Month: July 2019

first_imgVideo Playerhttps://labourlist.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ManyvsFew-Final-Social.mp400:0000:0002:40Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Labour’s final party political broadcast ahead of local elections on Thursday focusses on the party message ‘for the many, not the few’. The film airing tonight explains the thinking behind that slogan, particularly the benefits of expansionary fiscal policy and of reversing Tory austerity.The PPB shows the consequences of gifting five “ordinary people” with a pay rise, a pension, disability support, a student grant and a small business loan respectively, which are that those individuals spend the extra cash and help boost aggregate demand in the economy.In an ordinary-looking town hall, a presenter draws attention to the cumulative effects of low-income earners being better off: their money goes on food shopping and car repairs. “Everyone we gave money to is spending it on their local community.”Then the broadcast shows that offering a tax cut to one billionaire, who could forget about the relatively insignificant amount of money or stash it in a tax haven, doesn’t carry the same advantages.The PPB concludes: “So as you can see, getting money into the hands of ordinary people does a lot more to help the economy than giving tax cuts to billionaires. If you agree, vote Labour on Thursday, the 2nd of May, and let’s rebuild Britain for the many, not the few.”Labour’s latest film is similar to the highly praised anti-austerity video that went out on the party’s social media channels in August 2018.Tags:Labour /PPB /Party Political Broadcast /last_img read more

first_imgENGLAND’S Rugby League World Cup 2013 squad are celebrating their individual links to the community game by donning the shirts of their community clubs for an extraordinary photocall.Steve McNamara’s side wore the shirts in an official photoshoot at their RLWC2013 base headquarters at Loughborough University, so that each England player could once again represent the club at which they began their Rugby League careers.England coach McNamara has praised the community game and believes that international Rugby League, which has produced some stunning matches throughout RLWC2013, enjoyed by record crowds and large television audiences, should celebrate the vital contribution the community game plays in the first steps of player development.“With the Rugby League World Cup being played on a stage set for all the best players in the world, we have got to remember that it all starts at our community clubs,” said McNamara. “It is where our young kids of five, six, seven, years of age start and go on all the way through. If we don’t have that, then we don’t have an international game.”The community game international photocall was arranged by the RFL with the community clubs providing shirts for the England RLWC2013 squad. Each club will be presented with a framed signed picture of their former player, wearing their respective individual community club shirts to display and hopefully inspire future generations to represent their country.Throughout RLWC2013 there has been a special website developed by the RFL to capture new interest in the sport from anyone looking to play, watch, coach or officiate in Rugby League, with information about how to get involved with the community game. The information is all available at www.extraordinaryrugby.comIn the picture, James Roby has his Blackbrook shirt on as does ex-Saint James Graham. Jammer spent the majority of his amateur career at Thatto Heath Crusaders before moving to Blackbrook at under 16s.Back row: Lee Mossop (Hensingham ARLFC), Kallum Watkins (Latchford Albion), Chris Hill (New Spring Lions), Thomas Burgess (Dewsbury Moor), Sam Burgess (Dewsbury Moor), George Burgess (Dewsbury Moor), Leroy Cudjoe (Newsome Panthers), Liam Farrell (Wigan St Patricks), Ryan Hall (Oulton Raiders).Middle row: Tom Briscoe (Featherstone Lions), Zak Hardaker (Featherstone Lions), Brett Ferres (Smawthorne Panthers), James Graham (Blackbrook), Carl Ablett (Hunslet Parkside), Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan St Patricks), Ben Westwood (Normanton Knights), Michael McIlorum (Queens).Front row: Josh Charnley (Wigan St Patricks), Rangi Chase (Dannevirke Tigers), Rob Burrow (Featherstone Lions), Kevin Sinfield (Waterhead), Sam Tomkins (Wigan St Patricks), Gareth Widdop (King Cross Park), James Roby (Blackbrook).last_img read more

first_imgJustin Holbrook’s men closed to the gap to the top 4 to just four points – with two games remaining – after a comfortable 19-12 win over Hull.Mark Percival crossed twice for the home team in that match whilst Theo Fages produced a blistering performance to take home the sponsor’s Man of the Match.The stand-off also unleashed THAT offload in the 28-24 victory over Catalan the last time the two sides met.The Dragons look set for a Middle 8s spot but have shown at times this season they are more than capable of coming to the Totally Wicked Stadium and grabbing the two points.And, in Luke Walsh, a former favourite of the Red Vee, they have a player who knows all too well how Saints tick.Tickets for the clash, which kicks off at 3pm on Sunday July 16, are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It has been more than three weeks since someone shot and killed a 19-year-old at Jungle Rapids in Wilmington.His funeral is set for tomorrow.- Advertisement – As loved ones prepare to say goodbye, they still don’t know who pulled the trigger.October 18th started off as a typical night for Melissa Hubbard until she heard gun shots.