A newlyelected disabled MP has accused the Conser

first_imgA newly-elected disabled MP has accused the Conservative government of introducing policies inspired by “eugenics” in the hope that disabled people will “suffer and die”.Labour’s Jared O’Mara spoke out just weeks after beating former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to win the Sheffield Hallam seat and become one of just a handful of disabled MPs in the House of Commons.Speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) for the first time, O’Mara (pictured, centre) said he knew that his comments on eugenics* and the government would be controversial.But he said he firmly believed that Tory ministers had “completely torn up the welfare system” which had previously supported disabled people, particularly through cuts and reforms to disability benefits, the decision to close the Independent Living Fund, and cuts to social care.He said: “A lot of people say you can’t use that word, but I will do: it’s eugenics.“They want disabled people to suffer and die. That’s literally what’s happening.“Disabled people are out there suffering and dying because they have not got the financial means and financial support and nor have they got the legal means to lead an equal life, or even to lead a satisfactory life.”Among the evidence he points to are reports of people with mental health conditions who have been asked by personal independence payment assessors why they have not taken their own lives.He said: “How is that not eugenics? Putting thoughts of suicide into a disabled person’s head. It’s literally eugenics.“I’m not going to shy away from it, people might say I am taking it too far, but as far as I am concerned, what I have seen and what has happened across the board, it’s been eugenics.”He promised that he would be “taking no prisoners” as an MP, and would “call them out on this”.He said: “There are people just like me and people who have got conditions that make things even worse for them than mine does, and they are dying and they are suffering.“I am in it to shine a light where the mainstream [media] do not shine a light and where the Tories are turning their backs.”He pointed also to Iain Duncan Smith, who in 2010, shortly after becoming work and pensions secretary, appeared to echo the phrase “arbeit macht frei” – which was written over the entrance gates of Auschwitz – by telling a BBC journalist: “Look, work actually helps free people**.”O’Mara said: “He’s literally lifting, paraphrasing Nazi soundbites.”He said he “absolutely” endorses efforts by user-led anti-cuts groups such as Black Triangle to secure a criminal prosecution of Duncan Smith and fellow former work and pensions minister Chris Grayling.In December, Scottish criminal justice agencies rejected pleas to investigate the refusal of the two ministers to improve the safety of the government’s “fitness for work” test, despite evidence that that refusal caused the deaths of at least three benefit claimants with mental health conditions, and probably many more.Police Scotland had been asked to investigate allegations of “wilful neglect of duty” by Duncan Smith and Grayling, after it was passed a dossier containing details of the deaths of three claimants with experience of mental distress by Black Triangle.The three claimants took their own lives in 2011, 2013 and 2015 as a result of grave flaws in the work capability assessment (WCA).These flaws mirrored those uncovered by a coroner in January 2010, following an earlier suicide, and passed to DWP just a few weeks before Duncan Smith and Grayling took up their new posts following the May 2010 general election.Duncan Smith and Grayling failed to act on the coroner’s warning, which campaigners and families of some of those who died believe led to further deaths.O’Mara said: “The legal system is ‘innocent until proven guilty’. We need to ascertain that with what Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling did.“If they’ve not done anything wrong then they can walk free. If they have done wrong then they can be punished.“I believe there is a case to answer and they should go there. I support that campaign without reservation.”Another issue he was keen to raise with DNS was the importance of ensuring that disabled people – and their families – are included in the decision-making process on new policies.He said: “I don’t want any decisions to be taken about disabled people without disabled people being included in that decision-making process.“Families need to be included in that process. They have a lot of experience and acumen in that field.”Decisions, he said, should not be taken solely by politicians who “have never had to face these barriers and these problems”.He added: “Anything that comes up to do with disabled people, disabled people should be at the epicentre of that decision-making process and that policy and legislative process.”O’Mara has also spoken out this week on the access barriers he has already faced in his first weeks as an MP, and has told DNS that might have to be “in the vanguard for this” and “grin and bear the fact that it’s not perfect for me, and try and make it perfect for future disabled MPs” (see separate story).He said: “I want to get more of us here. I’ve got to make it a better place for them.”The first early day motion he signed as an MP was one calling on the government to reopen the Access to Elected Office Fund, which helped disabled people with the extra disability-related costs of seeking elected office, but has been closed since the 2015 election (see separate story).But although he is keen to highlight disability issues as an MP, O’Mara insists that it will not be his only interest.His previous career in promoting live music and working in the pub trade has given him an interest in “ensuring we have a vibrant night-time economy”, and in supporting arts and culture, and not just music.He said: “I will support any cause I believe in, whether it’s to do with disability arts and culture or whatever. If it’s good for the country and I believe it’s moral, I will support it.”And he said that he will ensure that he maintains a “healthy work-private life balance”, despite the pressures of his new life.He said: “I have managed to go to the pub several times [since the election] and I will keep going to the pub.“I’m really passionate about pubs and clubs and nightlife and I always will be.”Despite having worked for nearly a year earlier in his career as a press, parliamentary and campaigns officer for the British Council of Disabled People, his views on another key rights issue could lead to disagreements with the disability movement.O’Mara, who himself has cerebral palsy (cp), is a long-standing trustee of Paces, a specialist centre in Sheffield for children with cp which specialises in conductive education*** and also runs a special school, of which he is a governor.And he told DNS that – although the UN disability convention demands an “inclusive education system at all levels” – he believes that mainstream schools are “horrible environments for disabled kids”.He was educated in a mainstream school throughout his education, and he said: “All I had was misunderstandings and mistreatment and bullying about having a disability.“So yes, in an ideal world, we would have all disabled kids in a mainstream school being educated alongside [non-disabled children], with their education tailored to suit them, but we don’t live in an ideal world and mainstream schools are horrible environments for disabled kids.”He said that schools like Paces “provide a really good standard of education for kids with severe cerebral palsy, and often with learning difficulties”.He said: “There’s a place for them and I’m passionate about it because they help kids get a better standard of education and a better life and alleviate the symptoms of cerebral palsy as well.”He added: “I’ve known a lot of people that have been in mainstream schools and it’s always the same.“I have never heard of anyone with a disability coming out of a school without being bullied, and I was bullied by one of my teachers for my disability as well.”He said mainstream education would not be an “ideal and happy environment” for disabled children “until they get disability equality and disability awareness right in mainstream schools”, with disability rights a statutory part of the national curriculum.O’Mara said he was aware that these comments were likely to prove controversial, but he said: “I can only talk from my own experience and from other people I have known.“If there are disabled people who have been to mainstream schools and want to come out and say that all of the kids were so sensitive and understanding and knew everything [about disability], and all the teachers were great and they got all the adjustments they needed, then I would be happy to hear that, [but] I haven’t heard about it yet, I haven’t even heard one story.”*The idea that society can be improved by selecting those who are allowed to survive and breed (definitions of eugenics vary) **The words can be translated as “work makes free”, “work makes you free” or “work brings you freedom”. The writer and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi thought the Nazis meant these words ironically***The disability charity Scope, an advocate of conductive education, describes it as a system of learning that “teaches those with movement difficulties to learn actively to achieve purposeful movement which can then be applied throughout daily life and learning”.last_img read more

