A disabled woman who survived an appalling regime

first_imgA disabled woman who survived an appalling regime of abuse at a notorious residential home has spoken of her shock and anger at seeing television reports of similar crimes at care homes in Devon two decades later.Last week, reporting restrictions were lifted following a series of criminal trials and hearings that led to the conviction of 13 company directors and employees of Atlas Project Team, which provided residential care for people with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour.Bristol Crown Court heard how disabled residents were locked as a punishment in bare, freezing seclusion rooms with no heating or toilet facilities.The court cases focused on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy to falsely imprison residents at two of the homes, but official documents show the abusive regimes at the Atlas homes extended far beyond false imprisonment and spread across many of its 15 properties.The reporting restrictions that had been imposed on the trials were lifted almost exactly 20 years after three members of staff were sentenced, in June 1997, for their part in an abusive regime at care homes for adults with learning difficulties run by the company Longcare in Buckinghamshire*.Dorothy Thomson (pictured, with her husband Jamie) was a resident of the Longcare homes**, and was subjected to years of terrifying physical abuse, psychological torture and other ill-treatment and neglect at the hands of Longcare boss Gordon Rowe and his sidekicks.She only escaped after confiding in her sister, and her social worker, and her bravery in speaking out helped lead to the regime being exposed three years later, in 1994.Gordon Rowe never faced justice, as he killed himself as he was about to be charged with a catalogue of crimes, but his widow Angela was jailed for ill-treatment and neglect, with one of their former managers jailed for ill-treatment, and another manager fined.This week, Dorothy Thomson told Disability News Service (DNS) that the television reports of the “disgusting” and “terrible” abuse in Devon had reminded her of her own ordeal at Stoke Place, one of the Longcare homes.She said: “Nobody on earth would ever imagine what I went through.“Because there was occasions when I would sit on the shower room floor and bang my head against the floor and I just kept thinking to myself, ‘I just can’t take anymore,’ and I just wanted to die.”She sees troubling similarities between what happened in Devon and the events at Longcare more than two decades ago, such as staff cruelty, residents forced to carry out menial tasks, homes located in isolated rural settings, and a punishment regime that included the withdrawal of food from residents who refused to obey staff.She said: “It still goes on. Stoke Place, for instance, was hidden away, nobody could see what was going on. They couldn’t hear any shouts.“It feels terrible, because it should never happen. The table should be turned onto the staff that work with them.”She feels so disillusioned with the failure of successive governments to address institutional abuse in the 20 years since the Longcare scandal was exposed that she refuses to vote.She said: “I will never vote in a million years, because people will not do anything.“All the politicians are interested in is making money. They are not interested in people’s feelings.”Thomson said that it was “disgusting” and “terrible” that the authorities were still failing to prevent such abuse.She wants to see all homes for disabled people shut down, and says she blames the government, and the police, for failing to act.She said: “I went through a life of hell and other people shouldn’t have that life. They should be treated like everyday people, not with cruelty, because people are not animals.“They should treat them just like ordinary people, with lives and feelings. We have the right to live normal, happy lives.”Dr Noelle Blackman, chief executive of the charity Respond, which provided psychotherapy to some of the Longcare survivors and has also provided years of support to victims of the Atlas abuse, and their families, said the similarities between the two regimes were striking.She pointed to the systematic nature of the abuse, which was part of the culture of the institutions, and how it was legitimised by the managers and directors.There was also the “humiliation” experienced by female residents, some of whom were displaying signs of having been sexually abused, another characteristic of the Longcare regime.She said: “If they were frightened and wet themselves, they would have to stay wet.“If they stayed in the shower scrubbing themselves for a substantial time they were punished for that and sometimes would have to walk naked or almost naked from one part of the home to another because they had taken too long in the shower.”Both Longcare and Atlas made huge profits by providing services for a group of clients that other providers did not want to support.And she pointed to “complacent or even negligent” commissioners, among local and health authorities, that “allowed that culture to grow stronger and stronger”.There were also low-paid and poorly-trained staff, who were “easy to groom. It’s easy to bring in staff who previously were working as cleaners or in McDonald’s and not train them at all, or train them in a regime like this.”Blackman added: “It’s depressing. I have been working in this field since the 1990s and I feel we are seeing the same things now as we were then and I do not feel things are changing, and that things are even less likely to change now.“All these places are institutions. People should not be living in institutions. People should be supported to live normal lives.”Blackman said she was particularly concerned about institutions that claim to be experts in managing “challenging behaviour”, as Atlas had done, and which often use “punitive” strategies to control residents who are usually “traumatised” and “coming from a place of anxiety and fear”.She added: “After all this time, we still haven’t got the right kind of support in the community.“Either we are paying large amounts of money for people to be supported in these kinds of institutions, or they are carted off to assessment and treatment units, which are just holding pens, they are not places to live.”And she suggested that that situation was almost worse now than it was 20 years ago in the wake of the Longcare scandal, because the government’s austerity cuts meant there were not now the resources for the kind of innovative projects that supported people leaving the old long-stay hospitals in the 1980s and 1990s.And she said any money there was was being siphoned off by shareholders of the companies that provided private sector assessment and treatment units, which had replaced the long-stay hospitals.*The Longcare scandal led to a hugely-influential independent inquiry, which directly influenced several pieces of legislation including Labour’s Care Standards Act, which saw an independent national regulator taking over responsibility for registration and inspection of care homes, and new whistleblowing laws, as well as the introduction of multi-agency adult protection guidance.**John Pring’s book on the Longcare scandal, Longcare Survivors: The Biography Of A Care Scandal, is available through the DNS websitelast_img read more

