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first_imgA disabled woman is challenging the government’s failure to ensure that she can vote secretly and independently in elections.The high court has granted permission for the case being brought against the Cabinet Office by Rachael Andrews to proceed to a full hearing, after the court decided that her case was “arguable”.Andrews, from Norwich, who is blind, said she had repeatedly been left distressed and upset by a system that either left her unsure whether she had voted for the right candidate, or relying on an election official to tell her whether she had marked the correct box on the ballot paper.She said: “It is the fact that it is not secret that distresses me so much. As a disabled person I am fairly used to asking for people’s help.“But the fact that I have to ask somebody to do something that is so simple, and it still isn’t private, it just distresses and upsets me more than I can explain.“I feel like I am 12 years old, like I am not a confident, whole person.”Andrews (pictured) has already secured one legal victory, over her local authority, Broadland council, following its failure to enable her to vote independently and secretly at the 2015 election.Since then she has cast her vote in the 2016 European Union referendum and at the 2017 general election, but on both occasions – despite the council’s best efforts – she has still been unable to vote independently and in secret.She blames the government, because she says the tactile voting device (TVD) – a plastic template placed over the ballot paper that is supposed to allow blind people to vote in secret – is not fit for purpose.She is challenging the government’s decision to designate the TVD as a suitable device to allow blind people to vote without any need for assistance under the Representation of the People Act 1983.But she is also arguing for her right to a secret ballot under the European Convention on Human Rights.Andrews successfully settled her claim against Broadland council for failing to have a TVD available for the 2015 general election.But although she said its council officers have since done “everything they can within the law” to help her at subsequent elections, the system is still failing her.In 2016, when voting in the referendum, she was not sure if she had placed her cross in the correct box and had to ask the presiding officer to tell her.And last year, at the general election, she tried to use a postal vote, and was assisted by a member of council staff, but still had to use a TVD.She said: “To this day I do not know if I put the cross in the place that I intended to vote.“He read everything out to me and I am assuming he also saw my vote as well because he was literally sat right next to me.”Andrews, who is represented by human rights lawyers Leigh Day, said that other countries had introduced systems that allow blind voters to vote more easily, including introducing “audio voting booths” and telephone voting.Graham Kirwan, who was forced to take legal action against his own local council over its failure to make the process of registering to vote and voting accessible to him as a visually-impaired person, said: “I fully appreciate the frustrating difficulties Rachael repeatedly faces having, like many other visually-impaired voters, faced them myself.”He pointed to devices such as audio and magnification aids which could assist independent and secret voting, and said the government was “simply kicking accessible voting into the long grass”.He added: “I 100 per cent support Rachael’s legal challenge and wish her all the best with her action.”The government has argued in correspondence with Andrews’ lawyers that the legal challenge is unnecessary because it is already addressing the issue.This refers to pledges in its much-criticised response to a consultation on how to make voting more accessible.The government talked in its response in September about promoting guidance, improving training, and the possibility of allowing disabled voters to try out practice ballots in advance of elections.And it said it would consider what improvements could be made for voters with sight loss “and look to make the necessary legislative changes when a suitable opportunity arises”.But Andrews’ lawyers point out that the government’s response did not say what these improvements would be, or when it would change the law.The Cabinet Office said it could not comment on ongoing legal cases.But a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: “We consult with disabled individuals, and organisations that represent them such as RNIB regularly, to hear about their experiences of voting and recommendations on how government can make elections more accessible.“Every voice matters and this government is committed to building a democracy that works for all.”The government’s accessibility of elections working group is set to meet in January, and will discuss again the improvements that could be made to the support provided to visually-impaired voters in polling stations.But Andrews said: “I have always voted in general elections. I see it as a very important civic duty and feel very strongly that I should simply be afforded the same right to vote independently and in secret as everyone else. “Sadly, I believe that many blind voters are currently put off voting because of the difficulties they face.“I am disappointed that it has been necessary to commence legal proceedings but am keen that the government stops dragging its feet and takes action to allow me to vote independently and secretly in time for the next general election.” Sean Humber, head of Leigh Day’s human rights department, said: “The provisions made for blind voters by the government are quite simply not fit for purpose.“The right to vote freely, independently and in secret is fundamental to any democracy.“We hope that the courts will hear our client’s challenge and order the government to reconsider the assistance they provide for blind voters.