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A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA 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… The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been accused of an “appalling” attack on press freedom and disabled people’s rights after blocking a request by Disability News Service (DNS) to interview staff in one of its jobcentres.A leaked memo in May revealed that DWP was inviting journalists from across the country into jobcentres to try to persuade them to paint a more positive picture of its new universal credit (UC) benefit system.The memo revealed the department’s “frustration” at the negative media portrayal of its work, particularly around coverage of UC, as well as its plans to run a series of misleading adverts in the Metro free newspaper that would “myth-bust the common inaccuracies reported on UC”.The memo spoke of “negativity and scaremongering” by journalists and said that work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd (pictured) had written to “a wide range of journalists at regional and national publications, asking them to come and see for themselves the great work we do”.Many of the articles that resulted, particularly those that have appeared in local newspapers owned by Reach, the largest national and regional news publisher in the UK, were criticised by disabled activists for allowing jobcentre staff to praise the local impact of universal credit and to either dismiss or ignore its well-publicised flaws.Following the release of the memo, and the string of positive articles that followed, DNS asked DWP’s press office to arrange a visit to a local jobcentre.This would have allowed DNS to interview frontline civil servants about UC, as well as the much-criticised work capability assessment, links between DWP failings and the deaths of benefit claimants*, and efforts by jobcentre staff to support disabled people into work.But now, more than a month after the request was submitted, DWP has turned down the DNS request.A spokesperson said: “Unfortunately we won’t be able to accommodate your request for a jobcentre visit at this stage.“Visits from journalists are time intensive for our jobcentre staff and we’ve therefore focused on hosting visits for newspapers only at this time.“We hope to open up jobcentre visits to online only outlets** in the future.”Natasha Hirst, the disabled members’ representative on the national executive council of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ)***, said DWP’s decision risked “compounding the lack of trust in their ‘mythbuster’ PR campaign if they obstruct access to journalists who have been critical of their policies in the past.“NUJ members abide by a code of conduct to report ethically and accurately and it is vital to a well-functioning democracy that journalists are able to scrutinise the workings of government institutions.”She added: “If the DWP are confident enough that their policies and practices are improving people’s lives, then providing access to DNS would lend an opportunity to showcase good work and reach directly to their target audience.“Otherwise, this looks like an effort to impede press freedom.”A spokesperson for Sheffield Disabled People Against Cuts, the grassroots group which obtained the leaked memo, said: “Once again the DWP are moving the goalposts in order to spin their lies and keep disabled people in the dark about what is happening with universal credit; this time it’s journalists on the receiving end.“Disabled people very often have difficulty getting access to print editions of newspapers so rely on online news sources such as DNS for reports about universal credit that we have a right to access.“We think that the DWP may once again be breaching the rights of disabled people by denying DNS and other similar platforms access to jobcentres.“This is quite simply an extension of the hostile environment towards disabled people.”A spokesperson for Disabled People Against Cuts added: “To say that we were shocked that DNS were denied access would be a lie – it’s exactly what we would expect from an organisation that distorts the truth so routinely that they were never likely to allow a disabled journalist anywhere where they might ask inconvenient questions of jobcentre staff.”One well-known disabled activist, who tweets as @imajsaclaimant, said it was an “appalling” decision from DWP, which clearly only wanted to allow journalists to visit its jobcentres if they were “from publications that will give them an article that paints DWP in a positive light”.He said DWP was “attempting to very tightly control the narrative” and the refusal to allow DNS to question jobcentre staff “reinforces what we’ve always known about DWP, that they are a terrible organisation that treats everyone with contempt.“By denying journalists who are critical they are preventing accountability, which is what this government has avoided again and again.”DWP is already facing an investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority into what critics say are the misleading adverts about UC that are appearing in the Metro.Disabled activists have repeatedly warned about the impact on disabled people of UC – which combines six income-related benefits into one – and say it is “toxic” and “rotten to the core”, with “soaring” rates of foodbank use.Earlier this month, DNS revealed that DWP had admitted an “extraordinary” failure over nearly a decade to carry out any detailed calculations on how UC would affect different groups of disabled people.Meanwhile, the DWP spokesperson also appeared to admit this week that its press office had been making a deliberate decision not to send press releases to DNS.When asked why DWP had stopped sending its releases to DNS, she said the press office usually sends them to journalists “on a case-by-case basis”.She said DWP press releases can also be found on the government website, but she added: “I have noted your request to receive our press releases, and I will send on those that we think you will find of interest.”**Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here if you would like to see a debate in the House of Commons on calls for an independent inquiry into links between DWP and the deaths of benefit claimants. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committee**DNS is a news agency, not an “online only outlet”***John Pring, editor of DNS, is an NUJ memberlast_img read more

