first_imgDisability hate crime campaigners have welcomed a judge’s decision to jail two members of police staff whose failures allowed the murder of a disabled man who had begged officers for protection.Avon and Somerset police constable Kevin Duffy and community support officer Andrew Passmore were jailed at Bristol Crown Court this week after being convicted of misconduct in public office.Duffy was jailed for 10 months, and Passmore for four months, as a result of their failures in dealing with Bijan Ebrahimi in the hours and days before his murder in 2013.Ebrahimi had repeatedly begged the police to protect him after he was threatened by his neighbour, 24-year-old Lee James.James claimed Ebrahimi was filming his daughters because he was a paedophile, when he was actually compiling evidence of anti-social behaviour by youngsters he thought had been vandalising his hanging baskets.Ebrahimi (pictured trying to persuade officers to take his concerns seriously) was beaten and kicked unconscious and then set alight by James, who lived just a few doors away in Capgrave Crescent, Brislington, on the edge of Bristol.James pleaded guilty to murder in 2013 and was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison.Steven Norley, who helped him set light to Ebrahimi’s body, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to assisting an offender.Simon Green, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said Duffy and Passmore had “completely failed to recognise that what Bijan was going through was hate crime and ignored it” and that they had “failed to take the actions that could have possibly saved his life”.He said he had reported disability hate crime himself and had been “ignored and treated as a nuisance” by police, while he had “heard many more horror stories” in his work as a campaigner.Green said: “Glad to say that more recently the vast majority of officers I come across do have a greater understanding and more awareness, but I am hoping the above sentences will make those less aware and who care less to step up and take action, no matter how they feel towards the victim.”Steven Brookes, another coordinator of the network, also welcomed the sentences.He said that Duffy and Passmore had been found to “have failed the victim in a massive way”, while the case showed that too many forces were “quite simply being appalling in their handling of cases relating to anything about disability through massive lack of awareness”, and were therefore guilty of institutional discrimination.After internal police disciplinary proceedings against 15 members of staff and officers are completed, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will publish two reports, one covering the events that took place in the weekend leading up to the murder in July 2013, and another examining “dozens” of contacts Ebrahimi had with the force over the preceding six years.It is believed that Ebrahimi, who was Iranian, had been subjected to a campaign of race- and disability-related harassment which forced him to move from his previous home.Campaigners have previously drawn comparisons between the case and the kind of multi-agency failings that led to the deaths of some of the most high-profile disability hate crime victims of recent years, such as Francecca Pilkington, David Askew and Steven Hoskin.last_img read more

first_imgA 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… Work and pensions ministers have received a humiliating dressing-down from the Commons speaker after their “unacceptable” failure to provide an accessible version of vital new universal credit papers to a disabled shadow minister.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had failed to provide the long-awaited managed migration draft regulations (see separate story) in an accessible format to Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people.Instead she was told she would have to wait four days to receive them.De Cordova (pictured) was not available to discuss her treatment this week, but she said on Twitter that it was “unacceptable” that she had been forced to wait to see the “vital” documents.MPs heard that she had had to make a series of phone calls to DWP civil servants to arrange for the document to be provided in a large-print format.Even then, DWP said it would only be able to provide the accessible version by tomorrow (Friday), four days after the draft regulations were published, although – following the case being highlighted – she eventually received them within a couple of days of the concerns being raised in the Commons.De Cordova’s Labour colleague, Valerie Vaz, the shadow leader of the Commons, raised concerns about DWP’s failure on Tuesday.Vaz told MPs that de Cordova had been “urgently seeking an accessible copy of the managed migration regulations”.She said: “After numerous calls to the department she’s finally been promised a copy on Friday.”Vaz said this was “unacceptable” and that an accessible version should have been made available “immediately from the moment of publication”.She said: “It is vital that we are representative of society as a whole, which means that such important government publications should be provided in an accessible form at publication and not take the best part of a working week to be provided.”The speaker, John Bercow, told MPs: “The resources available to ministers are very considerable and it is simply not acceptable that a member of parliament with a known additional need should not have that need as near as possible immediately satisfied.