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first_imgThe government has announced a fresh review into prolonged seclusion and long-term segregation of people with learning difficulties and autistic people in hospitals, more than 70 years after concerns were first raised by civil rights campaigners.Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock announced this week that he had asked the care regulator to launch an immediate review into “the inappropriate use of prolonged seclusion and segregation” and said that some disabled people had been “treated like criminals”.His call came following a series of media investigations into conditions in privately-run assessment and treatment units (ATU), facilities that are supposed to be used for short-term care if someone with autism or learning difficulties is in crisis and community-based services cannot cope.The media reports have included allegations of widespread abuse, cruelty, physical restraint, poorly-trained staff and wrongful use of medication, as well as the frequent use of lengthy periods of solitary confinement.In a letter to the chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Ian Trenholm, Hancock pointed to one teenager, Beth – whose case was exposed by BBC Radio Four’s File on Four – who has been kept in solitary confinement and fed through a hatch in the door in a privately-run ATU for nearly two years.Hancock said he had asked NHS England to carry out a serious incident review into Beth’s care.But he said he also wanted CQC to carry out a review into “prolonged seclusion and long-term segregation for children and adults with a mental illness, learning disability or autism in secondary care and social care settings”.The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is also set to act. It is considering which of its enforcement powers – such as launching an investigation or an inquiry – it can use “to fix the current system”.David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, said the current inpatient care system for people with learning difficulties had led to “some horrific situations at a number of assessment and treatment units where people’s fundamental human rights are being disregarded”.The children’s commissioner for England has also written to NHS England to raise concerns about Beth’s treatment, and to raise a series of questions about how many ATUs are used by NHS England, how many children they have as inpatients and their use of restraint and segregation.Anne Longfield, the commissioner, has asked for an update on the government’s Transforming Care programme, which was launched in the wake of the 2011 Winterbourne View scandal.She said: “The NHS must work with councils to be more transparent about what is going on in these units and be proactive about making sure every child receives the support and treatment they deserve.”Transforming Care aimed to “transform services so that people no longer live inappropriately in hospitals but are cared for in line with best practice, based on their individual needs, and that their wishes and those of their families are listened to and are at the heart of planning and delivering their care”.But successive governments appear to have achieved little to fulfil those aims.In 2012, a year after Winterbourne View, there were an estimated 3,400 people in NHS-funded learning disability inpatient beds.The latest figures, published last month, show 2,315 people with learning difficulties and/or autism in England are still being detained in mental health hospitals.Calls to address the scandal of people with learning difficulties living “inappropriately” in long-stay institutions date back at least as far as the 1940s – more than 70 years – to when the National Council for Civil Liberties launched a campaign against eugenicist laws that led at their peak to the institutionalisation of more than 50,000 people in long-stay hospitals.A series of scandals through the late 1960s and 1970s highlighted concerns similar to those raised by File on Four, with inquiries reporting cruel ill-treatment, inhumane and threatening behaviour towards patients (at Ely Hospital), the “harmful over-use of drugs” (Farleigh Hospital) and the use of tranquilisers and “side-rooms” – or solitary confinement facilities – at South Ockendon Hospital.Disabled activist Simone Aspis (pictured), director of the consultancy Changing Perspectives, who campaigns to free disabled people from ATUs and other institutions, welcomed the CQC review but said there needed to be a “proper root and branch review of legislation”, and that it needed to lead to “action”.She said: “It is the legislation that allows ATUs to exist and oppress and treat disabled people as inhuman and treat them like animals.“Feeding people through a hatch. What is that if not treating someone like an animal?“It is the existence of ATUs, the power entrusted within them by the state.”She said that whether the review had an impact would depend on “how much are they really going to listen to the voices of people with autism”.She pointed out that poor practice and the institutionalisation of disabled people had persisted, seven years after Winterbourne View, allowing “easy detainment of people with learning difficulties and autism”.Aspis, who is a member of EHRC’s disability advisory committee, but was speaking in a personal capacity, said she hoped EHRC would do something at a “much more fundamental level, with much more robustness” than she believed CQC would be able to.She pointed to EHRC’s draft strategic plan for 2019-22, which has as one of its “priority aims” improving the rules on “entry into detention and conditions in institutions”.Aspis said: “You can welcome [the CQC review] but is it going to say anything more than we know already?“What we need is some serious action around closing these places down.“As long as there are alternatives there, there is always an alternative to providing homes for people in the community.“So the government has to say that these places need to be shut down and that the intensive care and support needs to be provided in people’s homes.”She added: “Often people with learning difficulties end up being institutionalised because of the inadequacy of the support provided for people with learning difficulties and autism within the community.”Aspis is currently working with two disabled people who are trying to secure their release from ATUs.She said: “A lot of patients feel scared of speaking out and seeking support because they are concerned about the implications. There are a lot of disempowered people.”Dr Paul Lelliott, CQC’s deputy chief inspector of hospitals and its lead for mental health, said: “There is understandable public concern about the use of prolonged seclusion and long-term segregation on people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or autism. “It is vital that services minimise the use of all forms of restrictive practice and that providers and commissioners work together to find alternative, and less restrictive, care arrangements for people who are subject to seclusion or segregation. “Failure to do this has the potential to amount to inhuman and degrading treatment of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.“The secretary of state for health and social care has requested that the Care Quality Commission undertake a thematic review of this issue and we are now considering how we will take forward this important work.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Candidates Say Uber Lyft Drivers Deserve More Rights