Tempers Rise Over Satirical Homeless Encampment Tracking App

first_imgThe minds behind an app to track and flag homeless encampments in San Francisco say that the app does not exist and was in fact intended as a commentary on tech culture.Since its launch on Tuesday, the app has been damned on Twitter.SnapCamp’s purported premise was “cleaning up” San Francisco’s communities by encouraging its residents to take pictures of homeless encampments and noting “problem areas” at a safe distance.The fake app made its debut during a time when residents are reacting strongly to the growing number of homeless people in the area, many of whom have reported being displaced by the city’s efforts to accommodate tourists visiting the city for a week of Super Bowl 50 events. We’re seeing a lot of negativity around our app, but we’re just trying keep our neighborhoods safe. Wouldn’t you? https://t.co/AXAHo2CSkb— GetSnapCamp (@GetSnapCamp) February 3, 2016 .@GetSnapCamp like seriously, take your VC money and fuck right back to whatever suburb you came from.— Morganza Eleganza (@baba_yaguh) February 3, 2016 @GetSnapCamp might you see how it conforms with worst stereotypes of San Fran? ie an app will “fix” things without addressing root causes— brian wheeler (@wheelb) February 3, 2016 That did little to pacify other Twitter users: Grist called the hoax on Wednesday, pointing to dead links on the app’s website and user testimonials that seemed far fetched, exacerbating tech cliches. In one of the testimonials, alleged SnapCamp user “Jared Gustafson,” described as a digital designer, was quoted saying this about homeless encampments:“Nobody wants to say it, but I will. It’s the smell. When I get off the bus from Mountain View, I have to hold my breath. I feel like we need to send a message.”This morning, the photo accompanying Gustafson’s quote was that of venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson. But following the Grist article, Gustafson’s picture was changed.The SnapCamp creator admits to having “a weird sense of humor.” Though not a resident of the Mission, the emailer said “Campos is my supe,” and that they are “gentrifying a different neighborhood.”The motivation came more from a longing for more meaningful engagement from tech workers.“I’m trying to build something, in my professional life, that I hope will have social impact.  I have been disappointed by few people find that to be a motivating factor,” they said.When asked if the creators behind SnapCamp feel that the disconnect between tech’s mentality and the community’s needs can be bridged, the answer was “probably not.”“Hackathons are easier to organize than political campaigns,” the emailer wrote, adding this message for those who denounced SnapCamp both as a real app and as a joke: “Good. You care enough to Tweet. Now take the next step.”SnapCamp’s creator did not specify whether the website will stay live, saying only that “art is ephemeral.” Its creators defended the project. “SnapCamp is art,” wrote one of the website’s creators in an email to Mission Local, declining to identify themselves due to the “rancor” that the project has inspired. The project serves as a satire of tech culture, according to the anonymous emailer, who is a self-described owner of a small software company and “deeply embedded” in tech.“It would be self-aggrandizing to say that we’re trying to raise awareness; everybody in the city is aware of the issue. The Superbowl pushed a lot of people south of Market, and the rain forced them to seek shelter, creating a very visible issue,” the SnapCamp creator wrote. “But, it shines a light on a central question in tech that I think often goes unexamined: We are obsessed with ‘solving problems.’ But whose problems do we solve? And what new problems are created?”SnapCamp is non-existent in the app store, but its website promises that the app will “bring about social change one photo at a time,” by allowing users to document and share the locations of illegal encampments, vagrancy or trespassing.Without an actual app to develop, the project took surprisingly little time. The site’s anonymous creator said that a three-person team spent some 10 hours on the project and “a couple of bucks” for the domain registration.“A web page theme. A few photos on a nice day. Incidentally, anybody whose tent we photographed, we asked their permission and gave them $20. That was by far the largest expense,” the person wrote.The website for the app launched yesterday and caused a stir in the Twitter-sphere as well as on Facebook. Reactions online have been, for the most part, outraged.“Meanwhile, App Startup Land has its own Final Solution for the homeless of San Francisco. Behold, callous disregard for human life given form as an app!” wrote Facebook user Eric Hall in a post around noon, when it was still unclear whether the app was a real endeavor or satire.“Satire has to be clear in order for it to be effective. If this is a hoax, it is reinforcing the bad behavior instead of problematizing it. If it’s real, same thing,” posted Facebook user Shannon Bolt.One Twitter user called the project disgusting. 0% WTF is wrong with people? This is absolutely disgusting. #snapcamp https://t.co/6DfJsQmamk pic.twitter.com/mzd8EG4d6P— Josh Rudner (@angstriddim) February 3, 2016 In response to the outrage, SnapCamp’s creators tweeted this morning: Tags: homeless • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Malia Cohen is your new board president and irony is served

