July 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions DWP has ref

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to confirm reports that it plans to force more sick and disabled people into work through its imminent shake-up of employment support.In an interview with the Daily Mail, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith referred to the “sickness benefit culture” and issued new hints about the content of a white paper, expected in the next few months, which will set out his plans to reform employment support for disabled people.The newspaper suggested that Duncan Smith (pictured) wanted people currently claiming employment and support allowance (ESA) – the out-of-work disability benefit – to face a new test that would find out “what they are able to do”.They would then be “found work for around ten hours a week, or whatever is possible”, while “those who repeatedly refuse could have their support cut”, although “inevitably some claimants will still be judged unable to work at all”, according to the Mail.It also reports that GPs will be told to “refer the long-term sick to back-to-work programmes”.Duncan Smith is “particularly keen to target those signed off work with conditions related to their mental health”, the Mail added.Duncan Smith is reported to have told the Mail: “The sickness benefit culture in this country is in dire need of reform… I want those who remain trapped and isolated on welfare to move from dependence to independence.”Duncan Smith had already said in a speech last August that he believed there was a “fundamental flaw” at the heart of the ESA system, and that its much-criticised eligibility test, the work capability assessment, was at odds with universal credit, the government’s new, simplified, working-age benefit system.Disabled activists warned then that they did not believe the government had any intention of designing a new system that empowered disabled people, rather than subjecting them to blame and punishment.They said they feared and suspected that Duncan Smith’s reforms would be aimed instead at cutting support even further.The reaction from some activists this week suggests that those fears were justified and that he is planning to introduce a new form of workfare for disabled people previously considered “not fit for work”.Disabled campaigner and blogger Mx Sumpter, who tweets at @latentexistence, said Duncan Smith’s plans would “turn ESA into JSA [the mainstream out-of-work benefit]”.Sumpter added: “Where are all these employers that IDS thinks will hire sick and disabled people for 10 hours a week? He means workfare. Tell me how this is different from the Workhouse.”But when asked to confirm the accuracy of the Daily Mail article, and the comments attributed to Duncan Smith, a DWP spokeswoman said: “The work and pensions secretary of state outlined his intention to reform the WCA in a speech last year.“Further details will be set out when we publish the white paper.”She then added lengthy briefing notes containing details of government policies on the WCA and ESA, employment, the government’s Disability Confident scheme, and its target to halve the disability employment gap.She was asked again to confirm the accuracy of the Daily Mail article and Duncan Smith’s comments, but by noon today (21 January), had failed to do so.last_img read more

Speaker Bercow has ruled that the government canno

first_imgSpeaker Bercow has ruled that the government cannot bring its Brexit deal back to the Commons for a third meaningful vote unless the deal is substantially different.Making an unplanned announcement this afternoon, Bercow said: “If the government wishes to bring forward a new proposition that is neither the same nor substantially the same as that disposed of by the House on 12th March, this would be entirely in order.”He went on to confirm that the government “cannot legitimately” put forward “the same proposition” to the Commons, citing Erskine May – the parliamentary rulebook that forms part of the UK’s uncodified constitution – in his explanation.“A motion or an amendment which is the same, in substance, as a question which has been decided during a session may not be brought forward again during that same session,” Erskine May reads. “Whether the second motion is substantively the same as the first is a matter for the chair.”Following the defeat of Theresa May’s deal at the second meaningful vote, it was widely expected that she would bring it back to a third – ‘MV3’ – on Tuesday or Wednesday this week. But Downing Street said earlier today that it would only be put to another vote once talks with the DUP had concluded (and, presumably, progress had been made).Asked by Labour backbencher Hilary Benn whether changes to the deal would have to entail an agreement with the EU, or whether a new agreement with another political party would suffice, Bercow suggested in response that a shift of opinion “wouldn’t itself constitute change of the offer”.The plan, according to No10 and to the Article 50 extension passed by MPs last week, was for May to ask the EU for a long delay to Brexit unless her deal was passed before 20th March. As it seems unlikely that the Prime Minister will be able to secure substantial changes to her deal before the EU summit later in the week, it is highly probable that such a request will be made.Tags:John Bercow /Brexit /last_img read more

