MPs have shied away from banning the use of Taser

first_imgMPs have shied away from banning the use of Taser stun guns in psychiatric wards.The ban was proposed by the human rights campaign group Black Mental Health UK, and taken on by the Liberal Democrat MP and former care services minister Norman Lamb.Lamb proposed an amendment to the government’s policing and crime bill, which would have banned police officers from using electroshock weapons on psychiatric wards.He said he wanted to prompt a debate about the use of such weapons, which although they were described as “non-lethal”, have been linked to almost 10 deaths in the past 10 years.Lamb (pictured speaking in the debate) told fellow MPs, during the bill’s report stage: “I am delighted that the home secretary herself has said: ‘I have been hearing stories, for example, of Tasers having been used in mental health wards and you think, ‘Hang on a minute, what is happening here?’’He added: “That is what we should all be doing: we should be questioning whether that is appropriate.”Labour MP Kevan Jones backed Lamb’s amendment and said: “I can envisage no circumstances in which it would be necessary to use a Taser on a mental health ward.”The Conservative MP Charles Walker proposed his own amendment, which would mean that a police force would have to notify the home secretary within a week if it used a Taser on a psychiatric ward.He said: “[Norman Lamb] will argue, with great justification and passion, that Tasers should never be used on mental health wards.“My heart is with him, but my head says that there may be some highly-charged situations where a Taser needs to be used.”Walker also proposed an amendment which would mean that the home secretary would have to be notified within a week if police officers were deployed on a psychiatric ward.Walker said: “I know that Black Mental Health UK never wants to see police officers used on mental health wards, and I share that view, but there will always be occasions where that possibility remains.“When police are deployed on mental health wards, that information needs to be made available immediately.”The policing minister, Mike Penning, said: “As [Charles Walker] said earlier, my heart tells me that the use of a Taser within a secure mental health facility must be wrong, but my brain and my experience tell me that in exceptional circumstances – it must not be the norm – it could happen.”He added: “I understand the risks that [Norman Lamb] alluded to, but Tasers have saved lives.”Penning said that ministers would work with MPs to improve the recording and reporting of incidents involving police officers and Tasers on psychiatric wards, which he suggested would be a role for police and crime commissioners (PCCs).He said: “If we believe in and are aiming for localism, PCCs should know what is going on in their part of the world, and that information should be made available to the public and not left opaque.”None of the three amendments proposed by Lamb and Walker have been added to the bill, which will now be considered by the House of Lords.Matilda MacAttram, director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK), criticised Penning’s response to Lamb’s amendment.She said: “Police weaponry has no place in a clinical mental health setting.“Tasers were originally introduced as an alternative to guns, so that police officers had what is described as a ‘less lethal’ option available to them.“During the ongoing expansion of Tasers to frontline officers, mental health providers have drawn up clinical policy on their use in hospitals.“Tasering patients on locked psychiatric wards raises serious human rights concerns.“The United Nations (UN) Committee Against Torture (CAT) has stated that Taser X26 weapons provoke extreme pain, and constitute a form of torture.“There is little point in the UK being a signatory to UN treaties like the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, if the protections that they afford are not extended to the most vulnerable in our society.  “Minister Mike Penning’s response to the amendment Norman Lamb MP tabled for BMH UK for the ban of Tasers is not acceptable.“You do not monitor human rights abuses – you stop them, and as such the use of Tasers or the new phase of conductive electrical devices (CEDs), which will be introduced shortly, need to be banned in clinical mental health settings.”last_img read more

