A project that could help boost the number of disa

A project that could help boost the number of disa

first_imgA project that could help boost the number of disabled politicians in Scotland has received funding from the Scottish government.The £35, 305 funding will be used to support disabled candidates standing in the 2016 elections to the Scottish parliament, and prospective candidates for the 2017 local government elections.The short-term project will be run by Inclusion Scotland until March 2016 and will assess people’s access barriers and support needs, provide advice on appropriate adjustments, and offer support and mentoring.Jamie Szymkowiak, founder of the One in Five campaign (pictured), which campaigns for greater participation of disabled people in Scottish politics and will be supporting Inclusion Scotland with the project, said the funding was “fantastic news”.He said it would “help remove the non-financial barriers that face disabled people whilst allowing the Scottish government to gain an understanding of what could make financial support more effective in the future”.He added: “The fact our campaign has gained support from all Scotland’s main political parties, various political groups and organisations shows there is a willingness to address the under-representation of disabled people and we hope this project will inspire disabled people across the political spectrum to seek selection in future elections.”Sally Witcher, chief executive of Inclusion Scotland, said: “Disabled people have the human right to be politically active, just like non-disabled people.“Yet, despite having a great deal to contribute to political life in Scotland and despite cross-party commitment to open up access, many barriers exist that prevent their equal participation.“Furthermore, if Scottish government is to achieve its vision for a Fairer Scotland [its consultation on what a fairer Scotland should look like in 2030], one which values the participation of all its citizens, it is imperative we find out more about just what those barriers are and what can be done to remove them.”Marco Biagi, minister for local government and community empowerment, said: “It is vital for society that all of our groups are represented in politics and elected offices at all levels.“We know that disabled people often find it difficult to access elected offices due to the many barriers that exist.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said: “The Scottish government’s support for aspiring disabled politicians is important.”She contrasted the funding with the UK government’s indecision over its Access to Elected Office fund.The fund – which offered grants to disabled people to pay for their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election as a councillor or MP – has been lying dormant since the general election while the government reviews its effectiveness.King said: “The UK government needs to speed up its review of the Access to Elected Office fund.“The review should not take too long; it is not the Chilcot Inquiry. Disabled people need to know there is financial support available as soon as possible.”One in Five also welcomed another campaigning victory, after persuading the Scottish government to change the rules governing elections to the Scottish parliament.The new rules mean that any disability-related costs incurred by a parliamentary candidate – such as to pay for taxis or sign language interpreters – will no longer count towards the legal limit on their election expenses.Joe Fitzpatrick, the minister for parliamentary business, praised the work of One in Five in pushing for the change.last_img read more

NATHAN Brown has confirmed that Kyle Amor will mis

first_imgNATHAN Brown has confirmed that Kyle Amor will miss the next three months with a knee injury – but there is better news on Jordan Turner.The duo suffered injuries in the Cup loss to Leeds last month and the prognosis wasn’t good.But scans have revealed Kyle’s injury is not season ending as was feared and Turner hasn’t broken his foot.“When Jordan’s injury was scanned we discovered it wasn’t a bone break but ligament damage,” Brown said. “It is coming along well and it is a short term injury.“Kyle will be out for three months with his knee which, as bad as it sounds, means he might come back and play at the end of the year. That is a bonus for us. There are hurdles to overcome but at the moment they don’t think it requires surgery.“Anthony Laffranchi has nerve damage in his arm and we don’t know when he will be back but Willie Manu is about a month away with a broken thumb.”He continued: “Mark Percival is probably about two weeks away – he had a nasty caulk that had fluid in it. Gary Wheeler had a nasty caulk too and he will miss this week but will be fit moving forward.“And Richie Beaumont is making improvements too which is great. It’s been disappointing for him but the fact he is showing improvements for the first time in a while is good.”Injuries do have a flipside though as the likes of Joe Greenwood, Luke Thompson and Matty Dawson (pictured) can once again gain valuable game time and experience.Brown added: “Joe is a regular player now and is coming off the bench whilst Luke is putting his name forward too. Matty Dawson seems to be fitting in well and is taking his opportunity.“The challenge for them now is to be consistent.“The reality is we wouldn’t be where we are on the ladder if last year didn’t occur. The likes of Adam Swift, Mark Percival, Joe and Thommo got that experience. They came into pre-season, know what is required and are improving.”Saints travel to Bradford on Sunday (3pm) aiming to keep up the pressure on Leeds at the top of the table.The Bulls are in form having turned over Catalan and Warrington in the last two weeks – and will have players returning to action.Both Chev Walker and Manase Manuokafoa are in contention to play.“They performed well against Catalans who had lost just one game in recent weeks and then beat a good Wolves side,” Brown added. “They have done well to fight back after that loss to Wigan. Things looked bad but they’ve bounced back and done well. Credit to Franny (Cummins) as he has done a good job there.“Lee Gaskell is a talented player as is Luke Gale too. Matt Diskin has been around a while as well. They are strong in key positions, kick the ball well and manufacture points.“Anytime their forwards do a good job their blokes in key positions will take their opportunities.”Tickets for Sunday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

