As Online Video Continues to Boom, Fox Goes Mobile with Bitbop

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement chris cameron Numbers released from comScore today show that U.S. Internet users watched nearly 34 billion videos online in the month of May, up from just over 30 billion in April. Hulu served up nearly 1.2 billion videos last month, nearly 3.5% of the overall market, while Google remained supreme, accounting for 43% of the market – a whopping 14.6 billion videos – with its powerhouse property, YouTube. Still, Hulu, a place where many watch full episodes of network television, is slowly inching from the pack, and Fox Interactive Media, sitting near the bottom of comScore’s rankings, wants a piece of the action. They’re target? Mobile.Back in January, Hulu managed just over 900 million videos, 2.8% of the overall market and nearly twice as much as the next highest ranked provider, Microsoft. Since then, they’ve grown slightly to 3.5%, fending off the other providers and cementing their position as a leading online video provider. Hulu’s 43.5 million unique visitors in May watched an average of 27 videos each, which is more than a quarter of the number watched by YouTube visitors.Fox Launches Mobile Hulu-esque Subscription Service Fox Interactive Media, which ranks 9th on comScore’s top 10 based on total videos served, announced today that it is taking a stab at mobile video subscription service with what it calls Bitbop. Is it an iPhone app? No. An Android app? No. A mobile website? No. It’s an application for the BlackBerry.BitBop, available on the BlackBerry Bold, Curve and Tour models, is a free application that allows users to watch many of the same TV shows and movies they know from Hulu directly on their phones. While the app is free to download, it comes with a subscription fee – $9.99 a month – to access content. Family Guy, The Office, 30 Rock, Glee, CSI, Friday Night Lights – all the major players are present and accounted for.If you’re asking yourself why the service is only available on the Blackberry – and why wouldn’t you – it’s because Fox has inked an exclusive deal with BlackBerry makers RIM (Research In Motion). It’s a curious partnership, since the majority of BlackBerry owners use their devices mainly for work and enterprise functionality – not exactly the kind of people who are more like to watch online video on their mobile device, if you asked me. Still, it will be interesting to see how it plays out and if Fox can boost their low video market share numbers. There is certainly a market for on-demand mobile video – the success of Netflix’s iPad app and the anticipation of its iPhone app can speak to that thread. Whether that market is on BlackBerry devices is yet to be seen, but this partnership could bode well for both parties. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more

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ilearnedtoprogram.com – Share the Story of Why and How You Learned to Program

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Here are a few: 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Every time you refresh ilearnedtoprogram.com you’ll see a different one sentence story from a programmer about how or why they started programming. At the moment, there are 351 stories. “by finding artistic problems which made absorbing the knowledge easy.” – Lilli Thompson“because my first computer would only sit with a blinking cursor if I didn’t program it.” Ashley Feniello“because my TRS-80 didn’t come with any video games, so I had to write my own.”– Mykle Hansen“by writing a BASIC game on a manual typewriter, and being driven by my mom to the local Radio Shack where I typed it in to the TRS-80 I coveted.”- Matt Hillman“in college, when I realized I could have a big impact on the world by building software with a focus on humanity.” – Vanessa Hurst“because I believed (and still do) that it’s one of the best skills to have in order to change people’s lives for the better.” Alyssa Daw“when I wanted a piano and got an Atari — programmed the keys to make sounds.” Katie A. Siek“because I wanted to make interactive electronic literature.” – Zuzana Husarova“because I wanted to build cool things. Now that’s my job.” – Alex Gaynor“because I like learning languages — computer ones included!” – Angelica Lim“after graduating with a Philosophy degree.” – Thomas Saunders“by being a designer who needed a programmer and couldn’t find one!” – Catherine Hicks Related Posts center_img Tags:#hack#Profiles Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finleylast_img read more

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Google Launches India-first Features; Rolls Out Two-wheeler Mode in Maps

first_imgGoogle Maps has for the first time launched its new feature that supports navigation direction for two-wheelers, beginning in some cities in India. The feature has been started first in India before the technology company rolls it out in other countries.India is the world’s biggest two-wheeler market, where motorcycles sell seven times more than cars. In China, three passenger cars are sold for every two motorcycles, according to Bloomberg.“On average, a connected mobile Internet user in India today is consuming over 4GB of data per month. At the current growth rate and given the connectivity environment, we expect this number to reach 11GB per user per month in the next four years and Google is here to help connect all,” Rajan Anandan, Vice President, South East Asia and India at Google, said at the company’s third annual “Google for India” event in New Delhi, IANS reported.“There are 230 million Indian language users online on Google today and 170 million of them are using our messaging service. Yet, we have over 900 million Indians who aren’t connected to Internet. Our mission is connectivity for every Indian. We’ll stay focused until every single Indian is connected,” Anandan added.Martha Welsh, Google Maps’ strategic partner development manager, said the company decided to start in India because “it’s important that we get this right.” Welsh said that the feature would have Google Maps showing routes that are conducive for scooters and motorcycles but not cars.It would also take into account routes that are not permitted to two-wheelers. Commuters will also be shown timings that match their speeds, as bikers can travel faster in traffic jams. The feature was reportedly being requested by people for years.To access the two-wheeler mode, users would need the latest version of Google Maps on Android – v.9.67.1.The earlier Google Maps version specified routes for cars, buses (in some cities), trains (in some cities), cabs and pedestrians.India still relies on two-wheelers more than passenger cars for its travels. In the last five years, 90 percent of the increase in unit sales was from motorbikes, scooters and mopeds in the country.Google also launched Android Oreo (Go Edition), its lightweight operating system (OS) for smartphones with lower specifications. It is made for phones with 1 GB ram i.e. entry-level Android smartphones.“Oreo devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM will get all the optimizations that come with Android Oreo (Go edition), including a better performing OS with built-in data management features and security benefits,” said Caesar Sengupta, Vice President, Next Billion Users Team at Google, according to IANS. Related ItemsGoogleIndialast_img read more

