Monthly ArchiveJuly 2019

A Labour shadow minister is to travel the country

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first_imgA Labour shadow minister is to travel the country to ask disabled people for their help in designing a 21st-century social security system.Debbie Abrahams, the shadow minister for disabled people, launched her “disability equality roadshow” last week at a parliamentary event held to mark the international day of persons with disabilities.She said the roadshow would “allow disabled people across the UK to voice their opinions about how, as a society, we should be supporting them in the most effective and appropriate ways and to define what a social security system for disabled people, fit for the 21st century, should look like”.Abrahams said the government had treated disabled people “appallingly”, from “the £23.8 billion cuts in support to 3.7 million disabled people to the dehumanising and ineffective work capability assessments (WCA) for working-age disabled people”. She said the government had “refused to listen” to doctors, academics and disability organisations that have raised concerns about the adverse impact of the WCA on claimants’ mental health, but promised that Labour “will listen”.She said: “The views and experiences of disabled people have to be right at the heart of, not just the overhaul of the WCA, but other aspects of social security policy too. “Labour wants disabled people to be able to play a central role in both the development and monitoring of this.” Her roadshow announcement comes only 18 months after Labour gave a cool welcome to the report of its own disability and poverty taskforce.The taskforce, led by Sir Bert Massie (pictured), called for a greater contribution from the state towards the extra costs of disability.It also called on a future Labour government to replace the work capability assessment, introduce a personalised system of employment support, invest in accessible housing and transport, launch a major drive to improve the skills of disabled people, and ensure a new focus on the barriers to employment faced by disabled people.Sir Bert, former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, heard Abrahams speak at a seminar held at Leeds University on 4 December – the day after she launched the roadshow – in memory of the disability rights campaigner Caroline Gooding, who died last year.Sir Bert, who was chairing the seminar, said: “Debbie was terribly good telling us what the Tories were doing wrong, but she didn’t say anything about what she would do right.“I don’t know what her policies are, I really don’t. There was no commitment, no vision of where Labour would go.”He said a roadshow would be likely to produce “lots of good ideas” but not necessarily new policies.He said: “I wonder if you will get more new ideas from going on a roadshow than you will talking to people who actually know what they are doing, people who know the system inside out.”He added: “I cannot think of a public consultation of this type which has actually led anywhere. If it’s activity for the sake of activity, that would be my first question.“These consultation meetings are fine as far as they go, but at some point some serious people need to sit down and work out what is going to happen.“If you go round the meetings, what you will hear is how awful it is… it might help politicians understand the angst out there, the frustration, in some cases the desperation and the futility of some of the contacts you have with DWP.“That might all come out, but it doesn’t constitute a policy.“Going round to meetings is fine, but you end up with a pile of ideas. They have to be knocked into shape.”Sir Bert said he would like to see a new disability rights taskforce, following the one set up by the new Labour government, which reported in December 1999, but with a wider brief that would look at the whole range of disability policy, including social care and possibly even the right-to-die debate.He said: “All the support mechanisms built up from the 1970s are slowly being dismantled. We need another taskforce to really look at the whole of disability policy.”Bob Williams-Findlay, a former chair of the British Council of Disabled People, said he had been impressed by Abrahams at the seminar, and said that the roadshow “was not a bad idea”, but he warned that “the devil will be in the detail”.He said that a taskforce set up by Labour “would make sense with the right remit and personnel”, for example with co-chairs such as Professor Mike Oliver and Baroness [Jane] Campbell.Debbie Jolly, a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, who also attended the seminar, said there was no need for a new taskforce, but she backed the idea of a roadshow.She said: “Top-down approaches are dated and untrusted – why we should need yet another set of well-paid disability elites and charities sitting around tables having exclusive closed meetings is unclear in 2015.“The proposed equality roadshow by Debbie Abrahams is a route that allows everyone to give their views and experiences on policy, on what’s working and what’s not working at the grassroots level – these are the types of things we need to ensure the many, not the few, feed-in to change from the perspective of their own day-to-day life experiences.“The test for Labour, of course, will be what they do with that information.”last_img read more

