A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember 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… Disabled people who use UK airports have questioned a report which found significant improvement in the provision of assistance to passengers over the last year.The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) third annual report into the assistance provided at the UK’s 30 biggest airports ranked 16 of them as “very good”, and just one – Manchester (see separate story) – as poor.Last year, just six airports were ranked as “very good”.Disabled passengers are entitled to free assistance when travelling by air under European Union regulations, and CAA is the regulatory body that monitors the quality of this assistance.The CAA report for 2017-18 points out that Heathrow, which last year was rated “poor” but is now said to be “good”, had invested £23 million in its assistance service, through new equipment, new technology and additional resources.Gatwick, Stansted and Birmingham were all classified as “needs improvement”.CAA said that more than four-fifths of disabled passengers surveyed said the quality of assistance provided in 2017-18 was at least satisfactory, but one in 10 said it was “very poor”.The regulator also said that the airports often criticised airlines – which usually fund the assistance service through local agreements – for being “more focussed on cost saving than in ensuring a high quality assistance service”.The CAA report adds: “If this is happening it is not consistent with the brand values of major airlines.”Responses from disabled passengers on social media suggested CAA’s report had exaggerated the quality of airport assistance services.They were responding to disabled peer Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured), who had asked disabled people who use airports what their experiences have been.Most of those who responded – although not all – were scathing of the services they have received at UK airports.One, tweeting at @strictlywheels, said she had to complain “probably every other time we fly”, with a lack of consistency and wheelchairs being treated “appallingly”.Another, Tom Staniford, @tomstaniford, said the service was “mostly awful”, due to “poor quality, slow service, lack of care [and] ignorance”.British wheelchair basketball player Billy Bridge, @Billy_Bridge8, said he flies frequently but in the last four or five years he has experienced just one smooth journey.He said: “Airports just can’t seem to grasp how much easier they can make flying for disabled people.”Disabled academic Professor Tom Shakespeare, @TommyShakes, was one of the few who said his experiences had been “almost always positive”, although he said he always takes himself to the departure gate, rather than relying on the airport’s assistance service.But another, @celticchickadee, told Baroness Grey-Thompson that airports “seem to be struggling more and more with capacity”, either because of cutting staff or failing to keep pace with demand.And @prettytwitten said: “I don’t complain every time I have a bad experience or I’d be complaining every time I went somewhere. There is always something.”Ruth Murran, @ruth_murran, added: “My good experiences are because of individuals, rather than the system.“I am fortunate in being able to wheel myself to the gate so can mostly avoid being patronised. Hate the uncertainty and unpredictability.”Baroness Grey-Thompson told Disability News Service said she believed the quality of airport assistance was “getting worse” and was “too variable” and that the CAA figures did not reflect the experiences of disabled passengers.She said that flying was “one of the few time times I feel disabled”.She said: “From the people who’ve been in touch with me, many don’t complain because they’re exhausted by the whole process, or it is too hard to do so.“It all depends on people as well as the process and understanding what disabled people’s needs are.“Personally, I’ve had more challenges flying in the last two years than the previous 20.”She added: “The lack of understanding about how important it is to bring a personal mobility aid to the gate still astounds me.“They should be brought in a timely manner and disabled people shouldn’t be made to feel grateful for getting on or off a plane.”Baroness Sugg, the aviation minister, said in response to the CAA report: “It’s essential that passengers with reduced mobility or hidden disabilities get the service they deserve every time they fly. “The CAA has stepped up its work in this area and plays an important role in showing where improvement still needs to be made.“I welcome the progress made by airports to improve accessibility and will continue to work with all of the aviation industry to make flying easier for disabled passengers.”last_img read more

