first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Nothing much appeared to come out of Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit chat with the Prime Minister yesterday. This is not surprising: she has just promised something undeliverable to get her right-wing flank and DUP on board, temporarily, while the Labour leader is still demanding ‘no deal’ is properly taken off the table and his six tests for the deal are met with customs union membership, etc. But there was a significant detail, which I’m afraid to tell you relates, as usual, to the Irish backstop. Speaking to Sky News after the meeting, Corbyn stressed that he finds no unilateral exit unacceptable. But Keir Starmer – who wasn’t invited to the meeting, as some party activists and commentators were keen to point out and criticise – has already conceded that any Brexit deal being reached now would probably have to include a backstop.Corbyn’s emphasis on the backstop problem is understandable: it’s not inconceivable that the DUP could be crucial in another no-confidence vote, and Labour wants to apply further pressure on the backstop issue because its Brexit plan supposedly precludes the need for it. Making a customs union shift look like the only solution to the backstop predicament is smart. But The New Statesman’s Patrick Maguire is right to highlight that the position contradicts Labour’s own policy, which says any backstop must be acceptable to both communities in Northern Ireland (and the main nationalist parties support the current backstop). This stance is also aggravating tensions between the SDLP and Labour, and within the latter: former Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain has written a strongly worded piece for LabourList arguing that the backstop is the “only positive part of the Tory deal”.This morning’s main news story comes from The Times, which reports that the government is offering cash for Brexit votes. It bought off the DUP, so why not Labour MPs representing deprived Leave seats too? John Mann has already tweeted: “Show us the money. A fund of sufficient size to transform our communities. Our areas voted leave and it is time that we had the investment we need.” It seems to me a bit of a weird move from Theresa May’s perspective. Why spend money on this when some assurances on workers’ rights and a couple of tweaks to the non-binding political declaration would do just as well?For the Prime Minister, the best outcome of this process is getting the deal through with Tory and DUP votes, keeping her party together. The withdrawal agreement isn’t reopening to change the backstop she herself asked for, so this is unlikely. Next best is getting the deal passed thanks mostly to her own side, but with a few Labour rebels. There have been no repercussions (so far) for shadow ministers who defied the whip to abstain on the Cooper amendment this week, which has raised suspicions among Remainer Labour MPs that this path is very likely, as colleagues could be encouraged with a wink and a nod from Corbyn. (His relaxed attitude towards pro-Brexit rebellion would be seen to help reduce any risk of deselection, for example.) Third best is giving into Labour’s demands and getting its full support, at the cost of Tories splitting off. The opposition leader appears keen, but it may not even come to that.Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /John Mann /Labour /Peter Hain /The Times /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Brexit deal /last_img read more

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first_imgLabourList readers believe that Theresa May’s offer to Jeremy Corbyn of Brexit talks was a trap – but say Labour should not walk out of the negotiations, our latest survey has found.Last week, the Prime Minister invited Corbyn for talks to “break the logjam” in parliament, following a series of ‘indicative votes’ that failed to produce a majority for any alternative to her own deal.Many Labour activists warned that this move was designed to “trap” the Labour leader – and almost 70% of our readers said they agreed with that assessment, according to our readers’ survey that attracted 4,546 respondents.However, over 70% also said that Labour’s negotiating team should not walk out of the talks now. This is despite party figures reporting that the talks have not significantly progressed and a spokesperson saying on Friday that “the government has not offered real change or compromise”.The situation could change today as May is reportedly considering the Labour demand for a customs union in the UK’s future relationship with the EU, as well as measures that would ensure this could not be reversed by her successor.Asked about their preferred outcome for the talks, LabourList readers were divided. 