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A minister has failed to apologise after he was ca

first_imgA minister has failed to apologise after he was caught misleading an influential committee of MPs about the impact of his government’s cuts on disabled people.Justin Tomlinson, a former minister for disabled people, was being questioned by the Commons work and pensions committee (pictured) about the impact of his government’s benefits freeze, which is due to last until next year.He told the committee (10.21amon the recording) that “disability benefits were exempt from the benefitsfreeze”.But that isnot true, a fact repeatedly pointed out to Tory ministers and his party.Last summer,the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, who resigned earlier thismonth, made the same inaccurate claim in a House of Commons debate.Disabilityliving allowance, personal independence payment and the employment and supportallowance (ESA) support group top-up are exempt from the benefits freeze, whichis set to last to 2020 and was first introduced in 2016.But there isno exemption for the main component of ESA or the top-up paid to those in theESA work-related activity group, which continue to be frozen.This meansthat every disabled person receiving ESA, the main out-of-work disabilitybenefit, has been and will be hit financially by the freeze until at least nextyear.Aspokesperson in Tomlinson’s Commons office said it was a “matter for hisministerial portfolio” and so any comment should come from DWP.DWP had notresponded to requests for a comment by noon today (Thursday).Earlier inthe evidence session, the committee’s chair, the independent MP Frank Field,said that he and fellow committee member Heidi Allen, another independent, hadbeen in Chester recently and were told by an advice worker: “We now do not meetanybody who is not hungry and cold.”Field saidthe country now had a social security system which “is not providing a safetynet” but is designed to “push people into destitution: hungry and cold”.He askedTomlinson how many people were receiving no universal credit at all because ofdeductions made in their monthly payments due to being sanctioned or having topay back debts, for example to utility companies.He toldTomlinson that he wanted to know the numbers because he would be “haunted” bythem if he was a minister required to put the government’s policies intoeffect.NeilCouling, director general of the universal credit programme, said no-one shouldhave more than 40 per cent of their payments deducted.But Fieldtold him: “So those constituents coming to us saying they are getting nothingunder universal credit are mistaken?”Tomlinsonappeared to accept that some people were receiving nothing through universalcredit because of sanctions and debt repayments, but he said this was probably dueto “a breakdown in their relationship with their individual [jobcentre] workcoach”.He said: “Itis clear that in some cases, for whatever reason, that claimant doesn’t feel inthe position to have that conversation, and that’s where more work needs to bedone.”But Fieldtold him he was living in a “fantasy world”, and added: “If I was a claimant I wouldn’tknow the hell what your rules are.”Tomlinsonsuggested that the situation should improve through guidance for work coaches, the “universal support” scheme that will be provided by CitizensAdvice to universal credit claimants on behalf of DWP from next month, andstronger partnerships with local organisations such as food banks.Coulingeventually admitted that if a single claimant had 40 per cent of their paymentdeducted, they would be left with about £42 a week to live on.But LabourMP Steve McCabe said some claimants could face a shortfall in their rent if itwas not being covered by the housing costs element of universal credit, “soleaving them with almost nothing” if they had to use much of their £42 to coverthat gap.Field saidthe committee was considering asking every MP how many people were turning up totheir constituency surgeries saying they were receiving nothing throughuniversal credit.Tomlinson said: “We have got to make sure everybody, particularly vulnerable people, are getting the money that they are entitled to as quick as possible and that is where we have got to focus a huge amount of work.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Labours deputy leader Tom Watson has withdrawn hi

