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first_imgA disabled politician branded the new press regulator “ineffective”, “self-serving” and a “sham” this week as it celebrated its first year.Emily Brothers (pictured) played a key role in a protest outside the offices of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), organised by the pressure group HackedOff.She was one of 15 “victims of press abuse” who sent an open letter to IPSO, describing it as a “cosmetically altered version of the discredited PCC [Press Complaints Commission]”.They said that IPSO was – in each of their cases – “either biased in favour of the newspaper or failed to follow due process”, and had refused to provide a right of appeal or to take “effective steps to change newspaper conduct”.Brothers and the other signatories of the letter added: “We have no confidence in this sham body, which is controlled by the newspapers that have appointed their own ‘industry representatives’ to sit in judgment on their compliance with their own ‘editors’ code’.”IPSO was set up by large newspaper groups in the wake of the Leveson Report into press standards.HackedOff says IPSO was set up by the groups – which do not include the Guardian, the Independent or the Financial Times – to avoid implementing Lord Leveson’s recommendations.It says that IPSO was “based at the same offices as the PCC, with the same staff, the same founding directors, and the same company number”, while its appointment process was “controlled by the industry who wielded a veto over any members”.In May, IPSO told the Sun newspaper that it was guilty of “discriminatory” and “unacceptable” behaviour when it printed a column mocking Brothers’ disabled, transgender status.She is believed to have been the first blind woman to stand for parliament and also the first candidate with a trans-sexual history to stand for Labour in a parliamentary election, when she fought the Sutton and Cheam seat in May.Although the tabloid was forced to publish the IPSO adjudication in full, it was not ordered to apologise to her.Brothers said: “It is extraordinary that the press think they can get away with changing the name of the PCC to IPSO in the Yellow Pages and carrying on just as they have before. “The experiences of people like me, attacked in the press in a way that was offensive to everybody with a disability and transgender background, with IPSO totally unwilling and unable to provide meaningful remedy, shows just how ineffective and self-serving the sham new regulator IPSO really is. “Victims like myself and other members of the public cannot possibly have any confidence in IPSO or any regulator until it meets Leveson’s very simple tests for independence and effectiveness.”Another of those who sent the letter was Linda Pearson, a grandmother from Yorkshire, who was appalled by the way IPSO treated her complaint about an article in the Daily Star.She had described on a hospital website how weight-loss surgery had transformed her life, after not being able to get in and out of the bath for 20 years because of her weight.But the newspaper twisted this into a headline that called her a “Grubby gran” who “hadn’t washed for 20 years”.When she complained, the newspaper simply amended its story and published a correction and apology “where no one would notice it”.HackedOff also mentioned IPSO’s failure to take action over reports – including in the Daily Mail – that the BBC wanted to recruit a disabled weather presenter, when in fact it had just set up a free short training course in weather presenting for disabled people.It also pointed to IPSO’s failure to act over a story in the Mirror that said young women were being denied IVF treatment “so equality targets on disabled and gay couples can be met”.In fact, entitlement to IVF had been restricted, not denied, and the focus was on helping older women, with no targets for gay or disabled people.last_img read more

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first_imgDisability News Service (DNS) will this week ask a tribunal to require the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to publish information about secret reviews it carried out into the deaths of 49 benefit claimants.DNS has been trying since August 2014 to find out what actions ministers took in the wake of deaths linked to the employment and support allowance (ESA) claim process, and the refusal or removal of ESA and other benefits.DWP originally insisted that it held no such information, a claim made both by civil servants and the former minister for disabled people, Mark Harper.But after Steve Webb, a Liberal Democrat ministerial colleague of Harper, contradicted his claim in October 2014, their department was forced to admit that it did carry out what it called “peer reviews” into benefit-related deaths.Following a request submitted by DNS under the Freedom of Information Act, DWP finally admitted that it had carried out 49 such reviews between February 2012 and autumn 2014.But ministers refused to release these reviews, or their conclusions or recommendations, even if personal information was redacted.They claimed that the civil servants who had compiled the reviews would be breaking the law if they were released to DNS, even though the relevant legislation – section 123 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 – makes it clear that it would be entirely lawful to do so if that decision was authorised by the secretary of state for work and pensions, Iain Duncan Smith.When DNS appealed to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last year, it agreed with DWP that it did not have to release the reviews, or details about them.The DNS appeal against that decision by the ICO will take place in London in front of the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) on 3 March, although a decision is not expected until a later date.DNS will be represented at the tribunal by barrister Elizabeth Kelsey, of Monckton Chambers, who has worked pro bono on the case.John Pring, editor of DNS, said it was vital that the reviews were released by DWP.In the last year, again following DWP’s refusal to release information within its possession, DNS has investigated two benefit-related deaths almost certain to have been subject to peer reviews, those of Stephen Carré in January 2010 and Michael O’Sullivan in September 2013.In both cases, coroners linked the deaths to the ESA claim process – particularly to flaws within the work capability assessment (WCA) – and went as far as writing reports calling for DWP to take action to prevent future deaths.DWP breached its legal duty to respond to the Stephen Carré report in 2010, and this month finally admitted that it had a draft version of a response in its records, which it failed to send to the coroner.The failure to respond to the coroner’s report is important because ministers took key decisions that year that led to the WCA being rolled out without the improvements necessary to correct its flaws, putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions at risk.DNS believes that the secret peer reviews could reveal many other such cases, in which flaws in DWP policy and practice were responsible for the deaths of benefit claimants.Pring said: “The work DNS has done is only a small part of much wider investigations by other journalists and activists into the impact of welfare reform by successive governments on sick and disabled people.