The government appears to have scrapped its cross

first_imgThe government appears to have scrapped its cross-departmental disability strategy – which was aimed at “improving the lives of disabled people” – and abandoned any idea of replacing it.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) yesterday refused to say what had happened to a review of its Fulfilling Potential strategy, which was announced by a minister nearly two years ago.The strategy was supposed to describe the government’s view of “a society where disabled people can realise their aspirations and fulfil their potential”.DWP also refused to comment yesterday when asked if the government still had a disability strategy.The initial stage of Fulfilling Potential was first launched in December 2011, but there have been no updates or progress reports on the strategy on the website of the government’s Office for Disability Issues (ODI) since November 2015.That progress report included Office for National Statistics figures which showed the proportion of disabled people who said they frequently had choice and control over their lives had plunged from 77 per cent in 2010 to just 66 per cent in 2013.One Fulfilling Potential publication stated, in 2013, that the strategy was “about making the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People a living reality for disabled people in Britain”.But the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities delivered its own verdict on that aim last August, when its chair told the UK government that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”, which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.In July 2016, Nicky Morgan (pictured), at the time the minister for women and equalities, announced that the government would be reviewing the Fulfilling Potential strategy during the summer and autumn of that year.She had been responding to the highly-critical report of a House of Lords inquiry into the impact of the Equality Act on disabled people.Morgan told the committee that she would use its evidence and wider conversations with disabled people to “help shape how we will take the strategy forward until 2020”.But there appear to have been no mentions of the review – or ministerial announcements on the strategy’s future – since Morgan made the announcement.And when asked this week by Disability News Service (DNS) whether the government still had a disability strategy, a DWP spokeswoman appeared to suggest there no longer was one.She said: “Disability in the UK is mainstreamed. This means that, whilst we promote disability issues across government, every department is ultimately responsible for considering disability in the development and implementation of policies.“This responsibility is made clear through the legislative duties placed on all public bodies via the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010, and the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in Northern Ireland.”When asked what had happened to the review of the strategy, she said: “We are committed to improving the lives of disabled people and increasing their participation in society.“The Lords select committee and other reports have highlighted that disabled people expect different outcomes to the ones in 2013 for Fulfilling Potential, and we continue to explore ways of ensuring that disability rights are a reality for all disabled people.”When DNS asked her to clarify what she meant by that answer, she refused to comment further.And when asked if her answers meant the government no longer had a disability strategy, she again refused to comment.In January 2017, DNS reported that the government had failed to provide updated annual figures that could have exposed the failure of Fulfilling Potential, since ONS statistics showed in 2015 that the proportion of disabled people with choice and control over their lives had fallen from 77 per cent in 2010 to 66 per cent in 2013.The questions were asked by ONS on behalf of DWP, but no updated figures appear to have been collected.The government promised that new figures showing how disabled people’s experiences had changed would be published in 2016, but no fresh figures were ever published.In January 2017, DWP said that it had decided not to publish updated figures “after taking account of feedback from disabled people’s organisations”.When asked which disabled people’s organisations had provided this feedback, DWP said in a freedom of information response to DNS that it “came from individual stakeholder discussions which were not formally minuted”.It said in its January 2017 response that it was working instead on replacing these figures with “a series of work and health indicators”.There were concerns in 2017 that the government had failed to publish updated figures because they would demonstrate that cuts to spending in areas such as social care and disability benefits were having a damaging effect on disabled people’s right to independent living, and their access to education, housing, transport and other services.When asked whether this was why publication of the figures had been scrapped, the DWP spokeswoman said yesterday: “No. We spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before.“This figure is set to rise annually until the end of this parliament.”last_img read more

