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first_imgMinisters have been branded “hypocrites” for rejecting the idea that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should be held responsible for benefit-related deaths, despite their government calling for social media managers to be held criminally responsible for safeguarding failures. Home secretary Sajid Javid (pictured) said this week that the government was acting to hold the social media industry accountable for its failures because “we know, in our hearts, we know that protecting the vulnerable is our shared responsibility”.But evidencehas also mounted over recent years of links between the failings of DWP ministersand senior civil servants and the deaths of disabled people, particularly inrelation to the flawed work capability assessment (WCA) process.The deathsof disabled people such as Paul Donnachie, Mark Wood, David Barr, Stephen Carré, Lawrence Bond, David Clapson, Susan Roberts, Alan McArdle and JodeyWhiting – and many others – have all been linked to DWP safeguarding failings.This has led to the launch of the Justice forJodey Whiting petition, which says DWP ministers and civil servantsshould be held to account through a police investigation for their failure toensure the safety of these and other benefit claimants.In a speech to launch the new whitepaper on online harms,Javid said this week that some tech companies had “long got away with the claimthat they cannot possibly be expected to take any more responsibility for thesafety of their customers”.He added: “Ifwe saw a child being abused or threatened, I’m sure all of us in this room wouldstep in and do something.“And we’d dosomething because we know, in our hearts, we know that protecting thevulnerable is our shared responsibility. “It’s notcontroversial, it’s not authoritarian. It’s just what you do in a civilizedsociety… So if companies fail to fulfil their safeguarding obligations theywill face serious consequences.”This week’s white paper on online social harms – which is now out for athree-month public consultation – shows the government wants tohold social media companies to account for their safeguarding failings.One of thekey elements of the white paper is that the government is exploring new lawsthat would hold individual senior managers “personally accountable” in theevent of a major breach of a new statutory duty of care, which could extend to “criminalliability”.EllenClifford, a  member of the nationalsteering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “Social media companies mustact against online disablist abuse but in pushing responsibility onto thosecompanies, the government is conveniently avoiding its own role in deliberatelyenflaming hostile attitudes towards disabled people in order to justify welfare‘reform’. “The UnitedNations recommended in 2016 that the government undertake awidespread publicity programme to improve attitudes towards benefit claimantsbut this recommendation was rejected. “If thegovernment really cared about stopping disablism the first place to start wouldbe the DWP.“It is alsoentirely hypocritical to introduce new criminal laws holding companies toaccount for safeguarding breaches when government ministers and civil servantsare still able to evade justice for the deaths of benefit claimants and ignorethe blood on their own hands.”DeniseMcKenna, co-founder of the Mental Health Resistance Network, welcomed the white paper’ssafeguarding proposal but said the refusal to introduce similar measures tocover DWP was “hypocrisy”.She said:“Certainly we feel that safeguarding for people with mental health problems isextremely important, and for people who have disabilities too, and we fail tosee why the government would consider safeguarding for one group of peopleimportant but not for another. “It’s notgood enough just to safeguard a person up to a certain age and then throw themto the wolves.“MHRN feelsvery, very strongly that those government ministers and senior civil servantswho have engineered a hostile environment for people with mental healthproblems, some of whom have taken their own lives, should face some kind ofjustice.”She saidthat the outsourcing companies who carry out disability benefit assessments onbehalf of DWP – Maximus, Atos and Capita – should also be held to account.She said: “Wewill see all of them held to account, even if it takes the next 10 or 20 years.We will not walk away and forget this has happened.”McKennapointed out that many people with mental health problems have experienced abuseas children and are now being “subjected to the cruelty of the benefit systemand sanctions”.She added:“It seems to be that we are protecting children until they reach a certain age,at which point we change from seeking to protect them to almost despising them.”Ian Jones,from the WOWcampaign, said: “It is now up to JustinTomlinson and Amber Rudd to explain to disabled people how they are going tointroduce a requirement for the DWP to demonstrate a duty of care to disabledpeople and all claimants of universal credit and other benefits. “DWP staffand ministers whose conduct may have caused harm to claimants of universalcredit and other benefits should be held to the same standards as social mediabosses when ignorance and failure to follow procedure leads to harm.”JohnMcArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, welcomed the white paperannouncement but said it would be “rank hypocrisy” if the government was notgoing to hold DWP to the same standards.He said:“Ministers and civil servants should face the same exacting standards as SajidJavid proposes.”DWP hascontinually insisted that it is already“committed to safeguarding vulnerable claimants”, has “robust safeguarding inplace to protect and support vulnerable people” and that “where any failings onspecific cases have been identified, we have addressed these to ensure they arenot repeated”.Asked this week if similar laws to those proposed for social mediacompanies should be introduced to cover the actions of civil servants andministers running DWP, a DWP spokesperson refused to comment.And asked if there should be a criminal investigation into thesafeguarding failings of DWP ministers and civil servants, she again refused tocomment.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA 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