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THE FOUNDER Members heard from new signings Atelea

first_imgTHE FOUNDER Members heard from new signings Atelea Vea and Travis Burns alongside club legend Eric Chisnall at a special event last night.Hosted by Mike Bennett, more than 120 fans listened to the new duo preview the forthcoming season and tell stories from their former clubs.Eric Chisnall compared the modern day to when he played and also explained to the audience his work with the Academy.The Super League trophy and League Leaders’ Shield were also on diplay for pictures.There were also a few cheeky stories there are definitely unprintable here!We’d like to thank all the Founder Members who came out last night.last_img read more

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ALEX Walmsley has spoken of the drug of success

first_imgALEX Walmsley has spoken of the ‘drug’ of success and the fact he wants more this season.Fresh from a Championship winning 2014 and an intensive pre-season Saints are now preparing to host Catalan in their first game of the First Utility Super League.And the big prop knows the Dragons and the other 10 teams in the comp will be gunning for them.“We are going into the new season as Champions and that will make it tougher,” he said. “We will have to take the intensity of pre-season forward and raise our game.“You always need to test yourself in pre-season and we have had tough games. Players wanted to impress the coach and I have to say the squad looks as good as it has ever been – certainly since I have been here.“The boys have got bigger and stronger and coupled with a strong pre-season, that will stand is in good stead.”He continues: “A few of the boys missed out on the Grand Final because of injury and you could see on their faces what it meant to them. It showed what this sport means to them.“To finish it off without those players made it more special. Everyone wrote us off and that made it more special. We knew we could compete and that would give us a real chance.“It’s like a drug, an addiction, especially for the boys that went there for the first time. It was an unbelievable feeling.“You saw what it meant to the senior players to play in those games, even though some of them have been in a few. It is the pinnacle of rugby league and something we want to do again.”Tickets for the home opener against Catalan are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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The Saints now hold the bragging rights thanks to

