Families forced into home educating their disabled

first_imgFamilies forced into home educating their disabled children because of the lack of support from mainstream schools are among parents who are being “scapegoated” by the children’s commissioner, according to a disabled mum and campaigner.Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, published a report last week that calls for action to address the lack of knowledge about the standard of education and safety of the tens of thousands of children currently being home educated.Research by Channel 4’s Dispatches, for a documentary presented by Longfield (pictured) last week, found that 22 per cent of children withdrawn from school to be home educated in 2017-18 had special educational needs (SEN).The numberof children known by local authorities to be home educated has doubled since2013-14.Longfieldsaid there were concerns about whether some of these children were safe and ifthey were receiving a good quality education. She wants tosee a compulsory register of home educated children, and greater oversight ofthose arrangements.But disabledactivist Dennis Queen, who home educates her 14-year-old twins Stan and Rosa,who are both disabled, says home educators are being blamed rather than theschools that caused the problems in the first place.And she isangry that the commissioner is suggesting giving greater powers to the localauthorities that are already responsible for failing children who have beenforced into home education.She says thepeople they need to worry about are parents who have removed their childrenfrom school but are not home educating them.Longfieldsaid: “We need to know who these children are, where they are, whether they aresafe and if they are getting the education they need to succeed in life. “There is aclear case for the government to introduce a compulsory register for all home educatedchildren, without delay.”But Queen saidsuch a register and greater oversight would be “a fundamental change to the lawaround children and education”, which currently says that it is the legal duty ofparents – and not the state – to provide an education for their home educatedchildren.  She andother campaigners believe such measures would breach the human rights of home educatingfamilies, who have rights to privacy and a family life under the Human RightsAct.Localcouncils have an obligation to identify children they believe are not receivinga suitable education, but they have no legal duty to monitor those being homeeducated and do not have the powers to insist on visiting a home unless theyhave a welfare concern.Councils areresponsible for safeguarding in their area and have the same safeguardingpowers in relation to children educated at home as to those educated atschool.But Queensays that most families who home educate – some of whom choose to do so withouteven trying the school system – are already checked by local authorities, and sheand others want those checks to remain voluntary.She said:“We will comply with whatever they ask us to do, but it is not going to help AnneLongfield find the children who are not getting an education.“I thinkthere is enough oversight already. In general, families comply when they areasked and if they don’t comply and there are concerns, they can be made tocomply.“I think anyfurther measures waste energy and money which could be used instead to findchildren who are not getting any education.”She added: “Everyminute we waste preparing for assessment is another minute not educating ourchildren. “Many kindsof home ed exist and some are vastly different to schooling. Each child has afully individualised education. They just can’t be measured by systems set upto measure schools.”Introducinga new assessment system would “ruin it completely”, she added.She said: “Homeed works partly because of the immense freedom we have to educate in ways whichwork for our children.”She says hertwins are now studying a wider range of subjects, and they have more friends,than they did when they were at school.Queen saysresearch shows that home-educated children have better outcomes on average thanthose who attend school – probably because those children benefit from moreindividual attention – with those improvements even greater for children frommore deprived backgrounds. Herexperiences show how schools are forcing many parents of disabled children intoremoving them from school and home educating them instead, she said.She had toremove her autistic son Stan from his mainstream school when the localauthority halved his support package, and the school was about to insist thathe move to a special school.If she hadnot done so, she says, he would have had to attend a special school far fromhome, travelling an hour each way every day.Rosa wasde-registered about 18 months later, after the school kept punishing her fornot sitting still in her chair, even though she was in pain because of herimpairment.Longfieldsaid that many home-educated children have been “off-rolled” by schools, aprocess where parents are pressured to remove their child because of pooracademic results, or because they have support needs the school is unwilling orunable to meet.She wants tosee stronger measures to tackle off-rolling.Research bythe Children’s Commissioner’s Office shows that the number of children movinginto home education from academy schools in one London borough increased by 238per cent between 2016-17 and 2017-18, compared with a rise of 21 per cent incouncil-run schools in the borough.Inclusiveeducation campaigners havebeen warning for years that the spread of academy schools wasundermining the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream schools.Queen agreesthat measures should be taken to address off-rolling, and that the spread ofacademies has worsened the problem.The schoolpreviously attended by Rosa and Stan later became an academy, and hasoff-rolled other disabled children, says Queen, who has now joined otherparents in sharing her experiences with the home education website Suitable Education.She said:“We can’t let them turn home education into a dumping ground for children withSEN. It has to be a choice.”Tara Flood, director of The Alliance forInclusive Education (ALLFIE), said her organisation had been concernedfor years about the impact of academies on inclusive education, and about thepractice of off-rolling, in what was a “fundamentally broken” school system.She said: “We completely understand why parents make what can sometimesbe a very difficult decision to pull their young person out of school.”But she said that as more and more children are withdrawn from themainstream school system, that lets the school system “off the hook”.She said: “If you have got a pupil population that is less and lessdiverse in terms of their learning and access requirements, the pressurebecomes less and less to offer creative solutions to your existing pupilpopulation.”That applied to the government and local authorities as well aseducation providers, she said, and led to an education system that was “lessand less willing to be inclusive”.Flood said the home educating community was responding to “anincreasingly hostile school system” but it was up to the government, theeducation watchdog Ofsted and education providers “to end that hostility”.A Departmentfor Education spokesperson said:“There are thousands of parents across the country who are doing an excellentjob of educating their children at home. “We know, however, that in a verysmall minority of cases children are not receiving the standard ofeducation they should be or, very rarely, are being put at risk.“That’s why we recently ran a call forevidence on home education asking for views on issues such asregistration, monitoring provision and support for home educators. “We have also consulted on revisedguidance that will help local authorities and parents better understandsafeguarding laws applicable to home education. “We are considering the responses and will respond to both the call for evidence and consultation in due course.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Tom Watson has released a video reacting to the ne

