About 100 activists and their allies have taken pa

first_imgAbout 100 activists and their allies have taken part in a protest and vigil to mark the death of a disabled man who died minutes after leaving a jobcentre… six months after a government contractor found him “fit for work”.Lawrence Bond is said to have collapsed on the pavement shortly after leaving Kentish Town jobcentre, following a back-to-work appointment.He was reportedly awaiting the result of an appeal against being found fit for work and therefore ineligible for employment and support allowance (ESA), the out-of-work disability benefit.Disability News Service (DNS) has confirmed with the London Inner North coroner’s office that there will be an inquest into his death later this year.The inquest could be heard by the same coroner, Mary Hassell, who found in January 2014 that a disabled man, Mr A*, had taken his own life as a direct result of being found fit for work and ineligible for ESA, following a work capability assessment (WCA).That verdict, and the “prevention of future deaths report” that Hassell sent to the Department for Work and Pensions – warning that other disabled people with mental health conditions could die if DWP failed to take urgent action to make the test safe – have proved hugely significant in the continuing campaign to scrap the WCA and hold ministers accountable for their failings, and for the deaths of other benefit claimants.Although the circumstances of the two deaths are different, DNS understands that Lawrence Bond was found fit for work in July 2016 following a face-to-face assessment at the same examination centre that found Mr A fit for work in 2013.He was assessed by Maximus, the discredited US outsourcing giant that took over the WCA contract from Atos in 2015. Mr A was assessed by Atos.This week’s protest and vigil (pictured) was organised by two local activist groups, Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group and the disabled women’s organisation WinVisible.Among those who spoke were Lawrence Bond’s sister, Iris; Gill Thompson, whose disabled brother David Clapson died after having his benefits sanctioned; Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell; and Mr A’s daughter.Claire Glasman, from WinVisible, said friends of Lawrence Bond had travelled from as far as Brighton and Somerset to attend the protest.She said: “We wanted to pay our respects to Lawrence Bond first of all, so his death didn’t get passed over. Every life matters.”But she added: “We have just had it with people dying like this.”She said WinVisible had supported many disabled women who have either been unfairly found fit for work, or have lost their benefits because of a failure to attend a WCA.One woman, with the chronic lung condition COPD, lost her ESA for several months after Maximus rejected her excuse for being 10 minutes late for an appointment: that she couldn’t run to catch a bus because of her COPD.Glasman told DNS: “It all took months. Meanwhile, she lost weight, her only income was disability living allowance, and she was having to go round to someone else’s house for food.”Film director Ken Loach also spoke at the protest, and was among those to have drawn a comparison between Lawrence Bond’s death and the main character of his film I, Daniel Blake, which was released last year.The film features a man with a long-term health condition who is found fit for work through the WCA process, and eventually collapses and dies while trying to appeal that decision.Asked whether DWP was concerned about Lawrence Bond’s case, and whether it had launched an internal investigation, a DWP spokeswoman said: “The local jobcentre had been supporting Mr Bond and our sympathies are with his family at this difficult time.“ESA decisions are made following a thorough assessment and after considering all of the evidence, including that provided by a claimant’s doctor or other medical professionals.“Anyone who disagrees with a decision can ask for it to be reconsidered, and if they still disagree they can appeal.“The details of Mr Bond’s death have not yet been confirmed and there has been no inquest.”Maximus had not responded to requests to comment by noon today (Thursday).*Mr A’s family have requested that DNS does not publish his namePicture by Fanny Weed, Crossroads Audio Visual Collectivelast_img read more