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‘Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Philippines’ sports facilities pale in contrast and that has been the biggest source of frustration for Diaz.“Those are just some of the things I want to change, I think these problems will be addressed slowly but surely.”Diaz catapulted weightlifting into the public consciousness when she ended the Philippines’ 20-year medal drought in the Summer Games when she won the silver in the women’s -53 kilogram category.The Zamboanga City native also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Games.“Right now us weightlifters are still doing our best and I hope the sports officials heed our call.”ADVERTISEMENT Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaHidilyn Diaz couldn’t hide her frustration over the sorry state of weightlifting in the Philippines, especially when it comes to the facilities.“One of my frustrations is nothing’s improved,” said Diaz in Filipino during a small media luncheon at College of St. Benilde Thursday. “These are the same barbells from before, the training venue hasn’t changed.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Perpetual snaps skid with gutsy OT win over Letran Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ RELATED VIDEO’Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting508 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Diaz is set to compete in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan, her first major competition since the Rio Olympics.Though Diaz didn’t participate in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games last month, she flew to Kuala Lumpur to support fellow weightlifter Nestor Colonia and other Filipino athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWhile there, she able to train in Malaysia’s national weightlifting gym and she marveled at the modernity of the country’s facilities.“Good to see how beautiful the sports training center of Malaysia Team is,” Diaz posted on her Instagram on August 29. “How I wish we have the same sports center, support, care, and attention Malaysian athletes receive from their country.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

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Katsouranis Quits Greek Soccer

first_imgATHENS — Former Greece captain Kostas Katsouranis, the last professionally playing member of the winning European Championship squad in 2004, has announced his retirement from football.The 36-year-old defensive midfielder revealed the news on Twitter, writing in English on Sept. 30: “I especially thank my teammates. It was an honor playing with you!”Formerly at Benfica and several topflight Greek clubs, Katsouranis ended his career with 116 appearances and 10 goals for the national team.Katsouranis was first called up at age 23 by former coach Otto Rehhagel who made him a key member of the winning Euro 2004 squad. He played in the following two European Championships as well as the World Cups in South Africa in 2010 and Brazil last year.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Alia Bhatt nails aerial yoga with her best friend. See pic

first_imgAlia Bhatt is one of those celebrities who has gone through a major body transformation and that too in front of the entire Hindi film industry and her fans. Her transformation took a long time.The Gully Boy actress has worked hard on her body and is an inspiration to many.Recently Alia took to her official Instagram account to share a picture of herself doing yoga. The image that she shared is captioned, “Try try until you fly.”The gram shows the actress doing aerial yoga with her best friend Akansha Ranjan Kapoor. In the image, she can be seen floating in the air with the help of a black cloth.For the yoga session, Alia chose red ganji top which she wore over a black sports bra. She matched it with a pair of black yoga pants. For her look, she tied her hair in a half knot.Diva Yoga, where Alia was performing all the stunts, is co-founded by Bollywood fitness enthusiast Malaika Arora.She even took to her Instagram account to mention the two BFF’s doing aerial yoga at her studio. Have a look.On the work front, Alia is currently shooting for Brahmastra opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan.advertisementRead more: Alia Bhatt hits back at Kangana Ranaut for attacking her family: Mujhe isme nahi padna haiRead more: Is Alia Bhatt’s song with Tiger Shroff in Student Of The Year 2 a promotional number?ALSO WATCH | Harper’s Bazaar 10th anniversary edition features Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinhalast_img read more

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Conte frustrated by Chelsea injuries

first_imgAntonio Conte Conte frustrated at Chelsea’s growing injury list after shock Palace loss Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 14:34 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) antonioconte - Cropped Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea Crystal Palace v Chelsea Crystal Palace Premier League The coach called on his players to try “150%” after Victor Moses joined Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante on the Blues’ list of casualties Antonio Conte lamented Chelsea’s worsening injury situation after Victor Moses damaged his hamstring against Crystal Palace, but conceded the champions were second-best in a shock 2-1 defeat to the Eagles.The Blues were aiming to return to winning ways at Selhurst Park having gone down 1-0 down at home to title rivals Manchester City before the international window.Newcastle 7/2 to beat Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. However, Wilfried Zaha scored on the stroke of half-time after Tiemoue Bakayoko had cancelled out an own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta, as Palace registered their first goals and points of the season.To make matters worse, former Palace man Moses limped off in the first half and joins an injury list that already contains Alvaro Morata, N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater, a situation that is frustrating boss Conte.”I think, in this moment, for us it’s a very difficult moment. When you start a game without Morata and without Kante, it’s not simple,” Conte, whose side are nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City, told a post-match news conference. “Above all, if, during the game, another important player in your team has an injury too like Victor Moses … I hope to have him back very soon because this moment is very difficult for us. “To lose three or four players, it’s a big problem for us. But, despite this, we have to find the will to fight. I think this season will be very difficult and, for this reason, we have to put 150 per cent in. “It’s not enough to put 100 per cent in like last season. I think this season, me first, the staff and the players have to put in 150 per cent because the season will be very difficult. “We want to try and be competitive in all competitions, but it won’t be easy.”Full-time: Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea. #CRYCHE pic.twitter.com/XyVBAbVjAQ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 14, 2017Conte, who confirmed Moses will miss the midweek Champions League clash with Roma, refused to make excuses about the depth of Chelsea’s squad, but acknowledged the absence of Morata and Kante may have accounted for an imbalance to his side.”I think the situation is very clear and everyone can see that situation. I repeat, my job is to be focused on my work with my players, and to try and do our best,” he added.”For sure it’s not an easy moment for us. But I think that, in this moment, it’s important to find a solution. Don’t look for excuses.”To lose a player like Kante is not simple because he’s able to cover a lot of the pitch. But, for sure, I have to think also to take into consideration a solution. “You know very well that the balance is very important if you want to win. The balance is very important. For sure, today, our balance was poor. Yes.”Asked if Chelsea were second best, he said: “Yes, I think that today was a difficult game for us. A difficult game from the start.”Our start was poor. When you play against Crystal Palace away, you have to start with more personality otherwise you allow your opponent to take confidence. “We conceded the first goal, then we were able to come back and, in the last few minutes of the first half, concede another bad goal. Then it was very difficult for us.”last_img read more

