District Attorney will not charge officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez

first_imgEarlier Gascón filed charges against Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies who beat a man in a Mission District alley, but his office has never charged San Francisco Police Department officers involved in shootings of civilians. In the last five years there have been five police shootings in the Mission District. “It feels like they killed him all over again,” said Smith, adding that he is not surprised at the decision. “We have known all along that the DA was biased in favor of the police narrative….He clearly did not want to bring charges.”Smith said that the report focuses on a common police narrative in officer-involved shootings that “vilifies the people they kill.” He pointed to one section of the report in which Tiffe recounts making eye contact with Perez Lopez, who he alleged was drunk, and describing the look on his face as “bloodlust crazed.”“They made efforts to do that with Amilcar, who had no criminal record and was a law abiding hard working citizen,” said Smith. What the report also failed to mention, said Smith, is that both Reboli and Tiffe had previously been accused of  brutality in a civil suit.Smith also claimed that Gascón did not make good on a personal promise to notify him and other activists before announcing his decision and to walk them through the report.“He blew off that promise, which shows a disregard and lack of respect for the community that is hurting and traumatized,” said Smith.The investigation involved a use of force expert’s analysis as well as “analysis of forensic evidence relative to time, distance and motion in order to create an animation which compares the physical evidence with statements provided by the two officers involved in the shooting,” according to a statement released by the District Attorney’s office.According to police statements, Reboli and Tiffe responded to a 911 call about a man armed with a knife chasing another man on a bicycle, identified in the report as Abraham P and in other news media reports as Abraham Perez. The officers encountered Perez Lopez near his home on Folsom Street near 24th street on the evening of February 26, 2015. Perez Lopez was reportedly chasing Abraham Perez with a knife.Accounts by witnesses and police about the confrontation between the victim and Perez that led to the chase varied. The District Attorney’s findings explored the various statements, but offered video from a passing MUNI bus as evidence that Perez may have been blocking the victim’s path as he was trying to enter his home. Over the past two years, witnesses to the incident that include two of Perez Lopez’ roommates have stepped forward to testify that they heard Perez Lopez drop his knife when the officers approached and ordered him to do so. They said he had been running away from the officers moments before he was shot. Activists have often pointed to the fact that Perez Lopez was shot from behind as an indicator that the shooting was unjustified.But  the version of the encounter told by Reboli and Tiffe contradicts these testimonies. The officers said that Perez Lopez refused to drop his knife and was charging at them, prompting the officers to fire at him. The shots hit Perez Lopez in the back because he was turning away, officers said.  Gascón indicated today that the shooting could be defended whether Perez Lopez had been lunging at the officers or had already turned away. “Even if Mr. Perez Lopez was running away from the officers, thereby opening the door to the possibility that they did not have fear of their own safety, the direction he was running in would still give the the officers a reasonable belief that Abraham P. was in danger,” said Gascón referring to the allegation that the victim was running after Perez.Reporters pressed Gascón on whether the officers identified themselves. The report says the officers remember identifying themselves, and that Tiffe also said that if Perez Lopez did not understand them, he also had a police star hanging from a chain around his neck.  Gascón stressed that that recordings and witness accounts analyzed in the investigation show that the officers told Perez Lopez to drop the knife.“For the legal analysis, it really doesn’t matter whether they say “police” or they didn’t. They have their badges hanging – one had the badge clipped to the belt and the other had it hanging from a chain over his jacket,” he said. Activists have long held that Perez Lopez did not speak much Spanish, let alone English, and probably failed to understand what was happening as he was approached by plainclothes police officers speaking English. Gascón told reporters that Perez Lopez’s spoken English skills was not a big factor in his decision. “I don’t know if he understood or not, but I think it was clear there was a gun being pointed at him and they were giving him some direction,” Gascón responded. “Whether there was a language barrier or not I think would be purely speculation on our part.” Tags: Amilcar López-Pérez • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail The two San Francisco police officers who shot and killed Amilcar Perez Lopez in February 2014 will not be charged with any crimes.On Wednesday, District Attorney George Gascón’s announced his decision, which comes more than two years after two plainclothes police officers, Eric Reboli and Craig Tiffe, shot and killed the 21-year-old Guatemalan immigrant. In a report detailing the investigation, Gascón wrote that the evidence is insufficient to bring charges.“We will never know exactly what happened in those split seconds…and to whom he posed a threat,” said Gascón, addressing reporters during a press conference held Wednesday afternoon. “For the officers to be charged for the shooting death of Mr. Perez Lopez, we would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers did not act in self-defense or in the defense of others,” the District Attorney said. The exoneration comes amid mounting community pressure to hold officers involved in shootings and incidents of police brutality accountable. For the past year, a group of community members led by Father Richard Smith of St. John’s Episcopal Church have held weekly vigils outside of Mission Police Station calling for charges to be filed in Perez Lopez’ death.last_img read more