first_imgTom Watson has released a video reacting to the news that seven MPs have quit the Labour Party today.In his statement, the deputy leader describes the decision taken by those seven MPs as “premature” and says this is a “moment for regret and reflection not for a mood of anger or a tone of triumph”.The MP for West Bromwich East pays special tribute to Luciana Berger, who he calls “one of our most dedicated and courageous MPs”, and accepts that Labour has been “too slow to respond to the shaming scourge of antisemitism in our ranks”.Watson questions whether Labour is still “perceived” as “patriotic and internationalist at the same time”, concluding that the party must “change” – or “see more days like this”.He calls on the Labour frontbench to “reflect the balance of opinion in the Parliamentary Labour Party”, adding: “We need to broaden out so that all the members of our broad church feel welcome in our congregation.”Below is the full text of Tom Watson’s statement.The instant emotion I felt, when I heard the news this morning that colleagues were leaving Labour, was deep sadness. I’ve devoted my life to this party and I’m proud to serve it, I am hugely disappointed about what has happened. This is a sad day for all of us.I think our colleagues have come to a premature conclusion. But this is a moment for regret and reflection, not for a mood of anger or a tone of triumph. There are those who are already celebrating the departure of colleagues with whom they disagree.The hard left can be too easily tempted into the language of heresy and treachery. Betrayal narratives and shouting insults at the departed might make some feel better briefly but it does nothing to address the reasons that good colleagues might want to leave.I want to say something in particular about Luciana Berger. In my time in politics I have witnessed many changes but perhaps the most profound of recent times has been the growth of identity politics. I am sad to say that a virulent form of identity politics has seized the Labour Party which today took its first casualty.I would like to place on record my complete respect for Luciana and my understanding of the decision to which she has been driven. They say antisemitism is a light sleeper. This is certainly a wake-up call for the Labour party.We were slow to acknowledge we had a problem and even slower to deal with it. Even a single incident of antisemitism in the Labour party shames us. Now we have lost Luciana, one of our most dedicated and courageous MPs.If someone like Luciana no longer believes there is a home for her in the Labour party then many other colleagues will be asking themselves how they can stay. That’s why time is short for us. To confront the scale of the problem and meet the consequences. To keep others from leaving.The identity of this party must be tolerant, multi-cultural, generous and welcoming. To put it mildly, we need to be kinder and gentler. I love this party. But sometimes I no longer recognise it. That is why I do not regard those who have resigned today as traitors.I fear they have left at a critical moment for the country when all our attention should be on solving the Brexit crisis. So I regard them as people who have drawn the wrong conclusion to a serious question.The historic task of the Labour party is to speak for those citizens who lack a voice. To offer them a stake in the future of the nation.Last month in a speech to the Fabian Society I said that we needed to develop a programme that will deliver both within and beyond our traditional Labour base. I feared that if we did not do that then “someone else will”.I confess I feared this day would come. And I fear now, that unless we change, we may see more days like this.The departure of our colleagues poses a test for our party. Do we respond with simple condemnation or do we try and reach out and extend beyond our comfort zone and prevent others from following?We know in our hearts we have been too slow to respond to the shaming scourge of antisemitism in our ranks.Throughout our history this party has been patriotic and internationalist at the same time. But is that a good description of what we are perceived as being today?We face a government with no majority, no clarity and no leadership, badly failing on the issue of a generation: Brexit. Yet we are losing members and now losing MPs.This country faces some troubling questions and we have yet to convince the nation that we have the answers. Social democratic and democratic socialist traditions, which has always been the main stream of Labour’s political thought, is where we can find the answers to the current crisis.That is why in the coming weeks and months I will be working with Labour MPs to develop policies within that tradition to address the challenges of the future. I believe the much-needed modernisation of this nation must come from there.And that is why the frontbench needs once again to reflect the balance of opinion in the Parliamentary Labour Party. We need to broaden out so that all the members of our broad church feel welcome in our congregation.It is only if we open out that this party can fulfil its purpose. Labour was formed to give voice to the ordinary people of this nation. It can do so again but only if it stays together.And it can only stay together if it stands for the whole country. This noble aim brought us all into politics.I believe in it every bit as much as I did on the day I first joined the Labour party on my fifteenth birthday in 1982. But I say candidly, that my fear is if we don’t do it, someone else will.Tags:Tom Watson /Labour /The Independent Group /last_img read more