“This was an entirely predictable request and I hope that it will be not necessary for this matter to be aired again and I appreciate ministers nodding from a sedentary position on the front bench.”DWP yesterday (Wednesday) refused to answer a series of questions about its failure, including whether Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, would apologise to de Cordova, and what steps Newton was taking to ensure such a problem did not happen again.Instead of answering the questions, a DWP spokeswoman produced an 11-word statement, saying: “An accessible copy has been made available to Ms de Cordova.”last_img read more

first_img Tags: lost weekend video • mission street • New Mission Theater • video Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Lost Weekend Video has been operating for four months as a kiosk inside the lobby of the New Mission Theater, and its owners are now figuring out how to keep their longstanding movie rental business alive while appealing to a new clientele.“We have just been sort of struggling to get back on our feet,” said David Hawkins, one of Lost Weekend’s three founders.  The move, he said, wiped out the small business financially. “It was a super struggle to move a 20-year-old business even a block away.”For close to two decades, the video rental store was run out of a storefront at 1034 Valencia St. The space was regularly used to host comedy shows and to store some 25,000 to 30,000 VHS, DVD and Blu-ray titles.That collection still exists – with a majority of it now tucked away in a back room of the recently renovated Alamo Drafthouse’s New Mission Theater at 2550 Mission St. “We were basically doing tap dances on the sidewalk just to get people’s attention,” he said of Lost Weekend. To make ends meet, they hosted as many as four or five comedy shows a week to compensate for the declining demand for video rentals. “We weren’t going to survive there.” Burdened with increasing rents but more so the rapid rise of online video-streaming providers – “folks just don’t rent movies anymore,” Hawkins said with a shrug – Lost Weekend agreed to share space with the Alamo Drafthouse after the theater chain approached them last October.Hawkins said he views the merger as an opportunity for his antiquated business to figure out how to “restructure the renting concept.” As part of that experiment, Lost Weekend has expanded to selling T-shirts, books, posters and other film-oriented retail. The video store has also extended its hours of operation and rental periods. Figuring out what the millennials want, said Hawkins, is the store’s new challenge.“In general it is a younger crowd,” he said of the theater-goers. “Our original customer base has gotten older and older, because we are generally servicing people who don’t have technology, and those tend to be the older folks.”A few theater patrons browsing the shelves that form aisles in the New Mission’s lobby stopped to flip through DVD titles and inquire about Lost Weekend’s jukebox before disappearing into the theater’s dark screening room.While failing to rent any of his titles, Hawkins nonetheless took the opportunity to chat with the movie-goers queueing at the ticket booth next to his kiosk. He is optimistic that the video store’s new digs will generate renewed interest in renting movies. “We bring a little bit of not just the old neighborhood feel, but a little bit of grit – we kind of mess the place up a little bit,” he said of the Alamo. “It’s so pristine and beautiful and then we come in here in a more funky way.” Last year, the Alamo also purchased the almost four-decade-old archive of Le Video, another iconic video store that operated in the Sunset, though the plan to rent out Le Video’s 100,000 titles alongside Lost Weekend’s collection never came to fruition.“They were thinking about bringing all the video stores in town under one tent and creating one giant superstore,” said Hawkins, adding that Le Video’s owners were not interested in the partnership because they “wanted to close.” “Everybody thinks we are curating their video stock, and that is not the case. The thing is, there is not room for ours [at the Alamo] and they have probably twice as much as we do,” he said, adding that the collection may be made available to the public in the future. For now, Le Video’s titles are stored by the Alamo at an off-site location.Hawkins said that losing the “autonomy of having your own space” was difficult, but he acknowledged that the progress in technology made the move inevitable. 0%last_img read more

first_imgTICKETS are now on sale for Saints Super League XVIII Round 6 trip to Warrington Wolves.The match will kick off at 8pm on Friday March 8.Advanced prices for the West Stand are £19 for adults, £13 concessions (60 and over, students, juniors).The North Stand is priced ar £27.50 for adults and £18.50 for concessions.Junior Season Ticket Holders MUST swap their vouchers before they travel to Warrington.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or at the Saints Superstore online.last_img read more

