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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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RCMP arrest suspect in Charlie Lake in connection to Pouce Coupe murder

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North District Major Crimes Unit has arrested a male in Charlie Lake in connection with the death of Troy Streeper.On Friday Jessie Romeo Fougere was charged with manslaughter, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.  Then on December 8, investigators determined that Fougere was in residence in Charlie Lake.  The residence was contained with assistance from the Fort St. John RCMP, North District Major Crimes, and the RCMP Emergency Response Team.After an extensive attempt at negotiation, the RCMP Emergency Response Team entered the residence and arrested the suspect. On February 16, 2017, the RCMP started their investigation into the suspicious death of Troy Streeper in Pouce Coupe.  Streeper was 55 years old and a resident of Dawson Creek.  The RCMP believe Fougere and Streeper were known to each other.Fougere made his first court appearance in Dawson Creek on December 9 and is now scheduled to appear in Dawson Creek Provincial Court December 11 at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Visions Voices with Medium Tania Thomas

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Medium Tania Thomas will be bringing her live show, Visions & Voices to the Lido theatre, Thursday, April 4th.Thomas is an internationally known Spiritual Medium and Intuitive Life Coach. Thomas believes that each person should leave her session or live event feeling better than they did when they first walked in.Visions & Voices event will feature selected readings by Thomas alongside the music of the Sarah Smith Musical Duo. This evening is said to be uplifting, inspiring and comforting. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show ends at 9:30 pm “Events such as these very often create a deeper sense of community. People are involved in the very personal aspects of private stories and the empathy is incredible,” said Thomas “Friendships are made, supports are discovered and people learn that it’s ok to cry, it’s ok to be honest in grief and to allow others the opportunity to offer support.”Thomas shares she is a natural born medium, with a “give it as I get it” motto allowing the words that your loved ones wish to say to come forward unfiltered and true. Thomas’s intention is to change the way that you view life following physical death.  To bring some comfort, reminders of small joys and direction to your life as you move through the grief.For a link to the FB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Veteran actor Chinmoy Roy no more

first_imgKolkata: Veteran Bengali actor Chinmoy Roy has died, family sources said Monday. He was 79. Roy died of cardiac arrest at his Salt Lake residence at around 10:20 pm Sunday, they said. Roy is survived by his son and daughter, his wife actress Jui Banerjee had died a few years back. Born in Kumilla district in present day Bangladesh in 1940, Roy had started his career in Bengali films in the 60s and became indispensable to the film makers for his portrayal of comic characters retaining the very essence of Bengaliness and a certain culture. He was equally noticed along with big names like Soumitra Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh in a classic comedy like Basanta Bilap or in Dhonni Meye. Roy had been cast by Satyajit Ray in a small role in children’s fantasy Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. He immortalised the character of Tenyda in the film Charmurti which became a major hit in the 1980s.last_img read more

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JNU sedition Delhi govt seeks months time to grant sanction to prosecute

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday sought before a court here a month’s time to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat directed the AAP government to file a “proper reply”, citing a definite time-frame. DCP of Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, had earlier told the court that the agency has already sent a request to the Delhi government seeking sanction and added that sanction was an administrative action and the charge sheet can be filed without that. The Delhi Police had earlier told the court that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute Kumar and others in the case, and it would take two to three months to procure sanctions. On January 14, police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.last_img read more

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Ktaka students who missed NEET will get another chance Javadekar