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Hunters Point Riot 50 years Later

first_imgA crowd of more 60 people gathered inside 518 Valencia Street Wednesday night to hear about a moment in history that’s often overlooked and forgotten, the San Francisco Hunters Point Riot of 1966. This year marks its 50th anniversary.“When police come down the street, and behind them is National Guard with fixed bayonets, and behind them is tanks. Who is rioting?” said Darrell Rogers, who lived through the riots. “Who is about to start the trouble? Who’s about to make things worse?”Rogers, who was a teenager at the time of the riots in September 1966, made it clear that residents were not the ones rioting, they were the ones rebelling.The riots erupted after police shot and killed 17-year-old Matthew Johnson, who was unarmed and fleeing after being discovered with a stolen car. Residents of the African American neighborhood took to the streets to protest. Within the first couple of days, Governor Pat Brown sent the National Guard. The protests came to an end.Joining Rogers on stage was artist and activist Adriana Camarena. She connected the event that sparked the Hunters Point Riot to recent cases in which officers of the San Francisco Police Department have shot and killed unarmed residents. She focused on the cases of Alex Nieto, shot and killed March 2014, and Luis Góngora, a homeless man who was shot and killed in April 2016.“There’s no aggression from the victim, but there’s aggression from the police,” Camarena said.Camarena went over the Anti Eviction Mapping Project’s statistics on killings by law enforcement in San Francisco from 1985 to 2016. Of the 98 persons killed (102 in total) for which race was identified, 40 percent were black.Alexander Malakai, a teacher who works at Mission High School, said he came after hearing Darrell Rogers would be there. The two had met briefly a couple of months before.“I didn’t know much [about the riot],” Malakai said. “I had seen about two or three videos, some of which they showed here today.”“Hunter’s Point Riot, 50 years Later” is part of the fall 2016 series of talks from Independent Arts and Media and Shaping San Francisco. Guest were treated to historic footage that captured the scene on Third Street on September 28, 1966, and the emotions of black citizens of the neighborhood. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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MIKE Rush echoed his comments of last week followi