first_imgFOLLOWING the success of the 2015 Magic Weekend, the Super League is delighted to announce that the 2016 event will be returning to St. James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22.Magic Weekend was first held in Newcastle earlier this year and more than 67,000 fans were in attendance across the course of the weekend – the highest ever for the two-day event.The fixtures for Magic Weekend 2016 have also been revealed, with your Saints taking on Huddersfield Giants on Sunday May 22 at 3.15pm.Speaking about the Magic Weekend, Saints Captain Jon Wilkin said: “Magic at Newcastle was a fantastic event last season and we are looking forward to being part of it again.“All the feedback from the weekend was positive and we really enjoyed not only playing in a fantastic venue but also in front of a really big traveling support.“Our matches with the Giants are always tight and close affairs and there’s no doubt this one will be the same.”Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors will be playing in a rematch of the 2015 First Utility Super League Grand Final in the closing game on Saturday evening. The Rhinos, who defeated the Warriors 22-20 at Old Trafford, will lock horns with Wigan for the fourth successive year at Magic Weekend at 7.00pm on Saturday May 21.Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings will kick the two-day Rugby League extravaganza off when they go head-to-head at 2.30pm. Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves will square off at 4.45pm before the Grand Final rematch brings the curtain down on an action-packed first day.Day two begins with Catalans Dragons and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at 1.00pm followed by Huddersfield Giants facing St Helens in the penultimate game of the weekend. Magic Weekend climaxes with one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes – the Hull derby – where the city’s bragging rights will be up for grabs between Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers.Super League General Manager Blake Solly said: “We’re delighted that Magic Weekend will be staged at Newcastle’s St James’ Park in 2016.“Magic Weekend this year was a huge success, where we had a record attendance for the weekend and for the Saturday. I would like to thank everyone in Newcastle for their support with the event and hopefully we can build on the brilliant success of 2015.”Leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, said: “It is great news for Newcastle that Super League Magic Weekend will be returning to St James’s Park. We look forward to once again welcoming the thousands of rugby league fans who thronged the city centre last year.“The Magic Weekend is a colourful, fun and family friendly event that is a pleasure to host. We will be making sure that this isn’t just about one ‘magic weekend’ by doing all we can to use the event to encourage young people in the city to get active and benefit from a lasting sporting legacy.”Tickets for the 2016 Magic Weekend at St. James’ Park, Newcastle, will be on sale shortly and day tickets are priced from £25 for adults and £12.50 for concessions. Weekend tickets are also available from £40 for adults and £20 for concessions.The 2016 Magic Weekend schedule is as follows: Saturday May 21 2.30pm – Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings 4.45pm – Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves 7.00pm – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors Sunday May 221.00pm – Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 3.15pm – Huddersfield Giants v St Helens 5.30pm – Hull FC v Hull Kingston Roverslast_img read more

first_img He’s already been fixed and is up to date on his shots.If you’d like to meet him and see if he would be perfect for your home, visit New Hanover County Animal Services.County residents can adopt for $70.Related Article: Pet Pals: Meet Max!Adoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; however, hours differ because of the Christmas and New Years holidays.To see other animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you’ve been thinking about adopting a four-legged friend into your family, there’s a young cat at New Hanover County Animal Services looking for a place to call home.He is an 8-month-old domestic shorthair with soft black fur. He’s described by shelter staff as playful, sweet and entertaining.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img What is this popular sport? Pickleball.Plans started back in November for the “House of Pickleball” facility, but work started in March on Kay Todd Road near Brunswick Forest.So far a lot of work was done and the roof is already in place.Related Article: DINK FOR PINK: Pickleball players raise paddles to fight breast cancerThis new facility is supposed to help serve up to 1,800 pickleball players in the area and it’s continuing to grow.The owner of the facility says now is the perfect time to get this started and Brunswick County is the perfect place for this.“It’s one of the hotbeds in the country,” Richard Holloman, “House of Pickleball” owner, said. “As you know, it’s one of the growingest counties in the country and there’s just a great demand for pickleball. We have a lot of retirees. We have even younger people playing pickleball. So we felt like it was the right time, it was the right place and we want to be able to pickleball, so anybody can play in at any time.”The facility will be available for anyone on all skill levels and should open by July of this year. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In Brunswick County there is a huge sport you may not know much about, but it is getting very popular.Now to meet the needs of thousands of players a new facility is under construction.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington-based company Untappd is now in some elite company.Inc. Magazine has put it on a very exclusive list of successful companies.- Advertisement – The app for rating beer was ranked in the top 150 in the nation on the 2018 Inc. Magazine list of fastest-growing businesses.It also took first place for businesses in North Carolina.The app is used by thousands of businesses worldwide letting people rate and recommend beers at restaurants. Businesses can then pay to use that data.Related Article: BMW adds nearly 185,000 vehicles to recall over fire risk“Just be in Wilmington and to be awarded something like that, based on all our hard work by the Untappd team and the support and community we’ve cultivated is really, really inspiring,” VP of Sales Brandon Walker said. “It definitely encourages to keep going, moving forward.”Walker says they hope to roll out even more services and get more businesses on board with the app.last_img read more

first_img SharePrint Moviment GraffittiMoviment Graffitti In a flurry of tents and to the cacophonous sound of beating drums, Moviment Graffitti has, early Thursday  morning, ‘beseiged’ the Planning Authority’s (PA) premises. The action was taken, according to the ENGO, “to denounce the authority’s besieging of our island with massive and useless fuel stations”. It said that in a country where the Prime Minister has announced an imminent changeover to electric car use, the approval of massive fuel stations jars.Moviment Graffitti complained that the current policy governing fuel stations has remained unchanged in spite of the submissions by the Environment and resource Authority’s submissions to government a year ago. “We are convinced that the failure to revise this policy is not due to carelessness or incompetence, but is deliberate and aimed at accommodating certain developers” said Moviment Graffitti. The ENGO said that there are currently 14 applications for ODZ fuel stations, with four of them approved already, and the others being processed, amounting to a size equal to five times the Floriana Granaries.MOviment Graffitti made what it called “three very basic demands”:Change the Fuel Service Station Policy to one that prohibits new or relocated fuel stations on ODZ, as per ERA’s directionPublish the revised Fuel Service Station Policy for public consultation, immediatelyProvide a short timeframe for the implementation of the revised policy after closure of the public consultation period. WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement YouTube is planing  to launch a music subscription service later this year, to allow people to listen to tracks online, and to possibly cut out the ads that precede each video for subscribers, according to Fortune. YouTube relies on selling banner ads on the site and running short clips before each video, giving a cut back to record companies.YouTube has released a statement that confirmed it was considering a subscription service, but noted that ads wouldn’t go away:“While we don’t comment on rumour or speculation, there are some content creators that think they would benefit from a subscription revenue stream in addition to ads, so we’re looking at that.”A proper subscription service is likely to provide higher fidelity tracks, and elevates YouTube to the same playing field as labels such as Warner Music which do rely on streaming revenue. Google already has partnerships with numerous music publishers. Last November, it struck up a deal with Armonia, one of the largest alliances of music publishers, giving it access to 5.5 million tracks across 35 countries. – Advertisement – In December, it rolled out a free “scan and match” feature that allows users to add up to 20,000 songs from their offline collections to the Google cloud and stream it to their devices on the go.  And in the larger scheme of things, the company might overlap its new subscription plans into its Google Play music service.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

first_imgThe pan has a central temperature gauge and a Bluetooth-equipped handle that, when it touches your phone, connects to the app. Advertisement Who has ever overcooked an egg, undercooked a chicken breast or totally massacred a seemingly benign grilled cheese sandwich?:raises hand:Pantelligent is an app-enhanced pan that alerts you when your food is perfectly cooked. – Advertisement – The pan has a central temperature gauge and a Bluetooth-equipped handle that, when it touches your phone, connects to the app. The activated app then shares helpful hints, for example, when the pan is hot enough to add oil or when your steak reaches a medium rare temperature.The app itself comes loaded with recipes, but it’s easy to make the pan work with your own creations. For example, you don’t need to make pancakes from scratch; even using a mix, the pan takes the guesswork out of wondering when you need to flip them.This has the potential to take a lot of frustration out of cooking. Now, assuming you enter the proper information in the app, your phone tells you how to cook your food without a meat thermometer, a taste test or even a cookbook.All you need to do is stock your fridge with something more than diet soda and gummy worms.