A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA 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… The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted an “extraordinary” failure over nearly a decade to carry out any detailed calculations on how universal credit will affect different groups of disabled people.DWP has always admitted there would be winners and losers among disabled people as it gradually introduced its delayed and much-criticised new system, while it claims that any savings would be reinvested into supporting those it calls “the most severely disabled”.But it has repeatedly refused to provide clear details of how universal credit (UC) is likely to affect different groups of disabled people, particularly those currently receiving the various disability-related premiums.Disability News Service (DNS) has been trying for nearly 18 months to obtain calculations showing exactly DWP believes different groups of disabled people will be financially affected by the introduction of UC.When DWP failed to provide these figures, following a freedom of information request, DNS lodged a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).Now DWP has been forced to admit to the information commissioner that throughout the nine years since it announced its plans to replace six income-related benefits with the new UC, it has not once carried out and recorded any calculations to show how different groups of disabled people would be affected financially.DWP told ICO: “We do not hold this information because the variables involved are too numerous to enable us to conduct an analysis with case comparisons.“In addition, as the calculations and methodologies are different, no meaningful direct comparisons can be made between Universal Credit awards and awards of benefit from a legacy system.”A spokesperson for the Benefits and Work website, which provides advice and information on benefits, said: “It seems extraordinary that such basic calculations weren’t carried out and shared with representative organisations before such a fundamental change in benefits for disabled people was imposed.”Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) said DWP’s failure to make the calculations was either “callous and reckless or negligent”.And Disability Rights UK said it was “disingenuous for the DWP to say that it could not provide case comparisons”.Instead of providing DNS with the examples it requested, DWP sent ICO links to equality impact assessments it carried out in 2011, which include some figures showing the overall, generalised, predicted impact of UC.An equality impact assessment in November 2011 (PDF, page 13) suggested that 27 per cent of “disabled households” would gain by an average of about £33 a week under UC, while 27 per cent would lose by about £37 a week, although it claimed that DWP intended to “reinvest all savings from the disability reforms back into support for the most severely disabled”.Seven years later, in a report from January 2018, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) noted that “there will be winners and losers from changes in the way UC supports disabled people”.OBR also noted (main report, page 135) that the net cost to disabled people on incapacity benefits such as employment and support allowance in the transition to UC would reach £0.8 billion by 2020-21.In its decision notice on the complaint, ICO pointed out that DNS had argued that it would be “logical… that before embarking on such a major change [as the introduction of universal credit], the DWP would wish to have some understanding of how individuals and families might be affected”.DNS had also said it was “implausible that the DWP had not carried out any indicative case studies to see how a ‘typical’ claimant might be affected”, said ICO.DNS first asked DWP for information nearly 18 months ago, after its press office said the government had “simplified and rationalised the various, complex disability premiums that exist in the legacy system”, but was unable to say how this “rationalisation” would work and how disabled people would be impacted financially by the change to UC.DNS asked DWP to describe the exact financial impact universal credit would have on disabled people who would previously have received these premiums.DWP was asked to provide comparisons both for those making a new UC claim and for disabled people transferring across from legacy benefits such as employment and support allowance.But after DNS complained that DWP was refusing to release this information, ICO has now ruled that, “on the balance of probabilities”, DWP “holds no further information within the scope of the request”, although it said it had breached the Freedom of Information Act by failing to respond to the DNS request within 20 working days.The information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, added: “It is not the role of the Commissioner to determine what type of information a public authority should (or should not) hold within the scope of an information request – only what information is as a matter of fact, held.“The Commissioner recognises that the DWP has put out, into the public domain, a great deal of information about its methodology for modelling the impacts of UC and that this has been highlighted to the complainant.“Having pressed the DWP on this point, the Commissioner is satisfied that the data being used in the Model is not of the level of granularity that the complainant is seeking.”  Bob Ellard, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said: “Either the DWP did do these calculations and they are hiding it, or they didn’t do them at all.“In the first instance, the results must be bad, or they would have published them.“In which case the DWP have been negligent pressing ahead with a system they know will cause harm to disabled people“In the second instance, pressing ahead without knowing what the effects would be is sheer callous recklessness.“Callous and reckless or negligent. Take your pick. “What is certain is that we need an independent public inquiry into what has been going on at the DWP all the way through welfare reform.“We need people to sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition* which asks for that independent inquiry.”The Benefits and Work spokesperson said: “Welfare benefit advisers up and down the country use widely available benefit check software every day to provide ‘better-off’ calculations to clients. “You can input a set of circumstances to model a person’s entitlement to legacy benefits and then hit a single button to do a better-off calculation to look at the effect of universal credit.“The DWP could very easily have done this before universal credit was introduced.“It’s true that UC covers a myriad of individual circumstances too numerous to model in their entirety, but it would have been entirely possible and reasonable for an organisation with the data and resources of the DWP to broadly model some common scenarios using legacy benefits such as income-related ESA as a baseline, and then look at the same situation under UC.”DNS has been reporting concerns about the impact of UC on disabled people for nearly nine years.Inclusion London warned in October 2010 of “considerable concern” that UC would be a “means of reducing the amount people receive in benefits”, and said the following month that it could be used as a cover for cutting disability benefits.DPAC believes UC has now reached a point where it is “unable to adapt to claimants’ complex circumstances, and is forcing people with the least resources into further poverty, homelessness, and hunger”. It has called for UC to be scrapped because it has become a social security system “which not only does not offer security, but actively undermined people’s ability to cope with the hazards of life”.A DPAC report released last month contained “harrowing stories of people forced into debt, rent arrears, homelessness, crime, prostitution, hunger, people unable to afford fares to get to food banks, parents unable to get essentials for their babies, child poverty, worsening mental health, ex-service people considering suicide and even cases of actual suicide”.Disabled activists have repeatedly warned that UC is “toxic” and “rotten to the core”, with “soaring” rates of sanctions and foodbank use in areas where it has been introduced, and repeated warnings about its impact on disabled people.A DWP spokesperson declined to answer a series of questions about its past statements on universal credit because, he said, they “appear to be about clarifying aspects of [the DNS] Freedom of Information request to the Department”.*Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeelast_img read more