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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first_imgSAINTS continued their unbeaten start to the First Utility Super League with yet another last gasp finish.Adam Swift took Jon Wilkins’ pass with two minutes to go to put his side ahead for the first time in the game – and secure a 30-28 victory.More remarkable was that Saints were 24-6 down at half time and had a 14-point deficit to overcome in the last 15 minutes.But they did with Jordan Turner and Paul Wellens – on a night of milestones for the captain – performing heroics before Swift’s oh so late killer blow.The game looked gone at half time as Cas ran in four times to their opposition’s one.The Tigers blitzed them from the off and led 18-0 within the first 18 minutes.Sia Soliola replied but a mistake let Shenton back in for his second.In the second half quick tries from Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson brought Saints right back into it.But Justin Carney staunched the flow of points and seemingly moved the game in Cas’ favour.Cometh the hour cometh the team though and in 15 breathtaking minutes Turner, Wellens – his 1000th point – and Swift sent the fans wild.Pre-game, Saints made a number of changes from the team that progressed to the Fifth Round of the Challenge Cup.Jon Wilkin returned from suspension to partner Luke Walsh in the halves, with Lance Hohaia being rested.In the forwards, Mose Masoe started in place of the injured Kyle Amor and there was a welcome return for Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook too.Joe Greenwood retained his place on the bench – alongside Paul Wellens who  played in his 414th Super League game and thus became the top flight’s leading appearance holder.Their opposition welcomed back Craig Huby as they aimed to secure their first win over the Saints since 2008 – one record they almost broke.And the Tigers couldn’t have got off to the better start when they scored from Wilkin’s knock on, right from the kick off.Andy Lynch drove the ball in from the scrum to within inches of the line before the ball went left and Jake Webster profited.Sneyd making it 6-0.Moments later Cas were almost in again but the try was disallowed by the referee because Michael Shenton knocked on as he challenged for the ball in mid-air with Jordan Turner.It was a warning Saints didn’t heed though as on the Tigers’ next attack a high ball went up to Justin Carney, he caught it under pressure fand fired out a very quick pass to Shenton who made no mistake.Sneyd converting from the touchline.A minute later  – in the 18th minute – it was 18-0.The ball was chipped towards the post, it took a nastily little bounce and Grant Millington collected under the posts.And in all fairness it could have been worse as three minutes later Craig Huby knocked on over the line.Saints steadied the ship by forcing two drop outs and as a result were very slowly creating some momentum for themselves.And that showed when a fantastic passage of play saw a pass catch Soliola on a great line.Walsh converting.But that hard work was undone when a poor pass from Jordan Turner went behind Makinson and was collected by Shenton for his second. Saints should have scored with the clock ticking down but their execution was found wanting.Down 24-6, Saints needed to score quickly in the second half – but it was Cas who threatened first.The ball came left through Sneyd and Finn but there was an obstruction and another try was chalked off.Saints thankfully turned that good fortune into points.Walsh combined with Jonny Lomax to set Josh Jones free, who duly turned it back inside for his full back to score.And on 50 minutes it was game on.Adam Swift intercepted a speculator and came inside to make sure Saints had good field position. From the tackle it went right and Tommy Makinson did what he does best – a spectacular one handed touchdown.Carney replied with 20 minutes to go before Saints had one chalked off for a forward pass.Turner then collected a high Wilkin bomb to score with around 15 to go before Saints recorded yet another wondrous comeback.Wello’s 1000th point came after his teammates refused to give up and then, with less than three minutes remaining, he forced a repeat set.Deja vu with Leeds and Huddersfield matches in the memory, they kept the ball alive and Wilkin’s pass to Swift was sublime – as was the finish.The fans amassed in the Railway End went bonkers… and your Saints stay top of the tree.Match Summary:Tigers: Tries: Webster, Shenton (2), Millington, CarneyGoals: Sneyd (4 from 5)Saints: Tries: Soliola, Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Wellens, SwiftGoals: Walsh (3 from 6)Penalties: Tigers: 3Saints: 5HT: 6-24FT: 30-28REF: Ben ThalerATT:  6487Teams:Tigers: 6. Luke Dorn; 24. James Clare, 4. Jake Webster, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Justin Carney; 7. Marc Sneyd, 26. Liam Finn; 8. Andy Lynch, 14. Daryl Clark, 10. Craig Huby, 16. Oliver Holmes, 12. Weller Hauraki, 11. Grant Millington.Subs: 9. Adam Milner, 13. Nathan Massey, 15. Ryan Boyle,  18. Frankie Mariano.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 26. Matty Dawson, 5. Adam Swift; 12. Jon Wilkin, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 4. Josh Jones.Subs: 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 23. Joe Greenwood.last_img read more

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first_imgDACIA has been announced as the Official Car Partner of First Utility Super League, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and Title Partner of the Dacia World Club Series which starts at Langtree Park on Friday February 19 (8pm) when St Helens take on Sydney Roosters.As part of the three-year deal, they will also be working with the RFL to support local communities to benefit the game at the community level.“Our new partnership with the Rugby Football League is very exciting for all of us at Dacia,” said Ed Preston, Dacia Communications Manager. “With its no-nonsense approach and community spirit, Rugby League was the natural fit for our brand and we’re looking forward to working with the RFL to bring something new and fun to the game for fans.“The World Club Series will be our first opportunity to work with the RFL as part of this deal and we’re exploring ways of working with our dealerships to ensure that local communities benefit from the partnership.”RFL Commercial Director, Chris Rawlings, added: “This is fantastic news having Dacia come on board as our newest partner. Securing a long-term partner like this is good for the sport.“Dacia share our values and they have real passion to support Rugby League across multiple events and the community game. We’re looking forward to working together and making this partnership a success.”Tickets for the 2016 Dacia World Club Series game between St Helens and Sydney Roosters at Langtree Park on Friday February 19 cost from £22.50 for adults, £15.50 for concessions and £10 for juniors. Tickets are available by calling 01744 455 052, from the Langtree Park ticket office or by logging on here.A package for all three games costs £60 and can be purchased by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or calling the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113last_img read more