“We need to know why these people died, whether their deaths were linked to government action, or inaction, and what measures ministers took, or didn’t take, to prevent further deaths.“It is not good enough for ministers to hide behind social security legislation; Iain Duncan Smith could easily order the publication of these reviews.“The families of those who died deserve to know the truth, as do the millions of sick and disabled people who will go through the benefits system in the next few years, and who have already been through it.“They need that system to be safe, and they also need to know that ministers have done and are doing everything they possibly can to avoid causing them unnecessary harm.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “We take these matters extremely seriously, which is why we look into our processes over complex cases like these.“However, having a review in no way means the department was at fault.”last_img read more

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first_imgTags:Mike Katz /Antisemitism /Jewish Labour Movement /The Sunday Times /JLM /Baroness Chakrabarti / The Jewish Labour Movement held its annual general meeting on Sunday, when it elected Mike Katz as national movement chair and Ruth Smeeth – replacing Luciana Berger, who has quit Labour to form a new party – as parliamentary chair.Katz fought off incumbent Ivor Caplin, as well as Colin Appleby, who ran on a platform advocating disaffiliation from the Labour Party – an idea that was rejected as JLM activists pledged to “stay and fight” rather than sever the 99-year link.The former Camden councillor and parliamentary candidate, who pledged to raise funds for a professional organiser and build relationships with youth networks, reportedly won by a significant margin.In his candidate statement, Katz said: “We have a party leadership which continues to insult, ignore and disrespect us and the many progressive Jews we represent.”JLM members did not opt to disaffiliate from Labour at the AGM, but did pass a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn almost unanimously following speeches from Labour MPs Margaret Hodge, Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman.The motion said that the party leadership – including its NEC, the shadow cabinet and the general secretary – had “fundamentally failed to address antisemitism” and “continue to provoke” JLM by, for example, ending the use of the body for antisemitism training.The JLM motion resolved: “To make a proclamation stating that we have no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn and our belief that he is unfit to be Prime Minister.”The closest vote of the day, with 81 votes in favour and 67 against, was on an amendment to the ‘Labour Party antisemitism’ policy motion. The proposed change removed condemnation of Corbynite group Momentum and replaced it with criticism of Jewish Voice for Labour.Where the motion cited “Momentum, CLPD and LRC” – the latter referring to the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy and the Labour Representation Committee – the named groups became “CLPD, the LRC and JVL”. They were said to have “acted… to protect and support those engaging in antisemitism”.A passage approving of Momentum’s recent actions was added. JLM noted: “That Momentum has, for the last year, committed itself to tackling antisemitism within the Labour Party and wider society, through educational videos directed at Labour Party members, calling out and reporting antisemitic posts online, and joining JLM and other groups in protest against the likes of David Icke & Gilad Atzmon.”Activists also passed a motion in favour of a “People’s Vote”, urging Labour to campaign for another referendum on Brexit.National executive committee – full results:National movement chair:Colin APPLEBYIvor CAPLINMike KATZ – electedNational secretary:Peter MASON – electedNational vice chair(s)+:Joe GOLDBERG – electedJerry LEWISSarah SACKMAN – electedStephane SAVARY – electedNational treasurer:Cathy ASHLEY – electedCampaigns officer:Adam LANGLEBEN – electedInternational officer:Izzy LENGA – electedJerry LEWISLocal government officer:Joshua GARFIELD – electedMembership officer:Alex RICHARDSON – electedNetworks officer:Ella ROSE – electedPolicy officer:Liron VELLEMAN – electedPolitical education officer:Rebecca FILER – electedTrade union officer:Miriam MIRWITCH – electedYouth & students officer:Luisa ATTFIELD & Jack LUBNER – electedParliamentary & political council:National parliamentary chair: Ruth Smeeth MPNational president: Dame Louise Ellman MPNational vice president (Commons): Dame Margaret Hodge MPNational vice president (Lords): Baroness Meta RamsayOn the same day of the AGM, The Sunday Times reported that leaked emails showed the party had failed to discipline members accused of antisemitism and that Corbyn’s office had intervened in numerous cases.A Labour spokesperson said: “This is another seriously misleading Sunday Times story, full of wrong figures, inaccurate claims and complete falsehoods‪. The selective use of leaked of emails has excluded information in the same email chains showing the opposite of what is alleged in the article.”Ruth Smeeth told Channel 4 News that she had Whatsapped Corbyn on Saturday evening to ask about the reports, and he received the message but did not reply.“My mother had to read that this morning. This is not what any of us should be experiencing.”Labour MP Ruth Smeeth says her own party’s response to antisemitism allegations is “simply not good enough”. pic.twitter.com/G27piLXwjz— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) April 7, 2019On Sunday morning, Baroness Chakrabarti appeared on Sky’s Ridge on Sunday. Commenting on the latest antisemitism story and the JLM meeting, the Labour peer and frontbencher said:“My plea to the Jewish Labour Movement is to stay in the labour movement and to tackle racism together, not to personalise it and make it about Jeremy Corbyn because he is one person and he won’t be leader forever.”Shadow Attorney General Baroness Chakrabarti says her colleagues have challenged a number of allegations in @thesundaytimes, but acknowledges the Labour Party has had a problem with antisemitism #Ridge.Get live updates on today’s political stories here: https://t.co/q2DW9wNbzD pic.twitter.com/nh6UrAOXev— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) April 7, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgTWO points? Just another game? No chance…Saints take on Wigan at Millennium Magic this Saturday and Saints full back Paul Wellens reckons it won’t be a run of the mill fixture.