“For some reason I just said, I’m like why are there gun shots. It just doesn’t make sense,” Hubbard said.Related Article: Keeping ride-sharing app users safe in our communityHubbard was near Jungle Rapids when she went to see what was going on and was shocked to see someone she knew.“When I got to him and looked in his face I realized that it was my co-workers son,” Hubbard said.Hubbard said not long after realizing the teen on the ground was Christopher Tyler White, the person who was with him and called 911 for help, ran off.“I can’t believe this is happening. He was rasping for breath and his eyes were glazed over. Ya know and I was screaming at the kid that was standing up, who shot him, who did this,” Hubbard said.While trying to piece together what happened that night, Hubbard said White’s mother is thankful someone she knew was with her son.“She’s destroyed ya know, that’s her oldest. Underneath it all, Tyler was a great kid,” Hubbard said.She said White’s family is still suffering and Hubbard can hardly stomach passing the scene of a night she will never forget.“It’s really hard and ya know I can’t even drive by Jungle Rapids now without being physically, I get physically, I just don’t even like it,” Hubbard said.White’s murder is still unsolved.Wilmington Police said it’s one of three unsolved murders in Wilmington since January.Police also said they still do not have any new information on this case at this time.White’s funeral is this Saturday.last_img read more

first_img Many are old and hollow inside and pose a potential risk factor, for now the trees will be trimmed and left in place until after the annual blueberry festival in June.They’ll start removing the mature trees in phases over a three-year period.This summer they plan to take down eight trees on the northwest quadrant of the square and they’ll be replaced with six new trees. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The large oak trees on the Pender County Courthouse Square in Burgaw will remain in place – for now.The Pender County Commissioners met Monday and discussed the fate of the trees.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgCrews from TD Eure Marine Construction work to rebuild the Oak Island pier (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The work to rebuild the Oak Island pier that was damaged a year and a half ago by Hurricane Matthew finally began two weeks ago and crews are making good progress.TD Eure Marine Construction says they have 18 employees who will work rain or shine to build the new pier.- Advertisement – Owner Andrew Law says they have put in 26 sets of pilings so far. Framing of the new pier will begin next week.The workers ask that you avoid the beach between Barbee Boulevard and Keziah Street for your safety.The crew will work through May. After that, an environmental moratorium will be in effect until the fall.Related Article: After losing his home twice, student graduates as only African American male with honorslast_img read more

first_img This year, there were 12,000 eggs up for grabs for the kids aged zero to ten.There was candy in most of the eggs, but some were able to be redeemed for board games, books, and more.Crosswinds Church community pastor Scott Hennis says he loved seeing the community come together on Easter weekend.Related Article: Woman charged for damaging neighbor’s racy Easter display“For us, it’s just a great opportunity to be together,” Hennis said. “We’re just using the platform of an egg hunt, more importantly, it’s about just getting the community together from all walks of life.”After the egg hunt, kids were invited to play games and get their faces painted.They could also meet Leland mayor Brenda Bozeman, who was in full costume as the Easter Bunny. Kids and their parents gather Easter eggs at North Brunswick High School (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of kids and their parents gathered at North Brunswick High School in Leland Saturday morning to hunt for thousands of Easter eggs.Every year, the town of Leland partners with area churches and NBHS to put on the egg hunt.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgA Casey’s Buffet customer serves himself a piece of fried chicken (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Casey’s Buffet in Wilmington is welcoming people in for a southern version of Easter dinner this weekend.Owner Larry Casey says some of the most popular items are fried chicken, ham, turkey, collard greens, and potato salad.- Advertisement – The restaurant is also preparing takeout orders for those who are gathering around the family table for the holiday.Casey says he’s happy to provide a hot meal for those wishing to celebrate Easter.“Here in America, we’re so blessed,” Casey said. “There’s always someone who’s not doing as well as us. We try to treat everybody the same, treat everyone with kindness when they come in the door.”Related Article: Woman charged for damaging neighbor’s racy Easter displayCasey says Easter is one of his restaurant’s busiest days of the year. He expects about a thousand customers to come through his doors Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgPrison bars (Photo: Andrew Bardwell / CC BY-SA 2.0) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are investigating an apparent suicide of a Columbus County Detention Center inmate.At approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday, the inmate was found unconscious and unresponsive, inside of the detention center.- Advertisement – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Detention staff performed CPR until Whiteville Rescue arrived on scene. The inmate was then transported to Columbus Regional Healthcare System where he was pronounced dead.The inmate’s name is being withheld pending family notification.