first_imgMIKE Rush echoed his comments of last week following another last gasp Stobart Super League win.This time, unlike the win over Hull KR, Saints really pushed their luck time wise, taking home a 24-23 victory in the very last second.“It is always good to win one at the death and I’m sure our fans will have enjoyed the experience,” he said. “But, let’s be honest, we could have put the game to bed earlier.“We were defensively on top in the first half, but we weren’t under a lot of pressure. Then a ridiculous bounce on this iPitch allows Patrick Ah Van the opportunity to score. Tommy Makinson was scrambling and I’m sure if he had his time again he would dive on the ball or kick it dead.“At half time we spoke about continuing the good work of the first half. Offensively we needed to calm down a bit and as a result we started the second half well. We got good shape and got back to the systems we needed to and then all of a sudden when we should have been 10 to 12 points ahead, Andy Dixon threw an intercept, unfortunately for him, and it was game on again.“I thought when Phelps scored that was it but fair credit to the lads. They played for the full 80 and two points is better than none. Come September it won’t matter we scraped it today.“Lee Gaskell’s kick off the touchline was really good.”last_img read more

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PICTURES from Saints Academys opening Tour game a

first_imgPICTURES from Saints Academy’s opening Tour game against St George-Illawarra.last_img

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TICKETS for Saints Tetleys Challenge Cup Round 4

first_imgTICKETS for Saints’ Tetley’s Challenge Cup Round 4 clash against the Huddersfield Giants on April 6 are on sale now!Adults and concessions can get into the John Smith’s Stadium for £15 whilst Junior tickets (up to under 18s) are only £5.Junior Season Ticket Holders are once again entitled to a free ticket (subject to availability) but they must present their season ticket at the Langtree Park ticket office in advance of the match.No ‘swaps’ will be taken on the day at the John Smith’s Stadium.You can get your tickets from the Langtree Park Ticket Office or by calling 01744 455 052. They will be back online at 9.30am on Tuesday.PLEASE NOTE:Due to a batching error a number of junior swaps have been issued to adults by mistake for this tie.If you have the wrong ticket you MUST exchange it at our Ticket Office.You will not be admitted to the stadium with the wrong ticket and therefore it is paramount you check them now.If you have had them sent out to you, then please check the tickets when you receive them and call the ticket office on 01744 455 052 if they are incorrect.last_img read more

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Club Chairman Eamonn McManus statedThe improve

first_imgClub Chairman, Eamonn McManus, stated;“The improvement in the team’s results and in its brand of rugby league has naturally led to financial improvements in all areas. Gate, sponsorship and merchandising revenues in particular have each materially increased. This will result in a major improvement in our financial results in 2018 and in a return to profitability.“2017 was a challenging year for the Club in many respects, including its financial performance. The underperformance of the team in the first half of the season resulted in a material drop in revenues. Additional costs were also assumed due to one off changes in the senior coaching staff and in the additional recruitment of players in order to improve rugby performances. These together contributed to an EBITDA loss of £690,000 in 2017.“However, these investments in 2017 are already paying dividends in 2018 and beyond and a much stronger financial performance is eventuating.“The Club also has one of the strongest balance sheets in world club rugby of either code.”last_img read more

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How New Hanover Co Schools decide on closings and delays

first_img Making sure your kids are safe is the first step New Hanover County Schools take into account when deciding whether to close or delay schools due to potential inclement weather.“We work very closely with New Hanover County Emergency Management and the Weather Service here in Wilmington to look at the event, and the timing of the event, or the impact of the event,” Anderson said. “And try to determine what’s best, opening school, a delay, or an early release.”With snow on the horizon they decided to close school on Wednesday.Related Article: StarNews Media Life Expo to bring Jane Seymour to WilmingtonHowever before they make a final decision, senior staff meets throughout the day then makes a recommendation to Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley.“If there are any sections of the county that we feel are affected by the winter weather and it’s not safe to… have our buses on the road, we’ll cancel,” Anderson said. “Make a decision for the entire county.”Following the recommendation, Markley makes the final decision.As far as make up days, that all depends on the severity of the storm and how long students are out.“The timing of that storm is what we’re looking closely at right now and then we’ll look at the event itself and what the impact may be for the rest of the week,” Anderson said.For any and all updates on closings and delays, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, (WWAY) — When it comes to school closings or delays, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes in order to make the final decision.“Actually there a quite a few steps that affect that decision,” New Hanover County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Operations, Eddie Anderson said. “But they all center around one thing and that’s the safety of our students.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Althea Arthur documentary features Wilmingtons One Love Tennis

