These UCSF medical residents dont want guns or Tasers in hospitals

first_img Tags: police • SF General Hospital • Sheriff Office • UCSF Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Aboii said she and the others are asking for several changes. They want guns and Tasers banned from hospital campuses; hospitals to move away from using law enforcement as security;  hospital staff to not comply with SFPD or federal immigration agencies; and that UCSF make an official statement “decrying” Tasers, which the Police Commission recently approved. “We certainly recognize there’s this desire to create safe space where professionals can provide care and those seeking care can receive it,” Aboii said. “But unfortunately, some of our patients have had bad encounters with [local law enforcement].”During the demonstration, the students read aloud anecdotes taken during a 2016 survey of medical residents about their experiences with law enforcement in hospitals. Some painted officers in a positive light, highlighting their use of de-escalation tactics, while others painted a more uncomfortable picture. “I did not call SFPD, but they came anyway, with multiple officers physically assaulting him — several restraining his limbs, while one pushed down on his chest and another officer choked him around the neck,” read one demonstrator from an anonymous account. “He was screaming that he couldn’t breathe; the officer replied ‘Good.’” University of California at San Francisco Police Department Captain Eric Partika watched with two fellow university officers and one lieutenant from the Sheriff’s Department. While the Sheriff is mainly responsible for the hospital’s security, he said, UCSF Police also patrols General Hospital. “You need that opposing opinion to make sure things are in check,” Partika said. “So hearing them today is great — we need to hear that voice, we need to know what their thoughts are, because it keeps the conversation open.”  Did the students have a point that officers should not carry Tasers or guns in hospitals? “Obviously, we’ll engage in a conversation,” he said, speaking to the use of Tasers, which his department will receive along with the SFPD in late 2018. Sheriff Deputy Chief Ken Ferrigno, who was the captain of the hospital’s unit from 2013 to 2015,  said the Sheriff’s office provides security services to the hospital through a annually renewed contract. Moreover, the sheriff’s department has long used tasers. Six Sheriff’s deputies and eight unarmed cadets patrol General Hospital during a shift, he said, with one at a fixed post at the ER. “Gunshot wound victims drive up, and we have guns in area,” he said. “So sometimes we have to lock it down for safety.”He also said sheriff’s deputies often escort inmates to medical appointments, some very regularly. So “if you walk around there you could run into 15 to 20 officers,” he said. Ferrigno said deputies are not allowed to wear their guns in the “psych emergency services” ward or the locked (“jail-within-a-hospital”) ward. He also said SFPD or California Highway Patrol often have to accompany suspects to the hospital if they’re not medically cleared for booking at the jail. Ferrigno said he respected the purpose of the demonstration. “Healthcare providers are caring people, and sometimes that comes in direct conflict with someone carrying a gun,” he said. “That’s been something you have to deal with when providing security for a hospital.” Kafi Hemphill, a fourth-year resident and a founder of White Coats for Black Lives, said she believes there’s a robust law enforcement presence at General Hospital because of the prisoners and crime trauma victims the hospital serves, who are typically accompanied by police. “When you talk to people who are in jails, and medical treatment they’re receiving, they express an amount of distrust with their provider because of the element they’re in,” she said. “And you see the same things happening in hospitals like this that allow a large police presence.” But she said that security is important, especially for doctors. And, although she attended the demonstration, she wasn’t involved in drafting the day’s demands and did not have her mind made up.  “The issues are real, and the ones they’ve stated are really important,” she said. “But I don’t know what an alternative would be.”  For Aboii, the alternative is a more “social worker perspective” on providing security and care at the same time. “That goes hand-in-hand with the de-escalation we’re calling for — better communication and a familiarity that the uniform doesn’t bring to the conversation.” A crowd of some 60 UCSF medical residents, students and faculty laid their bodies down in front of San Francisco General Hospital Monday evening during a “die-in” demonstration that challenged the role of law enforcement in hospital settings. They wore their white coats, held electric candles and carried signs that read “Imagine Nonviolent De-escalation,” “Hospitalization ≠ Criminalization,” and “Sheriff Out Of the General.” Their asks? “We’re wondering if we can provide safety in hospitals in other ways without uniforms and guns and flashing lights,” said Sheyda Aboii, a first-year UCSF student who helped organize the event with the activist group White Coats for Black Lives. center_img 0%last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons paid tribute to his pack of forwards