first_imgLabour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has withdrawn his motion for an independent complaints process at the meeting of the party’s national executive committee today, LabourList can reveal.If passed, Labour’s ruling body would have committed to bringing forward rule changes at this year’s conference that established an independent process to deal with disciplinary matters involving all forms of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia or transphobia.It also would have endorsed the idea of automatically excluding a member from the party where there was “irrefutable evidence of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia or transphobia”.But the motion signed by Tom Watson, James Asser, Nick Forbes, George Howarth and Alice Perry was withdrawn as there was not enough support for its proposals among NEC members.Instead, the NEC decided to support Jeremy Corbyn’s own proposal for reform, which he brought to the meeting after getting shadow cabinet approval yesterday. The ruling body agreed with “the general principle of improving processes and giving an NEC body the power to expel people”, as one NEC member put it.NEC members were not given the specific two options that were presented to the shadow cabinet on Monday. LabourList understands that their agreement could apply to either option put forward by Corbyn, both of which empowers the NEC.Under the Labour leader’s preferred option, the “most serious” cases of antisemitism would be referred to special panels that include the party general secretary Jennie Formby and NEC officers (other than politicians), rather than the usual antisemitism panels made up of three or five NEC members.The power to expel members would no longer be reserved for Labour’s highest disciplinary body, the national constitutional committee (NCC), but be extended to the NEC. ‘Option 2’, as it is known, reads:“Any complaint that met the criteria for the most serious of cases, would be referred to a special panel consisting of the general secretary plus NEC Officers. “If that panel was satisfied that the criteria were met, they would have the power to expel the member. This option would allow for more rapid expulsion in the most serious of cases.”The shadow cabinet yesterday backed the “summary exclusion” idea and added support for “independent oversight of our processes”. It is not yet clear what this introduction of “independent oversight” would mean in practice and the commitment was not clarified during the NEC meeting.Following the NEC meeting, a Labour spokesperson said: “The NEC endorsed Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to reform our procedures to allow fast-track expulsions in the most serious cases. This proposal will be further developed so that the NEC can finalise the details of a rule change that is fair and legally robust, ahead of conference. Changes to the party’s rules must be agreed at annual conference, the party’s sovereign, democratic decision making body.“The vast majority of Labour members are motivated by equality, justice and fairness, and despise antisemitism. As the data released yesterday shows, antisemitism complaints relate to a small minority of members, but one antisemite is one too many. The party is taking decisive and robust action against antisemitism and the rate at which antisemitism cases are dealt with has increased more than four-fold since Jennie Formby became general secretary.”It is understood that NEC members from across the political spectrum, including Margaret Beckett, voiced concerns about the idea of implementing an independent disciplinary process.A Labour source commented: “No other political party or trade union has outsourced its complaints process. It is unclear how it could logistically work and comply with our responsibilities under data protection legislation. It could threaten the jobs of hardworking staff who have taken swift and robust action on cases.“What’s important is that we are transparent about the way in which we are handling cases to build confidence and trust. That’s why we have published the data on disciplinary cases and are seeking to bring forward proposals for independent oversight of our processes.”LabourList understands that Tom Watson left the NEC meeting early, before delivering his deputy leader’s report. A number of NEC members were angered, and one told LabourList: “Didn’t even provide a written one. Just left despite Jennie [Formby] being unwell and tired and doing her report.”The NEC source added: “He doesn’t want the questions about why he attacked Jennie probably. People very angry at him.” But another said: “A number of the MPs left as they had to get back to parliament. This is normal.”Tags:Tom Watson /Labour /Antisemitism /last_img read more

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Mission Girls Release Feminist Song Video