first_imgOne Love Tennis members view “Althea & Arthur” documentary on March 9, 2019. (Photo: Kate Cornell) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Coach Lenny Simpson formed One Love in 2013. He says his vision is to give back to Wilmington’s youth through the great sport of tennis.Growing up, Simpson was coached and mentored by Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, both Wilmington natives, as well as the first African Americans to break the color barrier in tennis.- Advertisement – Pointe 14 theater in Wilmington is playing “Althea & Arthur,” a documentary about their lives and accomplishments over the years as well as One Love Tennis group. It will be shown three times Friday, Saturday and this coming Tuesday.You can purchase tickets ahead of time here.last_img

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Lemon backs up your entire wallet on your smartphone

first_imgAdvertisement  The company’s fourth version of its mobile app, released June 7, takes the wallet idea a step further by offering a place to store your credit, debit, ID, health insurance, and loyalty cards. All you have to do is snap a picture of the front and back of the cards in your wallet and the app will store them in your digital wallet. – Advertisement – Unlike other digital wallets from Square and PayPal, you can’t use the cards stored in Lemon to make payments at stores. However, Lemon’s wallet is a backup should you ever lose your physical wallet or are too lazy to go find your credit card while shopping online in bed.If storing your credit cards, driver’s license, and health insurance card in an app on your phone gives you security nightmares, the company assures that it uses SSL encryption and a bank-level secure PIN to keep your information secure.Lemon is based in Palo Alto and has a team of 21. Its app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.Sarah Mitroff June 12, 2012 7:00 AMlast_img read more

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Global Capacity Launches NextGeneration Application for Network Connectivity

first_imgAdvertisement Global Capacity, one of the leading connectivity as a service company, today announces the general availability of Network Builder, the newest application of Global Capacity’s award-winning One MarketplaceTM connectivity platform.One Marketplace Network Builder empowers customers to quickly design wide area networks (WANs) with point-and-click ease, all from one view with more intelligence and less risk.With Network Builder, business customers, carriers and partners gain the most efficient, cost effective way to design and buy data network connectivity. – Advertisement – Customers can now design purpose-built networks for applications such as voice, video, cloud, storage and point of sale, with real-time “what if” scenario modeling for optimal network designs.  Service attributes modeled in the initial release include network cost, service technologies, latency, contract term and preferred interconnection points.Under the Right to Use license granted to all Global Capacity connectivity customers, Network Builder delivers the power to simplify the procurement of network in ways not seen since the introduction of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.Large enterprises with thousands of sites can optimize their networks without time consuming request for proposal (RFP) processes, and can specifically identify the cost of different options for quality, performance and location.  In the initial launch of Network Builder, customers were able to save tens of thousands of dollars as they added the right data center sites at the right locations to get optimal network performance and price.“With One Marketplace Network Builder, Global Capacity has delivered on its commitment of Connectivity Made SimpleTM, making technology barriers disappear so anyone can create the network they need,” said Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer of Global Capacity. “One Marketplace plays a critical role in next-generation WAN delivery by providing the cost-effective, secure and reliable network connectivity that is essential for businesses to connect across the globe.”Network Builder allows anyone to build enterprise WANs and visually automate complex processes in just a few clicks.  What would have taken weeks to research and design, with Network Builder is reviewed in minutes.Global Capacity is using an intuitive and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development to deliver the new Network Builder user interface (UI) across various devices. Leveraging the new UI, the application delivers a completely new user experience and a new “what if” toolbar that allows users to filter results and take actions with just a few taps.Global Capacity is working together with its growing ecosystem of partners to define new and better ways for its more than 20,000 business customers to connect to the One Marketplace platform and simplify connectivity.One Marketplace’s direct Ethernet connections can be used to access business applications, cloud platforms, networks, VoIP service providers, data centers, remote offices and the Internet.  One Marketplace provides guaranteed bandwidth and offers connections from 1Mb up to 100Gb designed and priced with the ability to execute in minutes from nearly any commercial location.last_img read more

