Month: July 2019

The care watchdog is failing to order urgent inspe

first_imgThe care watchdog is failing to order urgent inspections of care homes, despite coroners warning that urgent action must be taken to prevent further deaths of the disabled and older people who live there, an NHS whistleblower has found.Coroners publish Prevention of Future Deaths (PFD) reports after holding inquests in which they have concluded that organisations – such as residential and nursing homes – or individuals need to change procedures or policies to prevent further similar deaths.Concerns were first raised by The Independent in September 2015, which revealed that in more than half of the more than 20 cases in which coroners had written PFD reports following deaths in care homes, those reports had failed to trigger Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections.But Dr Minh Alexander (pictured), an NHS whistleblower and former consultant psychiatrist, has updated that research and says her findings show that CQC is still failing to act on PFD reports, despite it promising last year that it would improve.David Behan, CQC’s chief executive, said last year that he was “not going to defend the indefensible” and that the commission had “more to do” in responding to PFD reports, while promising that any concerns raised in PFDs would in future be “effectively logged, analysed, managed and reviewed”.But Alexander has looked at 66 PFD reports on care home deaths since July 2013 and says they show that CQ is still failing to act.She says that CQC has failed to inspect 18 of those homes after the reports were published.Among concerns raised by the coroners were poor training, insufficient staffing, people being placed in homes that were incapable of meeting their complex needs, and safeguarding failures.For homes that were eventually inspected by CQC following a PFD report, it often took more than a year for those inspections to take place, and in one case more than two years.The commission appears to have taken more than a year to inspect a care home after a PFD report in 10 cases, and in another 10 is still yet to carry out an inspection more than a year after the PFD report was published.Even in those cases where inspections did take place after a death, but before a PFD report was written – with CQC acting before it was notified of concerns by a coroner – there were still many lengthy delays, says Alexander.Of the more than 50 care homes inspected following deaths that led to a coroner’s PFD report, it took an average of seven months before the watchdog carried out an inspection, says Alexander.Most inspection reports failed to even mention the deaths or the PFD reports, she said.Alexander told Disability News Service (DNS) that she believed the commission was contributing to suppressing the truth about the state of public services.She said: “As I see it, the CQC is a political device to allow Department of Health deniability, and for selling a political story of tough regulation and government action on care quality, whilst hiding the truth about the destruction of public services.”She added: “It seems to me that after last year’s embarrassment, CQC improved a bit in its handling of new coroners’ warnings (but was still a bit slow and variable) but it didn’t bother to check and act on the older cases that had been neglected.“It’s a fly-by-night operation that concentrates on how it looks, and doesn’t bother too much if it thinks no-one can see.”She said the CQC’s “floundering” response to her concerns – after they were forwarded to the commission’s press office by DNS – suggested that it was not familiar with the data and “has not kept its promise a year ago to proactively collate, track and analyse coroners’ warnings”.She said: “The continued variability in intervals between PFDs and subsequent inspections also suggests CQC still does not effectively coordinate its responses to coroners’ intelligence.“This is two years after it claimed it had arranged to receive all coroners’ reports from health and care settings.”Alexander added: “The CQC often tries to wriggle out of hot water by saying that it is ‘learning by doing’, etc, but it is a multi-million pound business from which we should reasonably expect more professionalism.”She has now written to both the Commons health and public accounts select committees, with details of her research, hoping that MPs will hold the watchdog to account when they next question its senior figures.In her email, she criticised CQC’s “seven years of failure” since its launch in 2009, and said that its approach “does not work, is not safe and is poor value for money”.When asked to comment on Dr Alexander’s figures, the commission released the following statement from its chief inspector of adult social care, Andrea Sutcliffe, who said: “The Care Quality Commission is committed to using information from coroners to support our work in making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care and holding providers appropriately to account.“We have previously acknowledged that our handling of reports from coroners has not been sufficiently effective which is why we carried out an internal review in 2014, introduced new procedures in 2015 and established a formal agreement with the Coroner’s Society in November 2015. “I believe that we are now much better at making the right decisions at the right time so we respond to risks robustly and in a timely fashion.“In particular, I do not expect inspectors to wait for risks to be identified at inquests, which may happen some time after the death of somebody using a service, but to respond proactively and appropriately when we are first notified.“Our response may include an inspection, but it may also include following up on action we have already required the provider to take.  “We are also looking to improve our own practice, for example, we are planning to introduce standard wording in our reports to outline the reason for the inspection, including when this is in response to information from the coroner.“Everyone using care services deserves to experience great care and to know they are safe. As the regulator we are determined to do our part to make this a reality.”last_img read more

