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first_imgLabour’s shadow minister for disabled people has called on her party to come up with its own alternative to the government’s flawed universal credit benefit system.Marsha de Cordova (pictured) moved further this week than any of her shadow frontbench colleagues at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool towards the idea of scrapping universal credit completely.She told Disability News Service (DNS): “I believe Labour needs to come up with its own alternative.“The party are not quite as close [as I am] to saying stop and scrap but you know what, if something isn’t working maybe there is no value in tinkering at the edges.”She said that Labour’s policy – to “pause” the rollout of universal credit and fix its flaws – was set last year, before the country had seen a “hollowing out” of the new system that had caused “so much pain and misery to the people I represent and disabled people”.She was speaking after her boss, shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood, was criticised by disabled activists for a “lacklustre” conference speech in which she called on the government to “stop the rollout of universal credit and fix its many flaws”.Activists, led by the grassroots group Disabled People Against Cuts, have been calling for Labour to change its position and promise to scrap universal credit (see separate story).De Cordova said the “massive cliff edge” caused by the imminent “managed migration” process – which will begin next year and will eventually see hundreds of thousands of disabled people forced to end their existing employment and support allowance (ESA) claims and apply instead for universal credit – had to be a campaigning priority for her party.Greenwood also announced this week a lengthy review of the party’s social security policy, which de Cordova said was “quite a brave and bold move”.She said: “It is saying the system is broken, let’s not tinker, let’s have a real free think about what it should look like.”In a fringe meeting earlier in the week, she had told Labour supporters that the social security system “should be viewed in the same light as the NHS. That’s how important it is.”She also said that she wanted Labour to mark in some way the 10th anniversary of the introduction of ESA and the hated work capability assessment (WCA), which will take place on 27 October.She told DNS that ESA/WCA had not been perfect when the New Labour government had introduced it in 2008, but the Conservative-led coalition had sought from 2010 to turn it into “something that was a cruel and inhuman process that disabled people had to endure”, while the government had tried to “demonise” claimants, creating “a hostile environment for disabled people”.She had earlier told a Disability Labour fringe meeting: “Like many of you here, we know that that assessment regime has caused pain, has caused suffering and more importantly has taken people’s lives and we cannot let that day go past without marking it in some way.“But also we cannot let it go past without calling out and shaming this cruel, evil Tory government for what they have done with that work capability assessment.”De Cordova appeared to go further than last year’s general election disability manifesto on the question of benefit sanctions.The party’s policy is to replace the government’s “punitive” sanctions regime but not to scrap all sanctions.But de Cordova told DNS: “There’s no evidence out there that suggests sanctions work for disabled people.“With that evidence before you, therefore, you should respond and act accordingly.”When DNS asked whether that meant she was suggesting there should be no sanctions for people claiming ESA or any equivalent benefit, she said: “That’s something I would like to see happen, personally, absolutely.”De Cordova had also been outspoken in a meeting held as part of The World Transformed, the festival organised by the left-wing group Momentum on the edges of the Labour conference.She had told the meeting that the government should feel ashamed for creating a “hostile environment” for disabled people and that it had been “hell bent on demonising disabled people for the last eight years”.But she then said that she blamed “the last Labour leadership” for the government’s lack of shame over its actions.De Cordova said: “I blame the last Labour leadership for that because they chose not to be the voice for the voiceless.“That’s why I sit here and say I will do my very best to be your voice.“Three years ago, the Labour leadership voted against preventing cuts to social security for disabled people.“It’s shocking that that happened but believe me, I was there, it did happen.”She was referring to a crucial Commons vote on the government’s welfare reform and work bill, in which 48 Labour MPs – including Jeremy Corbyn (now the Labour leader), John McDonnell (now shadow chancellor) and Greenwood – all defied the party whip and voted against the bill, when interim leader Harriet Harman had ordered them to abstain.Two months later, Corbyn was elected Labour leader.A key element of last year’s disability manifesto was Labour’s pledge to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) into UK law.This would mean providing a legal right to independent living, and a commitment to move towards a fully inclusive education system and the closure of all special schools, as well as many other policy commitments, such as significant reform of discriminatory laws on detaining people with mental health conditions against their will.But De Cordova told DNS that it was unrealistic to put a time limit on how long all of this would take to incorporate into UK law, and she accepted that it would be a “long-term project” and an “aspiration”.She said: “If we are talking about creating a fully inclusive society for the many and not the few, then that has to be the aspiration.”On the need for a right to independent living, DNS told her of the case of Laki Kaur, a young disabled woman who has spent more than 100 days in an east London hospital since being told she was well enough to be released after treatment for blood poisoning, because of the lack of suitable wheelchair-accessible housing.De Cordova said: “Imagine that in our society, under a Tory government.“That is what is happening to disabled people every day across the country. It’s a shame, it’s a disgrace, it’s a scandal.”She had earlier told the Momentum fringe meeting: “There is a light at the end of that tunnel because Labour in government will ensure that we incorporate the UNCRPD into domestic legislation so that we can travel and use public transport, so that we can access the social security system, so that we can go into work and stay in work, and we will aim to remove those barriers to discrimination when in work.”She told DNS that she wanted to see a change in employer attitudes to disabled people.One of her hopes is that a Labour government will ensure that all employers with more than 250 employees will have to report on how many disabled people they employ.Labour has already said that it wants to see an expansion of the Access to Work (AtW) scheme, extending it to cover those in self-employment and volunteers, she said.And she reminded a fringe meeting this week that a Labour government would have to look at removing the “arbitrary” AtW cap, which led to the government being challenged in the high court under the Equality Act.Asked if there had been too much carrot and not enough stick from the government when it came to pushing employers to improve their policies on employing disabled people, she told DNS: “All the focus from governments, the Tories especially, is always on the individual. Not much effort has gone on employers.”She pointed to the government’s “shoddy” Disability Confident jobs scheme, which allows employers to sign up to the programme without employing a single disabled person.DNS reported in July how nearly 7,000 employers that signed up to the scheme had promised to provide just 4,500 new jobs for disabled people between them.The scheme has three levels – Disability Confident Committed (the entry level), Disability Confident Employer and Disability Confident Leader (level three) – but it is only at level three that employers’ pledges and claims on employing disabled people are assessed independently.De Cordova suggested that Labour would replace Disability Confident, or at least overhaul it.She said: “Any initiative that Labour would have would have to have good independent evaluation as part of it, there has got to be some good quality assurance, it’s got to be of good quality, and actually it’s got to be something that disabled people and employers feel confident about, and actually have some teeth.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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JAMES Roby and James Graham have been named in the

