first_imgA disabled campaigner is one of five blind and visually-impaired people taking pioneering legal action against their local councils over the failure to make voting in elections accessible to them.Graham Kirwan, who is visually-impaired, has been trying to persuade Dudley council for nine years to make the adjustments that would allow him to vote independently, and privately.Now he is one of five sight-impaired people who have enlisted legal firm Leigh Day to take up their cases, following complaints they made through the disability charity RNIB about problems they encountered in the run-up to the general election on 7 May.The five were either unable to vote in the election or had their right to a secret vote compromised.Kirwan and the other claimants say their councils unlawfully discriminated against them under the Equality Act, and also breached the Human Rights Act, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and the Representation of the People Act.Article 29 of the UNCRPD, on participation in political and public life, protects the right of disabled people to “vote by secret ballot in elections”, and aims to guarantee that “voting procedures, facilities and materials are appropriate, accessible and easy to understand and use”.The Representation of the People Act requires polling stations to provide a large print version of the ballot paper for reference and a tactile voting device to enable electors with visual impairments to vote independently.But Kirwan and others say the system does not work in practice because the large print text is often not big enough, and the tactile voting device is not fit for purpose.Kirwan said Dudley council refused to send him his voting information via email, rather than in the post, and failed to provide CCTV magnification equipment at his polling station that would have allowed him to read information about the candidates, because the large print information available was not large enough for him to read.Even if that had been available, he believes he would still have been forced to ask someone else to help him cast his vote because the tactile voting device does not always work correctly.Council threats that he could be fined £5,000 if he failed to fill in its inaccessible forms had already helped cause severe depression and anxiety, for which he is still being treated.Dealing with the council, he says, changed him from “a confident blind person to one who went into rages, always angry [and] became anxious, could not sleep and found it difficult to communicate with others”.Kirwan, who represents Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living on accessible information issues, is now 55 years old, and has never been able to vote, because of his impairment.He told Disability News Service (DNS): “When you vote, it is private. I am denied that right. If I go and try and take somebody with me, somebody else could vote differently on my behalf and I wouldn’t know.“I have rights to independence, choice and control over my life. That is all I want.”Kirwan added: “It is just like I am excluded. It caused me stress. I don’t have a say in the decision-making that everybody else takes for granted.”He says he will not try to vote again unless he can do so electronically.Although there has been legal action around physical barriers to voting, this is believed to be the first involving the inaccessibility of the voting process to blind and partially-sighted people.Kate Egerton, a discrimination solicitor in Leigh Day’s human rights department, said: “Some of the five had problems registering to vote, some had problems with the postal vote, and some had problems in their polling stations on the day.“From start-to-finish, the whole system is inaccessible.”She said they would be asking the courts to force the local authorities involved to make the voting process accessible to blind and visually-impaired people, in time for next year’s local elections.Phillip Tart, Dudley council’s strategic director for resources and transformation, said: “Ballot papers are printed in the format as specified by the legislation relevant to each individual election. “All polling stations are provided with magnifiers and selector templates to aid partially-sighted people to vote independently, [and] electors with disabilities can also be assisted by a companion or the presiding officer.  “Whilst we would be happy to talk with Mr Kirwan to understand his particular issues, for reasons of data protection we are unable to comment further, and we are not aware of any legal proceedings against the council at this time.”Earlier this month, another legal action taken by Kirwan over the right to accessible information led to NHS England publishing its first accessible information standard (AIS).The agreement to publish the AIS came after Kirwan took the NHS to court over its failure to provide his health-related information in a format that was accessible to him, via email rather than by post.DNS first reported on Kirwan’s complaint two years ago, after NHS England agreed to set up an advisory panel to draw up the new “information standard”, as a result of his legal case.He said the result was “brilliant” and would make a “massive, massive, massive” difference to tens of thousands of disabled people with sensory and learning impairments.It will mean that all organisations providing NHS or adult social care will have to produce information in a service-user’s preferred format by 31 July 2016, and provide them with communication support if they need it.Kirwan said: “Many will receive accessible health information for the first time, and most importantly in private. It will save NHS a lot of money in missed appointments.”last_img read more