[related-posts][Mashable]last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Brace yourselves! The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists(ICIJ), has announced that it will be dumping a second batch of documents regarding hundreds of thousands of offshore entities as part of its ongoing Panama Papers investigation on May 9th.The new release of documents will have basic corporate information on more than 200,000 offshore entities made available in a searchable database.The ICIJ clariffied that round two won’t include a “data dump” of the original documents or the large-scale release of personal data, it has said the next phase. – Advertisement – But it will likely be the largest ever release of secret offshore companies and the people behind them.The Panama Papers label refers to more than 11 million legal and financial records of the world’s power elite taken from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca.last_img read more

first_imgFILE – In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, Ethiopian soldiers try to stop protesters in Bishoftu, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Ethiopia on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, where her meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is expected to focus on the country’s newly declared state of emergency after months of protests demanding wider freedoms, and other issues including migration. (AP Photo, File) Advertisement QZ Africa reports that a state of emergency declared in Ethiopia last week is growing more draconian by the day. Posting updates on the current status of the country, hit by anti-government protests since last November, is now a crime, the government said over the weekend.Listening to Voice of America or German Radio has also been banned.“The military command will take action on those watching and posting on these social media outlets,” Siraj Fegessa, Ethiopia’s minister of defense, said on state television. Those who violate the terms of the state of emergency risk imprisonment of three to five years. – Advertisement – Under the state of emergency, all expressions or communication that could incite violence have been banned, including the now famous protest gesture of raised hands, crossed at the wrist.Source: QZ Africalast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Ugandan Technology Innovation and incubation hub, Hive Colab has partnered with Africa’s Talking Uganda, a mobile technology company to host a lecture on leveraging different mobile channels like SMS and USSD to increase customer engagement.Africa’s Talking Limited whose headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, targets to unlock the potential of mobile communication networks across Africa by simplifying the process and technologies required to exploit them.The company aims to build the best mobile technology systems that are scalable, robust, reliable, and cloud-based, enabling end users to interface directly with telecommunication service providers across the continent. – Advertisement – In the lecture slated to take place on Wednesday February 8th, 2017 at Hive Colab, Fabrice Romeo, Head of Sales and Marketing at Echo Mobile and Sam Gikandi, CEO of Africa’s Talking will be hosted to equip entrepreneurs with the knowledge of how they can use mobile channels to boost their customer engagement.Echo Mobile is a Kenyan firm that majors in building and deploying mobile-first communication, interaction, research and management information tools. It aims to empower organizations to make better, quicker decisions based on information instead of intuition.The 2.5 hour event will run from 4:00pm to 6:30pm and is free of charge for everyone who signs up. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided.At the event entrepreneurs and innovators will also learn about the different opportunities to start or grow your business from what both Echo Mobile and Africa’s Talking offer.Register for free here.last_img read more

first_imgAirtel Uganda was it’s first time to get on board for the CMS Africa Summit. Advertisement The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will hold its 59th Public Meeting in the Johannesburg Sandton Convention Center from 26th to 29th June, 2017 becoming the the tenth (10th) time an ICANN meeting will be held in Africa, a continent of great online potential. On the other hand the meeting also becomes ICANN second ever Policy Forum, which is focused on policy work and outreach.Hosted by the ZA Domain Name Authority, the meeting will bring together global and regional Internet stakeholders for four days, to develop policy related to the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).One of the highlight topics is the Key Signing Rollover (KSK Rollover). ICANN is in the process of performing a Root Zone DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) KSK Rollover to replace the top-level cryptographic keys used in DNSSEC, which will happen on the 11th October, 2017. – Advertisement – During the meeting there will also be a