first_imgJAMES Roby and James Graham have been named in the Frontline Index Team Select for Round 5.The duo were named following their impressive perfomances in the 27-16 defeat to Harlequins last Friday.Leeds’ full-back Brent Webb was crowned Frontline Index Player of the Round with 982 index points.Points are calculated from every action made by players, every involvement is given a points value depending on the importance and frequency of the action. For example a try would be the highest scoring value, with actions such as tackles and carries scoring smaller values. Mistakes such as handling errors or penalties conceded would incur negative values.At the end of a match, all the players’ actions will be added together to give a game score. The 13 individuals with the highest scores in each position on the field of play will earn inclusion in the Frontline Index Team of the Week with the highest scoring individual earning the Frontline Index Player of the Week title.The player with the single most outstanding performance during the regular season will win the Frontline Index and be presented with a £1,000 cheque at the 2011 Engage Super League Man of Steel dinner.Frontline Index Team of the Round1. Brent Webb (Leeds Rhinos) 9822. Jermaine McGilvary (Huddersfield Giants) 6183. Tony Clubb (Harlequins RL) 7414. Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 7305. Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 5626. Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 7677. Blake Green (Hull KR) 7468. Paul Johnson (Wakefield Wildcats) 6739. James Roby (St Helens) 94510. James Graham (St Helens) 64111. Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves) 69212. Jason Baitieri (Catalan Dragons) 63913. Craig Fitzgibbon (Hull FC) 698last_img read more