SAINTS are chasing their first win over Warrington

first_imgSAINTS are chasing their first win over Warrington at Langtree Park when the two sides meet tonight (8pm).The Wolves have won their last four away meetings with St Helens, including all three fixtures between the sides at Langtree Park.Saints’ last home win against the Wolves was a 28-12 play-off victory at Knowsley Road on 10 September, 2010.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)St Helens 16, Warrington 29 (SLR26, 30/8/13)St Helens 22, Warrington 48 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12)St Helens 12, Warrington 22 (SLR23, 6/8/12)Warrington 16, St Helens 28 (SLR9, 30/3/12)Warrington 35, St Helens 28 (SLR19, 24/6/11)Super League Summary:St Helens won 39 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)Warrington won 8 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)Super League Milestones:Paul Wellens needs one try to draw level with Keith Senior in second place in the list of all-time leading try-scorers.1 Danny McGuire (Leeds, 2001-present) 2142 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 1993 Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-present) 1984 David Hodgson (Hull KR/Huddersfield/Salford/Wigan/Halifax, 1999-present) 1685 Leon Pryce (Catalan Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-present) 1656 Ade Gardner (Hull KR/St Helens, 2002-present) 1537 Ryan Hall (Leeds, 2007-present) 1528 Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, 2001-present) 1499 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 14810 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 147Paul Wellens – 2 tries away from 200 (198 for St Helens, 1998-2014)First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 = Morgan Escare (Catalan Dragons), Tom Makinson (St Helens), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves) 244 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 195 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers), Michael Oldfield (Catalan Dragons), Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 17Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 952 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 933 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 904 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 775 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 746 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 707 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 678 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 669 Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 6010 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 52Goals Percentage:1 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 100.00 (10/10)2 Kevin Locke (Salford Red Devils) 90.90 (10/11)3 Luke Gale (Bradford Bulls) 89.18 (33/37)4 Jordan Rankin (Hull FC) 84.37 (27/32)5 Sam Williams (Catalan Dragons) 84.00 (21/25)6 Jacob Miller (Hull FC) 81.81 (9/11)7 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 81.25 (52/64)8 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 78.57 (66/84)9 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 77.77 (70/90)10 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 77.23 (95/123)(10 minimum attempts to qualify)Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 2162 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 2023 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1974 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 1785 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1686 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 1608 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1539 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 13610 Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 125last_img read more