A petition calling for an inquiry into deaths link

first_imgA petition calling for an inquiry into deaths linked to the actions of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has secured the support of more than 20,000 people in less than two weeks.By thismorning (Thursday), more than 22,000 people had signed the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, more than a fifth of the way to thetarget of 100,000 which should ensure it is debated in the House of Commons.The LiberalDemocrats added their support this week, with their disabled president,Baroness [Sal] Brinton, signing the petition and confirming that she backedeach of its key demands, following similar support last week from theGreen party.But there isstill a lingering question over the commitment of the Labour party to thepetition.Despitebacking it on Twitter, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha deCordova, has yet to make a statement on its demands, 10 days after DisabilityNews Service first asked her to comment.The petitionwants to see any evidence of criminal misconduct by ministers or civil servantsthat is produced by the inquiry to be passed to police.It alsocalls for MPs to recognise DWP as “institutionally disablist and not fit forpurpose”, and to push DWP to introduce urgent changes to make the safety of allclaimants a priority.Jodey Whiting,who had a long history of mental distress, had her out-of-work disabilitybenefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment when she wasseriously ill, and took her own life just 15 days later.DWP failedfive times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to hersuicide in February 2017, an independent investigation foundlast month.BaronessBrinton said: “What happened to Jodey Whiting was incredibly tragic and shouldnever have happened.“However, weare continually hearing of other worrying tales of how disabled people arebeing treated by the Department for Work and Pensions and we must see actiontaken by the Conservatives to guarantee wholescale reform of the system. “They mustact to ensure that a tragedy such as Jodey’s never happens again.”Meanwhile, freshevidence has emerged this week that DWP is not fit purpose.A report from the Demos think tank has concluded that disabled people havelost all faith in DWP, with only 19 per cent trusting jobcentre staff to treatthem fairly.And a report by the National Audit Office(NAO) concludedtoday (Thursday) that DWP still has “limited evidence of what works when itcomes to supporting disabled people to work”.Christine Jardine, DWP spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, said theNAO findings “simply addto the mounting stack of evidence showing that the DWP is not fit for purpose”while de Cordova said the government had “bitterly failed to support disabledpeople into employment”.last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Satur

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Saturday’s trip to Leeds Rhinos.Gary Wheeler returns to the side after successfully coming through the Reserves’ win over Quins last week.Although named in the squad, Tony Puletua and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook are both serious doubts for the match.Shaun Magennis and Andrew Dixon are therefore on stand-by.Royce Simmons’ 19-man squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell.Brian McDermott, Leeds’ Head Coach, will choose from:1. Brent Webb, 2. Lee Smith, 4. Keith Senior, 5. Ryan Hall, 7. Rob Burrow, 9. Danny Buderus, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 14. Ali Lauitiiti, 15. Ben Cross, 17. Ian Kirke, 18. Luke Burgess, 19. Kallum Watkins, 20, Weller Hauraki, 21. Chris Clarkson, 22. Jay Pitts, 24. Paul McShane, **. Zak Hardaker.The match kicks off at 5.45pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Stats:Last ten meetings:Leeds 32 St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10)(at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Leeds 28 St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)St Helens 41 Leeds 20 (SLR12, 24/4/10)Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLGF, 10/10/09)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLR26, 4/9/09)Leeds 18 St Helens 22 (CCR4, 5/4/09)St Helens 26 Leeds 18 (SLR6, 20/3/09)Leeds 24 St Helens 16 (SLGF, 4/10/08)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 38 Leeds 10 (SLQSF, 19/9/08)Leeds 16 St Helens 26 (CCSF, 26/7/08)(at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Super League summary:Leeds won 22 (includes wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009 Grand Finals; 1998 and 2005 play-offs)St Helens won 23 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)last_img read more