A majority of 9286 LabourList readers and 7650 L

first_imgA majority of 9,286 LabourList readers and 7,650 Labour members who took part in our latest survey thinks there should be a fresh deputy Labour leadership election this year.Over 61% of LabourList readers and 63% of self-identified members said there should be a new election to choose Labour’s deputy leader.Tom Watson won the last deputy leadership election held in 2015, beating Stella Creasy, Caroline Flint, Angela Eagle and Ben Bradshaw to hold the position. According to the most recent LabourList survey, members want the opportunity to vote again.But asked whether there should be a fresh Labour leadership election in 2019 – which would be desired by critics of Jeremy Corbyn – only 33% of readers said ‘Yes’ and a solid majority of nearly 60% said ‘No’.Similarly, over 63% of members surveyed didn’t want a leadership election to take place this year, while just under 30% did.Should there be a fresh Labour leadership election this year?Click to enlarge.Readers:No – 59.4% (5,517)Yes – 32.9% (3,054)Don’t know – 7.7% (715)Click to enlarge.Members:No – 63.3% (4,840)Yes – 29.5% (2,256)Don’t know – 7.2% (554)Should there be a fresh Labour deputy leadership election this year?Click to enlarge.Readers:Yes – 61.2% (5,684)No – 31.3% (2,907)Don’t know – 7.5% (695)Click to enlarge.Members:Yes – 63.1% (4,824)No – 30.2% (2,307)Don’t know – 6.8% (519)The survey was open from 11am on Sunday 2nd June until 6pm on Monday 3rd June. Thank you to all 9,286 readers who took part. Read the full results here.Tags:Tom Watson /Jeremy Corbyn /last_img read more

VIDEO SF Mission Altars and Day of the Dead

first_imgMission Cultural Center Altar Exhibit from Alan Toth on Vimeo. Tags: day of the dead • dia de los muertos Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img

ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has selected a team r

first_imgENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has selected a team rich in experience and quality for Friday night’s CarPlan International Origin Match at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.Led by Jamie Peacock, who wears the captain’s armband for the first time since last year’s mid-season international against France, England will start with a formidable pack against opponents drawn from the best Australian and New Zealand players currently playing in the Engage Super League.Peacock, who missed the 2010 Four Nations after undergoing knee surgery, is joined in the front row by the man who replaced him as captain in Australia and New Zealand, James Graham of St Helens. The back row features a recalled Jon Wilkin alongside Warrington Wolves stalwart Ben Westwood with Wigan Warriors skipper Sean O’Loughlin at loose forward.Luke Robinson, who has been in top form at No.9 for Huddersfield Giants this year, starts at hooker in the absence of the injured James Roby with Michael McIlorum of Wigan named on the bench for his England debut.Sam Tomkins, the Engage Super League young player of the year for 2009 and 2010, starts at full-back behind a three-quarter line packed full of exciting players, including Warrington centre Chris Bridge, who partners Hull FC’s Tom Briscoe on the left.Ryan Hall of Leeds and St Helens centre Michael Shenton occupy the right flank pairing.At half-back, England start with Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield at stand-off, a role he has occupied for the Rhinos for much of 2011, with Warrington’s Richie Myler starting at scrum-half in a deserved return for a player who scored a hat-trick of tries on his full international debut for England against Wales in 2009.A strong bench includes Warrington props Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell alongside McIlorum and Wigan Warriors second row Joel Tomkins.England:1 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors and Wigan St Pats)2 Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos and Oulton Raiders)3 Michael Shenton (St Helens and Upton)4 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves and Waterhead)5 Tom Briscoe (Hull FC and Featherstone Lions)6 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos and Waterhead)7 Richard Myler (Warrington Wolves and Halton West Bank)8 Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos and Stanningley, capt)9 Luke Robinson (Huddersfield Giants and Siddal)10 James Graham (St Helens and Blackbrook)11 Jon Wilkin (St Helens and East Hull)12 Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves and Normanton Knights)13 Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors and Wigan St Patricks)Interchanges14 Michael McIlorum (Wigan Warriors and Queens)15 Adrian Morley (Warrington Wolves and Eccles)16 Garreth Carvell (Warrington Wolves and Stanningley)17 Joel Tomkins (Wigan Warriors and Wigan St Patricks)Brian McClennan’s Exiles team is:1 Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves & Australia)2 Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors & Australia)3 George Carmont (Wigan Warriors & Samoa)4 Matt King (Warrington Wolves & Australia)5 Francis Meli (St Helens & Samoa)6 Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers & New Zealand)7 Thomas Leuluai (Wigan Warriors & New Zealand)8 Tony Puletua (St Helens & New Zealand)9 Danny Buderus (Captain) (Leeds Rhinos & Australia)10 Mark O’Meley (Hull FC & Australia)11 Iosia Soliola (St Helens & New Zealand)12 Willie Manu (Hull FC & Tonga)13 Craig Fitzgibbon (Hull FC & Australia)Interchanges14 David Faiumu (Huddersfield Giants & New Zealand)15 Kylie Leuluai (Leeds Rhinos & Samoa)16 Louis Anderson (Warrington Wolves & New Zealand)17 David Fa’alogo (Huddersfield Giants & New Zealand)last_img read more