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The Rodizio Bar and Grill which is based in Liver

first_imgThe Rodizio Bar and Grill, which is based in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, will become our Official Restaurant Partner for the 2017 campaign.Inspired by the high end rodizios found across South America, Fazenda brings the true essence of a gaúcho experience, blending all the tradition behind the unique way of serving – ‘churrascaria-style’.Saints’ General Manager Dave Hutchinson said:“Saints are very grateful for the support of Fazenda for the new season, and with venues in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds we look forward to offering some great promotions to our loyal fans to sample the delights of these great restaurants.“The club relies heavily on support from commercial partners, and we are proud to have such a prestigious brand that not only the club but our fans and members can enjoy too.”Tomas Maunier, Sales & Marketing Director for Fazenda Group, said:“We are extremely passionate about sports at Fazenda, so to be partnered with one of the most successful rugby league teams within the country is an honour for us.“We’re looking forward to a fantastic season and to supporting the team throughout.”www.fazenda.co.uklast_img read more

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Activists special interests call state investigation on GenX partisan blame game

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  Activist groups are concerned that removing gen-x from our drinking water has become a political issue.Local groups joined the Raleigh special interest group Progress NC Action over the issue of when did former Governor Pat McRory know about Gen-X. They revealed an email thread that was sent last November to several department of environmental quality staffers. The email does not show the governor’s office was directly informed.- Advertisement – “It boils down to partisan Raleigh politics as usual,” says Gerrick Brenner at the news conference.The email thread alerted the environmental department of the chemical compound. It was sent by NC State professor Detlef Knappe. The main message of the news conference was to challenge lawmakers in the Republican leadership to look into it.“The legislature at this point is involved in a partisan blame game and it’s not serving the public,” says Brenner with the group Progress NC Action.Related Article: TOUR CHEMOURS: A look at company’s plan to keep GenX from youLocal lawmakers we heard from plan to look into the email as well as a long list of other instances surrounding the chemical discharges into the Cape Fear River by Chemours.“We will be looking into the entire timeline starting thirty seven years ago when the first permit was issued under the Hunt administration,” says Brunswick County Republican Representative Frank Iler.The latest regulations bill giving money to UNCW and the CFPUA instead of to the DEQ also has lawmakers and activists claiming the issue is becoming political.“What are they going to do for us? They’ve lost my trust,” says Women Organizing or Wilmington member Stacey McPherson talking about CFPUA.“We need subpoena power, the power of the police, the power of the investigation and those regulatory agencies have that. Cape Fear Public Utility Authority does not have that,” says New Hanover County state Representative Deb Butler.“DEQ is asking for two and a half million dollars, well you have to ask the question, we didn’t do the job with two hundred and twenty eight million in the current budget,” says Rep. Iler.Representative Iler says ensuring clean drinking water will be a collective effort from government. His Democratic colleague Deb Butler thinks now with Chris Millis leaving office vacating a space on the House committee investigating GenX, lawmakers can prove water quality is not partisan politics.“If you truly say that water is a bipartisan issue, it’s proving not to be by the way but if you think that can be the case and it should be the case. Why not put everybody who’s got the energy and the desire to do the work,” Rep. Butler asks.Representative Butler informed us today that she heard from the Speaker’s office. They tell her they are reviewing her request to fill in Millis’ vacated seat for the committee.last_img read more