Matchday prices are£22 for Adults£15 for Concessi

first_imgMatchday prices are:£22 for Adults£15 for Concessions*£12 for Juniors 16 and Under.* Concessions are Senior over 65, Students and Under 21s. Proof of Concession may be requested.The Away Clubs are allocated in the Western Terrace but upgrades to the seated areas are available via our Transfer Windows which are next to the club shop and are priced at:£3 for Paddock seating£7 for Main Stand and Carnegie Wing seating£10 for Carnegie Centre seatingEach of these areas are subject to availability on match night.Ticket CollectionsThe Ticket Collection Point is located on St. Michaels Lane. Tickets can be collected from 5pm. Before this time all collections are via the Club Shop.Entry into the Stadium on Match NightTurnstiles open three hours prior to kick off and away fans can use the St Michaels Lane and Kirkstall Lane turnstiles.Yorkshire CricketYorkshire Cricket 4 Day/Night match against Surrey. (4th Day)As well as the Rhinos v Saints game, anyone who arrives early will be able to watch the Day/Night cricket match between Yorkshire Cricket and Surrey. Rugby Fans can watch the cricket from the Main Stand cricket side when they arrive before kick-off for the Rugby.The cricket is due to start at 2pm and finish at 9pm. This is subject to both the weather and the score.Match Day Programmes Programmes are priced at £3.Programme sellers are located around the ground. You can also purchase them from the Club Shop or Ticket Office.Match Day ParkingUnfortunately, we are unable to offer car parking to the general public on site on match days. Street parking is available around the stadium, however, please be aware that some of the streets are permit holders only.Disabled ParkingWe have a limited amount of disabled parking available in advance of the game but this is subject to availabilityCoach ParkingAll coach parking is available on St Michaels Lane (near the allotments, there is no access via the railway bridge on St. Michaels Lane for coaches). A map of the best route to the coach parking can be obtained by contacting the Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315Food and Drink at the StadiumThere are concession vans around the ground but if a fan would like a sit-down meal there is the Carnegie Café bar which is located at the back of the Carnegie Stand on the lower floor.The closest bars for away fans will be the Ronnie bar and the Main stand bar which overlooks the cricket pitch, these are located in the Main Stand. There is also a bar under the cricket west stand which is on route to the score board end of the rugby pitch when entering from Kirkstall Lane Turnstiles.last_img read more

He was 70 years of ageTo a generation of supporte

first_imgHe was 70 years of age.To a generation of supporters he was the voice of St. Helens rugby league – one of our own, seemingly plucked from the very bowels of the ‘Scaff’ [actually, his original gaff was the Best Stand Paddock] whose commentaries were what every dyed-in-the-wool Saints’ fans wanted to hear.Let’s face it … he was irresistibly parochial; one-eyed; ribald; irreverent and positively bled red and white! His good friend and fellow bus driver Vernon Roby once christened him ‘Ronnie Beep’ as he was prone to utter the occasional profanity and thought that it might be a problem for him in the heat of a Saints-Wigan derby!For well over a decade, you could hear his distinctive tones in every self-respecting pub and club in the town the week after the match. At the end of the day, it was always his love and enjoyment of the game that he portrayed with such infectious enthusiasm and an often wicked – yet never demeaning – sense of humour.He was a real one off, a larger-than-life character, with his wit and banter honed by years of driving buses around the St. Helens and the Merseyside region.Ron began his stint with the microphone in the mid-1980s, with Brian Peers on camera and continued well into the new millennium. His commentaries highlighted an era when the Saints tried desperately to get one over on their deadly rivals from the other side of Billinge Lump.Ron loved those derby clashes against the dreaded foe, the ‘Pie Eaters’ of Wigan: akin to gunfights at the OK Coral, where only the toughest survived, with huge, baying crowds at Knowsley Road and Central Park. Great players too. The wizardry of Shane Cooper; the jack-rabbit running of Neil Holding; the power and defiance of Chris Arkwright; the pace of Barry Ledger and such redoubtable warriors as Bernard Dwyer, Kevin Ward and the redoubtable Jarrod McCracken, who were all quite capable of giving their opponents what Ron invariably called ‘a real Sister Duffy’!He talked our language, and we adopted such catchphrases for our own use on the terraces.“I try to put some humour into the broadcast. Some love it…some hate it….but that’s life! Being involved with the coaches, players and backroom staff at St. Helens on match days and, hopefully, giving the public entertainment gives me great pleasure.”His most talked about ‘They think it’s all over’ moment came in a relatively nondescript game against Hull at Knowsley Road, on a cold, dank night in February 1991.Ron took up the story: “We were getting beaten with just seconds to go when the ball came out to Les Quirk on his own ‘25’. He skirted the touchline, past scrum half Entat’s attempted tackle and scored us the try which won the match. I described the try as one of ‘orgasmic proportions.’ What I meant to say was that it was the ultimate climax to a great game.”Needless to say, Ron’s description of that marvellous four-pointer is forever enshrined in the folklore of St.Helens R.F.C!Despite Ron’s apparent bias towards his hometown club, he always had a glint in his eye and, at the end of the day, it was only, really, a game of rugby league! Wasn’t it?Ron was also a keen collector of programmes and other Saints-related memorabilia and was, for many years, a familiar face at the various programme fairs.We send our condolences to his wife, Chris [they were married in 1979] and daughters Anne and Pam, plus a grand-daughter, as well as sisters Val and Win and Son in Law Dave.Written by Alex Servicelast_img read more