37% of respondents chose “Labour walks away after putting down a public vote as a condition for supporting the deal, which the government doesn’t accept” as the best result.But almost the same proportion – 36% – opted for: “The government agrees to Jeremy Corbyn’s five demands for Brexit and MPs vote on a deal supported by both parties”.The issue of contention within Labour now is whether to lay down a public vote as a condition on any Brexit deal, even if the government agrees to change the political declaration such that it meets Corbyn’s five demands.Following the same patterns as previous survey results showing that LabourList readers are overwhelmingly in favour of another referendum, 65.5% of respondents said Corbyn should make a public vote a condition of supporting any Brexit deal.1. Do you think Theresa May’s offer of talks was a trap?Click to enlarge.Yes – 69% (3,139)No – 31% (1,407)2. In your view, what would be the best outcome of the talks?Click to enlarge.Labour walks away after putting down a public vote as a condition for supporting the deal, which the government doesn’t accept – 37.1% (1,686)The government agrees to Jeremy Corbyn’s five demands for Brexit and MPs vote on a deal supported by both parties – 35.9% (1,634)The talks break down as the government refuses to reopen the political declaration and Labour does not support the deal – 14% (636)None of the above/Don’t know – 13% (590)3. Should Jeremy Corbyn make a public vote a condition of supporting any Brexit deal, including one that meets his five demands?Click to enlarge.Yes – 65.5% (2,978)No  – 34.5% (1,568)4. On Friday, a Labour spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that the government has not offered real change or compromise.” Should Labour walk out of the talks now?Click to enlarge.No – 70.9% (3,225)Yes – 29.1% (1,321)The survey was open from 12.30pm on Saturday 6th April until 8pm on Sunday 7th April. Thank you to all 4,546 readers who took part.Tags:Theresa May /Weekly Survey /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Negotiations /last_img read more

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first_imgROYCE Simmons has congratulated everyone who took part in the Hattons Solicitors St Helens 10k Run last weekend.Saints’ Head Coach completed the course in around 49 minutes and joined hundreds of competitors who were raising money for the Steve Prescott Foundation and other charities.He told Saintsrlfc.com: “I was pleased to finish the race although I didn’t think my knees would be too good afterwards!“It was a really good thing to be a part of and in aid of a great charity.“Steve Prescott and his Foundation do great things and it was fantastic that so many people came out to run and support the competitors.”Saints’ Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Daniels also ran in the race and came in twelfth with 37 minutes 37 seconds.Chantel Grayson from Saints Superstore also ran with a time of 1:18:31 and Community Coach Adam Daniels clocked 39:53.Paul Sculthorpe completed the gruelling course in 44:51.last_img read more

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first_img On January 22, 2015, former Cape Fear Community College President Dr. Ted Spring, resigned by submitting a written letter of resignation. The Board of Trustees of Cape Fear Community College accepted Spring’s resignation, believing that the resignation was given with full intent and understanding.On March 27, 2015, Dr. Spring filed a lawsuit against Cape Fear Community College and its Trustees. Among other things, Spring contended that he was forced to resign, which the college denied. Dr. Spring contended that this forced resignation precluded him from receiving benefits under his employment agreement, which the college denied. Dr. Spring asked to be reinstated as President, and he included the volunteer Trustees in the lawsuit in an effort to force them to reinstate him.The case continued to drag on for several years, the insurance carrier for the college retained Charlotte counsel for the college and took a more active role. According to a press release, the Trustees looked at the mounting costs to the college—in out-of pocket expenses, in negative attention away from the mission of the college, and in personnel time for employees to testify away from the college—and it became apparent that a settlement should be pursued.Related Article: CFCC introduces cutting-edge truck driving simulator for students“Sometimes finding a resolution is the best course action, even when you believe strongly in your position,” said Mat White, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “With a settlement, the college can move forward without the cloud of this past history with Spring overshadowing it. We believe that the financial investment by Spring in this case was substantial, and all parties desired to seek closure.”Read more about the case.It was also announced Thursday that CFCC President Dr. Amanda Lee has resign after less than three years. Former CFCC President Ted Spring Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — After years of back and forth, CFCC and former president Dr. Ted Spring have finally reached a resolution in regards to allegations toward improper travel reimbursements paid to Spring.CCFC’s Board of Trustees announced the case will be dismissed, and the college will pay Spring approximately the amount of the severance offered to him at the time of his resignation. The insurance carrier for the college also is making a monetary payment to Spring for his losses and his costs in pursuing the case.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgAirlie Gardens uses over a million lights to decorate during the holiday season. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Enchanted Airlie, a local holiday tradition since 2005, recently sold out for this season in record time. If you missed out, some good news!Airlie Gardens is adding two additional nights on Monday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 12.- Advertisement – There will be two run times each evening 5 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.Tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m., and can be purchased online or at the Airlie gift shop.In case you’re just hearing about the tradition it features more than one million festival lights, spectacular displays music and more.last_img read more

