Fresh evidence has emerged of delays and cuts to c

first_imgFresh evidence has emerged of delays and cuts to care packages as local authorities prepare for the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has admitted to Disability News Service (DNS) that there are problems with the transition process – ahead of the fund’s closure at the end of this month – but insists that central government is to blame.Last week despite many ILF-users telling DNS that they had yet to be informed by their own local authorities how much support they would receive once the fund closed both the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) refused to comment on the apparent confusion and delays.Now both DWP and DH have been accused of “washing their hands” of the problems caused by the decision to close ILF, and the failure to plan for its closure.Faced with reports of problems across England, ADASS today (Thursday) apologised for the problems ILF-users were facing.Ray James, president of ADASS, said: “We are concerned by any evidence that people who use our services are not satisfied with them and we recommend strongly that individual councils should engage with local recipients of the Independent Living Fund as soon as possible.”But he said the closure was “very much at the behest of central government, and comes at a time when local authorities are reeling from a £4.6 billion reduction in their budgets in the past five years”.James said directors were doing all they could “in an extraordinarily difficult financial environment”, and had already been hit by the need to carry out extra assessments of disabled people following last year’s Supreme Court rulings on deprivation of liberty safeguards.He admitted that there “will be some difficulties for which I am sorry”, but that most authorities would be “pressing ahead” in line with guidance published last November by ADASS, ILF and the Local Government Association.  James said the problems with transition “should have been envisaged by central government”.He said: “Where there are difficulties I urge colleagues to resolve them as swiftly as possible.“They would have been caused by a lack of money: not a lack of concern.”ILF is a government-resourced trust which helps about 16,500 people with the highest support needs to live independently, but the coalition government decided that it should close on 30 June, with one year’s worth of non-ring-fenced funding transferred to councils in England, and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.The Scottish government announced last year that it was setting up its own ILF, for both existing and new users in Scotland, using the UK government’s funding and an additional £5.5 million of its own money.The Welsh government has opted to transfer the Westminster funding to its local authorities – with conditions attached – and will protect the budgets of existing ILF-users for the first nine months, with funding after that dependant on the UK government’s next spending round.Sue Bott, former director of the National Centre for Independent Living and now deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DR UK), said: “There is a lot of concern and confusion out there.”She has spoken to four ILF-users in three local authorities whose councils have indicated that their care packages will be cut, following reassessments. All four are appealing against those decisions, a step she said DR UK would always recommend in such circumstances. She said both DWP and DH appeared to be “washing their hands” of the consequences of ILF closure, while the Department for Communities and Local Government could also not escape blame.She said: “It is not a good example of good government and joined-up government. It just seems that the two departments [DWP and DH] never talk to each other, which is extraordinary.“It is people trying to get on with their everyday lives who suffer the consequences.“Good joined-up government is what a minister for disabled people is supposed to ensure. It clearly hasn’t happened in this case.”Bott said that the transition work of ILF itself had been “exemplary, and they have done absolutely everything that they can”.But she said: “ILF-users have been caused an awful lot of anxiety. It is really not acceptable because this is not anxiety about some little matter that may not happen.“This is about people’s basic quality of life and what happens to them on a day-to-day basis.“We are talking about people with the highest social care needs. I think a lot more could have been done to resolve people’s anxiety.”Some ILF-users are receiving better treatment from their local authorities.Consultant and campaigner Miro Griffiths has been told by his local authority – Wirral council – that his overall package will stay the same for the rest of the year after ILF closes.He said: “They were fairly empathic to the situation but were unable to explain what happens after the first year.”Meanwhile, solicitor Kate Whittaker, from lawyers Scott-Moncrieff, working with ILF-users, Inclusion London and Disability Sheffield Centre for Independent Living, has produced a new guide for ILF-recipients and other people with high support needs.The guide aims to help ILF-users “understand legal and practical issues about community care assessments and support and how it will apply to them” following the ILF closure.Disabled People Against Cuts is organising a lobby of parliament on Wednesday (24 June) in a final bid to persuade MPs to reverse the closure, and is asking as many ILF-users and supporters as possible to attend.Pictured: ILF-users protesting against the closure of the fundlast_img read more

