A group of Labour activists who helped shape party

first_imgA group of Labour activists who helped shape party policy on Brexit at conference have penned an open letter to all Labour MPs asking those supportive of leaving the EU how they plan to fund the exit, LabourList can reveal.The letter, signed by 24 members who acted as conference delegates last year, begins by thanking those in the Parliamentary Labour Party who advocate holding a fresh EU referendum.But it goes on to express disappointment in having to “persuade” MPs, shadow cabinet members and the leadership to follow party policy, saying that the “experience really has shaken our faith in the party’s supposed member-led policy-making process”.The anti-Brexit activists then argue that any Labour MP who supports implementing the result of the 2016 referendum should be able to name the policies laid out in the last manifesto that they would be willing to scrap.Referring to the Funding Britain’s Future document, the letter reads: “The excellent policies laid out in the 2017 manifesto were costed at £48bn. Take away the £24bn in lost revenue [from Brexit] and it is obvious very hard choices will have to be made.”The letter adds: “We would respectfully ask those still minded to enable Brexit to choose the policies you want to keep and those you are willing to sacrifice in exchange for leaving the EU. We believe it’s important that you are honest with voters about this.”The Labour campaigners have drawn up a ‘costing grid’ for Brexit in the form of a questionnaire that asks Labour MPs to “sacrifice” £24bn worth of spending commitments made in the 2017 general election campaign:Below is the full text of the letter sent by 2018 conference delegates to Labour MPs.Dear friends,Firstly, to the very many of you who have confirmed your support for party policy, a public vote on the Brexit deal, thank you. This is right for your constituents, the country and for the Labour Party.Having spent more than six hours in that historic compositing meeting at party conference last September, we are disappointed that the policy we eventually arrived at, which involved a great deal of compromise from us, is not being adhered to by every single Labour MP. We didn’t expect that, along with 1000s of Labour members up and down the country, we’d have to spend the next six months trying to persuade a significant number of our elected representatives, including the party leadership and many in the shadow cabinet, to follow the policy. This experience really has shaken our faith in the party’s supposed member-led policy-making process.It is saddening to say the least that we find ourselves expending huge amounts of energy and time trying to convince some Labour MPs to fight to defend the jobs and workers’ rights of their constituents; the NHS; the Good Friday Agreement; the future opportunities of young people; and the bedrock of peace and security across our continent for the last 70 years. Even if we didn’t have the Brexit policy in place, surely this is what we should expect every Labour MP to do?Brexit in any form cannot match in any way the benefits of full membership of the EU. The PM’s deal is predicted to cost the exchequer in the region of £24bn a year in lost revenue, equivalent to 6p on the basic rate of income tax and is merely one indicator of the way in which it will impoverish the nation. Labour’s ‘alternative plan’ also undermines freedom of movement and services and is thus estimated by economists to be equally damaging.Any Brexit will severely hamper a future Labour government’s plans to tackle the unacceptable inequalities in our country. The excellent policies laid out in the 2017 manifesto were costed at £48bn. Take away the £24bn in lost revenue and it is obvious very hard choices will have to be made. Furthermore, the post-Brexit economy is expected to be depressed, so a future Labour government will be stuck presiding over a depressing period that the Conservative media will label a failure – a recipe for a one-term administration.Labour MPs who still want to facilitate Brexit need to face up to the choices in front of us. To highlight this stark reality, we have included a form with this letter that contains details of all the funding commitments set out in the 2017 manifesto. We would respectfully ask those still minded to enable Brexit to choose the policies you want to keep and those you are willing to sacrifice in exchange for leaving the EU. We believe it’s important that you are honest with voters about this. Meanwhile, those of you who already support a People’s Vote and would campaign to remain and reform the EU in such a vote can reassure your constituents that you don’t want to remove any of the spending earmarked to repair the damage done by years of Tory austerity from a future manifesto.Abandoning Labour policies desperately needed to improve the lives of people across this country, in order to make the dreams of Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg come true, is not what any of us joined the Labour Party to do. Of course, we acknowledge and accept there is nothing simple or easy about Brexit. For MPs from areas that voted Leave the challenges are especially difficult. However, what is simple is that all Labour Party MPs should fight for the best interests of the many and not the few. That is what the wording and the spirit of our policy sets out to achieve and it’s overwhelmingly supported by members. Added to that, the majority of voters in every Labour seat want the chance to have their final say on Brexit. Trade union members quite rightly are given the chance to vote on any deal negotiated on their behalf – surely it’s only fair that voters are offered that same opportunity.We will be on the ‘Put it to the People’ march on Saturday and we hope you will all be joining us.In solidarity,Fiona O’Farrell – Richmond Park CLPEileen Means – Bristol West CLPLeanora Headley – Witham CLPScarlett Conway – Lancaster and Fleetwood CLPOctavia Holland – Lewisham East CLPAnashua Davies – Old Bexley and Sidcup CLPLaura Evans Vogel – Bromley and Chislehurst CLPJessica Leschnikoff – Maidstone and the Weald CLPJames Hamilton – Bromley and Chislehurst CLPMartin Whelton – Labour Party Irish SocietyPhil Brickell – Wythenshawe and Sale East CLPConnor French – Greenwich and Woolwich CLPMike Vessey – Chelsea and Fulham CLPMatthew Case Legge – Old Bexley and Sidcup CLPAurelio Petrucci – Newcastle Central CLPSam Swift – Walthamstow CLPEdward Jones – Richmond Park CLPSam Talbot – Walthamstow CLPJames Roberts – Harrogate and Knaresborough CLPAndrew Lewin – Brentford and Isleworth CLPPaul Wilkinson – Gedling CLPMalcolm Fincken – Braintree CLPHamish Sandison – Labour BusinessPaul Flanagan – Labour BusinessTags:Labour /Brexit /People’s Vote /Labour conference 2018 /last_img read more