“It’s a derby and that says it all,” he said. “Yes there’s only two points up for grabs but it’s the passion that makes it special.“Cardiff is a fantastic venue too and has been a happy hunting ground for us. We won a Challenge Cup there and the last two Millennium Magic games.“I scored four tries against Wigan there in 2007 too and it would be nice if that could happen again!”Wellens, who was named joint captain with James Graham early last week, believes the Saints are ready to push for silverware on all fronts.“Year on year Super League gets more competitive and this season more teams feel they are in a genuine chance of winning the title. And if you make the top 8 then you give yourself a real chance. We believe we are one of those teams that can contest the final. There’s a lot of hard work to be done but we are prepared to do that.“We’ve been in pre season for a few months now and there’s only so much training we can do. We now want to go out on the field and put that into practice.”Behind the scenes there has almost been a changing of the guard at Saints with club legend Keiron Cunningham retiring and new players coming in. Saints also have a new coach in Royce Simmons and Wellens thinks the changes have brought a buzz to the camp.“It’s good that Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Michael Shenton and Josh Perry have joined the club and fitted in so well. They added extra enthusiasm to the squad – especially Louie – and it is infectious.“Royce has made some subtle changes attack and defence. One area we all agreed we needed to improve on was defence.Saints have never struggled to score points, but last year we leaked too many. Royce has touched on that and is making sure we have pride in defence as well as attack.“This weekend’s game will give us an indication of whether we can do that. And there is no sterner test than against Wigan. They lost a lot of big players – Farrell, Newton and Radlinski – but Wigan has certainly got all that old strength back.“They are a good side with a lot of good young talent like the Tomkins brothers and Liam Farrell – Wigan lads through and through – who have given their squad a big lift”Paul signed a two-year contract in the off-season and admits it could be the last two years of his career.“I’ll be 31 at the end of the month and who knows, it could be the last contract I sign. I want to continue to be competitive and play at high level.“I also still want to play for England and would answer the call if needed. But I need to play well for Saints first and if it comes then it’s all well and good.”last_img read more

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first_imgST HELENS’ new rugby league stadium will be named Langtree Park, it was revealed today.The stadium, which was completed in October this year, will be named after Langtree, the developers behind the brand new 18,000 capacity stadium.Langtree delivered the 14-month project to Saints on time handing over the stadium for the club to undertake fit-out works providing kiosk areas, function rooms and turnstiles, all in the club’s famous red and white colours.Saints first game at Langtree Park takes place on January 20 2012 when they take on Widnes in the Karalius Cup – and tickets are now on sale.John Downes, managing director at Langtree, said: “Our deal with Saints is a fitting conclusion to a project that we are delighted to have delivered. We are proud to be associated with such a prestigious and well-respected club and we hope the stadium will give Saints the platform from which their ambitions on and off the pitch can be realised. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Saints for many years to come.“As a local business, it’s great to be involved at such an exciting time for both the town and the club. Our association with the site will also continue and we look forward to bringing forward a second phase of retail and leisure development on the 14 acres of vacant land adjacent to the stadium.”Eamonn McManus, St Helens chairman, said: “Securing a naming rights deal was a big part of the new stadium plan and we’re delighted to extend our relationship with Langtree.“Langtree has done a fantastic job on the stadium and we know that once the stadium fit-out is complete that it’s going to be the best arena in the country to watch rugby league.“Everyone at the club can’t wait to move in to the stadium and for our first game in January when Langtree Park will finally be filled with fans.”The stadium forms part of a long-term development scheme including a new 145,000 sq ft Tesco Extra store, the construction of residential properties on the former Knowsley Road site, and improved public realm areas.Prior to the first game against Widnes in late January a series of structured events will allow supporters, local residents, councillors and business leaders to sample the venue.St Helens council invested almost £8 million in the project which included the building of a new footbridge that links the stadium to the town centre.To guarantee your place in this fantastic new venue then a season ticket is the ideal option… and a great Christmas present!They offer the best value for fans, guarantee your seat for 2012 and bring a whole host of other benefits and under 5s go FREE in the Family Areas accompanied by an adult season ticket holder.New Season Ticket Holders can save up to £65 on advance matchday pricing – a saving of nearly 25 per cent!For further information CLICK HERE and see all the options available to you.To buy log on to www.saintssuperstore.com, call 01744 455 052 or visit the Saints Town Centre Superstore, 7-9 Brownlow Arcade, St. Mary’s Shopping Centre, St. Helens, WA10 1AElast_img read more

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first_imgTeam News and Match Preview:Justin Holbrook named his 19-man squad ahead of the match in which James Roby is included. Holbrook also previewed the clash here.We also caught up with Jonny Lomax ahead of the Derby.What’s On:Turnstiles – Open at 5pm.Curtain Raiser – Our U19s are in action as they face Castleford Tigers U19s with the game kicking off at 5:15pm.Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 5pm for you to enjoy a pre-match drink (or two).Biffa Passing Game – Come over and visit our partners Biffa’s passing game outside the club ticket office/superstore.RFL Wellbeing Round – There will be a Gazebo situated outside the club ticket office/superstore with flyers and volunteers collecting on behalf of State of Mind.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from around 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – Any pie or hotdog & hot drink just £4. Any Pie & any alcoholic beverage just £6 and we also now have Nachos & Cheese available on selected kiosks! Just show your membership card at the kiosk to access the offers.Carling Bar in the Totally Wicked North Stand – Fans in the North Stand can now join West Stand supporters in enjoying a 500ml Carling PETs from our new bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, and Murphy’s bars to speed up your service.The A-Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game and at half time.Half Time Entertainment – A Biffa branded bin wagon will be backed into the Northwest corner and you can watch two contestants have 3 chances each to grubber the ball (i.e. it has to bounce at least once) into the back of the wagon from the cross marked on the pitch on the 20m line. Our Cash Dash Saints Lottery will be drawn.Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Adapt Training, the Match Ball sponsor is O2 Business Centre Rainford whilst the Man of the Match will be selected by Sherdley Park Golf Club.Tickets:All home areas of the Totally Wicked Stadium are now SOLD OUT for the BAD Friday Derby vs Wigan Warriors this evening! The game, as a result, is now ALL TICKET with none left to purchase from the Ticket Office and there will be no cash turnstiles on any stands, including the away end. Click here for more info.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open until kick-off and for 45 minutes after the final whistle. Check out the brand-new 2019 Summer Trainingwear range now in-store. Programme:The programme, sponsored by Warrington Audi, is based on a retro design from 1996. Priced at £3, it features an interview with Luke Thompson as well as an interview with Jonny Lomax whilst you can also hear from James Roby, Justin Holbrook and Eamonn McManus. Please note: Anyone caught throwing beer, or any other liquid, alongside smoke grenades or flares, risks being banned for a period of games, and/or having Memberships tickets rescinded.last_img read more

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first_img Soon after Hinson walked into the home, the other woman drives around the circle, stops, and then runs to Thomas Ginley who was sitting on his porch across the street.“Once I get inside the door, I see five dogs around this girl,” Ginley said. “She’s laying on the ground or on the floor. There’s just blood everywhere on her and they’re all biting, nipping at her.”Ginley tried to fight off the dogs.Related Article: UPDATE: Police say teen shot near Creekwood in serious condition“The biggest one lunged at me, got my arm,” Ginley said. “Basically all I could do at that point was keep talking to her try and make sure that she’s still conscious she lost consciousness a few times.”Bite wounds on Ginley’s arm (PHOTO: Thomas Ginley)Hinson was unconscious and had multiple bite wounds. Once officers arrived they tased the pit bull, causing it to retreat, giving them the chance to get to Hinson. EMS transported Hinson to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she underwent surgery. Police say she is in stable condition.During the investigation, officers learned Hinson did not have permission to be on the property from the owner, Sherry Spivey, who is currently in jail.Neighbors tell WWAY’s Andrew James they’ve called police about the dogs and suspicious activity at the home several times. Neighbors are calling Ginley a hero for stepping in.Ginley simply hopes this incident will result in a change.“This is a terrible incident to have happened. But hopefully it cleans out that house and all the problems that it has had in the past two years.” 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A woman mauled by several pitbulls is recovering, but the story does not stop there.Wilmington Police says they rescued 31-year-old Mary Hinson from a pit bull attack Wednesday night. Police say the woman attacked was not allowed to enter the home. Security camera footage from a neighbor shows Hinson and another woman approach the home in an SUV around 10:00 P.M.Security Camera footage showing Ginley and Hinson’s friend running to the home (Contributed/WWAY)- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img The primary election requirement — contained in a measure reworking who oversees the enforcement of state elections and ethics laws and heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk — would apply to the current 9th Congressional District race.The board already can call for a new 9th District general election, but not primary races. But both are required when a North Carolina U.S. House seat is officially declared vacant. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With ballot fraud allegations hanging over a disputed North Carolina congressional race, state lawmakers have agreed to change the way such “do-over” House elections are handled.The House and Senate voted Wednesday to require both new primary and general elections if the state elections board decides a redo is needed because of ballot irregularities in a close congressional contest.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 500th career goal when he netted an acrobatic volley as Los Angeles Galaxy lost 5-3 at Toronto. The Swedish striker has scored 18 goals for Malmo, 48 for Ajax, 26 for Juventus, 66 for Inter Milan, 22 for Barcelona, 56 for AC Milan, 156 for Paris Saint-Germain, 29 for United and 62 for Sweden in a prolific, trophy-laden career.Ibrahimovic is still going strong at 36 years of age and has scored 17 goals in 22 appearances for Los Angeles Galaxy since moving to the Major League Soccer from Manchester United. The Swedish striker is renowned for scoring sensational goals and won the 2013 FIFA Puskas Award for a bicycle kick scored against England.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Google is rightly proud of its latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system but, somehow, somewhere along the line, the company managed to miss out something fairly significant with its latest update that hit this past Saturday. Something set in stone, something that little (and big) kids celebrate the world over…the month of December – as Daily Social reports.While the twelfth and last month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars is present on the calendar app and other features, it is strangely omitted from the People app, the app at the center of its social experience. In other words friends’ birthdays, significant dates (um…Christmas!!), etc will not appear for those with the latest update.Perhaps this is one example where Google’s notorious Android fragmentation works in its favour, since the update has only landed on a handful of Nexus devices thus far. – Advertisement – Ebenezer Scrooge, The Grinch, Jack Frost, et al will rejoice, but we fully expect an update will come along shortly to fix this embarrassing oversight.For now, enjoy the screenshot below.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunications Provider, Smart Telecom is set to  launch 4G Time Division-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) in Tanzania.The company new network will utilize the 2300MHz band (Band 40).The join Smile Communications, which at the moment is the only LTE Data provider in Tanzania. – Advertisement – They have not yet announced the initial service coverage or the date when it will be launched, but says the expansion is ongoing.Currently active in Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania, Smart Telecom is owned by Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) Kenya, which is part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED).[Via]last_img read more