first_imgEmail Address It’s ironic, when you think about it, that almost every application of the word “ironic” is incorrect. Including the one we just made, probably. They almost always are: Short of the diabetic racing to the pharmacy and being struck by a runaway insulin truck, examples of irony are nearly always wanting.Until now, perhaps — thanks to today’s selection of a new president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. And, in fact, it’s a two-fer. Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who in January insisted upon the necessity of a caretaker mayor, in June found her own hopes for the board presidency dashed by the installation of a caretaker board president. And Supervisor Malia Cohen, who in January decried the installation of a caretaker mayor as bogus, in June finds herself the caretaker board president. So, that’s some irony. Or at least a sign that San Francisco reverses its polarity every six months. Board president elections are often a display of back-room politics in the front room — which is awkward, because they usually follow supes’ teary  tributes to their teary families after the politicians are sworn in. Mayor-elect London Breed, however, decided to do away with that awkwardness by stepping down from the board presidency early, triggering this vote before incoming District 8 supervisor Rafael Mandelman could be seated. As such, Jeff Sheehy was the pivotal vote deciding who would lead a board that he is about to leave after a near-supermajority of his constituents voted him out of office. Tags: Hillary Ronen • London Breed • Mayor Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Sheehy’s unwillingness to put his head down and follow the wishes of this city’s powers-that-be made trouble for him in the past. Today, it became clear that he chose, following Breed’s election and his own loss, to put his head down and follow the wishes of the city’s powers-that-be. Classic Sheehy: He has, once again, managed to to flummox all sides.Sheehy had hoped to drift into private life without having to take anymore consequential votes. Bad luck: Breed’s decision to step down early put him on the spot. This is not the first time an Ed Lee appointee has been mauled by this city’s political process. Best of luck to Sheehy with whatever comes next. Sincerely. A surfeit of back-room deals, in fact, made for smooth and well-choreographed show today (albeit some four hours into the meeting and following an actual puppet show from an actual clown). That Breed would move to deny her progressive opponents the chance to choose their own board president was known weeks ago on the second floor of City Hall. Progressives, realizing they couldn’t “count to six” and elect one of their own, yielded to Cohen. “This is legal, this is legitimate, this is politics,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin said today. “It’s not the end of the world. But I don’t think it’s democracy at its best.” Likely not, but Supervisor Jane Kim subsequently nominated Cohen, with praise from presidential aspirants Ronen and Ahsha Safai and everyone else — a lovefest! — and that was that. Cohen was elected unanimously. Don’t be surprised to see the incoming president re-appoint a couple of left-leaning city commissioners in the next several days. If not leverage, per se, that was a pot-sweetener. In a world where the Supreme Court can legalize discrimination, what does it matter who the Board President of San Francisco is? Well … very little. That’s not to buy into the canard that local politics no longer matter when actual fascists and grifters run the country — the local politics you don’t pay attention to always matter and, barring Armageddon, will likely affect your life more than the Washington, D.C. politics you do pay attention to. (Good Lord, let us hope so).It’s just that, in June 2018, board president doesn’t figure to be a fantastically consequential thing. Budget season is largely over — and Cohen (who is termed out in January) is already budget chair, so she’s had her input. There will soon be six progressive supervisors out of 11, so they’ll legislate and vote as they see fit, regardless of who is president. The supes will be in recess in August and for much of December and, come January, we’ll have a whole new crop of supes, a potential re-reshuffling of the board, and, guaranteed, a new board president. Today’s proceedings, then, served in part as an indicator of how a future Mayor Breed may lead. She couched her move to abdicate as a necessary step for a mayor-to-be jamming to get ready for taking the reins on July 11; her opponents painted it as a vindictive power play meant to stick it to the progressives who undermined her in January. But both can be true. Being board president for two more meetings in the dead of summer and with a big break looming is not exactly hard labor. But any minute Breed isn’t spending planning on who to hire or retain and how to keep all the plates spinning once she’s mayor is a minute wasted. Sure, it comes off as hypocritical to claim you’ll be “a mayor for all San Franciscans” while pulling moves like this — but, let’s face it: Mayor Lee’s claims of civility were farcical, too.Politics, it turns out, is a strange profession. It’s a field in which the more you toss folks under the bus, the more you can find yourself rewarded. As such, with Breed facing a re-election campaign in just a few short months, it could well behoove her to toss any number of department heads overseeing areas San Franciscans might consider problematic — housing, homelessness, transit, etc. This establishes a patina of change from the status quo and, perhaps more importantly, buys time: Hey, I know (insert intractable problem) is still a problem, but we’ve got a new head of the (insert intractable problem) department! We’re getting up to speed!  And time is a luxury Breed does not have. The hiring of Sean Elsbernd as mayoral chief-of-staff brings in a shrewd and experienced strategian. But not until November, when he leaves the employ of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Current chief-of-staff Jason Elliott, who has been itching to get the hell out of Dodge for quite some time now, has agreed to hang on until August — and nobody knows what’ll happen during the interregnum after that. Expect a cavalcade of people to head out the door, necessitating a cavalcade of hires. And expect growing pains (we’re getting up to speed!).   But that’s tomorrow. Today, congratulations rained down on outgoing President Breed, incoming President Cohen, and many, many happy birthdays were wished to Board Clerk Angela Calvillo. Cohen even teared up when she mentioned her parents, watching along from home.It was sweet and pretty. And not ironic at all.  0%last_img read more

