Ministers and senior civil servants are refusing t

first_imgMinisters and senior civil servants are refusing to say if they approved documents drawn up following the suicides of two disabled men that were connected to flaws in the government’s “fitness for work” test.Last week, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claimed it had unearthed a “draft” report that was written in response to questions raised by the death of Stephen Carré in January 2010.DWP claimed the report was drafted in the autumn of 2010, following concerns raised by coroner Tom Osborne but could not confirm if the document was seen by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith or employment minister Chris Grayling.It has now confirmed that the file on Stephen Carré only contains the department’s draft response to the coroner’s report – known as a Rule 43 letter – with no indication of which officials or ministers saw it in 2010.The department has refused to put questions directly to ministers about the report, to ask them whether they saw the coroner’s Rule 43 letter or the draft response.DWP also replied this week to a freedom of information request about a second coroner’s report, written in January 2014 following an inquest into the death of Michael O’Sullivan, from north London, who took his own life in September 2013 after being found fit for work.This second report, by coroner Mary Hassell, called for DWP action after pointing out that both the doctor who carried out the work capability assessment and the DWP decision-maker who turned down Michael O’Sullivan’s claim for employment and support allowance (ESA) failed to take account of any evidence from his GP, psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.  In its response, sent to Hassell in April 2014, DWP ignored the call for further medical evidence to be considered in all such cases, saying only that it was “committed to keeping our processes for collecting further evidence under constant review and to improving these processes where possible”.It also said that it was “important to retain a balance between the added value of further evidence in any claim for ESA and time demands on GPs and other healthcare professionals”.In its freedom of information request, Disability News Service had asked which senior civil servants were consulted when drawing up this response, which of them signed off the response, and which ministers saw it.But in response to all three questions, DWP said: “No information [is] held in the department’s central records.”The question of whether ministers saw the Stephen Carré report is important because Duncan Smith and Grayling made key decisions in the summer of 2010 about the work capability assessment (WCA) process that Osborne had linked to his death.Among those decisions was to roll out the WCA to hundreds of thousands of long-term claimants of incapacity benefit (IB) the following year.They also failed to show the Rule 43 letter to Professor Malcolm Harrington, even though they had commissioned him to carry out an independent review of the “fairness and effectiveness” of the WCA. The following year, in December 2011, a Scottish woman, Ms D E, took her own life after being told she was fit for work, a death linked by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland to WCA flaws that were similar to those that led to Stephen Carré’s death.In 2014, Hassell wrote her letter to DWP, again warning of concerns about the safety of the WCA, following the death of Michael O’Sullivan, although by this time Grayling was no longer employment minister.And last November, government-funded research concluded that the programme to reassess people claiming IB using the WCA could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.Campaigners believe it is also important to know whether Duncan Smith and other ministers saw or helped draw up the DWP response to the Michel O’Sullivan report, because it is almost inevitable that other deaths have resulted from DWP’s continuing failure to ensure that further medical evidence is sought in all WCAs involving people with mental health conditions.last_img read more

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Disabled people and their organisations from the g