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first_imgSnapchat confirmed that its users are viewing more than 6 billion videos a day on its mobile app. Image Credit: ThenyPost Advertisement Fidelity Investments has slashed the value of its stake in Snapchat by 25 per cent, making the disappearing-photos app the latest and biggest casualty among so-called tech unicorns valued at $1.4 billion ($US1 billion) and up.Snapchat — whose 25-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel earlier this year was jetting around the globe courting investors in China and the Persian Gulf — saw its value sink to $17 billion in September from $22.6 billion in May.“It’s emblematic of the moment,” said Chris Douvos of Venture Investment Associates in California. “These are companies that had extremely high valuations based on momentum and hype, and which are at last returning to Earth.” – Advertisement – A Snapchat spokeswoman declined to comment on Tuesday.Douvos, whose firm invests in start-ups and venture funds, said he wasn’t privy to Snapchat’s financials. But he notes that investors are growing increasingly restless with start-ups that are racking up losses in the name of growth.Indeed, Snapchat’s painful discount followed the bad news last month that cloud-storage start-up Dropbox saw its $14.2 billion valuation take a 24 per cent hit on a markdown by a BlackRock investment fund.And last week, payments start-up Square priced its initial public offering 35 per cent below the $8.5 billion valuation it had won in its latest private-funding round during the past year.It’s a painful reminder that these $US1 billion-plus valuations have to stand up to the scrutiny of the public markets.Nevertheless, the markdown of Snapchat — whose viral spread among teens has grown its user base to more than 100 million — still came as a shock to many tech insiders.Earlier this week, Snapchat confirmed that its users are viewing more than 6 billion videos a day on its mobile app. That staggering sum — triple what Snapchat claimed in May — is closing in on the 8 billion daily video views reported last week by Facebook.Critics, however, note that Snapchat reportedly measures its video views in fractions of a second, versus the three-second minimum required by Facebook — a crucial distinction for advertisers.Snapchat is “struggling to figure out how to monetise” its wildly popular app, and that’s worrying tech investors, according to one Silicon Valley insider.“It’s never been clear what the revenue model is, and the path from customer acquisition to engagement to monetisation is not always a straight line,” the source added.[related-posts]Meanwhile, longstanding worries are growing that Dropbox’s file-sharing services are a commodity that’s vulnerable to competition from bigger rivals like Google and Amazon.A few smaller unicorns also have been kneecapped, including the New Jersey based Jet.com.Last week, Bloomberg News reported that e-commerce start-up has settled on a $1.5 billion valuation to raise more than $707 million in cash. In July, Jet.com had been seeking a $4.2 billion valuation, according to reports.[News]last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Hangouts On Air will move from Google+ to YouTube Live effective of September 12. Events cannot be scheduled on Google+ after September 12 and you will need to move existing events scheduled to happen after September 12 to YouTube Live.YouTube Live has built-in events scheduling that lets you schedule your event for a future date and time. This feature is similar to Google+ and Calendar integration for Hangouts On Air.However, Google in its blog post says, that recorded Hangouts On Air will still be available on YouTube, and that Google+ will have your event content available in read-only format in the Activity Log. – Advertisement – In regards to Q&A, Google’s suggestion to broadcasters is to use Slides, and questions to be gathered ahead of time via social media platforms.last_img read more

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first_imgUganda Government has up to May 26th, 2018 to find a capable investor for Uganda Telecom Limited. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Last week we reported that the Ugandan Government had up to May 26th to find a new capable investor that could revive State-owned Uganda Telecom (UTL) after the Libyan shareholders; Libyan Post Telecommunications and IT Holding Company (LPTIC) with 40% shares withdrew from the telco leaving the company almost to a state of no return. Now its four (4) days to deadline, and press hasn’t gotten anything as yet.However, what is on board right now, according to reports by Daily Monitor, we so far know that five (5) willing investors have come out to save the telco. That’s to say; Afrinet Communications, Mauritius Telecom, Hamilton Telecom, Telecel Global, and Baylis Consortium and Teleology.[related-posts]Below is what we know so far about these firms; – Advertisement – Afrinet Communications Afrinet Communications is a technology firm that is affiliated to Kenya’s biggest telecom firm Safaricom. And as per on going rumors, they could win the bid of taking over Uganda Telecom.Mauritius Telecom (MT) Like the name states, ‘Mauritius’, it’s a telecommunications company based in Mauritius, with its current Chief Executive; Sherry Singh, having about 357,000 telephone customers, 804,000 mobile customers and 162,000 Broadband Internet customers as at June 2014, according to reports. Together with its subsidiaries, they provide voice, mobile, Internet, and data communications services in the country.They offer home services, including fixed line, internet, and My.T convergent services for international calls, as well as NetPC, a computing device; and business services, such as telephony, mobile, internet, international connectivity, intranet, data and defense solutions, and advertising solutions.They also provides call center solutions, which comprise customized call center, local directory information, business directory and tourist information, automated services, and customer relationship management services; and wholesale servicesAccording to current reports, their revenue increase is about MUR 10 billion (roughly UGX 1,064 trillion) as of 2017, and their total asset are estimated at MUR 15.805 billion (roughly UGX 1.69 trillion).MT’s biggest shareholder is Orange S.A. (formerly known as France Telecom) having 40% of its shares in the telecom. The other 60%, 33.45% is owned by the Government of Mauritius, 19% to SBM Investments Managers Ltd, 6.55% to National Pensions Fund, and 1% to the Employees of Mauritius Telecom.Mauritius Telecom owns eight (8) other subsidiaries including;Call Services Ltd (CSL), a telemarketing company.Cellplus