first_imgROYCE Simmons paid tribute to his pack of forwards after they drove Saints to a 34-16 win over Hull KR on Friday night.A double from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and James Graham’s third of the season on his 200th-club appearance led the way.“We did some good things,” Royce said, “and our forwards were very impressive. Over the last couple of weeks our halves and backs have come good but today it was the forwards that had good plays in them.“Jammer was good on his 200th appearance and Tony Puletua, Louie and Josh Perry did well too. They supported each other – which is good as in some games this season we have run one out and haven’t put enough plays on.“They have a lot of drive in their play and we won some good quick play the balls.”James Roby laid on four of Saints six tries and Simmons says the hooker is a pleasure to coach.“The things he is achieving are superb. He has played 80 minutes in pretty much every game so far this season so we took him off as a reward because we have lots of games coming up.“I knew he was a good footballer but it’s the energy he brings to the game. He is like a clock, you crank him up and he keeps on going. He just rolls along and is such as easy going fella.”He continued: “It is really starting to feel like home here now. The fans got behind us and were noisy and backed us. We know if we continue to play good football we will get more people here and so far the fans have responded. Their singing was excellent and certainly helps us get some momentum.”last_img read more

MIKE Rush is standing by his comments after the de

first_imgMIKE Rush is standing by his comments after the defeat to Wakefield on Sunday – but now wants to move on and focus on Castleford.The Tigers come to Langtree Park on tomorrow (Friday) to take on Saints in a Stobart Super League Round 25 clash.But despite their recent run of form Rush knows how dangerous they can be.“We saw that when we played them on Easter Monday and the game was a real battle,” he said. “They like to play an expansive brand of rugby league and have a very dangerous half-back combination.“Historically, Saints v Castleford matches have been real spectacles and I’m expecting nothing less. They normally go down to the wire and whilst that isn’t good for the health of coaches, it is great for the fans.“We will make a few enforced changes – Josh Jones and Michael Shenton are both injured so won’t play and Jon Wilkin isn’t fit to return just yet.“We need to get our performance right this week. We need to start bending our backs to get some whack back in our D because our defensive performance on Sunday wasn’t good enough.“We need to have good kick chase and match our opponent’s enthusiasm like Wakefield did with us. Perhaps we took a few things for granted and thought someone else in the line would get us going. When we did that we relaxed a little and I have to deal with those issues.”Rush was unhappy with a number of things after the Wakefield game and made his feelings clear in the post-match press conference.“I wasn’t angry, it was borne out of frustration,” he added. “I have been angry with players after performances – Magic for example – but this was a little different. I know we could have done a lot better, but it is hard when those decisions are out of my control and maybe that is something when you are an inexperienced coach you find harder. I know people say decisions like that happen – but we were on the end of a least three of them at the weekend.“I have put my case to the RFL on the phone and have spoken to Stuart Cummings about the bits of the game that frustrated me. I told him a number of tries shouldn’t have been tries and were only given because match officials’ inability to spot what was going on around them. I appreciate how difficult it is for match officials but at the end of the day I also need to protect my club and say that on that occasion we were on the wrong end of some tough calls.“At the business end of the season you can’t afford to be on the wrong end of too many 50:50 decisions but three of their tries are not 50:50 decisions. Andy Raleigh is offside when they score, we get men taken out on their first try and Ben Cockayne knocks on before getting up to play it.“Perhaps we need to have video referees at all games. I know some coaches spoke about that earlier in the season. We should have them at every game or not at all to get some consistency. I know cost is an issue and camera angles might be difficult but it needs investigating.“Now I have to move on and focus on Friday. It hurt on Sunday as I felt we were on the wrong side of it time and time and time again. But we can’t get away from the fact that our middle didn’t bang their shoulder in enough. We can fix up certain things but there is not a lot you can do when players block your path or score from offside positions.”Tickets for Friday’s match – sponsored by Oval Insurance Broking – are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham once again praised his sides re

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham once again praised his side’s resilience and thanked the fans following Saints’ 30-20 win over Castleford Tigers.“The best thing to come out of the game was the way we got out to a lead towards the end of the game and defended that lead,” he said. “We were our own worst enemy at times. After every try early on we coughed up soft possession and gifted them back into the game.“It is always tough coming here. We knew it would be a physical encounter regardless of who is playing following Cas’ loss last week.“The aim when you land here is to get the result and we did that. We know we can do better but we’ve won two in a row and that is something we can build on. That resilience to defend a lead is credit to the players.“It is good to have front line players pulling on their shirts as it means we can start forging some combinations. Young Theo (Fages) is a smart player and in the last two weeks he has learnt that Mark Percival is one of the best centres in the comp. He’s never had so much ball playing with him.“Jonny Lomax came up with a great play too. He was tired out there but proved he is a gamebreaker.“Joe Greenwood too; we had to find a way of getting points and he normally gets them. Theo is working well with his little crew on the left hand side! I also thought Morgan Knowles is continuing to come of age. He played in the edges and middle and did really well.”He continued: “On a personal note I’d like to thank the fans for what they have been doing in the last few weeks.“The support today was phenomenal. They could have sat at home and not come across on a rainy Sunday but they were here, cheering the boys on.“On behalf of me, the coaching staff and the players a big thank you. You brought us home in those tough spots.”Next up for Saints in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Sixth Round tie with Hull FC at Langtree Park.The game will kick off at 4.30pm on Sunday May 8.Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