Sign up to LabourLists morning email for everythi

first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.The biggest news of the weekend: LabourList has a fresh look. Yes, we’ve redesigned the site, which should now work smoothly on mobile and be much easier on the eye. I know some readers will be disappointed by the decision to remove comments – I’ve already received emails to that effect – but we think it is best to move the conversations on to social media and other forums. Informative contributions on the details of local meetings and parliamentary selections were very helpful, and my inbox is still open to those messages, but too often the exchanges below-the-line became unpleasant and unconstructive. We don’t have the resources to moderate them.Instead, LabourList will engage with readers via means such as surveys. Our latest has offered interesting results. Readers chose Jeremy Corbyn, followed by Yvette Cooper and Keir Starmer as their top Labour MPs, which would suggest high-profile backbenchers can compete with shadow cabinet members in popularity, and that Brexit played a big role in determining answers. As expected, it indicates our readership is largely pro-Corbyn, pro-EU. The majority of readers also said Labour’s Cooper amendment rebels should resign or be disciplined in some way, although no shadow ministers have been, and that Labour should launch a fresh consultation of members on Brexit. Click here for the results in full.It’s been a bumper weekend of political rumours we’ve heard before: apparently Theresa May is going to call a snap election (in June) and anti-Brexit MPs are splitting off to form a new centrist party. But in the immediate term, Westminster is still talking about the latest news affecting May’s chances of getting a deal through parliament. Labour Party chair Ian Lavery used an exclusive LabourList piece on Friday to tell MPs that taking the Prime Minister’s “bribe” – cash for their constituency – in exchange for a Brexit deal vote “would be fool’s gold”. John Mann aside, it’s certainly provoked a backlash from Labour MPs who say they “cannot be bought”. A serious misstep from the Prime Minister, who will have to do better than that to get rebels on board.Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:LabourList /Theresa May /Labour /Ian Lavery /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /daily email /Redesign /last_img read more

SAINTS produced a tenacious and committed performa

first_imgSAINTS produced a tenacious and committed performance as they beat Wigan 28-12 in a pre-season friendly that at times was anything but.Joe Greenwood bagged a brace whilst Travis Burns and Atelea Vea demonstrated why they were brought to the club with excellent contributions.But it would be wrong to single them out as this was a real squad effort.Keiron Cunningham drilled his team down to 21 players – Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Luke Walsh the duo to miss out through injury – whilst Shaun Wane opted for just 19.And if there was to be any doubt as to the intensity level that was eradicated in the first hit up as Saints were awarded a penalty for a late shot from Dom Crosby.Moments later, Mark Percival was held up as he went for the corner and at the other end of the field Burns and Joel Tomkins had a niggle during a large amount of Wigan pressure.Alex Walmsley’s thunderous hit forced the ball loose in the 7th minute and then Wilkin’s clearing kick hit the post causing Gelling to knock on.Saints then twisted the screw, Amor offloading to Roby who put Greenwood over just to the left of the sticks.Makinson with the extras.Saints’ forward line were beginning to dominate causing Wigan to give away penalties in key positions. Mose Masoe was held up over the line on one foray in the 17th minute and then Tommy Makinson just couldn’t find enough space to catch a chip through.In fairness Saints should have been further ahead – and they were given a warning when Josh Charnley knocked on over the line.But it was one they heeded as they stretched the lead in the 29th minute.Ryan Hampshire knocked on; Turner snaffled up the ball and fed Swift who showed all his pace.Tony Clubb let Burns know he was in a game on 27 minutes, hitting him late as he passed the ball.The half back didn’t seem rattled though getting stuck in on Saints next defensive set and then being involved as Makinson had one chalked off in the corner for a knock on.Saints weren’t going to let their visitors get off scot free once again and Vea scored after Swift’s break on their next attack before  Makinson finally got over in the corner thanks to superb work from Burns – who kicked a forty-twenty in the build-up – and Lomax.Cunningham’s side began the second half on the front foot pinning Wigan in their own 20.But a mistake on an innocuous high ball found John Bateman in acres of space.The game was scrappy and punctuated by knock ons until Connor Farrell made it game on with a burrow over.That left Saints with 20 minutes to stem the flow or face undoing their fantastic opening forty.More penalties for the visitors followed, Connor Farrell was held up over the line and Wigan won repeat sets.But Lance Hohaia forced the ball loose with a crushing tackle.Into the final 13 minutes, Saints grabbed a repeat set to turn the tide and Greenwood caught Masoe’s offload for his second – and ultimately the game winner.Hohaia almost put Swift in for the icing on the cake in the final three minutes but his great break and kick was just too strong.It would have been no more than Saints deserved; yet a satisfying 80 none the same.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Greenwood (2), Swift, Vea, Makinson, Goals: Makinson (4 from 5)Warriors:Tries: Bateman, C.FarrellGoals: Smith (2 from 2)Penalties: Saints: 8Warriors: 11HT: 22-0FT: 28-12REF: Robert HicksATT: 6888Teams:Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 14. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 21. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 4. Josh Jones, 8. Mose Masoe, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Lance Hohaia, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Paul Wellens, 22. Matty Dawson, 25. Andre Savelio.Wigan:20. Ryan Hampshire; 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Anthony Gelling, 11. Joel Tomkins, 5. Joe Burgess; 6. George Williams, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Dominic Crosby, 9. Michael McIlorum, 28. Ryan Sutton, 12. Liam Farrell, 14. John Bateman, 25. Larne Patrick.Subs: 1. Matty Bowen, 17. Tony Clubb, 22. Dominic Manfredi, 26. Logan Tomkins, 29. James Greenwood, 31. Connor Farrell.last_img read more