TICKETS for Saints Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth

first_imgTICKETS for Saints’ Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie with York City Knights are now on sale.The tie will be played on Friday May 15, 8pm, with the Championship 1 side travelling to Langtree Park – and both clubs have agreed great value prices for the game.They are £12 (adults), £8 (concessions) and £5 (juniors) in the Solarking South Stand and at £10, £7 and £5 in the Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand.It will be the first time Saints have faced York in the Cup since May 6, 2005 and on that night Dave Rotherham was in charge, with Ian Millward suspended, as the home side won 62-0.Ian Hardman, Jason Hooper and Sean Long all scored braces with Paul Anderson, Paul Wellens, Ade Gardner, Jon Wilkin, Darren Albert and James Graham adding four pointers.Please note at present the Totally Wicked North Stand and East Stand will be closed for this fixture.To get your tickets now pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or call 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles available too.last_img read more

JOSH Jones scored a superb try as Saints sensation

first_imgJOSH Jones scored a superb try as Saints sensationally beat Wigan 18-14 at Langtree Park last night.He leapt like a salmon to catch Jon Wilkin’s high ball ahead of Matty Bowen to snatch it with just moments left.Wigan were 14-6 to the good following a controversial penalty and a great George Williams effort.But Adam Swift continued his fine form with a wonderful score before Jones’ late and timely marker.It was nothing more than the Champions deserved though after some of the most resilient defence ever seen at Langtree Park.James Roby made 62 tackles in a game that was ferocious and physical from the get go.Saints got off to a good start when they won back to back sets on Wigan’s line.Joe Greenwood earned a penalty and then Luke Walsh forced a drop out from Josh Charnley.Nothing came of the attack nor did subsequent sets from both sides.However, an error on nine minutes handed the home side the impetus and Jordan Turner showed great strength to get over.Sadly, it was ruled off for obstruction – even though you could have argued the Warriors were offside.Wigan profited straightaway from that let off as Joel Tomkins was caught on a great line to ghost through the defence in the 11th minute.The visitors then dominated the next ten minutes and put pressure on Saints with three drop outs on the bounce.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook made a try saving tackle on Matty Smith and then Adam Quinlan stepped up to quell another attack.Wigan were being ultra aggressive in their defence too – something Saints were struggling to match.But a penalty and another Walsh kick the visitors found difficult to handle gave Saints a shot – only for the referee to stop Saints’ attack by penalising Roby who was the ball carrier.Next time the Champions were in the Warriors’ half though, they scored.On the last, Walsh showed fantastic fleet of foot to dance through on the last and get his side on the scoreboard.He then levelled it up with the boot.It was no more than Saints deserved – for their defensive effort at least – and perhaps they should have had more.Indeed, at the end of the first half Wigan were lucky to have 13 on the field as Tony Clubb not only hit Vea high on one set – causing a mini brawl – but then took out Jordan Turner with a loose elbow on the next set.It certainly gave added spice to the second half – and that began with a drop out from Saints.The home side defended that well but then a controversial interference penalty saw Matty Bowen kick through the uprights to make it 8-6 to the Warriors.On 50 minutes Adam Swift chipped over the top to put pressure on Wigan’s line – but Bowen was up to the task.And they turned defence into attack – Wigan going the length on their set and George Williams slicing through the defence.Wigan then had one another chalked off five minutes later for a knock on.Saints needed to score next and when they did it was a cracker.Wilkin’s high ball was caught by Bowen but a wonder tackle by Walsh forced the ball loose.They sent the ball left and a couple of tackles later it came right, through Walsh and then Adam Swift scored a belter.He may have only been 10 yards from the line but he went in and out; bamboozling two defenders and scored in the corner.Walsh slotting the conversion from right off the touchline.Saints defended another controversial penalty on their own line as the game entered its final 10 minutes –  one that was doubled for back chat – and then had a try scoring chance harshly called back for a forward pass.Further back to back sets followed for the Warriors – Saints defence holding firmBut cometh the hour, cometh the Champions…Wilkin’s high kick flew up into the air and with Matty Bowen ready to take it Josh Jones flew in, took it out of mid air and put it down to pandaemonium in the stands.Walsh adding the extra two points.With 90 seconds left, Saints needed to defend one set – but Matty Smith didn’t make the 10 with the restart and ultimaley that ended the game.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Walsh, Swift, JonesGoals: Walsh (3 from 3)Warriors:Tries: Tomkins, WilliamsGoals: Bowen (3 from 3)Penalties:Saints: 4Warriors: 7HT: 6-6FT: 18-14REF: Robert HicksATT: 15,808Teams:Saints:37. Adam Quinlan; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 25. Andre Savelio, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 21. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 11. Atelea Vea, 15. Mark Flanagan, 19. Greg Richards.Warriors:1. Matty Bowen; 2. Josh Charnley, 14. John Bateman, 34. Oliver Gildart, 5. Joe Burgess; 6. George Williams, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Dominic Crosby, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Ben Flower, 11. Joel Tomkins, 25. Larne Patrick, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 3. Anthony Gelling, 16. Sam Powell, 17. Tony Clubb, 23. Lee Mossop.last_img read more