SF Officer Involved in Shooting Could Face Discipline for Facebook Comment

first_img 0% The story showed a picture of Nieto smiling, to which Morse commented: “Smiling. Ugh how about burning down his house and tazing his friend who pressed charges.”The comment likely referred to an incident in which Nieto allegedly torched a book inside his own home and tazed a childhood friend, as documented in a February 2015 report by the District Attorney investigating the shooting. But community members and the victim’s family called the content and timing of Morse’s comment highly inappropriate.The Office of Citizens Complaints agreed.“The allegation of conduct reflecting discredit on the department against a police officer for behaving inappropriately or and making making inappropriate comments is sustained,” read a letter sent by Joyce Hicks, the executive director of the office, and posted to Facebook by Benjamin Bac Sierra, a principal advocate for Nieto.The complaint has been transmitted to San Francisco’s police chief for review. “This is right after the news that Nieto’s parents received,” said Oscar Salinas, an activist with the Amor for Alex Coalition, in reference to the conclusion of a week-long civil trial that exonerated the officers of wrongdoing. Anger over the comment prompted Father Richard Smith, vicar at Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist at 15th and Julian streets and an activist for police accountability, to file an official complaint with the agency immediately after the trial. “They need to take into account the context,” said Smith about Morse’s ongoing investigation by the agency. “I sat with the Nietos in the hallways outside the courtroom when the medical examiner was showing photographs of Alex’s body mutilated by bullets. I know how traumatized they were – this [comment] opened up an old wound for them and many of us in the community.”On December 6, the agency, tasked with overseeing police misconduct and civilian complaints against officers,  agreed with the complaint that Smith had filed nine months earlier. Smith, who has been in contact with the investigator on the case, said that he is “cautiously optimistic” that disciplinary action will be taken against Morse.The coalition and Nieto’s parents failed to get the District Attorney’s office to file criminal charges against the officers and in March of this year lost a civil lawsuit against the officers. The post appeared on the day the trial ended. “Somebody in the community took a quick snapshot of [the Facebook comment] and it spread like wildfire,” said Salinas. He said of group of Nieto supporters was notified of the post at a debriefing meeting held at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts the night after the civil trial end.“It’s a shame it didn’t come out sooner because it would have revealed to jury what kind of person we are dealing with – [an officer] who lacks basic compassion as a human being,” said Smith.Still, as the police department is in the midst of major reforms, Smith said that the agency’s response to his complaint is a step in the right direction in ensuring police accountability to the public. “I’m beginning to see a thaw in the system.”Smith said that he was informed that pending review by Interim Police Chief Toney Chaplin, the complaint will move in front of the Police Commission, a seven-member civilian panel that acts as the police department’s disciplinary body.Salinas said that giving credence and resolve to the community’s complaints against officers is the agency’s job, and that pressure in the wake of recent police shootings may have moved the agency to take action against Morse. On Tuesday, the city also approved a memorial for Nieto, which activists have long been advocating for. “Between the Alex Nieto movement and all other coalitions, including the Frisco Five that really put pressure on the city and a huge spotlight on the OCC, we are hoping that now they have cleared their minds and are saying, ‘You know what, there’s something wrong here,” he said. Traduccion en español aquí.A city investigation has found that a San Francisco police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Alex Nieto made inappropriate comments on social media in reference to the deceased and may face disciplinary action. The Office of Citizens Complaints found that Roger Morse, one of the police officers who shot and killed Nieto in 2014, acted inappropriately when he commented on a news story posted on Facebook in reference to the slain man.On March 10, hours after a jury cleared Morse and three other officers of using excessive force in the March 2014 shooting that killed 28-year-old Nieto – a security guard who was armed with a taser when police confronted him on top of Bernal Hill – Morse took to Facebook to express his views in response to a news story about the verdict. Tags: alex nieto • District Attorney • police • police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Moms Against Poverty reach out beyond the Iranian community

first_imgDozens of community members—many of them Iranian-American—gathered at The Laundry, a swanky Mission event space on 26th Street, on Saturday night to raise money and awareness for Moms Against Poverty, a non-profit founded in 2008 by an Iranian-American determined to do something about poverty.Although most of the organization has given heavily to projects in Iran and other countries, it also wants to increase its domestic presence.“It’s so important that we impact our home in the U.S.,” said 60-year-old Delfarib Fanaie, who sits on the Moms Against Poverty board, as she mingled in the crowd filled with Persian, Spanish and English speakers.Moms Against Poverty, known by its acronym, MAP, works in about 10 countries, including Iran, Cambodia, Senegal, and the United States, but Saturday night’s affair was an effort to broaden its base beyond the Iranian-American community, Fanaie said. Delfarib Fanaie, right, talking to a supporter. Photo by Brian Perlman.“There is a lot of negative feeling about Iran,” she explained, “and I don’t want to make this political, because we are not a political organization.”“Race, color, nationality—doesn’t matter to us,” she said.Saturday’s event succeeded in drawing a fair number of people who were learning about MAP for the first time.Bianca Nicolosi, who works at a health tech startup, discovered the event on Facebook. She decided to attend thanks to the free wine and art and the fact that “it seemed like it was hosted by a group that was for a good cause.”The Bay Area-based health and wellness company for which Nicolosi works is focused on the United States. MAP “seemed to have a little bit more of a global view that I don’t necessarily get,” she said.Hayward resident Zoe Tran, who went to Boston University with Nicolosi, said she enjoyed the evening.“There’s food and art and a nice, cozy environment,” she said.Their friend Rocio Chavez, who grew up in the Bay Area and attended San Francisco State University, was interested in the fundraising aspect of the event. “I do fund-raising for my gym,” she said, adding that it is a non-profit based in Oakland and free for low-income kids.U.S. Navy veteran and first-year UC Berkeley doctoral candidate Darryl Diptee and his wife, Summer Naranjo, have supported MAP since attending its fundraiser last October.“I’m actually thinking of doing some volunteer work in Cambodia this summer with my daughter if I can convince her to go to Cambodia with me,” said Diptee. “She’s an artist.”“We’re very humanitarian and socially-aware people, so this is right up our alley,” he said. After decades in the military, he added, he’s “trying to balance out my life a little bit.”Even though five mothers founded MAP, the organization now counts fathers, adults with no children and non-Iranians among its supporters.Locally, the organization has contributed philanthropically to hygiene, nutrition and toy donations. For example, it has raised money to buy freezers and food for Bay Area residents in need. In 2017, it gave more than $35,000 to domestic projects.MAP contributed about $555,000 abroad that same year.Most recently, MAP funded a campaign to replace 257 heaters inside pre-school centers located in the desolate and sparsely populated Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran.“Baluchestan is absolutely impoverished,” said Fanaie, who left Iran in her late teens and settled in the United States about two years later. “No Iranian really goes there. There’s a lot of sandstorms, drugs.”Three children died inside one of these centers when they were burned by antiquated heaters powered by oil, she said.Fanaie said the funds for the electric heaters came largely from Bay Area-based Iranian-American donors.When asked about her plans for MAP’s future, she said her goal was to eradicate global hunger among children.“Is it possible? No!” She laughed. But, she added, “[our goal is] to impact the world as much as can possibly be done by an organization, by doing it right….”Fanaie said the night achieved its fundraising goals. Attendees bought five or six pieces of art that were on display, and the wine tasting also contributed to the evening’s success for MAP, she said.Photo by Brian Perlman. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