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STATE OF ORIGIN & INTERSTATE CHALLENGE ROUND 2

first_imgFollowing NSW’s brilliant start to the 2004 State of Origin and Interstate Challenge, here are the results as Queensland try to keep the series alive. These results will be updated regularly throughout the day. Results and statistics for the State of Origin and Interstate Challenge can also be accessed via the following link: STATE OF ORIGIN/INTERSTATE CHALLENGE RESULTS/STATISTICS State of Origin and Interstate Challenge Results and Summary Round 2: Mixed Open: NSW def Qld 5-3 Touchdowns NSW: Belinda Patterson (2), Nash Beeby, Dave Stewart, Brent Powell Touchdowns Qld: Luke Feldman, Adam Falzon, Rebecca Houston Series: 2-0 NSW Womens 20’s: Qld defeated NSW 3-2 (drop-off) Touchdowns Qld: Rebecca Knight (2), Natasha Fry Touchdowns NSW: Kristen Boss, Gemma Carey Series: 1-1 Mens 20’s: Qld defeated NSW 6-5 Touchdowns Qld: Brendan Thimble, Gian Guerra, Matthew Baker, David Denning, Sebe Rey, James Harrington Touchdowns NSW: Andrew Baggio, Daniel Brown, Pat Smith, Glen De Witt, Joesph Karam Series: 2-0 Qld Womens 30’s: NSW def Qld 4-3 Touchdowns NSW: Kirsty Inglis, Chantel Byrnes, Renee Sealey, Cristy Hornery Touchdowns Qld: Brenda Johnston, Simone Pearce, Kerry Strasser Series: 2-0 NSW Mens 30’s: Qld defeated NSW 4-3 Touchdowns Qld: Wayne Grant, Kevin Ekersley, Craig Morrow, Scott Pierce Touchdowns NSW: Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Scott Danswan Series: 1-1 Womens 35’s: Qld defeated NSW 3-1 Touchdowns Qld: Kay Lenitschek (2), Haylene Grogan Touchdowns NSW: Lyn Eason Series: 1-1 Mens 35’s: NSW defeated Qld 7-3 Touchdowns NSW: David McDonald (3), Kim Sojun (2), Lenny Ryan, Mick Lennon Touchdowns Qld: Sean Slinger, Greg Lisle, Tere Wotherspoon Series: 2-0 NSW Womens 40’s: NSW defeated Qld 4-2 Touchdowns NSW: Michelle Schmidt, Kim Wiles, Rowena Hines, Cherie Green Touchdowns Qld: Debbie Jukes, Joyce Sills Series: 2-0 NSW Mens 40’s: NSW def Qld 6-3 Touchdowns NSW: Brett Gillard (2), Andrew Proust (2) Mark Jannson, Mark Hearndon Touchdowns Qld: David Kafoa, Mark Heironymus, Ashley Taylor Series: 2-0 NSW Mens 45’s: Qld defeated NSW 4-3 (drop-off) Touchdowns Qld: Tony Lacaze (2), John Mason, Michael Thoars Touchdowns NSW: Mark Nichols, Ron Wall Series: 2-0 Qld Mens 50’s: NSW def Qld 3-0 Touchdowns NSW: Paul Healey, Colin Thomas, Peter Vincent Touchdowns Qld: – Series: 2-0 NSW Womens Open: NSW defeated 9-1 Touchdowns NSW: Melissa Pitfield (2), Natalie Conway, Bo De La Cruz, Rachael Holden, Kirsty Jenkins, Stephanie Sorrenson, Amanda Judd, Kristy Judd Touchdowns Qld: Kate Adams Series: 2-0 NSW Mens Open: NSW defeated Qld 7-6 Touchdowns NSW: Jamie Stowe, Jason Yee, Anthony Ziade, Jason Stanton, Dean Wilbow, Garry Sonda, Joel Willoughby Touchdowns Qld: Chris Farrow, Beaudene Currie, Craig Searston, Troy Clark, Gavin Shuker, Stephen Swan Series: 2-0 NSW INTERSTATE CHALLENGE SERIES: After Queensland’s less than brilliant start yesterday, only winning two of the thirteen round one games, they were out to take as many of the divisions as possible to a third and deciding match. In the Womens 30’s, the Mens 40’s and Mens 50’s NSW once again controlled the match, taking all three of those series’ to an unbeatable 2-1 lead. However, the Queenslanders were not about to let that trend continue. The Queensland Womens 20’s fought back from yesterday’s 3-2 loss, keeping their series alive with another 3-2 scoreline. This time though, it was Queensland who left the field cheering, winning in an exciting drop-off. The Womens 35’s also recorded a win to keep their series alive, Kay Lenitschek scoring twice to help them to a 3-1 victory. The Queensland Mens 30’s scored what many considered to be an upset, beating NSW 4-3 and taking their series to a deciding match. It was in the Mens 20’s that Queensland broke the NSW winning trend, taking an unbeatable series lead, with a 6-5 win. The young men provided 11 individual scorers in that match, highlighting the depth of talent in Australia’s youth. The Mens 45’s also provided excitement for the crowd, a win in the drop-off giving them the series win for their division. NSW’s Mens 35’s cruised to an unbeatable lead in their series, after three touchdowns by David McDonald gave them a comfortable 7-3 win. STATE OF ORIGIN SUMMARY: Their 2003 title defense and the 2004 title was on the line for the Queensland Mens and Womens Open sides in round two. The Queensland Women, were unfortunately, outclassed by the Blues from beginning to end. The 9-1 whitewash an excellent result for the NSW but slightly more than disappointing for the Queenslanders. Melissa Pitfield scored twice for NSW, but it was the depth of Australian representatives such as Bo De La Cruz, Rachael Holden, Kirsty Jenkins and the Judd sisters, that gave NSW the win. The Mens round two match promised excitement after the close match last night. Queensland took an early lead 2-0 before Joel Willoughby brought one back for the Blue. Desperate touches and great fingertip control provided great touch for the 2000 people that packed out the grandstand and surrounds of the Canterbury Velodrome. Jason Stanton was virtually unstoppable for NSW, assisting as well as scoring himself. When NSW scored again for a 7-4 lead it looked as though Queensland were out of chances. The sin-binning of Jamie Stowe and the following penalty touchdown brought the Queenslanders hope and after scoring again, the score was back to 7-6. While Queensland looked in with a shot at stealing the match and bringing the series to a deciding third match, they ran out of time. With one match in both the Mens and Womens still to play, NSW have claimed the 2004 State of Origin title. A well deserved win. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