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After Division St Clearing of Tents Many Return to Erie St

first_img 0% Like Cooper, the woman had previously lived on Erie Street and is now back. “The cops don’t want to move us either, but it’s their job,” she said.  “They’ll come by again soon, because the road is being blocked and cars can’t get through.”“Cops keep coming by. They said they don’t care which way we move. Many moved one block over – It’s a big roundabout of nothing,” said Cooper, referring to the Division Street clearing.Barricades along Division Street are an attempt to deter campers from returning. Photo by Laura WaxmannDozens of others moved on Tuesday and Wednesday from Division to settle in nearby alleys – some headed to Kissling Street in SOMA, San Bruno Avenue in Potrero Hill, and along Bryant Street in the Mission, according to Cooper.San Francisco Police Department Spokesperson Grace Gatpandan said that Division Street’s Tuesday clearing was part of a Public Works routine cleanup and that campers could return to Division Street if they wished. Campers were told to move so that the sidewalks could be powerwashed and garbage collected, she explained, adding that the relocation is not permanent.Those who were forced to move on Tuesday say they were not given the impression that they were allowed back.Police came sometime around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday to tell campers, “You guys got to go because the mayor doesn’t want to see [anybody] that might be homeless on Division,” said Cooper.The warning reminded some of last March when the city readied for Super Bowl and  Mayor Ed Lee ordered some 100 tents removed from a sprawling Division Street encampment there.The mayor’s office declined to comment on the recent clearing.The campers and police disagreed on some of the details of Tuesday’s clearing.Stragglers who remained on Division Street after they were told to leave were issued citations by officers who returned on Wednesday, according to Cooper and other campers who have returned to Erie Street. But Gatpandan said that no citations were issued during Tuesday’s clearing, but added that one camper was arrested for an outstanding warrant.“Someone went to jail … because he had his stuff on the sidewalk for like 45 minutes,” said a woman displaced from Division Street who declined to give her name. Employees of businesses on Division Street attested that the number of tents had increased in recent months.“They’ll be back,” said an employee of a ceramic tile store on Division and South Van Ness Avenue. He said he wasn’t bothered by the campers but that the smell of feces and urine was a problem. A block over, near Folsom Street, a section of sidewalk in front of a car mechanic read in painted letters “No Camping Blocking Business.”A message for campers along Division Street. Photo by Laura Waxmann“I think the push involves everybody in the city – whoever is reporting that they don’t want to see us,” said E.T., speculating on what had sparked their removal. She estimated that upward of 40 people were camped on Division prior to Tuesday.  “There is usually more than one person in a tent. Sometimes up to four.”As sporadic cleanups of unauthorized homeless encampments by city officials continue, so does the confusion about city protocol concerning their removal.Proposition Q, a “tent-ban” ordinance, makes tents pitched on city sidewalks illegal, but requires a 24-hour notice, property storage and the offer of overnight shelter before campers can be removed.Despite this ordinance, police maintain the right to remove encampments at their discretion.Police officials have said repeatedly that they do not remove encampments unless they create a hazard or if campers engage in criminal activity.Cooper said that she and others received no notice of the early morning clearing, and that she was not offered services by outreach workers.“I didn’t see [the Homeless Outreach] team at all. Nowhere around. The cops came in and [Public Works] had the dump truck,” said Cooper. “Then they came by one more time before leaving for the day to make sure we knew we had to move.”Randy Quezada, of the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said that this was false – seven people were offered services by outreach workers present during the cleanup and two accepted, he said.Any notice given to campers would have been an oral “heads up” by either police or outreach workers, said Quezada.“This type of engagement is not like encampment resolution team engagement,” he said, referring to a new approach to resolving encampments spearheaded by his department in which the homeless are engaged over a course of weeks, receive written notice and are offered services in preparation of their camp’s removal. In a case of musical tents, evicted inhabitants of a 20-person encampment on Erie Street settled a street over, on Division Street last month, but on Tuesday – two weeks later – police targeted that camp on Division Street for an early morning clean-up. Now, many of the campers have returned to Erie Street.“They don’t want no one in that area,” said a displaced Division Street camper who gave her name as Cooper, adding that police had come to vacate Division Street “from the skatepark [on Mission Street] to Best Buy [on Harrison Street].”Cars passing through Erie Street towards Folsom Street navigated around clothing strewn throughout parts of the alleyway and campers sitting on the sidewalk and on crates in the street.“We are not supposed to be here but we are here,” said another camper displaced from Division, who gave her initials, E.T.center_img Tags: camp • department of public works • homeless • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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SAINTS under 15s and under 16s scooped wins over t

