Sony Pictures Television SPT has set a new manag

Sony Pictures Television SPT has set a new manag

first_imgSony Pictures Television (SPT) has set a new management team following the departures of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg for Apple.Jeff FrostJeff Frost is rising from executive VP of business affairs to president of Sony Pictures Television Studios (SPTS), a new division that separates business from creative.Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell are also upped from their roles as EVP of drama development and programming to co-presidents of SPTS.They will take on creative oversight of the Culver City-based studio, reporting to Frost, who in turn reports to new Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra.This comes after Erlicht and Van Amburg surprised the TV industry by resigning their roles to become programming chiefs at tech giant Apple, which is pushing into original content.Collectively, the new Sony trio will lead what has been dubbed the ‘office of the president’.Within this Clodfelter and Parnell will oversee drama, comedy, reality, syndication, current programming, casting and talent, telemovies and miniseries, and TriStar Television.Wayne Garvie will remain in charge of SPT’s international productions as chief creative officer. He will now report to Vinciquerra, the former Fox channels chief who replaced Michael Lynton as SPE earlier this year.Sony’s television division, which is behind series such as The Shield, Preacher and Breaking Bad, has been a consistent performer for the studio, which is owned by Japan’s Sony Corp and has struggled in other areas such as film in recent years.“Over the last several weeks, I have been able to see first-hand the strong leadership qualities possessed by Jeff, Chris and Jason, the high energy and vitality of everyone in their groups and throughout SPT and the outstanding collaboration that exists between them all,” said Vinciquerra.“I am confident they will not only grow our robust television business, but also strengthen the integration between SPT and SPE’s other lines of business and with the other Sony Group companies.”Frost joined Sony in 2008 from ABC Studios, where he was senior VP of business affairs.Parnell joined SPT in 2003, while Clodfelter was hired in 2006. They have jointly developed series such as Breaking Bad, The Blacklist and Bloodline since then.“The landscape of our business continues to rapidly evolve, and SPT is in an ideal position to take advantage of industry shifts due to our diversity of programming and ability to air across a broad array of broadcast, cable and digital platforms,” said Frost.“We have had great success over the past ten years and I look forward to working with the team to capitalise on the opportunities that lie ahead.”last_img read more

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has sign

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has sign

first_imgSpanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has signed a deal to provide Netflix via its new 4K UHD TV boxes from next year and has separately unveiled plans to expand to other areas of Spain outside its existing markets of the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia.The deal with Netflix will see Euskaltel become the first operator in Spain to offer its customer a remote control featuring a dedicated Netflix button.Francisco ArtecheNetflix will form part of Euskaltel’s new 4K offering from next year. Euskaltel Group customers who sign up for the 4K decoder will be able to content offered by Netflix in Spain including locally-produced original Las Chicas del Cable, Stranger Things, Narcos and 13 Reasons Why. Upcoming Netflix original films include Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.“With this partnership, we are pleased to offer seamless and fastest access to Netflix for Euskaltel’s customers, allowing them to enjoy amazing entertainment in the best possible picture resolution and in one place, just by clicking on the Netflix dedicated button of their remote control,” said Francisco Arteche, CEO of Euskaltel.Separately, the Basque Country-based operator, which recently completed the acquisition of Zegona Communications-owned Asturias operator Telecable, has unveiled ambitious plans to expand its services to several neighbouring regions of Spain over the next five years.Euskaltel plans to expand into Navarre, León, Cantabria and La Rioja, representing a market of about 1.6 million people, or 500,000 households collectively. The programme will kick off next year with a launch in Navarre, targeting about 150,000 homes.Euskaltel will also expand its network reach in its existing markets of the Basque Country, Galicia and Asturias, with plans to add 800,000 homes passed and 6,200 businesses to its coverage zone.The Navarre expansion will begin with the regional capital, Pamplona, and the adjoining town of Ansoain. To facilitate the move, Euskaltel has struck a network deal with Orange, allowing it to use the fibre-to-the-home network deployed by that operator. The agreement with Orange covers the building of new shared network infrastructure as well as wholesale access to Orange’s existing lines.Euskaltel has set an objective of offering its fixed and mobile services to 78,500 additional homes in the Pamplona area next year, increasing to 150,000 over the next five years with the addition of Tudela, Alsasua, Etxarri-Aranatz, Huarte, Estella-Lizarra, Burlada, Valle de Egüés and Zizur Mayor, among others.Euskaltel has set a target of achieving 20% penetration, giving it an additional 30,000 in Navarre by 2022. Euskaltel said it planned to invest €20 million in total in expanding its reach, including €10 million in Navarre.last_img read more

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first_imgPay TV operators are under pressure.  They face growing competitive threats in the shape of OTT services and bundled offerings from telecom rivals. As a result, they need to provide new application experiences that can be brought to market at Web speed and delivered consistently across every device.Cloud TV and virtualisation promise to help operators deliver exciting new services quickly and efficiently, without the delays involved in deploying new set-top boxes.  But opinions differ about which applications are most likely to benefit from cloud technology and how much set-top box functionality will be moved to the cloud.DTVE recently surveyed over 150 video industry players from over 40 countries, including TV operators and broadcasters, to find out about their perceptions of cloud TV, which applications they believe are key and how they view the evolution of their service infrastructure.The resulting report, which is now available to download free of charge, presents a fascinating overview of current perceptions and priorities, pointing the way to how cloud virtualisation can deliver real and measurable benefits to operators and their customers.Download the free report now >last_img read more