first_imgDisabled people and their organisations from the global south have called for a “new beginning” in the way that the UN disability convention is implemented and monitored.They were speaking at the Global Disability Summit, a major international disability rights conference co-hosted by the UK government in east London this week.Speaking at the Civil Society Forum, an event held alongside the summit to “amplify the voice and participation” of disabled people, Dr Samuel Kabue, chair of the Kenya Disability Caucus, said that ratification by countries of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) by governments was not enough in itself.Kabue, a member of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), said that the participation of disabled people’s organisations was “crucial” in the implementation of the convention.He said: “‘This summit is telling us that we need to have a new beginning where persons with disabilities are given the opportunity, the right and the capacity to work with the government in many places.”Laura Kanushu, executive director of Legal Action for Persons with Disabilities Uganda, told the forum that taking “strategic” legal cases was “a big strategy” in creating awareness of the convention.She said: “In implementing [UNCRPD] effectively we need [legal] precedents on different issues in our different countries.”Another CRPD member, Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame, from Ghana, said disabled people and their organisations “have a great contribution to give” if there is to be “full meaning” of the implementation of UNCRPD because of their “authentic experience and relevant information of the situation of persons with disabilities”.She said disabled people and their organisations were not consulted when decisions were made on their behalf.She said: “We have to demand accountability at all levels and ensure and demand that persons with disabilities and their organisations are actively involved in the development and implementation of legislation and policies.”Ana Lucia Arellano, chair of the International Disability Alliance, which co-hosted the summit, said the event was “an opportunity for meaningful change”.She said there was an “urgent” need to “move from principals to procedures, from words to action”.More than 600 representatives of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), charities, governments and private sector organisations who attended the forum agreed a “collaborative” statement, which calls for “measurable, ambitious and lasting commitments” to implementing UNCRPD and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.The statement, which was presented the next day to the Global Disability Summit by Arellano, says: “It is time to implement the [UNCRPD] in every corner of the world: in every city, in every train station, in every village, in every mountain and valley, in every refugee camp and in every school.”Among its calls is for increased investment in DPOs and support for the disability rights movement “to grow from the grassroots” and for the introduction of “CRPD compliant policies and legislation” and an increase in the “meaningful consultation and involvement” of disabled people and their organisations.The forum and summit also saw concerns about a new 10-point Charter for Change, which laid out 10 commitments to achieve full inclusion for disabled people, with the UK government apparently its driving force.The charter (pictured) includes pledges on inclusive education (see separate story), to promote the leadership of disabled people, to eliminate discrimination, and to “revolutionise the availability and affordability of appropriate assistive technology”.By the end of the summit, more than 300 governments, disability organisations, international agencies and private sector companies had signed up to it.But Simone Aspis, from The Alliance for Inclusive Education, told the Civil Society Forum: “We must all make sure that the charter we introduce at the summit does not become a substitute for proper implementation of the [UNCRPD] and a way to water down our rights and ability to hold our governments to account.”Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said the UK was itself violating eight of the 10 commitments in the charter (see separate story).And Sally Witcher, chief executive of Inclusion Scotland, said: “Rather than urging others to sign a Charter for Change, they might like to consider implementing UNCRPD and accept the verdict of the UN committee on their woeful performance.“The UK government should stop lecturing to the world and start sorting out its own backyard. Its credibility on disabled people’s human rights is non-existent.”The European Disability Forum (EDF) endorsed the charter but also warned that it could not be a “substitute” for the UN convention.Nadia Hadad, an EDF board member, said: “We hope the outcomes of the Global Disability Summit will also provide a strong push at the national level towards full implementation of the [UNCRPD].“This push is needed everywhere: not only in low and middle-income countries, but also in OECD countries.”EDF pointed out that the UK government was heavily criticised last autumn by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities for “failing to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities, including through a string of austerity policies which disproportionately affected persons with disabilities”. The UK government reported a string of pledges from other governments, international agencies and other organisations by the end of the Global Disability Summit.It said that nine national governments had promised to pass or draw up new or revised laws to give disabled people greater rights; 18 governments and other organisations said they were producing new action plans on disability inclusion; and 33 governments and other organisations had pledged to support more disabled people affected by humanitarian crises.Seven UN agencies that attended the summit committed to change the way they include disabled people in their work, including UNICEF, which pledged to help an extra 30 million disabled children gain a high-quality education by 2030 through programmes in more than 140 countries.It was not clear, though, how many of the commitments and promises were simply policies that governments and organisations had already been planning and would have been introduced without the Global Disability Summit. A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, 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 remember 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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Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed in an email to Labour

first_imgJeremy Corbyn has confirmed in an email to Labour members this evening that the option of backing a fresh public vote on the EU is still on the table, as set out in the Brexit composite motion at conference in September.Keir Starmer told the BBC earlier today that the Labour leader would be writing to members to “reassure them” about party policy on another referendum.Below is the email just sent from Jeremy Corbyn to Labour members.I have written to the Prime Minister laying out Labour’s alternative plan so we can move beyond the mess the Tories have made of Brexit.The Tory failure has left the country deeply divided and facing the threat of a disastrous No Deal outcome. Labour can and must take a lead in bringing our country together.We are convinced that our sensible alternative, set out in the five demands in my letter, could both win the support of parliament and bring together those who voted Leave and Remain.More than any other party, Labour represents the hopes and ambitions of millions of people across all parts of our country. Whether people live in Tottenham or Mansfield, they face the same problems of austerity, the injustice of Universal Credit and insecure work. The real divide in our country is not between Leave and Remain, but between the many and the few.I believe our alternative plan – which includes a permanent customs union, staying close to the single market, and full guarantees on workers’ rights, consumer standards and environmental protections – can help move us beyond divisions over Brexit and lay the ground for the transformation of our country that only a Labour government can deliver.Theresa May is unable to reach a sensible deal because it would split the Tories – and we will never vote for a bad Tory deal.If Parliament is deadlocked, then the best outcome would be a general election. Without it, we will keep all options on the table, as agreed in our party conference motion, including the option of a public vote.Thank you,Jeremy CorbynLeader of the Labour PartyTags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