first_imgSAINTS under 15s and under 16s scooped wins over their Widnes counterparts at the weekend, writes Graham Henthorne, Team Manager.The U15s Saints Academy Scholarship side continued their good run of form and dominated their close neighbours to boot winning 40-8.The Vikings did take the lead, scoring from a typical rugby ball bouncing grubber, but the Saints had already had a Kane Ditchfield try disallowed for a forward pass.A second try went begging when some poor decisions close to the line resulted in a knock on and a reprieve for the visitors.But the opening try for the Saints on the quarter hour gave them the lead and three more in the second quarter took the game away from the Vikings.Adam Saunders opened the Saints account rounding the full back to the sticks after quick hands from Jed Mawdsley had put him away.A big defensive effort from the forwards had forced the error from the Vikings in their own 20 and Deon Cross made them pay taking the miss pass to score in the right corner.A great 60 metre run from Ditchfield and then Rob Hamon ended with the big second rower agonisingly knocking on as his nose hit the whitewash but Ditchfield increased the lead minutes later scoring a great Saints try. A series of offloads out the back and overhead kept the ball alive and the Vikings defence all at sea before Olly Davies and Joe Ryan put Ditchfield under the posts.From the kick off the impressive Olly Davies showed his mettle with a barnstorming 60 metre run knocking countless hapless would be tacklers out of his path before having the presence of mind to put the supporting Saunders away to score at the posts.The Vikings scored, again from a bizarrely bouncing kick, on the stroke of half time to give them a shred of hope for the second half.There was not a hint of charity in the minds of the Saints, however, as a clinical performance saw them turn the screw on their near neighbours.Again the visitors managed to hold the Saints out for the third quarter but Adam Saunders broke the shackles. He pierced the line speeding away but before being caught by the cover offloaded to his wing man Cross who, instead of diving stayed upright, and was bundled into touch in goal by the speedy Viking winger covering across the park.Joe Ryan was held up short but quick thinking from Tom Davies at dummy half saw the hooker dart through to score.Drives from Ryan again and Daniel Abram out of defence gave the momentum for Ditchfield to break through and show a clean pair of heels to the full back as he rounded him to the sticks for the sixth try of the afternoon.The seventh was created by David Hewitt turning in a sound performance on his return from injury. He broke through the passing to Josh Swift who took it to the now beleaguered Vikings full back and although the easier try was a return pass to Hewitt, Swift had enough to break the tackle, get up and still touch down.Better ball control and decision making would have seen this turn into a cricket score but this was a good team performance from a side still learning what their best position is and how to play together effectively. Having said that their were again good performances from Daniel Abram and David Hewitt, Adam Saunders knows where the line is and Rob Hamon, Joe Ryan, Kane Ditchfield and Olly Davies can certainly make the hard yards.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Adam Saunders 2, Deon Cross, Tom Davies, Kane Ditchfield 2, Josh SwiftGoals: Kane Ditchfield, David Hewitt 5Widnes:Tries: Shaun Robinson, Matty MurphyHalf Time: 22-8Full Time: 40-8Teams:Saints:1. Adam Saunders, 2. Deon Cross, 3. Jed Mawdsley, 4. Alex Porter, 5. Will Weir, 6. Daniel Abram, 7. Ryan Connelly, 8. Robbie Hand, 9. Tom Davies, 10. Tom Calland, 11. Rob Hamon, 12. Josh Swift, 13. Kane Ditchfield.Subs: 14. David Hewitt, 15. Joe Ryan, 16. Oliver Davies, 17. Josh Crehan, 18. Josh Wood.Widnes:1. Lewis Scott, 2. Shaun Robinson, 3. Niall Allen, 4. Matty Barrow, 5. Olly Glover, 6. Matty Murphy, 7. Joe Holian, 8. Ryan Dyas, 9. Jake Upton, 10. Tom Smith, 11. Carl Glover, 12. Dek Flannery, 13. Ellis Sant.Subs: 14. Chris Spendlove, 15. Kieron Maher, 16. Shaun Leigh, 17. Alex Mogg, 18. Matty Richie. The under 16s dominated their match winning 38-4.As with their U15 counterparts the 16’s had a frustrating first quarter as poor handling and decision making on the opposition line kept them scoreless.But once the impressive Mike Scott had rounded his opposite number on his own 40 and gone 60 metres down the line to score, the Saints never looked back.A drive from André Savelio put the Saints on the attack and from the play the ball quick hands gave Matty Gee space to dummy his way over in the right corner.On the half hour Luke Thompson continued his fine form driving close to the Vikings line and his quick play the ball gave Matty Fozard the chance to dart over for the first of his brace against his hometown. The significance not lost on his team mates as they showed their delight by mobbing him on the line.The fourth try of the half was the first of Josh Ward’s hat-trick. Good work from sub Jack Grice took the Saints close and Ward darted through from the play the ball to round the full back and score at the sticks.The game was taken away from the visitors immediately on the restart. A charge down of the last tackle kick by Matty Gee was chased down by Ward who picked up and scored in the corner.Another Savelio wrecking ball run down the left resulted in some dazzling offloads, not least of which was Fozards’ zip pass inches off the floor which put Matty Wood in and from the restart Thompson showed he could do just as well on a great 50 metre run only to be stopped short. Fozard used the momentum to dart over for his second.The 16s showed that they’re not just one-trick ponies by muscling up in defence to keep the Vikings out as they finally mounted a meaningful attack on the hour mark. But normal service was resumed minutes later as Ward scored try number 3 finishing in the corner after good work from Lewis Galbraith and Jack White.Sterner tests will come for the U16’s, not least of which will be next weekend away to the Wolves, but you can only beat what’s put in front of you. And that’s what they did.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Mathew Gee, Mike Scott, Josh Ward 3, Mathew Fozard 2, Mathew WoodGoals: Josh Ward 3Widnes:Tries: Alex Clare.Half Time: 20-0Full Time: 38-4Teams:Saints:1. Jack White, 2. Ben Roberts, 3. Mathew Gee, 4. Lewis Galbraith, 5. Mike Scott, 6. Chris Carr, 7. Josh Ward, 8. Jack Connor, 9. Mathew Fozard, 10. Greg Richards, 11. Jamie Martlew, 12. Luke Thompson, 13. Brandon Lewis.Subs: 14. Jordon Heaton, 15. André Savelio, 16. Jack Grice, 17. Olly Yates, 18. Mathew Wood.Widnes:1. Kyle Ross, 2. Alex Clare, 3. Mike Donohue, 4. Dean Ainsworth, 5. Johnny Wood, 6. Matty Smith, 7. Ryan McCain, 8. Aaron Whitlow, 9. Kyle Smith, 10. Sam McGrory, 11. Lloyd Hankin, 12. Greg Forbes, 13. Danny Stapleton. Subs: 14. Adam Peet, 15. Conor O’Toole, 16. Jake Coulter, 17. Elliot Conrad.last_img read more