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SF Mission Votes on 50 Million in Affordable Housing Funds

first_img 0% More than 125 people crowded into a second-floor auditorium at 474 Valencia St. Wednesday night to vote on the use of the $50 million allocated to the Mission District in November’s election.  After two hours of presentation and deliberation, those in attendance opted to prioritize a “buy now, build now” strategy that would see those funds go towards acquiring two or three medium-sized plots and building some 200 units of fully affordable housing there in the next five to seven years.“The number one priority is buy now, build now,” said Erick Arguello to loud applause, reading the tallies from the vote at the end of the night. Specific plots of land have not yet been decided but will likely be chosen in the next few weeks. Regardless of the specifics, some remarked on how none of the options would make a significant dent in the neighborhood’s affordability crisis. “It’s kind of shocking that $50 million doesn’t buy you much,” said Christina Olague, a former city supervisor.The meeting was put together by a coalition of Mission organizations: Poder SF, Plaza 16, Causa Justa, Mission Housing, the Mission Economic Development Agency, and many others. The city gave the group discretion over how to seek community input for the Mission’s Proposition A funds, and groups used their networks to reach out to as many people as possible for Wednesday’s vote, passing out flyers, contacting affordable housing residents, and creating an event on social media. The vote is advisory and the final decision of how to allocate funds will be made by the Mayor’s Office of Housing.Dozens of members of these organizations were in charge of logistics, setting up posters, connecting projectors, and distributing burritos, tortilla chips, and pizza. They were also joined by Supervisor David Campos and two of his potential replacements, Hillary Ronen and Edwin Lindo.“This is beautiful,” Campos said, adding that the meeting was entirely the work of the community organizations present and that his office was uninvolved. Participants were initially separated into six groups — two of which were led in Spanish — ranging in size from 10 to more than 30. Facilitators explained the four different options before them: Buy larger properties now but build later, buy medium-sized properties now and build now, buy small sites and preserve existing tenants, or buy and renovate single-room occupancy hotels.Most opted for the second choice because they saw it as a means to start building immediately.“I voted for the second option because I am someone who doesn’t have somewhere to live,” said Erika Rodriguez. “The fastest is to get the land and build now.”“I thought it would do the most benefit for the least amount of money,” said Veruschka Martin. Because participants were each given three votes, she also chose SRO rehab as an option, but believed building new affordable housing would make a longer-term impact. “You get more bang for your buck.”Posters with clear costs and timelines associated with each option were tapped to the walls near each group, and “policy experts” like Sam Moss from Mission Housing were on hand to clear up detail when questions arose.“If the city buys an SRO, does the city own it and a non-profit will manage it?” asked one man during the discussion.“That’s a good question,” said Chirag Bhakta of the Mission SRO Collective, before waving down Moss to answer it.The vote was not unanimous, however. The “buy now, build now” option just edged out “buy now, build later” — which would have acquired larger properties with more total units, but no finished buildings for some 10 years — at 123 votes to 111. Those in favor of acquiring and rehabbing SROs came in third with 69 votes, while the small sites option came last with 63.“My number one was for the SROs, so we can get them out of the hands of the slumlords,” said Jubert Berrios. He opted for the strategy of buying and building medium-sized properties, but wanted to prioritize getting SROs away from private landlords. “They abuse everyone they can.”Others knew the dangers of eviction first-hand and wanted to keep existing tenants in place. Sheila Hernandez said she was evicted and knew how difficult it was to return to the neighborhood.“I think we need to hang on to all the units that we can, because once you’re kicked out it’s almost impossible to come back,” she said.And still others seemed uncommitted to a particular stance, saying instead that they attended the meeting to push for more affordable housing in general.“I’ve been trying for housing myself,” said Ronald Harris, a homeless man who spends his nights in a shelter. Harris has been living on the streets for seven years and said the search for housing was frustrating and slow. “I want some kind of hope that housing can come down to the regular people, the homeless people, so that the homeless people have a place to live.”Proposition A was the $310 million housing bond passed in November that allocated $50 million specifically to the Mission District. The law required community involvement in deciding how those funds would be divided, and does not require that all $50 million be spent on one strategy.The housing office will discuss the priorities decided on Wednesday in the next few days. Another meeting geared towards fine-tuning the use of the housing bond funds is scheduled for Monday, January 25, at 474 Valencia St. at 5:30 p.m. center_img Tags: Affordable Housing • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Mixed reviews met NCDOT officials on plans for widening South Front Street