first_img 0% What steps would you take to protect the rights of low-income and immigrant workers in the context of the “gig economy”? Should Uber, Lyft, and other companies that make use of temporary workers classify them as employees, and if so why?Respuestas en español aquí.Joshua Arce, Civil Rights AttorneyAs a longtime member of labor and someone who worked to pass our local hiring policy for construction, I believe it is in everyone’s interest to provide our workforce with the best-paying jobs possible to combat the rising inequality we see in our city. The gig economy provides flexibility and additional work options, but I would like to see workers receive adequate wage, benefit, and working condition protections through collective bargaining. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img At the very least, we should be having immediate discussions with gig economy employers and leaders in the labor movement about how to provide portable benefits to gig economy workers. Portable benefits would give workers more of a safety net than what they currently have.Iswari España, Training Officer with the Human Services AgencyLow-income and immigrant workers have always been the least protected sector of the workforce in San Francisco. As supervisor, I vow to protect and create adequate funding to expand protective employment laws. I will push to expand the powers of the Office of Labor and Standard. As a longtime advocate of employer and employment rights, I am a firm believer that all workers need to be protected. It’s the government’s role to regulate legal business practices. Thus, Lyft and Uber and other businesses with the same practices should not be the exception to the rule. They need to share liability costs like every business in the city and assume the responsibility to protect their workers. Reclassified temporary workers may not receive unemployment or over-time benefits; they don’t have a safety net if they are laid off, they would not be able to contribute to their communities and support their families. If we want to help our city grow, we need to invest in paths of self-sufficiency and economic growth.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposCompanies operating in the “gig economy” must follow the same rules that conventional businesses follow in San Francisco. They should not be getting special treatment and frankly don’t need it since companies like Lyft and Uber are profiting to the tune of billions. As a former worker’s rights attorney, it is clear to me that Lyft and Uber drivers are employees and deserve basic rights like minimum wage, overtime, and protection from workplace injury.Thankfully, last month a Federal Judge tossed out a Chamber of Commerce lawsuit against the City of Seattle paving the way for the enactment of a local law giving Lyft and Uber drivers the right to organize a union.I will pass a similar law in San Francisco. The only way workers in the “gig economy” will earn living wages – enough to survive in the most expensive city in the United States – is through a union.Melissa San Miguel, Education AdvocateAs a daughter of immigrants, I understand the need to protect the rights of low-income and immigrant workers. Many of my friends are drivers for companies like Lyft, so I am deeply interested in ensuring the rights of these workers. Many of these workers work part-time to full-time for these companies and they should be classified as employees given the hours they put into the work and company. Many who are working in the “gig economy” use that employment as their main job or one of their main jobs to provide for their families. Our city should be proactive about protecting the rights of these workers in any context. All workers deserve a right to healthcare, a pension and other benefits that accompany the designation of being an employee.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. last_img read more

Developments in Development Afloat

first_imgFormer mayor Art Agnos has a game changer for homelessness: Put ‘em on a boat! Create a new Navigation Center on a retired Navy ship, to be specific. The idea apparently comes from a post-earthquake emergency effort to house the recently homeless in 1989. But it’s drawn more than its fair share of criticism on social media, ranging from people pointing out that plenty of homeless individuals are veterans and being corralled into cramped quarters on a warship might be particularly unpleasant for them, to people pointing out that a “temporary” fix can only be temporary if there’s real progress happening on the housing front. Plus, others say, shlepping a giant freakin’ war boat all the way from Hawaii just to have it rust in the Bay seems like maybe not the most environmentally sound plan ever. I’ll say this for the idea though: It is nice to hear something really different suggested for a change.Apparently there is some sort of plan to make the tent encampments disappear. City staff plan to go tent-to-tent to figure out how to get homeless individuals off the street and into some kind of shelter. Watch to the end of that video, though, and see what transpires when the newscasters broach the topic of timeline: That’s not for the public to know, apparently. It does seem that at least the tent dwellers themselves will be given notice before they are, er, “resolved.” It’s been well established, of course, that homelessness is the top concern for San Franciscans at the moment. It comes up repeatedly at community meetings, city government bodies, and it features prominently in two controversial measures on this upcoming ballot. One of those measures, Prop Q, makes encampments on city sidewalks illegal and requires shelter options (which can include a bus ticket out of town if there’s someone on the other end willing to take the person in) to be offered to those in the encampment before it is cleared. The Navigation Centers like the one 16th and Mission streets are a major piece of this puzzle, being the “golden ticket” placement that most consider the only non-dead-end option for the chronically homeless. 16th and Mission, however, will not remain a Navigation Center for long, as it is itself transitioning into housing. The nonprofits building that housing have officially submitted plans to the Planning Department to raze the structures in place currently and construct an 85-foot-tall, 157-unit building. Meanwhile, the city is scrambling to put up new navigation centers. What else is afloat? Bacteria-killing enzymes, apparently, in the form of a lavender-scented mist BART is testing at Civic Center station to eliminate the stench of urine and other malodorous mystery sludge inside elevators. And speaking of elevators, SFist introduces us this week to Sunday Parker, a wheelchair user who is using social media to press BART on making improvements (like the mist but, you know, better) to accessibility infrastructure in the system.  By the way, if you like interactive graphics and public transit wonkery, you might have fun exploring this Commute-o-meter – see how far you can get from any point in half an hour, 45 minutes, two hours, etc. on public transit. Finally, the state controller’s office is bringing back a tax protection for seniors: A statewide program begun in 1978 and suspended in 2009 due to lack of funding allows low income seniors and people with disabilities to defer their property tax payments until they move, sell, refinance, die or default on a loan. New applications are being accepted this year. Tags: development • Developments in Development • homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