SF artist turns Mexican craft into an art form

first_img Tags: arts Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “I saw the paper as very fragile, but extremely beautiful and extremely sustainable and extremely versatile,” she said. “Kind of like what we are.” It was then, Vasquez said, that she thought, “‘I’m gonna take this craft, disposable art form and turn it into fine art.’”Her pieces are generally large — sometimes seven feet tall — and depict her experiences with politics, self-expression and her Mexican culture. In her work, there are intricate cuts of skeletons, butterflies and pineapples. The very nature of the art and how a successful piece operates reflects society, she said. “Everything has to connect for it to work,” she said. “If we don’t connect with each other, it doesn’t work.”One piece, La Sirena Feminista, tackles the topic of machismo in the Latino community. The work, created in 2015, is based on a traditional Mexican card game known as the Lotería. The face of la Sirena is that of Beatriz. Beatriz Vasquez works on a 10-foot papel picado banner that she is creating for the University of California, Santa Cruz. Photo by Luis Hernandez.I always wanted to give La Sirena a voice, she said. She sees women as the stronger gender, the gender that takes care of everything and makes everything grow.  “The world, to me, is female because it grows,” Vasquez said. “Everything grows.”Vasquez’s work has gotten her through difficult moments. In some ways, every piece that Vasquez cuts away from the paper represents a negative part of her life. In its place, she said, “I fill it with something beautiful. I can honestly say my work, and my papel picado, has literally saved my life many of times.” While she grew up in Brownsville, Texas, along the Mexican border, her family moved to Indianapolis when she turned 18. She ended up studying there, at the Herron School of Art and Design.The difference between San Francisco and Indianapolis, a much more conservative city, has been liberating. “For me, it’s extremely important to connect to my culture,” Vasquez.Vasquez is currently working on a piece for Ambassador Maria Brewer from Sierra Leone, Africa, and on pieces for an exhibition at The Growlery in January.  That exhibition will be a tribute to water. Her work has also been shown locally at SomArts Dia de Muertos, Brava Theater and Root Division. She’s also been invited to be the 2018-2019 Promotional Artist for Heineken Dos Equis Cinco de Mayo.  The assignment, she said, “is really important to me, because I’ve always had a serious concern about the misinterpretations of our culture by non-Latinos.” Viewers can also get in touch with Vasquez through Root Division.Vasquez has many inspirations for her artwork, one of them being the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. She stresses the importance of Mexican artists in her life and says they connect her to her culture. Photo by Luis Hernandez. It was on a trip to Mexico after her father’s death that Beatriz Vasquez discovered the centuries-old Mexican craft that has become the vehicle for her art. Papel picado, which involves cutting designs into layers of thin tissue paper, goes back to pre-Hispanic Mexico and is still used for events like weddings, baptisms and other festivals or ceremonies.“It’s very disposable, and nobody really sees it as a fine art,” said the 49-year-Vasquez, who has a year-long fellowship with Root Division, where she teaches. And she has a residency at The Growlery, where artists live and work, rent-free, in a restored Victorian-era home. During her trip to Mexico, Vasquez researched the craft and began to see papel picado as a metaphor for the indigenous women she was interviewing. center_img 0%last_img read more

AS well as the first team taking on Sheffield Eagl

first_imgAS well as the first team taking on Sheffield Eagles this weekend in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Round Four clash at the Stobart Stadium, the Under 20s, 18s, 16s and 15s are also in action.The Under 20s travel to Bradford on Saturday (2.30pm) for a Valvoline Cup tie whilst the Under 18s take on Crusaders at the Stobart Stadium at 12.45pm ahead of the Challenge Cup game.The Under 16s and 15s face Crusaders on Sunday at Liverpool St Helens, kicking off at 1pm (U15s) and 2.30pm (U16s).Come along and support the stars of the future!last_img read more