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Transport Infrastructure Should Brace for Climate Change

first_imgThe report looks at opportunities for building climate resilience (through land infrastructure, rail systems, inland waterways, and coastal adaptation) and for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions (through modal shifts, demand reduction, vehicle efficiency, reduction in carbon intensity, and policy intervention).“The report examines the impacts of climate change and considerations by sector of the industry: road, rail, air, and ocean transport”The report, one in a 13-part series that translates the IPCC assessments for business leaders, reveals that the transport sector accounts for about a quarter of global energy-related carbon emissions—and without aggressive and sustained policy intervention, direct transport carbon emissions could double by 2050.According to the report, more frequent droughts and floods may force businesses to use smaller vessels for inland shipping, for example along the Rhine in Germany or across the Great Lakes in North America, which will raise shipping costs.Some inland waterways are projected to be useable for fewer days each year because of more intermittent water availability. On the ocean, a projected increase in storms in some regions could raise the cost of shipping by forcing ships to take longer routes that are less storm-prone, and may increase maintenance of ships and ports.More frequent delays and cancellations of ferries could result from extreme weather events.However, the Arctic Ocean is projected to become progressively more accessible to shipping in summer as sea-ice extent decreases, with a virtually ice-free ocean likely by mid-century.This will allow routine use of the Northwest Passage, the Northern Sea Route and other routes, and increase maritime access to coasts in northern Canada, Alaska (the United States), Russia and Greenland.However, the increase in shipping through these sensitive ecosystems could lead to an increase in local environmental and climate change impacts.“This report is very valuable for understanding the challenges and opportunities that climate change will pose for the transport sector,” said Ian Ellison, Sustainability Manager for Jaguar Land Rover. “Climate change requires a rethink of how we approach parts of the transport system, but new technologies, infrastructure, and modal shifts will offer a way forward that can also deliver new economic and business opportunities. Having clear information on hand is crucial for business leaders to prepare for this transformation.”“The transport sector relies overwhelmingly on oil,” said Angie Farrag-Thibault, one of the report’s lead authors and BSR’s Associate Director, Transport and Logistics. “Without action, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation will continue to rise. Fortunately, this report points to a large number of options for reducing emissions.”Full report is available here.Press Release, July 31, 2014 zoom Impacts of climate change—including more intense droughts and floods, heat waves, thawing permafrost, and sea-level rise—could damage transport infrastructure such as roads, railways, and ports, requiring extensive adaptation and changes to route planning in some regions, according to the findings of a new report published jointly by BSR and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Cambridge Judge Business School.last_img read more

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California makes people ask for straws sodas with kid meals

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with a kids’ meal at a California restaurant, you’ll need to ask for them starting next year.A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws. Another law he approved requires milk or water to be the default drink sold with kids’ meals at fast-food and full-service restaurants.Neither law is an outright ban on straws or sugary drinks in kids’ meals. But some Republicans have called the measures government overreach by the heavily Democratic state.California restaurants that don’t comply with the straw law will get two warnings before being fined. Lawmakers changed the legislation to add a $300 annual fine limit. It will apply only to sit-down restaurants where customers are waited on by restaurant staff, not fast-food establishments.Health inspectors will be responsible for enforcing the law.Democratic lawmakers who support the policy call it a small step toward reducing ocean pollution.Brown, who has made environmental issues a signature priority, pointed to the large amount of plastic dumped in oceans every year that can kill whales and fish and contaminate people’s food and water supplies.“Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Brown said in a statement. “Plastics, in all forms — straws, bottles, packaging, bags, etc. — are choking the planet.”California’s law doesn’t go as far as those in cities, including San Francisco and Seattle, that ban straws outright.Critics argue California’s straw law won’t significantly improve the environment. Some say restricting straws hurts disabled people who rely on them.And some lawmakers who voted against the measure said it would unfairly punish restaurants, although the restaurant industry didn’t oppose the proposal.The law doesn’t address the biggest causes of plastic ocean pollution, such as fishing nets, and doesn’t apply to some of the biggest users of plastic straws: fast-food restaurants, said Tod Hardin, director of operations and communications for the non-profit Plastic Oceans International.“That in some ways makes it a little bit weaker than we would have hoped for, but it’s a step toward changing behaviour and raising awareness,” he said. “It’s a move in a positive direction.”The sugary drink law will still let restaurants and fast food chains sell soda or juice with children’s meals. But it says only milk; a non-dairy milk alternative; or sparkling, still or flavoured water can be handed out as a default and advertised on the menu.Democratic Sen. Bill Monning says his measure aims to combat diabetes, obesity and other health problems in California.Both laws take effect Jan. 1.last_img read more