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Apple Cisco to collaborate on optimizing networks for iOS devices

first_imgAdvertisement Apple Inc. and Cisco have announced a partnership, that will see them collaborate on optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps.This includes integrating iPhones with Cisco networks, and sharing capabilities on iPads and iPhones.This is in order to create an improved mobile work experience. – Advertisement – The collaboration was announced through a blog post by Chuck Robins, the CEO of Cisco.He said they were thrilled about our new partnership, and together, they will enable mobile apps and experiences that deliver the quality and experience we need while meeting enterprise requirements for management and security.He said the two companies share a common passion to create a vastly improved mobile work experience and they also recognize the enormous opportunity they have to bring together the leading mobile platform and the leading provider of secure networks and collaboration to make the mobile work experience what it should be.last_img read more

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Chewbacca Mom Visits Facebook HQ

first_imgPhoto Credit: Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Page Advertisement Since Facebook Live became a part of Facebook earlier this year, some people and broadcasters have been making videos.37-year-old Candace Payne of Texas who late last week appeared in an odd yet charming Facebook live video stream amusing herself by trying on a Chewbacca mask from Kohl’s from the front seat of her car went viral, and currently stands as the most viewed/watched video with 144 million views, 3.2 million shares and 2.5 million likes (and still counting), managing to beat down BuzzFeed video of smashing a watermelon with over 600+ rubber-bands, which received 10 million views.The video shows Payne unwrapping a box that says “Star Wars,” while hiding the rest from the camera. She is seen laughing and giggling and she can even barely get the words out correctly. However, surprisingly it turns out to be a Chewbacca mask from the “Star Wars” movies. – Advertisement – The Chewbacca mask is not just any mask. It is a special mask that roars when the person wearing it moves their mouth.On Tuesday, that feat earned Payne a trip to Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park, California.“We invited Candace Payne — whose Chewbacca mask video got 141 million views and is now the most-watched Facebook Live video ever — to come by Facebook HQ today. And we had a fun surprise for her!” Co-Founder and CEO, Facebook Inc., Mark Zuckerberg writes in post.Payne is seen hanging out with the “Chewbacca” riding bicycles, posing for pictures and taking coffee around the campus.[related-posts]She has so far made appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden, GMA (Good Morning America) and NPR (National Public Radio). The Chewbacca mask has sold out online after the video went super viral.Many followed the suit and purchased the Hasbro-designed mask, which retails for $44.99. Apparently, it’s sold out in every online retailer, including Kohls, the store from which Payne originally purchased hers for her son, ABC News reports.Twitter’s Periscope live streaming and even YouTube Live have been around longer, but Facebook’s massive audience and algorithmically driven feed may give it an edge in being able to promote its platform.last_img read more

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Apple introduces deeper integration with Cisco to make IPhone better suited for

first_imgwww.forbes.com Advertisement Since the “fall” of the BlackBerry as an enterprise phone, the gap for the next true enterprise phone had never been filled. Samsung and Apple continue to rival for the market share in enterprise and so we can’t be surprised if Apple is opening up its closed Eco-system to third parties. Steven Jobs would never be happy since his vision was to make and keep apple a fully closed system. However at the Apple WWDC keynote yesterday apple opened up its maps and Siri to third party developers. Also amidst falling revenue and market share, Apple is looking to tighten its grip on the enterprise market. iOS 9 featured a lot of security upgrades and innovation which are very important to the enterprise market (in fact it the reason why blackberry ruled enterprise). And for this year’s iOS 10, Apple and Cisco have announced a plan to build tools to help iPhones and iPads take advantage of Cisco’s business collaboration products, such as its voice and video conferencing services. By tightly integrating iOS and Cisco products, the end result could make iPhones and iPads perform better in corporate environments, as well as kick start sales for the iPad, which has been experiencing declining sales for six consecutive quarters. “iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love.” Part of the press release on from apple read last year. Since then, Apple has been working closely with Cisco engineers and interface designers to help create a more intensive co-mingling between Cisco software and networks and iOS devices. Today, the announcement involved Cisco Spark, Cisco’s cloud collaboration platform and some advanced networking too. They also set it up so that iOS can find the fastest available Cisco wireless network to give users the “best available” connection, as well as “fast lane” capability, which, according to a company blog post, lets your IT department prioritize business-critical apps, giving them priority on a Cisco wireless network (sort of a private kind of internet throttling). All of these enterprise agreements have been designed to let both parties get something from the deal. The vendors get access to Apple’s keen design sense, while Apple can take advantage of the enterprise smarts of the partners and sell more Apple devices inside large companies, where Apple has traditionally had a tough time gaining traction.last_img read more