Tickets are selling fast for the match so we have

first_imgTickets are selling fast for the match so we have reserved 10 pairs as part of our Golden Ticket hunt.Every few days we will be placing a pair of free tickets for the game at a location that’s linked to being SAINTS & PROUD.Mixed with these will be players we are proud of and a linked clue.The tickets will be located in their namesake’s street too – all of which are in the St.Helens area.For example – ‘Which winger scored a 90m try at the Magic weekend in 2017?’ – ANSWER = Tommy Makinson – so the tickets would be hidden somwehere in Makinson Grove/Makinson Street.Easy? Good luck! If you find the tickets then tweet us @saints1890last_img

Cornhole tournament helps raise money for Brigade Boys Girls Club

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington recreational sports league held a cornhole  tournament to help benefit the Brigade Boys & Girls Club Saturday.Sports City hosted their first ever cornhole classic as a fun way to get the community together while also supporting an organization.- Advertisement – Around 40 teams signed up to play along with dozens of people having fun watching the tournament. Sports City Co-Owner Clark Shay said he was excited with the turn out.“There’s just a need for something fun to do and it’s something that we all like to do outside of it, so we figured we would put it together, and get people together to play. And it’s great to be in the Brooklyn Arts Center because it’s nice and warm inside even though it’s cold outside,” Shay said.Shay said their goal was to raise around $500 for the Brigade Boys & Girls Club and they hope to do this event again next year.last_img read more

Rep Deb Butler speaks out against local contaminators

first_img “We’re a destination now and people want to live here, they want to raise their families here, provided we don’t contaminate it further,” Butler said.New Hanover County commissioners delayed the decision on an incentives package for National Gypsum to come back to Wilmington in mid-February, after concerns about formaldehyde emissions were brought up. Wilmington City Council followed suit and held off on its discussion about incentives for the company.In the weeks since, Butler says she has examined landfills, superfund sites, and industrial contaminators.Related Article: Sports gambling, horse wagering stay on track for CherokeesShe says New Hanover County leads the state in emissions, and she wants that to stop.“My point today is to illustrate the levels of contamination that we have in this community and that our economic development team needs to be doing a better job of focusing on 21st century jobs, not smokestacks,” Butler said.Butler cited the film and tourism industries as better ways to grow Wilmington in the future.Local environmentalist Kayne Darrell was there in support of what Butler had to say. She thinks the Port City is now at a crossroads.“We have two paths we can go down. One of them is this healthy path, where we attract the kind of industries that won’t make things worse here. Or we can change our name to ‘Pollutington’ and go down this other path,” Darrell said.We spoke with county commissioner Skip Watkins on the phone. He says he is waiting to hear from both environmental and economic experts before making his mind up about the future of National Gypsum.We also reached out to Wilmington Business Development CEO Scott Satterfield to get his take on Butler’s opinion. We have not heard back. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Concerns over environmental impacts have forced local leaders to hit the pause button on considering incentives to bring a company back to Wilmington.Now, state representative Deb Butler says she wants to raise awareness about the impacts of pollution to our area in general.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jersey Mikes Subs raised 34K for She ROCKS during Day of Giving