WITH one year exactly to go to the Rugby League Wo

first_imgWITH one year exactly to go to the Rugby League World Cup Final 2013, tournament organisers have announced that less than 10,000 of the ‘Early Bird’ tickets remain on sale.The Early Bird offer is a perfect Christmas Present. Fans buying a ticket for The Rugby League World Cup Final receive a £5 discount on every ticket and a RLWC2013 beanie which will be delivered in time for Christmas.The Rugby League World Cup Final takes place at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United on November 30 2013. Senior United players and Rugby League fans Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney took time out from training this week to show their support by being photographed with the Rugby League World Cup trophy.RLWC2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton said: “Old Trafford is a fantastic venue and one of the reasons that the final is selling so well, even with one year to go.“So well in fact, that if sales continue as they have been, the remaining 10,000 ‘Early Bird’ tickets will go before the December 17 deadline, so fans wanting be at the final really should buy now.”RLWC2013 Ticketing Manager, Kevan Williams added: “We have been really busy selling tickets every day since they went on sale. We’ve sold tickets across the country and worldwide. Only 31% of sales have been in Super League towns and cities and we’ve had fans as far away as Australia, Russia, the USA and even Japan buying tickets.”You can buy your tickets at www.rlwc2013.comlast_img read more

Speakers discuss to drill or not to drill

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — To drill or not to drill? That was the question at the center of a discussion Tuesday night at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington.Two speakers, former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister and explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, gave their perspectives on the topic at the sold out event which was followed by a question and answer session.- Advertisement – Here is a little bit of what each speaker had to say about offshore drilling at the event:“There are so many opportunities to stop the oil industry and focus on all the other industries that can be created without the emission of CO2,” Cousteau said.“Oil and gas, we know what to do,” Hofmeister said. “We know how to do it. We know how to do it safely. We know how to take the risk out of oil and gas and it creates huge, great jobs — huge numbers of great jobs.”Related Article: CFPUA releases statement surrounding energy plant dam breachBefore Tuesday night’s discussion officially began, the Wilmington-based citizen’s action group Save Our Sea hosted a rally outside the Wilson Center to oppose offshore drilling.An organizer said the group wanted to make their voices heard in a respectful, civil way.“A lot of the speculation is that it’s a jobs versus anti-jobs when it’s not,” Save Our Sea Co-Founder Bruce Holsten said. “What it is is preserving the integrity of our beaches and our ocean and the livelihoods of the majority of the people who work in this coastal community.”Holsten added that Save Our Sea plans to have many events in the future.For more information about other events coming to the Wilson Center, click here.For more information about Save Our Sea, click here.last_img read more

ONLY ON WWAY Professor talks JFK assassination documents conspiracies

first_img “To me there are so many possibilities about what happened with JFK and the assassination” UNCW Professor David Bollinger said.Possibilities that may or may not be uncovered with the release of the secret documents. But where do these theories come from?“Their explanations are incomplete, they leave holes in their explanations. They won’t continue to answer further questions, and out of that conspiracy theories pop up. And JFK is classic,” Bollinger said.Related Article: Stocks rise along with optimism over US-China trade talksUNCW Professor Bollinger finds conspiracy theories so interesting he teaches a class on them.“It’s such a big part of our popular culture. I mean it’s just huge and it has to be studied, it has to be looked at,” Bollinger said.One student taking the class is writing a paper on the JFK murder.He said he signed up to take the rhetoric of conspiracy because it was something unique.“I didn’t really expect to see something like that because normally it’s like other types of course like art and music or random things like that, but yeah conspiracy theories were interesting,” student Matthew Floyd said.Professor Bollinger said he is curious to see what the files might reveal.“I think it will be helpful. There will defiantly be some cool things in there, but again I just don’t see it flipping the world upside down,” Bollinger said.He also said people enjoy the mystery behind conspiracies.“This notion of realizing that sometimes things are not as they seem,” Bollinger said.The President hasn’t made clear whether he’ll allow the full release or block certain files from being published. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Classified documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are expected to be released tomorrow.But could they hold the missing pieces?- Advertisement – last_img read more