first_imgNATHAN Brown accentuated the positives as Saints were edged at home to Leeds last night.Although his side lost 20-12, the club’s head coach believes there is an upside to a team that can only get better.“I thought we played a very good side and we did some good things,” he said. “We weren’t so smart in the first half at times and I thought we let ourselves down in a couple of areas, but the overall picture is we scored three tries and they did. I am disappointed to lose but I can see there is a lot of upside in the team. We were in good control, but we didn’t play as smart as we should have done or play from the right areas.“Leeds are a very very good team and for the four young kids out there today, they all handled themselves well against good players. There is a lot of improvement in us with the amount of changing in positions and personnel but as the weeks go by we can improve.“I can’t complain about the result; of course we would have liked to have won. The game was an arm wrestle for long periods of time. They got the try from the kick and scored back-to-back on us, and then we did the same. Earlier in the second half we opened them up a few times but took the wrong option.”Saints lost Alex Walmsley in the warm up after his hamstring tightened up and Gary Wheeler damaged his in the second half – but one plus was the excellent debut of Mark Percival.“Percy did well didn’t he?” Brown added. “He is a talented young kid and Derek Traynor and the guys in youth development have done a great job with him.“To play well against a quality team and a quality player in Carl Ablett – his future is bright.”last_img read more

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham believes the final two games of the Super 8s are perfect preparation for the First Utility Super League Playoff Semi Finals.Saints take on Wigan this Friday at Langtree Park before hosting Warrington the following Thursday.And whilst positions in the top four are yet to be finalised – and could throw up a combination of opponents for his side in the semi-final – the tough run in is “ideal”.“We’ve not had the easiest of draws in the Super 8s and in anything we have the toughest finish too with Wigan and Warrington,” he said. “No matter how Warrington are going it is a local derby and always a tough game.“And when we face Wigan there’s always fireworks! There’s no better games for us as we head into the semi-finals.“We always work hard but in terms of motivation it doesn’t take a lot to get the players up this week. They would play now if they could.“We will look at our structures and the personnel we have this week and make some decisions closer to the game.“There might be a bit of an issue with Travis Burns, we will have to see, and Atelea Vea isn’t far off. He has started running and we’re hoping he is back in the next couple of weeks.“It will be a great game I have no doubt. We always want to win these games – the fans deserve it too. The diehards deserve as much success as they can get.”Saints have won their last two games although many supporters wouldn’t want to go through another match like the 42-38 win over Castleford again… Cunningham included.“I watched the game back a couple of times and we certainly did some good stuff with ball,” he added. “We were also defensively good for a large period. Certain individuals let us down a touch with missed tackles but we got the win. It was a typical Saints v Cas game, lots of points and we came good in the end.“We kept finding a way to get back into the game and showed a lot of resilience too. You show where you are as a club when your backs are against the wall and we did enough at the right times.”Cunningham confirmed that Alex Walmsley will miss the game with the ankle injury he sustained at Castleford but he should be fit for the semis.The big prop could even play against Warrington, if he continues to improve.Mose Masoe should return for the match.Tickets for Friday’s big game against Wigan at Langtree Park (kick off 8pm) are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgWe’ve simplified our range of prices and introduced a new Youth price to make it even more affordable for 17–18-year-olds in full time education to back the club.And, our Direct Debit options make it simpler and easier to be a Saint.We have a 10 month ‘DD’ available now … with an eight or six package available later in the off-season.For a full breakdown of monthly payments for each Membership please click here.A Hattons Solicitors West Terrace Adult Renewal is just over £24 per month with an Adult and Junior just over £26! That’s great value and no upfront cost!Check out our Membership Section to find out more – and remember simply by being a Member for 2018 you have the chance to become our Ultimate Fan!We are Saints and Proud.last_img