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Moroccan Entrepreneur Resorts to King After Being Asked to Give a…

Ratbat – Young Moroccan entrepreneur resorts to King of Morocco after being asked to hang out MAD 200,000 bribe to obtain new business authorization.A new video of a Moroccan expatriate in Gabon has recently swept across Facebook. The woman, a Moroccan entrepreneur, bitterly tells the shocking story of the obstacles she faced as a result of her desire to create a new business in Morocco. For three years, she has been struggling with officials in the Marrakech region for not giving them a MAD 200,000 bribe to authorize her new business.The woman says that when she first came back to Morocco to invest in her new business idea, she was victim to a number of obstacles, including sexual harassment. Without delving into the specifics of this incident, she pointed out that the Moroccan authorities helped her overcome it. “After this incident, I was shocked and I felt a great deal of injustice. However, my determination to establish this business, along with the support of my family made me defeat it,” said the Moroccan entrepreneur.The entrepreneur continues that when she submitted her project in the Marrakech region, the president of the commune asked her for a bribe:“What these people ask for is unconceivable. I am an entrepreneur and Moroccan citizen. I want to create something new in my country, and these people do not care if I decide not to carry on with this investment. This created enormous problems with my family and husband,” said the crying woman.The woman came over from Gabon to Morocco 14 times with her little son in the past two years to complete paper work for her business, wasting money to no avail.Throughout the video, the Moroccan expatriate stresses that Mohammed VI, Morocco’s monarch, has been working on facilitating the procedures for Moroccan expatriates to come back and invest in Morocco, yet “corrupt officials” do not hesitate to ask for bribes before authorizing projects.At the end, the Moroccan woman, calls on the king to intervene and assist her in overcoming corruption to finally create her new business.Edited by Natalie Yazhary read more

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Ministry of Education Announces Distribution of Updated Textbooks

Rabat – The  Direction of Curricula at the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research announced today, September 5, that the distribution of updated textbooks for the new academic year 2019-2020 will end by September 25.The updates concern 49 textbooks, out of the 390 textbooks that are approved by the ministry. The updated textbooks are used in the first four years of primary school, added Fouad Chafiki, Director of Curricula at the ministry in a press release.According to the director, 24 updated textbooks have already been printed and were distributed before September 5, while 17 more will be distributed from September 5 to 12. The press release said that 5 more textbooks will be available in bookstores between September 13 and 19. As for the final three textbooks, they will be distributed to bookstores across the country between September 20 and 25, added Chafiki.Around 100.000 textbooks remaining in stock from previous years will have summaries of the new books attached to them, explained the director.In 2018, the Ministry of Education announced updates to the textbooks for the third and fourth years of primary school. The updates will affect Arabic, French, history and geography, maths, and sciences.The updates are part of the ongoing reform of Morocco’s education system under the strategic vision 2015-2030 project.As school starts officially today, September 5, the updated textbooks will only become available for purchase 20 days after the start of the school year. read more

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Court digest Fuel thief ordered to stay away from gas stations

BRANTFORD – A Wilsonville man who was arrested for five incidents of stealing gas in Brantford last July got new jail time on top of time already served when he was sentenced recently in Ontario Court.Albert Ralph Powless, 37, of Townline Road, pleaded guilty to: driving while disqualified, dangerous operation of a vehicle and possessing an illegal substance on Feb. 2018; theft under $5,000 and driving while disqualified on July 24; possession over $5,000 and driving disqualified on July 27; and driving while disqualified and possession of hydromorphone on July 31.Powless also pleaded guilty to failing to attend court at the end of 2017.Charges of driving disqualified and stealing gas last year from Petro-Canada and Pioneer were withdrawn, along with several other charges.Justice Robert Gee credited Powless with already serving more than 100 days in jail and ordered that he return to jail for a further 35 days.Gee also ordered that Powless must maintain a three-year probation, get help for substance abuse and stay away from gas stations.WOMAN PLEADS GUILTYA Scotland woman cleared up 16 charges from four different occasions in 2018 when she appeared in Ontario Court.Stevy Staats, 26, of Bateman Line, pleaded guilty to stealing groceries from No Frills and assaulting a man there on March 19. And she pleaded guilty to theft under $5,000 and breaking probation on March 28.On March 31, Staats was found in possession of a stolen GM Sierra pickup truck. She was with Nicole Lillian Porter of Ohsweken.Both women had an assortment of screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches and gloves, suitable for breaking into vehicles, along with stolen property, clothing and groceries.Staats pleaded guilty to possession of property over $5,000, possession of break-in instruments and possession of stolen items under $5,000.Charges of careless driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident were withdrawn.Porter pleaded guilty to the same and was sentenced last September to 81 days of time served and a suspended sentence.And Staats also pleaded guilty to an Oct. 10 theft under $5,000 and breaking both probation and bail orders.For her crimes, she was given several suspended sentences, time served of 110 days and another ten days in jail. read more