He was 73Geoff played 365 games for the club sco

first_imgHe was 73.Geoff played 365 games for the club, scoring close to 1,400 points, and became the first ever player to win the Lance Todd and Harry Sunderland trophies to go alongside an impressive haul of medals in the red vee.Everyone at the club is saddened by his loss and sends their sympathies to Geoff’s family and friends.We will post longer and fitting tribute to Geoff over the coming days.last_img

Filmmakers enter contest to help bring back Hollywood East

first_img Both Hannah Black and Megan Petersen put their heart and soul into their project,”Drought.”After more than two years of planning, their film idea is in the running.“There’s a movement happening in Wilmington with not only us, but tons of other film makers coming together and rallying together and trying to create wonderful film that tells amazing stories,” Black said.Related Article: First movie filmed in Wilmington released 35 years agoWith their story, they hope to raise awareness not only to the Wilmington film industry, but autism. A main character in the film is on the autism spectrum.“I was a teacher here in town and I worked with children on the autism spectrum and they are the most amazing kids in the world and I still think about them to this day and I was really inspired by the gifts that they brought into classroom and to the world in general,” Black said.Black and Petersen need the communities support to help make their dream a reality. To revive sustainable films and jobs back to the area.“If we win this national competition Wilmington is highlighted,”co-creator and producer Megan Petersen said.Peterson said film is still alive here and wants to prove people who think it is not, wrong.“If our community has a chance to rally together which is a part of what this competition is we can bring film back here. It’s still here, but we don’t have the opportunities,” Black said.Win or lose, Black and Peterson are making the film no matter what.They have until October 13th to have people follow their campaign and gain enough support to be in the top ten. For more information on the project, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two women have entered a competition, hoping to bring back the spotlight and show how much Wilmington still has to offer the film industry.“If we were to win this competition, it would not only change our lives, but I think it would really change Wilmington and a lot of peoples lives who live here,” co-creator and writer Hannah Black said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Suspect in Trooper Conners murder charged in unrelated murder

first_img It happened in the Green Acres community.Askew appeared in Superior court Thursday morning where he was served with a copy of the indictment.Superior Court Judge Frank Jones ordered that the defendant be held without bond and appointed attorney Kevin Peters to represent him.Related Article: Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probeAttorney Peters also represents the defendant in the unrelated murder case involving Trooper Conner.Because the defendant was under 18 at the time of this incident this case is not eligible for the death penalty.However, the court has previously ruled that Trooper Conner’s case does qualify for the imposition of the death penalty and the State is proceeding forward. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One of the suspects charged in the murder of NC Trooper Kevin Conner has been indicted in a murder dating back to 2016.According to a news release from the Columbus County District Attorney’s Office, Chauncy Askew is charged with first degree murder in the shooting of Jerome Parrott on June 21, 2016.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington revitalized after Florence