Adult kickball in Wilmington still kicking after ten years

first_img Through three different nine week seasons, folks of all different ages and athletic abilities kick it in this social league.While it is fondly remembered as a game from their youth, these players learn quickly they aren’t kids anymore“The biggest thing is you don’t realize how sore you get,” Castillo said. “After the first game, everyone comes in thinking it’s going to be like when you were in elementary school just kicking it around in the playground. But the next day you feel it. Your legs are definitely sore and stuff.”“The first thing I do is say, ‘Hey, stretch.’ It’s always fun,” League Community Coordinator Robert McIntosh said. “Everyone knows the rules. We have little particular stuff just to keep it safe and fun and everyone has a blast.”These players still fight through the pain while blowing off some steam and having a great time doing it. If you’re interested in joining, don’t just take our word for it, the sights and sounds speak for themselves!“You can come out as a team or as an individual and just sign up,” McIntosh said. “So if you’re new to town and don’t have anyone to go to, sign up and come out. You’re going to get put on a team, you’re going to meet 16-26 people at least on your team. Then you can meet quite a bit more on everyone else’s team when we go to the bars after and be social like that.”For more information on the league, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When driving down South Front Street in Wilmington for the past ten years, one can’t help but see grown adults playing a childhood game with the same enthusiasm as someone in elementary school. This is kickball.“It’s a lot of fun but it’s still competitive at the same time,” DC Castillo said. “There’s a lot of people changing teams so it becomes a big community in a way. It’s been a really fun thing to be a part of.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Wrightsville Beach PinPoint Restaurant nominated for Southern Living contest

first_imgCover of Southern Living WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and PinPoint restaurant need your help!  They are all nominated for “Southern Living” magazine ‘South’s Best 2019’ contest.Wilmington is nominated in the category of ‘South’s Best City,’ PinPoint is nominated as one of the South’s best restaurants, and Wrightsville Beach is nominated as ‘South’s Best Beach.’- Advertisement – To vote your favorite go to www.southernliving.com/southsbestvote.last_img

Meet Boomhauer a 4yearold pup with lots of energy

first_img Boomhauer responds well to commands and is already crate trained and potty trained. He is up to date on all of his shots and ready to find a home!If you’d like to meet him, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. County residents can adopt for $70. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.As a reminder,  New Hanover County Animal Services now allows pet owners to pay for their pet registration online.Related Article: Pet Pals: 2-year-old Chihuahua mix searching for a fur-ever home!To see more animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you love to be active and you’re looking to add a four-legged friend to your family, this week’s Pet Pal may be the perfect fit.Meet Boomhauer. He is named after a character on “King of the Hill” and has lots of energy. He’s a Lab mix with a black and tan coat.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence

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) — After a Navy career lasting 20 years, a Wilmington veteran is receiving a major salute for his service, and it couldn’t come at a better time.Hank Weaver lost his roof to Hurricane Florence, and a loved one had received a life-changing diagnosis.- Advertisement – Friday morning, Step Up for Soldiers and Monarch Roofing surprised Weaver, announcing they will construct a new roof at his home in Wilmington.Weaver’s girlfriend has been battling breast cancer, making it hard for him to balance priorities.Weaver said he’ll be forever grateful, and that this act of service lifts a huge weight off of his shoulders.Related Article: Couple helping with Florence recovery loses home in CA wildfire“I’m so thankful,” Weaver said. “There’s not enough words. I can’t put into words what this really means to me. It’s not… the feeling… it would take forever to explain the feelings that I’m feeling.”Weaver couldn’t fully describe the feeling, but he said it’s something like being on cloud nine.Monarch Roofing expects to have the roof installed by Veterans Day.last_img read more