First Team Match

First Team Match

first_imgInside an electric DW Stadium packed out with over 5,500 Saints fans, James Roby set us on our way scurrying over from dummy half. Wigan to their credit responded through Hardaker, before Grace grabbed his first after Jonny Lomax had broken through the Wigan line. Lachlan Coote hit a penalty before Grace went over for his second. George Williams gave Wigan hope on the half-time hooter, before Saints blew the Warrriors away in the second half. First Tommy Makinson went over, before Grace secured his hat-trick and Coote went over late on to send the Saints fans home bouncing.An electric start to the Good Friday clash saw Saints off to a flyer through Roby. After back to back sets on the Wigan line, Roby picked the ball up from close range to crash over giving Saints the lead. Coote kicked the conversion. The opening try came at a cost though as Mark Percival hobbled off with a hamstring injury with LMS filling in the centres. LMS was to hobble off late on with a knee injury.Wigan hit back within minutes though after a move on their right edge saw Hardaker find the gap to score, but he was unable to convert before Tom Davies was stretchered off with a nasty looking ankle injury.An entertaining 15 minutes followed with both defences standing firm after being forced to defend back to back sets. But it was Saints who struck next after a bit of magic from Lomax created the gap for himself to run 20 metres and then feed Grace who scored in the corner.Coote kicked a penalty minutes later giving Saints a 12-4 lead before Saints were in again. Thompson took an inside ball and broke the Wigan defensive line before feeding the supporting Coote who was tackled just short of the Wigan line. Straight from the play off the ball Thompson put Grace in at the corner giving Saints an 18-4 lead with Coote converting off the touchline.Wigan grabbed a lifeline though scoring with seconds left on the first half after Oliver Gildart broke and fed Williams inside to score sending the teams in at half time with the score at Wigan 10-18 Saints.The second half started just like the first with both sides playing at a fast pace. It was Wigan who were almost in first, but a try saving tackle from Danny Richardson and Makinson denied the Warriors. On the very next set the pair combined sending Makinson over in the corner after great handling from Naiqama.Man of the match Grace then grabbed his hat-trick. After great handling on our left edge from Dom Peyroux, who put Grace away down the line. The winger stepped back inside three Warriors defenders to touch down for his third try.Another try quickly followed when Coote chased down a Lomax kick and out jumped Hardaker to score with the Saints fans wildly singing his name. They sung a little louder minutes later as Coote converted his own try to give Saints a 36-10 Derby Day victory!Match Summary:Wigan Warriors:Tries: Hardaker (12), Williams (39).Goals: Hardaker (1 from 2)Starting 13: Hardaker, Davies,  Hankinson, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Shorrocks, Flower, Leuluai, Navarrete, Isa, Smithies, Partington,Interchanges: O’Loughlin, Tautai, Bullock, Greenwood.Saints:Tries: Roby (6), Grace (24, 31, 63) Makinson (47), Coote (70)Goals: Coote (4 from 6)Penalties: Coote 2Starting 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, LMS, Matty Lees, Aaron Smith.HT: 10-18 FT: 10-36REF: J. ChildATT: 22,050last_img read more

Student accused of social media threat against New Hanover HS identified

Student accused of social media threat against New Hanover HS identified

first_imgNew Hanover High School (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Investigators have identified a student accused of making threats on social media against New Hanover High School, the school’s principal said in a phone message to students and parents tonight.In the message, Principal Rob Morgan said the school learned late this afternoon of threats of potential violence at the school tomorrow. He said law enforcement got involved and quickly identified the student, who Morgan said will not be at school tomorrow. The student’s name has not been released.- Advertisement – Morgan said in his message that the school would continue to work with law enforcement on this case and quickly deal with any similar situations in the future.Morgan also thanked everyone who came forward with information about the threats.New Hanover County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Holliday told WWAY he could not disclose what exactly the threat said because of the criminal investigation.Related Article: National group: North Carolina teacher pay moves up rankingsNew Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer did not immediately have information about the investigation or any criminal charges.last_img read more