JON Wilkin was pleased with Saints start to the ne

first_imgJON Wilkin was pleased with Saints start to the new season but says they need to remain focused.The second rower was part of the side that beat Warrington 38-8 on Thursday.“It was a good performance but you can’t read much into the opening round of the year,” he said. “We wanted to start well and we did. There’s no use projecting about this team and where we can go though. I have been in teams that have been fancied before and we haven’t done the business.“What we need to do is win as many games as can and get to the big games… that is what very team wants to do.”Wilko was at the hub of a pack that got the better of Warrington’s forwards allowing Luke Walsh to do the damage at 7.“The pack did well,” he continued. “But the challenge for us is when we don’t have as much of the ball. Our size and strength then becomes a weakness as it can mean we aren’t as mobile. We will be paying attention to that in the coming weeks.“With the lion’s share of possession we are as good as any pack in the competition.“Luke Walsh’s contribution to the win can’t be underestimated though. His ruthless attention to the game plan made a lot of difference.“We’ve needed a seven for three four years; Luke is a 7 and I am thankful I don’t have to do it anymore!”Saints next test will come on Friday February 21 when they take on Hull FC.Tickets are now on sale for the clash at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Community Match SAINTS TV St Helens Women

first_imgA Leah Burke hat-trick, as well as tries from Lizzie Gladman, Zoe Harris, Emily Rudge and Tara Jones saw our Saints Women comfortably beat our big rivals, Wigan.It took 10 minutes for the Saints to take the lead as a sweeping move from right to left saw both Faye Gaskin and Jodie Cunningham involved before the latter threw a cut-out pass out wide to Burke, who powered her way over the try-line in the left-hand corner to give the hosts the lead. Gaskin’s conversion went wide so the score remained 4-0.The Saints then increased their lead in the 21st minute. Gladman picked up the ball close to the line, before she bulldozed her way over the line. Gaskin converted the try to increase the lead to 10-0 and that is how it remained until the break, with the Saints well deserving of their lead.Wigan looked to respond early on in the second half, but heroic goal-line defending by the Saints Women kept their opponents out and eight minutes into the half, we extended our lead. A smart dummy by Harris close to the line saw a gap open up and she made the most of it, running into the space and touching the ball down under pressure. Gaskin converted to extend the lead to 16-0.Saints then made it scores in back to back sets. A few tackles after the restart, Rudge made a great break, running 50 metres, before breaking a tackle to score underneath the sticks. a great try. Gaskin added the extras in front of the sticks to make it 22-0 with the Saints fully in control.On the hour mark, we were in again. Hooker Jones spotted some space at dummy half and seized the opportunity. Gaskin once again converting the try to make it 28-0.Burke then added her second of the game, fourteen minutes from time. A smart cut out pass from Gaskin down the left-hand side allowed Burke to touch the ball down in the corner. Gaskin’s conversion attempt went narrowly under the sticks, so the score remained 32-0.Saints completed the scoring three minutes from time, with their seventh try of the game. After we won a scrum on the Warriors’ ten metre line, the ball was moved from right to left, with Burke on the overlap to go over in the corner for her hat-trick and in the process secured our progression to the semi-final of the Coral Challenge Cup.Match SummarySaints: Cunningham, Avenell, Williams, B.Stott, L.Burke, Harris, Gaskin, Taylor, Jones, Lovejoy, Birchall, Rudge, Crowl.Interchanges – Gladman, Mullaney, D.Stott, R.Burke.Tries – L.Burke (3), Gladman, Harris, Rudge, Jones.Goals – Gaskin (4 from 7)Wigan: Greenfield, Tully, Temple, Holding, McMullan, Walsh, Harrison, Goodburn, Dwyer, Watson, Sibbald, Speakman, Molyneux.Interchanges – Hall, Dainty, Baggaley, BraggHT – 10-0FT – 36-0last_img read more

CFPUA files lawsuit against Chemours and Dupont

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Chemours is facing another lawsuit in federal court, this one filed by CFPUA.CFPUA announced Monday afternoon that they filed a complaint in federal district court against Chemours and Dupont.- Advertisement – It alleges that the conduct of Chemours and Dupont was “willful and wanton”, meaning that it was done with a reckless regard for the rights and safety of others, which provides a basis for punitive damages.GenX has been the talk of the Port City since June when it was revealed Chemours was discharged the unregulated chemical into the Cape Fear River.The discovery led to a new environmental law and an expanded state scene panel that is taking a closer look at GenX and its potential health effects.Related Article: Attorney General addresses ongoing Chemours litigationThe state has since ordered Chemours to stop discharging GenX into the river.Earlier this month, a Wilmington man filed a class action lawsuit against Chemours.last_img read more