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San Franciscos Last Gun Shop Closing After City Passes New Regulations

first_img 0% High Bridge Arms, the city’s only gun shop for more than a decade, will be closing its doors at the end of the month as a result of new regulations passed earlier this week that manager Steve Alcairo said violate the privacy of his customers.“I think the notion of reporting my identity and what I purchase privately from a business to the police department is an invasion of my privacy,” Alcairo said. “When is it gonna stop? By the time you have regulations against something that is protected in your rights as an American, what kind of breathing room do you have?” The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved regulations Tuesday that will require all gun dealers to videotape firearm sales and report sales of ammunition to police. The legislation would also require that dealers send weekly reports to the police on ammo sales. Because High Bridge Arms has been the city’s only gun store since 1999, employees said the legislation targeted them and forced them to close — a fact that was not lost on the bill’s sponsor. “If as an ancillary effect and benefit we lose the last remaining gun store in San Francisco, I believe all of us will be better off,” said Supervisor Mark Ferrell at the board meeting Tuesday. He said he hoped the new legislation would prevent loss, theft, and trafficking of firearms and ammo from dealers and give the police better tools to “prevent crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.”Those at High Bridge Arms, however, say new regulations are useless.“You could go to Daly City right down the road, South San Francisco where those laws aren’t enforced,” said Jonathan Lopez, a former Marine and an employee at High Bridge Arms. Lopez said regulations aimed at gun stores are useless because criminals don’t buy firearms legally.“The guns are still out there illegally, the criminals aren’t buying them here,” he said.Even in the wake of mass shootings that have reignited the national debate on guns, Alcairo said regulations do not stop criminals from breaking the law.“Let’s say we have fifty thousand regulations, let’s say we have one hundred thousand regulations — What difference do you think that would have made [for past mass shootings]? It’s like taking pop shots,” he said. “‘Those regulation didn’t work, so let’s make more.’ It’s like taking pop shots in the dark.”California has a history of enacting strict gun regulations. In 2005 it passed Proposition H, a ban on the possession of handguns and the manufacture and distribution of all firearms and ammunition. The measure, which had the support of 58 percent of voters, was eventually struck down after an appeal by the National Rifle Association.Alcairo says this is the last straw, however, and that recording the transactions in his shop and sending information to the police would be a betrayal to his customers.“I refuse to not be there when someone comes through my door,” he said. “I like the idea that I’m behind this counter, knowing what I know, doing it as long as I’ve been doing it, that I’m guiding this person correctly in terms of what they need to buy.”In September the store announced it would be closing, eventually citing the newest round of regulations as the reason. The gun shop has existed in some form or another for 63 years. Olympic shooter Bob Chow opened a store there in 1952, and in 1987 the current owner Andy Takahashi bought the business, making Alcairo manager in 2005 and leaving him in charge of day-to-day operations.Now, the shop’s gun racks are empty. Only a few rifles are lined up on the stands or boxed on the floor for delivery. Containers of ammo sit in a safe marked “Explosives,” but the only products left in significant quantity are the t-shirts reading “High Bridge Arms, San Francisco’s Last Gun Shop.”“It’s a shame they’re closing,” said Mike, a long-time customer at the shop. He praised Alcairo’s management style and said the staff were more engaged when compared to those at other Bay Area gun stores.“He’s always taught these guys to be a lot friendlier,” he said. “‘How can I help you? What can I do for you? What is the purposed of what you want this gun for?’ There’s all kinds of questions that they ask, whereas some guys [in other stores] just look at you and they’re kind of waiting in the background like ‘Do you want something?’”“[People] come here because they want to support us,” said Lopez. “We’re local, we have good customer service, and we work harder, we know what we’re talking about.”Lopez says he’s received multiple job offers from customers, ranging “from UPS to Homeland Security,” though he’s not sure he wants to stay in the gun selling businesses. He may accept one of the offers, or return to school, though he’s not sure what he would study.And Alcairo has a child on the way. His wife is expecting a daughter in January, and despite his impending unemployment, he says he’s not worried about his future.“We don’t know what’s going to happen in the next couple of months, we have no idea,” he said. “But we’re really not too worried about getting by. Maybe I have too much blind faith in something, but I’m pretty confidence we’ll make it. We’ll be fine.”He plans on staying in San Francisco, but knows that means finding another source of income. “I’m going to have to seriously start looking for a job,” he chuckled. “And looking after my family. Because it’s not a cheap city to live in.” Tags: Board of Supervisors • guns • mission Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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New navigation center proposed at 13th and South Van Ness