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East Timor UN prosecutor files third indictment for crimes against humanity

Anastasio Martins and Domingos Gonçalves were indicted for crimes allegedly committed in Liquiça district as part of the orchestrated campaign of violence by members of the Indonesian Army (TNI) and the pro-autonomy militia group Besi Merah Putih (Red White Iron), UNTAET said in a statement issued today.Mr. Martins is suspected of killing three individuals in Metagou, Liquiça district, on 4 September 1999 and of murdering one individual in Atapupu, West Timor, on 14 September 1999. Mr. Gonçalves is suspected of the murder of three individuals in Buka Mera on 7 September 1999.Both men, currently in detention in Dili prison, are also accused of deporting civilians from Buka Mera and Legumea village in East Timor to West Timor between 5 and 11 September 1999.In other news, the East Timor Transitional Cabinet today discussed amendments proposed by the National Council to a regulation on the establishment of an East Timor Defence Force.The amendments by the Council’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs propose that a recognition of the historical role played by the pro-independence rebel army Falintil be included in the regulation. The Committee also recommends that a new section be added to specify that members of the Force have the right to vote, but must be non-political.UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello agreed to consult with UN Headquarters in New York on the matter, and to brief the Cabinet on the outcome, the UN mission said. read more

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Darfur UN Rights Council holds special session Annan calls for end to

The newly enhanced United Nations Human Rights Council today held a special session on Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, with top officials from Secretary-General Kofi Annan on down calling for immediate action to end the nightmare of civilian deaths, mass rape, millions uprooted, indiscriminate bombardment by Government planes and rebel abuses. “It is essential that this Council send a clear and united message to warn all concerned, on behalf of the whole world, that the current situation is simply unacceptable and will not be allowed to continue,” Mr. Annan told the 47-member body in Geneva in a video address. “The people of Darfur cannot afford to wait another day. The violence must stop. The killings and other gross violations of human rights must end.”He noted that in the last few weeks, fighting has escalated and conditions for the civilian population have got even worse with armed militias attacking with impunity, destroying dozens of villages, displacing thousands more to join the over 2 million already uprooted, and raping large numbers of women. Some 4 million people now need humanitarian aid. “I urge you to lose no time in sending a team of independent and universally respected experts to investigate the latest escalation of abuses,” he said. “It is urgent that we take action to prevent further violations, including by bringing to account those responsible for the numerous crimes that have already been committed. That is the very least you can do to show the people of Darfur that their cries for help are being heard.”Like Mr. Annan, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour deplored the impunity with which human rights abusers are still able to act in the Darfur conflict between Government troops, allied militias and rebel forces, who took up arms in 2003 in pursuit of greater autonomy and economic development. Nearly two years ago, a UN-appointed International Commission of Inquiry found that crimes against humanity and war crimes had been committed, including mass killings of civilians, systematic rape of girls and women, torture, destruction of villages and burning of family homes. A sealed list of 51 names of alleged perpetrators was handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).“The same atrocities and violations of international humanitarian law, which led the Security Council to refer the case to the International Criminal Court in January 2005, keep occurring on a daily basis,” Ms. Arbour told the special session, the fourth the Council has held since its installation in June. The other three dealt with the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and Hizbollah in Lebanon. “In the past six weeks alone, 80,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, several hundred civilians, including women and children, have been killed,” she said. “Mass rape and other egregious human rights abuses have not subsided. A lack of accountability allows and even emboldens perpetrators to hold sway over the population in Darfur. The spill-over of the conflict has now engulfed parts of Chad and of the Central African Republic.”She recited a litany of abuses: increased ground attacks on civilians by the Sudanese Armed Forces and large groups of armed men, many identified by eyewitnesses and victims; indiscriminate bombardment by Government planes; civilian casualties, displacement and pillaging of civilian property due to Government, militia, rebel and bandit attacks; hindrance of humanitarian access to people in need. Threats of murder, sexual violence, other physical assault and robbery prevent internally displaced persons from leaving the camps and returning to their land, arbitrary arrest and detention as well as torture by Government security forces continue, credible evidence points to the Government’s upgrading the militias’ arsenals and mobility instead of disarming them as required by a peace agreements with some of the rebel groups, Ms. Arbour said.“The gravity of the situation is compounded by the rebels’ abusive conduct,” she added. “They, too, are responsible for killing, raping, maiming, torturing and destroying the livelihoods of civilians who have the misfortune of standing in their destructive path. And they, too, must be held accountable for such violations of international human rights and humanitarian law as it applies to non-State actors.”Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland also underscored the continuing deterioration in Darfur, with violence and direct attacks against relief workers in the past few weeks forcing the relocation of by far the largest number of humanitarian workers since the conflict began. The Government has not even agreed to lift restrictions on aid workers beyond 31 January. “What we need now is urgent action to ensure that we do not miss what may be our final opportunity to reverse the trends that are pushing Darfur and the region towards disaster,” he warned, appealing to the Council to maximize pressure on all sides. “I therefore appeal to you to set aside political divisions, and send the strongest possible and united signal that this Council will not tolerate one of the world’s gravest human rights crises to continue, or get infinitely worse.”Sudanese representative Farah Mustafa accused Western media of repeating lies about what was occurring in Darfur and charged that the aim of the special session was not to protect human rights but to undermine the sovereignty of weak States. He said UN human rights reports accused the Government of perpetrating violations committed by other armed groups, which the international community failed to hold to account. 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Strike action continues at bombdamaged Brussels airport