first_imgThe Saints now hold the bragging rights thanks to an outstanding display to beat Wigan 30-18, writes Graham Henthorne.This was chalk and cheese to the insipid performance in the same fixture last year with the Saints pack led by Ethan Caine repeatedly knocking their opponents back forcing error upon error in the process.The Saints opened the scoring in the third minute capitalising on a loose pass to touch. Two tackles from the scrum the ball found Lewis Dodd and his short ball put Lewis Baxter through the line. The second row neatly stepped inside the full back before touching down under the sticks.Yet more ferocious tackling from Jamie Pye and his equally impressive front row partner Harry Brooks forced another handling error on the visitors 20. From the scrum the Saints pounded the line before a short pass from Keenan McDaid sent Pye crashing over.The visitor’s appalling handling saw them spurn a try after breaking down the left before Evan Jones was held up over the line on the last tackle.But they finally opened their account after winning the chase to a cross kick – the simple conversion missed.On the half hour the Saints increased their lead with the mercurial Dodd again at the heart of things. It was his high kick spilled by the full back which gave the Saints an attacking scrum on the 10 metre line and he was there to take Jumah Sambou’s inside ball and step through the defensive line for the try.The biggest plus from today’s performance was the defensive effort and this was shown in microcosm by Keenan McDaid on the next set. The visitors were battering at the Saints door but the diminutive hooker made three tackles in a row on their rampaging forwards to keep the line intact.The second half started poorly with a knock-on on the second tackle and then the awarding of a contentious try when the ball looked for all the world to be six inches short of the line.The visitors had learned the hard way in the first half that they couldn’t go through the Saints and so now were starting to try to go around but this came a cropper as Jumah Sambou strolled in unopposed having intercepted 40 metres out.Lewis Dodd then proceeded to keep the Saints on the attack with precision last tackle grubbers which, combined with a good kick chase notably from Jack Stephenson, gave the Saints three repeat sets.The pressure was relieved as the visitors were marched down field courtesy of two of their nine penalties (the Saints didn’t receive one) and the deficit reduced as the left winger scored on an overlap.Yet another piece of luck saw the Saints lead cut to just one score. Callum Taylor was dropping back to run out a last tackle kick when he slipped in the in-goal and was beaten to the touch.This made for a nervous last 11 minutes but the Saints were not to be beaten galvanising themselves for a big effort.Jamie Duffy came on for a cameo five minute spell to relieve cramp victim Keenan McDaid but it was left to his brother Harvey to put the game to bed for the Saints.With five minutes to go a good kick pinned the Saints in their own 10 metre line. But a combination of hard running and audacious offloads saw them make inroads into the visitor’s defensive line. On tackle four that man Dodd again broke through finding McDaid on his shoulder to go the last 40 metres under the posts.Whilst Lewis Dodd was definitely the ringmaster he was ably supported by his half back partner Taylor Pemberton. However, neither of them could do their jobs without the platform laid for them by their dominant pack with Zak Lee, George Connolly and big Will Toone all joining in the party off the bench.This was a performance of skill, tenacity and desire which left the coaching staff purring with delight. By no means flawless, if truth be known it was down to Saints errors that the visitors got so close, but it is always good to send our nearest and dearest back over the Lump with their tails between their legs.Teams:Saints: 1. Harvey McDaid; 2. Ryan Appleton, 3. Evan Jones, 4. Jumah Sambou, 5. Theo Robinson; 6. Taylor Pemberton, 7. Lewis Dodd; 8. Harry Brooks, 9. Keenan McDaid, 10. Jamie Pye, 11. Ben Betts, 12. Lewis Baxter, 13. Ethan Caine. Subs: 14. Jamie Duffy, 15. Joe Spencer, 16. Jack Stephenson, 17. Will Toone, 18. George Connolly, 19. Zak Lee, 20. Callum Taylor.Wigan: 1. Sam Burns; 2. Marcus Cropper, 3. Reece Storey, 4. Alex Sutton, 5. Aaron Pimblett; 6. Ben O’Keefe, 7. Kieron Wilkinson; 8. Lewis Bolton, 9. Bradley O’Neill, 10. Jack Bibby, 11. Kyle Stevenson, 12. Ellis Longstaff, 13. Umyla Hanley. Subs: 14. Jonathan Openshaw, 15. Dean Beddall, 16. Joe Charnock, 17. Adam Lavin, 18. Austin Mossop, 19. Harry Rushton, 20. Jack Taylor.last_img read more

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Whats OnRed Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 12pmTurnsti

first_imgWhat’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 12pm.Turnstiles – Open at 1.45pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from 2pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Following feedback, fans in the West Stand can now get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our new bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Crabbies – Check out our partner’s event bus which will be in front of the Red V Cafe Bar. They will be offering free samples, whilst inside the ground you can claim a free hat with any purchase. Over 18s only.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several brand new performances before the game.Live Band: Saints fans The Gear will be performing pre-match!Bucket Collection: There will be a collection for next year’s Academy Tour of Australia.Half Time – See the new Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a car for the year from Chorley Nissan!Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by 02 Business Centre Rainford with the matchball sponsored by Reilly Concrete. The corporate sponsor is Fleet Dynamic whilst Cara Brickwork are selecting the Man of the Match!Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:This game is SOLD OUT. No tickets or cash turnstiles will be available. The Ticket Office will be open from 11.30am.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open up from 11.30am until kick-off and 45 minutes after full time.Spotify Playlist:Many thanks to all those who have suggested songs for our Spotify playlist for this afternoon’s game. We will continue to update it throughout the day. Check it out here: spoti.fi/2BJfn6QProgramme:The programme is sponsored by Warrington Audi and is priced at £3. This issue features and exclusive interview with Mark Percival!last_img read more

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UNCW professor talks uncertainty on DACA debate as shutdown looms

first_imgDACA protesters march for immigrant rights in Los Angeles. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of people face deportation if Congress does not approve funding to continue the DACA program.The deferred action for childhood arrivals program known as DACA protects more than 600,000 people who came to the U.S. as children of undocumented immigrants and are also undocumented.- Advertisement – UNCW Psychology professor Antonio Puente issued an op-ed to the USA Today on how the delayed decision of the program is causing anxiety for so called “dreamers”.“People are very, very worried,” Puente said. “Every day they worry and I going to have to be shipped and if you simply kick something down the road something that needs to be attended to it causes a lot of concern and angst.”If the program is discontinued thousands of people could face deportations starting around March of 2018 according to Puente.last_img read more