first_img 0% It’s too early to tell whether the center will go forward as proposed and, if so, when it would open. “I’m monitoring the situation extremely closely waiting to know if this is possible and then immediately have a meeting and a process with the community to talk it through,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen.If approved, it would be the third Navigation Center in the Mission District. The other two, at 1950 Mission St. near 16th and 1515 South Van Ness Ave. near 26th Street, will be demolished when construction begins on permanent housing. The site at 1950 Mission is not expected to break ground until mid- or late 2018, and it’s unclear when construction will begin at 1515 South Van Ness.The proposed center is one of three new Navigation Centers the city plans to open citywide. The other two are on Bayshore Boulevard in Visitacion Valley and at Fifth and Bryant streets in SoMa. The site is particularly appealing because of its location — away from residential housing and near existing encampment areas.“What I’ve been looking for are sites that are in places where homeless people congregate anyway, that are more industrial and less residential and less small-business-related if possible, and this site has always been one of them,” Ronen said. Finding those locations has always been the difficult part of opening navigation centers, which so far have been very well-received by clients but often face opposition from leery potential neighbors. “That’s the challenging thing … every time they try to open a Navigation Center, in every neighborhood, there’s always pushback,” said Kelley Cutler, an organizer with the Coalition on Homelessness. Generally, she said, the Coalition supports new centers and the sorely needed resources they provide.The Mayor, she said, has initiated the process of working with CalTrans to make sure the navigation center can in fact be placed on what is now in use as a parking lot. The city already leases the land.If the center were to open before the temporary ones close, it would bring the number of Navigation Centers in the city to five, with 508 total beds. The centers are viewed as transitional, a place where homeless residents go to get services and gain entry to a system that that may end with permanent housing for some, return to former housing for others, a bus ticket out of town to relatives, or return to the streets. They differ from the city’s traditional shelters, with 1,000 or so beds, because the barrier to admission is lower — pets, partners and possessions can come in with the client. In terms of permanent housing, the city now has about 6,000 permanent units of housing for the homeless, though only about 400 of those become vacant every year. The last point-in-time count showed that 7,449 people are homeless in San Francisco, but advocates and city officials put the number between 15,000 and 18,000. The City of San Francisco is looking to open a 150-person Navigation Center for the homeless at 246 South Van Ness Avenue at 13th Street, according to Planning Department records. An application for a permit to open the center was accepted by the Planning Department on Dec. 7. It specifies that the city is hoping to install the facility with 150 beds and five storage containers in what is now a CalTrans parking lot. The beds, offices, laundry and a dining hall would be housed in sprung tents — a type of large tent often used for events — and trailers would house bathrooms and showers. The Planning Department has received the application but, no further action has been taken. center_img Tags: homelessness • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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SAINTS travelling support backed their favourites

first_imgSAINTS’ travelling support backed their favourites to a 40-24 win over Castleford in sweltering conditions over in Yorkshire.On a boiling hot day, the fans behind the H’s gave Nathan Brown’s side a superb lift as they looked to maintain their Super League ambitions.Now we need that vocal support more than ever as we get into the business end of the season.Next up for the Saints are Wigan Warriors at Langtree Park on Monday July 22 – and tickets are now on sale.It’s the biggest derby in world rugby league and sure to be a pulsating clash in the summer sunshine.You can get your ticket from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.Hospitality is also available and you can book by emailing hospitality@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