Cinderella ballet comes to the Wilson Center

Cinderella ballet comes to the Wilson Center

first_imgThe performance featured 23 professional dancers from the U.S International Ballet, telling the classic fairy tale through dance. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a packed house at the Wilson Center as the Wilmington Ballet Company presented Cinderella Sunday afternoon.The performance featured 23 professional dancers from the U.S International Ballet, telling the classic fairy tale through dance. WWAY’s own Jeff Rivenbark was the emcee of the program.- Advertisement – Cinderella is the first touring performance of the U.S. International Ballet. The debut at the Wilson Center marks a historic event for the international company.last_img

Community brings boy battling cancer to Holden Beach

Community brings boy battling cancer to Holden Beach

first_imgHOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s a story of support and care for a 14-year-old boy from West Virginia. He’s been battling cancer and when asked where he wanted to go for vacation this year, he said two words: Holden Beach.Elijah Clark was diagnosed with Central Nervous System Neuroblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Doctors say the tumor is growing, so his mom and dad asked him where he wanted to go for vacation. He chose Holden Beach, a spot the family has gone every year since 1983.- Advertisement – “My wife got on the Friends of Holden Beach page and just put a post out there saying ‘I know this is late but does anybody know of a house we can rent for the week. We really want to bring Eli to the beach this year,’” Eli’s dad Roy Clark said.But the community wanted to do more. They raised almost $5,000 to bring Eli and his family down.“Within a day they had everything taken care of and so my wife was talking with one of the ladies she had been corresponding with and said ‘who do I call to give our debit card to’ and she says ‘don’t worry about that, it’s all taken care of,’” Roy said.Related Article: Man sorry he urinated on memorial to boy who died of cancerWhen they arrived, signs were ready to welcome Eli, a fridge and cabinets were full of food and large kites anchored outside of their beach house instead of the pier, so Eli could enjoy the site. Holden Beach resident Trina Giampocaro says many people don’t see the Clarks as just visitors but family.“It doesn’t surprise me at all. Just good people here and the lovely support that they have for him and everything and the family it’s just…we couldn’t wait to get them here,” Giampocaro said.Everyone is hoping for the best for Eli.“Holden beach is definitely #elistrong,” Giampocaro said.Many people have come by to see Eli and root for him. Local EMS has also told the family that whenever they need to move Eli, to let them know so they can help him out as well.last_img read more

Good news Randy Aldridge shares update on battle with cancer

Good news Randy Aldridge shares update on battle with cancer

first_imgRandy Aldridge on April 16, 2019. (Photo: Facebook/Randy Aldridge) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY Anchor Randy Aldridge has been fighting cancer for several weeks now and we have a positive news to share.Randy announced in February he would take leave as he battled stage 3 cancer.- Advertisement – He says his radiation and chemotherapy have both ended.His team of doctors say the radiation and the chemicals will remain in his system for a bit longer, which is what continues to make him sick almost on a daily basis.Doctors believe the treatment is working.Related Article: Child death toll hits 7 in viral outbreak at rehab centerRandy posted on Facebook the following statement:“Hi everyone! It has been a while since I’ve updated you on my treatment and progress. It has been several weeks of ups and downs, but the days are starting to get better.My radiation and chemotherapy both ended and my team of doctors say the radiation and the chemicals will be in my system a bit longer. This is what continues to make me sick almost on a daily (but less so) basis.As you can imagine, the radiation has left my body quite depleted. I am still blistered and raw at the radiation sites. It is improving and I’m happy to say I’m spending less time in bed and more time up and about!The treatment has made a good deal of my hair fall out, but not all of it and I think it has stopped (I think this because of my “highly scientific method” of looking a the hair on my pillow and in the sink each morning!). It is also a lot more gray so I’m anxious to see how it grows back in. I am down 30 pounds. Doctor’s don’t seem overly worried about it and have told me to start introducing a lot of foods back into my diet (Hello and glad to see you green vegetables! We’ll see you soon spicy foods!).The good news is that doctors believe the treatment is working. They can no longer feel any of the tumors just by touch. That is a good sign! Just a few weeks ago you could SEE the lumps on my lymph nodes! We are very excited about the news, yet remain anxious that the treatment will be successful. Doctors have scheduled a surgical procedure next month to see the progress. That will let them know if we can celebrate (a PET scan will follow to make sure the cancer is in remission) or if we need to do something else to kill it completely. Fingers crossed!Until then I’ll try to keep you up to date as I learn more.As always thank you for all the cards, gifts, calls and, maybe most of all, the kind thoughts and messages. I went into this thinking I would sail through the treatment. What I found out is that I needed my family, my family of friends, and all of YOU to get me through it.Thank you as always and I’m sending you much, much love.”Throughout his fight with the disease, he has been an advocate for others to get preventative tests for colorectal types of cancer.You can show Randy some love and see his progress on his Facebook page.last_img read more