first_imgThe track is a collaboration between the nonprofit program Mission Girls and Future Youth Records, a label that produces and promotes songs with a message.  Sarahi, Eliseana and Ana were coached through the experience by professional recording studio staff, but also by A-Plus and former American Idol competitor Thia Megia.When it came time for the “agony” of picking a handful of the dozens of young women the nonprofit serves every day, Rojas said these girls stood out. Sarahi, Rojas said, came to her after the release of Nicki Minaj’s highly suggestive music video for the song “Anaconda”. The 11-year-old was appalled. “What happened to her? She’s talented. Did she forget that she’s a woman too?” Rojas remembered Sarahi asking.So the focus of the Mission Girls song came together around the reactions that the Mission Girls had to mainstream songs and videos. “We’re not asking people to stop listening to music. We’re asking people to be conscious of what they’re hearing,” Rojas said.Though the girls were recorded and filmed professionally, they weren’t airbrushed. They came to the shoot in their own makeup or lack thereof, the clothes they felt comfortable in, on a set that consisted of the block of 24th Street that houses Mission Girls. The music video, which includes some animations that interact with the girls, was originally intended to turn the girls themselves into cartoons. Justin Herman, who produced the video, said he scrapped that idea in favor of letting the girls stand for themselves. Though the murals that served as the backdrop for the video take on a life of their own in the animated world of “We Are the Women,” Herman said it was the neighborhood coming alive that brought the video together. “This community, the Mission, is a rare, rare thing,” he said. “This is the life that needs to show up on screen.”Not just on screen – the girls’ influence was evident behind the scenes too. Jason Wall, Executive Director of Future Youth Records, said he and others working on the project had originally presented one idea for the project to the girls, only to be soundly rejected. To educator and Mission neighbor Patricia Barraza, that was part of the key. She emphasized the significance of co-producer and mentor Alejandra Rodriguez “to be able to tell professionals to go back to the drawing board, and to have them respect that.”“I’m speechless” said audience member Stacey Flathers. “I wish there had been something like this when I was growing up.”Barraza said seeing the success of the girls and their project made her look ahead to her next day with new enthusiasm. “I better kick ass in the morning,” she said.The video and song are available at missiongirls.media. Tags: Music • youth Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img At 11, 13, and 15 years old, Sarahi Yannacone, Eliseana Hernandez and Ana Diosdado didn’t expect to be releasing a single, let alone star in a visionary music video condemning popular music’s degradation of women. Sarahi’s musical experience ended with her practice of the violin in fourth grade. Eliseana’s singing experience was limited to the shower. Ana just “doesn’t rap.” But here they are. Ana and Sarahi are spitting verse alongside pro hip hop artist Adam “A-Plus” Carter (of Hieroglyphics fame), carried by Eliseana’s smooth vocals. They come together in “We Are the Women,” a song  Alejandra Rodriguez, a veteran Mission Girl, co-produced.   No matter that, by her account, she doesn’t write or sing, and doesn’t even talk unless she can avoid it. “We’re giving a voice to young girls who never ever had any kind of studio experience but they have a lot to say,” said Mission Girls director Susana Rojas. last_img read more

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David Ireland House is PayWhatYouCan on Sunday

first_imgThe home of conceptual artist David Ireland at the corner of Capp and 20th streets has been booked solid since its opening night. But for one special day, on Sunday March 20th, the former home and now museum will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on a pay-what-you-wish basis.From cement sundaes to animal skulls to quirky altered furniture, visitors can view the exhibits at their own pace, first come, first served – though the last admittance will be at 4:30 p.m. Mission Local got a sneak peek a few days before the opening and also visited that first night to offer you a glimpse into the exhibit that is now on view.The David Ireland House’s next exhibition, The Sound of Blue, will open April 8, 2016. Tags: arts • Events • history • Multimedia • video Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img read more

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In SF real estate murder sometimes means a better price and plenty