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first_imgReenactor portraying Rosie the Riveter teaches visitors about World War II (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Visitors to the Battleship North Carolina Saturday had the chance to see what life was like during World War II as the ship came alive!World War II living history reenactors were on hand to perform daily duties and common drills while answering questions about what life was like on the ship and also on the homefront.- Advertisement – We spoke to one woman, Helen Harrington, who was portraying Rosie the Riveter.She says many who came to the event were blown away by all the history.“They’re very interested, and some just did not know everything that went on during World War II. And so, they are enlightened by the V-Mail, by the victory and patriotic pins, sweetheart jewelry,” said Harrington.Related Article: Pearl Harbor survivor, Wilmington resident diesThe event was free with admission to the battleship.Battleship Alive! happens a few times a year. The next chance you’ll have to check it out is in April.last_img read more

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first_imgVivian Howard owned Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria near Greenfield Street in Wilmington (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (StarNewsOnline) — Celebrity chef Vivian Howard will sign copies of her cookbook, “Deep Run Roots,” Friday, July 13 at Go Sauce Yourself on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.Fans can meet and greet Howard and get books signed from 5 to 7 p.m.- Advertisement – According to StarNewsOnline, anyone who wants to attend is asked to visit Eventbrite.com, search Vivian Howard and purchase a ticket in advance. Each ticket reserves a copy of the cookbook.Howard, host of the 2018 Emmy-award winning show on PBS, “A Chef’s Life,” has two restaurants in her hometown of Kinston and opened Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria in Wilmington last year.last_img read more

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first_img According to a report from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, a window was busted in the front office and several lights were on. Most of the damage was to the front office area. This happened in overnight. West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) 1 of 7 Surveillance photo from West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) Surveillance photo from West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department)center_img Mugshot of James Andre Davis and scene of West Brunswick High on April 17, 2019. (Photo: BCSO/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Shallotte Police Department has a suspect in custody for the break-in at West Brunswick High School.Jame Andre Davis was arrested at his home on Tryon Road, according to police.- Advertisement – West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) The sheriff’s office is assisting the Shallotte Police Department with the investigation.Brunswick County Schools spokesman Daniel Seamans said the break-in and vandalism occurred Tuesday night.Related Article: ‘I’ll take him to my grave’: Family of ‘cold medicine murder’ grieves lossDavis is charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony breaking and entering a coin machine, malicious damage to a coin machine, felony possession of burglary tools, and injury to real property.Davis was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $50,000 secured bond.Seamans said classes are operating on a normal schedule and at no point were any students in danger.Seamans also addressed rumors that are flying around social media, saying they are “absolutely false” and that this appears to be a breaking and entering/damage property scenario.last_img read more