Filmmakers Offer Rides to Strangers Willing to Delete Uber

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first_img“This created an opportunity to talk about it and to talk about sexism in the tech industry. It gave them that last nudge to follow through,” said Yee.One woman who hopped into Morgenstern’s backseat said she’s had friends in tech who were harassed at the workplace and told to “brush it off.” Another man the pair picked up at 22nd and Mission streets  said that he would rather support “companies that I can stand behind.”Yee said that as a member of the tech industry he often feels that his values are not represented.“I just think we need to hold my industry to a higher standard as a member of this industry I’m not happy with a lot of the typical behavior that we see in it,” he said.Morgenstern said he briefly wondered if the action would hurt his ability to retain commercial clients, but then decided that speaking out against inequality took precedence.“I want to make videos for people who are acting responsibly,” he said.Both Yee and Morgenstern said they are hoping that their action will inspire others to not only discontinue using the service, but that given the political climate, it will serve to remind their community members of their personal power to make a change.“I think its important for us to be using that power to protect the rights of people who don’t have them,” said Morgenstern, adding in reference to the #DeleteUber social media campaign:  “I think this stuff works if we actually do it. That was the point of our video, to say, ‘Lets not just talk about holding companies accountable, let’s actually do it.’” With laminated posters that read #Women’sRights and #Worker’sRights plastered in the rear windows of Morgenstern’s car, their impromptu cabbing began in the Mission and took them all around the city.Despite an admitted initial “awkwardness” in asking complete strangers to take a stand against sexism by giving up what is for some a daily convenience, the pair’s advocacy was met with general support.“It started some pretty great conversations. At first I was nervous about asking strangers if they wanted a ride, it felt a little awkward,” said Yee. “The people we actually picked up who deleted their accounts in front of us were people who were already thinking about deleting Uber, who were not too happy with [the company].” In light of the recent sexual harassment claims against the rideshare company Uber by former employee Susan Fowler, two local activists offered free rides to users who agreed to delete their Uber accounts.Thousands of riders uninstalled the app and publicly encouraged others to do the same under the #DeleteUber campaign that went viral earlier this month following news of Uber’s ties to the Trump administration.On President’s Day, Michael Morgenstern, a filmmaker who shoots commercials for tech companies and Ka-Ping Yee, a software engineer, took the hashtag to the streets of the Mission District and beyond by offering free rides to strangers who, like them, were willing to delete the app off their phones for good.“We decided it was the exact same as posting on Facebook, ‘I deleted Uber. You should delete Uber too.’ We wanted to show that we really meant it,” said Morgenstern. 0% Tags: tech • video Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Guests enjoy a sumptuous threecourse meal premat

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first_imgGuests enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal pre-match with direct access to premium seats that allow you to watch the game in style.The Package Includes:Premium padded match seats in the South Stand close to the half way lineDelicious pre-match three-course meal plus a tasting plate with complimentary tea & coffee at half-timePrivate cash barProfessional & vastly experienced lounge compère – Pete EmmettPre-match interviews with Saints’ squad players and legendsPost-match interview with Saints Man of the MatchComplimentary Match Programme for each guest10% merchandise discount for Saints Superstore (located at the Totally Wicked Stadium) on Matchday, just show your match ticket in store to qualifyOur Lounge magician, John Holt will visit your table and entertain your groupSky Sports live game will be shown in the Lounge.Post-match Quiz with the prize of a round of drinks for your table courtesy of our partners, Robinsons BreweryCar Parking (for parties of four or more – subject to availability.Prices are £55 (adult) and £30 (junior) for non members whereas 2018 Members can upgrade for £45 and £25.If you would like more information or you would like to book, please call us on 01744 455 053,  email sales@saintsrlfc.com, or book here.last_img read more

Exclusive interview with Gov Cooper on veto of bill addressing GenX

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first_img “These emerging chemical compounds are not only a problem in North Carolina, but across the country,” Governor Roy Cooper said.In response to GenX, Republican lawmakers included GenX in House Bill 56 allocating $435,000 to UNCW and CFPUA to test the water for GenX and test its impact on the public’s health, but Gov. Cooper was not impressed. That is why he announced plans to veto the bill this morning. “Zero money to the agencies that really matter,” Cooper said.Related Article: Hundreds to attend North Carolina summit on opioid epidemicCooper said the department of environmental quality and the department of health and human services requested $2.6 million for experts to address the genx problem.“They need more help to do the job right to protect our waterways, not legislation that gives them zero funding attached to a bad environmental bill,” Cooper said. “That shows me that they’re not serious and that concerns me.”Republicans have their own concerns.“I am troubled the the governor would place politics ahead of public safety, and prioritize bureaucracy over results,” Sen. Michael Lee said in a statement. “He is now on record for rejecting the only proposal that will actually help clean our drinking water in the lower Cape Fear region.”Cooper said he hopes GenX does not become a partisan issue.“I need to send a strong veto back to say we all need to get serious about this,” Cooper said. “We need to sit down and talk. This is not a partisan issue. This is not a place for political posturing or hollow solutions. It’s a place where we have to come together to make sure the water is protected in Wilmington and across North Carolina.”Cooper said all he wants is a bill that gives money to state agencies.“It wouldn’t take but a couple of sentences,” Cooper said.Senator Lee said the General Assembly will reconvene on october 4 and he says an overide on the governor’s veto is a possibility. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1506044245-ff7bae93b73d80b35f7c2f0a774f7315f8eadf07_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 RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A bill addressing concerns about GenX is getting a veto from the governor.GenX and clean drinking water are concerns that have been circulating in the Cape Fear among residents, homeowners, parents, and politicians since June.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington man files federal lawsuit against Chemours