Mobile Communications Ltd, a cellular phone service provider.Mauritius Telecom Foundation.Mauritius Telecom International Ventures Ltd.MT Properties Ltd.MT Services Ltd (MTS).Telecom Plus Ltd, an internet service provider.Teleservices (Mauritius) Ltd, a telephone directory company.On a point of note, MT’s predecessor was Overseas Telecommunications Services Ltd.Hamilton Telecom We reported that no local investor was ready to take over the falling Uganda Telecom. However, Hamilton Telecom  is indeed a Uganda-based telecommunication firm and is not affiliated or have any connections to U.S-based Hamilton Telecommunications.The telco provides Uganda’s telecommunication industry with the most agile and comprehensive solutions which include and not limited to Mobile Virtual Network Operator(MVNO) services, fiber; backhaul; last mile connectivity, Cloud Communication Platform, and Business OutSourcing.Telecel Global Telecel Global according to reports, is the leading group of mobile operators in Africa, a quadruple play operator in South Africa and a service provider across the world. It is an international carrier and service provider for Voice, Data, SMS and IPTV providing a range of IoT/M2M products & services with mCommerce platform connecting world’s largest retailers with mobile operators, all designed to provide benefits for businesses, governments & consumers.Telecel is the first brand to establish a mobile operator in Africa while now it is operating from offices in Europe, Africa, Latin America and MEA keen to successfully spread-heading disruptive telecommunication and revenue added services globally.Baylis Consortium and Teleology Said to be a private Equity firm led by a former MTN Nigeria Executive; Adrian Wood. It has no official website.Writer’s Note: This article is under development.last_img read more

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first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 27 November2.10 FontwellWhipcrackaway 11/1 > 11/22.35 LingfieldPersepolis 10/1 > 7/13.30 WetherbySilver Storm 40/1 > 25/14.00 KemptonSeven Lucky Seven 13/2 > 9/2FOOTBALLMan U friendless in Germany 15/8 > 9/4last_img

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first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log! How are you?! Greetings from Tenerife!!‘Tenerife?! Again?!’ I hear you cry. Yes, Blog. Oh, yes! Quite simply different-class for a winter break.Tenerife is what you make of it, and being fluent in Spanglish, this gives me a head-start in communication with all the yocals, and finding the best hidden moves and places to eat.Noh a loh uh pepaw naw vis, buh, each region of Spain has it’s own specialities and styles of food. In southern Tenerife, their favoured dish is chicken and chips with salad. Yes, if you go into the local villages, where all the Canarians eat, this is virtually the only bloody dish you can get. But, thank god, they actually cook it very well.Myself and Belindabelle, went last night, to Adeje (pronounced adec-hay). This is known as Adeje ‘Town’, as it is the ‘other side’ of the motorway, where the Canarians live, to get away from the unpleasant site of English fatties, like me, wandering about, looking a bit red, all day. This is an incredibly steep area and a taxi is imperative.On entering the high street, two thirds of the way up, on the left hand side, before you get to the square on the right, we found the originally named; Bar Restaurante Espana. Every table was taken (always a good sign), both inside and out, except one small table for two, which I managed to wrap my enormous gut around, Belinda squeezing in opposite.What was served up was; all the salad, well done chips, and deliciously crunchy chicken in bread-crumbs that we could eat. All cooked superbly. And the bill? Oh yes, Blog. Add on two large bottles of water, and we weighed in for the very reasonable sum of �23. ‘You can’t eat value!’. Oh yes you can, Blog! Please, take note, all Tenerife haters!!In other news:Michael Schumacher, clearly not a regular reader and follower of the rational-life-advice served up in this blog, is fighting for his life following a terrible skiing accident. Our thoughts are with him. I only hope too, that following this disaster, more people will consider the upsides and downsides of hurtling yourself down an icy mountain, with near to no protection, on two flimsy pieces of apparatus connected to your feet, that don’t have breaks, versus; lying under a sun-lounger on a relaxing beach. The Staff, can you too, please, take note!Went for a massage yesterday (no naughty action, whatsoever. BB in the cabin next door!). The young Hungarian lady in charge of the situation, was telling me that the locals are always moaning they can’t find any work. She said she didn’t know why, as there are always jobs coming up. However, she went on to inform me that the move in town is to; get a job, for exactly one year, enjoy all the paid holiday benefits, and then bugger off on the 366th day. Why’s that then? Oh, the bankrupt Spanish government will then immediately pay you, full pay, for four months. So, attention all sympathisers; when Europe’s current finest leader; Anjela Merkel, is being given a guilt trip and all the unlucky-face countries are trying to nip her for a hand-out, please consider this. Are they really unlucky countries, or do they just not do things properly? There is a difference!Over-and-out, Ben xlast_img read more

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first_imgMore terrifying news reaches us, that William Hill have been fined £6.2million, by The Gambling Commission.As Bookie Haters sneer and cheer infront of the gallows, they might like to ask themselves the following questions, before the hanging commences:1) Why would ANYBODY want to become a Bookie in these circumstances?2) If there are no new Bookies and your children want to work in The Game, in 10 years, who will be there to employ them? Did you say ‘The Firms’? Oh no, no. They won’t be employing anyone, above the bare minimum; it will be illegal to take a bet of over £50, because someone might lose, and they will automate everything anyway.3) Do the Gambling Commission actually even LIKE Gambling?4) Is any of this, EVENTUALLY, good for either Punters or Bookies?BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.In other news:Ben’s Food Vlog 50: Ohisama, 39 Paddington Street, Marylebone, W1U 4HH. Competent across the board. But expensive restaurant prices, in shabby cafe surroundings. Miso Aubergine (NAP). Chicken Teriyaki (NB). 