DERRY HOMES EVACUATED AFTER ARSON ATTACK ON CAR SP

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first_imgDERRY HOMES EVACUATED AFTER ARSON ATTACK ON CAR SPARKS GAS LEAK was last modified: July 25th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet A man in his 40s has been treated for burns.It is believed he was trying to move the car when he was injured.A silver BMW four-door three series car parked in the driveway was gutted in the attack.The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is working to establish the cause of the gas leak.“We have a leak in one of the houses here at Dove Gardens, it’s coming out of a medium pressure gas mains,” said NIFRS Assistant Group Commander Kevin Lynch. A number of homes in Derry have been evacuated because of a gas leak.The leak was discovered in Dove Gardens, in the Bogside area of the city, a few hours after an arson attack.Fire fighters dealt with a car fire which then spread to a mid-terrace house shortly after 5 amon Tuesday.center_img “We have engineers on site and we are working along with them to try and find the leak and get it stopped.“We have evacuated five homes in the street just as a safety precaution.”Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said it could have been a “very serious incident” had the fire spread.“I would like to commend the quick actions of the car owner in his efforts to stop the fire from spreading further despite the dangers he faced,” he said.“It must have been a very frightening experience.”Police said inquiries by detectives was ongoing into the incident.Sergeant Nick Rainey said: “A man (48) who attempted to move the burning vehicle away from the house sustained some burn injuries, believed to be minor in nature.“We are keen to hear from witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident. Please call 101, quoting reference number 174 25/07/17.” bogsideCOUNCILLOR KEVIN CAMPBELLDERRY HOMES EVACUATED AFTER ARSON ATTACK ON CAR SPARKS GAS LEAKDOVE GARDENSNIFRSPSNIlast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet The charges follow the arrest of a 41 year old man in the Clooney Road area of the city on Thursday, November 9.Detective Chief Inspector Brian Foster said: “This is a significant seizure of drugs and I am delighted such a huge amount of drugs has been taken off our streets.“This seizure means that lives have been saved.“This operation demonstrates that PSNI is effective in removing drugs from our streets and also arresting those believed to be involved in the supply trade who have no regard for the people in their own communities, but instead are fuelled by a desire to make money from others’ addictions. “I want to assure the community we will continue to pursue those who brazenly engage in the world of illicit drugs. We will seek to identify them, arrest them and place them before the courts. There will be no hiding place for them.“Police will continue to take robust action against those believed to be involved in organised criminal activity, particularly those involved in the supply of drugs, as well as street level drug dealers.“Drugs are a concern for communities and this operation demonstrates our commitment to deal with the issue. I would encourage communities to work with the police in investigating and bringing people before the courts.“Anyone with any information about drugs or any illegal activity should contact police by calling 101.“Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” added DCI Foster.MAN TO FACE DERRY COURT OVER £150,000 COCAINE SEIZURE was last modified: November 11th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: 000 COCAINE SEIZUREclooneycocaineDCI BRIAN FOSTERDERRY MAGISTRATES’ COURTMAN TO FACE DERRY COURT OVER £150PSNI The £150,000 haul of cocaine seized by police in Derry on ThursdayPOLICE have charged a 41 year old man with possession of a Class A controlled drug and possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply. He is due to appear at Derry Magistrates’ Court today, Saturday, November, 11, for a first remand hearing.As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch ARMED AND DANGEROUS: State Police Looking For Escaped Inmate From McDowell County By Tyler BarkerAug 05, 2018, 19:56 pm 2136 0 Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Facebook Tumblr Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News ARMED AND DANGEROUS: State Police Looking For Escaped Inmate From McDowell County Mail Next PostUPDATE: Deputies Arrest Man After Stealing A Police Cruiser Previous PostWest Virginia American Water Company Issues Boil Water Advisory WELCH, WV (WOAY) – On August 5, 2018, Sr. Tpr. Lee from the WVSP Welch Detachment was notified of an inmate escape that occurred from the Steven’s Correctional Center, Welch Holding Facility.The escapee was identified as Charles Wentz, 39 years old, 6-1, 170 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair.Mr. Wentz was incarcerated for Fleeing in a Vehicle from an officer, Felony DUI, Grand Larceny, 1st Degree Robbery, Attempted 1st Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Robbery. Wentz should be considered armed and dangerous.Christine Maria Rodriguez, 37 years old from Fairmont, WV, was arrested for aiding in the escape of Wentz. Rodriguez was located and arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office based warrants.Mr. Wentz is still at large and has ties to the areas of Huntington, WV, and Dayton, Ohio. Any information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Wentz can be reported to the McDowell County 911 Center at 304-436-4107, Office of the WVSP at 304-256-6700, or Crime Stoppers. Linkedinlast_img read more