Strike action continues at bomb-damaged Brussels airport BRUSSELS – Belgian air traffic controllers continued their wildcat strike for a second day on Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of flights at Brussels airport and angering the government as the nation struggles to recover from last month’s suicide bombings.Prime Minister Charles Michel said the controllers made an “irresponsible choice” by walking out at this stage and said the government “will not be blackmailed.”Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines said that around 50 of its flights to and from the main international Zaventem airport were cancelled.The strike action over pensions and staffing has been brewing for months, but the stoppage came without warning Tuesday afternoon as controllers called in sick, saying they were unfit to work.The International Air Transport Association condemned the move, calling it “a kick in the teeth for all the airline and airport staff who have worked so hard to reconnect Brussels to the world after the appalling terrorist attack just three weeks ago.”Since March 22, when 16 people were killed at the airport in two suicide bombings, the airport has been slowly trying to restore normalcy, but was taken aback by the strike.“It is important for employment in our country, and I cannot accept that a minority makes such an irresponsible choice,” Michel said. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2016 1:46 am MDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2016 at 4:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Passengers and cars stand at a roadblock on the main road to Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. A wildcat strike of air traffic controllers has paralyzed Brussels airport after their guild rejected a compromise aimed at solving a conflict over a pension reform. The strike action comes at a time when traffic was already reduced at the airport in the wake of the March 22 attacks. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) read more

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Symposium to take indepth look at gender and sexual violence

Gender and sexual violence will be at the centre of a two-day symposium hosted at Brock later this week.The event, entitled Decolonize and Deconstruct: Imagining new approaches to sexuality and consent education, begins the evening of Thursday, March 30 and continues throughout the day Friday, March 31.A panel discussion will be held Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Academic South Room 201.The four-member panel will touch on topics including Islamophobia, indigenous perspectives, mental health and racism in relation to gender violence.The event will continue with a full-day symposium Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Plaza 600F, where several students, many of them survivors, will share their perspectives.“I want all of us to have a harder conversation about gender and sexual violence,” said event co-organizer and Women’s and Gender Studies Associate Professor Margot Francis.“We need to start looking each other in the eye and thinking about the hard work we need to do to address these issues.”While most people can say in relatively simple terms that gender and sexual violence is wrong, Francis said there is a deeper conversation that needs to be had.“I want them to think about, for example, how pervasive Islamophobia in society really intensifies misogyny and gender violence that Muslim women experience,” she said.“I want them to think about what it means to live in a settler society, the impacts of that for indigenous women, the horrific levels of violence they experience and the ways in which that’s structured in the history and the everyday lives of communities.”Student co-organizer Tegh Kaur Dhindsa called it critical for students to have a voice at the table during such a vital conversation.She’s hopeful the discussions had throughout the two-day event will help to shed light on systemic gaps that exist and bring to light actions needed to address those issues.As a woman of colour and a survivor of gender violence, Dhindsa said she’s experienced gaps in service that exist. She believes the symposium can help to impose change.Registration for Friday’s symposium is open until Wednesday, March 29 and can be done online.Decolonize and Deconstruct is co-sponsored by Brock’s Women’s and Gender Studies, McMaster’s Gender Studies and Feminist Research, Brock’s Human Rights and Equity Services, McMaster’s Equity and Inclusion Office, Brock’s Student Justice Centre, Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute and the Brock University Student Association.For more information, visit decolonizedeconstruct.ca.Panelists for Thursday, March 30Khadijeh Rakie of the Equity and Inclusion Office at McMaster University, who will speak about Islamophobia and gender violenceJennie Anderson of Six Nations Polytechnic, who will speak to indigenous perspectives on gender violenceAmeil Joseph of the School of Social Work at McMaster, who will speak to mental health and gender violenceKermeisha Williams of Black Lives Matter Hamilton, who will speak to racism and gender violencePanels and group discussions for Friday, March 31Laying the groundwork for decolonial/intersectional approaches to gender violenceListening to student perspectives on gender violenceReport back: What have we learned?De-constructing consent campaigns: How might our learnings transform campaigns?What arts-related initiatives are working now? De-colonial and intersectional arts initiatives read more