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first_imgKEIRON Cunningham spoke about his side’s start and the disruption caused by the loss of Theo Fages after the 22-14 defeat at Salford on Thursday night.“I thought our opening 20, 25 minutes weren’t great in terms of our ruck control,” he said. “They had an edge with their carries and middle defence but credit to the players they hung on in there without being at their best.“Theo (Fages) coming off hurt us and we had to move stuff about. It wasn’t working in attack but we had plenty of chances down their end of the field. We were a little clunky but shuffled at half time and put people in different spots.“We flowed better in the second half and you cannot fault the effort and fight in that half. Salford are a good side and are playing some good stuff. It is always tough to come here but we overcame that early adversity to get back into the game.“We were fighting until the end and within a chance of winning the game, but got a little panicky and unforced errors hurt us. Credit to Salford, they got the cash today.”He added: “We got intensity in the second half and you ask the question why we don’t start like that. We knew Salford would fight and had a point to prove on their own midden. We knew they would be up for it and we let ourselves down in that opening gambit.”Cunningham said Fages came off with a head injury and that will be assessed in the coming days.“He’s a tough kid so for him to come off the field he must have been pretty dazed,” he concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgScrum half, Fages, signed for Saints from Salford Red Devils back in 2015 and has gone on to make over 90 appearances, scoring 26 tries for St.Helens.This season, the 24-year-old French captain, has been a regular starter in Justin Holbrook’s Saints team, making 13 appearances and scoring five tries.And fresh from signing his two year deal, Fages spoke exclusively to Saintsrlfc.com, paying credit to the Saints fans who have made he and his family feel so welcome in St.Helens.“I am very, very happy to stay at the club and I am looking forward to the next two years. The club, the boys and the fans have always been good to me and they have made me feel at home so it was an easy decision.“I want to thank the coaches, Justin Holbrook, all the staff, Eamonn McManus and Mike Rush. They are the reason I am here.“I still haven’t achieved what I wanted here at the club so that made my decision an even easier one. I want to win trophies and hopefully we can go on to do it this year and win more in the next two years.”St.Helens R.F.C Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “I am delighted Theo has committed to the Saints for another two years. There was naturally a lot of interest in him from both here in Super League and the NRL so we are thrilled Theo has opted to extend his stay.“Theo is a quality player who is now arguably in his prime years. He’s been a regular starter in Justin’s team this season and hopefully he can continue his impressive recent form in the years to come in a Saints shirt.”Head Coach Justin Holbrook added: “It’s great news to have Theo committing his future to the Saints.“Theo is a fantastic player who has played a crucial part in our team this season. He is hugely talented with ball in hand and he is solid in defence. Theo works hard on his game and his preparation every week which is why he is such a consistent player.“I am confident he will continue to improve and it is great he will do that here at St.Helens.”To celebrate the announcement we will be dedicating the rest of the day as the Theo Fages Appreciation Day 2019. Head over to the Saints’ social media channels to enjoy.last_img read more

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first_img “It’s just something that we’ve always done. It’s Christmas time. We like to put up a bunch of lights. We like to enjoy our family and have a good time,” said Tyler Ford.As a member of the Coast Guard, Ford spends months at a time away from his family.Now he’s back at his home at 254 Buff Court in Leland and it’s Christmas time!Related Article: Wilmington Police officers shop with kids for annual Santa Cop program“I lost count a while ago,” said Ford, speaking about the number of Christmas lights at his home.He’s created an impressive light display for the entire community to enjoy.“Our display was upwards of about 70,000 at one point. Here, due to safety factors, we want to make sure the house is safe, so we’ve limited it to about 40. I would estimate about 40,000 lights up,” said Ford.It’s a tradition for Ford and his family to put up lights every Christmas, no matter where he is stationed.“This is something my family’s done since the early ’90s. Beyond family members passing, I’ve just continued the tradition. I keep it going every year. Every year that I’m home in the States, I try to light up the house,” said Ford.Ford spent part of this year in places like Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.He’s been part of the Coast Guard’s hurricane relief efforts, helping people get back on their feet.Now, he hopes his light display can brighten the holidays for people right here at home.“If other people enjoy it, we’d just assume that we’d try to do something to help the community as well. That turned into the canned good drive a few years ago. That’s followed with me with the lights and we’ve kinda reestablished that here,” said Ford.Ford welcomes people to come check out the lights free of charge, but in this season of giving, he accepts canned goods and monetary donations for the Brunswick County Food Bank, all in an effort to make sure others have a Merry Christmas.If you want to go check out Ford’s festive display, be advised that you may need to take an alternate route, due to the Ploof Road construction just off Highway 17 in Leland.Ford says he plans to keep the lights up through New Years. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — If you like Christmas lights, the display at a Coast Guardsman’s home in Leland is something you may want to check out.It’s his chance to not only entertain the community, but also give back to it.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img Christian was one of the 2017 John T. Hoggard High School Varsity football team captains and played the middle linebacker position. Last year, he made both the All-Conference and All-Area football lists, which led him to earning numerous NCAA Division 1 football offers. He haslettered in four different sports. He has excelled throughout high school in the International Baccalaureate program as well as Advanced Placement courses. Prior to high school, he was recognized by the John Hopkins Center for Gifted and Talented Youth and was placed in the school district’s academically and intellectually gifted program. At the beginning of last year, Christian created a club called Hollar for Help that focuses on increasing the core grade point averages of academically distressed athletes at John T. Hoggard High School. It involves connecting academically gifted students with athletes in order to tutor them in subjects they’re struggling in. As a result of participating in Hollar for Help, the athletes were able to meet the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) academic eligibility requirements. In addition, the academically gifted students receive volunteer service hours necessary for their individual projects. All of the athletes that participated last year earned NCHSAA eligibility.In order to be considered as a Community Captain, individuals must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average, perform voluntary community service, write an essay, and be nominated by a high school official (principal, coach, athletic director or teacher) or a member of the media. The award is open to all varsity football athletes and female varsity athletes.For more information on the Carolina Panthers Community Captain program, visit their website by clicking here. WILMINGTON, NC (NHCS NEWS RELEASE) — Christian Hollar, a senior at Hoggard High School, has been selected as an NFL Carolina Panthers Community Captain.The Carolina Panthers Community Captain program presented by Guy Roofing recognizes 10 outstanding high school student-athletes in the Carolinas each fall who excel in their sport, in the classroom and in their community. On Sunday, December 10, 2017, the winners were honored at an on-field ceremony of the Carolina Panthers home game against the Minnesota Vikings in which each Community Captain received a personalized Carolina Panthers game ball.