first_imgNew Delhi: Karnataka students who missed the medical entrance examination NEET on Sunday due to a train delay will get another chance, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday.The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for these students will be conducted on May 20, he said. The decision was taken following a request by Karanataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. “Happy to announce that Karnataka students who missed NEET exam due to railway delay will get another chance,” Javadekar tweeted. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAlso, in Odisha, where the NEET was postponed in view of the cyclone ‘Fani’, the exam will be conducted on May 20, he said. In West Bengal’s Siliguri, where students at one exam centre couldn’t take the test because they didn’t get the question paper in the opted language Hindi, the reexamination will be held on the same day, the minister said. The NEET for admission to medical colleges was held across the country on Sunday. But hundreds of students from Karnataka missed the exam as their train reached Bengaluru an hour after the scheduled reporting time for the exam. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadKumaraswamy held a meeting Monday with Chief Secretary T M Vijaya Bhaskar and Higher Education Department officials on the issue and raised the matter with the HRD ministry. Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda also wrote to Javadekar, seeking an early redress to the students’ grievance. Chief Minister Kumarswamy’s office tweeted, “Thank you @PrakashJavdekar and @HRDMinistry for considering the request and helping our students.” Some reports said over 500 students from various places in North Karnataka districts failed to make it to the exam venue due to a five-hour delay in Hampi Express while the others missed the opportunity due to a change in an exam centre. Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had tweeted on Sunday highlighting the issue. He had tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet. The National Testing Agency, which is conducting the NEET the first time, has announced exam centres will remain the same.”On request of the government of Odisha, in the wake of ‘Fani’ cyclone the exam for candidates whose centre was in the state was postponed till further notice. It will now be conducted on May 20,” an NTA official said. “The centres for the exam will remain same as announced earlier,” the official said.last_img read more

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Top JeM commander among 5 killed in JK gunfight

first_imgSrinagar: Three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants, including a top commander who masterminded the 2017 attack on a CRPF camp, a soldier and a civilian were killed in a gunfight on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.”The slain militants have been identified as two locals, Naseer Pandit and Umar Mir and a Pakistani Khalid Bhai. Khalid was a top JeM commander and he had masterminded the 2017 attack on the CRPF camp in Lethpora in which five troopers were killed,” police sources said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe civilian victim was identified as Rayees Ahmad Dar, son of the owner of a house where the militants were hiding. While Dar’s brother Muhammad Younis, sustained a gunshot injury.According to the sources, two soldiers and were also injured. The gunfight started in Dalipora village early Thursday morning after security forces including Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Central Reserve Police Force (CR PF) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police, started a cordon and search operation following a tip-off about the militants.Amid massive clashes near the gunfight site and adjoining areas, authorities have imposed curfew in Pulwama town and suspended mobile Internet services.Mobile internet speed has also been brought down in Srinagar city to prevent uploading of inflammatory pictures and posts.last_img read more

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A disabled campaigner who has been refused permiss

first_imgA disabled campaigner who has been refused permission to apply for a vital disability benefit in a way that is accessible to him has begun legal proceedings against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Graham Kirwan has been told that he is unable to communicate via email as he attempts to claim personal independence payment (PIP).Kirwan had previously been a long-term claimant of disability living allowance (DLA) but had his payments suspended when he failed to respond to letters asking him to apply for PIP, letters that he says he never received and that would not have been accessible to him anyway.Kirwan, who is partially-sighted, has computer software that can magnify text, but it does not generally work with scanned or PDF documents.He has been told by DWP to use the charity Citizens Advice to help with his application for PIP – which is gradually replacing working-age DLA – but he wants to fill in the form himself, so he can take responsibility for the accuracy of the answers.And he points to DWP guidance that states that email is an acceptable alternative for communication for people with his access needs.Kirwan says that while most people can fill in their PIP claim form with a pen costing just 10 pence (DWP provides a free envelope and postage), he has spent £1,200 equipping himself with the necessary technology to communicate effectively, as well as facing annual costs of about another £700.He said: “In this instance the disability is being deliberately created by the DWP. I have no communication disability? when allowed to use email and assistive software.“Email is cost effective and creates independence, choice and control?.“Using Citizens Advice when I can do something for myself is using up their valuable resources and my limited time?.“Although they may be experts in the field of compiling forms, it only takes one mistake (by a first-time volunteer)? on their part for me to fail to be awarded PIP.“The responsibility would be mine, as I am forced to sign a piece of paper which I cannot be 100 per cent sure is correct.”Kirwan has told DWP that completing forms over the telephone or through a home visit from a civil servant places him at a substantial disadvantage to other disabled people, while he has been told that forms completed over the telephone would still need to be sent to him to be read and signed.He has told DWP in a legal letter that “the DWP system for sending and receiving information to blind and partially sighted people is at best ad hoc and prone to consistent failure”.Kirwan, who represents Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living on accessible information issues, has already secured one legal victory over a government department, after a threatened judicial review led to the Department of Health publishing its first accessible information standard earlier this year.A DWP spokeswoman confirmed that the department had received Kirwan’s email, but she said she was unable to comment further because of the legal nature of the complaint.last_img read more