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Discover American Appetite 2017 by William Overman this weekend

first_img Themes such as fast food resulting in obesity and the link between environmental deregulation and pollution run through his sculptures.  Each piece is made to look like food prepared with items unhealthy in other areas of our life.Overman says his art “reflects some degree of humor through the unlikely marriage of materials, often salvaged. Many pieces are ironic while others may be contentious and provocative”.The show opens Friday at Art in Bloom Gallery in Wilmington.Related Article: Artists wanted to enter Spring Art Show at Southport’s Franklin Square Gallery 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1504092083-cbb2678d96affa57af7b696f76f869d6a1b0f8b7_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Artist William Overman reflects on what he calls our nation’s voracious and often misguided appetites by combining original ceramics with salvaged materials, wood, plastic, glass, acrylic paint, toys, china plates, and eating utensils.It is a commentary on American consumerism and the unhealthy side affects of what we ingest both physically and emotionally.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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One dead after motorcycle crash in Columbus County

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man was killed after his motorcycle collided with a car along Highway 74 in Columbus County.According to Sgt. W.B. Ezzell with Highway Patrol, the call came in at 9:59 p.m. Wednesday night.- Advertisement – Sgt. Ezzell says a 2000 Honda was trying to make a left turn onto US 74 near Bolton when it hit a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle driving at a high speed.The driver of the motorcycle was Preston Sean Freeman, 25, of Gibsonville. He died as a result of the crash.The driver of the car was Tresean Alonzo Daniels, of Riegelwood. There is no word on his injures.last_img read more

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Fire and Rescue station breaks ground exactly one year after Hurricane Matthew

first_img “This is just a great accomplishment,” Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue Operations Director Ken Elliott said.Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue has broken ground on their new station.“This is a big deal for the town. I think it’s a big deal for the entire community because these folks at the Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue– their building was destroyed,” resident Gene Martin said.Related Article: Fair Bluff residents urged to evacuate as Lumber River risesLast year the station was condemned after being flooded with 45 inches of rain and raw sewage.“To see this getting ready to come up in a brand new building and these folks deserve it. They deserve all the help they can get, all the thanks they can get and quite often they don’t get all of that,” Martin said.The tight-knit community still has a long journey ahead of them.“The town is coming together to move forward it’s taken a lot of help from everybody in town.  The towns getting some help we’re starting to see some people come back in the town since their getting homes repaired, so it’s starting to process,” Elliott said.But one thing is for sure, Fair Bluff still has a lot strength to continue pushing forward.“We haven’t washed away we’re still here and there are people here that are still trying to do something and still believe in Fair Bluff and we want to keep it that way,” Martin said.The Fire and Rescue Operations Director said he hopes to have the new station ready in the next 10 to 12 months. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A year ago the town of Fair Bluff was sitting under water.It had been destroyed by Hurricane Matthew both physically and emotionally. Now they are in high spirits.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Bolivia woman under 1 million bond for alleged theft of 300000

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bolivia woman is accused of stealing more than $300,000 from an elderly woman.Pamela Jackson, 61, is charged with exploiting disabled/elderly trust and obtaining property by false pretense greater than or equal to $100,000.- Advertisement – According to arrest warrants, Jackson took property and money from the victim and abused her position of trust as a caretaker. Warrants allege Jackson was “presenting herself publicly as the daughter of the victim.”The alleged crimes happened between September 1 and November 3.The amount of property and cash stolen was valued at $317,476.49.Related Article: Police: Meteorologist fractures anchor’s skull during bar fight over spouseJackson is in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $1 million bond.last_img read more