WIN one of our Magic Weekend Shirts2016 Members c

first_imgWIN one of our Magic Weekend Shirts!2016 Members can win one of our special replica shirts that have been designed to raise awareness of Autism as well as funds for St Helens Autism Support.All you need to do is answer our simple Magic related question and we will draw a winner at random this Friday April 22 (12pm).Q: What year and against what team was Saints’ biggest win at the Magic Weekend?Just send you answer, along with your membership number, into the club via email to Good luck!last_img

Club First Team Match

first_imgTwo first half tries from Tommy Makinson and a Lachlan Coote penalty sent Saints in at the break with a 12-4 lead after Zak Hardaker had converted two penalties for Wigan.Saints started the second half in perfect fashion with Coote latching onto a Theo Fages kick to extend the lead. Two more Saints tries followed as Kevin Naiqama pounced on a Wigan knock on to score and Jonny Lomax chased down a blocked kick to pick up and score. Hardaker scored a consolation try for Wigan, but Saints came away with the bragging rights.On Derby Day in front of a sold out home end at the Totally wicked Stadium, it was the visitors who got off to the better start forcing back to back sets on the Saints line and then winning a penalty in front of the posts which Hardaker converted.Wigan weren’t ahead for long though as a barnstorming run from Alex Walmsley caused mayhem in the Wigan defence and forced the visitors to concede a penalty and Coote levelled the game.Saints scored the first try of the night after a flowing move down the right edge finished with Lomax providing the cut out pass to Makinson who finished typically in the corner. Coote unable to convert off the touchline.From the kick off, a knock on from Fages gave Wigan excellent field position and after winning a penalty they took the two reducing the depict.Saints and Makinson were in again minutes from half time after an excellent move down Saints’ right ended with the impressive Dominic Peyroux feeding Makinson and the golden boot winner walked in at the corner for his second. Coote converting brilliantly off the touchline giving Saints an eight point lead at the break.Saints got off to a flyer in the second half as a Lomax run was stopped inches short from the line. On the next play James Bentley found Fages and his neat kick through found Coote who was there to touch down. Coote added the two to his own try extending the lead.Naiaqama was next to score as the centre pounced on the loose ball after a high bomb from Fages was knocked on by Wigan winger Joe Burgess and Naiqama was there to pick up the ball and crash his way over. Coote adding the two.The scoring didn’t stop there as the hard working Morgan Knowles charged down a Thomas Leuluai kick and Lomax had a clear run to simply touch the ball down to extend Saints lead.Wigan pulled a try back through Hardaker as the full back blocked a Saints kick and kicked the ball on to chase and pick up himself and score to get Wigan’s first and only try of the night. Hardaker adding the extras himself.But that didn’t stop Saints fans singing loud and proud at the final whistle after a hat-trick of derby day victories.Match SummarySaints: Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Bentley, Thompson, Knowles, Peyroux, LMS.Interchanges: Amor, Lees, Smith, Ashworth.Tries: Makinson (15,35) Coote (44), Naiqama ( 51), Lomax (58).Goals: Coote (4 from 5 ).Penalties: Coote (1 from 1).Wigan WariorsStarting 13: Hardaker ,Marshall, Sarginson, Gildart, Burgess,Williams, Leuluai, Navarrete, Powell, Partington, Isa, Farrell, Smithies.Interchanges: Bullock, Byrne, Hankinson, Shorrocks.Tries: Hardaker (64)Goals: Hardaker (1 from 1)Penalties: Hardaker (2 from 2)HT: 12-4 FT: 32-10 REF: B. ThalerATT: 17,088last_img read more