Saints have a strong record over Salford at their

first_imgSaints have a strong record over Salford at their own midden.They have won all fifteen matches at Knowsley Road since 1997, one game at Widnes’ Stobart Stadium in 2011 and five at Totally Wicked Stadium (2012-2016).Salford last won in St Helens on January 12 1980 (18-17) with the Saints winning 32 consecutive home meetings between the sides since then.2017 Meeting:Salford 22, St Helens 14 (SLR7, 30/3/17)Super League Summary:St Helens won 34 Salford won 6Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 66-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 58-4, A, 2000) Salford highest score: 44-10 (H, 2016) (also widest margin)Head to Head Season Stats:SaintsSalfordTries6482Goals5172Metres23,03223,384Breaks88127Tackles6,1846,094Penalties135137Career Milestones:Zeb Taia needs one appearance to reach 100 whilst in the British game. He has played 17 games for St Helens in 2017, to go with appearances for Catalans Dragons (81, 2013-2015) and The Exiles (1, 2013).James Roby needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 91 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015) and 1 for Great Britain (2006-2007).Try-Scoring Runs:St Helens’ Mark Percival (2-1-1-1) has scored tries in their sides’ last four games.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 30 2 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 18 3 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 17 4 = Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 15 6 Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos) 13 7 = Jake Mamo (Huddersfield Giants), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 12Goals: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 64 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 56 4 Mark Percival (St Helens) 46 5 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 43 6 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 42 7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 41 8 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 37 9 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 36 10 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 100.00 (10/10) 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 90.14 (64/71) 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 87.50 (56/64) 4 Martyn Ridyard (Huddersfield Giants/Leigh Centurions) 84.00 (21/25) 5 Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers) 83.33 (10/12) 6 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 82.35 (14/17) 7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 80.39 (41/51) 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 79.24 (42/53) 9 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 78.72 (37/47) 10 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 76.92 (80/104)Points: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 207 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 141 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 136 4 = Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers), Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 120 6 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 107 7 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 96 8 = Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 94 10 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 88last_img read more

The back rower has been cited by the Match Review

first_imgThe back rower has been cited by the Match Review panel for an incident in the 63rd minute of match against Leeds.Wilkin was sinbinned by referee James Child and has subsequently been charged with a Grade B offence (Dangerous Contact – Defending player, in or after effecting a tackle, uses any part of his body forcefully to bend or apply unnecessary pressure to the head and/or neck and/or spinal column of the tackled player so as to keep the tackled player at a disadvantage in or after the tackle).He could receive a one to two game ban.Wilkin has an Early Guilty Plea available.last_img read more