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NJ company considering Navassa site for 238 jobs

first_imgThe former US Marine plant on Quality Drive in Navassa (Photo: Adam Wagner/StarNews) NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — A New Jersey company is interested in reviving a long-closed Navassa factory, according to a resolution on the agenda for tomorrow night’s Brunswick County Commission meeting.Commissioners will consider “a Resolution in Support of submitting an application to the NC Department of Commerce for a Rural Development Building Reuse Grant to aid in renovations of an existing building in the Navassa area with a $35,000 county match requirement,” according to meeting documents.- Advertisement – Called Project Pavement, an unnamed company based in New Jersey is interested in relocating its manufacturing to the old US Marine facility at 100 Quality Drive in Navassa. US Marine closed the plant in 2008.The resolution says the project would bring at least 238 new jobs to Brunswick County.Documents show the new company believes the site “is suitable for (its) manufacturing and warehousing needs for anticipated growth within their company.” But the company would need to make some changes to the site. That’s why it’s planning to apply for a $700,000 state grant with a minimum 5-percent or $35,000 local match.Related Article: Shortlist for 2018 Time Person of the Year releasedA listing for the property says it include more than 336,000 square feet on 60 acres with access to the Cape Fear River via a 140-foot dock and CSX rail service available. The property, with a list price of $8.5 million, is shown as “under contract” according to the listing.Project Pavement is on the commission’s consent agenda. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Bolivia.last_img read more

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Flu cases begin to spike in the Cape Fear

first_img In Brunswick County, Health Director Cris Harrelson says flu cases have spiked over the past two weeks.Harrelson says their two hospitals have also seen an increase in the number of flu like illnesses, but because flu cases are not reportable there are no exact numbers.As of Thursday, 35 deaths have been reported in the state so far this season.Related Article: Health Services offering flu vaccines, as 2018-19 flu season approachesNovant Health Brunswick Medical Center is restricting visitors to avoid the spread of the flu.The center asks visitors age 12 and under stay out of all care facilities.Those 13 and over who are experiencing runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough are also encouraged not to visit patients.Restriction is effective Friday at 7 a.m. until further notice.NHRMC is restricting visitors with flu-related symptoms as well. CAPE FEAR REGION, NC (WWAY) — The flu is ramping up in our area.The Pender County Health Department says this week alone, nearly 100 students and about a dozen teachers missed days because of the flu.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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First political debate between Muscat and Delia

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Opposition and Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) leader Adrian Delia had their first political debate on the programme XTRA which was presented by journalist Saviour Balzan on TVM on Thursday.Foreigner workers in Malta, the environment, the construction sector, the tunnel between Malta and Gozo, corruption, the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, legislative amendments and reports on Malta, were amongst the topics put under the lens.Adrian Delia said that his party has trusted him with the leadership until the next general election and is therefore not considering this month’s European Parliament and Local Councils’ elections as a test.When confronted with the fact that the PN did not have enough candidates for the Local Councils election, Delia said that Mdina is the only locality where the Local Council elections will not be held. From his end, Muscat said that his government reduced some of the local councils’ burdens by transferring road works back to central authority.When the debate moved to the foreign workers in the country, the PN leader said that Malta cannot support the heavy influx. Muscat countered by saying that he would like to see a community where the Maltese hold professional and skilled positions whilst foreigners take on manual labour. He added that he would like to see the Maltese as a rich population.Adrian Delia then asked Joseph Muscat why he had not dismissed his Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Minister Konrad Mizzi. Muscat replied that he is waiting for the magistrate’s report on the matter. He also said that he would have no issues if an independent inquest on the case of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is opened.During the debate, the PN leader said that reports on Malta have shown that it’s the government abuse of the law that is the issue and not the country’s legal framework, to this the Prime Minister launched back by saying that his government inherited laws that needed to be amended by the previous administration.The Prime Minister also said that he is determined to build the tunnel between Malta and Gozo, and whilst the Opposition leader said that from their end they are waiting for the reports, the PM rebuked and added that in Parliament both the government and the opposition have voted for the go ahead of the tunnel project irrespective of the reports. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

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Risk of poverty twice as high as the rate of overcrowding in