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The group traveled downstairs, past the small yard that the three-unit building shares, and into the basement room, advertised as an “exclusive-use bonus room” in the disclosure packet. It’s also where former tenant Margaret Rose Mamer’s remains were found, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The disclosure document says, simply, “death on property in 2018,” and includes a link to a San Francisco Examiner article about the murder.“I am very excited to look up the address when we get in the car,” said one prospective buyer to his friends as they walked back upstairs. The remodeled condominium — bright, with lots of windows —  is for sale some six months after longtime tenant Lisa Gonzales, 47, allegedly killed her roommate, Mamer, 61. Gonzales allegedly dismembered Mamer’s body and stored it in the basement room sometime between May 15 and June 2. Gonzales was arrested on June 2,  charged with murder and plead not guilty. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for February 2. No matter. Couples, young professionals and families meandered through the open house Sunday. Many prospective buyers who were unaware of the murder went downstairs to look at the basement and brainstorm how they could use the nonconventional room. A possible yoga studio, suggested one man while a woman motioned to the wall and explained, “it’s where you put your surfboard and bike.” The revamped condominium doesn’t look anything like the original unit, according to a San Francisco realtor who is very familiar with the property but doesn’t want to be named.“The kitchen is new and reconfigured, baths are refreshed, new floors, new lighting, new windows, and new finishing in the storage unit,” he said.Although the condominium was transformed, the murder still looms as part of its recent history and must be disclosed to any potential buyer under California law because the death occurred less than three years ago. John Waechter, 33, lives around the corner on Natoma Street and wandered into the open house a few weeks ago. When he realized he was viewing the condominium where the murder happened, he had some questions. The realtors were “very forthcoming about everything,” he said.Gonzales’ family had lived in the unit since the 1960s, according to the San Francisco Examiner, long before the building was separated into condominiums. She paid $600 a month for her room and had a lifelong lease. She initially lived in the unit with her mother and daughter and, in 2017, she asked Mamer to move in. Nima Gabbay, a real-estate investor, agreed to buy the condominium off-market for $400,000 in April of last year, but did not officially buy it until August, 2018, according to the realtor familiar with the property. When Gonzales was arrested and moved out, Gabbay remodeled the unit and put it on the market at $985,000. That price is about eight percent lower than Zillow’s estimated value for the unit. One expert in such properties estimated that they can sell for anywhere from 15 to 25 percent below market value.“I think that when something violent happens in a home or a community or a neighborhood, I think it could have an impact on your buyer pool,” said Jane Jones, a broker at Coldwell Banker who has been selling real estate in San Francisco for the past two decades. ”There are certainly groups of people that are very superstitious if there has been a death on the property, whether it was natural or other causes.”The murder did come up a couple times during the open house, but a stream of interested people consistently walked through the door.  “I think the cost of the unit is extremely affordable, considering the space of the unit, the size of the unit, what is being offered,” Waechter said.”I do think it’s being offered at a price below market because of what has happened there.”Others think that most people have most likely forgotten about the murder already. “People forget about things that have happened at a property or in a community. It’s the beginning of the spring season and people are looking to buy,” Jones said.But Kate Werner, a hair and makeup stylist visiting from New York, checked out the apartment after hearing about the murder on the news last summer. ”I’ll go and look at the murder house for a second,” she said chuckling. “I think it’s a good deal.” Nevertheless, she added, “If you know such a violent crime happened, you would have to be pretty brave to live there.” Waechter, the nearby neighbor, however, wasn’t deterred.  If he buys it, he said, he would honor Mamer, the roommate who was murdered.“I would be sure to have something to dedicate to her,” he said. “A small trinket, a picture, a painting, or something to hang on the wall.” In a tight housing market, murder might also be an advantage — offering a slight price adjustment, but hardly putting off potential buyers. At least, that’s what one realtor is discovering as she shows the inner-Mission apartment where a gruesome murder happened last May or June. Staged with succulents, vintage tchotchkes and cowhide rugs, 255 14th St. is on the market for just $985,000, and buyers are showing interest. Another 3-bedroom, 2-bath place on 15th Street with slightly more square footage is going for $1.299 million. So, yes, murder probably does temper the price.“Google the address if you want to know more; if you don’t, don’t Google the address,” a realtor said to a group of prospective buyers. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

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CHRIS Flannery is looking for a strong finish to t

first_imgCHRIS Flannery is looking for a strong finish to the season now he is free from injury.The 31-year-old State of Origin star has missed eight games this year through niggling problems with his quad, hamstring and calf, but has made a welcome return in the last two weeks.“It’s good to be back playing again,” he said. “I’ve spent too long on the sidelines and it’s now all about getting back to match fitness.“I was out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring and played in the Featherstone game but took a knock on my calf I didn’t think was too serious. But then it went in the Huddersfield game warm up and put it me back a month.“I’m back now and it’s good.”He continues: “The last two defeats have been disappointing. We were poor against Wigan and we wanted to bounceback against Warrington. We did that in a way although we didn’t get the win. We can take a lot of positives from it as they are a tough side and in form. We came back from 18 points down and got in front, but lapses in concentration cost us the game.“We showed that against Wigan – we were in it for 20 minutes and then clocked off and we were 20 points down. Against Warrington we had five off and they put points on us. We have to look at that.“With the team and coach we have here no one is talking about a transitional period. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform and defeats aren’t acceptable and we now have to bounceback against Hull.“I can’t remember when we last faced three losses in a row and that makes this match huge. But if we take the intensity we showed in the game at Warrington into this match and we’ll do some big things in both competitions.”last_img read more