11 of the 17 came through the Academy Aaron Smith

first_img11 of the 17 came through the Academy, Aaron Smith made his debut and with the likes of Ben Barba and James Roby out, they all needed to stand up strong to secure a result.And that’s exactly what they did as Morgan Knowles sidestepped his way over with two minutes remaining to all but hand Saints the League Leaders’ Shield.Justin Holbrook’s side had to come from behind twice to seal a victory that was based on never giving up.Catalans led 10-0 after 15 minutes but Mark Percival crossed for his 22nd of the season to get Saints on the hunt.Percival and Kenny Edwards both had efforts chalked off shortly afterwards before Josh Drinkwater tagged on a penalty in the 27th minute to stretch Catalans lead.Saints didn’t hang around though and Theo Fages produced a sensational run from a loose ball to go under the posts.Aaron Smith made his Saints bow on the half hour mark – and was instantly involved after he was felled late by Sam Moa.That incident saw the Catalan prop sinbinned and Richardson duly added the penalty in front of the sticks to make it 14-12.After weathering the pressure, Saints suddenly had their tails up and looked to have increased their lead when Matty Lees bulldozed over from 10 metres out.But his effort was unluckily called back for a double movement even though his momentum seemed to have carried him over.Saints were 14-12 in front at the break but within five minutes of the second half, Iain Thornley had crossed in the corner to give the lead back to the hosts.Edwards then increased the lead in the 54th minute.Somehow, Saints hung on in there though and with 10 to go, Mark Percival scooted off down the left hand, sucked in the defence and found Jonny Lomax who put down.Richardson kicked the conversion – and then Morgan Knowles made his timely intervention.Fages supplied the pass but there was no stopping the hooker on his way to the line.Richardson tagged on the extras to take the lead out to 26-22 – and after Saints defended the short kick off, the fans who had made the journey over to France could finally breathe a sigh of relief.Match Summary:Dragons: Tries: Mead, Casty, Thornley, Edwards, Goals: Drinkwater (3 from 5)Saints: Tries: Percival, Fages, Lomax, Knowles Goals: Richardson (5 from 5)Penalties Awarded: Dragons: 7 Saints: 6HT: 12-14 FT: 22-26REF: Liam MooreATT: TBCTeams:Dragons: 31. Tony Gigot; 20. Lewis Tierney, 1. David Mead, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 3. Iain Thornley; 6. Samisoni Langi, 33. Josh Drinkwater; 15. Mikael Simon, 19. Michael McIlorum, 10. Sam Moa, 34. Kenny Edwards, 13. Greg Bird, 8. Rémi Casty. Subs: 14. Julian Bousquet, 17. Jason Baitieri, 24. Alrix Da Costa, 32. Mickael Goudemand.Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 30. Matty Costello, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 16. Luke Thompson, 15. Morgan Knowles, 10. Kyle Amor, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 14. Luke Douglas, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 25. Aaron Smith.last_img read more

Cooper McComas resignation appropriate thing to do

first_img The governor’s office says Gov. Cooper received McComas’ resignation and believes stepping down was the appropriate thing to do.Just last week, WUNC public radio reported on allegations that in 2003, McComas dragged  a 26-year-old lobbyist around his office by the ponytail. In the article, McComas denied pulling the woman by the hair and told WUNC  “that sounds to me like it would be something terrible.” He added, “If that happened, I think she should have called the police right then and there.”McComas served in the NC General Assembly from 1994 to 2012, before resigning and serving as chairman of the NC State Ports Authority.Related Article: North Carolina scooters get first regulation in House billHe joined the NC Board of Transportation in March.We reached out to McComas but have not heard back. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Danny McComas has resigned from the State Board of Transportation, effective immediately.McComas submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Roy Cooper today. While the letter doesn’t go into detail why he is resigning, McComas thanked the governor for the opportunity.- Advertisement – last_img read more

American Craft Walk Wilmington happening tomorrow

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Although Hurricane Florence forced it to be rescheduled, the American Craft Walk Wilmington will go on.Tomorrow, local artists will cover Front Street in downtown Wilmington and welcome the public to check out their work from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free and the event is fun for the whole family.- Advertisement – The 2018 American Craft Walk Wilmington is happening Saturday in downtown Wilmington on Front St. Photo: ACWW The 2018 American Craft Walk Wilmington is happening Saturday in downtown Wilmington on Front St. Photo: ACWW 1 of 4 The 2018 American Craft Walk Wilmington is happening Saturday in downtown Wilmington on Front St. Photo: ACWW The 2018 American Craft Walk Wilmington is happening Saturday in downtown Wilmington on Front St. Photo: ACWW Because there continues to be a need for donations and supplies to help those most affected by the hurricane, the ACWW’s information booth at Front and Market Streets will have several art items for raffle with the proceeds going to a local non-profit. There will also be an area designated for donations of small books or toys for children.“It was our goal to hold the American Craft Walk as soon as we could for the same reasons we hold it each year,” said organizer Joan Loch. The goal is “to bring people downtown to celebrate art and support local business.”For more information visit Americancraftwalkwilmington.com.last_img read more