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One garden on this year’s Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour started out as an empty piece of land.Over the last 20 years, the owners have built their garden from the ground up.- Advertisement – Mary Rose and Tom Brantham bought the land and turned it into their home. They kept a lot of the trees that used to sit on the property and added flowers, a patio and other touches to make it their own.Mary Rose says they also have quite a bit of wildlife that comes through their garden.She says she loves that bright colors and cozy feeling.Related Article: 2019 Azalea Garden Tour: Smits Garden“We love all the color in the spring,” she said “I love working in the yard and panting annuals and perennials and keeping up with them. We have a great variety of wildlife that comes through here.”The Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour runs Friday through Sunday.last_img read more

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Pope Francis greets women during a visit to a rural social service run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Temara, near Rabat, Morocco March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERSPope Francis greets women during a visit to a rural social service run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Temara, near Rabat, Morocco March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis told the tiny Catholic community in predominantly Muslim Morocco on Sunday that their mission was not to covert their neighbours but to live in brotherhood with other faiths.Francis has used his two-day trip to stress inter-faith dialogue. He has also backed Moroccan King Mohammed VI’s efforts to spread a form of Islam that promotes inter-religious dialogue and rejects violence in God’s name.Morocco’s 23,000 Roman Catholics – most of them French and other European expatriates and migrants from sub-Saharan Africa – make up less than one percent of the population of 35 million.“Christians are a small minority in this country. Yet, to my mind, this is not a problem, even though I realise that at times it can be difficult for some of you,” he said at a meeting with Catholic community leaders in Rabat’s cathedral.  Pope Francis greets children during a visit to a rural social service run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Temara, near Rabat, Morocco March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis touches child’s head during a visit to a rural social service run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Temara, near Rabat, Morocco March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis greets a girl during a visit to a rural social service run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Temara, near Rabat, Morocco March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis touches child’s head during a visit to a rural social service run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Temara, near Rabat, Morocco March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis meets children during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERSConservative Catholics have criticised the pope’s opposition to organised or aggressive recruiting of potential converts.“The Church grows not through proselytism but by attraction,” Francis said to applause.“This means, dear friends, that our mission as baptised persons, priests and consecrated men and women, is not really determined by the number or size of spaces that we occupy, but rather by our capacity to generate change and to awaken wonder and compassion,” he said.Moroccan authorities do not recognise Moroccan converts to Christianity, many of whom worship secretly in homes. Conversion from Islam to Christianity is banned, as it is in many Muslim countries, and proselytising is punishable by up to three years in prison.  Pope Francis holds a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal Pope Francis holds a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal Pope Francis holds a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis holds a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Faithful cheer as Pope Francis arrives to hold a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis prays during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis kisses the hand of a man during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis is seen during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis is seen during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis greets people during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis looks at a painting during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS Pope Francis meets children during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis meets children during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal Children stand next to Pope Francis during a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal Pope Francis attends a meeting with representatives of other Christian denominations at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli A choir group perform before Pope Francis arrives to hold a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal Pope Francis arrives to hold a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis arrives to hold a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis holds a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis holds a mass at Prince Moulay Abdellah sports complex in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal“The problem is not when we are few in number, but when we are insignificant,” Francis said, adding that Catholics were called to be an integral part of inter-religious dialogue in a world “torn apart by the