Structure fire at the Glen Apartments across from UNCW

first_img Pearsall said there was a family trapped inside but were able to get out when crews arrived.Stay tuned on this developing story.(Photo: Dwayne Hilton) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dispatch confirms there is an active structure fire at the Glen Apartments on Filmore Drive across from UNCW.Assistant Fire Chief Rick Pearsall said they received the call around 10:30 p.m. and saw fire along the roof line of four apartments when they got to the scene. Crews were able to enter at first but had to get out because of safety.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Carolina Beach Town Council wants to buy more land in Freeman Park

first_img “If the town owns all the properties out there then we shouldn’t have the same level of difficulties that we’ve had with the property owners recently,” Town Manager, Michael Cramer said.Fresh on the heels of voting to buy nearly 14 acres of land in Freeman Park, the town council is now interested in buying eight more pieces of land. The land is currently owned by private corporations.“The interest that council has in the properties out there is for beach access, beach nourishment, sand, and general overall open space,” Cramer said.Related Article: Freeman Park to resume sale of daily passesCramer hopes the sales will all be voluntary.“However if those negotiations aren’t fruitful then we can go to eminent domain,” Cramer said.Cramer said the North Carolina State General Statutes give them that right.While some say the town should not spend that kind of money on sand, others think it is a good move.“I think it’s a great idea. However, I think the town should have tried to make this purchase years ago,” Howard Barshay who supports town buying property said.However, there are some concerns.“My only concern would be the possibility of fees going up,” Barshay said. “But I think that I would have to be ok with that in order to preserve the park as it is now.”The town will use money raised from sales of park passes and fees to buy the properties. Cramer said as of now this move would not affect tax payers.Cramer added the town mailed letters notifying the various property owners Wednesday. They have 30 days to respond. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — For the past several months Freeman Park in Carolina Beach has been a hot button issue.From changes to park rules and regulations, to temporary closures, and disagreements with current property owners, the Carolina Beach Town Council is looking to put an end to it all.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Clarkton man arrested for indoor marijuana grow operation

first_img (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office) Bladen County Sheriff’s Office charged Ellis with: (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office) (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office) Andrew James Ellis and photo of marijuana grow operation in Clarkton (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY) — A Clarkton man was arrested Monday for allegedly growing marijuana inside a home on Mercer Mill Road.Narcotics agents with the Bladen and Columbus County sheriff deputies executed a search at 9329 Mercer Mill Road in Clarkton after neighbors tipped off law enforcement of an indoor marijuana grow operation.- Advertisement – center_img Andrew James Ellis, 37, was arrested and charged. 1 of 3 Felony possession of marijuanaManufacture marijuanaPossession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuanaMaintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping/selling marijuanaColumbus County Sheriff’s Office charged Ellis with:Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuanaPossession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver Schedule II CSRelated Article: NC man accused of slamming woman’s head with TVEllis was arrested in Columbus County and taken to the Columbus County Detention Center and is currently being held under a $30,000 secured bond.last_img read more

SBOE By law Lewis Hatcher is still Columbus County sheriff

first_img The State Board of Elections says what happens next is for the county to determine.County manager Mike Stephens said Thursday he had not been contacted by the state board, but Patrick Gannon with the state board said today that the county knows the law.We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available. Jody Greene and Lewis Hatcher (Photos: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office/WWAY) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The State Board of Elections says today, Lewis Hatcher is still the sheriff of Columbus County, even as questions remain about what will happen next.On Thursday, we learned that Jody Greene should not have been sworn in December 3 because there were still pending protests, and an election certificate had not been issued. Those protests concern Greene’s residency, and an issue at a Tabor City polling location on election day.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick County not getting paid for housing federal inmates during shutdown

first_img “During an absence of appropriations, USMS operations are limited to those needed to maintain the minimum level of essential activities necessary to protect life and property. We consider your services essential to USMS operations and you are requested to continue to provide services,” wrote Robert Pettit, acting U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has an intergovernmental agreement with the USMS to house up to 50 federal inmates at a cost of $65 a day. For the month of December, the sheriff’s office is owed $54,405.Pettit wrote that payments will commence when the Federal Prisoner Detention appropriation is funded ‘through enactment of a full budget or continuing resolution.’Related Article: National parks rush to repair damage after shutdownEmily Flax, with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, says as of Tuesday, they had 20 federal detainees in their facility. They fluctuate between 20 and 30 federal detainees  on average.Flax says when the government reopens, the sheriff’s office will submit the invoice(s) for December, January, etc.“Our budget for this year is in good shape, due to reimbursements from last year being part of this year’s budget,” Flax wrote in an email. “If the shutdown continues into the next fiscal year, we’ll have to see what County Finance will do with the detention center budget.”A New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman confirmed they are owed money too, but did not have further details.Pender, Bladen and Columbus Counties are not federal holding facilites at this time. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As the partial government shutdown continues into its second month, local agencies are starting to feel the ripple effect.According to a letter sent to Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram from the United States Marshals Service, at this time, the agency is unable to pay the sheriff’s office for housing federal detainees for the month of December.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Metsola most active Maltese MEP in last EP