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first_imgWhen asked to comment on the murder of Ivorian migrant Lassane Souleyman Cisse, Dr Melillo explains that ‘Incidents like these sadden me a lot.’She explained how he and many like him had gone through so much from when they leave their home country through the dangerous journey they take until they arrive here were they are , trying to build a life and support their families back home only to lose it so tragically.Cisse was shot and killed during what has been considered a racially motivated drive-by shooting carried out by two members of Malta’s Armed Forces. Two fellow migrants were injured in the attack. The perpetrators are currently in court facing murder charges.Read more:Ħal Far murder; Music still played as he lay dead in the street‘Lassana’s life mattered’; NGOs support vigil for murdered migrantShe recalled other tragic situations were a year ago, a migrant fell while working on construction and  ended up becoming paraplegic. She said that he wanted to go back home and how she was involved together with the help of NGOs like IOM and many local health care professionals, all worked together to help him return home.‘They don’t ask for charity, they are prepared  to work and work very hard to earn money but we need to give them the opportunity and provide them with jobs and help teach them the necessary skills. They are willing to learn  We must respect them, they are our equals. They are just like you and me.’WhatsApp We have been making a lot of assumptions about migrants and their understanding of our healthcare system, Dr Tanya Melillo tells Newsbook.com.mt.When asked about whether Malta is doing enough for migrants, the Head of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit explains that in terms of disembarkation and assessment, ‘we’re doing everything we need to do,’ but were more work is needed is in  how healthcare is  provided and the communication aspect.While explaining that the predominantly male 16 – 25 year olds living in the open centres are mostly healthy individuals,  ‘when they do fall ill they face a lot of difficulties.’ This is  largely in terms of navigating how the health service works as well as the language and cultural differences associated with it.Stories and phonecallsWatch: ‘Every boat has its own story’ – Dr Tanya MelilloDr Melillo has spent the best part of the last decade or more responding to migrant disembarkations in Malta. In that time, she has examined over 12,000 people from over 200 migrant boats. She explained in the two previous installments about what it’s like to deal with  people who have risked their lives to support their families and the mental and emotional impact it has on those personnel working close with them.Watch: “Can I phone my mother to tell her I’m alive?”Assumptions ‘They don’t understand how our health care system works.  You give them an appointment  on a certain date at a certain time, but they would just present themselves on another day, at any other time… when they remember. They are not trying to be difficult, they are just not used to this system,’ Dr Melillo explains.   they don’t understand the medical processes which we’re accustomed to, like visiting the family doctor and then being sent to a specialist, undertaking investigations and then going for follow up appointments or getting a prescription for medication for example.To an extent these difficulties are also connected to assumptions which are held by Maltese healthcare workers and a lack of training to understand migrant health and accommodate language and cultural differences.‘We’re used to dealing with Maltese, we know the culture. You go to the doctor and he gives you a  prescription, the doctor knows you understand why you were given a prescription and follows instructions given..’Education and guidanceAs a result of these issues, Dr Melillo explains to Newsbook.com.mt that she has been working towards training and educating newly graduated doctors and nurses  to make them more culturally competent to deal with migrant communities arriving and those already living in Malta.  This has included engagement with medical professionals with first-hand experience of working with migrants like casualty staff and staff working within the field of mental health. She explains that it is important for health care professionals  to better understand migrant’s needs to help build a better doctor or nurse-patient relationship.In addition to training, she is working together with her staff at IDCU in preparing a a guidance booklet for migrants by providing them with information on how to navigate our health care system and provide basic medical information about aspects like dental hygiene, healthy eating and lifestyle which with the help of local NGOs will be translated and  disseminated through the networks of different ethnic communities. She is also working to establish a committee with representatives from all different migrant groups to understand better their issues in accessing health are locally and having means to communicate with them on important health issues that may occur in the country. it is important to build a relationship and earn their trust.‘They are our equals, they are just like you and me’ <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