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img <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> SharePrint Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg waves as he arrives for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauFacebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg waves as he arrives for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 10, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau French authorities should have more access to Facebook’s algorithms and greater scope to audit the social media company’s internal policies against hate speech, a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron has concluded.It comes after Facebook has been heavily criticised by politicians and the public for its failure to more rapidly remove footage of the March shooting attack in Christchurch, New Zealand from its network. Fifty people were killed in the assault, with footage of it circulating online for days.The French president, who will meet Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg later on Friday, wants France to take a leading role on tech regulation, seeking to strike a balance between what he perceives as the United States’ laissez-faire stance and China’s iron grip on the Internet.The 33-page report, co-written by a former head of public affairs for Google France, recommends increasing  oversight over the world’s largest social media network and allowing an independent regulator to police the efforts of large tech companies to deal with hate speech.The report comes after Facebook allowed a team of French regulators to spend six months inside the company monitoring its policies. It represents a “half-time” assessment for their stint which started in January.“The inadequacy and lack of credibility in the self-regulatory approach adopted by the largest platforms justify public intervention to make them more responsible,” the report said.Companies like Facebook cannot simply declare themselves to be transparent, it added, noting that checking the integrity of the algorithms they use was a particularly complex task.HELPFUL PRIMERResponding to the report, Facebook’s vice president for policy, Richard Allan, said it was a helpful primer for the way forward and suggested there were grounds for cooperation.“The report sets out a path towards a new model for content regulation that has the potential to be both effective and workable,” he said.“It would allow platforms to develop innovative solutions to keep their users safe while being clearly accountable to a regulator for how well they do this.”This week, Chris Hughes, one of the founders of Facebook with Zuckerberg while they were at Harvard, wrote in a long opinion piece in the New York Times that he believed the company was too powerful and needed to be broken up.France’s parliament, where Macron’s ruling party has a comfortable majority, is debating legislation that would give the new regulator the power to fine tech companies up to 4% of their global revenue if they don’t do enough to remove hateful content from their network.“Our goal is to move … towards proper regulation,” a source close to the Finance Ministry said.Facebook’s decision to allow the team of French regulators inside the company was the first time the wary company had opened its doors in such a way.The regulators did not have access to confidential corporate information, the finance ministry official said. The French task-force has also been holding meetings with Facebook in the United States.WhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement A group of 16 leading players in the field of telecommunications are joining forces to advance the development of a new air interface below 6 GHz for 5G networks. The “FANTASTIC-5G” (Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation) project will focus on boosting capacity, increasing flexibility and improving the energy efficiency of the next generation of mobile networks.Future mobile networks need to become even more flexible and efficient than 4G, 3G and 2G networks to cope with the ever-growing demands being placed on them. As consumer smartphone and tablet devices become more diverse, and as the Internet of Things brings with it a huge increase in the amount of sensor-related traffic, a new air interface – which connects a user´s device to the mobile network and defines the way information is transmitted to and from the device – for 5G is required. – Advertisement – The aim of the 2-year FANTASTIC-5G project is to develop a new multi-service air interface that operates below 6 GHz frequency for 5G networks, and is:Highly flexible, to support different types of data traffic.Scalable, to support an ever-growing number of networked devices.Versatile, to support diverse device types and traffic/transmission characteristics.Energy- and resource-efficient, to better use the available spectrum.Future-proofed, enabling easy upgrades to future software releases.FANTASTIC-5G has received eight million Euros of funding by the European Commission under the EU´s “Horizon 2020” initiative aiming to advance digital Europe.The members of FANTASTIC-5G include service providers (Orange, Telecom Italia), component and infrastructure vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, Samsung, Sequans Communications, Wings ICT Solutions), universities (Aalborg University, Politecnico di Bari, Institut Mines-Telecom/Telecom Bretagne, University of Bremen) and research institutes (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives – Laboratoire d’électronique et de technologie de l’information (CEA-Leti), Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institut (HHI)) from Europe.“FANTASTIC-5G is of key importance, as the multi-service air interface concepts being developed in the project will be evaluated and validated by the partners. This helps to build up consensus and to facilitate the standardization process of 5G”, says Frank Schaich from Alcatel-Lucent´s Bell Labs, who is leading the FANTASTIC-5G project.MTN Uganda recently launched a countrywide coverage of it’s super fast 4G Internet services in the country, to ascertain it’s position at the top as the ‘Internet Leader’. With 5G development taking shape, will we see pioneer adoption of the technology taken up by the Internet Leader too?last_img read more