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 Roberta Metsola was the most active Maltese MEP in the last European Parliament, the MEP Ranking website has announced.Metsola was given the score 137.4, placing her ahead of fellow female Maltese MEPs Miriam Dalli and Marlene Mizzi.The ranking is also understood to put Metsola at the top of all MEPs within her EPP group, as well as European President Antonio Tajani and EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber.http://www.mepranking.euThe score given to the MEP is understood to have been based on a, ‘factual analysis of every different activity undertaken by all Members of the European Parliament, including laws drafted, voting record, legal amendments, speeches, voting transparency, Parliamentary role and more.’ Metsola is praised for promoting the interests and agenda of Maltese and Gozitan citizens on the European level.Recently, Metsola managed to secure support for a new EU border security law which intends to see a further 10,000 border guards places at European borders, the ‘Metsola Law’Read more:EU funding rules having bad impact on Gozo business – MetsolaEuropean Member states endorse ‘Metsola Law’Watch: Metsola votes against EU Copyright DirectiveBased on the analysis, Malta and Gozo’s least performing MEPs were David Casa, Alfred Sant and Francis Zammit Dimech.Responding to the news, the MEP candidate said, ‘It is always nice to have some acknowledgement of the work done and to be recognised by such an authoritative forum is honour for indeed, but – even if we may not always agree – every Maltese MEP works hard for the people we represent … When I was elected as a Member of the European Parliament, I promised Maltese and Gozitans, that I will represent all their interests, work hard, and always stand up for the values that distinguish us as Maltese – and I’m pleased that has been recognised today. Now it’s back to work.’MEP candidate Francis Zammit Dimech came last in the order. PL MEP Alfred Sant was last for his party.Dr Zammit Dimech was elected back in June 2017 having only served two years in the role.He was elected to the role after previous PN MEP Comodini Therese Cachia, resigned to take up a new seat in the House of Representatives in Malta.You can see the full rankings hereWhatsApplast_img read more

We cant leave Ħal Far because the rent is too expensive –

first_imgNGO Aditus, which strives to protect individuals’ human rights, explained that amongst the immigrants it assists, this week it met a number of immigrants which are currently living in Ħal Far but which cannot leave since rent is too expensive, as well as due to prejudices they have to face.This message was brought to light on World Refugee Day, which is being remembered today. This message aims to raise more awareness on immigrants and refugees, in order to create a more inclusive society.Aditus also recalled the experiences which two other clients of theirs passed through. In one particular case, a woman from Asia is homeless because she was mentally and physically abused by her employer. She was not paid for her work and was even forced to sign a resignation letter.Meanwhile, another man ended up in a situation where his employer refused to sign his termination of employment letter in order to start working a new job and leave from a situation where he ended up being “a slave”. Aditus highlighted that its lawyers strive to give back to a number of individuals their humanity, dignity and rights.WhatsApp 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>last_img read more

Tanzania Cyber Crime Targeted in New ICT Policy

first_imgAdvertisement THE government is reviewing the current Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy in quest to incorporate other relevant issues, including addressing cyber crime, reported to be on the increase.The Deputy Minister for Communications, Science and Technology, Mr January Makamba, said that the current policy that was formed in 2003 was too old-fashioned to address challenges in the sector. “There are so many players in ICT industry, number of mobile phones subscribers has tremendously gone up.We also have national fibre optic cable, all these were not addressed in the 2003 ICT policy, we therefore need new policy to deal with them,” Mr Makamba said. Officiating at the web security training in Bagamoyo over the weekend, Mr Makamba said that cyber crime was now threatening operations of various government and non-government’s websites thus it was vital to set a system that would address it. – Advertisement – The training was organised by Twiga Hosting Ltd to enable webmasters, IT managers, specialists and web developers improve their capacity to eliminate the security holes from their website and web systems to avoid being hacked. Mr Makamba also officially inaugurated the website www.esecurity.co.tz that is meant to offer services to prevent websites and web systems from hacking attacks.“The website has come at a time that the country needed control hacking attacks, the government is determined to back up all efforts meant to address these cybercrimes,” he said, adding that, the ministry would soon release a draft on new ICT policy that would also among other thing, emphasize on web security.He said that even the government websites were not properly managed thus the ministry wanted to ensure that all webs are secured and improved. On his side, Twiga Hosting Ltd Managing Director Jacob Urasa said that over 80 per cent of the website and web applications in the world were at risk of being hacked thus having knowledge on how to deal with such attacks was vital.“Many websites and web applications are vulnerable to security threat including the government’s and non- government’s websites, we are therefore cautious to ensure that the problem is checked,” Mr Urasa said. Citing some of the reasons leading to hacking, he said inadequate auditing in website and web applications caused by lack of standard security auditing were among problems that many Web developers faced.As IT experts, Mr Urasa said that they have come up with the solution to solve those issues by establishing standard auditing procedures by measuring security and testing Website’s authentication scheme.One of the participants from Tanzania Standard Newspapers Ltd (TSN), Mr Richard Kazimoto who is the company’s webmaster, said that web security in Tanzania was still very low thus sending dire picture that many webs were at a serious risk of being hacked.He said that technology was growing too fast with Tanzania taking up the technology at an early stage and implemented without considering security issues thus making the country vulnerable to web hacking attacks. Mr Kazimoto added that working as a webmaster for authoritative and up-to-theminute websites–www.dailynews. co.tz and www.habarileo. co.tz for state-owned media house required more and deliberate skills to fight the hackers.Source: AllAfrica.last_img read more