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first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1507153745-b1043cc3855d2c6c09c739e16c00fdd8c9a6521b_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) — A Wilmington man has filed a class action lawsuit against Chemours, DuPont, and the site and environmental managers at the two companies over the discharge of PFAS and PFECAs from the Fayetteville Works site.According to the suit filed in federal court, the plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages related to the release of these compounds.- Advertisement – The damages include “the loss in value and marketability of properties owned by Plaintiff and Class Members, the cost of remediating the properties owned by Plaintiff and Class Members from the toxic chemicals released from the Fayetteville Works Site, the cost of mitigating the contaminated water, and/or the cost of alternative water sources. Plaintiff’s and Class Members’ damages also include loss of use of their properties they own, loss of use and enjoyment of those properties, annoyance, discomfort and inconvenience.”The plaintiffs also ask for damages associated with the cost of diagnostic testing for the early detection of illness, disease, and disease process caused by the exposure to these compounds released from the Fayetteville Works Site.The suit alleges Dupont manufactures and disposed of perflourinated chemicals, including perfluoroalkyl substances, which are known to be highly toxic to humans. The suit brings up Parkersburg, West Virginia, where a facility there relased PFOAs into the Ohio River. The suit claims DuPont has studied the health effects of PFOA in laboratory animals, so they knew that their manufacturing process, and releasing it into the environments resulted in exposure of toxic chemicals to people living as its neighbors.Related Article: FDA food sampling finds ‘substantial’ PFAS contaminationThe suit claims that DuPont also did not disclose health studies or environmental data on PFAS when they applied to renew their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit, nor did the defendants have a permit to discharge chemicals, including GenX, into the Cape Fear River.The plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial and an award of punitive damages.Nix v Chemours Lawsuitlast_img read more

North Carolina agency says Chemours lied about discharging GenX

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first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina should tackle an emerging problem of water and air pollution from little-studied industrial chemicals by beefing up the state’s health and environmental agencies, Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday.Cooper proposed spending $14.5 million to help improve the ability of the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services to protect the water and environment.- Advertisement – Legislators have resisted increasing agency budgets for the past year despite rising concern over the presence of little-studied industrial chemicals in water supplies. Lawmakers failed in February to agree on an extra $2.3 million for the environmental agency.State regulators said in new court documents this week that the operators of a chemical plant near Fayetteville have lied for years about discharging compounds that have gotten into drinking water supplies as much as 100 miles (160 kilometers) away in Wilmington.Spokesmen for Wilmington, Delaware-based Chemours Company did not respond Tuesday to a request to comment.Related Article: Murder suspect sues jail, claims GenX in water makes him sickA months-long investigation by DEQ found Chemours contaminated the state’s air, surface water, and groundwater through its release of the chemical nicknamed GenX, attorneys for the environmental agency said in an updated lawsuit filed Monday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state health agency have recognized GenX “may present an unreasonable risk of injury to human health and the environment,” the court filing said.The agency said that Chemours and its predecessor DuPont have lied about discharging GenX for decades into the Cape Fear River. DuPont spun off Chemours in 2015.“Despite knowledge of health risks associated with GenX, Chemours failed to disclose the presence of GenX in its process wastewater, and even made statements that misled DEQ as to the presence of GenX,” the environmental agency said in the lawsuit. The suit was filed last fall in Bladen County, where the plant is located.The agency said it continues to detect concentrations of GenX in the water being discharged by the Fayetteville-area factory that employs about 900 workers. The chemical “has also caused significant and widespread groundwater contamination,” and falls to the ground in rainwater miles away from the plant “at levels that far exceed emission rates previously reported to DEQ,” the court filing said.GenX has been used since 2009. It replaced perfluorooctanoic acid — or PFOA — a chemical that was shown to stay in the body longer and which was blamed for increased cancer risks. Both compounds were used in making non-stick Teflon and other materials.Studies point to GenX and related chemicals as having toxic effects in animals, but its effects in humans aren’t known. There are no federal health standards for GenX and the U. classifies it as an “emerging contaminant” to be studied.last_img read more