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper called Wilmington “a great place to be” during a visit to survey Hurricane Florence recovery efforts Tuesday.Gov. Cooper says at least once a week, he tries to visit a county hit by Florence.- Advertisement – “We need to send the message across the state and the country that Wilmington is open for business, that it is recovering from this hurricane, and this is a place to take your vacation, and come and shop,” Cooper said.After making the keynote speech at the Downtown Economic Series Luncheon at the Wilmington Convention Center, Gov. Cooper toured the area to survey hurricane recovery efforts.“Sometimes when a storm hits, people have this picture in their mind of something that is destroyed, and ‘I don’t want to go there.’ That’s not what’s happened with Wilmington,” Cooper said.Related Article: Brunswick County offices re-opening Monday; some offices relocatingThe governor visited downtown businesses damaged by the storm, like Port City Java and Swahili Coast. Swahili Coast owner Caroline Fisher says she thinks downtown business has bounced back over the last six months.“The recovery effort is coming along, to say the least. We just feel really grateful that we’re still here and we’re still open,” Fisher said.Cooper then headed to UNCW, where Chancellor Jose Sartarelli gave him a tour of campus.One stop on the tour was new modular classrooms, which had to be installed after Florence destroyed Dobo Hall.“That was a very impressive feat, to move all of that equipment from the building that had been destroyed, and put it in these mobile labs,” Cooper said.While at UNCW, Gov. Cooper discussed other recovery issues. He says a plan is being created to elevate areas of I-40 that flooded during Florence.The governor says affordable housing was an problem before the hurricane, but Florence put a magnifying glass on the issue.“We’re pushing efforts as hard as we can to get people back into their homes with the STEP Program. But also working with public private partnerships to get more homes built and more public housing,” Cooper said.One of those partnerships is with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. The STEP Program provides repairs to homes to get them fixed up enough for families to move in.last_img read more

Widow of fallen North Carolina trooper receives replica badge

first_img(Photo: NC Highway Patrol) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The widow of a fallen state trooper who has been searching for the badge once worn by her husband that was stolen during a recent trip to the Leland Walmart received something special Thursday.North Carolina Highway Patrol says 98-year-old Margaret Padgett’s wallet was recently stolen out of her shopping cart which carried a patrolman badge once worn by her husband, Paul Winifred Smith. A WWII decorated war hero, Smith joined the Patrol in 1947 and was assigned to Stanley County. Shortly after reporting, he was involved in a single vehicle collision in 1948 where he succumbed to his injuries.- Advertisement – Since his untimely death, Margaret carried his shirt badge with her, in honor of her fallen husband and his service to North Carolina.Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr. along with Major Daryl Conley presented Padgett with a replica badge Thursday in an attempt to offer closure while the search for the original badge continues. An inscription on both the original and replica badge reflects “Paul W. Smith EOW 05-27-48”.Authorities from the Leland Police Department and the State Highway Patrol are requesting your help in locating the original badge.Related Article: DINK FOR PINK: Pickleball players raise paddles to fight breast cancerAnyone with information can contact Leland P.D. or their local State Highway Patrol office.last_img read more

Summly Teenager launches topselling news app

first_imgNick D’Aloisio took time off school to develop the Summly smartphone app Advertisement Nick D’Aloisio took time off school to develop the Summly smartphone appA smartphone app which provides summaries of news stories soared to number nine in Apple’s app store just two hours after its release in the US.The app, called Summly, was designed by 17-year-old Londoner Nick D’Aloisio, and has received more than $1m in funding from investors.High-profile supporters include Stephen Fry, Tech City CEO Joanna Shields and Newscorp owner Rupert Murdoch. – Advertisement – However some early reviewers have described the app as “confusing”.“Navigation unclear,” wrote Oliver Devereux on the app store’s review page, while another described it as “quite unintuitive”.But the app is still rating an average score of four out of five possible stars from users overall.Mr D’Aloisio took time off school to develop his idea for a smartphone application that offers summaries of existing news stories published on the net.The free-to-download app uses algorithms to process news stories into summaries which users can then swipe to see in full if they wish.“We worked hard on an interface that looks like nothing else on iPhone,” he told the BBC.“We merged algorithm with beautiful design. It’s summarising thousands of articles every minute.”‘Big visions’Mr D’Aloisio, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Thursday, has appointed Bart Swanson, who oversaw the roll-out of retailer Amazon in Europe, to chair the company behind Summly.“I see big visions for the company longer term,” the teenager said.“We can really become the de-facto format for news on mobile. People are not scrolling through 1,000-word articles – they want snack-sized information.”In the longer term Mr D’Aloisio would like to see users make micro-payments to read some stories in full should they choose to view the entire article.“Traditionally publishers have been confined to a paywall system,” he said. “You can either give away the headline or the full article. But we can really sell the summary level.”Mr D’Aloisio now intends to finish his education and go to university – but he also wants to remain involved in the company.“I’m going to do my best to stay, I’m the founder and it’s my vision and I want to see that through,” he said.last_img read more