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first_imgPhoto Credit: CNET Advertisement With the launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system just a few hours away, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has arrived in Kenya this afternoon to celebrate.It is not yet clear as to what exactly he will be doing during his visit on the eve of the launch of Windows 10 in Kenya.Microsoft announced its plans to launch Windows 10 with global fan celebrations, joint efforts with thousands of retailers, including all Microsoft store locations, a new global advertising campaign, and a new year-long initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world. – Advertisement – Satya Nadella’s visit could be in line with Microsoft’s new Upgrade Your World campaign (#UpgradeYourWorld) – a new year-long initiative to celebrate those who inspire and empower others, led by Microsoft’s vision to help people achieve more through technology and in celebration of the Windows 10 launch.Arrived in Kenya to celebrate @Windows 10 launch with fans & learn how tech is #empowering Kenyan people & orgs pic.twitter.com/0z2YS8Co0a— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) July 28, 2015Microsoft will join its partners and fans in September to select 10 nonprofits in each of 10 countries — of which Kenya is inclusive — to also receive cash investments and technology to help them upgrade the world in their local communities.We will keep you updated on this.last_img read more

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first_imgSocial networking website Facebook is testing an improved in-app browser. Image Credit: Bandt Advertisement Social networking website Facebook is testing an improved in-app browser that would allow users input their own URL should they want to check another page without leaving the Facebook app, a media report said.Besides the aesthetic shift, a new bar on the bottom tells you how popular a post is, includes back and forward buttons, lets you bookmark pages, and has a menu button which likely includes a few more features too, thenextweb.com reported on Sunday.The only big feature that appears to be missing is tab support, but the new browser is quite close to approximating a full-fledged app. With a good enough browser, the Facebook app could essentially become a self-contained ecosystem of its own, it added. – Advertisement – The browser is only available to a small subset of users (iOS only), but most public test features end up receiving a wider roll-out a few months later.[related-posts][tech 2]last_img read more

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first_imgShola Taylor (right), Secretary-General of CTO congratulating Patick Masambu (left), Director-General of ITSO. Credit: ITSO Advertisement Patrick Masambu, former chairman of the Council of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has been elected director-general of the US-based International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO).Mr Masambu was the only Commonwealth candidate for the position. A former communications regulator for Uganda, he brings to the role over 30 years of experience, including over six years as ITSO’s current deputy director-general and director of technical affairs. He is the first sub-Saharan African to be elected to the position.During his time as chairman of the CTO Council on behalf of Uganda, Mr Masambu presided over important transformations to turn the CTO into a more member-centric organisation. – Advertisement – “The election was exciting with three strong candidates. I am delighted to see Patrick elected. He brings tremendous experience to ITSO and I look forward to working with him,” said Shola Taylor shortly after Mr Masambu’s election.Shola Taylor (right), Secretary-General of CTO congratulating Patick Masambu (left), Director-General of ITSO. Credit: ITSOIn his acceptance remarks, Mr Masambu thanked all ITSO members for their support and looked forward to partnerships with international and regional organisations, including CTO, in areas such as capacity building to achieve the objectives of ITSO.The Honourable Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda’s Minister of Information Technology & Communications equally thanked all the member states and also Mr Taylor SG for the excellent support given to Uganda to improve the ICT sector in Uganda.ITSO’s mission is to:Ensure the performance of Core Principles for the provision of international public telecommunications services, with high reliability and qualityPromote international public telecommunications services to meet the needs of the information and communication societyProtect the ITSO Parties’ Common HeritageFor the CTO, it is important that Commonwealth values and shared interests are represented at the highest level in international forums, in order to strengthen the position of the Commonwealth.Distributed by APO on behalf of Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).last_img read more

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first_imgImage Credit: exchangewire Advertisement Tutela, experts in Anonymous Data Monetization (ADM) for mobile apps, have shared 6 Top Tips for app publishers who are looking to leverage ADM for incremental revenue.Among the list of tips, includes the emphasis on the importance of maintaining absolute anonymity with all data. In Tutela’s platform all data is completely anonymous and has no impact on end user experience, or on their device. As such, Tutela offers publishers an additional revenue stream without any user or app impact.Tutela software runs on mobile devices and invisibly collects anonymous device and network quality data that helps mobile telecoms companies improve their mobile networks. The technology has already been deployed in over 100 mobile apps running on millions of devices with data being collected and then resold by Tutela. Anonymous information such as connection quality, location and device choice is crowd-sourced from users without impacting usability.Games publishers and app developers benefit from a revenue share which is more consumer friendly than in-game purchasing, less intrusive than in-game advertising and not dependent upon subscription models. – Advertisement – Tutela sells data and reports to network operators, offering a revenue share to its partners. Telecoms companies, in turn, use the data to improve mobile network performance and mobile network coverage.These reports provide telecoms operators with insight into the network’s performance from the customer’s point of view, helping operators plan for improve connectivity and 4G coverage for their customers.source: Real Wire and Tutelalast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Telecom firm; MTN Uganda has announced today being the deadline and closure of registration for its 14th annual MTN Kampala Marathon. Registration is at its tail-end as participants have been given till 6p.m to ensure they participate in the biggest sporting event in Uganda.The sporting event is set to take place on Sunday, 19th November, at the Kololo Independence Grounds. As we have been mentioning before in our previous posts, MTN had a change in this year’s event, as participants will choose where their donations/proceedings will go to, in other words running for two different causes – either to Improve Komamboga and Kiswa Maternal Health Centers or Reduce Child Exposure to Cancer by replacing cancer causing asbestos roofing in 20 Kampala Schools.