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first_imgAll of our lives have occurred in an era of peak somnambulism (a.k.a. sleepwalking), and those of us who enjoy being awake have suffered mightily because of it. Using your mind has come with a price in our time, which is pretty sick, really. You can thank growing government tyranny for that. Humanity, however, does not sleep forever. Eventually humans get tired with the permanent suspension of thought. I know that none of us have ever seen that in our lifetimes, but I study history, and trust me, it has happened in the past. Can you imagine people traveling a hundred miles on foot, over muddy roads and fields, with bad shoes, and sleeping outdoors, just to listen to a teacher who the authorities had recently defrocked for immorality and cast out of the city? And this teacher wasn’t a religious guru or the leader of a revolution: he was teaching things like history, philosophy and logic. Well, hundreds of people, even thousands, did this in the early 12th century. (The teacher’s name was Peter Abelard, and he wasn’t the only one.) Europeans had been cut-off from learning by their ruling systems for hundreds of years, and yet at this moment they remembered that they were human and woke up. I’m promising that this will happen again anytime soon, mind you, but it does happen on occasion. History Shows the Way From the 12th century through the 19th century, Europeans and Americans generally used their brains, and life in the West improved massively; far beyond anything ever seen in the historical record. But then, it changed. Knowledge didn’t go away, but humanity forgot that it mattered and decided that sleepwalking was easier and better. It’s not often that you get personalities as diverse as F.A. Hayek, Virginia Woolf, Ayn Rand, and the Bohemian artists of London to all agree, but there was one subject on which they did concur: All of them said that there was a distinct change in the nature of humanity in 1911 or thereabouts. Virginia Woolf, for example, was very precise, placing it in December of 1910 and writing that “human character changed.” Ayn Rand, who was very young at the time, placed it “before World War One” and said “the West lost its nerve.” Whatever it was that happened, it is very clear that since that time, the men of the West have tried very hard to sleep and have fought to remain in their slumbers. Yes, they were scientifically trained to be that way in government conditioning centers (a.k.a. schools). And yes, they spent decades of their lives in factories where thinking was taken as a threat. And yes, it’s true that they were subjected to millions of advertisements that grasped at their minds and wills. But even all of that doesn’t account for a hundred years of slumbers. There’s a Reason it’s Called the Idiot Box… The big factor in all of this was the great god of the age: Television. After all, to most people, television is simply what we do. Try telling people that you don’t watch TV some time and see what happens – they’ll treat you like a space alien. And if you persist, they’re likely to see you as a threat. TV is simply what modern humanity does. Americans watch better than 150 hours of TV per month these days – on average. And when they’re not watching flashing images on their awesome new flatscreen (bigger than their neighbor’s!), they’re plugged in to some kind of iPod, iPad, or some other trendy new iGadget. Anything to avoid thinking. And the more bizarre the world gets – like Presidents and courts agreeing that droning citizens to death without a trial is not a Constitutional problem – they more they avoid thinking. The more the need to think sits in front of their faces, the more they crawl into TV, music, tabloids, booze, and anything else that will allow them to avoid it. Their ignorance must be preserved, or else they’ll have to face the thing they’ve been running from all their lives: responsibility. But, as I say, this will not last forever. Whenever it is that the hypnosis breaks, those who have been using it as a slave drug will have a problem. And that may be why they’re in such a hurry to build a fast, cheap tyranny. Once humanity turns again, the elite life-skimmers will need the ability to remove troublemakers quickly and easily, and to lead with it on the nightly news… presuming that anyone still watches the insulting drivel. There are signs of humanity waking up, after all. Who would have dared to predict thousands of young people following an old doctor like Ron Paul around the country, eagerly waiting to hear about the Federal Reserve scam? I’m not at all sure that will be enough, but it did involve numbers of young people opening their eyes, and it was a real surprise. Government Tyranny in Action So, if this continues, the power-mongers will need cheap control, which is why they’ve been procuring drones and computers. Drones and 24/7 monitoring make for excellent, cheap tyranny: A world-wide surveillance web to see what you are thinking about, a world-wide manipulation system to nudge you in the ‘right’ directions, and drones to intimidate you… and, if necessary, to take you out. (Once your worst texts and emails have been worked into an appropriate story, of course.) So, we’re in a race between cheap government tyranny, and humanity deciding that a hundred semi-comatose years were enough, and that it’s time to wake up. Which side will win the race? I dunno. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

Upcoming events and information at Northridge Midd

Upcoming events and information at Northridge Midd

first_imgUpcoming events and information at Northridge Middle School will be on full display this upcoming school year.The Tuscaloosa County Commission recently approved a brand new electronic sign to be placed outside of the school. School officials say an electronic sign is a great method of communication with parents and faculty.The commission will provide more than $12,500 for the sign, which is only a partial amount.“People will be able to see all of the events, whether they are sports activities, whether they’re sports activities, whether they’re academic events like the math team, PTSA meetings, safety meetings that we have,” said Carter Hill, Northridge Middle School Assistant Principal. ”Northridge hopes to have the sign up and running before the start of school in August.last_img read more

BALTIMORE — Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore R

BALTIMORE — Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore R

first_imgBALTIMORE — Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 8 and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, apparently shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino.Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. An earlier TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed Sept. 2.The Ravens said earlier Sept. 8 that they never saw the new video. Hours later, they sent out a one-sentence release: “The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon.”The NFL also took action, saying on Twitter that Commissioner “Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice.”Coach John Harbaugh was expected to talk Monday night after practice.The NFL suspended Rice for two games in July for domestic violence, a punishment at the time that received widespread criticism in different circles.“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”Goodell indicated as much on Aug. 1 when during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend.“When we’re going through the process of evaluating the issue and whether there will be discipline, you look at all of the facts that you have available to us,” Goodell said. “Law enforcement normally has more … information, facts, than we have. We’ll get as much as we possibly can.”Rice’s lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.The 27-year-old Rice was charged with felony aggravated assault in the case, but in May he was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being purged from his record.After Goodell drew criticism not being tough enough on Rice, in a letter to all 32 NFL owners in August he wrote, “My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values.”“I didn’t get it right,” he added. “Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.” First-time offenders now face a six-game suspension.Rice began his suspension Sept. 7, when the Ravens opened their season with a 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He was scheduled to return after the Sept. 11th game against Pittsburgh. According to the terms of his suspension, Rice could not be with the team and must work out alone.Rice hasn’t spoken often to the media since his arrest, but on July 31 called his actions “inexcusable” and said this is “something I have to live with the rest of my life.”He added: “I know that’s not who I am as a man. That’s not who my mom raised me to be. If anybody knows me, they know I was raised by a single parent, and that was my mother. I let her down, I let my wife down, I let my daughter down. I let my wife’s parents down. I let the whole Baltimore community down. I let my teammates down. I let so many people down because of 30 seconds of my life that I know I can’t take back.”(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