MultiChoice to expand DTT offering in SubSaharan Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Naspers-owned South African pay-TV company MultiChoice will be expanding its digital terrestrial television (DTT) offering in Sub-Saharan Africa, satellite services provider Intelsat SA announced today.MultiChoice has reached an agreement with Intelsat that will expand its capacity on the Intelsat 904 at 60 degrees east satellite to distribute content to terrestrial towers for DTT services.“Intelsat 904 enables MultiChoice to further expand its DTT GOtv product offering to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where it is already present, including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Namibia and Malawi, and to target new countries,” the company said. – Advertisement – “DTT is an important growth area for MultiChoice, and the quality, reliability and reach of Intelsat’s satellite network enable us to continue to expand our customer base and grow our GOtv product offering across the continent.” said Nico Meyer, chief executive officer (CEO) at MultiChoice Africa.Digital television and migration have been a contentious issue in South Africa this year.Last month MultiChoice along with the Association of Community Television South Africa (Act-SA) and the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (NAMEC) accused communications minister Yunus Carrim of creating a digital migration policy that benefits “certain narrow commercial interests”.Carrim responded by saying the accusation was an “act of desperation”, intended to influence voters ahead of South Africa’s elections in June.last_img read more

What if you could unsend an email Thats what Goldman Sachs wants

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Researchers Forge New Optimal Path for Traveling Salesman Problem

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713)831-4793E-MAIL: mcinelli@rice.edu RESEARCHERS FORGE NEW OPTIMAL PATH FOR TRAVELING SALESMANPROBLEM (TSP)Rice University researchers DavidApplegate, Robert Bixby and William Cook, and Vasek Chvatal of RutgersUniversity have determined a breakthrough solution to the Traveling SalesmanProblem (TSP), a method for finding an optimal path for a salesman to take whentraveling through a specified number of cities. The researchers have solved the TSP for 13,509 U.S. cities withpopulations of more than 500 people, a dramatic step beyond their previousrecord of 7,397 cities, set in 1994. The TSP is typical of a class of hard optimization problemswith applications in science and engineering that has intrigued mathematiciansand computer scientists for years. Finding an optimal route for the TSP becomesmore challenging as the number of cities increases. For example, to solve forthe most economical way a salesman can tour five cities, a computer can be usedto calculate the lengths of all 120 possible different routes and find theshortest one in a fraction of a second. However, using the same method to figurethe optimal route for 100 cities could take billions of years. The research teamhas been developing mathematical models and using high-performance computingsince 1988 to develop a more efficient solution.The researchers’ first breakthrough was a record 3,038 citiesset in 1992, using 50 workstations and an algorithm they designed based on atechnique called “cutting planes.” The technique steadily improves thecollection of linear inequalities describing the set of feasible solutions. Thisachievement was recognized by Discover magazine as one of its top 50 sciencestories that year. By 1993, the team had solved for 4,461 cities. This year, theTSP researchers surpassed their 1994 record by using a cluster of three DigitalAlphaServer 4100s (a total of 12 processors) and a cluster of 32 Pentium-II PCslocated in Rice University’s Duncan Hall. The calculation took approximatelythree months from start to finish.“The solution of ‘usa13509’ is certainly the high point of ourresearch project,” says Cook, Noah Harding Professor of Computational andApplied Mathematics (CAAM) at Rice. “Over the past 4 years, we have written anentirely new system for solving the TSP, focusing on methods that can scale upto instances having 10,000 or more cities. The breakthrough in our work cameearly last year when our team devised a technique for greatly extending the useof linear programming methods for the TSP.”“One the most exciting aspects of this work was the fact thatit was truly interdisciplinary,” says Bixby, professor of CAAM. “It involvesideas from polyhedral combinatorics and combinatorial optimization, integer andlinear programming, computer science data structures and algorithms, parallelcomputing, software engineering, numerical analysis, graph theory andmore.”Direct applications of the TSP range from drilling holes inprinted circuit boards to designing fiber-optic communications networks, andfrom routing helicopters around oil rigs to picking up coins from telephonebooths. The real mission of this work, however, is the study of techniques thatcan be used to solve a more general class of applied problems known asmixed-integer programming (MIP) problems. Bixby has created the world’s leadingsoftware for MIP.“One of the basic computational tools used in the standardapproaches to the TSP, including ours, is linear programming [LP],” Bixby says.“Indeed, the TSP is one of the more demanding uses of this tool, and over thelast 10 years has led to numerous advances in the commercial LP software that wewere using. These advances then became available to commercial and researchusers throughout the world. Specially for MIP, we developed a new ‘branchingrule’ called ‘strong branching,’ which is particularly useful in the solution ofdifficult integer programs. This branching rule is now available in severalcommercial MIP solvers.”Of the team’s ongoing TSP research, Rutgers Professor ofComputer Science Chvatal says, “It’s addictive. No matter how much progress youmake, you always have the nagging feeling that you still did not nail down acouple of hunches that could bring about another quantum leap. And even if westopped today, cold turkey, the sheer volume of what we have already done isoverwhelming. If we printed our code, it would run to well over a thousandpages.”The TSP project is supported by Rice University and Rice’sComputer and Information Technology Institute; the Center for Research onParallel Computation (CRPC); Digital Equipment Corporation; and the KeckFoundation, as part of Rice’s W.M. Keck Center for Computational DiscreteOptimization.###last_img read more

Texas Instruments Names Rice as Inaugural Member of DSP Leadership Universities Program