SF Landlord Orders Removal of Bobs Burgers Mural

first_img 0% The owner of the 20th Street sandwich shop Rhea’s Cafe has forced the removal of a Sirron Norris mural that depicted characters from Bob’s Burgers, a popular animated Fox TV sitcom.Fearing copyright infringement, the building’s owner enlisted Rhea’s executive chef and owner, James Choi, to paint over the four-month-old mural that had decorated its front roll-up doors.  The mural of a couple embracing lovingly, depicted the show’s main characters, husband and wife duo Bob and Linda Belcher. Norris, a local street artist who was once a tenant in the building that houses Rhea’s Cafe, is also the lead illustrator of the Bob’s Burgers sitcom. “The producer [Loren Bouchard], who Sirron met, lived on 20th Street, a couple of blocks from here,” said Choi. “So that show was conceived right on this street.” Tags: 20th Street • Bryant Street • murals • sirron norris • street art Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Moreover, Bob, the show’s lead character is a passionate restaurateur who is always under threat of going out of business.“I kind of felt like Bob portrayed me – me and him had a thing going,” said Choi. The new mural, he said, was an inspiration. “We are still trying to make it but it’s pretty tough. I looked at [Bob] in the mornings and thought, we gotta do it buddy.”But the building’s owner did not share the same affection for the animated restaurateur. When the owner returned from a trip a couple of weeks ago, he demanded the mural be removed, Choi said.  The management company told Choi he would be in violation of his lease agreement if he did not take the mural down. On Thursday, he finished that task. Choi declined to share the name of the management company or the owner. The owner, he added, “didn’t want any liability for it being a TV show owned by a TV station.” Norris disagreed. “They want to be able to sell that property without any controversy or anything,” said Norris.Sometime last year Norris noticed that an old mural of his on the roll up doors needed to be refreshed or replaced.  He decided to replace it with the Bob’s Burger theme and finished it in late fall. Choi, a fan of Norris’ work, said he had no second thoughts when the artist replaced the existing mural that Norris had painted on the cafe some 15 years ago. The owner, however, was unhappy with the change.  “I think he didn’t like that we just went in and changed the mural, which changes the value and look of a building,” said Choi.“There was a blue bear [on the door] that Sirron did about 15 years ago,” said Choi. Norris has several murals in the Mission and is known for his political cartoons distinguished by his signature blue bears. The new mural was well-received by the local community, said Choi, and seemed to be a perfect fit, as the sitcom was birthed in that very neighborhood.Norris added that he chose the theme of Bob’s Burgers because of that history.  “I felt that it was an opportunity to do something unique to celebrate the show at this cool spot that was the apex of where the show was created,’ he said, adding that those behind its removal “aren’t connected to the community. If they were, they would know that people want public art here.” Screenshot from Sirron Norris’ Instagram of Bob and Linda Belcher from the Fox TV sitcom, Bob’s Burgers. last_img read more

ENGLAND will hone their preparations for Rugby Lea

first_imgENGLAND will hone their preparations for Rugby League World Cup 2013 with an International Origin Game against the Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday June 14.The showdown against the cream of Super League’s southern hemisphere talent will be England’s only competitive fixture this year before they face Australia in the opening fixture of RLWC2013 on October 26.The International Origin matches have grown in stature and intensity since their inception in 2011 and England coach Steve McNamara believes this year’s fixture will be the biggest yet.“It’s a massive game for England and every English player who aspires to being involved in our plans for the World Cup,” said McNamara.“International Origin offers us a great opportunity to continue the progress we have experienced as a group over the last few years and take an important step towards the World Cup.“However, it’s not just about the World Cup: this is very much a fixture we will be looking to win.“There is always a lot of needle between the England and Exiles players ahead of the Origin game and I’m sure that between now and then we will see a massive hunger to be involved in this fixture from every player in Super League.“We are delighted by the choice of venue: there’s always a terrific atmosphere at The Halliwell Jones Stadium and the players all like playing there.“It’s going to be a big night for everybody and we’re really looking forward to it.”The process of appointing a coach for the Exiles in 2013 is currently ongoing and details will be confirmed over the coming months.Tickets for the 2013 International Origin Game at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, will go on general sale from Monday February 25.last_img read more