SILVERSTONE England AP — Lewis Hamilton slashed

SILVERSTONE England AP — Lewis Hamilton slashed

first_imgSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton slashed Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One championship lead to one point by winning a record-equaling fifth British Grand Prix on Sunday as his title rival was left reeling by a late puncture.Vettel was in third heading into the penultimate lap at Silverstone only to see his front left tire shred — immediately after Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s car experienced the same fate.Raikkonen still made the podium by replacing Vettel in third, but the championship leader fell back to seventh as the 25-point lead he held over Hamilton going into the 10th round of the 20-race season was all but wiped out on an overcast afternoon in central England.It capped a dominant weekend for Hamilton in front of his home fans and the three-time world champion was assisted by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas making up seven places to join him on the podium after finishing second.“Great drive by Valtteri,” Hamilton said over the team radio after claiming victory. “Fantastic job, all weekend.”For Hamilton, the victory after failing to make the podium in his last two races will vindicate the decision to embark on a two-day holiday to Greece after last weekend’s Austrian GP. The jaunt annoyed racing fans in London who turned up to a flagship showcase of the sport that was attended by the other 19 drivers.ROB HARRIS, AP Sports WriterMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack in Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

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I Love Boston Sports ILBS the Bostonbased crea

first_imgI Love Boston Sports (ILBS), the Boston-based creative force behind the most recognizable and distinctive Boston-inspired sports art and apparel on the market, announces the grand opening of their newest franchise location. Expanding beyond their popular kiosk in Faneuil Hall and other retail locations outside of Boston, I Love Boston Sports has officially opened a brick and mortar store in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, across from MIJA Cantina and Tequila Bar. ILBS also has a store in South Shore Plaza and a pop-up store this summer at Legacy Place.The new I Love Boston Sports store features some of their most popular creations, such as the iconic “Crossing the Charles,” “The Last Suppah,” “Boston Tea Party,” “Beers: Where Every Townie Knows Your Name” and “Faneuil Brawl.” With this new location in the heart of Boston, ILBS makes it easier for Bostonians and tourists to access highlights from their extensive catalog of artwork and apparel. They are also showcasing art from other regions in their usual whimsical way.*Advertisement* “We grew our company in the most grass roots way possible, by selling outside events and doing festivals all over New England. We have amassed a large following outside of Boston as a result of our earlier efforts and figured it was time to establish a presence right in the heart of Boston,” said CEO and Creative Director Mahlon Williams. “The Faneuil Hall location provides more opportunities for us to cater to not only our Boston customers, but out of town visitors as well. I Love Boston Sports fans will now have a place to visit seven days a week at the shopping mecca of our city, where they can browse our entire collection and see our new work the day it gets unveiled. We also have our FAN FAVORITE green screen on display and encourage fans to insert themselves into our art work. It’s epic.”For more information on I Love Boston Sports, athlete appearances and all they have to offer, please check out their website, www.iLoveBostonSports.com,or visit them at their other store locations including Legacy Place (Summer 2018) or South Shore Plaza.last_img read more

Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library Print Dep

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first_imgPhoto courtesy of Boston Public Library, Print DepartmentThis week’s photo is of the North End’s Unity Street back in 1898. The street is located just off of the Paul Revere Mall and is still just as narrow as shown in the image! If you were to visit the area today, you’d notice that the cobblestone has been paved over and the buildings have gotten taller too.Centuries ago, the street was part of the rim that lapsed the outskirts of the old Mill Pond. Read more of our historical coverage on Unity Street here.Tune in on Thursday’s to view our featured neighborhood photo from back in the day! Submit your historical photos using our Submit a Post form or tag @northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling about your photo.*Advertisement* See past historic neighborhood photo posts.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*last_img read more

North End KoC members were on hand from the Ausoni

North End KoC members were on hand from the Ausoni

first_imgNorth End KoC members were on hand from the Ausonia Council #1513 for the celebration, along with their non-profit partner, the East Boston Community Development Corp. that will have a 99-year lease to develop and manage the property. It was a good day for affordable housing efforts in the City of Boston as hundreds of new units were funded throughout the city at a celebratory event held in the North End. Mayor Walsh and local officials gathered at the Knights of Columbus building at 41 N. Margin Street, the future site of 23 new senior affordable housing units. In addition to Mayor Walsh, speaking at the event were Al Caldarelli of the East Boston Community Development Corp., Victor Brogna from the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) and Sheila Dillon, Boston’s Chief of Housing and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development. Also attending were local officials, including City Councilor Lydia Edwards and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz. *Advertisement* The Knights will also have just over 1,500 square feet of ground floor space to house a new council headquarters. Plans also call for a community room and 15 parking spaces. 1 of 5 Boston Mayor Marty Walsh speaks at the affordable housing community preservation awards event Future site of 23 affordable housing units with Knight of Columbus hall on ground floor in Boston’s North End Celebrating the KoC affordable housing project in the North End (L-R) John Pagliuca, John Romano, Steve Scappichio, Mayor Marty Walsh, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, John Fiumara, Councilor Lydia Edwards and Victor Brognacenter_img Future site of 23 affordable housing units with Knight of Columbus hall on ground floor in Boston’s North End At the N. Margin St. location, there will be 23 units in total as part of the 5-story building. General affordability requirements would be for those with incomes up to $65,000 while the “senior” notation means those at least 62 years old. Public financing dictates that tenants will be selected via lottery. Recipients of the affordable housing awards from the Community Preservation Committee The City announced $26 million in funding across 10 projects for 515 affordable housing units and deed-restricted homes in Brighton, East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End and Roxbury. The North End project is receiving of $1.96 million from Community Preservation Act funding. Al Caldarelli of the East Boston CDC speaks at the Affordable Housing community awards event Citywide developments are targeted at 16,000 new affordable housing units by 2030 with 5,500 affordable housing units permitted to date. All the new developments and more information on the city’s plans can be found here.last_img read more