NCDOT widening project to close several Wilmington businesses

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Seven businesses will have to close or be relocated in order to make way for a widening project at South Front Street and Carolina Beach Road.The NC Department of Transportation confirms that Han-Dee Hugos, Performance Cycles of Wilmington, The Dubliner Pub and Patio, Reynolds Body and Paint Shop, Roy’s Carburetor and Tune-up Services and two properties owned by JT Lee and Sons will be taken.- Advertisement – The process to acquire the properties could take anywhere from six months to about a year. At least one business owner says he hasn’t received any notice from NCDOT.“I have not been contacted whatsoever,” said Joe Petersen, owner of Performance Cycles of Wilmington. “Whether it be formally in writing, a formal phone call, absolutely no contact from DOT as to what’s happening.”Petersen says he first learned of the project at a town meeting last year, but logistics had not yet been figured out. He says other than environmental testing done on his property by NCDOT, he has had no other contact with them about the fate of his property.Related Article: ILM set new passenger record in 2018“The only thing we hear is second-hand, social media, neighbors, that type of stuff,” said Petersen.Next month he’ll be celebrating six years at his current location on Carolina Beach Road. He says if he’s forced to leave, he will open up shop somewhere else in the Cape Fear.“[We] just purchased a $30,000 piece of equipment. It’s a Dynojet Dyno 250i. So we’re continuing investing in our business, with the anticipation of servicing the people of the community for years to come,” said Petersen.Right next door to Performance Cycles of Wilmington is The Dubliner Pub and Patio, where staff are preparing for their busiest day of the year.Now they must face the reality that this will likely be their last St. Patrick’s Day at this location.“It’s the end of an era, I mean it’s sad to see this place go, there’s so many relationships that you’ve built with these customers over the years, and with the community,” said manager Rob Potts.Potts says they will likely be closed by Christmas, and they hope to move the bar to a new location.last_img read more

Environmentalists to county commissioners No offshore drilling

first_imgBOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Southport Indivisible and Brunswick Environmental Action Team, or BEAT, marched outside the Brunswick County Commission Chambers Monday night before entering the meeting and speaking out against offshore drilling.Members of the two organizations and other environmentalists asked commissioners to approve a resolution opposing offshore drilling, saying allowing it to happen will harm marine life, and could hurt tourism if something were to go wrong.- Advertisement – Peter Key, president of BEAT, says this is the 16th consecutive time they’ve spoken out at a commission meeting.“What those blasts do is they’re so loud, that they mask the sounds that dolphins and whales use to hunt, to mate, to communicate with each other,” Key said. “These animals are either going to be deafened, they’re going to have their ear drums burst by this sound if they’re close enough. Or they’re going to have to move from their migratory patterns that they’ve had established in their evolution for eternity.”No action was taken by the board of commissioners regarding the drilling.last_img read more