THIS Saturday Hattons Solicitors will be hosting a

first_imgTHIS Saturday Hattons Solicitors will be hosting a special party in St Helens Town Centre to celebrate their tenth birthday – and you’re invited.Kicking off at 12pm in Church Square, there will be several family friendly games with Saints Community Development Foundation, freebies and guest appearances from your favourite Saints players to make the day go with a bang.A digital van will also play short films of Saints supporters talking about their memories of the club.Bruce Hatton, Senior Partner at Hattons Solicitors, said: “When I decided to open Hattons Solicitors I couldn’t have imagined what a success it was going to grow into. I am so proud of the high standards our staff continue to give, which explains why so many of our clients go on to recommend us.“We are so thankful to all of our clients who have supported us over the years and in our tenth year we wanted to organise an event that involved St Helens residents. The town centre event is a great way to look back on our achievements and thank people for their support, as we look to serve them for many years to come.”Originally opening with a staff of three, Hattons Solicitors have grown to almost forty with offices in St Helens, Widnes and Leigh.Recently, they have also been nominated for Hattons Firm of the Year, Partners 1-5 by the Liverpool Law Society.Make sure you come and join in Hattons’ celebrations which will be running alongside St Helens Council’s own Easter Garden in Church Square with children’s rides and trampolines – making Saturday a real family fun day for all.For the latest news from Hattons Solicitors join them on Facebook or follow them on @Hattonslaw on Twitter.If you’ve had a personal injury or need business legal advice call Hattons local team for FREE initial advice on 0800 298 9690 or visit www.hattonslaw.comlast_img read more

SAINTS will take on Huddersfield Giants in a frien

first_imgSAINTS will take on Huddersfield Giants in a friendly at Langtree Park on Friday January 11, 8pm.It will be the first test of Nathan Brown’s side and continue their preparations for the new season which kicks off on February 2.It is also likely that new signings Willie Manu (pictured), Jordan Turner and Alex Walmsley will be on display.“Pre-season has been going well and we are all looking forward to getting our campaign underway,” Saints Captain Paul Wellens said. “The match will be a chance to put into practice what we have learnt as well as looking at various combinations on the pitch. It should be a good contest as the Giants look strong too.”Tickets are on sale now from just £6 and at present only the South and West Stands will be open.Prices:You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

SAINTS returned to the top of the First Utility Su

first_imgSAINTS returned to the top of the First Utility Super League with a 11-try win over London Broncos at The Hive.Mark Percival, Jordan Turner and Matty Dawson all grabbed braces in the victory which sees Nathan Brown’s men leapfrog Leeds and Wigan at the summit.Saints ran in five tries to lead 28-6 at the break and were good value for it.As they’ve done all season London never gave up and fought back in the second half and scored two well-worked tries.But the visitors crossed five times in the final stages to round off a solid performance in blistering heat.Missing Tommy Makinson and Willie Manu for family reasons, Saints opted to bring Matty Dawson and Josh Jones into the starting line up.The Broncos made a number of changes through injury and suspension but there was a familiar face in Scott Moore.London forced an error from Saints straight from the kick off – but couldn’t find a way through – and then had another promising set.But two kicks from Jon Wilkin had the Broncos on their heels and the latter forced a drop out.From there, a strong run by Alex Walmsley allowed a probing Lance Hohaia to offload and Mark Percival duly went over for his eighth of the season.On 11 minutes the lead was doubled as Kyle Amor plunged over from close in – Percival goaling.Saints continued to come and a great 40:20 from Jon Wilkin almost brought more points; a forward pass denying a try.But seconds later, that didn’t matter as Alex Walmsley broke through, took on his man and offloaded to James Roby who then found Jordan Turner in acres of space.James Woodburn-Hall charged down Wilkin’s kick on 20 minutes to get the Broncos underway but moments later Turner was in for his second.Saints’ fifth try came on the half hour mark and it was harsh on the home side.Hohaia made a delightful break down the right and had Paul Wellens on his left hand side.The stand off’s pass hit the floor, and went a little forward too, but Paul Wellens gleefully collected for his 11th of the season.Oscar Thomas almost scored for London in the final stages but Saints headed into the sheds 28-6 to the good.London had all the pressure early in the second half but Saints dowsed that fire on 48 minutes as a fast move saw Wellens feed Mark Percival for his second.Will Lovell replied three minutes later – ironically as Saints looked more likely to score – and then a great cover tackle in the corner stopped them going over again.London did score next though – on the hour mark – and it was a high kick to the corner that was collected by Denny Solomona.Matty Dawson polished off a move that began in his own half to stem the flow of Broncos’ points with 15 remaining and then Luke Thompson brought up the 40.Alex Walmsley then sent Sia Soliola 80 yards straight from the Broncos’ restart for the pick of the afternoon’s tries.Four-pointers from Anthony Laffranchi and Matty Dawson rounded off a good afternoon’s work.Match Summary:Broncos: Tries: Woodburn-Hall, Lovell, Solomona, Goals: Drinkwater (2 from 3)Saints: Tries: Percival (2), Amor, Turner (2), Wellens, Dawson (2), Thompson, Soliola, LaffranchiGoals: Percival (7 from 11)Penalties: Broncos: 3Saints: 7HT: 28-6FT: 58-16REF: Tim RobyATT: 1791Teams:Broncos:34. Oscar Thomas; 4. Thomas Minns, 6. Ben Farrar, 22. James Woodburn-Hall, 23. Denny Solomona; 33. Joe Keyes, 7. Josh Drinkwater; 16. Nick Slyney, 9. Scott Moore, 10. Olsi Krasniqi, 11. Michael McMeeken,  13. Alex Foster, 12. Matt Cook.Subs: 17. Will Lovell, 18. George Griffin, 21. Joel Wicks, 30. Jon Wallace.Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 26. Matty Dawson, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 12. Jon Wilkin; 16. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan, 4. Josh Jones.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 28. Luke Thompson.last_img read more