first_imgWhile Malta reported one of the lowest rates of overcrowding in 2016, it has twice as many people at risk of going into poverty in 2016, EUROSTAT reports.According to the figures, Malta’s level of overcrowding sat at 2.9%, the risk of people going into poverty sat at between 7 and 8%.This placed Malta just ahead of Ireland and Cyprus in terms of poverty risk; Ireland (6%) and Cyprus (5%). Malta still remained below the EU28 average at 17% of overcrowding and 29% risk of poverty. Romania recorded the highest level of overcrowding at 48% and population poverty risk at 61%.EUROSTATMalta still most urban concentrated population in EuropeThe Maltese continue to be the most urban concentrated population in the European Union, EUROSTAT reports.According to the latest figures from the European data aggregator, the distribution of Malta’s population by the degree of urbanisation, dwelling type and income group, hit 89.8% in 2018. This is a consistently high level that had already been surpassed in 2016 and 2017, when the percentage had hit 90.4% and 90.1% respectively.The figures for 2018 are almost double that of Bulgaria (45.3%), and surpass that of the next three countries; Latvia (43.4%), Greece (39.6%) and Finland (38.9%).These figures form part of EUROSTAT’s latest assessments of housing across the European Union.Read more:4,735 more in material poverty in 2017 than 2016 – NSO100 families seek the Food Bank’s weekly helpDecrease in poverty, increase in social expenditure – MuscatWatch: ‘This government is working towards eradicating poverty’ – MuscatMore people in semi-detached housing that ItalyAccording to the figures, Malta has around 10% more of its population living in semi-detached housing than in Italy. This appears to be close to 45% of Malta’s population compared to around 25% of the Italian population.As for living in flats, Malta narrowly surpasses their Northern neighbours by around one percentage point.EUROSTATAccording to the figures, around 52% of Malta’s population live in flats, one percent greater that Italy. This places Malta above the EU 28 average of around 46% flat dwelling and equally higher than the EU in terms of semi-detached living.Spain far surpasses the rest of the EU with over 60% of its population living in flats, while non-EU member Switzerland has a similar level of flat living but slightly less semi-detached living.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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If shipwreck deaths confirmed it will be worse than deaths in May

first_img SharePrint UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley, has warned that if the death-toll from Thursday’s migrant shipwreck are confirmed, it would be, ‘the biggest known incident since May 2017.’Yaxley’s warnings come after a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, in which around 100 people were rescued by UNHCR and its partner IMC, while a further 150 people were believed to have lost their lives.He explains that if the numbers are finally confirmed, this would make the loss of life will be larger than that experience in May 2017.According to the Missing Migrants Report, 686 people are believed to have died in the Mediterranean so far.‘Yesterday’s boat disaster off Libya, with reports of some 150 lives having been lost, underscores once again the terrible urgency of our repeated pleas to European and other governments for restoring sea rescues and help with alleviating the suffering of the thousands of refugees and migrants caught in the conflict in Libya,’ Yaxley said.Updated: Over 100 migrants believed to have died off Libya – UNHCRWhile this event was taking place, 76 migrants were rescued and disembarked by the Armed Forces of Malta. Those rescued were mostly men believed to originate from Guinea, South Sudan and Ghana. Just over 24 hours later, a second rescue and disembarkation took place, bringing a further 67 people to Malta.67 migrants to be disembarked in MaltaWatch: 76 migrants disembark at HaywharfWorst Mediterranean tragedy this yearResponding to the incident at shipwreck sea, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed that, ‘The worst Mediterranean tragedy of the year has just occurred. Restoring rescue at sea, an end to refugee and migrant detention in Libya, increasing safe pathways out of Libya must happen now before it is too late for many more desperate people.’Concluding their statement on the shipwreck, UNHCR urged states to do more to help those being rescued and for more safe routes out of Libya.‘UNHCR takes this opportunity to urge States once again to come forward with additional help, including further resettlement places and other safe pathways out of Libya for people who are vulnerable and at risk. Such actions are just as important as sea rescues for saving lives. In addition, more must be done to arrest and prosecute the ruthless traffickers and smugglers who profit from people’s desperation, and overturn the business model on which they rely.’WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Warid launches mobile money WaridPesa

first_imgAdvertisement “The technology revolution is transforming Uganda’s population in a profound way and this is leading to economic development,” he said.  He encouraged the telecom companies to continue being innovative with their services in order to provide even better services to their customers.Customers have recently had issues with mobile money transactions, and this was noted by UCC’s chairman in his speech, read by the director broadcasting, Suzan Wegoye. “As UCC, [we] expect Warid to provide a good quality service so as to put an end to discomforts Ugandans have had in transacting across different networks,” reports The Observer.Warid has partnered with Equity bank, which, according to the bank’s Executive Director Apollo Njoroge, has regional experience in money transfers. Equity has partnerships with Kenya-based telecom firms Telkom Kenya and Safaricom. – Advertisement – Njoroge described the partnership as an opportunity for financial inclusion by reaching the unbanked population, which is one of the bank’s key targets. Warid’s Chief Commercial Officer Shailendra Naidu expressed optimism that the introduction of WaridPesa will enhance development and growth in all sectors because it will be easier for customers to instantly move money to their business associates, friends and family.“Not only will it provide another choice, it is an easy, convenient and quick money transfer service across all networks,” he said. He added that Warid’s platform has the capacity to serve over three million customers.To register, customers have to visit a WaridPesa outlet with a passport photo and a copy of their identity card. The activation of the account is instant and the client can make transactions immediately.last_img read more