policies of extremism and division”.At a Mass for about 10,000 catholics in a sports arena before he was due to return to Rome, the Pope also stressed the need for inter-religious dialogue, saying people should resist “classifying ourselves according to different moral, social, ethnic or religious criteria”.On Saturday, Francis and King Mohammed VI visited an institute the monarch founded to train imams and male and female preachers of Islam.Morocco promotes itself as an oasis of religious tolerance in a region torn by militancy. It has offered training to Muslim preachers from Africa and Europe on what it describes as moderate Islam.At Saturday’s event, Francis praised the king for providing “sound training to combat all forms of extremism, which so often lead to violence and terrorism, and which, in any event, constitute an offence against religion and against God himself”.Also on Saturday, Jewish leaders joined Christian representatives in the front row at two events presided over by the pope and the monarch on interfaith dialogue.Francis’ appeal for inter-religious dialogue was made more poignant on Sunday by the presence in Rabat cathedral of Father Jean-Pierre Schumacher, a 95-year-old French monk who survived what is known as the Tibhirine massacre in Algeria.In March 1996, seven French monks were kidnapped in a monastery in the central Algerian village of Tibhirine during the civil war between the government and Islamist rebel groups.The monks were held for about two months and found dead, except Schumacher, who managed to escape.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgA further commenter stated that her daughter had used the ship and that the service was good. However, she raised concern about the number of stairs and that there was no lift. She also said that the ship will take longer to roll-on and roll-off cars since the ramp is only suitable for only one car at any time. However, this situation affects more of the car’s landing because usually cars can unload in pairs on the other ferries. Another person bluntly said that people should really feel grateful.Another commenter said they had a completely different experience.She said the trip was a disaster. There was a lot of noise from engines and the passenger level was inaccessible for wheelchair users. Responding to the comment, the Commissioner for the National Council for Persons with Disabilities Oliver Scicluna, said that he would be investigating the situation because access was otherwise promised. He added that he had received photos of the stair-lift. The commenter said that this is not an issue of who is right but rather about ensuring that public transport is accessible to everyone. Another person criticized those who were responsible for ensuring accessibility on the vessel should be ashamed.All of the comments: Read more:Watch: Arrival of the fourth Gozo FerryUpdated: The fourth Gozo ferry could arrive in Malta on MondayWhen Nikolaos arrived in Ċirkewwa for the first time, Caruana said that instead of two ships, the new summer schedule Gozo Channel will be operating three ships while the fourth vessel would be dedicated to commercial vehicles.When asked how the ship was being integrated into the service Chairperson Gozo Channel Joe Cordina told Newsbook.com.mt that all four ships were operating on a shuttle schedule.WhatsApp When the Minister Caruana announced that Nikolaos would be operational earlier than originally planned, the elected Mayor of Qala Paul Buttigieg, expressed his support saying that it would be more comfortable for Gozo. The overwhelming majority of the comments on the post were positive. One of Gozo’s biggest accessibility projects recently has been the hiring of the Nikolaos ferry to support Gozo Channel’s three existing ferries.Although this fourth ship officially starts work today, on the 13th June the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that the company had decided to start using to vessel early to meet the demands. She said the difference has been felt “immediately”.However, several people have gone to social media to ask questions about the ship. There are those who have nothing but praise, while others raised their concerns about its deficiencies.On Facebook someone asked why the new ferry was announced shortly before the election when the government was fully aware in advance that the ferry was still being painted in Gozo Channel’s colours. It has been said that these are things that happen when engaging politicians and elections. Someone else said that then with his reasoning, the government should stop its work when approaching election. Another man raised the question about why they were renting a 32 year old ship. One of the moderators of the discussion told the group that if the comments would no longer remain civilized, the whole discussion would be removed from the internet. 1 of 3 1 of 2 Among other social media comments are attacks on those who have criticised the ferry. They were told that whoever does not like the service does not have use it. <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> SharePrint Writing on Facebook on the day of the ship’s arrival at Ċirkewwa, Caruana said that a single ship journey could carry a whole marshalling area of cars from either Ċirkewwa or Mġarr in Gozo. Again Qala mayor Paul Buttigieg commented saying that this will make the journey easier. Other comments of praise said that this would now mean there was less of a need for a tunnel between the two islands. Someone else asked if the ship would be going to Valletta. 1 of 3 1 of 22 1 of 2last_img read more