7<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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first_imgWith no racing here in Ireland until St Stephen’s Day (or Boxing Day as it’s known with you), it’s a nice opportunity to spend some time with the family. Christmas Day will just be a quiet affair at home, although that may not be possible with four kids running around the place! We will have some fun ahead of the serious stuff at Leopardstown on Wednesday where I’ve got some cracking rides to look forward to…WEDNESDAYLEOPARDSTOWNDARK DECADE (12.10pm)I ride a nice newcomer for Gordon (Elliott) in the opener who is bound to come on plenty for this debut. He can be a bit of a handful, but this experience will do him the world of good. His stablemate Vision D’Honneur looks a smart new recruit, while I know that Henry (De Bromhead) thinks a fair bit of Dancing On My Own who has the benefit of having had a couple of runs already.SONG OF NAMIBIA (12.40pm)Paloma Blue won this maiden hurdle for me 12 months ago and this year I’m onboard Song Of Namibia for Gordon who is having his first day at school in terms of the jumping game. He’s got plenty of experience on the flat, starting off with Sir Michael Stoute and then moving here to join Ger Lyons. His only win came here in Leopardstown so hopefully he’ll enjoy it just as much with the hurdles in the way. City Island won on his hurdling debut but lost the race after a positive test and looks one of the bigger dangers in what looks quite an open race.CHIEF JUSTICE (1.10pm)It will be fascinating to see whether my mount Chief Justice can again see off the well-regarded Coeur Sublime after their battle at Fairyhouse last time. My fella is 4lbs better off at the weights, so on paper should uphold the form, but it’s never really that simple. I know that Coeur Sublime has come on again in recent weeks and this track may just suit him a little better too. We will of course give it our best shot.WARNAQ (1.45pm)I’m looking forward to riding Warnaq for the first time in the novice handicap hurdle. She won nicely at Navan the last day and looks a filly on the upgrade. This looks a bit tougher and she will have to step up again, but she must have a decent chance. There look to be dangers everywhere with Joseph’s (O’Brien) Aforementioned looking the most obvious threat.MENGLI KHAN (2.20pm Racing Post Novice Chase)The big race of the day on these shores is the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase and I’m thrilled to have been asked to partner Mengli Khan again after his pleasing debut at Punchestown. That was a really nice introduction, but he steps up to the top table here and will have to improve again and brush up on his jumping. He will have learned a lot from that first start and I’m looking forward to getting back aboard. He faces five rivals with Voix Du Reve looking the main threat. It’s interesting that they are stepping Le Richebourg back in trip too, but hopefully my lad will step up to the task.CUBOMANIA (2.55pm)My final ride of the day is Cubomania who was actually travelling okay when he fell last time. He steps down in trip and grade here and hopefully can be competitive again. I suppose my only slight reservation would be that he has had a really busy summer and I hope he won’t start to feel the effects of that campaign. Fingers crossed he will go well in what looks the most competitive race of the day.As for the action over at Kempton, it’s pretty hard to call the winner of the King George VI Chase. Might Bite won the race 12 months ago and is on a comeback mission after slightly disappointing at Haydock last time. We all know what a good horse he is on his day and if one man can bring him back it’s Nicky Henderson. He will have to be at his best though with the likes of Native River, Thistlecrack, Bristol De Mai, Waiting Patiently and Politologue all up against him. It promises to be some race.It only remains for me to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

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first_imgShareMEDIA CONTACTS: AddThis Rice UniversityDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice UniversityJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduUniversity of New MexicoKaren Wentworth505-277-5627kwent2@unm.educenter_img Study shows just how fast censorship can occur in social mediaRice, UNM study examines real-time censorship on site with 100 million daily postsHOUSTON — (March 13, 2013) — An analysis of censorship patterns on the Twitter-like Chinese social media service called Weibo gives the clearest picture yet of how the site’s operator, Sina Weibo, finds and deletes controversial posts in near real time, despite a daily volume of 100 million messages. The study, which was conducted by an independent researcher and collaborators at Rice University and the University of New Mexico (UNM), is available online and undergoing peer review.“Other people have explored censorship on Weibo, but this work is focused on the speed at which censorship happens,” said lead researcher Dan Wallach, professor of computer science at Rice and co-author of a forthcoming study that was recently posted on the pre-print site arxiv.org.A team led by Wallach and UNM’s Jed Crandall worked with the study’s lead author, an independent researcher named Tao Zhu. Their analysis indicates that Sina Weibo uses a combination of keyword-matching software and human censors to monitor and delete potentially controversial posts on Weibo. By closely monitoring individuals who frequently post controversial messages, Sina Weibo is able to delete many objectionable posts in less than five minutes, the study found.A new study analyzes how controversial posts are deleted in near real time from the Twitter-like Chinese social media service called Weibo, which hosts about 100 million messages per day. CREDIT: Photos.com/Rice UniversityLaunched three years ago, Weibo, like Twitter, allows users to post 140-character messages with usernames and hashtags. About 300 million people use Weibo, which is China’s most popular microblogging service. Users post 100 million messages each day on Weibo.For the study, researchers began by following 25 “sensitive” users that they had discovered by doing a search for people who had used words previously banned by Weibo. To broaden their search, the researchers added more than 3,000 users who had reposted one of the 25 sensitive users more than five times. They then followed this expanded group for a period of time and measured how often and how quickly their posts were deleted. Any user with more than five deleted posts was added to the pool of sensitive users.After 15 days, the sensitive group included 3,567 users. The researchers found that on average, about 4,500 posts by the sensitive users were deleted each day, including about 1,500 that were deleted at the network level by Sina Weibo. The team’s censorship-tracking software was able to track, within one minute, the amount of time a post remained online before it was deleted.The researchers found that deletions happened most heavily in the first hour after an original post had been made, and nearly 90 percent of deletions occurred within 24 hours. The analysis also revealed a sophisticated mechanism to remove all reposts of deleted posts, often within five minutes of the original post’s deletion. Deletion times were found to be significantly shorter for a subset of users who tended to post deleted content most often, an indication that Sina Weibo actively monitors the activity of some users.