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The future of the governments Access to Work AtW

first_imgThe future of the government’s Access to Work (AtW) disability employment scheme is in jeopardy because of “bureaucratic incompetence” and a cost-cutting drive to reduce people’s support packages, according to new research.The report, commissioned by Inclusion London, found that “shocking levels of delay, error, and the de-skilling of staff” were putting Deaf and disabled people’s jobs at risk.The Barriers to Work report, written by disabled researcher and campaigner Catherine Hale, is based on a survey of 320 AtW customers – more than half of whom were Deaf or had hearing impairments – which was carried out last year by the campaign group StopChanges2AtW*.Hale said the AtW scheme – set up in 1994 and providing disabled people with funding to pay for some of the extra disability-related expenses they face at work – was “a cornerstone of the movement for equality and civil rights for Deaf and disabled people in the UK”.But her report concludes that the programme has been “beset with so much bureaucratic incompetence and obstructionism in recent years that, in many respects, Access to Work is no longer fit for purpose”.Marsha de Cordova, a disabled Labour MP and her party’s new shadow minister for disabled people, told a parliamentary event held to launch the report that “poor policy” and “severe cuts” had left the scheme “unworkable for so many of us”.She said the reviews that led to people’s packages being cut “ultimately will result in many Deaf and disabled people being unable to stay in or retain their work”.De Cordova (pictured, speaking at the event), who said she had benefited from AtW support through most of her career, said: “This scheme, as we all know, is a fundamental part of employing Deaf and disabled people and ensuring that we can stay in work.”She said her own experiences ranged from the programme being “very good to being poor and incredibly frustrating”, and added: “They make it so difficult to be assessed for support.”She said: “I intend in my role, just as an activist, because I am first and foremost a disability rights activist, to press on the government to ensure that they adequately fund this scheme, but also they have to address, they have to reverse, all of the stripping away of cuts, because without that the scheme is not going to work and we will not see more Deaf and disabled people into work.”One of the aspects the report warns about is the imposition of a cap – currently £42,100 – on annual AtW packages, which already affects new claimants but will not affect existing customers until next April.The cap is expected to affect 200 AtW customers, of whom about 90 per cent will be Deaf or have hearing loss.StopChanges2AtW believes this will discourage employers from recruiting Deaf people, increase the likelihood of discrimination, and reduce equality of opportunity.Paul Redfern, the British Deaf Association’s senior community development manager, told the launch event that a number of Deaf professionals had lost their registrations because they were not given enough interpreting support by AtW to maintain their “continuing professional development”.He said the new cap meant that Deaf people would be forced “to leave work and be replaced by hearing people”, and he added: “Employers will become more and more reluctant to employ Deaf members of staff because they will be seen as expensive.”Penny Parker, who uses Access to Work, and is employed by the disabled people’s organisation Equal Lives, had her account of her AtW experiences read by Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, as she was not able to attend the launch event.She said she couldn’t fault the scheme when she began claiming support in 2010, but since AtW began to review her package towards the end of 2015 she said her experience had been “horrendous”, and ended – after a year – with a package “that meant I go to work less and pay more”.Parker, who is totally blind, said one adviser had “felt the need to question why I don’t drive myself to work”.The process had affected her job, her mental health, her relationship with her support workers, the taxi company that drives her to work, and her family and private life.She said: “I was so impressed by the scheme when I set out in 2010. Now it’s a sham and disables rather than enables disabled people to work.”Harrison said Parker had called him while he was on the way to the event to say that the taxi company she uses had told her it would not be able to take her to work the next day because AtW had not paid its invoices since April.He said: “AtW said, ‘We have changed the way we want our invoices formatted,’ but they had not informed either Penny or the taxi company.