“We have seen people who have registered to run towards improving maternal health in Kiswa and Komamboga health centers and also replacing cancer-causing asbestos roofing in some schools,” Valery Oketcho, the Corporate Communications Manager at MTN Uganda said in a press statement. – Advertisement – The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) has already confirmed that the routes have been secured.“There have been concerns about the ongoing road construction interrupting the running sessions. We have a team that is on a daily monitoring the proposed routes and ensuring that there are no obstacles. The assurance we have from KCCA is that on marathon day, the roads being constructed will be clear of obstacles that may hinder running,” Dominic Otuchet; President of the UAF confirmed in a media press briefing on Wednesday.Notably, the Marathon has attracted elite runners not only from Uganda but also from different parts of the world since it is certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).You can register from any of the places mentioned below not later than 6pm:Stanbic William Street Branch.Stanbic Garden City Branch.MTN HQ (Former BAT along Jinja road).MTN shop Lugogo.MTN shop Forest Mall.MTN shop Kampala Road.MTN shop Kyaggwe Road.MTN shop Victoria Mall Entebbe.All preparations have been made to ensure a successful MTN Kampala Marathon on Sunday, security, entertainment, refreshments, networking and so forth.[related-posts]Editor’s Note: MTN expects to confirm the total number of registered runners once the registration process has been closed.#RepresentYourCauselast_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust when you thought the only Aussies you’ve ever met, are either wandering about Earls Court, drinking lager, whilst telling extreme alpha-male jokes, or having punch-ups in the Walkabout, on the Embankment; I must now differ, Blog writes BEN KEITH (right). Like an explorer, I’ve actually gone out, and found some posh Aussies! Yes, such creatures are alive and well on our globe!!Thanks go to my pen-pal, bookie from Down Under, Rob Waterhouse (left) for yet another wonderful book he has sent me, from the other side of the World.I must tell you a funny story though, my dear Blog…I first met Rob, when he was staying in London, here on holiday, to attend his beloved Royal Ascot. Him and his son, Tom, had opened a hedging account, and as with many new clients, I thought it good manners, to touch base with them, and introduce/impose myself, at the first opportunity.So off I went, and we met at The Savoy, no less, for afternoon tea. As bookies do, we chatted about our luck, how business had been going, and the current state of the game.Next to Rob sat his wife. He introduced her. Her name was ‘Gai’.‘What do you do Gai?’, I asked.Rob remained silent.‘Oh, I train horses.’‘Oh right, how’s it going?’‘Not bad, thanks.’Anyway, at the end of our meeting, my parting gesture, was to wish Gai the very best of luck with her venture.On getting home, I actually looked her up online. Oh no, Blog. Oh no! She is the champion trainer of Australia, of all time, and has trained about a million Derby and Melbourne Cup winners!! I simply rested my forehead on the desk. I AM SO CLUELESS.Over and out, B xlast_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.Sunday 30 AugustRACING2-05 CurraghBeacon Rock 9/4 > 13/83.40 GoodwoodUnison 5/1 > 7/23.45 CurraghRockaway Valley 3/1 > 5/24.40 CorkBarnahash 20/1 > 10/14.55 YarmouthMezajy 6/1 > 7/25.05 BeverleySavannah Beau 6/1 > 100/30LIVE PREMIER LEAGUE1.30pm SKY21/20 Southampton 14/5 Norwich City 23/10 DRAW4pm SKY12/5 Swansea City 5/4 Man Utd 23/10 DRAWBOTH GAMES – UNDER OR OVER 5.5 GOALS ?4/6 UNDER 6/5 OVER(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.edu Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu Rice University experts available to comment on Mexican electionsMexicans face a distinct choice between the right and the left, Baker Institute experts say HOUSTON – (June 29, 2012) – Mexican voters go to the polls Sunday to choose a new president. Two newly appointed experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy can speak about the elections from a variety of perspectives:Tony Payan, Baker Institute scholar for immigration studies and associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso. He also holds an appointment at Universidad Autónoma de Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy. His research focuses on drug violence in northeastern Mexico.Payan’s points:“This Sunday, Mexicans will choose between the right and the left. The right is represented this time not by the National Action Party (PAN), which has governed Mexico for the last 12 years, but by the PRI, the old authoritarian party, with an extremely pragmatic bent whose only interest is the raw exercise of power with all its privileges, and the left by the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), with Andrés López Obrador, the losing candidate of the 2006 elections, as the candidate. If the PRI manages to win, as the polls appear to show, this will represent a return to the old ways of governing in Mexico, a resurgence of authoritarian politics with a right-leaning management of the economy.”“As for the U.S.-Mexico relationship, this too represents a change. Nothing should be different with the PRI, although the American agenda is likely to have to go stealth, after having been out in the open for nearly 12 years. But everything is up for grabs and new understandings if the left were to come to power. The relationship will continue but the current mode (?) of collaboration will not. Important adjustments have to be made: On binational trade, immigration, drug enforcement, diplomacy, the role of American agents on Mexican soil and other goodies that will make for a number of uncomfortable meetings between the best of the State Department and the new Mexican government.”Jones’ points:“While some have argued that the Mexican presidential candidates’ shift from a counter-drug to a counter-violence strategy in Mexico could hurt U.S.-Mexico cooperation on the ‘drug war,’ I argue that the shift is largely rhetorical and is compatible with U.S. security policy.” For more on Jones’ point, see his recent Baker Institute blog post, “A new anti-drug strategy in Mexico?”   The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Payan or Jones. For more information, contact Jeff Falk at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Related materials: Payan biography: http://faculty.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=42697Jones biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/njonesFounded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog AddThislast_img read more