first_imgNATHAN Brown praised his side’s “super effort” in the derby win over Wigan on Friday but bemoaned the officiating.Saints won 16-12 to extend their lead at the top of the table but were on the wrong end of a lopsided penalty count.And whilst it didn’t sour the win, it did leave Brown seeking answers.“I thought it was a super effort from the guys to play such a good team but I thought the officiating of the game was horrible,” he said. “I thought Phil Bentham had an absolute shocking performance.“Waney (Shaun Wane) has been whinging for the last two months and we cop it up the backside today. We never ring Jon Sharp, we don’t complain after any game, and then you get a performance like that because other coaches are putting the referees under pressure.“He is a good referee is Phil and I’m not saying we didn’t deserve the penalties against us, but I can assure you I will be able to find another 1,000 where he could have penalised Wigan. I find it sad because we sit there, never complain, never whinge, but as is the case in the NRL the more you whinge the better you get the calls.“It doesn’t sour the win at all but it is disappointing. It was a sensational game and I’m sure both sets of fans know their players have given everything. I’m sure both coaches will look at the game and think we could have done this a little bit better or that a little bit better. Everyone scrapped and fought for everything.“But you just want a fair go and we didn’t get a fair go tonight.”He continued: “Wigan threw a lot at us. They are very structured and you do know what is coming, but it keeps on coming. They have Matty Bowen, Lockers (Sean O’Loughlin) and Matty Smith and the young kids who have come in to replace Blake Green and Mickey Mac (McIlorum). They are fortunate with the depth of their squad not only across the board but in key positions too. Sam Powell and George Williams are good players.“Their forwards are physical players and I thought all of our pack did well. Ben Flower has been sensational for Wigan and Greg Richards was carrying the ball at him hard, Flower was hitting him hard, and Greg was trying his best to compete with him.“Luke Thompson physically matched up with Wigan and went toe to toe with them. Physically, they won the battle in the Good Friday game and we certainly didn’t lose it in this one. It was a good tough game of footy.”Brown says the key now for Saints is to back up this performance over the next month – starting with the trip to Hull KR next Sunday.“It was a wonderful night,” he added. “Our fans were terrific and Wigan’s made the occasion great as well. There is a lot of happiness about us but it is a long race this one. Two bad performances and you could be fifth. We need to have a good month.”Saints will monitor scrum half Luke Walsh who came off in the first half with a back injury.Ticket details for Saints next matches are here.last_img read more

Wilmington Christian Academy hosts field day for those with special needs

first_img More than 500 hundred people attended the event this afternoon. The farm-themed field day was filled with games, inflatables, treats, farm animals and a hay ride.It’s a day students and organizers are proud of.“We want to teach our kids that life is not all about them,” Wilmington Christian Academy Student Life Coordinator Tonya Upton said. “There are many ways that they can give back and God made them to serve and to have a servant’s heart.”Related Article: CSX still investigating train derailmentOrganizers say both events they’ve hosted for their friends from the New Hanover County Special Olympics have been a major success.Wilmington Christian Academy hopes to host more “Farm Fest Field Days” in the future. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the second time, a group of high schoolers in the Cape Fear are giving back to the community in a fun, farm-themed way.Instead of hosting a field day for themselves, Wilmington Christian Academy decided to host a “Farm Fest Field Day” for students and adults with special needs.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington man sentenced up to 9 years for home and car breakins

first_imgDarryl Dean Primo (Photo: WPD) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man will spend between 6 and 9 years in prison after pleading guilty to home and car break-ins that happened in October 2016.Darryl Dean Primo, 55, broke into a car on Dock Street on October 21 and stole a pair of cycling shoes and an ATM card.- Advertisement – Surveillance footage later captured Primo attempting to use the stolen card at a local ATM machine. Days later, Primo broke into a home on South Front Street that was occupied by a couple vacationing from Washington State. He stole multiple items from inside of the house while the victims slept and got away with their rental car that was parked outside. He was stopped later that day in the stolen car by Wilmington Police Department officers. Inside of the car, officers found the cycling shoes taken from the car break-in on Dock Street.Primo entered guilty pleas to Breaking and Entering, Larceny, Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and Financial Card Theft.last_img read more