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 15

As if you needed any data to tell you why you should watch Thursday’s U.S. vs. Germany game (and the Portugal vs. Ghana match, if you’ve got a split-screen setup), but we’re going to give it to you anyway.U.S. vs. Germany 12 p.m. EDTPortugal vs. Ghana 12 p.m. EDTAlgeria vs. Russia 4 p.m. EDTSouth Korea vs. Belgium 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHGroup G has shaped up to be one of the most exciting yet-to-be-decided groups of the tournament — as it stands, no team is mathematically guaranteed to advance (though Germany is very close at 99.7 percent). The are a huge number of possible outcomes of Thursday’s matches, and any team can technically still advance to the next stage of the tournament.If the uncertainty of Group G isn’t enough to make you tune in, the level of play we’re expecting to see between the U.S. and Germany should; the teams’ combined Soccer Power Index scores is higher than that of any two teams playing Thursday. Although the odds are heavily favored for Germany (63.4 percent to the U.S.’s 14.8 percent), we don’t expect this game to be a blowout (see Belgium vs. South Korea for that).In their last meeting, a June 2013 friendly, the U.S. beat Germany 4-3. But friendlies are friendlies; the teams’ last competitive encounter was at the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, when the Germans edged the Americans 1-0 in what is considered one of the best U.S. performances at any World Cup. (The U.S. did reach the semifinals at the inaugural 1930 World Cup.) The Americans will be looking to match the Germans better than they did in 2002, which will be difficult against a German offense that is the second-strongest in the tournament (with a 3.2 SPI offensive score). At a minimum, a draw would send the Americans to the knockout stage, so a 0-0 scoreline will suffice. But the Germans are a full goal ahead of the Americans in projected goals for this match (2.1 to 0.9, to be exact), so shutting them out won’t be easy.There are no players left on the American roster who played in that 2002 game, but the U.S. is equipped with a roster full of German-Americans. Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones and Timmy Chandler are all of German-American descent, which perhaps isn’t very surprising given head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s German roots. Johnson and Jones spent time on Germany’s youth national teams, and four U.S. players (Chandler, Green, Brooks and Johnson) currently play in the Bundesliga. All of this to say that there might be even more at stake on Thursday for some of these players than the numbers suggest.YESTERDAYThe Argentina-Nigeria game started with a flourish, as Lionel Messi’s third-minute opener was matched by Ahmed Musa’s fourth-minute equalizer. It was the first time in World Cup history that both teams scored within the first five minutes of a match. And to follow it up, in the second half, Musa scored in the 47th minute and Marcos Rojo the 50th.Messi’s opening goal was the first conceded by Nigeria; entering the match, the Super Eagles were the only team that had not allowed a goal in this year’s tournament. Messi’s second goal came from a free kick, something and somewhere commonplace for him but rare for Argentina in the World Cup.  Messi has scored three of his five career World Cup goals from outside the penalty area, and his nine free kick goals over the past four La Liga seasons are second only to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 13. But it was Argentina’s first free kick goal in the World Cup since 1982.Messi’s second goal gave Argentina the lead just before halftime, essentially guaranteeing La Albiceleste the win. Argentina is now 28-1-0 in World Cup matches when leading at half, with its single loss coming in the 1930 final to Uruguay. Messi also became the third player at this year’s tournament with a multi-goal first half (Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri later became the fourth), something that no player managed in the 2010 tournament.Although Nigeria lost, it became the first African team to advance to the knockout stage for a third time. Musa’s brace was the first for Nigeria in its World Cup history, and Nigeria passed Cameroon for the most goals by an African nation in the World Cup. France and Ecuador played to a scoreless draw, good enough for France to win Group E.  The French had the advantage throughout the match, finishing with 242 touches in the attacking third compared to 57 for Ecuador. But France was held scoreless in large part thanks to Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, whose nine saves are tied for the most in a match this tournament. He leads all players with 18 total saves.The Swiss finished second in Group E , thanks to a hat trick from Shaqiri — the first by a Swiss player in the World Cup since Josef “Seppe” Hugi in 1954. The game also marked the first time Switzerland scored three goals in a World Cup match since 1994. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst for ESPNOFF THE PITCHThe United States and Germany have an interesting historical relationship, to say the least. The strong ties between the world powers are well known, despite recent hiccups, such as the revelation that the American National Security Agency had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germans and Americans also often visit each other’s countries and even migrate between them. According to the OECD International Migration Database, 20,149 American nationals migrated to Germany in 2011, and 6,125 German nationals moved in the other direction. This may seem like a big disparity, but when adjusted for total population, just about .001 percent more Germans per capita migrated to the U.S. than the other way around. Cross-tourism data shows a similar relationship. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that 1.88 million Germans visited the United States in 2012, while the German National Tourist Board shows that 4.85 million Americans spent time in Germany the same year. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGIt’s Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and HWas the U.S. Robbed Against Portugal? It Depends on What Time MeansHome or Away: Where Does the Future Lie for the USMNT and American Soccer?CORRECTION (June 26, 10:21 a.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Landon Donovan would have been the only returning player on the U.S. team this year from the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals. Demarcus Beasley is on the current roster and was on the 2002 team, but didn’t play in that quarterfinals match.CORRECTION (June 26, 10:58 a.m.): Previously, this story mistakenly said that any two teams from Group G could move on to the next round of the tournament. While any one team can still advance, there is one combination of two teams — Ghana and Portugal — that cannot advance together. read more

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Prison governor bans inmate and offender labels in favour of first names

The decision to ban prison guards from using the terms ‘inmate’ or ‘offender’ and to use their first names has been branded ‘disgraceful and unacceptable’ by officials. The governor of HM Prison in Maidstone Kent has ordered that prisoners should not be called inmates or offenders because it “defines them”.Announcing the move governor Judith Feline said: “Yes, they’ve committed an offence, that’s why they’re in prison, but we’re trying to move toward something else.”If you work with people in custody to make life as normal as possible, they’re more likely to leave as a law abiding citizen.”The governor said prisoners used to be called by their surname but now everyone in HMP Maidstone, including prison officers and Ms Feline herself will be referred to by their first name. The move however has prompted a backlash from the Prison Officers Associate (POA) who said the decision shows a lack willingness to tackle more important problems in prisons, while forcing officers to treat inmates with a higher level of respect than they receive. Dave Cook, the POA Maidstone representative, said the rule change was “unacceptable”. “I am disgusted HMP Maidstone is focusing on how they address prisoners instead of more important matters like the safety of officers and the violence we experience. It’s clear to see safety is not high on their agenda,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Cook said staff in the prison will be forced to address inmates “with a level of respect they themselves do not receive”.“Sorry they’re not residents, they’re prisoners. It’s not a hotel. They’re not there by choice and to call them anything else would be misleading. We’ve been calling them prisoners for decades,” Mr Cook told The Telegraph.  “The fact is our prisons are suffering from a high level of violence and drugs because of a lack of control. It’s disgraceful. That’s where management’s attention should be going.”The directive follows a similar policy change in North Sea Camp last year when staff were directed to call inmates “residents”.Ms Feline, who took over as governor of Maidstone Prison in April told the Kent Messenger: “Prison is a very artificial environment, you’re told what to do and when to do it every day, but it’s important to treat people as human beings and model the right behaviour.”HMP Maidstone is a prison for foreign nationals. Around 600 inmates are detained there. read more

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