Updated Third vote on Brexit deal tomorrow but only withdrawal part

first_imgThird vote on Brexit deal tomorrow, but only withdrawal partMembers of the UK Parliament will be voting on only the Brexit Withdrawal agreement tomorrow, it has been confirmed.During the session of the House of Commons, the Speaker John Bercow, has told MPs that the vote does indeed meet the demands he had set on the third Brexit vote being different to the two previous votes.Commons speaker John Bercow says the government’s #Brexit motion for tomorrow meets the test he had set, that it must be “substantially different” to the Withdrawal Agreement that has been defeated twice. Follow the latest here: https://t.co/oiC79K7THa pic.twitter.com/8tOhYAEJ5T— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 28, 2019Third Brexit deal vote would have to be ‘substantively different’ – HOC SpeakerThis means that MPs will only be voting on the withdrawal agreement, the first part of the Brexit deal and not the ‘full package’ which includes the political declaration.Withdrawal agreement: The settlement fee the UK needs to pay the EU as well as information on the transition and backstop arrangementsPolitical declaration: The aspect of the PM’s deal which outlines what the future relationship between the EU and UK would look like.Brexit BlindnessIn their  initial response to the proposal, the Opposition Labour Party said that such a decision leads to the ‘blindest of blind Brexits.’Equally, the Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Kier Starmer argued that it was peculiar to be dividing the ‘negotiated package’ which both European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said had to be one of the same deal.”Splitting up documents that go together isn’t going to take them anywhere.”@Keir_Starmer says the government needs to find a consensus on how to leave the EU.Follow #Brexit live here: https://t.co/86KtV2eq9b pic.twitter.com/FDNj4wcSQE— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 28, 2019He added that their separation ‘would mean leaving the EU with absolutely no idea where we are heading … we wouldn’t vote for that.’Negotiations ongoingThe news comes as last week, European Council leaders agreed to the UK being offered an extension until April 12th if the Prime Minister could not pass her deal. If she could, she would have an extension until May 22nd.Earlier today, the Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom had initially hinted to MPs that discussions had been ‘ongoing’ regarding where the full or split part of the deal would be presented for a vote.Tomorrow’s order of business:She did stress that, ‘The motion tabled will comply with the Speaker’s ruling but the only way we ensure we leave in good time on May 22 is by approving the Withdrawal Agreement by 11pm on March 29, which is tomorrow … The European Council has agreed to an extension until May 22 provided the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by the House of Commons this week … It’s crucial we make every effort to give effect to that and to allow the House to debate this important issue.’Commons leader @andrealeadsom says the government should “make every effort” to ensure the UK leaves the EU by May 22.MPs will be voting on the PM’s withdrawal agreement only tomorrow, not the political declaration. Follow the latest here: https://t.co/oiC79K7THa pic.twitter.com/Nfdf1Ur3Bu— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 28, 2019No support for any way forwardLast night MPs voted down 8 different ways that were aimed at taking the Brexit process further forward.Updated (3): MPs reject all eight alternatives to May’s Brexit plansSome dates for your Brexit diariesThe options up for Indicative votes, ranged from No-deal to revoke Article 50 and even to offering a second referendum.Resign to get BrexitThe Prime Minister has offered to resign provided MPs pass her Brexit deal.Theresa May explained that this would take place after 22nd May. Government spokespeople say that the situation changes if MPs do not support the deal for a third time.The Prime Minister needs to win over 75 rebels to ensure her deal gets through.WhatsApp <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> The Democratic Unionist Party’s leader in Westminster has confirmed to the UK media that his party will not be supporting tomorrow’s withdrawal agreement.MP Nigel Dodds told the BBC, that things are unpredictable but regret not being able to support the deal.‘Things change by the hour here but I’m not expecting any last minute rabbits out of the hat … We regret the fact that we weren’t able to get to a position to support the withdrawal agreement … The fact of the matter is had there been legally binding changes at treaty level we could have been in business … The fact of the matter is had there been legally binding changes at treaty level we could have been in business.’NEW/ THE SAME: DUP confirm “voting against” the Withdrawal Agreement approval motion just announced.— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) March 28, 2019The DUP are not the only to confirm their objections to tomorrow’s vote on the withdrawal agreement, Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn said…”We are not prepared to support the prime minister on this.” @jeremycorbyn says @Theresa_May is moving the UK into a “blindfold #Brexit” by separating the Withdrawal Agreement from the political declaration for tomorrow’s vote.Follow the latest here: https://t.co/oiC79K7THa pic.twitter.com/t9L5ypSDTD— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 28, 2019This move by the Labour Party has encouraged one Conservative MP to refer to the Opposition as the ‘Stop Brexit Party’Labour has just said they won’t vote for #Brexit tomorrow. Labour is now officially the #StopBrexit party. Completely disgraceful.— Lucy Allan MP (@lucyallan) March 28, 2019The vote in the House of Commons is now official and MPs had to approve the day to make the vote…The House of Commons will sit tomorrow to consider a Government motion relating to the #WithdrawalAgreement with the European Union.MPs approved the Sittings of the House motion that allows this to happen without a division.— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) March 28, 2019Here is more from Keir Starmer explaining why it’s not right to separate the two parts of the Brexit deal. He explains that it goes against the deal struck with the EU.‘What the Government is doing is not in the national interest and that’s why we will not support it tomorrow’, Starmer tweets.There are four key reasons why you cannot separate the Withdrawal Agreement from the Political Declaration. 1/— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) March 28, 2019center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