Boat capsizes in Carolina Beach Inlet good Samaritan answers the call

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first_img The boaters are reportedly fine and none of the needed medical treatment. They were taken to Carolina Beach State Park where authorities interviewed them. This remains an ongoing investigation according to authorities as to how the boat was flipped over. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) – The Coast Guard Command Center in Wilmington reports a good Samaritan rescued a trio of boaters whose boat was capsized in the Intracoastal Waterway along the Carolina Beach Inlet Sunday.The Coast Guard reports the boaters say a motor yacht’s wake caused their boat to capsize. The boat was an 18 foot vessel. Coast Guard stationed in Wilmington put out a beacon for aid around the area and a good Samaritan answered the call according to the Coast Guard.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Get nautical at YachtVenture 2018 this weekend

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first_img Heather Bowman of the Children’s Museum says the silent auction is “one of the most popular events of the night with many amazing items and experiences up for grabs.”  You can preview the items by clicking here.  Proceeds from the auction will benefit CMoW outreach programs (currently serving 700 public school children), discount admissions for underprivileged families and children, and museum initiatives throughout the year. ​Bowman also says “the boats this year are amazing and include some really large ones.”Make sure you don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket! Only 200 tickets are sold. One lucky winner will have their choice of all inclusive luxury vacations.Related Article: Putt-Putt for a cause at the 7th annual Pizza Putt​Get your tickets by clicking here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 8th Annual YachtVenture is The Children’s Museum of Wilmington’s primary fundraiser and it’s happening Saturday night.Hundreds will gather at Bradley Creek Marina to celebrate the successes of the museum while viewing some of the area’s finest yachts. This year the museum will be celebrating its 21st anniversary. It is the perfect coastal showcase of everything that makes our corner of the world so special. Dinner provided by Sawmill Catering Company. Open bar. 21 and up to enter.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Tabor City Police searching for suspect in early morning breakins

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first_imgPolice seek identity of man suspected of breaking into Tabor City businesses on Monday, December 18 (Photo: Tabor City Police Dept.) TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — Tabor City Police hope you can identify the man suspected of breaking into two businesses early Monday morning.The break-ins happened between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. at Southeastern Insurance Agency and Tabor City laundromat.- Advertisement – Capt. Greg Sibbett says the suspect is around 5’4″, weighs between 125-130 pounds and is his mid to lower 20s.Sibbett says the suspect gave a fraudulent name so now they’re trying to identify him and find him.Tabor City Police are still investigating to determine what was taken from the businesses.Related Article: Texas police identify ice cream licker as juvenile girlIf you can identify the suspect, call the Tabor City Police Department at  (910) 653-3149. Calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Maltese Prime Minister wanted shorter Brexit extension

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first_img SharePrint Ritratt: GOVRitratt: GOV Five EU leaders were against the UK being granted the current extension length to Article 50 and Malta’s Prime Minister was one of them.The French newspaper Le Monde reported that according to a source, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was among five European leaders who were against the United Kingdom being granted an extension until October 31st.Muscat joins French President Emmanuel Macron, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.  The five believed that the UK’s extension should not exceed June 21st.A much longer extension until December 31st was supported by 17 European member states including Germany.  Both Presidents of Commission and Council, Jean Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk also favoured the same option, respectively.The middle ground on the extension was finally found with October 31st being the new extension deadline for the UK’s departure from the EU.  If UK MPs finally agree the withdrawal agreement before the new deadline, they will be allowed to leave sooner and the next stages of negotiation will begin.‘Flextension’The flexibility of the extension to the UK does require them to participate in the upcoming European Elections on May 23rd, should the WA not have been passed by that time.The UK Prime Minister has struggled to pass her Brexit deal through the House of Commons on three separate occasions and options to change the course and add to the existing deal have not garnered much traction among MPs.Updated: Third vote on Brexit deal tomorrow, but only withdrawal partUpdated: Brexit deal defeated, for the second timeMay’s deal thrashed; no confidence motion debated tomorrowTwo sets of indicative votes and amendments have only ensured that MPs did not want a No-Deal but could not agree on the way forward.Updated (3): MPs reject all eight alternatives to May’s Brexit plansUpdate 2: UK MPs reject all options in 2nd round votesIn offering the extension to the UK, the President of Council stressed to the UK, ‘Please do not waste this time.’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