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis TEXAS INSTRUMENTS NAMES RICE AS INAUGURAL MEMBER OF DSPLEADERSHIP UNIVERSITIES PROGRAM $1 Million Research Grant to Foster Engineering InnovationTexas Instruments (TI) Incorporatedtoday announced the establishment of a collaborative university network topioneer advanced digital signal processing (DSP) research, called the DSPLeadership Universities Program.TI also announced the selection of three leading universitiesin the DSP field–Rice University, Georgia Tech and MIT–for a pilot program foruniversity and industry collaboration in research. Each institution will receivea $1 million grant over three years to fund DSP research. “This unique collaboration with TI and other university memberswill help to advance Rice University as a leader in science and technology,”said Malcolm Gillis, president of Rice University. “The working relationshipbetween Rice and TI continues to grow, thereby strengthening the field of DSPresearch as an integral part of the world’s technical community.”Bob Hewes, title, TI, said, “By establishing this collaborativenetwork of university partners, TI is seeking to develop a unique synergy amongleading researchers, accelerating progress in areas of DSP applicationsdevelopment that we might not be working on internally at TI. Thesecollaborations allow TI to take on a longer-range vision and researcheffort.”DSP chips are commonly used in digital electronics such ascellular telephones, grocery scanners, laptop computers, video telephones,enhanced definition televisions, and multimedia computers, to name just a few,because they are 10 to 50 times more powerful than computer central processingunits (CPUs) in handling math intensive tasks. DSP chips are found in cars, inelectronic navigational maps, vibration eliminators which improve handling onbumpy roads, and collision-avoidance systems. DSP is also being used todramatically accelerate and enhance the availability of detailed informationthrough personal computers via on-line access to databases, video games andlibraries.Rice and TI intend to build upon their established, mutuallybeneficial relationship with one another, adding several research elements.Researchers at Rice will focus on development of a wireless network of sensors,multimedia networks and DSP algorithms. TI will also contribute astate-of-the-art DSP Laboratory to help meet the educational needs of Ricestudents into the 21st Century. “The future of DSP technology is limitless, and this continuedpartnership with TI helps to further enrich our research capabilities,” saidSidney Burrus, dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice. “Itallows for the exploration of new ways for the world of applied applications andbusiness to interact effectively with the world of university research andeducation, benefiting both.”Hewes added, “Program partners will benefit from TI’s insightsinto market needs for DSP solutions, while TI will gain insight into new signalprocessing algorithms and theory.” DSP at Rice began 30 years ago, when Burrus and former facultymember Thomas Parks jointly taught the first course in DSP. Rice was one of onlytwo or three universities to offer such a course at the time. The founding groupof faculty built one of the longest-running successful research and educationprograms at the university.During the last decade, joint research teams from Rice and TIhave collaborated on projects which resulted in improved technologies andapplications in the telecommunications field. These include books on DSP byBurrus and Parks that have been used to train students around the world aboutdigital signal processing. Rice professors Joe Cavallaro and Behnaam Aazhang collaboratedwith TI engineers on the next generation of cellular phones. The currentgeneration of DSP compilers that TI sells uses algorithms developed at Rice.Rice professors Richard Baraniuk and Edward Knightly are also conducting keyresearch in DSP.More than 150 Rice graduates in science and engineering arecurrently part of TI’s workforce, with many leading the way in furthering TI’shistory of innovation and excellence. At TI’s Stafford location–just south ofHouston–are 35 employees who hold advanced Rice degrees. Also, since 1985, 40TI employees have received advanced degrees from Rice through a televisiondistance learning program.According to Hewes, “Many of the students working in theseprograms hope to eventually be hired by TI, both as summer interns and aspermanent employees. Others will undoubtedly go to work for our customers with adeeper knowledge of TI and our products and capabilities.”As this cooperative partnership matures, both parties will reapadditional benefits. University partners will have the right to own projectpatents and benefit from royalty incomes. All parties will benefit from publicrecognition awarded to universities and professors for significantaccomplishments growing out of university research funded by TI. ###NOTE TO EDITORS: Texas Instruments Incorporated is a globalsemiconductor company and the world’s leading designer and supplier of digitalsignal processing and analog technologies. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, thecompany’s businesses also include materials and controls, educational andproductivity solutions, and digital imaging. The company has manufacturing orsales operations in more than 25 countries.Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchangeunder the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web athttp://www.ti.com.Rice University is a leading American researchuniversity–small, private, and highly selective–distinguished by its superiorteaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate andprofessional programs, residential college system, collaborative andinterdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.More information about DSP at Rice can be found at http://www.dsp.rice.edu/. More information about Rice can be found at http://www.rice.edu. ShareMEDIA CONTACTS: Texas Instruments Inc.: GailChandlerProgram Manager, Media Relations(972) 480-6808Rice University: Lia Unrau Office of Media Relations andInformation(713) 831-4793last_img read more

Baker Institute founding director available to discuss latest developments in the Middle