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  It’s a road with trains, trucks, and traces right into downtown Wilmington. The state department of transportation wants to widen in and showed neighbors tonight their plans for South Front Street.The road sees local and international traffic with the terminals and now the new luxury South Front development. DOT wants to prepare the road for that growth, but neighbors want to make sure local businesses don’t lose in the name of progress.- Advertisement – “It’s crazy, somedays it takes more than forty minutes to get over the bridge,” said Trish Alletzhauser who lives in Sunset Park.A crazy commute that drivers in the cape fear have dealt with for decades.“We’re just trying to keep traffic moving in the city, trying to make it safer, trying to incorporate multi-model transportation, including biking,” said NCDOT project team lead David Leonard.Related Article: AG files more lawsuits against companies for price gouging in WilmingtonNCDOT officials want to widen Front Street from the bridge to Burnett Boulevard. Neighbors and business owners had their chance to see and weigh in on the main two options. Both designs juggling with the issue of not only congestion, but the different forms of traffic on the road.“Traffic is going to be growing you know you’ve got that we really want to work towards improving with the rail,” Leonard said.One design would simply widen the road fifteen feet a lane, add median and turn lanes along with U turn stops. But it would have to move the train tracks taking more private land. the other option is more industrious.“So you’re going to have a lot more truck traffic in here than you do now,” said one neighbor at the meeting talking to a NCDOT official.Plan two would create an overpass from the bridge to Greenfield Street on Front as well as over Burnett Boulevard. Connection to the terminal – Lake Shore Road – and 3rd Street not be as easy.“I’d really like to see the businesses that are in the area to be protected as best as they can,” said Alletzhauser.And it’s opinions like that DOT will take into account. They now plan to canvass along S. Front Street and talk to local businesses about their proposed project. It is not set to break ground until 2023. It is estimated to cost more then $11 million.last_img read more

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Businesses try to dry out work to reopen

first_img Owner Patrick Puffpaff says he has been in that location for nine years and has never seen flooding like this before but he expected it to be worse.“I thought it was going to be a lot worse, but luckily it slowed down and became a category 1,” Puffpaff said. “As far as Carolina Beach I think the eye hung out here so it wasn’t as windy, but it was a lot more rain and flooding.”He thinks Pop’s Diner had about a foot of water. Puffpaff hopes he can have most of the work done on the diner by Friday. Businesses boarded up because of Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Many business owners on Carolina Beach are starting to pick up the pieces after much of the area saw substantial flooding during Florence.While some business are still are boarded up, over at Pop’s Diner the clean up has already started.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Leland wrapping up Florence debris removal

first_img After the completion of the debris pick-up contract, if residents have storm-related debris that may have been missed they should call the Town of Leland at (910) 371-0148 to provide their address. Town staff will then coordinate with the debris contractor, who will investigate these last remaining addresses.There will be no storm debris pickups after November 30.If items remain after this date, homeowners will need to make their own arrangements to have debris removed, the town says.Related Article: Person dies at Wilmington shelter early MondayThe town also says debris for businesses is not part of the debris removal contract. Businesses should be making their own arrangements to have storm debris removed. Flooding from Hurricane Florence flooded out several homes in Stoney Creek Plantation in Leland. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Leland says its cleanup from Hurricane Florence is almost over.The town says its storm debris contractor is completing its final pass for residential debris.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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NC ferries on reduced schedule Christmas Eve Christmas

first_img Southport-Fort FisherDec. 24 – 25:From Southport: 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.From Fort Fisher: 7:45, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 3:15 and 4:45 p.m.Cherry Branch-Minnesott BeachRelated Article: Recent weather, 2008 recession drive supply, price of Christmas treesDec. 24 – 25:From Cherry Branch: 5, 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 9 and 11 a.m., 12, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 10 p.m., midnight.From Minnesott Beach: 5:25, 6:15, 7:15, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 p.m., 12:30 a.m.Ocracoke-Cedar IslandDec. 25:From Ocracoke: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.From Cedar Island: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.Ocracoke-Swan QuarterDec. 25:From Ocracoke: 1:30 p.m.From Swan Quarter: 4:30 p.m.Hatteras-OcracokeDec. 24:From Hatteras: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9 p.m., midnight.From Ocracoke: 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.Dec. 25:From Hatteras: 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11 a.m., 12, 2, 3, 6 and 9 p.m., midnight.From Ocracoke: 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 3:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.The Currituck-Knotts Island and Bayview-Aurora ferry routes will run their regular schedules both days. Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (Photo: @NCDOT_Ferry) MANNS HARBOR, NC (NCDOT) — In order to save operating costs on traditionally low traffic days, several routes in the North Carolina Ferry System will be operating on alternate schedules Dec. 24-25.The schedules are as follows:- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Power restored after morning storm causes outages in Wilmington