Arrest made in UNSOLVED case in Boiling Spring Lakes

Arrest made in UNSOLVED case in Boiling Spring Lakes

first_img Chief Jordan said a story aired in May of 2018 on Smart’s case. WWAY’s Hannah Patrick featured Smart’s case in her #Unsolved series on May 7, 2018. She re-aired it again two weeks later and a few times in the last year.At the time, Police Chief Brad Shirley said Smart lived in the 200 block of South Shore Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes. That was the last place he was ever seen. Shirley said Smart had just gotten a new job. He said Smart had been hired by a trucking company in South Carolina and was scheduled for orientation to start driving the truck. Smart would never make it to that orientation.In a news release, Chief Jordan said after the story aired in May of 2018, new information came to light. He said new leads were established and that led to the arrest of O’Daniels.Related Article: Sheriff: Mom killed 11-year-old to keep her from having sexIn court this afternoon, prosecutors gave more information on the arrest. Assistant District Attorney Jenna Early said someone called the SBI with a name of a person with information after they saw the #Unsolved story on Smart.Early said Smart met O’Daniels while he was in jail on a DWI charged back in June of 1995. Early said they were living together in O’Daniels’ house when Smart went missing in 1995.Early said the tip led investigators to a circle of four of O’Daniels’s friends to come forward with information including a former girlfriend.O’Daniels is now charged with murder. District Attorney Jon David said it is an interesting case, because it is a cold case and it is a no body homicide.The judge gave O’Daniels a $750,000 secured bond. His next court date is July 23.Bryan O’Daniels (Photo: Brunswick Co. Detention Center)David asks anyone who knows any family or friends of Smart to call Boiling Spring Lakes Police or anyone who has heard O’Daniels talk about the case or make comments about what he has done. David said sometimes people who have committed crimes will use it to scare people. BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department has made an arrest in a case featured in WWAY’s #Unsolved series.Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Greg Jordan said Bryan Lee O’Daniels, 44, of Wilmington is charged with one count of murder connected to the disappearance of Timothy Smart in July 1995.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Photos First Marsa flyover columns placed

Photos First Marsa flyover columns placed

first_imgInfrastructure Malta has started to place the columns which form part of seven flyovers in the Marsa Junction. Workers worked around the clock to start placing them by Saturday morning.Photos posted by Infrastructure Malta on social media, show the first two columns out of 50 which will be used to support seven flyovers.  The goal is to reduce the heavy traffic currently passing through Aldo Moro. SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img WhatsApplast_img