first_img In the Wilmington area alone, $34,453 was raised for She ROCKS.She ROCKS raises awareness of ovarian cancer through research funding and support to those going cancer treatment locally.Jersey Mike’s Subs raised a record amount of more than $6 million to help charities nationwide. Jersey Mike’s Founder & CEO Peter Cancro (kneeling, left) celebrated the company’s 8th Annual Day of Giving with Callyn Stanley (front center) and Area Director Mike Spiegel at the Olathe, Kansas, restaurant. They were joined by (back row, from left) Shelia Montgomery, Deliece Hofen, founder of local charity partner Braden’s Hope, Taylor Stanley, Tatiana Voevodina Cancro, and Kim Stanley (Photo: Jersey Mikes) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jersey Mike’s Subs held its eighth-annual Day of Giving last month where they donated 100 percent of sales to local charities.Local Jersey Mike’s Subs donated sales to She ROCKS. They raised $25,000 for the organization last year, but this year donations surpassed that number!- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick Co Commissioners to consider reverse osmosis plant

first_imgBrunswick County leaders and state lawmakers saw first hand the work of a pilot RO system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant. (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Commissioners plan to hold a workshop in May to learn more about installing a $99 million reverse osmosis system at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.During their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners heard a recommendation from the engineering firm hired earlier this year to test advanced water treatment systems.- Advertisement – The report found the RO pilot system removed all of the target contaminants including GenX.Brunswick commissioners plan to hold the workshop on Thursday, May 10 at 1 p.m.last_img

Duke Energy county officials to test nuclear plant sirens Wednesday

first_img A 10-second test is scheduled for Wednesday morning between 10 and 11 a.m. Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport. (Photo: nuclear.duke-energy.com) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you hear sirens this morning in Brunswick County, don’t be alarmed.Duke Energy and county officials are testing the sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, according to a release.- Advertisement – last_img

ILM flight diverted to MYR after miscommunication

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A flight from Charlotte to Wilmington is typically an easy trip. But not for a plane load of travelers last night. Their flight was diverted to Myrtle Beach.“When I talked to the controller that gave me the briefing, I asked them if they are closed now and he did say that they are closed,” a recording from air traffic control said.- Advertisement – With those words from air traffic control, hundreds of passengers on an American Airlines flight from Charlotte ended up at a completely different airport.“That’s when the captain came on and said, ‘Well, alright folks. We’re not going to Wilmington tonight. We’re actually going to Myrtle Beach,’ and there was a pause, and we all thought he was kind of joking,” passenger Kate Cherry said.Gary Broughton with Wilmington International Airport says it was a communication error between the FAA air traffic controller for ILM and the Washington communication center. Broughton said the air traffic controller told the communication center Wilmington International Airport was closed after 11 p.m., when in fact it was not.Related Article: Hyundai, Kia recall over 500K vehicles as fire risk spreads“When the tower controller called Washington, he told them 11:00. So it was simply a miscommunication. Therefore the Washington center could not grant clearance for the American Airlines flight to land in Wilmington causing them to divert to Myrtle Beach,” Broughton said.And some customers, like Kate Cherry, were far from being on cloud nine.“We were enraged. We were very angry. I mean this is 1:00 in the morning at this point. We were exhausted, tired. Yeah, we were enraged really,” Cherry said.Broughton says Wilmington International Airport had no role in what happened. And both the FAA and American Airlines confirmed it was a communication error on their end.American Airlines released a statement saying, “On July 10, American Airlines flight 1999, from Charlotte to Wilmington, N.C., diverted to Myrtle Beach, S.C. after a miscommunication with the FAA regarding the operating hours of the airport. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and are working with the FAA to ensure a similar diversion does not occur in the future.”The FAA also released a statement saying, “The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating why American Airlines 1999, an Airbus A319 aircraft, landed at Myrtle Beach International Airport at 11:30 p.m. on July 10. The flight departed from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and was destined for Wilmington International Airport in North Carolina. The FAA Air Traffic Control Tower at Wilmington closes at 11 p.m., however, the airport remains open and flights may land after the tower closes. The American Airlines crew apparently was told that Wilmington Airport was closed when it was not.”last_img read more

University Community Relations Alliance meeting kicks back up after Hurricane

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Things are starting to get back to normal at UNCW after Hurricane Florence. Today, the university held a Community Relations Alliance meeting to work on it’s relationship with neighbors.“I’ve really enjoyed working on this alliance because it keeps us in contact with the police and the campus police,” College Acres Good neighbors Association President Leroy West said.After some time away, UNCW got back to business with their Community Relations Alliance Meeting.- Advertisement – The alliance is made up of organizations from the University and the City of Wilmington. One topic of concern is how to deal with noise complaints just off campus. A partnership between the Wilmington and University police has helped the issue and has shown some results so far.“There are more and more and more students infiltrating the areas around the campus that are commonly and historically been long-term homeowners. As they move out, rental companies are buying them up and filling them with students, and there are a new set of students every semester or every school year, and the problem is a revolving door,” Wilmington Police Dept. District Commander Lt. Mat Ingram said.The University says law enforcement has handled 53 noise violations so far this year. Some neighbors say they’ve noticed a difference and hope it continues.Related Article: DELAYED: UNCW will now resume classes Oct. 8“We want the students in our neighborhood to be good neighbors and we try to give them an opportunity to do that and we hope they do,” West said.The University and Wilmington Police say they will continue their work to make sure neighbors and students on Rose Avenue, College Acres Drive, Nash Drive, Hillsdale Drive, Andover Drive, and Carleton Place live in peace.last_img read more