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REVENGE isnt on the menu when Saints line up to f

first_imgREVENGE isn’t on the menu when Saints line up to face Catalan Dragons on Friday according to Francis Meli.The 33-year-old, who has bagged 121 tries for the club, says his teammates are much more focussed on going over there and getting the points rather than worrying about past matches.“Revenge after that last gasp win? Not really,” he said. “We have set on our mind on getting the job done and getting the two points. We got beat in last second and have learnt from that. We know what we did wrong and we know we shouldn’t have let them back into the game.“But it’s a long time since that happened and we’ve worked on what we needed to do.”He continued: “It will be warm playing over there and we have to go mentally prepared to expect those conditions. They have built their success on how well they are playing at home and it is a fortress. It makes it a big task for us.“To travel over there and get a win would be fantastic, considering where we both are sitting in the table. We want to finish in the top two and to beat them would be a major thing.“They are going well under Trent Robinson and have brought in experienced players too. They are going in the right direction.”Saints take on Catalan on Friday and you can enjoy the action live from the new Red Vee Café Bar at Langtree Park.Wish FM will be coming live from the venue in the afternoon and the club shop will be open until 7pm – an ideal opportunity to renew your season ticket before the big match.And, Saints Gold will be on sale at just £2 a pint.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

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ENGLAND Rugby League have named a revised 28man E

first_imgENGLAND Rugby League have named a revised 28-man Elite Training Squad, which will form the nucleus of the side that will compete in this autumn’s Triangular tournament against France and Wales.England coach Steve McNamara has kept faith with the majority of players that were selected in his initial squad back in March – and that means call ups for James Roby, Jon Wilkin and Jonny Lomax.Warrington Wolves’ Ryan Atkins and Hull FC’s Danny Tickle are included after featuring in the International Origin series against the Exiles earlier this summer.“With the Rugby League World Cup just over 12 months away our planning and preparation will step up over the year ahead to make sure we are competitive and ready to make a huge impact on the tournament,” said McNamara. “Ultimately, my ambition is to have a squad capable of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1972 and we are heading in the right direction.“Every opportunity with the players’ I have is vital. We have some exciting plans that will make us the best prepared side to come from these shores in history.”From the squad selected in March, five players have missed out – Ryan Bailey (Leeds Rhinos), Warrington centre Chris Bridge, Ian Henderson (Catalan Dragons) and East Yorkshire pair Kris Welham (Hull KR) and Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC).Full details of where England will play in the Triangular tournament, including dates and kick off times, will be announced in due course.England Elite Training Squad:Carl Ablett, Ryan Atkins, Tom Briscoe, Danny Brough, Rob Burrow, Garreth Carvell, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Gareth Hock, Ben Jones-Bishop, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jonny Lomax, Danny McGuire, Michael McIlorum, Adrian Morley, Lee Mossop, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Danny Tickle, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Jon Wilkin.last_img read more

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SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Sundays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Sunday’s Magic Weekend fixture with Huddersfield Giants in Newcastle.Jordan Turner, Shannon McDonnell and Calvin Wellington have all been called up into the side.Dom Peyroux and Mark Percival miss out with knocks suffered in the win over Salford.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 16. Andre Savelio, 19. Theo Fages, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles, 30. Calvin Wellington.Paul Anderson will welcome back Scott Grix to his side alongside new signing Sebastine Ikahihifo.He will choose his 17 from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Danny Brough, 7. Jamie Ellis, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 12. Michael Lawrence, 15. Kyle Wood, 16. Sam Rapira, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Jake Connor, 19. Josh Johnson, 21. Nathan Mason, 22. Oliver Roberts, 34. Ryan Brierley, 36. Sebastine Ikahihifo.The game kicks off at 3.15pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Ticket details are here.last_img read more

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First Team Match

first_imgSaints head into round eight on the back of seven straight wins and will be hoping to continue our 100% start to the season when we face Tim Sheen’s men on Friday.Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–Rovers welcome back Ben Crooks, Kane Linnett and Mitch Garbutt, but according to their website, they could be without the services of half-back Danny McGuire (groin) who will be assessed after their captain’s run on Thursday, whilst prop Robbie Mulhern (back) is not expected to be fit for the game.Hull KR 19-man squad:Craig Hall, Ben Crooks, Jimmy Keinhorst, Ryan Shaw, Shaun Lunt, Mose Masoe, Joel Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, Mitch Garbutt, Tommy Lee, Chris Atkin, Junior Vaivai, Danny Addy, George Lawler, Kane Linnett, Josh Drinkwater, Will Oakes, Adam Rooks, Harry Bardle.Tickets for the game are still available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.,1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote.last_img read more