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first_imgView comments A FORMER barangay tanod was arrested after he was caught carrying a toy gun in barangay Mambaling, Cebu City Thursday night.Wilfredo Casinillo, 48, said he missed the days when he was a tanod that prompted him to carry a replica of .45 caliber pistol outside his house.ADVERTISEMENT Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, Casinillo will still be charged for violation of the election gun ban and public disturbance. Under the rules of the Commission on Elections, carrying even a gun replica is prohibited since it may cause fear among the public./CORRESPONDENT FE MARIE D. DUMABOCMORE STORIESnewsinfoMan attempts robbery with toy gunnewsinfoPolice: Video of officer shooting boy is ‘clear’MORE STORIESnewsinfoMan attempts robbery with toy gunnewsinfoPolice: Video of officer shooting boy is ‘clear’ PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Read Next Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts LATEST STORIEScenter_img LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros BLOTTER Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again MOST READ Casinillo was drunk during the incident.A passerby saw Casinillo cocking the gun. Thinking that the gun was a real one, the concerned citizen went to the police station to report what he saw.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealOperatives of the Mambaling Police Station rushed to the area where Casinillo was earlier spotted and arrested him there.It was found out at the police station that Casinillo was carrying a toy gun. SMC bags Bulacan airport project Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townlast_img read more

8 Ways Elmont Memorial High School Clears the P

8 Ways Elmont Memorial High School Clears the P

first_img 8 Ways Elmont Memorial High School Clears the P…Should We Take Online High School Courses Offline?A Brand of Exploitation: ‘Sweet Browns’ of the … Don’t be fooled by the modesty of Goodway’s stall, which is usually manned by only a few people and showcases an assortment of rum cakes and other goodies – it’s a phenomenal success story.Goodway Bakery was started by a pastor who was seeking ways to fund-raise for the nonprofit Redemption Christian Academy in Troy, New York. Not only were the fundraising efforts successful, but Goodway Bakery and the Redemption Christian Academy have been thriving since both were started in 1979. This year, a second academy is opening on 100 acres of woods in Northfield, Massachusetts.Redemption Christian Academy was one of the few African American boarding schools when it was founded almost 40 years ago. The school was a way to “help working parents,” says Laura Holmes, vice principal, Redemption Christian Academy.The schools are for kids from K—12, and also for some who are are post-graduate – often from underserved or immigrant communities. Students are taught entrepreneurial and people skills, prepped for college, given scholarships, and of course, there is a culinary program. There are also partnerships with schools in other countries, including Liberia and India.“Our pastor used the bakery as a fundraiser – the community loved it – and it sort of developed,” says Holmes, who mentioned that they did not even start with any sort of business plan.Goodway Bakery owes much of its success through word-of-mouth. Its rum cakes are legendary – they’ve even piqued the interest of Martha Stewart – and are made from all natural ingredients including Madagascar bourbon vanilla and Bacardi rum.The bakery staff travels throughout New York and the New England area not only at food markets and fairs, but also at bona fide foodie events such as the Chocolate Expo. Fifty percent of revenue goes right back into the school, and has also helped build the new campus.Both the schools and the bakery are expanding. Goodway has an established Facebook page and website through which people can order cakes and other goodies. The staff is looking to expand its online ordering and is in talks to move into some wholesale markets, according to Shirley Douglas, one of the academy’s administrators. Looking for investors is also in the works.“We are looking to really expand the bakery so we can help even more young people,” says Holmes. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/goodway-bakerys-sweet-success-for-school/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/goodway-bakerys-sweet-success-for-school/center_img Here in New York City and indeed, across the country, open-air markets have made a resurgence thanks to a thriving foodie culture. In some of these markets and food expo events, you may see a seemingly nondescript stand with a few people peddling rum cakes and other baked goods. This would be the travelling stand of Goodway Bakery.last_img read more

Help me ObiWan…” Princess Leia pleads in a th

Help me ObiWan…” Princess Leia pleads in a th

first_img“Help me, Obi-Wan…” Princess Leia pleads in a three-dimensional holographic message delivered by R2-D2 in Episode IV of Star Wars.[Related: Virtual Reality Technology Is Changing How NFL Teams Practice]You too may soon send a hologram message of yourself to someone.Long the stuff of science fiction, Microsoft has created holographic capability with its HoloLens virtual reality technology.Microsoft Research’s new software, called holoportation, is a 3-D capture technology that allows high-quality 3-D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as the Microsoft HoloLens, this technology allows users to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3-D as if they are actually present in the same physical space as you.The HoloLens, Microsoft’s virtual reality headset, is slated to ship to developers this week.  Microsoft describes it as “the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling you to interact with high-definition holograms in your world.”According to Microsoft, the HoloLens goes beyond other virtual reality headsets that have recently appeared on the market. It offers a “mixed reality” experience–a combination of enhanced virtual reality and augmented reality.Hologram technology is being increasingly explored as VR headsets and technology continue to mature, and this year is expected to be a watershed for virtual reality headsets in terms of product launches and rollouts. Virtual reality headset shipments are expected to approach 30 million by 2020, driven by video and gaming.Shahram Izadi, partner research manager, explains, “To make all this happen, we’ve had to create a new type of 3-D capture technology. I’m surrounded by these 3-D cameras that we’ve developed on our team. Each of them is capturing me from a separate viewpoint, and we’re fusing this data together to create a temporally consistent model.”The camera filming him has a HoloLens tracking model attached, which allows taking these 3-D models and compositing them in real time into the real world.Another user also wearing a HoloLens can interact with the 3-D image in their space.“Imagine connecting with family members who are thousands of miles away,” says Izadi in the official video below.  At 2:04 he demonstrates his daughter holoporting. It’s amazing, take a look: be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/that-hologram-messaging-in-star-wars-becomes-reality/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/that-hologram-messaging-in-star-wars-becomes-reality/last_img read more