OUR Meet the Tourists feature concludes with numbe

first_imgOUR Meet the Tourists feature concludes with numbers 20 to 25.21. Jordan Olmez – Prop Forward from Thatto Heath Crusaders and St Peter and Paul High SchoolHe is sponsored by RIA Solutions, Mullally’s Barbers, Saint Peter & Paul College and Glowbar Supplies & Power Tools LtdPrevious Number 21’s:2004 – Sean Weed (Blackpool Scorpions)2006 – Joe Molyneux (Orrell St James)2009 – David Pike (Thatto Heath & Blackbrook)2011 – Dominic Speakman (Halton Farnworth Hornets)2013 – Joe Ryan (Rylands & Bold Miners)22. Kieran O’Mara – Prop Forward from Orrell St James and St Peters Catholic High SchoolPrevious Number 22’s:2006 – Rob Murphy (Blackbrook)2009 – Adam Tatlock (Pilkington Recs)2011 – Adam Swift (Blackbrook)2013 – Adam Saunders (Thatto Heath Crusaders)23. Brad Pinder – Hooker from Thatto Heath Crusaders and The Sutton Academy He is sponsored by A to B DeltaPrevious Number 23’s:2006 – Steven Nield (Saddleworth Rangers)2009 – Danny Wakefield (Pilkington Recs)2011 – James Tilley (Portico Vine)2013 – Aaron Smith (Blackbrook)24. Jack Unsworth – Scrum Half from Clock Face Miners and The Sutton Academy He is sponsored by Duscovent Engineering Ltd and Clock Face Colliery Welfare CentrePrevious Number 24’s:2006 – Dave Sutton (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Anthony Walker (Golborn Parkside & Blackbrook)2011 – Luke Thompson (Pilkington Recs & Bold Miners)2013 – Connor Smith (Clock Face Miners & Blackbrook)25. Mike Weldon – Second Row from Blackbrook and St Edmund of Arrowsmith High SchoolPrevious Number 25’s:2006 – Warren Thompson (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Callum Welsby (Blackbrook)2011 – Jamie Tracey (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2013 – Jake Spedding (Blackbrook)Other Previous Numbers:26:2006 – Barry Walsh (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Stephen Yates (Blackbrook)2011 – Chris Webster (Blackbrook)2013 – Bobby Williams (Blackbrook)27:2006 – Martin Waring (Pilkington Recs)2009 – Joe Greenwood (Saddleworth Rangers)2011 – Greg Wilde (Golborn Parkside)2013 – Chris Worrall (Leigh Miners)28:2006 – Mike Welsby (Pilkington Recs)2011 – Matthew Wood (Rylands)29:2006 – Gary Wheeler (Blackbrook)2011 – Danny Yates (Waterhead)30:2006 – Andy Yates (Thatto Heath Crusaders)last_img read more

Wilmington firm proposes 2 projects on Military Cutoff Road

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington real estate development firm, Tribute Companies, is proposing two mixed-use communities on Military Cutoff.They would be called Arboretum West and Arboretum Village.- Advertisement – The plans include 360 apartments, 98 townhomes, retail, dining, office space, and a coffee shop.All buildings are proposed to be three stories or less, and located on the west side of Military Cutoff Road.The projects are not far from each other, one is on Station Road and Westwood Drive and a city spokesman says the other other would be in the Wheel Estates lot behind Harris Teeter.Related Article: City leaders approve new apartments, retail at vacant movie theater siteTribute Companies said the site design, crafted by architect and designer Scott Stewart, preserves significant trees and embraces design elements of the New Urbanist movement.As part of the development, Tribute Companies would make traffic improvements to offset the impacts of the development and coordinate with the NCDOT to provide pedestrian access to the Cross City Trail with a crosswalk.Nothing is official just yet.The city said the reviewing committee still needs to go over the site plans.last_img read more

Columbus County Sheriffs Office finds unidentified body in Fair Bluff

first_img A cause of death has not been determined. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is helping the sheriff’s office with the investigation. FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after finding an unidentified body in Fair Bluff.The body was found in the 4000 block of Hinson Crossroads, behind a tobacco barn.- Advertisement – last_img

PUMPKIN PICKING Is the hot sun melting away a favorite fall tradition

first_img The western NC based business has been coming to the Cape Fear for more than 25 years. From small to large ones, you can pick out the perfect one at their 2715 Shipyard Blvd location in Wilmington from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.The pumpkin patch will be open through November 1.With Christmas not too far away, they say they will be back with a variety of Christmas trees around November 19. 1 of 8 – Advertisement – Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook)center_img Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees sells pumpkin in Wilmington. (Photo: Facebook) 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Since the start of fall on September 22, temperatures have been far from cool and crisp. This brings up the question: Does the summer-like heat have an impact on the area pumpkin crop?Barr Evergreens Christmas Trees, who sells pumpkins this time of the year, says the toasty temperatures have caused a small loss at their pumpkin patch.last_img read more