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Bond reduced more than 50M for man charged in 2yearolds death

first_img The judge reduced Hayes’ bond to $2.5 million.If he makes bond, he will be put on house arrest with electronic monitoring.Hayes faces several charges, including second degree murder, in the death of Mason Richardson.Related Article: County approves contract for historic courthouse repairsPolice say at the time Hayes was on drugs and given multiple doses of narcan, a drug used for opioid overdoses. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man charged in the death of a 2-year-old had his bond lowered this morning by more than $50 million. 25-year-old Jonathan Hayes appeared in New Hanover County court for a bond hearing Wednesday.- Advertisement – last_img

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Fair Housing Workshop helps community get answers

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Answering questions about your rights when trying to find a home while helping those in the community, that is what the Cape Fear Housing Coalition did Tuesday morning.Dozens including renters, home-buyers, landlords, real estate professionals and many others attended the event in Wilmington.- Advertisement – The workshop focused on the Fair Housing Act which protects people against discrimination based on their race, religion, gender, or disabilities when trying to rent or buy a home.“I hope that people took away from this event one some greater knowledge about their rights as North Carolinians,” Fair Housing Project Legal Aid of NC Co-Director, Jack Holtzman said. “Their right to housing free of discrimination. And hopefully they will be part of the solution and will help us enforce fair housing here in North Carolina.”Holtzman was the keynote speaker and hopes the event was beneficial.Related Article: Florence cleanup may cause delays to funerals at Wilmington cemeteryThe workshop also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Fair Housing Act.last_img read more

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WPD investigates after gunshot victim drives himself to hospital

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for answers a man drove himself to the hospital last night after getting shot.According to a news release, officers responded to New Hanover Regional Medical Center just before 6 p.m. Tuesday about the gunshot wound victim. Police say the 49-year-old Wilmington man, whose name the department did not release, underwent surgery and is in stable condition.- Advertisement – Investigators say the shooting happened in the 400 block of Evans Street.Police say believe it is an isolated incident.If anyone has any information, please contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip.last_img

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Portions of Pender County remain inaccessible by car with flooded roads

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)  – Many parts of Pender County remain under water now more than 11 days since Florence came through. Roads are impassible and neighbors having to get creative in order to survive.Highway 421 at the county line is gone. Highway 210 is impassible both before Rocky Point and past Moore’s Creek Battlefield. Highway 11 south of Atkinson is blocked off.- Advertisement – Main roads are coming back but a majority in the middle and western parts of the county are still struggling.“We’re almost to the pavement,” said Scott King as he carries five grocery bags down an embankment.Our walk with King started at the Old River Road bridge over I-40. For 8 days that has been the lone way neighbors in Ashton Lake could get out of their homes to get supplies.Related Article: Old StarNews building to house Wilmington’s federal courthouse“It’s flooded at the head of the road, quite a few times, but it’s always passable,” said King. We know how high the water gets and if we can get through or not, but never like this.”The only reason the dozens of homeowners had access to this easement was after Verizon came in and cut down the fencing according to neighbors.As we were there along Ashton Lake Road, David Wood tried his luck and for the first time in 11 days he could get his truck over the water.“Well I just got home from work and I thought for tomorrow I need to at least come through here and see what I’ve got,” said Wood. “The other guy that I work for has been coming up here and picking me up on the south side of the road.”Several neighbors have had to return to work this week relying on coworkers picking them up. If you ask anyone who lives along the road, they are grateful. In fact, no homes were lost during the storm according to King.“We’ve come together, we know names we did not know before. Met people, they’ve helped, I’ve helped, we’ve come together.”last_img read more

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Cape Fear to hold construction career event Thursday

first_imgCape Fear Community College (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College will hold its 2nd annual construction career day this Thursday.It will be from from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Advanced and Emerging Technology (NE) building at the North Campus, located at 4500 Blue Clay Rd in Castle Hayne.- Advertisement – Industry professionals and CFCC instructors will offer an interactive way for people to learn about careers in the construction industry with hands-on activities and live demonstrations related to drone surveying, fall protection, hardhat safety, and more.Attendees will have the opportunity to meet area employers and CFCC faculty will be available to answer questions about construction programs at the college.This event is free and open to the public.Related Article: Former CFCC president named as Bladen Community College presidentFor more information or to sign up please call Mark Council or Shawn Dixon at (910) 362-7000.last_img read more