Puppys death sparks call for tougher animal cruelty laws

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It has been more than a month since a puppy was allegedly beaten to death in Wilmington. Now, thousands of people are coming together on Facebook in hopes of getting justice for the pup named Axel.“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through in my life. The hardest thing,” Axel’s owner, Tammy Croom said.- Advertisement – On Christmas day Axel was killed. He was an early Christmas present for Croom but was taken from her far too soon.“I have in my possession right now his collar and his tags,” Croom said.All Croom has left are tags and memories.Related Article: Wilmington man accused of abandoning pet fish after evictionCroom’s daughter’s boyfriend, Christopher Simpson, is accused of beating the puppy to death.“To beat a dog to death is pretty serious and I don’t see it any different, that’s just my opinion, than harming a child. It’s innocent they don’t have a voice,” said Rosey Milazzo, who created the Facebook group.In just three days more than 2,300 people have joined the Facebook group “Justice for Axel.”Milazzo is an animal advocate and created the group to raise awareness of animal cruelty cases like this.“My ideal would be, you know, five years or more but I know that’s not realistic,” Milazzo said.Although New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David could not comment on this specific case he said the maximum punishment would be up to 39 months incarceration. However, that is if the defendant has a serious record.It’s a sentence Croom, Milazzo, and David would like to see changed.“I’ve always said that crimes of violence are the top priority and that includes not only against humans but against animals too,” David said. “So I would advocate for punishing animal abuse, particularly with malicious intent, more harshly than it currently is.”Croom wants a database created where animal abusers are registered and for their rights to take care of animals be stripped away.“Pets have feelings too and they have no way to defend themselves so I would like to see punishment come out of this and higher animal laws,” Croom said.As for Simpson, Croom once saw him as a son but that is not the case anymore.“I will never be able to forgive him for this,” Croom said.WWAY reached out to Simpson for an interview but he declined the request.Simpson’s next court date is scheduled for February 8. The “Justice for Axel” group plans to protest his appearance.last_img read more

Magnolia Greens marks 20th anniversary with bald eagle release

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Our neighbors at Magnolia Greens in Leland are celebrating their 20th anniversary this weekend. They marked the occasion with a special bald eagle release Saturday morning with the help of the Cape Fear Raptor Center.The eagle, nicknamed “Salty,” came to the Raptor Center from the Outer Banks back in June. He was suffering from lead poisoning and could not fly or lift his head up.- Advertisement – The experts at the Raptor Center rehabilitated the bird. Medical director Joni Shimp says the eagle is expected to return to its home in Currituck County.“The fact that we’ve had him for just a little over a month means that, most likely, no one else has taken up his spot in his territory and he’s got a female waiting for him. Most likely, he’ll go right back to where he came from and reclaim his territory. Hopefully, have more eaglets next year,” Shimp said.Shimp says the Raptor Center conducts six to eight eagle releases each year.last_img read more

Axethrowing bar opens in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Have you ever wanted to kick back, grab a drink and throw an axe?Now you can at Wilmington’s first venue of its kind.- Advertisement – Axes & Allies officially opens to the public Friday, but WWAY saw a sneak preview Thursday.Here’s how it works: an “axpert” explains the rules and oversees participants to ensure safety.Each lane can accommodate up to eight people at a time.Related Article: WPD: Warrants issued for hit and run suspects who yelled racial slurs at familyAxes & Allies said the throwing axe, originally established in the middle ages, has long been used as a weapon.The venue said recreational axe-throwing has been featured for decades in lumberjack competitions, fairs, festivals and more.“The most fun thing about Axes & Allies is doing something that your mom always told you you shouldn’t do,” Axes & Allies owner Mia Troy said.Axe-throwing sessions are $25 per person, per hour.You’ll need to wear closed-toed shoes and sign a waiver.Axes & Allies is located on 3rd Street in Wilmington at the former Red Barn Studio.For more information about Axes & Allies, click here.last_img read more

Salvation Army shelter to reopen for first time since Florence

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A shelter designed to help people in need is finally done getting help it needed after Hurricane Florence.The Salvation Army says its Red Shield Emergency Shelter at 802 N. 2nd St. in Wilmington will reopen next Monday. The Salvation Army will host an Open House to celebrate the reopening on Thursday, 4-7 p.m.- Advertisement – “The reopening of the Red Shield Shelter reimplements a vital service for the Cape Fear area,” Maj. Mark Craddock, Corps Officer of the Salvation Army of Cape Fear, said in a news release. “The shelter offers a temporary solution as the Salvation Army continues to move forward on the creation of the Center of Hope to be constructed at 1220 N. 30th St. The Center of Hope will provide a permanent home to the Red Shield Shelter, social services and administration while offering enhanced services to individuals and families.”During Hurricane Florence, the roof of the Red Shield Shelter suffered extensive damage and rain water poured into the shelter. The damage caused The Salvation Army to close the shelter until repairs could be completed and the safety of all guests and residents could be assured.According to a news release the Red Shield Shelter operates with 52 beds for men, women and families. All guests receive the option of enrolling in the Salvation Army Life Skills program offering up to six months of residency, nutrition, educational support classes, partnerships with Cape Fear Community College and other local businesses. Upon completion of the Life Skills program, residents graduate with a resume of consistent employment, stable housing, community service, educational success, and a pathway to stability.Related Article: UNC Wilmington to play Clemson for hurricane relief gameWhen the shelter reopens next week, it will once again open its doors to invite in people who need the services offered.The Salvation Army says its Soup Line, a daily community meal offered to everyone, will move from its current location on 3rd St. to the Red Shield Shelter. Between the Soup Line, guests and residents, the Salvation Army says it will provide 60,000 meals from the Red Shield Shelter kitchen.last_img read more