ON a wet dank night in Widnes you need something

first_imgON a wet, dank night in Widnes you need something to liven you up and keep you warm. Unfortunately there was little of that sort of thing on show as the U19s produced an error strewn performance to rival that witnessed at Castleford last month, writes Graham Henthorne.As on that night, however, the will to win shone through and got them over the line 30-14.Despite all the above defensively this was as good a display as you could want to see from the Saints. The problem was there too much defence on show courtesy of a terrible handling display which constantly turned possession over in our half.The Saints started brightly and with the benefit of one of a host of penalties dished out to both sides, they found themselves with a scrum on half way. Ricky Bailey took the ball down the left feeding Jake Spedding who was just caught from behind 10 metres out. Three tackles later and the same player fed Captain Liam Cooper who charged over from close range.There then followed 25 minutes of frustrating stalemate during which the Saints line was tested often.In situations like this there are few teams that can hold out indefinitely and eventually the Vikings did pierce the Saints defensive line. Albeit only from a cross kick on the last to their tall left winger who towered above Kev Brown to pluck the ball out of the air.Minutes later the Saints found themselves with a scrum on our 10 metre line. Bailey knocked on from the pass and two tackles later the Vikings take an unbelievable lead into the break with a try from a neat grubber to the corner.As is usual when underdogs get a sniff they up their game even more and the Saints knew they were going to have to subdue this enthusiasm and quickly to get anything from the game.Four minutes into the second half, the Saints force both an error and then get a penalty for ball stripping to enable them to threaten the Vikings line. Four tackles into the set and hooker Aaron Smith tunnelled his way over from dummy half to edge them back in front.The comeback seemed to be short-lived, however, as a carbon copy try to the Vikings winger put the Saints behind again.He was denied his hat-trick by a thundering last ditch tackle from Bailey and this seemed to give the Saints the fillip they were looking for and the forwards began to make ground on the back of better handling.Smith dummied his way over from 10 metres out to put them in front but the game was broken open from the restart as Regan Grace scored a trademark 95 yarder. The Welshman took the pass from Rob Fairclough, found a hole, pushed through the line, took it to the fullback, committed him beautifully then pinned his ears back, opened up the afterburners and left everyone for dead on his way to the sticks.The game was finally put to bed with a couple of minutes to go as Smith completed his hat-trick again burrowing over from close range.A wins a win! And considering that the side contained eight of last year’s U16’s (and five of them in the pack) then it’s still a good win.Nobody was at their best but there was an encouraging debut off the bench both for this season and at this level after a long time out with injury for Evan Bullen but stand out player for his commitment, bravery (nice golf ball for a cheekbone) and willingness to work was Kev Brown.Match Summary:Widnes:Tries: Owen Buckley (34 & 49), Keanan Brand (37).Goals: Brad Walker 1/2, Sam Freeman 0/1.Saints:Tries: Liam Cooper (9), Aaron Smith (44, 61 & 76), Regan Grace (62).Goals: Brad Billsborough 5/5.Half Time: 6-10Full Time: 30-14Teams:Widnes:1. Sam Freeman; 2. Nathan Holbrook, 3. Keanan Brand, 4. Ross Webster, 20. Owen Buckley; Joe Lyons, 7. Jordan Johnstone; 8. Jack Armstrong, 9. Danny Walker, 10. Owen Farnworth, 11. Dan Norman, 12. Liam Walsh, 13. Brad Walker. Subs: 14. Chris Wilson, 15. James Rutledge, 16. Pat McCarroll, 17. Connor Cutts.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Kevin Brown, 4. Cameron Brown, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Regan Grace; 7. Rob Fairclough, 6. Brad Billsborough; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Aaron Smith, 16. Alex Eckley, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 10. Jordan Olmez, 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Callum Hazard, 20. Evan Bullen.last_img read more

His side won 2420 with Ben Barba grabbing a brac

first_imgHis side won 24-20, with Ben Barba grabbing a brace in a solid hit out.“I was happy to have a good hit out and we are all looking forward to next week,” he said. “Leigh were strong and will be hard to beat in the Championship this year. They are a Super League club in all but name. It was exactly what we needed.“We know we need to play better, but I have never seen a good friendly in my life! There are a massive number of players chopping and changing and everyone knows it is a friendly.“But there were some positives. Ben Barba played well and that is just what we need from him. Danny Richardson was a real live wire and I thought we created plenty throughout the match even though we were changing players.“We defended well in the second half too, but we needed to as we were poor in the first half.”He continued: “We don’t know our 17 for next week – tonight was a stepping stone to look at some positions and a reward for some guys to force themselves into the reckoning for round one. Some did that tonight and we now move on to next week.”Tickets for Saints home opener with Castleford are now available online or via the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.You can also call 01744 455 052.last_img read more

Body found in Castle Hayne identified NHSO investigates as homicide

first_img Melquan was shot multiple times throughout his body.Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating.Stay tuned for more on this developing story. CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a homicide investigation after a body was found on Sunday shortly after 10 a.m. in Castle Hayne.The body of Melquan Hicks-Bey was found in a wooded area off Alvernia Drive in Castle Hayne.- Advertisement – last_img