VIDEO March honors SF police shooting victim Mario Woods

first_img Tags: police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% On Dec. 2 2017, friends and family members of Mario Woods gathered in the Bayview with community activists to commemorate the two-year anniversary his killing by San Francisco police. The group of 50 marched to the corner of Third St. and Fitzgerald Ave., where the 26-year-old was shot 21 times by five police officer. Woods’ shooting, caught on cell phone video, was one of a string of officer-involved shootings that forced former Police Chief Greg Suhr to resign in May 2016. District Attorney George Gascón is still investigating his killing. No officer in San Francisco has been charged in any of the police shootings. 0%last_img read more

Furniture refinishers pack up to leave SF Mission

first_imgClosing up shop for such a long-lived business is no small feat, and he expects it will take two months to clean everything up and get it into storage. The move, from a month-to-month lease that Yan describes as being below the current market rate, will also mean the company has to downsize. But he’s hoping to avoid shutting down completely. “It’s more than just working for a living — I like this,” Yan said. “This is why we had so much opportunity.”He and his brother arrived in the country from Shanghai in 1984. The refinishing company is the only place he’s ever worked, he said. The brothers — 20 and 18 at the time — learned on the job. With time, they also learned to design and build their own pieces in a variety of styles.“We were mostly self-taught. We’re old school,” he said. That means no staple guns, no nail guns, but joints. A slow method of production, but sturdy and handsome.“Restoration is much more than just taking the finish off,” Yan said. “My job is to save the history. Each [piece of] furniture has a story to tell.”With so much historic furniture coming through the doors, Yan says people often ask him how much a piece might be worth once he’s restored its finish. “I say, it’s not about the worth when you sell it, it’s how much joy it brings you when you keep it,” he says.Refinishing in progress at J&L. 0% Come January, you won’t be able to take your water-stained, dinged-up or weathered wooden furniture to Alabama Street for rejuvenation anymore. J&L Refinishing Corp, on Alabama Street between 19th and 20th streets since 1988, will be packing up ahead of its deadline to leave — the company has been asked to vacate by the end of February.While Jia Yan, the current owner of J&L, is looking for a place to relocate his business in some other industrial part of San Francisco, possibly Bayview or Hunter’s Point, he’s packing the rest up.A table built by J&L, bearing its original stamp.center_img Tags: Business • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS longest supporting sponsor Hattons Solicito

