Fi range will work within a 10-kilometer radius, in the first phase, covering Nakuru Town’s Central Business District (CBD). The county government expects to extend this to other parts of Nakuru progressively. With seven base stations spread across the CBD, users will be allowed 24-hour unlimited data usage. Movie downloads and visits to adult sites will however be restricted.Orange CEO Mickael Ghossein said that the provision of free wireless Internet to the counties across the country will help in making the counties more accessible for business, as well as assist the county governments to improve their service offering through integrated ICT solutions.Source: CIOlast_img read more

US blocks Intel from updating Chinas supercomputer

first_imgAdvertisement The US government has blocked Intel from helping China update the world’s biggest supercomputer.The company applied for a licence to export tens of thousands of chips to update the Tianhe-2 computer, but the Department of Commerce refused, saying it was concerned about nuclear research being done with the machine.Intel had also signed a separate deal worth $200m (£136m) with the US government to build a massive supercomputer at one of its national laboratories. – Advertisement – The Tianhe-2 super computer uses 80,000 Intel Xeon chips to generate a computational capacity of more than 33 petaflops. A petaflop is equal to about one quadrillion calculations per second. It is at the moment the world’s most powerful machine.The machine was due to undergo a series of upgrades to boost its number-crunching abilities past 110 petaflops, but the upgrades would depend largely on new Intel Xeon chips. The chipmaker informed US authorities of its involvement with the upgrade programme and was told to apply for an export licence.The US Department of Commerce said it refused Intel’s application to export the chips for Tianhe-2 and three other Chinese supercomputers because the machines were being used for “nuclear explosive activities”.Intel has has signed a large deal to build the Aurora supercomputer at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. When finished that machine is expected to have a peak performance of 180 petaflops.Via BBClast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Queens Cork Coronation

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]inner, winner chicken dinner.Julia Dream duly landed the recommended bet at Windsor last night and whilst at 5/4 we didn’t get too rich it was at least enough for a Nandos chicken dinner rather than a KFC.Mick Channon is putting the miles in today when taking Harlequeen to Cork for the Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes at 8.35.She surely deserves to pick up a prize like this after finishing third in both the Epsom and Irish Oaks.She was beaten at tonight’s Group 3 level at York earlier in the season but that came in the Musidora Stakes won by So Mi Dar and that looked a much stronger race than tonights. Just like M&S mince pies….. there are Group 3’s and then there are Group 3’s.Harlequeen could easily still find further improvement on only her sixth start of her career and holds Aidan O’Brien’s Somehow on both Epsom and Curragh Oaks form.O’Brien’s other runner Best In The World might have to be referred the Advertsing Standards Authority as, so far at least, she isn’t living up to her lofty name.Joseph O’Brien’s Arya Tara bids for a five-timer but this, by far, is her toughest task to date.Dermot Weld has a terrific record in this race – winning three of the last four – and the biggest danger may come from Shamreen who was a good second to Pretty Perfect in the Munster Oaks. However, Pretty Perfect was tailed off in the Irish Oaks so you’d have to be pretty confident that the selection Harlequeen will have her measure.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK HARLEQUEEN 25 points at SP with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +77 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_imgHORSE RACING1.20 NaasAmerican Tom 10/11 > 8/113.40 FontwellMilzipa 7/1 > 7/24.00 ChepstowGreyed A 11/4 > 7/4LIVE FA CUPFA Cup 3rd Round13:30 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD1/8 Liverpool 20/1 Plymouth Argyle 8/1 DRAWFA Cup 3rd Round16:00 BBC One / BBC One HD1/4 Tottenham Hotspur 11/1 Aston Villa 9/2 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 8 Januarylast_img read more

BettingPeople RICK TRIGG

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Interview: RICK TRIGG Rick Trigg has been a professional poker player for 13 years. He’s earned the nickname ‘The Grinder’ for his work ethic, often working the on-line tables 7 days a week for weeks on end in his early days. In 2014 he was ranked #4 on-line player on the planet. He’s also successful backing horses. Wonder how he does it? Meeting Rick Trigg.RICK TRIGG (part 1 of 3)Professional poker player and punter Rick Trigg talks about his poker career, having won £10,000,000 on-line poker (with his backers copping well from that too). Ranked #4 in the world in 2014, he explains ‘make-up’ and the ups and down of a professional poker player. Why he’s known as ‘The Grinder’, playing 7 weeks for weeks on end, juggling the life with family life. He laments the heyday of on-line poker. He has ideas on how poker sites could generate new players and business but they have to up their game.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICK TRIGG (part 2 of 3)Professional poker player and punter Rick Trigg talks about the day he won his biggest pot but sold a large percentage of it to backers, finishing 2nd from 55,000 players. He explains the important role ‘stakeholders’ play in the life of a professional player and why he’s interested in winning money and not the spotlight. He continues with the difference between live poker and its on-line equivalent and how boredom can be your enemy. How has he coped with spending 13 years of his life in one of the most solitary versions of ‘the game’? He also talks about collusion in the on-line game and how to spot ‘robot’ players.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICK TRIGG (part 3 of 3)In the final part of our three-part interview with professional poker player Rick Trigg he talks about his horse racing betting and how he gets a few quid from sharp information. He talks how the ‘edge’ in Poker, Horse Racing and Life itself, namely to know more than anyone else. Is a bad losing run on the horses any different to a bad losing run in poker? How he gets his live horse racing bets on but wouldn’t want to spend his winnings owning one. He also talks about losing his ability to play as well as he should and what the future holds for him as a professional punter.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more