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first_imgA sponge formed from a solid wafer of silicon helps the material realize its potential to hold 10 times the amount of lithium ions than current materials used in rechargeable batteries. The material was developed by Rice University and Lockheed Martin. (Credit: Madhuri Thakur/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/07/BATTERY-2-WEB.jpgMicronwide pores in silicon give the material room to expand when soaking in lithium ions in a rechargeable battery, according to researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin. The scientists are developing the material to replace graphite as the anode in common batteries for commercial electronics and perhaps even electric vehicles. (Credit: Madhuri Thakur/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/07/BATTERY-6-WEB.jpgLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 Share1Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution photos appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduRice University, Lockheed Martin researchers extract multiple anodes from a single wafer for lithium-ion batteriesHOUSTON – (July 16, 2012) – Researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin reported this month that they’ve found a way to make multiple high-performance anodes from a single silicon wafer. The process uses simple silicon to replace graphite as an element in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, laying the groundwork for longer-lasting, more powerful batteries for such applications as commercial electronics and electric vehicles.The work led by Sibani Lisa Biswal, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice, and lead author Madhuri Thakur, a Rice research scientist, details the process by which Swiss cheese-like silicon “sponges” that store more than four times their weight in lithium can be electrochemically lifted off of wafers.The research was reported online this month in the American Chemical Society journal Chemistry of Materials.Silicon – one of the most common elements on Earth – is a candidate to replace graphite as the anode in batteries. In a previous advance by Biswal and her team, porous silicon was found to soak up 10 times more lithium than graphite.Because silicon expands as it absorbs lithium ions, the sponge-like configuration gives it room to grow internally without degrading the battery’s performance, the researchers reported. The promise that silicon sponges, with pores a micron wide and 12 microns deep, held for batteries was revealed in 2010 at Rice’s Buckyball Discovery Conference by Thakur, Biswal, their Rice colleague Michael Wong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, and Steven Sinsabaugh, a Lockheed Martin Fellow. But even then Thakur saw room for improvement as the solid silicon substrate served no purpose in absorbing lithium.In the new work, they discovered the electrochemical etching process used to create the pores can also separate the sponge from the substrate, which is then reused to make more sponges. The team noted that at least four films can be drawn from a standard 250-micron-thick wafer. Removing the sponge from the silicon substrate also eliminates a limiting factor to the amount of lithium that can be stored.The team also found a way to make the pores 50 microns deep. Once lifted from the wafer, the sponges, now open at the top and bottom, were enhanced for conductivity by soaking them in a conductive polymer binder, pyrolyzed polyacrylonitrile (PAN).The product was a tough film that could be attached to a current collector (in this case, a thin layer of titanium on copper) and placed in a battery configuration. The result was a working lithium-ion battery with a discharge capacity of 1,260 milliamp-hours per gram, a capability that should lead to batteries that last longer between charges.The researchers compared batteries using their film before and after the PAN-and-bake treatment. Before, the batteries started with a discharge capacity of 757 milliamp-hours per gram, dropped rapidly after the second charge-discharge cycle and failed completely by cycle 15. The treated film increased in discharge capacity over the first four cycles – typical for porous silicon, the researchers said – and the capacity remained consistent through 20 cycles.The researchers are investigating techniques that promise to vastly increase the number of charge-discharge cycles, a critical feature for commercial applications in which rechargeable batteries are expected to last for years.Co-authors of the paper are postdoctoral researcher Roderick Pernites, alumnus Naoki Nitta and Lockheed Martin researcher Mark Isaacson.The work was supported by the Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cm301376tRelated links:Biswal Lab: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~biswalabWong Research Group: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~wonglab/index.htmlImages for download:A Swiss cheese-like silicon sponge lifts off from a wafer in a process developed by researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin who hope to replace graphite anodes in lithium-ion batteries with a material that has a larger capacity for lithium. 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first_img Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/09/0918_FLOOD-1a-WEB-rb4k2z.jpgLauren Stadler. (Credit: Rice University) A Rice University graduate student collects floodwater after Tropical Storm Harvey. Rice scientists have won a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation to learn how contaminants move and settle in the environment and to design emergency-response technologies. Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionLauren StadlerThe results will inform the design and deployment of NEWT’s emergency-response treatment technologies to target specific contaminants. Alvarez said the prime goal will be to protect the city’s most vulnerable populations after a flood.