Photos The Auxiliary Bishop during a Pastoral Visit in Ta Xbiex

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritratti Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritratti Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritratti Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritrattiThe Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi has recently concluded his Pastoral Visit in the Parish of Saint John of the Cross, in Ta’ Xbiex.During a statement, the Archdiocese of Malta said that the Bishop has met with residents who attended Sunday’s Mass, which was also accompanied by many children.Long the three days he spent in Ta’ Xbiex, the Bishop met with parents and families, catechists, and pastoral attendants. He also met with the community of the Theresian Carmelites, which manages the parish.WhatsApplast_img read more

Best antivirus apps

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Zuckerberg Now Owns 293 Percent Of Facebook Representing 18 Billion

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook announced in an SEC filing that founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg now owns 29.3 percent of Facebook shares (NASDAQ:FB), up from a 28.2 percent stake on the day of the IPO. With 632.7 million shares currently trading at $28.50, it represents a bit more than $18 billion.Remaining the largest shareholder is one of Zuckerberg’s most impressive achievements, not only for his personal wealth, but for his voting power as well.Back in May when Facebook started trading, its founder used to own 443 million shares and 60 million unexercised options. As the company’s shares started trading at $38 a share, it represented $16.9 billion, making him one of the youngest multi-billionaires. Again, this is only for his stock-based wealth. – Advertisement – Even though the stock had a roller coaster year and the company recently released more shares, Zuckerberg increased his wealth in shares thanks to stock-based compensation. Shares were trading above $30 a share for most of the month of January. Now at $28.50, it seems like Facebook shares have finally found a stable price around the $30 mark.Facebook’s IPO price was $38 a share when the company started trading in May. But in August, the stock fell to its lowest price at the time — $19.69 — as the initial lockup expiration of 271 million shares kicked in. Other lockup expirations brought a few days of downturn.Yet, investors looking for short-term profit based on potential share price drops and short sellinghave slowly moved away from Facebook shares since October, leaving committed investors on board. These days, price changes reflect more closely product updates and earnings.Back in September, Zuckerberg declared that he wouldn’t sell his shares for the next 12 months in order to dampen lockup expirations and drive confidence. That’s why his virtual wealth will continue to increase and decrease alongside Facebook shares in the coming months.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

Google also working on A Smart Watch

first_imgAdvertisement The Android unit of Google has revealed that it is working on  a wearable smartphone to rival Apple’s iWatch. Wearable technology has become an increasingly hot topic, with Apple ’s iWatch and the smart spectacles Google Glass dominating the headlines.Whilst Google Glass has been tested in public and is due for launch towards the end of this year, details about Apple’s iWatch have come from a series of rumors and supposed leaks. Some reports have said the iWatch is heading into production, whereas others have suggested it is still a number of years away.Similarly, a Google smart watch has not been confirmed, but is working on has not been confirmed, but came via an insider briefing. – Advertisement – The leak would, however, seem to be confirmed by the fact that last year Google had a patent application approved for a “smart watch” with dual-screen “flip-up display”, and a camera. The patent filing also mentioned a “tactile user interface” – or touchscreen.The reported Google device is separate from the Samsung smartwatch, which the Korean firm this week confirmed that it is working on.The challenge facing smart watch designers is miniaturisation. All the main technologies – screens, processors, GPS, mobile software, Bluetooth wireless networking – are already mature and in mass use.The problem is fitting them into something small enough to look stylish on a wrist.Credit: Business Insiderlast_img read more

Google Inc to launch a mobile network

first_imgAdvertisement Web and search giant Google, is  planning to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the United States.This was revealed by technology site The Information, citing three people familiar with the matter.The tech giant is expected to sign wholesale deals with Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US, the country’s third and fourth largest mobile operators by subscribers, respectively. – Advertisement – The MVNO project, which has been code-named ‘Nova’, is reportedly being overseen by long-time Google executive Nick Fox.According to news sources, Commercial offerings could be introduced as early as this year.The service will initially be available in markets where the company already offers 1Gbps Google Fiber broadband connections, namely Kansas City, Provo, and Utah.The sign-up process got underway in Austin, Texas last month.Previously scheduled launches—including one in October 2014—have been delayed.last_img read more