5th annual Rogers Wish project is a success

first_imgELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) —  October is known as Roger’s month in Elizabethtown.  Roger Grunder became a Bladen County icon best remembered for giving back to others, even when he didn’t have much for himself.The Bladen County community started a donation drive at the beginning of October in honor of Grunder and Friday folks picked up the goods.Photo courtesy: Bladen Journal- Advertisement – The fifth annual Roger’s Wish project by the Bladen Journal collected 143 blankets, 11 sleeping bags and a variety of other items like gloves, bed linens, toiletries and pillows.Organizers say the items were given to the homeless and needy in the county and also to the Sheriff’s Office to give to the homeless while on patrol.Family puts cross at scene of accident.A memorial cross for the late Roger Grunder was placed at the scene of the accident earlier this week.Click here to see the original report WWAY did on “Roger’s Wish” back in 2015.last_img read more

PAID IN FULL Family surprises school by paying lunch balances

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 BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Some Brunswick County families are getting a little early Christmas gift from a family who decided to zero out some debts at a local school. Parents should be getting a little phone call or message this week!The random act of kindness happened at Bolivia Elementary School. On Monday, December 18th, three generations of the Mercer family(Worth, Worth jr, and Steve) came to Bolivia Elementary to finish what another family member started.Tonya (Mercer) Rubio via SKYPE at Bolivia Elementary as the family pays off lunch balances- Advertisement – Tonia Rubio, a sister and daughter who now lives in Alaska and instrumental in having her family be part of the gift, donated $500 to the pay off lunch balances at the school. The Mercer men paid the rest for a total of more than 11 hundred dollars that will wipe out the bills for 80 students.“It relieves a lot of stress from the parents and those students,” Principal Kelly Andrews said of the act of kindness. “If they are coming daily and know they owe the cafeteria, that’s extra pressure on them that this little Christmas miracle kind of takes care of for them.”The $1,109.85 donation goes a long way into the new year for 80 students at Bolivia Elementary. Principal Andrews says she hopes more random acts of kindness will happen like this at other schools in the area.last_img read more

Help foster kids have an eggcelent Easter with Basket Bonanza

first_imgTo learn more about Foster Pantry, click here.If you have questions about the event or would like to drop off donations in advance, contact Zen Rosen at, Emily Klinefelter at or post/message on Facebook at NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Next weekend, you can celebrate Easter two weeks early with ‘Basket Bonanza: An Egg’stra Special Foster Pantry Event’.Zen Rosen is a senior at Hoggard High School and as part of his senior project, he’s teamed up with Foster Pantry, a community closet for foster parents. The goal for Basket Bonanza is to have a stuffed Easter basket or backpack for every child in the New Hanover County Foster care system. Emily Klinefelter with Foster Pantry said there are more than 400 foster kids in New Hanover County.- Advertisement – On Sunday, March 18 from 2-5 p.m., you can stop by Foster Pantry at 6841 Market Street Unit B. to drop off donations and help stuff the baskets and backpacks.Suggested donations include:– Easter baskets– Backpacks– Easter basket stuffing– Candy– Books, coloring books, puzzles– Gift Cards (to movie theaters, department stores or toy stores)– Sunglasses, hats– Nail polish, temporary tattoos, jewelry– Sidewalk chalk, art supplies, bubbles, Play-Dough– Nerf guns, Barbies, Superhero or Disney figures– Snacks (Goldfish, Teddy Grahams)– Musical instruments (like a harmonica)– New clotheslast_img read more

New Hanover County murderer granted parole

first_img According to court documents, Alston shot and killed Pernell Dewayne Joe on August 16, 1989.The shooting happened after Alston’s husband got into a fight with Joe at Dove Meadows.A jury found Alston guilty of first degree murder. She was sentenced to life in prison.Related Article: New Hanover County murderer granted paroleAlston was approved for parole via the Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP), which is a scholastic and vocational program that is a three-way agreement between the Commission, the Division of Prisons and the offender.The state’s current sentencing law, Structured Sentencing, eliminates parole for crimes committed on or after October 1, 1994. However, the Commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman convicted of killing a man in Wilmington in 1990 has been granted parole.Dreamer Lee Cottle Alston has been granted a parole release date of June 6, 2020 according to the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Photos Danish centreleft opposition wins election on welfare pledges