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Teacher of the Week Karen Braxton

first_imgROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — Karen Braxton has been hailed as a survivor, leader, fighter, teacher, and hero.  As a teacher at Cape Fear Middle School, however she says she is none of those things.“I don’t think of myself like that at all,” she says, “I just did what I had to do and I love teaching so I just came to work and did what I like to do.”- Advertisement – Last year Braxton was pregnant with her first child when she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer.  While she was expecting she went through chemotherapy and suffered the loss of her sister.  Only after the birth of her son was she able to complete her treatment and go through radiation therapy.  Through it all she kept working as a teacher.She also discovered she was surrounded by an army of help.“I was in shock at first and my staff just lifted me up. It was kinda like I didn’t have to think about anything. I needed days, you know, so I could be out for chemotherapy and different things. There were so many days given to me that the board had to tell them to stop giving me days. My staff is awesome here at Cape Fear.”Related Article: Pender Co. Schools delays opening Tuesday due to weather concernsHer students also became a source of support and love by being “their best version of themselves”Through it all she says there was a good reason to live and a valuable lesson she learned.“I have a healthy baby boy, my husband, my staff, my friends. I have a community of warriors, basically, and they just lifted me up. And they never stopped and they still don’t stop asking me when they can help me. I have amazing people in my life, that was the best part of it. People are always talking about people are not good. I don’t believe that. I don’t feel that way. People are good.”As winner of the WWAY Michael and Son Teacher of the Week Braxton received a $200 gift for all her hard work!If you would like to nominate your favorite educator click here.last_img read more

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School board approves closure of Chadbourn Middle School

first_img “All I ask is that lets just give it a chance,” said board member Randy Coleman to the gallery of neighbors who crowded to Monday meeting in opposition to the closure.The school held roughly 100 students when the school system says it can hold more than 700. Students for this upcoming school year will be moved to Evergreen K -8 school.School officials telling me they were saddened to make the decision, but say it had to be done.Related Article: Duo busted in Columbus Co. after chase across state lines“It was not an easy decision,” said board chair Barbara Yates-Lockamy. “It was hard, it was really difficult for me because of my district, it’s in my district and I feel like all the schools are good.”The school board says they had to come to this decision following the special meeting with Columbus County commissioners. Parents and neighbors asked the board to look at merging Chadbourn town schools, but chairwoman Yates-Lockamy said they had to go this route.“We weighed all options as we could. The best fit as we felt was to send the to Evergreen.”School teachers report for work next Monday in Columbus County.“It’s hard but I’ve got to think about the kids and the teachers and with that, we’ve got to move with haste, we’ve got to move with action and with purpose,” said Georgia Spaulding who’s the current principal at Evergreen but spent the last 16 years as the principal of Chadbourn Middle.Spaulding says the school dates back to around 1946 and is a staple in the predominantly African-American community of Chadbourn. Town officials like Colene Kelly even spoke out sharing a resolution from the town council in opposition to the school board’s eventual closing of the middle school.“The impact on the community will be great, there are kids who walk to school there, there are kids that bike to school,” said Rashad Roberts who has a daughter that was a student at Chadbourn Middle. “Parents that may not have transportation to get to the schools but they live in the community and they can go get their kid if something happens at the school-house, they won’t have that option if the kid goes to Evergreen.”Roberts is also seeking election to fill the seat that Yates-Lockamy will vacate in the fall election to run for State House. Shane Enzor and Ronnie Strickland are also seeking election for the District 2 seat.Principal Spaulding says she will begin moving supplies from Chadbourn to Evergreen by Tuesday. She expects the 4 teachers at Chadbourn to remain on staff at Evergreen as well.Chairwoman Yatest-Lockamy says this is still in the short term as the students not collectively at Evergreen will soon move to a new facility in Cerro Gordo. Board member Coleman saying that is the light at the end of the tunnel, adding that work on the $22.5 million school should break ground soon. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  For more than seventy years, Chadbourn Middle School has brought ‘Education in a friendly environment’ in the small community. Tonight school board members approved to officially close its doors.The school board voted 3 to 1 to close the middle school.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Cape Fear Fair Expo comes to a close

first_imgAdmission into the Cape Fear Fair & Expo grants access to unlimited rides. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The last day of The Cape Fear Fair and Expo in Wilmington is Sunday.The fair introduced three new shows for the 2018 season. When people bought a ticket into the fair, they got free admission to each of the shows.- Advertisement – From acrobatics to magic tricks, the shows are family friendly.Safety Director Joe Cina says the rides and animal races are always the most popular.Cina also says that despite Hurricane Florence, they have seen even more people come out this year.Related Article: Cape Fear Fair & Expo opening delayed till Saturday due to bad weather“It’s almost like they’re taking a break from what we’ve been through. And they’re just coming out here and enjoying themselves as a neighborhood,” said Cina. “We like seeing that. We enjoy it. We enjoy hearing the stories when people come out. Obviously people send us Facebook messages on social media. And we’re just happy to facilitate and give back to the community every year.”Cina says tickets are $22, which includes parking, admission, unlimited rides and shows.The fair is open tonight until 11pm Sunday.last_img read more