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Maps to Help Drivers Find Parking Spaces

first_imgImage Credit: Foxnews Advertisement Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz cars fitted with on-board sensors are to share information in real time about on-street parking spaces, roadworks via a digital map service and also gather data on traffic conditions, hazards and road signs.The service by mapping firm Here, owned by a group of German car makers, will roll out next year.The platform will record vehicle speed, location and direction, as well as sharp braking and fog light activation. – Advertisement – Video footage of road hazards will also be captured by a forward-facing camera on the cars.Other brands will join the service at a later date, the firm said.Owners of cars which incorporate Here’s Open Location Platform will not have to do anything to transmit or receive data.Community mapping service Waze, owned by Google, already crowd sources travel data but users must be logged in via their smartphones.The parking information service will also provide parking availability predictions for each street as well as details about payment options.“Here believes that industry collaboration is essential to address the major challenges faced by road users everywhere.“What we are seeing today is the technology and automotive industries coming together to create services that will elevate the driving experience for billions,” said CEO Edzard Overbeek.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

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BENS BLOG And The Star Army come STORMING through once again…

first_img[dropcap]R[/dropcap]oyal Ascot is over for another year, my dear Blog. And although, the stench of privilege and inherited-wealth, is higher than sour-milk, we do love the place really, don’t we?The betting-ring was busier than ever before, with so many new areas to bet, and back on The Starship, the office simply rocked from start to finish.And how did you go on the week, Blog? Well, we gave the Punters a head-start, on Tuesday and Wednesday, but then came storming through, like Scurlogue Champ, on the Saturday, to give them a, much deserved, battering, finishing well clear.I would ask too, if you managed to pull The Firms’ trousers down, and back a few winners, but judging from their myriad of silly concessions and absurd prices, they really did manage, quite adequately, to do that for themselves, didn’t they?Although, all of the painful group-socialising, was more shattering than ever before, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU, to The Star Army, for such a great team effort.In other news:Belindabelle is ill! OBVIOUSLY, I have sprung into action, as a noble partner and modern-man, and am mopping her brow, during every moment. Don’t you find though, Blog, that your ladyfriends are just SO nice, kind, and appreciative, when ill? But you know when they’re getting better, don’t you…? BECAUSE THEY’VE GOT THE ENERGY TO MAKE A NASTY-FACE AGAIN!!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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£25 CASH Man U v Liverpool

first_img£25 CASH IFHAT-TRICK IS SCOREDTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site starsports.bet we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS £25 CASH if a HAT-TRICK IS SCORED IN MATCH (90 mins).You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 9am on Saturday 28 July and 10.05pm on Saturday 28 July. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 9am on Saturday 28 July to 10.05pm (GMT) on Saturday 28 July.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 10.05pm (GMT) on Saturday 28 July. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer will be activated if any player scores a hat-trick in the match (90 mins).(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus, if successful, will be paid as £25 CASH within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(7) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address.(8) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(9) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