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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> David Casa has been elected European Parliament Quaestor. He will be part of the EP’s Bureau together with the EP president and vice-presidents. This is the highest EP post ever secured by a Maltese MEP.The Partit Nazzjonalista MEP said that he is ready for the responsibility which comes during his fourth EP term, and sees this election as testament that Maltese nationals can still aspire for posts of significant importance within the EU. He also added that he is “determined to continue working with even more energy to achieve concrete results for Maltese and European citizens”.Quaestors are elected for two and a half year terms and are responsible for different aspects of the Parliament’s administration such as the Parliament’s communication set-up.WhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement The International Trade Centre, the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, is inviting companies in Uganda’s IT & ITES sector to apply to participate in a project of the Netherlands Trust Fund (NTF) III programme, focusing on enhancing export competitiveness in the IT & ITES sector. The project is a three-year initiative that will provide in-depth capacity building and market-penetration support to 30 local exporting and export-ready companies as well as start-ups. The project is specifically designed to enhance the capacity, competitiveness and exports of small and medium-sized enterprises.The project will:Provide training and advisory services on topics such as export marketing and access to finance; and Facilitate business-to-business events in Europe and Africa between international buyers and Ugandan companies. – Advertisement – Enterprises interested in applying to participate in NTF III Uganda are requested to fill out and submit the Expression of Interest. The deadline for submission is Thursday November 13th HERE.The National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U), Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA), and the ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) are the official partners of the project. NTF III is funded by the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI).For questions about the application process, contact ntf3@intracen.org.For more information about NTF III Uganda, visit website.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Instagram never allowed URLs to open until now. It wanted people browsing photos, not the web. But Instagram says its advertisers demanded more vivid ways to influence people who “lead to meaningful results for their businesses.”Brands want measurable impact, not to be breezed by. Meanwhile, Instagram new ads court e-commerce companies that need people to click-through and buy, and big-ticket advertisers like car companies that require more than a single image to show off their product.So for the first time, Instagram will start showing clickable links, but only in its new multi-photo carousel ads that can tell a story by letting you swipe through four branded images in sequence. The new “Learn More” button that houses these links will open a URL in an internal browser within Instagram that allows you to quickly jump back to the feed with a tap of the top bar. – Advertisement – “It’s a great new creative canvas,” Instagram monetization lead James Quarles tells me.Some people might be groaning about ads getting more powerful on Instagram, but it’s the revenue they generate that make the app free.Instagram first began showing ads in October 2013. It endured a temporary backlash from users, but the complaints eventually died down. About four months ago Instagram introduced video ads, to the delight of companies like Disney.However, until now, Instagram’s ads have been primarily for institutional advertisers looking for influence, but not necessarily immediate sales. Think Coca-Cola or fashion brands like Michael Kors. Clickable carousels will make Instagram’s ads work for a much wider range of companies, which could quickly ramp up its revenue.Above you’ll see a carousel for Pencils Of Promise, a non-profit that builds schools. A single photo might have been easy to scroll by. But if someone is interested, they can swipe through to see more photos of the students the organization helps, and at the end, click through the Learn More button to donate.Alternatively, a fashion brand could show a model wearing a complete look, or outfit, on their first slide. Swiping though, you could see close-ups of the dress, handbag, and sunglasses, with a link out to buy these items at the end. Or a car company could show the exterior in its first image, the interior features in the second, and then an action shot of the car driving with a link to find out more about pricing and local dealerships.Quarles insists “This initial launch will have a brand emphasis”, explaining the ads are meant to let people learn more about a company, not necessarily purchases its products or sign-up for something immediately. But as Pinterest has shown with early interest in its ads, retailers are dying for ways to turn visual social networks into catalogues people can buy from too.For now, these ads will just include photos, but Instagram is considering whether to allow videos in carousels too. It will also watch user reactions to the multi-shot format to determine whether users should get the option to share carousels as well.Sequenced Stories have been a hit on Snapchat, and Instagram might want to open a similar creative medium to everyone. That could help it fix “The Unfiltered Feed Problem” where over-sharers you follow drown out people you care most about. Instead, shutter-happy users could pile multiple photos