Makerere University to design smartphones

first_imgAdvertisement Makerere’s Main BuildingAFTER successfully launching its electric vehicle (Kiira EV) last year, Makerere University has again embarked on another ground-breaking research to develop a mobile phone, the first to be made locally, according to The New Vision.The smartphone, to be known as the Pearl, is one of over a dozen technological innovations currently on-going at the university’s college of technology and funded by the Government to the tune of sh154b ($59.8m).Cosmas Mwikirize, the project’s assistant principal investigator, said unlike most smart phones on the market today, the Pearl will be of high-tech with intelligent features like GPS tracking, data analysis and biometric security. – Advertisement – Other features will include a ‘mobile weather station’, which will integrate temperature and humidity sensors to monitor and reveal different weather patterns at any given location.“We completed the design late last year. The prototype will be out in June,” Mwikirize told the newspaper.The university intends to start mass production of smart mobile phones after the prototype.“Uganda, like most of the other African nations, has always been a consuming country for foreign technologies. We want to prove that these things can also be done here,” Mwikirize said.Besides Mwikirize, there are six undergraduate students of electrical and computer engineering working on the smart phone.He identified them as Simon Lubambo, Epirus Kuhimbisa, Peter Mugenyi, Patience Bataringaya, Paul Buchana, and Agatha Turyagyenda.Earlier during the graduation ceremony, the vice-chancellor, Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu, said the college of technology had received over sh1b additional grants from different development partners in the past year.The funding, he explained, would enable the college to complete the development of the smart phone and other projects like the Kayoola electric solar bus for city transport.Before the vehicles, the college first developed online laboratories (i-labs) in 2009, which attracted President Yoweri Museveni’s support to increase funding for technological innovations at the university.With i-labs, lecturers and students can conduct scientific research online, which reduces expenses on physical equipment.Ddumba asked the Government to increase funding to the university to avert problems like low staff morale and high turn-over due to poor pay, non-functional laboratories, overcrowded lecture rooms and to clear the pension arrears of sh12b.Credit: New Visionlast_img read more


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STAR PREVIEW Middlesbrough v Everton

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Capital One Cup has reached the quarter final stage and the Sky cameras are at the Riverside tonight for Middlesbrough v Everton.The hosts have a good cup record in recent years but don’t seem to relish Wembley finals. They certainly got stage-fright last season when beaten by Norwich in the Championship play off final.Boro are playing well in the Championship again this season under the management of Aitor Karanka and are currently in second place having won four from their last five games. They have been particularly strong in defence and only conceded two goals in nine home games, of which they have won seven.Karanka expects to have a full strength side to choose from.Everton’s three defeats this season have all come against top flight sides: Man City, Man U and Everton and have easier looking tasks (on paper) for their next few fixtures which could see them climb higher than their current Premier League position of 9th.Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “In this competition I don’t think divisional status gives you a benefit. You need to be ready for the game with a clear understanding of how to perform. Clearly the mentality in our camp is to be ready – we can’t not be ready after the feeling at the weekend [drew 3-3 at Bournemouth].”James McCarthy (groin) and Gareth Barry (shin) are both subject to late fitness checks for Everton.Middlesbrough v EvertonCapital One Cup Quarter-Final19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2009 FA CUP Everton 2-1 MiddlesbroDec 2008 PREMIER Middlesbro 0-1 EvertonNov 2008 PREMIER Everton 1-1 MiddlesbroJan 2008 PREMIER Middlesbro 0-2 EvertonSep 2007 PREMIER Everton 2-0 MiddlesbroDec 2006 PREMIERSHIP Everton 0-0 MiddlesbroOct 2006 PREMIERSHIP Middlesbro 2-1 EvertonApr 2006 PREMIERSHIP Middlesbro 0-1 EvertonNov 2005 PREMIERSHIP Everton 1-0 MiddlesbroOct 2005 CARLING CUP Everton 0-1 MiddlesbroMarginal preference to Boro at around 9/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK MIDDLESBROUGH for 7 points at around 9/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 99.31 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 7 DecemberRACING2.10 ChelmsfordDismantle 7/2 > 5/22.20 MusselburghMountain Fighter 5/1 > 11/43.40 ChelmsfordMythical Madness 6/1 > 100/304.10 ChelmsfordVale Of Iron 18/1 > 8/1LIVE FOOTBALLFA Cup 2nd Round19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD7/5 Grimsby Town 2/1 Shrewsbury Town 23/10 DRAWPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD21/20 Everton 11/4 Crystal Palace 13/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