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Rice University De Lange – Woodlands Conference Media Information

first_imgAddThis ### ShareMedia Advisory CONTACT: Lia Unrau (713) 831-4793 unrau@rice.eduDE LANGE – WOODLANDS CONFERENCE: MEDIAINFORMATIONThe following information is designed to assistreporters and photographers assigned to cover the De Lange – WoodlandsConference at Rice University on March 3-5.The conference, cosponsored by Rice University and the Houston AdvancedResearch Center, will take place in Stude Hall of the Alice Pratt Brown Hall,beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day.Media are required to sign in and present photo I.D. at the media table.Print media can watch the conference either from the hall or from the media workroom. Television coverage of the conference will be by “pool” feed into themedia work room. A mult-box will provide audio/visual feed from the conferencesite. Phone lines will be available for computers.Lunch will be provided for working members of the press each day of theconference. Television coverage of the luncheon speakers will also be by “pool”feed.Real-time Cu-SeeMe video and audio will be available of all speakers exceptthe luncheon speakers. To access the free Cu-SeeMe software, go to http://space.rice.edu/hmns/dlt/video.html.For more information about the De Lange – Woodlands Conference, go to: http://ruf.rice.edu/~eesi/delangewoodlands.htmlor http://www.harc.edu/cgsweb/DW_conf.html.If you would like to interview certain speakers during the conference, pleasecontact Lia Unrau at (713) 831-4793, or Michael Cinelli at (713) 831- 4794 assoon as possible.Parking is available in the Rice stadium lot, which is accessible by takingeither Entrance 12 off Rice Boulevard or Entrance 8 off University Boulevard.Alice Pratt Brown Hall is the building directly to the east of the parking lot.last_img read more

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Rice U business professor available to comment on Pfizers CEO dismissal

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.edu Rice U. business professor available to comment on Pfizer’s CEO dismissalInvestment analyst downgrade could have influenced board’s decisionThe unexpected news that Pfizer Inc. replaced its CEO and chairman Jeffrey Kindler after almost five years didn’t come as a surprise to Rice University’s Anthea Zhang, whose recent study found that investment analysts influence a board’s decision to dismiss its CEO. In the study, Zhang found that negative stock recommendations (lower levels of average analyst ratings, downgrading of the stock and a larger percentage of sell recommendations) resulted in a higher probability of a board dismissing its CEO. The impact of negative stock recommendations was particularly strong when the firm’s prior stock return was relatively low compared with that of its industry peers. Zhang provided the following commentary for attribution in news reports: “In the most recent analyst rating Nov. 3, Argus downgraded Pfizer from ‘buy’ to ‘hold’ and about a month later, the CEO is dismissed,” said Zhang, an associate professor of management in Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “It’s consistent with our findings that investment analysts and their negative stock ratings can sway a board.“The cause and effect makes sense: Investment analysts’ stock recommendations are consequential to investors’ decisions. Given that a public company is dependent upon the financial markets for access to capital, the board is likely to be aware of and respond to analyst recommendations when they are negative.”Zhang is the Jones School Distinguished Associate Professor of Management at Rice University. Her recent study on the investment analyst influence on CEO dismissal was accepted for publication in the Strategic Management Journal. A summary of the study is available at http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=14817.  To interview Zhang or request a PDF of the study for news purposes, contact Jessica Stark, assistant director of media relations, at stark@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.last_img read more

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Expert Alert Higher prices at the pump could return this summer if

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute energy expert says higher prices at the pump could return this summer if talks with Iran break downAmy Myers Jaffe: Americans should stay tuned to Tehran talksHOUSTON — (May 25, 2012) – Gas prices may appear to be plummeting, but a Rice University energy expert cautions against too optimistic of an outlook as Americans head into the busy summer driving season.Photo courtesy Rice University/Photos.comAmy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and co-author of “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold,” is available for interviews to discuss gas prices going into the Memorial Day weekend and summer driving season.Jaffe said the reprieve at the pump comes against the backdrop of falling crude-oil prices in anticipation of progress in talks between the U.S., Europe and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program. “Hopes that Iran might agree to a negotiated solution, including the possibility of U.N. inspectors, has taken some of the war premium out of crude-oil prices that rose sharply over the spring due to threats from Iran that it would try to close the Strait of Hormuz, the vital transit point for over 20 percent of world oil supply,” Jaffe said.However, Jaffe said, Americans will have to stay tuned to Tehran to know whether the current reprieve in oil prices will last. “Any breakdown in talks, such as the blip today, could usher higher international crude-oil prices right back to the fore and with them, higher prices at the pump.”To schedule an interview with Jaffe, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.-30- Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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