first_img The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened on New Year’s Eve on Jacobs Loop Road in the Buckhead community.The victim, Michael Powers, had to undergo extensive surgery to repair his food, Sheriff Jim McVicker said.Arp was transferred from Columbus County to the Bladen County Jail.Related Article: Body found floating in pond in Bladen CountyHe is charged with assault with a dangerous weapons inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jesse James Arp (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff Office) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of shooting his brother-in-law in the foot during an argument was arrested in Columbus County early this morning.According to court records, Jesse James Arp, 34, was booked into the Columbus County Detention Center around 1:00 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Area restaurants Guy Fieri visited for “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” will start airing at the end of March.The celebrity chef came to Wilmington in January to help raise money for GLOW, Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington. The school’s founder said Fieri’s visit helped raise more than $200,000 for a new building.- Advertisement – Fieri spent three days in Wilmington at several restaurants, including Fork-N-Cork, Copper Penny, Ceviche’s, Sweet N’ Savory Cafe, Cast Iron Kitchen, and Something Fishy.On March 30, episode 7 is called “Lights-Out Latin.” According to the episode description, in Wilmington, NC, a funky joint cooks up the flavors of Panama, which would be Ceviche’s.On April 6, episode 8 is called “Pizza, Pork, and Peru.” On this trip, in Wilmington, NC standout sandwiches bring a taste of Philly to the South. This episode will feature the Copper Penny.Related Article: GLOW stops by to discuss brand new schoolOn April 27, episode 9 is named “Seafood and Savory,’ where a down-home Southern seafood spot, Something Fishy, cooks up clam chowder and fries up favorites in Wilmington, NC.No word yet on when the episodes featuring Fork-N-Cork, Cast Iron Kitchen and Sweet N’ Savory will air.last_img read more

first_imgHow would you like to help raise money for the Community Boys & Girls Club and have a good time doing it? On Friday, The Community Boys and Girls Club will host their Champions For Children Gala. The event will offer a silent auction, live music, dinner and you can hear from some of the children they help.All proceeds will support our valuable programs designed to enhance the lives of community club members through academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership development. Champions for Children engages 250 guests representing our community’s social philanthropists, foundations, donors, alumni, and friends of the Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington.- Advertisement – The event will be Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6 PM – 11 PM at Terrace at Sir Tyler in Wilmington, North Carolina. Tickets are $100 and available at www.cbgcw.orglast_img read more

first_img00:00 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) — History tells a fair share of war stories with men and women, who sacrificed their lives so we could now be free. One veteran tells us why he chose not to talk of the war for years following his return.58,307 names are chiseled in the black granite Vietnam Traveling Wall. Eight of those names are women.- Advertisement – “It’s probably a war that we should have never fought,” Joe Harvey said. “These poor fellas and even some women…their names shouldn’t even be on there.”This is the second time Harvey visited the wall. Just recently, Harvey began talking about his wartime experience.“It wasn’t until, unfortunately, that I was diagnosed with prostate cancer as a result of the exposure to the Agent Orange that I started talking about the war,” Harvey said.Related Article: Medal of Honor recipient who fought in Vietnam to speak in Pender CountyHarvey says he grew up in a town where many people left to fight, but only few returned. Now, their names are on the wall.Friday morning, he searched for three names.“There are three fellas, who I grew up with that come from a small town Wildwood, New Jersey, which is a seashore resort as they say,” Harvey said. “[Their names are] Jimmy Bechan, George Coleman, and Michael Callahan. They were three boys who I grew up with.”Harvey says the local Vietnam veterans chapter in Wildwood also re-created a wall to pay homage to veterans.“Without them, the freedom that you have in this country you wouldn’t have today,” Harvey said.The Vietnam Traveling Wall will be in Wilmington until Monday in the Mayfaire parking lot off of Military Cutoff Road.last_img read more

first_imgThe PN youth movement, MZPN, has resorted to Facebook with a statement demanding that political responsibility be shouldered after the 2mess emanating from last Saturday’s vote in the Executive Committee”. The MZPN said that in its proudly iconoclastic tradition, it was taking a stand and “saying what needs to be said…The current situation is untenable and represents a new low”, said the statement. In a poignant “Enough is Enough”, the MZPN demanded that responsibility be shouldered out of respect for the voters and the volunteers who supported the party.MZPN said that it will analyse the situation and pass on the analysis. “We must stand up to be counted – not just when the going is easy, but especially and more importantly,when the going gets tough” concluded MZPN.