first_imgSAINTS longest supporting sponsor Hattons Solicitors have recently launched a new free Membership Scheme called Hattons Gold.The Membership is available for anyone to join online giving their members exclusive legal discounts, access to competitions, plus a variety of special offers from rugby clubs including Saints (details to follow at a later date), leisure places and restaurants to name a few.Members will be sent an email once a month and this month’s competition gives entrants the chance to win a Kindle.There is no catch to becoming a member with no hidden costs or sharing of private information. Members can enjoy legal discounts such as 10% off wills drafting and family law services. They will also be sent monthly emails with free competitions and offers from a number of other businesses.The membership offers will develop and change over time, but opening offers include free events at St.Helens R.F.C., as well as discounts from Dominos Pizza in St Helens, and 10% discount off car and van hire from PSD Vehicle Rental (terms and conditions apply to all of the offers).Hattons have always been involved within their community through sponsorship, fundraisers and charities, so the Gold Membership endeavours to build their own community rewards system.Senior Partner Bruce Hatton commented: “There are exciting times ahead for Hattons. Our Gold Membership has been born out of our passion for community, aiming to give value and encourage loyalty from our new members. We recognised the increasing popularity of membership schemes in general, and saw an opportunity to provide our own unique scheme.“We understand that with hard financial times, people are looking for the best quality offers to save money. Our free membership looks to personalise the offers sent to our members, to simply encourage loyalty to Hattons. There is of course no obligation to use our services, but if a person decides to subscribe to the membership we hope that they will be more inclined to use us in the future. Our high standard of services and excellent reputation stand us in good stead for the future, and the Gold Membership scheme looks to build on this.”There are two types of Gold Membership available; one for the general public and one for businesses, each of which will have a variety of tailored special offers and discounts.To join the Gold Membership scheme simply click here and fill in the registration form.For any questions relating to Hattons Gold Membership email gold@hattonslaw.comlast_img read more

Bill would allow Bald Head to enforce nowake zones

first_imgKayakers navigate a creek int he marshes of Bald Head Island. (Photo: Star News) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (StarNews) — Bald Head Island’s public safety officers would be formally authorized to enforce no-wake zones under a bill sponsored by N.C. Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick.Currently, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Wildlife Commission have the authority to enforce the zones along Bald Head Creek, a popular tributary on the island for kayaking and paddle boarding.- Advertisement – “They don’t have the manpower to be in that area” to patrol the no-wake zones, Iler said. The village “has a boat and would have the ability to enforce the no-wake zone. They’d be able to enforce it themselves.”Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more

Pender County commission showing support towards area hog farmers

first_img The resolution also is their showing of support in the latest state Farm Act that the General Assembly enacted after overriding the Governor’s veto. Lawmakers say it will work to keep hog farmers locally from being hit with nuisance lawsuits like the recent ones against Smithfield farms subsidiary farms in Duplin and Bladen counties.Two Pender County farms are going to trial in similar cases according to the county Agriculture Extension office.The most recent statistics from the USDA show Pender County is one of the top ten counties in hog production in the state. BURGAW, NC (WWAY) – A unanimous sign of support coming from Pender County commissioners to local farmers facing nuisance lawsuits.The county commission approved a resolution supporting the multiple hog farms across the county.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Three seek relief from court in antigang injuction