Emergency services training takes handson approach

first_imgEmergency services meeting before training (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Friday was day two of a four day training session where emergency services from across the area could experience real life situations.Pender County Emergency Management is training more than 100 people on how to be prepared for a variety of real life situations that could come their way.- Advertisement – “Oh you always learn something new ya know they put out different scenarios so you see something you’ve not seen before, so it gives you an opportunity to practice later on in case it happens in a real search,” K9 handler Nancy Culberson said.While at the campsite crews were sent out into the woods with a staged scenario to find a opossible lost hunter.“It’s not just like an everyday search that you go out here and train people out here in the field,” Pender County Emergecny Management Director Tom Collins said. “So there’s things we got to deal with one is the elements.”Related Article: First death during Hurricane Florence confirmed in Pender CountyMaking this training unique because of how hands-on and realistic it truly is for both beginners and experts.“We have people who have never participated in a search, so we married them with people that are experienced so it gives them an opportunity that they know what an experienced person does based on someone that’s been trained, but never actually been out on a search,” Collins said.As the training continues participants stay on-site 24 hours a day until practice becomes perfect.Collins said this will help them improve as a whole by giving different emergency services a chance to work together.last_img read more

School districts planning for walkouts on March 14

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Around the country, young people are working to stress the importance of doing more to keep schools free from violence. It’s why many plan to participate in a national school walkout this month, including here in the Cape Fear.Students from two schools in Brunswick County and Hoggard High in New Hanover County plan to walk out of their classrooms March 14. This is one month after the Parkland Massacre. They will be out of class for 17 minutes, one for each of the people killed during the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High.- Advertisement – Students in New Hanover County will not be punished, to an extent.“No, at this point, we’re not planning on any punishments. Now if you left campus, that would be a different discussion. But if you’re walking out as part of some kind of protest and then back in, I think it’s an opportunity for us, as I said, to have those discussions with students,” Superintendent Tim Markley said.Brunswick County Schools say students will be allowed to participate in the planned protest. Each school will have a designated area which will be monitored by law enforcement during the 17 minutes.last_img read more

Updated Lifeline 25000 Dutch boats may have same problem seriously considering appeal