Photos Russia detains more than 1000 people in opposition crackdown

first_img Law enforcement officers block a street during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov A woman looks as law enforcement officers block a street during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov A woman talks with a law enforcement officer during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva Law enforcement officers block a street during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov A hand of a detained protester is seen inside a police bus after he was detained during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov A woman reads the Constitution of Russia to law enforcement officers during a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyevacenter_img Protesters take part at a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Russian police rounded up more than 1,000 people in Moscow on Saturday in one of the biggest crackdowns of recent years against an increasingly defiant opposition decrying President Vladimir Putin’s tight grip on power.The detentions came around a protest to demand that opposition members be allowed to run in a local election. Authorities had declared it illegal and sought to block participation, but thousands of people turned up anyway in one of the longest and most determined protests of recent times.Chants of “Russia without Putin” and “Putin resign” echoed through central Moscow as guardsmen clad in riot gear beat back protesters with batons and roughly detained people.At least one woman and a man appeared to have suffered serious head wounds. Activists said the crackdown was the harshest since a wave of anti-Kremlin protests in 2011-12.Saturday’s events showed how Kremlin critics and especially younger people remain intent on pressing to open Russia’s tightly-choreographed political system to competition.Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny had called the protest to persuade officials to allow opposition-minded candidates to run in a Sept. 8 vote.Authorities say they were barred because they failed to collect sufficient genuine signatures in their support.Navalny and his allies have no seats in parliament and are starved of air time on state TV where many Russians still get their news.Opinion polls in the past have shown support for Navalny, a lawyer and anti-corruption activist, only in the single digits. But backers note he won almost a third of the vote in a 2013 Moscow mayoral race and say his movement could build momentum in the Russian capital if allowed to compete fairly.Though Putin’s approval rating is still high at well over 60 percent, it is lower than it used to be due to discontent over years of falling incomes. Last year, the 66-year-old former KGB intelligence officer won a landslide re-election and a new six-year term until 2024.Burnishing his man of action image, Putin spent Saturday diving to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland in a mini-submarine to honour a Soviet submarine that sunk there in World War Two.ARRESTED “SITTING ON A BENCH”OVD-Info, an independent monitoring group, said police detained at least 1,373 people before or at Saturday’s protest. As in past sweeps, many were only held for a matter of hours.Police put participation at more than 3,500 people, of whom it said around 700 people were journalists and bloggers. Activists said the number attending was likely to have been much higher.Some activists were arrested twice after being released and then returning to protest in a different place. Reuters witnesses said some of those detained appeared to be ordinary passersby in the wrong place at the wrong time.One of those detained, Alexander Latyshev, 45, said he had came from the nearby Vladimir region to discuss business with an associate and been randomly detained. “I was just sitting on a bench (when they took me),” he told Reuters inside a police bus.Police also raided an office being used by Navalny’s supporters to live-stream the protest.TV Rain, an independent station covering the protests, said its editor-in-chief had been called in for questioning after police visited its offices.Under Russian law, the location and timing of such protests needs to be agreed with authorities beforehand, something that was not done for Saturday’s event.Kremlin critic Navalny was jailed for 30 days on Wednesday and other members of the opposition have had their homes searched. Ilya Yashin, a Navalny ally, said police had searched his Moscow flat overnight before detaining him and driving him out of the capital. He called for another protest next Saturday.Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokeswoman, said on Twitter she had been detained on Saturday morning. Other prominent activists Dmitry Gudkov and Lyubov Sobol were also held.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a Putin ally, had warned beforehand that authorities would act decisively against the risk of “serious provocations”.The police’s investigative arm has already opened a criminal investigation into an opposition rally in June which it said may have obstructed the work of Moscow’s electoral commission.An authorised protest in Moscow last weekend, also calling for the disbarred candidates to be registered, was attended by more than 20,000 people, according to the White Counter monitoring group.WhatsApp 1 of 12 Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov SharePrint Law enforcement officers detain a participant of a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 27, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva <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>last_img read more

Orange Money reaches 4 million customers and launches in Jordan and Mauritius

first_imgAdvertisement In only eighteen months, Orange Money has quadrupled its customer base, which now covers 14% of all Orange customers in these 10 countries. In Madagascar, over a third of all customers have opened an Orange Money account, while in Côte d’Ivoire daily transactions now exceed one billion CFA francs per day. This exponential growth attests to the strong consumer appetite for this innovative, simple and practical mobile payment service in countries where the population has limited access to bank accounts but is widely equipped with mobile phones.Access to Orange Money is very easy: mobile phone customers may open an Orange Money account for free whether or not they have a bank account. It allows customers to carry out simple banking operations and transactions in total security. The three key services include:money transfers, where users can send money using their phone to any Orange Money customer in the country;financial services, including solutions facilitating savings and insurance (according to the country);payments, giving users an easier way to pay their bills, as well as providing a simple way to buy mobile phone credit.These two last categories of service are growing quickly. Thanks to partnerships with local service providers, Orange Money customers can pay some of their bills with their mobile phone. This is enables customers to benefit from the comfort and flexibility of a remote payment system and in many cases allows them to avoid a long and difficult journey. For example, Orange Money customers can already pay their electricity bills in Senegal or their water bills in Jordan. – Advertisement – In addition to payment, Orange Money also provides customers who do not have a bank account with a way to save money. In Madagascar, for example, customers can now sign-up to a life insurance scheme. Commenting on the development of Orange Money, Marc Rennard, Orange’s Executive Director for AMEA operations, stated that: “Orange Money plays an important role in driving growth in our activities in emerging markets, allowing us to contribute to the economic and social development of these countries, while improving our customers’ loyalty.”last_img read more

WhatsApp New Update Lets You Know Who Reads Your Messages in Groups

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook-owned social messaging platform WhatsApp Inc last year promised it’s billion users more interesting features/updates on it’s mobile app. One of the features it’s bringing this year is the ability to allow users to revoke or edit messages that have already been sent to other contacts. However, the feature will be available in WhatsApp’s iPhone beta version and is said to be disabled by default, meaning that you will have to turn it on manually.Meanwhile, WhatsApp has introduced a feature that let’s users know who reads their messages in WhatsApp groups. The user selects any message s/he sends in a group they are currently in, and from the option bar that appears on top of the messages, you select message info icon/option. It will show you how many people in the group have read that message at what particular time, and how many still remain to read, and also who it was delivered. In the pictorial above, shows that the message I sent was read by 36 members, and 62 members remaining to read, while it was 24 members delivered to and 37 members remaining. – Advertisement – Notably, WhatsApp for iPhone has received an update that includes the increase of WhatsApp photo and video sharing limit from 10 to 30, and the ability to queue messages; a feature that was made available to Android users first.The queue feature can let you can send a WhatsApp message to a group or an individual even when connectivity is unavailable, and the message will be sent automatically once you get connectivity on your iPhone.last_img read more