Syrians largest asylum seeking nationality in Malta in 2018

Syrians largest asylum seeking nationality in Malta in 2018

first_img <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> SharePrint REUTERS/Loren ElliottREUTERS/Loren Elliott The majority of asylum seekers granted protection in Malta during 2018 were from Syria, new figures show.According to new figures compiled and published by the European data service Eurostat, 230 Syrians were granted asylum in Malta (35%). This was closely followed by 225 Libyan asylum seekers (34%) and 80 Eritrean nationals (12%). This is commensurate with Malta’s size.The largest intake of Syrian asylum seekers is recorded in Germany, with 66,990, 48% of the asylum seeker population in 2018.  This makes the central European state the largest intake across the 28 member states and the majority of the 96,125 Syrian asylum seekers granted protection, recorded in the European Union, (29%).The second biggest group were from Afghanistan with 53,465 (16%) and third from Iraq with 24,605 (7%).Syrians also represented the majority of recognition rates of the top 20 nationalities applying for asylum in the European Union, 88%.Subsidiary protectionThe majority of positive decisions given to asylum seekers ensured they were given Subsidiary protection in 2018.Out of 660 positive decisions granted to asylum seekers, 480 people were granted this status while 160 were instead given Refugee Status.On the European level, over 330,000 people (333,355) were granted a positive decision while almost a third of those 100,305 granted subsidiary protection and a further 167,790 granted Refugee Status.Final appealsInterestingly, Eurostat records that people receiving a final decision is considerably lower than those receiving a positive outcome in their first decision.While 1,500 people applied for asylum in Malta in 2018,  under half (645) were given a positive outcome in the first decision, 42% receiving subsidiary protection.As for final decisions on appeal, the numbers are considerably lower.  While 685 people went through the appeals process a fraction of only 15 were accepted on the final go. Only 2% were given subsidiary protection.WhatsApplast_img read more

Migrants and refugees in Tripoli detention centres need to be evacuated –

Migrants and refugees in Tripoli detention centres need to be evacuated –

first_imgREUTERS/Hani Amara/File PhotoREUTERS/Hani Amara/File Photo The United Nations Refugee Agency is urging the ‘immediate release’ of migrants and refugees around Tripoli, to safety.UNHCR makes the call after an airstrike close to Tajoura detention centre injured two people. There were understood to have been over 500 refugees and migrants inside, unable to escape, UNHCR reports.Violence has been erupting across the city since April 4th with UNHCR has so far evacuated over 1,200 people from the fighting. The last known evacuation from the city has been 146 people on April 29th.There are believed to be 3,460 refugees and migrants trapped in detention centres close to the worst affected areas.The refugee agency is now calling on the international community to act on providing, ‘humanitarian corridors and relocation’Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean said, ‘The risks are simply unacceptable at this point … People inside detention centres in Tripoli are facing ever-increasing dangers, making it vital that we immediately move them out of harm’s way.’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> SharePrintlast_img read more

PM outlines priorities regarding Malta and the EU

PM outlines priorities regarding Malta and the EU

first_img <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> Prime Minister Joseph Muscat addresses the MEUSAC Core Group meeting in preparation for the European Summit SharePrint 1 of 4 During a meeting with the Malta-EU Steering & Action Committee (MEUSAC) Core Group, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat outlined the primary priorities with regards to Malta being in the European Union.The first priority concerns the appointment of those who will head the European Union institutions. The second priority is the Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 as well as the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027. These priorities are to be discussed during the next European Council. Regarding the European Budget, the PM stated that discussions are expected to terminate in March of 2020.The PM also discussed Brexit, where he mentioned that there needs to be a revision of the rules which govern the industry, so as for Europe to remain competitive. He also stated that the next step regarding Brexit is for the UK to decide whether to sign an agreement with the European Union or the United States. These markets have completely different standards, which is why the UK would essentially have to pick one.Furthermore, he placed emphasis on the importance of shows of solidarity between member states regarding the immigration problem.About the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia stated the importance of Malta’s voice in such matters, by allocating a number of Maltese MEPs in the new Commissioners’ cabinets.WhatsApplast_img read more