£50 FREE BET Chelsea v Spurs

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STARTERS ORDERS Saturday 9 February

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Will he run

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduWill he run?Rice political scientist available to discuss Christie’s possible candidacy for presidentWill he or won’t he? The political world is abuzz as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie contemplates a run for president. Rice University political scientist Paul Brace is available to comment on how a Christie candidacy would shake up the field of GOP contenders, and how the other candidates will fare if he chooses not to run.“The Republican contest has a vacuum — it has wounded some candidates and produced no clear frontrunner,” Brace said. “Political contests, like nature, abhor vacuums. This has fueled intense interest in Christie. As rumors fly, it is reasonable to wonder if it is Christie, or the vacuum, that is driving this speculation.”Brace is the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science at Rice. He has published research in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly and other journals. He is co-author of “Follow the Leader: Opinion Polls and the Modern Presidents,” author of “State Government and Economic Performance” and co-editor of “The Presidency in American Politics” and “American State and Local Politics.”To schedule an interview with Brace, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations representative at Rice, at, 713-348-6777 or 217-417-2901.-30-Related materials:Paul Brace bio: AddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute expert available to comment on Kerrys upcoming Mexico visit

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert available to comment on Kerry’s upcoming Mexico visitPayan: US-Mexico relationship more focused on the North American economic agendaHOUSTON – (May 14, 2014) – Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to be in Mexico City May 21-22 for talks on trade, education and security. Under new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration, the U.S.-Mexico relationship has become more focused on the North American economic agenda, according to Tony Payan, a fellow for Mexico studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center.TONY PAYANThe Baker Institute is hosting Kerry’s Mexican counterpart, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena, for a special discussion today. Payan is available to comment on Kerry’s and Kuribrena’s respective visits.“The Pena administration in Mexico learned some important lessons on managing the U.S.-Mexico relationship from the previous Calderon administration,” Payan said. “This relationship is considerably less focused on security and more focused on the North American economic agenda.“Kerry’s visit to Mexico is likely to serve as an in-depth conversation on the finer details of the new relationship, the depth and extent of cooperation, the Mexican economic agenda and Mexico’s insertion on the larger U.S. trade conversations in Europe and the Pacific, in addition to the usual topics related to security, immigration and the border,” Payan said. “Pena has managed to send the message that the agenda cannot be focused exclusively on security issues and the binational dialogue must be expanded to include a broader and more general range of topics. This visit, in other words, is likely to work out some of the finer details of this new relationship.”In addition to being a Baker Institute fellow, Payan is an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso and serves on the graduate faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His area of study is international relations, with an emphasis on U.S. and Mexican foreign policy and U.S.-Mexico relations. He is the author of “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security” and other books.The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Payan. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Payan biography: Institute Mexico Center: in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more