Google tops tech companies rankings in respect of users rights and privacy

first_imgThe 2015 ranking digital rights corporate accountability index evaluates 16 of the world’s most powerful internet and telecommunication companies on their public commitments and disclosed policies affecting user’s freedom of expression and privacy. Advertisement How well are the biggest tech companies upholding your rights and privacy? A long-term study published Tuesday ranks the likes of Google and Facebook based on dozens of criteria, from what data they collect and sell to how they handle government requests.The Ranking Digital Rights organization, funded by several foundations that support public media and research, spent much of 2015 assessing 16 major Internet and telecommunications companies, following more than a year of researching how best to do so — what questions to ask, how to weight various factors, and so on.The resulting Corporate Accountability Index can be boiled down to the overall ranking you see above, but each rating is divided into many smaller ones. Each company has a more detailed write-up and ranking within each category. – Advertisement – Facebook, for example, scored fairly well itself on numerous measures, but couldn’t or wouldn’t provide enough data regarding the operations of Instagram and WhatsApp, two services it acquired in the last few years.Google sits at the top, but the study warns that this only means it generally did better than its peers — peers “whose performance nonetheless remains unsatisfactory.” In other words, it’s a good start but far from a knockout.Companies also received partial credit for being honest about a controversial policy, even if that policy is potentially harmful to users. AT&T, for example, got points for admitting it prioritizes or degrades certain data streams for various reasons — not a good thing to do, but at least the company doesn’t hide it.[related-posts]Overall, nearly every company was a mixed bag of pluses and minuses — but China’s Tencent and Russia’s Mail.ru, with few policies or stances supporting free expression and privacy, ended up at the bottom of the heap.This “phase 1” study covered tech and telecoms, but RDR is working on a sequel that examines “software, device, and networking equipment companies.” It should be completed in 2016.[NBC News]last_img read more