Leland announces Movies in the Park dates

first_img This event, which will kick off the town’s free Movies in the Park series, will include costume contests for children, adults and families, as well as other themed activities.Following the kickoff on May 4, family movies will be shown every other Saturday through June 15. All movies will begin soon after sundown.Movie-goers can bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Onsite concessions will offer food and beverages for purchase. Alcohol and pets are not allowed.Related Article: UPDATE: One taken to hospital after crash involving Leland PD OfficerIn addition to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Movies in the Park will include:May 18 – “Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet”June 1 – “Incredibles 2”June 15 – “Mary Poppins Returns”On May 11, the town will host a special Date Night event, featuring a screening of “Crazy Rich Asians,” lawn games and a food truck. (Photo: Town of Leland) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Break out your light sabers and Princess Leia buns – the Town of Leland will host a “May the Fourth Be with You” celebration in honor of the unofficial Star Wars holiday with a special screening of “The Last Jedi” on Saturday.The movie will begin shortly after sunset at Leland Municipal Park, 113 Town Hall Drive in Leland.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Google and the Rise of Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement  Why am I taking the time to let you know that Facebook is making it easy for you to drag and drop Facebook to your home button?Facebook started out as a social network, but it is officially growing into a full-fledged personal OS, where friends and experiences are interconnected inside and outside of Facebook. And, at the center of everything is you.Facebook is a platform where relationships create the construct for the 3C’s of information commerce. The acts of sharing and consuming content in social media represent the social dealings between people and set the stage for interaction and education.But, it is the platform that offers a sandbox for development and also a solid foundation for social architecture. – Advertisement – It is the sites that feature Facebook interconnects that weave the fabrics of relationships and the ties and interests that bind us. More than one million websites have integrated with Facebook Platform. 150 million people engage with Facebook on external websites every month.Two-thirds of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites have integrated with Facebook. The more we interact with Facebook around the Web through Likes, Shares, and Comments, the more we feed the social effect and the greater the personalization inside Facebook and within its partner sites.Indeed, according to comScore, Facebook traffic soared by 55.2% hitting 151.1 million in October 2010, up from 97.4 visitors at the same time last year. It’s also important to note that Facebook was home to 300 million active denizens last year and now it has a population of more than 550 million. While Google is earning 173.3 million visits in the U.S., Facebook’s trajectory is only gaining in mass and force. And it’s only gaining momentum… – 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day– The average user has 130 friends– People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook Don’t Google Me, Facebook MeOver the years, Google has missed steps to foster a social network of its own, perhaps focusing on a culture of code rather than human culture and behavior. What lies ahead is a quiet war where  your social graph is at stake. Facebook is taking large steps to move you away from Google and toward the social web.  As this new “homepage” request rolls out to active users worldwide, we will see many follow Facebook’s instruction to now make the social graph the starting point to their online experience each and every time they fire up their browser. Doing so changes behavior and teaches us that we can indeed get a little help from our friends by leaning on them for empowerment, entertainment, and enlightenment.We don’t take to Google for insight, we  now take to the stream…What’s materializing before us may in fact represent the beginning of the end of the Google era of Web domination. This is the rise of the Facebook economy (F-commerce) where commerce represents the currency of information and engagement and the net worth of the relationships we nurture. While it doesn’t beat the drum in its march toward online supremacy, Facebook is in fact setting out to help you improve the way you communicate, discover, and share. Since you are at the center of the social egosystem, Facebook is designing products and services that make managing and interacting with your social graph more efficient.From Gmail to Facebook.com > We now have a new messaging platform on its way to us with @facebook.com email addresses yours for the taking. It changes how we think about messages and exchanges and may in fact, encourage us to follow Zuckerberg’s vision away from the traditional inbox. By integrating messaging into one system that connects through multiple clients and devices, Facebook also starts to minimize the value of Google Talk. Does Google turn its 193 million Gmail users out of the inbox and toward a social network…something like say, GoogleMe? Now with its social hooks in MySpace, Google must revisit its human algorithm.From Google.com to Facebook search > The future of search is social and we are already investing in social media optimization (SMO) in addition to SEO. We can’t underestimate Facebook search. Google has long dominated search and the behemoth of a company is showing its age and its weaknesses. Even though Google is experimenting with integrating social into traditional search results, its algorithm is in dire need of a human touch – a human algorithm. At the same time, Facebook is slowly but surely improving its search feature. What used to simply display results within the network, now starts to feature results from around the Web where the displayed list is curated by the actions of your friends – as part of the platform. This will only improve and become more substantial in the coming months.From Google Voice to Facebook + Skype > Google Voice is a valuable service that combines voice, Web, and email. While it’s not getting thunderous roars of attention, Skype and Facebook are introducing the ability to call friends directly from the News Feed. As this integration becomes seamless and demand for such a service gains awareness and pervasiveness, Facebook and Skype will rival Google Voice one day.From Google Latitude to Facebook Places > Google is experimenting with geo location, but Facebook Places is gaining mass adoption. Competing for attention online and offline is helping Facebook merge experiences and channel the activity into the News Feed.From Google Groups to Facebook Groups > Google Groups was once one of the Web greatest hosts for contextual networks, groups organized by interests, events, and causes. Now with the release of the new and improved Facebook Groups, people are forming nicheworks, networks within networks. Their focused activity is enhanced by a dedicated group framework that fosters collaboration and conversation whether the group unites relationships or actions linked by strong, weak, or temporary ties.From Google Docs to Facebook + Microsoft Office > Google Docs are the industry standard for Web collaboration around documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and artistic canvases. While the world was abuzz with Facebook’s messaging service, Microsoft introduced Office Web Apps as part of the new messaging system. The technology alliance allows people to view Word, Excel and PowerPoint attachments with the Office Web Apps directly in Facebook. It just the beginning of something more productive…Twitter Me This…The Facebook GenerationAnd what of Twitter? I believe it is the moon that orbits a networked planet. It turns the tides. It defines its rotation. Twitter is your window to relevance, but Facebook is your homepage for the social Web.According to recent data released by Hitwise, Facebook accounts for 25% of all page views in the U.S. And it’s only going to skyrocket as we interact with content and one another through the Facebook platform. Depending on which data we review, Google is either in Facebook’s rearview mirror or in its sights. Hitwise claims Facebook has already surpassed Google in terms of views.Earlier we stated that comScore has Facebook nipping at Google’s heels. Either way, it’s just a matter of time until Facebook traffic surpasses Google with tenable data supporting the historic milestone. We are witnessing the dawn of the social consumer and their network of preference for the immediate future is Facebook.As I’ve previously observed, the medium is no longer just the message. In social, the medium is the platform and as such, people now represent both the medium and the message where reach is defined by a blending of the social graph, the context of the story and the expansion and contraction of strong, weak, and temporary connections.The Facebook platform serves as the foundation for our Social OS and in turn, we are its driving force. With every action, we trigger an equal and opposite reaction. With our relationships serving as Facebook’s construct, we are realizing that the social graph effect may in fact, spark greater volumes of reaction than Google, or any of us, may have anticipated. Welcome to the Facebook generation…the question is, will you call Facebook home?last_img read more