first_img It effectively prohibits them from congregating anywhere within city limits, even for otherwise lawful purposes.“We recognize that when this process was started it was well-intentioned,” said Patrick Mincey, the attorney representing the defendants on a pro bono basis. “But for our clients and the community at large, there are unforeseen consequences that deserve review.”“Courts have ruled that good people can, and do, get caught up in these injunctions unfairly,” said Mincey. “In a legal system that is built around due process, these injunctions can create a dangerous erosion of our guaranteed protections of that right.”Related Article: Wilmington theater to close in AugustThe original complaint was filed on behalf of the New Hanover County District Attorney. It is one of the first permanent injunctions against criminal gangs in North Carolina.Similar injunctions around the country have met with legal challenges and have been rolled back. Injunction Nov. 2017 (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There was a lot of legal maneuvering in New Hanover County Friday as attorneys seek relief for three people named in an injunction against the Folk Nation 720 Gangsta Disciples.The request responds to a permanent injunction from a year ago targeting dozens of Wilmington residents.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Rep David Rouzer says Democrats need to put offer on table to

first_img Congressman David Rouzer says compromise requires both sides to bring offers and ideas to the table. Rouzer says he has spoken to some of his Democratic colleagues.He says they are also frustrated as the shutdown drags on.“They’re starting to get really frustrated with the speaker. They want her to come to the table and cut a deal. The president made a nice offer this weekend. It’s not everything that Democrats want, but if they come to the table and make and counter offer, I think the president will move forward and work something out with them. but they’ve got to come to the table first,” said Rep. David Rouzer.Related Article: Trump offers a ‘Dreamers’ deal for border-money proposalRouzer says a number of Democrats in the house are pushing their leadership to make an offer.“I talk to some of my Senate colleagues. I talk to my House Democrat friends that I see in the gym and at other times during the day, and encourage them to get their leadership to come to the table. That’s about as much as I can do as one person out of 435,” said Rouzer.Rouzer says there is only so much he can do on his own, without support from both sides. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The government shutdown continues into day 33. Politicians cannot seem to come to an agreement.President Trump made a proposal, but Democratic leaders are still not satisfied. Over the weekend, Trump proposed an offer in attempt to end the shutdown, but Democrats dismissed the offer.- Advertisement – last_img read more

One dead following crash on Dan Cameron Bridge in New Hanover County

first_img18-wheeler on Dan Cameron Bridge (Photo: Kevin Dumas/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A death investigation is underway along I-140 on the Dan Cameron Bridge after a vehicle crash according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer tells us that drivers reported someone driving erratically along I-140 around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday evening. Brewer says witnesses saw the driver hit an 18-wheeler semi-truck on the bridge.- Advertisement – Initial reports said the driver then jumped off of the bridge. Now the sheriff’s office is investigating whether he jumped or fell off of it.Brewer says the man has died.The North Carolina Highway Patrol will investigate the crash.last_img read more

CFPUA denied 47M state grant to help pay for treatment plant upgrades

first_imgCFPUA receives the material to begin pilot testing Granular Activated Carbon at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. (Photo: CFPUA) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Money to upgrade a water treatment plant in New Hanover County to filter out GenX and other PFAS compounds will not come from a state grant as hoped.The Cape fear Public Utility Authority said today it learned last week that the State Water Infrastructure Authority has denied the authority’s application for a $46.9 million grant to fund upgrades at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant to filter compounds resulting from decades of discharges by Chemours and DuPont.- Advertisement – CFPUA wanted the money to pay to build new granular activated carbon (GAC) filters at the Sweeney Plant. The utility says GAC filters emerged as the best solution for CFPUA and its customers following pilot testing of possible options, including reverse osmosis and ion exchange media.“It is unfortunate that the state did not approve our grant application,” CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner said in a statement.Flechtner also said Chemours and DuPont should stay up to pay for better water treatment.Related Article: US officials: It’s OK to eat some romaine, look for labels“Ultimately, though, these costs should be borne by the parties responsible for the PFAS compounds affecting the water in the Cape Fear River. Similarly, these parties should be stepping forward to take responsibility for the PFAS compounds found in groundwater near our Aquifer Storage and Recovery well.”If the CFPUA Board approved upgrades to the Sweeney Plant upgrades, CFPUA says construction on the new GAC filters would begin in November. Operation would begin in early 2022. CFPUA expected the upgrades to cost an additional $2.9 million per year.Revenue bonds would be sold to pay for construction. Financing these bonds and the additional operating costs are expected to result in an increase of $5 per month for the average CFPUA customer, the utility says.CFPUA has filed a federal lawsuit against Chemours and DuPont to recover these and other costs resulting from the companies’ actions.last_img read more