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ICT skills take center stage as Kigali hosts Africa broadband meet

first_imgYouth and ICT Minister, Jean Philbert Nsengimana (L) chats with the US Ambassador, Erica Barks Ruggles. Image Credit: New Times Advertisement More than 50 delegates from 15 countries across the globe convened in Kigali, yesterday, as the Africa edition of broadband forum opened to share real-world practices and examples to overcome obstacles to developing internet access.The three-day Africa Broadband and Universal Service Forum brings together government officials, captains of industry and members of the civil society from around the continent, with a special focus on the broadband implementation plan in various African countries, as well as challenges and solutions to obstacles in programme development, implementation and operations.The forum is hosted by the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in collaboration with Intel, a world leader in computing devices microprocessors. – Advertisement – Jean Philbert Nsengimana, the minister for youth and ICT, said the forum is critical to the country’s aspirations of ensuring that Rwandans have access to broadband and would use the opportunity to expedite development.“We are excited to host this conference; we see this as an opportunity to provide a platform for fellow African countries to explore ways of fast-tracking deployments across the continent, sharing best practices and engaging industry experts,” Nsengimana said.Skills gapAccording to the minister, most Rwandans don’t have skills to use digital devices they have and said that the government has committed to build capacities alongside the connectivity.“Over 50 per cent of the population use mobile phones which can access the internet, but only 30 per cent of them use the fortune put in their hands. So, as we take broadband to every corner of the country, we shall also be providing skills on the use,” Nsengimana said.He said ICT will soon be speeding up the country’s development at a rate unimaginable because Rwanda is among the largest broadband adopters on the continent.Ralph Corey, the director of Intel World Ahead Programme, shared the concerns over the poor skills on use of digital devices.“Broadband is not only about having physical connectivity but also knowing what to do with that access. We want people we connect to be ICT literate, to know what to do with the broadband,” Corey said.He said his organisation would embark on imparting ICT skills to the youth in schools, and will empower them with ICT-based entrepreneurial skills.Organisers of the forum said it will combine an interactive environment with a special focus on how governments can implement plans to enhance the socio-economic benefits that internet provision services can provide for the continent’s citizens.Didier Nkurikiyimfura, the director-general of ICT in the ministry, said that broadband is expected to increase the county’s connectivity to the rest of the world, access to international market and sell services.Nkurikiyimfura said outside of Kigali, only four cities; Musanze, Rubavu, Rusizi and Huye, are connected to 4G LTE Internet but the entire country will be connected by 2017.Nkurikiyimfura noted that the number of subscribers to 4G LTE internet is highly increasing and a special increase is expected as the three telecommunication firms signed contracts with 4G service provider.“Within six months since the launch of 4G LTE Internet, there has been a big increase in subscribers from day to day, but now that MTN, Tigo, and Airtel have contracted with the service provider, many of their customers will be soon using the facility,” he said.A further reduction on the 4G LTE internet prices is expected after a drop from Rwf4,100 to Rwf1,300, per gigabyte, three months ago.Rwanda is the fourth African country to host the event after Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.Credit: The New Timeslast_img read more

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A Huawei P8 Lite Takes a Bullet for His Owner Saving His

first_imgAdvertisement As Siraaj Abrahams, a businessman arrived at his home in Cape Town, South Africa, from a birthday party in his Hyundai pick-up, two men pounced him. As the first assailant tried to pull him out of the vehicle as Siraaj fought back while the second man discharged his weapon.During the struggle, a 9mm bullet was fired at close range which miraculously hit the Huawei P8 Lite smartphone that was in his jacket pocket.According to SWNS.com reports, the raiders escaped with just $20 (roughly 68,000 UGX) in cash and Siraaj was shaken but unhurt thanks to his P8 Lite. He was only left with a tiny mark on his chest and a hole in his jacket where the bullet struck. – Advertisement – “I didn’t even see it coming; the first one just pulled open the door. He pulled me out of the car and we began to struggle,” Siraaj tells Daily Voice in South Africa.“During the struggle, the second assailant, who was two meters away, fired a shot at me. When I woke, I just felt this burning feeling over my chest and felt to see where it was and if there was blood.”Siraaj was rushed to hospital, where an ECG report estimated Siraaj’s heart had stopped for a few seconds after the shot was fired.His stunned wife Shamiela, 41, could only thank God for the miraculous way her husband escaped death.“We said Allah is great, because this is all God’s work, everything had to happen the way it did. We received an ECG report that showed he had flat-lined for a few seconds.”1 of 4 Siraaj (C) and his wife Shamiela (L). Police say the offenders are still at large following the attack on August 30th.Huawei has now handed Siraaj a brand new P9 Lite to replace his “heroic” phone. He has also been invited to be a VIP guest at home matches for Ajax Cape Town, who are sponsored by Huawei.Apparently, this is not the first time a Huawei product has saved someone’s life. There was a similar story in Africa a few years ago where a media pad received a bullet while a researcher was conducting his field work.[related-posts]Commenting on the incidence, Huawei Uganda Marketing Manager, Jean Baguma said “it is such a miracle for a phone to save a person’s life and we thank God for it. Any other phone could have done the same but it makes us proud to know that it is a Huawei Smartphone that saved a life. This also proves the legitimacy of Huawei Smartphones ruling out the stigma of goods made in China.”last_img read more