“She is a prisoner in her own home, unable to do her job because of AtW.”Deidre Brock, the SNP’s shadow spokeswoman for fair work and employment, who was also at the launch, said people were facing “nothing more nor less than discrimination”.She said the report’s 11 recommendations for improvements to the scheme – which include commitments not to place Deaf and disabled people at financial risk, and to put the scheme at the heart of the government’s strategy to increase the number of disabled people in work – were “more than acceptable” and “actually quite modest in scope”.Most of those surveyed by StopChanges2AtW had full-time jobs, while a third had received AtW for at least 10 years.But only 15 per cent of those surveyed said they found it easy to apply for AtW or to use it.Among the problems they faced were: not being told when their AtW award was ending, which left people in debt to their support workers; significant amounts of time spent disputing their needs with AtW staff; lengthy delays in assessments for support, which in some cases left people unable to take up a new job or offer of work; and lost paperwork, again leaving many people in debt.As many as 50 respondents said that without AtW they would be unemployed and reliant on benefits.Of the survey respondents, nearly half (46 per cent) said there had been changes to their AtW package, but only three per cent said this had led to an increase in their support.There was substantial evidence of: “rationing” of support by AtW, with more frequent re-assessments and tighter eligibility criteria; a higher burden of proof to show need for support; increased complexity and unnecessary repetition in AtW forms; and a perception by respondents that they were “under surveillance and suspicion”.AtW staff frequently used phrases such as “funding cuts”, “too expensive”, “need to make savings” and the “need to reduce fraud” when they told claimants that their levels of support were changing.One of those who took part in the survey, Sayeeda, said: “The way Access to Work treated me was horrible.“I was talked to in a way where the advisor thought that they knew better than me about the support that I need to do my job. It was always a very aggressive tone.”Another, Angela, said it took her seven months to secure the funding she needed to pay for support workers while she was at work.She said: “During this period, I frequently went without anything to eat and drink all day because I did not have a support worker to assist me with feeding.”A third disabled woman, Sue, said the way she had been treated by AtW “and the amount of obstacles repeatedly put in my way, have very seriously affected both my ability to continue working, and my mental health, to the point that my GP has had to intervene”.The report concludes: “An apparent agenda of cost cutting rather than investing to save is putting Deaf and Disabled people’s jobs and livelihoods at risk.“If this trend continues we will see reduced diversity in the UK workforce, and an increase in the numbers of Deaf and Disabled people claiming out of work benefits.”Asked to respond to the report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “We want more disabled people to get into employment and keep their jobs.“The Access to Work grant can provide over £40,000 of practical support a year, which is tailored to individuals’ needs and can include travel to work, support workers and specialist equipment.“We continuously review the scheme to make sure it’s working in the best way possible, and last year we launched a digital service to make the application process more accessible and efficient.“Last year 25,000 people had their request approved by Access to Work, an increase of eight per cent from 2015-16.”In the November 2015 spending review, the government pledged to increase the number of people the scheme helped by 25,000 a year by 2020, increasing spending by nearly a quarter.But earlier this month, the government was accused of manipulating statistics in an attempt to hide the ongoing barriers, cuts and harassment experienced by AtW claimants, following the release of experimental figures which showed the number of disabled people approved every year for support from the programme had fallen by 15 per cent under seven years of Conservative rule.The number of people who had Access to Work support approved in 2016-17 was nearly 2,000 higher than the previous year, but the figure for 2016-17 (23,630) was still more than 4,000 lower than in the final year of the last Labour government (27,760).Critics said the way DWP was publishing AtW statistics meant it was impossible to know how many disabled people were currently receiving support compared with previous years, or how the average level of support packages had risen or fallen.*Its publication was delayed by the general election, the parliamentary summer recess and the party political conference seasonlast_img read more