Practitioner explains the benefits of acoustic and shock wave therapy

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — A therapy that you might find shocking is making its debut in Cape Fear.Morgan Campbell is a certified alternative medicine practitioner who uses acoustic and shock wave therapy.- Advertisement – She just opened an office in Leland.She explained that more traditional methods like injections or surgery don’t always correct, but rather, conceal problems like cellulite, chronic pain and other musculoskeletal issues.“It’s a completely non invasive procedure and there’s no downtime to it,” Campbell said. “Patients come in and I normally recommend three to six treatments and they can leave right after their treatments.”Related Article: National Night Out events happening in the Cape FearRussell Edgar, one of Campbell’s patients who suffers from knee and shoulder pain, vouched for her.“It’s a lot better,” Edgar said. “At least 70-80% better than it was considering where I was at with it where I was hobbling around most of the time. I don’t have that anymore. I was having difficulty going up and down stairs, I don’t have that anymore either.”While it doesn’t sound pleasant, Campbell says a patient will only feel pressure, not pain, during the treatment.“I find the source of the pain or the issue and treat it directly,” Campbell added.Edgar said he considered injections and surgery, but he is glad he used this treatment instead.If you would like more information on shock wave therapy, please contact Morgan Campbell at (910) 540-5252.last_img read more

Updated Over 100 migrants believed to have died off Libya – UNHCR

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint IOM Libya is now reporting that there were around 250 people, mostly Eritreans and Sudanese that were on board a boat which capsized earlier today.In their tweet, they state that the boat had suffered an engine failure.Women and children are feared to have drowned.Update: survivors from the shipwreck, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese report some 250 were on the boat before it capsized off the coast of Khums after engine failure.Among those feared drowned are women and children.Survivors remain hours later at the disembarkation point.— IOM Libya (@IOM_Libya) July 25, 2019The tweet follows news of a shipwreck off the coast of the Libyan city, Al Khoms.This news came via a Twitter post from the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR earlier.Happening now:Tragic news of a deadly shipwreck off the coasts of Al Khoms.Initial reports indicate that over 100 persons may have lost their lives while other 140 have been rescued & disembarked, receiving medical & humanitarian assistance by UNHCR partner IMC.— UNHCR Libya (@UNHCRLibya) July 25, 2019They state that they have rescued and disembarked around 140 others who had received medical attention and humanitarian assistance through the organisation and their partner IMC.WhatsApplast_img read more

Airtel sells off its telecom towers in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Helios Towers Africa (HTA) has signed an agreement with Bharti Airtel to buy off its telecom towers in Africa. The deal was made for an undisclosed amount.The India based  company will divest the towers across four countries in Africa, a move that will help it reduce debt and capital expenditure and allow Airtel to focus on its core business and customers.This deal will enable HTA to own more than 7,800 towers across Africa, making it the largest independent tower company in the continent, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.“It is an important step towards the consolidation of tower assets across Africa that will drive industry-wide cost efficiencies through infrastructure sharing,” Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV Chairman Manoj Kohli said. – Advertisement – “The agreement will further help in accelerating the growth of telecom services in the continent and at the same time benefit the environment by avoiding duplication of infrastructure,” he added.HTA is jointly owned by Helios Investment Partners, Quantum Strategic Partners, Albright Capital Management, RIT Capital Partners and the International Finance Corporation. Helios Investment Partners is backed by billionaire investor George Soros.The deal is subject to statutory and regulatory approvals in the respective countries, it said, adding tower operations-related personnel will also be transferred from Airtel to HTA.Source: IT Newslast_img read more

Jovago enters into partnership with Rwandair in Ghana

first_imgAdvertisement Hotel search and booking website has partnered with Rwanda Airlines company Rwandair with an aim of easing the process in Africa for Rwandair customers.At part of the partnership, Rwandair customers will enjoy a 15% discount off bookings on using “RWANDAIR15” voucher code from now till the end of the year.Claire Staal, the Country Manager of Jovago Ghana said the milestone has taken them a step closer to making booking services on our portal easier for all travelling customers. – Advertisement – Launched in July 2015, Jovago Ghana is conidered to be one of the most innovative and service focused e-commerce companies in the Ghanaian market space.last_img

SIMON NOTT When oncourse always ask for the fractions

first_imgA lot of the fun in betting rings in days gone by was hunting around for the best prices. Finding a back-row bookie whose floorman had fallen asleep and let his boss roast offering 14/1 when the firms were taking 12/1 along the rails was all part of the game.Of course, if you did catch them napping, there was no shortage of bluffing in the old days. Books ignoring you totally, or if you were lucky and you got a polite one, copping a deaf ‘un, pretending not to hear your bet as they casually removed the price or just growling ‘nothing done’. The vast majority would play the game and accept that they had been caught fair and square and at least lay you part of the bet. They got their own back on the floorman shortly after giving the poor unfortunate a public bollocking and assuring him there would be ‘no honours’ that day.One part of the ‘good old days’ that still hangs in there and punters can benefit from is that some layers are still willing to lay fractions. The fraction prices of 100/7 100/6 etc changed in the 1970s to the more familiar 14/1 and 16/1 to the detriment of punters. However, although not advertised, most bookmakers back in the day would still lay ‘the fractions’ if asked. It was particularly useful for bookies’ floormen hedging, the boss would ask them to bet a horse to win a grand or a monkey and nick a bit of value for the bookmaker he worked for.For the record, Star Sports are happy to lay fractions at their on-course pitches, in fact punters are encouraged to asked for fractions. So don’t miss out, ask for fractions. If you don’t know them, print these out, learn them or as I used to do when starting out betting in the ring, write them on your racecard.Fractions are as follows to stakes to win £100011/2 – £1000-£1806/1 – £1000-£16013/2 – £1000 – £1507/1 – £1000 – £14015/2 – £1000 – £1308/1 – £1000 – £1209/1 – £1000 – £11011/1 -£1000 – £9012/1 – £1000 – £8014/1 – £1000 – £7016/1 – £1000 -£6033/1 – £1000-£3066/1 – £1000 – £15Always ask for fractions.Come racing for value!Simon Nott.Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more