public presentation launching the final report which highlights the strengths and weaknesses in the Domain Name Service sector in Africa and develops recommendations on how to advance the industry to better utilize the opportunities available and address identified challenges.Another topic of interest is the Empowered Community. Through this mechanism, the global Internet community, through ICANN’s Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) can organize under California law to legally enforce community powers.ICANN meetings are an excellent opportunity for those interested in getting involved to learn how they can join and have an impact. There are important voices represented via different structures at ICANN from across the globe.Here in Africa, structures such as AFRALO, the home of individual Internet user community for the African region, African Government Advisory Committee representatives including South African Government, observer International Governmental Organizations like ATU, and other businesses in the region like AFICTA help represent the region’s diverse voice.As Africa continues to increase its online presence, ICANN hopes that more new users will participate in the ICANN community to ensure their continent’s unique perspective is reflected in DNS policies.last_img read more

first_imgEngland v ScotlandInternational Friendly, Wembley8pm, ITVDUSTING DOWN THE HEAD TO HEAD RECORDSLong time since England played Scotland.14 years to be precise – going back to 1999 when the Euro was born.Who knows in 14 years time from now we might have Scotland with their own unit of currency. I’ll be very original and call it the Scot.There are five changes for England following their encouraging 2-2 draw in Brazil last time out. England team: Hart; Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard (c), Cleverley, Wilshere; Walcott, Rooney, Welbeck.Goodness knows why this match has been scheduled just 72 hours before the start of the EPL season.A full house is guaranteed at Wembley but as for the organisers and their timing, sweet FA comes to mind:The head to head stats (going back to 1983 !!) are:Nov 1999 Euros England 0 – 1 ScotlandNov 1999 Euros Scotland 0 – 2 EnglandJun 1996 Euros England 2 – 0 ScotlandMay 1989 International Scotland 0 – 2 EnglandMay 1988 International England 1 – 0 ScotlandMay 1987 International Scotland 0 – 0 EnglandApr 1986 International England 2 – 1 ScotlandMay 1985 International Scotland 1 – 0 EnglandMay 1984 International Scotland 1 – 1 EnglandJun 1983 International England 2 – 0 Scotland Only once has the fixture produced more than 2.5 goals – so I’m keeping with the unders trend tonight.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points win UNDER 2.5 GOALSlast_img read more

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first_imgAfter what must feel like the longest week in eternity for European Rugby fans, the drama finally begins in the 6 Nations and we might well have a thriller to open the tournament.On the basis of pure results, many people will would be surprised that you could get close to evens on Wales. Warren Gatland’s men have won their last nine, and France won just three games last year.However, head coach Jacques Brunel has now had the precious commodity of time with the team and the French, whilst not managing to win too many games, have not made themselves the easiest side to beat.Games between the two – as one can see from the scores below – have been attritional, tight contests where the packs have come to the fore, and Brunel has taken a heavy hitting approach to tonight’s encounter. Jefferson Poirot (19st 5lbs), Guilhem Guirado (17st 2lbs), Uni Antonio (24st 8lbs), Sebstian Vahaamahina (19st 12lbs), Paul Willemse (21st 4lbs), Wencelas Lauret (16st 3lbs), Louis Picamoles (18st 4lbs), and Arthur Iturria (16st 12lbs) make for a terrifying front five.The thinking behind picking them may well be to put pressure on a Welsh side that is carrying it’s fair share of injuries, but the visitors are extremely resilient and well stocked to deal with such a challenge.Gatland has seen Ross Mortiarty and Josh Adams recover in time to start – despite injury scare whilst even Gareth Davies has managed to make the bench despite a thigh problem. Liam Williams has also beaten a scare to start at fullback and when all is said and done, seven of the side that will run onto the pitch tonight started for Wales’ dominant win against Scotland a year ago.The Welsh have won their last nine, including a crucial unbeaten autumn when they managed to get over their Australian hoodoo whilst also beating a South Africa side that was much improving by the end of the year, and that confidence really ought to play a crucial part.Tomos Williams is starting at scrumhalf for the first time in the 6 Nations but it will be his third start and seventh cap whilst he has the considerable benefit of starting alongside his Blues team-mate Gareth Anscombe, who started three of the four November internationals.In fact, there are only three changes from the side that beat South Africa to end the Autumn Internationals and if they can get their hands on the ball, then Williams and Anscombe have the capability to run the pack off their feet, a tactic that some sides have used to great effect in the Champions Cup this season against French