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Shrimp boat still stuck days after washing ashore in Holden Beach

first_img00:00 00:00 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 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Days after washing up along the coast of Holden Beach, shrimp boat Big Earl is still stuck in the sand.Boat Captain Virgil Coleman said he, along with another person, had just started shrimping Thursday when the winds caused a net to get stuck in the boat’s propeller. The current winds pushed the boat closer to shore and eventually beached the boat on the east end of the island.- Advertisement – “This is killing me,” Coleman said. “It really is. I’m really beat down pretty bad.”Throughout the weekend the community has been rallying to help any way possible.Dozens gathered Saturday to attempt to pull out the stuck boat but had no luck.Related Article: When will bridges close due to bad weather?The owner of Big Earl rented equipment to try and dig out sand around the boat Monday morning, but unfortunately that did not last long. In order to dig on the beach the town says you must have a permit, especially since it is sea turtle nesting season.Fortunately, that process only took a few hours and the machinery was back into motion this afternoon.U.S. Coast Guard set up a barrier around the boat Monday for safety reasons.“Endangered species hibernate in this area frequently,” Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class, Christopher Parker said. “It’s a concern for other agencies and resources to make sure these nests and nesting grounds are safe.”After several solid attempts this evening to get the boat off the sand, they were still unsuccessful.“It can’t take too many more nights up here,” Coleman said. “You know what I mean, it’s gonna start falling apart.”Coleman said the plan now is to continue digging around the boat throughout the night and try again Tuesday morning at high tide, which is around 8 a.m.If the mission does not work soon, the Coast Guard will take over.“If the vessel is unable to be removed by the help that he is getting or by other means then yes. Or is the vessel becomes unstable and the pollution threat becomes higher than yes we will step in,” Parker said.Coleman said he has been shrimping for more than 40 years and has never experienced anything like this.last_img read more

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Area Vietnam veterans honor fellow and fallen soldiers

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An event was held in downtown Wilmington Thursday to honor Vietnam veterans.Held by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 885, the event kicked off with the pledge of allegiance, speeches from chapter members, and the national anthem, featuring the color guard from Camp Lejeune.- Advertisement – Two veterans say they were just kids when they went to war and it changed them forever.They add many soldiers did not make it back to the United States and those who did were not treated well.“To have an event like this on a day like today where we remember our brothers and sisters who did not come home, and then we look at each other and we welcome each other home,” Curt Farrison said. “That’s big medicine for us. Very big.”Related Article: US envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move“This is to honor some of the veterans that did make it home, but have fallen by the wayside as all of us will one day,” Kenneth Jones said. “Just to honor them and thank them for their service.”The event included a room dedication for the veterans who did not make it back from war and were missing in action.last_img read more

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Pender Co Schools looking for community input on makeup days

first_img According to the post, Pender County Schools missed up to 30 instructional days as a result of Hurricane Florence. The State has waived up to 20 instructional days which means PCS must make up at least 10 instructional days.The survey gives you four options to choose from: adding minutes to the school day, changing some non-student days to student days, extending the school year by 1 week or using Saturdays as student make up days.Click here to see the survey and give your input. PENDER COUNTY SCHOOLS, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Schools leaders are looking for input from the community on how to address make-up days from Hurricane Florence.The school district posted a survey on its Facebook page asking for help.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Casa in favour of European Commissioner for press freedom