Duo identified charged in lotto ticket theft at Leland gas station

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police Department have identified the suspects wanted for stealing lottery tickets from a gas station.A couple is accused of walking into the Exxon on Ploof Road on March 8 and stealing lotto tickets. Security video shows the woman distracting the clerk while the man took the tickets.- Advertisement – Jon Laurie, of Seaview Road in Wilmington, has been charged with Larceny from the Person and Felony Conspiracy. Davette Artemisio, of Carolina Beach Avenue in Carolina Beach, has also been charged with Larceny from the Person and Felony Conspiracy.Laurie and Artemisio are currently in the New Hanover County Jail for larceny charges unrelated to the Leland incident.last_img read more

Warrant Murder suspect deleted searches for escorts days before wife disappeared

first_img According to the Holden Beach Police, law enforcement agencies located Judy’s body in a wooded area in Sampson County on March 20.Warrants show investigators were able to access Brock’s husband Phillip’s cell phone records. Initially, accessing his trucks GPS navigation system led police to where they say  he disposed his wife’s body.The warrants reveal Phillip searched online for escort services in South Carolina twice, once in late February and on March 11 days before he reported his wife missing.Related Article: Police: UNCC shooting suspect planned attack for monthsThe warrants also reveal Phillip made a consistent effort to erase any trace of evidence in the alleged killing. The prosecutor’s office says Phillip disabled his phone’s GPS system and attempted to do the same to the one on his truck.Investigators reportedly found a series of times Phillip deleted information that would have been on his phone, both before and during the time Judy was reportedly missing.Police say Phillip was taken into custody on March 20 and was charged with first degree murder.Phillip is expected to be in court again on April 2. HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s a murder investigation that has many in a Brunswick County community still shocked.Search warrants released this week show investigators suspected foul play when Judy Brock was reported missing earlier this month from her Holden Beach home.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bank of Valletta introduces new opening hours

first_img SharePrint Bank of Valletta is introducing new customer opening hours for its branches with effect from 1st July 2019.The new opening hours will be:Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm;Saturdays from 8.30 am to 12.30 pmEncashment of cheques and cash withdrawals at branches can be affected till noon.In addition, every Thursday, 18 BOV branches are offering extended opening hours on Thursdays from 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm. In the localities of Attard, Balluta, Fgura, Ħamrun, Ibraġ, Marsaskala, Mosta, Naxxar, Paola, Qormi, Rabat, Valletta (Republic Street), San Gwann, Siġġiewi, Żabbar, Żejtun, Żurrieq and Victoria.Additional branches will also be offering longer customer hours in the near future.BOV Head Branch Network Geoffrey Ghigo said, ‘In today’s world consumers expect faster service, at hours that are more convenient for their busy lifestyles. The change in opening hours will also enhance the ability of our branch staff to process customers’ applications, resulting in faster response times and increased efficiency.’For increased convenience and 24/7 banking, BOV customers can also make use of the Bank’s extensive range of channels such as BOV Mobile, BOV Internet Banking, BOV Cards and ATMs. WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