“Roughly 12 percent of the total posts from our sensitive users were eventually deleted,” Wallach said. “We have enough of these posts to be able to run topical analysis algorithms that let us extract the main subjects that Weibo’s censors seemed concerned with on any given day.”To date, researchers have collected 470 million posts from the Weibo public timeline and 2.38 million posts from a user timeline.“Measuring how censorship is practiced by Weibo allows us to examine industry practices that may become more widespread,” said Crandall, assistant professor of computer science at UNM. “There has been considerable debate in the U.S. recently about extending copyright law enforcement to include various kinds of filtering online. China already has laws in place for companies within China to filter online content.”Wallach and Crandall said that Weibo, as one of China’s largest social networking companies, faces the dual challenge of keeping its users engaged — and thereby watching advertisements and making money for Weibo — while keeping the content it hosts compliant with local laws.“Weibo gives us a window into the future for what Internet censorship of social media around the world may look like,” Wallach said. “Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis championed transparency a century ago when he wrote, ‘Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.’ We hope that our research shines a light on how laws created by governments and implemented by the private sector can affect free speech everywhere, including here in the U.S.”###High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/03/0312_WEIBO_stock-lg.jpgCAPTION: A new study analyzes how controversial posts are deleted in near real time from the Twitter-like Chinese social media service called Weibo, which hosts about 100 million messages per day.CREDIT: Photos.com/Rice UniversityThe following research is available for download:The Velocity of Censorship: High-Fidelity Detection of Microblog Post Deletionshttp://arxiv.org/abs/1303.0597Tracking and Quantifying Censorship on a Chinese Microblogging Sitehttp://arxiv.org/pdf/1211.6166v1.pdfAn Analysis of Chinese Search Engine Filteringhttp://arxiv.org/pdf/1107.3794.pdflast_img read more

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first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker, Kinder institutes make recommendations for a more equitable Houston HOUSTON – (Nov. 27, 2017) – Houston must launch a jobs program as well as an early childhood education program to confront inequality in the city, according to experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Kinder Institute for Urban Research. They participated in Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Mayoral Task Force on Equity, which was charged with developing actionable policy recommendations to make Houston a more equitable city.Houston City Hall. Credit: Shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityQuianta Moore, a fellow in child health policy in the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, and Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the Kinder Institute, along with fellow task force members have issued a report detailing their recommendations, “Rising Together: A Roadmap to Confront Inequality in Houston.”While Houston ranks as the second-most prosperous city in the United States and is the No. 5 fastest- growing city, it only ranks 64th among the most economically inclusive cities, the report notes.The report comes on the heels of the launch of Turner’s Complete Communities initiative, which is meant to coordinate and boost investment in five long-underserved neighborhoods.The task force generated a list of recommendations that took into account the city’s financial constraints, including two specific aims: launching a jobs program with the goal of creating 20,000 new or improved jobs with family-sustaining wages by 2022 and piloting “a scalable early childhood education program that could reach up to 40,000 children by 2025,” according to the report. The task force also offers metrics and strategies to track and coordinate investment aimed at increasing equity as well as changes to how the city raises and distributes funds.The report argues that the problem is particularly pressing in Houston, where roughly 23 percent of the population and 35 percent of all children live in poverty. Poverty contributes to a number of strains on individuals and the city, the report notes. The researchers estimate that evictions, unpaid taxes and utility bills cost the city $51 million to $117 million annually.And though the city has touted its relatively low unemployment rate, the measure climbed above the national average in 2016. A more complete measure, the report argues, would also include underemployed workers.These burdens fall unequally on Houston’s residents, the researchers said.Compounding a lack of investment at the neighborhood level, African-American and Latino residents face additional challenges. African-American and Latino children, for example, are nearly five times more likely to live in poverty than white children in Houston, according to the report. And African-American and Latino workers are less likely than white workers to hold jobs that pay more than $45,000, according to the report. Women also earn 25 percent less than men’s median wages in Houston.In the absence of well-funded state or federal efforts to expand early childhood education, the report argues the city should take up the task with a pilot program modeled on similar programs elsewhere. The proposed three-year program would provide scholarships to 1,500 economically disadvantaged children under the age of 4 in one of four Complete Communities pilot neighborhoods.Those scholarships would not only offer quality education to young children, but would also allow parents to participate in the workforce by making child care affordable, the report argues.The report also calls on the city to step up its investment in affordable housing and infrastructure and to change its own processes for addressing and tracking equity as well as raising and distributing city funds. For more recommendations and analysis, read the report here.Kinder Institute researchers Alexius Marcano and Dian Nostikasari also contributed to the report, which was edited and designed by the Baker Institute.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Report: http://equityhouston.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Rising-Together-A-Roadmap-to-Confront-Equity-in-Houston.pdf.Moore biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/quianta-moore.Shelton biography: http://kinder.rice.edu/content.aspx?id=2147486979.Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences: www.bakerinstitute.org/center-for-health-and-biosciences.Kinder Institute for Urban Research: http://kinder.rice.edu.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.  AddThislast_img read more