first_img The areas impacted were tower and traffic lights at 421 at the Isabel Holmes Bridge, 5th & Dawson, 3rd & Greenfield, 5th Avenue & Marstellar Street.The outages came as heavy rain and strong wind moved through the area with a line of storms this morning. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Commuters not only dealt with wet roads and closed streets Thursday morning in Wilmington. They also had to work around power outages across the city.According to the Wilmington Police Department Twitter, power was out for a portion of the city this morning. Service to most areas was restored by early afternoon.- Advertisement – last_img

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What new plans propose for Independence Mall

first_img On April 24, new plans were submitted to the city of Wilmington.According to the plans, the Sears wing will be removed. The plans propose to build a grocery store where the Sears building sits now.The proposal includes 6 restaurant units just inside the Oleander Drive entrance.Related Article: ‘Swamp Thing’ could spend $85 million in Wilmington areaWWAY has reached out to Brookfield Properties on when demolition might begin — we have not yet heard back. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New documents have been submitted for Wilmington’s Independence Mall in it’s planned renovation project.The redevelopment project began last year.- Advertisement – last_img

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Report North Carolina ranks among worst states for jobs

first_imgPerson filling out job application (Photo: Max Pixel) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina is one of the worst states in the country for jobs, according to the WalletHub.With employers expecting to hire 16.6 percent more graduates from the Class of 2019 than in the previous year, the personal-finance website recently released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Jobs.- Advertisement – In the report, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 33 key indicators of job-market strength, opportunity and economic vitality. The data set ranges from employment growth to median annual income to average commute time.North Carolina ranked #42 on the list.WalletHub says Massachusetts is the best state to find a job while West Virginia is the worst.last_img

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NCDOT Kerr Ave construction expected to be done by early fall

first_img A spokeswoman says contractors are working on installing signals, drainage, medians, and sidewalks before adding some finishing touches, including paving.She says when the work is completed, Kerr Avenue will be four lanes wide at the point of intersection with Market Street.She says they hope all work is finished by early Fall. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The road work that has been going on in Wilmington for almost four years now has a construction update.According to the State Transportation Department, the work along Kerr and Market Street seems to have an end in sight.- Advertisement – last_img

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Kids Power exhibit opens at childrens museum

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The Children’s Museum of Wilmington opened a new active lifestyle exhibit on Friday.The new exhibit is called “Kids Power.”- Advertisement – The exhibit has all kind of ways for kids to be active with a long jump, balance beam, workout cycle, a high jump and more.Director of Development Heather Sellgren said this exhibit really helps the kids learn about being active and staying healthy.“We focused on the human body, human physiology, and now we have branched out to show the outside of the body and the energy side of it. We want to show not only the importance of staying active but that healthy nutritious meals is what is really going to fuel and power that energy,” Sellgren said.Related Article: Get dirty, have fun at Children’s Museum of Wilmington Mud Days!The museum will also be holding a grand opening for another new exhibit on August 2nd at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Mueller submits TrumpRussia report lawmakers urge quick release