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Police and prosecutors are facing questions over w

first_imgPolice and prosecutors are facing questions over why they failed to treat the ordeal of a disabled teenager – who was kept as a slave for more than two years and subjected to brutal daily beatings – as a disability hate crime.It is just the latest in a lengthy line of cases in which police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have faced accusations of failing to secure recognition of disability hate crime through the courts.This week, both South Wales police (SWP) – one of six forces criticised last year for their “unacceptable” performance on disability hate crime – and CPS repeatedly refused to say what steps they took to confirm whether the teenager’s horrific ordeal should be treated as a hate crime.SWP has described the injuries experienced by the young disabled man during the forced, unpaid labour as “horrendous” and said he was left without a single uninjured part of his body when he was finally rescued.The young man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is autistic and has ADHD, and was fed just one meal a day, often just a tin of soup or baked beans.He was regularly beaten by Anthony Baker and his son Harvey with a metal pole and was forced to work in their scrapyard (pictured) in Jersey Marine, near Swansea, and to live “in squalor” in a small caravan.Reports of the trial say that when he was discovered by police in January – following a tip-off from a member of the public – he had a series of horrific injuries, including open wounds, was dirty and malnourished, and found it difficult to speak because of injuries to his jaw, which had been broken on multiple occasions.Wales Online said the judge described the way the young disabled man was treated as “brutal and savagely inhuman” and said he had been subjected to a regime of “immense brutality” and “sadistic behaviour”.The Bakers deliberately broke one of his fingers, bit his nose and “treated him as a human punchbag”.Neither of the men has shown any remorse for what happened, said SWP.The Bakers were jailed at Swansea Crown Court on Friday (14 June) for a total of 16 years after admitting assault, grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding, while Anthony Baker also admitted a modern slavery offence*.But because police and prosecutors apparently failed to consider or treat these offences as possible disability hate crimes at any stage of their investigations and preparation for the trial, the judge was not asked to increase the sentences under section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act.It is just the latest case to highlight how the criminal justice system is failing victims of disability hate crime.Last October, West Midlands police and CPS faced similar questions over their failure to treat an “utterly barbaric” campaign of violence and abuse directed at a disabled mum and daughter as disability hate crime.The following month, Suffolk police was criticised for failing to treat an attack on a disabled woman – who was spat at and left covered with flour by a group of teenagers as she sat on a park bench – as a disability hate crime.That case had come just days after the CPS annual hate crime report showed the number of disability hate crime cases referred to prosecutors by police forces in England and Wales plunged in the previous year by nearly a quarter.The number of disability hate crime convictions also slumped, from 800 in 2016-17 to 564 in 2017-18 (a drop of 29.5 per cent).Earlier that month, a report by two watchdogs found that the work of police officers on more than half of the disability hate crime investigations examined across six sample forces – including South Wales police – had been found to be “unacceptable”.Disability News Service has been reporting on the criminal justice system’s failings in dealing with disability hate crime since 2009.This week, a South Wales police spokesperson repeatedly refused to say if his force took active steps to investigate whether disability-related hostility was a motive for the Bakers’ crimes.Instead, he said in a statement: “At no stage of the investigation was there any evidence that the victim was abused due to a disability.“If there was evidence of this nature then it would have been presented to the CPS.”A CPS spokesperson refused to say what steps were taken by prosecutors in relation to considering disability hate crime as a possible motive for the Bakers’ crimes.Instead, he said in a statement: “The crimes of Anthony and Harvey Baker were despicable and their prison sentences reflect the harm they did.“The victim was subjected to verbal abuse but this was related to their perceived lifestyle and work. The motivation for the assaults was the work the victim did.“The law gives prosecutors the power to request that judges increase the sentence when there is evidence the offender demonstrated hostility or was motivated by hostility based on a person’s disability.“Where it exists, we won’t hesitate to put this evidence before the court.”He added later: “For an offence to be prosecuted by the CPS as a disability hate crime and therefore get a sentence uplift there has to be evidence that the offenders demonstrated hostility or were motivated by hostility based on a disability.“That evidence was not there in his case.”David Wilkin, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said: “The inconsistencies inherent in the prosecution of hate crime are underpinned by much evidence from many victims.”He suggested there was now a need for an “operational stipulation” that forces police officers to “process hate crime with the seriousness that it deserves”.He pointed to the ongoing Law Commission consultation on current hate crime legislation, which could – if it produces new laws – enable prosecutors to treat hate crime “with the gravity it deserves”, and provide judges with “the clarity that will enable them to make proportional sentencing decisions”.*Anthony Baker, aged 49, had previously pleaded guilty to requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, unlawful wounding, and inflicting grievous bodily harm, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and another five years on licence.Harvey Baker, aged 19, had previously pleaded guilty to six counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of inflicting grievous bodily harm, and one of unlawful wounding, and was sentenced to six years in a young offender institution. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Uber Agrees to Cough Up 10 Million to Settle California Suit on