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FANCY your chances to win £1000 worth of mobile t

first_imgFANCY your chances to win £1,000 worth of mobile technology for you and the family?Official smart phone provider to this year’s First Utility Super League, ALCATEL ONETOUCH, will be visiting Saints on April 18 with an exciting competition.The prize:2 x IDOL S 4G smartphones2 x IDOL MINI smartphones2 x TAB 7 tabletsLINK Y800 mobile Wi-Fi routerAll you have to do is ensure you are going to be at the game on April 18, enter the draw by emailing your full name and contact details here before April 17 at 4pm.The winner will be contacted ahead of the game and you will be collecting your prize at half-time…Good Luck!For more chances to win products and tickets to Magic Weekend and the Grand Final, head to Facebook for more detailslast_img read more

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DONT forget its Fathers Day this SundayMake it

first_imgDON’T forget it’s Fathers’ Day this Sunday!Make it a day your Dad will remember by giving him something Saintly.We have a large range of gifts available in store and online, including:2014 Home and Away Shirts reduced to £30 each Last Few Heritage shirts are still available Wallets from £13.99 Mugs from £5.99Father’s Day cards at £1.49And with plenty of gifts starting from just £1.99 we have something for all budgets! To find out more pop into the Superstore at Langtree Park or log on here.last_img read more

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As part of the SKYTRY programme Primary School pu

first_imgAs part of the SKYTRY programme, Primary School pupils in the town are invited to The Totally Wicked Stadium for their own SKYTRY stadium experience.Schools are also visited by Foundation staff who deliver rugby league skills, drills and games – and the year always culminates with the ever popular and highly competitive tournament.The games are organised by staff and volunteers from the Foundation, with Saints Academy players on hand to help with refereeing, alongside our hosts Newton Storm ARLFC to ensure the day runs smoothly.Teams from Nutgrove, St Austin’s, St Julie’s, Allanson Street, Bleak Hill, Thatto Heath Primary, St Peter and St Paul’s, Oakdene, Grange Valley, Sutton Oak, St Theresas, Wargrave, Billinge, Lyme, Legh Vale, St John Vianney, Willow Tree, Sherdley Primary, The District, Newton le Willows and Rainhill St Anne’s all played some entertaining rugby throughout the Preliminary Group stages with some outstanding skills on show.Eight teams progressed through to the Quarter Finals with Bleak Hill eventually beating Sherdley Primary and St Peter & St Paul’s progressing past Rainhill in the Semi Finals to earn their spots in the Final.The day was made extra special for all of the kids as the Saints First Team Squad, including the Foundation’s SKYTRY ambassador Jonny Lomax and exciting new signing Ben Barba, made an appearance to sign autographs, pose for photographs and chat with fans of all ages.The Final eventually got underway and was a close, tense affair – St Peter & St Paul’s coming out on top and lifting the Margaret Whittle Trophy.It was fitting that the trophy was presented to the successful captain by Saints First Team player, and ex-pupil of St Peter & St Paul’s, Josh Eaves.SCDF primary school coach Gareth Friar commented: “It has been a real pleasure and very rewarding to have the opportunity to work with Primary School pupils from all across St Helens throughout this academic year.“As ever it has culminated in this fantastic festival which grows each year and the standard of the skills on display gets better and better.“I have been lucky to see the pathway of youngsters from picking up a rugby ball for the first time in one of our after school coaching sessions, having fun at the stadium at their SKYTRY experience session, through to competing in today’s tournament.“I hope to see some of them continue their love of Saints and the game and get down to their local community clubs.“Maybe one day they will pull on the red vee.”SCDF would like to thank all the school staff, volunteers and everybody else involved in making yesterday’s Festival enjoyable and memorable for all the kids involved.last_img read more