first_img Opposition leader Mette Frederiksen of The Danish Social Democrats after the election results at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, June 5, 2019. Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS Opposition leader Mette Frederiksen from the Danish Social Democrats is meeting voters during the general elections in Aalborg, Denmark June 5, 2019. Rene Schutze/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS Supporters of Danish Social Democrats react after the first results of general elections, in the parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer Opposition leader Mette Frederiksen of The Danish Social Democrats after the election results at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, June 5, 2019. Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS Opposition leader Mette Frederiksen of The Danish Social Democrats after the election results at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, June 5, 2019. Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS Opposition leader Mette Frederiksen of The Danish Social Democrats after the election results at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, June 5, 2019. Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERSOpposition leader Mette Frederiksen of The Danish Social Democrats after the election results at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, June 5, 2019. Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen of the Liberal Party reacts during a speech after the election results at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 5, 2019. Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS Denmark appeared set to become the third Nordic country in a year to form a leftist government as voters in Wednesday’s parliamentary election rebelled against austerity measures and dealt a blow to right-wing nationalists.Danes looked to oust Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in the election, paving the way for an attempt by Social Democratic leader Mette Frederiksen, 41, to become Denmark’s youngest-ever prime minister as her party led in seats together with the rest of the left-wing opposition.Following two decades of liberal economic reforms in Denmark, the vote marked a comeback for a Social Democratic Party, which was the main architect behind the cradle-to-grave welfare state when it was the traditional party of power throughout the 20th century.The leftist opposition bloc got 96 seats against 79 for the ruling Liberal Party and others on the right, the final vote count showed.The nationalist Danish People’s Party, which has supported Rasmussen’s minority government, appeared to have lost its edge with most mainstream parties backing a tougher stance on immigration. Support for the party plummeted to 8.7% from 21.1% in the 2015 election.Rasmussen, who has been premier since 2015 and also served from 2009 to 2011, said late on Wednesday that he would announce his government’s resignation to Queen Margrethe on Thursday.Frederiksen’s promise to increase welfare spending after years of austerity along with her tougher stance on immigration went down well with voters in opinion polls ahead of the vote.‘WELFARE ELECTION’The Nordic model has been the gold standard for welfare for many left-leaning politicians globally, including U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has pointed to Denmark as a model for his vision of an ideal American future.But ageing populations have prompted Nordic governments to chip away at the cradle-to-grave welfare state.“This has been a welfare election, and voters’ verdict has been completely clear. From now on, we make welfare the top priority in Denmark,” Frederiksen said in a speech after the final election result.Many Danes, who like counterparts in other Nordic states pay some of the highest taxes in the world to underpin their welfare system, worry that further austerity will erode the universal healthcare, education and elderly services long seen as a given.Denmark, which is home to companies like container shipper Maersk, toymaker Lego and brewer Carlsberg, has seen economic growth above the European Union  average in the past decade.In Finland and Sweden, the Social Democratic parties also formed governments earlier this year.In Denmark, the Social Democrats remained the biggest party, with support holding at 2015 levels, according to the vote count.Frederiksen will attempt forming a minority one-party government, she said on Wednesday, but may find it difficult to combine her own party’s tougher immigration policies with the softer stance of most parties on the left.The Social Democrats have backed tougher legislation, including a ban on wearing the body-covering Islamic burqa and niqab face veil in public, as well as a “jewellery bill” that allows police to seize refugees’ valuables to help pay their costs.The parties Frederiksen will rely on include the Socialist People’s Party and the Social-Liberal Party, the latter which used to be headed by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Both parties looked to more than double their support.Both have campaigned for a more gentle immigration policy and greater efforts to combat climate change, echoing a surge in support for Europe’s Greens at European Union elections last month, surfing a global wave of climate activism.A new Danish far-right party, ‘Stram Kurs’, which means Hard Line, that wants Islam banned and hundreds of thousands of Muslims deported, did not gain any seats in parliament.Greenland and the Faroe Islands, which are part of the Kingdom of Denmark with wide autonomy, each have two of parliament’s 179 seats. Opposition leader Mette Frederiksen from the Danish Social Democrats is meeting voters during the general elections in Aalborg, Denmark June 5, 2019. Rene Schutze/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS SharePrint 1 of 13 Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen of the Liberal Party looks on after the election results at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 5, 2019. Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS Voters wait in line to exchange their voting cards for ballots at a polling station, during the general elections in Viborg, Denmark, June 5, 2019. Bo Amstrup/ Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen of the Liberal Party reacts during a speech after the election results at Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 5, 2019. Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS Leader of The Danish Social Democrats Mette Frederiksen gives flowers to voters along with Aalborg Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, during her last-minute campaign, during the parliamentary elections in her hometown Aalborg, Denmark June 5, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Rene Schutze via REUTERS Supporters of Danish Social Democrats react after the first results of general elections, in the parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer WhatsApp Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen speaks to the media after casting his vote during the parliamentary elections, at Nyboder School in Copenhagen, Denmark June 5, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