New GSM figures show a lower Global Mobile Penetration than first thought

first_imgThe GSM Association figures state that there’re only 3.2 billion mobile network subscribers globally, accounting for 45 per cent of the global population Advertisement The Global Systems for Mobile Communications  Association (GSM) has revealed results of a three-year research project, showing that only 45 per cent of the world-wide population is subscribed to mobile services, leaving much room for global industry growth.The study, released for the first time excludes inactive mobile subscriptions and multiple SIM card ownership, revealing real figures of mobile network subscription worldwide, pointing to drastically smaller mobile service subscription rates than previously envisaged.The survey conducted over three years taking into account 39 developed and developing markets  finds that by the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, there will be only 3.2 billion mobile network subscribers globally, accounting for 45 per cent of the global population, a figure which may grow to 4 billion within the following five years. – Advertisement – The figure for total global mobile connections including inactive SIM cards and so-called machine-to-machine (M2M) calls will stand at 6.8 billion  however, this figure has been misleading as to worldwide connectivity rates in the past, in that many subscribers have multiple connections.The new element to the research showing that only 3.2 billion unique users are subscribed to mobile services around the world means that, in fact, the mobile network industry has a long way to go before reaching 100 percent global mobile penetration, and indicates that industry actors still have everything to play for, in a market that still holds endless potential.Director General of the GSM Association Anne Bouverot said in a press statement: “This research, for the first time, highlights the difference between mobile connections and individual mobile subscribers, and points to a significant growth opportunity for the mobile industry as we continue to connect the world’s population.”She added: “By identifying inactive SIMs and multiple SIM ownership, we have developed the most accurate measurement of the global mobile subscriber base”.The survey reports that global increases in unique mobile subscriptions over the coming years will be fuelled by demand from developing countries, with demand from users in rural areas set to spike significantly the survey expecting 1.8 billion new users from developing countries within the next five years.New subscriptions in line with the survey’s forecast would achieve 47 percent mobile subscriber penetration across developing countries by 2017, up from the current figure of 39 percent.Conversely growth of mobile penetration levels in developed countries is predicted to be slow, given that by 2017 it is thought that penetration in such countries will hit 80 percent.The GSM Association reports that Africa currently displays the lowest levels of mobile service unique subscription penetration, with only one in three members of the African population subscribed to mobile services.The report predicts this figure will rise to 40 percent penetration by 2017. This is to be compared to a current figure of 68 percent for total connections penetration – the two measurements displaying a substantial gap. As such, Africa presents the mobile industry with significant potential for growth.Bouverot explained the relatively late revelation of the lower-than-expected African subscription rates, saying: “In developing markets, where there is clearly an opportunity for growth for the mobile industry, SIM per user patterns are influenced by cost-conscious, low-usage consumers who tend to accumulate prepaid SIM cards depending on the latest and most affordable prepaid tariffs.”  Figures were thus skewed by the prevalence of multiple SIM ownership.Source: Humanipolast_img read more

Chrome becomes Africas favourite browser

first_imgAdvertisement The latest statistics on web browser usage has shown Google Chrome take the lead in Africa, while Internet Explorer is nosediving.Chrome’s usage has increased to 39 per cent of African web surfers, while Firefox trails with 37 per cent. Internet Explorer however has dropped from 29 per cent usage last year to 18 per cent. – Advertisement – The figures have been produced by Pingdom and show Chrome to be the most popular browser in four out of six regions around the world. Africa and South America are the only regions where Firefox version 3.6 is still in the top 10.The report said: “The choice of web browser is for some a very personal decision. Perhaps you have your own personal favorite and try to convince others about its merits.“For now it seems like the flavor of the year is Google Chrome for a big chunk of users. This may change, but probably not anytime soon.”Pindom used web browsing usage share numbers from StatCounter, which are based on visitor statistics averaged from more than three million websites. The sample consisted of 17.1 billion page views.Credit: HumanIPOlast_img read more

Samsung to launch Tizen Smartphones in India and Russia

first_imgAdvertisement A new report  from The Wall Street Journal is hinting that the first wave of Tizen-based smartphones might be heading to India and Russia.The journal claims that Samsung is planning an event in Moscow in the weeks ahead, where the company is expected to launch its first smartphone powered by Tizen OS.The report suggests that the rumored Moscow event will see the unveiling of the Tizen smartphone in the same format as Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy flagship events. – Advertisement – It should be noted that Samsung ditched Android for its wearable devices and launched Tizen-based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches at the MWC.The Tizen consortium includes giants such as Intel, Fujitsu, Samsung, LG, Huawei, and European mobile carriers Vodafone and Orange. While we’re still waiting for the first Tizen-powered mobile phones, Samsung announced the first Tizen-based device, the NFC and Wi-Fi-enabled mirrorless NX300M camera, in November last year.In April Samsung in an attempt to lure developers introduced a $1.25 million prize for Gear App Challenge for developers to create apps specifically for its Tizen-based smart wearables.Source: ndtvlast_img read more