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday handed in a confidential report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, setting off a clamour from lawmakers in both parties for the document’s quick release.Marking the end of his nearly two-year investigation that ensnared former Trump aides and Russian intelligence officers and cast a cloud over the Republican businessman’s presidency, Mueller submitted the report to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department said.Mueller did not recommend any further indictments, a senior Justice Department official said, in a sign that there might be no more criminal charges against Trump associates arising from the investigation. Throughout his investigation, Mueller has brought charges against 34 people and three companies.The big question now is whether the report contains allegations of wrongdoing by Trump himself or exonerates him.Mueller, a former FBI director, had been examining since May 2017 whether Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow to try to influence the election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation.Trump has denied collusion and obstruction. Russia has denied election interference. Trump has sought to discredit the investigation, calling it a “witch hunt” and accusing Mueller of conflicts of interest. But he said on Wednesday he does not mind if the public is allowed to see the report.The report was not immediately made public. Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement officer and a Trump appointee, will have to decide how much of it to disclose. Barr told lawmakers in a letter he may be able to provide the “principal conclusions” of Mueller’s findings to Congress as soon as this weekend and added that he was “committed to as much transparency as possible.”Under regulations governing special counsel investigations, the attorney general must share an outline of Mueller’s report with Democratic and Republican leaders of the judiciary committees in Congress but it is largely up to him what to make public.Key Trump aides, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, national security adviser Michael Flynn and personal lawyer Michael Cohen, have already either been convicted or pleaded guilty to charges brought by Mueller. None of those charges, however, directly related to the question of collusion between the campaign and Moscow. The Justice Department has a policy that sitting presidents cannot face criminal charges.Lawmakers from both parties called for prompt release of the report.House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer – the two top Democrats in Congress – said it was “imperative” the full report be made public, that Barr not give Trump and his team a “sneak preview” of the findings and that the White House not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts are made public.They said the investigation focused on questions that “go to the integrity of our democracy itself: whether foreign powers corruptly interfered in our elections, and whether unlawful means were used to hinder that investigation.”‘OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY’Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, said, “The attorney general has said he intends to provide as much information as possible. As I have said previously, I sincerely hope he will do so as soon as he can, and with as much openness and transparency as possible.”The White House has not received or been briefed on the report, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, adding that “we look forward to the process taking its course.”When the Justice Department announced the arrival of the report, Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he met on Friday with a group of Caribbean leaders.Staff members at the private club were setting up for a Lincoln Day dinner fundraiser for a local branch of the Republican Party. Programs for the event featured an image of a $5 bill with 19th century President Abraham Lincoln sporting a red Trump campaign hat with the slogan “Keep America Great” on it.Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, posted a picture on Twitter of his sons on a fishing trip. “Great day on the water with my little men for their spring break,” he wrote.Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican and a strong ally of the president, expressed confidence the report would not find collusion with Russia.“The reports that there will be no new indictments confirm what we’ve known all along: there was never any collusion with Russia. The only collusion was between Democrats and many in the media who peddled this lie because they continue to refuse to accept the results of the 2016 election,” Scalise said.Even if the Mueller report exonerates Trump, that may not spell the end to his legal troubles. Cohen pleaded guilty in August to campaign finance violations in a case overseen by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who said in court filings that Cohen carried out the crimes at the direction of Trump.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is also looking at the spending of Trump’s inaugural committee and business practices at the Trump Organization, the family’s company.U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow meddled in the election with a campaign of email hacking and online propaganda aimed at sowing discord in the United States, hurting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and helping Trump.Mueller’s investigators have looked into a large number of contacts between people associated with Trump’s campaign and Russia such as a meeting in New York’s Trump Tower between members of the president’s inner circle including his eldest son and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer five months before the election.Mueller sought to determine whether the campaign coordinated with Moscow, though it was not immediately clear whether the special counsel found evidence of a conspiracy.QUESTIONS ABOUT OBSTRUCTIONMueller also examined whether Trump committed obstruction of justice by trying to hinder the investigation, looking into acts such as urging FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe of Flynn’s contacts with Russia, the subsequent firing of Comey, his attacks on the special counsel, dangling of pardons for former aides and the ouster of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Mueller’s team already has signalled the direction of the investigation through indictments and hundreds of related court filings that have offered extensive details about Russian interference in the election.Trump fired Flynn in February 2017 after it emerged he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI about his dealings with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. In May 2017, he ousted Comey, whose agency had been leading the Russia investigation. Comey’s firing led the Justice Department to appoint Mueller to take over the probe.A small number of House Democrats have pushed for Congress to impeach Trump and remove him from office but the party’s leadership including Pelosi has urged caution. No president has every been removed from office via impeachment.Several House committees in the meantime are conducting aggressive investigations of Trump and people around him.The last president to be impeached by the House, Democrat Bill Clinton, was acquitted by the Senate in 1999 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, meaning he was not removed from office.In prosecuting Manafort, Mueller showed how the former campaign chairman made millions of dollars working for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, while also exposing his ties to a consultant who the special counsel said was connected to Russian intelligence. Manafort in the two cases prosecuted by Mueller’s team was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison.The special counsel’s case against Cohen revealed that Trump was negotiating to build a skyscraper in Moscow late into the 2016 campaign, contradicting statements from Trump at the time that he had nothing to do with the Russians.The special counsel also indicted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, a Republican operative and a self-proclaimed political “dirty trickster.” Stone is accused of telling members of Trump’s campaign that he knew in advance of plans by the WikiLeaks website to release emails damaging to Clinton that were stolen by RussiaWhatsApp 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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Watch Public urged to rescue stranded young Yelkouan Shearwater – Birdlife