The truth requires no excavation – db Group

first_imgThe db Group has issued a statement with reference to what it calls “certain interpretations” of the recent court decision on the issuing of a Planning Authority permit for the City Centre project on the former ITS site in St Julians.The court had ruled against the Authority due to what it deemed to be a conflict of interest of one of its adjudicating Board members. As a consequence of this decision the permit was revoked, obliging db Group to reactivate the application.Read: Three PA board resignations after court revocation of controversial permitThe db Group has made the following declarations on these recent “interpretations”:“It is being claimed that by reactivating its application db Group is trying to circumvent the court judgement. This is a falsehood. The court did not pronounce itself or raise any concerns against the merits of the permit, the process by which it was issued, the project itself or the db Group. It ruled solely and exclusively against the Planning Authority, without in any way expressing itself on the project, the permit and its processing as breaching any applicable rules. Quite simply, therefore, this allegation is blatantly unfounded.What the court did do, on the other hand, is chastise certain PA Board members who had made public statements about the Project prior to the Board hearing. Our original application had followed the planning process and policies openly and in their entirety. Following this long and rigorous process the PA Board approved the permit by a 10-4 vote. It bears repeating that at every step of the process the db Group was found to have fully adhered to all the applicable policies. Indeed, in many instances, we did more than we were expected to by the Planning Authority.”Read: Court cites ‘conflict of interest’ and revokes DB Group permitIn the statement, the db Group says that it did more than just honour and respect the court judgement: “We went beyond by filing judicial letter against the Planning Authority itself, holding it legally and financially responsible for the damages we are suffering as a result of the sentence against it. Our logic is crystal clear: we will not have our rights denied as a consequence of what the court saw as the PA’s shortcomings. Secondly, another interpretation being floated is that this court judgement forces our permit application to go through the whole planning process again, as if the already submitted studies and reports do not exist and have not been duly processed. This is another falsehood. The Court of Appeal did not request a fresh application as is being falsely suggested and in fact ordered the continuation of the hearing at Planning stage. We are merely reactivating our application, with some positive changes we have been working on for months. Even the PA number shall remain the same.”Read: db Group to re-activate development permitThe changes they are proposing are the following:The former ITS building (Grade 2) will be retained even though they say they had all the necessary clearances to dismantle and re-integrate it with the new development;The Cold War substation will remain intact and no excavation will be conducted underneath it;An increase in public open spaces;Downsizing of the project development.The statement goes on to say that: “a third falsehood being peddled is that the court decision somehow prevents us from applying for a permit to excavate. This is yet another lie. Obviously, our new application to excavate was filed in tandem and as part of the reactivation and updating of the original project application. It is not a ‘stand alone’. Clearly, the two make sense only when viewed and considered as one. Of equal importance, the extent of the proposed excavation will not change and it has already been the subject to a specific EIA and a traffic impact assessment in PA 3807/17.”Finally, there’s the fourth falsehood being bandied about, it says – that excavating under a building will destroy or endanger it: “With this logic, no spaces such as car parks could have ever been created under buildings anywhere in the world. There are numerous examples in historic cities around the world where excavation was carried out under important historic buildings using the right techniques.”Read: Local Councils, NGOs, residents urge public to file objections on excavation application on former ITS siteThe statement ends by saying that the db Group has so far not actively engaged in public debates: “The Group will however, expose publicly uttered falsehoods for what they are. We will not allow the truth to be buried. It is here and it requires no excavation.”WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Google to Offer Ultra HighSpeed Internet

first_imgAdvertisement Many communities fought to be the first to experience the new Internet service, but it was the size of the Stanford campus and the cooperation of its residents that made it the prime candidate for a test run.“There was a nationwide competition to see where Google Fiber would first be installed,” said Jim Sweeney, president of the Stanford Campus Residential Leaseholders Board of Directors. “Before they installed [the Internet] in that city, they wanted something much smaller and diverse for a beta test.”Criteria used to select Stanford for the service included proximity to Google’s engineering team, ability to test new construction techniques, and willingness of the residents to test and provide feedback on everything from installation techniques to Internet experience, Wandres said. – Advertisement – Although the Stanford community was generally excited to be chosen, the privilege hasn’t come free. “The fee to purchase and install Google Fiber from the property line in [one’s] home will be $249 for professional installation and $49 for self-installation,” Wandres said.But almost all residents have been willing to pay the fee, and the project is well under way, with some Stanford customers already enjoying the ultra high-speed Internet.“Some are already up,” said a Google Fiber worker, who did not want to be identified. “It is up already on Cathcart Way and Mears Court.”Google has sought to engage its new user community in conversation. “They are already getting feedback from the community,” Sweeney said. “They have had community meetings and that online ability to get communications from homeowners.”Stanford resident Kati Andreasson said she is excited to try out Google Fiber but has some reservations about the project. “It’s really fast, but I don’t know what it is going to cost after a year, so we’ll have to see,” she said.Google Fiber has started expanding to cities beyond Stanford. “Stanford is Google Fiber’s first testbed with real customers—we’re also building a Google Fiber network in Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City, MO,” Wandres said.Google intends to make Google Fiber available for the general public in the near future. “We’ll be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speeds to other cities across the country,” Wandres said.Source: Patch Newslast_img read more