first_imgEuropean Union – David Casa at EMPL CommitteeEuropean Union – David Casa at EMPL Committee PN candidate for the European Elections David Casa said that he supports the idea of having a European Commissioner responsible for the freedom and protection of journalists, originally suggested by the organisation Reporters without Borders.“The EU needs to increase its resources to help defend press freedom, and should be ambitious to address the threats which journalisrs face”, said Casa.‘Muscat won’t debate Delia on Xarabank’ – PNPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) stated that although the Leader of Partit Laburista Joseph Muscat wanted to create a scenario where the upcoming elections are between the Leaders of the Parties, Muscat did not want to participate in a live debate this evening during the television programme Xarabank.During a statement, PN said that Delia was willing to debate. “Joseph Muscat does not want to debate on the manifesto of his friend Frans Timmermans and that of the European Socialists who want to impose abortion and want to restrict us from choosing ourselves how we handle our taxes”, stated PN.According to PN, Muscat is depriving the electorate from an “important” debate days before the election. “This is how a Socialist Government creates a democratic process in our country”, said PN.A vote for PL is a vote for Timmermans – AgiusPN candidate for the upcoming European Elections Peter Agius said every vote for every Labour candidate is a vote for Timmermans to become the President of the European Commission.Agius said that it was made clear by Timmermans that he wants one communal tax system throughout Europe. “This is a direct threat to Maltese investments and employment” said Agius.440 persons missing their vote – PuliPN General Secretary Clyde Puli stated that there are 440 citizens who are missing atleast one vote. This was said during a news conference. “It looks like the electoral commission did not distribute the votes as should be to atleast 440 persons, and has failed to remedy the situation”, said Puli.Puli said that 440 citizens that went to collect their votes at police stations were given one document instead of two. 100 people were given the European Elections document, while 300 received only those for Local Councils elections.Director of Office Elcom Anġelito Sciberras said that there has been an increase of 34,000 people whose votes were not delivered. He said that this is not normal.WhatsApp SharePrint <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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Contes shadow looms over Gattuso

first_imgReports in the Italian press indicate that Antonio Conte could replace Gennaro Gattuso at AC Milan. The former Juventus coach was sacked by Roman Abramovich after winning the English Premier League and the FA Cup in his two-year spell at Chelsea.Gattuso signed a contract until 2021 just four months ago but his role at Milan is now under threat. The Serie A side are under new ownership and Sporting Director Massimiliano Mirabelli and Chief Executive Marco Fassone were dismissed after a disappointing season in which the club failed to finish among the top four. Former Milan coach Leonardo is set to replace Mirabelli as further changes are expected to take place in the Italian club’s hierarchy.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Wim Vanhelleputte to Resume Duties as MTN Uganda CEO

first_imgMTN Uganda Chief Executive, Wim Vanhelleputte addressing press at one of the telcos gathering in Kampala. Advertisement Deported MTN Uganda Chief Executive, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte will resume his duties, after H.E President Museveni exercised his executive discretion to allow him return in the country.Both the Senior Press Secretary to the President; Don Wanyama and MTN Uganda confirmed this on Thursday afternoon.“Following discussions with MTN Group top management, President Museveni has exercised his executive discretion and allowed MTN Uganda CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte, back into the country. He is expected to resume his duties,” Wanyama wrote in a tweet. – Advertisement – The telco’s Group CEO Rob Shuter, replied to the tweet saying, “We are very grateful for the support and goodwill that has made this possible. We are so pleased that Wim can be reunited firstly with his wife and family and secondly with his MTN Uganda family. Welcome home Wim.”The telco has also showed its gratitude to the President in an appreciation tweet that read;“MTN wishes to express its gratitude to His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda, all government officials, Ministries, Departments and Agencies for their support and goodwill for making this possible,” writes MTN Uganda in a tweet.To recall Mr. Wim was deported back to his home country Belgium in Feb. 2019 over allegations of “engagement in acts which compromise the country’s national security.”His deportation came three weeks after three of telco’s senior staff; Olivier Prentout (French), Annie Bilenge Tabura (Rwandese) and Ms. Elsa Mussolini (Italy) were deported back to their respective countries on the same allegations — “comprising national security”.Since the deportation of the telco’s senior staff, President Museveni has on some occasions seen meeting the company’s top executives — MTN Group Chairman Phuthuma Nhleko and Rob Shuter, The Group CEO.Mr. Gordian Kyomukama has been the Acting CEO of MTN Uganda since the deportation of Mr. Wim. He was appointed Act. CEO on Feb. 15th temporarily leaving his position as the telco’s Chief Technology Officer.During his time as CEO, we have to appreciate the work(s) and efforts he has put in the telco.last_img read more

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