Listen to Bernie Sanders Predict Our Current Situation 26 Years Ago at

Listen to Bernie Sanders Predict Our Current Situation 26 Years Ago at

first_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 3/17/2017, 5:42 p.m. Listen to Bernie Sanders Predict Our Current Situation 26 Years Ago at Harvard Then just a newly elected congressman from Vermont, Sanders offered a foreboding vision of the future. Well, here we are. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! By Kyle Scott Clauss· center_img 9110 Print Photo by Lorie Shaull on Flickr/Creative CommonsSen. Bernie Sanders is by far the most popular politician in America, at a time when our elected officials, especially those in Congress, are held in remarkably (and in some cases, deservedly) low esteem.As voters increasingly place a higher premium on authenticity, it’s hard to dispute the consistency of Sanders’ message over the years. Listen to his November 15, 1991 lecture at Harvard—recorded just a year after he first won his seat in Congress—and you’ll find few changes to his rhetoric.President Donald Trump has replaced George H. W. Bush, and Sanders’ frantic farrago of figures and percentages has been updated to reflect an even wider gap between the haves and have-nots. But overall, the song remains the same.“What is going on to a large degree in this country is the enormity of the problems are [sic] being swept underneath the rug, and there is not serious debate. And what are the ramifications of that?” Sanders said. “The ramifications of that process both by the Democratic and Republican Party and the mass media is that tens of millions of people in this country now have given up on politics, have very little belief that the government is capable of resolving the enormous problems facing this country.”The apathy Sanders describes manifested in the lowest voter turnout in two decades in 2016, with just 55 percent of voting-age citizens casting a ballot in the first presidential election without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.“Not only is that a disaster onto itself, but it lays the groundwork for demagoguery and the likes of the David Dukes of this world, who say, ‘Do you have problems?’ And people say, ‘Yeah, we’ve got a lot of problems.’ ‘Well the answer is, it’s blacks, it’s Jews, welfare recipients.’ ‘Oh, is that the answer? Okay Dave, we’re with you.’”Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and Holocaust denier, has been one of Trump’s most vocal supporters. (Trump later disavowed Duke and the KKK.) Sanders’ lecture in Cambridge came one day before Duke garnered nearly 39 percent of the vote in the Louisiana gubernatorial runoff.This is one of the most exciting nights of my life -> make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump! #MAGA pic.twitter.com/HvJyiJYuVa— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) November 9, 2016“One has the right to lay the fault for the creation of the David Dukes of the world—and he will not be the last—on the shoulders of government, the Congress, the president, state governments who are not addressing the major problems facing this country, and are creating a situation where most people are giving up on the political process,” Sanders said.In an interview included on PM Press‘ recording of his lecture, released last year, Sanders took aim at the mass media for failing to reflect the decline in the standard of living of working-class Americans, creating a sense of alienation. The lack of progressive viewpoints in mass media and its corporate ownership are hardly a coincidence, Sanders argues.“The American people do not have the opportunity, to see on television, their own reality,” Sanders said. “Tens of millions of people, in very deep trouble right now, they say, ‘Must be me. Gee, the president says we’re not in a recession. If I could only lift myself up on my bootstraps. Must be my problem. I don’t know what I’m not feeling better.’”“And they don’t understand that they’re not allowed to learn that their problems—whether it’s they can’t afford healthcare, how they’re treated on the job—are shared by the vast majority of the people. That’s the secret. We don’t talk about it. It’s not just your problem; tens of millions of Americans also have that problem.”In retrospect, the early ’90s were a politically charged time on Harvard’s campus. A year prior to Sanders’ visit, a 28-year-old Barack Obama addressed a protest at Harvard Law School, where he (and Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch) graduated in 1991.last_img read more

Floating Coral Reef in Fort Point Channel May Have Saved a Life

Floating Coral Reef in Fort Point Channel May Have Saved a Life

first_img Print News Floating Coral Reef in Fort Point Channel May Have Saved a Life A man who jumped into the water Wednesday morning was rescued after clinging to the artwork. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Spencer Buell· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! center_img 12/5/2018, 12:04 p.m. 1411142 Photo courtesy of Jerry BeckThe artist behind a piece of floating artwork in the Fort Point Channel is awestruck today after his ocean-themed art project may have saved the life of a man who jumped into the water early Wednesday morning.“Every day is an adventure,” says Jerry Beck, of the Revolving Museum in Fitchburg. “I love this public art stuff. You just never know how everything is gonna happen. From sinking, to coming back to life, to catching criminals and saving lives at the same time. I mean, it’s all fantastic.”Police say a man, identified as 29-year-old William Thoresen, of Shirley, jumped into the Channel at around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning after he allegedly broke into a building on South Street, then stole a taxi cab at South Station, injuring another taxi driver in the process, and drove the car to the nearby Summer Street Bridge before leaping into the chilly water below. Police later found Thoresen had taken refuge on the artwork, a barge covered in sculptures of colorful sea creatures called the Create Coral Reef II.Man allegedly steals cab from South Station, crashes about a block away on Summer St. bridge, then jumps into Fort Point Channel. Gets himself out on floating dock, which is an artistic coral reef. Quite a morning. #WCVB pic.twitter.com/hb1RGoBJHP— Josh Brogadir (@JoshBrogadirTV) December 5, 2018The man was taken to a nearby hospital with undisclosed injuries. He faces a number of charges, including carjacking, assault and battery, and breaking and entering. Police have not offered an explanation for his alleged bizarre behavior.We’ll never know if the floating artwork saved him from drowning, but anyone plunging into the freezing cold waters would not have had many options for things to grab onto in the channel, a long, wide waterway not designed for swimming, with tall stone walls on either side.It almost wasn’t there. An earlier version of the artistic coral reef, built in the hull of a sailboat, was removed from the channel in October after high winds caused it to capsize. After towing the damaged artwork back to his studio in Fitchburg and raising some $4,000 from friends and supporters for materials, Beck and his crew constructed a sturdier version on top of a barge, and had only set it up in Boston this past Friday.Beck, who says he is recovering from surgery for a knee injury he sustained while fixing up the artwork, says this is just one more example of public art impacting the world in unexpected ways and, weirdly enough, another way to reach a wider audience.“The ultimate goal is that this coral reef brings attention to the importance of the water in terms of saving lives and in terms of changing policies,” he tells me. “It’s just an incredible thing that somehow, who knows, maybe he saw that paradise out there and thought he could be saved. We don’t know what his story is, but the fact is, even though this happened, it certainly helps us bring attention to this project. I feel like we’ve educated so many people about coral reefs.”It’s unclear how long Create Coral Reef II will remain in the water. Beck says he’s asked the Fort Point Arts Community, which commissioned the piece, to be allowed to keep it there through the spring.last_img read more