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgFILE PHOTO: U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Handout via REUTERSFILE PHOTO: U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Handout via REUTERS Jeffrey Epstein, the American financier charged with sex trafficking underage girls, is expected to argue in court on Monday that he should be freed from jail and allowed to await trial under house arrest at his Manhattan mansion.Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 after flying into New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport by private plane from Paris. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held behind bars at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a fortress-like jail in lower Manhattan that has been criticized by inmates and lawyers for harsh conditions.Epstein, who was once known for socializing with politicians and royalty, is accused of arranging for girls under the age of 18 to perform nude “massages” and other sex acts, and of paying some girls to recruit others, from at least 2002 to 2005.Prosecutors said a search of Epstein’s home uncovered nude images of underage girls, and they accused him of paying two potential witnesses against him last year in an apparent effort to influence them.He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.Seeking their client’s release from pre-trial detention, Epstein’s lawyers have said he is willing to pay for armed guards to monitor him round-the-clock at his Upper East Side home, which has been valued at $77 million.Epstein, his lawyers said in a court filing last week, had a “spotless 14-year record of walking the straight and narrow” since he pleaded guilty to similar offences in Florida, and had shown “perfect compliance with onerous sex offender registration requirements.”Federal prosecutors have argued that Epstein must remain in jail to prevent him from fleeing the country, citing his wealth and connections overseas, as well as the allegations he made large payments to potential witnesses.The bail hearing will take place before U.S. District Judge Richard Berman.In 2016, Berman rejected a bail proposal from Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab that would have let him remain in a leased apartment under the watch of privately funded guards, saying wealthy defendants should not be allowed to “buy their way out of prison by constructing their own private jail.” Other New York federal judges have agreed to such arrangements, however, including for Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff.When Epstein was charged in Florida, he reached a deal to avoid federal prosecution by pleading guilty to a state prostitution charge and registering as a sex offender. He served 13 months in a county jail, but was allowed to leave during the day to go to his office.That 2007 agreement has drawn heavy criticism. A federal judge ruled in February that it violated a federal law on crime victims’ rights, but Florida prosecutors have argued it should nonetheless remain in place.Alex Acosta, who oversaw the deal as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, went on to be appointed Secretary of Labour by President Donald Trump. Acosta resigned from that position on Friday, saying he did not want to be a distraction for the administration after Epstein’s arrest.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgSomali men parade as members of al Shabaab in the capital Mogadishu Advertisement Somali men parade as members of al Shabaab in the capital MogadishuHawala, the unregulated and traditional Somali transfer that works with a network of agents is allegedly funding the transfer of fire arms from Somali to Kenya.A broker in Garissa, North of Kenya named Husein Aden said that weapons are being transfers without having to move them physically just like money is transferred.This is how it works, a client pays a broker the money they wish to transfer, the broker then calls his counterpart at the transfer destination authorizing the payment. On the delivery side,the broker pays the recipients with his own money while charging a two percent commission. – Advertisement – “Hawala money is getting into the pockets of Al-Shabaab, we need an immediate crackdown on hawala brokers and we need to use Somalis who are against terrorists to smoke out this network of traders.”  said Yusuf Muhamed, a high-ranking police officerIbrahim Ahmed from local NGO Northern Kenya Caucus said that weapons are shipped from Russia and Ukraine to Somalia and find there way to East Africa through the porous border between Southern Somalia which holds the Al-Shabaab.It is believed that the militia group uses the hawal transfer  service to buy the smuggled weapons for their counterparts in Kenya as well as other parts of East Africa.A person in Somali will give their local broker the weapons they wanted transferred and a broker in Nairobi would give the weapons they have in possession to the recipient, the original weapons will not have moved.Francis Mugatha, an immigration official at the Kenya-Somali border, said: ” hawala was being exploited, particularly in the trade of weapons. The gun business is thriving in areas such as Nairobi’s Eastleigh suburb. They continue to use a network of ‘hawaladars’ to fund their operations, such as paying for Al-Shabaab trainees. Further, this is how Somali militia groups in North Eastern Province are being financed.”This transfer system is under investigation in Kenya as it is believed that the Al-Shabaab where using the system together with unregistared SIM cards that could have helped in the recent attack at the Westgate shopping mall.