first_img The-Mediterranean-Storm-Petrel-recovered-in-a-Greek-colony-first-ringed-on-Filfla-in-2008-Photo-by-Hellenic-Ornithological-Society-BirdLife-Greece.jpg Hydrobates-pelagicus-melitensis-John-J-Borg-BirdLife-Malta.jpgHydrobates-pelagicus-melitensis-John-J-Borg-BirdLife-Malta.jpg A Storm Petrel bird first tagged over a decade ago in Malta has been found in Greece, BirdLife Malta has said.The bird conservation body has announced that colleagues from the Hellenic Ornithological Society (BirdLife Greece) had discovered one of the birds first ringed by Birdlife Malta back in 2008, living on the Greek islands.They say that this is the first documented evidence of the species found in the Eastern Mediterranean and not simply the Central region. This particular Storm-petrel was understood to be 11 years old.Read more:Watch: Public urged to rescue stranded young Yelkouan Shearwater – BirdlifeWatch: Nobody was found responsible for killing the storks – BirdLifeBirdLife Malta states that until now, recent research carried out by the BirdLife Malta’s LIFE+ Malta Seabird Project and LIFE Arċipelagu Garnijam had shown that the bird had been found to migrate from its origin in Filfla to areas along the Spanish coast, Sicily and the Atlantic in the Winter. Research and ringing of the 8,000 breeding pairs on Filfla first began in the late 1960s. A-ringed-Mediterranean-Storm-Petrel-leaving-its-nest-crevice-on-the-islet-of-Filfla-Photo-by-BirdLife-Malta.jpg 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>center_img The discovery of the Storm-petrel in Greece was not the oldest bird found. The conservationists state that they have also been able to recapture two of the species which were much older. A 32 year old bird was first discovered in 2013 while a further 29 year old was discovered only a few days ago.WhatsApp Hydrobates-pelagicus-melitensis-John-J-Borg-BirdLife-Malta.jpg 1 of 3last_img read more

first_imgWith mobile technology, everyone with a cell phone can have access to financial services. Advertisement People in developed countries are familiar with the amazing benefits of mobile technology. For everything from texting to banking to checking sports scores, most folks rely on their smartphones and tablets for much of their daily desires.In the last few years, mobile technology has expanded and upgraded to the point where much of society can’t imagine living without it. Schools, stores, banks, and much more use mobile technology to stay in touch with you and meet your needs. At this point, society knows that it will never go back to the way it used to be, and looks forward to new offerings and services delivered via mobile technology.But what about the developing world? In an era when much information is available over the internet, people in countries that lack basic services can develop by leaps and bounds if they have access to mobile phones. Families who never had a landline can now have cell phones, which help them learn, communicate, and stay safe and healthy. – Advertisement – Here, some of the basic ways developing nations are benefiting from mobile technology are discussed.1. Health Matters In parts of the world where healthcare is severely limited, cell phones can be utilized to provide tips for healthy living, medical advice, and medication reminders. Text messages delivered in a user’s language are an easy way for health professionals to communicate essential information to people in need.Expectant mothers can receive weekly updates on fetal development and prenatal care, which can help prevent stillbirths and birth defects. After the birth of a child, parents can receive advice for the care of a newborn, along with growth and development milestones.For healthcare professionals, mobile technology in developing nations can be used to keep track of patients. Reports can be submitted electronically, and files can be kept safely and accurately. Supplies and pharmaceuticals can be ordered and paid for electronically, which can speed up delivery and ultimately save lives.2. Agriculture Can Grow Profits In developing nations where people have historically grown just enough food to subsist on, mobile technology is being used to connect farmers with buyers, and the services which are available to transport crops to markets. This enables them to grow food to sell, and supplies them with money they can use for other things, such as clothing and transportation.Mobile phones can also be used to access weather reports, planting and harvesting advice, and crop disease prevention. By using technology, subsistence farmers become producers who can supply their crops to a wider market, enabling their families to live richer lives.3. Education is Simplified Teachers, students, and parents in the developing world are all experiencing the education benefits associated with mobile technology. Tablets that are loaded with curriculum, encyclopedias, and all manner of books can be delivered to schools in remote areas. Teaching methods can be improved when teachers subscribe to tips and updates that are delivered by text or email.Parents can keep track of their children’s progress, and students can access their assignments. Governments and nonprofit organizations can keep tabs on facilities from a distance, and delivery of supplies can be simplified.4. Banking and Finance In developing countries, especially in rural and remote areas, brick-and-mortar banks are limited or nonexistent. However, with mobile technology, everyone with a cell phone can have access to financial services. From a simple savings account to mobile payment technology, mobile phones are paving the way to financial security for millions of people.With mobile technology, everyone with a cell phone can have access to financial services.Farmers can save money earned from a bumper crop to tide them over during a rough patch. Seeds can be ordered and