Amazon Unveils 199 Kindle Voyage

first_imgAdvertisement Amazon today announced its latest high-end e-reader, the Kindle Voyage, which features a 7.6mm thin magnesium body, 39 percent brighter screen and new control panels at the bezel with haptic feedback.The Kindle Voyage sports a new design that has the same, matte look with the addition of a glossy bar across the top of the back. The Voyage weighs in at just 6.4 ounces, and delivers 300 pixels per inch with Amazon’s Paperwhite display.  – Advertisement – New to the Voyage’s design are “PagePress” sensors located at both sides of the screen. This is smartly placed at the bezel where most users rest their thumbs while reading, allowing them to gently press to turn pages.With each page turn, haptic feedback provides confirmation that the action registered. Amazon says this is designed so users do not have to move their fingers to flip between pages and chapters. The Voyage is available with free 3G included. The screen automatically adjusts its brightness levels to match adapt to the reader’s eyes during longer reading sessions.In our brief demo with the Kindle Voyage, it is definitely the lightest and thinnest e-reader Amazon offered to date. The adaptive screen remains one of the Kindle’s strongest feature even without colors, and the embedded bezel page-turner is an excellent addition.However, I can’t help but feel ticked by all the fingerprint grease left on the back of the device with just a little bit of use. The Voyage also does not have speakers or microphone built in for audio books or speech-to-text. Small gripes, but I suppose that’s what your Kindle app is for.Kindle upgradesWith the new Kindle Voyage, Amazon also upgraded its current Kindle line. The original Kindle now features a touch interface, a 20 percent faster processor and twice the storage from 2GB to 4GB – but it still lacks frontlight. Kindle Paperwhite also gets an upgrade with double the original storage at 4GB.All three Kindle models will come with the latest software update that includes expanded X-Ray features, deeper Goodreads integration and better vocabulary settings. X-Ray for Books now lets users browse the chapters by images as well as “Notable Clips,” which summarizes chapters into short bullets to keep users up to date with where they last left off.The software also features a Word Wise functionality for a number of titles to include vocabulary definitions in-line. Users (presumably ESL readers) can adjust their reading levels as they become more fluent so definitions will only show up for more advance words.Despite all the enhancements, all three Kindles still sport a battery life of six to eight weeks. The Kindle Voyage will come with an optional origami cover for $45.The new Kindle is priced at $79, new Kindle Paperwhite at $119 and the Kindle Voyage at $199. Pre-orders begin tonight on Amazon.com, with devices shipping in October. Credits TNWlast_img read more

AlcatelLucent completes Ghanas fibre backbone project

first_imgAdvertisement Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency (NITA) and Alcatel-Lucent have announced the completion of the Eastern corridor rural fibre-optic backbone project.Deployed by Alcatel-Lucent, the Eastern corridor network spans 775km and links Ghana’s north, south, and international submarine gateways via its eastern corridor.It serves major towns such as Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbila, Yendi, Tamale, Gushiegu and Bawku as well as 23 smaller communities. – Advertisement – The network uses Alcatel-Lucent’s optical networking platform based on the 1830 photonic service switch with 100G technology.Signed in 2012, the project significantly expands communication links between Ghana’s Coastal line and Northern Boundary to Burkina Faso.Alcatel-Lucent has also provided computing and storage infrastructure for two data centres including help desk infrastructure, a performance management and rating system and an e-Learning Management System. Alcatel-Lucent will continue to manage network operations for Ghana’s entire ‘e-government’ infrastructure until 2016.Daniel Jaeger, Vice-President, Alcatel-Lucent in Africa while commenting on the milestone, said: “Through technology and innovation this project will help change the way people live, work and communicate, providing an important platform for sustainable growth and development.”“Alcatel-Lucent has long-standing expertise in IP transport and we are delighted to be a part of this project to support Ghana’s government initiative in continuously improving communications services for the country. The new network will be a catalyst for change to accelerate the development of rural areas in the country. Indeed every success has its network,” he concluded.[Via]last_img read more

Nokia to acquire startup specializing in improving cable network capacity

first_imgAdvertisement Finnish multinational communications and information technology company Nokia has announced that it will acquire Gainspeed, a U.S. startup that’s setting out to “redefine” how cable networks are built.The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.Gainspeed specializes in Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) services for a cable industry that’s looking to tackle the growing need for more network capacity, brought on by the rise of bandwidth intensive media such as IP video. – Advertisement – Through Gainspeed, Nokia will be giving its network technology arm a major boost, since Gainspeed is considered one of the leaders in DAA.Last Year, Nokia bought France’s Alcatel-Lucent for more than $16 billion last year as it seeks to build the next-generation network technology and services.last_img read more