Bad news Hackers Are Remotely Locking Apple Devices

first_imgAdvertisement Mac and iPhone owners in Australia woke up to their Apple devices being remotely locked through Apple’s Find My iPhone service with a message demanding payments for their device to be unlocked.The owners woke up with their devices displaying a message that they have been hacked by ‘Oleg Pliss’ and to send a payment to a PayPal account to get the device unlocked.i was using my ipad a short while ago when suddenly it locked itself, and was askiwhich I’d never previously set up. I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it’s still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by ‘Oleg Pliss’ and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to lock404(at)hotmail.com) to return them to me.It is not yet clear how the devices are being hijacked, but it most likely involves users having their Apple IDs hacked due to weak passwords or a phishing attack – Advertisement – Using access to an Apple ID, a hacker could permanently lock you out of your device, see any data stored in iCloud and permanently lock you out of your Apple ID.It is advised that you enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID, update your older, weaker passwords on iCloud and be sure to use a passcode on your iOS device as those devices with a passcode cannot be remotely locked.Source: www.iclarified.comlast_img read more

LG Reveals 4 Affordable Smartphones

first_imgAdvertisement LG had a good 2014, posting record quarterly shipments and doubling its annual profits. The company released some eye-catching smartphones (and smartwatches), but much of its success came down to solid, affordable mid-range devices.With Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry’s biggest event, taking place next week, LG has revealed four new mid-range products ahead of time that will be important for its continued success in 2015.The devices range from four-inches (Joy), to 4.5-inches (Leon), 4.7-inches (Spirit), and five-inches (Magna). Each is available in 3G and LTE flavors. – Advertisement – The three larger phones are all powered by a 1.2GHz chip (3G models) or 1.3GHz quad-core chip (4G versions) with Android (5.0) Lollipop installed out of the box. The main difference is each one’s camera and battery capacity.The LG Magna, Spirit and Leon each offers an eight-megapixel rear camera, which drops to five-megapixels on the 3G model. The Magna packs the highest quality front-facing camera (five-megapixels), followed by the Spirit (one-megapixel) and Leon (VGA camera).The Joy is the entry-level model, with a choice of 1.2GHz quad-core or 1.2GHz dual-core processors, and a five-megapixel rear camera and front-facing VGA on both versions.LG often debuts new features and design ideas with its high-end devices first. True to form, a number of settings from its top phones made their way into this mid-range line-up, including the hand-triggered selfie timer ‘gesture shot’, and ‘glance view’ for pulling up important notifications.There is no confirmed price for the phones at this point, but you can be sure they will be significantly cheaper than the likes of Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s soon-to-arrive Galaxy S6. The four new LG phones will begin hitting the retail market in “selected” countries from this week, the Korean company said.“For millions of consumers around the world, the deciding factor on which smartphone to buy isn’t how fast or how big it is but how balanced it is. With our new mid-range smartphones, more and more customers will be looking to LG for their next handsets,” commented Juno Cho, head of LG Mobile, in a statement.last_img read more

York v Fleetwood Town 745pm SKY TAKE TWO

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]iracles do happen in football.Just ask the supporters of York FC – the ‘Minstermen’.Just a few months ago for them it was a case of All I Want For Christmas is to escape relegation…..York were third bottom of League Two at Christmas and frankly things were looking a little grim but Nigel Worthington’s team have shown the most remarkable turnaround.They have kept 10 clean sheets in their last 12 league games and now haven’t lost in 17 league games.It’s been a run of form that has propelled them into the play offs – in the end, quite easily, as they finished a full nine points clear of eighth placed Oxford. It’s amazing what winning games can do to your league position (if that’s not stating the bleeding obvious) and a lesson for all teams that hope is not lost at the Christmas halfway point of the season.York face Fleetwood Town in the first leg of their play off semi-final (LIVE SKY 7.45pm). It’s take two – as this rain was due to be played on Saturday night before the rain stopped play.It’s one win a piece in their two games this season – interestingly both wins coming away from home!HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Feb 2014 English Two Fleetwood 1-2 YorkOct 2013 English Two York 0-2 FleetwoodDec 2012 English Two Fleetwood 0-0 YorkOct 2012 English Two York 0-2 FleetwoodApr 2012 Blue Sq York 0-1 FleetwoodAug 2011 Blue Sq Fleetwood 0-0 YorkFeb 2011 Blue Sq York 1-0 FleetwoodAug 2010 Blue Sq Fleetwood 2-1 YorkThe play offs so far have shown us to expect cagey games, particularly in the first leg matches and I think the same is on the cards for this one.As such I’m backing the draw at around 9/4.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)6 points DRAW at around 9/4 with Star Sports RUNNING RETURN (MAY): LOSS 2.25 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 116.95 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Stoke