Puli apologises for attempt to intimidate Newsbook journalist

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> PN Secretary General Clyde Puli has apologised profusely and unreservedly for the incident which occurred on Tuesday during the sitting of the party Executive Committee. In an exchange of emails with the Editor-in-Chief, the party was informed of the incident and in reply the Secretary General apologised for the uncouth and unauthorised behaviour.“Safeguard press freedom at all costs” – DebonoPN Secretary General Clyde Puli apologised profusely and unreservedly to Newsbook.com.mt following an incident outside the party Headquarters on Tuesday. During the sitting of the party Executive Committee, an altercation broke out between a journalist and a party activist. The altercation was filmed by at least two persons on site, one of whom was a Newsbook journalist. As the Newsbook journalist was filming, the activist involved in the altercation approached  the journalist Newsbook journalist trying to intimidate her from filming. The activist was also pulled away by other activists on site.Editor-in-Chief Sylvana Debono wrote to Puli protesting the incident adding that “press freedom needs to be safeguarded at all costs.” Debono also asked for sufficient precautions to be taken to avoid recurrence so that the journalists can do their job as is their right in a free democracy.“I humbly apologise” – PuliIn his courteous reply, Puli wrote that he “…humbly apologise for what happened…when an unauthorised person tried to obstruct the view of the journalist’s camera. I assure you that this was not done following party instructions and am taking steps to ensure that similar incidents will not recur.”Debono wrote that Newsbook.com.mt accepted the apology while observing that constant personal vigilance is always important to ensure that freedom of speech, accountability and freedom of the press are not eroded.IGM took 3 days to reactRule of Law NGO Repubblika, had said in a statement that the intimidation that journalists faced was authorised by the party leadership and that, ‘this behaviour is nothing short of disgraceful.’Read: Watch: Intimidation of media at PN headquarters, ‘disgraceful’ – RepubblikaPuli, on the other hand, in his unconditional apology to Newsbook categorically denies that there was any authorisation by the party leadership.The incident that happened on Tuesday was condemned by the Institute of Maltese Journalist on Friday although Chairman of the Institute of Maltese Journalist Yannick Pace witnessed the act of intimidation while it happened on Tuesday.WhatsApplast_img read more

Ubuntu for Phones Hits Developers Next Week

first_imgAdvertisement While the first Ubuntu-based smartphones won’t be available to the general public until October, developers will gain access to preview builds of the OS next week.Canonical — the company behind the Ubuntu project — announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu will be available for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 on Feb. 21, 2013.Canonical says the Touch Developer Preview is designed for enthusiasts and developers — giving them a chance to “familiarize themselves with Ubuntu’s smartphone experience and develop applications on spare handsets.”Even better, Canonical will install the new OS on the phones of developers who want it and are attending Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona Feb. 25-28. – Advertisement – It so happens that I have a Nexus 4 and I’ll bet at MWC. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to get the flash install on the Nexus 4 before I leave for Spain so I may just stop by the Ubuntu booth to get it done.Earlier this week, Canonical released its design guides for Ubuntu apps. These guides give developers insight into the design vision for Ubuntu, as well as global patterns that need to be followed so that apps will behave consistently.The company also released a developer SDK for developers that want to build apps using native Qt/QML, web or HTML5.Ubuntu is just one of many companies duking it out for another spot in the mobile marketplace. In addition to Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8, we’re also seeing lots of movement on the new BlackBerry 10 OS, as well as rumblings from the Tizen, Sailfish and Firefox OS.By focusing its preview builds on the Nexus line of handsets, Ubuntu is hitting at the perfect sweet spot of developer and enthusiasts. I can’t wait to give the OS a try next week.Image courtesy of CanonicalCredit: Mashablelast_img read more