Training project for those involved in local governance sector

Training project for those involved in local governance sector

first_imgDOI / Clifton FenechDOI / Clifton Fenech A training project about the principles of good governance, transparency and accountability for all those involved in the local governance sector has been launched.The project was launched by Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government Silvio Parnis and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia.The project is co-financed by the Norwegian Funding Mechanism Regime. The budget is €200,000. The first training session for the executive secretaries and the local councils administrative staff has already taken place.DOI / Clifton FenechParnis explained that the aim of this project is to improve the skills of all those involved in the local governance sector so that they would be able to offer a better service to the communities. Activities will include team building activities, study visits opportunities in Norway and internships with several institutions in Malta.DOI / Clifton FenechFarrugia said: “Our country is currently in the process of implementing new reforms and measures, including the Venice Commission recommendations. But governance, transparency,  and accountability are spread across different levels in what we call ‘multilevel governance’, which begins at the European Union level, carries on to member states, and descends to the level of regions and local councils.”DOI / Clifton FenechHe added that through this training programme and exchange of best practices, the principles of governance, transparency, and accountability are being taken on a regional and local level following negotiations between the Maltese Government and Norway.This project is being implemented by the Local Government Division in collaboration with the Local Councils Association, the National Association for Executive Secretaries of Local and Regional Councils and the Norwegian Association for Local and Regional Authorities.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> SharePrintlast_img read more

Barzagli suffers calf injury

Barzagli suffers calf injury

first_img SharePrint Veteran defender Andrea Barzagli is expected to miss Juventus’ Serie A match against second-placed Sassuolo. The 37-year-old sustained the injury during a training session but initial test seem to exclude a lengthy recovery period for the former Italy international.Barzagli joined the bianconeri from German side Wolfsburg in 2011 and has made 271 total appearances for Juventus while winning seven Serie A titles. Massimiliano Allegri’s side are currently top of Serie A with maximum points after three games as they look to win their eighth consecutive league title.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Messi nets hattrick against PSV

Messi nets hattrick against PSV

first_imgBarcelona started their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven as the Spanish side dominated possession. Lionel Messi broke the deadlock in the 31st minute with a spectacular free-kick. Ousmane Dembele doubled Barcelona’s lead after 75 minutes before Messi scored his second of the game two minutes later.The Argentinian star completed his hat-trick in the 87th minute after Samuel Umtiti was sent off after receiving a second yellow card. The French defender will be unavailable for for Barcelona’s next Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspurs on October 3rd.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Google is now manually reviewing developers Android apps

Google is now manually reviewing developers Android apps

first_imgAdvertisement Google has tightened the process by which applications are approved and added to the Google Play store, and is going to have actual people check out each piece of software before putting it within a few clicks’ reach of children.The communication was revealed through the Android developer blog, saying the move was intended to create a better experience on the application store, as it should strip out inappropriate apps and help developers create perfectly acceptable offerings for it.The product manager for Google Play, Eunice Kim said that in order to streamline things at the developer end, software chaps will have to fill in a questionnaire about their submission as they submit them. This, which will include information about content, will be reviewed by Google, and assessed in relation to standards set by international ratings outfits like PEGI. – Advertisement – Apps submitted without a questionnaire will not get a rating, and could find themselves banned, but apps that do will enjoy smooth passage, Kim explained.This new process involves a team of experts who are responsible for identifying violations of developer policies earlier in the app life cycle.The team has also rolled out improvements to the way  they will handle publishing status. Developers now have more insight into why apps are rejected or suspended, and they can easily fix and resubmit their apps for minor policy violations.”Via The Inquirerlast_img read more