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result last night with the ‘both teams to score recommendation’ which was safely ticked off by half-time in the Derby v Watford game.The Premier returns today and at 5.30pm Chelsea have the chance to pull clear on the turn for home when they welcome Stoke to Stamford Bridge.I called Trevor Harris on the Star Sports trading desk at lunchtime to ask for the prices on this one – but before getting the price-I played a little game.I guessed what the price was on Chelsea.I said 2/9 and it was 2/7, so better than I thought.There is a little moral to this story…. and that is TAKE A VIEW yourself. How many punters get the prices FIRST and THEN try and work out where the value is ???If you don’t already – do it the other way round. Work out what prices you think a team/player/horse should be and then bet accordingly when you get the actual prices. It’s much more fun and puts the skill back into sports betting.On the basis that I think Chelsea should be a 2/9 shot and I’m getting 2/7 that should probably be my bet for today but it’s a little skinny (even for me !!).However, I can’t see anything other than a Chelsea win – Stoke have lost all six of their previous Premier League trips to Chelsea.Chelsea v StokePremier League5.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2015 Premier Hull 2-3 ChelseaDec 2014 Premier Chelsea 2-0 HullJan 2014 Premier Hull 0-2 ChelseaAug 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-0 HullFeb 2010 Premier Hull 1-1 ChelseaAug 2009 Premier Chelsea 2-1 HullFeb 2009 Premier Chelsea 0-0 HullOct 2008 Premier Hull 0-3 ChelseaSep 2007 Carling Cup Hull 0-4 ChelseaDec 1999 FA Cup Hull 1-6 ChelseaTEAM NEWSChelsea (from): Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cuadrado, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Blackman, Loftus-Cheek.Stoke (from): Begovic, Butland, Shawcross, Wilson, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Bardsley, Pieters, Teixeira, Cameron, Whelan, Adam, Nzonzi, Sidwell, Ireland, Arnautovic, Diouf, Walters, Crouch.In terms of a bet HT/FT Chelsea at around 5/6 on Star Sports looks too tempting to resist.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CHELSEA TO BE WINNING AT HT/FT for 10 points at around 5/6 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 101.22 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

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.Tuesday 16 August RACING MOVERS2.30 RiponThello 4/1 > 11/42.45 KemptonEntrench 7/1 > 4/17.00 WolverhamptonBryght Boy 7/2 > 9/48.20 TipperaryCanny Tom 10/1 > 3/1CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Play-Off 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD13/2 Steaua Bucharest 4/9 Man City 16/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_imgBET WITH STAR SPORTS 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.Sunday 5 November HORSE RACING12.40 HuntingdonIniesta 7/2 > 11/41.45 HuntingdonEl Presente 15/8 > 5/44.20 CorkLackaneen Leader 9/4 > 13/8LIVE PREMIER LEAGUEPremier League14:15 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD2/5 Man City 13/2 Arsenal 4/1 DRAWPremier League16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD6/4 Chelsea 21/10 Man Utd 21/10 DRAWlast_img read more

Star Sports Greyhound Derby JONATHAN HOBBS

first_imgJONATHAN HOBBS: We are at a rainy Towcester with At The Races Greyhound expert Jonathan Hobbs where he talks about his love of greyhound racing, his background, why he loves the sport so much, what can be done to promote greyhound racing and the future of the sport.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