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Police identify man fatally shot in Wilmington

first_img According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers rushed to the scene after receiving a Shotspotter notification.The victim, who police identified as Sayvor Almonde Cromartie of Wilmington, was lying on the ground. The 20 year old died shortly after being transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Police took one person into custody at the scene. As of Thursday morning, police said no arrest has been made.Related Article: Police search for missing teen last seen at Hoggard HighIf you know anything about this shooting, call WPD at 910-343-3609 or use Text-a-Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police have identified a man who was fatally shot in Wilmington Wednesday afternoon.The shooting occurred in the 200 block of South Eleventh Street around 1 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Watch Happy Birthday – Sixty candles for Archbishop Scicluna

first_img 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> Archbishop Charles Scicluna celebrates his 60th birthday on the 15th May. Just over four years into his appointment as Archbishop of Malta, Mgr Scicluna has earned himself a reputation both as a determined doer as well as someone whose empathy with the downtrodden is not simply a veneer.Having served the Church in various positions, from parish level to prosecutor in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Mgr Scicluna has vast experience in dealing with human frailties and foibles. He has received acclaim for the way he has handled issues of sex abuse world-wide. At the behest of Popes, Mgr Scicluna has investigated former ‘untouchables’ such as the hugely influential Marcial Maciel and the Church leadership in Chile over sex abuse scandals. Reporting directly and confidentially to the Pope, Mgr Scicluna has been instrumental in the publication of the recent Apostolic decree, promulgating strict guidelines on the way sex abuse reports are to be handled and followed.Read Also:He cared, it mattered to him – Sex abuse victim on Archbishop SciclunaArchbishop Charles Scicluna, the pope’s incorruptible collaboratorBorn in Canada, raised in Malta Born to Emanuel and Carmela Falzon in Toronto, Canada, his parents moved to Malta when he was a babe in arms. At university he read law and graduated LLd in 1984, finishing his theological studies two years later when he was ordained priest.Monsignor Scicluna was sent to read Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and obtained the doctorate in Canon Law with specialization in Jurisprudence in 1991. After his Rome studies Mgr Scicluna worked on the Malta Metropolitan Tribunal as Defender of the Bond and was lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Canon Law at the University of Malta.A man for all seasonsMgr Scicluna served at various levels in the Church, from parish service to work in the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Segnatura as Substitute Promoter of JusticeIn 1996 he was appointed Postulator for the cause of beatification and canonisation of Dun Ġorġ Preca. In October 2002, Monsignor Scicluna was nominated Promoter of Justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith detailed to investigate and prosecute the more serious crimes reserved to the exclusive competence of the Congregation. On 6th October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI nominated Mgr Scicluna as Auxiliary Bishop of Malta and Titular Bishop of San Leone. He was ordained Bishop on 24th November 2012. On 28th November 2012, he was nominated member of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.On 21st January 2015, Pope Francis nominated Mgr Scicluna as President of the Special College within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to hear appeals in processes concerning serious offences established under the Motu Proprio Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela. On 27th February 2015, Pope Francis appointed Mgr Scicluna as Archbishop of Malta. On 13th November 2018, Pope Francis also appointed Mgr Scicluna as Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Holy See.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Mary the common heritage for Christians and Muslims – Bishop Mario Grech