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327EMAIL: druth@rice.eduBaker Institute founding director available to discuss latest developments in the Middle EastClashes and tension on Israel’s borders with its Arab neighbors are challenging Israel and U.S. policymakers as they respond to the dynamics of change in the broader Middle East. Following the announcement of a unity pact between the major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, and the resignation of U.S. special envoy George Mitchell, President Barack Obama’s upcoming speech on the Middle East takes on great importance.Edward Djerejian, the founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss major developments in the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy with members of the news media. He served as U.S. ambassador to Syria and to Israel as well as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. ”Absent forward movement on the Israeli-Palestinian peace track, there is a real possibility of a deepening regional crisis occurring by September if the Palestinians seek U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state and Israel responds by annexing the settlement blocks in the West Bank,” Djerejian noted.To schedule an interview with Djerejian, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at 713-348-6327 or druth@rice.edu. For after-hours or weekend bookings, contact Ruth at 612-702-9473.Djerejian is a leading expert on national security, foreign policy and the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia. He is the author of ”Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East” (Simon & Schuster Threshold Editions, September 2008). To view Djerejian’s bio, go to www.bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/edjerejian.last_img read more

Runaway 13YearOld Girl Found Dead Near Californian Park

first_img  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department told KTLA that they believed Pangelinan was a runaway. Authorities confirmed that the body found near the park was the teen and her death does not appear suspicious. Emma Pangelinan’s body was found by a hiker around noon in heavy brush near Pinecrest Park. (Screenshot via Google Maps) US News A 13-year-old girl from California was found dead just 24 hours after she was reported missing.Emma Pangelinan was reported missing at around 3 p.m. on Jan. 21. Her body was found by a hiker in a heavy brush area near Pinecrest Park, located at 21310 Pinecrest in Mission Viejo around noon on Monday, Jan 22. Show Discussion Friends and classmates of Pangelinan left flowers and candles at Pinecrest Park to remember the well-known athlete, reported the news station.“I’m just going to miss her smile and just how much … of an amazing person she was” friend Gianna Lopez told KTLA.“I just remember always hanging out with her in class, always … cracking jokes with her at lunch, just having good times with each other,” she added.“She was a really nice classmate and she was great to be around,” another classmate, Mia Nin, told the news station.Police investigations are still ongoing. Orange County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.From NTD.tvRecommended Video: How doctors in China turn into murderers Share #OCSDPIO We can now confirm that the body discovered today in the heavy brush area near Pinecrest Park in Mission Viejo is missing juvenile Emma Pangelinan. At this time the death does not appear suspicious. A full investigation and autopsy will be done by the OC Coroner’s office— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) January 23, 2018 Have you seen Emma? Emma was last seen in Mission Viejo at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday evening, Jan. 21st. She is an at risk teen that needs to be reunited with her family. She may be riding a bright blue bike. If you have any info on her whereabouts contact #OCSD at 714-647-7000. pic.twitter.com/h52hRRytJn— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) January 22, 2018 Runaway 13-Year-Old Girl Found Dead Near Californian Park By Janita Kan January 23, 2018 Updated: January 23, 2018 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Sale of 521 Million Mega Millions Ticket Like Christmas Coming in Easter

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   If you won the mega millions tomorrow what are the first 5 things you would buy?— Disney wife (@disneywifee) March 30, 2018 Share (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Recommended Video: Surveillance Footage Shows Robber Attack Virginia Store Employee Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday.The winning numbers, in this case, are 11, 28, 31, 46, 59, and 1.In addition to the grand prize winner, two people won $1 million each for getting five numbers correct. Those winners bought a ticket in Ohio and Texas, respectively.While officials wait for the grand winner to come forward, a person who won $200,000 a few years ago after buying a ticket at the same Lukoil had some advice to the winner concerning their winnings.“Save it, invest it,” Pat Matano told ABC News.Matano said the money has been a nice cushion that “just lets you live a little more comfortably.” CHECK YOUR TICKETS NEW JERSEY!! One lucky ticket sold at Riverdale Lukoil South in Riverdale was the sole winner of last night’s $521 million #MegaMillions jackpot!! https://t.co/B6st9j0txx— New Jersey Lottery (@TheNJLottery) March 31, 2018 Sale of $521 Million Mega Millions Ticket ‘Like Christmas Coming in Easter,’ Retailer Says By Zachary Stieber April 1, 2018 Updated: April 1, 2018 US News center_img A lottery ticket now worth $521 million was sold in New Jersey, according to lottery officials.The ticket is part of the Mega Millions lottery and the winner has not yet come forward.The New Jersey Lottery said on Saturday that the ticket was sold at a Lukoil gas station in Riverdale in Morris County.Riverdale is about 30 miles outside of New York City. Share this article Matano warned the winner that many people would be coming around and there may be hard choices to make.“You’ll have a lot of relatives, a lot of friends coming out … Just do the right thing,” he said.Mega Millions is played in 44 states plus Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot is the 10th largest in the nation’s history.The winner has two choices: Take a $317 million payout, which would be available immediately; or take the full $521 million, which would be paid out over 29 years.From NTD.tv “I woke up to that news and it’s great,” owner Ameer Karass told The Associated Press. “I’m really happy for the winners.”He said a lot of people were calling him and stopping by the station to congratulate them after the news was announced.“It’s a celebration. It’s Christmas coming in Easter,” he said.Nash Riad, who helps manage the station, said he isn’t sure who bought the winning ticket.“The last couple of days we sold a lot of tickets … so I don’t know if it’s a guy, a woman, or who it is,” he said. “We sell tickets all the time, all day.” Show Discussion $502 million Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs: https://t.co/lGHm0J9xvX pic.twitter.com/I1yI0qvnFO— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) March 30, 2018 Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber last_img read more

Shooting in Perryman Maryland Involves Multiple

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