Ministry of ICT and NITA Uganda Urge on Adoption of Open Source

first_imgAdvertisement Increased awareness, integration and adoption of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Uganda, both by government and the private sector is key to improved service delivery by government, reduced cost of public service deliver as well as improve competitiveness of Uganda’s ICT and ICT Enabled Services (ITES), Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda’s ICT and National Guidance Minister has said.Speaking at the 7th annual conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons – IDLELO 7 summit at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Tumwebaze said that as Uganda seeks to increase her share of the global ICT/ITES, there’s need to find new ways of doing business and FOSS presents fresh opportunities for the country.“As a government, we’re very serious on improving services delivery to our people and this requires that we look into more affordable means of serving our people. Presently, government has been spending over $400 million annually on commercial software from the likes of Oracle Systems and Microsoft Corp. Adopting the use of FOSS, will result into enormous savings that can be re-injected into other underfunded areas,” he said. – Advertisement – Tumwebaze added that ICT has received the backing of the highest political leadership and currently features predominantly in the 23 national priorities for the next five years recently adopted by Cabinet as an extension of the 17 priorities pronounced by the President upon acceptance of this new five year mandate.“While on a state visit to the US recently, H.E the President of Uganda committed to the proposal to use cheaper yet equally efficient Open Source Software as opposed to the current policy of relying heavily on proprietary Software, which are far too expensive.”IDLELO7 which is being held under the theme, “Open Source Solution for Open Government and Open Data in Africa” has brought together a lineup of over 200 participants working on FOSS projects, platforms and rapidly evolving social networks tools and applications drawn from the government,, the academia and the private sector the share FOSS best practice, experiences as well as strategies to make it work for Africa.The conference is sponsored by the National Information Technology Uganda (NITA-Uganda) in association with the Ministry of ICT and the Free Open Source Software Foundation for Africa.1 of 11 “As an emerging economy, in our vision 2040, we have set ambitious targets to substantially increase the proportion of ICT goods to total exports from below 5% to 40% by 2040 and this requires a significant shift in the way we approach ICT investments as a country,” Frank said. “We need did benchmark against countries such as Malaysia, who by promoting FOSS, have been able to reduce software costs significantly by 80% on licensing fees, 58% in software development and 7% on software support services totaling an overall cost reduction of 30.5% in 2006. Today, Malaysia’s proportion of ICT goods to total exports stands at an astronomical 45%.”Commenting on the significance of the conference to Uganda and Africa in general, Mr. Seun Ojedeji, the Chair Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa said, “This conference serves as a platform to build skills and network of FOSS players in Africa, focusing on technology and brings a wide spectrum of FOSS players in an intensive skill-sharing environments, laying the path for mutual understanding and collaboration.”On NITA-U sponsorship of the summit, James Saaka, the ED NITA said that despite the enormous economic and development benefits of FOSS to users and software developers in government and the private sector, the acceptance levels were still low especially in government.“FOSS promises a positive contribution to the software ecosystem of developing counties that are keen on expanding their markets, diversifying their technology base and developing their indigenous capacity and local human capital,” said James.James adds, “today, there exist several popular, high quality, secure and easily customizable FOSS application such as WordPress, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Open Office and VLC compatible to the Windows and MAC OS environment that we can and should adopt as government and the private sector, thereby be able to save on both costs of acquisition and maintenance and the re-directing these savings to other areas.”A 2012 survey by NITA showed that the top 5 computer application by government and the private sector were all proprietary software. Most respondents reported on using mostly Microsoft OS systems with Windows XP and Windows 7 being used by 58% and 56% respectively. Microsoft Office is used by 66% of respondents, while Kaspersky was the antivirus software solution of choice with 44% reporting its usage. Microsoft SQL Server was the preferred server solution.James said that whereas currently, some Uganda governments Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as educational institutions have adopted the Open Source Software model and solutions such as Linux and Open Medical Record System there’s still over-reliance on proprietary software, largely influenced by little knowledge about the alternatives, which is why, the ICT Ministry has already developed a FOSS Policy and Strategy to provide guidance on the deployment of Open Source Software and the use of Open Standards in government.“Among others, the policy states that where there’s no significant overall cost differnece between open and non-open source products, open source will be selected on the basis of its additional inherent flexibility,” James said.He added saying that, the government will,, wherever possible, avoid becoming locked in to proprietary software. In particular it will take exit, re-bid and re-build costs into account in procurement decisions and will require those proposing proprietary software to specify how exit would be achieved.The policy also dictates that all IT investments shall have to comply with Open Standards unless specific project requirements preclude use of an Open Standard or if the Open Standards are not appropriate.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_imgWelcome 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.Wednesday 18 DecemberPlenty of support for the Henderson horses today. His day started well with Dawalan winning at Newbury.12.40 NewburyMidnight Prayer 2/1 > 7/412.50 LudlowBenbens 9/4 > 7/41.10 NewburyJossies Hill 6/4 > 5/42.15 NewburyHadrian’s Approach 3/1 > 7/4 (inc R4)2.45 NewburyTistory 11/8 rock solid4.20 KemptonMiguel Grau 3/1 > 5/2FOOTBALLTottenham well supported tonight against West Ham despite no AVBWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

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TALES FROM THE RING Cheltenham Saturday