first_imgSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: In her ninth weekly countdown blog to the big race, Julie Collier has news on the Band silenced, Burgess continuing to climb the hill, Expert choice, youngster Roman Empire, Nottingham trials and Cronin’s plans coming together …. The Star Sports Greyhound Derby build-up was cranked up a notch Monday night when Star’s biggest liability in the book Martinstown Band came up against King Turbo in a trial stakes race at Nottingham. Martinstown Band was backed and went off the 4/5 favourite but it was King Turbo who came home the winner at 11/8 clocking 29.79 beating Barry Draper’s Newinn Missile by a neck. Band was back in 3rd beaten 1 and a half lengths. Irish commentator Ian Fortune’s social media banter continued when commenting on Martinstown Band, thought to be a good English contender by many, Ian claimed he can ‘think of 15 Irish runners that would beat him sideways!’ Gulp. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Burgess Paradise is a new addition to the Star Sports Derby book after an impressive 28.78 run around Central Park for 2015 Derby winning trainer Danny Riordan. The July 2017 son of Cashen Legend and Paradise Siesta isn’t yet confirmed as a Derby entry, being so young, but clearly he has ability and goes into the betting as an 80/1 chance. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Lady of the moment is definitely Angela Harrison who won the Trainers Championship on Saturday night at Sheffield. She and Assistant Trainer and partner Jimmy Wright finished the night off with wins from two star greyhounds in Droopys Expert and last years Star Sports Derby runner-up Droopys Verve. Both will now head to Shawfield for trials on Saturday evening ahead of the Scottish Derby, after which all roads lead to Nottingham. When asked which dog, if they were only allowed one, would they take to Nottingham, Angela voted Verve and Jimmy voted Expert (pictured with him) ! Only time will tell which of this in-form training duo is right! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Connections of July 2017 youngster Roman Empire, previously said their dog would be too young to line-up in the 2019 Star Sports Derby but they are clearly tempted! The dog trialled round Nottingham on Monday clocking 30.16 on +30 going after running very wide at the first bend. Caesar, as he’s know to connections, will have another look next week before a decision is made. Derrygrath Nick trained by Laurence Tuffin was the fastest of the session over 500m stopping the clock at 29.99. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Nottingham have released details of a number of planned trial stakes races leading up to the Star Sports Derby. The first session will be Monday the 8th of April at 11am and will be run the subsequent 6 Mondays until the 13th of May. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Irish trainer Peter Cronin is a man to respect with whatever he brings over for the English Derby after making it to the final with a big priced runner Tynwald Bish in 2015 finishing 2nd and last year with Whoops Jack. It’s fair to say he does extremely well with his runners over here and he’s been quietly assembling a nice team ready for next month. They include Angry Lauren, Badminton Jet, Coolavanny About, Crossfield Don, Da Head Hunter, El Commendo, Jacks Tornado, Roaming Hero and Worseforwear. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSLATEST VIDEOSDROOPYS NADALDroopys Nadal is a dog that has taken plenty of time to come to hand. Now, at just 2 years old, he’s an exciting dog for the Harrison/Wright kennel. Jimmy tells us why he thinks the dog will thrive at Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS TRAPPERDroopys Trapper racked up many top class wins as a puppy and broke the Sunderland track record to boot. At two and a half years old, Jimmy is hoping he can now carry that form into the Star Sports Derby and tells us why preparation is key with this dog. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS EXPERTAfter winning the 2017 All England Cup, Droopys Expert suffered an injury that ultimately meant we didn’t see the best of him in last years Star Sports Derby. He’s going to be 4 years old in October but he’s back in-form and, perhaps surprisingly, Jimmy believes he could be the best of the bunch.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS VERVEThe 2018 Star Sports Derby runner-up is one cool customer. A seriously Pacey dog who was extremely young to be lining up as a Derby contender, let alone finalist, last year as he only turned 2 during the Derby. He’ll have another crack at the title this year as a 3 year old and Jimmy explains why this dog will improve as the months go on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALISON KELLY PILGRIMAlison Kelly Pilgrim trains greyhounds for Ray Dean and Paul Surridge who have owned many good dogs before. Now, in a bid to win the Star Sports Greyhound Derby, Kelly tells us how her owners have invested in a nice team for her to take to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>MATT REDMANJune Harvey’s son and assistant trainer Matt Redman tells us about Ower Boy Bullet and assesses his chances for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Matt absolutely loves this dog and rates him extremely highly. He’s had his share of problems but now looks to be back on track.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CRAIG MORRISCraig Morris, assistant trainer to Hayley Keightley with his early views on the big race.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICHARD HARKNESS PREVIEWWith just over 3 months to go before the Star Sports Greyhound Derby gets underway, RPGTV pundit and former Derby-winning part-owner Richard Harkness gives his early thoughts on the contenders this year and tells us who he will be backing anti-post.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEONic Jeal has enjoyed much success in his relatively short time as a greyhound owner. Now he has new purchase Antigua Romeo aiming to be a real contender in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Here, his trainer Matt Dartnall tells us more about this May 2017 son of Romeo Recruit and why he is expecting a lot of improvement over the coming months.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RISING BRANDYRising Brandy was nothing short of stunning in the 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby. But after winning his quarter final, connections were devastated to find the dog was lame at the pick-up with a shoulder injury that kept him off the track for six months. His trainer Matt Dartnall tells us how he is now on the road to recovery and how realistic a chance he is for the 2019 Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