first_img Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, speaks as he leaves the Courts of Justice accompanied by his lawyers after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi During his address to the press, the Lifeline Captain Claus-Peter Reisch held up his own Dutch registration for the vessel.He explained that the vessel was registered in Amsterdam but now the Dutch authorities denied this, ‘This is in my opinion, impossible.’He concluded by calling on around 25,000 other applicants for boat registration in Holland to check their registrations, saying they might be having the same problems as the MV Lifeline.‘Check your registration, maybe it’s nothing, it’s not of value.’Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, shows a registration certificate as he speaks outside the Courts of Justice after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit LupiSeriously considering appealLawyers representing Lifeline captain Claus-Peter Reisch have said that they are ‘seriously considering’ appealing the court’s ruling that the Lifeline vessel was not sailing under the correct registration.Lawyer Cedric Mifsud told reporters outside the law courts in Valletta that Reisch had faced two charges, the first for the proper registration of the vessel and the second for the use of the vessel.Mifsud explained that the court found his client not guilty on the second charge and this was followed with the dismissal of the request for the vessel to be seized by the Maltese state.Read more:Watch: ‘It’s a legal obligation to save those at sea’ – Lifeline CaptainLifeline Captain will receive human rights awardLifeline: Captain to receive judgement after ChristmasWatch: Lifeline: required Dutch authorities documents fail to arrive once againIt was instead the first charge, that of the vessel not sailing under the proper Dutch registration. For this, Claus-Peter Reisch was fined €10,000 which would have to come out of his own pocket.Mifsud said that they will be ‘seriously considering an appeal’ believing that the procedures on registration had been ‘done properly.’He added that it had been a ‘surprise’ to them that the Dutch government had said that the registration had not been the proper one. This he states ‘should not be taken as factual truth’ and instead weighed up against, ‘geopolitical considerations.’  This was especially important when taking into account the testimony given by the Dutch government in court, Mifsud said.The appeal could be sought in the next 8 days, Mifsud added. SharePrint Lifeline co-founder Axel Steier speaks on the phone as he sits near Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, outside the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, walks out of the Courts of Justice after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, looks on as he walks out of the Courts of Justice accompanied by his lawyers after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Claus-Peter Reisch, captain of the humanitarian charity ship MV Lifeline, shows a registration certificate as he speaks outside the Courts of Justice after a court hearing in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupicenter_img WhatsApp Saving lives is not a crime                              Flanking Reisch’s left, Lawyer Neil Falzon reiterated that they were not happy with the judgment and were seriously considering filing an appeal.However he welcomed the magistrate’s comments reiterated today that ‘saving lives of migrants out at sea is not a crime.’He said that the, ‘statement needs to be echoed loudly across the European Union.’Read more:Watch: EU flag-draped coffin accompanies Lifeline captain to court“I do not feel any guilt after saving 234 migrants” – Lifeline’s captainWatch: Lifeline found guilty over registration; fined €10,000The migrant rescue NGO Lifeline, has been found guilty and fined for not having the proper registration for their vessel.The court ruled that the NGO would have to pay a fine of €10,000 which would be distributed to the Maltese charities; Ursoline Sisters, Dar Emmaus, Dar Merħba Bik & Don Bosco Salesians.The court also explained that the vessel had not been seized because it did not belong to its captain, Claus-Peter Reisch.Reisch had previously been accused of not properly registering the Lifeline vessel and of disobeying the port authorities.Lifeline had been allowed to dock in the Maltese Ports on June 27th following the rescue of 234 people at sea and the ad-hoc agreement reached between eight EU Member states to distribute them. 1 of 6 <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Lifeline co-founder Axel Steier speaks on the phone outside the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta May 14, 2019. 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Nokia introduces dualcharging options

first_imgAdvertisement “The majority of current Nokia devices already support micro-USB based charging; [in the future] this will be the industry standard. In addition, Nokia’s standard 2mm charger will continue to be supported,” a spokesperson said in the blog post.Nokia says that using a micro-USB port for charging, as well as data connections, will make life easier for customers and will reduce waste and the environmental impact of providing a charger with each new handset.“It is good that the concept of the universal charger which will help remove wasteful practices is now coming to market,” Greenpeace spokesman Tom Dowdall told ZDNet UK on Wednesday. “It’s a shame that it has taken so long, but it’s a promising concept. The next step is obviously for Nokia and other manufacturers to agree to sell handsets without a charger but it doesn’t sound like Nokia is quite at that point yet,” he added. – Advertisement – Universal chargerNokia says that it is already trialling a scheme to sell phones without any charger, although it could not confirm at the time of writing whether the scheme is active in the UK.“We have piloted no-charger sales packages in some countries, offering people the choice of not getting yet another charger included in the sales box when they get a new device,” a company spokeswoman told ZDNet UK on Wednesday.In June 2009, Nokia signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) pledging to adopt a universal charger based on micro-USB technology.To date, 14 companies — including Nokia, Apple, Motorola, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Huawei, Emblaze and Qualcomm, among others — have signed the agreement to adopt the new standard, which has been discussed in one form or another since read more