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Officials invite open discussion on KerrMcGee Superfund Site during upcoming meeting

first_imgAerial map illustration showing the location of the former Kerr-McKee wood-treatment processing plant in Navassa. (Photo: NOAA) NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — Federal and state officials along with Multistate Trust representatives will hold a public availability session and public meeting about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Navassa next week.Topics on the agenda include the recently completed remedial investigation, planned feasibility study of potential remediation options, upcoming Community Visioning Workshop, natural resource restoration, and North Carolina recommended limits on consumption of fish and shellfish from near the Site.- Advertisement – The event is happening at the Navassa Community Center, 338 Main Street, Navassa, Tuesday. The public availability session is from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and the public meeting is from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.The public availability session will provide residents an opportunity to talk one-on-one with experts about the Superfund Site and related matters. Representatives of EPA, N.C. DEQ, Multistate Trust, N.C. DPH and Navassa Trustees Council will be available to answer questions and share information.“I am making it a priority to ensure contaminated sites get cleaned up,” Administrator Pruitt said, “We will be more hands-on to ensure the proper oversight and attention to the Superfund program at the highest levels of the Agency and to create consistency across states.”Related Article: Elon poll looks at NC view of hurricanes, environmental disastersFrom 1936 to 1974, Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation and other companies used the 251-acre site for creosote-based wood treating. By 1980, Kerr-McGee dismantled the wood-treatment buildings and facilities. In 2005, the site was conveyed to Tronox, a Kerr-McGee spinoff. In 2009, Tronox filed for bankruptcy protection. In 2011, the Multistate Trust acquired the site as a court-appointed trustee in connection with the Tronox bankruptcy settlement. The Multistate Trust is working with its beneficiaries–EPA and N.C. DEQ–on the Site investigation, remediation and redevelopment planning.The site is bounded to the east by the Brunswick River, to the south by Sturgeon Creek, to the west by a residential area, and to the north by a light industrial area with an active CSX rail line.The soil, sediment and groundwater are contaminated by creosote-related contaminants. The groundwater generally flows south and southeast toward the marshes, Sturgeon Creek and Brunswick River. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the Site.Since the quarterly public meeting on June 20, 2017, the Multistate Trust has been working with EPA and N.C. DEQ on redevelopment planning with the Redevelopment Working Group of community members and leaders interested in the Site’s future reuse.last_img read more

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State moves to revoke Chemours permit to discharge processed wastewater

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced today it is moving to revoke Chemours’ permit to discharge process wastewater because the company failed to comply with its permit and failed to report an October spill.In addition to moving to revoke Chemours wastewater permit, DEQ officials also notified Chemours the state will suspend its permit to discharge process wastewater from its manufacturing area including the areas where GenX and other fluorinated compounds are produced. The suspension will take effect Nov. 30. Chemours is still required by the state to divert wastewater containing GenX and transport it out-of-state for disposal.- Advertisement – The notifications came in a letter DEQ sent to Chemours Thursday.“It is unacceptable that Chemours has failed to disclose information required by law, information we need in order to protect the public,” said Michael S. Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality “We’re taking action to suspend Chemours’ wastewater permit and moving to permanently revoke it because the company has repeatedly failed to follow the law.”DEQ is referring its probe of the Oct. 6 spill to the State Bureau of Investigation to determine if there is evidence of criminal violations for not reporting the spill as required by law.Related Article: Updated consent order requires Chemours to analyze GenX in Cape Fear RiverThe revocation of Chemours’ permit to discharge process wastewater from its manufacturing areas will take effect after the required 60 day notice to Chemours and public participation in the permit process. The revocation does not apply to process wastewater from Kuraray and Dupont facilities that is treated and discharged by Chemours under the wastewater discharge permit.Earlier this week, DEQ cited Chemours with violating the conditions of its wastewater discharge permit because of the company’s failure to report the Oct. 6 spill. The spill came to light one month after it occurred when DEQ officials questioned Chemours about state water quality results indicating elevated concentrations of GenX at Chemours’ primary wastewater discharge outfall.Chemours wastewater discharge permit requires that DEQ be notified within 24 hours of any discharge of significant amounts of waste that are abnormal in quantity or characteristic, as well as any non-compliance that potentially threatens public health or the environment.DEQ determined that Chemours’ violation of the reporting requirements in the permit following the Oct. 6 spill are sufficient basis for the revocation of the permit to discharge process wastewater. DEQ will continue to collect and test water samples from the Cape Fear River including at the Chemours outfall.last_img read more