Apps for Apes brings tablets to primates

first_imgAdvertisement “We’re finding that, similar to people, they like touching the tablet, watching short videos of David Attenborough for instance, and looking at other animals and orangutans,” said Richard Zimmerman, founding director of Orangutan Outreach, the New York City-based non-profit that runs the program.Twice weekly, orangutans are provided with access to the tablets. The animals spend from 15 minutes to a half hour using different apps depending on their attention span.Apps geared towards children that stimulate activities such as painting, music and memory games are among the most popular apps with the apes. – Advertisement – At the Toronto Zoo, zookeeper Matthew Berridge uses apps such as Doodle Buddy for drawing, Montessori Counting Board and Activity Memo Pocket, a memory game, in addition to playing YouTube videos for the apes.“It’s a lot like when we’re showing children pop-up books,” said Zimmerman, adding that the orangutans are among the most intelligent primates, with the intelligence level of a young child.Zookeepers are also investigating how communication apps, such as those for the autistic, can help the animals to express themselves better, according to Zimmerman.“Let’s say an orangutan has a toothache. He or she would be able to then tap on the iPad on a picture of a tooth and communicate it that way,” he explained.One very intelligent, but armless, orangutan at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida is so intent on using the device that she uses her feet to navigate through the touchscreens.“When you see the enjoyment and focus on their faces it’s special, especially for orangutans who are in an enclosure all day and you’re providing enrichment for them,” said Zimmerman.Because the tablets are so fragile the zookeepers handle the apps while the animals navigate the touchscreen, but the organization is investigating creating larger, more rugged casings.The program, which is not meant to replace physical stimulation or climbing, also aims to raise awareness about the threats orangutans face in the wild.“We’re hoping that in that moment we can make a breakthrough with (zoo visitors] and say, ‘Listen, these are beautiful animals that are obviously curious and intelligent and not too far from us and this is what they’re dealing with in the wild,’” said Zimmerman.Orangutans are critically endangered because of the rapid deforestation and expansion of palm oil plantations into their rainforest homes, he added.The program, which relies on donated iPads, will soon be expanding to zoos across Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe.Source: mybroadbandlast_img read more

Googles next flagship Android phone could be made by HTC

first_imgThe Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P by LG and Huawei. Image Credit: Guardian Advertisement Google’s next Nexus device, the flagship Android device, could be made by HTC, according to two leaks by reliable insiders.HTC has made the a Nexus phone before back in 2010. Ever since, the task has fallen to Samsung (with the Nexus S), LG (with the Nexus 4), Motorola (with the Nexus 6), and Huawei (with the Nexus 6P).Google uses the Nexus range to give other Android manufacturers ideas about the kind of design and technological improvements that should make it into phones. The software on the Nexus is “pure” Android, without any third-party customisation. – Advertisement – According to @LlabTooFeR, a Twitter account that leaks Android news, HTC is going to make two devices: The T50, which could mean a 5-inch screen, and the T55, which could signal a 5.5-inch screen. For comparison, the iPhone 6s Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.It’s unclear how Google chooses its partners. LG has made the most Nexus handsets (3), followed by Samsung (2), Motorola (1), Huawei (1), and HTC (1).The Nexus 5X and 6P, introduced late last year, came into two sizes and were made by LG and Huawei respectively.[BusinessInsider]last_img read more

Twitter introduces stickers to photos

first_imgAdvertisement Stickers will be joining the list of creative options for twitter users to make their photos more interesting. Multiple stickers can be placed anywhere on a photo to describe “what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, show a support for a cause or just to add some flair,” Twitter saidThe stickers also have a unique function. When Twitter users tweet a photo using a sunglasses sticker, for instance, others can click on the sunglasses to see how that sticker was placed in other photos elsewhere on the platform.“Tapping on a sticker in a Tweet takes you to a new timeline, where you can see how people all over the world use that sticker in different ways,” Twitter said. – Advertisement – The stickers feature will be joining other existing photo-editing tools on Twitter including filters, tags, cropping and accessibility options.last_img read more

Motorola Google Nexus 6 and HTC Google Nexus 9 Will Soon Get

first_imgGoogle Nexus 6P Huawei. Image Credit: TechloMedia Advertisement Google few weeks back started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat for compatible Nexus devices including; Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, and Android One General Mobile 4G devices gradually. However, Motorola Google Nexus 6 and HTC Google Nexus 9, to pending reasons.However, the search egine-tech giants, have now confirmed that both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will finally receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update in the coming weeks, the company confirmed the details to Android Police minus giving an exact timeline for the update.Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 users can mean while register for the Android N Developer Preview as they wait for the Android 7.0 Nougat.Image Credit: – Advertisement – The Android 7.0 Nougat build brings a host of improvements such as multi-window support, enhanced notifications, revamped doze, and number blocking.last_img read more