Be One of the First People to Check Out These Eight Gyms

Be One of the First People to Check Out These Eight Gyms

first_img Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. 1/9/2019, 5:30 p.m. By Tessa Yannone· Print 5422544center_img Fitness Be One of the First People to Check Out These Eight Gyms Opening Soon in Boston Keep an eye out. The Boston fitness scene is about to explode. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* The Handle Bar / BKBX / CorePower Yoga / Photos providedIt’s an exciting time to be a part of the fitness scene in Boston.Where there once were only a few different options to find what you love about working out, there now seem to be a million. Better yet, no neighborhood is left barren—there seems to be a healthy mix of everything from spin to yoga to bootcamp just about everywhere you go in the city. Here at Be Well Boston, we continue to catch wind of brand new concepts gracing our city as well as new locations of old favorites, and we wanted to help you find your new favorite spot.Below are eight new gyms and fitness studios opening in the new year around Boston. Keep an eye out for them—Boston fitness is about to explode.CorePower Yoga Back Bay: Yogis who frequent Back Bay and South End can rejoice, as the popular yoga destination is now opening a location right on Boylston St., set to open on January 17. If hot yoga and fast flows are your jam, and you’ve never been before, get a free week of unlimited yoga. If you sign up before it opens, you’ll get 25 percent off an unlimited membership. 399 Boylston St., Boston, 617-752-6745, corepoweryoga.com. Boston Yoga Union: Describing themselves as the “newest old school yoga studio,” this newest addition to the yoga community in Boston is slated to swing its doors open in February right in Back Bay, with three studio rooms, many different class offerings, and an infrared radiant heater for hot yoga. Meet founders Tim Kelleher and Emily Tevald and experience what they’re all about in one of their preview classes at lululemon on Newbury Street every Wednesday night. 1112 Boylston St., Boston, bostonyogaunion.com.  Rev’d Cycling Copley: Last week, Rev’d announced, via their Instagram, that they will be opening their first location in Boston. Currently they have locations in Dedham, Burlington, and Patriot Place. The details are still in the works, but you can expect another spot to clip in and ride in the Back Bay come summer 2019. revdindoorcycling.com.     Handle Bar North Station: This beloved local spin studio is making another home for itself in the North End. Be on the lookout for it in the coming months. Along with all the things you love about the cycling conglomerate, like killer head bangers and a fun time in the saddle, the new space will be the largest of the four locations. Owner Jess Fracalossi is also hinting at a brand new way to sweat with the Handle Bar team that she’ll announce with the grand opening—might we have an off-the-bike rendition? handlebarcycling.com. BKBX: We’re super excited about this one, as it looks like something straight out of the future. BKBX is Brooklyn Boulders’ entirely new training concept, designed around the goal of preparing your body for any kind of outdoor adventure, whether you’re hitting the slopes or scaling the face of a mountain. Set to open the first week of February, the space will feature a state of the art training room to help you prep for all your outdoor adventures as well as a room designed for recovery that will house a cryotherapy sauna and an infrared sauna. You’ll even be able to rent gear for climbing and book your next adventure in-house with someone on staff. 219 Western Ave., Allston, bkbx.fit. Savin Hill: Coming in May to Dorchester will be a catch-all fitness studio where you can come for yoga, bootcamp, Pilates, Zumba, and even personalized services like nutrition consultation and personal training. Each day, 14 classes will be offered. You can even sign up for massage therapy or energy work for a little #selfcare. 110 Savin Hill, Boston, savinhillfitness.com. Row Republic: First there was Orangetheory, then there was Sweat Fixx, and now it seems every bootcamp and group exercise class is capitalizing on the fact that this city really loves to row. Row Republic, an entirely rowing-based studio, is coming to the North End this year and we’re getting Barry’s Bootcamp vibes. Similar to Barry’s, in which you split your time between the treadmill and strength floor, this workout is split between the rower and the strength floor, offering a complete workout—or shall we say, a completely hard workout. 77 North Washington St., Boston, row-republic.com. Rumble Boxing: A couple months ago, Rumble Boxing shared an Instagram story teasing the prospect of a Boston location. The teaser alone was enough to keep us hooked because of all the hype it’s been getting from dedicated celebs like Selena Gomez and David Beckham—it’s even been described as “the best workout in the Big Apple” by People. The New York City-based boxing class is a fast-paced, 10-round workout incorporating strength training and boxing moves that looks like a complete blast, if you ask us. Keep tabs on the opening of a Boston location this year by following along on their Instagram. rumble-boxing.com.last_img read more