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Watch Minister says fuel stations policy will be up and running by

first_imgRepubblika shows its supportThe rule of law NGO has expressed its support to Moviment Graffitti saying that until the policy on fuel stations is resolved, ‘the Planning Authority should not issue any more permits for new petrol stations or for the relocation of existing ones.’‘It is evident that the Planning Authority is yet another captured state institution, which instead of promoting the common good enables the greedy developers’ illegitimate exploitation of our country’s natural resources.’ WhatsApp SharePrint The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure has told protestors that the fuel stations policy will be up for public scrutiny next month.Dr Ian Borg told the protesters led by Moviment Graffitti, that there had been disagreement over certain points of the original policy where fuel stations would be allowed to move out of development areas and on to a set piece of ODZ land measuring up to 3,000 metres.Protestors reacted angrily to the politicians saying that they had used ‘bureaucracy when it suits you’, while failing to act in a timely way to amend the policy.Dr Borg replied to the reactions by saying that history would look favourably on him and his colleagues for their efforts to change the policy. ‘When people look back, they will see that we three changed this policy,’, Borg said.Yesterday, just over a dozen protestors led by Moviment Graffitti decided to set up a makeshift camp outside the Planning Authority, determined to hold siege to the building until Sunday.Their aim has been to encourage the Planning Authority to act faster on changing a policy which would prevent fuel stations being built on ODZ. The protesters say that the organization has dragged its feet for too long.In a letter delivered to Dr Borg, the protestors have criticized how the country has gradually become overrun by development, especially of the fuel stations. MG says that the motivation for why the policy has not changed is because of the pressure put on the planning authorities by those with vested interests.Representative for MG Andre Callus said, ‘Our principle point is that in such an over-developed country, the mushrooming of fuel pumping stations is threatening our future,’The revised policy is expected to be available for public consultation by the end of April. <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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UK takes legal steps needed for European Parliament elections

first_imgNigel FARAGE, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) arrives at a Polling Station in Downe, Bromley, South London, United Kingdom to cast a vote for the European Parliament Elections on 22 May 2014.Nigel FARAGE, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) arrives at a Polling Station in Downe, Bromley, South London, United Kingdom to cast a vote for the European Parliament Elections on 22 May 2014. The British government said on Monday it had taken the necessary steps required by law to participate in European Parliament elections in May, but that this did not mean it was inevitable Britain would take part.Britain is due to leave the EU on Friday, but Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the EU for a further delay to Britain’s exit date while she seeks to reach a compromise with the opposition Labour Party in order to get her Brexit deal passed.“As a responsible government today we have taken the necessary steps required by law should we have to participate,” a government spokesman said in a statement.“It does not make these elections inevitable, as leaving the EU before the date of election automatically removes our obligation to take part.”WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Scientists are using Xbox Kinect to let orangutans play video games

first_imgResearchers have created a game called “Zap,” which features a projected red dot that will explode when touched. Image Credit: SchooledInLove Advertisement Humans are not the only animals into video games, it turns out.In a research project that began Monday, orangutans at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo are being entertained with interactive projections from an Xbox Kinect, a motion sensing device built for the gaming console. According to an emailed statement from Microsoft, which designed the device, the experiment is focused on how the creatures learn and interact with technology.Using the Kinect, the researchers have created a game called “Zap,” which features a projected red dot that will explode when touched. A twelve-year-old orangutan, Malu, is described as spotting the red dot and kissing it, causing the projection to scatter more light. – Advertisement – They have plans to display more games using the Kinect in ways that could even adapt to the captive orangutans’ individual personalities and interests.Tablets and other devices have been used with orangutans before, but they require a human present to hold the device and stop the strong animals from breaking it. “They enjoyed using the tablet but we wanted to give them something more, something they can use when they choose to,” animal welfare specialist at Zoos Victoria, Sally Sherwen, explained. “We think that by providing new experiences and promoting positive behaviours, this form of digital enrichment may have the potential to significantly improve their welfare.”“By having all the technology on the outside and using these emerging technologies that allow for touch detections on projected surfaces we are able to circumvent the safety issue,” said University of Melbourne researcher, Marcus Carter.Eventually, it’s also hoped such systems will help keep the creatures from getting bored. In a zoo, the animals don’t need to worry about where their food and shelter is going to come from, Sherwen said, so they need to be kept busy and engaged in new ways.[related-posts]It could also one day provide a unique link between humans and the animals. “If we design an interface they understand they could use it to communicate things about their welfare,” added Carter.Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.[Mashable]last_img read more

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Vodafone Uganda And Uber to Offer Technology Based Transport Solution

first_imgAdvertisement After the ride-sharing transport service, Uber Inc., launched in Uganda as the the 462nd city to join the Uber global network, Vodafone Uganda has partnered with the company [Uber], to provide first class transport services to Ugandans.The partnership will be brought to life through Vodafone Uganda’s provision of 4G mobile devices and data for the first 200 driver-partners operating on the platform, to assist them in operating in and around Kampala.“The entry of Uber into the Ugandan market is affirmation of just how much technology can do in terms of solving everyday problems,” Allan Richardson, CEO for Vodafone Uganda said in a statement. – Advertisement – “This new exciting partnership with Uber is in line with Vodafone’s passion to use technology for the betterment of people’s lives. In partnering with Uber, an industry leader in its own right, Vodafone is driving the use of technology for safe, and affordable, transport solutions,” he says.Bertrand Nembot, Uber launcher in Uganda said, “We are looking forward to working with Vodafone Uganda to offer safe and reliable rides to people across Kampala as well as working to reducing traffic congestion challenges within the City. Further, this partnership enables us to create hundreds of economic opportunities across the City.”[related-posts]Riders will also benefit anyone downloading and signing up for Uber will  get a free first ride up to UShs15, 000 which they can unlock using the promotions code “VODAFONE” with the offer running till July 31st, 2016.last_img read more