first_img Credit: Birdlife Malta 1 of 3 Credit: Birdlife Malta How to identify a Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan, Garnija)· Medium-sized seabird· About 35cm long, with a wingspan of around 85cm· Slender black beak, hooked at the peak· Blackish upperparts· White underpartsThe NGO outlines the following advice for those who find stranded Yelkouan Shearwater:Call BirdLife Malta on 2134 7645/6 (office hours)/7925 5697 (evenings and weekends) or the police on 119 in the first instance;Record the location you found the bird as accurately as possible;Approach the bird from behind. Pick up the bird using a clean cloth or towel, controlling the head and holding the wings against the body;Place the bird in a well-ventilated cardboard box. Keep the box in a cool dark place;If possible, provide fresh water for the bird in a deep container. When the box is stationary, leave the container with water with the bird so that it can drink as needed. Do not attempt to rehydrate the bird yourself; Do not attempt to feed the bird.Birdlife Malta states that once recovered, the birds would be taken to a government vet and placed within a rehabilitation programme. When they are healthy, they would be released at locations close to the sea.WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img Credit: Birdlife Malta <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> BirdLife Malta is appealing to the public to help rescue young Yelkouan Shearwater birds that could become lost due to artificial light.The young birds which are understood to be a threatened species, are expected to leave their underground cliff nests during the period of mid-June and July, and venture out.But, because their departure is carried out under the cover of darkness, they are liable to get lost on their return journey due to the high levels of light pollution emitting from towns and villages.They state that the birds are startled by the light and can end up flying themselves to exhaustion and dehydration. Others will get lost and end up being killed by cats, dogs or hit by cars.Through BirdLife Malta’s current LIFE Arċipelagu Garnija project, they are asking the public living in coastal villages to be on the look-out for the birds and to help rescue them.last_img read more

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Kenya Airways now accepts MTN Mobile Money for payment of air tickets

first_imgAdvertisement Kenya Airways – Africa’s largest airline – this morning launched a service that allows customers to pay for tickets using MTN Mobile Money.The development comes after a similar service succeeded immensely in neighboring Kenya, and the airline’s head of Information Systems Development, Henry Obare expressed optimism that this service will be equally successful in Uganda.“Kenya airways started using mobile money in 2010,” he said, expressing his confidence that mobile money as a system should be embraced globally. – Advertisement – “We not only focus on offering an excellent in-flight experience but also on making the entire end-to-end journey pleasant,” he said.MTN’s CMO Ernst Fonternel welcomed the partnership with Kenya Airways adding that they are a new addition to the number of stakeholders who have partnered with MTN Mobile Money.In just five years of existence, MTN Mobile Money has registered in excess of 25million transactions each month, with over 4.5million customers active in Uganda.Fonternel quoted the GSMA 2012 Global Mobile Money adoption survey that ranked MTN Uganda 2nd in the world in the number of active mobile money accounts.Details to follow.last_img read more

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Skype for Android Adds Ads Reduces Dropped WiFi Calls