opposition.However, the sheer size and weight of the French is likely to keep this game tight until the very last minute, and perhaps the tie isn’t as crazy an option as some might think. There was one point separating the pair last year and and the year before just two points was the difference after an incredible 80 minutes.In a game of fine margins, and with some dodgy weather expected, it would be no surprise if forwards came to the fore. Chance Guilhem Guirado to score the first try at 18/1. He scored four in the Autumn and there have been no more than two tries in any of the last six fixtures between the two so it’s entirely likely that he can nab the first one, especially if the French set in for an early drive – although you can also back him at 4/1 to get on the scoresheet at anytime which seems reasonable.France v WalesKick-off: 8pm, Stade De France, ParisBBC 1HD / S4C HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)2018 Wales 14 France 132017 France 20 Wales 182016 Wales 19 France 102015 France 13 Wales 202014 Wales 27 France 62013 France 6 Wales 16Wins in Paris France 5 Wales 4Teams (From 15-9, and then 1-8 after the semi-colon)Wales: Liam Williams; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams; Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty.Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Cory Hill, Aaron Wainwright, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Owen Watkin.France: Maxime Medard; Damian Penaud, Wesley Fofana, Romain Ntamack, Yohann Huget; Camille Lopez, Morgan Parra; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado, Uini Atonio; Sébastien Vahaamahina, Paul Willemse, Wenceslas Lauret, Arthur Itturia, Louis Picamoles.Replacements: Julien Marchand, Dany Priso, Demba Bamba, Felix Lambey, Gregory Alldritt, Baptiste Serin, Gael Fickou, Geoffrey Doumayrou.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK Guilhem Guirado First Tryscorer at 18/1 with starsports.betBACK Guilhem Guirado Anytime Tryscorer at 4/1 with starsports.betBACK Tie 1 pt at 14/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 200.64 points(excluding Premier League ante-post and Six Nations ante-post)last_img read more

first_imgShareDATE: March 1, 2004 CONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE: (713) 348-6770 EMAIL: • enhance the budget of regulatory agencies to ensure they are adequately staffed and not subject to interference from other bodies of government • address the future status of Petrobras, a “giant state oil concern” The Baker Institute study, available online at, comprises five academic research papers and two economic analysis presentations, including a comparison of best international privatization practices in the oil industry and peer comparisons of the performance of Petrobras, the company created by the Brazilian government in 1953 to run the oil industry. Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, is the 10th largest energy consumer worldwide. In South America, Brazil is the largest energy consumer; in the Western Hemisphere, it is the third largest, ranking behind the United States and Canada. “Without more restructuring of its energy sector, Brazil might have difficulty ensuring that sufficient investment can be made to continue to meet the rising requirement for fuel and electricity,” said Amy Jaffe, energy fellow at the Baker Institute. “Our study notes that how Brazil meets its growing energy requirements will have direct bearing on the development of energy trade flows in the Western Hemisphere.” “Brazil can afford to privatize Petrobras and liberalize the energy sector to guarantee the low-cost provision of fuels in future energy crises,” Jaffe said. “But to implement these reforms successfully, Brazil needs to create a decentralized fiscal system that does not require a state oil and gas company as a macro-economic policy tool, and it needs to strengthen the independent regulatory authority of the state to protect the interests of Brazilian consumers.” • work toward a fully competitive regional gas market with broad participation and ample liquidity, with gas prices determined by the fundamental economic principles of supply and demand • improve the climate for competitive markets in natural gas and power by limiting Petrobras’ role in those markets BRAZIL NEEDS TO RESTRUCTURE ENERGY SECTOR, STUDY SAYS Rice University’s Baker Institute makes recommendations for implementing reforms in Latin America’s largest nation Although Brazil’s energy reforms during the 1990s transformed the major oil importer into a nation with the potential to become a net exporter, a study by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy warns that Brazil needs further restructuring of its energy sector to meet the nation’s domestic need for oil. AddThis • link power and natural gas prices more explicitly by contract and eliminate price indices that hold power and gas prices in different currencies Brazil’s demand for oil could rise between 1 and 4 percent a year between now and 2015, according to the Baker Institute analysis. Consequently, much of the country’s 1 million-barrel-a-day increase in production will simply offset domestic needs. • improve third-party access to natural gas transmission infrastructure and information# # # The study concluded that Brazil needs to do the following:last_img read more