first_img April 8, 2016 Reuters –shares Add to Queue 2 min read Image credit: Reuters | Lucy Nicholson Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Uber Agrees to Cough Up $10 Million to Settle California Suit on Misleading Customers Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Uber Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to a $25 million settlement to end a civil lawsuit in California that accused the ride-sharing company of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers, prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco said on Thursday.Uber must pay $10 million within 60 days, and the remaining $15 million will be waived if Uber complies with the terms of the agreement for two years, the San Francisco and Los Angeles County district attorneys said in statements.”It sends a clear message to all businesses, and to startups in particular, that in the quest to quickly obtain market share laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said.Uber welcomed the settlement. “We’re glad to put this case behind us and excited to redouble our efforts serving riders and drivers across the state of California,” it said in a statement.The case was filed in December 2014 by the two district attorneys, who alleged that Uber misled its customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers.The civil complaint also contended that Uber drivers work at airports without obtaining authorization, and in the case of San Francisco, charged a $4 extra fee to passengers traveling there, without paying anything to the airport.The agreement bars Uber from making untrue statements about its background checks and from charging airport “tolls.” In addition, the company must ensure that its fare calculations meet state measurement standards.Uber said it has already made many of the changes, including no longer callings its service the “safest ride on the road” or calling its background checks “the gold standard.”(Reporting by Anet Josline Pinto in Bengaluru and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Fiona Ortiz)last_img read more

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Gender inequality bad for everyones health finds research