“Cracking down on unregistered SIM cards is only addressing the communication part, but we need to hurt the terrorists by blocking routes where their money moves. At this time in the country, it is very dangerous to have money moving around unregulated,” said Yusuf Muhamed, a high-ranking police officer.The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) outlawed the use of Hawala in April by releasing guidelines that required operators of cash-sending firms to register with the bank and pay a Ksh.5 million ($ 58,800) for a license. Operators also have to maintain a minimum capital of Ksh.20 million ($235,300).“Hawala money is getting into the pockets of Al-Shabaab, we need an immediate crackdown on Hawala brokers and we need to use Somalis who are against terrorists to smoke out this network of traders, the same way Somalis assisted in driving out Al-Shabaab out of southern Somalia,” Muhamed said.The main problem in the transfer service is that it is not registered and not the service, which it should be just like the mobile money transfer system.The service was expected to shut down on Oct 16 as Barclays bank announced that it would no longer provide services to Hawala. Kenya’s Ministry of Finance suspects that the money transferred through this service comes to about $70 million monthly, but have no records to prove this.Having limited baking services, M-Pesa does not work let alone other mobile money transfer services leads to this being the only mode of transfer, even Aid agencies including United Nations. So from that reason we cannot entirely put it off.Source: Tech Moranlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement China’s government regulator has reportedly demanded that closure of Apple’s services which include selling ebooks and movies.China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television is behind the shutdown, and this is happening just six months after Apple first launched the iBookstore and iTunes Movies in the region.Last week that iTunes Movies and the iBookstore were inaccessible in China, though Apple Music appears to be running without issue. – Advertisement – China is Apple’s second-biggest market and a major source of growth.last_img

first_imgQuite amazing. The no ‘mull’ change of blog actually produced a 200/1 winner in Charlie Beljan! And we also managed to sneak a place with Scott Stallings. Despite last week’s success I will revert to the normal style for the new season.The US season has now finished (on a massive high for all you blog followers) and there are four events on various tours globally this week.The USB Hong Kong Open is one of two events on the European circuit and world number one Rory McIlroy will bid to enhance an already terrific event profile, although at the 5/2 quoted I will leave well alone.The Australian tour hosts the Talisker Masters and this has a very week field highlighted by the fact Adam Scott is 3/1 market leader and Ian Poulter is second in at around 7/2.The Japanese tour features the Phoenix Open. This event has in the past attracted some of the world’s best players and despite some weakened fields in recent years the sponsors will be delighted that former world number one Luke Donald has decided to ply his trade there this week. He though is another that is very short in the market and there does not appear to be too much value elsewhere.The most competitive event this week is the second European Tour event, the South African Open. Charl Schwartzel is badly out of form and this event offers a chance to a rejuvenated Martin Kaymer to add another win to his CV. 7/1 though is not my sort of price and I will be keeping my money firmly in my pocket this week.last_img read more

first_imgSelhurst Park sees the final Premier League game of the ‘weekend’ with Crystal Palace hosting Sunderland.Palace are worthy favourites against a Sunderland side who have only found the back of the net on eight occasions this season and already look like they are going to have to repeat their Houdini act from last season to stay in the Premier League.It’s a month since the north-east side were trounced 8-0 by Southampton and since then have failed to win a Premier League match.Palace are only five points ahead of Sunderland but they do have an excellent record against the Black Cats at home. It’s been 19 years since Sunderland claimed all three points at Selhurst Park.Crystal Palace v SunderlandPremier League8pm LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max 10 matches)Mar 2014 Premier Sunderland 0-0 C PalaceAug 2013 Premier C Palace 3-1 SunderlandJan 2007 Championship Sunderland 0-0 C PalaceDec 2006 Championship C Palace 1-0 SunderlandJan 2005 FA Cup Sunderland 2-1 C PalaceMay 2004 Championship Sunderland 2-1 C PalaceMay 2004 Championship C Palace 3-2 SunderlandApr 2004 League Div 1 C Palace 3-0 SunderlandSep 2003 League Div 1 Sunderland 2-1 C PalaceJan 2001 FA Cup C Palace 2-4 SunderlandTEAM NEWSCrystal Palace01 Speroni34 Kelly06 Dann04 Hangeland02 Ward11 Zaha15 Jedinak28 Ledley07 Bolasie29 Chamakh10 CampbellSunderland01 Pantilimon27 Vergini16 O’Shea15 Réveillere03 van Aanholt06 Cattermole30 Buckley07 Larsson14 Jordi Gómez10 Wickham09 FletcherThe