Google Building A New System To Ban Child Porn On The Web

first_imgAdvertisement Internet giant Google is to create a global database of child abuse images which it will share with its rival companies in a bid to eradicate child pornography from the web.The company disclosed that its engineers are working on new technology which will, for the first time, allow internet search engines and other web firms to swap information about images of children being raped and abused.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The new database, which is expected to be operational within a year, will allow child porn images which have already been “flagged” by child protection organisations such as the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to be wiped from the web in one fell swoop.Google is also setting up a £1.27 million ($2 million) fund available to independent software developers to produce new tools to combat child pornography, it announced.The company’s new projects were heralded by independent child protection experts as important, game-changing developments in the war against child pornography.It comes after web search companies, including Google, have come under intense political pressure to crack down on child porn.The new system will work by sharing data on images which have been identified as illegal and then flagged, or “hashed”, using software originally created in 2008.The lack of an industry standard means data on images earmarked in this way is difficult to share, and therefore hard to eradicate completely.“We are creating an industry-wide global database of ‘hashed’ images to help all technology companies find these images, wherever they might be. They will then be blocked and reported.” Scott Rubin, Google’s spokesman, said.David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, said: “Since 2008, we have used ‘hashing’ technology to tag known child sexual abuse images, allowing us to identify duplicate images which may exist elsewhere.“Each offending image in effect gets a unique fingerprint that our computers can recognize without humans having to view them again.“Recently, we have started working to incorporate these fingerprints into a cross-industry database. This will enable companies, law enforcement, and charities to better collaborate on detecting and removing child abuse images.”Credit: The Telegraphlast_img read more

Facebook Launches Related Hashtags And Mobile Site Support

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook today took the next step towards challenging Twitter by adding hashtag support to its mobile site and launching related hashtags. When you click or search for a hashtag, the results page will show other hashtags often posted at the same time.Facebook brought Twitter’s hashtags to the masses earlier this month, turning #-preceded words into hyperlinks you can click on to see mentions by your friends, Pages, and people who post publicly. Users can also search for hashtags to bring up a stream of mentions.[related-posts] – Advertisement – At the time there was no mobile support, and Facebook’s popular iOS and Android smartphone apps still don’t work with hashtags. But Facebook says its HTML5 mobile site m.facebook.com gets the hash hookup yesterday. That’s pretty important since publishing hashtagged posts about events your attending is a core use case. Now anyone with a mobile browser can pump some ### into Facebook.Related hashtags, which are also present on Twitter, will make sure you don’t miss parallel conversations. Facebook analyzes which hashtags are frequently posted together to discover which are associated. After viewing the results for one, you can click down the row of related hashtags to get a wider perspective on whatever’s caught the world’s attention.Facebook hashtags could unlock the real-time web for a whole wave of casual Internet surfers. Between Twitter’s pioneering work and Facebook’s new support, these conversations can finally include everyone like they’re supposed to.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