5 Questions with the MBA Admissions Team at UIC Liautaud Graduate School

first_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo regions: Chicago In our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Alanna O’Connor, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment for the Full-Time MBA Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business. O’Connor talks about the many new opportunities, programs, and events taking place at Liautaud this year and beyond. She also gives advice for candidates interested in applying to the MBA program, insight into outside-the-classroom opportunities, and her pick for best Chicago deep dish pizza.Are there any new programs, centers, faculty members, or events you can talk about?“Under Dean Michael Mikhail, our faculty body has grown 35 percent. In fact, more than 50 percent of our tenure-track faculty have been hired since he assumed the deanship in 2012 and many have been quoted as experts in national publication including WBEZ (Chicago’s NPR affiliate), The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and The Chicago Tribune.The UIC Business Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (iLEAD) is disrupting traditional classroom notions. This one-of-a-kind experience gives students a competitive edge with teaching professional development courses incorporating innovative approaches such as improvisation.This spring UIC Business launched a new master of science degree program in supply chain and operations management, or MSSCOM. This program is exemplary of a curriculum designed for tomorrow’s supply chain professional. Led by our extraordinary faculty, the MSSCOM offers students a core set of courses in operations management, data, and supply chain management and expertise in the skill set employers seek. In terms of events, connecting with our campus to determine fit is an essential part of a prospective student’s B-School research. UIC Business offers information sessions and lunch and learns, Open House events, webinars, classroom visit opportunities, and the chance to connect one on one with a recruitment advisor, current student, or faculty member. Understanding our prospective students have busy lives, we offer many opportunities to meet in person, by phone or virtually.”What is one area of the UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School MBA student experience that you want applicants to pay attention to?The Liautaud Graduate School of Business at UIC is located just several blocks from the picturesque Chicago River.“UIC Business is just steps away from Chicago’s business district, which is an asset for our students in terms of internships and jobs. But our faculty are preparing students to compete in a global market through a quantitative approach to business that ensures our students have not only the management skills they will need, but also the facility and comfort with data and analysis to be competitive hires and successful 21st century business leaders.”What opportunities, outside of the classroom, does the UIC Liautaud Graduate School offer MBA students to get hands-on experience?“Through the MBA Capstone project, MBA students partner with local businesses and organizations and use the analytic and problem-solving skills they have developed to address the enterprise level challenges of firms. Our dedicated Business Career Center regularly hosts firms for visit days as well as Career Fairs, and Career Advisors provide one-on-one personal support in resume development, mock interviews, and job searches. Speaker series like our Leadership Breakfast, Executives in the Boardroom, and Alumni 4 U give students the chance to learn from and network with business leaders.”What advice would you give an MBA candidate interested in the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business?“Graduate school is an investment of your time and energy, and the return on that will be measured for you personally and professionally. UIC Business is an AASCB program located in Chicago’s top public research university. With our connections to Chicago’s business world, prime location, faculty experts teaching in-demand subjects, and thriving network of alumni, your life will be enriched with the knowledge and skills you gain and the people you meet who are interested in helping move your career forward. Get involved beyond the classroom with student organizations, utilize Business Career Center services, go to our special speakers and events series, and make time for fun at UIC Business sponsored social networking opportunities.”Where can you get the best Chicago pizza near campus?Chicago’s famous (and infamous) Giordano’s deep dish pizza is near the Liautaud campus.“This can be a sensitive question because there are so many options depending upon how you like your slice, and whether you want to dine-in or carry-out. There are over 900 spots to get a slice of pizza within the UIC zip code. But if we had to pick just one true Chicago pizza, our choice for best would go to Giordano’s for its taste and authentic Chicago style.” Relatedcenter_img 5 Questions with the MBA Admissions Team at UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business Last Updated Apr 22, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Professor Fatally Stabbed on USC Campus Student Arrested