first_imgGender equality. Image Credit: Ink Drop / Shutterstock Sources: Structural Sexism and Health in the United States: A New Perspective on Health Inequality and the Gender System, Patricia Homan, Published May 28, 201, https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122419848723 A simplified approach to measuring national gender inequality, Gijsbert Stoet , David C. Geary, Published: January 3, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205349 Researcher Patricia Homan, Assistant Professor of Sociology and an Associate of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State University, developed a model for structural sexism to check the impact of gender inequality on health. She explained, “Researchers have known for decades that the experience of being sexually harassed or discriminated against can have a harmful effect on a woman’s health. But much less is known about the broader health consequences of living in a social environment where power, resources, roles and opportunities are unequally distributed along gender lines.”For her study Homan explained that she established a method to measure structural sexism within the different US states as well as at home within heterosexual marriages. She then correlated it with health of the men as well as women. She gathered her data from the U.S. Census and the National Longitudinal Study of Youth including over 3300 young persons. She devised three levels of structural sexism classifying them as, “macro level (U.S. state), meso level (marital dyad), and micro level (individual)”.To measure the structural sexism, Homan looked at four areas in the society – political, economical, cultural and physical or reproductive. The parameters included gender gap, wage gap associated with gender, gender difference in labour force participation and inclusion, prevalence of religious conservatives in the state that is associated with rigid gender roles, proportion of state legislature seats held by men, proportion of females in areas where there is lack of abortion providers. Choice of abortion and pregnancy as well as state level representation of women was considered to be important parameters.Homan said, “Public health scholars and international human rights organizations consider reproductive choice and access to a full range of reproductive health care services to be a fundamental human right. It’s also considered a precondition for women’s equal citizenship and participation in social, political and economic life.”Results revealed that structural sexism at the level of the state could mean poorer health outcomes for both men and women. Homan found that people who lived in states with highest structural sexism were more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions. These states include Utah, Wyoming, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma. By the age of 40 and 50 years, in these states, people reported worsening physical functions, she explained. Homan said, “This means that at the macro level structural sexism is universally harmful for population health.”Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyAmong women facing higher levels of structural sexism in their home state, health problems were twice as much finds the study. These women, on an average looked seven years older according to their health profiles says Homan when compared to women living in states with lowest structural sexism for example in Maryland, California, Massachusetts, Vermont and Hawaii.From the study, Homan believes that gender inequality is a public health problem. She said, “The first thing we need to realize is that gender inequality in the United States is not only a human rights issue, but also a public health problem. Therefore, gender equity policy is health policy.” She called for more women representation in politics, closure of the gender based wage gap and improvement in access to reproductive health care. She says that it is by removing gender inequality that health of the community can be promoted.Related StudyGender inequality measurement should focus on life satisfactionAuthors Gijsbert Stoet from the Department of Psychology, University of Essex, UK and David C. Geary from the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, USA this January published a study titled, “A simplified approach to measuring national gender inequality,” in the journal PLOS One.They wrote that the “Global Gender Gap Index” published first in 2006 is one of the best methods to measure national gender inequality and is widely used by policy makers and researchers. They provided a simpler method of measuring gender inequality. They used data from 134 nations between 2012 and 2016 to come up with their measurement. Some of the parameters they measured include, “disadvantages in children’s basic education, life satisfaction, and healthy life span.”They write that the GGGI measures four parameters, “1) economic participation and opportunity, 2) educational attainment, 3) health and survival, and 4) political empowerment.” The authors have come up with the Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI) which looks at “the ratio of women to men on three core dimensions of life; 1) Educational opportunities in childhood; 2) Healthy life expectancy (the number of years one can expect to live in good health); and, 3) Overall life satisfaction.”The authors concluded, “…resolving gender inequality is only part of what is needed to ensure that all people can reach their full potential; overall gender parity on its own is not sufficient, because it can simply mean that both men and women lack opportunities in different facets of life quality.”center_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMay 30 2019A researcher from the Florida State University has found that gender inequality in all the U.S. states could mean adverse health outcomes. The study titled, “Structural Sexism and Health in the United States: A New Perspective on Health Inequality and the Gender System,” was published in the latest issue of the American Sociological Review. Her work has been also published in Social Forces and Social Science and Medicine.last_img read more

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Microsoft embraces collaboration in 75B deal for GitHub