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft updated Skype for Android with improved call connection over Wi-Fi, support for 14 new languages, and a framework for ads. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.While ads aren’t in the main navigation screens of the app just yet, Skype says they will appear for free users “in a few weeks.” That being said, paid users with credit or subscription plans will continue to have an ad-free experience.Skype has been toying with ads on mobile for a while now, but Microsoft is looking to expand the push. Last week, the company revealed its plan:Next week we will launch the first ever advertising placement on Skype for Android. We will be rolling out this offering to 55 markets worldwide within the next several weeks. And because we believe in providing both consumers and marketers with rich and deep experiences we are also announcing the launch of rich media formats in 9 countries for iPhone and 10 countries for Android. – Advertisement – Ads aside, here’s what’s new in Skype 4.3 for Android:Added support for 14 more languages: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Romanian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.The screen will stay lit when dialing (call setup) now. Once the call is connected, the proximity sensor will work as normal. This is to prevent WiFi from powering down, which was causing calls to fail before completion.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

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Seedstars announces its annual Summit under the theme Billion

first_imgImage Credit: Techloy Advertisement Seedstars has announced its annual summit slated for March 3rd, 2016 at the Swiss Tach Convetion Center a EPFL, Lausanne under the theme “Billion”. The global organization with the mission of impacting people’s lives in emerging market through entrepreneurship and technology launched its third edition of the Seedstars World competition in April 2015.More than 3’000 startups from Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America applied to participate in Seedstars World. The international team covered 54 countries, scouting for the best startups around the world and all 54 finalists have been selected to participate in a two day bootcamp, an Investor Forum and the Finals of Seedstars World.A two day bootcamp will have these startups interact with international investors & mentors from top accelerators like The​ Founder’s Institute​ and 500​ startups,​from business strategy consultancies as well as top managers, such as Filippo Bonsanti, Director of Marketing Strategy at Ebay​ or​ Jose Achache, Managing Director at AP​-Swiss,​will coach them on their business model, pitching skills and growth strategy. – Advertisement – “BILLION​”​is the main theme of the Seedstars Summit this year.“Most​ people don’t really associate emerging markets to a billion of opportunities and we’re here to show them that these markets are already transforming into centres of innovation where talented people and changemakers grow”argues Alisée de Tonnac, CEO at Seedstars World.The “Seedstars World Global Winner” will be named at the finals of Seedstars World and will receive up to USD 500,000 (1,717,500,000 UGX) in equity investment. The best startups in other sectors such as travel and space will also be rewarded with equity investments and grants. Around​ 1000 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, business angels, government officials, journalists and startup enthusiasts are expected to join for an amazing experience in Switzerland.Helping startups to grow globally. Image Credit: IrishTechNewsThis year, in addition to the $500,000 (1,717,500,000 UGX) investment track prize for the Seedstars World Global​ Winner a new track was added this year. This Travel investment track is powered by lastminute​.com group,​ who will invest up to USD​ 500,000 (1,717,500,000 UGX) in the best travel startup, accelerating the startup’s growth with their industry know-how and long standing expertise in the industry. Inmarsat​ & AP​-Swiss will also award a USD​ 50,000 (171,750,000 UGX) grant to the best startup developing an application or services leveraging satellite technology. HUBLOT, ​the​ official Timekeeper, will​ reward the most innovative startup with a watch of considerable value of USD​ 20,000 (68,700,000 UGX).“They​ tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds” Mexican proverbLATAMCEE & MENAAFRICAASIA & OCEANIA11 regional events15 regional events13 regional events15 regional eventsBogota, Buenos Aires, Lima,Alger, Amman, Baku, Beirut,Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa,Bangalore, Bangkok, Dhaka, Hanoi,Mexico City, Montevideo, Panamá,Belgrade, Cairo, Casablanca,Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Gaborone,HK/ Shenzhen, Islamabad, Jakarta,Quito, Santiago, Sao Paulo, SanDubai, Istanbul, Kiev, Moscow,Johannesburg,Kampala, Kigali,Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul,Jose, Santa CruzRamallah, Sofia, Tehran, YerevanLagos, Luanda,Maputo, NairobiShanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei,last_img read more