Crystal Palace fans are superb, making it tough for the visitors and they could just swing things tonight.I’m keeping it simple with a win bet on Palace at around 11/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CRYSTAL PALACE at around 11/10 for 15 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: LOSS 15.67 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]E[/dropcap]njoy the wine, a mince pie and goodbye.As warm-hearted Christmas messages go, I don’t think the Queen has too much to worry about and Louis Van Gaal has certainly done a great audition for scrooge.His pre-Christmas press conference was positively barmy with pressure showing more than the tills at Sainsburys on Christmas Eve. The fact that a certain Mr Mourinho is widely being touted as his successor has hardly given Van Haal much festive spirit. In fact, does he know it’s Christmas at all ??Expectations run high at Old Trafford and Man U’s performance this season isn’t actually that bad when viewed through a wide angled lens. Fifth in the table, three points behind arch rivals City is hardly cataclysmic ahead of the Christmas period and certainly nowhere near Chelsea meltdown proportions. But, as often is the case in football, you’re only as good as your last game…. let’s be generous and say six games. It’s six games with out a win for Man U and, most crushing of all, they’ve met defeats in their last two Premier League matches against relegation candidates Bournemouth and Man U.Van Haal will certainly be hoping his players don’t over indulge in mince pies and wine as they are first up on Boxing Day with a potentially tough game at the Britannia (12.45pm, SKY).The game finished 1-1 last season and Stoke come into this year’s renewal on the back of a good run of three wins from their last six Premier League games including home victories over Chelsea and Man City so Man U are unlikely to hold too much fear.Stoke manager Mark Hughes said “I have been asked whether this is a good time to play them but I am always wary of that because these type of clubs more often than not bounce back emphatically. The players there are representing a global brand and the players have a responsibility to produce the goods more often than not, so they will be desperate to get back on track at the weekend.”The draw at 11/5 makes plenty of appeal with Star Sports.Stoke City v Man UtdPremier League12:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2015 PREMIER Stoke 1-1 Man UtdDec 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 2-1 StokeFeb 2014 PREMIER Stoke 2-1 Man UtdDec 2013 CAPITAL ONE Stoke 0-2 Man UtdOct 2013 PREMIER Man Utd 3-2 StokeApr 2013 PREMIER Stoke 0-2 Man UtdOct 2012 PREMIER Man Utd 4-2 StokeJan 2012 PREMIER Man Utd 2-0 StokeSep 2011 PREMIER Stoke 1-1 Man UtdJan 2011 PREMIER Man Utd 2-1 StokeBig race on Boxing Day is the King George at Kempton and it looks a vintage renewal. Nine runners are set to go to post including Silviniaco Conti who bids for a hat-trick in the race. Repeat winners have a great record in the race (Long Run, Kauto Star, Desert Orchid in recent memory) so Silviniaco has to be respected but this might be the year for Cue Card to gain his revenge. Cue Card was simply brilliant at Haydock beating Silviniaco Conti by seven lengths (could easily have been much more) and it might just be that everything has now aligned for Cue Card to finally come good on King George day. Don Cossack and Vautour represent a formidable Irish challenge.I backed Cue Card at big odds when he won the Festival bumper in 2010 so am staying loyal with my old friend. Chronic after-timing I know, I have duly sentenced myself to another turkey sandwich…..RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW (Stoke v Man U) for 5 points at around 11/5 with Star SportsBACK CUE CARD (King George) for 5 points at SP with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 82.56 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ot there in the end (the very end) yesterday.The Man U / Man U HT/FT bet with Star Sports yesterday was looking a little bleak until Martial’s injury time magic.Those that took advantage of the Star Sports special on ‘all four teams to score in the FA Cup Semi Finals’ at 3/1 are halfway there. Check this site and the twitter feed for the daily specials.There’s some frankly ludicrous scheduling going on this afternoon with the second FA Cup Final between Crystal Palace v Watford kicking off at 4pm followed swiftly and concurrently by Leicester v Swansea at 4.15pm – a match which could well seal the fate of the Premier League title.So much has been made of the FA Cup losing it’s lustre in recent years but this move hardly does much to counter that and is frankly disrespectful to both Palace and Watford for their afternoon of glory at Wembley.I’m going to stick with the FA Cup and I would love to see it’s out of unfailing loyalty and tradition but it’s actually much more that I really like the chances of Watford!Crystal Palace v WatfordFA Cup Semi-Final16:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE C Palace 1 – 2 WatfordSep 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Watford 0 – 1 C PalaceMay 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF C Palace 1 – 0 WatfordFeb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 2 – 2 C PalaceAug 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP C Palace 2 – 3 WatfordFeb 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP C Palace 4 – 0 WatfordOct 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 0 – 2 C PalaceFeb 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 1 – 1 C PalaceNov 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP C Palace 3 – 2 WatfordMar 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 1 – 3 C PalaceSTARTING XICrystal Palace13 Hennessey2 Ward6 Dann27 Delaney23 Souaré7 Cabaye15 Jedinak11 Zaha42 Puncheon10 Bolasie21 WickhamWatford18 Pantilimon2 Nyom15 Cathcart3 Britos16 Aké22 Abdi29 Capoue23 Watson7 Jurado24 Ighalo9 DeeneyBoth sides met in the top flight for the first time this season and it was away wins on both occasions with an aggregate score of 2-2. Over the season as a whole there is little to split them with Watford in 12th (41 points) and Crystal Palace in 16th (39 points).The factor that sways me though is current form. After a great start to the season Crystal Palace’s form has really tapered off and Alan Pardew’s men have only avoided getting involved in the relegation battle by the skin of their teeth. They have only won one of their last 18 league games and it has been in complete contrast to their FA Cup form.Pardew said: “We’re squeezing games in; the run we’ve had, this is our fourth game in 12 days. That’s a tough run, when you’ve got a semi-final, the biggest game in this club’s history for a while, since the play-off final.”Watford are also off the boil a little but might have the psychological edge having beaten Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park in February.Keeping it simple with a Watford win at 23/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK WATFORD 12 points at 23/10 with Star SportsSaturday: PROFIT 24.00 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]id you know that, the new craze for megastars, is to bring their children up as transgender? Apart from throwing their offspring in front of such a confusing bus, in order to court the politically-correct media, they also insist on giving them silly names.Now, if you are a super-confident, attention-seeker, looking to wooh the world, you may enjoy being a male called Heavenly-Tiger-Lilly. However, you might grow up, loving your famous parents very much, but prefer to wear a grey suit, and be an anonymous accountant, called Colin. Spare a thought too, for a boy who went to school, with Star MD, Gaul Wood. His surname was King. Well, no problem with that. But what ON EARTH were his parents thinking, calling him Wayne? UNNECESSARY.In other news:Blog, I’m on the way to Israel! Being a bookie, I have many Jewish clients, who have all told me that I must visit their homeland. Apart from obviously swimming (floating) in the sea, and trying out lots of restaurant recommendations, I do hope to visit the Yad Vashem museum and learn more about my hero; Oscar Schindler. When I was at school, I so enjoyed reading Charles Dickens, as he made heroes out of normal people. They enabled others. Gave helping hands and showed kindness. Or maybe they just told someone who needed a friend, to keep going, during tough times. ARE YOU A HERO?Over and out, B xlast_img read more

first_imgThe journey back from Royal Ascot to Newmarket for just the one ride paid off last night when I made all on Icart Point in the mile handicap. He stayed on nicely inside the closing stages and that’s now two wins on the bounce for him – one on heavy ground and it was good to firm at Newmarket last night. I guess now we’ll just see how the handicapper reacts before bidding for the hat-trick.Earlier in the afternoon Heartache finished seventh in the Commonwealth Cup – she was beaten less than three lengths in the end and I have take the positives away from that – especially that she was staying on strongly at the end of the six furlongs. She remains a very talented filly and I’m sure there will be a good opportunity found for her later in the season.Back to Royal Ascot for the final day on Saturday when I have three booked rides.SATURDAYROYAL ASCOTHARRY ANGEL (4.20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes)When it comes to the top horses in Group 1’s there’s often not much left to say as the form is in the book for all to see. Clearly I can’t wait for the ride. The official ratings tell you he’s the best in the race and for me now it’s just all about him and me doing our respective jobs to the best of out abilities. I was delighted with his seasonal reappearance at York where he showed his class to win the Group 2 by two lengths and since then we’ve just been counting down the hours to this race. He was only narrowly beaten in the Commonwealth Cup in 2017 and I just hope he can go one better and gain another Group 1 prize 12 months later.TIS MARVELLOUS (5.00 Wokingham)He has a touch of class on his day and has been highly tried. He was sixth to Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup last season – the race where Harry Angel finished second. Has dropped steadily down the weights and needs to obviously bring his A game to the table but there was a glimmer of hope last time at Newmarket where he finished fifth in a decent handicap, beaten just a length a quarter. I’m drawn in five, three boxes away from the big talking horse of the race Dreamfield who is unbeaten in three starts and looked to have plenty in hand when winning over course and distance