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Barbee Bridge closure prompts Dosher service changes

first_img A tenant at this location, Carolina Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Specialists, remains open.Oak Island and Caswell Beach residents and visitors may call Dosher Wellness Center for appointments, 910-454-1234. Dosher plans to expand services and begin offering walk-in hours at that clinic in November.Read more about all the Dosher Medical clinics at www.Dosher.org/Clinics. SOUTHPORT, NC (News release) — Effective Monday, October 15, diagnostic and laboratory services at Dosher Medical Plaza, 4222 Long Beach Road, Southport, will relocate to other Dosher locations due to long-planned construction and the temporary closure of Barbee Bridge between Southport and Oak Island:The laboratory draw station moves to Dosher Wellness Center, 3009 Medical Plaza Lane, Southport.X-ray services will be available at the Wellness Center and Dosher Memorial Hospital.Mammography services will be available at the hospital.The bone densitometry scanner moves to the hospital and will be recalibrated and tested before going into scheduled service there the week of October 29.Dosher Medical-Urgent Care remains open at Dosher Medical Plaza 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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How proposed NC legislation aims to make schools a safer place

first_imgNORTH CAROLINA (WWAY) — Two new bills in the General Assembly aim to make every North Carolina school safer.A day after the Parkland shooting last year, Representative Frank Iler told us he wanted to push for more school resource officers and better mental health services for students.- Advertisement – Now, the Brunswick County Republican is supporting bills that would help those goals.“We’re below the national average as far as counselors and psychologists in the schools,” said Iler. “We need to get closer to that national average, if not up to that.”Iler and the House Select Committee on School Safety pushed for new legislation right after the Parkland school shooting.Related Article: Dozens gathered to celebrate opening of new library in Carolina ShoresA little more than a year later, two house bills have just been filed.“One bill is very supportive financially of school resources officers, the training for school resource officers and supporting the local law enforcement and sheriff’s departments when they put resource officers into schools,” said Iler.He says this first bill targets short term safety. Iler says they want to have a resource officer in every school, especially in the large or poor counties.He says the bill would need around $60 million in state funding.Iler says the second bill targets long term safety.“We’re just trying to get more professionals in there to make assessments of the individual students,” he said.Iler says this bill would also encourage schools to make sure each door is locked or guarded.These two bills go hand in hand. Iler wants to see these changes in every school.“The need I saw from the counties, they are not as lucky as we are in Brunswick,” he said.Iler says Brunswick County currently has a school resource officer in every school. He says he hopes to make this consistent across the state.last_img read more

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Public call for the provision of a helicopter service between Malta and

first_img SharePrint Government-owned company Malta Air Travel, or as it is better known Malta Medair has officially launched a public call for the provision of a helicopter service between Malta and Gozo on Monday.A press release issued from the Ministry for Gozo and the Ministry for Tourism explained how Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi announced the introduction of the service between the islands during a joint visit to the Gozo heliport. Minister Mizzi said that currently the preliminary and consultative stages from the technical, legal and financial aspects of the project are being wrapped up. He added that the next stage will be the procurement of an operator that is able to provide helicopters that are able to accommodate 15 passengers. This will provide an alternative form of connectivity between the Gozo heliport and the Malta International airport, allowing also for a better international link, and an assured air emergency service.From her end, Minister Justyne Caruana said that the necessary studies to identify an ideal scheduled economic model have already been done.Interested parties in the provision of the service are requested to email enquiries.gozoairlink@maltamedair,com. Proposal submissions will be received on the 18th of June 2019 between 9am and 2pm on the following email address proposals.gozoairlink@maltamedair.com or at the Malta Med Air offices, Administration Block A – aviation Park, Aviation Avenue, Luqa 9023.Proposals have to be titled: ‘Request for Proposals for the Provision of passenger and Baggage Air Transport Services between Malta and Gozo’.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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First Lady Michelle Obama to discuss Lets Move in a Google Hangout