Vodafone reveals a digital first approach aimed at Ugandan youth and SMEs

first_imgJohn Ndego (2L) CEO Vodafone Uganda and Jackie Namara (3R) the Head of Marketing interact with the Vodafone Brand Ambassadors during the launch of the Vodafone Youth Program at Kampala International University Advertisement Vodafone Uganda, has today announced a commitment to support the youth and entrepreneurs in Uganda.During a press conference held at Kampala International University, the next generation operator announced that going forward it will be more focused on the youth and Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs in order to empower them to harness their potential.Speaking during the conference, John Ndego, the Chief Executive Officer Vodafone Uganda, said the major focus for Vodafone Uganda will be on digital, using the power of internet to tap into the younger generations’ potential and help them build their tomorrow today. – Advertisement – “The biggest way that we can support Uganda is to provide technology and data services that support the growth of young entrepreneurs in this country,” said Ndego. “We are helping them access global education resources using 4G technology.Uganda is the youngest and most entrepreneurial country in the world. According to the 2014 census statistics by Uganda Bureau of Statistics the youth, that is, persons below 30 years constitute 78% of the population. These numbers, according to Ndego, represent a huge potential for the country to turn a tide in technology and innovation and Vodafone Uganda would like to be part of this journey.John Ndego (2L) CEO Vodafone Uganda and Jackie Namara (3R) the Head of Marketing interact with the Vodafone Brand Ambassadors during the launch of the Vodafone Youth Program at Kampala International UniversityAs part of the youth focus, the 4G operator will be offering internship and work experience opportunities to students in various universities in the country. The youth program, that is targeting both the students and graduates is geared towards supporting career growth and technology innovation for the students. Over 250 youths are expected to benefit from this program annually.Through the #ICreateTomorrow digital campaign, Vodafone is empowering the youth by helping them take charge of their tomorrow by giving them an opportunity to experience what their peers are doing with technology in other countries.“We are committed to nurturing and developing young talent in Uganda,” noted Jackie Namara, Vodafone Uganda Head of Marketing. “We shall soon be introducing an online platform and community called JUMP that will transform how the youth, professionals and SMEs learn, share and interact in a digital world.”In order to enhance customer experience Vodafone has also launched the following solutions;My Vodafone App gives customers the flexibility to manage their account. They can top- up, track usage, purchase data bundles using a voucher, Debit or Credit card. Customers can download and use the app for free on the network.Vodafone Chat+ enables customers to stay in touch with family and friends by making free audio HD quality calls and messaging on the Vodafone network with anyone who has downloaded the app.last_img read more

Andela Uganda Opens Applications for Third Cohort Deadline July 17 2017

first_imgAdvertisement After it’s previous recruitment drives in Uganda, Andela has announced opening of applications for the Third Cohort in Kampala.The first two rounds of recruitment which was announced in March and June respectively, attracted over 800 applicants into the Andela Uganda fellowship. Operations have commenced in the Andela Uganda fellowship and applications for the third Uganda cohort are currently open.During the official launch in Kampala, Andela’s Chief Strategy Officer; Wambui Kinya said “Uganda represents a massive opportunity for Andela to equip the next generation of technologists and innovators in Kampala with the expertise they need to accelerate the advancement of their local communities through technology”. – Advertisement – With Andela’s Fellowship, developers will go through four years of intensive learning and real work experience on the world’s leading engineering teams, where they’ll master the professional and technical skills needed to become a global technology leader.How to Apply:Stage 1: Application and Aptitude AssessmentFirst, you’ll complete a free application, which lets Andela learn more about you. Within 48 hours of your application, you will receive an online evaluation that measures logical reasoning and personality fit.Stage 2: Home StudyYou’ll need to complete an introduction to software development self-study course focused on Python. You can find the downloadable version of this course here. During the course, you’ll complete a Technical Skills Test that will evaluate your knowledge of the content you’ve learned.Stage 3: Panel InterviewsBased on performance on the Aptitude Assessment and Technical Skills Test, a select group of applicants will be invited to interview with Andela. If selected, you’ll receive an email one week prior inviting you to interview with a panel of staff members and other Andela developers.Stage 4: One Week Immersive OnsiteSuccessful applicants participate in a one-week immersive onsite led by our senior developers. The one week is comprised of product development and you’ll be expected to learn independently as well as work on a team to deliver a final project.Stage 5: AcceptanceThe highest performing participants are accepted into Andela’s four-year Technical Leadership Program. The company receives support from a number of investors such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative which helped Andela raise $24 million for its Series B funding last year.The Andela Fellowship, will give Ugandan developers the opportunity to become world-class developers that will become team members at the top technology companies as with their Nigerian and Kenyan counterparts. A further step towards producing more exceptional African innovators.Recruitment Schedule for Andela Uganda Cohort IIIApplication Deadline: 17th July 2017.Home Study Test: The Home Study test is a requirement for making it through our selection process. Applicants are advised to study and complete the Home Study Curriculum before their test.Interview Dates: August 7th – 11th August 2017Boot camp: August 28th – 1st September 2017Andela Uganda Fellowship:  October 2nd, 2017 – October 2nd, 2021last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_img[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.Tuesday 25 AugustRACING2.00 ChepstowSecret Bird 11/2 > 7/27.40 NewburyLucy The Painter 7/1 > 4/1FOOTBALLCHAMPIONS LEAGUE7.45pm BT SPORT8/5 Malmo 13/8 Celtic 5/2 DRAWCAPITAL ONE CUP7.45pm SKY9/2 Luton Town 8/13 Stoke City 11/4 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Towcester Thursday