last time out.UBER COOL (5.35pm Queen Alexandra Stakes)He ticks the boxes about being in form coming into this onto a hat-trick after wins at Haydock and Goodwood (two miles). Much more on his plate here but the Jane Chapple-Hyam stable landed a 100/1 third in the Royal Hunt Cup earlier in the week and I’m hoping my fella can also put in a good run against some of the more guaranteed stayers like Thomas Hobson who won the Ascot Stakes last year and reappeared later in the week to finish second in this. I’m in unknown territory stamina wise with Uber Cool but that goes for a few of his rivals too.Best Of LuckADAMYOUR SAYDANIEL BERRY: Great to see such a brilliant jock like you with a blog Adam, I’d like to ask about Harry Angel, can be really become the best sprinter in the world on Saturday ?ADAM: Thanks for your question Daniel, see notes above. Here’s hoping!If you have a question for Adam drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

first_imgAddThis ShareDirector Andreas Dresen will participate in Q-and-A NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Film director Andreas Dresen will be available for media interviews the afternoon of April 20. Contact B.J. Almond to schedule a time.B.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduHouston – (April 9, 2012) – The 2011 German movie “Stopped on Track,” voted best film of the year by German film critics and a prize winner at Cannes, will make its U.S. premiere at Rice University April 21.Director Andreas Dresen will attend the screening and also an April 20 screening of another of his award-winning films, “Cloud 9.” He will participate in a Q-and-A session after each screening at the Rice Media Center.Both films will be shown at 7 p.m. in German with English subtitles. The screenings are free and open to the public.“Stopped on Track” (“Halt Auf Freier Strecke”) tells the story of a family man who is dying of cancer. The social drama premiered last year at the Festival de Cannes, where it won best film in the Un Certain Regard category. At Berlin 2012, Germany’s film critics picked “Stopped on Track” as best German film of the year, and star Milan Peschel won the best-actor award for his portrayal of an ordinary man diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.“Cloud 9” (“Wolke 9”) is a 2008 romantic drama about a woman who enters into an affair after 30 years of marriage. It won the Jury Coup de Coeur at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard category, and Dresen won the Film Award for Gold for best direction at the 2009 German Film Awards.“Andreas Dresen is one of Germany’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers,” said Christian Emden, associate professor of German studies at Rice. “It was a coup for Rice University’s School of Humanities to get Andreas to come to campus since most directors whose films have won awards at all the major film festivals stick to Los Angeles and New York. I hope the Houston community will take advantage of this opportunity to spend two evenings with this outstanding independent filmmaker. We’re grateful to the consulate general of the Federal Republic of Germany for their help with this event.”The film screenings are being presented by Rice’s departments of German Studies and Visual and Dramatic Arts in the School of Humanities. For more information, contact Mariana Ivanova, lecturer in German studies, at Rice Media Center is located near Entrance 8 on University Boulevard. For a map of the campus and parking lots, visit # #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 known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to read more

first_imgAddThis Share1EXPERT ALERT Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduOil tanker, pipeline attacks ‘a warning of what’s to come’ if Iran standoff escalates, Baker Institute expert saysHOUSTON — (May 16, 2019) — U.S. officials have said they believe Iranian combat divers were behind the attacks on four oil tankers near the Persian Gulf over the weekend. The attacks close to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates – as well as a drone attack Tuesday on Saudi Arabia’s East-West pipeline — appear to target oil export infrastructure that lies outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz chokepoint, perhaps deliberately, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: University“Whoever’s behind these attacks seems to be signaling that no country’s oil exports are safe,” said Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies, who is available to discuss the oil and gas-related implications with the news media.“The attacks seem to demonstrate that, even though the UAE and Saudi have taken steps to mitigate risk, they’re still at risk,” said Krane, the author of “Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf.”“It’s a warning of what’s to come if this standoff between the U.S. and Iran escalates,” he said. “It’s a dangerous path to go down.”Krane, a member of the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies, specializes in energy geopolitics and energy consumption in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Krane, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327. The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available.Related materials:Krane bio: on Twitter: @jimkraneFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more