SIMON NOTT Thats just nuts

first_imgWhen our little girl first started to eat solid food, we decided, as parents, that we’d introduce her to as many flavours as possible by sharing what we were eating. It was away from home while attending a wedding that we gave her some scrambled egg. In front of our very eyes her lips swelled and her face turned blotchy. I must have looked a sight running around Market Harborough looking for a doctor, luckily antihistamine did the trick and she was soon back to normal. It could have been a lot worse.A few weeks later, we realised it really could have been, tests at the allergy unit in the local paediatric ward showed that she was not only allergic to egg but more worryingly, peanuts. Peanuts is the one that gets the bad publicity. Allergic reaction to peanuts can be fatal, terrifying for a parent and such a risk that we now carry adrenaline pens with us wherever we go.Luckily these days, sadly due to its growth for reasons unknown, there is a huge awareness of peanut and other allergies. Our local playgroup and school have a ‘no peanut’ ban in place to help protect those who suffer from it, as the kids grow older, they will be educated to the dangers they may face before the heightened risk of adult life. It starts young too, our little girl already asks anyone trying to give her food from a packet to ‘read the back to check for nuts and eggs’. We as parents are very grateful for the awareness shown, especially as people with an allergy to peanuts amount to an estimated just 0.6% of the population.The huge worry for any sufferer is that they run the constant risk of encountering something potentially lethal to them that’s harmless to, and enjoyed by, 99.4% of the population.It was the 0.6% that caught my eye and prompted me to write this blog. While I understand that many different figures have been thrown out there 0.6% is also the figure I read for people considered ‘Problem Gamblers’. That leaves 99.4% of the population that either aren’t or aren’t interested. That latter being the section that might scoff at the 0.6% dismissing them as lesser mortals because they suffer from the illness of gambling addiction. I hasten to add, probably in a no more a sinister manner that someone throwing handfuls of peanuts into their mouths at a bar watching incredulous as the allergy sufferer freezes, rabbit in the headlights fashion at the sight of their salted snack nemesis within touching distance.Of course, the peanut allergy is a physical medical condition, while gambling is a mental one. Neither of the 0.6% no less potentially lethal. Neither should be dismissed. While our little girl is a school she’ll be protected from peanuts by a ban on them. Nobody expects a child to be aware of the real potential risks, so a ban is best. By the age of 18, she and the rest of the alumnus will be aware of the danger peanuts can cause a small minority of people and respect that.Then she’ll be on her own, nobody is going to ask for draconian measures on the production and consumption of peanuts, of course she’ll totally expect warnings of their presence. Preventative measures are in place to avoid peanuts where possible, the law is there to clobber any business that flout the rules on awareness and medical help at hand if the worst happens. Nobody blames the person for being allergic to peanuts and the sufferer doesn’t blame the peanut industry for existing.You know where this is going don’t you?The 0.6% of the population aren’t to be blamed for their illness either. Nobody would ever advocate encouraging children to gamble at school but educating children on the potential dangers of gambling surely should and would be embraced. Betting and gambling have been part of the fabric of the UK for centuries and is likely to remain so. Given that 99.4% of the population are either indifferent or enjoy it as part of their normal lives, just as peanuts, means that awareness not prohibition should be the order of day. As with peanuts, suppliers, that is gambling companies should be legally obliged to warn of the dangers, free help should be at hand for anyone who fears they are becoming addicted, absolutely nobody should be stigmatised as being weak as a result of their cry for help. Neither should the other 99.4%, including the indifferent, be stigmatised either. As parents to our little girl, peanut allergy is huge to us. I know that for people that suffer or families that have lost loved ones, the tragic results of gambling addiction is huge to them too. Both groups can and should expect awareness of their respective plight but it’s just not reasonable to expect the same degree of or interest or huge changes in the behaviour of those unaffected.My original opinion on FOBT machines was that an adult should be able to make an adult decision about playing them or not. I’ve had my mind changed, I’m now of the opinion that high-stakes machines that prey on addiction with no long-term chance for the players are wrong. Those that campaigned for the limits to be reduced have won a fair and just victory. The industry is also now self-regulating advertising so taking positive socially conscious business decisions, but how far should it go?Rather than happily accept those concessions the more vocal and militant of the 0.6% appear to have the bit between their teeth. Whilst it is imperative that every effort should be made to protect the vulnerable, there is only so much responsibility the betting industry can and should accept. Be them by government or self-imposed, responsible changes have been made by bookmakers. Maybe it’s time for an industry-wide rear-guard reaction of a positive PR campaign rather than capitulation into ever more needless draconian restrictions?Simon Nott Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! 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