first_imgAdvertisement After both the President and Vice President of the United States coming to Google+ to participate in “Fireside Hangouts” and discuss the challenges the country faces and answer people’s questions, Google has anounced on its Official blog that  First Lady Michelle Obama will joins her first-ever Fireside Hangout to discuss Let’s Move!  her initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential.Here is the full statement as it appeared on the Blog.In the past month, both the President and Vice President of the United States have come to Google+ to participate in “Fireside Hangouts” to discuss the challenges the country faces and answer people’s questions. On March 4, it’s First Lady Michelle Obama’s turn as she joins her first-ever Fireside Hangout to discuss Let’s Move!, her initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential. The First Lady will be joined by Kelly Ripa, Emmy award-winning co-host of popular daytime talk show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” and families from around the country.Three years ago, the First Lady launched the Let’s Move! initiative to unite the country around our kids’ health and create real support for families to live healthier lives. Since then communities across the United States have worked together to share, collaborate on and create ways to improve the health of our nation’s children. This year, the First Lady is using Google+ to celebrate the anniversary of Let’s Move!and to connect with communities on Google+ who are passionate about healthy eating, fitness and parenting.For a chance to join the Google+ Hangout with First Lady Michelle Obama, share your thoughts and questions on raising healthier families and communities on theLet’s Move YouTube channel. Submit a video or text entry (video is preferred) telling us a bit about yourself, what your family does to stay healthy and a question for the First Lady by Thursday, February 28, 2013. Then tune in to the First Lady’s Fireside Hangout live on the White House Google+ Page or Let’s Move YouTube channel at 11:10 am ET on March 4. Source: Official Google Bloglast_img read more

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Mercks digital health accelerator expands into Africa

first_imgMerck launches equity-free accelerator program for digital health startups in Africa. Image Credit: Elevarco Advertisement Merck has expanded its digital health accelerator programme, opening it up in the first country outside its home territory of Germany.The Merck headquarters Germany. Image Credit: GlassDoorThe company has picked Kenya for the new programme, which will run for three months and see it look for three digital health startups to support with equity-free funding of $15,000.Merck Innovation Center head Michael Gamber said: “Africa is one of the most promising and dynamic markets for digital health, driven by a vibrant and innovative startup culture. With our accelerator programme, we aim to become part of it.”“With our programme in Nairobi and our growing international network, we made a first big step to go truly global with our accelerator. We want to create a platform where the potential to execute ideas is not limited by location.” – Advertisement – In addition to funding, those selected to take part in the programme will also be able to make use of working space at co-working tech hub the Nairobi Garage and coaches and mentors from Merck’s global network.Merck has also opened the second round of its three-month accelerator programme. Graduates from its 2015 scheme included digital pharmacy app Apoly, which provides pharmaceutical advice and a medication delivery service.The programme’s next round comes with equity-free funding of €25,000, regular coaching and office space at the Merck Innovation Center at its Darmstadt headquarters.The company said the two programmes would be “strongly connected in terms of expertise and knowledge exchange to grow a global accelerator network”.“Coming from a global company we also want to develop our accelerator programme to become a global platform. The execution of an idea should not be limited by the conditions of the location where it was born,” said Gamber.There’s a growing trend for pharma firms, and other less traditional health players, to look for digital health companies to support and potentially partner with.[related-posts]One of the first was Bayer with its Grants4Apps programme, with Merck Sharp & Dohme – via its Velocity Health collaboration – and Microsoft among those also active in this area.[Africa Business Communities]Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.last_img read more

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Reach A Hand Uganda Will Today Unveil the 2018 Young Achievers Award

first_imgWinners of the 2017 Young Achievers Awards pose for a group photo with Hon. Amelia Anne Kyambadde; Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives. Advertisement Following its previous nomination and awards ceremonials, Reach A Hand, Uganda, early in May, 2018 opened nomination for its 9th Young Achievers Awards – an initiative that rewards excellence, hard work and innovation of youth in Uganda.The nomination were open to all youth who are impacting society and their communities through unique and creative entrepreneur and businesses and other ways of changing society.Since its inaugural in 2010, the Young Achievers Awards have recognized and celebrated outstanding youth in the Ugandan Community that have excelled in various realms such as; Arts, Entrepreneurship, Media and Journalism, Philanthropy, Innovation, Sports. – Advertisement – It has established itself as arguably the most prestigious awards’ event. Some of the Lifetime achievers include H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, H.E. Paul Kagame, the late Dr. James Mulwana, Sister Rachelle Fassera, to mention a few that have greatly impacted Ugandan society positively.Last year winners include; ZIlla Mary Arach; Co-Founder of Lacel Technologies, Ricky Papa Thompson; Co-Founder of SafeBoda, Gerald Otim; Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer, Ensibuko, Brian Ahumuza of Abryanz Collection, Ian Akankwasa aka Sasha Vybz; music director, and so forth.The the 2018 Young Achievers Awards nominees will be unveiled today at a press dinner that will happen at Kampala Serena Hotel- Katonga Hall, starting at 6p.m EAT.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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STARTERS ORDERS Mon Movers Specials

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