first_imgCHELTENHAM SATURDAY: Simon Nott reports from day two of the Showcase Meeting at Cheltenham – direct from the Star Sports pitch. Day 1 went the way of the punters – but it’s a meeting of two halves so how would Saturday fare?We got to the racecourse early today, bolstered by coffee, much needed in my case. I had to share a room with Ricky, in the end I decamped to the couch downstairs. A guy snoring with a cackle that every breath could be his last was not conducive to sleep. That task not made easier when awash with Coke Zero adhering to my self-imposed dry October.On arrival it became apparent that Cheltenham’s climate had definitely taken a wintery turn overnight.It was somewhat warmer in the Centaur where I went in search of Darren ‘Birdie’ Bird (https://birdieracinggifts.co.uk). He was setting up for a day cartooning racegoers. He’s passionate about his racing and happily agreed to a #BettingPeople interviewee in the near future. Watch this space.2:00 ‘Matchbook Betting Exchange’ Handicap ChaseThe opener wasn’t an easy heat for either bookie or punter, no big stakes or liabilities and five losers in the book.Relentless Dreamer winning at 16/1 was just the tonic the betting ring needed after yesterday’s results, Saturday being busier would be the right day for a reversal in fortunes.2:35 Masterson Holdings HurdleWe had a surprise when a punter came up with £2000 bet, not for here at Cheltenham but on Imaging in the 3.05 at Leopardstown which we laid him at 13/8 and another punter with £5000 – £1000 Weekender in the 2.20 at Newbury.No sooner was that laid a punter came in for £3000 – £2000 Gumball here. The day was warming up.The good news from Newbury was that the Weekender cash stayed in the bag as the Gosden charge was the first one beaten. Too early to say it was shaping up to be a good day.Apart from the fact it was cold and raining, proper jumping weather! Back to the racing, by off we’d laid another grand on Gumball but this time at its tumbled to price of evens. For the happy but damp mood to continue we needed it beaten.Mike Cattermole commentating reported that Richard Johnson was ‘riding patiently’ on the jolly. In reality it had no response when asked, eventually finishing out of the frame behind 5/1 winner Pearl Of The West. That was an excellent result despite still having 11/2 on the board at the off. Come racing.3:10 Randox Health Handicap ChaseBetting for the next was lively and competitive at around 10/3 the field in a seven-runner race. Over at Leopardstown the £2000 Imaging stayed in the can when a sharp drift late on and a chinning on the line went our way.The glory didn’t last long, at the off back here at Cheltenham Modus was the worst in the book for nearly three grand. The bogie looked like winning over last then 20/1 right result Duke of Navan took it up by half a length on the run-in. ‘Aye Aye – he’s got him’ shouted Ricky from the joint. Bloody hell Ricky, how long have you been in the game? One of the cardinal sins, a premature Aye Aye, especially at Cheltenham. Yes we all know that Ricky’s impromptu celebration wasn’t to blame for Modus getting up and a £6000 turnaround, but someone has to take the flack, especially when it’s cold and wet. RICKY!3:45 Pertemps Network Handicap HurdleThe rain was tipping down which probably didn’t help the 11/2 the field event which was a pretty non-eventful betting heat. We had six losers at the off, none of which was 16/1 winner The Mighty Don that got home by a short head in a thrilling finish collaring 22/1 Sykes on the line. It was a small cop in the book but put us back in the game.4:20 Randox Health Novices’ HurdleNext up Dinons which opened 5/6 but quickly collapsed into 8/11 then bounced to 10/11 before shortening to 4/6 at the off, having chased it out and followed the move in it was just a modest loser at the off. During the race a clerk from another rails firm came up to me and said that his team had 5/6 the jolly on the board when a punter came in with a monkey in cash and begged 4/5. I asked why they did and he just smiled.The way Dinons won, doing metaphorical handstands any price would have been value.4:55 Move Over To Matchbook Novices’ ChaseJust the four runners in the penultimate but tight betting with Monbeg Legend heading the market at 7/4 in early skirmishes.Recent #BettingPeople interviewee Baz ‘Pinno’ was betting at the ‘wrong’ end of the rail. ‘The rain’s killed it’ he lamented but with bristly smile as is he way, before adding ‘I’m still just in front though’.Business back at the Star Sports pitch was also modest but steady. At the off we just had the jolly losing, in the right and proper manner.Ricky hadn’t learned his lesson, calling ‘He’s pissed in’ regarding Cubomania this time before he’d even jumped the last. Luckily, Sod didn’t evoke his law this time, Gordon Elliot’s charge went on to win at 10/3, more importantly the favourite was beaten and another cop was registered in the book. Ricky looked over in triumph expecting to be exonerated his previous misdemeanour, not a chance, you just got away with it this time.5:30 Jockey Club Ownership Syndicate Standard Open NH Flat RaceThe lucky last looked promising, a competitive bumper, betting around 3/1 the field and the rain had stopped.There was an early flurry of money for Strong Glance into 5/2 though not to bundles, at least not with us. To be fair the majority of the ring, fingers numbing and toes tingling looked to be longing for the glow of their light boards to be that of an open fire. ‘It’s gone quiet’ reported Helen Barnes on the front row, and it had, seemingly one race too many for the punters, or maybe just too hard.And so it was, lowest field of the day, at the off we had Robyndzone, Strong Glance and Northern Bound losers. The 5/2 jolly won and we did a monkey on the race, leaving us small winners on the day but losers on the two. Still it’s only a warm up for next month. See you all back here in November.And finally, we’d all like to wish Geoff Banks congratulations and future happiness after his nuptials today.SIMON NOTT Biggest disappointment of the day so far was that Tony Calvin (pictured) blocked me on twitter for putting up a counter argument to his. Lighten up Tony, it’s a game of opinions!center_img Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday 20 March