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Toyota Wants to Sell to You a Talking Robot to Keep You

first_imgKirobo Mini can apparently chat away and even respond to facial expressions. Image Credit: CNN news Advertisement One of world’s biggest automakers, Toyota Corp., plans to sale to us a 4-inch high robot; Kirobo Mini, described by the company as “a miniature communication partner developed to provide companionship” in dealerships across Japan next year for around $400 (roughly 1.4 million UGX) before tax. However, the company never did mention any plans for introducing it in other countries.According to Toyota, Kirobo can remember its companion’s likes and dislikes as well as journeys they’ve taken together, and can be linked up to cars and gadgets in the home to make the conversation more lively, CNN news reports.In one of the companies video seen, the robot can apparently chat away and even respond to facial expressions. “Oh no, what has happened?” it asks in response to a young woman’s downcast face. – Advertisement – Robots in Japan are seen as part of the solution to the country’s aging population and shrinking workforce. Androids are being touted as potential caregivers for the elderly and child minders that could enable more women to work.The Japanese automotive manufacturer hope Kirobo Mini will contribute to making life and society more abundant.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 18 NovemberRACING1.20 ChepstowChampagne At Tara 11/10 > 5/65.55 KemptonEnreaching 6/1 > 4/16.55 KemptonSovereign Debt 11/2 > 3/17.25 KemptonRidgeway Storm 10/1 > 6/1FOOTBALLFA Cup 1st Round Replay19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD2/5 Bradford City 7/1 Aldershot Town 7/2 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 16 MarchRACING2.50 CheltenhamRock The Kasbah 14/1 > 10/13.30 CheltenhamGod’s Own 33/1 > 22/15.30 CheltenhamNew To This Town 12/1 > 8/1CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Last-16 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD1/4 Barcelona 9/1 Arsenal 11/2 DRAWUEFA Champions League Last-16 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD2/5 Bayern Munich 15/2 Juventus 18/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_imgRACING MOVERS2.50 WindsorWestern Prince 4/1 > 11/43.45 WarwickDardanella 33/1 > 16/14.35 WindsorHarold Lloyd 3/1 > 7/4LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship14:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD8/13 Brighton & Hove Albion5/1 Derby County3/1 DRAWChampionship16:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD4/11 Burnley8/1 QPR4/1 DRAWPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD7/4 Chelsea13/8 Tottenham Hotspur23/10 DRAWWORLD SNOOKER WINNER9/4 Ding30/100 Selby(All prices subject to fluctuation) [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 2 May What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Crystal Palace v Southampton

first_img[dropcap]R[/dropcap]oy Hodgson’s tenure at Crystal Palace gets underway on Saturday lunchtime when the Eagles welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park.The pressure will be immediate for Hodgson given the abject start that Palace have made to the new season, losing all four games without scoring a single goal. On the plus side for him it surely can’t really get any worse than that?There’s unlikely to be much of a honeymoon for Hodgson. It’s likely to be measured in minutes not weeks.Hodgson said: “All styles of play depend on the players who play the game. It is difficult to impose a style that they are not comfortable with.“I have seen quite a lot of Palace over the last five years. I have got a clear idea of what works for them and the style needed to win football matches.“I believe the team will stay up, absolutely. I wouldn’t have taken the job if I didn’t believe I and my coaching staff were the right people. This could be a very good year.”He is starting with a home match in which Palace supporters will be anxious to take something from. Southampton have made the better start but are also goal shy. They beat West Ham, lost to Watford and played out 0-0 draws against both Swansea and Huddersfield.It’s seemingly one of those matches that an ‘X’ would go next to on the football pools coupon.Crystal Palace v SouthamptonPremier League12:30 Sky Sports Premier / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2017 PREMIER Southampton 3-1 C PalaceDec 2016 PREMIER C Palace 3-0 SouthamptonSep 2016 EFL CUP Southampton 2-0 C PalaceMay 2016 PREMIER Southampton 4-1 C PalaceJan 2016 FA CUP Southampton 1-2 C PalaceDec 2015 PREMIER C Palace 1-0 SouthamptonMar 2015 PREMIER Southampton 1-0 C PalaceJan 2015 FA CUP Southampton 2-3 C PalaceDec 2014 PREMIER C Palace 1-3 SouthamptonMar 2014 PREMIER C Palace 0-1 SouthamptonThe game will hinge on how much of a reaction there will be from the Palace players to the new manager.I refuse to believe things can change that quickly and with neither team doing enough at the moment to convince me they can win any game I’m going right down the middle with the DRAW – at around 21/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 5 points win at 21/10 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 18.20 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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