Apple Updates MacBook Pro with NextGen Processors Graphics Thunderbolt

first_imgAdvertisement “The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”Starting at $1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers amazing value and performance in a compact design. The highly portable 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The powerful 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory for high performance gaming, pro video editing and graphics intensive applications.MacBook Pro is the first computer on the market to include the groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on a notebook computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O. – Advertisement – The MacBook Pro now includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution of the previous generation for crisp, widescreen video calls. With Apple’s innovative FaceTime video calling software, the new camera allows high definition video calls between all new MacBook Pro models and supports standard resolution calls with other Intel-based Macs, iPhone® 4 and the current generation iPod touch®. FaceTime is included with all new MacBook Pro models and is available for other Intel-based Macs from the Mac® App Store℠ for 99 cents. The MacBook Pro lineup continues to feature its gorgeous aluminum unibody enclosure, glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad, LED-backlit widescreen display, illuminated full-size keyboard and 7-hour battery.**As the industry’s greenest notebook lineup, every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting the standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.*** Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed with recyclable materials.Every Mac comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music. Snow Leopard builds on more than a decade of innovation and includes multiple features for portable computing such as Multi-Touch navigation, advanced wireless networking, easy file sharing, automated data backup and intelligent power management. The new iLife ’11 features iPhoto® with stunning full screen views for browsing, editing and sharing photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use tools to transform home videos into fun theatrical trailers; and GarageBand® with new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs.Pricing & Availability The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Store® (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199; and one with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.last_img read more

Microsoft Apps Team for Startups coming to Kampala

first_imgParticipants at one of the previous events at Outbox Hub in Kampala Advertisement Participants at one of the previous events at Outbox Hub in KampalaMicrosoft has launched the Africa Apps team, a group of Developer Platform Evangelists, to work with software developers in Uganda and Africa at large. The team is made up of experts on Microsoft technologies such as Visual Studio, Kinect, Windows Azure, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Bing Search and Open Source technology all dedicated to helping African developers build, scale and market their innovations across the World.The team is comprised of Dele Akinsade, the Developer Evangelist Lead for West, East and Central Africa (@dakinsade), Shehab Fawzy, the Team’s Windows 8 Developer Evangelist (@shehabafawzy), Dina Helmy, a Windows 8 Developer Evangelist (@bougyz), Ahmed Sabbour, a Windows Azure Developer Evangelist (@Sabbour), Omar Islam, the Kinect Developer Evangelist (@Omar_islam), Stephen Ebichondo, Visual Studio Developer Evangelist (@sebichondo), John Kimani, Bing Developer Evangelist (@kimanigakingo) and Annie Njenga, the Audience Marketing Manager for the Africa Apps team for West East and Central Africa (@anniewnjenga).The team is planning on making a tour of Makerere University as well as HIVE COLAB and Outbox Hub  where they will hold several interactive sessions with several groups including students and entrepreneurs. In these sessions, they will train attendees on how to use the different tools and technologies highlighting the possibilities around creating applications for the Microsoft environment and the Windows Marketplace. They will also be speaking about the various programs that are available for students, startups and faculty. – Advertisement – The team will be at the HiveColab on February 26th from 0900hrs and at Outbox Hub on March 1, 2013 as follows;TIME Hive Colab (February 26, 2013)Outbox Hub (March 1, 2013)0900hrs – 0930hrsIntroductionsIntroductions0930hrs – 1000hrsMicrosoft Programs presentationMicrosoft Programs presentation1000hrs – 1030hrsVisual Studio presentationVisual Studio presentation1030hrs – 1045hrsQ&AQ&A1045hrs – 1115hrsOpen Source presentationOpen Source presentation1115hrs – 1130hrsQ&AQ&A1130hrs – 1200hrsWindows Azure PresentationWindows Azure Presentation1200hrs – 1215hrsQ&AQ&A1215hrs – 1245hrsWindows Phone PresentationWindows Phone Presentation1245hrs – 1300hrsQ&AQ&A1300hrs – 1400hrsLunchLunch1400hrs – 1430hrsWindows 8 presentationWindows 8 presentation1430hrs – 1445hrsQ&AQ&A1445hrs – 1515hrsBing presentationBing presentation1515hrs – 1530hrsQ&AQ&A1530hrs – 1600hrsKinect presentationKinect presentation1600hrs – 1615hrsQ&AQ&A1615hrs – 1630hrsclosure + feedback sessionclosure + feedback sessionlast_img read more