Surf City restaurant fined for violating minimum wage child labor laws

first_img WHD investigators say Max’s Pizza Inc., located on Roland Ave, violated child labor requirements when the company exposed four minors, ages 16 and 17, to hazardous occupations by requiring them to clean a meat slicer with blades, and a large dough mixer.The FLSA prohibits youth under the age of 18 from operating, setting up, adjusting, repairing, oiling, or cleaning these machines.The Department also found Max’s Pizza Inc. failed to meet minimum wage requirements when tipped employees’ pay totaled less than $7.25 per hour.Related Article: Autistic visitors can proceed with lawsuits against DisneyWhen a tipped employee’s direct wages, plus their tips, total less than the federal minimum wage, the employer must make up the difference. The company also made illegal payroll deductions for tipped employees’ uniforms and failed to maintain required payroll records, according to WHD.“Child labor laws exist to strike a balance between providing meaningful work experience for young people and keeping them safe on the job,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Richard Blaylock, in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Employers should take the time to familiarize themselves with child labor requirements in an effort to prevent employees under the age of 18 from participating in prohibited work. We encourage all employers to review their employment obligations and to contact the Wage and Hour Division for compliance assistance.” SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Max’s Pizza Inc. in Surf City was fined for violating minimum wage and child labor laws.Due to the violation, the pizza and sub restaurant has paid a civil penalty of $14,287 for violating the minimum wage and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).- Advertisement – last_img read more

PL and PN react to Court decision

first_img SharePrint The Partit Laburista and Partit Nazzjonalista have both reacted to the sentence of the First Hall of Civil Law given Tuesday morning denying the request of Dr Adrian Delia, leader of the PN, for the publication of the full report of the Egrant Inquiry conducted by Magistrate Aaron Bugeja.While PL MP Robert Abela said during a press conference that the PL cannot understand what Delia is trying to achieve, PN MP Jason Azzopardi said that for the PN the Egrant case is still wide open.For Abela, ‘the Egrant case will go down as the biggest lie of the century,’ and that the Court’s decision will have ramifications during the election for the European Parliament as well as in the PN since Delia has a lot to answer to.Abela repeated the PL strategy saying that these elections are a choice between Adrian Delia and Joseph Muscat.MP Edward Zammit Lewis during the same press conference repeated that for the PL the allegation that the PM’s wife owned Egrant was a frame-up. He said that it was a pity that the Prime Minister and his family had to go through what he described as an ‘inquisition’.Case wide open – PNFor the Nationalist Party the Egrant Case is still wide openFor PN MP Jason Azzopardi and MEP David Case the Egrant case is still wide open.Azzopardi said that the PN will keep on insisting that the full report of the inquiry is published as this is in the public interest.  He added that the PN also wants the country to implement  the recommendations of the Venice Commission Report and Greco Report  as these recommendations show that Malta, ‘is going through a crisis.’MEP candidate David Casa questioned why the Prime Minister is withholding the publication of the full report while defending  Minister Konrad Mizzi and Chief of Staff Kieth Schembri, who are both being criminally investigated.‘Why is he scared of publishing this report?’ asked Casa.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

Watch Certain measures needed to be taken before investigation concludes – Muscat

first_imgThe Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said that certain measures will be taken before the investigation into the collapsed building in Mellieha is concluded.While being interviewed on Labour Party affiiliated ONE radio this afternoon, Muscat said that the incident this morning should be taken in the context of a similar incident a few months ago before. Saying that it must also be taken into the context of the “boom” in the construction industry.Muscat said that until the investigations are carried out, there are other measures to be taken.He added that it is not acceptable to wait for long inquiries to take place. On enforcement, Muscat said that there is still much to be done.The Prime Minister said that next week will convene a series of meetings with people and organizations in this field. Muscat said that people are right to ask how they will feel safe in situations like this involving safety and human life.The Prime Minister’s comments come after the collapse of a building Mellieha this morning in which a 77 year old woman was rescued from the rubble.Watch: Elderly woman rushed to hospital after building collapse in MelliehaResponding to the incident, Kamra Tal-Periti expressed its concerns that there is a dire need for reform and regulation of the construction industry.Updated: Mellieħa: Govt calls on construction industry to carry out responsiblities under lawWhatsApp 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