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PIVOT East 2016 Semifinalists Announced

first_imgAdvertisement PIVOT East, a startups competition and conference geared towards raising the quality of startups in the region and improving their invest ability, has unveiled semifinalist for this year’s competition.The semifinalists totaling 50 will be competing to be in the list of 25 exceptional startups set to fight it out for market recognition and investor interest during the finals conference on 15th November.The competition attracted over 120 applications from Across the region. Compared to the previous editions, this year the competition received many applications from countries like  Rwanda and Ethiopia. – Advertisement – The competition also attracted applications from Somalia, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We also received applications from non-East African  countries e.g Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Lesotho, Tunisia and Gabon.The finalists are:Finance CategoryForeverAppy Ltd (Vivi)EdgePoint Company Ltd( WaterTek)BusinessTYCDusuPay.comSoKompareKibugee Limited:SAMSAM COMPUTER AND SOFTCARE LIMITED(Mlinzi)Andrea Consulting (A-Traders)Ujuzi Software Solutions LimitedCytrone PayInclusion Media (paid.co.ke)Enterprise CategoryMobiticketTravoAjiraSapamaERP.comSLASH AIR HOLDINGS LTD (TumaCredo)e-KodiX20 Labssumuni limitede-PayRentKleva PlusSociety & Governance CategoryMobFitMarkit OpportunityCapsule Health (Flare)SkoolDeskAirKlipMedulla ShelfQuantum Analytics Limited (Shamba-PRO)Elimu YetuAfyaIQTechno Stuffs LtdUtilities CategorymyhrMobilized ConstructionChimera IOT Smart HomeAloyo ElectronicsAlternative Waste TechnologiesSavanna Circuit Technologies Ltd (X Bills )FAMALIA LimitedweSurfSimon Tito FoodsTech Water Solutions (Tank Mkononi)Entertainment CategoryRequest Africa LimitedDreamAfricaTamithi Ltd (Noga)Cloud 9 KenyaITECHGEN IT SOLUTIONS (U) LTDROGECH ANIMATION & VISUAL EFFECTSCovercloud LtdCreatives PiazzaMyLoyal Tech InternationalThe Campus Lady Magazinelast_img read more

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MTN Reduces Mobile Money Sending Rates as Part of its Festive Season

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda on Monday announced it had reduced it’s mobile money sending charges for tiered amounts between 500 UGX and 45,000 UGX during a press conference that was held at the MTN Service Centre Towers at Forest Mall, Lugogo. The offer is expected to go at least until end of the year.The reduced charges only apply to MTN Mobile Money customers sending money to other mobile money registered customers.MTN’s General Manager for Financial Services Phrase Lubega said the offer is in line with MTN’s commitment to driving financial inclusion in Uganda while delivering easier and more affordable services to customers.MTN’s General Manager for Financial Services; Phrase Lubega speakers to the media during the press confernce held at MTN Service Centre Towers at Forest Mall, Lugogo on Monday 07th November, 2016. – Advertisement – “We are excited to deliver the first festive season offer, making sending even more affordable for customers on MTN Mobile Money,” Phrase said.Phrase also noted that MTN Mobile Money has always been a simple and convenient service to use with transactions being completed in only a matter of seconds.“We are happy to offer customers even more reason to use this product as we head into the festive season,” he said.MTN’s CEO; Wim Vanhelleputte added saying, “To be able to accelerate the financial inclusion that mobile money is at the fore front of supporting, affordability is key. This is why we have taken a decision to reduce the mobile money rates for sending money in the transaction ranges that the majority of our customers transact. We are making it more affordable for the customer to send money using MTN Mobile Money.”Today, we are announcing reduced #MobileMoney sending charges for tiered amounts between 500 and 45,000/-.— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) November 7, 2016New/Reduced charges for sending money using MTN Mobile MoneyTransaction AmountsCurrent chargeNew/Reduced charges% decrease500 – 2,50050018064%2,501 – 5,00050035030%5,001 – 15,0001,00060040%15,001 – 30,0001,00080020%30,001 – 45,0001,10010009%During the press conference, MTN also reveals it’s milestone for it’s savings and loans product dubbed MoKash that has now registered more than 1 million customers, since its launch.In a statement Wim said, that the micro savings and loans product, is now enabling many Ugandans to securely save their money in interest bearing savings accounts and loans for personal or business utilization.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

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.Friday 21 MarchRACING2.30 LingfieldArtemis 7/1 > 9/25.25 NewburyRed Devil Lads 9/2 > 3/15.35 WolverhamptonSitting Pretty 5/1 > 3/17.05 WolverhamptonHustle Bustle 13/8 > 10/11What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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Liverpool via instinct