first_imgBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he goals flowed at Goodison last night to land both the recommended bets with Star Sports. Over 2.5 and over 3.5 goals at 11/10 and 5/2 respectively for a nice profit of 13 points on the night.The yearly P&L for the Star preview column now stands at +80.07.12.40 Towcester starspreads.com Novices’ Hurdle (Class 4)The ground – described as ‘good, good to soft in places’ – is relatively quick for the time of year and this 2m5f novices’ hurdle might not develop into a typical Towcester slog.The Ben Pauling-trained LINENHALL carries a penalty for his last-time out 2m6f Stratford maiden hurdle success where he made all the running. Alan King’s Good Man Pat, second by a length that day, did the form no harm when going close in a 3m handicap hurdle at Kempton on Monday. This venue couldn’t be more different than Stratford but Linenhall has form on stiff right-handed tracks, having run a three-length third of 15 in a bumper at Exeter back in February. There’s always a chance that front-running Stratford winners were flattered – the track often favours pacier types – but Linenhall’s win was backed up by a good speed figure and he could again be in receipt of a relatively easy lead here.THE DEVILS DROP, runner-up in an Irish point in the spring, made an encouraging debut under Rules when keeping on into a 12-1 fourth at Chepstow in maiden hurdle company. He finished 15 lengths behind the winner but the time was fast and the 19-length fifth, Colin Tizzard’s Mister Malarky, ran out a 10-1 winner at Kempton on Monday. His trainer has a fine record at Towcester, sending out four winner from eight runners here in 2016 and The Devils Drops is his first course representative this year.AARON LAD finished second in a pair of Limerick maiden hurdles in the spring and makes his debut for Dr Richard Newland. The Worcestershire handler has a well-deserved reputation for scoring at the first time of asking with his new acquisitions, especially when the money is down..Linenhall is no slouch but the concession of 6lb to THE DEVILS DROP might prove too much and Alan King’s four-year-old is taken to get off the mark. Aaron Lad is a fascinating rival but, unlike his two main market rivals, he lacks race fitness.1.10 Towcester Follow Us On Twitter At starspreads_bet Handicap ChaseCLASSIC JEWEL, a winner at Uttoxeter in July on his debut for Evan Williams, has placed in both subsequent outings and currently heads the market. He was keeping on strongly over 3m last time and the drop to this extended 2m5f could count against him, even on this stiff track.EDWARD ELGAR, forecast to start as the second favourite, might also prove vulnerable. Caroline Bailey’s locally-trained six-year-old has yet to score outside of selling grade and is 0-4 over fences.The Robin Dickin-trained SOME FINISH, a ten-length runner-up in this race last year, tends to jump out to his right and it’s no coincidence that his three wins have come at right-handed Leicester (twice) and at today’s venue. He ran poorly at Ludlow last time but the return to this stiffer track will suit and the first-time cheekpieces, replacing the usual visor, could eke out some improvement.At a massive price, THE SOCIETY MAN is no forlorn hope despite being 7lb out of the handicap. Michael Chapman’s veteran has won just once from 80 starts but was far from disgraced when a 100-1 fifth at Huntingdon last time and Alison Clarke takes off 7lb. HIs sole course outing saw him finish a 66-1 fourth on unfavourable terms in novice chase company last month.Classic Jewel and Edward Elgar make little appeal and last year’s runner-up SOME FINISH is taken to go one better this time.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK THE DEVILS DROP (12.40 Towcester) 3 points at SP with Star SportsBACK SOME FINISH (1.10 Towcester) 2 points at SP with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 80.07 pointslast_img read more

Acclaimed organist and teacher to join Rice

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.edu Amy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduAcclaimed organist and teacher to join Rice’s Shepherd School of MusicKenneth Cowan will begin teaching at Rice in fall 2012Internationally acclaimed concert organist and teacher Kenneth Cowan will join the faculty of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in fall 2012 as an associate professor of organ.Renowned for his artistry, technique and programming, Cowan has earned a reputation as one of North America’s finest concert organists. He maintains a rigorous performing schedule that takes him to top concert venues throughout America, Canada and Europe, and has numerous critically acclaimed studio recordings to his credit. Cowan is currently a member of the faculty at the Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, N.J., where he was awarded the 2008 Rider University Distinguished Teaching Award. Cowan has performed recently at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. In addition, Cowan has been a featured artist at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists held in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, has performed at many regional conventions of the AGO and has been featured at several conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.“In a relatively short amount of time, Ken Cowan has established himself as one of our country’s premiere organists,” Shepherd School of Music Dean and the Elma Schneider Professor of Music Robert Yekovich said. ”Having been at Westminster, a highly respected program in its own right, for the past several years, Ken also brings a wealth of teaching experience to Rice. The Shepherd School is extremely fortunate to have someone of Ken’s caliber continuing the fine tradition established here by Clyde Holloway, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor Emeritus of Organ.””I am sincerely honored to be joining the esteemed faculty of the Shepherd School of Music,” Cowan said. ”The variety and quality of musical activity present in the Shepherd School will be nourishing for me and my students alike, and the facilities at Rice present an ideal situation for training organists of the highest caliber. I eagerly await moving to the community.””The search for a new organ professor has been a long and arduous one,” Shepherd School Chair of Keyboard and Professor of Piano Robert Roux said. ”Ken Cowan was our very top candidate and is recognized everywhere as a most accomplished, personable and academically astute young virtuoso. He is already one of the world’s greatest organists. His hiring represents a coup that will resonate strongly throughout the organ world as well as the music world in general. He will only add to the prestige of an already stellar music program at the Shepherd School.”A native of Thorold, Ontario, Cowan received a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Cowan’s wife, Lisa Shihoten, is an accomplished violinist and will teach young violin students in the Shepherd School’s preparatory program.last_img read more