paid for by phone, which helps secure the next year’s success. Families who pay school tuition can use mobile services, and entrepreneurs can start small businesses.5. Government Can Communicate With the People Virtually every aspect of a government needs to communicate with the people at some point. Centers for disease control can track outbreaks more effectively with mobile phones. Welfare departments can distribute funds and check on recipients with ease. Online voting can be used for elections, and polls can gather opinions and other information.In the event of natural disasters, mobile phones can issue warnings and direct people to a safe place. During times of war, technology can keep the population updated and calm.While smartphones in developed countries are capable of computing and running countless applications, the mobile devices in the developing world are of a more basic nature. These phones are satisfactory for accomplishing the tasks mentioned above, but there are still hurdles to overcome. For example, providing access to charging stations remains a problem. After all, what good is a phone if the battery is dead? People such as Ehsan Bayat are helping make mobile technology available worldwide.Eventually, people in all parts of the world will have access to streamlined mobile technology that is easy and efficient to operate. The positive changes brought to people’s lives will be incredible, as they are able to gain education and financial freedom, make healthy choices, and take part in their government.last_img read more

first_imgCredit: TNW Advertisement Microsoft is offering its Solitaire Collection on iOS and Android free of charge after more than 25 years on Windows. The modern Solitaire Collection will now be available outside of Windows for the first time.As of today, the Solitaire Collection is now available for free and can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store. The mobile version of the app comes with five different game modes including FreeCell, Spider, Klondike, Tripeaks, and Pyramid.Further reports also suggest that the game will come with Xbox Live integration that allows your progress to be saved in the cloud. This means that you can continue playing on another device with either Windows 10 or Android/iOS and even share your Xbox Live achievements with your friends and family.Credit: TNW – Advertisement – [related-posts]last_img read more

first_imgApple’s camera team shows you how high up on the priority list it’s risen. Image Credit: iphone7buzz Advertisement Late last month, Apple announced a repair program for the batteries in early iPhone 6S models manufactured in September and October of 2015 (the 6S Plus is apparently not affected).The batteries could cause the phones to shutdown without warning, an issue that Apple now says was caused by overexposure to “controlled ambient air” (in other words, they sat out in the open in some warehouse for longer than they should have).The same press release—issued only in China so far, says that some owners of later iPhone 6S models are also reporting problems with unexpected shutdowns. Apple isn’t replacing those batteries just yet, but the company says that an iOS update “available next week” will add “additional diagnostic capability” that will allow Apple to better track down and diagnose the causes of these shutdowns. – Advertisement – It “may potentially help [Apple] improve the algorithms used to manage battery performance and shutdown,” as well. Those improvements will be included in future iOS updates.Apple says that the battery problem “is not a safety issue,” an important thing to note given the way the Galaxy Note 7 blew up in Samsung‘s face.[related-posts]source: arstechnicalast_img read more

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first_imgShare MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Philip Montgomery PHONE: (713) 831-4792 DEEP PROBE PROJECT EXPLORES CREATION OF ROCKY MOUNTAINS * Deep Probe is funded by the National Science Foundation andinvolves about 95 researchers from the United States and Canada.* The purpose of the project is to understand the deep underground processes that created the Rocky Mountains and to study how seismicwaves travel across the Earth.* Rice University is the lead institute for the experiment involving about 95 researchers from the United States and Canada. Other participating organizations from the United States include the University of Texas El Paso, Purdue University, the University of Oregon, the U.S. Geological Survey and others. Canadian organizations include the University of British Columbia, theUniversity of Alberta and others.* More than 780 seismographs from Canada and the United States will be involved in the experiment. Seismographs will be located in Riverton and Rock Springs, Wyo., Billings and Medicine Hat, Mont.,and Grand Junction, Colo.* The explosive material used for the experiments is a jelly like compound specifically formulated for seismic testing. In the southern New Mexico test, about 45,000 pounds of the explosive will be divided among about 20 boreholes at the bottom of a mine. Eachborehole is about 650 feet below the surface.### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777E-MAIL: stark@rice.eduNew musical to premiere at Miller Outdoor Theatre in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Week Rice’s Boniuk Center joins in presenting story of courage, compassion In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Week, renowned local organizations have partnered to present the free public premiere of “The Gold” May 1 and 2 at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The musical follows the fictional life of Joseph Cohen, a German Jew and amateur boxer, through the Nazi regime and the formation of the state of Israel. It culminates with the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. The story honors those with the courage to stand against hatred, intolerance and apathy. Conceived and composed by Houston resident Philip Yosowitz, “The Gold” is in part a tribute to his family members and all others who perished in the Holocaust. “The play’s universal messages of compassion, perseverance and tolerance are as important today as ever,” said Jill Carroll, executive director of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance. “The Boniuk Center is pleased to present the musical as our annual Holocaust remembrance event.”The premiere is made possible through a unique collaboration of local organizations: Arts with an Impact, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering generations through the arts; the Boniuk Center; Miller Outdoor Theatre; and KUHF. The University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance is providing additional production support. An abbreviated version of “The Gold” was performed in 2008 and was received enthusiastically by audiences and reviewers. Its May premiere will employ a production team whose talents have gained national and international acclaim. Director Cailín Heffernan and music arranger Steven Jamail hail from New York City, as do two of the lead cast members. Notable New York writer Andrea Lepcio joined the author team as book writer in the fall of 2008.“I was attracted to ‘The Gold’ because of its life affirmation of spiritual triumph over adversity,” Heffernan said. She has directed off-Broadway as well as regionally throughout the U.S.“I am thrilled to produce this inspirational story,” said Laura Yosowitz, producer of the show and artistic director of Arts with an Impact. “Through ‘The Gold’ the audience is confronted with the question: ‘What is the gold in my life?’ We hope that everyone is left empowered to choose their ‘gold’ wisely.” For more information about “The Gold” or to arrange interviews with the artistic team, please contact Jessica Stark at 713-348-6777 or stark@rice.edu. AddThislast_img read more

first_imgShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice’s Baker Institute releases policy recommendations for the Obama administrationHOUSTON – (March 11, 2013) – Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy today released policy recommendations for President Barack Obama’s second term. Focusing on 12 critical issues facing the country, these recommendations are intended to provide policymakers with an analytic overview of the opportunities and challenges the authors advocate need to be addressed by longer-term, strategic policy formulation.“The second Obama administration faces a complex policy environment,” said Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian. “While generating economic growth at home amid continued risk of financial instability abroad remains a key policy challenge, numerous crises around the globe require policy attention. It is our hope that our recommendations will prove to be useful starting points for decision-makers working to develop comprehensive, forward-looking policies.”The 12 topics addressed in the report, “2013 Policy Recommendations for the Obama Administration,” and the Baker Institute fellows and scholars who authored them:“Spotlight on the U.S. Space Program: Problems and Solutions,” George Abbey, Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy.“Foreign Policy: Toward a New Balancing Strategy,” Joe Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow.“Information Technology Policy: Action Items for the Next Four Years,” Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy.“Moving Forward with Tax Reform,” John Diamond, Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance, and George Zodrow, Rice Scholar.“U.S. Economic Diplomacy: Adapting to Shifts in Global Economic Powers,” Russell Green, Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics.“Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Recommendations for Realizing Legislative Goals,” Vivian Ho, James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics.“Science and Technology: Ensuring America’s Science Future,” Neal Lane, senior fellow in science and technology policy, and Kirstin Matthews, science and technology policy fellow.“U.S.-China Relations: Energy and Environmental Policy,” Steven Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow.“Marijuana Prohibition: Going Up in Smoke? And Sterile Syringes for Injecting Drug Users,” William Martin, Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy.“U.S. Natural Gas Policy: Recommendations for the President,” Kenneth Medlock, James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics.“Immigration Reform: A Comprehensive vs. Piecemeal Approach,” Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies.“Climate Change Policy: Recommendations for the Next Administration,” Ronald Sass, fellow in global climate change.Four years ago, the Baker Institute published a book of its policy recommendations for the first Obama administration. That report is available here: http://bakerinstitute.org/news/policy-recommendations-for-the-next-administration.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with one of the authors, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“2013 Policy Recommendations for the Obama Administration,” paper: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/publications/BI-pub-PolicyRecommendations-021313.pdf.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct 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 and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.    AddThislast_img read more