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ometimes, in this game you can try and get too clever.Sometimes, something deep inside you just says you fancy a bet. Is this wrong, is it wrong just to back based on old fashioned instinct ?I’m a classic case in point. Always trying to justify a bet by statistics and maths. Looking at head to head records, current form, team formations, gossip and tweets and fancying a bet even more when I make a team a 56.5% chance of winning when a bookmaker says it’s only 53.9% whatever, whatever, whatever.Technology means we have every element of data at our fingertips, a myriad of markets to bet on and take advantage of.But what happens when a little voice inside your head says, during a pleasant Sunday morning stroll in glorious weather, “Liverpool will win today”.It doesn’t tell you why, it doesn’t tell you what odds you should back them at, it doesn’t even tell you who they are playing and as for getting the kick off time transmitted in the message ….. forget it. The message goes as quickly as it comes and it’s brief. “Liverpool will win today”.Do you know what? I’m going to trust my instinct today and back Liverpool. After Chelsea’s catastrophic slip-up last night – Liverpool have the golden chance to move into second place, four points behind Chelsea, but with a game in hand.Man U’s hopes of a Champions League spot will be all but extinguished if they don’t win here. But they’re not the team they were, they haven’t all season, and 15/8 on Star Sports about the current Liverpool looks a cracking bet.…. and please don’t blame me if I’m wrong. Blame my damned instinct.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)10 points LIVERPOOL at around 15/8 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (MARCH): LOSS 40.00 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 60.03 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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Man U v Bayern Munich ITV 745pm

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hey were hiring planes to display banners calling for “Moyes Out” at Old Trafford at the weekend – those that paid for that stunt with the private aircraft did their money with Moyes getting a warm reception BEFORE the kick-off and and an even warmer one after their 4-1 defeat of Villa.If Moyes can get a result in the Champions League EVERYTHING will be forgiven – fickle lot football fans – but the problem for Man U is that Bayern Munich are standing in their way tonight (ITV 7.45pm).Bayern are bidding to become the first team EVER to win back to back Champions League titles and they come into this in even better form than they were last season. They’ve smashed just about every Bundesliga record in sight. Ominous.Star Sports, along with all the other bookies don’t give Man U a chance – I can’t remember Man U EVER being a bigger price for a home match in any competition than they are tonight (Anoraks please advise if you know better!).For all their faults this season. Man U have been good in the Champions League – winning all of their home games and I think the prices are slightly insulting – and that’s coming from not exactly the world’s number one Man U fan.Historically there’s never been too much between the two sides:HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Apr 2010 Ch.League Man Utd 3-2 B MunichMar 2010 Ch.League B Munich 2-1 Man UtdMar 2002 Ch.League Man Utd 0-0 B MunichNov 2001 Ch.League B Munich 1-1 Man UtdApr 2001 Ch.League B Munich 2-1 Man UtdApr 2001 Ch.League Man Utd 0-1 B MunichMay 1999 Ch.League B Munich 1-2 Man UtdDec 1998 Ch.League Man Utd 1-1 B MunichSep 1998 Ch.League B Munich 2-2 Man UtdThe pressure in many ways is off Man U tonight – which may help them but in terms of taking anything out of this season all their eggs are now in the Champions League basket.What’s not helping Moyes is a series of injury problems. Particularly with his defenders.The starting 11 is confirmed as:01 de Gea 04 Jones 28 Büttner 16 Carrick 05 Ferdinand 15 Vidic 31 Fellaini 11 Giggs 10 Rooney 25 Antonio Valencia 19 WelbeckBayern look far too skinny at around 4/9. Champions League games at this stage of the competition are seldom that straightforward. The draw at 4/1 looks a tempter.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)10 points DRAW at around 4/1 with Star Sports RUNNING RETURN (MARCH): LOSS 70.25 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 90.28 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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BENS BLOG Alan Delmonte – Running the Levy and giving IndependentBookmakers a

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was a pleasure to have coffee with Alan Delmonte this week, Blog. Alan runs The Levy, who collect a tax from all bookmakers, on their horse-racing profits, that is then distributed throughout the game. However, a major change this year, has been that offshore-bookmakers must now pay too, and that independent-bookies have to part with nothing on their first £500k of profits. This works out as a saving of over £50k and is a huge headstart for anyone looking to start out in bookmaking.On-Course Layers have also been completely excluded from ANY payment until they make £500k of profits (Dream On!!).Not much has been said about it. And I don’t know why! The Government have given us a real kick of the ball here, and we are VERY GRATEFUL.In other news:Masters Superfish, 191 Waterloo Rd, SE1 8UX WEB SITE. When I jump in the back of a cab, I always like to find out from the driver, where he goes to eat, when he knocks off. A name that has been whispered in my ear, again and again, is Masters Superfish, near the Old Vic Theatre, in Waterloo. Old school. Nothing flash here. Proper chips, sides and crunchy batter. VERY good value. The waiter could do with smiling once in a while though. And they need to up their dessert game. 7.5Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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