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Wednesday 20 March2.10 HaydockChambard 15/8 > 11/103.40 Market RasenStar Foot 15/2 > 7/24.00 ChepstowMercy Mercy Me 6/4 > 10/11LIVE FOOTBALLInternational Friendly19:45 Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Premier League2/5 Germany11/2 Serbia15/4 DRAWInternational Friendly19:45 S4C / Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event2/7 Wales11/1 Trinidad & Tobago9/2 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

US should reevaluate definition of skilled workers in immigration policy

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduUS should re-evaluate definition of skilled workers in immigration policyHOUSTON – (June 26, 2014) – New immigration research from Rice University, the University of North Carolina and the Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies suggests the U.S. should re-evaluate its definition of skilled workers to include informal skills of migrant workers.The study, “Identifying and Measuring the Lifelong Human Capital of ‘Unskilled’ Migrants in the Mexico-U.S. Migrator Circuit,” draws on a binational multistage research project that involved interviews with 320 Mexican migrants and return migrants in North Carolina and Guanajuato, Mexico. The study identifies lifelong human capital – knowledge and technical and social skills – acquired and transferred throughout these migrants’ careers.The researchers discovered that skills among these migrants not only include basic education and English, but also technical and social skills and competencies acquired informally on and off the job throughout their lives – skills that are used in construction, domestic, retail and hospitality work.Sergio Chavez, assistant professor of sociology at Rice and one of the study’s co-authors, noted that when these life skills are acquired through education or another accredited process, it is advantageous to the migrant worker. Chavez said that current U.S. immigration policy gives preference to these “skilled” immigrants who rank high on traditional human capital characteristics, such as education levels and other formal credentials, and allows them to enter the U.S.; but the policy limits the entry of “unskilled” migrants, a categorization that ignores the substantial informal skills they bring to U.S. labor markets.“Unlike migrants whose human capital is largely acquired in formal learning environments leading to credentialed and organized knowledge, we discovered that migrants in our study with low levels of education acquire most of their skills informally through interaction and observation both on and off the job,” Chavez said. “This is not to say that migrants with formal credentials do not acquire some skills informally before migration, but that for migrants with low levels of formal education, job skills are learned predominantly in informal social contexts rather than classrooms and thus are often hidden skills. It is therefore especially important that the assessment of migrant welfare gains according to models of human capital account for the acquisition of lifelong human capital.”Chavez and his co-authors said the study has broad implications for migration policies of both the U.S. and Mexico. “These individuals with skills acquired informally often have much to contribute to the U.S. labor markets,” Chavez said. “Unfortunately, current immigration policies severely limit the number of these individuals who can enter the U.S.”Chavez said that instead of focusing only on the continued expansion of immigration policy preferences for narrowly defined skilled migrants, the U.S. government needs to consider more carefully what is meant by “skilled workers” and design fairer and more effective immigration policies that match their abilities to the specific needs of U.S. industry and thereby recognize the economic contributions of all migrants within a lifelong human capital framework.The study will be featured in more depth in a forthcoming book, “Skills of the Unskilled: Work and Social Mobility Among Mexican Migrants” (University of California Press).The study’s lead author was Jacqueline Hagan, the Robert G. Parr Distinguished Term Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill; the co-author was Jean Luc Demonsant at the Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies in [city/country]. The study was funded by UNC Carolina Population Center, the UNC Research Council and the research program of the Mexican Higher Education Secretary and is available online at http://jmhs.cmsny.org/index.php/jmhs/article/view/26.-30-Related materials:Sergio Chavez bio: http://sociology.rice.edu/chavez/For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-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. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more