A consultation event set up by MPs to produce reco

A consultation event set up by MPs to produce reco

first_imgA consultation event set up by MPs to produce recommendations from members of the public on the future funding of adult social care has failed to ask any disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) to provide them with “expert” opinions.DPOs have raised “deep concerns” about the way the Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care has been organised, and its failure to ensure that disabled people and their user-led organisations will have the chance to influence its conclusions.The assembly will take place in Birmingham over two weekends, 27-29 April and 18-20 May, with up to 50 members of the public brought together to consider the best way to fund adult social care in England.It is part of an inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care being carried out by the Commons committees on housing, communities and local government and on health and social care.But although the members of the Citizen’s Assembly will “reflect the wider community” and will include disabled members of the public who are users of social care, there are no DPO representatives among the “expert lead”, advisory panel and expert contributors who will address the Citizen’s Assembly on the first weekend.Those experts set to address or advise the assembly include representatives of Mencap, Policy Exchange – the centre-right thinktank co-founded by government minister Michael Gove – Carers UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Reform (another centre-right thinktank), the Local Government Association, and – possibly – the Centre for Social Justice (founded by former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith).There will also be a representative of the Care and Support Alliance (CSA), a network of almost exclusively non-user-led charities, but she also works for Alzheimer’s Society.The event has been organised on the committees’ behalf by the charity Involve.The Citizens’ Assembly’s findings will be published on the committees’ websites this summer, and its findings will be considered alongside other evidence submitted to their inquiry.The inquiry’s conclusions are set to be published ahead of the government’s planned social care green paper.After being contacted by Disability News Service, the event’s organisers approached Inclusion London, a leading DPO, to ask it to take part, but only on the second weekend and only as part of a panel that will be asked to give “the wider social and political context of social care in England”.Professor Peter Beresford (pictured), co-chair of the national service-user network Shaping Our Lives, said the “list of so-called experts and advisers is a list of the usual suspects”.He said: “Where are the disabled experts, the mental health service-user experts, people with learning difficulties experts, etc?”He said citizens’ assemblies had “well evidenced limitations” and “tend to reflect the usual exclusions and biases of mainstream society”.He said: “This is a top-down initiative, so from the start it is difficult to see how they will reflect the concerns of the diversity of social care service-users and disabled people.“Of course, there might be an argument for such a body if there weren’t local and national user-led organisations which have already made clear what they think is needed for social care: a service offered on the same terms as the NHS, committed to supporting the philosophy of independent living.” He said the “predictable result” of the assembly would be “a safe mess, but a costly and wasteful one.“We actually already have the evidence for decent social policy, [but we also have] an ideological and political unwillingness to take any notice of it on the part of this crumbling government.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “We are deeply concerned about the Citizens’ Assembly that is taking place on the future funding of adult social care.“Any attempt to involve the voices of grassroots disabled people has been very last minute and yet social care is an issue that is having a very immediate and detrimental impact on our lives.“Assembly members are ‘asked to make trade-offs and arrive at workable recommendations’, but without the views and interests of adult social care users at the heart of the process, we are concerned that those recommendations will not reflect the best interests of disabled people, yet through the assembly formation they will attain cross-party legitimacy and be seen to represent an electable policy on social care.“What we need are politicians who are not afraid to stand up for bold solutions that will protect disabled people’s rights to independent living and to equal participation in society.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said: “Inclusion London welcomes the opportunity to speak about the wider social and political context of social care in England at the second weekend of the Citizens’ Assembly.“We are disappointed that there hasn’t been greater engagement of Deaf and disabled people’s organisations and that the organisers have worked predominantly with charities to shape the assembly and select speakers.“However, it is important for us to take this opportunity to put across the urgency of the situation facing disabled people who need social care support and to ensure that the needs and interests of disabled people of working age are heard.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, also said she believed there should have been representatives of DPOs among the advisers.She said: “I’m sure such an assembly will make a useful contribution to the debate but the way in which it has been set up means that it can only ever be a partial contribution. “I have no doubt that the advisory panel have a great deal of experience on the workings of care funding but what is missing is the expertise on the impact of care costs on individuals and their life chances. “For that you would need to include, as advisors, representatives of people using social care services and their organisations.”Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said: “The fact that the voice of disabled people’s organisations are not represented on the advisory panels diminishes both their legitimacy and the knowledge base they draw upon on the important issue of social care funding.“It also calls into question whether it was simply an oversight not to seek the involvement of DPOs, which is alarming in itself, or even more worryingly, is it that the knowledge, skills and experiences of disabled people are simply judged to be of no importance?”A spokesman for the committees and Involve said the “recruitment criteria” for the expert panel had been “to ensure that the assembly’s plans and materials are factually accurate, comprehensive, balanced and unbiased”.He said: “The Citizens’ Assembly on social care is considering alternative options for funding social care in the long term – for example taxation and insurance-based models.“The first weekend covers different funding mechanisms, so speakers have been recruited for their specific expertise and perspectives on particular models.”He said that recruitment of speakers for the second weekend was “beginning this week” and would be announced after the first Citizens’ Assembly weekend.The second weekend will begin with a panel giving “the wider social and political context of social care in England”, and he said they were “approaching speakers from a user-led disability organisation for this”.He said that CSA, which was “an umbrella organisation which includes DPOs”, had “been supportive in helping us shape the Citizens’ Assembly, including its advisory panel and speakers”.He said that a CSA representative was contributing to the first weekend of the assembly, but when it was pointed out that that representative worked for Alzheimer’s Society, which is not a DPO, he declined to comment further.Citizens’ assemblies have been used in the UK and in countries such as Australia, the US and Canada – with one currently taking place in Ireland – and aim to give members of the public the opportunity to learn about and discuss a topic before reaching conclusions, with members “asked to make trade-offs and arrive at workable recommendations”.last_img read more