Trump Announces Critical Breakthrough in Fight Against ISIS

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that the Syrian city of Raqqa has been liberated from ISIS.“I am pleased to announce that the Syrian Democratic Forces, our partners in the fight against ISIS in Syria, have successfully recaptured Raqqah,” Trump said in a statement. “Together, our forces have liberated the entire city from ISIS control.”Trump said in his statement that defeating ISIS and countering the spread of its hateful ideology was one of his core campaign promises.“We have made, alongside our coalition partners, more progress against these evil terrorists in the past several months than in the past several years,” he said.Trump praised America’s coalition partners for “the sacrifices they have made in this noble effort.”The loss of Raqqa is a major blow to the terrorist group, which had declared the city as the capital of its so-called caliphate. Raqqa was the group’s last major stronghold, following its recent loss of Mosul in Iraq. The terrorist group is now being pushed into the Euphrates River Valley, and its self-proclaimed state is ending.According to Drew Berquist, a former intelligence officer and editor-in-chief of OpsLens, ISIS was well aware that “these two capitals would fall and they needed to branch out.” The terror group had sent members into Libya, Yemen, other parts of Africa, and Europe.For ISIS, being pushed out of Raqqa and Mosul means “they’re going to have less funds coming in, less command and control infrastructure,” said Berquist. He added that it also “crushes their will,” and this will likely weaken their resolve to fight in the region.This may not be absolute, however. According to Robert J. Bunker, adjunct research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute at U.S. Army War College, “The caliphate is literally being torn to shreds—but ISIS will wear it like a martyr’s shroud for ongoing propaganda and recruitment purposes.”ISIS will have “bragging rights,” he said, that it took a coalition of nations and factions backed by the United States and Russia to topple their regime, and they’ll likely use this to recruit terrorists.Bunker noted, as did Berquist, that ISIS had “seen their territorial demise coming and have been physically and ideologically planning for it.” Bunker said this may mean that the group was moving personnel and financial resources out of the region with this in mind.Bunker said that ISIS may go underground, taking the form of an insurgency in Syria and Iraq, and try to launch terrorist attacks against the West while looking for regions with weak governments where it can again establish control.He added, however, that the U.S. military will likely continue to fight ISIS wherever it tries to take power. He said, “The U.S. will follow them—unless, of course, Russia or some other regional power has allies in the area and they go after ISIS themselves.”Examples of this were already seen on Oct. 16, when the Pentagon’s DoD News reported that U.S. forces had killed “dozens of ISIS members” during strikes on ISIS training camps in Yemen, coordinated with the Yemeni government. The report noted that “Yemen has been a hub for terrorist recruiting, training, and transit.”The eventual collapse of the ISIS “caliphate” was inevitable, according to Max Abrahms, professor of political science at Northeastern University.Abrahms, who has dedicated much of his research to studying the methods used by terrorist organizations and political regimes, says the use of violence against civilian populations is a fast track to self-destruction.Since ISIS—also called the Islamic State—declared its caliphate in 2014, Abrahms said, “I predicted hundreds and hundreds of times the implosion of the Islamic State, because this is a group that behaves in a manner that will doom a militant group.”He noted that many think tanks have been proven wrong in their analysis of ISIS, as some said its use of violence against civilians, its propaganda videos with gory violence, and its strict and brutal methods of control were deemed as strategic.“The think tank community was so slow to figure out what was going on,” he said. “The problem is not just that Islamic State used violence—many militant groups use violence. The problem is that Islamic State didn’t know how to use violence.”“It just tried to kill anybody, all over the world. And this basically united the world against the group,” Abrahms said. “But the think tank community, for years, since June 2014, has been lauding every decision of Islamic State as strategic. Groups that use violence in this fashion have historically paid a steep price.”The defeat of ISIS was accelerated under the Trump administration, which removed red tape from the battlefield and established a clear mission to kill terrorists. Defense Secretary Gen. Jim Mattis said in May that the United States had switched to “annihilation tactics” against ISIS, and that “our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return” to their home countries.Vice President Mike Pence said during an Oct. 13 press conference that “thanks to the president’s leadership, ISIS is on the run.” Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert Share this article Trump Announces ‘Critical Breakthrough’ in Fight Against ISIS By Jasper Fakkert and Joshua Philipp October 21, 2017 Updated: October 22, 2017 Paratroopers engage ISIS terrorists with precise and strategically placed artillery fire in support of Iraqi and Peshmerga fighters in Mosul, Iraq, on July 6, 2017. (Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Bigelow) center_img US News Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more