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Three Ugandan Emerge Finalists in WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

first_imgPhilips UNICEFs maternal and newborn health innovations project. (Photo Courtesy: ArtMatters) Advertisement Three Ugandans, Denis Lee Oguzu, Dr Misaki Wayengera, and Wasswa William are selected among the 30 finalists in WHO’s Africa Innovation Challenge. They’re to attend Africa Health Forum in Cape Verde—where they get the chance to showcase/pitch their innovations to potential investors, attendees in the health niche.The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the challenge as its first Africa innovation challenge in Nov. last year, calling upon innovators, researchers working on novel solutions to improve health outcomes in Africa.According to WHO, a total of 2,471 applications were submitted from 77 countries — 44 being got from Africa. Out of the submission from Africa, 27 emerged as finalists and three from Canada, Netherlands, and UK — to sum to 30 finalists. – Advertisement – The challenge prioritized innovative and scalable healthcare solutions for selection in the categories of Product Innovation, Service Innovation, and Social Innovation.“The extent of response from the Innovation Challenge affirms the enthusiasm, especially among young people, to make a difference and contribute to the health care system on the continent. Health innovators have found a new home at WHO, where their innovative ideas will be supported in partnership with our network of stakeholders,” Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa, said in a statement.The three Ugandan finalists developed solutions; National Ambulance Services by Denis Lee Oguzu, Pan-Filovirus Rapid Diagnostic Test by Dr Misaki Wayengera, and PapES by Wasswa William.National Ambulance Service (NAS)NAS is a mobile, on-demand, hyper-local ambulance, police and fire service call and dispatch emergency system for Android and iOS.The innovation aggregates various types of private and public emergency services and allows the nearest required service to be dispatched immediately to the patient at the fastest possible time.Pan-Filovirus Rapid Diagnostic TestThe solution is premised on the identity of conserved epitopes of filovirus glycoprotein with potential for intra-genera differentiation. It has identified and patented B cell epitopes of filovirus glycoprotein.In addtion has validated the ability of synthetic epitopes and their antibodies to capture host specific IgG responses in survivor serum and recombinant glycoprotein, respectively.PapESThe solution has been developed for automated diagnosis and classification of cervical cancer from pap-smear images but is particularly pertinent to resource-constrained areas and could be of significant benefit to developing economies.The tool also takes into consideration the patient’s cervical cancer risk factors. A cytopathologist analyses the patient’s cervical cancer risk factors and the tool generates a result on the possibility of cervical cancer.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 18 October2.55 HaydockMeadway 11/2 > 4/13.05 RedcarDuchess Of Gazeley 6/1 > 3/15.00 CheltenhamCivil Disobedience 11/1 > 8/1last_img

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Follow Star Sports on twitter

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or the very latest Star Sports news, prices and offers you can follow us on twitter @starsports_bet. We’ll also tweet you news of updated editions to Ben’s Blog and our exclusive daily sporting previews.You can view our latest tweets below – to follow us just click on the FOLLOW link.last_img

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HAYDOCK Cheltenham Festival Debrief

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere are the key notes from our Haydock Festival Preview Evening held at Haydock Racecourse on Wednesday 5 March.On the panel:Martin Julian Bill Warby Brian Hughes Trevor HarrisHost Paul ClarksonDon’t forget to check out:STAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENINGS CLICK HERESTAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW VIDEOS CLICK HEREKEY NOTESCharity bets /naps.MJ Morning Assembly RSaBW First Lieutenant Ew. Ryanair.PC Une Ace Supreme ew BHCorrin Wood RSABobs Worth clear pick for GC. Kings Palace very popular Albert Bartlett. Irving (Supreme) a negative jumping and track issuesTrifolium very popular for Arkle. Faugheen popular Neptune. Morning Assembly big shout in RSAAnnie Power shaded World Hurdle over Big Bucks but slight stamina concernsRegal Encore best handicapped horse in England expected to go very close on Saturday and in bonus race at Festival County favoured race we thinkTap Night been hiding light under a bushel all year expect hand brake to come off at FestivalWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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