EPA discusses possible regulations on toxic chemicals in drinking water

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 FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Fourteen months of uncertainty, more than 600 wells tested, most of which were contaminated, a river polluted and thousands of people impacted. The US Environmental Protection Agency researching claims that Chemours is the reason behind it all.The EPA held an all-day summit in Fayetteville Tuesday talking about chemical compounds like GenX in drinking water.- Advertisement – The EPA has brought together experts and key regulators to share what has been in done in the past year since the discovery of these chemical compounds and share what is to come.The summit included experts from the EPA, State Department of Environmental Quality and local water utilities. They took part in a panel talking exposure and the latest air and water tests on PFAS chemicals.“We need PFAS to be regulated as an entire class of highly toxic chemicals,” Clean Cape Fear Member Emily Donovan said.Related Article: CFPUA responds to multiple sanitary sewer spills in WilmingtonMany of them sharing their latest findings like levels of GenX found in different water sources, fish, honey, and in the air. The chemical can be filtered out of water but it’s not 100 percent.EPA heard concerns during a public input session this afternoon.“I was a public school teacher and I taught science and there are four things that are essential for life: air, water, food and shelter,” Effie Sparrow, Kure Beach resident, said. “Chemours is ruining three of those things for a lot of people.”“We’re right now just lab rats,” Wilmington resident Rachel Sutton said. “And it’s not, it’s nothing that anyone consented to.”Sutton moved back to the Port City to improve her family’s life. A few years in, her life changed forever and while there’s no proof, she fears it’s because of these chemicals.“I deal with thyroid disease everyday and so it’s something that I have to get monitored to make sure that nodules don’t turn into cancer it’s just part of my life now,” Sutton said.For Sutton this summit didn’t give her all she expected. Regional EPA Director Trey Glenn told WWAY that for those like Sutton the EPA is working to stop the flow.“These visits to a community like Fayetteville are an essentially important part of this process,” Peter Grevatt, EPA, said. “We need to understand the concerns of local community members and EPA is going to be focused on developing the tools and resources for states and local communities to address this challenge.”Leaders at the Office of Drinking Water tell WWAY they intend to set toxicity levels for chemicals like GenX as soon as September.“We’re going to be working on a management plan that will be rolled out by the end of this year,” Glenn said. “We’re also looking at setting these toxicity values this fall. So there are actions that are being taken very soon.”The EPA says they did not invite Chemours but the company had every right to join in the public meeting.last_img read more

Carolina Beach Town Council meeting draws a crowd

first_img Henderson is leaving his position to work for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.Both parents and students asked council to speak with Sheriff Ed McMahon to see if Henderson can remain at the school as a sheriff’s deputy.“I really want officer Henderson to stay at our school,” said one little girl.Related Article: 9,000 gallons of oily mixture recovered after kerosene spill in Carolina Beach“You can’t replace what he brings to this community. He is a gem,” said one mother. “The amount of personal time he spends supporting these kids in this community is something I haven’t seen before.”Mayor Joe Benson said he would reach out to Sheriff McMahon to discuss this.WWAY reached out to Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey to ask why he believes Henderson and others have reportedly left the department to work for the sheriff’s office. We have not yet received a response.One item on the agenda was an amendment allowing for the operation of breweries and distilleries in the central business district and the industrial district. This was approved by council.Another item on the agenda was funding for the Carolina Beach Fire Department. Fire Chief Alan Griffin says calls are up and volunteerism is down, creating the need for more paid positions.Council gave Griffin permission to reapply for a grant, which if approved will require money from the town that has already been budgeted.As far as creating more paid positions, council postponed that discussion until new town manager Lucky Narain starts his duties and can be part of the talks.Also at the meeting, council members approved amending regulations for food trucks and other vendors. You are no longer required to be a resident or own a business in the town to operate.The number of Freeman Park vehicle vendors will remain at six. The allowable push carts at freeman park and the municipal beach will be six combined.Limiting ATV’s on the beach strand was not discussed.Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, a $45,000 bid was granted to replace 18 lifeguard stands, and an update was given on the storm damage reduction project.Click here to watch the town council meeting. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council met Tuesday night to discuss a variety of issues impacting citizens and tourists. Both students and parents spoke out about reported departures from the Carolina Beach Police Department.An issue that brought a lot of people out to the meeting was a school resource officer.Corporal Stewart Henderson is a resource officer at Carolina Beach Elementary School.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Publix signs lease on store in Oak Island