KTP welcomes setting up of contractors registry

first_imgThe Chamber of Architects (KTP) has welcomed a recent announcement by Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius regarding the setting up of a contractors’ registry.KTP reminded that it has made such calls as earl as 2007, with the calls intensifying in the recent week following the introduction of the revised regulations. In a statement on Saturday, KTP said that it has taken a leading role in pushing for the introduction of registration, licensing and classification of contractors, adding that it drafted such proposals for a new Legal Notice to outline the processes and requirements to attain such goals.READ: Will this legal notice make our building sites any safer? – Kamra tal-PeritiKTP receives international supportThe KTP insisted that with regards to the recently passed legal notice, there were still some points which need to be changed, describing such change as in the interest of public safety as well as in the interest of the profession, contractors and developers.READ: We will defend our members against unfair lawsuits – KTPThe points that KTP are insisting on include the role, responsibilities and competences of the Site Technical Officer, a clear division between Works Specifications that must be prepared by a perit and the Method Statement which must be prepared by the contractor in order to state how the specifications are to be achieved, a clearer distinction between temporary and permanent works, and also various inconsistencies between the Maltese and English versions of the Legal Notice.The KTP said it received letters of support for its position from the International Union of Architects and from the Union of Mediterranean Architects.Read more:Legal Notice creates added confusion – Kamra tal-PeritiMinister’s statements leave us with more questions than answers – KTPList of licensed masons published by BROWhatsApp 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

How it all Went at the Zimba Women Technology in Business Summit

first_imgParticipants as they gathered at the first annual zimba women technology in business summit 2016 at Sheraton Kampala Hotel on 28th to 29th September, 2016. Advertisement Zimba Women, earlier last week officially launched their first annual Zimba Women Technology in Business Summit 2016 dubbed under the theme “Breaking Business Barriers” at a press conference at Sheraton Kampala Hotel. The launch gathered the sponsors of the summit including; the American Embassy; represented by the Cultural Affairs Officer, Niles Cole and Zimba Women partners, NSF III Project ITC; represented by  Richard Okuti.The two day Zimba Women Summit 2016 was scheduled to run from 28th to 29th September, 2016 at Sheraton Kampala Hotel.Zimba Women Technology in Business Summit aimed to help female entrepreneurs to use technology to grow their businesses and also encourage young girls to pursue science and technology courses and subjects. – Advertisement – DAY ONE of the summit: At day one of the event , the first panelists moderated by Elizabeth Kasujja; Communications Manager at Zimba Women with discussants Benedicta Nanyonga; Founder at Kinawataka Women’s Group, Tatiana Lanega; GirlBoss in Africa, Barbara K. Itungo; Caring Hearts Uganda and Florence Katono who discussed on how women should mentor girls.Later on after the discussion, the Zimba Women association offically the Zimba Mentorship Program, to guide young women entrepreneurs on how to start and run their businesses.Representatives from Facebook Africa, Akuya Gyeke; Public Policy Manager and Felix Meissner; Accounts Manager for SMEs discussed on leveraging Facebook for businessRepresentatives from Facebook Africa1 of 2 Felix Meissner; Accounts Manager for SMEs at Facebook Africa Akuya Gyeke; Public Policy Manager at Facebook AfricaGyeke, pointed out that 39 million people in the Sub-Saharan Africa use Facebook daily, and of which 36 million of them use their mobile phones. She emphasized women to use Facebook as a social platform to promote their business since the San-Francisco social messaging Inc. is ranked as one of the popular channels for advertising.Whereas her partner in business, Felix pointed out four (4) things women should always think about while using the Facebook to advertise their businesses. He notes that women, should look at; the Objective as to why they’re promoting their business, who their targeted Audience is, what type of Ad Format they’re to use and the Measure of their Success.Second panelists moderated by Richard Okuti; Project Cordinator of the NTF II of the UN ITC Project with discussants including; CEO at Zimba Women; Sherifah Tumusiime, Marketing Manager at Smile Telecom; Sylvester Lalum, Head of Public Policy Manager at Facebook Africa; Akua Gyeke, Accounts Manager for SMEs at Facebook Africa; Felix Meissner, Board Member of ICTAU; Evelyn Namara and Program Manager, Gender and ICT Policy Advocacy at WOUGNET; Goretti AmuriatIn Pictorial (Left – Right): Goretti Amuriat; Program Manager, Gender and ICT Policy Advocacy at WOUGNET, Felix Meissner; Accounts Manager for SMEs at Facebook Africa, Akuya Gyeke; Public Policy Manager at Facebook Africa, Sylvester Lalum; Marketing Manager at Smile Telecom, Sherifah Tumusiime; CEO at Zimba Women, and Evelyn Namara; Board Member of ICTAU, during the Zimba Women Technology in Business Summit 2016 held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel on 28th to 29th September, 2016.The final panelist that brought storm in the house moderated by Co-Founder at Hive Colab & Remit Uganda; Teddy Ruge who discussed about Government Incentives for Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) with his discussants including; David Turahi; from the Ministry of ICT, Stella Alibateesa; Director for Regulation for Legal Services at NITA-Uganda, Irene S. Kaggawa; Director for Engineering and Communications at UCC and Douglas Onyango; ITC Consultant Developing the ICT Country Profile for Export.Panelists discuss Government Incentives for IT and ITES1 of 4 Douglas Onyango; ITC Consultant Developing the ICT Country Profile for Export. Teddy Ruge; Co-Founder at Hive Colab & Remit Uganda. Irene S. Kaggawa; Director for Engineering and Communications at UCC. Stella Alibateesa; Director for Regulation for Legal Services at NITA-Uganda.DAY TWO of the summit: Day two of the Zimba Women Summit kicked off with a recap of day one’s scheduled and later on processed to discussing on how women should grow their business through public procurement. The discussion was led by United Nations – International Trade Centre representative; Patricia Russ.United Nations – International Trade Centre representative; Patricia Russ.Patricia Russ later on moderated the first panelists of the second day including discussants; Dickson Kateshumbwa; Commissioner Customs Department at URA, Basil Ajer; Uganda Investment Authority, Andrew K. Luzze; East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Ezra Rubanda; Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Registrar Gen. Bemanya Twebaze; Uganda Registration Services Bureau, sharing on harnessing trade opportunities.Panelists discuss on how to harness trade opportunities1 of 5 Basil Ajer; Uganda Investment Authority. Ezra Rubanda; Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Registrar Gen. Bemanya Twebaze; Uganda Registration Services Bureau. Dickson Kateshumbwa; Commissioner Customs Department at URA. Andrew K. Luzze; East Africa Trade and Investment HubDuring the discussion, panelists were in position to answer questions such as; What would happen if one owned a business in Uganda and yet S/he wasn’t a Ugandan?, What are the terms and conditions when registering a business?, How are goods and services taxed?, How can one carry out trade between two different countries?, to name a few.Fabian Kasi; Managing Director at Centenary Bank moderated discussants; Birungi Bagenda from Mango Fund, Diana Okot – Chano at Uganda Development Bank, Fiona Niwamanya, and Peter Muzoora; Project Manager at Smart Business Intelligence (SBI), on how to access finances for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).1 of 5 Fabian Kasi; Managing Director at Centenary Bank. Birungi Bagenda; Country Reprenstative at Mango Fund. Diana Okot – Chano at Uganda Development Bank. Fiona Niwamanya. Peter Muzoora; Project Manager at Smart Business Intelligence.And the final panelists moderated by Stella Nassali; Finance and Project Manager at Zimba Women alongside her discussants; Hawa Kagoya; Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited, Martha Kagimba; Social Media Entrepreneur, Brenda Busingye; Ambishion Designers, Siki Kigongo; Amagara Skin Care and Diana M. Miiro; Backyard Gardeners, discussing on how women entrepreneurs can maximize business opportunities.1 of 6 Diana M. Miiro; Backyard Gardeners. Brenda Busingye; Ambishion Designers. Martha Kagimba; Social Media Entrepreneur. Hawa Kagoya; Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited. Stella Nassali; Finance and Project Manager at Zimba Women. Siki Kigongo; Amagara Skin Care.During the event, there was a Seedstars world pitching sessions led by Selam Kebede; Senior Associate for Seedstars Africa, where women entrepreneurs were each given 5 minutes to pitch their ideas and were also given a chance to compete in Uganda’s best seedstar stage startup to represent the country (Uganda) at the Seedstars Summit.Seedstar World Pitching Session at the Zimba Women Tech Business Summit 20161 of 10 Selam Kebede; Senior Associate for Seedstars Africa. Representatives for Seedstar Africa.Finally, the Zimba Women association gave their closing remarks about the summit, afterwards, officially closing the Zimba Women Technology in Business Summit 2016.last_img read more