into a single carousel rather than flooding the feed.Instagram spent its first four years focused on growth, and it worked. The photo sharing community now has over 300 million users. Refusing to render URLs as links gave Instagram a smooth feeling compared to apps like Facebook and Twitter, where you’re constantly discovering and opening links to content elsewhere. It also helped thwart spammers and self-promoters.There’s sure to be some people who gripe that you can only show links or multiple photos if you pay. Plenty of users would love to drive traffic to their websites, content on other networks, or their latest mixtape.But too many links and carousels could dilute the Instagram scrolling flow. It’s the same reason Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom give final approval on all ads allowed on the platform. It hopes to keep things tidy. If Instagram really wanted to be respectful of the culture it built, it would decide to only allow links on subsequent slides of carousels so they’re only visible if people engage with an ad.The $715 million Facebook paid to acquire it seems like chump change now. Still, it’s time to start paying it back, even if that makes the user experience a bit more disjointed. Instagram’s ads were designed to be classy, glossy images like those you see “when you flip through your favorite magazine.”The problem with magazine ads is they’re hard to track, and Internet advertisers want a proven return on investment. Facebook’s been laser-focused on sales measurement with its own ad product.Now Instagram’s advertisers will know not only if someone saw, liked, or commented on their ad, but also if people swiped through multiple photos and clicked through to their site. With this kind of measurement comes confidence, and with confidence comes ad spend. 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first_imgWeb hosting. Image Credit: DigiHomeBusiness Advertisement The internet is a vast digital territory, and thanks to the connectivity across nation states, any business can very quickly become a multinational, selling their products and services to individuals across the world. This means having a site that performs excellently in one country but is sluggish and unresponsive in another is no longer good enough.Web Hosting Secrets Revealed introduced a new international server speed test that judges hosting providers on their response times in eight major countries, to give people a global perspective on how their site can perform.The testing method is capable of checking web host server speeds and response times from 8 different locations worldwide, comparing the site response time with 10 million other websites to give an accurate indication of the relative speed users are getting from their sites. – Advertisement – The test locations include the United States (West Coast), United States (East Coast), London United Kingdom, Singapore, Sao Paulo Brazil, Pune India, Sydney Australia, and Japan. Covering every continental landmass besides Antarctica guarantees the results from the testing will be relevant to users who live in every country on earth.This benchmarking system allow users to compare how fast or slow a web host and make more informed consumer decisions based on that information.“We are pleased to be able to increase the level of thoroughness and insight we are able to provide for our readers, and we understand the importance of global performances for every online presence looking to achieve a wide user base. We hope this will better equip people to make the best decisions on their hosting providers.” A spokesperson for Web Hosting Secrets Revealed explained—FastComet Reviews.[related-posts]last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced that it is investing $400m US Dollars in Egypt over the next three years. This is part of a major partnership with Telecom Egypt which includes network infrastructure and data centres.The investment was made during a signing ceremony between the two companies on Saturday 8 December at the Africa 2018 Forum. This historic agreement was signed by Ahmed El Beheiry, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Egypt, and Strive Masiyiwa – Group Executive Chairman of Liquid Telecom’s parent company Econet. It was witnessed by Her Excellency Dr. Sahar Nasr, Egyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation and His Excellency, Dr. Amr Talaat, The Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.Telecom Egypt will use the network to connect Egyptian businesses to the rest of Africa, whilst also partnering with Liquid Telecom to build data centres across Egypt. Following an initial investment of $50m in data centres and cloud services, Liquid Telecom plans to invest an additional $350m in broadband and financial inclusion initiatives, as well as high capacity data centres. These will be similar to some of the best-in-class data centres in South Africa. – Advertisement – Liquid Telecom’s expanding network is almost 70,000km in length and is linked to more than 600 towns and cities in 13 countries across Africa. It is also part of the wider ‘One Africa’ broadband network which has been strongly supported by the African Union leadership and President