first_imgPublix OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Another Publix Super Market is coming Brunswick County.According to a news release, the company has signed a lease on at store at Oak Island Market Place, which at the corner of East Oak Island Drive and SE 50th Street in Oak Island.- Advertisement – The store will be approximately 20,000 square feet and will employ around 130 people.The target opened date is the summer of 2020.In May of 2018, a Publix opened in Ocean Isle Beach.last_img

Two surveys indicate a PL majority preference amongst voters

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Two public opinion polls published by the local Sunday papers gave rather similar results just a week the European Parliament (EP) and the Local Councils elections.Though presented in different styles, both The Sunday Times and It-Torċa show that Partit Laburista (PL) will be dominating the elections.According to The Sunday Times, the PL still has a healthy advantage over Partit Nazzjonalista (PN), however such an advantage seems to have decreased in the past months. According to a research undertaken by MISCO, 55% of the voters will be casting their vote in favour of the PL, whilst 40% will be giving their preference to the PN. In March 2019, as similar research gave the PL 59% and the PN 37% of the votes.Such figures will allow the PL to gain 4 seats at the European Parliament which are projected to go to Miriam Dalli, Alfred Sant, Alex Agius Saliba and Josianne Cutajar. There are also indications that the Roberta Metsola who is a PN candidate will keeps her seat at the European Parliament whilst David Casa and Frank Psaila will have to battle it out for the remaining seat.In the survey made by It-Torċa, PL will come out victor with a 19.6% advantage, which projects an increment of 5% over the total votes from the previous election.In the 2014 EP elections, the PL won 53% of the votes whilst the PN managed to attract 40% of the total valid votes cast.The PL is expected to keep an advantage of 8.2% from the previous election. It-Torċa is predicting that 56.9% of the electorate will vote Pl whilst 37.3% will vote PN.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Photos Delia is scared of paidup members He will never be a

first_imgUpdated: 8.50amThe poster war resumed on Saturday morning, as new ones have been affixed close to Partit Nazzjonalista’s headquarters, and other locations around Malta and Gozo. Newsbook.com.mt had initially spotted the posters outside Dar Ċentrali however later it was brought to its attention that such posters were affixed in other locations; Attard PN club, Lija PN club, Balzan PN club, Sannat, Victoria and Mġarr roundabout.The message on the posters refers to Nationalist leader Adrian Delia unwillingness to take a vote of confidence within the party’s structures following the defeat at the recently held elections.The new posters carry the message “Delia is scared of paid-up members”. In a statement, Trapass, reminded that a leader is there to serve the party. They described the Nationalist leader as being unfit to represent the party since he “negates the fundamental principles and values of the party”.  The group further added, that everybody knows that Delia will never be a prime minister, as he is ineligible, making the party ineligible too, the group argued.Trapass decried Delia’s unwillingness to take his leadership to the test, saying that since the Nationalist leader ‘has refused to do that which his position requires of him, then the responsibility falls squarely on the party’s paid up members’.READ: Watch: Will you resign Mr Delia? No SharePrint Many have called on Delia to take his leadership to a test, including former PN leader and Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi.READ: “Ask for a vote of confidence” – Gonzi to DeliaSince the local council and EP elections, a number of posters have been affixed by unknown groups around the islands, some were in favour and some against the embattled party leader who has repeatedly stated that he will not be resigning from his post. On multiple occasions he said that the paid up members of the party have given him a five year mandate, whenever he was asked why he would not ask for a vote of confidence.READ: “Let Delia do his job” – new posters on PN clubs facadesREAD: Banner spread across Dar Ċentrali calling for PN resignationsOnce again Delia was recently asked in Brussels whether he would ask for a vote of confidence, to which he replied that he felt there was no such need.READ: ‘No need to ask for a vote of confidence’ – DeliaWhatsApp <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> 1 of 13last_img read more