ICANN Releases Roadmap Timeline for Future Management of Internet

first_imgAdvertisement The Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms has released key recommendations on how to evolve the Internet governance (IG) ecosystem to accommodate global needs for collaboration, interconnectivity and Internet growth.The report follows a third and final meeting by the global Panel of prominent stakeholders from diverse organizations and governments hosted by the World Economic Forum in Dubai earlier this month and adopts the IG principles established at NETmundial, the recent Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in São Paulo, Brazil.The Panel believes the principles including human rights, culture and linguistic diversity, security and stability, and open unfragmented space, among others are fundamental to implementing a 21st century model of Internet governance. – Advertisement – “We intend for the Panel’s work to contribute to the global discussion on how to preserve freedom of expression of the Internet,” said Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia and chairman of the Panel.The Panel has worked to effectively meet the burgeoning needs and interests of Internet users globally while ensuring networks’ security and stability.[related-posts]The Panel says it identified needed Enablers including forums and dialogues, expert communities and toolkits to foster communication, legitimacy and effectiveness throughout the IG process, which the Panel defined in four elements: issue identification, solution mapping, solution formulation and solution implementation.“The Internet is an indispensable resource for its 3 billion users all around the world. Ensuring that it remains open and interoperable and that decision-making processes are carried out with the involvement of all stakeholders is critical to the future of the Internet and its continued success,” said Vint Cerf, vice-chair of the Panel.“To achieve a collaborative, decentralized IG ecosystem, the Panel recommends next steps mapped against a three-year timeline that include coalescing and supporting broad multistakeholder alliances; developing new and strengthening existing IG mechanisms; and progressing collaborative decision-making. Recognizing the evolving IG dialogue and process, the Panel also identified specific additional questions that will need answers moving forward, and encouraged the global community to weigh in with its responses.There is broad interest in how the Internet will be governed and by whom,” said ICANN’s President and CEO Fadi Chehadé. “The discussions at NETmundial reaffirmed the support and desire for a multistakeholder model of governance and served as an inspiration for the Panel’s recommendations.”last_img read more

LG plans to triple solar panel production by 2020

first_imgAdvertisement LG Electronics (LG) today announced plans to significantly expand its solar energy solution business with a multimillion dollar investment to expand its solar panel manufacturing capabilities in South Korea.LG entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Korean city of Gumi to invest USD 435 million (KRW 527.2 billion) to expand the company’s solar cell manufacturing facilities in the city. The addition of six production lines to the current eight will increase capacity from 1GW to 1.8GW by 2018 and 3GW — equivalent to the electrical power consumed by one million households — by 2020.“As a result of this investment, LG’s solar power business will be in a much stronger position to be a dynamic engine for growth moving forward,” said Lee Sang-bong, LG president and head of its Energy Business Center and B2B Office. “LG has been actively involved in the solar energy business for two decades and we believe that mainstream consumers are more than ready to give solar more serious consideration.” – Advertisement – LG launched its solar business in 1995 and established the Energy Business Center in November 2014 to oversee its Solar, Energy Storage System (ESS) and Lighting businesses. In August 2015, LG introduced its most advanced NeON™ 2 solar energy solution with innovative Cello technology consisting of 12 thin wires instead of three busbars, ideal for homeowners who want to maximize the energy production potential within a limited rooftop space. NeON™ 2 was also recognized with the Intersolar AWARD for Photovoltaics last year.[LG]last_img read more

Instagram is adding stickers to Stories

first_imgInstagram’s latest update to display your best posts first. Image Credit: Mashable Advertisement Photo and video network Instagram is today adding some new features to make the holiday for fun.They have introduced a set of tools to help you add context and creativity to your story: stickers, holiday fun and more. They want you to have new ways to turn any moment into something you want to share with your friends and followers.StickersNo matter where you are or what you’re up to, you can add context to your story with stickers. After you’ve taken a photo or video, you’ll see a new stickers button next to the text and drawing tools. Tap the smiley face to find customizable stickers for weather, the current time and even your location. Adding a location sticker works the same as adding location to the posts you share to feed — simply choose or search for your location. People watching your story will be able to tap the sticker to learn more about the location, but your story won’t show up on the location page itself. – Advertisement – It’s easy to make stickers your own: move them around, make them bigger or smaller and choose from different styles to match your mood. Subtle stickers let your photo or video shine, whereas vibrant stickers bring an extra pop of color to your story. And you can add as many stickers as you want to any part of your story.You’ll see a set of holiday stickers available for the next few weeks. A special candy cane brush brings a sweet addition to your drawing tools, and keep an eye out for another set of stickers to ring in the new year!A new ‘Hands-Free’ option in the format picker lets you start recording a video with just one tap. Whether you’re playing a guitar solo, building a snowman or perfecting your handstand, there’s no need to press and hold.You can add as much text to your photo or video as you’d like — simply keep tapping the text button to add more. Choose between left, center and right justified text, and a new slider lets you adjust size easily with automatic text wrap.Finally, on iOS, you can now save your entire story from the past 24 hours to your camera roll as a single video.To learn more about today’s updates, check out the Instagram Help Center.These updates for Instagram Stories are available as part of Instagram version 10.3 available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.last_img read more