Kagame, Chairman of the African Union. President El-Sisi welcomed the development as a major milestone in connecting the African continent with Egypt and said he would continue to push the initiative during his tenure next year as Chair of the AU’s 54 nation body.Liquid Fibre Map NB June 17This follows the signing of a landmark partnership agreement with Telecom Egypt to mark the completion of Liquid Telecom’s award-winning ‘Cape to Cairo’ network. This network represents the first direct land-based terrestrial fibre link from Cape Town to Cairo.The $400 million investment will enable Liquid Telecom to significantly expand its position as a connectivity and cloud solutions provider in North Africa, serving businesses in the region with a world-class network and data centre services. Through its data centre offering, Africa Data Centres (ADC), Liquid Telecom is facilitating the growth of Africa’s Cloud by providing a platform for cloud services to be delivered locally in many markets for the first time.According to the Group Executive Chairman of Liquid Telecom’s parent company Econet, Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, the next mission is to complete a link between Cairo and Dakar Senegal through Sudan, Chad, and Nigeria, as well as the rest of West Africa. “We have already crossed Africa from East to West through Sudan and Chad. We are at the Nigerian border and we expect to reach Abuja by the end of January in time for the AU Summit. We want to reach Dakar before President El-Sisi finishes his term,” he said.Mr. Masiyiwa also acknowledged the support of President Kagame, adding: “It would have been impossible to reach this far so quickly without his support. He adopted this initiative as a key project during his tenure and has been highly supportive throughout its development. We know President El-Sisi will help us take it to the next level because he understands the vision of Africa.”  Mr Masiyiwa expressed his appreciation for leadership support across the continent. He said the ‘One Africa’ model could encourage other entrepreneurs to build projects in complementary sectors, such as rail and power. “We need to push the linkage of our continental power grids, and also rail and air transportation. Now is the time for bold initiatives to build intra African trade and investment.”last_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 24 MarchRACING2.00 TowcesterSuch A Legend 9/4 > 13/83.10 WolverhamptonMobley Chaos 25/1 > 12/13.40 WolverhamptonSakash 7/2 > 5/23.50 TauntonTresor De La Vie 5/1 > 100/30What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]imply a desperate defeat for Man City at Turf Moor last night and Manuel Pellegrini is coming under further pressure as their title hopes fade into the distance.Chelsea can turn the screw even further on Man City with a win over Southampton leaving them eight points clear AND a game in hand.It could be a tight battle, both sides are good defensively and it will be interesting to see how Chelsea bounce back from their Champions League exit this week. It was a lengthy game which may well have left it’s mark fatigue wise.With the exception of John Obi Mikel (knee injury), Jose Mourinho has a fully fit squad to choose from.Jay Rodriguez and Emmanuel Mayuka are still absent through injury for Southampton who could get right back into the pitch for a Champions League spot if securing all three points here.The stats are very much against them however as Chelsea have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League games against Southampton (W6, D4).Chelsea v SouthamptonPremier League1.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Dec 2014 Premier Southampton 1-1 ChelseaJan 2014 Premier Southampton 0-3 ChelseaDec 2013 Premier Chelsea 3-1 SouthamptonMar 2013 Premier Southampton 2-1 ChelseaJan 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-2 SouthamptonJan 2013 FA Cup Southampton 1-5 ChelseaApr 2005 Premiership Southampton 1-3 ChelseaAug 2004 Premiership Chelsea 2-1 SouthamptonMay 2004 Premiership Chelsea 4-0 SouthamptonNov 2003 Premiership Southampton 0-1 ChelseaChelsea to be winning and half time is around 6/4 on Star Sports which looks the call.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CHELSEA/CHELSEA on the HT/FT market for 6 points at around 6/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 93.92 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]C[/dropcap]rystal Palace have not won in the league at Anfield for 24 years and surely the script doesn’t say that is going to change today of all days.It’s all about Steven Gerrard today on his final Anfield appearance for Liverpool and he will be given of honour ahead of the match.Gerrard made his debut at Anfield as a substitute, playing the final few minutes against Blackburn Rovers on 29 November 1998.Since then he has made 708 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, scoring 185 goals not to mention his 114 England caps, many of them as captain.Aside from the sentimental issues of the day, this match looks quite tricky for punters as it’s pretty much a dead rubber.Palace are more than safe of relegation and Liverpool are resigned to the fact that qualification for the Champions League is now beyond them.Both sides are also now fading. Brendan Rodgers’ side have won just two of their last seven Premier League games, whereas Palace have now lost four in a row.Anfield will be buzzing and it’s hard to think of any other outcome but a convincing Liverpool win – and if they get a penalty I’ll give you one guess as to who might be taking it ?Liverpool v Crystal PalacePremier League5.