“This survey will advance understanding of the risks of disease propagation following floods, find and characterize hot spots for pathogenic bacteria and toxic chemicals to inform remedial action selection and describe the dynamics of natural attenuation of these pollutants over the following year,” Alvarez said.Stadler said Rice professors will integrate their findings into their courses and develop teaching materials that will be made available to the public.-30-Read the grant abstract at www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1759457&HistoricalAwards=falseThis news release can be found online at news.rice.eduFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Lauren Stadler bio: http://ceve.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=2147485390George R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImage for download: Lauren Stadler Lauren Stadlercenter_img Share2Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNSF backs ‘rapid’ study of Harvey’s environmental wakeRice University civil and environmental engineers to analyze storm’s long-term impact HOUSTON – (Sept. 18, 2017) – Rice University scientists will research the short- and long-term impact of extreme flooding in and around Houston during Tropical Storm Harvey with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Return to article. Long DescriptionA Rice graduate student collects floodwater after Tropical Storm Harvey. Rice scientists have won a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation to learn how contaminants move and settle in the environment and to design emergency-response technologies. Photo by Jeff FitlowA project led by Lauren Stadler, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will take the long view as researchers study the mobilization of chemical and microbial contaminants and how long deposits may persist in impacted areas.The Rice team will compare Harvey data with studies from previous floods to learn general principles about how disease spreads in their aftermath. They will also look at how microbial communities change as a result of extreme flooding.The NSF approved a one-year, $200,000 Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant a week after Stadler applied for it. RAPID grants support research of natural disasters and unanticipated events for which time is a factor in gathering data.“The RAPID funding mechanism through NSF will enable us to collect time-sensitive and urgent data in the aftermath of Harvey,” Stadler said. “Our team is already on the ground collecting samples and preserving them for analysis.”Colleagues on the project include James Elliott, a professor of sociology and a fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research; Qilin Li, a Rice professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering; and Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, a professor of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering and director of the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT). http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/09/0918_FLOOD-2-WEB-2k39drm.jpgA Rice University graduate student collects floodwater after Tropical Storm Harvey. Rice scientists have won a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation to learn how contaminants move and settle in the environment and to design emergency-response technologies. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. A Rice University graduate student collects floodwater after Tropical Storm Harvey. Rice scientists have won a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation to learn how contaminants move and settle in the environment and to design emergency-response technologies. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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first_imgJasbir Singh Kalsi, 67, Bhupinder Kalsi, 61, and Devbir Kalsi, 33 are seen in a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office photo following their arrest on Sept 2, 2017 (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office) An adult son and his senior parents were arrested in Hillsborough County, Florida, on Saturday, Sept. 2, for beating and illegally confining the son’s wife.The son, 33-year-old Devbir Kalsi, had asked his parents to come to America from India to help “counsel and discipline” his wife, 33-year-old Silky Gaind, investigators told the Tampa Bay Times.The three foreign nationals were arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and remain in prison under $860,000 total bail requirement as well as a Nebbia hearing requirement that compels the accused to disclose the source of any bail money.Police said the parents traveled from India at their son’s request after he told them Gaind was being disobedient. Police learned of Gaind’s plight after she called her parents in India to tell them of the beatings. They then called authorities.Deputies told the Times Gaind was “badly beaten and bruised over her entire body” from beatings by her husband and his parents. The beatings were ongoing and happened over an extended period, they said. The father, 67-year-old Jasbir Singh Kalsi, is being held on $375,000 bail and has been charged with child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, harassing a witness, and false imprisonment, according to documents. While a public information officer was unavailable to answer questions when contacted by The Epoch Times, the booking report for the father noted in abbreviation “DOM VIOL KNIFE.”The son is being held on $375,000 bail also and is charged with felony battery, false imprisonment, harassing a witness, and child abuse.The mother, Bhupinder Kalsi, 61, is being held on $110,000 bail and is charged with battery domestic violence, and failing to report child abuse.When deputies arrived at the young couple’s home early Saturday morning, they confirmed people were inside, though no one answered after repeated knocks. Gaind eventually tried to open the door and screamed for deputies to save her and her child. A deputy then forced the door open before the son tried to push it closed. As the deputy began arresting him, he was confronted by the parents. According to an arrest report obtained by the Times, the son and his wife got into an argument on Friday night during which she was holding their child. He struck her “repeatedly and forcefully.” The parents began hitting her also after she attempted to defend herself.The child was inadvertently hit in the face before being put in a separate room. The father also threatened to stab her with a kitchen knife, according to the report.Deputies say the son later took his wife’s phone and dragged her to a different room where she was locked inside.The Sheriff’s office told the Times that Gaind and her 1-year-old child have been moved to a safe place. Share this article US Son Brings Parents From India to Help Beat Wife, Say Deputies By Matthew Little September 5, 2017 Updated: September 5, 2017center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more

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