MTN Fulfills USD280000 Pledge to Support Refugees

MTN Fulfills USD280000 Pledge to Support Refugees

first_img(L – R): Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte (MTN Uganda CEO), Mr. Charles Mbire (MTN Uganda Chairman), (Mr. Rob Shuter, MTN Group President and CEO), Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda (Prime Minister of Uganda), Ms. Felleng Sekha (MTN Group Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer) and Mr. Ebenezer Twam Asante (MTN Group Vice President in charge of Southern and East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) Region) pose for a group photo. Advertisement MTN has today fulfilled the USD$280,000 (approx. 1 billion UGX) pledge made at the Solidarity Summit on Refugees in June 2017 to support the Uganda government efforts to deal with the influx of refugees.Rob Shuter, the President and CEO of the MTN Group, while meeting Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister reiterated MTN’s commitment to ensuring that the USD$280,000 (approx. 1 billion UGX) creates meaningful impact and reduce the government burden to support in excess of 1 million refugees.Mr. Rob Shuter, MTN Group President and CEO, hands over MTN Uganda’s contribution of UGX 1billion that will go towards management of the Refugee Crisis in Uganda to Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda – Prime Minister of Uganda. This was after a meeting held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday 30th January 2018.“MTN is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate in across our operations spread out in twenty-four countries. We are therefore very happy to be a part of this worthy cause” Shuter said after paying a courtesy call to the Prime Minister. – Advertisement – The summit was hosted by Uganda with the support of UN. The Ugx1bn will provide support over a two year period.MTN Uganda has been holding meetings with the Office of the Prime Minister and UNHCR project teams in order to properly structure the implementation of the donation. This is in advanced stages and a timeline has been set for a schedule of activities that will be announced some.“MTN Uganda since its entry in the Ugandan market 20 years ago has continued to create impact through the MTN Foundation. It has supported the health and education sectors in the country. It will continue to do since it has become part of the social fabric of Ugandan society” added Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte (MTN Uganda CEO).The MTN Foundation is the CSR arm of MTN Uganda. On his part, the Prime Minister noted that any help to support government efforts to deal with the refugee influx will be welcomed. “We appreciate MTN Uganda’s support towards the refugee crisis and we thank them for being worthy partners towards this cause” he said.Shuter is in Uganda with another 300 delegates attending the MTN Global Leadership Gathering. This is the highest level meeting of all top executives in the MTN Group from 22 countries.last_img read more

MIT Announces 3 Regional MIT IIC Winners for Africa

MIT Announces 3 Regional MIT IIC Winners for Africa

first_imgSolar Freeze is among the winners of the 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) Regional Winners for Africa. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Three Kenyan Inclusive Innovators/teams; Lynk, Solar Freeze, and We Farm as Africa Regional Winners for the 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) competition. The three will be among twenty (20) Regional Winners who will gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the final round of the global tournament on November 8th, 2018 where four will emerge winners, each receiving a cash prize of USD$250,000 (approximately UGX950 million).The Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) is a flagship initiative of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) that rewards Inclusive Innovators: entrepreneurs around the world that are using technology to reinvent the future of work to create a greater shared prosperity. IIC believes that Inclusive Innovation is an economic and moral imperative, and that the key question of their era isn’t what technology is going to do to our economies and society, but what we will do with technology.The three winners; Lynk, Solar Freeze, and We Farm were among the six (6) other Regional Finalists; Safi Organics, AgroCenta, Brave Venture Labs, Moringa School, PrepClass, and Wesabi selected from Africa. They enrolled in four (4) categories; Income Growth & Job Creation, Skills Development & Opportunity Matching, Technology Access, and Financial Inclusion. – Advertisement – The Winners Lynk, Solar Freeze, and We Farm emerged winners from Skills Development & Opportunity Matching, Technology Access, and Income Growth & Job Creation award categories respectively.About the Winners Lynk, is a technology platform for informal workers; a LinkedIn for the LinkedOut. They build the ‘entrepreneurship infrastructure’ to support growth in incomes and careers.Solar Freeze, is a one stop, turnkey portable off-grid toolkit for localized food production containing a complete ecosystem of smart farm technologies to enhance agricultural productivity.Wefarm, is a free, digital, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing network available by SMS for the world’s 500 million small-scale farmers who have no internet and live on less than USD$1 (roughly UGX3,700) a day.Other regional winners include; ftCash, iMerit, Plastics for Change, SOLshare (from Asia) and Suma, RedeDots, Levee, Apli (from Latin America). Regional Winners from North America, and Europe will be announced later this month.MeanWhile, the finalists of the Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion, another initiative of MIT will attend the Zambezi boot camp during the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) gala at the MIT campus in Boston from November 5th to 9th, 2018. They also will be fast-tracked to the IIC global grand prize with up to USD$1 million available in funding for the winner.last_img read more