World Bank Set to Launch African Accelerator Programmes

first_imgAdvertisement The World Bank Group to launch a series of accelerator programmes across Africa, aiming at helping tech startups commercialize and scale innovative digital products.The first programme launched by the World Bank in Africa is to be held in partnership with Senegalese hub CTIC Dakar. The Jambar Tech Lab will connect 40 local high-growth startups with the knowledge, capital, and access to markets they need to grow.This initial programme will be joined in the coming months by new regional acceleration programmes in eastern and southern Africa, while early next year the World Bank Group will launch the Pan-African Acceleration Programme. – Advertisement – The pan-African accelerator will see 20 of the best startups from across the continent receive additional coaching, mentorship, and exposure to global investors and funds.“The digital economy plays a key role in many African countries, as part of the broader services sector that drives more than half of the economic growth in the continent,” said Ganesh Rasagam, manager for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice.The initial Jambar Tech Lab accelerator is supported by the governments of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Senegal, and will be implemented by CTIC Dakar. It has been launched to equip entrepreneurs with the skills and resources they need to accelerate the development of their businesses, either by entering larger markets or attracting capital from early-stage investors.Jambar Tech Lab will offer a six-month programme designed to improve the capacity of local firms to identify market opportunities, develop and test products and services, and access business mentors and appropriate financing.source: Disrupt Africalast_img read more