Webbased NSSF Whistleblower Platform Saves Over Shs2b Employee Contributions

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda’s retirement benefits body, the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has recovered up to Shs1.8billion through information provided over its web-based whistle blower platform, Barbra Teddy Arimi, the Fund’s Head of Marketing and Communications has revealed.Launched in January 2017, the platform is meant to be used by aggrieved employees (whistle blowers) to report employers who fail to remit their contributions to the Fund, as required by the law.“Over the past month, we received information from over 140 whistle blowers. Up to 90% of the cases received were through the NSSF Whistleblower platform, hence proving that it is one of the Fund’s most effective tools to increase compliance levels and recover billions of employees’ contributions meant for their retirement,” said Arimi. – Advertisement – The Platform is crafted in line with the whistleblowers’ Act in such a way that the people reporting remain anonymous to protect them from harassment or penalization by their employers.The NSSF Act 1985 Section 11 (1) provides that all employers with five or more employees are required to remit monthly contributions for their employees within 15 days, following the last day of the month for which the relevant wages are paid.The employers deduct 5 per cent of their workers salary and top it up with a 10 per cent contribution and remit the 15 per cent to the Fund for every employee.According to Ms Arimi, more than 25,000 employers are meant to pay NSSF contributions. Monthly although 12,000 of these are not complying and of the 13,000 who are complying, only 8,900 are consistently remitting NSSF contributions for their employees.last_img read more

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Surprise 69YearOld Linguists Plays to Premier in New York Europe

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share CONTACT: Philip Montgomery PHONE:(713) 831-4792E-MAIL: pmontgom@rice.edu Surprise: 69-Year-Old Linguist’s Plays to Premier in NewYork, EuropeRice Lecturer Mitchell Never Expected to See His WorkPerformed on World StagesSince the 69-year-old Douglas Mitchellwas a little boy and watched his Cherokee grandfather hang a bank robber from astreetlamp, the Rice linguist has had a fascination with death—a fascinationresulting in numerous one-act plays whose fans include Edward Albee, thePulitzer Prize-winning playwright. In October, a Dutch company will begin a national tour of twoAmerican plays—one by Albee and one by Mitchell—with Albee directing both plays.Rattlestick Productions, a theater company in New York City, will produce two ofMitchell’s plays in December. Finally, a literary agent has purchased many ofhis plays to sell to German theaters.Mitchell’s plays are not morbid. His audiences laugh and chuckleat his characters, such as the man who wants to amputate his leg just to fit inwith a twisted family or the villagers who pack their old people onto ice flowsand send them off to die with a blanket and a good-bye. It’s the plays’ wit andhumor that looks deep into human fears that is attracting audiences in New Yorkand Europe.He started writing plays nine years ago, but limited himself tosmall workshops and productions at the homes of friends or small stages like theone in back of a Mexican restaurant, where waiters, patrons and actors competedfor space. Then he attracted the attention of Albee, who began promoting hiswork. Since then Mitchell’s career has taken off. It’s an auspicious beginning for a buddingplaywright.For more information about Douglas Mitchell or to schedule aninterview, please contact Philip Montgomery, assistant director of the Office ofMedia Relations, at (713) 831-4792 or .###last_img read more