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2015 FA Cup C Palace 1-2 LiverpoolNov 2014 Premier C Palace 3-1 LiverpoolMay 2014 Premier C Palace 3-3 LiverpoolOct 2013 Premier Liverpool 3-1 C PalaceOct 2005 Carling Cup C Palace 2-1 LiverpoolApr 2005 Premiership C Palace 1-0 LiverpoolNov 2004 Premiership Liverpool 3-2 C PalaceFeb 2003 FA Cup Liverpool 0-2 C PalaceJan 2003 FA Cup C Palace 0-0 LiverpoolJan 2001 League Cup Liverpool 5-0 C PalaceLiverpool to be winning at both HT and FT makes plenty of appeal at around 5/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK LIVERPOOL to be winning at HT and FT for 10 points at around 5/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 51.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 2 SeptemberRACING3.30 LingfieldMulhaam 100/30 > 11/44.40 SouthwellMahlerdramatic 5/1 > 5/25.00 LingfieldSneaking Budge 5/1 > 9/4(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img

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first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Monday 29 AprilHORSE RACING2.10 SouthwellPeruvian Summer 7/2 > 7/42.30 WolverhamptonSecond Collection 15/8 > 5/43.30 WolverhamptonVampish 3/1 > 9/4LIVE FOOTBALLLa Liga20:00 Eleven Sports 1 / Premier 123/20 Real Betis23/10 Espanyol13/5 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

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first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute working paper examines climate risk and the fossil fuel industry HOUSTON – (July 29, 2016) – Burning coal, oil and natural gas is responsible for two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Yet these same fuels are also the economic mainstay of resource-rich countries and the world’s largest companies. According to a new working paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, this means that climate-change relief actions represent danger for the fossil fuel business.Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice University“Climate Risk and the Fossil Fuel Industry: Two Feet High and Rising” was authored by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute. The paper compiles and describes the types of risk the fossil fuel industry faces as a result of climate-mitigation strategies.“As climate-change effects grow more pronounced, there can be little doubt that an industry that produces 68 percent of human greenhouse gas emissions will find itself under increasing pressure,” Krane wrote. “The risks to the industry correlate with progress on climate goals. Unless a technological breakthrough can restrict carbon releases, the fortunes of the fossil fuel industry and the stability of Earth’s climate will be locked in a zero-sum game. Climate’s gain is the industry’s loss and vice versa.”There are four main categories of climate risk for the fossil fuel industry, according to Krane:Policy risk: Government policies, regulations and pledges that reduce carbon emissions or policies that support competing technology.Demand risk: Decline in global fossil fuel demand due to climate and other factors.Divestment risk: Shareholder or grassroots activism that seeks to influence producer companies (and possibly countries) through financial or reputational means, or investor avoidance of fossil fuel shares.Competition risk: Rivalry for market share among producers seeking to monetize reserves before they are rendered unburnable; competition between fossil and noncarbon sources of energy.Krane also outlines fuel-specific risks that are not shared equally among the three fossil fuel types — coal, oil and gas.“It is clear that carbon-based businesses face increasing impediments to the consumption of their products,” Krane wrote. “Whether through taxes, legal restrictions, moral arguments, favoritism for competitors or hampered access to financial markets, the industry faces a future that is less accepting of its current practices. Some businesses will not survive. For others, the risks warrant changes in strategic direction.”He stressed that “the greatest risk of all” is failure. “Businesses may face existential threats from climate action, but these are dwarfed by a far greater risk — the possibility that climate actions may fail.”-30-For more information or schedule an interview with Krane, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“Climate Risk and the Fossil Fuel Industry: Two Feet High and Rising” working paper: http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/6b58fc69/WorkingPaper-ClimateRisk-072116.pdfKrane bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/jim-kraneKrane on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimkrane @jimkraneFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.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

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