first_img(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen) Share Professor Fatally Stabbed on USC Campus, Student Arrested By The Associated Press December 3, 2016 Updated: December 3, 2016 Share this article US center_img LOS ANGELES (AP)—A student stabbed a psychology professor to death on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles on Friday in what was a personal dispute, authorities said.Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar said the professor was killed inside the Seeley G. Mudd building in the heart of campus. She said a male student was arrested without incident immediately after police arrived at the scene of the attack but his name was not released. Aguilar could not say who called police but said it wasn’t the professor or the student.Aguilar said the student was set to be interviewed Friday night and that his name would be released after he was booked.USC President C. L. Max Nikias identified the professor killed as Bosco Tjan in a letter addressed to the USC community.Tjan joined USC in 2001, taught in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and served as co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, Nikias said.“As the Trojan family mourns Professor Tjan’s untimely passing, we will keep his family in our thoughts,” Nikias said. The USC Department of Public Safety said in a statement that investigators believe the attack was not random and “was the result of a personal dispute.”Chris Purington, project manager at Tjan’s lab, said he never heard of anyone having a problem with Tjan—a married father of one son listed in public records as 50 years old—and had no idea who would have wanted him dead.“He was somebody who really cared about people. I know he cared about me,” Purington said through tears. “He mentored people and he looked out for them. He spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to be a mentor and guide people.”He said the professor gave him a job both after he graduated from USC and after graduate school at the University of California-Berkeley.Purington traveled with Tjan for various science conferences and said that everyone knew and loved the professor.“People talk about scientists as very cold or robotic. Bosco is a guy that he could talk to anybody about anything,” he said. “He couldn’t move through a room without being sidetracked in all these conversations.“He just had this energy about him. Kinetic might be the word,” Purington said. “He had a huge impact on my life.”USC was rocked last year by the beating death of graduate student Xinran Ji, who was attacked and beaten by several people as he walked back to his off-campus apartment late at night after attending a study session.After Ji’s murder USC officials sought to reassure parents of Chinese exchange students that the campus and its surrounding areas are safe.In 2012, Chinese graduate students Ming Qu and Ying Wu were shot to death as they sat in their BMW about a mile from campus.USC has 44,000 students enrolled, including more than 10,000 international students. A highly competitive school, it enrolled only about 16 percent of the more than 54,000 people who applied for its freshman class this year.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Trump Condemns Violence on Both Sides in Charlottesville

first_img NEW YORK—President Donald Trump said there were two sides to the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, calling out both white supremacists and left-wing protesters.“You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs, and it was vicious, it was horrible,” Trump said at a press conference in response to a reporter who asked whether Trump was “calling the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane,” at a press conference that was intended to be about infrastructure, at Trump Tower in New York on Aug. 15.Trump reiterated a statement he made on Aug. 12 after a man drove a car into a left-wing counter protest at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman.“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America,” he said.But the president said that while neo-Nazis should be condemned in the strongest terms, there were also people who had come to the rally to legitimately and peacefully protest against the removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis, I’ve condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists. … Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” he said. Trump said the counter protesters, who did not have a permit to be there, were also to blame for the violence.Related CoverageTrump Says Removal of Confederate Statues Changes History“What about the alt-left that came charging? … They came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs. Do they have any problem? I think they do,” Trump said.“I think there’s blame on both sides. You look at both sides, I think there’s blame on both sides.”Trump specifically called out, albeit not by name, the Antifa group, a communist and anarchist group that has been behind a series of violent protests.“You see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and the baseball bats. You had a lot of people in the other group,” he said.Toward the end of the press conference, Trump commented on the “beautiful statement” sent to him by the mother of Heather Heyer, the woman killed on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville. Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, wrote in response to Trump’s statement on Aug. 12, “Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred.” Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower in New York on Aug. 15, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Show Discussioncenter_img Share this article US Trump Condemns Violence on Both Sides in Charlottesville By Jasper Fakkert August 15, 2017 Updated: August 17, 2017last_img read more

After the public release of the Mueller report on

first_img After the public release of the Mueller report on April 18, House Democrats have remained unsatisfied with the conclusion of the 22-month long investigation, which cleared President Trump of both collision and obstruction allegations. Since gaining a majority in the House of Representatives after the midterm elections, Democrats have been debating internally on how and when to consider impeachment proceedings against the President, in anticipation of the release of the Mueller report which they had hoped would recommend criminal charges against Trump.As Congress returned to session on Monday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned that Attorney General Bill Barr will be “obstructing Congress” if he decides not to appear before the House Judiciary Committee, adding that “the attorney general of the United States is not the president’s personal lawyer, and he should act as the attorney general of the United States and honor his responsibilities.”Attorney General Barr is scheduled to testify on the Mueller report before the Senate on Wednesday, May 1, and the House on May 2. This weekend, Barr considered canceling an appearance in the House after Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) abruptly changed the format of the hearing, adding additional rounds of questioning by both parties’ committee counsels. Nadler has vowed to “use whatever means we can to enforce the subpoena” for Barr’s appearance later this week, Washington Examiner reported.The Justice Department’s spokeswoman Kerri Kupec made a statement on April 28 that “the Attorney General agreed to appear before Congress. Therefore, Members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning. He remains happy to engage with Members on their questions regarding the Mueller report,” The Hill reported.Democrat disappointments and frustrations with the Mueller report’s findings on Trump have been clear, but they have vowed to continue investigating the President. The House Ways and Means Committee is pursuing Trump’s tax returns, the Intelligence Committee is looking into Trump’s businesses and the Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed Justice Department officials for the full report and its underlying intelligence sources.The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Politics Share Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img AG Barr Will Be ‘Obstructing Congress’ If He Fails to Appear Before House Judiciary: Speaker Pelosi By Kristian Kafozoff April 30, 2019 Updated: April 30, 2019 Attorney General William Barr speaks alongside Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R), and acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Edward O’Callaghan (L), about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, on April 18, 2019. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo) Show Discussionlast_img read more