first_imgThe Bishop of Gozo did not mince his words in an open letter to Christians and Muslims, calling ‘silly’ those who look at foreigners in Malta as simply an economic resource. He decried the propensity of some to look on these people as inferior and to exploit their vulnerability. Looking beyond the social and cultural aspects, Bishop Grech gave this foreign presence a religious dimension and one in which inter-faith dialogue could be promoted and strenghtened.“When one considers the lack of accurate knowledge about Islam and the prejudice against it, one sees the need to dialogue with the Muslim world without denying anything of our Christian identity” note Bishop Grech. Indeed, in a country which is daily reminded of Christian-Muslim strife through the magnificent fortifications, knowledge of Islam has been very lacking. Bishop Grech recalled a particular moment in history, the meeting of St Francis of Assisi and Sultan of Egypt, Malek al-Kamel. Almost exactly to the date, 800 years ago, said Bishop Grech, these two great men met to convert each other and ended up in mutual respect of each other’s strong faith. “Free from prejudice, they recognised each other not only as God’s creatures but also as men of faith” observed the Bishop of Gozo.Peoples of the BookThe Islamic influence on St Francis’ praises to God, noted Bishop Grech, was not the only link for true dialogue with the Muslim faith. He turned to the Marian connections between the two faiths. Marian tradition in the Muslim faith is very strong. An important element, noted the Bishop of Gozo, “…since, as the Mother of Jesus, she can be a very good means of dialogue among us believers in one God, Christians and Muslims. Mary is the road which can lead us to open out to each other and understand each other much better.”A dialogue for listeningReferring to various apocryphal stories connected to Mary which emanate from the Quran or from Quranic tradition, Bishop Grech said that although the Quran does not recognise Mary as the “Mother of God” since it does not accept the divinity of Christ, still it contains information about Mary which is more plentiful than what we find in the four canonical Gospels put together. Devotion to Mary is quite widespread among Muslims, observed Bishop Grech, such as prayers for motherhood by Muslim women at  the Orthodox Cathedral of Sednaya in Syria. “One can appreciate the importance of these pilgrimages if one considers that the only obligatory pilgrimage is the one to Mecca – other pilgrimages are practically considered idolatrous! And yet there are all these pilgrimages directed towards Marian sanctuaries!” said Bishop Grech. “If we discard the fanaticism which historically we find in both religious traditions, we will find that the Muslim, like every believer, is open to the supernatural and the spiritual” said Bishop Grech.And God fulfilled Himself in many waysReferring to the recent meeting of the Pope with the Great Imam of Al-Azhar, Bishop Grech noted that the declaration of human fraternity signed by both parties is a guide to all generations to promote mutual respect ‘in the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and sisters’ concluded Bishop Grech.The full text  Open-letter-to-Christians-and-MuslimsWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Florence fire triggers chaos for Italian travellers

first_img Passengers waiting at Termini station in Rome, after a fire hit the infrastructure around Florence, Italy, July 22, 2019 REUTERS/Yara Nardi SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Italo’ high-speed train for the NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori) is seen at the Termini railway station in Rome, Italy, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Italo’ high-speed train for the NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori) is seen at the Termini railway station in Rome, Italy, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File Photo Italian train travellers suffered long delays and the cancellation of more than two dozen high-speed rail services on Monday after a fire hit the infrastructure aroundFlorence.The fire broke out in early morning in a network control unit and initial indications showed it was likely to be arson, railway network company RFI said in a statement.The disruption affected rail travel across the country, including all the main cities, in a week when transport unions have already announced strikes for Wednesday and Friday.Trains around Florence were initially halted to allow the authorities to carry out investigations. The service has now restarted, but with average delays of three hours and some 25 high-speed trains have been cancelled, the RFI statement added. Passengers waiting at Termini station in Rome, after a fire hit the infrastructure around Florence, Italy, July 22, 2019 REUTERS/Yara Nardi 1 of 3center_img FILE PHOTO: Italo’ high-speed train for the NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori) is seen at the Termini railway station in Rome, Italy, March 18, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File Photo WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Standard of influence tool Klout to be Purchased for 100M

first_imgAdvertisement Social web startup Klout that has struggled to build users is up for sale for $100 million and Lithium Technologies is looking to buy. Klout offers users a score by combining data across social media to see how brands and tweets influence people.It has worked with Disney, Nike and Starbucks to help identify and reach out to online influencers. However, the company has failed to make Klout a mainstream tool for the public.The recently redesigned interface is aimed at moving beyond just offering companies a score to showing users how they can create and share content for the most impact.“We built the Internet standard for influence and reputation, but didn’t have consumer utility,” Joe Fernandez, CEO of Klout said. “It’s a big step for our company. It’s also an internally scary transition—from being focused on the score to trying to be a utility for the world.” – Advertisement – Currently no details of the pending purchase by internet marketing firm, Lithium Technologies has been released, sources close to the negotiations are saying that the deal should reach the $100 million mark.Klout initially began with $40 million from venture capitalists and after just two years, the company has been valued at the $200 million price mark.Source: www.dailygadgetry.comlast_img read more

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