Crystal Palace v Fulham

first_imgFACEBOOK DISLIKEFacebook users around the world are reporting problems updating their status on the site.A message appears reading: “Couldn’t Update Status. There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes.”Users also say they are unable to ‘Like’ posts, post comments or upload photos.Hundreds of comments about the service outage are appearing on Twitter every few minutes.Facebook is reportedly investigating the problems however there is currently no mention of the issue on its Twitter account. Crystal Palace v FulhamPremier League 8pmLIVE ON SKYAN OCTOBER ‘SIX-POINTER’It’s been pretty much a disastrous start for Crystal Palace – only Sunderland have started worse – and it’s no surprise to see both teams long odds on for relegation.It’s ridiculous to be talking six pointers in October but as bad as Crystal Palace have been Fulham have hardly got out of the blocks well and sit just four points and two points higher in the table.But it’s a compact table and a win tonight will see Fulham leap into mid-table and things will suddenly look rosier down at Craven Cottage.Palace have failed to keep a clean sheet this season and lost 7 of their 8 games across all competitions.It’s hard to see it getting better tonight and they may find Fulham too strong in a game that is unlikely to produce a glut of goals as they face each other for the first time in over eight years.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Jan 2005 Premiership Fulham 3-1 C PalaceOct 2004 Premiership C Palace 2-0 FulhamMar 2001 Div 1 C Palace 0-2 FulhamOct 2000 Div 1 Fulham 3-1 C PalaceApr 2000 Div 1 Fulham 1-0 C PalaceDec 1999 Div 1 C Palace 0-0 FulhamMar 1986 Div 2 (old) Fulham 2-3 C PalaceSep 1985 Div 2 (old) C Palace 0-0 FulhamMar 1985 Div 2 (old) Fulham 2-2 C PalaceOct 1984 Div 2 (old) C Palace 2-2 FulhamCrystal Palace (from): Speroni, Gabbidon, Moxey, Delaney, Mariappa, Campana, Guedioura, Bannan, Thomas, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Chamakh, Jerome, Gayle, Puncheon, O’Keefe, Bolasie, Phillips, Kebe, Price.Fulham (from): Stockdale, Richardson, Hangeland, Riether, Amorebieta, Sidwell, Karagounis, Parker, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Kasami, Bent, Taarabt, Berbatov, Etheridge, Senderos, Zverotic, Rodallega.As bad as Palace are at conceding goals, Fulham have struggled to find the back of the net on their travels.Should all conspire for low goals and I’m under 2.5 with Star Sports at around 2.4.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win UNDER 2.5 GOALS at around 8/11last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 2 AprilRACING3.00 LudlowLoose Chips 4/1 > 2/13.40 WolverhamptonTizlove Regardless 7/2 > 9/44.00 LudlowIts A Steal 4/1 > 5/2GENERAL ELECTION TV DEBATE(8pm ITV, SKY NEWS)Who will emerge as best performer tonight ?(As determined by ComRes poll)6/4 Farage 3/1 Miliband 7/2 Cameron 8/1 Sturgeon 9/1 Clegg 20/1 Wood 25/1 Bennett(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Germany v England ITV

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap] little bit of Saturday night takeaway (and I’m NOT talking about Ant And Dec) to accompany Germany v England tonight looks on the cards for me, alongside a little financial interest of course.The market was moving against Germany earlier today with Star punters keen to back both the draw and/or England according to Trevor Harris on the Star trading desk but Germany remain odds-on for the win at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.We’ll get a much clearer picture on the respective form of the two sides as Euro 2016 gets closer. England have impressed against mainly weaker opposition since Brazil (a perfect 10 from 10) whereas Germany have looked a long way short of their best – losing two of their last three games against The Republic Of Ireland and France where they failed to score a goal. They also struggled to get past lowly Georgia in the qualifiers.However, like a racehorse being prepared for a Classic, we can be pretty certain that the Germans are being kept under wraps until the main occasion and as always with friendlies the form book can go out of the window. The World Cup holders certainly have not capitulated that much since Brazil.Four Spurs players will start for England. Danny Rose makes his debut at left-back, while midfield duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier join the Premier League’s top scorer this season Harry Kane.Manager Roy Hodgson said: “If they carry on and play as well for England as they do for Spurs, that would be advantageous.”England and Germany will wear black armbands in memory of Johan Cruyff, the Netherlands great who died of cancer aged 68 on Thursday.Germany v EnglandInternational Friendly19:45 ITV / ITV HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2013 INTERNATIONAL England 0-1 GermanyJun 2010 WORLD CUP Germany 4-1 EnglandNov 2008 INTERNATIONAL Germany 1-2 EnglandAug 2007 INTERNATIONAL England 1-2 GermanySep 2001 WORLD CUP Germany 1-5 EnglandOct 2000 WORLD CUP England 0-1 GermanyJun 2000 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 1-0 GermanyJun 1996 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 1-1 GermanyJun 1993 INTERNATIONAL Germany 2-1 EnglandSep 1991 INTERNATIONAL England 0-1 GermanyGermany have won the last two meetings against England and can step up a few gears to get the result on home soil tonight.Germany to be winning at both HT and FT can be backed at 15/8 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK GERMANY / GERMANY for 7 points at 15/8 with Star SportsFriday: NO BETWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more