first_imgMicrosoft is paying $7.5 billion for the popular coder hangout GitHub as the maker of Windows further embraces the types of open-source projects it used to shun. Explore further Microsoft says buying GitHub for $7.5 bn CEO Satya Nadella said the all-stock deal pairs Microsoft with the “world’s leading software development platform,” a destination where developers around the world go to share and review each other’s code.As Microsoft built its business on proprietary software such as the Windows operating system, it came to be seen as an antagonist to the open-source philosophy of free software written by a collaborative community of developers. The company has been working for years to shed that reputation, especially after Nadella took over in 2014.”Developers will be at the center of solving the world’s most pressing challenges,” Nadella said in a blog post Monday. “However, the real power comes when every developer can create together, collaborate, share code and build on each other’s work.”This is not the first time Microsoft has bought into a community. Its biggest-ever deal was its $27 billion acquisition of LinkedIn in 2016.GitHub, a San Francisco startup, was founded in 2008 and has grown sharply since announcing its first outside investment in 2012. It now counts about 28 million software developers around the world who use it to share code and build businesses. Microsoft said GitHub will retain its “developer-first ethos,” operate independently and remain an open platform. The deal is expected to close this year.It’s free to use GitHub for open-source projects, but some developers and businesses pay a monthly fee to access private code repositories and other services. Nadella said developers can still use whatever programming languages and operating systems they choose for their projects.GitHub’s co-founder and current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will join Microsoft as a technical fellow to work on software initiatives. Wanstrath will be replaced as CEO by Nat Friedman, the former CEO of Xamarin, which Microsoft acquired in 2016.Wanstrath said in a blog post Monday that he could never have imagined this deal a decade ago, when “Git was a powerful but niche tool, clouds were just things in the sky, and Microsoft was a very different company.” Now, he said, “Microsoft is the most active organization on GitHub in the world.”Moody’s analyst Richard Lane said the deal reflects Microsoft’s “ongoing pivot to open source software, seeking to further broaden its large and growing development community.” It also reflects the increasing importance of cloud computing software and the development of internet-connected devices, Lane said.The deal sparked some fears in the GitHub community that Microsoft’s corporate takeover could ruin the experience. Some developers say they are planning to look for alternatives. But Julie Lerman, a GitHub user who works as a Microsoft liaison with freelance developers, cautiously welcomed the partnership.”It’s a logical and rational step for Microsoft,” she said. “GitHub has been looking for leadership and help for a while now. Microsoft has already made a huge investment in GitHub with so much of their development platform and tooling and even their docs on GitHub. They are in a position to help GitHub.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img This July 3, 2014 file photo shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft says it’s paying $7.5 billion in stock for the popular coder hangout GitHub. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File) Citation: Microsoft embraces collaboration in $7.5B deal for GitHub (2018, June 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-microsoft-embraces-collaboration-75b-github.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Its jungle raj in UP alleges Congress

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Congress targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Friday on the “poor status” of law and order in the State. The party said the BJP came to power by promising security for the people, especially for women, but the situation has been worse since Adityanath assumed power.Talking to reporters, Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior Congress MPs Sanjay Singh and PL Punia said the BJP raised the expectations of the people of the State during the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.“They talked of corruption, law and order and security of women. But since the BJP government has been formed in the State, the people of Uttar Pradesh are in disillusion. There is no such thing as governance in the State. There is no law and order,” Azad said and termed the situation as jungle raj. “People, whichever caste or religion they may belong to, are not safe. Women are not safe, ordinary people are not safe,” he added.Citing the recent incident of killing a police officer by a cow protection outfit, he said it is suspected that the BJP or its affiliates are behind the murder. ‘Culprits roaming free’“Till now, the real culprit has not been apprehended. Arrests are taking place on a daily basis, but the real culprit remains free. Innocent persons belonging to Opposition parties, on the other hand, are facing police encounters and arrests. The perpetrators of Unnao rape incident are not yet arrested but the person who reported the issue is facing a case now. This can happen only in a BJP-ruled State. People of Uttar Pradesh have seen the real face of BJP. They will now ensure Congress’ return to power in 2019,” Azad added.Senior MP Sanjay Singh said a sting operation had revealed the involvement of BJP leaders and Ministers in corrupt deals. ‘Corrupt government’“Earlier the BJP used to talk about corruption in Delhi and Lucknow and boasted of ending the corruption. But today, what we have seen and heard establishes that corruption has gone deeper into the roots of the BJP government. Gradually, the BJP and its ruling exponents are being exposed and the people are hopeful that their bad days will soon end,” Singh added.Punia said the BJP governments are protecting criminals. Bulandshahr and Unnao“Bulandshahr and Unnao incidents provide the indisputable evidence for this tendency.Girls are not safe, incidents of rape are occurring every other day. Until action is taken against the real culprits, such crimes will continue to occur. But this government is helpless to take any action against these criminals and the police lacks the courage to point a finger at these criminals,” Punia added. SHARE ‘BJP came to power promising law and order, but there is no governance in State’ COMMENTS December 28, 2018 Congress MP and Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, while addressing the media during the Winter Session of Parliament on Friday   –  AP Published onlast_img read more