A New Study Claims Smartphone Notifications Can Spoil Your Mood

first_img(Photo Courtesy: Updato) Advertisement Over one third of the notifications on smartphones worsen our moods, triggering us to feel hostile, upset, nervous, afraid or ashamed, a study has found.Researchers at the Nottingham Trent University in the UK studied the effect on mood in 50 participants who received thousands of digital alerts over a five-week period.Out of more than half a million notifications, they found that 32% resulted in negative emotions. – Advertisement – Notifications relating to non-human activity such as general phone updates and wifi availability had the worst impact on phone users mood, researchers found.Work-related notifications also had a negative impact on mood, particularly when they arrived in bulk.However, people enjoyed messages from friends, particularly several at once, which created a sense of belonging and feelings of connection to a social group.“While notifications enhance the convenience of our life, we need to better-understand the impact their obsessive use has on our well-being,” Kanjo said.For the study, published in the journal IEEE Access, researchers developed an app called NotiMind which participants downloaded.The app collected details relating to the phone’s digital notifications, as well as participants’ self-reported moods at various points in the day over a five-week period.In the future, the app could be used to personalize notifications, so that fewer system notifications are sent when someone is feeling down, researchers said.[related-posts]source: PTIlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 23 JanuaryRACING5.00 KemptonPipers Piping 12/1 > 6/47.00 KemptonAbsolutely So 2/1 > 6/4What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 18 DecemberRACING12.50 ExeterNitrogen 100/30 > 7/42.10 TowcesterNewton Thistle 100/30 > 5/23.40 TowcesterAnda De Grissay 4/1 > 5/23.50 ExeterAlberto’s Dream 11/2 > 4/14.45 KemptonRezwaan 7/2 > 7/46.15 KemptonGlorious Asset 10/1 > 5/1DARTS2/1 Phil Taylor5/2 MVG13/2 Anderson10/1 Lewis14/1 Wade25/1 Bunting28/1 Chisnall40/1 Peter Wright40/1 RvBWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 9 FebruaryRACING2.10 CatterickMad For Road 7/1 > 4/13.40 CatterickPinerolo 12/1 > 8/14.00 WoilverhamptonYorkshireman 7/2 > 5/24.20 PlumptonDainty Diva 5/1 > 7/2LIVE FOOTBALL7.45pm2/1 Bradford 7/5 MK Dons 23/10 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Real Madrid v Juventus

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his looks a lot more delicately poised than last night’s match with Juventus holding a 2-1 leg ahead of tonight’s clash at the Bernabeu for the right to meet Barcelona in the final.Real Madrid come into this on the back of a 2-2 draw against Valencia – a match which they were 2-0 behind in but needed to win to keep their realistic title hopes alive.Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “In recent games against Valencia and Sevilla the team played very well… but lacked concentration in details and this is the type of thing we must avoid doing. We must be focused throughout the whole game to avoid these problems. We need to play with greater intensity than in the first leg.”Juventus have reached their first semi-final since 2003 and coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted: “I won’t know my starting line-up right until the last minute. We know it will be a very difficult game in Madrid and a different one entirely, a more attacking affair. We passed up four or five decent chances in the first leg. We’ll have to put them away at the Bernabeu if we want to go through.”Real Madrid v JuventusUEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg7.45pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)May 2015 Champions League Juventus 2-1 Real MadridNov 2013 Champions League Juventus 2-2 Real MadridOct 2013 Champions League Real Madrid 2-1 JuventusNov 2008 Champions League Real Madrid 0-2 JuventusOct 2008 Champions League Juventus 2-1 Real MadridMar 2005 Champions League Juventus 2-0 Real MadridFeb 2005 Champions League Real Madrid 1-0 JuventusMay 2003 Champions League Juventus 3-1 Real MadridMay 2003 Champions League Real Madrid 2-1 JuventusMay 1998 Champions League Real Madrid 1-0 JuventusI thought Real Madrid would be a little shorter than 4/6 with Star Sports and I’m having a chunky bet on them winning inside 90 minutes.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK REAL MADRID for 18 points at around 4/6 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 50.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more